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Day 1: Arrive in Cusco, Peru
After clearing customs, you will board your domestic flight to Cusco where your guide will greet you at the airport and transport you to your hotel. Once settled and if time permits, you will enjoy a walking tour of Cusco followed by dinner in the restaurant of your choice. City Tour begins at the great temple of the sun, known as The Golden Qoricancha, (closed on Sundays) located a few meters from the Plaza de Armas. This impressive temple is considered a sacred and treasured Inca structure. It is said that the temple housed a large group of Inca priests responsible for worshiping the moon and the sun gods. And at the time the conquistadors arrived, the walls were covered with solid gold and so many gold ornaments and gold jewelry, that it took weeks to melt all the gold for shipment to Spain. We continue the tour stopping along the ancient Inca streets, to the divine Cathedral of Cusco, considered by many to be one of the most splendid in all of South America. Tour ends at your hotel. (flights arriving Lima late evening can overnight at Wyndham hotel at the airport. Walk from terminal to hotel lobby over short skybridge)
Day 2: Cusco Outskirts Tour (by foot or by car)
You continue your exploration of the complex urban center of the Incan empire with the Cusco city outskirts tour. Begins with 15 minute drive to the tranquil terraced rocks of Tambomachay ruins (meaning guest house), with aqueducts, waterfalls and canals. It is said that the Inca emperor came here to bathe and perform religious rites in the water. Choose to walk 7 KM through local farms (or drive on paved road) to the mysterious Qenco temple ruins where sacrifices and mummification took place. Not far are the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, one of the most significant archaeological legacies of the Incas. Due to the complexity of the layout of the massive blocks of stone, some bigger than a car, it is said that the construction of Sacsayhuaman lasted more than 50 years and employed over 20,000 men in the construction. For those who choose to walk, the terrain is mostly descending through local farms and a beautiful valley with views overlooking the city. Allow 3-4 hours by car / 4-5 hours by foot. Return to hotel. (B)
Day 3: Your Ceremony in the Sacred Valley
09:30 AM Pick up from your hotel to drive to venue for ceremony. Choose Valley of the Moon Temple (20 min walk, mostly downhill) or Ruins of Urco, if you prefer to drive to the site. Exchange vows in the shadow of majestic, snow-capped volcanoes in the Andean Mountains. The Shaman will conduct the ceremony using special offerings including coca leaves & chicha beer. A wedding cake & champagne are provided after the ceremony. We drive you to Qechua farm for a "Pachamanca Meal." A rocky earth oven is constructed on the ground and filled with veggies and meat then enjoyed on site. Continue by car to Ollantaytambo to Hotel, situated in picturesque rural setting.
*Option for hotel upgrade for $54 pp based on dbl/triple occupancy
Day 4: Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu
Breakfast at the hotel then 5 min walk to the train station for your ride through the beautiful Urubamba Valley to Aguas Calientes. Board the shuttle bus for 30 minute ride to Machu Picchu for a private, guided tour of the ruins. Option to re-enter to explore Machu Picchu on your own. Board shuttle bus and return to Aguas Calientes for dinner.
*Option to upgrade to 5* luxury hotel
Day 5: Machupicchu - Cusco
Enjoy a late morning at the hotel before you board the train to Ollantaytambo where our driver will be waiting. Continue by car to the village of Pisac where you have the option to hike 2-3 hours to the ruins overlooking the picturesque valley, or explore the famous market. Return to Cusco to your hotel.
Day 6: Cusco
Explore the exotic high-altitude city on your own. Dine, shop or relax.
Day 7: Depart Cusco for Lima
Transfer to airport at least 2 hours prior to scheduled departure. Conclusion of our service. (or continue to Lake Titicaca)
Frequently Asked Questions
Can we have our wedding ceremony inside the Machu Picchu National Park?
It's not permitted to have ceremonies inside the park. One of the best things about the Machu Picchu National Park is that they don't allow vendors or development anywhere near the ruins. That's why they look so authentic. They are! But it is permitted to bring your wedding party inside the park. We recommend that the ceremony take place in the Sacred Valley on a different day from your visit to Machu Picchu.
Do we have to hike to our wedding?
It's your choice. You can choose to drive or walk. We have many special places in the Sacred Valley, not far from Cusco, to stage your ceremony. The amount of hiking time varies from 20 minutes to 2 hours each way. We'll work with you to choose the place that best meets your needs.
