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The Andean Explorer: Cuzco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca

10 days from $5,385pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

    Places visited:

  • Lima
  • Cuzco
  • Sacred Valley of Incas
  • Machu Picchu
  • Puno
  • Arequipa
  • Take a privately guided tour of Machu Picchu.

  • Explore the former Inca capital of Cuzco.

  • Traverse the Andean countryside in style on-board the Belmond Andean Explorer.

  • Watch the sunrise over the placid shores of Lake Titicaca.

Audley Travel specialist Josh

What our specialists say...

This classic Peru itinerary takes in a mixture of the country's vast array of highlights at a leisurely pace, while riding the rails on-board the Belmond Andean Explorer train. After a brief stop in Lima the journey really begins when you start to acclimatize to the Andean altitude in the historic Incan city of Cuzco before heading to the magnificent ruins of Machu Picchu. The trip continues abroad the Andean Explorer as you cross the altiplano to reach the serenely beautiful Lake Titicaca before heading further into the Peruvian countryside en route to Arequipa.

We recommend this trip for:

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

Itinerary idea in detail

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Day 1 Lima

Lima

Arriving in Lima, you're met by your private guide and assisted to your hotel for the evening.

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Day 2 Cuzco

Lima , Cuzco

You will make your way back to the airport for your flight to Cuzco. Upon arrival in Cuzco you will be met at the airport by your driver and taken to your hotel by private transfer. This afternoon should be spent at your leisure as you acclimatize to the high altitude.

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Day 3 Cuzco

Cuzco

Enjoy a privately guided tour of the highlights of Cuzco and nearby ruins.

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Day 4 Sacred Valley of Incas

Cuzco , Sacred Valley of Incas

Make your way through the Sacred Valley on a private excursion with visits to a traditional Andean market, the agricultural terraces of Moray, and salt pans at Maras.

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Day 5 Machu Picchu

Sacred Valley of Incas , Machu Picchu

Start today with a privately guided tour of the ruins of Ollantaytambo before taking the one and a half hour train journey to Machu Picchu with your guide. The journey traces the edge of the white-water Urubamba River as it twists through the increasingly steep-sided valley. From your seat, you’ll spot a series of Incan sites before arriving at Aguas Calientes. After disembarking from the train you will take a short bus journey up to Machu Picchu for your privately guided tour of the Inca citadel.

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Day 6 Cuzco

Machu Picchu , Cuzco

Take the morning to return to Machu Picchu on your own before returning to Cuzco.

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Day 7 Cuzco

Cuzco

Board the train in Cuzco and traverse the beautiful Peruvian countryside aboard the Belmond Andean Explorer train. As part of the all-inclusive service you’ll enjoy tea time and dinner and the open bar when you aren't taking in the views from the observation car. You will spend the night on-board outside of Lake Titicaca.

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Day 8 Puno

Puno

Awake at Lake Titicaca and watch sunrise over this mythical lake then enjoy breakfast on-board. Afterwards, there is the option to include a small group excursion on to the lake before enjoying lunch on the lake. In the afternoon you will return to the train for tea time, cocktail hour, dinner, and continue your journey to Arequipa.

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Day 9 Arequipa

Arequipa

An early morning breakfast on-board is followed by a day of activities that include Lake Saracocha and the Sumbay Caves. You will then have the option to disembark and visit the Colca Canyon or continue on to the white city of Arequipa and enjoy a panoramic city tour with a small group.

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Day 10 Return home

Arequipa

Today you will be met at your hotel by your driven and taken to the airport via private transfer for your domestic flight to Lima where you will connect for your international flight home.

Audley Travel specialist Ryan
Machu Picchu

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