8-Day Machu Picchu Adventure
Product Code: 1113-25669
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Explore ruins and bargain at local markets in the Sacred Valley
  • • Take in the views from the train to Machu Picchu
  • • Learn about the history of the Incas
Tour Code
1113-25669
Duration
8 days
Departure City
Lima
End City
Lima
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English
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Experience: UNESCO, Backpacker

Visit locations designated as World Heritage Sites by the United Nations; Geared to the "Get up and go!" traveler who want to enjoy independent or semi-guided adventures

Style: Escorted

Tour director/guided escort is available from the beginning to the end of the vacation

Group Type: Small group

Take an intimate and semi-private trip with a small group

Activity Level: Strenuous

Activities are geared towards experienced and fit travelers

Quality: Standard

Travel with professional guides, enjoy more time at attractions and/or stay at comfortable accommodations

Itinerary
Day 01
Lima

Home - Lima


Arrive in Lima at any time. As your fellow travellers are arriving at various times throughout the day, there are no planned activities other than a group dinner and info session. Check into our hotel and enjoy the city. Look in the hotel lobby for notices on when and where the group meeting will occur.

Peru is frequently referred to as the 'Land of the Incas'. It is true that the Incas formed the greatest empire on the continent and left mysterious cities such as Machu Picchu. However, it is important to remember that the Incas were the only the last in a long series of Peruvian civilizations spanning several thousand years and the ruins of many of these earlier civilizations can also be visited. Peru is made up of three main geographical areas: the Andes, the Amazon and the desert coastal area. On this trip we concentrate on the Andes region of south-central Peru, and the ancient Inca capital of Cusco.

Known as the City of Kings, Peru’s capital city Lima was founded by Francisco Pizarro on the Day of the Three Kings (Epiphany) in 1535. The Plaza de Armas is the heart of old Lima, and it is here you find the Cathedral, Government Palace and Archbishop’s Palace. The Cathedral dates back to the 1700s and houses the remains of the conquistador Pizarro. To get a feel for colonial Lima, take a cab to the Plaza de Armas and watch the changing of the Palace Guard in the afternoon. Walk the streets surrounding the Jiron de la Union for great examples of Spanish-colonial architecture and to get a taste for life in a large South American city. An optional city tour visits many of the city’s highlights.

There are many fine museums in and around the city, including the Museo Rafael Larco Herrera, which houses an equally impressive collection of pottery, mummies and textiles from the Paracas and Nazca cultures. The more affluent districts of Miraflores, Barranco and San Isidro, which are on the coast, offer good nightlife and cafes all within walking distance. Limenos (Lima’s residents) are friendly, and the city is filled with excellent restaurants; seafood lovers in particular should be sure to try a ceviche, for which Lima is well known.

Tips:
*Please note that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Peru (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control.



Joining Instructions - please look at the "Special Note Section".



*Please note: if you have pre-booked the Peru Culinary Bundle your CEO will inform you upon arrival when you will see each show throughout your tour, these days are subject to change: Lima cooking class (Day 1) (pre night accommodation recommended) and Cusco cooking class (Day 2).



Lima Cooking, Half-day (approx. 9am-2pm)

Cusco Cooking, Half-day (approx. 12pm-5pm)



Enjoy two exciting cooking classes in both Lima and Cusco. You will visit a local market to pick out the ingredients for your dish and will be taught a unique Peruvian dish. After your cooking lesson indulge in the flavours that is influenced by such faraway places as China, Italy, West Africa and Japan.



Note: If the Extra is on the arrival or departure day we strongly recommend booking an additional pre or post night accommodation.

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Cusco

Lima - Cusco (1B)


Fly to Cusco and start exploring the capital of the Inca empire.

Cusco is the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city, and the hub of the South American travel network. The city attracts travellers who come not just to visit a unique destination but also to experience an age-old culture very different from their 20th century way of life; one could easily spend a week just in and around the area. Inca-built stone walls line most of the central streets and you don't have to go far to see other major Inca ruins. It is a city steeped in history, tradition and legend.

