Magical Machu Picchu and the Land of the Incas

Peru Private Journey

Peru

8 Days

From $3,995

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Lima is renowned as one of the great gastronomic capitals of the world. It also offers exceptional museums, a wide spectrum of arts and crafts from all parts of the country, and many cultural delights. Upon arrival, you&apos;ll make your way to the Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport Hotel, which is conveniently located within a two-minute walk across the street from the international terminal. If you have time, you may want to explore the Miraflores district, centrally located with lots of fantastic dining options. Meals are on your own today. Overnight at the hotel.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":2,"DayTo":2,"Headline":"Cusco \/ P&iacute;sac \/ Sacred Valley of the Incas","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"This morning, take a spectacular flight over the Andes to Cusco (11,200'). 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(Hotel Pakaritampu) BLD (Hotel Rio Sagrado)\r\n\r\nActive Option: From Chinchero, set off on the gentle downhill hike that brings you through a series of wooded canyons and into a vast landscape overlooking the Sacred Valley, which spreads out below you in a stunning panorama. Descend to the Urubamba Valley where you are met for the drive to your hotel.\r\nHiking Time: Approximately 3-4 hours","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":4,"DayTo":4,"Headline":"Machu Picchu","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"This morning, you have two options to reach Machu Picchu. You can board the morning train with your guide for a short ride through the Urubamba Valley to Machu Picchu. At the Machu Picchu station, head up to the ruins by bus and explore the sanctuary on an afternoon tour, visiting the reconstructed ruins of staircases, altars, temples, and fountains and enjoying the incredible setting. You also have the option of taking the train to Kilometer 104 for the one-day hike up to Intipunku, Gate of the Sun. Along the way, you'll pass Wi&ntilde;ay Wayna, the last major site on the trail before you get to Machu Picchu. Wi&ntilde;ay Wayna (&ldquo;Forever Young&rdquo;) is one of the most beautiful small Inca ruins, especially when it is seen from a distance, clinging to the side of a ravine. It&apos;s named for an orchid, once abundant in this region, that blooms year-round and hence had the Quechua name of &ldquo;forever young.&rdquo; A large round structure commands the site and below is a flight of stairs that leads down past 10 ritual baths, a feature of major Inca sites. Continue to Intipunku, where a magnificent view unfolds before you: the storybook ruins of Machu Picchu, straddling a green ridge high above the Urubamba River. This spot has an absolutely classic view of Machu Picchu, and you will hike down into the ancient city just as the Incas would have done. The cost for this one-day permit is $95 per person (subject to change) and must be purchased in advance due to the limited number of permits.Overnight at hotel.\r\nOptional hike details: 6 miles, 5-6 hours. 2,600' ascent from the train station to the trail. Highest elevation on the hike is 8,860'.\r\n\r\nClassic Accommodation: The Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel at Aguas Calientes\r\nOptional Upgrade: Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge\r\n(See the Lodging section for photos and descriptions)\r\n\r\nMachu Picchu: So well hidden in the jungle-covered ramparts of the Cordillera Vilcabamba that the Spaniards never knew of it, Machu Picchu allows us a glimpse into the Inca world. American historian Hiram Bingham, who had a fascination with Peruvian archaeology, found the site in 1911 while searching for the ruins of Vilcabamba, known to be the last place where the rebel Manco II took refuge. A villager told Bingham about some ruins on a high ridge above the Urubamba River and led him there; thus, Bingham found the ruins not of Vilcabamba, but of a mysterious Inca city now believed to be one of the royal estates of the 9th Inca king, Pachacuti&mdash;whose name translates as &ldquo;Transformer of the World.&rdquo; Pachacuti was a kind of New World Alexander the Great, whose son and grandson continued and consolidated the expansion of Inca power. Bingham returned in 1912 and 1915 to undertake the difficult task of clearing the thick forest that had engulfed the ruins. Peruvian archaeologist Luis Valcarcel undertook further studies and vegetation clearing in 1934, and in 1940 and 1941, a Peruvian-American expedition led by Paul Fejos did more study. Archaeologists know that Machu Picchu was built, occupied, and then abandoned in the course of 100 years. Discoveries in the 1980s of many other small ruin sites close to Machu Picchu have given weight to the theory that Machu Picchu also served as the administrative center of a huge and populous region. Whatever Machu Picchu&apos;s purpose was, it is certainly one of the most stunning archaeological sites in the world.