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A Week in Peru: Lima, Cuzco & Machu Picchu

8 days |  11 days with Lima & Paracas extension
8 days |  11 days with Lima & Paracas extension
Group size1222 travelers

4.8 out of 5 stars

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See how ancient history and the modern day mix in vibrant Peru.

Make your way from lively Lima, Peru’s capital city, to colonial Cuzco and the center of the ancient Inca civilization in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. As you travel on this small group Adventure Tour, uncover how Peru’s indigenous roots, Spanish influences, and pre-Columbian history blend to give the country its captivating character.

Your tour package includes

  • 6 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 tasting
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Included highlights

  • Huaca Pucllana
  • Sacsayhuaman
  • Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Balcon del Inka textile cooperative
  • Ollantaytambo
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Lima1 night
Day 1: Arrival in Lima

Welcome to Peru! Transfer to your hotel in Lima and get settled in.

Cuzco2 nights
Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Lima & flight to Cuzco
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Welcome lunch

Set out on a guided tour highlighting the Peruvian capital’s modern and UNESCO-recognized quarters.

  • Walk through Plaza de Armas, viewing the Cathedral of Lima and Church of San Francisco
  • Enter the archaeological site of Huaca Pucllana to learn about the towering abode and clay pyramid
  • Visit the Parque del Amor in the Miraflores district and see views of the Pacific Ocean during a walk along the boardwalk
  • Stroll through the artsy Barranco district, stopping to sample coffee and alfajores cookies

Sip on a pisco sour as you get to know your Tour Director and fellow travelers at this afternoon’s welcome lunch. Then, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cuzco, a city located in the Andes Mountains.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Cuzco
Included meal: Breakfast

Join a local guide on today’s tour of Cuzco, the UNESCO-recognized ancient capital of the Inca Empire.

  • Stroll through the Sacsayhuaman ruins, which were once completely covered in gold
  • View the towering Cristo Blanco statue, a thank-you gift from the Palestinian refugees who took shelter in the city during World War II
  • Walk through the city center and step inside the Convent of Santa Domingo, built by the Spaniards where the Inca temple of Koricancha stood
  • Stop in Plaza de Armas to enter Cuzco Cathedral
  • Visit San Pedro Market to see crafts made by local artisans and try fresh fruits

Spend a free evening in Cuzco or add an excursion.

Cuzco Cooking Class & Dinner

From $165 per person

Machu Picchu Region1 night
Day 4: Aguas Calientes via the Sacred Valley
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transfer to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. First, make stops in the Sacred Valley to take in the sights.

  • Start your morning in the quaint village of Chinchero to visit Balcon del Inka, a local textile cooperative run by Quechua women
  • Watch as artisans demonstrate their traditional weaving, spinning and dying techniques on both alpaca and sheep yarn
  • Try your hand at spinning on the loom
  • Peruse the colorful stalls of the open-air Chinchero Market, where you can shop for local textiles
  • Enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant in Chinchero
  • Continue to the ancient Ollantaytambo ruins to explore still-standing Inca homes and fortress stone walls with a guide
  • Board a scenic train to Aguas Calientes, soaking in views of the Sacred Valley

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Please note: Travelers must submit full passport details by Tour Finalization Date or risk being denied entry to Machu Picchu due to scarcity of tickets and daily entrance restrictions.

Sacred Valley2 nights
Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Machu Picchu
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Uncover the UNESCO-protected city of Machu Picchu, one of the most spectacular archaeological sites on the entire South American continent.

  • Tour the ruins of the ceremonial center, cultivation terraces, and guard house
  • Visit Funeral Rock, the Main Temple, Temple of the Three Windows, Chamber of Ornaments, the Sacred Plaza, and the Intihuatana stone

Spend a free late-morning before enjoying an included lunch at a local restaurant in Aguas Calientes. Then, travel through the Sacred Valley on a scenic train ride to Urubamba, where you will spend the night.

Please note: There are several circuits through Machu Picchu. The one your group will take is subject to availability.

Day 6: Free day in the Sacred Valley
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a free day in the Sacred Valley or add an excursion.

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Misminay Village Home-Hosted Lunch, Moray & Maras

From $149 per person

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 7: Departure
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Transfer to the airport in Cuzco, where you’ll board your flight to Lima.

In Lima tonight, celebrate with your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner. Then, return to your dayroom to relax before a late-night or early morning flight home.

Please note: If you’re traveling on the extension, you’ll spend the night in Lima.

