(Lima, Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes, Cusco)
(Santiago, Easter Island)
Experience a spellbinding journey that will forever change you.
Behold two of ancient mans most mystifying legacies with this spellbinding tour of Peru’s legendary Machu Picchu and enigmatic Rapa Nui, otherwise known as Easter Island. In Peru, explore lands where sun-bleached ruins confess ancient secrets, lively town centers offer a rich cultural heritage, and where the locals have hearts as big as their smiles. Your time on Easter Island, one of the most isolated places on Earth, will be filled with history and myth as you explore the collection of ancient ruins, including the iconic moai, and wander eerie landscapes where quiet prevails and cliffs plunge into the sea. At night, retire in luxury accommodations that offer serenity and relaxation.
Trek the Pisac ruins overlooking the beautiful Urubamba River. Bike through Andean landscapes past archaeological sites and traditional villages. Journey by train through dynamic scenery and arrive in Machu Picchu where your personal guide will take you through the ancient ruins of the mysterious lost Incan city. Take a day to travel to Easter Island and rest before setting out on numerous expeditions that unveil the secrets of the ruins and the beauty of the land.
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.
INCLUDES: ROUND TRIP TRAIN, GUIDE FROM CUSCO, ROUND TRIP BUS, ONE ENTRANCE FEE TO MAPI & LUNCH AT SANCTUARY.
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.
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.
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.
Nestled in the Sacred Valley, located 2 hours from the city of Cusco, Tambo del Inka is the best hotel in Peru from which travelers can reach Machu Picchu, the mystical Inca citadel. The hotel features 128 elegantly designed rooms and suites with mesmerizing views of the Andes and the Vilcanota river. Peruvian cuisine, recognized as one of the best in the world, may be appreciated in the spectacular Hawa restaurant, designed with a perfect balance of indigenous elements such as woods and textiles. It offers a unique opportunity to explore new flavours. Unwind and relax in their luxurious spa where you can choose from a stunning array of pampering massages and exclusive therapeutic treatments featuring ancestral Incan ingredients, all surrounded by sweeping views of the Andes.
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, excellent sample of military architecture. 8 hours in duration
Includes tourist ticket and entrance fees.
Enjoy a full day biking adventure to Maras. This is an excellent tour to do in one day, combining the Andean landscapes, archaeological sites, local culture and traditional villages. Moray has four circular terraces into the earth like an artificial crater. Maras is one of the most important salt mines of the region. Beautiful scenery!
Tour Itinerary: Your driver will pick you up from your hotel in the Sacred Valley and drive you to the village of Chequerec (Chinchero), which is where we start our ride. Passing the lagoon of Huaypo we arrive to the Arqueological Park of Moray, where we stay for more or less 20 minutes to enjoy the beauty of nature and archaeology. This part of the tour is very attractive because of its permanent ups and downs. Continuing our trip we arrive to Maras where a tasty picnic is waiting for us. After this great lunch you have new energies to continue for a 1 hour downhill ride that lets us feel the peace of the andean countryside. Enjoy the freedom! We then start again a downhill ride of about 40 minutes until we reach the town of Tarabamba, where we end our magnificent bike tour and you are driven back to your hotel. Helmets are included. NOTE: At any point during your biking adventure you may choose to jump back on the van should you feel you want to take a break or just continue by car.
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.
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.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu enjoys the privacy of 12 acres of lush vegetation and land in Aguas Calientes. The 85 rooms are well-appointed, with local decorative effects accented by contemporary fabrics. Traditional Andean alpaca blankets and terra cotta tile mark the appearance of this Peruvian retreat. A talented kitchen staff and chef are responsible for scrumptious, fusion-style Andean cuisine. Delve into this region by taking hikes, walks, and bird watching. Otherwise, spend some time at the spa and pamper yourself with relaxing treatments and aromas.
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.
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.
Private airport transfer in Lima with a driver and guide.
