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Machu Picchu Tours

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Enjoy this unique cultural experience in the land of amazing hidden treasures of the past. This tour program includes the most important archaeological sites of the Sacred Valley of the Incas such as Qoricancha, Sacsaywaman, Pisac, Moray, Ollantaytambo as well as the incredible and breathtaking Machu Picchu. You will also enjoy a visit to the San Pedro local market and cultural activities such as a day at Huilloc, a local Inca community where you will learn unique facts about this group of people. As with all of our tours, this customized package adheres to our high standards of service and accommodations while providing opportunities for cultural exploration during your stay in Peru.

For those who are interested in an incredibly unique interaction with the Incan people, this sample tour program includes spending time in schools where you will be able to experience first-hand what the educational system is like in a segregated agricultural community in the land of the Incas. The program also includes the opportunity to interact in a one-on-one scenario with students and teachers from this latitude, participating in local agricultural practices and practicing the local language as well.

Contact us today to plan your exciting expedition to the Land of the Incas!

PRICE: STARTING AT

$2,850

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive to Lima, Peru

Your tour starts at Jorge Chavez international airport in the city of Lima, Peru by being picked up by the Natural Expeditions English-speaking representative who will transfer you to your hotel.

Meals are not included today.

Day 2 – City Sightseeing – Lima City Tour

Delight in the beauty of Lima during this breathtaking tour that will take you on a journey through time. Departing from Larcomar, you will visit the stunning Huaca Pucllana, an aboriginal print of ancient Lima. It was built over 1500 years ago and the natives used to worship the sea inside its strong temples and palaces.

This tour will continue in the old historic center, a World Heritage site. Here, you will see the republican San Martin Square and its exquisite surroundings, with the emblematic Bolivar Hotel and the aristocratic “Club Nacional”. We will go through the historic Main Square, heart of the glorious and distinguished Lima, City of the Kings. You will have the opportunity to admire the Cathedral’s allure and its grand baroque facade which is made of stone, as well as the republican poise of the Government’s Palace. Appreciate the gorgeous portals of the Scribes and the Buttoners that surround the square, and admire the elegant fountain of bronze of the Salvatierra Count.

Enjoy the magnificent church of Saint Agustine with its carved portal of Solomonic columns and its charming small square. Take in the architectural beauty of the religious compound of San Francisco and walk through its cloisters and temple, along with its impressive underground vaults known as the catacombs. Finally, you will visit modern Lima in the famous Love Park in Miraflores, where you will enjoy a great view of the ocean.

After the city tour, you will be dropped off at the Jorge Chavez airport for your domestic flight to city of Cusco.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 3 – Altitude Acclimatization and Cusco City Tour

Have an easy morning to adjust to the altitude of these highlands. During the afternoon, you will tour the city of Cusco to get your first glance at the land of the Incas. Visit the Incan temple of Qorikacha, the citadel Saqsaywamanon, located in the northern outskirts of the city of Cusco and the traditional “Mercado San Pedro” located just a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 4 – City of Cusco, archaeological sites of Pisac, Moray and Ollantaytambo

Depart from the Cusco highlands to visit some of the most impressive archaeological sites of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Explore and learn all about the mystic connections these giant ruins have with the Inca civilization. At the end of the day, you will stay in the town of Urubamba, the most important location of the Sacred Valley.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 5 – Urubamba, Peruvian school visit and interaction with local students

Interact with Peruvian students by spending time in a local secondary school (specializing in agriculture).  Attend various classes including mathematics, science, social studies, and Spanish – with all instruction delivered in Spanish. Since one of main areas of emphasis of this school is to learn how to cultivate the land, you will also have time at the “chacra”.

As part of the cultural immersion experience, you will use the local means of transportation from the hotel to the school.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 6 – Chinchero, School visit, volunteering project

Visit one of the elementary schools in a village known as Collana Chequerec. During this visit, you will have the chance to interact one-on-one with students from different grade levels to help teach English lessons. Feel free to bring any donations you would like – school supplies such as coloring books, pencils, notebooks, crayons, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc. are always in limited supply and are welcomed by the teachers and students. Enjoy a traditional meal at their school and build an incredible relationship with indigenous students and teachers from this latitude.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 7 – Visit the indigenous communities of Huilloc

Allin Pachakuy in the morning:

One of the main characteristics of the population of Huilloc is undoubtedly their clothing. It is not only colorful, but enclosing a textile tradition of hundreds of years and symbolic representations of their worldview. In this program we offer you the chance to participate in the process of making garments using traditional techniques, including weaving the fabric together with bone tools and wood. Finally, you can buy a beautiful Huilloc garment and thus contribute to the strengthening economy of this traditional activity.

Chaskip during the afternoon:

This experience with the Huilloc community starts by electing a visitor who will assume the responsibility of being the chaskiq (messenger). The rest of the group will be transported back with him to accompany him on his quest to deliver a khipu to the archaeological site of Aya Urqu. On the way, you will visit the cave of Sutuq Mach’ay, a place where permission is asked to have a successful trip.

Also during the journey, enjoy a landscape full of agricultural land and learn about the properties of many of the native and medicinal plants. Pututu, the sound of an instrument made with a conch (Strombus galeatus), will announce your arrival at the archaeological site Aya Urqu.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 8 – Machu Picchu archaeological site

While in the Machu Picchu city, you can visit the city itself, but you can also visit Inti Punku (Sun Gate), which is an archaeological site that was once a fortress of the sacred city. Inti Punku was also the name of an Incan Trail connected to Machu Picchu.

There will also be time to visit the Inca Bridge. This Inca Bridge is part of a mountain trail that heads west from Machu Picchu. The trail is a stone path, part of which is cut into a cliff face. In both cases the views from the surrounding Andes are astonishing.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day 9 – Departure from Cusco, Lima

You will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the Cusco domestic airport for your first flight. Once you arrive at the Jorge Chavez International Airport, you will go from the domestic to the international terminal and say goodbye to Peru as you take off and begin your return to the USA.

Breakfast is included.

Includes

Activities:

  • 8 Nights of Hotel Accommodation
  • City tour in Lima
  • City tour in Cusco
  • Visit of archaeological sites in the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Qoricancha/Sacsaywaman/ Pisac/ Moray/ Ollantaytambo/Machu Pichu
  • Entrance fees to all attractions
  • Breakfast and lunch while in Peru
  • Visit and donation to local schools
  • Bilingual tour guides

Meals:

  • 8 Breakfasts
  • 7 Lunches

Transportation:

  • Shuttle from airport to hotel
  • Private ground transportation
  • Domestic flight Lima-Cusco/Cusco-Lima
  • Round-trip train transportation between Aguas Calientes and Ollantaytambo
  • Round-trip bus ride between Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu
  • Shuttle from hotel to airport

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