Are there special activities that can be arranged after the ceremony?
Yes, choose from romantic catered picnic lunch for the 2 of you, in a rural setting or a community meal called a "Pachamanca" on a Qechua farm. We also offer "Luxury Glamping" on your wedding night. We'll pitch a big dome tent in a private spot and include an amazing candlelight dinner, prepared and served by our cook and porters.
Will the ceremony in Peru be legally recognized everywhere in the world?
Probably not. Most couples have a symbolic ceremony at their destination wedding in Peru and set up a separate legal ceremony in their home country. Best to consult your local authorities or legal representative.
Can we get married by a local shaman?
Yes! There are many special outside places to stage a wedding ceremony. In the Sacred Valley, our shaman will officiate at your wedding. It can be as elaborate or as simple as you choose.
What if we want to get married by a Catholic priest?
In Peru, Catholicism is embraced by many. Catholic priests require extensive legal documents before they will perform the ceremony. This is out of reach for most couples traveling to Peru.
How much will our wedding cost?
Click here to see 1-Day Ceremony. Click here to see 2-Day Glamping Adventure. Extras can include: grooms dinner, flowers at the ceremony, live musicians at the ceremony, Pachamanca dinner, photographer, upgraded hotels and other special requests. The extra costs will vary depending on the # of people in your group. (Flights/meals/tips/insurance not included)
How many people can you accommodate?
Minimum 2. No limit otherwise.
What is appropriate attire?
Once we know what kind of wedding you want and where you want to have it, we will send a packing list. It's possible to get married in khaki and fleece or a full length wedding dress. We'll provide information to help you decide what is best. We have local costumes and authentic hand-made ponchos for rent.
How do we book flights & what travel documents are needed?
Contact our US Office for free consulation. There are no special vaccinations or visas needed for US passport holders. Our experienced travel advisors will assist you every step of the way. There is no extra cost for travel planning & organizing.
Can we set up a wedding / honeymoon travel registry?
Yes, we can set up your trip and send out invitation emails or direct mail letters to your guests with instructions to contact us directly. We can process any major credit card in any country. There is no added fee for guests to contribute. 100% of all payments goes to the cost of your trip.
This Adventure Includes
- Cusco airport transfers
- 5 nights in 3* accommodation with private bath (rates based on double/triple occupancy)
- All ground transportation
- full-time, English-speaking guide & assistance with luggage
- Ceremony: shaman, assistant & accessories, flowers, picnic box lunch, small cake & champaigne
- round-trip train tickets
- Machu Picchu entry tickets
- entry tickets to other sites as described in itinerary
- International flights to Lima, Peru
- Lima hotel (book online or we can do it for you)
- domestic flights from Lima to Cusco and Cusco to Lima. Book yourself or we can do it.
- Peruvian wedding ponchos (add $50)
- Photographer (bring your own camera & our guide will take photos- no added cost)
- lunches/dinners/bottled water (budget $25 pp per day, less for children)
- travel insurance
- Ceremonies are not permitted in Machu Picchu National Park. We offer several unknown ruins
- Large groups can be accommodated with advance notice
- Single supplement: add $227 USD pp
- Dry season from May - October (very few showers)
- Year round average daily high temperature in Cusco is 65
- Peruvian costumes can be rented: hand-made Andean ponchos are available for additional $50 USD
- Final payment due by 1st of the month at least 30 days prior to arrival date in Peru
- Special vaccinations and visas are not required for US passport holders
- Travelers should consult their physician regarding routine vax & chronic medical conditions affected by altitude.
- Must have valid passport in hand (or pending passport renewal) at time of reservation
- Passports should not expire within 6 months of arrival dates
- Once trips are confirmed, train tickets and Machu Picchu entry tickets cannot be changed, transferred or refunded
- Ceremony is not legally binding.
- Professional photographer services available:
Wedding Ceremony (2 -3 hours approximately) : U$ 100 ( 10 - 12 photos / Post Edition / 24h to send the files via WeTransfer )
Full Day with bride and groom in hotel, city and the ceremony : U$ 175 (25 - 30 photos /Post Edition / 48h to send the files via WeTransfer)
The photos are in JPG in 6000 x 4000 pixels.