(Lima, Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes, Cusco)
As you look down onto Machu Picchu, the sun turning its ancient stones a luminous gold, you’ll find it hard to believe such a place exists.
Explore Peru and behold its massive peaks, fertile valleys and extraordinary pre-Columbian archaeological sites. Looming 2,430 miles above the cerulean sea, Machu Picchu sits imposingly in the middle of a lush, tropical mountain forest. Explore its giant walls and terraces cut naturally in the escarpments and listen for the secrets they hold. In the evenings, unwind in well-appointed accommodations that offer an air of tranquility and relaxation.
Visit the extraordinary Maras and Moray salt production centers built by the Incas. Journey by train through sublime scenery and arrive in the historical city of Cusco. Trek to the famous Inka Sanctuary of Chachabamba, a beautiful Inca palace, then continue on to Wiñaywayna, an impressive archaeological site second only to Machu Picchu itself. Cross a mythical cloud forest on your way to the Inti Punku (Sun Gate) and take in the incredible view of the sacred city. You’ve never had a photo-op like this one before. Descend into Machu Picchu and, with your private guide, wander the breathtaking ancient ruins and learn of the amazing empire that built them.
Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
Upon your arrival you will be met by a local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.
A welcome package with your vouchers, a city map, and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Our local representative will meet you at the airport, walk with you to the lobby of the hotel and assist you with airport check-in.
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.
Our local representative will meet you in the lobby of the hotel, walk with you to the airport, and assist you with airport check-in.
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 rest of the day to acclimatize and enjoy time at leisure surrounded by the natural beauty of the Sacred Valley.
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.
Enjoy a half day excursion to Maras & Moray. Maras is the principal salt production center of the area since Inca times and it is an extraordinary spectacle to observe 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.
Includes tourist ticket and entrance fees.
In the Andean village of Chinchero, resides Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, a true embodiment of the Andean female force. Nilda learned to weave as a child while tending the flocks in the fields of her village. When she was a teenager, Nilda worked with researchers on preserving the traditional themes and techniques of weaving in the Andean community. As an adult, Nilda traveled extensively to the U.S. to organize weaving exhibits and workshops in several universities and the Textile Museum of Washington D.C. Nilda offers an indigenous, multi-faceted perspective on the arts, as well as excellent facilitation and communication skills. She is truly a one of a kind artist. She will be happy to lead a relaxed, fascinating workshop on traditional back strap weaving techniques and a discussion on the role of weaving in a contemporary Andean culture. Nilda is the founder and director of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco. This organization is dedicated to preserving ancient textile designs and weaving techniques from all over the Andes".
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.
Board the train that will take you to Km. 104 on the Cusco – Machu Picchu Railway. It is from here that you will meet your guide and start our trek! You will reach Km. 104 at around 10:00 am.
*Note: Bring only a small bag with you. 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 Cusco or Sacred Valley.
Here we will start our journey crossing the Willkamayu River (Urubamba River) through a cable and wood bridge. We start the trek visiting the famous Inka Sanctuary of Chachabamba, a beautiful Inca palace with nice rooms and walls. After having a proper introduction of Inca History, we will climb up a trail of roughly 8 km.(3 hours), and afterwards we will reach the archaeological site of Wiñaywayna (2700 m), second only to Machupicchu in beauty. This fantastic site is a perfect example of Inca terrace farming, and it was probably an experimental laboratory for agricultural purposes in Inca times. The name Wiñaywayna comes from a name given to a beautiful orquid typical in the zone, and it means “Forever Young”.
Later on, we will continue our trek crossing this cloud forest section though a narrow path untill we reach the Inti Punku (Sun Gate). At this spot, you will have a great view of the most beautiful Inca Citadel of Peru, “Machu Picchu”. This is indeed a special point where most of the hikers gather to get the best photo of this sacred city. Afterwards, we descend towards Machu Picchu for a first glance at the next day's exploration!
We will then go down to Aguas Calientes by bus, where you will spend the night at your chosen hotel. This evening, hikers have the option of visiting and relaxing at the hot springs located in the upper section of the valley, or just walking around the small village.