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":5,"DayTo":5,"Headline":"Machu Picchu \/ Cusco","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Explore the wonders of Machu Picchu, with the option to climb Huayna Picchu if you wish. The Palace of Princesses, Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Condor, and the astronomical observatory are only a few of the remarkable restored ruins here. The many beautiful altars, terraces, fountains, and mysterious chambers all display intricate stonework. Transfer to the last afternoon train, which brings you back to Cusco around 6:00 pm. You will be met on arrival in Cusco for transfer to the hotel.\r\n\r\nClassic Accommodation: Casa Andina Premium Cusco\r\nOptional Upgrade: Hotel Monasterio\r\n(See the Lodging section for photos and descriptions)","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":6,"DayTo":6,"Headline":"Cusco \/ City Tour","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"The morning is free at your leisure. In the afternoon, enjoy a private guided walking tour through central Cusco, once the elegant imperial city of the Incas. The streets of Cusco are lined with massive Inca-built stone walls and the foundations of many colonial and modern buildings are set on Inca stonework. Your walking tour typically includes a visit to the central square called the Plaza de Armas, Cusco&apos;s ancient and modern center, and the baroque cathedral, a great repository of colonial art that sits on the foundations of the Inca Wiracocha&apos;s palace. You will also visit awe-inspiring Saqsayhuaman, the majestic Inca fortress overlooking Cusco. With its three tiers of outer walls made of massive and perfectly fitted limestone blocks, it is the largest and one of the most impressive Inca sites in existence. The zig-zag configuration of its walls may indicate that it was a temple dedicated to the Inca&apos;s important lightning god, although some scholars feel the zig-zags represent the teeth of a puma.\r\n&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;\r\nInhabited by proto-Incas as early as 1100 AD, Cusco was partly rebuilt in the early 15th century by Pachacuteq, the Inca warrior-king. He is credited with creating the Incas&apos; form of worship, system of government, and the distinctive masonry style we still marvel at today. Cusco was laid out in the shape of a puma. The megalithic fortress of Sacsayhuaman formed its head, while palaces, temples, squares, and streets formed the puma&apos;s body and legs. Cusco&apos;s paved avenues were flanked by temples and rock-hewn palaces with gold- and jewel-encrusted doors, and there were lavish villas for the Inca nobles and their retinues. Cusco&apos;s opulent inner sanctum was the Coricancha, or House of the Sun, a glittering temple to the gods, full of golden statues. Today the stonework remnants of this temple form the foundation for the colonial church of Santo Domingo. Overnight at hotel.\r\n\r\nClassic Accommodation: Casa Andina Premium Cusco\r\nOptional Upgrade: Hotel Monasterio\r\n(See the Lodging section for photos and descriptions)","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":7,"DayTo":7,"Headline":"Cusco \/ Optional Excursion","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Today is free for shopping and sightseeing on your own in Cusco. One can spend a delightful day here just exploring on foot to see the blend of Inca and colonial architecture. The city also boasts an abundance of artisan and craft boutiques and a wide variety of wonderful restaurants and street cafes, all with a welcoming atmosphere. Overnight at hotel.\r\n\r\nOptional Excursion to Tipon, Andahuaylillas, and Pikillacta: We also offer the option of exploring the seldom visited walled Inca ruins at Tipon, believed to have served as an estate for Inca nobles and beautifully engineered with water channels, Andahuaylillas, with its picturesque colonial church, the churches at Urcos and Huaro, and Pikillacta, home to an enormous set of pre-Inca ruins (0 to 800 AD) belonging to the Wari Empire. This option is at an additional cost of $200 per person.\r\n1.5 hours hiking","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":8,"DayTo":8,"Headline":"Depart","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"\r\nTransfer to the airport for a morning flight to Lima and depart on homeward-bound flights (or join one of our optional extensions).","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":9,"DayTo":9,"Headline":"DISCOVER THE GAL\u00c1PAGOS!","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Schedule your Peru Private Journey to coordinate with one of our deluxe natural history adventures in the Gal&aacute;pagos Islands. Snorkel with a cavorting sea lion, hike past a blue-footed booby feeding its young, swim with sea turtles, and sea kayak amid the amazing geology of this volcanic archipelago. Our 16-passenger classic sailing yacht is the only tall ship in the islands, and our 14-passenger yacht offers the ultimate luxury experience! No matter which boat you choose, you'll enjoy delicious meals served al fresco, access to remote sites big cruise ships can't visit, and gain insight into the flora and fauna from the very best naturalists in the islands. We designed several Gal&aacute;pagos itineraries, with departures throughout the year. 