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Overview

Discover the best of Peru, from the Urubamba Valley to Machu Picchu. Stroll through the ancient back streets of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cusco. Enjoy awe-inspiring hikes through fertile valleys and highland plateaus to Incan ruins and out-of-the-way villages. Take a picturesque train ride up the narrowing gorge of the Urubamba River. And spend a half day hiking up the classic Inca Trail to the legendary lost citadel of Machu Picchu. This inspiring eight-day trip is the ultimate Peru adventure and a journey you won't soon forget.

  • Enjoy scenic day hikes to ancient fortresses and out-of-the-way villages

  • Experience a half-day hike on the classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu

  • Spend a full day exploring Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas"

  • Arrive: Cusco, Peru
  • Depart: Cusco, Peru
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Group Size: 4-16 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 16 Years Old

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  • Day01

    Arrive in Cusco

    Arrive in Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire. Meet your trip leader at the airport and transfer to your hotel on the city's main square. Take a walking tour that introduces you to the history of the Inca civilization and its former capital with its ornate cathedrals, adobe walls, carved balconies, hidden courtyards, and cobblestone streets. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at La Feria, a local restaurant located in the Cusco Main Square and offering a great view of the historical center.

    • Accommodation: Palacio del Inka
    • Transportation: 1-hour flight transfer
    • Meals: Dinner
  • Day02

    Native Potatoes and Tuber Wines with Manuel Choque & Archeological Sites

    Start your day with the ultimate foodie experience! Located in Chinchero, half way between Cusco and the Sacred Valley, Agricultural Engineer Manuel Choqque, will welcome us to his home where we will taste traditional uchucuta sauce, made out of Peruvian hot peppers. Learn about Andean tuber wines (made out of ocas and mashwas) and native potato vodka. Lunch today is at Hacienda Huayoccari. This is a gorgeous gem hidden up in the valley, and a true gourmet experience. Afterwards, depart for the Urubamba Valley, known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Learn how traditional Andean textiles are made, and explore the Pisac ruins to witness some of the finest Inca stonework in existence. Then, descend through a network of stairs, walkways, tunnels, and temples down to the town of Pisac and visit its colorful market.

    • Accommodation: Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
    • Activity: 4 hours touring 939' elevation gain & 1,510' elevation loss
    • Transportation: 3-hour private bus transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day03

    Discover Maras, Moray and Pichingoto

    Embark on a full-day exploration of the Urubama Valley, beginning in Moray with its impressive circular terraces built into the top of a limestone hill. Continue on to colonial village of Maras, where one of the finest salts in the world is extracted. Stop for lunch at Iskay Maras Home. This place is surrounded by an impressive landscape of high mountains and green fields. Afterwards, hike down to the town of Pichingoto where you can learn about the way of living of the local families, before continuing to our hotel to rest.

    • Accommodation: Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
    • Activity: 3-4 hours / 7 miles hiking 1,685' elevation gain & loss
    • Transportation: 3-hour private bus transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day04

    Hike Narrow Trails from Pumamarca to Ollantaytambo

    Follow a dirt road high into the Andes, where you'll observe the native Quechua way of life in local villages. Hike an Incan path from a small archeological complex to the Choquicancha agricultural terraces, and enjoy a picnic lunch with spectacular views of the Sacred Valley below.

    Next, explore the incredibly well-preserved ruins at Ollantaytambo, one of the most monumental architectural complexes of the Inca Empire, and explore the town, which has been inhabited since the 13th century. On the way home, stop to see an artist use ancient techniques to make pottery.

    • Accommodation: Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
    • Activity: 5 hours/6.3 miles hiking with 2,680' elevation gain/loss
    • Transportation: 3-hour private bus transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day05

    Experience the Legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

    Ride a classic Vistadome train up the narrowing gorge of the Urubamba River. Then, begin your half-day hike along the Inca Trail to the lost citadel of Machu Picchu. After about 2 hours, the valley turns into a cloud-forest canyon. Continue uphill to Intipunku, the original entrance to Machu Picchu. Pause to absorb the awesome view, then follow the trail down into Aguas Calientes and relax at the hotel for the rest of your day. (Optionally, skip the hike, continue by train, and explore the Machu Picchu on your own in the afternoon.)

