Machu Picchu has a gravitational pull. It urges you to hike in Cusco at 11,000 feet, investigate the ruins of Sacsayhuamán, Stonehenge of the Andes, make friends with children who live in hidden weaving communities, stand above it all at Machu Picchu's Gate of the Sun and testify to the resilience of humanity.
1-2 Explore Cusco, once the center of the pre-Columbian Inca Empire Visit Coricancha, a Spanish colonial church built atop the ruins of an Inca temple Our local guide shares deep insight into Peru's culture and ancient civilizations as we journey through the Temple of the Moon and Sacsayhuamán, an extraordinary massive structure and one of South America's most impressive sites Discover the superb collection at Cusco's Museum of Pre-Columbian Art Sip a pisco sour, Peru's famous national drink This afternoon, check out the action at the lively Plaza de Armas.
3-4 Enjoy a private lunch in the home of a local family in the Maras Valley Walk amid the Inca salt pans' beautiful honeycomb of pools above the Urubamba River Valley Each salt-encrusted basin has been raked for centuries Visit a weaving community tucked in the hills In peaceful Ollantaytambo, climb the ruins of an Inca fortress and walk along the terraced valley Shop for ceramics crafted using traditional Inca techniques at the internationally acclaimed Seminario Studio in Urubamba A culinary highlight is our exclusive cooking class with a local chef.
5-7 Experience Machu Picchu, the incredible Lost City of the Incas, with its intricate stonework and mysterious religious designs Hike on the Inca Trail, lined with ancient stones and stairs, to reach the Gate of the Sun and your first unforgettable view of Machu Picchu Spend a second full day exploring the Lost City with a local expert Stroll the grounds of the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel with a local naturalist to learn more about the area's flora and fauna.