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Treasures of the Incas

Trip Length 8 days

From $4,695

  • Join us for the best, most complete introduction to Inca history with visits to Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu
  • Experience an in-depth cultural immersion into pne of history's greatest empires-at a relaxed pace
  • Spend two days and nights exploring the wonders of mystical Machu Picchu

This is one of our most popular trips and a great way to discover the best of Peru, from the Urubamba Valley to Machu Picchu. You’ll stroll through the ancient back streets of Cusco and enjoy awe-inspiring hikes through fertile valleys and highland plateaus to Incan ruins and out-of-the-way villages. Our adventure hits a high point as we ride the picturesque train up the narrowing gorge of the Urubamba River, and spend a half day hiking up the classic Inca Trail to the legendary lost citadel and ethereal cloud forest of Machu Picchu. Drawing on over 40 years of experience in the region, we can be relied on for a knowledgeable, insightful journey that truly immerses you in the native culture, complemented by excellent regional food and the finest accommodations. Expert MTS leadership by a great crew of local guides makes this an adventure you won’t soon forget.

Book now to secure permits for the half-day Inca Trail trek!

Day 1: Arrive in Lima and fly to Cusco

Welcome to Cusco! Upon arrival in the airport, our staff will greet you and transferrred to the five-star Hotel JW Marriott Cusco Hotel

 Spend half a day walking about the city of Cusco, with an introduction to the illustrious history of the Inca civilization. Charming red-roofed Cusco is the ancient capital of the vast Inca Empire. The Spanish conquistadores destroyed significant portions of the Inca civilization while leaving their mark on Cusco. Ornate cathedrals, adobe walls, carved balconies, hidden courtyards, and cobblestone streets add to the historic richness of the ancient Inca city. Choose from many fine restaurants for dinner, then stroll around the central square where colorful Quechuan handicrafts are offered for sale.

  • Accommodation:JW Marriott Hotel in Cusco

Day 2: Visit ancient Inca ruins at Pisac

In the morning, we'll visit nearby Inca ruins, including Kenko, with its zigzag channels, the ceremonial bath of Tambo Machay, and majestic Sacsayhuamán fortress, most impressive of them all with its perfectly fitted, mortarless stone blocks and zigzag walls.

We’ll have lunch in the town of Pisac and visit its colorful market, then hike to the Inca ruins at Pisac, the largest fortress-city complex of the Incas and one of the largest of ancient America. Pisac is at the same elevation as Cusco and is located high up on a ridge overlooking the valley. Its ruins extend from a fortress to a temple complex where we can see some of the finest Inca stonework in existence. Terraces extend up from the river perhaps 2,000 feet, and we’ll descend through a network of stairs, walkways, tunnels, and temples and on down to the valley floor at 9,500'.

We'll continue by vehicle to our overnight accommodations where we can spend the remainder of the day.

(Hiking time: 2 to 3 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

Day 3: Explore the Sacred Valley: Chinchero, Maras, and Moray

Today, we'll take a scenic drive from the valley up onto a highland plateau to visit the market town of Chinchero (12,398'). En route, we’ll pass through farmland areas with a patchwork of pretty fields and adobe houses with red-tiled roofs, and enjoy views of snowcapped mountains in the distance. Chinchero is famous for a massive Inca wall located in its town square, with ten of the largest trapezoidal niches known among Inca monuments.

We'll continue across the plateau to the impressive earthworks at Moray, a large, experimental agricultural site with terraces built in concentric circles. The ancient terraces are pre-Inca in origin, but the Incas took them over and enlarged and refined them. After a picnic lunch in Maras (11,086'), we’ll hike a very scenic route to the salt pans of Salinas, fed by a salt spring that is fed into terraced evaporative pools as a way of harvesting salt. This was a strategic trading area in Inca times.

(Hiking time: 2 to 3 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

Day 4: Hike narrow trails from Pumamarca to Ollantaytambo

A narrow dirt road will take us high into the Andes, through villages above the Sacred Valley. Here you'll be able to 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.

