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Peru: Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley

Peru is magic. This iconic walking journey leaves you breathless with its natural wonders, Incan ruins, folk markets and warm-hearted people.

  • Duration: 10 Days|
  • Daily Mileage: 4 - 8|
  • Walking: 2 - 6 hr|
  • Group Size: 20
4.9 out of 5 stars.
Activity Moderate
Moderate
Walking Tour
Walking Tour
Airplane
Air Package Available
People
Guided Group Tour

Starting From

Walking Vacation + Air Package

$4,695

Walking Vacation Only

$3,695

(per person, double occupancy)

Peru: Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley

Peru is magic. This iconic walking journey leaves you breathless with its natural wonders, Incan ruins, folk markets and warm-hearted people. Our route follows ancient footpaths to Machu Picchu—the hidden jewel of the Incan empire—through tropical forests and terraced farms into ethereal cloud forests and high valleys framed by jagged peaks. Invigorating days at high altitude end in plush resorts surrounded by nature’s grace and Andean hospitality. Quinoa, corn beer, and coca leaf tea fuel the body among other delicious and energizing meals. The train ride down the Sacred Valley is a focal point, ending in the ancient capital of Cusco, a travelers’ delight with elegant Spanish charm, soft alpaca textiles, and vibrant street life.

What to Expect

This tour features a combination of cobbled streets, uneven footpaths, and rocky, irregular terrain over hills and through valleys. An elective 8 mile (13 km) Inca Trail hike includes a 2,000-foot (610 meter) elevation gain. Altitudes between 6,500 and 13,500 feet may require a slower pace. Our VBT minibus support is available at specified meeting points for those who would like assistance except on the Inca Trail, where there is no road access and you will be required to walk the entire 8 miles (13 km). Both morning and afternoon walking options are available most days. Appropriate for enthusiastic beginners and ideal for experienced walkers. Several of the walks require a transfer from our hotel to the start of the walk. Our Trip Leaders often use this time in the van for morning route reviews, so you can enjoy a more leisurely morning at breakfast.

  • Duration: 10 Days|
  • Daily Mileage: 4 - 8|
  • Walking: 2 - 6 hr|
  • Group Size: 20
Activity Moderate Moderate
Walking
Bar Graph Beginner - Experienced
Walkers
Bus Vehicle
Support

Tour Highlights

  • Delight in a morning walk on ancient farm paths through the peaceful Andean Highlands
  • Enjoy the bustle and barter at a fruit and vegetable market in Pisac
  • Walk to the lovely Andean villages of Chinchero and Urquillo
  • Taste Peruvian chicha de jora, corn beer, at an authentic chicheria
  • Visit the colorful Qotowincho market in Urbamba
  • Walk the Andean countryside through Maras village and its salt mines
  • Gather with your fellow travelers for a delicious picnic lunch by Huaypo Lagoon
  • Ride the narrow-gauge Vistadome train down the narrowing valley of Ollantaytambo
  • Hike the stunning Inca Trail, with spectacular views of mountains and cloud forests
  • Enter the “Lost City” of Machu Picchu from its original entrance at the Sun Gate
  • Encounter more of Machu Picchu on a guided walk with your Trip Leaders
  • Discover the ancient Inca capital Cusco on a walking tour of the old city
  • Enjoy free time to shop for delightful Peruvian crafts, art, woolen textiles and silver jewelry

Climate Information

Temperatures

Average High /
Low Temperature (℉):

Apr67º/41º

May67º/36º

Jun66º/32º

Jul66º/32º

Aug67º/35º

Sep68º/39º

Oct69º/41º

Nov69º/42º

Average
Precipitation:

Apr1.8 in

May0.3 in

Jun0.1 in

Jul0.2 in

Aug0.3 in

Sep0.9 in

Oct1.9 in

Nov3.1 in

What's Included

Walking Vacation + Air Package

Walking Vacation Only

Roundtrip international airfare Check
Transfers to and from international airport Check
One night in Cusco in a conveniently located hotel with breakfast included and one day room in Lima Check
7 nights in fine hotels and inns Check Check
16 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners Check Check

Walking Packages Include:

Pair of Trekking Poles

Two Local, Bilingual Trip Leaders

Vehicle Support

Luggage Transfers

Daily Route Notes

Welcome Reception

Facilitated Cultural Experiences

Your Choice of VBT Branded Gear for Your Adventure

Itinerary

Sat, Apr 20 to Mon, Apr 29 - 2019

Show Itinerary:

Depart from home and travel to Peru. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.

