Travel deal & itinerary: 10 days in Peru + airfare (Machu Picchu, Cuzco, and Lima)

I’m not sure what it costs to to visit Peru but this seems like a pretty good Groupon deal. And if nothing else at least we have a Peru travel itinerary to read and consider:

DAY 1, Friday or Sunday – Depart the USA, Arrive in Lima

Depart the USA for Peru. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for your journey

DAY 2, Saturday or Monday – Arrive in Lima, Afternoon City Tour

Early this morning, arrive in Lima and transfer to your hotel. After time to rest and eat breakfast, you will join a tour of Lima. Enjoy the sights of Peru’s capital city with 2000 years of indigenous and colonial heritage before stopping at the San Francisco Monastery, famous for its 17th century architecture and world-renowned library. Spend the remainder of the evening at leisure in the “Gastronomical Capital of the Americas” by exploring Lima’s nightlife or sampling some of its famed dishes, such as Ceviche and Pisco Sour, the national drink
Optional: Dinner at La Dama Juana
Overnight: Lima
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Sunday or Tuesday – Fly to Cuzco, Visit Chinchero Market & Ollantaytambo Ruins

This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cuzco. Upon arrival, transfer to the Urubamba Sacred Valley to visit the bustling Chinchero market where you can bargain for alpaca wool scarves, jewelry, and other hand-crafted goods. After the tour, enjoy a typical Peruvian lunch before restarting your journey. On the way you will have the opportunity to visit Ollantaytambo. During the Incan Empire, this site was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti, known as the greatest Incan Emporer due to his role in expanding its territory, and served as a town and ceremonial center. Marvel at the architecture of the Incas before being transferred to your hotel. This evening, enjoy dinner and music at a local restaurant
Overnight: Urubamba Sacred Valley **
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Monday or Wednesday – Full Day in the Sacred Valley

Today, enjoy the full day at leisure in Urubamba. The Sacred Valley is scattered with ancient ruins and once served as the gateway to the jungle. Today it is considered one of the most important tourist destinations in Peru, and is popular for activities such as hiking, kayaking, rafting, horse-back riding, and bathing in thermal baths
Optional: Full Day Maras and Moray
Optional: Dinner with a Local Peruvian Family
Overnight: Urubamba Sacred Valley
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Tuesday or Thursday – Full Day Machu Picchu

Early this morning, transfer to the Sacred Valley’s Ollanta Station and board the train* for Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site virtually unknown to the western world until Hiram Bingham III’s “re” discovery in 1911. Spend the afternoon viewing the ancient citadel before boarding the train for your return to the Sacred Valley’s Ollanta Station in the evening. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in Cuzco
*Plan B passengers will ride on the Expedition Train and Plan A passengers will ride on the Vistadome Train
Overnight: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Wednesday or Friday – Full Day in Cuzco

Spend today at leisure in “The Imperial City”. The city of Cuzco is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and once served as the capital of the Inca Empire. Take time to sightsee or shop independently as Cuzco is known for some of the finest handicrafts and textiles in all of Peru. Cuzco is declared the Historical Capital by the Constitution of Peru and hosts nearly 1 million visitors every year. Visit some of the numerous Inca monuments or investigate the culinary secrets of Andean cuisine. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant
Optional: Half Day Cuzco Behind the Scenes (AM)
Optional: Half Day Highlights of Cuzco (PM)
Overnight: Cuzco
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday or Saturday – Raqchi & Puno

This will be a long and rewarding touring day. The regions you will pass through will provide a view of local Peruvian life in the agricultural fields. You will leave Cuzco early in the morning and travel through the Andes Mountain Range to Puno, located on the banks of Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake at 12,421 feet above sea level. En route stop at the Incan archaeological site of Raqchi, site of the Temple of Wiracocha, where you will see the temple complex, living quarters, storehouses, fairgrounds, and ceremonial baths. A box lunch will be served on the coach. Arrive to Puno in the evening and check into your hotel
Overnight: Puno
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Friday or Sunday – Excursion to Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca

Today begins with a boat trip to the Uros Islands. These islands are completely man-made structures, and their inhabitants, the Uros, continue to maintain them as they have since pre-Columbian times, using totora reeds from the lake to build not only the islands, but also their houses. Return to your hotel later in the day and enjoy the balance at leisure
Optional Half Day Sillustani Tombs (PM)
Overnight: Puno
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Saturday or Monday – Fly to Lima

Transfer to the Juliaca airport to catch your flight to Lima. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with local Peruvian specialties and say goodbye to your travel companions and Tour Manager
Overnight: Lima
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Sunday or Tuesday – Depart for the USA

Transfer from the hotel to the airport for your departure flight.
~Please note: Some flights to the US depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Sunday or Tuesday
Meals: Breakfast

** Due to the high elevation, travel in the Peruvian highlands may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider.

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  1. Bob Hilscher says:

    Hi there. My wife, Jean, and I spent close to a month in Peru driving, hiking, flying, canoeing, and riding the rails across the country. And we spent three days in Paracas at the resort pictured above, what a lovely place! We have traveled to several parts of the world, creating wonderful memories, but Peru, however, tops our list.

    Our trip to Peru just wouldn’t have been complete without flying over the Nazca Lines, hiking in the Amazon jungle, driving into the Andes Mountains to see wild Vicuna, and climbing Huayna Picchu at Machu Picchu. Of course, a vast number of other sights and scenes crossed our paths while in that wonderful country, too. Come check out some of our pictures and stories from Paracas, and from across Peru at:
    http://frametoframe.ca/photo-essay-machu-picchu-lost-city-of-incas

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