Peru 9-Day Tours & Itineraries

Explore 23 trips designed by local kimkim specialists to get ideas for your trip to Peru.

If you want to see three of Peru's regions in one trip, 9 days is a good starting point. Combine a Machu Picchu excursion with the Nazca Lines and Huacachina, or pair it with visits to the Amazon rainforest and wildlife-rich Ballestas Islands. Trekkers can spend 5 days on the Salkantay Trail, a less-traveled route to Machu Picchu that's dotted with ancient ruins, or skip Machu Picchu and hike the Cordillera Hauyhuash instead.

See our itineraries below or read our guide to the best 9-day trips in Peru.

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Caravan in Cordiliera Huayhuash
Map of Cordillera Huayhuash - 9 Days
Cordillera Huayhuash - 9 Days

Explore the Cordillera Huayhuash on this 9-day adventure through one of the most impressive regions of the Peruvian Andes. This is one of the lesser-known and uncrowded treks due to the remote location of this beautiful mountain range.

Kuelap fortress
Map of Chachapoyas: Peru’s Best Kept Secret - 9 Days
Chachapoyas: Peru’s Best Kept Secret - 9 Days

Off the beaten track, Chachapoyas can be described as real ‘Indiana Jones’ territory. Located in northern Peru, at the juncture between the Amazon rainforest, the Andes Mountains and the Pacific coast, this is a mystical and wonderful place, deep in the cloud forest.

Biking trail in the Andes
Map of Multi-Activity Adventure En Route to Machu Picchu - 9 Days
Multi-Activity Adventure En Route to Machu Picchu - 9 Days

Beyond Machu Picchu, where the Andes slope off into the Amazon, lies the forgotten region of Concepción. Little penetrated by foreign tourists, it is a multisport playground for adventurous travelers. If you're prepared to rough it a little, you'll be richly rewarded with biking, hiking, ziplining, swimming in rivers, waterfalls and jungle water parks, and the best rafting in Peru!

Snow-capped peaks in the Cordillera Huayhuash
Map of Huaraz & Cordillera Huayhuash Trekking - 9 Days
Huaraz & Cordillera Huayhuash Trekking - 9 Days

Explore Peru's remote Huayhuash range in the northern Peruvian Andes during this 9-day adventure. Start in metropolitan Lima, then transfer to Huaraz in the north. Join your trekking group and support team in the village of Pacllón, then hit the trail for a spectacular 5-day hike. You will trek through rugged landscapes, camp beneath a spectacular night sky, and spend afternoons relaxing by turquoise mountain lakes. Alpine meadows and snow-capped mountains that reach 19,685 ft (6,000 m) are the backdrops for this adventure. At night, relax at camp to a hot meal prepared by the camp cook. 

Sunrise over Lake Titicaca
Map of Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca Kayaking Adventure - 9 Days
Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca Kayaking Adventure - 9 Days

Head to the Inca capital of Cusco to explore the colorful textile markets and small towns of the Sacred Valley. Spend a day exploring the ancient Machu Picchu ruins. Then, travel to Lake Titicaca. Lake Titicaca is one of the truly iconic destinations of South America, on par with the Amazon, Iguazu Falls, and the Galapagos. Situated in the heart of the Andes, Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and universally touted as the highest navigable lake in the world.

View on the river in Chazuta
Map of Northern Peru: Jungle To The Andes - 9 Days
Northern Peru: Jungle To The Andes - 9 Days

This 9-day tour through northern Peru will not only show you the culinary side of Peru, but also a range of natural highlights. You will visit the major attractions in the Amazonas region, such as the fortress of Kuelap, also called the “Machu Picchu of the North”, and Gocta, one of the 10 highest waterfalls in the world.

Nazca Lines in Peru's Nazca desert
Map of Peru's Cultural Highlights & Nazca Lines - 9 Days
Peru's Cultural Highlights & Nazca Lines - 9 Days

From Lima to the Nazca Lines to iconic Machu Picchu, this 9-day adventure brings you to Peru's cultural and historic highlights. Start in the metropolitan city of Lima, then head south to Paracas. See the massive Nazca Lines by airplane tour and try your hand at sand boarding on the nearby sand dunes. Explore Cusco and the Sacred Valley, visiting ancient Inca ruins and bustling textile markets, and experiencing local culture. End with a visit to the famed 15th-century imperial Machu Picchu ruins located high in the Amazonian cloud forest.

