Explore the essential highlights of Peru's Sacred Valley, including visits to Cusco and Machu Picchu. Then, journey through a land of wild desert landscapes, snow-capped peaks, and herds of alpacas to arrive at your ultimate destination: the rainbow-painted slopes of Mount Vinicunca hidden deep in the Andes.
Peru 6-Day Tours & Itineraries
Travelers interested in one of Peru's excellent multi-day trek options will require at least 6 days in-country. Combine a two or three-day hike with a visit to Machu Picchu on the Lares, Huchuy Qosqo or short Inca Trail. Those who don't mind an action-packed itinerary can get to both Machu Picchu and the Amazon, with limited time in both areas. If you've already seen Machu Picchu, consider skipping it this time to explore the country further—take in the culinary scene in Lima, the Ballestas Islands, Nazca Lines, or spend about 4 days exploring Lake Titicaca, Colca Canyon, or northern Peru.
See our itineraries below or read our guide to the best 6-day trips in Peru.
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Peruvian cuisine is popping up on menus around the world—find out why on this unique tour that introduces the Sacred Valley through authentic culinary experiences. Prepare traditional meals with local ingredients in a hands-on cooking class, dine at a world-class restaurant hidden in a colonial-era house, and tour Incan ruins—including iconic Machu Picchu—along the way.
A shorter alternative to the Inca Trail, the Lares Trek offers an experience just as stunning. Despite the high altitudes, this trek follows a less rigorous route through local communities, making it ideal for those who are looking for something accessible, unique, and immersive.
From Incan ruins to the wildlife-rich rainforest, the 6-day version of this itinerary is quick but multi-faceted. Experience metropolitan Lima, the Incan capital of Cusco, and the incredible ruins of Machu Picchu. Then make your way to Puerto Maldonado, where you'll spend your days viewing wildlife on jungle excursions, and your nights in the comfort of an eco-lodge.
On this tour, you'll explore the ancient streets of Cusco, then head to the Sacred Valley to shop for handicrafts in historic Pisac and go to a traditional garment workshop and hike to the amazing salt pans produced by the Incas. Top it all off by spending a day exploring the ruins of Machu Picchu.
If you're looking to combine some adventure with a tour of Machu Picchu at the end, consider this three-day itinerary. The Sacred Valley is a hotbed of great day adventures, given its steep terrain along the Urubamba river and dramatic scenery. Choose from a selection of activities — from zip-lining, ATVing, single-track mountain biking or paddle-boarding before your visit to Peru's most famous ruins.
From metropolitan Lima to the remote Peruvian Andes, this 6-day adventure brings you to the heart the action. Start in Lima— the capital of Peru—then take a scenic bus trip to Huaraz, a mountain town popular with outdoor enthusiasts. Explore the city's history, then head into the mountains to see stunning glaciated peaks, bright blue mountain lakes, and Peru's highest mountain—Mt. Huascaran, which towers at 22,205 ft.
Hike to ancient, off-the-beaten-track Incan sites, trek through breathtaking high-Andes mountain scenery, stay overnight with a charismatic local family, and eventually find yourself among the famous, mysterious ruins of Machu Picchu! Perfect for the adventurous traveler, this tour squeezes a taste of everything into a short, sweet itinerary.
Experience the best-loved highlights of Peru in just six days with this efficient tour. Start with sightseeing in Lima, before getting whisked away to the ancient Inca capital of Cusco. Here, you'll enjoy a tour of the city, along with the important towns and archeological sites of the Sacred Valley. Spend a full day exploring Machu Picchu with an expert guide, and finish your trip marveling at the floating islands of Lake Titicaca.
Travelers short on time in Peru will love this six-day tour, which takes in many of the country's most essential sights and experiences. Head to the Sacred Valley of the Incas to be dazzled by its ancient Incan monuments, then to discover the secrets of Machu Picchu's ruins on a private tour. Spend some time in Cusco, one of the most historic cities in the Americas, and hike to the spectacular Rainbow Mountains, which need to be seen to be believed.
This itinerary is designed for adventurous travelers interested in exploring Peru's outdoor activities. After arriving in Cusco and having some time to explore its markets and cobblestone streets, enjoy a full day of biking in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Tour unmissable Machu Picchu, then have a go at white-water rafting. Finally, trek to spectacular Humantay Lake, a dazzling shade of turquoise and surrounded by mountains.
Explore the essential highlights of Peru's Sacred Valley with this short itinerary. Begin with two days in Cusco, touring the textile markets and ancient ruins that the ancient Inca capital is famous for. Take a guided excursion to the top sites of the Sacred Valley, and enjoy a one-day trek on the Inca Trail, ending in Aguas Calientes. Complete your trip with a full day of exploration in the Machu Picchu citadel complex, the perfect grand finale.
Get a taste of Peru's metropolitan capital of Lima, then head south to Paracas for a marine wildlife tour. Next, head to Nazca and get an aerial view of some of the world's most impressive geoglyphs. Top it all off by trying your hand at sandboarding in the desert oasis of Huacachina.
With this short itinerary, you'll experience two distinct sides of Peru: metropolitan Lima and the remote rainforest. Start with a city and food tour in the capital, and make your way to Puerto Maldonado, your jumping-off point for the Amazon. Here, you'll stay in a charming jungle lodge, spot wildlife on a number of river cruises, and learn about the native Amazonian flora and fauna from experienced guides.