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The highlight of nearly everyone's Peru tour is Machu Picchu. Hike the Inca Trail and watch the sun rising over the ruins or take a panoramic train ride from Cusco to the citadel of Machu Picchu then on to the fertile Sacred Valley, whose towering mountains escond massive Inca fortresses overlooking the valley below. Cusco was the center of the Inca empire, and Inca walls stand througout the center of the city still today. Explore Lake Titicaca, colonial Arequipa and the Colca Canyon. Venture deep into the Amazon rainforest and take an Amazon river cruise spotting monkeys, rare birds and thousands of species in one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. Contact Adventure Life's Peru specialists for help finding the perfect trip to Peru that fits your interests, schedule and budget. 

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Inca Trail Express$15505ChallengingThe 4-day Inca Trail trek is an exciting, high mountain experience where we climb up to 4200 meters, passing glacier covered peaks and descending into lush, green cloudforest. We require that travelers spend at least two nights at high altitude prior to participating in this trek (Cusco, Sacred Valley, or Lake Titicaca for example).
Salkantay Trek$355012ChallengingThis extension of the Inca Trail brings you up close with sacred Andean glaciated peaks such as Mt. Salkantay. After exploring colonial Cusco and the Sacred Valley we begin our 6 day trek combining a scenic backcountry hike with the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu by Train$18957RelaxedOur most popular tour of Peru and Machu Picchu. Visit impressive Inca ruins such as Sacsayhuamán near Cusco, then Pisac, and Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley. Finally, take the train to Machu Picchu and spend two days exploring the impressive ruins in this amazing 7-day trip to Machu Picchu.
Flavors of Peru$25958RelaxedJoin our 8 day trip that visits Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and the citadel of Machu Picchu, tasting both the traditional and Novoandina dishes of Peru along the way. This is a relaxed, cultural focused trip with an emphasis on the flavors and gastronomy of Peru.
Machu Picchu by Train$9754RelaxedThis extension allows our travelers to explore Cusco and Machu Picchu. Spend two nights in Cusco and one night in Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly called Aquas Calientes). The days in Cusco are free to explore on your own, and a guide will accompany our travelers to Machu Picchu. There is one free day at Machu Picchu without a guide.
Andean Multisport with Machu Picchu$31959ChallengingPerfect for the active adventurer, this tour takes you through the Sacred Valley of the Inca from Cusco to Machu Picchu. You'll bike, raft, and hike along the way, culminating with two days exploring Machu Picchu with your local guide. A perfect mix of history and adventure, this 9 day tour will delight young and old alike.

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How to Plan the Perfect Machu Picchu Tour

For most traveling to Peru, visiting Machu Picchu is a given, and it's a matter of how to visit and where else to include in your tour of Peru.

The two different options for arriving to Machu Picchu are 1) hiking the Inca Trail over 4 days or more, or 2) taking a panoramic train from Cusco, through the Sacred Valley and either visit Machu Picchu the same day, or stay in Machu Picchu Village (Aguas Calientes) that allows you to arrive early before the crowds or even visit Machu Picchu twice, depending on the itinerary. 

We highly recommended that your tour itinerary include the lesser known villages and Inca fortresses of Ollantaytambo and Pisac in the Sacred Valley and extra time in the navel of the Inca universe, Cusco.

Combine Machu Pichu with other South American classics like Peru's Amazon Rainforest, Lake Tititcaca or even combine a trip to Peru with the Galapagos Islands
Getting To Machu Picchu 

The vast majority of travelers get to Machu Picchu by taking a flight to Lima, then another flight to Cusco, then taking the train from just outside Cusco (Poroy Station), passing through the Sacred Valley and arriving to Aguas Calientes, a.k.a. Machu Picchu Town.

From Aguas Calientes it's a short shuttle ride along the Urubamba River and then up the zig-zag switchbacks to your destination high on the mountain top: Machu Picchu

If you have time, it's highly recommended to spend a night in Aguas Calientes so that you can visit the ruins at Machu Picchu early in the morning before the crowds arrive on the mid-morning trains from Cusco. 

The most adventurous will hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, a 4-day high altitude trek culminating in watching the sunrise at the Gate of the Sun overlooking Machu Picchu. 

Peru Trip Highlights

  • Machu PicchuWant some insider advice? Stay the night in Machu Picchu Village (Aguas Calientes) and rise early to have the ruins to yourself before the crowds arrive late-morning. 
  • Inca Trail- the classic hike takes 4 days, but there are versions from 1-6 days, as well. Along the way, you will trek through the majestic land that was once home to the Inca empire and get to know Peru in a truly privileged way.
  • Sacred Valley- When the Inca nobles of Cusco wanted to escape from the busy city life, this was the spot.  Most visit on rushed day trips, so be sure to stay the night in one of the charming villages so that you can get the most out of this experience.
  • Manu Biosphere- In our opinion, this is the wildest place in Peru's Amazon. See the largest macaw lick and maybe even giant river otters, among other fascinating biodiversity in this lush corner of the rainforest.
  • Lima- What was once headquarters for Spain's sprawling colonial empire is now headquarters for a world-renowned culinary scene. Peru's bustling capital city teams with rich history and mouthwatering food.

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