Cusco, Machu Picchu & Lima

AUGUST 10–16 | 2018


On this Incan odyssey, explore all of the former kingdom's architectural splendor and glory, and all that is still shrouded in mystery – like the iconic Machu Picchu. Also discover what it means to be living in Peru today, and what modern Peru is all about. As in all of our trips, efforts will be made to engage with locals firsthand, and engage with communities and community based organizations – giving it that Peace Corps flare.



AUGUST 10–16 | 2018


Trip Highlights

  • Historic Cusco

  • The Sacred Valley

  • Machu Picchu
  • Lima
  • The Miraflores District


Prices are based on the sharing of rooms and single members of the group will be put together in a twin room with 2 separate beds. (If you wish to have a private room to yourself, there is a single supplement available.)


While the tour itself is not very strenuous, please note that it can involve the following: somewhat long days, a good amount of walking (sometimes with luggage - for this reason it is recommended to pack light - and sometimes up and down varied elevations or over uneven surfaces), being in the sun in potentially hot temperatures, long journeys by bus or train (including overnight trips), early morning wake-ups and other similarly challenging scenarios. If you have any medical conditions, there will be opportunity for you to make us aware of them, and than we can determine if the trip is appropriate for you.


Includes all transfers, lodging as below (very nice 3 star), meals as noted, private/dedicated guide in the Andes, taxes and entrance fees.


Flights to Lima not included in the package, please make your own travel arrangements


Your initial payment is non-refundable. Additional refunds are based on land cost per person at the time the trip provider receives written notice that a client must cancel. All notices shall be sent to and received at


From the Tour Operator:

  • Arriving at Cusco, over 11,000 feet in altitude can result in altitude sickness. Altitude sickness, which may appear in the form of one of many symptoms, pounding headache, nausea, muscular aches or cramps, fever, etc., is caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain. I do not recommend pills or any other treatment other than directly treating the cause. Your guide will have access to a tank of oxygen and the front desk of the hotels that I booked for you will be able to offer a tank of oxygen and instruct you how to use it (five minutes on, five minutes off for 30 minutes). You may need repeat treatments during a course of a few hours before your body finally adjusts to the low oxygen level of the air. The important thing is to begin treatment as soon as possible to the onset of symptoms.
  • You must be careful to drink only bottled water (rinse toothbrush with bottled water, no ice in drinks, don’t face shower, etc.) and eat on well cooked food (no food from street vendors).
  • It will be cold in the Andes, especially early morning, late afternoon and evening. Be prepared to dress accordingly. Being at high altitude close to the equator means there is less atmosphere to screen out ultraviolet radiation. Be sure to wear sunglasses and use sun block.
  • Guests are expected to abide by a code of conduct that shows respect to indigenous people, the environment, staff and fellow guests. In Peru even vulgar, abusive language is a criminal misdemeanor. The staff of Amazonia Expeditions treats all guests with respect and kindness and management expects that guests will also treat all staff, native people and fellow guests with appropriate respect and will not tolerate abusive behavior on the part of its guests. Inappropriate behavior will result in the guest being directed to leave without refund or if deemed excessive, with criminal complaint.
  • Traveler understands that wilderness travel has inherent risks and agrees to hold Amazonia Expeditions and all of its employees harmless and free of liability. Traveler further agrees that any disputes arising from the trip must be resolved through binding arbitration handled by the Better Business Bureau of West Florida.
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Full trip price - $2250.00 ($400 single supplement)

amazon extension available (arranged directly with tour operator)

Reservation fee will be credited towards full ticket.

This purchase and the associated trip is made available via a close partnership with Amazonia Expeditions–a tour operator with close Peace Corps ties.



Day 1 – Lima

Most US flights arrive late night thus we will be staying at the nearby airport hotel to connect to Cusco the following morning.

Day 2 – Cusco

  • Transfer to the airport / Fly to Cusco / LA 2021 depart Lima 10:25am arrive Cusco 12:00pm
  • After clearing baggage security in Cusco Airport your guide will meet you
  • Transfer to Casa Andina Hotel, settle in, eat lunch
  • Afternoon private guided excursion to Sacsayhuaman National Park and other sites near Cusco
  • Lunch and Dinner on own in Cusco (lots of great restaurants)
  • Breakfast

Day 3 – Sacred Valley / Cusco

  • Full-day private guided excursion in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, including Ollantaytambo Inca Citadel and the native bazaar at Pisaq.
  • Accommodation: Hotel Casa Andina - Cusco
  • Dinner on own in Cusco
  • Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 – Machu Picchu (Guided)

  • Transfer to train station; train to Machu Picchu with private guide. Check in to hotel.
  • Accommodation: Casa Andina at Machu Picchu Village
  • Lunch on own in MP Village
  • Afternoon guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Return late afternoon
  • Breakfast

Day 5 – Machu Picchu (Unguided)

  • Early morning bus to MP; bus ticket and entrance pass included
  • Explore Machu Picchu at your own pace; other in-depth guided options available
  • MP closes at noon, return to village for lunch & shopping
  • Train departs late afternoon to Cusco
  • Transfer to Hotel Casa Andina - Cusco
  • Dinner on own in Cusco
  • Breakfast

Day 6 – Lima, Miraflores District

  • Transfer to Cusco Airport
  • Fly to Lima / LA 2046 depart Cusco 11:40am arrive Lima 1:10pm
  • We will meet you at the airport and transfer to Miraflores District Hotel Casa Andina Centro Miraflores.
  • Miraflores is the most vibrant and popular tourism district of Lima, with great restaurants, shops, and cafes to enjoy. You will only be a few minutes away from the famous “Parque Kennedy” and less than 10 minutes away from Larcomar a stunning shopping and entertainment center overlooking the Pacific ocean.
  • Breakfast / Farewell dinner in the evening

Day 7 – Lima Exploration / Departure

  • Free day to explore Miraflores / City Tour options available (self pay) / Mira Bus recommended
  • Transfer to Lima Airport
  • Or continue to Amazon River Tahuayo Rainforest Lodge
  • Flight LA 2240 Lima to Iquitos 10:10am arrives 12:20p

A Note on the Final Itinerary:

Itineraries and pricing are subject to change. This particular tour has been designed with specific events in mind, and schedules and availabilities may change in coming months. If any activity or person that is advertised is missed or not available, it will be replaced with an activity or person of equal interest and value.  A final itinerary and briefing packet will be ready two weeks before the trip.