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 60 days away, please call 800-766-2645 to purchase. This excursion is also non-refundable 65 days prior to 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 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.
Overall rating: 5 out of 5
Based on 213 authentic traveler reviews
Peru was Inca-redible!Rachel, traveled Dec. 2023
This trip was amazing! It’s definitely a bucket list trip and our tour director Max was amazing! He knew everyone and was so kind and knowledgeable about Peru. He made sure we all had our own personal experiences and had our own connections with Peru. His recommendations for restaurants and free time activities did not disappoint! Our group got very close wh... See more
Peru with Sally is life changingBriana, traveled Dec. 2023
This truly is the trip of a lifetime. I was so lucky to have Sally as my tour guide. Sally made this so much more than a trip to Machu Picchu. I came expecting some adventure and of course some amazing photos but left feeling changed as a human being. She shared so many beautiful stories and pieces of her culture that made me have a deeper appreciation for P... See more
SALLY IS THE BESTAnonymous, traveled Dec. 2023
If you book this trip and get Sally as your tour director, you are going to have the time of your life. No notes- she is an incredible human being and went above and beyond. If we wanted a recommendation, reservation, etc she would help us and even call places to get us a table with a good view, open a shop early, literally anything. I researched Peru on my ... See more
SALLY IS AMAZINGCandace, traveled Dec. 2023
Spending New Year's in Peru is something I will never forget! I am so grateful for the opportunity to experience the magic of Machu Picchu. This trip was amazing due to our Tour Director, Sally!!! She is so thoughtful and knowledgable of not only Peru but Machu Picchu! She made this trip an experience I'll never forget. You won't reget booking this trip!!