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Peru with Indico

2 Weeks in Peru

Enjoy Peru's landscapes, food, history and people!

Length

13 Days

Group size

4-12 travellers

Peru for Insiders

2 Reviews

Trip highlights

Hike the Inca Trail

See Machu Picchu before day trippers

Homestay in a village

Explore the Sacred Valley

The "Indico Travels" experience

Designed for people in their 30s and 40s

Peruvian food in trendy restaurants

Pisco sour cocktail class

Discover locals' favourite spots

Several of us at Indico Travels live or have lived in Peru - and we want to show you the very best the country has to offer! We mix the traditional highlights, such as Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley of the Incas with contemporary highlights, such as dinner at one of Lima's best restaurants and a cocktail making class.

This tour is great for foodies as you'll get to sample a large range of fantastic Peruvian cuisine in a variety of venues - from rustic and simple to fancy. Challenge yourself while hiking the Inca trail, enjoy the nightlife of Lima and Arequipa, and connect with locals during a homestay by Lake Titicaca.

See Peru in a way you couldn't by yourself. Join us in Peru for Insiders!

Animal crossing
Machu Picchu
Ccotos

Map

Itinerary

Cala Lima
Cala Lima
Cala Lima

Dine in a trendy restaurant

Meals included: Dinner

Transportation: Private Taxi (0:30h), Private Bus (0:30h)

Our adventure in Peru begins! At the airport, a driver awaits to take you to your hotel in the funky neighbourhood of Barranco.

Later, say hola to your co-travellers and guide! You're in one of the tastiest countries in the world - Peruvian cuisine has taken the world by storm in recent years. Get your first taste of exquisite local food at one of our favourite trendy restaurants in Lima, Cala. Enjoy a view of the ocean while getting to know your group over modern Peruvian dishes.

Lima bike ride
Lima Barranco
yper Lima

Explore Lima by bike

Visit limeños' favourite places

Meals included: Breakfast

Transportation: Private Bus (0:30h), Bicycle (4:00h)

Today we'll explore Lima's main cultural areas by bike. We ride past beautiful houses that once were inhabited by renowned writers, painters and musicians as we hear more about the city's history. Get a feel for the city by visiting limeños favourite places to hang out, and enjoying a snack in a traditional neighbourhood café.

In the evening, head out to enjoy vibrant Barranco, Lima's most popular night life area, with its excellent bars and diverse music and shows.

Santa Catalina
Santa Catalina
Santa Catalina

Colourful Santa Catalina Monastery

Fly to Arequipa

Meals included: Breakfast

Transportation: Private Bus (1:00h), Local Flight (1:30h)

Fly across the Andes to Peru's second-largest city, Arequipa. Nestled in the mountains, Arequipa is known for its beautiful colonial buildings that are made of rare white lava. The picturesque city is surrounded by 3 volcanos that are sometimes capped with snow.

Santa Catalina Monastery is a must-see for photography fans in Arequipa! The large citadel was built in the 16th century and was home to nuns of Spanish or Spanish/Peruvian descent. Today, its bright blue, red and yellow alleys and sweet flower pots invite you to wander around peacefully, catching glimpses into past lives in the old kitchen and other rooms.

Later, you're free to enjoy Arequipa's night-life. Our haunts include those on Calle San Francisco (like Deja Vu), or you can watch the sun set from one of the fancier bars overlooking the main square.

Arequipa
Ceviche cooking
Arequipa Market

Cook ceviche with a view

Visit the local market

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Transportation: By Foot (1:00h)

After waking up in the so-called White City, we first dive into a colourful food market. Let your guide show you some delicious specialties.

Then you meet our local friend. He's got the keys to a private location that he's looking forward to showing us! So let's climb up to a private terrace, which has a fantastic view of colonial buildings.

Surprise: you're making your own meal up here! The prettiest place to learn to make your Peru's most famous dish, ceviche. This flavoursome fresh fish dish is sure to impress your friends when you replicate it back home. Enjoy!

Animal crossing
Colca Canyon
Aguas termales

Arrive in the Colca Canyon

Soak in thermal baths

Meals included: Breakfast

Transportation: Private Bus (3:30h)

Today it's time for a change of scenery - the bus winds its way through the Andes to the stunning Colca Canyon. The small mountain town of Chivay awaits. Stroll to the fruit market before heading to the thermal baths to take a relaxing soak. Enjoy the views and quiet surroundings of Chivay, which offer a wonderful space to breathe.

