Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu & Cusco Expedition

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Culture
Suitable for:
Age 16+
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
LMPE
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Culture
Min group size:
6
Min age:
16

Discover the wonders of the Inca at one of the world's most famous landmarks

Dwarfed by mighty peaks covered in a perpetual mantle of snow and the massive stone walls of ancient forts and temples, the Sacred Valley and "lost city" of Machu Picchu offers a rare glimpse into the soul of the Andes. Discover ancient cities and be enveloped in the vibrant culture of this region. This historic area is still shrouded in mystery, a place where modern man can experience the essence of life and a history stretching across the centuries, where Inca traditions are blended with a modern flare.

Highlights

  • Enjoy two days of guided & private exploration of Machu Picchu
  • Visit the ruins of Ollantaytambo, Sacsayhuaman & Koricancha
  • Savour the culture of the Andes
  • Stay at the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, a Travel + Leisure "World's Best" award winner

Key information

  • Guided tours & enriching lectures by expert native guides
  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners included
  • Tips to porters & to waiters for included meals
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • Countries visited: Peru

What's included

  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners included
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • We can include flights from the UK.  Please contact us for a quote.

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Optional activities
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Itinerary

Lima
to
Lima
  • Day 1

    Arrive Lima

    Fly independently to Lima and transfer to Costa del Sol Wyndham for the night, a comfortable hotel located within the vicinty of the airport (Meals Aloft)

    Accommodation: Costa del Sol Wyndham (or similar)

  • Day 2

    Lima / Cusco / Urubamba Valley

    Start off our journey with a short briefing before we fly to Cusco — the heart of the Inca Empire and the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Western Hemisphere. Descend immediately into the historic Urubamba Valley. Along the way, we stop in Chinchero to visit a community program specializing in teaching traditional Andean art and textile making techniques, with the opportunity to browse the range of handicrafts on sale. Enjoy lunch in the Urubamba Valley, and spend tonight at the Aranwa Hotel. 

    Accommodation: Aranwa Hotel (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Machu Picchu

    Take a short ride to the Ollantaytambo train station, where we board the train to Machu Picchu. Tour the ruins with our knowledgeable guide, who points out the significance of the stone structures, temples and plazas. This impressive ruin, hidden for 400 years by semi-tropical jungle, lies in a saddle with the peaks of Machu Picchu, "Old Mountain," and Huayna Picchu, "Young Mountain" rising dramatically on either side. Our home for the next two nights is the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, an intimate luxury hotel nestled on 12 secluded acres of tropical cloud forest.

    Accommodation: Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Machu Picchu

    Today is yours to enjoy a private Machu Picchu tour or simply relax! You may wake up early and hike to the Sun Gate if you wish to return to the citadel. Alternatively, enjoy some early morning birding in the abundant gardens surrounding our hotel. This afternoon, treat yourself to the spa or visit the extensive orchid garden, currently considered the biggest in-habitat garden on the planet. The grounds of the Machu Picchu Pueblo are home to exquisite birds including 16 species of hummingbirds and the Andean cock-of-the-rock, the national bird of Peru. Tonight, enjoy an enriching lecture on the history and mysticism surrounding the ruins, along with a detailed discussion of Inca culture.

    Accommodation: Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Machu Picchu / Ollantaytambo / Sacsayhuamán / Cusco

    Catch the morning train back to the Sacred Valley and discover the fortress of Ollantaytambo. The expertly fashioned walkways, canals and pools are a testament to the builders' unrivalled skills. Enjoy a traditional lunch before a show by Peruvian Paso Fino horses at Wayra Ranch. Continuing across the valley toward Cusco, tour Sacsayhuamán — a huge fortress of massive stones which zigzags across the side of the mountain. Arrive in Cusco this evening before dinner and spend tonight at the Palacio del Inka.

