Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Peru

A Taste of Peru (2019)

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Trip code: 
APP
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Culture
Group size:
4–16
Min age:
16

Discover Peru's museums, churches and Inca fortresses

This journey from Lima to Cuzco is the perfect introduction to Peru’s vibrant culture and fascinating heritage. Lima’s historic centre is replete with impressive colonial architecture, and home to the ornate Basilica Cathedral and catacombs. To the south lies Cuzco, the ancient Inca capital, nestled on a plateau surrounded by the Andes. This charming city is awash with Inca ruins and museums juxtaposed with Spanish churches and buildings, not to mention its bustling markets. Beyond Cuzco rural life continues much as it has done for centuries and we’ll meet some of these traditional communities in the Sacred Valley before visiting the colossal fortresses at Pisac and Ollantaytambo. No trip to Peru is complete without journeying through cloud forest to visit Machu Picchu, majestically perched on a mountaintop, or travelling into the dense jungles of the Amazon Rainforest. 

Highlights

  • Lima's historic centre, including the Basilica Cathedral and catacombs
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu, set against its dramatic Andean backdrop
  • Walk a section of the Inca Trail via Wiñay Wayna 
  • Vibrant markets, Inca museums and Spanish churches of Cuzco
  • The imposing Inca fortresses of Sacsayhuaman, Pisac and Ollantaytambo
  • Traditional lunch in one of the Sacred Valley communities
  • Spend two nights deep in the Amazon Rainforest

Key information

  • 7 nights Hotels and 2 nights premium jungle lodge

  • Travel by private bus, train and two internal flights

  • Time spent at altitude

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners
  • All accommodation 
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival and departure transfers

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

We include drinking water, provided in large containers to refill a reusable bottle from, to reduce the amount of single-use plastic. 

There are plenty of opportunities to visit the markets and purchase local handicraft products or to sample Peruvian street food; try the Mercado San Pedro in Cuzco for local produce and the artisan market in Aguas Calientes for textiles. The entrance fees for the archaeological sites, museums and churches we visit, including Machu Picchu, help support their maintenance, restoration and upkeep.

Café Daria is the first vocational training site for young adults with special needs. Students are trained across all aspects of hospitality and the food is prepared by the students on site. It's a great way to interact with locals, while also giving those who would normally be isolated from society the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. Exodus support this cafe, and you will have the opportunity to visit it in Cuzco if you wish. 

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Lima.

    The tour starts in Lima; those on the group flights arrive in the morning but there are no excursions planned so land only travellers can arrive throughout the day (please note that hotel check-in times are usually from 3pm). Our hotel is based in the residential Miraflores District, within walking distance of the coast.

    Your leader will be on hand to help you get your bearings and can help make arrangements should you want to visit somewhere in particular. There will be a group briefing at the hotel this afternoon/evening.

    Hotel Antigua Miraflores (or similar)

  • Day 2

    Tour of Lima's historic centre, visiting the Larco Museum, Basilica Cathedral and catacombs.

    Today we have a tour of colonial and modern Lima. We visit the modern residential district and then explore the historical downtown area. We will discover the Plaza de Armas, Basilica Cathedral and Presidential Palace on a short walk around the colonial centre, and we visit the incredible church of San Francisco, which houses one of the oldest libraries in the Americas and sits on top of a labyrinthine network of catacombs. These still house the bones of Lima's wealthy 18th and 19th century residents.

    Hotel Antigua Miraflores (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Fly to Puerto Maldonado; travel by boat into rainforest; afternoon jungle walk and twilight river excursion.

    We leave Lima early today as we take a flight to Puerto Maldonado, a small town in the rainforest. On arrival, we transfer to the dock for a boat trip to our lodge in the Tambopata Reserve – this journey takes around 30 minutes. On the way, we may see caimans, river turtles and waterfowl. After some time to settle in and lunch, we will take a short walk along the forest trails near the lodge followed by a twilight river excursion to look for nocturnal animals.

    Hacienda Concepción (or similar) 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Jungle exploration by boat and on foot.

    Activities today generally include a mixture of walks along the forest trails, time spent in canoes to explore rainforest lakes, and the opportunity to go high into the canopy for a completely different view of the forest. In the evening we will take a short walk through the Amazon rainforest to look for nocturnal animals. The resident guides are normally around in the evening to answer questions.

    Hacienda Concepción (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Fly to Cuzco; orientation walk and visit to Koricancha, the 'Sun Temple'.

