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Peru for Solo Travelers: Lima, Cuzco & Machu Picchu

9 days |  12 days with The Amazon extension
Group size1522 travelers
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Explore Peru’s past and present on this tour for solo travelers.

Make your way from cosmopolitan Lima to historic Cuzco to the sweeping Sacred Valley—and mystical Machu Picchu—alongside fellow solo travelers on this weeklong tour of Peru. Along the way, you’ll watch artisans bring handicrafts to life using traditional techniques, follow in the footsteps of forward-thinking Incas, and savor the flavors of fresh, Peruvian cuisine.

Your tour package includes

  • 7 nights in a private room at handpicked hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
  • 2 tastings
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Included highlights

  • Huaca Pucllana
  • Barranco district
  • Sacsayhuaman
  • San Pedro Market
  • Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Lima2 nights
Day 1: Arrival in Lima

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

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Lima
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Welcome dinner

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 adobe and clay pyramid
  • Visit the Parque del Amor in the Miraflores district and take in views of the Pacific Ocean during a walk along the boardwalk
  • Stroll through the artsy Barranco district, stopping to sample coffee and alfajores cookies

Enjoy a free afternoon in Lima or add an excursion.

Tonight, gather with your Tour Director and fellow group members at a mixer before enjoying a welcome dinner.

Callao Monumental Street Art & Gastronomy Tour

From $130 per person

Cuzco2 nights
Day 3: Flight to Cuzco
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to the airport for your flight to Cuzco.

Upon arrival, enjoy free time to acclimate to the elevation as you explore at your leisure.

Tonight, get a taste of Peruvian cuisine during an included dinner as you listen to local Peruvian music.

Day 4: Sightseeing tour of Cuzco
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

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

  • Stroll through the ruins of the Sacsayhuaman citadel, which was 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 $129 per person

Machu Picchu Region1 night
Day 5: Aguas Calientes via the Sacred Valley
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

En route to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. First, make several 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 traditional weaving, spinning, and dyeing techniques using 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.

Sacred Valley2 nights
Day 6: Machu Picchu & Hike to Sun Gate
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

Then, experience Machu Picchu from a different angle as you hike to the Sun Gate.

  • Join your local guide and begin your hike up to the stunning viewpoint
  • Learn how the Sun Gate was once the main entrance to Machu Picchu and how it was built to honor Inti, the Sun God

Please note: Travelers who opt out of the hike can enjoy free time to explore Machu Picchu at their leisure*. *Additionally, the hike to Sun Gate is weather-dependent and typically sometime closes for routine maintenance.

Enjoy 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’ll spend the night.

Day 7: Free day in the Sacred Valley
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

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

This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Misminay Village Home-Hosted Lunch, Moray & Maras

From $125 per person

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 8: Flight to Lima & 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, relax in your dayroom 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 9: Travel day

Arrive home today.

Extension to The Amazon
In the Amazon, nature is on display like nowhere else (seriously—more flora and fauna live here than anywhere else in the world). Fly to Iquitos, then set out to see incredible wildlife in the world’s biggest rainforest and meet indigenous Yagua people to learn about their history.
Lima1 night
Day 8: Flight to Lima
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly to Lima this morning and settle into your hotel.

The Amazon2 nights
Day 9: Flight to Iquitos & rainforest walk
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fly to Iquitos this morning to begin your adventure in the Amazon. When you arrive, enjoy lunch before setting out on an invigorating walk in the rainforest reserve surrounding your lodge.

This evening, sit down for an included dinner with your group.

Please note: Some flights to Iquitos depart very early in the morning and breakfast may not be included.

Day 10: Free morning & Yagua village visit
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, enjoy a free morning in the Amazon or add an excursion. Then, sit down for an included lunch before setting out to visit a local village.

  • Take a short river cruise to a Yagua indigenous village, keeping your eye out for the elusive pink dolphin
  • Learn about the local village culture and watch a blowgun demonstration

This evening, sit down for an included dinner.

Amazon Canopy Walk

From $209 per person

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 11: Franciscan mission town visit & departure
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Visit the Franciscan mission town of Indiana this morning. This large river community has grown to include its own market, high school, and small hospital.

Later, fly to Lima and relax in a dayroom before boarding your late-night or early morning flight home.

Arrive home
Day 12: Arrival at home

Arrive home today.

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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.

