THE HEART OF THE ANDES

6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS

Surprise yourself with beautiful attractions in a single tour. Visit Cusco, the archaeological capital of the Americas, travel through the Sacred Valley and visit Maras and Moray, then spend the night in a quiet hotel – the perfect prelude to Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas.

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    Day 1: Arrival in Lima

    Upon arriving in the city of Lima, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives, who will give you a brief introduction to the city and to our services while en route to the hotel.

    You will have the afternoon free.

    Day 2: Arrival in Cusco and transfer to the Sacred Valley

    At the scheduled departure time, you will be met by the transport service and escorted to the airport to board the flight to Cusco.

    Upon arriving in the city of Cusco, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives, who will assist you in and will provide a few guidelines for your stay. As you begin the journey toward Valle Sagrado (Sacred Valley), you will enjoy the beauty of the Andean landscape along the way. Brief stop to visit Awanakancha, a charming place where you can learn about the various types of camelids (Llamas, Alpaca, Vicuña, and Guanacos) that live in the Andes region. Additionally, the local villagers will teach you about the ancestral methods and techniques used to produce their textile art. A few more miles will bring you to Pisac, a beautiful place where Incan and Colonial influences have reached a perfect balance and created a unique way of life among the local inhabitants. You will get a chance to explore this quaint town, famous for its artisan markets where you can find extraordinarily fine jewelry and ceramic and textile craftwork.

    You will have the rest of the afternoon free.

    Stay the night in Valle Sagrado.

    Day 3: From the Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes

    In the morning, you will cross the Urubamba River and head towards Salinas de Maras (Salt Pans of Maras). The sight of this still-operating salt mine, in use since Incan times, will amaze you the stark white of the steeply descending salt pans juxtaposed against the green of the surrounding mountain slopes.

    Your journey will continue on until you reach the archeological site of Moray. Used as an agricultural testing ground, the site’s system of circular terraces descends 490 feet (150 m) from where you will stand, serving as a perfect testament to the level of advancement achieved by the Incas, who excelled at building masterful constructions in harmony with nature.

    You will have lunch at a local restaurant.

    In the afternoon, you will visit one of the last remaining Incan towns, Ollantaytambo, which was once fiercely guarded by a massive fortress. Discover the large archeological complex of what used to serve as a wayside inn for royal delegations on long journeys. Surviving structures here include multiple walls and towers that were used to protect the citadel from possible invasions.

    Time permitting you will get a chance to mingle with the locals at a typical Peruvian Andes establishment, either at a “chichería” (establishment for the brewing and sale of chicha, the famous traditional Andean drink made of germinated corn) or a bakery with still-functioning traditional ovens.

    At the Ollantaytambo train station, you will board the afternoon train and depart for the Aguas Calientes Station, enjoying a spectacular view along the way. Upon your arrival, one of our representatives will be waiting to escort you to the hotel.

    You will have dinner and spend the night in Aguas Calientes.

    Day 4: Machu Picchu excursion

    Early in the morning, you will get on a bus that will take you to the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu. This way, you will be able to enjoy a relaxed visit before most of the other visitors arrive.

    Rediscovered by Hiram Bingham more than a century ago, Machu Picchu is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Its architectural beauty, spectacular natural landscapes and the energy held in its enigmatic structures will take your breath away. You will follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incans as you explore this magical citadel along with your guide. After the tour, you will stop at a local restaurant for lunch.

    At the scheduled time, you will be picked up and taken to the Aguas Calientes train Station, where you will board your return train. Upon your arrival at the station just outside of Cusco, a private transfer service will be waiting to take you back to your hotel in the city.

    Day 5: Cusco city tour

    History-filled alleys, churches, walls and archeological treasures await you in the magnificent Incan capital.

    In the morning , the tour begins with a visit to San Blas, a quaint neighborhood that is home to many renowned artists. Stroll along its cobblestone alleys as you make your way toward its church, which features a beautiful pulpit carved from a single block of wood. Next, you will head towards Hatum Rumiyuq Street (which in Quechua means “Of the Old Rock”), where you will be able to admire the famous Piedra de los Doce Ángulos (Twelve-Sided Stone).

    The exploration of the Imperial City continues with a visit to the Mercado de San Pedro (St. Peter’s Market), which being the city’s main street market, will give you an opportunity to get to know the products of Cusco, overwhelming you with the sights, aromas, tastes, and colors of the region.

    Just a few blocks away, you will discover one of the most impressive buildings of Incan Cusco: the Korikancha (the Golden Temple) – a temple dedicated to the worship of the Sun God, whose interior walls were said to have been covered in gold. You will complete the day with a stroll through the Plaza de Armas (Main Square), where you will visit the Cathedral and admire its exquisite vestibules and priceless paintings from the Cusco School of the 17th and 18th centuries.

    Day 6 : Tour the inspired streets of bohemian Barranco and bid farewell to Peru!

    The Limeñan district of Barranco is home to Peru’s most influential artists, musicians, and cultural commentators.

    Going home is the worst part of any personalized Peru vacation, but at Saga, we’ll do our best to make it as smooth and hassle-free as possible. First, we’ll bring you to Cusco airport for your return flight to Lima. In Lima, a Saga host will meet you and take you to the seaside bohemian district of Barranco. See the streets of Barranco come alive as you visit a number of local art galleries and shops that support local artisans. Finally, enjoy a meal in a restaurant of your choosing before returning to the airport for your journey home! Buen viaje!

    With Saga, you’ll never be bundled in with big groups; each visit, activity, tour and experience will be completely private .Our private tour  are fully flexible, which means we can modify them to suit your travel mood. So if you want to cut an activity or add on a new one, just say the word!

    Include

    Include

    • Personalized itinerary planning: Work with a Saga Travel Designer to create a southern Peru tour of your dreams.
    • Saga hosts take the hassle out of traveling. We’ll be there to assist you – whether with luggage, check in, transport, or translating – at every destination during your private tour of Peru.
    • Got a question or query? Saga operates a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week customer service operation and will provide updates and assistance whenever you need it.
    • With Saga, you’ll never be bundled in with big groups; each visit, activity, tour and experience will be completely private and conducted by your very own expert, English-speaking guide.
    • Our private tours of Peru are fully flexible, which means we can modify them to suit your travel mood. If you want to cut an activity or add a new one, just say the word!

    Can be added

    Can be added

    • Sit down with a shaman for a private meditation ceremony.
    • Admire views of the Andes from your luxury, vintage-style carriage on the Belmond Hiram Bingham Train.
    • Trot around the Sacred Valley on a Peruvian Paso horse, with an authentic “chalán” (Peruvian horseman) leading the way.
    • Take a day hike along part of the famed Inca Trail and arrive in Machu Picchu via the iconic Sun Gate.
    • Learn about preparing and cooking Peruvian classics with professional local chefs.

    Not included

    Not included

    • International flights to and from your home country
    • Travel insurance
    • Meals not specified
    • All gratuities

    Price reference

    Price reference

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    Accommodations

    Accommodations

    Our staff handpicks the best hotels to ensure you get ultimate comfort and character during your stay.

    Talk with your Saga expert to help find the right hotels for you during your personalized luxury tour.

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