For those with good fitness levels, there are a handful of walking trails to take you into the gates of Machu Picchu via a less-travelled route and spectacular mountain views.
After a hearty Peruvian breakfast, return to Machu Picchu via a mountain trail that winds through the valley (we will discuss the best route according to how challenging you would like the morning to be). This will give you extraordinary views of Machu Picchu from another angle.
In the late afternoon, board the luxury Hiram Bingham train to Cusco. Enjoy the best of train travel with a delicious dinner prepared by a celebrated team of chefs and stunning mountain views as you wind your way through the Sacred Valley. The train features an open-air observation deck to breathe the fresh mountain air as the sun descends.
Arriving in Cusco you will be driven to the Belmond Monasterio Hotel. This luxury hotel is located in a 400-year-old monastery. Here you can sip pisco sours in cloisters lit by candlelight and admire interiors rich with historic art and architecture.
During your time in Cusco, we will arrange for you to spend half a day with our private guide to explore the cobblestone streets of this bustling city. Walk to the vibrant San Pedro food market, where locals gather to buy and sell a wide variety of fresh produce, from cheese to chocolate. We highly recommend visiting the Koricancha temple. The walls of this Inca site were once plated in sheets of gold and devoted to the Sun God, Inti. Finally, end the morning in the bohemian neighbourhood of San Blas where many of the town’s most prevalent artists live and work.