Tours to Peru
Peru, Machu Picchu & The Amazon Rain Forest: 8 Days, 7 Nights
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Starts Monday, November 9 in Cusco, Peru
Ends Monday, November 16

Top Quality Lodging • Expert Guides • Exciting Itinerary

Click for photos of our 2014 tour and 2015 tour and 2017 tour and our 2018 tour to Peru, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon jungle.

Top Hotels and Lodges • 2 Nights at Machu Picchu • Licensed & Professional Guides • 
Itinerary Includes Morning  Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu Sun Gate •  Professional Naturalists at the Inkaterra Amazonica Lodge

Peru, mystical Machu Picchu, and the Amazon rain forest await your discovery.  Join The Traveling Professor on a fully guided tour that will be talked about for years to come.  The Professor has custom-designed an exciting and enriching itinerary truly making this journey to South America the trip of a lifetime.

Steve Solosky, The Traveling Professor, is widely recognized for his Peru tours.  He is regularly invited to be speak at national trade meetings on Peru travel.  The Wall Street Journal and other print/radio media have noted his exceptional tours.  The New York Times Travel Show has designated Professor Solosky as a Peru Travel Expert.

The Professor travels with small groups (up to 16 people) and offers personalized, attentive service.   

Included With The Trip:

  • 7 Nights, 8 Days in Peru in clean, comfortable, top-quality hotels in safe and convenient locations.  Hotels are consistently top-ranked on   Single, double, twin, and quad rooms have private baths and showers (see hotel list below).   Breakfast is included.
  • Small Groups average 16 or fewer adult travelers.
  • Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage City.  Enjoy a professionally guided tour of this fascinating city of stone, once the capital of the Inca Empire.    Savor world-class Peruvian cuisine and meet your travel companions with a welcome dinner.  Hotel rooms in Cusco are equipped with intelligent oxygen systems to minimize the effects of high altitudes.
  • Sacred ValleyA fully guided tour of the amazing ruins at Ollantaytambo with a relaxing lunch at a spa on the Urubamba River.  
  • Guaranteed, Pre-Reserved Admission to Machu Picchu.  A guided visit to one of the Seven Wonders of the World will literally leave you breathless.   Spend another day at Machu Picchu to hike the Inca Trail to the Sun Gate as well as see exotic birds, colorful butterflies, and unusual wildlife.  Travelers have exclusive access to private gardens and nature trails in the Machu Picchu area. Few other tours offer the in-depth exploration of Machu Picchu that The Traveling Professor does. 
  • Expedition to the Amazon Rain Forest.    First-class accommodations at the best all-inclusive eco-lodge in the jungle.   Choose from over a dozen excursions covering river canoeing, birding, astronomy, plants/flowers, wildlife and more.  It doesn’t get better than this!
  • Professional, Licensed Tour Guides in Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Amazon Rain Forest.  Our expert guides separate The Professor’s tours from the rest.  Get special insight into amazing Peruvian culture, history, natural beauty, and archeology.  All tours are private tours.
  • Personalized, Attentive Service.  The Professor takes care of all the details and serves as the group’s personal concierge.   The Traveling Professor is always accessible to answer any and all questions prior to and during the tour.  Travelers are well-advised on packing, currency, weather, altitude, local customs and all other related issues.   Travelers are well-prepared for this adventure.  
  • All Local Transportation.  Including transfers to/from airport, domestic air (flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado), train and auto transportation.   We handle all the planning and details so you can enjoy your vacation.  From arrival in Cusco until the time you leave, everything is taken care of.
  • Optional Add-On Trips Available.  Additional days in Amazon jungle.  2 days in Lima and/or Nazca lines.

