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Ancient Peru & Machu Picchu

11 days Nature & Wildlife
Lima is home to excellent museums that showcase the achievements of Peru’s oldest cultures, but the country’s main draw is the chance to uncover the very sites where the ancient Inca once thrived. Ascend into the Andes and explore the plazas of colonial Cuzco, the Inca sites in the Sacred Valley and the legendary Lost City of the Incas at Machu Picchu.

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Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

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Maximum tour group size: 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.

Summer dates we love: June 23, August 4, September 15

Celebrate New Year's Eve in Lima on a special winter departure of this tour.

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Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Lima 3 nights Hotel info

Day 1: Flight & arrival in Peru

Board your flight to Lima and arrive later this evening.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Lima

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

View the pre-Columbian art on display at the Larco Museum, then follow a local guide on a tour of both the modern and colonial quarters of Lima. 

• See the city’s cathedral, Plaza de Armas and the Church of San Francisco, which houses a museum of religious art and 16th-century catacombs

• Enter the Huaca Huallamarca archaeological site

Later, get to know your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Free day in Lima

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Lima or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Nazca Lines $449pp* Details

Travel from Lima to the town of Pisco where you’ll board a flight to one of the world’s greatest remaining mysteries, the Nazca Lines. Visible only from the air, the Lines are massive geoglyphs (geometric designs made of rocks) in the desert, preserved for over 1,000 years in one of the driest places on earth. You’ll take an aerial tour of the region, learning about the many theories behind the Lines’ origin. Lunch is included. Please note: This optional requires advanced booking and payment at least 20 days prior to departure. The travel time to Pisco is approximately 3.5 hours each way. This excursion may not be appropriate for travelers prone to motion sickness. All travelers will need to report their weight to the pilot before takeoff, and passengers over 250 pounds may be required to pay a surcharge.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursion - Traditional Peruvian Dinner $65pp* Details

At tonight’s dinner in Lima, get a taste of the traditional flavors of Peruvian cuisine. Start the evening with a cooking demonstration and learn to make classic ceviche and a pisco sour, the national drink of Peru. Then, enjoy a delicious buffet dinner with a wide variety of regional specialties, including ceviche (non-fish-eaters, don't worry—there's plenty here for you, too). For some dinner entertainment, enjoy a traditional folklore show featuring indigenous dances from around the country.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $75)

Cuzco 3 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Flight to Cuzco

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to the airport this morning to fly to Cuzco, where you’ll have free time to acclimate to the elevation as you explore on your own.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Cuzco

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Follow a local guide on a sightseeing tour of the magnificent capital of ancient Peru.

• 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, a towering Christ statue outside the city

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

Day 6: Full-day excursion to the Sacred Valley

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

A local guide leads you on a full-day sightseeing tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, nestled between Cuzco, Machu Picchu and the surrounding Andes Mountains. 

• See the famous ruins of Ollantaytambo, once the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti

• Stop in Urubamba to enjoy lunch with the group

• Visit several local market towns, including Pisac

Machu Picchu 1 night Hotel info

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Machu Picchu

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Take a train to Aguas Calientes, passing through the verdant valleys that lead to the Lost City of the Incas. 

• 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

• Choose to hike to the Temple of the Sun and explore the ruins on your own

Cuzco 2 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Return to Cuzco

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Spend a free morning near Machu Picchu or add an excursion to return to the ruins.

Rejoin the group for lunch in Aguas Calientes before taking a train back to Cuzco.

Optional Excursion - Machu Picchu: Return Visit $89pp* Details

After experiencing Machu Picchu for the first time with your tour group, take the opportunity to continue exploring the Lost City of the Incas on your own the next morning. The Peruvian government only allows select visitors into Machu Picchu each day, but purchasing your return ticket in advance from Go Ahead will guarantee you reentrance to the site any time after 6 am on the day of your excursion. Please note: It’s possible to purchase return tickets to Machu Picchu directly from the Peruvian government while on tour, but tickets are limited in availability, and you may experience long wait times. The only way to guarantee reentrance to Machu Picchu is by purchasing your tickets in advance. Due to limited quantities, we require at least 45 days advance notice to obtain tickets on your behalf.

