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Foodie Highlights: Complete Cusco & Inca Trail

Lima, Inca Trail, Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu
10 days / from $3,219
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Discover the two most talked about experiences in Peru: an exclusive dinner at Central Restaurant and the Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu. Reservations and permits sell out months in advance but with Inca Expert you’ll feel VIP.
PRESENTED BY VIRGILIO MARTINEZ, WINNER OF THE WORLD'S TOP CHEF AWARD & OUR CULINARY EXPERT

Beginning in the Sacred Valley outside of Cusco, walk past incredible landscapes and ruins with names like “town in the clouds.” Waiting at the end of this challenging trek is an unforgettable first look at Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate entrance.
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Our Inca Expert Travel representative will greet you upon arrival at the Lima airport. Your private transfer will bring you to your confirmed luxury Lima hotel. Here you’ll be briefed about your trip and provided with everything needed for your upcoming journey.

Use your first day to rejuvenate yourself by resting or enjoying hotel spa services. If arriving early to Lima, take a scenic walk through the bohemian neighborhood of Barranco for views of Lima’s gorgeous coastline, or dine at one of the many gourmet restaurants within walking distance of your hotel.



Start your morning with a gourmet breakfast at your luxury hotel, before visiting the Historic Center of Lima, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Start your afternoon with a walking tour around the artsy Barranco district. Learn about its history as you gaze at colonial mansions, taste Peruvian flavors, and immerse yourself in its sounds and smells.

Finally, enjoy an epic 11-course tasting menu at Central, one of the top 10 restaurants in the world.



In the morning you’ll fly from Lima to Cusco. Upon arrival at the Cusco airport, you’ll be met by an Inca Expert Travel representative who will go through your travel program and give you all your needed tickets.

Today, you’ll go on a walking tour through the top sites in the city of Cusco. You’ll visit the Cusco Cathedral and the most important temple of the Inca Empire: Coricancha.

Indulge in the flavors and sites of the bustling San Pedro Market where your guide will point out the locally-grown fruits and vegetables, some new and some familiar. Next, head into the San Blas neighborhood to watch artisans at work and purchase some unique Peruvian souvenirs.

After you’ve had your fill of shopping, your journey continues high above Cusco where the Inca ruins of Q’enqo and Sacasyhuamán watch over the city. Explore these enigmatic sites with your private guide who will point out important details and little known facts about these fascinating sites. You’ll be dropped off at your Luxury Cusco Hotel of choice after your tour for a free evening to relax and rest.

Your Inca Expert Travel Advisor will be glad to share personalized restaurant recommendations and tips for how to spend your free time.



After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, your private tour guide will meet you and your driver will take you through the cobblestone streets of Cusco and into the scenic Sacred Valley. Watch the landscapes roll by as they turn from nearby lush fields to distant snow-capped mountains.

After spectacular views of the Andes Mountains, you’ll stop at 3 highly impressive Inca ruins starting with the incredible Pisac ruins and famous Pisac Market. You’ll learn about the Sacred Valley and its history and importance to the Incas before making your final stop of the day at Ollantaytambo. At Pisac you also have the opportunity to purchase artisanal goods straight from the artisans as well!

Visit the last Incan stronghold, Ollantaytambo fortress, where you’ll see some of the most impressive functioning series of aqueducts and fountains out of all the Incan ruins in Peru. Afterwards, your guide will drop you off at your luxury hotel for a free afternoon of resting.



After a delicious Peruvian breakfast at your hotel you’ll meet your private tour guide and travel to the spectacular Maras Salt Mines. These ancient pools on terraced mountainsides collect natural saltwater that crystallizes and can be harvested. Take in the spectacular views and purchase some of this natural salt at a local market by the site.

Afterwards you’ll be transported to Moray and learn about its history and take in the views before heading over to MIL restaurant. Winner of the world’s top chef award Virgilio Martinez created this restaurant to explore Andean ingredients and bring you a delicious culinary experience with incomparable views: the Incan ruin of Moray.

Enjoy your 8-course lunch at MIL included in your tour package.

After a private transfer back to the town of Ollantaytambo, you’ll board a train that will take you directly to Aguas Calientes where you’ll spend one last night before viewing the spectacular ruins of Machu Picchu.



The Inca Trail is the same path once walked by the royal Inca over 500 years ago. Today you’ll begin this 28 mile (45 km) hike with a drive from your Cusco hotel through the Sacred Valley and arrive at Km 82 - the trailhead of the Inca Trail.

Take in the landscapes around you, from the terraces in the mountains, to the Inca ruins, to the streams and orchids lining your path. After 3 hours you’ll arrive to Llactapata ruins. Continue onwards through the lush valley before arriving at the campsite of Wayllabamba for a well deserved rest.



Today is the most challenging portion of the trail, as you climb 3 hours to Warmiwañusca, known as Dead Woman's Pass, at 13,780 feet. From the top you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys. The hike ends at the Pacaymayo campsite with views of snow-capped Mount Veronica and a deliciously prepared meal from your camp chef.



Today you'll trek through truly gorgeous valleys into the mountain cloud forest. Highlights include Runkurakay Pass, Sayacmarca ruins, and the stunning Phuyupatamarca, “The Town in the Clouds.” The day ends at the impressive Wiñay Wayna ruins, giving you a taste of what’s to come tomorrow. Here you can enjoy beer, a shower, and a good night’s rest.



The sun’s rays rising over the mountainscape around the Machu Picchu citadel is what many travelers dream of experiencing, and today you’ll rise early to hike the remainder of the Inca Trail to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu to witness this spectacular natural moment.

Enjoy a two-hour tour of this majestic Inca citadel and take some time to savor your accomplishment as you soak in the views. Your tour guide will discuss the mystery and skill of its construction as you absorb the magical landscape that surrounds this important ruin. Return to Aguas Calientes for a mouthwatering lunch before the train journey back to the Sacred Valley. Your driver will be waiting at the station to take you back to your Sacred Valley hotel for some much-deserved rest.



Enjoy a final breakfast at your Cusco hotel. Our Inca Expert representative will meet you in time to transfer you to the airport to begin your journey back home.

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Price per person from:

Luxury Superior Comfort
Double $ 4,569 $ 3,509 $ 3,219
Single $ 6,039 $ 4,969 $ 4,429
  • 6 nights of accommodation in stated hotels
  • 3 nights camping on the Inca Trail
  • Breakfast at all hotels
  • All meals on Inca Trail
  • Tours stated in the itinerary with English speaking guides
  • Transfers and entrance fees
  • Dinner at Central with 11-course tasting menu. Beverages not included
  • Lunch at MIL with 8-course tasting menu. Beverages not included
  • Vistadome Trains: Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo
  • Airfare
  • Lunches and dinners (unless otherwise specified)
  • Airport taxes
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance

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