Our Classic Machu Picchu sample itinerary is a seven-night journey into the heart of the Inca Empire. This is one of the most iconic sights in South America and a major bucket-list item for many people. Therefore, we recommend allowing plenty of time to be dazzled by the fascinating cultural traditions and the wealth of Inca ruins.
First travel to the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Inca (2,700masl) where you can better acclimatise before reaching Cuzco (3,400masl). And there is so much to see and do, you’ll certainly appreciate having a few days here. First, why not head to Pisac to explore the colourful market? And you simply can’t miss a visit to Ollantaytambo town and fortress. This is one of most charming villages in all of Peru and the ruins are truly spectacular.
With your free day you may like to visit Chinchero and check out a weaving demonstration. Alternatively, visit the archaeological site of Moray and the nearby salt terraces of Maras. Or visit a rural community and learn about the traditions and lives of local Quechua people.
Then, hop aboard the Vistadome or deluxe Hiram Bingham train for the scenic ride to Machu Picchu. Explore the magical Inca ruins with your expert guide. And then return the following day to continue exploring this captivating site at your own pace. Trust us, this is not an experience you want to rush!
Finally, travel back to the former Inca capital of Cuzco and delight in the charms of this wonderful city. From the majestic Plaza de Armas to the staggering engineering of nearby Sacsayhuaman, Cuzco is a city we love to return to.