Summary : Our Machu Picchu custom journey is a private, semi-escorted tour, with flexible departure days and superior accommodations, which has also been designed to ease the effects of altitude. Experience charming colonial Cusco, the beautiful Sacred Valley, and mystical Machu Picchu on this seven day adventure through Peru. ExpeditionTrips' Program Manager, Joy Martinello, has traveled on this trip. Click to view her travel journals and photos!
Activities : Culture, Hiking
$2,495 to $3,650
Transfer to the airport for flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, you will travel down into the Sacred Valley to visit the charming ruins at Pisaq, and then continue on to your hotel to freshen up. In the afternoon, you visit a private hacienda that opens its doors to select visitors who will be rewarded with a glimpse into the family's rich and intense past. Sample life in the country, learn about typical locally harvested products and admire the colorful gardens. The visit is capped off by a superb meal prepared with fresh produce from the plantation. After lunch, drive to Ollantaytambo, an impressive fortress and ancient town that defended Cusco from incursions from jungle tribes to the north. It stands at a strategic site at the northern end of the valley, where the river plunges steeply into the Amazon. B,L
Sol y Luna
Today, travel with your guide to the village of Chinchero. This typical Andean village is located in one of the most spectacular high plateaus with tremendous views of the Cordillera Vilcabamba Mountain range. You visit the village and the home of artist and master weaver Nilda Callañaupa. Peruvian textiles, recently believed to be a generation away from extinction, are making a surprising comeback, and the revival of the country's 2,000-year-old weaving techniques is largely due to Nilda Callañaupa, who works with six mountain villages to resurrect symbolic patterns and avoid the use of garish chemical dyes and synthetic yarns. Enjoy a highly educational weaving demonstration that will include wool spinning, natural dyes, traditional patterns and weaving techniques. Before continuing your exploration, enjoy a box lunch in the village of Chinchero.
After lunch, travel to the valley of Anta, near the village of Maras, to visit the salt mine of "Las Salinas." These impressive salt terraces on overhanging cliffs have been worked since the Inca times. B,L
Sol y Luna
This morning, enjoy breakfast at Sol y Luna before you are transferred to the train station. Your guide will meet you on the train. Arriving mid-morning, you will have the option of freshening up at your hotel or heading straight to the ruins to begin your guided tour of this impressive archaeological wonder. As you wander through the maze of empty plazas, chambers and dwellings saddled atop steep mountainsides, you will be unable to resist your own speculations at the impenetrable mystery of these stones. Lunch is at the Sanctuary Lodge at the entrance of the ruins, and you will have the chance to re-enter the park after lunch. (Around 4 PM, the crowds will start to leave and you will likely have this magical place to yourself to enjoy at sunset!)
After your tour, descend to Aguas Calientes and enjoy dinner at your hotel. B,L,D
NOTE: Your guide will depart from Machu Picchu this afternoon, leaving you with instructions for getting back to the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge
This morning you may opt to continue your exploration of the famous citadel, explore the nearby town of Aguas Calientes or take advantage of the spa amenities at your hotel. This afternoon, you retrace your route to the city of Cusco by train. Our Peru representative meets you at the train station for transfer to Casa Andina Private Collection – Cusco. Overnight in Cusco. B
NOTE: Today is a free day on your own at Machu Picchu; Entrance fee not included. Your bags are sent to the train station, but you will transfer there independently; you will have reserved seats for the train ride back to Cusco.
Casa Andina Private Collection - Cusco
You are transferred from your hotel to the Cusco Airport for your flight back to Lima. B
Hotel Upgrade Options
Guests stay at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge on Day 4.
Guests stay at Hotel Monasterio in Cusco on Days 5-6.
Guests stay at Miraflores Park OEH on Day 1, at the Sanctuary Lodge on Day 4, and at Hotel Monasterio in Cusco on Days 5-6.
NOTE: These trips fill quickly, hotel space is very limited.
Meals as indicated in itinerary, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner; Lodge accommodations based on double occupancy; all scheduled land transportation; transfers; scheduled excursions with private English-speaking guide services; entrance fees.
International or domestic airfares; excess baggage charges; additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations; international departure tax; tips; alcoholic beverages or snacks; insurance of any kind; laundry; phone calls; radio calls or messages and items of personal nature; any meals not indicated in itinerary.
Lima - Cusco - Lima - Quito: $600-$700 per person
Lima - Cusco - Lima: $300-$350 per person
Guayaquil - Lima (one way): $400-$500 per person
Quito - Lima (one way): $500-$800 per person