Top Peru Attractions

Machu Picchu

Cusco

Lima

Lake Titicaca

Inca Trail

Train to Machu Picchu

Ollantaytambo

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Top Activities in Peru

Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Visiting the unique floating villages at Lake Titicaca

Nazca Lines

Touring the Peruvian Amazon

Downtown Cusco

Exploring the ruins of Ollantaytambo

History tour to learn about the ancient Inca

Train to Machu Picchu

Archaeology Tour

Attending Festivals 

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Classic Peru Itineraries

Quick Highlights of Peru in 1 Week

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.

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Highlights of Peru in 2 Weeks

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.

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3 Weeks - Best of Peru and Beyond

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)

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Peru trip was great November 2016

5.0

Enchanting Peru

This was our second guided vacation with Smart Tours. Outstanding trip and memorable due to the main guide, Enrique Virto. Rosario Rojas who we spent two days with was also excellent. Enrique's knowledge and passion for explaining the art, history and culture of the country were evident to everyone on the trip. Many of the other members of the group commented that Enrique was the one of the best guides they ever had in their world travels. I hope your company continues to hire Enrique as he is a real asset to Smart Tours. Read more

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Enchanting Peru November 2016

5.0

Enchanting Peru

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Our guide, Enrique Virto, was exceptional and made a fantastic trip a memorable one! Highly recommend this tour. This was our second trip with Smartours and both were amazing! Read more

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Great Guide! October 2016

5.0

Enchanting Peru

Our guide Enrique, (from Cusco) was excellent, full of knowledge and interesting and very helpful with all our requests and needs. Bus drivers were excellent. We had a great time enjoying all the wonderful sights, Machu Picchu, floating islands, Lake Titicaca, Sacred Valley, cities of Cusco, Lima, Pisco, and Puna, and great shopping places. Enjoyed seeing all the beautiful animals, Llamas, Alpaca, Vaicuna, etc. Hope to join another SmarTours trip in the future. Read more

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Enchanting Peru October 2016

5.0

Enchanting Peru

Hello -- This is a review of a tour when everything goes wrong and this can happen with best laid plans. The tour had just begun with our overnight flight to Lima from JFK. LAN asked us to off-load for 20 minutes, which turned into an overnight cancellation. I got in touch with smarTours and spoke with Linda (not 100% sure of the name). She was in constant contact with LAN and us to make sure we had a flight booked the next day with connection to Cusco and a guide and driver to meet us at Cusco airport and transfer us to meet up with our group. Then the high altitude hit me. Our guide in Cusco, Enrique, saw to it that I got prompt medical attention including transfer to hospital in Cusco. Also a local tour rep, Javier, worked with us to get our flights rescheduled for return stateside per doctor's orders. I felt smarTours and their representatives took very good care of us. Enrique was in constant touch with us and I felt went out of his way to get us good care. Read more

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Trip of a Lifetime July 2016

5.0

Enchanting Peru

I am 67 years old and I have bad knees and balance issues. I was skeptical about this trip but I went anyway and I am so very glad I did. I did things at the pace I felt comfortable with and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I settled on a plateau at Machu Picchu, with a great view, taking in all the beauty of it, without climbing all the way to the top. The climb up on the 'big island' was quite difficult, but with the help of some new friends, I made it and the lunch was fantastic. The tour was well organized and our tour guide Luis offered great information with such a passion. The hotels were beautiful and I made some very lasting memories. I would recommend this trip to friends and family. Thanks for a great experience. Read more

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