PERU - MACHU PICCHU

Number 6 on the list.
Cradled in the heart of the Andes, Machu Picchu truly is the gem of Peru. 
The area was once the heart of the Incan Empire and today an array of remnants remain, telling the complex story of the history of the Incas. Descendants of the Incas reside here till today, many still practicing traditional rituals. 

There are many ways to explore Machu Picchu whether you want adventure, culture, luxury or a combination of those. You could head out of Cusco on the Orient Express for a day trip, including a Machu Picchu tour with your historian guide or hike to Machu Picchu on the less travelled Salkantay route. However, if you really want to feel nature under your feet, the traditional Inca trail still wins hands down.
 

Luxury Machu Picchu Experience
5 Days / 4 Nights

We have taken the highlights of Cusco and squeezed them into a five-day trip: the historic city of Cusco, the historic towns and landscapes of the Sacred Valley and, of course, the unsurpassed wonders of Machu Picchu. And we have packaged them with some of the best hotels Peru has to offer … so you will be amazed and pampered at the same time! 

INCLUDES
4 nights accommodation
Daily breakfast and other meals as stated in the itinerary
All sightseeing, entrance fees, transfers and Vistadome Train to/from Machu Picchu

ITINERARY
DAY 1 CUSCO
On arrival, please make your way through to the Arrivals Hall and proceed through the left exit door where our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. He/she will be holding a sign with your name on it. Should you not be able to locate them, please refer to the front of your itinerary for emergency contact details of our representative office.
Today is at leisure allowing you to spend time wandering the cobble-stoned streets of the ancient Inca capital. With treasures around every corner, Cusco is a wonderful city to explore on foot. Vibrant markets and stores give the traveller a plethora of shopping opportunities set amongst fine Inca and Spanish colonial architecture. The UNESCO World Heritage city is lined with history and ancient monuments, a truly enthralling city to spend time in.

DAY 2 CUSCO
You will be collected from your hotel for a private sightseeing tour through Cusco, the heart of the Inca Empire. Visit the fascinating Qorikancha Temple of the Sun, the 12-Angled Rock and the Cathedral, built on the ruins of an Inca Palace. From here head to the archaeological remains located around the city, including the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo (giant rock), the ancient site of Puca Pucara and finally the Water Temple of Tambomachay. On completion of your tour, you will be taken to your hotel. Included in your tour price is the BTG (Tourist Ticket of Cusco) which allows you entrance into 16 attractions around Cusco in ten days.

DAY 3 SACRED VALLEY TOUR
This morning you will be collected from your hotel for full day of exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This fertile river valley was home to many important sites for the Incas, both strategic and religious. The first stop is the village of Pisac, with its famous market. The colonial village of Pisac sits at the base of the spectacular Pisac Ruins – a hilltop Inca citadel and fortress with impressive agricultural terracing. On market days Pisac comes alive with locals from nearby hillside villages in traditional dress selling local fruit and vegetables as well as handicrafts. There is free time to wander the colourful market stalls before a typical Andean lunch at a local restaurant. Continue your journey along the River Urubamba, to Ollantaytambo. The town, which is dominated by a giant Inca fortress, is perhaps the best surviving example of Inca town planning and was the scene of a rare Inca victory over the invading Spanish. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to the train station in Ollantaytambo to take the train to Aguas Calientes. Lunch is included.
Travel from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu in this comfortable train, and let your feet have rest. Enjoy an authentic Andean experience, while relaxing in modern and comfortable interior design illuminated by Latin American music. Comfortable seats with tables in front to share the journey with friends and partake of a refreshing beverage. On-board services includes a fun and refreshing selection of drinks prepared using Andean herbs and fruits, all of which boast revitalising properties to fill you with energy and keep you ready for the next adventure waiting ahead of you.
Please note: due to limited space for luggage storage on trains, luggage restrictions apply: one bag or backpack (carry-on luggage) with a maximum weight of 5.0 kg/11 lb, measuring no more than 62 linear inches/157 linear cm (height + length + width)

