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Machu Picchu small group Adventure!

Peru Expedition

Dates of Travel: August 13-20, 2022

Presented by Travel Obsession  

Phone: 833.627.3773

email: info@travelobsession.net

16-20 Person Maximum

$3,090 p.p. double occupancy for a limited time only, including air!*

*travel insurance is REQUIRED in addition to the trip costs.  This cost  varies depending on age of traveler and other factors.  Please click this link for a travel insurance quote!

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

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Day 1 | Saturday August 13 | Welcome To Peru |

Meet and greet at the Lima International Airport upon arrival, you will receive assistance during arrivals by an English speaking representative who will assist in walking guests across the street to the Hotel Costa Del Sol Wyndham Lima Aeropuerto for a one night stay in a standard room(s) including breakfast and hotel taxes and fees. (CHECK IN 15:00      CHECK OUT 12:00)

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In Lima: Wyndham Costa del Sol Airport Hotel is conveniently connected to the Jorge Chavéz International Airport, with easy access to all of Lima’s many cultural and historic wonders and a wealth of upscale services and amenities designed for discerning travelers. The Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport is the premier upscale international hotel in Peru’s capital city. This Lima Airport hotel is perfect for those in transit, with the unparalleled ability to walk to or from your flight within minutes of the front door – and 24-hour dining options, they have endeavored to deliver round-the-clock service in a world where round-the-clock is the norm. Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport has a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and a spa tub. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas and a computer station is located on site. This spa hotel offers a restaurant, a coffee shop/café, and a bar/lounge. Additional amenities include spa services, fitness center, and steam room.

Day 2 | Sunday August 14 | Lima / Cusco / Sacred Valley of the Incas | B/D

After an early breakfast at your Lima Airport hotel and at the appropriate time, walk across the airport road directly into the departure terminal, where you will receive assistance at the Lima International Airport by an English speaking representative to assist your check-in and for your flight to Cusco, Upon arrival to the Cusco Airport, meet your transfer guide who will provide you with your private transfer to the Sacred valley of the Incas On the way there you will stop at the village of Pisac, for the local and indigenous market day. The sleepy town of Pisac comes alive every Sunday when people from the surrounding communities come together to sell and buy produce, crafts, and other supplies in the town's central square. It lies 20 miles northeast of Cusco on the Urubamba River in the Sacred Valley. Many tourists are drawn in by Písac’s bustling market, by far the biggest and most visited in the region, a place where haggling is expected to score colorful hand-made traditional crafts. this sprawling Sunday market which spills out over half of Písac’s streets is a feast for the senses and continues to see its fair share of families from the surrounding villages making their weekly trip to Pisac, which provides a wonderful opportunity for people-watching and insight into local life.  While walking around the market, visitors might notice huge clay ovens tucked away in various spots, the most authentic of which is a colonial oven dating back to the 1830s. The ovens are used for making castillos de cuyes (literally, miniature castles for guinea pigs) as well as for baking empanadas, which make a great snack to keep you going while wandering from stall to stall. A visit to Pisac offers an opportunity to stroll the cobblestone streets of a quite traditional town which, although affected by tourism, hasn’t been fundamentally transformed by it. Continue on to your Sacred valley of the Incas hotel, the Sonesta Posada del Inca Yucay for a three night stay in a Standard room(s) including daily breakfast, hotel taxes and fees.

In the Sacred Valley: Sonesta Posada del Inca-Yucay Hotel. This 87-room hotel is located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a one-hour drive from the ancient Inca capital of Cusco and close to the majestic Machu Picchu. The Sonesta Posada del Inca-Yucay Hotel is a former 18th century colonial-style monastery surrounded by beautiful gardens. Guests will enjoy the refined rooms which come with wood or tile floors, countryside or courtyard views, TVs, private baths with tubs, safes, free Wi-Fi, individual climate control, direct-dial telephone, and hairdryers. In the restaurant, experience Peruvian cuisine while dining in front of an inviting fireplace. There's also a bar, cafe, and private dining area. Additional amenities include a gym, a chapel, and an Andean market, as well as several shops. This upscale hotel is ideal for nature trips and romantic getaways. Discover all the mystery that surrounds Machu Picchu and immerse yourself in the history of Cusco and Peru.

