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Peru Machu Picchu & the Andes by Rail

An Adventure Luxury Journey

14 Days

Welcome to your trip of a lifetime! Explore the exceptional Machu Picchu and enjoy a luxury rail journey

14 Day Sample Itinerary

Trip at a Glance

The extraordinary awaits!

Day 1

Arrival in Lima

Day 2

Enjoy an immersive exploration of Lima, including a visit to Larco Herrera

Day 3

Fly to Cusco and take a scenic helicopter flight over the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Day 4

Visit the town of Maras and the circular Inca terraces of Moray and attend a weaving workshop

Day 5

Discover the fortress town of Ollantaytambo, before proceeding to Machu Picchu area

Day 6

Explore the breathtaking citadel of Machu Picchu and hike Huayna Picchu.

Day 7

Travel to Cusco with the Inca Rail private train

Day 8

Get inspired exploring Cusco and enjoy Coffee with an artist

Day 9 - 10

Belmond Andean Explorer Luxury Rail Journey Cusco to Colca Canyon

Day 11 - 13

3 Nights Colca Canyon Condor Crossing Experience Program

Day 14

Fly to Lima for your departure from Peru

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Day 1: ARRIVE LIMA

Welcome to Peru!

Welcome to Peru!
Start your Peru Exceptional Machu Picchu and Luxury Rail Journeys in Lima.

  • Travel: You and your travel companions will be met at the airport and personally escorted to your accomodations
  • Accommodations: Belmond Miraflores Park
  • Meals Included: None today
Day 2: LIMA

Immersive exploration of Lima

Discover the city of Kings during a full day historical and gourmet exploration.

Peru’s capital is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and holds a large architectural complex with places such as the historic San Martín Square, Plaza de Armas, Casa Aliaga, and the Cathedral.

Join the curator at Larco Herrera Museum for an immersive experience and viewing of its collection of pottery, gold and silver works, mummies, and ceramics from the Chimu, Mohica and other pre-Inca civilizations.

Discover the vibrant food scene in Lima during a chef’s table dinner with Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino.
This special private dining experience is one for the foodies! The chance to have an exquisite and authentic five-course dinner prepared right in front your eyes, by one of Peru’s top internationally acclimated chefs, Pedro Miguel Schiaffino. The menu changes often to showcase seasonal local produce but can easily be adapted for any dietary requirements or preferences.

  • Accommodations: Belmond Miraflores Park
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner Today
Day 3: LIMA / SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS

Experience a bird's-eye view Machu Picchu

Today we fly to Cusco where we will enjoy a helicopter flight over the Sacred Valley of the Incas with a gourmet picnic lunch on the shores of Lake Huaypo.

Explore the magical scenery in the Sacred Valley of the Incas during a splendid helicopter ride. Fly towards the Sacred Valley, specifically to two of the most magnificent Inca constructions: Maras and Moray.

Maras is a salt extraction center that has been operating since the time of the Incas. It is made up of thousands of rectangular water deposits located on the side of a mountain, which together form a dazzling landscape. Flying over Moray you’ll see an enormous construction of concentric circles that worked as an agricultural laboratory. Gourmet picnic lunch awaits on the shores of Lake Huaypo.

  • Accommodations: Belmond Rio Sagrado
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch Today
Day 4: SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS

Last day of Salkantay Trail trek

Learn about time honored traditions during your visit to the Andean village of Chinchero, enjoy a weaving workshop, and explore Maras and Moray

Chinchero is a traditional Andean Indian village located high up on the windswept plains of Anta at about 12,500 feet above sea level. Its colorful Sunday market is one of the most authentic in Peru. In the main plaza, an adobe colonial church, dating from the early seventeenth century, has been built upon the foundations of an Incan temple or palace. The ceiling and walls are covered in beautiful floral and religious designs.

Chinchero’s inhabitants continue to honor their Inca ancestors by passing their weaving skills from generation to generation. Visit a local textile center, where traditional weaving techniques have remained virtually unchanged for centuries.

Venture to the fascinating and beautiful sites of Maras and Moray. The circular terraces of Moray are referred to as a greenhouse of the Incas by the local people, and historians believe the site was used as an agricultural research center. In Maras, explore the town and learn how to prepare the traditional fermented drink called chicha.

Enjoy the view at the salt fields of Maras, which are often an astounding sight during the dry season. An immersive gourmet experience at MIL Centro.

  • Accommodations: Belmond Rio Sagrado
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch Today
Day 5: SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS / MACHU PICCHU

Explore Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu

Explore the fortress town of Ollantaytambo before traveling to Machu Picchu aboard the Inca Rail Private Train.

Ollantaytambo is where you will find the best surviving example of Inca town planning. Many of the building foundations in old town Ollantaytambo were built by the Inca, and most of the Incan canchas, or blocks, are still intact.

The Fortress was first a place of worship, as well as a location for studying astronomy. It was here that Manco Inca defeated the Spanish in 1538 before fleeing to the mountains of Vilcabamba. The 16 massive terraces spread before you are a testimony to the magnificent Inca masonry.

Climb the steep stone steps up to the imposing fortress at the top of the mountain – around 260 steps! From there, the view down the valley is superb and you can admire the huge monoliths that form the Temple of the Sun.

  • Accommodations: Belmond
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Today
Day 6: MACHU PICCHU

Explore the breathtaking citadel of Machu Picchu and hike Huayna Picchu

Walk in the footsteps of the Incas during a visit to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu hike.

