In this walking tour of Peru through bustling markets and mountaintop ruins, Andean culture endures as surely as stone walls.

Morning light pierces the forest canopy, and your heart quickens. Another few steps up the centuries-old Inca stairway and…you’re there! Intipunku—the Sun Gate. Far below, Machu Picchu’s ruins lie across a knife-edge ridgeline of green. As you’ve discovered on this walking tour, Peru’s culture stands the test of time. At Sacsayhuaman fortress, it’s impossible to fit even a slip of paper between the massive stones that comprise its walls—mortarless craftsmanship so resilient it’s survived wars and earthquakes. Outside Maras, survey the vast checkerboard of steeply terraced evaporation ponds, where locals still harvest salt as they did before the conquistadors. And in Pisac market, meet women resplendent in traditional embroidery busily working handheld spindles, while their children play among bags of multihued native potatoes. Here too, the ancient endures.

Highlights

  • Delight in a morning walk on ancient farm paths through the peaceful Andean Highlands
  • Enjoy the bustle and barter at a 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 Urubamba
  • Trek a scenic footpath through the lush Andean countryside to Maras village, where the locals still use traditional techniques to mine the terraced saltpans
  • Gather with your fellow travelers for a delicious picnic lunch by Huaypo Lagoon
  • Marvel at mountain and river views from the panoramic windows of the Vistadome train as you make your way down the narrowing valley from Ollantaytambo
  • Hike the stunning Inca Trail, with spectacular views of mountains and cloud forests
  • Hike the Inca Trail to the Sun Gate – the original entrance to Machu Picchu – taking in sweeping views of the ancient ruins from above
  • Encounter more of Machu Picchu on a guided walk with your guides
  • 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
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Itinerary

Sat, Apr 17 to Mon, Apr 26 - 2021

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Begin your adventure by departing from a convenient gateway city in the United States or Canada. Spend your first night aloft.

Upon arrival in Peru via Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport, proceed through immigration. As this is your first point of entry into Peru, you will need to clear Peruvian immigration and customs. After clearing customs you will be met in the arrival hall by a Country Walkers representative who will be holding a sign. Your representative will 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.

Upon arrival at Cusco airport, claim your luggage and look in the arrivals hall for your Country Walkers representative holding a sign. Your representative will make arrangements for the transfer to your hotel in Cusco.

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 Country Walkers guide(s). 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.

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

Country Walkers provides you with City Information that includes recommendations on what to see and do in Cusco during your stay.

Accommodation: Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel

Transfer to Andean Highlands. Follow Ancient Farming Paths to Cuyuni Village; 4 miles, easy. Transfer to Pisac and Sacred Valley

Breakfast is included at your hotel. Your guide(s) meet you at 8:00 a.m. in the lobby of your Cusco hotel. Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for walking.

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 Country Walkers guide(s). 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.

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.

Depart Cusco and shuttle to the start of your morning walk, which will allow you to experience local life as it unfolds in the peaceful Andean Highlands. Begin your hike along ancient farming paths in this primarily agricultural community. You will make various stops throughout your walk today to learn about local farming, religious ceremonies, and textile production in this region.

After an included lunch, descend to the Sacred Valley (7,841 feet) and continue to the town of Pisac. Here you’ll visit a local market where you can peruse shops of diverse handicrafts, souvenirs, art pieces, clothing, and other local products.

You’ll also have a chance to interact with the vendors as they barter their wares. If you didn’t pack a small 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 small bag, you are able to carry your daypack with you.

Accommodation: Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, Sacred Valley
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Shuttle to village of Chinchero. Chinchero to the village of Urquillo; 5.5 miles, easy to moderate. Afternoon return shuttle to hotel. Loop walk from hotel on the Challa Huasi (house of the viewer) Trail; 1.5 miles, moderate

Visit the village of Chinchero, admiring the idyllic pastoral landscape as you descend to Urquillo. Enjoy a box lunch as you appreciate the town’s Spanish colonial haciendas and stop to sample a tasty regional specialty – chicha de jora, corn beer.

This morning, you shuttle (40 minutes) to the typical Andean village of Chinchero, home to Incan ruins and a colonial church. Here, your morning walk begins and passes through picturesque landscapes as you descend to the village of Urquillo, which was a significant community during the Incan era due to its location on the Inca Trail. Today the town is characterized by its haciendas dating from the Spanish colonial period. Savor a box lunch during your walk today. At the end of the trail, take 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 this unique beverage and learn about its brewing process.

