National Geographic Journeys

Explore Machu Picchu

  • Duration 8 Days | Round-trip Lima
  • Group Size Max 16
  • From $1,999 AUD
Call 1300 363 742

Trip Overview


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. Traveling with knowledgeable guides who know this region best, we’ll leave no stone unturned.


Trip Highlights

    • Venture to Inca sites like Ollantaytambo, Pisac, and Moray with a local guide.
    • Visit the village of Huchuy Qosqo for a traditional lunch at a community owned and operated restaurant supported by G Adventures.
    • Meet artisans in a village known for adobe- and ceramic-making, and try your hand at the crafts.
    • Embark on a spectacular train ride to Machu Picchu, and explore the Inca citadel with a guide.

Itinerary - 8 Days

Day 1 Lima

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

Days 2 & 3 Sacred Valley

Board an early flight to Cusco, then continue to the Sacred Valley to spend two days exploring with a local guide. Tour the G Adventures-supported Parque de la Papa, or Potato Park, a network of rural agricultural communities working to preserve more than 700 species of potatoes. Learn about potato cultivation and traditional weaving, and the importance of each to Andean culture. Next, explore the Pisac ruins and visit the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in the village of Huchuy Qosqo. Discover the pre-Inca salt pans of Las Salineras. Enjoy a traditional pachamanca-style meal. (2B, 1L, 1D)

Day 4 Aguas Calientes

Catch an early transfer to Ollantaytambo station and board the scenic train to Aguas Calientes. Opt to visit the town’s hot springs, butterfly house, or botanical garden. (1B)

Day 5 Machu Picchu/ Cusco

Enjoy a guided tour of the Machu Picchu ruins. Then explore the site on your own or hike to the Inca Bridge. Later, return to Cusco by train. (1B)

Day 6 Cusco

Explore historic Cusco, with options to visit museums or go white-water rafting or paragliding. This evening, glimpse the night sky through the telescopes of the Cusco planetarium. (1B)

Days 7 & 8 Lima

Fly back to Lima for our final evening. Depart at any time the next day. (2B)

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