Mysterious Machu Picchu Standard
Delve into the sacred and mysterious landmarks of the Inca Empire, including famed Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, and other ancient temples, all precisely constructed without mortar.
DAY 1 – Monday, February 2nd, 2015
Today in the early afternoon you take a flight from Lima to Cusco, once the capital of the Inca Empire. After arriving in Cusco you will drive to the Sacsayhuaman fortress. Strategically located on a hill overlooking Cusco, the fortress was constructed without mortar like many other Inca structures. Yet the enormous stones (some weighing 200 tons) of the remaining walls fit so tightly that not even a thin blade of grass can slide between them. The craftsmanship is a stunning example of the Inca’s sophisticated construction techniques and architectural skills.
After returning to Cusco and checking into the luxurious J.W. Marriott Hotel, you will embark on an evening panoramic tour of Cusco, with a stop in the main plaza. Here, we will have a photo opportunity including the splendid Baroque-style Cusco Cathedral, built in the mid-1500s on the foundations of an Inca palace. Many of the stones used in its construction were looted from nearby Sacsayhuaman.
After returning to the J.W. Marriott, you will spend the evening at your leisure. As you will be dining on your own, you will receive a dinner certificate for a three-course meal and drink. The “dine around” certificate can be used at several participating restaurants.
DAY 2 – Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
This morning we descend from Cusco into the Sacred Valley. Our first stop is the village of Chinchero, home to an incredible weaving cooperative run by Nilda Callañaupa. The Chinchero Project was created to revitalize and protect the ancient weaving traditions of the region. What started as a small project now counts over 100 women as members and their weavings are truly something to behold.
Following this visit, you will drive to the train station and board the Inca Rail train to Machu Picchu. Lunch will be served during the journey as you take in the spectacular Andean scenery.
Upon arriving in Aguas Calientes, you will drive to the ruins of Machu Picchu to explore this famous “Lost City of the Incas.” Constructed as a royal retreat for the Inca emperor Pachacuti in the 1400s, Machu Picchu was abandoned less than 100 years later, its population probably devastated by smallpox. Because the Spanish conquistadors never found this hidden city, Hiram Bingham discovered it largely intact.
Architectural highlights include the Temple of the Sun, designed much like the one in Cusco, several other temples, hundreds of terraces, and a mysterious carved stone situated on a raised platform that towers above the plaza. The stone may have been used for astronomical observations, but no one knows for certain. The Inca had no written language, so there is no record of Machu Picchu’s ultimate purpose. Scholars are still striving to uncover clues as to its mysteries.
After visiting Machu Picchu, you will board the Vistadome Train towards Cusco. Along the way, you will stop for dinner at the Sol Y Luna Hotel and then transfer back to the J.W. Marriott Hotel for the evening.
DAY 3 – Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
After breakfast and check out transfer from the hotel to the airport for your flight back to Lima.
Upon your arrival in Lima, you will be driven to Pisco to board the ship.
Overland Program Step by Step: Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The flights and timings indicated are approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.
Day 1 – Monday, February 2nd
12:30pm Transfer to the airport (We suggest to fly with a carry-on only)
12:50pm Arrival at airport and check-in for your flight
2:35pm Flight (Airline and flight number TBA and subject to change) to Cusco
3:55pm Arrival in Cusco
4:05pm Drive to Sacsayhuaman
4:20pm Visit Sacsayhuaman
5:05pm Drive to J.W. Marriott Hotel
5:30pm Arrival to hotel and express check-in
6:00pm Drive to the main square
6:05pm Arrival at main square for photo opportunity
6:30pm Drive to J.W. Marriott Hotel
6:35pm Arrival to hotel
Dinner with “dine around” certificate
Overnight at the J.W. Marriott or similar hotel
Day 2 – Tuesday, February 3rd
7:00am Wake up call
7:30am Buffet breakfast at hotel (not private)
8:15am Drive to Chinchero
9:00am Visit Chinchero
10:00am Drive to the train station to board train to Aquas Calientes
11:15am Inca Rail Train to Aguas Calientes (lunch aboard)
1:00pm Bus drive to Machu Picchu Citadel
1:40pm Guided visit of the Citadel
5:10pm Bus drive back to Aguas Calientes
6:10pm Vistadome train to Ollantaytambo
7:45pm Drive to Sol y Luna for dinner
8:05pm Dinner at Sol y Luna
9:15pm Transfer to your hotel for the evening
10:45pm Arrival at hotel
Overnight at the J.W. Marriott or similar hotel
Day 3 – Wednesday, February 4th
5:10am Wake up call
5:40am Buffet breakfast at hotel (not private)
6:20am Drive to Cusco Airport
6:40am Arrival at airport and check-in
7:40am Flight (Airline and flight number TBA and subject to change) to Lima
8:50am Arrival in Lima
9:15am Drive to Pisco
1:15pm Arrival at the port and embark the ship
February is normally rainy in the highlands. Average temperature in the highlands is 65ºF max /43ºF min while in Lima it is 80ºF max/68ºF min.
What to Bring:
• Bring comfortable, casual clothing in natural, “breathable” fabrics. Temperatures will change as altitudes and the time changes, so it’s best to bring shorts, as well as long trousers and layered clothing. Religious sites require conservative dress. Both males and females should cover their arms, legs and shoulders.
• Local standards dictate a neat, clean outfit for dining in restaurants and touring urban areas. For men: long trousers and a shirt with a collar. For ladies: trousers or a knee-length (or longer) skirt with a modest top. Formal clothing is not necessary.
• A sweater or lightweight jacket for the cooler evening temperatures.
• A lightweight (preferably non-plastic) raincoat or poncho, and an umbrella.
• Comfortable walking shoes with low or no heels. Sandals may not be comfortable for some sightseeing activities.
• Sunglasses with a strap, sun block, a sunhat, and insect repellent.
• Walking sticks are prohibited in Machu Picchu except for passengers with mobility problems.
Peru’s currency is the Nuevo Sol (S/.). The exchange rate with the U.S. dollar varies, although the current exchange rate is approximately S/. 2.80 per 1 US dollar.
The current is 220 volts AC. In most hotel bathrooms, there is an electrical outlet with 110 volts for electric shavers, but this should not be used for travel irons or hair dryers. Most hotel rooms are equipped with hairdryers.
For domestic flights in Peru, you may check one piece of luggage weighing 23Kg (50 pounds) per person and one carry-on of 8Kg (17.5 pounds) per person.
Documents and Visa Requirements:
Foreign passengers entering Peru must have a passport valid at least 6 months past the day of arrival in Peru.
J.W. Marriott Hotel or similar in Cusco – Deluxe Room
•English-speaking drivers and tour conductor
•All entrance fees
•Gratuities for luggage porterage and restaurants
•Lunch on board the Inca Rail Train (1 glass of local wine or beer, 1 water or soft drink, and 1 hot beverage)
•Dinner at Sol Y Luna Hotel (1 glass of local wine or beer, 1 water or soft drink, and 1 hot beverage)
•Dinner “dine around” in Cusco
•Bottled water and snacks on coaches
•Flights between Lima and Cusco
•Airport transfers (may not be private)
•Accommodations per the program
•Drinks and meals not mentioned above
•Personal expenses and hotel incidentals such as laundry, phone calls, and minibar
•Gratuities to drivers and guides
Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion.
Due to the nature of this program, guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may be unsuitable for their individual situation.
$2,299 Per Guest