Machu Picchu Travel

For those who love history and nature, we have gathered the most in-demand attractions within Peru so you don’t miss anything during your adventure through this Adean gem. You’ll be immersed in a 17-day itinerary full of wonders, history and culture. 

In this opportunity, you’ll get to visit the best attractions of Northern Peru, such as the archeological sites in Trujillo, Chiclayo’s Huaca Rajada, and the Sipan Royal Tombs in Lambayeque, as well as its beautiful beaches. Afterwards, we’ll have the chance of getting to know the main destinations in Southern Peru, including: Lima, Paracas, Huacachina, Nazca, Arequipa, Puno and Cusco.

TRIP ITINERARY

  • day 1

    Arrival in Lima and Connection to Trujillo

    It is important to arrive at the airport 3 hours in advance. Our team is well prepared to assist you in all these steps:

    • Disembark in Lima and connect to Trujillo.
    • Arrival, transfer to hotel, and hotel check-in.
    • Information about the tours in Trujillo.

    Once you’re in trujillo, you’ll have the day off to explore the city and have some rest.

    Overnight in Trujillo.
     

  • day 2

    Trujillo's Main Attractions Tour

    Breakfast in the hotel.

    Around 10:30 a.m. we’ll start a guided tour in Campo Moche, the local museum. Afterwards, we’ll continue to visit  Huaca del Sol, which was the most influential religious center of the Mochica culture. Following the itinerary, we’ll visit Huaca de la Luna, formed by several overlapping platforms, decorated with paintings of the main characters of Mochica’s iconography.

    Lunch will be at 1:00 p.m. (not included) to later continue with our adventure through Huaca Arcoiris, which is located within the Esperanza district. After getting to know these archeological sites, we’ll get to visit the Chan Chan Museum to later get to know the famous Tschudi Palace.

    We’ll finish the tour by visiting Huanchaco beach city. Where we’ll be able to see Totora reed boats, the pier, and the traditional handicraft marker. Finally, we’ll be done by 6:30 p.m. where you’ll have the evening off to explore and get to know the city.

    Overnight in Trujillo.

  • day 3

    El Brujo Archeological Site | Trujillo to Chiclayo

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    At 10:00 a.m. we’ll start our journey towards the Chicama Valley, where we’ll be able to visit El Brujo Archeological Site, one of the oldest and most significant archeological sites of the northern coast of Peru, where the biggest archeological discovery was found, La Señora de Cao, a woman who might have been a high ranking priestess or even a Moche ruler. Currently, her remains are found in the site’s museum alongside textiles and some other objects that belonged to the Mochica culture.

    At 06:00 p.m. our team will take you to the bus terminal, where you’ll take the bus to Chiclayo. Upon arrival, our staff will take you to the accommodation.

    Overnight in Chiclayo

  • day 4

    Chiclayo - Tucume - Pyramids Valley

    In the morning, we’ll go towards Ferreñafe to visit the famous Sican Museum, which is a protection and research center of the different discoveries of the Sican and Lambayeque cultures. Here we’ll appreciate the exhibition of pieces from the Sican culture, as well as jewelry, ceramic, precious metals belonging to El Señor de Sipan. 

    After lunch, we’ll be headed to the Tucume district, located 40 minutes from Chiclayo, where we’ll get to know the outstanding adobe pyramids. This archeological complex is surrounded by a few of the most significant civilizations of the country.  Afterwards, we’ll return to the hotel for a well-deserved rest.

    Overnight in Chiclayo

  • day 5

    Chiclayo - Bruning Museum - Royal Tombs | Return to Lima

    In the morning, we’ll head southeast from Chiclayo towards the town of Sipan. Where we’ll visit Huaca Rajada, a place where the tomb of the Lord of Sipan was found, an elite character of the Moche culture (200 to 700 AD) and for the sumptuousness of its ornaments, headdresses, emblems, gold, silver, copper and precious stones, It is considered the most important discovery of this archaeological site within this century. 

    After lunch, we’ll go to Lambayeque, where we’ll visit the Royal Tombs Museum, this museum will show us an overview of Mochica customs; there we’ll appreciate the original pieces discovered in the Royal Cemetery of Sipan such as: The tomb of the Lord of Sipán, the priest's tomb, the tomb of the Old Lord of Sipán, where you can see fascinating ornaments made entirely of gold. Afterwards, we’ll take a bus bound for Lima. Upon arrival, our team will take you to the hotel.

