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Ancient Peru & Machu Picchu

11 days Nature & Wildlife Tours
Journey to the land of the Inca, where striking ruins and evocative artifacts bring the ancient civilization to life. 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.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

Lima3 nights Hotel info

Day 1

Board your flight to Peru. Arrive in Lima later in the evening and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Larco Museum, Cathedral of Lima, Church of San Francisco, Huaca Huallamarca

Start the morning with a visit to the Larco Museum to see some of Peru’s best-preserved pre-Columbian art and culture. Afterward, a local guide leads you on a tour of both the modern and colonial quarters of Lima. Once the center of the New World, Lima is now a bustling metropolis and home to many of South America’s finest museums, shops and restaurants. You’ll see the city’s cathedral, Plaza de Armas and Church of San Francisco, which houses a museum of religious art as well as 16th-century catacombs. Later tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with your group.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

With a full free day in Lima, you may want to visit a museum, such as the National Museum, which houses a plethora of pre-Columbian artifacts from nearby Incan ruins. For unique souvenirs, head to the Polvos Azules city market. Or, you may want to join a full-day optional excursion to the Nazca Lines, mysterious geometric designs visible only from the air. Tonight, consider joining our optional excursion and sample time-honored recipes at our traditional Peruvian dinner.

Optional Excursion - Nazca Lines $439*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.

Cuzco3 nights Hotel info

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, you’ll be escorted to Lima’s airport for a flight to Cuzco, center of the Incan culture. Arrive in Cuzco and transfer to your hotel to get settled in.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Cuzco ruins, Cathedral of Santa Domingo

Cuzco is a brilliant example of a living museum. This magnificent capital of ancient Peru was—and still is—the base for accessing the surrounding religious sites. The city still contains walls and roads originally built by the Incas. In fact, when the Spanish conquered Cuzco in the 16th century, they were so impressed with the Incan architecture that they simply built upon and around it. On a guided sightseeing tour, you’ll view the old Spanish cathedral, La Merced Church, and the breathtaking Koricancha Temple, which was once fully covered in gold and serves as a testament to the wealth and power of the Incas. Later, venture off to three separate Incan archaeological sites, including the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the location of a historic battle that forever changed Peruvian life. The Spanish defeated the Incas here in 1536. Dinner is included tonight.

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Included entrances: Ollantaytambo ruins

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. The valley is rich in ruins and traditional, native villages and is in some ways even more historically important than Machu Picchu. You’ll see the famous ruins of Ollantaytambo, and visit several local market towns, including Pisac in addition to exploring the longest man-made, pre-Columbian canal ever built. Lunch is included today.

Machu Picchu1 night Hotel info

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, take a train to Aguas Calientes, through the lush valleys that lead to Machu Picchu, the evocative Lost City of the Incas. Surrounded by the emerald green Andes Mountains and shrouded in mist with breaks of golden sunlight, Machu Picchu is completely hidden from ground level and is truly one of the world’s most spectacular sights. Explore the perfect stonework of the Temple of the Sun, the fountains of the Royal Sector, the views from the Temple of the Three Windows, the cave of the Temple of the Condor and the mysterious calendar of Intihuatana. Dinner is also included tonight in the Machu Picchu area. Please note: We recommend packing an overnight bag for the one night you’ll spend in Machu Picchu and leaving the rest of your luggage at your hotel in Cuzco.

Cuzco2 nights Hotel info

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, opt for a return visit to Machu Picchu, or spend a free morning in Machu Picchu valley. After an included lunch, return to Cuzco by train.

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

Included meals: Breakfast

With a free day in Cuzco, you might choose to head to the Archaeological Museum, which houses thousands of artifacts from neighboring ruins. Later, consider joining our optional excursion to Moray, Maras and Chinchero to get a taste of Incan traditions.

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.

Limafor a day Hotel info

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fly to Lima this morning. After an included lunch, take some time to make your own discoveries. Dinner is included before boarding your late-night flight home. If you’re joining the extension to the Amazon, you’ll spend tonight in Lima.

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 11

Arrive back home or stay on for our Amazon tour extension. Please note: In some cases, flights will depart Lima on the morning of Day 11.

