Hidden high in the Andes and lost to the world for centuries, Machu Picchu was rediscovered in 1911 by retired U.S. Senator Hiram Bingham. A journey to this lofty citadel is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Cuzco is an Andean jewel and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Visit the cathedral and La Compañia, the convent of Santo Domingo and the for tress of Sacsayhuaman. Just an hour away lies the narrow, winding Urubamba Valley, known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with picturesque villages like Pisac, known for its colorful market, and Ollaytaytambo built on top of original Inca foundations. 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, and as a private hacienda for Inca royalty.
Ecoventura offers two extensions to Peru including a 6-night First Class (4 star hotels) and 6-night Luxury boutique style (5 star hotels) extension to Peru to visit the Machu Picchu ruins, Cuzco and the sacred valley of the Incas. There is a connecting flight on Sunday with Avianca early evening to Lima from Guayaquil when you arrive from the Galapagos cruise. We have hand selected hotels based on comfort, uniqueness and a high level of service. High season is April through October so don’t wait to book your trip during these months as our favorite hotels fill up quickly. If you want to enjoy Peruvian cuisine, Lima is the place to start and end your trip:
Luxury boutique & Relais & Chateaux hotels (Luxury) – new for 2019
|4 guests in 2 doubles||$2825.00|
|5 or more guests||$2825.00|
* Rates are per person
Itinerary (6 nights Luxury boutique & relais & chateaux)
Reception and assistance at Lima Airport, followed by a short walk to Costa del Sol Wyndham Lima conveniently located at the airport.
Assistance and short walk to the airport. Departure to Cusco on LATAM flight (time tba), Upon arrival, reception and transfer to the Urubamba, the Sacred Valley of the Incas. On the way, visit Awanakancha, a weaving project of Andean communities, where you will see the four American Camalidae (alpaca, llama, vicuna, guanaco). Visit the village of Pisac and shop the colorful local handicraft market. Visit the Inkariy Museum, created by a group of artists and archaeologists to show impressive pre-Columbian cultures of Peru. Lunch is at Rancha Wayra, to enjoy an exhibition of Peruvian Paso Horses and “Marinera” which is a typical dance. Arrival to Urubamba, the rest of the afternoon is at leisure to acclimative to the altitude. Overnight Sol y Luna Lodge and Spa in Urubamba, a Relais & Chateaux property.
Excursion to Maras (salt mines from the Inca period, that are still in use today) and Moray (an experimental agricultural center from the same period). Lunch in Urubamba followed by a visit to the town and fortress of Ollantaytambo, the last living Inca town. Transfer to the train station for a scenic one hour thirty minute train ride (3:37/ 5:02PM) to the town of Machu Picchu Pueblo and transfer your hotel. Dinner and overnight in at the Sumaq Machu Picchu hotel at the base of the mountain.
Transfer by bus on a 30 minute ride up to the breathtaking Lost City of the Incas: Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Guided tour through the ruins. A buffet lunch is at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge. Afternoon departure to Ollantaytambo by Hiram Bingham train with cocktail and gourmet dinner included on board. Arrival to the station and transfer to the Inkaterra La Casona in Cusco, a Relais & Chateaux property.
Morning guided tour of Cusco including: the Plaza de Armas (main square), the Cathedral, Santo Domingo church (Koricancha), and surrounding ruins of Puka Pukara, Kenko, Tampu Machay and the renowned fortress and religious site of Sacsayhuaman, famous for its cosmic energy. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Cusco. Overnight is at Inkaterra La Casona Cusco.
Transfer to the airport for departure Cusco to Lima on LATAM (time tba). Upon rrival, reception and transfer to the Hotel B in Lima, a Relais & Chateaux property located in El Barranco neighborhood and the “arty” part of the city. At 2PM, tour some of Lima’s main colonial sites: Plaza Mayor, Government and Archbishop Palaces. Visit the private Largo Museum with their collection of modeled pottery vessels, gold and silver work and erotic ceramics from pre-Inca civilizations. Drive through Lima’s modern residential areas: San Isidro with its olive grove, gold course and Miraflores with its Central Park “Parque del Amor” and ocean views.
Friday evening (red eye)
Transfer to airport for your international departure flight.
Accommodations in 5 star properties including 1 night Costa del Sol Wyndham Lima Airport hotel, 1 night Hotel B Lima, 1 night Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa in Urubamba, 1 night Hotel Sumaq in Machu Picchu Pueblo and 2 nights Inkaterra La Casona in Cusco, and buffet breakfast every morning, Lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday and dinner on Tuesday. Private transfers and tours with professional English speaking guide, private car and driver. Train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu in Vistadome and the return on the Hiram Bingham train. Bus tickets from the town of Machu Picchu Pueblo to the entrance of Machu Picchu and return.
Rates do not include:
Airfare Guayaquil to Lima one way, Roundtrip airfare Lima to Cuzco varies from $500 for full unrestricted fares to less for non-refundable instant purchase tickets with some restrictions ($25 charge for changes per route per person). All fares are subject to change. Meals not mentioned in the itinerary and gratuities to guide and driver.
Terms of payments:
A deposit of $300 per person is require to confirm the reservation and final payment is due 60 days prior to departure. Cancellations received 90 days or more prior to arrival will get 50% refund of the deposit. Cancellations 89 days or less prior to arrival will forfeit the entire deposit.