Classic Machu Picchu

This 6-day itinerary takes in the highlights of Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley in Peru. Cusco is charming with colonial buildings, outdoor cafes, beautiful old churches and lovely locals. Words cannot do Machu Picchu justice, so we’re going to leave this one blank and let you experience it for yourself. There is a reason though, why it’s one of the wonders of the world. Lasty, visit the beautifully terraced Sacred Valley, the heartland of the former Inca Empire.

Day 1: Lima

Arrive in Lima where you will be met by your guide and transferred to the B Arts Boutique Hotel, your accommodation.

Stay: B Arts Boutique Hotel

Day 2: Lima private city tour

Peru’s capital is a rich kaleidoscope of colonial architectural jewels, revered pre-Columbian sites, charming residential areas, and vibrant shopping districts perched over the blue Pacific. Explore these many facets, including the 16th century Plaza Mayor (Main Square) – still graced by the Government Palace and the City Hall.

We’ll visit the Cathedral and the San Francisco Convent, built in the 17th century, and its “Catacombs” ancient underground cemetery of Lima. Our tour continues along the city’s lovely Pacific coast through the enchanting neighborhoods of San Isidro, Miraflores and Larco Mar.

Stay: B Arts Boutique Hotel

Day 3: From Lima to Cusco

Depart for the airport for your flight to Cusco. On arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred to the Inkaterra La Casonna Hotel.

Cusco, the Archaeological Capital of the Americas, exists in the present and the past at the same time, being a living example of the meeting of two different age of culture. Visit the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun, the Cathedral from the early 17th century – it is a fine example of colonial baroque art.

Continue the excursion with the visit to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Finally, visit the San Pedro market located across from San Pedro train station a few block southwest of the Plaza de Armas. It is a one-stop shop for the traveler with both a grocery list and limited needs in the souvenir department. Though the Mercado Central is largely dedicated to sales of fruits, vegetables, meats and bread, there are a few vendors selling artisanal goods. The Mercado Central has plenty of delicious local eats for the traveler with a sense of adventure and a strong stomach!

Stay: Inkaterra La Casona

Day 4: Excursion to Machu Picchu

Pick up and transfer to the railway station to board the tourist train that goes through the Urubamba Valley or Sacred Valley of the Incas, to the fabulous mountaintop ruins of Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu was never discovered by the Spaniards. For centuries it was buried in the jungle before it was found by Hiram Bingham in 1911. The Holy City of Machu Picchu was built in stone among the flanks of two hills belonging to the eastern mountain range of the Andes, descending into the Amazonian upper sylvan. There is no doubt that Machu Picchu represents an extraordinary example of architecture and engineering.

Upon arrival to the station, the buses wait to transfer you to the top of the ruins. A guided tour of the ruins gives you some idea of what the city must have looked like way back in the day.

Stay: Inkaterra La Casona

Day 5: Excursion to the Sacred Valley

Today you will visit Pisac, a picturesque town located 19.8 miles or 32 Km. northeast of Cusco. There are also colorful fairs that take place here every day. Merchants offer all sorts of handicrafts, the most important of which are the textiles and ceramic goods such as ceremonial goblets called “Q’eros”, plates, ashtrays, necklaces and replicas of pre-Hispanic pottery.

In the afternoon you will visit the remarkable fortress of Ollantaytambo, built by the Incas. A very steep stone staircase leads into the fortress. Across an esplanade there is a temple with 10 niches, and beside it a block of partially unworked stones. Beyond another esplanade, six huge rectangular monoliths (estimated weight: 50 tons) form the Temple of the Sun.

Stay: Inkaterra La Casona

Day 6: Cusco

Depart Cusco for your return flight for Lima.

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Lima B Arts Boutique Hotel
Day 2: Lima private city tour B Arts Boutique Hotel
Day 3: From Lima to Cusco Inkaterra La Casona
Day 4: Excursion to Machu Picchu Inkaterra La Casona
Day 5: Excursion to the Sacred Valley Inkaterra La Casona
Day 6: Cusco

Inclusions

Included

  • Professional local English speaking guide
  • Hotels accommodations
  • Transfers and excursions on private basisAll meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrances fee to Machu Picchu and bus tickets (round trip)
  • Train Vistadome to / from Machu Picchu
  • 24 hour emergency contact

Not Included

  • Flights and related airport taxes
  • Personal expenses
  • Other services not specified in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance (please note that travel insurance is mandatory for all Lightfoot Travel holidays)

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Lima Cusco Machu Picchu

From USD 2,165 per person based on two guests travelling

Notes on our prices

  • This price guide provides you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.
  • Prices are generally based on two people travelling together (unless stated otherwise) on a shared room basis.
  • Prices can fluctuate depending on season, standard of accommodation, excursions selected (private versus shared) etc.
  • This basic structure works very nicely, but don’t forget that Lightfoot Travel can provide a range of experiences and we tailor-make each itinerary based on your travel requirements. Get in touch to start planning your perfect trip with your own travel consultant