Start in the bustling city of Lima, where old meets new. Then, step 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 (or book 'em yourself)
9 nights in handpicked accommodations
Expert Tour Director
3 insider tours with local guides
Guided excursion to Sacred Valley of the Incas
Entrance to Machu Picchu
- 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 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. 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 + 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 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.
Enjoy an included dinner on this night with your group!
- 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 Return to Machu Picchu Excursion
This afternoon, take a train ride back to Cuzco.
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 from the top of Huchuy Picchu.
This excursion is pre-book only; if your trip is less than sixty days away, please call 800-766-2645 to purchase.
- 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 snacks and tapas.
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.
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Overall rating: 5 out of 5
Based on 186 authentic traveler reviews
Best trip ever!Samantha, traveled Sep. 2023
Booking this trip will be the best thing you've ever done! Our tour director Jorge did an amazing job signing us up for all the best things and was so informational! I learned so much on this trip, got to see so many things, and just had the best time. Machu Picchu is a special once in a lifetime experience, it's a must!
Best Trip of My LifeCheyenne, traveled Sep. 2023
Originally, I went to Peru for Machu Picchu. It was a bucket list item. However, when I got there, I was completely mind blown at all the beauty within every experience and every town. The views were astonishing. The food was amazing. This was my first EF trip and it was the absolute best experience of my life. Nothing but the best of things to say about Per... See more
Unbelievable Trip!Anonymous, traveled Sep. 2023
This is the trip that will stay with me for a lifetime! The experience, culture, and history was so inspiring and beautiful, I’ve learned so much about Peru but a lot about myself during this trip. This is a trip that everyone needs to take! The food is phenomenal, the people are so great, and the views are indescribable. Our TD Jorge made this trip so speci... See more
Unforgettable Adventures in Peru: A Journey to Machu Picchu and Beyond!Anna Dominique, traveled Sep. 2023
I recently went on a tour to Machu Picchu, and let me tell you, it was an incredible experience that made me appreciate Peru even more! The highlight of the trip was definitely our amazing tour guide, Jorge. I can't thank EF enough for having him as our guide. He made sure we felt safe and well taken care of throughout the entire journey, which made the whol... See more