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Peru's Sacred Cities

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Travel Style: Array Relaxed
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
10 days
From: $ 3,215 $ 322 / day
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Highlights (Bullets)

  • Colonial & Contemporary Lima City Tour, including Larco Museum (4.5 hours)
  • Tour of the Citadel with private guide
  • Sacred Valley tour with visits to Ollantaytambo ruins & Pisac Market
  • Walking tour of Cusco
  • Sightseeing tour of Arequipa with Santa Catalina Monastery
  • Cross of the Condor

Short Description

There is no resisting the mesmerizing call to the Land of the Incas, and for good reason! From ancient architecture, cajon drum music, dancing the night away, and more, Peru is a siren call to those looking for colorful culture and ancient adventure. 

Begin in the capital city of Lima, where Spanish and Inca architecture mix together in a beautiful blend of culture. Unwind in the new altitude with some coca tea, then follow your tour guides through the city's highlights.

From there, hop aboard the train to Machu Picchu! Tour through the ancient citadel, snapping photos as you go of the amazingly well-preserved 7th Wonder of the World, composed of granite, limestone, temples and aqueducts.

From the lost city, continue on to Cusco. Tour through the charming Sacred Valley, peruse outdoor markets of handmade items, and then move on to Peru's second largest city: Arequipa. Embark on a tour of the Colca, the world's second deepest canyon, see the Santa Catalina Monastery, and experience the unreal flora and fauna of the area before returning to Lima for your flight home.

Style Self-guided tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport
Start City Lima
End City Peru


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 - Cusco

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Lima today before traveling to Cusco.

Day 3 Cusco - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes

Today, you will be brought to the train station of Ollantaytambo. Board the train and enjoy the stunning Andean views filled with small communities and snow-capped mountains in the Sacred Valley. When you arrive to Aguas Calientes, the small village nestled at the bottom of Machu Picchu, take the shuttle bus up to the ancient citadel. Learn about the Inca civilization, the site’s discovery, and the different theories on this mysterious and spectacular archaeological site.

After your visit, take the shuttle bus back down to Aguas Calientes and walk to your nearby hotel.

Day 4 Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Sacred Valley - Cusco

Start your tour exploring the impressive ruins of Ollantaytambo, one of the few places where the Incas won a battle against the Spaniards. Climb up the platforms and enjoy the view above the village and onto the valley. Near the ruins, visit a typical home and learn about the unique way their family has lived for generations in the Sacred Valley. 

Continue to the small town of Pisac. Well-known amongst locals and tourists, the bazaar-like open market offers a wide selection of Peruvian handicrafts: ceramics, paintings, weavings and jewelry.

Day 5 Cusco

Enjoy your walking tour at the “Plaza de Armas” and visit the impressive Renaissance-style Cathedral today. Make your way through small alleys edged with Incan walls until you reach Koricancha, the temple dedicated to the sun, “Inti”. Believed to be the most important temple for the Incas, it was destroyed by the Spanish conquerors in the 16th century. Its foundations were used to build the Catholic Church in Santo Domingo, marking an evident clash of cultures.

Day 6 Cusco - Arequipa

Today, transfer to Cusco airport for your flight to Arequipa in the south. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Arequipa and the Santa Catalina Monastery en-route to your hotel. Admire the beautiful landscapes, fields and pre-Inca terraces from the Yanahuara and Carmen Alto viewpoints. Surrounding the White City, the majestic snow-capped volcanoes stand tall: Misti, Chachani, Pichu Pichu. Then, visit Arequipa’s most traditional neighborhood: San Lázaro. As you make your way towards the center, visit “La Compañía de Jesús” Church which dates from the 17th century. Admire its fine façade and the impressive and beautifully carved cloisters.

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historical center boasts colonial splendor: admire its grand Cathedral, the impressive water fountain, and the main plaza’s numerous arcs made of “sillar”, a white volcanic rock. End your tour at the Santa Catalina Monastery, a 20,000 square meter (215,278 square foot) complex that is considered a “City within the City”. For over 400 years, nuns lived here completely isolated from the outside world. In 1970, it was opened to the public; today part of the complex is reserved for the nuns still living inside.

Day 7 Arequipa - Colca

Today you will embark on a full-day tour of Colca Canyon, the world's second-deepest canyon! Here, you will drive through the Aguada Blanca National Park. Watch for herds of wild vicuñas, llamas and alpacas. Then, reach the tour’s highest viewpoint at 4,910 meter (16,108 ft) and appreciate the snow-capped peaks of the region’s volcanoes like the Misti, Ampato, and Sabancaya. After lunch in Chivay (3,658m/12,000ft), you can relax at “La Calera” thermal baths, or visit the local market.

Day 8 Colca

After an early breakfast, make your way to the “Cruz del Condor” viewpoint. Try to spot the immense Andean Condors as they fly, hunt for food, and appreciate the canyon's depths. Afterward, stop in the small towns of Maca and Yanque, renowned for their small colonial churches and stunning landscapes.

Enjoy some free time in the afternoon to complete a hike of your choice, perhaps to the pre-Inca archaeological site known as Uyu Uyu (entrance fee not included). 

Day 9 Colca - Lima

Today, you will travel to the eastern side of Colca Canyon, to the villages of Corporaque and Ichupampa. Learn about the Colca’s indigenous cultures, and their traditions and customs.

Return to Chivay, where you have free time for lunch. Then, drive back towards the White City and arrive in the late afternoon. You will then be transported to the airport for your flight back to Lima. 

Day 10 Depart Peru

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


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Package allowed no luggage, hotels fine.

The vacation went well. Our only complaint with the package was the luggage allowance for the flights was not clear up-front. This package was for 8 days to London and Paris, and the package allowed no checked luggage which could have been OK, but weight limit for carry-on was just 22 pounds. Considering the weight of the suitcase, this is not a lot of stuff for 8 days in DEC. So had to purchase checked bags which was quite a bit. Paris Hotel in much better neighborhood than London, but was much smaller. Both locations very good for breakfast and for transit.
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Two Storied Cities

Both hotels were well situated; full service breakfasts incl. in both. The one in Copenhagen was fine; the one in Stockholm was larger, had more amenities incl. a good restaurant/bar. The boat tours were comprehensive. The train ride betw. the cities showed us the countryside. Tivoli Gardens & the historic Christmas market in Stockholm dating back to the early 1800’s were glorious. Recommend dinner along the canals. A lovely tour although a bit short; a couple more days would have been nice.
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Flight & Transport Inclusions

Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport

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  • Hotel Britania Miraflores
  • Hotel Los Portales Cusco
  • Waman Hotel
  • Casa Andina Standard Puno
  • Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport

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