Peru Classic Program 16 Day

US$ 2660* per person domestic flights included

From the marine wonders of Pacific Ocean through ancient desert cultures of the Nazca and up on the spectacular Mountain heights of the Andes, Peru is a nation of awesome landscapes and diverse living cultures. In our 16 day Peru Classic Program Itinerary we investigate the offer 2 ½ weeks of action packed adventures, from flying low over huge and mysterious forms of the Nazca Lines, carved into the vast and empty desert to watching thousands of playful sealions and even dolphins surrounding the rich seas of the Ballestas Islands.

In Cusco, Ancient Capital of the magnificent Inca Empire we discover Peru’s living culture and magnificent ancient monuments. We visit the inspiring and beautiful ‘Lost City of the Incas’, Machu Picchu, located in an awesome location on an Andean Ridgetop, surrounded on 3 sides by steep forested canyons and often enveloped by the clouds themselves. Often enveloped by mists rising from the Amazon Basin, Machu Picchu is truely a ‘city in the clouds’. The reasons why it was abandoned are still a mystery, but our guided tours throughout the journey provide an intimate understanding of Peru’s living and ancient cultures, landscapes and wildlife.

Day By Day Itinerary

Day 1: Lima.

Arriving in Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport you will be met by a Machete Tours representative and transferred to your comfortable hotel in the Miraflores district of the capital city. The afternoon/evening is left free to relax or explore you surrounds.

Jose Antonio Hotel****

Day 2: Lima to Pisco.

At 9am we begin a guided trip of Lima’s old colonial centre, taking in the main square, the Cathedral and the Plaza San Martin amongst other highlights. In the early afternoon we leave Lima behind and head South passing through a rugged coastal desert landscape and small fishing villages. We arrive in Pisco were we spend the night in our hotel (B, L).

Posada del Emancipador Paracas***

Day 3: The Ballestas Islands and Nazca.

Following breakfast we will be transported to Pisco’s seafront where we board our boat for a voyage to the Ballestas Islands, home to huge populations of marine wildlife including pelicans, penguins and sealions.

After lunch (at your own cost) we continue our Peru Classic Programsouthwards to the town of Nazca arriving in the late afternoon. Overnight in our comfortable hotel (B).

Hotel Alegria Nazca***

Day 4: Nazca to Arequipa.

We board our small plane for a low altitude flight over the Nazca Lines. Our flight provides a remarkable perspective on these geometrical shapes and animal forms, many of which are hundreds of meters across. Bus to Arequipa. Overnight in our lovely colonial hotel (B, L).

Sonesta Posada del Inca****

Day 5: Free morning – Arequipa Tour and Santa Catalina Convent.

Afternoon tour of this very special city, constructed almost entirely of a white volcanic rock. The snow capped volcanoes of Misti (5,822m), and Chachani (6,057m) tower over the city. After visiting the beautiful main square we visit Arequipa’s best known attraction, the Santa Catalina convent. (B).

Day 6: Arequipa to Colca Canyon.

Travelling by bus we cross a spectacular high altitude plain, the altiplano. The town of Chivay acts as the entrance point to the Colca Canyon, and we arrive here in the afternoon. Two spectacular volcanoes dominate the skyline around town. We travel to the thermal baths to sooth any travel aches and pains (B, L).

Hotel Pozo del Cielo Colca***+

Day 7: Colca Canyon to Puno.

At Cruz del Condor, a magnificent viewpoint overlooking one of the deepest sections of the Colca Canyon and is an excellent place to see Andean Condors, the world’s largest flying bird. Continue our Peru Classic Program by bus to Puno on the shores of the dramatic high altitude lake of Titicaca (B).

Hotel La Hacienda Plaza Puno***+

Day 8: Puno to Amantani Island (Lake Titicaca).

By boat we visit the villages of the Uros tribe – a people highly evolved to living in this watery environment. Constructing boats and houses from the reeds of the lake Moving on we arrive at the peaceful island of Amantani where we will spend the night in the company of local families. (B, L, D).

Day 9: Amantani to Puno.

Leaving Amantani we visit Taquile Island, an island dominated by ancient Inca terraces where we will see a demonstration of traditional weaving techniques. We re-board our boat and head for Puno and our lakeside hotel for a final tranquil night on Titicaca’s shores (B, L).

Day 10: Puno to Cusco.

