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Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley Discovery

Cusco - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Cusco

from $1,385
5 days

Trip Type

Land

Private Journey

When To Go

Year Round

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Truly a trip of a lifetime, and Lori's expertise made it all possible... at the last minute, she quickly organized a great Peru trip with all the highlights, plus some special outdoor activities. What a pleasure to work with!

Lynda Rudolph
Glen Ellyn, IL

Trip Summary

This 5 day private and guided tour brings you into the heart of Peruvian Andes- from Cusco and the Sacred Valley to the "New World Wonder" of Machu Picchu. Top-notch English-speaking guides and private transportation allow you the flexibility and pace to experience Peru in a one of a kind manner and without having to hike or camp on the Inca Trail. Carefully designed to ease the effects of altitude, and to visit sites during their quieter less crowded periods, this trip has been thoughtfully curated by seasoned Peru specialists to provide you with unforgettable experiences. Unique lodgings are custom tailored to you at three accommodation and price levels, Classic, Superior and Deluxe.

This tour can be further customized to include additional services, accommodations, adventure activities, excursions and itinerary days in Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley and beyond.

Activities
Culture
History
Photography
Culinary
Child Friendly

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

Cusco

Welcome to Cusco- touch down, collect your luggage and meet your guide, then drive twenty minutes through the colourful South American streets to your hotel. Meet in the Coffee Museum at 1pm to enjoy a tasty lunch and learn about the story and people behind this popular drink.

After lunch step out into the Cusco streets and explore with one of our carefully chosen guides. They are not only very knowledgeable but also great fun to be with. You do not want to cram too much in on your first day at altitude, so relax and get used to being up high with a gentle walk around this old Inca capital. Visit the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral and the Qoricancha temple of the sun and perhaps take in the sights, sounds and smells of San Pedro food market too. If you normally shop in supermarkets and farmers markets, you are in for a surprise. Stands full of juicy exotic fruits, counters heaving with cow heads and sheep hooves and cheerful local women selling handmade cheeses, local breads, healthy juices and even toad soup. The evening is free to relax and wander around the UNESCO World Heritage Site city center.  [L]

Accommodation Details

Casa San Blas [Classic]

Inkaterra La Casona [Superior or Deluxe]

Belmond Monasterio [Deluxe]

Day 2

Cusco to Sacred Valley

Today you first you stop amongst the huge megalithic walls of Sacsayhuaman, fifteen minutes above Cusco. Wander among the old stones of this Inca complex and listen to stories of the rebel Incas and Spanish who fought here in 1536. Tread the bloody battlefield where a few desperate Spanish horsemen broke the siege they were under and took on the masses of the Inca army. Next you drive half an hour through the hills to the small market town of Pisac. Barter with local artisans for handicrafts, munch on an empanada fresh from the town oven and snap away as the local mayors emerge from the church, dressed in their finest traditional clothing, serenaded by assistants blowing conch shells. Take a break for lunch and try a local Peruvian delicacy. Then hop in the vehicle and drive twenty minutes to Pisac ruins. The views are stunning. Ask your guide everything you ever wanted to know about Peru and the Incas. Such as why they decided to build so high up this hill. He will be delighted to answer. Once you have filled your camera with photos, your brain with information and your lungs with fresh mountain air drive back down to the valley and check into your Urubamba hotel for the night.  [B/L]

Accommodation Details

Villa Urubamba [Classic]

Hacienda Urubamba [Superior or Deluxe]

Day 3

Sacred Valley

Drive high above the Sacred Valley through patchwork farmlands to the gleaming white Maras salt-pans. Watch the locals extract salt by hand as they have done since the times of the Incas. Compose the perfect photo or just sit back and take in the beauty of the place. You can even buy some  pink salt to sprinkle on your food back home. Fifteen minutes more and you arrive at the strange circular ruins of Moray. Look around and decide what you think it was. Was it a landing pad for alien spaceships or was it an experimental Inca agriculture centre? You then take a secret shortcut to the old Inca town of Ollantaytambo where you enjoy a special Pachamanca lunch on an organic farm. A Pachamanca is a traditional Andeanway of preparing food in an oven is built out of stones heated with a wood fire. You can enjoy your meal under a thatch roof in the middle of the farm with views of the Inca temple of Ollantaytambo, mount Pinkulluna and the Veronica glacier. Food is served family style accompanied by chicha, fresh salads and a variety of sauces, including our tasty uchucutas. 

Finally you board the Vistadome train for the ninety minute ride, along the river to the town of Machu Picchu where you will sleep for the night. [B/L]

Accommodation Details

El Mapi [Classic]

Inkaterra Pueblo Resort [Superior or Deluxe]

Sanctuary Lodge [Deluxe]

Day 4

Machu Picchu

For many of you, Machu Picchu is the very reason you come to Peru. So we thought hard how to make it extra special. Board a morning bus for the twenty minutes ride to the entrance to Machu Picchu. It is a pretty busy place in the morning so you can avoid the crowds by taking a gentle stroll to the Sun Gate. Here you can enjoy a wonderful overview of the world famous site and take those all important photos. Sit down to a nice lunch at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge hotel where you can sample a selection of classic Peruvian dishes, then, once the crowds have calmed down a bit, take the time to enjoy a full tour of the ruins with your guide. The afternoon is in our opinion the very best time to enjoy Machu Picchu.

