Discover the True Spirit of Peru

+ Retreat to the Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel in the shadow of Machu Picchu and return to the Lost City early the next morning to explore at your own pace before the day visitors from Cuzco or the Sacred Valley have even arrived!
+ 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 prefer a more active adventure, you can walk on your own up the trail that leads to Inti Punku. Even if you don’t venture all the way to the summit to the fabled Gate of the Sun, the views of Machu Picchu as you make this moderately challenging, uphill trek are captivating.

    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

  • Add Lake Titicaca to your Tour

    3-Days Post-Tour Extension from $899

    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?

Legend

  • EVT

    Tour includes a special event.

Land Only - Per Person Double

Dates   Deluxe Hotels
Departure Return   Regular Deal
5/3/2019
Guaranteed
5/11/2019 $4199 $3899
 
5/24/2019
Sold Out
6/1/2019 $4199 $3899
 
6/14/2019
Guaranteed
6/22/2019 $4199 $3699
No Single Supplement
7/19/2019
Sold Out
7/27/2019 $4199 $3899
 
8/16/2019 8/24/2019 $4199 $3899
 
9/6/2019
Guaranteed
9/14/2019 $4199 $3699
No Single Supplement
9/13/2019 9/21/2019 $4199 $3899
 
9/20/2019
Guaranteed
9/28/2019 $4199 $3699
No Single Supplement
10/11/2019
Guaranteed
10/19/2019 $4199 $3899
 
10/25/2019 11/2/2019 $4199 $3899
 
11/8/2019 11/16/2019 $4199 $3899
 
2/21/2020 2/29/2020 $4299 $3999
 
3/20/2020 3/28/2020 $4299 $3999
 
4/17/2020 4/25/2020 $4299 $3999
 
5/22/2020 5/30/2020 $4299 $3999
 
6/5/2020 6/13/2020
EVT
$4299 $3999
Corpus Christi
7/17/2020 7/25/2020 $4299 $3999
 
8/14/2020 8/22/2020 $4299 $3999
 
9/4/2020 9/12/2020 $4299 $3999
 
9/11/2020 9/19/2020 $4299 $3999
 
9/18/2020 9/26/2020 $4299 $3999
 
9/25/2020 10/3/2020 $4299 $3999
 
10/16/2020 10/24/2020 $4299 $3999
 

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 when you pay-in-full at time of booking.
  • Travel is one of 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
  • Additional Savings when you pay-in-full at time of booking on our Peru Explorer for Jun 14, Sep 6, and Sep 20, 2019.

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

Extend Your Trip

  • Add Lake Titicaca to your Tour

    3-Days Post-Tour Extension from $899

    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 sightseeing with your own private car, driver and guide including 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
1/1/2019 12/31/2019 $5399 $5099
 

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 when you pay-in-full at time of booking.
  • Travel is one of 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

  • Add Lake Titicaca to your Tour

    3-Days Post-Tour Extension from $899

    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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(148 Traveler Reviews)

  • John & Janene from WA gives this tour 

    Everything was delightful - the history, culture and people.


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    Date Traveled: 3/2/2019

  • Patrick from MN gives this tour 

    Guides were all excellent and service level from everyone was excellent.


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    Date Traveled: 12/23/2018

  • Leon from CA gives this tour 

    Wonderful trip to Peru. (Peru Explorer) The highlight of course was Machu Picchu, but the trip to to Oropesa and Cuyuni was especially memorable to observe the time old traditions of baking bread and weaving in Cuyuni. It's as if time stood still high in the mountains. The Peruvian food was amazing. Our guide, Ana Maria was wonderful, knowledgeable and very personable.


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    Date Traveled: 10/19/2018

  • Scott & Karen from SC gives this tour 

    Enjoyed learning about Pre-Inca & Inca archaeology, history, and art.


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    Date Traveled: 9/21/2018

  • Gail from FL gives this tour 

    I recently took the Peru Explorer trip. It was fantastic ! Ana Maria, a superb guide, made sure each experience was the best it could be. The hotels were comfortable and beautiful. As I was traveling alone, the small group size was perfect. It allowed me to get to know my fellow travelers, and we easily noticed if anyone was missing. I truly appreciated the personal attention I was given on the transfer to the airport when leaving Cuzco.. I had to leave much earlier than the rest of the group. As I was leaving the hotel, I casually mentioned to the escort that there was less than an hour and a half between planes in Lima (I still had the memory of the major crowds and congestion when I had arrived in Peru and when we left for Cuzco). When he helped me check in we found out I was going to have to recheck my luggage in Lima and get a boarding pass there. For some reason I wasn't ticketed all the way through. Now I was a bit more concerned, but thought it was still possible to make the connection. It wasn't until I was on the plane, and the flight was delayed for about 20 minutes, that I became really concerned. After I got off the plane in Lima and collected my luggage, I became very concerned that I would not make it in time.. I got out my 24 hour travel assistance card in case it became impossible to make the connection. As I entered the main terminal to go through the line to get my boarding pass and recheck my luggage, I noticed a A&R's representative. I assumed she was there to meet her group, but to my surprise she called out my name! She grabbed my suitcase and told me to follow her. We literally sprinted through the terminal to the front of the line where she had already let them know I had to be checked in quickly. Thanks to her (I'm sorry I didn't get her name) I made the flight. I had less than 90 seconds to spare before they stopped issuing boarding passes for that flight. (The next flight to Miami was at midnight and we were doing this before noon.) So, thanks to your concerned representative in Cuzco and the fast moving one in Lima, I was able to make it home on time. I can't imagine a better company to travel with.


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    Date Traveled: 9/20/2018

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.

Save $600 Per Couple
+ $300 Solo

Pay in full at time of booking.

Exclusive Offer for
Jun 14, Sep 6, or Sep 20, 2019

On our three special dates, solo guests pay No Single Supplement. Cannot be combined with other offers.

Hike the Inca Trail and enter Machu Picchu through the Gate of the Sun!

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