In the Footsteps of the Incas

Sacred Valley, Peru
10 Days from $3,634 per person

Treading the paths of the Incas and their ancestors, we uncover the symbols of Peru, from Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu, traveling in comfort to this World Heritage Site aboard the Vistadome train.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… sailing across Lake Titicaca to the floating reed islands of the Uros Indians with an expert who introduces you to native villagers. You'll sample authentic tastes, such as the local favorite, chicha, a drink made by local women and served at a chicheria.

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  1. Bienvenidos a Lima. Upon arrival, you will be met by a local host and taken to your luxury hotel in fashionable Miraflores.
    hotel:Hilton Miraflores
  2. Today, a unique experience is waiting to welcome you to beautiful Peru. Meet Ignacio Barrios, a young chef who has worked alongside many of Peru's award-winning chefs. Visit a local market where Ignacio will explain how Peruvian fruits, vegetables, seafood and meat are the bases of Peruvian cooking. Visit Ignacio's cooking school where you will see a demonstration on how to prepare some of Peru's most popular foods. Then enjoy a Be My Guest Welcome Reception lunch of typical Peruvian dishes, such as aji de gallina and lomo saltado, created just for you by Ignacio and his sous chefs. After lunch, meet your Local Specialist for a city tour of Lima's highlights. Enjoy Lima's ancient districts and visit the Church of San Francisco, the most notable group of colonial buildings in the city. Its unique wooden cupola of Moorish design covers the imperial staircase. Explore the impressive underground catacombs along with a religious art museum and extensive library. The evening is yours to enjoy.
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  3. Fly to Cusco this morning. On the drive to the Sacred Valley, stop to meet a Shaman who will perform a Pago a la Tierra (Payment to Mother Earth) ceremony, an ancient ritual of the Andean culture and Cultural Insight to welcome you to Cusco and bless your trip. Afterward, stop to visit an animal rescue sanctuary, another Cultural Insight, in Cochahuasi where animals such as vicuñas, alpacas, llamas, and Andean condors are being protected and rehabilitated. You will also learn about the natural dyeing techniques used by native weavers as they show their various weaving styles and ways of dress, a Cultural Insight. Enjoy a box picnic lunch before exploring the vibrant handicraft market of Pisac. Visit a local chicheria to learn about chicha, a Cultural Insight and favorite drink of the Andes. Arrive at your luxurious valley retreat in the heart of the Andes this afternoon.
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    hotel:Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel and Wellness
  4. This morning, visit the Inca stronghold of Ollantaytambo before heading toward Machu Picchu aboard the Vistadome train (light snack included). Panoramic views of the valley and mountains are sure to delight. Once you arrive at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, explore the stunning ruins of this once-great fortress with a Local Specialist. Visit the great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved Intihuatana. Later, if you're interested, a cooking class will be offered by the hotel's head chef where you learn how to prepare Peruvian ceviche and mix the perfect pisco sour. Dinner is served at the hotel this evening.
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    hotel:Sumaq Machu Picchu
  5. Return to Machu Picchu and continue exploring on your own. Perhaps hike up to the Gate of the Sun for stunning views. Travel back to the Sacred Valley by train where your evening is free to explore Cusco or simply enjoy the amenities of your elegant hotel.
    hotel:Palacio del Inka, a Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel Authentic Accommodations
  6. Meet a Local Specialist and begin the day with a visit to Sacsayhuaman, an impressive site of ruins towering over Cusco and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then visit the Cathedral, a stunning example of colonial architecture that was completed in 1694 after over 100 years of construction. Also visit bohemian San Blas, a unique neighborhood with artisan shops and craft workshops. Stroll the cobblestone streets and admire the Incan Walls. Meet an anthropologist, your Local Specialist, from the renowned National University of Antonio Abad in Cusco and gain insight into Peru's history, geography and culture. Tonight, enjoy a your choice dining experience, giving you the option to dine at one of several local restaurants.
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  7. In the morning, fly to Juliaca where you will meet your Local Specialist to learn about daily life on the Peruvian Altiplano. After an included lunch, visit Sillustani, a lakeside pre-Incan burial ground to explore its chullpas (above ground tombs) before arriving in Puno along the shores of magnificent Lake Titicaca. Enjoy breathtaking views of the lake at sunset.
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    hotel:Libertador Lake Titicaca
  8. Cruise beautiful Lake Titicaca with a Local Specialist. Discover the floating islands constructed out of reeds by the Uros Indians. Set out for Taquile Island and a private tour where you'll meet local Quechua-speaking villagers, known for their knitting and weaving techniques. Learn more about the culture of the people living on the island and enjoy a Regional Meal luncheon. Tonight, dinner is at a favorite local restaurant in Puno.
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  9. This morning, your journey continues with a flight to Lima. Take advantage of some free time this afternoon. Tonight, experience one of Lima's most renowned museums after dark. Join a Local Specialist on a visit to the Larco Museum, full of pre-Columbian artifacts such as jewelry, ceramics and pots that offer insight into the cultures of ancient Peru. You'll then sit down to a gourmet Farewell Dinner of Peruvian dishes, as you overlook the museum's beautiful gardens; a night of great food and culture celebrating your Peruvian vacation.
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    hotel:Hilton Miraflores
  10. Say hasta luego to Peru and transfer to the airport for your flight home, or if you like, extend your stay at the Hilton Miraflores.

