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Train to Machu Picchu

From $3,593

Machu Picchu is Peru’s crown jewel and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Train to Machu Picchu adventure takes you to the mysterious citadel and beyond.

Highlights

Explore the mysterious citadel of Machu Picchu.

Follow in the footsteps of the Inca and the Spanish conquistadores as you meander through the cobblestone streets of Cusco.

Support a school that educates impoverished girls and helps them build self-esteem.

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Lima

Arrive in Lima.

Your guide meets you at the airport and accompanies you to the hotel to help you check in.

Relax after your international flight.

Hotel: Ramada Costa del Sol (or similar)

Day 2: Tour Colonial Cusco

Depart for Cusco, high (10,856 ft.) in the Andes.

Your guide meets you at the airport and accompanies you to the hotel to help you check in.

Stroll through the Plaza de Armas.

Visit the ancient Inca temple of Qorikancha and Cusco’s magnificent colonial cathedral to witness how the Spanish and Inca cultures melded.

Explore Cusco’s vibrant traditional Andean market.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel and lunch

Hotel: Rumi Punku (or similar)

Day 3: Explore Inca Ruins & Meet Everyday Heroines

Visit Chicuchas Wasi, an alternative school for impoverished girls, and be inspired by director Ruth Uribe’s story.

Marvel at the Inca stonework on display at the four most important Inca ruins just outside of Cusco: Sacsayhuamán, Q’enko, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay.

Lunch at Aldea Yanapay. The proceeds from this playful restaurant support various social projects, including an alternative after-school program for local children.

Meet Nilda Callañaupa to learn about ancient Peruvian textile traditions and how she plans to save them.

Join a local Cusqueña family in their home for a delicious home-cooked meal.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel, lunch, and dinner

Hotel: Rumi Punku (or similar)

Day 4: Visit a Remote Weaving Community

Visit a farm where you learn about the Andean camelid family. Feed and pet llamas and alpacas.

Travel to a remote weaving community. Enjoy a weaving demonstration and share lunch with community members. Shop for fine textiles at a fraction of the price you would pay in Cusco.

Stop by a chicheria to sample chicha, the fermented-corn drink that has been popular since the time of the Inca.

Check into your hotel and enjoy dinner on your own.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel and lunch

Hotel: Pakaritampu (or similar)

Day 5: Explore Machu Picchu

Board the train to Aguas Calientes, the bustling pueblo that sits at the foot of Machu Picchu.

Spend the day exploring the mysterious ruins before heading back to Ollantaytambo for the night.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel

Hotel: Pakaritampu (or similar)

Day 6: Tour Ollantaytambo and See the Salt Pans of Maras

Walk through Ollantaytambo’s Old Town. Many residential blocks, each inhabited by several families during the 15th century, are still present.

Explore the ancient ruins situated on the edge of town.

Visit Salinas de Maras. The Incas diverted water to form thousands of pools where a thin crust of salt remains as the sun evaporates the water.

Return to Cusco for one last night in the city once considered the navel of the Inca world.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel and picnic lunch at Salinas de Maras

Hotel: Rumi Punku (or similar)

Day 7: Tour Historic Lima & Learn to Make Ceviche

Return to Lima for a last tour of the City of Kings.

Head downtown to enjoy a ceviche cooking demonstration. Then, lunch alongside the locals.

Visit Casa Aliaga, one of the oldest colonial mansions in Lima, and the only one continuously inhabited by the same family – seventeen generations of the descendents of its original owner.

Tour the Monastery of San Francisco and its catacombs. Built in the 17th century, these catacombs were once the biggest cemetery in Lima.

Dine at Rosa Nautica. Set in a fabulous Victorian-style building on the end of a pier, this restaurant is the perfect place to relax over a last pisco sour and the Peruvian and international specialties of renowned chef Enrique Blondet.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel, lunch, and farewell dinner

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Trip Rating

Easy to Moderate

Prices

Prices for 2016

2 to 4 people – $4,337/person

5+ people – $3,593/person

Own room – $400/person

Solo travelers – contact us.

Prices for 2017

2 to 4 people – $4,421/person

5+ people – $3,658/person

Own room – $400/person

Solo travelers – contact us.

Included In Price

Accommodations – double occupancy

Airport/hotel transfers

Carbon offsets

English speaking guides

Entrance fees for scheduled tours

Meals specified in the itinerary

Transportation specified by the itinerary

Excluded From Price

Airfare

Airport taxes

Alcoholic drinks

Baggage costs

Meals not specified by the itinerary

Personal expenses

Tips

Travel insurance (required)

Voluntary philanthropic gifts

Departure Dates

Private departures upon request

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