Archeology & local communities

Peru

Follow in the footsteps of the Incas on this 10-day adventure into the heart of mystical Peru. Watch magical Machu Picchu appear between drifting folds of mist and wander through the cobbled streets of lively Cusco, surrounded by snow-tipped Andean peaks on all sides. Drift between the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, get a peek into the traditional life of the indigenous people and feel tiny amidst the scenery of the Sacred Valley. It’s a journey from dizzying mountains to cloud forests and throbbing cities to vast glassy lakes. Get prepared to be blown away by the beauty of Peru.

The tours, hotels, day trips and suggestions in this tour are just an example of what we can do for you. Contact us to customize a trip especially for your group

Trip highlights

  • Explore the Lost Kingdom of Machu Picchu, rising out of the cloud forest amidst snow-capped mountains.
  • Visit the friendly locals in Chinceros, a colourful community famous for its rainbow textiles and traditional lifestyle.
  • Get lost in the cobbled streets and carnival atmosphere of Cusco, the beating heart of Peruvian culture.
  • Journey deep into the Sacred Valley, steeped in Inca history and mystical spirit.
  • Float between the peaceful islands of Lake Titicaca and sleep in a homestay with the welcoming Uros Indians.

Peru 10 days / 9 nights

Adventure level: gentle
Max group size: 30
Included
  • 8 nights in comfortable 3-star accommodation on a full board basis and one night in a homestay on Lake Titicaca with a local family.
  • 1 certified, experienced tour leader to accompany you every step of the way.
  • 1 teacher travels completely free of charge for every 10 students in the group.
  • Private transport and private excursions with a bilingual certified guide. All entrance fees included.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Bienvenidos a Lima!

When you touch down in Peru, you’ll be welcomed at the international airport by your guide and transferred directly to your hotel in buzzing district of Miraflores, packed with cosmopolitan restaurants, leafy parks and all-too-tempting shops. A thriving metropolis perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean and draped in rolling fog, Lima is an eye-opening city to explore. After freshening up and shaking off your jetlag, you can head to a local restaurant a try a zingy seafood ceviche, Lima’s classic dish.

Days 2 – 3: Inca culture in Cusco

On Day 2, you’ll head for the airport and hop on a flight to colourful Cusco. When you arrive, you’ll be transferred to your hotel and welcomed with a steaming mug of local coca tea to ward off any altitude sickness. Your hotel is part of the Niños Foundation, an inspiring community project that cares for over 600 street kids. A heady mixture of modern culture and ancient local legend, Cusco is a maze of narrow cobbled streets ringed by Inca walls. Wander between arty stalls piled high with alpaca knits, watch the world go by at a café in shady Plaza del Armas and soak up the spirit of the Inca Empire.

The following day, you’ll set off on a walking tour to learn about local Andean culture and ancient architecture before travelling to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, just outside the centre of Cusco. The fortress is built from gigantic slabs of stone weighing up to a whopping 350 tonnes each and placed together with absolute precision. At the end of the day, you can relax over a traditional and enjoy a folkloric show before hitting the hay.

Day 4: The spirit of the Sacred Valley

Today, you’ll journey from Cusco deep into the Sacred Valley, a beautiful patchwork of fertile plains wedged between the high Andes and the tropical lowlands. It’s a lush region rich with fruit orchards and vegetable groves, with fantastic views around every bend. Before long, you’ll reach Ollantayambo, the site of some astonishing Inca ruins stretched over bright green terraces. After exploring the ruins, you’ll travel to Chincero, a colourful and welcoming community nestled in the heart of the Sacred Valley. Here, you’ll meet the friendly locals, amble through the market and get a glimpse into remote Peruvian life. We will spend the night in the Sacred Valley.

Days 5 – 6: Mystical magic at Machu Picchu

The next two days are all about the Lost Kingdom of Machu Picchu, easily one of the most staggering spots on the planet. On Day 5, you’ll take a scenic train ride to Aguas Calientes, swathed in the mist of the cloud forest. Also known as Machu Picchu pueblo, it’s a lively crossroads for travellers coming to or from the ruins. In the evening, you can plunge into the local hot springs for a well-earned soak before heading to bed.