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Meal Summary

9 nights' accommodations, 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners.

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Cultural Insight

  • Meet a Shaman, visit an animal rescue sanctuary, a weaving center and a chicheria.

Be My Guest

  • Visit a local market with a young chef and enjoy a special lunch at his cooking school.

Authentic Accommodations

  • Spend the night in a Cusco mansion dating back over 500 years.

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Lima, Machu Picchu, Cusco, the Peruvian Altiplano, Lake Titicaca and at the Larco Museum.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Lima and Cusco
  • Visit an animal sanctuary in Cochahuasi, the outdoor market at Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, historic Sacsayhuaman, and the Uros Islands
  • Cruise Lake Titicaca
  • Scenic drive through the Sacred Valley
  • Iconic train journey aboard the Vistadome train
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
10 Jan 17 19 Jan 17 checkmark $3,991pp
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14 Feb 17 23 Feb 17 checkmark $3,991$3,634pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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7 Mar 17 16 Mar 17 $3,991$3,634pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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28 Mar 17 6 Apr 17 checkmark $3,991$3,634pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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25 Apr 17 4 May 17 $3,991$3,634pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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16 May 17 25 May 17 checkmark $3,991$3,634pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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23 May 17 1 Jun 17 $3,991$3,634pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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13 Jun 17 22 Jun 17 $3,991$3,634pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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11 Jul 17 20 Jul 17 checkmark $3,991$3,634pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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19 Sep 17 28 Sep 17 $3,991$3,634pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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26 Sep 17 5 Oct 17 $3,991$3,634pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,991 $3,634 pp
3 Oct 17 12 Oct 17 checkmark $3,991$3,634pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,991 $3,634 pp
17 Oct 17 26 Oct 17 $3,991$3,634pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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14 Nov 17 23 Nov 17 checkmark $3,991$3,634pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,991 $3,634 pp
5 Dec 17 14 Dec 17 $3,991$3,634pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,991 $3,634 pp

Crossovers: These departures will operate as per the 2016 itinerary; hotels and inclusions may vary.

undefinedFestival Departure: Christmas  celebration is arranged for this departure.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $1,175.

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $103 per person.

Land and Intra Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Lima-Cusco, Cusco-Juliaca and Juliaca-Lima and require purchase of round-trip air travel on LATAM airline between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities (ticket number required). If flying with another airline between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher.

Note: On the train to Machu Picchu, only hand luggage (overnight bag) can be taken. Your suitcase will be securely stored and returned to you in Cusco.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Peru must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Peru.

