18 days tour

The Explorer (Train To Machu Picchu, 18 Days)

This tour includes:


Expert Trip Manager + Driver Team + Local Guides


5 Dinner (D) 17 Breakfast (B) 2 Lunch (L)


All guests travelling with Contiki through December 31, 2022 are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, which may include a booster shot to keep the vaccination status current and valid, depending on the travel destination. Children not eligible for vaccination and/or booster at the time of travel must provide a verifiable and negative Covid-19 test result, taken within 72 hours prior to the start of the tour (taking time zones into consideration) for all tours departing until December 31, 2022. For guests travelling with Contiki from 1 January 2023, Covid-19 vaccinations and boosters are highly recommended, but no longer required. Please note that regardless of time of travel guests will need to comply with specific vaccine and/or booster requirements imposed by airlines and/or authorities in the destination visited, as well as requirements for accessing restaurants and venues, which may be more restrictive than above. It is guests’ responsibility to ensure that they comply at all times with these requirements. No refunds will be given if guests are unable to undertake some or all of their vacation due to their failure to comply with these requirements.


Sacred Valley: See this former heartland of the Incan Empire and hike around the Pisac ruins. Cusco: These fluffy camelids are so much more than just the stars of comical memes. Get to know them better at this specialist farm. Sacred Valley: The sleepy town will give you a taste of local life in the Sacred Valley. Don’t forget to pick up some mementos at the market. Cusco: AKA ‘corn beer’. This ceremonial bevvy was the drink of choice for Incan nobility. Machu Picchu: Feel the goosebumps of excitement as you glide into Aguas Calientes and get ready to start this life-changing experience. Machu Picchu: It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for! Time to explore the Incan citadel with your new Contiki fam. #travelgoals Lima: Cameras ready. It’s not every day you get a bird’s eye view of the Amazon rainforest Puerto Maldonado: Puerto Maldonado: Cruise down the Amazon river with a local guide. Look out for giant river otters and other local residents. Puerto Maldonado: Get set to land in the gastro capital of Latin America. Where ‘olde worlde’ meets modern-day life, in this sundrenched, clifftop city. Lima: Get some rest before you explore Argentina’s sizzling capital. A city that’s famous for amazing food, good wine, Latin passion and legendary nightlife. Buenos Aires: You can’t go to Argentina and not watch live Tango dancing! It’s wrong. Like eating a steak without a glass of red. Buenos Aires: Experience the passion and glamour of Argentina’s capital city, with an expert guide showing you the sights. Buenos Aires: Get set to tick another travel goal off the bucket list. We’re jetting straight into the gateway for Iguassu Falls. Iguassu Falls: This World Wonder is a fiesta for the imagination. The cascades of spraying waterfalls and subtropical forest make an epic backdrop Iguassu Falls: These colossal falls make the ultimate backdrop for a group selfie. Strike a pose with your Contiki fam. Iguassu Falls: Iguassu Falls: There ain’t no BBQ like a Brazilian BBQ! Grab your Contiki fam and feast on these grilled skewers. Iguassu Falls: Woohoo! We’re en route to Brazil's carnival capital. Try to catch a glimpse of the Christ the Redeemer statue from the sky Rio de Janeiro: Christ the Redeemer. Sugarloaf. Copacabana. Ipanema. It’s all here to fill up up your heart and your Insta feed. Rio de Janeiro: This needs no introduction. Tick this iconic statue off your #travelgoals bucket list. And don’t forget your camera. Rio de Janeiro: Take a cruise along the arcing Guanabara Bay and enjoy Caiprinas and music Rio de Janeiro: Walk through the Favelas and learn about the communities and their context in regards to Brazilian society and greater Rio.


Coach, Mini-Van, Plane


13 nights in Hotels, 4 nights in Hostel

Not included:


Other activities and services are not included.


Internal flight included. *** All other flights are not included.


Other activities and services are not included.


Insurance is not included.

