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Uncover new and exciting adventures in Peru by taking part in our small group tours. Go sightseeing at your own pace surrounded by travellers like you. Provided by top tour operators & travel companies, our small group tours in Peru will offer you the perfect balance between spending time on your own and group activities. Find here the best backpacking groups  and Peru trekking companies .

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Machu Picchu Adventure Tour

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Machu Picchu Adventure

Great place to visit. We felt well looked after. Hotels were better than expected. Breakfast not great though. Tour guides cared and loved their jobs. Good balance of tours and down time.

Classic Inca Trail Trek 4D/3N to Machu Picchu (Group service ) Tour

  • Hiking & Trekking

Classic Inca Trail Trek 4D/3N to Machu Picchu (Group service )

Great knowledgeable guides, amazing food and great porters!

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Loved Peru. I found the people take great pride in their cities, culture and history and it shows in how clean the streets are, how great the food is and how wonderful the guides are. Loved the wildlife, the scenery and archeological sites too. My only downside was the airport.. Delayed flights and when trying to return home, no signage to show the directions from domestic (Cusco to Lima) to international section of airport. When I asked for help, I was told to go out the door, come back in the door next to it, only to find out that I needed to go outside, go to section adjacent and then go upstairs to departures which also had no sign there for "international departures". The LATAM staff gave me the run around on my luggage. One person said it would go automatically to Newark another said pick up your luggage in Lima and transfer to United. My luggage never arrived in Lima nor in Newark. When I arrived in Newark the United people said that LATAM was lying as it is never sent on directly and had to be collected and transferred by hand in Lima. I had to file a lost baggage claim upon final arrival in Canada . Still waiting for news.

Peru: Ancient Cities & the Andes Tour

  • Mountain Hikes

Peru: Ancient Cities & the Andes

I had the most amazing time and loved the tour!

Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu  4 Days Tour

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Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days

I would highly recommend this tour! Staff are fantastic and the experience was just amazing. The trail itself is challenging but so so worth it.
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INCA ADVENTURES - 7 Days  (Lima and Cusco) with Domestic Flights Tour

INCA ADVENTURES - 7 Days (Lima and Cusco) with Domestic Flights

For my first time visit in the amazing Peru, it was an unexpectedly beautiful experience. The tour was perfectly organized, starting with airport pick-up, up to accommodation and guides. They were very friendly and helpful persons, well documented, providing a lot of information and facts about all the great places we’ve seen. Communication with Leoned, was like a swiss watch- impecable. The interaction with Ronald Sotalero, was a big plus for the trip; he made us feel like his family! His passion for history and promoting the Andean culture made me wanna be a little bit Peruvian too. Thank you WAMAN ADVETURES for the wonderful experience and excellent organization of this trip! ARRIBA PERU!

Southern Treasures - 8 Days Tour

Southern Treasures - 8 Days

A fabulous tour from the beginning all the way to the end ! Lisseth, Jhonathan and Erwin provided excellent customer service and were incredibly prompt in responding to any questions or concerns. Our tour guide Percy was outstanding! He was very knowledgeable and passionate about sharing his knowledge with respect to Peru and Incan culture with us. He was considerate and encouraging to all of us. My understanding about Peru and it’s history has increased immensely due to Percy sharing his knowledge with us. This trip had many highlights including Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. Going to Machu Picchu was an amazing experience. It had a profound impact on me and I will never forget what I experienced that day. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who wishes to learn more about Peru, it’s culture and customs. It exceeded my expectations in every respect.

Ultimate Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - 5 Days Tour

Ultimate Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - 5 Days

Such an amazing experience. Roger our guide was a great guy, very experienced and full of local knowledge and stories. We were so well fed by our chef who never ceased to amaze us by producing fantastic local food every meal. The porters made sure everything was perfect and that we had everything we needed - even hot water bottles on a freezing cold night.

INCA TREASURES - 6 DAYS Tour

INCA TREASURES - 6 DAYS

"Visiting Cusco on your own is not easy, to accomplish everything you need to book transportation, trains, entrance tickets, accommodations and much more. A bit intimidating to do it all by yourself, so we decided to book the Inca Treasures, Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain & Q'eswachaqa ""Inca Bridge"" package with Waman adventures agency through Tourradar. They took care of all the details from the moment they picked us up at the airport in Cusco super punctual until they dropped us off four days later. Our guides were the best! they all have a lot of information about their culture and the history of the Incas, the hotels we stayed in (Ayni and Golden surnrise) were very comfortable and clean. We highly recommend them, five stars is not enough to describe this experience!"

Cusco & Salkantay Trekking to Machu Picchu Tour

Cusco & Salkantay Trekking to Machu Picchu

Weather was great and the guide Percy Callas as well as cooks and horsemm was very knowledgeable about Andean peoples, Inca royalty and the Quechua language and culture.

Explore Machu Picchu National Geographic Journeys Tour

Explore Machu Picchu National Geographic Journeys

Outstanding first trip to Peru! Amazing opportunity to get a nice overview of Lima and Cusco. Travelling through the Andes and hiking the last 7 miles of the Inca Trail were priceless.This trip gives a broad overview of a LOT but obviously to really get into more detail on any given region /city/cultural aspect requires a longer stay. Nonetheless, I don't think we could have possibly done more in 8 days. All the more reason to go back!

Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days/4 Nights Tour

Ancascocha Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days/4 Nights

The Ancascocha trek was a fantasctic experience in Peru. I would highly recommend this trek and Action Peru Treks to anyone planning a trip to Peru! Thank you APT for a great experience :)

Ultimate Machu Picchu Tour

Ultimate Machu Picchu

I had an unforgettable authentic experience. Our guide Herlin Apaza was superb. I learned so much about Peru and Inca culture from him. He has the inside view to Peru and Inca civilization.

Machu Picchu and the Amazon National Geographic Journeys Tour

Machu Picchu and the Amazon National Geographic Journeys

Pretour Comms were great: fast and clear. Tour logistics were good enough and daily communication clear. Few minor aspects unexpected eg additional meal costs, rental of equipment (sleeping bags, mattress). Local guides, porters were great ( as expected). At times the encouragement to tip all service providers felt excessive. Overall a good tour, given the small group and pricing.

Iconic Peru Tour 6 Days and 5 Nights Tour

Iconic Peru Tour 6 Days and 5 Nights

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Reviews of Small Group tours to Peru

Amazing experience! The tour moves quickly so you see a lot in a short amount of time, which is exactly why I love these types of tours. I couldn't of asked for a better guide or group.
We did our trek with alpaca expositions and it was amazing. Our guides, Javier and Henry were encouraging and informative. The chef Alex was able to create gourmet meals including cakes and tortes in a camping setting. This was an unforgettable journey.
Loved Peru. I found the people take great pride in their cities, culture and history and it shows in how clean the streets are, how great the food is and how wonderful the guides are. Loved the wildlife, the scenery and archeological sites too. My only downside was the airport.. Delayed flights and when trying to return home, no signage to show the directions from domestic (Cusco to Lima) to international section of airport. When I asked for help, I was told to go out the door, come back in the door next to it, only to find out that I needed to go outside, go to section adjacent and then go upstairs to departures which also had no sign there for "international departures". The LATAM staff gave me the run around on my luggage. One person said it would go automatically to Newark another said pick up your luggage in Lima and transfer to United. My luggage never arrived in Lima nor in Newark. When I arrived in Newark the United people said that LATAM was lying as it is never sent on directly and had to be collected and transferred by hand in Lima. I had to file a lost baggage claim upon final arrival in Canada . Still waiting for news.
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Of course a must-do in Peru is the bucketlist Inca Trail trek to majestic Machu Picchu , but there's plenty more to see on our Peru small group tours. Enjoy a traditional Peruvian barbecue in the Sacred Valley or surround yourself with the sounds of birds and monkeys in the Amazon jungle.

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Embark on one of our  small group tours  to Peru and your  expert local tour leader  will show you the very best that this spectacular country has to offer. Alternatively, go without a group and choose from two private tours to Peru and you'll be joined by private guides throughout.

You’ll never forget the first time you see  Machu Picchu , set on an emerald-green mountain-top surrounded by dense cloud forest. Whether you join our walking  Inca Trail Tour   or jump on a mountain train to get there, losing yourself amongst the ancient temples, palaces and humble dwellings of this famous ‘lost’ city is a true bucketlist experience.

Other highlights of our  Peru adventure tours  include a trek to the multi-colored rainbow mountain of Palccoyo, spotting Andean Condor above the vast river gorge of Colca Canyon and exploring the Inca Empire city of Cusco with its patchwork landscape of terracotta roofs and winding alleyways. Considering a trip to Peru but new to small group travel? We've answered some of your most-asked questions . 

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Our selection of small group tours to Peru can take you from the soul-stirring sights of  walking the Inca Trail  to exploring the Peruvian Amazon, family trips in the Sacred Valley or  tours of Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca.

From lofty mountain peaks to fascinating Inca ruins, our tours encompass a vast choice of experiences around Peru, but a few of our favorite highlights include:

Trekking the Inca Trail  is the classic Peru experience. Culminating in Machu Picchu, designated one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, this challenging route twists and turns through the Andes Mountain Range, passing rushing rivers, crumbling Inca ruins and cloud forests wreathed in mist. Our four-day fully supported trek includes navigating the Inca Trail, staying at campsites away from the crowds, as well as Machu Picchu; one of the best views of the trip is getting your first glimpse of the glorious Inca ruins as you arrive at the Sun Gate on foot. You’ll also get to stroll through the ancient cobbled streets of Cusco, the atmospheric former Inca capital.

There’s also the option to extend your trip with a visit to an eco-lodge in the wildlife-rich Amazon basin. The trek can also be combined with an  in-depth Peru trip to Lake Titicaca and Colca Canyon, two of Peru’s most compelling natural highlights, where you’ll stay on the island of Taquile in a traditional homestay. There’s nothing like watching the sun set over the glass-like waters of the world’s highest navigable lake.

Machu Picchu

Perhaps the most famous of Peru’s top sights, Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Set high in the Andes Mountains at an altitude of 2,430 metres, it is believed to have been built by the Inca in the 15 th  century and later abandoned, though its original use still remains a mystery. You’ll certainly recognise the labyrinth of dry-stone walls clinging to the grassy plateau and terraced steps leading down to the Urubamba River. Whether choosing a  classic Peru trip  taking in the ancient citadel, a  walking and trekking tour to Peru , or combining your trip with  the Galapagos Islands , you’ll find that Machu Picchu features highly on all of our group tours to Peru.

Palccoyo (Rainbow mountain)

Peru’s striated mountains are high up on many people’s must-see sights in Peru, but this in turn attracts the crowds. Escape the bus tours with a trip to Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain – the antidote to the photographers' paradise of Vinicuna – where its striped flanks are dappled in shades of grey-green, pale gold and rich umber. Getting away from the crowds is something we aim to do on our tours, so if you’re looking to explore the mountains of Peru, Palccoyo is one to add to your list. Not only is the Palccoyo trek quieter and shorter than the alternative, it’s an out-and-back route which will allow you to enjoy the views on the way up and the way down.

