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Lima City Tour
Fly into Lima and begin your Peruvian outdoor adventure! Upon landing, you’re greeted by a Peru Unbound guide and taken to your hotel where you have some time to freshen up. This evening, get your first glimpse of Peru on a guided tour of Lima, the “City of Kings.” Pass through the Plaza de Armas, the Religious Art Museum and the new Magic Water Circuit in Lima’s Reserve Park—a Guinness World Record holding circuit known for its 13 stunning fountains that combine movement, lights, sounds and images. We also tour of Lima’s Historical Centre is the Government Palace, cathedral, and City Hall.
Enjoy a delicious Peruvian dinner before returning to your hotel for the evening.
Lima, Cusco & The Sacred Valley
Depart Lima this morning and fly to historic Cusco. Upon arrival, begin the day’s journey to the Sacred Valley. En route, visit the colorful Andean village of Pisac renowned for its marketplace that draws locals in from across the region. Peruse the stalls and the authentic goods before lunch. Spend this evening exploring the wonders of the Sacred Valley before bed.
Sacred Valley (Stand up paddle & Chinchero Textiles)
After a fresh breakfast, travel to the nearby Piuray Lagoon, where you can explore the sights on a stand-up paddle board and relax with a yoga session. Then, enjoy a picnic lunch surrounded by the Andean mountains.
This afternoon takes us to Chinchero Textiles, a center for Cusco’s traditional textiles. We’re joined by a woman dedicated to preserving and incorporating the ancient Inca’s weaving techniques as well as pre-Columbian knitting styles. Learn more about her passion and the center’s weaving techniques and dye procedures before enjoying a leisurely evening exploring the Sacred Valley.
Community Service - Healthy Breakfast - Aguas Calientes
Get a cooking lesson and help prepare breakfast for local children in today’s incredible service adventure. Begin your day early with a trip to the local marketplace, where your guide helps you purchase a selection of breakfast ingredients in preparation for this morning’s cooking lesson. Engage with the local producers before heading to a nearby local school, where you may interact with the children before heading to the school kitchen to prepare an authentic Peruvian breakfast for the children. Guests also have the option of donating a school materials kit for the children.
After this morning’s enlightening interaction with the children of Peru, travel to Ollantaytambo. A guided tour of the region prepares you for boarding the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival and check-in in this evening’s accommodations, discover some fine restaurants and sites on your own.
Machu Picchu & Cusco
Today takes you to one of the tour’s highlights: Machu Picchu. Travel to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu this morning and enjoy a full day of exploration as you tour the lost city’s main archeological sites. After venturing into the past, you also have the chance to trek up the towering Huayna Picchu—a stunning mountain known for its own historical landmarks and grand views.
Relax with some lunch at The Sanctuary Lodge before traveling back to Ollantaytambo and ultimately back to Cusco.
Cusco City Tour & Choco Museum
After a delicious breakfast, we visit some of the fascinating attractions that the city of Cusco has to offer. Visit Cusco's Spanish colonial monuments (including the Main Square) and cathedral, both rich in historical importance and visually striking. Our tour then takes us to the Convent and Church of Santo Domingo, which the Spanish constructed on top of the ancient Incan temple of Koricancha—fabled to have golden walls.
After this "golden" visit we explore the surrounding ruins of Cusco, including Sacsayhuamán. Sacsayhuamán puts Stonehenge to shame with its three overlapping platforms of boulders, each over 360m long. It is thought to be designed as a fortress of sorts. Even if that wasn't its original purpose, there's no denying that Sacsayhuamán was yet another great accomplishment among a long list of others for the Incans.
In the afternoon, tempt your tastebuds with a tour to a chocolate museum, where you can appreciate the different varieties of cacao and their transformation to delicious products. Learn how to prepare chocolate truffles or chocolate candies filled with flavored chocolate ganache. After visiting this delicious museum, return to hotel and enjoy Cusco’s many other adventures.
OPTIONAL: Kids may participate in the chocolate museum activity while parents may visit other destinations.
Cusco - Lima - Home
Enjoy a final Peruvian breakfast before traveling to the Cusco airport to catch your return flight home.
Dates & Rates
Year-round daily departures available.
Price per person $3605 based on 2 Travelers in Tourist Class 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, 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 responsibile 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.