The "lost city" of the Incas

This dramatic Inca ruin has one of the most stupendous mountain settings in the world.

Photo by Bill Abbott

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Cusco and Machu Picchu Extension

Exploring the Realm of the Incas

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $2795  
Length: 6 days
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.

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Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

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 (Deluxe Option: Hotel Monasterio, First-Class Option: Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection)...D

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 (Deluxe Option: Rio Sagrado, First-Class Option: Hotel Pakaritampu)...BL

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 (Deluxe Option: Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, First-Class Option: The Hotel Sumaq)...BLD

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...B

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

Day 6
Lima / Depart

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

Extension Cost

Prices are for 2016

First Class Option

$2795 per person, double occupancy
Solo Traveler: $3695
Single supplement: $775
Internal airfare: $510 (subject to change)
Optional upgrade to Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge: $350 per person (based on double occupancy)

Deluxe Option

$3795 per person, double occupancy
Solo Traveler: $5795
Single supplement: $1695
Internal airfare: $510 (subject to change)

Seasonal or Holiday surcharges from: $250

Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Extension Cost Includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Bilingual guide Days 1-3
  • Entry to Machu Picchu on Day 4
  • Local airport and transfer agents
  • All tours as indicated
  • All entrance fees for sites and museums
  • On Deluxe option, lunch is included on Day 4

Extension Cost Does Not Include:

Airfare, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, items of personal nature such as laundry, telephone, internet etc, optional gratuities to hotel and lodge staff, transfer agents, drivers, and guides.

Casa Andina Private Collection—Cusco

Casa Andina Private Collection—Cusco (First Class Option)

Day 1 (1 night),
Days 4 to 5 (2 nights), Cusco, Peru

Just three blocks from the Plaza de Armas in the heart of old Cusco, this charming hotel is a renovated colonial manor house. It features a series ...
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Hotel Monasterio

Hotel Monasterio (Deluxe Option)

Day 1 (1 night),
Days 4 to 5 (2 nights), Cusco, Peru

A 16th century monastery that is now an elegant hotel, the Monasterio has a stunning historic ambiance, with several inner courtyards, a chapel, ...
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Hotel Pakaritampu

Hotel Pakaritampu (First Class Option)

Day 2 (1 night), Ollantaytambo, Peru

A cozy hotel with a countryside feeling, the Pakaritampu is just a few blocks from the main plaza in the traditional village of Ollantaytambo. The ...
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Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado

Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado (Deluxe Option)

Day 2 (1 night), Ollantaytambo, Peru

Nestled into a steep hillside above the roaring Urubamba River, this superb property is a tranquil retreat with a prime location and 21 spacious ...
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Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel (First Class Option)

Day 3 (1 night), Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu, Peru

A luxurious hotel and haven of tranquility with top-notch service and gourmet cuisine, the Sumaq Machu Picchu has beautifully appointed rooms ...
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Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge

Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge (Deluxe Option)

Day 3 (1 night), Machu Picchu Ruins, Peru

You can’t get closer to the Machu Picchu ruins than this! With only 31 rooms, this property is famously set right at the gate of Machu Picchu. ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.