LIMA, CUSCO & MACHU PICCHU
LIMA, CUSCO & MACHU PICCHU
Machu Picchu is on everyone’s Bucket List. This is the home of the mystical Incas that reigned over the Andes when the Spanish conquistadors arrived. But beyond Machu Picchu, Peru is a magical destination for many reasons. It has an incredible modern culinary scene that you can discover in Lima and throughout this trip. Cusco is offers a glimpse into the Golden Age of exploration and an opportunity to purchase amazing handicrafts. And who doesn’t want to ride on the luxurious Hiram Bingham train and enjoy a scrumptious brunch. We are crafted this trip to be affordable luxury. Check off one more place on that Bucket List and join us!
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- Coda Tours signature small group size
- Coda Tours signature comprehensive sightseeing programs
- Coda Tours signature inclusive meal plan
- Coda Tours signature deluxe & luxury accommodations
- Walking through Machu Picchu – a Bucket List Event
- Enjoying brunch aboard the luxury Hiram Bingham
- Meeting Quechan-speaking natives in Sacred Valley
- The ruins of a massive fortress: Ollantaytambo
- The markets of Cusco
- The ruins of Korikancha, “The Sun Temple”
- The collection at Larco Herrera Museum in Lima
Dates & Prices
|Your Trip||Depart USA||Return USA||Double Occupancy Price||Single Occupancy Price||Intra Tour Air|
|Deluxe Peru||July 1, 2021||July 8, 2021||$4,695||$5,995||450|
- Single Occupancy rates can be avoided if you wish to be matched with another single traveler who also wishes to share. If no share is available, the single rate will apply.
- Rates are based on current rates and currency exchange rates at the time of publishing the tour online.
- Rates are subject to change until final payment has been made. Rates are based on a minimum participation and if the minimum participation is not met rates may need to be revised.
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Day 1 – Depart the USA
Arrive Lima (LIM) on any regularly scheduled flight. Transfer to the AC Hotel by Marriott Miraflores.
Day 2 – Lima
After breakfast, a city tour begins with a visit to the Plaza Mayor, the official center of the city and the original site where Lima was founded by Francisco Pizzaro on January 18, 1535. It is also a World Heritage site. From the historic center, drive across modern Lima for a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum, an extensive private collection of pre-Incan ceramics – probably the largest collection of its kind in the world. Lunch at Café del Museo Restaurant. The afternoon and evening are at your leisure to further explore Lima. This evening we will host our Welcome Dinner at one of Lima’s best restaurants.
Day 3 – Lima – Cusco – The Sacred Valley
Transfer to the airport for our domestic flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, an ancient Andean community and former capital of the Inca Empire, we stop for lunch at Calle del Medio Restaurant.
After lunch we drive to The Sacred Valley, stoppng en-route to visit Awanankancha, a center where South American ‘Cameloids” (varied members of the camel genus) – Llamas, Alpacas, Guanacos, and Vicunas – are bred.
Continue on to the Inkary Museum, created by an inspired group of artists and archaeologists introducing today’s Peruvian youth to the pre-Columbian cultures of Peru. Check-in at the Tambo del Inka Luxury Collection Hotel. Overnight in The Sacred Valley.
Day 4 – The Sacred Valley
Today we visit the Andean Highlands where we meet the Quechua-speaking farmers and weavers of this rural Andean community, and experience Incan lifestyles and traditions. Explore the magical and inspiring world of Quechua Highlanders, learning how traditional people live and work today in the Andean countryside. Participate in the daily activities of Chivay village “…the village of beautiful flowers”, roaming its quiet streets lined with Spanish Colonial buildings, pausing at local craft shops displaying multi-colored yarns, weaving looms and finished woven garments adorned with ancient Incan designs. Accompanied by the music of flutes and drums, our Quechuan hosts perform age-old terraced-farming farming techniques, blessing their earth, their animals, and the newly plowed land. Lunch will be served at Rancho Wayra. A spectacular equestrian exhibition - The Paso Horses - will impress with their elegance and synchronized prancing to the rhythm of live Marinera music.
After lunch, continue on to the Hotel. Overnight in The Sacred Valley.
Day 5 – Machu Picchu
Today visit the massive fortress of Ollantaytambo. The fortress, a formidable stone structure that climbs massive terraces reaching the top of a high peak, was the valley’s main defense against the Antis and was the site of the Incas’ greatest victory against the Spanish during the wars of conquest. Constructed of rose-colored granite, this huge installation was once a thriving complex of baths, temples and military barracks. It is a short walk to the station to board the Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu. Brunch is served on board. Arrival and short walk to the station to take the bus to Machu Picchu Citadel.
With our guide, explore the incredible ruins of this once indomitable city, assembled sans the use of modern machinery and held in place for centuries without the aid of any mortar. After our visit we stop for tea at the Sanctuary Lodge. Afterwards, return to the town of Aguas Calientes to check in to the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.
Dinner at the hotel.
Day 6 – Machu Picchu – Cusco
Morning at leisure. This morning, you will have the opportunity to hike up the Huayna Picchu (additional cost) – the highest mountain which is actually part of the ruins, from where you are afforded excellent views of the surrounding area, as well as a unique view of the famous ‘lost city’, (approx 2.5 hours). Or explore the grounds of our hotel where there are many wonders to discover, such as the rate orchid tour.
