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Your Peruvian adventure begins in the fascinating city of Lima. Upon landing, you’re greeted by a Peru Unbound guide who escorts you to your evening accommodations. If you’re up to it, explore some of Lima’s sites and famous dining options before bed.
Travel to Cusco, City Tour
After breakfast, fly to historic Cusco. After landing, you have time to relax in your hotel and acclimatize to the altitude before this afternoon’s activities.
This afternoon, set off into Cusco on a city walking tour. View Cusco’s ancient Incan ruins and Spanish colonial monuments such as the Main Square—known to the Inca’s as the Warrior’s Square, or Huacaypata—and the El Triunfo Cathedral, known today for its altar engravings but which also has a rich past as a former Incan temple. Our walk also takes you to the Convent of Santo Domingo, a Dominican church constructed over the foundations of the Incan Temple of the Sun whose walls were said to have been coated with sheets of gold. The tour concludes with a visit to Sacsayhuamán, an Incan fortress set upon 3 massive platforms, and the ancient city of Cusco.
Return to your hotel and enjoy an evening of independent exploration before bed.
Explore Sacred Valley, Pisac and Ollantaytambo
Enjoy a fresh breakfast in Cusco before traveling to the culturally rich stretches of the Sacred Valley. We stop at the lively Pisac market, where Peruvians travel from across the region to buy and sell their traditional wares. After engaging with the locals and looking for some souvenirs, continue to the Ollantaytambo Fortress. This massive city serves as an excellent example of the Inca’s advanced urban planning, and you can explore an array of ancient military defenses, terraces, temples, quarries and storehouses.
After an afternoon witnessing the remains of the Inca’s impressive empire, continue to the Sacred Valley and your accommodations for the evening. This evening, set out on your own to explore the Sacred Valley and discover delicious Peruvian dining options.
Hike Inca Trail to Huayllabamba
Wake up to a hearty breakfast before heading to Piscacucho, also known as the Km 82. Meet up with your porters and equipment before setting off on Peru’s iconic trail: the Inca Trail. Trek through semi-arid terrain along the Uruamba River bordered by looming snow-capped mountains and dotted with Incan ruins. It’s a relaxed hiking day with plenty of views to take in before reaching our campsite at Huayllabamba.
Hiking Distance: 11 km/ 6 hours approximately
Hike Inca Trail to Pacaymayo
Stunning views and a freshly prepared breakfast greet you this morning. Today’s stretch of the Inca Trail takes you up to the heights of the Warmihuañusca Pass, a difficult stretch that rewards you with views of the Runkurakay ruins and the staggered shadows of the Vilcabamba mountain range. Rest and enjoy the views before continuing the hike down to Pacaymayo, where we make camp for the evening. Enjoy a delicious dinner before falling asleep under the stars.
Hiking Distance: 7km / 7 hours approximately
Hike Inca Trail to Phuyupatamarca
After a hearty breakfast, we continue on our way down another stretch of the Inca Trail. A short but snaking ascent takes you to the circular Runkurakay ruins. Explore the ruins before heading down a well-preserved Inca stone road to the steps leading to the Sayacmarca ruins. From Sayacmarca, the stone road leads into the jungle, continuing our trek towards the Phuyupatamarca ruins. A highlight of today’s hike is crossing “The Tunnel,” a cavity naturally produced by a landslide but adapted for use by the Incas. The trail then takes you across a small pass, from which you can the Phuyupatamarca ruins’ Ceremonial Center sitting below a set of steep steps. We make today’s camp in this stunning, historically rich area.
Hiking Distance: 7 km / 5 hours approximately
Hike Inca Trail to Wiñay Wayna and Machu Picchu
Wake to another morning of fresh Peruvian air and a hot breakfast. Then, begin the trek to Wiñay Wayna, Peru’s main archaeological site after the Machu Picchu citadel. Explore the site and take in the surrounding views of the Urubamba valley and the river snaking through it while you rest from the first stretch. Then, set back on the path toward our last pass of the day: the Inti Punku, or the Sun Gate. From here, views of Machu Picchu, set off into the hills, stretch before you.
After a short descent, meet our transport to Aguas Calientes, where we spend the night. Relax and get refreshed your your hotel before enjoying an evening of independent exploration.
Hiking Distance: 9 km / 8 hours approximately
Explore Machu Picchu, Travel to Cusco
After an early breakfast, venture out to explore one of Peru’s treasures: the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Wander through the ruins, learn more about the Inca’s enigmatic and evocative history and wonder at their artistic works before returning to Aguas Calientes. Enjoy a fresh lunch before hopping on a train back to Cusco. Upon arrival, travel to the hotel. Spend your final evening in Cusco with whatever adventures—active, historic or culinary—you wish before bed.
Depart Cusco for Lima, Travel Home
After a final Peruvian breakfast, travel to Cusco’s airport to meet your flight to Lima. From there, catch your return flight home.
