Seven to 10 days is a great length for a Peru trip with stops in Lima, Cusco, and the Inca Trek. Or, extend your trip and explore more of the country—some of the best-loved trip extensions include the Sacred Valley and Puno. Keep reading for more inspiring itineraries that include Lima, Cusco, and the Inca Trek.
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Travelers to Peru typically plan a trip for nine to 12 days when combining the Amazon with Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley. For travelers wanting to visit the Amazon exclusively, plan four to five days for a well-paced trip. A fast-paced highlights trip is possible in three days for travelers with limited time. Read on for the best itineraries, including the Amazon and beyond.
Fourteen to 15 days is a great length for a Peru trip, with stops in Lima, the Amazon, Cusco, Paracas, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley. It's also possible to hit the highlights in 11 to 13 days if you don't mind a fast-paced journey. Or, extend your trip and explore more of the country. Keep reading for more inspiring Lima, the Amazon, Cusco, Paracas, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley itineraries.
Most travelers will find that eight to 10 days is perfect for a well-paced Peru trip with stops in Lima, Cusco, Paracas, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley. It's also possible to hit the highlights in seven days if you don't mind a fast-paced journey. With more time, you can enjoy extra activities at each stop or a few days in another place like Puno, Arequipa, Cabanaconde, and the Amazon. See more ideas for Lima, Cusco, Paracas, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley itineraries below.
Twelve to 14 days is a great length for a Peru trip, with stops in Lima, the Amazon, Cusco, Puno, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley. If you don't mind a fast-paced journey, you can see the highlights of this route in less time—as few as 10 or 11 days. Or, extend your trip and explore more of the country—some of the best-loved trip extensions include Arequipa, Cabanaconde, and Amantani Island. Keep reading for more inspiring Lima, the Amazon, Cusco, Puno, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley itineraries.
Nine to 10 days is a great length for a Peru trip with stops in Lima, Cusco, Puno, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley. If you don't mind a fast-paced journey, you can see the highlights of this route in less time—as few as eight days. Travelers with more time can enjoy extra sights and activities at each stop or explore more of the country—some of our favorite itinerary extensions include the Amazon or Amantani Island. See more itineraries below.
Seven to nine days is the most popular trip length for Peru travelers interested in visiting Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley, especially when also including Lima, Puno, or the Amazon. If you're not interested in adding extra stops, six to seven days is enough for your Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley trip. Even travelers with limited time can see the highlights in as few as four or five days. Read on for the best itineraries, including Cusco, Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, and beyond.
For most travelers, nine to 12 days is the perfect amount of time for a Peru trip, with stops in Lima, the Amazon, Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley. It's also possible to hit the highlights in seven or eight days if you don't mind a fast-paced journey. Or, extend your trip and explore more of the country—some of the best-loved trip extensions include Puno, Paracas, and Amantani Island. Keep reading for more inspiring Lima, the Amazon, Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley itineraries.
Seven to nine days is a great length for a Peru trip, with stops in Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley. Travelers with less time can hit the route's highlights in five or six days, which makes for a fast-paced journey. With more time, you can enjoy extra activities at each stop or a few days in another region like the Amazon or Puno. Keep reading for more inspiring Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley itineraries.
With two weeks in Peru on a family vacation, you can visit at least five regions. Delight your animal-loving kids with a llama trek in the Sacred Valley and monkey, macaw, and dolphin sightings in the Amazon. Aspiring chefs will enjoy a cooking class in Cusco and a street food tour in Lima. Active families can choose a challenging trek at Machu Picchu, try the via ferrata at Sector Pachar, and go sandboarding in Huacachina. Those eager to get off the beaten path can visit a remote rainforest lagoon in Iquitos and hike to Palcoyo.
Two weeks of nonstop adventure and bucket-list activities make this Peruvian itinerary the perfect choice for curious, active kids and teens. Set off from Lima for the Amazon rainforest, where you'll spot sloths and pink dolphins, take nighttime jungle excursions, and try your hand at traditional fishing. It's on to the Sacred Valley to learn about Inca astronomy, hike alongside llamas, and explore the mighty Machu Picchu. After a scenic trip by vintage-style train, end at Lago Titicaca to explore its floating islands by kayak.
