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First Class Machu Picchu & Galapagos Cruise – La Pinta

12 Days and 11 Nights First Class

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No Hidden Fees / Cruise to Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu

These are Private Vacations with Guaranteed Departures Every Day! Everything you would expect is Included.

  • All Private Tours with Qualified English Speaking Guides.
  • All Private Transfers.
  • All Hotels.
  • All Entrance Tickets.
  • All Breakfasts / Other Meals as Specified: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B,L,D)
  • All Internal Flights.
  • Book & Pay by Visa, Mastercard, Diners Club or American Express
  • Large Discounts for Groups of 4 or more. (Invite your Friends & Family!)

This 12-Day Vacation in Machu Picchu and Galapagos Cruise includes a 5 Day Galapagos Cruise through the Galapagos Islands aboard the La Pinta Yacht.

This Galapagos Cruise brings you to one of the most isolated places in the world to encounter an abundant variety of wildlife that are incredibly unique and found nowhere else on earth. The Galapagos Islands are beautiful all year round, making it so there is no single time of year that is better than another for visiting.

After exploring Quito, the capital of Ecuador and your Luxury Galapagos Cruise, you will fly to Lima to explore the capital of Peru before heading to Cusco to visit the Inca and Colonial Highlights in and around Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. You will enjoy Private Guided Tours and stay in Superior 4* Hotels on this Vacation in Machu Picchu and Galapagos Cruise.

Round off your Vacation in Machu Picchu and Galapagos Cruise by taking the Vistadome Train to & from Machu Picchu where you will spend two days exploring one this mystical Incan city. Take your last day to explore Cusco’s Historic City Center on your own and buy any last-minute souvenirs before flying to Lima and Home.

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First Class Machu Picchu & Galapagos Cruise – La Pinta 12 Days and 11 Nights

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Double / Twin Room $7,995.00pp
Deposit would be $1,500.00pp.

Balance due 75 Days before travel.

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Galapagos Islands Cruises «The Enchanted Islands»

This is a paradise where animals have no fear of man; it is a magical realm where creatures seem to be enchanted. They have fantastic, unique, and fascinating forms with behaviors impossible to find anywhere else in the world, this archipelago is unique and one of the wonders of world.

UNESCO declared the Galapagos Island a World Natural Heritage this archipelago is unique and one of the wonders of world.

Biodiversity thrived in a territory of volcanic material that emerged from the deep waters of the Pacific Ocean millions of years ago. Cormorants forgot to fly, iguanas learned to swim, turtles became gigantic, and sharks mild.  This is a place where sea lions show off their swimming skills and blue-footed boobies perform their elegant two-step mating dance right under your nose.  The archipelago is located in the Pacific Ocean 600 miles, or 965 km, off the Ecuadorian mainland.  Its wonders include impressive geological formations, old and new outcrops, various types of cones and tunnels formed by underground streams and currents.

White, red and black sand beaches with extraordinary landscapes highlight the diversity of life itself. This is where Charles Darwin was inspired to draw up his theory of evolution and the origin of species.

What is Included:

  • All Private Tours with Qualified English-speaking guides
  • All Private Transfers
  • All Entrance Fees
  • Galapagos Taxes & Entrance Fees
  • 7 Nights in Recommended Superior 4* Hotels inc. Breakfasts
  • 4 Nights on board a Luxury Galapagos Yacht
  • 9 x Breakfast, 7 x Lunch, 5 x Dinner (B,L,D)
  • Vistadome Train – Cusco / Machu Picchu / Cusco
  • Flights within Peru & Ecuador – Quito / Baltra, Baltra / Guayaquil / Lima, Lima / Cusco & Cusco / Lima

What is not Included:

  • International airfare to Peru and Taxes National Departure Taxes at airports
  • Other Meals unless specifically stated in the Itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as telephone bills, laundry expenses, beverages, etc.
  • Baggage porterage and other extras not specified.

