(Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco)
The aroma of the dense surrounding forest hangs in the thin mountain air as you stroll among the ancient stone ruins of the famous Incan fortress at Machu Picchu and connect with a lost civilization and its millennia-old ghosts.
It’s easy to imagine the bustling village life that once existed here as you tour this stirring mountain-top bastion with your knowledgeable private guide. You’ll learn more about the incredibly advanced Incan civilization in its former capital city of Cuzco, where you’ll get a first-hand insight into its mystical, spiritual and cultural traditions. Elsewhere, explore the Pachacamac ruins and archeological museum in Peru’s vibrant capital city of Lima; visit the beautiful Sacred Valley and eerie fortress of Ollantaytambo; stroll among the bustling crowds at Pisac market; and ride the Hiram Bingham train through pristine virgin forest.
With a luxury range of accommodation by prestigious hotel group Belmond (ex-Orient Express) on offer throughout the trip, you won’t want for anything as your every whim is catered for. From sophisticated city hotels to elegant villas in the heart of Sacred Valley and a tranquil mountain-view retreat, the top-shelf accommodation is almost as breath-taking as the incredible scenery. And a team of experienced guides and private drivers will ensure a seamless experience throughout.
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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.
Private airport transfer in Lima with a driver and guide.
Pachacamac lies 25 miles southeast of Lima adjacent to the Pan American highway astride the Pacific coastline. The site was considered one of the most important religious centers of the indigenous peoples of the central Andes, and contains a number of pyramids.
Afterwards head to the Archaeological Museum, a must-see for history buffs. It provides an overview of the history of the region. Highlights include exceptionally well preserved mummies as well as spectacular textiles.
Enjoy dinner at the restaurant "Huaca Pucllana"
In the Fifth century, the Lima valley inhabitants started the construction of the Huaca Pucllana. Two important reasons inspired the group of sacred priests, who were the governing rulers at that time. The first reason was their need to express their religious authority. The second reason was directly linked with the control of the hydrological resources stemmed from the water canal system, on the left bank of the Rimac river. Therefore, Pucllana was an important ceremonial and administrative location. Its magnificence was reflected by the configuration of a monumental architecture. It was built with small adobe bricks wrought on a continuous base of blocks and remodeled during the three centuries of the Huaca existence. Currently the Pucllana Archeological Zone spreads over 15 hectares. Today, fifteen centuries after those men gave life to Pucllana, Huaca Pucllana Restaurant, offers you a sample of the best Peruvian and International cuisine. Welcome to La Huaca Pucllana!
Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.
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, enjoy time at leisure in the relaxing and peaceful surroundings of the Rio Sagrado. Admire the views up into the mountains as you sit under the shade of a tree. Consider having a treatment or two at the fabulous spa on site where treatments are derived from local native plants. Amenities at the spa include a spacious indoor/outdoor Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and Spanish showers.
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
The Hiram Bingham is a luxury train between Cusco and Machu Picchu. Enjoy a spectacular journey through the Andes where guides explain points of interest along the 3.5 hour route. Upon arrival there will be a guided tour of the Machu Picchu citadel for you and entry tickets will have been pre-purchased. After exploring the ruins, Afternoon Tea is served at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge.
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 entrance ticket to Machu Picchu is provided for your convenience. Please note that due to limited availability of permits (which are non-refundable) they cannot be requested until trip deposit has been received and complete and valid passport information is provided. As such, this activity can only be confirmed after time of booking. All efforts will be made to ensure that these be secured on the desired date(s). In the case of unavailability, alternative date(s) will be provided where possible.
For your convenience, the entrance fee for the hike to Wayna Picchu is included. A limited number of hikers are allowed each morning and there are two scheduled times to do this hike, 7am and 10am.
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. Please note that due to limited availability of permits (which are non-refundable) they cannot be requested until trip deposit has been received and complete and valid passport information is provided. As such, this activity can only be confirmed after time of booking. All efforts will be made to ensure that these be secured on the desired date(s). In the case of unavailability, either alternative date(s) will be provided where possible or arrangements to hike Montana Machu Picchu will be provided.
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.
