15 Day itinerary in Peru, South America

Experience the best of Peru with iconic hikes

Addressed to hikers who wish to discover the majestic Peruvian Andes, this itinerary allows you to get off the beaten tracks and be amazed by the sepctacular and unique landscapes. Much less known than the Salkantay trek or the Inca Trail , the Lares trek takes you along the ancient incas' paths in... Read More

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Recommended Age


Operated in

English, Spanish, French


Tour Guide, Driver

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trip type


trip attributes


Visit markets

Meet local people

Rural home stays

Outdoors & Nature





4 days Lares trek


Machu Picchu


Blue Turquoise Alpine Mountain Lake Laguna Paron


Mini Huayhuash Trek


Mid-Range Accommodation expand_more

Day 1

place Lima

Reception at the arrival of your international flight at Jorge Chavez airport in Lima and transfer to the hotel. An English representative will greet you at the airport and hand you over your travel documents.

Guide: Included for the day


  • Mid-Range Accommodation: Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport
Day 2

place Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley

Flight to Cusco. Morning departure by private vehicle for an excursion to explore the Sacred Valley. The first stop will be the ruins of Pisac where we will visit the site. After the visits of the ruins of Pisac, which is on a hillside at the entrance of the valley, you can enjoy a short walk of about 1h30 which will take you directly to the town of Pisac and enjoy the famous traditional market.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast


  • Mid-Range Accommodation: Tierra Viva Valle Sagrado Urubamba
Day 3

place Sacred Valley - Cusco

In the morning, departure in a private vehicle for a day dedicated to the discovery of the Sacred Valley. Visit of the village of Chinchero and its colonial church. Walk around the traditional handcraft market on Sundays. Lunch with Isabel and her family at her place. Then visit the cultural site of Moray, a former Incan agricultural ‘laboratory’. Then, continuation of the excursion to Maras: salt mines in the middle of the Cordillera!

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


  • Mid-Range Accommodation: Inkarri Cusco
Day 4

place Cusco

Free day in Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire. Suggestions: In the morning, you can go to the San Pedro market to discover the many varieties of exotic fruits that you will only find in Peru but also cusqueños breads, local cheeses, as well as Cusquenian florists and craftsmen of all kinds! You can then head to the Plaza de Armas to visit the cathedral of Cusco, surely the most beautiful religious monument in the country. Finally, we recommend you to visit the Qoricancha Temple. This Inca temple (the most precious of the time) was ravaged by the Spanish during the colonization. Its foundations were later reused to build the church of Santo Domingo. At the end of the day, you can go to the Sacsayhuaman archeological site that you will reach through the typical district of San Blas. Or wander around the cobbled streets of the colonial center of Cusco, where magic happens during sunset time. Free time in Cusco is generally appreciated for its walking possibilities in the many small cobbled streets of the city. You can also take advantage of this moment to make your last purchases of souvenirs: clothes, jewelry and decoration, the choices are endless in Cusco!

Meals: Breakfast


  • Mid-Range Accommodation: Inkarri Cusco
Day 5

place Lares Trek day 1

Departure in shared vehicle around 6:00 am in the direction of the village of Lares (3100m) from where the hike starts. We will have a break in the village of Calca. There you can visit its local market. Lunch break with a beautiful view of the valley. Meeting with the team of mulberry trees. Start of the hike along the remains of the Inca Trail, with a gradual ascent. We will reach the first camp in Huacawasi (3600m) after 3 hours of walking. Dinner and night in camp. Transport time: 4 hours Hiking time: 3 hours Climate during the day: Warm Climate at night : Cold Vertical drop: Cusco (3400m) - Lares (3100m) - Huacawasi (3600m)

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks

Day 6

place Lares Trek day 2

After a good breakfast, departure for a hike to the highest point of the trek at 4500m altitude. This will be the steepest part of the trek, during which we will enjoy high mountain scenery, snow-capped peaks, a mosaic of farmland and breathtaking views. After passing the pass, descent and lunch by a beautiful lake. Resumption of the hike. You will be able to observe the "Queuñas" (Polylepis), a typical Peruvian tree. Reach our camp at Mantanay (3800m). Hiking time: 7 hours Climate during the day and night: cold Vertical drop: Huacawasi (3800m) - Huacawasi C'asa Pass (4500m) - Mantanay (3950m)

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks

Day 7

place Lares Trek day 3

Departure for the third day of walking towards Yanahuara (2950m), a beautiful village with a very pleasant climate, located in the Urubamba Valley, the great food supplier of Cusco, with its vast corn and vegetable fields. The coarse-grained corn, well known and admired all over the world, is produced in the Urubamba Valley. Upon arrival in Yanahuara, you will board a vehicle bound for Ollantaytambo. Weather permitting, you will visit the town of Ollantaytambo, of Inca architecture, and the archaeological site. Departure by train to the last destination of the day, the village of Aguas Calientes, located at the foot of Machu Picchu. Hiking time: 4 hours Travel time: 30 minutes Climate: warm Vertical drop: Mantanay (3950m) - Ollantaytambo (2850m) - Aguas Calientes (2000m)

