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Treasures of Peru

With Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca

From $4,487
total price from Miami
$3,795 air & land inclusive plus $692 airline taxes and fees
Tour Days
11 days
Tour Membership
12-24 guests
Post-Tour Extension

Physical Activity Level:

Overview

A land of treasures archaeological, cultural, and natural, Peru draws those eager to learn about the distant past – and encounter a fascinating present.  As our small group takes in some of the country’s highlights – Cuzco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca – we marvel at the riches of an intriguing land somewhat off the beaten path.

Tour Details

Treasures of Peru

With Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca

From $4,487

total price from Miami
$3,795 air & land inclusive plus $692 airline taxes and fees

Tour Days
11 days

Tour Membership
12-24 guests

Optional Extension

Physical Activity Level:

Tour Days
11 days

Tour Membership
12-24 guests

Optional Extension

Physical Activity Level:

Overview

A land of treasures archaeological, cultural, and natural, Peru draws those eager to learn about the distant past – and encounter a fascinating present.  As our small group takes in some of the country’s highlights – Cuzco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca – we marvel at the riches of an intriguing land somewhat off the beaten path.

Small Group Highlights

  • Lima touring including historic Casa Aliaga
  • Visit to Larco Herrera Museum
  • Historic Cuzco
  • Cuzco’s Incan ruins
  • Sacred Valley touring
  • Visit to Indian market in Pisac
  • Two guided visits to ruins at Machu Picchu
  • Scenic drive from Cuzco to Lake Titicaca
  • Full-day tour of Lake Titicaca including visits to Uros and Taquile islands

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Please note: The high altitude of Lake Titicaca (12,500 feet) and Cuzco (11,150 feet) could pose problems for travelers with certain health conditions.  You should consult with your physician if you have concerns.

B
= Breakfast Included
L
= Lunch Included
D
= Dinner Included
1
Depart U.S. for Lima, Peru
Depart U.S. for Lima, Peru

We depart today for the Peruvian capital.  Upon arrival we transfer directly to our hotel.

We depart today for the Peruvian capital.  Upon arrival we transfer directly to our hotel.

2
Lima
B
D
B
D
Lima

We meet our Odysseys Unlim­ited Tour Director and fellow travelers at this morning’s briefing about the journey ahead, then embark on a tour of colonial Lima.  A highlight is our visit to treasured Casa Aliaga, one of the oldest homes in Lima (c. 1535), with a rich architectural heritage and a collection of Peruvian art and artifacts.  Given the land by his friend conquistador Francisco Pizarro, Jeronimo de Aliaga, one of Lima’s founders, built the home that has been continuously occupied by his descendants ever since, some 18 generations.  Next we tour Larco Herrera Museum, whose ceramics collection (including a renowned set of erotic pre-Columbian figures) is unparalleled.  We enjoy our welcome dinner at the museum.

We meet our Odysseys Unlim­ited Tour Director and fellow travelers at this morning’s briefing about the journey ahead, then embark on a tour of colonial Lima.  A highlight is our visit to treasured Casa Aliaga, one of the oldest homes in Lima (c. 1535), with a rich architectural heritage and a collection of Peruvian art and artifacts.  Given the land by his friend conquistador Francisco Pizarro, Jeronimo de Aliaga, one of Lima’s founders, built the home that has been continuously occupied by his descendants ever since, some 18 generations.  Next we tour Larco Herrera Museum, whose ceramics collection (including a renowned set of erotic pre-Columbian figures) is unparalleled.  We enjoy our welcome dinner at the museum.

3
Lima/Cuzco/Sacred Valley
B
L
D
B
L
D
Lima/Cuzco/Sacred Valley

This morning we transfer to the airport for the brief flight to Cuzco. Upon arrival we stop at the ruins of Sacsayhuamán, a masterpiece of Incan architecture, then continue on to the beautiful Sacred Valley, a region of Inca sites and indigenous villages. We stop in the colorful town of Pisac before reaching our hotel midafternoon.

