Experience the Capital of the Inca Empire and Legendary Machu Picchu
Explore the ancient Inca Empire and the stunning landscapes throughout the Sacred Valley. You'll visit the most important sites close to Cusco such as Saqsayhuaman, Pisac, and Ollantaytambo before heading off to the world wonder that is Machu Picchu. Here, you'll get both a private tour as well as plenty of time to experience it on your own. As you return to Cusco, you'll stop off at other Inca sites such as the terraces of Moray, not on the typical tourist route.
Detailed Itinerary - 8 Days / 7 Nights
Day 1: Welcome to PeruUpon your arrival in Lima, you will be welcomed by your Kuoda host and escorted to the Costa Ramada del Sol Hotel right at the Lima airport to rest for your early morning flight to Cusco.
Day 2: Journey to the Sacred ValleyAfter being assisted with your check-in at the Lima airport, you will fly to Cusco, a journey of about 80 minutes. You will be welcomed on arrival to the ancient Inca capital and, on your way to the beautiful Sacred Valley to acclimate, you will first visit the archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman. Just above the city of Cusco, it is an amazing example of the impressive Inca stonework.
Heading out of the city, you'll stop off at Awanakancha, a great opportunity to learn about traditional weaving techniques from local women and get your first primer on the four types of camelids found in Peru: the Llama, Alpaca, Guanaco and Vicuña. From here, you will continue deeper into the Valley to your luxurious hotel in Urubamba.
Day 3: Pisac Ruins and MarketA short drive takes you to the Pisac ruins and traditional market. You'll have ample time to explore this fascinating site high above the town with its beautiful vistas of the valley. Following, you will have time to continue your explorations, this time of the quaint town itself. Here, you'll find a marketplace famous for its handmade crafts, including textiles, jewelry and ceramics.
Afterward, there will be ample time to explore the town with its small adobe homes and peruse the lively market for handmade textiles, ceramics, jewelry and crafts.
On your way back to your hotel, you'll enjoy a gourmet lunch at one of Urubamba's two gourmet restaurants– Tres Keros or El Huacatay.
Day 4: Visiting the Agricultural
After a scrumptious breakfast in your hotel we will visit the Inca ruins at Moray. Experts today believe these ancient amphitheaters served as an agricultural laboratory, the ascending terraces creating variations in temperature and soil type. We will continue through the small town of Maras, which boasts beautiful colonial doorways, before arriving at the unbelievable salt pans. Still in-use, each of thousands of flat white pools that terrace the hillside has been passed down through families since pre-Incan times. The intricate network of waterways and white evaporation pools seem like a work of modern art. We will then have lunch at the Casa de Barro, where you can sample some of the treats of the region.
After lunch, we will take you to visit our friends in a small Sacred Valley village. Surrounded by towering mountains and hugging the shore of the breathtakingly blue Lake Piuray, agriculture dominates life in this close-knit place. The women of the village are weaving masters, using Incan techniques, materials and patterns. They will happily explain their craft to you. You will also meet some of the local children who attend Kuoda's after-school program. The kids love to show off their drawings and computer skills!
This town is far off the beaten-track, so you won't see other tourists here. You will get to meet some of the friendliest people in Peru and to glimpse a more traditional way of life.
At the end of the day, we will return to your hotel.
Day 5: The Lost City of the Incas: Machu Picchu
Prepare for a climactic day! In the morning, we will board the train in Ollantaytambo for our journey to Machu Picchu. Watch the cloud jungle pass by through the large glass windows! After a bus ride to the gates of this wonder of the world, we will fortify ourselves with a savory lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge.
You will then ascend stone steps, through heavy tree cover to finally emerge at the top of the world – Machu Picchu! The incredible Inca stone construction will be spread below, alternately hidden and revealed by clouds. Your expert guide will give you a private tour of the ancient city.
You will return for an evening in Aguas Calientes and your guide will give you advice and answer questions about how you might use your following free day.
Day 6: Machu Picchu on Your Terms
This is your day to relax and enjoy Machu Picchu. The adventurous can climb to the citadel from town or hike the steep Huayna Picchu for the postcard view of the city. (These tickets need to be purchased along with the Machu Picchu entrance so you will need to decide ahead of time if you wish to make this climb. Only 400 people are allowed on, half at 7 am and half at 10 am.)
In the afternoon, you will descend to Aguas Calientes for your train back to Cusco. We will be waiting in the station for you and will bring you to your hotel for a night's rest.
Day 7: Cusco
On day seven, you will take a private walking tour of one of Peru´s most attractive, fascinating cities: Cusco.
Your guide will illuminate past and present, from the Inca walls and sun temple to the Pre-Columbian Art Museum to the ancient churches and cathedrals to the bohemian neighborhood of San Blas to the bustling modern market in San Pedro.
The afternoon will be free so you can explore Cusco on your own.
Day 8: Return HomeIn the morning, you'll be taken to the airport for your flight back to Lima. If your flight is later in the day, we will provide you with a car and driver to take you to some of the main sights of the city. If you like, your trip can also be extended, allowing you to further enjoy the capital city, particularly the many fine restaurants.
All trips are private and will be customized to suit your individual interests and schedules. Please contact us at (800) 986-4150 for more information about our customized private tours to Peru. Costs will vary according to your specific itinerary, the number of people traveling and the type of accommodations you prefer.