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South America Peru Land Tour

Machu Picchu Explorer

Travel to Peru and explore the most spectacular archaeological monument in South America, the ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu. The 5-day Machu Picchu Explorer adventure is designed to complement a Galapagos small ship cruise or Peru Amazon cruise. This privately guided, independent Peru tour can be combined with other regions of Peru such as Lake Titicaca or the Amazon River to craft a custom tour of Peru. 

The journey begins in Cusco, exploring the Sacred Urubamba Valley including Pisac and Ollantaytambo before proceeding by rail to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu and an overnight at the famous Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. Charismatic guides versed in archeology, history and Andean culture reveal monumental Inca temples, traditional villages and markets of the Quechua people in Cusco and in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

In addition to the main 5-day Machu Picchu Explorer that begins and ends in Cusco, Peru, there is also a 6-day alternative itinerary that begins and ends in Lima, Peru, and a 5-day itinerary that upon arrival in Cusco proceeds directly to the Sacred Valley. Contact AdventureSmith to learn how to add an additional day in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Our Machu Picchu travel experts are ready to discuss your dream, custom Peru vacation.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Peru tours.



Itinerary

5-Day Machu Picchu Explorer Cusco to Cusco Itinerary

The 5-day Machu Picchu Explorer Trip begins and ends in Cusco, Peru, and is designed to complement a Galapagos small ship cruise or Peru Amazon cruise. See the ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu as well as Cusco and the Sacred Valley.

Route map of 5- and 6-day Machu Picchu Explorer land tour, operating round-trip from Cusco or Lima, with visits to the Sacred Valley, Pisac & Machu Picchu
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Day 1
Arrive Cusco, Peru

Upon arrival in Cusco meet the guide who will remain with you throughout your time in the Peruvian Highlands. The elevation of Cusco is 11,000 feet, so take time to relax and acclimate. After a transfer from the airport to the hotel, enjoy an afternoon guided orientation of Cusco, the Imperial City and archaeological capital of South America. Admire the finest examples of Inca history and architecture with a visit to the city’s most important historical monuments that reveal the influence of different cultures. Visits include the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral dating from Spanish viceroyalty times, built with great slabs of red granite renaissance style in contrast with the baroque style silverwork of its interior and the Santo Domingo church built upon the foundations of the Inca temple Koricancha, dedicated to worship the Sun God.

Continue your tour with a visit to Cusco City’s main surrounding ruins. Sites include the Sacsayhuaman Fortress; a ceremonial compound and magnificent example of Inca military power that boasts a panoramic view of the city; the Qenqo Amphitheater; a ritualistic site with subterranean galleries that form an underground maze; Puca Pucara, or red fortress; and the Inca Baths of Tambomachay.

Accommodations

Costa del Sol Ramada Cusco Hotel, or similar

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Day 2
Sacred Valley & Pisac

Today head to the town of Pisac, a vibrant colonial village at the base of a spectacular Inca fortress. Sitting atop a mountain at the entrance to the valley and separated along the ridge are four groups: P’isaqa, Inti Watana, Q’allaqasa and Kinchiraqay. Visit the Inti Watana group, which includes the Temple of the Sun, baths, altars, water fountains, a ceremonial platform and an inti watana, a volcanic ritual stone used as an astronomic clock or Inca calendar to define the change of seasons. Continue to the Pisac market, which is a meeting place for all artisans of the region to get together to exchange, buy and sell products. Originally held only on Sundays, the market is now held daily due to the increase of tourism in the area.

Enjoy lunch at a countryside restaurant before departing for the Inca fortress and citadel of Ollantaytambo. This site was built just as the Spaniards arrived and was believed to be constructed to guard the entrance from possible invasions of tribes from the jungle lowlands. Later it served as a temporary capital for Manco Inca, leader of the Inca resistance in 1537 during the Spanish conquest of Peru, who fortified the town to stop the advance, as Cusco had fallen under Spanish domination. Transfer to your hotel after the tour.

