Highlights of Cusco To Machu Picchu Trip
- Investigate extraordinary ruins, walk along cobbled streets and become acquainted with Spanish colonial history.
- Explore the Sacred Valley’s vibrant Andean culture.
- Visit colorful markets.
- Trace the path of the ancient Inca civilization. Walk along a part of the Inca trail. Visit the protected site of Machu Picchu, one of the world’s most remarkable archaeological wonders.
Departures Year-round except March
*Personalized departure date
|Trip Length||7 days/6 nights|
|Walk Rating||Moderate to Challenging|
|Included||All breakfasts, most lunches, most dinners.|
|Hotels||5 star and Luxury|
|Price||Upon request and hotel choices|
|Single Supplement||Upon request|
This is a sample itinerary using deluxe accommodations. We can tailor this trip to your choice of hotels and desired length of stay. Contact us for pricing and details. firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out our suggested and preferred hotels.
DAY 1 SACRED VALLEY
Our guides greet you at the airport in Cusco and transfers you to your hotel in the Sacred Valley. We choose to go directly to the Sacred Valley to help you acclimate to the high altitude. * Time to settle in and have a light lunch. In the afternoon, visit the colorful and lively markets of either Pisac or Chinchero. We will stop to visit local weavers, learn about the 2,000 year old weaving techniques of the Incas, and the importance to contemporary Andean culture. We will enjoy lunch together at a specially chosen restaurant. In the afternoon, we visit a ceramic seminario where you can see finished products of pre-Columbian ceramic replicas.
The walk: Variable
Accommodations: Hotel Sol y Luna, Tambo del Inka or Belmond Sacred Valley (B,L,D)
Surrounded by tall eucalyptus trees and green mountains, the Sol y Luna offers a perfect place to relax after a busy day of walking and touring. Hotel Tambo del Inka is where luxury meets culture in a perfect blend.
DAY 2 SACRED VALLEY
Hike from the Maras Salt Mines down into the Sacred Valley. Explore the Inca Fortress at Ollantayambo, a massive stone structure, perfectly sculpted into the mountain side by ancient Incan craftsman. After hiking through the ruins, we take a walking tour of the quaint Peruvian town below and enjoy a short visit to one of the most beautiful towns in the Sacred Valley, with its cobblestone streets and town square. Afternoon at leisure.
The walk: 6.4 km/4 miles
Accommodations: Hotel Sol y Luna or Belmond Sacred Valley (B,L,D)
DAY 3 AGUAS CALIENTE
Say good-bye to the Sacred Valley and take in the scenery during the train ride up to marker 104. Hike the ancient stones and stairs of the Inca trail. Enter Machu Picchu through the “Gate of the Sun” and take in the awe inspiring view. Take a guided tour of the ancient outpost for the Inca Royalty. Marvel over the intricate stonework of the Inca’s lost city and learn about the special astrological symbols.
For those who do not get a permit for the Inca trail or prefer an easier option, we will enjoy lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge while we wait for the remainder of the group to complete the hike from marker 104.
The walk: 9 km/5.6 miles
Accommodations: Inkaterra Machu Picchu or Sanctuary Lodge (B,L,D).
Located deep in the lush Andean cloud forest, the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel is made up of one and two story white-washed cottages constructed with local materials.
DAY 4 MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO
Meet with your guide before breakfast for an early morning and less crowded your of Machu Picchu or take a short hike to the cloud forest to explore ancient Inca pathways. Farewell lunch at the Inkaterra followed by a late departure for the train station and onto Cusco on the Vistadome Train. Our return to Cusco is late due to the length of the train ride. We suggest that you snack on the train on the way back.
The walk: 5km/3.2miles
Accommodations: Casa Andina (B,L)
DAY 5 Cusco
Morning at your leisure to adjust to the higher altitude or wander around on your own for some typical Andean shopping. Our guide will meet you after lunch for a short orientation followed by a drive to the impressive site of Tambomachay, the site of ritual baths and the Temple of the Water. You will enjoy and a short downhill walk to the old Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the scene of the last battle between the Incas and the Spanish. Evening on your own. Our guide will suggest restaurants specializing in Peruvian cuisine.
The walk: 5 km/3.2 miles downhill
Accommodations: Hotel Monastario (D)
In 1995 the ancient Spanish Monastery, originally built in 1595, was converted into a world class hotel.. It is located in Cusco’s historical center.
DAY 6 CUSCO
After breakfast, our Peruvian guides take you on a walking tour of Cusco and acquaint you with the history and culture of this ancient city. Explorations take you over the cobbled streets as you visit both the Inca and Spanish Colonial cultural and religious sites within the city. We visit the city center, the old Spanish cathedral, and conclude in the shopping and restaurant area of San Blas. Enjoy lunch with our guide who will help you choose special Peruvian dishes. The remainder of the afternoon is on your own. Choose between exploring the shops of San Blas and transferring back to the hotel for some leisure time.
The walk: 5 km./3.2 miles
Accommodations: Hotel Monastario (B,L)
DAY 7 CUSCO
After breakfast, we provide complimentary transfers to the airport throughout the morning depending on the time of your departing flight
B= breakfast included, L=lunch included, PicL=picnic lunch included, D=Dinner included
All bookings through Voyage GAM SPS Travel, Quebec Licensee.
* Important Note: In order to preserve the environment, permits for the Inca trail are limited and are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. We recommend booking at least 120 days in advance in order to obtain a permit.
* Personalized Departure Dates: We can customize any of our trips to begin on a date that is convenient to you. Supplemental charges may apply. You may want to consider arriving a day before the trip starts to better adjust to the effects of high altitude.