Plaza de Armes in Cusco, Peru

Highlights of Peru & Machu Picchu Tour

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu

Suggested Duration

8 Days

The secrets of ancient culture and Andean myths will be revealed during your 8-day Peru highlights tour customized to immerse you in irresistible wonders and sensational sights. From the lush and winding trails of the Sacred Valley to the Lost City of Machu Picchu, the coastal charm of Lima to the cathedrals of Cusco, you will uncover secrets, heritage, and diversity showcasing essential Peru.

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Trip Highlights

  • Discover the breathtaking Lost City of Machu Picchu
  • Enjoy a journey by train with a glass dome opening up to the spectacular scenery
  • Traverse the City of Kings, Lima and experience its Spanish and Inca influences
  • Dip below ground to explore the catacombs of the Church of San Francisco
  • Venture along the winding cobblestone streets of Cusco and visit the towering monoliths that make the Sacsayhuaman Fortress
  • Be one of the select few to view the Lost City from the stunning peak of Huayna Picchu

Detailed Description

Essential Peru whispers like a secret everyone knows, but not like this. Witness the stunning secrets that make the country the talk of town on this 8-day adventure meant for gossips, talkers, rumor spreaders, secret holders, good timers, and anyone who has ever wanted to experience the magnificent beauty of Peru. From the meandering neighborhoods of Lima that stretch across the sea and along the flatlands, where the scent of citrus is as vibrant as the beaches, to the undulating mountains that roll over the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu isn’t the only uncovered wonder, as the cobblestone streets of Cusco wind along the foothills of the Andes. The secret may be out but the magic continues to grow.

Your journey through Peru begins with your arrival in Lima, the City of Kings, and who told more secrets than the kings? Traverse the rambling neighborhoods of Lima to see the variety and diversity of the city, where citrus settles into the ceviche and the catacombs dwell beneath the Church of San Francisco. Venture on to Cusco where the sensational boulders of Sacsayhuaman watch over the city protecting its cobblestoned secrets. The Spanish facades glitter in the sunlight and rise above the remains of the Inca capital ready to divulge its history.

Board the train in the Sacred Valley and watch the lush foothills of the Andes wind and rise into the sky. The peaks pierce the clouds and the water rushes along and beneath the railway as you arrive in Aguas Calientes, the city along the base of Machu Picchu. Ascend into the sky and arrive at the citadel of the Lost City, where the terraces climb along the mountainside and the sensation that overtakes you is as natural as breathing. Explore the ruins, uncover its mysteries, and make your way back to Cusco, eventually leaving for home. You have ventured through valleys and on top of mountains, into catacombs and on top of history. You have seen what Peru is made of and as your flight climbs into the sky you know that the secrets of Peru go beyond the whispers.  

Consider reading Lick My Spoon's blog post about her visit to Peru to gain inspiration on perfecting your dream vacation. 

Starting Price

$2,283 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

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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