The Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, which would be stunning anywhere are truly spectacular in their Andean setting, high above the Urubamba River. And Cuzco, once the center of the Inca Empire is now a vibrant gateway to the Inca ruins, sits even higher in the Andes. Peru is where pre-Colombian culture reached its most graceful peak, and like the Parthenon in Greece or the Pyramids of Egypt, the Inca and pre-Inca ruins of Peru provide an unforgettable glimpse into the genius of a lost world.
Day 1: Welcome to Lima!
On arrival at the Lima International Airport you will be met and given assistance to check in at your hotel. Lima, the Capital of Peru was founded on the 18th of January in 1535, by Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro, and quickly became known as the City of the Kings. Within 70 years, it became the most important city in the Spanish-American Empire, and 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.
Miraflores Park Hotel (Deluxe room city view)
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, you 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.
The afternoon is left free to relax and acclimate, as you are now at an altitude of 8500 feet. We recommend minimal activity and the local remedy of coca tea (which is in plentiful supply) for those who are susceptible to altitude sickness. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided at your hotel (fixed menus)/
Rio Sagrado Hotel (Deluxe room) (B, L, D)
Day 3: Sacred Valley
This morning, you will be transferred to the Urubamba valley to visit Chincheros, a town of Inca origin. You will have time to shop before enjoying lunch at the charming Huayoccari Hacienda, where you will be able to appreciate a valuable collection of Colonial and folk art.
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 complex Incan town, also called Ollantaytambo, still inhabited and with its original architecture and layout preserved. Dinner is served at your hotel.
Rio Sagrado Hotel (Deluxe room) (B, L, D)
Day 4: Ollantaytambo / Machu Picchu
This morning you will be transfer 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 and discovered in a hidden tangle of vines and trees atop the mountain, the city of Machu Picchu will forever hold the secret of its destruction as the Incas left no written record. (Tour guide return to Cusco this afternoon). Lunch will be served at your hotel.
Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge (superior room) (B, L, D)
Day 5: Machu Picchu / Cusco
It is said that Machu Picchu is a place of great spirituality, and that defining moment happens at sunrise. You have the option to rise early and view the world’s most spectacularly situated ruins at sunrise.
Also, you will have the opportunity to take one of two hikes on your own. The first possibility is to the Inti Punku, or famous Sun Gate, which is the entry point to Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail and offers excellent views of the ruins, (approx 2 hours). The second is the chance to hike up 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 (Entrances and guide are not included).
Lunch is served at your hotel. In the afternoon, you will join the Vistadome train to Cusco. Upon arrival, a representative will be waiting to take you to your hotel in Cusco.
Monasterio (Superior room) (B, L)
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 convent built upon the foundations of the Koricancha, or the ‘place of gold.’ This 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 try to slip a piece of paper through the cracks in 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 Spanishand Incas took place) overlooks the red-tiled roofs of Cusco and the breathtaking countryside surrounding the city. Breakfast is included, lunch and dinner are on your own.
Hotel Monsterio (Superior room) (B)
Day 7: Cusco / Lima/ Out
Emjoy breakfast at your hotel before transferring to the airport to board your flight back to Lima. Upon arrival, you will be met by one of our representatives who will assist you in boarding your international flight.
End of Peru Services- Bon Voyage!
*** THIS IS A PROPOSAL ONLY AND IS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY AT THE TIME OF CONFIRMATION. WE ARE NOT HOLDING ANY SPACES FOR THIS ITINERARY AT THIS TIME. ***
Depart any day! Contact an iExplore Adventure Consultant for details.
|2013 Pricing||Price per Person (USD)|
|1 passenger in single accommodations||$7245|
|2 passengers sharing one room||$4232|
|3 passengers sharing one room||$3932|
|4 passengers sharing two rooms||$2871|
|Airfare- Lima/Cuzco/Lima- economy class, non-refundable, subject to confirmation||$535|
- 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 Cusco
- 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
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
- Sightseeing and entrance fees
- Hotel taxes and service charges
- Roundtrip Vistradome train tickets
- 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
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)
|Additional cost for guide overnight at Aguas Caliente||Day 4|