This morning we transfer to the airport for the brief flight to Cuzco. Upon arrival we stop at the ruins of Sacsayhuamán, a masterpiece of Incan architecture, then continue on to the beautiful Sacred Valley, a region of Inca sites and indigenous villages. We stop in the colorful town of Pisac before reaching our hotel midafternoon.

4
Sacred Valley
B
L
D
B
L
D
Sacred Valley

This morning we attend a traditional ceremony, “Offering to the Earth,” and then set out for Ollantaytambo, a living town and site of massive Incan ruins dating to the 15th century that still inspire wonder today.  After touring here we continue on to the town of Chinchero, set on a broad plateau presided over by a snowcapped mountain.  Here, residents live much as their ancestors did, wearing traditional clothing and conducting business and local government by time-honored means.  They also weave as their ancestors did, as we see at a demonstration of this age-old craft.  Late this afternoon we return to our hotel, where we dine tonight.

This morning we attend a traditional ceremony, “Offering to the Earth,” and then set out for Ollantaytambo, a living town and site of massive Incan ruins dating to the 15th century that still inspire wonder today.  After touring here we continue on to the town of Chinchero, set on a broad plateau presided over by a snowcapped mountain.  Here, residents live much as their ancestors did, wearing traditional clothing and conducting business and local government by time-honored means.  They also weave as their ancestors did, as we see at a demonstration of this age-old craft.  Late this afternoon we return to our hotel, where we dine tonight.

5
Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes
B
L
D
B
L
D
Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes

Early this morning we board a train for the 1½-hour journey to Aguas Calientes, where after lunch we board a bus for Machu Picchu and our first guided visit of the stunning “Lost City of the Incas.”  Thanks to its small size, our group will move nimbly through the ruins and have the leisure to absorb the beauty and mystery of this haunting UNESCO World Heritage site.  Mid-afternoon we return to Aguas Calientes and our hotel, with time at leisure before dinner together tonight.

Early this morning we board a train for the 1½-hour journey to Aguas Calientes, where after lunch we board a bus for Machu Picchu and our first guided visit of the stunning “Lost City of the Incas.”  Thanks to its small size, our group will move nimbly through the ruins and have the leisure to absorb the beauty and mystery of this haunting UNESCO World Heritage site.  Mid-afternoon we return to Aguas Calientes and our hotel, with time at leisure before dinner together tonight.

6
Machu Picchu/Cuzco
B
L
B
L
Machu Picchu/Cuzco

This morning before the crowds of day-trippers arrive, we take our second guided tour of Machu Picchu, when the early morning sun bathes the stones in an evocative light.  After lunch in Aguas Calientes, we return to Cuzco, arriving early evening.  Dinner tonight is on our own.

This morning before the crowds of day-trippers arrive, we take our second guided tour of Machu Picchu, when the early morning sun bathes the stones in an evocative light.  After lunch in Aguas Calientes, we return to Cuzco, arriving early evening.  Dinner tonight is on our own.

7
Cuzco
B
L
B
L
Cuzco

After a morning at leisure, we set out on a tour of the archaeological hub of the Americas, the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city, and UNESCO World Heritage site. Dynamic and historic, Cuzco bears the marks of its Inca and Spanish forebears. We visit the sacred sites of Koricancha and Santo Domingo, then enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

After a morning at leisure, we set out on a tour of the archaeological hub of the Americas, the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city, and UNESCO World Heritage site. Dynamic and historic, Cuzco bears the marks of its Inca and Spanish forebears. We visit the sacred sites of Koricancha and Santo Domingo, then enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

8
Cuzco/Puno
B
L
B
L
Cuzco/Puno

This morning we depart for the day-long journey by coach to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca.  As we travel through the rugged snowcapped Andes dotted with small villages and herds of llama and alpaca, we make several stops along the way, beginning with Andahuaylillas, an attractive village known for its lovely 17th-century church.  We continue on to the ruins at Raqchi, once the holiest site in the Incan empire; and La Raya, perched on Peru’s altiplano (high plain) and home to the Llama and Alpaca Research Center.  We reach our hotel on the shores of Esteves Island on Lake Titicaca late this afternoon; it’s a short distance to the center of Puno from our hotel.  Dinner tonight is on our own.

