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Peru Tours & Vacations

Peru’s appeal ranges from the enigmatic Machu Picchu to its delectable ceviche with enticing experiences in between. Embrace the gamut of cultural and historical wealth by indulging in the eclectic spectrum of Peru as you traverse the powerful Andes and explore the vibrant Amazon with Zicasso’s exclusive and custom tours.

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Sample Itineraries

You can have any trip tailor made for your private travel.

Highlights of Peru & Machu Picchu Tour

8 Day Custom Tour

From $1,755

Let the whispers of Peru’s secrets enchant you on this unique tour tailored to give you its sensational sights and irresistible wonders. Ancient ruins and beautiful cities are whispered about. Catacombs and fortresses make legends. Lost cities are rumored to be found.  From the lush and winding Sacred Valley to the opulent architecture of colonial Cusco, from the historic diversity of Lima to the magnificent ruins of Machu Picchu, essential Peru is like a whispered secret that everyone thinks they know. See why travelers talk about Peru tours and go beyond the whispers.
Flavors of Peru: A Culinary Tour to Lima, Cusco, Machu...

8 Day Custom Tour

From $1,755

Discover the diversity of Peruvian cuisine on your personalized Peru tour. You will discover the history, flavor, culture, and exploration that has created 2,000 types of soup and 250 different desserts. Coastal and mountain ambience combine for bold creations inspired by international tastes dating back to a time before the Inca. Learn to barbecue meat in an underground hearth and to squeeze lemon over freshly caught fish for a perfectly refreshing ceviche. Witness the brilliance of Machu Picchu and traverse the majesty of a vibrant marketplace bustling with both professional and home cooks. On this 8-day tour, you will sample the luxury of culinary delights on your delicious Peru tour. 
Family Vacation to Machu Picchu and Peru

8 Day Custom Tour

From $1,755

Take the family on an immersive exploration of the Inca and Peruvian culture with a custom-tailored Peru tour packed with adventure and fun, education and excitement. Ride down the rushing whitewater of the Urubamba River on a private rafting excursion, then learn about the tremendous agricultural and irrigational knowledge of the Inca. Discover massive stone ruins and Andean cultures that continue to utilize the remains of the former empire. Relish time in the Lost City of Machu Picchu and watch master weavers craft colorful textiles for a firsthand glimpse of tradition, history, culture, and thrills on a family-friendly Peru tour.
Intimate Peru: A Romantic Ten-Day Tour for Couples

10 Day Custom Tour

From $6,995

Peru is full of romantic scenes. Over these ten days, you will experience a shaman ceremony besides Machu Picchu, sundowners by the soft blue of Lake Titicaca, and spend a spa day in the Incan capital. All of these romantic scenes are combined into a private tour designed for two, taking you from the Pacific to Andes, and then finally, to the Amazon. Using fine hotels and maximizing time together, this experience is both an exploration of a remarkable country, and a chance to luxuriate in the most intimate destinations.
Highlights of Peru for Seniors Tour

14 Day Custom Tour

From $3,075

Experience a new world filled with ancient ruins, coastal beauty, and inspiring mountain peaks on a personalized Peru tour for seniors. Blend your time with your desire to travel at a pace you set, while finding the comforts you deserve and the excitement you crave. Discover vivid colors on traditional clothing and touch the home where the Inca empire began while searching for the wildlife that brims on the waters and islands of the Pacific. Your Peru tour takes you from Lima to Puno, and Paracas to Cusco to uncover the marvels of the past and natural splendors of the landscape. 
Peru & Machu Picchu Tour 2020: Lima, Puno, Lake...

10 Day Custom Tour

From $2,195

Sit within the clouds on top of Peru as you settle into the wonders of Machu Picchu and the majesty of the Andes. This is the essential Peru where the waters of lake Titicaca are iridescent like blue fire across the sky. The fresh citrus and seafood of ceviche is vibrant on your tongue. The myths of the Incan Empire roll across the hills. Venture into the fabulous world where history waits, culture shines, and the wonders of Peru are on display just for you.
Peru Wildlife & Inca Ruins Tour: From the Amazon...

10 Day Custom Tour

From $2,195

If you ever wanted to experience the remaining wonders of history and the majesty of the rainforest, this is the place to start. From gilded Spanish churches that bring opulent beauty to the Andes, to the calm waters of the Amazon Basin, you can hear parrots caw beneath the rainforest canopy and see the remains of Incan fortresses loom above ancient towns. The sun glistens above the clouds as you explore the wonders of Mach Picchu and take yourself from ruins to rainforest and back again. 
7-Day Peru Vacation: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley &...

7 Day Custom Tour

From $1,535

Collect the treasures of Peru on this 7-day journey meant for amateur treasure hunters, antique collectors, metal detector owners, scrap bookers, and people who have yet to do any of the above. The Spanish looked for gold and thought they had found El Dorado, and so will you as you venture into the catacombs of a gilded Spanish church, explore the traditions of an Andean market, and discover the golden reward that is the Lost City of Machu Picchu. The treasure chest of Peru is filled with memories, your memories.
Wilderness, Wildlife & Wildwater of Peru Tour

9 Day Custom Tour

From $1,975

Plunge into one of the most remote corners of South America during your Peru tour traveling the Tambopata River. Your customizable rafting excursion takes you from the Andean Altiplano to the Amazon Basin in search of wildlife and thrilling whitewater. Wander the cloud forest between the high altitude plains and lowland rainforest. Paddle through enticing class IV rapids shaping the narrowing riverbanks. Search for rare macaws, endangered jaguars, and hidden monkeys. Whether relaxing on the water or speeding alongside fierce boulders, you will have the ride of your life in the wilderness and wilds of your Peru tour.
Hidden Side of Peru: An Itinerary for the Returning...