Colca Canyon

One of the world’s deepest canyons, Colca Canyon is also one of the best places in Peru to spot rare Andean Condors. If the conditions are right, you can stand at the canyon rim and view these magnificent birds soaring on the thermals from miradors such as Cruz del Condor. The birds often swoop low over onlookers’ heads, adding to the excitement provided by the spectacular 1200 metre drop to the river below. You can visit Colca Canyon on our  Peru In Depth tour , which also includes the Inca Trail during 19 days of thrilling discovery.

Cusco was the former capital of the Inca empire, and marries both archaeological ruins and elegant Spanish colonial architecture – the latter best seen in Plaza de Armas, the old city’s colonnaded central square. Peruvian cuisine has seen somewhat of an explosion in recent years, and Cusco has its fair share of recommended restaurants where you can enjoy delicious Peruvian dishes like ceviche or tacu tacu – like Peruvian bubble and squeak. It’s also the gateway to Machu Picchu, so if you’re taking in the Inca citadel on one of our  classic Peru tours  you’ll pass through Cusco.  

Solo travel in Peru

All of our Peru tours are suitable for solo travelers . You can expect that about half of our customers will travel solo, so if you’re considering an Explore tour as a solo traveler you won’t be the only person traveling alone. Going on a small-group tour gives you the perfect opportunity to meet fellow travelers who share the same interests. Considering traveling solo with a small group for the first time? We've answered some of your most-asked questions . 

Best time to go to Peru

The dry season from May to September is the most popular time to hike the Inca Trail and visit the wonder of Machu Picchu . The hottest months of June and August are the busiest, whereas in September and October the temperatures are pleasantly warm without being too hot, and the trails are quieter.  Amazon Rainforest If you plan to extend your Peru tour with a wildlife-spotting trip along the tropical Amazon River , book a trip in September, October or November for the best experience. Immerse yourself in the lush jungle waterways and keep a lookout for bright orange frog, rainbow feathered Macaw and inquisitive otter.  Inti Raymi Festival For an immersive Peruvian cultural experience, book onto our Classic Peru Discovery Tour in June to witness colorful parades, eclectic dancing and live music during the Inti Raymi Festival celebrations in Cusco. This old Inca ‘Festival of the Sun’ happens on 24 June to mark the Southern hemisphere winter solstice.

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I went on a group trip with Conquer Peru and it was the most incredible experience! I've never been on a trip that packed SO MANY activities and experiences into two weeks, but I truly feel like I got to see the best of the best. Not only did we travel across the entire country, seeing Machu Picchu and the Amazon, Lima and Lake Titicaca, but we knew every restaurant, hotel, and site we visited was an authentic, high quality experience because of Matilde's expertise and knowledge about Peru. It's so fun to travel with a local who can be both a guide and a friend as you take in all the sights. My favorite part was the unique hotels Matilde found for us, like the bungalows along the Amazon river. And of course, Machu Picchu exceeded all my expectations. It really was the trip of a lifetime, thanks to Conquer Peru's organizing!

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Clouds rising above the mountains behind. the ruins of Machu Picchu, in Peru

As the mist lifts off the mountains and over the Inca ruins, Machu Picchu evokes an otherworldly feeling

It’s one of the world’s most incredible archaeological sites, with a breathtaking location to match. With all that Machu Picchu has to offer, it’s easy to understand why so many are drawn to the visitor heartland of Peru . The ultimate decision is how to get there. Choose a trek or take the train? You could hike through cloud forests along the classic Inca Trail, fulfill your Andes experience on the Quarry Trail or challenge yourself on the Choquequirao trek – it's up to you. We don’t need to tell you why the adventure is worth your while. Our local leaders will keep you safe, informed and inspired every step of the way.

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With its spectacular natural scenery and profound cultural encounters, the Inca Trail is an international beacon for trekking. Attracting thousands of hikers each year, it's a challenging yet rewarding hike that stays with you for a lifetime. Although rated moderate, the relentless uphill (and downhill) hiking is tough - the fitter you are, the more you’ll enjoy it.

For an impressive hike off the beaten path, consider the Inca Quarry Trail. This lesser-known trek offers the same magical scenery of the Andes mountains, passing through local villages and visiting three smaller archaeological sites the other trails don’t. Another bonus is that the hike doesn’t require a permit – so once you book, you’re set.

Take your boots further with a challenging eight-day hike moving through high-altitude cloud forests, over mega mountain passes and along an ancient trail leading to the well-preserved Inca city ruins of Choquequirao. This trail might be secluded and not for the faint-hearted but it's also one adventure you'll never forget, and that's a promise.

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All our guides are certified local tour guides and trained in-house on Intrepid Safety Policies. Each trekking guide also receives exclusive Intrepid training, provided by mountain rescue experts in the field.

All our guides and trek leaders have been trained by medical specialists in handling altitude illness and are proficient in first aid. Our team carries oxygen cylinders on all treks for emergency use.

Our team members live and work in the Andean region, which means revenue from all our treks benefit the local economy.

We take care of the details, so you can focus more on enjoying the journey. Our tours include all meals, with essential camping equipment and the option to hire additional hiking equipment if needed.

We are proud to have the tick of approval from the Rainforest Alliance indicating that we meet and operate at the highest standards in environmental, social and economic sustainability.

We strive to use travel as a force for good. That’s why we choose to give back to the communities we visit, carbon offset all our trips and take our social and environmental responsibilities seriously. We’ve been officially certified as the world’s largest travel B Corp, which means when you choose Intrepid Travel, you can rest assured you’re traveling to improve the planet.

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Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travelers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travelers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

What is Machu Picchu?

Machu Picchu is a magnificent reminder of the power and ingenuity of the Inca civilization.

The ancient citadel, built in the 15th century, was abandoned only 100 years later, and many mysteries remain.

Listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site in 1983 and announced as one of the Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, Machu Picchu makes a lasting impression.

Where is Machu Picchu?

Overlooking the Urubamba River, the site of Machu Picchu sits above the Sacred Valley – located in the Cusco region of Peru.

How can I get to Machu Picchu?

Many travellers fly into the capital of Cusco before taking the train or choosing a hiking tour. The stepping stone to Machu Picchu is Ollantaytambo, about 1.5 hours away from Cusco by bus.

From Ollantaytambo, the most common ways to get to Machu Picchu are:

  • Hiking the Inca Trail (one way to Machu Picchu)
  • Taking the equally scenic and rewarding Quarry Trail
  • Trekking the challenging 8-day Choquequirao Trail

Can I still hike if I take the train?

So, you want to experience the Inca Trail but aren't quite up for the entire hike?

The one-day option takes you by train part of the way where you hop off and trek the trade highway of the ancient Inca empire.

You will arrive at the Sun Gate in the afternoon to take in the views of Machu Picchu.

Is hiking the only way to get to Machu Picchu?

On all of our trips that visit Machu Picchu, you can choose the rail journey instead of the hike – simply specify while booking that you’d prefer the train option. There's no extra cost for this, though please note fees may apply if you decide to change to the train option after your Inca Trail permit has already been purchased.

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When is the best time to visit Machu Picchu?

You can visit Machu Picchu all year round.  The most popular time, and therefore the most crowded, is in June and July. 

Low cloud cover during the dry season from April to October also means cold nights on hiking trails, so you'll need thermals for a good night’s sleep. 

The wet season is from November to March. Temperatures rise and the region receives heavy rainfall, so waterproofs are essential if you're hiking. If you don't mind a bit of rain, the plus side is that crowds are smaller. If you want to hike the Inca Trail, note that it closes every year in February for maintenance.

Can you get to Machu Picchu in a day?

Yes, you can. Starting with an early rise in the morning, take a 1.5-hour bus ride to Ollantaytambo, then a 2.5-hour train to Aguas Calientes, followed by a 30-minute bus to Machu Picchu.

You will have a couple of hours to visit Machu Picchu and then return to Cusco the same way.

None of our trips visit Machu Picchu this way, as we believe it doesn’t allow enough time to explore (and really enjoy) the site and the Sacred Valley area.

How high is Machu Picchu?

Machu Picchu is found deep in the cloud forest at 2440 m (7972 ft) above sea level, sitting at 1000 m (3280 ft) lower than Cusco.

What does this mean for you? In terms of altitude, you're unlikely to experience any altitude issues at Machu Picchu itself.

But be aware, trekking to Machu Picchu involves walking up and down several steep stairs, ramps and terraces at various altitudes, which can be strenuous.

Will the altitude affect me?

Most people start to feel the effects of altitude at over 2000 m (6561 ft) regardless of age, gender or fitness level. While our leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities, it is very important that you make yourself aware of the causes and effects of traveling at altitude. Monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly.

It is essential to take it easy, drink plenty of water and speak to your group leader immediately if you feel unwell.

We recommend seeing your doctor if you have health concerns before the trip, especially if you have a pre-existing medical condition or are taking any medication.

Do I need a permit to hike to Machu Picchu?

Everyone hiking to Machu Picchu via the iconic Inca Trail or the shorter Inca Trail Express requires a permit. You don't need a permit to trek via the Quarry or Choquequirao trails.

If you do the Inca Trail with Intrepid, our adventure consultants secure your permit for you so you can focus on getting excited – just make sure you have your passport details handy at the time of booking.

Permits are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so booking well in advance is critical.

We endeavor to purchase your permit within two working days of receiving all necessary information.

What should I pack for Machu Picchu?

For a day trip exploring Machu Picchu, we recommended taking a small backpack with the essentials: sunscreen, hat, water bottle (filled before departing), a few snacks and mosquito repellent. It helps to wear breathable pants, a long shirt and a waterproof jacket – since the UV index is higher in the Andes and the site is prone to rainfall.

If you plan to trek before visiting Machu Picchu, read our detailed packing instructions in your Essential Trip Information.

What is Wayna Picchu?

Wayna Picchu (also known also as Huayna Pichu or Wayna Pikchu) means ‘young peak’ in Quechua – although the mountain appears anything but young, towering behind Machu Picchu.

Known as the ‘stairs of death’, the hair-raising climb takes about three hours to return. More recently, a cap of 400 people a day has been introduced on the number of visitors allowed to climb.

Can I climb Wayna Picchu with Intrepid Travel?

We have performed risk assessments on all our optional activities, and unfortunately, we don't consider climbing Wayna Picchu a safe activity at this stage.

Reaching Wayna Picchu involves climbing steep, narrow and exposed sets of stairs, and we just can't guarantee your safety.

Our leaders are specifically prohibited from assisting you in visiting Wayna Picchu.

What are the toilet facilities like at Machu Picchu?

There are public toilets located at the main entrance of Machu Picchu and none after entering the site – so make sure you time your stop before heading off to explore.

