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Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca
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9 to 13+ Nights from $2,604 w/air, hotel & air taxes*
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This 9 night sample itinerary includes:
  Flight in and out of Lima
  Airport transfers
  2 nights in Lima
  Flight Lima to Cuzco
  2 nights in Sacred Valley
  Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - 1 night
  2 nights in Cuzco
  Ground transfer Cuzco to Puno
  2 nights in Puno/Lake Titicaca
  Flight Juliaca to Lima
  Daily breakfast (most hotels)
  Hotel Taxes
  This Package does not operate on February
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From Los Angeles Intl, CA for 9 nights
$2,603 * incl.tax
Related Cities:
Cuzco (80)  Lake Titicaca - Puno (30)  Lima City (84)  Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley (44)  Peru (100)  Sacred Valley (48)  

Lima - Sacred Valley - Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (2 days/1 night in a hotel) - Cuzco - Puno/Lake Titicaca.

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Lima City
Day 1
Arrive to Lima City
Private Car Airport or Station to Hotel in Lima
Overnight in Lima City    25 hotels offered
Optional   19 Things to do
Day 2
Private Car Hotel to Airport or Station in Lima
Departing from Lima City
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Sacred Valley
Day 2
Arrive to Sacred Valley
Pvt Cuzco Arpt or Bus Station to Htl in S Valley
Overnight in Sacred Valley    14 hotels offered
Optional   16 Things to do
Day 3
Overnight in Sacred Valley    14 hotels offered
Optional   16 Things to do
Day 4
Departing from Sacred Valley
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Short Inca Trail - 1 night hotel (no camping)
Day 4 to Day 5

This trip allows a taste of the Inca Trail without days of hiking and camping. We begin the hike from the train stop at Kilometer 104 and follow the trail for six hours to the spectacular view of Machu Picchu from Inti Punku, the Gate of the Sun. From here we descend into the world famous 'Lost City'. After a restful night in a hotel, we return to Machu Picchu at dawn to see the ruins in perfect morning light on a guided tour. In the afternoon, we return to Cusco by train.

Day 1: KM. 104/CHACHABAMBA/WINAY WAYNA /MACHU PICCHU
Depart from Cuzco or Ollanta stations on the early train, following the Urubamba river to km 104 of the railroad, where you alight and cross a footbridge to begin your hike at the Inca site of Cachabamba. After a brief visit to this lovely ruin with its water channels and fountains, you will start the four hour ascend that will take you past spectacular overlooks above the great valley, then below a lovely waterfall near the delightful site of Winay Wayna (Forever Young). You'll ascend through this largest and most exquisite of the Inca Trail sites, passing its chain of ritual baths and elegantly curved terracing, and then joining the main Inca Trail. Follow it across a steep mountainside and up narrow stairways through lush, humid cloud forest of giant ferns and broad leaf vegetation. Suddenly you will cross the stone threshold of Intipunku (sun gate) and encounter an unforgettable sweep of natural beauty and human artistry a backdrop of twisting gorge and forested peaks framing the magical city of Machu Picchu. You will walk the last half-hour or so down the royal flagstone walkway, passing by shrines and buildings overlooking Machu Picchu from the trail. Next you will take a bus to the small town of Aguas Calientes where you will overnight in a local hotel.Lunch and Dinner.

Day 2: MACHU PICCHU / CUSCO
After breakfast, you will take the bus towards MachuPicchu to enjoy an early visit to the fabled ruins, spending the day in both guided and individual exploration. After a visit to the most fascinating features of this outstanding and mysterious Inca settlement, some will want to take the optional hike to Huaynapicchu which has an amazing overview of the site, while other may prefer to investigate Machu Picchu's multitude of hidden nooks and corners. After a full-on experience of this glorious monument to the Inca achievement, you will return to Aguas Calientes by bus and board the return train to Cuzco. Breakfast at your hotel and Lunch at Sanctuary Lodge included.

