Small Group Discoveries for our World Travelers

+ Retreat to the Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel in the shadow of Machu Picchu and return to the Lost City early the next morning. Or ascend Huayna Picchu for that iconic bird’s eye view!
+ Immerse in the daily rhythms of Cuyuni and get to know the people, life and culture of this remote Andean village.
+ Venture across the scenic high-mountain plains to Oropesa, a Colonial town celebrated for its authentic breadmaking traditions.
+ From an Indian market and pioneering animal sanctuary to the studios of artists and weavers, you’ll return with a deeper understanding and appreciation of Peru’s modern spirit and enduring ways.
+ Includes an UNESCO World Heritage site c
  • Day 1 - Welcome to Lima

    On arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to the deluxe Hilton Hotel, wonderfully situated in the upscale seaside district of Miraflores.
  • Day 2 - Discover Lima c

    Today you’ll join our engaging expert guide to explore the splendid Colonial-era landmarks, colorful neighborhoods and vibrant city life of the capital. Just outside your hotel’s front door, the inviting district of Miraflores is popular with city residents who come here to enjoy the shops, restaurants and fine views over the Pacific. In the afternoon, you’ll discover the handsome Colonial architecture of downtown Lima. Stand in Plaza Mayor and admire the Cathedral; built in the 18th century, this handsome landmark is the oldest on the Square. Right next door, the Archbishop’s Palace is easily recognized by its grand wooden balcony. Just a few blocks away, the historic Church and Convent of San Francisco is perhaps the most impressive of Lima’s Colonial monuments. Behind its striking yellow and white façade, you’ll find a beautifully decorated interior with glazed ceramic tiles from Spain and carved ceilings that show a strong Moorish influence.
     
    Then tour the highly regarded Larco Museum; renowned for its superb collection of pre-Columbian artifacts, this expertly guided visit is the perfect introduction to the many Inca sites you’ll explore in the coming days. Cap off your sightseeing with a guided stroll through Barranco, a charming city neighborhood that has attracted writers and artists since the early 20th century. Today, it remains a vibrant cultural enclave with thriving studios, galleries and cafes.  This evening, you’ll sit down to a wonderful welcome dinner at Amaz, a signature Peruvian restaurant that specializes in traditional Amazonian cuisine prepared and presented with a modern international feel. Meals B+D
  • Day 3 - Into the Sacred Valley of the Inca

    After an early breakfast, you’ll be escorted to the airport for your included flight to Cuzco, the ancient capital of the once vast and mighty Inca Empire. On arrival in this high-mountain city, you’ll meet Ana Maria, our resident Andean expert on the ancient Inca and contemporary Peruvian traditions. Journey with her down into the Sacred Valley to visit the Cochahuasi Animal Sanctuary, dedicated to the rescue and preservation of indigenous Andean wildlife including condors, macaws, parrots and even wild cats like the puma.
     
    Then visit Awanacancha, a pioneering initiative encompassing more than 400 resident families in 14 Andean communities. With a mission to preserve the traditional textile arts of the region, you’ll see native weavers from these different communities as they create beautiful textiles using techniques that have been passed down for generations. You’ll also see the indigenous cameloids that are the source for the wool that is used for weaving: Alpacas have thick wool that is ideal for sweaters and blankets while vicunas are small and delicate creatures with very fine wool; Llamas and guanacos also roam around Awanacancha.
     
    Continue to the captivating town of Pisac. Set in the shadow of a spectacular mountaintop Inca fortress, you’ll discover a colorful market town that draws far-away villagers and international visitors alike. Continue to the enchanting Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness Resort, beautifully situated on the riverside grounds of a 17th-century Colonial hacienda.  Meals B+L
  • Day 4 – Explore the Sacred Valley with Ana Maria

    This morning, you’ll ascend with Ana Maria to the monumental fortress of Ollantaytambo, Inca-built with enormous stones and so strategically positioned that it was successfully defended against the Spanish in 1537. This is one of the most significant Inca sites in Peru, and its location in a narrow mountain valley framed by rugged peaks is truly breathtaking.
     
