Machu Picchu Tour

Peru

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Machu Picchu Tour

Cusco, a city in the Peruvian Andes, was the historic capital of the Inca Empire. It’s known for its extensive Inca ruins and Spanish colonial architecture. The cultural heart of the city is Plaza de Armas with a 17th-century baroque Cathedral, built on the site of the Palace of Viracocha. La Compania de Jesús with its twin-towered exterior, has rich fine murals and paintings. Santo Domingo built on the walls of the Temple of the Sun (Qoricancha), has the best Inca stonework. 

This luxurious tour is the perfect overview of Peru’s most interesting cultural and archaeological highlights. There are three elements that make Peru a unique destination: its history, nature and living culture. Traces of the past, natural resources and people whose traditional cultures are alive today, still thrive in Peru. They are Peru's inexhaustible riches. This tour is an introduction to what archaeologists are continually finding evidence of the innumerable pre-Columbian cultures.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 09-DAY MACHU PICCHU TOUR…
And, experience an optional white-water rafting down Urubamba River.
 

What We Love
  • This tour focuses on the Sacred Valley, Cusco and Machu Picchu.
  • You will visit the Urubamba valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
  • Explore the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo and admire its magnificent past.
  • All touring is flexible and can be customised to incorporate special interests.
  • Designed with the best luxury accommodation and services available. 
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • For hiking enthusiasts, we suggest a walk up to the peak of Huayna Picchu.
  • In Cusco, take the archaeological circuit of the surroundings.
  • This is an active tour and may include walking on rough terrains.
  • Unique, insider travel experiences and network of experts around the world.
  • Around the clock support in each destination during your trip. 
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Review

Begin in Lima with an overnight stay in the cosmopolitan Peruvian capital. With its ancient Inca cities, Spanish colonial architecture, and verdant rainforests, Peru has many jewels to its crown. The most sparkling of these jewels is undoubtedly Machu Picchu, the spiritual centre of the country and the best-preserved Inca ruins on the continent.    

On this journey through Peru, you'll visit quaint villages in sacred Inca valleys, where you can study the complexity of Inca architecture and peruse markets famous for their vivid ponchos and delicate jewellery. Request for a thrilling white water rafting adventure down the Class II-III Urubamba River, followed by a delicious barbeque of Peruvian dishes. Other awe-inspiring hikes through the valley lead you to the start of the Inca Trail, which winds through cloud forests to Machu Picchu. We can arrange local treks and adventures in the valley on request.

But nothing can prepare you for the beauty and majesty of Machu Picchu, especially as the dawn sunlight illuminates its walls. This amazing trip ends with a tour of the town of Cusco, once the hub of the Inca Empire.

Getting There

The principal international airlines are Lan and Avianca. There are no direct flights from London but there are direct flights to Lima from Madrid, Paris and Amsterdam. Airlines with regular services to Peru include Air Canada, American Airlines, Iberia and KLM. From Heathrow you can expect the journey to take anywhere between 16 and 22 hours, depending on the routing and stopovers.

Prices of flights to Peru from London are fairly consistent around the year, with a slight rise in the summer and over the major holidays. It’s best to avoid buying international air tickets in Peru, where prices are inflated by a high tax. If you’re uncertain of your return date, it will probably still work out cheaper to pay the extra for an open-ended return than to buy a single back from Peru.
 

 
Machu Picchu Tour Peru

Machu Picchu in Luxury

Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
(9 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 01 – Arrive
Lima, Peru Arrive at Lima Jorge Chavez International airport (LIM). Meet and greet on arrival and escort on a private transfer to your hotel.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Miraflores Park Hotel (B)

Day 02 – Transfer & Private Touring
Cusco/ Sacred Valley Transfer to the Lima airport for your flight to Cusco. You are met outside baggage claim by your local guide for transfer to the ‘The Sacred Valley of the Incas.’ Enjoy an afternoon visit to the Indian market in Pisac before continuing to your hotel for the night.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Sol y Luna Hotel (B, L, D)  

