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Machu Picchu Explorer

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5 days • Level 1 (Details)Machu Picchu Explorer
Travel to Peru and explore the most spectacular archaeological monument in South America, the ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu. Our Machu Picchu Explorer is a short 5-day/4-night adventure designed to complement our Galapagos small ship cruises or Peru Amazon cruise. This privately guided independent Peru tour can also be combined with other regions of Peru such as Lake Titicaca, the Am azon River or the Inca Trail Trek, to craft a custom tour of Peru.

The journey begins in Cusco, where you'll explore the Sacred Urubamba Valley including Pisac and Ollantaytambo before proceeding by rail to the citadel Machu Picchu. Enjoy a full day guided tour of Machu Picchu and an overnight at the famous Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Inn. Charismatic guides versed in archeology, history and Andean culture show you monumental Inca temples, traditional villages and markets of the Quechua Indians in Cusco and in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

This guided Machu Picchu tour operates on a custom basis for our clients and can begin on any day, subject to availability. As such, the Machu Picchu Explorer is the perfect Peru tour to combine with your Galapagos cruise. This trip can also be customized to forge the ultimate Machu Picchu adventure that fits your interests, ability, schedule and budget. Contact our Machu Picchu travel experts to discuss your dream Peru vacation.
read more Travel to Peru and explore the most spectacular archaeological monument in South America, the ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu. Our Machu Picchu Explorer is a short 5-day/4-night adventure designed to complement our Galapagos small ship cruises or Peru Amazon cruise. This privately guided independent Peru tour can also be combined with other regions of Peru such as Lake Titicaca, the Amazon River or the Inca Trail Trek, to craft a custom tour of Peru.

The journey begins in Cusco, where you'll explore the Sacred Urubamba Valley including Pisac and Ollantaytambo before proceeding by rail to the citadel Machu Picchu. Enjoy a full day guided tour of Machu Picchu and an overnight at the famous Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Inn. Charismatic guides versed in archeology, history and Andean culture show you monumental Inca temples, traditional villages and markets of the Quechua Indians in Cusco and in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

This guided Machu Picchu tour operates on a custom basis for our clients and can begin on any day, subject to availability. As such, the Machu Picchu Explorer is the perfect Peru tour to combine with your Galapagos cruise. This trip can also be customized to forge the ultimate Machu Picchu adventure that fits your interests, ability, schedule and budget. Contact our Machu Picchu travel experts to discuss your dream Peru vacation.
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Day 1 - Arrive Cusco, Peru

Day 2 - Urubamba Valley

Day 3 - Machu Picchu

Day 4 - Machu Picchu & Wayna Picchu

Day 5 - Depart Cusco


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Day 1 - Arrive Cusco, Peru

Upon arrival in Cusco you are met by your guide who will remain with you throughout your time in the Peruvian highlands. The elevation of Cusco is 11,000 feet so we encourage a relaxed pace while travelers acclimatize. Enjoy a transfer from the airport to your hotel, then an afternoon guided orientation of Cusco's Spanish churches, ancient Inca sites and surrounding ruins.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Casa Andina or similar
MEALS:
n/a

Day 2 - Urubamba Valley

Depart early on a scenic drive along farmlands and mountain peaks of the Urubamba River. Known as the Sacred Valley of the Inca, the Urubamba Valley is home to numerous important Inca Ruins and vibrant Quiche markets. Enjoy a full day guided tour of the Urubamba Valley including the traditional Andean towns, ancient Inca Ruins and traditional Indian Markets of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Relax this evening with delicious Peruvian cuisine and surrounded by authentic Peruvian history and culture.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sonesta Posadas del Inca Sacred Valley Yucay, Sol y Luna or similar
MEALS:
breakfast and lunch

Day 3 - Machu Picchu

An early train follows the Urubamba River as it climbs high into the Andes Mountains revealing glaciers and spectacular scenery. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes proceed by bus to the Inca Ruins of Machu Picchu. Your guide will introduce you to this history, nature and culture of this magnificent site with a guided tour. This evening overnight at the famous Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo. The grounds of this exclusive hotel covers acres of native rain forest including an orchid garden and nature trail offering a peaceful refuge within walking distance shops, restaurants and the train station in Aguas Calientes.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel or similar
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - Machu Picchu & Wayna Picchu

Arise early and be among the first to experience Machu Picchu before the train arrives. Watch the sunrise, take a hike to the Temple of the Moon, the Inca Drawbridge or beat the crowds to Wayna Picchu, the steep-sided mountain behind the ruins. Return by train to Ollantaytambo before proceeding by road to your hotel in Cusco.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Casa Andina or similar
MEALS:
breakfast and lunch

Day 5 - Depart Cusco

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and the charms of Cusco before you continue your journey. A transfer to the Cusco airport is provided if needed.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Arrival & Departure

Plan to arrive to Cusco by 1:00pm, and to depart Cusco at any time on Day 5.
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Prices listed are per person for double occupancy, unless noted otherwise. Contact the experts at AdventureSmith Explorations to book a departure.

