Highlights of Lima and Cusco in 9 Days

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9 days

Lima

2 ~ 10

High content


Description

Enjoy Peru's unique natural and cultural heritage on a journey to discover the magic of the country. In Lima, Cusco, and the surrounding area, you’ll participate in incredible adventures, ranging from a bike tour in Lima to hikes in the Sacred Valley. You’ll also get to experience the mystery and beauty of Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven World Wonders. Experience the traditions and culture of the Andes while also being transported back into the age of the Inca empire. With the perfect tour to see the highlights of Peru in a unique and stress free way, let your Peruvian aventura begin today! 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Lima
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by your Local Guide and transferred to your hotel in Miraflores. From there you are invited to relax and wander on your own. Don’t worry, your Local Guide will give you plenty of tips of things to do in the area on your first day!

Day 2: Bohemian bike tour of Lima
Your Local Guide will pick you up at your hotel at 9:15 am for a bike tour. The perfect way to get an overview of the city, this bike tour will take you through the two main cultural areas of Lima: Miraflores and Barranco. On the way, you’ll admire examples of Lima’s old architecture, ride past seaside views, and learn about local folklore and the history of the city. After your 4-hour cycling tour, you are free to enjoy Lima’s famous cuisine for lunch. We recommend trying some ceviche! ;) 

Day 3: Flight to Cusco
After an early breakfast, you will head to the airport for your hour-long flight to Cusco. Upon arrival at the Cusco airport, you will be greeted by a Local Guide who will take you to your hotel in a private shuttle. The rest of the afternoon will then be reserved for relaxing and acclimating to Cusco’s high altitude. 

Day 4: Cusco and Sacsayhuaman Guided Hike
On your first full day in Cusco, you will enjoy an easy hike to show you the highlights of the city! Starting in the city’s historic center, your Local Guide will lead you up the winding steps of the city into the beautiful surrounding countryside. You will reach Sacsayhuaman, a huge Inca fortress which overlooks the city. Witness incredible views of the entire city before heading back down for a walking tour of Cusco's historic center. On your way down, you will walk along parts of an old Inca road and arrive in the bohemian San Blas neighborhood, full of local artisans and pastry shops. Afterwards, your Local Guide will take you on a walking tour of the most popular sites in the city, such as the main square and the Qorikancha “Temple of the Sun”. In addition to these key sights, you will also explore off-the-beaten-path destinations, ancient streets, and the local markets, giving you an authentic feel for the city.

Day 5: Touring the Sacred Valley
In the morning, you will be picked up by your Local Guide to set off on a fascinating day in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Your first stop will be Pisaq, a traditional village with a very well maintained archaeological site and a picturesque Andean market. Here you will get to learn about local customs and traditional artisan crafts. You will then enjoy a traditional lunch at a restaurant in Urubamba before heading off to the fortress of Ollantaytambo. After touring this Inca sight, you’ll get to wander the narrow, ancient streets of the city and feel as if you are transported back in time. The rest of the afternoon will be free for you to relax, explore, and get ready for your upcoming adventures! 

Day 6: Hiking Huchuy Qosqo
Today you will participate in a beautiful and challenging hike for breathtaking views of the Sacred Valley and the Andes Mountains. The trek starts uphill with beautiful views of Piuray Lagoon and mountainsides full of llamas and cattle. After about an hour and a half of uphill walking, the trail will descend through the remains of the Inca Trail. Passing through Inca ruins, a stream, and beautiful scenery, you will reach Huchuy Qosqo, a former Inca Palace. After exploring this interesting archaeological site, we will descend into the small village of Lamay, where a private transport will take you to Ollantaytambo.

From Ollantaytambo, you will board the comfortable and scenic train to the town of Aguas Calientes, which will be your starting point to Machu Picchu. The train journey is a spectacle in itself, and you’ll be able to witness the changing landscape, from green fields and eucalyptus forests to lush jungle. Once you arrive in Aguas Calientes, you will be transported to your hotel. Rest up! The big trip to Machu Picchu will start early the next day! 

Day 7: Discovering Machu Picchu
It’s the day you’ve been waiting for! Starting bright and early, you will take a 20-minute bus ride up the zigzagging road to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by an expert Local Guide to give you an insider’s look into the mystery and beauty of this world wonder. Afterwards, you’ll be given free time to continue exploring every corner of the “Lost City of the Incas” at your own pace. Here, you can choose to do an additional hike or simply wander around.

After exploring Machu Picchu, you will return to Aguas Calientes for lunch and will board your train back to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, you will be taken back to your hotel for a well-deserved night's rest. 

Day 8: Free day in Cusco
Today you will get the entire day to explore and enjoy Cusco on your own! Wander the streets, visit the museums, and dine at whatever restaurants you’d like! If you’d like tips, your local guide will happily give you plenty.

Day 9: Departure Day
Today you will have some free time to enjoy Cusco, perhaps filled with last-minute shopping and exploring! Later, you will be driven to the airport to board your flight back to Lima and, eventually, back home.


Eligibility criteria

  • This tour is suitable for all ages and physical ability levels.

What's Included

  • Tours as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Private and shared transfers 
  • Entrance fees
  • English-speaking Local Guide
  • Some meals
  • All accommodations

What's not included

  • Domestic Flights: Lima to Cusco, Cusco to Lima

Recommendations

  • Your Local Guide will send you a packing list upon booking.
  • Please contact your doctor if you are concerned about the altitude.

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Diego

Born and raised in Lima, I moved to Germany to study business and marketing. Following the traditional business path, I began working in sales and marketing at a multinational company, but realized that going to work every day felt more like a chore. I decided it was time I pursued my two passions: entrepreneurship and travel. I started my travel company in 2009 and have since loved every day of my job. Having grown up in Peru, I understand the beauty that lives within the land, and I absolutely love showing it to others. On each trip I lead, I get to share my world while also meeting new people and learning new things. I invite you to come to Peru and explore the soul of my country, together.

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