10 Day Custom Tour

From $2,195

Uncover nearly forgotten history and inspiring ruins on a tour of Peru discovering hidden splendor beyond Machu Picchu. Step away from the known path on your custom-tailored Peru tour to find the remarkable ruins of Cloud Warriors and the captivating wildlife at the edges of the Amazon Basin. Wander through the aisles of a thriving coffee plantation and savor the colonial charms of quiet cities nestled beneath the rolling Andean mountaintops. Whether indulging in ceviche or searching the trees for military macaws, you can relish unseen brilliance in the wildlife, landscape, and culture of Peru.
Off the Beaten Path Peru Tour: Hiking from Choquequirao...

10 Day Custom Tour

From $2,195

The Andes Mountains can satisfy the most ardent adventurer during your personalized Peru tour hiking the secluded Choquequirao to Machu Picchu trail. Snowy peaks roll across the sky, and the altiplano resembles a lunar landscape. Vicunas graze on tufts of grass at high altitudes, and villagers grow corn and quinoa on hidden ridges rarely visited by outsiders. The forgotten beauty of the Choquequirao ruins charm and delight as a predecessor to your time at Machu Picchu. Follow the trails of the chaskis, ancient Inca messengers who collectively traveled more than 140 miles per day, and experience the pure landscape and untouched history of the Andes.
Discovering Lost Incan Cities of Peru & Machu...

8 Day Custom Tour

From $1,755

Your Machu Picchu tour is custom tailored to provide you with the luxuries of modern travel and the charms of touching history. The beauty of Peru stretches from the Pacific Ocean into the staggering peaks of the Andes Mountain Range. The Urubamba River winds around the verdant foothills carving a pathway for itself. On the peak of Huayna Picchu, you can gaze down upon historic Machu Picchu and take in the grandeur of the city and the encompassing landscape. From Inca fortresses to Spanish colonial churches, you will find lost cities and majestic culture across the country.
Bespoke Peru Adventure Tour: Andes, Wildlife &...

9 Day Custom Tour

From $1,975

Give in to the extraordinary adventure of Peru on this unique tour that will take you from the heights of the Andes to the canopies of the Amazon Rainforest. Succumb to the beauty of the wildlife and savor the wealth of culture along the mountaintops.  From gilded Spanish architecture to vibrantly feathered parrots, this trip brings you to the authentic ruins of the Inca, into the unforgettable citadel of Machu Picchu. Discover the rainforest, explore the ruins, and be a part of the Incan adventure.
Family-Friendly Peru Vacation: Amazon to Andes

10 Day Custom Tour

From $6,995

Peru is an evocative destination for all ages that includes Amazonian adventure, Incan culture, a lost city, a sacred valley, and your awe-struck family. This luxurious, 10-day vacation will push you to the edge of your comfort zone, revealing both the surreal and the sublime. Spend three days on an Amazon cruise, three days in Cusco, and then take the train to Machu Picchu, where you will spend another couple of days. There are plenty of different adventures as you go, so you know that your family will experience the best of Peru in just ten days, with every day providing new inspiration and excitement.
Cultural Peru Tour: Flavors, Villages & Ancient...

8 Day Custom Tour

From $1,755

Prepare to devour Peru on this unique tour tailored to give you the greatest bite that the country can offer. The sensational sights and irresistible charm of ancient ruins, magnificent cities, and delicious food await you. Venture through the stunning Sacred Valley. Stroll through the delightful fragrance of Peruvian mint. Witness the majestic plateau where Machu Picchu stands above the rushing water below. Devour Peru, from its food to its culture, its cities to its history, where the flavor is irresistible and the journey tastes great.
10-Day Peruvian Adventure: Heritage & Culture Tour...

10 Day Custom Tour

From $2,195

Peru is a mysterious jigsaw of changing heritage that takes you through 2,000 years of history. This handcrafted tour stitches together the distinct pieces of Peru, incorporating the Nazca Lines, floating tribal communities, gold-laden cathedrals, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu. Using Peru’s best local guides, you will live the history as you trace a line through the many civilizations that have called this landscape home.
Best of Ecuador, Peru & the Galapagos Islands Tour...

