October 29 - November 4, 2019
Shrouded by mist and surrounded by lush vegetation and steep escarpments, the sprawling Inca citadel of Machu Picchu lives up to every expectation. In a spectacular location, it’s the most famous archaeological site on the continent. This awe-inspiring ancient city was never revealed to the conquering Spaniards and was virtually forgotten until the early part of the 20th century.
Few places are more magical or mysterious than Machu Picchu. Perched on a mountain ridge 7,972 feet above sea level, the citadel in the sky was built at the height of the Inca Empire in the 1400s. When Spanish conquerors invaded Peru in the 1530s, the city was abandoned and seemingly forgotten until 1911, when explorer Hiram Bingham discovered the mist-shrouded ruins, publicized his discovery in the pages of National Geographic, and brought worldwide attention to this incredible site.
This Machu Picchu tour is your chance to see this historic wonder for yourself. You’ll start in Lima who's history predates the colonial presence in the country. The establishment of the viceroyalty transformed the city into the main political and administrative center of South America. During this period, significant churches, monasteries, mansions and balconies were built, it is recognized as a World Heritage Site. Museums with great works of art, archaeological sites, beaches, the boardwalk, valleys, natural reserves, the nightlife, and the exquisite cuisine gives Peru’s capital an authentic personality.
Cusco, a city in the Peruvian Andes, was once capital of the Inca Empire, and is now known for its archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture. Plaza de Armas is the central square in the old city, with arcades, carved wooden balconies and Incan wall ruins. The baroque Santo Domingo Convent was built on top of the Incan Temple of the Sun (Qoricancha), and has archaeological remains of Inca stonework.
You’ll tour the Sacred Valley, home to the ruins of Inca palaces and temples and thriving Andean villages and markets set amidst landscapes that will take your breath away. And you’ll embark on a stunning journey by train along the banks of the Urubamba River to the “lost city of the Incas.
October 30, 2019. - Arrive into Lima, Peru. Most flight arrive late in the evening and therefore this day is for arrivals. You will be meet at the airport by your private driver and transferred to your local hotel. Should you arrive earlier in the day or evening you may explore Lima at your leisure. Hotel Casa Andina Premium (2 nights)
October 31, 2019 - Lima City Tour - After breakfast depart for a tour of Lima. his evening enjoy a typical Peruvian welcome dinner. (B, D)
November 1, 2019 - LIMA / CUSCO - After Breakfast Transfer to the Lima airport for your flight to Cusco. Flight departs at 8:30 AM and arrives at 9:25 AM. Upon arrival, meet your driver and guide and transfer to the hotel.
This afternoon tour of Cusco city including the best of Cusco: the Koricancha Temple (Temple of the Sun) and the Cathedral with its magnificent chapels and baroque altars and paintings from the Cusquenian School. The tour also includes the surrounding ruins: the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the Inca bath of Tambomachay, Puca Pukara and the Amphitheatre of Kenko. After our tour enjoy some time in town to shop for local crafts and goods. Back at the hotel relax and enjoy this wonderful area. Local dinner tonight at a famed Peruvian restaurant serving farm to table food. Hotel Palacio del Inka (1 night) (B, D)
November 2, 2019 - CUSCO / MACHU PICCHU - After breakfast we take an early transfer to the train station for our train to Machu Picchu. Departure by the Vistadome train ride across the Andes to Aguas Calientes (2400 m / 7500 ft) at the foot of the mountains. Upon arrival take a short transportation to the entrance of the ruins where the guided tour of the "Lost City" will start. We will tour this amazing Lost City with ruins and learn of the history and Magic that surrounds Machu Picchu. You will have time to take in all it's wonder, magic and spiritual essence it is known for. We will enjoy a buffet lunch at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary lodge restaurant. Departing from here we check into our hotel and enjoy the evening at our leisure after such a wonderful and awe inspiring experience today. Overnight in Aguas Calientes at the Hotel Sumaq (1 Night) (B, L)
November 3, 2019 - MACHU PICCHU / CUSCO - Breakfast at your leisure. You may opt to rise early and watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu. You have the option included for a second entrance and and round trip bus transfer to the ruins without a guide. Enjoy some free time in Machu Picchu or explore the city and enjoy the Natural thermal baths or Hot Springs. At 4:30 debate on the Vistadome train back to Poroy train station outside of Cusco. Hotel Palacio del Inka (1 night) (B)
Day 6: November 4, 2019 - CUSCO / LIMA / Departure. After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight back to Lima. From here you will transfer to your connecting flight back home.
