Machu Picchu + Peru Trip Details


Welcome to Machu Picchu and Perú!

Peru is one of the most unique countries in the world. Aside from being home to 30 of the world’s 32 distinct climates, it boasts an extremely rich cultural heritage that has been passed down from communities and civilizations dating to long before the famous Inca Empire.

We take you to Machu Picchu--one of the Seven New Wonders of the World, the famous Rainbow Mountain, and all around Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire.

Duration: 7 days & 6 nights

Start: Please be ready at Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) at 12:00 p.m.
The earlier you arrive on Day 1, the more time you will have to explore Cusco. If you arrive after 12:00 p.m we will make arrangements to pick you up after we receive your flight information.

Finish: Trip ends at Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) at 9:00 a.m.
We will arrange several airport drop-offs based on your flight times.

Airfare booking details will be sent after registration-–please wait to book your flight until you receive further instructions.

What's Included

  • 7 days & 6 nights shared accommodations in boutique hotel rooms
  • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, & 5 dinners
  • See Cusco's famous cathedrals and Plaza de Armas
  • Exclusive cultural exchange activity in Chinchero
  • Experience the Andes Mountains
  • Immerse yourself in the rich Quechua Culture
  • Entrance to world famous Machu Picchu
  • Passenger Train to Machu Picchu
  • Experience the magical Rainbow Mountain
  • Cooking Class
  • Airport pick-up upon arrival
  • Airport drop-off upon departure
  • Under30Experiences Trip Leader
  • Personal recommendations for optional activities
  • The chance to meet some kick-ass people
  • Access to the Under30Experiences Community
  • Taxes always included, never hidden fees, & NO blackout dates

Travelers are responsible for international airfare to and from Peru.


  • Amazing views of the historic city of Cusco
  • Exclusive one of a kind cultural exchange with an indigenous community in the Andes
  • Experience Machu Picchu: “The Lost City of the Incas” and one of the Seven New Wonders of the World
  • A full day adventure to the Rainbow Mountain
  • World renowned Peruvian gastronomy
  • Hang with Llamas and Alpacas

Is this Trip for You?

If you want to immerse yourself in some of Peru's most spectacular sights while minimizing time off from work, this trip is for you!

Through this experience you will visit Machu Picchu from the comfort of a public train and bus. You'll also spend time exploring the old capital of the Incan empire--Cusco.

Cusco, Machu Picchu, & the Rainbow Mountains are located at high altitudes. If you've struggled with altitude sickness in the past, this trip may be challenging.

-Age requirement: 21+
-Group size: 15 max, average 12
-Physical rating: High physical activity. This trip is for those who enjoy being physically challenged and reaping the rewards. It includes moderate to intense physical activities and participants should expect to be active 6-8 hours most days. Participants should have an active lifestyle, and may want to consider training for high altitude.

Travel Community

Travel connects us. Community keeps us connected.

Before your trip you'll have the opportunity to join a custom WhatsApp Group and connect with others members of your group. Many travelers meet in the airport, or for pre-trip drinks if they are from the same city. Others coordinate plans to stay in a country after their trip.

During your adventure, our Trip Leaders do their best to foster an open, supportive environment, where people feel safe to truly be themselves.

After your trip, you'll be an official U30X Alumni, and part of our larger online Travel Community where you'll have access to our network of thousands of past travelers. We are constantly hosting meetups that range from simple happy hours, to hikes, to outdoor movie nights.

More than 70% of our travelers come solo, but they all leave with friends.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Travel can be unpredictable. Our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.

While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into it and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.


Breakfasts will be served at your hotel. Dinners are enjoyed in local restaurants and your hotel.

Sample Breakfast Menu:

  • Fruit, eggs, cereal, yogurt, bread, jam, coffee, tea, juice

Sample Lunch Menu:

  • At the Community: potato soup, quinoa, vegetables, chicken all grown on their farm

Sample Dinner Menu:

  • Classic Peruvian dishes, fusion, and comfort foods
  • Plenty of opportunities to try guinea pig, alpaca, and other local delicacies

We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions. Many meals can be modified for special requests and food allergies.


