Machu Picchu Discovery

6 days from $1,698 per person*
  • Stand amidst the clouds in the lost city of Machu Picchu.
  • Stay in well located, well appointed stylish boutique accommodation.
  • Enjoy the flexibility and insights of a private local guide.
  • Travel through the Andes by luxury train.
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Discover Peru’s most dazzling highlight, Machu Picchu, alongside the Incan wonders of Cusco with your private guide.

With a culture and history as diverse as its landscape, Peru offers travelers unparalleled adventure and moments of heightened emotion. Explore the dramatic peaks and valleys of the Andes and the pre-Columbian cities that have been carved into its escarpments. In the evenings, relax in well-appointed and comfortable accommodations. Wander the historic city of Cusco that seamlessly blends Spanish and Incan cultures. Journey by train along the Urubamba River to the Sacred Valley and foothills of the Andes, and arrive in Machu Picchu. Your private guide will take you through the Inca Citadel explaining the history of this mysterious, lost city.

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Lima
    Lima
    • Airport Assistance - Arrival - Local Representative
  • Day 2 Cusco
    Cusco
    • Flight (Not Included)
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Local Representative
    • Afternoon acclimatization
  • Day 3 Cusco
    Cusco
    • Tour - Private - Walking Tour of Cusco & Nearby Ruins (with lunch at Incanto) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Partial Tourist Ticket Included - Included
  • Day 4 Cusco to Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
    Cusco to Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
    • Transfer - Private - Train station - Vehicle/Driver/Local Representative
    • Cusco - Aguas Calientes [Vistadome (4 hrs) ] - Train Ticket/Local Guide(1)
    • Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu [Bus up to Machu Picchu (30 min)] - Bus ticket
    • Tour - Private - Machu Picchu Tour (with Lunch) - Guide/Bus/Entrance tickets
    • Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes [Bus down to Aguas Calientes (30 min)] - Bus Ticket
  • Day 5 Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu to Cusco
    Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu to Cusco
    • Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu [Bus up to Machu Picchu (30 min)] - Bus ticket
    • Machu Picchu Second Entrance - Ticket
    • Wayna Picchu Hike - Entrance Fee
    • Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes [Bus down to Aguas Calientes (30 min)] - Bus Ticket
    • Aguas Calientes - Cusco [Vistadome (4 hrs)] - Train Ticket
    • Transfer - Private - Train station - Vehicle/Driver/Local Representative
  • Day 6 Cusco
    Cusco
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Local Representative
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Lima

Our local representative will meet you at the airport, walk with you to the lobby of the hotel and assist you with check-in.

Accommodation: Wyndham Costa del Sol - Lima Airport

Located within Jorge Chávez International Airport, the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport hotel is the premier upscale international hotel in Peru’s capital city. The Lima Airport hotel is perfect for those in transit, with the unparalleled ability to walk to or from your flight within minutes of the hotel's front door. A full range of leisure facilities includes a 24-hour Spa with massage services for ultimate relaxation. Add 192 graciously appointed, non-smoking guestrooms that effortlessly fuse form and function, and all equipped with must-have amenities for today’s busy traveler, and a restful sojourn is assured.

Lima
Lima
Wyndham Costa del Sol - Lima Airport
Wyndham Costa del Sol - Lima Airport

Day 2: Cusco

Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.

Our local representative will meet you for an airport transfer, with private vehicle and professional driver.

Take the afternoon to rest at your hotel so as to allow your body to acclimatize. Try to minimize physical activity to avoid the effects of altitude sickness.

Accommodation: El Mercado Tunqui Hotel

The elegant (yet down to earth) and exciting El Mercado Tunqui Hotel is located three and a half blocks from the Plaza de Armas or Main Square, in the heart center of picturesque Cusco. Formerly part of the city’s old farmer’s market, El Mercado’s guest rooms and quaint atmosphere guarantee personal and friendly service, and will immediately immerse every guest in the cultural and historical traits of Cusco and Peru. El Mercado brings the magic of the Apus—the spirits of the mountains—to the city. The hallmarks of the experience—exceptional service, warm Peruvian hospitality, and attention to details—are found at El Mercado Hotel, creating a perfect beginning for any journey into the beautiful landscapes and fascinating cultures of Peru.

