Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley & Inca Trail

The jewel in the Inca crown is of course Machu Picchu, perched high on its granite peak. The last Incas abandoned the site around 1450, and it wasn’t until 1911 when the American explorer Hiram Bingham re-discovered the former citadel that it captured worldwide interest. Now it is South America’s most visited attraction and still the journey, either by train or on foot, is breathtaking.  
 
A tour of the Machu Picchu citadel is essential and however busy the site is during the day, there are still plenty of quiet spots where you can soak up the history and simply admire everything that the Inca civilization achieved.  Huayna Picchu, the peak above Machu Picchu can be climbed but permits are needed and times have to be booked. It's not for the faint hearted but the views make it worth the effort and for many it's a highlight of their holiday to Machu Picchu.
 
For more information and advice on our Machu Picchu holidays, the Sacred Valley and the Inca trail, call our friendly team on 01582 766122. Or send us an email and we will share with you our first hand knowledge of holidays to Machu Picchu Peru.
 
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Getting to Machu Picchu
The Vistadome is a great way to arrive at Machu Picchu as the windows extend into the train roof and the panoramic view of the mountainous scenery becomes all encompassing.  The Inca Train also has these views but offers more comfort, space and a delicious meal on board, while the Hiram Bingham service is the ultimate in excellent service and fine dining with a fabulous observation carriage from which to admire the views.
 
There is only one hotel located right opposite Machu Picchu and it is always busy during the day. There are other good value options in Aguas Calientes at the foot of the hill. If you want to spend several nights here on your Machu Picchu holiday, consider the Inkaterra Machu Picchu, which offers real attention to detail, friendly service and a large garden that is home to a variety of rare orchids that can be spotted in season on their nature trails.
 
Classic Inca Trail
The Classic Inca Trail is one of the world’s most renowned treks with challenging daily hikes through exceptional Andean scenery. Completing the infamous Dead Woman's Pass is especially satisfying and the final walk through the Sun-Gate to see Machu Picchu appear below through the dawn mists is out of this world. This is a luxury ‘under canvas’ experience complete with porters, hot water bottle, guide and chef.
 
It is possible for those who want to take the train but still walk part of the Inca Trail (without camping) to do this by alighting from the train a little earlier.  You walk the final day of the Classic Inca Trail, arriving at Machu Picchu in the late afternoon when it is generally quieter.
 
Spectacular lodge-to-lodge treks can be arranged for those who like a bedroom at night and on this alternative route to Machu Picchu you encounter fewer walkers. A new lodge-to-lodge trek is based around the Lares Trek and includes a stay at the Huchuy Qosqo site. This is also a flexible way of seeing the cultural sites that are dotted around the Sacred Valley, as well as a traditional visit to Machu Picchu. The rainy season starts at the end of December and lasts until March so it's really best to plan such a trip from April at the earliest to avoid landslides and transport disruption.
 
Choquequirao
A less visited site though still reached from Cusco is Choquequirao, which has recently been named the 'new Machu Picchu' in the Apurimac Valley. It is considered the last Inca outpost and is a citadel like Machu Picchu, but travellers need a very adventurous spirit, good health and good walking legs to reach it. The only way to visit at the moment is staying under canvas for a night or two.
 