Today on our Peru Classic Program we journey to Cusco, formally the capital of the Inca Empire and today an elegant, thriving multi-cultural city. On route we visit many historic sites including the ruins of the Temple of Viracocha, one of Incas most sacred sites. The evening is free to explore the Cusco’s lively nightlife (B, L).

Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco*****

Day 11: Cuzco.

Afternoon guided tour of the Cuzco and its surrounds, taking in the city’s most impressive monuments, both Inca and Colonial and putting these in the context of the truly cataclysmic events that played out here in the 16th Century, when two of the world’s great cultures collided. Evening free (B).

Day 12: Cusco – Free Day.

Today’s Peru Classic Program is free to relax and enjoy the sights, sounds and easy going cultural mix that is Cusco. Come the evening we meet up in a local restaurant for dinner and a fun evening of music and traditional dancing (B, D).

Day 13: Cusco, Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour.

We take a tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Soon after leaving Cusco the magnificent peaks of Vilcanota Mountain Range reveal their jagged glacial forms. We visit the market town’s of Pisac and Ollantaytambo overlooked by an Inca fortress and spectacular terraces. We return to Cusco for the night (B, L).

Day 14: Cusco to Aguas Calientes.

We board special train service to Aguas Calientes, the small town located beneath the spectacular ruins of Machu Picchu World Heritage Site. On arrival we check in to our hotel and take a guided walk of the surrounding Cloud Forest eco-system (B, L).

Hotel Inti Inn Machu Picchu***

Day 15: Aguas Calientes to Cusco.

Visit the awesome Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, a site straddling a mountain top at more at 2380 m above sea level and surrounded by misty cloud forest covered peaks and incredible views. After a guided tour you will have time to explore the ruins on your own. Returning to Cusco you have the evening free to relax (B).

Day 16: Cusco, Lima and your flight home.

Flight to Lima. On arrival in the capital you’ll be met and transferred to the Miraflores district where you can relax and explore the shops, restaurants and markets until meeting to be driven to Lima’s International Airport and your flight home. (B).

Peru Classic Program 16 Day


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We visit the world’s highest navigable lake, Titicaca, visiting the floating ‘islands’ of the ingenious Uros people and traditional communities on Amantani and Taquile, witnessing lifestyles that have changed little since before the arrival of the conquistadors. From lakes suspended nearly 4km above sealevel we visit the plunging Canyon of Colca, one the deepest on Earth. Here we witnesses the world’s largest flying bird, the Andean Condor soaring above the depths on 3m wings, a moment not easily forgotten. Machete Tours Peru Classic Program offers action packed and fascinating insight into one of Latin America’s most engaging countries.

As on all Our  tours, you´re taken care of from beginning to end – airport/dock transfers and domestic flights are included!

Depart any day and customize your Peru tour at no extra charge! We are family tour specialists.

  • Private airport pickup at the beginning of trip and drop off at end of the trip
  • Southern Crossings bilingual guide
  • Domestic flights – Lima-Puerto Maldonado, Puerto Maldonado-Cusco, Cuzco-Lima
  • Seven nights of 3 star hotel accommodation, three nights of camping (on the Inca Trail), two nights 3 star jungle lodge accommodation, one night family stay on Lake Titicaca
  • Four day Inca Trail excursion –  including bilingual guide, food, cooks, porters, tent, sleeping bag and mat
  • Guided tour between Cusco and Puno, including buffet lunch
  • Private two-day Lake Titicaca excursion
  • Three day rainforest lodge excursion
  • Six breakfasts, seven lunches, and six dinners while on Inca Trail, rainforest and Amantani Island excursions
  • Breakfast – included every morning with your hotel stay
  • The Cusco Visitor’s Ticket – which includes entrance to the ruins in and around Cusco and the Sacred Valley, and many churches and museums in Cusco
  • Private Machu Picchu excursion – including bilingual guide, round trip train fare, transportation to/from ruins/Aguas Calientes, and entrance to the Machu Picchu sanctuary
  • Private Lima city tour
  • Private Cusco city tour
  • 24 hour customer support line while on tour

Travel Insurance is not included – a good policy covering all tour activities and possible health emergencies is
highly recommended and should be considered a priority.
International flights can be purchased independently or by consulting Machete Tours.
• Tipping is expected in Peru (although this is not essential).
• Airport Tax for international flights (currently $35).
• Meals not specified in the program
• Alcoholic beverages

  • Required documents

    All travelers to Peru are required to have a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry. Visas are not required for E.U., U.S., Canadian, Australian or New Zealand passport holders. For other nationalities, please consult the nearest Peruvian embassy or consulate. An onward ticket and proof of funds may also be required at entry and should be available to show to immigration. Traveler’s checks, currency, or a bank statement, from the bank or printed off the internet, are sufficient for proof of funds.

