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Choose the Best Peru Trip for You

Peru is unique in its combination of breathtaking landscapes, fabulous food, ancient archaeological sites, music, textiles, and fine arts. We’ve designed the finest itineraries, including classic Inca Trail and Machu Picchu hiking adventures; exhilarating high Andes treks in the Cordillera Blanca and Cordillera Huayhuash; cultural explorations of the hidden world of the Chachapoya and the UNESCO-listed pre-Inca site of Chavín; and private journeys for your group alone.

In addition to the itinerary, consider the accommodations and trip level—from an easy level-1 cruise to challenging level-6 treks. Our varied routes and departures give you plenty of options; here’s how to choose the best trip for you:

Our Classic Itineraries to See Machu Picchu!

There’s so much to see and experience in Peru that many people visit several times. If this is your first visit, you’ll undoubtedly want to see Machu Picchu, and our classic itineraries are the way to go. They’re designed for optimal acclimatization, and we are one of the few companies that secure reservations at the Sanctuary Lodge, for easiest access to this incredible site.

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The Ultimate Hiking Adventure to a Legendary Lost City

Experience our classic Inca Trail adventure, with a perfectly paced five-day trek, superb camp amenities, and spectacular campsites. You just carry a daypack and take advantage of our expert full-service camping support, hiking right along the path of the ancient Incas. Visit fascinating ruins accessible only on foot, enter Machu Picchu itself through the legendary 'Gate of the Sun,' and spend a night at the Sanctuary Lodge—right at the entrance to Machu Picchu—for amazing access to this mystical site.

9 days from: $5295
Trip Level:
5
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Spectacular Hikes and Lodges

Enjoy fine hotels and invigorating day hikes in the Sacred Valley of the Incas—with no camping! This classic trip brings you from cosmopolitan Cusco into heart of the Incas' Sacred Valley. We explore archaeological sites and are welcomed as family in a remote village where we enjoy a traditional pachamanca lunch. Our grand finale is a very special overnight at the Sanctuary Lodge—right at Machu Picchu, for optimal access to this legendary site.

9 days from: $5895
Trip Level:
3

Treks in the Peruvian Andes

Trek in the awe-inspiring Andes, at altitudes from 10,000’ to 16,000’. Hike along a pilgrim trail to UNESCO-listed Chavin, trek the Cordillera Blanca—the world’s highest tropical mountain range—or cross high passes on a breathtaking trail circling spectacular mountain massifs in the Cordillera Huayhuash.

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Trek a Pilgrim Route to the Heart of Andean Civilization

With llamas as our pack animals, we’ll trek across the Cordillera Blanca, hiking past pristine alpine lakes, fluted ice peaks, surreal turquoise tarns, and flower-filled meadows in this world-class trekking destination. Our grand finale is exploring the World Heritage site of Chavín de Huantar (10,430’), where we learn about these monumental pre-Inca ruins with one of the world’s leading experts on the “mother culture” of the Andes, Stanford professor John Rick, PhD.

14 days from: $4595
Trip Level:
5+
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Explore the Highest Tropical Mountain Range in the world

Hike the spectacular alpine trails of the Cordillera Blanca, home to Peru's tallest mountains. Most of our hiking is between 10,000’ and 15,000’, but there is one higher pass, significant elevation changes, and some rough trails, rewarding you with spectacular lakeside campsites and views of glaciers and ice-draped summits at every turn. The optional Nevado Pisco climb is non-technical but requires use of ice axe and crampons—and a lot of stamina.

14 days from: $4195
Trip Level:
6
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One of the Great Alpine Hikes of the World

Trek along a breathtaking trail circling Peru's Cordillera Huayhuash, where the gripping mountain drama “Touching the Void” took place. It’s one of the world's most spectacular mountain massifs, with near-continuous panoramas of towering, knife-edged peaks and deep blue lakes. We cross eight high passes, including Punta Cuyoc (16,600), on this world-class trek.

17 days from: $4695
Trip Level:
6

Hotel-Based Cultural Adventures

When most people think of Peru, Machu Picchu springs to mind—but there’s lots more to see in this amazing country, especially for travelers who venture off the beaten path. Learn more about ancient Andean culture in the hidden world of the Chachapoya “Cloud People,” where you can awaken your inner Indiana Jones. Or discover the remains of Colca Canyon’s enigmatic pre-Inca civilizations. We’ll hike for 2-6 hours on most days, occasionally on steep trails, and overnight in charming lodges—no camping required.