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In the early evening, meet your transfer guide in the lobby of your Sacred Valley hotel, to board your private transfer to Wayra Ranch to delight yourself with a Peruvian gastronomic feast and the Peruvian Paso Horse show. Rich soil, ideal weather and millenary wisdom have combined to make the Sacred Valley arguably the most fertile in the world.  You will probably become a believer as you indulge in its bounty, tonight delight yourself with a Peruvian gastronomic feast provided by the prominent Chefs, Pedro Miguel Schiaffino and Nacho Solis. Stunning equestrian demonstrations, by the Peruvian Paso Horse, renown for the smoothest gait in the world, will render the environment favorable for tasting the quality of their cuisine. The Peruvian Paso Horse Show is set to the rhythm of marinera music, creating an evening that will delight all your senses with Peruvian tradition, culture, cuisine, and ambiance. At the end of your evening, you will enjoy a private transfer back to your Sacred Valley hotel with the remainder of your evening at leisure.

Day 3 | Monday August 15 | Choose Your Adventure/Experience | B/L

 

Half Day Private Rio Urubamba Rafting Expedition Class II/III With Lunch 

Today get wet, in a scenic and adrenaline rafting expedition. Pick up from your Sacred Valley hotel in the morning, and board your private transport and proceed to the Cusipata section of the Rio Urubamba. This is one of the most popular rafting sections on the Upper Urubamba, it is a good and clean class II/III section of the river and is ideal for beginners and families with children, however the minimum age required for this adventure is 10 years old. The Cusipata section of the Rio Urubamba is regularly utilized for novice paddlers and is a good section for the introduction to rafting with short and easy rapids which require no previous experience or special physical conditioning. This section is a great first timer experience and offers exceptional views of the Sacred Valley from the river. After you arrive at the put-in for this section, the rafting guides will provide you with your equipment and a safety talk, then you’ll hit the river along with your safety kayak, and experience exciting white water rapids interspersed with amazing Andean scenery. After 2.5 to 3 hours on the river, arrive at the put-out, where you will have a chance to clean off with a hot shower, change into dry clothes and eat lunch before returning to your Sacred Valley hotel.

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Half Day Private Horseback Andean Experience With Visits To The Communities Of Pumahuanca And Palcaraqui With Lunch 

Today you will enjoy one of the most delightful activities the Sacred Valley has to offer, riding Paso Horses to traditional Andean communities. Pick up from your Sacred Valley hotel in the morning, and board your private transport and proceed to the stables, where you will meet your guides and your Peruvian Paso horses (the same breed you watched the previous night during your horse show). These Peruvian Paso horses descend from the Spanish horses introduced during the Spanish conquest of Peru and they developed a very particular gait due to their isolation in the Andes Mountains for the last 400 years, they are considered one of the most comfortable breeds to ride and are perfect ride for beginners as their smooth trot keeps you steady and secure in your saddle. These historic and traditional steeds will transport you to two local traditional Andean communities of Pumahuanca And Palcaraqui. After your instruction and orientation, mount up and explore the scenic paths of the Sacred Valley of the Inca with views of the adobe homes, farms, and the impressive Urubamba mountain range as a backdrop. Discover the local Pumahuanca and Palcaraqui community’s rural lifestyle, meeting and respectfully interacting with villagers as they cook, herd cattle, and till their fields. This is truly a wonderful and unique introduction to the Andean culture, lifestyle, and traditions. Return to the stables and depart for to enjoy lunch before returning to your Sacred Valley hotel.

Half Day Private Guided Excursion To Maras And Moray With Lunch

Today experience the history, traditions, and items the Sacred Valley of the Incas has enriched our world. The two places differ in appearance, but they both reflect the same spirit of innovation that helped various Pre-Columbian people build prosperous societies in this unique landscape. Pick up from your Sacred Valley hotel in the morning, and board your private transport and proceed to the Maras Salt Mines/Pools and the Moray Incan Ruins. Enroute enjoy the scenic drive as you ramble through the Sacred Valley, see a wide vista of small villages, adobe homes, terraced hillside farms, lush yellow and green fields, the winding Rio Urubamba, and the impressive Urubamba and Veronica Mountains, along with the snow-capped peaks of the Andes as a backdrop to your drive. Finally, arriving at the Maras Salt Mines, Over 3000 manmade salt pools dating back to pre-Columbian times are still harvesting salt using traditional techniques, sit on the slopes of the mountain, the pools are managed communally, and each owned by individual families. Visiting the Maras Salt Mines and the ancient Inca Terraces of Moray, you will also satisfy your urge to know more about the Inca culture and the past times. Enjoy lunch before returning to your Sacred Valley hotel.