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First Class Machu Picchu & Galapagos Cruise – La Pinta 12 Days and 11 Nights

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Itinerary in Brief
Activity Hotel Room Type Meals*
Day 1 Arrive Quito & Private Transfer to Hotel 4* Patio Andaluz Hotel
Quito
Superior Rooms
Day 2 Quito City Tour 4* Patio Andaluz Hotel
Quito
Luxury Rooms B,L
Day 3 Fly Galapagos & Begin Galapagos Tours La Pinta Yacht
Galapagos
Double / Twin Cabins B,L,D
Day 4 Galapagos Island Tours La Pinta Yacht
Galapagos
Double / Twin Cabins B,L,D
Day 5 Galapagos Island Tours La Pinta Yacht
Galapagos
Double / Twin Cabins B,L,D
Day 6 Galapagos Island Tours La Pinta Yacht
Galapagos
Double / Twin Cabins B,L,D
Day 7 Depart Galapagos Fly Guayaquil & Lima 4* Casa Andina
Private Collection Lima
Superior Rooms B
Day 8 Private Gastronomic Tour 4* Casa Andina
Private Collection Lima
Superior Rooms B,L
Day 9 Fly Cusco & Private Tour of Cusco 4* Casa Andina
Private Collection Lima
Superior Rooms B
Day 10 Vistadome Train to Machu Picchu * Inkatera El Mapi Hotel
Machu Picchu
Superior Room B,L,D
Day 11 Revisit Machu Picchu & Hiram Bingham Train to Cusco 4* Casa Andina
Private Collection Lima
Superior Rooms B,L
Day 12 Private transfer to Airport Fly Lima & Home B

Full Itinerary

First Class Machu Picchu & Galapagos Cruise – La Pinta 12 Days and 11 Nights

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  • 1st Day Arrive Quito, Ecuador
  • 2nd Day Quito Colonial City Tour (B)
  • 3th Day Fly Galapagos – 5 Day / 4 Night inclusive Galapagos Cruise (B,L,D)
  • 4th Day La Pinta Galapagos Cruise (B,L,D)
  • 5th Day La Pinta Galapagos Cruise (B,L,D)
  • 6th Day La Pinta Galapagos Cruise (B,L,D)
  • 7th Day Depart Galapagos – Depart Galapagos – Fly Guayaquil & Lima (B)
  • 8th Day Private Lima Gastronomic Tour (B,L)
  • 9th Day Fly Cusco & Private Tour of Cusco (B)
  • 10th Day Vistadome Train to Machu Picchu (B,L,D)
  • 11th Day Revisit Machu Picchu & Vistadome Train to Cusco (B,L,D)
  • 12th Day Fly Lima & Home (B)

1st
Day

Arrive Quito, Ecuador

Service Notes / Instructions
Arrive Quito We’ll be waiting for you with a sign with your and our names on it.
Transfer to your Hotel Approx. one-hour Private Transfer to your Hotel in Quito.

4* Patio Andaluz Hotel – Quito

Hotel Patio Andaluz Quito, elegant Boutique hotel located to only 150 meters (490 ft.) from the Main Square also known as the Independence Plaza, offers a particular surrounding in the center of the Colonial borough of Quito, the first city declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978. Located in a colonial style house of the end of the XVI Century, this hotel that displays great arcs and inner Patios lies at only 7-minute walk of the recognized Church and Square of San Francisco; at 5-minute walk of the famous “La Compañia” Church with its impressive gold leaf inner decoration; at 6-minute walk to the “Theater Sucre”, stage of important events; among other places of great interest within the Colonial Quito such as museums, churches and historical sites.

Luxury, efficiency, and great location.

  • 21 rooms and 11 suites, cable TV, mini-bar and telephone
  • Gift shop
  • 24-hour room service
  • Special services for executives and computers available
  • Lobby bar
  • Laundry services
  • Restaurant Rincon de Cantuña

2nd
Day

Quito Colonial City Tour (B)

Service Notes / Instructions
Arrive Quito We’ll be waiting for you with a sign with your and our names on it.
Full Day Colonial Quito City Tour

(Group)

We will pick you up from your Hotel foyer

At 9:00 in the morning.

