New Year's Eve in Lima: Ancient Peru & Machu Picchu

11 days Special Event
From dancing in salsa clubs to setting off fireworks all across the city, Limeños know how to ring in the new year in style. Soak in Lima’s pre-Columbian and colonial heritage before celebrating New Year’s Eve with your fellow travelers. Then, continue your adventure to explore magnificent Cuzco and head high into the Andes to uncover mysterious Machu Picchu.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk about 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including rocky ground and unpaved trails, at high altitudes.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • A celebratory New Year’s Eve dinner with Champagne toast

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Lima 3 nights Hotel info

Day 1: Flight & arrival in Peru

Board your flight to Lima and arrive later this evening.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Lima

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

View the pre-Columbian art on display at the Larco Museum, then follow a local guide on a tour of both the modern and colonial quarters of Lima. 

• See 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

Later, get to know your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Free day in Lima & New Year’s Eve celebration

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Champagne toast

Spend a free day discovering Lima at your leisure or add an excursion.

Tonight, ring in New Year’s Eve with a celebratory dinner. 

• Learn how to make ceviche and pisco sours, the national drink of Peru, at a cooking demonstration  

• Taste traditional fare at a bountiful buffet dinner and enjoy a Champagne toast

• Soak in the sights and sounds as you take in a folklore show, highlighting dance styles from across the country 

After the performance, the evening is yours to celebrate on your own or join in the festivities with locals in Lima.

Optional Excursion - Nazca Lines $449pp* Details

Travel from Lima to the town of Pisco where you’ll board a flight to one of the world’s greatest remaining mysteries, the Nazca Lines. Visible only from the air, the Lines are massive geoglyphs (geometric designs made of rocks) in the desert, preserved for over 1,000 years in one of the driest places on earth. You’ll take an aerial tour of the region, learning about the many theories behind the Lines’ origin. Lunch is included. Please note: This optional requires advanced booking and payment at least 20 days prior to departure. The travel time to Pisco is approximately 3.5 hours each way. This excursion may not be appropriate for travelers prone to motion sickness. All travelers will need to report their weight to the pilot before takeoff, and passengers over 250 pounds may be required to pay a surcharge.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Cuzco 3 nights Hotel info

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. Then, get a taste of Peruvian cuisine at a traditional dinner.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Cuzco

  Included meals: Breakfast

Follow a local guide on a sightseeing tour of the magnificent capital of ancient Peru.

• Stroll through ruins at Kenko, the “red fortress” of Puca Pucara and Sacsayhuaman, which was once covered completely in gold 

• Stop to view the Cristo Blanco, a towering Christ statue outside the city

• Admire La Merced Church, Plaza de Armas and the Convent of Santo Domingo, built by the Spaniards where the Inca temple of Quirikancha stood

Enjoy a free evening in Cuzco or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Peruvian Cooking Demonstration & Dinner $105pp* Details

Watch as an expert chef prepares a traditional Peruvian meal during a cooking demonstration at one of Cuzco’s top restaurants on this culinary excursion. With the beautiful Andes Mountains as your backdrop, you’ll discover how Peruvians use locally sourced ingredients to create authentic dishes. You’ll also learn how to mix up exotic cocktails made with pisco, a Peruvian brandy. Afterwards, enjoy the delicious dinner crafted by the expert chef in the restaurant.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $115)

Day 6: Full-day excursion to 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. 

• See the famous ruins of Ollantaytambo, once the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti

• Stop in Urubamba to enjoy lunch with the group

• Visit several local market towns, including Pisac

Machu Picchu 1 night Hotel info

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Machu Picchu

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Take a train to Aguas Calientes, passing through the verdant valleys that lead to the Lost City of the Incas. 

• 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 the Intihuatana 

• Choose to hike to the Temple of the Sun and explore the ruins on your own

Cuzco 2 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Transfer to Cuzco

  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.

Optional Excursion - Machu Picchu: Return Visit $89pp* Details

After experiencing Machu Picchu for the first time with your tour group, take the opportunity to continue exploring the Lost City of the Incas on your own the next morning. The Peruvian government only allows select visitors into Machu Picchu each day, but purchasing your return ticket in advance from Go Ahead will guarantee you reentrance to the site any time after 6 am 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 advance notice to obtain tickets on your behalf.