Begin with an exhilarating hike up Huayna Picchu, which has an ascent of just over 1,000 feet. Once at the top, the views of the Citadel and surrounding landscape are extraordinary and well worth the climbing effort. From the Huayna Picchu summit, the scale and ingenuity of Machu Picchu and its various structures and terraces is fully revealed.

Explore Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas” known as the holy grail for lovers of Incan monuments, and the most famous archaeological site in all South America. You will be amazed and feel inspired as you walk around the citadel’s agricultural terraces, royal houses, and temples. Enjoy a second entrance to the citadel, giving you additional time to explore on your own.

  • Accommodations: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Today
Day 7: MACHU PICCHU / CUSCO

Travel to Cusco with the Inca Rail private train

Travel to Cusco aboard the Inca Rail Private Train and enjoy a private Paso horse demonstration and art experience at Hacienda Huayoccari.

Indulge during an exclusive wagon ride to Cusco in which you will enjoy a beautiful decorated lounge with wide elegant seats, bar, premium beverages, and gourmet menu. All the colors of the Andean culture inside of a wagon that will transform your trip into an unforgettable experience.

Visit a Spanish Colonial hacienda in the Sacred Valley hosted by a family member who will display the family’s Peruvian archaeology and folk-art collection. Enjoy a private Paso horse demonstration.

  • Accommodations: Belmond Palacio Nazarenas
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch Today
Day 8: CUSCO

Explore Cusco

Discover the stunning colonial architecture and archaeology of Cusco and enjoy a cup of coffee with a local artist.

Inside Cusco’s historical center, be amazed by the historical sites and structures, including Koricancha, also known as the “Temple of the Sun, and the Convent of Santo Domingo, whose stones were once covered with gold! The main square is where you will find the beautiful Plaza de Armas and Cusco Cathedral.

Sacsayhuamán is perched on a hill on the northern outskirts of Cusco. In addition to a wonderful view over Cusco, UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sacsayhuamán boasts massive stones – measuring up to 13-feet tall – placed tightly together to create a fortress-like structure.

Immerse in the local art scene with Peruvian artist, Berenice Diaz while enjoying a cup of coffee at Cafe La Mestiza. Get a personal glimpse into an artist’s life.

  • Accommodations: Belmond Palacio Nazarenas
  • Meals Included: Breakfast Today
Days 9-10: BELMOND ANDEAN EXPLORER LUXURY RAIL JOURNEY FROM CUSCO TO COLCA CANYON VIA LAKE TITICACA

Belmond Andean Explorer Luxury Rail Journey

Travel deep into the Andes during your trip to Lake Titicaca aboard the Belmond Andean Explorer overnight rail journey.

Settle into your private cabin and take the time to relax into the indulgent atmosphere of the train. Perhaps head to the Observation Car, order a classic Pisco Sour, and watch the scenery unfold. Later, take a seat in one of the two sophisticated dining cars for a delicious lunch.

Anticipate refined Andean specialties served with contemporary flair. As the afternoon continues, disembark for an excursion to Raqch’i. Once a defensive stronghold of the Inca Empire, today the area is a captivating archaeological site brimming with history. As evening descends, savor a picturesque sunset framed by the majestic La Raya mountains. As the train continues to Lake Titicaca station, enjoy a delicious dinner on board.

Awake early to catch the breathtaking sunrise across Lake Titicaca, before enjoying a delicious breakfast on board. Today’s tours explore the beauty and diversity of life on Lake Titicaca, South America’s largest lake with many islands, where one takes a traditional boat to the Uros Islands, man-made lands carefully created from woven reeds that are constantly being replenished.

Continue to beautiful Taquile island, with a way of life barely touched by time. Enjoy a private lunch on Collata Beach, with demonstrations from traditional dancers and artisanal workers. Return to the train for tea as your journey continues to Colca Canyon.

  • Accommodations: Belmond Andean Explorer Train
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Daily
Days 11-13 COLCA CANYON

Three Nights Colca Canyon Condor Crossing Experience

Your train journey ends at Station KM 93 and then proceed to the Colca Canyon for your Condor Cross Experience program.

Your 3 Nights Condor Crossing Experience program includes accommodation, transfers, welcome amenities, daily buffet breakfast, roundtrip transfers to Condor Cross to witness the Andean condor, three-course à la carte lunch and dinner for two, once per stay, and complimentary resort activities.

The hidden gem of the Andes. Retreat to a world of quiet indulgence, surrounded by the peace and serenity of the breathtaking Colca Valley. This secluded hideaway and spa offers a rare opportunity to experience the traditional beauty of Peru. Slip into a gentle pace of life as you spend time in harmony with the astounding nature and warm local communities of this lush valley. Time is yours to savor, with complete freedom to do as much or as little as you wish.

  • Accommodations: Belmond Las Casitas
  • Meals Included: Breakfast Daily, and Lunch & Dinner as per program
Day 14 DEPART PERU

End of your 14 day trip

Today, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Lima. Upon arrival, you will connect with your departure flight from Peru.

  • Meals Included: Breakfast Today
Interested in this trip?
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With the help of our travel specialists, create a perfect trip planned around your specific interests, tastes and preferences. We will provide helpful tips and honest advice based on first-hand knowledge of the destination.


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