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Grand Tour of Peru: Machu Picchu to Lake Titicaca

with Bolivia extension
  • Duration: 13 or 17 days
  • Group size: 14-28
  • Reviews: 8
Ancient history, colorful cultures, incredible landscapes—Peru has it all.

Travel from the Amazon rainforest to plateaus high in the Andes. See Spain’s colonial influences in Lima and Cuzco, then walk in the footsteps of the ancient Incas in the Sacred Valley and at Machu Picchu. Get up close to indigenous cultures to discover the traces of pre-Columbian civilizations. You’ll see a country filled with boundless wonder on this sweeping tour of Peru.

Your tour package includes
  • 11 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 11 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
  • 8 guided sightseeing tours
Included highlights
  • Lima’s Plaza Mayor
  • Cathedral of Lima
  • Amazon rainforest
  • Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Sacsayhuaman
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Lima2 nights
Day 1: Arrival in Lima

Board your flight to Peru and arrive in Lima later this evening.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Lima
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Set out on a guided tour highlighting the Peruvian capital’s modern and UNESCO-recognized colonial quarters.

• Visit the Miraflores district and the Parque del Amor

• Stop in the San Isidro District to see Huaca Huallamarca temple

• View Plaza Mayor and the Municipal Palace in Lima’s historic center

• Enter the Cathedral of Lima and descend into the catacombs below the Church of San Francisco

Gather with your fellow travelers for tonight’s welcome dinner where you'll learn how to make ceviche and pisco sours. Enjoy the traditional Peruvian cuisine as you watch a folklore show and dance performance.

Puerto Maldonado2 nights
Day 3: Transfer to Puerto Maldonado
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel to Lima airport for your morning flight to Puerto Maldonado. Enjoy an included lunch after landint, then hop aboard a boat and cruise down the Madre de Dios River to the rainforest lodge.

• Head out on a guided twilight river expedition

• Catch sight of wildlife in the Amazon and hear about their nocturnal behaviors

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Please note: Activities may differ depending on lodge facilities.

Day 4: Lake Sandoval & Amazon rainforest excursion
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Discover the beauty of the Amazon rainforest on several guided excursions.

• Begin with a short boat ride to the Lake Sandoval region, then follow jungle paths on a walk through the rainforest

• Board a canoe to explore the marshlands around Lake Sandoval and admire the region’s unique flora and fauna from the water

• Enjoy an included lunch

• Traverse the treetops on a canopy walk, crossing seven bridges suspended high above the rainforest floor, catching sight of native birds along the way

• Explore the Amazon by night and keep a lookout for nocturnal wildlife Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Please note: Activities may differ depending on lodge facilities.

Cuzco1 night
Day 5: Transfer to Puerto Maldonado & flight to Cuzco
Included meal: Breakfast

Board a boat back to the town Puerto Maldonado, then transfer to the airport for your flight to Cuzco. When you arrive, spend free time acclimating to the city’s altitude.

Sacred Valley2 nights
Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Cuzco & Ollantaytambo
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Join a local guide on today’s 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 the Convent of Santa Domingo, built by the Spaniards where the Inca temple of Koricancha stood

• Enjoy an included lunch

Travel to the ancient Ollantaytambo ruins, site of the former royal estate of Inca Emperor Pachacuti, to explore homes, terraces, and temples within the fortress walls.

Day 7: Free day in the Sacred Valley
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a free day in the Sacred Valley or add an excursion.

Then, sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Incan Traditions: Chinchero Village & Misminay Community
Excursion (additional cost)
Machu Picchu Region1 night
Day 8: Machu Picchu via Aguas Calientes
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 on the entire South American continent and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

• Tour the ruins of the ceremonial center, cultivation terraces and guard house

• Visit Funeral Rock, the Main Temple, Temple of the Three Windows, Chamber of Ornaments, the Sacred Plaza, and Intihuatana stone

• Choose to hike to the Temple of the Sun or continue exploring the ruins on your own

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Cuzco1 night
Day 9: Train to Cuzco
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Spend a free morning in Aguas Calientes or add an excursion.

Later, sit down for an included lunch before taking a scenic train ride through the Sacred Valley back to Cuzco.

Machu Picchu: Return Visit
Excursion (additional cost)
Lake Titicaca2 nights
Day 10: Lake Titicaca via Raqchi ruins
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Journey to Puno, a town along the shores of Lake Titicaca, stopping to explore the ruins at Raqchi en route.

• Visit San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, nicknamed “the Sistine Chapel of the Andes,” to admire the church’s ornate frescoes and whitewashed exterior

• Follow a local guide through the Incan ruins at Raqchi and marvel at still-standing walls of the Temple of Wiracocha

• Enjoy an included lunch

• Take in stunning views at La Raya Pass, high up in the Andes mountains

Day 11: Uros & Taquile Island
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Cruise on Lake Titicaca, and marvel at the unique “floating islands” created by indigenous communities.