Take your family on an adventure-filled escape to Peru with this two-week outdoor-oriented itinerary. Ride bikes along Lima's waterfront Malecón, then it's off to a rainforest lodge in the Amazon for wildlife sightings, sunset river cruises, and stories around the campfire. Head to Cusco and the Sacred Valley to check off Inca wonders like Machu Picchu and Sacsayhuamán, explore the Ausangate region via a kid-friendly lodge-to-lodge hike, and end back in Lima for a delicious food tour of the capital.
This fun-filled family adventure combines must-see Peruvian highlights like the Sacred Valley with off-the-beaten-path gems like the coastal deserts and beaches of Paracas. Get your bearings in Lima, then head to the northern coast for sea lion sightings and endless ocean views on a boat cruise to Isla Ballestas. Traverse the endless dunes of Huacachina by dune buggy and sandboard, hike to the heights of Machu Picchu, and learn the secrets of the ancient Inca at Pisac Archaeological Park.
Young adventurers will love this two-week family tour of Peru that encompasses desert dunes, high Andean peaks, and the Amazon rainforest. Explore Lima's historic city center and take a food-focused bike tour, then it's off to Cusco and the Sacred Valley for rock climbing, ziplining, and the wonders of Machu Picchu. Hike up the rainbow mountain of Palcoyo, then settle into a rainforest lodge to canoe past sloths and monkeys, fish for piranhas, and seek out nocturnal frogs and tarantulas.
This thrill-filled family tour is perfect for travelers with older kids and teens. Start in the capital city of Lima, where you'll stroll historic plazas and local parks. Then, it's off to explore the mysteries of the Amazon rainforest. See monkeys, caimans, and tropical birds in their natural habitat, walk high among the trees on a canopy tour, and cruise the river at night to see nocturnal creatures. End with food tours in Cusco, a walk with the ancients at Machu Picchu, and the mystical floating islands of Lago Titicaca.
You can visit up to eight destinations with 16 days in Peru. First-timers to the country will appreciate seeing the highlights like Machu Picchu's Inca ruins. Nature and culture lovers should venture to the Amazon Rainforest, while those keen on hiking should experience the Inca Trail. Opt for a "Hidden Gems" itinerary that includes Máncora's beaches, or be delighted by a luxury Amazon River cruise and exciting sand dune adventures in a tour for adrenaline-seekers.
This 10-day Peru adventure delivers the highlights, from uniquely delicious cuisine and stunning architecture to world-famous Inca ruins. Start in Lima with city tours and cooking classes before jetting off to volcano-fringed Arequipa for river rafting and canyon hikes. The journey culminates on the ancient streets of Cusco, from which you'll explore Ollantaytambo, the Sacred Valley, and of course, Machu Picchu.
This multifaceted adventure covers the marks of Peru's ancient Inca civilization and its colonial history, plus awe-inspiring landscapes and city attractions in Lima and Cusco. Over the course of 16 days, you'll explore breathtaking ruins and sites, from the enigmatic Nasca Lines to the majestic Machu Picchu. You'll also hike in the beautiful rainbow mountains, admire the towering peaks of the Andes, and spend two nights in the lush Amazon rainforest.
Uncover Peru's natural and cultural wonders on this comprehensive 16-day trip. Begin in the north-coast desert, where you'll discover archaeological sites and ancient pyramids, then spot endangered wildlife on a four-night cruise through the Amazon Rainforest. Next, tour Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley, including UNESCO-listed Machu Picchu, before heading south to witness marine life in Paracas National Reserve, camp among the Huacachina dunes, and fly over the mysterious Nazca Lines.
Perfect for first-timers, this exciting Peru tour promises an extraordinary exploration of the country's rich heritage and natural wonders. Over the course of 16 days, you'll embark on memorable experiences from savoring Peruvian cuisine with a Lima food experience to tracing the footsteps of ancient civilizations with the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. You'll also ride the luxury Titicaca Train from Cusco to Puno, seek thrills with a zipline over the Sacred Valley, and soak in thermal hot springs.
Discover the heart and soul of Peru with this epic journey through diverse landscapes, ancient wonders, and culinary delights. Over the course of 16 days, you'll hike the famous four-day Inca Trail, uncover the mysteries of Machu Picchu, and experience the enchanting Amazon Rainforest. Between these grand adventures, local guides will show you the food scene in Lima, historical treasures in Cusco, and ancient Inca civilizations at various villages and sites, including Sacsayhuaman and Ollantaytambo.