Finally, you ride the bus down the mountain, take the train back along the river and transfer to your hotel. [B/L]

Accommodation Details

Casa San Blas [Classic]

Inkaterra La Casona [Superior or Deluxe]

Belmond Monasterio [Deluxe]

Day 5

Cusco

Enjoy a last morning in Cusco at breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima. Upon arrival, you are met by your guide and taken on a half day city tour Lima, with lunch included at a spectacular seaside restaurant serving traditional and modern Peruvian cuisine against a stunning Pacific skyline. Enjoy your guided exploration of the “City of Kings”, visiting Lima's Historical Center and passing by Plaza San Martin, Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and the Religious Art Museum. Your tour also explores the districts of San Isidro and Miraflores, where you'll visit El Olivar Park and El Parque del Amor (or Love Park) with amazing views of the Pacific Ocean.  At the proper time, transfer to the airport with assistance and fly home. Or, overnight in Lima- additional arrangements and tours are available upon request.  [B/L]

Dates & Rates

TOUR LEVEL2 GUESTS3 guests4 guests5 guests6 guestsSINGLE
2017 CLASSIC$1915 PP$1655 PP$1525 PP$1435 PP$1385 PPOn Request
2017 SUPERIOR$2640 PP$2375 PP$2245PP$2160 PP$2110 PPOn Request
2017 DELUXE$3350 PP$3095 PP$2965 PP$2875 PP$2825 PPOn Request

View Rate Notes

The above rates are per person, based on double or triple occupancy and in US dollars unless indicated otherwise. Single rate, sole occupancy supplements and small group rates (8+ guests) are on request.

Rate is based on one of two accommodation / tour levels: Classic or Deluxe.

Deposit: 25% of trip cost. Deposits may be paid by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express).

Final Payment: Due 90 days prior to departure.  Final payment is payable by check or wire only.

Additional Costs:

  • Airfare to/from Cusco
  • If hotels as stated are not available or another room type or hotel is requested, rates may vary
  • Sole room occupancy requires an additional single supplement, rate on request
  • Extra hotel nights and transfers during tour or before and/or after in Lima or beyond
  • Add-on tours or activities such as guided hikes, adventure sports or cultural excursions
  • Additional surcharges and minimum stays may apply for travel during select holidays including Easter, Inti Raymi, Christmas and New Year.

Included: Private excursions with local English speaking guide, except where otherwise indicated, All entrance fees to sites indicated in itinerary, Accommodations as noted, Meals as indicated [B/L/D] in itinerary B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, Transfers or transfer assitance to/from Cusco airport, roundtrip Vistadome train ticket to Machu Picchu, Entrance and shuttle bus tickets to Machu Picchu 

Not Included: Airfare (international and domestic), Meals not as described in itinerary, Personal expenses, Alcoholic beverages,Hotel extras, Extra activities, Early check-in or check-out, Tips & Gratuities 

Cancellation Policy:  

  • Time of booking to 45 Days prior: Loss of deposit & all purchased airfares
  • 44 - 15 days prior to departure: 50% of trip price
  • 14 days or less prior to departure: Full payment will be applied as a cancellation penalty.

Cancellations must be received in writing. All deposits are non-refundable.
Reservations cancelled after final payment due date are subject to loss of full cruise fare. Failure to secure a valid passport, visa or air arrangements does not waive this policy.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

Accommodations

Trip Policy

Included: Private excursions with local English speaking guide, except where otherwise indicated, All entrance fees to sites indicated in itinerary, Accommodations as noted, Meals as indicated [B/L/D] in itinerary B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, Transfers or transfer assitance to/from Cusco airport, roundtrip Vistadome train ticket to Machu Picchu, Entrance and shuttle bus tickets to Machu Picchu  

Not Included: Airfare (international and domestic), Meals not as described in itinerary, Personal expenses, Alcoholic beverages,Hotel extras, Extra activities, Early check-in or check-out, Tips & Gratuities 

Cancellation Policy:  

  • Time of booking to 45 Days prior: Loss of deposit & all purchased airfares
  • 44 - 15 days prior to departure: 50% of trip price
  • 14 days or less prior to departure: Full payment will be applied as a cancellation penalty.

Cancellations must be received in writing. All deposits are non-refundable.
Reservations cancelled after final payment due date are subject to loss of full cruise fare. Failure to secure a valid passport, visa or air arrangements does not waive this policy.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

Trip Testimonials

Lynda Rudolph

August 2015 | Glen Ellyn, IL

Truly a trip of a lifetime, and Lori's expertise made it all possible... at the last minute, she quickly organized a great Peru trip with all the highlights, plus some special outdoor activities. What a pleasure to work with!

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