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Peru in the Shadow of Machu Picchu Package 12 Days

  • Peru Machu Picchu Tour Package 12 Days
  • Peru Machu Picchu Tour Package 12 Days
  • Peru Machu Picchu Tour Package 12 Days
  • Peru Machu Picchu Tour Package 12 Days
  • Peru Machu Picchu Tour Package 12 Days
  • Peru Machu Picchu Tour Package 12 Days
  • Peru Machu Picchu Tour Package 12 Days
  • Peru Machu Picchu Tour Package 12 Days
  • Peru Machu Picchu Tour Package 12 Days
  • Peru Machu Picchu Tour Package 12 Days
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Peru in the Shadow of Machu Picchu Package 12 Days

Peru Machu Picchu Tour Package 12 Days--Take the ultimate journey through Peru's Andean region. Discovering the cultural treasures of Lima, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Sacred Valley, Cusco, Machu Picchu, and mingling with locals. You also visit the massive mysterious Sacsayhuaman.
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Peru in the Shadow of Machu Picchu 12 Days

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Peru Machu Picchu Tour Package 12 Days

Peru Machu Picchu Tour Package 12 Days–Take the ultimate journey through Peru’s Andean region. Discovering the cultural treasures of Lima, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Sacred Valley, Cusco, Machu Picchu, and mingling with locals. You also visit the massive mysterious Sacsayhuaman.

Discover ancient ruins that hold age-old secrets and explore labyrinthine cities where time stands still. Gaze out at the picturesque agricultural terraces of the magnificent Colca Canyon and boat across Lake Titicaca (the highest lake in the world) to visit one of the native communities living on floating islands. From the Inca capital of Cusco, explore the ruins in the Sacred Valley (Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero), and witness the amazing Maras Salt mines.

A short train ride through scenic landscapes brings you to Machu Picchu, perched high in the Andes. Enjoy a private guided tour and uncover the secrets of this mysterious lost city. Hike to the Gate of the Sun, and take in world-class views from the lookout. Tour the Qoricancha Temple (Temple of the Sun), the Temple of Sacsayhuaman, the Inca bath of Tambomachay, and the labyrinth of Qenqo. Peru Machu Picchu Tour Package 12 Days. Join us!

Itinerary Preview

Day 1. Arrive Lima, Peru.

Day 2. Explore Lima, City Tour.

Day 3. Arequipa – City Tour

Day 4. Colca Canyon – Chivay.

Day 5. Cruz del Condor – Colca Canyon

Day 6. Lake Titicaca – Burial Tombs of Sillustani.

Day 7. Lake Titicaca – Floating Islands

Day 8. Cusco – Walking Tour

Day 9. Sacsayhuaman – Pisaq

Day 10. Chinchero – Moray – Salt Mines – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes.

Day 11. Machu Picchu – Cusco

Day 12. Lima, depart.

Duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights

Physical Rating: 2 – Light – Moderate. Hotel, Lodge nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking, rafting, suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging

Service Level: Upgraded

Group Size: Small Private Group. Small group experience, Min 04 – Max 12, Avg 08.

Activity: Hiking / Archaeology, Cultural Adventures.

Arrive: Lima, Peru

Depart: Lima, Peru

Limited Ticket Permits: YES, Reserve your tour early!

The Peruvian Government has restricted the number of Machu Picchu permits to 2500 visitors per day. With many individuals and groups vying for an opportunity to visit this spectacular site, obtaining permits has become a bigger challenge than ever. It is common for permits to be sold out one to two months in advance. Don’t miss your opportunity to experience this unforgettable unique place… reserve your spot early for the best selection of date options and leave the rest to Crocotrail Travel!

Please Note. Passport information must be submitted to Crocotrail Travel at the moment you book prior to departure. This information is necessary to issue Machu Picchu train tickets, Machu Picchu entrance fee, and Bus tickets.

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Lima, Peru.

Arrive in Lima, where you are met and transferred to your hotel.Welcome meeting at hotel by your Tour Leader.

Day 2. Explore Lima, City Tour.