11 Day Custom Tour

From $8,245

Peru and Ecuador are sensational wonders that everyone can enjoy. From the lush green of the Sacred Valley to the glassy clear water of the Galapagos Islands, experience the Wonders of the World on this grand exploration of Peru and Ecuador. The Lost City of Machu Picchu stands above the clouds. The blue-footed boobies nest along the calm waters of the pristine beach. Discover volcanic tunnels, unearth hidden ruins, and experience the splendor of nature and the grandeur of history.
14-Day Peru Vacation for Seniors

14 Day Custom Tour

From $3,075

Escape the hustle and bustle of daily life for a true adventure through the gorgeous South American country of Peru. Pristine coastlines stretch along the metropolitan city of Lima and scents of salty seawater fill the air. Inland, high altitudes call for a steeping cup of mate de coca tea and friendly villagers welcome you as you make your ascent to the coveted ruins of Machu Picchu. Just beyond, in the secluded region of Puerto Maldonado, you will uncover some of the country's best-kept secrets that have tucked away in the depths of the Amazon Rainforest. This two-week vacation is complete with everything that you could ever dream of experiencing in this magnificent country.
14 Day Kid-Friendly Vacation to Peru

14 Day Custom Tour

From $3,075

It is as if you are leaping into the forefront of a glossy postcard when you arrive at the ancient “navel of the world.” Take off on a Peruvian adventure that will have your family reminiscing for the rest of their lives. Whether it is reaching the peak of Machu Picchu, ziplining through the luscious Amazonian Jungle, or horseback riding along the mystical Sacred Valley, there is surely a variety of thrilling activities for everyone in your family to enjoy. This jam-packed getaway will not only get your blood pumping, but it will give you an inside look at the vibrant cultures and rich history that are native to this enchanting country.
Amazing Peru Vacation: Inca Trail Trek, Amazon Jungle...

12 Day Custom Tour

From $2,635

Prepare to be amazed on this unique tour tailored to show you just how spectacular Peru can be. From the stunning lushness of the Sacred Valley to the density of the Amazon Rainforest, give the extraordinary a chance to surprise you as you hike alongside Inca ruins that climb up mountaintops and watch spider monkeys sail through the thick jungle canopy. The streets of Cusco meander along the Andean hills while caiman sunbathe along the shores of secluded lakes. The colors of the Amazon shine like a rainbow. The Lost City of Machu Picchu stands like a jewel waiting to be discovered. Prepare to be astonished…because you will be. 
Land & Sea Peru Vacation: Amazon Cruise, Cuzco...

10 Day Custom Tour

From $2,195

Those who say they left their heart in San Francisco have obviously never been to Peru. Lose yourself in the beauty and majesty of the Andes and the Amazon on this tour tailored to show you the stunning wonders of the country. Stand amidst mountaintops and marvel at the grace of Machu Picchu. Experience the grandeur and breadth of the Amazon Rainforest. From the historical remains to the cultural continuity, the incredible rolling hills to the amazing winding river, come give your heart to Peru.
Peru Luxury Tour

13 Day Custom Tour

From $9,095

The sapphire water of Lake Titicaca brings effervescence to your exploration of Peru on this unique tour tailored to show you the country along the Andes. Condors glide above Colca Canyon. The cobblestone streets of Cusco echo along the walls of Spanish history. Machu Picchu stands tall above the Urubamba Valley. Whether in the luxurious lodges of the altiplano, mountain plateau, or in the urban comforts of Lima, explore the wonders of Peru, within the culture, within the food, within the ruins, and within you.
Peru & Machu Picchu Tour for Solo Traveler

10 Day Custom Tour

From $6,995

Give in to your desire to see Peru on this customizable tour meant to show you the grandeur in and around the Inca Trail. There is no need to wait for everyone’s schedule to align, no excuse to postpone that trip that you’ve been aching to take for years. Give in to the luxuries of Cusco and follow the path of the Inca that will take you through the mountain pass and onto the citadel where Machu Picchu proudly stands. Venture deeper into the Andes in the pearled city of Arequipa and the sensational depths of Colca Canyon. There is no need to wait, no need to postpone, only the need go.
Peruvian Amazon and Machu Picchu Tour Including Scenic...

10 Day Custom Tour

From $2,195

Discover diversity on this spectacular, unique tour tailored to take you from the Andes to the Amazon. The gorgeous city of Cusco rolls along the Andean hills where the modern city sits within the structures of its Spanish colonial past. The opulent height of Machu Picchu sits secluded among the clouds while the grandeur of the Amazon River runs isolated through the trees. The majesty of Peru is held within its diversity, where no one thing can define what makes the country glorious. Come to Peru. See the Andes. Experience the Amazon. Discover diversity.
Wonders of Peru Tour: Amazon Safari, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca & Nazca Lines

12 Day Custom Tour

From$2,635

Peru’s rich culture will enchant you with its incredible charm and irresistible sights. Ancient ruins, beautiful cities, and the mesmerizing Amazon await you. The mix of Andean culture and sensational wildlife of the rainforest beckon you with spectacular scenery, rich textiles, delicious nourishment, and non-stop wonder. From the heights of Lake Titicaca to the unique Nazca Lines, Peru is filled with marvels to be seen and experienced. From Incan wonders to wild adventures, this trip will truly be Inca-credible.

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Peru Trekking Tour from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

9 Day Custom Tour

From$1,975

Stand within the ruins of Machu Picchu and embrace the sensational wonders of the Inca Trail on this custom tour meant to take you along the path of history. Wander through the Sacred Valley of the Andes where ruins climb up the mountainside, spectacular terraces wrap around the gorge, and clouds rest within the trees. From the Spanish architecture that runs along the streets in Cusco to the remains of the Lost City that linger along the citadel, the Andes are calling and ready for you to Trek Peru. 