Dates & Rates
Year-round daily departures available.
4050 per person, based on 2 people sharing in Tourist Superior Hotels
Single Supplement: $860
Please inquire for availability and pricing for larger groups.
• All Accommodations as outlined on the itinerary
• All meals as outlined on the itinerary
• Service of a bilingual guide (Spanish/English
• All transportation while on tour
• Full service of our Adventure Consultants
• Airfare to and from Peru
• Meals not specified on the itinerary
• Alcoholic beverages
• Items of a personal nature
FAQ & More
When is the best time to visit Peru?
Weather in Peru varies by region, for the coast (Lima, Ica, Nazca, Mancora, Trujillo) the best time to visit are the months of November to March when it is summer on the coast. In February in particular you have events like Carnaval, a very fun time of year on the coast. You can visit coastal cities during the winter (June to August) but Lima will be fairly overcast and cold as well as some other coastal cities.
For Andean cities such as Cusco, Ayacucho, Huaraz, Puno and Cajamarca the best time to visit is during their dry season which runs from May to September. During this time you can expect warm days and chilly nights and very little rain.
The Amazon Jungles of Peru have two season and they both can be equally rewarding. If seeing lots of birds and mammals (and enjoying a slightly cooler temperature) is your thing, then the December to May might be your best choice. (Remember: Despite being the "rainy" season, the Amazon only gets about 10% more rain than falls in the low water season). If jungle hikes, exotic migratory on their way through Amazonia, still having the chance to see monkeys and other mammals, and going on great fishing expeditions top your list, you might be happier choosing the warmer, low water season (June - November).
Do I need a Visa to visit Peru?
U.S citizens do not need a visa to visit Peru as long as it's a tourist visit of less than 90 days. You will be given your visa upon arrival in Lima. It's important that you hold on to this visa as many hotels will ask to see this document in order to exempt you from the IGV or Peruvian Sales Tax.
As Visa and Entry Requirements can change without prior notice, we recommend you check the current regulations before your trip to Peru with the nearest Peruvian Consulate or Embassy.
Do I need any medications or vaccinations to visit Peru?
There are no required vaccinations to visit Peru unless you plan to visit remote areas of the Peruvian Amazon, in which case you will need a yellow fever shot and you may want to take malaria medication as well. The Puerto Maldonado and Iquitos areas have not seen cases of either Malaria or Yellow fever in recent times.
Check with your Travel doctor regarding visiting Peru, we strongly recommend you bring medications for bacterial infections (Ciprofloxacin) that can affect your stomach as well as antidiarrheal medication (Immodium). Dramamine is also great for Altitude and motion sickness. For more Health Information for Travelers in Peru visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.
What is Altitude Sickness and how can I prevent it?
Altitude sickness, also known as Soroche in Peru, occurs when there is not enough oxygen reaching your brain. This typically occurs at elevations over 10,000ft. Shortness of breath and a pounding heart are the first symptoms as the thin air in high altitude can make you feel light headed and dizzy. As your symptoms progress you can get extremely nauseous and suffer from vomiting and intense headaches if not remedied by either medication or descending in altitude.
Preventing altitude sickness is easy, always allow for an extra day to acclimate when you visit in a location with high altitude. Relax in your hotel and lie down, drink plenty of fluids and avoid strenuous exercise. It can take up to a week to become full acclimated, many travelers don't have that amount of time so in order to acclimate fastest it is best to take it easy, avoid alcohol, cigarettes and heavy foods. If you begin to feel mild symptoms then we recommend you drink some Coca Tea (legal in Peru), even drinking carbonated drinks like Coca Cola help. It's important to realize that you get altitude sickness by not feeding your brain enough oxygen, so make sure you are breathing well, take decongestants if you have a cold or can't breathe well. Prescription medications such as Diamox can also be a great help.
In the higher elevation locations such as Cusco it is possible to purchase oxygen and buy medications in case you are having a real hard time acclimating. Most larger hotels in these areas can also offer extra oxygen to be pumped in your room for an additional charge.
Should I purchase travel insurance before my trip?
Travel insurance is recommended to protect your trip as well as your belongings and scheduling should any unforeseen events arise. Guests must provide their own travel insurance. If you decide not to purchase travel insurance then you are directly responsible for your own belongings and wellbeing. Our guides will always be around to help you should any situation arise, however when it comes to paying for any medical expenses or additional flights due to airline cancellations, you will be responsibile for these.
What's the weather like in Peru?
The weather in Peru varied; it has 28 of the world's 32 different climates. Generally speaking, May through October is the dry season; November through April is the rainy season, and the wettest months are January through April in the highlands. In mountain areas, roads and trek paths may become impassable. Peru's climate, though, is markedly different among its three vastly different regions. The coast is predominantly arid and mild, the Andean region (highlands) is temperate to cold, and the eastern lowlands are tropically warm and humid.
