Ready for an authentic lifetime adventure in the Inca’s land? If the answer is yes, then this tour is for you!

Our Peru travel experts have designed this unique itinerary for you to live the most authentic and safest experiences hiking to Machu Picchu, exploring The Sacred Valley, hiking the rainbow mountain, kayaking on Lake Titicaca and sandboarding on the Sand dunes of Huacahina Oasis, just breathtaking experiences!

Upon arrival in the Andes, you will be driven down into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the best place to adjust to the altitude; here you will stay in a comfortable hotel surrounded by beautiful mountains and just a couple of hours from Machu Picchu!

Your hotels will be carefully selected to ensure you have a very comfortable stay, and your local English-speaking guides will do their best to ensure all aspects of your trip run smoothly and safely without any hitch.
This tour is suitable for children of 11 years and over

Please have a look at the itinerary below to learn more about this Lifetime Experience in Peru.

Inca Trail Regulations:
Please keep in mind that the access to the Inca trail is controlled by SERNANP (Machu Picchu Authority) which has established a maximum number of people allowed on the trail per day. Inca trail permits are granted on a first come first served basis, so your Inca trail permit will be confirmed only after your passport information and deposit are provided. The Inca trail permits are limited to 500 per day (trek permits are also required for the porters and cooks) so it is very important that we receive your Inca Trail reservations as far ahead as possible.

Additional information

Tour codeECS-S09
Durationseven days
HighlightsAmazon River and Rainforest
Activity LevelModerate
Max Altitude3,380 meters (11,100 ft)
AccommodationFour-star Hotels
SeasonMarch to December
ServicePrivate
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Day 1: Arrive in Lima

After your flight lands at Lima Jorge Chavez airport, follow the signs for immigration, then walk to the baggage claim area, and then get to customs. After clearing customs, you will be in the International arrivals area, where our staff, who will be holding a sign with your name, will welcome you and drive you to your hotel located in Miraflores, the nicest and safest area of Lima, facing the Pacific Ocean!

Private transfer from Lima airport to your hotel

Estimated driving time from Airport to Hotel: forty-five minutes

Upon arrival at your hotel, our staff will assist you with your hotel check-in and all you may need.

Overnight in Lima at Casa Andina Select Miraflores Hotel – Superior Room

*Lima city is located at an altitude of 80 meters (262 feet) above sea level.

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Day 2: Flight from Lima to Cusco. Sacred Valley

Hotel pickup time: two hours and thirty minutes before flight departure
Estimated Flight time: one hour and ten minutes

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Lima airport to board your flight to Cusco City. You will be assisted with your flight check-in, baggage drop-off, and then escorted to the entrance to the security check area. Notice that gates and departure times may change, please check the airport monitors.

Upon arrival at Cusco airport, follow the signs for the baggage claim area, after collecting your luggage you will be in the arrivals area, where our staff will welcome you and drive you to the Sacred Valley, the most comfortable area to adjust to the altitude.

On the way to your hotel you will enjoy visiting Awanacancha center and Pisac village and Market.

Cusco – Awanacancha Farm. Feed Llamas and Alpacas!

Estimated driving time: one hour

Our staff will drive you to Awanacancha farm. The fun can’t wait, here you will feed Llamas and Alpacas, take pictures with them and learn about the amazing textiles made by the Quechua weavers in the Peruvian Andes.

Awanacancha – Pisac Market & Empanadas

Estimated driving time: twenty minutes

After visiting Awanacancha you will be driven to the peaceful Quechua village of Pisac, a perfect place to immerse yourself in the Quechua world!  Here you will explore its famous Indian market and interact with Quechua families who sell unique handicraft and amazing souvenirs, some of them wearing their traditional outfit. You will also have the chance to try the delicious Empanadas made in a wood-burning oven!

After visiting Pisac you will be driven to your hotel located in the sacred valley, the most comfortable area to adjust to the altitude.

Free afternoon to rest to adjust to the altitude of the Andes.

Overnight in the sacred valley at Casa Andina Premium Valle Hotel – Superior Room

Meals included: Breakfast
*Cusco city is located at an altitude of 3,400 meters (11,155 feet) above sea level.
**The Sacred Valley is located at an altitude of 2,870 meters (9,416 feet) above sea level.

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Day 3: Whitewater rafting private experience on the Urubamba River

Hotel pickup time: 09:00 a.m.
Estimated rafting time: two hours

This morning you are picked up from your hotel and driven to Pachar village the starting point of our whitewater rafting adventure on the Urbamba River.