Optional Additional Day in Sacred Valley – Inquire about another day exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas with visits to the salt fields of Maras and the Moray terraces.

Accommodations

Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay, or similar

Meals

breakfast, lunch

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Day 3
Machu Picchu

Transfer to the train station in the morning for a journey along the Urubamba River as it climbs high into the Andes Mountains revealing glaciers and spectacular scenery. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, proceed by bus to the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, where you’ll first stop for an included buffet lunch at Tinkuy Restaurant beside the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge before touring the site. The famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu is a great mountaintop city abandoned by the Inca Empire and reclaimed by the jungle until its rediscovery in 1911. Machu Picchu was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height, with its giant walls, terraces and ramps, which appear as though they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The legendary “Lost City” is without a doubt one of the world’s most impressive archaeological sites. It sits on a mountain site of extraordinary beauty, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest. Your guide will introduce you to the history, nature and culture of this magnificent site with a guided tour.

This evening, overnight at the famous Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel in Aguas Calientes. The grounds of this exclusive hotel covers acres of native rainforest including an orchid garden and nature trail offering a peaceful refuge within walking distance of shops, restaurants and the train and bus stations.

Accommodations

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, or similar

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu Hikes & Return to Cusco

Arise early and be among the first to experience Machu Picchu before the train arrives. Take the bus up for a second visit to the Citadel of Machu Picchu. The more active and adventurous travelers can choose to hike up Machu Picchu Mountain or the steep Huayna Picchu to gain remarkable views and appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu. Permits for these mountain hikes are subject to availability and can be secured upon booking. Midday, take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes and then board your return train. Upon arrival at the Ollantaytambo train station you will be met by a private driver who will transfer you to your Cusco hotel.

Accommodations

Costa del Sol Ramada Cusco Hotel, or similar

Meals

breakfast, lunch

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Day 5
Depart Cusco, Peru

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and the charms of Cusco before you continue your journey. A transfer to the Cusco airport is provided if needed.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Transfers; hotel accommodations and meals, as outlined in itinerary; private guide services in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, as detailed in the itinerary; entrance fees to Machu Picchu; permit to climb Huayna Picchu (subject to availability); bus ticket to and from Machu Picchu.

Exclusions

International and domestic airfare; excess baggage charges; airport departure tax from Peru; domestic airport taxes; meals or any other item not described in the itinerary; drinks during meals; tips to local staff and items of a personal nature such as soft drinks or alcoholic beverages, laundry fees and insurance of any kind. Holiday rates may apply. On the train journey to Machu Picchu, you will be limited to one piece of luggage weighing no more than 11 pounds and a total linear dimension (length + width + height) of 62 inches. You may keep excess luggage at your hotel in Cusco city.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 91 days – 50% of deposit
90 to 31 days – 50% of total trip cost
30 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The 5-day Machu Picchu Explorer tour begins and ends in Cusco, Peru (CUZ). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Cusco by 11:00am on day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Cusco at any time on day 5. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Activities may include guided tours, a visit to an open air market and other community and cultural visits, train rides and day hikes.

Optional Additional Day in the Sacred Valley: Enjoy a journey through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the salt fields of Maras and its seemingly never-ending terraces. Continue onto the Moray terraces believed to be a former gigantic agricultural laboratory, an astronomical observatory, a place of worship, or perhaps even all three. Overnight at Sonesta Posada. Prices per person:

2020:
Quad $195; Double $260; Single $475

2021:
Quad $185; Double $225; Single $425

Room Configuration

Individuals traveling with two or more people may book select double-occupancy rooms for single occupancy with a single supplement fee ($450 in 2020 or $395 in 2021), in addition to the per-person listed rate in select rooms upon availability.

Families & Children

Children 9 years and younger receive a 30% discount off the cost of an adult rate when the child does not require an additional bed. Only one child per double room is allowed. Children 9 years and younger receive a 10% discount off the cost of an adult rate when the child does require an additional bed.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife,national park regulation or at the guides’ discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of adventure travel unique.