Every year Cusco attracts thousands of travellers who come to delve into its noble but tragic past. It is the perfect base for optional explorations around the city and area as well as a range of outdoor activities. Relax and explore this fascinating city, and take time to acclimatize to the high altitude.

Cusco’s numerous colonial churches are one of the city’s most common sights. The Cathedral was started in 1559 and took 100 years to build; it is also one of the city’s greatest repositories of colonial art. Immediately in front of the entrance is a vault containing the remains of the famous Inca historian, Garcilaso de la Vega. Also worth visiting are the churches of La Compania, La Merced and San Francisco.

While most ruins are just outside of the city, the main ruin within is that of the Coricancha, once the Inca Empire's richest temple. Today the ruin forms the base of the colonial church of Santo Domingo. During Inca times this temple was literally covered with gold, but within months of the arrival of the first conquistadors this incredible wealth had all been melted down. It is left to the individual imagination to envision the magnificence of the original structure.

There are several good museums in Cusco, including the Archaeological Museum, which also houses a small art museum, the Regional History Museum and the Religious Art Museum. Our best advice for exploring Cusco is to wear a comfortable pair of shoes, arm yourself with a city map and set off to explore!

Tips:
Approximate Distance: 572km

Estimated Travel Time: 2.20 hours

Visiting Attractions

Day 03
Ollantaytambo

Cusco - Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo (1B,1L)


Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, visit a Planeterra-supported women's weaving co-op, the impressive Pisac ruins, the colourful artisan market (market days only) and the large ruin site of Ollantaytambo that lies adjacent to the town of the same name where we catch our breath and prepare for the hike ahead. Starting in 2014 travellers will have the chance to visit Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village previously bypassed by the tourism industry, now running the Planeterra-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant and tour in their own village.

Planeterra has been working with the Ccaccaccollo community since 2005 to develop a viable economic alternative for women by creating a weaving cooperative to sell traditional textiles to travellers. Donations by travelers have helped build a community centre supplied with looms and sewing machines for the women to use to expand their production. This project allows the women of the Ccaccaccollo community to maintain their cultural heritage and benefit from the tourism industry.

Ollantaytambo is one of the best examples of an Inca town. The town and fortress of Ollantaytambo are strategically situated overlooking the beautiful Urubamba River Valley. This major ruin site is known as the best surviving example of Inca urban planning and engineering. It is admired for its huge steep terraces guarding the Inca Fortress and for being one of the few places where the Spanish lost a major battle during the conquest.

Tips:
Approximate Distance: 95km

Estimated Travel Time: 2.30 hours

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Aguas Calientes

Sacred Valley/Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes (1B)


Board a morning train that winds through the spectacular Sacred Valley to the end of the line: the village of Aguas Calientes, a frontier town nestled in the hills beneath Machu Picchu. This is the closest town to Machu Picchu, making Aguas Calientes an ideal night stop logistically.

Please bear in mind that the town has several amenities, but is also geographically remote meaning services are sometimes more basic than one would assume. As the only option for travellers visiting Machu Picchu, the development of infrastructure has happened quite quickly, much without proper planning, and the focus on providing quality service may not be up to the standards experienced in other parts of the country. To best enjoy this area, we recommend you take advantage of the opportunity to visit the butterfly house, botanical gardens or hot springs. Opt for a day hike to Mandor Gardens to see orchids and a waterfall, enjoying the lush, green scenery en route.

Transfer by bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes to rejoin the group and spend the night in a hotel. If time permits, take an optional visit to the nearby hot springs to soak the sore muscles.

Tips:
Ollantaytambo to Aguas Callientes

Approximate Distance: 30km

Estimated Travel Time: 4.15 hours



Those taking the 1-day Inca Trail option:

Approximate Distance: 15km

Estimated hiking Time: 5-6 hours

Visiting Attractions

Day 05
Cusco

Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu/Cusco (1B)


Early wakeup early to take the bus up to the historic spiritual centre of the Incas, the "Lost City" of Machu Picchu. Tour the ruins with our expert guide, explore on your own or hike up spectacular Wayna Picchu to get away from the crowds. In the evening return by train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy and will then be transferred by van to Cusco.

