Machu Picchu | Peru | South America
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Machu Picchu by Train - 9 days map

Discover the incredible highlights of Peru, from the buzzing culinary capital of Lima to the dense bio diverse Amazon Rainforest, on this exciting 9 day tour. Visit sacred sites, colourful markets and travel by scenic train through the Andean Mountains. Explore some of Peru’s most enchanting destinations as you visit the mysterious Inca ruins at Machu Picchu as well as the terraced ruins of Ollantaytambo. Spend two nights in the Amazon Jungle learning about some of the numerous species of birds and animal that live here.

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

The Amazon – Spend two nights in the jungle at a unique eco lodge and explore the world’s largest tropical rainforest
Sacred Valley of the Incas – Roam around the Pisac ruins, the temple of Ollantaytambo and local markets
Lima - Explore the capital of Peru with its vibrant Plazas & Spanish colonial architecture
Cusco – Take in the highlights of the captivating capital of the Inca Empire on a guided tour and explore the Sacsayhuaman Fortress
Machu Picchu – Enjoy a scenic train ride to explore the spectacular Inca citadel, which is one of the New 7 Wonders of the World

Included

8 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
2 economy flights: Lima - Puerto Maldonado - Cusco
Guided tour of Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu
Escorted by English-speaking local tour leader (for groups of 4 or more) and specialist local guides for included sightseeing
Entrance fees and Cusco Tourist Ticket
5 nights 4 star hotels, 1 night 3 star hotel in the Sacred Valley and 2 nights Amazon eco-lodge
Airport transfers on day 1 and day 9
Expedition train to Machu Picchu
Transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

International flights to/from our tour start/end points and visas
Tipping – an entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

Lima

Welcome to Peru! Upon arrival at the Lima airport you’ll be transferred to our hotel in the popular Miraflores district of the city. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore the city before our welcome meeting at 6pm this evening where you will meet your tour leader.
Overnight: Lima

Day 2

Lima

Today we explore the beautiful city of Lima , also known as the 'city of kings', we'll visit the well preserved historical centre. Making our way through Plaza San Martin, we'll also take in Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace and the City Hall. Our tour of the city continues with a visit to the San Francisco Monastery and it's famous underground crypts which are home to an estimated 70,000 remains. This bright yellow architectural wonder is also home to an incredible library, holding thousands of antique texts, some of which pre-date the conquest in the 16th century. Later we'll head through the residential districts of San Isidro and Miraflores, passing by Huaca Pucllana, a clay pyramid that was the ceremonial and administrative centre of the Lima culture and later considered a sacred town by the Inca's. Next up we'll stop at El Olivar park, a peaceful space where we'll find olive trees that were brought to Peru in the 15th century from Spain. Our final stop on today's tour of Lima is El Parque del Amor, this romantic spot is situated on the cliffs of Miraflores overlooking the Pacific ocean.

Lima is fast becoming one of the gastronomic capitals of the world and later this afternoon there is the opportunity to join an exciting optional Lima Gourmet Food Tour, combining gastronomic delights with walks around the capital, experiencing the local culture. Please contact us to book.
Overnight: Lima  |  Breakfast

Days 3-4

The Amazon Jungle

Lima - Puerto Maldonado. Transfer to Lima airport this morning and fly to Puerto Maldonado. From Puerto Maldonado we take a scenic boat ride along the meandering Madre de Dios River to our eco-lodge, nestled in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. As we glide down the river look out for capybaras and caimans on the riverbanks. Arriving at the lodge, there's a short briefing before we settle into our jungle accommodation. Over the next two days enjoy a variety of jungle activities, with the lodge's expert naturalist guides. Delve into the depths of the rainforest on a nature walks, observing an abundance of flora and fauna. Scale the canopy walkway or canopy tower for incredible panoramic views of the Amazon from its rooftop, gaining a sense of its size and keeping an eye out for bright toucans, macaws, monkeys and the three-toed sloth. Enjoy a Twilight River excursion or nightime walk through the rainforest, as nocturnal creatures appear.