DAY 4 MACHU PICCHU GUIDED TOUR
You will be astonished by your first view of Machu Picchu, a stunning display of ancient architecture with incredible surroundings. Machu Picchu is a 15th century Inca site, located 2,430 metres above sea level on a mountain ridge above the Sacred Valley. It is the most famous of all Inca sites, but it was not until 1911 that it was brought to the world’s attention by the American historian Hiram Bingham. The Incas abandoned the city just prior to Spanish colonisation, the city was never pillaged and as a result the ruins are still in fantastic condition. With its location on a dramatic ridgeline surrounded by sheer cliffs and the Urubamba River on three sides, the city of Machu Picchu is a remarkable place to visit. Machu Picchu was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and in 2007 it was voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Enjoy a tour of the ruins and monuments, such as the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Clock, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and the Cemeteries. The tour includes guided tour with local English speaking guide and return bus from Aguas Calientes village. Please be aware that your tour of Machu Picchu does not include an entry permit to Huayna Picchu (the iconic hill behind the Machu Picchu ruins). If you want to climb Huayna Picchu then you need to pre-book your permit at least 3 months in advance. Please contact your sales consultant if you would like to do this. Travel from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo in this comfortable train, and let your feet have rest. Enjoy an authentic Andean experience, while relaxing in modern and comfortable interior design illuminated by Latin American music. Comfortable seats with tables in front to share the journey with friends and partake of a refreshing beverage. On-board services includes a fun and refreshing selection of drinks prepared using Andean herbs and fruits, all of which boast revitalising properties to fill you with energy and keep you ready for the next adventure waiting ahead of you.
Please note: due to limited space for luggage storage on trains, luggage restrictions apply: one bag or backpack (carry-on luggage) with a maximum weight of 5.0 kg/11 lb, measuring no more than 62 linear inches/157 linear cm (height + length + width)

DAY 5 DEPARTURE
You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

2019/2020 DEPARTURE DATES
Departs daily

PRICE
From $2,685* per person

The Inca Trail
7 Days / 6 Nights

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the most famous and popular trek in South America. This trip of a lifetime allows the opportunity to explore extraordinary ruins, enjoy beautiful mountain views, walk through strikingly different climatic zones and finally experience the unique feeling of arriving at Machu Picchu by foot.

INCLUDES
6 nights accommodation in hotels and camps
Registered English-speaking guide
Vistadome train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco (Poroy)/or Ollantaytambo
All camping and cooking equipment: this includes therm-a-rests, spacious two-person tents, dining tent and toilet tent, all entrances including the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, bus transfers between the ruins and Aguas Calientes, transport from Machu Picchu to your hotel in Cusco will be the Vistadome train service and bus transfer. 

EXCLUDES
Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu
Lunch or dinner in Machu Picchu, Pueblo and Cusco

ITINERARY
DAY 1 CUSCO
Welcome to Cusco. Cusco, set at an altitude of 3,400 metres in the Peruvian Andes, was once the capital of the Inca Empire. It is known for its Spanish colonial architecture and Incan remains. Narrow, cobble-stoned streets lined by Inca walls stretch out from the main plaza in every direction. Many of the colonial buildings were built on top of Incan foundations and the stonework is unparalleled in its precision and beauty.
 
A pre trek briefing will be held at approximately 7:00pm. Overnight in Cusco.
 
DAY 2 INCA TRAIL DAY 1
You will be picked up early from your hotel by your Inca Trail guides and transferred through the stunning Sacred Valley, past the impressive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. An interesting drive takes you to the end of the road at Pisca K’uchu to embark on the famous Inca trail to Machu Picchu. 

The trek begins with a gentle walk along the undulating shores of the Urubamba River. Arrive at Llactapata at an altitude of 2,788m, where camp is set up for the night beside the spectacular ruins, which you are free to explore at leisure. This truly is camping and trekking in style. Whilst walking all you need to carry is a daypack, all camping equipment is carried by the porters. All camp chores are done for you and delicious food is provided daily by the cooks.
 
DAY 3 INCA TRAIL DAY 2
Trek up the Cusichaca valley to the small hamlet of Huallyabamba, the last inhabited place on the trail. The path continues beside a mountain stream, passing humming birds and amazing stunted cloud forest. The camp for the night is a beautiful grassy area at Llulluchapampa at 3,680m, which boasts out-standing views of the valley below.
 