• Stop at the Uros islands, built from dried totora reeds floating on the water, to see how the Uru people have lived on the lake for centuries

• Continue to Taquile Island on the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca, where you’ll enjoy a walk followed by lunch overlooking the Andes

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast

This morning, discover the tower-like tombs at Sillustani, a pre-Incan burial ground along Lake Umayo.

Transfer to Juliaca Airport for your flight to Lima, where you’ll board your overnight flight home. Or, extend your tour and continue on to Bolivia.

Arrive Home
Day 13: Travel day

Arrive home today.

Extension to Bolivia

Named after Latin American liberation hero Simón Bolívar, Bolivia is a country of superlatives. La Paz, the “city that touches the clouds,” is the highest-altitude capital in the world. Surreal natural wonders, from the mirrored salt flats to the Moon Valley, are like no other place on earth. Once-great empires laid roots here, leaving traces of civilizations sophisticated beyond their time.

Copacabana2 nights
Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Copacabana
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Travel along Lake Titicaca, crossing the Bolivian border to Copacabana. When you arrive, enjoy an included lunch before getting to know the city on a guided sightseeing tour.

• Take in views of Lake Titicaca and Isla del Sol, one of the lake’s many islands

• Pass the Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana, a 16th-century shrine that’s home to an image of the Virgen de Copacabana, Bolivia’s patron saint

• Wander the stall-lined corridors of the central market, admiring the colorful wares sold by vendors

Day 13: Isla del Sol
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Cruise on Lake Titicaca to Isla del Sol.

• Explore the pre-Incan ruins of Pilko Kaina and Chincana

• Enjoy an included picnic lunch

La Paz1 night
Day 14: Transfer to La Paz
Included meal: Breakfast

Drive across the Altiplano, the second-largest plateau in the world, on your way to La Paz, the de facto capital of Bolivia. Take the evening to get acclimated to the high altitude and discover “the city that touches the clouds” at your own pace.

Uyuni1 night
Day 15: Salar de Uyuni
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a short flight to Uyuni, set out for a guided tour of the Salar de Uyuni, or salt flats, a surreal landscape created by the evaporation of prehistoric lakes.

• Visit the Cementerio de Trenes, where a collection of discarded steam trains were left in the desert

• Stop in the town of Colchani to learn about salt processing and extraction

• Enjoy an included picnic lunch

• Stop at Isla Incahuasi and Isla del Pescado, two rocky outcroppings in the salt flats where cacti grow

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

La Paz1 night
Day 16: Sightseeing tour of La Paz
Included meal: Breakfast

After your morning flight to La Paz, take a guided tour of the city with your Tour Director leading the way.

• Stroll through La Paz’s colonial center, passing Plaza Murillo and the Basilica of San Francisco, a Baroque Mestizo-style church dating back to the 1500s

• See a replica of the Tiwanaku Temple, a pre-Columbian ruin in central Bolivia

• Admire the colorful goods and traditional crafts sold from street market stalls

• Visit Moon Valley, an otherworldly landscape of tall spires created by erosion

Flight Home
Day 17: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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24 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights from your departure city, and based on two travelers per hotel room. Tour prices include on-tour flights where applicable.
Sep 7–Sep 19, 2019
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Oct 14–Oct 26, 2019
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May 5–May 17, 2020
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Jun 13–Jun 25, 2020
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Jul 18–Jul 30, 2020
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Apr 17–Apr 29, 2021
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Jun 12–Jun 24, 2021
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Jul 17–Jul 29, 2021
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Sep 1–Sep 13, 2021
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Sep 25–Oct 7, 2021
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Nov 6–Nov 18, 2021
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Dec 11–Dec 23, 2021
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Reviews
4.4 average
Fun and Colorful Perú
by 3rd time traveler 

Colorful, Educational, and super fun. This is the trip that any traveler will enjoy no matter his age.

An Amazing Trip
by 2nd time traveler 

This is the first time we traveled with GoAhead and we couldn't be much happier with the decision. All aspects of this tour exceed our expectations. Peru is a very unique and beautiful country. We experienced mud-trekking in Amazon rain forest, hiked to both Inca Bridge and Sun Gate in Machu Picchu ...

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Hard Trip
by 7th time traveler 

I was 67 years old and run 5ks and work out but the mountains and climbing was very hard. We took altitude pills and shots. I am glad I went but not sure I would recommend this trip for older travelers or someone not in great shape.

Best Tour Ever!
by 13th time traveler 

The Grand Tour of Peru was the most absorbing, challenging, instructive and fun of all the Go Ahead Tours I've been on, and I've loved every one of the 13 so far! Our tour director, Edwin, was most helpful, thoughtful and good-humored no matter what circumstances we encountered, and his enthusiasm ...

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Amazing experience
by 2nd time traveler 

It was my first time traveling on a group and with Go Ahead and I can say the the experience was amazing. Everything was above my expectations and the tour guide that we had on Peru he was awesome.

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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.