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Peru 4x4 Expedition Tour: Lima, Ica, Nazca, Abancay, Cusco & Machu Picchu

11 Day Custom Tour

From$2,415

Get off the beaten path on this unique tour tailored to show you the adventurous, unfettered, wonders of Peru. From the deeply drawn lines of a pre-Columbian civilization carved deep into the arid desert to the serene natural beauty of the National Sanctuary of Ampay, step away from the smooth cobblestones beneath the crowd. Follow the trail to the wonder of Machu Picchu. Cruise through the pristine waters around the Ballestas Islands. The road less traveled takes you on a 4x4 journey over sand dunes and through the Sacred Valley; where adventure waits around every corner. 

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Peru Adventure Tour for Active Travelers

9 Day Custom Tour

From$1,975

The treasures of Peru were found by explorers like you, ready to experience the majesty of the country half hidden within the Andes and steeped in adventure. Climb the sharp steps of the Inca trail and look out over the shining plateau of majestic Machu Picchu. Take a bike ride along the rush of the Urubamba River and through colorful textiles of vibrant villages. From the diverse neighborhoods of Lima to the towering streets of Cusco, your chance for adventurous exploration starts in Peru and never has to end. 

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Best of Peru Tour: Machu Picchu, Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley & Maras and Moray

8 Day Custom Tour

From$1,755

Wonders of culture abound on this 8-day best of Peru tour.  Designed especially to cover the most sought after offerings of Peru, this tour has it all.  Get swept up in stellar beauty. Forget about the world outside of Peru. Watch the colors of the Andes swirl into brilliant life as you witness the diversity of Lima, the eclectic streets of Cusco, and the living history of Machu Picchu. Adventure Peru and understand the world inside the Andes. If you ever strolled through a museum and read every word written about the artifact displayed in the glass case, this is the tour for you.

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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Tour

7 Day Custom Tour

From$1,535

Follow the spectacular road of history on this magnificent tour of the Inca Trail. You will savor the wealth of the ruins and the beauty of the Andes. The footsteps of the Inca traverse mountains, stretch along rivers, and wander through jungle. The ruins decorate the mountains above and the valleys below and the treasure of Machu Picchu stands waiting to be sought. Each step is a wonder, each view offers a panorama of majesty, and the Inca Trail brings you to such great heights. 

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1 Week Peru Itinerary: Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu Tour

7 Day Custom Tour

From$1,535

The charm of Peru sits within its diverse landscapes and cultured cities on this unique luxury tour tailored to show you the stunning wonders of the rising Andes. Watch the sun rise over the Lost City of Machu Picchu. Sway in the comforts of the train ride along the foothills of the Sacred Valley. From the ancient climbing terraces, to the glistening Spanish architecture, to the subtle tang of a Pisco Sour, come see where nature’s pure beauty gives way to complete luxury, where you can learn that the most comfortable place in the world is amongst the clouds. 

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Nazca Lines Tour Including Visits to Machu Picchu, Lima & Cusco

7 Day Custom Tour

From$1,535

Bask in the sensational history of Peru on this adventure tailored to take you deep into the magnificent past. From the mysterious illustrations carved into the Nazca desert to the decadent ruins of Machu Picchu, this 7-day journey showcases the history of the nation steeped within the diversity of its natural beauty. Witness the incredible stone carved faces of pre-Columbian civilization and the grand opulence of Spanish cathedrals. Journey through the impressive hilltops, cruise along the sapphire water, and indulge in modernity as well as the wonderful history of Peru. 

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Best of Peru and Bolivia Tour: Cultures, Wonders & Traditions

11 Day Custom Tour

From$2,415

Join the Inca Nation on this tour tailored to show you the incredible culture and unique wonders of Peru and Bolivia. Experience the people that continue to live by their own rules within secluded beauty, breathing life into a civilization everyone thought was lost. Journey through the lush hills and pulsing traditional markets of the Sacred Valley. Venture to isolated islands within the waters of Lake Titicaca. Listen to the whispered legends of the Tiahuanaco Ruins. Stand within the clouds on the back of Machu Picchu. Visit the Inca Nation and come see what you’re missing.  

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Ultimate Two-Week Gastronomy Tour of Peru

14 Day Custom Tour

From$3,075

Savor the authentic flavors of Peru while you venture to the scenic landscapes of the ancient Inca Empire. Street vendors in Cusco grin from ear to ear as they offer buttery thick choclo corn. In the foothills of the Andes mountains, indulge in heavenly, seasoned meat and potatoes that are cooked over hot burning stones. Amazonian staples like jaune will entice you with a flavorful mix of rice, chicken, and a delicate presentation inside banana leaves. Of course, there is no better way to learn about Peru's famed citrusy ceviche than to roll up your sleeves and get cooking alongside an expert chef. During these delicious two weeks, you will experience all of Peru’s unique, gastronomic highlights.

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Peru Wellbeing & Alternative Medicine | Deluxe

0 Day Custom Tour

An ideal experience for those who want to combine a cultural destination as well as health, using the benefits of the first thermal bath in Peru, including Anti aging Nutrition - Anti aging Beauty - Radiesthetic Homeopathy treatments.

