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The Empire of Machu Picchu

Discover the ancient Lost Andean Citadel and explore its shrouded mystery by rail and foot

Dates

Sat Jun 27 – Sat Jul 4, 2020

Cost

$3999/Person

Deposit

$750/Person

JOURNEY TO THE LOST CITY OF THE INCAS

Immerse your spirit into the ancient mysteries of this extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage Site. Capture the essence of a bygone era of romance and adventure as you embrace the unique customs and breathtaking beauty of one of Earth’s most compelling regions. Encounter with locals, venture off with passionate native guides and discover the hidden wonders of Machu Picchu. Discover a “lost” Andean city shrouded in mystique with its ancient temples standing guard over an imposing mountain range which has nurtured over 20,000 years of civilization. Be inspired by Machu Picchu’s wonders – dwarfed by its mighty peaks covered in a perpetual mantle of snow and the massive stone walls of ancient forts and temples. Journey onboard the VistaDome train along one of the world’s most scenic rail routes. Explore ancient Incan sites scattered throughout the Sacred Valley, including Ollantaytambo, Sacsayhuaman and the Koricancha Sun Temple.  Absorb the unique tapestry of life in the Sacred Valley and Cusco, travel to bustling Indian markets – social centers where locals gather to buy and sell food and handicrafts; visit a local family for a private weaving demonstration and taste traditional Peruvian fare. Feel and hear the mountains and valleys speak to you as this extraordinary destination tells its story of the essence of life and a history stretching across centuries of mankind.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Journey with an award-winning outfitter with 40-years of regional expertise
  • Enjoy two full days of expertly guided immersive exploring of Machu Picchu
  • Explore with expert regional guides within the serene Sacred Valley
  • Survey the ancient Inca ruins of Ollantaytambo, Sacsayhuaman & Koricancha
  • Encounter the colorful culture of Peru exploring in this unspoiled setting
  • Savor the cuisine of the Andes with authentic culinary meals throughout
  • Attend an authentic Paso Fino horse show
  • Visit a textile weaving artisan studio for a private demonstration
  • Stay in premier luxury eco-lodge accommodations throughout with panoramic views
  • Travel by VistaDome train on one of the world’s most scenic rail routes

GROUP SIZE

This is a THIRDHOME & International Expeditions small-group tour with a maximum occupancy of 20 participants; however, the tour can operate with a minimum of 2-4 people.  The group size is kept small, allowing this Adventure to be the most engaging and rewarding experience possible.  On this active, immersive journey, travelers will connect with the local culture and varied terrains of Machu Picchu in a deeper more authentic way.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Exchange Club & Adventure Club Members, family & friends; Age requirement 14+ 

ACTIVITY LEVEL

To truly experience this Machu Picchu adventure, you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer distance walking, hiking over uneven terrain and climbing stairs all within high altitude and varied elevations. If you opt to extend this adventure with a pre or post excursion to include the Inca Trail Trek & Clamping Add-On, there will be longer hiking days ranging between 2-5 hours of activity per day.

You will travel from Lima at an elevation of approximately 300 feet to a height of over 11,000 feet in Cusco and the sparse scrub vegetation of the Andean highlands. You may find yourself affected by the altitude on the expedition. The most common symptoms are headache and sometimes fatigue and dizziness. Please take it easy, especially at first. These symptoms can be minimized by resting, drinking plenty of water and taking aspirin. If you have concerns about the altitude at Cusco and Machu Picchu, ask your physician about medications that may be suitable for you. Oxygen will be available in all transport vehicles throughout your stay in Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Oxygen is available at your hotels, but you must request it at the front desk. To prepare yourself for the high altitude, please limit your alcohol intake the night before your flight, and avoid fats, milk, cheese, oranges and heavy food at meals before flying.

Itinerary

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WELCOME TO LIMA – PERU

Fly via your own arrangements into Lima; upon arrival meet and greet at airport with transfer to Costa del Sol Wyndham for the night. (Meals on own this day)

ANDEAN ARTS & TEXTILES

Journey begins with a short briefing before you embark on a short flight to Cusco – the heart of the Inca Empire and the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Western Hemisphere. Descend into the scenic and historic Urubamba Valley. Along the way, stop in Chinchero to visit a community program specializing in teaching traditional Andean handmade arts and textile making techniques. There will be time to shop and browse for the best artisan crafts including the iconic Andean alpaca hand-knitted sweaters. Enjoy lunch in the Urubamba Valley and spend tonight at the Aranwa Hotel. (B, L, D – included)

MACHU PICCHU EXPLORATION

This morning take a short ride to the Ollanta train station where the group will board for the extraordinary scenic journey up to Machu Picchu (journey takes 1-1/2 hrs). Explore on a guided tour the impressive ruins with an expert regional guide who will point out the significance of the Incan stone structures, temples, and plazas. This impressive and sacred site, 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. After your day of touring, transfer to the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, an intimate luxury hotel nestled on 12 secluded acres of tropical cloud forest. Enjoy dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, L, D – included)

