The main goal of this trip is to experience the essence of Machu Picchu and the culture of the Inkas. We arrive into Lima in the early morning, once at the Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM) we connect with a 1 hour and 20 minute flight to Velasco Astete airport, in the city of Cusco (CUZ). A driver will be waiting for you upon arrival for your hour-long transfer to Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa in Urubamba, Sacred Valley.
The Sacred Valley is halfway between Cusco and Machu Picchu. Being closer to this important attraction is convenient, but what makes the valley strategic is the fact that it lies almost 2,000 feet lower than Cusco city, making it easier for the traveler to acclimatize. We have an afternoon at leisure for optional activities, we recommend light food and no physical activity. Overnight at Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa.
** Flight tickets are not included in any package.
If Cusco was the heart of the Empire, the Sacred Valley bore the arteries that fed its people. Travel through time as you journey through two important Incan archeological complexes: Pisac and Ollantaytambo.
Pisac is 33 kilometers northeast from the city of Cusco, east of the Vilcabamba Mountains. The city’s architecture features a blend of Inca and Spanish, granting it an ancient and modern feel. The main square is a palette of color since local artisans set up their booths there to sell their crafts. You can also walk through the town market and find traditional hand-woven clothing and accessories.
Ollantaytambo is one of the most spectacular sites left by the Incas, mainly because of the massive size of the stones used in its walls and its architectural layout. Archeologists claim it was a military, religious, administrative, and agricultural center. Overnight at Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa
We'll dedicate this day to Machu Picchu. During your visit to this incredible archeological site, recently chosen as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, you will admire the magnificent landscape, temples, prayer houses, andean terraces and the amazing architecture.
The guided tour typically takes around two hours, after which you will have the opportunity to explore the citadel by yourself. We then return to Aguas Calientes, where we will arrange your train back to the hotel.
* The schedules may have some variations, according to availability.
Overnight at Tambo del Inka, Luxury Collection Resort & Spa.
Meeting at the Tambo del Inka Lobby and short walk to the train station.
Departure from Tambo del Inka to Aguas Calientes.
Arrival at Aguas Calientes train station and meet with your guide.
Bus Transfer to Machu Picchu.
Lunch at Tinkuy Restaurant at Machupicchu Sanctuary Lodge.
Transfer to Aguas Calientes.
Departure from Aguas Calientes to Tambo del Inka.
Arrival at Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Colection Resort & Spa.
This day we'll do the Andean Baroque circuit, starting with the Inka temple of Tipón, specially built to honor water. Its channels transport this element in a fluid and efficient way, up until this day, carving intricate patterns on the rock. We then visit Pikillacta, on the way to the South side of the Valley, and we finish at Andahuaylillas, picturesque town whose little church is called the sistine chapel of the Andes, due to its intricate carvings wooden altar and hand-painted ceilings, all recently restored.
We then go to Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel, where we spend the night.
We'll dedicate this day to learning about the city of Cusco and how it continues being the blend of two cultures for the last 500 years.
Our experience starts at the San Pedro Market, where our guide will show us dozens of elements of an Andean origin and many others with a European source, and how the two combine in order to produce nowadays food, weavings, medicine and so on. We will then walk back to Palacio del Inka, passing by several buildings with Inka foundations and Colonial construction on top, learning about the history of these family houses, alleys and palaces. The tour ends with a private visit to Cuatro Bustos Mansion, with more than 100 certified art pieces which reflect this blend of cultures.
We hop on a bus again in order to visit the Cathedral, Santo Domingo convent and Qoricancha, as well as archeological sites like Sacsayhuaman and Kenko. Overnight at Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel.
Depending on our international flight schedule, we can have the morning at leisure before heading back to the Cusco airport for our flight back to Lima, where we'll connect with our flight back to the country of origin.