6-Day Machu Picchu Explorer Lima to Lima Itinerary

The 6-day Machu Picchu Explorer Trip begins and ends in Lima, Peru, and is designed to complement a Galapagos small ship cruise or Peru Amazon cruise. See the ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu as well as Cusco and the Sacred Valley.

Route map of 5- and 6-day Machu Picchu Explorer land tour, operating round-trip from Cusco or Lima, with visits to the Sacred Valley, Pisac & Machu Picchu
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Day 1
Arrive Lima, Peru

Upon arrival into Lima International Airport, be met by a representative and be escorted to the airport hotel. The representative will assist with check-in procedures and provide a detailed itinerary and vouchers covering all the services included in the upcoming tour, as well as additional information on the organization of your Peru trip.

Accommodations

Wyndham Costa del Sol

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Day 2
Fly to Cusco, Sacred Valley & Pisac

At the proper time, the same representative will meet you at the airport hotel and escort you to the Lima Airport to board your next flight. The representative will assist you with check-in procedures and all departure formalities.

Upon arrival in Cusco, meet the naturalist guide who will remain with you throughout your time in the Sacred Valley. Head to the town of Pisac, famous for its ruins which lie atop a hill at the entrance to the valley and separated along the ridge into four groups: P’isaqa, Inti Watana, Q’allaqasa, and Kinchiraqay. Visit the Inti Watana group, which includes the Temple of the Sun, baths, altars, water fountains, a ceremonial platform, and an inti watana, a volcanic ritual stone used as an astronomic clock or Inca calendar to define the change seasons.

The Incas constructed agricultural terraces on the steep hillside by hauling richer topsoil by hand from the lower lands, enabling the production of surplus food, more than would normally be possible at altitudes as high as 11,000 feet. The narrow rows of terraces beneath the citadel are thought to represent the wing of a partridge (pisaca), from which the village and ruins get their name.

Continue to the Pisac Markets, which is a place of reunion for all artisans of the region to get together and exchange or buy and sell their products. Leisurely roam through the textiles and souvenir sections of the market.

Accommodations

Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay, or similar

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu

Make a morning transfer to the train station for an amazing train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, the great mountain-top city abandoned by the Inca Empire, reclaimed by the jungle and lost to humanity until its rediscovery in 1911.

Along the way, enjoy the changing landscape while traveling to the town of Aguas Calientes.
Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, proceed by bus to the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, where you’ll first stop for an included buffet lunch at Tinkuy Restaurant beside the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge before touring the site.

A guided tour of the Citadel includes the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds.

Accommodations

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, or similar

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu Hike & Return to Cusco

Spend the morning at leisure, or it’s an excellent opportunity to wake up early and enjoy a beautiful sunrise or stroll around the Town of Aguas Calientes. Visit the Citadel of Machu Picchu for a second time and climb up the Huayna Picchu to appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being so high and distant (no guide services included this day).  In the afternoon, take the shuttle bus to Aguas Calientes and then board the return train. Upon arrival at the train station, be met by a representative and private driver for the transfer to the hotel.

Accommodations

Costa del Sol Cusco Hotel, or similar

Meals

breakfast, lunch

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Day 5
Explore Cusco

Enjoy a guided half-day sightseeing tour of the city of Cusco, the Imperial City and archaeological capital of South America, to admire the finest examples of Inca history and architecture. Visit the city’s most important historical monuments that reveal the influence of different cultures: The Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral dating from Spanish viceroyalty times, built with great slabs of red granite renaissance style in contrast with the baroque-style silverwork of its interior; and the Santo Domingo church built upon the foundations of the Inca temple Koricancha, dedicated to worship the Sun God.

Continue to Cusco City’s main surrounding ruins: the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, a ceremonial compound and magnificent example of Inca military power that boasts a panoramic view of the city; the Qenqo Amphitheater, a ritualistic site with subterranean galleries that form an underground maze; Puca Pucara or red fortress; and the Inca Baths of Tambomachay. After the tour, be transferred to your hotel to spend the afternoon and evening at leisure.

