Machu Picchu Tours and the Inca World

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Priced from $2,595   Days: 7

Most travelers to Peru are interested in seeing Machu Picchu, the great ancient Inca citadel, re-discovered in the early 20th Century by explorer Hiram Bingham. We offer two options for Machu Picchu tours.  This trip, 'The Inca World' gives you the opportunity to see how the ancient Incan communities and the ruins of Machu Picchu are all interconnected.

This tour features a visit to the old Incan city of Cusco, visits to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman and Ollantaytambo, a train ride to explore Machu Picchu, an overnight at Machu Picchu, and a sunrise walk to Door of the Sun.

This is the most popular of our Machu Picchu tours and is suitable for almost everyone. For those who would like a more active, in-depth exploration of the area, check out Machu Picchu Tours: Hike the Inca Trail.

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Itinerary:

The Inca World

Day 1: Arrive Lima

Arrive Lima, transfer to hotel. Your English speaking transfer guide will be waiting for you outside Baggage Claim to take you to your airport hotel. No meals.   Overnight Wyndham Costa del Sol,  Lima

Day 2: Lima/Cusco area ruins

After breakfast, your transfer guide will escort you to the airport.  Fly to Cusco. On arrival in Cusco, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. 

Half day Cusco City tour & main surrounding ruins (private guided)

Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the city of Cusco, the Imperial City and archaeological capital of South America, where you will be able to admire the finest examples of Incan history and architecture.  Visit the city's most important historical monuments that reveal the influence of different cultures: 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 to Cusco City’s main surrounding ruins: 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. B Overnight Los Portales, Cusco                                                                                       

Day 3: Cusco/Sacred Valley (private guided)

En route towards the Urubamba Valley, visit Awanacancha, an Andean textile center whose principal objective is to keep Incan textile art alive. Here you will learn about the dyeing techniques and instruments used for hundreds of years in the weaving of these famous textiles. Following this, visit Pisac Markets where you will have the chance to interact with the local folk and even barter with the merchants. 

End the day with a visit to the Incan fortress and citadel of Ollantaytambo. This fortress was constructed in order to guard the entrance to this part of the valley and protect it from possible invasions of tribes from the jungle lowlands, and was later the scene of Incan resistance in 1537, when Manco Inca’s forces faced Hernando Pizarro’s troops.   B,L  Overnight Sonesta Posada Yucay, Sacred Valley

Day 4: Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu (private guided)

Morning transfer to the train station for an amazing train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, the great mountain-top city abandoned by the Inca Empire, reclaimed by the jungle and lost to humanity until its rediscovery in 1911.  

Along the way you will enjoy the changing landscape as you travel from Andean highlands to the beginnings of the jungle (“eyebrow of the jungle”), before finally arriving at the town of Aguas Calientes.  From here, board the bus that will take you on a 20 minute ride up to the citadel of Machu Picchu, or Lost City of the Incas, which sits upon the summit bearing the same name, and is one of the most representative and recognized examples of Incan architecture.

A guided tour of the Citadel includes the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds.   

The legendary 'Lost City' is without a doubt one of the world's most impressive archaeological sites. Built by the Incas on the summit of "Machu Picchu" (old peak), overlooking the deep canyon of the Urubamba river in a semi-tropical area.  The Lost City sits on a mountain site of extraordinary beauty, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest; Machu Picchu with its giant walls, terraces and ramps, was probably the most amazing urban environment of the Inca Empire at its prime. B,L,D Overnight El Mapi Hotel in Aguas Calientes                                                                

Day 5: Machu Picchu/Cusco

Rise early and take the first bus to the ruins from Aguas Calientes for a sunrise hike to the Door of the Sun on your own.  Spend the day at leisure exploring the ruins with breathtaking views of the Urubamba gorge and surrounding peaks. Return to Cusco on the afternoon train and transfer to your hotel. Overnight Los Portales in Cusco

Day 6: Cusco/Lima

Transfer to airport for flight to Lima, on arrival in Lima transfer to your hotel. Afternoon Lima city tour and Larco Herrera Museum which holds the best private collection of pre-Columbian art in the country. The museum has 45,000 pieces of ceramics, textiles, metal and precious stones.

Continue on to the most important sites in Lima, the "City of Kings." The tour will include Lima's Historical Center, city hall, Plaza San Martin, the Cathedral and Religious Art Museum as well a nice drive along the seaside cliffs overlooking the Pacific. B,L  Overnight Alppa Hotel & Suites in Lima

Day 7: Fly Home

Transfer to airport for flight home. B

Date - Rates:

2016 Dates and Rates

Date Information: Daily departures, year round

Rate Information

Price: Private guided tour based on double occupancy.

3 star Standard accommodations: $2,595 per person based on double occupancy

5 star Superior accommodations: $3,195 per person based on double occupancy

Air costs not included from Lima to Cusco. $550 per person subject to change.

Included: Meals as indicated on itinerary, private English speaking guide, all entrance fees to ruins indicated on the itinerary, bus tickets to ruins, 2 entrance tickets to ruins, train ticket in standard car.

Not included: International airfare to Peru, air between Lima/Cusco RT, meals not indicated on itinerary, early check in or late check out at hotels, tips, local VAT taxes of !8% -- in order to be exempt you will need to show your passport when asked, drinks during meals, travel insurance which we highly recommend (a quote will be given to you at time of booking), personal items, drinks during meals.

Rates are subject to holiday surcharges and availability in each category.

Tour Details

Registration
Deposit: 25% per person non-refundable deposit due at time of booking. 

Cancellation Policy: Non-refundable balance due 90 days prior to travel dates. 

Insurance: Because many advance logistical arrangements have been made prior to the running of this trip, we must adhere to the above policy. In addition, please be aware that many insurance policies do not cover illness and accident expenses outside of the U.S., and Medicare does NOT cover any such expenses at all. In light of this, we strongly recommend trip cancellation and supplemental insurance.

A travel insurance quote will be sent to you upon registration, or you can purchase it from our site by clicking on the "Purchase Travel Insurance" in the left-hand column. Our insurance carrier is Travelex.

Lodging:
Hotel options

Click Three Star or Five Star to see photos.

 

Three Star

Lima

Costa del Sol 

 

Cusco

Los Portales Cusco 

 

Sacred Valley

Sonesta Posda Inca Yucay

 

Aguas Calientes

El Mapi Hotel

 

Lima

 Allpa Hotel & Suites

Five Star

Lima

Costa del Sol 

 

Cusco

El Mercado Tunqui Hotel

 

Sacred Valley

Sol y Luna Hotel 

 

Aguas Calientes

Inkaterra Machu Picchu

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