(Lima, Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes, Cusco)
Start your trip off with a breathtaking flight to Cusco the former capital of the Inca Empire. From here, transfer to the Sacred Valley to acclimatize before starting your adventure. Explore Inka sites and the local culture before taking the train to Machu Picchu to discover the legendary mountaintop city of the Incas located at 2,430 metres. Indulge in the mysterious atmosphere of long gone ages during your private guided tour of the ancient citadel. Nearby Aguas Calientes is the best place to relax for the night so you may spend more time exploring "The Lost City of the Incas" at leisure the next day. Return to Cuzco, a beautiful city with well preserved colonial architecture and a vivid culture which are evidence of a rich, complex and fascinating history. Your next destination will be Lima. Founded in 1535 by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, the city is a curious mix of the contemporary mega city with some 'islands of modernity' and colonial architecture in the city center. An impressive and exciting city tour will guide you through the complex diversity of the capital of Peru before your international flight takes you back home. With this remarkable variety of experiences you will be able to explore and discover more than you ever imagined.
Includes assistance at the airport with a local representative in between flight connections or to a hotel located right at the airport.
Conveniently located beside the Jorge Chavez Airport, Lima, the Ramada Costa del Sol is a great choice for travelers. The 130 guest rooms include mini bars and climate control. Breakfast offers a lovely range of options, with all the necessities required to start the day off. Try the hotel restaurants which feature items from across the world. Spend time using the sauna and massage services for a relaxing stay.
Fly from Lima to Cusco. Flight duration is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.
Our local representative will meet you for a transfer, with private vehicle and professional driver to your hotel in the Sacred Valley. Transfer time is approximately 2 hours
Take the afternoon to rest at your hotel so as to allow your body to acclimatize. Try to minimize physical activity to avoid the effects of altitude sickness.
The Sacred Valley’s most complete hotel: a mountain chalet-styled retreat with panoramic Andes views from every room and every angle. On more than 8 landscaped acres, it breathes an air of tranquility and relaxation. Unique among Sacred Valley hotels – most of which remain isolated in the valley, offering precious options for guests to take part in – it contains an extraordinary, full-service “Sacred Spa”, a domed Planetarium & Observatory for stargazing in the massive Southern Hemisphere sky, and gourmet restaurant and bar. Casa Andina organizes a wide range of activities for both families and adventures, including trekking, mountain biking, white water rafting, visits to Andean markets and Inca ruins, and ceramics, textiles, yoga and cooking classes.
32 Km (18 miles) from Cusco and surrounded by snow-capped peaks, the town of Chinchero appears in the middle of the puna. At a very colourful fair in the main square, the local people wearing bright dresses get together to barter their products, goods and handicrafts. Around the main square, the remains of an Inca wall and the frescoes on the portico of the Colonial church can be observed. The excursion continues to Maras, the principal salt production center since Inca times. Extraordinary spectacle of the terraced white salt mines. At a short distance towards the west, are the circular terraces of Moray built by the Incas in order to create different micro-climates for agricultural purposes. Lunch is included at a local restaurant. Sundays and Thursdays only. Approximate tour duration is 8 hrs.
Includes tourist ticket and entrance fees.
Enjoy a full day excursion to the Pisac ruins located on the top of a hill overlooking the Vilcanota (Urubamba) river, a series of terraces, canals, houses, food storage and temples can be seen in very good shape. The most notable is the “Intihuatana” or solar calendar made out of a big piece of red stone. Continue to visit the Pisac Market where artisans from all over the area congregate to sell their crafts. Buffet lunch in a countryside restaurant and visit to Ollantaytambo, a fortress built during the Inca Empire is a excellent sample of military architecture. 8 hours in duration
Upon arrival at the train station, board the Vistadome train for a 2 hour journey to the ancient ruins at Machu Picchu. En route to Machu Picchu the train travels along the Urubamba River with awe-inspiring views of the dramatic canyon.
Please note that your guide will travel with you onboard the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes. This guide will also provide the private tour of Machu Picchu. After the tour the guide will explain all the necessary information and provide you with any entrances or tickets required for the rest of your time at Machu Picchu (evening and following day). The guide will return to Cuzco that evening.
Note: When staying overnight at Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes the following day will be at leisure, with no guide (unless otherwise specified). If you would like to have a guide please speak with your sales consultant about adding this service.
Note: Due to limited storage space on the train, passengers are asked to bring only one small piece of luggage. The rest of your luggage will be stored safely at your hotel and returned to you, either in Cuzco or Sacred Valley. Hand luggage on the train is limited to 11 pounds or 5 kgs.
You will be met at the hotel lobby by our local representative, and transferred by private vehicle and professional driver from your hotel in the Sacred Valley to the Ollantaytambo Train Station.
Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will board the bus (shared service) up to Machu Picchu. The bus ride takes 30 minutes and once you get there you will enjoy a private guided tour of Machu Picchu. The Inca Citadel lies between Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu (“Young Peak” and “Old Peak”). The Inca Pachacutec built the Citadel using sharp stone blocks, fitted together perfectly. Houses, temples, a public square are all connected by narrow roads and steps cut into the mountainside. There are many theories as to the purpose of Machu Picchu; a temple to the sun? A fortress against jungle inhabitants? A sanctuary for the Incas? The mysterious lost city awaits you!
After the tour, enjoy a leisurely lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge. Afterwards, take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes.
Please note: For itineraries including an overnight stay at the Sanctuary Lodge (instead of Aguas Calientes) you will simply return to the lodge after your tour.
