A Week in Peru: Lima, Cuzco & Machu Picchu

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

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 15 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including rocky ground and unpaved trails, at high altitudes.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 6 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Lima 1 night Hotel info

Day 1: Arrival in Lima

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

Cuzco 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Lima & transfer to Cuzco

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, follow a local guide on a sightseeing tour highlighting Lima’s modern and UNESCO-recognized colonial quarters.

• Visit the Miraflores district and Parque del Amor

• Stop in the San Isidro district to visit Huaca Huallamarca temple and its museum

• View Plaza Mayor and the Municipal Palace in Lima’s historic center

• Enter the Cathedral of Lima and descend into the catacombs below the Church of San Francisco 

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.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Cuzco

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Set out on a sightseeing tour of Cuzco, the UNESCO-recognized ancient capital of the Inca Empire. 

• Stroll through ruins at Kenko, the “red fortress” of Puca Pucara and Sacsayhuaman, which was once completely covered in gold 

• Stop to view the Cristo Blanco, the towering Christ statue Palestine gave to the people of Cuzco

• Admire La Merced Church, Plaza de Armas and the Convent of Santo Domingo, built by the Spaniards where the Inca temple of Quirikancha stood 

Tonight, get a taste of Peruvian cuisine at a traditional dinner and folklore show.

Machu Picchu Region 1 night Hotel info

Day 4: Aguas Calientes via the Sacred Valley

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

• Peruse the colorful stalls of the open-air Pisac Market, where you’ll find local fare and traditional crafts on display

• 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

Sacred Valley 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Machu Picchu

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

• Travel through the Sacred Valley on a scenic train ride to Urubamba, where you will spend the night

Day 6: Free day in the Sacred Valley

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - Incan Traditions: Moray, Maras & Chinchero Village $95pp* Details

Spend an afternoon learning about the roots of the Sacred Valley. Start in Moray, the site of famous Inca ruins that feature large circular terraces used for agricultural experiments. Then continue on to Maras, known for its patchwork of terraced salt-evaporation ponds that have been used since pre-Incan times. Finish your day in the quaint village of Chinchero to visit a local cooperative of families known as the Balcon del Inka. Here, artisans will demonstrate their traditional weaving and dying techniques and even give you a chance to try your hand at spinning on the loom. Afterward, enjoy dinner before heading back to Cuzco. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from April through October.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $105)

Day 7: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast, 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.

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Day 8: Travel day

Arrive home today.

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Passport & visa 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 which you will need to present when visiting Machu Picchu.

• There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens to enter Peru. 

• If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements. 

Tour pace

• You will walk for about 2 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.

• If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team at 1.800.597.0350.

Transportation & arrival information

• Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive and depart from Lima. A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. 

• Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.

• PeruRail transit and one round-trip flight between Lima and Cuzco are included in the price of  your tour.

• 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 baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead 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  of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.

• Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

• We recommend bringing a small overnight bag, such as a backpack or duffel bag, for your one-night stay at Machu Picchu. 

Clothing & packing tips

• Peru’s diverse geography means temperature and climate vary widely across the country. A sun hat, sunglasses and rain gear can help you stay comfortable in all types of weather. 

• We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.

• A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.

• Binoculars will let you get a closer look at local wildlife and scenery. 

• 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

• There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Peru.

• At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.

• Please be aware that you will be traveling altitudes as high as 12,000 feet above sea level. These high altitudes can sometimes cause breathing difficulties for travelers who have heart problems or respiratory ailments. If you suffer from any of these conditions, please speak to your doctor 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 drink plenty of fluids and limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol.

• Be sure to take proper care for sun exposure, as the sun can be more intense at higher altitudes.

• We recommend drinking bottled water and refraining from drinking tap water, even while brushing teeth.

• Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables, unless they are 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 as well as any possible delays encountered.

• If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to goaheadtours.com and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Relations Team at 1.800.597.0350.

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 Types 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 Peruvian hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what one 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. 

• 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 falls on the same time as Eastern Standard Time (EST) but does not observe daylight saving time, so is five hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) year-round. 

• During daylight saving time, when it’s noon in New York, it’s 11am in Lima. 

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 $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.

• If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD 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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