Experience Peru's diverse landscapes during this 16-day trip by boat, car, plane, and train. Begin with a food tour in Lima before escaping to the Amazon Rainforest for wildlife-studded hikes and boat trips. Next, head for the heights of the Andes to tour UNESCO-listed Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley's lesser-visited gems, from Inca ruins to salt pans and local villages. The adventure ends on Máncora's relaxing beaches for whale watching and swimming with sea turtles off the Pacific coast.
You can cover four to five Peru destinations traveling with kids in tow. First-timers will want to hit the highlights of Lima and Cusco, while more active families can add the Palomino Islands and hike part of the Inca trail. Families with older kids will enjoy an Amazon River cruise and a cliffside stay at the Sky Lodge. Add standup paddleboarding in Maras and riding ATVs in the Sacred Valley for fast-paced activities and adventure. For a more cultural experience, stay with a Uros family on the island of Amantani.
Calling all intrepid family explorers! Create memories to last a lifetime with this 10-day trip to Peru, perfect for families with active older kids seeking adventure. Experience the sights and sounds of the Amazon jungle, discover Machu Picchu's ancient Inca ruins, and live among locals on the floating islands of Lake Titicaca—immersing yourselves in Peruvian culture against a backdrop of natural wonders.
With one week in Peru, you can transport your little ones to the days of the Inca Empire on a Sacred Valley highlights tour. Or opt for a classic Peru itinerary that combines history, culture, and adventure for a memorable family experience. Parents to young wildlife enthusiasts will love a trip into the Peruvian Amazon, while families who've already checked out the highlights or are looking for an off-the-beaten-path tour will find stays in Paracas and Máncora to do just the trick.
This classic family itinerary through Peru—perfect for first-timers of all ages—is just what the parents ordered. Kick-off in Lima with a guided food tour followed by a day trip to the Peruvian Galápagos, where you'll see sea lions and penguins. Next, fly to Cusco for your entry into a range of historic sites in the Sacred Valley alongside fun classes like chocolate-making and painting. You'll even take a scenic train ride to Machu Picchu for a private tour of the famous Inca citadel to complete the adventure.
If you and your family prefer to get active on your vacations rather than sit at the beach, this 10-day tour of Peru is designed for you. Starting in Lima, you'll begin with sandboarding in a desert oasis before heading to the high-altitude Andes (with time to acclimate). Then dive right into the Sacred Valley with standup paddleboarding, ziplining, riding ATVs to remote Inca villages, exploring the unmissable Machu Picchu, and ending with a hike to a lake surrounded by snowcapped mountains.
Family adventures don't get more exciting than this fast-paced, 10-day tour of Peru, which is best suited for older kids. After arriving in Lima, head deep into the Peruvian Amazon for a three-day cruise in the rainforest. Next, change things up in the high-altitude Peruvian Andes, where you'll stay in exclusive mountainside accommodations that can only be reached by zipline or via ferrata. Finish the trip with a tour of Machu Picchu and free time to explore Cusco, the archaeological capital of the Americas.
Embark on an active adventure in Peru without sacrificing comfort on this 10-day, family-themed tour. Start from Lima to explore the coastal city's kid-friendly parks and squares, then set off by boat to swim with sea lions. It's off to the Andes next to tour the most impressive sites around Cusco and the Sacred Valley with modified activities that are perfect for kids. Meet friendly llamas, hike a portion of the Inca Trail, take a private tour of Machu Picchu, and scale the colorful slopes of "Rainbow Mountain."
For a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in Peru, you'll want to see it all—and this two-week itinerary comes close. After an exciting food tour in Lima, set off for the epic landscapes, starting with a remote lodge in the lush Amazon. Next, fly to the high-altitude Andes for hikes and cultural activities—including time in Machu Picchu—before ending at a Sahara-like desert next to the Pacific Ocean. Along the way, you'll meet local artisans, llama herders, and even marine life in the "Peruvian Galápagos."
Log off and escape to Peru with this seven-day family adventure that starts in ancient Cusco and follows the Inca Trail through the Sacred Valley to ancient Machu Picchu. Explore the stunning Maras salt mines and Rainbow Mountain as the kids ditch their devices, and you spend quality time together—discovering Peru's culture, colors, and cuisine against a backdrop of towering Andean peaks.
Leave the crowds behind with this week-long family trip that combines the lesser-visited gems of Peru's beautiful northern coast with the culture, food, and ruins of cosmopolitan Lima. Soak up the sights and sounds in the country's capital, earn major brownie points with the kids as you surf dunes and meet penguins in Paracas, and swim with giant sea turtles in the turquoise waters of Máncora.