Upon returning to the hotel, enjoy some relaxation at your resort. Later in the afternoon, join the guides on an optional two-hour trek from the hotel on the Challa Huasi (House of the Viewer) trail.

This evening, a short shuttle ride takes you to a nearby restaurant for tonight’s included dinner.

Accommodation: Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, Sacred Valley
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Shuttle to Urubamba and the Market of Urubamba. Shuttle to Highland Footpath. Moray Terraces to Maras; 4 miles, moderate to challenging. Maras to Urubamba River; 1.5 miles, moderate. Shuttle to hotel

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

The remainder of the afternoon is yours to relax in your comfortable accommodations, join your guides for an optional walk around Yucay, or enjoy any of the following activities before dinner on your own in the hotel this evening.

Guided – Flex Options include:
Learn to cook traditional Peruvian dishes such as ceviche or solterito. Ingredients such as red quinoa and yellow aji are a distinct part of Peruvian culture. Start with a visit to the Muna Restaurant’s organic gardens and then proceed to prepare a few dishes, perhaps while sipping a Pisco sour cocktail. (Cooking class fee not included.)

Embark on a horseback ride starting at a historic hacienda, passing small villages and local farmers working their terraced fields of corn. Along the way enjoy beautiful views of the Urubamba Valley. (Cost not included.)

Visit the ceramics workshop of renowned artist Pablo Seminario. Learn about the techniques he uses to create his large-format works of art, which are often inspired by pre-Colombian pottery. With the assistance of his wife Marilu, create your own individual piece. (Cost not included.)

Accommodation: Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Vistadome Train. Inca Trail from Km 104 marker to Machu Picchu; 8 miles, moderate to challenging, 2,000-ft. elevation gain and loss. Non-Inca Trail Machu Picchu walk, 2 miles, easy. Transfer to hotel

Shuttle early this morning to Ollantaytambo to catch the narrow-gauge Vistadome train. Your train ride traverses 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 feet) to start one of the world’s most iconic hikes. The walk offers spectacular panoramas of the mountains and cloud forests, making for 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 eight miles. A picnic break is well deserved.

Your effort is rewarded when you arrive at Intipunku – the Sun Gate (8,954 feet) – the most impressive approach to Machu Picchu. This was the original entrance to the “Lost City.” Give yourself time to take it all in, perhaps perching 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 guides 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 guide 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 take lunch at your leisure today.

This evening, regroup for dinner at your lovely resort’s restaurant.

Accommodation: Inkaterra Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Shuttle to Machu Picchu. Guided walking tour of Machu Picchu; 3 miles, easy. Transfer to hotel

Enjoy a leisurely morning at the hotel. Feel free to go birding on the hotel grounds, visit the spa and pool, explore the city of Aguas Calientes, or partake in any of the options below. This afternoon shuttle to Machu Picchu. Follow your guides on a 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 before returning to the hotel by shuttle bus. Enjoy recounting the day over an included dinner tonight.

Guided – Flex Options include:
Stroll the Orchid Trail located on your hotel’s grounds. With over 350 different native orchid species, this garden holds the world record according to the American Orchid Society. Hosting the largest orchid in the world, the Phragmipedium caudatum, as well as tiny flowers barely visible to the human eye, the garden is sure to delight.

Indulge in a spa treatment and sauna at the UNU Spa at your hotel. Traditional Andean treatments using local botanical ingredients, such as coca and tea leaves, offer an array of options. After your week of walking, pamper your feet with a massage or de-stress with a hot stone treatment. (Spa treatment costs not included.)

Shop for some last-minute gifts at the open-air Machu Picchu market. While small in area, this market is crammed with stalls offering traditional products such as alpaca ponchos, Andean instruments, woven bags, and silver jewelry. Located in the village of Aguas Calientes, it is a short walk from your hotel.

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

Accommodation: Inkaterra Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Various morning walking options from the hotel; 2-4 miles, easy. Vistadome train and shuttle to Cusco. Cusco walking tour; 1.5 miles, easy

Indulge in a relaxing breakfast. You may choose from several walking trails that begin right at the hotel, or you may wish to visit the tea plantation located within the hotel grounds. Later this morning, return to Cusco through the Sacred Valley by train. Upon your arrival in Cusco, put on your walking shoes and discover this ancient Incan capital on a walking tour. Evidence of both the original Incan city and the Spanish colonial city (established in 1533) will be pointed out as you 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 many artists and artisans.

