Take the opportunity to experience the incredible ruins of Machu Picchu, hike the Inca trail and explore the Amazon rainforest, the world's largest rainforest which covers more than 2 million miles of land.

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Ancient Peru Machu Picchu

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Why do a tour of Peru and Machu Picchu you may ask? Because it is such a culturally diverse country, a must-do experience. It combines the cultural highlights of the Sacred Valley with a stunning combination of ancient architecture, a cloud forest, plant life and Machu Picchu

As a country, Peru offers visitors 3 distinct geographical zones, from the dry arid coastline which is home to the incredible Ballestas Islands and just inland, the Nazca Lines, to the high Andes range and also to the Amazon. There is so much to see in this diverse region, that one is spoilt for choice. There are many theories as to the origins behind Machu Picchu but three of the most popular ideas include a temple to the sun, a fortress against the jungle inhabitants or a sanctuary for the Incas. This fabulous city has houses, temples, warehouses, a large central square, all connected by narrow roads and steps, and is surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side which were used for agriculture.

Machu Picchu Ruins tour
  • 15 days 
  • Exploration of ancient sites
  • Visit the Lost City of the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu
  • Tour Chavin and Llanganuco 
  • Lord of Sipan and Brunning Museum
  • See the Inca Bridge  
  • Optional climb up Huayna Picchu

Ancient Peru Overview

Day-1. Lima 
Day-2: Lima - Cuzco (B) 
Day-3. Cuzco and surrounds 
Day-4. Sacred Valley - Ollantaytambo (BL) 
Day-5. Cuzco - Machu Picchu (B) 
Day-6. Machu Picchu - Cuzco (B) 
Day-7. Cuzco - Lima (B) 
Day-8: Huaraz (B) 
Day-9: Llanganuco (B) 
Day-10: Chavin (B) 
Day-11: Trujillo - Chan Chan (B) 
Day-12: Trujillo (B) 
Day-13: Lord of Sipan and Brunning Museum (B) 
Day-14: Lima (B) 
Day-15: Lima (B)                   

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Day-1. Lima

Arrival in Lima, and transfer to hotel.

Day-2: Lima - Cuzco (B) 

Flight and arrival in Cuzco, reception and transfer to Hotel. Cusco is the starting point for most journeys to Machu Picchu and sits at 3400 metres above sea level, so many travelers experience altitude sickness here. For this reason it's worth spending a few days in town and taking your time acclimatising. Remainder of the day at leisure

Day-3. Cuzco 

Afternoon visit to the main ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay, followed by a city tour of Cuzco.              

Day-4: Sacred Valley - Ollyantaytambo (BL)

Full-day excursion toSacsayhuaman peruthe Sacred Valley of the Inca and then a visit to Pisac markets and Ollantaytambo.  Also known as Ollanta, the town offer a traditional Inca experience   with its cobbled streets, small traditional stone houses and canals.  The attraction is the nearby ruins on the outskirts of town.  It was the a former Inca administrative center and served as the last stronghold for Inca Manco Yupanqui, leader of the Inca   at the time. The steep terraces served as a fortress during the Spanish conquest, and are one of the few locations in Peru where the Spanish conquistadors lost their battle.

Day-5. Cuzco - Machu Picchu (B)

Transfer to the railway station for the train to Aguas Calientes. Guided tour of Machu Picchu, the most spectacular ancient city in the world. Built by the Inca Pachacutec, there are many theories as    to the origins behind Machu Picchu. This fabulous city has houses, temples, warehouses, a large central square, all connected by narrow roads and steps, and is surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side which were used for agriculture. Accommodation in Aguas Calientes. 

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Day-6. Machu Picchu - Cuzco (B)

Opportunity to enjoy a wonderful sunrise over Machu Picchu and some personal time for private reflection before returning to Cuzco      

Day-7. Cuzco - Lima (B)

Return flight to Lima . Free at leisure at leisure.          

Day-8: Huaraz (B)

Private transfer to Huaraz, driving along the pan Americano highway for four hours before lunch at a delightful seaside restaurant. After lunch, continue the trip amongst some of the most spectacular mountain scenery  in the world before arriving to Huaraz. Overnight accommodation.           

Day-9: Llanganuco (B)

Day trip to the beautiful, glacial Llanganuco Lake situated at 3850m. There are splendid views of the Cordillera Blanca, the highest tropical mountain range in the world. Return to Huaraz.                  

Day-10: Chavin (B)

Trip to Chavin de Huantar, site of the oldest pan-andean civilisation dating back to 2000BC. The site has many galleries and subterranean tunnels and houses many carved stone figures of anthropomorphic semblances  reminiscent of the Maya culture. It is the oldest known pre-Columbian culture discovered and is known as Chavin-Kotosh. Return to Huaraz before travelling overnight to Trujillo.                  

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Day-11: Trujillo - Chan Chan (B)

Arrival early morning and transfer to your hotel. Morning at leisure. Afternoon guided visit of the remarkable ancient city of Chan Chan , the largest pre-Columbian city in South America . It was constructed   entirely of mud and adobe brick. We also make a visit to the beach resort at Huanchaco.  

Day-12: Trujillo (B)

After breakfast, a visit to Casinelli Museum to view its collection of Chavin, Mochica and Chimu artifacts before we continue onto La Huaca Esmerelda , Huaca Arco and the Sun and Moon temples. Private transfer   to Chiclayo and your hotel.

Day-13: Lord of Sipan and Brunning Museum (B)

Visit to the tomb of the Lord of Sipan, the most important archaeological find in Peru in the twentieth century. The tombs were intact with many artifacts of silver, gold and copper dating back to 350AD. A visit to the museum before a final visit to Brunning Museum , one of the finest in the whole of South America. Overnight accommodation.             

