Machu Picchu & Cusco

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    Destinations: Central and South America, Peru
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Tour Description

Dwarfed by mighty peaks covered in a perpetual mantle of snow and the massive stone walls of ancient forts and temples, our Sacred Valley and "lost city" of Machu Picchu tour offers a rare glimpse into the soul of the Andes. International Expeditions Machu Picchu travel is your opportunity to explore ancient cities and be enveloped in a vibrant, lost culture that still lives in our imaginations. From the sheer sides of the Andes to sacred valleys, your Machu Picchu tour encompasses a historic area still shrouded in mystery, a place where modern man can experience the essence of life and a history stretching across the centuries. International Expeditions' Machu Picchu travel tour is an inspirational look at relics of a past with guarded secrets and Cusco's vibrant culture, blending Inca traditions with a modern flare.

Guided Machu Picchu Travel & Private Exploration

Drawing on three decades of travel to Peru, International Expeditions has built an itinerary anchored by both guided and private Machu Picchu and Cusco tours. Absorb the history and mystery still surrounding this ruined citadel, with time to wander the ruins privately or hike to the Sun Gate.

See More than the Lost City

During your Machu Picchu and Cusco tour, you will visit many Inca sites scattered throughout the Sacred Valley, including Ollantaytambo, Sacsayhuaman and the Koricancha Sun Temple. This comprehensive look at Inca and Spanish archaeology is enhanced by knowledgeable Machu Picchu travel guides.

Experience Andean Culture

Along with time to absorb the unique tapestry of life in the Sacred Valley and Cusco, travel to bustling Indian markets - social centers where locals gather to buy and sell food and handicrafts; visit a local family for a private weaving demonstration; and even sample traditional Peruvian fare.

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Pricing Information

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

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Tour Notes

What's included in the price of IE's Machu Picchu & Cusco travel packages?

  • Two days to explore Machu Picchu
  • Explore ruins of Ollantaytambo, Sacsayhuamán & Koricancha
  • Scenic Vistadome train ride to Machu Picchu
  • Guided tours & enriching lectures by expert native guides
  • Private weaving demonstration
  • Two visits with local families
  • Paso Fino horse show
  • Leisure time in Cusco & Lima
  • Premier Machu Picchu & Cusco travel accommodations including Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
  • 17 meals
  • Tips to porters & to waiters for included meals
  • Arrival & departure transfers

What kind of visas are required for travel to Peru?

Bring a valid passport that will not expire until at least six months after your departure date. Visas are not required for US or Canadian citizens.

What vaccinations are required for travel to Peru?

No inoculations are required to enter Peru or to return to the US after visiting Peru. The CDC recommends malaria pills and the yellow fever shot; however, you should consult with your personal physician.

How do you deal with altitude sickness during a Machu Picchu & Cusco travel package?

You will travel from Lima at an elevation of approximately 300 feet to a height of over 11,000 feet in Cusco and the sparse scrub vegetation of the Andean highlands. You may find yourself affected by the altitude on the expedition. The most common symptoms are headache and sometimes fatigue and dizziness. Please take it easy, especially at first. These symptoms can be minimized by resting, drinking plenty of water and taking aspirin. If you have concerns about the altitude at Cusco and Machu Picchu, ask your physician about medications that may be suitable for you.

Oxygen will be available in all transport vehicles throughout your stay in Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Oxygen is available at your hotels, but you must request it at the front desk.

To prepare yourself for the high altitude, please limit your alcohol intake the night before your flight, and avoid fats, milk, cheese, oranges and heavy food at meals before flying.