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Walk through the ruins of Pisac, the largest fortress-city complex of the Incas, possessing the lofty setting of a condor&apos;s nest, then climb up to the grand stone ruins of majestic Ollantaytambo, terraced beneath the soaring peaks of the Andes. Below the ruins, stroll the lanes of the traditional town of Ollantaytambo, the only Inca settlement still inhabited in Peru&mdash;the town retains its original Inca street plan and trapezoidal shape.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":4,"DayTo":5,"Headline":"Machu Picchu, Lost City of the Incas","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Perched on the edge of a sheer precipice above the Urubamba River, Machu Picchu is simply breathtaking, not only for its stunning setting but for the many beautiful structures of intricate stonework. This bewitching sanctuary is the most perfect surviving example of Inca architecture, never looted or damaged by the Spanish conquistadors. A guided walking exploration or optional hike acquaints you with the mysteries of this stone citadel, a once-in-a-lifetime experience you&apos;ll never forget. Return to Cusco on the late afternoon train on Day 5.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":6,"DayTo":8,"Headline":"Cusco","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"With its maze of cobbled streets and beautiful broad plazas, Cusco is an entrancing city with a unique blend of historical and contemporary cultures. Your private tour takes in Cusco&apos;s lively traditional markets, the artisans&apos; quarter of San Blas, and, above the city, Sacsayhuaman fortress, whose massive walls of superbly interlocking stone blocks zigzag for almost half a mile. Enjoy a free day to savor Cusco on your own, wander the cobblestone streets, visit its art galleries and museums, and sample its Nuevo Andino cuisine and fine restaurants. 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We felt very taken care of."},{"GuestNames":"Bonnie J.","GuestLocation":"Newport Beach, CA","GuestReview":"Wilderness Travel put together the PERFECT adventure. The guides were excellent, transportation perfect, and everything worked exactly as described and planned. We couldn't possibly have asked for more."},{"GuestNames":"Carol L.","GuestLocation":"Fairfax, CA","GuestReview":"Our time in Peru was so relaxing and fun! Our family had the chance to enjoy learning and being together, experiencing new places and the wonderful Peruvian culture. We had enjoyable, delicious meals together. Lots of time to enjoy the places we were visiting. And, we didn't make decisions about where to drive, or how to get there. It so was relaxing!! It felt like a true (and much needed) vacation. Liberating, is the word that comes to mind!"},{"GuestNames":"Faith G.","GuestLocation":"Salt Lake City, UT","GuestReview":"We took this trip with our adult children and their spouses. 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What a fantastic trip all across the board."},{"GuestNames":"Jeff C.","GuestLocation":"Fort Worth, TX","GuestReview":"Our trip leader was good beyond words: knowledge, pace, sensitivity to our needs, flexibility, adaptability."},{"GuestNames":"Jenny C.","GuestLocation":"Calgary, Alberta","GuestReview":"This trip was a fantastic blend of Peru's color and culture through beautiful and unique accomodations,delicious and authentic meals, a superb itinerary, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in Incan history and enjoy the services of a very personable and knowledgeable guide!"},{"GuestNames":"Joan and Steve K.","GuestLocation":"Charlottseville, VA","GuestReview":"Our trip was perfectly designed and executed. 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The itinerary was excellent and our guides were outstanding."},{"GuestNames":"Myles F.","GuestLocation":"Bethesda, MD","GuestReview":"This trip was very well designed to explain key elements of the Inca Empire, the impact of the Spanish Conquistadors, and the beauty of Cusco, Machu Picchu, the Urubamba valley, and the fabulous geography and climate. It couldn't have better for us!"},{"GuestNames":"Nancy G.","GuestLocation":"Orlando, FL","GuestReview":"The whole trip was well-paced and our family had a trip of a lifetime. Both guides were very knowledgeable and interacted wonderfully with our family, which included two children, ages 9 and 12."},{"GuestNames":"Pearl L.","GuestLocation":"Tai Tam, Hong Kong","GuestReview":"We enjoyed the trip very much and would recommend Wilderness Travel to others visiting Peru."},{"GuestNames":"Rachel R.","GuestLocation":"Edina, MN","GuestReview":"It was excellent from start to finish. I've taken many group tours, and this sets a new standard for excellence!"},{"GuestNames":"Ray S.","GuestLocation":"Ft. Lauderdale, FL","GuestReview":"You have really developed the perfect way to experience the Incas and Machu Picchu."},{"GuestNames":"Rebecca W.","GuestLocation":"El Cerrito, CA","GuestReview":"It was nice to have the flexibility to design our itinerary to our liking. The food and accommodations were fabulous."},{"GuestNames":"Richard and Barbara W.","GuestLocation":"Upland, CA","GuestReview":"As always, Wilderness Travel did an outstanding job giving us a trip and experience that we will keep with us with nothing but good memories."},{"GuestNames":"Richard E.","GuestLocation":"Castle Rock, CO","GuestReview":"Loved it! Typical Wilderness Travel quality. 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    Overview