Hotels

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.
Nobility Grand Hotel
Nobility Grand Hotel

This 4-star hotel is located in Lima, Peru. Guests enjoy spacious rooms, a fitness center, and an award-winning, on-site restaurant. Nearby, you’ll fi...

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Xima Exclusive Cuzco
Xima Exclusive Cuzco

This contemporary hotel is located a few blocks from the city center of Cuzco, Peru. Guests enjoy the Inca Spa, a bar with cocktails made from Andean ...

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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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Ceiba Tops Lodge
Ceiba Tops Lodge

This lodge-style hotel is located in the Amazon rainforest. Guests enjoy Wi-Fi, a pool, and a hammock house. Nearby, you'll find the Amazon River and ...

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Flights

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  • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
  • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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Local weather

Lima, Peru
Weather averages
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Cuzco, Peru
Weather averages
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FAQ

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Passport, visa & entry requirements
  • In order to enter Peru, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • Upon arrival in Peru, you will receive an Andean Immigration card that you will need to present when visiting Machu Picchu. In order to secure your entrance to Machu Picchu, travelers are required to confirm their full passport details with Go Ahead Tours no later than 45 days prior to your departure date.
  • No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
  • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to goaheadtours.com/entry-requirements and searching the code PE6.
Tour pacing & mobility
  • You will walk for about two hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including rocky ground and unpaved or slippery trails, at high altitudes.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of trains (and ferries on the tour extension).
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Travelers who opt out of the hike can enjoy free time to explore Machu Picchu at their leisure.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • PeruRail transit and one round-trip flight between Lima and Cuzco is included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes round-trip flights between Lima and Iquitos.)
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
  • Contact your airline for detailed information regarding baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that our travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height).
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
  • You will need a small overnight bag (such as your carry-on bag) for your stay in Machu Picchu, as most baggage will need to be stored in Cuzco. The overnight bag must be smaller than 62 inches total (length + width + height).
  • When visiting Machu Picchu, there are restrictions in place for backpacks, food, umbrellas, and camera tripods.
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. Comfortable, casual clothing and a sturdy pair of walking shoes are a must for sightseeing.
  • A lightweight jacket is recommended, as the temperatures will change with the elevation throughout your tour.
  • A sun hat, sunglasses, and rain gear will help you stay comfortable in all types of weather.
  • Long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and insect repellent are recommended for some activities, especially in the Amazon on the tour extension.
  • Binoculars are handy for a closer look at local wildlife and scenery.
  • A small bottle of hand sanitizer may be helpful when other facilities are not readily available while on the road.
  • Insect repellent is recommended for outdoor activities.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
Health
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • Please be aware that you will be traveling at altitudes as high as 12,000 feet above sea level. These high altitudes can sometimes cause difficulties for travelers who have heart problems or respiratory ailments. If you suffer from any of these conditions, please speak to your healthcare provider regarding any potential health risks.
  • Even healthy travelers may sometimes experience altitude sickness, a temporary condition featuring symptoms of headache, fatigue, nausea, and light-headedness. Until your body acclimates to the higher altitudes, we suggest that you stay hydrated and limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol.
  • Take proper care with sun exposure, as the sun can be especially strong in some of the regions on this tour.
  • Drink bottled water only. Refrain from ingesting tap water, including when brushing your teeth.
  • Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they’re cooked or washed in clean water and peeled.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour and any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
  • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to goaheadtours.com/entry-requirements and searching the code PE6.
Cuisine
  • Peruvian cuisine reflects both the country’s indigenous cultures as well as European colonial and Pacific Rim influences. Staples include grains, like quinoa, maize, and rice, as well beans, potatoes, and meat. Ceviche, traditionally raw sea bass marinated with lime and chilies, is a national dish. Adventurous eaters may want to try cuy, or roasted guinea pig that’s cooked over an open fire. You can also raise a toast with Peru’s famous pisco, the delicious (and sour) white-grape brandy.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • Peru operates on 220 volts and uses Type A or C plugs with two flat pins or two round pins, respectively.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air-conditioning in some hotels in this region may not be as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air-conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. In more remote locations, internet access may be limited and is not guaranteed.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • Peru is five hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), the same as Eastern Time (ET). Peru does not observe daylight saving time.
  • On the tour extension, Iquitos is 1 hour behind ET.
  • When it’s noon in New York City, it’s noon in Peru from November through March and 11am from April through October.
Currency
  • You will use the Peruvian sol in Peru.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.
  • International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.

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