Best of Aguas Calientes

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Aguas Calientes/ Machu Picchu
Tucked into a gorge beneath the ruins of Machu Picchu, the small riverside village of Aguas Calientes makes an ideal base for exploring the continent’s most famous archaeological site. From here you can immerse yourself in the lore of Machu Picchu, climbing up a steep path to the heights of Huayna Picchu for a mesmerizing view over the ancient citadel. Afterward, you can learn all about Inca culture on a guided tour through the ruins. The journey to Aguas Calientes takes in gorgeous scenery, with some of the finest views from the observation car aboard the Hiram Bingham, a luxury train that runs between Cusco and Aguas Calientes.  

Previous kimkim travelers have explored a less-visited side of Aguas Calientes on a hike to Mandor Cascade. The easy 2.5-hour walk leads past rustic farms and orchards before entering the cloud forest. Keep an eye out for hummingbirds and other wildlife, and pack a picnic to enjoy by the small but tranquil waterfall. Top-notch lodging in Aguas Calientes makes a great overnight base, and offers the opportunity for a memorable sunrise visit to Machu Picchu.
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Aguas Calientes/ Machu Picchu Essentials

How Much Time Should You Spend in Machu Picchu?
How Many Days to Spend in Machu Picchu

The vast and fascinating Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is what you make of it. It can be overcrowded if you have limited time and stick to the main site, but if you ascend to surrounding peaks or arrive via one of many beautiful treks, this region can hold your attention for many days. This article breaks down what you can best do here in the holiday time you have, be that a whistlestop half-day tour or an off-the-beaten-track weeklong adventure.

Agricultural terraces surrounding the ruins
Best Time to Visit Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu and its surrounds offer a variety of seasonal outdoor activities and phenomenal festivals throughout the year. For ideal weather (bright, dry and cool), you'll want to join the many travelers that flock to the area from June to August, but almost-as-great conditions can still be had in September and October, with considerably fewer crowds. Learn more about Machu Picchu's weather, crowds, and annual events below.

Machu Picchu in January: Travel Tips, Weather, and More
Machu Picchu in January: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

For tourist-free views of Machu Picchu, visit in January. Peru's most popular attraction is much less crowded in the wet season. Rainy weather means a lot of mud—and far-from-ideal trekking conditions. But with the rain, flora flourishes. When the rains clear, as they often do, Machu Picchu appears spectacularly verdant.

Machu Picchu in February
Machu Picchu in February: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

The big heads-up for Machu Picchu-bound travelers this month is that the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance, but Machu Picchu itself remains open. The heaviest rain of the year and the trail closure keep crowds away, but you will never see the ruins so refreshingly empty of tourists. A few interesting festivals take place across the Cusco region too, notably carnival.

Machu Picchu in March
Machu Picchu in March: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

The Inca Trail reopens, the wet weather starts to subside and, should Easter fall this month, Semana Santa brings in the crowds to Machu Picchu at levels not seen since the end of last season's shoulder period. Read on for more advice on traveling to Peru's most beloved attraction in March.

Machu Picchu in April
Machu Picchu in April: Travel Tips, Weather & More

The start of the dry season in the Andes makes April perhaps the best time to visit South America's most famous historical site. Machu Picchu's weather is more often sunny and rain-free than not, carpets of flowers brighten almost every vista, and the communities of the Sacred Valley have colorful Semana Santa celebrations, should Easter fall after the first week of April. Yet this is still shoulder season, with crowds far less than in June, July, and August.

Machu Picchu in May
Machu Picchu in May: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

Interesting festivals start popping up across the Sacred Valley during May, as dry season continues and shoulder season approaches high season towards the end of the month. May is a great month to experience Machu Picchu in some of the year's best weather conditions without those high season crowds.

Machu Picchu in June
Machu Picchu in June: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

Hands down the most lively month to visit Machu Picchu and its surroundings, June is also the busiest month and the height of high season here. Plenty of sunshine combines with the most important celebration of the Andean calendar, Inti Raymi, to make for a very special and atmospheric (if busy) time to visit.

Machu Picchu in July
Machu Picchu in July: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

Sunny days with little rain and a series of great festivals ensure that July is a popular month for visiting the region. Expect festivities to be happening wherever you are staying as the aftermath of one festival or the build-up to another make this a lively and atmospheric time of high season.

Machu Picchu in September
Machu Picchu in September: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

If you want the same sunny weather as the high season without high season crowds, September is the month to visit Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. As this is officially shoulder season, expect to get better deals on hotels and tours this month too.

Machu Picchu in October
Machu Picchu in October: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

This is the very end of dry season in the Andes, even though rain will get more frequent as the month wears on. Still, compared to the five months that follow it, October has little wet weather and is still shoulder season, with tourists taking advantage of the last decent month for trekking and many other outdoor activities until the following April comes around.

Machu Picchu in November
Machu Picchu in November: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

The two intriguing festivals of Día de Todos Santos (November 1) and Día de los Muertos (November 2) make this a very interesting month to visit Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Rainy season is here in earnest, however, and at Machu Picchu the cloud cover is often heavy. Trekking is harder in the rain this month, as is cycling, but rafting is more popular because of the higher water levels in the rivers.

Machu Picchu in December
Machu Picchu in December: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

December is a strange month in Cusco and the Sacred Valley: both quiet (at the beginning of the month) and hectic (over Christmas and New Year). Then again, the famous Christmas and New Year festivities in Cusco pull in a lot of Peruvian visitors as well as a fair few from overseas, and one of the biggest handicrafts fairs anywhere in the Andes takes place in Cusco too.

Spend some time exploring Peru
Places to Go Before or After Machu Picchu: Options for 1 to 8 Extra Days

The Incan citadel of Machu Picchu is the most popular destination in Peru. But once you're there, it only takes a day or two to explore. What's next on your agenda? Visit a glacial lake, get your culinary fix in Lima, or bike the hills of the Sacred Valley—all within a short distance from Cusco and Aguas Calientes.

view from the top of Huayna Picchu
Hiking Within Machu Picchu: Trails, Permits, and More

The Inca Trail gets most of the publicity, but there are also several hikes within the Machu Picchu complex itself, offering more fabulous mountain scenery and some unique perspectives on the ruins. These hikes, ranging from one to three hours in length, can be great ways of escaping the crowds and adding some color to your time in Machu Picchu.

View of the famous archaeological site Machu Picchu
Map of Ultimate Guide to Machu Picchu: Everything You Need To Know
Ultimate Guide to Machu Picchu: Everything You Need To Know

The spellbinding scenery and perfect stonework of the Lost City of the Incas have fascinated historians, architects and tourists alike since the ruins were uncovered from the jungle over a century ago. To make the most of this unforgettable place, use our expert guide to Machu Picchu to plan your trip.

Aguas Calientes/ Machu Picchu Itineraries

Looking down on the city of Cusco
Map of Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Tour - 7 Days
Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Tour - 7 Days

Explore Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu on this epic one week adventure. While in the Sacred Valley, you'll get to choose from a selection of great adventures, including mountain biking, horseback riding, or zip-lining. 

View of Machu Picchu Citadel from Machu Picchu Mountain
Map of Machu Picchu & Amazon Exploration - 6 Days
Machu Picchu & Amazon Exploration - 6 Days

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.

Macaws in clay lick in the Peruvian Amazon jungle
Map of Machu Picchu & Amazon Jungle - 8 Days
Machu Picchu & Amazon Jungle - 8 Days

Go from Machu Picchu to the Amazon on this 8-day itinerary. Explore the colorful textile markets, small towns, and Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley before traveling east to Puerto Maldonado, your launch point to the rainforest. 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.

Explore the Sacred Valley on Two Wheels
Map of Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu By Bike - 8 Days
Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu By Bike - 8 Days

In the span of just over a week, bike across Peru's most famous region and see the Sacred Valley from a different perspective. This itinerary uncovers both the natural beauty of Southern Peru as well as the historical legacy of the Incas.

