Ancient Peru & Machu Picchu

11 days / Nature & Wildlife Tours
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About This Experience

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.

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

How's the weather?

  • Lima, Peru
  • Cusco, Peru
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Lima3 nights - hotel info

Day1

Descend into Peru’s captivating seaside capital

After your flight, arrive in Lima in the evening.

Day2

EXPLORE LIMA’S PRE-COLOMBIAN HISTORY

Breakfast, Dinner

Cathedral of Lima, Church of San Francisco, Huaca Huallamarca, Larco Museum

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.

Day3

Get a glimpse of the Nazca Lines

Optional Excursion - Nazca Lines

Optional Excursion - Traditional Peruvian Dinner

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 for a traditional Peruvian dinner.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Nazca Lines $439* pp

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.

Optional Excursions

Traditional Peruvian Dinner $65* pp

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

Day4

Aim your camera at the Andes’ colorful tapestries and mountain majesty

Breakfast

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

Day5

Contrast Cuzco’s colonial architecture and Incan ruins

Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day6

Feel the spirit in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Breakfast, Lunch

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

Day7

Discover the ancient temples and green terraces of Machu Picchu

Breakfast, Lunch, 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. After exploring, you’ll have a break for an included buffet lunch. 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

Day8

Walk among Renaissance churches or watch the sun rise over the valley

Optional Excursion - Machu Picchu: Return Visit

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.

Must be booked 45 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Machu Picchu: Return Visit $89* pp

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.

Day9

Soak up the sweet sound of churango and the sweet taste of Inca Kola

Optional Excursion - Incan Traditions: Moray Maras & Chinchero Village

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 Excursions

Incan Traditions: Moray Maras & Chinchero Village $119* pp

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

Day10

SAY SO LONG TO PERU

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

Day11

Arrive home today.

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.

Extend Your Stay

Add the Amazon $499*

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

Day11

Get acquainted with the indigenous Yagua

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.

Day12

Venture into the green depths of the Amazonian rainforest

Optional Excursion - Amazon Canopy Walk

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 Excursions

Amazon Canopy Walk $145* pp

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

Day13

Experience the wild and wonderful Amazon

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

Day14

Leave Lima behind and head on home

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.

Print This Page

About This Experience

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.

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 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

How's the weather?

  • Lima, Peru
  • Cusco, Peru
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Lima3 nights - hotel info

Day1

Descend into Peru’s captivating seaside capital

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

Day2

Explore historic Lima’s collection of churches and catacombs

Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day3

Get a glimpse of the Nazca Lines

Optional Excursion - Nazca Lines

Optional Excursion - Traditional Peruvian Dinner

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.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Nazca Lines $439* pp

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.

Optional Excursions

Traditional Peruvian Dinner $65* pp

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

Day4

Aim your camera at the Andes’ colorful tapestries and mountain majesty

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.

Day5

Contrast Cuzco’s colonial architecture and Incan ruins

Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day6

Feel the spirit in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Breakfast, Lunch

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

Day7

Discover the ancient temples and green terraces of Machu Picchu

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

Day8

Walk among Renaissance churches or watch the sun rise over the valley

Optional Excursion - Machu Picchu: Return Visit

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.

Must be booked 45 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Machu Picchu: Return Visit $89* pp

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.

Day9

Soak up the sweet sound of churango and the sweet taste of Inca Kola

Optional Excursion - Incan Traditions: Moray Maras & Chinchero Village

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 Excursions

Incan Traditions: Moray Maras & Chinchero Village $119* pp

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

Day10

SAY SO LONG TO PERU

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

Day11

Arrive home today.

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.

Extend Your Stay

Add the Amazon $499*

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

Day11

Get acquainted with the indigenous Yagua

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.

Day12

Venture into the green depths of the Amazonian rainforest

Optional Excursion - Amazon Canopy Walk

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 Excursions

Amazon Canopy Walk $145* pp

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

Day13

Experience the wild and wonderful Amazon

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

Day14

Leave Lima behind and head on home

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.

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. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage. Also, please pack a small overnight bag for your trip to Machu Picchu.

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 onion and served with potato 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.

In a word, Fabulous!

Go Ahead really outdid themselves on this one! The spectacular views of Peru, both ocean-side in Lima and in the Peruvian Andes, are enough of a selling point to make this trip worthy of a top position on anyone's bucket list, but the accommodations, food, and personal service we experienced put this one over the top. We had a large group that required two buses, and both Edwin and Roberto could not have been more attentive. They even arranged for other optionals for our group that were not on the itinerary, which many appreciated. As far as value is concerned, if I could give this 6 stars, I would. The same goes for the tour directorsl. I would most definitely encourage others to take this trip. The one caveat is altitude adjustment. Going from sea-level to 12,000 feet in an hour and a half can be problematic for some. Do check with your health care provider about medications that can counteract mountain sickness, as this is a very real possibility. Don't make the mistake of thinking that your level of fitness will indicate whether you will or will not be affected, as there is no correlation in this regard. That said, I think it is important to be in some kind of physical shape for this tour, as there is a lot of walking. The months leading up to the tour should be spend trying to increase your strength and your lung capacity. My best advice outside this is to drink lots of bottled water and/or sports drinks while there and take it easy, especially for those first few days in Cuzco. Otherwise, go for it, and enjoy!