In the afternoon, board the Vistadome train back to Cusco city. Once in Cusco, we transfer to our Palacio del Inka Luxury Collection Hotel.
Day 7 – Cusco
This morning, visit Cusco Cathedral, located on the Plaza de Armas. Completed in 1654, almost one hundred years after construction began, it is dubbed one the most beautiful churches in the Americas, reflecting Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles. Another beautiful church is Santo Domingo, a 16th-century Dominican Church and Convent built on the foundations of the Incan Koricancha (“The Sun Temple” or "Place of Gold") - an astronomical observatory and religious temple for worship of the sun - with its outer walls covered in sheets of gold. Unfortunately, it was ransacked and destroyed by Spanish conquistadors, with Cusco Cathedral erected from original pieces of Incan stonework. Visit Sacsayhuamán, an ancient fortress and impressive example of Incan military architecture, is the final site of the greatest battle between the invading Spanish and the defending Incas. On the return to Cusco, see Qenqo ("The Labyrinth"), an Incan shrine dedicated to the Earth Mother, and Puka-Pukara, a limestone military construction with intricately carved depictions of mythical beings and dark, winding underground passages. Afternoon at leisure to explore the city on your own. Farewell dinner in Cusco.
DAY 8 – Cusco – Lima – USA
Transfer to the airport to board your domestic flight back to Lima. We will have day rooms at the Costa del Sol Wyndham Hotel while we await our return flights to the USA.
- 2 nights at the 4* AC hotel by Marriott Miraflores, 2 nights at the 5* Tambo del Inka, 1 night at the 5* Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, 2 nights at the 5* Palacio del Inka Luxury Collection
- Private arrival & departure transfers
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu
- Vistadome train to Cusco
- Land transfers, as required by the itinerary
- Sightseeing excursions and entry fees, as stated in the itinerary
- English-speaking local guides
- Coda Tour Representative, with minimum participation
- Pre-departure assistance and Information Portfolio from Coda Tours
What's Not Included
- International airfare, seat assignments
- Intra-tour airfare and baggage fees, quoted separately
- Passport and visa fees; No visa is required for entry into Peru
- Trip Cancellation & Interruption insurance (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)
- Items of a personal nature (laundry, phone, drinks, etc.)
- Gratuity for local guides, drivers and Coda Tour Manager
American, Avianca, Lan and Jetblue are among airlines that can be used to book international airfare for this tour. We recommend booking at least 7 months in advance if you want to use Frequent Flyer Miles or the American Express Platinum card 2-4-1 program. Coda Tours can assist you with your international air booking in Business or Coach class (First Class is rare nowadays on international flights, but if available, we can quote it.) Please ask us to quote for you. We often have favorable rates. There is a standard $35 per ticket ticketing for this service.
450 (coach class) (Subject to change until ticketed)
Lima – Cusco – Lima
Intra-tour flights are additional and quoted separately. Typically, we book only coach class. Business class upgrades are available upon request when possible. Fees for 1 checked bag at the weight specified by the airline will be included. Note that some airlines have very restricted baggage weight limits. Excess baggage fees can be paid at the airport at the time of check in. Fees can be expensive. LIMIT YOUR LUGGGAE TO 1 PIECE AND PREFERABLY to less than 35lbs. Pre-assigned seating is not usually purchased in advance. On intra-tour flights, seating is secured at the airport at the time of check in and can be assigned randomly by the airline. Intra-tour flights, once issued, are non-refundable.
A valid passport is required for international travel and must be valid for 6 months after the return date of travel and must have at least two blank pages. No visa is required for entry into Peru for US and Canadian passport holders.
ALTITUDE IN PERU – Because much of the country’s highlands are situated more than 10,000 feet above sea level, travelers flying in from lower altitudes can experience symptoms similar to that of a bad hangover, making the first few days in Peru uncomfortable. We do spend our first days at lower altitude to acclimate.
While unpleasant, altitude sickness shouldn’t put you off from traveling to Peru. Fortunately for most people, they only feel sluggish for a couple of days until their body has acclimatized, making it more of an inconvenience than a serious concern. Even so, before heading to Peru we recommend familiarizing yourself with the facts, risks and symptoms associated with altitude sickness and what to do if you fall ill during your travels. See our chart below. (If reading on the website, you will see the chart in the downloadable PDF.) Please note that most people do not experience any altitude sickness at all.
Coda trips are casual at all times. There is no need for a jacket or tie unless you personally opt to dine at a fine restaurant requiring formal dress. We do not book these restaurants for our group experiences. Pack for a variety of weather. Bring a light jacket or sweater. Jeans, khakis and shorts are fine for daily wear. Comfortable shoes are a must. All hotels offer laundry service but it can be expensive.
Expect the daytime temperatures to be warm to hot, high 70’s and the nighttime temperature to drop to the 40’s or even colder.
All departures are guaranteed on a minimum number of participants. A Coda Tour Manager will accompany a tour also based on a minimum number of participants. This tour can be operated as a Private Tour, can be customized and repriced based on a final itinerary. Rates are based on a minimum participation, if the minimum is not met, rates may need to be revised.
A complete portfolio of pre-departure information will be mailed to you approximately three weeks prior to departure.