Cusco’s many dining options are at your doorstep tonight.

Accommodation: Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel, Cusco
Included Meals: Breakfast

Shuttle to Tambomachay. Tambomachay to Sacsayhuaman; 4 miles, easy. Transfer to Cusco

After breakfast, transfer six miles (25 minutes) north of Cusco to begin your day. Trace your way on foot back towards the city, visiting important Incan monuments. This is a spectacular area for walks, with Andean mountain views, colorful villages, and impressive remains of the Incan Empire.

First, visit Tambomachay (the highest elevation of the day at 12,500 feet), which may have fulfilled an important religious function linked to water and the regeneration of the land. Walking down a gentle slope, stop to explore the complexes of Puka Pukara, Qenqo, and Laqo. Your guides can explain more about traditional religious ceremonies held here.

Next, visit Sacsayhuaman. Though this impressive fortress is only a fraction of its original size and scope, the intact walls and structure will astound you. Take a moment to look back over the orange tile rooftops of Cusco before your short transfer into the city.

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

Accommodation: Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel, Cusco
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Depart for home, continue with onward travels, or begin your optional Peruvian Amazon Extension

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 overnight flights departing in the late evening. Your flights may arrive at your final destination in North America the following day.

Accommodation: Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima, Lima International Airport
Included Meals: Breakfast

Mon, Apr 19 to Mon, Apr 26 - 2021

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Transfer to Andean Highlands. Follow Ancient Farming Paths to Cuyuni Village; 4 miles, easy. Transfer to Pisac and Sacred Valley

Your guide(s) meet you at 8:00 a.m. in the lobby of the designated meeting point hotel in Cusco. Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for walking.

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 Country Walkers guide(s). 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.

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.

Depart Cusco and shuttle to the start of your morning walk, which will allow you to experience local life as it unfolds in the peaceful Andean Highlands. Begin your hike along ancient farming paths in this primarily agricultural community. You will make various stops throughout your walk today to learn about local farming, religious ceremonies, and textile production in this region.

After an included lunch, descend to the Sacred Valley (7,841 feet) and continue to the town of Pisac. Here you’ll visit a local market where you can peruse shops of diverse handicrafts, souvenirs, art pieces, clothing, and other local products.

You’ll also have a chance to interact with the vendors as they barter their wares. If you didn’t pack a small 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 small bag, you are able to carry your daypack with you.

Accommodation: Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, Sacred Valley
Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Shuttle to village of Chinchero. Chinchero to the village of Urquillo; 5.5 miles, easy to moderate. Afternoon return shuttle to hotel. Loop walk from hotel on the Challa Huasi (house of the viewer) Trail; 1.5 miles, moderate

Visit the village of Chinchero, admiring the idyllic pastoral landscape as you descend to Urquillo. Enjoy a box lunch as you appreciate the town’s Spanish colonial haciendas and stop to sample a tasty regional specialty – chicha de jora, corn beer.

This morning, you shuttle (40 minutes) to the typical Andean village of Chinchero, home to Incan ruins and a colonial church. Here, your morning walk begins and passes through picturesque landscapes as you descend to the village of Urquillo, which was a significant community during the Incan era due to its location on the Inca Trail. Today the town is characterized by its haciendas dating from the Spanish colonial period. Savor a box lunch during your walk today. At the end of the trail, take 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 this unique beverage and learn about its brewing process.

Upon returning to the hotel, enjoy some relaxation at your resort. Later in the afternoon, join the guides on an optional two-hour trek from the hotel on the Challa Huasi (House of the Viewer) trail.

This evening, a short shuttle ride takes you to a nearby restaurant for tonight’s included dinner.

Accommodation: Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba, Sacred Valley
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Shuttle to Urubamba and the Market of Urubamba. Shuttle to Highland Footpath. Moray Terraces to Maras; 4 miles, moderate to challenging. Maras to Urubamba River; 1.5 miles, moderate. Shuttle to hotel

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

The remainder of the afternoon is yours to relax in your comfortable accommodations, join your guides for an optional walk around Yucay, or enjoy any of the following activities before dinner on your own in the hotel this evening.