    In the shadow of the ancient fortress, the ancient community of Ollantaytambo provides vivid illustration of Inca urban planning. Laid out in a simple grid with cobblestone streets, perfectly constructed stone walls and canals, many of the buildings and residences date back 600 years or more. Your guided walk also takes you into a neighborhood chicheria (a Peruvian pub) to learn about chicha, an Andean beverage distilled from corn. Next up is a visit to the ceramic studio of Pablo and Marilu Seminario – creative artisans who have devoted more than 20 years to the study of Pre-Columbian pottery techniques and designs, incorporating these ancient traditions into their own contemporary works.  Tonight, by special arrangement, you’ll witness a Pago a la Tierra – a Tribute to the Earth – performed by a local Andean shaman.  Meals B+L
  • Day 5 - By Rail to Machu Picchu

    A two-day visit to Machu Picchu begins with an unforgettable rail journey through the Urubamba River Valley, a timeless region of snow-capped Andean peaks, quiet villages and terraced fields that have been cultivated for centuries.
     
    On arrival in the beguiling town of Aguas Calientes, you’ll board a coach for the 20-minute ride up the switchback mountain road that brings you to the entrance to Machu Picchu. The fabled Lost City is certainly the single greatest landmark in Peru – and perhaps all of South America. Indeed, little can be written here that would do justice to the breathtaking grandeur of its mountain setting, the enigmatic power and aura that so permeate this ancient citadel, and the unforgettable experience of standing among these ancient stones. And accompanied by Ana Maria’s illuminating expertise, your visit will bring to life the ancient Inca civilization that built Machu Picchu.
     
    After sightseeing, you’ll return to Aguas Calientes for an overnight at the enchanting Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel, nestled in a riverside cloud forest below the Lost City.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 6 - Morning at Machu Picchu and back to Cuzco by train

    This morning, you can stroll on your own through the inviting galleries and cafes of Aguas Calientes. Or if you prefer, we’ve included your transportation and entry ticket so you can ascend again to explore Machu Picchu at your own pace. At this early hour, the day-visitors from Cuzco and the Sacred Valley have yet to arrive… With fewer people and the softer light of morning just breaking over the mountain peaks, an early-morning visit to Machu Picchu is one of the most memorable travel experiences you will ever have.
     
    Or if you’re up for the challenge, you can also take this morning to ascend Huayna Picchu. The route up this iconic peak, the oft-photographed backdrop of Machu Picchu, can be quite steep – sometimes requiring the use of your hands for stability. But as you wind your way up the Inca-cut stone steps, you’ll be able to look down upon the Lost City from different perspectives. The ascent takes about 2 hours and the view from the top is simply breathtaking! (A hike up Machu Picchu mountain will be provided should Huayna Picchu tickets be sold out.)

    In the afternoon, you’ll make the return rail journey through the Sacred Valley. On arrival in Cuzco, you’ll be escorted to the deluxe Aranwa Cuzco Hotel where specially oxygenated rooms will help you acclimate to the city’s elevation.  Meals B+D
  • Day 7 - Out and About in Cuzco

    Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and a free morning to relax or explore as you wish. In the afternoon, you’ll rejoin Ana Maria and ascend into the mountain peaks outside of town. Perched here overlooking the terra cotta roofs of Cuzco are the magnificent ruins of Sacsayhuaman. Built in the 1400’s by the Inca Emperor Pachacútec, the massive limestone blocks of this venerated complex were cut with such precision that they fit together without mortar like the interlocking pieces of a jigsaw puzzle! With some individual stones towering more than 10 feet tall and weighing several hundreds of tons, Sacsayhuaman is a monumental achievement of architecture and masonry.
     
    Back in town, your sightseeing continues with the Cathedral and the other handsome Colonial-era landmarks that line the Plaza de Armas. At the Temple of the Sun and Convent of Santo Domingo, you’ll discover one of Peru’s most architecturally fascinating sites. It also demonstrates the rich layering of history here in Cuzco, where a sacred structure of one culture, the Convent, literally sits atop and practically encloses another, the Inca-built Temple of the Sun! This afternoon, you’ll also visit the San Pedro Market and Almudena Cemetery; here at these seemingly quotidian sites, Ana Maria will offer fascinating cultural perspectives and personal insights into how ancient traditions – many dating back to Inca times – still endure in the life of local citizens.  Meals B
  • Day 8 – Venture Off-the-Beaten Path to Oropesa and Cuyuni

    This morning, you’ll venture with Ana Maria across the Andean highlands to Oropesa, a handsome Colonial-era town rarely visited by other travelers. With its fine architecture and beautiful mountain setting, Oropesa is celebrated all across the country for its generations-old bread-making traditions. Locally known as pan chuta, these round loaves are made from traditionally-grown local wheat with a hint of sweetness and other spice flavors including cinnamon and anise. Baked in traditional ovens, special woods and eucalyptus leaves are burned to impart more flavors and a delicate texture to the crust. Your arrival and tour of Oropesa will be accompanied by the aroma of these freshly baked breads. Before leaving, of course, we’ll introduce you to local bakers who will be thrilled to offer you a sample of their celebrated bread!
     
