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Walk in the footsteps of the Incas when you travel to Peru. Explore the colonial history of Cusco, the Incan ruins of the Sacred Valley, and the amazing beauty of Machu Picchu!

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 2LimaMonastery of San Francisco, Plaza Mayor, UNESCO World Heritage SiteInnside Lima Miraflores, Casa Andina Premium Miraflores
2 - 4Sacred ValleyPisac, Ollantaytambo, Maras, Moray, Chincheros, River Rafting, Horseback RidingCasa Andina Premium Sacred Valley, Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
4 - 5Machu Picchu PuebloUNESCO World Heritage Site Machu Picchu, Wayna or Huayna Picchu, Sun Gate, Aguas CalientesEl MaPi by Inkaterra
5 - 7CuscoUNESCO World Heritage Site, Koricancha, Tambomachay, Qenko, Puca Pucara, SacsayhuamanCasa Andina Premium Cusco, El Mercado Cusco

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  • Heritage
  • Landscape
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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 2

International Arrival

Transfer to Hotel

Lima

1 Night

Peru’s capital city enjoys a great location directly on the Pacific coast and boasts of spectacular views, elegant neighborhoods, historical districts and a vibrant assortment of cultures.

Included Activities

City Tour of Downtown Lima
Explore the highlights of Lima on this privately guided city tour as you gain insights into Peru and her capital. Stroll through the beautiful city center visiting the main square of Plaza Mayor, the Lima Cathedral, and the Government Palace and other historical attractions. (Duration 3 hours. Private Activity.)

Explore Lima on your own
Discover the fascinating neighborhoods of this beautiful city by the Pacific Ocean on your own. You could start your day with a stroll around the historic Lima Centro locality, soaking in views of the fine examples of colonial architecture such as the cathedral and government palaces. Or, head south to the upscale localities of San Isidro and Miraflores for some window shopping and gastronomical delights at one of the many restaurants. Take your pick of delicacies from fresh seafood ceviche to flavorful pollo a la brasa! Alternatively, you could spend the day soaking in the sun and having fun in the water at spectacular beaches. Catch the colourful water fountains at the Parque de la Reserva for a pleasant end to an enjoyable day. If partying is on your mind, then you could head to one of the themed bars in the trendy Barranco district for a night to remember. (Full Day; No guide; No transfers; Entrance fees and meals are not included).

Hotel Options
RoomInnside Guestroom
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 2 - 4

Transfer to Airport

Flight from Lima to Cusco

Transfer from Cusco to Sacred Valley (60 km, 1.5 hrs)

Sacred Valley

2 Nights

The Sacred Valley of the Incas (Valle Sagrado de los Incas) is reachable via Cusco, and links this erstwhile capital of the Incan Empire with the citadel in Machu Picchu.

Included Activities

Visit to Pisac Ruins and Ollantaytambo (Starts from Cusco)
A full day privately guided tour that takes visitors from Cusco to the spectacular Sacred Valley of the Incas. Nestled on the banks of the Urubamba River, you will begin your tour in Pisac, exploring the villages extensive ruins, temple, hillsides and terraces before heading to Ollantaytambo in the afternoon. Here you find an attractive town of Inca origin with remarkable channels and stone streets where you will discover its impressive ceremonial centre and fortress that guarded the access from other parts of the valley. (08:00 to 18:00, Private Activity, Lunch Included)

Visit to Chincheros Town, Maras Salt Mines and Moray Ruins
On this full-day privately guided excursion you will visit the beautiful colonial town of Chincheros as well as the spectacular Incan sites of Maras and Moray. Start your morning at the fascinating Maras Salt mines which feature more than 100 small pools fed by a salt-water mountain spring that is interconnected by channels. It still remains in use today by the community and represents an important income for numerous families in the area. Walk up to the vantage viewpoint from where you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the salt mines and its surroundings. In the afternoon, you will head along a dirt road towards another typical Andean village called Moray; famed for being an Inca agricultural experimental center. Both these ancient sites and your visit to Chincheros, will take your breath away and leave you fascinated by the mysteries of the Incan civilization. (From 09:00 to 17:00; Private Activity; Lunch Included; Please note that trekking and walking on the salt pans of Maras is prohibited in order to preserve the purity of the salt extracted.)

Visit to Machu Picchu by Vistadome Train from Sacred Valley
The most iconic archeological wonder of South America is yours to explore. Travel to the lost city of the Incas via Vistadome train before spending an afternoon at the sacred citadel with a private guide from Machu Picchu town. Learn about the human ingenuity required to construct the site and ponder its many mysteries. Marvel at the surroundings and soak in the wonders of this magical place, hidden amongst the green summits of the high Andean cloud forest. (06:30 to 18:00, Private Activity, Lunch Included)

Hotel Options
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleLodge
RoomSuperior Deluxe
MealsFrühstück
StyleLodge
Day 4 - 5

Transfer Train Station

Morning Vistadome train from Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu (approx. 1.5 hours)

Machu Picchu Pueblo

1 Night

The ruins of Machu Picchu are one of the most beautiful and enigmatic ancient sites in the world.

