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Machu Picchu, Cusco & Lima tour

Machu Picchu, Cusco & Lima

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
From: $ 2,031 $ 254 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • See where the city meets the sea in Lima, Peru's capital and largest city. A guided tour will take you to some of Lima's loveliest landmarks.
  • Catch your breath as you reach the entrance to Machu Picchu, a magnificent 7th World Wonder!
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Peru’s colonial city, Cusco, the undisputed archaeological capital of the Americas.
  • Visit more Inca ruins and a colorful crafts market in the Sacred Valley nestled between Cusco and Machu Picchu.
  • Peru is foodie heaven! Enjoy pisco, a brandy made from grapes, and don't miss the fresh ceviche in Lima.

Short Description

Sip a pisco sour by the Pacific one day, then visit an ancient Inca citadel the next! On this 7-night adventure in Peru, you'll experience a range of spectacular landscapes, meet a few friendly llamas, and learn the fascinating history of one of the oldest cultures in the world.

Trip Type N/A
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Lima
End City Lima

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare to Lima (LIM)
  • All airport and rail station transfers
  • 2 nights in Lima at the Hotel Britania Miraflores, or similar
  • Sightseeing tour of Lima
  • One-way economy class flight from Lima (LIM) to Cusco (CUZ)
  • 1 night in Cusco at Hotel Los Portales Cusco, or similar
  • Walking tour of Cusco
  • Executive train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Roundtrip bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Tour of the Citadel with a private guide
  • 1 night in Aguas Calientes at the Waman Hotel Machu Picchu, or similar
  • Executive train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
  • Sacred Valley tour with Ollantaytambo ruins & Pisac Market
  • 2 nights in Cusco at Hotel Los Portales Cusco, or similar
  • One-way, economy class flight from Cusco (CUZ) to Lima (LIM)
  • 1 night near Lima at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel, or similar
  • Breakfast Daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Lima!

Welcome to Peru! Arrive in Lima then enjoy a transfer to your accommodation. As Peru's capital, Lima is a modern metropolis buzzing with activity year-round.

Lima is synonymous with gastronomy, so on your first night enjoy a typical Lima meal - ceviche and a pisco sour.

Transfer to Lima hotel

Day 2: Lima

Start the day with a tour of Lima's historic center. See the Cathedral, City Hall, the Government Palace and San Francisco Convent, admiring the colonial architecture along the way.

After the tour, head to Parque del Amor in the Miraflores neighborhood to see Lima's stunning coastline. Have lunch in Miraflores before visiting the Larco Museum, offering one of the largest, best-presented displays of ceramics in Lima. 

Sightseeing tour of Lima

Embark on a tour of Lima's main avenues, boulevards, and squares, beginning with an exploration of colonial Lima which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. First, you will stop off at the Plaza de Armas, where you see the square on foot and admire the exteriors of the Government Palace, the Cathedral of Lima, and the City Hall - all examples of Lima's still-present colonial architectural opulence. Walk through the Cathedral’s numerous chapels, discover its various architectural styles from Renaissance to Neo-Classical, and learn about the religious history of Peru. End the tour with a visit to the pastel yellow San Francisco Convent built in the 17th century. Explore the lavish interior and visit the catacombs, ancient underground cemetery of Lima.

Day 3: Lima - Cusco

Following breakfast at the hotel you will be transferred to the airport for your morning flight to Cusco.

In the evening, enjoy a walking tour taking you to Cusco Cathedral and the Inca sun temple Koricancha.

A Tip For Your Trip: Chewing coca leaves or drinking coca tea will help you adjust to Cusco's high altitude.

Transfer to Lima airport (LIM)

Fly to Cusco!

Transfer to Cusco hotel

Walking tour of Cusco

Explore the Imperial City with a visit to one of the most impressive buildings of Incan Cusco: the Korikancha (the Golden Temple) - a temple dedicated to the worship of the Sun God, whose interior walls were said to have been covered in gold. Continue the tour with a stroll through the Plaza de Armas, where you will discover the imposing Cathedral and admire its exquisite vestibules and priceless paintings from the Cusco School of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Day 4: Cusco - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

Fuel up with breakfast at your hotel before transferring to Ollantaytambo train station for your expedition to Machu Picchu. Once you arrive in the town of Aguas Calientes, you’ll have a shuttle bus escort you to the citadel followed by a guided tour of Machu Picchu. Once you've ooed and awed at the magnificent ancient civilization, a shuttle bus will escort you down from Machu Picchu back to Aguas Calientes.

After you've rested your tired feet, enjoy a relaxing dinner in town.

Transfer to Ollantaytambo train station

Executive train to Aguas Calientes!

Bus to Machu Picchu

Bus to Aguas Calientes

Tour of the Citadel with private guide

Enjoy a guided tour of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Rediscovered by Hiram Bingham more than a century ago, Machu Picchu is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Its architectural beauty, spectacular natural landscapes and the energy held in its enigmatic structures will take your breath away!

Day 5: Machu Picchu - Sacred Valley - Cusco

From Aguas Calientes, hop on a train to the Sacred Valley for your tour of Ollantaytambo ruins and Pisac market before your transfer back to Cusco.

In the evening, indulge in a few of Peru's delicacies. Adventurous eaters will want to try the local specialty, cuy (guinea pig).

Executive train to Ollantaytambo

Transfer to Cusco hotel

Sacred Valley tour with visits to Ollantaytambo ruins & Pisac Market

Visit one of the last remaining Incan towns, Ollantaytambo, which was once fiercely guarded by a massive fortress. Discover the large archaeological complex that used to serve as a wayside inn for royal delegations on long journeys. Surviving structures here include multiple walls and towers used to protect the citadel from possible invasions. After touring the ruins, continue along the Sacred Valley to Pisac, a beautiful village where Incan and Colonial influences have created the unique way of life of the local inhabitants. Explore this quaint town, famous for its artisan market where you can find extraordinarily fine jewelry, ceramics and textile craftwork.

Day 6: Cusco

Today, enjoy a full day in Cusco at your leisure. Pay a visit to the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art housed in a former convent in the Plaza de las Nazarenas. This museum is wonderful for visitors looking for a different perspective on pre-Columbian ceramics.

Hike up to the San Blas neighborhood and pick up a few souvenirs to take home. In the evening, indulge in a few of Peru's delicacies.

Day 7: Cusco - Lima

Today, transfer to Cusco airport for your flight back to Lima. Once you arrive and settle into your hotel, dine on fresh seafood and say cheers to an unforgettable vacation with a Pisco Sour, Peru's national drink!

Transfer to Cusco airport (CUZ)

Fly to Lima!

Day 8: Depart Peru

Make your way to Lima airport for your flight back home.

Fly home!

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Airfare included

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Accomodations

  • Hotel Britania Miraflores
  • Hotel Los Portales Cusco
  • Waman Hotel
  • Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport

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