8 Days
1 Country

Peru

4 Cities

Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu

13 Meals

1 Welcome Reception, 7 Breakfasts, 2 Lunchs, 2 Dinners, 1 Farewell Dinner

Active

Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar

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You’re in for an adventure on this tour of Peru exploring Inca treasures, wild landscapes, and ancient legends, all topped off with the opportunity to sample classic Peruvian pisco sour. Step back in time at Machu Picchu, get lost in the heady buzz of a local market in Lima and discover textile art from a Quechua scholar.

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Day-by-day itinerary

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.

Monastery of San Francisco in Lima, Peru
Accommodation Iberostar Hotel Lima
Included Meals Welcome Reception

Day 2

Experience the Sights and Flavors of Lima

Connect with the colonial heritage of Francisco Pizzaro’s 'City of Kings', admiring the colonial splendor of Lima’s UNESCO-listed Historic Center. Stand in the birthplace of this ancient, yet modern city, surrounded by the Baroque façades of Cathedral of Lima and Palace of the Union. See the Church of San Francisco and discover its hidden catacombs. Celebrate Lima’s status as the culinary capital of South America and Connect With Locals when you meet Ignacio Barrios, who has worked alongside many of Peru's most award-winning chefs. We visit a local market where Ignacio will explain how Peruvian fruits, vegetables, seafood and meats are the basis of Peruvian cooking. Then, continue to Chef Ignacio's cooking school where we’ll enjoy a demonstration on how to prepare some of Peru's most popular dishes and have an opportunity to sample some at a Be My Guest experience lunch before spending the rest of the day at leisure.

Main Square in Lima, Peru
Accommodation Iberostar Hotel Lima
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Be My Guest Visit Chef Ignacio Cooking School in Lima, Peru
Chef Ignacio Cooking School and Lunch

Visit a local market with Chef Ignacio and enjoy a special lunch at his cooking school.

Included in Trip

Be My Guest

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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Iconic Experience

Dive Into Culture Visit to Bodega El Catador to learn about and taste the finest pisco in the country, Ica, Peru
Learn about Pisco Sour & How to Make a "Chilcano"

You’re treated to a lesson on how to pour the perfect Pisco sour, Peru’s native drink. In the good hands of professional chef Ignacio, the results ...

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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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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 3

Journey to the Sacred Valley

Board a morning flight to Cusco and the Sacred Valley. MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® when you visit Manos de la Comunidad, a Weaving Center where you’ll uncover the traditions of the Sacred Valley, called “lindaje.” Then continue to a former 18th century colonial-style monastery, our hotel for the night. MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® and learn more about the artisan traditions meeting Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a master Quechua weaver and the first person from her village to attend university. She has been an ambassador for Andean traditions since she began learning ancient pre-Columbian weaving techniques as a young girl in the 1960s. MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as your visit helps to preserve and promote traditional pre-Columbian weaving techniques in the 21st century.

Woman weaving in Sacred Valley, Peru
Accommodation Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay, Sacred Valley
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Manos de la Comunidad, Linderaje musicians in Sacred Valley, Peru
Visit Manos de la Comunidad

Visit Manos de la Comunidad weaving center to learn about artistic traditions and the four Andean camels: Llamas, Alpacas, Vicuñas and Guanacos. Th...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Woman weaving in Sacred Valley, Peru
Meet Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a master Quechua weaver

Enjoy a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience meeting Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a master Quechua weaver and the first person from her village to attend un...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Trafalgar Difference A Stays with Stories at the Sonesta Posada del Inca, Yucay, Peru
Stay with Stories

Enjoy this Stays With Stories, at Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay, a former 18th-century colonial-style monastery in the Sacred Valley.

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Trafalgar Difference

Day 4

Explore iconic Machu Picchu

The mystical empire of the Incas takes center stage today. We visit the famous Sacred Valley stronghold of Ollantaytambo with a Local Specialist, before boarding the Vistadome train (light snack included) for our epic journey to Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Delve into the mysteries of this once-great civilization, admiring the 15th century stone ruins of temples, palaces and terraces perched high amidst the clouds. Join your Local Specialist for an exploration of the iconic great Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the Intihuatana, an intricately carved rock most likely used as a sundial centuries ago. We return to our hotel where we dine tonight.

Ruins in Machu Picchu, Peru
Accommodation El MaPi, Machu Picchu
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
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

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

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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Iconic Experience

Day 5

The Sites of Machu Picchu and Cusco

The ancient ruins of Machu Picchu beckon again and we have an opportunity to re-connect with this ancient wonder. We board a train to the Sacred Valley, then head to the colonial city of Cusco, stopping en route at a local chicheria. Dive Into Culture and enjoy the sweet flavors of chicha as you learn how this Peruvian corn beer is brewed by the local women.

Train from Cusco to Machu Pichu, Peru
Accommodation Hotel Novotel Cusco
Included Meals Breakfast
Must-see Highlights 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

Must-see Highlights

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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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 6

Step Back in Time in Cusco

Embark on a sightseeing tour of the sacred city of Cusco this morning with your Local Specialist, admiring the 16th century Spanish colonial buildings that stand on the foundations of former Inca temples and palaces. See the baroque Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and 17th century Church of Santo Domingo. Visit the ruins of the Sacsayhuaman fortress and see nearby warehouses where the Incas once stored their grain. The afternoon is free to explore on your terms.