Must be booked 45 days before departure

Day 9: Free day in Cuzco

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Cuzco or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Traditional Peruvian Cooking Class & Dinner $105pp* Details

Learn to prepare a traditional Peruvian meal from the expert chefs at one of Cuzco’s top restaurants on this culinary excursion. With the beautiful Andes Mountains as your backdrop, use locally sourced ingredients to create two authentic dishes, as well as exotic cocktails made with pisco, a Peruvian brandy. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious dinner in the restaurant. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from November through March.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $115)

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 10: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fly to Lima this morning to relax in a dayroom before boarding your flight home tonight or early tomorrow morning. If you are continuing on the tour extension to the Amazon, you’ll spend tonight in Lima.

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 11: Arrival at home

Arrive home today.

Add The Amazon $899 pp

One of South America's most important natural wonders, the Amazon is the biggest forest in the world and home to the single greatest concentration of life on the planet. Hike through a part of this stunning landscape, take a boat ride to an indigenous Yagua village and visit a former Franciscan mission town.

Lima 1 night Hotel info

Day 10: Flight to Lima

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fly to Lima this morning and settle into your hotel.

The Amazon 2 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Flight to Iquitos & Yagua village visit

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fly to Iquitos this morning to begin your adventure in the Amazon.

• Board a boat for a scenic transfer to your Amazon jungle lodge, keeping your eye out for the elusive pink dolphins

• Take a short river cruise to a Yagua Indian village to see local crafts and watch a piranha fishing demonstration

Day 12: Rainforest hike

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Take an invigorating hike in the rainforest reserve surrounding your lodge or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Amazon Canopy Walk $155pp* Details

Go deep into the Amazon with a treetop walk. The day starts with breakfast under the palm-thatched roofs of the ExplorNapo Lodge on the Napo River. Next, hike to the spectacular Canopy Walkway for a bird’s-eye view of the rainforest, taking in the lush plants and wildlife along the way. Afterward, enjoy lunch and a visit to the ReNuPeRu Ethnobotanical Garden. A local shaman will explain how the 240 plants cultivated here are used for healing.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 13: Local school visit & departure

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Stop in the former Franciscan mission town of Indiana to visit a local school. Then, fly to Lima to board your overnight or early morning flight home.

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 14: Arrival at home

Arrive home today.

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Passport & Visa

In order to enter Peru, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact the Peruvian consulate for your specific entry requirements. Upon arrival in Peru, you’ll be given an Andean immigration card. Please keep this with you. You’ll need it for your trip to Machu Picchu.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. 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 luggage 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 internal 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 carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & Packing Tips

To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as binoculars and a lightweight jacket or rainwear. Insect repellent and long clothing are strongly recommended for your excursions to Incan ruins and the Sacred Valley. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

Travelers should be aware of high-altitude conditions in Peru. The altitude of Cuzco is 11,000 feet. Travelers (especially those with heart or lung conditions) are encouraged to take precautions and consult with their personal healthcare providers before undertaking high-altitude travel. The best way to prevent “altitude sickness,” which sometimes results in headaches and nausea, is to make sure that you’re well-hydrated throughout your stay. Sightseeing of Machu Picchu and the Incan ruins also involves walking on some uneven terrain, and travelers should be in reasonable shape. While no vaccinations are required, be sure to check with your doctor eight weeks prior to departure for recommendations.

Important Health Tips

In order for you to stay healthy throughout your Peruvian tour, we recommend the following: Drink bottled water. (Refrain from drinking tap water, including when brushing teeth.) Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables, unless they are cooked or washed in clean water and peeled. Bring a small first-aid kit, including antacids, anti-diarrhea medication and any prescription medications.

Cuisine

Peruvian dishes are especially varied, from the light seafood of the coast to the substantial, thick meals of the highlands. The cuisine features a blend of indigenous and European (mainly Spanish) tastes. Typical dishes on the coast include shellfish, sea bass and scallops, often marinated in lemon juice, chili peppers and onions and served with potatoes or corn. Highland dishes are heartier, also featuring corn and potatoes and usually served with roasted meat. A popular favorite is lomo saltado, strips of beef fried with onions, tomatoes, peppers and potatoes and served with rice. For the more adventurous, roast guinea pig is an Incan delicacy and outdoor barbeques are very popular among the locals. Soups make excellent appetizers for all meals. It’s a good idea to check about the preparation of Peruvian dishes with the waitstaff or chef, as many are very spicy. Social drinking is less popular in Peru, and local beers and wines don’t have the same reputation as those of Chile, Argentina and Brazil. However, you might sample the native pisco, a delicious (but sour) white-grape brandy.

