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Explore quintessential Peru on a tour deep into the heart of the Incan empire. Our journey takes you to the ancient cities of Cusco, Machu Picchu and Lima where age-worn structures harmoniously meld with modernity’s unstoppable bustle. Discover the enigmatic ruins secreted away in the Sacred Valley—lost cities molded from rock, irrigation terraces carved into hillsides and sun-bleached temples still holding mysteries. Ride a train along scenic tracks and watch the sun glowing on Machu Picchu’s verdant slopes. Join Peru Unbound and discover for yourself why Peru remains one of the world’s greatest travel destinations.  

Itinerary

Welcome to Peru! Fly into Lima and meet with your Peru Unbound guide before traveling to your accommodations for the evening.

ACCOMMODATION : Selected Hotel

Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley

After breakfast, fly from Lima to Cusco. After landing, travel to the Sacred Valley, where the colorful Pisac Indian Market and the massive Ollantaytambo fortress await. Locals from all over this Peruvian region gather at the picturesque town of Pisac to sell their wares at the traditional market. Pick up a memento and see local culture in action before stopping for a fresh lunch.

This afternoon takes us to the fascinating city of Ollantatambo, known for its extensive Incan urban planning as well as their incorporation of large boulders and stone structures. There are many sights to be had here, including temples, terraces, storehouses, quarries and military defenses—and all retain the ancient Inca artistry that makes this region so amazing.

Note:  For this day, we recommended flights that arrive to Cusco before 11:00am.

ACCOMMODATION : Selected Hotel
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch

Chinchero - Maras - Moray

After a hearty Peruvian breakfast, set off toward Chinchero. Here, we visit the remains of an Incan palace, a colonial church set up on enduring stone foundations and ingenious cultivation terraces. 

Our travels then take us to Maras, a town known for its "trabajos de sal,” or series of saltwater pools. Locals fill the waiting pools with saltwater taken from Maras’ natural springs; after several days, the evaporated water leaves a heap of salt waiting to be collected. We then journey to the nearby agricultural terraces of Moray, where scholars believe the Incas attempted to craft their own microclimate in the hopes of helping plants adapt to the high altitude. 

ACCOMMODATION : Selected Hotel
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Picnic Lunch

Ollantaytambo - Agua Calientes

Enjoy a leisurely morning where you may explore the extensive sights of the Ollantaytambo village or visit the ancient Ollantaytambo fortress on your own. This afternoon, board a train at Ollantaytambo. This scenic train ride is considered one of the most beautiful in the world, so enjoy the views as you speed your way through stunning Peruvian countryside up to Machu Picchu Pueblo. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, settle into your hotel and discover what sights and authentic Peruvian cuisine await you this evening.

ACCOMMODATION : Selected Hotel
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast

Machu Picchu - Cusco

After an early breakfast, head out to journey toward the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. You have a full day of exploring ahead of you as you walk through ancient monuments and see into Inca’s still palpable past. 

You also have the chance to hike up Huayna Picchu today at an additional extra cost. The trek affords sweeping views and new perspectives on iconic landmarks. After the morning’s adventures, rest with some lunch before returning to catch the train to Ollantaytambo. Once we’ve pulled into town, you’re taken to Cusco—our final destination for the day. More historic sights and tasty Andean dishes await you this evening. 

ACCOMMODATION : Selected Hotel
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast, Lunch

Cusco City Tour

You have another day of discovery ahead of you as you venture into Cusco. Ancient Incan monuments and Spanish Colonial landmarks are on the agenda today. A highlight of the day is the Warrior’s square, or Huacaypata to the Incans. This “Main Square” has witnessed historic events and retains its ancient allure. You also tour the Spanish El Triunfo Cathedral, constructed   on top of the Incan temple of Suntur Wasi (House of God). The cathedral houses impressive altar engravings and an attractive pulpit.

We continue viewing religious monuments with a tour of the Santa Domingo convent here—yet another Spanish landmark laid over the foundations of an Inca Temple. Below the convent lies the remains of the Inca temple of  Koricancha, or Temple of the Sun, whose walls were said to be coated in gold. We finish our afternoon with a stop at the neighboring ruins of Sacsayhuamán, an extensive Incan fortress, and the ancient city of Cusco. 

ACCOMMODATION : Selected Hotel
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakfast

Cusco - Lima

Wake early and travel to Cusco’s airport, where you catch your flight back to Lima. Upon arrival, settle into your hotel and enjoy a leisurely afternoon exploring more of Lima’s cultural highlights.

ACCOMMODATION : Selected Hotel
MEALS INCLUDED : Breakast

Lima - City Tour - Airport

Complete your adventure with one final half-day tour available in either the morning or afternoon. Meet your guides and travel to the Historic Centre of Lima, a UNESCO World Heritage Center. As you tour the “City of Kings,” stroll through San Martin Square, or “Plaza de Armas” where the Archbishop’s Palace, Cathedral, Town Hall and Government Palace are located. Our tour then takes us to San Francisco Church, a masterpiece of Colonial architecture preserving the best examples of Colonial religious art in America. We finish today’s excursion up with a visit to the renowned Larco Herrera Museum. Browse the comprehensive display of over 45,000 pre-Columbian archaeological objects chronicling over 3,000 years of Peru’s history. 

