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Machu Picchu by Train Discovery Holiday
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Highlights

  • Machu Picchu
  • Lively Cusco, with its Colonial and Inca architecture, plazas and markets
  • Discovering Andean tradition on a community weaving workshop
  • Travelling by vistadome train through the Urubamba gorge
  • Flexible tailor-made itinerary accompanied by a private guide

An easy going adventure to Machu Picchu. This tailor-made itinerary explores in-depth the city of Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and the ruins of Machu Picchu, accompanied by a private expert guide.

Spend three days in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, exploring the beautiful colonial buildings, discovering local traditions and culture, and visiting the Pisac ruins and markets. Then travel by vistadome train with panoramic windows to Machu Picchu, with two full days to explore before returning to Cusco.

DAY 1: Arrive Lima


Arrive in Lima and transfer to your centrally located hotel.
Fascinating museums, art galleries, and restaurants offering delicious local specialities all make Lima a fantastic place to start your Peruvian adventure!


Overnight: Casa Inca, Lima


DAY 2: Fly to Cusco and Overnight


Fly to Cusco (1h), this morning and transfer to your hotel in the heart of the San Blas district.
In the afternoon, relax and take it easy as you take time to get used to the high altitude (Cusco is located 3400m above sea level).


Overnight: Casa San Blas, Cusco


DAY 3: Community Weaving Workshop


Immerse yourself in the daily life and traditions of the Andean people on a full day’s visit to a local community weaving workshop.
Hike through the native forest to choose the plants used to dye the fibres. Then watch the entire handmade weaving process from shearing and hand spinning the wool, to dying the fibres, to weaving in the traditional waist loom. Your day will be finished off perfectly with some music from local community artists.


Overnight: Casa San Blas, Cusco



DAY 4: Explore the Sacred Valley

Accompanied by an expert guide, visit the Pisac ruins, some of the finest in the area, and colourful Pisac market.
Following a tasty lunch at a local restaurant, continue down the Urubamba valley to reach the small town of Ollantaytambo. The Inca ruins situated on a hill-top landscape with dramatic terracing below are quite a sight!


Overnight: Hotel Sol de Ollantay, Ollantaytambo



DAY 5:
Train to Machu Picchu and Explore

Boarding at Ollantaytambo, get ready to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime train journey down the Urubamba gorge. The Vistadome train has large panoramic windows giving you wonderful interrupted views and numerous photo opportunities. Sit back and relax in air conditioned coaches with comfortable leather seats as you make your way to Machu Picchu—a journey of approx 1h 30.
On arrival at Machu Picchu, your guide will lead you through the different sectors explaining the history of this fascinating site and really bringing it to life! Return to Aguas Calientes (also known as Machu Picchu village) where you will stay overnight.


Overnight: Inka Town Hotel, Aguas Calientes


DAY 6: Free Day at Machu Picchu


You have the full morning to yourselves at Machu Picchu today. Perhaps watch the sunrise at Machu Picchu (an unforgettable sight!) or you can choose to climb the sacred peak of Huayna Pichu (permit required). Either way, a full day to explore at your own pace means that you get the very best out of your time at Machu Picchu.
In the late afternoon, take a train back to Cusco for a final overnight stay.
Overnight: Casa San Blas, Cusco



DAY 7:
Free Day in Cusco


Enjoy one last day in Cusco, perhaps using the time to browse the many markets which line the bustling streets, and pick up some souvenirs to take home. We can also arrange cooking lessons for those interested in the gastronomic delights of Peru!


Overnight: Casa San Blas, Cusco



DAY 8:
Onward Travel


A private transfer takes you back to Cusco airport, where your journey ends. Overnight not included.

Accommodation

7 nights accommodation in 2 and 3* hotels and inns are included in this trip. We carefully select small friendly hotels that offer great value, food and welcomes. The accommodation we normally use is detailed in the itinerary.


Accommodation Alternatives

If the accommodation detailed in the itinerary is not available we may use alternatives. These will be of a similar standard and details will be included in your accommodation list.


Single Rooms & Solo Travellers

Single rooms are available for a supplement. This trip is not available to solo travellers.


Meals

7 breakfasts and 3 lunches (on days 3, 4 and 5) are included. Allow between $15-25 per day per person for lunches and dinners not included. Drinks are not included but available at all overnight accommodation.



 

 

 




Casa Inca - Lima

A boutique hotel located in the centre of Miraflores in the heart of Lima with cosy comfortable rooms and offering a warm welcome.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Casa San Blas - Cusco

A small hotel located in the historic artisan's quarter of Cusco.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Inka Town Hotel - Aguas Calientes

Inka Town has 20 comfortable en suite rooms, all with views, cable TV, telephone, and hairdryer. It is also possible to take advantage of the laundry service (payable locally).


