MBA Trip

Sacred Peruvian Sites: Lima, Cusco & Ica with Jeffrey & Lori

Your TourHero

Hero Jeffrey Sullivan

Jeffrey Sullivan is an MLT MBA Prep Fellow from Durham, NC. He'll be attending UCLA Anderson in the Fall where he'll study entertainment, marketing and strategy. He's excited to embark upon this journey with you all.

Duration

8 days · 7 nights

Travel Date

Jun 26 - Jul 3, 2022

Activity Level

Moderate

Group Size

15

Transportation

Van, plane, train

Tour Price

USD 795
/ person
USD 199 deposit only
3 spots left
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Your Fellow Explorers

Age range

21 - 40

Travel interest

Exploration, history & culture, hiking, food

Fellow Travelers

12
 total travelers
MauricioIsaiahJeffreyGabrielleImaniDana-MariePatrickWinkfieldMarioVanessaSamuelAleja

Your Local Guide

Guide - Peru InsideOut

With a passion for creating unique and customizable itineraries that highlight authentic experiences in Peru, the team at Peru InsideOut ensures that no two trips with them are ever the same. Their pioneering spirit takes visitors to dynamic and unforgettable places, offering insights into city life, history, wildlife and nature. With years of experience, local knowledge and training, every trip is a varied delight from start to finish. Let the knowledgeable guides from Peru InsideOut do all the hard work for you, so you can simply concentrate on the adventure of a lifetime.

The best tour company I've used!! I will start by saying that Roberto made this trip a dream come true, and I've never experienced a more organised tour. From the moment I first emailed him to inquire about the tour, to the last taxi journey to the airport for our flight home, my friend and I felt safe and well looked after the whole trip! We travelled to Chile, Bolivia and Peru and every aspect of the trip ran smoothly and if there were any questions, Roberto was only a whatsapp message away! From all the tours I looked at, Peru Inside Out was the most flexible and best value, and I would recommend their tours to anyone without a doubt!

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An Tran

Excellent service – We used Peru InsideOut for a 13 day trip to Peru. Roberto was very professional and helpful from the initial quote request to the last day of the tour. He arranged all the hotels and guided tours very well. No issues at all with airport pickups and drop offs. The guided tours were very good. We met both Roberto and Karla in Arequipa- both are very friendly and nice people to interact with. Someone from his team was in touch with us daily in Peru to make sure things were going well. We had a very enjoyable Peru trip thanks to Peru InsideOut. Roberto is highly recommended!

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Neeraja A

GREAT SERVICE AND VALUE – We were referred to Peru InsideOut by a friend who had traveled with them. We gave them a list of what we wanted to do (Inca Trail, Cusco, Jungle, Lake Titicaca, Puno, Lima, Sacred Valley, La Paz) and they sent us a few proposed itineraries. They were patient as we had many questions and made a few changes. We ended up booking a 16 day trip. Most of the trip was Private - just the 6 people in our family and a local guide and driver. The local guides were great - especially Huber on the Inca Trail. They gave us a choice of either Basic or Comfort Accommodation - we looked at the accommodation on line and chose the Basic - it was all pretty good. A few of the day tours were group. They were also able to accommodate one person bypassing the Inca Trail - they provided a separate itinerary for those days. We were always able to contact their office as they provided a cell phone and were accessible on whatsapp. We also booked some shore excursions through them as we ended up taking a cruise to get to South America. The shore excursions worked out well. All of the travel with this company was good value and exceeded our expectations.

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Mike M
Peru>Sacred Peruvian Sites: Lima, Cusco & Ica with Jeffrey & Lori

Peru is an ancient landscape of historic empires, cultural intersections, and epic gastronomy, and on this eight-day exploration, you’ll see the country’s greatest hits! We’ll start in Lima, Peru’s bustling capital, to enjoy the food and learn about the city’s colonial history. From here, we’ll travel to Cusco, the ancient Inca capital, to see parts of the Sacred Valley and, of course, hike to the famous ruins at Machu Picchu. Our last stop on this Peruvian adventure is in Ica where a desert oasis awaits! From culture and history to food and fun, this tour has it all, and it’s calling your name!

Cancellation policy

Refunds for deposits
If you cancel your trip after placing a deposit but before your card on file is charged for the full payment, you can request a refund of your deposit up to 30 days before the tour departure. However, Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu tickets, domestic flights, and train tickets are non-refundable.

Refunds for fully-paid trips
If you cancel your trip after making full payment, you may change or cancel your trip up to 30 days before the tour departure for a credit towards a future trip. You will receive a credit equivalent of your trip payment to be used anytime within the next 2 years from the date the credit note is issued. However, Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu tickets, domestic flights, and train tickets are non-refundable.