The new luxury accommodations at Sumaq Hotel in Machu Picchu are remarkable, with unparalleled natural surroundings and solitude. The 60 rooms offer stunning views of the river flowing below, as well as private balconies. Enjoy high-quality toiletries and bath products. The hotel's considerate staffs are willing to go to all lengths to ensure guests are pleased with their stay. Chefs whip up mouth-watering cuisine, with ingredients and methods taken from across the world. Local specialties are also available. Test out the hotel spa, or take a short walk to the train station, where more restaurants and markets are available.
For your convenience the bus ticket between Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu is provided. Buses depart about every 30 minutes, once the bus is full.
The entrance ticket to Machu Picchu is provided for your convenience.
For your convenience, the entrance fee for the hike to Wayna Picchu is included.We will confirm the 7:00am hike,there is the option of doing the later hike, so if you would like the later hike (10:00am) please let us know.
The eternal guardian of the Sanctuary, Wayna Picchu (meaning “Young Mountain’ in Quechua) towers over the Incan city, and an amazing view can be appreciated from the top. The route to the top of the mountain is treacherous, with very narrow pathways, and to conquer the summit is truly a rewarding experience! Along the route and at the top of the mountain are sacred structures and eye-catching terraces, built right against the slope’s edge. Depending on each person's hiking pace, this activity may take up to 3 hours. This activity is on your own; please speak to your sales agent about organizing a guide to accompany you.
For your convenience the bus ticket between Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes is provided. Buses depart about every 30 minutes, once the bus is full.
Our local representative will meet you with a private vehicle and professional driver for a train station transfer.
Return to Cusco on the Vistadome train on your own (no guide). The train departs from Aguas Calientes at 3:25pm* and takes 4 hours to return to Cusco. Snacks are served on board. *Note train times and schedules may vary based on availability.
Situated in the historic area of Cusco, the Libertador Palacio del Inka is highly commended by past guests for its services and facilities. The 240 rooms and 14 suites are well-appointed, with comfortable beds and stimulating views. The breakfast buffet is delicious, with a good spread of options that will satisfy everybody. The hotel has a grand, ancient atmosphere, and is simply impeccable when it comes to staff and an amiable atmosphere. There is plenty of lounging space for those who want to interact with other guests or friends. The Libertador is conveniently situated, within easy walking distance to key points in the city for shopping and sightseeing.
High in the Andes, 3000m above sea level, lies the historic city of Cusco, with its unique blend of Spanish and Inca cultures. Take a half day private tour of the city including the best of Cusco: the Koricancha Temple (Temple of the Sun) and the Cathedral with its magnificent chapels and baroque altars and paintings from the Cusquenian School. The tour also includes the surrounding ruins: the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the Inca bath of Tambomachay, the labyrinth of Puca Pucara and the amphitheatre of Kenko.
Our local representative will meet you for an airport transfer, with private vehicle and professional driver.
Direct flight from Cusco to Lima. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes.Please note: Flights' rates and availability are subject to change until booking.
Start your day with a sightseeing tour of Colonial and Modern Lima in the company of your private vehicle, driver and English speaking Guide, passing by outstanding monuments such as the Government Palace, the City Hall and the Cathedral (closed on Sundays) at the Plaza Mayor. Visit the 17th century San Francisco Convent. Take a short tour of the modern districts of San Isidro and Miraflores where you will enjoy a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean.
After lunch at "La Rosa Nautica" (included in tour) visit the Larco Herrera Museum. Since 1926 this museum holds the world’s largest private collection of pre-Columbian art with a unique assortment of erotic pottery, genuine and rich jewels in gold, silver and semi-precious stones. With more than 45,000 pieces of ceramics plus genuine mummies and marvellous Paracas textiles, this is a great place to visit.
Return to your hotel at day's end.
The Sacred Valley’s most complete hotel: a mountain chalet-styled retreat with panoramic Andes views from every room and every angle. On more than 8 landscaped acres, it breathes an air of tranquility and relaxation. Unique among Sacred Valley hotels – most of which remain isolated in the valley, offering precious little for guests to do – it contains an extraordinary, full-service “Sacred Spa”, a domed Planetarium & Observatory for stargazing in the massive Southern Hemisphere sky, and gourmet restaurant and bar. Casa Andina organizes a wide range of activities for both families and adventures, including trekking, mountain biking, white water rafting, visits to Andean markets and Inca ruins, and ceramics, textiles, yoga and cooking classes.
The new luxury accommodations at Sumaq Hotel in Machu Picchu are remarkable, with unparalleled natural surroundings and solitude. The 60 rooms offer stunning views of the river flowing below, as well as private balconies. Enjoy high-quality toiletries and bath products. The hotel's considerate staff are willing to go to all lengths to ensure guests are pleased with their stay. Chefs whip up mouth-watering cuisine, with ingredients and methods taken from across the world. Local specialties are also available. Test out the hotel spa, or take a short walk to the train station, where more restaurants and markets are available for the guests to enjoy.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Peru for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is required. Medical facilities are poor quality and not widespread. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/peru.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Lima. Government: Republic. Gained independence from Spain in 1824, having declared it in 1821. Language: Spanish and Quechua are the official languages. English is spoken in major tourist areas. Religion: 81% Roman Catholic, 2.1% other denominations, 16.3% unspecified or none. Time: GMT - 5. Electricity: 220 volts AC, 60Hz. (110 volts AC is available in most 4- and 5-star hotels.) Telephone: Country code +51. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with some international mobile phone companies. Mobile phones can be rented in Lima and the main cities. Coverage is sporadic. Internet: Public Internet booths and Internet cafes are widely available in cities and most towns.
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