Classic Peru & Machu Picchu

The classic route to Peru's most popular highlights

Destinations Duration Approx. 6 days
Destinations Destinations Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
Activity Activity Nature & Wildlife, Culture & History, Luxury, Family

The classic itinerary to Peru's absolute top highlights. Starting in Lima head to the southern Andes to visit the ancient capital and Inca stronghold of Cusco, followed by a night or two exploring the glorious Sacred Valley. From here round off the trip with a guided tour of Machu Picchu itself. There's no denying that this is a well-trodden route, but with the help of a quality tour operator with intimate local expertise it's still easy to get off the beaten path for a view of Peru's indigenous cultural heritage. If you've got time to extend your trip you can get truly off the beaten path with a visit to some of Peru's lesser-known archaeological sites, the Amazon rain forest, or simply spend a little longer in Lima and Cusco for a better insight into contemporary Peru, its fascinating culture and world-beating cuisine.

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Machu Picchu & Amazon Cruise

Small-ship luxury cruise with Machu Picchu

Destinations Duration Approx. 9 days
Destinations Destinations Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Iquitos
Activity Activity Adventure, Cruise, Nature & Wildlife, Culture & History, Luxury, Family, Photography, Birdwatching

The northern Amazon is very different to the more popular Puerto Maldonado in the south. Located closer to the Amazon River, this is a watery wonderland best explored by a small-ship river cruise. Cruises depart from Iquitos for a three-night voyage to the remote Pacaya Samiria National Park. On the way you'll take guided excursions into the jungle to spot its myriad wildlife, kayak the tributaries, fish and swim in the mighty Amazon River. After your rainforest adventure you'll head south via Lima and up into the Peruvian Andes to visit historical Cusco, the glorious Sacred Valley and, the cherry on the cake, the world-famous ruins of Machu Picchu.

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Machu Picchu & Amazon Lodge

See Peru from rainforest eco-lodge to mountain empires

Destinations Duration Approx. 9 days
Destinations Destinations Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Puerto Maldonado
Activity Activity Adventure, Nature & Wildlife, Culture & History, Luxury, Family, Photography

Combine Peru's two finest gems in one trip: the biodiverse wonderland of Puerto Maldonado in the southern Amazon basin, and the incredible cultural heritage of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. Start your trip in Lima before heading to a remote jungle lodge to explore the rainforest with expert guides, before arriving up into the high Andes to marvel at Machu Picchu, historical Cusco and the many ruins of the beautiful Sacred Valley.

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Highlights of Peru

A grand tour of Peru's mountain civilisation

Destinations Duration Approx. 12 days
Destinations Destinations Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca
Activity Activity Nature & Wildlife, Culture & History, Luxury, Family

This popular route covers the best of Peru's southern highlands, a region of remarkable natural and historical heritage. Starting from Lima you'll head south to Arequipa, Peru's elegant second city and gateway to the Colca Canyon. From here you'll travel to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake on earth and cradle of the Aymara pre-Colombian cultures. Finish the epic trip in the Sacred Valley, exploring Cusco and, of course, Machu Picchu.

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Qhapaq Ñan Trek to Huanuco Pampa

Explore Peru's grand route of the Incas

Destinations Duration Approx. 12 days
Destinations Destinations Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Huaraz
Activity Activity Adventure, Nature & Wildlife, Trekking, Backpacking

Go on an Incan adventure in Peru by combining a trip to culture-rich Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley with a trek along the forgotten Great Inca Trail from Huaraz to Huanuco Pampa.

Start your trip in Lima before heading marvelling at the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, historical Cusco and the ruins of the Sacred Valley. Then, journey to Huaraz where you'll pick up the Great Inca Trail, passing through Andean mountains and along river basins, camping out under the stars as you learn more about this fascinating culture.

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Active Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Trek

Explore Peru's grand route of the Incas

Destinations Duration Approx. 8 days
Destinations Destinations Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
Activity Activity Adventure, Culture & History, Trekking, Hiking

This Sacred Valley tour is for travellers who want to explore hidden villages on foot while also seeing the glorious historical sights the Inca heartland has to offer. You will hike to the remote indigenous community of Choquechaca to learn about their ancient weaving traditions, enjoy a freshly prepared mountainside lunch, and explore the ruins of Pumamarca, before heading on to tour the world-famous Machu Picchu and Cusco in style.

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Iguazu Falls & Andean Highlights

A grand tour of Peru and Brazil

Destinations Duration Approx. 15 days
Destinations Destinations Brazil, Peru
Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls, Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Puerto Maldonado
Activity Activity Nature & Wildlife, Culture & History

A grand tour of some of South America’s top highlights. Your journey starts in Peru’s lively capital city of Lima before heading to the Inca heartlands of Cusco and the Sacred Valley high in the southern Andes. Take the train to the world-famous ruins at Machu Picchu (and try to save time for some of Peru’s lesser-visited ruins, too). From here it’s a flight to Rio followed by a trip to yet another natural marvel, the thundering Iguazu Falls.

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