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Inca Discovery: Lima, Cusco & Machu Picchu

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8 Days
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US$ 2,068

FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Discover the wonders of the Incas on this journey through Peru. Tour the country’s colonial past and modern charm in Lima before visiting the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.


This 8-day Peru vacation takes you to Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and Machu Picchu. It features first-class accommodations and private tours.

Your trip to Peru begins in Lima, the Peruvian capital and one of the largest cities in South America. Delve into the city’s fascinating history with a tour of Lima District and the Plaza de Armas, the administrative centre home to beautiful colonial mansions and churches. Continue through the modern districts of Miraflores and San Isidro, known for their upscale homes, manicured parks, and terrific views of the Pacific Ocean. Fly to Cusco and transfer into the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Begin your tour of the Sacred Valley with a visit to the famous market of Pisac, where you can barter for handicrafts and the iconic textiles of the Quechua villagers. Another day, visit the agricultural terraces of Moray, massive circular indentations in the hillside used as experimental farms by the Incas, and the salt pools of Maras, which have been producing high quality salt since before the times of the Incas.

Connect to the Inca town of Ollantaytambo to catch the Expedition train to Aguas Calientes, the hot springs town sitting at the foot of Machu Picchu. Ride the bus up the mountainside and enter the magnificent Lost Citadel of the Incas. You’ll have the afternoon to explore the ruins and walk among the stones of this awe-inspiring wonder of the world. You’ll return to the ruins early the following morning for more time to explore. You can also head to the Sun Gate or climb Huayna Picchu for some alternative (and breathtaking) views of the ruins. Then descend the mountain and ride the Vistadome train back to Cusco, enjoying great views through the panoramic windows of the train cars.

In Cusco, you’ll explore the former capital of the Inca Empire on a city tour. Start in San Pedro Market, swing by the old Inca temple of Qorikancha, head up the hillside to the fortress ruins of Sacsayhuaman, and cap off the day in the central square of the Plaza de Armas, home to the main churches and the city’s unofficial centre.

At the end of your Peru tour, head to the airport for onward travels.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,068

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Day 1

Lima Airport to Hotel with Transfer Representative Day

Duration2 Hours

Melia Lima Hotel

The Melia Lima Hotel is located in the residential and financial district of San Isidro. It is close to the Jorge Chavez International Airport and very near the historical heart of the city. The tourist district of Miraflores is just a few minutes away and the hotel provides easy access to the most important museums, art galleries and exclusive stores, amongst other attractions.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Melia Lima Hotel

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    The Melia Lima Hotel is located in the residential and financial district of San Isidro. It is close to the Jorge Chavez International Airport and very near the historical heart of the city. The tourist district of Miraflores is just a few minutes away and …

    The Melia Lima Hotel is located in the residential and financial district of San Isidro. It is close to the Jorge Chavez International Airport and very near the historical heart of the city. The tourist district of Miraflores is just a few minutes away and the hotel provides easy access to the most important museums, art galleries and exclusive stores, amongst other attractions.

    Facilities

    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa

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Day 2

Half Day Colonial and Modern Lima

You will visit both the colonial and modern sections of this "City of Kings". Colonial sites include the lovely Plaza de Armas with its cathedral and palace; and the exquisite Torre Tagle Palace, modern day seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In modern Lima drive through the exclusive residential areas of Miraflores and San Isidro.

Duration3 Hours
Day 3

Lima Hotel to Airport with Transfer Representative Day

Duration2 Hours

Half Day Pisac Market with Sacred Valley drop off

Modern Pisac is a picturesque Andean Village, typical except for the huge, spreading pisonary tree that dominates the central square. The village is best known for its Sunday market, which draws hundreds of tourists each week.

In spite of its popularity the market retains much of its local charm, at least in the part where villagers from miles around gather to barter and sell their produce. In the tourist section of the market you can buy a wide variety of handicrafts.

Pisac is a good place to buy the local ceramics including a huge and varied collection of hand-painted multi-coloured beads.

