A Cultural and Spiritual Journey

Inca Essentials

A luxury tour of Peru's Highlights 9D/8N From only $2395 per person

Explore some of the most exciting destinations in the Lima area with this thrilling package! Begin your adventure in the Sacred Valley where you will have a chance to investigate the Pisac ruins up close, trade in the markets, and explore the Ollantaytambo fortress. Then, travel to the famed ruins of Machu Picchu where you can hike to scenic viewpoints and absorb the ancient history surrounding you.Tour the historic city of Cusco and the nearby ruins then continue by bus or rail to Puno from where you will visit the islands of Lake Titicaca. This adventure is sure to please all interests and ages.

Day 1 : Lima

Upon arrival in Lima, you will be met by your private guide and escorted to your hotel - the Costa Del Sol Wyndham Airport Hotel, conveniently located adjacent to the airport. This modern hotel features 130 rooms, restaurant, bar, business center, wireless internet, spa, and beauty salon. Buffet breakfast included.

On the following morning you will take a short walk on your own to the airport terminal to check in for your flight to Cusco. 

Day 2 : Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley

Upon arrival in Cusco you will be met at the airport and depart with your private guide for a full-day excursion to the village and ruins of Pisac located 20 miles from Cusco.

After exploring the ruins you will visit the colorful Pisac market where you'll be able to trade with locals for a variety of handicrafts, including woolen sweaters and ponchos. Lunch will be served in Urubamba, followed by a tour of the town and fortress of Ollantaytambo located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

You will then be transferred to your hotel in Urubamba. The 87-room Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay is located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It is a former 18th-century colonial-style monastery and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. The Sacred Valley produces an idyllic year-round climate of moderate warm weather with abundant sunshine and fresh air. The area is a perfect setting for horseback riding, hiking, rafting and other activities. Daily breakfast included. 

Day 3 : Urubamba - Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu

Following your transfer to the Ollantaytambo station you will depart via train on a 2-hour scenic journey through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to Machu Picchu.

Upon arrival at Machu Picchu Station in Aguas Calientes, you'll be met by your guide and set off on the 25-minute 'zig-zag' shuttle bus to Machu Picchu. From here you will explore walls, stairways, temples and terraces that make up the incredible ruins of Machu Picchu.

After a buffet lunch served at the Sanctuary Lodge, you'll be free to explore this enchanting place on your own.

Overnight at the Inkaterra El Mapi Hotel, a modern, simple hotel located in the heart of Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), giving you convenient access to the restaurants and shops in town. The hotel has 8 deluxe rooms and 40 superior rooms. There is a restaurant, a bar, and guests have access to complementary wi-fi.  Dinner and breakfast included.

Optional upgrade to the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge.

Day 4 : Machu Picchu - Cusco

Today you are free to visit to the ruins on your own. For the more energetic, a moderate 2-mile hike up to the Sun Gate offers fabulous views overlooking Machu Picchu. Those in great physical shape (and a strong head for heights) may wish to hike the very steep trail to the top of Huayna Picchu for outstanding views of the entire region.

In due time, return to the Machu Picchu train station for your departure.  Depart on the train for the return journey to Poroy Station, just outside Cusco.

You will be met at the train station upon arrival and taken to your hotel.

Overnight at the Maytaq Wasin Boutique Hotel, located a few steps away from the Cusco Main Plaza. All rooms are equipped with cable TV, in-room safe, Wi-Fi access. Hotel facilities and services include restaurant, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access throughout the hotel, rooftop garden, business center, room service, laundry service. Daily breakfast buffet included - 3 nights.

Day 5 : Tour of Cusco and nearby ruins

Today you will set off on a half-day tour of Cusco and the nearby Inca ruins. Cusco, the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent, was the capital of the Inca Empire and is considered by many Quechua peoples to be the spiritual center of the world. Much of colonial Cusco was built on Inca foundations, and your guide will point out Inca stonework along the many streets. Visit the main square, the Cathedral, Santo Domingo Church, as well as a first introduction to Inca stonework at the ruins of Puka-Pukara, Qenqo, Tambo Machay, and the renowned fortress of Sacsayhuaman overlooking Cusco and the surrounding valley.

Day 6 : Maras & Moray

The salt mines at Maras consists of 3000 small pools. A number of salt water springs emerge from the hillside and are channelled along canals using the natural gradient. This process is repeated every three days and the water evaporates leaving behind the salt which slowly solidifies. This process takes one month, until a 10 centimeter layer of salt has formed. The salt is then packed into plastic sacks to be sold in the region's local markets and exported as far away as Japan. The Incas built a series of agricultural terraces in the form of a circular amphitheatre 150 meters in diameter.

