Llamas graze in the mist, and Machu Picchu unfolds before your eyes. Streets of cobblestone and charm evoke the 19th-century era in Arequipa while Cusco baffles with its endless sights and the Sacred Valley immerses you in Incan and Quechua cultures. Handcrafted for senior travelers, this 10-day trip to Peru maximizes altitude acclimatization, ensuring you can fully enjoy all the Andean highlights: Lima, Arequipa, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and Cusco.
Lima - A Leisurely Introduction to Peru
You will land in Lima, and then travel about 20 minutes into the city. Once you are here, the city will unfold, and you will see the UNESCO World Heritage site that leads to beautiful neighborhoods. This is a city with many sides, and with 24 hours you can get a good feel for the Peruvian capital. You will check in to your boutique hotel in Miraflores. The afternoon will be at your leisure and it is easy to walk along a promenade above the Pacific, or to check out the neighborhood’s colorful, tightly packed streets. Dinner reservations will be made at one of Latin America’s best restaurants, which will be your first chance to taste the splendor of the world-famous culinary scene.
Arequipa - The Tale of Two Cities
Arequipa - Relaxing and Exploring a Grand Colonial City
Urubamba Valley - First Impressions of the Sacred Valley
Urubamba Valley - Salt Pans and Majestic Ruins
Aguas Calientes - An Afternoon in the Lost City
Cusco - Optional Visit to the Lost City and Train to Cusco
Day 8 - 9
Cusco - Exploring the Best of the Ancient Incan Capital
Lima - Departure
- Luxuriate in the white city with a two-night stay in Arequipa, which is a superbly preserved insight into colonial times
- Bask in the wonder of Machu Picchu, spending a relaxed afternoon and morning in the Lost City
- Connect civilizations in Cusco, the ancient Incan capital that became an important Spanish city
- Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas, admiring vast fortress ruins and glistening salt pans
- Discover a Quechua style to life, including traditional markets and home-style cooking
- Take the Harry Bingham train from Machu Picchu to Cusco, with Peruvian dancing and cuisine on board
- Spend half a day seeing the highlights of Lima, which is the UNESCO World Heritage Site on your tour
Machu Picchu emerges from mountain mist far more beautiful than the photos could ever suggest. Cusco is a remarkable place where a cathedral is built upon an Incan temple and the streets are packed with colors. Then, there is all the history that surrounds Cusco, such as the fortress of Sacsayhuaman. You cannot forget about Lima. While the more famous Peruvian highlights are in the Andean mountains, the capital city still has plenty of highlights for you.
These destinations combine effortlessly on a 10-day trip to Peru. Direct flights will make light work of the long distances, so you can quickly hop from Lima to Arequipa and then from Cusco to Machu Picchu. Private tours will allow you explore at your pace, with flexibility over the amount of walking and the number of sites that you will visit each day. A handpicked selection of fine hotels will provide space to relax while continuing the cultural journey with Peruvian entertainment and foods. There is no rush, so you can relax, take it slow, and immerse yourself in the culture and discover what makes Peru such a unique country.
This tour has been handcrafted for senior travelers, and the route is carefully designed to maximize altitude acclimatization, which will assist you in overcoming the challenges of the thin mountain air. Many senior visitors are naturally worried about altitude in the Andean Mountains, especially Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is not a potential problem for altitude sickness, but Cusco is, so it is important for senior travelers to end, rather than to start, in Cusco. You may notice that this is the opposite direction to most tours as most start in Cusco and then wind their way towards the Lost City of the Incas.
Traveling the other way around will provide the best altitude acclimatization. At an altitude of 7,660 feet, Arequipa will be a beautiful place to start, which is below the danger zone for altitude sickness. Next, you will spend leisurely days in the Sacred Valley of the Incas (Urubamba Valley), with hardly any exertion, and an altitude of around 9,000 feet. Machu Picchu will follow. The Lost City is actually lower, at just under 8,000 feet above sea level. You will have to walk in order to see the site, but your lungs will already be accustomed to the higher altitude. You will finish in Cusco, where the altitude climbs to over 11,000 feet. By then, you will have had six days at higher elevations, which will helps negate the risk.
If you have limited mobility, most of the sites on this tour can still be visited. You can explore the Sacred Valley in a private vehicle, getting out at small ruins, markets, and salt pans. A tour in Cusco can be carefully designed to minimize walking as well, especially uphill walking. In Machu Picchu you will need to walk but it is really not as tough as stereotypes suggest. Yes, the steps can be steep, but even a marathon runner would not want to rush through this. On this tour for senior travelers, you will have plenty of time to walk at your own pace, which is recommended as it helps you fully absorb the intimate details of Machu Picchu and the other Andean highlights. Consider reading some of our travelers’ Peru tour reviews for more ideas to perfect your dream vacation.
$2,855 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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