Machu Picchu by Train - 8 days
Explore some of Peru’s most enchanting sites, from mighty rainforests and mysterious Inca ruins to charming colonial cities. Spending two nights in the Amazon and visiting legendary Machu Picchu.
Lima - Puerto Maldonado. This morning we head to the airport for our flight to Puerto Maldonado, our gateway to the Amazon jungle. Upon arrival we’ll travel by canoe
to our lodge for the next two nights. After a break for lunch we’ll stretch our legs with a jungle walk, during which we’ll learn all about primary and secondary rainforest. This evening we’ll embark on a Twilight River excursion to learn about ecosystems, constellations and nocturnal animals, followed by a delicious dinner.
On day 3 we hop in a canoe and sail out onto our lodge’s private cocha. Whilst floating on the peaceful water, you can try some native fishing techniques and admire the stunning surroundings. We’ll then disembark the boat at the ruins of the Fitzcarrald steam boat and learn a bit about its history before heading back to our lodge for lunch. Next up is a cruise to Rolin river island, where we’ll do a spot of bird-watching and wander through its beautiful vegetation. Finally we will check out the ldoge’s inland collpa, walking to one of their four clay licks. After learning all about collpas and looking for animal tracks we will head back to the lodge for dinner.
Overnight: The Amazon | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Puerto Maldonado - Cuzco. We take a canoe ride back to Puerto Maldonado for our flight to Cuzco on day 4. After hotel check in spend the rest of the day at leisure adjusting to the altitude. The following morning we enjoy a tour of Cuzco and its nearby ruins taking in some of the city's most important landmarks, such as the Plaza de Armas, Koricancha Temple and the Sacsayhuaman Fortress. The afternoon is yours to do as you please.
Overnight: Cusco | Breakfast x 2
Cuzco - The Sacred Valley. Today we enjoy a full day tour of the Sacred Valley. Our first stop is the popular Pisac Markets, where artisans from the region get together and exchange or buy and sell their products. There's plenty of time to explore the market, see the variety of colourful handicrafts and textiles on offer, and barter for souvenirs.
This afternoon we visit Ollantaytambo's fortress with its enormous Inca terraces constructed on the side of a steep mountain. After a tour through the area we check into our hotel for the night.
Overnight: Sacred Valley | Breakfast
Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu - Cuzco. Today is the day you’ve been waiting for as you finally get a chance to witness first hand one of the most fascinating ancient sites in the world. In the morning we will take the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and then board the bus to Machu Picchu – remember to look out the windows as the scenery along the way is utterly breathtaking.
Situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba River and surrounded by tropical forest, the Inca city enjoys a truly spectacular setting. When we get there, a guided tour will take us through the citadel. Built in the classical Inca style with polished dry-stone walls and terraces that seem to have been crafted naturally from the rock escarpments, Machu Picchu is a spectacular testament to the greatness of the Inca civilisation. The ruins are divided into the Urban and Agricultural Sectors with features ranging from terraced fields and water fountains to storage buildings, guardhouses and religious temples as well as bridges on the trails leading out of the citadel. After the tour there's plenty of time independently explore and take photos before we take the train back to Cuzco from Aguas Calientes.
Overnight: Cusco | Breakfast
Our tour comes to an end after breakfast today. A transfer will take you to the airport for your onward travel, or opt to end your tour in Lima with our Cuzco to Lima flight add-on. Adios!
End this tour in Lima
This tour ends in Cuzco, giving you the freedom to continue to explore Peru independently. Alternatively, opt for our Cuzco to Lima flight bolt-on to return to Lima on day 8 of your tour for your onward flight home. Includes: one way flight from Cuzco to Lima.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies to travellers who would like the comfort of their own room (on all or many of the tour nights) and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.Read More
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.
Hotel Jose Antonio Lima , Lima
The modern and well-designed Jose Antonio Hotel offers a comfortable stay in Lima's flourishing Miraflores district. The contemporary guestrooms feature classy neutral decorations and furnishings with an excellent selection of amenities. The hotel's Las Espuelas restaurant serves delicious Peruvian and international cuisine in an elegant setting whilst the La Jalca bar is a great place to unwind over a cocktail. The Jose Antonio Hotel is located in the residential district of Miraflores with many options for shopping and dining nearby. The international airport is 30 minutes away and it's only a 20 minute drive to the historic centre of Lima.
Inkaterra Haciencda Concepcion, Puerto Maldonado and the Amazon
Built in a former cacao and rubber plantation, Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion is a rustic chic jungle lodge. Guests stay in rooms or cabanas, all with beautiful interiors, delightful en suites and comfortable beds. Meals are served in a buffet style, using only the best local ingredients and especially good homemade breads. The lodge also a friendly bar with free Pisco sours served between 5 and 7pm! Positioned within walking distance of the beautiful and secluded Lake Sandoval in the Peruvian Amazon.
Xima Cusco Hotel, Cusco
Boasting a fantastic location by Cusco’s largest craft market, Xima Cusco Hotel is just a short walk from the city’s main square, as well as plenty of local shops and restaurants. Its modern guestrooms provide free internet access and a flat-screen TV, with some also featuring a balcony with views over Parque Orellana. The hotel’s spa offers a range of massage treatments using techniques from the Inca culture, the perfect way to unwind after visiting the world-famous citadel of Machu Picchu. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary breakfast buffet in the Atrium Café.
La Casona de Yucay, Sacred Valley
Located in the spectacular Sacred Valley, this Peruvian property exudes local charm and has a stunning mountainous backdrop to match. The hotel itself is situated in a colonial house dating back to the 1810, which has since been remodelled and now consists of 54 cosy guest rooms; a restaurant serving a variety of international and local dishes; and bar serving nibbles and traditional Peruvian Pisco Sour. The courtyard with its chairs and tables is the perfect place to sit back and appreciate the view.
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Sebastian in Lima and Jose in Cusco we’re both amazing, they had a wealth of knowledge and a lovely disposition.”