DAY 4 INCA TRAIL DAY 3
This is possibly the most challenging day of the trek. Rise early and begin your ascent to the highest point of the trail, Warmiwanusca (Dead Woman’s Pass) at 4,200m. You will see alpacas and llamas feeding on pastures of Ichu, a type of Andean grass. Then descend through Cloud Forest, home to many birds including sparrows and humming birds, and if you are lucky you may see the rare Spectacled Bear. Walk up original Inca steps to the archaeological site of Runkurakay and its Pass, where, weather permitting, snow capped mountains will come into view. Continue to the archaeological site of Sayacmarca where you will stop for a guided tour. Continue along the paved Inca path, through a preserved Inca tunnel to reach the Phuyupatamarca Pass and onto its ruins to spend the night.
 
DAY 5 INCA TRAIL DAY 4
Rise early to watch the sunrise over the surrounding snow-capped mountains of Salkantay and Veronica. After breakfast, begin the final day of the trek with a steep decent to Wiñayhuayna, an Inca site built into the hills with fountain structures and curved terracing, overlooking the Urubamba River. Continue through the cloud forest to Inti Punku (The Sun Gate), where you will catch the first glimpse of the breathtaking Machu Picchu Ruins. Pass through the ruins and catch a bus down to your hotel in the colourful town of Aguas Calientes
 
DAY 6 INCA TRAIL DAY 5
In the morning return to Machu Picchu for a fully guided tour giving you an insight in the history behind the principal remains and monuments. There is time afterwards to hike to the Inca Bridge, Watchman’s hut or simply wander through the ruins soaking up the atmosphere. (Please note access to Huayna Picchu Mountain now requires an extra, limited-availability permit. Please enquire at time of booking if you would like one). 

In the afternoon, you will board the train for a beautiful journey along the Sacred Valley of the Incas. On arrival there will be a bus waiting to transfer you back to Cusco.
 
DAY 7 CUSCO
You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to the airport for your flight from Cusco. Or why not stay longer!

2019 DEPARTURE DATES
Departs every Tuesday from April to December

PRICE
From $5,845* per person
 

River Cruise Lima to Lima
11 Days / 10 Nights

From its amazing archaeological treasures and gastronomic delights to its scenic beauty and melting pot of cultures, Peru offers visitors wide array of attractions—and on this tour, you’ll experience its highlights.

INCLUDES
Deluxe outside accommodations with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection Beds
Domestic flights
All sightseeing/excursions and meals as per itinerary

ITINERARY
DAY 1 LIMA
Welcome to Lima-Cosmopolitan, Colonial, and Pre- Columbian Culture Enjoy free time today before your Andes and Amazon adventure begins. Explore the fascinating Peruvian capital- where high-rise buildings tower above ancient temples and colourful colonial architecture.
 
DAY 2 LIMA
Peruvian Treasures, Presidential Palaces, and Pizarro's Conquests CLASSIC - Take a Guided Walking Tour of Lima to see the colonial Old Quarter, Plaza de Armas, the presidential Government Palace, and the Lima Cathedral. Visit San Francisco Monastery to see the famous catacombs followed by the Larco Herrera Museum-with the world's largest private collection of pre-Columbian Peruvian art. DISCOVERY - Later, enjoy a Culinary Experience with an authentic Peruvian welcome dinner in the exquisite, historic mansion-Casa Garcia Alvarado. (B,D)
 
DAY 3 SACRED VALLEY
Alpacas, Llamas, and Ancient Rituals of the Andes CLASSIC - Fly to Cusco, the ancient Andean city and former capital of the Inca Empire. A Guided Excursion into the Sacred Valley reveals the hillside Temple of Sacsayhuaman. Marvel at the remarkable inca stonework of this 15th-century fortress that was once the site of the largest battle between the Incas and the Spanish. The Spanish were ultimately victorious in 1536, disassembling part of the site to build homes in Cusco and leaving behind the ruins we find today. You will also see the Inca military post of Puca Pucara and visit the ceremonial site of Kenko where ancient Peruvian rituals and sacrifices were performed. DISCOVERY - Take a Guided Tour of Awanakancha to encounter llamas, alpacas, vicunas, and guanacos and learn about their vital role in Peruvian culture. Continue to the old mountain village of Pisac. Take time to shop in Pisac's large Indian market for treasures such as alpaca sweaters, woven blankets, and handmade jewellery. This evening, enjoy dinner featuring Andean and Western dishes with wine. (B,L,D)
 
