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Peru with Machu Picchu

10 Day Peru Tour to Macchu Picchu, LIma & Cusco

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10 Days
1 Country

Peru

4 Cities

Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu

18 Meals

1 Dinner, 9 Breakfasts, 4 Lunchs, 4 Dinner with Wines

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 33
Tour brand Insight Vacations

Insight Vacations

If you typically fly business with extra legroom and appreciate 4 and 5-star hotels and one-of-a-kind experiences, Insight Vacations is a great fit for you. Get all the sights and insights, up close and personal on these premium guided tours and enjoy business class seating on luxury motorcoaches designed just for Insight Vacations, with double the legroom and personal space of a regular touring coach. Engage your curiosity with hand-selected experiences, immerse yourself in local culture with superior dining and stay in style at highly rated hotels. Every tour includes at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. These immersive impact experiences are not only a positive force for change in the destinations you visit, by advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also offer you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community.

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Feast on Peruvian delicacies in Lima, tour the ancient Korikancha temple in Cusco and adventure through the Ollantaytambo ruins of Machu Picchu, on this 10-Day exploration of Peru. Embark on a Private Planetarium Tour in Cusco and uncover the influence of astronomy on Andean culture. Join a Local Expert in Machu Picchu for a guided tour through the ancient ruins—set high in the Andes against breathtaking backdrops. Visit the salt pans of Maras in the Sacred Valley where the Incas used to harvest the mineral and visit with a local Quechua Weaver to learn their ancient weaving techinques in a private presentation. In Paracus, be sure to pause at the Pisco distillery to sample this tasty local aperitif.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Lima

Arrive in Lima for the first day of your journey. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Unwind at your luxury abode, before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers in the evening for dinner with drinks.

Arrive Lima, Peru
MGallery Manto Hotel, Lima View Hotel Details
Included Meals Dinner

MGallery Manto Hotel, Lima

About the Hotel

Lima, Peru

Make yourself at home at the MGallery Lima while getting to know the amazing city right outside your front door. The hotel is ideally located near the Forest El Olivar, the serenity of Los Libertadores Street, the exclusive district of San Isidro, and the largest gastronomic, cultural and business hubs of the city. Every detail of this boutique property invites you to discover the unexpected angles of the historical, sociological and cultural richness of the “Ciudad de los Reyes”.

Style

  • Boutique
Authentic Dining Enjoy a Welcome Dinner
Dinner in Lima

Unwind at your luxury abode, before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers in the evening for a dinner.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 2

Explore Lima

Explore the colorful capital of Peru this morning with your Local Expert. Delve into its colonial past and see key attractions, including the Cathedral of Lima, the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace and City Hall. Visit Casa Aliaga, an impressive mansion that has been home to the Aliaga family for 17 generations. For those with an appreciation for art, head to Museo Larco, a private museum located in Lima’s Pueblo Libre District. It is the highest-rated museum in South America and houses the largest collection of Pre-Columbian art. Indulge in a Highlight Lunch with an 18th-century garden as your backdrop. After lunch, meet a Local Expert who will take you around the Museo Larco and share the museum’s private collection with you. Delve into Peruvian culture, its ancient history and the country's religious beliefs. Return to your hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure.

Plaza de Armas, Lima, Peru
MGallery Manto Hotel, Lima View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch

MGallery Manto Hotel, Lima

About the Hotel

Lima, Peru

Make yourself at home at the MGallery Lima while getting to know the amazing city right outside your front door. The hotel is ideally located near the Forest El Olivar, the serenity of Los Libertadores Street, the exclusive district of San Isidro, and the largest gastronomic, cultural and business hubs of the city. Every detail of this boutique property invites you to discover the unexpected angles of the historical, sociological and cultural richness of the “Ciudad de los Reyes”.

Style

  • Boutique
Top Rated Highlights Cathedral de Lima, Lima, Peru
Lima City Tour

This morning, explore Peru's buzzing capital with your Local Expert, including the Cathedral of Lima, the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace and City Hall.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Lunch at Larco Museum, Lima, Peru
Lunch in Lima

 Make your way to Lima's Pueblo Libre District and indulge on a lunch in the Museo Larco's 18th century garden.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Top Rated Highlights Museo Larco Guided Visit Machu Picchu, Peru
Museo Larco Guided Visit

After lunch, meet a local guide who will take you around the Museo Larco, a private museum located in Lima's Pueblo Libre District and home to the ...