Hotels/Lodge Used on This Tour:

Detailed 8-Day, 7-Night Itinerary Starting in Cusco

Day 1
Arrive in vibrant Cusco, Peru from your home city.  Our private limo service will pick you up at the airport, regardless of arrival time.    This ancient city of the Incas is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Acclimate to the 11,200 foot altitude with a brief walking tour of the city and a local market like never seen before.   That evening, enjoy world-renowned Peruvian cuisine.  Breakfast included.
Day 2
A full day, professionally guided, private VIP tour of Cusco and the surrounding area.   See the Main Square, Cathedral, and Qoricancha (Sun Temple). The tour drives along the outskirts of the city up to famous fortress of Saqsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay ruins.  Breakfast included.
Day 3
Journey by train through the heart of the Sacred Valley along the twisting whitewater Urubamba River into the cloud forest of Peru. We take a private van from our hotel in Cusco to Ollantaytambo.  We board a train for a 2 hour adventure to the outpost town of Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu.  An in-depth professionally guided tour of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu is on the day’s itinerary.   Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 4
Arise early for a guided hike along the Inca Trail to the Sun Gate for an awe-inspiring sunrise at Machu Picchu led by your guide.  Overlooking the mystical citadel from the Sun Gate is perhaps the most scenic vista in the world.  It is an experience to talk about and show photos to everyone you know for years to come.  In the afternoon, relax or explore the flowers, fauna, butterflies, birds and other wildlife on private nature trails.  Breakfast and dinner included.  We are one of the few tours that spends 2 nights at Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu).
Day 5
It’s back on the train to Ollantaytambo for a tour of the Sacred Valley.   We’ll visit unbelievable ancient ruins, have a memorable lunch at a spa on the Urubamba River and visits sites in the Sacred Valley on our way back to Cusco to spend the night.  Breakfast and lunch included.
Days 6-7
We depart for our Amazon Jungle/Rain Forest adventure in the morning and fly to Puerto Maldonado.  Our 3-day, 2-night itinerary includes  

  • Inkaterra Amazonica Reserva:  a highly regarded all-inclusive eco-lodge in the Peruvian Amazon rain forest.  Luxury accommodations with all meals included.  Most excursions are included, but some are at an additional cost.
  • Excursions: Upon arrival, there will be a short orientation.  Each traveler chooses from up to 12 different excursions of varying difficulty levels with a professional guide at the lead.  This is the full first-class jungle/rain forest experience.   Excursions include birding, river tours, astronomy, rain forest by day or night, medicinal plants, canoeing, fishing, native plants/flowers, and more.  Before the trip, we will detail each excursion so you can pick the best programs for you.  For a description of excursions (some available seasonally), click HERE.

Day 8
Depart Puerto Maldonado for home.  We leave the Amazon after lunch (not included).

Optional Lima Add-On: Add two nights in Lima, starting Saturday, November 7 for $699 per person, double occupancy.  Includes 2 nights at the 4- star Jose Antonia Deluxe Hotel in central Lima, guided tour of Lima, airfare from Lima to Cusco.

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2020 Tour Dates & Pricing
  • Starts in Cusco on Monday, November 9.
  • $3,299 Based upon double occupancy
  • $549 Single supplement
  • Add extra nights in Cusco for $109 per person double occupancy, $169 single occupancy
  • Optional add-on to Lima includes 2 nights at 4-star Hotel Jose Antonio Deluxe, touring program, airfare from Lima to Cusco on November 9.  $699 double occupancy.
  • Questions?  Email and get an immediate response at
Important Notes
  • Travelers are strongly encouraged to obtain health and emergency evacuation insurance prior to departure.   
  • Travelers must be in excellent health and able to trek difficult terrain at high altitudes. 
  • Travelers are strongly advised to consult with a physician to assess their ability to participate on this tour and to obtain recommended immunizations/medications. 
  • Each traveler under 25 years of age must be accompanied by an adult over 30 years of age.
  • Trip itinerary may be modified due to civil disturbances, strikes, safety reasons, natural disasters, and/or weather conditions.
  • Professor Solosky is on the tour 24/7 keeping the tour on pace and making sure all goes as planned.
  • Airfare to/from the traveler’s home city is not included.  
  • Flights should be booked into Cusco (unless doing the Lima extension) and return from Puerto Maldonado, Peru (PEM). The Professor will help you in finding the best airfare.
  • A $500 per person deposit holds your spot.
  • For full details on what to expect on The Professor's tours, click HERE.
How to Book
  • Email The Professor at  Indicate that you want to go on the Peru/Machu Picchu tour.  Include the names of travelers and contact info (email and phone).  We will then confirm the availability of space.
  • Within 5 days, follow up with a $500 deposit per person made to TRAVELING PROFESSOR LLC and send to TRAVELING PROFESSOR, 3965 COTTON GIN RD, FRISCO TX 75034.