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***Land & Sea Offer Combine and Save $100 on Peru: Save $100 per person when you combine this adventure in conjunction with one of our small ship cruises.***
Travel to Peru and explore the most spectacular archaeological monument in South America, the ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu. Our Machu Picchu Explorer is a short 5-day/4-night adventure designed to complement our Galapagos small ship cruises or Peru Amazon cruise. This privately-guided independent Peru tour can also be combined with other regions of Peru such as Lake Titicaca, the Amazon River or the Inca Trail Trek, to craft a custom tour of Peru.
The journey begins in Cusco, where you'll explore the Sacred Urubamba Valley including Pisac and Ollantaytambo before proceeding by rail to the citadel Machu Picchu. Enjoy a full-day guided tour of Machu Picchu and an overnight at the famous Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Inn. Charismatic guides versed in archaeology, history and Andean culture show you monumental Inca temples, traditional villages and markets of the Quechua Indians in Cusco and in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
This guided Machu Picchu tour operates on a custom basis for our clients and can begin on any day, subject to availability. As such, the Machu Picchu Explorer is the perfect Peru tour to combine with your Galapagos cruise. This trip can also be customized to forge the ultimate Machu Picchu adventure that fits your interests, ability, schedule and budget. We have included our 6-Day Lima itinerary and details for adding an additional day in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Contact our Machu Picchu travel experts to discuss your dream Peru vacation.
ADDITION RATE INFORMATION
Land & Sea Offer Combine and Save $100 on Peru: Save $100 per person when you combine this adventure in conjunction with one of our small ship cruises. Call our Peruvian experts to begin planning your adventure today.
Rates vary by season and accommodation starting at $1645 per person, not including cruise. Please see website for full details on rates.
Day 1: Arrive Cusco, PeruCuzco, Peru
Upon arrival in Cusco you are met by your guide who will remain with you throughout your time in the Peruvian highlands. The elevation of Cusco is 11,000 feet so we encourage a relaxed pace while travelers acclimate. After a transfer from the airport to your hotel, enjoy an afternoon guided orientation of Cusco, the Imperial City and archaeological capital of South America. Admire the finest examples of Inca history and architecture with your visit to the city's most important historical monuments that reveal the influence of different cultures. Visits include the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral dating from Spanish viceroyalty times, built with great slabs of red granite renaissance style in contrast with the baroque style silverwork of its interior and the Santo Domingo church built upon the foundations of the Inca temple Koricancha, dedicated to worship the Sun God.
Continue your tour with a visit to Cusco City’s main surrounding ruins. Sites include the Sacsayhuaman Fortress - a ceremonial compound and magnificent example of Inca military power that boasts a panoramic view of the city, the Qenqo Amphitheater - a ritualistic site with subterranean galleries that form an underground maze, Puca Pucara or red fortress and the Inca Baths of Tambomachay.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Costa del Sol Cusco Hotel
Day 2: Sacred ValleyPisac, Peru
Today you will head to the town of Pisac, a vibrant colonial village at the base of a spectacular Inca fortress. Sitting atop a mountain at the entrance to the valley and separated along the ridge into four groups: P'isaqa, Inti Watana, Q'allaqasa, and Kinchiraqay. Visit the Inti Watana group which includes the Temple of the Sun, baths, altars, water fountains, a ceremonial platform, and an inti watana - a volcanic ritual stone used as an astronomic clock or Inca calendar to define the change seasons. Continue to the Pisac markets, which was a meeting place for all artisans of the region to get together to exchange, buy and sell products. Originally held only on Sundays, but due to the increase of tourism in the area it is now held daily.
Enjoy a buffet lunch at countryside restaurant before departing for the Inca fortress and citadel of Ollantaytambo. This site was built just as the Spaniards arrived and was believed to be constructed to guard the entrance from possible invasions of tribes from the jungle lowlands. Later it served as a temporary capital for Manco Inca, leader of the Inca resistance in 1537 during the Spanish conquest of Perú, who fortified the town to stop the advance, as Cusco had fallen under Spanish domination. Transfer to your hotel after the tour.
*Optional Additional Day in Sacred Valley - Inquire about another day exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas with visits to the salt fields of Maras and the Moray terraces.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Sonesta Posadas del Inca Sacred Valley Yucay, Sol y Luna or similar
MEALS: breakfast and lunch
Day 3: Machu PicchuMachu Picchu, Peru
Morning transfer to the train station for a journey along the Urubamba River as it climbs high into the Andes Mountains revealing glaciers and spectacular scenery. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, proceed by bus to the Inca Ruins of Machu Picchu. The famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu is a great mountain-top city abandoned by the Inca Empire and reclaimed by the jungle until its rediscovery in 1911. Machu Picchu was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height, with its giant walls, terraces and ramps, which appear as though they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The legendary 'Lost City' is without a doubt one of the world's most impressive archaeological sites. It sits on a mountain site of extraordinary beauty, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest. Your guide will introduce you to this history, nature and culture of this magnificent site with a guided tour.
This evening, overnight at the famous Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo. The grounds of this exclusive hotel covers acres of native rain forest including an orchid garden and nature trail offering a peaceful refuge within walking distance of shops, restaurants and the train station in Aguas Calientes.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel or similar
MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 4: Machu Picchu & Wayna PicchuAguas Calientes, Peru
Arise early and be among the first to experience Machu Picchu before the train arrives. Wake up early and enjoy a beautiful sunrise or stroll around the town of Aguas Calientes and visit its Hot Springs Thermal waters. You will have time for some optional activities to explore at your own pace, such as a second visit to the Citadel of Machu Picchu or, for more active and adventurous, climb up the Huayna Picchu to gain remarkable views and appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu. In the afternoon, take the shuttle bus to Aguas Calientes and then board your return train. Upon arrival at the train station you will be met by a private driver who will transfer you to the hotel.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Costa del Sol Cusco Hotel
MEALS: breakfast and lunch
Day 5: Depart CuscoCuzco, Peru
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and the charms of Cusco before you continue your journey. A transfer to the Cusco airport is provided if needed.
Itinerary Notes: We may occasionally alter itineraries slightly for safety, or to take advantage of weather, wildlife and unplanned discoveries. Our ability to be spontaneous makes this style of adventure travel unique.
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