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Fly into Lima and begin your Peruvian adventure! Meet your guide upon arrival and settle into your hotel. If time allows, explore some of Lima’s historic—and modern—sites before bed.
Lima - Cusco - City Tour
You don’t stay in Lima long as you board a flight to Cusco this morning. After landing, settle into your accommodations before heading out to explore Cusco on a guided city tour. Our first stop of the tour is at the Main Square, which had formerly been known as Huacaypata, or the Warrior’s Square. Nearby you also find the El Triunfo Cathedral, renowned for the engravings decorating its furniture and altar. The Spanish constructed El Triunfo on top of the Inca’s Suntur Wasi, or House of God.
Our tour continues to the Convent of Santo Domingo, another Spanish religious site constructed on top of an Inca temple—this time the Temple of the Sun, or Koricancha. Fittingly, the temple was said to have been gilded in gold. Our tour concludes at the ancient city of Cusco and the immense Incan fortress of Sacsayhuamán.
After our full day of exploration, relax and discover some delicious Peruvian restaurants for dinner.
Cusco - Mountain Biking to Moray and Maras
Today you explore the Sacred Valley by mountain bike! Hop onto your bike and pedal to our first stop: Moray. Learn about the Inca’s advanced agricultural technology and their work to create microclimates at this archaeological destination. Then, relax with a picnic lunch before continuing our ride on to Maras. Travel through stunning hilly countryside on this cross-country path before reaching the banks of the Urubamba river. Learn about the ingenious Maras salt mines before meeting up with our transport for the afternoon. Return to the Sacred Valley for the evening.
Sacred Valley - Santa Maria Rafting - Mangal
Enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting off on another full day of active adventure. Travel to the Malaga Pass and its stunning views of snowy Wakaywillca Peak and the Verónica Glacier. As we travel the pass, we descend into the eastern Andes’ lush temperate rainforest. You may hike some portions if you wish to catch sight of some of Peru’s exotic wildlife such as the sword-billed hummingbird, the crested quetzal, the scarlet-bellied tanagers, the Inca wren, and, of course, the impressive Andean condor. Listen to the ghosts of the Incas whispering in the rainforest canopy as you marvel at abandoned villages and ancient ruins.
Arrive at Santa Maria village and take a break for some lunch before setting out on our afternoon rafting adventure on the Urubamba river. Catch your breath on stunning views and Class III rapids alike as you paddle the water. After, we transfer to the El Manual Farm Lodge, where you have time to rest before joining a guided tour of the farm’s cacao, fruit and coffee plantations.
Santa Maria - Santa Teresa - Aguas Calientes
Wake to a fresh Peruvian breakfast and take some time to explore some more of the farm. Then, travel to Santa Teresa, a village where we find an adventure center. Sail through the forest canopy on one of South America’s highest zip lines or participate in one of the center’s other activities. After, relax with some lunch and a visit to nearby coffee plantations.
This afternoon, walk through the exotic and diverse Peruvian countryside. We later catch a train to Aguas Calientes where we spend the evening.
Machu Picchu - Cusco
Explore one of Peru’s most beloved historical sites today: Machu Picchu. We set off early toward the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, giving you plenty of time to explore the main sites of the sprawling Incan citadel situated in the lush tropical forest. If you wish, you may also choose to hike up the nearby Huayna Picchu—a mountain that rises higher than Machu Picchu and which offers its own selection of archeological mysteries.
Enjoy lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge before eventually meeting up with a train returning you to Ollantaytambo. From there, you continue on to Cusco.
Cusco - Lima
Catch a morning flight to Lima, where you check-in to your accommodations before venturing out into Lima for a leisurely, independent afternoon.
Lima - City Tour - Airport
Enjoy a final Peruvian adventure before leaving today! Join us on a half-day tour into the Historic Centre of Lima—a UNESCO World Heritage Centre—either in the morning or afternoon. Begin with a stroll around San Martin Square, sometimes known as the “Plaza de Armas” where you also find the historic Archbishop’s Palace, town hall, cathedral and Government Palace—all exemplary tour de forces of Spanish colonial architecture and South American colonial religious art. We end our tour with the renowned Larco Herrera Museum. Browse through 45,000 pre-Columbian archaeological objectives that trace over 3,000 years of Peru’s ancient history.
After we conclude our tour, return to the hotel for refreshment before catching your return international flight at the Lima airport.
Dates & Rates
Year round daily departures available.
Price from $4160 per person, based on 2 people sharing in Tourist Superior Hotels
Single Supplement: $975
Please inquire for availability and specific pricing.
• All Accommodations as outlined on the itinerary
• All meals as outlined on the itinerary
• Service of a bilingual guide (Spanish/English)
• All ground transportation while on tour
• Full service of our Adventure Consultants
• Airfare to, from and in Peru
• Meals not specified on the itinerary
• Alcoholic beverages
• Items of a personal nature
FAQ & More
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 responsible for these.
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.
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.
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.
The currency in Peru is called the Nuevo Sol or just Sol. The current dollar to sol exchange rate is $1 = S/ 3.00
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.
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.