You will arrive in Peru via Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport early this morning. As this is your first point of arrival into Peru, you will need to clear Peruvian immigration and customs. You will be met by the VBT representative who will be holding a VBT sign in the arrival halls after clearing customs. Your VBT representative will then assist you with your connecting flight to Cusco.

Important Note: The TAM (Andean Immigration Card) is now virtual—this means you are no longer required to complete this form by hand, as it is now automatically stored online once you pass through one of the airport’s new biometric gates using your passport. You will need to present this TAM card to hotels in order to exonerate you from Peruvian tax as foreigners are exempt of hotel room tax. Therefore, you will need to request a printed copy of the TAM card as you pass through immigration. Simply ask the immigration agent at the time he/she is processing your virtual TAM to print a hard copy of the TAM card. Please hand this hard copy of the TAM card to the VBT representative meeting you in the arrivals hall after you claim your luggage in Cusco.
Upon arrival at Cusco airport, claim your luggage and look in the arrivals hall for your VBT representative holding a VBT sign. Make certain that your VBT luggage tags are affixed to your bag so your VBT representative can identify you. Your representative will make arrangements for the transfer to your hotel in Cusco.

Once you arrive in Cusco (10,900 ft / 3,322 m), it is advisable to rest and avoid strenuous activity as your body acclimates to the altitude. Also, be aware of dehydration and drink plenty of water to help avoid altitude sickness. A couple of hours’ rest at this time will go a long way toward feeling more comfortable later.

VBT provides you with City Information that includes recommendations on what to see and do in Cusco. You have the rest of the day to relax or to begin your exploration.

Cusco and its many dining options are at your doorstep tonight.

Hotel: Casa Andina PC Cusco
Meals: B

VBT Walking Vacation only guests: Meet your VBT Trip Leaders at the Casa Andina PC Cusco at 8:00 a.m. The contact information for the Casa Andina PC Cusco will be confirmed in your final documents. Please contact our Peru partner – Coltur to advise them of any travel delays or changes so the staff can pass the message on to your VBT Trip Leaders. Coltur’s Customer Service Department is available 24/7 with a bilingual staff to assist you. Coltur’s main office phone number is 51.1.615 55 76 [email protected] and the Coltur Cusco office emergency phone number is 51. 984 765 336. We will have a short orientation during our shuttle ride (approximately 1.5 hours) to the start of our warm-up walk in the Sacred Valley. Please be dressed in walking attire for your warm-up walk this morning when you meet your Trip Leaders.

Important Note: The TAM (Andean Immigration Card) is now virtual—this means you will no longer be required to complete this form by hand as it is now automatically stored online once you pass through one of the airport’s new biometric gates using your passport.
You will need to present this TAM card to hotels in order to exonerate you from Peruvian tax as foreigners are exempt of hotel room tax. Therefore, you will need to request a printed copy of the TAM card as you pass through immigration. Simply ask the immigration agent at the time he/she is processing your virtual TAM to print a hard copy of the TAM card. Please hand this hard copy of the TAM card to the VBT Trip Leaders when you meet them.

VBT Pre-Trip Extension and Air Package guests: Meet your VBT Trip Leaders at your Cusco hotel at 8:00 a.m. We will have a short orientation during our shuttle ride (approximately 1.5 hours) to the start of our warm-up walk in the Sacred Valley. Please be dressed in your walking attire when you meet your Trip Leaders.

We depart Cusco and shuttle to the start of our morning walk, which will give us the opportunity to experience local life as it unfolds in the peaceful Andean Highlands. We begin our walk along the ancient farming paths in this primarily agricultural community. We will make various stops throughout our walk today to learn about local farming, religious ceremonies, and textile production in this region.