Take some coins with you as there is a small fee to use the toilet facilities.

What does the Rainforest Alliance tick of approval mean?

The Rainforest Alliance is a non-profit organization. It is working to build strong forests, healthy agricultural landscapes and thriving communities.

The green frog seal shows that an enterprise has been audited to meet environmental, social, and economic sustainability standards.

The Rainforest Alliance recognizes Intrepid as one of Peru's top certified tourism businesses.

Can I visit Machu Picchu if I have a disability?

Yes, but of course it will depend on your level of disability, fitness and what support will be available to you.

People who are visually impaired have completed the Inca Trail (with the right support crew, of course).

Contact us to discuss your particular circumstances and we can assess it from there.

Does my trip support The Intrepid Foundation?

Yes, all Intrepid trips support the Intrepid Foundation. Trips to this country directly support our global Intrepid Foundation partners, Eden Reforestation Projects and World Bicycle Relief. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

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7 Day Peru Premium Small Group Tour

This tour is fully escorted by an expert English-speaking guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.

This tour is conducted at a medium-fast pace. Some long travel days may be required to complete this itinerary and you will typically spend two nights at each destination, with some one night stays required. This trip includes a mix of sightseeing and free time to explore at your own pace. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage.

These tours are our proudest creations. They have been crafted for Inspiring Vacations travellers exclusively, with personal and unique experiences in mind. Please see the Important Information on your selected tour for exact group size. Enjoy features such as hand-picked accommodation, a sampling of the region’s best culinary delights, and a range of optional activities to choose from to best suit your travel style.

Take advantage of our 7 day cooling-off period. 

✓ Small group tour, up to 20 guests only ✓ Incredible guided tours of Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Cusco ✓Visit a local community in the Sacred Valley to learn about life and enjoy a delicious lunch ✓ See the best of Peru’s most iconic sites, including Machu Picchu by the iconic 360 train, Maras and Moray Incan sites, the Qoricancha temple, and Cusco Cathedral ✓ Breakfast daily and 1 lunch ✓ 6 nights in hand-picked 4 and 5-star accommodation throughout ✓ Fully escorted by an expert, English-speaking guide ✓ Lima-Cusco flight, 360 train to Machu Picchu, and dedicated coach transportation throughout ✓ In-depth sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary

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Welcome to Lima, the "City of Kings". On arrival, make your own way to your hotel located in the chic neighbourhood of Miraflores. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy Peru's capital and discover it's historical centre.

Enjoy breakfast before heading out for a half day morning tour of the fascinating city of Lima. You start your tour with a panoramic view of  Huaca Pucllana, a magnificent clay platform pyramid located in the center of the city. This ceremonial and archeological centre was built in the 4th century A.D. and is considered a sacred village by the Incas.

Then, you’ll visit the colonial side of the city where you'll see attractions like the Cathedral, the Viceroyalty of Peru, the main places of Lima's Plaza Mayor (Main Square), the Government Palace, the City Hall, and other important monuments. Later, you’ll visit the Convent of San Francisco, a seventeenth-century architectural complex that includes a church, a convent and a square. The facade of the church, which has an image of the Immaculate Conception painted on it, was carved in stone, and is characterised by its Corinthian columns. You will also see the catacombs, a dark chamber found under the church. After visiting the centre of Lima you’ll head to the modern section of this great metropolis and will visit the district of Miraflores with its spectacular clifftop walking path overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the “Parque del amor” (Love Park). 

Following your tour, return to your hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 3 Lima Cusco Sacred Valley

In the morning, after breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival you’ll be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.

The remainder of the day is at leisure to allow you time to acclimatise to the altitude change in preparation for our visit to Maccu Picchu. 

Day 4 Sacred Valley

Today, we enjoy a full day exploration of the incredible Sacred Valley of the Incas including lunch. 

Known as Wilcamayo to the Incas, the lush, fertile valley has long been the main source of food for the high Andes. Maize crops can be seen surrounding the river and covering the terraces carved high into the valley walls.  You will head to a community in the Valley to learn about local lifestyle and activities and if our visit coincides with market day you can spend time browsing the stalls in search of hand-painted beads or warm ponchos and maybe practising some of the local language, Quechua. 

Enjoy a regional lunch with the community and later continue the tour visiting the ancient salt ponds near the village of Maras, where salty springs emerge from the hillside and the Incas built terraces to capture the flows and harvest salt. Continue the excursion to Moray, where huge circular agricultural terraces were built by the Incas on limestone sinks served to plant various crops. It is said to have a cosmological significance, however, the Incas used the terraces as an agricultural laboratory to determine the optimum conditions for each species in varying altitudes. 

Return to your hotel late this afternoon where the evening is at leisure. 

Day 5 Sacred Valley Machu Picchu Cusco

After breakfast, we´ll drive for 20 mins to the train station in Ollantaytambo to board the train towards Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo, a modern little town close to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. 

Included is a ride aboard "The 360°" carriages from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes. This incredible journey allows you to explore the Andean landscape in “sky dome” carriages offering wider panoramic windows and an observation outdoor carriage. The train is the only one in Peru with an on-board app that will allow you to learn more about the train ride and the Inca civilization. 

After passing through the Sacred Valley of the Incas the train starts to descend gradually along the edge of the Urubamba River, till you finally reach the cloud forest. After arriving into Aguas Calientes we'll take a short bus ride up the steep, zigzagging road to the impressive Lost City of the Incas. This is one of those genuinely magical places, and your first glimpse of these ruins in the mist is something to remember. The site is perched high in the Andes, surrounded by verdant cloud forest, with the river Urubamba running through the gorge far below. Hidden away on a ridge, Machu Picchu is invisible from below, so it's no surprise it remained a secret until 1911.

Explore the upper terrace with your guide first, making sure to get that great portrait! You will then take a guided tour of the ruins, learning more about these 200 or so houses and temples. It's fascinating to be able to gaze down on the city from above and imagine how it would have looked during the height of the Inca empire.

Catch the bus back into town and enjoy some spare time to have lunch and a look around. In the afternoon, then take the tourist train in “The Voyager” carriage back to Ollantaytambo and make the rest of the journey to Cusco by vehicle. On arrival in Cusco, check into your hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure. 

Note: According to Machu Picchu visiting regulations, all visitors must follow a predetermined route within the site. This route must be followed in one direction only and once the guided visit commences, exiting and reentering the site is not permitted. Once the guided visit concludes, visitors must exit the site and personal exploration of Machu Picchu is not permitted.

Day 6 Cusco

In the morning, set out to discover some of Cusco's lesser-known sights on a guided walking tour. Visit the Cusco Cathedral and the Qoricancha temple, San Pedro market, the main square, 12 Angled Stone, Regocijo Square and San Blas Square.

Then, you will visit the ruins near the city of Cusco, beginning the visit to the archaeological remains of Sacsayhuaman, continuing to the Temple of Quenqo, and Puca Pucara and ending with the impressive temple of Tambomachay where you will be able to observe a series of water fountains, this place was dedicated to the worship of water.

Day 7 Cusco

Your tour concludes at the hotel after breakfast. 

What's Included

  • Small, intimate group experience – no more than 20 people
  • Fully escorted by an expert, English-speaking guide 
  • 6 nights accommodation in selected 4 and 5-star hotels 
  • Daily breakfast and 1 lunch in a local community in the Sacred Valley
  • Included internal flight in economy class as per the itinerary 
  • Incredible sightseeing including guided tours by expert local English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees as specified in the itinerary

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Lima -  Enjoy a half day city tour covering all the city’s main sites 
  • Sacred Valley - Witness the land where Inca culture is still very much alive. Spend time with a local community to learn about life in Peru, and enjoy a delicious homemade lunch. 
  • Sacred Valley - Visit the Moray agricultural terraces, created by the Inca as an advanced agricultural laboratory. 
  • Aguas Calientes - Ride the Iconic Peruvian rail aboard "The 360°" carriages from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes with its “sky dome” carriages offering wider panoramic windows and an observation outdoor carriage.
  • Machu Picchu - take a guided tour of this Inca Citadel which remained hidden from the world until 1911
  • Cusco - Uncover the mysteries of the Inca Empire on a guided walking tour of the Empire’s capital. Enjoy ample free time to unravel the secrets of one of South America’s most mesmerising towns at your own pace.

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Flight information & booking options.

This is a land only package.

This package does not include international airfares. If you would like to add airfares to your booking our flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub. The flight portal will allow you to search for all available airfares to your destination. The function works like most general flight search engines allowing you to select your preferred airline, book different cabin classes (eg. Business class) and view flight durations and transit times to your destination. 

The flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub once the following criteria has been met:

  • Your booking is confirmed
  • Your departure date is within 11 months
  • You  have completed your passenger detail form

Visit our Flight Hub for more information on terms and conditions, amending your flights and information on luggage allowances. 

Visa & Passport

It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return. Visas may be required for your destination. For further visa information, click here .

Important Information

Fitness Requirements While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.

This particular tour is categorised as a ‘3’

3 – Moderate Tour: A good level of fitness and mobility is required, as this tour includes a moderate level of physical activity and is considered a medium-fast paced tour. You should be able to walk up and down stairs, get on and off the coach and able to walk reasonable distances of approximately 2 kilometres per day or more with ease. Any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aids, other than a walking stick or hiking poles, then this tour is not suitable.

Travelling at altitude Cusco sits at 3,399 metres above sea level where it’s common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to altitude – regardless of age, gender and fitness. It's important that you discuss this itinerary and your travel plans with your doctor beforehand. Prescription medication to prevent altitude sickness is available. If left untreated, altitude sickness can lead to serious health complications or even be fatal. While on tour, safety is paramount and it’s important that you discuss any altitude sickness symptoms with your local guide, so that appropriate medical attention can be provided. Follow this  link  for more helpful information on altitude sickness.

Tipping A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. Tipping is not compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. If you feel that your guide and driver have done an impeccable job, you can choose to give a gratuity, but this is entirely your decision.

Accommodation The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, however, any changes are beyond our control.

Single Supplement Single supplement is $734.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price.

Triple Share Not available.

Travel Insurance Travel insurance is recommended to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.

We have partnered with nib to offer our customers competitive rates for their travel insurance. You can book Comprehensive or Essentials cover for your domestic, international or multi-trip journeys simply by clicking HERE .

Note that Inspiring Vacations cannot provide advice with regards to any insurance product.

Group Size Minimum: 4 Maximum: 20

Children Children must be 5 years old or above and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.

Tour Style To meet the needs of various types of travelers, we choose to operate various types of tours, and depending on your selected package will mean different services are provided throughout your trip. The following descriptions of each tour style we hope will ensure that each traveller has appropriate expectations before they start their travels: 

  • Fully Escorted - This tour is fully escorted by an expert English-speaking guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.

Health & Mobility Requirements

All participants must be in good physical condition to fully engage in this journey. For the safety and welfare of yourself and fellow travellers, if you are feeling unwell prior to departure, we advise staying home and contacting us to arrange alternate plans.

