Classic Peru

9 Days | Experience classic Peru touring South America's ancient Inca sites

4.9 out of 5 based on 51 reviews submitted.
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Visit South America and travel to Peru on an adventure from mountains to jungle, and seasides to great plains. Visit Peru's incredible natural and historical highlights on this awesome adventure. Retrace the steps of the Incas to Machu Picchu, admire colonial cities, explore vibrant markets, and meet the locals in this South American country with a difference. Return home with incredible memories of the panoramas and people of Peru.

Trip overview

Map of Classic Peru including Peru
Start
Lima, Peru
Finish
Lima, Peru
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Peru
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
GGSD
This trip generates 80.86 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Discover the breadth of Peru's diverse heritage, from the gorgeous Spanish colonial architecture of Lima to the Aymara and Quechuan Indian cultures of Puno
  • Marvel at the mother of all Inca cities, magical Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided tour of the ruins and free time to explore on your own
  • Enjoy plenty of time in gorgeous Cusco, the perfect place to launch into further outdoor adventures, or simply relax and take in mountain views
  • The floating reed islands of Uros on Lake Titicaca are astounding in concept, construction, and history. Take a boat tour on the world's highest navigable lake and stay with a local family there
  • At Intrepid we’ve always been about balancing profit and purpose and as the largest B Corp certified operator on the Inca Trail we’re committed to operating our treks for the benefit of all – join us and help make the world a better place.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip visits places that are at high altitude, and as a result some people can suffer from altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health. Please see the ‘Health’ section of the Essential Trip information (ETI) for more important information on this.
  • The facilities are basic at your homestay on Lake Titicaca. While creature comforts are few and far between while you're there, many travellers find the experience a rich and rewarding one.
  • According to Machu Picchu visiting regulations, all visitors must follow a pre-determined route within the site. This route must be followed in one direction only, and once the guided visit commences exiting and re-entering the site is not permitted. Once the guided visit concludes, visitors must exit the site and personal exploration of Machu Picchu is not permitted. Please refer to the itinerary for details.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2024 - 31 December 2024

Map of Classic Peru including Peru

Inclusions

Meals

8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Transport

Plane, Train, Boat, Taxi, Private Vehicle, Public bus

Accommodation

Hotel (8 nights), Homestay (1 night)

Activities
  • Lima - Leader-led walking tour
  • Cusco - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Cusco - Chocolate Museum Visit & Hot Chocolate
  • Sacred Valley - Community visit & lunch
  • Machu Picchu - Entrance and guided tour
  • Lake Titicaca - Boat tour & Homestay
Add on activities
  • Lima - Archaeological Museum (entrance fee) - PEN15
  • Lima - Museum of the Inquisition - Free
  • Lima - Gold Museum Admission Fee - PEN35
  • Lima - Museo de la Nacion (entrance fee) - PEN10
  • Lima - Private Lima: Home Cooked Tour Urban Adventure (Based on 2 participants) - USD85
  • Lima - Coast Biking Tour - Urban Adventure (Price based on 2 participants) - USD52
  • Lima - Lima Discovery + San Francisco and Pisco Sour - Urban Adventures (Price based on 2 participants) - USD39
  • Lima - Bohemian Barranco (Based on 4 participants) - USD75
  • Lima - Lima Water Show (Based on 4 participants) - USD40
  • Lima - Lima Eat Street (Based on 4 participants) - USD75
  • Lima - Private Larco Museum (Based on 4 participants) - USD50
  • Cusco - Cusco Cooking Class - USD70
  • Lima - Lima Pisco Making (Based on 4 participants) - USD35
  • Lima - Private: Home Cooked Tour Ceviche experience Urban Adventure (Based on 2 Participants) - USD85
  • Cusco - Full Boleto Turistico Pass (access to 16 archaeological sites, transport & guides not included) - PEN135
  • Cusco - Half Boleto Turistico Pass (access to selected archaeological sites, transport & guides not included) - PEN75
  • Cusco - City tour and 4 Ruins (min 4 people) - USD40
  • Cusco - Pre-Colombian Museum - PEN20
  • Cusco - Inca Museum (entrance fee) - PEN10
  • Cusco - Cathedral Entrance Fee - PEN40
  • Cusco - Coricancha Temple (entrance fee) - PEN15
  • Cusco - Pisco Making Urban Adventure (Based on 2 participants) - USD57
  • Cusco - Rainbow Mountain Hike (Based on 4 participants) - USD105
  • Cusco - Full Day Via Ferrata & Zipline - USD95
  • Cusco - Full Day Stand Up Paddle Boarding (Based on 4 participants) - USD85
  • Cusco - Humantay Lake Hike (Based on 4 participants) - USD130
  • Sacred Valley - Mountain Biking (Price Based on 2 Participants) - USD170
  • Cusco - Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain Hike (Based on 4 paticipants) - USD100

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Important notes

1. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport) for train tickets. Fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing new tickets.
2. This trip starts with a welcome meeting at 2 pm on Day 1 in Lima . This trip ends on Day 09 and you are free to leave at any time.
3. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 07 (Lake Titicaca) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
4. Mask wearing is mandatory in Peru during Covid period as part of the local regulation. Travelers will be required to wear masks in situations where they are unable to physically distance themselves from other group members, whether hiking, in public gathering areas such as campsites or when visiting local communities or on public transports.
5. Parts of your trip go above 2800 meters / 9200 feet where it is common for travelers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude - regardless of your age, gender and fitness. Please consult your doctor for professional advice about travelling at high altitude if you have a health condition.
6. Please ensure you have a day pack or small overnight bag in addition to your main luggage. This will be needed for the Homestay at Lake Titicaca and the night in Aguas Calientes, as you will be leaving your main luggage back at the hotels in Puno and Cusco respectively.

Essential Trip Information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 51 reviews submitted.
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Cheryl · Traveled November 2023
An organized tour of the highlights of Peru. Loved the home visit on Lake Titicaca. We appreciated specific guides for Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. Shirley was a knowledgeable and helpful leader.
Review submitted 19 Nov 2023

David · Traveled October 2023
It was a wonderful world wind tour through the highlights of the fantastic and intriguing country of Peru, from the capital to Machu Pichu , the highlands of beautiful Cusco and a home stay on lake Titikaka I will never forget!
Review submitted 20 Oct 2023

Jabulani · Traveled October 2023
From the food/restaurant choices, to the tour guide, and the beauty of Peru itself, this is one of the best trips you could take whether by yourself or with family!
Review submitted 20 Oct 2023

AIDAN · Traveled October 2023
Although a short trip with a lot of travel involved there is a great opportunity to understand Peru better. I'm sure, as for me, Machu Picchu is a high objective for anyone visiting Peru and they won't be disappointed. But the piece that I will take home to share with my family is most likely to be the interactions with local people, be they hotel staff, restaurant staff, street vendors or in particular the 'moms' in the homestay. It ahs been a truly memorable journey!
Review submitted 21 Oct 2023

Chelsea · Traveled September 2023
I went on my first ever Intrepid tour to Peru - my first time in South America. It was a fantastic experience! The booking, organisation, priority of our health and safety at all times, and concern for our comfort was exceptional. Our tour guide was passionate, knowledgeable, friendly, and made us feel like a family! I would highly recommend Intrepid.
Review submitted 01 Oct 2023
Classic Peru
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