After an included lunch, we descend to the Sacred Valley (7,841 ft) and continue to the town of Pisac. Here we’ll visit a local market where we can view the diverse fruits and vegetables including some of the 4,000 varieties of potatoes grown in Peru. We’ll also have a chance to interact with the vendors as they barter their wares. If you didn’t pack a smaller bag to take with you to Machu Picchu, this is a wonderful place to pick up a bag.

Tonight enjoy a special welcome reception and dinner at our acclaimed inn.
Please note: Due to the logistics of getting to Machu Picchu, there are restrictions on luggage. Please be sure to pack a lightweight, expandable bag that can be packed within your luggage. You will need to transfer only what you need for these two overnights from your large suitcase. Your large luggage will remain in secure storage during your stay in Machu Picchu. In addition to this duffel, you are able to carry your daypack with you.

Hotel: Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
Meals: L, D
Daily Options: 2.4 miles on descending, rolling dirt roads and paths.

This morning we shuttle (40 minutes) to the typical Andean village of Chinchero where we will find Inca ruins and a colonial church. Our morning walk begins in this lovely village and we will pass through picturesque landscapes as we descend to the village of Urquillo – once a significant village during the Inca era due to its location on the Inca Trail to Cusco. Today the town is characterized by its haciendas dating from the Spanish colonial period. We will have a box lunch provided to enjoy during our walk today. At the end of our walk we will enjoy a short ride to a chicheria where chicha de jora, corn beer, is prepared and sold. It’s believed the Incas consumed chicha for rituals during religious festivals and today you will have an opportunity to sample and learn about the brewing process of this unique beverage.

Enjoy some relaxation at our resort upon your return. Later in the afternoon, join the leaders on an optional 2-hour trek from the hotel on the Challa Huasi (House of the Viewer) trail.

This evening we will venture out of the hotel on a short shuttle to a nearby restaurant for tonight’s included dinner.

Hotel: Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
Meals: B, L, D
Daily Options: 5.5 or 7 miles on descending and rolling dirt roads and paths.

After breakfast, we shuttle to the largest town in the valley – Urubamba. Here we will have the opportunity to visit the very authentic Qotowincho market where you will see sellers from surrounding regions offering their products. This particular Wednesday market is vital for the local people and the varieties of potatoes, corn and fruit that you will find are amazing. After our visit to the market, we venture into the Andean countryside to walk scenic footpaths downhill through the Maras salt mines fed by underground saltwater springs to Maras village. The terraced Inca saltpans of Salineras are still mined for salt using methods unchanged over centuries. We will be rewarded with a sumptuous picnic lunch overlooking Huaypo Lagoon at the end of our walk before we shuttle back to the hotel.

We have the remainder of the afternoon to relax in our comfortable accommodations or join our leaders for an optional walk around Yucay before enjoying dinner on your own in the hotel this evening.

Hotel: Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 2.4 or 6.4 miles on descending dirt roads and paths.

We shuttle early this morning to Ollantaytambo to catch the narrow-gauge Vistadome train. Our train ride is down the narrowing valley, which offers breathtaking views of the river and surrounding peaks.

Those who have elected to hike the Inca Trail will disembark at the “Km 104” marker (7,183 ft) to start one of the world’s most iconic walks. The walk offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and cloud forests, an unforgettable entry into the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. Expect to be on the legendary trail for six hours with a mostly continuous ascent. An elevation gain and loss of about 2,000 feet and some steep stair climbing will keep you on your toes. Note that a minibus support van will not be available on the Inca Trail. You will be required to walk the entire 8 miles. A picnic break is well deserved.

All your effort is rewarded when you arrive at Intipunku, the Sun Gate (8,954 ft) and the most spectacular approach to Machu Picchu from above. This was the original entrance to the “Lost City.” Give yourself some time to take it all in, perch on a rock for the best views of the ruins. Then continue down to our hotel located below Machu Picchu. You’ll have tomorrow afternoon to discover the wonder of Machu Picchu, with your Trip Leaders and independently.

