5 Days / 4 Nights
The magnificent city of Machu Picchu weaves its spell as you rise to watch the sunrise steal across its ancient walls and terraces. Peru welcomes with rugged beauty, diverse cultural traditions and remains of history both pre and post Colombian.
Day 1 - Arrive Cuzco - City Tour & Sacsayhuaman
On your morning tour of the city, you will visit the imposing Cathedral, the Santo Domingo Monastery, nearby Inca baths of Tambomachay and the semi-circular Kenko Amphitheater. See the ancient site of Puca Pucara before reaching the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, “House of the Sun,” perched on a hillside overlooking Cuzco. It still remains unfathomable how and when this fortress of gigantic stones—with some blocks weighing more than 350 tons—was built. Overnight in Cuzco.
Day 2 - Cuzco / Sacred Valley of the Incas
You will be driven through a scenic landscape to the Urubamba Valley, the “Sacred Valley of the Incas.” Arriving at the town of Pisac, you will visit the colorful Pisac Market, where the locals meet to sell their merchandise, just as they have for centuries. The tour continues to the town of Ollantaytambo, where you will climb up to its imposing Inca fortress. Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant. Overnight in the Sacred Valley. (BL)
Day 3 - Machu Picchu
You will arrive by train in the Aguas Calientes Station, where you will be transported by bus to the top of the mountain and citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the most renowned examples of Inca architecture. Surrounded by lush cloud forest and lost in history, Machu Picchu was not discovered until 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham. After a guided visit of the ruins, you will have a self-service lunch at a local restaurant. Overnight in Aguas Calientes. (BL)
Day 4 - Machu Picchu / Cuzco
Today enjoy the tranquility of the morning. This morning you will have some free time to wander the charming village of Aguas Calientes or pay locally to take the coach up to the Citadel and wander the ruins at your own pace inhaling the magic that is Machu Picchu. After lunch at the hotel, return to Cuzco aboard the “Inca Train.” Sip a cup of tea and enjoy panoramic views as the beautiful greenery of the Urubamba Valley rolls by. (BL)
Day 5 - Depart Cuzco
Transfer to the airport for your departing flight.