Cost: $TBA based on Double Occupancy. (Roommates can be provided)
Single Supplement: $TBA
Booking/final payment deadline is 60 days prior to departure.
SAVE 3% OFF Tour cost if paying by check or ACH transfer
- 5 nights hotel with taxes
- Daily breakfast
- 1 lunch
- 2 dinners
- Entrance fees to all sites visited as per itinerary
- Local Tour Guide and driver
- Private transfers to all included sites and cities visited
- R/T airport arrival/departure transfers if traveling on scheduled days
- R/T Transfers from/to train station
- Welcome Gift
- Tour Leader with 6 or more clients
- Airfare between Lima and Cusco
- R/T Vistadome train tickets
- International Airfare into Lima, Peru
- Meals not listed in itinerary
- Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks with meals
- Room charges such as calls, mini bar, laundry, room service
- All personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Gratuities for driver, guide, tour leader
- Additional tours or activities not included in program
- Passport, Visa fees, departure tax if any
Entry Requirements: US and Canadian and other countries of residents are required to have passport. Travelers should have their passport valid for at least six months beyond their departure date. When arriving by air, US citizens must show a return ticket or an open-jaw onward ticket. Visas are generally not not required for travelers entering Peru.
Time Zone: Peru follows the GMT time zone. When it is 1:00 PM in Texas it is 1:00 PM in Peru. Peru does not follow the daylight savings time.
Weather: The November weather in Lima continue to warm up with hardly any rainfall and brighter days signalling the arrival of summer. The average temperature in Lima is the high 60's to low 70's for day and low 60's for the evenings. The weather in Cusco and Machu Picchu in November sees an increased chance of rain and mid-November sees the start of the wet season. Temperatures are the low 60's for day and upper 40's for evening.
Currency: The currency of Peru is the nuevo sol (symbol: S/.). Nuevo sol banknotes come in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200. One nuevo sol (S/.1) is subdivided into 100 céntimos. Coins are available in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 céntimos, as well as larger denominations of 1, 2 and 5 nuevos soles. US cash is accepted at many establishments in Peru. The best way to get cash in the local currency is from an ATM. Keep in mind that most banks impose a fee every time a card is used at another bank's ATM, and that fee can be higher for international transactions ($5 - $10) so try and withdraw as few times as possible. Credit cards are accepted by most shops and restaurants however check with your credit card company regarding foreign exchange fees. You will also have a better chance making deals at local shops if paying with cash.
Electricity: Electricity in Peru operates on a 220-volt current and a 60-Hertz frequency (cycles per second). If you plug in a 110-volt appliance to any of the sockets in Peru, prepare yourself for a puff of smoke and a broken piece of equipment. Travelers will require a voltage converter for 110 volt devices. Plugs are typically the 2 pronged flat type found in the US, though some facilities have been noted to use the 2 rounded prongs instead.
Taxes/VAT: The standard VAT rate for Peru is 18%. There is no refund of VAT for purchases made.
Health: The only required vaccine for Peru is yellow fever, and that’s only if you’re arriving from a yellow-fever-infected country in Africa or the Americas. Lima has high-quality 24-hour medical clinics, and English-speaking doctors and dentists. Rural areas may have the most basic medical services. You may have to pay in cash, regardless of whether you have travel insurance. Your health insurance provider may not cover you while traveling to Peru so it is best to check with them prior to travel. It is always advisable to purchase a travel insurance plan while traveling abroad. This way you will be covered for accidents, injury and illness. Altitude sickness may result from rapid ascents to altitudes greater than (8100ft). In Peru, this includes Cuzco, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. Being physically fit offers no protection. Symptoms may include headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, malaise, insomnia and loss of appetite. Diamox may be taken starting 24 hours before ascent. A natural alternative is ginkgo or coca. It’s also important to avoid overexertion, eat light meals and abstain from alcohol. Tap water in Peru is not safe to drink.
Activity Level: This trip has a fairly good amount of activity. We will be walking quite a bit while on the day tours. In Machu Picchu there is a bit of climbing and standing. Some streets are uneven pavement or on cobble stone paths. To be able to fully enjoy the tour and participate in scheduled activities, you need to be able to walk, at a leisurely pace, up to 3 or 4 or so miles on some days. You should be able to stand unassisted for up to 30 minutes at times during the tours. You will need be able to keep up with the group without any assistance. At times you will need manage your own luggage. This trip is pretty easy for the average person however if you can't or choose not to participate in certain activities this is at your own discretion. However it cannot affect the groups participation nor can any tours or activities or refunds be offered or changed due to an individual not being able or not wanting to participate.