Ccotos
Colca Condor
Lake Titicaca

Homestay in Ccotos village

Hike along the canyon

Spot mighty condors flying

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Transportation: Private Bus (5:00h), By Foot (3:00h)

The early bird will catch the bird! Get up at dawn on a mission. We're off to spot the Andean condor, the bird that the Colca Canyon is famous for, and a majestic sight with its 3m (7 foot) wingspan! We hike through the hills to the Cruz del Condor viewpoint, where we will have the best chance of watching the giants soar through the sky.

Afterwards, enjoy the landscape of Peru as it changes around you on our journey East. We're welcomed with open arms by the villagers of Ccotos, who live by Lake Titicaca. We'll be staying with host families, to gain unique insight into rural life in Peru. Your stay there supports the community.

The village has prepared a feast and invites the whole group to come together for dinner in the town hall.

Peru Bolivien Rundreise Uros
Uros islands
Uros islands

Learn about Ccotos lifestyle

Floating Uros Islands

Boat ride on Lake Titicaca

Meals included: Breakfast

Transportation: Public Bus (8:00h), Boat (1:00h)

Rise and shine at your Ccotos home! After breakfast, the community tells you more about the local way of life, about village traditions and life by the lake. You thank your hosts and wave them a fond goodbye as your journey continues.

Time to get out on Lake Titicaca, that reaches all the way to Bolivia! Visit the Uros Islands, unique islands made of totora reeds, that float on the lake. Local people create their huts, furniture and boats with totora. So unusual!

In the evening, we hop on an overnight bus. Lie back in your cozy sleeper seat and snooze through the journey to our next destination.

Sacsayhuaman
Cuzco
Cuzco

Explore Sacsayhuamán ruins

Walking tour of Cuzco

Meals included: Breakfast

Transportation: Private Bus (0:30h), By Foot (2:00h)

We arrive in Cuzco, the capital of the Incan, empire early in the morning. Our hotel rooms are already ready.

Later, it's time to see the key highlights of the most visited city in Peru. We start in Koricancha (the Temple of the Sun), the most important temple for the Incas. You'll see impressive Inca architecture and constructions, including a famous stone with twelve angles, which demonstrates how skilled Inca builders were. We'll marvel at colossal Sacsayhuamán fortress. Its main wall was built in zigzag with giant stones up to 5 meters high and 2.5 meters wide, between 90 and 125 tons of weight. We'll also visit Tambomachay site, also known as Baños del Inca (baths of the Incas) and of course the buzzing main square!

In the evening, mingle with other travellers in Cuzco's many bars.

Maras Peru
Chinchero
Sacred Valley

Sacred Valley of the Incas tour

Meals included: Breakfast

Transportation: Private Bus (4:00h)

With a private coach and a local guide, you set off into Urubamba Valley – the so-called Sacred Valley of the Incas, that is full of interesting sites. Pass by the old estate of Chinchero at an altitude of 3,760 meters. Where the Inca king Tupac Yupanqui once ruled, you can now witness the traditional Peruvian craft of wool dyeing and processing.

A stop in Moray will allow you to explore a terraced, circular farming complex that served as a research centre for the Inca. Next, see how salt was extracted from the imposing white salt terraces of Maras. On the final leg of the day, take in the vast Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo before exploring the narrow streets of this Inca city at your own pace, and sleeping there.

Inca Trail
Machu Picchu
Inca Trail

Famous view of Machu Picchu

Day hike along the Inca Trail

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Transportation: Train (1:00h), Private Bus (0:30h), By Foot (7:00h)

Get your hiking boots on! Today you're taking a long walk along the famous Inca Trail, that inhabitants and visitors used to take to Machu Picchu. You'll walk along ancient paths, through a lush green landscape, imagining how things may have changed since then. After about three hours, look forward to a picnic among the ruins of Wiñay Wayna.

You push on, your destination motivating you. Climb through a mystical cloud forest to finally reach the Sun Gate, the highest point of your hike at 2,750 meters. From here, you can enjoy the famous breathtaking view of Machu Picchu, nestled between green mountains. You made it! By the way, this is where everyone takes their Tinder profile picture - whether you're a Tinderer or not, make sure to get that must-have photo of you with the lost Inca city!

We're leaving the proper visit of Machu Picchu to tomorrow, after some well-earned rest. Make a short descent and hop into your coach, which will take you to your hotel in the town of Aguas Calientes.

Machu picchu
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu

Discover Machu Picchu

Meals included: Breakfast

Transportation: Train (2:00h), Private Bus (2:00h)

Jump out of bed bright and early - we're headed to Machu Picchu before the day trippers arrive! Our favourite time to see the ruins is the morning, when mysterious fog still lingers, giving the site a magical air. Today you'll explore the site properly, with a guide, learning more about the detective hunt that started when the ruins came to the attention of the archaeological world. What were the different structures used for, why are the steps so deep?