    Required immunizations

    Travelers may wish to receive hepatitis vaccinations and should be current on all other standard vaccinations. The rainforest area of Peru (approx. 3500 ft. and below, east of the Andes) is a malarial and yellow fever zone. The yellow fever vaccination is reccomended and travelers may wish to take malarial prophylaxis. Please consult your physician or local health department for more information.

    Things to bring

    One should come prepared for outdoor activity at temperatures ranging from 35° to 85° Fahrenheit / 2° to 30° Celsius, and for extremes of sun and the possibility of rain. A recommended list of things to bring:Please note: We provide a sleeping bag, foam mat, and of course tent. While hiking the Inca Trail, porters will accompany us to carry most of our things, including all the camping gear. Each passenger is allowed 15 pounds of personal items which will also be carried by the porters. Such items would include warm clothing for camping, toiletries, a book, music, or other entertainment, etc. During the day we’ll be using a daypack and will just need to carry water, snacks, rain gear, and a layer or two for changing weather conditions. Most people also carry a camera.

    • Passport and, if necessary, visa
    • ATM card (notify your bank you will be travelling to Peru)
    • Airline ticket
    • Photocopies of airline ticket and documents
    • Wearable pouch for documents and money
    • Sturdy backpack or suitcase
    • Smaller, comfortable day pack
    • Hiking boots or sneakers, comfortable and worn-in
    • Sandals or flip-flops
    • Rain poncho or jacket
    • Waterproof pants
    • Sun hat
    • Hat for cold weather
    • Warm clothing for cold weather (think layers)
    • T-shirts
    • Socks (thin wool or biking socks are best), undergarments
    • Swimsuit for hot springs
    • Camelback or Nalgene refillable bottle (optional)
    • Flashlight and/or head lamp
    • Sunscreen (biodegradable & eco-friendly)
    • Insect repellent (biodegradable & eco-friendly)
    • Lip balm
    • Earplugs
    • Alarm clock or watch
    • Sanitizing hand wipes or gel
    • Camera / Camera batteries
    • Binoculars
    • Reading material
    • Toiletries

    It is best to bring from home such items as prescription medications, eyewear and care, unusual film and camera batteries. Please bring all used batteries back home with you to recycle!


    For your international flights, please check with your airline. Within Peru, you are allowed 20 kilos (44 lbs) of checked baggage, as well as one carry-on and another small, purse-like item. The carry-on size regulations are the same as international carry-on size regulations.


    Rain is possible at any time of year, especially in high mountains and cloud forest, and one should always be prepared. The climate in sites we will visit is as follows:

    Cusco and the Sacred Valley: days are warm if sunny, slightly chilly if cloudy. Nights are chilly in Cusco.
    Lake Titicaca: similar to Cusco but colder.
    Lima: warm to hot days, cool evenings, almost never any rain.
    Amazon basin: hot and humid year-round. We recommend light clothing (in weight and in color) that fully cover arms and legs to avoid mosquito bites.

    Money guide

    The unit of currency in Peru is the nuevo sol. Automatic cash points are available in Lima and Cuzco. Visa, MasterCard, Plus, and Cirrus are the most common usable types of cards. Traveler’s checks are difficult to cash (American Express is best but you may be charged 5-8% to cash) or a Visa or MasterCard for cash advances are also options. Do not bring Money Grams or International Money Orders, as they are extremely difficult to exchange. Banks and exchange houses are available in Lima and Cuzco. For currency, U.S. dollars are recommended and most easily exchanged. Please note that cash must be untorn. It can be older-looking, but even the slightest tear on an edge will make it un-changeable. Acceptable bills come out of the ATMs in country. Expect to spend about US$3-10 on a meal, US$2 on a beer, water or soft drink in Peru. Artisan market prices are usually lower than people expect. Alpaca sweaters, for example, run between $5 and $30. Currency Converter

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