6 Day Classic Machu Picchu Tour
Day 1 - Arrival in Lima, Peru
Welcome to Peru! Today is a transit day, and after a long flight you're probably looking forward to a nice meal and some relaxation. The Costa del Sol hotel is located right across the street from the airport and is the best choice for travelers connecting to Cuzco. However, if you arrive to Lima in the early afternoon, you may choose to stay in the district of Miraflores. In this case, a representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.
Day 2 - Lima to Cuzco
Travelling from Lima to Cuzco you will have gone from sea level to 11,500 feet. The first day you will be free to relax and acclimatize to the altitude. If you're feeling up to it, the city center is pedestrian-friendly and makes for a great stroll. Depending on preference and price level we're happy to recommend the city's best options for dining and shopping.
Day 3 - Private Half Day Cuzco City Tour
During your tour of Cuzco, the capital of the Incan Empire, you'll visit Sacsayhuaman, an immense Incan complex with impressive stonework; Koricancha, one of the most important Incan temples (the walls were once actually coated in gold!); and Cuzco's Cathedral where you'll learn about the Cuzco School of Art.
Day 4 - Private Sacred Valley Tour
Your Sacred Valley tour will include visits to the ancient circular agricultural terraces of Moray, the salt mines at Maras, and the ruins and village of Ollantaytambo. Departing from Ollantaytambo, enjoy a scenic train ride through the Sacred Valley to the town of Machu Picchu where you will stay in your hotel at Aguas Calientes.
Day 5 - Private Machu Picchu Tour
Uncover the secrets of Machu Picchu during a guided tour of this Incan citadel. You'll visit the most important parts of the ruins to learn how and why they were constructed. After the tour, you'll have time to further explore the ruins or sit back and enjoy the magic of Machu Picchu. You can also hike to the top of Huayna Picchu for a bird's eye view of the ruins. The steep path takes about an hour and a half to ascend. Departing from Machu Picchu town, enjoy a train ride to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival at the train station you will be met and transferred to your Cuzco hotel.
Day 6 - International Departure
You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the Cuzco airport for your flight to Lima. (Optional recommended excursion) - Depending on the time of your international flight out a private tour of Lima's key sites can be arranged. You will visit the Larco Archaeological Museum, the San Francisco Monastery and its catacombs, Lima's historic colonial squares, and the picturesque waterfront district Miraflores.
Trek through the Peruvian Andes to Machu Picchu in comfort. This route combines adventure with cultural exploration, taking you off the beaten track with visits to authentic Andean communities whilst being surrounded by stunning mountains, lakes and valleys, all while staying in picturesque Mountain Lodges.
1 night in Lima, 2 nights in Cuzco, 3 nights in rustic-luxury lodges, 1 night in Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel
- Comfortable lodge accommodations
- 4-days of active and cultural exploration
- Fresh mountain air and stunning valley views
8 Day Tour from $3,190 per person
- 4 nights in our preferred properties hand selected for comfort, convenience and quality
- Privately guided tours with your own personal guide and driver (outside Lares Trek)
- All private airport transfers with English speaking assistance (outside Lares Trek)
- 3 nights on guided small-group Lares Lodge to Lodge Trek
- Nutritious meals, snacks and water
- Guide and assistant guide support
- Porter assistance to carry your personal belongings
- Return train to Machu Picchu Pueblo and the bus to ruins
- All required entrance fees
- All breakfasts
- 24hr support
- All taxes
When to Visit Machu Picchu
Some would call this the shoulder season, yet we call it the ideal; The blend between weather, crowds and local happenings. As the Andes mountains comes out of its wet season (December to February), the green fields come alive with large families harvesting Andean potatoes and corn. The vacation season for North America has not yet arrived during this time, so the visitors to the region are a fraction of what they are in June through August. While tolerating some sporatdic showers in March and maybe early April, the days are sunny and crisp, and the landscape is green.
Millenia of Agricultural domestication by early Pre-colombian societies of the Andes created tubers and grains that continue to power modern societies. Earth would not be able to sustain seven billion people without the achievemennts of Andean agriculturalists. The Andes were also blessed to border the Amazon basin and the bountiful Peruvian coast where sophisticated trading routes allowed for kingdoms high in the mountains to enjoy the rich variety of fruits, nuts and seafood from far off lands. Today, traditional Andean cuisine is being continued by humble indigenous families, while the young modern chefs of Peru's urban centers are taking it to international acclaim.
6 Day Luxury Machu Picchu & Sanctuary Lodge Tour
1 night in Lima, 3 nights in Cuzco, 1 night in Machu Picchu town
Hidden among the Peruvian Andes, never discovered by the Spanish, is the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. During a Machu Picchu luxury tour, walk amongst the most impressive and well-preserved site of pre-Columbian America and let your breath be taken away.
7 Day Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Tour
1 night in Lima, 2 nights Sacred Valley, 1 night in Machu Picchu Town, 2 nights in Cuzco
Start your exploration in the Sacred Valley. A couple thousand feet lower than the city of Cuzco, this helps with acclimatization. After exploring the Sacred Valley of the Inca, you'll continue to the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, before returning to the ancient Inca Capital of Cuzco.
8 Day Active Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Tour
1 night in Lima, 3 nights Sacred Valley, 1 night in Machu Picchu town, and 2 nights in Cuzco
Travel by horseback to visit the remote indigenous community of Choquechaca. Learn about their strong weaving traditions, enjoy a freshly prepared mountainside lunch, and explore the ruins of Pumamarca.