Must be booked 45 days before departure

Day 9: Free day in Cuzco

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - Incan Traditions: Moray, Maras & Chinchero Village $89pp* Details

Spend an afternoon learning about the roots of the Sacred Valley. Start in Moray, the site of famous Incan ruins that feature large circular terraces used for agricultural experiments. Then continue on to Maras, known for its patchwork of terraced salt-evaporation ponds that have been used since pre-Incan times. Finish your day in the quaint village of Chinchero to visit a local cooperative of families known as the Balcon del Inka. Here, artisans will demonstrate their traditional weaving and dying techniques and even give you a chance to try your hand at spinning on the loom. Afterward, enjoy dinner before heading back to Cuzco. Please Note: Lunch may replace dinner during winter departures between January and February.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $99)

Day 10: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fly to Lima this morning to 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.

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 11: Arrival at home

Arrive home today.

Add The Amazon Starting from $899 pp

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.

Lima 1 night Hotel info

Day 10: Flight to Lima

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fly to Lima this morning and settle into your hotel.

The Amazon 2 nights

Day 11: Flight to Iquitos & Yagua village visit

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fly to Iquitos this morning to begin your adventure in the Amazon.

• Board a boat for a scenic transfer to your Amazon jungle lodge, keeping your eye out for the elusive pink dolphins

• Take a short river cruise to a Yagua Indian village to see local crafts and watch a piranha fishing demonstration

Day 12: Rainforest hike

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Take an invigorating hike in the rainforest reserve surrounding your lodge or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Amazon Canopy Walk $155pp* Details

Go deep into the Amazon with a treetop walk. The day starts with breakfast under the palm-thatched roofs of the ExplorNapo Lodge on the Napo River. Next, hike to the spectacular Canopy Walkway for a bird’s-eye view of the rainforest, taking in the lush plants and wildlife along the way. Afterward, enjoy lunch and a visit to the ReNuPeRu Ethnobotanical Garden. A local shaman will explain how the 240 plants cultivated here are used for healing.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 13: Local school visit & departure

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Stop in the former Franciscan mission town of Indiana to visit a local school. Then, fly to Lima to board your overnight or early morning flight home.

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 14: Arrival at home

Arrive home today.

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Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter Peru, 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 that you will need to present when visiting Machu Picchu.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • 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 ferries on the tour extension).
  • 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 arrive in and depart from Lima. A Go Ahead representative will meet you after you clear customs in Lima. 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. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • A round-trip flight between Lima and Cuzco is included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes round-trip flights between Lima and Iquitos, in the northern Amazon)
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by PeruRail and private motor coach.      

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
  • Contact your airline for detailed information regarding baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height).
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.
  • You will need a small overnight bag (such as your carry-on bag) for your stay in Machu Picchu, as most baggage will need to be stored in Cuzco.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. Comfortable, casual clothing and a sturdy pair of walking shoes are a must for sightseeing. 
  • A lightweight jacket is recommended, as the temperatures will change with the elevation throughout your tour.
  • A sun hat, sunglasses and rain gear will help you stay comfortable in all types of weather.
  • Long pants, long-sleeved shirts and insect repellent are recommended for some activities, especially in the Amazon on the tour extension.
  • Binoculars are handy for a closer look at local wildlife and scenery.
  • 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).         


  • 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
  • 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 difficulties for travelers who have heart problems or respiratory ailments. If you suffer from any of these conditions, please speak to your healthcare provider 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 stay hydrated and limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol.
  • Take proper care with sun exposure, as the sun can be especially strong in some of the regions on this tour.
  • Drink bottled water only. Refrain from ingesting tap water, including when brushing your teeth.
  • Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they’re 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 and any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to My 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.     

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Peru 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 some hotels in this region may not be 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. In more remote locations, internet access may be limited and is not guaranteed.
  • 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 is five hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), the same as Eastern Standard Time (EST). Peru does not observe Daylight Saving Time.
  • On the tour extension, Iquitos is 1 hour behind EST.
  • When it’s noon in New York City, it’s noon in Peru from March through November and 11am from April through October.    


  • You will use the Peruvian sol in Peru.
  • 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/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD 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.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 12/29/2016

Number of Past Tours: 9

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Feliz Ano Nuevo!