A full credit will also be issued if the tour is canceled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions (see our COVID-19 guarantee on the tour itinerary page). We suggest buying your own travel insurance for coverage of cancellations within 30 days of the tour commencing for reasons other than a full tour cancellation.

Your TourHero

Hero Jeffrey Sullivan

Jeffrey Sullivan is an MLT MBA Prep Fellow from Durham, NC. He'll be attending UCLA Anderson in the Fall where he'll study entertainment, marketing and strategy. He's excited to embark upon this journey with you all.

Duration

8 days · 7 nights

Travel Date

Jun 26 - Jul 3, 2022

Activity Level

Moderate

Group Size

15

Transportation

Van, plane, train

Peru>Sacred Peruvian Sites: Lima, Cusco & Ica with Jeffrey & Lori

Peru is an ancient landscape of historic empires, cultural intersections, and epic gastronomy, and on this eight-day exploration, you’ll see the country’s greatest hits! We’ll start in Lima, Peru’s bustling capital, to enjoy the food and learn about the city’s colonial history. From here, we’ll travel to Cusco, the ancient Inca capital, to see parts of the Sacred Valley and, of course, hike to the famous ruins at Machu Picchu. Our last stop on this Peruvian adventure is in Ica where a desert oasis awaits! From culture and history to food and fun, this tour has it all, and it’s calling your name!

Timeline

  • Day 1 · Lima
  • Arrive in Lima
  • Transfer from airport to accommodation
  • Check-in at Selina Miraflores (or similar according to availability)
  • Brief meeting with tour leader
  • Dinner (not included in price)
  • Day 2 · Lima
  • Breakfast
  • Guided city tour
  • Lunch and dinner (not included in price)
  • Day 3 · Lima & Cusco
  • Breakfast and check out of accommodation
  • Transfer from accommodation to airport
  • Fly from Lima to Cusco
  • Tour the Maras salt mines and Moray terraces (lunch not included)
  • Transfer to accommodation
  • Check-in at Selina Cusco Saphi (or similar according to availability)
  • Dinner (not included in price)
  • Day 4 · Machu Picchu & Cusco
  • Breakfast
  • Transfer from accommodation to train in Ollantaytambo
  • Train ride to Machu Picchu
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu (lunch not included)
  • Optional Huayna Picchu hike (not included in price)
  • Train to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer from train to accommodation
  • Dinner (not included in price)
  • Day 5 · Pampachiri & Cusco
  • Rainbow Mountain trek (breakfast & lunch included)
  • Free time in Cusco
  • Dinner (not included in price)
  • Day 6 · Cusco & Ica
  • Breakfast and check out of accommodation
  • Transfer from accommodation to airport
  • Fly from Cusco to Lima
  • Transfer from Lima to Ica
  • Check-in at Bananas Adventure Hostel Huacachina (or similar according to availability)
  • Lunch and dinner (not included in price)
  • Day 7 · Ica & Lima
  • Breakfast and check out of accommodation
  • Guided tour of Ica
  • Free time for lunch & exploration (not included in price)
  • Transfer from Ica to Lima
  • Check-in at Selina Miraflores (or similar according to availability)
  • Dinner (not included in price)
  • Day 8 · Departure
  • Breakfast and check out of accommodation
  • Transfer from accommodation to airport
  • Journey ends

Details

Day 1

Welcome to Lima – Peru’s capital and gateway to the country’s ancient past

We’re so glad you’re joining us in Lima, Peru’s capital city that boasts coastal beauty, unparalleled gastronomy, and expansive cultural delights. Upon arrival, hop in your transfer at the airport and make your way to the hotel. You’ll have the day to get settled, grab some food, and get your bearings. You might spend some time walking along the Miraflores Boardwalk that hugs the coastline, stopping at the charming restaurants and bars right on the water. You can also make your way to Larcomar – an indoor/outdoor shopping plaza with terraces and restaurants overlooking the ocean. Looking for history? Check out the Pachacamac ruins, walk through the historic city center, or simply head to the local shops for souvenirs. Your only obligation is to meet with your tour leader at the designated time to go over your itinerary for the rest of the week. Whatever you choose to fill your time, enjoy it all!