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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Included in Trip

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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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

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
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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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

Day 7

Delve into Pre-Columbian Art in Lima

A leisurely start to our day sees us return to Lima this afternoon. Meet a Local Specialist at the Larco Museum, which houses the largest private collection of pre-Columbian art in the world. This evening we join our travel companions for a Farewell Dinner in the museum's garden restaurant.

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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Iconic Experience

Day 8

Depart Lima

Our discovery of an ancient civilization has come to an end. We transfer to the airport for your onward flight or perhaps extend your stay at the Novotel Lima. 

Beach in Lima, Peru
Included Meals Breakfast

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Be My Guest
Chef Ignacio Cooking School and Lunch

Visit a local market with Chef Ignacio and enjoy a special lunch at his cooking school.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
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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Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Learn about Pisco Sour & How to Make a "Chilcano"

You’re treated to a lesson on how to pour the perfect Pisco sour, Peru’s native drink. In the good hands of professional chef Ignacio, the results ...

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Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Visit Manos de la Comunidad

Visit Manos de la Comunidad weaving center to learn about artistic traditions and the four Andean camels: Llamas, Alpacas, Vicuñas and Guanacos. Th...

See More
Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Meet Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a master Quechua weaver

Enjoy a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience meeting Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a master Quechua weaver and the first person from her village to attend un...

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Included in Trip
Trafalgar Difference
Stay with Stories

Enjoy this Stays With Stories, at Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay, a former 18th-century colonial-style monastery in the Sacred Valley.

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
Must-see Highlights
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...

See More
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 ...

See More
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)
A Trafalgar Bonus all Intra-Air Flights: Lima to Cusco and Cusco to Lima, including porter service at all airports.
Tickets for a ride aboard the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Lima, ruins at Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, historic Sacsayhuaman and Larco Museum in Lima
Visit Cusco and two visits to the 15th century fortress of Machu Picchu
Scenic Drive through the Sacred Valley and in Peru's Andean highlands
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
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...

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...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Peru

  • 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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Thomas Brandenburg
Review date: Saturday, October 28, 2023
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Daniel was terrific as guide
Vacation
Great trip, hotels good informative guide and well organized
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, February 29, 2020
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The people that I talked to were always pleasant and helpful!
Vacation
The trip was very interesting.
Albert Barabe
Review date: Saturday, February 8, 2020
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Very helpful staff
Vacation
More awesome than I expected
Jian-Ping Huang
Review date: Sunday, September 29, 2019
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The whole process went smoothly. The tour guide, Daniel, was very knowledgeable and caring.
Vacation
Seeing Machu Picchu in Peru was a dream. This trip realized it. It wasn't difficult as I anticipated. Meeting the follow travelers were good experience.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Service
The booking agent was punctual at returning emails and providing the information we needed.
Vacation
GET/Trafalgar did not include airfare to Easter Island and also reduced the stay by one day compared to past years. Otherwise, the trip was very good. The guides were excellent.
Barry Smith
Review date: Saturday, February 2, 2019
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Wonderful tour package. Got to see local and national cultures, artifacts, people, and language. A great tour director.
Vacation
GET did a wonderful job in selecting the hotels, food programs, excursions, and overall travel experience.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, November 3, 2018
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Easy to deal with, brochures and website very informative.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like you had an awesome time seeing the Highlights of Peru. We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your trip and that you found our information helpful in your planning. Thank you for taking the time to write, and we hope to work with you again in the future! All the best!!
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Vacation
Great value. Tour Director Freddy was very competent and handled logistics with great precision. Our schedule was always on time I spite of having to manage activities across several towns and cities (Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu) with precise coordination of air and local transportation facilities and local guides. Hotels were very comfortable and well located. Meals were excellent too. This tour is very hectic and one should prepare for this pace before the tour. And read up about altitude sickness which you may experience at Cusco. Bring trekking sticks. Then hope for good weather.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, September 29, 2018
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Excellent trip to Machu Picchu, Peru! Rudy was a wonderful guide - he handled everything seamlessly and was able to convey and share the culture and history. It was just the right amount of active time and social time. Enjoyed the excursion to the salt mines and Moray agricultural grounds. Thank you for a memorable trip!
Vacation
So nice to have everything planned out for us - tickets, hotels, meals, transportation, itinerary.
Frances Rainey
Review date: Saturday, September 22, 2018
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GET service was top notch! The two service reps we worked with were friendly, informative, and very thorough in guiding us through the booking process.
Vacation
The lodging and ground transportation were all first class. The itinerary was perfect to get the feeling of the country and culture. Danny, our travel guide, was the best. Very personable, and knowledgeable. He added insightful historical and societal perspectives of the Incas and the Spanish conquest that went far beyond the usual sightseeing. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip. We recommend it to anyone.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, August 18, 2018
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Booking vacation was straight forward. We were pushed to eatly August due to full house in July. Probanly better weather in Peru in August. Only issue was getting our documrnt and itinerary. We had to call after waitng and ask for them. Finally, getting the airline s hedukes and boarding data correct was difficult, requiring several calls to GET, AMER. AIRLINES and LATAM. Only finalized 48 hours before take off. LATAM had no Passport info, from GET or AA. Once entered manually on LATAM website, the bogus BOGATA flight disappeared and everything was resolved. But up to then, no one could answer my question. Very disconcerning! Great trip! High quality with TRAFALGER. Great group.
Vacation
Very informative and deeply insightful thanks to Trafalger's Tour Guide.
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