Today, you will explore the magnificence of Lima. A knowledgeable private guide and driver will lead you on your journey during this sightseeing tour. You will visit the Government Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral at the Plaza Mayor (closed for tourism on Sunday mornings), and the 17th century San Francisco Convent. Afterward, you will enjoy a short tour of the modern districts of San Isidro and Miraflores for a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. Only breakfast included.

Lunch, and dinner are at your expense. However, round trip car service is included to a restaurant in Lima of your choice, (for a good choice you can get some recommendations from your Tour Leader).

Day 3. Arequipa – City Tour

Private transfer to airport. Fly from Lima to Arequipa direct on Lan Peru Airlines. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes. Hotel check-in, and you’ll be ready for another great adventure day.

Today, set out on a private guided city tour of Arequipa, including a visit to the Santa Catalina Monastery, a city within a city, founded at the end of XVII century and only opened to the public a few years ago. The boldly painted walls of this massive 215,000 square foot complex are still home to some 20 nuns of the Dominican Second Order. Another highlight of your tour will be a visit to see the incredibly well-preserved frozen body of 15th century Incan girl, known as Mummy Juanita (Momia Juanita). Time Magazine classified the discovery of her body in 1995 as one of the world’s 10 greatest discoveries. Your Tour Leader will also bring you to the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Jesuit Cloister and the residential areas of Cayma and Yanahuara before finishing the tour at the “Mirador de Yanahuara”, a lookout point, for a superb view of the volcanoes. After having a great exploration of the city, you’ll drive back to the hotel. Only breakfast included.

Lunch and dinner are at your expense. However, round trip car service is included to a restaurant in Arequipa of your choice, (for a good choice you can get some recommendations from your Tour Leader).

Day 4. Colca Canyon – Chivay

Today you’ll travel from Arequipa to Chivay in Colca Canyon. Along the way, you’ll enjoy a tour offering beautiful landscapes, as well as the history of the ancient Andean cultures and the Catholic influence and introduction through the Spanish. The people living in the valley today are the testimony to this history and the cultures of Collaguas and Cabanas settling there.

En route you will pass Yura, Pampa de Arrieros, Pampa Cañahuas (where you’ll find the Vicuña National Reserve of Aguada Blanca), Vizcachani and Tojra (a great place to spot migratory birds resting in so-called “bofedales”, a sort of peat bog). Apart from the impressive landscape with several snow-capped volcanoes, you’ll see a lot of small stone towers called “apachetas”, which have been assembled this way by the locals as an offering to the “Apus”, or the mountains, according to old Andean religion. Upon entering Colca Canyon you’ll arrive at the most canyon’s hub, Chivay, where you can pause to enjoy a typical lunch. Afterward, explore Chivay with your Leader, a town known for high quality, locally-produced handcrafts. Conclude your day with a drop-off at your Colca Canyon accommodation. Only breakfast included.

Lunch and dinner are at your expense. However, round trip car service is included to a restaurant in Chivay of your choice, (for a good choice you can get some recommendations from your Tour Leader).

Day 5. Cruz del Condor – Colca Canyon

Waking up bright and early, you’ll set out from your hotel with your own private transportation and Leader, to what is known as Cruz del Condor. The site is an incredible lookout point with sweeping views of the Canyon, and opportunities to see the Andean Condor, often spotted here, gliding through the skies above. They are most active before the heat of the day sets in, hence the early morning start to your tour. Your drive will contain some opportunities to see the numerous agricultural terraces which add color and contrast to the canyon below. Remnants of an agrarian society which blossomed in this remote area many centuries ago, these same terraces still remain in use by the modern-day inhabitants of the Colca Canyon, who in the spirit of their ancestors, remain tied to the land. Spend a good hour or longer at the Condor lookout point, scanning the skies, and taking in the majestic beauty of the Canyon scenery, before you start the return journey back to your hotel. Breakfast and packed lunch included.

Dinner is at your expense. However, round trip car service is included to a restaurant in Chivay of your choice, (for a good choice you can get some recommendations from your Tour Leader).

Day 6. Lake Titicaca – Burial Tombs of Sillustani.