Prior to selecting your trip, carefully review the itinerary to assess your ability to comfortably manage our travel style. Please be aware that if, based on evaluation by our leader or local representative, a participant is deemed unable to safely complete the itinerary, we retain the right to exclude them from all or part of the trip without reimbursement.

It is advisable to consult your physician for current medical travel advisories and any required vaccinations before embarking. We recommend carrying a first aid kit and any necessary medications in their original packaging, as they may not be readily available during travel. For those carrying medication, it's essential to check your government's foreign travel guidelines for local restrictions or regulations.

Pre and Post-Tour Accommodation & Extra Services

You can enhance your holiday by arriving or departing before or after the tour. On this tour you can choose from the following options:

Pre Tour Accommodation

  • $264.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $264.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Post Tour Accommodation

  • $250.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $250.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Please select the number of extra nights required in the 'Additional Nights Accommodation' field when making your purchase. The additional cost for these arrangements will be added to your final payment invoice and are subject to availability.

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  • Travel insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

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An adventure vacation of this magnitude – walking in the ancient footprints of the mystical Incas to Machu Picchu – demands the best Peru Tour package. Or, a custom-woven vacation that includes a diverse range of the truly amazing things this country offers.

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This South American country has it all. Peru is the land of towering peaks in the Andes, lush Amazon jungles and arid plains leading to the Pacific Ocean. In fact, it is home to more than 90 micro-climates! It’s also overflowing with history and culture to beguile and entrance you.

Although one of the continent’s more well trodden tourist trails, its stunning wealth of historical and cultural treasures means that Peru is always worth a second look…and it doesn’t take much to get off the beaten track, in true Wild Frontiers style. Its matchless landscapes encompass the world’s highest navigable lake, the spectacular scenery of the Colca Canyon and Machu Picchu, without doubt the finest and most important archaeological site in South America.

Discovered by Hiram Bingham III in 1911, the World Heritage site of Machu Picchu is the jewel in Peru’s glittering crown of highlights. But the country can also boast the sand dunes of the Paracas Peninsula, the mysterious Nazca Lines and picturesque and historical Sacred Valley of the Incas. Then there are the Inca ruins and colonial elegance of Cusco, the rich wildlife of the Amazonian rainforest and the sheer majesty of Lake Titicaca.

Home to some of South America’s finest cuisine, Peru can also offer up an enviable range of accommodation, from luxury hotel and charming boutique guesthouses, to remote lodges and welcoming homestays.

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TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS

Whether you want to travel on one of our award-winning itineraries or build your own journey from scratch, our expert consultants will help create the perfect tour for your tastes and budget. Below are a few suggestions of the kind of trips we can offer, all of which can be tailored to you.

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Hike the ancient Inca Trail

Hike the ancient Inca Trail

A truly spectacular way to visit the ruins is by hiking the royal Inca Trail. The classic route takes four days but, if short on time, the last part of the trail can be completed in a day, entering through the legendary Sun Gate to Machu Picchu.

Walk around old Lima

Walk around old Lima

Visit old Lima, a UNESCO world heritage site, touring its classic colonial monuments and architecture from Lima’s glorious past. An example of the city’s historic architecture includes Casa Aliaga, a 15th century mansion still owned by the same family.

Travel through the Amazon at night

Travel through the Amazon at night

With over 60% of rainforest animals being nocturnal, the nighttime is an opportunity to spot wildlife that are difficult to see during the day. With the help of your native guide you will be led into the dark jungle listening out for movement around you

Hike to secluded Pumamarca ruins

Hike to secluded Pumamarca ruins

This short hike is great to experience both Inca history and living culture. Follow an old Inca Trail down a steeply terraced valley to the little-explored Pumamarca ruins, passing rural Peruvians along the way most of whom still wear traditional clothing

Get a panorama of Machu Picchu

Get a panorama of Machu Picchu

Take the short but steep two-hour climb up the neighbouring Huayna Picchu peak for a condor’s eye view over Machu Picchu ruins. With exposed steps and a sheer drop, it’s not for the faint-hearted but well worth the effort.

Go rafting on Río Apurímac

Go rafting on Río Apurímac

Travel through the spectacular 3,000m-deep canyon on this one-day rafting adventure down the mighty Rio Apurimac. The world class rapids are interspersed with gentle patches, amazing scenery and lunch on a deserted beach.

Paddle in tranquil Lake Huaypo

Paddle in tranquil Lake Huaypo

Set amongst fields of corn with fantastic views across to the snow-capped Vilcanota Mountains, Huaypo is the ideal place to enjoy stand up paddleboards or kayaks. It is a truly peaceful experience gliding along with spectacular views of the Andes mountains.

Take a food and culinary tour

Take a food and culinary tour

Lima has taken its kitchen to world class levels. This tour includes a stop at a local market to peruse local produce before learning how to make a traditional dish such as ceviche at a local restaurant.

Canoe on the Oxbow Lake

Canoe on the Oxbow Lake

With the use of motorised and paddle canoes, you can explore a lake teeming with caimans, bats, waterfowl and home to a family of giant otters. Take binoculars for an added experience whilst your guide navigates in search of the lake’s fauna.

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No matter how adventurous you are, or how deeply you want to dive into the traditions of the ancient Incas and the glories of the Andes and Amazon, a good night’s sleep is important!

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Antigua Casona San Blas, Cusco

Belmond Las Casitas, Colca Canyon

Belmond Las Casitas, Colca Canyon

Casa Andina Premium Puno, Puno

Casa Andina Premium Puno, Puno

Casa Andina Select, Arequipa

Casa Andina Select, Arequipa

CIRQA, Arequipa

CIRQA, Arequipa

Colca Lodge, Colca Canyon

Colca Lodge, Colca Canyon

El Albergue, Sacred Valley

El Albergue, Sacred Valley

Inkaterra La Casona, Cusco

Inkaterra La Casona, Cusco

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, Puerto Maldonado

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, Puerto Maldonado

Sanctuary Lodge, A Belmond Hotel, Machu Picchu

Sanctuary Lodge, A Belmond Hotel, Machu Picchu

Sol y Luna Lodge and Spa, Sacred Valley

Sol y Luna Lodge and Spa, Sacred Valley

Tambopata Research Center, Tambopata National Reserve

Tambopata Research Center, Tambopata National Reserve

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Titilaka, Puno

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Casa Republica Barranco, Lima

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Peru’s climate has two main reasons- wet and dry- though the weather can vary greatly depending on the geographical region. There are three main geographical climatic regions; the Amazon Jungle, the Arid Coastal Desert and the Andean Mountains and Highlands. Though really an all-year round destination the best time to visit is between May and November during the dry season and the wettest months in the Sacred Valley near Machu Picchu are from December through to March.

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USEFUL INFORMATION

Health and Vaccinations 

There are no mandatory immunisations for travellers to Peru, though you should be up-to-date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A. Malaria is present in some parts of Peru, so we highly recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments as we are not medical professionals.   

Currency  

In Peru the official unit of currency is the Nuevo Sol.   

To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to www.oanda.com . 

Cultural Sensitivity 

On our tours we frequently interact with local people, each with their own distinct customs and traditions. We therefore ask you to be considerate and to treat them with respect. Your guides will be able to advise you accordingly.  

Language & Religion 

In Peru, the three main languages that have official status are Spanish, Quechua and Aymara. Spanish is by far and above the most useful language, although if you can muster a few words of Quechua, you’ll be amongst the few foreigners who take the trouble to do so. Over 90% of the country is Roman Catholic (at least nominally), although many of the indigenous people also hold strong traditional beliefs.  

Time  

Peru is 5 hours behind GMT.   

A useful website to check the time zone differences is www.worldtimezone.com .  

Food and drink 

Peruvian food may not be considered amongst the world’s most famed cuisines but there is much to enjoy here. On the coast any seafood lover should try ceviche, Peru’s version or sushi. Traditional staples include lomo saltado (a beef and vegetable stiry-fry) and palta a la reyna (avocado stuffed with chicken salad). Quinoa, maize and local potatoes are also widely found.  

Vegetarians can be catered for, although please be aware that the variety available to you will be limited in certain areas.   With regards to alcohol, Cusqueña beer is available pretty much everywhere as is the ubiquitous pisco sour.    Coca tea (mate de coca) is made from the coca leaf and can assist with altitude acclimatisation. This is the same leaf from which cocaine is produced but don’t expect to be feeling anything other than refreshed after a cup or two!   

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Toughen yourself up to dig into a platter of cute and cuddly guinea pigs roasted and seasoned with spices and served hot! The Peruvians love roast guinea pigs, and the furry rodents are delicious, too, as they all say. Try cuy chactado and cuy al palo on the Peru Tour.

Encounter the fascinating beasts, creepy crawlers, and other forms of wildlife at the lush green and dense Peruvian Amazon Forest, the home of the notorious and dangerous anaconda snake. Begin the excursion of the forest by a canopy walk among the treetops and visit Lake Sandoval too.

Go insane with excitement as you step into the glass pod to sleep while the pod remains suspended between mountains at about 1200 ft above sea level. Sleeping in the skylodge in the Sacred Valley of the Inca Empire in Peru is an unforgettable experience. Spend the night tucked safely in the bed surround by mountain landscapes and a sea of stars.

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Cusco is a heritage site of UNESCO, and home to the famous Inca Ruins. Visit the church of Saint Domingo and Inca site at Coricancha and stop to admire the ancient Inca Walls that border the narrow streets and lanes of Cusco. Take a tour of the fascinating fortified complex of Sacsayhuaman and visit the Jesuit church La Compania too. Explore the church and cathedral of Plaza De Armas and admire the grand Renaissance-style architecture of Cusco Cathedral. Examine the exhibits of Museo Inka and admire the collections of Museo Casa Concha too.

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Explore the catacombs at Convento de San Francisco in Lima and marvel at the commercial buildings of steel and glass at the neighborhood of Miraflores. Examine the exhibits of the Inca Empire at Museo De la Nacion and visit Museo Nacional De Arqueologia, Antropologia, e Historia too. Check out the artifacts at the pyramid-shaped Huaca Pucllana Temple and take part in the processions of the El Senor De Los Milagros Festival at Las Nazarenas. Have fun amid the largest fountain in the world, Fuente Magica, during the laser light show of water jets.

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Nazca Lines

Visit the Nazca Lines in Peru, which is a series of enigmatic archaeological etchings in Nazca. Take an airborne tour of Nazca for unparalleled views of the geoglyphs from up above in light aircraft. There are a series of platforms too that offer bird’s eye views of the Nazca Lines. Learn more about the survival stories of the Nazca civilization by exploring the Cantelloc Aqueduct and say hello to creepy skulls and mummies at Cemeterio Chauchilla. Visit the fascinating ruins of the Cahuachi Pyramids too.