    Discover the spectacular land of the sun-worshipping Incas, with its breathtaking mountain landscapes, mystical fortress-cities, and thriving cultural and artistic heritage. With your private guide, you'll head out to the beautiful Urubamba Valley, sacred to the Incas, to explore the stupendous ruins of Písac, with its Inca-built terracing, and majestic Ollantaytambo, the hilltop fortress where rebel Manco Inca and his men held out against Pizarro's forces. You'll experience two days at glorious Machu Picchu, a stunning city of stone perched on a sheer precipice 1,500 feet above the Urubamba River. So well hidden in the jungle-covered ramparts of the Cordillera Vilcabamba that the Spaniards never knew of it, this “lost city” allows a vivid experience of the Inca world. In Cusco, enjoy an insider's walking tour of the ancient heart of the Inca Empire, and nearby Inca sites including awe-inspiring Saqsayhuaman, the majestic fortress overlooking city.

    Arrive: Lima, Peru

    Depart: Cusco, Peru

    Highlights

    • Experience the mystical wonder of Machu Picchu
    • Explore stunning Inca monuments and Quechua villages in the Sacred Valley
    • Roam the back streets of Cusco, ancient capital of the Incas

    Itinerary

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    This private journey includes optional hikes and excursions to nearby ruins that you should request when confirming your trip.
    From Lima, fly to Cusco and head to the magnificent Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, filled with traditional Quechua villages and Inca ceremonial sites in fantastic settings. The Incas placed their sacred sites high above their beloved valley, and the crown jewel, Machu Picchu, is perched on a promontory at its easternmost reaches. Explore the off-the-beaten-path village of Chinchero, an old colonial settlement set on a commanding rise at the head of the valley, and meet Quechua master weavers with their intricately crafted textiles. Walk through the ruins of Pisac, the largest fortress-city complex of the Incas, possessing the lofty setting of a condor's nest, then climb up to the grand stone ruins of majestic Ollantaytambo, terraced beneath the soaring peaks of the Andes. Below the ruins, stroll the lanes of the traditional town of Ollantaytambo, the only Inca settlement still inhabited in Peru—the town retains its original Inca street plan and trapezoidal shape.
    Perched on the edge of a sheer precipice above the Urubamba River, Machu Picchu is simply breathtaking, not only for its stunning setting but for the many beautiful structures of intricate stonework. This bewitching sanctuary is the most perfect surviving example of Inca architecture, never looted or damaged by the Spanish conquistadors. A guided walking exploration or optional hike acquaints you with the mysteries of this stone citadel, a once-in-a-lifetime experience you'll never forget. Return to Cusco on the late afternoon train on Day 5.
    With its maze of cobbled streets and beautiful broad plazas, Cusco is an entrancing city with a unique blend of historical and contemporary cultures. Your private tour takes in Cusco's lively traditional markets, the artisans' quarter of San Blas, and, above the city, Sacsayhuaman fortress, whose massive walls of superbly interlocking stone blocks zigzag for almost half a mile. Enjoy a free day to savor Cusco on your own, wander the cobblestone streets, visit its art galleries and museums, and sample its Nuevo Andino cuisine and fine restaurants. Depart on Day 8.
    Schedule your Peru Private Journey to coordinate with one of our deluxe natural history adventures in the Galápagos Islands. Snorkel with a cavorting sea lion, hike past a blue-footed booby feeding its young, swim with sea turtles, and sea kayak amid the amazing geology of this volcanic archipelago. Our 16-passenger classic sailing yacht is the only tall ship in the islands, and our 14-passenger yacht offers the ultimate luxury experience! No matter which boat you choose, you'll enjoy delicious meals served al fresco, access to remote sites big cruise ships can't visit, and gain insight into the flora and fauna from the very best naturalists in the islands. We designed several Galápagos itineraries, with departures throughout the year. Call for details.

    Dates & Pricing

    Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

    Payment & Cancel Schedule

    At time of reservation: $1,000
    90 Days prior to departure: Balance

    *Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

    Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

    Minimum fee: $500 per person
    61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
    46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
    45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

    *Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

    Included
    • Expert leadership of a local guide
    • Accommodations in hotels
    • All meals included except 1 lunch and 3-5 dinners depending on lodging choice as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
    • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu on Day 4 and second entry on Day 5
    • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
    • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
    Not Included
    • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
    • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
    • Optional gratuities to guide or staff
    • Optional travel insurance
    • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
    • Any activities and services described as an upgrade or optional

    Accommodations

    Listed below are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

    Wyndham Costa Del Sol Lima Airport Hotel

    Day 1 (1 night)

    Very conveniently located at the Lima international airport, this hotel is just a two-minute walk across the street from the terminal, and you can wheel your bags (no need to take a taxi). Rooms are well appointed and comfortable.

    Hotel Pakaritampu

    Days 2-3 (2 nights)

    A cozy hotel with a countryside feeling, the Pakaritampu is just a few blocks from the main plaza in the traditional village of Ollantaytambo. There is a lodge-style lounge with a large fireplace, a library, and games—perfect for relaxing after a day exploring Ollantaytambo. Guest rooms are simple and comfortable, and Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. The service is friendly, the food is tasty, and there are lushly landscaped grounds for birdwatching and great mountain views.

    Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

    Day 4 (1 night)

    Located in Aguas Calientes below the Machu Picchu ruins, this hotel is spread over 12 acres of lush cloud forest. The rooms are comfortable bungalows with fireplaces and private terraces for admiring the tropical foliage and watching birds. Not having TVs in the rooms adds to the “away from it all” feeling, and you can take guided early morning bird walks or stroll one of the most extensive orchid gardens in the world. Meals are exceptionally good, and check out the hotel's traditional-style Andean sauna. It's easy to get to and from Machu Picchu by bus (a 30-minute ride). People love this hotel's peaceful natural setting, and you can walk across a bridge into Aguas Calientes town for a visit to the extensive local handicraft market.

    Casa Andina Premium Cusco

    Days 5-7 (3 nights)

    Just three blocks from the Plaza de Armas in the heart of old Cusco, this charming hotel is a renovated colonial manor house. It features a series of interior garden courtyards and a small sitting room and bar with a wonderful stone fireplace—a great place to relax after a day of exploring the city. The hotel's entire staff is most helpful, and the restaurant is known for its selection of Novo Andino dishes.

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    What the Trip is Like

    This trip is rated Level 2, Easy to Moderate, according to our trip grading system. It features vehicle-based sightseeing and day walks, with hotel accommodations throughout. Most of the walking is at considerable altitudes, ranging from 8,200 feet at Machu Picchu to 11,200 feet at Cusco. We do recommend you make special efforts to get in good physical condition for the trip, as it will greatly increase your enjoyment.

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    Being so close to the equator, Peru has only two climate seasons: a dry season from April to October, and a wet season from December to March. For hiking in the mountains, April to October is ideal; the countryside is green and lush, the skies are often blue and sunny, and the mountain vistas are at their clearest and most magnificent. However, it can be rainy any time throughout the year or be dry for several weeks during the wet season. Rains usually come as afternoon thunderstorms. Because of the mild nature of the wet season, this journey can be enjoyed year-round.

