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Spirit of Peru & Machu Picchu

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  • $1899
     
  • 7
    Days

LIMA, SACRED VALLEY, MACHU PICCHU & CUSCO

Experience the best of Peru on this express tour taking you through ancient, colonial, and modern Peru with visits to Peru’s capital city, Lima; the lush Sacred Valley; Cusco, believed to be the longest continuously inhabited city of the Western hemisphere; and the crown jewel of any visit to Peru – Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. Our journey takes us from Lima’s colorful Plaza de Armas and the San Francisco Monastery’s underground maze of tunnels and catacombs to the impressive ruins of Ollantaytambo and bazaar-like open market in Pisac. Marvel at the mysterious and spectacular archaeological site that is Machu Picchu and experience Cusco, once the capital of the Inca Empire where we’ll visit Koricancha which was once a temple dedicated to the sun, “Inti” but was destroyed by Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century and used as the foundation for the Catholic Church of Santo Domingo.

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 2 nights in Lima
  • 1 night in the Sacred Valley
  • 2 nights in Cusco
  • Optional 7-night extension to the Galapagos Islands
  • Overnight International Flight

Tour
Highlights

  • Colonial & Contemporary City Tour of Lima with San Francisco Monastery
  • San Francisco Monastery (Lima)
  • Sacred Valley
  • Explore the ruins of Ollantaytambo
  • Visit a typical house in the “last living Inca Village of Peru”
  • Enjoy a ride aboard the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu

Activity Level: Adventurer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round trip airfare from Miami
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-South America flights, ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at First Class hotels
  • 7 meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • Comprehensive sightseeing per itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking tour directors

Tour Itinerary

Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

Depart USA/Arrive Peru

Your exciting expedition to Peru begins today as you depart for Lima. This evening, arrive in Peru’s capital, Lima. You’ll be met by your Tour Director at the airport and escorted to your upscale hotel.

Jose Antonio Bellavista Hotel or similar

Lima

Explore Lima, known as the City of Kings and the center of the Spanish Empire in the New World for three centuries after Pizarro’s conquest. Our guided tour takes us to both colonial and modern Lima, founded in 1535 and later dominated by the Inca nation. In the historical center, we’ll admire the colorful colonial architecture around the “Plaza San Martín” and the main square, or “Plaza de Armas”, where we can also see the Government Palace, the Cathedral, and the Municipality. From here, we’ll visit the San Francisco Monastery with its underground…

Lima/Cusco/Sacred Valley

Today we’ll depart on a short flight to Cusco, the fabled capital of the Inca Empire, perched at about 11,000 feet above sea level. On arrival, we’ll continue to the nearby Sacred Valley of the Incas, once the heartland of the Inca Empire, located in the Peruvian Andes and bordering the Urubamba River. Our first stop will be the small town of Pisac, known for its bazaar-like open market offering a wide selection of Peruvian handicrafts from ceramics, paintings, weaving, and jewelry. Next, we’ll explore the impressive ruins of Ollantaytambo, one of the few places where the…

Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu/Cusco

This morning, we’ll transfer to the Ollantaytambo train station to board the train bound for Aguas Calientes, the small village nestled at the bottom of Machu Picchu. On our train ride through the lush Urubamba Valley, we’ll enjoy stunning Andean views filled with small communities and snow-capped mountains. Upon arrival, we’ll take the bus up to “the Lost City of the Incas”, which was never found by the Spaniards and was rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham in the foggy mountain jungle. During our visit we’ll see what were once temples, agricultural…

Cusco

Cusco is a vibrant town, dotted with archaeological sites. Our walking tour begins at the “Plaza de Armas” and a visit to the impressive renaissance-style Cathedral. We’ll make our way through small alleys edged with Incan walls until we reach Koricancha, the temple dedicated to the sun, “Inti”. Believed to be the most important temple for the Incas, it was destroyed by the Spanish conquerors in the 16th century. Its foundations were used to build the Catholic Church Santo Domingo. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

| Breakfast, Dinner

Cusco/Depart Lima

Today, we’ll transfer to the airport for our flight to Lima and connecting overnight flight to either the US or to Quito if traveling on the extension.

| Breakfast

Arrive in US

Today, arrive back in the US with memories of your Peruvian adventure!

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Extended Tours

Ecuador & Galapagos Extension

  • From approx. $3,999 Per Person

Add 7 nights in Ecuador on this Quito & Galapagos Islands extension. Visit La Mitad del Mundo (the Equatorial Monument) in Quito, go island hopping in the Galapagos Islands and stay at Finch Bay Hotel in the Galapagos – one of National Geographic’s “Unique Lodges of the World”.

Cusco/Lima/Quito

Today, we’ll transfer to the airport for our flight to Lima and connecting flight to Quito, the colonial capital of Ecuador, located just 15 miles from the equator and surrounded by ice-capped volcanoes. We’ll transfer to our first-class centrally located hotel with the balance of the day at leisure.

