The Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, which would be stunning from anywhere are truly spectacular in their Andean setting, high above the Urubamba River. Cuzco, once the center of the Incan Empire are now a vibrant gateway into the mythical Inca ruins, even higher in the Andes.
Yet even at sea level, Peru can leave you breathless. With unspoiled beaches, coastal desert, deep canyons and dense Amazon jungle, its variety of natural wonders is truly astonishing.
Then, there are the cultural treasures. The contrast between old and new runs throughout the land: Poncho-clad Amerindians walk their llamas through modern cities, past Spanish cathedrals built on the foundations of ancient Inca ruins. Giant, stylized designs were etched in the earth by a great - and unknown - civilization. You have to see it to believe it.
Day 1: Welcome to Lima!
On arrival at Lima International Airport you will be met with assistance to check in at your hotel.
Lima, the Capital of Peru was founded on 18th January 1535, by Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro, and quickly became known as the City of the Kings. Within 70 years it was the most important city in the Spanish-American Empire, and was the focal point for European trade and cultural activity in the region.
It is a city of rare fascination and unexpected pleasures. Lima has decaying colonial splendor and the teeming vitality of an oriental bazaar; melancholy cloudy winters and warm breezy summers; impoverished urban sprawl and quiet elegant corners among ancient buildings where the night air is scented with jasmine. No meals are included today.
Casa Andina Private Collection Hotel (Superior room)
Day 2: Lima / Cusco / Sacred Valley
This morning you are transferred to the airport where you embark on your flight to Cusco, an Andean community and former ancient capital of the Inca Empire.
Upon arrival in Cusco, you are met and transferred directly to the Sacred Valley. On the way your will visit the local village of Pisac, famous for its bustling, colorful market which attracts tourists from all over the world to try their hand at bartering for local sweaters, ponchos, wall hangings, jewelery and other handicrafts. You will have time to shop before lunch at the charming Wayra Ranch, where you will enjoy a Paso Horse demonstration.
After lunch, continue on to the massive fortress of Ollantaytambo. The fortress, a formidable stone structure that climbs massive terraces reaching the top of a high peak, was the valley’s main defense against the Antis and was the site of the Incas’ greatest victory against the Spanish during the wars of conquest. Constructed of rose-colored granite, this huge installation was once a thriving complex of baths, temples and military barracks. Below the fortress lies a complete Incan town, also called Ollantaytambo, still inhabited with its original architecture and layout preserved. Dinner is on your own.
Sol & Luna hotel (standard Casita) (B, L)
Day 3: Sacred Valley
Breakfast is provided at your hotel. Enjoy a day of leisure to explore the sacred valley. Lunch and dinner are on your own.
Sol & Luna hotel (standard Casita) (B)
Day 4: Ollantaytambo / Machu Picchu
This morning you will be transferred to the Ollantaytambo station to board the Vistadome train bound for Machu Picchu, where a late morning arrival gives you time to begin your explorations of this breathtaking Incan citadel.
Accompanied by your guide, explore the city's ruins and feel its pulse as you visualize the lives of the priests, craftsmen, and servants who lived in this seemingly uninhabitable citadel. Excavations at the site have revealed skeletons, artifacts and woolen clothing, but no gold. The same precision of assembled stones exists here as in other Incan sites. Overlooking the raging Urubamba River hidden in a tangle of vines and treetop mountains, the city of Machu Picchu will forever hold the secret of its destruction as the Incas left no written record. (Your guide return to Cusco this afternoon). Lunch will be served at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge.
Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (superior room) (B, L, D)
Day 5: Machu Picchu / Cusco
It is said that Machu Picchu is a place of great spirituality and the ultimate transcendental moment will happen at sunrise. You have the option to rise early and view the world’s most spectacularly situated ruins at sunrise.
This morning, you will have the opportunity to take one of two hikes on your own. The first is the Inti Punku, or famous Sun Gate, which is the entry point of Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail and offers excellent views of the ruins, (approx. 2 hours). The second is the Huayna Picchu – the highest mountain which is actually part of the ruins from where you are afforded excellent views of the surrounding area, as well as a unique view of the famous ‘lost city’, (approx 2.5 hours). Or if you prefer you can just relax and continue exploring this magnificent citadel on your own. (Entrance fees and guide are not included.)
Lunch is served at your hotel. In the afternoon, you will take the Vistadome train to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco a representative will be waiting for you to transfer to your hotel.
Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco (Superior room) (B)
Day 6: Cusco
Breakfast is served at your hotel. This morning, you will enjoy a city tour which includes the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas and Santo Domingo, a Dominican church and covenent built upon the foundations of the Koricancha, or the ‘place of gold.’ It is the Incas’ principal religious building, dedicated to the worship of the sun. Continue on as your visit takes you to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, a true testimonial to Incan architectural skills. Compiled of massive stones (one weighs 125 tons!) you are challenged to slip a piece of paper through the cracks of these blocks, cut and fitted together with incredible precision without a single drop of mortar to hold them in place. This ancient fortress (where the greatest battle between the Spanish and Incas took place) overlooks the red-tiled roofs of Cusco and the breathtaking countryside surrounding the city.
Breakfast is included, as well as lunch at a local restaurant. The afternoon is at leisure and enjoy dinner on your own.
Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco (Superior room) (B, L)
Day 7: Cusco / Lima/ Out
Breakfast is provided at your hotel. Transfer to the airport to board your flight back to Lima. Upon arrival, you will be met by one of our representatives to assist you in boarding your international flight.
End of Peru Services- Bon Voyage!
*** THIS IS A PROPOSAL AND IS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY AT THE TIME OF CONFIRMATION. WE ARE NOT HOLDING ANY SPACES FOR THIS ITINERARY AT THIS TIME. ***
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|2013 Rates||Price per Person (USD)|
|1 passenger / single accommodation||$4604|
|2 passengers / double accommodations||$2785|
|3 passengers / double accommodations||$2558|
|4 passengers / double accommodations||$2388|
|RT Flight Lima-Cuzco-Lima (economy class, non-refundable, subject to confirmation)||$535|
Casa Andina PC Miraflores- 4 Star
Sol y Luna- 4 Star
Inkaterra Machu Picchu- 3 Star
Casa Andina PC Cusco- 4 Star
- Round-trip transfers from/to airports by private vehicle in the most modern equipment available
- Bottled water available on all vehicles, during transfers and tours in Lima and Cuzco
- Private sightseeing with local English speaking guides in each city
- Accommodations based on double occupancy
- The porterage and handling of two pieces of luggage per person
- Meal as indicated in the itinerary: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
- Sightseeing and entrance fees
- Hotel taxes and service charges
- Roundtrip Vistradome train ticket
- Cost of obtaining a passport or visa
- Communications costs, such as phone calls and faxes
- Gratuities for local guides and drivers
- International airfare (unless air supplement is purchased)
- Inoculations, excess baggage charges, personal insurance
- Any Items of a personal nature
- Any items not included in inclusions
- Alcoholic beverages or liqueurs; soft drinks with meals
- Domestic Air ticket - see additional costs above
- Airport Departure Taxes - international flights
- Extras at hotels (laundry, telephone calls, tips, etc.)
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.
Options and Extras
VIP Lounge at Jorge Chavez International Airport (Day 6)- $50 (max 4 hours)