MYTHICAL MACHU PICCHU: PERU

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Journey Overview

From the rich culture of Lima to the ancient Incan traditions of the Urubamba Valley and the historical importance of Cusco, your journey builds until you reach the mesmerizing legends that live in the mists of Machu Picchu. Here you’ll discover the mystic realm of ancient people and stand in wonder as this sacred place seems to come alive once again. Lima is home to several extensive collections of pre-Columbian art. Explore the ancient Inca capital of Cusco and the archeological ruins that lay in the nearby “Sacred Valley,” alive with colorful markets and local craftsmen. Enjoy a scenic train journey to “The Lost City of the Incas,” where the 15th-century ruins of Machu Picchu come to life as your guide regales you with colorful legends.

Journey Pace: Active & Challenging

  • View the sunrise over Machu Picchu, "The Lost City of the Incas"
  • Travel aboard the luxurious Belmond Hiram Bingham train
  • Visit the remarkable ruins of Sacsayhuamán


  • Discover Lima, the capital city of Perú, and its array of historic sites like the Plaza de Armas and the Larco Herrera Museum
  • See the most extensive collection of pre-Columbian art in Perú
  • Learn about South American camelids at the Awana Kancha breeding center in the Sacred Valley

Journey Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive Lima, Peru

Welcome to Lima, Perú. You are met upon arrival at the Lima airport and escorted to your luxury hotel in Perú’s capital city.

Lima is a large cosmopolitan city, known as “The City of Kings,” and renowned for its colonial architecture, historical sites, beautiful cathedrals, and fascinating high-quality.

The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore on your own or relax at your hotel in the sophisticated Miraflores or the bohemian Barranco district of the city.

Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel, Lima
Hotel B, Lima

DAY 2Lima

This morning, meet your guide for a tour of Lima’s historical city center - a UNESCO World Heritage Site – known for its high concentration of colonial buildings. See the Plaza de Armas, with its Government Palace, is the Municiplidad de Lima, or Town Hall, and the baroque Lima Cathedral. Enjoy a tour of Casa de Aliaga, a private hacienda with an eclectic art collection containing over 1,500 native works of art.

Visit the Larco Herrera Museum, housed in an 18th century colonial mansion that holds the most extensive collection of pre-Columbian art in Perú, and a superb collection of ceramics, textiles, gold, silver and erotic pottery.

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore more of this vibrant city on your own. ​(B)

Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel, Lima
Hotel B, Lima

DAY 3Lima to Urubamba Valley

This morning you fly to Cusco, high in the Andes at more than 10,000 feet above sea level. You are met at the airport by your driver and private guide, and then escorted to a lower altitude in the lush Urubamba Valley, a narrow, winding valley with spectacular snow-capped peaks. It is here, in the“Sacred Valley of the Incas,” that you can see an impressive collection of Inca ruins simply perched on a mountainside.

As you drive through the valley stop at Awana Kancha, a breeding center for South American camelids. Learn about the superb llama, alpaca, vicuña, and guanaco fibers as well as the ancient Perúvian weaving techniques that are used to make their colorful textiles. Then stop for a visit to Pisac, once the Incas’ largest fortress-city complex. This town is best known for its market, friendly people and their colorful local crafts. The handicraft market is a delightful place to shop and mingle with the locals.

Arrive at your lodge set in the heart of the Sacred Valley – relax and allow your body to assimilate to the high altitude. ​(B)

Hotel Sol Y Luna, Urubamba Valley

DAY 4Urubamba Valley

This morning visit the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, built on the foundations of an old Incan town and full of remarkable Incan ruins. Explore the ancient ruins and hear more of the legends and ways of the native people.

In the early afternoon, enjoy a traditional Perúvian lunch at Wayra Ranch, a lovely old hacienda. After you meal, watch a performance of their Perúvian Paso horses, accompanied by the rhythm of live Marinera music, performed by a group of local entertainers.

Isolated for over 400 years, the Perúvian Paso horse has evolved as one of the purest breeds in the world, with its trademark Paso special, inherited four-beat lateral gait called paso llano. The paso llano is said to be a broken gait. It consists of a permanent, harmonic, and rhythmic tapping in which the animal makes a gentle and pleasant alternating movement.