4* Patio Andaluz Hotel

Quito

 Superior Rooms

Colonial Quito City Tour and Middle of the World Monument

  • Visit the Independence Square flanked by the Presidential, the Archbishop’s palaces and, the Metropolitan Cathedral.
  • Walk along the so called street of the seven crosses and pass by the Jesuit temple of La Compañía de Jesús, perhaps the most important monument of the baroque art, continue to the plaza of San Francisco. From there we head approximately 11 miles (18 Km.) north of downtown Quito, we visit “Mitad del Mundo” (Middle of the World) and the Equator Monument situated at 0º0’0” latitude.
  • We also visit the Intiñan Solar Museum, where you’ll find scientific and experimental aspects of being right at the Equator.

3th
Day

Fly Galapagos – 5 Day / 4 Night inclusive Galapagos Cruise (B,L,D)

Service Notes / Instructions
Arrive Galapagos We’ll be waiting for you with a sign with your and our names on it.
Transfer to your yacht Approx. ten-minute transfer to your yacht.
M/Y La Pinta Double / Twin Cabins (Detailed Below)
Daily meals Breakfast and lunch buffet, served dinner and snacks.
Galapagos Tour Begins As described below.

La Pinta Description – 48 Passengers

La Pinta boasts among the largest cabins of any Galápagos vessel with floor-to-ceiling windows in all cabins. Its social areas have almost permanent visual contact with the islands through panoramic windows, while its outside deck areas are also wonderful havens for observation and relaxation. La Pinta is considered an ideal yacht for families travelling together, with many connecting cabins.

Expedition Features:

  • Snorkeling equipment: masks, snorkels, flotation vests.
  • 2mm “shorty” wet suits rental
  • Glass-bottom boat
  • Sea Kayaks
  • Natural History lectures & briefings

She’s the newest yacht in the fleet of three, accommodating 48 guests, with ample social areas, an observation deck towards the bow, wrap-around windows, Jacuzzi, cardio-gym, kayaks, glass-bottom boat, sun deck, sun loungers… ideal for travelers looking for a sophisticated, upscale experience of the islands.

Her exciting itineraries promise a complete immersion in this unique environment, with expert naturalist guides enriching wildlife encounters like few others on the planet.

Faultless service, delicious cuisine and stylish design complement the experience on the islands. Our staff embraces a spirit of adventure, while ensuring safety at all times.

Wherever we sail, whatever we do, all the crew aboard La Pinta will do our utmost to ensure your Galápagos experience is truly, deeply moving and memorable.

Other services

  • Central air conditioning with individual controls in each cabin.
  • In-room safe deposit box
  • Telephone with direct international dialing
  • Coffee station (coffee, tea and water 24-hours-a-day)
  • Multi-channel sound system for closed circuit music and connection for personal iPods, MP3, MP4
  • Briefings and Lectures
  • Boutique
  • Satellite Internet connection and wireless in designated areas

Wellness

  • Fitness room
  • Hot Tub
  • A Medical Officer is permanently on board

La Pinta Cabins

  • Double Room
  • Triple Room w/ sofa bed

Cruise Itinerary – 5 days / 4 nights

Northern Galápagos – Monday to Friday

Our itinerary together begins on Santa Cruz Island, the most populous of all the archipelago, where we meet giant tortoises in the wild and then venture to Eden Islet. From there, we hop over the lovely crescent bay of Chinese Hat. On Wednesday, one of the icon sites of the archipelago awaits: Bartolomé Island, with its wooden walkway up to a panoramic viewpoint, golden sandy beach and great snorkeling opportunities. Close-by, Sullivan Bay, gives us a great introduction to the volcanic origins of the Islands. We end with an exciting visit to the sunken caldera of Genovesa, far up in the east of the archipelago, a privileged place to visit amid thousands of marine birds.

All the crew aboard La Pinta will do our utmost to ensure your Galápagos experience is truly, deeply moving and memorable.

Monday – Day 1 of the Galapagos Cruise – Baltra Airport

Following our morning arrival at Baltra Airport, we transfer to the Itabaca Channel, taking a small ferry across the Channel to the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. We board our bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, where we’ll learn about the unique montane ecosystems and biodiversity. Lunch is served at a local restaurant.

Note: please dress with comfortable shoes and clothes, bring a small backpack with any medicine you might be taken, sunblock, insect repellent and anything you need during the excursion as you will go onboard Yacht La Pinta and the end of the day.

