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ANCIENT PERU

From Machu Picchu to Arequipa, discover the old and new in Peru.
Starts AtCusco
Ends AtArequipa
Duration9 days
Group SizeMaximum 16
Physical Rating
Light
Style
Discovery
Starts AtCusco
Ends AtArequipa
Duration9 days
Group SizeMaximum 16
Physical Rating
Light
Style
Discovery
Contact usNeed help choosing your trip or booking? We are here for you.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com
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About Your Trip

Experience Peru like never before on this nine-day trip. Start in Cusco, where you’ll try your hand at a Peruvian cooking class before embarking on a walking tour to see the city’s top sights. We’ll venture to Piuray Lagoon, where you can choose between a kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding session, before heading to the Sacred Valley. We’ll take in Maras and admire the Inca ruins at Moray, followed by a stop at the Incan fortress of Ollantaytambo. Ready for the main event? It’s off to the extraordinary 15th-century ruins of Machu Picchu, high in the Andes Mountains. Snap incredible photos at Colca Canyon before finishing in Arequipa. Your last sendoff is a foodie tour of the city’s sizzling picanterias (local lunch restaurants). All of our trips are flightless in destination, with 100% of all carbon emissions offset. It's just part of how we see the world while being good to it.

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Trip Highlights

  • 1
    Cook up local dishes in a Peruvian culinary class in Cusco
  • 2
    Kayak or stand-up paddleboard around Piuray Lagoon
  • 3
    Explore the Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley
  • 4
    Soak up the iconic vistas at Machu Picchu
  • 5
    Spot condors on a spectacular Colca Canyon trek
  • 6
    Eat your way through Arequipa’s best picanterias

Your Itinerary

What's Included

  • Eight nights accommodation
  • Eight breakfasts
  • Seven lunches
  • Two dinners
  • Half-day local market tour and cooking class in Cusco
  • Half-day Cusco walking tour
  • Kayak or stand-up paddleboard at Piuray Lagoon
  • Weaving session at the Parwa Cultural Center
  • Full day exploring Maras, Moray and Ollantaytambo (with lunch)
  • Mayu Coffee Experience
  • Full day excursion to Machu Picchu
  • Excursion to La Cruz del Condor
  • Abra de Patapampa viewpoint stop to see the volcanoes
  • Picanteria tour
  • Walking city tour of Arequipa, with Santa Catalina Convent
  • Airport transfers from CUZ, to AQP

What's Not Included

  • Visas
    • Travel insurance
      • Flights to and from the destination

        CUSTOMER REVIEWS

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        From our current customers
        Culture Trip exceeded all my expectations for my trip to Egypt. The itinerary was a perfect combination of historical sites and cultural events - you truly get a feel of how the people live and the diversity of the culture and history. Each day had exciting activities that perfectly fit with each region of the country, and I was blessed to share this experience with 5 individuals who started as strangers and ended as good friends. 
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        John (US)
        This was the first time we booked a tour and it was incredible. Culture Trip put together a very diverse itinerary which included biking, hiking, (tourist) boat ride, (local) ferry ride, tram ride, (local) bus ride. Small group made for quick and easy transfers. Our Local Insider/Tour guide was extremely helpful, knowledgeable and enthusiastic! Our next adventure will be with Culture Trip!
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        Lori (US)
        I don’t normally “do” tours so was dubious but the expertise of the local expert (& his back up at base) combined with the range of the itinerary really impressed me. I really went for the food element but the locations visited were spectacular and, as an independent traveler,I know it would have taken me weeks to cover a visit as varied as this.
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        Accommodation

        Antigua Casona San Blas (or similar)

        This boutique hotel, in the heart of Cusco, blends tradition with modern charm. Hand-carved wood furniture features throughout the rooms, some of which are located in the newly restored casona – which dates back to the late 1700s. The property offers yoga classes and an array of massages in the spa, a perfect way to unwind after a long day exploring Cusco.

        Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay Hotel (or similar)

        You’ll find this 18th-century monastery in a unique natural setting, at the foot of a mountain. History seeps through the property, with wooden flooring and exposed beams or wood-panelled ceilings in the rooms. The courtyard, filled with flowers, is the perfect spot to sit back and relax.

        El Mapi (or similar)

        El Mapi is a sleek, contemporary hotel, with excellent access to Machu Picchu. High ceilings and panoramic windows let in plenty of natural light, and rooms are kitted out with all the modern comforts any traveller needs. The on-site Spa del Bosque features a pine sauna, heated plunge pool and hydration zone, along with an array of treatments.

        El Refugio (or similar)

        This refuge is a real oasis: it’s located along the Colca River, among the mountains and gardens, and with views of pollution-free starry skies at night. The rustic-style rooms are simply decorated, but each features a small terrace with a view of the surrounding landscape. If you need to relax, look no further – El Refugio is one of the few hotels in the area to boast their own private natural hot springs.

        Casa Andina Premium Arequipa (or similar)

        This historic hotel, home to the Peruvian National Mint for several years in the late 1930s, dates back 225 years. Cosy rooms are traditionally furnished, with modern amenities. The location in Arequipa can’t be beat: it’s just five minutes away from the Plaza de Armas, the main square in the city.

        Contact usNeed help choosing your trip or booking? We are here for you.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com
        Contact usNeed help choosing your trip or booking? We are here for you.Phone (UK): +44 (0)1630 350001Phone (USA): +1 (678) 967 4965Email: tripssupport@theculturetrip.com