9 days from $2,004 (was $2,226)
- Tick the ultimate travel experience off your bucket list - Machu Picchu
- Get your adrenaline pumping with white water rafting on the Urubamba River
- Take a dip in the glacial waters of Lake Humantay
- Explore the vibrant streets of Cusco
- Visit Sacsayhuaman and the Incan Salt Mines
Discover the wonders of Peru on this magical 9 day group tour. Explore lively Lima and colourful Cusco, walksnow-capped mountains, swim in glacial lakes, visit ancient sites and hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu – the jewel in Peru’s crown. Lots of activities included from white-water rafting and hiking to city tours, beer tasting and sizzling salsa bars.
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Day 1: Lima. Welcome to Peru! One of our local team will meet you from the airport and take you to your accommodation. You’ll get to know the rest of your group this evening.
Day 2: Lima to Cusco. Spend the morning exploring Peru’s vibrant capital. Take a walking tour of the highlights, as well as sampling some delicious local food. After lunch, take a flight to Cusco City. Explore the cobbled streets on an orientation walk and head to a sizzling salsa bar this evening.
Day 3: Cusco. Take a walking tour round the ancient city, before heading over to Sacsayhuaman, the most famous ruin in Cusco. Round off with a coffee on Cusco City Square.
Day 4: Lake Humantay. Get up early to reach Lake Humantay, 4,000 metres up in the Andes. Spend a full day hiking past snow-topped mountains, forested slopes and bright turquoise lakes. Take a dip if you’re feeling brave!
Day 5: Cusco to Ollantaytambo. Travel to Ollantaytambo today, stopping on the way at the Maras Salt Mines, Moray Ancient Site and a local brewery for a tasting. Get an early night in Ollantaytambo – we’ve got a big trek tomorrow!
Day 6: Inca trail. Hop on the Inca Trail train to Km 104, where we’ll begin our hike past snowy peaks, rural villages and stunning ruins on our way to the grand entrance of Machu Picchu – Sun Gate. Stay in the small town of Aguas Calientes tonight.
Day 7: Machu Picchu. Get ready for a bucket list moment! We’ll approach Machu Picchu by bus and spend the whole day there taking in the spectacular scenery. Then travel back to Cusco for dinner and drinks with the group.
Day 8: Cusco. Get your adrenaline pumping with some white water rafting on the Urubamba River! After a full day of fun and adventure, enjoy a last night out with your travel family.
Day 9: Trip end. It’s time to pack your bags and make your way home. Whether you’re heading to the airport or continuing your travels in Peru, safe travels and see you again soon!
- 8 nights’ accommodation
- 7 breakfasts and 3 lunches
- Airport pick-up on arrival
- Tour guide
- All on-trip transport (including internal flight to Cusco)
- Lima city tour
- Salsa bar hopping in Cusco
- Cusco city tour
- Sacsayhuaman ancient site visit
- Lake Humantay tour
- Maras Salt Mines visit
- Moray ancient site visit
- Inca Train ride
- Inca Trail (1-day full trek)
- Inca Trail permit
- Machu Picchu & guided tour
- White water rafting
- 24 hour emergency support
- Travel insurance
- International flights
- Return airport transfer
- Some meals, snacks and drinks
- Optional activities and excursions
The trip includes 8 nights of accommodation on a double, twin or triple share basis. You can book additional nights of accommodation before the trip starts at an extra cost.
7 breakfasts and 3 lunches are included on this trip. You’ll have to buy the rest of your meals and your snacks and drinks yourself. This gives you maximum flexibility to eat where and when you want. Peruvian food is a real melting pot of different cuisines and visiting a range of different eateries is a brilliant way of getting to grips with the country’s rich culture.
The trip starts in Lima and finishes in Cusco. You’ll need to fly into Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM) on day 1 or earlier. Airport pick-up is included on arrival (available up to 2 days before your trip actually begins). There are no activities planned for day 1, so you can arrive at a time that suits you.
The closest airport to the trip end point in Cusco, is Alejandro Velasco Astete Airport (CUZ). The trip ends on day 9 and you can either make your way to the nearest airport (return airport transfers are not included) or continue your travels in Peru. If you want to go back to the tour start point, the easiest way is on the daily flight from Cusco to Lima (1.5 hours). The local team can help with arrangements for airport transfers and onward travel plans.
This trip is designed for travellers aged between 18-39.
British Nationals don’t need a visa to enter Peru. On arrival you’re usually given permission to stay for up to 90 days. Your passport should be valid for a minimum of 6 months from your date of entry.
Please note: Visa rules are subject to change. It’s your responsibility to ensure that information is valid at the time of travel.
Will I Suffer From Altitude Sickness?
This trip goes above 2,800m (Cusco is at 3,399m). It’s common for travellers to experience some effects due to the altitude at this elevation. These can include shortness of breath, dizziness, headaches and stomach aches. This is usually nothing to worry about and as long as you take it easy (don’t drink too much alcohol, don’t push yourself too much physically, drink lots of water), your body should adjust quickly.
Do I Have To Be Very Fit To Join This Trip?
As long as you are relatively fit and healthy, you can enjoy all the activities on this trip. We cover around 12km on our Inca Trail trek, but we’ll walk at a pace that suits everybody and have plenty of rest stops.
Will I Need A Special Level Of Insurance To Cover This Trip?
On this trip you will be trekking at more than 2000 meters above sea level, so you need to ensure you have suitable travel insurance in place. If you'd like to purchase insurance through us you'll need to select the 'Adventurer' level of cover.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.