Guided – Flex Options include:
Learn to cook traditional Peruvian dishes such as ceviche or solterito. Ingredients such as red quinoa and yellow aji are a distinct part of Peruvian culture. Start with a visit to the Muna Restaurant’s organic gardens and then proceed to prepare a few dishes, perhaps while sipping a Pisco sour cocktail. (Cooking class fee not included.)

Embark on a horseback ride starting at a historic hacienda, passing small villages and local farmers working their terraced fields of corn. Along the way enjoy beautiful views of the Urubamba Valley. (Cost not included.)

Visit the ceramics workshop of renowned artist Pablo Seminario. Learn about the techniques he uses to create his large-format works of art, which are often inspired by pre-Colombian pottery. With the assistance of his wife Marilu, create your own individual piece. (Cost not included.)

Accommodation: Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Vistadome Train. Inca Trail from Km 104 marker to Machu Picchu; 8 miles, moderate to challenging, 2,000-ft. elevation gain and loss. Non-Inca Trail Machu Picchu walk, 2 miles, easy. Transfer to hotel

Shuttle early this morning to Ollantaytambo to catch the narrow-gauge Vistadome train. Your train ride traverses 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 feet) to start one of the world’s most iconic hikes. The walk offers spectacular panoramas of the mountains and cloud forests, making for 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 eight miles. A picnic break is well deserved.

Your effort is rewarded when you arrive at Intipunku – the Sun Gate (8,954 feet) – the most impressive approach to Machu Picchu. This was the original entrance to the “Lost City.” Give yourself time to take it all in, perhaps perching 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 guides 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 guide 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 take lunch at your leisure today.

This evening, regroup for dinner at your lovely resort’s restaurant.

Accommodation: Inkaterra Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Shuttle to Machu Picchu. Guided walking tour of Machu Picchu; 3 miles, easy. Transfer to hotel

Enjoy a leisurely morning at the hotel. Feel free to go birding on the hotel grounds, visit the spa and pool, explore the city of Aguas Calientes, or partake in any of the options below. This afternoon shuttle to Machu Picchu. Follow your guides on a 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 before returning to the hotel by shuttle bus. Enjoy recounting the day over an included dinner tonight.

Guided – Flex Options include:
Stroll the Orchid Trail located on your hotel’s grounds. With over 350 different native orchid species, this garden holds the world record according to the American Orchid Society. Hosting the largest orchid in the world, the Phragmipedium caudatum, as well as tiny flowers barely visible to the human eye, the garden is sure to delight.

Indulge in a spa treatment and sauna at the UNU Spa at your hotel. Traditional Andean treatments using local botanical ingredients, such as coca and tea leaves, offer an array of options. After your week of walking, pamper your feet with a massage or de-stress with a hot stone treatment. (Spa treatment costs not included.)

Shop for some last-minute gifts at the open-air Machu Picchu market. While small in area, this market is crammed with stalls offering traditional products such as alpaca ponchos, Andean instruments, woven bags, and silver jewelry. Located in the village of Aguas Calientes, it is a short walk from your hotel.

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

Accommodation: Inkaterra Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Various morning walking options from the hotel; 2-4 miles, easy. Vistadome train and shuttle to Cusco. Cusco walking tour; 1.5 miles, easy

Indulge in a relaxing breakfast. You may choose from several walking trails that begin right at the hotel, or you may wish to visit the tea plantation located within the hotel grounds. Later this morning, return to Cusco through the Sacred Valley by train. Upon your arrival in Cusco, put on your walking shoes and discover this ancient Incan capital on a walking tour. Evidence of both the original Incan city and the Spanish colonial city (established in 1533) will be pointed out as you 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 many artists and artisans.

Cusco’s many dining options are at your doorstep tonight.

Accommodation: Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel, Cusco
Included Meals: Breakfast

Shuttle to Tambomachay. Tambomachay to Sacsayhuaman; 4 miles, easy. Transfer to Cusco

After breakfast, transfer six miles (25 minutes) north of Cusco to begin your day. Trace your way on foot back towards the city, visiting important Incan monuments. This is a spectacular area for walks, with Andean mountain views, colorful villages, and impressive remains of the Incan Empire.

First, visit Tambomachay (the highest elevation of the day at 12,500 feet), which may have fulfilled an important religious function linked to water and the regeneration of the land. Walking down a gentle slope, stop to explore the complexes of Puka Pukara, Qenqo, and Laqo. Your guides can explain more about traditional religious ceremonies held here.