Return to Cusco on the Belmond Hiram Bingham train on your own (no guide). The train departs from Aguas Calientes at 5.45pm* and takes 4 hours to return to Cusco. A pre-dinner cocktail is served, accompanied by live entertainment and a 4-course gastronomic menu.
*Note train times and schedules may vary based on availability. Your train time will be confirmed on your final itinerary.
Our local representative will meet you with a private vehicle and professional driver for a train station transfer.
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 Coricancha 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.
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.
Set in one of Lima’s most fashionable areas, the Belmond Miraflores Park takes you straight to the heart of all that's best about this great capital city. Renowned for its beautiful garden location beside the Pacific Ocean, it has breathtaking views out to sea. This luxury hotel combines personalised service, exceptional dining and indulgent facilities to create the perfect base from which to explore. Colonial architecture, superb museums with Inca gold and Pre-Columbian antiquities, and glamorous shops, bars and restaurants are all just moments from the hotel.
In the Sacred Valley of the Incas, among verdant fields and towering mountains, lies Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado. Set on the banks of the rushing Urubamba River, this luxury hotel is built in natural materials to resemble an authentic Andean village. Situated at a lower altitude than nearby Cusco, the hotel provides the perfect environment in which to acclimatise, and is an ideal base to explore the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Savour fresh produce in the restaurant, enjoy a local Sacred Valley massage in the luxury hotel spa and slip into the spirit of Peruvian life.
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is the only hotel located adjacent to the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and voted one of the New Wonders of the World. Part of the Cusco Region of Peru, the Lodge sits almost 2,500 metres above sea level. The hotel and citadel are a short walk or bus ride away from the town of Aguas Calientes and 80 kilometres from Cusco. Sit out on a terrace and savour Peruvian cuisine based on produce grown on the Lodge’s own plot: this delightful hideaway is the perfect place to relax and unwind in the shadow of the Lost City.
Set in a tranquil plaza behind Cuzco's main square, Belmond Palacio Nazarenas is a former palace and convent, emerging from years of restoration to become one of the city's most exclusive hotels. Step past walls of Inca stones and into a cloistered courtyard with an ancient fountain at its heart. This intimate urban retreat has just 55 suites, each enriched with oxygen and with its own private bar where guests (or their private butler) can create drinks accented with fresh ingredients grown at and around the hotel. Step past walls of Inca stones and into a cloistered courtyard with an ancient fountain at its heart. Then be surprised as contemporary Cusco comes to the fore: a fabulous spa, the city's first outdoor pool and stylish restaurants serving cutting-edge local cuisine.
Christina Adams ,
April 21, 2014
"I know it's silly to give all 10's, obviously every trip has it's ups and downs, but if it hadn't been for our Kensington Tours planning, guides and drivers we would have been lost! It was wonderful to be out in a strange new environment yet know we had a safety net and a friendly face. The places we visited were awesome but I think we'll remember most the people that we met. Thank you and I'll send photos soon! Sincerely, Christina Adams"
Frank Manna ,
April 21, 2014
"Our guided transfers were exceptionally accommodating even though our flights were considerably delayed. The Annavillanas Jungle Lodge was spectacular for location, accommodations and food. The Rio Carnival experience was unique and unforgettable and our seats were wonderful. Loved the location of our hotel in Rio.......right on the street of Copacabana Beach.......fantastic. "
Vivian Jennings ,
April 21, 2014
"Very pleased with organization. Not having to worry about connections or arrangements is wonderful. Great selection with hotels, Coral 1 and Napo Wildlife. Kensington puts all the details together to ensure a wonderful trip. Highly recommend the Galapagos and Amazon. "
Daniel More ,
April 21, 2014
"All was great. Guides were knowledgeable, personable, friendly... that's what really made the trip."
Marlin Barad ,
April 21, 2014
"Sofia, thank you for putting together a great trip. We certainly enjoyed ourselves very much. The planning and care was excellent. We hope we can do another trip with you all soon. Marlin Barad"
Laura Iyer ,
January 10, 2014
"We just returned last night from our Patagonia adventure and 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 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! 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.
Catherine Dudley ,
January 10, 2014
"GREAT trip! We were very pleased with every aspect that Brandi 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.
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