This morning you’ll check out from your hotel after breakfast, and meet your private transportation for a transfer to Puno – located on Lake Titicaca. Exiting the Colca Canyon, you’ll continue to be enveloped in beautiful scenery along the way, coming to an apex with a planned stop at Sillustani. The ancient stone burial towers of Sillustani long pre-date the Incas and straddle the line between beauty and intrigue. Learn about the structures and their significance before continuing on to Puno. Upon your arrival in Puno, hotel check-in. Breakfast and packed lunch included.

Dinner is at your expense. However, round trip car service is included to a restaurant in Puno of your choice, (for a good choice you can get some recommendations from your Tour Leader).

Day 7. Lake Titicaca – Floating Islands

A full day excursion to Floating Islands of Urus, Taquile Island on a private boat.

This excursion provides a unique opportunity to grow personally acquainted with the islands’ Uros-Aymara communities. The people are expert weavers famous for their craft, as well as the ancestral techniques used to keep their islands afloat. In Taquile, experience the Quechua imagination in the textile weavings unique to the area. Enjoy lunch outdoors as you treat yourself to the grandeur of Puno’s deep blue skies across Lake Titicaca, with views of Bolivia’s Cordillera Real or Royal mountain range in the background. Only breakfast included.

Lunch and Dinner are at your expense. However, for dinner, round-trip car service is included to a restaurant in Puno, of your choice, (for a good choice you can get some recommendations from your Tour Leader).

Day 8. Cusco – Walking Tour

After breakfast depart hotel for the airport to catch your domestic flight onwards in Peru. Flight from Juliaca to Cusco. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour. Upon your arrival in Cusco, you’ll be transferred to hotel.

Take the rest of the day to allow your body to acclimatize to the change in environment and enjoy leisure time at your hotel. Or you can take the option of exploring the city of Cusco. If so, We visit typical, bohemian area of San Blas, you will get to see another side of the Inca capital as you wander through the cobbled streets learning about the Inca history. The streets still keep the original names in Quechua, the local artisans are still seen carving, painting beautiful little saints and virgins which are sold in Santurantikuy (saints and virgins fair), the day before the Christmas. Next, you will proceed to Coricancha the most important temple for the whole Inca Empire, this place still amazes you by the finest walls the Incas were able to make. The tour ongoings to San Pedro market, a typical market that has been still working for many years since the 1920s, where we’ll see very bizarre local things. After exploring and having enough knowledge of Cusco we’ll go back to our hotel. Only breakfast included.

Lunch and dinner are at your expense. However, round trip car service is included to a restaurant in Cusco of your choice, (for a good choice you can get some recommendations from your Tour Leader).

Day 9. Sacsayhuaman – Pisaq

Today, you will engage in a full day tour of Cusco, and part of Sacred Valley. You will have the opportunity to enjoy a pleasant stroll in Inca temple of Sacsayhuaman, and Pisac.

In Sacsayhuaman we’ll witness the breath-taking inca architecture, nine meters high limestone blocks were used to make massive walls, employing only the manpower, which was offered to Andean Gods as a great temple. Then, your next place to visit is Pisac, en route, you’ll visit a center where South American camelids, such as llamas and alpacas, are bred. Learn about the valuable fibers created from their coats, and feed these iconic animals. After a break stoo on the way, we continue to the exceptionally well-preserved ruins at Pisac, which provide an opportunity for us to take a short warm-up hike as we explore the site’s various structures and terraces before making our way down to Pisac town and its bustling crafts market. Pisac is like an open-air museum of Incan artistry with well-preserved temples, working water channels and stone walls showcasing meticulous masonry. We eventually drive back to hotel. Only breakfast included.

Lunch, and dinner are at your expense. However, round trip car service is included to a restaurant in Cusco of your choice, (for a good choice you can get some recommendations from your Tour Leader).

Day 10. Chinchero – Moray – Salt Mines – Aguas Calientes.

