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Explore the Wonders of Machu Picchu

Trip Length 5 days

From $2,995

  • Take in the magic of Machu Picchu, the mysterious Inca citadel, at the measured pace it deserves
  • Explore Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the most beautiful Spanish colonial cities in the Americas
  • Stroll the splendid Inca ruins at Pisac and feast on a gourmet picnic in the stunning Sacred Valley
  • Experience the surreal salt pans of Maras, where salt is still collected as it has been for centuries

This trip showcases the best of Peru’s history, culture and landscape in five days, and is complemented by excellent regional cuisine and the finest accommodations. Explore the mystical ruins and misty peaks of Machu Picchu, voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, with our local expert guides. Go off the beaten path to classic Incan ruins at Pisac, wander the fine stonework plazas of Cusco, and follow scenic trails to beautiful hill-top villages. Mountain Travel Sobek has been leading trips to Machu Picchu for over 40 years, with adventures designed to immerse travelers in the breathtaking natural beauty of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Call us about making this trip your own customized adventure!

Day 1: Morning flight to Cusco and transfer to Sacred Valley

Arrive in Lima in the morning to catch a one-hour flight to Cusco, where you’ll be met by your trip leader and transferred to your hotel in the Sacred Valley. The group will enjoy a hearty lunch in the town of Pisac, with its vibrant market and impressive Inca ruins. Pisac is at the same elevation as Cusco and located high up on a ridge overlooking the valley. Its ruins extend from a fortress to a temple complex where you’ll see some of the finest Inca stonework in existence. Terraces extend up from the river perhaps 2,000 feet and you’ll descend through a network of stairs, walkways, tunnels, and temples and on down to the valley floor at 9,500 feet. Return to your hotel.

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Aranwa Hotel at Sacred Valley

Day 2: Sacred Valley, Chinchero, Maras & Moray

Today you’ll take a scenic drive from the valley to a highland plateau to visit the market town of Chinchero (12,398'). En route, you’ll pass through farmland a reas with a patchwork of fields and adobe houses with red-tiled roofs, and enjoy views of snowcapped mountains in the distance. Chinchero is famous for a massive Incan wall located in its town square. The wall has ten of the largest trapezoidal niches known among Inca monuments. Next, you’ll continue across the plateau to the impressive earthworks at Moray, a large experimental agricultural station where the Incas dug concentric circular terraces. The ancient terraces are pre-Inca in origin, but they were enlarged and refined by the Incas. After a picnic lunch in Maras (11,086'), you can sightsee or hike a picturesque route downhill to the salt pans of Salinas. This was a strategic trading area in Inca times and salt is still harvested from spring-fed salt pans. Hike down to the rumbling Urubamba River, where you’ll be picked up and taken back to the Aranwa Sacred Valley hotel.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Aranwa Hotel at Sacred Valley

Day 3: Pumamaraca, Ollantaytambo & Machu Picchu

On Day 3, the group will get off the beaten path and go high into the Andes to the village of Huilloc. Here you’ll observe the native Quechua way of life, where crops are sown and textiles woven with simple hand tools that have been in use for centuries. The day’s hike begins near Huilloc, where you’ll descend to the small archaeological complex at Pumamarca. The purpose of this site remains a mystery, but it is thought to be a control point for water distribution for the local population. Continuing along the original Inca path, you can observe agricultural terraces and views of the valley below. Once at Ollantaytambo, you’ll visit incredibly well-preserved Incan ruins that date from the 15th century. The site includes Inca canchas, enclosures of multi-family living quarters, ingenious stonework, cobbled streets, and an extensive communal water system that survives to this day. From here we you’ll take the afternoon train to the town of Aguas Calientes. Tonight you’ll stay at the luxurious Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Day 4: Machu Picchu

Today, you’ll wake early to experience the morning light over Machu Picchu’s enigmatic ruins. Perched 2,000 feet above the Urubamba River, this “lost city” includes a fascinating complex of houses, terraces, baths, temples, warehouses, and stairways. You’ll learn about the importance of these structures in the lives of the Incas as part of your private in-depth guided tour, which happens before the visitor train arrives. Enjoying the serenity of Machu Picchu is a key highlight of this trip. After a splendid lunch at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Hotel, we’ll catch the train to Ollanta and transfer back to Cusco. Settle into your room at the beautiful historical mansion, the Palacio del Inka-Cusco, and take the rest of the evening to explore town, or dine in one of Cusco’s many charming restaurants.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Palacio del Inka-Cusco

Day 5: Cusco & Home

After breakfast, you'll enjoy a guided tour of the city with an introduction to the illustrious history of the Inca civilization. Enchanting red-roofed Cusco was the ancient capital of the vast Inca Empire. The city is an intriguing blend of Inca and Spanish colonial influences – in some places colonial buildings were erected atop Inca stone foundations, a practice that was as much symbolic of Spanish dominion as it was practical. Ornate cathedrals, adobe walls, carved balconies, hidden courtyards, and cobblestone streets all add to the rich visuals of this ancient Inca city. Lunch at a local restaurant, and stroll the central square one last time before transferring to the airport. Catch a late afternoon flight to Lima, where you can connect with your outbound flight home.

