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 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 group welcome toast with a lovely view of the city.
Start your day with a tour of the Sachsayhuamán complex, a masterpiece of Inca architecture. Then, explore the Kenko temple, the military ruins at Puca Pucará, and the ceremonial bath of Tambo Machay. 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.
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. Experience true Andean hospitality in the community of Misminay, where you'll be welcomed into a home for a traditional lunch. Then, join the locals in their daily activities: you might weave fabric using ancient techniques, help out with the crops, or even go for a donkey-back ride.
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.
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.)
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.
Enjoy the morning at your leisure, either taking short local hikes or relaxing at the hotel. After lunch at the hotel's exquisite restaurant, Qunuq, catch the Vistadome train back down to Cusco and transfer to the hotel. In the evening, explore Cusco before a festive farewell dinner at a restaurant in Cusco.
After breakfast at the hotel and a leisurely morning, depart on homeward-bound flights.
Drawing on over 40 years of experience in the region, MT Sobek can be relied on for expert leadership.
This itinerary truly immerses you in the native culture and provides the most complete introduction to Inca history.
We've put together a trip that includes excellent regional food and the finest accommodations.
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.
Exploring remote mountain villages on foot, a spectacular train ride, hiking the Inca trail, and discovering the splendor of Machu Picchu.
A highlight of the trip, accommodations include a 16th-century convent, whitewashed casitas, and a hacienda-style hotel.
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.
You will be met by a MT Sobek representative upon arrival at the airport in Cuscoand transferred to your hotel.
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.
They are recommended to give you support and balance.
The terrain can be rocky and uneven - hiking boots will help protect your feet.
Yes - all hotels on this program offer hair dryers.
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.
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"This trip is a perfect combination of high-altitude hiking in the spectacular Andes and lessons in fascinating Inca culture."
MT Sobek Guest, Treasures of the Incas
"Not only great vistas but the guide, accommodations, food and the Peruvian people make this a most memorable trip."
MT Sobek Guest, Treasures of the Incas