For those looking for a less strenuous option (and for those unable to obtain a permit for the Inca Trail), you’ll stay on the train past Km 104, arriving in Aguas Calientes in the early morning. Your leader will take you into Machu Picchu for a morning visit before you check into your hotel. Check-in at the inn is not until 1:00 p.m. In the afternoon, you may wish to take advantage of the spa, or admire the incredible orchid gardens at the inn. You will be given the same box lunch provided to the guests on the Inca Trail walk so that you may enjoy lunch at your leisure today.

This evening we will regroup and enjoy dinner at our lovely resort’s restaurant.

Hotel: Inkaterra Machu Picchu
Meals: B, L, D
Daily Options: Inca Trail guests – 8 miles on flat to rolling dirt roads and paved paths. Rail guests – optional 2 miles up and down stone stairs and dirt paths.

Enjoy a leisurely morning at the hotel. Options include birding on the hotel grounds, visiting the spa and pool, or exploring the city of Aguas Calientes. This afternoon we shuttle to the Machu Picchu. Here our Trip Leaders will be offering a guided walk around Machu Picchu, as well as in the surrounding area, including a roundtrip walk to Inca Bridge (1.8 miles).

You may wish to continue your exploration of the ruins on your own. Return to the hotel whenever you like by shuttle bus. Enjoy recounting the day over an included dinner tonight.

Please note: The Peruvian Government regulates Machu Picchu’s historical site and the visit restrictions periodically change. Visit times may vary depending upon government restrictions for the day of your visit. Your leaders will confirm your exact visit times to Machu Picchu once you are in Peru.

Hotel: Inkaterra Machu Picchu
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: Only Machu Picchu: 2 miles up and down stone stairs and dirt paths. Additional Inca Bridge: 2 miles up and down stone stairs and dirt paths. \

Enjoy a relaxing breakfast. Several walking trails begin right at the hotel, or you may wish to visit the tea plantation located within the hotel grounds. Later this morning, we return to Cusco through the Sacred Valley by train. Upon our arrival in Cusco this afternoon, we will put on our walking shoes and discover this ancient Incan capital on a walking tour. Evidence of both the original Inca city and the Spanish colonial city established in 1533 will be pointed out as we explore Koricancha (“Temple of the Sun”), Cusco Cathedral, and the San Blas district. In Incan times, San Blas was a settlement for ancient craftsmen who saw yachay—Quechua for “teach and learn”—as their special calling. Today the area is famous for the unusual Baroque-style pulpit in the San Blas Church and for its artists and artisans.

Cusco and its many dining options are at your doorstep tonight.

Hotel: Casa Andina PC Cusco
Meals: B
Daily Options: 1.5 miles on descending cobblestone and paved pedestrian paths.

After breakfast, we transfer six miles (25 minutes) north of Cusco to begin our day. We’ll trace our way on foot back in the direction of the city, visiting the most important Incan monuments. This is a spectacular area for our walks, with Andean mountain views, colorful villages and impressive remains of the Inca Empire.

First we visit Tambomachay (the highest elevation of the day at 12,500 ft), which may have fulfilled an important religious function linked to water and the regeneration of the land. Walking down a gentle slope, we’ll later stop to explore the complexes of Puka Pukara, Qenqo, and Laqo. Our Trip Leaders can explain more about historic religious ceremonies held here.

Next, we visit Sacsayhuaman. Though only a fraction of its original size and scope, this fortress will astound and baffle you. We take a moment to look back over the orange tile rooftops of Cusco before our short transfer into the city.

Enjoy lunch at your leisure and spend time to soak in some last bits of Andean culture in the colorful plazas of Cusco. Tonight, we’re out on the town for a festive farewell dinner.

Hotel: Casa Andina PC Cusco
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 4.5 miles on flat to gradually descending dirt roads and paths.

There is a mid-morning transfer to the Cusco Airport for the flight to Lima. Upon arrival, check-in to comfortable rooms for day use. Tonight, dinner is at your leisure before returning to the airport for flights departing in the late evening.

Please note: VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.

Hotel: Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima
Post-Trip Extension Hotel: Reserva Amazonica Lodge
Meals: B, L, D (Lunch and dinner are included for Post-trip Extension guests only)

Flights arrive home this morning, depending on connections.

