Start in the bustling city of Lima, where old meets new. Then, ring in the new year in Cuzco before stepping back in time and above the clouds into the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu. This trip is a dash of ancient history, a drop of breathtaking vistas, and a heaping helping of adventure.
Watching a legendary sunrise at Machu Picchu
Taking selfies with llamas and alpacas
Exploring Cuzco, a modern city at a staggering elevation of 11,150 feet
Visiting Incan archaeological sites like the fortress of Sacsayhuaman
Learning to make (and drink) pisco sours, a Peruvian classic
What you'll get
Round-trip flights & airport transfers
9 nights in handpicked accommodations
Expert Tour Director
A New Year's celebration in Cuzco
3 insider tours with local guides
Guided excursion to Sacred Valley of the Incas
Entrance to Machu Picchu
- Day 1: Flight to Lima
Board your flight, and arrive in Lima late tonight. After you get through customs, your Tour Director will be there to take you to the hotel.
- Day 2: Sightseeing Tour of Lima + Welcome Dinner
Today, a local guide will lead you on a tour of both the modern and colonial quarters of Lima. Lima was once the center of “the New World,” and is now a bustling metropolis. The city is home to many of South America’s best museums, swankiest shops and tastiest restaurants. You’ll see the city’s cathedral, Plaza de Armas and Church of San Francisco, which houses a museum of religious art and some creepy 16th-century catacombs.
In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner of local cuisine and drinks with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot. Afterwards, you’re free to take the party elsewhere!
- Day 3: Travel to Cuzco
Wake up and head to Lima’s airport for a flight to Cuzco, the center of Incan culture and a beautiful Spanish colonial city. The entire city is located about 11,200 feet above sea level, and boasts some amazing local food and shopping. Check in at your hotel then head out on today’s guided sightseeing tour, where you’ll stop by the old Spanish cathedral, La Merced Church, and the extravagant Koricancha Temple, which was once fully covered in gold and serves as a testament to the wealth and power of the Incas. Later, venture off to three separate Incan archaeological sites, including the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the location of a historic battle that forever changed Peruvian life. The Spanish defeated the Incas here in 1536.
- Day 4: Sacred Valley of the Incas + Included Dinner
A local guide leads you on a full-day sightseeing tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, nestled between Cuzco, Machu Picchu and the surrounding Andes Mountains. The valley is rich in ruins and traditional, native villages and is in some ways even more historically important than Machu Picchu. You’ll visit several local market towns, including Pisac in addition to exploring the longest man-made, pre-Columbian canal ever built. After this, continue on to the town of Ollantaytambo, where you’ll stay for the night. Marvel at the enormous fortress before you, and imagine what it must have felt like for the Incas as they braced for the arrival of Spanish invaders. Dinner is included on this evening.
- Day 5: Experience Machu Picchu
Today, take a train ride from Ollantaytambo through the lush valleys that lead to Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas.” You will be staying the night at the foot of the mountain in the town of Aguas Calientes. Machu Picchu is completely hidden from the valley floor and is truly one of the world’s most incredible sights. Cross a big one off your bucket list. Explore the perfect stonework of the Temple of the Sun, the fountains of the Royal Sector, and the views from the Temple of the Three Windows.
- Day 6: Travel to Cuzco
This afternoon, take a train ride back to Cuzco. Before hand, have the chance to enjoy Machu Picchu one more time with an optional sunrise visit.
Sunrise Return to Machu Picchu (extra cost)
Return for a second visit if you can’t get enough Machu Picchu (we don’t blame you). Beat the crowds bright and early, and enjoy the quiet, unobstructed beauty of the ruins at sunrise from the top of Huayna Picchu.
This excursion is pre-book only; if your trip is less than sixty days away, please call 800-766-2645 to purchase.
- Day 7: Free Day in Cuzco
The day is yours! And after New Year’s Eve maybe you could use it. Pour yourself some chicha (corn beer) and spend your day playing pub games with the locals. One favorite involves tossing metal disks as close to a frog statue as possible. Alternatively, fill up on ceviche and brainstorm some New Year’s resolutions (tip: hitting the gym can wait until you get home!)
- Day 8: Free Day + Pisco Sour Workshop
Spend a free day in Cuzco exploring on your own, or join the group for an optional excursion to taste some local Pisco.
Say your goodbyes over one last dinner with your group.
Pisco Sour Workshop (extra cost)
Your new fav drink, pisco, is a Peruvian brandy made from wine or fruit juice. Learn how this magical elixir is made, sample three different styles, and try making your own cocktail. Wrap things up by sampling snacks and tapas.
Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.
- Day 9: Travel to Lima and Fly Home
Head back to Lima for the afternoon. Depending on your itinerary, you'll either fly out tonight or early tomorrow morning.
- Day 10: Arrive Home
Arrive home in the late morning or afternoon from your overnight flight.
EXTEND YOUR TRIP 2 WAYS
1. Double the fun
A lot of our trips line up back to back! Give us a call—we can help you add another and save big while you're at it.
2. Go ahead or stay behind
Extending your trip is easy! During checkout, you'll have the option to fly to (or from) the gateway of your choice for an additional fee. We'll adjust your flights accordingly, but you'll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside of tour.
Note: Depending on your desired gateways, additional fees may apply.
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Overall rating: 5 out of 5
Based on 100 authentic traveler reviews
An Unforgettable ExperienceAnonymous, traveled May. 2022
I don't even know how to describe this trip other than life changing. Not having to worry about logistics alone is enough to make this trip worth it, and if you go, try to get Max. He's so understanding, super willing to help, literally such a good tour guide with amazing knowledge of the culture and cities and activities. The nature and history and knowledg... See more
Worth every penny!Ashley, traveled May. 2022
I've been dreaming of visiting Peru for a while now and this trip was even better than I had imagined it would be. The culture, history, food - everything. Max was an incredible tour guide and went above and beyond for each of us to make sure that we got the most out of our time there. His restaurant and free time activity recommendations were all amazing an... See more
Best Trip Ever!Catherine, traveled May. 2022
This tour was fantastic. I met so many amazing people and learned about so much culture. Angela Unda, our tour director, was awesome. There was a worker's strike in one of the towns we were supposed to stay in (which had no cars- only way in and out was a train). The trains were set to halt operations the next day, so many tourists were stuck there. Angela q... See more
BOOK THIS TRIPStephanie, traveled May. 2022
If you are looking for a trip with opportunities to eat great food, experience local culture and have some active adventures, this is the trip for you. Our TD Angela was amazing - she provided many free time suggestions for us to participate in as a group and handled every twist in the trip with grace. Some of my highlights of the trip include walking from M... See more