11 days / 10 nights.
Amazing Peru is proud to offer a unique and unforgettable journey through myths and legends to the very heart of the lost city of the Incas. Our programme is a very special, all-inclusive tour incorporating ample acclimatization in Cuzco whilst staying at the very best hotels in the ancient capital of the Incas. All meals, the luxury Hiram Bingham train and first class domestic flights are all part of the package. The tour also includes the arduous but extraordinary four day Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu, albeit in luxurious fashion. This trip offers a unique perspective for healthy individuals with a longing for a different and altogether spiritual experience. Our unparalleled services include accommodation at deluxe hotels in the cities; all a la carte meals at internationally recognized restaurants, all private tours with all entrance tickets, all private transfers, free massage service in all your hotels, access to the VIP lounge at Lima airport prior to your return flight home, a session of yoga to help prepare for the four day Inca Trail; portable warm showers; two portable chemical toilets; daily massages on the trek from your very own masseuse to help ease away the muscle aches of each day; fine wine and superb cuisine everyday of the trek; experienced Quechua porters and musicians who have special knowledge of the ancient Andean legends; the very best English-speaking guides and an esoteric Shamanic guide for the final tour around Machu Picchu. All of this with the finest imported trekking equipment utilizing quality mattresses, comfortable sleeping bags and oversized tents Day 1: Lima
Arrival to Lima, reception at the airport and transfer by private vehicle to the deluxe 5* Miraflores Park Hotel. VIP check-in to your Executive Suite complete with Ocean views. Fresh flowers and dry fruits will be waiting for you. If your arrival flight is late your massage will be postponed for tomorrow. If you arrive on an early flight, you will have a choice of an a la carte dinner or room service (if arriving after 11PM). Day 2. LIMA
After breakfast, a private guided visit of colonial and modern Lima, including the cathedral, dating from 1654, the main square, which still houses the original bronze fountain built in 1650, and the San Francisco Convent and its catacombs. Known as the city of the kings, Lima was founded in 1535 by Pizarro and rebuilt in 1991, the same year that UNESCO declared it a world heritage site. One of the very few South American cities that preserve the colonial past, Lima was home to the Spanish viceroy during the time of the Spanish colonialists. The tour will include a visit to the residential areas of San Isidro and Miraflores, before stopping at Larco Mar to enjoy a view of the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Lunch at the internationally renowned Rosa Nautica, the best seafood restaurant in Lima. After lunch, a visit to a museum of your choice. Return to your hotel in Lima. Return to your hotel to enjoy a relaxing 60 minute massage (for two people) which will invigorate the senses and prepare you for a delicious dinner at the Huaca Pucllana Restaurant. Located within an actual pre-Inca archaeological site and next to a 1500 year old adobe pyramid, the food here is exquisite and the sommelier will help you choose amongst your personal favourites or some Chilean and Argentinean classics. Day 3. LIMA - CUZCO
After an early rise, morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Cuzco in first class. After the hour long flight, arrival to Cuzco, reception and transfer to the deluxe Five star Monasterio Hotel. Free morning to take a leisurely walk around the ancient capital of the Incas. A guide will be available or if preferred, a private walk around the ancient capital.
The tour includes the Cathedral, Qoricancha temple, and the Main Plaza. Cuzco's history extends back to before 1000 BC when the Marcavalle Culture was the dominant power; indeed organized life in the City began practically with them. In the second phase of its history, around 800BC, Cuzco was home to the Chanapata culture and later developed several regional states. What is traditionally known as the Inka civilisation began around 1200 AD in its initial phase, with the first Inka, Manko Capaq and Mama Ocllo. It is also suggested that Pachakuteq, the ninth king, elaborated another foundation in 1438 which is also known as the expansive phase. Inca builders hereafter laid out the city in the form of a puma, with the fortress of Sacsayhuaman as the head.
After the arrival of the Spanish to the city on November 15th 1533, Francisco Pizarro re-founded it for the Spanish King on March 23rd 1534. In 1536 Manko Inka began a long and bloody war against the Spanish invaders with a siege lasting over 8 months over the city. Finally in 1572, after a war that lasted 36 years, Tupaq Amaru I, the last emperor of the Inka dynasty was defeated, captured and executed in the city's main square. The Spanish subsequently destroyed many of the structures in the city or used them as foundations for many of their own churches and buildings. Dinner and accommodation. Day 4. CUZCO
After breakfast, a tour of the ruins surrounding the Inca capital including the Sacsayhuaman Fortress overlooking the city of Cuzco, a pre Inca architectural masterpiece; Kenko, a rock sanctuary whose main attraction is the monolithic altar representing a puma, the red fortress of Puca-Pucara, and Tambomachay. After the tour lasting about two and half hours we will have lunch at the La Casona del Inca, situated in the hills above Cuzco with a beautiful view of the city. Day 5. SACRED VALLEY-PISAC-OLLANTAYTAMBO
Full-day excursion to the beautiful Urubamba, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, situated between Pisac and Ollantaytambo. It is an exceptionally fertile valley that was and remains the larder of Cuzco. Visit the village of Pisac, founded during colonial times, and set at the foot of a hill crowned by the remains of an ancient Inca city. On Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Indians barter their products in the main square and artisans from around the area sell their woven alpaca wool blankets and ponchos, engraved gourds, antique reproductions, jewellery, etc. On Sundays, it is also the meeting place for Mayors from all the villages in the region, dressed in their traditional costumes to attend morning mass. After a buffet lunch, a visit to Ollantaytambo, the only Inca town that was not defeated by the Spanish with an opportunity to explore the ruins which tower above. Late afternoon return to Cuzco whilst visiting en-route the traditional market of Chinchero. Return to your hotel.
