Summary : Our Machu Picchu custom journey is a private, semi-escorted tour, with flexible departure days and superior accommodations, which has also been designed to ease the effects of altitude. Experience charming colonial Cusco, the beautiful Sacred Valley, and mystical Machu Picchu on this seven day adventure through Peru. This itinerary includes all of the most important highlights in the country, the “must-sees” in any visit to Peru. Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu are covered in this 7-day program, as you explore the country’s history, its stunning geography and scenery, and the impressive Inca and colonial legacy.
Activities : Culture, Hiking
$3,395 to $4,395
Your representative meets you at the hotel and transfers you to the airport for your flight to Cusco.
On arrival in Cusco, you are driven to the “Sacred Valley of the Incas”, a succession of picturesque Andean towns, agricultural terraces, and many archaeological sites, as well as the world’s most famous white corn cultivated for export. The mild climate, the varied and dramatic scenery of snow-capped mountains, flowering meadows, lush green hills and spectacular flora and fauna make the Valley a prime adventure destination in South America. At a lower elevation than Cusco, the Valley is a warmer and less physically taxing environment for visiting the many attractions of the region, including Machu Picchu.
On the way, visit the archaeological site of Sacsayhuamán, the largest and most impressive of four archaeological ruins on the outskirts of Cusco. After exploring the ancient complex, continue your immersion into the heart of Andean culture through a visit to the charming Amaru community and its wonderful and amazing people. Straight from the hands of local craftspeople, learn about textiles and the weaving process. The vivid colors of the Amaru villagers' clothing are derived from natural dyes made from plants and other organic elements with which they decorate wool. Learn about "cochineal" red and the secret properties of some other medicinal plants in the area, as well as from other activities the community runs.
Descending from Amaru, you may want to stop at the village of Pisac, famous for its Andean market with its interesting food and artisan stalls. Try your bargaining skills here always keeping in mind handmade artwork is worth it!
End the day at your selected hotel. B, L
Sol y Luna
Today you are driven to the ruins of Moray. The circular terraces of Moray were an agricultural “research laboratory” for the Incas, who studied temperature variation from one terrace to another in order to develop different crop varieties. The hardier varieties of seeds were distributed throughout the Inca Empire. On the other side of the Urubamba Valley you'll see dramatic snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba and Urubamba cordilleras (mountain ranges).
Leave this interesting archaeological site to follow the trail to the town of Maras, which grew in importance in the 17th century because of the exploitation and commercialization of the "salineras" or salt pans. Cross the extensive Maras Pampas, where people farm the land and rear cattle and sheep. The Urubamba mountain range and its snow-capped peaks provide a spectacular background for your hike. In the town of Maras, see the fronts of the ancient houses, made from finely worked stone, indicative of the economic heights achieved by the town’s population at that time.
Enjoy a picnic lunch and experience a very special ceremony of sound and traditional offerings to Mother Earth. This ceremony evokes the spirit of healing; taking part in this ritual are many sacred medicines such as Palo Santo, Tayta Sayri, Mama Coca, Agua Florida, Condor’s Feathers, Grandfather Puma, Essences and Incenses. See the use of many pre-hispanic instruments that have no written musical register, and enjoy their essence, thought to heal with joy, love, color and life as the power of sound becomes a collective prayer that creates healing frequencies. Share in this experience to connect with the culture of Peru's original people.
Experience the feelings of stepping back into the 15th century and finish the day exploring Ollantaytambo, a still-thriving Inca village, set below an ancient Inca fortress and temple with stunning views over the valley. Admire the magnificence of this important Inca site and stroll through the quaint streets of the present town.
Return to your hotel. B,L
Sol y Luna
Early this morning, you are driven to Ollanta station where you board the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes. Enjoy a unique train ride that brings you towards the marvelous ruins of Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas”. From Aguas Calientes, a bus ride up the hillside brings you to Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the seven new wonders of the world. Spend the rest of the morning visiting the Sacred Inca citadel, exploring its main temples and hidden corners. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at the famous Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge Hotel, in its unequaled location at the entrance of the Inca Citadel ruins. Return to Machu Picchu for further exploration if desired, followed by an afternoon bus ride to town and check in at your selected hotel.
