Cusco / Machu Picchu tour

Explore the exotic and mysterious cities of the Inca.

Next tour = 11 – 23 October 2025 (13 days/12 nights) ex Melbourne


You will spend three days in and around Cusco exploring local markets (including Pisaq) and Inca stone work. Plus the world-famous train trip into Machu Picchu with 2 days in and around Machu Picchu – one day guided, one day free for exploring the cloud forest – hiking, climbing, photographing orchids and birds or re-visiting Machu Picchu. There is ample time to explore Ollantaytambo (famous Inca village) and the fertile Sacred Valley where it is perpetual spring.

After, link with our Galápagos Islands tour OR travel to other places.

Just imagine:

  • stepping back in time to the 1500’s and exploring the ancient city of Cusco with its crooked streets and Inca stone walls (with not a high-rise building in sight),
  • taking the famous train to Machu Picchu from where you can witness the breathtaking panorama of the lost city.
  • shopping for Peruvian handicrafts at the local markets.

Cusco is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site (1983) and deservedly so.  Its quaint colonial wooden buildings with intricately carved balconies, white plastered mud brick houses on Inca foundations and crooked narrow streets with ceramic signs are a delight. What history those stones have seen – what wealth and greed, death, destruction and pageantry. If only we could read the stones. Cusco at night glitters like the gilt of former times.

Machu Picchu was built in the 1400’s and discarded in the 1500’s. We don’t know why, but it was well before the arrival of the Spanish. Machu Picchu is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site (1983) set in a fabulously picturesque position in the middle of a tropical montane forest at 2400m above sea level on a saddle between two mountains. It was and is an amazing urban and agricultural Inca creation with giant walls amongst granite escarpments above the jungle of the Amazon basin. At the base of Machu Picchu lies the Urubamba (Vilcanota) River, one of the longest tributaries of the Amazon River.

It is now thought that Machu Picchu acted as a University, where the young learned architecture, astronomy, agriculture and hydrology. Machu Picchu is rightly named a sanctuary. It is a marvel of technology, stone masonry, irrigation and astrology and filled with myth and magic. Today you see llamas grazing on the iridescent green agricultural terraces, begonias and orchids hanging from rock crevices and lichens attached to perfect stone-work.

2025 Price:

A$6,550 / U$4,455 pp twin share

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“It’s been an absolute blast, hikes, dogs, animals, bicycles, surprises around every corner. … thanks for the adventures and memories that will last forever” – Daniel & Gloria, Australia (2023)

“Wonderful memories of enchanting landscapes and great company” – Ruth, Australia (2014)

“We felt we could have asked no more, you succeeded in making us feel that we were treated as individuals, never as a mob” – Angus, Australia (2008)

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  • We take care of you.
  • We are a family business specialising in personal attention.
  • We take a maximum of 14 people on tour.
  • We escort you (plus our trusted local guides) but we make sure you have time to explore on your own.
  • You stay in typical 3-4 star boutique accommodation so that you can experience some of the local culture.
  • You will have a great time with lots of fun – not so much a holiday but a safe, enjoyable adventure with friendly people.
  • You will love the time we spend together.

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