Add 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.

The Amazon2 nights Hotel info

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Board your flight from Lima to Iquitos, then journey down the Amazon River to your hotel. This afternoon, cruise to the Yagua Indian village where you’ll see local crafts and watch a piranha fishing demonstration. Dinner is included this evening.

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, take an invigorating hike in the rainforest reserve surrounding your lodge, or choose to join our optional excursion for an Amazon canopy walk. Later, enjoy a final dinner with your group tonight.

Optional Excursion - Amazon Canopy Walk $145*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.

Limafor a day

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Visit a local school in the Amazon and enjoy an included lunch, followed by an afternoon flight back to Lima, where you’ll connect to your international flight home.

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 14

Arrive home. Please note: In some cases, flights will depart Lima on the morning of Day 14. In these cases, an overnight in Lima will be provided.

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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.

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

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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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/16/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour Director! Edwin was the best!

Edwin was the best! All of the city guides were also very good. Loved Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/17/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AZ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best trip I've ever taken - Thank you Edwin, Best Tour Director Ever!!

I have traveled all over the world (Europe, Australia, India, Turkey, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Kazakhstan etc etc etc) on my own or with my family. My friend recommended Goahead tours and this was my first trip with them. It was absolutely fabulous! Our tour director, Edwin, took excellent care of us (literally 24/7 for two full weeks) and we truly enjoyed his company. He bent over backwards to meet all of our requests and make sure the trip went smoothly and that everyone was fine. (We did worry he was working too hard, though!) The people of Peru are amazingly gentle, kind, and honest. We had a great group and became wonderful friends. Machu Picchu is a must see and was truly amazing. I highly recommend all the additional excursions (I did them all except for the Peruvian dinner). The Nazca lines are not to be missed, and the Amazon extension is an absolute must. For those who like to shop, the handcrafted woven goods and sweaters and blankets made from baby alpaca are to die for, and the silver jewelry is 95% sterling and truly stunning. The country is very inexpensive for Americans in my opinion. I have never encountered such a charming country and people. The food was excellent as well. I am booking my next tour with goahead and only wish Edwin was available for the rest of South America. He is truly an incredible person and is extremely kind and patient. I highly recommend this trip. It was the best trip I have ever taken. Well done!!!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/26/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Peru

lovely people, cities and sights. Machu Picchu was more than any picture could show. Wish there had been another day there. Cusco was a charming city, enjoyed the shops and sights. Lima is a gem of a city. the Amazon is everything you could imagine. Edwin our local guide was fabulous.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/15/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Well rounded tour experience

My wife and I just returned from Peru and have so many memorable moments. The experience of Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu and the Amazon provided us with a diverse perspective of Peru. The core trip had 40 travelers, which gave us plenty of opportunity to engage in dialogue and share events of the day with one another. Tour Director, Edwin, was quite amazing. He painstakingly kept us to task and made certain that each individual was pleased with their experience. For the bulk of the trip, the group was divided in two, but continued to be led by Edwin. Due to Edwin, there were no transitional bumps in our itinerary. On a personal note, we had some issues with drawing cash from our ATM, but Edwin stood by us and made several calls as well as personally escorted us via taxi to a local bank. We are already looking at our next trip. Thank you.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/10/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour; Fantastice Tour Director

This was our first tour with Go Ahead. We decided to try Go Ahead Tours on the recommendation of a Go Ahead traveler we met when we were on a Mission trip to Cuba. We booked the tour and what a great decision it was. Go Ahead Tours far exceeded our expectations. The best part of our tour was our Tour Director, Roberto, who is a formidable ambassador for Go Ahead Tours. He understands the needs of his traveling companions better than they do; he anticipates their concerns; he is firm with his directions and respectful when uncertainty occurs; and he handles emergencies with calm professionalism. With respect to the tour it was obviously enhanced due to Roberto's enthusiasm of showing off his country and culture. The trip was well organized; there was little down time; we learned much and saw an excellent cross section of Peru; and the accommodations and meals were very satisfactory. With this introduction to Go Ahead Tours we are about to book another tour to Turkey. We understand from some of our traveling companions that there is another exceptional Tour Director – Mamet – awaiting our arrival.

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