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Peru - Machu Picchu Combined With the Sacred Valley Offers an Affordable Vacation Package
Recently one our clients wanted to see Machu Picchu but they were concerned about price and they did not want to skimp on the number of days they had planned to visit Cusco and see some of the sites in the Sacred Valley. So we did a little digging and came up with a very fun itinerary that offered all the ingredients of the trip they wanted while staying within their budget. The key to this package is small boutique hotels in areas of the Sacred Valley that offer comfort, value and accessibility to one of the greatest wonders of the world "Machu Picchu". On a recent trip to Peru, my colleague and I visited a variety of different hotels along with an assortment of boutique small hotels that were very accommodating in the 3-star price range. These hotels along with the “shared” tours were the perfect combination for our travelers to experience Machu Picchu the Sacred Valley and stay within their price range.
9-Day / 8-Nights Travel Value Package to Peru
Day 01 - Flight to Lima - 1-Night Lima Costa Del Sol hotel
Day 02 - Flight Lima to Cusco, tour Pisac ruins, overnight Ollantaytambo Munay Hotel
Day 03 - Ollantaytambo Fortress visit, overnight Ollantaytambo - Munay Hotel
Day 04 - Tour Maras Salt Pools & Moray Terrances, Overnight Ollantaytambo Munay Hotel
Day 05 - Ollanta Train Station to Machu Picchu, Overnight Aguas Calientes - Inti Punku Inn
Day 06 - Machu Picchu, train to Ollantaytambo, overnight Pisac Pisac Inn
Day 07 - Pisac to Cusco, overnight Cusco Casa Andina Catherdal Hotel- Afternoon free
Day 08 - Free Day Cusco to walk around - ovnight Casa Andina Catherdal Hotel
Day 09 - Cusco to Lima flight. Lima to USA (international flight not included in land rate)
Price Per person: $1,399.00 per person land only
All hotels listed, RT Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, 2-day Machu Picchu entrance, Sightseeing with english speaking guide as indicated, Transfers as indicated, All taxes and fee's. RT international Air not included in price. Airfare subject to dates of travel. Rates based on travel between September - November 2012. All rates subject to availability and change.
Machu Picchu Lodge-To-Lodge Trekking Package:
One of the "Best" luxury trekking / hiking adventure that combines superb comfortable cozy accommodations to Machu Picchu, spectacular scenery, majestic mountains of the Andes in charming lodges. The Only Trek to Machu Picchu in style and comfort.
(Read our blog article on this package)
Day 1 - Lima
Arrive into Lima, transfer and overnight in Miraflores.
Day 2 - Lima Cusco
Arrive into Cusco afternoon and check into your hotel. Afternoon walking tour of Cusco. Overnight at a pre-selected hotel in Cusco.
Day 03 - Cusco -
Full day tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit with an expert guide the village of Pisac and the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. Retuirn to Cusco and overnight at the pre-selected hotel. This evening meet your guide along with the other guest in your trekking party with a pre trek / hiking meeting.
Day 04- Cusco to Hiking Trail Head - Hike to 1st Mountain Lodge
This morning your hiking guide and driver will pick you up around 7:00am and transport you along with your fellow hikers in your group to the start of today’s hike (2 – 3 van ride to trail head). En route we will take a short break to visit the Inca ruins of Tarawasi, after leaving we continue to a small mountain village before we begin our hike, which is a moderate hike to the first lodge with plenty of stops for lunch, pictures and rest. This is a good opportunity for everyone to acclimate and enjoy a mild & beautiful 4 to 5 hour trek. On arrival to the lodge, the lodge staff will be waiting pass out room keys and give you time to relax, take a dip in the hot tub before an evening briefing and dinner. (L,D)
DAY 5 – Overnight 1st Mountain Lodge
This day begins with a full breakfast and a 1/2 day moderate to challenging hike up to a glacial lake a few miles above the lodge approximately 3 or 4 hours. The majestic Andes mountain range is the back drop to this crystal clear turquoise lake. If the weather is clear, there are picture postcard panoramic views of the valley and the snow peak mountain ranges. Afternoon, a hot lunch is served at the lodge. Remainder of the afternoon is free to relax, go bird watching, read or take a nap. Evening briefing about the next day’s trek before dinner is served. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. (Hiking time: 3-4 hours. Hiking moderate to semi-challenging)
DAY 6 - Hike to 2nd Lodge
Early morning wake up and a hardy full breakfast are on the agenda. The morning is spent hiking up the Rio Blanco Valley to the Salkantay Mountain pass. Our Hike starts with a moderate climb, plenty of resting stops to take pictures, refresh and hydrate are taken as you work your way up to the top of the pass at over 15,000 feet. At the top speculator views a wait you with snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba Range in every direction. Condors are very common and often visible during the hike. From the top we continue our descent towards the next lodge for the evening. A hot lunch is prepared and served en route. Arrival to the next lodge is early to late afternoon, enough time to relax before dinner and the briefing for the next day. (Hiking time: 4-6 hours. Total excursion time for day: 5-7 hours. Hiking level: moderate to challenging with a 15,000ft mountain pass).