You will be traveling by private and public ground transportation throughout your trip.

  • Private ground transportation or taxi to and from the airport (Included)
  • Private ground transportation to our Community project and Ollantaytambo (Included)
  • Public round-trip bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes (Included)
  • Public passenger train back from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Included)
  • Private ground transportation from train station back to Cusco (Included)


You will be staying in shared boutique hotel rooms for the duration of your trip.

Laundry is available at some hotels for an additional fee. Ask your Trip Leader for details.

Accommodations may vary but will be the same quality.
Solo travelers are paired with someone of the same gender.
Private room options are available upon request subject to hotel availability for an extra charge.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance with at least 200,000 USD in medical coverage is required to participate on our trips. This must include coverage for repatriation.

Please note that travel insurance covers trip related issues such as trip interruption, lost luggage, theft, etc. Travel medical insurance covers things like repatriation, medicine, ambulance rides, and hospital visits/stays. 

We strongly suggest that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ensure that all of the activities you plan on participating in are covered by your travel insurance.

Here are a few options for travel insurance that meet our minimum medical coverage requirements: Wanderwell, SafetyWing, and World Nomads. Some plans do not cover certain “high-risk” activities. Please make sure to read your plans coverage and make a selection based on your planned trip.

Wanderwell donates at least one percent of your insurance purchase to Explore Austin, a sustainable youth outdoor education program, via 1% for the Planet, selected by Under30Experiences.

We receive a fee if you purchase products through links on this page, at no extra cost to you.

We receive a fee when you get a quote from World Nomads using our affiliate links. We do not represent World Nomads. This is not a recommendation to buy travel insurance.

Cancellation Policy


Give us at least 60 days notice and you can switch your trip for free, or we'll hold your Experience Credits for future use.

If you have an emergency cancellation that is less than 60 days before your trip, please refer to your travel insurance company as they may cover you for some expenses. We are not able to transfer trips or hold experience credits within 60 days of the trip because we have already secured reservations on your behalf.

Trip Leader Expectations

All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced Trip Leaders.

The goal of our every Trip Leader is to facilitate an awesome experience and help our travelers have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues, and introduce you to our local friends.

You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries you visit, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects.

Tipping Trip Leaders: While gratuities for Trip Leaders aren’t mandatory on your trip, they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. If you are happy with the services provided, a tip is an appropriate way to thank them. Though it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspiring excellent service and is a part of the tourism industry across many destinations. If you’re pleased with their guidance, consider tipping 3-5 USD per person per day for Trip Leaders.

Packing List

Please be eco-friendly!

  • Bring a reusable water bottle to refill from the tap.
  • Minimize plastic usage by declining straws and plastic bags at restaurants and shops.
  • Please avoid aerosol bug sprays as they negatively affect the environment.
  • Use "reef safe" sunscreens that do not contain oxybenzone and octinoxate because they kill coral.

We recommend using a travel backpack for your convenience or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.

Below are our staff picks of the best items on the market that we travel with.  All products selected are 3 ounces or less to comply with TSA carry-on size and are organically inspired when possible.

Helpful Posts:

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The Wellness Travelers Packing Guide

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Do not forget: Bring a two prong 220 volt power adaptor to charge your electronics. Water bottlesunscreen, warm layers, waterproof rain jacketsunglasses and a hat!

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Passport & Visas

Guidelines for U.S. Passport Holders

Make sure you have an updated passport with you. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the last date of your trip. Please consult the U.S. Department of State with any more questions.

Make sure there is no damage to your passport. Conditions that may constitute damage requiring you to replace your passport include water damage, a significant tear, unofficial markings on the data page, missing or torn out visa pages, a hole punch, or other injuries.

Health & Insurance

Check out our Travel Alerts Page for up-to-date requirements.

