When you're exploring a new country, it can be helpful to have a knowledgeable local guide on hand. Guided tours are led by friendly, English-speaking guides who take you to various places in Peru. You might hike through the rainforest and learn about tropical birds or explore an ancient archeological site to better appreciate native Peruvian culture. Guided tours are a good way to dig beneath the surface and develop a deeper understanding of Peru.
39 Things to Do
This tour introduces you to local history and some truly stunning views. On this educational tour, your guide will point out the agricultural, residential, and religious buildings. Because we have so few written records left behind by the Inca, historians have had to make educated guesses about what purpose some of the structures served and much of the site remains shrouded in mystery.
4 hrsFrom $136
Explore the latest discoveries in Peruvian archeology on this tour. You’ll visit the Sun and Moon Huacas and the Huacas de Moche Museum.
3 hrsFrom $34
Your service will start out with a brunch. A little while later the service continues with lunch. Your meals include non-premium beverages, including a tempting wine list — you might start your trip with a refreshing glass of orange juice and a glass of sparkling wine.
5 hrsFrom $641
Double your adventure when you depart from the border city of Puno, Peru to explore La Paz, Bolivia. This tour will take you to colonial structures, museums, ancient replicas, intriguing city shops, and more. With a half day and full day option, you can decide how much Bolivian excitement you can handle in one day!
3 hrsFrom $47
On this luxury train ride to Machu Picchu you’ll get to speed through the pastoral beauty of the Sacred Valley. First you’ll take a 4-hour train ride, and then a 30-minute bus ride up the side of the mountain. On they train voyage you’ll get to eat, drink, and enjoy live music.
14 hrsFrom $1009
The Cusco region has many of its most interesting destinations folded into the pockets of the Sacred Valley. Take a tour Chinchero, Maras, and Moray for a full day of sightseeing some of the most striking innovations of the native Andeans.
8 hrsFrom $88
Set in the foreground of the scenic El Misti Volcano, Arequipa’s white stone architecture is truly a sight to behold. This tour will introduce you to several of the city’s religious buildings – including the very special Santa Catalina Monastery – and take you to a few key lookout points to see the city of from above.
3 hrsFrom $61
On the Quierolo Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tour, you’ll tour one of Peru’s most beautiful and successful vineyards. Besides Peruvian wine, this tour will serve as an educational introduction to Peru’s favorite liquor, pisco. Pisco is a brandy made from grapes, and Quierolo has some of the finest piscos in the country.
2 hrsFrom $23
The Chauchilla Cemetery offers fascinating archeological insight into how the Nazca cared for their dead. Open tombs allow you to see the ancient remains in repose, decked out in their funerary finery. Some of the graves were looted or damaged by grave robbers, but efforts have been made to carefully restore the site.
2 hrsFrom $39
Take this tour to spend a full day exploring the Colca Canyon and its surrounding villages. This is a breathtaking landscape, with one of the deepest canyons in the world, swooping Andean condors, and a patchwork of rich, green farmland.
14 hrsFrom $113
Machu Pichu’s vast ruins have a distinctly Inca layout. Scholars have discovered that many of the site’s buildings have astrological significance. With a design inspired by the stars, Machu Picchu has an implacable hold on the imagination of everyone who tours it.
11 hrsFrom $383
This all-day tour brings you to the Chavín Archeological Monument, which is one of the oldest sites in the Americas — construction began around 1500 BC. People came to this center to consult the oracle and to make offerings to the gods. The exterior walls are decorated with a series of zoomorphic faces. Other highlights of the complex include the Tello Pyramid, the Circular Plaza, the Rectangular Plaza, the New Temple, and the Old Temple. In the village of Chavín de Huantar, just a few minutes from the complex, the museum exhibits archaeological artifacts found in the complex.
10 hrsFrom $110
This tour offers an alternative option to treks on the Inca Trail. Over the course of 5 days and 4 nights, you’ll hike across beautiful mountainous environments as you make your way towards the crown jewel of Peruvian archeology—Machu Picchu.
9 hrsFrom $671
On this tour you’ll spend a day exploring the great variety of attractions the Sacred Valley of the Inca has to offer. In the marketplace at Pisac you’ll have the opportunity to buy crafts made by Peruvian artisans. Then you’ll visit the valley itself, and hike through an Inca ruin in one of the nearby mountains.
9 hrsFrom $99
The Perolniyoc Waterfall is a lesser-known sight in the Sacred Valley, just outside of Ollantaytambo. Travelers come here to admire the pristine beauty of the falls – this is a bit more off the beaten path, giving you the chance to experience a natural wonder without crowds. At the top of the canyon, you’ll also get to see the Inca ruins of Raqaypata.
6 hrsFrom $92
- Elliot H.
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