Essential Peru: Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & Cusco

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Get lost in the beauty and otherworldliness of Peru, one of the most visited countries in South America. Begin your 8-night journey in Peru's capital city, Lima. Get acquainted with traditional Peruvian culture paired with colonial architecture like the Plaza Mayor, enjoy a night out dancing to the cajon drums, and dine on the best ceviche in the world! Fly t...


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Self-Guided / Independent Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Flexible schedule


    • Colonial & Contemporary Lima City Tour, including Larco Museum (4.5 hours)
    • Visit to Manos de la Comunidad and Pisac Market
    • Tour of Machu Picchu (The Citadel) with guide
    • Walking tour of Cusco

What's this trip about?

    Get lost in the beauty and otherworldliness of Peru, one of the most visited countries in South America. Begin your 8-night journey in Peru's capital city, Lima. Get acquainted with traditional Peruvian culture paired with colonial architecture like the Plaza Mayor, enjoy a night out dancing to the cajon drums, and dine on the best ceviche in the world! Fly to Cusco in the south and spend two nights in the temperate and peaceful Sacred Valley. Visit with llamas and alpacas, visit a unique outdoor crafts market, and enjoy the freedom to see the valley on your own. You'll then board a train to the mysterious “lost city of the Incas" - Machu Picchu! Enjoy a guided tour of the citadel made up of aqueducts, granite and limestone temples, and incredible Inca architecture that are almost unbelievably preserved. Take photo after photo of this Wonder of the World! End your trip in the stunning city of Cusco which seamlessly blends Inca and Spanish colonial architecture. Sip coca tea to get adjusted to the high altitude then explore to your heart's content. Fly back to Lima and spend one more night before returning home.

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIndependent
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportRound trip airfare and all internal transport included
Start CityLima
End CityPeru

Travel Themes

  • Local Immersion & Homestays
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Relaxing Retreats
  • Train & Rail Journeys


  • South America
  • Peru


  • Urubamba


  • Culture
  • Historic sightseeing
  • History
  • Homestays & Cultural Immersion
  • Nature
  • Relaxing Retreat
  • Ruins & Archaeology
  • Trains & Rail

Trip includes

    • Round-trip economy class airfare to Lima (LIM)
    • All airport and rail station transfers
    • 2 nights in Lima at the Hotel Arawi Miraflores Express Lima, or similar
    • Colonial & Contemporary Lima City Tour, including Larco Museum (4.5 hours)
    • One-way economy class flight from Lima (LIM) to Cusco (CUZ)
    • Visit to Manos de la Comunidad & Pisac Market (en-route from Cusco Airport to Sacred Valley hotel)
    • 2 nights in Urubamba (Sacred Valley) at the Hotel Ava Valle Sagrado Spots, La Hacienda del Valle, or similar
    • Expeditiontrain from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
    • Roundtrip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
    • Tour of the Citadel
    • 1 night in Aguas Calientes at the Hotel Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu, or similar
    • Expeditiontrain from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
    • 2 nights in Cusco at Hotel Los Portales Cusco, or similar
    • Walking tour of Cusco
    • One-way, economy class flight from Cusco (CUZ) to Lima (LIM)
    • 1 night near Lima at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel, or similar
    • Breakfast Daily

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Day 1 Welcome to Lima!

Say "hola" to Peru! Upon arrival in Lima, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. 

In the evening, enjoy your first Peruvian meal near your hotel. 

Day 2 Lima

Today, enjoy your included city tour of Lima including the famous Larco Museum, which holds one of the largest displays of ceramics, jewels, gold and other artifacts in an 18th-century viceroy’s mansion. 

End your day in Lima with Peru's most well-known dish - ceviche!

Day 3 Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley

Following your breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for your morning flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, you will then transfer to your hotel in the Sacred Valley. En route, visit the Manos de la Comunidad farm and Pisac Market!

Day 4 Sacred Valley

Today you will have a full day to explore the Sacred Valley at your leisure. Consider a visit to the famous salt terraces in Maras. Upon discovering salty water, the Incas dug shallow pools into a sloped hillside and waited as the salt evaporated from the pools. Today, visitors can navigate the terraces and purchase small bags of salt that is still harvested on site.

Day 5 Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

Fuel up with breakfast at your hotel before transferring to Ollantaytambo train station for your expedition to Machu Picchu. Once you arrive in the town of Aguas Calientes, you’ll have a shuttle bus escort you to the citadel followed by a guided tour of Machu P...

Day 6 Machu Picchu - Sacred Valley - Cusco

In the morning, return to Aguas Calientes train station and enjoy a comfortable ride to Ollantaytambo and then a transfer to Cusco, Peru's breathtakingly beautiful colonial city! The juxtaposition of cultures makes this city one of the world's top destinations....

Day 7 Cusco

In the morning, enjoy a walking tour of Cusco taking you to the grand Cathedral and Inca sun temple Korikancha. After the tour, continue to explore the city on your own. Hike up to the San Blas neighborhood and pick up a few souvenirs to take home.

In the evening, indulge in a few of Peru's delicacies. Adventurous eaters will want to try the local specialty, cuy (guinea pig).

Day 8 Cusco - Lima

Today, transfer to Cusco airport for your flight back to Lima. Once you arrive and settle into your hotel, dine on fresh seafood and say cheers to an unforgettable vacation with a Pisco Sour, Peru's national drink!

Day 9 Depart Peru

Make your way to Lima airport for your flight back home. 

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