Peru and Chile
A South American adventure from the peaks of mountains to arid deserts.
Trip Day 4
Morning Hike Up Huayna Picchu Mountain
Begin your early morning hike at 5:00am accompanied by your expert guide. As one of the first visitors of the day entering Machu Picchu, you’ll receive a numbered ticket to hike the tallest peak towering over the ruins named Huayna Picchu. After a grueling one hour hike straight up (using ropes and some stairs – for the fittest of travelers!) you will find exquisite views of the surrounding area and a unique perspective of the Lost City. Continue exploring the city’s ruins — visualizing the lives of the priests, craftsmen, and servants who called this seemingly uninhabitable citadel home. While excavations at the site have revealed skeletons, artifacts and woolen clothing, so far there’s no sign of gold.
That evening you will return to Cusco via the Hiram Bingham Express dinner train. Enjoy a Pisco Sour in the bar car and dance to the live music, before indulging in a delicious meal you have most definitely earned.
While travelling through South America...
The bustling La Vega Market
La Vega Market is Santiago’s largest and most vibrant produce market. Local families and chefs from the city’s high-end restaurants shop side by side, searching for the region’s best ingredients for traditional fare. Be sure to taste some of Chile’s delicious native fruits like Lúcuma.
The Atacama Desert offers some of the clearest skies on the planet. Astronomers are on staff at the Explora observatory, so be sure to spend an evening with them gazing into the galaxy.
Try drinking the local Coca Tea, similar to green tea, but mostly consumed in the Andes Mountains, to help with altitude sickness in Cusco – it really does help!
What our clients have to say...
The hotels were great and everything worked out perfectly. We loved Sol y Luna. And the Sanctuary Lodge was the right choice for us. We enjoyed having access to our hotel during the day to stash or pick up things, as well as the ability to enjoy Machu Picchu before and after the big crowds arrived. It was fun to sit with a glass of wine and enjoy the views of MP. We are so glad you recommended doing the Sanctuary Lodge. The Hiram Bingham train was also a ton of fun! We loved the bar car featuring live music and dancing. Suffice it to say we really enjoyed our trip on the Hiram Bingham and would highly recommend it to anyone. It was definitely one of the highlights of the trip.
Jessica & Sarah