- Health Treatments- Cultural & Heritage Tours- Natural Hot Springs- Culinary Experience

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Luxury Vacation to Peru

1 Day Custom Tour

From$695

Taking the Orient Express owned Hiram Bingham train up to Machu Picchu, where you will stay in the only hotel that overlooks the ruins. One of the world's great train journeys to one of the planet's most stunning architectural sites.

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Peru

How to Book a Peru Tour

Peru has bountiful nature, complex rituals, and urban innovation. Adventure, history, culture, and natural charm stem from traditional cuisine, giant sand dunes, fantastic wave breaks, and glistening treasures. Deciding what you want to see can be daunting, but Zicasso is here to assist you uncover a combination of destinations and experiences that are perfect for your Peru trip.

There are three ways to plan and book a trip:

1. Get a customized tour planned and booked by a travel professional. Travel independently on your own schedule.

2. Book a group tour. Join an escorted group tour with a fixed departure date.

3. Plan and book a trip yourself.

Zicasso offers the best solution for a customized tour by matching you with top travel specialists who plan and book the trip for you. Our travel agency division, Marageti, specializes in helping you book an escorted group tour. There is no extra cost to you for either service.

Custom Tours

A customized tour is one that is planned by a travel specialist according to your specific interests, preferences, and schedule. Whether you desire a family-friendly adventure or a romantic getaway, each of the accommodations, activities, and destinations is tailored to your preferences. The knowledge and experience of your travel specialist make a big difference. Zicasso has spent thousands of hours vetting the best travel partners. We act as a referral service, matching you with specialists that best meet your goals and priorities.

Escorted Group Tours

A group tour offers the advantage of convenience at a great value. The schedule is fixed, the itinerary is pre-planned, and a dedicated tour director travels with the group throughout the trip. A group tour can be 30 - 50% less expensive than an equivalent customized tour. Out of the many hundreds of group tours, how do you select the right one for you? Our travel agency division, Marageti, has sales agents who specialize in helping travelers weigh the pros and cons of each group tour. We give you personalized recommendations to find the best tour for you.

Goals and Priorities

What are your goals and priorities for the trip? These should drive your decision for either a customized tour or a fixed departure group tour. We are here to help you make the right decisions to make your dream trip a reality.

Must-See Destinations in Peru

Zicasso has worked with our Peru travel specialists to consider the best recommendations for destinations and trip length. A custom Zicasso tour will organize your time around your travel goals.

Most travelers from the United States spend approximately seven days on a Peru trip. Our travel specialists recommend seven days as the absolute minimum to visit Peru. If you keep a fast pace during your tour, one week will allow you enough time to visit the main highlights of Peru, such as Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley. The following agendas are examples of ways you can explore Peru based on the length of your trip.

7 to 9 Day Trips

If you have between seven to nine days to travel in Peru, we suggest you visit Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley. Your Zicasso travel specialists can best organize your trip to ensure that your travel time and goals align.

7 Days

Day 1: Lima

Days 2-4: Cusco

Days 5-6: Sacred Valley

Day 7: Machu Picchu

8 Days

Day 1: Lima

Days 2-5: Cusco

Days 6-7: Sacred Valley

Day 8: Machu Picchu

9 Days

Day 1: Lima

Days 2-4: Rainforest

Days: 5-6 Cusco

Days 7-8: Sacred Valley

Day 9: Machu Picchu

If you have more time (10-16 Days), we recommend:

If you can spend around two weeks in Peru, we suggest you take your time to enjoy more of the culture and natural history. In approximately 14 days, you can divide your trip between the original destinations with sites like Puno, Nazca, Paracas, and the rainforest. All Zicasso tours are customized to your preferences, but here is how we recommend spending your time.

10 Days

Day 1: Lima

Days 2-4: Cusco

Days 5-6: Sacred Valley

Days 7-8: Machu Picchu

Days 9-10: Puno (Lake Titicaca)

12 Days

Day 1: Lima

Days 2-4: Amazon Rainforest

Days 5-7: Cusco

Days 8-9: Sacred Valley

Day 10: Machu Picchu

Days 11-12: Puno (Lake Titicaca)

14 Days

Day 1: Lima

Days 2-4: Amazon Rainforest

Days 5-6: Nazca

Days 7-9: Cusco

Days 10-11 Sacred Valley

Day 12: Machu Picchu

Days 13-14: Puno (Lake Titicaca)

15 Days

Day 1: Lima

Days 2-4: Amazon Rainforest

Days 5-6: Nazca

Days 7-9: Cusco

Days 10-11 Sacred Valley

Days 12-13: Machu Picchu

Days 14-15: Puno (Lake Titicaca)

16 days

Day 1: Lima

Days 2-4: Amazon Rainforest

Days 5-6: Nazca

Days 7-8: Paracas

Days 9-11: Cusco

Days 12-13 Sacred Valley

Day 14: Machu Picchu

Days 15-16: Puno (Lake Titicaca)

How many days is enough to see Peru?

Between 10 to 14 days is the sweet spot for seeing Peru. Approximately two weeks will give you enough time to explore the highlights, such as Machu Picchu and Cusco, while also having more time to discover lesser-visited areas, such as Puno to see Lake Titicaca or Nazca to view the Nazca Lines. Two weeks will also offer you plenty of time to have an authentic and luxurious experience in the Amazon Rainforest.