Arrival & Transportation Information

Round-trip flights arrive in and depart from Lima. A flight to Cuzco, round-trip train travel to Machu Picchu and a flight back to Lima are also included in your trip cost. All other transportation is by private motor coach. Lima is a large, busy city and while walking is possible in most areas, you may want to explore on your own using public transportation. Local buses are available in two forms: micros (ironically, the bigger, s standard ones) and combis (minibuses or vans). Feel free to ask your Tour Director for help.

Electricity

Peru uses 220 volts. An adapter is necessary.

Time Zones

Despite having reversed seasons, Peru actually falls on a similar time zone to Eastern Standard Time, except it does not observe daylight saving time. Therefore, Peru has the same time as New York from October to April, and is one hour behind New York from April to October.

Currency

The Peruvian sol is the currency you will be using on your tour. 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. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Please Note: If you will be exchanging U.S. dollar bills in Peru, we advise that they be in new condition, as most vendors will not accept bills if they are wrinkled or dirty.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/14/2016

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: IN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour

It was a great tour. I discovered there is a lot more to Peru than just Machu Picchu. Both Lima and Cuzco have unique personalities. Roberto was our tour guide and made every thing simple, smooth and fun. I also must say that due to a family emergency, I had to leave the group unexpectedly and Roberto, Condor travel and Go-Ahead led me by the hand all the way. I can't say enough good things about how quickly and smoothly they got me home.

 

Hi Bj! We’re so glad you had a good time on tour. You’re absolutely right that there’s a lot more to Peru than Machu Picchu. We’re happy you were able to experience some of the other sites and flavors of this beautiful country. It’s great to know that your Tour Director enhanced your trip and that he showed so much care and concern for you. We will always support you in any way that we can from the beginning to the end of your tour. Thank you for your review, and we hope to see you on the road again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 03, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 2/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Would recommend to friends!

We had a grand trip to Peru, South America in February. Peru is south of the equator so when it's winter here it is summer there. We had never been south of the equator before and two weeks in summer during our very cold was a good thing. But the trip was so much more than that. Mainly we saw and learned about the Incan culture that was Peru before the Spanish conquest in the 16th century. From the capitol, Lima, we went up the Andes mountains to the smaller city of Cusco. Then we saw so much of the remains of what Incas had built. We also learned about how the natives make wool from Llama fur and dye it and weave fabrics. We saw the Sacred Valley where the Incas terraced the mountain sides. It was unbelievable how much work and intricately they carved stones (big stones) and fitted them into walls. This is especially true at Machu Picchu. Then we went to the Upper Amazon River in the rain forest. We were taken Paraná fishing. That was an experience I never thought I would have. We also went to native villages and learned how they live. They even put an Anaconda snake over my shoulders. I survived that encounter! Because two guides held the ends of the snake so it couldn't wrap itself around me. Our guide, Roberto Compos Aereda must be among the best tour guides in the world. He looked after all of us and made everything happen as planned. We have been on many tours around the world and this has to be ranked among the very best. This was our first time with Go Ahead Travel and they do a grand job and economical rates. We will be glad to recommend them to our friends.

 

Hi Gerald! Wow, it sounds like you learned a lot while on tour! We strive to maintain an educational focus on our tours, as our roots are in education. It’s great to know that you came away with a greater understanding of the history and culture of this great country. We’re also glad you were able to visit so many beautiful places, such as Machu Picchu, Lima, and the Upper Amazon. Your fishing experience sounds very interesting, and we’re happy to hear you survived your Anaconda encounter! Sounds like a “wild” time! We’re thrilled your Tour Director had such a positive impact on your tour, and we’re honored that you would recommend Go Ahead to your friends. We hope to see you on the road soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 18, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 2/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: GA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour Director

Thanks to our Director Roberto Campos our tour of Peru was exiting, informative and well organized. Going from the airport to our hotel it was clear that Roberto took satisfaction in telling us about Lima and informing us about activities and siteseeing planned for the next day. We dId bus and walking tours through Lima after breakfast. We went to several points of interest including good restaurants and parks where various wares and works of art were on exhibit. Though we did a lot of touring we had time to relax. On our bus ride to Cuzco and during stops at points of interest there we got introduced to local residents who demonstrated interesting crafts which were their specialty. We also had time to get acclimated to high elevation before climbing along the Inca Trail and going by bus to Machu Picchu which was the high point of the trip for us.