Cusco
Cusco
El Mercado Tunqui Hotel
El Mercado Tunqui Hotel

Day 3: Cusco

Embark on a full day private guided exploration today of Cusco and some important nearby temples. Start with a pleasant stroll through the quaint, bohemian district of San Blas. Visit the little colonial church with its impressive wood-carved pulpit. Then proceed to the Museum of History on the premises of the Admiral’s Palace, see Koricancha temple, walk around the Plaza de Armas and visit the Cathedral. You will get to see another side of the Inca capital as you wander through the cobbled streets learning about the Inca and Spanish history and meeting the locals. Learn about the Spanish Plazas, and marvel at the Temple of the Sun (Qoricancha) before stopping for lunch at Incanto to try some Andean-fusion cuisine in a stylish setting. This afternoon visit the surrounding ruins: the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the Inca bath of Tambomachay, the labyrinth of Puca Pucara and the amphitheatre of Kenko. Sacsayhuamánis a walled complex near the old city of Cusco. The archaeological site of Tambomachay shows well-crafted stonework, beautiful fountains, and pastoral setting on the Cachimayu ("Salt River"). Puca Pucara means in Quechua “red fortress”, and it took this name because of the colour of the stones. Kenko, the ancient maze is a huge rocky complex and the amphitheater was a temple to celebrate public rituals. Return late afternoon to your hotel.

Includes tourist ticket and entrance fees.

Accommodation: El Mercado Tunqui Hotel
Sacsayhuaman
Sacsayhuaman
Coricancha Temple
Coricancha Temple

Day 4: Cusco - Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu

Our local representative will meet you with a private vehicle and professional driver for a train station transfer.

Once at the train station you will board the Vistadome train for a 6:05am* departure to the ancient ruins at Machu Picchu (train ride is 4 hrs). The journey begins with a series of switchbacks, known appropriately as the 'zigzag', up the hill out of Cusco, before a brief stop at the village of Poroy. The train then descends from the highest point of the journey into the Sacred Valley and the foothills of the Andes. Before reaching Machu Picchu, the train travels along the Urubamba River, with awe-inspiring views of the dramatic canyon.

Please note you will travel independently from Cusco by train, and your guide will meet you on arrival at the station in Aguas Calientes. You will then embark on a private, guided tour of Machu Picchu, which is roughly 2-3 hours in length. 

Note: When staying overnight at Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes the following day will be at leisure, with no guide (unless otherwise specified). If you would like to have a guide please speak with your sales consultant about adding this service.


Note about luggage: When you board the train to visit Machu Picchu with overnight, bring only a small bag with you. Due to limited storage space on the train, passengers are asked to bring only one small piece of luggage. The rest of your luggage will be stored safely at your hotel and returned to you either in Cuzco or The Sacred Valley. Hand luggage on the train is limited to 11 pounds or 5 kgs.

*Note: train times and schedules may vary based on availability, your train times will be confirmed on your final itinerary.

For your convenience the bus ticket between Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu is provided. Buses depart about every 30 minutes, once the bus is full.

Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will board the bus (shared service) up to Machu Picchu. The bus ride takes 30 minutes and once you get there you will enjoy a private guided tour of Machu Picchu. The Inca Citadel lies between Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu (“Young Peak” and “Old Peak”). The Inca Pachacutec built the Citadel using sharp stone blocks, fitted together perfectly. Houses, temples, a public square are all connected by narrow roads and steps cut into the mountainside. There are many theories as to the purpose of Machu Picchu; a temple to the sun? A fortress against jungle inhabitants? A sanctuary for the Incas? The mysterious lost city awaits you!

After the tour, enjoy a leisurely lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge and the rest of the afternoon is to be spent at leisure!

For your convenience the bus ticket between Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes is provided. Buses depart about every 30 minutes, once the bus is full.

Accommodation: Inkaterra El Mapi Hotel

Smart and contemporary are the defining elements of Inkaterra El Mapi Hotel, amidst the commercial village of Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), from where you can admire and interact with the quaint folksy town and get a different perspective. The hotel is efficient, playful and people friendly; it welcomes a wide range of guests expecting an uncomplicated visit. Turn into an amiable and healthy environment after your enlightening visit to Peru’s most distinguished destination, the Machu Picchu Archaeological site. El MaPi offers cozy and serene accommodation, incorporating stylish, casual design with the essential comforts. With simple, functional concept in mind, rooms have eco-friendly amenities, creating a healthier, restorative environment for you during your stay in Machu Picchu.

Aguas Calientes
Aguas Calientes
Inkaterra El Mapi Hotel
Inkaterra El Mapi Hotel

Day 5: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

For your convenience the bus ticket between Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu is provided. Buses depart about every 30 minutes, once the bus is full.

Admission for your second entrance to Machu Picchu is included for your convenience.

Please note that due to limited availability of permits (which are non-refundable) they cannot be requested until trip deposit has been received and complete and valid passport information is provided. As such, this activity can only be confirmed after time of booking. All efforts will be made to ensure that these be secured on the desired date(s). In the case of unavailability, alternative date(s) will be provided where possible.

For your convenience, the entrance fee for the hike to Wayna Picchu is included. A limited number of hikers are allowed each morning and there are two scheduled times to do this hike, 7am and 10am.

The eternal guardian of the Sanctuary, Wayna Picchu (meaning “Young Mountain’ in Quechua) towers over the Incan city, and an amazing view can be appreciated from the top. The route to the top of the mountain is treacherous, with very narrow pathways, and to conquer the summit is truly a rewarding experience! Along the route and at the top of the mountain are sacred structures and eye-catching terraces, built right against the slope’s edge. Depending on each person's hiking pace, this activity may take up to 3 hours. This activity is on your own; please speak to your sales agent about organizing a guide to accompany you.