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Itinerary of your trip The Explorer (Train To Machu Picchu, 18 Days)

  • Day 1 Day 1: Start Cusco
    • 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

      Day 1: Start Cusco

      Welcome to Cusco Contiki crew! After getting acquainted today we'll have the chance to shop for artisan jewelery and woodworks, roam the cobblestone streets or just stroll the San Pedro markets eating cacao buds and sipping on coca leaf tea. Today really is what you make it as you’re in total control…except for dinner with your new friends – that’s on us.

  • Day 2 Day 2: Cusco To Sacred Valley
    • 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

      Day 2: Cusco To Sacred Valley

      Heading out of Cusco and bound for the Sacred Valley on our private coach, this is where our journey into the ruins and mystique of this land truly begins. But first, llamas. An iconic symbol of Peru, we’ll be stopping off at a llama farm to show some love to these furry favorites up close, and we’re talking the whole humpback family – llamas, vicuna and alpacas. We’ll then stop off to witness the ancient Incan art of weaving in practise by a group of talented local artisans. Throughout the journey, play close attention to your surrounds – there’s the chance to spot the Incan farming technique of terracing and other local ways of life. Want to know what the Peruvians do for fun? You’ll get the chance to play the traditional game of “Sapo”, and exactly what that entails we’ll leave to the imagination… Our explorations of the Sacred Valley will begin with a guided tour of the Pisac and Ollantaytambo ruins. Our Local Guide will give you the d-l on both, visiting the circular terraced Pisac ruins first which date back to the 1400’s. Moving on to Ollantaytambo, base camp for those taking the trek tomorrow, we’ll appease dry mouths with some homemade Chicha de Jora brew. This tiny town may be small in geographical terms, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in attitude, with artisan shops and cafes spilling out onto streets, and the roaring Urubamba river providing the perfect natural background noise. For those embarking on the Inca trail tomorrow this is your final chance to stock up on last minute essentials (socks, socks and more socks). For all others, spend your time soaking in the vibes, hanging with other travelers and just getting a feel for this iconic little town.

  • Day 3 Day 3: Sacred Valley To Aguas Calientes Via Inca Trail Trek
    • 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

      Day 3: Sacred Valley To Aguas Calientes Via Inca Trail Trek

      For those embarking on our epic 1-day trek, we’ll catch the train to KM104 and the start of a day to remember. With just 6 hours on foot and 11-kilometers to cover, the enchanting site that awaits us will make it all worthwhile. Descending into the site we’ll take overseeing Huayna Picchu 'Little peak' – the iconic peak you’ll have seen in every picture ever – marvelling at the incredible handiwork of the ancient Incas. Satisfaction levels at an all-time high and with a big ol’ smile on your tired face, we’ll head back to Aguas Calientes and a squishy hotel bed you couldn’t be more deserving of. Can you feel the excitement mounting? Yep – those are pretty much the feels when Machu Picchu is quite literally on the horizon. This afternoon we’ll enjoy Aguas Calientes, a cute town in its own right complete with roaring river, quaint bridges and local haunts, but most famously known as the gateway town to Machu Picchu. We’ll meet up with those who opted for the train journey, and basically spend the evening hyping each other up for what’s to come tomorrow.

Experience Style

Experience Style


There will be challenging activities such as hiking, biking, canyoning and trekking, but you’re also going to have other means of transportation and relaxed moments to just chill.

Accomodation level

Accomodation level


This accommodation includes essential services like a hot shower, electricity, and a nice and comfy bed.

Experience Type

Experience Type

Small Group

You’ll be accompanied by a small group of travelers just like you.

Physical Rating

Physical Rating


Almost everyone is fit for these activities. Every hike or physical exercise last less than 30 minutes, such as paragliding and horseback riding. Please ask about specific conditions.

Age range

Age range

Min: 18 / Max: 35

This experience is exclusive for travelers from 18 years old, ID must be showed.

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