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Peru for the Experiential Traveler

PRIVATE TOUR - 7 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM $3999+

Private Tour Highlights

  • Delight in a surprising gastronomic feast led by prominent chefs of the region
  • Experiencing the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu with an overnight stay near the ‘Lost City of the Incas’
  • 5-star accommodations for a one of a kind Peruvian experience
  • Discovering Cusco, where colonial architecture collides with Incan structures
  • Savor the local flavors with a rooftop cooking class overlooking the glimmering lights of Cusco
  • Be a part of the local Huilloc community by being included in their day to day activities while adorning their traditional dress
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Tour Overview

In commemoration of Yampu Tours’ benchmark year of operation, our travel experts are very excited to offer a Unique 20th Anniversary Special: Peru for the Experiential Traveler! Travelers can explore the can’t miss points of interest in the country where Yampu began, all starting at $3,999! Travel in Yampu style and experience more with private assistance, transfers and tours with 5-star accommodations that have been personally inspected by our elite team of Travel Consultants. Also available for the more budget conscious, enjoy our 4-star option starting at $3,432.

Our Peru for the Experiential Traveler tour has been carefully designed to help you acclimate to the high altitude of Cusco to thoroughly enjoy your Peru experience without the risk of altitude sickness. Immediately upon arrival in Cusco you will be escorted to your accommodations to rest and adjust to the high altitude, followed by a unique gastronomical experience like no other.

Yampu knows that no Peruvian exploration is complete without a visit to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu and will make sure it will be a visit to remember with an enjoyable train ride, lunch overlooking the citadel at the famous Sanctuary Lodge and an overnight near the ruins.

After returning to Cusco, venture to the capital of Peru for a privately guided tour of Lima and the newly renovated Larco Herrera Museum. Known for its invaluable collection of Peruvian history and exquisite grounds, the Larco Museum is the perfect place to end your Peruvian experience with complimentary cocktails overlooking the gardens.

 

(Note; For listed price trip must be booked as is by August 31st, 2018 and travel to be completed by December 19th, 2018. Cannot be combined with other promotions. Certain blackout dates apply. Please contact us for more information)*

Inclusions
Prices include round-trip airfare from Lima to Cusco; hotel accommodation including daily continental or buffet breakfast; transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling; guided tours in English including all entrance fees; and meals where specified. Local airport taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. Taxes and security fees that can be paid at time of ticketing are already included.

Note:
*Cost includes Vistadome train from Cusco or the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu. Vistadome is ideal for travelers who want a personalized immersion of Andean culture with traditional dances and music along the way. This train features panoramic windows, leather seats, new table design as well as heating and air conditioning. Deluxe service Hiram Bingham train features an observation wagon with a bar and two dining cars. In addition, this train includes a gourmet brunch on board, exclusive bus return to Machu Picchu, entrance to Machu Picchu as well as a guided tour. Afternoon tea in the Sanctuary Lodge, pre-dinner cocktails and a 4-course, a la carte dinner is also included. The train does not operate on Sundays. Upgrades available from Vistadome to Hiram Bingham Deluxe; please ask your Yampu Tour Consultant for the cost of the upgrade.
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Pricing Details

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Welcome to Peru!

Upon your arrival at Cusco you will head to the Sacred Valley of the Incas to acclimatize. On your way, visit the archaeological vestiges in Maras and Moray. Maras is a surreal view. It is near Moray and it is an impressive complex for the exploitation of salt mines. Its huge salt deposits were used to trade them for other products with other parts of the empire. Moray's archaeological vestiges are composed of mysterious concentric circular terraces which, according to some scholars, would be an agricultural research center. The higher external terraces would be at a higher temperature than the inner ones and could simulate the conditions of various ecological strata of the empire. When the tour is over, you will enjoy your snack and return to Cusco. Lunch at Wayra Ranch. Rich soil, ideal weather and millenary wisdom have combined to make the Sacred Valley arguably the most fertile in the world. You will become a believer as you indulge in its bounty. Delight yourself with a surprising gastronomic feast led by the prominent Chef, Pedro Miguel Schiaffino and Nacho Solis. The Peruvian Paso horse has the smoothest gait in the whole world. Stunning equestrian demonstrations, to the rhythm of marinera music will render the environment favorable for tasting the quality of their cuisine. ...read less

