Day 1: Lima
→ 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.
☺ Included Activities: → Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: → Private Vehicle
Day 2: Lima │Cusco │Urubamba (B, D)
Board an early flight to Cusco then head to the Sacred Valley. Explore the pre-Inca salt pans of Las Salineras and tour the Maras and Moray ruins. Enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal of local specialties.
Additional Notes: There are some very early morning starts on this trip to make the best use of our time and see as much as we can of Machu Picchu Peru in 7 days
► Included Activities: Moray Ruins Guided Tour, Las Salineras Pre-Incan Salt Pans Guided Tour, Traditional Peruvian Dinner Transport and Plane
→ Times includes all stops and visits enroute through the Sacred Valley with Private Vehicle
Day 3: Sacred Valley of the Inkas (B, L)
Today, continue exploring the Sacred Valley with a visit to the → Parque de la Papa ♥ Potato Park. An exclusive experience for Journeys travellers and part of Machu Picchu Tour for Good, you'll 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 ruins and Pisac ruins and visit the Machu Picchu Tour-supported Sacred Valley family Restaurant in Lamay.
Included Activities: Traditional Andean Experience Parque de la Papa (Potato Park), Pisac Ruins Guided Tour, Lamay family Restaurant, The Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour Transport: Times includes all stops and visits enroute through the Sacred Valley. Private Vehicle
Day 4: Urubamba │Aguas Calientes (B)
For serious archaeology buffs, there is time for an optional independent visit to Machu Picchu before the guided tour the following morning. Additional Notes: Please bear in mind that the town has several amenities, but is also geographically remote meaning services are sometimes more basic than one would assume. As the only option for travellers visiting Machu Picchu, the development of infrastructure has happened quite quickly, much without proper planning, and the focus on providing quality service may not be up to the standards experienced in other parts of the country. Those who have chosen the option in advance to hike the 1-day Inca Trail trek will disembark the train at km 104 to begin the hike . The trail rises steeply up into the mountains and will take hikers past the archaeological sites of Wiñay Wayna and Inti Punku, where the local guide will provide insights into the fascinating culture of the Incas in route to the trek's culmination at the Sun Gate. Enjoy a packed lunch along the way and reach the Sun Gate in the late afternoon with a chance for a preliminary exploration of Machu Picchu before the guided tour on Day 5. Transfer by bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes to rejoin the group and spend the night in a hotel.
If time permits, take an optional visit to the nearby hot springs to soak your sore muscles. 1-day Inca Trail option: Approximate Distance: 12 km Estimated hiking Time: 5-6 hours Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 5: Aguas Calientes │ Cusco (B)
♥ Enjoy a guided tour of the Machu Picchu ruins. Get free time to explore on your own or take an optional visit to the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco by train.
► Included Activities: Machu Picchu Guided Tour Transport: Local bus, Train to Ollantaytambo and Private Vehicle back to Cusco
Day 6: Cusco Inca City - Free Morning (B)
Remember that star gazing is completely weather dependent and sometimes there can be cloudy skies.
► Additional Notes: If you pre-book the Peru Culinary Bundle, on day 6 you will be picked up from your hotel at approx 11:30 and taken to a local market San Pedro and restaurant to prepare and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal. You will return back to your hotel around 15:00.
Included Activities: Cusco Planetarium
Day 7: Cusco│Lima (B)
► Fly back to Lima and spend an afternoon in Peru's bustling capital. Transport: Plane
Day 8: Lima (B)
Depart at any time.
Additional Notes: Our representative can help arrange an optional transfer to the airport. Included Activities: Departure Day