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Trek the mystical Inca Trail and cruise through Lima’s lesser-known islands on this exciting Peru adventure. Take the road less traveled as you explore Lima’s island-dotted coastline, Huaraz’s outdoor adventurer’s Mecca, and the rugged Inca Trail. Each day leads you to discover new worlds and vibrant landscapes, secluded camps and otherworldly ruins. This 11 day tour shows you the best of Peru: from the culinary hotspot of Lima to the history-rich Cusco and the remote stretches of the Inca trail to the iconic ruins of Machu Picchu. 

Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive in Lima 

Your Peruvian adventure takes off as you land in Lima. Your Peru Unbound guides greet you upon arrive, after which you’ll check-in to tonight’s accommodations and relax a bit before rejoining for a brief orientation. Enjoy Lima’s intoxicating sights and sounds before settling in for your first night in Peru. 

ACCOMMODATION : Casa Andina Select Miraflores

Day 2

Explore Lima 

Begin your morning with a journey to Callao, where you set off on a nautical journey exploring some of Peru’s stunning islands full of history and incredible views. Today’s cruise takes you to a number of islands: 

  • El Camotal, part of the seaport of Callao sunken underwater after an earthquake hit the region in 1746. During low tide, you can see traces of the historic place submerged under the waves. 
  • San Lorenzo Island, sitting offshore from Callao, has a rich and varied history. Beyond the interesting visits of Charles Darwin and a number of privateers hoping to stash their goods, ancient Callao inhabitants once worshipped the island, believing the goddess Shina resided there—and left a prehistoric temple as well as a large cemetery laden with artifacts. 
  • Isla El Frontón, an island off the coast of Callao, was once a prison and it redolent with the past. 
  • The Cavinzas Islands, a collection of rocky islets and shaded caverns, is a haven to pelicans, red-legged cormorants, Guanay cormorants, boobies and even Humboldt penguins. 
  • The Palomino Islands, where sea lions play and sunbathe amongst natural grottos. 

This afternoon, visit the Larco Museum, an 18th century building constructed over a pre-Columbian pyramid dating back to the 7th century. Browse 4,000 years of pre-Columbian history as you walk the halls. After, we dine at the museum’s restaurant on a some authentic Peruvian dishes while you take in views of the pyramid and the colonial mansion on the grounds. Return to your hotel at the end of the evening.

ACCOMMODATION : Casa Andina Select Miraflores
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Explore Huaraz 

Today takes you to Huaraz, an Andean world of sweeping panoramas and rugged mountain ranges jutting up against a trekking Mecca. After checking in to tonight’s accommodations, spend the rest of the day exploring the adventure-driven metropolis on your own. There’s plenty of local watering holes, markets and native cultural hotspots to keep you entertained as you acclimatize.

ACCOMMODATION : Cuesta Serena Boutique
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast

Day 4

Trek to Tzacracancha

After a hearty breakfast, depart Huaraz and make your way to the village of Canrey Chico, where you meet up with your mountain guides as well as some llamas and donkeys who know how to hit the trails. From here, set off on your trek through sprawling Andean landscapes dominated by the White Mountain Peaks. The hike takes you to the scenic camp of Tzacracancha.

ACCOMMODATION : Campsite Tzacracancha
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Trek up Yanashallash Pass 

Wake up to fresh air and a wholesome breakfast before beginning your trek up a pre-Inca stone path to Yanashallash Pass, the highest point you reach on our hike. With expansive views bordered by mountain ranges on the east and the west, the Pass is worth every step. After you catch your breath and explore the pass, begin the winding descent down to Shonkoruri, where we make camp for the night. Relax with a freshly prepared dinner and winking stars in the sky before bed.

ACCOMMODATION : Campsite Shonkoruri
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Hiking Shonkoruri – Chavin, Arrival to the city of Huaraz

Enjoy a freshly prepared traditional Andean breakfast, set off on your downhill hike to the archaeological site of Chavín—passing by remote villages dotted with straw huts as you walk. There, explore Chavín, filled with ruins dating back to 1200BC and a cultural stronghold of the  pre-Incan Chavín people. A place of worship, there’s plenty of terraces, squares and zoomorphic ornamentation decorating the stone to wonder at as you walk through the ruins. 

After your visit to Chavín, pass through the Cahish Tunnel’s highest point as you return to Huaraz via car.

ACCOMMODATION : Cuesta Serena Boutique
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

Travel to Cusco 

This morning, fly to the historic town of Cusco with a stopover in Lima. Once there, check in to your hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring a city still fused with its ancient Andean culture and sumptuous Spanish colonial past. See what historic sites the town has to offer and tempt your tastebuds with authentic Peruvian dishes before bed. 

ACCOMMODATION : Casa San Blas
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast

Day 8

Explore Cusco 

Explore the depths of Cusco’s rich history and evocative culture today. After breakfast, set off on a tour of the city, visiting Cusco’s ancient Incan ruins and Spanish colonial monuments. Stops today include the Main Square—known to the Inca’s as Huacaypata or the Warrior’s Square—the El Triunfo Cathedral—where the Incan temple of Suntur Wasi once sat—and the Convent and adjoining Church of Santo Domingo—a Dominican church built on the ruins of the Incan temple of Koricancha, or Temple of the Sun. 