    We return to Puerto Maldonado after breakfast today and board our flight to Cuzco. Upon landing we transfer to our centrally located hotel. Set amidst hills in the altiplano, the imperial city of the Incas, Cuzco was the geographic, cultural and political centre of a vast empire which, at its peak, stretched from present day Quito in Ecuador to Santiago in Chile. After the Spanish Conquistadores invaded the city they started building on top of the Incan structures, resulting in unique architecture, a fusion of the Incan and Spanish colonial styles. It is among the most attractive cities in South America.
    We will have a short walking tour around the compact city centre to get our bearings, and will visit Koricancha – the Sun Temple, located in the Santo Domingo Church and Monastery.

    It is recommended to take it easy upon arrival into Cuzco and to drink plenty of water to allow your body time to acclimatise to the altitude (3,400m).

     

    Hotel San Agustin Plaza (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Cuzco city tour, including San Pedro Market, the San Blas District and the Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman.

    We have a full-day tour combining the highlights in and around the city. Outside the town are Inca ruins, notably the fortress of Sacsayhuaman where the Inca armies made their last stand against the Conquistadores. In the centre we visit the Plaza de Armas, and see many examples of the famous Inca stonework. One of Cuzco’s most picturesque areas is the San Blas District, where many artisan workshops are found. It’s a bit of a climb up the cobbled streets but a fascinating neighbourhood to visit and affords some great views over the city. We will also go to San Pedro Market, which is the place to try some local produce, and we will visit the Cusco Cathedral.

    Hotel San Agustin Plaza (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Explore the Sacred Valley and have lunch with a family in the Chichubamba Community; train to Ollantaytambo.

    We visit the magnificent Sacred Valley, which runs along the Urubamba River near Cuzco, and is the true heartland of Incan culture and tradition. The high-Andean scenery is dotted with old towns and villages dating back to pre-Columbian times.

    We first head out of Cuzco to the colourful handicraft market at Pisac, at the entrance to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After some free time to browse the stalls, we take a walking tour of the huge Inca ruins above the village. We then head to Chichubamba community, where you can see local activities such as pottery and chocolate making, as well as enjoy a hearty traditional lunch.

    After lunch, we drive down the valley to Ollantaytambo and visit the immense Inca fortress. This was the royal estate of Inca Emperor Pachacuti as well as being of religious and defensive significance. We will also explore the village, whose streets still follow the pre-conquest grid plan.

    Pakaritampu Hotel (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 8

    Day walk along Inca Trail via Winay Wayna ruins.

    Today we have a day walk along a section of the Inca Trail. The trail passes the ruins of Wiñay Wayna and ascends a stone staircase to the Sun Gate for the iconic view of Machu Picchu and its magnificent backdrop. 

    A packed lunch is included today.

    Hotel Casa Andina - Aguas Calientes (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 9

    Guided tour of Machu Picchu; return to Cuzco by train and by road.

    In order to beat the day-trippers coming from Cuzco, we wake early this morning and catch the bus (approx. thirty minutes) up the winding road to the greatest ruin in the world - Machu Picchu.

    This is one of the architectural and engineering marvels of the ancient world, in a mountain setting of staggering immensity. The Spaniards never found it; the Incas left no records of it, so Machu Picchu remains a great enigma, a city lost for centuries in the jungle until it was rediscovered in 1911 by the American historian Hiram Bingham.

    The well-preserved Inca architecture, combined with its spectacular location on a mountain spur high above the Urubamba River, makes Machu Picchu one of the world's most impressive ruins. Your leader will give you a two/three hour guided tour of the ruins and afterwards there will be free time to explore at your leisure. There are some spectacular walks around the site that you may wish to do, including following the path to the Inca Drawbridge.

    Once you’ve had your fill, return to Aguas Calientes in time to catch an afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo, and continue by road to Cuzco (approx. two hours drive). 

    Hotel San Agustin Plaza (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    End Cuzco.

    For land only travellers the tour ends after breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Extend Your Trip

Lake Titicaca extension

Code: XPT

Journey across the spectacular high altiplano to Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable freshwater lake (3,800m). Explore its waters by boat and visit the descendants of the Uros Indians who live on floating reed islands, and are also known for producing fine textiles. Back on the mainland, we visit the pre‐ Incan site of Sillustani, comprised of burial towers with fantastic views over the region. The Titicaca Extension is only available after your main tour as we do not recommend arriving straight into Puno due to the altitude. The detailed itinerary can be found here

Please ask your sales consultant for more details. 

Price from: £209 (compulsory supplement of £48 for single travellers)

Essential Info

Visas

Peru

Visas are not required by UK citizens, Western European nationals, Americans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans and most other nationalities. If you are in any doubt please contact the nearest Peruvian Embassy.

Vaccinations

Peru

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

If you are travelling to the Tambopata reserve in the Amazon rainforest, the risk of malaria is slight, but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. We also strongly recommend that you obtain a Yellow Fever vaccination. Dengue fever and/or Chikungunya are known risks in the Amazon region. Both are tropical viral diseases spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for either, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites: always apply insect repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers while in the rainforest to avoid being bitten.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up‐to‐date information.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners are included in the price of the tour.