Accommodations

Costa del Sol Ramada Cusco Hotel, or similar

Meals

breakfast, lunch

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Day 6
Fly to Lima

At the appropriate time, be met by a representative at the hotel lobby and transfer to the Cusco Airport. The representative will assist with check-in procedures and all departure formalities. Arrive in Lima and connect with your international flight.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Transfers; hotel accommodations and meals, as outlined in itinerary; private guide services in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, as detailed in the itinerary; entrance fees to Machu Picchu; permit to climb Huayna Picchu (subject to availability); bus ticket to and from Machu Picchu.

Exclusions

International airfare; domestic airfare approximately $350 (2020 & 2021); excess baggage charges; airport departure tax from Peru; domestic airport taxes; meals or any other item not described in the itinerary; drinks during meals; tips to local staff and items of a personal nature such as soft drinks or alcoholic beverages, laundry fees and insurance of any kind. Holiday rates may apply. On the train journey to Machu Picchu, you will be limited to one piece of luggage weighing no more than 11 pounds and a total linear dimension (length + width + height) of 62 inches. You may keep excess luggage at your hotel in Cusco city.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 91 days – 50% of deposit
90 to 31 days – 50% of total trip cost
30 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The 6-day Machu Picchu Explorer tour begins and ends in Lima, Peru (LIM). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Lima at any time on day 1, then arrive to Cusco (CUZ) any time before 9:30am on day 2. Plan flights to depart Lima at any time on day 6. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Round-trip flights between Lima and Cusco are not included in the tour price, but can be arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations.

Activities

Activities may include guided tours, a visit to an open air market and other community and cultural visits, train rides and day hikes.

Optional Additional Day in the Sacred Valley: Enjoy a journey through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the salt fields of Maras and its seemingly never-ending terraces. Continue onto the Moray terraces believed to be a former gigantic agricultural laboratory, an astronomical observatory, a place of worship, or perhaps even all three. Overnight at Sonesta Posada. Prices per person:

2020:
Quad $195; Double $260; Single $475

2021:
Quad $185; Double $225; Single $425

Room Configuration

Individuals traveling with two or more people may book select double-occupancy rooms for single occupancy with a single supplement fee ($535 in 2020 or $495 in 2021), in addition to the per-person listed rate in select rooms upon availability.

Families & Children

Children 9 years and younger receive a 30% discount off the cost of an adult rate when the child does not require an additional bed. Only one child per double room is allowed. Children 9 years and younger receive a 10% discount off the cost of an adult rate when the child does require an additional bed.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the guides’ discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of adventure travel unique.

5-Day Machu Picchu Explorer Sacred Valley Start Itinerary

The 5-day Machu Picchu Explorer Trip begins and ends in Cusco, Peru, but upon arrival proceeds directly to the Sacred Valley, before exploring Cusco, for those travelers who are concerned about high altitudes. This trip will visit the ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu as well as Cusco and the Sacred Valley and is designed to complement a Galapagos small ship cruise or Peru Amazon cruise.

 

 

Route map of 5- and 6-day Machu Picchu Explorer land tour, operating round-trip from Cusco or Lima, with visits to the Sacred Valley, Pisac & Machu Picchu
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Day 1
Arrive Cusco, Peru, to Sacred Valley & Pisac

Upon arrival in Cusco, meet your naturalist guide who will remain with you throughout the Sacred Valley and Peruvian Highlands. Head to the town of Pisac, famous for its ruins which lie atop a hill at the entrance to the valley and separated along the ridge into four groups: P’isaqa, Inti Watana, Q’allaqasa, and Kinchiraqay. Visit the Inti Watana group, which includes the Temple of the Sun, baths, altars, water fountains, a ceremonial platform and an inti watana, a volcanic ritual stone used as an astronomic clock or Inca calendar to define the change seasons.

