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Lima . Sacred Valley . Cusco . Machu Picchu

This eight-day adventure into Peru’s culture and history offers an ideal introduction to Machu Picchu, one of the world’s most spectacular archaeological sites. Take a scenic train to the famous citadel and enjoy free time to explore its many corners. Roam the Sacred Valley, taking in incredible views of the Andes. Travelling with knowledgeable guides who know this region best, we’ll leave no stone unturned. This is a National Geographic Journey.

from $1999
per person sharing




National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Traditional Andean Experience, Urubamba
National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Cusco Planetarium, Cusco
Giveback experience: Parque de la Papa (Potato Park), Urubamba
Giveback experience: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay.
Arrival transfer.
Two-day Sacred Valley tour including Ollantaytambo, Moray, and Pisac ruins and pre-Incan salt pans.
Traditional pachamanca-style dinner.
Scenic train and guided tour of Machu Picchu.
Internal flights.
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner



International airfare; tipping; meals unless noted otherwise, personal expenses


Giveback: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay.

DEPARTURES:  Year round

Day 1: Lima

Transferred to your hotel on arrival. 

Day 2: Lima - Urubamba

Board an early flight to Cusco then head to the Sacred Valley. Explore the pre-Inca salt pans of Las Salineras and tour the Maras and Moray ruins. Enjoy a traditional pachamanca-style meal of local specialties. (B,D)

Day 3: Urubamba

Continue exploring the Sacred Valley with a visit to the “Parque de la Papa” (“Potato Park”). Walk through this rural community with a local guide to learn about potato cultivation, weaving, and the importance of both to Andean culture. Also, explore the Ollantaytambo and Pisac ruins and visit the  Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosqo, one of your giveback experiences. (B,L)

Day 4: Urubamba - Aguas Caliente

Catch an early transfer to Ollantaytambo station and board the scenic train to Aguas Calientes with the option to visit the local market or nearby hot springs.(B)

Day 5: Machu Picchu

Enjoy a guided tour of the Machu Picchu ruins, the highlight of your trip. You will have free time to explore on your own or take an optional walk to the Inca Bridge.  Returning to Aguas Caliente by bus, and continue to Cusco by train.  (B)

Day 6: Cusco

Explore historic Cusco, Peru's most beautiful city, with options to visit it's fascinating museums, shop at the city market  explore the charming hillside neighborhood of San Blas, or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding, or mountain biking. This evening, take in a different view of the night sky at the Cusco Planetarium. Enjoy a presentation on the southern sky, contemporary astronomy, and the ancient Inca relationship with the cosmos. Check out the on-site museum and use their telescopes to admire the stars. (B)

Day 7: Cusco - Lima

Fly back to Lima and spend an afternoon in Peru's bustling capital. (B)

Day 8: Depart

Depart at any time. (B)

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