Next, visit Sacsayhuaman. Though this impressive fortress is only a fraction of its original size and scope, the intact walls and structure will astound you. Take a moment to look back over the orange tile rooftops of Cusco before your short transfer into the city.

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

Accommodation: Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel, Cusco
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Your tour finishes in the hotel (Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel) after breakfast this morning. The hotel will help you book a taxi at your own expense to the Cusco airport.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Accommodations

Linger Longer with a Tour Extension

Peru: Machu Picchu & The Sacred Valley
Pre-Tour
Flight + Tour Combo Only
2021

2021 Pre-Tour Extension - Lima

  • 2 nights at Hyatt Centric San Isidro Lima
  • Guided visits in Lima including the Larco Museum
  • Daily breakfast and 1 lunch
  • City Information
  • Airport transfers

2 Nights From $448
per person, double occupancy

Single Supplement: From $198

Begin your adventure by departing from a convenient gateway city in the United States or Canada. Spend your first night aloft.

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.

After exiting customs, enter the arrivals hall and look for a representative holding a Country Walkers sign. Please note that there may be up to a 45-minute wait if other guests are arriving within the same time frame. A complimentary small-group transfer will be provided to your Lima hotel, approximately 30-90 minutes away. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (breakfast is included).

Please note: Regular check-in time at the Hyatt Centric San Isidro Lima 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.

Dinner is on your own while in Lima and there are many fine restaurants to choose from. Use the provided Country Walkers City Information as your guide.

Accommodation: Hyatt Centric San Isidro Lima
Included Meals: Breakfast

A County Walkers 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 world’s largest private collection of pre-Columbian art. You may want to try the local ceviche during an included lunch overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Accommodation: Hyatt Centric San Isidro Lima
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, after an early breakfast, you’ll take a complimentary transfer from your Lima hotel to the Jorge Chaves International Airport for your flight to Cusco. A representative will meet you in the hotel lobby and assist with your transfer.

Upon arrival at Cusco airport, gather your luggage and exit the baggage claim to look for a representative holding a Country Walkers sign. Enjoy a complimentary transfer to your Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel, about 20 minutes away. Please note that your hotel room may not be available until 2:00 p.m.; however, you may store your luggage at the reception desk while you explore the city. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Meals are on your own.

Country Walkers provides you with City Information that includes recommendations on what to see and do in Cusco during your stay.

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

Accommodation: Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel
Included Meals: Breakfast

Peru: Machu Picchu & The Sacred Valley 1
Post-Tour
Flight + Tour Combo Only
2021

2021 Post-Tour Extension - Peruvian Amazon

  • 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

2 Nights From $748
per person, double occupancy

Single Supplement: From $148

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.

Accommodation: Reserva Amazonica Lodge, Peruvian Amazon
Included Meals: Breakfast, 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 one-hour walk to reach the lake. Then, glide in a wooden canoe across a beautiful oxbow lake. This area 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 delighting in 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 feet above the forest floor, you will walk through the treetops for one hour, along suspension bridges that link eight observation platforms. Enjoy landscapes and vistas that would be practically unimaginable from below, while you take in views of giant strangler fig trees, orchids, toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, and—with luck—monkeys and sloths. After your descent from the canopy, a 30-minute walk through the jungle gives you a chance to see the Amazon from a different perspective. In this lush ecosystem, you may observe various species of amphibians, birds, mammals, insects, and flora. At the end of your walk, return to the lodge.

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

Accommodation: Reserva Amazonica Lodge, Peruvian Amazon
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend the morning relaxing. You may purchase a snack or lunch at the Lodge, but you need to notify the staff by 10:00 a.m. You may also wait and buy 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 overnight flights departing in the late evening. Your flights may arrive at your final destination in North America the following day.

Accommodation: Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima, Lima International Airport
Included Meals: Breakfast

What's Included

Flight + Tour Combo
Tour Only
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All on-tour meals except 3 lunches and 2 dinners Check Check
Local guides with you throughout tour Check Check
Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary Check Check
Travel assistance available 24/7 provided by Allianz Check Check
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One extra night in Cusco and dayroom at airport hotel in Lima Check
Airport car service for arrival & departure Check
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Morocco: Marrakesh, Foothills of the High Atlas & Essaouira

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Single Supplement: From $1,098

Departing From Miami, FL (MIA)

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