Essential Experiences for the Best Peru Vacation

During your Peru tour, you can wander these forgotten corners of the Inca empire or witness the hidden lines that decorate the desert landscape. You can also find pristine rainforest, fantastic beaches, marvelous sand dunes, and the largest high-altitude lake in the world.

Best Way to Experience Cusco

Cusco embodies the heritage and history of the Andes. As the undisputed archeological capital of the Western Hemisphere, the city acts as the gateway to Machu Picchu and a relic of South America’s oldest continuously inhabited city. Ornate cathedrals, narrow cobblestone streets, and boutique shops represent the quintessential charms of Cusco. You can enjoy the following essential experiences in Cusco during your Peru trip.

What to See & Do

The Main Must-Do Tours in Cusco (2-3 days depending on pace)

Historical

  • Discover the historical grandeur of Cusco at celebrated sites like Koricancha, Plaza de Armas, and Sacsayhuaman.

Cultural

  • Wander the narrow streets that climb the hills to find boutique shops. The shops showcase handmade alpaca sweaters and galleries that feature local artists.

Heritage

  • Learn about Andean heritage at the Textile Museum for better insight into the history and importance of textile-making in the region.

Best Way to Experience Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is a breathtaking spectacle. The engineering ingenuity reaches over 984 feet above the Urubamba River and features impressive ruins among a backdrop of steep, lush mountains that are often shrouded in clouds. The following are possible essential experiences in Machu Picchu that you can have.

What to See & Do

The Main Must-Do Tours at Machu Picchu (1-2 days depending on pace)

Active Exploration

  • Discover the steep ascents, dramatic views, and feeling of accomplishment that is gained from the Inca Trail during a one-day excursion.
  • Experience the undulating paths, epic vistas, and ruins that are scattered across the Sacred Valley during a challenging four-day trek.

Panoramic Views

  • Bask in the captivating panoramic view from above Machu Picchu when trekking to the summit of neighboring Huayna Picchu.

Best Way to Experience South Amazon

The Amazon represents a different world than the Peru many expect. Instead of Andean peaks and Inca ruins, the rainforest possesses unique wildlife that hides beneath the canopy, such as monkeys, parrots, capybaras, and piranhas. The following is an essential experience that you can have when visiting the Amazon in Peru.

What to See & Do

The Main Must-Do Tours in the Amazon (2-3 days depending on pace)

Bountiful Nature

  • Witness the exceptional nature of the Amazon Rainforest in an authentic area that is known for its pristine ecosystem.
  • Experience the Amazon River with a boat ride in view of small villages, fishing communities, and vibrant wildlife.
  • Bask in the adventure of trekking through the Amazon Rainforest with an experienced naturalist guide in search of wildlife and infamous insects.

Special Interests & Activities in Peru

Traveling with Zicasso provides you with exclusive access to many activities, excursions, and tours for a distinctive experience. The following information offers insight into our recommended experiences and can be tailored to focus on your unique interests.

Best Food & Wine Destinations

The history of Spanish colonialism and customs of ancient cultures make Peru a fantastic destination for food and wine enthusiasts. The cuisine reflects the distinctive regions around the country based on the season, whether enjoying fresh seafood along the Pacific coast, traditional spices on the Andean plateau, the simple flavors of the desert, or the ever-evolving gastronomy of Lima. 4,000 varieties of potatoes, famous rotisserie chicken, celebrated ceviche, and a blend of different religions and ethnicities influence the variety of food. The alpine ridges and coastal plains provide great terrain for Peru’s five wine regions.

Ica

Ica is the heart of Peru’s wine region. Winemaking in the region dates back to the mid-16th century with the arrival of the Spanish. The dry and warm climate lends itself to grapes with high sugar content, such as Petit Verdot and Tannat, while also being perfect for producing the Peruvian spirit, pisco. The nearby oasis helps support the vineyards that grow at the edge of the driest desert in the world.

Zicasso’s Exclusive Access to Peru Best Wine

Zicasso travel specialists can organize private tours and design exclusive experiences for food and wine enthusiasts in Peru. You can sample the flavors of wines from a family-owned vineyard or enjoy a picnic on giant sand dunes for a unique drinking experience. You can also learn more about the heritage and production of South America’s only grape, mestiza, when sampling wine with a local sommelier.

Art & History

Peruvian culture celebrates its history and rich heritage through art. Museums, churches, and ruins represent the preserved cultures, which are spread from Nazca to Cusco and highlight contemporary and antique crafts. Peruvian art has two stages, which can be found in the intricate designs of native handicrafts and the neo-Baroque influence of the Spanish. The result is a marvelous blend of European and native styles that create a unique artistic sensibility. From Andean textiles to ceramics and Spanish paintings to Incan ceramics, Peru proudly showcases its diverse artistic aesthetic that was shaped by its cultural heritage.

Must-See Art Museums & Attractions:

  • Witness pre-Columbian Peru inside an 18th-century vice-royal building. The galleries reveal art and artifiacts that span millennia, including jewelry and erotic pottery.
  • Experience the native wonders on display in the Museo Inka, where metal and gold-work, jewelry, pottery, and textiles depict images of the civilization.

