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Train To Machu Picchu

  • Lima Airport, Lima, Peru
  • Active & Adventure
Peru, South America

from $3,655* per person 13 Days February-December
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Cox & Kings 12 people max
Trace the route of the Incas, from Lima, the “City of Kings,” to splendid Cusco and the villages of the nearby Sacred Valley. Then ascend by train to explore the Lost City of the Incas. Along the way, discover lovely Arequipa, explore Colca Canyon and sail upon Lake Titicaca.

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Peru, South America

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Special information

  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.

Itinerary

Days 1-2
Arrive Lima
After your overnight flight, arrive in Lima where you will be met by a Cox & Kings representative and escorted to your hotel. Enjoy the day at leisure; if you’re feeling adventurous, several optional excursions can be arranged. Libertador / Miraflores Park* – 1-night (B)

Day 3
To Arequipa
Explore colonial and modern Lima, including the San Isidro market and architecturally stunning San Francisco monastery. This afternoon, fly over the Andes to Arequipa, an attractive city of beautiful white buildings and colonnaded plazas. Libertador – 2-nights (B)

Day 4
Arequipa
Spend the day discovering the city, including the charming Santa Catalina convent and the Juanita Mummy museum, which houses the well-preserved mummy of a little girl offered as a sacrifice by the Incas to their gods in the 15th century. (B, L)

Day 5
To the Colca Canyon
Drive into the Andes toward the Colca Canyon with several photo stops en route. Marvel at the breathtaking scenery, including snowy volcanic peaks, the terraces of the Colca valley and herds of llamas. Casa Andina / Colca Lodge* – 2-nights (B, L, D)

Day 6
Colca Canyon
Rise early this morning to travel to Condor’s Cross, where you may see the magnificent condor soaring over the canyon. Visit the town of Maca, famed for its pre-Columbian textiles. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Why not take a walk in the canyon or relax in the natural hot springs? (B, L, D)

Day 7
To Lake Titicaca
Set off on a full-day scenic journey to Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Upon arrival in Puno, transfer to your hotel, which is set on the shores of the lake. Libertador – 2-nights (B, L)

Day 8
Lake Titicaca
Embark on an exploration of the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, inhabited by the Uros Indians. Then discover the unique culture and pre-Incan ruins on lovely Taquile Island. (B, L)

Day 9
To Cuzco
Take the Andean Explorer train to Cusco, a scenic journey of approximately ten hours. Relax over lunch with a pisco sour and music in the observation car as you pass high Andean peaks, mountain streams and rivers, cultivated terraces and small valley towns. Upon arrival in Cusco, transfer to your hotel. Libertador / Monasterio* for 2-nights (B, L)

Day 10
Cuzco
After a morning at leisure, explore the city where Inca legends meet colonial history on an afternoon tour, including the lively San Blas neighborhood, the Plaza de Armas and Santo Domingo Monastery, built atop the legendary Koricancha — the central Inca temple devoted to the worship of the sun whose walls were plated with sheets of gold. (B)

Day 11
To the Sacred Valley
Head out into the country to spend some time searching for treasures and handifcrafts at the colorful Pisac market. Then delve into Inca history at the imposing fortress of Ollantaytambo, an astounding feat of construction and ingenuity. Casa Andina Private Collection / Aranwa Hotel* (B, L)

Day 12
To Machu Picchu
Early this morning, board your train to Machu Picchu. Rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, Machu Picchu is the only known Inca city to remain intact. Take a guided tour of the citadel’s agricultural terraces, royal houses and temples. Sumaq Hotel / Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge* (B, L, D)

Day 13
To Cusco†
Savor the morning at leisure to do some more exploring on your own before returning to Cusco. Libertador/ Monasterio* – 1-night (B)

Days 14-15
Depart Cuzco
To Lima/ Depart for home: Fly to Lima and connect to your onward flight. (B)

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