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Ultimate Peru

Group Size: Max 20

Trip code: TPAT

Duration: 9 days

Twin/triple room accommodation
Explore Machu Picchu!
Loads of included activities

Discover the best of Peru over 9 days on this stellar South American trip! You’ll hike the legendary Inca Trail, tick Machu Picchu off your bucket-list and explore the iconic Incan sites of Sacsayhuaman, Moray and the Maras Salt Mines. As well as visiting incredible historic sites, you’ll soak up the Latin vibes with a tasty cooking class in Cusco and get your adrenaline pumping with a mountain bike experience in the sacred valley. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience – alpaca your bags now amigos!

Trip highlights

  • Spend a day at magical Machu Picchu
  • Go mountain biking in the Sacred Valley
  • Trek round the multi-colours of Rainbow Mountain.
  • Explore the pretty cobbled streets and colourful markets of Cusco
  • Visit the Maras Salt Mines, Sacsayhuaman and the mysterious Moray archaeological site
  • Internal flight included to cut down on travel time!
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What's included
  • 8 nights’ accommodation
  • 8 breakfasts and 4 lunches
  • Tour guide
  • Airport pick-up
  • Miraflores walking tour 
  • Salsa bar visit in Cusco
  • Sacsayhuaman ancient site visit
  • Maras Salt Mines visit
  • Moray ancient site visit
  • Inca train ride
  • Inca Trail (1-day full trek)
  • Inca Trail permit
  • Machu Picchu & guided tour
  • Mountain biking
  • Cooking class
  • All on-trip transport (including local flight)
  • 24-hour emergency support
What's not included
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • International flights
  • Return airport transfer
  • Most meals, plus snacks and drinks
  • Optional activities and excursions
Further trip information

Please note that from 2023, there will be some changes to this trip. It will be 10 days instead of 9 and start in Cusco, not Lima. Lima and Miraflores will no longer be on the menu, but you’ll get more time to get cosy with Cusco, and an extra night in awesome Ollantaytambo. You’ll also get the chance to get your craft on at a rural craft community in Cusco, with an Incan dying and weaving experience! 

Day 1: Arrive in Lima. Welcome to Peru! One of our local team will meet you from the airport. Get to know your guide and the rest of your group this evening over some ceviche and a few pisco sours!

Day 2: Miraflores walking tour and flight to Cusco. Take a walking tour of the highlights of Lima's Miraflores coastal area this morning, before flying to Cusco in the afternoon. Take an orientation walk round Cusco’s pretty cobbled streets before visiting a local salsa bar this evening.

Day 3: Cusco City tour & ancient sites. Enjoy a walking tour of the ancient city this morning, including the markets. Then head to Sacsayhuaman, the most famous ruin in Cusco. Take in the spectacular views and fascinating site before enjoying a coffee overlooking Cusco City Square.

Day 4: Rainbow Mountain trek. Spend today on an unforgettable hike, Spend the full day trekking up the mountains and taking in the majestic scenery (it looks like it’s straight out of a postcard, trust). Think layers of gold, lavender, red and turquoise and you're on the right track. Known as one of the best things to do in Peru today and an unforgettable experience, you can cross that off your travel list!

Day 5: Ollantaytambo & ancient sites. Travel to Ollantaytambo today, stopping at the Maras Salt Mines and Moray ruins. They’re both incredibly photogenic – you’re sure to get some killer shots for Insta!  Hop on a mountain bike and slide in style down the mountain! We are taking you on a downhill ride looking at one of the best views of the Andes Mountains. 

Day 6: Inca trail. Hop on the Inca Trail train to the the1-day trek start point. Over 12 km, you’ll hike past mist-shrouded mountains and ancient sites, finishing at the famous Sun Gate. We’ve got your Inca Trail pass sorted, so all you have to do is turn up with your walking boots on!

Day 7: Machu Picchu & Inca City. Kick off one of the ultimate bucket list moments today with a day at Machu Picchu. You’ll spend the whole day walking around the awe-inspiring ruins - make sure you’ve got your camera at the ready! We’ll travel back to Cusco tonight.

Day 8: Cusco cooking class. The morning is free to relax, It's been a big few days and after all this adventure, we've worked up an appetite. How to fix this? Learn to cook some local delicious cuisine! We're trying our hand at slicing and dicing Peru's most tasty delicacies! Cook 1 appetizer, and a main of lomo saltado (That's a local dish btw) and finish it off with a pisco sour! 

Day 9: Adios Amigos! The time has come to pack your bags, swap numbers and say your farewells. Whether you’re heading to the airport or continuing on with your travels, we hope to see you again soon!

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Arrival information

The trip starts in Lima and finishes in Cusco. You’ll need to fly into Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM) on day 1 or earlier. Airport pick-up is included on arrival on your start date. There are no activities planned for day 1, so you can arrive at a time that suits you. If you wish to arrive a few days early you can get your included airport transfer up to 2 days before your start date if you book your extra nights through us. Contact a Travel Advisor for more information.

Please note that from 2023, there will be some changes to this trip. It will be 10 days instead of 9 and start in Cusco, not Lima. 

The closest airport to the trip end point in Cusco, is Alejandro Velasco Astete Airport (CUZ). The trip ends on day 9 and you can depart at any time. You can either make your way to the nearest airport (return airport transfers are not included) or continue your travels in Peru. If you want to go back to the tour start point, the easiest way is on the daily flight from Cusco to Lima (1.5 hours).

Accommodation & meals

The trip includes 8 nights of accommodation on a twin or triple share basis. You can book additional nights of accommodation before the trip starts at an extra cost.

8 breakfasts and 4 lunches are included on this tour. You’ll have to buy the rest of your meals yourself. Peruvian cuisine is incredibly varied due to a range of climates and a colonial history. Eating in a range of eateries is a brilliant way of getting to grips with the country’s rich culture.

Minimum age & eligibility

You need to be 18 years or over to book this trip. This trip is designed for 18-35 year olds.

British Nationals don’t need a visa to enter Peru. On arrival you’re usually given permission to stay for up to 183 days. Your passport should be valid for a minimum of 6 months from your date of entry.

Please note: Visa rules are subject to change. It’s your responsibility to ensure that information is valid at the time of travel.

Covid safety

This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:

Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.

Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.

Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.

Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.

Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.

Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.

Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.

24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.

It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.