Today we head out on a full-day exploration of the western side of Urubamba Valley – the enchanting “Sacred Valley of the Incas”. We travel to the lovely high Andean village of Chinchero where we visit a textile cooperative and learn more about the weaving traditions that have been passed down among the local people for centuries. We’ll travel to the Inca ruins of Moray. The circular terraces of Moray were used as an agricultural “research laboratory” for the Incas, who studied temperature variation from one terrace to another in order to develop different crop varieties. We continue to the small town of Maras, and the picturesque salt mines. Originally used by the Pre-Inca and Inca culture, villagers from surrounding communities still mine salt by hand from the spring-fed terraced pools. After exploring this quaint place, you’ll be transferred to Ollantaytambo train station to travel to Aguas Calientes town by train. Upon your arrival, hotel check-in. Only breakfast included.

Lunch, and dinner are at your expense. (for a good choice you can get some recommendations from your Tour Leader).

Day 11. Machu Picchu – Cusco

We have an early breakfast and head up to the Inca city to experience the peace and solitude of this magical place. Our knowledgeable Leader leads us through, explaining the significance of the various structures and the theories behind Machu Picchu’s purpose and construction methods. We have the rest of the morning and early afternoon to attempt the optional hike up Huayna Picchu mountain and/or explore the Inca city on your own. We catch the afternoon train to Ollantaytambo and from there take the bus back to Cusco, arriving at approximately 6:45 p.m. Only breakfast included, the rest of meals don’t include.

Hiking Optional Huayna Picchu. Hike may be unguided and is steep with some exposure. Permits are limited to 400 spaces a day. An alternative optional hike may be available if Huayna Picchu permits cannot be obtained.

Day 12. Cusco – Lima – Depart.

After having breakfast and the hotel check-out, you’ll be transferred to airport. Today, you will board a direct flight from Cusco to Lima. The flight is approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes long.

Private vehicle transfer, and escorted by your Tour Leader from the Airport to the Larco Herrera Museum. Since 1926 this museum holds the world’s largest private collection of pre-Columbian art with a unique assortment of erotic pottery, genuine and rich jewels in gold, silver and semi-precious stones. With more than 45,000 pieces of ceramics plus genuine mummies and marvellous Paracas textiles, this is a great place to visit. Only breakfast included. Lunch, and dinner are at your expense. (for a good choice you can get some recommendations from your Tour Leader).

In the evening after exploring the museum, and sat on the table at the restaurant, chilling with a Pisco sour on hands rememoring the adventure, you will be transferred back to the Airport. Then, depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

What’s included

– All transfer service in private transport.

– Private Tour Leader (Who travel with you during the journey assisting you 24/7). And local guides.

– Internal or domestic flight tickets.

– Entrance fee to archaeological sites like, Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman, or Santa Catalina Monastery, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, and many other Inca archaeological sites.

– 11 nights of hotel (3-star hotels, Lodge).

– Train tickets in Machu Picchu.

– Bus ticket in Machu Picchu.

– Excursion to all the places mentioned on the itinerary.

What’s not Included

– International airfares ( please let us know detailed information about your flight tickets, to pick you up from the airport)

– All airport departure tax, Lima International departure tax is approximately US$ 35, and Lima Domestic Departure tax is approximately US$10.

– Meal Budget, ( while your stay at hotel or sightseeing) between US$20 to US$25 for every meal not included.

– Additional nights during the trip due to the flight cancellations.

– Extra expenses.

– Tipping for guides, and other staff (optional).

– Travel Insurance.

– Travel and health insurance (bring copies with you please), we highly recommend to get an insurance of trip cancellation, interruption; an insurance to protect your travel investment, Included with your pre-departure package, bring your travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, baggage loss and delay, emergency medical evacuation insurance and emergency medical expense insurance. Any unexpected situations occurred during the journey and which are beyond our control, including changes in scheduling trains or flights, delays, strikes, cancellations, missed connections, etc. it should be covered by the passenger as a whole. Also, if you for physical reasons of health cannot continue the trek or walk, and will need emergency evacuation then all charges incurred such as transportation, hotel, ambulance, doctors, medication, hospitalization, etc. will be at passenger’s expense.

– International or internal airfare, transfers for independent arrival or departure, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Detailed Itinerary, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, expenses such as medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Lodging

We selected carefully our hotels in each destination all over the country. And we selected our accommodations for how well they represent the distinctive character of the destination you’re in. Some of these rooms and cabanas draw their inspiration from history and others from the views they offer. What’s consistent, however, is that we stand by each and every one of these for what they’ll add to your experience.