Highlands (Santa Cruz Island)

After lunch, we travel by bus to El Chato Reserve, one of the best places in the archipelago to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. The tortoises are easy to spot, lumbering around, eating grass and leaves and wallowing in the small pools. There are several lava tunnels in the reserve, too. A short bus ride takes us down to Puerto Ayora to board Yacht La Pinta.

4th
Day

La Pinta Galapagos Cruise (B,L,D)

Service Notes / Instructions
Galapagos Tours Continue As described below.
Daily meals Breakfast and lunch buffet, served dinner and snacks.

Tuesday – Day 2 in the Galapagos – Eden Islet (Santa Cruz Island)

After breakfast, a panga ride takes us to Eden Islet, located off the coast of Santa Cruz, where we can observe blue footed boobies diving into the water, reef sharks and frigates. There’s a chance to snorkel and, if weather condition permits, ride in the glass-bottom boat.

Sombrero Chino Islet

The tiny island of Sombrero Chino gets its name from its appearance: a Chinese hat. This islet, only formed fairly recently, makes a beautiful visit as one explores the wildlife along its 400-metre long trail, which begins at a crescent- shaped white sandy beach. The cove offers excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities with white-tipped reef sharks and Galápagos penguins.

5th
Day

La Pinta Galapagos Cruise (B,L,D)

Service Notes / Instructions
Galapagos Tours Continue As described below.
Daily meals Breakfast and lunch buffet, served dinner and snacks.

Wednesday – Day 3 of the Cruise –  Bartolomé Island

This morning, a Galápagos icon awaits: Bartolomé Island. A great way to start the day, with a steep climb up a wooden staircase: the view from the top is worth the effort! Following the walk, we take to the dinghies for a ride around colossal Pinnacle Rock, followed by time to enjoy the beach and some snorkeling. We can also ride in the glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world.

Sullivan Bay (James Island)

After lunch, we board the pangas to land at Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago, a white coral sand beach great for swimming and snorkeling, and with a trail over a lava field that flowed here less than 100 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of Galápagos while observing its wildlife.

6th
Day

La Pinta Galapagos Cruise (B,L,D)

Service Notes / Instructions
Galapagos Tours Continue As described below.
Daily meals Breakfast and lunch buffet, served dinner and snacks.

Thursday – Day 4 in the Galapagos – Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)

In the morning, we begin our exploration of this island with an easy stroll to observe marine and land birds. There is an optional walk over sharp lava and uneven terrain for dramatic views, or else we can return to the beach to enjoy swimming and snorkeling at this beautiful natural harbor. The more adventurous can snorkel along the cliffs or paddle sea kayaks.

Prince Philip’s Steps (Genovesa Island)

The afternoon starts with a very interesting panga ride along the cliffs before we disembark for a steep climb up some stairs. Once at the top of the stairs, the land is flat, allowing for a captivating walk of about a mile to the other side of this small island, observing large colonies of Nazca boobies, frigate birds and storm petrels and the elusive short eared owl.

7th
Day

Depart Galapagos – Depart Galapagos – Fly Guayaquil & Lima (B)

Service Notes / Instructions
Depart Galapagos Approx. ten-minute transfer to the Baltra airport For your flight to Guayaquil.
Fly Guayaquil Departs Baltra airport at approx. 12:00

And Arrives Guayaquil at approx. 15:00.

Fly Lima Flights leave at 18:15 and arrive to Lima

between 20:00 and 21:00.

Private Transfer in Lima We will be waiting for you outside of Lima Airport Arrival Hall with a sign with our and your names on it.

An approx. 60-minute Private Transfer to your Hotel in Lima.

4* Casa Andina Private Collection

Lima

Superior Rooms

Superior 4* Casa Andina Private Collection Lima

Location

Situated in the heart of Lima, Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores, a family-friendly Hotel, is within walking distance of Sala Luis Miro Quesada Garland, Calle de las Pizzas, and Kennedy Park. Also nearby are Mercado Indios and Larco Avenue.

Guestrooms

The 148 air-conditioned guestrooms at Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores include laptop-compatible safes and minibars. Guests can use the in- room complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access. Rooms are equipped with LCD TVs with cable channels.

