Once you’re there…
If you have one week to spend in Peru, the must- see sights are found in Machu Picchu, Lima, and Cusco. Consider the following itinerary:
Day 1-2, Lima: See Lima's Historic Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the cathedral of Plaza de Armas, and the Church of San Francisco. You will also have some free time to wander as you please through the city.
Day 3, Sacred Valley: Fly over to Cuzco and take a guided walk through Sacred Valley, which was the former center of the Inca Empire
Day 4, Ollantaytambo: Visit the ruins of the famous Inca stronghold
Day 5-6, Cusco/Machu Picchu: Tour Cusco, the imperial city of the Incas during their reign, and explore Machu Picchu by foot. Walk to the Gate of of the Sun for a stunning view of the valley below.
Optional, Lake Titicaca: Visit one of South America’s largest lakes and birthplace of the Incas.
Day 7-8, Lima: Take a flight back to Lima. Enjoy free time on the last day of your tour.
Trips that follow this itinerary:
Delights of Peru with Machu Travel Peru - 7 Days, luxury trip
Highlights of Peru with Trafalgar - 8 Days, premium trip
Classic Peru with Intrepid - 9 Days, value trip
Or see All Peru in One Week Tours
For two weeks in Peru, in addition to Machu Picchu, Lima, and Cusco, you can fit in Lake Titicaca, the Colonial era city of Arequipa, and see the Nazca Lines. Consider the following itinerary:
Day 1, Lima: Arrive
Day 2, Paracas: Drive south of Lima and spend a day in the beach resort town of Paracas
Day 3, Nazca Lines: Head over to Nazca to see the 2nd Century B.C. architectural wonders of the Nazca Lines (gigantic drawings carved into the sand).
Day 4 -5, Arequipa: See the volcanoes of Arequipa and join a walking tour of the Santa Catalina Convent.
Day 6-7, Lake Titicaca: Board a boat that takes you along beautiful Lake Titicaca, surrounded by Peru, Bolivia, and the Andes.
Day 8-9, Cusco: See Plaza de Armas and the Inca site of Sacsayhuaman. Take optional trips outside of Cusco and see the Sacred valley of the Incas, and Ollantaytambo ruins, a massive Inca Fortress with large stone terraces.
Day 10-11, Train to Aguas Calientes to tour Machu Picchu: See the lost city of the Incas and walk up to the Sun Gate for a breathtaking view of the valley.
Day 12-14: Join a city tour of Lima or have free time to wander the city. Be sure to visit the Larco Herrera museum.
Trips that follow this itinerary:
Peru Encompassed with Explore! - 13 Days, premium trip
Majestic Peru with Intrepid - 15 Days, premium trip
Essential Peru with Exodus - 15 Days, value trip
Or see All Peru in Two Weeks Trips
A three week trip in Peru can span beyond Machu Picchu, Lima, and Cusco to the neighboring countries of Bolivia and south towards Chile. Consider the following itinerary:
Day 1-2, Lima: Tour the city of Lima, visit the San Francisco Monastery, see the Larco Herrera Museum, or visit the Gold Museum (South America’s best collection of historical costumes and weaponry).
Day 3-4, Cusco: Visit the Plaza de Armas, Coca Museum, and the local San Pedro market. Be sure to take some time to acclimatize to the altitude!
Day 5, Ollantaytambo: See the Sacred Valley and explore the area by foot.
Day 6-9, Aguas Calientes: Travel by Train to Machu Picchu. Walk up to the Sun Gate, and see Huayna Picchu “Young Mountain” which towers above the ruins.
Day 10-13, Take a flight to La Paz, Bolivia: See the Museo de Oro, archaeological site of Tiwanaku, and the Puerte del Sol (the most famous structure in Tiwanaku. Also be sure to check out the Mercado de Hechiceria or Witches' Market
Day 14-15, Lake Titicaca: Board a boat that takes you along beautiful Lake Titicaca, surrounded by Peru, Bolivia, and the Andes.
Day 16-18, Santiago, Chile: Join a guided tour of the capital of Chile to see museums, parks and visit the vibrant neighbourhood of Bellavista with its handicrafts, trendy cafés. Climb up San Cristobal Hill to enjoy its views of the city.
Day 19-20, Atacama Desert or Mendoza: Depending on which trip you choose, you can explore the Atacama Desert, a desert Oasis, or Mendoza known for its wineries and signature Malbecs.
