Machu Picchu


Your Life-Changing Trek To Machu Picchu And Beyond

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Delving deeply into Peru’s ancient Inca culture and exploring today’s Sacred Valley

Sunday May 13, 2012 - Sunday May 20


Day 1: Your Journey Begins In Cuzco

Royal Inca hotelWhen your flight from Lima arrives in Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire and one of Peru’s treasures in its own right, we’ll meet you at baggage claim and whisk you to the Royal Inca Hotel.  We will have lunch together as a group, and offer you an orientation to the exciting sites and amazing phenomena that await you. In the afternoon, you will benefit from taking some much-needed time to relax and adjust to the altitude before the action begins.  You will have some time to spare, and will have the option to visit Shaman Don Martin Pinedo with us, who will show us his healing center.


Day 2: Shopping, Healing, Adjusting and Enjoying Pisac

AlpacaWe will take it slow while we adjust to the high elevation of the Sacred Valley. We will have a short visit at the Lord of the Huanca shrine, by private van before visiting the temple of the Falcon at Pisac.  You will have the options of further exploring the temple on your own, or a guided tour down through the ruins.  We’ll have lunch in Pisac and enjoy the town’s textile market, one of the most varied in the Andes. In the afternoon, we will have an opportunity to appreciate Andean weavers and Camelids, at the Awana Kancha. Inside the Awana Kancha, there is a small shop where beautiful Alpaca sweaters, scarves, coats, and crafts are sold at a reasonable price.  Back in Cuzco, your evening will be free to enjoy on your own or with your newfound friends.


Day 3: Exploring The Ruins and More at Ollantaytambo

The AM has 2 options (1) tour of Koricancha, Santo Domingo Convent, and walk across the ruins of the massive Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, or 2) learn from Shaman Don Martin Pinedo time-honored Andean medicine and the other secrets of the Inca.   In the afternoon is a tour to the sacred valley, a ceramic demonstration, and a tour of the ruins at Ollantaytambo.  You will have free time to get to know the village, market and enjoy your accommodations. Vilma and Don Martin Pinedo also offer optional healing sessions during this time. Using the hotel as your base, the evening will be of your own making, perhaps involving the unique local cuisine or the hospitality of the friendly locals.

Day 4 - Ollantaytambo – Wakaywillka “Sacred Tears” Mountain

Royal Inca hotelTwo hour scenic van ride to Wakaywillka (the sacred Feminine Mountain), the highest mountain in the peak in the Cordillera Urubamba range, short walk at altitude 14,000 ft, and ceremony with Don Martin: Traditional Munay Despacho, an offering to Mother Earth, to help us find unconditional love within ourselves. The rest of the day is free for everyone to explore Ollantaytambo.


Day 5: Your Long-Anticipated Introduction to Machu Picchu

Machu PicchuBy train, we will travel through the striking Urubamba River area to a tiny village called Aguas Calientes of Machu Picchu. After we check into our hotel, Gringo Bill’s, a coach will take us to the sacred mountain citadel of Machu Picchu, a staggering 7,800 feet above sea level. We will explore the celebrated ruins for the entire day with our guide Vilma Pinedo, who will explain the history of the incredible ruins and the mystical folklore of Machu Picchu. Still bewildered by the majesty, we will enjoy a dinner of local specialties and rest up for more amazing sights.


Day 6: A Deeper Machu Picchu Experience

A spectacular Machu Picchu sunrise will welcome you to your second day at the sacred site. Before the day begins for many, the whispers of the ancient city may seem to be speaking directly to you. For the rest of this day, a deeper Machu Picchu experience of your choice awaits you. Explore the Citadel, hike the mountain or neighboring Huayna Picchu, explore markets in Aguas Calientes or delve into a jungle tour. This will be your day to find the Machu Picchu experience that most fits your personality.


Day 7: Your Personalized Experience In Cuzco

After the morning train back to Ollantaytambo and our private van back to Cuzco, we’ll visit Chinchero and learn ancient Andean weaving techniques. Then, you can create your own experience for the rest of the day. Relax in your room, deepen your relationship with your new friends or explore Cuzco’s shopping and culture, looking for your own fresh experiences.


Day 8: Savoring A Few Last Moments of Paradise

With our return flights to Lima in the afternoon, we’ll have the morning to pack, reminisce and savor a few last moments in Cuzco. Then, we will be off to our connecting flights in Lima, filled with amazing new memories of Machu Picchu and its Incan treasures.

*This day by day itinerary is subject to change

Total Land Fees $ 1,524 – ($500 deposits are required by January 16th to guarantee your reservations)

$50 early bird discount when you register by November  14, 2011





Included in Tour Cost:

·         Tajinder and/or Mike, English-speaking local guides.

·         All hotel accommodations (on a roommate basis)

·         All transfers in private Bus/Van

·         Entrance fees for scheduled tours and archaeological sites.

·         Round-trip train and bus tickets to Machu Picchu

·         Continental breakfasts are included at some hotels.  All other meals are not included unless specified in the itinerary.

Not Included in Tour Cost:

·         International round-trip airfare to and from Peru.  You will need a flight to Lima, and then a flight to Cuzco.  You may have to stay overnight in Lima depending on your connecting flight.

·         Airport taxes international  and local (around $35)

·         Tips and gratuities

·         Travel insurance

·         hiking boots, bottled water  and other personal gear

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