Terraces in the Sacred Valley.
Map of Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu - 6 Days
Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu - 6 Days

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.

The historic site of Moray, where the Incas experimented in crop production.
Map of Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu: Jungle Adventure - 7 Days
Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu: Jungle Adventure - 7 Days

This 7-day adventure is perfect for those planning to visit the top two sights in Peru – Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. In addition to these unforgettable highlights, this itinerary will take a detour over some stunning Andean scenery, from icy peaks to steamy jungle. Along the way, enjoy a dip in hot springs, a visit to a coffee cooperative and shopping in traditional Andean markets.

Machu Picchu
Map of Short Inca Trail, Sacred Valley, & Machu Picchu Adventure - 6 Days
Short Inca Trail, Sacred Valley, & Machu Picchu Adventure - 6 Days

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.

Discover the agricultural terraces of Moray in the Sacred Valley
Map of Best of Peru: Amazon, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca - 10 Days
Best of Peru: Amazon, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca - 10 Days

Explore Peru's picturesque coast, the snowcapped Andes, and the Amazon rainforest on this 10-day adventure. Start in cosmopolitan Lima, then ride a motorized canoe deep into the jungle for guided hikes and nocturnal wildlife tours. Continue to Cusco to explore ancient ruins and the stunning Sacred Valley, spending a day at the famed Machu Picchu citadel. Finish the trip at Lake Titicaca—South America's largest lake—learning about native cultures and boating to floating islands.

A red-headed poison dart frog
Map of Lima, Machu Picchu & Amazon Jungle - 10 Days
Lima, Machu Picchu & Amazon Jungle - 10 Days

Go from the Sacred Valley to the Amazon with this 10-day itinerary. Explore the markets, small towns, and Inca ruins around Cusco before walking a section of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Then, travel east to Puerto Maldonado, your launch point to the rainforest. Spend multiple days viewing wildlife like the giant river otter and tropical parrots, and spend your nights in the comfort of an eco-lodge.

A llama relaxing near Machu Picchu
Explore Cusco, the Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu - 5 Days

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.

Colca Canyon
Map of Colca Canyon, Machu Picchu, & Amazon Adventure - 12 Days
Colca Canyon, Machu Picchu, & Amazon Adventure - 12 Days

On this Peruvian highlights itinerary, you'll explore Colca Canyon, one of the world's deepest canyons, then head out to Lake Titicaca - a place rich with history, culture, and natural beauty. Next, travel to Cusco and explore colorful textile markets and small towns of the Sacred Valley before hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. End your trip among the wildlife and jungle lodges of the Amazon.

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.

Peru's Rainbow Mountain
Map of Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, & Jungle Adventure - 7 Days
Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, & Jungle Adventure - 7 Days

From the city to the jungle, this 7-day exploration of Peru is perfect for adventurous travelers. Start in metropolitan Lima, then continue to the ancient Inca capital of Cusco. Explore the ancient Incan streets of Cusco then continue to the jungle for a stay at a jungle lodge. Explore the rainforest, visit a coffee plantation, and hike the Inca Trail to see the Llactapata ruins. Spend a day visiting Machu Picchu, the famed 15th-century citadel. Finally head back towards Cusco to see the colorful Rainbow Mountain. 

Uros floating island on Lake Titicaca
Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca & Machu Picchu Adventure - 11 Days

From Colca Canyon to Lake Titicaca and Machu Picchu, this diverse itinerary takes you to Peru's major highlights. Spend some time exploring Lima before heading out to explore the colonial city of Arequipa. Next, explore Colca Canyon and beautiful Lake Titicaca. Finally, head to the Inca capital of Cusco, discover colorful textile markets in the Sacred Valley and hike the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Spectacular Huchuy Qosqo is accessible only by foot
Map of Huchuy Qosqo & Machu Picchu - 6 Days
Huchuy Qosqo & Machu Picchu - 6 Days

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.

Peruvian woman walking through the Inca ruins of Chinchero
Map of Discover Peru: Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, & Amazon Rainforest - 13 Days
Discover Peru: Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, & Amazon Rainforest - 13 Days

On this 13-day itinerary, take in the sights and flavors of Lima and head east to Puerto Maldonado, your launch point for your Amazon journey. Spend three days viewing wildlife while enjoying a comfortable stay at an eco-lodge. Next, travel to Cusco and the Sacred Valley, with a visit to Rainbow Mountain and a short trek on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

 Walk through ancient streets in Ollantaytambo, located in the Sacred Valley
Map of Cusco, Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley: Best Itinerary Ideas
Cusco, Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley: Best Itinerary Ideas

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.

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.

View of Machu Picchu citadel from Machu Picchu Mountain
Map of Machu Picchu & Short Inca Trail - 5 Days
Machu Picchu & Short Inca Trail - 5 Days

This itinerary is ideal for travelers who have a limited amount of time in the Sacred Valley, and really want to make it count. Spend 5 days delving into the beauty and rich culture of the Sacred Valley. Walk in the footsteps of the Inca on the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and top it off with an exploration of the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu.

A woman walking on Isla del Sol on Lake Titicaca
Map of Highlights of Peru & Bolivia - 10 days
Highlights of Peru & Bolivia - 10 days

This colorful adventure around Bolivia and Peru introduces you to the best of both countries. You'll start in Cusco, touring the high-altitude Inca city and exploring the Sacred Valley before moving on to the majestic ruins of Machu Picchu. Then fly to La Paz to discover Bolivia's most beautiful landscapes, including the Salar de Uyuni salt flats and the floating islands of Lake Titicaca. Accompanied by llamas, you'll hike around a lagoon on the last full day of the trip.

Colca Canyon
Map of Culture & Nature in Peru: Colca Canyon, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Lake Titicaca - 14 Days
Culture & Nature in Peru: Colca Canyon, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Lake Titicaca - 14 Days

Start your two-week trip at the impressive Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in the world. From there, visit the floating islands of Lake Titicaca and the ancient Inca capital of Cusco. Explore the markets and towns of the Sacred Valley, complete a short Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu, and end your trip in Puerto Maldonado among Amazonian wildlife including macaws, cayman, giant river otters, and tapirs.

Cusco cathedral
Best of Cusco & the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain - 5 days

Starting your trip in ancient Inca capital Cusco, you will travel to the highlights of the Sacred Valley, picturesque Ollantaytambo and the world-famous citadel of Machu Picchu, before journeying southeast of Cusco to the spectacular and seldom-visited Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain. This 5-day trip takes in the very best of both sides of the Peruvian Andes: both its known and its unknown.

Spend a night or more in Cusco, the gateway to the Sacred Valley
Map of Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley: Best Itinerary Ideas
Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley: Best Itinerary Ideas

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.

View over the Colca Canyon
Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain & More - 8 Days

Beginning in Lima, this 8-day adventure takes in some of the most dramatic historic sights and landscapes of Peru. First you will visit the proud colonial city of Arequipa, before making the journey out to one of the world's greatest canyons, Colca Canyon. You will then travel to ancient Inca capital Cusco and take in 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.

Machu Picchu at sunset
Map of Short Inca Trail & Rainbow Mountain Adventure - 7 Days
Short Inca Trail & Rainbow Mountain Adventure - 7 Days

Explore the essential highlights of Peru, including visits to Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Rainbow Mountain, on this weeklong adventure. Begin with a night in Lima and head to the Sacred Valley, where you'll enjoy cultural experiences and a tour of the Maras Salt Flats. Hike part of the famed Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, where you'll spend a day immersed in Inca history. End your trip with a special hike to the brilliantly-hued Rainbow Mountain.

Sactus on Incahuasi Island
Map of Highlights of Perú, Bolivia & Chile - 14 Days
Highlights of Perú, Bolivia & Chile - 14 Days

Explore the best of three countries on this comprehensive 14-day itinerary, with cultural visits, archaeological sites, and more. Start in Peru for explorations of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, then head to Lake Titicaca to see the floating Uros Islands and visit the indigenous communities. Continue to Bolivia's Uyuni Salt Flats to see massive flocks of flamingoes, then end the trip on Rapa Nui — home of the iconic stone moai.

