Luxury Machu Picchu Peru Pre or Post Extension
2016 & 2017

Overview:

Machu Picchu is one of the world’s greatest wonders. This 8-day/6-night luxury adventure takes you to the Incan empire’s historic capital of Cusco, an Andean jewel and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. From Cusco, the cathedral and La Compañia, the convent of Santo Domingo and the fortress of Sacasayhuaman are only an hour away from the winding Urubamba Valley, known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Hidden high in the Andes and lost to the world for centuries, Machu Picchu was rediscovered in 1911 by retired US Senator Hiram Bingham. A journey to this lofty citadel is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Abandoned by the Incas, fabled Machu Picchu is located high above the clouds in a spectacular setting overlooking the deep canyon of the Urubamba River. The citadel served as a place of worship and stargazing, as well as a private hacienda for Incan royalty.

The following itinerary can easily be added as a prelude or postlude to a Galapagos cruise, bearing in mind the best time to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu is April through October. Don’t wait to book your trip during these months as hotels fill up quickly!

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive Lima, Transfer to Westin Lima & Overnight
Day 2: Transfer to Airport, Fly Lima to Cuzco, Transfer to Urubamba & Overnight at Tambo del Inka
Day 3: Guided Tour of Urubamba, Vistadome train to Machu Picchu & Overnight Sumaq Machu Picchu
Day 4: Guided Tour of Machu Picchu & Overnight Sumaq Machu Picchu
Day 5: Morning on own, Afternoon Train to Cusco & Overnight Libertador Cusco
Day 6: Guided Tour of Cusco & Overnight Libertador Cusco
Day 7: Transfer to Airport, Fly Cuzco to Lima, Guided Tour of Lima & Overnight Westin Lima
Day 8: Transfer to Airport & Depart Lima

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Luxury Machu Picchu Peru Pre or Post Extension
2016 & 2017

Day-by-day Itinerary:

DAY 1 – ARRIVE LIMA, PERU

Fly to Lima (LIM), the capital and largest city of Peru. Upon arrival at Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at the Westin Hotel Lima.

DAY 2 – LIMA / CUSCO / URUBAMBA

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight from Lima (LIM) to Cuzco (CUZ) departing in the morning. Upon arrival to Cusco, transfer to the Sacred Valley of the Incas (1 ½ hours by van) to the Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa Hotel in Urubamba. The rest of the day is at your leisure to acclimate to the altitude and enjoy this 5-star property. Overnight at the Tambo del Inka.

DAY 3 – URUBAMBA (SACRED VALLEY) / MACHU PICCHU

After a buffet breakfast, depart the town and fortresses of Ollantaytambo and drive up and hike the splendid Inca ruins of Pisac, a large complex of religious temples, agricultural terraces and Astronomic observatories. A lunch buffet and ceviche bar is provided at Tunupa. After lunch, visit Pisac, a picturesque town of creole and colonial aspect that comes alive on market day. People from surrounding communities converge on the tiny central plaza to buy and sell produce, alpaca sweaters, and beautiful llama rugs of all sizes, blankets, cotton fabric, musical instruments, and food. Transfer to the Ollanta train station for a 1 ½ hour scenic ride through the valley to Aguas Calientes. Dinner and overnight at the Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel.

DAY 4 – MACHU PICCHU

A bus will collect you after breakfast in front of the hotel for a 30-minute ride up to the breathtaking Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu followed by a guided tour through the ruins. Lunch is included at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge. The afternoon is free to explore the ruins on your own and return to the hotel at your leisure. Dinner and overnight at the Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel.

DAY 5 – MACHU PICCHU / CUSCO

After your breakfast at the hotel, you are free to return to Machu Picchu (on your own, no guide or bus tickets provided) or you may choose to go on foot but you must leave early (6am). The overnight stay before allows you to fully explore the altars, temples, fountains, staircases and terraced gardens early this morning – before the crowds arrive. If you are adventuresome, you may want to walk to Inti Punku or the “Gate of the Sun” a mountain pass on a hill behind the site through which the Inca Trail passes on its approach to Machu Picchu. Or you may wish to climb Huayna Picchu, the peak that rises dramatically above the ancient citadel. Return to the hotel for afternoon departure by train to Cusco (3 ½ hours). These spectacular carriages have beautiful panoramic windows offering scenic views and photographic opportunities. With glass surrounding them on all sides, passengers feel they are part of the landscape. Upon arrival, transfer to the Libertador Palacio del Inka Cusco Hotel and overnight.

