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Cusco & Machu Picchu

No visit to Peru can be complete without discovering the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, lost for hundreds of years until rediscovered in 1911 by American explorer Hiram Bingham.

The city of Cusco is also of great interest, being a curious blend of Spanish colonial architecture with local Campesino tradition. Often overlooked is the cosmopolitan capital Lima, founded by the Conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535.

Here are more details of a sample tour as a starting point, but at Kipling Tours, we can customize any program just for you.

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  • Day 1

    Fly to Lima

    On arrival in Lima your guidee will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. The upscale districts of Miraflores and San Isidro offer good opportunities for shopping and both have a wide range of excellent restaurants. In Miraflores, the central Kennedy Park often has lively night markets and street entertainment.

  • Day 2


    After breakfast your guide will pick you up from your hotel for a half day city tour of Lima. Founded by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535, Lima has a fascinating history spanning the Inca Empire and the Spanish colonial period, as well as several different pre-columbian cultures which date back over thousands of years. The afternoon will be free for you to explore the city on your own.

  • Day 3

    Lima - Cusco

    Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you back to the airport for your flight to Cusco. You will be met on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Depending on the flight time, you may have lunch in Cusco and will then have a free afternoon to explore the city on your own. Cusco lies at an altitude of 3,400 metres and you will probably feel a little short of breath on the first day so remember to take it easy.

  • Day 4


    In the morning there will be a guided city tour where you will visit many of the most famous Inca ruins in the city and surrounding areas. Sacsayhuaman is one of the most extensive and interesting sites, located high above the old city, but you also visit Qoricancha, Quenqo and Tambomachay. The afternoon is free at leisure and perhaps to explore the historic Cusco Cathedral which dates from the seventeenth century.

  • Day 5

    Sacred Valley

    Today you have a full day tour to the Sacred Valley. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel in the morning and you and drive to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You first visit the ancient ruins at Pisac with a spectacular view across the terraced fields of the valley, before continuing to Pisac village where you can explore its fascinating market. After lunch at Urubamba you continue to the Inca town of Ollantaytambo.  At 7pm you take the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, the town situated right at the foot of Machu Picchu where you spend the night.

  • Day 6

    Machu Picchu

    This morning your guide will meet you at your hotel lobby. If you want to see the sunrise at Machu Picchu you will need an early start. Otherwise there is no rush. Private vehicles are not permitted to drive to Machu Picchu and a regular bus services takes visitors up to the site. Your guide will give you a tour for a couple of hours, after which you will have plenty of time to explore on your own. It is also possible to climb Huayna Picchu, the small peak which rises behind Machu Picchu (must be arranged in advance). When you are ready to leave, you can take a bus back down to Aguas Calientes on your own.

  • Day 7

    Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo

    The morning will be free, allowing you time to explore the town of Aguas Calientes and enjoy lunch at leisure. Your train departs Aguas Calientes in the afternoon and you arrive in Ollantaytambo around 5pm. On arrival you are met and transferred to your hotel in Ollantaytambo or Urubamba for a relaxing evening.

  • Day 8

    Ollantaytambo - Cusco

    After breakfast you depart by private vehicle to visit the Maras salt mines which have been used since pre-colonial times. Today there are more than 3000 salt pools which are still used to process salt for the entire Cusco region. You will visit the Moray Inca ruins before continuing to Chincheros village where they have the most amazing Alpaca and Llama handicrafts. There is also a splendid catholic church which was built over Incas ruins. In the afternoon you return to Cusco and your hotel.

  • Day 9


    Today will be a free day in the city to explore on your own and to do any final souvenir shopping.

  • Day 10

    Depart Cusco

    You will be transferred back to the airport for your homeward flight.

Prices start from

$2995 for a 10 day tour

Including a tour manager, all admissions and good quality hotels. Prices do not include flights. Contact us for a customized program and quote which includes flights from your chosen departure city.

excludes flights

  • Casa Andina Select Miraflores

    Modern 4 star hotel conveniently located in the upscale Miraflores district of Lima

    The Casa Andina Select is a four star hotel and part of the excellent Casa Andina chain.  Miraflores is one of the smartest districts of the city and the hotel is located in a central position within easy reach of the restaurants around Kennedy Park, and just a short drive from Old Lima, the colonial part of the city.

  • Hotel Rumi Punku Cusco

    Lovely characterful 3 star courtyard style hotel in the centre of Cusco

    The Rumi Punku is an authentic Peruvian hotel with loads of character situated in a great location in Cusco, just a short walk from the main square.

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