MACHU PICCHU & SUN GATE HIKING

Today enjoy a private Machu Picchu tour – wake up early and hike to the Sun Gate with an expert regional guide. This afternoon treat yourself to the spa or visit the extensive orchid garden (considered the biggest in-habitat garden on the planet). Perhaps enjoy some bird-watching in the abundant gardens and grounds of the hotel, which together with the Machu Picchu Pueblo, are home to exquisite birds including 16 unique species of hummingbirds and the Andean cock-of-the-rock national bird of Peru. Tonight enjoy an enriching lecture on the history and mysticism surrounding the legendary ruins, along with a detailed discussion of Inca culture. (B, L, D – included)

SACRED VALLEY & PERUVIAN HORSES

This morning after breakfast, board the train to the Sacred Valley. Upon arrival, explore with an expert regional guide the fortress of Ollantaytambo, along with its intricate walkways, canals, and pools – all a testament to the builder’s unrivaled skills. Enjoy a traditional lunch before experiencing an amazing Peruvian Paso Fino Horse show at Wayra Ranch. Continuing across the valley toward Sacsayhuaman – a huge fortress of massive stones which dramatically zigzags across the mountain-side. Arrive into Cusco this evening before dinner and overnight at the Aranwa Hotel. (B, L, D – included)

CULTURAL WALKING TOUR

Spend the morning strolling the streets on an expertly guided informative tour 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 and the Inca’s most important god. The walls are covered in sheets of gold, studded with emeralds and turquoise. Enjoy a local lunch in a traditional restaurant, and afterward, the afternoon is free to explore the city further on your own. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner featuring Andean delicacies. Overnight in Cusco at the Aranwa Hotel. (B, L, D – included)

DEPARTURE FROM LIMA

This morning enjoy breakfast and relax. After lunch, transfer to Cusco airport for group flight back across the Andes to Lima, and transfer to the group airport hotel for relaxing in your “day-use” room before your late evening international flights homeward. PLEASE NOTE – flights will depart Lima red-eye and arrive on DAY 8 into your final destination. (B, L – included)

PRE-TOUR ADD-ONS

Inquire for more details on Inca Trail Hiking (OR) Nazca Lines & Ballestras Islands

Accommodations

MACHU PICCHU & CUSCO

  • 1 Night Pre & 1 Night Post LIMA Costa del Sol Wyndham Airport
  • 1 Night URUBAMBA VALLEY Aranwa Sacred Valley Resort
  • 2 Nights MACHU PICCHU Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo
  • 2 Nights CUSCO Palacio del Inka
  • All rooms have private ensuite bathrooms & eco-amenities
  • Room bedding varies – either Queen/King (or) 2 Twin beds
  • Peru Rail VISTADOME Train

What’s Included

  • Arrival & Departure ground transfers
  • 1 Pre-Night Accommodations in Lima at airport hotel upon arrival
  • 5 Nights Premier Machu Picchu & Cusco Hotel Accommodations
  • 1 Post-Night Accommodations in Lima at airport hotel for departure
  • 17 Meals included in adventure itinerary
  • Two days of exploration with expert native guides into Machu Picchu
  • Exploration of Ollantaytambo, Sacsayhuamán & Koricancha ruins
  • Scenic Vistadome train ride to Machu Picchu from Ollanta (1.5-HR journey)
  • Guided touring & enriching lectures on regional culture and history
  • Private Weaving Demonstration
  • Two Cultural Visits with Local Families
  • Paso Fino Horse Show at Wayra Ranch
  • Tips to porters during trip, including waiters during group meals

What’s Not Included

  • In-country airfare required as part of this private group: $409 per person
  • Machu Picchu Heritage Site Park Fees: $195 per person
  • Optional Excursions and/or extensions within Peru or another nearby country

Passport & Visa Requirements

  • Please check with the U.S. Department of Travel for updates on Peru requirements as they often change
  • Tourist Entrance Visas: Visas are not required for US or Canadian citizens but are issued free upon entry. Passport requirement: Must have at least six months validity at time of entry.

Immunization Requirements

Adventure Pricing

$3999 per person (based on Double Occupancy)

$4999 per person (based on Single Occupancy

DEPOSITS & FINAL PAYMENTS

DEPOSIT DUE UPON BOOKING: $750 per person (non-refundable)

FINAL PAYMENT DUE DATE: MARCH 16, 2020 (non-refundable)

Deposits & Final Payments are non-refundable for all Adventures

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Adventure packages are 100% non-refundable and subject to any change and/or cancellation terms & conditions of THIRDHOME & International Expeditions. THIRDHOME strongly recommends the purchase of travel insurance. Click here to view the THIRDHOME Adventures Terms and Conditions.

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