The tap water in Peru is not safe to drink. Please bring a reusable water bottle to refill from filtered water stations and join us in our efforts to be environmentally friendly and keep Peru beautiful.
Travelers are responsible for purchasing and transporting their own water throughout the day while in Peru.

The restaurants we take you to have safe food, but when you are on your own please be careful with salads and fruits. It’s impossible to know if they used water from the tap to wash it.

Altitude sickness, or Acute Countain Sickness (AMS) is common at altitudes above 8,000 ft (2,400m) above sea level. Cusco is 11,150 ft (3,400m) above sea level, and the highest we go on this trip is 17,060 ft (5,200m) at Rainbow Mountain. We recommend you to stay hydrated, and take time to acclimate, but if you’re concerned, consult your doctor about preventative medicine options.

Please consult with your doctor before traveling regarding physical activity and vaccinations.

No inoculations are required to enter Peru from the United States but the Center for Disease Control suggests vaccinating for Hepatitis A and Typhoid.

Mosquito borne viruses exist in most of South America. Please cover exposed skin and use mosquito repellent.

Please be aware that quite often we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities. For legal reasons our Trip Leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including over the counter pain relievers, but can suggest local pharmacies.

Money & Currency

We suggest bringing 300 USD in cash to be used at establishments that do not accept credit cards.

This is not a total cash amount that you should expect to spend on your trip. Please consider your own spending habits for additional expenses such as snacks, souvenirs, and optional activities.

The official currency in Peru is the Peruvian Sol (PEN).‍

We recommend exchanging from USD to PEN at your local bank before arriving in Peru to make sure you have some local currency in case you have issues with your card when you arrive.

Although many places will accept USD we recommend exchanging into Peruvian Soles (PEN) for a better exchange rate.

In Peru, an 18% charge is added on to almost every meal.

Tipping is customary if you’re satisfied with your meal. 10% is the norm.

Tipping is also customary for the porters, chefs, and crew that accompany you on the Inca Trail.

Remember to call your bank and credit card company and let them know you'll be traveling overseas.

For an up-to-date exchange rate, download the XE Currency Exchange App.

Please be advised that US Dollar notes that are slightly torn, heavily marked, or faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than 100 USD.

Safety & Security

Always carry a copy of your travel insurance, health insurance and passport with you. A photo of these items on your phone is also a good backup.

Keep your passport and any valuables locked in the safe at the hotel.

Don’t leave valuables unattended.

Leave flashy jewelry at home.

US Citizens please consider registering with US State Department's “SMART Traveler Program” who can contact your family in case of emergency.

Uber works in Lima and Cusco and is the safest way to call a taxi without having to negotiate the price. If you have extra time in Peru before or after our trip, we recommend using Uber to get around.

Although Cusco is generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering around any town at night. We recommend staying in small groups when possible.

Make sure you have the address of your hotel in the event that you're separated from your Trip Leader.


The weather in Peru is tropical and humid for the majority of the country during most of the year. Average temperatures are in the mid to upper 80’s Fahrenheit.

Machu Picchu itself is located in the cloud forest. Don’t be surprised to encounter clouds and maybe even some rain.

Dry season months of April-September

  • Average high is 70°F.
  • Average low is upper 30°F at night.
  • There’s a big temperature swing so make sure to have plenty of layers.

cultural information

Peruvians are some of the kindest people in South America. One kiss on the cheek or a good hug is a common greeting.

Peruvians love to eat ceviche, chicharron (deep-fried pork), chifa (Peruvian-Chinese food), anticuchos (Beef heart skewers), and Guinea pig is a delicacy for the Andes area.

Peruvians love to drink Inca Kola (Peruvian soft drink), beer, chicha, and pisco sours.

Altitude sickness is common for travelers coming to Peru, especially Cusco. Coca Tea, rehydration, and good acclimatization always helps. Symptoms can be similar to those of a bad hangover.

Coca leaves are legal in Peru and you can find coca crackers, toffees and sweets, but do not attempt to take them out of the country.

