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Peruvian Highlights
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Mixed Groups | Age range: 18-35

8 Days / 7 Nights Trip to Peru

Peruvian Highlights

Experience a lifetime’s worth of adventure in Peru, the land of the fabled Incan empire, on a journey that inspires wonder and fires the imagination. Visit the Sacred Valley, Cusco, and explore iconic Machu Picchu itself.
Colour, culture and Incas - get ready for feisty, fiery and variety-filled adventures in Peru. Get ready to explore the legacy of the Incas in Machu Picchu, and take in the cultural highlights of its intriguing modern cities such as Lima and Cusco. Adventurers can further venture into the Amazon rainforest or go on to trek the Incan Trail, which is a must for any hiker.
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  • Duration
    8 Days
  • Starting From
    $1,899
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    Contiki
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Lima: City of Kings
Highlight #1
Lima: City of Kings
This Peruvian gem has world-class food, nightlife, colonial-style architecture, surfing and vibrant markets. There’s something for everyone.
Cusco: Peru’s historical capital
Highlight #2
Cusco: Peru’s historical capital
Take in the highlights of the captivating capital of the Incan empire, and explore the historic Sacsayhuaman fortress - its construction remains a mystery to this date!
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Highlight #3
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Explore famous and beautiful Inca ruins, including the Pisac ruins, the Ollantaytambo temple, and local markets.
Hike the famous Inca trail
Highlight #4
Hike the famous Inca trail
Follow in the footsteps of Inca pilgrims from centuries past as you take the iconic hike past rivers and valleys to Machu Picchu.
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Peru: Color, culture and Incas!

From Lima to the Amazon, sites from  Ollantaytmbo to iconic Machu Picchu, Peru is a South American extravaganza like no other. Watch this video for a glimpse of your journey to come. Video Credit: Jacob and Katie Schwarz

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Itinerary

LIMA

Lima
A new day, a new country – let’s do this! Steeped in Spanish colonialism yet buzzing with modern metro vibes, Lima is sure to ignite your love for Peru. Spend your morning marvelling at lavishly decorated churches and an underground tunnel cemetery overflowing with bones or catacombs, then hit the Barranco district this afternoon to get a feel for its bohemian ambiance. A stroll over the Bridge of Sighs is also a must. And of course no trip to Lima is complete without devouring at least one portion of ceviche – it’s a pretty massive deal in the city. Round off the day watching the sun set over the Pacific, most likely with a pisco sour in hand…

LIMA TO JUNGLE LODGE VIA PUERTO MALDONADO

Lima
We’ll catch a flight the city of Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s southern jungle. We’ll have lunch on the river as we travel upstream by a traditional Peruvian boat to our Contiki Special Stay Rainforest Lodge in the mighty Amazon jungle, where we’ll try to spot toucans, macaws and capybaras along the way.

Puerto Maldonado
 A quick tour of the city will reveal colourful fruit stalls, open air markets, and locals going about their day. But now we're back underway and we just want to get to the jungle.
Jungle Lodge

Our lodge is a special experience in itself! Located in then luscious rainforest and made from wood and clay, its open walls leave you sleeping virtually amongst the rainforest! After you settle in, we’ll get a different take on the jungle as we take a hike to the canopy tower. After climbing the 100ft of stairs you will be provided with a birds-eye view of the rainforest! Home to monkeys, birds, bromeliads and other jungle life, this is the ultimate way to see the jungle.

After dinner you can experience something really different, heading out to look for caiman, a member of the alligator family native to the Amazon. Scan the shores with flashlights and see if you can catch the red gleam of the light as it reflects off of the caiman’s eyes.

JUNGLE LODGE

Jungle Lodge
With another day at the jungle lodge, keep your eyes peeled for a wildlife like the giant otter, monkeys, tropical birds, bromeliads and other jungle life, this is the ultimate way to see the jungle.

JUNGLE LODGE TO CUSCO

Jungle Lodge
Wave goodbye to your jungle home as we're off back to the capital of Peru!

Cusco
Spend today exploring the beautiful city of Cusco - wander the main plaza, visit the Tread Right support weaving centre or feed your sweet tooth with a visit to the chocolate museum. Then get into Cusco's amazing nightlife & join our Illary (Sunrise) Club!

