Discover Peru’s most magnificent, mythical ancient wonders

Peru is home to some of the most iconic, well-preserved ruins and archeological sites in South America, as well as fascinating museums and a colonial legacy, too. This tour of Peru’s Ancient Past with Atelier goes from one spellbinding site to the next as you visit fortresses, temples, hidden mountain tombs, and discover the myths and legends that surround them along the way.

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  • Explore stunning archeological sites and absorb the majesty of Peru’s ancient past.
  • Visit well-known ruins and lesser-visited gems throughout.
  • Marvel at the treasures of Lima’s Larco Museum and the tranquility of Huaca Mateo Salado.
  • Admire Kuelap Fortress, one of the largest ancient sites in the Americas.
  • Discover a hidden history at the mountainside Revash Mausoleum.
  • Meet the mummies of Leimebamba Museum.
  • Witness the awe-inspiring ancient ruins of Moray and Ollantaytambo in Sacred Valley.
  • Enjoy Machu Picchu your own way with a private early morning tour.
  • Discover Sacsayhuaman Fortress, Qorikancha Temple, and the atmospheric streets of Cusco.
  • Lima
  • Kuelap & Chachapoyas
  • Cusco
  • Sacred Valley
  • Machu Picchu
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Detailed Itinerary

Costa Verde of Lima City - Atelier South America

Day 1 | Lima

Upon arrival at Lima International Airport you’ll be met by an Atelier concierge who will help with your bags, give you a snapshot of life in Lima, and assist with hotel check-in.

Museo Larco Storage - Museo Larco - Atelier South America

Day 2 | Lima

Your first full day in Peru’s capital city includes a guided tour of the Colonial Old Town and the peaceful ruins of Huaca Mateo Salado, before admiring the treasure of Lima’s Larco Museum. Later, enjoy dramatic coastal views from upmarket San Isidro and Miraflores Districts.

Gocta Lodge Pool, Chachapoyas - Atelier South America

Day 3 | Lima/Chachapoyas

Day 3 of this tour through Peru’s past takes you to Chachapoyas, a beautiful town in the north known for its cobbled colonial squares and ancient Pre-Inca cliff tombs.

Mummies at Leymebamba Museum - Chachapoyas - Atelier South America

Day 4 | Chachapoyas

In Chachapoyas you can immerse yourself in history, nature, and both modern and ancient culture aplenty. On day 4, either hike to the gorgeous Gocta Waterfall for a picnic, or visit the Revash Mausoleum and Leimebamba Museum meet the people of Peru’s longtime past. The choice is yours!

Kuelap Ancient City Fort Walls, Chachapoyas, Peru - Atelier South America

Day 5 | Chachapoyas

What better way to marvel at Chachapoyas than from above? Today starts with a ride on the Luya Cable Car for fantastic panoramas, before exploring the stunning Kuelap archaeological complex, a magnificent hilltop settlement and fort that also throws up spectacular Utcubamba Valley views.

Cusco City Archery - Cusco - Atelier South America

Day 6 | Chachapoyas/Lima/Cusco

Next on this tour of Peru’s Ancient Past comes Cusco and the Sacred Valley, for some of the most iconic wonders in South America. You’ll fly to Cusco via Lima and check into your boutique hotel on arrival.

Tipon Waterfall, Cusco South Valley - Atelier South America

Day 7 | Southern Valley/Cusco

The ancient sites and highlights around Cusco are endless, and you’ll witness a mix of both iconic ruins and hidden gems during your time here. Begin with a tour of Tipon, a stunning ruin of ancient water channels and pools in the Southern Valley, before visiting the iconic sites of Qorikancha Temple and the Sacsayhuaman Complex. Finish the day in Downtown Cusco for pretty plazas, 16th-century churches, and plenty of fine dining restaurants.

Ollantaytambo Archaeological Site - Sacred Valley - Atelier South America'-

Day 8 | Sacred Valley/Aguas Calientes

Time to delve deeper into the Sacred Valley on day 8 of this tour, as you discover the preserved archaeological sites of Pisac, Moray and Ollantaytambo for a real trip back in time. From these marvels of Peru, continue to the town of Aguas Calientes at the foot of Machu Picchu, courtesy of scenic train journey through the Sacred Valley.

Machu Picchu - Cusco - Atelier South America

Day 9 | Machu Picchu/Cusco

Where else could a tour of Peru’s Ancient Past conclude, but Machu Picchu? Often voted the World’s Top Travel Destination, Machu Picchu has captured the imagination of countless visitors – and easy to see why. You’ll get to enjoy The Lost City on a private guided tour before having free time to explore on your own, taking in those Sacred Valley views all the while. Later, gourmet lunch with views of the Citadel before returning to Cusco by train.

Cusco Cathedral - Atelier South America

Day 10 | Cusco/Lima

As your trip draws to a close, you may have time for one final walk around Cusco before your onward flight to Lima and home, full of priceless memories of Peru.

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