History

History in Peru feels both ancient and epic. A contemporary and cosmopolitan atmosphere fills the neighborhoods of Lima, and tradition perseveres in the Andes. With nearly 10,000 years of history that took place before the Inca empire and Spanish colonization, the sites of the Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu act as living museums. The Nazca lines highlight the mysteries of the past, while the natural landscape and preserved ecosystem of the Amazon and Palomino Islands capture the beauty of the untouched. On a customized Zicasso trip, we can design tours that are tailored to your interests with specialized guides, such as a biologist in the Rainforest or an archeologist with a PhD at Machu Picchu. We can also organize history-focused small-group tours with a certified guide.

Active Tours

Active tours in Peru immerse you in the scenery for a different perspective of the country. Active tours reveal the beauty of the coastline, the drama of the mountains, and the breathtaking landscape, which can be seen from isolated vistas. We recommend the following active experiences during your visit to Peru.

Hiking

  • Machu Picchu - No matter your experience, you can trek to the Lost City of the Incas during a guided day trip or a multi-day trip for a thrilling way to discover the mighty ruins.

Mountain Biking

  • Andes Mountains - The steep and rugged terrain of the Andes Mountains offers trails for seasoned mountain bikers for more time immersed in the scenery instead of in the car.

Surfing

  • Puerto Malabrigo - The fishing village in northwest Peru hosts the longest left-hand wave in the world. A millennia of wind and waves have carved the seaside into barren cliffs.

Private Excursions and Special Access

Zicasso’s travel specialist partners can provide you with insider access to special excursions and unique activities. Each tour is customized to your interests and often becomes the trip of a lifetime. The following list offers some recommendations, but the possibilities are endless:

  • Bask in the comforts of a luxury Amazon cruise in view of untouched wilderness.
  • Marvel at the view over the Sacred Valley from the Skylodge, which is a hotel positioned on a cliff-face 1,200 feet above the valley floor.

How much is a tour of Peru?

The starting price of a custom-tailored Peru trip is approximately $220 per person, per day. For an escorted group tour, the starting price can be approximately $150 per person, per day.

The cost of a Peru vacation is dependent on several factors, such as the:

  • Length of your trip
  • Season (month) of travel
  • Class of hotel
  • Number of locations/cities you visit
  • Number of guided day tours and activities (e.g., cooking class, wine tasting, etc.)
  • How much you spend on meals, shopping, etc.

A vacation such as this is often your biggest purchase of the year. It will also likely be one of the most memorable experiences of your lifetime. To get the most out of your trip, we highly recommend using an expert travel specialist to plan a customized tour that is tailored to your specific interests and budget. You can also join an escorted group tour so that most travel arrangements are pre-planned for you. This way, you can travel hassle-free and relax while a professional tour director takes care of all logistics and any issues that might arise.

The cost of a tailor-made Peru tour typically starts at $2,640 per person for a 12-day trip, i.e., at $220 per person, per day during the low or mid-season.

This includes:

  • 3-star hotels (shared twin room)
  • Some guided day tours and activities
  • Transportation, such as airport transfers and domestic flights

A 5-star, tailor-made Peru tour, where most services are upgraded and extra unique experiences are included, typically starts at $8,400 per person for a 12-day trip, or $700 per person, per day.

Everyone’s priorities, interests, and preferences are different. Submit a trip request on Zicasso, and we will personally match you with an expert trip planner who will help you customize your dream trip or help you to select the right group tour while also taking your budget into consideration.

Best Time to Visit Peru

Updated: January 27, 2020

The best time to visit Peru is between April to May and again from August to October. These months host a combination of smaller crowds and better weather.

November can also be a good month to visit Peru. The weather is cooler, but the major rains have not started yet around the Andes. January to mid-March is very rainy, and February sees the most amount of rain throughout the year. Unlike the Andes and the Amazon, the coast has four seasons, and the best time to visit depends on your interests, such as December to March offering the best opportunities for sunny days and beach activities.

June has the best weather across Peru, but it is also the busiest month of the year to visit, resulting in higher crowds and an increase in prices.

The climate in Peru will vary dramatically between destinations. The weather in Lima and along the coast will differ than the Adnean plains and plateau. The high-altitude greatly affects the highs and lows throughout the year. These temperatures and rain forecasts also differ from those of the Amazon Rainforest. The summer in the Andes and the Amazon will see extensive rainfall, while spring, autumn, and winter offer less rainfall but dramatic weather changes in the Andes.

How far in advance should I plan a trip to Peru?

When planning your Peru trip, you should book between six months to one year in advance. This time frame depends on your interests and goals when in Peru but accounts for popular experiences in the high-season, such as the Inca Trail in June or staying at Skylodge. If you travel outside of the high season, you can book your Peru trip between three to six months in advance and still have enough time to reserve distinctive tours, such as Huayna Picchu and the Sanctuary Lodge.

Modes of Transportation in Peru

The best way to see Peru in 10 days is by flying. Driving is easy in Peru and can take you to the major destinations around the country, but can also take too much time when you have a limited number of days for your trip. For instance, the drive between Lima and Cusco takes an average of 19 hours to travel nearly 685 miles. Flights provide you with ease and swift travels to make the most of your time in Peru.

Trains

Trains do exist in Peru and offer services mainly between Cusco and Aguas Calientes, which is the town connected to Machu Picchu. While trains do run between Cusco and Puno as well as between Cusco and Arequipa, the trains do not run often and do not offer luxury options. A luxury train option does exist between Cusco and Aguas Calientes, which includes three meals, a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside, and an open bar.