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.

A mother and baby spider monkey in the Peruvian Amazon
Map of Peruvian Amazon & Sacred Valley Family Adventure - 7 Days
Peruvian Amazon & Sacred Valley Family Adventure - 7 Days

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.

See the islands and sand dunes in Paracas on the the Pacific coast
Map of Lima, Cusco, Paracas, Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley: Best Itinerary Ideas
Lima, Cusco, Paracas, Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley: Best Itinerary Ideas

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.

Take a tour of the Sacred Valley, which includes the ancient town of Chinchero
Map of Lima, the Amazon, Cusco, Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley: Best Itinerary Ideas
Lima, the Amazon, Cusco, Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley: Best Itinerary Ideas

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.

Start your trip with free time to explore Lima's colonial architecture (and food scene)
Map of Lima, Cusco, Puno, Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley: Best Itinerary Ideas
Lima, Cusco, Puno, Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley: Best Itinerary Ideas

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.

Uros floating island on Lake Titicaca
Map of Essential Peru - 12 Days
Essential Peru - 12 Days

From the Colca Canyon to Machu Picchu, this 12-day itinerary takes you to Peru's major highlights. Fly over the Nazca Lines, some of the world's most impressive geoglyphs, before exploring Lima and the colonial city of Arequipa. Then visit Lake Titicaca, Cusco, and the Sacred Valley. Cap off your trip by walking in the footsteps of the Incas on a short hike to Machu Picchu. 

Trek through the Sacred Valley to reach Machu Picchu
Peru's Sacred Valley: Cusco, Socma Trek & Macchu Picchu - 10 Days

This adventurous 10-day itinerary combines the highlights of Peru's Sacred Valley with an unforgettable three-day mountain trek. Flying from Lima, you'll cross the Andes to reach the ancient Inca capital of Cusco—gateway to the wonders of the Sacred Valley. Tour remarkable Inca sites like Ollantaytambo, Pisac Citadel, and the salt mines of Maras, then hit the trails and hike through spectacular mountain scenery to reach the crowning glory of Machu Picchu.

Ollantaytambo
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Peruvian Luxury Experience - 8 Days

Explore ancient Incan ruins, charming colonial towns, and the breathtaking Sacred Valley as you make your way through some of Peru's most beloved sights in style. Gourmet meals, five-star hotels, and spa treatments await in between explorations on this tour that perfectly pairs adventure and luxury.

Rapa Nui Statues
Map of Highlights of Perú, Bolivia & Chile - 16 Days
Highlights of Perú, Bolivia & Chile - 16 Days

Explore the best of South America's cultural sites on this comprehensive 16-day itinerary. Start in Peru, where you'll explore ancient Inca sites & set sail on Lake Titicaca. Transfer to Bolivia for a three-day adventure in the Uyuni Salt Flats, then end your trip on Rapa Nui for an in-depth exploration of the culture that built massive stone moai.

Paracas Coastline Preserve
Map of Peru's Cities, History & Ecotourism - 7 Days
Peru's Cities, History & Ecotourism - 7 Days

Explore Peru's iconic cities, ancient archaeological sites, and coastal wildlife in this seven-day exploration. Start in the capital of Lima, then head south to Paracas for a marine wildlife tour and views of a 2,200-year-old geoglyph. Try your hand at sandboarding in the desert oasis of Huacachina before heading to the imperial Inca city of Cusco. Explore Inca ruins, bustling textile markets, and the local culture of the Sacred Valley. Finish your visit with a day trip to Machu Picchu, the iconic 15th-century citadel.

Experience sunrise over Machu Picchu
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Deluxe Peru Adventure - 7 Days

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.

Machu Picchu ruins
Peru & Bolivia Highlights: Machu Picchu, Titicaca Lake & Uyuni Salt Flats - 11 Days

Experience the rich culture, tastes, and history across Peru and Bolivia during this exciting 11-day trip. Start in the imperial city of Cusco in Peru, where you'll visit ancient temples and religious sites that speak to its incredible history, then pop by the San Pedro Market for local produce and treats. Explore the Sacred Valley and see the ruins of Machu Picchu. Cross the border into Bolivia and explore the city of La Paz, then spend the next three days touring the Uyuni Salt Flats and all its wonders. Wrap up your journey with a catamaran cruise to the city of Puno and a scenic drive accompanied by llamas through the Andes.

A Peruvian girl with a llama near Ollantaytambo
Map of Peru Family Expedition: Cusco, Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley - 7 Days
Peru Family Expedition: Cusco, Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley - 7 Days

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.

A man carrying his child through a market in Peru
Map of Family Fun in Peru's Sacred Valley - 7 Days
Family Fun in Peru's Sacred Valley - 7 Days

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.

Wander around Machu Picchu at your own pace
Map of Lima, the Amazon, Cusco, Paracas, Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley: Best Itinerary Ideas
Lima, the Amazon, Cusco, Paracas, Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley: Best Itinerary Ideas

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.

Walk around the lush surroundings and get different views of Machu Picchu
Map of Lima, the Amazon, Cusco, Puno, Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley: Best Itinerary Ideas
Lima, the Amazon, Cusco, Puno, Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley: Best Itinerary Ideas

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.

A llama poses with a stunning Andean backdrop behind
Best of Cusco & the Sacred Valley: Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Humantay Lake, Rainbow Mountain & More - 10 days

After a day in Peru's cosmopolitan capital Lima, this 10-day adventure sees you starting your sojourn in the Peruvian Andes in ancient Inca capital Cusco. You will travel to the highlights of the Sacred Valley, from stunning archaeological sites like Moray and Maras to picturesque towns such as Pisac and Ollantaytambo, concluding your time here with a hike on the Short Inca Trail to arrive at the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Your Andean journey concludes with visits to two of the finest sights in the Cusco region, the mountain lake of Humantay and the geological wonder of Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain.

Rafting fun in Peru
Active Cusco & Sacred Valley Adventure - 10 days

On this action-packed 10-day adventure, you will be using ancient Inca capital Cusco 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. This itinerary sees you stay one night out in the Sacred Valley too: in Machu Picchu Town below the famous Inca citadel Machu Picchu, which you will also have the chance to explore. The trip ends with a trek up to one of Peru's geological highlights, Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain.

Machu Picchu
Map of Peru Highlights Adventure - 8 Days
Peru Highlights Adventure - 8 Days

From Lima to Machu Picchu, this one-week highlights tour is perfect for travelers with a thirst for adventure. Explore the bohemian neighborhoods and food scene of Lima, then continue to Cusco—the ancient Incan capital. Spend several days in the Sacred Valley discovering colorful textile markets and monolithic ruins, then walk the Inca trail to arrive at Machu Picchu.

Reed boats on Lake Titicaca
Map of Lake Titicaca & Short Inca Trail - 8 Days
Lake Titicaca & Short Inca Trail - 8 Days

Experience Peru's cities, Machu Picchu, and the largest lake in South America on this 8-day tour.  Start with cultural and culinary tours in metropolitan Lima before continuing to the Sacred Valley. You'll also visit the floating reed islands of Lake Titicaca, where wildlife and handicrafts abound. Cap it off with a one-day hike of the Inca trail, ending with a visit to the incredible ruins of Machu Picchu. 

Reed boats on Lake Titicaca
Map of Lima, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca - 8 Days
Lima, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca - 8 Days

Explore Peru's cities, Machu Picchu, and the largest lake in South America on this 8-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 intricate hand-made crafts.

Paracas Coastline Preserve
Map of Peru's Cities, History, & Ecotourism - 8 Days
Peru's Cities, History, & Ecotourism - 8 Days

Explore Peru's cities, archaeological sites, and coastal wildlife during this 8-day journey. Start in Lima, then head south to Paracas for a marine wildlife tour and views of a 2,200-year old geoglyph. Go sandboarding in the desert oasis of Huacachina before visiting Cusco, where you'll check out textile markets and experience the culture of the Sacred Valley. End your visit with a day trip to the world-renowned ruins at Machu Picchu.