Accommodation at your selected hotel. B, L, D
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge
Wake up early to admire Machu Picchu in the early morning. Enjoy a free day to optionally continue to explore the pathways of the sacred city before the crowds arrive. You may choose to continue visiting the main ruins, the fabulous Inca Bridge or climb up Huayna Picchu, offering impressive views over Machu Picchu (please note that spaces have to be booked in advance, as there is a maximum daily allowance of visitors, and set entry times).
In the afternoon, return to Aguas Calientes by bus to take the Vistadome train back to Poroy station, before being transported to your hotel in Cusco.
Accommodation at your selected hotel. B
El Mercado Tunqui
This morning visit Cusco’s main attractions. Start with the Santo Domingo Monastery and the legendary Korikancha (Temple of Gold)—the most important Inca temple devoted to worshiping the Sun, whose walls used to be plated with sheets of gold. Follow your experience with visits to the Cathedral at the Plaza de Armas, an amazing example of Colonial architecture, housing fine paintings of the Cusco school. Continue to the San Blas quarter with a walk by this quaint district and one of the finest views of the city. This quarter is home to the workshops and stores of the most renowned craftsmen in Cusco, including Mendivil, Merida, Rojas and Palomino. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. B
El Mercado Tunqui
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Lima. Upon arrival, you are met by a representative who will assist with the international flight departure check in procedures. B
Guests stay at Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores on Day 1, at the Sol y Luna on Days 2-3, at the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel on Day 4, and at El Mercado Tunqui on Days 5-6.
Guests stay at Miraflores Park Hotel on Day 1, at the Sol y Luna on Days 2-3, at the Sanctuary Lodge on Day 4, and at Hotel Monasterio on Days 5-6.
NOTE: These trips fill quickly, hotel space is very limited. All attempts will be made to secure the hotels listed in itinerary; if original hotels are not available or overbooked, the next best available option will be reserved. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Train Station Closure: (January 1 - April 30, 2016)
Poroy Station will be closed until April 30, 2016, due to the rainy season safety closure. On return from Machu Picchu, a train to Ollantaytambo and a private transfer to Cusco is available for an additional supplemental cost of $50 per person, subject to change. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Trail Closures: (April 1 - 30, 2016)
Due to maintenance closures, visits to Huayna Picchu will be suspended April 1 - 15, 2016 and visits to Machu Picchu mountain will be suspended April 16 - 30, 2016. Please note that the Machu Picchu citadel will remain open during this time and only the mountain hikes will be closed. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Meals as indicated in itinerary, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner; lodge accommodations based on double occupancy; entrance fees to all sites visited; private transportation from Cusco airport to the hotel at Sacred Valley; Sacsayhuaman, Amaru Community, and Pisac Market visits; Maras, Moray with special ceremony, and Ollantaytambo visits; full day guided visit to Machu Picchu citadel; entrance to Machu Picchu (Day 4 -5) and Huayna Picchu (Day 5); half day walking visit of Cusco; transfers; scheduled excursions with private English-speaking guide services.
International airfare; domestic airfare; visa and / or passport fees; excess baggage charges; additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations; international departure tax; alcoholic beverages, bottled water and snacks; insurance of any kind; laundry; phone calls; radio calls or messages and items of personal nature; any meals not indicated in itinerary; items of a personal nature; extra expenses due to itinerary changes or others due to force majeure or other circumstances beyond tour operator's control; gratuities.
Lima - Cusco - Lima - Quito: $600-$700 per person
Lima - Cusco - Lima: $500-$550 per person
Guayaquil - Lima (one way): $400-$500 per person
Quito - Lima (one way): $500-$800 per person