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Peru Highlights

5.0 . Excellent
Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
12 days
From: $ 3,095 $ 258 / day
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  • Explore the Incas
  • Discover the historical towns of Lima and Cusco
  • Explore the great Incan mountain-top city of Machu Picchu

Short Description

On this 12-day Peru Highlights tour guests will explore the heart and soul of one of the most fascinating civilizations in the Americas, the Incas. Discover the historical towns of Lima and Cusco, journey through the Santa Catalina convent in Arequipa, emerge in the magical hot springs and witness soaring Andean condors in the Colca Canyon, marvel at the traditions of water tribe villages on the islands of Lake Titicaca, be enriched by the merchants of the markets and textile centers of the Sacred Valley, and explore the great Incan mountain-top city of Machu Picchu. This is the best of Peru and you get to experience it all.

Be dazzled by the fascinating cultures eager to welcome travelers and capture the memories of the incredible panoramas of Peru. Meet the people, experience the adventure, live the traditions, delight your palate, encounter the past, embrace nature, feel the mystery,discover the intensity of Peru.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Internal airfare and ground transport
Start City Lima
End City Lima

Trip Includes

  • Transfers, hotel accommodations and meals as outlined in itinerary
  • Private services with local English speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary except where otherwise specified
  • All entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Roundtrip train ticket to Machu Picchu via Vistadome coach per person
  • Bus tickets and entrance tickets to Machu Picchu
  • Permanent assistance during the trip.

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Day 1: Lima

Accommodation: Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores

A representative will meet you at the airport with a private driver to be transferred to the hotel. Your representative will assist you with check-in procedures and provide you with a detailed itinerary, vouchers covering all the services included in your tour and additional information on the organization of your Peru trip.

Day 2: Lima & Larco Herrera

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores

Enjoy a half day guided sightseeing tour to the most attractive and important sites in Lima. The tour includes Lima's Historical Center, passing by Plaza San Martin, Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and its Religious Art Museum (Santo Domingo Convent instead when closed on Sundays and Saturday evenings) as well as San Francisco Monastery and its famous underground crypts known as the Catacombs. Visit the residential Districts of San Isidro and Miraflores, passing by the Huaca Pucllana. This is a Ceremonial and Administrative Center of the Lima culture built in the second century A.C. that the Incas considered as "Ñaupallaqta" or sacred town. Also visit El Olivar Park with olive trees brought from Spain in the XVth Century, the Central Park of Miraflores and El Parque del Amor, or Peruvian Love Park. The Love Park, located on the cliffs of Miraflores overlooking the Pacific Ocean, is a beautiful natural lookout where you can see the waves of the Pacific rolling in towards the coast below and the Morro Solar in Chorrillos at a distance, with the coast extending further along the bay until the port of Callao. This is also the perfect spot for a romantic view of the setting sun in the late afternoon.

Your visit continues with a stop at Larco Herrera Museum, for an excellent overview of Peru's ancient past as it holds the best private collection of pre-Columbian art in the country. You will have the chance to tour through this old Hacienda House in the Pueblo Libre district, which was built upon a pre-Incan sacred site (huaca), housing the private collection of the great Peruvian scholar Don Rafael Larco Hoyle. The museum chronologically exhibits hundreds of ceramic, textile, metal and precious stone pieces and also inside you will find the vault which safeguards precious pieces of gold and silver with semiprecious stones. The Larco Herrera Museum is one of the few museums in the world that allows such intimate access to its deposits, in this case around 45,000 pieces. Another attraction of the museum and of great interest to visitors is the exhibition of erotic pre-Colombian art. After the visit you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day 3: Lima & Arequipa

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Sonesta Posadas del Inca Arequipa

Transfer to the Lima airport to board your flight to the city of Arequipa. Upon your arrival to Arequipa's airport you will be met by a representative who will assist you with your luggage and drive you to the hotel for check-in. Spend the rest of the morning at your leisure to relax in your hotel and adjust to the altitude.

This afternoon enjoy a city tour of Arequipa including the Main Square, one of the most beautiful squares in Peru and the Cathedral, a prime example of XIXth Century Peruvian architecture housing beautiful treasures in gold and silver. Visit the La Compañia Church, an ancient Jesuit temple, maybe the most important one in Arequipa due to its history and tradition. Then go to the Santa Catalina Convent built in the XVIIth Century and opened to the public in 1970, after 400 years as a cloister. Perfectly preserved for four centuries, you go back in time as you enter the cloister and see the spacious patios and gardens, the kitchen and slave quarters and stone washtubs. About 20 nuns, of what were once 500, still live in a section of this Convent.