    • Accommodation: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
    • Activity: 6 hours/7 miles hiking with 1,640' elevation gain
    • Transportation: 1.5-hour train ride
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day06

    Explore Magical Machu Picchu

    Enter the awe-inspiring ruins of Machu Picchu by morning light. Take a highly informative tour of the site's main structures and learn about their importance in the lives of the Incas. Take a challenging climb up Machu Picchu's Old Mountain (optional) and be rewarded by breathtaking views of the citadel and the surrounding mountains. Enjoy lunch, then return to the hotel to relax, join an excursion, or stroll the lush gardens, including the world's largest native orchid collection with 372 species.

  • Day07

    Take a Scenic Train Ride to Cusco

    Enjoy the morning at your leisure, either taking short local hikes or relaxing at the hotel. Midday, catch the Vistadome train back down to Ollantaytambo. Enjoy a Pachamanca lunch, which is a traditional Peruvian dish based of poultry, potatoes, and vegetables cooked with hot stones and earth, a technique that has lived on since Inca Empire. You are in for a unique experience! After lunch, continue on to Cusco and transfer to the hotel. In the evening, explore Cusco before a festive farewell dinner at a restaurant in Cusco.

    • Accommodation: Palacio del Inka
    • Transportation: 3.5-hour train ride
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day08

    Bid Farewell to Cusco & Fly Home

    After breakfast at the hotel and a leisurely morning, depart on homeward-bound flights.

    • Meals: Breakfast
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Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

Drawing on over 40 years of experience in the region, MT Sobek can be relied on for expert leadership.

Reason #02

This itinerary truly immerses you in the native culture and provides the most complete introduction to Inca history.

Reason #03

We've put together a trip that includes excellent regional food and the finest accommodations.

Meet Our Guides

Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.

What To Expect

  • Activities

    Exploring remote mountain villages on foot, a spectacular train ride, hiking the Inca trail, and discovering the splendor of Machu Picchu.

  • Lodging

    A highlight of the trip, accommodations include a 16th-century convent, whitewashed casitas, and a hacienda-style hotel.

  • Climate

    Mild during the dry season, although it often cools down at night. Temperatures from 55°F-75°F. Jackets are necessary at night any time of the year.

FAQ

  • Who will meet me on arrival?

    You will be met by a MT Sobek representative upon arrival at the airport in Cuscoand transferred to your hotel.

  • Is it safe to drink the water?

    We will provide purified water during the trip. We recommend that you bring a water bottle to replenish your supply of purified water along the way.

  • Do I need to bring walking poles?

    They are recommended to give you support and balance.

  • Do I have to bring hiking boots?

    The terrain can be rocky and uneven - hiking boots will help protect your feet.

  • Are hairdryers available at all hotels?

    Yes - all hotels on this program offer hair dryers.

  • Are there many mosquitoes in Cusco and Machu Picchu?

    Some travelers have been bothered by mosquitoes at Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. We recommend that you bring mosquito repellent, and lightweight layers to cover arms and legs.

Dates & Pricing

Pricing Dates

Scheduled Dates

  • Available
    May 13 - 20, 2021
  • Available
    Jul 08 - 15, 2021
  • Available
    Sep 02 - 09, 2021
  • Available
    Oct 07 - 14, 2021

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2021
$4,595 Price per person

Additional Cost

  • $1,045 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of the group transfer
  • Optional travel protection

Testimonials

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

    Sara G.

    MT Sobek Guest, Peru Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Hiking

  • "Not only great vistas but the guide, accommodations, food and the Peruvian people make this a most memorable trip."

    Thomas S.

    MT Sobek Guest, Peru Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Hiking

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