Hiram Bingham’s Hidden Peru

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  • Group Tour
  • Starting Price: $4,995
  • Length: 9 days
  • Operator: Travcoa
  • 866-591-0260
    Destinations: Central and South America, Peru, Machu Picchu
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Tour Description

Experience the magic of Peru and the thrill of seeing Machu Picchu, a long-hidden Inca city first discovered by explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. Throughout centuries of Spanish colonial rule, the ruins were undiscovered. It took Bingham, led by an 11-year-old native boy, to find the ancient terraces and remains of the Royal Tomb, Main Temple and Temple of the Three Windows. From Sanctuary Lodge share the awe experienced by Bingham as you watch the sun rise and set over Machu Picchu’s verdant peaks, and during the day enjoy privileged access to the ruins.

  • Dine at a private lunch at Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion dating from 1535
  • Enjoy an exclusive visit to Enrio Poli’s world-famous Peruvian art collection
  • Learn about ancient weaving techniques used in the Andes
  • Explore the colorful Pisac market
  • Witness the Paso Fino horses perform at an Urubamba Valley ranch
  • Overnight in Machu Picchu and experience a magical sunrise over the ruins before other visitors arrive
  • Visit a Huilloc community school to meet the children and learn about their way of life
  • See the largest collection of Peruvian pre-Columbian art at the Larco Herrera Museum
  • Enjoy a special English afternoon tea at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge

Itinerary

DAYS 1 & 2

Lima, Peru

Arrive in Lima on Day 1. On Day 2 start your exploration of Lima at the Larco-Herrera Museum, located in a majestic 18th-century colonial mansion, to view the world’s largest private collection of Peruvian pre-Columbian art. Continue on your tour of this “City of the Kings,” and visit the San Francisco Monastery and the Plaza de Armas. Enjoy lunch at the oldest private mansion in continuous use in the western hemisphere, Casa Aliaga. Later, see more examples of exquisite pre-Columbian and colonial art when you visit the collection of Enrico Poli, one of the best private collections of its kind in the world.

Miraflores Park Hotel, Lima

DAYS 3 & 4

Urubamba Valley

Fly to the mountains to Cuzco, and then drive down to the urubamba Valley, the “Sacred Valley of the Incas.” Your time here will help you acclimate to the high altitude as you ascend gradually. Arrive at the colorful village of Chinchero and visit the Traditional Textile Center. On Day 4 drive to the Huilloc community, to meet the children at a local school and learn about their culture. Then enjoy lunch at the Wayra Ranch, where you will watch a performance of the Peruvian Paso horses. Finally, visit Pisac, best known for its market and friendly people.

Hotel Rio Sagrado, Urubamba Valley

DAY 5

Machu Picchu

This morning board the Vistadome train in Ollantaytambo for your journey to Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of Incas.” Explore the Inca city accompanied by your professional guide who will answer all of your questions about this fascinating site and the civilization that built it. Afterwards, have a typical English afternoon tea at the Sanctuary Lodge. While visiting, enjoy an unforgettable sunset, enchanting night and the remains of the ancient culture of this unique place, considered part of Peru’s and the world’s cultural heritage. It is truly a magical place you will never forget.

Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu

DAYS 6 & 7

Machu Picchu Cuzco

Absorb the sheer mystical experience of sunrise over Machu Picchu, a spiritual experience that has no rival. Enjoy your time at this sacred location before the day-trippers have arrived. After returning to Cuzco via the Vistadome train, it is a short drive to Ollantaytambo, an old town full of remarkable Inca ruins.

On Day 7 take a tour of Cuzco: the main square, the Plaza de Armas, the city’s beautiful cathedral, the artisans” quarter of San Blas and the Convent of Santo Domingo. Next, drive into the countryside to see the remarkable Inca ruins at the archeological site of Sacsayhuamán. Your expert local guide’s narration and stories will make the Inca’s history come alive.

Hotel Monasterio, Cuzco

DAYS 8 & 9

Lima Depart for Home

A local guide will take you to the Cuzco airport for your late morning flight back to Lima. upon arrival in Lima, you will be met and transferred to the luxurious Miraflores Park Hotel. (Enjoy use of your room at the hotel until 6:00p.m.) The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or explore Lima on your own. The evening of Day 8 you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home (arriving the following day) or to your next destination.

Day room at Miraflores Park Hotel, Lima

NOTE:

 

High Altitude. This journey spends three nights in Cuzco at over 10,000 feet. These high altitudes will affect your blood pressure and breathing. Caution must be observed.

Departures

Pricing Information

February 20, 2012

From $4,995.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,590.00 single room supplement.

March 19, 2012

From $4,995.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,590.00 single room supplement.

October 15, 2012

From $4,995.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,590.00 single room supplement.

October 29, 2012

From $4,995.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,590.00 single room supplement.

December 10, 2012

From $4,995.00 per person double occupancy.

From $1,590.00 single room supplement.

Journey Includes

  • Deluxe rooms in the best available hotels
  • Three meals per day, including our unique Dine-Around program that lets you enjoy any restaurant you choose with à la carte dining, or relax with room service when available*
  • A professional Travel Director as your personal concierge
  • Local sightseeing with professional English-speaking guides with unparalleled knowledge, including entrance fees for places visited
  • Active participation and up-close encounters to experience the cultures of your
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, coffee and tea included with meals; bottled water during sightseeing excursions
  • All gratuities to hotel and restaurant staff and local guides and drivers
  • Group or individual airport transfers on arrival and departure flights
  • TheTravcoAssist Travel Protection Plan, including emergency medical evacuation insurance coverage for injury or illness, and 24-hour Worldwide Live Travel Assistance through Travel Guard Assistance

*Due to remote or undeveloped locations on some journeys, accommodations may not always meet Western standards. Dine-Around opportunities will be limited in remote or unsecured locations.

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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