Terraced hillsides in Ollantaytambo
Discover Cusco, Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley - 8 Days

If you have just eight days to spend in Peru, this action-packed itinerary is an ideal choice. The trip starts in Lima, where you'll have a day to sightsee before continuing onward to Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Visit pre-Inca ruins, sacred temples, picturesque terraces, and the magnificent "salt ponds" of Maras before catching the train for a scenic ride to Aguas Calientes. You'll rise early to explore Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then spend the last day of the trip hiking to the shimmering blue lakes and lagoons of Ausangate, going for a dip in natural hot springs before returning to Cusco for one last night on the town.

Freshness and flavors on display at a Peruvian produce market
Map of Peru Culinary Tour: Cusco, Machu Picchu & Lima - 8 Days
Peru Culinary Tour: Cusco, Machu Picchu & Lima - 8 Days

Delight your senses with this 8-day gastronomic tour of Peru. Take in the historical and cultural highlights of Machu Picchu, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Lima while touring and tasting your way through vibrant and varied regional cuisine. Discover some of the world's best produce markets, take an authentic home-cooking lesson, and immerse yourself in a gourmet farm-to-table experience. Against a backdrop of spectacular Andean scenery, you'll enjoy unforgettable meals in diverse venues, from gourmet restaurants to roadside stands and local village homes.

Mount Illimani in La Paz
Major Highlights of Peru & Bolivia - 12 Days

During this 12-day journey, you will witness the rich culture, history, and landscapes across Peru and Bolivia. The first half of the trip is in Peru, where you'll explore the historic center of Lima, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the ancient ruins in Cusco. Go on a Sacred Valley tour of Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and — last but certainly not least — Machu Picchu. After seeing the floating Uros Islands, you'll cross the border into Bolivia and explore the city of La Paz, with day trips to the archaeological site of Tiwanaku and the Uyuni Salt Flats.

Machu Picchu
Lares Trek & Lake Titicaca Exploration - 15 Days

Trek through the Lares Valley, where you'll pass between glacier-capped mountains where llamas and alpacas graze in the surrounding hills. You'll visit the town of Lares, a colorful traditional town in the heart of the valley. Combined with the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, this is a trek that combines two wonderful valleys & mountain ranges with very different ecologies & landscapes. Next, enjoy a kayaking adventure on Lake Titicaca and delve into the beauty and history of the region. 

Lake Titicaca
Highlights of Southern Peru & the Andes - 10 days

Beginning your 10-day adventure in Lima, you then fly to the southern colonial city of Arequipa and explore nearby Colca Canyon, one of the world's deepest canyons, before continuing to Puno on Lake Titicaca, Peru's most dramatic lake. You will next get to visit the lake's iconic islands, including the Uros Islands and Taquile Island. You then travel overland on the scenic 'Route of the Sun' to ancient Inca capital Cusco. Your trip finishes with some adventures in the beautiful terrain surrounding Cusco, including the Sacred Valley, world-famous Inca citadel Machu Picchu and the geological wonder of Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain.

Rafting fun on the Urubamba River
Active Cusco & Sacred Valley & Short Inca Trail - 11 days

On this action-packed 11-day adventure, you will be using ancient Inca capital Cusco 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. This itinerary sees you stay one night out in the Sacred Valley too, with a day trekking on the Short Inca Trail and an overnight in Machu Picchu Town below Inca citadel Machu Picchu, which you will also have the chance to explore. The trip ends with a trek up to one of Peru's geological highlights, Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain.

Peruvian woman walking through the Inca ruins of Chinchero
Map of Peru Highlights & Jungle Adventure - 14 Days
Peru Highlights & Jungle Adventure - 14 Days

From Lima to the Amazon, this 14-day itinerary has it all. Take in the sights, aromas, and tastes of Lima, then head east to Puerto Maldonado, your launch point for your journey to the rainforest. 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. Next, travel to Cusco and the Sacred Valley to learn about its culture and ancient ruins, including visits to Rainbow Mountain as well as Machu Picchu. Finally, travel to Lake Titicaca to explore the region's history and beautiful Islands. 

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.

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.

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.

Taking the slow boat through the Peruvian Amazon
Amazon Jungle & Machu Picchu - 8 days

Beginning your Peruvian odyssey in the cosmopolitan capital of Lima, this 8-day itinerary will see you first travel to jungle metropolis Iquitos before embarking on a trip down the Amazon river. You will use a jungle lodge as your base for jungle adventures including night-time rainforest hikes and meeting indigenous communities. You will next travel up into the stunning Andes, to ancient Inca capital Cusco, before venturing into the Sacred Valley: a journey that culminates in the ultimate Inca citadel, Machu Picchu.

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.

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.

The exotic fruits of Lima's markets
Map of Flavor and Luxury in Peru  - 10 Days
Flavor and Luxury in Peru - 10 Days

Embark on a private, 10-day food and luxury tour of Peru, and discover what makes it the ultimate culinary destination. Explore Lima, home to some of the world's best restaurants. Delight in fine dining, browse markets, sample local fare and learn culinary techniques from leading chefs. Taste an incredible variety of ingredients from the coast to the jungle, and enjoy the country’s impressive scenery — including Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.

Couple enjoying the views of Machu Picchu citadel
Map of Peru Honeymoon Highlights - 10 Days
Peru Honeymoon Highlights - 10 Days

Interested in a unique honeymoon? Consider a 10-day tour that combines Peru's highlights with a romantic twist. Stroll Lima's bohemian seaside neighborhoods and shop at a local mercado before your Peruvian cooking class. Enjoy a wine-tasting at Tacama Vineyard, visit the colorful textile markets of Cusco, and zip-line over the Sacred Valley—all before capping off your trip with a guided visit to the iconic Machu Picchu.

Peru's dramatic desert coastline
Highlights of Peru's Coast & Andes: History, Nature & Landscapes - 10 days

On this 10-day itinerary, get a taste of Peru's metropolitan capital Lima, then head south to to Nazca for an aerial view of the world-famous geoglyphs, and to Paracas for a marine wildlife tour. Afterwards, travel to Cusco, ancient center of the Inca Empire, and explore the beautiful surroundings of the Andes in the Sacred Valley, visiting pretty, historic towns like Ollantaytambo and tackling the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. End your trip by visiting one of Peru's geological wonders, Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain.

Choquequirao Ruins
Map of Peru Adventure & Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu - 10 Days
Peru Adventure & Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchu - 10 Days

On this Peruvian adventure, you'll start in the ancient Inca capital of Cusco. Embark on a rewarding trek to the ancient ruins of Choquequirao, the “sister city” of Machu Picchu, passing through jungles and snow-capped peaks en route to Machu Picchu. If you’re up for a challenge, this is one of the most beautiful treks in the Sacred Valley.

A relaxing sunset in the Amazon
Inca Ruins, Peruvian Wineries & the Amazon Rainforest - 10 Days

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.

Rainbow Mountain in the Andes
Mountains of Peru: Colca Canyon, Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mountains - 10 Days

Explore the best of the Peruvian countryside on this ten-day adventure trip. Start in the capital city of Lima, then catch a domestic flight to Arequipa — the base for all adventures in Colca Canyon. You'll spend a few days exploring the condor's home, then transfer to Machu Picchu for the Sacred Valley highlights and a hike up the colorful Rainbow Mountain.

