Explore Peru’s mystical history on this 15-day journey through the sites and highlights of the Inca civilization. The country’s attractions extend far beyond the sacred archaeological site of Machu Picchu and include Lima’s superb eateries, exquisite architecture, and effervescent nightlight, the glittering waters of Lake Titicaca, and the vibrant city of Cusco referred to by the Incas as ‘the center of the world’.

Destination Overview

Peru’s capital is a fantastic city to tour, dotted with a multitude of cultural sites and beautifully preserved architecture. The most significant historical buildings are located around the Plaza Mayor, the most notable being the Government Palace, where one can still observe the changing of the guard performed by the Húsares de Junín. The beautiful Cathedral and the various small palaces and colonial balconies also play their part in the city’s beauty.

Trujillo is the gateway to archaeological wonders such as Chan Chan, the ancient world’s largest adobe city, and a designated World Heritage Site; Moche and Chimu, once home to ancient civilizations; and the vast adobe temples of the Sun and Moon. Trujillo is an elegant city of manors and mansions known as Peru’s ‘cultural capital’ for its local traditions and festivals.

Also known as Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas is located in the Peruvian Andes, not far from Cusco, the unofficial Inca capital. This fertile valley is fed by a waterways network and encompasses a wealth of archaeological sites, including Ollantaytambo, renowned for its extensive Inca ruins; Tipon, which features ancient agricultural terracing and a working irrigation system; and Pisac, with its ancient vestiges and colorful weekly market.

Perched high up in the Andes, Aguas Caliente is a riverside town, and the doorway to the Machu Picchu ruins. This cloud-forest town is encircled by towering forested cliffs and boasts an endless array of hotels, restaurants, markets, and labyrinthine streets. Visitors can enjoy a variety of other activities, including having a relaxing massage after a long day of exploring, taking a stroll through lush rainforest to the Mandor Waterfalls, embarking on an adventurous hike up the Putucusi Mountain, or soaking in the relaxing thermal baths with the Andes as your backdrop. Don’t miss the Machu Picchu Museum and Botanical Gardens, displaying the area’s history and diversity of indigenous flora – after your exciting visit it to Machu Picchu, of course!

Once called the ‘Navel of the World’ by the Incas, Cusco remains a city that blends colonial Spanish charm with older, more austere remains of pre-Columbian glory – one can still see the foundations of Inca structures on many of its city streets today. Cusco’s most important landmarks include sites from both Inca and colonial times, such as the Koricancha (the ancient Temple of the Sun), the Inca Street of Loreto with its 12-cornered stones, the cathedral, the Museum of Colonial Art, the archaeological park of Saqsaywaman (the fortress-temple), the nearby funerary shrines of Kenqo, and the water-worship site of Tambomachay.

Trip Highlights

Experience Lima’s historic and cultural highlights

Spend time exploring Trujillo, Peru’s "cultural capital"

Visit Chan Chan, the world’s largest adobe city

See Incan archaeological sites in the Sacred Valley and Cusco

Explore Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World

Board the famed luxury Hiram Bingham train, passing lush landscapes and Andean villages

Glimpse daily life at Cusco’s colorful market, San Pedro

Dates & Rates

Price from

$11,550 USD per person based on double occupancy
(Not including intra-tour air travel)


Departure time

Any day – this tour is fully customizable


Duration

15 days


Group size

Private groups of 2 to 12 people

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