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Feedback on Peru Itinerary

by la310 »

I will be travelling to Peru this summer with my husband - our first time - and am putting together our itinerary after studying lots of online forums! We are pretty much doing this DIY - not planning on tour guides for now. I would love to get some feedback from others if you think this is reasonable:

Day 1: arrive Lima/connecting flight to Cusco in early afternoon. Hire taxi to take us to hotel in Ollantaytambo

Day 1 - afternoon: tour Sacred Valley, overnight in Ollantaytambo

Day 2 - tour Sacred Valley, overnight in Ollantaytambo

Day 3: (leave luggage at hotel in Ollantatytambo) afternoon train to Aquas Calientes; stay overnight

Day 4: hike Machu Picchu, overnight in AC

Day 5: hike Huayna Picchu (2nd group at 10am). Bus back to AC, then train to Ollantaytambo to pick up luggage. Hire taxi to drive us to Cusco - late afternoon

Day 5: overnight Cusco

Day 6: tour Cusco, overnight Cusco

Day 7: morning tours of Cusco , 1pm flight to Lima...tour Lima...late night flight home


Thanks for any adivce you may have!


RE: Feedback on Peru Itinerary

by rwhansen »

We returned home yesterday from Grand Circle Travel's Discover South America: Chile & Argentina tour with it's pre-trip extension to Peru and Machu Picchu. I can not comment credibly on your itinerary, except to say that after arriving in Cuzco from Lima, we went immediately by motor coach to a hotel in Sacred Valley where we stayed two nights at the San Agustin Recoleta Hotel.

Leaving in the morning, we had a brief visit to Ollantaytambo before boarding the train to Aguas Calientes where we stayed at the El Santuario Hotel. We toured Machu Picchu the following day before returning by train to Ollantayambo and motor coach to Cuzco.

Our progam director for the tour was Teddy Romero, who was wonderful. In addition to leading tours for Grand Circle and Overseas Adventure Travel, he leads Inca Trail hikes to Machu Picchu for National Geographic. Teddy is also into birding and has recently established a web site for birding tours at

If you plan on having a tour guide for the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu and he is available, I highly recommend him. His eMail address is: Reference my name, Bob Hansen, and the GCT March 2-8, 2016 tour we had with him.


RE: Feedback on Peru Itinerary

by Ramiro24 »

Hi there!
I live in Cusco and I visited machu Picchu 1 month ago!
I like very much your itinerary, I think the reason why you choose staying in Ollantaytambo is because altitude sickness, that's a good idea.
Considering visiting Machu Picchu 2 days is also very good, I'd suggest you on your first climb visit the whole citadel and also climb the Sun Gate, it's located behind Machu Picchu and you'll enjoy a great view. You could also (if you're athletic enough) to hike Machu Picchu mountain (2 hours and a half climbing) on your first day.
Let me remind you that if you're planning to visit Machu Picchu during the summer, it's important to get your train and Machu Picchu tickets IN ADVANCE, since it's the high season and they're easily sold out. Remember that only 500 place for huayna Picchu are available every day
You can see availability of Machu Picchu tickets here:

Hope you enjoy your stay in Peru, if you have further questions, don't hesitate to contact me through my page:
I'll be happy to help
kind regards