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Day 4 |Tuesday August 16 | Sacred Valley Exploration: Chinchero & Ollantaytambo | B/L

Today, your local host will call for you at your Cusco hotel for a guided shared excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Enjoy a visit to the quaint Village of Chinchero, a traditional Inca urban center situated on a beautiful plateau with extraordinary vistas of the valley and the Andean mountains. The inhabitants of this area proudly preserve the artisan traditions and the inherited knowledge of the Incas and display them in their clothes and customs. In Chinchero, you will witness an encounter of two cultures, as you walk around archaeological remains and a beautiful seventeenth-century church. Your journey continues in Ollantaytambo, an authentic Inca town, inhabited uninterruptedly since legendary Inca times, and home to the iconic Ollantaytambo Inca Fortress. At lunch time, enjoy an authentic Andean culinary experience at Chuncho Restaurant. After lunch, a visit to the Living Museum of Yucay and Andean Interpretation Center is included; here, you will observe the elaboration of textile work, adobe, pottery, and silverware, all carried out in the same traditional way of ancient Incas. An added feature are the permanent residents of the museum, llamas, alpacas, and sheep. At the appropriate time, you will head back to your Cusco hotel with the remainder of your day at leisure.  

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Day 5 | Wednesday August 17 | Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu | B/D

 

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the train station to board the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu. During the journey, we will appreciate several landmarks in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, including the hanging bridge that signals the start of the Inca Trail. The railway follows the course of the Urubamba River, also known as Vilcanota River, climbing down, and entering a canyon until we reach Aguas Calientes, the town that is located at the foot of the Machu Picchu Mountain. Upon arrival at the train station, a local representative from your hotel will keep your luggage until your check-in time. After getting off the train, and meeting your private on-site Machu Picchu guide, you will board the mini-bus that will take us up the winding road to Machu Picchu; the Sacred Citadel of the Incas that is considered one of the New Wonders of the World. The Lost City of the Incas will astonish us with its terraces, ceremonial shrines, steps, and urban areas. Energy will be all around us.

 

After a well-paced shared guided visit throughout the Machu Picchu Citadel, you will return to Aguas Calientes, and check-in at the El Mapi Hotel Inkaterra hotel for an overnight stay in a Superior Deluxe Room(s) with breakfast included the following morning. Remainder of evening to enjoy your included dinner and explore the town or visit the hot springs.

In Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes: El Mapi is a smart and contemporary hotel situated in the commercial village of Aguas Calientes, where you can admire and interact with the local residents and get a different perspective. The hotel is efficient, lively and people friendly; it welcomes a wide range of guests who expect an uncomplicated visit. You will be enlightened when you visit Peru's most distinguished destination, the Machu Picchu Archaeological site. The hotel rooms are equipped with blackout curtains, 100% cotton sheets, down duvets, hypoallergenic pillows, cotton bath robes, and 32" flat screen TVs. Step into the smart, contemporary, and cozy confines of El Mapi, amidst the picturesque Machu Picchu Pueblo. The flowing lobby creates a sense of vitality. Lofty ceilings, panoramic windows and an open café allow natural light to filter between tall eucalyptus, creating an ambience of order and wellbeing.

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Day 6 | Thursday August 18 | Machu Pichu / Cusco | B

Spend this day enjoying a second visit to the Machu Picchu Citadel (a second admission ticket and shuttle is included for you). On your second visit to Machu Picchu, this time unguided, you can explore the citadel at your leisure, and you can also include the hiking to Intipunku (the Gate of the Sun) (optional) and/or the hiking to the Huayna Picchu Mountain (optional) (additional cost applicable) (the Huayna Picchu hiking is limited to 400 visitors per day; we recommend including it at booking time in order to guarantee availability). Return to Machu Picchu Town for lunch on your own before heading to the train station for your return to Cusco via Vistadome Train. In the afternoon, we will return to Cusco by Vistadome Train. Upon arrival transfer to your Cusco hotel for a stay at the Casa Andina Standard Cusco Plaza Hotel.  Enjoy a two night stay in a traditional room(s) featuring a view to the Plaza De Armas, daily breakfast and hotel taxes and fees.