Day 4: Arequipa & Colca Canyon

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Colca Lodge

Early in the morning, depart on a wonderful four hour journey to the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world. Drive across Pampa Cañahuas in the Aguada Blanca National Reserve, inhabited by herds of Vicuñas and Alpacas (South American cameloids). See beautiful pre-Columbian terraces, still being cultivated by the native Collaguas. Lunch at local restaurant included en route. On your arrival to the Colca Valley, transfer to your hotel. You will have free time to stroll around the lodge surroundings or you could take a repairing bath at the hotel’s hot springs.

Day 5: Colca Canyon & Puno

Meals: Breakfast and Box Lunch

Accommodation: Sonesta Posadas del Inca Puno

Very early in the morning, drive to the observation point “Cruz del Condor”. From here you can appreciate the grandeur of the canyon and with a bit of luck you might spot Andean condors, the largest flying bird in the world, soaring across the high plain. On the way back, visit the towns of Maca at the base of the volcano Sabancaya and then Yanque. The church of Yanque with its baroque facade is testimony to the cultural symbiosis in the colonial era.

Continue the journey 221 miles on mostly paved roads for approximately 6 hours through beautiful landscapes from the Colca Valley heading southeast towards Lake Titicaca. Puno sits on the banks of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. This region is the birthplace of Inca Mythology and according to the legend, Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo emerged from the sacred Lake Titicaca to find the Inca Empire and give birth to Inca civilization. Transfer to your hotel upon arrival in Puno.

Day 6: Uros & Taquile Islands

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Sonesta Posadas del Inca Puno

Early in the morning, you will have an unforgettable motorboat excursion on the waters of Lake Titicaca to the unique "Floating Islands" of the Uros. These ancient inhabitants of the Lake, known as the Water Tribe, have built their own "Islands" by periodically adding new layers of a type of reed unique to the area called "Totora". Continue on your motorboat trip to Taquile Island, inhabited by Quechua-speaking natives who have developed efficient and unique social systems, as well as fine hand weaving techniques, passed down through the generations. Upon arrival at the town of Taquile you will have lunch and then walk through the various hills and archaeological sites of this 3.7 mile long island.

Day 7: Puno & City Tour Cusco

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Casa Andina Classic San Blas

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cusco. Upon your arrival to Cusco airport you will be met by a representative who will assist you with your luggage and drive you to your hotel. This afternoon you will take a sightseeing tour of the city of Cusco, archaeological capital of South America and where the finest examples of Inca history and architecture can be found. A visit of the city's most important historical monuments including The Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Koricancha Temple, and a visit to the surrounding ruins of the Kenko Amphitheater, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara, and Sacsayhuaman Fortress. After the tour you will be driven to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Day 8: Cusco & Sacred Valley

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Sol y Luna

En route towards the Urubamba Valley, visit Awanacancha, an Andean textile center whose principal objective is to maintain the wealth of Incan textile art alive. Here you will learn about the dyeing techniques and instruments used for hundreds of years in the weaving of these famous textiles. Following this, visit the Pisac archeological complex, formed by a collection of remains of Incan dwellings, temples, and terracing, all of which combine perfectly with the majestic landscape of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Continue on to the Pisac Markets where you will have the chance to interact with the locals and barter with the merchants. After having lunch at a countryside restaurant, end the day with a visit to the Incan fortress and citadel of Ollantaytambo. This fortress was constructed in order to guard the entrance to this part of the valley and protect it from possible invasions of tribes from the jungle lowlands. Later was the scene of Incan resistance in 1537, when Manco Inca’s forces faced Hernando Pizarro’s troops. After the tour you will be driven back to your hotel.

Day 9: Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Inkaterra Machu Picchu

Morning transfer to the train station for an amazing train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu. This great mountain-top city was abandoned by the Inca Empire, reclaimed by the jungle and lost to humanity until its rediscovery in 1911. The legendary 'Lost City' is without a doubt one of the world's most impressive archaeological sites. Built by the Incas on the summit of "Machu Picchu" (old peak), overlooking the deep canyon of the Urubamba river in a semi-tropical area 75 miles from the city of Cusco. It sits on a mountain site of extraordinary beauty, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest. Machu Picchu was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height. Its giant walls, terraces and ramps appear as though they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments.

Machu Picchu is also one of the Inca's best kept secrets and It remains a mystery since they did not leave written records and Spanish chronicles make no mention of the citadel. Along the way you will enjoy the changing landscape as you travel from Andean highlands to the beginnings of the jungle, before arriving at the town of Aguas Calientes. From here you will board the bus that will take you on a 20 minute ride up to the citadel of Machu Picchu, which sits upon the summit bearing the same name. It is one of the most representative and recognized examples of Incan architecture. A guided tour of the Citadel includes the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds. Buffet lunch at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge is included. In the afternoon return to Aguas Calientes town.