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks


  • Mid-Range Accommodation: Tierra Viva Cusco Machu Picchu
Day 8

place Lares Trek day 4

Half day dedicated to the visit of the site of Machu Picchu, wonder of the world discovered in 1911 by the American anthropologist Hiram Bingham. You will have a 2-hour guided tour, then free time on the archaeological site. Walk down to Aguas Calientes. At the end of the afternoon, return by train to Ollantaytambo. Reception at the train station and transfer to the hotel in Cusco.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast


  • Mid-Range Accommodation: Inkarri Cusco
Day 9

place Cusco - Lima - Huaraz

Transfer from your hotel to Cusco's airport. You will have an English speaking assistance from your hotel to the airport.Flight with destination to Lima. Reception at Lima airport and transfer to the bus station. Departure by night bus to Huaraz.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast, Snacks

Day 10

place Huaraz

The Paron Lagoon, whose turquoise waters reflect the snow-capped peaks of the White Cordillera, is one of the largest lagoons in the region. During this hike, you will be able to admire the mountains of Huandoy (6,395 m.), Pisco (5,747 m.), Chacrapaju (6,122 m.), Piramide (5,885 m.), Paria (5,600 m.) , Artesonraju (6,025 m.) and Caraz (6,025 m.). To reach Lake Artesoncocha at 4,280 meters above sea level, you will have to walk for 3 hours on a relatively flat path, without any particular difficulty. Possibility to continue during one more hour to reach the base camp of Artesonraju (4.370 m.) and enjoy another beautiful view of the glaciers. Duration: 5 hours Altitude difference: + 170m / -170m

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks


  • Mid-Range Accommodation: Hotel Colomba
Day 11

place Mini Huayhuash trek Day 1

In the morning, departure by public transport for about 4:30 hrs to go south of Callejón of Huaylas to Conococha Lagoon (4,100 m). Descent to the city of Chiquián, short break before heading back to the town of Llamac (3,300 m) where we will visit its surroundings including chullpas, looms, rock paintings, etc. Establishment of the camp. Walking time: about 2 hours Altitude Max: 4 100 meters above sea level (Laguna de Conococha) Altitude of the camp: 3 300 msnm (Llamac)

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks

Day 12

place Mini Huayhuash Trek Day 2

Departure at dawn to join the rest of the trekking team (the muleteer and his mules). After preparing the portage of the mules, the hike will start with a climb of 700 m to the pass of Llamacpampa (4,300 meters) where you will have a beautiful view of the valley. The day will end at the beautiful lagoon of Jahuacocha (4,200 m) where you will camp. Walking time: about 7 hours Altitude Max: 4 300 masl (Pa, pallamac) Altitude of the camp: 4 200 m above sea level (Laguna Jahuacocha)

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks

Day 13

place Mini Huayhuash Trek Day 3

The day begins with the crossing of the Jahuacocha and Solterococha lagoons (4,250 m above sea level) to continue along the Sambuya pass (4,750 m). From there you will observe the snow-capped mountains of Yerupaja (6,634 m above sea level), Jirishanca, and Rondoy before going down to Camp Rondoy (3 950 m). Walking time: about 6 to 7 hours Altitude Max: 4 750 msnm (Sanbunya) Altitude of the camp: 3 950 m above sea level (Rondoy)

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks

Day 14

place Mini Huayhuash Trek Day 4

For the last day of the trek, you will start by a descent towards the city of Llamac for approx. 4 hours, on the way you will cross several picturesque villages and can observe the daily life of its inhabitants, the most remarkable of the city of Pocpa. After a short break, we will be leaving for Huaraz by public transport. Walking time: about 4 hours Altitude Max: 3 950 m (Rondoy) Transfer to the bus station in Huaraz. Departure by nightbus from Huaraz to Lima.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks

Day 15

place Lima

Transfer from the bus station to Lima airport.

What’s Included

Accommodation expand_less

  • Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport
  • Tierra Viva Valle Sagrado Urubamba
  • Inkarri Cusco
  • Tierra Viva Cusco Machu Picchu
  • Hotel Colomba

Meals expand_less

  • Breakfast (13)
  • Lunch (9)
  • Dinner (5)
  • Snacks (9)

Transport expand_less

  • Airport Transfers
  • Flight from Lima to Cusco
  • Flight from Cusco to Lima
  • Train to Aguas Calientes
  • Train to Ollantaytambo
  • Private vehicules with driver
  • Night bus

Activities expand_less

  • Visit of Inca ruins : Pisac - Chinchero - Moray - Maras - Ollantaytambo
  • Visit of Machu Picchu
  • Lunch with a local family
  • Laguna Paron
  • Lares Trek
  • Mini Huayhuash Trek

Extras expand_less

  • Entrance fees mentioned in the program

Not Included expand_less

  • Tips for Guides / Drivers
  • Meals / Drinks
  • International flights and National flights if NOT mentioned in the program.

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