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Grand Tour of Peru: Machu Picchu to Lake Titicaca

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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. On this sweeping tour of Peru, you'll discover the traces of pre-Columbian civilizations with local experts and discover a country filled with boundless wonder.

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, Welcome 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.

Iquitos2 nights
Day 3: Flight to Iquitos & rainforest hike
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fly to Iquitos this morning. Then, hop aboard a boat and cruise down the Amazon River to the rainforest lodge where you’ll enjoy an included lunch.

Later, head out on a nature hike.

  • Walk through the Amazon rainforest as your naturalist guide talks about the local flora and fauna
  • See the many types of epiphytes that grow on the towering trees

Please note: Activities may differ depending on lodge facilities.

Day 4: Yagua village & Franciscan mission town visits
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Set out to visit two local communities today.

  • 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
  • Enjoy an included lunch
  • Visit the Franciscan mission town of Indiana
  • Discover the culture of this large river community, which has grown to include its own market, high school, and small hospital

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Please note: Activities may differ depending on lodge facilities.

Cuzco1 night
Day 5: Flight to Cuzco
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly to Cuzco and 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: 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.

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: Arrival at Home

Arrive home today.

Extension to Bolivia

From La Paz—the city that touches the clouds—to the surreal Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia is home to some of the world’s most captivating places. Cross the border to, then hop aboard two flights to discover both amazing locales.

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.

  • Admire the island scenery as you enjoy an aptapi, a traditional buffet-style Andean lunch
  • Continue by boat to Yumani village, located at the southern end of the island, and walk up the Inca Steps to visit the Fountain of Eternal Youth
  • Discover why legend says that anyone who drinks the water from the fountain will be forever young
  • Travel by boat to explore the pre-Incan ruins of Pilko Kaina before heading back to Copacabana by boat
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
  • Enjoy a cable car ride as you learn about this unique form of public transportation
  • Pay a visit to Killi Killi viewpoint to soak in 360-degree views of the city
  • 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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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.


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 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...

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...

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...

Hotel Rosario Lago Titicaca

This modern rustic hotel is located in the northwestern section of Copacabana. Guests enjoy a restaurant, free Wi-Fi, and a laundry service. Nearby, y...

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...

Palacio de Sal

This unique, modern rustic hotel is located on the eastern edge of Salar de Uyuni. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, a restaurant and bar, and free bikes to bo...

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...

Jose Antonio Deluxe Lima

This comfortable hotel is located by the University of Piura. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, a gym, and outdoor pool. Nearby, you’ll find Parque Central de ...

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 ...

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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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.
  • 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 (or La Paz on 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 Iquitos, Iquitos to Cuzco, and Juliaca to Lima are included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes a round-trip flight between Uyuni and La Paz.)
  • 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.
  • You will need a small overnight bag, such as a backpack or duffel bag, for your one-night stay at Machu Picchu. The overnight bag must be smaller than 62 inches total (length + width + height).
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • If you’re traveling on the tour extension to Bolivia you’re required to provide proof of a yellow fever vaccination (often referred to as a yellow card ) or a statement of medical exemption from the vaccine. Visit cdc.gov/yellowfever for more information.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • You will use the Peruvian sol in Peru (and the Bolivian bolivano in Bolivia 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.
  • 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.
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