DAY 6 – CUSCO

Buffet breakfast at your hotel is followed by a tour to explore this capital of the Inca Empire including visits to “Plaza de Armas” (main square), the Cathedral and the Santo Domingo Monastery (Koricancha). Also visit the surrounding ruins of Kenko, Puka Pukara, Tampu Machay and the fortress and religious site of Sacsayhuaman. Overnight at the Libertador Palacio del Inka Cusco.

DAY 7 – CUSCO / LIMA

This morning’s breakfast is followed by a transfer to the airport for your fight from Cuzco to Lima departing mid-morning. Upon arrival, transfer to the Westin in Lima’s San Isidro district. Your afternoon city tour of Lima includes the Cathedral, “Plaza Mayor” (main square), Government, Archbishop, and Torre Tagle Palaces. Afterwards, drive through Lima’s modern residential areas: San Isidro with its olive grove, golf course, and “Huaca Huallamarca”; and Miraflores with its Central Park, “Parque del Amor”, and ocean views. The private museum of Miguel Mujica Gallo includes a splendid display of gold objects and ornaments which illustrate the craftsmanship of the ancient Peruvian cultures of Chavin, Paracas, Nazca, Lambayeque, Mochica, and Chimu. This museum also houses an eclectic arms collection which includes old Peruvian weapons and ancient, bizarre firearms. Overnight back at the Westin Hotel Lima.

DAY 8 – DEPART LIMA

Check out of the hotel after breakfast and then a private transfer takes you back to the Lima airport (LIM). Check in for your flight out of Peru.

*Please note: This itinerary is subject to change. In the spirit of expedition travel, plans may change slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.

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Luxury Machu Picchu Peru Pre or Post Extension
2016 & 2017

Rates:

2016 Rates based on luxury/5-star Libertador Collection & Sumaq Hotels
– Approx $4775 per person in Single Accommodation
– Approx $2800 per person in Double Accommodation
– Approx $2450 per person in Triple Accommodation

2017 Rates based on luxury/5-star Libertador Collection & Sumaq Hotels
– Approx $4285 per person in Single Accommodation
– Approx $3080 per person in Double Accommodation
– Approx $2250 per person in Triple Accommodation

Rates are based on per person sharing and are approximate until the time of booking. Rates are quoted in USD and subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc.

Flights:

International flights in and out of Lima (LIM) as well as domestic flights between Lima (LIM) and Cusco (CUZ) are required and not included. Expedition Easy can book these flights for you upon request.
Rates are approximate until the time of booking. Please note rates are subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc. Airfare prices are subject to change until booked and ticketed

Included:

Accommodations in 5 star properties including:
– 2 nights at Westin Hotel in Lima
– 2 nights at Hotel Tambo del Inka Luxury Collection in Urubamba
– 2 nights at Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel in Aguas Calientes
– 1 night at Libertador Palacio del Inka Hotel in Cusco
Meals including:
– Buffet breakfast on all days
– Lunch & dinner on days 3 and 4
Private transfers and tours with professional English speaking guide
Private car and driver
Vistadome class Train tickets from Cuzco to Aguas Calientes and from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and return on day 4

Not Included:

– International, Regional & Domestic air
– Guide at Machu Picchu on day 5
– Bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu & return on day 5 (around $22 per person each way)
– Second entrance fee to Machu Picchu on day 5 (around $60 per person)
– All gratuities and tipping
– All destination arrival and departure taxes
– Travel and health insurance
– Passport and visa fees
– Travel medications and vaccinations
– Alcoholic beverages
– Personal items and services such as souvenirs, drinks, laundry, phone calls, etc
– All other items not indicated as included in the itinerary

Deposit & Payments

A completed & signed Expedition Easy Reservation Form, along with your 20% trip deposit and full regional and/or domestic air payment (if applicable) is required at the time of booking.

Reservations

This itinerary is subject to the availability of all services at the time of making a reservation. No space is being held at this time. Please contact Expedition Easy for the full terms and conditions that apply. We are happy to answer questions and discuss your trip.

To reserve space on a trip on the Expedition Easy website, please contact Expedition Easy by calling 1-800-617-2319 or click here to e-mail the Expedition Easy Team.


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