Peru
  • 9 days/8 nights
  • Next Departure: Aug 07, 2016
  • From $4,998 / person
  • ($1,580 single supplement)

Machu Picchu Vacation Package

Discover one of the world’s most intriguing wonders on this small group, action-packed journey to Machu Picchu. Join our expert guides as they introduce you to the majesty of the towering Andes, the roiling rapids of the Urubamba River and the fascinating folklore enshrouding this mysterious culture. Hike ancient terraces, explore the sacred ruins of the Inca, mountain bike misty valleys and ride horseback through enchanting grasslands as you make your way to the marvelous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. This all-inclusive, custom Peru vacation package features best-in-class travel and Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service, while you enjoy the finest in regional accommodations and gourmet cuisine from cozy lodges to cosmopolitan eateries. A captivating mix of adventure, nature and history beckons – what are you waiting for?

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  • Adult Only Vacations
  • Biking
  • Cultural
  • Hiking
  • Paddling
  • Wine / Gourmet

Activity Level: Moderate

About
This Tour

Machu Picchu: the mere name evokes a sense of mystery, wonder and adventure for the most curious of travelers. This nine-day, exclusive itinerary takes you on an unforgettable journey from the bustling streets of Lima to the markets of Cusco and onto the awe-inspiring, world-renowned Inca Trail for a fascinating trip of a lifetime that's sure to send you home revived and inspired by the enigmatic fortitude of the Inca civilization.

  • Stroll the cobblestone plazas of Cusco, the Inca Empire’s capital and one of the the oldest, continuously-inhabited cities in the Western Hemisphere
  • Hike the Inca Trail, a mystical mix of ruins, mountain scenery, lush cloud forest and rich subtropical jungle
  • Watch the day break over Machu Picchu
  • Visit a local school to drop off supplies and plant a tree as a part of the UN’s ”Plant for the Planet” campaign
  • Ride Paso Finos to the remote Andean community of Cachiccata
  • Raft Class II & III rapids of the Urubamba River through the Sacred Valley
  • Shop vibrant Inca markets for hand-woven tapestries and blankets
  • Savor a plate of fine Peruvian cuisine and unwind in the comfort of the exquisite Hotel Sol y Luna over a chilled Pisco Sour
Taking a break at Machu Picchu
Photo: Taking a break at Machu Picchu

Far exceeded our expectations. Austin Lehman took care of every detail from the time we arrived at our destination to the moment we left, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in the country & culture. It was a magical journey!

Robin F Highlands Ranch, CO

Excellent value for an amazing trip! First class all the way.

Amy J Denver, CO

Loved the experience - not only activity - but a chance to see the real Peru - Guides were great at ensuring we experienced the culture & people

Timothy L Kirkwood, MO

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

9 days/8 nights

Lima, Peru

Day 1: Lima
Lima
Meals Included:  No meals

To kick off this adventure of a lifetime, arrive in Lima, the “City of Kings,” and the cultural hub of Peru. You’ll be met at the airport and transferred (1 hour) to the Miraflores Park Hotel. Explore and enjoy dinner on your own tonight.

About the Miraflores Park Hotel Set in one of Lima’s most fashionable areas, the Miraflores Park Hotel is renowned for personalized service, exceptional dining and breathtaking views. From your hotel base, you can discover the beautiful and vibrant metropolis of Lima, boasting buildings dating back to colonial times. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the heated rooftop pool, with incredible views of Lima and the Pacific Ocean.

Day 2: Lima
Lima
Meals Included:  B, L, D

On Day 2, enjoy a morning tour of the historic center of Lima, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.

  • Visit the Paseo de la República, San Martín Square, the Main Square, Government Palace, Basilica Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace, City Hall Palace and stroll streets lined with colonial mansions and Moorish-style balconies
  • After lunch at Mangos de Larcomar, check out a collection of pre-Colombian artifacts on a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum
  • Enjoy dinner perched over the Pacific at la Rosa Nautica, an unforgettable restaurant located on Pier 4 of the Lima Beach Circuit
Day 3: Cusco
Cusco
Meals Included:  B, L, D

On Day 3, take a morning flight to Cusco, the Inca Empire's capital and oldest, continuously-inhabited city in the Western Hemisphere. Afterward, embark on a city walking tour of the main square, the Cathedral and the "Korikancha" temple of the sun. Enjoy lunch at Inkanto restaurant before you take time on your own to explore Cusco. Dinner and welcome orientation will be held at Limo Restaurant, renowned for its Alpaca loin steaks, Chiveché and Pisco Sours and for its location in the heart of Cusco’s Plaza de Armas.