    Your cultural foray into the Andes continues in the remote mountain village of Cuyuni where you’ll be able to mingle and stroll with the residents. With Ana Maria there to offer cultural and historical context, and translating as needed, you’ll join villagers in their fields and homes – learning about their traditions and a way of life that has changed little over the centuries!
     
    Back in Cuzco, you’ll dine this evening at one of our favorite restaurants in town.  Meals B+L+D
  • Day 9 - Fly from Cuzco to Lima

    After breakfast, you’ll be escorted to the airport for your included flight to Lima. Our services end at the airport where you’ll continue your onward journey.  Meals B

Extend Your Trip

  • Explore Lake Titicaca after your Tour

    3-Days Post-Tour Extension from $699

    Experience one of the world’s highest lakes! We include transportation from Cuzco to Puno, 2 nights in your choice of hotel, 4 meals, full day sightseeing including the floating Uros Island, and your return flight to Lima.

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Our Small Group Journey Value

+ Extensive, expertly-guided Small Group sightseeing every day with all entry fees
+ 16 meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
+ 8 nights in our handpicked deluxe hotels
Your hotel room in Cuzco is fully-oxygenated for your comfort
+ All on-tour transportation including airport transfers and both internal flights
+ Luggage handling, hotel taxes and service charges, and all airline fees and fuel charges for your 2 included flights

Trip Pricing

  • Traveling as a single?

Land Only - Per Person Double

Dates   Deluxe Hotels
Departure Return   Regular Deal
6/9/2017
Guaranteed
6/17/2017 $3999 $3699
 
7/21/2017
Guaranteed
7/29/2017 $3999 $3699
 
8/18/2017
Guaranteed
8/26/2017 $3999 $3699
 
9/8/2017
Guaranteed
9/16/2017 $3999 $3699
 
9/22/2017
Sold Out
9/30/2017 $3999 $3699
 
10/6/2017
Guaranteed
10/14/2017 $3999 $3699
 
10/20/2017 10/28/2017 $3999 $3699
 
11/3/2017
Guaranteed
11/11/2017 $3999 $3699
 
2/23/2018
Guaranteed
3/3/2018 $4099 $3799
 
3/16/2018 3/24/2018 $4099 $3799
 
4/20/2018 4/28/2018 $4099 $3799
 
5/25/2018 6/2/2018 $4099 $3799
 
6/22/2018 6/30/2018 $4099 $3799
 
7/20/2018 7/28/2018 $4099 $3799
 
8/17/2018 8/25/2018 $4099 $3799
 
9/7/2018 9/15/2018 $4099 $3799
 
9/14/2018 9/22/2018 $4099 $3799
 
9/21/2018 9/29/2018 $4099 $3799
 
10/5/2018 10/13/2018 $4099 $3799
 
10/19/2018 10/27/2018 $4099 $3799
 
11/2/2018 11/10/2018 $4099 $3799
 

Select all Deals that apply for best available price.

  • Save $600 per couple + $300 solo on all of our Small Group, Small Ship and Private Journeys whenever you book and pay-in-full.
  • Travel is one life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
    • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
    • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
    • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
    • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!
    For Groups of 8 or more please call 800.221.2216

Prices are per person, land only. Add extra nights.

Extend Your Trip

  • Explore Lake Titicaca after your Tour

    3-Days Post-Tour Extension from $699

    Experience one of the world’s highest lakes! We include transportation from Cuzco to Puno, 2 nights in your choice of hotel, 4 meals, full day sightseeing including the floating Uros Island, and your return flight to Lima.

    View Day by Day »

Our Private Journey Value

Extensive, expertly-guided Small Group sightseeing every day with all entry fees
16 meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
8 nights in our handpicked deluxe hotels
All on-tour transportation including airport transfers and both internal flights
Our vehicles in Cuzco are equipped with oxygen tanks to ensure your comfort at high altitude
Luggage handling, hotel taxes and service charges, and all airline fees and fuel charges for your 2 included flights

Trip Pricing

  • Traveling as a single?