The Incas constructed agricultural terraces on the steep hillside by hauling richer topsoil by hand from the lower lands, enabling the production of surplus food, more than would normally be possible at altitudes as high as 11,000 feet. The narrow rows of terraces beneath the citadel are thought to represent the wing of a partridge (pisaca), from which the village and ruins get their name.

Continue to the Pisac Markets, which is a place of reunion for all artisans of the region to get together and exchange or buy and sell their products. Leisurely roam through the textiles and souvenir sections of the market.

Accommodations

Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay, or similar

Meals

lunch

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Day 2
Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu

Make a morning transfer to the train station for an amazing train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, the great mountain-top city abandoned by the Inca Empire, reclaimed by the jungle and lost to humanity until its rediscovery in 1911.

Along the way, enjoy the changing landscape while traveling to the town of Aguas Calientes.
Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, proceed by bus to the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, where you’ll first stop for an included buffet lunch at Tinkuy Restaurant beside the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge before touring the site.

A guided tour of the Citadel includes the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds.

Accommodations

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, or similar

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu Hike & Return to Cusco

Spend the morning at leisure, or it’s an excellent opportunity to wake up early and enjoy a beautiful sunrise or stroll around the Town of Aguas Calientes. Visit the Citadel of Machu Picchu for a second time and climb up the Huayna Picchu to appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being so high and distant (no guide services included this day).  In the afternoon, take the shuttle bus to Aguas Calientes and then board the return train. Upon arrival at the train station, be met by a representative and private driver for the transfer to the hotel.

Accommodations

Costa del Sol Cusco Hotel, or similar

Meals

breakfast, lunch

Read More
Day 4
Explore Cusco

Enjoy a guided half-day sightseeing tour of the city of Cusco, the Imperial City and archaeological capital of South America, to admire the finest examples of Inca history and architecture. Visit the city’s most important historical monuments that reveal the influence of different cultures: The Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral dating from Spanish viceroyalty times, built with great slabs of red granite renaissance style in contrast with the baroque-style silverwork of its interior; and the Santo Domingo church built upon the foundations of the Inca temple Koricancha, dedicated to worship the Sun God.

Continue to Cusco City’s main surrounding ruins: the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, a ceremonial compound and magnificent example of Inca military power that boasts a panoramic view of the city; the Qenqo Amphitheater, a ritualistic site with subterranean galleries that form an underground maze; Puca Pucara or red fortress; and the Inca Baths of Tambomachay. After the tour, be transferred to your hotel to spend the afternoon and evening at leisure.

Accommodations

Costa del Sol Cusco Hotel, or similar

Meals

breakfast

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Day 5
Depart Cusco, Peru

At the appropriate time, be met by a representative at the hotel lobby and transfer to the Cusco Airport. The representative will assist with check-in procedures and all departure formalities.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Transfers; hotel accommodations and meals, as outlined in itinerary; private guide services in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, as detailed in the itinerary; entrance fees to Machu Picchu; permit to climb Huayna Picchu (subject to availability); bus ticket to and from Machu Picchu.

Exclusions

International and domestic airfare; excess baggage charges; airport departure tax from Peru; domestic airport taxes; meals or any other item not described in the itinerary; drinks during meals; tips to local staff and items of a personal nature such as soft drinks or alcoholic beverages, laundry fees and insurance of any kind. Holiday rates may apply. On the train journey to Machu Picchu, you will be limited to one piece of luggage weighing no more than 11 pounds and a total linear dimension (length + width + height) of 62 inches. You may keep excess luggage at your hotel in Cusco city.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 91 days – 50% of deposit
90 to 31 days – 50% of total trip cost
30 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The 5-day Machu Picchu Explorer tour begins and ends in Cusco, Peru (CUZ). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Plan flights to arrive to Cusco by 11:00am on day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Cusco at any time on day 5. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Activities may include guided tours, a visit to an open air market and other community and cultural visits, train rides and day hikes.

