Machu Picchu & Cusco Extension: 2011 Itinerary

 Year Double Occupancy* Single Occupancy* *Kid's Discount
In-Country Airfare* Park Fee
2011 $2,598 $3,396 $150 $350 Included
2012 $2,788 $3,468 $150 $368 $160

 

  • * Double & Single Occupancy: Pricing is per person based on double occupancy, unless indicated as single occupancy. Limited single accommodations available.
  • * Airfare: In-country airfare is subject to change and must be purchased through International Expeditions. International airfare is not included in prices above but available through International Expeditions. Please call 1-800-234-9620 for current pricing.
  • * Kid’s Discount: Applies to ages 7-18.

Make the most of your travel to South America by combining your Amazon River cruise with our Machu Picchu travel package! A visit to Machu Picchu, the grandest of all the Inca sites, must stand out as a highlight of anyone’s travels. It has the most dramatic of settings, atop an Andean mountain surrounded by other peaks. For all its extent — Machu Picchu has some 200 structures, along with brilliant stone masonry — it was almost forgotten until its rediscovery in 1911 by Hiram Bingham. But there is a great deal more to see, and this Machu Picchu expedition includes a variety of experiences in the great city of Cusco and in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Day 9 • Saturday

Iquitos / Lima / Cusco / Urubamba Valley

This morning we fly from Iquitos to Lima. After lunch in Lima, we fly to Cusco — the heart of the Inca Empire and the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Western Hemisphere. Upon arrival, leave for the historic Urubamba Valley. Along the way, we stop in Chinchero to visit a community program specializing in teaching traditional Andean art and textile-making techniques. This is the ideal time to browse and shop for the best handicrafts and alpaca sweaters. Spend tonight at the Aranwa Hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 10 • Sunday

Machu Picchu

Board the train to Machu Picchu. A bus takes us up the mountain to Machu Picchu. We spend the afternoon exploring the ruins with our guide. This impressive citadel, hidden for 400 years by semi-tropical jungle, lies in a saddle with the peaks of Machu Picchu, "Old Mountain," and Huayna Picchu, "Young Mountain," rising dramatically on either side. Our home for the next two nights is the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, an intimate luxury hotel nestled on 12 secluded acres of tropical cloud forest. (B,L,D)

Day 11 • Monday

Machu Picchu

Today is yours to explore Machu Picchu or simply relax! You may wake up early and hike to the Sun Gate or enjoy some early morning birding in the abundant gardens surrounding our hotel. All wildlife-related activities and your entrance fee to Machu Picchu are included, and your guide will be on-hand to help you make any needed arrangements. For a more relaxing day, treat yourself to the spa or visit the extensive orchid garden, currently considered the biggest in-habitat garden on the planet. The grounds of the Machu Picchu Pueblo are home to exquisite birds including 16 species of hummingbirds and the Andean cock-of-the-rock, the national bird of Peru. Tonight, enjoy an enriching lecture on the history and mysticism surrounding the ruins, along with a detailed discussion of Inca culture. (B,L,D)

Day 12 • Tuesday

Machu Picchu / Ollantaytambo / Sacsayhuamán / Cusco

After breakfast, catch the morning train back to the Sacred Valley. Explore the mighty fortress of Ollantaytambo. The expertly fashioned walkways, canals and pools are a testament to the builders' unrivaled skill. Enjoy a traditional lunch before a Paso Fino horse show. Continuing across the valley toward Cusco, we stop at Sacsayhuamán — a huge fortress of massive stones which zigzags across the side of the mountain. Arrive in Cusco this evening before dinner and spend tonight at the Hotel Libertador. (B,L,D)

Day 13 • Wednesday

Cusco

Spend the morning strolling the streets of Cusco, exploring the Koricancha — also known as Santo Domingo, Santa Catalina Convent and the Cathedral. The Church and Convent of Santo Domingo are beautiful examples of Spanish architecture superimposed on Inca construction — the complex was built over the Koricancha, a temple dedicated to the sun, the Inca’s most important god. After lunch, the afternoon is free to explore on your own before a farewell dinner featuring Andean fare. Return to the Hotel Libertador for the night. (B,L,D)

Day 14 • Thursday

Cusco / Lima / En Route

After breakfast, fly back across the Andes to Lima. Enjoy a superb lunch of local delicacies at Puro Peru before an afternoon at leisure. Dayrooms are available at the Swissôtel. Transfer to the airport this evening for flights home. (B,L)

Day 15 • Friday

U.S.

Arrive in the U.S. and connect with your flight home. (Meals Aloft)

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