Project Description

5 Days Private Elemental Journey

5 Days / 4 Nights

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

[Places Visited] Sacred Valley (Chinchero & Moray), Machu Picchu & Cusco
[Tour Length] 5 Days

  • Learn about ancient weaving techniques at Chinchero and admire the beauty of the little known Moray complex.
  • Discover the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and be witness of its impressive scenery.
  • Spend a second day in Machu Picchu to experiment an unforgettable sunrise in this amazing Sanctuary and for deeper exploring.
  • Explore Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire; visit its impressive complexes and Pre Hispanic temples.

SUMMARY

Day 1: CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY

Welcome at Cusco Airport and transfer to the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Full day tour. Visit Chinchero town & Moray complex.
Meals: Picnic L

Day 2: SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU

Morning transfer to Ollanta station to board Vistadome Valley train to Machu Picchu.
Tour at Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary (3 hrs approx.)
Meals: B,L,D

Day 3: MACHU PICCHU – SACRED VALLEY – CUSCO

Morning optional sunrise and / or hikes at Machu Picchu.
Afternoon board Vistadome Valley train to Ollanta station and transfer to your comfortable hotel.
Meals: B,L

Day 4: CUSCO

Morning City Tour (Qoricancha – Temple of the Sun, Saqsaywaman, Qenqo, San Pedro Market & San Blas Artists neighbourhood).
Afternoon at leisure.
Meals: B

Day 5: CUSCO – OUTBOUND

Transfer to Cusco Airport for your outbound flight.
Meals: B

Note: Subject to availability and change without prior notice.

Day 1: CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS
Welcome to Cusco! You are met and transferred to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Along the route, visit the colorful native town of Chinchero, which is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Witness an amazing ancient weaving demo in this village, where weaving traditions are still strong and many weavers still know and use a great variety of techniques and designs of our ancestors. For at least two thousand years Peruvian weavers have experimented with every weaving technique known in the world.

After lunch venture off the beaten path to Moray, which is a series of circular Inca terraces worked into the ground. Local people refer to it as the greenhouse of the Incas and historians think it was used as an agricultural research center. As you descend each layer, so too does the temperature. The Incas may have used Moray mainly to test and develop new crops.
(Picnic L)

Day 2: SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU
This morning you are transferred to Ollanta rail station to board the train to Machu Picchu. The Vistadome Valley service includes carriages with panoramic windows which enhance the impressive scenic view. During the journey – 1.5 hours – a light snack is provided. You arrive at Machu Picchu town and are transferred to Machu Picchu Archaeological site by shuttle bus.

Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary Excursion
Explore the enigmatic complex of Machu Picchu accompanied by your expert guide, who leads the way through the site, providing varied information on key areas of interest, including Intihuatana or Sun Dial, the Sacred Plaza and the Temple of the Sun. The story of Machu Picchu is very interesting. It’s still unknown what the site exactly was in terms of its place in Inca life. Some scholars believe that Machu Picchu was a summer country resort for elite Incas. However, other theories affirm that Machu Picchu was one of the greatest ceremonial centers in the entire Inca Empire.

You may enjoy the last sun rays at Machu Picchu or relax at your comfortable hotel for the balance of the day.
(B,L,D)

Day 3: MACHU PICCHU – SACRED VALLEY – CUSCO
After breakfast, you may witness a breathtaking sunrise in Machu Picchu and enjoy this amazing place for a second time. For the most adventurous ones, we suggest to go up the Huayna Picchu Mountain (reservation required) from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being high and distant. It’s an exciting adventure for the travelers who want to see, from the top, the nature and the carved stone emerging from the ground. Less demanding and beautiful hikes are also available such the Sun Gate or the Inca Bridge.
After lunch, board the Vistadome Valley train back to the Sacred Valley and continue by road all the way to your hotel in Cusco.
(B,L)

Day 4: CUSCO
This morning discover Cusco City, which was the capital of the vast and impressive Inca Civilization. Explore the Qorikancha or Sun Temple, now referred to as Santo Domingo Church. The curved stonework of the temple is probably unequalled in the world which probably was covered with gold during the Inca period. Then, visit the impressive archaeological sites around the city: Saqsayhuaman, an Inca complex with huge stone constructions, where the Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun is held every June. Sacsayhuaman has a great cosmic energy – that is why people think it was an astronomic observatory and an Inca oracle. Explore also Q’enqo, a place used for ceremonial purposes, fertility rites and celebrations of the solstice and equinox. Once back to the city, visit the very colorful San Pedro market and finally proceed to San Blas, the Artisans’ Neighborhood of narrow and high streets, visit its beautiful little plaza and discover unique workshops.

This afternoon is at leisure.
(B)

Day 5: CUSCO – OUTBOUND
After breakfast you are transferred to Cusco Airport for your outbound flight.
(B)

5 Stars
US $ 2,240
4 Stars
US $ 1,765
3 Stars
US $ 1,645
Sacred Valley TAMBO DEL INKA
Superior Room
PAKARITAMPU
Standard Room
CASONA YUCAY
Superior Room
Machu Picchu INKATERRA
Superior Deluxe Room
EL MAPI
Deluxe Room
INTI INN
Standard Room
Cusco CASONA INKATERRA
Suite Patio
NOVOTEL
Contemporary Room
CASA ANDINA CLASSIC
Superior Room

* Pricing per person based on double occupancy

INCLUDED:

  • Hotel accommodations as indicated in the itinerary, including taxes (VAT 18%) and service charges.
  • Meals as specified: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner.
  • Private airport transfers as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All ground transportation by private vehicle as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All private guided excursions as indicated, inclusive of admission fees.
  • Expert English-speaking Tour Guide services during included transfers and excursions.
  • Vistadome Valley Rail tickets to / from Machu Picchu.
  • 24 / 7 Concierge Live Assistance.
  • Baggage handling assistance and tips to airport porters.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Any international airfares or internal airfare unless specifically mentioned; Airport Taxes ($32.00 per person International Departures Tax); Passport and visa fees; Travel insurance; Excess baggage charges; Items of personal nature such as gratuities, telephone / fax / internet charges, laundry, beverages, meals and services not specified in the itinerary.

NOTES:

  • This is a sample itinerary which can be customized according to your needs and travel wishes. Please contact our Destination Specialists at sales AT peruvianodyssey DOT com.
  • Extensions among other destinations in Peru are available upon request and at an additional cost.
  • Before your trip, please get a copy of your Peru Information Guide for a most unforgettable experience!
  • Local Tax (VAT 18%) for accommodation and meals taken in hotels, only applicable to travellers having remained in the country for 60 consecutive days or more (residents). In order to be exempt from this tax, non-resident travellers must present their original passport and Andean Immigration Card to our staff at the moment of check-in. In absence of these documents, the VAT exemption does not apply and the tax will have to be paid by guests directly at each hotel.

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