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In the Footsteps of the Incas

11 Day Peru Tour of Lima & Machu Picchu

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Footsteps of the Incas Guided Tour
11 Days
1 Country

Peru

9 Cities

Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, Juliaca, Sillustani, Lake Titicaca, Taquile Island

18 Meals

1 Welcome Reception, 10 Breakfasts, 3 Lunchs, 1 Be My Guest, 1 Dinner, 1 Regional Dinner, 1 Farewell Dinner

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar
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From the cloud forests of the Andes to the birthplace of the sun at Lake Titicaca, this journey through Peru's altiplanos and the famous floating Uros Islands traces the ancient past of the Incas. Visits with local weavers, corn farmers, and expert photographers infuse this Peru tour with captivating culture.

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Day 1

Arrive Lima

The Capital of the New World extends a warm welcome on your epic voyage through the iconic and unexpected highlights of Peru. Meet your local host on arrival and transfer to your hotel in the upscale shopping district of Miraflores. This evening, you’ll join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception at 6 p.m. 

The Government Palace of Peru in Lima, Peru
Accommodation Iberostar Hotel Lima
Included Meals Welcome Reception

Day 2

Lima Sightseeing

Start your city tour taking in of the highlights of Lima. Visit Casona San Marcos, where you’ll enjoy a snack from a local vendor learn more about the fascinating history of this ancient building from Local Specialists. During a short workshop, learn to play the “cajón” percussion instrument and get an introduction to the basic steps of “musica negra”, a dance that originated in Chincha (near Paracas). Continue to the Main Square of Lima for more views and history. Choose to join a walking tour of Miraflores with a local expert highlighting the popular Larcomar shopping center and on towards the Kennedy Parkor for dinner at one of the restaurants in “Pasaje de Ramón”.

Man in traditional hat in Lima, Peru
Accommodation Iberostar Hotel Lima
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience See wildlife on a jungle trail in the Amazon, Peru
Visit with local specialist - Jungle Trails

Join a local specialist for a gentle hike to explore jungle trails that snake between the roots of towering trees for an immersive introduction to ...

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Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Night river cruise in Madre de dios, Amazon, Peru
Scenic Cruise - River Night Watch

Under the cloak of night, cruise the Madre de Dios River at night in search of wildlife that roams the riverbanks under darkness. Keep on the looko...

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Iconic Experience Beach in Lima, Peru
Lima City Tour

Take in the highlights of Lima, the 'City of the Kings,' including a panoramic view of the ancient districts. Join a local specialist for a visit t...

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Dive Into Culture
Casona San Marcos Experience

Dive into the rich history of Casona San Marcos, an ancient building in Lima now part of the property of a university. Learn to play the “cajón” (m...

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Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Optional Experiences Visit the Magic Circuit Of The Water in Lima, Peru
Experience The Magic Circuit Of The Water

The Magic Water Circuit is the world's largest fountain complex of beautiful interactive fountains featuring swaying water, colored lights and lase...

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Optional Experiences

Day 3

Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley (2 Nights)

We board a morning flight to Cusco, the gateway to Peru's treasured Sacred Valley, where you'll enjoy a Peruvian lunch with sweeping views of the Sacred Valley. Then we'll Dive Into Culture and meet a Shaman who will perform a special ceremony welcoming you to Peru. Tonight, you'll check in at your Stays With Stories along the banks of the Vilcanota River, on the grounds of an old 17th-century colonial hacienda. It is great for morning birders and afternoon walks in the gardens.

Man playing flute in Lima, Peru
Accommodation Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Dive Into Culture Woman performing ritual in Sacred Valley, Peru
Sacred Valley Quechua Shaman

We'll Dive into Culture and meet a Quechua Shaman who will perform a ceremony welcoming you to Peru.

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Dive Into Culture

Trafalgar Difference Lounge, Aranwa Sacred Valley, Sacred Valley, Per
17th-century colonial hacienda

Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness is built along the Vilcanota riverbank, on the lands of an old 17th-century colonial hacienda.

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Trafalgar Difference

Iconic Experience Inkaterra canopy walkway, Amazon, Peru
Visit Inkaterra Canopy Walkway

Climb the exhilarating Inkaterra Canopy Walkway for an unforgettable opportunity to observe the rainforest from its rooftop. Follow a sophisticated...

