Discover the Incan capital of Cuzco, take in colonial Spanish art and architecture throughout the valley, and of course, explore ancient Incan sites from the fantastic ruins of Pisac to the magnificent Sun Gate at Machu Picchu. Along the way, encounter traditional masters of craft: from Peruvian hat makers to tile makers and charming fabric weavers.
B&R’s newest way to travel! This itinerary is one of our new locally supported, private trips. They use the hallmarks that we’re known for: great hotels, friendly and talented local guides plus memorable experiences, but it’s just your group and on the dates that work best for you.
Easygoing to Moderate
Lima to Lima
8 Days / 7 Nights
Price per person from: $6,495
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Day by Day
Arrive at the Jorge Chavez International Airport; typically international flights arrive in the late evening. You’ll be met by your driver and taken to the Miraflores Park Hotel for the evening and a well deserved rest.
Today we fly to Cusco before driving to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and getting acclimatized to the altitude. In the afternoon you can explore Urubamba to get a sense of daily Valley life or enjoy views of the Valley from the comfort of your hotel balcony and spend the afternoon relaxing in the sun.
We mount up for a ride today on Peruvian Paso horses through Andean villages bordered by the Sacred Valley’s snow-covered mountain peaks. You’ll have lunch today in Maras and visit the famous salt ponds.
This morning you’ll visit the authentic Quechua Andean Community where you’ll participate in daily activities, including knitting and other crafts, and walk the crop fields. After lunch we head to the Pisac Archeological site.
Today we board the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu, one of the most spectacular rail journeys in the world, following the Urubamba River through the incredible Canyon of Vilcanota. We’ll ascend the Inca trail, visit the impressive "Wiñay Wayna" archeological site and marvel at the Sun Gate as we enter Machu Picchu.
This morning your guide meets you at the hotel to begin a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel. If you’re feeling adventurous you can even hike Huayna Picchu Mountain, before having free time to explore the and experience spectacular views of all of Machu Picchu and the valleys and mountains surrounding it.
This morning we visit the bustling and colourful central market before driving to Sacsayhuaman, the ruling palace of the Inca. Depending on your specific interests, other events today could include a visit to the San Blas artisan’s district, a visit to a local musician’s house or a trip to the Chocolate Museum.
You’ll journey back to the airport today by boat then catch your flight to Lima via Cusco. Depending on your flight home you may need to spend an extra night in Lima.
Miraflores Park Hotel, Lima
Set in one of Lima’s most fashionable areas, the Miraflores Park Hotel takes you straight to the heart of all that's best about this great capital city. Renowned for its beautiful garden location beside the Pacific Ocean, it has breathtaking views out to sea. Colonial architecture, superb museums with Inca gold and Pre-Columbian antiquities, and glamorous shops, bars and restaurants are all just moments from the hotel. View hotel website »
Sol y Luna, Sacred Valley
Sol y Luna blends Old World charm with the tranquility of the Sacred Valley. Our hosts, Marie-Helene and Franz, have made Peru their home since the early 1990s. The stylish bungalow-style cottages on this intimate property are all thoughtfully decorated with local ceramics and indigenous woods. The hotel is surrounded by lovely gardens and features a fully equipped spa. View hotel website »
Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel, Machu Picchu
The Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is located in the town’s outskirts. This is a quite unique property, which not only has a beautiful infrastructure built in harmony with nature, but amazing jungle-like gardens where you will find orchids, tea plantations, exotic birds (especially hummingbirds) and other charming surprises. This hotel is the perfect way to enjoy the full Machu Picchu experience. View hotel website »
La Casona Inkaterra, Cusco
This historic colonial manor house (perhaps the first Spanish construction in Cusco) is centrally located on an ancient Incan settlement near Cusco’s present-day main square. Eleven spacious suites surround a sumptuous courtyard, where the patina of time is tastefully preserved. Contemporary amenities create the ambience of comfort and exclusivity enjoyed by guests of the hotel. View hotel website »
Easygoing to Moderate
This trip is rated Easy to Moderate. Our daily walks range in distance from 4 to 10 km (2.5 to 6 mi.), on cobbled city streets, grassy terraced hillsides and along the winding footpaths of Machu Picchu. We travel throughout the Sacred Valley at altitudes between 1,500 and 3,200 m (5,000 to 11,000 ft.). Apart from one challenging walk around Machu Picchu, it’s moderate going. You may find, however, that the effect of the altitude will make the walks require more effort than they would at lower elevations. Expect some uneven stairs on our hikes in the ruins as well as some sheer drop offs in places.
Walking Sticks &
Included with all walking trips are Leki telescoping walking sticks and custom-made padded hip holsters, which comfortably carry one full half-litre water bottle. And while the walking sticks get “recycled” for use by another B&R traveller, the holsters are yours to keep at trip’s end.
- All hotel accommodation
- All transfers in private vehicles
- Meals as indicated with wine (as selected by B&R)
- Entrance fees to all sites
- Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
- All special events and private tours
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- All baggage transportation
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
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Notes from the Road
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