Take your time to look around and enjoy the beautiful scenery of this special place.

In the afternoon, we head back to Aguas Calientes, where we start our journey back to Cusco.

Shopping
Pisco shaking
Pisco sour

Farewell dinner in popular restaurant

Learn to make pisco sour

Free day in Cuzco

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today you have a free day to enjoy the city and do some last minute souvenir shopping.

In the evening, reunite with your group and guide in a cool restaurant. Head straight to the bar to mix your own drink! Learn how to shake up Peru's national cocktail, pisco sour. You toast to your trip and dig into a tasty last dinner together. Salud!

Rainbow mountain

Meals included: Breakfast

Your Peruvian adventure has come to an end! Full of new memories, and probably with a pair of alpaca socks, you head home.

..or do you want to visit Rainbow Mountain? Check our optional extension!

Rainbow mountain

1 Day

Bookable: Rainbow Mountain Trek & Extra Night

Rainbow Mountain is a colourful eye-catcher that many would love to see - in fact, it's amongst National Geographic's "100 Places to See Before you Die"! As the trek there can be physically challenging, we're leaving it up to you to decide whether you'd like to go after your group tour of Peru. Rainbow Mountain, or Vinicunca, was only discovered recently, when snow melted and revealed its unique pattern. The colours come from minerals that have different colours, including turquoise, lavendar and gold. Come see it for yourself on this shared tour!

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USD 156

Inti Raymi

1 Day

Bookable: Inti Raymi Festival (24th June) & Extra Night

Have you ever wanted to travel back in time, to experience past empires? This is your chance. Feel like you've travelled to the height of the Inca empire during Inti Raymi! Spend the day taking part in the festivities at Sacsayhuamán to get a fascinating insight into Inca beliefs in 3D. Please note this is a shared tour with other travellers from outside the group, maximum group size is 20 people.

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USD 339

Dates & Prices

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The trip includes accommodation in a shared twin room. Treat yourself to a private single room for USD 389!

What's included

All listed activities & entrance fees (except those highlighted as optional)

Daily breakfast, as well as meals marked as "included" in the daily itinerary

Tour guide throughout (English speaking)

Accommodation in a shared twin room

Single room available for an additional fee, depending on availability

Transfer from Lima airport to the hotel on day 1

Compensation of CO2 emissions of the trip (incl. for your international flights)

What's not included

International flights (please only book when we have confirmed your tour will take place)

Tips & gratuities

Reviews

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James S

Peru for Insiders

I had a fantastic time in Peru! Breathtakingly beautiful scenery, delicious food, great people, amazing activities and visits to some amazing Inca sites! What more could one ask for? My personal favourite moments of the trip where visiting colca canyon to view the condors soaring over spectacular views, the mini hike to get back and to top it off a afternoon of relax in thermal baths! And the icing on the cake of the whole trip....The Inca trail! Seeing Machu Picchu appear infront of us as the sun sets on the view point after a day hike! Truly unforgettable!! Thank you Indico

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Aimee E

Peru for Insiders

Peru ist ein großes Land, in dem es viel zu tun gibt, und diese Reise war wirklich gut durchdacht und gut ausgearbeitet. Ich wäre niemals in der Lage gewesen, diese Reise alleine zu organisieren. Hier werden Sie viel leckeres Essen essen, viel frische Luft schnappen und viele unglaubliche Erinnerungen sammeln. Ich habe es sehr geschätzt, dass wir vom Titicacasee nach Cusco aufgestiegen und dann wieder abgestiegen sind, so dass wir für den Inkapfad gut akklimatisiert waren. Es war ein ziemlich aktiver Urlaub mit einigen frühen Morgenstunden, aber es gab auch Gelegenheiten, es ruhig angehen zu lassen. Die Thermalquellen nach unserem Besuch im Colca Canyon waren z.B. einfach perfekt. Die Tageswanderung auf dem Inkapfad war unglaublich, und obwohl man kein erfahrener Wanderer sein muss, würde ich empfehlen, vor der Reise ein paar Wanderungen von ca. 10 km zu unternehmen, wenn man kann. Unser Reiseleiter hatte Ersatz-Wanderstöcke dabei, die ich vorher noch nie benutzt hatte, die ich aber beim Erklimmen der Stufen sehr nützlich fand. Der Aufenthalt bei Gregorio und seiner Familie am Titicacasee war auch etwas ganz Besonderes - ich fand es toll, dass ich die Gelegenheit hatte, sie kennen zu lernen. Wenn möglich, würde ich auch empfehlen, so viel Spanisch zu lernen, wie es möglich ist. Wenn Sie sich wie ich auch für Stricken und/oder Häkeln interessieren, werden Sie viel Freude und Inspiration finden :) Unser Reiseleiter kam aus Cusco, und so war es eine tolle Erfahrung, von ihm durch die Gegend geführt zu werden, und wir erhielten einige ausgezeichnete Empfehlungen. Ich fand es toll, während unserer Reise etwas über die Geschichte des Landes zu erfahren. Insgesamt hat mir dieses Indico-Abenteuer sehr gut gefallen und ich kann es nur empfehlen!