    Altitude is the main factor controlling the climate. In the mountains, you'll encounter sunny days with daytime temperatures ranging between 65°F and 70°F, dropping to the 40s and lower at night. The sun is very strong at high altitude and it can often be warm enough to hike in shorts and a t-shirt. However, it can also get extremely cold; if you're familiar with mountain weather, you know how suddenly it can get cold even in the daytime if the sun slips behind a cloud. Nighttime temperatures can drop to below freezing. Rain should not be a problem on our hikes, but always keep in mind that mountain weather is unpredictable and sudden storms can occur, especially on high mountain passes. The best preparation for the changeable climate of the high Andes is to dress in layers. Lima lies in a coastal desert where rainfall is rare and temperatures are usually warm (70s and 80s).

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    "This trip was a fantastic blend of Peru's color and culture through beautiful and unique accomodations,delicious and authentic meals, a superb itinerary, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in Incan history and enjoy the services of a very personable and knowledgeable guide!"

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    "This trip was very well designed to explain key elements of the Inca Empire, the impact of the Spanish Conquistadors, and the beauty of Cusco, Machu Picchu, the Urubamba valley, and the fabulous geography and climate. It couldn't have better for us!"

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    "The whole trip was well-paced and our family had a trip of a lifetime. Both guides were very knowledgeable and interacted wonderfully with our family, which included two children, ages 9 and 12."

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    With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

    Level 1 – Easiest

    Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

    Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

    Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

     

    Level 3 – Moderate

    Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

    Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

    Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

     

