Explore Peru

Lima, Cusco, and The Sacred Valley

A 9-day Exploration of Peru's Culture & Landscapes

Your journey starts in Lima, as we explore the historic districts before flying to Cusco and the Sacred Valley, the center of the ancient Inca Empire. We’ll visit many Inca ruins, including Ollantaytambo, Pumamarca, and Moray. We’ll also have the opportunity to experience Andean community life as we learn about ancient weaving techniques, enjoy lunches with the locals, and learn about an Andean reforesting program.

For many, the highlight of Peru is Machu Picchu. We’ll visit these famous ruins twice: once on a day hike up the Inca Trail where we’ll enter the ruins from the Sun Gate and again the following day. This time we drive up to Machu Picchu for a privately guided tour and plenty of time to wander around on your own. From Machu Picchu we’ll continue to Cusco, the Imperial City of the Incas. Our private guide will show us the local markets, ancient temples, and the incredible Inca stonework.

Following your exploration of the Sacred Valley, you'll have the option to extend your trip with a breathtaking 5-day trek near Ausangate Mountain (20,945 ft) in the Cordillera Vilcanota. This privately guided trek is fully supported with llamas carrying our gear as we hike from lodge to lodge. Accommodation will be in unique, rustic “tambos” or Andean Lodges, owned by the local community. This trek is non-technical and you only need to carry your day pack. Each day is about 5-7 hours of hiking at high altitude (the highest pass is nearly 17,000 feet).

Or, if you want to extend the trip but aren't interested in the trek you can spend a few days along the Tambopata River deep in Peru's Amazon region. Access to this completely different region of Peru is easy as it's only a 30 minute flight from the highlands of Cusco to the lush rainforest surrounding Puerto Maldonado. Spend your days searching for wildlife along the rivers and oxbow lakes, climb the 140 foot observation tower for amazing views of the rainforest canopy, or visit a clay lick to see dozens of colorful birds including macaws and parrots.

Explore Peru is a privately guided, small group departure (10 people max).

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Brief Itinerary (detailed itinerary here)

Day 1:  Arrive Lima - Iberostar Miraflores

Day 2:  City Tour of Lima - Iberostar Miraflores

Day 3:  Flight to Cusco & transfer to Sacred Valley - Las Qolqas Eco-Resort

Day 4:  Full day in Sacred Valley.  Community life, Moray ruins, Maras Salt Mines - Las Qolqas Eco-Resort

Day 5:  Full day in Sacred Valley.  Andean forest experience, Ollantaytambo & Pumamarca Ruins - Las Qolqas Eco-Resort

Day 6:   Day hike on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - El Mapi by Inkaterra

Day 7:   Bus to Machu Picchu and tour, return to Cusco - Casa Andina Cusco

Day 8:  Half day Cusco Tour - Casa Andina Cusco

Day 9:  Depart OR continue on one of our extensions

Our Explore Peru is a private, tailor-made itinerary, so there are no specific departure dates.  Just let us know your potential travel dates and we will check on availability of all services.

Contact us for the best time of year to travel and we'll work with you to design a personalized Peru experience.

 

HOW TO BOOK:

  • Contact us to reserve your seat.  We can also answer any questions or concerns you may have about the trip.  If you decided you want to book with us, GrassTrack will send you an invoice for the deposit along with documents describing how to prepare this trip.
  • Proof of travel insurance required to confirm booking

PAYMENT:

  • The published rate is for cash payment by check or bank transfer.  Payments with a credit card will incur a 3.7% service fee
  • A 20% non-refundable deposit AND cost of Lima-Cusco flights confirms booking
  • Full payment is due no later than 8 weeks before departure
  • Other terms & conditions apply

INCLUDED/EXCLUDED

  • See detailed itinerary for full list.  In general, guides, entrance fees, transfer, most meals are included.
  • ALL flights and some dinners are not included.
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2024 Rates

$4800.00 (2 guests)

$3230.00 (4 guests)

$2800.00 (6-10 guests)

Rates per person sharing and for cash payment by check or bank transfer.  Credit card payments will incur a 3.7% service fee. Single supplement applies.

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