Explore Lima on a sightseeing tour of Colonial and Modern Lima with a private guide and driver. Visit the Government Palace, City Hall, Cathedral at the Plaza Mayor (closed on Sundays), along with the 17th century San Francisco Convent. Take a short tour of the modern districts of San Isidro and Miraflores for a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean.
Take a flight from Lima to Santiago, Chile today. The flight time is approximately 3 hours and 35 minutes.
Private airport transfer in Santiago with a guide and driver.
Situated in the exclusive area of Las Condes, in Santiago, the Atton El Bosque is perfectly placed for those who want easy access to the city. Clean and well-maintained, the 240 rooms are decorated in neutral colors with modern effects. Each room includes air conditioning and heating systems, mini bar, and internet. Dine on authentic Chilean fare, and choose from a range of international dishes. Friendly service and hospitality are one of the highlights of this hotel. Visit the business center for internet use, and try out the gym and swimming pool for a bit of a workout.
Fly directly from Santiago to Easter Island. Flights are subject to availability, ticket rates are subject to change. The flight duration is approximately 5.25 hours.
Enjoy a shuttle airport transfer with a professional driver from Explora Rapa Nui
Visitors to Explora EN RAPA NUI may participate in the diverse explorations that are organized according to group size and guest preference. Every day, Explora offers easy to more difficult walks that, one by one, unveil the secrets and beauty of the island. These walks are combined with picnics on rocky outcrops or along the shore, always in mesmerizing sites. Each day guests may choose between 5 or more different explorations that are selected according to climatic conditions, guests’ preferences, length and difficulty.
HANGA OTEODuration: 4.5 to 5.5 hours (half-day).Walking 4 to 5 hours.Length: 13.5 km.Itinerary: Travel from explora EN RAPA NUI to Te Peu by van (15 min). Walk along a trail that borders steep cliffs and offers spectacular views. Visit natural bathing pools, cross locally owned fields and view numerous archaeological sites. Arrival at Anakena Beach. Picnic on the beach. Return by van to Casas Rapa Nui (20 min).Level: Medium.
Walk from the Te Peu ahu to Hanga RoaDuration: 2 to 3 hours (half-day).Walking 1.5 to 2.5 hours.Length: 6.5 km.Itinerary: Travel from Casas Rapa Nui to Te Peu by van (15 min). Walk along a trail that borders steep cliffs and offers spectacular views. View Motu Tautara and the astonishing Las Dos Ventanas cave. Arrive at Hanga Roa, first passing Tahai and ending at Pea. Numerous archaeological sites along the way. Return by van to Casas Rapa Nui (5 min).Level: Easy.
Ara O Te Moai, the moai routeDuration: 3 to 3.5 hours (half-day). Walking 2.5 to 3.5 hours.Length: 7 km.Itinerary: Travel from Casas Rapa Nui to Hanga Tetenga by van (15 min). Walk along Ara O Te Moai, the trail once used to transport the moai sculptures; view numerous overturned .moai along the way. Climb to Rano Raraku, the moai stone quarry, with views of the interior of the crater. Walk along the volcano’s edge and arrive at the natural rock pools at One Makihi. Picnic lunch. Return by van to Casas Rapa Nui (20 min).Level: Easy
Alturas del PoikeDuration: 4 to 4.5 hours (half-day). Walking 3 to 4 hours.Length: 8.5 km.Itinerary: Travel from Casas Rapa Nui to Piko Mahore by van (30 min). Walk along an upward sloping trail (300 meters) that borders a steep cliff, and pass through Maunga Parehe and the Maunga Tea-Tea. View the Vai Aheva fountain. Climb to Puka Katike and then walk down to Tongariki to view 15 moais. Return by van to Casas Rapa Nui (25 min).Level: Medium