    Level 5 – Strenuous

    Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

    Level 6 – Very Strenuous

    Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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American historian Hiram Bingham, who had a fascination with Peruvian archaeology, found the site in 1911 while searching for the ruins of Vilcabamba, known to be the last place where the rebel Manco II took refuge. A villager told Bingham about some ruins on a high ridge above the Urubamba River and led him there; thus, Bingham found the ruins not of Vilcabamba, but of a mysterious Inca city now believed to be one of the royal estates of the 9th Inca king, Pachacuti&mdash;whose name translates as &ldquo;Transformer of the World.&rdquo; Pachacuti was a kind of New World Alexander the Great, whose son and grandson continued and consolidated the expansion of Inca power. Bingham returned in 1912 and 1915 to undertake the difficult task of clearing the thick forest that had engulfed the ruins. Peruvian archaeologist Luis Valcarcel undertook further studies and vegetation clearing in 1934, and in 1940 and 1941, a Peruvian-American expedition led by Paul Fejos did more study. Archaeologists know that Machu Picchu was built, occupied, and then abandoned in the course of 100 years. Discoveries in the 1980s of many other small ruin sites close to Machu Picchu have given weight to the theory that Machu Picchu also served as the administrative center of a huge and populous region. Whatever Machu Picchu&apos;s purpose was, it is certainly one of the most stunning archaeological sites in the world.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":5,"DayTo":5,"Headline":"Machu Picchu \/ Cusco","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Explore the wonders of Machu Picchu, with the option to climb Huayna Picchu if you wish. The Palace of Princesses, Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Condor, and the astronomical observatory are only a few of the remarkable restored ruins here. 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The zig-zag configuration of its walls may indicate that it was a temple dedicated to the Inca&apos;s important lightning god, although some scholars feel the zig-zags represent the teeth of a puma.\r\n&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;\r\nInhabited by proto-Incas as early as 1100 AD, Cusco was partly rebuilt in the early 15th century by Pachacuteq, the Inca warrior-king. He is credited with creating the Incas&apos; form of worship, system of government, and the distinctive masonry style we still marvel at today. Cusco was laid out in the shape of a puma. The megalithic fortress of Sacsayhuaman formed its head, while palaces, temples, squares, and streets formed the puma&apos;s body and legs. Cusco&apos;s paved avenues were flanked by temples and rock-hewn palaces with gold- and jewel-encrusted doors, and there were lavish villas for the Inca nobles and their retinues. Cusco&apos;s opulent inner sanctum was the Coricancha, or House of the Sun, a glittering temple to the gods, full of golden statues. Today the stonework remnants of this temple form the foundation for the colonial church of Santo Domingo. Overnight at hotel.\r\n\r\nClassic Accommodation: Casa Andina Premium Cusco\r\nOptional Upgrade: Hotel Monasterio\r\n(See the Lodging section for photos and descriptions)","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":7,"DayTo":7,"Headline":"Cusco \/ Optional Excursion","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Today is free for shopping and sightseeing on your own in Cusco. One can spend a delightful day here just exploring on foot to see the blend of Inca and colonial architecture. The city also boasts an abundance of artisan and craft boutiques and a wide variety of wonderful restaurants and street cafes, all with a welcoming atmosphere. Overnight at hotel.\r\n\r\nOptional Excursion to Tipon, Andahuaylillas, and Pikillacta: We also offer the option of exploring the seldom visited walled Inca ruins at Tipon, believed to have served as an estate for Inca nobles and beautifully engineered with water channels, Andahuaylillas, with its picturesque colonial church, the churches at Urcos and Huaro, and Pikillacta, home to an enormous set of pre-Inca ruins (0 to 800 AD) belonging to the Wari Empire. This option is at an additional cost of $200 per person.\r\n1.5 hours hiking","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":8,"DayTo":8,"Headline":"Depart","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"\r\nTransfer to the airport for a morning flight to Lima and depart on homeward-bound flights (or join one of our optional extensions).","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":9,"DayTo":9,"Headline":"DISCOVER THE GAL\u00c1PAGOS!","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Schedule your Peru Private Journey to coordinate with one of our deluxe natural history adventures in the Gal&aacute;pagos Islands. Snorkel with a cavorting sea lion, hike past a blue-footed booby feeding its young, swim with sea turtles, and sea kayak amid the amazing geology of this volcanic archipelago. Our 16-passenger classic sailing yacht is the only tall ship in the islands, and our 14-passenger yacht offers the ultimate luxury experience! No matter which boat you choose, you'll enjoy delicious meals served al fresco, access to remote sites big cruise ships can't visit, and gain insight into the flora and fauna from the very best naturalists in the islands. We designed several Gal&aacute;pagos itineraries, with departures throughout the year. 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We felt very taken care of."},{"GuestNames":"Bonnie J.","GuestLocation":"Newport Beach, CA","GuestReview":"Wilderness Travel put together the PERFECT adventure. The guides were excellent, transportation perfect, and everything worked exactly as described and planned. We couldn't possibly have asked for more."