The tap water in Peru is not safe to drink but often your leader will offer to look after a group kitty and buy large containers of drinking water that you can refill a bottle from.

Hotel breakfasts are normally simple buffet-style affairs, usually including bread/toast and jam, cereal, sometimes eggs or a cooked dish, sometimes fruit, tea/coffee and fruit juice. Regrettably we can not guarantee that wheat/gluten free products will be available for breakfast in all locations - if you have an intolerance you may wish to bring your own breakfast food from home.

Where lunch and dinner is not included we'll visit a variety of cafes and restaurants.

Peruvian cuisine has developed a reputation for its flavours and originality and it’s well worth trying out a few of the local delicacies. Amongst these are ceviche (a spicy dish of seafood or fish marinated in lime juice), lomo saltado (a Peruvian take on a beef stir-fry) and various hearty soups such as the delicious quinoa soup. Other dishes include roasted cuy (guinea pig), Alpaca steak, and to drink, the national beverage: Pisco Sour.

Weather

Peru's diverse geography results in a very varied climate. The coastal desert including Lima, is generally dry but cloudy through most of the year. The exception is January to March when the skies are clear and the temperatures rise.

In Cuzco and the Andes, April to November is the dry season; during these months the sky is generally bright and clear with strong sunshine in the mornings, sometimes clouding over as the day progresses. Temperatures are generally pleasant but can drop and become quite chilly in the evenings and at night. Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu are in the cloud forest and as such attract large amounts of precipitation all year as clouds move up from the Amazon basin. Rain here can be heavy, but is seldom prolonged.

Lima

Is this trip for you?

This tour has been graded Leisurely/Moderate (Activity Level 2). There is nothing too strenuous planned but there is some sightseeing on foot; including a walking tour of Cuzco, and walking around other sites such as Sacsayhuaman, Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu. It is worth noting however, that most of the Inca sites are built on terraces into the hillsides so there will be some steps to climb but we will do this at a leisurely pace.

Cuzco is the highest place that we stay, and lies at an altitude of approx. 3,400m, as such you may notice the air is thinner upon arrival. .

New List of Regulations for visiting Machu Picchu (which apply from July 1st 2018).

The main points impacting your visit are the following:

  1. The tickets are valid only for one entry which means that you cannot leave the site and re-enter.
  2. Once you have done the chosen circuit with your guide, you cannot walk back to view anything already visited and once you finish the circuit, you will have to leave the site. You can no longer explore the site further after the guided tour.
  3. The two visit times for visiting the site, either 6am-12pm or 12-16.30pm.

These new regulations will affect how long you are able to spend at Machu Picchu.  In the past, after the guided tour passengers could stay longer to explore the site, this is not possible anymore. The alternative that we are implementing on our visits to allow you further time, is to explore the upper part of Machu Picchu (Sun Gate and Inca Bridge) before starting the guided tour.  The guided tour will be about 2 hrs in duration, and unfortunately at the end of it, you will need to exit the site.

 Schedule of visit to Machu Picchu on this itinerary:

  • Early bus to Machu Picchu and explore upper part with the tour leader
  • Between 9-10am start the guided tour
  • Between 11.30am-12.30pm passengers leave Machu Picchu
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels & Lodge

This trip spends 7 nights hotels and 2 nights premium jungle lodge, all with en suite facilities.

The hotels normally used are indicated within the itinerary however accommodation may differ from those stated depending on your departure date. All accommodation is centrally located and within waking distance of the main sites and have en suite bathrooms. Most hotels have a safety deposit box in the room but if not, there will be one at reception.

In the rainforest we stay in the beautiful Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion, located between the Tambopata National Reserve and the shores of the Madre de Dios River. The lodge is located about 30 mins by boat from Puerto Maldonado, and has a main building surrounded by private cabanas sitting on stilts.  Each cabana is usually for two people sharing, and all have a private bathroom with a shower, as well as individual mosquito nets over the beds. There is limited electricity in the cabanas, and each room has both reading lights and a ceiling ventilator The main building has a dining room and bar, as well as a small library of books relating to the rainforest and its flora and fauna.

Please note that central heating is very rare in Peru, even in good standard hotels. Most hotels provide plug in heaters and spare blankets. Additionally whilst all of the hotels have a hot water supply, it can be temperamental when there is high demand.

A railway line runs straight through the centre of Aguas Calientes and whilst we try to allocate rooms away from it whenever possible, you might hear the trains from some rooms.

We recommend the early booking of single supplements and of pre/post-tour accommodation. Single rooms can be booked for an optional single supplement.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

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