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Lake Titicaca

Get drenched in rich culture, history, and indescribable beauty in the region of Lake Titicaca. The sapphire blue waters and the snow-capped peaks of the Andes in the backdrop fuse to form the most jaw-dropping landscapes ever. The hauntingly beautiful Lake Titicaca is the birthplace of the Inca Empire and home to a host of small and picturesque islands. Take a walk on the trampoline of Tortora reed at Lake Titicaca and soak in the surreal ambiance of the Sun Island. Visit Puno Weekend Markets too during the trip to Lake Titicaca.

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Rainbow Mountain

Swathed in the vibrant colors of the rainbow, the Rainbow Mountain looks unreal and mesmerizing in the golden light of the Sun. The Rainbow Mountain or Vinicunca of the Cusco region of Peru offers excellent hiking opportunities for advanced hikers. It feels miraculous to hike up the mountain, which looks as though it has its has been painted vibrant reds and blues. Apart from hiking, tourists can also take part in the annual Star Snow Festival, admire the rich variation of geology, and check out the limestone forests.

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Mt Machu Picchu

This seminal destination, Mt. Machu Picchu, is what compels people to travel all the way to Peru. If you are seeking to make your trip to Mt Machu Picchu more memorable, then board the Inca Rain from Ollantaytambo at Cusco and zooms through the majestic landscapes of the Sacred Valley of Peru. Mt. Machu Picchu is a natural wonderland of more than 200 species of birds and the home of over 300 different species of orchids. Hike along the adventurous trekking trails and stop at the Inca Sanctuary too.

When to Visit

Peak season.

Go on the Peru Tour during the dry season between May and September when the weather is perfect for trekking and hiking.

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Capital city, main airport, language spoken, electricity, vaccinations, emergency calls, faqs about peru, how is internet access like in peru.

Internet access is widely available at all public places and hotels and restaurants in Peru. The speed is good, but the connection is unstable at times.

Can I use my mobile phone in Peru?

You can use a GSM mobile phone to make phone calls on the Peru Tour.

How are the toilets like in Peru?

The public toilets in Peru are rare. The ones that are there charge a fee for use.

Can I drink tap water in Peru?

The tap water of Peru is not safe for drinking. Boil tap water before consumption.

Are credit cards accepted in Peru?

Peru widely accepts Visa debit and credit cards.

What is the convenience of ATM access like in Peru?

You will easily find ATM centers all over Peru. The ATM machines accept Visa cards, but some accept MasterCard/Cirrus also.

What to wear in Peru?

Pack in a good pair of hiking boots, walking shoes, athletic pants, shirts, tops, jeans, and dresses too for the Peru Tour.

Is Peru safe for women to travel solo?

Peru is not too safe for women, as some of the places are ridden with crimes.

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What to see at machu picchu.

Discover Peru’s most emblematic landmark, the “Lost City of the Incas”. You’ll learn about the history, Incan mythology, and the mystery that surrounds this breathtaking Inca ruin atop the mountains: Machu Picchu.

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Huayna Picchu

Hike to the top of Huayna Picchu for extraordinary views of Machu Picchu as well as the chance to visit an extra set of ruins on the way. Entrance tickets for Huayna Picchu are limited, so be sure to reserve yours in advance.

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Machu Picchu Mountain

Another popular hiking option, Machu Picchu Mountain offers incredible panoramic views of the ruins and the surrounding Andes Mountains. Like Huayna Picchu, entrance tickets to Machu Picchu Mountain are limited so be sure to reserve yours in advance.

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The iconic Sun Gate (called Inti Punku in Quechua) is the entrance through which Inca Trail hikers enter the Machu Picchu citadel. It is also possible to visit this attraction as an additional hike for those visiting Machu Picchu on a day trip.

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One of the first attractions you’ll visit on your Machu Picchu tour, the Guardhouse (also known as the House of the Guardians or Guardian’s hut) was once used by sentinels watching over the citadel, but nowadays it makes a great spot for sweeping panoramic photos of the ruins.

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Sacred Rock

The enormous Sacred Rock (also called a Wank’a in Quechua) bears a striking resemblance to the mountain peaks behind it, and is considered a powerful spiritual symbol of Machu Picchu.

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Temple of The Three Windows

One of Machu Picchu’s most iconic places, the Temple of the Three Windows overlooks the Sacred Plaza and consists of three windows in the typical Incan trapezoidal style.

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Inca Bridge

A popular additional hiking destination inside Machu Picchu, The Inca Bridge (Puente Inca) is a thin wooden plank crossing a mile-high precipice found at the end of a narrow stone pathway. Designed as a secret exit, its precarious nature helped to limit access to the citadel.

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Temple of the Condor

This natural rock formation which was carved by the Incas into the shape of an Andean condor was an object of worship and represents one of the most striking examples of Inca stonemasonry.

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“Stairway of Fountains”

The engineering ingenuity of the Incas can be seen in the 16 fountains built within the Machu Picchu citadel. Likely used by the residents of Machu Picchu, these Incan water fountains still flow with water sourced from a spring near the Sun Gate or Inti Punku.

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Temple of the Sun

The Temple of the Sun is a semicircular ruin within the Machu Pichu citadel. This site was one of the most sacred temples within the fortress. The trapezoid window is positioned so that on the winter solstice (June 21st), the sun’s rays shine directly into the temple.

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Temple of the Moon

You’ll have to hike Huayna Picchu mountain, within the Machu Picchu citadel, to see the Temple of the Moon. This shadowy temple contains a throne carved into the stone and was used only by the Inca priests for ceremonial purposes.

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Intihuatana

The famous Intihuatana, whose Quechua name is often translated to English as “The Hitching Post of the Sun,” is a carved stone which is thought to have possibly been used as a type of sundial.

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  • Take the opportunity to board a scenic flight over the Nazca Lines – whether they’re the work of ancient civilizations or something more supernatural, it’s an incredible experience.
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  • For getting to Machu Picchu, you have many tour options: hike the challenging Inca Trail, hike one of the sometimes even more challenging Inca Trail alternatives , or take a delightful train ride with magnificent vistas in its own right.
  • If possible, don’t limit yourself to Machu Picchu. Look for tours that visit other archaeological sites in the northern reaches of Peru, including the massive adobe city of Chan Chan or the fascinating Mochica tombs in Chiclayo.
  • In the Amazon, choose a travel supplier that uses indigenous tour guides, who are best suited to show you the culture and experience of the world’s largest rainforest.
  • Bring altitude medicine and sunscreen. The city of Cusco and Lake Titicaca may be situated at the highest altitude you’ve ever encountered. Peru is also quite close to the Equator, where the sun’s rays can be powerful. Outside of Lima, sunblock can be hard to find.
  • Pack clothes for many occasions. When it’s winter in North America, it’s summer in Peru. Bring a swimsuit for the immaculate beaches, bring a jacket for the high Andean peaks, and bring clothes you don’t mind getting dirty for your Amazonian treks.
  • Practice a little Spanish before arriving in Peru. Although most tourist destinations are staffed with English-speakers, and your guide certainly will, knowing some basics will help you interact with Peruvians you meet in your travels.
  • Remember that hot water is a luxury in Peru. Don’t be surprised if you see light switches in your bathroom to provide you with a warm shower after a long day of sightseeing.
  • Prices are often negotiated in Peru so don’t be afraid to push for a better price or ask your guide about fair prices during your journey.
  • Also, cash in small bills is far more acceptable everywhere than credit cards, especially outside of the major cities.

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  • Good athletic shoes for hiking: When hiking in Peru , you want to make sure that your shoes have good treading and have good ankle support. You may opt to buy hiking boots, but most travelers say that athletic shoes are good enough to trek in. Make sure you break in your shoes before traveling so that you don’t end up with blisters!
  • Thick wool socks: The highlands of Peru are quite frigid, so warm socks will be a lifesaver. These will save your feet during the cold weather treks and freezing nights.
  • Thermal leggings/pants
  • Thermal long-sleeve shirts
  • Down jacket
  • Rain jacket: The weather can be very unpredictable, so a rain jacket or poncho will help you stay protected from unforeseen rain.
  • Insect repellent: In higher altitudes, bugs are less common. As Machu Picchu’s elevation is lower, you should pack insect repellent. The same goes for when visiting the Amazon.
  • Don’t wear flashy clothes and jewelry.
  • Don’t wander around at night, especially in cities.
  • Travel in groups.
  • Learn a little Spanish to help you get by.
  • Watch your drink to prevent spiking.
  • Keep your valuables at home/locked away in your hostel.
  • Avoid dodgy/deserted areas.
  • Avoid withdrawing from ATMs late at night, or from sketchy places to prevent fraud
  • Keep your credit card in sight when making purchases to prevent credit card fraud.
  • Exchange money at reputable agencies (eg. banks or money exchanges within hotels). This decreases the chance of receiving counterfeit bills, and being the target of crime.
  • Choose a reputable tour group.
  • Be vaccinated. Scroll down to learn more about vaccinations for Peru.
  • Get insured! You never know what misfortunes could happen during your trip.
  • Chill out for the first few days: Let your body adjust to the lower amount of oxygen intake.
  • Take deep breaths.
  • Avoid substances, such as alcohol: Drinking alcohol may increase your symptoms of altitude sickness.
  • Ascend slowly: Many flights land in Cusco. Some travelers recommend taking a trip to a lower region as soon as you land, and working your way back up to Cusco, so that your body can get used to the shift.
  • Eat well, especially high-carb foods.
  • Stay hydrated
  • Take a chill pill: Diamox can be taken 24 hours prior to your ascent to help prevent symptoms of altitude sickness.
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Of course a must-do in Peru is the bucketlist Inca Trail trek to majestic Machu Picchu , but there's plenty more to see on our Peru small group tours. Enjoy a traditional Peruvian barbecue in the Sacred Valley or surround yourself with the sounds of birds and monkeys in the Amazon jungle.

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Embark on one of our  small group tours  to Peru and your  expert local tour leader  will show you the very best that this spectacular country has to offer.

You’ll never forget the first time you see  Machu Picchu , set on an emerald-green mountain-top surrounded by dense cloud forest. Whether you join our walking  Inca Trail Tour   or jump on a mountain train to get there, losing yourself amongst the ancient temples, palaces and humble dwellings of this famous ‘lost’ city is a true bucketlist experience.

Other highlights of our  Peru adventure tours  include a trek to the multi-coloured rainbow mountain of Palccoyo, spotting Andean Condor above the vast river gorge of Colca Canyon and exploring the Inca Empire city of Cusco with its patchwork landscape of terracotta roofs and winding alleyways. Considering a trip to Peru but new to small group travel? We've answered some of your most-asked questions . 

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Our selection of small group holidays to Peru can take you from the soul-stirring sights of  walking the Inca Trail  to exploring the Peruvian Amazon, family holidays in the Sacred Valley or  tours of Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca.