Via Ferrata
Map of Adventurer's Trip to Peru - 10 Days
Adventurer's Trip to Peru - 10 Days

This 10-day tour combines Peru's highlights for an active and fun getaway. Explore Lima and stroll around its bohemian sea-side neighborhoods. Go shopping for fresh produce at a local mercado before heading to a cooking class to get an authentic taste of Peru. View some of the world's most impressive geoglyphs then try your hand at sandboarding on the nearby dunes. Next, head south to Cusco. Explore the impressive ruins of Machu Picchu, colorful textile markets, and bustling plazas of southern Peru. Embark on an exciting via ferrata and zip-lining adventure and hike to the peak of Huayna Picchu mountain for some stunning views. Finally, travel to Lake Titicaca to experience the beauty and culture of its islands.

A herd of llamas in front of Ausangate mountain
Machu Picchu & Ausangate Camping Trek - 10 Days

The Ausangate trek is beautiful and remote, a great option for travelers keen on avoiding the crowds of the Inca Trail. With this itinerary, you'll start with history and culture in the ancient Incan capital of Cusco. From here, embark on your five-day trek and discover the beauty and rugged highlands of the Ausangate region—glacial lakes, herds of alpacas, and pretty mountain views. Cap off your trek with a day of exploration at Machu Picchu, Peru's most iconic ruins.

Trek along ancient Inca trails to reach Machu Picchu
Peru's Sacred Valley: Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu Trek - 10 Days

Immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of Peru's Sacred Valley on this active 10-day adventure. After a tour of Lima, you'll fly across the Andes to the ancient capital of Cusco—your gateway to the land of the Inca. After exploring remarkable sites like Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Moray, lace up your hiking boots and set out on a three-day trek along the iconic Lares and Short Inca Trails to Machu Picchu.

View of the mountains in the Lares Valley
Lares Trek & Jungle Exploration - 10 Days

Pair a short trek in the Lares Valley with Amazon exploration on this ten-day tour. Spend two days hiking past glacier-capped mountains and grazing alpacas, ending in the traditional town of Lares in the Sacred Valley. Then, walk a short section of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu before heading to Puerto Maldonado—gateway to the rainforest. Enjoy wildlife and botany tours, ride the river in a dugout canoe, and spend your nights in the comfort of an eco-lodge.

An alpaca at Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain 
Gourmet Experiences & Outdoor Adventures in Peru - 10 Days

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.

The Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca
Highlights of Southern Peru & the Andes & Short Inca Trail - 11 days

You will begin this 11-day adventure in Lima, before flying to southern colonial city Arequipa and exploring nearby Colca Canyon, one of the world's deepest canyons. You next continue to Puno on Lake Titicaca, Peru's most dramatic lake, and get to visit the lake's iconic islands, including the Uros Islands and Taquile Island. Afterwards, you travel overland on the scenic 'Route of the Sun' to ancient Inca capital Cusco. Your trip finishes with adventures in the beautiful terrain surrounding Cusco, including trekking the Short Inca Trail to the magical Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Ride dune buggies in Peru's desert before you head into the Andes
Map of Active Family Peru Adventure:  Ica, Cusco & Machu Picchu - 10 Days
Active Family Peru Adventure: Ica, Cusco & Machu Picchu - 10 Days

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.

Stay with a local family in the floating islands of Peru's Lake Titicaca
Map of Epic Family Tour of Peru: Amazon, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca - 10 Days
Epic Family Tour of Peru: Amazon, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca - 10 Days

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.

Start your Peruvian adventure with kayaking and hiking the Amazon
Map of Peru Amazon Cruise & Sacred Valley Family Adventure - 10 Days
Peru Amazon Cruise & Sacred Valley Family Adventure - 10 Days

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.

Your kids can say hello to the locals in the villages of the Sacred Valley
Map of Family-Friendly Peru Adventure: Lima, Sacred Valley & Cusco - 10 Days
Family-Friendly Peru Adventure: Lima, Sacred Valley & Cusco - 10 Days

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."

Explore Inca sites in Peru's Sacred Valley before traveling to Machu Picchu
Map of Culture & History Tour of Peru: Lima to Machu Picchu- 10 Days
Culture & History Tour of Peru: Lima to Machu Picchu- 10 Days

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.

Cusco city center
Map of Peru Cities & History: Machu Picchu, Cusco, Lake Titicaca - 11 Days
Peru Cities & History: Machu Picchu, Cusco, Lake Titicaca - 11 Days

Explore Peru's coast, mountains, and southern region in this 11-day trip. Start in metropolitan Lima, then continue to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca empire, to explore archaeological sites and the stunning Sacred Valley. Visit the famed Machu Picchu citadel, then keep going south to Lake Titicaca—South America's largest lake—to explore cultures who predate the Inca by millennia. Take a tour onto the lake to see the floating reed islands, textile weaving, and ancient stone ruins. Whether by plane or bus, you will be amazed at how quickly the landscape changes as you discover Peru.

Machu Picchu
Map of Peru Highlights & Jungle Adventure - 11 Days
Peru Highlights & Jungle Adventure - 11 Days

From the hustle and bustle of Cusco to the remote Machu Picchu citadel and Amazon Rainforest, this 11-day highlights tour is perfect for travelers with a thirst for adventure. Spend a few days in the Amazon viewing wildlife like the giant river otter, river cayman, and vibrant parrot species, while enjoying a comfortable stay at an eco-lodge. Then, explore the colorful textile markets and monolithic ruins of the Sacred Valley, and take in the majesty of Machu Picchu. Finally, head to Lake Titicaca to experience the region's rich culture and beautiful landscapes. 

Trail with a view of Nevado Salkantay
Map of Salkantay Trek & Jungle Exploration - 11 Days
Salkantay Trek & Jungle Exploration - 11 Days

This 11-day exploration of Peru is perfect for adventurous travelers. Start in metropolitan Lima, then continue to the ancient Inca capital of Cusco. Head into the mountains to challenge yourself on the 4-day Salkantay Trek—a spectacular hike with remote camping and glacial views. End in Aguas Calientes for a relaxing night, then visit the famed Machu Picchu citadel—a marvel of ancient engineering. Finally, head to the Amazon jungle to spot wildlife like macaws, cayman, giant river otters, and tapirs. 

Coastal views
Map of Peru's Coast & Andes Highlights: Lima, Paracas, Cusco, Machu Pacchu - 11 Days
Peru's Coast & Andes Highlights: Lima, Paracas, Cusco, Machu Pacchu - 11 Days

See the best of Peru's coast and the Andes on this eleven-day exploration. Start in the north to see the museum of Lima and the coast, where you'll check out the Nazca Lines and see the Ballestas Islands. From here, catch a flight to Cusco where you'll hike on the Inca Trail, see Machu Picchu, and explore Rainbow Mountain.

An adventure on Peru's Amazonian waterways
Northern Amazon Jungle, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mountain - 11 days

Beginning your Peruvian odyssey in cosmopolitan capital Lima, this 11-day itinerary sees you first travel to jungle metropolis Iquitos. You then embark on a trip along the main source of the River Amazon, the River Marañón, using a lodge near Pacaya Samiria Reserve as a base for jungle adventures including rainforest hikes and meeting indigenous communities. You next travel up into the stunning Andes, to ancient Inca capital Cusco. You will then spend two days in the Sacred Valley, seeing archaeological marvels like Moray and Ollantaytambo: a journey culminating in a visit to the ultimate Inca citadel, Machu Picchu. You end this itinerary by exploring another of Peru's geological wonders: Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain.

Aerial view of the Nazca Lines
Map of Peru's Cultural Highlights & Nazca Lines - 11 Days
Peru's Cultural Highlights & Nazca Lines - 11 Days

From Lima to the Nazca Lines to iconic Machu Picchu, this 11-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 from the window of an airplane, try sandboarding on nearby dunes, explore Cusco and the Sacred Valley, visiting ancient Inca ruins and busy textile markets, then spend a day visiting the famed ruins of Machu Picchu. Finish your trip exploring the islands and cultures of Lake Titicaca.

