(Lima, Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes, Cusco)
Take advantage of this value tour, fully equipped with your own private guide and vehicle, as the top sights in Peru are showcased. Fly to Cusco the former capital of the Inca Empire and transfer to the Sacred Valley for acclimatization. Enjoy a day visiting the Maras & Moray Salt Mines and famous weaver Nilda Callañaupa, a woman who represents the true strong spirit of the Andean woman. Then take the train to Machu Picchu and indulge in the atmosphere of this spiritual, mystical ancient Inca citad. Have the chance to hike on the actual Inca Trail of the Incas for a day. Overnight in Aguas Calientes in a comfortable hotel before discovering the legendary mountaintop city of the Incas. Mystical, spiritual and cultural - it has left an impression on visitors through the ages. Return to Lima for a tour of this important city.
Upon arrival you will be met by our local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.
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.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
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.
Includes assistance at the airport with a local representative in between flight connections or to a hotel located right at the airport.
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 wil 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 Cuzco 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.
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.
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.
Meet your guide at the Bus Station for an early bus up to Machu Picchu.
Once you reach the ruins of Machu Picchu 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 the area and take in the beauty and pure air of this magical place.
Return to Cusco on the Vistadome 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
Our local representative will meet you with a private vehicle and professional driver for a train station transfer.
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.
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.
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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