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. This itinerary includes all of the most important highlights in the country, the “must-sees” in any visit to Peru. Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu are covered in this 7-day program, as you explore the country’s history, its stunning geography and scenery, and the impressive Inca and colonial legacy.
Activities : Culture, Hiking
$3,295 to $3,995
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cusco.
On arrival in Cusco, you are met by a representative and immediately driven to the “Sacred Valley of the Incas”, a succession of picturesque Andean towns, agricultural terraces, and many archaeological sites, as well as the world’s most famous white corn cultivated for export. The mild climate, the varied and dramatic scenery of snow-capped mountains, flowering meadows, lush green hills and spectacular flora and fauna, make the Valley a prime adventure destination in South America. At a lower elevation than Cusco, the Valley is a warmer and less physically taxing environment for visiting the many attractions of the region, including Machu Picchu.
On the way, visit the nearby town of Pisac and drive up the road to the Pisaq Inca archaeological complex. The site is perched high on the mountaintop overlooking the picturesque Andean village of modern Pisaq. This Inca archaeological complex includes some of the finest Inca stonework, besides that seen in Machu Picchu, as well as extensive royal buildings, look-outs, terraces that rise 600m / 2,000 feet above the river below, tunnels and irrigation channels. Continue to the Pisaq market, originally a place where people from remote communities used to barter their products, Pisaq has evolved to one of South America’s most famous souvenir markets. Make sure to sample some ‘empanadas’ baked in traditional clay ovens.
Enjoy lunch today at the hacienda where a family of great collectors of colonial and folk art will be your hosts for lunch. The hacienda is located on the summit of a hill sheltered amidst Andean peaks. The hacienda contains a varied collection of popular and colonial art ceramics, paintings, weapons, photography, ceremonial vessels and the ceramic bulls of Pucara. The environs include a forest of eucalyptus trees and other native species, and here the famous giant white corn is cultivated for export.
Experience the feelings of stepping back into the 15th century and finish the day exploring Ollantaytambo, a still-thriving Inca village, set below an ancient Inca fortress and temple with stunning views over the valley.
End the day at your selected hotel. B, L
Sol y Luna
This morning drive to Chinchero, where you may enjoy its church and then visit 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. The revival of the country's 2,000-year-old weaving techniques is largely due to Nilda Callañaupa, who is working with six mountain villages to resurrect symbolic patterns and avoid the use of chemical dyes and synthetic yarns. Enjoy a highly educational weaving demonstration; learn about wool spinning, natural dyes, traditional patterns and weaving techniques used in this region of the Andes.
Crossing the Chinchero pampa (flat land), head to the town of Maras and the archaeological site of Moray. Begin your tour with a visit to an “agricultural laboratory” of Moray, consisting of circular concentric geological depressions, reinforced by agricultural terracing following the shape of these geological lines. There are considerable temperature differences between these levels, facilitating the adaptation of plant species in different ecological levels, especially the adaptation of the important Sacred Leaf of Mama Kuka (erythroxylum coca).
Depart this interesting archaeological site for Maras Pampas, where people farm the land and rear cattle and sheep. The Urubamba mountain range and its snow-capped peaks provide a spectacular background for your hike. In the town of Maras, observe the interesting facades of the ancient houses, made from finely worked stone, indicative of the economic heights achieved by the town’s population at that time. Continue your walk through spectacular Quechua scenery, to arrive at the salineras of Maras (Maras Saltpans), whose bright white can be seen from a great distance. The salt mines have been in use for centuries, continuing today (recently elegant bath products and table salt made from Maras Salt have come on the market).
Enjoy a picnic lunch and experience a very special ceremony of sound and traditional offerings to Mother Earth. This ceremony evokes the spirit of healing; taking part in this ritual are many sacred medicines such as Palo Santo, Tayta Sayri, Mama Coca, Agua Florida, Condor’s Feathers, Grandfather Puma, Essences and Incenses. See the use of many pre-hispanic instruments that have no written musical register, and enjoy their essence, thought to heal with joy, love, color and life as the power of sound becomes a collective prayer that creates healing frequencies. Share in this experience is to reevaluate and connect with the culture of Peru's original people.
Return to your hotel. B,L
Sol y Luna
Early this morning, you are driven to Ollanta station where you board the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas”. Spend the rest of the morning visiting the Sacred Inca citadel, exploring its main temples and hidden corners. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at the famous Machupicchu Sanctuary Lodge Hotel, in its unequaled location at the entrance of the Inca Citadel ruins.
Accommodation at your selected hotel. B, L, D
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge
Wake up early to admire Machu Picchu in the early morning. Enjoy a free day to optionally continue to explore the pathways of the sacred city before the crowds arrive. You may choose to continue visiting the main ruins, the fabulous Inca Bridge or climb up Huayna Picchu, offering impressive views over Machu Picchu (please note that spaces have to be booked in advance, as there is a maximum daily allowance of visitors, and set entry times of 7 am or 10 am).
In the afternoon, return to Aguas Calientes by bus to take the Vistadome train back to Poroy station, before being transported to your hotel in Cusco.
Accommodation at your selected hotel. B
Casa Andina Private Collection - Cusco
This morning visit Cusco’s main attractions. Start with the Santo Domingo Monastery and the legendary Korikancha (Temple of Gold)–the most important Inca temple devoted to worshiping the Sun, whose walls used to be plated with sheets of gold. Follow your experience with visits to the Cathedral at the Plaza de Armas, and the Plaza de Regocijo, as well as the old town and its remarkable Inca walls. Continue to the San Blas quarter with a walk by this quaint district and one of the finest views of the city. This quarter is home to the workshops and stores of the most renowned craftsmen in Cusco, including Mendivil, Merida, Rojas and Palomino. Visit the beautiful colonial church, which houses an impressive wood-carved pulpit. B
Casa Andina Private Collection - Cusco
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Lima.
On arrival in Lima, you are met and transferred to one of the most renowned restaurants in Lima .
Transfer back to the airport for flights home or on to other adventures. B
Guests stay at Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores on Day 1, at the Sol y Luna on Days 2-3, at the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel on Day 4, and at Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco on Days 5-6.
Guests stay at Miraflores Park OEH on Day 1, at the Sol y Luna on Days 2-3, at the Sanctuary Lodge on Day 4, and at Hotel Monasterio on Days 5-6.
NOTE: These trips fill quickly, hotel space is very limited. All attempts will be made to secure the hotels listed in itinerary; if original hotels are not available or overbooked, the next best available option will be reserved. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Meals as indicated in itinerary, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner; lodge accommodations based on double occupancy; entrance fees to all sites visited; private transportation from Cusco airport to the hotel at Sacred Valley; Pisac Market, ruins and Ollantaytambo excursion; full day Chincheros weaving demonstration, Maras and Moray with special ceremony; full day guided visit to Machu Picchu citadel; entrance to Machu Picchu (Day 4 -5) and Huayna Picchu (Day 5); half day walking visit of Cusco; transfers; scheduled excursions with private English-speaking guide services.
International or domestic airfares; visa and / or passport fees; excess baggage charges; additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations; international departure tax; alcoholic beverages, bottled water and snacks; insurance of any kind; laundry; phone calls; radio calls or messages and items of personal nature; any meals not indicated in itinerary; items of a personal nature; gratuities.
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