Essential Peru: Cusco, Machu Picchu + Sacred Valley
PRE7L
7 NIGHTS
FROM £995
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See the essential historic & cultural sights of Peru on this holiday. Start with a city tour of the capital city of Lima, then fly to the old Inca capital of Cusco. Walk along its cobbled streets, visit the Temple of the Sun and the impressive walled fortress of Saksaywaman. Visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas and climb the citadel at Machu Picchu. All transfers & local flights included.
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Lima
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City Tour
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Cusco
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Temple of the Sun
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Saksaywaman
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Sacred Valley
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Indian Markets
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Llamas
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Expedition Train
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Machu Picchu
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Lima
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City Tour
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Cusco
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Temple of the Sun
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Saksaywaman
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Sacred Valley
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Indian Markets
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Llamas
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Expedition Train
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Machu Picchu
Group Tour: Wonders of Peru
PYA7L
7 NIGHTS
FROM £1,095
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This group tour offers a cost-effective introduction to Peru - visiting the highlights of Machu Picchu, Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. From the gateway town of Aguas Calientes, take the expedition train to this incredible Inca citadel, with free time to explore Cusco. Ideal for solo travellers. All transfers & internal flights included. Departs once a month, with min 2 - max 30 people.
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Lima
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City Tour
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Sacred Valley
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Indian Markets
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Ollantaytambo
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Expedition Train
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Machu Picchu
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Cusco
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Temple of the Sun
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Saksaywaman
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Lima
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City Tour
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Sacred Valley
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Indian Markets
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Ollantaytambo
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Expedition Train
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Machu Picchu
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Cusco
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Temple of the Sun
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Saksaywaman
Peru Highlights: Cusco + Machu Picchu + Amazon
PRF10L
10 NIGHTS
FROM £1,994
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Explore the highlights of Peru, including the magnificent citadel at Machu Picchu - the "Lost City of the Incas" - combined with the wildlife of the amazing Amazon rainforest. Visit the Sacred Valley, Pisac and Ollantaytambo, as well as the well-preserved colonial city of Cusco, built on top of the old Inca city walls. See the Temple of the Sun and other amazing sites. All transfers & English speaking guides included.
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Lima
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Sacred Valley
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Inca Ruins
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Ollantaytambo
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Machu Picchu
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Cusco
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Temple of the Sun
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Amazon Basin
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Boat Rides
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Rainforest Wildlife
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Lima
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Sacred Valley
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Inca Ruins
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Ollantaytambo
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Machu Picchu
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Cusco
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Temple of the Sun
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Amazon Basin
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Boat Rides
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Rainforest Wildlife
Peru & Brazil Highlights: Machu Picchu, Iguassu & Rio
PRI12L
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,095
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This 2-country holiday combines the highlights of Peru & Brazil. Visit Lima & the ancient Inca capital of Cusco, before exploring the Sacred Valley & taking the train to the citadel at Machu Picchu. Then fly to the mighty Iguassu Falls in Brazil, surrounded by tropical rainforests, before ending your holiday in the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro. All transfers included.
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Lima
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Cusco
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Sacred Valley
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Inca Ruins
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Machu Picchu
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Iguassu Falls
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Rio de Janeiro
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Christ the Redeemer Statue
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Sugarloaf Mountain
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Corcovado Mountain
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Lima
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Cusco
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Sacred Valley
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Inca Ruins
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Machu Picchu
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Iguassu Falls
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Rio de Janeiro
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Christ the Redeemer Statue
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Sugarloaf Mountain
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Corcovado Mountain
Peru: Walk the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
PYI12C
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,095
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Combine a holiday to Peru with walking the iconic Inca Trail through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu, walking 21 miles (34 km) over 4 days & sleeping in dome tents. Trek at high altitude through amazing Andean scenery and cloud forests - an unforgettable experience. Also visit the old Inca capital of Cusco & Lima. All transfers & Inca Trail fees included. Advance booking is essential.
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Lima
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City Tour
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Cusco
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Temple of the Sun
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Saksaywaman
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Sacred Valley
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Indian Markets
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Walk the Inca Trail
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Machu Picchu
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Aguas Calientes
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Lima
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City Tour
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Cusco
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Temple of the Sun
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Saksaywaman
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Sacred Valley
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Indian Markets
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Walk the Inca Trail
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Machu Picchu
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Aguas Calientes
Exploring 3 Countries: Peru + Argentina + Brazil
PRJ18L
18 NIGHTS
FROM £2,695
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Explore the highlights of Peru, Argentina & Brazil on this wonderful holiday that covers 3 countries. Visit Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu; the sophisticated city of Buenos Aires & the thundering Iguazu Falls. Complete your holiday relaxing in the exciting city of Rio de Janeiro, with iconic Sugarloaf Mountain & Copacabana Beach. All transfers included.
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Lima
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Cusco
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Temple of the Sun
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Sacred Valley
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Machu Picchu
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Buenos Aires
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Tango & Gauchos
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Iguazu Falls