Machu Picchu is both the best and the least known of the Inca ruins. It is not mentioned in any of the chronicles of the Spanish conquistadors and archaeologists today can do no more than speculate on its function. The local Quechua farmers in the area knew of Machu Picchu for centuries, but it was not until an 11-year-old boy led the American historian Hiram Bingham (who was in search of Vilcabamba) to the site on July 24, 1911, that the rest of the world became aware of its existence. At that time the site was covered in thick vegetation, and Bingham and his team returned in 1912 and 1915 to clear the growth. Over the years, much work has been done on excavating and studying the site. Despite these efforts, many unanswered questions remain.

Tips:
Aguas Callientes to Cusco

Approximate Distance: 118km

Estimated Travel Time: 3.15 hours

Visiting Attractions

Day 06
Cusco

Machu Picchu/Cusco - Cusco (1B)


Enjoy a free day in Cusco to explore the many sights, museums and restaurants that the city has to offer. Active options include rafting, biking or simply relax and enjoy the city.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07
Lima

Cusco - Cusco/Lima (1B)


Transfer to the airport and fly back to Lima for a free final evening on the town.

Visiting Attractions

Day 08
Lima

Lima (1B)


Enjoy your free time in Lima.

Visiting Attractions

Please note that order of day-to-day itinerary is adjustable depending on tour start day.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins guided tour with visit to a Planeterra-supported women's weaving project (full-day). Lunch at the Planeterra-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village. Machu Picchu guided tour. Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 7 Breakfasts, 1 lunch. (Allow USD180-280 for meals not included.)
  • Hotels (7 nts).
  • Public bus, train, plane.
  • G Representatives in Lima and Cusco, specialist Inca Trail CEO for Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 10.

