Visit Peru’s ancient cities & historic villages on just this seven-day tour to Machu Picchu. Look into the striking contrast between the old and contemporary buildings in Lima. Then take the train to the Andes and Sacred Valley foothills, which are breathtakingly beautiful. Ascend to Machu Picchu to explore the spectacular lost city of the Incas with a guide. Make your way to Rainbow Mountain, a spectacular rock formation, to finish.
Lima Airport Transfer: Arrive at any time in Lima. Our representative will be waiting for the client at Lima airport with a personalized sign bearing the client’s name.
Assistance at the airport and transfer to the lodging upon arrival in Lima.
There are no scheduled activities, so check into a hotel and recharge your batteries.
Note: when booking a flight to Lima, try to arrive between 15:00 to 22:00 to arrive in Lima, transfer to the hotel, and rest before the Peru Tour the next day.
Hotel breakfast; pick-up from the hotel at 9:00 a.m. This culinary adventure will begin with a trip to the neighborhood market. Explore the infinite textures, colors, aromas, and flavors by smelling, tasting, and experiencing them.
We then take clients to our cooking studio, where they can learn more about Peruvian cuisine and prepare delicious local dishes “hands-on.” Make an authentic Peruvian dish to tantalize your taste buds and later celebrate your accomplishments.
FISH, “Sudado de Pescado” steamed fish (Main Course), or the Peruvian National dish “Ceviche” are the only options. CHICKEN; “Aji de Pollo” or “Papas a la Huancaina” in English chili chicken (Main Course). MEAT; “Lomo saltado” (Main Course) or “Causa Limea” (Limeade).
There are two vegetarian options: “Pimiento Relleno” (Main Course) and “Solterito.”
Finally, we will eat the lunch that we prepared ourselves. Pick up and transfer to Lima’s historical center at 14:00. We’ll go on an interesting walking tour. We will take our clients on a tour of our city’s palaces, castles, the magnificent Saint Francisco Monastery, and the spectacular subterranean Catacombs. The main square, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Municipal Palace, the train station Palace, the one-of-a-kind old-fashioned “Cordano Bar,” colorful mansion palaces, the Jiron del Union Pathway, the Post Office Palace, the Dominicans Tower, and the Historical Rimac Bridge, as well as the lovely surrounded wooden Balconies, are all visited. UNESCO has designated the historical center as a World Heritage Site. The tour will conclude at approximately 18:00.
Hotel breakfast; at 06:30 a.m., picked up from the hotel and escorted to the airport for the flight to Cusco, the ancient Inca capital; assistance at the airport and transfer to lodging.
The rest of the day is free to relax and explore this wonderful city while minimizing the negative effects of the high altitude. The walking tour begins in the vibrant San Pedro market, which is probably the best place to experience Cusquenian life. Get a firsthand look at how Cusco’s residents live their lives outside of the postcard-perfect main square. While walking through the narrow aisles filled with colorful fabrics, meals, fruit juice, bread, and shaman stalls, the guide explains the history of this market.
We then go to Cusco’s main square. The city’s colonial center is marked by this busy and vibrant space, which features wide stone pathways and well-kept colorful gardens.
Following that, we’ll travel to Qorikancha, where Santo Domingo’s convent sits atop an ancient temple. Many invaders were awed by the splendor of this temple when they first arrived for some unknown reason because, according to tradition, it was fully gold-plated. Around 18:00, the tour concludes.
Suggested flight schedule — Lima (09:30am) – Cusco (10:50am)
Hotel breakfast; hotel pick-up at 7:30 a.m. We begin our journey to the Inca’s Sacred Valley in Pisac, 31 kilometers from Cusco. The ancient Incan archaeological site is located on a mountain’s summit.
After witnessing our ancient ancestors’ impressive stonemasonry skill, go down into the quaint little town and wander through its colorful market to buy intricate, beautifully hand-crafted products.
After that, have lunch at a nearby restaurant.
We then travel to Ollantaytambo, a mountaintop Inca military, religious, and agricultural center. Unlike other small villages, this one has preserved its original Incan architecture, including magnificent stone structures and winding alleyways.
After the tour, we head to the Ollantaytambo railway station to catch a train to Aguas Calientes. Guests will be greeted and transferred to the hotel upon arrival.
Expedition train — Ollantaytambo (19:04pm) – Aguas Calientes (20:45pm)
Hotel breakfast is served at 6:00 a.m. Take a bus to the 2,430m/7,972ft-high archaeological site of Machu Picchu. The hilltop stronghold, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, has earned every bit of its fame.
The guided tour starts at around 7:30 am. The guide masterfully leads through the amazing ruins and its main streets. Then explore the town squares and ascend the elaborately carved stone staircases. Esoteric knowledge regards Machu Picchu as the spiritual epicenter of the planet.
The tour is led, and it lasts around two hours and thirty minutes.
Travel to Aguas Calientes on the bus between 12:30 and 13:30.
Eat lunch at an Aguas Calientes restaurant between 13:30 and 15:00.
Return to Cusco: Take the train back to Cusco later in the day. Arrive at Poroy station, where you will then be picked up and driven to the hotel in Cusco.
Expedition train — Aguas Calientes (15:20pm) – Cusco (19:05pm)
Note about train tickets: We attempt to book tickets on this train, but we may need to book an alternative service if the timetable changes or the trains are unavailable.
Hotel breakfast; 3-hour drive to trailhead after hotel pick-up at 5:00 a.m. We made a stop at Cusipata before moving on to Phullawasipata (4626m/15,177ft).
We go on a creek hike to start the day. As we pass llama and alpaca herds, take in the scenery. We will be seeing Ausangate Mountain, so bring your camera. Visit the locals by taking a tour around rural areas.
It takes an hour and a half to trek to Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain (5,030m/16,498ft). We will have a chance to dine after we reach the summit and enjoy the expansive views. The break usually lasts 45 minutes.
After taking in the breathtaking views, it’s time to descend. Before continuing on to Cusco, you should return to the trailhead and have lunch.
We’ll start the three-hour trip back to Cusco, where we’ll be dropped off at the hotel somewhere around 17:00.
8 kilometers is the approximate walking distance (4.97 miles) – Approximate walking time: 4 hours.
Hotel breakfast; at the appointed time, our representative will meet guests in the hotel lobby to assist with the transfer to the airport for departure.
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