Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu

Overview

Lightfoot Travel specialise in highly personalised luxury tours. We’ll design your own unique itinerary taking in the ancient wonders and stunning landscapes of Peru – in style!

Cusco

Cusco is the gateway to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, but if you plan to use it just as a stepping-stone, you’ll miss out one of the South America’s most memorable destinations.

The Imperial City of Cusco is the jewel of Andes, a must-visit destination for any luxury tour. It’s a Unesco World Heritage site founded by Incas kings (in the shape of a puma), plundered by conquistadors, and lauded by all who come. Today, it stands perfectly frozen among the annals of time, beautiful and compelling.

In Cusco you can stand in awe of ancient stone temples, an enduring symbol of the master workmanship of the Incas. You can sip coffee in open plazas, beneath terracotta-roofed houses, grand colonial mansions and old Catholic churches. The cobbled streets throng with colourful fiestas, while everything from whitewater rafting to hot air balloon rides are available in the surrounding area.

The Sacred Valley

Next stop on a tailor-made luxury tour is the Sacred Valley, just northwest of Cusco. Hiking is one way to get there from the Imperial City, although there’s a scenic train journey too, which takes you through mountains, rivers and canyons.

Old colonial towns, and pretty villages lie scattered across the Río Urubama valley, while there’s a wealth of archaeological treasures. On the peripheries, stand the evocative Incan temple-forts of Pisac and Ollantaytambo clad to mountains high up in the clouds. You can try adventure sports ranging from rock climbing to river rafting in the valley.

The Inca Trail & Machu Picchu

Next on the itinerary is the Inca Trail, following the footsteps of ancient warriors through high mountain passageways, dreamlike cloud forests and rolling valleys strewn with orchids. And at the end of the world’s most famous trek lies the incomparable wonder of Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu is the most dramatic of all Incan citadels. Shrouded in mystery, this ancient citadel never revealed itself to the conquering Spanish and was only discovered by the wider world in the 20th century.

The location adds to the mystery. It stands 2,304m above sea level, perched on the eastern slopes of the Andes: interconnecting palaces, storehouses and temples, and terraces and stone steps cut into the mountain itself. Surrounding misty mountain forests, and valleys and winding rivers below complete what is an extraordinary setting.

Machu Picchu stands as an enduring reminder of a lost civilisation at the peak of its powers and remains a must for any visit to Peru. With a tailor-made luxury tour, our regional specialists use their own experience and knowledge to design your perfect itinerary.

Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Itineraries

Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Properties

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Belmond Hotel Monasterio

Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu, Peru

Belmond Hotel Monasterio is a grand hotel that will appeal to those looking for a tranquil and exclusive hideaway with impeccable service and superb facilities. The hotel features 126 indiv…

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Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado

Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu, Peru

This luxury boutique hotel lies in lush gardens on the banks of the Urubamba River with a backdrop of towering mountains, in Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas. Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado is…

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Belmond Palacio Nazarenas

Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu, Peru

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas is one of the finest luxury boutique hotels in Cusco, offering impeccable service and superb facilities, which include the city’s only outdoor pool. The hotel wi…

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Hotel Sol & Luna

Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu, Peru

This charming boutique-style hotel is situated 8850 feet above sea level in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, an hour’s drive from Cusco airport, in Peru. Set within 25 acres of…

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Inkaterra La Casona

Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu, Peru

This tranquil and intimate retreat provides the ideal base from which to explore the vibrant city. With 11 lavish suites, set around a charming courtyard, the effect is one of contemporary s…

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Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu, Peru

Nestled in a 12-acre, private mountainside reserve in the heart of Andean cloud forest, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel is an exclusive and intimate hideaway suited to adventure-seekers with a …

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Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge

Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu, Peru

Steps away from the ancient Inca citadel lies Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel at this breathtaking World Heritage site. The cuisine at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge in Cusco is …

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Skylodge Adventure Suites

Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu, Peru

Located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas near the city of Cusco in Peru, Skylodge Adventure Suites is the world’s first ever hanging lodge. Its innovative design offers you the chance to …

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