Ancient culture, dramatic scenery, and endless adventure will fill you with limitless wonder during your 10-day Peru and Machu Picchu tour. Your custom-tailored journey will take you on private tours through the lush Sacred Valley in search of preserved ruins and into the heart of Machu Picchu’s majestic architecture. You will uncover secluded ancient pyramids, sample vibrant ceviche, and experience a whirlwind of fascinating history in Peru.
Lima – Essential Lima
Arrive in the wondrous city of Lima, the capital of Peru. Your guide will then escort you to your specially selected hotel, Hotel B, located in the heart of the Barranco district of Lima. From within the historical center to the surrounding streets, the city is filled with beautiful architecture and fabulous sites, a constant reminder and acceptance of the country’s colonial past. The Government Palace, known as House of Pizarro, stands at the edge of the square with opulent fringe adorning the façade. The pearl building almost shimmers in the sunlight, while the scent of fresh flowers fills the square. White and red blossoms surround the square in front of the palace in homage to the Peruvian flag. Close by you can hear the bustling central market where vendors sell fresh produce and restaurateurs call to you. The air is fragranced with a mixture of Lucama and garlic competing for reign over the freshest scent. You can almost taste the lemon from the number of ceviche stands, the citrus slowly rolling over the crab and sole. As the day drifts into evening you can settle into your accommodation and embrace the luxuries of Lima at night.
Cusco – Colorful Cusco
Cusco – The Wonders of Cusco Continue
Sacred Valley – The Sensational Sacred Valley
Aguas Calientes – The Magical City in the Mountains
Cusco – Stand Above the Clouds
Puno – Particularly Puno
Lake Titicaca – Luscious Waters of the Lake
Miraflores – Incredible Lima Pyramids
Miraflores – The Andes From Above
- Venture through the wondrous ruins of Machu Picchu
- Be one of the select few to hike the heights of Huayna Picchu
- Experience the ancient culture of the Incan Empire
- Immerse yourself in the culture of Cusco with the ruins of Sacsayhuaman watching over from above
- Journey through the Sacred Valley and witness Ollantaytambo’s grandeur
- Witness the persistent cultural wonders of Peru’s indigenous people
- Explore the famous Lake Titicaca and the floating islands
- Enjoy the sensational sights of the Andes Mountain Range
- See the ancient Pyramid outside of Lima
- Indulge in the tasty delights of regional cuisine
The wonders of the Andes are never less than incredible on this 10-day customizable tour through Peru. Machu Picchu and Peru tours are for culture lovers, adventure seekers, and anyone that has ever wondered about the sensational beauty of the enduring majesty of Incan civilization. The colorful clothing shines along the green mountains; vibrant pinks, oranges, and reds are weaved into clothing and blankets. Large boulders have been cut, grinded, and pressed together maintaining their integrity for centuries. The scent of roasted choclo, Peruvian corn, floats over the cobblestones in the historic center of Cusco. Machu Picchu almost hovers in the sky with the mountaintops. Whether enjoying the Spanish colonial influence in Lima or the cool water of Lake Titicaca, this holiday will take you inside the majesty of Peru that waits just for you.
Your journey begins with your arrival in Lima. The beautiful city sits on the back of Spanish history with opulent buildings that reflect in the sunlight. The zesty aroma of ceviche fills the historic center as life bustles with joy. Depart for Cusco, stopping to witness the incredible remains of Pucara, a pre-Columbian compound of pyramid ruins. Once in Cusco you will be struck with the beauty of the architecture harkening back to the colonial past while the narrow streets add to the beauty and culture of the altitudinal life. The bohemian neighborhood of San Blas is filled with cafes, artists, and life, while the Plaza de Armas is always vibrant with locals and visitors alike. Explore the Incan fort of Sacsayhuaman that overlooks the city having stood on guard for centuries.
Your visit to Machu Picchu begins with your descent into the Sacred Valley. The Urubamba River washes around the foothills. The tiers of Fort Ollantaytambo once protected the valley and continue to climb up the mountainside. Enjoy the luxurious train ride to Aguas Calientes where you will reach the gates of Machu Picchu, a city that sits amongst the clouds. The ruins gleam with dew and sunlight. The peak of Huayna Picchu sits tall above the city. Explore the famous majesty of one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
Your adventure through Peru continues as you make your way to Puno and visit the wondrous sites of the chullpas, what remains of the burial grounds of a pre-Incan civilization. The vast stretch of the high plains stretch into the horizon drenched in crisp air and cool earth. Once in Puno you can explore the city that sits between the foothills of the valley and the shores of Lake Titicaca. Explore the famous lake to visit the sensational floating islands of the Uros. Made of woven reeds, the islands drift along the surface of the lake like a slow boat to nowhere, its residences moving to wherever the islands take them. From the floating islands of the Uros to the stationary island of Tequile, experience the variety of cultures and sustained life beyond the shores of Puno.
Your final day in Peru will have you in Lima, exploring the lingering Spanish influences and historic pyramid of Huaca Pucllana that sits within the beautiful seaside neighborhood of Miraflores. Your time in Peru will be filled with historic sensations, cultural majesty, and a fantastic world of difference all waiting for you.
$2,195 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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