Explore Machu Picchu

This eight-day adventure into Peru’s culture and history offers an ideal introduction to Machu Picchu, one of the world’s most spectacular archaeological sites. Take a scenic train to the famous citadel and enjoy free time to explore its many corners. Roam the Sacred Valley, taking in incredible views of the Andes. Travelling with knowledgeable guides who know this region best, we’ll leave no stone unturned.

dates: July 15 - July 22, 2019

cost: $599

Trip Code: SPENG

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Physical Rating: 3 - Average

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

Service Quality: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 12.



Day 1 - Lima

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Meals included: Welcome dinner!

Day 2 - Lima to Urubamba

Board an early flight to Cusco then on to the Sacred Valley to explore the pre-Inca salt pans of Las Salineras and tour the Maras and Moray ruins. Enjoy a traditional pachamanca-style meal of local specialties.

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 3 - Urubamba

Continue exploring the Sacred Valley with a visit to the “Parque de la Papa” (“Potato Park”). Exclusive to Journeys travellers and part of G Adventures for Good – walk through this rural community with a local guide to learn about potato cultivation, weaving, and the importance of both to Andean culture. Also, explore the Ollantaytambo and Pisac ruins and visit the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosqo.

Exclusive Inclusions: National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Traditional Andean Experience | G Adventures for Good Parque de la Papa (Potato Park) | G Adventures for Good Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 4 - Urubamba to Aguas Calientes

Catch an early transfer to Ollantaytambo station and board the scenic train to Aguas Calientes with option to visit the market.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 - Aguas Calientes to Cusco

Enjoy a guided tour of the Machu Picchu ruins. Free time to explore on your own or take an optional visit to the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco by train.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 - Cusco

Explore historic Cusco with options to visit museums or go whitewater rafting, horseback riding or mountain biking. This evening, look to the night sky for a different view at the Cusco Planetarium. Enjoy a presentation on the southern sky, contemporary astronomy, and the ancient Inca relationship with the cosmos. Check out the on-site museum and use the telescopes to admire the stars.

Exclusive Inclusions: National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Cusco Planetarium | Carte Blanche

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 - Cusco to Lima

Fly back to Lima and spend an afternoon in Peru's bustling capital.

Meals included: Breakfast | Farewell Dinner!

Day 8 - Lima

Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast

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What's Included


  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Traditional Andean Experience, Urubamba

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Cusco Planetarium, Cusco

  • G Adventures for Good: Parque de la Papa (Potato Park), Urubamba

  • G Adventures for Good: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay

  • Two-day Sacred Valley tour including Ollantaytambo, Moray, and Pisac ruins and pre-Incan salt pans

  • Traditional pachamanca-style dinner

  • Scenic train and guided tour of Machu Picchu


Hotels (7 nts).


7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
Allow USD 255-335 for meals not included


  • Arrival and departure transfers

  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

  • Internal flights

  • Private van, train, plane, walking

staff & Experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides