12 DAYS IN PERU

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USD $2580

Gay Tour

Multiple Departure Dates

THE DEAL

From the sprawling sand dunes of Ica, to the traditional stone streets of Ollantaytambo, and from the ancient fortress of Cusco, to the jaw-dropping ruins of Machu Picchu, Peru is a country of incredible contrasts. The country with the “WOW” factor, and a destination on everyone’s must-visit bucket list.  12 days of unforgettable exploring gravity-defying ancient estates, adrenaline-rushing activities, and unique wildlife in every direction.

Our 12-day trip through Peru mixes our laid-back travel concept with Peru’s most unique and memorable sites to form an adventure that you’ll be talking about forever. Whether you’ve always dreamed of soaking up the incredible mountaintop Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, taking a scenic train journey through the Peruvian Andes, or you’re ready to discover off-the-beaten-track sites like the desert oasis of Huacachina and the penguin-filled (yes – penguins!) Ballestas Islands, Peru is ready to blow your mind!  With breathtaking vistas in every direction, incredibly unique local culture, and an unlimited number of exciting activities along the way, Peru is a perfectly enriching destination.

$2580 USD Land Package (all taxes included)

PERU TRIP DATES​

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  • July 21st - August 1st 2018

  • October 1st - 12th 2018

  • May 18th - May 29th 2019

Trip prices based on twin share. Traveling solo? We'll match you up with another solo traveler at no extra charge, or just pay a $690 USD single supplement for your own room!

THE ITINERARY

Our 12-day Peru trip mixes the jaw-dropping Andean mountain range, with the unique highlights of the Pacific Coast, while starting and finishing in the bustling capital city of Lima.  From the sand dunes at sea level to the historic mountaintop fortresses, these 12 days in Peru encompass the diversity that makes Peru famous. Below is a brief itinerary of our stops, but for detailed info and available activities check out the links to the left.

Day 1 - LIMA

Most travelers will arrive into Peru's largest airport in Lima on day 1 and meet at our starting and ending point in the community of Miraflores at 4pm to start our adventure.  Our time here in Lima is spent exploring the highlights of the city including the rich history, the famous culinary scene, and the naturally beautiful coastline.  Lima may not be on the list of the world's most wild gay communities, but there is plenty of nightlife and a very welcoming community in Miraflores.

Days 2 and 3 - SACRED VALLEY

On our second day we jet off into the Andes Mountains on a 90-minute flight to Cusco, then down the road into the Sacred Valley to spend two nights in the beautiful town of Yucay. The altitude here is over 2000 feet lower than Cusco so staying in the valley will assist with the feelings of the higher altitude compared to Cusco. Surrounded by history and natural beauty, our two nights here are an opportunity to immerse ourselves in the ancient times of the Incas who ruled over this area hundreds of years ago. The beauty of the area and the surrounding Inca ruins ensure this is an unforgettable stop in Peru. Included during your time here is a full day of exploring the ancient salt flats of Maras, the unique ancient agricultural site of Moray, and the historically significant mountain town of Ollantaytambo, complete with cliff-side ruins!

Day 4 - MACHU PICCHU and AGUAS CALIENTES

Our fourth day is a day that’s surely been in your mind for many years. We depart from the Sacred Valley in the morning on a 2 hour train journey through the Andes, winding along the Urubamba River. Before long we arrive in the mountain town of Aguas Calientes, names after the hot spring flowing nearby. From Aguas Calientes it’s only another 20 minutes by bus to the unforgettable mountaintop ruins of Machu Picchu. Our first two hours here is spent exploring the ruins with our favorite local Peruvian guide, who was born and raised in the area and an expert on everything Machu Picchu. The rest of our day is spent soaking up the incredible site which was lost to the outside world for many centuries. Instead of rushing off the mountain to catch the train back out of town, we stay the night at the base of the mountain in Aguas Calientes, giving us what seems like Machu Picchu all to ourselves.