Included Activities

Re-entry to Machu Picchu with Wayna Picchu Climb
If you are physically fit and want a postcard view of the citadel of Machu Picchu, then be among the first in the morning at the gate of Machu Picchu as you explore on your own the mountain opposite the ruins, Wayna Picchu. The trail is steep but worthwhile with great birds-eye views of the lost city and the surrounding peaks of the Andes. Because of the narrow trail and popular demand, there are only two timings allowed for the climb which must be booked in advance. Please let your travel consultant know if you’d rather do the climb from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. or 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. We recommend rising early to get the best views before the heat and the crowds arrive! After the exertion of Wayna Picchu take a second day to explore the famous ruins of Machu Picchu. Independently view the ruins again, deepening your impressions and gaining a richer understanding and appreciation for this amazing world wonder. (Machu Picchu opens at 06:00. Independent Activity. Maximum time permitted at ruins 4 hours)

Hotel Options
RoomSuperior Room
MealsHalf Board
StyleBoutique
Day 5 - 7

Afternoon Vistadome train from Machu Picchu to Cusco-Poroy (approx. 3.5 hours)

Transfer from Train Station to Cusco (10 km, 30 mins)

Cusco

2 Nights

Cusco is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an amazing amalgam of an Inca capital and colonial city.

Included Activities

Half Day Walking Tour in Cusco City
Discover Cusco’s heart and the secrets of the Incan Empire, where colonial flair and Incan culture combine to create a fascinating atmosphere. On this half day tour your private guide will take you to explore the Main Square and Cathedral, San Blas neighborhood, San Blas Church, Hatun Rumiyok, the market and Korikancha. (Fitness Level: Easy; Please bring comfortable walking shoes. Private Activity)

Explore Cusco on your own
Set off at a convenient time to explore the continent’s oldest inhabited city on your own. You could begin your discovery of this UNESCO World Heritage site with a visit to the Convent of Santo Domingo. Stroll around the Renaissance building that sits upon the foundation of an important Incan Sun Temple destroyed by Spanish conquerors. Make your way to Pukamuqu Hill for a closer look at the soaring statue of Cristo Blanco or the White Christ. Savor splendid views of the city and its surroundings before you head to the neighborhood of San Blas with its old world charm. Savor lunch at one of the charming cafes and restaurants in the locality. Afterward, saunter around the Inca Museum before you head to the bustling San Pedro Market for a sensory feast. Mingle with the locals and walk around the displays of fresh produce, apparel, and more before you call it a day. (Full Day; No guide; No transfers; Entrance fees and meals are not included).

Hotel Options
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
El Mercado Cusco – Opt 2
RoomJunior Suite
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique

Transfer to the Airport

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 3,490 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 3,790 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 7 days / 6 nights.
  • Meals as indicated
  • Economy flights for all sectors :
    • Lima – Cusco
  • The following train journeys in the highest class available :
    • Morning Vistadome train from Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu (duration approx. 1.5 hours)
    • Afternoon Vistadome train from Machu Picchu to Cusco-Poroy (duration approx. 3.5 hours)
  • All activities as listed :
    • Lima: City Tour of Downtown Lima
    • Lima: Explore Lima on your own
    • Sacred Valley: Visit to Pisac Ruins and Ollantaytambo (Starts from Cusco)
    • Sacred Valley: Visit to Chincheros Town, Maras Salt Mines and Moray Ruins
    • Sacred Valley: Visit to Machu Picchu by Vistadome Train from Sacred Valley
    • Machu Picchu Pueblo: Re-entry to Machu Picchu with Wayna Picchu Climb
    • Cusco: Half Day Walking Tour in Cusco City
    • Cusco: Explore Cusco on your own
  • An air conditioned vehicle with chauffeur for the activities specified in the itinerary
  • If your itinerary includes self-drive travel then all such travel comes with CDW insurance for an unlimited number of kilometers. For further details about the type of car please speak to your Travel Consultant.
  • All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by your tour guide
  • All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above

Not Included

  • Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
  • Visa fees
  • Travel, health and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)
What our guests say about this trip

We had very specific dates when we could travel and could not find a tour that worked for us. We were also traveling with our 18 year old, and needed some special attention to the schedule to accommodate him. A colleague had used Enchanting Travels for a trip to Africa, and I looked it up on the internet and read all about your company. I liked what I saw, and really enjoyed talking to our Travel Consultant, Katie, to start planning. I felt like she was really trying to set up a trip just for us.

This was such a nice way to travel! We felt very comfortable knowing that we were going to have a knowledgeable person meet us each step of the way and make sure that we got to our destination, got checked in, learned about the local area, and answered all our questions. When the general strikes hit Peru, we were especially grateful knowing that someone was working out all the changes to our itinerary behind the scenes.

– Julie Luby
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Peru: Classic Machu Picchu

7 days $ 3,490 / person

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