The total distance for the hike only is about 13 km (8,08 miles) while the Maximum altitude point is 2,650 m (8,692 ft).
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.
We wake up early and board a bus to Machu Picchu where we begin a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel that will take approximately two hours. You will then have free time to walk around, climb up the Huaynapicchu Mountain, where one can experience spectacular views of all of Machupicchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it (please note that there are only 400 visitors allowed per day), or visit the Temple of the Moon or the impressive Inca Bridge.
Take train from Aguas Calientes to on the Vistadome service on your own. The train departs from Aguas Calientes at 3:25pm* and takes 2 hours to return to Ollantaytambo. Snacks are served on board. *Note train times and schedules may vary based on availability.
Enjoy a private transfer with a local representative from Ollantaytambo train station to your hotel in Cusco. The approximate transfer time is 2 hours.
The Palacio del Inka Hotel is located opposite to the Temple of the Sun or “Koricancha”, and walking distance to the main square. From here, you can visit one of the new wonders of the world, Machu Picchu, a place that will be steeped in the memory of every traveller. A stay at Palacio de Inka Luxury Collection is more tan a refined visit; it’s the key that unlocks authentic locales for today’s seasoned global explorers.
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.
Welcome to Peru!
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.
Private airport transfer in Lima with a driver and guide.
Please note that the airfare quoted in your itinerary is being quoted based on LANTAM South American Pass rates. These rates are only offered when international airfare is booked on one of the following airlines: LANTAM Airlines (LA/4M/4C/LP/XL/JJ), American Airlines (AA), United Airlines (UA), Air Canada (AC), Iberia Air (IB) Delta (DL).
You will need to provide your international ticket numbers in order for us to issue the domestic flights at the special rates. Without international ticket numbers on above mentioned airlines, special rates do not apply. If you purchase your international ticket on one of the above mentioned airlines with points or mileage the special fare in this itinerary will not be applicable.
Please note that rates are always subject to change until purchased.
Laura Iyer ,
January 10, 2014
We just returned last night from our Patagonia adventure and wanted to tell you we had the time of our lives! Everything turned out perfectly. Guides were fun, on time and informative. The excursions were great for an active family and, of course, amazing.
I can't tell you what was our favorite. The boys enjoyed exploring the mountains in El Chalten (they called it Mountain running) while Mohan and I relaxed in the beautiful hotel. I thought after the glacier trek it can't get any better - but it kept surprising me and amazing me. My personal favorite was the horseback riding. I thought afterwards after everything we have seen the bike tour would have to be a let down - NOPE - it also was so exciting and our guide was a hoot! We had great weather for each activity (I know there is a bit of luck involved with that one).
Meals were amazing and after so many active excursions no guilt in pigging out.
I am so happy we took a little risk and went out of the way with our vacation this year. We will have this with us for a life time.
Thank you again,
Laura, Mohan, Ryan, and Nathan
Catherine Dudley ,
January 10, 2014
GREAT trip! We were very pleased with every aspect that you set up for us including the tour of Quito and environs. Our guide spoke excellent English, the driver was courteous and we felt safe and well-informed throughout the day. We're still going through the 500+ photos that I took and the 1700+ photos that my son took. Galapagos was a fabulous trip and the Eclipse was a terrific way to navigate the islands.
Mark Dornfeld ,
November 11, 2013
"My wife and I had a wonderful trip, we really enjoyed ourselves. All the accommodations that you booked for us were exceptional and our drivers and guides were lovely. We had great weather the whole trip and only lost one activity due to high winds. As you know this is a beautiful part of the world so my camera was snapping all the time. We would definitely use your services in the future for this type of travel. Thanks for all you help and expertise........be well.....m.d."
Jack Gregory ,
November 11, 2013
I wanted to give you a little feedback on our recent trip to Peru.
In a word – EXCELLENT – especially the high quality people you work with in Peru. We have taken tours all over the world, S. Africa, France, England, Vietnam, China to name just a few, and the service we received in Peru was far beyond and of the other experiences we have had. The attention to detail was very much appreciated, picking us up at the airport, taking us back to the airport and complete, hassle free, handling of all our details truly made this a stress free experience.
