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Peru Explorer with ARANWA: 7 days

 
Destination(s): Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley and Cuzco
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Frequency: Daily, year-round (Except: Holidays: Easter week (Apr 18/20), Independece Day (Jul 27/29), New year (Dec 30,2019-Jan 1,2020)
Price: from $2,660.00 per person (double)
  *single supplement on request
Deadline to book: open booking
 
 
 

Peru is a dynamic cultural center for all of Latin America, with no less than eleven UNESCO World Heritage sites within it, cultural & natural. Over 7 days you’ll enjoy the experience of visiting some of these; the city of Cuzco, and also recently voted as one of the NEW Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu!!

Whether it’s one from the bucket list or the annual family getaway, this is bound to be a memorable experience!

Package includes:

  • Three nights accommodation in the Sacred Valley at Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness 
    • Moray Terraces & Maras Salt Pools Tour
    • Quechua Village Tour 
    • Paseo Horse Show 
    • Ollantaytambo Fortess & Pisac Market Tour
  • One night accommodation in Machu Picchu at SUMAQ Machu Picchu 
    • Machu Picchu Tour w/Vistadome Train service
  • Two nights accommodation in Cuzco at Aranwa Cuzco Boutique Hotel
    • Cuzco City Tour & surrounding ruins Tour 
  • All semi-private excursions with a bilingual licensed guide
  • All museum, park & entrance fees throughout
  • Breakfast daily, lunch (x3), dinner (x1)
  • All semi-private airport transfers aboard air-conditioned van/car & portage throughout with a bilingual licensed guide
  • Taxes & service fees

Not Included:

  • International & domestic airfare from the US
  • Applicable airport departure taxes
  • Drinks (Alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses

Day 1 – Cuzco / Sacred Valley

Upon arrival a host will meet and assist you in for your next service.

Awanacancha

On route to the Sacred Valley you will visit the Living Museum of the Andes showcase the South American Camelids such as llamas, vicuñas, guanacos and alpacas in their native environment. You will also enjoy a spinning and weaving demonstration of ancient techniques on how to make clothing from the wool fibers of these animals. You can also see native flowers and some agricultural terraces from the Inca times. Meals: N/A    

Day 2 – Moray, Maras and Quechua Village with lunch at Wayra

Pass through unspoiled and picturesque Andean communities on your way to the Incan agricultural experimental center of Moray, famous for its sunken amphitheater, made up of four circular terraces, which appear to fade away into the earth like an artificial crater. The site was apparently an Inca agricultural research station filled with fertile earth and watered by complex irrigation systems, designed for experimenting with crops at various altitudes (some of which run down to depths of 100 meters).          

Continue to the impressive Maras salt pools formed by water emerging from a lake inside a mountain in the Urubamba Valley. An amazing view of evaporating ponds for the extraction of salt. Learn about ancestral techniques, which are still used, in agricultural, irrigation and salt-recollection tasks, as well as in Andean festivals and rites.

Visit an authentic Quechua Village to feel the way of life of the Inca's ancestors. The Inca himself was a noble Quechua. They live off the land and are always wearing their colorful ponchos, see Quechua children scamper about while woman are weaving their family's clothes. A meaningful experience!          

Lunch at "Wayra"

“Caballo de Paso” known worldwide for their smooth gaited movements and unusual spirit. No other horse combines strength, intelligence and beauty so perfectly as the Peruvian Paso Horse. The particular characteristic of the Paso Horse is precisely the reason for its name: the sublime charm of its typical step. As it walks, its front legs step very high and forward while the hooves sway to the sides in a graceful and synchronized movement. Enjoy a delightful demonstration of the skills of this unique member of the horse kingdom. Lunch at the celebrated Wayra at “Sol y Luna” in the Sacred Valley. Meals: breakfast and lunch                   

Day 3 – Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo Archaeological with lunch at Huayoccari

Departure for a drive through the fertile countryside of the Urubamba Valley to the colonial village of Pisac where a unique Indian Market takes place daily. The variety of products offered is overwhelming, from pottery with reproductions of archaeological pieces, to all kinds of textiles, jewelry and Peruvian handicrafts. During your visit to this bustling marketplace you will have the opportunity to bargain with the artisans and indigenous traders. Grab the items you like, you will hardly see the same one again.

Continue to the Ollantaytambo archaeological complex, the Incas built it as a fort that included a temple, agricultural terraces, and an urban area. There are two distinct sectors: The religious and worship zone, and the residential area. Ollantaytambo was an important administrative center with probable military functions if one considers the walls and towers. There are also traces of ancient roads and aqueducts. The town of Ollantaytambo is called a "Living Inca Town" since the inhabitants maintain very old practices and customs.     

Lunch is served at Hacienda Huayoccari

The most noticeable aspect of the house is its sensational setting, dominating the Urubamba valley in the midst of the highland crags and vegetation through which the river flows. Above it, on the very mountain top within sight of heaven are two lakes, which seem to seethe on a rainy night. With magnificent views of the Urubamba River, the Casa-Hacienda has the magical ability to make us forget the reality of life. Today’s lunch will be a remarkable event. Meals: breakfast and lunch         

Day 4 – Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu

Morning train ride through the sacred valley of Urubamba to the "Lost City of the Incas," Machu Picchu. Perched 8,200 feet above the valley, it was hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungles for 400 years until discovered by Hiram Bingham of Yale University in 1911. Archaeologists believe that the Inca "Virgins of the Sun" took refuge from the Spanish Conquistadors here. Guided tour of the ruins upon arrival. Lunch is at the Belmond’s Sanctuary Lodge located just a few steps from the Inca citadel.     Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 – Machu Picchu / Cuzco

Free morning to enjoy one of the most incredible sights on earth, the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Take as much time as you need to study these magnificent ruins or hike the steep stone-paved trail of Huayna Picchu, the pyramid-shape mountain above Machu Picchu for a breathtaking “condor view” of the citadel (reservation and extra fee are needed). Or stroll to the Inca Bridge a secret entrance used by the Inca's army or walk toward the Inca Trail to find the historic Intipunku or “Sun Gate” or visit Manuel Chavez Museum or hike in Mandor Valley or just enjoy the thermal springs of the town.  Afternoon return train ride to Cusco. Meals: breakfast             

Day 6 – City Tour and Nearby Ruins

Visitors are caught up in the excitement of touring the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, a delightful combination of Inca and colonial architecture. The tour visits important landmarks such us Cusco's Cathedral, Plaza de Armas and Koricancha “The Temple of the Sun”. This tour of the oldest continuously inhabited city in the western hemisphere also includes the nearby ruins of Kenko, Puca-Pucara, Tambomachay as well as the Sacsayhuaman fortress, an imposing example of Inca military architecture. Meals: breakfast

Day 7 – Cuzco / Lima / Home

Transfer to the airport for your departure to Lima and your connecting international flight. Arrive home full of great memories of the snowcapped roaring Andean mountains and lush valleys, and the zig-zag road to the overwhelming sight of Machu Picchu, the amazing legacy the Incas. Meals: breakfast


Note: All itineraries are subject to change, due to weather and other conditions. All times indicated are approximate, and are also subject to change.

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