Experience the best hotels and fine dining in Cusco and the Sacred Valley. You'll visit the important cultural sites of Cusco and the region, explore trails, and experience some great outdoor activities.

Highlights

  • Explore Lima on a city tour & enjoy some of its finest restaurants
  • Discover Ollantaytambo, one of the Sacred Valley's most well-preserved ruins
  • Take a stunning day hike in Yucay in the afternoon
  • Go horseback riding on traditional Paso horses
  • Take cooking classes from the best chefs in the Valley
  • Treat yourself to some of the best spas and massages in Peru
  • Enjoy a private tour of Machu Picchu, Peru's most famous ruins

Overview

In nine days, experience the finest things to do in the Sacred Valley and Cusco. This trip includes some of the best hotels in the region along with activities and dining experiences that you'll revel in. Explore the ancient Inca Sites in Ollantaytambo and Macchu Picchu, take part in traditional Peruvian activities in the Sacred Valley and enjoy a selection of the outstanding accommodation available here. You'll also meet the people that make Cusco and the Sacred Valley unique and extraordinary. This really is an exploration of the hidden elegance of the Cusco Region and Peru.

Brief itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight Hotel
Day 1 Arrival in Lima, City Tour, and Fine Dining Lima Atemporal, Aranwa Lima
Day 2 Flight to Cusco; Transfer to the Sacred Valley Sacred Valley Sol y Luna
Day 3 Ollantaytambo Ruins - Yucay Day Hike Sacred Valley Sol y Luna
Day 4 Horseback Riding and Cooking Classes  Sacred Valley Sol y Luna
Day 5 Train to Aguas Calientes & Machu Picchu Tour Cusco Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Day 6 Orchid Trail & A la Carte Menu, Spa & Fine Dining Cusco Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Day 7 Train to Cusco, Shopping & Fine Dining Cusco La Casona, Aranwa, Belmond Monasterio
Day 8 Walking Tour of Cusco City & Fine Dining Cusco La Casona, Aranwa, Belmond Monasterio
Day 9 Transfer to airport for departure    

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Lima, City Tour, and Fine Dining

The coastline of Miraflores, Lima, from Barranco
The coastline of Miraflores, Lima, from Barranco

After landing in Lima, one of our representatives will be at the airport to greet you and escort you to the hotel in Miraflores. The district is a diverse cultural center, with theaters, cinemas, and art galleries. Lima is a great place to stay for your first night. Tonight, it’s all about resting to recovering your energy for the wonderful trip that awaits you.

Hotel Recommendations

  • Atemporal. Atemporal is the perfect refuge for discerning travelers interested in exploring contemporary Lima.
  • Villa Barranco. Villa Barranco is located in a charming republican house built in the 1920's, has been restored with much care and details to provide the personal home-style service offered by the Ananay Hotels collection.

Day 2: Flight to Cusco & transfer to the Sacred Valley

Bird's eye view of entry to the Sacred Valley

This morning you will take private transportation to the airport and head straight to the domestic check-in desks in the center of the airport. On arrival to Cusco, you will be met by one of our representatives with a sign with your name on it. We then leave Cusco and descend into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. While still at considerable altitude (around 2600 m), spending your first day in the Sacred Valley is a good way to acclimatize, allowing your body to adjust to the attitude to come.

In the afternoon, you'll enjoy a light picnic lunch, then continue to our Lodge in the valley. This is a day to relax, eat well and enjoy your surroundings.

Hotel Recommendations

  • Sol y LunaAccommodates guests in cozy ‘casita’ houses made of local stone and decorated individually. Gardens filled with flora native to the Sacred Valley surround each of these forty-three private sanctuaries and all face the Andes Mountains where the Incas believed their gods dwelled.

Day 3: Ollantaytambo Ruins - Yucay Day Hike

Around the Ruins of Ollantaytambo

After an early breakfast, we will walk around the Inca Fortress and ceremonial site of Ollantaytambo, marveling at these extraordinarily well-preserved ruins. Set around a tranquil plaza, renowned for its peaceful charm. The little-altered layout of the town offers an unprecedented peek into the way of life of its past peoples, the Incas. Even the street names are the original one from ancient times.

Late morning we drive to the temple of Sayri Tupac. At one time in history, Yucay was the resting place for the royal Inca family. The trail follows a wide channel stream coming from the snowcapped mountain of San Juan. Immersed in nature, with the sound of running water and the views of the valley from the top of the terraces will be one of the highlights of our journey.

After about 2 hours the trail finishes at the other plaza of Yucay. This is where our private transportation will be waiting for us to drive us back to our hotel.

Hotel Recommendations

  • Sol y Luna. Accommodates guests in cozy ‘casita’ houses made of local stone and decorated individually. Gardens filled with flora native to the Sacred Valley surround each of these forty-three private sanctuaries and all face the Andes Mountains where the Incas believed their gods dwelled.

