Go on an Incan adventure in Peru by combining a trip to culture-rich Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley with a trek along the forgotten Great Inca Trail from Huaraz to Huanuco Pampa.

Start your trip in Lima before heading marvelling at the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, historical Cusco and the ruins of the Sacred Valley. Then, journey to Huaraz where you'll pick up the Great Inca Trail, passing through Andean mountains and along river basins, camping out under the stars as you learn more about this fascinating culture.

Key information

Destinations Destinations Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Huaraz
Activity Activity Nature & Wildlife, Active, Hiking & Trekking
Physical Level Physical Level Strenuous
Season Season January - December

Suggested itinerary

Arrival in Lima

Arrival in Lima

Day 1 in Lima

You'll be met on arrival in Lima and transferred to your selected hotel. If you're feeling adventurous, head into the city to sample Peruvian cuisine.

Sightseeing in Cusco

Sightseeing in Cusco

Day 2 in Cusco

After an early morning flight from Lima to Cusco, your guide will take you on an afternoon tour of Cusco, capital of the Incan Empire. See the Incan complex of Sacsayhuaman, the temple of Koricancha and Cusco's cathedral for art and historical artefacts.

Explore the Sacred Valley

Explore the Sacred Valley

Day 3 in Sacred Valley

Begin your private Sacred Valley tour at the ancient agricultural terraces of Moray, before visiting the salt mines of Maras and the ruins of Ollantaytambo. From here, you'll take a scenic train ride through the Sacred Valley to your hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Experience Machu Picchu

Experience Machu Picchu

Day 4 in Machu Picchu

Your private guided tour of Machu Picchu will take in all the sights of this world-famous Incan citadel, visiting the most important parts of the ruins. You'll also have the chance to hike to the top of Huayna Picchu for a bird's eye view of the valley.

After taking your fill of the ancient ruins, you'll depart Aguas Calientes by train to Ollantaytambo before being transferred back to your hotel in Cusco.

Cusco to Huaraz transfer

Cusco to Huaraz transfer

Day 5 in Cusco

An early morning flight takes you back to Lima, where you'll board a first-class bus transferring you to Huaraz. The scenic, mountainous route takes 7-8 hours to complete.

Hike the Qhapaq Ñan route to Huanuco Pampa

Hike the Qhapaq Ñan route to Huanuco Pampa

Day 6–10 in Huaraz

Starting from the small town of Castillo, you'll head along the Inca Trail to Soledad de Tambo before veering onto the Qhapac Ñan and heading high into the Andean peaks. You'll meet artisan weavers in Quenuajirca, travel along the Taparaco reiver basin and camp under starlit skies at Tambo Grande before ending in the ancient Incan administrative centre Huanuco Pampa. Along the way, your guides will teach about the history of the Incas, explore ancient ruins and explain the amazing engineering feats this society achieved.

Transfer from Huaraz to Lima

Transfer from Huaraz to Lima

Day 11 in Huaraz

You'll head back to the bus station in Huaraz for your first-class coach back to Lima.

Guided tour of Lima

Guided tour of Lima

Day 12 in Lima

Your last day brings a guided tour of the Miraflores district of Lima, visits to the Larco Archeology Museum and colonial Casa Aliaga, as well as a chance to sample some of Lima's cuisine.

Your trip concludes with a transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Where to stay

Classic

Casa San Blas

Right off the main pedestrian fare in the San Blas district and less than three blocks to the main square, Casa San Blas Boutique offers exceptional location and comfort. Inside, the well-appointed rooms make for a great night's rest, and the family-style suites are perfect for families.

Classic

Posada Amazonas

Located on a 2,000 hectare private communal reserve and owned by the local community of Infierno, Posada Amazonas provides a great introduction to the Amazon rainforest. The lodge was built using traditional materials and architecture, featuring open windows to the jungle and drapes as doorways. At just 2 hours from the airport in Puerto Maldonado, Posadas Amazonas is ideal for those with limited time to spend in the jungle.

Superior

Isla Suasi

A luxurious eco-lodge located on the only private island in Lake Titicaca. Lodging includes all food and beverages and the opportunity for activities on the lake. The 24 rustic and appealing rooms all have expansive views of Lake Titicaca as does lunch, which is served on the bluff overlooking the lake.

Deluxe

Machu Picchu Pueblo

Hidden in 12 acres of seclusion, the Pueblo Hotel provides a paradise of individual bungalows with stone paths leading you through the gardens and natural fountains. The Pueblo is laid out in the traditional Andean Village style and consists of 85 luxury cottages, a naturalist centre, a natural Andean sauna, and an exquisite restaurant that overlooks the Vilcanota river below.

Deluxe

Delfin III

Peru's river vessels take cruising to another level. These intimate, exclusive ships accommodate between eight and 40 passengers in sumptuous suites with five-star levels of service. Between excursions to explore the jungle, passengers kick back on the sun deck and enjoy the finest Peruvian cuisine.

Deluxe

Reserva Amazonica

This eco-luxury lodge is exotic yet accessible, situated in a private reserve surrounded by vast jungle canopy. Inspired by native Amazon design, the lodge is composed of thatched roof cabanas that combine local natural materials with contemporary amenities.

Book this itinerary

This route booked with one of our specialist tour operators would cost from $3,790pp. Pricing varies by accommodation class, and can be tailored to suit your budget.

Pricing is typically inclusive of hotels, transfers, meals, and all guided excursions and activities.

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