Exploring the Realm of the Incas


Explore charming Cusco, the former Inca capital, discover the fortress-ruins of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, then savor legendary Machu Picchu, the breathtaking mountain sanctuary of the Incas, with an overnight stay near the ruins.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Lima / Cusco

Arrive in Lima, Peru, in the early morning and connect with a flight to Cusco (11,200’). Spend the balance of the morning resting and acclimatizing to the altitude. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon city tour to explore this ancient capital of the Inca Empire. Overnight at hotel...meals on your own
Classic Accommodation: Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection
Optional Upgrade: Hotel Monasterio

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Day 2
Urubamba Valley / Ollantaytambo

Private morning tour of the spectacular Inca ruins on the hills overlooking Cusco. Afterwards, drive through the Urubamba Valley to Ollantaytambo, a living Inca village, virtually unchanged from ancient times. Overnight at hotel...BLD
Classic Accommodation: Hotel Pakaritampu
Optional Upgrade: Hotel Rio Sagrado

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Day 3
Machu Picchu

Board the morning train with your guide for a short ride through the Urubamba Valley to Machu Picchu. At the Machu Picchu station, head up to the ruins by bus and explore the sanctuary on an afternoon tour, visiting the reconstructed ruins of staircases, altars, temples, and fountains and enjoying the incredible setting. Overnight at hotel...BLD
Classic Accommodation: Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel
Optional Upgrade: Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge

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Day 4
Machu Picchu / Cusco

Explore the wonders of Machu Picchu on your own. In the afternoon, transfer to your train bound for Cusco. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the evening on your own...BL

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Day 5

Free day for independent exploration of Cusco. One can spend a delightful day here just exploring on foot to see the blend of Inca and colonial architecture. The city also boasts an abundance of artisan and craft boutiques and a wide variety of wonderful restaurants and street cafes, all with a welcoming atmosphere. Overnight at hotel...B

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Day 6
Lima / Depart

Early morning flight to Lima and connect with onward flights...B


Length: 6 days
Cost From: $2895  
Arrive: Lima, Peru
Depart: Lima, Peru
Lodging: 5 nights hotels
Meals: Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Walking, Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Cultural exploration and walking tours

Visa Requirements

A visa is not required for U.S. citizens visting Peru. A tourist card will be issued to you on the flight to Lima.