Mon, Apr 22 to Mon, Apr 29 - 2019

Show Itinerary:

VBT Walking Vacation only guests: Meet your VBT Trip Leaders at the Casa Andina PC Cusco at 8:00 a.m. The contact information for the Casa Andina PC Cusco will be confirmed in your final documents. Please contact our Peru partner – Coltur to advise them of any travel delays or changes so the staff can pass the message on to your VBT Trip Leaders. Coltur’s Customer Service Department is available 24/7 with a bilingual staff to assist you. Coltur’s main office phone number is 51.1.615 55 76 [email protected] and the Coltur Cusco office emergency phone number is 51. 984 765 336. We will have a short orientation during our shuttle ride (approximately 1.5 hours) to the start of our warm-up walk in the Sacred Valley. Please be dressed in walking attire for your warm-up walk this morning when you meet your Trip Leaders.

Important Note: The TAM (Andean Immigration Card) is now virtual—this means you will no longer be required to complete this form by hand as it is now automatically stored online once you pass through one of the airport’s new biometric gates using your passport.
You will need to present this TAM card to hotels in order to exonerate you from Peruvian tax as foreigners are exempt of hotel room tax. Therefore, you will need to request a printed copy of the TAM card as you pass through immigration. Simply ask the immigration agent at the time he/she is processing your virtual TAM to print a hard copy of the TAM card. Please hand this hard copy of the TAM card to the VBT Trip Leaders when you meet them.

VBT Pre-Trip Extension and Air Package guests: Meet your VBT Trip Leaders at your Cusco hotel at 8:00 a.m. We will have a short orientation during our shuttle ride (approximately 1.5 hours) to the start of our warm-up walk in the Sacred Valley. Please be dressed in your walking attire when you meet your Trip Leaders.

We depart Cusco and shuttle to the start of our morning walk, which will give us the opportunity to experience local life as it unfolds in the peaceful Andean Highlands. We begin our walk along the ancient farming paths in this primarily agricultural community. We will make various stops throughout our walk today to learn about local farming, religious ceremonies, and textile production in this region.

After an included lunch, we descend to the Sacred Valley (7,841 ft) and continue to the town of Pisac. Here we’ll visit a local market where we can view the diverse fruits and vegetables including some of the 4,000 varieties of potatoes grown in Peru. We’ll also have a chance to interact with the vendors as they barter their wares. If you didn’t pack a smaller bag to take with you to Machu Picchu, this is a wonderful place to pick up a bag.

Tonight enjoy a special welcome reception and dinner at our acclaimed inn.

Please note: Due to the logistics of getting to Machu Picchu, there are restrictions on luggage. Please be sure to pack a lightweight, expandable bag that can be packed within your luggage. You will need to transfer only what you need for these two overnights from your large suitcase. Your large luggage will remain in secure storage during your stay in Machu Picchu. In addition to this duffel, you are able to carry your daypack with you.

Hotel: Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
Meals: L, D
Daily Options: 2.4 miles on descending, rolling dirt roads and paths.

This morning we shuttle (40 minutes) to the typical Andean village of Chinchero where we will find Inca ruins and a colonial church. Our morning walk begins in this lovely village and we will pass through picturesque landscapes as we descend to the village of Urquillo – once a significant village during the Inca era due to its location on the Inca Trail to Cusco. Today the town is characterized by its haciendas dating from the Spanish colonial period. We will have a box lunch provided to enjoy during our walk today. At the end of our walk we will enjoy a short ride to a chicheria where chicha de jora, corn beer, is prepared and sold. It’s believed the Incas consumed chicha for rituals during religious festivals and today you will have an opportunity to sample and learn about the brewing process of this unique beverage.

Enjoy some relaxation at our resort upon your return. Later in the afternoon, join the leaders on an optional 2-hour trek from the hotel on the Challa Huasi (House of the Viewer) trail.

This evening we will venture out of the hotel on a short shuttle to a nearby restaurant for tonight’s included dinner.

Hotel: Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
Meals: B, L, D
Daily Options: 5.5 or 7 miles on descending and rolling dirt roads and paths.