 

Hi Alva! Thank you for your great review! We’re thrilled to hear you enjoyed your Tour Director and found him to be a great resource. We’re also glad you felt there was a good balance between structured and down time on tour. It’s great to know you acclimated well to the altitude in Peru, particularly around Machu Picchu. Again, thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 12, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 3/3/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Machu Picchu speaks for itself

I am happy to cross Machu Picchu off the bucket list. Our tour director was knowledgeable and extremely attentive. We had an amazing group that was friendly and very easy to get along with. The altitude was a problem for some of us. I wish it had been mentioned as a precaution. Tipping was disorganized and confusing. Hotel in Lima had rock hard bed and pillows in Cuzco were uncomfortable. Hotel near MP was exquisite. Overall, had a great time. Tour was full of interesting sites and the people friendly. I would recommend this tour to friends.

 

Dear Emma, Thank you for sharing your experience. We are glad that overall you enjoyed your tour of Peru. It sounds like your Tour Director and your fabulous group were two memorable aspects of your trip! We regret to hear that altitude was a problem for some in your group. The high-altitude conditions in parts of Peru, such as Cuzco, are something to be aware of, which is why we caution travelers in both the health section of the tour page on our website as well as in the final mailing packet we sent you shortly before your departure. These materials are intended to inform our travelers on how to prepare for their tour and what they can expect. Regarding tipping, it is customary throughout most of our tours to offer service staff a gratuity. Your Tour Director is able to provide any questions or guidance throughout the process. As for your hotel in Lima, we will be sure to communicate your feedback about the pillows to our Operations team. We are constantly using this feedback to evaluate our tours. Again, we thank you for writing a review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | March 18, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 2/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director and Outstanding Sights

I'm one of the lucky twenty on the Ancient Peru and Machu Picchu tour, with the extension to the Amazon, February 18 to March 2. I know that this trip will be one of the high points of my travels. The sights -- Machu Picchu, Cuzco and the Amazon -- are extraordinary, but they were matched by our amazing tour director, Roberto. We were a group of twenty signed up to tour Peru, but with his energy, enthusiasm and attention to detail, we traveled as a group of friends. The trip was well planned, the organization outstanding and I have memories that will last the rest of my life. I am especially grateful to Roberto and the Go Ahead staff for helping find my suitcase that went astray and was finally reunited with me in Cuzco.

 

Hi Carol! Thank you for your fabulous review. We’re thrilled that you consider this tour to be one of the high points of your travels. Peru is indeed a spectacular destination, and Machu Picchu is one of our favorite sites! We’re so glad you enjoyed your Tour Director and that his enthusiasm and attention to detail enhanced your time on tour. It’s also great to hear you liked the itinerary. Our team strives to design well-rounded tour experiences for our travelers. What a relief that your suitcase was found and reunited with you in Cusco – we’re so glad we could make that happen for you! Again, thank you for sharing your experience and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | March 21, 2016

2 / 5

2 / 5

Traveled On: 1/19/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: IA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

My 1st Bad Review!

The tour itself and the Guides were wonderful! The country itself was filthy. No air in the hotels, lots of diesel fumes in the cities, making it very hard to breath. Even with the humidity and being above sea level wasn't too bad, we expected the high altitude. It was the exhaust we didn't expect to encounter, most of our group was sick during the tour. Such a beautiful country, too bad you can't breath!

 

Hi Mary! We’re so glad we were able to speak with you this afternoon about your experience. We will be reporting your valuable feedback to our Product Development team. We’re happy that, despite the bad air you experienced, you were able to enjoy the tour itself as well as your tour guides. Please let us know if you have any further comments or questions about your tour experience by giving us a call at 1-800-597-0350. Again, we thank you for taking the time to discuss your concerns with us today.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | February 08, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

All I expected-and more!!

