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explora Peru

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,507

Experience the classical sites of South America’s most-popular country, Peru. Sample the culinary delights of the capital of Lima before walking the colonial streets of Cusco and passing into the Sacred Valley of the Incas to see the country’s crown jewel, the famed Machu Picchu.


This 9-day Classic Itinerary is designed to allow you to travel independently, have everything arranged for you in advance, and see the major highlights of Peru, from its major cities of Lima and Cusco to Machu Picchu.

Your trip to Peru begins in the capital of Lima, one of the driest capitals in the world. This fog-draped city offers up history, food, and nightlife so no matter your disposition, you’ll find something to suit you here. A half day tour will make sure you don’t miss the highlights of the colonial era, such as the Plaza de Armas, the city’s 16th-century heart, as well as the Larco Herrera Museum, which showcases pre-colonial art. Apart from the tour, you’re free to explore the city on your own, surveying its architectural wonders and enjoy its gastronomic pleasures. If you feel like indulging, head to the restaurants Astrid y Gaston, Maido, or Central—they’re considered three of the top 50 restaurants in the world.

Pass from Peru’s capital to Cusco, the oldest continuously-inhabited city on the continent. If Lima is the toast of modern Peru, Cusco is its cultural heart. It served as the capital of the Inca Empire for 500 years before the Spanish invaded in the 16th century. Today, it’s a city boasting colonial buildings and vibrant city squares and boulevards at every turn. Spend your time in Cusco strolling the historical quarters, seeing the gorgeous Cusco Cathedral and the Church of La Compania de Jesus in Plaza de Amres Cusco, as well as the old Spanish quarter of Barrio de San Blas.

Head into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, stopping by Moray to see the remarkable amphitheatre-like bowls the Incas carved out of the hillside and Maras to see the famous salt pools. The crown jewel of the valley is Machu Picchu, the most popular archaeological site in South America and possibly the entire world. Machu Picchu has an undeniable air of mystery to it. The city remained hidden for centuries, unknown to the conquering Spaniards, until American explorer Hiram Bingham visited the site in 1911 and announced its existence to the western world. Of course, not even such a story can match the actual site of Machu Picchu itself. As you explore its dry-stone walls and incredible terraces, it’ll be as if you're walking among the clouds, stepping on the top of the world. Breathe in the fresh air and take it all in. This is truly one of the wonders of the world.


 

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Accommodation in Aguas Calientes

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    Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo



    Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo is set on 12 serene mountainside acres of natural paradise in Machu Picchu village. An intimate 85 cottage luxury hotel in sprawling Andean style village where guests follow stone pathways to their rooms, located in comfortable one or two story whitewashed ...

    Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo is set on 12 serene mountainside acres of natural paradise in Machu Picchu village. An intimate 85 cottage luxury hotel in sprawling Andean style village where guests follow stone pathways to their rooms, located in comfortable one or two story whitewashed casitas. Every hotel casita provides authentic Andean ambience.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Gift Shop
    • Lounge(s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Spa

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    Casa Andina Classic Machu Picchu



    Casa Andina Classic Machu Picchu is the ideal choice for those travelers who want to experience Machu Picchu in its entirety. Its strategic location in Aguas Calienes, closest access point to Machu Picchu, at the side of the train tracks from Aguas Calientes.

    Casa Andina Classic Machu Picchu is the ideal choice for those travelers who want to experience Machu Picchu in its entirety. Its strategic location in Aguas Calienes, closest access point to Machu Picchu, at the side of the train tracks from Aguas Calientes.

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    • Internet Access
    • Laundry

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    El Mapi Hotel



    El Mapi is located right at the foot of the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and just across from the train station for Cuzco/Machu Picchu train. This is a very reasonably priced hotel for Machu Picchu with full amenities. While the ruins may be ancient ...

    El Mapi is located right at the foot of the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu and just across from the train station for Cuzco/Machu Picchu train. This is a very reasonably priced hotel for Machu Picchu with full amenities. While the ruins may be ancient this hotel has all the modern comforts.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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    Casa del Sol Boutique Hotel



    Casa del Sol Boutique Hotel is located in the village of Aguas Calientes, very close to the imposing buildings of Machu Picchu, where the fascinating Inca citadel was erected. The hotel is just a 5 minute walk from the train station and across the street ...