Our hike begins near the small archaeological complex at Pumamarca. The origin and purpose of this site remains a mystery, but was thought to be a control point for water distribution for the population. Continuing along the original Inca path, we'll pass the agricultural terraces of Choquicancha and views of the valley below.

After walking approximately 3 hours, we'll reach the town of Ollantaytambo, where we'll visit the Ollantaytambo ruins—one of the few Inca sites that have survived just as the Incas designed them several hundred years ago. Here, we'll see Inca canchas (enclosures of multi-family living quarters that share just one exit to the street), ingenious stonework, cobbled streets, and an extensive communal water system that survives to this day.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

Day 5: Experience the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

We’ll catch the train in Ollantaytambo and follow the ever-narrowing gorge of the Urubamba River. Here we’ll leave the train for an optional half-day hike to Machu Picchu and enjoy a picnic lunch en route. As we approach the Machu Picchu Sanctuary, the valley turns into a canyon and the vegetation changes to that of a cloud forest. After a brief visit to the ruins at Chachabamba, we’ll hike steadily uphill to the jungle-bound ruins of Winaywayna (“forever young”), discovered in 1941.

From here, the Inca Trail cuts across the ridge above Machu Picchu to reach the original entrance to Machu Picchu: Intipunku (8,954'), or Gate of the Sun. We’ll pause here for a moment to absorb the awesome, fairytale setting, then follow the trail downhill into the lost citadel located high above the Urubamba River. At the end of the day, we'll descend to our hotel, located in a quiet and beautiful spot on the Urubamba a short walk from the hustle and bustle of the nearby town.

Those who don’t feel like hiking can continue on the train to Aguas Calientes, just below Machu Picchu, from where we can take a short bus ride to the ruins. We’ll have a short orientation tour of the ruins, and then you’re free to explore the sanctuary on your own for the remainder of the afternoon. We’ll rejoin the hikers at the Sanctuary, and descend to our hotel together.

(Hiking time: 4 to 6 hours)

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

Day 6: Explore Machu Picchu

We’ll awaken early to catch the bus up to the ruins so we can experience the morning light over Machu Picchu and explore the ruins in depth before the train arrives with day visitors. We’ll have a thorough walking tour of Machu Picchu, visiting the various main structures and learning about their importance in the lives of the Incas, including a hike to Machu Picchu Mountain.

After lunch at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Hotel, the afternoon is free to explore some more on your own. You can also return to the hotel via bus and stroll in its lovely gardens, which contain more than 372 species of orchids, native palms, ferns, begonias, fruit trees and medicinal plants. We'll cap off the evening with a festive farewell dinner.

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

Day 7: Enjoy the scenic train ride back to Cusco

The morning is free to relax at the hotel, return to Machu Picchu, or take short hikes in the immediate vicinity. After lunch at Sumac Hotel, we’ll catch the train to Cusco (about a four-hour ride). Upon arrival, we'll transfer to the Hotel Monasterio and enjoy time exploring at our own leisure.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:JW Marriott Hotel in Cusco

Day 8: Fly to Lima

Transfer to the airport and fly to Lima. Upon arrival, we'll have a tour of Lima, including lunch and a visit to the Larco Museum with its dazzling gold artifacts. In the early evening, we'll transfer to the airport and depart on our homeward-bound flights.

  • Breakfast

Jun 10 - 17, 2017

Jul 29, 2017 - Aug 05, 2017

Sep 02 - 09, 2017 Book now and save 10% on this departure

Oct 07 - 14, 2017 Book now and save 10% on this departure

pricing

2017 PRICES
$4,695 (4-16 members)
$4,995 (2-3 members)
$400 internal airfare
$1,800 single supplement
$200 surcharge applies for Inti Raymi Festival and December departures.

