Destinations Destinations
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Huaraz
Activity Activity
Adventure, Nature & Wildlife, Trekking, Backpacking
Physical Level Physical Level
Strenuous
Season Season
January - December

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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Arrival in Lima

You'll be met on arrival in Lima and transferred to your selected hotel. If you're feeling adventurous, head into the city to sample Peruvian cuisine.

Sightseeing in Cusco

After an early morning flight from Lima to Cusco, your guide will take you on an afternoon tour of Cusco, capital of the Incan Empire. See the Incan complex of Sacsayhuaman, the temple of Koricancha and Cusco's cathedral for art and historical artefacts.

Explore the Sacred Valley

Begin your private Sacred Valley tour at the ancient agricultural terraces of Moray, before visiting the salt mines of Maras and the ruins of Ollantaytambo. From here, you'll take a scenic train ride through the Sacred Valley to your hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Experience Machu Picchu

Your private guided tour of Machu Picchu will take in all the sights of this world-famous Incan citadel, visiting the most important parts of the ruins. You'll also have the chance to hike to the top of Huayna Picchu for a bird's eye view of the valley.

After taking your fill of the ancient ruins, you'll depart Aguas Calientes by train to Ollantaytambo before being transferred back to your hotel in Cusco.

Cusco to Huaraz transfer

An early morning flight takes you back to Lima, where you'll board a first-class bus transferring you to Huaraz. The scenic, mountainous route takes 7-8 hours to complete.

Hike the Qhapaq Ñan route to Huanuco Pampa

Starting from the small town of Castillo, you'll head along the Inca Trail to Soledad de Tambo before veering onto the Qhapac Ñan and heading high into the Andean peaks. You'll meet artisan weavers in Quenuajirca, travel along the Taparaco reiver basin and camp under starlit skies at Tambo Grande before ending in the ancient Incan administrative centre Huanuco Pampa. Along the way, your guides will teach about the history of the Incas, explore ancient ruins and explain the amazing engineering feats this society achieved.

You'll head back to the bus station in Huaraz for your first-class coach back to Lima.

Guided tour of Lima

Your last day brings a guided tour of the Miraflores district of Lima, visits to the Larco Archeology Museum and colonial Casa Aliaga, as well as a chance to sample some of Lima's cuisine.

Your trip concludes with a transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Puerto Maldonado

Visit a luxury Amazon eco-lodge

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Stay in an eco-lodge on Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca

Stay in an eco-lodge on Lake Titicaca

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Witness thundering Iguazu
Iguazu Falls

Witness thundering Iguazu

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See glaciers in action
Glaciers National Park

See glaciers in action

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Where to stay

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Casa San Blas, Cusco

Classic

Peru's Classic (three-star equivalent) hotels provide the optimal combination of quality and value. The best Classic properties are sensitively constructed in local styles, offer great dining options and offer comfortable, spacious and well-appointed rooms; particularly well suited to family groups.

Isla Suasi, Lake Titicaca

Superior

Peru's superior (four-star equivalent) hotels offer fine rooms, exclusive service and excellent dining. Many occupy unique locations and buildings, such as a private island on Lake Titicaca or grand colonial-era mansions.

Pueblo Hotel, Machu Picchu

Deluxe

Peru's five-star hotels are world class, offering impeccable service and unbeatable facilities. The best are sensitively constructed from local materials to match traditional architectural styles and their restaurants take pride in showcasing the very best of Peruvian cuisine.

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Days

12

Expect to pay

$5,190 pp

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