    Casa del Sol Boutique Hotel is located in the village of Aguas Calientes, very close to the imposing buildings of Machu Picchu, where the fascinating Inca citadel was erected. The hotel is just a 5 minute walk from the train station and across the street from the bus station that takes passengers to the ruins of Machu Picchu. The 30 unique guestrooms each combine materials and art crafted by artisans from different Peruvian communities.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,507

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Day 1

Lima Airport to Hotel with Transfer Representative Day

Duration2 Hours

Casa Andina Classic Miraflores San Antonio

The original, 5-story Casa Andina hotel in Lima, located in a safe, tranquil residential neighborhood of Miraflores. Wholly remodeled in 2008, it's great for independent travelers, with warm and relaxing public rooms, including a club inspired lobby with leather couches and chairs, and interior patio.

While Miraflores is a traditional, residential neighborhood, it has also become the most fashionable, upscale district of Peru's cosmopolitan capital, renowned for its dynamic nightlife and gastronomic scene.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Casa Andina Classic Miraflores San Antonio

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    Casa Andina Classic Miraflores San Antonio



    The original, 5-story Casa Andina hotel in Lima, located in a safe, tranquil residential neighborhood of Miraflores. Wholly remodeled in 2008, it's great for independent travelers, with warm and relaxing public rooms, including a club inspired lobby with leather couches and chairs, and interior patio. ...

    The original, 5-story Casa Andina hotel in Lima, located in a safe, tranquil residential neighborhood of Miraflores. Wholly remodeled in 2008, it's great for independent travelers, with warm and relaxing public rooms, including a club inspired lobby with leather couches and chairs, and interior patio.

    While Miraflores is a traditional, residential neighborhood, it has also become the most fashionable, upscale district of Peru's cosmopolitan capital, renowned for its dynamic nightlife and gastronomic scene.

    Facilities

    • Bellman/Porters
    • Boutique(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gift Shop
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 2

Half Day Lima City Tour and Larco Museum

You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning. The city tour begins with a visit to the Plaza des Armas, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Plaza is lined along two sides with shops: Portal de Escribanos and Portal de Botoneros. In the centre of the Plaza is a bronze fountain dating from 1560. The plaza is also home to the Cathedral, with its splendidly carved stalls, silver-covered altars surrounded by fine woodwork, and mosaic walls bearing the coats of arms of Lima and Pizarro. Continue to the Monastery of San Francisco, famous for the Sivillian tile work and paneled ceiling in the cloisters. You will also see the old colonial streets in the centre of the city. Conclude your tour with a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum, famous for its collection of pre-Columbian art.

Duration3 Hours
Day 3

Lima Hotel to Airport with Transfer Representative Day

Duration2 Hours

Cusco Airport to Cusco Hotel

Duration20 Minutes

JW Marriott Hotel Cusco

Located in the city's historical centre, the JW Marriott Hotel Cusco combines modern amenities and with the design elements of an architecturally stunning archaeological site. Designed around a colonial convent, this hotel in Peru features resort-like amenities including a restaurant with Peruvian cuisine. History-seekers will find Peruvian cultural artefacts in the hotel's two exhibition halls.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

JW Marriott Hotel Cusco

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    JW Marriott Hotel Cusco



    Located in the city's historical centre, the JW Marriott Hotel Cusco combines modern amenities and with the design elements of an architecturally stunning archaeological site. Designed around a colonial convent, this hotel in Peru features resort-like amenities including a restaurant with Peruvian cuisine. History-seekers will ...

    Located in the city's historical centre, the JW Marriott Hotel Cusco combines modern amenities and with the design elements of an architecturally stunning archaeological site. Designed around a colonial convent, this hotel in Peru features resort-like amenities including a restaurant with Peruvian cuisine. History-seekers will find Peruvian cultural artefacts in the hotel's two exhibition halls.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Internet Access
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 4

Arrive Sacred Valley

You will be met at the airport, bus, or train station if travelling from Lake Titicaca and transferred to the explora Lodges in Sacred Valley. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

explora Lodge

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    explora Lodge



    explora Valle Sagrado is located in one of the region's most remote ancient corn plantations close to the Urquillos village. It is designed in line with its surroundings, generating a dialogue with the high Andean mountains around the valley, as well as the surrounding plantations ...

    explora Valle Sagrado is located in one of the region's most remote ancient corn plantations close to the Urquillos village. It is designed in line with its surroundings, generating a dialogue with the high Andean mountains around the valley, as well as the surrounding plantations that are still today being harvested by townspeople.

