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Enchanting Peru

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MACHU PICCHU, LAKE TITICACA, CUSCO, SACRED VALLEY AND LIMA

Iconic and highly sought out, the natural wonder of Machu Picchu’s towering green mountains and dry-stone wall structures is just one of Peru’s most enticing attractions. Along with getting to visit this ancient Inca settlement in the High Andes, you’ll have the chance to admire even more of Peru’s breathtaking landscapes with stops at the Sacred Valley and Lake Titicaca. Plus, immerse yourself in fascinating history and lively culture during stays in the country’s most vibrant cities, including Cusco, Puno, and Lima. From discovering renowned archaeological sites and sampling authentic cuisine to browsing colorful craft markets and cozying up to llamas and alpaca, this trip is a Peruvian dream.

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • Overnight Flight
  • 2 nights in Yucay
  • 3 nights in Cusco
  • 2 nights in Puno
  • 1 night in Lima

Tour
Highlights

  • Machu Picchu
  • Lake Titicaca
  • Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Indian Market in Pisac
  • Plaza de Armas (Lima)
  • Tour of Modern & Colonial Lima

Activity Level: Adventurer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round trip airfare from Miami (NY-JFK departures available at additional cost)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-Peru flights, ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at First Class hotels
  • 12 meals: 8 full buffet breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) and 2 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees
  • Experienced English speaking guides

Tour Itinerary

Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

Depart USA

Your exciting expedition to Peru begins late this evening with an overnight flight.

Arrive Peru

Early morning arrival in Lima. Here, connect for a short flight to Cuzco, the fabled capital of the Inca Empire, perched at about 11,000 feet above sea level. On arrival, journey to the nearby Sacred Valley of the Incas. The valley has amazing landscapes of fertile land, mystical ruins and indigenous villages. On your way to the Sacred Valley, enjoy lunch at Princesita private restaurant and in the restaurant’s gardens experience a Shaman ceremony, one of the ancient rituals of Peru. Next, visit Awanakancha, a weaving center that keeps ancient weaving techniques and traditions alive….

Pisac and Sacred Valley Excursion

On today’s excursion visit the world renowned and colorful Indian market in Pisac where many beautiful crafts are traded. Later, travel through the lush valley to Ollantaytambo and explore the splendid ruins of this massive ancient fortress. The village below is a fine example of the Incas incredible urban planning skills. Return to your hotel in Yucay later this afternoon. (B,L)

Machu Picchu Rail Excursion/Cusco

Embark today on an expedition to Machu Picchu. You’ll ride aboard the Vistadome train through the lush Urubamba Valley passing along stunning scenery. Arrive at “The Lost City Of the Incas” rediscovered in 1911. The beauty of its location and the genius construction make Machu Picchu  travel the jewel of all Inca settlements and a top stop in your Peru vacation packages. To this day nobody can explain how the Incas managed to transport the huge blocks of limestone for the city’s construction onto the mountaintop. An expert guide leads you through the ruins and shares with you the…

Cusco

Cusco is a vibrant town, dotted with archaeological sites. On a guided walking tour, visit the main Inca and Colonial monuments. See the Plaza de Armas, the center of the Inca Empire and the impressive 16th century cathedral, built on the ruins of the Inca Palace. In the old town view magnificently restored colonial buildings. Your hotel is superbly located in the heart of the old town near the lively Plaza de Armas. Evening at leisure. (B)

Cusco

A day at leisure to explore vibrant Cusco at your own pace. Walk the narrow streets of the old colonial town, browse the galleries and shops selling local crafts and relax in one of the many outdoor cafes. You may also venture to the outskirts of Cusco to visit the amazing ruins of Sacsayhuaman, an Inca architectural masterpiece with fabulous views of the city below. (B)

Cusco/Puno/Lake Titicaca

Embark on a thrilling journey to Puno. As you traverse the rugged snow-capped Andes you’ll enjoy the breathtaking scenery and see quaint local villages as well as herds of llama and alpaca. Visit the charming village of Andahuaylillas, with its renowned 17th-century church. Arrive at your hotel overlooking majestic Lake Titicaca. GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca or similar (B)

Lake Titicaca Boat Excursion

Situated on the border between Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is South America’s largest and highest navigable lake. Today, embark on an unforgettable boat journey to explore the magnificent scenery and fascinating life on and around the tranquil lake. First, visit the floating islands of the Uros Indians that still practice the old traditions of fishing, trapping birds and living on the lake plants. The totora reeds,which grow abundantly in the shallows of the lake, are used for their boats, houses and to build the very islands on which they live. This way of life began over 500 years…

Lake Titicaca/Lima

Today transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima. The rest of the day is at leisure. Hotel Jose Antonio Bellavista (B)

Lima

This morning is at leisure. Later enjoy a guided tour of both colonial and modern Lima, founded in 1535 and later dominated by the Inca nation. See the historical center and the San Francisco Church as well as Plaza de Armas and the Government Palace. Later, see the fashionable districts of San Isidro and Miraflores with their beautiful parks and elegant residences. This evening join your fellow travelers at a festive farewell dinner at a famous local restaurant. After dinner, transfer to the airport for your late night flight. (B,D)

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Lima/USA

Bid farewell to enchanting Peru! Your memorable journey ends as you arrive in the US this morning.