Early on Day 6, you’ll set off along the twisting road to Machu Picchu. As the morning cloud clears to reveal the Lost Kingdom in all its glory, you’ll be knocked off your feet. There’s nowhere else like it. With a mysterious history and a dramatic setting between towering Andean peaks, the terraces of Machu Picchu and packed with atmosphere. You’ll be given a guided tour of the ruins before travelling back to Cusco.

Days 7 and 8: Puno and Lake Titicaca homestay

On Day 7, you’ll set off on the gorgeous bus journey to Puno, crossing the Altiplano highlands to the shores of dazzling Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake. On the way, you’ll visit a handful of fascinating pre-Inca archaeological sites and stop for a traditional buffet lunch a the top of a dizzying mountain pass overlooking the valley.

After spending one night in Puno, you’ll glide across the glassy waters of Lake Titicaca, with white snowy peaks reflected in the bright blue water. Before long, you’ll arrive on Taquile and Uros, floating reed islands home to friendly communities of indigenous Indians. Here, you’ll be welcomed into the local homes, learn about island culture and kick a football around the playful kids. You’ll sleep in shared rooms in a traditional mud brick house – an experience to really remember.

Days 9 – 10: Live it up in Lima

On the morning of Day 9, you’ll sail back across Lake Titicaca. Back on solid ground, you’ll head for Juliana airport to catch a flight back to Lima for the last night of your trip. Here, amongst the bright lights and boutique cafés of Miraflores, try some traditional Peruvian cuisine and whisk around the highlights of the city. You can also take some time to explore the fascinating Larco Museum. Crammed with archeological wonders, including erotic sculptures that will raise a few eyebrows, it’s like stepping into the past. The museum organizes all kinds of educational events and activities, making it perfect for student tours.

On Day 10, you’ll set off on a half day city tour to see Lima like a real local. First, you’ll wander through a traditional market packed to try a handful of rare, exotic fruits before catching a Metropolitano bus downtown to check out the landmark colonial buildings in the area. Afterwards, you’ll be transferred to the airport, where you’ll begin your journey home.

Practical Information

It’s tricky to pin down the climate of Peru because the altitude varies in a such a dramatic way. While the high Andes might be knee-deep in snow , the beach can be drenched in blazing sunshine. Strictly speaking, the best weather spreads across almost the entire country from June to September, making it a popular time for trekking to Machu Picchu. From December to April, the mountains and jungles are hit by heavy rains, while Lima is often overcast and fog-wrapped but very rarely wet. Whenever you travel, bring some warm jumpers for chilly Andean nights and a waterproof jacket.
Day 1: Arrival transfer from Lima airport to Miraflores hotel. Overnight.

Day 2: Transfer from hotel to airport for domestic flight to Cusco. On arrival, transfer from Cusco airport to hotel. Overnight (B,L,D).

Day 3: Half day walking tour of Cusco with Cathedral entrance fee included. Afternoon tour to Sacsayhuaman Archaeological site with Cusco visitor ticket included. Welcome dinner with folkloric show. Overnight (B,L,D).

Day 4: Morning visit to Ollantaytambo archaeological site. Afternoon visit to Chinceros community. Overnight at Casitas del Arco Iris (B,L,D).

Day 5: Transfer from hotel to Ollantaytambo train station and exhibition train to Machu Picchu. Visit to the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes. Overnight (B,L,D).

Day 6: Half day visit to Machu Picchu, with minibus to and from the top of the mountain included. Train back to Cusco and transfer from Poroy train station to hotel. Overnight (B,L,D).

Day 7: Bus transfer from Cusco to Puno, visiting archaeological sites scattered along the way. Overnight (B,L,D).

Day 8: Full day visit to Uros and Taquile islands on Lake Titicaca. Overnight at family homestay (B,L,D).

Day 9: Transfer from Titicaca to Juliaca airport for flight to Lima. Transfer from Lima airport to hotel. Overnight (B,L,D).

Day 10: Half day local city tour of Lima. Transfer from hotel to airport for journey home. (B)

  • 8 nights in comfortable 3-star accommodation on a full board basis and one night in a homestay on Lake Titicaca with a local family.
  • Full board
  • Private transport and private excursions with a bilingual certified guide. All entrance fees included.
  • 1 certified, experienced tour leader to accompany you every step of the way.
  • 1 teacher travels completely free of charge for every 10 students in the group.

Drop us a line!