The planning and pace of this tour was excellent. Edwin our tour director is remarkable. From the first day to the end of the tour; we knew we were in very capable hands as everything fell into place and the tour days passed, we were all able to relax, enjoy and explore. I can't say enough good things about the local guides we had as well. Our group of 32 travelers had a wonderful time together through the wonderful meals, to the markets, the train and to the unique sites and villages. Well done GO AHEAD!! I'm already planning my next trip (s) !

1 / 5

1 / 5

Traveled On: 10/15/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: GA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 1 / 5

Worst travel experience

I thought I was mentally prepared to deal with all the scenes of poverty, crowds, animal cruelty and pushy vendors just to see Machu Picchu. I was not - it was overwhelming and depressing. Added to that was a strike in Cuzco for 2 days which left us and others stranded. Restaurants, shops etc were shut until late afternoon when the strike mobs went home. They took down any motorists that were on the road, punctured bus tires, threw paint on people and harassed small vendors selling food on the street. It was just bizarre seeing hordes of tourist, with their luggage walking to and from the airport in the middle of the road. Our tour guide, Edwin, was very keen on working around all obstacles and kept us well informed of any and all situation and got us to the mountains which was absolutely wonderful. The strike had really put a glitch in everyone's plan. The Cusco airport had shut down one day after the strike due to an airplane tire catching on fire. This just added more delays and screw ups for everyone in the country which culminated in a tense and stressful situation for everyone on the return train ride from Machu Picchu. This was further aggravated by a train derailment further up the line that caused hours of delay. Think masses and masses of pushing people where you can't move. Thanks to Edwin, we got on the train several hours later - no small task with all the confusion and pandemonium. We heard many stories from other travelers that had worse situations. We were all grateful to be leaving. This was the worst travel experience in my 45 years of traveling. For the aforementioned things I cannot recommend this trip to anyone.

 

Dear Rhonda, Thank you very much for taking the time to speak with us and share your experience. We really appreciated the opportunity discuss your perception of this tour and the areas visited. While we work diligently to remain aware of the international political climate in all of the places that we tour, we understand that there are circumstances that are beyond our control that had an effect on your experience in Peru. The strike that occurred in Cuzco was unpredictable, and very unfortunate. As soon as the unrest broke out in certain areas of the city, Go Ahead took immediate action to keep the group safe. Through the concerted effort of your Tour Director and our Operations and Emergency Support Teams, we made sure that changes were made to the itinerary to ensure your group was able to continue the tour safely, and visit key sights such as Machu Picchu. We do our best to set the proper expectations with our travelers for what they might expect to see abroad, and we are sorry that you felt overwhelmed by some of the things that you encountered. We will continue to monitor the situation in Peru, and we thank you for providing your perspective on the matter. Thank you again, and we look forward to welcoming you onto another Go Ahead tour in the future.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 03, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Edwin, the Awesome Tour Director

Edwin was an incredible tour director who truly exceeded expectations. Every time we arrived at a new destination, he was busy making phone calls to ensure that everything was running smoothly. He was also personable and an outstanding ambassador for Go Ahead and more importantly for his country, Peru. I think Go Ahead needs to provide greater details about the itinerary. It as pretty vague and additional information would have allowed my travel partner and me to be better prepared. For example, a walking stick is very helpful when touring the ruins and a flashlight for a night hike in the Amazon. Overall, an amazing trip and an amazing group of people to travel with!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Group

Our group numbered 32 and we all came together very well. Our Tour Director (Edwin) was extremely courteous, friendly, caring, and professional and the various tour guides we had during the trip were very knowledgeable. This is my 3rd tour with Go Ahead, all of which have been very enjoyable and great value. The scenery, archaeology and history we were exposed to were absolutely stunning and and Machu Picchu was everything I expected and more. I found the train ride from Cusco to Machu Picchu very enjoyable with its spectacular scenery. Linda and Melinda were very special fellow travelers who I will not forget and I enjoyed their company tremendously. The only down sides were that you had to shut your eyes to the poverty in the streets which was pretty hard at times, plus the airports in Lima and Cusco are very overcrowded and zoo-like.

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