Upon arrival, all participants will be given a safety briefing by our river guide. The briefing touch on paddling commands, capsize drills and actions when overboard; participants will be provided with Helmets, wetsuits, splash jackets and personal flotation device.

Once everyone is ready, we start with a quick practice on the calm parts of the river, our adventure starts on easy water surrounded by beautiful mountains and archaeological remains, then we head to Ollantaytambo and its amazing Inca terraces, on the way we will enjoy class II-III rapids and finish by “El Resbaladero” (The Slide), a great class III rapid that includes waves and small whirlpools. We finish our adventure by Cachiccata community located a few minutes to Olantaytambo village. After rafting on Urubamba River, you will be driven back to your hotel.

Ollantaytambo and Qosqo Ayllu

This afternoon, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Ollantaytambo village located in the Incas’ sacred valley, here you will explore not only the village but also Qosqo Ayllu, the ancient Inca town that keeps its original walls and layout as it was during the Inca times, and still inhabited to the present.

Your visit includes climbing the Inca terraces of Ollantaytambo fortress, you will enjoy not only amazing views but also learn how the Incas made one of their last stands against the Spanish! This afternoon is yours to rest and get ready for your Inca trail to Machu Picchu adventure.

Overnight in the sacred valley at Casa Andina Premium Valle Hotel – Superior Room

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 4: Full-day Hike on the Inca trail to Machu Picchu.

Estimated hiking distance: 7 miles/11 kilometers
Estimated hiking time: seven hours

This morning you are picked up by your guide from your hotel and embark on a smooth train ride through the spectacular sacred valley of the Incas to Km 104 of the railroad to Machu Picchu, the trailhead of your Inca trail adventure.

Morning Expedition train journey from Ollantaytambo to Km 104

Estimated train journey time: one hour and forty minutes.

Upon arrival at Km 104 (trailhead), we will cross the foot bridge over the Vilcanota River, pass the checkpoint (you need to show your passport), and start our adventure on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Our first stop will be by the Inca’s Ruins of Chachabamba, considered an important religion site and a guardhouse to control the access to Machu Picchu.

Then we embark on a four-hour uphill hike to Wiñaywayna Ruins, the largest and most amazing Inca site on the Inca Trail, here you will have enough time to explore its terraces, houses and enjoy the magic scenery.

After our box-lunch, we continue hiking through the cloud-forest until reaching the stone threshold of Inti Punku, known as “The Sun Gate,” located at an altitude of 2,745 meters (9,005 feet) above the sea level and unique place to enjoy the most beautiful picture of Machu Picchu. We arrive in the “Hidden City” of Machu Picchu late in the afternoon and board the bus to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) where you will stay overnight. Tomorrow, we will return to Machu Picchu again, this time for an enjoyable private tour of this amazing Inca Site!

Overnight in Aguas Calientes at Tierra Viva Machu Picchu Hotel – Standard Room

Meals included: Breakfast and Box-Lunch
*Aguas Calientes is located at an altitude of 2000 meters (6,562 ft) above sea level.
**Machu Picchu is located at an altitude of 2400 meters (7,874 feet) above sea level.

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Day 5: Machu Picchu

Hotel pickup time: to be confirmed
For your Machu Picchu tour: bring your passport, mosquito spray, sunscreen, water bottle and light jacket (waterproof).

Today, you will be picked up from your hotel and escorted to the bus stop for a 30-minute bus journey to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu private tour

Estimated guided touring time: two hours and half

Upon arrival in Machu Picchu, you and your guide will enter the citadel and start your adventure in this amazing UNESCO Heritage Site. Exploring the remarkable architectural structures of Machu Picchu, enjoying the wonderful views of the Incas’ world, and learning about the history of this site, who lived here, how it was discovered in modern times and why the Spaniards never found it are just experiences of a lifetime!

You will have some insight into the various features of this sacred city and have free time to really enjoy yourself alone in this spectacularly located site, an unforgettable experience that will stay with you forever!

After your Machu Picchu tour, you will board the bus to Aguas Calientes, where you will have lunch and then board the train back to Ollantaytambo village.

Vista dome train journey from Machu Picchu Pueblo to Ollantaytambo

Estimated train journey time: one hour and thirty-five minutes

Upon arrival at Ollantaytambo train station, you are met by our representative, who will be holding a sign with your name, and driven to your hotel in Cusco.

Overnight in Cusco at Casa Andina Premium Hotel – Superior Room

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

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Day 6: Cusco

Free morning to rest an relax.

Afternoon private Cusco City and nearby Inca Ruins tour

Hotel pick-up time: 13:20 p.m.

