Your 10-day Peru and Machu Picchu tour for the solo traveler will reveal the grandeur in and around the Inca Trail at your pace. Wander the luxuries of Cusco with cobbled lanes and colonial cathedrals. Trek the pathway winding through the jagged mountain peaks and through epic passes to reach Machu Picchu. Embrace the pearled facades of Arequipa and the depths of Colca Canyon to crown your custom-tailored Peru adventure.
Lima – Splendor of Kings
Welcome to the City of Kings, Lima, the capital of Peru. The Plaza de Armas sits as the central jewel of the city where the colonial past can be seen in the brass of the trickling fountain. The palace rises over the square with the pride of the country’s flag billowing in the breeze. The gentle water sounds through the plaza and mixes with the bustle of the city. Carnations blossom in front of the palace displaying the red and white flair of the Peruvian flag almost mirroring the ebb and flow of the banner above. Opposite the palace is the bare pearled facade of the cathedral; the entrance is sensationally carved, standing in contrast to the canary yellow colonial buildings that frame the square. There is a slight air of citrus to the city emanating from the wealth of ceviche for which Lima is known. The air has a cool mist that drifts in from the sea. The lights begin to shimmer around the plaza, bringing the gentle evening over the city.
Cusco – Heart of an Empire
Sacred Valley – Where Tales and Trails Begin
Inca Trail – The Loveliness of Lushness
Inca Trail – First Time Sky High
Machu Picchu – Conquering the Lost
Machu Picchu – Giving in to Grandeur
Cusco – Immaculate Mountains
Colca Canyon – Peaks and Valleys
Arequipa – Soaring to Sensational Heights
- Revel in the grandeur of the Lost City of Machu Picchu one of the new Wonders of the World
- Follow in the footsteps of the Inca along the sensational Inca Trail
- Witness the majesty of the largest flying bird in the Western Hemisphere, the Andean condor
- Experience the traditional villages and lives of the Andean people
- Explore the charm and elegance of the whitewashed architecture of Arequipa
- Discover the heart of the Inca Empire with your visit to the city of Cusco
There are plenty of places in the world that you’ve wanted to visit but for some reason you never felt the time was right; there is not better time to visit Peru than on this 10-day tour meant for anyone that has wanted to trek the Inca Trail and see the spectacular sites of the Andes. Sometimes it’s hard to find the time and the company to travel the way you prefer; rest assured that your holiday will be spent with like-minded people ready to see the splendor of the world, just like you. From the glistening streets of Cusco to the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu, you no longer have to wait for everyone’s schedule to align, all you have to do is go.
Your adventure begins in Lima, the City of Kings, where the sensational history of the capital of Peru comes alive, beginning at the main square. You can see the diversity of the city within its neighborhoods, where practically every block adds a new and eclectic mix of sounds and aromas to the streets. Soon you will find yourself within the Andes, exploring the Inca capital of Cusco, where the firm Incan bases continue to support the elegance of Spanish colonial architecture. The impressive monoliths of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman stand at the edge of the mountain’s citadel and watch over the city. The day comes when your adventure along the trail begins, taking you from the banks of the Urubamba River and into the meandering foothills of the Andes.
There is a never-ending saga of landscapes that are almost overwhelming; from snowcapped peaks to lush prairies, the ruins of Llactapata to the incredible Warmiwanusqa Pass, the highest point along the trail. You will continue past the remains of Sayacmarca, over the footpaths and stairs within the cloud forest, and arrive at the Sun Gate overlooking the splendor of Machu Picchu. Follow your guide through the ruins and the remains, where temples stood and walls now stand; venture past the heyday of the Lost City and onto Huaynu Picchu where you can take in the valley and the citadel all at once.
Continue your wanders through the Andes at Arequipa, the pearl-like Andean city that sits at the edges of Colca Canyon, the second deepest canyon in the world. The grandeur of the city is not just within its architecture but within the sensational landscapes of the mountains and the canyon. Venture to the traditional town of Chivay and soak in the hot springs that overlook the fringes of the gorge. Cruise to the Cruz de Condor to witness the stunning view of the spectacular birds in flight; your time in Peru will find you back in Arequipa boarding your flight home. There has never been a better time to visit Peru and there is no longer a need to wait.
$9,095 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.
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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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