Highlights
  • Explore the Sacred Urubamba Valley including Pisac and Ollantaytambo by rail to the citadel Machu Picchu
  • Explore Lima
  • Discover Cusco
  • Visit Scared valley

Travel to Peru and explore the most spectacular archaeological monument in South America, the ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu. Our Machu Picchu Explorer is a short 5-day/4-night adventure designed to complement our Galapagos small ship cruises or Peru Amazon cruise. This privately guided independent Peru tour can also be combined with other regions of Peru such as Lake Titicaca, the Amazon River or the Inca Trail Trek, to craft a custom tour of Peru.

Enjoy a full day guided tour of Machu Picchu and an overnight at the famous Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Inn. Charismatic guides versed in archeology, history and Andean culture show you monumental Inca temples, traditional villages and markets of the Quechua Indians in Cusco and in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

This guided Machu Picchu tour operates on a custom basis for our clients and can begin on any day, subject to availability. As such, the Machu Picchu Explorer is the perfect Peru tour to combine with your Galapagos cruise. This trip can also be customized to forge the ultimate Machu Picchu adventure that fits your interests, ability, schedule and budget.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Cusco, Peru

Accommodations: Casa Andina or similar

Upon arrival in Cusco you are met by your guide who will remain with you throughout your time in the Peruvian highlands. The elevation of Cusco is 11,000 feet so we encourage a relaxed pace while travelers acclimatize. Enjoy a transfer from the airport to your hotel, then an afternoon guided orientation of Cusco's Spanish churches, ancient Inca sites and surrounding ruins.

Day 2: Urubamba Valley

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodations: Sonesta Posadas del Inca Sacred Valley Yucay, Sol y Luna or similar

Depart early on a scenic drive along farmlands and mountain peaks of the Urubamba River. Known as the Sacred Valley of the Inca, the Urubamba Valley is home to numerous important Inca Ruins and vibrant Quiche markets. Enjoy a full day guided tour of the Urubamba Valley including the traditional Andean towns, ancient Inca Ruins and traditional Indian Markets of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Relax this evening with delicious Peruvian cuisine and surrounded by authentic Peruvian history and culture.

Day 3: Machu Picchu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodations: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel or similar

An early train follows the Urubamba River as it climbs high into the Andes Mountains revealing glaciers and spectacular scenery. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes proceed by bus to the Inca Ruins of Machu Picchu. Your guide will introduce you to this history, nature and culture of this magnificent site with a guided tour. This evening  overnight  at  the  famous  Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo. The grounds of  this exclusive hotel covers acres of native rain forest including an orchid garden  and nature  trail offering a peaceful refuge within walking distance shops, restaurants and the train station in Aguas Calientes.

Day 4: Machu Picchu & Wayna Picchu

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodations: Casa Andina or similar

Arise early and be among the first to experience Machu Picchu before the train arrives. Watch the sunrise, take a hike to the Temple of the Moon, the Inca Drawbridge or beat the crowds to Wayna Picchu, the steep-sided mountain behind the ruins. Return by train to Ollantaytambo before proceeding by road to your hotel in Cusco.

Day 5: Depart Cusco

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and the charms of Cusco before you continue your journey. A transfer to the Cusco airport is provided if needed.

Dates & Pricing
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$ 1,645

Price Per Day:

$ 329 per day
 
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 410
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Trip Includes
  • Transfers, Peru hotel accommodations.
  • Meals as outlined in itinerary
  • Guide services from Cusco to Cusco
  • Entrance fee into Machu Picchu.
Trip Excludes
  • Airfare
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Airport departure tax from Peru
  • Domestic airfare
  • Domestic aiport taxes
  • Tips to local staff and items of a personal nature such as soft drinks or alcoholic beverages,laundry fees and insurance of any kind.
Meals Included:

4 Breakfast, 3Lunches and 1 Dinner

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Start City
Cusco
End City
Cusco
Cancellation Policy:

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $500 is required at the time of booking. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following fees, based on number of days prior to departure:

Up to 91 days - 50% of deposit

90 to 31 days - 50% of total trip cost

30 to 0 days - 100% of total trip cost

Additional Information:

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 21 days of booking your trip for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions

Trip level I

 

Our level one trips are designed for travelers interested in lodge and hotel accommodations combined with mild activities, plenty of flexibility and options for more rigorous activity. Expect two to four hours of activity each day over straightforward terrain. Travelers should be comfortable hiking or walking 3-5 miles per day. Other level one activities include snorkeling or sea kayaking sheltered waters and river rafting class I-II water. Expedition Cruising aboard small ships and yachts is level one and may include fun and easy activities such as hiking, snorkeling and kayaking. Enjoying a relaxed pace with a focus on nature, culture and history is often a priority for those who choose this trip level.

Reservations

All persons wishing to make a reservation, and all persons who will be traveling, must complete and sign the Traveller Information Form. All reservations are made with Adventure Smith Travel Services Inc., d/b/a Adventure Smith Explorations. No person has any authority on Adventure Smith Explorations’ behalf to vary these terms and conditions.

Unused services & personal expenses

Regardless of any other term in this agreement, partial refunds are not available for unused services including but not limited to hotel rooms, meals, air or land transportation, activity days or other sightseeing excursions. You will not be reimbursed for any personal expenses such as airfare, hotel or other travel expenses due to changes in itineraries or cancellations. If a portion of the services of your tour are cancelled by us or our third party supplier because of an event within our control or the control of our third party supplier, and you are not offered a replacement or alternative, we will refund the cost of that portion of the services.

Severability

If any provision of this agreement shall be unenforceable or invalid under any applicable law, such unenforceability or invalidity shall not render the agreement unenforceable or invalid as a whole. Such unenforceable provision will be replaced with one that is valid and enforceable and which achieves, to the extent possible, the original objectives and intent of the original provision.

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