Peru Private Journey route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $3495  
Length: 7 days
Arrive: Cusco, Peru
Depart: Cusco, Peru
Lodging: 6 nights in hotels, including overnight at Machu Pichu
Meals: All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinner included
Activity: Walking, Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: Easy walking and cultural touring at elevations to 11,500 feet
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Highlights

  • Experience the mystical wonder of Machu Picchu
  • Explore stunning Inca monuments and Quechua villages in the Sacred Valley
  • Roam the back streets of Cusco, ancient capital of the Incas


Our trip was perfectly designed and executed. Staying at the Sanctuary Lodge at Machu Picchu was a very special treat.Joan and Steve K.—Charlottseville, VA

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.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Departure Notes

Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.

Discover the spectacular land of the sun-worshipping Incas, with its breathtaking mountain landscapes, mystical fortress-cities, and thriving cultural and artistic heritage. With your private guide, enjoy an insider’s walking tour of Cusco, ancient heart of the Inca Empire, and nearby Inca sites including awe-inspiring Saqsayhuaman, the majestic fortress overlooking Cusco. Next you’ll head out to the beautiful Urubamba Valley, sacred to the Incas, to discover the stupendous ruins of Pisac, with its Inca-built terracing, and majestic Ollantaytambo, the hilltop fortress where rebel Manco Inca and his men held out against Pizarro’s forces. Your grand finale brings you to glorious Machu Picchu, a stunning city of stone perched on a sheer precipice 1,500 feet above the Urubamba River. So well hidden in the jungle-covered ramparts of the Cordillera Vilcabamba that the Spaniards never knew of it, this “lost city” allows a vivid experience of the Inca world.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Day 1
Cusco, Heart of an Empire

With its maze of cobbled streets and beautiful broad plazas, Cusco is an entrancing city with a unique blend of historical and contemporary cultures. Your private tour takes in Cusco’s lively traditional markets, the artisans’ quarter of San Blas, and, above the city, Sacsayhuaman fortress, whose massive walls of superbly interlocking stone blocks zigzag for almost half a mile.

Days 2-3
Inca Fortresses, Quechua Villages

The magnificent Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, is filled with traditional Quechua villages and Inca ceremonial sites in fantastic settings. The Incas placed their sacred sites high above their beloved valley, and the crown jewel, Machu Picchu, is perched on a promontory at its easternmost reaches. Explore the off-the-beaten-path village of Chinchero, an old colonial settlement set on a commanding rise at the head of the valley, and meet Quechua master weavers with their intricately crafted textiles. Walk through the ruins of Pisac, the largest fortress-city complex of the Incas, possessing the lofty setting of a condor’s nest, then climb up to the grand stone ruins of majestic Ollantaytambo, terraced beneath the soaring peaks of the Andes. Below the ruins, stroll the lanes of the traditional town of Ollantaytambo, the only Inca settlement still inhabited in Peru—the town retains its original Inca street plan and trapezoidal shape.

Days 4-5
Machu Picchu, Lost City of the Incas

Perched on the edge of a sheer precipice above the Urubamba River, Machu Picchu is simply breathtaking, not only for its stunning setting but for the many beautiful structures of intricate stonework. This bewitching sanctuary is the most perfect surviving example of Inca architecture, never looted or damaged by the Spanish conquistadors. A guided walking exploration acquaints you with the mysteries of this stone citadel, a once-in-a-lifetime experience you’ll never forget. Return to Cusco on the late afternoon train on Day 5.

Days 6-7
Cusco

Enjoy a final day to savor Cusco, to sample its Nuevo Andino cuisine and fine restaurants, wander the cobblestone streets, or visit its art galleries and museums. Depart on Day 7.

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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

What the Trip is Like

This trip is Level 2, according to our trip grading system. It features vehicle-based sightseeing and day walks, with hotel accommodations throughout. Most of the walking is at considerable altitudes, ranging from 8,200 feet at Machu Picchu to 11,200 feet at Cusco. We do recommend you make special efforts to get in good physical condition for the trip, as it will greatly increase your enjoyment.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

When to go

January to December

For our Private Journey trips, you choose your own group and your preferred dates—there are no set departure dates. Private Journeys are available to groups as few as two people or as large as you like. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015

First Class Option

$3495 per person, double occupancy (3-4 people)
$3795 per person, double occupancy (2 people)
Single supplement: $795
Internal airfare: $475 (subject to change)

Deluxe Option

$4595 per person, double occupancy (3-4 people)
$4995 per person, double occupancy (2 people)
Single supplement: $1825
Internal airfare: $475 (subject to change)

Some hotels on this trip may apply Christmas/New Year holiday surcharges. Please call us for details.

Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Extension Costs
Arequipa and Colca Canyon Extension
   from: $995
Amazon Rainforest Extension: Reserva Amazonica
   from: $765
Sipan and Chan Chan Extension
   from: $980
Lake Titicaca Extension
   from: $965

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Accommodations based on double occupancy, as described in this itinerary
  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinner included
  • Land transportation as noted
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu on Day 4 and second entry on Day 5
  • Airport transfers
  • Private guided tours per Full Trip Brochure

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, any activities described as optional, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to staff, additional hotel nights made necessary by airline schedule changes or other factors, pre-trip expenses such as medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

Minimum fee: $250 per person
90-46 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Hotels in Cusco

Day 1 (1 night),
Days 5 to 6 (2 nights), Cusco, Peru

In Cusco, we stay at one of the following properties based on availability and choice of accommodation:

Hotels in Ollantaytambo

Days 2 to 3 (2 nights), Ollantaytambo, Peru

In Ollantaytambo, we stay at one of the following properties based on availability and choice of accommodation:

Hotels at Machu Picchu Ruins

Day 4 (1 night), Machu Picchu Ruins, Peru

At the Machu Picchu Ruins, we stay at one of the following properties based on availability and choice of accommodation:

Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions options:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

Peru

Amazon Rainforest Extension: Reserva Amazonica

Exploring Waterways and Nature Trails

Cultural Adventures, Wildlife & Natural History
3 days  -  Level 1

Arequipa and Colca Canyon Extension

Colonial Splendor and Natural Wonders

Cultural Adventures, Wildlife & Natural History
4 days  -  Level 2

Lake Titicaca Extension

Mystical Birthplace of the Incas

Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
3 days  -  Level 2

Frieze at the Temple of the Moon, near Trujillo

Sipan and Chan Chan Extension

Ancient Wonders of Northern Peru

Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
4 days  -  Level 1

Client Comments

Our trip was perfectly designed and executed. Staying at the Sanctuary Lodge at Machu Picchu was a very special treat. Joan and Steve K., Charlottseville, VA Once again, WT did a fabulous job organizing our trip and accommodating our special interests. Sue W., Ketchum, ID What great memories! What a fantastic trip all across the board. Janet F., Mill Valley, CA This was first Private Journey (and 4th WT trip). We loved it! The itinerary was excellent and our guides were outstanding. Michelle W., Johannesburg, South Africa You have really developed the perfect way to experience the Incas and Machu Picchu. Ray S., Ft. Lauderdale, FL This was one of our best trips ever and we look forward to using Wilderness Travel again. Barbara and Richard F., Orlando, FL Loved it! Typical Wilderness Travel quality. I would never consider another travel company. Richard E., Castle Rock, CO The itinerary was well planned and everything went very smoothly. The hotels were comfortable, their surroundings were beautiful, and their staffs were gracious and helpful. We have traveled extensively in North America and Europe and have never before been on a tour of any kind. This was a unique experience and we are delighted to have done it. Sandra S., West Falls, NY This was our first 'guided' trip anywhere. We felt well taken care of, in very good hands, and the level of service was truly wonderful. Heather B., Venice, Italy Would go with WT again in a heartbeat, given this experience. Kathy L., Burlington, CT It was excellent from start to finish. I've taken many group tours, and this sets a new standard for excellence! Rachel R., Edina, MN We had the most amazing, memorable trip and wished we could have stayed longer. Once again Wilderness Travel went above and beyond. Alexia D., Upland, CA
As always, Wilderness Travel did an outstanding job giving us a trip and experience that we will keep with us with nothing but good memories. Richard and Barbara W., Upland, CA This trip was a fantastic blend of Peru's color and culture through beautiful and unique accomodations,delicious and authentic meals, a superb itinerary, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in Incan history and enjoy the services of a very personable and knowledgeable guide! Jenny C., Calgary, Alberta It was nice to have the flexibility to design our itinerary to our liking. The food and accommodations were fabulous. Rebecca W., El Cerrito, CA Our trip leader was very knowledgeable, pleasant, friendly, accommodating, and fun! Mary Ann H., Homer, AK Extremely pleased. Wonderful trip. Don't think it could have been any better. Scott C., Austin, TX Our trip leader was good beyond words: knowledge, pace, sensitivity to our needs, flexibility, adaptability. Jeff C., Fort Worth, TX We loved our guide—great guy, very professional, and SO easy to be with. Richard M., Encinitas, CA Wilderness Travel put together the PERFECT adventure. The guides were excellent, transportation perfect, and everything worked exactly as described and planned. We couldn't possibly have asked for more. Bonnie J., Newport Beach, CA This trip was very well designed to explain key elements of the Inca Empire, the impact of the Spanish Conquistadors, and the beauty of Cusco, Machu Picchu, the Urubamba valley, and the fabulous geography and climate. It couldn't have better for us! Myles F., Bethesda, MD One of the most amazing trips I've ever taken. Beautiful scenery and wonderful people. We learned so much about the country, history, and customs. We will definitely use Wilderness for other adventures. Linda W., Valencia, CA