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Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience See Giant Otters in Lake Sandoval, Amazon, Peru
Lake Sandoval Hike

Embark on a half-day hike on a boardwalk jungle trail to Lake Sandoval, a glassy ox-bow lake tucked inside the protected Tambopata National Reserve...

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Day 4

Sacred Valley

Connect With Locals over a Be My Guest experience lunch, learn about the culture surrounding the production of Giant White Corn. Our hosts will demonstrate the differences between traditional farming techniques and the newer technologies used today. Revel in the romance of the local Marinera dance. The marinera is the best-known couple dance on the coast of Peru. It is characterized by the use of handkerchiefs, steps of great elegance and rhythmic music similar to the Aragonese jota, the zamacueca and the Chilean cueca, but with its own Peruvian identity that flaunts the Hispano-indigenous-African miscegenation. For the same reason, over the years Andean and highland versions have emerged.

This evening, meet Local Specialist, Peter Frost, a writer, photographer and independent scholar who has explored the Andes and Amazon for 47 years, locating and investigating the previously unknown Inca and pre-Inca site of Qoriwayrachina. He currently resides in Peru and works as an accompanying expert for National Geographic Expeditions.

Food in Sacred Valley, Peru
Accommodation Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness
Included Meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
Be My Guest Learn about Giant White Corn production in farm in Sacred Valley, Peru
Sacred Valley Giant Corn Farm

Connect with Locals over a Be My Guest experience lunch, learn about the culture surrounding the production of Giant White Corn. Our hosts will dem...

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Be My Guest

Dive Into Culture Meet 'Local Specialist', Peter Frost who has explored the Andes and Amazon, Peru
Meet Peter Frost

This evening, meet Local Specialist Peter Frost, a writer, photographer and independent scholar who has explored the Andes and Amazon for 47 years,...

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Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience See frogs in wetlands Amazon, Peru
Visit Wetlands

Discover the Amazon’s otherworldly realm of aguajales rainforest swampland on a gentle hike along a –200 meter (656 feet) walkway through this dive...

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Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Explore the Amazon Rainforest by night, Peru
Explore Rainforest by Night

Boldly venture out at night to discover some of the strange species that come alive under deep darkness in the Amazon. Wildlife activity greatly di...

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Iconic Experience

Day 5

Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

Visit the mystical Incan stronghold of Ollantaytambo with a Local Specialist, en route to Machu Picchu, a village in the Sacred Valley, set on the Urubamba River amid majestic mountains. It's known for the Ollantaytambo ruins, a massive Inca fortress with large stone terraces on a hillside. Then, ascend to the Lost City in the Clouds aboard the Vistadome train (light snack included), travel by where the Inca Trail starts, where you can view hikers and porters along the way. Here you will delve into the mysteries of this once-great civilization, joining your Local Specialist for an exploration of the temples, palaces and terraces whose construction defy imagination. Visit the iconic great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved Intihuatana, most likely used as a sundial centuries ago. After returning to our hotel we will Connect With Locals and learn how to prepare an authentic Ceviche and pour the perfect Pisco sour.

View of Machu Picchu, Peru
Accommodation SUMAQ Machu Picchu Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Learn how to prepare ceviche and pisco sour at Sumaq hotel, Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu Ceviche and Pisco Sour

Learn how to prepare an authentic Ceviche and pour the perfect Pisco sour.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Ollantaytambo Fortress Visit Machu Picchu, Peru
Ollantaytambo Visit

Visit the mystical Incan stronghold of Ollantaytambo with a Local Specialist. These famous ruins are a massive Inca fortress made of large stone te...

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Iconic Experience Train from Cuzco to Machu Pichu, Peru
Epic Ride to Machu Picchu

Soak in every moment of your Machu Picchu tour in style as you descend to the Lost City in the clouds aboard the Vistadome train. Traveling the Inc...

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Iconic Experience View of Machu Picchu, Peru
Visit Machu Picchu

Take a shuttle to the top of the mountain where you’ll meet your local specialist for a guided hike of Machu Picchu. You’ll learn about Machu Picch...