 

 

 

Availability

You can start this tour on any day between March and December.


Tailor Made Itineraries

If you have more time, and would like to explore Peru further why not consider adding an extension to Lake Titicaca and the Floating Islands, Colca Canyon famous for its condors, or even a short trip to the Peruvian Amazon. We can also include numerous day trips and activities for you including cooking classes in Cusco, city tours, and tasting lunches to mention but a few.


We want to make sure you get the most out of your trip to Peru and we can happily arrange all of this for you and tailor make your trip completely to suit your requirements. Contact one of our Destination &Adventure Specialists now for more recommendations and information.


Grade & Terrain

This tour is graded as easy, as you will be touring around Peru by vehicle or train, stopping to enjoy the sights on foot where possible. Generally you will need to enjoy a good level of fitness and be regularly active, so that you can explore the Inca ruins and get the most from this trip. Because Cusco is located at a height of 3400m above sea level, some people can suffer from altitude sickness. For this reason we recommend taking it easy at your hotel on Day 2, and on days 3 & 4 you visit the Sacred Valley area which is at a lower altitude than Cusco.


Equipment

Our pre-departure information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take on this trip.


Meals

7 breakfasts and 3 lunches (on days 3, 4 and 5) are included. Allow between $15-25 per day per person for lunches and dinner not included. Drinks are not included but available at all overnight accommodation.


Guides & Excursions

You will be accompanied by a private guide for this tour who will bring the destination to life for you. Quality guides make the difference between a great trip and a wonderful experience, and our Peruvian guides are fully qualified and trained. All have many years experience of guiding in Peru, and speak excellent English.


They bring a wealth of knowledge to your journey, opening your eyes to the legends, culture, food, flora and fauna of the Andes.


General Information:

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, (for example, proper rain gear jacket and pants, sun hat, sunscreen). Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this trip that you have adequate travel insurance in place, including for emergency medical evacuation and/or curtailment of your trip. Please ensure that you check your policy as it should include cover for trekking at altitude.

Flights to Lima

Flights to Lima are available from the UK, Europe and United States.


From the United States major airlines include American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Airlines. Flight times to Lima are approx as follows - 8 hours from NYC, 9 hours from Los Angeles, and 6 hours from Miami.


From the United Kingdom and Europe, airlines include British Airways, Iberia and KLM. Flight times from London vary between 16-20 hours depending on connections and usually involve a change in Amsterdam, Madrid or the United States. British Airways do now operate a direct flight to Lima.


Airlines like LAN Peru and Avianca also operate flights via other major cities in South America.


You can either book your internal flights between Lima and Cusco independently with airlines like LAN Peru or Peruvian Airlines, or we can book these for you. Select the option for internal flights to be included when you make the booking.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this trip that you have adequate travel insurance in place, including for emergency medical evacuation and/or curtailment of your trip. Please ensure that you check your policy as it should include cover for trekking at altitude.


Included

  • 7 Nights in 2 and 3* hotels and inns
  • Transfers and excursions as per itinerary
  • Vistadome train to Machu Picchu
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 3 Lunches
  • Services of a private, English-speaking adventure guide on days 3, 4 and 5
  • Guidebook and detailed pre-departure information pack
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office and local partners in Peru

Excluded

  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel to and from Lima
  • Internal flights between Lima and Cusco
  • Lunches (apart from on days 3, 4 and 5)
  • Evening Meals
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Tips for guides (not mandatory)

Extras

  • Internal flights between Lima and Cusco
  • Additional nights
  • Single room supplement for hotels if single rooms required.
  • Permit for climbing Huayna Picchu

How far in advance do I need to book?

We recommend booking as far in advance as possible as this is a very popular tour. Whilst you do not need a permit to visit Machu Picchu itself, there are a limited number of entrance tickets for each day.

What equipment do I need?

We will supply you with a detailed equipment list as part of your pre-departure information pack. You will need normal walking and travelling gear and comfortable walking shoes.

How fit do I need to be?

This tour is graded as easy, as you will be touring around Peru by vehichle or train, stopping to enjoy the sights on foot. Generally a good level of fitness will mean that you get the most of exploring the Inca ruins.

Will I be affected by Altitude Sickness?

As Cusco is located at 3400m above sea level, some people can suffer from altitude sickness. For this reason we recommend that you take it easy at your hotel on Day 2, and on days 3 & 4 you visit the Sacred Valley area which is at a lower altitude than Cusco.

When is the best time of year?

The best time to visit Machu Picchu is from May to October, although you can go on this trip any time between March and December. The warmest time is from November to March but this is also the rainy season. From May through to October the climate is generally very pleasant with less rain and cooler nights. Bear in mind however that this is also the busiest time.



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