Arrive back your hotel and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. ​(B,L)

Hotel Sol Y Luna, Urubamba Valley

DAY 5Urubamba Valley to Machu Picchu

Early this morning, transfer to the Ollantaytambo station to board the Vistadome train. Enjoy the scenic 1½ hour ride to Machu Picchu, “The Lost City of the Incas.”

Machu Picchu sits high above the Urubamba River in the middle of the cloud forest. The last bastion of the Inca Empire, Machu Picchu remarkably remained unknown to the Spanish conquerors. The site was swallowed-up by foliage until 1911, when American explorer Hiram Bingham re-discovered it.

You are met upon arrival at Machu Picchu, and transferred to your exclusive accommodations adjacent to Machu Picchu itself. Enjoy lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge before your afternoon exploration of the ruins.

Tour this mysterious and awe-inspiring site with an expert guide who shares facts and colorful local legends to bring the ruins to life. Machu Picchu has two major areas: the agricultural zone, made up of terracing and food storehouses; and the urban zone, featuring the Sacred Sector, with temples, squares, and royal tombs that were carved with an extraordinary degree of perfection. See the marvelous Citadel, Main Square, Temple of the Three Windows, Circular Towers, Sacred Sun Dial and the Burial Grounds.

Spending the night at the intimate Sanctuary Lodge, the only accommodations at Machu Picchu, gives you the privilege of seeing this mystifying site at the quiet times of dusk and dawn, when all the other tourists have left. ​(B,L,D)

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

DAY 6Machu Picchu to Cusco

Arise early to witness the spectacular sunrise over the ruins, an once-in-a-lifetime sight. Enjoy the serene time at this sacred location before non-Sanctuary guests arrive. Spend the rest of morning relaxing, bird watching, searching for orchids, trekking among nature and Inca ruins. If ambitious, you can hike the steep stone-paved trail to the top of Huayna Picchu ("Young Mountain") around 10am. The views from the peak are impressive and look over the entire archeological complex and the high jungle valley.

This afternoon, board the elegant Belmond Hiram Bingham train bound for Cusco. While on board enjoy the views and a delectable multi-course dinner.

Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your landmark hotel located in the heart of historic Cusco. ​(B,L,D)

[Award-winning hotel]  Belmond Hotel Monasterio, Cusco

DAY 7Cusco

Founded in the 15th century by the Incas, then later conquered by the Spanish, Cusco is rich in history and culture. Today is yours to explore this historic city and its environs with your private guide and driver.

Begin with a drive into the countryside to see the remarkable Inca ruins at the National Archeological Site of Sacsayhuaman. This UNESCO World Heritage Site occupies approximately 7,500 acres, and features huge stonework walls. Visit the Temple and Amphitheater of Kenko with its huge stone block in the shape of a puma, passages, channels, and stairs with engravings representing various animal shapes. Also, visit the red fortress of Puca Pucara, the old administrative and military center.

Back in Cusco, take a guided walk through the impressive Plaza de Armas (or Huacaypata), the city’s beautiful Cathedral, and the artisan’s quarter of San Blas to watch artisans at work. Visit the Convent of Santo Domingo, built on top of the Temple of the Sun (or Korikancha). This is the most important temple devoted to worship of the sun, where the walls were plated with sheets of gold. (B)

[Award-winning hotel]  Belmond Hotel Monasterio, Cusco

DAY 8Cusco to Lima

Enjoy a leisurely morning in Cusco before your flight to Lima.

You are met at the airport and escorted to your luxury hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or further explore Lima. (B)

[Award-winning hotel]  Belmond Hotel Monasterio, Cusco

DAY 9Depart Lima

Today you are at leisure until your transfer to the Lima airport for your departing flight home or on to your next destination. ​(B)


Tour Details

MEETING POINT
Lima, Perú
DEPARTURE POINT
Lima, Perú



TOUR INCLUDES

Accommodations as indicated in the itinerary
Meals as indicated in the itinerary
All transfers and sightseeing provided in a private deluxe vehicle when possible
Local English-speaking guide for sightseeing
Entrance fees per final scheduled itinerary
Airport porterage, where available (2 bags per person)
Local taxes
Travel Guard Medical Emergency and Assistance Plan


Package price is per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplement applies. Land, air, and governmental/park taxes are subject to change based on date of departure. International airfare is additional. Other restrictions may apply. Contact us for complete journey details.