    Overnight in Lima.

  • day 6

    Modern and Colonial City Tour in Lima

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    What a better way to explore Lima’s Historic Center by taking a guided tour with a local expert. The Historic Center of Lima was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991 since it comprehends over 600 historical monuments that were built during the Colonial era.

    After our visit, we’ll continue towards Miraflores district to have a panoramic view from the outside of the Huaca Pucllana, one of the 54 “Huacas” found in lima and a well-preserved Pre-Inca sanctuary inside the city.

    Overnight in Lima.

  • day 7

    Lima to Paracas | Paracas National Reserve Tour

    On this day, we’ll continue down the Pacific coast to meet our next destination, Paracas.  After arriving at the hotel, we’ll continue to our next adventure!

    The Paracas National Reserve awaits to be rediscovered, this spectacular location is home to over 400 species of flora and fauna. We’ll be privileged to have a guided tour through this remote location, where we are going to see the Humboldt penguins, sea lions, exotic birds such as the red footed guanay cormorants, and more.

    Overnight in Paracas.

  • day 8

    Ballestas Islands Boat Tour | Huacachina and Nazca

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    In this opportunity, we’ll be able to visit another of Peru’s natural wonders on a boat trip, the Ballestas Islands, which are a group of different rock formations and islands located in the Paracas peninsula. They are home to the Humboldt penguins, exotic birds, and hundreds of sea lions.

    Later, we’ll continue to Huacachina, the only natural oasis in South America. In this location, we’ll take a dune buggy ride that will take us through several dunes as if we were on a roller coaster! Finishing this exciting adventure, we’ll continue to the city of Nazca.

    Overnight in Nazca.

  • day 9

    Flight Over the Nazca Lines - Arequipa

    One of the world’s biggest mysteries awaits you, the Nazca Lines are surely one of the most in-demand attractions in Peru. They can only be fully appreciated by taking a flight, since most of them are hidden in plain sight.

    In this occasion, you’ll be able to observe the most well-preserved geoglyphs of this region: The Monkey, the Hummingbird, the Astronaut, the Spider, and more. Once the flight is over, we’ll continue on a overnight trip to Arequipa, the white city.

    Overnight bus with semi-bed first class seats.

  • day 10

    Arrival in Arequipa - Afternoon City Tour

    Arrival and transfer to the hotel in Arequipa.

    After lunch, we’ll have our guided tour through Arequipa, known for being the second largest city of Peru and for having the most visually striking historic center. On the tour, we’ll get to visit several historical monuments like Arequipa’s main square and the Yanahuara Viewpoint.

    Overnight in Arequipa.

    Optional Visit:
    - We encourage you to visit the Santa Catalina Monastery, a well-preserved colonial gem that gathers hundreds of visitors per year because of its unique architecture and history.
    - Get to know the Juanita Mummy, it was discovered in 1995 and has been preserved ever since. Currently, you can find it in the Andean Sanctuary Museum.

    It is worth noting that the entrance fees for these attractions are not included in the package.

  • day 11

    Arequipa to Puno

    Breakfast in the hotel.

    In the afternoon, we’ll head to Arequipa’s bus terminal to board a comfortable tourist bus bound for the city of Puno. Upon arrival, our team will take you to the hotel where you’ll try the famous Coca tea, known for helping with any altitude sickness symptoms.

    Important Note: Puno is located at 3,827 meters above sea level. Therefore, we highly recommend you to take a few hours to get used to the altitude before exploring the city of Puno.

    Overnight in Puno.

  • day 12

    Lake Titicaca | Floating Islands of Uros and Taquile

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    We’ll head towards Puno’s pier where we’ll start our journey through Lake Titicaca. Our first stop will be the Floating Islands of Uros which consists of a group of over 100 man made Islands that are entirely made of Totora reed.

    Finishing our visit, we’ll continue to Taquile Island, here you’ll learn about their culture and traditions. Locals are skilled craftsmen, as they have kept their traditions alive through generations.

    After our great experience on the island and a well-deserved lunch, we’ll head back to Puno to enjoy the rest of the evening.

    Overnight in Puno.