  • Breakfast/Lunch

No group departures scheduled. Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availability. Call us for details.

pricing

2018 LAND COST
$2,995 (4 to 16 members)
$3,395 (2 to 3 members)
$800 single supplement
 

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Aranwa Hotel at Sacred Valley — Sacred Valley

Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness is built on a 17th-century colonial hacienda near the Vilcanota River, just an hour outside of Cusco and 30 minutes from Ollantaytambo train station; on the route to Machu Picchu. The hotel offers rooms that range from simple yet modern standard rooms to grand suites decorated in an elegant colonial style. However, it's the scenery that takes center stage here, with sweeping views of the snow-capped mountains framing this exquisite picture. The hotel features several food and drink options, as well as a first-class spa that combines modern techniques with ancient Andean methods.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel — Aguas Calientes

A village in its own right, Inkaterra Machu Picchu comprises 83 whitewashed casitas dotted across 12 exquisite acres of private cloud forest. Its terraced hills, stone pathways, waterfalls, and lush gardens—home to 372 orchid species and hundreds of exotic birds, among other beautiful flora and fauna—offer guests calming exploration and secluded relaxation. Inside, the individual casitas are rustically elegant sanctuaries for rest, with inviting beds, a dining area for two, and Andean slippers crafted from recycled materials. For still further nurturing, Unu Spa blends classic and mystical Andean approaches to healing. And diners in the first-class restaurant can indulge in Peruvian cuisine with a modern twist while admiring views over the Vilcanota River. Just steps from the Agua Calientes train station, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo is a luxurious stopover en route from Cusco or Urubamba to the legendary Inca Trail and mystical citadel of Machu Picchu.

Palacio del Inka-Cusco — Cusco

Housed in a 500-year old mansion, the exquisite Palacio del Inka is located in the historic center of Cusco. Just a five-minute walk from the main square and less than a mile from museums, markets, and restaurants, Palacio del Inka puts the best of Cusco at your fingertips. The rooms are beautifully appointed, decorated with Peruvian art, handcrafted furnishings and modern conveniences and comforts such as LED TV, high-speed Internet access, and Starwood Hotels' signature Luxury Collection beds—among the most comfortable you'll ever sleep in. If you have time, enjoy a relaxing day at the spa, which offers indigenous treatments and a therapy pool.

"You are my first choice for travel adventures because you deliver, on a detailed level, the kind of trips that leave me with the feeling that I have experienced something more than just a trip- I have added to my knowledge about the world I live in. Thank you for a great time." Alan Turem, Explore the Wonders of Machu Picchu

  • Take in the magic of Machu Picchu, the mysterious Inca citadel, at the measured pace it deserves
  • Explore Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the most beautiful Spanish colonial cities in the Americas
  • Stroll the splendid Inca ruins at Pisac and feast on a gourmet picnic in the stunning Sacred Valley
  • Experience the surreal salt pans of Maras, where salt is still collected as it has been for centuries

This trip showcases the best of Peru’s history, culture and landscape in five days, and is complemented by excellent regional cuisine and the finest accommodations. Explore the mystical ruins and misty peaks of Machu Picchu, voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, with our local expert guides. Go off the beaten path to classic Incan ruins at Pisac, wander the fine stonework plazas of Cusco, and follow scenic trails to beautiful hill-top villages. Mountain Travel Sobek has been leading trips to Machu Picchu for over 40 years, with adventures designed to immerse travelers in the breathtaking natural beauty of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Call us about making this trip your own customized adventure!

reviews

"You are my first choice for travel adventures because you deliver, on a detailed level, the kind of trips that leave me with the feeling that I have experienced something more than just a trip- I have added to my knowledge about the world I live in. Thank you for a great time." Alan Turem, Explore the Wonders of Machu Picchu

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Morning flight to Cusco and transfer to Sacred Valley

Arrive in Lima in the morning to catch a one-hour flight to Cusco, where you’ll be met by your trip leader and transferred to your hotel in the Sacred Valley. The group will enjoy a hearty lunch in the town of Pisac, with its vibrant market and impressive Inca ruins. Pisac is at the same elevation as Cusco and located high up on a ridge overlooking the valley. Its ruins extend from a fortress to a temple complex where you’ll see some of the finest Inca stonework in existence. Terraces extend up from the river perhaps 2,000 feet and you’ll descend through a network of stairs, walkways, tunnels, and temples and on down to the valley floor at 9,500 feet. Return to your hotel.

