1st Day Arrive Lima
|Most flights arrive in the evening.||The Hotel is attached to the airport by a footbridge. Simply walk across to the Hotel and check-in.|
|4* Ramada Airport Hotel||Superior Room|
4* Ramada Airport Hotel
Strategically located in the heart of Jorge Chavez International Airport, few miles away from all cultural and historical wonders Lima has to offer, Costa del Sol Wyndham Lima Airport Hotel is the first hotel that provides the necessary services to meet your expectations during your stay. Perfect for those on transit, perceptive traveler will enjoy our services and amenities with the tranquility of walking to or from your flight in a few minutes. Indoor pool and free Wi-Fi.
2nd Day Fly Cusco – Private Cusco City Tour (B)
|Fly Cusco||The Hotel is attached to the airport by a footbridge. Simply walk across to the Hotel and check-in. 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.|
|Belmond 5* Monasterio Hotel Cusco||Superior Rooms|
|Afternoon Private Cusco City Tour||Pick up in your Hotel Foyer at approx. 13:45. Returns at approx. 18:00.|
Luxury 5* Monasterio Hotel
Right beside the lively Cuzco Central Square is Hotel Monasterio, a former monastery and national monument dating from 1592. This delightful hotel combines its centuries-old charm and ambience with luxury hotel service, inspired restaurants and boutique rooms and suites.
The ideal hotel from which to discover the delights of Cuzco, its doors open to a vibrant scene of old and modern architecture, markets, galleries and restaurants serving ‘new Andean’ cuisine.
The building was seriously damagedby the earthquake in 1650, and upon restoration, the beautiful Chapel was added. It is decorated in the indigenous Baroque style with gold-plated pictures frames and truly magnificent paintings by the best artists of the Cusquenian Art School, depicting scenes from the life of San Antonio Abad.
The Monastery was originally built in 1595 on the site of the palace of Inca Amaru Qhala. In 1598, it was founded as the Seminary of San Antonio Abad by the sixth Bishop of Cuzco, Monsignor Antonio de la Raya, to train Catholic priests.
Art and architecture
The building which houses Belmond Hotel Monasterio is steeped in history and hosts its very own art collection. You don’t need to travel far to soak up the local culture.
Feature warm and inviting Spanish colonial décor, king-size or twin beds and luxurious marble bathrooms. Each Room is wonderfully unique, reflecting the monastery’s charm and elegance.
These luxurious rooms feature rich wood furnishings and antique artwork, and some Rooms can be enriched with oxygen to combat the effects of Cusco’s high altitude.
All rooms also offer:
- Individually controlled heating system and air-conditioning
- Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet connection
- Rooms can be enriched with oxygen to combat the effects of Cusco’s high altitude.
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 centre.
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 amphitheatre where 19 window sills are located as a way of seats.
Sacsayhuamán – Its construction took over seven decades and required the work of approximately 20,000 men, both for the foundations and hewn stone works, the transportation of materials, carving and stones setting. Many say it is as impressive as Machu Picchu itself!
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.
3th Day Begin the Lares Trek by Exploring Moray & Maras Salt Mines (B, L, D)
After an early breakfast, we depart Cusco for the village of Chinchero, where we stop for a brief visit of the Inca archeological site and the 16th century colonial church. Then we will have a short drive to the small community of Taucca, where we say goodbye to the group doing the Huchuyqosqo hike. Another 30-minute drive takes us to the start of our day’s tour.
We first visit Moray (11,646’/3,550m), an unusual site set on a high plateau with several enormous terraced circular depressions that the Incas may have used as agricultural laboratories. We hike for about two hours along a gentle trail with views of snow-capped peaks and terraced hillsides toward the small, charming town of Maras (11,023’/3,360m).