Paved Inca Trail
Map of Jungle, Mountains, & Machu Picchu - 9 Days
Jungle, Mountains, & Machu Picchu - 9 Days

If you have an adventurer's heart, this 9-day exploration of Peru's jungles and mountains is perfect for you. Start in Lima and enjoy a diverse mix of architecture, world-renowned restaurants, and eclectic neighborhoods. Continue to Cusco—the capital of the ancient Inca empire—and explore narrow cobblestone streets, colorful markets, and ancient ruins. Get a rush of adrenaline as you bike, raft, and trek through Peru's mountains on your way to the Machu Picchu ruins—the iconic 15th-century royal Inca citadel. Continue to the Amazon rainforest for an unforgettable stay in a nature lodge deep in the jungle.

Explore Incan Ruins of the Sacred Valley
Map of Sacred Valley Hiking and Homestay - 9 Days
Sacred Valley Hiking and Homestay - 9 Days

Explore Southern Peru's most famous region through a uniquely immersive local experience. This tour will allow you to experience the trails, traditions, and daily lives of subsistence farmers while still making time for the more well-known highlights of the Sacred Valley.

Paved Inca Trail
Map of Discover the Inca Empire - 9 Days
Discover the Inca Empire - 9 Days

From the hustle and bustle of Lima to the remote Machu Picchu citadel, this one-week highlights tour is perfect for travelers with a time crunch and a thirst for adventure. Explore the bohemian neighborhoods and exciting food scene of Lima, then continue to Cusco—the ancient Inca capital. Spend several days in the ancient Sacred Valley discovering colorful textile markets and monolithic ruins, walk in the footsteps of the Inca and visit a brilliant blue alpine lake. Finish your visit with a tour of Machu Picchu—the famed 15th century citadel.

Valley under the stars
Map of The Fascinating Valley - 9 Days
The Fascinating Valley - 9 Days

A stunning tour which includes the best of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. See the most important Inca ruins in this activity-filled itinerary. This is the best way to experience the Cusco Region in our opinion!

Trees reflected in the waters of the Amazon River in Peru
Map of Sacred Valley, Short Inca Trail & Amazon Adventure - 9 Days
Sacred Valley, Short Inca Trail & Amazon Adventure - 9 Days

This 9-day itinerary brings you to Peru's most stunning landscapes. Head to the Inca capital of Cusco to explore the colorful textile markets and small towns of the Sacred Valley and take the short Inca Trail to the famous Machu Picchu ruins. Next, travel east to Puerto Maldonado, your launch point to the lush Amazon. Spend three days viewing wildlife, like the giant river otter, river cayman, and vibrant parrot species, while enjoying a comfortable stay at an eco-lodge.

Reed boats on Lake Titicaca
Lima, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca - 9 Days

Explore Peru's cities, Machu Picchu, and the largest lake in South America on this nine-day exploration of local Peruvian culture.  Start in metropolitan Lima and explore the vibrant food scene and history. Continue to Cusco, the capital of the Inca empire, and visit ancient ruins and colorful textile markets. Next, spend a day visiting the iconic Machu Picchu ruins. Finally, venture to Lake Titicaca to see its floating islands and native culture.

Scenery in the Sacred Valley
Wellness Experience in the Sacred Valley - 9 Days

Prized by the Incas for its beautiful landscapes and quiet atmosphere, the Sacred Valley is the perfect place to get away from it all. On this 9-day wellness escape, you'll relax in spas, soak in thermal waters, and hike on scenic mountain trails, including in the picturesque "rainbow mountains." The itinerary also features an excursion to Machu Picchu, a tour of the ruins at Ollantaytambo, and a full day of sightseeing in Cusco. Enjoy a mix of active adventures and relaxing activities on this well-balanced journey through one of Peru's loveliest regions.