Cathedral rock formation in Paracas National Reserve
Map of Culture & Wildlife in Peru:  Nazca Lines, Machu Picchu, Amazon Rainforest, & More - 13 Days
Culture & Wildlife in Peru: Nazca Lines, Machu Picchu, Amazon Rainforest, & More - 13 Days

From the Nazca Lines to Machu Picchu, this 13-day itinerary takes you to Peru's major highlights. Fly over the world's most impressive geoglyphs, then spend time exploring the wildlife-rich Ballestas Islands and metropolitan Lima. Next, journey into the Amazon to spot wildlife from the comfort of an eco-lodge. Head to Cusco and the Sacred Valley, and finish your trip with a short Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu.

Sea lions fighting for space on Peru's Ballestas Islands
Map of Highlights of Peru: Machu Picchu, Inca Train, Nazca Lines & Ballestas Islands - 12 Days
Highlights of Peru: Machu Picchu, Inca Train, Nazca Lines & Ballestas Islands - 12 Days

From the Amazon to Machu Picchu, this itinerary takes you to Peru's major highlights. Fly over the Nazca Lines, then spend some time exploring the wildlife-rich Ballestas Islands and the metropolitan city of Lima. Next, journey into the Amazon to spot wildlife from the comfort of an ecolodge. Finally, head to the Inca capital of Cusco and explore the Sacred Valley before your short Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu.

Peruvian woman walking through the Inca ruins of Chinchero
Peru Highlights & Jungle Adventure

From Lima to the Amazon, this 12-day itinerary has it all. Take in the sights and flavors of the capital city, then head east to Puerto Maldonado, a jumping-off point for a journey to the rainforest. Spend three days staying at a jungle lodge and seeing wildlife like colorful parrots and giant river otters, then travel to Cusco and the Sacred Valley to learn about Inca history. Finish with hikes to Machu Picchu and vibrant Rainbow Mountain—the perfect way to end this whirlwind trip.

Exploring the Amazon by boat
Amazon Jungle, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mountain - 10 days

Beginning your Peruvian odyssey in cosmopolitan capital Lima, this 10-day itinerary sees you first travel to jungle metropolis Iquitos. You then embark on a trip along the main source of the River Amazon, the River Marañón, using a lodge near Pacaya Samiria Reserve as a base for jungle adventures including night-time rainforest hikes and meeting indigenous communities. You next travel up into the stunning Andes, to ancient Inca capital Cusco and the Sacred Valley: a journey culminating in a visit to the ultimate Inca citadel, Machu Picchu. You end this itinerary by exploring another of Peru's geological wonders: Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain.

Colca Canyon
Peruvian Landscapes & History Adventure - 13 Days

Lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu, and beyond: this itinerary takes you to Peru's major highlights. Explore metropolitan Lima before heading to Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca. Then, explore the colorful textile markets of Cusco and small towns of the Sacred Valley, hike the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and top it off with a day exploring the iconic citadel ruins.

Boats on Lake Titicaca
Journey to the Amazon, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca - 13 Days

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.

Alpine landscape in the Cordillera Blanca
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Cities, Nature, and Archaeology in Peru - 12 Days

From metropolitan cities and ancient Inca ruins to remote jungle lodges, this 12-day exploration of Peru's history and nature is perfect for the adventurous traveler. Start in metropolitan Lima, then continue to imperial Cusco. Explore 15th-century archaeological sites, colorful textile markets, and the famed Machu Picchu estate. Hike to see the colorful Rainbow Mountain, then spend 2 days deep in the Amazon exploring the jungle and seeing rare wildlife. Visit Huaraz in the Cordillera Blanca region of Peru to see steep glaciated peaks and icy alpine lakes.

Weaver at work
Peruvian Panorama - 13 Days

From the flavors of Lima’s food scene, to the colors of the Sacred Valley’s handwoven textiles, to the sounds of the Amazon’s many residents, this expedition will take you through the many facets of Peru. You'll work with partners selected specifically for their social responsibility and minimal environmental impact as you explore.

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.

Trek up Rainbow Mountain on this adventurous family tour of Peru
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Adventurous Peru for Families: Culture, Nature & Hiking - 14 Days

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.

Impress the kids with a visit to see llamas and alpacas in Peru
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Epic Family Adventure in Peru: Amazon Rainforest, Sacred Valley & Lago Titicaca - 14 Days

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.

Explore historic Cusco  with your family
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Family Exploration of Peru: Desert, Mountains & Rainforest - 14 Days

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.

Uros floating island on Lake Titicaca
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Essential Peru - 14 Days

From the Nazca Lines to Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, and Machu Picchu, this 14-day itinerary takes you to Peru's major highlights. Fly over the Nazca Lines - some of the world's most impressive geoglyphs, then spend some time exploring the metropolitan city of Lima before heading out to explore the colonial city of Arequipa. Next, explore Colca Canyon, one of the world's deepest canyons, then head out to Lake Titicaca - a place rich with history, culture, and natural beauty. Finally, head to the Inca capital of Cusco and explore colorful textile markets and small towns of the Sacred Valley, and hike the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

End the trip by spending a few days in the Paracas National Reserve
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Explore Peru's Epic Landscapes: Jungle, Mountains, Desert & Ocean - 14 Days

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."

Gocta Falls
Northern Peru, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mountain - 10 days

On this 10-day journey, you will truly get to see the very best of Northern and Andean Peru. In the north, you will be based in Chachapoyas for trips to one of the world's mightiest waterfalls, Gocta Falls, and the amazing pre-Inca fortress of Kuélap. You will then begin discovering the Andean Inca heartland of Peru, seeing magical Sacred Valley ruins such as those at Moray, Pisac and Ollantaytambo before exploring the regional highlight, Machu Picchu. The trip ends with a trek to one of Peru's geological highlights, Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain.

Trekking on the Inca Jungle Trek
Inca Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu, Cusco, Sacred Valley & Rainbow Mountain - 10 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 10-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. After a day exploring Cusco independently, your trip then concludes with a journey to one of Peru's geological wonders, the striking Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain.

See the coastal desert of Paracas on this active family trip to Peru
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Active Family Fun in Peru: Lima, Paracas & the Sacred Valley - 14 Days

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.

Peruvian woman walking through the Inca ruins of Chinchero
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Peru Highlights: Lima, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, & Amazon Adventure - 15 Days

This 15-day itinerary starts in Lima before heading east to Puerto Maldonado, gateway to the Amazon Rainforest. Spend three days viewing wildlife while enjoying a comfortable stay at an eco-lodge. From there, head to Cusco and the Sacred Valley, where you'll visit Rainbow Mountain and trek to Machu Picchu via the Inca Trail. Finally, travel to Lake Titicaca to explore the region's history and beautiful islands.

An Andean condor soars over Peru's Colco Canyon
Essential Peru: Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Cusco, & Machu Picchu - 15 Days

Peru's spectacular scenery takes center stage on this far-reaching 15-day itinerary. Setting off from the capital of Lima, you'll discover a land of towering mountains, arid deserts, and lush cloud forests. Take to the skies to view the mysterious Nazca Lines, travel across the Andes to Arequipa, and spot soaring condors over the vast Colca Canyon. Your journey ends in the ancient Inca capital of Cusco—where you'll take a scenic train into the Sacred Valley, watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu, and hike the rainbow landscapes of Palcoyo Mountain.

Gotca waterfall
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History & Culture of Peru - 15 Days

This exploration of ancient and modern Peru starts with Lima—and a spectacular flight over the Nazca Lines. You'll then make your way north to tour the Mochica and Tucume pyramids, along with the mud-brick city of Chan Chan. Drive inland to the Amazonas region to see the "Machu Picchu of the North" before walking in the footsteps of the Incas in Cusco. Top it all off with a private tour of the iconic Machu Picchu ruins.

Birds flying over a natural arch in the Ballestas Islands
Peruvian History & Wildlife - 15 Days

From Incan ruins to the wildlife-rich Ballestas Islands, the 15-day version of this itinerary shows you the many sides of Peru. Experience metropolitan Lima, the incredible Nazca lines, and the Incan capital of Cusco. Walk a section of the Inca Trail, followed by a day at Machu Picchu. And make your way to Puerto Maldonado, where you'll spend three days viewing wildlife on jungle excursions while enjoying a comfortable stay at an eco-lodge.