$1395 - 10-14 Guests 2014

$1895 - 2+ Guests 2014

$1595 - 4 Guests 2014

$1495 - 5+ Guests 2014

$2495 - Single Occupancy 2014


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Included

Transfers, Peru hotel accommodations and meals as outlined in itinerary, guide services from Cusco to Cusco, entrance fee into Machu Picchu.

Exclusions

Airfare; excess baggage charges; airport departure tax from Peru; domestic airfare; domestic aiport taxes; tips to local staff and items of a personal nature such as soft drinks or alcoholic beverages, laundry fees and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

A deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm a reservation, with final payment due 90 days prior to departure. Cancellations received prior to departure are subject to cancellation penalties per person.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list, extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

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Trip Reviews

OVERALL: 5 stars ACCOMMODATIONS: 5 stars MEALS: 5 stars

Overall Trip Review

We most enjoyed Cusco. Sol y Luna hotel in the Sacred Valley-a real treat and so beautiful! The Inkaterra was very special as well in Aguas Caliente. Quito was fascinating both geographically and culturally as was Peru. Always wanted to go to these places and it was our 40th anniversary!

Accommodations Review

All of our hotels were excellent. I would suggest staying two nights at least in both Cusco and Quito because you need a rest day in both places.

Crew & Guides Review

Yashira in Cusco was especially wonderful.

AdventureSmith Explorations Review

Aaron Gaines did the best job; his planning was so good. I have and will keep recommending him to others taking trips and will be back for our next adventure. All of my questions and concerns were answered so efficiently and in a timely manner. I am just so impressed with how much work you all put in to making these trips special. I was so used to doing it myself on line, etc. but now I won't.

The timeline, locations, hotels and other recommendations worked out beautifully. Metropolitan Travel in South America is such a good company. Their drivers and especially their tour guides do an amazing job explaining the culture and history of their countries. We could not have been happier!

Traveler Advice

Just to make sure you have a few nights at least in the major cities so you are not always just flying in and out...we needed some "down" time but did find it on the Santa Cruz where all of our luggage was in one place for a while!

A. Lyman - Carnelian Bay, CA
OVERALL: 5 stars ACCOMMODATIONS: 5 stars MEALS: 5 stars

Overall Trip Review

Better than imagined and dreamed. The knowledge of our guide Leo and the organization and planning that went into the trip was excellent. Hotels and ammenities were top of the line. Machu Picchu was breathtaking!  I am glad we experienced it at the end of our trip - like the cherry on top!  What a sacred place and a once in a lifetime opportunity.  I could never explain to someone the magic and beauty of MaPi.

We were a family of 11 - happy to all be together and learn about a wonderful country!  Trip of a lifetime that we will always remember and share.

Accommodations Review

All of our stays were hospitable and beautiful!

Meals Review

I cannot believe how good we ate!  Loved the quinoa soups, chicken, and pisco sours!!

Crew & Guides Review

Leo was incredible! So passionate and knowledgeable - we could really feel his love and passion for his country and people. He was patient, funny, kind, honest, professional and personable. We all felt a connection with him we wish we could bring him to the U.S. and give him a tour in return. We cannot thank him enough - honestly.

Transportation was amazing!  When we arrived anywhere they were there waiting for us.  We never sat around or had to worry about how to get from place to place. The best part was we never felt like we wasted anytime. We were always on the move from one adventure to the next!

AdventureSmith Explorations Review

Andrew Browning was key to making this wonderful and well-planned trip come together flawlessly. Thank you for all the planning and translating too! A trip not ever to be forgotten!

We were told to bring U.S. dollars that are in best condition, but I did not expect Peru to be so strict! Not a single rip or tear was accepted. We should have brought way more cash because most of our bills were not accepted anywhere. Not a big complaint but kind of a hassle.

Traveler Advice

Bring extra cash - most bills will not be accepted in Peru unless they are absolutely flawless.  Take it easy the first day or two in Cusco because of the altitude and do not drink the water!

H. Cairns - Chicago, IL
OVERALL: 5 stars ACCOMMODATIONS: 5 stars MEALS: 5 stars

Thank you for all your help planning our trip to Peru. We had a fantastic, unforgettable time from start to finish. We felt very taken-care-of throughout the trip. In particular, the Lares trek was an amazing experience that was the highlight of our time in Peru. Our guide Holger and the rest of the crew were wonderful and made us so comfortable. We will never forget the scenery, the people and the food as well! Regardless of our slight altitude sickness, we enjoyed every moment. Refugio Amazonas was fantastic, as was the train trip to Puno and our stays in Cuzco, Arequipa and Lima. It is a wonderful country. Thanks again for pulling everything together so quickly!

E. & C. Nissan - Brooklyn, NY