This classic private 7-day Machu Picchu Tour is ideal for travelers with limited time, touring various countries on their journey, or needing to save a week’s vacation in order to visit family and friends. You will be able to tour the major highlights of Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu in just a week. As there are so many things to see in Peru, this is the tour to get the most bang for your buck in a short amount of time.
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Day 1: Lima
Day 2: Lima: City tour
Day 3: Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley
Day 4: Machu Picchu, Citadel Excursion
Day 5: Maras Salt Mines – Chincheros Village – Cusco
Day 6: Cusco: City tour & San Pedro Market
Day 7: Cusco – Lima
Join us on a mesmerizing 7-day journey through Peru! From the vibrant streets of Lima to the ancient wonders of Machu Picchu, and the cultural gems of Cusco, this itinerary promises an unforgettable exploration of Peru's diverse landscapes and rich history.
Day 1: Lima
Upon your arrival to the Lima Airport, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives, who will provide a brief introduction to the city and our services while driving you to your hotel in Miraflores. You will have the remainder of the day free to relax and get acquainted with the city at your own pace. Depending on your arrival time, we have plenty of suggestions for you so you can make the most of your first day in Lima.
Day 2: Lima City Tour
Get ready to explore Lima and all it has to offer! Our tour starts in the morning with a visit to the Historic Downtown area. First, you will stop off at the Main Square, where you will walk through its most important streets and observe its architectural monuments like the Cathedral and the Government Palace. Afterwards you will head to the San Francisco Convent and its renowned catacombs.
You will complete your tour of Lima with a visit to the Bohemian neighborhood of Barranco, a neighborhood called home by countless artists, photographers, and authors. Walk along beautiful streets lined with Republican houses, admire the splendid views, and visit the Puente de los Suspiros (Bridge of Sighs), the source of inspiration for one of Peru’s great composers, Chabuca Granda.
Day 3: Lima-Cusco-Sacred Valley
At the scheduled departure time, you will be met by our representative at your hotel and escorted to the airport. Upon arrival to the City of Cusco, you will be welcomed by a Peruvian Sunrise representative, who will drive you along scenic roads to your hotel in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
For lunch, you will enjoy a traditional Peruvian – Andean cuisine at Tunupa Restaurant, conveniently located in a beautiful setting overlooking the Urubamba River. In the afternoon, you will continue on to visit Ollantaytambo, an old Inca fortified village where we will observe some of the best examples of Inca architecture in the region. Surviving structures here include multiple walls and towers that were used to protect the citadel from possible invasions.
Day 4: Machu Picchu, Citadel Excursionz
After a very early rise, you will board the train from the Ollantaytambo Station heading to Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes). This train journey is a spectacle in itself! You will be able to appreciate the Peru’s immense biodiversity, as you witness the landscape transition from Andean green fields to lush rainforest, descending alongside the Urubamba River.
Upon arrival to the Aguas Calientes train station, you will take a 20 minute bus ride up to the spectacular site of Machu Picchu. You will explore this enigmatic sanctuary where your expert guide will lead you through the ruins, providing archaeological and historical information on key areas of interest, including The Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana (the Sun Dial) and the Sacred Plaza. You will appreciate the most amazing views from the top of this citadel! This is an opportunity to revel in the energy and atmosphere of one of the most significant and spectacular archaeological sites of the world, set high in the cloud forest.
You will also have the opportunity to see Llamas meandering around in their natural environment.
After descending to Machu Picchu Pueblo, you will have some free time for lunch, and wander through this picturesque town. In the afternoon, you will board the return train to the Ollantaytambo Station, where one of our representatives will be waiting for you to take you back to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.
Day 5: Maras Salt Mines - Chincheros Village - Cusco
Today you will experience a full-day private guided excursion through the Sacred Valley on our way back to Cusco.
First, you will visit the ruins of the Andean village of Chinchero, located high-up on the windswept plains of Anta (12,342.52 feet). You will find yourself surrounded by gorgeous views overlooking the Sacred Valley and the snow-capped peak of Salkantay dominating the western horizon. This excursion combines Incan ruins with a typical Andean village, a colonial church, some wonderful mountain landscapes, and a colorful traditional market.
We continue on to visit the sites of Maras and Moray. En route, you will have one of the best panoramic views of the valley. First, we will stop at the ancient salt mines, near the town of Maras, then, the huge circular agricultural terraces at Moray built by the Incas in natural sinkholes on a limestone plateau overlooking the Urubamba Valley. Afterward we will head to Cusco where you will spend the night.