After a brief visit of the town, with its eclectic mix of building styles dating from the pre-Columbian and colonial times, we hike for another 40 minutes to the nearby terraced salt evaporation ponds, called Las Salineras. Since pre-Incan times, salt has been gathered in Maras by evaporating salty water from a local subterranean stream. The effect of sunlight reflecting from the complex maze of ponds is quite stunning.
After our visit we follow a downhill trail to the Urubamba River (9,186’/2,800m) where a van will be waiting to take us to Lamay. Dinner and overnight at Lamay Lodge.
4th Day Trek in the Sacred Valley (B, L, D)
After an early breakfast, we depart Cusco for the Urubamba Valley, the “Sacred Valley of the Incas.” We drive past Pisac and turn off the main road at Qoya (9,514’/2,900m), with its charming colonial church. After about a 1 hour drive (the last section on a dirt road), we reach the AyarCancha community where we start hiking at an elevation of 12,830 feet (3,850m).
The trail winds uphill for two hours to Challwaccasa Pass (13,943’/4,250m), which grants us great views of the peaks of the Vilcanota and Vilcabamba mountain ranges and, in the distance, the giant snow-capped peaks of Ausangate and Salcantay. We then head downhill to the community of Viacha (12,950’/3,950m), where we enjoy a gourmet lunch.
After a well-earned rest, we join a restored Inca trail that leads to the stunning archaeological site of Pisac (10,826’ / 3200m), which dominates the valley below. The lower slopes of the surrounding mountains feature impressive agricultural terraces and irrigation systems dating from Inca times. After exploring the ruins we continue downhill for an hour to the picturesque village of Pisac (9,750’/2,972m), well known for its colorful handicraft market.
Our vehicle will be waiting to take us to the town of Lamay (9,649’/2,941m), where we overnight at a comfortable lodge.
Dinner and overnight at Lamay Lodge.
Total hiking time: 6 hours (including lunch) Introducing The Sacred Valley
In the event that a guest does not feel like hiking or prefers an easier hike for their first day of trekking, we suggest the following alternative:
If guests would like to take it easy on their first day, they can enjoy a leisurely breakfast and relaxing morning at the Lamay Lodge. In The early afternoon, a private van takes us to join the group of trekkers for lunch at Viacha community, this exquisite meal should not be missed! If after lunch guests are feeling active they may join the other trekkers for the hike downhill towards Pisaq archeological site.
Pisac Inca Ruins
It’s not hard to succumb to the charms of sunny Pisac, a bustling colonial village at the base of a spectacular Inca fortress perched on a mountain spur.
Its pull is universal and recent years have seen an influx of expats and new age followers in search of an Andean Shangri-la. Located just 33km northeast of Cuzco by a paved road, it’s the most convenient starting point to the Sacred Valley.
The ruins are separated along the ridge into four groups: Pisac, Intihuatana, Q’allaqasa, and Kinchiracay. The Intihuatana group includes the Temple of the Sun, baths, altars, water fountains, a ceremonial platform, and an Intihuatana, a volcanic outcrop carved into a «hitching post for the Sun» (or Inti).
With military, religious, and agricultural structures, the site served at least a triple purpose. Researchers believe that Pisac defended the southern entrance to the Sacred Valley, while Choquequirao defended the western entrance, and the fortress at Ollantaytambo the northern. Inca Pisac controlled a route which connected the Inca Empire with the border of the rain forest.
5th Day Trek Cuncani to Huacawasi, Meet the Communities (B, L, D)
A one hour drive brings us to Ancasmarca (13,267’/4,044m), where we explore an old Inca site that features a variety of ancient food warehouses, dwellings, and farming areas. Its location was strategic since it connected the higher part of the Sacred Valley with the cloud forest communities of Lares.