    Accommodation: Palacio del Inka (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Cusco

    Spend the morning strolling the streets on a Cusco tour, exploring the Koricancha — also known as Santo Domingo, Santa Catalina Convent and the Cathedral. The Church and Convent of Santo Domingo are beautiful examples of Spanish architecture superimposed on Inca construction — the complex was built over the Koricancha, a temple dedicated to the sun, the Inca's most important god. The walls were covered in sheets of gold studded with emeralds and turquoise. After lunch, the afternoon is free to explore on your own before a farewell dinner featuring Andean delicacies.

    Accommodation: Palacio del Inka (or similar)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Cusco / Lima / Depart

    Fly back across the Andes to Lima, and transfer to the airport this evening to connect with your independently organised flights home.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Peru

Visas are not required by UK citizens, Western European nationals, Americans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans and most other nationalities. If you are in any doubt please contact the nearest Peruvian Embassy.

Vaccinations

Peru

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available, we therefore strongly recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. 

If you are travelling to the Tambopata reserve in the Amazon rainforest, the risk of malaria is slight, but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. We also strongly recommend that you obtain a Yellow Fever vaccination. Dengue fever and/or Chikungunya are known risks in the Amazon region. Both are tropical viral diseases spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for either, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites: always apply insect repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers while in the rainforest to avoid being bitten.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners are included

Is this trip for you?

This tour has been graded 2: Leisurely/Moderate

You will travel from Lima at an elevation of approximately 300 feet to a height of over 11,000 feet in Cusco and the sparse scrub vegetation of the Andean highlands. You may find yourself affected by the altitude on the expedition. The most common symptoms are headache and sometimes fatigue and dizziness. Please take it easy, especially at first. These symptoms can be minimized by resting, drinking plenty of water and taking aspirin. If you have concerns about the altitude at Cusco and Machu Picchu, ask your doctor about medications that may be suitable for you.

Oxygen will be available in all transport vehicles throughout your stay in Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Oxygen is available at hotels, but you must request it at the front desk.

To prepare yourself for the high altitude, please limit your alcohol intake the night before your flight, and avoid fats, milk, cheese, oranges and heavy food at meals before flying.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Lima, Machu Picchu & Cusco Hotels

Costa Del Sol Wyndham

Located within Jorge Chavez International Airport, the Costa del Sol Wyndham offers you a chance to save time during your stay and optimize your rest. The hotel offers the Spa Express, a complete spa facility ideal after a long journey or before catching your next flight.  

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

The famed Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is nestled in an area of natural beauty spreading over 12 acres of streams, gushing waterfalls, plantations and wild forest interspersed by stone pathways, the hotel is composed 83 guest houses nestled in one or two-storey whitewash cottages. Each room features California long beds with alpaca bedspreads, hand-woven pima cotton sheets, private bathrooms, heaters, aromatherapy products and nightly turndown service. The bar, boutique and reception building are each decorated with Andean artifacts and fabrics. Charming attractions include a library, a display wall of pre-Columbian artifacts in the Mikhuna Wasi dining room, and the lounge's cozy fireplaces, as well as the Andean sauna: an igloo made of indigenous bamboo and fresh eucalyptus leaves.  

Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness

Built on the riverside lands of an ancient 18th century hacienda, wake up each morning at the Aranwa Hotel amidst mesmerizing views. Rooms at this newly built hotel in the Sacred Valley feature wireless internet access, climate controls, flat-screen TV, 24-hour room service and a host of other amenities.  

Palacio del Inka

A storied mansion dating back nearly five centuries, Palacio del Inka stands in the historic center of Cusco. Directly across from the Koricancha, it is a five-minute walk from the main square and less than a mile from an array of museums, markets and restaurants. Amenities in the spacious rooms include an iPod docking station with alarm clock and a 32-inch LED television. Paired with a beverage from the mini bar or coffee and tea maker, both technologies invite guests to relax after a long day, while a two-guest dining table offers an additional seating option. Exclusive aromatic Gilchrist & Soames bath amenities and plush bathrobes and slippers enhance the relaxing experience. 

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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