  • day 13

    Puno to Cusco via Ruta del Sol

    On this day, we’ll be heading towards Cusco on a tourist bus. On the way, we’ll be able to make stops to see and learn about the cultures that have preceded the Incas, as well as actual Inca structures and colonial architecture that will surely make this trip more exciting.

    We’ll visit places like the Archeological Site of Pucará, a Pre-Inca structure built by the Pucará culture that took place between the 400 B.C. and 200 B.C. As well as Raqchi, Cusco’s Southern Valley, and more. Finally, we’ll be arriving in Cusco, located at 3,400 meters above sea level.

    Overnight in Cusco.

  • day 14

    Archaeological City Tour in Cusco

    From 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Enjoy the different sightings within the historic center of Cusco with our local guide. (Exclusive tour available for Viagens Machu Picchu passengers only).

    In the afternoon, we’ll start the Archaeological City Tour with a visit to the different attractions within the city and its surroundings, like Sacsayhuaman, the Qoricancha Temple, and more. 

    Optional Visit: The Qosqo Center of Native Arts have daily presentations of typical Andean music and dances from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. We recommend you arrive 45 minutes in advance. Tickets are already included in the package.

    Overnight in Cusco.

  • day 15

    Sacred Valley of the Incas - Aguas Calientes

    On this day, we’ll depart in the morning to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will make our first stop to visit the Awanacancha Traditional Textile Museum, just after enjoying the magnificent view of the Sacred Valley. Following the itinerary, we’ll continue to visit Pisac, Urubamba, and Ollantaytambo.

    After exploring the village of Ollantaytambo, We’ll board the train to Aguas Calientes, a town located in the middle of the mountains of the Peruvian jungle, here you’ll find hotels, restaurants, bars, and handicraft shops. 

    Overnight in Aguas Calientes.

  • day 16

    Machu Picchu Private Guided Tour - Cusco

    The wait is over, now it’s time to live the dream! Our team will take you from the hotel to board the bus up to Machu Picchu. The bus ride takes about 30 minutes from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu’s main entrance. 

    Our professional guide will provide details and information about this wonder of the world, including the mysteries and fascinating facts of the Inca culture. After our time in Machu Picchu, we’ll go back to Aguas Calientes to return to the city of Cusco.

    Overnight in Cusco.

    Now, shall you wish a marvelous and unforgettable experience in Machu Picchu, please check our additional services:

    ♦ Exclusive lunch at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Hotel, located just in front of the entrance to Machu Picchu.
    ♦ Return on the Vistadome train, a panoramic train with first class seats.
    ♦ Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain. The most in-demand additional hike within Machu Picchu. This mountain offers an outstanding view of the citadel and great pictures opportunities.

    For further information, please contact our sales team. 

  • day 17

    Hotel Transfer to Cusco Airport

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Our team will be waiting for you at the hotel to take you to the airport 2 hours before your flight departure. This will be the last of our services.

    Quick Tip: If your flight from Cusco to Lima departs in the afternoon, we encourage you to visit some of the museums within the historic center: The Contemporary Art Museum, the Regional Museum, the Qoricancha Museum, and the Popular Art Museum. Don’t worry about the entrance fees, they are all included in your Cusco Tourist Ticket!

    Important Note:
    - Lima & Paracas: Check-in time at 1:00 p.m. | Check-out time at 12:00 p.m.
    - Cusco, Nazca, Arequipa, Puno, Chiclayo: Check-in time at 10:00 a.m. | Check-out time at 9:00 a.m.
    - Trujillo: Check-in time at 02:00 pm | Check-out time at 12:00 p.m.
    - Aguas Calientes: Check in time at 9:00 a.m. | Check out time at 10:00 a.m.

     

INCLUDED

Hotels with breakfast
• 02 hotel nights in Puno.
• 02 hotel nights in Lima.
• 01 hotel night in Nazca.
• 03 hotel nights in Cusco.
• 02 hotel nights in Trujillo.
• 01 hotel night in Paracas.
• 01 hotel night in Arequipa.
• 02 hotel nights in Chiclayo.
• 01 hotel night in Aguas Calientes.