Heading over the Lares Pass (14,501’/4,420m), we arrive at Cuncani (12,742’/3,884m), the starting point of our hike. Walking uphill for about two hours, we pass farmhouses and fields. The local inhabitants, descendants of the Incas, have maintained their traditional way of life, growing an amazing variety of potatoes nearly year-round and using their llamas as transportation and alpacas as food and clothing. Reaching Cruzccasa Pass (13,740’/4,188m), we enjoy an impressive view of Veronica peak, then have an hour’s descent to our picnic lunch spot. Another hour’s hike brings us to Huacawasi Lodge (12,579’/3,835m).
In the late afternoon, we have an opportunity to experience a unique cultural encounter with the local community. Dinner and overnight at Huacawasi Lodge.
6th Day Trek Quiswarani to Huacawasi, Mountains, Lakes & Villages (B, L, D)
A great day awaits us as we hike one of the most beautiful trails in the Cusco region!
We depart Lamay early in the morning and take a scenic two-hour drive toward Lares, the region north of the Sacred Valley. Leaving the main road, we soon arrive at the quaint village of Quiswaran (12,562’/3,829m), where we begin our hike.
Our trail heads westward up a small valley dotted with lakes and herds of grazing alpacas, then narrows into a series of switchbacks to Abra Huchuyccasa pass (14,481’/4,414m), which we reach after three hours. From the pass we have the most amazing views of distant mountain ranges and stunning turquoise lakes, whose brilliant hues are the result of bronze metal elements in their icy waters.
Descending slightly, we continue hiking another hour toward our second pass of the day at Phoñoccasa (14,393’/4,387m). From here we descend to Qeywaqocha Lake for a leisurely lunch, then end our hike at the village of Qelqena (11,965’/3,647m).
Along the way enjoy spotting native bird species, including Andean geese, ducks, and plovers. Our vehicle meets us at the trailhead for the drive to the famous weavers’ village of Huacawasi (12,579’/3,835m).
Dinner and overnight at Huacawasi Lodge.
Total hiking time: 8 hours (including lunch)
7th Day Trek from Huacawasi to Patacancha, the Weavers’ Trail (B, L, D)
Huacawasi is a famous weavers’ village, where the men still wear traditional colorful ponchos and women’s attire includes wide handmade skirts and decorated hats.
Our hike starts right from Huacawasi Lodge, and as we walk through the village we are immersed in scenes of community life, including women working on looms and children heading to school. The wide and easy trail takes us uphill for 2.5 hours to the top of Ipsaycocha Pass (14,757’/4,499m) where we enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains. As we hike, we often meet locals traveling from village to village with their goods and herds of animals. We descend gently for about 40 minutes to Lake Ipsaycocha where we may have the chance to see condors circling effortlessly in the sky while enjoying our lunch.
We continue our descent for 2.5 hours to the village of Patacancha (12,624’/3,848m) where high quality weavings are also produced. Our vehicle will meet us here to take us to the Inca town of Ollantaytambo (9,160’/2,792m) in the Sacred Valley. Dinner and overnight at a hotel.
Total hiking time: 6.5 hours (including lunch)
8th Day Ollantaytambo Inca Sites & Machu Picchu Town (B, L, D)
After our three-day hike, we can enjoy a more relaxing day by having a leisurely breakfast and visiting Ollantaytambo, which boasts an impressive archaeological site and a well-preserved Inca town structure.
This was the estate of Emperor Pachacutec who conquered the region, building the town and the ceremonial center
Ollantaytambo dates from the late 15th century and has some of the oldest continuously occupied dwellings in South America.
Late morning we board the First Class Vistadome train for the 1.5 hour ride to Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu town, where we arrive in time for lunch. Optional visit to Machu Picchu Sanctuary in the afternoon hours when we can enjoy the site with less visitors. Dinner and overnight at Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel.
The Vistadome Train Service
This DELUXE train ride into the spectacular land of the Inca is highlighted by amazing views of valleys, Inca farming terraces, snow capped 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 small meal 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.
Luxury 5* Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Breakfast | A la Carte Dinner | Orchid, Hummingbird, and Nature Tours Included
Inkaterra’s vacation paradise and luxury boutique Hotel, a pueblo of luxurious whitewashed bungalow nestles into terraced hills. Spa services use sublime natural essences, and a first-class restaurant boasts stunning views of the rushing Vilcanota River.
