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Peruvian Highlights

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7 nights accommodation
5 nights in Hotel, 2 nights in Contiki Special Stay
We always provide comfortable accommodation in a relaxed atmosphere - think comfy hotels, jungle lodges and bright communal areas for you and your new squad to relax and socialise.
13 included Meals
4 Dinner, 7 Breakfast, 2 Lunch
You can expect to refuel with hearty breakfasts, luscious lunches and delicious dinners from us but we'll also give you the opportunity to sample some of the best local cuisine. We'll get 13 of your meals, you get the rest. Taste it all - from simple street eats to gourmet fare.
Team
Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides
A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.
Transport
All transport included during the trip
Getting around Latin America is half the fun, and all transport is included for the duration of your trip. Private, air conditioned mini coaches allow you soak up all that scenery in style, but it's our unique, local forms of transport that make the journey all part of the adventure.
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Travel with other 18-35 year olds from around the world
Our trips are exclusively 18-35. This means you'll be travelling with people just like you, from all over the world- laughter and friendships always guaranteed.
Experiences
8 included, 2 optional that you can add
Apart from transport, accommodation and meals along the way, we provide sightseeing tours of all major areas as well as a ridiculous amount of activities. Experience a walking tour of Cusco, a canopy hike in Peru's southern jungle and see the Pisac Ruins and the Sacred Valley. And that's only the beginning.
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Let the good times roll as you go deep into some of Peru’s ultimate spots on this 8 day adventure. Get your culture fix at Machu Picchu, with its unbeatable views & ancient Inca history. Head to the mighty Amazon before feeling an adrenalin rush in Cusco, with rafting & mountain biking at the ready. Try fishing for piranha, spotting Amazonian Caiman & sleeping at a luscious lodge in the rainforest. You can choose to either trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, or take it easy and go by train.
Travel is best shared. This is a small group adventure of 12-30 people, aged between 18-35 exclusively, giving you the perfect balance of new friends to travel with and access to even more authentic experiences.
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DAY 1 - Lima
Lima
A new day, a new country – let’s do this! Steeped in Spanish colonialism yet buzzing with modern metro vibes, Lima is sure to ignite your love for Peru. Spend your morning marvelling at lavishly decorated churches and an underground tunnel cemetery overflowing with bones or catacombs, then hit the Barranco district this afternoon to get a feel for its bohemian ambiance. A stroll over the Bridge of Sighs is also a must. And of course no trip to Lima is complete without devouring at least one portion of ceviche – it’s a pretty massive deal in the city. Round off the day watching the sun set over the Pacific, most likely with a pisco sour in hand…
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Lima city tour
DAY 2 - Lima to Jungle Lodge via Puerto Maldonado
Lima
We’ll catch a flight the city of Puerto Maldonado in Peru’s southern jungle. We’ll have lunch on the river as we travel upstream by a traditional Peruvian boat to our Contiki Special Stay Rainforest Lodge in the mighty Amazon jungle, where we’ll try to spot toucans, macaws and capybaras along the way.
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Puerto Maldonado
 A quick tour of the city will reveal colourful fruit stalls, open air markets, and locals going about their day. But now we're back underway and we just want to get to the jungle.
Jungle Lodge

Our lodge is a special experience in itself! Located in then luscious rainforest and made from wood and clay, its open walls leave you sleeping virtually amongst the rainforest! After you settle in, we’ll get a different take on the jungle as we take a hike to the canopy tower. After climbing the 100ft of stairs you will be provided with a birds-eye view of the rainforest! Home to monkeys, birds, bromeliads and other jungle life, this is the ultimate way to see the jungle.

After dinner you can experience something really different, heading out to look for caiman, a member of the alligator family native to the Amazon. Scan the shores with flashlights and see if you can catch the red gleam of the light as it reflects off of the caiman’s eyes.