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Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba — Sacred Valley

The Sacred Valley of the Incas is home of some of the finest Inca sites, offering a great start for your visit to Cusco. The valley’s good weather and beautiful scenery, picturesque villages, folk arts and crafts and friendly local people, reflect the authenticity of Peru that travelers come searching for. The valley is also a paradise for eco-friendly adventure sports such as trekking, horseback riding, mountain biking and rafting. The Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba is located in the center of Huayoccari.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel — Aguas Calientes

This luxury boutique hotel is just steps from the train, but a secluded natural paradise. Located in the small town of Aguas Calientes on the banks of the Urubamba River, the Pueblo Hotel has been rated a top hotel in the world by Travel + Leisure readers. Rustic elegance distinguishes the private bungalows, each with its own fireplace, and the lush gardens are home to orchids, exotic birds and other flora and fauna. Check out this fantastic video introducing Inkaterra:

JW Marriott Hotel in Cusco — Cusco

The JW Marriott Hotel Cusco is located a few hours away from the entrance to the Historic Sanctuary of “Machu Picchu”, which
is considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. It is the first property of the Marriott Hotel Chain, built at an altitude
of 11, 154ft above sea level, and it has a supplementary oxygen system in all the rooms (at an addtional fee).
The Hotel is located in the City of Cusco, “The Navel of the World”, a few blocks from the Main Square and surrounded by the
main historical sites such as the Cathedral, Qoricancha, San Blas Neighborhood, amongst others. With its customized design, the JW Marriott Cusco was built over the old Colonial Convent of San Agustin from the 16th Century, which was declared National Cultural Heritage by the Peruvian Government. The Convent was carefully restored and the archaeological remains from the Pre-Inca, Inca, Colonial, Republican and Contemporary periods can be observed giving the Hotel a unique character and so it offers an incomparable cultural experience for all guests.

"Not only great vistas but the guide, accommodations, food and the Peruvian people make this a most memorable trip. At 58 years of age the hiking was terrific and not to difficult to recover from for the next day's trek." Thomas Schooley

"This trip is a perfect combination of high altitude hiking in the spectacular Andes, and lessons in the fascinating Inca culture." Sara Gutierres   

  • Join us for the best, most complete introduction to Inca history with visits to Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu
  • Experience an in-depth cultural immersion into pne of history's greatest empires-at a relaxed pace
  • Spend two days and nights exploring the wonders of mystical Machu Picchu

This is one of our most popular trips and a great way to discover the best of Peru, from the Urubamba Valley to Machu Picchu. You’ll stroll through the ancient back streets of Cusco and enjoy awe-inspiring hikes through fertile valleys and highland plateaus to Incan ruins and out-of-the-way villages. Our adventure hits a high point as we ride the picturesque train up the narrowing gorge of the Urubamba River, and spend a half day hiking up the classic Inca Trail to the legendary lost citadel and ethereal cloud forest of Machu Picchu. Drawing on over 40 years of experience in the region, we can be relied on for a knowledgeable, insightful journey that truly immerses you in the native culture, complemented by excellent regional food and the finest accommodations. Expert MTS leadership by a great crew of local guides makes this an adventure you won’t soon forget.

Book now to secure permits for the half-day Inca Trail trek!

reviews

"Not only great vistas but the guide, accommodations, food and the Peruvian people make this a most memorable trip. At 58 years of age the hiking was terrific and not to difficult to recover from for the next day's trek." Thomas Schooley

"This trip is a perfect combination of high altitude hiking in the spectacular Andes, and lessons in the fascinating Inca culture." Sara Gutierres   

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Lima and fly to Cusco

Welcome to Cusco! Upon arrival in the airport, our staff will greet you and transferrred to the five-star Hotel JW Marriott Cusco Hotel

 Spend half a day walking about the city of Cusco, with an introduction to the illustrious history of the Inca civilization. Charming red-roofed Cusco is the ancient capital of the vast Inca Empire. The Spanish conquistadores destroyed significant portions of the Inca civilization while leaving their mark on Cusco. Ornate cathedrals, adobe walls, carved balconies, hidden courtyards, and cobblestone streets add to the historic richness of the ancient Inca city. Choose from many fine restaurants for dinner, then stroll around the central square where colorful Quechuan handicrafts are offered for sale.