HOTELS OPTIONS

El Mapi:
Smart and contemporary are the defining elements of this hotel, amidst the commercial village of Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), from where you can admire and interact with the quaint folksy town and get a different perspective. The hotel is efficient, playful and people friendly; it welcomes a wide range of guests expecting an uncomplicated visit.

Hatuchay Tower:
Located at the end side of the town of Aguas Calientes, facing the Urubamba river. Hatuchay Tower Machu Picchu Hotel, a hotel fitted out with exclusive touches, has successfully managed to blend security and comfort with the solid quality and mystery inspired by one of the word's most awe-inspiring archaeological complexes.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu:
Luxury boutique hotel, a pueblo of luxurious whitewashed bungalow nestles into terraced hills. Spa services use sublime natural essences, and a first-class restaurant boasts stunning views of the rushing Vilcanota River.

Sanctuary Lodge:
Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge is the only hotel located adjacent to this ancient Inca citadel. Located right on the top of the mountain; a couple of seconds from the actual ruins themselves and thus enjoys the prime position within the Sanctuary. Enjoy unforgettable sunrises and magical moonlit nights at this unique site.

Your package includes:
Briefing lecture before the tour.
A licensed, well-trained, English-speaking guide.
Lunch at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge (second day).
Porters and staff(cooks and guides).
Expedition train. Suggested itinerary:
Expedition Ollantaytambo - Km 104.
Departure 07:45am /Arrival around 09:00am.
Expedition Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo.
Departure 14:55pm/Arrival 16:31pm or
Departure 18:45pm/Arrival 20:18pm.
**Train confirmations subject to availibility**
Bus transportation to/from Machu Picchu.
Permit fees to the Inca trail.
Entrance tickets to archaeological sites along the Inca Trail.
One entrance ticket to MachuPicchu on the second day.
Hotel accommodation at Machu Picchu/ Aguas Calientes area.
High quality maps.
24-hour telephone assistance in Lima and Cusco

Not Included:
Alcoholic beverages, extras, tips, airport taxes, additional tours, laundry, entrance to Huaynapicchu and insurance and air tickets. Dinner at Machu Picchu.

Recommendations:
Although the trek is rated as moderate, we strongly suggest spending at least two nights in Cuzco or Sacred Valley before the start of the trek to totally adjust to the altitude.
Do some exercise before you go.
Passengers interested in climbing HuaynaPicchu,we strongly suggest to book your entrance ticket in advance.
Altitude at the Inca Trail: Minimum 2430m/Maximum 4200m.
Keep hydrated. Drink Plenty of water that also helps to acclimatize to the altitude.
The paving on the trail is irregular. Please watch your step.
Inca Trail luggage/bag allowance: maximum 20 pounds/10 kilograms per person, which you have to store in the provided duffle bag.

Weather:
The Andean weather can be unpredictable, despite the sharp divide between dry and wet seasons. The dry season runs from May to October or November (the best time for this amazing trek); the rainy season goes from December through April. Nevertheless, in the forested fringes of the Amazon basin where Machu Picchu lies, showers are not uncommon at any time of the year. Therefore rain pants and jacket are essential gear that should always be in your daypack.

Please be advised that starting this year 2013, the operator of the train to Machu Picchu, Peru Rail, is announcing new regulations for the passengers traveling in all daily schedules
On boarding, an ID (identification) and the train ticket will be required. A photocopy of the passport or other ID is accepted. If the passengers will overnight in the Machu Picchu area, they must take the original passport or ID, along with the Andean Immigration Card, so that the hotel may exonerate the sales tax of the overnight. The Andean Immigration Card is handed by the plane crew upon arrival in Peru.Only carry on or backpacks will be allowed with the following characteristics: Not more than 5 kilos or 11 pounds,not more than 62 inches (157 centimeters) (height+length+width).Backpacks or Carry On will go with the passenger, and by no means should block the access gates or the corridors.

