Peru / Chile

Torres del Paine, Machu Picchu Tour

13 days | 12 nights
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Embark on an exhilarating journey across the vibrant landscapes and rich cultural tapestry of Peru and Chile with a meticulously curated 13-day adventure. From the mystical heights of Machu Picchu to the breathtaking vistas of Torres del Paine, immerse yourself in the allure of these South American wonders.

Begin your odyssey in Peru, where ancient history and natural beauty converge. Explore the awe-inspiring ruins of Machu Picchu, delving into the enigmatic history of the Inca civilization. Traverse the Sacred Valley, adorned with terraced fields and quaint villages, and feel the heartbeat of Peru's cultural heritage.

Transitioning to Chile, brace yourself for the unparalleled beauty of Torres del Paine National Park. Trek through rugged trails, witness glaciers, and marvel at the iconic granite towers that pierce the sky, an adventurer's paradise.

The journey continues to Santiago, Chile's vibrant capital, where a fusion of modernity and tradition awaits. Delve into the city's rich history, savor exquisite cuisine, and soak in the lively ambiance of its bustling streets. Nearby, Valparaiso enchants with its colorful streets, artistic flair, and bohemian spirit.

Cap off your sojourn at Maipo Valley, a revered wine region, indulging in the finest wines while wandering through lush vineyards. Sip, swirl, and savor the fruits of the land before bidding farewell to this captivating journey through two of South America's most spellbinding countries.

Destinations

Multi-Country

Trip at a glance

Visits

PERU: Lima, Sacred Valley (Maras Salt Ponds, Moray Terraces), Machu Picchu, Cusco, Sacsayhuaman

CHILE: Santiago, Valparaiso, Torres del Paine National Park, Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers, Maipo Winery

Trip details

Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVAL IN LIMA

Arrival at Jorge Chávez, Lima international airport. Welcome by our local English-speaking staff. Transfer to your hotel located in the residential and shopping district of Miraflores, overlooking the Pacific ocean (1 hour).

Evening

Free evening.

Overnight at your hotel in Lima.

Day 2 LIMA CITY TOUR, FLIGHT TO CUSCO, TRANSFER TO THE SACRED VALLEY

Morning

City tour by car around Miraflores upmarket district, famous for its 'Malecon' (the strand) and Larcomar, the huge iconic shopping center overlooking the ocean. 

Drive along the Huaca Pucllana archaeological site before heading to Lima's historical center (30 min). 

The city founded in 1535 by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, still features many invaluable colonial buildings along the main square (the Plaza Mayor) and the nearby streets. 

Discover Lima's Cathedral, the Government Palace and the San Francisco Convent among many other impressive colonial buildings. 

Afternoon

In the afternoon, transfer to Lima airport (40 min to 1 hour) for your flight to Cusco (1 hour 15 min). 

Arrival in Cusco (11,152 ft - 3400 m) where you will be welcome by your local driver and guide.

Transfer to your hotel in the Sacred Valley (1 hour 30min). 

Evening

Free evening.

Overnight at your hotel in the Sacred Valley.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 3 MARAS SALT PONDS, MORAY AGRICULTURAL TERRACES AND CHINCHERO TOWN

Morning

Visit the incredible site of Maras and tread carefully between the hundreds of salt ponds used to dry the salt according to a method inherited from pre-inca times. The many colors of the polygonal ponds can vary from light reddish to brownish to white according to the season. This contrasts with the surrounding landscape and give the site a most-unusual aspect. Free time to shop pink salt collected by the local community workers.

Transfer to Moray archeological site and discover those impressive circular terraces that were used to conduct scientific and agricultural experiments during Inca times (30 min). 

Afternoon

Finish your tour with a visit of the small town of Chinchero, where the original upper village is an open-air museum. The small cobbled alleyways are lined with craft shops that seem to have been frozen in time. Follow the path that leads to an esplanade where a beautiful white church stands out against the background of the tall Andean mountains.

Evening

Free evening.

Overnight at your hotel in the Sacred Valley.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 4 PISAC RUINS AND MARKET, OLLANTAYTAMBO FORTRESS

Morning

In the morning, drive from your hotel to the village of Pisac (1 hour) famous for its Sunday market where many indigenous Quechua communities meet to sell and trade their goods. 