Special thanks to:
-The entire reservation system and the people I came in contact with that process...every detail accounted for
-The people that looked after us in Lima
-Andre, the young man in Cusco who faithfully phoned every night just to make sure the day went well, my wife was well and that we knew what we had to do the next day.
-The Sumaq hotel in Aquas Calientes...you can tell the level of service by the details...I watched a waitress hold a high stool for a lady to prevent her from tipping backwards as she got on the stool, the lady didn’t even know the waitress did it....that’s client care.
-Especially Mariela, the tour guide in Cusco...highly knowledgeable, passionate, personable and shows great care for the people she guides.
Hainsworth Sherry ,
November 05, 2013
Clients were very impressed. Guides were amazing and accommodation was beyond expectations. They will definitely travel with you again and they have highly recommended Kensington Tours.
Hope I can work with you again the in the near future.
Scott Parks ,
November 05, 2013
Sandy and I are back from Peru and had a wonderful time. Kensington seems to have the best contacts in each country and Peru was no exception. I wanted to take the time to give you some specific feedback on each segment of out trip.
The “Hotel B” in Lima is fantastic. It’s an old house that has been turned into a small Hotel. The people are great and the location in Barranco is just what we like.
The Inkaterra Amazonica is probably the best place place to stay in the Amazon region. The rooms give a real feel of the sounds of the rain forest.
The hotels in both Cusco and Aquas Calientes were perfect with great locations. We added an additional day in Aquas Calientes which gave us three days in Machu Picchu. For us, this was well worth it and gave us the time we wanted to see all aspects of Machu Picchu. Pictures did not do justice to the site, although we got some great pictures.
The trip to see the Nasca Lines was, also, worth the time. Our guide added some side trips including lunch at a local winery which we really enjoyed. The Hotel Paracas was an unexpectedly high quality resort and a great way to end our trip.
Thanks for your help we look forward to next year
June Murray ,
August 20, 2013
"Buenas Noches Brandi-
I filled out the survey but I wanted to send you a note to say thank you. Our trip was the stuff lifelong memories are made of and I mean every part of it. From our time spent in Quito, to the Safari Camp and Isla Isabela. I cannot say enough about the professionalism of the staff at our accommodations and the expertise of all our guides (most especially Tanya Helmig at the Safari Camp). We hope to go back for an extended stay.
I have attached 2 photos for you of Bart and I. I think the joy is clearly evident- thank you for making it possible.
Barbara Mackey ,
July 22, 2013
"We just completed a family trip to Costa Rica, with three families traveling from different locations. All the coordination efforts were made easily and efficiently by our Kensington representative, Brandi Merchant, who was wonderful; an absolute delight to work with. All the accommodations were first class and the guides knowledgeable and very punctual. We will be using Kensington again!
Cindy Thoene ,
July 22, 2013
What an AMAZING trip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Seriously…the trip of a lifetime!
We returned late on Thursday and had out of town visitors through the weekend and we are just now unpacking and getting back to non-vacation reality.
I will share my feedback and get pictures sent to you soon.
Thanks for everything….truly a perfect trip!
July 24, 2013
Our trip was wonderful, we had a great time, wish we could have spent more time. In fact, I now know I would have spent more time in Cuzco and the Machu Picchu area.
Machu Picchu was fabulous.
Margot, our guide, and the driver, were absolutely wonderful, low key, very personable, very accommodating, really good. We didn't end up with enough time on the last morning in Cusco to finish the tour, but got a feel- of Sacsayhuman, Qengo, Koricancha. We saw Ollayantatambo, and went to Moray and Maras, and Wayra ranch which was also outstanding, on the next day, but did not do Pisac and the market. We got tired and ran out of time so cut a couple things. Louis the coordinator was good as well.
Would love to go back and learn more some time.
The coordinator in Lima was extremely nice too, and very helpful.
In fact, we loved the food, the people and everything. The Libertador Palacio , the Tambo del Inka and the Sanctuary were indeed outstanding hotels. LAN was all on time, great service.
Thank you again for all your help.
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