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Ancient Peru & Machu Picchu

11 days Nature & Wildlife Tours
Lima is home to excellent museums that showcase the achievements of Peru’s oldest cultures, but the draw to Peru 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 Incan sites in the Sacred Valley and the legendary Lost City of the Incas at Machu Picchu.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

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-Colombian 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 Monastery 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 $449*pp 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 $65*pp 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 or 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.

• Admire the old Spanish cathedral, La Merced Church and the Plaza de Armas

• Stroll through ruins at Kenko and Puka Pucara, the “red fortress”

• Explore the fortress of Sacsayhuaman and Koricancha Temple, which was once covered completely in gold

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, through the verdant valleys that lead to the Lost City of the Incas. 

• Explore the perfect stonework of the Temple of the Sun 

• View the fountains of the Royal Sector

• Take in the sights from the Temple of the Three Windows

• Discover the cave of the Temple of the Condor and the calendar of Intihuatana

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 $89*pp 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 a.m. 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 advanced 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 - Incan Traditions: Moray Maras & Chinchero Village $119*pp Details

Spend an afternoon learning about the roots of the Sacred Valley. Start in Moray, the site of famous Incan 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 March through October.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $129)

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

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

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 Lima & the Amazon $499 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

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 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 $149*pp 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, which has 240 plants cultivated by local shaman who will explain their practices of Amazonian natural healing.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $159)

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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4 / 5

Traveled On: 4/9/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Edwin is the best

Edwin not only provides tour information but is very protective and caring for his tour group. Muy Bien.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 11/7/2010

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: OK

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 2/12/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: OK

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great tour

Enjoyed most of the tour. Great way to see Machu Picchu which was the reason I took this trip (and I had had great luck with GoAhead on previous trip). The food was great, the people were very friendly I thought, and the accomodations were very good. I would rate the accomodations as excellent except several of us had trouble with their cooling system and it was extremely warm in Lima. The biggest problem is getting around in the country. One has to take a flight to Cusco and then later a bus ride followed by a train ride to get to the small town of Machu Picchu and then another bus ride to get to Machu Picchu itself. Takes a lot of time to do that both coming and going. The flight to Lima from Dallas was not pleasant as it was very crowded space but one expects that on USA airlines. LAN - airline from Lima to Cusco and back - was actually very comfortable. Anyone going should expect a lot of walking and a few places we could have spent more time. The 2nd day at Machu Picchu was maybe the highlight of the trip for me - hiking to the Sun Gate overlooking the place. Tour guide should be encouraged to go with those wanting to go back the 2nd day (for some reason GoAhead does not pay for the guide's 2nd day). Roberto - out tour guide - was great and he had several great tour guides to help especially the ones in Lima and Machu Picchu. After only 2 trips with GoAhead, I would suggest that it is pretty hard to beat their trips. Would recommend this trip to anyone who is interested.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/3/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Magical Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is like nothing else I have seen on the 5 continents I have visited. It is a magical place of beauty and mystery. What happened to the Incas? How were they able to build on and live in such a challenging place? How lucky are we that it was "re-discovered" in the early 1900's? Do not miss the chance to visit one of the true wonders of the world. Time in Lima and Cusco are parts of this tour too, and offer fascinating glimpses into Peruvian culture. I loved this tour!

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 1/8/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

NOT FOR SENIORS WITH MOBILITY LIMITATIONS

PERU WAS FASCINATING AND THE PEOPLE WERE WARM AND FRIENDLY. ALTITUDE SICKNESS WAS A REAL PROBLEM IN CUSCO DESPITE FOLLOWING ALL OF THE DIRECTIONS TO AVOID. OXYGEN WAS WAS NEEDED TWICE BUT DIDN'T OFFER MUCH RELIEF. WE STRUGGLED THROUGH MACHU PICCHU LITERALLY CLIMBING OVER STEEP STEPS WHILE HOLDING ONTO OUR GUIDES FOR SUPPORT AND BALANCE. ALTHOUGH WE HAD BOOKED THE FOLLOW-UP VISIT TO MACHU PICCHU THE FOLLOWING DAY THERE WAS NO WAY THAT WE COULD DO THIS. WE'RE HOPING THAT WE WILL BE GIVEN CREDIT FOR THIS MISSED EXCURSION. OUR TOUR DIRECTOR WAS GREAT - VERY SUPPORTIVE, CONCERNED, AND HELPFUL. HE MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR US TO REALIZE MAXIMUM BENEFIT FROM THIS TOUR.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 11/6/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: GA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Machu Picchu

I loved the trip but it was too long for me and I think the itinerary would have been better with a bit of rearranging. My tour directoer was outstanding, helpful and most recommended. It was an experience but next time I will arrange my itinerary, so I gradually increase in alttiutde.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/16/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing tour guide

I can't say enough about how wonderful Roberto was. He was extremely knowledgeable and interesting. And also caring and enthusiastic about his country. He went out of his way to insure that everyone had the best experience possible and took this responsible seriously. He made himself available at all times and was very attentive to those that needed extra help on the trip.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/17/2014

Number of Past Tours: 8

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fabulous Tour Director

We had a fabulous tour director, Edwin who made everyone in the group feel special. The whole tour was wonderful and Machu Picchu is beyond words. My favorite was the Amazon extention. Suzy the pregnant Spider Monkey laid her head on my lap and started to doze off. It was heavenly.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/13/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Superb Tour Director!

When Peruvian airlines were stumped by my oxygen concentrator machine our Tour Director exerted his charm and language skills to overcome all obstacles! He never made me feel that I was the problem and dealt with the recurring issues with grace and efficiency. Aside from those glitches, the trip was a varied delight, with charming and knowlegeable local guides throughout. The accommodations, even along the Amazon River, were comfortable with good food at every stop. When the railroad back to Cuzco from Machu Pichu was knocked out for a while by a landslide, we were escorted through the extra full train station to the first train to get through. We saw everything outlined in the itinerary and much more. We were given clear options to choose between for our free times and special requests were always dealt with in efficient and professional ways. I could not recommend the tour more highly!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/17/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Edwin gave us an excellent tour

I had taken guided tours before and was previously underwhelmed but Go Ahead Tours was a totally different experience. Edwin not only was an excellent guide but a genuinely one of the nicest and hard working people I've ever met. He took care of all of our needs and got to know us personally. By the end of the trip Edwin and everyone in our group were all good friends. The trip was well thought out and the places we visited were interesting and memorable (bring your camera). Shopping was abundant and prices were more than reasonable. I found the Peruvians to be very kind and gentle people which made travel in their country relaxing and pleasant. I highly recommend this tour and guide. I plan on signing up for more Go Ahead trips.

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