Hotel Libertador Lago Titicaca

This modern hotel is located on the private island of Esteves. Guests enjoy a restaurant, a meeting area, and a gift shop. Nearby you’ll find Lake Tit...

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...

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...

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...

Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion

This hacienda-style lodge is located in the Amazon Rainforest. Guests enjoy a dining room and bar, binoculars for rent, and access to the Inkaterra Ca...

Casa Andina Select Miraflores

This contemporary hotel is located in Miraflores. Guests enjoy a sauna, Wi-Fi, and a gym. Nearby, you'll find Miraflores Central Park, Parque del Amor...

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Passport & visa requirements
  • In order to enter Peru (and Bolivia on the tour extension), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • Upon arrival in Peru, you will receive an Andean Immigration card which you will need to present when visiting Machu Picchu.In order to secure your entrance to Machu Picchu, travelers are required to confirm their full passport details with Go Ahead Tours no later than 45 days prior to your departure date.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens to enter Peru.
  • A visa is required for U.S. citizens to enter Bolivia on the tour extension. You may choose to obtain your individual visa by applying directly to the Bolivian consulate or by using a visa provider, such as our partner company, [VisaCentral](http://visacentral.com/tourkits?bookmark=1&login=goaheadtours). There is no visa required for Canadian citizens to enter Bolivia.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for about 3 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including rocky ground and unpaved or slippery trails, at high altitudes.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of trains and boats.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive and depart from Lima, Peru (or La Paz, Bolivia for the tour extension). A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • PeruRail transit and flights from Lima to Puerto Maldonado, Puerto Maldonado to Cuzco, and Juliaca to Lima are included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes one round-trip flight between Uyuni and La Paz in Bolivia.)
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
  • We recommend bringing a small overnight bag, such as a backpack or duffel bag, for your one-night stay at Machu Picchu.
  • When visiting Machu Picchu, there are restrictions in place for backpacks, food, umbrellas, and camera tripods
Clothing & packing tips
  • Peru’s diverse geography means temperature and climate vary widely across the country. A sun hat, sunglasses, and rain gear can help you stay comfortable in all types of weather.
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing. Hiking boots are highly recommended, especially in the rainy season, as the terrain can be tough and muddy.
  • Binoculars will let you get a closer look at local wildlife and scenery.
  • A small flashlight is helpful during night walks.
  • Insect repellent is recommended for outdoor activities.
  • We recommended bringing or purchasing snacks that you can easily bring with you each day to eat in between meals.
  • A small bottle of hand sanitizer may be helpful when other facilities are not readily available while on the road.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
Health
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • Please be aware that you will be traveling at altitudes as high as 12,000 feet above sea level. These high altitudes can sometimes cause breathing difficulties for travelers who have heart problems or respiratory ailments. If you suffer from any of these conditions, please speak to your doctor regarding any potential health risks.
  • Even healthy travelers may sometimes experience altitude sickness, a temporary condition featuring symptoms of headache, fatigue, nausea, and light-headedness. Until your body acclimates to the higher altitudes, we suggest that you drink plenty of fluids and limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol.
  • Many hotels on this tour do not keep the electricity running throughout the night. Please contact Go Ahead Tours if you will be traveling with a CPAP machine so we can inform the hotels that the electricity in your room will need to stay running throughout the night.
  • Be sure to take proper care for sun exposure, as the sun can be more intense at higher altitudes.
  • We recommend drinking bottled water and refraining from drinking tap water, even while brushing teeth. Bringing a backpack that has an interior pocket to hold water will help you stay hydrated.
  • Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they are cooked or washed in clean water and peeled.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine
  • Peruvian cuisine reflects both the country’s indigenous cultures as well as European colonial and Pacific Rim influences. Staples include grains, like quinoa, maize and rice, as well beans, potatoes, and meat. Ceviche, traditionally raw sea bass marinated with lime and chilies, is a national dish. Adventurous eaters may want to try cuy, or roasted guinea pig, that’s cooked over an open fire. You can also raise a toast with Peru’s famous pisco, the delicious (and sour) white-grape brandy.
  • On the tour extension, lunch like a local in Bolivia with the almuerzo, a leisurely afternoon meal featuring courses of soup, rice, and potatoes, a main dish and dessert. Bolivians also enjoy a late-afternoon tea with pastries, much like the British. You’ll find many Bolivian dishes traditionally feature staples of corn, potatoes, and beans, reflecting the influence of indigenous cultures, as well as Spanish and Eastern European styles.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • Peru (and Bolivia on the tour extension) operates on 220 volts and uses Types A or C plugs with two flat pins or two round pins, respectively.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in Peruvian hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • Peru (and Bolivia on the tour extension) falls on the same time as Eastern Time (ET) but does not observe daylight saving time, so is five hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) year-round.
  • During daylight saving time, when it’s noon in New York, it’s 11am on tour.
Currency
  • You will use the Peruvian sol in Peru (and the Bolivian bolivano on the tour extension).
  • 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.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.