Explore Machu Picchu

Date: May 19 - 27, 2017

Price: $499 | 9 Days | Lima to Lima

Trip Code: SPENG

This Peruvian cultural and historical adventure is the ideal introduction to Machu Picchu – one of the world’s most spectacular travel destinations. Take a scenic train to the famous site and enjoy free time to explore its corners. Roam the Sacred Valley, which is surrounded by incredible views of the Andes. As the leading operator in the region, be assured we'll leave no stone unturned.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations with upgraded amenities; private transport (including flights); more included meals and activities.

Physical Rating: 3 - Average

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 12.

Highlights from Explore Machu Picchu

Ccaccaccollo Community and Planeterra-Sponsored Women's Weaving Co-op visit

Visit the Ccaccaccollo community centre which G Adventures travellers' donations helped create through Planeterra Foundation in 2005, thereby enabling local women to sell traditional textiles to travellers.

Cusco Planetarium

Visit the Cusco Planetarium, which is surrounded by the natural beauty of the Llaullipata Ecological Reserve. Use telescopes to gaze up at the southern sky and see thousands of stars. Spot the constellations of the southern hemisphere, and learn about the ancient Incas’ relationship with the cosmos.

Local Adobe and Ceramic Experience

Travel to a small, rural community in the Sacred Valley that specializes in adobe- and ceramic-making. Meet some of the local artists and try your hand at making your own memento to take home.

Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley

Learn how the resident-run restaurant was kickstarted by G Adventures along with the Planeterra Foundation and the Multilateral Investment Fund, to become a successful farm-to-table program that boosts the local economy and several spin-off microenterprises.

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Itinerary

Day 1/2 - Lima

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. Enjoy a complimentary pre-night hotel as you acclimatize yourself to your surroundings.

  • Complimentary pre-night hotel included on this FAM

Day 3 - Lima/Urubamba

Board an early flight to Cusco then on to the Sacred Valley to visit the Ccaccaccollo community and Planeterra-sponsored Women's Weaving Co-op. Explore the Pisac ruins and visit the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosqo.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 4 - Urubamba

Explore the pre-Inca salt pans of Las Salineras and tour the Ollantaytambo and Moray ruins. Visit a small community who specialize in ceramic- and adobe-making. Meet local artists and enjoy a demonstration of these traditional arts. Enjoy a traditional pachamanca-style meal of local specialities.

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 5 - Urubamba/Aguas Calientes

Catch an early transfer to Ollantaytambo station and board the scenic train to Aguas Calientes with option to visit the market.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Aguas Calientes/Cusco

Enjoy a guided tour of the Machu Picchu ruins. Free time to explore on your own or take an optional visit to the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco by train.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 Cusco

Explore historic Cusco with options to visit museums or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking. This evening, look to the night sky for a different view at the Cusco Planetarium. Enjoy a presentation on the southern sky, contemporary astronomy, and the ancient Inca relationship with the cosmos. Check out the on-site museum and use the telescopes to admire the stars.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 - Cusco/Lima

Fly back to Lima and spend an afternoon in Peru's bustling capital.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 - Lima

Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast

FULL ITINERARY

TOUR DETAILS

What's Included

  • Arrival transfer
  • Complimentary pre-night hotel
  • Two-day Sacred Valley tour including Ollantaytambo, Moray, and Pisac ruins and pre-Incan salt pans
  • Visit the Women's Weaving Co-op
  • Lunch at Sacred Valley Community Restaurant
  • Adobe- and ceramic-making demonstration
  • Traditional pachamanca-style lunch
  • Scenic train and guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Visit the Cusco Planetarium
  • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (8 nights).

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Allow USD255-335 for meals not included.

Transportation

Minibus/van, train, plane, walking.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Available extras (Add these to your tour when you book)

Peru Culinary Bundle

Enjoy two half-day cooking activities in both Cusco and Lima. Visit local markets, pick out ingredients and enjoy learning and eating unique Peruvian dishes influenced by such faraway places as China, Italy, West Africa and Japan.

1 Day Inca Trail Hike Permit Request

Want to hike the Inca Trail but for less time than the 4 day hike? This permit is perfect for you as you'll jump off the train early, hike six hours to the Sun Gate and meet up with the rest of the trip.