Day 4 includes a visit to Lake Sandoval, a glassy, ox-bow lake located inside the protected Tambopata National Reserve, reached via a sun-dappled rainforest trail. We board a dug-out wooden canoe to quietly paddle around the serene lake which is home to many species of birds, the endangered giant river otter, red howler monkeys, red-bellied macaws, anacondas, side-neck turtles, black caimans amongst others.

Please note: Jungle activities and excursions may vary, depending on the lodge you're staying at and the weather conditions. In 2024 we stay at Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion or Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica. In 2025 we will be staying at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica or Refugio Amazonas.
Overnight: The Amazon  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 5-6

Cusco

Puerto Maldonado - Cusco. We take a canoe ride back to Puerto Maldonado for our flight to Cusco on day 5. After hotel check in spend the rest of the day at leisure adjusting to the altitude. This beautiful city full of history and intrigue, is located 3,399m above sea level.

The following morning we enjoy a tour of Cusco and its nearby ruins taking in some of the city's most important landmarks. We'll start at the Plaza de Armas, built on the remains of one of the most important Incan gathering spots, it's one of the most beautiful squares in the country. We'll also visit the Cathedral, the Kenko Amphitheatre and the impressive Sacsayhuaman Fortress. Built between 1438 and 1474, Sacsayhuaman Fortress took over 20,000 labourers to build and some of the magnificent stone work measures over 4 metres in height and over 100 tons in weight. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to do any independent exploring of Cusco.
Overnight: Cusco  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 7

Sacred Valley

Cusco - 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. Originally only held on Sundays, Pisac Market was a place for artisans from across the region to trade in their products. Today the market is a daily occurrence where locals and visitors alike can find some of the finest textiles, jewellery and clothing typical of this area of Peru. 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. One of the best examples of Incan architecture, many of the inhabitants of Ollantaytambo still live according to the customs and traditions they have inherited from generations of ancestors, leading to it being known as a living Inca town. After a tour through the area we check into our hotel for the night.
Overnight: Sacred Valley  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Machu Picchu

Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu - Cusco. 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 we return to the spa town of Aguas Calientes where there's time to stroll around before travelling by train back to Cusco.
Overnight: Cusco  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Cusco

Our tour comes to an end after breakfast today. A transfer will take you to Cusco airport for your onward travel.

If you're not departing Cusco until this evening, or you've booked post tour accommodation, you may wish to join one of the optional excursions on offer today. You can visit the local Andean market town of Chinchero on a half day tour. Chinchero has one of the most traditional markets in South America, and here you will find locals in colourful traditional dress, buying and selling their produce.

There's also an optional full day excursion to Vinicunca, the Rainbow Mountain (offered from March to November), with lunch included. After a scenic 2.5 hr drive through rugged mountain scenery, trek with a guide to the summit of Rainbow Mountain, with its striking bright stripes of mineral deposits.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates marked with a 'G' are operating. All dates are guaranteed to operate when there are 2 persons booked on the tour. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to solo travellers or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.

Guaranteed Departure
2024
Twin Share
Single Room
£2,255
£2,665
£2,205
£2,615
£2,055
£2,445
£2,205
£2,615
£2,205
£2,615
£2,205
£2,615
£2,055
£2,445
£2,055
£2,445
£2,145
£2,535
2025
Twin Share
Single Room
£2,145
£2,585
£2,145
£2,585
£2,145
£2,585
£2,145
£2,585
£2,405
£3,165
£2,215
£2,645
£2,215
£2,645
£2,215
£2,645
£2,215
£2,645
£2,215
£2,645
£2,215
£2,645
£2,405
£3,165
£2,215
£2,645
£2,335
£3,105
£2,145
£2,585
£2,335
£3,105
£2,335
£3,105
£2,145
£2,585
£2,245
£2,675

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Pre Tour Accommodation Lima
£55
£105
Post Tour Accommodation Cusco
£55
£95

Hotels

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.

Hilton Garden Inn Miraflores, Lima

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The modern Hilton Garden Inn is conventionally located within the heart of Miraflores, only a 5-minute stroll from Miraflores Central Park and Kennedy Park. Nearby are the popular tourist locations; the Huaca Pucllana Ruins and Peru’s own Bridge of Sighs, enriched with a tale, should you choose to visit. The Inn provides a wide range of features including 24-hour frontal desk service, room service, digital TV and the fitness center equipped with the pool facility and room service. Accommodation at the Hilton Garden Inn offers air conditioning, bar and breakfast.

Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion, Puerto Maldonado and the Amazon

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Built in a former cacao and rubber plantation, Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion is a rustic chic jungle lodge, nestled in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon, near the Tambopata National Reserve. The comfortable guest rooms are designed to blend seamlessly with the surrounding rainforest. Each room, crafted from local materials, provides a cosy retreat with modern amenities, private bathrooms, and serene views of the jungle or gardens. 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! Discover the area's incredible biodiversity on guided excursions, including riverboat tours, canopy walks, night safaris and a visit to beautiful Lake Sandoval, a water mirror inhabited by Howler monkeys, caimans and giant river otters. The lodge's dedication to sustainability and conservation is reflected in its practices and partnerships with local communities, ensuring a responsible and enriching travel experience. This beautiful lodge is 25 minutes down river from Puerto Maldonado and can only be reached by taking a scenic canoe ride from the town.

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica , Puerto Maldonado and the Amazon

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Set on the banks of the meandering Madre de Dios River, enter the wonderful realm of the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica where you can fall asleep to the sounds of the rainforest. This charming eco lodge features 35 well-appointed cabanas, each crafted from local materials to harmonize with the natural surroundings. The guest rooms provide a serene escape with elegant, rustic decor, private bathrooms, and screened porches with hammocks, perfect for relaxing while listening to the jungle's symphony. A range of activities are offered at the lodge, from guided rainforest treks and canopy walks to twilight river excursions, all while the lodge's commitment to sustainability and conservation ensures a responsible and immersive Amazon experience. The Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is situated in a private reserve adjacent to the lush Tambopata National Reserve. From Puerto Maldonado it's a 45-minute boat transfer along the river to reach this beautiful jungle retreat.

Sonesta Hotel, Cusco

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The recently renovated Sonesta Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Cusco. The Plaza de Armas, Cusco Craft Center, Centro de Textiles and Cusco Museum of Popular Art are all just a short walk away. The well-appointed guest rooms feature either a mountain or city view, with cable TV, free WiFi and private bathrooms. The hotel’s restaurant serves a fusion of Peruvian and international food. There are two bars and a café for you to relax and enjoy a drink after a busy day sightseeing.

Hilton Garden Inn Cusco, Cusco

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Hilton Garden Inn Cusco, located in the historic city of Cusco, offers a perfect blend of modern comfort and cultural charm. Perched on a hillside with stunning views of the city and surrounding mountains, this contemporary hotel provides well-appointed guest rooms featuring plush bedding, complimentary Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs, ensuring a restful stay. The on-site restaurant serves tasty local and international cuisine, there's a cosy bar to enjoy a relaxing drink after a busy day of sightseeing and courtyard yoga sessions, should you wish to partake. The hotel's prime location provides easy access to Cusco's renowned attractions, including the Plaza de Armas and the ancient ruins of Sacsayhuaman.

Sonesta Posadas del Inca-Yucay, Sacred Valley

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Mid-range Boutique Hotel

Scenically housed in an old monastery at the foot of a mountain in Peru's iconic Sacred Valley, the Sonesta Posadas del Inca-Yucay is located just outside Urubamba and makes a great base for exploring the region. Rooms combine the contemporary and the rustic, featuring private bathrooms, TV, free Wi-Fi and air-conditioning. The onsite restaurant serves Andean classic dishes with a modern twist, and there's also a bar for customers to enjoy. As with many rural Peruvian hotels, there are resident alpacas!

La Casona de Yucay, Sacred Valley

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Mid-range Boutique Hotel

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.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Lima
Ends
Cusco
Departs
Saturdays - year round
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 16
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 8, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 2
Countries
Minimum Age
15 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Yes
Dep. Transfer
Yes
View across the Plaza Mayor in Lima with mountains in the background
Macaw birds at a lick in the Peruvian Amazon
Looking out across the rooftops around the Plaza de Armas in Cuzco with the Andean mountains in the
The impressive mountain views of the Sacred Valley in Peru
Looking out across the lost Inca citadel of Machu Picchu
Looking out across the rooftops around the Plaza de Armas in Cuzco with the Andean mountains in the

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