This package is recommended from April to October, not recommended from November to March due to rainy seasons.

Day 4
Arrive to Sacred Valley
Overnight in Sacred Valley    14 hotels offered
Optional   16 Things to do
Day 5
Departing from Sacred Valley
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Cuzco
Day 5
Arrive to Cuzco
Overnight in Cuzco    21 hotels offered
Optional   20 Things to do
Day 6
Overnight in Cuzco    21 hotels offered
Optional   20 Things to do
Day 7
Private Car Hotel in Cuzco to Airport or Train St
Departing from Cuzco
Transportation to next city by: Bus Cuzco to Puno
Lake Titicaca - Puno
Day 7
Arrive to Lake Titicaca - Puno
Private Car Juliaca Airport to Hotel in Puno
Overnight in Lake Titicaca - Puno    8 hotels offered
Optional   4 Things to do
Day 8
Overnight in Lake Titicaca - Puno    8 hotels offered
Optional   4 Things to do
Day 9
Private Car Hotel in Puno to Juliaca Airport
Departing from Lake Titicaca - Puno
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Lima City
Day 9
Arrive to Lima City
Private Car Airport or Station to Hotel in Lima
Overnight in Lima City    25 hotels offered
Optional   19 Things to do
Day 10
Private Car Hotel to Airport or Station in Lima
Departing from Lima City

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Peru

Peru's wealth of archaeological treasures is the most extensive in the Americas, and includes the incomparable "Lost City" of Machu Picchu, and an abundance of spectacular Incan ruins. It is also the home of breathtaking natural wonders like the Peruvian Andes, Lake Titicaca, and the vast Amazon River Basin. Here in the cradle of Pre-Colombian civilization, more than 10,000 years of human culture survives in Peru's archaeological riches, music, dance, sophisticated cuisine, and in the spirit of its fascinating people.

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Lima City
Lima is a sophisticated and cosmopolitan city that has retained much of its classic colonial architecture and pre-Colombian archaeological sites, that features many of South Americas most beautiful historic museums, churches and cathedrals. The city is alive with activity in its trendy neighborhoods like Miraflores, the beachfronts of Costa Verde and Barranco, and the upscale boutiques, massive shopping plazas, and exclusive shops. Some of the most popular attractions include Plaza Bolivar, Plaza Italia, and of course the Plaza de Armas, and the breathtaking panoramas of the Alameda Chabuca Granda viewpoint.

History enthusiasts will love Lima's, National Museum of Anthropology, the Museo de Arte de Lima,and the Gold Museum, the pre-Colombian Huaca Huallamarca temple and the Huaca Pullana site, to Colonial Basilica Cathedral. (La Catedral, and the gigantic ruins of Cajamarquilla, just outside the Lima city limits.

Lima is the center of the gastronomic universe in all of South American, with cuisine that is as varied as its people with fine restaurants, bars and club, and live music throuought the city, and accommodations in Lima can satisfy the most discriminating traveler, and our preferred hotels include every level of comfort style, and luxury services.

Lima is a great place to visit, since most international flights arrive and depart here, our flexible itineraries combine Lima with most of Peru's spectacular destinations, and can be customized to your personal vacation oreferences.
Sacred Valley
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is one of the most alluring destinations in Peru, encompassing a chain of fascinating villages that line the Urubamba, Vilcanota and Wilcamayu Rivers. This meticulously terraced valley, is the gateway to many of Peru's most spectacular archeological sites, including the iconic lost city of Machu Picchu, 2 hours away by train.

The Sacred Valley provides visitors an opportunity to experience the vibrant history of the area by admiring Incan sites like Ollantaytambo Fortress and Pisaq Ruins. And there is no shortage of activities for visitors here, offering an array of outdoor adventures such as hiking, horse back riding, and white water rafting on the Vilcanota River. To get to the Sacred Valley, one must first arrive to Cuzco city, then take a ground transfer of around 2 hours through either one of 2 routes: road to Pisaq or road to Urubamba.