  • Accommodation:JW Marriott Hotel in Cusco

Day 2: Visit ancient Inca ruins at Pisac

In the morning, we'll visit nearby Inca ruins, including Kenko, with its zigzag channels, the ceremonial bath of Tambo Machay, and majestic Sacsayhuamán fortress, most impressive of them all with its perfectly fitted, mortarless stone blocks and zigzag walls.

We’ll have lunch in the town of Pisac and visit its colorful market, then hike to the Inca ruins at Pisac, the largest fortress-city complex of the Incas and one of the largest of ancient America. Pisac is at the same elevation as Cusco and is located high up on a ridge overlooking the valley. Its ruins extend from a fortress to a temple complex where we can see some of the finest Inca stonework in existence. Terraces extend up from the river perhaps 2,000 feet, and we’ll descend through a network of stairs, walkways, tunnels, and temples and on down to the valley floor at 9,500'.

We'll continue by vehicle to our overnight accommodations where we can spend the remainder of the day.

(Hiking time: 2 to 3 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

Day 3: Explore the Sacred Valley: Chinchero, Maras, and Moray

Today, we'll take a scenic drive from the valley up onto a highland plateau to visit the market town of Chinchero (12,398'). En route, we’ll pass through farmland areas with a patchwork of pretty fields and adobe houses with red-tiled roofs, and enjoy views of snowcapped mountains in the distance. Chinchero is famous for a massive Inca wall located in its town square, with ten of the largest trapezoidal niches known among Inca monuments.

We'll continue across the plateau to the impressive earthworks at Moray, a large, experimental agricultural site with terraces built in concentric circles. The ancient terraces are pre-Inca in origin, but the Incas took them over and enlarged and refined them. After a picnic lunch in Maras (11,086'), we’ll hike a very scenic route to the salt pans of Salinas, fed by a salt spring that is fed into terraced evaporative pools as a way of harvesting salt. This was a strategic trading area in Inca times.

(Hiking time: 2 to 3 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

Day 4: Hike narrow trails from Pumamarca to Ollantaytambo

A narrow dirt road will take us high into the Andes, through villages above the Sacred Valley. Here you'll be able to 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.

Our hike begins near the small archaeological complex at Pumamarca. The origin and purpose of this site remains a mystery, but was thought to be a control point for water distribution for the population. Continuing along the original Inca path, we'll pass the agricultural terraces of Choquicancha and views of the valley below.

After walking approximately 3 hours, we'll reach the town of Ollantaytambo, where we'll visit the Ollantaytambo ruins—one of the few Inca sites that have survived just as the Incas designed them several hundred years ago. Here, we'll see Inca canchas (enclosures of multi-family living quarters that share just one exit to the street), ingenious stonework, cobbled streets, and an extensive communal water system that survives to this day.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

Day 5: Experience the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

We’ll catch the train in Ollantaytambo and follow the ever-narrowing gorge of the Urubamba River. Here we’ll leave the train for an optional half-day hike to Machu Picchu and enjoy a picnic lunch en route. As we approach the Machu Picchu Sanctuary, the valley turns into a canyon and the vegetation changes to that of a cloud forest. After a brief visit to the ruins at Chachabamba, we’ll hike steadily uphill to the jungle-bound ruins of Winaywayna (“forever young”), discovered in 1941.

From here, the Inca Trail cuts across the ridge above Machu Picchu to reach the original entrance to Machu Picchu: Intipunku (8,954'), or Gate of the Sun. We’ll pause here for a moment to absorb the awesome, fairytale setting, then follow the trail downhill into the lost citadel located high above the Urubamba River. At the end of the day, we'll descend to our hotel, located in a quiet and beautiful spot on the Urubamba a short walk from the hustle and bustle of the nearby town.