Arrive Home
Day 8: Travel day

Arrive home today.

Extension to Lima & Paracas
Paracas is a region known for it's diverse landscapes, we're talking rolling ocean waves to the west and stretches of desert sand dunes to the east. Sip pisco in a vineyard before spotting penguins sunbathing off the Peruvian coast. Then, end with some extra time in Lima where your Tour Director will continue to show you the best that this destination has to offer.
Lima1 night
Day 7: Flight to Lima
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Transfer to the airport in Cuzco, where you’ll board your flight to Lima.

In Lima tonight, celebrate with your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner. Then, settle in to your hotel.

Paracas1 night
Day 8: Pisco Vineyards & transfer to Paracas
Included meals: Breakfast, Wine tasting, Lunch

Travel south along the Pacific Highway to Paracas, a beautiful small town by the sea, making several stops en route.

  • Take photos of the contrasting desert and coastal landscapes
  • Tour the family-run Pisco Vineyards
  • Learn how red wine and pisco, Peru's national drink, are made using traditional methods invented when the Spanish invaded the Inca Empire
  • Sample wine and pisco during a tasting paired with an included lunch

Continue on to Paracas and spend free time in the city or add an excursion.

Paracas Desert Dune Buggy Ride

From $145 per person

Lima1 night
Day 9: Ballestas Islands wildlife cruise & transfer to Lima
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Hop aboard a boat and sail to the Ballestas Islands where you’ll enjoy a wildlife cruise with a naturalist guide.

  • Learn about the islands, which are considered a smaller version of the Galápagos Islands
  • View the massive rock formations including the many arches and caves created by erosion
  • Stay on the lookout for fur seals, sea lions, Humboldt penguins, and birds relaxing in their natural habitat
  • Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins swimming in the water

Spend free time in Paracas or add an excursion.

This afternoon, enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant before traveling back along the scenic Pacific Highway to Lima.

Nazca Lines Flight

From $475 per person

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 10: Free day in Lima & departure
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Lima or add an excursion.

Then, relax in your dayroom before a late-night or early morning flight home.

Callao Monumental Street Art & Gastronomy Tour

From $130 per person

Day 11: Arrival at home

Arrive home today.

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4.8 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.8 out of 5

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Phenomenally picturesque Peru!
    6/22/24 by 3rd-time traveler Ana

    After 21 years of having Machu Picchu on my "travel to" list, it finally was accomplished with some wonderful friends. The sites were indescribable! The food was great, the hotels were magnificent, and we had a kind, understanding, caring and knowledgeable guide/tour director, Marco. The experience...

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Fun trip with great director
    5/17/24 by 2nd-time traveler Mark

    Good hotel accommodations and great food. This was a fun trip but be advised you need to be able to walk if you really want to enjoy the sights.

    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 7/15/24

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful vacation
    6/22/24 by 1st-time traveler Lauren

    I had a wonderful time on this trip! It was my first solo trip and I am so glad I did it. There were a total of 18 people on our tour. This group size seemed perfect for a tour like this. I love that EF tours handles all of the logistics of travel including the option to arrange your international f...

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    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 7/15/24

    Hi Lauren, Thank you for your detailed and enthus...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Jose Antonio Deluxe Lima
    Jose Antonio Deluxe Lima

    This comfortable hotel is located by the University of Piura. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, a gym, and outdoor pool. Nearby, you’ll find Parque Central de ...

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    Casa Andina Premium Cusco
    Casa Andina Premium Cusco

    This charming hotel is located in the Main Square of Cusco. Guests enjoy the colonial styling, private balconies, and spa. Nearby you'll find the Cath...

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    El MaPi by Inkaterra
    El MaPi by Inkaterra

    This contemporary hotel is located in Aguas Calientes. Guests enjoy Wi-Fi, a bar, and laundry service. Nearby, you'll find Machu Picchu, Phuyupatamarc...

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    Sonesta Posadas Del Inca Yucay
    Sonesta Posadas Del Inca Yucay

    This colonial hotel is located in the heart of the Sacred Valley near the town of Urubamba. Guests enjoy a foreign currency exchange, a business cente...

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    Hotel la Hacienda Bahía Paracas
    Hotel la Hacienda Bahía Paracas

    This oceanfront hotel is located on the shores of Paracas Bay. Guests enjoy the wellness center, outdoor lagoon-style pool, and rustic decor. The hote...

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