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7-Day Peru: Machu Picchu Tour by Train

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Day 1 : Arrive Lima, transfer and overnight

Visiting: Lima

Arrive Lima, welcome and assistance for checking in to your hotel at the airport. With an early arrival, we will transfer you to the city for accommodations there. Optional tours are available to visit modern and colonial Lima and many museums and private collections. Overnight at the Lima airport or in Lima.

  • Meals:
  • Budget Lodging: Wyndham Lima Airport Hotel
  • Standard Lodging: Wyndham Lima Airport Hotel

Day 2 : Fly from Lima to Cusco, free day to acclimatize; overnight

Visiting: Lima, Cusco

Transfer to the airport to board your one hour flight to Cusco, center of the Inca world. Meet and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to acclimatize to the altitude (3,400 meters /11,400 feet).

Cusco is the ancient capital of the Inca Empire and is set high in the Andes Mountains. Here Spanish churches and mansions sit alongside Inca remains. Nearly 600 years ago, the Inca nation appeared in Southern Peru, and in a relatively short time, consolidated its power in Cuzco, before expanding north to what are now Ecuador and Colombia and south to present-day Chile. Overnight in Cusco.

  • Meals: B
  • Budget Lodging: Amaru I Hotel or similar
  • Standard Lodging: Casa Andina Cusco Plaza or similar

Day 3 : Free morning; afternoon Cusco tour (city and nearby ruins); overnight

Visiting: Cusco

Free morning. In the afternoon, you will have the Cusco city and nearby ruins tour (in a group): you will visit Sacsayhuaman, a hilltop fortress that overlooks the city of Cusco. The largest stones used in its construction are nearly 8.5 m (28 ft) high and weigh 360 tons, fitting so perfectly together that a single piece of paper would not fit between two stones. Then you are driven to Q'enko, the temple dedicated to Mother Earth. Before you head back to Cusco we stop at Puka Pukara (the red fortress) and Tambomachay (the resting place of the Inca). Once in the city visit the Santo Domingo Monastery, the legendary Korikancha (Temple of Gold), the most important Inca temple devoted to worshiping the Sun, whose walls used to be plated with sheets of gold. You continue to the Cathedral at the Plaza de Armas. Overnight in Cusco.

  • Meals: B
  • Budget Lodging: Amaru I or similar
  • Standard Lodging: Casa Andina Cusco Plaza or similar

Day 4 : Full day tour of the Sacred Valley: Pisac & Ollantaytambo village and ruins; overnight

Visiting: Cusco, Sacred Valley

Your full day tour of the Sacred Valley (in a group): pick up at your hotel and this morning you continue towards Pisac, for an immersion into the heart of the Andean culture, famous for its Andean market with its interesting food and artisan stalls. Try your bargaining skills here always keeping in mind handmade artwork is worth it!

Enjoy a buffet lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you visit Ollantaytambo, a still-thriving Inca village set below an ancient Inca fortress and temple with stunning views over the valley that makes you feel as if you have stepped back into the 15th century. Admire the magnificence of this important Inca site and stroll through the quaint streets of the present town.

Overnight in Ollantaytambo.

  • Meals: BL
  • Budget Lodging: Tunupa Lodge or similar in Ollantaytambo
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel El Albergue or similar in Ollantaytambo

Day 5 : Vistadome train to Machu Picchu; free afternoon; overnight

Visiting: Urubamba, Ollanta, Machu Picchu

Early this morning you board the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas". Arrive Aguas Calientes and meet our agent, who will help you check into to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to wander about the village and visiting the hot springs baths, outdoor market, local museum and botanical gardens. Enjoy a delicious lunch in a nice local restaurant of Aguas Calientes. If you would like to visit the Machu Picchu ruins this afternoon, you may request an optional entrance ticket (not included). Overnight in Aguas Calientes.

  • Meals: B
  • Budget Lodging: Hatun Samay or similar
  • Standard Lodging: Inkaterra's El MaPi or similar

Day 6 : Early morning shuttle, entrance and guided tour of Machu Picchu; optional climb of Huayna Picchu; afternoon return to Cusco; transfer; overnight

Visiting: Machu Picchu, Cusco

Today, you will meet your guide early for the shuttle to Machu Picchu. This will be before the crowds arrive! You spend the rest of the morning visiting the Sacred Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, exploring its main temples and hidden corners. There is an option to climb Huayna Picchu at 7 or 10 a.m. (ticket required; not included), or hike to the sun gate (Inti Punku) (ticket not required). Lunch on your own. Return to Aguas Calientes for the late afternoon Vistadome train that takes you back to Cusco, transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Cusco.

  • Meals: B
  • Budget Lodging: Amaru I or similar
  • Standard Lodging: Casa Andina Cusco Plaza or similar

Day 7 : Transfer to airport for flight to Lima, depart

Visiting: Cusco, Lima

Transfer to airport for your flight to Lima or elsewhere.

  • Meals: B

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