Peru - Moray
Day
2

Urubamba

Today, you will visit the Ollantaytambo Park, stopping at various points of interest along the route. Ollantaytambo is a typical example of the urban planning of the Incas, whose residents still live in accordance with their old traditions. Pachacutec (1438-1471) conquered the town, destroyed it and built a new one, absorbing it as part of his empire, and it is currently considered one of the most remarkable archaeological complexes of the Inca Empire. Today it has one of the most handicraft markets in all of Cusco. Then, located at a 25 minute-distance, arrive to the rural community of Huilloc in the province of Urubamba, to perform a traditional Inca practice called Kusi Runa, in which you will participate in a day of Chakra (agriculture). A local interpreter will welcome you and guide you to the house of the owner of the Chakra, who will invite you to a muna infusion. Symbolically be an integral part of the community, and as a community member you will be dressed with typical clothes of Huilloc (ponchos for men and blankets for women) and use traditional tools. Males will do farming while the women cook for them with local organic products, ending in a spiritual ritual with local music and dance. Therefore, you will have an excellent opportunity to live and experience the everyday way of seeing and acting of the Andean Runa (male). Enjoy a delicious local lunch with the community and then you will visit the Pisac market, which has scores of stands that exhibit and sell local products. You can find textiles, carvings and replicas of ancient Inca objects. Then, you will have lunch at a previously selected restaurant, and then you will visit At the end of your trip, you will be transferred to the Sacred Valley. ...read less

Day
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Urubamba - Machu Picchu

A transportation service with a guide will pick you up from your hotel in Urubamba at the established time and will drive you to the Ollantaytambo train station. The guide will assist you at the station. Your tour to Machu Picchu begins with a train ride to Aguas Calientes, arriving in approximately two hours. This town is also known as "Machu Picchu pueblo" - the town of Machu Picchu - and is the last stop before entering the most important archaeological site in Peru. In Aguas Calientes you can find a train station, a craft market, restaurants and hotels of different categories for those who prefer to spend the night at the foot of the mountain and climb it early. Finally, after a short transfer, reach Machu Picchu, a masterpiece of engineering and architecture that served as a sanctuary and retreat for the Inca ruler Pachacuti. Machu Picchu, which means "Old Mountain", is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Once in the citadel, you may optionally also visit the Intipunku (Sun Gate), the Wayna Picchu (subject to space availability) and the Inca Bridge. Enjoy a delicious lunch at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge. Return to Aguas Calientes for overnight. ...read less

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Day
4

Machu Picchu - Cusco

Today you will climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain. Huayna Picchu is located north of the citadel of Machu Picchu; it's a mountain of great beauty that displays in its summit a group of terraces apparently used for religious and aesthetic purposes, and an incomplete temple. On the northern flank is found the Temple of the Moon. Enjoy a delicious lunch at Cafe Inkaterra.


In the afternoon, head to the Aguas Calientes train station to take the train back to Ollantaytambo and start the return to Cusco from there. Check in to your hotel in Cusco upon arrival.


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5

Cusco

Start your tour today by visiting Coricancha, also known as the "Temple of the Sun", which was built by the Inca ruler Pachacuti and, upon the arrival of the Spaniards, became the base for the construction of the Santo Domingo Convent. Here, during the Inca Empire, reverence was surrendered to the sun, and there was even time when the structure was covered in gold. Next, visit the Cathedral, the most imposing monument in Plaza de Armas square. The construction of the cathedral took almost 100 years to complete, beginning in the mid-16 th century. Hundreds of stones were extracted and transported from the Sacsayhuaman fortress under the command of the Ecclesiastical Council to use for the construction of the church. Continue your tour to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, a magnificent building conceived and built by Inca ruler Pachacuti in the 15th century. The Sacsayhuaman complex was built with megalithic blocks, the transportation and erection of which continue to be a fascinating mystery. The Inti Raymi Sun Festival is reenacted here every year on 24 June during the winter solstice. Continue on to Quenqo, located only four kilometres from the city of Cusco. Quenqo is an archaeological complex of mainly religious use where it is believed agricultural rituals were performed. Finally, visit Puka Pukara, located seven kilometres from the city of Cusco. Puka Pukara, meaning "Red Fortress", was an architectural complex of alleged military use with multiple spaces, plazas, baths, aqueducts, walls and towers, and it is believed the entourage of the Inca ruler used the space while he rested in Tambomachay.