Hotel Hilton Colon or similar | Breakfast

Quito

Today, we’ll explore the capital city of Ecuador on the foothills of the Pichincha Volcano. With its unique blend of Spanish, Flemish, Moorish, and pre-Colombian architecture, Quito’s churches, monasteries, narrow streets, rock and adobe buildings, and Spanish patios have helped the city earn its name as UNESCO “Patrimony of Mankind”.

On our guided tour we’ll see Independence Square with the Government Palace and Cathedral (exterior), and see the facade of La Compania, the city’s most ornate church. Visit the old town and see the Square and Monastery…

Quito/Galapagos Islands: Santa Cruz Island

After an early breakfast, we’ll transfer to the airport for our flight to the Galapagos Islands. We’ll arrive in Baltra and at the Itabaca Canal, board the ferry bound for the other side of Santa Cruz Island. During our transfer through the highlands of Santa Cruz, we’ll see the enormous change in vegetation from dry areas full of cacti to rainforest and fern zones. The green landscape of Santa Cruz is a welcome contrast to the more arid scenery of the smaller, lower islands.

This afternoon, we’ll visit the Charles Darwin Research Center to see how…

Galapagos Islands

Today, we’ll enjoy a full-day boat excursion to one of the following islands: North Seymour, South Plazas, Bartholomew, Santa Fe, or the Dragon Hill. Each of these islands has its own unique beauty to offer. North Seymour is a flat Island and home to magnificent frigate birds like the Blue-Footed-Boobies. South Plazas Island is home to a large colony of sea lions and offers excellent examples of the typical flora like towering cacti “trees” which form the principal diet for land iguanas and cactus finch. Bartholomew Island is a tiny island which boasts one of the most spectacular…

Galapagos Islands: Highlands of Santa Cruz

Today, explore the highlands of the Santa Cruz. Along the way, stop in Twin Craters, located one in front of the other on both sides of the road connecting Puerto Ayora to Baltra. These craters were formed as a result of the collapse of the crust and there are many craters of this type in the area which. The vegetation in this area is dominated by Scalesia Trees, making the site a beautiful green landscape. Visit a lava tunnel, and observe the famous giant tortoise in its natural environment. After lunch, we’ll continue to El Trapiche to learn more about life as a resident of the…

Galapagos Islands

Today, we’ll enjoy a full-day boat excursion to one of the following islands: North Seymour, South Plazas, Bartholomew, Santa Fe, or the Dragon Hill. Each of these islands has its own unique beauty to offer. North Seymour is a flat Island and home to magnificent frigate birds like the Blue-Footed-Boobies. South Plazas Island is home to a large colony of sea lions and offers excellent examples of the typical flora like towering cacti “trees” which form the principal diet for land iguanas and cactus finch. Bartholomew Island is a tiny island which boasts one of the most spectacular…

Galapagos Islands/Quito

Today, we’ll transfer to the airport for our flight to Quito. Upon arrival in Quito, we’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. This evening, we’ll enjoy a Farewell Dinner.

Hotel Wyndham Tababela or similar | Breakfast, Dinner

Depart Quito

After breakfast, we’ll travel to the Imbabura Province. The road descends into the spectacular Guayllabamba gorge and village and with a bit of luck, we’ll enjoy views of the snow-capped Cayambe. The Equatorial Line goes directly through the glacier of this volcano. Along our journey through this wonderful landscape we’ll also see the Lago San Pablo with the Imbabura volcano in the background.

Once in Otavalo, we’ll visit the Plaza de los Ponchos. The indigenous residents of the area have achieved economic prosperity thanks to their skill in weaving a…

Arrive USA

Today, arrive in Miami.

Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

All optional tours can be pre-booked and prepaid to smarTours in advance of departure at the prices below. If purchased on the ground, prices are subject to change and must be paid in cash (USD).

Larco Museum

  • From approx. $50 Per Person

Visit Larco Museum and appreciate its collection with over 45.000 objects including pre-Columbian ceramics, textiles, gold and silver pieces. Don’t miss the museum’s famous and unique erotic ceramics collection from the Mochica culture.

Duration: 3 hours

Dinner at Café del Museo

  • From approx. $80 Per Person, dinner included

Enjoy a variety of regional dishes in the Café Del Museo, located in the Larco Museum. Set in the garden of the beautiful colonial building, you can either sit outside on the terrace surrounded by colorful flowers or inside in the modern atmosphere.

Ruins of Cusco Tour

  • From approx. $70 Per Person

We’ll begin our tour at Sacsayhuamán, the Inca ceremonial fortress dedicated to the sun, where gigantic rocks were perfectly fitted together to build the site. We’ll continue to the nearby temple of Qenqo, a temple carved in a gigantic monolith with tunnels and chambers that were hand carved by men thousands of years ago. Next, we’ll visit the Puca Pucara fort, an important a military checkpoint for Inca Empire. Our tour comes to an end at the Inca Baths known as Tambomachay where we’ll learn about the aqueducts and channels that allow the water to flow naturally.