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Top Rated Highlights

Day 3

Lima to Sacred Valley

Take a transfer to the airport in the morning, where you'll catch your flight to the ancient capital of Cusco. Begin your tour of the Sacred Valley, while taking in impressive views on your scenic drive along the way. After a few stunning photo stops, enjoy lunch at Altar Inca, surrounded by some of the most impressive views of the region. Enjoy a leisurely trip to your hotel for the next couple of nights, where the evening is yours to do as you please. We recommend that you rest in order to adjust to the altitude comfortably.

Beach in Miraflores neighbourhood, Lima, Peru
Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness, Urubamba View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch

Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness, Urubamba

About the Hotel

Sacred Valley, Peru

Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness is built on the lands of an old 17th-century colonial hacienda, combining the ancient Inca culture and the colonial majesty in a beautiful setting. This world renowned, award-winning hotel was chosen as the second best hotel in South America and fourteenth in the world according to the readers of the prestigious travel and lifestyle publication Condé Nast Traveler.

Hotel Amenities

  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Concierge

Style

  • Resort

Day 4

Explore Sacred Valley

Start the morning off with a visit to the Maras salt pans, where the Incas harvested their salt. Today, the salt from Maras is exported to the entire world. Move on to an Incan laboratory in Moray, an archaeological site close to Cusco. Find out more about the ideal altitude to grow crops in the Sacred Valley. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experience as you visit a local traditional Quechua weaver in the Sacred Valley and learn about the importance these textiles have in shaping personal and regional identities. Afterward, make your way to Laguna Piuray, where you’ll enjoy a Pachamanca, a traditional Peruvian feast, for your Highlight Lunch. In the evening, transfer to Hacienda Huayoccari, where you'll discover this gem of the Sacred Valley while exploring its grounds and small museum. Sit down for a special Peruvian dinner before heading back to your hotel, the luxurious Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel.

The skyline of the Sacred Valley in Peru
Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness, Urubamba View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness, Urubamba

About the Hotel

Sacred Valley, Peru

Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness is built on the lands of an old 17th-century colonial hacienda, combining the ancient Inca culture and the colonial majesty in a beautiful setting. This world renowned, award-winning hotel was chosen as the second best hotel in South America and fourteenth in the world according to the readers of the prestigious travel and lifestyle publication Condé Nast Traveler.

Hotel Amenities

  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Concierge

Style

  • Resort
Top Rated Highlights Sacred Valley Salt Mines in Maras, Peru
UNESCO World Heritage Maras Salt Mine

The Maras Salt Mine will inspire the mind of any curious traveler. Learn how salt once harvested by Incas at this site is now exported to the entir...

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Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights The skyline of the Sacred Valley in Peru
Visit Moray

Peru’s Incan history and archaeology will inspire the mind of any curious traveler. At the Moray Incan laboratory northwest of Cusco, learn how the...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining
Lunch in the Sacred Valley

Make your way to the small lagoon of Laguna Piuray where you’ll enjoy your lunch of Pachamanca, a traditional Peruvian feast.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Make Travel Matter Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez, Chinchero Market, Sacred Valley, Peru
Support Quechua Weavers in Sacred Valley

Visit a local traditional Quechua weaver in the Sacred Valley for a private textile presentation. You'll learn about ancient weaving techniques and...

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Included in Trip

Make Travel Matter

Day 5

Explore Machu Picchu

Transfer to the station for your IncaRail train ride. Enjoy lunch on your way to Machu Picchu pueblo, the gateway village to Machu Picchu. On the way, visit the Ollantaytambo ruins, followed by a stop at a local house in the village’s cobblestoned old town and visit with the family living there. In the afternoon, visit Machu Picchu, where you’ll meet your Local Experts for a guided visit in small groups. They will take you through the ruins and explain their historical and archaeological significance, as well as the importance of their location. Set high in the Andes Mountains, it offers spectacular scenery and history, dating back to the 15th century. End your day with a relaxing dinner and drinks at your hotel.

Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Peru
Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel, Aguas Calientes View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel, Aguas Calientes

About the Hotel

Machu Picchu, Peru

One of South America’s best hotels by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure, Sumaq Machu Picchu hotel is located at the foot of the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu, overlooking the beautiful Vilcanota River with impressive views of the mountains and landscapes. The hotel's contemporary Andean style décor is inspired by the ancient Peruvian cultures.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Spa
  • Laundry
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Business Centre
  • Safe deposit box

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Machu Picchu Train, Cusco, Peru
Ride the Machu Picchu IncaRail Train

Transfer to the station for your 360° IncaRail train ride. This train ride offers an unforgettable experience journeying through the Andes Mountain...

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Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Ollantaytambo Fortress Visit Machu Picchu, Peru
Ollantaytambo Ruins Visit

On the way, visit the Ollantaytambo ruins, consisting of a large fortress built in the 1400s, a stepped terrace, and an area known as the Princess ...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Insight Experiences Group, Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu Guided Visit

Enjoy a guided visit with a Local Expert.

Included in Trip

Insight Experiences

Optional Experiences Flavours of the Andes, Apucc Mikhuna Tasting Menu, Aguas Calientes, Peru
Dinner Upgrade to "Flavors of the Andes" Apucc Mikhuna Tasting Menu

The tasting menu, Flavors of the Andes: Apucc Mikhuna, revels in an exquisite and rich list of native ingredients that have originality and history...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 6

Machu Picchu at Leisure

Take in the breathtaking landscapes of Machu Picchu for a second time. Spend your morning exploring at your own pace, with your Travel Director on hand to answer any queries you may have. The afternoon is yours at leisure. Relax back at your hotel or perhaps explore the town of Aguas Calientes on your own. Spend the evening as you please before sitting down to a Highlight Dinner with your fellow travelers.

Sightseeing at Machu Picchu, Peru​
Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel, Aguas Calientes View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel, Aguas Calientes

About the Hotel

Machu Picchu, Peru

One of South America’s best hotels by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure, Sumaq Machu Picchu hotel is located at the foot of the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu, overlooking the beautiful Vilcanota River with impressive views of the mountains and landscapes. The hotel's contemporary Andean style décor is inspired by the ancient Peruvian cultures.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Spa
  • Laundry
  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Business Centre
  • Safe deposit box

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Full day in Aguas Calientes, Peru
Full day in Aguas Caliente

Peru’s Incan history and archaeology will inspire the mind of any curious traveler. With a full day, you have the option to return to Machu Picchu ...

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Top Rated Highlights

Day 7

On to Cusco

After breakfast, return by train to Ollantaytambo, where you will transfer to the ancient city of Cusco. Once the capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco showcases a mix of Spanish colonial architecture, ancient remains and a lively cosmopolitan scene for modern inhabitants. On arrival in Cusco, head out on a walking tour with a Local Expert. Visit its cathedral and the Qorikancha temple, the most important temple in the Inca Empire. The evening is yours at leisure. Ask your Travel Director for local restaurant and bar recommendations.

Cusco, Peru
JW Marriott El Convento, Cusco View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

JW Marriott El Convento, Cusco

About the Hotel

Cusco, Peru

Located in the city's historical center, the JW Marriott Hotel Cusco combines the comforts of today's luxury traveler with the design elements of an architecturally stunning archaeological site. JW Marriott El Convento Cusco is built atop ancient Incan ruins, where history-seekers can find Peruvian cultural artifacts in the hotel's two exhibition halls.

Hotel Amenities

  • Spa
  • Bar
  • Pool

Style

  • Heritage
Top Rated Highlights Qorikancha Temple Machu Picchu, Peru
Cusco Visit and Walking Tour

Once you arrive, head on a walking tour of Cusco with a Local Expert. Explore what's known as the "historic capital" of Peru as you discover its an...