All accommodations provide desks and phones. Bathrooms offer shower/tub combinations, bathrobes, hair dryers, and slippers.

Additional amenities include irons/ironing boards and complimentary toiletries.

Turndown service is offered nightly and housekeeping is available daily.

8th
Day

Private Lima Gastronomic Tour (B,L)

Service Notes / Instructions
The Lima Gourmet Company

Private Gastronomic Tour

Pick up in your Hotel Foyer at 09:45 drop off at around 15:00.

Lunch is included.

4* Casa Andina Private Collection

Lima

Superior Rooms

The Lima Gourmet Company Gastronomic Tour

Tourism in Lima Peru, once omitted from travelers’ lists while visiting the country, has been steadily attracting the attention of globe- trotters and adventure-seekers.

While there is an abundance of tours in Lima that follow the typical tourist circuits led by traditional guided monologues, we believe that a hands-on experience, savoring the food, chatting with real limeños and visiting the top restaurants, districts and historical points the locals prefer is a much more dynamic and exciting way to see the city.

We’ve designed this Lima Peru tour to be an ideal introduction to the city and Peruvian culture so that you can get a good feel of the city in just five hours.

Now you have no excuse not to fall in love with the city before heading to Machu Picchu, the Amazon or even if you’re just here for work.

This Lima Peru tour starts at a local roastery, where they hand-pick the coffee beans daily, for an organic Peruvian coffee. You will also tour the colonial streets of the bohemian district, Barranco, home to artists, musicians and the city’s top art galleries.

From here you’ll visit a traditional market in the San Isidro district to try exotic fruits and local products and learn the ancient myths and legends associated with them.

The third stop is one of the city’s top seafood restaurants (cebichería), Embarcadero 41 Fusión, on Avenida La Mar in the Miraflores district – a stop other tours in Lima won’t take you. You’ll discover the secrets to the perfect Ceviche and Pisco Sour as you prepare the dish and cocktail yourself with the head chef and bartender.

The last stop is for lunch at  la Huaca Pucllana, a restaurant within a pre-Incan archeological complex – undoubtedly a highlight of tourism in Lima Peru. This prestigious restaurant is so impressive that the King of Spain, Mick Jagger, Bill and Hillary Clinton, just to name a few, have made sure not to miss it during their trips to Lima. You’ll enjoy a variety of gourmet Peruvian dishes as well as four different desserts and another pisco-based cocktail.

9th
Day

Fly Cusco & Private Tour of Cusco (B)

Service Notes / Instructions
Fly Cusco We pick you up from your Hotel Foyer at 07:00 for an approx. 60

minute Private Transfer back to the airport for the flight to Cusco.

Flights depart at 10:00 and arrive to Cusco at 11:20.

Private Transfer in Cusco We will be waiting for you outside of Cusco Airport Arrival Hall with a sign with our and your names on it.

An approx. 15-minute Private Transfer to your Hotel in Cusco.

4* Casa Andina Private Colection

Cusco

Superior Rooms
Afternoon Private

Cusco City Tour

Pick up in your Hotel Foyer at approx. 13:45.

Returns at approx. 18:00.

Superior 4* Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco

A beautifully renovated 18th- century manor house, just 3 blocks from Cusco’s Plaza de Armas, it is replete with authentic colonial character.

The Hotel is distinguished by its 3 interior patios with wooden balconies.  The principal patio, featuring a gurgling stone fountain, is one of Cusco’s emblematic colonial courtyards.

In the Hotel’s cozy lounge and reading room is a massive stone fireplace that’s always crackling, while the romantic gourmet restaurant invites guests to dine by candlelight in one of 4 connected salons richly decorated with 18th-century Cusco School paintings.

The Hotel has 93 rooms, which are surrounded by four colonial style courtyards.

Superior Rooms

  • 1 King bed or 2 Full-size beds
  • Desk and/or breakfast table
  • Coffee kit
  • Safety box
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathtub
  • Heat
  • LCD TV
  • 100% non-smoking.

Private Afternoon Cusco City Tour

The Private Half Day Cusco City Tour Visits all of the Principal Inca & Colonial Attractions in Cusco

Tambomachay – This was an Inca sanctuary dedicated to the cult of water, a place reserved for Inca Royalty.