Day 2

Explore Lima’s history on a full-day city tour

Good morning, travelers! Today, embark on a full-day tour of Lima. We’ll start with a stroll through Miraflores, where we’ll make our way to Huaca Pucllana, an archaeological site in the heart of the city. After we explore the adobe and clay pyramid, we’ll travel to Colonial Lima in downtown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with views of the Government Palace, Plaza Mayor, San Martin Square, and cathedral. We'll continue on to the bohemian quarter of Barranco and the parque del amor. From here you’ll have the rest of the day and night to yourself to enjoy a group meal and the energy of the city. When the sun goes down, we highly recommend visiting Circuito Magico del Agua aka the Magic Water Circuit. This park features 13 fountains with music and light shows. This is the perfect spot to take pictures and let your inner child break free!

Day 3

Travel to Cusco and explore the Maras salt mines and the Moray terraces

Rise and shine to a day of adventure and fun! After breakfast, we’ll pack up and fly to Cusco, the former Inca capital filled with history and culture. We suggest booking the 11:10 am flight from Lima to ensure you land with enough time for the day’s adventures. (See add-ons below.) Upon arrival, we’ll journey to the town of Maras, known for its salt mines. Marvel at thousands of individual pools on the hillside, which are still used by the local population today. You’ll get to see the salt extracted as it was during the time of the Inca Empire! Next up, we’ll travel to Moray, an open-air agricultural laboratory used by the Inca to improve seeds for agricultural products. Circular in shape, there can be a temperature difference of up to four degrees between one terrace and the next due to the difference in sun exposure. After some free time for lunch, we’ll make our way back to the hotel and enjoy a free night in Cusco.

Day 4

Explore the iconic Machu Picchu citadel on a guided tour

Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for – a trip to Machu Picchu! After an early breakfast, we’ll make our way to this famed site by train and enjoy a guided tour of the Inca citadel, learning about its use and all the important landmarks on site. From here, you can explore on your own and grab lunch or opt for a tour of Huayna Picchu. High up above Machu Picchu, explore this ancient Inca agricultural development and the famed Temple of the Moon. At the predetermined time, you’ll head down to Aguas Calientes to take the train back to Ollantaytambo. From there, you‘ll be picked up and brought to your hotel in Cusco. After an unforgettable day and once-in-a-lifetime trip, enjoy a group dinner and reflect on all the joy you’ve shared.

Day 5

Trek to Rainbow Mountain and enjoy pristine views of the colorful landscape

After a restful sleep, wake up in Cusco and get ready for a day of adventure! At dawn, we’ll drive three hours to Pampachiri where we’ll start the trek up the iconic Rainbow Mountain trail. What may feel like a long journey will be completely worth it once you reach your destination and see the colors of these magical mountains! You’ll have time to explore and take all the pictures you can. From here, we’ll grab lunch and make our way back to Cusco, where you’ll have the rest of the afternoon and evening to explore the city. Head downtown and walk the cobblestone streets, enjoy a trip to the market for souvenirs and food, or make your way to Qorikancha for a look into the past. No matter what you choose, enjoy it to the fullest, as tomorrow we continue on our Peruvian journey.

Day 6

Travel to the ancient city of Ica and enjoy a free night to rest and relax

After breakfast, we’ll pack up and fly to Lima. We suggest booking the 1:40 pm flight from Cusco to ensure you land with enough time for the day’s adventures. (See add-ons below.) Upon arrival, we’ll take our transfer to Ica, a desert oasis that will captivate your soul. Here, you’ll have a free afternoon and evening to get settled and enjoy the views, the food, and the people.

Day 7

Discover Ica Huacachina, the village in the desert

Today we’ll experience a completely different side of Peru in Ica. We’ll visit local artisans and craftspeople, the perfect time to snag a unique souvenir or two! You’ll also be taken on a stroll through the region’s vineyards, where grape-based Pisco brandy is made. Here, learn about the blending process and try it for yourself. In the afternoon, you’ll be able to explore the amazing region of Huacachina, a village oasis in the desert. Housing around 100 locals, it sits in a vast bowl of sand dunes and is centered around a beautiful blue lagoon. Sand buggies and boards can be rented for a thrilling ride, or why not bathe in the sacred water? It’s believed to have magical healing powers! After some free time to explore at your own pace, we’ll head back to Lima and enjoy one last night in the city.

Day 8

Say goodbye to memorable experiences in Peru

It’s been an epic week in Peru, as we’ve seen the iconic ancient sites, explored hidden wonders in the desert, and enjoyed the history and culture of the country. Now, it’s time to say goodbye and start our journey home. After one final meal at the hotel, pack up and take your transfer to the airport. We hope you had a great trip and will travel with us again soon!