On the desert coast, summer (Dec-Apr) is hot and dry, with temperatures reaching 77°-95°F or more along the north coast. In winter (May-Oct), temperatures are much milder, though with high humidity. Much of the coast, including Lima, is shrouded in a gray mist called garua. Only the extreme northern beaches are warm enough for swimming.
In the highlands from May to October, rain is scarce. Daytime temperatures reach a warm (68°-77°F, and nights are often quite cold (near freezing), especially in June and July. Rainfall is very abundant from December to March, when temperatures are slightly milder 64°-68°F. The wettest months are January and February. Most mornings are dry, but clouds move in during the afternoon and produce heavy downpours.
Though the Amazon jungle is consistently humid and tropical, with significant rainfall year-round, it, too, experiences two clearly different seasons. During the dry season (May-Oct), temperatures reach 86°-100°F during the day. From November to April, there are frequent rain showers (which last only a few hours at a time), causing the rivers to swell, and temperatures are humid.
What should I pack for my trip?
Packing for your trip depends on the season and locations you will be visiting. Peru has almost all of the world’s climates nestled between the coast, the Andes and the Jungle. For that reason it is important that you to pack layered clothing, that is bring a piece of clothing for both hot and warm conditions, clothing you can take on and off easily as the climates change. Refer to the provided packing list for details of what to bring on your specific trip.
Is Peru safe to visit?
Peru is generally safe to visit and the security in the major cities is getting better as the economy and tourism grows. That is not to say that there is no crime, like any of the other big cities of the world opportunistic crimes such as pickpocketing and theft are present. Below are some tips to minimize your chance of falling victim to these crimes.
1. Travel in groups and avoid dark streets at night – Basic advice but good. Thieves will target you if you stumble alone into a dark street. Avoid areas that are not well lit, this applies even if you are in a group
2. When using ATM, have a friend with you – They can keep guard from behind when using an ATM and always check that the card entry slot has not been tampered with.
3. Keep belongings out of site in vehicles - When in taxis or other modes of transport put your belongings under your feet or in the back where they cannot be seen.
4. Valuables – Most hotels will have room safes where you can leave your valuables or will have a safe in reception.
5. Blend in - don't carry large bags or luggage with you all the time, leave valuables at your hotel, try and look and act like a local. If you must check your travel guide or map then step into a cafe or restaurant.
6. Wear backpack on front, bring travel purse - Again avoid carrying large bags, if you must carry a backpack wear it on your front. Invest in a travel wallet, where you can have your money and valuables hidden from view.
7. Be Aware - a commonly used phrase in Peru is Mosca or Fly, the saying means to be aware of your surroundings. When leaving a restaurant or nightclub be sure to check that you have not left any personal belongings.
8. Taxis - If possible always have your hotel call a reputable taxi driver for you if you decide to go explore your location further. Always agree on a price before you get into a taxi to avoid confusion later, taxis are seldom more than S/.20 for a local trip. If catching a cab away from your hotel be sure your driver has identification visible, if possible go to the nearest hotel and ask them to call you a cab.
What is the currency in Peru?
The currency in Peru is called the Nuevo Sol or just Sol. The current dollar to sol exchange rate is $1 = S/ 3.00
What are the Electrical Outlet/ Voltage Details in Peru?
Electricity in Peru is 220 Volts and 60 Hertz (cycles per second). If you want to use a 110-volt appliance in Peru, you’ll need to buy a power adapter. Most outlets in Peru accept US standard two flat blade male. Some larger Hotels have US 110 volt outlets available.
How can I get the most out of my trip to Peru?
We recommend you do some reading on Peru's history to make the most of your trip. Travel guides are a great resource, this way you get to know a little more about the locations you are visiting.
We can't stress the importance of learning about the incredible cuisine. Search for recipes online and make a list of dishes to try in Peru. These should include Ceviche, Pachamanca, Anticuchos, Papa a la Huancaina, Causa, Rocotto Relleno among others, there really are too many to name.
Learn a little Spanish. A little Spanish goes a long way in Peru, not only will it help you get better prices in cabs for example but you will be able to barter better on souvenirs and goods. Interacting with Peruvians will be more rewarding as you will learn where the local hot spots are as well as get recommendations for places to see and restaurants to try. Even just learning to say thank you (Gracias) and please (Por Favor) when asking for things will go a long way in how well you are treated by others.
Most importantly we ask that you travel with an open mind. Peruvian culture is very different from the westernized world with different values and customs. You should always be mindful of these and be very patient with people.
Although Peru is going through a great period of economic growth and prosperity it is still a third world nation and the service sector still needs room to better develop. We're sure you'll have a great time in Peru if you visit with no expectations and with an adventurous spirit, a relaxed attitude and curiosity to explore a new culture.