DAY 3 - Jungle Lodge
Jungle Lodge
With another day at the jungle lodge, keep your eyes peeled for a wildlife like the giant otter, monkeys, tropical birds, bromeliads and other jungle life, this is the ultimate way to see the jungle.
DAY 4 - Jungle Lodge to Cusco
Jungle Lodge
Wave goodbye to your jungle home as we're off back to the capital of Peru!
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Cusco
Spend today exploring the beautiful city of Cusco - wander the main plaza, visit the Tread Right support weaving centre or feed your sweet tooth with a visit to the chocolate museum. Then get into Cusco's amazing nightlife & join our Illary (Sunrise) Club!
DAY 5 - Cusco to Sacred Valley
Cusco
Heading out of Cusco and bound for the Sacred Valley on our private coach, this is where our journey into the ruins and mystique of this land truly begins. But first, llamas. An iconic symbol of Peru, we’ll be stopping off at a llama farm to show some love to these furry favourites up close, and we’re talking the whole humpback family – llamas, vicuna and alpacas. #llamaselfie achieved, we’ll then stop off to witness the ancient Incan art of weaving in practise by a group of talented local artisans. Throughout the journey, play close attention to your surrounds – there’s the chance to spot the Incan farming technique of terracing, as well as the ‘salineras’ (salt mines). Want to know what the Peruvians do for fun? You’ll get the chance to play the traditional game of “Sapo”, and exactly what that entails we’ll leave to the imagination…
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Entry into the Sacred Valley and Pisac ruins
Try some local Chicha de Jora
Sacred Valley
Our explorations of the Sacred Valley will begin with a guided tour of the Pisac and Ollantaytambo ruins. Our Local Guide will give you the d-l on both, visiting the circular terraced Pisac ruins first which date back to the 1400’s. Moving on to Ollantaytambo, base camp for those taking the trek tomorrow, we’ll appease dry mouths with some homemade Chica de Jora brew. This tiny town may be small in geographical terms, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in attitude, with artisan shops and cafes spilling out onto streets, and the roaring Urubamba river providing the perfect natural background noise. For those embarking on the Inca trail tomorrow this is your final chance to stock up on last minute essentials (socks, socks and more socks). For all others, spend your time soaking in the vibes, hanging with other travellers and just getting a feel for this iconic little town.
DAY 6 - Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes or Inca Trail Trek
Sacred Valley

For those embarking on our epic 1 day trek, we’ll catch the train to KM104 and the start of a day to remember. With just 3.5 hours on foot and 6-kilometres to cover, the enchanting site that awaits us will make it all worthwhile. Descending into the site we’ll take in Wayana Picchu 'Little peak' – the iconic peak you’ll have seen in every picture ever – marvelling at the incredible handiwork of the ancient Incas. Satisfaction levels at an all-time high and with a big ol’ smile on your tired face, we’ll head back to Aguas Calientes and a squishy hotel bed you couldn’t be more deserving of. 


For those not embarking on the Inca Trail, the morning is yours to enjoy the surrounding lush mountains of Aguas Calientes.

