Highlights of Peru

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Discover the best of Peru on this 8-day trip to the country’s unmissable sights, from the wonders of Macchu Pichu and serene Sacred Valley to local villages packed with culture and tradition. Travel to the Inca Empire by train and explore at your own leisure, learn of the artisan craft of weaving wool and sip on Pisco Sour cocktails in the cosmo city of Lima. This 8-day circular route uncovers the highlights of South Peru with two included domestic flights to save on travel time.

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Duration
8 Day
Destination(s)
Peru
Starts in / Ends in
Lima / Lima
Departs on
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
4 Star
Average Tour Group Size Avr. Group Size
25-30

Sight Visited

  • Cusco
    Cusco

    Cusco, a city in the Peruvian Andes, was once capital of the Inca Empire, and is now known for its archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture.

  • Huayllabamba
    Huayllabamba

    Huayllabamba is a town in Southern Peru, capital of the district Huayllabamba in the province Urubamba in the region Cusco. It is located in what is known as the Sacred valley of the Incas.

  • Lima
    Lima

    Lima is the capital and the largest city of Peru. It is located in the valleys of the Chillón, Rímac and Lurín rivers, in the central coastal part of the country

  • Machu Picchu
    Machu Picchu

    Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba River valley. Built in the 15th century and later abandoned.

  • Pacaymayo
    Pacaymayo

    Pacaymayo is a valley crossed during the famous Trek of the Inca Trail. It is located not far from the Runkurakay ruins.

  • Sacred Valley
    Sacred Valley

    The Sacred Valley is a region in Peru's Andean highlands. Along with the nearby town of Cusco and the ancient city of Machu Picchu, it formed the heart of the Inca Empire.

  • Winay Wayna
    Winay Wayna

    Wiñay Wayna is an Inca ruin along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. It is built into a steep hillside overlooking the Urubamba River. The site consists of upper and lower house complexes connected by a staircase and fountain structures.