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Day 6

Machu Picchu – Cusco

The ruins of Machu Picchu beckon yet again and we enjoy one final opportunity to reconnect with its story, spending some time on our own to explore the hill-top fortress. Next, we’ll journey back to the Sacred Valley by train, stopping en route to Cusco to MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® and learn about the natural dyeing techniques used by native weavers. Visit the Pisac handicraft market followed by sampling the sweet flavors of chicha as we Dive Into Culture, savoring the favorite drink of the Andes. Then a Stays With Stories tonight, in what was once an old, colonial Hacienda located in the historic center of Cusco.

Train from Cusco to Machu Pichu, Peru
Accommodation Hotel Novotel Cusco
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Chicha de jora in Machu Picchu, Peru
Sweet Flavors at Local Chicheria

Enjoy the flavors of chicha, a Peruvian corn beer. Hear about how chicha is brewed by the local indigenous women and its history dating back to the...

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Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience View of Machu Picchu, Peru
More Time at Machu Picchu

The ruins of Machu Picchu beckon yet again and we enjoy one final opportunity to reconnect with its story. Journey to take in the ruins at sunrise ...

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Day 7

Cusco Sightseeing

Begin your day at the ruins of the UNESCO-listed Incan Sacsayhuaman fortress overlooking Cusco. Admire the massive, sacred stonework before your Local Specialist guides you through Cusco’s colonial center. During your city tour, visit the shop of the social project Mantay, a housing and education project for underage mothers to live here and learn a craft or trade. Later, you’ll join another Local Specialist who will reveal insights into the nearby 13th-century Incan settlement of Qoriwayrachina. The afternoon is free to join an optional experience including a visit to the Chocolate Museum, Cusco off the beaten track or the greenhouse and salt wells of Maras and Moray.

Ruins in Cusco, Peru
Accommodation Hotel Novotel Cusco
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Traveller stood at Coricancha Temple in Cusco, Peru
Cusco City Tour

Join your Local Specialist for a guided walk through Cusco's colonial center, including the nearby 13th century Incan settlement of Koricancha. Her...

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Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Visit Sacsayhuaman Cusco, Peru
Visit Ruins of the Sacsayhuamán Fortress

Begin your day at the ruins of the UNESCO-listed Sacsayhuamán fortress overlooking Cusco. With zig zagging walls and ruins of giant stones, see how...

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Iconic Experience

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Visit the Store of the Social Project “Mantay”

During your city tour on the outskirts of Cusco, visit the shop of the social project Mantay, a housing and education project for underage mothers ...

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Included in Trip

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Optional Experiences Sacred Valley Salt Mines in Maras, Peru
Moray and Maras

Explore ancient history and living traditions on a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Maras Salt Mine. Discover how salt from this region where the...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit and enjoy a workshop at Choco Museum, Cusco, Peru
Visit and Workshop at Choco Museum

Visit the Choco Museum where you will learn the Peruvian chocolate making process from the cacao bean to the chocolate bar. You will participate in...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Cusco After Dark

Experience Cusco like never before! During your walking tour through the streets of the ancient city, you will learn its darkest secrets. Stories o...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
Cusco - Off the Beaten Track

Start your visit with the oldest Cemetery of Cusco, Cementerio General de la Almudena. Your guide will not only explain burial rites, but also rela...

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Optional Experiences

Day 8

Cusco – Juliaca – Lake Titicaca

Fly to Juliaca and meet a Local Specialist to learn about daily life on the Peruvian altiplano. After an included al fresco lunch, visit Sillustani, a pre-Incan burial ground on the shores of Lake Umayo where striking chullpas (stone tombs) are scattered across the landscape, inviting you to step back in time. Then travel via Puno along the shores to Lake Titicaca, the birthplace of the sun. Here you’ll Dive Into Culture visiting the home of Víctor Coila, his wife Mariluz, and their two daughters for a meal of quinoa bread, potatoes with cheese and authentic chaco sauce.

Sillustani in Lake Umayo, Peru
Accommodation GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Iconic Experience Sillustani in Lake Umayo, Peru
Visit Sillustani and Enjoy Lunch by Lake Umayo

Enjoy lunch alfresco next to Lake Umayo on your way to Sillustani, a pre-Incan burial ground on the shores of Lake Umayo. Join a local specialist a...