Travel Any Day - Per Person Double

Dates   Standard Accommodation
Departure Return   Regular Deal
1/1/2017 6/15/2017 $4999 $4699
 
6/16/2017 6/18/2017 $5699 $5399
 
6/19/2017 12/31/2017 $4999 $4699
 
1/1/2018 4/30/2018 $5099 $4799
 

Select all Deals that apply for best available price.

  • Save $600 per couple + $300 solo on all of our Small Group, Small Ship and Private Journeys whenever you book and pay-in-full.
  • Travel is one life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
    • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
    • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
    • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
    • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!
    For Groups of 8 or more please call 800.221.2216

Extend Your Trip

  • Explore Lake Titicaca after your Tour

    3-Days Post-Tour Extension from $699

    Experience one of the world’s highest lakes! We include transportation from Cuzco to Puno, 2 nights in your choice of hotel, 4 meals, full day sightseeing including the floating Uros Island, and your return flight to Lima.

    View Day by Day »

Private Tour Add-Ons

  • Arequipa and the Colca Valley

    3 Day FreeStyle Tour

    Our 3-day FreeStyle Tour includes a choice of fine hotels, daily breakfast, in-depth sightseeing and airport transfers.

  • Quito

    3 Day FreeStyle Travel

    Our 3-day FreeStyle Travel package includes 2 nights in your choice of deluxe hotel, daily breakfast, chauffeured airport transfers and city sightseeing with your own private guide

  • Peruvian Amazon Eco Lodges

    3 or 4 Day FreeStyle Travel

    Our 3 and 4-day FreeStyle Adventures include your choice of Amazon lodge, roundtrip transfers from Puerto Maldonado, all meals and naturalist-guided rainforest excursions throughout your stay.

Trip Reviews

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(111 Traveler Reviews)

  • Jeanette from NE gives this tour 

    Our guide was not only totally knowledgeable, but so very passionate about the culture and history she shared, it was contagious. Read More »

  • Linda Jean from WA gives this tour 

    This was my first solo trip. I took the Peru Explorer trip and had a wonderful time. Everyone with Alexander + Roberts were first rate. Read More »

  • saowanee from FL gives this tour 

    Good tour group, excellent tour guide! Read More »

  • Carol from FL gives this tour 

    Our guide Henry was so much fun and so knowledgeable about the area. Read More »

  • Patricia from OH gives this tour 

    Ana Maria was amazing. She is passionate, intelligent, and entertaining. Every step of the way, we were assisted. I loved the trip so much that I could have hopped right back on the airplane to experience it again. My favorite hotel was the Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel and Wellness Center. It was breathtaking. Read More »

  • Susan from MB gives this tour 

    It was a good trip. Read More »

  • Mark from OH gives this tour 

    The diversity of Peru with the ocean and cliffs of Lima to historic Cusco and the spectacular Andes and Machu Picchu were most memorable. The guides were all excellent especially Anna Marie in Cusco with her knowledge of the Sacred Valley having lived her entire life in the area. The hotels were all excellent and there was plenty of time to explore on our own between group touring. Read More »

  • Kathy from CA gives this tour 

    The entire trip was excellent. Ana Maria, our guide in Cuzco/Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu, was very knowledgeable and made you fall in love with the area and people. Ana Maria brought us to places we never would have know about on our own and introduced us to a lot of diverse people that hopefully enjoyed sharing their way of life with us as we enjoyed hearing about it. Our hotels were all first class with friendly employees and great food. We had an Amazon Reserve add on which was also... Read More »

  • Norman from MA gives this tour 

    Everything was very well arranged the tour guide in Cusco and Machu Picchu (Anna Maria) was excellent - the very best! Read More »

  • Richard from CA gives this tour 

    The personal service we had from our tour guides and driver(s) - From the time that we were picked up at the airport in Lima Peru (2:30 a.m.) which was 2 hours late due to a delay in take-off from Houston, TX, Every day no matter where we were, the drivers and tour guides were on-time and ready to take us on a new adventure. We were pleased that Julia and Ophelia in Lima were able to show us the magnificent sights of Lima, and Jorge was great in the Cuzco/Sacred Valley area. The... Read More »

Your Trip Leader, Ana Maria...

Born and educated in Cuzco as the daughter of a history teacher, Ana Maria was immersed early in her family’s passion for their cultural heritage. Now as an enthusiastic messenger for her homeland’s lively traditions and rich history, she is widely praised by our guests for the insights and knowledge which she brings to their travels.

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Don't Miss Barranco:
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