Day 03 – Private Touring
Sacred Valley Full day tour in the Sacred Valley. This morning, visit Chincheros, a town of Inca origins, and its colourful, well-attended fair, that draws country folk once a week from all corners and heights of the valley to exchange their products. Continue on to the massive fortress of Ollantaytambo, a formidable stone structure that climbs massive terraces reaching the top of a high peak was the valley’s main defence against the Antis and was the site of the Incas’ greatest victory against the Spanish during the wars of conquest. Return to your hotel this afternoon.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Sol y Luna Hotel (B, L, D)  

Day 04 – Explore
Sacred Valley This morning a 2-3 hour hike offers an opportunity to enjoy both the archaeological and aesthetic qualities of the Sacred Valley. Return to your hotel this afternoon.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Sol Y Luna Hotel (B, L, D)    

Day 05 – Transfer & Private Touring
Machu Picchu Transfer to Ollanta Station to board the Vistadome train bound for Machu Picchu, where a late morning arrival gives you time to begin your explorations of this breathtaking Incan citadel. Accompanied by your guide, explore the city's ruins, and feel its pulse as you visualize the lives of the priests, craftsmen, and servants who inhabited this seemingly uninhabitable citadel. Evening is at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge (B, L, D)  

Day 06 – Private Touring & Transfer
Cusco This morning therefore there is an option to rise early and view the world’s most spectacularly situated ruins at sunrise. This afternoon, transfer to Machu Picchu Station to board the Vistadome train to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco a representative will be waiting for you to transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Hotel Monasterio or Palacio Nazarenas (B, L)  

Day 07 – Private Touring
Cusco Half-day tour of Cusco and it's surrounds featuring the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas; the Santo Domingo Temple or Koricancha; a Dominican Church and convent built on the foundations of the Koricancha or ‘place of gold.’ After seeing the sights of the ancient city, visit the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, a true testimonial to Incan architectural skills (where the greatest battle between the Spanish and Incas took place) overlooks the red-tiled roofs of Cusco and the breathtaking countryside surrounding the city. Also visit Qenqo (‘The Labyrinth’), an Incan shrine dedicated to Pachamama (‘Mother Earth’); the small fortress of Puka Pukara; and Tambomachay, a sacred bathing place.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Hotel Monasterio or Palacio Nazarenas (B)  

Day 08 – Transfer & Private Touring
Lima Transfer to the airport to board your return flight to Lima.
This afternoon you will embark on a city tour visiting the Plaza Mayor, official centre of the city and the original site upon which Lima was founded. Also visit the historic Cathedral, and then walk past the Presidential Palace where the soldiers guarding the palace offer an excellent photo opportunity, and on to the Church of San Francisco and its library and collection of fine paintings and frescoes. After your trip to the historic centre, you will be driven through modern Lima to visit the residential districts of Miraflores and San Isidro.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Miraflores Park Hotel (B)  

Day 09 – Depart
Lima Transfer to the Jorge Chavez International Airport to board your international departure flight.  
Meals (B)
 

 

Recommended price

  • 5-star: From GBP 250 per person per day
  • 4-star: From GBP 200 per person per day
  • 3-star: From GBP 150 per person per day

The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.

Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


Overview Peru has some of the most beautiful scenery in the whole of South America and a mind-bendingly fascinating history, with archaeological sites to match. Here the Andes attain the height of their glory, building the world's great centres of ancient civilization and their remains fascinate travellers and archaeologists alike.

The city of Cuzco is the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent and once the centre of the Inca Empire, flaunts its glorious legacy, not only in its architecture, ruins and museums but also in the people, who speak the Inca language, Quechua.

Where to go Begin your tour in the sprawling capital city of Peru. It is worth to spend a day or two in Lima, seeing its excellent museums, fine restaurants and vibrant nightlife.