Day 10: Machu Picchu & Cusco

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Inkaterra Machu Picchu

Excellent opportunity to wake up early and enjoy a beautiful sunrise. Take a stroll around the town of Aguas Calientes and visit the hot springs thermal waters for a much needed soak. Time for a return visit to the Citadel of Machu Picchu for self guided exploration. Lunch a la carte at the hotel. In the afternoon, return to Cusco by train and upon arrival at the train station you will be met by a representative with a private driver for your transfer to the hotel.

Day 11: Cusco

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Casa Andina Classic San Blas

A day at leisure to explore and enjoy the many excellent cafés, bars and innovative restaurants in Cusco or for any last minute shopping.

Day 12: Cusco & Lima

Transfer to Cusco Airport to board your flight back to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima assistance with all departure formalities for your international homebound flight

Meals: Breakfast


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Flights & Transport

Internal airfare and ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max


Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores Strategically located in the heart of Miraflores, Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores provides all the facilities and services of a first class hotel with a contemporary design and an unmistakable local style. Among their attributes exhibits an exquisite contemporary art collection, along with valuable colonial antiques that decorate the rooms and common areas. This non-smoking hotel features 148 modern rooms distributed among 18 floors with soundproof windows. The rooms have one queen bed or two full-size beds, desk or breakfast table, flat LCD TV screens, AC / Heating, mini bar, coffee kit, digital safety box, radio / alarm clock, hair dryer, robe and slippers. Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores hotel offers fitness center, sauna, swimming pool, concierge and virtual concierge,internet center, Wi-Fi, ATM, turndown service and a breakfast buffet. The tastiest regional ingredients are the basis on which the Restaurant Alma develops its creative cuisine combining Peruvian influences with international cuisine. Guests will enjoy a tasty and varied breakfast buffet with seasonal fruits, cereals, selected hams and cheeses, and an egg station. Breakfast is served from Monday to Friday from 6 am to 10 am; Saturdays and Sundays from 6 am to 11am. Alma typically serves a juicy and traditional sautéed beef tenderloin on wok with vegetables and peruvian fries or grilled alpaca beef with mushroom sauce and sides. Dinner is served from 6:30 to 11 p.m.

Sonesta Posadas del Inca Lake Titicaca Puno

Sonesta Posadas del Inca Lake Titicaca Puno is located on shores of Lake Titicaca, providing an amazing view from the rooms, restaurant and bar as well as from the terrace. Relax and enjoy traditional Peruvian hospitality.

Just 5 kilometers from Puno's Main Square, Sonesta Posada Puno offers tranquil atmosphere and easy access to all tourist activities and attractions. Visit the fascinating floating Islands of the Uros people and their communities built of totora reeds, Taquile Island, the Sillustani chullpas, the Sun and the Moon Island and experience the magnificent scenery of the world's highest navigable lake, surrounded by snow-capped peaks.

Sonesta Posadas del Inca Lake Titicaca Puno offers 62 modern rooms, business center, laundry service, Inkafe restaurant and much more.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

The Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel’s beautiful setting will enhance your visit to the mystical and mysterious ruins of the city of Machu Picchu. From the hotel in lovely Aguas Calientes you are only minutes away by bus from this premier archeological adventure of the Inca Empire. Designed and maintained with a keen sense of beauty, The Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel blends the simple lines of Andean architecture, the exquisite handicraft of local artisans, and tasteful furnishings.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is surrounded by lush vegetation and rich bio-diversity, located in the heart of the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary. The gardens are incredible with over 372 species of orchid, native palms, ferns, begonias, fruit trees and medicinal plants. Eighty-six rooms, each unique, lie nestled in the spectacular Andes mountain range. Adobe hand-made bricks, eucalyptus wood and cut stone are some of the building materials that give this Andean retreat a feeling of quaint warmth, as well as mysterious spirituality. Each room offers private bathrooms with pure spring water, phone with direct national and international dialing, hairdryer, heating, hot water and fireplace.

Colca Lodge

Colca Lodge is located in one of the most spectacular regions in the south of Peru: the Colca Valley. The hotel sits at an altitude of 10,663 feet above sea level on the banks of the Colca River. It is surrounded by hundreds of pre-Inca agricultural terraces, which have been declared a Peruvian cultural heritage, and is blessed with relaxing hot spring waters rich in lithium.  This is a place with ancient energy, synchronized with nature and the starting point for exploring the valley and visiting the Colca Canyon, one of the world`s deepest ravines.

