Machu Picchu | Peru | South America
FROM: USD $2,405 pp

This classic journey through the Inca heartland of Peru takes you from elegant Lima to Cusco and its archaeological riches. Explore megalithic fortresses and ancient terraces, traditional Andean villages and colourful markets before culminating in the spectacular ‘Lost City’ of Machu Picchu.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates

Trip Highlights

Machu Picchu – marvel at the legendary Lost City of the Incas
Cusco - explore the historic and charming city of Cusco, including the Plaza de Armas and the impressive Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman
Sacred Valley - visit the church of Chinchero, the glistening salt flats of Maras and the Inca terraces of Moray
Lima - take in the highlights of Peru's capital and visit the famous Larco Herrera Museum
Pisac - barter for souvenirs at the colourful Pisac market and visit the archaeological complex
Ollantaytambo - discover the impressive Inca fortress and citadel

Included

7 nights STANDARD accommodation. Upgrading to SUPERIOR or DELUXE accommodation options are also available upon request. Accommodation rating – See Trip Notes for details
Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 8
Half day Cusco city tour and full day Sacred Valley tour on a shared basis (private touring available for a supplement)
Entrance fees to all sites included in the itinerary
Return economy class flights from Lima to Cusco
7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 1 dinner
Half day Lima city tour, half day Chincheros, Maras Saltpans & Moray Terraces tour and half day Machu Picchu tour on a private basis
Services of local English-speaking specialist guides
Vistadome train journey from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu and Machu Picchu to Cusco
All relevant transfers and transportation

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tipping – an entirely personal gesture
Laundry, drinks and items of a personal nature

Itinerary

Day 1

Lima

Bienviendos a Peru! Welcome to Peru and the start of your journey through the land of the Incas. Upon arrival into Lima International Airport you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel. After check in spend some time with our rep discussing your up-coming trip. The remainder of the day is free for you to enjoy at leisure
Overnight: Lima

Day 2

Lima City Tour

For centuries Lima was considered the most beautiful city in Spanish America and today discover why on a private half day tour of the city and its famous Larco Herrera Museum. Many of the city’s most imposing and important buildings were built around the Plaza Mayor in the heart of the old town. Here you’ll find the opulent facade of the Palacio de Gobierno, or Presidential Palace, where each day the ceremonial changing of the guard takes place. Nearby is the austere cathedral and various small palaces and balconied edifices that helped Lima claim UNESCO World Heritage status.
Overnight: Lima  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Flight to Cusco

Lima – Cusco. After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to Cusco, known to the Incas as the ‘navel of the world’. At an elevation of 3400m above sea level, it’s important to acclimatise to the altitude so spend some time resting in your hotel before exploring this colourful and historic city later in the afternoon. Considered the archaeological capital of South America, Cusco is home to some of the finest examples of Inca history and architecture, which you will discover touring the sights of the Plaza de Armas, the Catedral and the Koricancha complex – a supreme example of Inca stonework, on an afternoon scheduled tour. Head out further afield to tour the Kenko Amphitheatre, the fortified hunting lodge of Puca Pucara, the stunning imperial baths of Tambo Machay and the megalithic fortress of Sacsayhuaman.
Overnight: Cusco  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Sacred Valley

Cusco – Urubamba. Tracing a particularly scenic course from Cusco all the way to Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley was greatly appreciated by the Incas due to its special geographical and climatic qualities and as such contains numerous archaeological remains and villages. Explore the area today on a full day scheduled excursion. On the way to the ancient village of Urubamba stop to visit Awanacancha, an Andean textile centre where the art of Incan textile is kept alive. Continue to the archaeological complex of Pisac, formed of a collection of remains of Incan dwellings, temples and terracing. Enjoy a spot of shopping and practise your bartering skills at the local market before stopping for lunch. The day of touring concludes with a visit to the impressive fortress and citadel of Ollantaytambo.
Overnight: Sacred Valley  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Chinchero and Moray

Urubamba – Machu Picchu. Explore more of the Sacred Valley today with a private tour of the Andean villages south of the Río Urubamba. See the lovely paintings from the Cusco School on display in the attractive colonial church of Chinchero. If your visit falls on a Sunday you’ll witness the hustle and bustle as merchants and farmers assemble at the local flea market to barter over buying and selling goods. Continue to Maras where the original Indian aristocratic coats of arms hang on the outside of the church and houses. From here you can also see the salt evaporation ponds, a patchwork of 3,000 wells that have been used since the Incan Empire. Continue to the spectacular agricultural terraces of Moray, a circular system believed to have been used for agricultural experimentation during the Inca period.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before transferring to the train station for a stunning Vistadome train journey to Machu Picchu. Sit back and enjoy the views as the landscape changes from the Andean highlands to the beginnings of the jungle. Arrive Aguas Calientes and check in to hotel. Make the most of the area’s hot springs with a dip in the local thermal baths.
Overnight: Aguas Calientes  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu – Cusco. No place in Peru captures the imagination like the legendary ‘Lost City’ of Machu Picchu. Nestled in a saddle between two forested mountains and surrounded on three sides by the Urubamba River, its location couldn’t be more awe-inspiring. The city itself is brilliantly preserved, a classical Inca-style complex of polished dry-stone walls and temples. This morning embark on a private tour of this remarkable site, visiting the citadel, the wonderful Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Moon. Other highlights include the fascinating Sacred Plaza and the elaborately carved Intihuatana rock. Lunch is provided at a local hotel before you return by train to Cusco.
Overnight: Cusco  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

Cusco to Lima

Cusco - Lima. After a leisurely breakfast at your hotel you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Lima. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to do as you please – head out into town and discover Lima’s excellent dining options or hit the markets for some last minute souvenir shopping.
Overnight: Lima  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Lima

Today marks the end of your adventure with an included airport departure transfer.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. The 'Solo Room' price is applicable when a single room is required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.

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Dates
Twin / Share
Solo Room
USD $2405
USD $2905
USD $2405
USD $2905

Extra Prices

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Solo Room

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Lima
Ends
Lima
Departs
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
Standard (superior and deluxe available on request)
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 7, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 1
Visiting
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu
Countries
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
White water tumbling over rocks in Aguas Calientes
Looking out across the lost Inca citadel of Machu Picchu

Extra Tour Info

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