Before You Depart

Enchanting Peru

Machu Picchu


The high altitude reached on this trip (up to 14,000 feet above sea level) as well as the considerable amount of walking involved, often on uneven terrain, requires that you be in good physical condition to enjoy this trip. We strongly suggest that you consult with your physician regarding any concerns as well as possible medications to ease the effects of the high altitude. Immunizations are not currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.


Our flights to Peru and back are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules. We recommend that you arrive at the airport at least 3 ½ hours before the scheduled departure. If you are planning a connecting flight, please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs. Flight schedules are subject to change.

Departure Date Airline Airport Depart Return
2024: Mar. 8 LATAM Airlines Miami (MIA) 11:55 PM 6:55 PM
2024: May 10 LATAM Airlines Miami (MIA) 11:55 PM 8:00 PM
2024: Aug. 16 TBA Miami (MIA) TBA TBA
2024: Nov. 8 LATAM Airlines Miami (MIA) 11:55 PM 5:55 PM
2024: Jun. 7, Jul. 12 N/A N/A N/A N/A



The above airlines do not accept advance seat assignment. Actual seat assignment will be provided at the airport. Please note that smarTours is not involved with your seat assignments.


International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.

2024 Departures: Land-only services start upon independent check-in (no later than 1:30 PM) at the Lima Hotel, where we have arranged an early check-in. Lima City Tour begins at 2:00 PM, followed by the Larco Museum and Welcome Dinner. Land-only service end upon check out of the Lima hotel on Day 10.

Generally, check-in at hotels is not before 4:00 PM and check-out is prior to 12:00 PM. If arriving early or departing late, hotels usually allow travelers to store their luggage in the luggage room.


Booking your own flighs has advantages like flying from your home airport, choosing your own seats, upgrading your seats, and using and collecting airline miles.

When booking your flights, please note that our tour starts in Lima and ends in Lima. We recommend that you:

  • Fly into Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM) with enough time to meet the group on Day 1 at 1:30 PM at the hotel (early check-in included)
  • Fly out of Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM) at your preferred time after breakfast

Some cities have multiple airports, and depending on your plans, you may wish to fly into an alternate airport.


You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of return. American passport holders do not require a visa. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.


Final instructions, documents, and travel tips will be emailed to you 10–14 days before the scheduled start of your tour. If you have not received your final documents, please check your spam folder or contact smarTours.


Since Peru is located near the Equator, the weather is temperate with average daytime high temperatures ranging from 60’s to the 80’s. Evening temperatures will be about 20 to 30 degrees cooler.


You may dine at either of the hotels used on this tour or other nearby restaurants recommended by your guide. Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the hotel’s coffee shop is about $10-20 per meal per person. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.


Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards.  However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. dollars.  Your hotels will be able to exchange your cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.


Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage and one carry-on piece. Please check with the airline for the maximum weight and size for luggage. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.