Peru Machu Picchu and the Andes by Rail - 14 Days

Peru Machu Picchu and the Andes by Rail

Welcome to your trip of a lifetime on this Peru Machu Picchu and the Andes by Rail itinerary. Explore the exceptional Machu Picchu and enjoy a luxury rail journey.

On this tour you:

  • Explore Lima.
  • Take a scenic helicopter flight over the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
  • See Machu Picchu and hike Huayna Picchu.
  • Enjoy a Luxury Rail Journey onboard the Belmond Andean Explorer.

Overview

Lima • Cusco • Machu Picchu

Highlights

  • Lima, including a visit to Larco Herrera
  • Scenic helicopter flight over the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Maras and the circular Inca terraces of Moray
  • Fortress town of Ollantaytambo
  • Machu Picchu and hike Huayna Picchu
  • Belmond Andean Explorer Luxury Rail Journey
  • Colca Canyon Condor Crossing Experience

Accommodation

Belmond Miraflores Park, Peru

Belmond Rio Sagrado, Cusco

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo, Machu Picchu

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, Cusco

Belmond Andean Explorer Train

Belmond Las Casitas, Colca Canyon

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Lima

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 accommodation.
Accommodation: 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.

Accommodation: 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 centre 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.

Accommodation: 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 honoured 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 colourful 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 honour their Inca ancestors by passing their weaving skills from generation to generation. Visit a local textile centre, 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 centre. 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.

Accommodation: 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.

Accommodation: Belmond Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Today

Day 6
Machu Picchu

Explore the breath-taking 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.

Accommodation: 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 colours 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.

Accommodation: 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 centre, 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.

Accommodation: Belmond Palacio Nazarenas
Meals Included: Breakfast Today

Day 9
Belmond Andean Explorer Luxury Rail Journey

RAIL JOURNEY FROM CUSCO TO COLCA CANYON VIA LAKE TITICACA.

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, savour 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 breath-taking 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.

Accommodation: Belmond Andean Explorer Train
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Daily

Day 10
Belmond Andean Explorer Luxury Rail Journey

RAIL JOURNEY FROM CUSCO TO COLCA CANYON VIA LAKE TITICACA.

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

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, savour 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 breath-taking 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.

Accommodation: Belmond Andean Explorer Train
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Daily

Day 11
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 breath-taking 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 savour, with complete freedom to do as much or as little as you wish.

Accommodation: Belmond Las Casitas
Meals Included: Breakfast Daily, and Lunch & Dinner as per program

Day 12
Colca Canyon

The hidden gem of the Andes. Retreat to a world of quiet indulgence, surrounded by the peace and serenity of the breath-taking 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 savour, with complete freedom to do as much or as little as you wish.

Accommodation: Belmond Las Casitas
Meals Included: Breakfast Daily, and Lunch & Dinner as per program

Day 13
Colca Canyon

The hidden gem of the Andes. Retreat to a world of quiet indulgence, surrounded by the peace and serenity of the breath-taking 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 savour, with complete freedom to do as much or as little as you wish.

Accommodation: 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

What is included?

  • Flights
  • Private airport transfers
  • Meals as per Itinerary
  • Excursions as per Itinerary

What is not included?

  • Personal Expenses

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Peru Machu Picchu and the Andes by Rail