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Ultimate Peru

Group Size: Max 20

Trip code: TPAT

Duration: 10 days

Twin/triple room accommodation
Explore Machu Picchu!
Loads of included activities

Discover the best of Peru over 10 days on this stellar South American trip! You’ll hike the legendary Inca Trail, tick Machu Picchu off your bucket-list and explore the iconic Maras Salt Mines. As well as visiting incredible historic sites, you’ll soak up the Latin vibes with a tasty cooking class in Cusco and get your adrenaline pumping with a mountain bike experience on Sacred Mountain. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience – alpaca your bags now amigos!

Trip highlights

  • Spend a day in the clouds at magical Machu Picchu
  • Get your adrenaline on with a downhill mountain biking experience on Sacred Mountain
  • Discover the surreal landscapes of vibrant Rainbow Mountain
  • Explore the pretty cobbled streets and colourful markets of Cusco
  • Learn how to weave and make some colourful pottery at a rural artists’ community
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What's included
  • 9 nights’ accommodation
  • 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinner
  • Tour guide
  • Airport pick-up
  • Cusco orientation walk
  • Incan weaving and pottery experience
  • Maras Salt Mines visit
  • Mountain biking down Sacred Mountain
  • Ollantaytambo viewpoint hike
  • Inca train ride
  • Inca Trail (1-day full trek)
  • Inca Trail permit
  • Machu Picchu & guided tour
  • Cooking class
  • All on-trip transport
  • 24-hour emergency support
What's not included
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • International flights
  • Return airport transfer
  • Some meals, plus snacks and drinks
  • Optional activities and excursions
Further trip information

Day 1: Arrive in Cusco. Bienvenida a Peru! One of our friendly team will meet you from the airport and take you to your starting accommodation. Meet the rest of your group this evening for some ceviche and a few pisco sours!

Day 2: Cusco City. Kick off with an orientation walk around Cusco’s pretty cobbled streets. Tuck into some street stall tamales, pick up some colourful souvenirs from the markets, or get your history on with a visit to the Inca and Spanish site of Sacsayhuamán.

Day 3: Cusco local culture. Eat off your hangover with a hearty breakfast before heading to a rural artists’ community. Learn how to weave from the locals and get messy with some clay and paint. Best of all, you’re supporting local communities while you get crafty – everybody’s a winner!

Day 4: Cusco to Ollantaytambo. Our first stop today is the Maras Salt Mines, a mind-boggling system built by the Incas that’s still in use today! Take some killer shots for Insta before upping the adrenaline with a white-knuckle mountain-bike ride down Sacred Mountain!

Day 5: Ollantaytambo. With two Inca ruins, cute cobblestone streets and a mountainous backdrop, ‘Ollanta’ is one of our fave places in Peru! Take a short walk to a viewpoint for some swoon-worthy selfies, then spend the afternoon exploring or just chillax ahead of the Inca trail tomorrow!

Day 6: Ollantaytambo to the Inca Trail. Board the Inca Trail train to Km104 this morning, which is 12 kilometres before the one and only Machu Picchu! Hiking past mist-shrouded mountains and ancient sites high in the Andes, is an experience you won’t forget in a hurry.

Day 7: Machu Picchu to Cusco. Tick off one of the world’s top travel experiences - magical Machu Picchu! No matter how many pics you’ve seen, nothing can prepare you for this. Spend the whole day walking around the awe-inspiring ruins before heading back to Cusco City.

Day 8: Cusco cooking class. Relax this morning after a massive few days. Later on we’ll be sizzling up a storm with a traditional cooking class, where we’ll be slicing and dicing two courses, including a mouth-watering plate of lomo saltado (beef stir-fry) and finishing off with a refreshing pisco sour! 

Day 9: Rainbow Mountain. Today’s big on colour as we take the bus to Rainbow Mountain. Marbled with layers of gold, lavender, red and turquoise, it’s a Dali-esque landscape that’ll light up your Insta like Christmas! Spend all day trekking before heading back to Cusco for one last night with the gang.

Day 10: Adios amigos! Pack your bags, swap numbers and say your goodbyes before heading to the airport. Stay awesome!

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Arrival information

This trip begins and ends in Cusco. Fly into Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) where you’ll be met on day 1 by a member of the local team and transferred to your accommodation. The trip ends on day 10 and you’ll have to make your own way back to the airport, although your tour guide can help with transfers. 

Accommodation & meals

Accommodation

The trip includes 9 nights of accommodation on a twin or triple share basis. You can book additional nights of accommodation before the trip starts at an extra cost.

Meals

9 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinner are included on this tour. You’ll have to buy the rest of your meals yourself. Peruvian cuisine is incredibly varied due to a range of climates and a colonial history. Eating in a range of eateries is a brilliant way of getting to grips with the country’s rich culture.

Minimum age & eligibility

You need to be 18 years or over to book this trip. This trip is designed for 18-35 year olds.

British Nationals don’t need a visa to enter Peru. On arrival you’re usually given permission to stay for up to 183 days. Your passport should be valid for a minimum of 6 months from your date of entry.

Please note: Visa rules are subject to change. It’s your responsibility to ensure that information is valid at the time of travel.

Covid safety

This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:

Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.

Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.

Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.

Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.

Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.

Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.

Healthcare
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.

24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.

It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.