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Why You Should Go

Cusco and Machu Picchu are certainly among the fascinating natural wonders of the world. Despite the excessive tourism to the locale of Machu Picchu, we suggest spending time in nearby Sacred Valley where you can enjoy a more culturally compelling experience via private hiking guide to show you the many interesting trails you can travel. No Machu Picchu luxury travel experience is complete without a ride aboard the Hiram Bingham train, an overnight at Sanctuary Lodge (on the actual grounds of Machu Picchu!) and a visit to the lovely boutique hotel, Palacio Nazarenas, in Cusco.

Best Travel Time: Spring Summer Fall Winter

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Huayna Picchu

Sample Itinerary

15 Days

Each private luxury tour is custom to the wishes of each client. This itinerary is a sample. Our Sister Company, TRAVNET, may provide assistance with mileage points conversion. Do not hesitate to call Randy to create your custom tour.

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Day 1

Fly to Lima
Through our sister company, premium air provider TRAVNET, we may assist with your international airfare, as well as with mileage points conversion.

Meals:
Accommodations:

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Inca Ruins of Machu Picchu
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Day 2

Arrive Lima
Upon arrival in Lima, you will be privately transferred to Wyndham Costa del Sol Airport Hotel.

Meals:
Accommodations: Wyndham Costa del Sol Airport

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Salinas de Mara
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Day 3

Fly Lima/Cusco + Drive to Sacred Valley
Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the Limo Restaurant, overlooking the lively Plaza de Armas, for tapas. Thereafter, you will be on your way to Sacred Valley with options to visit Awanankancha to spot South American cameloids and the Inkary Museum. The balance of the evening is free for you to relax.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Tambo del Inka

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Limo Restaurant
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Day 4

Chinchero, Ollantaytambo, and the Salt Mines
Following breakfast, you will journey to the Urubamba Valley and Chinchero. Chinchero is known as the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Here you will meet Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez, an expert Peruvian weaver to learn about this native art form. Following lunch, you will proceed to the Sacred Valley to explore the massive and terraced fortress of Ollantaytambo, ending your day at the Maras salt mines, which date back to Incan times.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Tambo del Inka

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Sacred Valley
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Day 5

Transfer to Machu Picchu
Today you will board the Machu Picchu the luxury Hiram Bingham to the Machu Picchu, an elevation of 7972 feet! Following your arrival and check-in at the Sanctuary Lodge, you will be able to stroll the ruins in the later afternoon, void of any crowds! You can find our visitors’ guide to this amazing site here.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Sanctuary Lodge

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Hiram Bingham Train
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Day 6

Machu Picchu Excursion + Cusco Transfer
You will have the opportunity to take your choice hike or trek through Machu Picchu with your private guide. The Sun Gate Trail is a steady incline and hike many explorers being able to view the high agricultural terraces. For a more challenging hike, you may choose to hike Huayna Picchu, tackling narrow staircases and steep lanes for an incomparable sight of this civilization. In the late afternoon, you will be transferred to Belmond Monasterio Hotel in Cusco.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: Belmond Monasterio

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Huayna Picchu
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Day 7

Cusco Private Touring
Visits include the City’s Cathedral, considered the most beautiful churches in the Americas, and 16th century Santo Domingo. You will also be able to walk amidst the incredible Indian military structure, Sacsayhuaman, as well as Qenko shrine devoted to Mother Earth.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Belmond Monasterio

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Cuzco Cathedral
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Day 8

Fly Cusco/ Lake Titicaca
Upon arrival in Lake Titicaca, you will be privately transferred to Titilaka Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Titilaka Lodge

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Titlaka Lodge
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Day 9

Lake Titicaca and Uros Islands
In the morning your guide will take you by car and boat to visit the legendary Uros Floating Islands located near the protected Titicaca National Reserve. Here you will meet one of the traditional families that inhabit these unique islands.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Titilaka Lodge

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Lake Titicaca
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Day 10

Lake Titicaca/Lima
After checking in to the Belmond in Lima and having lunch, you will proceed on a short half-day private tour, including the following highlights: Plaza Mayor; Lima’s historic cathedral, The Plaza San Martin, et. al. For an educational and amusing addition, you may wish to stop at the Museo Larco.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Hotel Baranco

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Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel Lima
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Day 11-14

Amazon River Cruise
You will be transferred to Iquitos, the gateway to the Amazon and Amazon River. Here you will board the M/V Aria Vessel for an immersive four-night river exploration. You will experience the Amazon’s unique flora, fauna, primates, amphibians, and marine life on your journey. In addition, you’ll have a chance to visit both island river communities for a holistic Amazonian immersion.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: M/V Aria Amazon River Vessel

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M/V Aria Amazon River Vessel
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Day 15

Disembark + Fly Iquitos/Home

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Train from Cusco

Hotels

Though certainly not a deluxe property, we feel the 192-room Wyndham Costa del Sol Airport is the highest quality Lima airport hotel among limited choices and is convenient for a brief overnight rest before connecting to Cusco the following day.