Aerial view of Cusco
Discover the Highlights & Culture of Peru - 15 days

Experience the beautiful landscapes, culture, and history of Peru during this 15-day journey. Explore Lima, Peru's largest city, and explore its historical center that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the Sacred Valley via quad and hiking, and visit the iconic ruins of Machu Picchu. Take the time to walk the city of Cisco at your leisure, and sample all the local Peruvian flavors along the way. You'll also get to hike through the Andean landscape, accompanied by llamas, to the blue lagoon of Uyumayo.

Cruise amid the Amazon jungle post your Salkantay Trail hike
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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu & Amazon River Cruise - 15 Days

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.

Explore the wonders of Machu Picchu and other ancient sites in Peru
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Peru's Ancient Civilizations & Rituals: Trujillo, Kuélap & Cusco - 15 Days

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.

Step back in time as you explore ancient Machu Picchu
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Peru Sacred Valley Trek: 15 Days

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.

Finish the adventure with a guided tour of colonial-era Arequipa
Map of Peru in a Nutshell: Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Puno & Arequipa - 16 Days
Peru in a Nutshell: Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Puno & Arequipa - 16 Days

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.

Sunset in Huanchaco with traditional totora reed boats
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Peru Cultural Tour & Short Inca Trail - 16 Days

Explore Peru's history from Pre-Incan cultures to the Inca empire, all the way to modern times. Start in the modern capital of Lima, then take a spectacular flight over the iconic Nazca lines. From here, head north to discover the Mochica pyramids, the mud-brick city of Chan Chan, and the Tucume pyramids of the Sican people. Then, challenge yourself on the short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and enter the iconic ruins through the Sun Gate.

Peruvian woman walking through the Inca ruins of Chinchero
Map of Peru Highlights: Lima, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, & Amazon Adventure - 16 Days
Peru Highlights: Lima, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, & Amazon Adventure - 16 Days

Experience the best of Peru with this comprehensive tour. Spend three days at an ecolodge in the Amazon Rainforest, where you'll view wildlife like the giant river otter and multiple parrot species. Next, travel to Cusco and the Sacred Valley to learn about its ancient ruins and take short treks to Rainbow Mountain and Machu Picchu. End your trip at Lake Titicaca, immersing in the culture of this region's famous Islands.

Spot colorful macaws during a sunrise hike in the Amazon Rainforest
Map of Hidden Gems of Peru: Amazon, Andes, Beaches & More - 16 Days
Hidden Gems of Peru: Amazon, Andes, Beaches & More - 16 Days

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.

View of Machu Picchu from Machu Picchu Mountain
Southern Amazon Jungle, Sacred Valley, Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mountain - 11 Days

Beginning your Peruvian odyssey in cosmopolitan capital Lima, this 11-day itinerary kicks off with a journey through the Southern Amazon along the River Tambopata to your lodge on the cusp of the wildlife-rich Tambopata Reserve. You will use this lodge as your base for jungle activities over a 3-night stay here. You next travel up into the Andes, to magical Inca capital Cusco. You will then spend two days in the Sacred Valley, seeing archaeological marvels like Moray and Ollantaytambo: a journey culminating in a trek on the Short Inca Trail to magical Inca citadel Machu Picchu. You end your trip by exploring one of Peru's geological highlights: Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain.

Apu Ausangate
Peruvian Trekking Excursion: Ausangate, Colca Canyon, & Lake Titicaca - 21 Days

This three-week itinerary is ideal for avid hikers looking for a unique adventure. Explore the ancient Incan capital of Cusco before embarking on the 5-day Ausangate trek, a beautiful and off the beaten path trek to Machu Picchu. During the trek, you’ll discover the beauty and rugged highlands of the Ausangate region, hike past glacial lakes, and wander amidst herds of alpacas. After completing the trek, venture to Machu Picchu citadel to explore Peru's most iconic ruins. Next, head out to explore the colonial city of Arequipa, then travel to Colca Canyon, one of the world's deepest canyons. After trekking through the canyon, depart for Lake Titicaca to spend a few days hiking, kayaking, and exploring the region's rich history, culture, and natural beauty. 

Machu Picchu
Map of Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mountain Adventure - 6 Days
Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mountain Adventure - 6 Days

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.

Ruins of Machu Picchu
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Explore the Heart of the Inca Empire - 7 Days

This seven-day journey highlights all of the iconic landscapes, famous Incan ruins, and cultural experiences that make Peru a sought-after destination. Stroll the textile markets of Cusco, visit the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, spend a day at the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, and more.

Rainbow Mountain
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Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mountain Adventure - 8 Days

Explore the essential highlights of Peru on this 8-day itinerary. Begin in the metropolitan capital city of Lima, and explore the vibrant city by bike. Then, head to the ancient Inca capital of Cusco, and get a taste of the local culture on a culinary tour. Next, discover the beautiful textiles and incredible ruins of the Sacred Valley, and spend a full day taking in the majesty of Machu Picchu. Top it all off by summiting the colorful rainbow mountain - the perfect photo op!

Machu Picchu citadel
Map of Best of Peru: Cusco, Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, & More - 7 Days
Best of Peru: Cusco, Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, & More - 7 Days

Tour the essential highlights of Peru's Sacred Valley, Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the Rainbow Mountains over seven days. Starting in Lima, you'll travel to the Sacred Valley of the Inca's, where you'll find a huge concentration of ancient Incan sites, including nearby Machu Picchu. Spend a day hiking to the high-altitude Rainbow Mountains, which have to be seen to be believed. End in beautiful Cusco, a city with centuries of history and culture to be explored.

Machu Picchu
Map of Essential Peru: Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu & More - 6 Days
Essential Peru: Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu & More - 6 Days

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.

Uros floating island on Lake Titicaca
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Best of Peru - 14 Days

From the Nazca Lines to Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, and Machu Picchu, this 14-day itinerary takes you to Peru's major highlights. Spend some time exploring Lima before heading to the colonial city of Arequipa to explore one of the world's deepest canyons. Depart for Lake Titicaca, a place rich with history, culture, and natural beauty. Finally, head to the Inca capital of Cusco and explore colorful textile markets and small towns of the Sacred Valley, ending at Machu Picchu.

Manú National Park is home to exotic animals
Map of Cusco, Machu Picchu & Manú National Park - 10 Days
Cusco, Machu Picchu & Manú National Park - 10 Days

This 10-day tour of Peru strikes the perfect balance between culture and nature. Begin in Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas, which will be your base for trips to the Sacred Valley and legendary Machu Picchu. Spend the remaining five days in Manú National Park, where you'll enjoy boat rides, nature walks (including a nocturnal expedition), and wildlife excursions to spot monkeys, macaws, and maybe even a jaguar.

The Inca ruins of Wiñay Wayna along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Map of Inca Trail & Lake Titicaca Excursion - 10 Days
Inca Trail & Lake Titicaca Excursion - 10 Days

From colonial cities to remote Inca ruins, this 10-day tour of Peru is ideal for travelers who like a bit of history with their adventure. Start by enjoying cosmopolitan Lima before jetting off to Cusco, a former Inca capital later conquered by the Spanish. From there, hit the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and finish the trip on the shores of mystical Lake Titicaca, where you'll visit floating islands.

Kuelap ruins in northern Peru
Map of History & Culture of Peru - 14 Days
History & Culture of Peru - 14 Days

From the coast to the mountains, explore Peru's Inca and pre-Inca cultures and ruins in this 14-day itinerary. Start in metropolitan Lima, then head north up the coast to Trujillo to discover the Mochica pyramids, the mud-brick city of Chan Chan, and the Tucume pyramids of the Sican people. Drive inland through the cloud forest into the Amazonas region to see Gotca waterfall and Kuelap fortress, a walled Chachapoya structure known as the "Machu Picchu of the North".  Next, head to Cusco to walk in the footsteps of the Incas and explore beautiful landscapes and cultures of the Sacred Valley. Top it all off by spending a day visiting the iconic Machu Picchu citadel. With over 5,000 years of architecture and civilization to experience, this trip is a must on any traveler's list.

