to Machu Picchu escorted tour
Oliver's opinion "If you have a little more time on your hands this is the perfect tour that allows you to see all of the main highlights of Peru and then some. Accommodation is of a high standard and the guides are excellent!"
In Machu Picchu, Peru has perhaps the most breathtaking archaeological site in the world. Yet it also offers a wealth of other magnificent sights: ancient, colonial and scenic. Staying in good hotels of great character with some free time to relax, this tour reveals Peru’s many wonders, including Cuzco and Arequipa, the Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca and, of course, Machu Picchu.
Day 1 – To Lima:Overnight flight from London to Lima, via Madrid, with LAN. (N)
Day 2 – Lima:Early morning arrival. Transfer to the Casa Andina Private Collection for 1 night, including immediate occupancy. Day at leisure / optional excursions. (B)
Day 3 – To Arequipa:Morning tour of colonial and modern Lima, including Casa Aliaga, the oldest colonial mansion in Lima and the architectural masterpiece of San Francisco monastery. Fly over the Andes to Arequipa, an attractive city of beautiful white buildings and colonnaded plazas, surrounded by a dramatic landscape. Stay at the Libertador for 2 nights. (B)
Day 4 – Arequipa:Full-day city tour, including the beautiful Santa Catalina convent, which dates from 1500, and the Juanita Mummy Museum. (B, L)
Day 5 – To the Colca Canyon:Drive into the Andes towards the Colca Canyon (taking approximately four hours, partly on unpaved roads, with stops en route). The scenery is breathtaking, with snowy volcanic peaks, the terraces of the Colca valley and herds of llamas scattered around. Stay 2 nights at Casa Andina. (B, L)
Day 6 – Colca Canyon:Early morning excursion to Condor’s Cross, where magnificent condors may be seen flying over the canyon. Visit the town of Maca, famed for its pre-Columbian textiles. Afternoon at leisure to take a walk in the canyon or relax in the natural hot springs. (B)
Day 7 – To Lake Titicaca:Travel by road to Puno and Lake Titicaca (approximately six hours). Transfer to the Libertador, set on the shores of the lake, for 2 nights. (B, L)
Day 8 – Lake Titicaca:Full-day tour of the floating reed Uros islands and Taquile island, with a home-cooked lunch prepared by a local family. (B, L)
Day 9 – To Cuzco:Take the stylish Andean Explorer train to Cuzco (approximately 10 hours). Relax over lunch with a pisco sour and music in the observation car as you pass high Andean peaks, mountain streams and rivers, cultivated terraces and small valley towns. Transfer to the Casa Andina Private Collectionfor 2 nights. (B, L)
Day 10 – Cuzco:Morning tour of Cuzco, including the San Blas district, the cathedral and the extraordinary Temple of the Sun at Koricancha. Afternoon at leisure in the Inca capital. (B)
Day 11 – To the Sacred Valley:In the morning, travel to the Indian village of Chinchero to see its Inca terraces and a traditional weaving demonstration. Continue to the Urubamba market (Wednesday only), where locals trade their corn and potatoes. After lunch, visit the Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo, an astounding feat of construction and ingenuity. Stay overnight in the Sacred Valley at Casa Andina Private Collection. (B, L)
Day 12 – To Machu Picchu:Drive to Ollanta and take the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu. Tour the ruins and stay overnight at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 13 – To Cuzco‡:Morning at leisure or further explore Machu Picchu (purchase ticket at time of booking). Return to Cuzco by rail and transfer to the Casa Andina Private Collection for 1 night. (B)
Day 14 – To London:Fly to Lima and on to London, via Madrid, with LAN. (B)
Day 15 - London:Afternoon arrival. (N)
‡ Extra night:You may wish to spend an additional night in Cuzco (from £65 per person). Please advise at the time of booking.
Accessibility:This tour is fully escorted, except for one night at Machu Picchu due to lack of accommodation for guides. The order of the itinerary is designed to allow gradual adjustment to the altitude, while taking in the major sights of Peru. There are some early morning starts and long drives.
Inti Raymi festival:The 14 June departure coincides with the festival of the sun, Inti Raymi. The tour is 16 days / 13 nights and includes a stay and extra night at the Sonesta Hotel in Cuzco, and a full day of colourful ceremonial celebrations in honour of the Sun God.
Meal Basis:(B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner, (N) = No Meals
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