This afternoon, you are picked up from your hotel, and start your visit to the beautiful city of Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

You Cusco tour starts with a smooth walk to the main attractions of this Inca city, its main square known as Plaza de Armas, then the Cusco Cathedral which construction started in 1559 and has an impressive unique collection of more than 400 paintings from Cusco school made during the 16th and 17th century. Next, you walk through the narrow Inca streets close the Plaza and appreciate the massive Inca walls which are the foundations of Cusco city.

Your tour includes a visit to the most impressive Inca temples, Koricancha, which is known as the temple of the sun. During the Inca time, the walls of this temple were lined in sheets of solid gold and its courtyard was decorated with statues and ornaments of gold! You tour includes a visit to Santo Domingo Church built by the Spanish colonists.

After visiting the city of Cusco, we will head to the Archaeological Park of Sacsayhuaman located on the outskirts of the city. Here you will learn more about the Incas’ secrets while exploring this amazing fortress and enjoying its beautiful perfectly fitted walls, built with massive stones! We continue to Qenko ruins, a site of carved living rock, then to Puca Pucara, an Inca lodging Site and finally Tambo Machay, known as the Baths of the Inca. At the end, you will have an amazing view of the Inca city and surrounding areas.

Overnight in Cusco at Casa Andina Premium Cusco Hotel – Superior Room

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 7: Rainbow Mountain Private Trek

Estimated hiking distance: 4 miles/7 kilometers
Estimated hiking time: four hours
Summit elevation: 5,200 meters (17,060 feet) above sea level.

Very early in the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and driven for almost three hours by private van to Phulawasipata, here you will embark on a two-hour hiking adventure at the foot of the Ausangate mountain. It will take approximately two hours to reach the highest point of the Rainbow Mountain. During this hiking experience you will enjoy amazing landscapes and the different types of South American camelids.

After taking pictures of the beautiful scenery, and having some free time, you will return to Phulawasipata and then driven to Cusipata, where you will enjoy lunch. After lunch you will be driven back to your hotel in Cusco.

Overnight in Cusco at Casa Andina Premium Cusco Hotel – Superior Room

Meals included: Breakfast and Box-Lunch

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Day 8: Tourist bus ride from Cusco to Puno

Hotel pickup time: 06:20 a.m.
Estimated bus journey time: eight hours

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the bus station to board the tourist bus to Puno and have one of the most fabulous journeys with spectacular views of the Andes Mountains and countryside. The bus journey includes visits to Andahuaylillas, Raqchi, La Raya and Pukara.

Upon arrival at Puno bus station, you are met by our representative, who will be holding a sign with your name, and driven to your hotel.

Overnight in Puno at Casa Andina Premium Lake – Superior Room

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch
*Puno is located at an altitude of 3,830 meters (12,565 feet) above sea level.

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Day 9:Adventure on Lake Titicaca

Hotel pickup time; 06:30 am.

After an early breakfast, your private guide and you will embark on a unique kayaking adventure on the highest navigable lake in the planet! You will enjoy paddling the waters of Lake Titicaca, after ninety minutes you will reach the floating Totora reed Islands of The Uros where you will see how these pre-Incan people live. After exploring the Uros islands you will continue your journey by boat onto Taquile Islands where you will learn more about Inca’s culture and traditions; their lifestyle remains the same as it has been for centuries with very little influence from modern times. Here you will find beautiful textiles and some of the best handicraft in the Inca region.
In the afternoon, we will return to Puno pier, from where you will be transferred to Juliaca airport to board your flight to Lima.

You will be assisted with your flight check-in and baggage drop-off, then escorted to the entrance to the security check area. Notice that gates and departure times may change, please check the airport monitors.

Flight from Juliaca to Lima

Hotel to airport estimated driving time: ninety minutes

On arrival at Lima airport, follow the signs for the baggage claim area, after collecting your luggage you will be in the domestic arrivals area, where our staff (who will have a sign with your name) will welcome you, and drive you to your hotel located in Miraflores, the nicest and safest area of Lima, facing the Pacific Ocean!

Overnight in Lima at Casa Andina Select Miraflores Hotel – Superior Room

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

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Day 10: Tourist bus ride from Lima to Paracas bay

Estimated bus journey time: four hours

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the bus terminal to embark on a smooth four-hour tourist bus journey through the Pan American Highway to Paracas bay.

Upon arrival at Paracas bus terminal, you will be welcomed by our representative, driven to your hotel and assisted with your hotel check-in.