This morning we depart for the day-long journey by coach to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca.  As we travel through the rugged snowcapped Andes dotted with small villages and herds of llama and alpaca, we make several stops along the way, beginning with Andahuaylillas, an attractive village known for its lovely 17th-century church.  We continue on to the ruins at Raqchi, once the holiest site in the Incan empire; and La Raya, perched on Peru’s altiplano (high plain) and home to the Llama and Alpaca Research Center.  We reach our hotel on the shores of Esteves Island on Lake Titicaca late this afternoon; it’s a short distance to the center of Puno from our hotel.  Dinner tonight is on our own.

9
Puno/Lake Titicaca
B
L
D
B
L
D
Puno/Lake Titicaca

We spend the day exploring the fascinating life of Lake Titicaca, South America’s largest lake and, at 12,500 feet above sea level, among the world’s highest navigable lakes.  Up here the air is clearer, the colors sharper, and the horizon farther.  By boat, we visit the Floating Islands of Los Uros, where the top-hatted Uros people live on “islands” made of the reeds that grow in the lake’s shallows; in fact, the Uros rely on these reeds for their boats, the small huts in which they live, household items, and the handcrafts they sell to visitors.  We also visit Isla Taquile, known for the high-quality textiles crafted by the indigenous people who live here; sales of their textiles support the self-sustaining Taquilenos.  On our visit, we see the men in their signature woven woolen caps with floppy earpieces, and women in tailored waistcoats and multi-layered skirts.  We also witness the breathtaking natural beauty surrounding us, with Bolivia’s snowcapped Cordillera range a striking backdrop to the deep blue of Lake Titicaca.  Tonight we celebrate our Peruvian adventure at a farewell dinner at our hotel.

We spend the day exploring the fascinating life of Lake Titicaca, South America’s largest lake and, at 12,500 feet above sea level, among the world’s highest navigable lakes.  Up here the air is clearer, the colors sharper, and the horizon farther.  By boat, we visit the Floating Islands of Los Uros, where the top-hatted Uros people live on “islands” made of the reeds that grow in the lake’s shallows; in fact, the Uros rely on these reeds for their boats, the small huts in which they live, household items, and the handcrafts they sell to visitors.  We also visit Isla Taquile, known for the high-quality textiles crafted by the indigenous people who live here; sales of their textiles support the self-sustaining Taquilenos.  On our visit, we see the men in their signature woven woolen caps with floppy earpieces, and women in tailored waistcoats and multi-layered skirts.  We also witness the breathtaking natural beauty surrounding us, with Bolivia’s snowcapped Cordillera range a striking backdrop to the deep blue of Lake Titicaca.  Tonight we celebrate our Peruvian adventure at a farewell dinner at our hotel.

10
Puno/Lima/Depart for U.S.
B
L
B
L
Puno/Lima/Depart for U.S.

This morning we visit the mysterious burial towers (chullpas) at Sillustani overlooking Lake Umayo.  Following this excursion, we transfer to the airport for the flight to Lima, where we check into our day rooms at an airport hotel.  Late this evening we depart on our flight to the U.S.

This morning we visit the mysterious burial towers (chullpas) at Sillustani overlooking Lake Umayo.  Following this excursion, we transfer to the airport for the flight to Lima, where we check into our day rooms at an airport hotel.  Late this evening we depart on our flight to the U.S.

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Arrive U.S.
Arrive U.S.

We arrive in the U.S. today and connect with our return flight home.

We arrive in the U.S. today and connect with our return flight home.

