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An active exploration of the country’s most famous highlights
Enjoy world class cuisine and museums in Lima, then get off the beaten path with downhill mountain biking through the Sacred Valley and a hike along the classic Inca Trail to a most magnificent view of Machu Picchu.
8 days from $3,990
- Includes accommodations at first class hotels that reflect the best of local culture
- Includes excursions and tours with superb private guides
Itinerary at a Glance
- Lima - 1 night: renowned cuisine and world class museums
- Sacred Valley - 3 nights: Andean life and ancient ruins on foot and by bike
- Machu Picchu - 1 night: spectacular day hikes to and around this stunning icon
- Cusco - 2 nights: walk the streets of the captivating and bustling former Incan capital
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Day by Day Itinerary
Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores
With a contemporary design and an ideal location, the flagship Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores offers 148 luxury rooms and suites. Peruvian-owned, the hotel manages to be sophisticated, first class, and modern while also exhibiting local charm. Amenities include a heated pool, modern gym, and an outstanding location in the heart of Lima’s main commercial and cultural area. Several of the city’s top restaurants are within walking distance.
Arrive to Lima, former capital of the Spanish empire in the Americas, and transfer to your first class hotel in the Miraflores district, Lima’s main cultural and commercial district. This is a great area for strolling around and is home to many of Lima’s best restaurants.
Private tours of Lima or visits to any of Lima’s museums can be arranged; we can also arrange culinary tours focusing on Peru’s increasingly renowned cuisine or art tours for those with special interests.
Fly to Cusco / Sacred Valley of the Incas / Pisac Ruins
Hotel Sol y Luna, 3 nights
The Hotel Sol y Luna is located in Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas, not far from the town of Urubamba. Peruvian art adorns each of the first class, comfortable adobe cottages, whose terraces offer spectacular views of the mountains. A place that does things the right way, this hotel has long been among our traveler favorites due to the superb accommodations, location, and service. There are also two outstanding restaurants, and beautiful horses that can be taken out into the surrounding mountains on horseback riding excursions.Includes: Breakfast, Lunch
Fly over the Andes to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incan Empire. When you land in Cusco you will be met at the airport by a local representative who will transport you to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a long fertile river valley surrounded by snow capped peaks that lies between Cusco and Machu Picchu.
Visit remarkable Incan sites and small towns at Pisac, and do some hiking down from the ruins. Afterward you will stop for a lunch at a great small restaurant founded by a renowned local chef. Your private guide will be there to help you make the most of the entire experience.
Sacred Valley (Pumamarca / Ollantaytambo)
Hotel Sol y LunaIncludes: Breakfast, Lunch
Hike to the Pumamarca Ruins, a less-visited Incan site that has managed to stay off the typical tourist route.
Enter an area still steeped in Andean tradition; it’s a great place to explore on foot and appreciate the Andes and the way of life of the people who have lived there for thousands of years.
You will also visit the ruins and town of Ollantaytambo, one of the only towns that has maintained the same layout since Incan times.
Mountain Biking in the Sacred Valley
Hotel Sol y LunaIncludes: Breakfast, Lunch
Continue your adventure with one of the best one-day mountain biking trips you could find anywhere. Non-technical and almost all downhill, you start near the town of Chincheros and descend past the unique Incan site of Moray and the village of Maras, and finally past the ancient salt pans below Maras to the valley floor. Celebrate your arrival with a first class picnic lunch.
Not just for serious mountain-bikers, this is an accessible but excellent mountain biking experience, visiting some off-the-beaten-path locations.
Inca Trail Express to Machu Picchu
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
This hotel sits on its own 12 secluded acres in Aguas Calientes, the town located at the base of Machu Picchu. The Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is ideally located, a short walk to the train station and the shuttles that take visitors to the ruins. Guests follow stone pathways to their rooms, located in comfortable one- or two-story whitewashed casitas. This hotel is a traveler favorite, blending into the natural environment, with outstanding service, great design, and a first-class restaurant with views of the rushing Vilcanota River.Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Catch the morning train toward Machu Picchu, but disembark at Kilometer 104 to start your 5-6 hour hike to Machu Picchu along the last part of the Inca Trail (6-7 miles in total).
Hike upward at a gentle grade for a few hours, passing the large Incan site of Winay Wayna. After about 2 more hours of hiking along the classic Inca Trail, you will find yourself at Intipunku, the Gate of the Sun, where you have a magnificent view of Machu Picchu.
After descending to the ruins along the final stretch of the Inca Trail, you will catch a shuttle down to the town of Aguas Calientes for the night. Your hotel in Aguas Calientes is one of the most highly regarded in South America.
Machu Picchu / Cusco
Inkaterra La Casona Cusco, 2 nights
A Relais & Chateaux property, Inkaterra La Casona Cusco is housed in a restored 16th-century colonial manor house, which was built over an Inca complex and later occupied by the conquistadors of Peru. Its 11 suites surround an elegant courtyard, and the hotel offers a dining room, dining terrace, lounge and sitting area. La Casona graciously preserves its historic details while offering modern comfort and amenities. An exclusive boutique hotel experience, and one of the top options in the city.Includes: Breakfast
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Return to Machu Picchu with your guide in the early morning to explore the ruins. This is a great way to experience the site when there are far fewer people around.
You’ll also have the chance to hike to the top of Huayna Picchu, the mountain that towers above Machu Picchu (about 2 hours round trip).
After visiting the ruins, catch the afternoon train back to Cusco, where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel.
Cusco / Sacsahuaman
Inkaterra La Casona CuscoIncludes: Breakfast
Upgrade Available: Palacio Nazarenas
Get to know Cusco with your knowledgeable private guide, visiting the historical highlights of this fascinating city. Your excursion includes a visit to Sacsahuaman, the massive Incan fortress on the hills above the city, where you can enjoy views out over Cusco and the entire surrounding area. You have the afternoon free to explore some more of the city on your own.
Cusco is another of the highlights of a trip to Peru, a fascinating city built on the foundations of the former Incan capital. You can observe massive Incan walls along many of the streets of the city. The city has a vibrant atmosphere and many excellent restaurants.
In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Lima. Upon arrival to Lima you will have assistance at the airport in making your connecting flight home.
If you have extra time before your international flight, we often arrange a driver for our travelers so they can go out to eat and see some of Lima before their flight.
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Take part in a Pachamanca, a traditional Andean cooking ceremony on the shores of Lake Piuray.
Add extra days in Lima or Cusco: Both are worth exploring on your own, and we can arrange a variety of activities, including city tours, culinary excursions, visits to ruins and historical sites, and active options such as hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.
More time on the Inca Trail: See our Inca Trail to Machu Picchu itinerary for information about hiking the whole trail over several days.
Contact us to learn about more options for designing and customizing your trip.
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