Short Machu Picchu Tour
Destinations Destinations
Machu Picchu, Lima, Cusco & Sacred Valley
Activity Activity
Nature & Wildlife, Culture & History, Family
Tour Type Tour Type
Custom itinerary, Private tour
Accommodation Standard Accommodation
Physical Level Physical Level

Good to know

  • Private tour with flexible departures
  • Expert guided excursions
  • Customisable itinerary – change days and activities as required
  • Hassle-free logistics and transfers
  • Quality assured hotels

See the very best of Peru on tight schedules. This trip combines adventure with cultural immersion, taking you off the beaten track with visits to authentic Andean communities and ancient ruins. You’ll be surrounded by stunning mountains, lakes and valleys, all while staying in picturesque mountain lodges, and soaking up centuries of history and culture.

This itinerary and all hotels can be customised on request. A SA Expeditions advisor will be happy to help – get in touch for more information.

Suggested Itinerary

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This is a customisable trip

Use the following itinerary for inspiration. Remember: all days, hotels and activities can be altered to suit your requirements. A SA Expeditions travel expert will be happy to advise.

Welcome to Peru! Today is a transit day, and after a long flight you're probably looking forward to a nice meal and some relaxation. The Costa del Sol hotel is located right across the street from the airport and is the best choice for travelers connecting to Cusco. But if you arrive to Lima in the early afternoon, you’ll have the time to make your way to a hotel in the picturesque waterfront district of Miraflores. If you go for this option, a representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.

Lima - Cusco

Travelling from Lima to Cusco you will have gone from sea level to the heady heights of 11,500 feet. To give you the chance to acclimatise, the first day is free for relaxation. But if you're up for a bit of exploring, the city centre is pedestrian-friendly and full of fascinating sites, colours and people.

Includes: breakfast
Private Cusco city tour

During your tour of Cusco, the capital of the Incan Empire, you'll visit Sacsayhuaman, an immense complex with impressive stonework, and Koricancha, one of the most important Inca temples (the walls were once actually coated in gold!). You’ll also stop at Cusco's Cathedral where you'll learn about the intricacies of the Cusco school of art and view fascinating historical artefacts.

Includes: breakfast
Private Sacred Valley tour

Prepare to be breathtaken! Your Sacred Valley exploration will include visits to the ancient circular agricultural terraces of Moray, the salt mines at Maras, and the ruins and village of Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo, you’ll be treated to a scenic train ride through the Sacred Valley to the town of Aguas Calientes where you will stay in comfort to await the highlight of our tour.

Includes: breakfast
Private Machu Picchu tour

This is one for your bucket list. Uncover the mystical secrets of Machu Picchu during a guided private tour of the world-famous Inca citadel. You'll have the opportunity to visit the most important parts of the ruins to wonder at how they were constructed. After the tour, you'll have free time to further explore the ruins or just sit back and appreciate the majesty of Machu Picchu. You can also hike to the top of Huayna Picchu for a bird's eye view of the ruins and valley beneath you. The steep path takes about an hour and a half to ascend. After a day you’ll remember for the rest of your life, you’ll depart from Aguas Calientes by train for Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival at the train station you will be met and transferred to your Cusco hotel.

Includes: breakfast

A representative will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to Cusco airport for your flight to Lima.

Optional recommended excursion: Depending on the time of your international flight, you can take the opportunity to squeeze in a private tour of Lima's key sites. You will visit the Larco Archaeological Museum, the San Francisco Monastery and its catacombs, Lima's historic colonial squares, and Miraflores.

Includes: breakfast

What people are saying


SA Expeditions has a thorough knowledge of the sights to see and places to stay. They attend to all of the details and contract with excellent local guide services. Although we had a good idea of where we wanted to go, they suggested some places that we had not heard of which turned out to be great. We will entrust them with any future trips that we take to South America.


This was our third trip with SA expeditions and we're looking forward to our fourth! White glove service made our vacation hassle and stress free.

Marcia Friedland

From my first email to SA Expeditions everything was handled professionally. Our trip was a huge success, hats off to SA Expeditions.

Short Machu Picchu Tour

What's included & what's not included

Included Accommodation

Five nights in preferred properties, hand selected for comfort, convenience and quality

Included Guided excursions

Privately guided tours with your own personal guide and driver and all necessary entrance fees.

Included All meals

All hotel breakfasts and packed lunches on excursions. Evening meals not included, but your guide will gladly provide recommendations.

Included Ground transfers

Roundtrip Vistadome train to Machu Picchu Pueblo and the bus to ruins with the company of your private guide. All private airport transfers with English speaking assistance.

Not included International flights

Domestic and international airfare are not included but can be arranged on request.



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$2,950 pp

This tour is operated by SA Expeditions
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