Accommodation

  • Selina Miraflores (or similar according to availability)

    The Selina Miraflores is perfect for starting your Peruvian vacation with a bang! Situated close to music spots including the Vinyl Factory and Jazz Zone, you’ll be in an ideal place to explore Lima by day and by night. The groovy 1970s building includes community rooms for hanging out with your traveling chums, a restaurant, cocktail bar, coworking room and outdoor space. You’ll find live music most nights, and yoga lessons on-site - perfect for stretching those limbs before you hit the high mountains! Wi-Fi is available throughout. Room type: Private rooms; shared occupancy.

  • Selina Cusco Saphi (or similar according to availability)

    Surrounded by Andean mountains, Selina Cusco Saphi radiates natural beauty and Incan culture. Complete with locally-curated artwork, the building features a plant garden, traditional Peruvian restaurant, and a cozy movie room. Enjoy an authentic breakfast each day to prepare you for your next adventure and rest your head soundly each night in private rooms with everything you need to enjoy your time in Peru. From yoga to group events, sink into the welcoming community vibes of this artsy accommodation in Cusco. Room type: Private rooms; shared occupancy.

  • Bananas Adventure Hostel Huacachina (or similar according to availability)

    Bananas is the only adventure hostel in Huacachina and features two rooftop terraces, a bar, and swimming pool. This idyllic accommodation is surrounded by banana trees with hammocks making it a great setting for a siesta. There are countless eateries close by and an on-site restaurant for your convenience. You can hire sand buggies and boards here and be taken on a local tour by the hostel’s experienced local drivers. The dorms have bunk beds, lockers, fans and an ensuite bathroom, plus WiFi, and the facility also features private rooms with en suites for more privacy and comfort. Room type: Private rooms; shared occupancy.

Included

  • 3 nights at Selina Miraflores (or similar)
  • 3 nights at Selina Cusco Saphi (or similar)
  • 1 night at Bananas Adventure Hostel Huacachina (or similar)
  • Shared occupancy in accommodation
  • All airport and activity transfers
  • All breakfasts
  • Lunch at Rainbow Mountain
  • All guided tours with entrance fees as mentioned in itinerary
  • Expert, English-speaking guide for all tours

Not included

  • All flights
  • All meals not mentioned in inclusions
  • Personal expenses not stipulated
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional add-ons
  • Gratuities

COVID-19 guarantee

We know many of you are yearning to travel, but also want to do it in a safe and enjoyable way.

To ensure your wellbeing, we’re working with each of our partners to ensure that exhaustive precautionary health and safety measures are in place. This includes reducing group sizes, incorporating more outdoor adventures, and closely monitoring the spread on the ground.

At the same time, we also know that this is a holiday for you and that you want to experience the best of each location, with minimal inconvenience. We’re confident that each of our trips will be both safe and enjoyable, but if we cannot keep to either of those promises, we will defer or cancel the trip if necessary and gladly issue you credit for a future tour to be used towards any tour within 2 years.

Available add-on

Round-trip domestic flights (Lima/Cusco)

Book your domestic, round-trip flights from Lima to Cusco. Your first flight will depart on June 28 from Lima at 11:10 am and land in Cusco at 12:35 pm. Your return flight will depart Cusco on July 1 at 1:40 pm and land in Lima at 3:10 pm.

Price: USD 260

Airplane

Upgrade from hostels to hotels in all locations

Get out of the hostels and into upgraded hotels for all locations on this trip.

Price: USD 150

Hotel upgrade

Huayna Picchu tour

Trek high above the ruins at Machu Picchu at Huayna Picchu. This guided tour will take you into the ruins to the Temple of the Moon and teach you about the site’s history and purpose.

Price: USD 60

Huayna Picchu

Sandboarding and buggy experience in Ica

During your time in Ica, enjoy a dune buggy ride through the sand dunes and try your hand at sandboarding.

Price: USD 35

Dune buggy

Cancellation policy

Refunds for deposits
If you cancel your trip after placing a deposit but before your card on file is charged for the full payment, you can request a refund of your deposit up to 30 days before the tour departure. However, Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu tickets, domestic flights, and train tickets are non-refundable.

Refunds for fully-paid trips
If you cancel your trip after making full payment, you may change or cancel your trip up to 30 days before the tour departure for a credit towards a future trip. You will receive a credit equivalent of your trip payment to be used anytime within the next 2 years from the date the credit note is issued. However, Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu tickets, domestic flights, and train tickets are non-refundable.

A full credit will also be issued if the tour is canceled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions (see our COVID-19 guarantee on the tour itinerary page). We suggest buying your own travel insurance for coverage of cancellations within 30 days of the tour commencing for reasons other than a full tour cancellation.

USD 795
Per person