Day 7 - Hike to 3rd Lodge
Today we resume our hike after a good night’s sleep, hot shower and a leisurely breakfast. Our hike begins with our elevation at 12,500 feet and ends at 9,500 feet through increasingly lush green scenery. Today is a fairly short hike all downhill. We arrive at our next lodge in time for lunch and an afternoon to take a nap, relax or enjoy the hot tub. This lodge has panoramic views of the flourishing abundant green mountains which surrounds the area. Dinner and overnight. (Hiking time: 3-4hours) Hiking level: easy to moderate)
Day 08 – Hike to 4th Lodge
Early morning rise with a full breakfast served by the lodge staff. Our hike today leads us down the Santa Teresa River Valley, through more populated rural areas with coffee plantations. Today’s trek follows along the river through a lush green trail with many types of birds, flowers, granadillas, orchards cloud forest vegetation and foliage. A hot lunch picnic is served in route before we arrive at a stopping point of the trail. Here we will board a private van that will take our group to the beginning of the “Llactapata Inca Trail”. From the trail head it is a short climb to our next lodge, set in an avocado orchard. We arrive in time to relax before our pre-dinner briefing and dinner. (Hiking time: 5-6 hours. Total excursion time for day: 6-8 hours. Hiking level: moderate to challenging, basically due to distance, not terrain).
Day 09 Hike to Aguas Caliente, Overnight in Hotel (elevation from 6,900 to 6,200)
Breakfast is served early again before our last day trekking uphill for 2-3 hours towards Llactapata pass (2,700 m/8,900ft). Here off in the distance we can view Machu Picchu across the valley from the southwest, a view few travelers every experience. Llactapata Ruins recently restored is a great resting stop before lunch is provided at the observatory, in view of Machu Picchu. We then begin our final descent to the Aobamba River through lush bamboo forests and more orchards and coffee plantations (2-3 hour descent). Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu are a short (30 minutes), scenic train ride away. (Total hiking time: 4-6 hours. Hiking level: moderate to challenging). We then arrive in Aguas Calientes to check-in to our hotel for the night.
Day 10 – Aguas Caliente – Machu Picchu - Cusco
We wake up early to have breakfast at the hotel and then make our way to the bus station for the ride up to Machu Picchu (30 min). A complete guided tour of Machu Picchu will be provided (2 hours). Guests will have about 4 additional hours to explore the site on their own (there is a lot to do and see). Afterwards, we will return by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch and to go to the train station for the afternoon departure. The train takes us to Ollantaytambo (1½ hrs), where a private vehicle awaits to take us to Cusco (1 ½ hrs). Upon arrival in Cusco (approximately 7-8pm) you will be dropped off at your hotel of their choice and bid farewell to your new friends made over the past week.
Day 11 Cusco - Home
Today is a free day to travel to another part of Peru or depart to Lima for your return trip back home.
Package price from: Ask for specific price on this departrue & airfare from your home departure city:
Package price based on standard First Class (3-star) accommodation levels to Deluxe Luxury accommodation (4 or 5 Star) in Cusco and Aguas Calientes.
Departure Dates for Lodge-to-Lodge Treks
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1-Night accommodations in Cusco arrival. 5-Nights Lodging in Mountain Lodges as outlined in itinerary, 1-Night in Aguas Calientes, 1-Night in Cusco (last night), transfer as outlined in itinerary, all meals as outlined, snacks, trekking guide, assistance trekking guide, porter of luggage between lodges, lodging taxes.
Extend your Stay
Peruvian Inca Explorer Package:
Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu
7 Days / 6 Nights
Day 1, Arrival to Lima.
Reception at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Upon arrival to the hotel, assistance with check-in procedures, welcome and briefing. Overnight at the hotel of your choice in Lima.
Day 2, Lima.
Today, enjoy a tour of the city of Lima; long considered the colonial capital of South America and a thriving city of over 8 million inhabitants. The historic downtown area has been declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO and its fine architecture should not be missed. Among its principal attractions are the Plaza Mayor, Government Palace, the Cathedral, and the Santo Domingo or San Francisco convents. Visit one of Lima’s great archeological museums and the garden suburbs of Miraflores and San Isidro. Overnight at the hotel of your choice.
Day 3, Lima Cusco. Breakfast served at the hotel. Morning transfer to the airport for your direct flight to Cusco, capital of the Inca Empire. Upon arrival you will be met and driven to the hotel of your choice. Assistance with hotel check-in and a program briefing will be provided at this time. Afternoon tour of the city and nearby ruins. Cusco is considered the archaeological capital of South America. Inca rulers once called Cusco the «Navel of the World», it remains today a city that blends colonial Spanish charm with the older, more austere remains of pre-Columbian glory. One can see the foundations of Inca structures on many of its city streets today. The city has the finest examples of Inca history and architecture, prove of these are the city’s most important historical monuments, which you will see today: The Inca Baths with a sophisticated canal system, the Koricancha Temple, the Kenko Amphitheater, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the Sacsayhuaman Fortress. Overnight at the hotel of your choice.
Day 4, Cusco - Sacred Valley.
Breakfast served at the hotel. Start the day with a journey to the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit to the town of Pisac, and its colorful market fair. Typical Andean lunch in the Urubamba Valley followed by a visit to the Ollantaytambo Fortress. Overnight in the Sacred Valley.
Day 5, Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu.
Breakfast served at the hotel. Morning transfer to the Ollantaytambo train station for a full day excursion to Machu Picchu, also called «The lost city of the Incas». This great mountaintop city was abandoned by the Inca Empire, reclaimed by the jungle and lost to humanity until its rediscovery by Hiram Bingham in 1911. Machu Picchu, the incredibly preserved ruins of this fabled lost city and cradle of the most advanced pre-Columbian civilization, is still an enigma to the modern world today. Lunch at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, an Orient Express property and overnight at the hotel of your choice in the Machu Picchu area.
Day 6, Machu Picchu - Cusco.
Breakfast served at the hotel. Day al leisure to make an optional second visit to Machu Picchu in the early hours and experience it before the first morning train arrives or to roam around the town of Aguas Calientes. Afternoon return to Cusco using the Vistadome train service. Once in Cusco, transfer to your hotel for overnight.
Day 7, Cusco
Breakfast served at the hotel. Morning transfer to the airport to board the flight to other Peruvian destinations or to Lima in order to connect with your international flights.