Multi-Day Tour | Private

Essence of the Inca World (8 days)

Peru Empire Co.

Lima, Peru To Cusco, Peru

Valid for Departures Now Through: 09 Nov 2019

Essence of the Inca World (8 days)

Day 5

Aguas Calientes, Peru

Day 6

Aguas Calientes, Peru


Day 1
Lima, Peru
Atemporal None

Arrive to Lima

On arrival to Lima you will be welcomed by your host who will take you to your hotel for the next two nights.

Day 2
Lima, Peru
Atemporal Breakfast, Snack

Barranco Through the Eyes of an Artist

Barranco is Lima´s smallest yet most lively district, with its bohemian charm and air of inspiration. It is an eclectic mesh of past and present, of grand colonial mansions and stylish, trendy restaurants, boutique shops and equally inviting bars. The district is home to many of Peru´s artists, writers, and musicians, and is the hub of creativity in Lima. Home to MATE, Mario Testino´s gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art MAC, and Pedro de Osma Museum. Let Barranco romance you!

Overnight at the Atemporal Hotel

Day 3
Urubamba, Peru
Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba Breakfast, Snack

Travel to Cusco & visit Pisac Market and Ruins

Today we will take you to the airport in Lima for your flight to Cusco. On arrival to Cusco you will be welcomed by your host and taken to the Sacred Valley located on lower altitude.

In the shadows of the mountains east of the Sacred Valley lies the traditional Andean town of Pisac. The town center is a thriving hub of commerce that still operates as it has since Incan times; with stalls filling the plaza selling everything under the Peruvian sun, and locals coming down from the highlands to exchange their produce for necessities as well as luxuries in a trade called “trueque”.

You will also visit the Pisac ruins, a very important city during Inca times and the only Inca site apart from Machu Picchu with a stone sun dial. Your expert guide will explain the history of the site and the most interesting temples and structures, and you will be able to enjoy a breathtaking view of the countless agricultural terraces leading down to the Urubamba River and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Overnight in the Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

Day 4
Urubamba, Peru
Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba Breakfast, Snack

Visit Chinchero, Maras & Moray

Start your experience in Chinchero, a small colonial town built upon Inca ruins high in the windswept plains of the Sacred Valley (12,430 ft.). It would be easy to spend your entire visit lost in the breathtaking views and architecture that hasn´t changed in centuries, but the real star of the show here is the market, which is the most authentic Andean market experience you will find, with locals making the long journey to exchange their handicrafts, food, and textiles for other necessities.

Next, descend to the fascinating salt mines of Maras, where seeing the locals mining the salt by hand is truly a unique experience. You will have the option to buy some salt of your own, supporting the local economy and making an excellent souvenir, before continuing on to the ruins at Moray. It has been suggested that these huge circular terraces have a cosmological meaning, however the Incas are thought to have used them as a kind of “crop laboratory”.

Overnight at the Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba

Day 5
Aguas Calientes, Peru
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

Explore Machu Picchu

Today we will take you to the train station for your train to Machu Picchu. On arrival you will be welcomed and taken to your hotel.

Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel for a short walk to the bus station and a 30-minute bus ride up to Machu Picchu Citadel (elevation: 8,000 ft. – 2,432 m.a.s.l.)

Scratching the surface of the heavens from its place atop the grandest of mountaintop pedestals, it is easy to lose yourself in the mystique and grandeur of this enigmatic citadel. Soak in the energy and atmosphere of one of the most significant archeological sites on the planet while your guide helps you uncover the secrets behind key areas of interest such as the Intihuatana (the sun dial), Inti Punku (the sun gate), the Sacred Plaza, and the Temple of the Sun.

Allow approximately three hours for guided exploration, but feel free to stay and explore on your own as your schedule allows.

Overnight at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Day 6
Aguas Calientes, Peru
Belmond Palacio Nazarenas Breakfast, Snack

Hike Wayna Picchu

Take a short walk from your hotel, followed by a 30-minute bus ride to Machu Picchu citadel (8,000 ft. – 2,432 m above sea level).

This ascent is an absolute must-do for the adventurous! Trek for approximately 2 hours from the archeological site, reaching the summit of Wayna Picchu. There are two entrance opportunities dependent on availability: 7am or 10am. We will choose the 7am time for you unless requested otherwise.

Your switchback ascent brings you to the spectacular summit for an extremely privileged panoramic view of Machu Picchu Citadel and the jagged, larger-than-life Andes. This hike is as rewarding as it is demanding. Allow about two hours for the hike, and be prepared for a short section of narrow mountain-side stairs that are not for the faint of heart.

In the afternoon you will have your return train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy from where you will be taken back to Cusco and your hotel. Overnight in the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas Hotel.

Day 7
Cusco, Peru
Belmond Palacio Nazarenas Breakfast

Highlights of Cusco and San Blas

Explore the city that has gained world-wide fame and UNESCO World Heritage protection for its enthralling architecture and vibrant local culture. Spanish walls and roofs fuse harmoniously with Inca walls and foundations, suggesting a peaceful balance between the two cultures that starkly contrasts the true, conflict-ridden history of Cusco. Your guide will provide insight and anecdotes about the plazas, churches, and points of interest around the Main Square before continuing onto San Blas, the arts district of Cusco since Inca times and the nucleus for religious art and propaganda for the entire continent of South America during the Spanish Conquest.

Overnight in the Belmond Palacio Nazarenas Hotel

Day 8
Cusco, Peru
None Breakfast

Departure Cusco

Today you will be taken to the Cusco airport for your flight to Lima.

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This 8 days & 7 nights package allows you to discover the essence of the Inca Heartland. After Lima you will visit the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and the ancient Inca capital Cusco. Beautiful cities and villages, the amazing Andes Mountains and Valleys and of course the majestic citadel of Machu Picchu make this an unforgettable experience.