Duration4 Hours

Casa Andina Premium Collection Sacred Valley

Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley is a mountain chalet-styled retreat with panoramic Andes views from every room and every angle; it breathes an air of tranquillity and relaxation. Unique among Sacred Valley hotels, it contains a full-service spa, a domed planetarium and observatory, and gourmet restaurant and bar. The 85 inviting, spacious rooms overlook the property and extensive gardens, and feature either private balconies or sunny sitting areas. Located between Urubamba and Ollantaytambo, the hotel is perfectly positioned for easy access to the valley's abundant attractions and Machu Picchu.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Casa Andina Premium Collection Sacred Valley

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    Casa Andina Premium Collection Sacred Valley



    Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley is a mountain chalet-styled retreat with panoramic Andes views from every room and every angle; it breathes an air of tranquillity and relaxation. Unique among Sacred Valley hotels, it contains a full-service spa, a domed planetarium and observatory, and …

    Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley is a mountain chalet-styled retreat with panoramic Andes views from every room and every angle; it breathes an air of tranquillity and relaxation. Unique among Sacred Valley hotels, it contains a full-service spa, a domed planetarium and observatory, and gourmet restaurant and bar. The 85 inviting, spacious rooms overlook the property and extensive gardens, and feature either private balconies or sunny sitting areas. Located between Urubamba and Ollantaytambo, the hotel is perfectly positioned for easy access to the valley's abundant attractions and Machu Picchu.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Gift Shop
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Medical Services
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 4

Moray and Maras Salt Pools

Today you pass through unspoiled and picturesque Andean communities on our way to the Incan agricultural experimental center of Moray, famous for its sunken amphitheatre, made up of four circular terraces, which appear to fade away into the earth like an artificial crater. The site was apparently an Inca agricultural research station filled with fertile earth and watered by a complex irrigation system, designed for experimenting with crops at various altitudes.

Continue onto 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.

Duration4 Hours
Day 5

Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo Station Seat in Coach

Duration15 Minutes

Expedition Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes

If you are looking for an adventure on your way to Machu Picchu at an unbeatable price, on a train with all the onboard comforts you could ask for, the Expedition train has just what you need.

The train cars of the Expedition train is steeped in the designs of Incan culture, making them the perfect way to start your trip to the Machu Picchu citadel. The Expedition gives you the chance to take in the unbelievable scenery and take incredible panoramic pictures of a journey unlike any other.

You will be waited on by a highly-trained staff member for the duration of your trip. Additionally, you will be able to enjoy a Food and Beverage service for sale, where you will find a wide variety of top quality products.

Departures are scheduled daily, with a variety of times throughout the day.

Free WiFi is available for the use of passengers at Poroy, Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu Station.

Duration2 Hours

Afternoon Guided day tour of Machu Picchu

Entrances to Machu Picchu are now regulated and allow entrance ON THE HOUR. Entrance times are:

6, 7, 8, 9 10, 11, 12, 1PM and 2PM.

When booking you must request the hour of entrance you require or allow your destination expert to suggest a time based on your itinerary and available train times.
NOTE: You can arrive any time after your booked hour but cannot stay any longer than 4 hours from your pre-booked hour. You are not allowed in earlier than your pre-booked time.

Colored stamps are used on the ticket to determine and monitor your entry and exit time. Tickets can be checked at any time when in the ruins.

The ruins close at 5:30PM so any entrance so any entrance after 2:00PM will only allow a stay of no more than 3 and half hours!

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.

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

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 casitas. Every hotel casita provides authentic Andean ambience.

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

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

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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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Day 6

Morning Machu Picchu Visit

Entrances to Machu Picchu are now regulated and allow entrance ON THE HOUR. Entrance times are:

6, 7, 8, 9 10, 11, 12, 1PM and 2PM.

When booking you must request the hour of entrance you require or allow your destination expert to suggest a time based on your itinerary and available train times.
NOTE: You can arrive any time after your booked hour but cannot stay any longer than 4 hours from your pre-booked hour. You are not allowed in earlier than your pre-booked time.

Colored stamps are used on the ticket to determine and monitor your entry and exit time. Tickets can be checked at any time when in the ruins.