About Hotel Monasterio Right beside the lively Cusco central square is Hotel Monasterio, a former monastery and national monument dating from 1592. This 5-star museum hotel was once a 16th century monastery built on the foundations of an Incan palace. At an elevation of 11,024 feet, you’ll appreciate the spacious, oxygen-enriched rooms. Hotel Monasterio combines its centuries-old charm and ambience with luxury hotel service, inspired restaurants and boutique rooms and suites. The ideal hotel from which to discover the delights of Cusco, its doors open to a vibrant scene of old and modern architecture, markets, galleries and restaurants serving ‘new Andean’ cuisine.

Day 4: Sacsayhuaman / Pisac / Indian Market
Sacsayhuaman / Pisac / Indian Market
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Sol y Luna

On Day 4, you'll tansfer to Sacsayhuaman to explore this archaeological place.

  • Visit Awanacancha, the llama project, where we will see different South American camelids
  • Shuttle to Pisac for a hike to the region’s mysterious mountainside ruins
  • Shop an impressive display of handmade textiles and crafts at a local Indian market
  • Visit a local school to get to know the kids/teachers and to deliver materials, including books, pencils and crayons

Enjoy lunch at Hacienda Huayocary where you will discover a vast collection of folk art dating back to the seventeenth century. Check into the tranquil Sol Y Luna, your home for the next 3 nights, and enjoy a traditional Peruvian dinner.

About Sol y Luna Sol y Luna was born in 1996, when Franz and Petit - its founders - arrived in the Sacred Valley with the aim of settling there and sharing, with visitors and neighbors, what this land has to offer: beauty, culture and history, together with work and the joy of progress. Sol y Luna boasts over 100 collaborators, who share a common philosophy of respecting the natural environment and living in harmony with the local culture. The hotel is located in the province and district of Urubamba, in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, at an altitude of 8,850 feet, one hour’s drive from Cusco city. Minutes away from the hotel, you can find important archaeological sites like Moray, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero and Machu Picchu.

Day 5: Moray / Maras Inca Salt Mine
Biking in Peru
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Sol y Luna

Today, enjoy a morning visit to the Chincheros Indian market where you will have the chance to participate in a textile workshop. Afterward, bike off-road to the Inca site of Moray where you'll enjoy a picnic lunch. Shuttle to Maras and bike to the ancient salt pools and mines known as the “Salinas de Maras.” Indulge in a hearty dinner in the colorful Huacatay Restaurant.

Day 6: Ollantaytambo / Urubamba River
Rafting in Peru
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Sol y Luna

This morning, explore the ruins of Ollantaytambo. After a safety orientation, raft the Class II & III whitewater of the Urubamba River, conquering the adrenaline-inducing “train station” and “slider” rapids. Savor a traditional panchamanca lunch at a local restaurant before planting a tree as a part of the UN’s “Plant for the Planet” campaign. This afternoon you can opt for a horseback ride on a Peruvian Paso Fino horse. Afterward, enjoy dinner at Wayra Restaurant, a unique space where nature, art, gastronomy, adventure and good living blend together.

Day 7: Inca Trail / Machu Picchu
Inca Trail / Machu Picchu
Meals Included:  B, L, D

On Day 7, travel two-hours by train to Kilometer 104 where we meet the Inca Trail and embark on a cloud forest and subtropical jungle hike to Machu Picchu. Visit the sites of Chachabamba and Wiñay Wayna and enjoy lunch at a waterfall before reaching Intipunku, the “Sun Gate” overlooking Machu Picchu. We’ll have time for a short visit before transferring to the upscale Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel for lodging and dinner!

About Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel The Pueblo Hotel's private 12-acre cloud forest inside the Machu Picchu Sanctuary offers a scattering of cottages, streams, gushing waterfalls, gardens and wild forest. Discover a working tea plantation, and the world’s largest private collection of indigenous orchids, open to the public. What could be more enchanting than the vibrant Waqnaki, and the legend of a lovesick Inca princess whose sadness was transformed into colorful teardrop petals?