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In Cusco: Casa Andina Standard Cusco Plaza Hotel is the perfect choice for travelers who are looking for a safe and convenient hotel at competitive rates. It is located under the portals of the majestic colonial Plaza Regocijo, just a step away from the legendary Plaza Mayor of Cusco, in the heart of the city. Among the services they offer are Internet center and complimentary Wi-Fi internet. The Cusco Plaza Sama Restaurant & Café offers a delicious breakfast buffet and tasty typical dishes. All 37 rooms are 100% non-smoking and feature modern comforts like TVs with cable channels, along with free Wi-Fi and laptop-compatible safes.

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Day 7 | Friday August 19 | Cusco Exploration: Cusco & Sacsayhuaman | B

 

In the morning we will enjoy a half-day tour combining Sacsayhuaman and Cusco Historic Center and it will start visiting the Archaeological Park of Sacsayhuaman. The first stop will be at the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, a beautiful place that radiates peace and quiet, where we will be able to admire the huge rocks measuring up to 4 meters high that were used in its construction. We will then head for Q’enqo, the ancient temple of the Puma, where we will be able to appreciate an altar for sacrifices, and then will continue on to Tambomachay, the sacred fountains of life and health. On the way we will have a panoramic view from Puca Pucara, a watchtower that controlled the entrance to the city. After that we will visit the Temple of the Sun, known as Korikancha, on top of which the Saint Dominique Convent was built. A legend tells that his temple was entirely lined in gold sheets that marveled the Conquistadors upon their arrival. Finally, we will go to the Main Square and will visit the Cathedral that reassures invaluable colonial paintings and other works of art such as the Cross that arrived with the first conquistadors.

Important Note: People are not allowed to enter religious sites wearing shorts. Taking photos is not allowed inside the Cathedral.

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Day 8 | Saturday August 20 | Cusco / Lima Exploration / Home | B/L

Today at the appropriate time, meet your transfer guide in the lobby of your Cusco hotel, for your private transfer to the Cusco Airport to board your flight to Lima (airfare is not included). Upon arrival in Lima, meet your guide at the Lima Airport and board your vehicle to begin your Lima exploration. Begin your exporation at Larcomar, the city’s most exclusive shopping center located in front of the Pacific Ocean, continue to the Pucllana Temple, a pre-Inca pyramid found in the Miraflores district, to mark a contrast. You will then visit the El Olivar Park, an ancient olive plantation, which is now part of the city, located in the San Isidro district, and from there you will be transferred to Lima’s historical downtown, a World Heritage Site listed by UNESCO. You will stop at the Main Square, located in front of the Presidential Palace, the Lima Municipality and the Archbishop’s Palace, beautiful colonial buildings that are an important part of its identity. A few blocks away, you will visit Santo Domingo Convent, one of the most impressive religious architectural complexes of the 17th century. It contains the relics of the three Peruvian saints, Santa Rosa de Lima, San Martin de Porres and San Juan Macías, and a library with a collection of 25 thousand old books and a basement catacomb filled with skeletons.  Contiunue your exploartion of Lima by visiting the Museo Larco, housed in an 18th century viceroyalty mansion. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the Museo Larco permanent exhibition invites visitors to explore the more than 5000 year history of ancient Peru, through a fascinating collection of pre-Columbian art. Permanent Exhibition. This exhibition takes an in-depth look at the Andean worldview and helps visitors to understand the development of pre-Columbian societies, through an impressive collection of objects. Visitors can walk between shelves containing 30,000 catalogued ancient pottery artifacts. Also enjoy the gardens and plants that adorn every corner of the Museo Larco and the park outside. Lunch will be at the The Museo Larco Café-Restaurant which offers visitors a taste of the best Peruvian and international cuisine, in a romantic and welcoming atmosphere. With a varied and select homemade menu, discover the flavors, products and customs of the different regions of Peru, confirming that this country is an extraordinary gastronomic and cultural destination. Appetizers, starters, snacks, sandwiches, main courses and desserts are made with the freshest ingredients; and they can be accompanied with cold or hot beverages from thier bar. Your Lima exploration will allow some free time for dinner on your own before heading back to the Lima International Airport to check-in for your overnight flight home to USA. Adios Amigos y Buen Viaje!

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