 

 

 

Wyndham Costa del Sol Airport Hote

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Though certainly not a deluxe property, we feel the 192-room Wyndham Costa del Sol Airport is the highest quality Lima airport hotel among limited choices and is convenient for a brief overnight rest before connecting to Cusco the following day.

 

 

 

Along with the Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrada and the Sol y Luna, Tambo Del Inka is among our three favorite luxury properties in the Sacred Valley. A more contemporary, modern style vs. the traditional Sol y Luna Sacred Valley, the 128-room Tambo del Inka consists of striking low-rise pavilions with world class fronts overlooking the Urubamba River. Though the spacious rooms reflect a leading-edge design (high ceilings/stone floors), we especially like the Inca-centered fabrics, a nice mix. The bathrooms’ double granite vanities are always nice. Terrific amenities for families staying here: an indoor/outdoor heated pool, nice spa, and small fitness center for Marcie (!) The hotel’s Hawa fusion restaurant offers tasty seafood and outstanding local produce. Another plus while staying at the Tambo del Inka is its own private railway station for catching the Hiram Birmingham train to Machu Piccu!

Tambo del Inka

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Along with the Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrada and the Sol y Luna, Tambo Del Inka is among our three favorite luxury properties in the Sacred Valley. A more contemporary, modern style vs. the traditional Sol y Luna Sacred Valley, the 128-room Tambo del Inka consists of striking low-rise pavilions with world class fronts overlooking the Urubamba River. Though the spacious rooms reflect a leading-edge design (high ceilings/stone floors), we especially like the Inca-centered fabrics, a nice mix. The bathrooms’ double granite vanities are always nice. Terrific amenities for families staying here: an indoor/outdoor heated pool, nice spa, and small fitness center for Marcie (!) The hotel’s Hawa fusion restaurant offers tasty seafood and outstanding local produce. Another plus while staying at the Tambo del Inka is its own private railway station for catching the Hiram Birmingham train to Machu Piccu!

This 31-room lodge is the only hotel adjacent to the ruins, a location that grants special access to this other-worldly place. Based on its management by the Belmond Group, the service and overall dining options here are of the highest quality. Though the rooms are relatively small, they are newly refurbished with the usual luxury amenities you would expect from a luxury Belmond Property. The fundamental and priceless benefit of staying at this property is having exclusive direct access to the adjacent Machu Picchu ruins.

Sanctuary Lodge

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This 31-room lodge is the only hotel adjacent to the ruins, a location that grants special access to this other-worldly place. Based on its management by the Belmond Group, the service and overall dining options here are of the highest quality. Though the rooms are relatively small, they are newly refurbished with the usual luxury amenities you would expect from a luxury Belmond Property. The fundamental and priceless benefit of staying at this property is having exclusive direct access to the adjacent Machu Picchu ruins.

Housed within a converted 16th century monastery, this 126-room luxury property is our favorite 5-Star hotel in Cusco. A short walk from the Plaza de Armas, the rooms are somewhat small (even your Deluxe category), with the Spanish-style furnishings and overall aesthetics most impressive. We love the Monasterio’s public areas and general design: terra cotta floors, antique furniture, original paintings from the Cusqueña School of Art, museum quality artifacts. The property has the feel of a Cusco art museum within the confines of a 5 star luxury hotel. We enjoy dining in the hotel’s courtyard Illary Restaurant and nearby Deli Monasterio. Cocoa tea upon arrival is routinely recommended in order to better acclimate.

Belmond Monasterio Hotel

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Housed within a converted 16th century monastery, this 126-room luxury property is our favorite 5-Star hotel in Cusco. A short walk from the Plaza de Armas, the rooms are somewhat small (even your Deluxe category), with the Spanish-style furnishings and overall aesthetics most impressive. We love the Monasterio’s public areas and general design: terra cotta floors, antique furniture, original paintings from the Cusqueña School of Art, museum quality artifacts. The property has the feel of a Cusco art museum within the confines of a 5 star luxury hotel. We enjoy dining in the hotel’s courtyard Illary Restaurant and nearby Deli Monasterio. Cocoa tea upon arrival is routinely recommended in order to better acclimate.

At an altitude of approx. 12,500 ft. the 5-star luxury Titilaka Lodge possesses a truly otherworldly locale, set on a remote shore of Lake Titicaca (one of the highest/deepest bodies of water in the world!) and blends smart modern design with Andean culture. Notwithstanding the property’s somewhat bland red-brick exterior, the aesthetics and clean, contemporary design of the large 18 loft-like rooms is impressive. All rooms include frontal views of Lake Titicaca, slated-wood floors, rainfall showers, and heated floors (nice for chilly nights, averaging around 40° in Dec.). The open-plan dining area is an ideal place to meet your fellow global travelers (as we know you love to do this!), floor to ceiling windows throughout. Think Mies Van der Rohe meets Lake Titicaca! The dining here is described as “light Peruvian dishes”. Other amenities include a small massage room, library, and a game room with cable TV and WiFi. As we mentioned earlier, a noteworthy family client who stayed here in 2015 thought this place to be the first luxury property they had experienced in all of Peru!