After our tour of the Historic Centre of Lima, return to your hotel before heading to the Lima airport to meet your return flight. 

Dates & Rates

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Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2019
Daily Departures
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Supplementary Information

Year round daily departures available.

Price $3365 per person, based on 2 people sharing in Tourist Superior Hotels

Single Supplement: $980

Please inquire for availability and pricing for larger groups.

 

Included: 
•    All Accommodations as outlined on the itinerary 
•    All meals as outlined on the itinerary 
•    Service of a bilingual guide (Spanish/English 
•    All transportation while on tour
•    Full service of our Adventure Consultants

Not Included:
•    Airfare to and from Peru
•    Meals not specified on the itinerary 
•    Alcoholic beverages
•    Gratuities
•    Items of a personal nature

Included: 
•    All Accommodations as outlined on the itinerary 
•    All meals as outlined on the itinerary 
•    Service of a bilingual guide (Spanish/English) 
•    All transportation while on tour
•    Full service of our Adventure Consultants

Not Included:
•    Airfare to and from Peru
•    Meals not specified on the itinerary 
•    Alcoholic beverages
•    Gratuities
•    Items of a personal nature

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FAQ & More

When is the best time to visit Peru?

Weather in Peru varies by region, for the coast (Lima, Ica, Nazca, Mancora, Trujillo) the best time to visit are the months of November to March when it is summer on the coast. In February in particular you have events like Carnaval, a very fun time of year on the coast. You can visit coastal cities during the winter (June to August) but Lima will be fairly overcast and cold as well as some other coastal cities.

For Andean cities such as Cusco, Ayacucho, Huaraz, Puno and Cajamarca the best time to visit is during their dry season which runs from May to September. During this time you can expect warm days and chilly nights and very little rain.

The Amazon Jungles of Peru have two season and they both can be equally rewarding. If seeing lots of birds and mammals (and enjoying a slightly cooler temperature) is your thing, then the December to May might be your best choice. (Remember: Despite being the "rainy" season, the Amazon only gets about 10% more rain than falls in the low water season). If jungle hikes, exotic migratory on their way through Amazonia, still having the chance to see monkeys and other mammals, and going on great fishing expeditions top your list, you might be happier choosing the warmer, low water season (June - November).

Do I need a visa to visit Peru?

U.S citizens do not need a visa to visit Peru as long as it's a tourist visit of less than 90 days. You will be given your visa upon arrival in Lima. It's important that you hold on to this visa as many hotels will ask to see this document in order to exempt you from the IGV or Peruvian Sales Tax.

As Visa and Entry Requirements can change without prior notice, we recommend you check the current regulations before your trip to Peru with the nearest Peruvian Consulate or Embassy.

Do I need any medications or vaccinations to visit Peru?

There are no required vaccinations to visit Peru unless you plan to visit remote areas of the Peruvian Amazon, in which case you will need a yellow fever shot and you may want to take malaria medication as well. The Puerto Maldonado and Iquitos areas have not seen cases of either Malaria or Yellow fever in recent times. 

Check with your Travel doctor regarding visiting Peru, we strongly recommend you bring medications for bacterial infections (Ciprofloxacin) that can affect your stomach as well as antidiarrheal medication (Immodium). Dramamine is also great for Altitude and motion sickness. For more Health Information for Travelers in Peru visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

What is altitude sickness and how can I prevent it?

Altitude sickness, also known as Soroche in Peru, occurs when there is not enough oxygen reaching your brain. This typically occurs at elevations over 10,000ft. Shortness of breath and a pounding heart are the first symptoms as the thin air in high altitude can make you feel light headed and dizzy. As your symptoms progress you can get extremely nauseous and suffer from vomiting and intense headaches if not remedied by either medication or descending in altitude.

Preventing altitude sickness is easy, always allow for an extra day to acclimate when you visit in a location with high altitude. Relax in your hotel and lie down, drink plenty of fluids and avoid strenuous exercise. It can take up to a week to become full acclimated, many travelers don't have that amount of time so in order to acclimate fastest it is best to take it easy, avoid alcohol, cigarettes and heavy foods. If you begin to feel mild symptoms then we recommend you drink some Coca Tea (legal in Peru), even drinking carbonated drinks like Coca Cola help. It's important to realize that you get altitude sickness by not feeding your brain enough oxygen, so make sure you are breathing well, take decongestants if you have a cold or can't breathe well. Prescription medications such as Diamox can also be a great help.

In the higher elevation locations such as Cusco it is possible to purchase oxygen and buy medications in case you are having a real hard time acclimating.  Most larger hotels in these areas can also offer extra oxygen to be pumped in your room for an additional charge.

Should I purchase travel insurance before my trip?

Travel insurance is recommended to protect your trip as well as your belongings and scheduling should any unforeseen events arise. Guests must provide their own travel insurance. If you decide not to purchase travel insurance then you are directly responsible for your own belongings and wellbeing. Our guides will always be around to help you should any situation arise, however when it comes to paying for any medical expenses or additional flights due to airline cancellations, you will be responsible for these.