Package Excludes

  • Airfares or related transportation between your home and Lima.
  • All personal expenses including hotel room service and meals; however, you have the option to pay for meals that tour guide arranges
  • Allow USD180-280 for meals not included.
  • Gratuity for escort(optional).
  • Optional Items:
    PERSONALIZE MY TRIP
    Extras are specially designed for travellers with unique interests, they are optional add-ons to your G adventures trip that make your adventure more you-centric. Extras must be booked prior to departure.
    Extras available on this trip:
    PERU CULINARY BUNDLE
    Lima Cooking, Half-day (approx. 9am-2pm)
    Cusco Cooking, Half-day (approx. 12pm-5pm)
    Enjoy two exciting cooking classes in both Lima and Cusco. You will visit a local market to pick out the ingredients for your dish and will be taught a unique Peruvian dish. After your cooking lesson indulge in the flavours that is influenced by such faraway places as China, Italy, West Africa and Japan.
    Note: If the Extra is on the arrival or departure day we strongly recommend booking an additional pre or post night accommodation.
    *For specific days of each activity please see the Full Itinerary*
    1-DAY INCA TRAIL HIKE:
    Choose to add to your Machu Picchu experience by pre-booking the option of trekking from km 104 to the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu before re-joining your group at Aguas Calientes for the night. Please inquire at the time of booking about this option, spaces are limited by the number of Inca Trail permits available that day.
    Lima City Tour $39 (Minimum 2): Tour colonial and contemporary Lima. - Approx 3 Hrs
    Pachacamac $35
    Visit the Lost Inca Citadel of Lima. - Approx 3 Hrs
    Larco Museum $55
    This museum contains the best quality gold and silver collection. - Approx 3 Hrs
    Culinary Tour $55
    Visit a local market. Learn how to make Ceviche and Pisco Sours like the experts. - Approx 3 Hrs
    Ballestas Islands with Huacachina From $180
    Enjoy wildlife and history, have lunch in a winery and visit the Huacachina Oasis. - Full day
    Nasca Lines $300
    Flight over the mysterious Nasca Lines. Services start and end in Lima. - Full day
    City Contrasts $25
    Visit the other face of Lima, the shanty towns or Pueblos Jovenes. - Approx 3 Hrs
    Lima at Night $55
    Visit the Magic Circuit of Water, walk through the centre of Lima and savour an included dinner. - Approx 3 Hrs
    Palomina Islands $55
    Visit the port area of Lima. Spot wildlife and swim with the sea lions. - Approx 5 Hrs (minimum 2)
    Puno:
    Sillustani archaeological site $12
    Cusco:
    Boleto Turistico (tourist ticket) $25 (half ticket) $46 (full ticket)
    City tour $15-20
    Horse riding around ruins (with guide) $40
    Horse riding around ruins (without guide) $15
    Whitewater rafting $55
    Mountain biking $55
    Museo Inka $3.5 entrance
    Museo de Historia Regional entrance with Boleto Turistico
    All prices are per person in US dallar amounts
    (unless stated otherwise), and are subject to change as services are provided by third party operators.
    Tour arrangements/order of itinerary is subject to amendment if deemed necessary by Local Provider. Any failure to perform, delay, liability or damage shall be excused and Tours4Fun/ Local Provider shall not be held responsible for the consequences of Acts of God, labor disputes, civil commotions, fire, traffic conditions, weather conditions, theft, unavoidable accidents, war, acts of state or agencies thereof, or any other circumstance/emergency beyond the control of Tours4fun/ Local Provider. Tours4fun/ Local Provider shall not be liable should it be required to change an itinerary, a departure date, hotel accommodation or other service necessary for the safety and continuation of any tour or passenger or due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Tours4fun/ Local Provider. The Tour Guide/ Local Provider will do their best to provide and maintain their standard of service if the above circumstances/emergencies were to occur. Tours4Fun will do the best to accommodate your needs and address your concerns by speaking with the Tour Guide/ Local Provider but the Tour Guide/Local Provider will make the final decision on any and all requests.
    During your trip, please respect your fellow travelers as well as the tour guide and bus driver. At the discretion of the tour guide/ driver, travelers who inhibit the tour from going forward and/or are deemed disruptive/destructive will be asked to leave the tour group.
Special Notes
    Joining Instructions
  • Jorge Chavez International Airport in Callao Lima, is approximately a 45-minute drive from the Miraflores district, where our joining hotel is located. The easiest way to get there is via taxi. Immediately after the customs and immigration area, as you head to the exits, you will find an official taxi stand. You can pay for the car at set (approximately $27 USD) rates and won’t need to worry about sorting out a ride outside the airport facilities, where the situation tends to get more chaotic, with many drivers vying for few clients. There are exchange facilities in the Arrivals area open 24 hours.
  • If you are arriving from abroad and have paid in advance for an arrival transfer, someone will be at the airport to meet you. Upon leaving the baggage claim area you will see a large open area with sign boards all around. Look for a G Adventures sign board with your name. As there are many people and signs in this area it may be difficult for you to spot the sign immediately. Please take your time in doing so and if at that stage you do not see a G Adventures sign board with your name go to the customer service area to wait. In the event that your driver does not arrive within 20 minutes please ask the information desk to arrange an official taxi for you which should cost approximately $27 USD and this money will be reimbursed by your CEO or G Adventures representative.
  • FINDING YOUR TRANSFER - As you walk out of the airport there will be many drivers holding signs with agency or passenger names as well as taxi drivers asking you if you require their services. These are NOT our drivers and you should not accept their services. Please wait for our designated transfer person with a G Adventures sign board.
  • In order to protect your own property, please bring any valuable items with you at any time. Please do not leave any valuable items on the bus/hotel/attraction/restaurant etc. Tours4fun, local operators, drivers and tour guides will not take any responsibility for any theft loss at any location.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

*Prices listed have been adjusted.

*Price for Single Occupancy applies when one person stays in one standard hotel room.
*price for Double Occupancy applies when two people stay in one standard hotel room respectively.
*Children under 12 years of age are not permitted on this tour.
*Child shares the same price as adult.
*Maximum room capacity: 2 people.
*Please include the birth date of your children when booking.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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