Titilaka Lodge

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At an altitude of approx. 12,500 ft. the 5-star luxury Titilaka Lodge possesses a truly otherworldly locale, set on a remote shore of Lake Titicaca (one of the highest/deepest bodies of water in the world!) and blends smart modern design with Andean culture. Notwithstanding the property’s somewhat bland red-brick exterior, the aesthetics and clean, contemporary design of the large 18 loft-like rooms is impressive. All rooms include frontal views of Lake Titicaca, slated-wood floors, rainfall showers, and heated floors (nice for chilly nights, averaging around 40° in Dec.). The open-plan dining area is an ideal place to meet your fellow global travelers (as we know you love to do this!), floor to ceiling windows throughout. Think Mies Van der Rohe meets Lake Titicaca! The dining here is described as “light Peruvian dishes”. Other amenities include a small massage room, library, and a game room with cable TV and WiFi. As we mentioned earlier, a noteworthy family client who stayed here in 2015 thought this place to be the first luxury property they had experienced in all of Peru!

Located in the artsy, Bohemian, Barranco district of Lima, Hotel B is perhaps our favorite luxury boutique hotel in all of Peru. The property was originally built as a seaside retreat for the president of Peru, Augusto Leguia in the 1920s. Noted French architect Claude Sahut was commissioned to design the original building, completed in 1914. With only 17 suites/rooms, the early 20th century style-rooms include high-ceilings, big windows with balconies, and the usual luxury amenities. Though the majority of the 17 suites are in the original building, the new-built annex suites are also very nice, with no real downgrade in quality. The restoration of Hotel B is considered to have been the new standard for historic restoration in Lima. The hotel’s Oscar Velarde restaurant is a can’t-miss experience, as is the property’s cozy, funky bar. In addition to being surrounded by many galleries/art studios, the Hotel B has its own art collection and is linked directly with the Lucia de la Puente Gallery. Lucia is also one of the hotel’s investors.

Hotel Barranco

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Located in the artsy, Bohemian, Barranco district of Lima, Hotel B is perhaps our favorite luxury boutique hotel in all of Peru. The property was originally built as a seaside retreat for the president of Peru, Augusto Leguia in the 1920s. Noted French architect Claude Sahut was commissioned to design the original building, completed in 1914. With only 17 suites/rooms, the early 20th century style-rooms include high-ceilings, big windows with balconies, and the usual luxury amenities. Though the majority of the 17 suites are in the original building, the new-built annex suites are also very nice, with no real downgrade in quality. The restoration of Hotel B is considered to have been the new standard for historic restoration in Lima. The hotel’s Oscar Velarde restaurant is a can’t-miss experience, as is the property’s cozy, funky bar. In addition to being surrounded by many galleries/art studios, the Hotel B has its own art collection and is linked directly with the Lucia de la Puente Gallery. Lucia is also one of the hotel’s investors.

The sister vessel and newer version (launched in 2011) of the M/V Agua, though slightly larger, the Aria Amazon (147 ft.) provides identical high-touch/luxury service. Custom built by noted Peruvian architect Jordi Puig, the Aria includes 16 air-conditioned cabins (250 sq. ft.), all featuring updated bathrooms/showers, floor to ceiling windows and 24/7 hot water access. The vessel is limited to 32 guests, in addition to 24 crew members, including a paramedic and four naturalist guides. Other features include an indoor bar, spacious dining room, observation deck, a small workout area (treadmill and stationary bike) and Peruvian 5-Star cuisine. We feel the Peruvian dining experience on board the ARIA is among the highest standards anywhere in the country. Similar to the Aqua, we feel the Aria’s biggest draw is its ability to provide guests with an immersive, very personal wildlife adventure experience in the Amazon.

M/V Aria Amazon River Vessel

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The sister vessel and newer version (launched in 2011) of the M/V Agua, though slightly larger, the Aria Amazon (147 ft.) provides identical high-touch/luxury service. Custom built by noted Peruvian architect Jordi Puig, the Aria includes 16 air-conditioned cabins (250 sq. ft.), all featuring updated bathrooms/showers, floor to ceiling windows and 24/7 hot water access. The vessel is limited to 32 guests, in addition to 24 crew members, including a paramedic and four naturalist guides. Other features include an indoor bar, spacious dining room, observation deck, a small workout area (treadmill and stationary bike) and Peruvian 5-Star cuisine. We feel the Peruvian dining experience on board the ARIA is among the highest standards anywhere in the country. Similar to the Aqua, we feel the Aria’s biggest draw is its ability to provide guests with an immersive, very personal wildlife adventure experience in the Amazon.

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Overview

Temperature
Highs: Low 80’s
Lows: High 60’s
Area
1.28 million sq km
29.4 million sq miles
Capital
Lima
Population
29.4 million
Language
Spanish
Currency
Nuevo Sol

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