From lofty mountain peaks to fascinating Inca ruins, our tours encompass a vast choice of experiences around Peru, but a few of our favourite highlights include:

Trekking the Inca Trail  is the classic Peru experience. Culminating in Machu Picchu, designated one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, this challenging route twists and turns through the Andes Mountain Range, passing rushing rivers, crumbling Inca ruins and cloud forests wreathed in mist. Our four-day fully supported trek includes navigating the Inca Trail, staying at campsites away from the crowds, as well as Machu Picchu; one of the best views of the trip is getting your first glimpse of the glorious Inca ruins as you arrive at the Sun Gate on foot. You’ll also get to stroll through the ancient cobbled streets of Cusco, the atmospheric former Inca capital.

There’s also the option to extend your trip with a visit to an eco-lodge in the wildlife-rich Amazon basin. The trek can also be combined with an  in-depth Peru holiday  to Lake Titicaca and Colca Canyon, two of Peru’s most compelling natural highlights, where you’ll stay on the island of Taquile in a traditional homestay. There’s nothing like watching the sun set over the glass-like waters of the world’s highest navigable lake.

Machu Picchu

Perhaps the most famous of Peru’s top sights, Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Set high in the Andes Mountains at an altitude of 2,430 metres, it is believed to have been built by the Inca in the 15 th  century and later abandoned, though its original use still remains a mystery. You’ll certainly recognise the labyrinth of dry-stone walls clinging to the grassy plateau and terraced steps leading down to the Urubamba River. Whether choosing a  classic Peru trip  taking in the ancient citadel, a  walking and trekking holiday to Peru , or combining your trip with  the Galapagos Islands , you’ll find that Machu Picchu features highly on all of our group tours to Peru.

Palccoyo (Rainbow mountain)

Peru’s striated mountains are high up on many people’s must-see sights in Peru, but this in turn attracts the crowds. Escape the bus tours with a trip to Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain – the antidote to the photographers' paradise of Vinicuna – where its striped flanks are dappled in shades of grey-green, pale gold and rich umber. Getting away from the crowds is something we aim to do on our tours, so if you’re looking to explore the mountains of Peru, Palccoyo is one to add to your list. Not only is the Palccoyo trek quieter and shorter than the alternative, it’s an out-and-back route which will allow you to enjoy the views on the way up and the way down.

Colca Canyon

One of the world’s deepest canyons, Colca Canyon is also one of the best places in Peru to spot rare Andean Condors. If the conditions are right, you can stand at the canyon rim and view these magnificent birds soaring on the thermals from miradors such as Cruz del Condor. The birds often swoop low over onlookers’ heads, adding to the excitement provided by the spectacular 1200 metre drop to the river below. You can visit Colca Canyon on our  Peru In Depth tour , which also includes the Inca Trail during 19 days of thrilling discovery.

Cusco was the former capital of the Inca empire, and marries both archaeological ruins and elegant Spanish colonial architecture – the latter best seen in Plaza de Armas, the old city’s colonnaded central square. Peruvian cuisine has seen somewhat of an explosion in recent years, and Cusco has its fair share of recommended restaurants where you can enjoy delicious Peruvian dishes like ceviche or tacu tacu – like Peruvian bubble and squeak. It’s also the gateway to Machu Picchu, so if you’re taking in the Inca citadel on one of our  classic Peru tours  you’ll pass through Cusco.  

Solo travel in Peru

All of our Peru tours are suitable for solo travellers . You can expect that about half of our customers will travel solo, so if you’re considering an Explore tour as a solo traveller you won’t be the only person travelling alone. Going on a small-group tour gives you the perfect opportunity to meet fellow travellers who share the same interests. Considering travelling solo with a small group for the first time? We've answered some of your most-asked questions . 

Best time to go to Peru

The dry season from May to September is the most popular time to hike the Inca Trail and visit the wonder of Machu Picchu . The hottest months of June and August are the busiest, whereas in September and October the temperatures are pleasantly warm without being too hot, and the trails are quieter.  Amazon Rainforest If you plan to extend your Peru tour with a wildlife-spotting trip along the tropical Amazon River , book a trip in September, October or November for the best experience. Immerse yourself in the lush jungle waterways and keep a lookout for bright orange frog, rainbow feathered Macaw and inquisitive otter.  Inti Raymi Festival For an immersive Peruvian cultural experience, book onto our Classic Peru Discovery Tour in June to witness colourful parades, eclectic dancing and live music during the Inti Raymi Festival celebrations in Cusco. This old Inca ‘Festival of the Sun’ happens on 24 June to mark the Southern hemisphere winter solstice.

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Peru is one of South America’s premier destinations and not just because of its status of the land of the ancient Incas, the ruins of Machu Picchu and the Peruvian Andes; it’s also full of many cultural, historical and archeologically significant sites. But it is also known for its world-renowned food scene. Higher end restaurants are popping up everywhere with cuisine influenced by Latin America, Europe and even the Amazon and everyone is taking notice.

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Machu Picchu:

Peru’s impressive 15th century Inca ruins are located high in the stunning Andes Mountains. Much is still unknown about this site that is the most well-preserved evidence of the urban Inca Empire. The Incas were without a written language, therefore, there are no records left behind on how it was created, its uses or why it was abandoned.

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Lake Titicaca & the floating islands:

This area is home to the Uros people, a group of indigenous people (pre-dating the Incas). They live on breathtaking Lake Titicaca’s 42 floating islands. They believe that the lake was where the world was created and consider it sacred. Recently a large temple was discovered submerged in the lake, and the Uros people are fighting exploration for fear of the effects of disrespecting the temple will bring.

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This capital of the republic of Peru was originally named the ‘city of kings’ after the three wise men of the Bible, and later changed to Lima. You’ll find ancient sites and colonial architecture in this now modern city. The people are warm and hospitable and the food is delightful. The city has been awarded the world’s top food travel destination four years in a row.

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The former capital of the Inca Empire, and was considered at that time to be the center of the world. The city is now an urban center of religion and government with charming streets, historic buildings and bustling squares. The most fascinating building in Cuzco is the Coricancha, known as the golden enclosure and the most sacred of all Inca sites.

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Ollantaytambo:

A little, ancient town in the western end of the Sacred Valley, it is the best surviving example of Inca town planning. The town is divided into blocks of homes with only one entrance that leads to a central courtyard. This town was a great feat for ancient times as the stones used to build the town came from the opposite side of the river, requiring massive efforts from the people.

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Sacsayhuaman:

Located on the outskirts of Cuzco, these ancient ruins sit atop a mountain leveled by the people of the period. Massive walls surround this sprawling complex. In the center lies a mysterious circular stone structure thought to be a solar calendar. The complex surprisingly has a water reservoir, storage cisterns, ramps, citadels, and underground chambers. Experts believe it was a fortress or former home of royalty.

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The Sacred Valley:

Also known as Urumbamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas contains many intriguing remains of Inca villages – including mummies! Its climate and fertile plains have drawn settlers to this rare fruitful location in the high Andes since ancient times. This former route to the Peruvian jungle was also a buffer zone protecting settlers from incursions from the Antis jungle tribes.

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Plaza de Armas:

In ancient times, this city square was home to an Incan palace and a venue for festivals and religious ceremonies. After the Spanish took over in the 16th century, the palace was demolished and two churches were erected here flanking the square, which was then used to conduct military exercises. Now, it holds a historic charm as most of the buildings you will see here date back to the 1700s.

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Go shopping in the world renowned Pisac Market. Open every day, you will find hundreds of individual vendors from the local villages who sell everyday products and unique handmade items you won’t find anywhere else.

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Taste the amazing ceviche. This popular Latin American dish of marinated fresh raw fish spiced with varied peppers and seasonings is “cooked” with citric juice (lemon or lime). Simply divine!

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Sit down for a traditional meal. At a Pachamanca (earth oven) dinner that was popular with the Inca people, the food is layered, placed over hot stones and buried in the ground to cook for hours. It is a true cultural experience.

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Home to the Peru Amazon rainforest, a sprawling coastline, and Andes mountains that seem to reach the heavens, Peru is a dream destination for nature lovers. It is a hiker’s paradise, with plenty of jaw-dropping trekking and hiking routes. Peru is as mysterious as its landmarks. It finds its way into most travelers’ wish lists for one major reason – Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. They say that the moment you see Machu Picchu for the first time from that historic trail, you suddenly realize just how rewarding traveling can be, and tend to re-discover a long-lost part of your soul.

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Inca Trail Express

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Classic Inca Trail 4 Days To Machu Picchu

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Classic Peru Tour

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Puerto Maldonado Amazon Field Station 3D/2N (from Puerto Maldonado) Tour

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Puerto Maldonado Amazon Field Station 3D/2N (from Puerto Maldonado)

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Machu Picchu, an ancient Inca city in the Andes of Peru

You might only know about Machu Picchu , but the fabled city is just the beginning. Peru was once home to a thriving pre-Columbian civilization that dominated the region before the Spanish. The Incas were responsible for creating some of the most beautiful archaeological wonders, combining striking architecture on the land of great natural beauty. To this day, Peru retains its alluring and enchanting features that were carved by the ancient Incas.

Tour Highlights

  • Hike the Inca Trail , or its other famous alternative routes like the Lares Trek or Salkantey Trek .
  • Visit Machu Pichhu
  • Go sandboarding in the Peruvian desert
  • Look for macaws in the Amazon jungle
  • Explore the deep canyons of Colca
  • Visit the floating islands of Lake Titicaca
  • Trek the Cordillera Blanca, the highest range of the Peruvian Andes

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  • Machu Picchu can become very crowded during high season. Beat the crowds by staying nearer the site the night before your visit, and be sure to book your tickets ahead of time to avoid disappointment.
  • Stores often shut down for the afternoon siesta, so always plan your meals in advance.
  • It's advisable to not drink the tap water. Many hotels provide bottled water, which should also be used for brushing your teeth.
  • Altitude sickness can be a real issue for some people visiting Peru. Try combatting it with coca leaf tea, a Peruvian remedy that is readily available across the country. Chewing the leaves can have the same effect.
  • On a holiday to Peru, don't skip a visit to Lima . Peru's largest city is often overlooked for hotspot tourist destinations but is full of great food and interesting museums that you'll regret missing out on.
  • Always carry cash when travelling through Peru as many shops will not accept credit cards.

Peru has seasonal weather so please do check up on the best time to visit Peru before planning your tour. And if you’re still hunting for more things to do and places to explore in Peru, do check out our Peru Travel Guide for more information.