Puca Pucara – This is an Inca archaeological site located again on the peak of a hill and is thought to be a military position and an administrative center.

Qenko – A sanctuary dedicated to the adoration of animals, and consists of ruins formed by a rocky site with stairs in a zigzag, and a main building similar to a circular amphitheater where 19 window sills are located as a way of seats.

Sacsayhuamán – Its construction took over seven decades and required the work of 20,000 men approximately, both for the foundations and hewn stone works, the transportation of materials, carving and stones setting.

Cusco Cathedral – One of the finest Colonial Cathedrals in the Americas.

Coricancha – Originally named Inti Qancha (‘ Temple of the Sun’) was the most important temple in the Inca Empire, dedicated primarily to Inti, the Sun God.

10th
Day

Vistadome Train to Machu Picchu (B,L,D)

Service Notes / Instructions
Private Transfer out Cusco and First Class Vistadome Train to Machu Picchu Pick Up in your Hotel Foyer at approx. 7am for the ninety minute private transfer to Ollantaytambo train station.

Catch the 08:52 First Class Vistadome Train to Machu Picchu, arriving at 10:26.

Lunch Buffet Lunch is included at the 5* Sanctuary Lodge Hotel. (12:00 – 15:00)
Private Machu Picchu Tour 2-3 Hours with plenty of time to ask questions.
Superior 4* El Mapi Hotel Machu Picchu Superior Rooms

Gourmet Dinner is included in the Hotel.

The Vistadome Service

To and From Machu Picchu

This DELUXE train ride into the spectacular land of the Inca is highlighted by amazing views of valleys, Inca farming terraces, snowcapped mountains, and sub-tropical jungle. After arriving in Aguas Calientes, a shuttle bus will transport you to this magic, sacred, and mysterious town known as Machu- Picchu.

The Vistadome service has large panoramic windows and additional windows in the roof allowing you to enjoy the mountain scenery.

A snack and hot drink are included with the Vistadome service. There is also a table in front of you and posh leather seats which are very comfortable with plenty of leg room

The Vistadome also has air conditioning and heating, leather seats that adjust the body to provide comfort and relaxation

during the entire trip, and a traditional show as well as a fashion show to keep you entertained – as if the amazing scenery isn’t enough.

This service allows the visitor to be immersed and feel the Andean culture through its landscapes, music, dance and food carefully prepared with local ingredients.

On-board experience with the best comfort and quality service.

Superior 4* Inkaterra El Mapi Hotel

Hotel El Mapi includes Dinner in the Hotel.

Smart and contemporary are the defining elements of this hotel, amidst the commercial village of Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), from where you can admire and interact with the quaint folksy town and get a different perspective.

The hotel is efficient, playful and people friendly; it welcomes a wide range of guests expecting an uncomplicated visit.

Turn into an amiable and healthy environment after your enlightening visit to Perus most distinguished destination, the Machu Picchu Archaeological site.

48 Rooms

Each room is equipped with blackout curtains, 100% cotton sheets, down duvets, hypoallergenic pillows, cotton bath robes, natural herbal amenities, 32″ flat screen TVs and tight- focus reading lights.

El Bar

Comfortable bar/lounge with Plasma TV and complimentary Wi-Fi, features a delectable variety of snacks and tapas, a wide selection of Piscos, and organic wines.

Guided Tour of Machu Picchu (2 – 3 Hours)

The ‘Holy Grail’ for lovers of Inca monuments, the enigmatic lost city of Machu Picchu is the most famous archaeological site in all of South America and possibly the world.

The spectacular collection of temples, terraced hills and plazas was the mountain-top citadel of the Inca under Pachacutec and Tupac Yupanqui, until the coming of the Europeans with Pizarro.

It may have the most familiar name, but Machu Picchu has refused to reveal many of its mysteries, including the secrets of its construction, function, and demise. The overgrown ruins were discovered by US historian Hiram Bingham in 1911, and the quality of the stonework hints that it was an extremely important ceremonial site.