Those who don’t feel like hiking can continue on the train to Aguas Calientes, just below Machu Picchu, from where we can take a short bus ride to the ruins. We’ll have a short orientation tour of the ruins, and then you’re free to explore the sanctuary on your own for the remainder of the afternoon. We’ll rejoin the hikers at the Sanctuary, and descend to our hotel together.

(Hiking time: 4 to 6 hours)

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

Day 6: Explore Machu Picchu

We’ll awaken early to catch the bus up to the ruins so we can experience the morning light over Machu Picchu and explore the ruins in depth before the train arrives with day visitors. We’ll have a thorough walking tour of Machu Picchu, visiting the various main structures and learning about their importance in the lives of the Incas, including a hike to Machu Picchu Mountain.

After lunch at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Hotel, the afternoon is free to explore some more on your own. You can also return to the hotel via bus and stroll in its lovely gardens, which contain more than 372 species of orchids, native palms, ferns, begonias, fruit trees and medicinal plants. We'll cap off the evening with a festive farewell dinner.

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

Day 7: Enjoy the scenic train ride back to Cusco

The morning is free to relax at the hotel, return to Machu Picchu, or take short hikes in the immediate vicinity. After lunch at Sumac Hotel, we’ll catch the train to Cusco (about a four-hour ride). Upon arrival, we'll transfer to the Hotel Monasterio and enjoy time exploring at our own leisure.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:JW Marriott Hotel in Cusco

Day 8: Fly to Lima

Transfer to the airport and fly to Lima. Upon arrival, we'll have a tour of Lima, including lunch and a visit to the Larco Museum with its dazzling gold artifacts. In the early evening, we'll transfer to the airport and depart on our homeward-bound flights.

  • Breakfast
lodgings

Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba — Sacred Valley

The Sacred Valley of the Incas is home of some of the finest Inca sites, offering a great start for your visit to Cusco. The valley’s good weather and beautiful scenery, picturesque villages, folk arts and crafts and friendly local people, reflect the authenticity of Peru that travelers come searching for. The valley is also a paradise for eco-friendly adventure sports such as trekking, horseback riding, mountain biking and rafting. The Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba is located in the center of Huayoccari.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel — Aguas Calientes

This luxury boutique hotel is just steps from the train, but a secluded natural paradise. Located in the small town of Aguas Calientes on the banks of the Urubamba River, the Pueblo Hotel has been rated a top hotel in the world by Travel + Leisure readers. Rustic elegance distinguishes the private bungalows, each with its own fireplace, and the lush gardens are home to orchids, exotic birds and other flora and fauna. Check out this fantastic video introducing Inkaterra:

JW Marriott Hotel in Cusco — Cusco

The JW Marriott Hotel Cusco is located a few hours away from the entrance to the Historic Sanctuary of “Machu Picchu”, which
is considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. It is the first property of the Marriott Hotel Chain, built at an altitude
of 11, 154ft above sea level, and it has a supplementary oxygen system in all the rooms (at an addtional fee).
The Hotel is located in the City of Cusco, “The Navel of the World”, a few blocks from the Main Square and surrounded by the
main historical sites such as the Cathedral, Qoricancha, San Blas Neighborhood, amongst others. With its customized design, the JW Marriott Cusco was built over the old Colonial Convent of San Agustin from the 16th Century, which was declared National Cultural Heritage by the Peruvian Government. The Convent was carefully restored and the archaeological remains from the Pre-Inca, Inca, Colonial, Republican and Contemporary periods can be observed giving the Hotel a unique character and so it offers an incomparable cultural experience for all guests.

Dates and Pricing

Jun 10 - 17, 2017

Jul 29, 2017 - Aug 05, 2017

Sep 02 - 09, 2017 Book now and save 10% on this departure

Oct 07 - 14, 2017 Book now and save 10% on this departure

pricing

2017 PRICES
$4,695 (4-16 members)
$4,995 (2-3 members)
$400 internal airfare
$1,800 single supplement
$200 surcharge applies for Inti Raymi Festival and December departures.

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