Private Luxury Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Day 6. OLLANTAYTAMBO - WAYLLABAMBA
After an early morning breakfast, you will be transferred to Chilca by private car where you will meet with your Quechua porters and prepare for the Inca Trail with a session of yoga from your personal instructor. After some relaxing, breathing and stretching techniques, you will be ready to embark on the four day trek that awaits you. You will cross over the turbulent Vilcanota River, with magnificent views of Nevado Veronica (5,900m/19,000ft) and continue along the trek admiring the Llactapata archaeological site, and stopping at the Huayllabamba River for lunch. All meals are in very large dining tents with outstanding three course meals freshly prepared by your chef. After lunch, we will visit the archaeological sites of Patallacta, Qente, and the valley of Cusichaca along with the magical Polylepsis forest before continuing the hike. To help us focus on the true nature of our trek, our destination and our very location, our personal porters will be playing the Quena, or ancient Andean flute. We also encourage to talk with our porters to learn a little about their ancient customs and ways or life. Our hiking today will last approximately 7 hours. Upon arriving to our campsite, we shall enjoy relaxing massages and a warm shower to help sooth away any aches and pains. Dinner before listening to the intriguing stories and legends from our Quechua porters. Overnight camping on the trail. Day 7. WAYLLABAMBA - PACAYMAY
An early start today as this is the most demanding day of the entire trek and we shall gain considerable altitude. We will see outstanding views to the east of the Huayanay peaks and to the west of the rugged Vilcabamba Range. After breakfast, we shall begin the climb up through the first pass at 4200 m/13,750 feet at Warmiwanusqa. Passing 3 ecological zones such as the Yunga, Quechua and Puna, we shall ascend 1000 metres in 5 hours. Our porter's enticing music will help us to marvel at the views rather than the difficult ascent. Lunch will be taken before the final two sections of ascent. Upon reaching the summit of Dead Woman's Pass, we shall celebrate our achievement by paying homage to the Apus or mountain gods, before descending into camp. Massages and a warm shower before a welcoming dinner near Pacaymayu. More secret myths will unfold tonight as the porters explain the significance of the Apus, or mountain gods. Overnight camping on the trail. Day 8. PACAYMAYU - WINAYHUAYNA
After breakfast, we shall begin the ascent of the second pass, although still demanding, this is easier than the previous day's ascent. A visit to the famous archaeological site of Runquraqay. We will continue on to the restored town site of Sayaqmarka ("Town in a Steep Place") and explore the Sayaqmarka Ruins, admiring at the same time the fabulous cloud forest which is now all around us. The third pass of the Inca Trail in this section is a long white granite roadway, with some ascents and descents traversing a thickly forested mountainside. We will finally descend to the magnificent archaeological site of Phuyupatamarka ("Cloud Level Town") where a fine lunch will await us. After lunch, we will then begin the decent to Winaywayna, an outstanding Inca complex built into the mountainside. A visit of the ruins before our last massage and trail shower. After relaxing, we shall enjoy dinner carefully prepared by our chef. We shall also meet with our porters for the very last time and exchange thanks and talk about the ancient paths upon which we have trekked for the last few days. Overnight camping on the trail. Day 9. WINAYHUAYNA - MACHU PICCHU
Early morning wake up at 4:30 AM for breakfast and to begin the final trek to Intipunku, and the first site of the archaeological complex of Machu Picchu. We will descend rapidly from cloud forest into high jungle habitat. Orchids and hummingbirds are commonly seen along this spectacular section of the trail high above the river. We will arrive at Intipunko "Gate of the Sun" to observe the sunrise over Machu Picchu from an elevated vantage point. We will then continue down to the royal road and at last the "Lost City of the Incas". Arrival and transfer of our belongings to the Sanctuary Lodge Hotel. We then immediately begin our tour of Machu Picchu. Built by the Inca Pachacutec, and comprising stone blocks fitted with masterful precision, Machu Picchu harmoniously blends into the mountain landscape. There are many theories as to the origins behind Machu Picchu but three of the most popular ideas include a temple to the sun, a fortress against the jungle inhabitants and a sanctuary for the Incas. This fabulous city holds houses, temples, warehouses, a large central square and all connected by narrow roads and steps, which is surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side which were used for agriculture. We shall visit the Main Plaza, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of Three Windows, the Circular Tower and the Sacred Sun Dial and Burial Grounds. After the guided tour, you can enjoy an afternoon of self-exploration and discovery. Lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge before a free afternoon for more personal appreciation. Accommodation at the Sanctuary Lodge hotel. Day 10. MACHU PICCHU - CUZCO
After breakfast, we shall return to the complex for a very different tour of the site; this time with a Shamanic guide. We shall also experience the ancient offering to the Pachamama or mother earth, within the grounds of the Sanctuary. Board the train for Cuzco. Reception and transfer to the Monasterio hotel. Day 11. CUZCO - LIMA
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight back to Lima, arriving at 9am and your connecting return flight home. (This flight back can be changed to a later flight if required but not in first class)
Luxury Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
The only true Luxury -
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
11 days / 10 nights.
"Highly recommended, professional and well-organized, 'perfect tour', knowledgeable guides" Footprint Handbook 2013
"Transportation services and accommodations are top-notch, and the guides are flexible and extremely helpful" Fodor's Guides 2013
Amazing Destinations is a reputable firm with an impressive variety of unique excursions…" - At Home and Away with Alan Whicker CBE, Magazine At Home and Away with Alan Whicker CBE
Recommended in Bonnie's South America Travel Blog at About.com .
Incl. Miraflores Park, Monasterio & Sanctuary Lodge Hotels, all trains, all private tours, finest service guaranteed
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