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Top Rated Highlights

Day 8

Exploring Cusco

Start your day with a walking tour of Sacsayhuaman, a citadel built in the reign of Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui, the ninth Sapa Inca of the Kingdom of Cusco. Afterward, choose to join a Local Expert on a guided hike of the Inca ruins at Puca Pucara. Alternatively you can explore the artisan bohemian neighborhood of San Blas and visit the prestigious art galleries. After lunch at Pachapapa, visit San Blas Church and the surrounding streets, before making your way to San Pedro Market, where you will find local produce. Later, make your way to the city’s planetarium, for a private, after-hours tour. Learn about astronomy, cosmology, and its influence on Andean culture. While here, try some local delicacies paired with hot wine.

Sacsayhuaman, Cusco, Peru​
JW Marriott El Convento, Cusco View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch

JW Marriott El Convento, Cusco

About the Hotel

Cusco, Peru

Located in the city's historical center, the JW Marriott Hotel Cusco combines the comforts of today's luxury traveler with the design elements of an architecturally stunning archaeological site. JW Marriott El Convento Cusco is built atop ancient Incan ruins, where history-seekers can find Peruvian cultural artifacts in the hotel's two exhibition halls.

Hotel Amenities

  • Spa
  • Bar
  • Pool

Style

  • Heritage
Top Rated Highlights Visit Sacsayhuaman Cusco,Peru
Cusco Tour and Visit Sacsayhuaman

Start your day with a walking tour of Cusco, before heading to Sacsayhuaman.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Lunch at Pachapapa, Cusco, Peru
Highlight Lunch in Cusco

Enjoy an immersive slow-cooked Cusquenian lunch at Pacha Papa. Lunch will be served al fresco at the courtyard of a historic mansion in the artsy n...

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Authentic Dining

Insight Experiences After Hour Cusco Planetarium, Cusco, Peru
Private, After-Hours Visit and Tour of Planetarium in Cusco

Visit Cusco's planetarium to learn more on how the Incas interpreted the stars. After a reception with hot wine (or tea) and appetizers, local expe...

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Included in Trip

Insight Experiences

Insight Choice
Galleries of San Blas

Explore the bohemian neighborhood of San Blas and visit the prestigious art galleries.

Included in Trip

Insight Choice

Insight Choice
Guided Hike to Puca Pucara

Join a guided hike of the Inca ruins in Puca Pucara.

Included in Trip

Insight Choice

Day 9

Leisure time in Cusco

Choose the optional visit to the ChocoMuseo, where you’ll learn more about the chocolate making process, or perhaps relax and simply enjoy the facilities at your hotel? Set in a beautiful 16th century building, make the most of this boutique hotel’s signature spa and Andean-inspired healing treatments, massages, facials and custom spa packages. In the evening, join your fellow travelers for a memorable Celebration Dinner at Calle del Medio, where you will toast to your adventures and end of your trip.

City Centre Cusco, Peru
JW Marriott El Convento, Cusco View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

JW Marriott El Convento, Cusco

About the Hotel

Cusco, Peru

Located in the city's historical center, the JW Marriott Hotel Cusco combines the comforts of today's luxury traveler with the design elements of an architecturally stunning archaeological site. JW Marriott El Convento Cusco is built atop ancient Incan ruins, where history-seekers can find Peruvian cultural artifacts in the hotel's two exhibition halls.

Hotel Amenities

  • Spa
  • Bar
  • Pool

Style

  • Heritage
Authentic Dining Celebration Dinner, Calle del Medio, Cusco, Peru
Celebration Dinner in Cusco

In the evening, join your fellow travelers for a memorable Celebration Dinner at Calle del Medio, where you'll enjoy innovative interpretations of ...

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Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences South Valley of Cusco, Peru
South Valley of Cusco

Journey into the past as you learn about cultures from three different epochs: pre-Incan, Incan and Colonial time. Built in the early 15th century,...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Traveller walking over the Rainbow Mountain during a hike in Cusco, Peru
Rainbow Mountain Hike

Set out on a grand adventure on this all-day excursion to Rainbow Mountain. You’ll be picked up at your hotel early in the morning to set out for C...

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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 10

Depart Cusco

It’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travelers as your trip comes to an end. Take a private transfer to Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport.

