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Ancient Peru & Machu Picchu

11 days |  14 days with the Amazon extension
11 days |  14 days with the Amazon extension
Group size1835 travelers
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machu picchu with cloud going through mountain range in peru
plaza de armas in lima peru
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running fountain in front of cathedral and the church of the society of jesus in cusco peru
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Evocative ruins and artifacts bring the ancient Inca civilization to life.

Lima is home to excellent museums that showcase the achievements of ancient Peru, 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 with a Machu Picchu tour.

Special departures of this itinerary

New Year’s Eve

Your tour package includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 4 sightseeing tours
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Included highlights

  • Huaca Huallamarca
  • Lima’s Plaza Mayor
  • Sacsayhuaman
  • Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Pisac
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Lima3 nights
Day 1: Travel to Peru

Board your flight to Lima and arrive later this evening.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Lima
Included meals: Breakfast, Welcome lunch

Get to know your fellow travelers at a welcome lunch before entering the Larco Museum to view its collection of pre-Columbian art.

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
Day 3: Free time in Lima
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Lima or add excursions.

Traditional Peruvian Dinner

From $75 per person

Nazca Lines

From $499 per person

Cuzco2 nights
Day 4: Flight to Cuzco
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to the airport this afternoon for your flight to Cuzco.

Upon arrival, enjoy free time to acclimate to the elevation as you explore on your own.

Tonight, get a taste of Peruvian cuisine during an included dinner as you watch a traditional folklore show featuring indigenous dances from around the country.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Cuzco
Included meal: Breakfast

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

  • Stroll through ruins at Kenko, the “red fortress” of Puca Pucara, and Sacsayhuaman, which was once completely covered in gold
  • View the towering Cristo Blanco statue, a thank-you gift from the Palestinian refugees who took shelter in the city during World War II
  • Stop at the colonial-era Plaza de Armas to enter Cuzco Cathedral
  • Walk through the city center and step inside Convent of Santo Domingo, built by the Spaniards where the Inca temple of Koricancha stood

Enjoy a free evening in Cuzco or add an excursion.

Peruvian Cooking Demonstration & Dinner

From $125 per person

Sacred Valley1 night
Day 6: 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.

  • Explore traditional markets in the village of Pisac
  • Stop in Urubamba to enjoy lunch with the group
  • Travel to the mysterious Ollantaytambo ruins to explore ancient homes, terraces, and temples within the fortress walls
Machu Picchu1 night
Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Machu Picchu
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel by train to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. You’ll uncover the Lost City of the Incas, one of the most spectacular archaeological sites in South America and a UNESCO World Heritage site, alongside a local guide.

  • Admire incredible views of the misty cloud forest and soaring Huayna Picchu mountain
  • Tour the ruins of the ceremonial center, cultivation terraces, and guard house
  • Visit Funeral Rock, the Main Temple, the Chamber of Ornaments, and the Sacred Plaza
  • Soak in the vistas from the Temple of the Three Windows

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Please note: Travelers must submit full passport details by Tour Finalization Date or risk being denied entry to Machu Picchu due to scarcity of tickets and daily entrance restrictions. 

Cuzco2 nights
Day 8: Free time in Cuzco or return Machu Picchu trip
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.

Machu Picchu: Return Visit

From $115 per person

Day 9: Free time in Cuzco
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

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

Celebrate your trip with your group at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Incan Traditions: Moray, Maras & Chinchero Village

From $89 per person

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 10: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly to Lima this morning. Then, 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.

Arrive Home
Day 11: Arrival at home

Arrive home today.

Extension to the Amazon
In the Amazon, nature is on display like nowhere else (seriously—more things live here than anywhere else in the world). Fly to Iquitos, then set out to see incredible wildlife in the world’s biggest rainforest and meet indigenous Yagua people to learn about their history.
Lima1 night
Day 10: Flight to Lima
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fly to Lima this morning and settle into your hotel. Then, sit down to an included lunch and dinner with your group.

The Amazon2 nights
Day 11: Flight to Iquitos & rainforest walk
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fly to Iquitos this morning to begin your adventure in the Amazon. When you arrive, enjoy lunch before setting out on an invigorating walk in the rainforest reserve surrounding your lodge.

This evening, sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Please note: Some flights to Iquitos depart very early in the morning and breakfast may not be included.

Day 12: Free morning & Yagua village visit
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, enjoy a free morning in the Amazon or add an excursion. Then, sit down for an included lunch before setting out to visit a local village.

  • Take a short river cruise to a Yagua indigenous village, keeping your eye out for the elusive pink dolphin
  • Learn about the local village culture and watch a blowgun demonstration

This evening, sit down for an included dinner.

Amazon Canopy Walk

From $165 per person

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 13: Franciscan mission town visit & departure
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Visit the Franciscan mission town of Indiana this morning. This large river community has grown to include its own market, high school, and small hospital.

Later, fly to Lima and relax in a dayroom before boarding your overnight or early morning flight home.

Arrive home
Day 14: Arrival at home

Arrive home today.

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Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.7 out of 5

Based on 302 authentic traveler reviews
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    5 out of 5 stars

    Peruvian experience
    5/25/23 by 1st-time traveler Brenda

    We loved our trip!!! Most of the time we plan and travel on our own. I spend hours and hours researching where to stay, things to do and all that stuff but for some reason I just didn’t want to do that for this trip to Peru and I’m so glad I chose EF go ahead tours. The hotels were better than I ex...

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    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 6/21/23

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Fabulous trip!
    5/25/23 by 1st-time traveler Rebecca

    Wonderful experience. Nila was the very best tour guide. Learned a lot

    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 6/21/23

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    5 out of 5 stars

    11 day tour of Lima, Cusco, and Machu Pichu
    5/25/23 by 1st-time traveler Nancy

    Nila was wonderful and never tired of keeping us on track and engaged. I would recommend her to anyone taking this GoAhead tour. We had a busy schedule but it was well thought out…no wasted time. It was all so interesting and all our questions were answered. Excellent tour. We appreciated having the...

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    Hotels, flights & FAQ

    Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

    Hotels

    We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
    Casa Andina Premium Miraflores
    Casa Andina Premium Miraflores

    This luxury hotel is located in Lima's Miraflores neighborhood. Guests enjoy the indoor pool, sauna, and the hotel's fine collection of Peruvian art a...

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    Hilton Garden Inn Cusco
    Hilton Garden Inn Cusco

    This contemporary hotel is located in Santa Ana. Guests enjoy courtyard yoga, Wi-Fi, and a 24-hour market. Nearby, you'll find Plaza de Armas, Quirika...

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    Casa Andina Sacred Valley
    Casa Andina Sacred Valley

    This rustic-chic hotel is located in the Sacred Valley in the Andes Mountains. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and spa. Nearby, you’ll find Machu Picc...

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    El MaPi by Inkaterra
    El MaPi by Inkaterra

    This contemporary hotel is located in Aguas Calientes. Guests enjoy Wi-Fi, a bar, and laundry service. Nearby, you'll find Machu Picchu, Phuyupatamarc...

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    Ceiba Tops Lodge
    Ceiba Tops Lodge

    This lodge-style hotel is located in the Amazon rainforest. Guests enjoy Wi-Fi, a pool, and a hammock house. Nearby, you'll find the Amazon River and ...

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