Tour Price Includes

  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within itinerary
  • 9 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe, Superior First Class, and First Class hotels
  • 22 meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all ­entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)

Average Daily High by Month (°F )

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Aug Sep Oct Nov
Lima 82 83 83 80 74 68 66 68 71 74
Cuzco 64 64 65 66 67 66 66 67 68 67

Average Temperature (°F )

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Aug Sep Oct Nov
Lima 82 83 83 80 74 68 66 68 71 74
Cuzco 64 64 65 66 67 66 66 67 68 67

Dates & Prices

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Post-Tour Extension

Amazon Rainforest

4 days, 4 nights
From
$1,395
+ $235 Single Supplement

Amazon Rainforest

4 days, 4 nights
From
$1,395
+ $235 Single Supplement

Discover the Amazon’s amazing flora, fauna, and even villages on this exceptional – and comfortable – tour.

Post-Tour Extension Price Includes

  • Round-trip air transportation Lima/Iquitos
  • 4 nights’ accommodations: 1 night in Lima at Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel (First Class); 3 nights in the jungle at Ceiba Tops Lodge & Resort (First Class)
  • 11 meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing, including guided Canopy Walkway tour and visit with ribereños (Amazon river people)
  • Fully escorted by an Amazon-born naturalist guide as your Odysseys Unlimited representative
  • Private vehicle transportation
  • Gratuities for dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers

Land only guests: $1,495

Pricing: $1,395 in 2024; $1,495 in 2025. Single Supplement: $235 all dates

Please note that guests on extension will overnight in Lima on Day 10.

Accommodations

Tour Directors

Efraín Vidalón

“Efrain was courteous, calm, helpful, and always pleasant. He seemed interested in the sights and in us.”

April Wright
Jonesville, WI

Marco Ayala

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Sheila Carpio

“Sheila was special. She could be used to train other tour directors.”

Wayne & Susan Bailey
Lansdale, PA

Ofelia Larco

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Victor Colunga

“Victor was an outstanding tour guide. I felt that he cared about me as a person. Each tour I think, ‘This person was the best.’ However, evidently you obtain excellent tour directors!”

Marianne W. Cardea
Milford, DE

Oscar Oviedo Velasco

“Oscar Oviedo did an outstanding job! He is smart, knowledgeable, and has a great customer service orientation. I felt very well cared for by him. Thank you!”

Barbara Webb
Denver, CO

Ernesto Riedner

“He is the BEST!!”

Gail Becker
Louisville, KY

Tour Directors

Marco Ayala

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Ofelia Larco

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Sheila Carpio

“Sheila was special. She could be used to train other tour directors.”

Wayne & Susan Bailey
Lansdale, PA

Ernesto Riedner

“He is the BEST!!”

Gail Becker
Louisville, KY

Victor Colunga

“Victor was an outstanding tour guide. I felt that he cared about me as a person. Each tour I think, ‘This person was the best.’ However, evidently you obtain excellent tour directors!”

Marianne W. Cardea
Milford, DE

Oscar Oviedo Velasco

“Oscar Oviedo did an outstanding job! He is smart, knowledgeable, and has a great customer service orientation. I felt very well cared for by him. Thank you!”

Barbara Webb
Denver, CO

Efraín Vidalón

“Efrain was courteous, calm, helpful, and always pleasant. He seemed interested in the sights and in us.”

April Wright
Jonesville, WI

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Guest Photos & Testimonials

The BEST itinerary of any vacation. We loved the variety. A great mix of relaxing and energizing events. We learned so much about the cultures from our excellent guides.
Michael Foley & Katherine Sullivan
Greeley, CO
The whole trip was so much more than I could have imagined. There is a tiny bit of hesitation on booking another trip because I just can't believe another trip could be as fine as this one was. I will highly recommend Odysseys small group travel to my friends.
Karla Bjorklund
Fountain Valley, CA
The BEST itinerary of any vacation. We loved the variety. A great mix of relaxing and energizing events. We learned so much about the cultures from our excellent guides.
Michael Foley & Katherine Sullivan
Greeley, CO
The whole trip was so much more than I could have imagined. There is a tiny bit of hesitation on booking another trip because I just can't believe another trip could be as fine as this one was. I will highly recommend Odysseys small group travel to my friends.
Karla Bjorklund
Fountain Valley, CA
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