Machu Picchu Adventure Tour – Condor Travel
Join Trek in Peru for a custom-made adventure to the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu. This destination is one that us at Trek have a lot of firsthand knowledge of, so we hand crafted this trip ourselves to make sure that you will see the absolute best of Peru. Our travel partner in Peru is Condor Travel, recognized as the leader in trips to Peru.
You will fly in to Lima and spend 2 days touring the city before moving on to Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the location historical icons like the Koricancha Temple and the Sacsayhuaman Fortress. You will also see the archeological sites of Quenko, Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay as well as Oliantaytambo.
After Cusco, you will board a luxury train operated by PeruRail for Machu Picchu, easily one of the most popular tourism destinations in the world. On your first day’s visit to the site, you will have a professional guide with you, and the next morning you will have the chance to explore the site at your leisure. In the afternoon, you will be transferred back to Cuzco for another stay in the luxurious Belmond Hotel before your international flight home the next day.
Lima’s history predates the colonial presence in the country. The establishment of the viceroyalty transformed the city into the main political and administrative center of South America. During this period, significant churches, monasteries, mansions and balconies were built. The arrival of modernity didn’t transform the historic center, which is recognized as a World Heritage Site. Museums with great works of art, archaeological sites, beaches, valleys, natural reserves, the nightlife, the thrill of adventure sports, and the exquisite cuisine gives Peru’s capital an authentic personality and makes tourism in Lima a unique experience in the country.
Often referred to as the ‘Archaeological Capital of the Americas’ Cusco is a beautiful city riddled with contrasts between the indigenous styles and the modern western world. Cusco was once capital of the Inca Empire, and is now known for its Spanish colonial architecture. Plaza de Armas is the central square in the old city, with arcades, carved wooden balconies and Incan wall ruins. The baroque Santo Domingo Convent was built on top of the Incan Temple of the Sun (Qoricancha), and has archaeological remains of the famous Inca stonework still seen today.
The Sacred Valley is a region in Peru’s Andean highlands. Along with the nearby town of Cusco and the ancient city of Machu Picchu, it formed the heart of the Inca Empire. Stretching roughly 60 kilometers, it’s an area of fertile farmland and Spanish colonial villages like Pisac and Ollantaytambo. This valley was appreciated by the Incas because of its special geographical and climatic qualities. It was one of the main production sites for the richness of their land and place where it produces the best maize in Peru. All the Sacred Valley of the Incas is also a natural setting, where besides appreciating the archaeological wealth, is an ideal place to enjoy its rich flora and fauna, birdwatching, and adventure sports.
Belmond Hiram Bingham is a luxury train operating day return trips from Poroy station outside Cusco to Aguas Calientes, the station for Machu Picchu in Peru. The train, named after Hiram Bingham, who discovered the largely forgotten Inca city of Machu Picchu, travels from the high Andes down the Sacred Valley, and for much of the journey it runs alongside the Urubamba River. The train consists of two dining cars, a bar car and an observation car with an open deck. Passengers have brunch on the outbound journey and dinner on the return. Passengers can sample the local Peruvian pisco drink in the bar car and there is a live local band on board.
Tucked away in the rocky countryside northwest of Cuzco, Peru, Machu Picchu is believed to have been a royal estate or sacred religious site for Inca leaders, whose civilization was virtually wiped out by Spanish invaders in the 16th century. For hundreds of years, until the American archaeologist Hiram Bingham stumbled upon it in 1911, the abandoned citadel’s existence was a secret known only to peasants living in the region. The site stretches over an impressive 5-mile distance, featuring more than 3,000 stone steps that link its many different levels. Today, hundreds of thousands of people tramp through Machu Picchu every year, braving crowds and landslides to see the sun set over its towering stone monuments and marvel at the mysterious splendor of one of the world’s most famous manmade wonders.
Nearly all flights to Peru from the US go via Miami, Houston or Atlanta. Delta and American airlines are the traditional carriers serving Peru from the US. Most airlines can book connecting flights to Miami, Houston or Atlanta from a range of cities throughout the US. A number of airlines fly Miami-to-Lima, including American, Copa and LAN
Day 1 – ARRIVE IN LIMA / TRANSFER FROM AIRPORT TO HOTEL
Day 2 – HALF DAY FLAVORS OF PERU & LUNCH AND TOUR ARTISTIC & BOHEMIAN BARRANCO
Day 3 – HALF DAY CITY TOUR & ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES / MUSEUM OF PRE-COLUMBIAN ART
Day 4 – FULL DAY TO PISAC MARKET & PISAC ARCHAEOLOGICAL COMPLEX & ADDITIONAL OFFERING TO THE EARTH SACRED VALLEY.
Day 5 – FULL DAY TOUR TO MARAS/MORAY & MISMINAY
Day 6 – FULL DAY TOUR: MACHU PICCHU WITH BELMOND HIRAM BINGHAM TRAIN
Day 7 – FULL DAY TOUR MACHU PICCHU Day 8 – HALF DAY TOUR: COLONIAL CITY TOUR LIMA & MUSEO LARCO
Day 9 – TRANSFER TO LIMA AIRPORT FOR YOUR RETURN FLIGHT BACK HOME.