After, venture outside the Cusco with a visit to Sacsayhuamán, an immense Incan fortress, and then Tambomachay, or the Incan baths, where Incas once worshiped water. We then continue onto Kenko, another worship site featuring a large stone block resembling a puma as well as canals, stairways and other passages decorated with other stone engravings of animals. Our day concludes with a visit to Puca Pucará, where the Incas made war not worship throughout the ruins’ the carefully constructed terraces, turrets and vaulted niches. 

This afternoon, return to Cusco and spend your evening adventuring throughout the town as you will before bed.

ACCOMMODATION : Casa San Blas
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast

Day 9

Trek to Chachabamba, Wiñay Wayna and Arrive at Machu Picchu

Depart Cusco for Ollanta this morning, where you meet a train heading for the archaeological ruins of Chachabamba and Wiñay Wayna. Debark and begin your 8km hike to Wiñay Wayna, where you can wander through the complex’s terraces, urban quarters and religious center. 

After, continue onto Inti Punku, otherwise known as “The Sun Gate,” from which you can see the sprawl of Machu Picchu situated off in the distance. Once we explore these ruins and surrounding landscape, travel to the village of Machu Picchu where you spend the night.

ACCOMMODATION : El Mapi by Inkaterra
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Boxed Lunch

Day 10

Explore Machu Picchu, Return to Cusco 

Begin your morning with a guided tour of Machu Picchu’s mysteries and wonders. After, journey to the Sanctuary, where we begin our trek up the scenic Huayna Picchu Mountain, whose steep views provide stunning views of Machu Picchu and the lush Andean mountains. Catch your breath and take in the views of Andean peaks, the winding Urubamba River and the country’s most iconic ruins. 

After today’s Peruvian adventures, return to Aguas Calientes where you catch a train to Cusco. Spend your last night in Peru exploring as you wish before bed. 

Note: If a trek to Huayna Picchu is not available, we plan to hike to Montaña Machu Picchu tucked away in the mountains to the southwest of the Machu Picchu citadel. This mountain trek not only offers plenty of panoramic views or the sloping mountains but of the iconic Incan sanctuary.

ACCOMMODATION : Casa San Blas
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast

Day 11

Fly to Lima and Connect with Your Return Flight Home 

Make your way to the Cusco airport to catch your flight to Lima, where you will connect with your international flight home. 

MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast

Dates & Rates

DatesAdult (USD)Child (USD) 
Jan 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019 $3,600£0€0$0$0$3,600£0€0$0$0BOOK NOW

Supplementary Information

Year round departures starting at $3600 per person based on 2 guests.  Please inquire for specific dates and rates. 

Included:

  • Brief presentation prior to departure
  • Tours as specified
  • Transfers in private 
  • Entrance fees
  • English-speaking guide
  • First Class Train to/from Machu Picchu
  • Meals as specified & Accommodation 

Not Included:

  • Services not specified in the program, extras and tips
  • International or National flight tickets
  • Insurance coverage of personal loss, injury, illness or damages incurred during your trip
  • Personal laundry, dry cleaner, telephone charges 
  • Room service and mini bar

Images & Videos

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FAQ & More

When should I go on a Peruvian tour?

Difficult to answer, this is really a question of personal preference. The busy season is June to August and it's also the driest part of the year in Machu Picchu. If you don't mind being a little wet while avoiding a heavy flow of visitors, Machu Picchu in December and January is absolutely perfect for you. It's important to remember that tours to Machu Picchu happen all year round but the Inca Trail is closed in February each year.

Are there any special events or festivals to look foward to?

Like most in South America, Peruvians love any excuse for a celebration and the country enjoys a huge number of religious ceremonies, festivals and local events. Carnival time (generally late Feb.) is especially lively almost everywhere in the country, with fiestas held every Sunday. Tours to Machu Picchu during these requires a bit more planning in advance for airfare prices calendar of major public holidays & festivals:

February Carnival - Celebrated most of the month prior to Lent throughout the whole country.

March/April Easter (Holy Week) - Fantastic parades all over Peru. ROW Adventures like the one in Cusco!

June 24 Inti Raymi - Cusco's main Inca Festival of the Sun. A great time to tour the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.

August 13 - 19 Arequipa Week - Parades, firework displays, plenty of folklore, dancing, and craft markets.

September End of the month Festival of Spring - Involves dancing, particularly the local Marinera dance.

October 18 - 28 Lord of Miracles - Festival featuring large and solemn processions.

Do I need a Visa?

Most travelers do not need visas; travelers of most nationalities are granted a 90 day tourist visa. All nationalities, however, need a tourist or embarkation card (tarjeta de embarque) to enter Peru, issued at the customs or on the plane before landing in Lima. 

Please be sure to have at least 6 months validity on your passport from your departure date from Peru.

What are the Health Risks?

Altitude sickness is common in the highlands when visiting Machu Picchu, but can easily be treated by taking it slow and resting, staying hydrated, and there is medication available over the counter for pills altitude sickness. A yellow fever vaccination is recommended for areas east of the Andes Mountains, but not needed for Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, or other places along the coast or in the mountains. It's advisable to consult with Peru's official website before leaving for any questions.

What time is it in Peru?

Peru is on the equivelant of Central Standard Time

Electricity and outlets?

Electricity in Peru is 220 Volts and 60 Hertz (cycles per second). If you want to use a 110-volt appliance in Peru, you’ll need to buy a power adapter. Most outlets in Peru accept US standard two flat blade male.

What currency is used?

The current Peruvian currency, the Nuevo Sol - whose symbol is S/. Simply called a "Sol" . In Lima and Cuzco (and most other cities), Euros are as acceptable as US dollars for changing into soles.

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