The Sacred Valley can be linked with other remarkable Peruvian destinations, and Featured Itneraries can be customized to your personal vacation preferences.
Sacred Valley
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is one of the most alluring destinations in Peru, encompassing a chain of fascinating villages that line the Urubamba, Vilcanota and Wilcamayu Rivers. This meticulously terraced valley, is the gateway to many of Peru's most spectacular archeological sites, including the iconic lost city of Machu Picchu, 2 hours away by train.

The Sacred Valley provides visitors an opportunity to experience the vibrant history of the area by admiring Incan sites like Ollantaytambo Fortress and Pisaq Ruins. And there is no shortage of activities for visitors here, offering an array of outdoor adventures such as hiking, horse back riding, and white water rafting on the Vilcanota River. To get to the Sacred Valley, one must first arrive to Cuzco city, then take a ground transfer of around 2 hours through either one of 2 routes: road to Pisaq or road to Urubamba.

The Sacred Valley can be linked with other remarkable Peruvian destinations, and Featured Itneraries can be customized to your personal vacation preferences.
Cuzco
Cuzco was the epicenter of Incan civilization until the arrival of the Spaniards in 1533. Fortunately many stunning Incan structures have survived, and helped to make Cuzco the archaeological capital of the Americas, and Peru's most popular destination.

Gateway to the Sacred Valley, and the lost city of Machu Picchu, Cuzco has a seemingly endless array of historic attractions, both Incan and colonial.

Cuzco abounds with excellent accommodations, and from here visitors can make day trips to the Sacred Valley, or ride the train Machu Picchu.

One of the world's most historically important, and exciting cities, Cuzco, along with Machu Picchu are must see destinations.
Lake Titicaca - Puno
The city of Puno is believed to be the first hub of the indigenous migration in Peru, and the birthplace of the Aymara people that existed in southern Peru before the Incas. The area is rich in archaeological sites, most notably the pre-Incan tombs of Sillustani.

But the main attraction here is the stunningly beautiful Lake Titicaca, and its fabled islands including the floating islands of the Uru people, created entirely of dried totora reeds. Each island is unique in culture and customs, and many can be visited during daytrips that can be scheduled in the booking process.

Accommodations in Puno are designed to amplify your experience of the area, and offer a full range of services. Whatever your interests, Lake Titicaca-Puno is a wonderful compliment to a Peruvian vacation, and can be linked to other spectacular destinations, and customized to suite your personal vacation plans.
Lima City
Lima is a sophisticated and cosmopolitan city that has retained much of its classic colonial architecture and pre-Colombian archaeological sites, that features many of South Americas most beautiful historic museums, churches and cathedrals. The city is alive with activity in its trendy neighborhoods like Miraflores, the beachfronts of Costa Verde and Barranco, and the upscale boutiques, massive shopping plazas, and exclusive shops. Some of the most popular attractions include Plaza Bolivar, Plaza Italia, and of course the Plaza de Armas, and the breathtaking panoramas of the Alameda Chabuca Granda viewpoint.

History enthusiasts will love Lima's, National Museum of Anthropology, the Museo de Arte de Lima,and the Gold Museum, the pre-Colombian Huaca Huallamarca temple and the Huaca Pullana site, to Colonial Basilica Cathedral. (La Catedral, and the gigantic ruins of Cajamarquilla, just outside the Lima city limits.

Lima is the center of the gastronomic universe in all of South American, with cuisine that is as varied as its people with fine restaurants, bars and club, and live music throuought the city, and accommodations in Lima can satisfy the most discriminating traveler, and our preferred hotels include every level of comfort style, and luxury services.

Lima is a great place to visit, since most international flights arrive and depart here, our flexible itineraries combine Lima with most of Peru's spectacular destinations, and can be customized to your personal vacation oreferences.
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