This Essentail Peru Tours Machu Picchu includes all of the most important highlights in the country, the “must-sees” in any visit to Peru. Lima, Cusco, and Machupicchu are covered in this 8-day program, as we explore the country’s history, its stunning geography, and scenery, and the impressive Inca and colonial legacy.
Day 1: Arrive Lima
You are met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: Lima city tour
Today we embark upon a full day guided tour of Lima, visiting the historical center, the Plaza de Armas and the San Francisco Monastery. In the afternoon, we visit the fascinating Larco Herrera Museum, which houses the most extensive collection of Pre-Columbian art in the country, including fine examples of textiles, pottery and gold and silver pieces set with semi-precious stones.
Day 3: Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley
Morning flight to Cusco, where we enjoy lunch at a local restaurant upon your arrival. We are then driven to the Sacred Valley, visiting the archaeological site of Sacsayhuamán on the way. We also stop to learn the ancient weaving techniques used to create Andean clothing at Awanacancha, a breeding center for South American camelids. The Sacred Valley, at a lower elevation than Cusco, enjoys a mild climate and offers the visitor a chance to acclimatize to the region in a less physically demanding environment. Surrounded by varied and dramatic landscapes, it has become a prime tourist destination in Peru.
Day 4: Moray – Maras – Ollantaytambo
Today we head to the archaeological site of Moray, The site consists of several enormous terraced circular the depressions was possibly used by the Inca to study the effects of different climatic conditions on crops. In other words, Moray was perhaps an Inca agricultural experiment station.
Our next destination is a tour of the Salineras of Maras. Maras is another Inca-colonial town where you can see the gates of 17th century colonial houses. The vast network of irrigation channels and polygon ponds make this place an ideal photo shoot. Salt has been obtained here since Pre-Inca times by evaporating salty water from the nearby subterranean stream. To this day salt production continues.
We will descend back down the mountain and make our way to Urubamba, where we will enjoy a delicious buffet lunch with international and typical Peruvian cuisine and then continue on to the most important stop on the tour, Ollantaytambo.
Ollantaytambo is one of the most beautiful and historically significant sites in the entire Cusco region. At a distance of 47 mi / 76 km from Cusco, it is a very interesting town with a grand display of well-preserved Inca ruins. We will visit the unfinished temples high above the village on the mountainside.
After our tour of the Ollantaytambo, we will take you to your selected hotel in the Sacred Valley.
Day 5: Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu
Early this morning we board the train to Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas”. We spend the rest of the morning visiting the Sacred Inca citadel, exploring its main temples and hidden corners. We enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at the famous Machupicchu Sanctuary Lodge Hotel, in its unequaled location at the entrance of the Inca Citadel ruins. In the afternoon, we may choose to continue visiting the main ruins, the fabulous Inca Bridge.
Day 6: Machu Picchu – Cusco
Free day on your own to continue to explore the pathways of the sacred city before the crowds arrive, or climb the Huayna Picchu (limited spaces), offering impressive views over Machupicchu. Alternatively, we also suggest to stay in Aguas Calientes and visit the local handicraft market before we return to Cusco in the evening on the train.
Day 7: Cusco
Free morning to wander around the charming colonial streets of Cusco and maybe shop for souvenirs or the beautiful alpaca textiles found in several shops around the city. In the afternoon, we visit the legendary Koricancha, the most important temple devoted to worshiping the Sun deity and whose walls were once plated with sheets of gold. We continue to the Plaza de Armas or main square to visit the Cathedral, and end our tour in San Blas, the bohemian quarter of the city, home to the workshops and stores of the most renowned artisans in Cusco, including Mendivil and Merida, before we return to the hotel. At dinnertime, you may enjoy any of the plenty attractive and delicious gourmet restaurants the city offers.
Day 8 Cusco – Lima
Transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Lima for your journey home or connecting flight to continue your travels.
However, since the price per person depends on various factors (date of your visit to Peru, number of people in your party, hotel category requested, type of service preferred, among others), please contact us or go to the Registration section of this website for a detailed program design and pricing of your tour.
(*) Should there be no train tickets available in the direct route Aguas Calientes – Cusco, a train ticket Aguas Calientes – Sacred Valley with an additional private transportation from the Sacred Valley to your hotel in Cusco will be provided.
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