Day 4: Horseback Riding and Cooking Classes 

A cabana at the Sol y Luna

In the morning, following a relaxing and delicious breakfast, we will have a short orientation, then we set off on some rural paths, across small villages and communities neighboring the hotel. We'll learn about and enjoy the famous smooth gait of the Peruvian Paso Horses.

As we travel, we are taken into some rural habitats, meeting villagers in their everyday life, as they cook, herd cattle and till their fields. We'll interact with them, in their communities and get a glimpse of their daily lifestyles. Our tour will follow mostly rural routes till we get back to our stables.

In the afternoon we have the chance to have a fully interactive session held in the Wayra kitchen, this is a hands-on opportunity to work side by side with our Sol y Luna chef to prepare and present a three-course meal of traditional Andean dishes, culminating in dining on the fruits of your labor at our intimate chef ’s table.

You have the evening to relax and enjoy the hotel, it's surroundings and possibly a spa treatment.

Hotel Recommendations

Day 5: Train to Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu Tour

The Sanctuary of Machu Picchu

After lunch, we will catch the bus up to Machu Picchu. It is a 25-minute bus ride to the sanctuary (2400 m). As other people begin leaving we will embark on our exploration of Machu Picchu and visit some of the most important places in the archeological site. Our guide will lead us in our exploration and discovery of the many curious corners within the enigmatic Citadel of Machu Picchu.

If you feel like an uphill challenge, you have the option to climb the infamous mountain of Huayna Picchu. It is important to know that to climb this mountain, you need to buy a separate ticket in advance. There are only 2 entrance times: 7 or 10 in the morning. The trail consists of many steep narrow steps (not recommended for people who suffer vertigo), the height of the mountain is 2700m (8858 ft) and the climb is 300m (984 ft.).

The tour takes on average around 2 hours. There will be plenty of time for pictures after which we take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Ollantaytambo, where our private transportation will be waiting for us to drive us back to Cusco.

Hotel Recommendations 

  • Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. An intimate Andean village with terraced hills, waterfalls, stone pathways and 83 whitewashed adobe casitas tucked away in the cloud forest.

Day 6: Orchid Trail, A la Carte Menu, Sauna Treatments & Fine Dining

The Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

On this day you can enjoy many of the activities on offer from the hotel, they have an a la carte activity menu for you to choose from. Do a nature walk during the day or at dusk, take an orchid trail, visit a tea plantation or native farm & observe the processes.
A la carte experience menu

Then in the afternoon, you are free to enjoy the hotel and all it has to offer. Including experiences such as the Una Spa treatments & a fine dining restaurant.
Hotel Experiences

Hotel Recommendations

Day 7: Train to Cusco, Shopping and Fine Dining

Cusco City

On your first day in the city, you can explore Cusco on your own and enjoy all it has to offer, like San Pedro market, the Plaza de Armas, San Blas and much more. A great place for lunch is Greens Restaurant.

Hotel Recommendations

  • Casona Inka Terra. The first boutique hotel in Cusco, Inkaterra La Casona is located in the traditional Plaza de las Nazarenas, surrounded by vibrant, cobblestoned streets. This 16th Century manor house stands on the training grounds for an elite army of Incas and had Spanish Conquistador Diego de Almagro and ‘Libertador’ Simón Bolívar among its illustrious guests.
  • Aranwa. Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel is the essence of luxury and comfort in the heart of the Inca city. Built in a colonial mansion of the XVI century, it displays several paintings of the Cuzco school, colonial sculptures, and carvings that transport us to the greatness of the time.
  • Monasterio. One of the most unique hotels in Cusco, this delightful retreat combines centuries-old charm with luxury hotel service. Discover inspired restaurants and boutique rooms and suites, all clustered around a tranquil central courtyard.

Day 8: Walking Tour of Cusco City and Fine Dining

Cusco Plaza

In the morning, we will explore the old bohemian quarter of San Blas, famous for its picturesque white walls and blue doors and it’s historically artisan community. On the other side of Cusco, we will find the San Pedro market, a Cusqueñan institution, not to be missed. Famous for its tantalizingly exotic fresh fruits and vegetables, mouth-watering juices (too many to choose from) and its natural medicinal herb stalls.

Onwards down Avenida el Sol, Cusco's central avenue, we arrive at the magnificent temple of Koricancha. Originally dedicated to the sun god Inti and said to have been the most important temple in the Inca Empire. Lunch will at a local Peruvian restaurant.

After lunch, we enter the awe-inspiring fort of ‘Saqsayhuaman’ and also seek out the less visited archaeological areas such as the temple of the moon.

Hotel Recommendations

Day 9: Transfer to airport for departure

On your final day, we'll transfer you the airport for your departure … and until next time we'll meet again

Map

Map of Elegance of the Sacred Valley: Deluxe Tour - 9 Days
Map of Elegance of the Sacred Valley: Deluxe Tour - 9 Days