Reed boats on Lake Titicaca
Cusco, Short Inca Trail & Lake Titicaca - 9 Days

Explore the ancient Inca capital of Cusco, along with Machu Picchu, and the largest lake in South America on this 9-day exploration of local Peruvian culture.  Start in metropolitan Lima, then head to Cusco to experience the local culture and culinary traditions. Continue on to the Sacred Valley to visit its ancient ruins and colorful textile markets. Next, spend a day visiting the iconic Machu Picchu ruins. Finally, venture to Lake Titicaca to see its floating islands and intricate hand-made crafts.

Machu Picchu awash with sunlight
Map of Peru Highlights & Jungle Adventure - 9 Days
Peru Highlights & Jungle Adventure - 9 Days

This 9-day Peruvian tour is perfect for travelers who have a thirst for adventure. After a night in the bustling capital, you'll head to the Amazon rainforest for two nights at a beautiful eco-lodge known for hiking and viewing wildlife. Then, head to Cusco and the Sacred Valley to discover colorful textile markets and monolithic ruins. Top it all off with a guided tour of Machu Picchu before finishing on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Cobblestoned streets of Cusco
Highlights of Lima, Cusco & the Sacred Valley - 9 Days

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.

Looking out over the enthralling Colca Canyon
Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain & More - 9 days

Beginning in Lima, this 9-day adventure takes in some of Peru's most dramatic historic sights and landscapes. First you will visit the proud colonial city of Arequipa, before spending two days in one of the world's greatest canyons, Colca Canyon. You will then travel to ancient Inca capital Cusco and see the highlights of the Sacred Valley, including the world-famous citadel of Machu Picchu. Finally, you will journey south of Cusco to another of Peru's geological wonders, the multi-hued Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain.

The Inca ruins of Winay Wayna along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Inca Trail & Sacred Valley Excursion

This seven-day tour of Peru's highlights is perfect for adventurous travelers. Experience metropolitan life in the capital city of Lima, then continue to the imperial Inca city of Cusco. Next, embark on a four-day trek on the Inca Trail. Walk on the same stone steps that Inca engineers built in the 15th century, cross Dead Woman Pass, and camp at night with sweeping vistas of the Andes Mountains. Finish your trek at the famed Machu Picchu ruins. Then, spend a day relaxing and exploring the Sacred Valley before returning home.

La Paz in Bolivia
Discover the Highlights of Peru & Bolivia - 9 Days

Witness the ancient beauty and natural wonders of Peru and Bolivia during this 9-day journey. Start in Cusco, where you'll explore the local markets, historic streets, and ancient ruins. Head to the Sacred Valley where you'll visit Machu Picchu, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Fly to La Paz, the administrative capital of Bolivia, and take day trips to the Uyuni Salt Flats and archaeological site of Tiwanaku. Head back to Peru via catamaran cruise ship to Sun Island, the birthplace of the Inca Empire, and finish your trip on the Uros Floating Islands and Taquile Island.

Practice yoga in the Sacred Valley of the Inca
Sacred Valley Wellness & Yoga Retreat - 9 Days

Recharge your physical and spiritual batteries on this 9-day getaway to Peru's Sacred Valley. Practice yoga and meditation against a backdrop of breathtaking mountain scenery, with plenty of downtime for exploring with nature hikes and guided walks. Rested and rejuvenated, you'll head to Machu Picchu to discover the iconic citadel at sunrise and end your journey exploring the ancient Inca capital of Cusco.

Adventures on the Inca Jungle Trek
Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley & Rainbow Mountain - 9 days

After spending time in Peru's cosmopolitan capital Lima and then in the ancient center of the Inca Empire, Cusco, the main part of this 9-day trip is the four days of adventure on the Inca Jungle Trek: the most adrenaline-filled way of arriving at Machu Picchu. You will hike, mountain bike, white-water raft and zip line your way to the magical Inca citadel. This trip then concludes with a journey to one of Peru's geological wonders, the vibrantly colored Rainbow Mountain.

Rafting on the Urubamba River
Active Cusco & Sacred Valley Adventure - 9 days

On this action-packed 9-day trip, you will spend time in the ancient Inca capital of Cusco, using this as a base to see sights in the enchanting Sacred Valley the adventurous way: through white-water rafting, quad biking, horse-riding and mountain trekking.

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