Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain in Cusco, Peru

Best One-Week Peru Itinerary: Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, and More

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Lima, Barranco District, Rainbow Mountain, Cusco...

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Suggested Duration

7 Days

Prepare for a jam-packed week of adventure amidst the stunning landscapes of Peru. You will immerse yourself in local culture as your peruse colorful markets, step inside historic cathedrals and extravagant palaces, and journey to a distant past as you descend on the famed ruins of Machu Picchu. Picturesque natural scenes abound as you take in the beautiful hues of Rainbow Mountain, explore the eccentric street art of the Barranco District, and ride horseback through the majestic Sacred Valley.

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Trip Highlights

  • Dine along the oceanfront as you enjoy a sunset dinner in the prestigious neighborhood of Miraflores
  • Enjoy a picturesque bike ride along the coast before getting lost in the eclectic art scene of the Barranco District
  • Trek to the chromatic masterpiece known as Rainbow Mountain to behold the vibrantly hued sand formations
  • Immerse yourself in local culture as you shop the outdoor crafts markets of Cusco and explore the Spanish architecture of Plaza de Armas
  • Ascend to the famed ruins of Machu Picchu alongside your expert guide and partake in a daring climb up Huayna Picchu
  • Ride horseback through the enchanting natural wonders of the Sacred Valley and learn natural dyeing techniques in an authentic culture class
  • Keep pace with the vivacious energy of downtown Lima and stroll through the verdant parks along the coastline

Detailed Description

You are in for a week of pure adventure and excitement as soon as your plane meets the tarmac at Lima's International Airport. Here, you will meet your expert guide who will stay with you throughout your journey for an inside glimpse at the best Peru has to offer.

You'll spend your first two days in the nation's bustling capital city. After settling into your luxury hotel in the city's historic downtown, you will enjoy a luxurious sunset dinner along the Pacific coast. Then, in the morning, the intoxicating ocean breeze will rush through your hair as you bike ride through the vibrant Barranco District, known for its flourishing art scene and colorful facades.

In the days to come, you will break away from busy city life to enjoy Peru's natural wonders, from the low-lying valleys of central Peru to the majestic mountain tops of the Andes. First, you will set out for Rainbow Mountain, revered around the world for its enchanting blend of vibrantly hued sand formations. Then, you will travel to Cusco, the birthplace of the Inca Empire, for a thrilling cultural and historical experience. Here, you will chat with locals as you explore open-aired markets and admire handmade alpaca wool goods as well as jewelry and pottery. You will also spend time in the Plaza de Armas, where you can indulge in the stoic Spanish architecture found in the city's cathedrals and municipal government buildings.

Your journey will surely reach a pinnacle when, on Day 5 of your Peruvian expedition, you travel to the famed UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu Picchu. As your guide leads you around the site, you will catch a glimpse of centuries of Incan innovation and prestige. After a bit of self-exploration and a chance to climb the Huayna Picchu peak to Machu Picchu's rear, you will unwind with a relaxing dip in the medicinal hot springs of Aguas Calientes. The following day, you will travel through the lush Sacred Valley on horseback before taking part in a culture class where you will learn about natural wool-dyeing techniques. On your final day in Peru, you will return to the exciting frenzy of Lima, where you can indulge in a bit of self-exploration downtown. You will enjoy some time to shop for souvenirs for family and friends back home before feasting on your final dinner in lovely downtown Lima.

Starting Price

$1,997 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.

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