What's the weather like in Peru?

The weather in Peru varied; it has 28 of the world's 32 different climates. Generally speaking, May through October is the dry season; November through April is the rainy season, and the wettest months are January through April in the highlands. In mountain areas, roads and trek paths may become impassable. Peru's climate, though, is markedly different among its three vastly different regions. The coast is predominantly arid and mild, the Andean region (highlands) is temperate to cold, and the eastern lowlands are tropically warm and humid. 

On the desert coast, summer (Dec-Apr) is hot and dry, with temperatures reaching 77°-95°F or more along the north coast. In winter (May-Oct), temperatures are much milder, though with high humidity. Much of the coast, including Lima, is shrouded in a gray mist called garua. Only the extreme northern beaches are warm enough for swimming.
 
In the highlands from May to October, rain is scarce. Daytime temperatures reach a warm (68°-77°F, and nights are often quite cold (near freezing), especially in June and July. Rainfall is very abundant from December to March, when temperatures are slightly milder 64°-68°F. The wettest months are January and February. Most mornings are dry, but clouds move in during the afternoon and produce heavy downpours. 

Though the Amazon jungle is consistently humid and tropical, with significant rainfall year-round, it, too, experiences two clearly different seasons. During the dry season (May-Oct), temperatures reach 86°-100°F during the day. From November to April, there are frequent rain showers (which last only a few hours at a time), causing the rivers to swell, and temperatures are humid.

What should I pack for my trip?

Packing for your trip depends on the season and locations you will be visiting. Peru has almost all of the world’s climates nestled between the coast, the Andes and the Jungle. For that reason it is important that you to pack layered clothing, that is bring a piece of clothing for both hot and warm conditions, clothing you can take on and off easily as the climates change. Refer to the provided packing list for details of what to bring on your specific trip.

Is Peru safe to visit?

Peru is generally safe to visit and the security in the major cities is getting better as the economy and tourism grows. That is not to say that there is no crime, like any of the other big cities of the world opportunistic crimes such as pickpocketing and theft are present. Below are some tips to minimize your chance of falling victim to these crimes.

1. Travel in groups and avoid dark streets at night – Basic advice but good. Thieves will target you if you stumble alone into a dark street. Avoid areas that are not well lit, this applies even if you are in a group
2. When using ATM, have a friend with you – They can keep guard from behind when using an ATM and always check that the card entry slot has not been tampered with.
3. Keep belongings out of site in vehicles - When in taxis or other modes of transport put your belongings under your feet or in the back where they cannot be seen. 
4. Valuables – Most hotels will have room safes where you can leave your valuables or will have a safe in reception.
5. Blend in - don't carry large bags or luggage with you all the time, leave valuables at your hotel, try and look and act like a local. If you must check your travel guide or map then step into a cafe or restaurant. 
6. Wear backpack on front, bring travel purse - Again avoid carrying large bags, if you must carry a backpack wear it on your front. Invest in a travel wallet, where you can have your money and valuables hidden from view.
7. Be Aware - a commonly used phrase in Peru is Mosca or Fly, the saying means to be aware of your surroundings. When leaving a restaurant or nightclub be sure to check that you have not left any personal belongings. 
8. Taxis - If possible always have your hotel call a reputable taxi driver for you if you decide to go explore your location further. Always agree on a price before you get into a taxi to avoid confusion later, taxis are seldom more than S/.20 for a local trip. If catching a cab away from your hotel be sure your driver has identification visible, if possible go to the nearest hotel and ask them to call you a cab.

What is the currency in Peru?

The currency in Peru is called the Nuevo Sol or just Sol. The current dollar to sol exchange rate is $1 = S/ 3.00 

What are the electrical outlet/ voltage details in Peru?

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. Some larger Hotels have US 110 volt outlets available.

How can I get the most out of my trip to Peru?

We recommend you do some reading on Peru's history to make the most of your trip. Travel guides are a great resource, this way you get to know a little more about the locations you are visiting. 

We can't stress the importance of learning about the incredible cuisine. Search for recipes online and make a list of dishes to try in Peru. These should include Ceviche, Pachamanca, Anticuchos, Papa a la Huancaina, Causa, Rocotto Relleno among others, there really are too many to name.

Learn a little Spanish. A little Spanish goes a long way in Peru, not only will it help you get better prices in cabs for example but you will be able to barter better on souvenirs and goods. Interacting with Peruvians will be more rewarding as you will learn where the local hot spots are as well as get recommendations for places to see and restaurants to try. Even just learning to say thank you (Gracias) and please (Por Favor) when asking for things will go a long way in how well you are treated by others.

Most importantly we ask that you travel with an open mind. Peruvian culture is very different from the westernized world with different values and customs. You should always be mindful of these and be very patient with people. 
Although Peru is going through a great period of economic growth and prosperity it is still a third world nation and the service sector still needs room to better develop. We're sure you'll have a great time in Peru if you visit with no expectations and with an adventurous spirit, a relaxed attitude and curiosity to explore a new culture.

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