- All airport transfers listed in the itinerary
- Baggage handling at airports and at hotels
- All tours and excursions indicated in the itinerary
- All entrance fees and transfers needed to operate tours and excursions
- All train tickets, bus tickets and boat services needed to operate tours and excursions
- Excursion to Machu Picchu is aboard the Vistadome Train
- Lunch in the excursion to Machu Picchu: Sanctuary Lodge
- Service of a bilingual licensed tour guide for all tours and excursions
- Meals indicated in the itinerary. B for breakfast, L for lunch. D for dinner
● Extra expenses in case of modifying the itinerary due to flight cancelation, strikes or blocking of roads and train tracks by demonstrators or political activists. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.
- When staying overnight in Machu Picchu, the entrance fee for the 2nd day in Machu Picchu is not included. This can be added to the itinerary upon request.
- Expenses such us beverages on meals, tips, laundry, phone calls and other personal expenses are not included.
Important information on luggage restrictions to Machu Picchu and to the Sacred Valley
Your backpack or carry-on on the train to Machu Picchu should not exceed 11 lbs. or 5 Kgs and its size should not be larger than 62 inches or 1.57 meters. Passengers taking the "Inca Trail" will be excluded from this restriction.
Passengers with overnight in Machu Picchu or in the Sacred Valley
It is advisable to leave the bulk of your belongings in your luggage in Cusco; and take only what you need to the Sacred Valley and on to Machu Picchu.
You can also request the “transfer service” of your luggage from the Sacred Valley to Cusco or vice versa for $30 for 1 to 3 pieces of luggage.
DAY 1 | ARRIVAL IN LIMA
Arrival in Lima, the "City of Kings" famous for its Spanish Colonial architecture, extraordinary museums and cuisine. Lima is internationally recognized as the "Gastronomic Capital of the Americas", and its cuisine is considered among the most diverse and exquisite in the world on par with French cuisine. Upon arrival a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel and in registering.
DAY 2 | LIMA CITY TOUR & LARCO MUSEUM
Tour of Modern and Colonial Lima including the world famous Larco Museum – This half-day tour visits both the colonial and modern sections of Lima. Colonial sites include the lovely Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, San Francisco Church and the exquisite Torre Tagle Palace modern day seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In modern Lima, drive along the exclusive residential areas of Miraflores and San Isidro. (B)
Continue to the Larco Museum, founded in 1926, it displays remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 3000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. Located in a unique vice-royal mansion of the 18th century built over a 7th century pre-Columbian pyramid is surrounded by beautiful gardens. The Larco Museum also features the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru and the famous erotic archaeological collection, one of the most visited Peruvian tourist attractions.
DAY 3 | LIMA | CUSCO | CHINCHERO | OLLANTAYTAMBO ARCHAEOLOGICAL COMPLEX
Early morning transfer from the hotel to the airport for a short but spectacular flight over the snowcapped Andes to the oldest inhabited city in the hemisphere, Cusco, at an elevation of 11,440 feet.
Upon arrival in Cusco, continue to the Sacred Valley.
Departure to the unspoiled Andean village of Chinchero. You will be lead through a relaxed and fascinating workshop on traditional back strap weaving techniques and a discussion on the role of weaving in a contemporary Andean culture.
Continue to the Ollantaytambo archaeological complex, the Incas built it as a fort that included a temple, agricultural terraces, and an urban area. There are two distinct sectors: The religious and worship zone, and the residential area. Ollantaytambo was an important administrative center with probable military functions if one considers the walls and towers. There are also traces of ancient roads and aqueducts. The town of Ollantaytambo is called a "Living Inca Town" since the inhabitants maintain very old practices and customs. Lunch is included. (B,L)
DAY 4 | MACHU PICCHU
Morning train ride through the sacred valley of Urubamba to the "Lost City of the Incas," Machu Picchu. Perched 8,200 feet above the valley, it was hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungles for 400 years until discovered by Hiram Bingham of Yale University in 1911. Archaeologists believe that the Inca "Virgins of the Sun" took refuge from the Spanish Conquistadors here. Guided tour of the ruins upon arrival. Lunch is at the Belmond’s Sanctuary Lodge located just a few steps from the Inca citadel. Overnight stay in Aguas Calientes. Dinner at hotel. (B,L,D)
DAY 5 | MACHU PICCHU FREE DAY
Free morning to enjoy one of the most incredible sights on earth, the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Take as much time as you need to study these magnificent ruins or hike the steep stone-paved trail of Huayna Picchu, the pyramid-shape mountain above Machu Picchu for a breathtaking “condor view” of the citadel (reservation and extra fee are needed). Or stroll to the Inca Bridge a secret entrance used by the Inca's army. Afternoon return train ride. (B)
DAY 6 | CUSCO CITY TOUR & NEARBY RUINS
Visitors are caught up in the excitement of touring the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, a delightful combination of Inca and colonial architecture. The tour visits important landmarks such us Cusco's Cathedral, Plaza de Armas and Koricancha “The Temple of the Sun”. This tour of the oldest continuously inhabited city in the western hemisphere also includes the nearby ruins of Kenko, Puca-Pucara, Tambomachay as well as the Sacsayhuaman fortress, an imposing example of Inca military architecture. (B)
DAY 7 | CUSCO to LIMA
Transfer to the airport for your departure to Lima. Upon arrival a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel and in registering. (B)
DAY 8 | LIMA - PARACAS
Private transfer to Paracas. Upon arrival, transfer to the local airport for a spectacular flight over vast drawings, figures like a spider, a hummingbird, a monkey, etc. The Nazca Lines, discovered in 1927, are the most extraordinary legacy left by a culture that flourished in 300 BC. The lines are a series of complex designs, some up to 300 meters long, which can only be seen in their true dimension from an altitude of at least 1,500 feet. The Nazca culture is not believed to have been capable of manned flight. But the question remains as to how they crafted the drawings, what technology they used and what purpose the lines served. (B)
DAY 9 | ESCURSION TO BALLESTAS ISLANDS - LIMA
Early morning transfer to Paracas for a yacht ride to the Ballestas Islands passing the Candelabro. These islands, also known as the Guano Islands, constitute the habitat to large concentrations of sea birds and sea lions colonies in their natural environment. El Candelabro (The Candelabra) is a geoglyph of more than 394 feet long, better appreciated from the ocean. Return to Lima. (B)
Later on, transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Arrive home full of great memories of the rich tradition of Colonial Lima, the snowcapped roaring Andean mountains and lush valleys, and the zig-zag road to the overwhelming sight of Machu Picchu, the amazing legacy the Incas.
(B)Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner
|Lima||2||Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center||Deluxe|
|Sacred Valley||1||Tambo del Inka||Superior|
|Machu Picchu||1||Sumaq Machu Picchu||Deluxe|
|Cusco||2||Palacio del Inka||Superior|
|Paracas||1||Hotel Paracas||Superior Garden View|
Land Package Prices Per Person**
|Shared in Bus||$3,939||$5,340|