Colca Lodge is privileged to enjoy a very special location amid pre-Inca agricultural terraces beside the River Colca.  The 45 guest rooms have a wonderful view towards the valley and are built around the gardens and courtyards which make up the hotel.  The style is rustic, with thatched roofs and some of them have adobe walls; these help maintain inside temperatures, thus collaborating with the natural environment.  Colca Lodge is currently implementing an ecological heating system which uses the geothermal energy available on the site of the hotel.  The bathrooms are supplied with hot water from solar heaters.  Bathrooms are small but complete, with a special touch.

27 standard rooms have a small terraces where one can sit in the sunshine and admire the unique local Andean landscape.  15 quadruple rooms fitted with two beds up in rustic mezzanines built out of eucalyptus logs.  There are two suites suitable for families of four members, and one bridal suite, ideal for honeymooners, with the hotel's best view and its own Jacuzzi fed by a hot spring.

The hotel also has a complete hot-spring Eco-spa where a variety of massages, facial treatments, applications, Jacuzzi and steam rooms are offered. Built in natural surroundings down by the river, the three baths are fed from a main source whose temperature is 80 degrees Celsius.The spa was conceived as eco-friendly, and makes use of geothermal energy without interfering with or polluting the natural environment. Enjoy the healing power of the open-air hot pools, each one with a different temperature. Close to the baths there are separate changing rooms for men and women as well as lavatories. There is bar service and a country-style restaurant where barbecued meats and trout are served.

Colca Lodge has safe boxes in each room and at the reception desk. Medical nursing services, telephone and internet (in the reception area) and room service are also provided. The hotel also has three restaurants and two bars with a wide choice of meals and drinks.

Sonesta Posadas Del Inca Arequipa

Sonesta Posada del Inca Arequipa offers guests a unique experience in the heart of the city’s Main Square and next to the Cathedral. It is just a few steps from the commercial and financial districts of Arequipa.  Arequipa, known as the White City, offers a rich historic and cultural heritage as well as natural beauty and scenic landscapes. Arequipa’s attractions include the Cathedral, Compañía de Jesús Church, Santa Catalina Convent, Dama de Ampato (Juanita Mummy) Museum and the Yanahuara viewpoint.

58 guest rooms featuring cable television, individual climate control, direct-dial telephone for domestic and international calls, hair dryer upon request, mini-bar and safe. The hotel offers 24-hour room service, Inkafe restaurant , outdoor swimming pool, laundry service,luggage storage; currency exchange and a business center with Internet access.

Cancellation Policy:

A non refundable cruise deposit of $500 per person is required at the time of booking. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. For cancellations received 60 days or less prior to departure, the full trip price will be applied as the cancellation penalty. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Additional Information:


All persons wishing to make a reservation, and all persons who will be traveling, must complete and sign the Traveller Information Form. All reservations are made with Adventure Smith Travel Services Inc., d/b/a Adventure Smith Explorations. No person has any authority on Adventure Smith Explorations’ behalf to vary these terms and conditions.

Medical Fitness and Age

Good physical and mental health is essential for the enjoyment of the active outdoor tours arranged by Adventure Smith Explorations. By forwarding the deposit and signed reservation form, the client certifies that he/she does not have any physical or other condition of disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other clients, trip leaders or company representatives. It is essential that any participant with a medical condition that may be affected by motion on a body of water, vigorous activity, high altitude, headache, cold, other natural phenomenon, or particular foods or allergic reactions, notify Adventure Smith Explorations in writing in advance of travel. Adventure Smith Explorations expressly disclaims any and all liability for medical care or for special dietary requirements. Participants may be required to provide a doctor’s statement of good health.

Travel Documents

The client must obtain and have possession of a valid passport, all visas, permits and certificates, and vaccination certificates, required for the entire tour. The client accepts responsibility for obtaining these documents and any other necessary documents. It is the client’s responsibility to assure that the name on your airline ticket, cruise tickets, or any other travel documents matches your name as printed in your passport (or domestic identification, where applicable) by providing the exact name as it appears on your passport (or domestic identification, where applicable) to Adventure Smith Explorations before tickets are issued.

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Trip Excludes

  • Domestic airfare from Lima to Arequipa, Juliaca to Cusco and Cusco to Lima approximately $740pp
  • International airfare
  • Airport taxes
  • Meals that are not described in the itinerary
  • Drinks during meals
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Early check-in or late check-out
  • Tips to hotel staff & guides
  • Items of a personal nature such as soft drinks or alcoholic beverages, hotel extras or insurance of any kind

Meals Included:

11 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 1 Dinner

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