Take a journey through Peru’s ancient Incan Empire, beginning in the old Inca capital of Cusco, a city which played an important part in Peru's history before continuing onto the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the incredible ruins of Machu Picchu
With its ancient archaeological sites, fascinating museums and unique Andean atmosphere, Cusco’s sights and sounds never fail to inspire all those who travel there.
Visit the local market in the picturesque town of Pisac.
Take a guided tour of Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
Learn about the history and heritage of the Inca people.
Itinerary in brief
Day 1: Arrival in Cusco. Afternoon at leisure to acclimatise.
Day 2: Cusco City Tour.
Day 3: Tour of the Sacred Valley and afternoon train to Machu Picchu.
Day 4: Machu Picchu morning tour including option to trek Huayna Picchu. Return to Cusco.
Day 5: Cusco departure transfer.
Tailor-made suggestions for this itinerary
Add in a 3 or 4 day trip to an Amazon lodge or a luxury cruise.
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Day 1: Arrival
On arrival at Cusco airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to your centrally located hotel.
We suggest you take things slowly today in order to acclimatise to Cusco's altitude or even add in an additional day for relaxation. In the evening there are many excellent restaurants to choose from in Cusco.
Day 2: Cusco City tour
Your first morning in Cusco can be spent at your leisure, enjoying
breakfast before exploring Cusco or relaxing at your hotel. In the
afternoon you will be met for your guided tour of Cusco and its
archaeological sites. Your Cusco tour will include highlights such as
Plaza de Armas, the cathedral and Koricancha Temple. We also visit the
UNESCO World Heritage listed ruins of Sacsayhuaman just outside of Cusco
which were once the former capital of the Incan Empire.
Day 3: Sacred Valley – Aguas Calientes
Today, we discover the Sacred Valley of the Incas on this full day excursion. This fertile river valley was home to many important sites for the Incas, both strategic and religious. Travel to the scenic town of Pisac, where you'll visit the colourful local market and have free time to search for a souvenir or two before enjoying a typical Andean lunch at a local restaurant.
We then continue our journey along the River Urubamba to Ollantaytambo, where you will visit the Ollantaytambo Ruins and one of its best preserved areas, Hanan Hucaypata. Catch the scenic afternoon train to Aguas Calientes where you will spend the evening and prepare for your early morning visit to Machu Picchu the next day.
*Option to add a night in the colonial town of Ollantaytambo and continue to Machu Picchu early tomorrow, giving you the opportunity to enjoy two visits to Machu Picchu.
Breakfast, Lunch included.
Day 4: Machu Picchu
This morning you will have an early start to visit Machu Picchu at sunrise and see the vivid colours brightening up this amazing destination. You will have a guided tour of the ruins and monuments, such as the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Clock, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and the cemeteries. The citadel was discovered in 1911 by the American explorer and Academic, Hiram Bingham. Many theories on the citadel exist, but most agree it was a holy site, hidden for centuries and never found by the invading Spanish.
For those looking for adventure, we recommend the 1.5 hour trek up Huayna Picchu Mountain, which overlooks Machu Picchu and allows for spectacular views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding area. Your return train through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to Cusco will depart in the afternoon and arrive in the early evening.
Includes guided tour, and return bus from Aguas Calientes village, return to Cusco by train.
Day 5: Cusco Departure
Our representative will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to Cusco airport for your departure flight.
Departs - Daily
Maytaq Wasin Boutique
Antigua Casona San Blas
Aranwa Cusco Boutique
Accommodation with private facilities, hotel taxes, entrance fees, tours with English speaking guides, transfers, meals as specified.
What's not included
Airfares, airport entrance/departure taxes, gratuities, travel insurance, any items not mentioned as included.
Hotel rates are based on double/twin share lead-in rooms. Other room types and hotels are available. Rates are subject to change and different rates may apply during holiday seasons and special events.
*Internal airfare prices are based on your arrival into South America being with LAN Airlines. Supplements may apply if you arrive with another airline.