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Rates are based on double occupancy. Single room supplement is $499

NEW YORK DEPARTURES:
Jul. 15 & Aug. 18 2019 Departures: add $299.
All other departures: add $199.

IMPORTANT TRAVELERS NOTE
The high altitudes reached on this trip (up to 11,000 feet above sea level) requires that you be in good physical condition to fully enjoy the trip. We strongly suggest that you consult a physician regarding any concerns prior to making a reservation.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-9:00 EST and Sat-Sun, 10:00-6:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.

Reservations and Payments 
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received within 48 hours of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

Reviews

Leonard

Enchanting Peru - Originally, we had planned on putting our own Peru adventure together, however, it became quite daunting not knowing which transportation companies to use, which hotels were conveniently located and how to reliably book all of our activities and related tickets. We were "swirling" and not making progress with our planning. We were actually considering a different destination and basically giving up on visiting Peru.Then, a very good friend (who has been on over 20 SmarTours) forwarded an e-mail to us on the "Enchanting Peru" trip through SmarTours. Our prayers were answered! For a very reasonable price, with an amazing itinerary, all we had to do was to make a telephone call...book it...and pack!There ended up being 14 total people on the trip..., which was perfect. All hotels we stayed in were top notch, each day well planned and the transportation comfortable and reliable. The best thing that happened to us on this trip was that our tour guide was Dagmar Becerra, a resident of Cusco. Dagmar became our teacher, our trusted advisor, a comedian, a kind disciplinarian (when some of us deserved it) and most of all, a friend. We learned more from her in 11 days, than we have in years. Based on this first experience with SmarTours, I plan on booking with them next year...but the next tour guide has big shoes to fill. (Thank you Dagmar - you ARE the BEST!!!)

Eileen D

This was my first tour with a large company of any kind, and I wasn't sure what to expect. But I've always wanted to go to Macchu Piccu and wasn't familiar enough with S. America to organize a trip on my own. My choice of Smartours was quite serendipitous. My experience with Smartour was on the whole exemplary. First and foremost, I truly don't know how you keep the prices so low, considering the level of services, accomodation, food and experiences we were given. Our two guides, Lucho and Celestino, were almost frighteningly capable and universally knowledgeable about their country, its history, customs, sites and general info, and worked flawlessly with the other players in the tour, from hotel staffs to bus drivers to security. When we almost ran afoul of a nationwide strike that shut down roads in and around Puno, our schedule was changed and our transporation to the airport for our flight to Lima managed half an hour before the roads closed. Then we had the choice of staying on the comfortable, heated bus or the unheated airport til our check-in time. no drama, no trauma. The hotels were excellent, the Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay being a favorite, considering it was originally a 16th century monastery that had been updated flawlessly. Meals offered were universally excellent, with optional meal recommendations excellent. I especially appreciated getting to see so much in our ten days, not just Macchu Piccu, but Cuzco, the Sacred Valley and all of the small villages and Incan historic sites there in, Macchu Piccu--of course, and the area around Lake Titicaca. Even the time spent in Lima was delightful and instructive. Thank you for the help of every person involved in making this a real trip of a lifetime. I do have one small suggestion. We arrived in Lima and immediately flew to Cuzco at 12,000 ft.. I was mistaken in that I thought we would be heading to a lower altitude before participating in any activities. But we ate a meal at the top of Cuzco before any of us could acclimate to the altitude. As you know, no matter what kind of shape a person is in, he or she can still have trouble with altitude and not know it til we get there. And so it was for some of us. If possible, it might help to have that first meal down the hill a ways. Yeah, that's it. That's my only suggestion. Everything else was all but flawless. I have been and will continue to recommend Smartour to anyone who asks.

Cynthia

Trip was fabulous, Enrique Virto was a superior host and tour guide. The altitude was a problem for both my husband and I as was the inability to brush our teeth with the water, but the hotels helped with Oxygen and Coca Tea to ease the altitude sickness and Enrique was encouraging and very helpful during the entire trip. He was very considerate of our abilities or inabilities and always considered our group as a whole. He was incredibly informative and knowledgeable about all of the places we visited and his English was excellent. The accommodations were excellent, clean rooms, comfortable beds and very kind and helpful staff. This is my 3rd trip with SmarTours and I will travel with them in the future.

