Machu Picchu: Mystic Empire8 days & 7 nights, Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Lima
Upon arrival in Lima, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings local representative and escorted to your hotel.Preferred: Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores Park
Elite: Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel - 2 Nights
Explore Lima on a full-day city visit, which includes Plaza Mayor and the residential districts of San Isidro and Miraflores. After lunch, visit the Larco Herrera Museum to discover its incredible collection of pre-Columbian artifacts. This evening, enjoy the rare opportunity to visit the Barbosa- Stern private Colonial Art collection.Preferred: Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores Park
Elite: Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel (B, L)
Day 3To the Sacred Valley (Urubamba)
Board your flight to Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Stop at the massive fortress of Sacsayhuaman to admire its monumental stones and the ingenious architecture of the Incas. Discover the vibrant local market in Chincheros before visiting the workshop of Nilda Callanaupa, which is dedicated to preserving the arts of hand weaving and natural dyeing. Delve into the past at the archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo.Preferred: Sol y Luna
Elite: Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado - 2 Nights (B, L)
Day 4The Sacred Valley (Urubamba)
This morning, explore the agricultural terraces of Moray and the natural salt mines of Maras before enjoying a picnic lunch on the shores of Lake Huaypo. After lunch, stop by the Seminario pottery workshop and meet the local potter. Later, visit a local chicharia to sample the local chicha, fermented beer made from corn, and try your hand at one of the traditional Peruvian games.Preferred: Sol y Luna
Elite: Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado (B)
Day 5To Machu Picchu
Early this morning, you will be accompanied to the Ollanta station to board the Vistadome or the luxury Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu. Rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, Machu Picchu is the only known Inca city to remain intact. Take a guided tour of the citadel's agricultural terraces, royal houses and temples.Preferred: Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel
Elite: Belmond Sanctuary Lodge - 1 Night (B, L, D)
Day 6To Cusco
Rise early to view the sunrise over the ruins. Then enjoy some more time to explore the citadel on your own. Embark on the scenic hike to Huayna Picchu from where you can marvel at stunning views of the ruins and the valley below.Preferred: Inkaterra La Casona
This afternoon, board your train for your journey to Cusco.
Elite: Belmond Palacio Nazarenas - 2 Nights (B)
Explore the city where Inca legends meet colonial history on a morning visit of Cusco. After visiting Santo Domingo Monastery, built atop the legendary Koricancha temple, continue to the San Blas neighborhood. On route back to your hotel, pass by Hatunrumiyoc Street with its famed 12-angle stone and visit the ornate cathedral at the Plaza de Armas. End your day with a visit to the cacao and chocolate museum, where you will have the opportunity to learn about the chocolate-making process, sample some delicious treats and create your own truffles.Preferred: Inkaterra La Casona
Elite: Belmond Palacio Nazarenas (B)
Day 8Depart Cusco
Today, bid farewell to the former Kingdom of the Incas. You will be accompanied to the airport for your onward flight.(B)
Generally, road travel in Latin America is reasonably good, however conditions vary greatly between the modern capital cities and the more remote areas. When traveling off the beaten track, roads are frequently narrow, bumpy, pot-holed and have stretches which are not paved, or which are under reconstruction. In Costa Rica, northern Chile and Bolivia particularly, conditions are very dusty and / or bumpy, and the road journeys tend to be quite strenuous. Road conditions change throughout the year and heavy rain and extreme weather patterns can affect journey times. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour: on escorted groups, transport will usually be in the form of a European-style coach or, for smaller groups, may be by mini-bus. On individual journeys, transport will generally be by sedan car. In destinations where conditions require it, off road driving will be in 4 x 4 vehicles.
Internal Flights / Delays / Insurance: Many countries within Latin America have their own air pass and, wherever possible, our tours will be constructed with the appropriate air pass, which will minimize the costs of the internal flight. Please note that the majority of air passes have restrictions; therefore if you require an itinerary with full flexibility, please contact your tour consultant who will advise the additional cost to provide you with a more flexible ticket. Please also note that in certain cases we may not be able to book internal flights under an airpass. In this event a supplement may be payable.