This weeklong, family-friendly itinerary focuses on the many wonders of Peru's Sacred Valley. Starting in Cusco, acclimate to the altitude in Pisac before spending a day learning about Indigenous customs and making new friends in a local village. Ramp up the adventure with a thrilling family bike ride back down to the valley, then hop on a scenic train to chug your way up to the mighty Machu Picchu. The trip winds down with more incredible Inca sites like Moray and Chinchero before circling back to Cusco.
Struggling to decide between the Peruvian Amazon and the Sacred Valley of the Inca for your family trip to Peru? There's no need because this week-long itinerary fits in both amazing destinations. Starting in Lima, your family will travel into the heart of the Amazon rainforest for a couple of days of choose-your-own-adventure activities. Continue to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu to enjoy some of the South American country's most iconic sights with kid-friendly tours and excursions.
Travel back to the time of the Inca with this week-long family trip that draws you into the heart of Peru's ancient history and natural wonders. Amid the lofty peaks of the Andes, adventurous kids can uncover temples and traditional life in the Sacred Valley, wander through the clouds in Machu Picchu, whitewater raft down the Río Urubamba, and fill hungry bellies in the foodie capital of Lima.
If you wish to experience the Peruvian Andes with a private guide—and a touch of luxury—then this weeklong itinerary is for you. Starting and ending in Cusco, you'll tour the area's best villages and archaeological sites, take an epic hike to Machu Picchu, and visit a lesser-known Rainbow Mountain at 15,500 feet (4,724 m) above sea level. Of course, each day includes memorable meals on family farms, top-notch restaurants, and even a special train ride to round out this quietly sophisticated adventure.
With 15 days in Peru, you can tick off the country's bucket-list destinations on a classic tour, exploring Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu. Adventure seekers can opt for a trekking trip through the Sacred Valley with stays in Lima, Cusco, and the Amazon, while history lovers search for Inca Empire marvels near Trujillo, Chiclayo, Chachapoyas, and Cusco. For those looking to spend most of their time on the trail, a hiking trip to Choquequirao and along the Apu Ausangate trail will do just the trick.
While Machu Picchu is a must-see in Peru, there's more than one way to reach the iconic Inca site. During this 15-day itinerary, take on the lesser-known, more challenging Salkantay Trail on your way to the 15th-century citadel, catching stunning mountain views and visiting villages, coffee farms, and archaeological sites along the way. Once you've completed the trek, kick up your feet for a four-day cruise within the Peruvian Amazon rainforest.
Peru is famous for the ruins of Machu Picchu to the south, but the lesser-known pre-Inca sites across the country are just as impressive. This 15-day itinerary brings you up close to some of the largest and oldest sites, like the sprawling city Chan Chan, the mysterious Moray terraces, and the imposing Kuélap fortress, as you travel from arid desert to misty cloud forest.
With its pre-Inca farming terraces, 15th-century temples, and Baroque architecture hewn from volcanic stone, Peru is steeped in history. Take in just a fraction of all the country has to offer during this 15-day itinerary. Catch up with modern times, savor ceviche in Lima, and visit an animal sanctuary at the edge of the Sacred Valley before spending a few days in the Peruvian Amazon.
Traveling by car, plane, train, and foot, you'll experience Peru's ancient civilizations and customs on this active cultural adventure. Soak up the vibrant energy of cosmopolitan Lima and explore the former Inca capital, Cusco, then learn about the rituals of ancient civilizations at El Brujo. In Chachapoyas, see the mysterious Karajia Sarcophagi and learn about Peru's pyramids and engineering feats at the Royal Tombs museum. Hike to a hidden waterfall at Gocta, sleep under the stars at Waqrapukara, and stand in awe at Machu Picchu.
Peru's untouched landscapes and native species are wonders to discover on this active 15-day itinerary that travels beyond the tourist circuit by foot, car, raft, and horseback. Start in Cusco to learn about the former Inca capital, and then explore the countryside outside the city. Navigate Apurimac River rapids and sleep under the stars, hike to Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain, a natural wonder, and explore Choquequirao, a mountainous Inca site that's larger than Machu Picchu.