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The Hidden World of Peru’s Ancient Cloud People

Venture into the seldom-visited world of the Chachapoya, or “Cloud People,” a warrior-shaman society who reigned over northern Peru for nearly 700 years. Explore orchid-draped cloud forests, eerie cliff tombs, and ancient ruins, including Kuelap (9,840’), a stunning 9th century citadel that rivals Machu Picchu in its size and setting.

11 days from: $4695
Trip Level:
3
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Historic Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, and the Salar de Uyuni

Enigmatic pre-Inca tombs, soaring condors, the spellbinding beauty of Lake Titicaca, and the surreal moonscapes of the Salar de Uyuni are among the marvels of this grand adventure. See herds of alpacas and vicuñas grazing below snow-capped volcanoes, hike above the breathtaking gorge of Colca Canyon, and have two overnights on Lake Titicaca’s serene Island of the Sun, legendary birthplace of the Inca gods.

13 days from: $6795
Trip Level:
3

Private Journeys

Our private journeys are a perfect solution if you want to travel with your family, or with your own group exclusively. We provide expert planning, guides, transportation, and support; you determine the dates and the accommodations. You can even choose to spend a night at the Sanctuary Lodge—right at the entrance to Machu Picchu—for amazing access to this mystical site. Our private journeys are customizable, so you can add extra time at Machu Picchu, or explore the Sacred Valley in depth.

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Magical Machu Picchu and the Land of the Incas

Discover the spectacular land of the sun-worshipping Incas, with its breathtaking mountain landscapes, mystical fortress-cities, and thriving cultural and artistic heritage. Explore at your own pace with your own private guide, beginning with a walking tour of Cusco, the ancient heart of the Inca Empire. Visit the beautiful Urubamba Valley—sacred to the Incas—including the impressive ruins at Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Complete your journey at Machu Picchu, with its fascinating architecture and awe-inspiring views.

7 days from: $3895
Trip Level:
2
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Trek to Machu Picchu

Join your private guide and camp staff to trek the world-renowned Inca Trail to Machu Picchu! You get to choose the dates for this perfectly paced five-day trek, with superb camp amenities and spectacular campsites. You just carry a daypack and take advantage of our expert full-service camping support, hiking right along the path of the ancient Incas. Visit fascinating ruins accessible only on foot and enter Machu Picchu itself through the legendary 'Gate of the Sun.'

9 days from: $5695
Trip Level:
5
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Trek in the Footsteps of the Incas

Enjoy a spectacular private trek that offers the utter solitude of a hidden Inca realm—you’ll have the stunning panoramas all to yourself. This is at higher altitudes (8,000’ to 14,900’) than our classic trip and trails can be steep, so llamas carry our duffle bags on the trail to Machu Picchu. We revel in views of ice-clad peaks and turquoise mountain lakes, visit traditionally dressed Quechua herders in their remote villages, and enjoy pampering by experienced camp staff. Your grand finale is a visit to the spectacular Machu Picchu.

9 days from: $5495
Trip Level:
5

Cruises

If traveling by water is more your style, this collection of cruises in the Amazon offers a fantastic introduction to Peru’s remote wonders. You’ll glide along the river aboard a sleek and sophisticated ship equipped with spacious dining and lounging areas, including an outdoor plunge pool or Jacuzzi overlooking the Amazon’s river views. There are two seasons in the Amazon: low water (June to November) and high water (December to May).

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Exploring the Waterways of Peru’s Amazon aboard the Aria

For travelers who prefer the comfort and convenience of a cruise, we offer the Amazon River Expedition, an 8-day adventure aboard the luxury yacht Aria. Year-round departures take you deep into the Amazonian rainforest—a world filled with neon-bright birds, playful monkeys, and millions of butterflies. You can try your hand at fishing for piranha, visit riverside communities to witness their culture and traditions, learn about the area's conservation and sustainability projects, and enjoy night excursions by skiff under a canopy of sparkling stars.

8 days from: $9450
Trip Level:
1
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Contact our Peru Specialists

Our Peru Specialists know every detail about our itineraries, and will be happy to answer any questions about our trips and help you choose the journey that’s right for you!