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Our classic Machu Picchu trip with luxury accommodations. Tour the great ruins of Machu Picchu, and wander through village markets where ancient traditions live on in the hearts of the Andean people. Visit the important Inca ruins of Sacsayhuamán, Pisac and Ollantaytambo, and spend two days exploring the Lost City of Machu Picchu. Along the journey you'll explore the witches' market in Cusco, bargain over tapestries in Pisac, and walk off the beaten path in the rural Andes. This is an easy paced week-long Machu Picchu tour. It is perfect for anyone with a sense of curiosity, adventure and those who prefer upgraded accommodations throughout their Peru trip.
The terraceSelling yarnFog over the ruinsRestaurantThe grounds of the Casa Andina Private CollectionPlaza de ArmasViews of the Sacred ValleyPlunge poolRelax unter the Andean stars in the hot tubLocal kids in the Pisac Market.Plaza de ArmasHow often have we seen this photo?  Why not take it yourself!Beautiful floral arrangements at the local San Pedro Market CourtyardVisiting a local community during a trip to PeruA few local fruitsRelax in the jacuzziRelax in the inviting bathtubEnjoy a typical Andean feastThe hotel groundsCasa AndinaLocal Beauty Selling Coffee & Chocolate at Cusco MarketWatch the afternoon sunlight glow on the walls of Machu Picchu on your Peru tour
Highlights
  • Arrive early morning to watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu
  • Explore Cusco's colonial churches, markets & ruins
  • Tour the ruins and town of Ollantaytambo
  • Visit a local textile market which hosts indigenous artists from around Peru
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Day 1: Arrive Lima

Arrive to Lima on the flight of your choice today. After picking up your luggage and clearing customs, walk across the street to the comfortable and conveniently located, Wyndham Costa del Sol Hotel. Settle into your room and rest up after your travels. Tonight's hotel is selected for its location as most international flights arrive to Lima late at night. If you have a flight arriving earlier in the day, we would be happy to arrange a luxury hotel for you in downtown Lima, at an additional cost.

You have an exciting week ahead, filled with ancient ruins, local markets and the beautiful Andes Mountains!

Day 2: Fly Cusco

Andean history comes alive in Cusco. Quechua-speaking descendants of the Incas fill the streets and markets, colonial churches sit atop bases of smooth stonework laid centuries before the Conquistadors, and campesinos (Peru's rural farmers) in colorful dress move busily back and forth across the plazas.

Walk across the street to the airport in Lima for your domestic flight to Cusco. A driver meets you at the airport in Cusco and takes you to your hotel to drop your luggage and rest. In the afternoon, you'll explore Cusco's largest open market and the adjacent witches' market on a walking guided tour of the city. After tasting a few unique local foods, you will visit the Center for Traditional Textiles in Cusco, a local organization committed to preserving the region's weaving traditions. (If visiting the Sacred Valley on Sunday, you will visit their center in Chinchero instead). Watch weavers demonstrate their craft and learn about the history and processes of Peru's most well-known art form. Overnight in Cusco.

Day 3: Sacred Valley

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Journey into one of the most beautiful areas of Peru: The Sacred Valley. The Sacred Valley often becomes one of the highlights of your trip and you will soon see why! You'll test your bargaining skills with the locals while visiting one of the great textile markets in the area. You may also hike to the inspiring ruins of Pisac or take a short walk through the countryside to the seldom-visited town of Maras, where pre-Columbian salt mines still operate today. Visit the Inca agricultural terraces of Moray, thought to have been a nursery to experiment with and modify different varieties of crops. Eventually, you will make your way to the living Inca city of Urubamba where you can relax for the night at your hotel.

Day 4: Ollantaytambo Ruins | Train to Machu Picchu

In the morning, visit the under-rated ruins of Ollantaytambo before the larger groups of tourists arrive. During the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo served as a royal estate and later a refuge after the Spanish conquered Cusco. The ruins feature expansive terraces, giant building blocks and well-preserved architecture. Even the town itself is still laid out as it was during the Inca empire, allowing its visitors to glimpse the history which still exists within its boundaries.

Board the Vistadome train late this morning and follow the Urubamba River as it tumbles its way towards the Amazon and the sacred city of Machu Picchu, Peru (alternatively, take the Hiram Bingham luxury train; contact us for details and pricing). After checking into your hotel and enjoying lunch in Aguas Calientes, enter Machu Picchu and begin exploring this amazing site - the former retreat of Inca kings. Walk along ancient canals that still bring water from the high mountains to the baths used by Inca priests.  As visitors, you are welcomed to respectfully dip your hands in the cool water. After walking amongst the massive complex of ruins, receiving a guided tour of Machu Picchu, you'll return to the village of Aguas Calientes (located at the base of Machu Picchu). Enjoy one of many excellent local restaurants or end your day soaking in the hot springs after exploring one of the most magical archaeological sites in the world.

Day 5: Free Day at Machu Picchu | Return to Cusco

Today you can return to the ruins at Machu Picchu for further exploration.  Depending on your preference in permits, return early with the hope to watch the sunrise at Machu Picchu or arrive in time to hike to the top of Huaynapicchu for incredible views of the entire area. Other options within the citadel include the ability to walk the relatively easy routes to the Sun Gate or the Temple of the Moon.  Alternatively, just walk among the vast expanse of ruins and listen to the spirits of the city's past inhabitants.   (This basic re-entry permit is included in the cost of this tour.  Further permits may require additional costs.)

Once you've had your time in the ruins, return to Aguas Calientes to catch an afternoon train toward Cusco.  Settle into your hotel or head out on a famous Cusco culinary adventure.

Day 6: Explore Cusco

Today is free to relax and explore with your guide or on your own. You can visit the churches and surrounding ruins, such as the enormous Sacsayhuamán ruins that overlook Cusco (these ruins showcase building blocks the size of pickup trucks). You can also wander through the bustling Plaza de Armas in the heart of Cusco, shop for love potions in the local markets, or people watch from the cafes and restaurants that line these lovely streets. For those bursting with energy, horseback riding, mountain biking, or even whitewater rafting (Class III-IV) can be arranged. The evening is yours to take in some of Cusco's varied and exciting nightlife. Live folk music and excellent food abounds in Cusco!

Day 7: Fly Lima and Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Or with more time, extend your trip with a visit to the Amazon or to Lake Titicaca.

Accommodations

Wyndham Costa del Sol

Costa del Sol, Lima Airport
Costa del Sol, Lima Airport
Costa del Sol, Lima Airport

Hotel Monasterio

Hotel Monasterio
Hotel Monasterio
Hotel Monasterio

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado Hotel

Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado Hotel
Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado Hotel
Casa Andina Private Sacred Valley

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Flexible Departure Policy
For new bookings made from March 30, 2020, forward pay 2020 prices for 2021 departures, with the flexibility to change travel dates free of charge through December 2021. Some restrictions may apply. Contact us for more details.
Applies to all departures up to Dec 31, 2021

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  • 6 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • 5 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Round Trip Vistadome train
  • Park Entrance Fee
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  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • If you are interested in purchasing a hiking pass for either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, please contact us asap. These are not included in the cost of the trip and must be arranged in advance. Hiking permits, especially for Huayna Picchu, often sell out months in advance. 
  • Internal Flights: Lima - Cusco - Lima
  • Optional Excursions - $20 Hiking pass for second day at Machu Picchu- Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Montaña . 

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