• 9 days/8 nights
  • Next Departure: May 22, 2016
  • From $4,998 / person
  • ($1,580 single supplement)

Machu Picchu Vacation Package

Discover Machu Picchu on our Machu Picchu Vacation package. – Crowned by the towering Andes and tucked between the Amazon and the Pacific, Peru offers a captivating mix of adventure, nature and history. View the expansive Machu Picchu site from perhaps the most famous entrance, the “Sun Gate.” Visit and bargain with the locals at the colorful street markets and sip on a Pisco Sour as you reminisce over your adventures of the day with your new traveling friends.

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

Activity Level: Moderate

This Tour

From the Rapids of the Urubamba to the mystical mountains of Machu Picchu, the Land of the Inca begs to be explored.

  • Stroll the cobblestone streets 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
Taking a break at Machu Picchu
Photo: Taking a break at Machu Picchu
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Tour Itinerary

9 days/8 nights

Lima, Peru

Day 1: 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
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
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
Moray / Maras Inca Salt Mine
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
Ollantaytambo / Urubamba River
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 2 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
Cusco / Lima
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.

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  • 9 days/8 nights
  • Next Departure: May 22, 2016
  • From $4,998 / person
  • ($1,580 single supplement)

Confirmed Departures

  • May 22, 2016
  • Aug 7, 2016
  • Oct 2, 2016
  • Dec 18, 2016

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Additional Trip Information

  • 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.
  • 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.

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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A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. The mystery: everywhere 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: it offers the region's most impressive display of handmade textiles and crafts.

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