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Rio de Janeiro
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Copacabana Beach
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Lima
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Cusco
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Temple of the Sun
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Sacred Valley
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Machu Picchu
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Buenos Aires
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Tango & Gauchos
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Iguazu Falls
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Rio de Janeiro
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Copacabana Beach
Grand Tour of Peru, including Paracas + Nazca Lines
PRG17L
17 NIGHTS
FROM £2,795
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This comprehensive tour of Peru visits the rugged Paracas Pensinsula & Ballestas Islands with their amazing marine & bird life. Fly over the fascinating Nazca Lines and travel by bus to Arequipa. See the condors of Colca Canyon & Lake Titicaca, then travel to Cusco & Machu Picchu, ending in the Amazon. English speaking city guides, all transfers, buses & excursions included.
Tour of Peru with Machu Picchu, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Nazca Lines &  Amazon
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Lima
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Paracas Peninsula
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Ballestas Islands
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Nazca Lines
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Arequipa
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Lake Titicaca
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Colca Canyon
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Cusco & Sacred Valley
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Machu Picchu
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Amazon Cloud Forest
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Lima
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Paracas Peninsula
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Ballestas Islands
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Nazca Lines
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Arequipa
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Lake Titicaca
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Colca Canyon
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Cusco & Sacred Valley
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Machu Picchu
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Amazon Cloud Forest
Classic Peru: Lake Titicaca + Machu Picchu + Amazon
PRA15L
15 NIGHTS
FROM £2,995
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This classic holiday covers the key sights of Peru, including a night on the luxury Belmond train. Travel from the white city of Arequipa to Colca Canyon, with its gigantic condors, to Lake Titicaca where you can visit Uros & Taquile islands. Then board your luxury train to Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Finish with a visit to the Amazon jungle. English speaking city guides, all transfers, trains & excursions included.
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Lima
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Arequipa
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Colca Canyon Condors
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Lake Titicaca
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Uros & Taquile Islands
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Andean Explorer Train
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Cusco
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Sacred Valley
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Machu Picchu
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Amazon Basin
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Lima
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Arequipa
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Colca Canyon Condors
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Lake Titicaca
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Uros & Taquile Islands
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Andean Explorer Train
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Cusco
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Sacred Valley
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Machu Picchu
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Amazon Basin
Best of Peru + Brazil: Iguazu Falls + Rio
PPH21L
21 NIGHTS
FROM £3,995
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Explore in-depth the Inca treasures & cultures of Peru, including Arequipa, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Machu Picchu & the wildlife of the Amazon. Then fly to Brazil to visit the amazing Iguassu Falls - one of the great wonders of the world - before relaxing on the spectacular Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. All transfers & specified sightseeing with English speaking guides included.
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Lima
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Arequippa
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Colca Canyon
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Lake Titicaca
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Cusco
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Machu Picchu
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Iguassu Falls
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Rio de Janeiro
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Christ the Redeemer Statue
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Sugarloaf Mountain
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Lima
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Arequippa
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Colca Canyon
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Lake Titicaca
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Cusco
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Machu Picchu
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Iguassu Falls
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Rio de Janeiro
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Christ the Redeemer Statue
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Sugarloaf Mountain
Highlights of Peru, Ecuador & Galapagos Cruise
PRH14Q
14 NIGHTS
FROM £4,195
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See the highlights of Ecuador and Peru in one visit, on this fabulous holiday that included historic Quito in the Andean Highlands, the markets of Otavalo and a Galapagos Cruise with glorious wildlife. Then fly to Cusco in Peru to visit Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley of the Incas & the famous lost city of Machu Picchu. English speaking city guides, all transfers & excursions included.
Ecuador & Peru Highlights - Blue footed boobie
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Quito
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Otavalo excursion
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Andean Highlands
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Galapagos Islands
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Santa Cruz Island
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Lima
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Cusco
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Sacred Valley
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Ollantaytambo
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Machu Picchu
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Quito
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Otavalo excursion
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Andean Highlands
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Galapagos Islands
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Santa Cruz Island
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Lima
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Cusco
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Sacred Valley
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Ollantaytambo
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Machu Picchu
Wildlife of Peru & Ecuador + Galapagos Cruise
PPB23L
23 NIGHTS
FROM £5,796
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Combine the wildlife & birds of the Peruvian Amazon & Ecuadorian Cloud Forest, with an Expedition Cruise through the extraordinary Galapagos Islands. Enjoy the highlights of these two countries, including the giant condors of Colca Canyon, the cultures of Lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu & the Spanish colonial city of Quito. All transfers & specified sightseeing with English guides included.  
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Lima
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Cusco
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Sacred Valley
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Ollantaytambo
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Machu Picchu
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Guayaquil
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Galapagos Cruise
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Santa Cruz Island
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Quito
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Centre of World Monument
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Lima
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Cusco
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Sacred Valley
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Ollantaytambo
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Machu Picchu
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Guayaquil
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Galapagos Cruise
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Santa Cruz Island
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Quito
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Centre of World Monument
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