Please note that due to limited availability of permits (which are non-refundable) they cannot be requested until trip deposit has been received and complete and valid passport information is provided. As such, this activity can only be confirmed after time of booking. All efforts will be made to ensure that these be secured on the desired date(s). In the case of unavailability, either alternative date(s) will be provided where possible or arrangements to hike Montana Machu Picchu will be provided.

For your convenience the bus ticket between Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes is provided. Buses depart about every 30 minutes, once the bus is full.

Return to Cusco on the Vistadome train. The journey through the Andes takes 4 hours to return to Cusco. Snacks are served on board.

Our local representative will meet you with a private vehicle and professional driver for a train station transfer.

Accommodation: El Mercado Tunqui Hotel
Tambomachay
Tambomachay
Train to Cusco
Train to Cusco

Day 6: Cusco

Our local representative will meet you for an airport transfer, with private vehicle and professional driver.

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Wyndham Costa del Sol - Lima Airport: Lima

Located within Jorge Chávez International Airport, the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport hotel is the premier upscale international hotel in Peru’s capital city. The Lima Airport hotel is perfect for those in transit, with the unparalleled ability to walk to or from your flight within minutes of the hotel's front door. A full range of leisure facilities includes a 24-hour Spa with massage services for ultimate relaxation. Add 192 graciously appointed, non-smoking guestrooms that effortlessly fuse form and function, and all equipped with must-have amenities for today’s busy traveler, and a restful sojourn is assured.

Wyndham Costa del Sol - Lima Airport
Wyndham Costa del Sol - Lima Airport

El Mercado Tunqui Hotel: Cusco

The elegant (yet down to earth) and exciting El Mercado Tunqui Hotel is located three and a half blocks from the Plaza de Armas or Main Square, in the heart center of picturesque Cusco. Formerly part of the city’s old farmer’s market, El Mercado’s guest rooms and quaint atmosphere guarantee personal and friendly service, and will immediately immerse every guest in the cultural and historical traits of Cusco and Peru. El Mercado brings the magic of the Apus—the spirits of the mountains—to the city. The hallmarks of the experience—exceptional service, warm Peruvian hospitality, and attention to details—are found at El Mercado Hotel, creating a perfect beginning for any journey into the beautiful landscapes and fascinating cultures of Peru.

El Mercado Tunqui Hotel
El Mercado Tunqui Hotel
El Mercado Tunqui Hotel
El Mercado Tunqui Hotel

Inkaterra El Mapi Hotel: Aguas Calientes

Smart and contemporary are the defining elements of Inkaterra El Mapi Hotel, amidst the commercial village of Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), from where you can admire and interact with the quaint folksy town and get a different perspective. The hotel is efficient, playful and people friendly; it welcomes a wide range of guests expecting an uncomplicated visit. Turn into an amiable and healthy environment after your enlightening visit to Peru’s most distinguished destination, the Machu Picchu Archaeological site. El MaPi offers cozy and serene accommodation, incorporating stylish, casual design with the essential comforts. With simple, functional concept in mind, rooms have eco-friendly amenities, creating a healthier, restorative environment for you during your stay in Machu Picchu.

Inkaterra El Mapi Hotel
Inkaterra El Mapi Hotel
Inkaterra El Mapi Hotel
Inkaterra El Mapi Hotel
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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    Well, Cindy, we’ve been home for a week but I can’t stop replaying every day of our wonderful holiday in my head! It was all that I had hoped for and MORE! We enjoyed all of the locations we visited – the beauty of the landscapes, the sight of wildlife, the rich culture & interesting history of Argentina & the outgoing, positive attitude of its people. Our guides were terrific – so friendly & knowledgeable & helpful & enthusiastic! We had no delays or difficulties & our accommodations were outstanding. Have I mentioned that it was a FABULOUS holiday??!!! My thanks to you for coordinating, booking, confirming and generally taking care of our requests in planning our adventure.

  • Ann Schiller — December 12, 2014 — South America

    Fabulous trip to Machu Picchu, Cusco and Lima. Trip of a lifetime with a sensational group of guides, drivers, and transfer staff! Loved the Sanctuary Lodge! A must! Thank you, Nella Huaringa, for planning this amazing journey! Thanks for making sure we didn't miss a thing on our itinerary even when we lost a travel day, due to a broken airplane that turned back midair, on our way to Lima. We appreciate your service above and beyond.

  • WendyRobinson — December 12, 2014 — South America

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  • Marlin Barad — April 21, 2014 — South America

    Sofia, thank you for putting together a great trip. We certainly enjoyed ourselves very much. The planning and care was excellent. We hope we can do another trip with you all soon. Marlin Barad

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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