Your 10-day Peru highlights tour will uncover the beauty of the Andes and the splendors of the Amazon. Wander through the clouds while exploring Machu Picchu’s inspiring ruins. Cruise the Amazon River in search of vibrant parrots and active spider monkeys. Relax on a scenic train ride through the Sacred Valley. Wander the cobblestone maze of Cusco’s Spanish colonial history. Peru’s culture, scenery, and history will highlight remarkable diversity.
Lima – Collective Neighborhoods Create a City
Welcome to the Peruvian capital of Lima, where the eclectic city is nestled between the hot desert and the cool ocean. The beauty of the city sits within its balance of modernity and history, while skyscrapers reach beneath the clouds. Spanish remains glisten like gold within the confines of the historic center where the Government Palace stretches behind blossomed red and white carnations. Along the trendy neighborhood of Miraflores the soft ocean mist drifts over the boardwalk. Lovers Statue stands above the sand, beside the walkways, and watches over the sea with two lovers entwined and commemorated in stone. The evening sky brings with it the maritime mist and you settle into the soothing night of Lima.
Cusco – Diversity Creates Majesty
Ollantaytambo – Past Traditions Making Modern Times
Aguas Calientes – The Modern Comforts of the Lost City
Cusco – Clouds and Valleys
Amazon Rainforest – Mountain Ruins to Rainforest Rivers
Amazon Rainforest – Above the Trees and Around the Water
Amazon Rainforest – Colors Along the Clay
Amazon Rainforest – Along Rivers and Over Lakes
Puerto Maldonado – From Here to There and Back Again
- Witness the breathtaking awe of Machu Picchu
- Discover the diverse wonders of Cusco, the Inca capital and Spanish colonial jewels
- See the explosion of color and tradition at the Pisac market
- Enjoy a spectacular train ride with a 360-degree view of the Sacred Valley
- Experience a river safari in the Amazon River Basin
- Watch the sensational display of natural color and wonder at the world’s largest Macaw Clay Lick
- Delight in the culture of Lima
- Explore the ruins of Ollantaytambo
- Trek through the Amazon Rainforest to find its wild inhabitants
- Stare in wonder at the rainbow of birdlife at the Tambopata Research Center, deep within the rainforest
Experience the diversity of Pure on this 10-day tour meant for college anthropologists, decadent butterfly collectors, macaw researchers, amateur Inca historians, wildlife enthusiasts, or anyone that has ever considered any of these categories. The variety of Peru shines within its cities. It echoes within its past as well as its present, from its cultures to its topography, its regions to its ecosystems; all of Peru is open and ready for you to explore. From the country’s capital city to the high rising Machu Picchu, the seaside neighborhood of Miraflores to the riverside lodge within the Amazon Rainforest, uncover the diversity of Peru and let its majesty speak for itself.
Begin your discovery of Peru with the welcomed arrival into Lima. The capital city ranges in its spread from the seaside to the mountainside, where each neighborhood differs in culture, food, and slang. Arrive in the Inca capital of Cusco where the Spanish buildings recall a colonial past against the backdrop of Inca ruins lingering along the mountainside. The Andean culture thrives within the Sacred Valley. It is showcased at a lively Pisac market where traditions abound and colors glow, while the ruins of Ollantaytambo hover over the village, a not so gentle reminder of the past and the present. Enjoy the 360-degree view of the Sacred Valley as you train into the foothills beneath the Lost City, climbing into the mountains and witnessing the heights at which Machu Picchu is built, hovering over the valley below.
Continue your adventure arriving in Puerto Maldonado and journeying up river to the sensational Posada Amazonas Lodge where the wilds of the rainforest come to life. Traverse the walking paths and into the canopy of the Amazon to see the magnificent colors of birds and the undisturbed wild along the forest floor. Enjoy your time at the Tambopata Research Center where you can see the majestic display of color along the Macaw Clay Lick before cruising along ponds and lakes on an Amazon safari back at the lodge.
If you're simply considering Machu Picchu tours, this Peru itinerary will give you a wondrous assortment of experiences, from the Andes to the Amazon, rolling mountains to sprawling trees. You will witness the wonder of Machu Picchu and the majesty of the rainforest. You will venture through Peru and discover diversity in a land rich in history. For more trip ideas, visit the Peru travel reviews section.
$2,855 per person (excluding international flights)
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