Moray was a center for agricultural experiments and recent research has shown that the different levels of terraces represent different microclimates in the region and that temperatures between the terraces vary greatly. Using this technology, the Incas used Moray to domesticate and acclimatise the hybrids of wild plants which they created. After this visit, you begin the descent down the Urubamba valley. On the road you will pass through the community of Pichongotos. After your tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Day 7 : Cusco - Puno

Set off via motorcoach bus (or Andean Express train service) to the the city of Puno.

Along the way, you will visit Andahuayillas (with its main church known as the "Peruvian Sistine Chapel"), Raqchi, with its temple to the God Viracocha and the Pucara Ruins. Lunch is included. 

You will be dropped off at your Puno hotel, on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

On the shores of Lake Titicaca, Sonesta Posadas del Inca Puno is a haven for warm and traditional Peruvian hospitality. From its guest rooms, restaurant and bar, the Posada offers panoramic views of the world's highest navigable lake, surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks. Hotel facilities include a business center with Internet access. Daily breakfast included - 2 nights.

Day 8 : Lake Titicaca - Uros & Taquile Islands

Wake up and depart on a full-day excursion to Taquile Island, located 24 miles east of Puno in Lake Titicaca. On the way, you will visit the floating "totora" islands of the Uro Indians, ancient inhabitants of Lake Titicaca. The island, inhabited by 2,000 Quechua-speaking Indians, is world famous for its hand weavings and an ancient communal way of life. You'll spend the rest of the day exploring the island before returning to Puno in the late afternoon.

Day 9 : Puno - Juliaca - Lima

You will be picked up and transferred to Juliaca where you will fly to Lima. Connect with your international flight.

Price from $2,395.00 per person, based on double occupancy
Days 9
Nights 8
Includes:

1 night Costa del Sol Wyndham Hotel Lima Airport, breakfast included

1 night Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay, breakfast included

1 night El Mapi Hotel, dinner and breakfast included

3 nights Maytaq Wasin Boutique Hotel, breakfast included

2 nights Sonesta Posadas del Inca Puno, breakfast included

Full-day Pisac Ruins, Market & Ollantaytambo excursion, lunch included (private)

Vistadome train tickets Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Half-day Machu Picchu tour (private tour includes shuttle bus tickets, tour with lunch, entrance fee)

Half-day Cusco & nearby ruins tour (private)

Half-day Maras & Moray (private)

Full-day Uros & Taquile islands, lunch included (private)

Airport - hotel transfers

Excludes:

International and domestic airfare

Ramada Airport Hotel

Costa Del Sol Wyndham Airport Hotel

Conveniently located adjacent to the airport terminal, this modern hotel features 130 rooms, restaurant, bar, business center, wireless internet.
Sonesta Posadas

Sonesta Posadas Del Inca Yucay

A former 18th-century colonial-style monastery located in the heart of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Sol Y Luna Hotel

Located in the Urubamba valley, 10 minutes from picturesque town of Yucay. The hotel has 14 bungalows, swimming pool, restaurant and pub.
Rio Sagrado

Belmond Rio Sagrado Hotel

Rio Sagrado Hotel is located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, among verdant fields and towering mountains.
El Mapi

El Mapi Hotel

El Mapi is a modern, simple hotel located in the heart of Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes), convenient to the restaurants and shops in town.
Inkaterra MP

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

This unique boutique hotel comprises a "pueblo" of 85 luxurious whitewashed bungalows nestled into the terraced hillside within 12 secluded acres of lush cloudforest.
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu

The only hotel located adjacent to the ruins of Machu Picchu.
Sonestas Posadas

Sonesta Posadas Del Inca Cusco

Renovated in 2010 featuring modern décor and a fine dining restaurant serving classic Peruvian cuisine. Conveniently located to the Plaza de Armas.
Aranwa Cusco

Aranwa Cusco Hotel

Located 2 blocks from the Plaza de Armas in a colonial 16th-century mansion. Hotel facilities include restaurant and bar.

Belmond Hotel Monasterio

Located close to the main square, this former monastery and national monument since 1592 is one of Cusco's finest hotels.
Intiqua Bedroom

Intiqa Hotel

Located in Puno, gateway city to Lake Titicaca.
Casa Andina Patio

Casa Andina Private Collection Puno

Perched on the edge of Lake Titicaca. Many of the hotel's 46 rooms boast unparalleled lake views. A large, sunny terrace invites guests to contemplate Lake Titicaca's seemingly endless expanse.

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I was very impressed with Lost World from my first encounter via email with them. They put together a wonderful itinerary that suited our needs and expectations to the T. We loved our guides, our hotels, except for the last one at the airport, and our tours. I would recommend them to anyone traveling abroad.

- Jennifer M, - May 2016

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