Up the altitude and dive into jungles, cities and ancient ruins on this adventure through the heart of Peru. After living like a local in Lima, you’ll journey to Cuzco and Machu Picchu, where you can learn about its mysterious past, watch the sunrise and, most importantly, pet a llama.
What are the top highlights?
- Hike to the Sun Gate for epic views of Machu Picchu
- Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas, rich in Peruvian tradition
- Pet llamas and alpacas; learn the difference between the two
- Explore Cusco, a modern city at a staggering elevation of 11,150 feet
- Visit several Incan archaeological sites, including the fortress of Sacsayhuaman
Your trip includes
- Round-trip flights & airport transfers
- Multilingual Tour Director & local guides
- Private motorcoach
- 9 nights in hand-picked accommodations
- Welcome Dinner
- Daily breakfast & three-course Farewell Dinner
- Entrance to Machu Picchu & other select attractions
You’ve selected an UltimatePlus departure. Nice choice! You’ll be staying at 3-4-star hotels throughout your trip. Each property is located in a safe and convenient area to ensure a comfortable stay, in rooms that are only for EF Ultimate Break travelers. Actual accommodations will be made available to you 30 days before your trip.
Looking for our standard accommodations? Choose a departure date without the starburst icon, and you’ll stay at a combination of boutique hostels and hotels.
Admit it, booking flights is the worst. Here's why you should let us do it for you:
- Flight costs are included in your monthly payment plan, so you can pay over time
- Airport transfers are included, so we’ll be waiting, sign in hand
- Flights are booked with major airlines
- 24/7 support no matter what time zone you’re in
- One checked bag included on most flights
- Option to make changes to your trip up to 99 days before departure
Booking with a friend? Let us know and we’ll do our best to make sure you’re on the same flight. Still want to book your own flights? That’s cool, simply select ‘No flights included’ instead of your departure city in the ‘Flights from’ dropdown.
Day 1: Fly 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 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. This afternoon, check in at your hotel and do some exploring on your own.
Day 4: Sightseeing Tour of Cuzco
On today’s guided sightseeing tour, 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 5: Sacred Valley of the Incas
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 see the famous ruins of Ollantaytambo, and visit several local market towns, including Pisac.
After your tour, you'll head to your accommodation in Ollantaytambo, home to massive Inca ruins, and a common starting point for travelers to Macchu Pichu.
Day 6: Experience Machu Picchu
Today, take a train ride 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 7: Travel to Cuzco + Optional Sunrise Return to Machu Picchu Excursion
This afternoon, take a train ride back to Cuzco.
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.
Please note: This excursion must be booked at least 45 days prior to tour departure.
Day 8: Free Day + Optional Pisco Sour Workshop + Farewell Dinner
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 ceviche.
Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.
Day 9: Travel to Lima + Fly Home
Head back to Lima for the afternoon, then board your flight home.
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.
Traveled Dec 2019
This trip is amazing! I went with my boyfriend after finding out how much logistical planning needs to go into going to Peru and Machu Picchu. Sally was the best TD I've had with EF - seriously she's AMAZING. She set up really great optional excursions, recommended great food, got real about tourism in Peru, and helped us extend our stay. PLEASE do NOT go to... See more
New Years Peru
Traveled Dec 2019
This was a fantastic trip, don't hesitate! Being able to experience the Peruvian culture and see Machu Picchu was life-changing. Do the return to Machu Picchu Sunrise Tour! It's so worth it. Sally was an incredible tour director and had terrific suggestions. She wanted to make sure that we had an amazing time, especially on New Years'. She shared with us all... See more
A great first EF trip!
Traveled Dec 2019
I had an absolutely incredible time on this EF trip. It was my first ever group trip and I was so happy with the organization of the trip. The people on the trip are nice and friendly, I never felt alone. The tour director Sally was on top of everything with the trip and really cares about making it an incredible learning experience beyond the basic informat... See more
Beautiful country, excellent guide!