Discover the best of Peru as you travel to the high Andes and the magnificent ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, the most important and impressive archaeological monument in South America. Accompanied by guides specialized in archaeology, history and Andean culture, visit monumental Inca stone temples, and the fascinating towns and Quechua Indian markets of Cusco and the Urubamba Valley. Guides meet you at every transfer point and assist with check-in to assure the most informed and in-depth experience in Peru.
2013 pricing: From $2085, based on group size. Flight to Peru and from Lima to Cusco not included.
Day 1: Arrival in Lima
Arrive in Lima. Airport assistance and overnight at the Costa del Sol Ramada Airport Hotel just a short 2-minute walk outside customs.
Day 2: Cusco Walking Tour
Assistance with early morning check-in for one hour flight to Cusco. Airport reception and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon half-day guided orientation of ancient Inca temples, Spanish churches and the surrounding ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, Puca Pucara and Tambo Machay. Our guide will also direct you to shops, museums, markets and restaurants where you can shop, dine and explore on your own. Overnight at the Casa Andina Private Collection.
Note: Optional upgrade at an additional cost to luxury Orient Express Monasterio Hotel, a restored 400 year old former monastery available for additional cost.
Day 3: Urubamba Valley
On our full day guided adventure through the Sacred Valley of the Incas you visit the village of Pisac and the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. Depending on the season and your interests we stop to chat with farmers, artisans and visit Quechua villages where highland Indians tend their fields and sell handcrafts in outdoor markets. Overnight in the serene Urubamba Valley at the Hotel Sol y Luna.
Day 4: Machu Picchu
Transfer to catch the morning train to Machu Picchu. After assisting with your hotel check in, our guide accompanies us on a private tour throughout the principal temples and important sectors of Machu Picchu leaving you free to photograph and explore on your own time. Includes first-class reserved train tickets, bus tickets up and down the mountain, lunch and one-time entrance fee. Overnight at the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.
Note: We highly recommend the KM104 hike into Machu Picchu on this day. This 4-6 hour trek hikes the last day of the famed Inca Trail, allowing you to see the spectacular ruins of Winay Wayna and enter Machu Picchu through the Intipunku or “Gate of the Sun.” The cost for this trek is $300 per person and includes your trekking permit.
Day 5: Cusco
You have time this morning to return to Machu Picchu on the early shuttle bus (transport and entrance fee included). Enjoy contemplating, exploring and photographing the most impressive archaeological monument in South America on your own time wandering through the mysterious maze of streets and stone buildings in this magnificent citadel. Hike up the towering Wayna Picchu peak, or back up the Inca Trail to the Intipunku, Gate of the Sun entrance. Or, simply explore the trails and lush orchid gardens of the Machu Picchu Pueblo. Late-afternoon return on the Pullman train to a station in the Urubamba Valley where we transfer to a private vehicle back to Cusco arriving by evening to our hotel. Overnight at the Casa Andina Private Collection.
Day 6: Lima and departure
Transfer to Cusco airport for flight to Lima. Airport reception and transfer in to Casa Andina Miraflores Park Hotel to use as a day room until your evening flight. Optional half-day tours of colonial Lima or a special farewell dinner are available upon request for additional cost.
Hotel Sol y Luna
Nestled in the sacred Urumbamba Valley, the Hotel Sol y Luna combines comfort with a rustic Andean ambience. Read more about the Hotel Sol y Luna.
Machu Picchu Pueblo
The Machu Picchu Pueblo is the ideal base of exploration for the ruins of Machu Picchu. Surrounded by 12 acres of cloud forest on the banks of the Urubamba River, the hotel's spectacular scenery is matched by an incredible rich flora and fauna. Read more about the Machu Picchu Pueblo