Journey into the realm of the ancient Inca, discovering the fortresses and temples—and the present-day culture—of Cusco and the Sacred Valley, and encountering the extraordinary citadel of Machu Picchu.

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 Enjoying the view of Machu Picchu  Machu Picchu and the Urubamba River  Terraced landscape of Písac in the Sacred Valley  The site of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley  The capital of Cusco  Andean woman walks across a ridge near Chinchero. Credit: Christopher Newman

Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley: A Tailor-Made Journey to Peru

8 days from $5,810

Journey into the realm of the ancient Inca, discovering the fortresses and temples—and the present-day culture—of Cusco and the Sacred Valley, and encountering the extraordinary citadel of Machu Picchu.

Request a Tailor-Made Itinerary

or call 855-215-8690

Tour Details

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

The tailor-made travels that we undertook in Peru were spectacular! Although we moved quickly from city to city (we had packed a lot into our 12 day trip), we never felt disoriented, as there was always a helpful tour guide to meet us and take care of us at every step.

- Annette E.

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Accommodations

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Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel

Lima, Peru

The Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel is set on the Pacific coast of Lima, overlooking the ocean. Miraflores is the city’s most stylish district of Lima and is convenient for both commercial and historical centers. Breakfast is served in the 11th floor Observatory restaurant, while the main Tragaluz restaurant serves Asian, Mediterranean and Peruvian cuisine in elegant surroundings. Other facilities include a bar, a gym and spa, and a rooftop pool with exceptional views. All suites are elegantly furnished and equipped with modern amenities, and offer views of the city of Lima or the Pacific Ocean.

Number of nights: 1

Palacio del Inka Luxury Collection

Cusco, Peru

Built on the foundations of an important Inca ceremonial building, with some of the original Inca walls still remaining, the Palacio del Inka Luxury Collection exemplifies Cusco’s fine mix of Inca and Spanish colonial style and architecture. It's situated three blocks from the main Plaza de Armas and offers 203 en suite rooms with modern conveniences. The Junior and Senior suites are equipped with oxygen systems to help alleviate altitude sickness, and there are four rooms accessible for people with disabilities. Within the hotel, guests are able to enjoy peaceful courtyards and patios, a bar, restaurant, fitness facilities and spa.

Number of nights: 2

Sol y Luna Lodge and Spa

Sacred Valley of the Incas Urubamba, Peru

Set in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Inca, Sol y Luna is a Relais & Chateaux property surrounded by the stunning mountains and traditional small farms of the valley. Within the hotel's leafy grounds are lovely individual casitas with private terraces, surrounded by tall eucalyptus trees and 25 acres of colorful gardens that attract 35 bird species. Two restaurants offer the choice of fine dining or more informal meals featuring local flavors in the adjacent ranch. The hotel has its own stables at the ranch, as well as a boutique that features the work of local artists and artisans.

Number of nights: 2

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly Aguas Calientes), Peru

Tucked into the cloud forests at the foot of Machu Picchu, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo feels like an Andean village unto itself. Winding paths lead to its whitewashed adobe casitas and villas, each beautifully appointed with local furniture and textiles. The main restaurant is wrapped in windows, offering expansive views as well as excellent fusion cuisine featuring local ingredients. A thatched café and bar perched over the Vicanota River offers light fare and refreshments. The property includes a spa with a eucalyptus sauna, a library and onsite naturalists, a boutique, and extensive trails in the cloud forest where guests can spot birds and orchids, learn to harvest tea, and see rescued spectacled bears.

Number of nights: 1

El Mercado

Cusco, Peru

The arcaded courtyard of the El Mercado was once a farmers’ market, and the luxury hotel pays tribute to that past in its textures, services, and décor. Rooms combine contemporary style with nods to the past, and common area are bright and full of character, offering a sophisticated take on Andean traditions. The rooms span three floors, arranged around a flagstone courtyard with cozy seating and a firepit—a tranquil retreat from Cusco's bustling streets. Amenities include a smoothie bar featuring fresh local produce, a café, a bar and restaurant, and massage services.

Number of nights: 1

Tailor-Made Benefits

Smithsonian Archivist Circle membership. Benefits include:

  • Recognition in the Friends of the Smithsonian Honor Roll displayed electronically on the National Mall in the Membership Reception Center
  • Invitation to a special welcome tour for new members at a Smithsonian venue
  • A Smithsonian Institution annual engagement calendar with full color images of exceptional art and artifacts
  • A complimentary Smithsonian museum guidebook
  • Subscription to the award-winning magazine Smithsonian
  • 20% discount at Smithsonian Museum Stores, 10% discount at selected dining facilities, at SmithsonianStore.com, and Folkways Recordings
  • Special member rate for tickets to the Smithsonian's IMAX® theaters and Einstein Planetarium
  • Admission to Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City
  • Weekday access to the Friends of the Smithsonian Reception Center

If you are already a member of the Archivist Circle or above, you will receive The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects by Richard Kurin.

Testimonials

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

The tailor-made travels that we undertook in Peru were spectacular! Although we moved quickly from city to city (we had packed a lot into our 12 day trip), we never felt disoriented, as there was always a helpful tour guide to meet us and take care of us at every step.

- Annette E.
Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Travel Guard provides an on-tour Insurance Plan. On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only). It also includes up to $25,000 medical and up to $500 dental expense coverage, and 24-hour worldwide travel and medical assistance. Please click here to view complete coverage details.

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