Because of increased air traffic, government restrictions and/or changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. These delays can cause problems with your holiday arrangements, and additional costs may well be involved. This may be in the form of added accommodation costs, transfers and/or onward tickets. If this should occur, everything possible will be done to minimize the inconvenience. Cox & Kings will endeavor to ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. As services are paid for in advance any services missed due to delays and/or schedule changes are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances and we strongly advise that you are insured against such eventualities.
Flight Amendments: Flights on these tours are in general quoted separately and use special airfare. These have certain conditions, which normally restrict changes of date, route and airline. Any such change made after a ticket has been issued will normally necessitate the purchase of a new ticket at the passenger’s expense.
Airport Departure Taxes: Most cities in Latin America levy a departure tax for passengers departing on international flights, which have to be paid in local currency or the equivalent in US dollars. Other cities within a country may also levy a small charge for departures on domestic flights. Occasionally, taxes may be included on your ticket and we will advise you accordingly. Since there is no standard charge between countries, and taxes are subject to change, it is not possible to list the taxes in this brochure. We will advise you of the current charge with your final documents, and our local agents will confirm the amount payable on arrival. Please ensure you keep enough local currency or US dollars to cover these taxes.
During some itineraries, it may be necessary to depart for excursions or transfers to the airport very early in the morning, sometimes before dawn. This is normally either due to the flight schedules within Latin America, or in order for us to maximize the opportunities for sightseeing during your tour. A number of flights to Latin America arrive / depart early in the morning and, while we will endeavor to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Latin America. In the larger cities, the hotels we use are fully modernized and have excellent facilities, unless you choose to opt for the more colonial style property, where facilities may be limited. In some smaller cities and more remote areas, we try to offer the best hotels available. However, these may be quite simple - sometimes small colonial-style properties, in which rooms may vary in size - and often have relatively basic facilities. Please note, all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake or falls view, deluxe or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in / out time is normally 3:00 pm, but this does vary between hotels.
Jungle Lodges & Remote Areas: Accommodation in some wildlife lodges in the Amazon rainforest, are not comparable to the better properties found in parts of Africa and Asia. Accommodation is often reached via narrow and unpaved roads, or by boat, and can be a long way from other civilization. Even when you travel off the beaten track with Cox & Kings, you can be sure that your accommodation is the best available; however sometimes the best hotel may be the only hotel, which may be very modest. In these cases, we feel that the inconvenience of such accommodation is outweighed by the experience of staying in these more remote areas.
Currency: Peruvian Sol
Official Language(s): Spanish
Peru offers a superb combination of stunning scenery, fascinating history and colorful local culture. It is a place where the Inca culture feels very much alive, in the wonderfully preserved remains and in the Quechan language and colorful weavings of the Andean people. It also has more than its fair share of unforgettable sights, from the mysterious Nazca lines to colonial cities and pre-Colombian sites.
What To See
First on the list for any visitor to Peru must be the magical Machu Picchu, high up in the Andes and a scenic train journey from Cusco. The industry of the Incas amazes elsewhere as well, with the precise masonry at Sacsayhuaman near Cusco, and the agricultural terraces in the Sacred Valley. Cusco retains a magical atmosphere with its clash of Incan and Spanish colonial architecture. The whole of this region is set against a backdrop of lush green mountains, and is what sets Peru apart from any other Latin America country.
When To Go
In the Andes region, the green season lasts from November to March, though January and February are the wettest months. The rain is not constant or regular but there can be heavy downpours. In the dry season, between April and September, days can be sunny and warm while spring and autumn can be quite mixed, with plenty of sunny days but chance of rain. Nights are cold year round, due to the altitudes. The coast has a dry climate all year round. Cool winds from the coast produce an almost ever present mist, called 'Garua'. Temperatures remain warm throughout the year, although the low cloud can often give the feeling of light drizzle.
Machu Picchu: Mystic Empire
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