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Machu Picchu: Mystic Empire
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Machu Picchu: Mystic Empire

8 days & 7 nights, Private Journey

Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & Cusco

Trace the history of the Inca Empire. Explore the cosmopolitan neighborhoods of Lima and enjoy an exclusive visit to a private art collection before journeying to Cusco and the fortresses, markets and villages of the nearby Sacred Valley. Then travel by train to explore the Lost City of the Incas. Set on top of a remote mountain surrounded by tropical jungle, the citadel of Machu Picchu is one of the most breathtaking sights in the world.

  • Day 1
    Arrive Lima

    Upon arrival in Lima, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings local representative and escorted to your hotel.

    Preferred: Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores Park
    Elite: Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel - 2 Nights
  • Day 2
    Lima

    Explore Lima on a full-day city visit, which includes Plaza Mayor and the residential districts of San Isidro and Miraflores. After lunch, visit the Larco Herrera Museum to discover its incredible collection of pre-Columbian artifacts. This evening, enjoy the rare opportunity to visit the Barbosa- Stern private Colonial Art collection.

    Preferred: Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores Park
    Elite: Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel
    (B, L)
  • Day 3
    To the Sacred Valley (Urubamba)

    Board your flight to Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Stop at the massive fortress of Sacsayhuaman to admire its monumental stones and the ingenious architecture of the Incas. Discover the vibrant local market in Chincheros before visiting the workshop of Nilda Callanaupa, which is dedicated to preserving the arts of hand weaving and natural dyeing. Delve into the past at the archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo.

    Preferred: Sol y Luna
    Elite: Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado - 2 Nights
    (B, L)
  • Day 4
    The Sacred Valley (Urubamba)

    This morning, explore the agricultural terraces of Moray and the natural salt mines of Maras before enjoying a picnic lunch on the shores of Lake Huaypo. After lunch, stop by the Seminario pottery workshop and meet the local potter. Later, visit a local chicharia to sample the local chicha, fermented beer made from corn, and try your hand at one of the traditional Peruvian games.

    Preferred: Sol y Luna
    Elite: Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado
    (B)
  • Day 5
    To Machu Picchu

    Early this morning, you will be accompanied to the Ollanta station to board the Vistadome or the luxury Hiram Bingham 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.

    Preferred: Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel
    Elite: Belmond Sanctuary Lodge - 1 Night
    (B, L, D)
  • Day 6
    To Cusco

    Rise early to view the sunrise over the ruins. Then enjoy some more time to explore the citadel on your own. Embark on the scenic hike to Huayna Picchu from where you can marvel at stunning views of the ruins and the valley below.
    This afternoon, board your train for your journey to Cusco.

    Preferred: Inkaterra La Casona
    Elite: Belmond Palacio Nazarenas - 2 Nights
    (B)
  • Day 7
    Cusco

    Explore the city where Inca legends meet colonial history on a morning visit of Cusco. After visiting Santo Domingo Monastery, built atop the legendary Koricancha temple, continue to the San Blas neighborhood. On route back to your hotel, pass by Hatunrumiyoc Street with its famed 12-angle stone and visit the ornate cathedral at the Plaza de Armas. End your day with a visit to the cacao and chocolate museum, where you will have the opportunity to learn about the chocolate-making process, sample some delicious treats and create your own truffles.

    Preferred: Inkaterra La Casona
    Elite: Belmond Palacio Nazarenas
    (B)
  • Day 8
    Depart Cusco

    Today, bid farewell to the former Kingdom of the Incas. You will be accompanied to the airport for your onward flight.

    (B)
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