Ruins of the great Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru

Peru's Treasured Past: Fascinating 8-Day History Tour

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes, Pisco...

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Suggested Duration

8 Days

This customizable 8-day Peru tour offers a glimpse of one of the most fascinating cultures in the world. The mystic Andes Mountains conceal secrets of centuries past and riveting tales of the Inca Empire. Beauty exudes from every crevice of the whimsical Sacred Valley, and palaces, cathedrals, and open-aired markets dot the vivacious city streets of Cusco and Lima. Book your trip of a lifetime today.

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Trip Highlights

  • Fly in a helicopter over the ancient Nazca Lines and learn about Peru's pre-Inca civilizations
  • Journey to Pisco for an exciting pisco sour tasting event before enjoying self-exploration in the city's downtown
  • Touch down in Cusco for a chance to see the vivacious Plaza de Armas and tour ancient Inca ruins
  • Travel via a luxury train to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu in Aguas Calientes
  • Embark on a luxury boat cruise from Paracas to Islas Ballestas, which is home to rare sea lion and sea birds species
  • Indulge in a cooking course in Lima alongside a world-renowned chef and learn to make Peru's authentic ceviche
  • Stroll through Lima's downtown and tour eye-catching government buildings and exquisite churches

Detailed Description

Once you've touched down in the eclectic city of Lima, the fun will begin as you step foot in the nation's bustling capital. You are sure to fall in love with the friendly faces of the Peruvian people as you speed along city streets in your private ground transportation. In no time, you will arrive in Lima's downtown area. You will set your trip in motion with an authentic Peruvian dining experience against the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean.

In the morning, it will be time to dig deep into the local culture when you travel to Cusco and the world-famous ruins of Machu Picchu. You will arrive early in the morning to explore the Inca ruins on the outskirts of Cusco. Then, you will return to the main Plaza de Armas to admire intricate Spanish architecture and the vibrant textiles of the indigenous Quechua people. The following day, you will stand in awe at the exquisite UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu. Your guide will lead you on a tailored tour of the many highlights and offer a captivating retelling of Inca artistry, innovation, veracity, and military might.

Then, you will transfer to the sparkling shoreline of Peru's west coast. A seasoned pisco expert will lead you through a luxurious tasting. Next, you will venture to Nazca, where you will embark on a helicopter tour over the mysterious Nazca Lines. During your tour, you will learn about the many theories behind how they came to be.

Your immersive exploration is not limited to discoveries on land. The following day, you will indulge in a luxurious cruise from the city of Paracas to Islas Ballestas, which are wondrous islands with stunning marine life. You can grab your binoculars and listen closely to your guide as you keep watch for rare bird species, sea lions, and even humpback whales. You will conclude your Peruvian expedition with a morning at your leisure.

Starting Price

$1,755 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.

What's Included

The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.

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