Dune Buggy Ride and sandboarding Adventure in Huacachina

Estimated tour duration: two hours

This afternoon, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Huacachina Oasis, located just one hour from Paracas bay, here you will embark on a two-hour adventure over the white dunes of Ica desert. You will live a thrilling ride experience through the sand dunes and enjoy a stunning sunset view over the desert! This exciting experience includes sand boarding with an instructor.

After enjoying the sand dunes, you will be driven back to your hotel a few steps from the beach.

Overnight in Paracas bay at La Hacienda Paracas Hotel – Standard Room

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 11: Speedboat trip to Ballestas Islands

Hotel pickup time: 07:30 am.

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel, driven to Paracas pier and set off on a two-hour speedboat guided adventure, which will take you through the blue waters of Paracas bay to the beautiful Ballestas Islands, home to many sea birds, impressive colonies of sea lions and a few Humboldt Penguins.
On the way to the island, you will have great views of the mysterious Candelabra, a prehistoric geoglyph which is almost 650 feet long, carved into a hill and still an unsolved mystery!

Tourist bus journey from Paracas to Lima city

After your boat trip, you will be driven back to your hotel to pick up your luggage and then to the bus terminal to embark on a smooth tourist bus ride through the Pan American Highway back to Lima city.

Upon arrival at Lima bus terminal you will be met by our staff and driven to your hotel.

Overnight in Lima at Casa Andina Select Miraflores Hotel – Superior Room

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 12: Lima city tour

Hotel pickup time: 09:30 am.

This morning, you are picked up from your hotel and join your tour group. You will be driven to the Historic Center of Lima, where you will learn about the colonial past of Peru and how it is still reflected in modern times.

The Historic Center of Lima known as “the City of the Kings”, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988 due to its outstanding value not only by its high concentration of historic monuments but also due to Lima played an important role in the history of the New World from the 16th to the 18th century.

Your guide will lead you through the main old streets of Lima Antigua and explore its beautiful monuments, balconies (Lima has more than 1500 balconies) and the Colonial houses adorned with Moorish-style balconies, where the first Spanish families lived during the colonial period.

Walking along the Plaza de Armas, see the baroque cathedral, the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace with its big carved wooden balconies, and a visit inside the convent of San Francisco is a unique way to learn about the history of Peru.

By the way, San Francisco convent is home to the largest collection of religious art in the Americas and underneath the convent, lie extensive catacombs that served as the cemetery during the colonial period.

After your Lima tour you will be driven to Lima airport to board your flight back home.

International Flight

You will be assisted with your flight check-in and baggage drop-off, then escorted to the entrance to the security check area. Notice that gates and departure times may change, please check the airport monitors.

Meals included: Breakfast

Tour Price:
US$3,890 per person (Based on double occupancy)
Single Supplement: US$890

  • English-speaking tour guides.
  • 24/7 Assistance during your entire trip in Peru.
  • Eleven nights of accommodation at selected hotels with breakfasts.
  • Visit to Awanacancha farm and Pisac Market (Guide and transportation)
  • Private whitewater rafting adventure (Instructor, equipment and transportation)
  • Visit to Ollantaytambo fortress and Qosqo Ayllu (Guide, entrance fee and transportation)
  • Full-day private Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu (Professional English-speaking guide, pre-departure information meeting, Inca trail and Machu Picchu entrance fees, transfers, roundtrip bus ticket Machu Picchu-Aguas Calientes and lunch).
  • Expedition trains ticket to Km 104.
  • Vista dome train ticket (or similar train class) Aguas Caliente to Ollantaytambo.
  • Cusco City and its nearby Inca ruins private tour (Guide, transportation and entrance fee).
  • Rainbow mountain private trek (Guide, transportation, box-lunch and entrance fee,)
  • Tourist bus ticket Cusco – Puno (Lunch and Entrance fee included)
  • Kayaking private adventure on Lake Titicaca (Experienced guide, Full sea kayak equipment and support motorboat.
  • Tour of Taquile Island on Lake Titicaca (Private Guide, entrance fee, lunch and shared boat).
  • Tourist bus tickets Lima – Paracas/Paracas – Lima.
  • Private roundtrip transfer from Paracas hotel to Huacachina Oasis.
  • Dune buggy ride in Ica desert (Instructor, Entrance fee and buggy).
  • Boat trip to Ballestas Islands (Guide, boat and entrance fee).
  • Half-day Lima City private Tour (Guide, transportation and entrance fee).
  • Plane tickets from Lima to Cusco/Juliaca to Lima.
  • All airport/train station-Hotel transfers in Lima, Cusco, Puno and Paracas.
  • Confirmation of Domestic and International flights.
  • International airfare
  • Meals not noted on itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Gratuities

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