  • The currency in Peru is the Peruvian Sol. You can use your debit or credit card to pay in most places and will usually find a better exchange rate in Peru.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine.  Peruvian food is a colorful mix of cultural influences and flavorful ingredients. Sample popular specialties including seafood ceviche – the country’s national dish –stir fried beef, potatoes with spicy cheese sauce, and stuffed peppers. And there’s nothing quite like a South American pisco sour cocktail prepared with lemon juice, egg white, and pisco liqueur.

    The hot and spicy nature of Peruvian food, created by ají and ajo (hot pepper and garlic), has become celebrated at home and abroad. Peruvians enjoy a wide variety of vegetables, with over 2000 kinds of indigenous and cultivated potatoes alone. Tropical fruits are abundant. And the seafood is incredible. Try ceviche and the local seabass, prepared in a variety of ways. Typical dishes made with scallops (conchitas), mussels (choros), octopus (pulpo) and shrimp (camarones) are plentiful and delicious. Try the popular specialties sopa criolla (spicy soup with beef and noodles) and ají de gallina (shredded chicken in a piquant cream sauce).  Rice and potatoes accompany virtually every dish here. Alfajores (wafer-thin spirals of shortbread dusted with icing sugar) are Peru’s most popular dessert. 

    You’ll also encounter a variety of interesting beverages.  Peru’s most famous drink is the pisco sour cocktail, made from a potent grape brandy. Chicha de jora (fermented red or yellow corn juice) and chicha morada (non-alcoholic purple corn juice) are popular drinks dating from Inca times. Peruvian beers and national wines are also good.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of comfortable, lightweight clothing that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress in Peru’s various regions. Sturdy walking shoes are important. Insect repellent and sunscreen may come in handy, as well as a light jacket and reusable water bottle. A more formal outfit will serve you if you plan on dining out in nicer restaurants.  Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • There is no hard and fast rule about tipping when dining out in Peru. Some restaurants will add a service charge to the bill in which case there is no need to leave an additional tip. In upscale restaurants it is appropriate to leave 10 percent gratuity.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend the equivalent of $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


Extend your vacation with a pre-itinerary 5 day Peruvian Amazon package, including 3 nights in a jungle lodge. 

Prices for the extension start at $1,269* per person twin share (single supplement $250).

Prices include internal flights. Please note that guaranteed room share is not available on this extension.

Fly to Lima, Peru (international flights not included). Upon arrival in Lima, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free.
Wyndham Costa del Sol, Lima Airport

This morning fly to remote Puerto Maldonado, then enjoy a journey on the Madre de Rios river to your jungle lodge. Get your first taste of the rainforest as your expert guide introduces you to the trees, medicinal plants, insects and animals that call the jungle home. Before dinner take a short caiman-spotting expedition aboard a small boat.
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Enjoy breakfast then watch monkeys cavorting through the trees of Monkey Island. A short boat ride takes you to the Tambopata Candamo National Reserve. Disembark and hike through the jungle, admiring towering green walls of vegetation, the cacophony of birds, and the light filtering through the forest canopy. Arrive at Sandoval Lake where you might spot a wide variety of birds, monkeys, giant river otters, black caimans, or even the elusive anaconda. Enjoy a sunset over the lake before returning to the lodge for dinner.(FB,L,D)

Enjoy the morning at leisure to stroll the lodge grounds or take a swim. Later immerse yourself in local culture with member of the Ese'eja tribe and visit a local farm to learn about traditional agriculture. This evening relish your last dinner in the rainforest and watch the stars come out.

Enjoy a dawn excursion this morning to a popular feeding grounds for parrots. After breakfast bid farewell to the Amazon and head back to Puerto Maldonado for your flight to Lima. In Lima, join the rest of your tour group for Day 1 of In the Footsteps of the Incas.


*Prices are accurate as of 18 October 2016.

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