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Day 1: Arrive Cusco
Adios Adventure Travel guide will be waiting for you at the airport with a private vehicle and driver. It's a short 15 minute drive to Cusco to check-in at Palacio del Inka hotel (or similar). Guided walking tour of the city including Las Plaza de las Armas and the ancient Koricancha Temple. Afternoon visit to the outskirts of Cusco to explore the fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Dinner in restaurant of your choice. (Palacio del Inka hotel or equivalent)
Day 2: Sacred Valley Tour
After a Peruvian buffet breakfast, your guide will accompany you by private van to discover the treasures of the Sacred Valley starting in Chinchero, the village of the weavers. You'll continue through the valley to the ancient concentric circles of the Incan greenhouse laboratory of Moray and then go on to see the terraced salt ponds of Maras, still actively used today. Check-in at Pakaritampu Hotel (or similar) in Ollantaytambo. Dinner in local restaurant.
Day 3: Train to Aguas Calientes & Machu Picchu Tour
Following your buffet breakfast, you will board the Vistadome train (time to be determined) for the 2-hour ramble through the Urubamba River canyon. The train winds through several different climactic zones where you will view the culture, plants and people of Peru before arriving in Aguas Calientes where you will enjoy lunch after checking in at your hotel. Then your guide will arrange for you to take the shuttle bus up to the main entry of the Machu Picchu National Park and accompany you on foot to the famous Incan ruins for a private, guided tour. Park closes at 5 p.m. Return to Aguas Calientes for dinner in the restaurant of your choice and overnight.
Day 4: Machu Picchu - Cusco
Enjoy breakfast in your hotel and walk to the train station for morning train to Ollantaytambo, where our driver will be waiting. Drive 1 hour by car to Pisac for lunch and to explore the market. Continue to Cusco and return to your hotel.
Day 5: Depart Cusco - Lima
Pick-up at hotel for transfer to Cusco airport at least 2 hours before your scheduled departure. Farewell and conclusion of our services.
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
It's common for most people coming from sea level to experience at least mild symptoms of altitude sickness when they arrive in Cusco, whichis 11,000 ft/3430 m above sea level. Age is not a factor for the severity of symptoms one can experience. But fitness can be. Symptoms vary from person to person, but can include:
- loss of appetite.
Treatments may include:
- OTC pain reliever - bring your own favorite remedy for pain relief
- Oxygen. Most hotels have oxygen tanks in their lobbies and guides will carry small tanks of oxygen on hikes. Some local pharmacies sell an individual size O2 tank for personal use.
- Coca Leaf. Locals believe that drinking coca leaf tea will help and you will find the tea leaves readily available in hotel tea bars as well as restaurants.
- Water. Drink extra to keep your blood flowing freely. Dehydration leads to sludgy blood and may contribute to your discomfort.
- Diamox. (AKA "Acetazolamide" is a diuretic or "water pill") can be purchased by prescription in some western countries or over the counter in Peruvian pharmacies.
- Treatments may alleviate the symptoms as you adjust in the first 24-48 hours. But you cannot expect the sense of breathlessness to completely disappear, no matter how you treat it. If symtoms do not show signs of improvement within 24 hours of your arrival, please notify your travel companions or guide so s/he can monitor your progress. In rare occasions, individuals may need to seek medical attention.
Is it safe to drink the water?
Tap water in Lima, Cusco and other larger cities is consumed by local people every day. But is it safe for you? There's only one way to find out and we suggest that you not drink the tap water or use it to brush your teeth. Bottled water is cheap and available everywhere including small towns and villages. We support Travelers Against Plastic to reduce the use of disposable water bottles and encourage you to bring a purification device to make your own safe drinking water. The device should be rated to purify water from microbes and viruses, not just for taste. Purified drinking water is provided on all the multi-day hikes and during your stay in the Amazon jungle lodges.
Should I travel to South America if I have a life-threatening allergy?
We've learned that there are different kinds of allergies; from hayfever to insect stings. IF YOU HAVE A LIFE-THREATENING ALLERGY TO ANY FOOD, INSECT, MEDICATION OR NATURAL ELEMENT, WE REQUIRE WRITTEN, ADVANCE NOTICE WITH FULL DESCRIPTION OF THE ALLERGEN AND THE TREATMENT. Be aware that Epi-pens may only useful in areas where you are close to medical services like Lima or Cusco.
What is the best way to travel between Lima and Cusco?
We recommmend flying between the cities because other means requires more time or is not practical for short vacations. There is no train service between Lima and Cusco. And while there is bus service, the drive is almost 24 hours long over paved, but winding mountain roads. There is no speedy highway. The cost of round-trip air tickets varies from around $250 pp on the domestic carriers, including STAR PERU AIRLINES and PERUVIAN AIRLINES, to $450 pp on LATAM AIRLINES and AVIANCA AIRLINES. The majority of the flights between the cities occurs in the morning to mid-day hours. Afternoon flights taper off by 5 pm and there are no evening flights in either direction due to mountain weather conditions.
Where should I stay if my international flight arrives in Lima in the evening?
There are no late evening flights from Lima to Cusco. And there is only one hotel at the Lima airport. The Wyndham Hotel is connected to the arrivals terminal by a skybridge on the 2nd floor. It takes literally 2 minutes to walk from the terminal to the lobby of the hotel. The hotel is expensive by Peruvian standards (in excess of $250 per double room per night). We've seen good rates on booking.com and hotels.com The hotel will accommodate as many as 3 to a room, but not 4.
This hotel is best for groups who arrive in Lima late evening and plan to depart again by air the next day. For groups planning to stay in Lima, it's best to pre-arrange a transfer to a hotel in the city center, unless you don't mind paying the "gringo rate" when you negotiate taxi on your own. The travel time is about 45 minutes each way when the traffic is moderate. And the cost ranges from $35 each way and up. If your group is larger than 3 persons, you may need a transfer in a mini-van or two taxis.
Do I need vaccinations to visit Machu Picchu?
The altitude of Machu Picchu is 8000 ft/2440 m and higher. Disease-carrying vectors do not thrive at higher elevations. US passport holders are not required to get Yellow Fever vaccinations or prophylactic Malaria treatments. Although there have been no recent cases of Yellow Fever in Peru, some countries, including the US, recommend that visitors get Yellow Fever vaccinations prior to visiting the Amazon Rainforest including Tambopata Reserve or Manu National Reserve. We recommend that travelers check the regulations for re-entry for any countries they will pass through after leaving Peru, Bolivia or Ecuador. Bolivia requires all foreigners to have proof of yellow fever vaccination upon entry if you plan to travel to the Bolivian Amazon jungle. (Some countries including Australia, require their citizens to get yellow fever vaccination if they enter Peru, even if they are only visiting the higher elevations)
This Adventure Includes
- Roundtrip flights from Lima to Cusco / Cusco to Lima
- Airport transfers in Cusco
- Tour starts and ends in Cusco, Peru (hotel, transfer services available in Lima on request)
- All 4/5* superior accommodations based on dbl/trpl occupancy
- English-speaking guide/escort
- All land transportation – Private vans, buses, trains
- All entry fees to the sites listed, including Machu Picchu
- RT train
- Private, guided tours & single entry tickets (you will not be joined with other groups)
- International flights
- Lunches, dinner, alcohol, bottled water (allow $25 per day per person for meals)
- Travel insurance
- Include optional Pachamanca Meal with a local family on your Sacred Valley tour for $48 per person
- Preferred Hotels: (based on availability and subject to change) Cusco - Palacio del Inka / Ollantaytambo - Pakaritampu / Aguas Calientes - Inka Terra