The remains are thought to date from around 1450, built at the height of the Inca Empire, and as they escaped being plundered by the Spanish they include semi-intact icons and shrines that were defaced or removed at other sites.

Entering the site, a set of steps leads to the ruined Temple of the Sun and a series of altars and niches. Highlights include the remains of ceremonial baths, the Sacred Plaza with its tremendous view across the Urubamba River valley, a rare shrine to the sun, and a labyrinth of passageways and cells.

11th
Day

Revisit Machu Picchu & Vistadome Train to Cusco (B,L,D)

Service Notes / Instructions
Private Machu Picchu Tours There are 4 additional Machu Picchu Tours you may choose from.

There are no additional charges, you are only limited by your time and energy.

Lunch Buffet Lunch is included at the 5* Sanctuary Lodge Hotel.

(12:00 – 15:00)

Vistadome Train Catch the 15:48 Vistadome train returning

to Ollantaytambo Train Station at 17:26.

Private Transfer in Cusco Approx. 30 minutes to your Hotel.
4* Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco Superior Rooms

Private Machu Picchu Tours

Today you will enjoy further Private Guided Tours of Machu Picchu.

You may start at Dawn or as you wish. All tours are included and you are only limited by your time and energy.

The Sun Gate (2 Hours)

Inti Punku the Sun Gate marks the entrance to Machu Picchu. It is a one-hour uphill hike to the southeast of the Sanctuary, climbing more than 300 meters. The hike is on the original Inca trail and is paved with Inca stones.

Apu Machu Picchu (4 to 5 Hours Roundtrip)

The hike to the summit of Apu Machu Picchu is 2 ½ hours and can be quite steep in places.

This trail, accessed from Machu Picchu, joins parts of the Inca trail leading to the Sun Gate before climbing to the mountain’s highest point. From there, enjoy the view of soaring eagles as well as Machu Picchu and other significant ruins in the area, such as Putukusi, Huayna Picchu, Salkantay mountain and the Vilcanota River view.

This is a breathtaking hike, lot of orchids along the way, birds in the bushy areas, and with every stop the view is gets better and better.  The climb is 600 meters uphill, so a reasonable level of fitness is required.

*** Access to Apu Machu Picchu is controlled by special tickets which need to be purchased in advance by us. Access is 07:00 – 11:00.  Please ask to have these tickets included in your tour if  desired***

Inka Bridge (Bridge 1 Hour Round Trip)

This hike is to the south west of Machu Picchu, a nice original trail that overlooks the Aobamba valley and the Hydro-electric plant.

This Inca Bridge is a part of a mountain trail that heads west from Machu Picchu. The trail is a stone path, part of which is cut into a cliff face.  A twenty-foot gap was left in this section of the carved cliff face, over a 1,900 feet drop that could be bridged with two tree trunks. When the tree trunks were removed then the trail became impassable to outsiders. The path is narrow and paved with original Inca stones.

The steep trail continues on and climbs the side of the mountain, leading adventurous travelers to a remote corner of this archaeological site. In addition to a magnificent bird’s-eye view of Machu Picchu, the summit also offers a perfect vantage point to the canyon of the Vilcanota River, the mountain of Putukusi and the distant snow-capped Andean peaks.

Huayna Picchu (3 – 4 Hours)

Huayna Picchu is the mountain you see behind Machu Picchu.  Towering above the north end of Machu Picchu this steep mountain is often seen in the backdrop to the classic photos of the ruins.

The mountain is steep, but stone steps are laid along most of the way and where the mountain is steeper you will find steel cables used as handrails. For fit people it is not a difficult climb.

Very Limited Access!

Only 400 people are allowed to hike Huayna Picchu each day. You have to sign in at the entrance gate. The first 200 tickets are available for the 8:00am hike. The second 200 are available at 10:00am.

***You should buy these special tickets in advance with us to be sure you will have space for this hike***

12th
Day

Fly Lima & Home (B)

Service Notes / Instructions
Private Transfer to Cusco Airport We pick you up at the appropriate time for an Approx. 15 minute

Private Transfer to the airport.

Fly Lima We will choose your flight time to meet as closely as possible with your international flight Home.
Fly Home Have a nice flight.
At this time our services end with your arrival to Lima Airport.
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