5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/14/2013

Number of Past Tours: 14

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Ancient Peru and Machu Picchu is an outstading tour!

Just returned home from this tour. What an incredible experience! The beauty of Peru is beyond anything I have ever experienced anywhere else! When one can view tropical trees and snow capped mountains in the same glance..........what more can you say. The food is fabulous, tour director Edwin is a real pro and a great person to be around. Hotels were all good. One must do the extension to the Amazon as it has to be experienced first hand. To see life on the river is fabulous. The Ceiba Tops lodge is so relaxing and the setting is outstanding. I can not think of one thing that I would suggest changing on this fabulous tour. Kudos to those at GAT that planned this one out! Our group continued to be awe inpsired every single day and at times more than once a day!


5 / 5

Traveled On: 1/17/2013

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: SK

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Outstanding Trip

The cons first, the flight times from Lima back to LAX was bad, departing at 01:45 AM! That could have been a better flight. Now on to the Pros. The trip to Peru was extremely delightful, the people are friendly and welcoming, the countryside were spectacular. Our drivers and guides were professional and knowledgable. The hotels we stayed at were nice, clean and friendly but don't count on the WIFI working in your room ( WiFi was very questionable in both Lima's Jose Antonio and in Cusco) but worked in the lobby though. The Buffett breakfast in both Jose Antonio hotels were good, having local fruit, meats and juices. The food in El Mapi was very good. The food at Ceiba Tops ( Amazon extension) was good but limited on choice and amount. The optional Traditional Peruvian Dinner was well worth the money, with plenty of good food and a dance show. However this whole trip was taken to another level of quality by our Tour Director Roberto. Roberto called us "his friends" and he treated as such. Taking care of the normal tour stuff, but going past that and making sure we were safe, sound and informed. Roberto not only shared his love for his country but also a part of who he is. Roberto gave of himself and of his time to his "friends" and when asked for more, he gave more. On looking back at my trip I don't think it would have touched my heart as it did without Roberto. And I'm sure he is this way with all his groups, so if you have the privilege of having Roberto as your Director know that you will be having the best trip to Peru you could ever hope for. Don't wait, Go! Muchas gracias a mi hija, Roberto!

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4 / 5

Traveled On: 3/20/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Best Tour Director

Once again GoAhead did a terrific job on all aspects of our Peru and Machu Pichu escorted trip. Our tour director, Roberto was one of the most efficient and anticipated ahead of what was needed to ensure the trip was as expected. We watched him work tirelessly preparing for the next day and future days trips. He left nothing undone.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/20/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: KY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Best Tour Director + Peru = a wonderful experience

This was my first guided tour and I had no idea that it was going to be so fun, informative and flexible. Robert, our Tour Director, was just outstanding. He treated us all as friends, who he was introducing to other friends everywhere we went. Everything was hassle-free for us due to his effective organization and each day was full of highlights due to his intimate knowledge of the area. He was able to give options to everyone who expressed their individual interests. My goal was to get to Machu Pichu, and it was all that I hoped for, but every day with Robert had highlights. I would recommend this tour to novices, as well as experienced travelers.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/20/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NV

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Good trip with some bumps!

The good trip... 1. Lima -a bustling city. - Went to Cevicheria Punto Azul as recommended by the people at the hotel desk for an early lunch. Place was quiet at 11:30 am. By 12 noon, the place was packed! When we left at 12:30, there was a line of about 50 people outside!!! Great ceviche! - Walked to Miraflores about 2-3 miles from our hotel, stopping for some churros along the way. Miraflores has a number of good restaurant choices for lunch/dinner with a view of the cliffs and some wind kite surfers. Grilled seafood was yummy! 2. Cusco - Spanish heritage - The architecture of the church and other bldgs in downtown Cusco shows it's Spanish influence. 3. Machu Picchu - awesome sight! - The park was an awesome sight to see. I am so glad we did this trip. - Be careful though of the sand fleas. Wear pants and strong insect repellent (with deet). I saw a lot of people who wore shorts and got a lot of bites on their legs. - The town of Machu Picchu is very touristy. My friend experienced altitude sickness that she just stayed in the hotel one day that we were in Cusco. The local company that was handling the tour was good with their customer service that they were checking up on how she was doing that day that she was sick. Good customer service! Our tour director was OK. I've had better and worse ones in previous Go Ahead trips. We did not take the tour extension to the amazon so we had a late night flight out. Farewell dinner was scheduled before the flight. Our tour director rushed us (the ones flying out that night) out of the restaurant in the middle of dinner to leave for the airport. It would have been better if it was scheduled a little earlier. Or at least he should have at least warned us... Lastly, on our way to Peru, our connecting flight was in Atlanta. Our plane from Atlanta to Peru had some trouble. We called Go Ahead to let them know of the issue. I expected that they will help us in the re-booking. I was so wrong on expecting that. I was told that the airlines will do that and just call them of the outcome!!! I was expecting more customer service from GoAhead than just 'Call us back on the outcome'!!!

