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Peru & Machu Picchu Independent Itinerary

Learning Adventures in Rails, Ruins and Incas

Rail fans and ancient history fans will love this 10-day tour to Peru.  In fact, anyone with a keen eye, a love of landscape and an interest in history will love this trip. Peru is the third largest country in South America and has some of the most spectacular and varied scenery in the hemisphere.

The Peruvian Andes are arguably the most beautiful on the continent and are home to millions of highland Indians who still speak the ancient tongue of Quechua and maintain a traditional way of life.  You cannot resist photographing these colorful peoples and their smiling llamas grazing on their small terraced farms. The multiple layers of fascinating great civilizations of pre-Hispanic cultures that occupied this territory 15,000 years ago make it the historical-archeological treasure of South America. This trip begins and ends in Lima, Peru.   It is called the “City of the Kings,” as it was the capital of the Spanish Empire in South America.  Founded in 1535 by Francisco Pizarro, a tour of this rich historical city is most rewarding.  Lima is 500 ft. a.s.l.

Itineraries include lodging, all in-country flights, train tickets on the Vista dome, Trains to Machu Picchu, 2 airport transfers, local transfers with bi-lingual personnel, expert bi-lingual tour guides, all breakfasts.

It does not include airfare, tips, meals not designated in the itinerary and trip insurance.   Minimum of 2 pax required for this itinerary. Contact us for more information.

Sample Peru & Machu Picchu Independent Itinerary
(We can customize the itinerary any way you desire.)
Day 1    Arrive in Lima, Peru.  500 ft. elevation.
Day 2   A  Guided City Tour of Lima
D ay 3    Guided Lima Tour to Larco Herrera Museum and the Gold Museum
Day 4   Shopping or Relaxing in the Morning
Day 5   Guided tour to Archeological Sites around Cusco.
Day 6   Guided Tour to Pisac and Ollantaytambo
Day 7    Train Ride to Machu Picchu with Your Guide
Day  8    Return to Machu Picchu or Walk around Aguas Calientes
Day  9     Fly to Lima
Day 10    Depart Lima

A one-hour flight to Cusco from Lima begins your tour in the Andes.  The sole visit of Cusco would justify your trip to Peru.  You have 3 nights here.   It is known as the “Archeological Capital of America.”  It symbolizes the maximum splendor achieved by the Andean civilization.  Elevation is 11,047 ft. A journey by narrow-gauge tourist railroad from Cusco takes you to the highlight of the trip – Machu Picchu, the Sacred Lost City of the Incas.   Apparently a center of religious ceremonies for the Incas and home to their nobility in the 15th century, this mist-shrouded citadel at 9750 feet elevation is the most palpable reminder of the powerful Andean civilization that stretched some 3000 miles from southern Colombia to central Chile. Our two days here will allow plenty of time to explore and relax at this mountaintop refuge.   Elevation is around 8500.