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Dive Into Culture Travellers sharing food during their interactive Peruvian Dinner in Cusco, Peru
Visit Local Family

Visit the home of Víctor Coila and his wife Mariluz, and their two daughters, Luz Mery and Carla Mercedes. Join the family to try quinoa bread, pot...

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Dive Into Culture

Day 9

Lake Titicaca Excursion

Connect With Locals as you cruise the deep blue waters of Lake Titicaca, passing floating islands constructed by the Uros people. Next, in the midst of South America’s largest lake lies Taquile Island, where we’ll Dive Into Culture and embark on a private tour to gain insights into the tradition of knitting and weaving for which the local villagers - men and women - are renowned. Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by UNESCO. This experience aligns with UN's Global goal 10, reduced inequalities. Enjoy a lunch here and learn more about the islanders’ unique way of life upon islets make of totora reeds, which grow in the lake, and are attached to sticks driven into the bottom of the lake. Tonight, we indulge in a Regional Dinner at our favorite local restaurant in Puno.

Reed Boat In Lake Titicaca, Peru
Accommodation GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Regional Dinner
Iconic Experience Boat cruise on Lake Titicaca in Peru
Lake Titicaca Cruise

We cruise the deep blue waters of Lake Titicaca with a Local Specialist, discovering its floating islands constructed from reeds by the Uros Indians

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Visit Taquile Island in Lake Titicaca, Peru
Lake Titicaca Taquile Island Locals

Arrive at Taquile Island, where we'll embark on a private tour to gain insights into the tradition of Textile Art for which the local villagers-men...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Day 10

Lake Titicaca – Juliaca – Lima

This morning we return to Lima, enjoying an afternoon at leisure after our flight. Enjoy time on your own to explore the capital of Peru, settled on the country's arid Pacific coast. We’ll join a Local Specialist this evening, visiting one of Lima's most renowned museums after dark - the Larco Museum. Admire the pre-Columbian artefacts that reveal insights into the cultures of ancient Peru. Then, sit down to a gourmet Farewell Dinner filled with Peruvian flavors as you overlook the museum's beautiful gardens.

Larco Museum in Lima, Peru
Accommodation Iberostar Hotel Lima
Included Meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Iconic Experience Visit The Larco Museum in Lima, Peru
Visit the Larco Museum

Join a local specialist for a tour of the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum which houses the largest private collection of pre-Columbian Peruvian art in ...

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Day 11

Depart Lima

For now it’s time to say a fond hasta luego to Lima and transfer to the airport for your flight home, or consider extending your stay at the Novotel Lima.

Baby Alpaca in Lima, Peru
Included Meals Breakfast

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Scenic Cruise - River Night Watch

Under the cloak of night, cruise the Madre de Dios River at night in search of wildlife that roams the riverbanks under darkness. Keep on the looko...

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Lima City Tour

Take in the highlights of Lima, the 'City of the Kings,' including a panoramic view of the ancient districts. Join a local specialist for a visit t...

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Dive Into Culture
Casona San Marcos Experience

Dive into the rich history of Casona San Marcos, an ancient building in Lima now part of the property of a university. Learn to play the “cajón” (m...

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Dive Into Culture
Sacred Valley Quechua Shaman

We'll Dive into Culture and meet a Quechua Shaman who will perform a ceremony welcoming you to Peru.

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Trafalgar Difference
17th-century colonial hacienda

Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness is built along the Vilcanota riverbank, on the lands of an old 17th-century colonial hacienda.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Inkaterra Canopy Walkway

Climb the exhilarating Inkaterra Canopy Walkway for an unforgettable opportunity to observe the rainforest from its rooftop. Follow a sophisticated...

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Lake Sandoval Hike

Embark on a half-day hike on a boardwalk jungle trail to Lake Sandoval, a glassy ox-bow lake tucked inside the protected Tambopata National Reserve...

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Be My Guest
Sacred Valley Giant Corn Farm

Connect with Locals over a Be My Guest experience lunch, learn about the culture surrounding the production of Giant White Corn. Our hosts will dem...

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Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Meet Peter Frost

This evening, meet Local Specialist Peter Frost, a writer, photographer and independent scholar who has explored the Andes and Amazon for 47 years,...