About Us

Peru Empire Co. offers tailor-made itineraries designed to match each traveler’s personal interests, style and preferences to create ideal Peru trips. We believe in structured yet flexible itineraries to facilitate discovery and exploration complemented by great service, the best guides and extraordinary hotels. Our programs are all inclusive, complete with a private vehicle and driver, a bilingual guide, upon request and an Experience Concierge. This innovative concept of Peru Empire Co., means that the trip is monitored and traveler’s needs are taken care of appropriately.

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We handle even the slightest details, from planning superb menus to organizing pre check-in; from booking special visits to paying airport taxes for domestic flights

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Our Thanks for Creating the PERFECT Peruvian Vacation!

By: jck55

Reviewed on: 24 Aug 2016

We found the team of Judi Glass/McCabe World Travel (in the U.S.) and Empire Peru to be first class. They were knowledgeable, organized, responsive and provided excellent communication throughout the process. We worked together on options that fit our varied interests and budget. Weeks prior to our departure, they sent a detailed itinerary complete with descriptions of our excursions as well as recommendations for restaurant, shopping and points of interest in every city we were visiting. The daily guides were exceptional and provided great insight and information to each of our adventures AND...they were quick to satisfy our every need. Our accommodations were unique and we felt we received a lot of value for our investment. If you are planning a trip to Peru, we would highly recommend Judi Glass at McCabe World Travel/Empire Peru. Thanks again for the wonderful memories!
Travel Advisor:  Judi Glass, CTA
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Wonderful Peru!

By: Mamie

Reviewed on: 16 Feb 2017

Excellent service, guides, hotels were great.
Travel Advisor:  Kristie Burke
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Peru Empire Co. was amazing!

By: Berry - Peru 2017

Reviewed on: 26 Sep 2017

This company knows what they are doing and were simply awesome. All the details we thought of and executed perfectly. The guides are knowledgeable, punctual and attentive! I would highly recommenced using them!!!!!
Travel Advisor:  Lise-Marie Wertanzl
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Trip to Peru

By: Lapal

Reviewed on: 24 Dec 2017

From the time our driver in Lima met us at the airport to the time we left, Peru Empire was there to make our trip enjoyable. The guides were knowledgeable and the itinerary they planned was perfect.
Travel Advisor:  Lise-Marie Wertanzl
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By: MN

Reviewed on: 21 Apr 2018

Peru empire was great. We planned a trip to Peru very last minute. They put together a great itinerary from hotels, excursions, drivers, guides and dinner suggestions. The trip was so well organized and a very high level of service. All the guides were fluent in English, knowledgeable about the areas, and fun to be with. We had a great trip- thank you!!
Travel Advisor:  Keri Kaufmann
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By: Jeff D

Reviewed on: 21 Apr 2018

Very good. All guides and connections were there on time and made helpful suggestions. Most were very knowledgable.
Travel Advisor:  Susan Ward
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Machu Picchu

By: Rose B.

Reviewed on: 19 May 2018

We loved our guide Gonzalo! We had private tours and he definitely took us on the path less traveled. The lodging at the Belmond properties was exceptional. Of Course the highlight was Machu Picchu and hiking the Sacred Valley. I would recommend checking itinerary closely before leaving the US because we wanted a change and there was no refund. All in all great trip!
Travel Advisor:  Angela Pierson
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Excellent Team & Service

By: JBeasley

Reviewed on: 18 Jun 2018

Peru Empire Tour Co. was wonderful. Everyone on the team was friendly and knowledgeable. They were always looking out for us and making sure we had whatever we needed to have a seamless trip.
Travel Advisor:  Allison 'Addie' Law
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Peru 2018--A Memorable Experience

By: Linda

Reviewed on: 26 Jul 2018

Our trip to Peru was even better than expected, thanks to Peru Empire, Co. They provided names, numbers, email addresses, instructions, etc., for our use if problems developed. But no concerns arose! The hosts, guides, drivers, operations personnel were punctual, friendly, warm, and informative! The hotels and staffs were superb! Thanks go to Alexandra Monge and her associates for putting together our Peru 2018 experience! No complaints!
Travel Advisor:  Julie Smothers, CTA
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Peru Guides Extraordinaire!!

By: Peru Adventure

Reviewed on: 31 Jul 2018

They were wonderful! Very reliable, friendly, helpful. They made us feel safe, they were very organized and helpful, always there for us timely and shepherded us the whole week, and made our trip fantastic.
Travel Advisor:  Michele Grace
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Great company

By: lacrosse26m

Reviewed on: 30 Dec 2018

Laurence was great! She even tried to catch us in a few of our stops to make sure everything was alright, although we were always out and about. We had 1 small hiccup which was no ones fault and ended up working out since some other things got moved around and it was very easy to contact Laurence and get it all worked out. If we go back to Peru I am sure PEC would be apart of the trip again!
Travel Advisor:  Valerie Ann Wilson
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Peru Empire is awesome

By: LisaB

Reviewed on: 11 Jan 2019

I can’t say enough about our wonderful experience with Peru Empire. From meeting us at the airport in Cusco with hot mugs of coca tea, to the super safe drivers and knowledgeable guides with excellent English skills. We felt thoroughly taken care of the whole time. I didn’t have to worry about a thing.
Travel Advisor:  Keri Kaufmann
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By: twinkle toes

Reviewed on: 11 Jan 2019

first rate, professional guides and drivers. Accommodations, food, and experiences were top notch.
Travel Advisor:  Tracy Lynch
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Awesome Peru


Reviewed on: 27 Jan 2019

Peru Empire's team was all over it! The guides and drivers were professional, always there when needed. Can't say enough good things about their team!
Travel Advisor:  Michele Grace
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