Tours
• Guided in Machu Picchu - Private service.
• City tour Cusco - Courtesy of Viagens Machu Picchu.
• Archaeological city tour in Cusco - Maximum group of 17 people.
• Tour Sacred Valley of the Incas with buffet lunch - Maximum group of 17 people.
• Entrance to the citadel of Machu Picchu.
• Bus from Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu.
• Bus from Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes.
• Lima tourist bus towards Paracas.
• Paracas Tourist Bus towards Nazca.
• Nazca Tourist Bus towards Arequipa.
• Colonial and modern city tour - Regular service.
• Tickets for all archaeological complexes to visit.
• Full day Lake Titicaca Tour with buffet lunch - Regular service.
• Ollantaytambo one-way train - Aguas Calientes, Tourist class.
• Machu Picchu return train - Ollantaytambo or Cusco, Tourist class.  
• Arequipa city tour of the city and surroundings - Regular service.
• Tour Rota do Sol with buffet lunch Cusco to Puno - Regular service.

Private transfers
• Transfer from Cusco station to the hotel.
• Transfer from Trujillo airport to the hotel.
• Transfer from the hotel to Cusco airport.
• Transfer from the bus terminal in Chiclayo.
• Transfer from the bus station to the Cusco hotel.
• Transfer from the hotel to the bus station in Lima.
• Transfer from the bus terminal to the hotel in Lima.
• Transfer from the bus station to the hotel in Puno.
• Transfer from the bus station to the hotel in Nazca.
• Transfer from the hotel to the bus station in Chiclayo.
• Transfer from the bus station to the hotel in Paracas.
• Transfer from the bus terminal to the hotel in Arequipa.
• Transfer from the hotel to the port of Lake Titicaca (round trip).

Benefits of Viagens Machu Picchu
• 24 hour assistance in Spanish and English.
• Professional team on all tours and walks.
• Guided in Spanish and English; inform in advance.
• Personalized concierge, and assistance to the needs of your stay.

What does not include?
• Travel insurance.
• National or international air tickets.
• Food and drinks not mentioned above.
• Extra expenses: own, laundry, phone calls, and details included in the itinerary.

Prices

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Optional Tours

Magical Circuit of the Waters with Dinner show and Peruvian Paso Horses
A fantastic show of 13 water fountains, full of lights, music and magic in Lima. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
• From USD 55.00 per person.

Buffet Lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge Restaurant

Located in the luxurious Sanctuary Lodge hotel (former Orient Express); It is the only one located very close to the entrance to Machu Picchu.
• From USD 35.00 per person.

Return train Vistadome Service
First class train with panoramic view, typical dance show and service on board.
• From USD 50.00 per person.

Entrance to the Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu Mountain
Small path that runs from the Inca citadel to the viewpoint of Huayna Picchu, a strategic and unique place where you have the most complete view of the Machu Picchu citadel.
• From USD 35.00 per person.

Pachacamac Archaeological Tour

Archaeological site made of clay, made up of pyramids for the worship of the god Pachacamac considered the creator of the Universe.
• From USD 35.00 per person.

Private Tours and Walks

They are ideal for those who want a more personalized service, where the schedules of the tours and walks are more flexible, according to the client's preference. To request a private or personalized service, contact our travel agents.

General information

1. Do you arrange commercial and international flights?

At the moment, we do not arrange international or commercial flights. However, we will help you organize your trip and flight schedules before traveling abroad. Make sure to contact our team and get personalized assistance for planning your trip.

2. Do you organize personalized travel packages?

Yes, our main goal as a travel agency is to provide an authentic adventure in our country. Therefore, if you’re looking to travel off the beaten path or to be provided with the best trip itinerary through Peru, make sure to contact our team.

3. Do you offer private tours?

Yes, we have private excursions to different locations in Peru. We are looking forward to guaranteeing comfort while still showing a great part of our historical and cultural heritage.

4. How do I book a travel package?

Booking a travel package is as easy as requesting a quote on any of our options. Once you’ve filled in your details, one of our travel assistants will get in touch with you. If you still have no idea of what you’d like to do during your stay in Peru, don’t worry, we are here to help you.

Our sales team will take care of all the details involved with your trip as well as giving you options about the different destinations to visit in our country. You’ll realize that planning a trip abroad has never been easier.

5. How far in advance should I book my trip?

We usually recommend booking your trip at least 2-3 months in advance, especially if you’re planning on a long stay in Peru. Viagens Machu Picchu works with 3 to 5-star hotels and most of them request booking weeks in advance, as well as tours, train rides, transportation options, and other services.