In the afternoon, you will experience a unique culinary experience overlooking the city's stunning historic downtown from the 11th floor at Rooftop Kitchen. The kitchen is equipped with modern utensils and contains individual kitchen stations where guests will learn to prepare typical Peruvian dishes with the freshest regional ingredients, experiencing a new way of knowing the incredible history and culinary tradition of Peru. First, visit the traditional San Pedro market where the class purchases will be made. You will begin with the preparation of Pisco Sour and will continue with the elaboration of the first dish based on fish. Continue with the preparation of the main dish: Quinotto de Quinua or Lomo Saltado. A magnificent opportunity to know the country through its flavors while enjoying the wonderful view of the Imperial City. At the end of this gastronomic experience, you will return to your hotel.

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Peru - Qorikancha
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6

Cusco - Lima

A transportation service with a guide will pick you up from your hotel at the established time and transfer you to the airport.


A transportation service awaits your arrival at the Lima airport to transfer you to your hotel. On the way, you will be accompanied by a guide who will inform you about the attractions the city has to offer and assist you along the way.


In the afternoon, your tour will start in downtown Lima, where you will visit the Main Square, where Lima was first founded as "The City of Kings," in 1535, and it was already known by the name of Lima when Peru proclaimed its independence from the Spanish Crown in 1821. There you may see the Presidential Palace, the Archbishop's Palace and the Lima Cathedral. You will then visit the Aliaga House, a viceregal construction delivered by Francisco Pizarro to one of his captains (Jeronimo de Aliaga) when he founded the city. You will then go to Saint Francis' Church, which has an enviable collection of old books and an authentic network of catacombs open to the public. Next, you will go to Pueblo Libre district to visit the Larco Museum, founded by Rafael Larco Hoyle en 1926. The museum, located inside a viceregal mansion built on a pre-Columbian pyramid of the 7th century, houses the most complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver artifacts as well pieces of erotic art. At the end of your tour enjoy some complimentary cocktails and appetizers at Cafe del Museo.


Later this afternoon, be picked up from your hotel at the appointed time and transferred to Dinner at Cala restaurant is included.

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Peru - Lima
Day
7

Depart for Home

A transportation service will pick you up from your hotel at the established time and will transfer you to the airport of Lima.(Includes the assistance of an English speaking representative)

A transportation service will pick you up from your hotel at the established time and will transfer you to the airport of Lima.(Includes the assistance of an English speaking representative)

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Places You'll See

  • Sacred-Valley

    Sacred Valley

    Situated in the Andes, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, also known as the Urubamba Valley, has become a popular destination. With shopping in its many markets, several hiking routes, and ambitious activities such as rock climbing and river rafting, it appeals to all. Survey significant archeological dig sites, or simply explore the multitude of attractions in leisure.

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    Cusco

    Once a powerful Incan city, Cusco is filled to the brim with relics of its grand history. Visit the ruins of the ancient Incan Koricancha Temple, where the Church of Santo Domingo now stands atop. Behold the many beautiful, colonial buildings in the Main Square, including the Cathedral and Church of La Compania de Jesus (Society of Christ).

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    Lima

    Bursting with architectural history and culture, Lima has an eclectic array of attractions. Visit the Santo Domingo Convent, a religious and artistic staple of the city’s historic center. Take a walk along the cliffs of the Miraflores district, showcasing the beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, and after, enjoy some shopping at the Larcomar Mall.

Hotel Options

4 Star Properties

Sacred Valley : Aranwa Boutique Hotel

Machu Picchu : Casa del Sol

Cusco : El Mercado

Lima : Doubletree El Pardo

5 Star Properties

Sacred Valley : Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba (Junior Suite)

Machu Picchu : Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

Cusco : Belmond Hotel Monasterio

Lima : Casa Republica Barranco Boutique Hotel

Testimonials

Adina & Doron

Traveled February, 2016

A fantastic trip – could not have happened without your hard work

As this trip comes to an end Adina and I wanted to take this opportunity to personally thank you for all your hard work. Your planning and organization were superb.Most hotels were above our expectations with the last hotel in Cuzco being the crown jewel. The guides were knowledgeable and friendly.
To conclude it was a fantastic trip and could not have happened without your hard work.

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Susan R.

Traveled December, 2015 - February, 2016

A remarkable and wonderful trip

This has been a remarkable and wonderful trip for us that will live in our memories forever. Please know that we appreciate all of your help. It has been a great two months.

PW

Traveled August, 2011

An excellent experience.

Yes, fabulous trip. Hats off to your local offices and team. An excellent experience.

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