Days 5, 6, and 7 - CUSCO

On day 5 we leave time for catching the sunrise at Machu Picchu or braving the hike up Wayna Picchu before jumping on the scenic afternoon train and heading back to Cusco. Our three-night stay in Cusco gives us time to visit many of the area’s ancient sites, taste the unique local food, take part in a hike, and even experience some gay nightlife way up in the Andes.

Days 8, 9, and 10 - PARACAS

Day 8 is our only “long” travel day of the trip, starting in the morning with a 90-minute flight off the mountain, a quick transfer in Lima, and a 3 hour ride down the Pan-American Highway to the pelican-filled seaside town of Paracas. With golden sand dunes as far as the eye can see, islands full of penguins, a palm-treed oasis in the desert, wineries and bodegas galore, and the famous Nazca lines nearby, this is a completely different side of Peru that can’t be missed!

Days 11 and 12 - LIMA

On the afternoon of our 11th day we travel back up the Pan-American highway to Lima where we’ve got one last evening together as a group in our base of Miraflores.  This is our time to have one last feast together and grab some last-minute souvenirs before we all say “adios” and “hasta luego” to each other and Peru!  All travelers are welcome to book their flights departing from Peru at any time on the 12th day.

Click on the destinations to the left for a full description of what you'll experience on your 12-day trip.

*Note that the order of stops and duration at each location are subject to change.

THE FINE PRINT

What's Included

Our 12-day Peru trips include many of the "big ticket" items of your experience, including your roundtrip domestic flights, train passes, Machu Picchu entrance passes, and more!  Check out our detailed list of inclusions and exclusions below.

  • All Taxes

  • All accommodation in 3-4* hotels/guesthouses

  • ROUNDTRIP airfare between Lima and Cusco

  • All ground transfers (Train and private van)

  • Entrance to Machu Picchu

  • 2 hour guided Machu Picchu tour

  • Welcome dinner/drinks in Lima

  • All full breakfasts

  • Hike to Inca ruins of Ollantaytambo

  • Visit Moray, and the salt terraces of Maras

  • Knowledgeable and fun DETOURS trip leader

  • DETOURS pre-trip guidebook

  • Group travel within Peru

  • Over a decade of trip leading experience

** - Trip prices based on twin share. Traveling solo? We'll match you up with another traveler at no extra charge, or just pay a $690 single supplement for your own room!

What isn't included?

  • Lunches and dinners not noted above

  • Activities not noted above above

  • Optional tips for drivers/guides

  • International Airfare

Hotels:

We don't like staying in smelly shacks on our vacations, and we're pretty sure you don't either! After working hard for your trip, you deserve an enjoyable, comfortable place to wind down at the end of your day. We put a LOT of time into finding the perfect accommodation for your trip so after sniffing around, fluffing pillows, and testing showers we have narrowed down our favorite properties that won't disappoint. Check out our approved accommodation to get an idea of the types of places you can expect to lay your head during your Detours trip.

 LIMA - Arawi Miraflores

  • Located in the heart of Miraflores
  • Plenty of hot/cold breakfast options
  • Friendly and helpful staff
  • Contemporary design
  • Immaculately clean rooms
  • Locally owned
  • Spacious rooms

CUSCO - Rumi Punku

  • Traditional Inca-inspired architecture
  • Very quiet yet close to everything
  • Friendly and helpful staff
  • Several peaceful courtyards
  • An impressive rock entrance
  • Locally owned
  • Wide variety of breakfast food

YUCAY -La Casona de Yucay

  • Stunning riverside location
  • Restaurant uses own farm-grown food
  • Relaxing sauna for guest use
  • Beautifully maintained gardens
  • Rooms with lots of local character 
  • Locally owned
  • Excellent showers

 MACHU PICCHU (AGUAS CALIENTES) - El Mapi

 • Lush Andes mountains with steps
 • Chic modern design
 • Located in the heart of Aguas Calientes
 • "Earthy", perfect for post-Machu Picchu
 • Immaculately clean rooms
 • Locally owned

 PARACAS - San Agustin 

  • Pacific Ocean view from every room
  • Wake up to birds and crashing waves
  • Beautiful seaside pool and grounds
  • Located in a quiet area
  • Immaculately clean rooms
  • Locally owned
  • Spacious rooms

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