Peru is known for its archaeological sites of which Machu Picchu is most famous. But along the coast, there are more fascinating archaeological sites, as well as glorious beaches and charming towns. South of Lima are the bizarre Nasca Lines, the drawings so monumentally huge that some can only be seen from the sky. And the National Reserve of paracas is inhabited by an enormous variety of birds, amongst which are Humboldt Penguins, Flamingoes and Pariguana.

North of Lima lie the great adobe city of Chan Chan and the Valley of the Pyramids. The surfing hangouts of Puerto Chicama and trendy Máncora beach are big draws along this stretch, but almost all of the coastal towns come replete with superb beaches, plentiful nightlife and great food.

For High Mountain trekking and climbing is the town of Huaraz, 420 km north of Lima. It is the gateway for visitors to the Callejón de Huaylas, the spectacular range with some of the highest peaks in Peru. The other key attraction here is the remains of the temple complex of Chavín de Huantar, one of the most important pre-Inca cultures, to the east of Huaraz.

For wildlife and nature enthusiasts, the Peruvian Amazon, known as "Amazonia", is considered to be the best preserved part of the Amazon Jungle. Jungle treks, lasting from a day to a week or more, are organised from Iquitos, the northern gateway to the Peruvian Amazon basin. The Manu Biosphere Reserve and the Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone, are in the South while the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve is in the North.

Finally for Machu Picchu, you will travel to Cuzco, the undisputed jewel in the crown of the Peruvian Andes. Once the ancient heart of the Inca Empire, it is surrounded by some of the most spectacular mountain landscapes and palatial ruins in Peru, and by magnificent hiking country. You will visit the Urubamba valley, also called the Sacred Valley before reaching Machu Picchu, the magical Lost City of the Incas.

When to go January – April: This is the rainy season. The eastern slope of the Andes, like the Amazon basin, experiences very heavy rainfall during the wet season, which extends from January through April. Travellers however visit the highlands all the rear round since it rarely rains for more than a few hours and there is still plenty of sunshine to enjoy.

During February, the Inca Trail is closed. However, Machu Picchu remains open but it is a bit more challenging for those wishing to trek. As February ends, the rains begin to ease and more visitors begin to arrive. This is a good period to combine Peru with a visit to the Galapagos Islands.

May – September: This is the best time to visit Peru, which is a dry season in the highlands. The western side of the Andes are very clear, warm, and dry for the greater part of the year. This being the high tourist season, most hotels get booked hence it is advisable to book early. More importantly, The Inca Trail that has limited spaces hence those wishing to travel from June onward should book at least six to nine months in advance.

October – December: The dry season comes to an end, but conditions are still pleasant. An abundance of birdlife and flora, particularly orchids, can be enjoyed in Peru’s cloud forests at this time. Water levels in the Amazon will be high from December to March, meaning fauna may not venture as close to the river banks, but it also makes it easier to explore smaller tributaries.

Visa British nationals don’t need a visa to travel if the purpose of the visit is tourism.
On arrival, you’re normally given permission to stay for up to 6 months.

If you enter Peru overland from Ecuador, make sure your passport is stamped with a Peruvian entry stamp at the local immigration office. Most people crossing the border with Ecuador enter Peru through Aguas Verdes (Tumbes region) - you may need to ask for directions to the immigration office.

If you enter Peru from Bolivia by bus or taxi, make sure your passport is stamped with a Peruvian entry stamp at the immigration office in Desaguadero or Copacabana (Puno region).

Immigration authorities may also not let you leave Peru without a valid exit stamp from the last country you visited. The British Embassy can’t intervene in immigration issues. Make sure you get your entry stamp when you arrive in Peru.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months on arrival in Peru.

Customs: British nationals have experienced problems when trying to enter the country with more than one laptop. You should familiarise yourself with Peruvian immigration or customs procedures before you enter the country.

If you are returning to the UK via Europe, be aware that the customs authorities in European airports frequently confiscate duty free alcohol and other liquids purchased at the duty free shops in Lima airport from passengers in transit.  

For further details contact the Peruvian Consulate in London.  
Visa information source: www.gov.uk