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    Places visited:

  • Lima
  • Cuzco
  • Sacred Valley
  • Machu Picchu
  • Take a guided tour of Machu Picchu.

  • Explore the former Inca capital of Cuzco.

  • Visit several Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley.

  • Stay in the chic Miraflores district in Lima, Peru’s capital city.

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What our specialists say...

This is a great suggested trip for anyone keen to delve into Peru’s Inca past. Start in Lima, taking a city tour and visiting an Inca archaeological site as well as other key places. Then fly to Cuzco, where your guide takes you to some intriguing nearby Inca ruins and shows you how the conquistadors built over Inca foundations. After a day exploring the Sacred Valley, including visits to Pisac and Ollantaytambo, you’ll spend two days at the ‘lost city’ of Machu Picchu. The trip includes guided tours, transfers, internal flights, the train journey to Machu Picchu, and all breakfasts.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Lima
  • Cuzco
  • Sacred Valley of Incas
  • Cuzco
  • Sacred Valley of Incas
  • Machu Picchu
  • Cuzco
  • Lima

Itinerary idea in detail

Day 1 Lima

International outbound flight , Lima

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Lima. Arriving in Lima, you're met by your private guide and driven to your hotel by private transfer in the city's fashionable Miraflores district. We suggest spending the evening relaxing after your flight and getting your bearings, perhaps trying out Peruvian cuisine in one of the city's superb restaurants.

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Day 2 Lima


Take a guided tour of Lima as part of a small group. It lasts half a day. Visit the Huaca Pucllana archaeological site, thought to be a pre-Inca temple and administrative hub, as well as the Plaza de Armas, the city's cathedral, and the catacombs of San Francisco. You have the afternoon at leisure: we can arrange for you to take a cookery class, or you can simply enjoy exploring the Miraflores district further.

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Day 3 Cuzco

Lima , Cuzco

This morning, take a private transfer to the airport in time to catch your flight to Cuzco. The flight takes about an hour and a half. Arriving in Cuzco, you're met by your private guide and driver and taken to your hotel. We suggest spending the afternoon walking around the central square, having a coffee in one of its many cafes, and getting accustomed to the altitude.

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Day 4 Cuzco


Tambo Machay, which is an Inca fountain and ritual bathing centre. Second, Qenqo, which is a great stone carved with steps and pictures and a sacrificial table. Finally you will stop of at Puca Pucara, which is known for a large rock that looks very red, the name literally meaning 'Red Rock'.

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Day 5 Sacred Valley of Incas

Sacred Valley of Incas , Cuzco

Head into the Sacred Valley of the Incas as part of a small group tour, visiting the large market and the terraces at the ruins of Pisac. Then travel to Ollantaytambo, the site of one of the Incas' last battles against the Spanish. If you look across the valley from this fortress-like site, you'll see a carved face in the rock - once thought to be a messenger from the gods. Stay tonight at a hotel in the Sacred Valley.

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Day 6 Machu Picchu

Sacred Valley of Incas , Machu Picchu

This morning, take the scenic train journey up to Machu Picchu. The journey lasts around one and a half hours as you follow the route of the Urubamba River. On arrival, take a guided tour of the site as part of a small group, exploring highlights such as the royal tombs and the Intihuatana Stone. You'll then have some free time to explore under your own steam in the afternoon. Spend the night in Aguas Calientes.

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Day 7 Cuzco

Machu Picchu , Cuzco

Today you have the option to revisit Machu Picchu independently. If you enjoy walking, we can arrange permits in advance for you to climb Huayna Picchu, the pointed peak just north of the ruins which gives you far-reaching views over the site. Other walks include the short trail to the Inca Bridge and the trail to the Sun Gate. In the afternoon, return to Cuzco by train, then take a private transfer to your hotel.

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Day 8 International return flight

Cuzco , Lima , International return flight

Take a private transfer to Cuzco's airport for your flight to Lima, then catch your onward international connection.

Day 9 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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