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Machu Picchu by Train with Luxury Hotels

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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.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Lima
Day 2 : Fly Cusco
Day 3 : Sacred Valley
Day 4 : Ollantaytambo Ruins | Train to Machu Picchu
Day 5 : Free Day at Machu Picchu | Return to Cusco
Day 6 : Explore Cusco
Day 7 : Fly Lima and Return Home

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

Places Visited

  • Peru
  • South America
  • Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo)
  • Cusco
  • Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo
  • Lima
  • Machu Picchu
  • Sacred Valley

Activities

Trip Type

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

The terrace Selling yarn Fog over the ruins Restaurant The grounds of the Casa Andina Private Collection Plaza de Armas Views of the Sacred Valley Plunge pool

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 descendents 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 at the Hotel Monasterio in a Deluxe Room.

Day 3 Sacred Valley

  • Hotel
  • 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 the Aranwa Hotel in a Junior Suite.

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.

Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado Hotel

Hotel Monasterio

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

Wyndham Costa del Sol

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$2,871

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Included

  • 6 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
    • 6 Nights Hotel
  • 5 Days Guide Service
  • International Arrival Transfers are included.
  • Ground Transportation
  • Entries to Machu Picchu
  • Round- trip Vistadome train

Excluded

  • International Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights
  • Internal Flights
    • Lima-Cusco-Lima

Budgeting

  • $120 Meals not Included
  • $43 Airport Departure Tax
  • $20 Optional Excursions
    • $20 hiking pass for second day at Machu Picchu
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