Sacred Land of the Incas

Wildland Adventures
Price From $3,300
Duration 7 DAYS
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Discover the best of Peru as you travel to the high Andes and the magnificent ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, the most important archaeological monument in South America.

Accompanied by our local guides specialized in archaeology, history and Andean culture, visit monumental Inca stone temples and explore the fascinating towns and Quechua Indian markets of Cusco and the Urubamba (Sacred) Valley. Guides take you hiking to remote villages in the highlands outside the Sacred Valley of the Incas where you learn about weaving, farming, and daily life.

A portion of the proceeds helps support the local weaving community of Patacancha, a group of Andean artisan weavers and their families. Traveling through the land of the Incas, you’ll stay in comfortable boutique hotels – including the cozy Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, with options to upgrade hotels throughout the itinerary to create a more deluxe, custom itinerary.

Trip Itinerary

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Day 1 / 7

Day 1: Arrival In Lima

Arrive in Lima. Airport assistance and to your hotel just a short 2-minute walk outside customs.
Accommodations: Costa del Sol Ramada

Day 2 / 7

Day 2: Cusco Walking Tour

Assistance with early morning check-in for one hour flight to Cusco. Airport reception and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon half-day guided orientation of ancient Inca temples, Spanish churches, the artisan San Blas neighborhood and the surrounding hilltop ruins of Sacsayhuaman which offer a panoramic view of Cusco. Your guide will also direct you to shops, museums, markets and restaurants where you can shop, dine and explore on your own.

Note: Optional upgrade at an additional cost to El Monasterio Hotel, a restored 400-year-old former monastery.
Accommodations: Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco
Meals Included: Breakfast

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Day 3: Urubamba Valley

Full day private guided exploration through the Sacred Valley of the Incas visiting Quechua villages where highland Indians tend their fields and sell their food products and handcrafts in outdoor markets. Explore the hilltop Inca ruins of Pisac and hike down through the Inca terraces (or optional drive) to the village of Pisac with its colorful market. After lunch explore the spectacular fortress of Ollantaytambo and walk through the narrow streets of the town below, one of the few Inca towns that have survived much as the Incas designed it hundreds of years ago. Here we can see Inca canchas (stone corals), enclosures of multi-family living quarters that share just one exit to the street, ingenious stonework, original cobblestone streets, and an extensive communal water system that survives to this day.

Accommodations: Hotel Sol y Luna
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 4: Patacancha Valley Hike

Drive through the Urubamba Valley past the town of Ollantaytambo to a narrow dirt road leading up the Patacancha Valley (1 hour) until reaching the community of Pallata (12,000’ elevation). Here you can observe the native Quechua way of life in the high Andes where crops are sown and textiles woven with simple hand tools that have been in use for centuries. A short, steep ascent to the road head brings us to the small archaeological complex at Pumamarca, a former Inca settlement that managed the irrigation system of the Inca terracing below. After visiting this site we will begin hiking down through the ancient Inca terracing complex of Choquecancha, still used today by local Quechua farmers, overlooking spectacular views of the surrounding peaks and Urubamba Valley below. A three hour descent through these farmed terraced areas will bring us to the outskirts of Ollantaytambo Village. Picnic lunch will be served en route. Overnight at the Hotel Sol y Luna.

Note: You may substitute the Patacancha Valley hike with a mountain bike trip from Moray past Maras and into the Urubamba Valley for $30.

Accommodations: Hotel Sol y Luna
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 / 7

Day 5: Machu Picchu

Transfer to catch the morning train to Machu Picchu. After assisting with your hotel check in, your guide accompanies you on a private tour throughout the principal temples and important sectors of Machu Picchu leaving you free to photograph and explore on your own time. Includes first-class reserved train tickets, bus tickets up and down the mountain, lunch and one-time entrance fee.
Note: Optional upgrade at an additional cost to the Sanctuary Hotel, adjacent to Machu Picchu. Travelers interested in more activity can also opt to trek along the one-day Inca Trail Express route, entering Machu Picchu via the Gate of the Sun. Subject to permit availability. Cost is an additional $160 per person based on two people.

Accommodations: Hotel Machu Picchu Pueblo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 6: Cusco

Be among the first to arrive at Machu Picchu on the early shuttle bus. Enjoy contemplating, exploring and photographing the most impressive archaeological monument in South America on your own time wandering through the mysterious maze of streets and stone buildings in this magnificent citadel. Hike up the towering Wayna Picchu peak (permits are $63 and must be purchased in advance), or up the Inca Trail to the Intipunku, Gate of the Sun entrance. Late-afternoon return on the train to a station in the Urubamba Valley where you transfer to a private vehicle back to Cusco arriving by evening to your hotel.

Accommodations: Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 7: Lima & Departure

Transfer to Cusco airport for flight to Lima. 

Note: Optional half-day tour of colonial Lima and its museums available upon request. Observe the blend of cultures in one of South America’s oldest capital cities on a tour of the old colonial center of downtown Lima, the church and catacombs of San Francisco and the cathedral of Lima. The most comprehensive museums in Lima that feature Peru’s archaeological heritage are the Gold Museum and the Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology. We can also arrange a culinary market tour and cooking class, pisco tastings or a special farewell dinner at one of Lima’s premier Nuevo Andino restaurants before you depart.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Terms & Conditions

Included:

On our Peru adventures as specified in the itinerary above are lodging and accommodations; English-speaking expert guides; guided tours and excursions; airport-hotel transfers and land transportation; meals as specified [B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner]; services of in-bound land operator for airline reconfirmation and tour operations; Wildland Adventures' travel consultation and pre-departure services.

Not Included:

Services unless specified otherwise in the itinerary above such as international air; local air transportation; airport taxes; tips and gratuities; optional or suggested services that are on your own; insurance of any kind; personal expenses; extra beverages and alcoholic drinks; medical costs; and hospitalization and evacuation and any other extra expenses due to unanticipated changes in our itinerary for reasons beyond control. It is recommended to carry about $300-$500 in cash (must be in local currency or US dollars cash, not travelers checks nor credit cards) to cover the fees, airport taxes, tips, meals, souvenirs, contingencies and other personal expenses not specified in the above tour to Peru.

Trip Notes:

Optional upgrade 2 nights at the Monasterio Hotel in Cusco and 1 night at the Sanctuary Lodge next to Machu Picchu is available on request. Travelers seeking more activity can opt to hike the 1-day Inca Trail Express in lieu of taking the train to Machu Picchu for $160 extra, subject to permit availability. If dependable internet and cellular connectivity is important for you throughout this journey, please speak with the destination Program Director.

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