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Exploring Peru: Machu Picchu & the Land of the Inca

Peru Travel Information

  • Small Group
  • Land Based Adventures
  • Approx. 36 guests (1 guide for every 18 guests) Capacity
  • 8 Days
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Summary : Join an expedition of Peru for an unparalleled experience of Inca wonders, colonial cities, and a rich cultural heritage. A knowledgeable, enthusiastic staff caters to your daily interests and provides insight. This expedition will enable you to see daybreak over the ruins at Machu Picchu from the fabled Sun Gate, with only a handful of visitors; discover Cusco’s array of cultural influences and explore the Sacred Valley of the Inca with a National Geographic expert; and explore the massive stone Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. Experience Peru in small-group expedition-style: immersive and in-depth.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Photography

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Itinerary
Day 1
U.S. / Lima, Peru

Upon arrival this evening in Lima, check-in at your conveniently located airport hotel.

Day 2
Lima / Cusco / Sacred Valley of the Inca

Board a short scenic flight to Cusco this morning, and continue to Moray—a visually stunning Inca site with dramatic agricultural terraces in the heart of the fabled and fertile Urubamba Valley. After lunch and an opportunity to experience a local market, check-in at Sol y Luna, your base for two nights. This serene Relais & Chateaux hotel offers individual adobe casitas set in a verdant garden.

Day 3
Sacred Valley of the Inca

Spend the day exploring the archaeological sites and culture of the Sacred Valley in the company of National Geographic expert Peter Frost, who has lived and worked in Peru for decades. He or a colleague joins us for a talk at the hotel and a visit to the massive Inca stone fortress of Ollantaytambo, set above a thriving Inca community. Lunch is at a working, family-owned hacienda, where you are treated to a show of Peruvian Paso horses, and National Geographic grantee Nilda Callañaupa, founder of El Centro de Textiles Tradicionales de Cusco, demonstrates Inca weaving traditions.

Day 4
Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu

Marvel at the dramatic scenery and life along the river en route this morning by train to Machu Picchu, the Inca royal retreat famously introduced to the world by Hiram Bingham in the April 1913 issue of National Geographic magazine. Check-in at the historic 31-room Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, adjacent to the World Heritage site, with the leisure to explore over two days in the company of our hand-picked tour director and local guides. Lunch and dinner at the hotel.

Day 5
Machu Picchu / Cusco

Awaken this morning at Machu Picchu, where options include an early hike to the Sun Gate, the ancient final checkpoint to Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail. After lunch, return by train and bus to Cusco—the center of the Inca universe and a burgeoning cultural capital. Check-in at the Belmond Hotel Monasterio on Plaza Nazarenas in the heart of Cusco for two nights. Occupying a monastery founded in 1592, the hotel—like much of colonial Cusco—is built atop Inca stones.

Day 6
Cusco

Explore the magnificently ornate 17th-century cathedral, sacred Inca Temple of the Sun, and other treasures of Cusco. Visit nearby Sacsayhuamán, where a series of imposing terrace walls, the most impressive yet, command views over the city. Relax, shop, or visit one of Cusco’s many churches and museums this afternoon. Dinner is on your own tonight.

Day 7
Cusco / Lima

Return to vibrant coastal Lima this morning, where you stroll the Plaza Mayor and delight in a private farewell lunch with a special musical presentation at Casa Aliaga, one of the oldest houses in Lima. After a visit to the extraordinary Larco Museum, dedicated to pre-Columbian art, check-in at Belmond Miraflores Park, set along the fashionable seaside promenade. Dinner is on your own.

Day 8
Lima, Peru / U.S.

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flights home.

Notes

This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes. Please talk to your Expedition Specialist before booking airfare.

Included:
Transfers if booked on group flights; accommodations as per itinerary; meals as per itinerary. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare; some meals; extensions; passport and visa expenses; baggage/accident/cancellation insurance; passport and visa fees; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, email/Internet and laundry; gratuities at your discretion.

Photos ©: Lori Gifford, Ralph Lee Hopkins, Ashton Palmer, Marcy Roshelli, Amelia Tockston

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