The train station is only steps away but Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel exists in a world apart. An intimate 85-cottage luxury Hotel in sprawling Andean style village within the secluded 12 acres of exquisite beauty, where guests follow stone pathways to their rooms, located in comfortable one or two-story whitewashed casitas.
Pueblo Hotel includes several services in their prices being:
- Your choice of 6 tours Detailed below
- A la carte Dinner
- Welcome gift
- Tea Time
- Happy Hour
Optional Tours – All Included
Birds (2 Hours)
Walk early in the morning to take advantage of the optimum time for cloud-forest bird watching. Begin at a river observatory, with the possibility of sighting the sought-after torrent duck and the white-capped dipper. Then proceed to a productive tanager feeding area, where silver-beaked, blue-necked, fawn-breasted and saffron-crowned tanagers can be found. Along the hotel’s pathways, be on the lookout for the cock-of-the-rock, the golden-headed quetzal and many of the 18 different hummingbirds identified on the grounds, including the booted racket-tail and the green- and-white hummingbirds, which are native to the area.
Orchids (2 Hours)
Walk through the orchid garden to observe some of the hotel’s 372 different native orchids in bloom. Discover this extraordinary plant family, which has captured the human imagination for centuries. From the largest orchid flower in the world – the Phragmipedium caudatum, to tiny flowering specimens properly appreciated only through a magnifying glass, there are orchids to amaze both the newly inquisitive and the expert, including species new to science which have been discovered on the hotel grounds.
Nature Walk (2 Hours)
Walk along the hotel’s trails, and discover the fascinating yet fragile ecosystem of the Machu Picchu cloud forest, and learn about its many indigenous plants and animals. The Nature Walk offers guests a glimpse of cloud forest flora: ferns, bromeliads and orchids and fauna -an interesting variety of birds; as well as an introduction to the Vilcanota river system, the Observatory, the tea garden and house.
Tea Plantation (2 Hours)
Visit our organic tea (Camellia Sinensis) plantation and tea house to discover the wonders of the traditional tea making process. Take part as the freshly picked leaves are pressed over wooden blocks and finally seal your own tea bag. A glass of fresh iced-tea is included.
Twilight Walk (2 Hours)
This early evening walk is designed to connect on a spiritual level with the environment and the historical energy of the Machu Picchu area. With special attention placed on nature’s core elements, the walk pauses at the Rocotal Observatory to appreciate an enchanting waterfall and sacred pre-Inca pictographs.
Spectacled Bear Project (2 Hours)
The Inka Terra Association (ITA) and the Peruvian National Institute of Natural Resources (INRENA) manage the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Spectacled Bear Project, an effort designed to recover bears that have been negatively affected by human impact, and reintroduce them into their natural habitat. Donations are appreciated.
9th Day Visit Machu Picchu & Vistadome Train to Cusco (B, L)
|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)|
|First Class Vistadome Train||Catch the 15:20 Vistadome train returning to Poroy Train Station at 19:06. A Small Meal & Small Show on the train.|
|Private Transfer in Cusco||Approx. 90 minutes to your Hotel.|
|Belmond 5* Monasterio Hotel Cusco||Superior Rooms|
Revisit Machu Picchu
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. There is a spectacular view from the gate!
Additional Tours Available
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 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.
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.
***We need to buy these special tickets in advance to be sure you will have space for this hike***
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.
10th Day Free Day in Cusco – Private Transfer – Fly Lima & Home (B)
|Free Day||Take the day to enjoy the Historic City Center and buy souvenirs.|
|Private Transfer to the Airport||We will pick you up from your Hotel Foyer at the appropriate time for a 20-minute private Transfer to the Airport.|
|Fly Lima & Home||Have a nice flight Home.|