    Facilities

    • Hotel Shops
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 5

Sacred Valley

You can choose from the many included activities such as hiking, visiting nearby runs or mountain biking.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Sacred Valley

Visit the Incan agricultural experimental center of Moray, famous for its sunken amphitheater, made up of four circular terraces, which appear to fade away into the earth like an artificial crater. Then visit the impressive Maras salt pools formed by water emerging from a lake inside the mountain in the Urubamba Valley. An amazing view is offered of the evaporating ponds used for the extraction of salt. Learn about ancestral techniques, which are still used, in agricultural, irrigation and salt-recollection tasks, as well as in Andean festivals and rites.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Machu Picchu

After an early breakfast, you will be transferred by road to the train station at Ollantaytambo where your Machu Picchu visit begins.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Cusco Hotel to Ollantaytambo Station Driver Only

Duration1 Hour

Vistadome train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes

The Vistadome is the ideal train for those who want to be in contact with the environment and appreciate the wonderful journey to Machu Picchu.

Surrounded entirely by glass and wagons with large panoramic windows offering incomparable scenic views and innumerous opportunities to capture amazing pictures, Vistadome travelers feel connected and part of the impressive landscape of Peru. Perurail provide travelers on board personalized and first level service to give them an unforgettable life experience.

The Vistadome has two stations of departure to Machu Picchu: Cusco (Poroy) and the Sacred Valley (Ollantaytambo).

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

Duration2 Hours

Afternoon Guided day tour of Machu Picchu

There are two available entrances for Machu Picchu. Morning visit valid from 600AM to 1200PM midday and an afternoon entrance valid from 1:00PM to 5:00PM with a maximum stay of 4 hours in each admission period. The below tour is the afternoon option.

You will be met by your guide you upon disembarking from your train, at the Aguas Calientes train station. If you are already in Aguas Calientes, your guide will meet you at your hotel reception at approximately 12 midday. He/she will then escort you to the nearby bus stop where buses transport travelers from the town of Aguas Calientes to the ruins of Machu Picchu (it's about a 20-min bus ride up to the idyllic mountain top location). On arrival at the ruins, you will begin your guided tour. You must exit the ruins by 5:00PM.

After the tour, you will exit with your guide. If you have chosen to stay at the Sanctuary Lodge, located right at the entrance of Machu Picchu, your guide will assist with your check in. Otherwise, you will board the first available bus down the hill to the town of Aguas Calientes where you will continue to your chosen accommodation.

If you are returning to Cusco, at the shuttle bus terminal in Aguas Calientes, your guide will be waiting to assist with boarding your train for your return to Cusco (departures range from approx. 4:00PM to 5:30PM- schedules vary and subject to change without notice). NOTE: You need to be at the Aguas Calientes train station 30 minutes before your trains departure time.

Duration4 Hours

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

At the foot of the imposing mountains surrounding Machu Picchu, by the banks of the Vilcanota River, stands Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel. The only five-star hotel in Aguas Calientes is architecturally inspired by the enigmatic lost city of the Incas. The exquisite culinary creations of the hotel's restaurant are prepared with regional ingredients and its luxury suites await you for an enchanting trip to the historical past of the Andean culture.

Meal Plan Half Board (Breakfast + Dinner)
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

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    Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel



    At the foot of the imposing mountains surrounding Machu Picchu, by the banks of the Vilcanota River, stands Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel. The only five-star hotel in Aguas Calientes is architecturally inspired by the enigmatic lost city of the Incas. The exquisite culinary creations of ...

    At the foot of the imposing mountains surrounding Machu Picchu, by the banks of the Vilcanota River, stands Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel. The only five-star hotel in Aguas Calientes is architecturally inspired by the enigmatic lost city of the Incas. The exquisite culinary creations of the hotel's restaurant are prepared with regional ingredients and its luxury suites await you for an enchanting trip to the historical past of the Andean culture.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Boutique(s)
    • Currency Exchange
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Massage Treatments
    • Medical Services
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 8

Afternoon Machu Picchu Visit

There are two available entrances for Machu Picchu. Morning visit valid from 6:00AM to 12:00PM midday and an afternoon entrance valid from 1:00PM to 5:00PM with a maximum stay of 4 hours in each admission period. The below tour is the afternoon option.