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Iconic Experience
Visit Wetlands

Discover the Amazon’s otherworldly realm of aguajales rainforest swampland on a gentle hike along a –200 meter (656 feet) walkway through this dive...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Explore Rainforest by Night

Boldly venture out at night to discover some of the strange species that come alive under deep darkness in the Amazon. Wildlife activity greatly di...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Machu Picchu Ceviche and Pisco Sour

Learn how to prepare an authentic Ceviche and pour the perfect Pisco sour.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Ollantaytambo Visit

Visit the mystical Incan stronghold of Ollantaytambo with a Local Specialist. These famous ruins are a massive Inca fortress made of large stone te...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Epic Ride to Machu Picchu

Soak in every moment of your Machu Picchu tour in style as you descend to the Lost City in the clouds aboard the Vistadome train. Traveling the Inc...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Machu Picchu

Take a shuttle to the top of the mountain where you’ll meet your local specialist for a guided hike of Machu Picchu. You’ll learn about Machu Picch...

See More
Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Sweet Flavors at Local Chicheria

Enjoy the flavors of chicha, a Peruvian corn beer. Hear about how chicha is brewed by the local indigenous women and its history dating back to the...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
More Time at Machu Picchu

The ruins of Machu Picchu beckon yet again and we enjoy one final opportunity to reconnect with its story. Journey to take in the ruins at sunrise ...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Cusco City Tour

Join your Local Specialist for a guided walk through Cusco's colonial center, including the nearby 13th century Incan settlement of Koricancha. Her...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Ruins of the Sacsayhuamán Fortress

Begin your day at the ruins of the UNESCO-listed Sacsayhuamán fortress overlooking Cusco. With zig zagging walls and ruins of giant stones, see how...

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Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Visit the Store of the Social Project “Mantay”

During your city tour on the outskirts of Cusco, visit the shop of the social project Mantay, a housing and education project for underage mothers ...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Sillustani and Enjoy Lunch by Lake Umayo

Enjoy lunch alfresco next to Lake Umayo on your way to Sillustani, a pre-Incan burial ground on the shores of Lake Umayo. Join a local specialist a...

See More
Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Visit Local Family

Visit the home of Víctor Coila and his wife Mariluz, and their two daughters, Luz Mery and Carla Mercedes. Join the family to try quinoa bread, pot...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Lake Titicaca Cruise

We cruise the deep blue waters of Lake Titicaca with a Local Specialist, discovering its floating islands constructed from reeds by the Uros Indians

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Lake Titicaca Taquile Island Locals

Arrive at Taquile Island, where we'll embark on a private tour to gain insights into the tradition of Textile Art for which the local villagers-men...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit the Larco Museum

Join a local specialist for a tour of the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum which houses the largest private collection of pre-Columbian Peruvian art in ...

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Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Tickets for a ride aboard the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu
A Trafalgar bonus all Intra-Air Flights: Lima to Cusco, Cusco to Juliaca and Juliaca to Lima, including porter service at all airports.
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.
Discover the Amazon’s otherworldly realm of aguajales rainforest swampland during your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and learn how vegetation has adapted to the exotic species that are drawn here.

What to expect

Explore Lima and Cusco with a Local Specialist, learn about giant white corn, and watch a local Marinera dance performance 
Visit the outdoor market at Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman ruins, the Uros Islands, and enjoy a Casona San Marcos Experience
Scenic Cruise on the Lake Titicaca
Scenic Drive through the Sacred Valley
Scenic Train Ride to Machu Picchu aboard the Vistadome train

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Experience The Magic Circuit Of The Water

The Magic Water Circuit is the world's largest fountain complex of beautiful interactive fountains featuring swaying water, colored lights and lase...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Moray and Maras

Explore ancient history and living traditions on a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Maras Salt Mine. Discover how salt from this region where the...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Visit and Workshop at Choco Museum

Visit the Choco Museum where you will learn the Peruvian chocolate making process from the cacao bean to the chocolate bar. You will participate in...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Cusco After Dark

Experience Cusco like never before! During your walking tour through the streets of the ancient city, you will learn its darkest secrets. Stories o...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Cusco - Off the Beaten Track

Start your visit with the oldest Cemetery of Cusco, Cementerio General de la Almudena. Your guide will not only explain burial rites, but also rela...