Depart Cusco, Peru
Included Meals Breakfast

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Top rated highlights

Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

Top Rated Highlights
Lima City Tour

This morning, explore Peru's buzzing capital with your Local Expert, including the Cathedral of Lima, the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace and City Hall.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Museo Larco Guided Visit

After lunch, meet a local guide who will take you around the Museo Larco, a private museum located in Lima's Pueblo Libre District and home to the ...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
UNESCO World Heritage Maras Salt Mine

The Maras Salt Mine will inspire the mind of any curious traveler. Learn how salt once harvested by Incas at this site is now exported to the entir...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit Moray

Peru’s Incan history and archaeology will inspire the mind of any curious traveler. At the Moray Incan laboratory northwest of Cusco, learn how the...

See More
Included in Trip
Make Travel Matter
Support Quechua Weavers in Sacred Valley

Visit a local traditional Quechua weaver in the Sacred Valley for a private textile presentation. You'll learn about ancient weaving techniques and...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Ride the Machu Picchu IncaRail Train

Transfer to the station for your 360° IncaRail train ride. This train ride offers an unforgettable experience journeying through the Andes Mountain...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Ollantaytambo Ruins Visit

On the way, visit the Ollantaytambo ruins, consisting of a large fortress built in the 1400s, a stepped terrace, and an area known as the Princess ...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Machu Picchu Guided Visit

Enjoy a guided visit with a Local Expert.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Full day in Aguas Caliente

Peru’s Incan history and archaeology will inspire the mind of any curious traveler. With a full day, you have the option to return to Machu Picchu ...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Cusco Visit and Walking Tour

Once you arrive, head on a walking tour of Cusco with a Local Expert. Explore what's known as the "historic capital" of Peru as you discover its an...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Cusco Tour and Visit Sacsayhuaman

Start your day with a walking tour of Cusco, before heading to Sacsayhuaman.

Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Private, After-Hours Visit and Tour of Planetarium in Cusco

Visit Cusco's planetarium to learn more on how the Incas interpreted the stars. After a reception with hot wine (or tea) and appetizers, local expe...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Galleries of San Blas

Explore the bohemian neighborhood of San Blas and visit the prestigious art galleries.

Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Guided Hike to Puca Pucara

Join a guided hike of the Inca ruins in Puca Pucara.

Included in Trip

About this trip

From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas. 
If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.
Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
Prices include economy air and air-related charges for the flights between Lima - Cusco. This trip experiences high elevations, we recommend guests with preexisting medical conditions talk with a doctor prior to travel.

Authentic Dining

1 Dinner, 9 Breakfasts, 4 Lunchs, 4 Dinner with Wines

Dinner in Lima

Unwind at your luxury abode, before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers in the evening for a dinner.

Lunch in Lima

 Make your way to Lima's Pueblo Libre District and indulge on a lunch in the Museo Larco's 18th century garden.

Lunch in the Sacred Valley

Make your way to the small lagoon of Laguna Piuray where you’ll enjoy your lunch of Pachamanca, a traditional Peruvian feast.

Highlight Lunch in Cusco

Enjoy an immersive slow-cooked Cusquenian lunch at Pacha Papa. Lunch will be served al fresco at the courtyard of a historic mansion in the artsy neighborhood of San Blas.

Celebration Dinner in Cusco

In the evening, join your fellow travelers for a memorable Celebration Dinner at Calle del Medio, where you'll enjoy innovative interpretations of classic Peruvian Creole dishes while toasting to your new adventures.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

MGallery Manto Hotel, Lima
Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness, Urubamba
JW Marriott El Convento, Cusco

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
Dinner Upgrade to "Flavors of the Andes" Apucc Mikhuna Tasting Menu

The tasting menu, Flavors of the Andes: Apucc Mikhuna, revels in an exquisite and rich list of native ingredients that have originality and history...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
South Valley of Cusco

Journey into the past as you learn about cultures from three different epochs: pre-Incan, Incan and Colonial time. Built in the early 15th century,...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Rainbow Mountain Hike

Set out on a grand adventure on this all-day excursion to Rainbow Mountain. You’ll be picked up at your hotel early in the morning to set out for C...

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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