4 / 5

Traveled On: 10/10/2013

Number of Past Tours: 9

From: NJ

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great Tour Director

Just returned from a wonderful trip to Peru! Roberto took such good care..explanations, schedules, local guides, bus drivers, meals, any snags...there was nothing he couldn't solve except the weather, and he worked around that quite well. I've wanted to see Machu Pichu for many years so it was a dream come true. My husband wanted to see the Amazon. Now it is hard to say which part of the trip was most exciting. I knew what Machu Pichu was supposed to look like, but the rest of the excursions were a mystery. While at the Amazon, we went out early to go bird-watching. My new friend recorded 50 species she had never heard of within ONE hour. She was better at spotting them and her husband at photographing them, but what an experience; only out-done by the next morning spotting 40 more DIFFERENT kinds at a different spot...even saw the elusive baby pink dolphin! Our guide, Willie, was so knowledgeable and knew the calls so well, he could get them to respond sometimes. He followed that act by taking a larger group out fishing...we caught 3 different kinds of piranha and a couple catfish for lunch! I haven't even started checking the photographs for keepers!!

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/20/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: WI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Must See

Could not believe the sights on this tour. Machu Pichu is a definite Bucket List location. The second morning option going back gave us a chance to get a different perspective of this incredible sight. The Optional to the Amazon was a must do also. Could never envision how huge this river is. Another once in a lifetime opportunity. Edwin (our guide) was very good and professional. He even created great weather for us during the normal rainy season, can't ask for more. We had a great group of fellow travelers and really enjoyed being with all of them. The extra 2 nights in Lima that we had because of the snowstorm in Atlanta even ended up being great due to the help of Go Ahead (Edwin) and our fellow stranded guests. Great trip, don't miss this one.

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 1/8/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: KS

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Another fine Go Ahead tour!

I just returned from a place I have always wanted to see, Machu Picchu. We had a small group of 17, and an excellent tour director, Edwin. The weather turned out nice even though it is rainy season. The hotels were clean, well equipped, and centrally located. Also, all of our local guides on the tours were well informed and good English speakers. On our included meals, I especially liked that they were either buffets, or you had a choice of three or four entrees. On my previous tours the included meals were fixed menu. This is much better. Cannot say enough good things about our tour director. He was always available for assistance or questions, and went the extra mile to see we all had a vacation to remember.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 1/16/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great group, tour & director!

I checked out the comments regarding this tour before booking it. Everyone loved the tour and especially gave great reviews for a particular guide named Edwin. I was hoping that I would score him as a guide when my tour rolled around and by luck we did! First, let's start with Edwin. He is very personable, knowledgeable and just a great person. What makes him such a great tour guide? He is proud of his culture & heritage and it showed everywhere we went. He would regale us with stories of his family and friends and would always have maps of the cities ready with suggestions on where to go or where to eat. He’s just an awesome person! Second, our tour group. I was worried that we’d possibly have a huge group of around 40 people but was pleasantly surprised on arrival day to find that we only had 14. The size of our group was fantastic and everyone got to know each other pretty well. It was a great experience meeting people from all around the U.S. Third, the tour. The pace of this tour was good for me. We had time to rest and recover before setting out again each day. I also appreciate the warning regarding the altitude sickness when arriving in Cusco. I came prepared with my Acetazolamide but I could feel the difference in the air as soon as we deplaned. We were out breath just walking to baggage claim. The airport in Cusco is prepared for this and right before you hit the baggage claim there is a stand where you can get the coca leaves for free. You take around 10 leaves and chew it like gum. It taste terrible but you can feel it working right away. The hotel that we stayed at also provided free oxygen which helps to speed up the acclimation process. Due to the high altitude, the stairs at Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu were a little difficult but we were able to stop for a breather whenever we needed it. Fourth, Peru is awesome! The people are very nice, friendly and helpful. The food is DELICIOUS! Machu Picchu is fantastic and a must see. I would love to return to Peru again and I thoroughly recommend Peru and this tour!

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/4/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NV

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

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