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Additional Cost Applies

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Languages across Peru: Spanish is the official language of Peru.
  • Currency used in Peru: The currency of Peru is the Peruvian Sole (S/).
  • Capital city: The capital of Peru is Lima.
  • Time Zone(s) in Peru: The main time zone used in Peru is Peru Standard Time (PET).

 

Perupassport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Peru.
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

The weather and climate in Peru vary significantly due to its diverse geography and varying elevations. Along the coastal region, which includes cities like Lima, the climate is generally mild and arid. Summers are warm and dry, while winters are cooler and often overcast. In the highland areas of the Andes, such as Cusco and Machu Picchu, the climate is cooler due to the higher elevations. The weather can change rapidly in the highlands, with cool temperatures during the day and cold nights. The Amazon rainforest region in eastern Peru experiences a tropical climate, with high temperatures, high humidity, and abundant rainfall throughout the year. In the southern region, including Arequipa and Lake Titicaca, the climate is more temperate, with warm summers and cooler winters.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Clothing:

  • Comfortable hiking shoes or boots: Suitable for walking and light hikes. You should also consider bringing sandals or flip-flops for lounging or beach days.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Quick-dry pants: Opt for comfortable pants that dry quickly if they get wet.
  • Layers: To ensure you're ready for any situation, it's wise to pack adaptable, layered clothing.
  • Rain gear: Waterproof rain jacket and pants are a must to stay dry during rainy spells.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

As an American citizen traveling to Peru, here's what you need to know about electricity, adapters, hair dryers, and air conditioning:

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz. In  Peru, the standard voltage is also 220V, and the frequency is 60Hz. The outlets commonly used are Type A and Type C. Type A outlets have two flat parallel pins, while Type C outlets have two round pins.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in Peru. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

Adapters and Converters

  • If you plan to bring American appliances, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220 from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the power outlets.
  • It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.
  • To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances.

We recommend purchasing a universal adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Many hotels in Peru provide hair dryers in their rooms for guests to use, especially those catering to international travelers. These hair dryers are usually compatible with the local voltage and plug types, so you won't typically need to worry about bringing your own unless you have specific preferences or requirements.

If you have a high-powered or specialized hair dryer that you prefer to use, or if you're staying in accommodations that might not provide hair dryers, you can bring a travel hair dryer that's designed to work with various voltage levels and plug types. This way, you'll ensure that you can use your hair dryer regardless of the specific electrical setup in the hotel.

Remember also to pack any necessary travel adapters or voltage converters if your hair dryer is not compatible with the local voltage and plug type. It's always better to be prepared to ensure a comfortable and hassle-free experience during your trip.

If you are unsure about the electrical compatibility or amenities provided by a specific hotel, you can see if they provide this information on their site or contact them directly before your trip to inquire about the availability of hair dryers and other electrical considerations for international travelers. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but cannot find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

  • Air conditioning is used in Peru, especially during the hot summer months. Given the warm climate, air conditioning helps maintain comfortable indoor temperatures. Restaurants, shopping malls, museums, and other public spaces typically have air conditioning to provide relief from the heat. 
  • In more traditional or older buildings, air conditioning might not be as prevalent as in modern structures.
  • Keep in mind that local customs and practices might influence the use of air conditioning.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold, and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

Traveling on a guided tour can be an exciting and enriching experience. However, it's essential to prioritize your health and safety while exploring new territories. Staying informed, prepared, and cautious will go a long way in ensuring a safe and enjoyable travel experience. Always stay in touch with your Travel Director and always follow their recommendations.

Here are some health advice and recommendations for travelers:

Visit the Doctor: Before embarking on your trip, schedule a visit with a medicine specialist or your healthcare provider. They can provide personalized health advice based on your medical history, current health status, and the specific countries you'll be visiting.

Travel Insurance: Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, evacuations, and trip cancellations.

First Aid Kit: Carry a basic kit with essential items like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, antidiarrheal medication, and any prescribed medications.  

Stay Hydrated: Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, avoid strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day, and rest in air-conditioned or shaded areas.

Respect Local Customs: Respect local customs and dress codes, especially in conservative areas. Dress modestly, particularly when visiting religious sites.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack an adequate supply of your prescription medications and carry them in their original packaging, along with a copy of your prescription. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these. 

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of $1.00-$2.00 USD per person/half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/day is listed in your travel documents.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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