Climb to TerevekaDuration: 3 to 4 hours (half-day). Walking 2 to 2.5 hours.Length: 6 km.Itinerary: Travel from Casas Rapa Nui to Rano Aroi by van (20 min). The walk begins at Rano Aroi, then climbs from Maunga Kuma to Maunga Terevaka to appreciate spectacular views of the island from its highest point. The trail continues northeast toward Anakena along high coastal ridges that gradually descend to the beach, where guests may swim. Return to Casas Rapa Nui by van (25 min).Level: Medium
The Tangata Manu RouteDuration: 2 to 3 hours (half-day). Walking 2 to 3 hours.Length: 7 km.Itinerary: Travel from Casas Rapa Nui to Vinapu by van (5 min). View Ahu Tahira. Walk along a trail that borders ascending steep cliffs (250 meters), arriving at the edge of the Rano Kau crater. Spectacular views of the ocean and the interior of the volcano. Walk along the crater to Orongo. Visit the significant ceremonial site of Tangata Manu (Bird Man) worship. Return by van to Casas Rapa Nui (5 min).Level: Easy
Te Pito O Te Henua, the navel of the worldDuration: 3.5 to 4.5 hours (half-day). Walking 3 to 3.5 hours.Length: 9.5 kmItinerary: Travel from Casas Rapa Nui to Ana Okeke by van (40 min). Walk along a descending trail that borders the northern coast of the island. View Ana Okeke, Maunga Parehe. Fishing cove “La Perousse,” local villagers and archaeological sites along the way. Arrive at the Ovahe beach. Return by van to Casas Rapa Nui (25 min).Level: Easy
Walk to Te Miro OoneDuration: 2.5 to 3 hours (half-day). Walking 2 to 2.5 hours.Length: 6.5 km.Itinerary: Travel from Casas Rapa Nui to Te Miro Oone by van (15 min). Walk along a trail that offers panoramic views of the southeast side of the island. Climb along Maunga Kahurea and continue along Ara o te Moai. Numerous moai along the trail, arrive at Hanga Te Tenga ahu. Return by van to Casas Rapa Nui (15 min). Level: Easy.
To Te Miro Oone by bicycleDuration: 2 to 3 hours by bicycle (half-day).Length:18 km.Itinerary: Travel from Casas Rapa Nui to Te Miro Oone on bicycle, along the principal route that crosses through pretty forested sections of the island. Descend toward the southern coast, with views of various motu and archaeological sites, following the coastal route until reaching Tahira. Return to Casas Rapa Nui from Vinapu.Level: Easy
The Explora Rapa Nui is a luxurious choice of accommodations on Easter Island. The hotel, which houses 30 rooms, is seated on a hill and 9.6 hectares of land facing the sea. Rooms are built with a rustic feel, while still using contemporary design techniques. All rooms include the required amenities of home. Dine at the hotel, which serves a range of international and local cuisine. The hotel has a refreshing swimming pool onsite. For those who like a little activity, plan a walk around the region and get to know the wonders of Easter Island.
Select from the daily optional explorations offered at Explora Rapa Nui selected according to climatic conditions, guests’ preferences, length and difficulty.
Fly direct from Easter Island to Santiago. Flights are subject to change based on availability, ticket rates are subject to change The flight duration is approximately 5 hours.
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
Happy New Year!
GREAT trip! The brochure you sent to us the week before we set off was marvelous -- the pages are marked and worn with us referring to it so often! We were very pleased with every aspect that you set up for us including the airport pick-up and drop off and the tour of Quito and environs on Friday. Our guide spoke excellent English, the driver was courteous and we felt safe and well-informed throughout the day. The transfer to the Eclipse team was super easy and the flight to Guayaquil and trip to the boat went off without a hitch.
We're still going through the 500+ photos that I took and the 1700+ photos that my son took, but I promise to send a few to you in the next week or so. Galapagos was a fabulous trip and the Eclipse was a terrific way to navigate the islands. Gave them a 10 on their feedback form and would recommend Eclipse very highly.
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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