Exploring Cusco, Machu Picchu and Titicaca Lake 6-Days
Map of Exploring Cusco, Machu Picchu and Titicaca Lake 6-Days
Exploring Cusco, Machu Picchu and Titicaca Lake 6-Days

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.

The Inca ruins of Winay Wayna along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Map of Inca Trail & Amazon Adventure - 14 Days
Inca Trail & Amazon Adventure - 14 Days

This tour of Peru's awe-inspiring landscapes is the perfect fit for adventurous travelers. Discover the capital city of Lima, then continue to Cusco for a tour of the Sacred Valley. Explore Inca ruins and colorful textile markets before embarking on the Inca Trail, finishing your trek at the famed Machu Picchu ruins. Finally, head east to Manu National Park to spot Amazonian wildlife in the jungle.

Views of the water in the Amazon
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Best of Peru's Nature: Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain & The Amazon - 6 Days

Catch the best of Peru's natural highlights on this whirlwind 6-day itinerary. Start in Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca, before spending the day exploring the Machu Picchu citadel. Enjoy a hike on the famed rainbow-colored soils of Rainbow Mountain, then transfer to the Amazon for three days at an eco-lodge, exploring the rainforest and its wildlife.

Peruvian woman walking through the Inca ruins of Chinchero
Map of Peru Highlights & Jungle Adventure - 12 Days
Peru Highlights & Jungle Adventure - 12 Days

From Lima to the Amazon, this 12-day itinerary has it all. Take in the sights, aromas, and tastes of Lima then head to Lake Titicaca to explore the region's history and beautiful Islands. Next, travel to Cusco and the Sacred Valley to learn about its culture and ancient ruins, including a visit to Machu Picchu. Finally, head east to Puerto Maldonado, your launch point for your journey to the rainforest. 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.

Machu Picchu shining in the sun
Experience Magic and Adventure in Peru: Machu Picchu, Kuélap, Cusco - 17 Days

Embark on a journey through Peru into the incredible world of the Incas and other Andean civilizations. You'll visit some of the most significant archaeological sites of Peru while also experiencing the unforgettable nature of the Andes. Wander through the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, feel the mists of one of the world's highest waterfalls at Gocta, taste new flavors and dishes on a unique culinary tour of Cusco, and much more.

View of Machu Picchu Citadel from Machu Picchu Mountain
Map of Peruvian History & Wildlife - 10 Days
Peruvian History & Wildlife - 10 Days

From Machu Picchu to the wildlife-rich Ballestas Islands, the 10-day version of this itinerary brings you to a variety of Peru's landscapes. Experience metropolitan Lima, the Inca capital of Cusco, and Puerto Maldonado—your launch point to the Amazon. Spend three days viewing wildlife on jungle excursions while enjoying a comfortable stay at an eco-lodge.

One of the Peruvian Amazon's magnificent butterfly species unfurls its wings
Machu Picchu & the Amazon Jungle - 5 days

This 5-day trip takes you straight to the respective highlights of Peru's Andes and Amazon regions. Flying from Lima to Cusco, you first travel through the beautiful Sacred Valley to South America's most famous sight, the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. You then switch jagged peaks for steamy rainforest as you fly to the southern jungle city of Puerto Maldonado, then travel by boat down the Madre de Dios River to one of the region's most luxury lodges, where you will be based for jungle activities including dugout canoe trips and canopy walkway adventures.

Humantay Lake
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Adventure Tour of Peru, with Cusco & Machu Picchu - 6 Days

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.

Enjoy an exciting rafting trip through beautiful canyons
Rafting and Machu Picchu - 8 Days

If you have an adventurer's heart, this 8-day excursion of Peru's rivers and ruins 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 the monolithic ruins left by the Killke and Inca. Spend three days rafting Class III and IV rapids and camping on remote canyon beaches. Explore the living Inca village of Ollantaytambo and the Machu Picchu ruins—the iconic 15th-century royal Inca citadel.

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.

Howler Monkey in the Amazon Jungle
Inca Trail & Amazon Excursion - 11 Days

From bustling cities to remote jungles, this 11-day tour of Peru's highlights is perfect for adventurous travelers. Sightsee in the capital city of Lima, then continue to the imperial Inca city of Cusco. Tour the Sacred Valley and explore Inca ruins and colorful textile markets before embarking on the Inca Trail. Walk on the same stone steps that Inca engineers built in the 15th century, finishing your trek at the famed Machu Picchu ruins. Top off the trip with a whirlwind visit to the Amazon rainforest.

Howler Monkey in the Amazon Jungle
Map of Inca Trail & Amazon Excursion - 12 Days
Inca Trail & Amazon Excursion - 12 Days

From bustling cities to remote jungles, this tour of Peru's highlights is perfect for adventurous travelers. Discover Peruvian cuisine and culture in Lima, and continue to Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Explore Inca ruins and colorful textile markets before embarking on a short Inca Trail trek, ending at the famed Machu Picchu ruins. Top it all off with a visit the Amazon, spotting wildlife like macaws, cayman, anaconda, and tapir.

A honeymoon romance
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Honeymoon Adventure to Peru: Lima, Ica, Cusco, & Machu Picchu - 10 Days

Enjoy the highlights of Peru on this ten-day honeymoon getaway. You'll start in Lima with a culinary tour of some of the city's best restaurants, then continue to the coast for luxury desert camping and dune surfing. Transfer to the Sacred Valley for lunch in a suspended glass sphere and a visit to Machu Picchu.

Inca fortress with terraces and temple hill in Ollantaytambo, Peru
Map of Ancient Peru: Huacas de Moche, El Brujo, Túcume, Kuélap & The Sacred Valley - 15 days
Ancient Peru: Huacas de Moche, El Brujo, Túcume, Kuélap & The Sacred Valley - 15 days

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.

Howler Monkey in the Amazon Jungle
Map of Inca Trail & Amazon Excursion - 13 Days
Inca Trail & Amazon Excursion - 13 Days

This diverse itinerary starts with culture and cuisine in Lima, heading next to Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Explore the area's markets and ruins before spending four days trekking the Inca Trail. Walk on the same stone steps that Inca engineers built in the 15th century, and relax in camp at night with sweeping vistas of the Andes Mountains. Finish your trek at the famed Machu Picchu ruins, and cap off your trip with three days in the Amazon Rainforest.

Rafting on the Urubamba River
Active Cusco & Sacred Valley Adventure - 8 Days

On this action-packed 8-day trip, you will get to spend time in the ancient Inca capital of Cusco, using this as your base to see the sights in the enchanting Sacred Valley the adventurous way: through white-water rafting, quad biking, trekking and horse-riding.

A scenic view of Cusco
Honeymoon Adventure to Lima, Ica, the Sacred Valley & Cusco - 11 days

During this 11-day trip, you will experience all the local tastes, historic sites, and incredible views that the southern part of Peru has to offer. Check out the gastronomic scene in Lima that includes pisco sours and ceviche, and overnight in the city of Ida where you'll go sandboarding. Zip line down the via ferrata in Pachar and explore the Sacred Valley, including the ruins of Machu Picchu. Finally, check out the city of Cusco and see the Coricancha, also known as "The Temple of the Sun."

Other popular travel destinations in Peru
Sacred Valley · Lima · Machu Picchu · Cusco · The Amazon · Southern Peru · Puno · Northern Peru · Arequipa & Colca Canyon · Paracas · Arequipa · Inca Trail · Trujillo · Chachapoyas · Iquitos · Chiclayo · Tambopata · Colca Canyon · Nazca · Ausangate Trek · Mancora · Ica · Ayacucho