Peruvians love salsa, cumbia and reggaeton and when they are listening to music as a family they opt for traditional music like Huaynos and Huaylas.

Key Phrases
  • Hello -- Hola
  • Thank you -- Gracias
  • No thank you -- No Gracias
  • How are you? -- Como estás?
  • Excuse me / sorry -- Con permiso
  • How much? -- Cuánto cuesta.
  • Where is the bathroom? -- Dónde está el baño?

Tipping Guide

Due to American influence in South America, tipping is customary in several countries. It is not mandatory but people who are involved in the logistics of the trips will expect a tip.

Locals say here: “Feel free to tip someone if you feel that the service satisfies you.”

By the way, the word for “tip” in Spanish is propina, something that most foreign tourists will hear at some point during their trip to Peru.

Peru Tipping: Tours and Transport

Taxi Drivers – You never need to tip taxi drivers in Peru. The drivers don’t expect it, and they are probably overcharging you anyway. If a taxi driver is extremely friendly and points out various landmarks along the way then there’s no harm saying thanks with a small tip.

Tour Guides and Porters – As an average guideline we can suggest  5 USD to 10 USD (15 to 30 soles approximately) per day for tour guides and between 3 USD to 5 USD (9 to 15 soles) per day for porters, drivers, cooks and the like. Again, the quality of service determines the exact amount. If you are on a luxury tour, then the tip amount will generally be at the upper end of the scale (and vice versa). It’s sometimes a good idea to tip collectively as a tour group. Pooling your money will give you a better idea of the overall amount that each guide, porter etc will receive – and will help you avoid excessive tipping. 

Private Hire Drivers – You can consider tipping a private driver 2 USD to 5 USD per day. A lot depends on the type of trip, the amount of driving required, and how much extra help you receive. You might end up buying your driver lunch, snacks and drinks throughout the day, but it’s still nice to tip for good service at the end of the trip.

Optional Activities

  • Maras Moray Tour: ~75 USD
    Explore part of Peru's sacred valley and soak in incredible views of the Urubamba mountains while learning about agriculture, textiles, and Inca history.
  • Humantay Lake Hike: ~ 100 USD
    Hike to one of Peru's most stunning lakes and enjoy the turquoise waters while being surrounded by impressive mountain ranges.
  • White water rafting in the Urubamba River: ~ 90 USD
    White water rafting in Cusco is the perfect way to add some excitement and adrenaline to your Peru adventure . Raft the Urubamba River with this full-day guided tour. Grab a helmet, wetsuit, and paddle and set out to tackle class three rapids. After the rafting adventure, relax over lunch and free time to enjoy.

While your Trip Leader will assist you with optional activities available, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of the Under30Experiences itinerary. We offer no guarantees on the safety or standard of the activity.

General Rules

Respect the people around you and the environment in which you’re traveling. This includes, but is not limited to fellow travelers, Trip Leaders, the local community, nature, wildlife, and yourself.

Always do your best to ensure your own safety and the safety of your fellow travelers.

It’s important to obey local laws and customs while on our trips. This includes but is not limited to wearing appropriate clothing while visiting certain communities, refraining from taking photos of people without asking, avoiding the use of illegal drugs, having weapons, and soliciting prostitution. If you’re not sure about something, take time to educate yourself or ask someone.

Travel involves contact with new cultures. When exposed to a different way of living than you’re used to, do your best to understand that neither way is better or worse. They’re simply different ways of life.

Know your limits in every situation, whether it is physical ability, emotional space, social situations, or alcohol consumption. If you can’t participate in something, be upfront about it. If you need a break from people, take it. Stop drinking before you get too drunk.

Our Trip Leaders work in the travelers’ best interest. If they say something or ask you not to do something, it’s not because they want to hinder you, but because it is for a good reason, and they want you to have a good time!

Lying or withholding information about any physical or mental condition that might affect your ability to participate in any activities may be grounds for removal from your trip with no refund.

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