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Explore Machu Picchu

This eight-day Peruvian cultural and historical adventure is the ideal introduction to Machu Picchu one of the worlds most spectacular travel destinations. Take a scenic train to the famous site and enjoy free time to explore its corners. Roam the Sacred Valley, which is surrounded by incredible views of the Andes. As the leading operator in the region, be assured we'll leave no stone unturned.

Latin America
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: History, Local Culture & Cuisine
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: SPENG/155228
  • Starts: Lima, Peru
  • Finishes: Lima, Peru
You will Visit
  • Lima
  • Lima

Itinerary

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Day 1: Lima

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Get ready for a very busy tour exploring the best of Peru in a week. We recommend booking a pre-night in Lima (in particular if your flight arrives into Lima in the evening) to recover from international flights and rest up before the excitement.

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Day 2: Lima/Urubamba

Board an early flight to Cusco then on to the Sacred Valley to explore the pre-Inca salt pans of Las Salineras and tour the Maras and Moray ruins. Enjoy a traditional pachamanca-style meal of local specialties.

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Day 3: Urubamba

Continue exploring the Sacred Valley with a visit to the “Parque de la Papa” (“Potato Park”). Exclusive to Journeys travellers and part of G Adventures for Good – walk through this rural community with a local guide to learn about potato cultivation, weaving, and the importance of both to Andean culture. Also, explore the Ollantaytambo and Pisac ruins and visit the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosqo.

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Day 4: Urubamba/Aguas Calientes

Catch an early transfer to Ollantaytambo station and board the scenic train to Aguas Calientes with option to visit the market.
For serious archaeology buffs, there is time for an optional independent visit to Machu Picchu before the guided tour the following morning.

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Day 5: Aguas Calientes/Cusco

Enjoy a guided tour of the Machu Picchu ruins. Free time to explore on your own or take an optional visit to the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco by train.

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Day 6: Cusco

Explore historic Cusco with options to visit museums or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking. This evening, look to the night sky for a different view at the Cusco Planetarium. Enjoy a presentation on the southern sky, contemporary astronomy, and the ancient Inca relationship with the cosmos. Check out the on-site museum and use the telescopes to admire the stars.
Please remember that star gazing is completely weather dependent and sometimes there can be cloudy skies.

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Day 7: Cusco/Lima

Fly back to Lima and spend an afternoon in Peru's bustling capital.

08

Day 8: Lima

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Traditional Andean Experience, Urubamba National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Cusco Planetarium, Cusco G Adventures for Good: Parque de la Papa (Potato Park), Urubamba G Adventures for Good: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay
    • Arrival transfer
    • Two-day Sacred Valley tour including Ollantaytambo, Moray, and Pisac ruins and pre-Incan salt pans
    • Traditional pachamanca-style dinner
    • Scenic train and guided tour of Machu Picchu
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (7 nts)
    • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Private van, train, plane, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore ancient ruins off the beaten path in the Sacred Valley with our expert guide
  • Take in mountain views on the scenic train to Machu Picchu
  • Enjoy traditional treats and foods