MACHU PICCHU, LAKE TITICACA, CUSCO, SACRED VALLEY AND LIMA
Iconic and highly sought out, the natural wonder of Machu Picchu’s towering green mountains and dry-stone wall structures is just one of Peru’s most enticing attractions. Along with getting to visit this ancient Inca settlement in the High Andes, you’ll have the chance to admire even more of Peru’s breathtaking landscapes with stops at the Sacred Valley and Lake Titicaca. Plus, immerse yourself in fascinating history and lively culture during stays in the country’s most vibrant cities, including Cusco, Puno, and Lima. From discovering renowned archaeological sites and sampling authentic cuisine to browsing colorful craft markets and cozying up to llamas and alpaca, this trip is a Peruvian dream.
- Overnight Flight
- 2 nights in Yucay
- 3 nights in Cusco
- 2 nights in Puno
- 1 night in Lima
- Round trip airfare from Miami (NY-JFK departures available at additional cost)
- Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- Intra-Peru flights, ground transportation and transfers
- Accommodations at First Class hotels
- 12 meals: 8 full buffet breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) and 2 dinners (D)
- Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees
- Experienced English speaking guides
Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.
Your exciting expedition to Peru begins late this evening with an overnight flight.
Early morning arrival in Lima. Here, connect for a short flight to Cuzco, the fabled capital of the Inca Empire, perched at about 11,000 feet above sea level. On arrival, journey to the nearby Sacred Valley of the Incas. The valley has amazing landscapes of fertile land, mystical ruins and indigenous villages. On your way to the Sacred Valley, enjoy lunch at Princesita private restaurant and in the restaurant’s gardens experience a Shaman ceremony, one of the ancient rituals of Peru. Next, visit Awanakancha, a weaving center that keeps ancient weaving techniques and traditions alive….
Pisac and Sacred Valley Excursion
On today’s excursion visit the world renowned and colorful Indian market in Pisac where many beautiful crafts are traded. Later, travel through the lush valley to Ollantaytambo and explore the splendid ruins of this massive ancient fortress. The village below is a fine example of the Incas incredible urban planning skills. Return to your hotel in Yucay later this afternoon. (B,L)
Machu Picchu Rail Excursion/Cusco
Embark today on an expedition to Machu Picchu. You’ll ride aboard the Vistadome train through the lush Urubamba Valley passing along stunning scenery. Arrive at “The Lost City Of the Incas” rediscovered in 1911. The beauty of its location and the genius construction make Machu Picchu travel the jewel of all Inca settlements and a top stop in your Peru vacation packages. To this day nobody can explain how the Incas managed to transport the huge blocks of limestone for the city’s construction onto the mountaintop. An expert guide leads you through the ruins and shares with you the…
Cusco is a vibrant town, dotted with archaeological sites. On a guided walking tour, visit the main Inca and Colonial monuments. See the Plaza de Armas, the center of the Inca Empire and the impressive 16th century cathedral, built on the ruins of the Inca Palace. In the old town view magnificently restored colonial buildings. Your hotel is superbly located in the heart of the old town near the lively Plaza de Armas. Evening at leisure. (B)
A day at leisure to explore vibrant Cusco at your own pace. Walk the narrow streets of the old colonial town, browse the galleries and shops selling local crafts and relax in one of the many outdoor cafes. You may also venture to the outskirts of Cusco to visit the amazing ruins of Sacsayhuaman, an Inca architectural masterpiece with fabulous views of the city below. (B)
Embark on a thrilling journey to Puno. As you traverse the rugged snow-capped Andes you’ll enjoy the breathtaking scenery and see quaint local villages as well as herds of llama and alpaca. Visit the charming village of Andahuaylillas, with its renowned 17th-century church. Arrive at your hotel overlooking majestic Lake Titicaca. GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca or similar (B)
Lake Titicaca Boat Excursion
Situated on the border between Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is South America’s largest and highest navigable lake. Today, embark on an unforgettable boat journey to explore the magnificent scenery and fascinating life on and around the tranquil lake. First, visit the floating islands of the Uros Indians that still practice the old traditions of fishing, trapping birds and living on the lake plants. The totora reeds,which grow abundantly in the shallows of the lake, are used for their boats, houses and to build the very islands on which they live. This way of life began over 500 years…
Today transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima. The rest of the day is at leisure. Hotel Jose Antonio Bellavista (B)
This morning is at leisure. Later enjoy a guided tour of both colonial and modern Lima, founded in 1535 and later dominated by the Inca nation. See the historical center and the San Francisco Church as well as Plaza de Armas and the Government Palace. Later, see the fashionable districts of San Isidro and Miraflores with their beautiful parks and elegant residences. This evening join your fellow travelers at a festive farewell dinner at a famous local restaurant. After dinner, transfer to the airport for your late night flight. (B,D)
Note: 2020 itinerary to include…
Bid farewell to enchanting Peru! Your memorable journey ends as you arrive in the US this morning.
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Rates are based on double occupancy. Single room supplement is $499
NEW YORK DEPARTURES:
Jul. 15 & Aug. 18 2019 Departures: add $299.
All other departures: add $199.
IMPORTANT TRAVELERS NOTE
The high altitudes reached on this trip (up to 11,000 feet above sea level) requires that you be in good physical condition to fully enjoy the trip. We strongly suggest that you consult a physician regarding any concerns prior to making a reservation.
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-9:00 EST and Sat-Sun, 10:00-6:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received within 48 hours of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.
Sonesta Posadas Del Inca Yucay Hotel
Plaza Manco II 123 Yucay
Urubamba, Cusco, Peru
Hotel Novotel Cusco
Calle San Augustin 239
Cusco 0, Peru
GHL Hotel Lago Titicaca
- Lake Titicaca
Formerly the Hotel Libertador Puno
Isla Esteves s/n Lago Titicaca
Hotel Jose Antonio Bellavista
Calle Bellavista 133
Miraflores, Lima, Peru
The high altitude reached on this trip (up to 14,000 feet above sea level) as well as the considerable amount of walking involved, often on uneven terrain, requires that you be in good physical condition to enjoy this trip. We strongly suggest that you consult with your physician regarding any concerns as well as possible medications to ease the effects of the high altitude. Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.
Your flights from the U.S. to Peru and back are via the airlines listed below. You need to arrive at the designated airport at least 3 ½ hours before your scheduled departure. Schedules are as follows:
|Departure Date||Airline||Miami||New York (JFK)|
|2019: Jun. 9, Jun. 30, Jul. 15, Aug. 18, Sep. 15, Oct. 13||LATAM Airlines||11:55PM||7:10AM||11:25PM||9:00AM|
|2019: Nov. 10, Dec. 22|
2020: Jan. 5, Feb. 2
Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
The above airlines do not accept advance seat assignment. Actual seat assignment will be provided at the airport. Please note that smarTours is not involved with your seat assignments.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of return. American passport holders do not require a visa. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets along with final instructions and travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour. Please make sure to advise us in writing in case of a change of your address.
Since Peru is located near the Equator, the weather is temperate with average daytime high temperatures ranging from 60’s to the 80’s. Evening temperatures will be about 20 to 30 degrees cooler.
You may dine at either of the hotels used on this tour or other nearby restaurants recommended by your guide. Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the hotel’s coffee shop is about $10-20 per meal per person. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. dollars. Your hotels will be able to exchange your cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage not to exceed 44 pounds and one carry-on piece not to exceed 18”x10”x8”.
Check out this video from a smarTours traveler on this trip of a lifetime!