This classic Peru trip includes Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley and a visit to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
Arrive in Lima where we’ve included a city tour to introduce the nation’s capital, its main sights and its growing food scene. Next, you’ll fly to the colonial city of Cusco for a few days exploring this city, its importance an Inca city and colonial centre, and the nearby Sacred Valley. Find out how native llamas and alpacas are used in modern life and visit the impressive Ollantaytambo fortress.
Finally, you’ll take a guided tour of Machu Picchu, with plenty of time to wander around and explore for yourself. This short trip introduces you to the capital and the Inca heart of Peru in an unforgettable way!
Itinerary in brief:
On arrival in Lima, you’ll be greeted and taken to your hotel to check in for a 2-night stay. You have the rest of the day at leisure to rest and relax or explore a little of the city.
Today we’ve included a guided visit around the city’s main sites. Stroll around the Main Square and the city’s historic centre, including the imposing cathedral and the Monastery of San Francisco. Visit the Larco Museum and Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion inhabited by sixteen generations of the same family. The rest of the day will be free for you to enjoy Lima at your own pace.
After breakfast, you’ll be collected and taken to the airport for your flight to Cusco. On arrival, you’ll be greeted and driven to your hotel to check in for a four-night stay.
This afternoon we’ve included a city tour of colonial Cusco, capital of the Inca Empire in the 15th Century. You’ll see the main square, Plaza de Armas and the Santo Domingo monastery built over the legendary Korikancha temple - an important temple dedicated to sun worship. You’ll also explore the Sacsayhuaman Fortress and the Cusco Cathedral, two incredible works of architecture built from Peru’s both indigenous and colonial heritage.
Stop at San Cristobal for a panoramic view of the city, and after your tour, you’ll be driven back to your hotel in Cusco.
Today, you’ll be collected and driven to the Urubamba River Valley, known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. On the way, you’ll stop at Awanakancha, a ‘living museum’ that’s home to many South American camelids, including llamas and alpacas. You’ll learn how local people benefit from alpaca, llama and vicuña fibre and how traditional weaving techniques are still used to make garments today.
Your tour continues to Pisac where you can visit an indigenous market and test your bartering skills. We’ve included lunch at a local restaurant before you visit Ollantaytambo, a typical Incan village with picturesque streets and a magnificent Inca fortress.
After your visit, you’ll travel back to your hotel in Cusco with magnificent views of the Urubamba Valley. The evening is free to enjoy.
After breakfast, you’ll be taken to Cusco train station to catch the train to Aguas Calientes, the last stop before Machu Picchu. On arrival, your guide will meet you and accompany you on the 25-minute bus ride up to the citadel itself.
Your local guide will take you around the complex and explain that Machu Picchu is considered a masterpiece of architecture and engineering because of its singular building techniques and surroundings. You’ll have all afternoon here, including some time for independent exploration before you leave.
After the guided tour, hop on the bus back to Aguas Calientes where we’ve included lunch at a local hotel. After lunch, spend a few hours browsing the local markets You will spend tonight in Aguas Calientes.
Today you have a second chance to explore Machu Picchu if you choose, so let us know, and we can include an extra entrance ticket. You can visit the Sun Gate, the Wayna Picchu and the Inca Bridge and enjoy a final stroll this majestic wonder of the world. Afterwards you will take the train back down to Ollantaytambo where a car will meet you for the drive back to Cusco. Spend the evening relaxing and reminiscing over your time at Machu Picchu.
After breakfast today, you’ll be collected and driven to Cusco airport to catch your next flight.
Peak season in Peru runs from June to August, this is dry season in the Andean highlands and Eastern rainforest and is the best time to visit for festivals and highland sports, including trekking. September to November and March to May is a good time to head to Peru if you want to avoid the crowds, also a good time for rainforest trekking. Low season runs from December to February, rainy season hits the highlands, and the Amazon is very wet. The Inca Trail is closed in February, but coast and beach regions enjoy their high season during this period.
All of our itineraries are tailor-made to give you an idea of just some of what is possible; this means we can adjust as necessary to suit your needs! Let your travel consultant know how long you plan to spend away, what you like to do, what properties you like to stay in and an idea of your budget and we will do the rest!
This itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests, and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.
6 nights in boutique hotels. Accommodation in this standard includes: