from Lima to Machu Picchu
Explore rich Lima, colorful Cusco, and majestic Machu Picchu!
Peru is a fascinating country full of contrasts. Rich in history and bursting with local flavor. Begin your Inca adventure in the bustling city of Lima overlooking the Pacific Ocean with its colonial and modern architecture. Explore Lima's incredible museums for an introduction to this colorful country and its storied past. Boat to an island reserve off the Pacific coast, travel to the desert oasis of Huacachina, and experience the otherworldly Nazca Lines. Fly to Cusco, the former capital of the powerful Inca Empire and an archaeological delight with Inca ruins and stunning Spanish colonial architecture. The culmination of this journey is the fascinating lost citadel of Machu Picchu with its intriguing buildings and incredible Andean views. This Arcos Journeys program truly has it all!
Dates & Price
jun 25 - jul 06 (12 days) $2,995
Program at a Glance
Ages: 14 - 18
Room & Board | Onsite Directors | Excursions | Cultural Activities | Airport Transfers | Airfare to Cusco | International Medical Insurance
Engaging and varied daily activities to learn about and explore Peru's diverse landscapes and history.
Excursion to the mysterious Nazca Lines.
Overnight excursion to the magical city of Cusco, capital of the Incan Empire.
Guided tour of Machu Picchu, one of the world's most mysterious ruins.
Airport transfers (LIM) by a program director.
Explore Lima's well-preserved colonial center and the contrasting modern sections of the city such as bohemian Barranco City.
Visit the Huacas, or pre-Hispanic ceremonial centers, of Lima.
Relax at the Pacific beaches surrounding Lima.
Sail to the Ballestas Islands, the Galapagos of Peru.
Lima is the unofficial gastronomical capital of South America. Learn to cook an award winning Ceviche!
Overnight excursion to Huacachina, an oasis in the Peruvian desert. Try your hand at sandboarding in this magical place!
Tour the mysterious Nazca Lines, only seen from the sky. Benefit from a lecture from a famed Nazcan historian and researcher. Explore the nearby aqueducts and learn about the importance of water and its role in the decline of the ancient civilization.
Spend a day in the Peruvian countryside and enjoy a very unique "Pachamanca" experience: a traditional Peruvian dish baked in the ground with hot stones.
Fly with your group to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Cusco for a truly Andean experience. At an elevation of 11,152 feet Cusco is a magical city and was the capital of the Inca Empire. It was claimed by the Incas to be the navel of the Earth.
Hike the ruins of the lost Inca citadel, Machu Picchu! Set high in the Andes overlooking the Urubamba River valley learn about the stone architecture of this intriguing place whose true use remains a mystery.
Soak in the relaxing thermal waters of Aguas Calientes.
Watch a traditional dance performance.
Fly back to Lima to have a day to do some final exploring and souvenir shopping before heading home.
Tips & Advice
This program travels to a variety of landscapes and climates so pay close attention to the packing list!
Pack warm clothes for the high altitudes areas or better yet, buy an alpaca sweater in Cusco!
Comfortable hiking shoes are a must.
Read up on Peru before you depart. The more you prepare before you start your journey the more you will get out of it.