After breakfast, we shuttle to the largest town in the valley – Urubamba. Here we will have the opportunity to visit the very authentic Qotowincho market where you will see sellers from surrounding regions offering their products. This particular Wednesday market is vital for the local people and the varieties of potatoes, corn and fruit that you will find are amazing. After our visit to the market, we venture into the Andean countryside to walk scenic footpaths downhill through the Maras salt mines fed by underground saltwater springs to Maras village. The terraced Inca saltpans of Salineras are still mined for salt using methods unchanged over centuries. We will be rewarded with a sumptuous picnic lunch overlooking Huaypo Lagoon at the end of our walk before we shuttle back to the hotel.

We have the remainder of the afternoon to relax in our comfortable accommodations or join our leaders for an optional walk around Yucay before enjoying dinner on your own in the hotel this evening.

Hotel: Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 2.4 or 6.4 miles on descending dirt roads and paths.

We shuttle early this morning to Ollantaytambo to catch the narrow-gauge Vistadome train. Our train ride is down the narrowing valley, which offers breathtaking views of the river and surrounding peaks.

Those who have elected to hike the Inca Trail will disembark at the “Km 104” marker (7,183 ft) to start one of the world’s most iconic walks. The walk offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and cloud forests, an unforgettable entry into the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. Expect to be on the legendary trail for six hours with a mostly continuous ascent. An elevation gain and loss of about 2,000 feet and some steep stair climbing will keep you on your toes. Note that a minibus support van will not be available on the Inca Trail. You will be required to walk the entire 8 miles. A picnic break is well deserved.

All your effort is rewarded when you arrive at Intipunku, the Sun Gate (8,954 ft) and the most spectacular approach to Machu Picchu from above. This was the original entrance to the “Lost City.” Give yourself some time to take it all in, perch on a rock for the best views of the ruins. Then continue down to our hotel located below Machu Picchu. You’ll have tomorrow afternoon to discover the wonder of Machu Picchu, with your Trip Leaders and independently.

For those looking for a less strenuous option (and for those unable to obtain a permit for the Inca Trail), you’ll stay on the train past Km 104, arriving in Aguas Calientes in the early morning. Your leader will take you into Machu Picchu for a morning visit before you check into your hotel. Check-in at the inn is not until 1:00 p.m. In the afternoon, you may wish to take advantage of the spa, or admire the incredible orchid gardens at the inn. You will be given the same box lunch provided to the guests on the Inca Trail walk so that you may enjoy lunch at your leisure today.

This evening we will regroup and enjoy dinner at our lovely resort’s restaurant.

Hotel: Inkaterra Machu Picchu
Meals: B, L, D
Daily Options: Inca Trail guests – 8 miles on flat to rolling dirt roads and paved paths. Rail guests – optional 2 miles up and down stone stairs and dirt paths.

Enjoy a leisurely morning at the hotel. Options include birding on the hotel grounds, visiting the spa and pool, or exploring the city of Aguas Calientes. This afternoon we shuttle to the Machu Picchu. Here our Trip Leaders will be offering a guided walk around Machu Picchu, as well as in the surrounding area, including a roundtrip walk to Inca Bridge (1.8 miles).

You may wish to continue your exploration of the ruins on your own. Return to the hotel whenever you like by shuttle bus. Enjoy recounting the day over an included dinner tonight.

Please note: The Peruvian Government regulates Machu Picchu’s historical site and the visit restrictions periodically change. Visit times may vary depending upon government restrictions for the day of your visit. Your leaders will confirm your exact visit times to Machu Picchu once you are in Peru.

Hotel: Inkaterra Machu Picchu
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: Only Machu Picchu: 2 miles up and down stone stairs and dirt paths. Additional Inca Bridge: 2 miles up and down stone stairs and dirt paths.

Enjoy a relaxing breakfast. Several walking trails begin right at the hotel, or you may wish to visit the tea plantation located within the hotel grounds. Later this morning, we return to Cusco through the Sacred Valley by train. Upon our arrival in Cusco this afternoon, we will put on our walking shoes and discover this ancient Incan capital on a walking tour. Evidence of both the original Inca city and the Spanish colonial city established in 1533 will be pointed out as we explore Koricancha (“Temple of the Sun”), Cusco Cathedral, and the San Blas district. In Incan times, San Blas was a settlement for ancient craftsmen who saw yachay—Quechua for “teach and learn”—as their special calling. Today the area is famous for the unusual Baroque-style pulpit in the San Blas Church and for its artists and artisans.

