A single trip is not enough to discover all the wonders of Peru trekking tours! On this tour, you will witness just a few magical places and experiences that must be lived and appreciated when you visit the country. In our Best of Peru guided tour, we combine the best attractions of Peru so you can discover some of the greatest wonders on the planet. Some of the highlights include the lines of Nazca, the colonial city of Cusco, and the famous Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu.
Welcome to Peru!
Lima, the largest city and capital of Peru is a must-see when visiting the country. In the last few years, Lima has become a modern city. Lima is adorned with nice beaches, lots of seafood restaurants, plenty of museums and last but not least, an exciting nightlife.
By the afternoon, you will explore the impressive city of Cusco. The history of the Inca Empire started here. The Imperial city of the Incas was a complex urban center with different religious and administrative functions. Many years later, the Spanish conquerors destroyed the ancient culture and sent its treasures to Spain.
In Cusco’s historic center, we will see Spanish buildings, native ruins, temples, and finely finished buildings of the Incas. The main attractions are the “Temple of the Sun”, and the main square “Plaza de Armas”, where you will be able to let your mind drift and feel the energy of the past in this magical city.
We will then continue on the Peru trekking tour to the nearby ruins of Kenko. Here you will be able to see the underground galleries and semicircular amphitheater. Tambomachay is a complex of walls connected by stairways. Several water springs feed into a well in which the Inca bathed. It is believed that they also worshipped water. The red fortress of Puca Pucara (panoramic view), is located on top of a hill, positioned to defend Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman Fortress. Sacsayhuaman Fortress is an imposing example of Inca military architecture and was built using large slabs of granite to help safeguard the city from Antis attacks or invading forces from the east.
With its amazing nature, breathtaking views, ancient ruins, and various adventure activities, a guided Peruvian tour of the Sacred Valley have a lot to offer. The valley was chosen by the Incas due to its ideal geographical location, appealing climatic conditions, and fertile soil. This makes it one of the best places in Peru to grow a large variety of vegetables and plants. However, the Sacred Valley was not part of the Inca Empire but more like the personal property of the Emperor.
Here you have the chance to visit the beautiful “Pisac Market”. You will find a wide variety of locally produced handicrafts.
Later we will visit the small town “Ollantaytambo”. Enjoy a great coffee or delicious meal in one of the local cafes and restaurants. Furthermore, you will find there one of the finest stonework in Peru.
The Vinicunca Mountain, as known as Rainbow Mountain, is one of the newest destinations for those who love trekking tours, adventure tours, nature, and landscapes.
Vinicunca is a mountain located in Quispicanchis province in Cusco, Peru, and is close to one of the highest snow peaks in Peru, Apu Ausangate. Over 5,000 meters (16,404 ft) high, the surrounding landscape shows a bright blue sky and almost no people, plants, or animals.
The rainbow colors contrast beautifully with the surrounding mountains and afternoon sky. As the sun rises and the clouds are dragged along by the wind, the colors of the Vinicunca mountain start to change, turning brighter or darker and enhancing the view even more.
To start your Rainbow Mountain adventure, you will be transferred by car from your hotel in Cusco (3-hour trip) and a traditional breakfast will be prepared for you and your travel partners. You can go at your own pace to enjoy every minute of the trek. After about three hours you will turn right at the last hill and hold your breath as you are dazzled by the 7 color mountain Vinicunca.
You will have time to chill out and take as many pictures as you want.
The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is an alternative to the Inca Trail and is considered by most to be the best alternative route (and maybe even better!). This magnificent Machu Picchu hiking trail is perfect for adventurers on our Peru trekking tours who wish to observe the changing ecosystems of Peru from one day to the next. You will walk through the sweeping, magical landscape of a snowy mountain paradise to a tropical jungle where you will find a wide range of animals, medicinal plants, and flower varieties. Witness with your own eyes a living, but ancient, culture in remote villages hardly ever seen by foreigners!
The Cordillera Vilcabamba is an impressive mountain range extending over 260 km (161,5 miles). The snow-capped mountain Salkantay rises to 6,271 meters (20,574 ft). It is an outstanding snowy peak, located less than fifty miles northwest of the city of Cusco in south-central Peru because of its proximity to the city, it is easily accessible by car and it has been climbed by professional mountaineers since 1952.
To complete the Salcantay Trek, you need to have a reasonable level of fitness, but age shouldn’t be a barrier. The most important thing is to ensure you are well-acclimatized to the altitude. The highest you will trek the entire time is (4,650 meters – 15,255 ft). Two days of acclimatization before the trek is ideal for visiting the city of Cusco, its nearby Inca ruins, and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Walking Distance – 12 km / 7,4 miles
Walking Distance – 22 km / 13,6 miles
Walking Distance – 18 km / 11,1 miles
Walking Distance – 18 km / 11,1 miles
At a scheduled time, you will get a transfer to the Cusco airport and take your flight to Lima. Upon your arrival, you will get a transfer to your hotel and then start your city tour in Lima.
Early in the morning, you will take the tourist bus and travel to Paracas city where you will take a shared guided tour of the Paracas reserve. The National Park “Paracas” is located in the south of Lima.
It represents Peru´s coastal marine ecosystem while being home to millions of birds and different species of flora and fauna. The park is ideal for bird watchers, as well as for nature lovers that enjoy walking.
Distinct straight lines, geometric figures, and animal and plant designs characterize the town of Nazca.
Located between Huacachina and Arequipa, the town is a perfect stopover to learn more about pre-Inca culture.
Like the Paracas, the Nazca people were famous for their work with textiles. However, they were even more famous for creating geoglyphs, massive drawings, and lines. While walking through the landscape you might identify distinct shapes like a hummingbird, a spider, or a monkey.
It is still unclear why the lines exist, but it is assumed that they may have been used for astrological or ceremonial purposes. To better see the lines you can walk to the observation tower and get a great view of three of the figures.
After this tour, you will take the tourist bus back to Lima.
At a coordinated time, you will have to catch the shuttle transfer to the airport for your flight from Lima.
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