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’.
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.
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
$11,550 USD per person based on double occupancy
(Not including intra-tour air travel)
Any day – this tour is fully customizable
Private groups of 2 to 12 people
Your Contribution to Sustainable Tourism
Environmental Impact: Measures have been taken to positively impact our environment
Social Impact: This journey positively affects the local communities visited
Cultural Engagement: Experiences on this journey provide authentic cultural interaction and connection
Wildlife Conservation: Wildlife encounters included in this journey are conducted with the intent of providing the highest level of protection to the animals and their natural habitat
The Evolved Traveler is allocating $95 per person* in conjunction with our partners, Offset Alliance, to help offset this journey through verified carbon removal and reversals projects.
The amount is determined by calculating the carbon footprint for this journey considering flights to the destination, intra-tour flights if applicable, hotel stays, and ground transportation. An additional 25% is added to the static factors to offset components we cannot immediately account for, such as food.
The carbon emissions accounted for are calculated by using measurement benchmarks determined by the United Nations World Tourism Organization. The projects our carbon-offset donations are distributed to can be seen at www.offsetalliance.co/projects.
*The amount shown is an estimation for this journey. The exact will be calculated at the time of booking based on the city of origin for flights to the destination, and the specifications of the itinerary.