CUSCO TO SACRED VALLEY

Cusco
Heading out of Cusco and bound for the Sacred Valley on our private coach, this is where our journey into the ruins and mystique of this land truly begins. But first, llamas. An iconic symbol of Peru, we’ll be stopping off at a llama farm to show some love to these furry favourites up close, and we’re talking the whole humpback family – llamas, vicuna and alpacas. #llamaselfie achieved, we’ll then stop off to witness the ancient Incan art of weaving in practise by a group of talented local artisans. Throughout the journey, play close attention to your surrounds – there’s the chance to spot the Incan farming technique of terracing, as well as the ‘salineras’ (salt mines). Want to know what the Peruvians do for fun? You’ll get the chance to play the traditional game of “Sapo”, and exactly what that entails we’ll leave to the imagination…

Sacred Valley
Our explorations of the Sacred Valley will begin with a guided tour of the Pisac and Ollantaytambo ruins. Our Local Guide will give you the d-l on both, visiting the circular terraced Pisac ruins first which date back to the 1400’s. Moving on to Ollantaytambo, base camp for those taking the trek tomorrow, we’ll appease dry mouths with some homemade Chica de Jora brew. This tiny town may be small in geographical terms, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in attitude, with artisan shops and cafes spilling out onto streets, and the roaring Urubamba river providing the perfect natural background noise. For those embarking on the Inca trail tomorrow this is your final chance to stock up on last minute essentials (socks, socks and more socks). For all others, spend your time soaking in the vibes, hanging with other travellers and just getting a feel for this iconic little town.

SACRED VALLEY TO AGUAS CALIENTES OR INCA TRAIL TREK

Sacred Valley
For those embarking on our epic 1 day trek, we’ll catch the train to KM104 and the start of a day to remember. With just 3.5 hours on foot and 6-kilometres to cover, the enchanting site that awaits us will make it all worthwhile. Descending into the site we’ll take in Wayana Picchu 'Little peak' – the iconic peak you’ll have seen in every picture ever – marvelling at the incredible handiwork of the ancient Incas. Satisfaction levels at an all-time high and with a big ol’ smile on your tired face, we’ll head back to Aguas Calientes and a squishy hotel bed you couldn’t be more deserving of. 


For those not embarking on the Inca Trail, the morning is yours to enjoy the surrounding lush mountains of Aguas Calientes.

Aguas Calientes
Can you feel the excitement mounting? Yep – those are pretty much the feels when Machu Picchu is quite literally on the horizon. This afternoon we’ll hop on the train to Aguas Calientes, a cute town in its own right complete with roaring river, quaint bridges and local haunts, but most famously known as the gateway town to Machu Picchu. We’ll meet up with those who opted for the one day trek, and basically spend the evening hyping each other up for what’s to come tomorrow.

MACHU PICCHU TO CUSCO

Aguas Calientes
Excitement levels at an all-time high, the day we’ve all been waiting for is finally here – it’s Machu Picchu time! Built around 1450 at the height of the Incan Empire, Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the seven wonders of the new world. We’ll be treated to a guided tour of the site taking in such wonders as the Temple of the Three Windows and Wayana Picchu (the peak you’ll of seen in every Machu Picchu image ever), and of course you’ll have some alone time to explore the area as only you can do. This is one big old tick off the life goals list, so enjoy every single second of it.

Cusco
Back on the train we’ll de-brief on our once-in-a-lifetime experience as we head back to Cusco. Last time round was all about getting acquainted with the city, so now you’ve got you’re bearings you can really get lost amongst the market stalls and cobbled streets, maybe even going truly local by trying out a serving of cuy.

DEPART CUSCO

Cusco
It’s time to say adios to your travel buddies as your trips ends after breakfast.  Craving more? Why not jump on our Bolivian Magic trip?

Inclusions

 Accommodation - 5 nights in Hotel, 2 nights in Contiki Special Stay

 Meals - 4 Dinner, 7 Breakfast, 2 Lunch

 Team - Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

 Transport - All transport included during the trip

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