Eimer

Enrique our tour guide was fantastic . He has a passion for educating his clients about Peru . Our tour of 6 adults were delighted with his care . Smart Tours got us to see all the important places in Peru . Food and accommodation were great too

Judith

The guide was wonderful. Very organized trip. Hotel accommodations exceeded my expectations. The daily activities were very tiring. Perhaps a lighter schedule would be better. Overall a delightful trip

Pam

Enchanting Peru trip was an amazing experience . Led by Enrique Virto who was very knowledgeable , funny and passionate about leading the tour thru his country. Highlights were the floating islands (lake Titicaca), Manchu Piccu, Cusco, and the Sacred Valley. I would highly recommend this tour if led by Enrique . Was the experience of a lifetime !!!

Shannon M

This was an amazing trip, made even better by our guide Enrique Virto! His local knowledge added so much to a journey that was already of bucket-list quality. Thank you SmarTours!

Zell M

My partner and I just got back from Peru. Wow --- what an excellent tour and memorable experience. Everything was perfectly organized and executed well. All of the lodgings were fantastic, and our tour guide, Enrique Virto (from Cusco), was exceptional (full of energy and passion about his country). My one suggestion: an extra day in Lima. It's a beautiful city with so much to see and do. We were only there for one full day; one more would have been perfect. I highly recommend this tour.

Steve a

We just completed the Enchanting Peru trip. It was fantastic. Our guide Enrique Virto was the best. He made sure that everyone in our group was included in every activity. He was very knowledgable about Peru and it was his home and it made us all feel welcomed to his country. We have been on other tours but Enrique was the best guide ever. We recommend this SmarTour to Peru and ask for Enrique as your guide. It was unfortunate that we did not have him in Lima as our guide. The guide in Lima was fair, but Enrique was the best. All the hotels were top of the line, only complaint is the beds where just a bit bigger than a twin. Luckily there where two bed in our room each night. We have recommended this tour already to a few of our friends. Smartours made this a very easy trip with no worries.

Angela

We just returned from our Tour in Peru, unfortunately it was riddled with strikes by the Transportation Department. HOWEVER!!! we must say that Smartours went beyond what was normal. We were treated like Royalty, additional nights at the hotel, flight upgrades. We were able to see everything we came for. Some other Tour Groups we shared our hotel with were not that lucky and they ended up stranded. Also I like to say that our Tour Guide in Peru (Enrique) was funny, very knowledgeable and just overall a super nice person, we never felt like that we were a burden or "just a job". Too bad he wasn't able to come to Lima, we really missed him there. Overall our group was amazing and fun, we had a wonderful time. This was one of our many trips with Smartours and I am looking to see where we will go next. Thank you for all your effort. I will email some pictures ;-)

Bruce C

This was our second guided vacation with Smart Tours. Outstanding trip and memorable due to the main guide, Enrique Virto. Rosario Rojas who we spent two days with was also excellent. Enrique's knowledge and passion for explaining the art, history and culture of the country were evident to everyone on the trip. Many of the other members of the group commented that Enrique was the one of the best guides they ever had in their world travels. I hope your company continues to hire Enrique as he is a real asset to Smart Tours.

mike p

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Our guide, Enrique Virto, was exceptional and made a fantastic trip a memorable one! Highly recommend this tour. This was our second trip with Smartours and both were amazing!

William W

Our guide Enrique, (from Cusco) was excellent, full of knowledge and interesting and very helpful with all our requests and needs. Bus drivers were excellent. We had a great time enjoying all the wonderful sights, Machu Picchu, floating islands, Lake Titicaca, Sacred Valley, cities of Cusco, Lima, Pisco, and Puna, and great shopping places. Enjoyed seeing all the beautiful animals, Llamas, Alpaca, Vaicuna, etc. Hope to join another SmarTours trip in the future.

Susan R

Hello -- This is a review of a tour when everything goes wrong and this can happen with best laid plans. The tour had just begun with our overnight flight to Lima from JFK. LAN asked us to off-load for 20 minutes, which turned into an overnight cancellation. I got in touch with smarTours and spoke with Linda (not 100% sure of the name). She was in constant contact with LAN and us to make sure we had a flight booked the next day with connection to Cusco and a guide and driver to meet us at Cusco airport and transfer us to meet up with our group. Then the high altitude hit me. Our guide in Cusco, Enrique, saw to it that I got prompt medical attention including transfer to hospital in Cusco. Also a local tour rep, Javier, worked with us to get our flights rescheduled for return stateside per doctor's orders. I felt smarTours and their representatives took very good care of us. Enrique was in constant touch with us and I felt went out of his way to get us good care.

Teresa T

I am 67 years old and I have bad knees and balance issues. I was skeptical about this trip but I went anyway and I am so very glad I did. I did things at the pace I felt comfortable with and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I settled on a plateau at Machu Picchu, with a great view, taking in all the beauty of it, without climbing all the way to the top. The climb up on the 'big island' was quite difficult, but with the help of some new friends, I made it and the lunch was fantastic. The tour was well organized and our tour guide Luis offered great information with such a passion. The hotels were beautiful and I made some very lasting memories. I would recommend this trip to friends and family. Thanks for a great experience.
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