Day 8: Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Today, you have a full morning to explore Machu Picchu’s mountaintop ruins with a private guide. You'll also have the option to hike up Huaynapicchu Mountain at 10:00 am, if you desire. Afterward, enjoy lunch in Machu Picchu before an afternoon train ride back to Ollantaytambo and car transfer back to Cusco. This evening, feast at our farewell dinner followed by some lively music and dancing.

Day 9: Cusco / Lima
Machu Picchu Adventure Vacation Packages
Meals Included:  B

On the 9th and final day, take a return flight to Lima. With guide assistance, connect with your international flight home.

We hope you'll join us again soon!

* Post trip extensions to Lake Titicaca are available.

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures and Apumayo Expediciones.

Dates, Rates
& Details

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  • 9 days/8 nights
  • Next Departure: Aug 07, 2016
  • From $4,998 / person
  • ($1,580 single supplement)

Confirmed Departures

  • Aug 7, 2016
  • Oct 2, 2016
  • Dec 18, 2016

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Additional Trip Information

Departure
  • An Austin Adventures /Apumayo representative will meet you upon arrival at the Lima airport.
  • Upon clearing customs, transportation to the Miraflores Park Hotel (1 hour transfer) will be provided.
  • On Day 9 you will be transferred from the Hotel Monasterio to the Cusco airport according to your morning or afternoon flight schedule.
  • You will be met upon your arrival in Lima and assistance will be provided to the international departures terminal of the Lima airport.
  • Please confirm with your airline provider if the Peruvian airport departure and tourist tax is included in your ticket. If not, this departure tax must be paid in U.S. dollars or Peruvian Nuevos Soles, as credit cards are not accepted.
Activities
  • Hiking – 1 to 2 mile city walks and ruins tours; 5-mile challenging hike on the Inca Trail (elevation gain of 2,000 feet).
  • Mountain Biking – 15 miles on dirt, moderately difficult.
  • Horseback riding – (Optional) no experience necessary.
  • Whitewater rafting – Class II and III rapids, no experience necessary.
Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions – except one dinner on your own – are included as indicated by the itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All meals from breakfast on day 2 until breakfast on day 9.
  • Fully trained, bilingual, professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt & luggage tags.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Materials for school visit.
  • Peruvian Paso Fino horses at Sol y Luna.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, & local partner and expert gratuities.
  • Entrance fees to attractions in Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, & Huaynapicchu.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Flights from Lima-Cusco-Lima (approximately $480 per person, depending on availability).
  • Tree planting activity ($15.00 per tree).
  • Guide gratuities.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • Dinner on Night 1 during the trip.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
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Testimonials
Testimonials

With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:

Very pleased with food, accommodation and Guide. Exceptional Trip with great company

Robin D, Kelowna, BC
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We knew the trip would be well organized, with new and unexpected experiences. AA staff facilitated a wonderful trip in an extraordinary country. It was what we hoped for and expected.

Joan S, Chicago, IL

Excellent value for an amazing trip! First class all the way.

Amy J, Denver, CO

Great experience. Good guide.

Kalman K, Seattle, WA

Great trip- guide was knowledgeable and informative and took care of everything! Truly an amazing guide!

Nancy G, North Brook, IL

Far exceeded our expectations. Austin Lehman took care of every detail from the time we arrived at our destination to the moment we left, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in the country & culture. It was a magical journey!

Robin F, Highlands Ranch, CO

This was a life changing experience. Our guide helped us 'see' things we never understood on our own.

Einar S, Paradise Valley, AZ
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. The mystery: anywhere you go, there's a sense that the Inca culture still permeates every hilltop, village and valley.
  • 2. The Sun Gate: nothing prepares you for the feeling of awe as you step through Intipunku and gaze upon the ruins of Machu Picchu for the very first time.
  • 3. The breakfast at the Hotel Monasterio: when have you ever dined to the distant soundtrack of chanting monks?
  • 4. The local Indian market in Pisac: this colorful market offers the region's most impressive display of handmade textiles and crafts.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: from spinning fascinating regional interpretation to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.
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