Cusco and its many dining options are at your doorstep tonight.

Hotel: Casa Andina PC Cusco
Meals: B
Daily Options: 1.5 miles on descending cobblestone and paved pedestrian paths.

After breakfast, we transfer six miles (25 minutes) north of Cusco to begin our day. We’ll trace our way on foot back in the direction of the city, visiting the most important Incan monuments. This is a spectacular area for our walks, with Andean mountain views, colorful villages and impressive remains of the Inca Empire.

First we visit Tambomachay (the highest elevation of the day at 12,500 ft), which may have fulfilled an important religious function linked to water and the regeneration of the land. Walking down a gentle slope, we’ll later stop to explore the complexes of Puka Pukara, Qenqo, and Laqo. Our Trip Leaders can explain more about historic religious ceremonies held here.

Next, we visit Sacsayhuaman. Though only a fraction of its original size and scope, this fortress will astound and baffle you. We take a moment to look back over the orange tile rooftops of Cusco before our short transfer into the city.

Enjoy lunch at your leisure and spend time to soak in some last bits of Andean culture in the colorful plazas of Cusco. Tonight, we’re out on the town for a festive farewell dinner.

Hotel: Casa Andina PC Cusco
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 4.5 miles on flat to gradually descending dirt roads and paths.

Your tour finishes in the hotel after breakfast this morning. The hotel will help you book a taxi at your own expense to the Cusco airport.
Please note: VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.

Hotel: Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima
Post-Trip Extension Hotel: Reserva Amazonica Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy Your Vacation Longer With Low-Cost Trip Extensions

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Pre-Trip Extension - Lima

2 Nights From $545 per person, double occupancy

  • 2 nights at Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores Hotel
  • Guided visits in Lima including the Larco Museum
  • Daily breakfast and 1 lunch
  • City Information
  • Airport transfers

Depart from home and travel to Peru. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.

Upon arrival at Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport, proceed through immigration.

Important Note: The TAM (Andean Immigration Card) is now virtual—this means you will no longer be required to complete this form by hand as it is now automatically stored online once you pass through one of the airport’s new biometric gates using your passport.

You will need to present this TAM card to hotels in order to exonerate you from Peruvian tax as foreigners are exempt of hotel room tax. Therefore, you will need to request a printed copy of the TAM card as you pass through immigration. Simply ask the immigration agent at the time he/she is processing your virtual TAM to print a hard copy of the TAM card. Please hand this hard copy of the TAM card to the VBT representative meeting you in the arrivals hall after you claim your luggage, and clear customs. If your luggage is delayed, fill in a PIR form before leaving the customs area—VBT representatives are not allowed into the customs area.

Please note: Also make certain that your VBT luggage tags are affixed to your bag so the VBT representative can identify you.

After exiting customs, enter the arrivals hall and look for your VBT representative, holding a VBT sign and who will make arrangements for your transfer via van to your Lima hotel. (Transfer time is approximately 30 – 90 minutes, depending on traffic.) Your VBT representative will also confirm your transfer time for your flight to Cusco at the conclusion of your Lima extension and the pick-up time for your included Lima Larco Museum visit and city tour.

Please note: Regular check-in time at the Casa Andina PC Miraflores is 2:00 p.m. Because most flights have early-morning arrivals, we have secured a check-in time for all guests at 10:00 a.m. Breakfast is included prior to your early check-in.

VBT provides you with City Information that includes recommendations on what to see and do in Lima. You have the rest of the day to relax or to begin your city exploration.

Hotel: Casa Andina PC Miraflores

A VBT representative will meet you at 9:00 a.m. in the hotel lobby today for your included exploration of Lima. Today you will visit the Cathedral of Lima, San Francisco Monastery and the Larco Museum. The Larco Museum holds the largest private collection of pre-Columbian art. You may want to try the local ceviche during an included lunch overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

The rest of the day and dinner tonight are on your own.

