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An optional extension to our Galapagos Voyage, or a stand alone exploration of Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, this 5 night tour includes all accommodations and meals, ground transportation, your expert guides, some alcoholic beverages and all admissions.

Machu Picchu (Quechua: 'Old Peak') is a pre-Columbian Inca site located at 2,430 meters (7,970 ft) above sea level on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, about 70 km (44 mi) northwest of Cusco. Often referred to as 'The Lost City of the Incas', Machu Picchu is the most familiar symbol of the Inca Empire. It was built around the year 1450 and abandoned a hundred years later, at the time of the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire. Forgotten for centuries by all except for a few locals, the site was brought to worldwide attention in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, an American historian. Since then Machu Picchu has become an important tourist attraction: declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.

Your Itinerary

Note: This itinerary is offered as a general guide. It is not "carved in stone". Flexibility is a must in order to make the best use of weather and local conditions. The specific destinations and their order could change as the program unfolds. Those continuing on from our Galapagos program will have assistance in the transfers from Ecuador to Peru.

day 1
day 2
The Sacred Valley
day 3
Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu
day 4
Machu Picchu
day 5
Machu Picchu
day 6
Cusco to Lima

Today we arrive in the historic city of Cusco, at 3,326 m above sea level. According to Inca legend, the city was built by Sapa Inca Pachacuti, the man who transformed the Kingdom of Cusco from a sleepy city-state into the vast empire of Tahuantinsuyu. Archaeological evidence however, points to a slower, more organic growth of the city beginning before Pachacuti. The original Inca city, said to have been founded in the eleventh century, was sacked by Pizarro in 1535. There are original Incan architecture remains at the palace of the Incas, the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Virgins of the Sun. After settling into our five-star hotel, a converted 16th-century monastery with period art on the walls and oxygenated rooms, we will have a chance to explore the city by foot before dinner.

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May 6, 2013 - May 11, 2013

All prices are per person, in US Dollars (USD) unless specified otherwise, and are cash or cheque discounted.

  • 1

    $2995.00   Based on double occupancy

  • 1

    $2995.00   Double Occupancy

  • 2

    $795.00   Single Supplement, please add $795

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       Single Supplement please add


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  • Sheryl Saint

    Sheryl Saint

    Expedition Team

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  • Tom Barlow

    Tom Barlow


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What's Included

  • All accommodations, meals & some alcoholic beverages
  • Ground transportation
  • Your guide(s)
  • All admissions

    What's Not Included

  • Internal & international flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Mandatory emergency medical insurance
  • Any expenses due to itinerary changes beyond our control
  • Gratuities for drivers and local guides
    • Two opportunities to visit the Machu Picchu Site
    • Stay in a converted 16th-Century Monastery
    • Ample time to explore the beautiful city of Cusco
    • Stay in the remarkable jungle lodge at the base of Machu Picchu
    • Travel through the Sacred Valley in the glass roofed Vistadome train
    • Taste the amazing cuisine of the high Andes