Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Top View of Cusco City, Peru

Best of Peru

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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: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore the Sacred Valley and magnificent Cusco
  • See the world-famous Inca ruins at Machu Picchu
  • Visit the unique man made Uros islands on Lake Titicaca
  • Admire the colonial architecture of the capital city, Lima

Short Description

See the Best of Peru on this 8-day small group tour.  Explore the beautiful Scared Valley and see some of its incredible ancient sites before enjoying a train ride to the "Lost City of the Incas," Machu Picchu.  Tour the picturesque city of Cusco and journey high into the Andes to the shores of Lake Titicaca, where you can explore the unforgettable Uros Islands.  This stunning tour ends in the country’s lively capital city of Lima.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Lima
End City Lima

Trip Includes

  • 7 Nights’ Accommodation on a twin sharing basis at listed hotels or similar
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • 2 Special Lunches
  • Transportation by deluxe vehicle
  • All return airport transfers
  • Baggage handling at airports and hotels
  • All bus tickets, train tickets and entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Excursion to Machu Picchu aboard the INCA RAIL
  • English Speaking local guides as per the itinerary
  • Domestic airfare (Lima – Cusco & Juliaca – Lima)
  • International Airfare from different gateways
  • All Air taxes and fuel surcharges
  • All local applicable taxes

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Itinerary

Day 1: USA/Canada - Lima – Cusco – Urubamba (Sacred Valley)

Very early this morning, make your own way to your chosen airport to board your international flight to Lima. On arrival at Lima International Airport you will connect to your domestic flight to Cusco; a short but spectacular flight over the snow-capped Andes to the oldest inhabited city in the hemisphere, Cusco, at an elevation of 11,440 feet. Upon arrival, you’ll be met and transferred to Urubamba in the Sacred Valley. Overnight in Urubamba

Day 2: Sacred Valley

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a day at leisure or take an optional tour. Overnight in Urubamba

Optional: Full Day Excursion to Pisac Indian Market and the Ollantaytambo Fortress – USD 170 / CAD 230 per person 

Enjoy a drive through the fertile countryside of the Urubamba Valley to the colonial village of Pisac, where you can explore the bustling Indian market (open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays – on other days you will tour the archaeological site of Pisac), where you can buy many different types of Peruvian handicrafts, before visiting Ollantaytambo, an ancient Incan fort. Lunch today will be served at a beautiful country estate on the bank of the Urubamba River.

Day 3: Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Meals: Breakfast

This morning you will travel on the Expedition train through the Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes, where you will board a shuttle up to the "Lost City of the Incas", Machu Picchu. Perched 8,200 feet above the valley, the city of Machu Picchu was hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungle for 400 years until discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911.  A knowledgeable tour guide will share the history of this mystical place with you. This afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo rail station, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Cusco. Overnight in Cusco

Optional: Upgrade to Vistadome train service for an additional – USD 95 / CAD 130 per person

Optional: Enjoy lunch at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge – USD 60 / CAD 80 per person

Day 4: Cusco

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast enjoy a tour of the oldest continuously inhabited city in the western hemisphere, Cusco, and its nearby ruins. This gives you a chance to see how the Andean and Spanish cultures co-existed and influenced the city. The tour starts at Santo Domingo Convent, built on the site of Koricancha, which was an important ancient Inca palace and center of worship of the Sun God. The tour continues to the Main Square, site of the Cathedral and the La Compañía Church. Later you will visit the imposing Sacsayhuaman Fortress, just one example of the military Inca architecture in the area. Finally, the tour heads to the nearby archaeological sites of Qenko, Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay, which can be found to the north east of the city. Overnight in Cusco         

Day 5: Cusco – Puno

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Today one of South America's most extraordinary overland trips takes you by bus from Cusco to Puno, passing through striking highland scenery and picturesque Andean villages.  En-route you will stop at the town of Andahuaylillas.  The church here was founded in 1580 and is a showcase of the colonial art in Peru, sometimes called "the Sistine Chapel of the Americas” due to its rich interior.  You will also stop at Raqchi to see the remains of the remarkable temple of Viracocha, considered by historians to be a particularly important Inca construction, and at La Raya, the highest pass on the route.  As well as beautiful views of the surrounding countryside you will see llamas, alpacas and vicunas wandering wild.  The last stop before Puno is Pucara, an old ceremonial site that shows evidence of a pre-Inca civilization. You will arrive in Puno later this afternoon / evening.  Overnight in Puno

Day 6: Uros And Taquile Islands On Lake Titicaca

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Today you can enjoy an amazing boat excursion out onto the highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca, to see the floating Uros Islands and Taquile Island.  The floating islands of the Uros Indians are made by tying totora reeds together and are a must-see for any traveller.  The Uros people consider themselves Lords of the Lake; they hunt wild birds and maintain traditional fishing methods.  Taquile is a very important site known for its archaeological remains, sacred and ceremonial sites and festivals. The island is characterized by its friendly inhabitants, who maintain the customs and traditional clothing of their ancestors – there are many fine, woollen hand-made goods on sale here.  Overnight in Puno

Day 7: Puno – Lima

Meals: Breakfast

Today you will be transferred to the airport at Juliaca for a flight back to Lima. Upon arrival you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure or perhaps take an optional tour to explore the capital city of Peru.  Overnight in Lima

Optional: Half Day Tour of Lima and the Larco Museum – USD 85 / CAD 115 per person

Visit some of Lima’s finest sites, including the lovely Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, San Francisco Church and the exquisite Torre Tagle Palace. In modern Lima you will drive along the exclusive residential areas of Miraflores and San Isidro before visiting the world famous Larco Museum.  Founded in 1926 and housed in in a unique vice-royal mansion of the 18th century built over a 7th century pre-Columbian pyramid, the museum boasts the finest gold and silver from Ancient Peru and a famous erotic archaeological collection.

Day 8: Lima - Usa/Canada

Today you will be transferred to Lima International Airport for your flight home.

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This is the third time that my wife and I travel with Indus and we always have a great experience! Not only you get great value but the tours and guides are excellent. Our tour to Peru with Indus is still an amazing memory for us because of all that we did, see and eat. Peru is a must-visit destination!
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I recently booked the best of Peru with Indus and had a fabulous time! It was our first time in South America so I was unsure but our Indus consultant told us great things about Peru and oh! was she right! Me and my friend both loved Miraflores in Lima- it felt very safe to walk around the city. But my favorite part of the trip was Sacred Valley where we got to stay in a very peaceful hotel with a stunning view of the mountains- simply incredible! Although at first I though the itinerary will be hectic, the tour was actually very pleasant with some time to visit on your own or relax- needed with the bit of jetlag! I came back very happy with both Indus service and the tour and I would recommend you 100% to book your tour with Indus- I am looking already at my next holiday with them. I have not taken Peru, Argentina and Brazil but if it is half as good as our Peruvian tour then you are bound to have a great trip!

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 22

Cancellation Policy:

You may cancel your booking at any time prior to commencement of the tour by notifying us in writing, which must be signed by the person that signed the Reservation Form. If you cancel on or before the first day of the tour, we will retain your full payment to cover our costs.

 Land & Air Inclusive Tours:

Amount of Cancellation Charges:

100% non-refundable/non-transferrable

Land Only Tours:

Amount of Cancellation Charges:

31-75 Days before the first day of the tour 100% of the deposit amount

Less than 30 Days before arrival 100%

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Trip Excludes

  • Items of a personal nature, Tips and Gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions
  • Visa fees, if applicable
  • Any Airfare for Land only options (USD 300 / CAD 410 per person for the internal flights)
  • Any item not mentioned as included

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