This 15-day trek through Peru's Sacred Valley invites you to explore as the Inca did. From Lima to Cusco, get a glimpse of the country's past and vibrant present, then trek through Amazon cloud forests to marvel at Machu Picchu before you. Learn about Inca culture in Cusco and Ollantaytambo, see modern and energetic Peruvian life in Lima's Miraflores district, paddle board on Lake Piuray, and follow the Inca trail as you hike through Soraypampa.
Explore the Amazon jungle, the ancient city of Machu Picchu, the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, and more on this exciting 13-day adventure through Peru. You'll get oriented in Lima before heading into the rainforest for several days of wildlife spotting and excursions on the jungle river. Then transfer to Cusco to explore the ancient Inca capital and the nearby Sacred Valley. Discover Machu Picchu at dawn before traveling onward to Puno. You'll spend a few days traveling around Lake Titicaca, visiting islands and learning about indienous cultures, at the end of the journey.
Divide your time between Lima and Cusco — with a quick side trip to Machu Picchu — on this outdoorsy 9-day itinerary around Peru. These two cities have plenty of historic sights and cultural attractions to explore, from pre-Inca ruins and colorful food markets in Lima to the quaint streets and ancient temples of Cusco. But they're also excellent places to base yourself while making excursions into the surrounding areas. Zoom around the Sacred Valley on a quad bike, trek through vibrantly hued hills at Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain, and enjoy a scenic train ride to Aguas Calientes, where you'll spend the night before venturing up to Machu Picchu at dawn.
Learn to make ceviche, hike through rainbow-colored hills, taste pisco at a historic Peruvian winery, and ride a zip line through the Sacred Valley on this exciting 10-day journey through Peru. Offering a mix of gourmet experiences and thrilling outdoor activities, the trip starts in Lima, where you'll sightsee and go on a foodie tour in bohemian Barranco. Then you'll travel down the coast to Huacachina to try "surfing" on massive sand dunes and tour family-run wineries. Continue on to Cusco, day-tripping to the Sacred Valley for a rock climbing and zip-lining excursion. Travel to Machu Picchu at dawn to explore the lost city of the Incas, then spend the last day of the itinerary hiking around the colorful landscapes of Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain. With fresh air, delicious food, and insights into Peru's history and culture, this trip is a traveler's favorite.
From the ancient city of Cusco to the lush waterways of the Amazonian rainforest, this diverse 10-day trip showcases Peru's fascinating culture and magnificent landscapes. Begin with a brief stay in Lima, where you'll have time for sightseeing before continuing to the wine-growing region around Ica and the massive sand dunes of Huacachina. Then you'll catch a flight to Cusco and explore the ruins of the Sacred Valley. Explore Macchu Pichu on an early-morning excursion and hike around the vibrant Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain. You'll wrap up the trip with a few days in the Amazon, spotting wildlife, learning about indigenous cultures, and boating along jungle rivers.
Make the most of your time on this 5-day tour that focuses on one region of Peru. You'll base yourself in Cusco for most of the trip, sightseeing in the historic capital of the Inca Empire and day-tripping to fascinating destinations in the nearby Sacred Valley. Explore the archaeological site of Pisac, the Inca ruins of Ollantaytambo, the striking terraces of Moray, and the innovative salt mines in Maras. No itinerary in the area would be complete, of course, without a full day exploring the "lost city" of Machu Picchu. All of that and more await on this short but sweet getaway.
This 10-day itinerary introduces travelers to two South American countries—Peru and Bolivia—and their top cultural and natural attractions. In addition to stops at classic sights like Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca, the trip takes you off the beaten path to see lesser-known destinations. Visit a crimson-hued lagoon, observe wildlife at a remote flamingo habitat, ride a cable car high over La Paz, see the desert that inspired the work of the great Spanish painter Salvador Dalí, and hike with llamas in a quiet mountain landscape: these are just a few of the experiences you'll enjoy on this unforgettable adventure.
This wide-ranging two-week tour leads you around Peru's most exciting destinations, from the cobblestoned streets of Cusco to the colorful landscapes of Rainbow Mountain and the world-famous ruins of Machu Picchu. Kick off the adventure in Lima, exploring the city's food scene on a gourmet walking tour. Then climb aboard a small plane for a ride high over the world-famous Nazca Lines, spot condors in beautiful Colca Canyon, and explore Lake Titicaca on a traditional boat. You'll base yourself in Cusco for the latter part of the trip, enjoying excursions to Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, and the region's vibrantly hued mountains. With a mix of cultural sightseeing and outdoor adventures, this 14-day journey around Peru is unforgettable!