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Aranwa Hotel at Sacred Valley

Day 2: Sacred Valley, Chinchero, Maras & Moray

Today you’ll take a scenic drive from the valley to a highland plateau to visit the market town of Chinchero (12,398'). En route, you’ll pass through farmland a reas with a patchwork of fields and adobe houses with red-tiled roofs, and enjoy views of snowcapped mountains in the distance. Chinchero is famous for a massive Incan wall located in its town square. The wall has ten of the largest trapezoidal niches known among Inca monuments. Next, you’ll continue across the plateau to the impressive earthworks at Moray, a large experimental agricultural station where the Incas dug concentric circular terraces. The ancient terraces are pre-Inca in origin, but they were enlarged and refined by the Incas. After a picnic lunch in Maras (11,086'), you can sightsee or hike a picturesque route downhill to the salt pans of Salinas. This was a strategic trading area in Inca times and salt is still harvested from spring-fed salt pans. Hike down to the rumbling Urubamba River, where you’ll be picked up and taken back to the Aranwa Sacred Valley hotel.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Aranwa Hotel at Sacred Valley

Day 3: Pumamaraca, Ollantaytambo & Machu Picchu

On Day 3, the group will get off the beaten path and go high into the Andes to the village of Huilloc. Here you’ll observe the native Quechua way of life, where crops are sown and textiles woven with simple hand tools that have been in use for centuries. The day’s hike begins near Huilloc, where you’ll descend to the small archaeological complex at Pumamarca. The purpose of this site remains a mystery, but it is thought to be a control point for water distribution for the local population. Continuing along the original Inca path, you can observe agricultural terraces and views of the valley below. Once at Ollantaytambo, you’ll visit incredibly well-preserved Incan ruins that date from the 15th century. The site includes Inca canchas, enclosures of multi-family living quarters, ingenious stonework, cobbled streets, and an extensive communal water system that survives to this day. From here we you’ll take the afternoon train to the town of Aguas Calientes. Tonight you’ll stay at the luxurious Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Day 4: Machu Picchu

Today, you’ll wake early to experience the morning light over Machu Picchu’s enigmatic ruins. Perched 2,000 feet above the Urubamba River, this “lost city” includes a fascinating complex of houses, terraces, baths, temples, warehouses, and stairways. You’ll learn about the importance of these structures in the lives of the Incas as part of your private in-depth guided tour, which happens before the visitor train arrives. Enjoying the serenity of Machu Picchu is a key highlight of this trip. After a splendid lunch at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Hotel, we’ll catch the train to Ollanta and transfer back to Cusco. Settle into your room at the beautiful historical mansion, the Palacio del Inka-Cusco, and take the rest of the evening to explore town, or dine in one of Cusco’s many charming restaurants.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Palacio del Inka-Cusco

Day 5: Cusco & Home

After breakfast, you'll enjoy a guided tour of the city with an introduction to the illustrious history of the Inca civilization. Enchanting red-roofed Cusco was the ancient capital of the vast Inca Empire. The city is an intriguing blend of Inca and Spanish colonial influences – in some places colonial buildings were erected atop Inca stone foundations, a practice that was as much symbolic of Spanish dominion as it was practical. Ornate cathedrals, adobe walls, carved balconies, hidden courtyards, and cobblestone streets all add to the rich visuals of this ancient Inca city. Lunch at a local restaurant, and stroll the central square one last time before transferring to the airport. Catch a late afternoon flight to Lima, where you can connect with your outbound flight home.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
lodgings

Aranwa Hotel at Sacred Valley — Sacred Valley

Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness is built on a 17th-century colonial hacienda near the Vilcanota River, just an hour outside of Cusco and 30 minutes from Ollantaytambo train station; on the route to Machu Picchu. The hotel offers rooms that range from simple yet modern standard rooms to grand suites decorated in an elegant colonial style. However, it's the scenery that takes center stage here, with sweeping views of the snow-capped mountains framing this exquisite picture. The hotel features several food and drink options, as well as a first-class spa that combines modern techniques with ancient Andean methods.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel — Aguas Calientes

A village in its own right, Inkaterra Machu Picchu comprises 83 whitewashed casitas dotted across 12 exquisite acres of private cloud forest. Its terraced hills, stone pathways, waterfalls, and lush gardens—home to 372 orchid species and hundreds of exotic birds, among other beautiful flora and fauna—offer guests calming exploration and secluded relaxation. Inside, the individual casitas are rustically elegant sanctuaries for rest, with inviting beds, a dining area for two, and Andean slippers crafted from recycled materials. For still further nurturing, Unu Spa blends classic and mystical Andean approaches to healing. And diners in the first-class restaurant can indulge in Peruvian cuisine with a modern twist while admiring views over the Vilcanota River. Just steps from the Agua Calientes train station, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo is a luxurious stopover en route from Cusco or Urubamba to the legendary Inca Trail and mystical citadel of Machu Picchu.

Palacio del Inka-Cusco — Cusco

Housed in a 500-year old mansion, the exquisite Palacio del Inka is located in the historic center of Cusco. Just a five-minute walk from the main square and less than a mile from museums, markets, and restaurants, Palacio del Inka puts the best of Cusco at your fingertips. The rooms are beautifully appointed, decorated with Peruvian art, handcrafted furnishings and modern conveniences and comforts such as LED TV, high-speed Internet access, and Starwood Hotels' signature Luxury Collection beds—among the most comfortable you'll ever sleep in. If you have time, enjoy a relaxing day at the spa, which offers indigenous treatments and a therapy pool.

Dates and Pricing

No group departures scheduled. Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availability. Call us for details.

pricing

2018 LAND COST
$2,995 (4 to 16 members)
$3,395 (2 to 3 members)
$800 single supplement
 

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