What a fabulous New Year's Eve it was! The folklore show and traditional Peruvian dance display with champagne toast was such a good time! Lima was such a beautiful city and I would've loved to have spent more time there. The ruins of Ollantaytambo and the Sacred Valley of the Incas were amazing. Also, the train ride through the Andes was spectacular! The train has a clear top so you are able to see so much of the stunning scenery as you pass through. And, of course, Machu Picchu was the highlight. I will caution you however that January is apparently the start of their rainy season and the day at Machu Picchu started out very overcast, ending in a complete downpour. I was able to see it though and take a few photos before it really started to pour. I did not opt to go back the second day although the weather had cleared somewhat by the second day and was much better. I opted to explore the little town of Aguas Callientes, which was charming. However, if you're planning on taking this tour, I would probably recommend a different time of the year. Next, I did some research on altitude sickness and was taking chlorophyll and Ibuprofen and stayed hydrated, and had only a slight headache after flying into Cuzco. However, about two thirds of our group had rather severe altitude sickness, with severe headaches, weakness, vomiting, and diarrhea, to name a few; one required an emergency doctor visit and several needed an oxygen tank. Please understand that this is a possibility and it did not appear fun for those affected. Next, to address the food issue, in truth, some meals were much better than others, but none were terrible. We had a fabulous, authentic meal the first night in Cusco but for some reason, quite a few folks decided not to go and really missed out on a good meal. Additionally, the buffet and dinner at the cute hotel in Aguas Calientes, El Mapi, was very fresh and delicious. That town is so small and the options there are quite limited. Interestingly, the folks who complained about the meals on tour ended up getting food poisoning when they went out and ate hamburgers. I think I would have liked to have tried some Peruvian anticuchos somewhere and perhaps a stop to an anticucheria would have been nice. We did have plenty of Chicha Morada and Pisco Sours which was nice. And, our tour guide, Giancarlo, was super sweet and very informative. In summary, I would definitely recommend this trip! The trip was so memorable and amazing! I would just recommend maybe a different time of year, and some preventive medication for altitude sickness.


Hi, Angela! Thank you for taking the time to review another one of your many Go Ahead trips. We are happy to hear that Machu Picchu was a highlight for you, as it is for many. We do regret to hear that the weather did not quite cooperate for your departure dates. This is certainly part of why we offer the return visit to the ruins and we wish you could have joined us for another visit. For future reference, we do offer a helpful weather widget on each tour’s website. This includes precipitation averages and predictions, so travelers can be educated when choosing a departure date! Obviously, we will be eager to guide you in your preferred direction weather-wise when booking over the phone, as well. Additionally, we will definitely note your feedback regarding meals. Truthfully, it can be a challenge to offer meals to a mixed group that please each member every time, but it is still something that we strive to perfect on each and every departure. If you have specifics you would like to share, please do not hesitate to let our staff know by calling or emailing us! Lastly, we cannot thank you enough for your honest input regarding the reality of altitude sickness in this region. It surely can impact travelers (sometimes rather significantly) and we always hope that our groups take proper precautions in order to fully enjoy their vacation. We hope your review will help future Go Ahead travelers further understand the importance of steering on the side of caution when it comes to your health and traveling! Again, thank you for your review and we had a great time ringing in the New Year with you in Lima!

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | April 17, 2017

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 12/29/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fabulous tour, Beautiful Peru

This is a fabulous tour of the beautiful, artful country of Peru, focussing on Lima, Cusco, and the Sacred Valley. The itinerary was perfect, even though the pace was sometimes was that good kind of exhaustion that you get after an amazing, art-filled day. We saw the highlights in each place and had great local guides. Of course, Machu Picchu was the most magical, mystical climax of the trip! I would give the trip 5 stars, but most of the food that was included was bad...sometimes pretty terrible, which is such a shame in a country with such a rich and varied culinary tradition. We did have one amazing meal and a cooking class at MAP in Cusco, and the other amazing meals we had - and there were several - were on our own. Accommodations were adequate, clean, and well located. I'd recommend a revision to the restaurant list. Otherwise, a perfect tour.


Hi Megan! We’re delighted that you had a wonderful time on tour. Macchu Picchu certainly is magical! We’re thrilled that you would describe this itinerary as ‘perfect’ and will be sure to share that with our Product Development team, who works hard to ensure the highest quality experience for every traveler. With that said, we regret to learn that the included meals did not quite meet your expectations. Our goal is to exceed your expectations in every regard, so we will most certainly communicate your feedback to our Operations team for further review. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | February 06, 2017