Hotel: Casa Andina PC Miraflores
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, transfer from your hotel to Lima’s Jorge Chaves International Airport for your flight to Cusco. Please be waiting in the hotel reception area 15 minutes prior to your transfer time; you will have received this time from your VBT representative on your first day in Lima. Once you have arrived at the airport in Lima, please check in and proceed to the departure lounge. Upon arrival at Cusco airport, claim your luggage and look in the arrivals hall for your VBT representative, who will be holding a VBT sign. Make certain that your VBT luggage tags are affixed to your bag so your VBT representative can identify you. Your representative will make arrangements for the transfer to your hotel in Cusco.

Once you arrive in Cusco (10,900 ft / 3,322 m), it is advisable to rest and avoid strenuous activity as your body acclimates to the altitude. Also, be aware of dehydration and drink plenty of water to help avoid altitude sickness. A couple of hours’ rest at this time will go a long way toward feeling more comfortable later.

VBT provides you with City Information that includes recommendations on what to see and do in Cusco. You have the rest of the day to relax or begin your exploration.

Cusco and its many dining options are at your doorstep tonight.

VBT Air Package guests arrive throughout the day.

Hotel: Casa Andina PC Cusco
Meals: Breakfast

Airplane

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Post-Trip Extension - Peruvian Amazon

2 Nights From $745 per person, double occupancy

  • 2 nights at Reserva Amazonica Lodge
  • Flights between Cusco, Puerto Maldonado, and Lima
  • Daily guided exploration including the Twilight River Boat Ride & Rainforest by Night Walk Entrance to Lake Sandoval (INRENA), Canopy Walkway, and Butterfly House
  • 6 meals—2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • City Information
  • Airport transfers

You will catch a mid-morning flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado, where the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica staff greets and assists with your transfer to the port. After a 45-minute boat ride, arrive at Reserva Amazonica. Lunch is included today, and you’ll have time to enjoy the extensive trail system with an interpretive guide this afternoon. This evening, join an included “Twilight River” excursion, or catch a nature presentation in the Eco Center. Dinner is in the lodge dining room tonight. Note: Due to the logistics of getting to Reserva Amazonica Lodge, there are restrictions on what luggage you can bring. Please use the small bag you brought for Machu Picchu to transfer only what you need for these two overnights from your large suitcase. Your large luggage will remain in secure storage in Puerto Maldonado.

Hotel: Reserva Amazonica Lodge
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Breakfast is from 5:00 – 10:00 a.m. Today, you can enjoy an excursion to Lake Sandoval. After a 30-minute boat ride to the Tambopata National Reserve, wildlife surrounds you during a 1-hour walk along two miles of trails to reach the lake. Then glide in a wooden canoe across a beautiful oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter, as well as red howler monkeys, macaws, prehistoric hoatzins, anacondas, point-tailed palm creepers and side-neck turtles. Spend two hours on the lake enjoying all that it has to offer.

After lunch, discover the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway. A five-minute boat ride takes you to the Inkaterra Canopy Interpretation Center. After ascending the first tower, at 95 ft above the forest floor, you will literally walk through the treetops for 1 hour along suspension bridges that link eight observation platforms. Enjoy landscapes and vistas that would be unimaginable from below, while on the lookout for giant strangler fig trees, orchids, toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, and—with luck—monkeys and sloths. After your descent from the canopy, experience a 30-minute walk through the jungle. In this lush ecosystem, you may observe various species of amphibians, birds, mammals, insects, and flora. At the end of our walk, we return to the lodge.

Dinner is in the main dining room tonight. Then fall sleep to the song of the Amazon.

Hotel: Reserva Amazonica Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, spend the morning relaxing. You may purchase a snack or lunch at the Lodge, but the Lodge will need to know by 10:00 a.m. You may also wait and purchase a sandwich at the Butterfly House upon your return to Puerto Maldonado.

In the early afternoon, transfer by boat and van to the Puerto Maldonado airport for your flight home via Lima. Upon arrival, check in to comfortable rooms for day use. Tonight, dinner is at your leisure before returning to the airport for flights departing in the late evening.

Hotel: Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima
Meals: Breakfast

Flights arrive home this morning, allowing for connections.

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