Machu Picchu by Train - 9 Days

South America
The Amazon – Spend two nights in the jungle at a unique eco lodge and explore the world’s largest tropical rainforest, Cusco – Take in the highlights of the captivating capital of the Inca Empire on a guided tour and explore the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, Sacred Valley of the Incas – Roam around the Pisac ruins, the temple of Ollantaytambo and local markets, Machu Picchu – Enjoy a scenic train ride to explore the spectacular Inca citadel, which is one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, Lima - Explore the capital of Peru with its vibrant Plazas & Spanish colonial architecture

Departure dates

From 2024-07-27 to 2025-12-20

What's included

8 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners.
5 nights 4 star hotels, 1 night 3 star hotel in the Sacred Valley and 2 nights Amazon eco-lodge.
2 economy flights: Lima - Puerto Maldonado - Cusco.
Airport transfers on day 1 and day 9.
Guided tour of Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
Expedition train to Machu Picchu.
Escorted by English-speaking local tour leader (for groups of 4 or more) and specialist local guides for included sightseeing.
Transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles.
Entrance fees and Cusco Tourist Ticket.

Itinerary / more information

  • Day 4 includes a visit to Lake Sandoval, a glassy, ox -bow lake located inside the protected Tambopata National Reserve, reached via a sun-dappled rainforest trail. We board a dug-out wooden canoe to quietly paddle around the serene lake which is home to many species of birds, the endangered giant river otter, red howler monkeys, red-bellied macaws, anacondas, side-neck turtles, black caimans amongst others. Please note: Jungle activities and excursions may vary, depending on the lodge you're staying at and the weather conditions. In 2024 we stay at Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion or Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica. In 2025 we will be staying at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica or Refugio Amazonas.2 breakfast, 2 lunch, 2 dinner included.Day 5-6, CuscoPuerto Maldonado - Cusco. We take a canoe ride back to Puerto Maldonado for our flight to Cusco on day 5. After hotel check in spend the rest of the day at leisure adjusting to the altitude. This beautiful city full of history and intrigue, is located 3,399m above sea level. The following morning we enjoy a tour of Cusco and its nearby ruins taking in some of the city's most important landmarks. We'll start at the Plaza de Armas, built on the remains of one of the most important Incan gathering spots, it's one of the most beautiful squares in the country. We'll also visit the Cathedral, the Kenko Amphitheatre and the impressive Sacsayhuaman Fortress. Built between 1438 and 1474, Sacsayhuaman Fortress took over 20,000 labourers to build and some of the magnificent stone work measures over 4 metres in height and over 100 tons in weight. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to do any independent exploring of Cusco.2 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.Day 7, Sacred ValleyCusco - The Sacred Valley. Today we enjoy a full day tour of the Sacred Valley. Our first stop is the popular Pisac Markets, where artisans from the region get together and exchange or buy and sell their products. Originally only held on Sundays, Pisac Market was a place for artisans from across the region to trade in their products. Today the market is a daily occurrence where locals and visitors alike can find some of the finest textiles, jewellery and clothing typical of this area of Peru. There's plenty of time to explore the market, see the variety of colourful handicrafts and textiles on offer, and barter for souvenirs. This afternoon we visit Ollantaytambo's fortress with its enormous Inca terraces constructed on the side of a steep mountain. One of the best examples of Incan architecture, many of the inhabitants of Ollantaytambo still live according to the customs and traditions they have inherited from generations of ancestors, leading to it being known as a living Inca town. After a tour through the area we check into our hotel for the night.1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.Day 8, Machu PicchuSacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cusco. Today is the day you've been waiting for as you finally get a chance to witness first hand one of the most fascinating ancient sites in the world. In the morning we will take the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and then board the bus to Machu Picchu - remember to look out the windows as the scenery along the way is utterly breathtaking. Situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba River and surrounded by tropical forest, the Inca city enjoys a truly spectacular setting. When we get there, a guided tour will take us through the citadel. Built in the classical Inca style with polished dry-stone walls and terraces that seem to have been crafted naturally from the rock escarpments, Machu Picchu is a spectacular testament to the greatness of the Inca civilisation. The ruins are divided into the Urban and Agricultural Sectors with features ranging from terraced fields and water fountains to storage buildings, guardhouses and religious temples as well as bridges on the trails leading out of the citadel. After the tour we return to the spa town of Aguas Calientes where there's time to stroll around before travelling by train back to Cusco. 1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.Day 9, CuscoOur tour comes to an end after breakfast today. A transfer will take you to Cusco airport for your onward travel. If you're not departing Cusco until this evening, or you've booked post tour accommodation, you may wish to join one of the optional excursions on offer today. You can visit the local Andean market town of Chinchero on a half day tour. Chinchero has one of the most traditional markets in South America, and here you will find locals in colourful traditional dress, buying and selling their produce. There's also an optional full day excursion to Vinicunca, the [[Rainbow Mountain|131596]] (offered from March to November), with lunch included. After a scenic 2.5 hr drive through rugged mountain scenery, trek with a guide to the summit of Rainbow Mountain, with its striking bright stripes of mineral deposits.1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
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