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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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Enchanted Peru December 2016

5.0

Enchanting Peru

We just returned from our Tour in Peru, unfortunately it was riddled with strikes by the Transportation Department. HOWEVER!!! we must say that Smartours went beyond what was normal. We were treated like Royalty, additional nights at the hotel, flight upgrades. We were able to see everything we came for. Some other Tour Groups we shared our hotel with were not that lucky and they ended up stranded. Also I like to say that our Tour Guide in Peru (Enrique) was funny, very knowledgeable and just overall a super nice person, we never felt like that we were a burden or "just a job". Too bad he wasn't able to come to Lima, we really missed him there. Overall our group was amazing and fun, we had a wonderful time. This was one of our many trips with Smartours and I am looking to see where we will go next. Thank you for all your effort. I will email some pictures ;-) Read more

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Wonderful trip, beautiful country, great company! August 2016

5.0

Essential Peru

Great trip, small group (just 3 of us) so was almost a private tour and Diana our guide was brilliant. It is a busy trip but well-paced and you need to keep moving to see this country in a such short time. I feel like we saw the usual highlights but also managed to experience some of the local culture too. First time I had been at this altitude but Diana looked after us well.
Machu Picchu and Colca canyon (complete with condors), the Nazca lines and the Amantani homestay are the obvious ones but the dune buggies and sand surfing were such fun, as was the train ride up to Aguas Calientes a nice change from the bus. It was also good having a "base" in Cusco before and after Machu Picchu to get some serious shopping done in the markets!

Diana was fabulous, the 4 of us had a great time together and she was very attentive and practical, looking after me when I was feeling the effects of the altitude and the windy roads up into the mountains. She shared her Peru with us and helped us source some cheaper tours in Cusco using her contacts. Great guide!

Everyone has their own tips and I always follow others' advice so apologies if some of these are already mentioned by others:
- It's usually possible to make a sandwich lunch at breakfast time - we saved a fortune!
- Dune buggy/sand surfing, fab activity but don't take a good camera as everything will get sandy, and ladies remove earrings (I lost one of mine en route down a dune!)
- Nazca flight was worthwhile but v small planes and less stable than helicopter (which they can't use due to the sand disturbance)
- Use BCP atms (in the lobby of the BCP banks) as they don't charge you for use unlike other machines housed in shops
- Get $ out of atms and change as you need the soles, lots and lots of places evereywhere for money exchange.
- Exchange money at Cusco as rates at Machu Picchu worse
- Ask your guide about cheaper options for joining group tours at Cusco to save money if you can't afford private ones.
- Cusco market is fab
- in Chivay "setmenu-and-show" sounded naff but was quite fun and good value.

Great trip thanks Exodus, this has been on my "list" for ages!
If you are thinking of going just do it, I'm not very fit but managed all the activities including walking to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu. There is limited time to relax but so much to see and do, you certainly won't be bored.

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Enjoyed the highlights August 2016

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Peru Inca Trail

Inca trail - Awesome!

Operator Explore!

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We had an amazing time June 2016

5.0

Hidden City of the Incas

The service that we received was top notch; the tour guides, drivers & assistant were all wonderful. The hotel accommodations were great, Casa Andina was beautiful, Taypikala was nice and Plaza de Armas really nice too. And of course the tours sites were unforgettable. Machu Travel Peru does great work, if I return that`s who I will use and definitely recommend to others. 5 STARS!!! Read more

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Our guide, Ofelia, was excellent and we enjoyed our time with her! June 2016

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Cruising The Amazon River

I have nothing but positive things to say about Kuoda Travel Agency. Our guide, Ofelia, was excellent and we enjoyed our time with her. We also thought everyone we came in contact with was very kind and most accommodating. We appreciated the return trip ride to the airport.
Say thank you to all the people at your agency who helped us while we were in Cusco.
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Operator Kuoda Travel

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Volunteering in Peru with Discover Corps was awesome! April 2016

5.0

Peru Children of the Andes

Discover Corps Peru was an incredible, eye-opening experience. Volunteering alongside local communities, meeting fascinating people and exploring Machu Picchu made were just a few of the highlights during my stay. Would recommend this to anyone interested in traveling deeper and giving back in a meaningful way. Read more

Operator Discover Corps

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