Day 21, Head back to Lima (or your starting city)
Trips that follow this itinerary:
Essence of South America with Peregrine Adventures - 21 Days, value trip
Southern Divide with G Adventures - 21 Days, value trip
Andean Express with Tucan Travel - 25 Days, value trip
Or see All Three Week Trips to Peru
Peru is probably best known for Machu Picchu, a major destination for multi-day trekking tours. But Peru is also home to the Amazon Basin, historical Spanish colonial-era cities, the boisterous capital Lima, and a share of 12,500-foot-high Lake Titicaca, with its host of artificial islands and bird life. Many travelers also combine trips to Peru with a visit to the Galapagos.
Peru: The name conjures up images of majestic natural wonders, deep canyons, Amazonian wildlife, superlative lakes, sacred valleys, and, of course, the Lost City of the Incas.
This is all for good reason -- Peru provides a little bit of everything, especially for the adventurous traveler. Few destinations captivate like Peru or offer such a diverse array of experiences packed into such a small country.
Peru is home to one of the world’s most famous ruins: Machu Picchu. Nestled high in the Andean mountains, this nearly impenetrable site, a relic of a bygone Incan Empire, is sure to captivate you. As you walk the sacred steps up to the former citadel, hanging on a dramatic cliff side, you’ll take in mountain vistas of rivers, waterfalls, and the ruins themselves for a memory you’ll cherish for life.
Whether you climb the mighty Andean spine across the legendary Inca trail or sit in luxury aboard a classic train traversing the Sacred Valley, getting to Machu Picchu is half the experience. Traveling from the vibrant city of Cusco, a destination in its own right, to Machu Picchu you will find captivating Incan sites, quaint towns, archaeological gems, and natural wonders.
The Incans were not the only ones who established a foothold on these sacred lands. Go down from the mountains to the desert beaches to discover enigmatic pre-Incan civilizations. Encounter the beautiful tombs of the Moche civilization in Chiclayo, fly over the Nazca lines and ponder their mystery, or explore the UNESCO-listed Chan Chan –the former capital of the Chimu empire and the largest adobe city in the world.
Though Peru is a small and navigable country, it boasts more biodiversity than the entire North American continent. Peru is the perfect base for the world’s most impressive rainforest: the mighty Amazon. Among many lodging options are eco-lodges nestled deep in the jungle, providing opportunities to encounter colorful toucans, howler monkeys, pink river dolphins, and perhaps even an elusive jaguar.
Beyond the Amazon, you can tour Manu National Park and the unique moss-covered Peruvian Yunga region, home to some of the world’s best birding. Afterwards, you can head toward the northern beaches to park a tent in beautiful sun-splashed Punta Sal or catch a wave at Huancayo, the world’s very first surfing beach
You can also journey up to the legendary lake on top of the world: Lake Titicaca. Tour Puno’s intriguing floating artificial islands or stay in a freshwater island resort, a breathtaking high-altitude retreat complete with superlative sunsets.
For those who prefer more vigorous outdoors adventure, Peru also offers the unique Colca Canyon. Twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, the Colca Canyon is replete with Incan terraces and natural beauty. For incredible photo ops, go to Cruz del Condor, a peak where flocks of the normally reclusive Andean condor swarm at sunrise.
Immersing yourself in Peru also means discovering its vibrant cities. Lima, Peru’s capital, offers fascinating museums and “peñas,” lively traditional dance halls that hold weekly Peruvian dance shows. The local cuisine in Peru is generally excellent: Peru has been named the World's Leading Culinary Destination for 2012-14 by the World Travel Awards, combining elements from the coast (seafood), Andean (pre-Hispanic dishes), Amazonian (palm hearts and other exotic foods), and Spanish colonial influences. Adventurous eaters may even try a plate of Cuy, a Peruvian national dish centered around roasted Guinea pig.
For a different urban experience, a tour of Peru could include the magnificent white city of Arequipa and its Spanish colonial treasures. Arequipa is an architectural wonder, famous for its intact 16th century churches, and home to Monesterio de Santa Catalina, a “city within a city,” whose pastel walls and priceless frescoes make it one of the most beautiful convents in the world.
In Peru, culture is never far off. Every weekend, towns across the country have celebrations and festivals where you can watch somber religious processions followed by raucous folk marching bands.
But while Peru offers a dizzying array of options, Stride is here to guide you toward the best guided group tours to experience Peru’s dynamic sights, sounds, and flavors. Isn’t it time you said “Hola!” to Peru?
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