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Peru

Inca Empire: Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

8 days | 7 nights
Private tour
From 1049USD per person
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Peru holds a unique place in the history of mankind. As the birthplace of the Inca empire, it saw its civilization thrive for over 300 years. This Peru tour is for the history enthusiasts who want to travel to this mystic land and immerse themselves in what remains of the largest empire in pre-Columbian America. The itinerary includes the absolute must-see places of the Sacred Valley of the Inca: the fortress of Ollantaytambo, the salt ponds of Maras and the puzzling agricultural terraces of Moray. Discover the charms of Cusco, a city shaped as the spiritual puma, the original capital of the Inca empire and your gateway to the highlight of your trip, the citadel of Machu Picchu. The Lost City of the Incas, high on every traveler's bucket list is a key to understanding the complexity of the Inca culture. Explore the hidden gems of the Peruvian capital. Discover vibrant Lima, often neglected by uniformed tourists, as you venture to the modern district of Miraflores, the bohemian streets of Barranco and the majestic colonial centre. Bienvenido en Peru! (‘Welcome to Peru!’)

Destinations

Peru

Trip at a glance

Visits

Lima: Historical City Tour, Bike Tour in Barranco and Chorrillos Districts, Sacred Valley: Pisac Ruins and Market, Ollantaytambo Forteress, Maras Salt Ponds, Moray Terraces, Machu Picchu, Cusco City and Ruins

Accomodation

7 nights in 3 or 4* premium hotels

Transportation

Train trip to Machu Picchu in comfortable economy class: Ollantaytambo/Aguas Calientes/Ollantaytambo

Shuttle round trip Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes on day 6

Private car for all transfers and visits

Dates and Prices

Arrival date

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: bike tour in Barranco Bohemian and Art District

Morning

Meet with your tour guide and once equiped with your bike and helmet, set off to cycle the upmarket district of Miraflores. 

Ride along the 'Malecon' (the strand) passing by Larcomar, the huge iconic shopping center overlooking the ocean. 

20-minute down the waterfront and you will get to Barranco, the historic bohemian and romantic district, nowadays the hippest district in Lima often compared to SoHo.

Your ride will go past colorful street art along the way with a stop at the colorful Puente de los Suspiros (the Bridge of Sighs) before pedaling on to the district of Chorrillos (30 min) with a visit at the Salto del Fraile. If you're lucky, you might get to see the friar diving from the cliff. 

Afternoon

After lunch, ride back to Miraflores (1 hour). 

End of the afternoon at leisure. Go shopping at Larcomar's mall, explore Barranco's boutiques or simply soak in the great ocean views. 

Evening

Free evening. 

Overnight at your hotel in Lima. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Seafood lunch at a local restaurant in Chorrillos

Day 3 Flight to Cusco, transfer in the Sacred Valley

Morning

In the morning, transfer to Lima airport (45 min to 1 hour). 

Assistance for check-in, direct flight to Cusco (1 hour 15 min). 

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

Afternoon

Transfer to the Urubamba Valley also known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas (1 hour 30 min). 

The Sacred Valley is famous for its numerous archaeological sites, various activities and hiking trails. 

End of the afternoon at leisure to rest and enjoy the beautiful gardens of your hotel. 

Evening

Free evening.

Overnight at your hotel in the Sacred Valley. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 4 Sacred Valley: 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). 

Transfer to your hotel in the Sacred Valley (45 min). 

Evening

Free evening. 

Overnight at your hotel in the Sacred Valley. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 5 Maras salt ponds and Moray agricultural terraces

Morning

Transfer to the site of Maras (30 min). 

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 (30 min). 

Walk down and around those impressive circular terraces that were used to conduct scientific and agricultural experiments during Inca times (30 min). 

Transfer to the train station of Ollantaytambo (1 hour 15 min). 

Afternoon

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

Arrival in Aguas Calientes by late afternoon, walk to your hotel for check-in (5 min). 

Evening

Free evening. 

Overnight at your hotel in Aguas Calientes. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 6 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 from the moment you landed on Peruvian soil as you will finally enter the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu. 

Your private guide will meet you and walk you to the bus station (5 min) to 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). The abandoned stronghold was 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 amazing 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 7 Half-day Cusco city and Archaeological tour, 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 sites of Sacsayhuamán, Q’enqo, PukaPukara and Tambomachay. 

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

Free evening to discover Cusco's vibrant nightlife. We recommend the lively pisco bar La Republica del Pisco. 

Overnight at your hotel in Cusco. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 8 Lima Historical city-tour, departure

Morning

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

Arrival at Lima airport, meet and greet with your local guide and transfer downtown (45 min) for a city tour. 

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. 

Afternoon

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

At the indicated time, transfer back to the airport for your international flight (45 min). 

Assistance for check-in. 

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Services

What's included

Accommodation

Nights
7 nights in 3 or 4* premium hotels

Meals

Bed & Breakfast plan
7 breakfasts + 1 lunche
Full board plan
7 breakfasts + 7 lunches + 7 dinners

Transportation

Train
Train trip to Machu Picchu in comfortable economy class: Ollantaytambo/Aguas Calientes/Ollantaytambo
Bus
Shuttle round trip Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes on day 6
Car
Private car for all transfers and visits

Orientation

Guide
Private local English-speaking guides for all the visits

Entrance Fees

All entrance fees to mentioned sites

What's not included

  • Domestic Flights: 390 USD/Person
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra Meals
  • Drinks
  • Tips
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