5-Day 4-Night Cusco to Machu Picchu

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Cusco to Machu Picchu (5-Day / 4-Night)

Detailed Itinerary


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Fly to Lima, Fly to Cusco

Travel to Cusco (elevation 11,200 feet), capital of the Ancient Incan Empire. Relax for a moment during the afternoon to acclimatize to the altitude.

Wyndham Cusco Saqsayhuaman Hotel

Nestled along the road to the famed Saqsayhuaman ruins, boasting 180-degree views of the Incan Capital city, the Wyndham Cusco Saqsayhuaman provides that rare opportunity to experience a different view of Cusco – one that hearkens back to Ancient Inca, breathtaking sunsets, and that feeling that adventures are just around the corner.

Welcome Dinner

In the evening, you and your fellow travelers celebrate the beginning of your adventure with a traditional Andean dinner, accompanied by stories and music from the local culture.

Explore Cusco on Foot

Discover historic Cusco, including the main plaza “Plaza de Armas de Cusco”, with a local expert. View the charming Spanish buildings and the amazing stone foundations of the original Inca city. Afterwards, stroll through the cobblestone streets of this colonial jewel and discover more treasures on your own.

Accommodations: Wyndham Cusco Saqsayhuaman Hotel
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Stones of Saqsayhuaman

Just outside Cusco is the imposing Inca fortress Sacsayhuaman, where 200-ton stones were moved miles with no modern machinery. Wander through the ruins and take photos of the panoramic views. Your Destination Peru Tours guide will be there to explain the history and answer your questions.

Lunch on Your Own

Spend your lunch time on your own in the main plaza of Cusco. Your Destination Peru Tours guide can suggest where you can enjoy lunch.

Andahuaylillas: The Sistine Chapel of South America

Travel a half hour to the famed chapel of the Andean Village known as Andahuaylillas. Enjoy your private tour and enjoy the magnificent frescos that make this site so famous. Take a moment to soak in the charm of this village and to explore the surrounding artisan shops of its plaza.

Evening at your Leisure

Enjoy the view at the hotel, go to the “Plaza de Armas de Cusco” for dinner, or take a Destination Peru Tours shuttle over to do some shopping at the local artisan market.

Accommodations: Wyndham Cusco Saqsayhuaman Hotel
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast


Pisac Market

On the way to the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, stop at lively Pisac Market where you can shop for local crafts, silver jewelry and alpaca sweaters. Practice your bartering skills or simply enjoy browsing at the colorful stalls.

Awana Kancha Camelids Center

In the Camelids Center (elevation 9,160 feet), get up close and personal with llamas, alpacas and even the rare and precious vicuña. See how the soft wool from these South American “camels” is used to make beautiful woven textiles.

Lunch at Sol y Luna

Enjoy delicious Peruvian foods and flavors. Enjoy the Peruvian Paso Horse show while you eat and peruse the delightful gardens.

Train to Machu Picchu

After lunch, enjoy the memorable and scenic train journey from Cusco to Machu Picchu. Exactaly to Aguas Calientes the main city where Machu Picchu is, ranked as one of the top 10 most scenic train rides in the world by Travel+Leisure magazine.

El MaPi Hotel by InkaTerra

Step into the smart, contemporary and cozy confines of El MaPi, amidst the hustle and bustle of Machu Picchu Pueblo, where you can admire and interact with the quaint folksy town and glimpse a peculiar perspective. Discover an efficient, lively and people-friendly atmosphere.

Adventure Briefing

Before retiring to bed for the night, enjoy a briefing with your Destination Peru Tours guide to plan out the specifics of your visit to one of the New 7 Wonders of the World the following morning.

Accommodations: El MaPi Hotel by InkaTerra
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner


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Machu Picchu

As your private motor coach climbs to the site of Machu Picchu, anticipate the extraordinary sight of these magnificent structures surrounded by green peaks glazed by a soft mist. (Elevation is 8,000 feet) You may even see llamas peacefully grazing among the terraces. Spend the morning with your Destination Peru Tours guide exploring the fascinating ruins and stunning views on your own. Remember that this amazing hike is at a high altitude and requires climbing and descending steep, uneven sdtairs. Take time to sit and marvel at the wonders around you.

Huayna Picchu Hike (Optional)

For those who would like even more adventure, we offer a guided hike up the jagged mountain that lies behind Machu Picchu called Huayna Picchu. It is a 1,000 ascent up steep, original Inca stars. Enjoy the incredible view from the top as you take in a full 360-degree view of the Machu Picchu area.

Lunch at Sanctuary Lodge

Join your fellow Adventurers for lunch at the eco-friendly Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel located next to the ancient Incan site. After lunch, continue exploring the endless wonders of Machu Picchu.

Dinner at the Wyndham Cusco Saqsayuhuaman

After a ride on the train and motor coach back to Cusco from Machu Picchu, enjoy a leisurely dinner and share tales from the day with your fellow travelers.

Accommodations: Wyndham Cusco Saqsayhuaman Hotel
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner


Morning at your leisure

Enjoy the view at the hotel, go to the main Plaza for some last minute shopping, relax and pack for your flight back to Lima.

Fly to Lima

Travel back to Peru’s capital city in preparation for your return flight home.

Accommodations: N/A
Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

*Transportation and luggage storage can be arranged for an additional fee for those guests that would like to spend time in the city of Lima before boarding their return flight home

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