Day 1: Cusco, Peru
Arrive in Cusco, the southern capital of the Inca Empire and one of the most beautiful towns in Peru. Spend the afternoon taking a guided tour of the main sites of Cusco and the surrounding area including Santo Domingo, La Catedral, and Plaza de Armas.
Day 2: Cusco / Sacred Valley
Spend the morning exploring the ruins of Sacsayhuaman and Pisaq. Visit Pisaq’s famous market and the home of a local ceramic artist. Transfer to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a fertile valley lined with picturesque Andean markets, impressive churches, and remarkable Inca ruins.
Day 3: Sacred Valley
Enjoy a horseback riding tour of the Sacred Valley. Take a guided walking tour of the charming town of Ollantaytambo. Visit a local family’s home and tour the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo.
Day 4: Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu
Enjoy a scenic train ride from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, continue by bus to Machu Picchu, perhaps the most famous and awe-inspiring of all the ruins discovered during the 20th century, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Alternatively choose to hike with a private guide to Machu Picchu.
Day 5: Machu Picchu
Return to Machu Picchu for a guided hike up to Inti Punku or the “Gate of the Sun.” Spend the afternoon at leisure and explore the ruins on your own.
Day 6: Machu Picchu / Cusco / Lima / Aloft
Take the train back to Ollantaytambo and fly to Lima. Enjoy dinner in Lima before departing on a flight to Easter Island, one of the most remote islands on the planet.
Day 7: Easter Island
Arrive on Easter Island and enjoy the morning at leisure or an excursion to Ara o Te Moai, the trail once used by the island’s inhabitants to transport the giant moai sculptures. This afternoon, visit numerous archaeological sites including Ahu Tahai and Pea. Stop at the island’s small museum of history and archaeology.
Day 8: Easter Island
Embark on an excursion to “Te pito o te henua” or the “Navel of the World.” Visit the fishing cove of La Perousse, local villages, and more archaeological sites featuring ahu and moai. Visit Ahu Tongariki, one of the island’s most famous and most picturesque archaeological sites featuring 15 moai lined up in a row.
Day 9: Easter Island
Spend your last day experiencing one of the island’s most dramatic walks—the Tangata Manu or “Birdman” Route. Visit the stone village of Orongo, home to the Birdman Cult, and where there is still evidence of numerous Birdman petroglyphs and a ceremonial site of Tangata Manu worship.
Day 10: Easter Island / Depart for Home
Spend the morning at leisure before transferring to the airport and departing for home via Santiago.