Peru Private Journey

Magical Machu Picchu and the Land of the Incas


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, you’ll head out to the beautiful Urubamba Valley, sacred to the Incas, to explore the stupendous ruins of Písac, with its Inca-built terracing, and majestic Ollantaytambo, the hilltop fortress where rebel Manco Inca and his men held out against Pizarro’s forces. You’ll experience two days at 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. In Cusco, enjoy an insider’s walking tour of the ancient heart of the Inca Empire, and nearby Inca sites including awe-inspiring Saqsayhuaman, the majestic fortress overlooking city.

Itinerary at a Glance

This private journey includes optional hikes and excursions to nearby ruins that you should request when confirming your trip.

Days 1-3
Lima / Inca Fortresses, Quechua Villages

From Lima, fly to Cusco and head to the magnificent Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 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.

Hotel Pakaritampu
Ollantaytambo, Peru
Days 2 to 3 (2 nights)
Hotel Rio Sagrado (Optional Upgrade)
Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru
Days 2 to 3 (2 nights)
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 or optional hike 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 6-8

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. Enjoy a free day to savor Cusco on your own, wander the cobblestone streets, visit its art galleries and museums, and sample its Nuevo Andino cuisine and fine restaurants. Depart on Day 8.



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


Length: 8 days
Cost From: $3995  
Arrive: Lima, Peru
Depart: Cusco, Peru
Lodging: 7 nights in hotels, including overnight at Machu Picchu
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 3-5 dinners depending on lodging choice as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Walking, Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Easy walking and cultural touring at elevations to 11,500 feet