Popular Tour Types in Peru

  • Peru Budget Tours:  Traveling on a budget? Select one of our Peru Budget Tours that offer an affordable way to explore this beguiling country. Hit the Inca Trail to the mystical Machu Picchu or enjoy a traditional homestay on Amantani Island. Our cost-saving tours will allow you to visit Peru’s famous attractions without hurting your wallet. Peru Guided Tours:  Join one of our Peru Guided Tours and discover the beauty of Peru with a local guide. Expert local guides will lead you through the most iconic spots in Peru, along with some lesser-known gems like Mount Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain) and the famous ruins of Choquequirao. Our guided tours promise to give you a unique perspective of Peru and its rich history.
  • Peru Private Tours:  If you prefer the comfort of traveling solo with a personalized tailor-made itinerary, then our Peru Private Tours are just for you. Explore the historic architecture of Peru’s capital city, Lima. Stroll around Pisac’s famous craft market and discover the secrets of the Ollantaytambo in Cusco. A private tour will allow you to explore Peru in your time under the expert lead of a local guide.
  • Peru Self-Guided Tours: Discover the magic of Peru on your own in one of our Peru Self-Guided Tours . If you like traveling under your own steam, then these types of tours are ideal. From hiking in the snow-capped Andes to visiting the floating island of Uros on Lake Titicaca, you decide where and when you want to go and how long you want to stay.
  • Peru Luxury Tours: Are you a first-class traveler who likes your creature comforts? Then our Peru Luxury Tours is the perfect way to go about it. Take a luxurious train ride through the Andes to Machu Picchu and dine in some of Lima’s finest restaurants. Our luxury tours tick every box when it comes to luxe travel.
  • Peru Customized Tours:  If you are limited on time or prefer to travel off-the-beaten path, our Peru Customized Tours offer the perfect way to explore the country without missing anything. Our customized tours allow you to pick your destinations from world-renowned attractions, like the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu to treks through the Amazon Forest. With our Customized Tours, Peru is your oyster.

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  • Peru Cultural, Religious, and Historic Sites Tours: Peru has the most ruins of old civilizations of all the South American countries. The best way to delve into these aspects is on one of our Peru Cultural, Religious, and Historic Sites Tours . From the 15th-century city of Machu Picchu to the historical Inca capital of Cuzco, ancient historic and religious sites abound in Peru.
  • Peru Natural Landmarks Sightseeing Tours: Peru is home to some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes and natural landmarks and one of our Peru Natural Landmarks Sightseeing Tours offers you a comfortable way to explore them. Head to the Colca Canyon to see 6,000-year-old rock art in the Mollepunko caves, or marvel at the geometric salt pools of Salinas de Maras that date back to before the Incan period, there is no dearth of sightseeing destinations in Peru.
  • Peru Adventure Tours: If it is an adventure you are looking for, Peru will not disappoint. Our Peru Adventure Tours cover everything from hiking the Salkantay Circuit high in the Andes to trekking the jungle of the Amazon Rainforest. Enjoy a thrilling mountain bike descent from Malaga Pass to Huamanmarca and zip line through the lush forest of the Urubamba River Valley.
  • Peru City Sightseeing Tours: Marvel at the ancient architecture of the Incan capital city, Cusco; explore the enchanting churches built from white volcanic rock in Arequipa, and discover Lima’s delicious cuisine on one of our Peru City Sightseeing Tours . Wander around Peru’s age-old cities, soak up their intriguing culture and history and enjoy some amazing sightseeing by booking one of our sightseeing tours.
  • Peru Trekking Tours: Peru is a trekker’s paradise with an array of hiking and trekking trails. Book one of our Peru Trekking Tours and embark on an adventure of a lifetime. Hike the famous Inca Trail from the Spanish Colonial city of Cusco to Machu Picchu or head to the northern Andes and explore the glacial lakes of the Cordillera Blanca mountains.
  • Popular Durations for a Peru Trip: Peru has so much to see and do, you could spend a lifetime there. However, with limited time, a seven-day trip in the country will give you enough time to hike the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. To delve deeper into Peru’s beauty, a 10-day or two-week trip is ideal for enjoying outdoor adventures, sightseeing, meeting locals, and sampling the delicious Peruvian cuisines.

Peru - Top Destinations to Visit

  • Summit Machu Picchu : The pièce de resistance of Peru has to be the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu. One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the 15th-century archaeological site is a sight to behold and should not be missed. One of the most popular ways to get there is a multi-day trek along the Inca Trail from the city of Cusco. Another exciting way to head to the citadel is on a two-hour train ride from the Sacred Valley town of Ollantaytambo. The best time to visit the magical city is in April and May when the rainy season has passed, and the surrounding mountains are vivid.
  • Discover the Sacred Valley :  Once the beating heart of the Incan Empire, the Sacred Valley is still a magical place to explore. The valley is home to quaint villages, and ancient archaeological sites, and is, of course, the gateway to Machu Picchu. Visit the bohemian town of Pisac to see its beautiful hilltop citadel and shop in one of the best handicraft markets in the region. Discover the secrets of the Ollantaytambo Inca fortress in the town of the same name and enjoy some outdoor adventures like trekking, rock climbing, and mountain biking in Urubamba. The best time to visit the Sacred Valley is during the dry season between June and September.
  • Hike the wilderness of Cusco:  Hiking in and around Cusco is a must for the region is blessed with incredible landscapes and breathtaking scenery. Head to the pristine glacial-fed Humantay Lake for a lake-side hike or trek up the slopes of Rainbow Mountain. This high-altitude hike is very popular, but it can be cold and windy, so be prepared and know your limits. Another lovely off-the-beaten-track hike is to the three lakes of Kinsa Cocha and you can do this alone or with a guide. There are also plenty of different hiking trails in and around Machu Picchu, from long, multi-day treks to short two-day hikes to the magnificent citadel.
  • Explore the ancient Inca Trail:  Follow in the footsteps of an ancient civilization as you make your way along the Inca Trail to the 15th-century citadel of Machu Picchu. Hailed as one of the greatest multi-day treks in the world, this is an experience of a lifetime that you should not miss. Constructed over 500 years ago by the Incas, the full trail winds its way from Chile to Peru for 40,000 kilometers, passing through forested valleys, historic Inca ruins, and ancient archaeological sites. Begin your trek in the old capital of Cusco and make your way through the Sacred Valley to the ruins of Ollantaytambo. Finally, head up to the Sun Gate overlooking the magnificent Machu Picchu. The best time to hike the Inca Trail and visit Machu Picchu is between July and August in the dry season.
  • Travel to the heart of the Peruvian Amazon:  Exotic, wild, and mysterious, the Amazon jungle has lured intrepid travelers into its untamed world for centuries. Take a short trip into the jungle from Puerto Maldonado and cruise down the Amazon in a canoe, searching for rare giant otters and caimans. Hop on a riverboat in Lima and head down the Amazon River, exploring Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, spotting unusual wildlife like pink dolphins, sloths, and brightly colored toucans. The best time to venture into the Peruvian Amazon is from May to September when wildlife congregates on the riverbanks to drink.
  • Relish the colonial architecture in Lima:  The dark days of the conquistadors may have left an indelible mark on Peru’s history, but Spain’s long colonial rule has also left magnificent architectural gems. From lavish presidential palaces to beautiful monasteries, Lima has its fair share of noteworthy architectural sights. Stroll around the checkerboard streets of Lima and take in the grand patios, ornate arches, elegant courtyards, and beautifully sculptured façades of age-old buildings. Head to the Plaza de Armas to see the Archbishop’s Palace and the Cathedral and the Sagrario Chapel. Explore the beautifully preserved San Francisco Convent with its famous catacombs. Wander around the city on your own or join one of our guided tours where an expert in colonial architecture will lead you through the intricate history of Lima’s colonial buildings.

Peak Season and Low Season Tours in Peru

The best time to visit Peru is from May to September when the days are gloriously sunny and dry and nights are clear and cool. January through April is the low season and sees heavy and incessant rain showers. Some of Peru’s attractions like the Inca Trail may shut down in February due to the ongoing rains.

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If you are planning a trip to Peru , you will want to know about the best time to visit, as well as check out all the available tours. You may also wish to learn more about the top things to do in Peru . And once you are sure of your destinations and activities in Peru, you may want to consider how many days to stay in Peru . We generally recommend staying at least seven days in Peru , but to get the most out of your trip, plan a stay for 10 days or more.

If you are not sure whether you should be looking for a budget tour, a luxury tour, or perhaps a completely customized tour, check all our Peru tours at the top of this page. Peru is an amazing country to visit, and there may be other key factors that you wish to consider before traveling. So please check our “ Peru travel guide ” that offers a lot of relevant information about traveling to the country.

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The best time to visit Peru is between the months of May and September. Corresponding with the dry season, temperatures in the country at this time hover between 16°C to 22°C. But more importantly, traveling to Peru during this time means that there is little fear of getting caught in the country’s torrential monsoon. Another less popular but still good time to visit Peru is between October and December. A shoulder period between dry and monsoon seasons, the climate during this time of year is generally fine, although skies are cloudier and you might have to dodge the odd shower. The wettest months are January and February. It is still possible to visit destinations such as Lake Titicaca during the rainy season, but the Inca Trail is closed for travelers. Find more information here .

Given its wealth of attractions, there are many reasons why you should consider Peru trips that last between ten days and two weeks . This will give you enough time to see top-rated sites, such as Manu National Park, while also discovering the country’s history and culture in more far-flung and as-yet-unknown destinations. You can still take in a number of attractions even if you can only spare one week in Peru , however, the time constraint would mean that you will have to limit your exploration to a destination or two. For a more detailed rundown, check out our travel guide on how many days to spend in Peru .

Personal contact is an important part of Peruvian culture. Not only do Peruvians tend to stand closer to each other than you might at home, but physical contact (especially on one’s arms and back) is also common. You should avoid the desire to step away, as this is considered offensive. Greetings are important, with handshakes along with a few words of greeting being common. Give the elderly your respect if you are young and leave your seat on public transportation for them. 

If you live close to sea level, then you will realize what a significant effect higher elevations can have on your body upon arriving in Cusco. Doctors recommend at least two days of acclimatization before considering any strenuous activities, such as going for the popular two or four-day hikes to Machu Picchu. A nice way to spend this time would be by exploring the historic center of Lima or taking one of the many less-demanding day hikes that are available in the country. If you plan on trekking, you can read our article on the ultimate trekking guide in Peru . 

You should ensure you are up to date with any vaccinations that are standard in your home country, such as those providing protection against tetanus and measles. A medical professional may suggest boosters for these vaccinations. Other diseases they may suggest vaccinations for are hepatitis B, diphtheria, and rabies, all of which are potentially deadly. Yellow fever, transmitted by mosquitoes, is a risk in the country’s east. There is a risk of malaria in the country’s northeast, around Iquitos and the Peruvian Amazon. Since there is currently no vaccination against this disease, prophylactic drugs are recommended. Find more information here .

Peru is not expensive for travelers and we recommend it as a top pick for visitors on a budget . Most travelers can get by on USD 30 to USD 40 per day, including transport, accommodation, and food. Tackling the Inca Trail and exploring Machu Picchu are must-do attractions but also relatively costly. ATMs are the quickest way to withdraw neuvos soles, as the country’s currency is called, on the road and visa cards are easily accepted. Many ATMs have an English language option, too. They can be found in some airports, inside banks, and as stand-alone units in major towns and cities. If you are looking for other destinations to visit on a budget, find more information here .