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Day 1: Lima
Welcome to Peru! Meet your guide and new tour mates in the hotel lobby at 6.00pm for an informal welcome meeting. Afterwards, get amongst the hustle of Lima for an optional group dinner or explore the streets as they come to life after dark!
  • Accommodation
    Aloft Lima Marriott Hotel – 4 Star
  • Included Activities
    Welcome Meeting
  • Optional Activities
    Group Dinner
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Day 2: Lima, Cusco
Fill up on breakfast before heading to the airport for an included flight to Cusco! The city of Cusco is the gateway to Peru's incredible valleys, ruins, villages, and world-famous trails. Follow your guide around the centre of Cusco to discover in-depth the Capital of the Inca Empire! You'll visit San Blas, a quaint neighborhood that is home to many renowned artists. Stroll along its cobblestone alleys as you make your way toward its iconic church, which features a beautiful pulpit carved from a single block of wood. Then, follow the guided walking tour towards Hatum Rumiyuq Street, translating to "Of the Old Rock", to admire the famous Piedra de los Doce Ángulos (Twelve-Sided Stone). Feel free to join an optional city tour to leave no stone unturned or finish up a big day exploring Cusco with an optional cocktail making class to perfect the art of Peru's favourite cocktail, the Pisco Sour!
  • Accommodation
    San Agustin El Dorado Hotel – 4 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast
  • Included Activities
    Cusco Orientation Walk
  • Optional Activities
    Tasting & Pisco Sour Classes ~ 22 USD
    Cusco Walking City Tour - 10 USD
  • Entrance Fees
    Full ticket in Cusco - 45 USD
    Partial ticket in Cusco - 24 USD
    Cathedral of Cusco - 9 USD
    Archaeological Museum - 6 USD
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Day 3: Cusco, Sacred Valley
This morning we'll head towards the Sacred Valley, where our journey into the ruins and mystique of Peru truly begins! But first, we'll visit Awanacancha - home to the world's most beautiful camelids (Llamas, Alpacas, Vicuñas, and Guanacos). After snapping a few Llama selfies and witnessing the ancient Incan art of weaving, hop back on board the coach and grab a window seat as we continue into the depths of the Sacred Valley. We'll make another stop at Pisac, where Incan and colonial influences blend to create a unique way of life for the locals. Explore the quaint town famous for artisan markets where you'll be able to splash some cash on fine jewelry, ceramic and textile craftwork! Visit the Ccor Ccor Community and learn of their rural way of life in the Sacred Valley. The community has preserved its pre-Hispanic ancestral customers and the villages open their doors to share their way of life, beliefs, traditions, and culture. Join the Ccor Ccor people for a traditional lunch surrounded by the serenity of Sacred Valley.
  • Accommodation
    Tierra Viva Hotel – 4 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast, Lunch
  • Included Activities
    Awanacancha Pisac & Ccorccor Sightseeing
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Day 4: Sacred Valley (Aguas Calientes)
Today is all yours! Enjoy plenty of free time to explore Sacred Village at your own pace. If you're feeling adventurous join an optional tour to Ollantaytambo and Yucay to explore the impressive ruins and iconic stone terraces along the hillside in the Sacred Valley. Or if you're after something a little different than ruins and mountainside, join an optional tour to Maras and Moray. Here you'll find thousands of salt pool terraces strategically dug into the mountainside of the Sacred Valley. These impressive white and blush pools of salt have been used for centuries to mine salt in the Sacred valley.
  • Accommodation
    Tierra Viva Hotel – 4 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast
  • Optional Activities
    Ollantaytambo & Yucay terraces Tour ~ 44 USD
    Maras & Moray Tour ~ 52 USD
    (Depends on group size)
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Day 5: Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
Get ready to tick off an iconic Wonder of the World at the awe-inspiring ancient city of Machu Picchu! We'll arrive by train and private transfer before heading straight to the heart and soul of Machu Picchu, the mountain citadel itself! Up until 1911, the 'lost city' of Machu Picchu was buried in jungle growth amongst the mountains. Today, it is Peru's premier tourist attraction, welcomed by misty mountain serenity and the beautiful stone architecture of temples, terraces, and palaces standing 2,420 metres in the sky! We will follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incas from the 15th century as we take a tour of the magical citadel led by our private local guides. Make the most of this bucket-list photo opportunity and soak in the surroundings!
  • Accommodation
    Machu Picchu El Mapi Hotel – 4 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast
  • Included Activities
    Machu Picchu Guided Tour
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Day 6: Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Cusco
Take it easy on your last morning in the Sacred Valley. Join an optional second visit to Machu Picchu and explore the archaeological ruins in-depth or hop on board a train to Ollantaytambo, a neighbouring town in the Sacred Valley. Snaking up the hills, you'll find ruins and terraces dominate the beautiful town of Ollantaytambo from every angle. Find a nice spot in the quaint, cobblestone streets, and enjoy a traditional meal amongst the locals. This afternoon we'll head back to the capital city, Cusco. Visit the Yucay Museo or Museum of living culture - Here we'll learn about the washing, dyeing, spinning, and weaving processes all involved in creating Peru's iconic textile wool goods.
  • Accommodation
    San Agustin El Dorado Hotel – 4 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast
  • Included Activities
    Ollanta Train Ride & Sightseeing
    Yucay Museum Visit
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Day 7: Cusco, Lima
Today we'll say goodbye to Cusco and hop onboard a short flight back to Lima! Take in all the city's sights with a panoramic tour through Colonial Lima including views of the Main Square, Government Palace, Cathedral of Lima, and City Hall, and learn about the fascinating local history. In the afternoon, join your guide on a walking tour of Miraflores and enjoy an optional bike tour along the boardwalk and the luxurious districts of Lima. Miraflores offers stunning cliffside views perfect for a scenic cycle. Alternatively, join an optional Peruvian cooking class where you'll learn the country's best dishes and shop for fresh products at a local market. In the evening, head out for an optional tour of one of the world's most impressive water fountain performances - the Magic Water Circuit of Lima - We're talking lights, music and interactive displays! Or explore the colourful streets of Lima after dark at your own pace.
  • Accommodation
    Aloft Lima Marriott Hotel – 4 Star
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast
  • Included Activities
    Lima City Tour
  • Optional Activities
    Cooking classes with local market visit ~ 97 USD
    Biking tour in Miraflores ~ 62 USD
    Water Fountain Tour ~ 34 USD
    (Depends on Group Size)
  • Entrance Fees
    Larco Museum - 10 USD
    Gold Museum - 10 USD
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Day 8: Lima
All good things must come to an end! Finish up an epic 8 days of exploring Peru with new travel mates over one last breakfasts and a final farewell. Hotel check out is at 11.00am. Feel free to enjoy Lima on your own pace until your departure.
  • Meals Included
    Breakfast

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The tour price covers the following services:

Accommodation

4 Star Hotels

Meals

7 Breakfasts | 1 Lunch

Transportation

Private Air-Conditioned Vehicle, Train. Flights from Lima to Cusco & Cusco to Lima.

Guide

Services of experienced Travel Talk guide licenced by the Ministry of Tourism

What is not included in the tour price?

  • Any flights
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  • Meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips & gestures
  • Visa fees
  • Entrance fees to the sights and museums
  • Optional activities
  • Other services not stated in the itinerary

ALOFT LIMA MARRIOTT HOTEL - LIMA


Aloft Lima Marriott Hotel features an indoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center. Dining options at the hotel include a restaurant, bar lounge and coffee shop. Aloft Hotel is centrally located in the Miraflores region, a gastronomical hub surrounded by the city's best coffee shops.

EL MAPI HOTEL BY INKATERRA - MACHU PICCHU


Located amidst the heart of the bustling, picturesque village of Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), El Mapi Hotel satisfies the needs of many travelers in search of an easy-going stay, a relaxed atmosphere, in a modern place, with comfortable facilities and healthy food options.

TIERRA VIVA VALLE SAGRADO HOTEL – SACRED VALLEY


Located in the heart of the Sacred Valley, 50 minutes from the center of Cusco, this hotel is the perfect base for exploring Machu Picchu and the last train station before arriving at the awe-inspiring citadel.

SAN AGUSTIN EL DORADO HOTEL - CUSCO


San Agustin El Dorado is the ideal hotel in Cuzco to visit Hotels in Peru, it is located at a privilege area of the historical Cuzco, between the Main Square and the "Koricancha" Temple of the Sun.

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