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Sacred Valley Rafting
Aguas Calientes
Can you feel the excitement mounting? Yep – those are pretty much the feels when Machu Picchu is quite literally on the horizon. This afternoon we’ll hop on the train to Aguas Calientes, a cute town in its own right complete with roaring river, quaint bridges and local haunts, but most famously known as the gateway town to Machu Picchu. We’ll meet up with those who opted for the one day trek, and basically spend the evening hyping each other up for what’s to come tomorrow.
DAY 7 - Machu Picchu to Cusco
Aguas Calientes
Excitement levels at an all-time high, the day we’ve all been waiting for is finally here – it’s Machu Picchu time! Built around 1450 at the height of the Incan Empire, Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the seven wonders of the new world. We’ll be treated to a guided tour of the site taking in such wonders as the Temple of the Three Windows and Wayana Picchu (the peak you’ll of seen in every Machu Picchu image ever), and of course you’ll have some alone time to explore the area as only you can do. This is one big old tick off the life goals list, so enjoy every single second of it.
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Visit Machu Picchu
Cusco
Back on the train we’ll de-brief on our once-in-a-lifetime experience as we head back to Cusco. Last time round was all about getting acquainted with the city, so now you’ve got you’re bearings you can really get lost amongst the market stalls and cobbled streets, maybe even going truly local by trying out a serving of cuy.
DAY 8 - Depart Cusco
Cusco
It’s time to say adios to your travel buddies as your trips ends after breakfast.  Craving more? Why not jump on our Bolivian Magic trip?
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Hike the Rainbow Mountain (subject to availability)
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Jake Edwards
Traveled Feb 2019
Great service as allways.
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Monica Separzadeh
Traveled Feb 2019
Amazing sites but lack of organization at times, passports weren’t handled safely, rooms were dirty
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Anonymous
Traveled Feb 2019
Great experience, a fantastic trip to Peru.
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John
Traveled Feb 2019
For everything you do and see definitely worth the money!
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Annina Smith
Traveled Feb 2019
The tour was amazing - so many great experiences were packed into a short timer really made the most out of the trip - I don't feel like I missed out on anything! The Inca trail and rainbow mountain we're fairly physically demanding but SO worth it and the guides really look after you and help you through. The jungle though.... I can't put into words how amazing this was! It was the whole reason I booked the trip! Being so remote was a brilliant experience in itself and seeing all the nature and wildlife with the highly skilled guides made it so special! I definitely recommend this trip to anyone!
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Anonymous
Traveled Jan 2019
Awesome experience! everything was taken care of for us and we just showed up and had a blast. Thank you!
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Anonymous
Traveled Sep 2018
Although a truly incredible trip, some of the accommodation was below average and I felt weren't necessarily value for money spent.
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Anonymous
Traveled Aug 2018
Reliable accommodation and transportation, great tour guide, fun add on excursions!
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Tamara
Traveled Jun 2018
We only had limited time and this trip was perfect for squeezing in a variety of Peru’s highlights. I would have loved to spend one more night in the jungle though!
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Ashley Schnarrs
Traveled Apr 2018
I liked the areas we went to. I also like the distribution of time for all activities and areas.
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Anonymous
Traveled Mar 2018
This trip was great and everything I was looking for in a week-long adventure. I would recommend for adventurous travelers.
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Anonymous
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Great hotels, 2 plane tickets and breakfasts and dinners were always included.
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Anonymous
Traveled Nov 2017
I loved the Andes it was worth the trip
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Sue Rodrigues
Traveled Nov 2017
Everything about the trip from start to finish exceeded my expectations.
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Charlotte Mcclay
Traveled Oct 2017
3 types of holiday rolled into one
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Marley Mcleod
Traveled Oct 2017
Before this trip I didn't even know you could stay in the Amazon Rainforest, which was something I had always wanted to do. On top of that you get to hike the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, which was also unforgettable.
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Jessica Baker
Traveled Oct 2017
Worth the price. Includes stay, travel within the country (minus flying back to Lima from Cusco), and most meals.
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Kristen Lane
Traveled Aug 2017
Don't feel like I got my money's worth - I went to Peru to see Machu Picchu not cook...
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Anonymous
Traveled Aug 2017
Exceptional Guide! Jonathan is a great guy and madue the trip very memorable. He was so happy to show us his country and culture. Also the trip was we'll organised with so many highlights. Really great experience! If only it lasted longer as there is so much more to see in Peru..
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Laura Ellerton
Traveled Aug 2017
There were strikes during our holiday. This wasn't publicised widely online so we knew nothing of it despite some strikes occurring before we even arrived. I understand that this sort of thing is out of Contiki's hands but a good service usually informs travellers of important information such as that before travel. It turned out that formal strikes were called whiles we were in the amazon- I was informed by a traveller on another tour. As a group we were informed once we reached Cusco. A long story short we were unable to go to Machu Picchu and Contiki were great in terms of getting us back to Cusco and sorting accommodation. We received a refund for the train and entry to Machu Picchu ONLY. To receive a higher score an international company such as Contiki should have 1, emailed us as soon as strikes started 2, kept us up to date throughout 3, offered a small percentage off next Contiki booking as Machu Picchu is the reason why most people booked (as a show of good faith).
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