Your Zicasso travel partner ensures that your logistics are as smooth and easy as possible. By including private airport transfers and domestic flights between destinations, you will have a stress-free Peru tour.

What to Consider When Traveling Through Peru

When traveling on a Peru tour, safety, logistics, and accessibility for all travelers are important considerations. The following information focuses on important travel considerations to help you plan a stress-free Peru trip.

Is Peru Safe for Travel?

Peru is very safe for travelers. While in major cities or in a highly populated area, you should keep track of your belongings. Overall, your safety is never jeopardized in Peru, particularly when in the hands of a travel specialist. Certain neighborhoods in Lima have rough reputations, but are easily avoided, and we recommend using official taxis if traveling through the city.

Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness in cities like Cusco or Puno can affect your Peru trip. Symptoms like headaches, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and dizziness can keep you from exploring the cities, discovering ruins, and enjoying your time in Peru, but can also be eliminated by good planning. Altitude sickness does not affect everyone, but you can avoid the possibility with the following tips:

  1. Give yourself time to relax after arrival.
  2. Avoid alcohol and drugs, including sleeping tablets and tranquilisers.
  3. Drink a lot of water to keep hydrated.
  4. Drink coca tea, which is safe, comforting, and an easy way to mitigate the possibilities of altitude sickness.

Your travel specialist can organize an itinerary that takes you to destinations by increasing the altitude slowly, which can also lower the chances of altitude sickness.

Travel Insurance

You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather, and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get the travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.

For Families

Peru is a great destination for families with children of all ages. Cities like Cusco have a fantastic heritage the family can engage with, including tangible experiences with chocolate and scaling the remains of Sacsayhuaman Fortress. The ruins and trails in the Andes provide great active stimulation, while the Amazon offers a great place to explore and learn about different cultures. Family-friendly guides in Peru will also help bring history and heritage to life for both children and adults across the country.

For Seniors

Seniors visiting Peru should always take into account any mobility challenges. Cobblestone streets in Cusco and extensive hills across the Andes can create obstacles for those with limited mobility. Altitude sickness is also a consideration for many seniors visiting Peru. A travel specialist can organize appropriate options in terms of accommodations and accessibility throughout your Peru trip by taking care of all travel logistics.

For Couples

A travel specialist can organize your best options for a Peru trip that balance active exploration and romance. Whether looking for breathtaking seclusion or an exhilarating trek, private wine tasting or a memorable cooking class, you will create everlasting memories with a focus on intimacy.

For Travelers with Disabilities

Your Peru travel specialist can help any guests with mobility challenges by focusing on alternative arrangements. Peru can be difficult due to its elevation changes, historic streets, and antique architecture designed for historic purposes. Our experts’ attention to important details will ensure that you can enjoy Peru’s natural beauty and luxury accommodations with ease.

Best Airports to Fly In & Out of Peru

The best airport to fly in and out of when visiting Peru is Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM). All flights from North America will stop in Lima, even if you continue to another airport. A limited number of flights from New York will stop in Bogota before arriving at Cusco’s Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ).

For most travelers, the most convenient airport is Lima (LIM). The busiest airports in Peru consist of:

  • Lima (LIM)
  • Cusco (CUS)
  • Arequipa (AQP)

Find the Best Flight

When flying in and out of Peru, your best option is to arrive and depart in Lima. A limited number of flights arrive directly to Cusco from outside of Peru, and they usually cost more than flights that land in Lima. Internal flights are easy and cheap, making it far easier to fly in and out of Lima with domestic transfers than trying to fly directly to other destinations, such as Cusco, Puno, Iquitos, or Arequipa.

Domestic Flights

Domestic flights are easy, cheap, and provide a fast way to travel between distant cities. The major cities across Peru use modern jets, but smaller towns are often served by propeller planes. The majority of airlines in Peru fly out of Lima to large cities, provincial cities, and smaller towns with regional airports. When traveling during peak season, it’s important to book flights far in advance to ensure your seat, especially if traveling to less-popular destinations.

Flights Via Zicasso

Zicasso Air Desk is an international air ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation by employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso. Our competitive flight pricing, 24x7 Service & Support, and Complimentary Consultation of Routing vs. Pricing with an Expert Flight Specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Recommendations for the Return Traveler

When returning for another Peru trip, you can travel to the depths of the Andes, along the coast, or into the countryside beyond the essential destinations of Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley. You can find overlooked towns or captivating scenery that are often overlooked but equally worth your attention. The following list offers our suggestions on where you should visit when returning to Peru.

Paracas

The unique image of crashing waves and active marine life contrasts the arid landscape of remote beaches in the Paracas National Reserve. Sea lion colonies, flocks of Chilean flamingos, playful dolphins, terns, boobies, and Humboldt penguins reflect the natural splendor of the pristine region along the Pacific coast.

Tambopata National Reserve

The Amazon Rainforest in southern Peru sweeps across more than 27.4 million acres of protected reserve near the town of Puerto Maldonado. Continual forests provide visitors with access to tropical birds, a variety of monkey species, colorful tropical flowers, and flocks of lively parrots, such as scarlet and blue and gold macaws.

Related Peru Tours by Zicasso

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