6. What is the best train for Machu Picchu: Expedition or Vistadome?

We recommend you take the Expedition train on the way to Aguas Calientes since most of the departure times are generally when it’s dark. The expedition train has simpler wagons with smaller windows.

Usually, the return takes place during daylight, which is why we would recommend you take the Vistadome train with panoramic windows to enjoy the visually striking scenery this road has to offer. In addition, the Vistadome train offers onboard service and typical dance shows.

7. Are the train tickets included in the package?

Yes, all of our packages include round trip train tickets. Except for those who may choose to go to Machu Picchu by trek. In this case, we’ll only cover the return ticket.

8. Can I choose seats on train trips?

Unfortunately, Peru Rail (the railway company) does not allow passengers to choose seats on any of their different types of train. The distribution of these is done automatically by the company’s system.

9. During the trip to Machu Picchu, where will my largest luggage stay?

Bags that weigh more than 5kg are not allowed on the train or in the Archeological Site of Machu Picchu. Therefore, you must leave your large luggage in the storage service of your accommodation.

For your trip to Machu Picchu, we highly recommend you carry a light backpack with just the essentials for your comfort.

10. What are the Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountains?

Those are the surrounding mountains to the Inca Citadel. Huayna Picchu is located at 2,720 meters above sea level and offers an outstanding view to the archaeological site as well as several Inca ruins along the trail.

The Machu Picchu Mountain is located at 3,082 meters above sea level, and serves as another viewpoint to the famous historical sanctuary. However, the trek to its summit is significantly less challenging than the Huayna Picchu mountain.

To trek either of these mounts, you must purchase an additional entrance ticket well in advance. For more information, please contact your travel agent.

11. What Currency is Used in Peru?

Nuevo Soles is the local currency in Peru, banknotes come in denominations of 200, 100, 50, 20, and 10. Whilst coins come in 5, 2, 1, 0.50, 0.20, and 0,10 units.

12. What is the best currency to use in Peru: US Dollars or Soles?

Almost all establishments accept payments in US Dollars, but we highly recommend you have both Dollars and Soles (the local currency) since there might be places where you’ll need to pay with the Peruvian currency.

13. What are the Peru entry requirements?

Depending on your nationality, you would either need a tourist visa, valid passport or your national I.D. card to enter Peru, for example:

- Passport: Concerns to every country that isn’t in the Andean Community. It must have a validity of at least 6 months.
- Tourist Visa: Applies for visitors from Venezuela, Haití, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Cuba.
- National I.D. Card: Valid for all the members within the Andean Community as, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina.

 

Changes & Cancellations


1. If a tour is canceled due to weather conditions, do I get a refund?

Tour cancellations due to bad weather conditions have no refund, as they are factors beyond our control. However, we’d like to ensure the integrity of our passengers by acknowledging that some other situations may be taken into account. Therefore, if having any inconvenience, make sure to contact your travel agent.

2. Can I change the starting date of my travel package?

Yes, you can change the starting date of your travel package. However, an administrative fee between 10% and 50% of the total value of the package will be charged, depending on the proximity to the original date of your trip (this is subject to availability and supplier policies).

3. Can I cancel my trip?

Yes, you can cancel your trip. However, there are certain regulations binded to your refund options. Viagens Machu Picchu will only refund a certain amount according to the following conditions:

- Up to 50 days before the starting date, no penalty will be applied and the full value will be refunded to your bank account.
- Up to 30 days before the starting date, there will be a 10% fine of the total value of the package.
- Up to 20 days before the starting date, there will be a 50% fine of the total value of the package.
- Up to 10 days before the starting date, there will be an 80% fine of the total value of the package.
- For cancellations made less than 7 days before the starting date, the total value of the package will be withheld.

Important Note: Machu Picchu Travel will have up to 50 days to refund the money to the passenger, according to the aforementioned conditions, counted from the date of cancellation of the trip.

For further information, we have a section with the most Frequently Asked Questions about Peru, Machu Picchu, and our company.

Payment Methods

To confirm your booking, we will send you a link with 25% of the total amount; the remaining 75% must be paid in our Cusco office. Payment can be in US Dollars, credit, or debit card. For payment in installments of the remaining value, please consult your travel agent.

Our current payment methods are through PayPal and Visa.

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