Cusco & Machu Picchu

Discover the wonders of the Inca Empire on this classic private tour of Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. Explore the Urubamba Valley with its spectacular scenery, the picturesque market town of Pisac and the Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo. Visit amazing Machu Picchu, the ancient “Lost City of the Incas” and then return by train to Cusco, a living museum with magnificent buildings from the pre-Incan, Incan, Spanish colonial and Republican eras.

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6 days/5 nights
Departs daily ex Cusco

Highlights:

  • Explore the mysteries of Machu Picchu
  • Guided private tour of Cusco
  • Discover the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • All meals, private tours and private transfers included

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Cusco & Machu Picchu

6 days/5 nights

Day 1 Sacred Valley
Arrive Cusco (3,400 metres above sea level) where you are met at the airport and driven directly to the low altitude Sacred Valley of the Incas, bisected by the Urubamba River. Visit the Awanacancha weaving centre.

Day 2 Sacred Valley
During your stay in the Sacred Valley visit the charming market and ruins at Pisac as well as the ancient town of Ollantaytambo with its temples and steep stone agricultural terraces. The town’s narrow streets are unchanged since Incan times. BL

Day 3 Machu Picchu Pueblo
Board the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu Pueblo and then take a bus to the mysterious city of Machu Picchu (2,430m). The site was believed to have been constructed in the 15th century. However, it was not until 1911 that the ruins were re-discovered, and no written record explaining the passing of this city survives. Enjoy lunch followed by a guided tour of the ruins (local guide). BLD
Overnight at your selected hotel.

Day 4 Cusco
Morning at leisure. Optional second visit to Machu Picchu ruins (extra cost). If staying in Machu Picchu Pueblo, you will need to purchase another bus ticket to reach the site. Afternoon departure from railway depot at Machu Picchu Pueblo for the train back to Cusco. Arrival transfer to your hotel. B
Overnight at your selected hotel.

Day 5 Cusco
Today, you will be collected from your hotel
for a private half day tour of this atmospheric city, visiting the Koricancha Temple, Catedral del Cusco and the ruins of Sacsayhuaman fortress, Kenko and Tambomachay. B

Day 6 Tour ends Cusco
Your tour ends with a transfer to the airport. Extra nights may be booked at any point in this itinerary, subject to availability. B

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Peru Overview

Why Peru: Peru is a spectacular destination of ancient Inca ruins, stunning Spanish colonial architecture, snow-covered mountains and lush Amazon jungle teeming with incredible fauna and flora.

When to Go: Peru’s climate varies considerably by region and altitude. The best time for trekking is Jun – Sep, when days are sunny but nights are cold. The Inca trail is closed during the wettest month of February; however you can still visit Machu Picchu by train during this time. As one moves up into the mountains from the coast, night-time temperatures become colder. The eastern slope of the Andes, which includes the Amazon basin, experiences very heavy rainfall during the wet season, so the best time to visit this region would be Apr – Oct.

Combine With: A trip to Peru is easily combined with Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia or Brazil. Alternatively, you could visit  Central America.

Getting There: Lima has direct flights to and from cities all over South America.

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