Price

From USD 3500.00 Per Person.

Prices are quoted in US Dollars and all payments must be made in US Dollars.

To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are tier priced according to the number of full-paying participants on the trip.

All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. If you are willing to share accommodations, we will match you with a roommate if one is available. If we cannot match you with a roommate, the “forced single supplement” is listed if applicable.

Trip Payment Schedule.

At time of reservation: 50% of total balance.

– 90 days prior to departure: Balance should be paid fully, or once upon your arrival in Cusco the other 50% of final balance must be paid fully.

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule.

– Minimum fee (tour permit fee): $700 per person

– 61-90 days prior to departure: 30% of trip cost

– 46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost

– 45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Tour Leaders

Meet our fabulous Leaders

A professional Crocotrail Travel Tour Leader with a deep knowledge of the destination and a focus on customer service makes all the difference. Our leaders are experts in Inca history, nature, birding, gastronomy, local language, etc, with a profound connection to Peru’s fascinating traditional culture. They take care of all the details so that you can savor the experiences of the trip. And just as important, they have a remarkable gift for sharing their extensive knowledge and favorite places. Our Tour Leaders have the warmth, endless energy, and that special “it” factor that transforms a trip into an unforgettable journey.

Trip Details

What The Trip Is Like

This trip is rated Level 2, Light – Moderate. It features sightseeing with day walks, and we enjoy hotel and lodge accommodations throughout the trip. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking, rafting, suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging. Much of the trip takes place at considerable altitudes, ranging from 7,500 feet at Machu Picchu to over 11,000 feet at Cusco and 12,500 feet at Lake Titicaca. Appropriate time for rest and acclimatization is included in the itinerary, but for your own enjoyment of the trip, we recommend that you make a special effort to be in good physical condition.

Fitness

All of our non-trekking trips in Peru take place in high altitude locations like Cusco and Lake Titicaca, where even just a walk up a flight of Inca stone step can make you feel a bit breathless. Remember that the better physical condition you are in, the more you will enjoy your experience at these altitudes. Make an effort to get in good physical condition with some exercise beyond your normal routine. A brisk 30-45 minute walk every other day over moderately steep terrain can do wonders for your conditioning. Also be sure to drink plenty of water when you’re at altitude, even if you don’t feel thirsty.

Trip Checklist.

– Original passport and Student ISIC card (if applicable), and some copies.

– Travel insurance (and some copies).

– Backpack (daypack) to carry your things.

– Phone, power bank battery, camera charger and adapter.

– Bathing suit

– Camera.

– Torch or headlamps.

– Deet or mosquito repellent ( recommendable 30% deet).

– Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).

– Comfortable hiking clothes, including warm clothes for the nighttime.

– Good hiking shoes with protector ankle or similar, and one pair of flip-flops or light sandals.

– Sunblock and sunglasses.

– Hiking long sleeve T-shirts.

– Hiking trousers.

– Ear Plugs.

– Water bottle or canteen.

– American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash.

– Sun hat, cap, and warm hat and gloves for the nighttime.

– Toilet paper, and face tissue paper.

– Credit or debit card.

– Luggage Tags and Locks.

– Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).

– Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).

– For more info you can visit Gear Lexicon https://www.alpineascents.com/pdf/gear-lexicon.pdf

 

When to Go

This tour can be experienced all year-round, but in late January and February, are the rainiest months in the highlands of Peru, when some inca sites, landscapes are foggy and difficult to see. The season normalizes in March and April, when the rains lighten up and the mountains are still green. Whilst in the coast of Peru is summer with high temperatures with 97s during the daytime and 68s at night.

High season begins in May and extends through September, as these are the driest months. October through December are considered shoulder season, when occasional rain is possible, but keep in mind that the highlands of Peru are a temperate desert and it is not uncommon for it not to rain for weeks at a time even in the height of the rainy season. This is also the time with the fewest hikers on the trail, more flowers in bloom, and fewer tourists at Machu Picchu as well as in Cusco. Temperatures in the Cusco-Machu Picchu region range from the high 60s in the daytime to the low 40s at night, with some variation depending on the time of year you go.