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Aimee E

Peru for Insiders

Peru is a big country packed with things to do, and this was a really thoughtful and well-crafted itinerary. I would never be able to organise this trip alone. Here you will eat lots of delicious food, get lots of fresh air, and make lots of incredible memories. I really appreciated the way we climbed elevation, and then dropped down in altitude from Lake Titicaca into Cusco thus ensuring we were well acclimatised for the Inca trail. This was quite an active holiday with some early mornings, but there were opportunities to take it easy. E.g. the thermal springs after our visit to Colca Canyon was just perfect. The Inca trail day-hike was incredible, and whilst you don't need to be an experienced hiker I'd recommend if you can doing a couple of hikes around 10km before your trip. Our guide had spare walking poles, which I'd never used before but I found very useful when climbing the steps. Staying with Gregorio and his family by Lake Titicaca was also extremely special - I loved having the opportunity to get to know them. If possible, I'd also recommend learning as much Spanish as you're able to. If like me you're also into knitting and/or crochet you will get a lot of excitement and inspiration as well :) Our guide was from Cusco, and so being shown this area by him was a great experience and we got some excellent recommendations. I loved learning about the history of the country throughout our trip. Overall I absolutely loved this Indico adventure, & I highly recommend it!

FAQs

A visa is not required for most major countries for touristic visits lasting less than 90 days, but you must hold a passport valid at least six months on entry with one blank visa page. Please also hold proof of onward/return flights. Please always double-check with your local authorities to confirm that the entry requirements haven't changed.

On October 27, 2022 Peru lifted its Covid entry requirements as well as all other regulations, and restrictions that were in place to avoid the spreading of Covid. Therefore you don't need to show your vaccination certificate.

You may be required to wear face masks on public transport or select other places during the tour - your guide will let you know. It's recommended to comply with other biosafety measures (like distancing, handwashing, ventilation).

Be sure to check the COVID requirements for any countries of transit along your flight route.

Last updated: 22.05.2023

As a tour operator, we are not allowed to give specific vaccination recommendations for liability reasons. We strongly recommend that you consult your local doctor or, even better, a qualified doctor specialized in tropical diseases in good time before your trip. Here are some relevant links for residents of several countries: UK: Gov.uk, USA: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Germany: Auswärtiges Amt.

Please note that for our Colombia tour, a yellow fever vaccination is not mandatory.

As soon as we have confirmed that the minimum number of participants for your trip has been reached and the trip is therefore guaranteed to take place, you can book your flights. The trip will be confirmed or cancelled at least 45 days before departure. We will be happy to give you tips on booking flights! By the way: it is in our interest to fill the trips as soon as possible, so we do our best to confirm them as soon as possible.

A trip is guaranteed to take place when the minimum number of participants has been reached. If you have already booked before the minimum number of participants has been reached, we will let you know, so you can book your flights. We will confirm or cancel the trip no later than 45 days before the scheduled departure date. If a trip has to be cancelled unexpectedly, you will of course receive a 100% refund of your deposit or any other payments made.

This tour is a fairly active tour, and great for people who enjoy hiking. There are several hikes during the tour, most notably the one-day Inca trail (7 hours - but you can skip this) and a 3-hour hike in the Colca Canyon. You don't need to be a fitness fanatic to take part in the tour, but to take part in all hikes, you'll be someone who works out once a week and enjoys moving.

If you aren't to keen on the idea of hiking for 7 hours, you may choose to take a train straight to Aguas Calientes and skip the Inca Trail if you prefer, you'll see Machu Picchu in its glory the next day with the group.

Note that many of the locations we visit are situated at quite a high altitude, which adds to the physical exertion. The route we take, via Arequipa, does help your body acclimatize step by step, and make sure you're hydrating to help your body adapt.

Peru for Insiders

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