The rest of the week, the whole place is bustling with a large handicraft and souvenir market. You will have time to search for jewellery, ponchos, hats, traditional music instruments, ceramics, alpaca products and many other typical Andean crafts (1 hour 30 min). 

Visit Pisaqa, Intihuatana, Q’allaqasa, and Kinchiracay. (1 hour 30 min). All 4 places are part of an Inca site on the nearby hill at an altitude of 10,980 feet (3345 m). 

The hill was shaped during Inca times by carving ingenious terraces that are still used for agriculture to this day. 

With military, religious, and agricultural structures, the site was an important and busy place for the Inca empire. 

Afternoon

In the afternoon, transfer to Ollantaytambo, a fortified city built during the reign of Pachacutec, the most powerful Inca emperor. 

Explore this quaint settlement with an interesting orthogonal layout (30 min). 

Climb the Temple Hill known as the fortress to learn about the purpose of those inca constructions (1 hour 30 min). 

Evening

Free evening.

Overnight at your hotel in the Sacred Valley.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 5 MACHU PICCHU TOUR

 Your passport is required to enter the Machu Picchu site. You have the option to get a 'Machu Picchu' stamp in your passport if you wish.
Morning

Today might be THE day you have been expecting since you landed on Peruvian soil as you will finally discover the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu.

Transfer to Ollantaytambo train station (30 min).

Board the comfortable train that will take you to Aguas Calientes, the nearest town to Machu Picchu (1 hour 30 min).

In Aguas Calientes, walk from the train to the bus station (5 min) and hop on a bus to the entrance of the archaeological site.

Enjoy the impressive 20-minute drive up the hill to the Machu Picchu site at 7,972 feet (2430 m). Rediscovered in 1911 by the American archaeologist Hiram Bingham, Macchu Picchu is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Learn about every secret this ancient Inca citadel holds and grab every opportunity to take photographs (3 to 4 hours).

Afternoon

Take the bus back to Aguas Calientes (20 min) and board the train back to Ollantaytambo (1 hour 30 min).

Transfer to your hotel in Cusco (1 hour 30 min).

Evening

Free evening.

Overnight at your hotel in Cusco.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 6 CUSCO CITY AND SACSAYHUAMAN, FREE AFTERNOON

Morning

In the morning, you will meet your guide for a city tour of Cusco including the visit of the Plaza Mayor, the Cathedral and the Korikancha, the original Temple of the Sun.

Drive to the hills of Cusco to explore the archaeological site of Sacsayhuamán.

Transfer back to your hotel or to the city centre (20 min).

Afternoon

Afternoon at leisure to explore the Spanish colonial city known to the Inca as the 'belly button of the world'. Stroll around numerous plazas, shops selling incredible art and crafts or visit the great Pre-Columbian Museum MAP (not included).

Evening

Evening at leisure.

Overnight at your hotel in Cusco.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 7 FLIGHT TO LIMA, FREE AFTERNOON

Morning

In the morning, transfer to Cusco airport for your flight back to Lima (1 hour 15 min).

Afternoon

Free afternoon to explore the touristic district of Miraflores, we recommend to visit the Larcomar Shopping Mall with an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean.

Evening

Free evening.

Overnight at your hotel in Lima.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 8 FLIGHT TO SANTIAGO, CITY TOUR

Morning

Transfer to Lima international airport (30 min to 1 hour). 

International flight to Santiago (3 hours 30 min).

Private transfer from Santiago airport to your hotel.

Afternoon

Meeting in the afternoon in the hotel hall to start our visit at city tour in Santiago. This tour will include the historic center: Plaza de Armas, the cathedral, La Moneda Palace and the central fish market. We will end the visit at San Cristobal hill in order to have a panoramic view above the capital.

Evening

Free evening and overnight in Santiago. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 9 FLIGHT TO PUERTO NATALES, HORSEBACK RIDING

Morning

Private transfer from your hotel to Santiago airport.

Flight to Puerto Natales (3 hours 15 min).

Private transfer from airport to your hotel.

Afternoon

Horseback ride through the Pingo Salvaje sector located on Route 9 North that connects Puerto Natales with Cerro Castillo and Laguna Sofía. It is accessed from Km. 26 of Route 9 North (from Puerto Natales) continuing along a dirt road at a distance of 6 km until reaching the ranch, a total of 32 km.