Day-14: Lima (B)

Return flight to Lima and transfer to your hotel. Last night accommodation in Peru .          

Day-15: Lima (B)

Free at leisure in Lima before your transfer to the airport for your return flight home.  

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Peru Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time of year to go to Peru?

The best time to visit Peru is during the dry season, between May and October, which sees sunny days, bright blue skies in the Andes, and chilly nights. It is a wonderful time to be in Peru, especially if you plan to go on a trek, but being the peak season, early booking is crucial.

How do we get from the town to the Machu Picchu ruins?

There are two options. One is that you take the bus which runs from 05h30 until 15h00 each day, or you can walk up.  The walk will be around 90 minutes and the climb is about 400m

Do we need to purchase tickets for the Inca ruins far in advance?

Yes you do and there is also a limit to how many are available each day.  There are 4 Types of Tickets to Machu Picchu; 

Machu Picchu Only, Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchu, Machu Picchu & Mountain, and Machu Picchu & Huchuy Picchu.

The ‘Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchu’ Ticket is the most requested by visitors. In addition, due to the limited availability for 200 people a day, the purchase of the ticket must be made 3 or 4 months in advance. The visit to this mountain is only allowed for people over 12 years old.

Do I need to acclimatize to Cusco's altitude?

Yes you should as the city sits at nearly 11,000 feet altitude, or 3 399 m  For the first couple days of your stay keep your walking tours to a minimum—just around the main sites in central Cusco. It is advisable to drink plenty of liquid and avoid as much as possible heavy meals and physical effort, especially while in Cusco.

Can I get to Machu Picchu without trekking?

You most certainly can. You have a couple other options in which you can arrive at this ancient citadel in the clouds.

The first and most common method of getting to Macchu Picchu from Cusco is to take a train. Unfortunately, the trains don't leave from within the city itself, so you will have to travel by car or bus to the terminal. Most people depart from the train station in Ollantaytambo, in Peru's Sacred Valley, a couple hours northwest of Cusco. You can also take the train from the town of Poroy, located about 25 minutes outside of Cusco. 

What is the highest altitude on the Inca Trail?

It is 4200m or 13,780 ft above sea level which is the highest point on the trail at Dead Woman's pass

How long does it take to walk along the Inca Trail?

The shortest number of days required for hiking the Inca Trail is one day which is known as the "Royal Inca Trail" which only covers the last day of the route. Then there is the standard 4 day trek. Alternately, one  can do the longer Salktantay trek which is 7 days.

What distance does the Inca Trek cover?

The Inca Trail covers a distance of 54km when done over 4 days

How hard is the Inca Trail to hike?

It is a moderate trek. The highest point is Dead Woman's Pass, and at 4,198 metres it is the toughest of the three passes. The biggest issue is the altitude and the stairs and there are a lot of them. In some places the stairs are narrow and closely packed and in other places quite steep, especially as you near Inti Punku sun gate.

Are there variations of the Inca Trail?
  • The classic 4 day Inca Trail which starts at a place known as Km82 is the one this itinerary covers. Then there are two other variations of the traditional Inca Trail that both end at Machu Picchu. 
  • The first and most popular alternative is the Short Inca Trail which can be completed in 1 or 2 days. Known as the "Royal Inca Trail" its an easier trek and starts further along the Vilcanota River at a place called kilometre 104. Trek permits are required for this trek .
  • The second alternative is via Salkantay which is a lot more strenuous and take seven days heading through beautiful snow-capped mountain areas. This trek is usually done in 7 days although experienced trekkers should manage it in 6 days. The trek starts near the town of Mollepata and the first 3 days are spent trekking around the foot of the Salkantay mountain.
What is the best time to go to the Amazon rainforest?

May and early June are the best time to visit the Amazon. During these months, the river levels are still high enough for exploration by boat

Do we need travel insurance?

Yes you do. We do not recommend travelling without it and require it for our tours. Accidents, medical emergencies, travel delays or other problems can occur in any country and the resulting costs can be significant. Here is  a link if you do not already have your own preferred provider. 

What plug converters do I need in Peru?

Peru uses 220 volt, 60 cycle electricity. Travelers will require a voltage converter for 110 volt devices. Plugs are typically the 2 pronged flat type found in the US, though some facilities have been noted to use the 2 rounded prongs instead.

Is the water safe to drink?

The tap water is generally not safe to drink in Peru. Bottled water is readily available at tourist sites, hotels, and restaurants. Don't forget to use bottled water when brushing your teeth as well! Ice is not always made with boiled/ bottled water. Order your beverages without ice.

What are the current entry requirements for Peru given COVID?
  • The Government of Peru announced the extension of the current regional alert levels and movement restrictions through March 31, 2022. The Government of Peru indicated it will reevaluate and adjust these public health measures every two weeks. Under these measures, all regions of Peru are categorized as Moderate, High, Very High, or Extreme, with corresponding levels of restrictions.  U.S. Citizens are advised to follow all Peruvian lockdown measures.
  • Peruvians, resident foreigners, and non-resident foreigners 12 years of age or older must present proof of being fully vaccinated 14 days prior to boarding at their point of origin. Peruvians, resident foreigners, and non-resident foreigners 12 years of age or older who are not fully vaccinated must present a molecular test with a negative result (within 48 hours) prior to boarding an incoming flight to Peru, in accordance with current health regulations.  Children under 12 years of age must only be asymptomatic prior to boarding an incoming flight to Peru.

From February 28, 2022, all passengers older than 12 years of age using commercial transportation to travel domestically via air must present proof of vaccination to travel.  If they are not fully vaccinated, they must present a molecular test with a negative result (within 48 hours)  prior to boarding their domestic flight (as of January 27, 2022, individuals 40 and older must have received their booster).