History, legend and natural wonders in the heart of Peru

Retrace the steps of one of the most fascinating civilisations in South America. Follow Inca traditions and history from Cuzco, through the fertile Sacred Valley and to the ultimate Peruvian icon, magnificent Machu Picchu. Stand in awe at the monumental beauty of these ancient ruins that have intrigued and amazed generations of people. This is an evocative Peru tour full of inspiration, history, discovery and legend - get on board the Machu Picchu Express!

Start
Cuzco, Peru
Finish
Cuzco, Peru
Countries
Peru
Themes
Explorer
Code
GGSB
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
1 098kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Wander Cuzco's atmospheric streets
  • Learn about local culture at a Sacred Valley community
  • Explore Peru's mixture of colonial and Inca architecture
  • Sweat it out in Aguas Calientes' hot springs
  • Reflect on the beauty and wonder of Machu Picchu

Itinerary

Welcome to Peru! Get acquainted with the intriguing blend of Inca and Spanish cultures and discover some of Cuzco's lesser-known sights on a guided walking tour. Take the opportunity to taste unique mate de coca (coca tea).
Travel through the lush Sacred Valley and visit a local community. Learn about their traditional lifestyle, browse handicrafts and pick up a few words of the Quechua language. Look out for the maize crops alongside the river and covering the terraces that stretch high up the valley walls. Spend the night exploring the Ollantaytambo ruins - a magnificent example of Inca urban planning.
Welcome to Peru! Get acquainted with the intriguing blend of Inca and Spanish cultures and discover some of Cuzco's lesser-known sights on a guided walking tour. Take the opportunity to taste unique mate de coca (coca tea).
Travel through the lush Sacred Valley and visit a local community. Learn about their traditional lifestyle, browse handicrafts and pick up a few words of the Quechua language. Look out for the maize crops alongside the river and covering the terraces that stretch high up the valley walls. Spend the night exploring the Ollantaytambo ruins - a magnificent example of Inca urban planning.
Trek the Inca trail, which once linked this ancient Peruvian Empire. The ancient paths wind around mountains, across high, rocky plateaus, through dense cloud forest and past crumbling temple ruins. Climb over challenging mountain peaks - including the 4,198m high Warmiwanusca (Dead Woman's Pass) - and camp out in the evenings. On the final morning, climb the steps to Intipunku, the Sun Gate, and see mystical Machu Picchu appearing through the mist. Rest for a moment to take it all in before descending to the famous site to spend the day uncovering the mystery of these amazing Inca ruins before returning to Cuzco.
Still seeking adventure? An optional trip from Cuzco to the Urubamba River provides whitewater rafting or mountain-biking thrills. For those with weary legs, have lunch at the Aldea Yanapay Cafe, part of a self-sustainable organisation that provides the underprivileged kids of Cuzco with health and education facilities.
Still seeking adventure? An optional trip from Cuzco to the Urubamba River provides whitewater rafting or mountain-biking thrills. For those with weary legs, have lunch at the Aldea Yanapay Cafe, part of a self-sustainable organisation that provides the underprivileged kids of Cuzco with health and education facilities.
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Inclusions

Meals
6 breakfasts1 dinner
Transport
Private minibus
Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Hotel (6 nights)
Included activities
  • 4-day Inca Trail trek and Machu Picchu guided tour
  • Leader-led walking tour
  • Sacred Valley and local community visit

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Important notes

Name and passport number are required at time of booking. Delays to provide this information may result in third party booking fees.
A single supplement is available on this trip.

Trip notes

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Reviews

Our Machu Picchu Express trips score an average of 4.44 out of 5 based on 9 reviews in the last year.

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