Optional Additional Day in the Sacred Valley: Enjoy a journey through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the salt fields of Maras and its seemingly never-ending terraces. Continue onto the Moray terraces believed to be a former gigantic agricultural laboratory, an astronomical observatory, a place of worship, or perhaps even all three. Overnight at Sonesta Posada. Prices per person:

2020:
Quad $195; Double $260; Single $475

2021:
Quad $185; Double $225; Single $425

Room Configuration

Individuals traveling with two or more people may book select double-occupancy rooms for single occupancy with a single supplement fee ($425 in 2020 or $395 in 2021), in addition to the per-person listed rate in select rooms upon availability.

Families & Children

Children 9 years and younger receive a 30% discount off the cost of an adult rate when the child does not require an additional bed. Only one child per double room is allowed. Children 9 years and younger receive a 10% discount off the cost of an adult rate when the child does require an additional bed.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife,national park regulation or at the guides’ discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of adventure travel unique.

Rates & Dates

Trip Rates & Details

Contact AdventureSmith to learn how to add an additional day in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

2020 Rates: Cusco-Cusco
5 days
From $1725USD
Per Person
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2020 Rates: Lima-Lima
6 days
From $1755USD
Per Person
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2020 Rates: Sacred Valley-Cusco
5 days
From $1675USD
Per Person
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2021 Rates: Cusco-Cusco
5 days
From $1625USD
Per Person
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2021 Rates: Lima-Lima
6 days
From $1645USD
Per Person
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2021 Rates: Sacred Valley-Cusco
5 days
From $1575USD
Per Person
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Accommodations

Learn About the Lodges & Hotels on Your Itinerary

Hotel
Costa del Sol Ramada Cusco

The Costa del Sol Ramada Cusco is located in a colonial-era mansion that is considered part of the cultural heritage of the city of Cusco. With its perfect combination of colonial and contemporary design, the Costa del Sol Ramada Cusco offers first class accommodation for an unforgettable experience.

Lodge
Sonesta Posadas del Inca Sacred Valley Yucay

Sonesta Posadas del Inca Sacred Valley Yucay is an 88-room country lodge at the site of a 350-year old restored monastery, just a train ride from Machu Picchu.

Lodge
Sol y Luna

Sol y Luna is located in the province and district of Urubamba, in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, at an altitude of 8,850 feet, one hour’s drive from Cusco.

Lodge
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

At the luxury Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel in lovely Aguas Calientes you are only minutes away by bus from Machu Picchu, the premier archeological adventure of the Inca Empire.

Hotel
Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport

For travelers arriving from North America to Lima and departing early for Cusco, this hotel's convenience cannot be beat. This luxury hotel is perfect for those traveling farther afield in Peru.

Expert Reviews

Reviews from Our Experts So You Know What to Expect

Taylor Cranney • February 12th, 2020
Expert Review: How to Visit Machu Picchu

After traveling on the Machu Picchu Explorer trip with AdventureSmith Explorations, Adventure Specialist Taylor Cranney writes this expert review of the trip logistics. Use it as a guide for how to visit Machu Picchu and how to customize your own Peru tour with an expert’s advice.

Aaron Gaines • September 15th, 2015
Expert Review: Machu Picchu Explorer

Adventure Specialist Aaron Gaines reviews his custom Machu Picchu Explorer adventure, including Lima, Cusco, Moray, Pisaq and Sacsayhuaman.

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"Beyond What We Could Have Imagined"

We were very well taken care of, including transfers and other logistics. This was our first time travelling with a private guide, and we really appreciated the individual attention and being able to take our time in the places we were most fascinated by. Machu Picchu is as extraordinary as everyone says, and it is really beyond what we could have imagined.

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"Fascinating, Both Geographically & Culturally"

Quito was fascinating, both geographically and culturally as was Peru. All of our hotels were excellent. I am just so impressed with how much work you all put in to making these trips special.

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"Better Than Imagined & Dreamed"

Better than imagined and dreamed. The knowledge of our guide Leo and the organization and planning that went into the trip was excellent. Trip of a lifetime that we will always remember and share.

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