},{"GuestNames":"Carol L.","GuestLocation":"Fairfax, CA","GuestReview":"Our time in Peru was so relaxing and fun! Our family had the chance to enjoy learning and being together, experiencing new places and the wonderful Peruvian culture. We had enjoyable, delicious meals together. Lots of time to enjoy the places we were visiting. And, we didn't make decisions about where to drive, or how to get there. It so was relaxing!! It felt like a true (and much needed) vacation. Liberating, is the word that comes to mind!"},{"GuestNames":"Faith G.","GuestLocation":"Salt Lake City, UT","GuestReview":"We took this trip with our adult children and their spouses. The combination of rural areas, cities, culture, and rugged activity kept everyone happy."},{"GuestNames":"Heather B.","GuestLocation":"Venice, Italy ","GuestReview":"This was our first 'guided' trip anywhere. We felt well taken care of, in very good hands, and the level of service was truly wonderful."},{"GuestNames":"Janet F.","GuestLocation":"Mill Valley, CA","GuestReview":"What great memories! What a fantastic trip all across the board."},{"GuestNames":"Jeff C.","GuestLocation":"Fort Worth, TX","GuestReview":"Our trip leader was good beyond words: knowledge, pace, sensitivity to our needs, flexibility, adaptability."},{"GuestNames":"Jenny C.","GuestLocation":"Calgary, Alberta","GuestReview":"This trip was a fantastic blend of Peru's color and culture through beautiful and unique accomodations,delicious and authentic meals, a superb itinerary, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in Incan history and enjoy the services of a very personable and knowledgeable guide!"},{"GuestNames":"Joan and Steve K.","GuestLocation":"Charlottseville, VA","GuestReview":"Our trip was perfectly designed and executed. Staying at the Sanctuary Lodge at Machu Picchu was a very special treat."},{"GuestNames":"Kathy L.","GuestLocation":"Burlington, CT","GuestReview":"Would go with WT again in a heartbeat, given this experience."},{"GuestNames":"Linda W.","GuestLocation":"Valencia, CA","GuestReview":"One of the most amazing trips I've ever taken. Beautiful scenery and wonderful people. We learned so much about the country, history, and customs. We will definitely use Wilderness for other adventures."},{"GuestNames":"Mary Ann H.","GuestLocation":"Homer, AK","GuestReview":"Our trip leader was very knowledgeable, pleasant, friendly, accommodating, and fun!"},{"GuestNames":"Michelle W.","GuestLocation":"Johannesburg, South Africa","GuestReview":"This was first Private Journey (and 4th WT trip). We loved it! The itinerary was excellent and our guides were outstanding."},{"GuestNames":"Myles F.","GuestLocation":"Bethesda, MD","GuestReview":"This trip was very well designed to explain key elements of the Inca Empire, the impact of the Spanish Conquistadors, and the beauty of Cusco, Machu Picchu, the Urubamba valley, and the fabulous geography and climate. It couldn't have better for us!"},{"GuestNames":"Nancy G.","GuestLocation":"Orlando, FL","GuestReview":"The whole trip was well-paced and our family had a trip of a lifetime. Both guides were very knowledgeable and interacted wonderfully with our family, which included two children, ages 9 and 12."},{"GuestNames":"Pearl L.","GuestLocation":"Tai Tam, Hong Kong","GuestReview":"We enjoyed the trip very much and would recommend Wilderness Travel to others visiting Peru."},{"GuestNames":"Rachel R.","GuestLocation":"Edina, MN","GuestReview":"It was excellent from start to finish. I've taken many group tours, and this sets a new standard for excellence!"},{"GuestNames":"Ray S.","GuestLocation":"Ft. Lauderdale, FL","GuestReview":"You have really developed the perfect way to experience the Incas and Machu Picchu."},{"GuestNames":"Rebecca W.","GuestLocation":"El Cerrito, CA","GuestReview":"It was nice to have the flexibility to design our itinerary to our liking. The food and accommodations were fabulous."},{"GuestNames":"Richard and Barbara W.","GuestLocation":"Upland, CA","GuestReview":"As always, Wilderness Travel did an outstanding job giving us a trip and experience that we will keep with us with nothing but good memories."},{"GuestNames":"Richard E.","GuestLocation":"Castle Rock, CO","GuestReview":"Loved it! Typical Wilderness Travel quality. I would never consider another travel company."},{"GuestNames":"Richard M.","GuestLocation":"Encinitas, CA","GuestReview":"We loved our guide&#8212;great guy, very professional, and SO easy to be with."},{"GuestNames":"Sandra S.","GuestLocation":"West Falls, NY","GuestReview":"The itinerary was well planned and everything went very smoothly. The hotels were comfortable, their surroundings were beautiful, and their staffs were gracious and helpful. We have traveled extensively in North America and Europe and have never before been on a tour of any kind. This was a unique experience and we are delighted to have done it."},{"GuestNames":"Scott C.","GuestLocation":"Austin, TX","GuestReview":"Extremely pleased. Wonderful trip. Don't think it could have been any better."},{"GuestNames":"Sonia M.","GuestLocation":"Fairbanks, AK","GuestReview":"Although we have done several trips with Wilderness, this was our first Private Journey. Everything went like clockwork, a great balance of hikes with our guide and time to ourselves."},{"GuestNames":"Stephen N.","GuestLocation":"Arlington, VA","GuestReview":"I had a blast and thoroughly enjoyed the trip. A once-in-a-lifetime trip that will be cherished."},{"GuestNames":"Sue W.","GuestLocation":"Ketchum, ID","GuestReview":"Once again, WT did a fabulous job organizing our trip and accommodating our special interests."},{"GuestNames":"Susan R.","GuestLocation":"El Campo, TX","GuestReview":"Top rate. My best trip ever! The selected touring sites and pace of the touring were perfect."},{"GuestNames":"Wendy C.","GuestLocation":"Park City, UT","GuestReview":"The trip was amazing and beyond my expectations. Our guide was knowledgable, flexible, and just plain fun. 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