Today you will visit Machu Picchu (entrance and round-trip shuttle bus ticket included).

As this visit is NOT GUIDED, you will be required to present your first visit ticket.

Please make your way to the shuttle bus station at the south end of town near the bridge that crosses the river Vilcanota. Buses run all day from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. The ruins close at 5:00PM. No reservation for the bus is required.

After ascending the multi- switch-back dirt road, you will be dropped off at the entrance to Machu Picchu. Enjoy Machu Picchu at your pace or partake in one of the following walks below. You must exit the ruins by 5:00PM.

Climb Machu Picchu Mountain. This must be pre booked at the time of your Machu Picchu reservation with Goway Travel. Time spent climbing the peak would be considered part of your morning entrance ticket.

Walk to the Incan bridge - no costs. Approx. time 90 minute round trip. Not allowing for time at the bridge. Time spent trekking to and from would be considered part of your morning entrance ticket.

Walk to the Sun gate - no cost. Approx. time 2.5 hours round trip. Not allowing for time spent at the Sun Gate. Time spent trekking to and from would be considered part of your morning entrance ticket.

After the tour, you will exit with your guide. If you have chosen to stay at the Sanctuary Lodge, located right at the entrance of Machu Picchu, your guide will assist with your check in. Otherwise, you will board the first available bus down the hill to the town of Aguas Calientes where you will continue to your chosen accommodation.

If you are returning to Cusco, at the shuttle bus terminal in Aguas Calientes, your guide will be waiting to assist with boarding your train for your return to Cusco (departures range from approx. 4PM to 530PM- schedules vary and subject to change without notice). NOTE: You need to be at the Aguas Calientes train station 30 minutes before your trains departure time.

Please note that unless a SUPPLEMENT has been included you will be touring the ruins on your own today.

If you are catching a train to Cusco or Ollantaytambo, check out of your hotel or collect your bags from your hotel if you have not already.

Duration4 Hours

Vistadome train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo

The Vistadome is the ideal train for those who want to be in contact with the environment and appreciate the wonderful journey to Machu Picchu.

Surrounded entirely by glass and wagons with large panoramic windows offering incomparable scenic views and innumerous opportunities to capture amazing pictures, Vistadome travelers feel connected and part of the impressive landscape of Peru. Perurail provide travelers on board personalized and first level service to give them an unforgettable life experience.

The Vistadome has two stations of departure to Machu Picchu: Cusco (Poroy) and the Sacred Valley (Ollantaytambo).

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

Duration2 Hours

Ollantaytambo Station to Cusco Hotels

Duration1 Hour

JW Marriott Hotel Cusco

Located in the city's historical centre, the JW Marriott Hotel Cusco combines modern amenities and with the design elements of an architecturally stunning archaeological site. Designed around a colonial convent, this hotel in Peru features resort-like amenities including a restaurant with Peruvian cuisine. History-seekers will find Peruvian cultural artefacts in the hotel's two exhibition halls.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

JW Marriott Hotel Cusco

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    JW Marriott Hotel Cusco



    Located in the city's historical centre, the JW Marriott Hotel Cusco combines modern amenities and with the design elements of an architecturally stunning archaeological site. Designed around a colonial convent, this hotel in Peru features resort-like amenities including a restaurant with Peruvian cuisine. History-seekers will ...

    Located in the city's historical centre, the JW Marriott Hotel Cusco combines modern amenities and with the design elements of an architecturally stunning archaeological site. Designed around a colonial convent, this hotel in Peru features resort-like amenities including a restaurant with Peruvian cuisine. History-seekers will find Peruvian cultural artefacts in the hotel's two exhibition halls.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Internet Access
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Spa

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Day 9

Cusco Hotel to Cusco Airport

Duration20 Minutes

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

Daily.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Lima
  • Airport transfers
  • Guided Lima city tour
  • Larco Museum tour
  • 2 nights accommodation in Cusco,
  • Transfers to and from the explora Lodge
  • All accommodation in standard or suite rooms,
  • All activities as offered by the explora lodge
  • English Speaking guides
  • All entrances
  • Most drinks including alcohol (at explora Lodge)
  • Meals as indicated by BLD 

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire

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