Evening

Free evening and overnight in Puerto Natales.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 10 BALMACEDA AND SERRANO GLACIERS SIGHTSEEING CRUISE

Morning

Morning pick up at your hotel and 5-minute drive to the pier to board the '21 de Mayo' cruise ship. 

Sail across the Ultima Esperanza Fjord where sea lions and cormorants can often been spotted (2 hours 30 min). 

You will first stop at the foot of the Balmaceda glacier, before another short sail to the Bernando O’Higgins National Park. 

Hop off for a 15-minute easy hike through native forest on your way to the foot of the Serrano glacier. 

Afternoon

After lunch, sail back to Puerto Natales (2 hours). Late afternoon arrival. 

Evening

Free evening and overnight in Puerto Natales.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 11 TORRES DEL PAINE FULL DAY TOUR

Morning

Your guide and driver (pool service) will pick you up at your hotel. 

After a 40-minute drive, visit the milodon cave and learn about the paleontological and archeological morphology of the area, once home to the extinct milodon. 

Stop at Sarmiento Lake before entering Torres del Paine National Park. As you enter the National Park you will get spectacular views over the Laguna Amarga ('Bitter Lagoon') where you can take photographs of the Las Torres del Paine mountains. 

After a 30-minute drive, stop for a 15-minute hike to get to the impressive Salto Grande, a majestic emerald waterfall that feeds onto lake Pehoe.

Afternoon

Walk through Grey beach (30 min) to get views of the distant the Grey glacier. 

Drive back to Puerto Natales (2 hours).  

Evening

Free evening

Overnight at your hotel in Puerto Natales. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 12 FLIGHT TO SANTIAGO, MAIPO WINERY

Morning

Private transfer from your hotel to airport.

Flight to Santiago (3 hours 30 min).

Private transfer from Santiago airport to your hotel.

Afternoon

Visit to a vineyard located in the wine area of Maipo.

Guided tour through grape variety garden, vineyards, winemaking and cellaring process, visiting the “Cellar of the 120 Patriots”, where you will discover the exciting story that gives 120 its name. The tour ends with a tasting of Reserva and Gran Reserva wines, with a free souvenir engraved wineglass.

You will also receive free entry to the Museo Andino museum.

Evening

Free evening and overnight in Santiago.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 13 VALPARAISO, VIÑA DEL MAR

Morning

Drive north west (75 miles - 120 km) to the coastal cities of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar. 

Relax in Vina del Mar, a picture-perfect beach resort city also referred to as Garden City. 

Transfer to Valparaiso (20 min), Chile's busiest port, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2003. 

Afternoon

Ride one of the funicular tramways up the city's steep hill for extensive views of the port and beyond. 

Take a leisurely stroll on one of the 45 hills to experience Valpo's street art and its bohemian and poetic atmosphere. 

Drive back to Santiago (1 hour 40 min). 

Evening

Free evening and overnight in Santiago.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

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What's included

Flights

  • Domestic Flights:
    • Lima to Cusco
    • Cusco to Lima
    • Santiago to Puerto Natales
    • Puerto Natales to Santiago
  • Regional Flights:
    • Lima to Santiago

Accommodation

Nights
12 nights in 3* or 4* premium hotels

Meals

Bed & Breakfast plan
12 breakfasts

Transportation

Train
Train to Machu Picchu in comfortable economy class: Ollantaytambo/Aguas Calientes/Ollantaytambo on day 5
Boat
Shared boat excursions in Patagonia
Bus
Shuttle round trip Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes on day 4 and transfers from/to Baltra Airport on days 8 & 12
Car
Private car for all transfers and visits for land-based visits

Orientation

Guide
Private English-speaking for all excursions except on day

Entrance Fees

All entrance fees to mentioned sites

What's not included

  • International flights to/from South America
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra Meals
  • Drinks
  • Tips

Prices


Important notes

People with heart conditions are strongly advised to seek medical advice before booking. 

This tour includes many visits at sites above 10,000 ft (3000 m). To avoid altitude sickness, we strongly advise against any strong physical effort or any alcohol consumption in high-altitude places. 

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