Lima to Cusco: Journey Through Peru

As you begin your Journey Through Peru, be sure to take some time out to enjoy the highlights of its exciting capital, Lima. Resting on the edge of the South Pacific Ocean, Lima is as much shrouded in history as it is cloaked in a fleeting mist. As its desert air mingles with ocean breezes a silky light fog roams in and out of the city’s streets, softening its contrast of colonial and modern architecture.

Plaza de Armas

Winding along cliffs over the Pacific, a stroll through Miraflores’ El Malecón is a great way to enjoy an afternoon among Lima’s gardens and seaside setting. After your walk, venture into the city to take in Museo Larco, a stunning sight dedicated to pre-Colombian art and ceramics. Then, perhaps amble over to the state-run museum, Museo Nacional de Arqueología Antropología e Historia del Perú to enjoy over 100,000 historical Peruvian artifacts. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, indulge in some local Peruvian cuisine. Featuring nods to its Cuyuni population as well as its Inca heritage, the city’s gastronomical community has enjoyed a celebrated emergence in recent years. Finally, before setting off for the nation’s interior take in the architectural jewels of Lima’s main square, Plaza de Armas.

Santo Domingo Cathedral

On to greater heights; Peru’s awe-inspiring Sacred Valley is truly the journey’s reward. Contrasting the colonial architecture of Cusco, the Pisac ruins serve as a great introduction to the region’s myriad traces of a lost empire. Trekking along ancient trails, and through the welcoming villages of the Andes, most travelers will ultimately make their way to the iconic Inca Trail.

Sun Gate

Our link to Machu Picchu and one of the most important parts of the Inca Road system, the Inca Trail is an 8 mile trek toward one of the Seven Wonders of the World. A steady, gradual incline frames your approach upon Machu Picchu and the surrounding mountains, cloud forests and verdant valleys below make this trip a true bucket list experience. Arriving at Intipunku, the Sun Gate, get your first glimpse of the “Lost City.” Linger as long as you like to gaze down into the stone structures of Machu Picchu and after catching your breath press downward, to eventually stand face-to-face with over five centuries of history.

BeerAt day’s end, toast your discovery with a chicha or two, an Andean beer made from fermented corn, chat with the locals and savor your journey before resting up for another day of travel in Peru.

Discover the wonders of the Incas for yourself this year on VBT’s Peru: Machu Picchu & The Sacred Valley walking vacation.

VBT’s Top Ten Vistas

Here at VBT, we offer travelers the opportunity to get in touch with unique cultures and landscapes around the world. Often some of the most rewarding moments on a VBT bicycling or walking vacation can be when we take a step back, and take in the scenery that has unfolded before us. We invite you to pause with us, and enjoy VBT’s Top ten Vistas.


Dutch Windmills

The mere mention of Holland usually prompts images of their highly celebrated windmills. Our Holland and Belgium Bike & Barge vacation offers travelers the chance to unpack only once, cruise and ridge through the Flemish countryside, and of course, see plenty of windmills. Featuring 19 historic mills where the Lek and Noord rivers meet, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk is the perfect place to explore the Dutch icon.

Green Mountains

Lake Champlain

Just beyond our front door here in Bristol, VBT’s Classic Vermont and Vermont: Champlain Valley & Islands vacations offer stunning views of our acclaimed Green Mountains. As we cycle along farm roads, and gentle valleys, we’ll also take in great views of Lake Champlain and neighboring New York State.

Cliffs of Moher

Irish Sea

Speaking of verdant landscapes, the Cliffs of Moher in western Ireland give travelers on our Ireland: Galway & Connemara Coast bicycling vacation a staggering view from high above the Irish Sea. You’ll be treated to gentle routes, rugged coastlines and a few clever yarns on this captivating vacation through the Emerald Isle.

Mountains of Patagonia


VBT’s Argentina: Walking in Patagonia offers one of the best vantage points to marvel at the mountains of Patagonia. From the valleys below, we’ll peer up at some of South America’s largest glaciers and peaks while enjoying great walks, deluxe accommodations and tremendous local wines.

Italy’s Dolomites

Dolomite Mountains

If enjoying comfortable temperatures while riding below snow-capped peaks appeals to you, consider our Italy: Cycling the Dolomite Valleys vacation. Here we experience cultural diversity, exquisite cuisine and unparalleled views of South Tyrol’s Dolomite Mountain Range.

Český Krumlov 

Vltava River

Our biking journey through the Czech Republic, Germany & Austria begins in the capital city of Prague. As we pedal along the Vltava River we come upon the historic city of Český Krumlov, with its Baroque, Renaissance and Gothic architecture. The view of the city from above the Vltava River is a sight that you’ll continue treasure long after your visit.

Florence’s Duomo

Duomo in Florence

Italy is so steeped in history and splendor that it’s impossible to pick just one sight to explore. However, it’s hard to ignore the allure of the Duomo in Florence. Take a minute to absorb the scenery of the city from the Boboli Gardens on our Tuscan Coast or Tuscan Hill Towns by Bike vacations.

Manuel Antonia Park

Beaches of Costa Rica

If you’re in the mood for sun and surf, take some time out at one of the beaches of Costa Rica’s Manuel Antonia Park. A natural paradise, Costa Rica boasts some of the most exciting wildlife reserves in the world, not to mention a few of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Enjoy the wildlife on our Walking Costa Rica’s Highlands and Coast vacation or take advantage of the optional visit on our Adventure Costa Rica! biking vacation.

Path of the Gods

Amalfi Coast

Undoubtedly, Amalfi’s most ethereal views are taken in along the Path of the Gods. As we descend upon the seaside village of Positano on our Amalfi Coast & Capri vacation, peer out over the seemingly endless blue waters of the Mediterranean, and enjoy an exhilarating walk high above the sea. You may want to take the opportunity to take a few photos, too.

Machu Picchu

Lost City

Few experiences can compare to looking out upon the “Lost City” from the Inca Trail. At VBT, our travelers complement that awe-inspiring view with a connection to local Andean culture while journeying through Peru: Machu Picchu & The Sacred Valley. The result of exploring the culture along with the terrain is a rewarding and invigorating sense of discovery. Quite simply, it’s the reason that we travel.

Enrich your adventures, and join us for a biking or walking vacation filled with stunning views this year.