The ruins close at 5:30PM so any entrance so any entrance after 2:00PM will only allow a stay of no more than 3 and half hours!

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. (Guides are available for a extra cost. Please enquire)

Please make your way to the shuttle bus station at the south end of town near the bridge that crosses the river Vilcanota. Buses begin running from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu at 5:30AM. The ruins open at 6:00AM. No reservation for the bus is required. A guide will assist with boarding your bus in Aguas Calientes and if you're departing this day, will advise you of the time you must be back in Aguas Calientes to board your train back to Cusco.
NOTE: You need to be at the Aguas Calientes train station 30 minutes before your trains departure time.

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.

Climb Huayna Picchu (the famed peak in the ruins). 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 allowed time in the ruins.

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 your time in the ruins, you will exit and board the first available bus down the hill to the town of Aguas Calientes where, if you are overnighting, 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 (departs approx. 4 pm - schedules vary and subject to change without notice).

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 Cusco

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.

Duration3 Hours

Poroy Train Station to Cusco Hotel

Duration20 Minutes

Casa Andina Premium Collection Cusco

Casa Andina Premium Collection Cusco is a beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house, just 3 blocks from Cusco's Plaza de Armas, replete with authentic colonial character. It offers the intimacy of a boutique hotel but the comforts and services of a much larger property. Several rooms in the original structure of the hotel feature surviving colonial frescoes unearthed during renovation.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Casa Andina Premium Collection Cusco

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    Casa Andina Premium Collection Cusco



    Casa Andina Premium Collection Cusco is a beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house, just 3 blocks from Cusco's Plaza de Armas, replete with authentic colonial character. It offers the intimacy of a boutique hotel but the comforts and services of a much larger property. Several rooms …

    Casa Andina Premium Collection Cusco is a beautifully renovated 18th-century manor house, just 3 blocks from Cusco's Plaza de Armas, replete with authentic colonial character. It offers the intimacy of a boutique hotel but the comforts and services of a much larger property. Several rooms in the original structure of the hotel feature surviving colonial frescoes unearthed during renovation.

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    • Massage Treatments
    • Restaurant

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Day 7

Cusco City tour, San Pedro Market and Sacsayhuaman

Today you visit the city of Cusco, known as the Imperial City, once the Incan Capital and a declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Start the tour at the iconic San Pedro market, a local market where you can explore the colors, flavors and traditions of modern Cusco as well as sights and sounds harking back to Incan times. The tour continues to Koricancha Temple, an ancient Inca palace. Only discovered after an earthquake revealed the ruins below the Dominican church on top, the temple was the center for the worshipping of the Sun God, the central spiritual deity of the Incas. You then continue and climb out of the Cusco valley towards the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman - Sexy Woman as it is often referred to by travelers; an impressive example of Inca military architecture. Wonder at the masonry work remembering the Incas did not utilize the wheel, so these stones, some over 30 feet tall, where man handled precisely into place. Then you explore the Q'enqo archeological site, where important Inca ceremonies took place. Finally, you in the Plaza de Armas (main square) of Cusco, where you will visit the Cathedral, built on the foundations of a Inca temple and soak up the vibrant vibe, that the pulsating center of the city has on offer almost 24 /7.

Duration5 Hours
Day 8

Cusco Hotel to Cusco Airport

Duration20 Minutes

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 2 nights in first-class accommodations in Lima
  • 2 nights in first-class accommodations in the Sacred Valley
  • 1 night in deluxe accommodations in Aguas Calientes
  • 2 nights in first-class accommodations in Cusco
  • Private-guided city of Lima
  • Private-guided tour of the Pisac Market
  • Private-guided tour of Maras and Moray
  • Private transfer from the Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo
  • Expedition train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes
  • Private-guided afternoon tour of Machu Picchu
  • Morning visit to Machu Picchu
  • Vistadome train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco
  • Private-guided city tour of Cusco
  • Breakfast daily (excluding Day 1)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic 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. Passport information is required at the time of booking to secure entrances to Machu Picchu and to book trains.

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