Day 6: Cusco: City Tour & San Pedro Market
Today we will explore the amazing city of Cusco, which was the Capital of the Inca empire and one of the most historical cities in the Americas.
In the morning, you will begin your tour visiting the Fortress of Sacsayhuamán, one the most important military and ceremonial centers in Incan times. We will continue our tour strolling through the main square, where you will be able to explore the Cathedral and admire its exquisite vestibules and priceless paintings from the Cusco School of the 17th and 18th centuries. Just a few blocks away, you will explore one of Cusco’s most impressive buildings, Qoricancha or Temple of the Sun, whose interior walls were said to have been covered in gold. As you return to the lower part of the city, you will stop off at the San Pedro Market, where you will be mesmerized by the variety of unique and traditional produce and discover new aromas and tastes of the region.
Day 7: Cusco - Lima
At a set time our representative will accompany you to the airport to take our flight back to Lima and connect with your international flight home.
Meals: None provided
INCLUSIONS AND NO INCLUSIONS
- Hotel accommodations for 6 nights with breakfast, as described in the itinerary.
- Private transportations hotel / airport in every destination.
- Private guided excursions as described in the itinerary.
- All admission fees.
- 1 Lunch included.
- 1 Box Lunch included.
- Train tickets to & from Machu Picchu.
- Bus tickets to & from Machu Picchu.
- International & domestic airfares, unless specifically mentioned.
- Travel insurance.
- Items of personal nature such as gratuities, internet charges, excess baggage charges, laundry, beverages and meals not described in the itinerary.
PRICE PER PERSON
- Standard: $ 1399
- Comfort: $ 1645
- Premium: $ 2289
All travelers under the age of 17 will have a discount. If you are 25 or younger, you can get a special discount with your student card. Please advise by email to give you a code for the discount.
Comunidad Andina De Naciones:
Special discounts for residents of the Andean Community of Nations.
Andean Community: corresponds to residents of Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia.
Changes: You can make changes to your reservation up to 48 hours before your trip at no additional cost.
No show and Cancelations: If you cancel 30 days before the trip before 6:00 pm (Lima time), a 60% administrative charge will be applied. After this time, there is a cancellation or no show charge of 100%.
WHAT TO PACK?
- Passport: You will need to present your passport at the entrance of Machu Picchu, so make sure to bring it with you.
- Tickets: Ensure you have your train and entrance tickets printed or downloaded to your mobile device.
- Daypack: Bring a lightweight and comfortable daypack to carry all your essentials.
- Comfortable clothing: Dress in comfortable layers that are suitable for changing weather conditions. It’s essential to bring a waterproof and windproof jacket.
- Sturdy walking shoes: Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes with good traction to walk around Machu Picchu’s steep and uneven terrain.
- Sun protection: Pack sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect yourself from the sun’s
rays at high altitudes.
- Water bottle: It’s essential to stay hydrated at high altitudes. Bring a refillable water bottle.
- Snacks: Bring light snacks like energy bars or fruit to keep yourself fueled throughout the day.
- Camera: Capture the unforgettable views of Machu Picchu and your memories.
- Cash: Bring cash in local currency in case you need to buy anything or tip your guides.
Curious about the details of your upcoming adventure? We've got you covered! Here's a quick guide to answer all your frequently asked questions about our exciting 7-day journey through Peru.
What is the best way to travel from Lima to Cusco?
The most common way to travel is by taking a flight from Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima to Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in Cusco. You can also choose to travel by bus, but be aware that the road journey is long.
How long does the flight from Lima to Cusco take?
The direct flight usually takes around 1 hour and 20 minutes.
What documents do I need to travel?
Make sure you have your valid passport or identification document. If you are a foreigner, check visa requirements.
Do I need to acclimate to the altitude upon arriving in Cusco?
Yes, Cusco is at a considerably higher altitude than Lima. It is advisable to rest and take it easy during the first few days to avoid altitude sickness.
What is the best time to visit Cusco?
The dry season, from May to October, is generally considered the best time to visit Cusco as there is less rainfall.
Are there luggage restrictions on domestic flights in Peru?
Yes, airlines usually have weight and size restrictions for both carry-on and checked baggage. Check the policies of the airline you are flying with.