Cusco & Machu Picchu Tour



Cusco & Machu Picchu Tour

Cusco, a city in the Peruvian Andes, was the historic capital of the Inca Empire. It’s known for its extensive Inca ruins and Spanish colonial architecture. The cultural heart of the city is Plaza de Armas with a 17th-century baroque Cathedral, built on the site of the Palace of Viracocha. La Compania de Jesús with its twin-towered exterior, has rich fine murals and paintings. Santo Domingo built on the walls of the Temple of the Sun (Qoricancha), has the best Inca stonework. 

This exhilarating tour is the perfect overview of Peru’s most interesting cultural and archaeological highlights. There are three elements that make Peru a unique destination: its history, nature and living culture. Traces of the past, natural resources and people whose traditional cultures are alive today, still thrive in Peru. They are Peru's inexhaustible riches. This tour is an introduction to what archaeologists are continually finding evidence of the innumerable pre-Columbian cultures.

And, experience an optional white-water rafting down Urubamba River.

What We Love
  • This tour focuses on the Sacred Valley, Cusco and Machu Picchu.
  • You will visit the Urubamba valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
  • Explore the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo and admire its magnificent past.
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • All touring is flexible and can be customised to incorporate special interests.
  • Depart and return whenever you choose – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
What to Know
  • For hiking enthusiasts, we suggest a walk up to the peak of Huayna Picchu.
  • In Cusco, take the archaeological circuit of the surroundings.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience and may require walking on rough surfaces.
  • You may be in small group during the hike and some tours.
  • Bring proper walking gear and outdoor clothing. Do not forget your skin and eye protection items
  • We offer 24/7 support during your tour to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Cusco & Machu Picchu Tour Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
(9 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 01 – Arrive
Lima, Peru Arrive at Lima Jorge Chavez International airport (LIM). Meet and greet on arrival and escort on a private transfer to your hotel.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Miraflores Park Hotel (B)

Day 02 – Transfer & Private Touring
Cusco/ Sacred Valley Transfer to the Lima airport for your flight to Cusco. You are met outside baggage claim by your local guide for transfer to the ‘The Sacred Valley of the Incas.’ Enjoy an afternoon visit to the Indian market in Pisac before continuing to your hotel for the night.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Sol y Luna Hotel (B, L, D)  

Day 03 – Private Touring
Sacred Valley Full day tour in the Sacred Valley. This morning, visit Chincheros, a town of Inca origins, and its colourful, well-attended fair, that draws country folk once a week from all corners and heights of the valley to exchange their products. Continue on to the massive fortress of Ollantaytambo, a formidable stone structure that climbs massive terraces reaching the top of a high peak was the valley’s main defence against the Antis and was the site of the Incas’ greatest victory against the Spanish during the wars of conquest. Return to your hotel this afternoon.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Sol y Luna Hotel (B, L, D)  

Day 04 – Explore
Sacred Valley This morning a 2-3 hour hike offers an opportunity to enjoy both the archaeological and aesthetic qualities of the Sacred Valley. Return to your hotel this afternoon.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Sol Y Luna Hotel (B, L, D)    

Day 05 – Transfer & Private Touring
Machu Picchu Transfer to Ollanta Station to board the Vistadome train bound for Machu Picchu, where a late morning arrival gives you time to begin your explorations of this breathtaking Incan citadel. Accompanied by your guide, explore the city's ruins, and feel its pulse as you visualize the lives of the priests, craftsmen, and servants who inhabited this seemingly uninhabitable citadel. Evening is at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge (B, L, D)  

Day 06 – Private Touring & Transfer
Cusco This morning therefore there is an option to rise early and view the world’s most spectacularly situated ruins at sunrise. This afternoon, transfer to Machu Picchu Station to board the Vistadome train to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco a representative will be waiting for you to transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Hotel Monasterio or Palacio Nazarenas (B, L)  

Day 07 – Private Touring
Cusco Half-day tour of Cusco and it's surrounds featuring the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas; the Santo Domingo Temple or Koricancha; a Dominican Church and convent built on the foundations of the Koricancha or ‘place of gold.’ After seeing the sights of the ancient city, visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, a true testimonial to Incan architectural skills (where the greatest battle between the Spanish and Incas took place) overlooks the red-tiled roofs of Cusco and the breathtaking countryside surrounding the city. Also visit Qenqo (‘The Labyrinth’), an Incan shrine dedicated to Pachamama (‘Mother Earth’); the small fortress of Puka Pukara; and Tambomachay, a sacred bathing place.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Hotel Monasterio or Palacio Nazarenas (B)  

Day 08 – Transfer & Private Touring
Lima Transfer to the airport to board your return flight to Lima.
This afternoon you will embark on a city tour visiting the Plaza Mayor, official centre of the city and the original site upon which Lima was founded. Also visit the historic Cathedral, and then walk past the Presidential Palace where the soldiers guarding the palace offer an excellent photo opportunity, and on to the Church of San Francisco and its library and collection of fine paintings and frescoes. After your trip to the historic centre, you will be driven through modern Lima to visit the residential districts of Miraflores and San Isidro.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Miraflores Park Hotel (B)  

Day 09 – Depart
Lima Transfer to the Jorge Chavez International Airport to board your international departure flight.  
Meals (B)

Cusco & Machu Picchu Tour Peru

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

Getting There There are no direct flights from London to Peru but there are direct flights to Lima from Madrid, Paris and Amsterdam. Airlines with regular services to Peru include Air Canada, American Airlines, Iberia and KLM and take anywhere between 16 and 22 hours. The principal international airlines for Peru are Lan and Avianca.

When to go The best time to visit Peru is May to September, which is a dry season in the highlands. The western side of the Andes are very clear, warm, and dry for the greater part of the year. The Inca Trail has limited spaces hence travellers should book at least six to nine months in advance. From October to December, the dry season comes to an end, but conditions are still pleasant. An abundance of birdlife and flora, particularly orchids, can be enjoyed in Peru’s cloud forests at this time. 

January to April is the rainy season. The eastern slope of the Andes, like the Amazon basin, experiences very heavy rainfall, which extends from January through April. Travellers however visit the highlands all the rear round since it rarely rains for more than a few hours and there is still plenty of sunshine to enjoy. During February, the Inca Trail is closed. However, Machu Picchu remains open but it is a bit more challenging for those wishing to trek.