Spanish is the most-spoken European language in Peru, alongside several local languages like Quechan and Aymara. Those involved in the tourism industry and those in popular destinations such as Lima and Cusco will speak some English, while guides leading tours for English-speaking travelers will have a good hold of the language. However, knowing a few words of Spanish is always useful.

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Scan the canopy for wildlife from the comfort of our intimate and exclusive G Lodge Amazon, contemplate mountain vistas or take an optional flight over the Nazca Lines — this epic journey explores the geography, culture, and history of Peru, offering you the perfect blend of guided excursions and free time. Hike the Inca Trail, which rewards those willing to break a sweat with stunning views of ruins, mountainscapes, and cloud forest. And because we run our own treks, we can ensure the fair treatment of our porters and the quality of food, service, and equipment.

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Named Best Inca Trail Tour Operator by the Regional Direction of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Cusco (RDFTTC) in Peru. Your purchase of this tour helps employ over 560 local guides, porters, cooks, drivers, and office staff — connecting local communities to the global tourism chain. Learn more .

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Physical Rating: 4 - Demanding

Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers.

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Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Day 2 lima/paracas.

Enjoy a free morning in Lima before travelling by bus to Paracas.

Meals included:

Day 3 paracas/nazca.

Optional visit to Ballestas Islands before travelling to Nazca. En route, stop at a winery and at the Oasis of Huacachina.

Day 4 Nazca/Arequipa

Take a guided tour of the Nazca desert cemetery and potter's studio. Opt for a flight over the Nazca Lines before the overnight bus to Arequipa.

Day 5 Arequipa

Enjoy a free day in Arequipa. Opt for a city tour or visit to the Santa Catalina Monastery.

Day 6 Arequipa/Colca Canyon

Travel to Chivay, a village near Colca Canyon, relax or take an optional dip in the thermal baths.

Day 7 Colca Canyon/Puno

Rise early for a tour of Colca Canyon to spot condors. Continue by bus to Puno. Arrive with a little time to wander the markets and explore the city.

Day 8 Puno/Lake Titicaca

Enjoy a guided tour of Lake Titicaca with a homestay in a small village.

Day 9 Lake Titicaca/Puno

Visit the floating islands of Uros before returning to Puno. Opt to visit to Sillustani burial site.

Day 10 Puno/Cusco

Hop on the bus for a full day's drive to Cusco.

Day 11 Cusco

Take advantage the day to choose from a wide variety of optional activities like the Rainbow Mountain hike, a cooking class, or simply explore the city by foot and relax in a café.

Day 12 Cusco/Ollantaytambo

Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Stop at the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op before visiting a local pottery making community. Break for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. After lunch, opt to head out on a hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. Or, wander around the cobblestone streets and visit a local Chicheria (corn beer bar).

Day 13 Inca Trail

Depart Ollantaytambo by van to km 82 where the Inca Trail begins. Ease into the adventure with a straightforward day of hiking the meandering streams, stunning Andean scenery, and ancient Incan ruins.

Day 14 Inca Trail

Start early to climb the long steep path to Warmiwañusca, better known as Dead Woman’s Pass. This is the highest point of the trek at 4,198m (13,769 ft). Most hikers reach camp by early afternoon, with ample time to rest and relax.

Day 15 Inca Trail

Cross two more passes and ruins on today's trek. The first pass is Runquraqay at 3,950m (13,113 ft) where, on a clear day, hikers can catch a glimpse of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. Hike through the cloud forest on a gentle climb to the second pass of the day, walking through original Incan constructions. The highest point of the pass is 3,700m (12,136 ft). On a clear day, enjoy the spectacular views of the Urubamba Valley. At 3,650m (11,972 ft), reach the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, the "town above the clouds." Camp here or go another 1.5 hrs to the Wiñay Wayna ruins ("forever young") located at 2,650m (8,694 ft).

Day 16 Machu Picchu/Cusco

The final day of the hike starts pre-dawn to reach the Sun Gate before sunrise. Catch the first views of the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu on a clear day. Hike down for a guided tour of the ruins, before your train back towards Cusco.

Day 17 Cusco

Enjoy a free day to explore Cusco or relax. Opt to go mountain biking or get a massage.

Day 18 Cusco/Tambopata

Fly to Puerto Maldonado and continue by motorized boat to the comfortable and intimate G Lodge Amazon.

Day 19 Tambopata

Enjoy guided excursions by expert naturalists to spot wildlife at nearby oxbow lakes and along jungle trails. Spend some time relaxing in a hammock, enjoying the local swimming hole or visiting a nearby plantation. Go for a caiman-spotting cruise after dinner.

Day 20 Tambopata/Lima

Fly back to Lima for an optional final dinner and night out.

Day 21 Lima

Depart at any time.

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  • Your G for Good Moment: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo
  • Your G for Good Moment: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay
  • Your G for Good Moment: Handmade Biodegradable Soap Products
  • Your Welcome Moment: Welcome Moment - Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Your Foodie Moment: Huacachina Winery Visit, Huacachina
  • Your Local Living Moment: Lake Titicaca Homestay, Lake Titicaca
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  • Nazca desert cemetery and potter's studio guided tour
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  • Colca Canyon guided tour
  • Floating islands of Uros visit
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  • Inca Trail guided hike with cooks and porters (4 days)
  • Machu Picchu guided tour
  • Amazon Jungle stay at the exclusive G Lodge Amazon (3 days)
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  • Rubber boot use
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Accommodations

Hotels/guesthouses (13 nts), G Lodge Amazon (2 nts), overnight bus (1 nt), homestay (1 nt), camping (3 nts).

19 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners Allow USD440-575 for meals not included.

Transportation

Public bus/van, plane, train, hiking, boat, canoe.

Staff & experts

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, specialist Inca Trail CEO on hike, expert jungle guide in Amazon.

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Arequipa city tour - from $45.00.

Get out and explore "the white city" on this walking tour, stop at picturesque viewpoints to capture the surrounding volcanoes, marvel at the white volcanic sillar rock architecture, and visit one of the most stunning colonial buildings in the country, Santa Catalina Monastery.

Ballestas Islands Wildlife Tour - From $20.00

Get ready to see some amazing wildlife on this trip to the Ballestas Islands (aka Peru's Little Galápagos). Spot playful sea lions, Humboldt penguins, boobies, pelicans, and more than 200 sea birds. Be sure to bring your camera along!

Cusco Cooking Class - From $46.00

Channel your inner chef and get a taste of Peruvian cuisine. Learn all about the essential ingredients, and try your hand at preparing unique Peruvian dishes with a local expert

Flight over Nazca Lines - From $122.00

Take to the skies for the best view of the enigmatic Nazca Lines, a series of patterns and pictures etched in the ground, crisscrossing a wide area of flat desert. Marvel at the lines measuring up to 10km (6 mi) in length, yet, remaining perfectly straight. See depictions of birds, insects, and animals only recognizable from the air. Decide for yourself the origin of the lines – who drew the lines, and why, remains a mystery. Current beliefs suggest that they may be part of complex agricultural calendar. Please note that this activity does not include a tourist ticket fee of S/.47 PEN per person, payable directly by each traveller at the airport in Nazca.

Lake Titicaca Kayak Excursion - From $59.00

Begin your journey early in the morning by transfering from the hotel to the port, then head out by motorboat to the base camp at the Peninsula of Capachica, a 2.5 hr trip. Learn about sea kayaking from our guide and paddle towards Taquile Island and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the moment. Hike to a village upon arrival and enjoy lunch with the locals. Continue on by motor boat to Amantani Island to meet your hosts for the night.

Lima Cooking Class (4hrs) - From $79.00

Get a taste of Peruvian cuisine, visit local markets, sample exotic fruit, select fresh ingredients, and try your hand at preparing unique Peruvian dishes influenced by China, Italy, West Africa, and Japan.

Rainbow Mountain Hike - Full-day Trip - From $50.00

Lookout over these colourful Andean mountains striped with maroon, turquoise, lavender, and gold. The sediment, elevation, and proximity to the ocean create a landscape that has to be seen to be believed. Get started early to drive around 2 hours to the starting point of this challenging, yet rewarding full-day hike. Reaching 5,029m (16,500 ft) this 14km hike is no walk in the park, but these unique mountains do not disappoint.

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Rare: amazonia welcomes highlanders to the jungle.

Nine Highlanders are on their way to the Peruvian jungle for the next three weeks as part of the Radford Away Research Expedition (RARE): Amazonia .

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The trek gives undergraduate students the opportunity to explore an Amazonian rainforest ecosystem and a forum in which to conduct scholarly projects. RARE: Amazonia was previously held each spring from 2015 to 2019 and is now resuming after being paused during the pandemic.

This year's journey, which began May 15, will be overseen by Assistant Professors of Biology Joy Caughron and Tara Pelletier

Some of the projects and experiments that will take place include creating an ethnobotanical field guide; documenting the presence of chytrid fungus, an amphibian pathogen; and examining the effects of immersion in nature on a person's well-being and mindfulness.

Students in the RARE: Amazonia program will spend part of their time in Puerto Maldonado, near Peru's eastern border, where they will connect with guides from the conservation and ecotourism group Tamandua, LLC, whose mission is to protect and conserve Peru's jungles.

During the trip, Radford's group will also travel to the Las Piedras Biodiversity Station, a laboratory located in the midst of more than 30,000 acres of rainforest.

This remote locale – reached following an eight-hour journey by both car and boat – will provide the students a foreign environment in which to conduct experiments that compare and contrast with the results they've recorded domestically in such fields as animal behavior, parasites of mammals and birds, carcass decomposition and the immune responses of insects in both logged and unlogged areas of the jungle. 

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During their stay, students will also visit different parts of the Madre de Dios region.

Biology Professor Jason Davis has worked with RARE since its inception and said the students and their projects cover an array of interests.

“It’s not exclusively a science trip,” Davis explained. “Each year, we really want to take a range of students – artists, anthropologists, sociologists, someone studying business or nursing.

“These students are our researchers; they are engaged in a process of discovery, whether that is studying, for example, the language traditions of the local people or exploring microbial fauna,” he said.

“They’re doing their own thing, which gives them real ownership of it, and helping each other with different projects at the same time.”

The RARE group is scheduled to return to the United States on June 5.

You can learn more about the project and see video footage of the 2019 expedition on Radford’s RARE website .

Also this month, a separate branch of RARE – the Radford Away Research Expedition: Appalachia – will undertake a similar mission, albeit somewhat closer to home. RARE Appalachia will spend the second half of May visiting such local areas as Troutdale, Damascus, Abingdon and Burke’s Garden. Along the way, they’ll camp out, visit a coal mine and stop in at Abingdon’s Barter Theatre. 

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Students taking part in the RARE: Amazonia expedition in 2019.

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