DAY 4 SACRED VALLEY
Stone Temples and Formidable Fortresses CLASSIC - Join a Guided Tour of the adobe village of Ollantaytambo this morning to visit the ruins of an Inca fortress. See the massive stones and amazing engineering design, including the Sun Temple and Princess Baths fountain. DISCOVERY - Join an Escorted Visit to a native Incan home to experience the way of life that has endured since the 13th century. MACHU PICCHU Andean Heights and Hidden Secrets of the Inca's Lost City CLASSIC - Join a Guided Excursion aboard the 360 degree Machu Picchu Train boasting spectacular panoramic views of the lush countryside of Urubamba Valley from its panoramic windows and an observation outdoor carriage. Travel by rail to Aguas Calientes to take the winding road to legendary Machu Picchu. ACTIVE - Take a Guided Walk to explore the "Lost City of the Incas" high atop the Andes once overlaid with dense forest. Learn about the lives and mysteries still hidden in this ancient citadel and the amazing structures built by the pre- Columbian masters of this sacred land. DISCOVERY - Enjoy your overnight stay at the foot of the mountain where Machu Picchu is found with a gourmet Peruvian dinner. (B,D)

DAY 5 MACHU PICCHU
A Miraculous Sanctuary in a Tropical Mountain Cloud Forest CLASSIC - Take a second included Guided Excursion to Machu Picchu. Set out early to see the sunrise over the ruins, explore the terraces or perhaps venture up to see the Sun Gate, once used as the ancient entrance to the Sanctuary. After lunch, return to the Sacred Valley by train and then continue on to Cusco. (B,L)
 
DAY 6 CUSCO
Conquistadors, Churches, and the Colourful Culture of Peru CLASSIC - Take a Guided Walking Tour of Cusco and learn about the Inca culture and the Spanish invasion that threatened their way of life and very existence. Visit Santo Domingo Monastery, originally called Koricancha and built by the Incas as a Temple of the Sun with extraordinary engineering and masonry design. Continue to the Plaza de Armas to visit the Cusco Cathedral. Enjoy free time this afternoon to explore Cusco's colourful culture. DISCOVERY - Tonight, an elegant dinner includes wine and a menu inspired by Peru's eclectic mix of cultures. (B,D)
 
DAY 7 IQUITOS (EMBARKATION)
Turn-of-the-Century Barons and the House that Eiffel Built CLASSIC - Today, you'll travel by air to Lima and then onto Iquitos where you take a Guided Orientation of this 19th-century boom town with ornate homes built by the "rubber barons" of the day, such as La Casa de Fierro (The Iron House) designed by architect Gustave Eiffel. NAUTA-PERUVIAN AMAZON RIVER (EMBARKATION) Travel to Nauta and embark the luxurious vessel, the Delfin III, to cruise the Peruvian Amazon in comfort and convenience. Settle in to your spacious suite before meeting your onboard Naturalist and Cruise Director. DISCOVERY - Attend an onboard Welcome Reception to gain an overview of your upcoming Amazon experience. Your Naturalist Guide will offer information about the animal species of the Amazon ecosystem, the native villagers you'll meet, and the spectacular plant life that thrives in this astonishing environment. See the two powerful Amazon tributaries-the Ucayali and Maranon Rivers-which converge to create the mighty Peruvian Amazon. Later, on board, enjoy an unforgettable dinner featuring Peruvian cuisine with the freshest local ingredients. (B,L,D)
 

DAY 8 CRUISING: PERUVIAN AMAZON
Spider Monkeys, Pink Dolphins, and Peru's Favourite Cocktail CLASSIC - Rise early this morning for your first glimpse of the majestic Amazon at sunrise to experience the sights and sounds. After breakfast, take a Guided Panga Ride down one of the Amazon's tributaries in search of the incredible wildlife. Your Naturalist Guide helps to spot capuchin, howler, tamarin, and spider monkeys, as well as iguanas, sloths, freshwater pink dolphins, and a stunning array of birdlife. Watch for the extraordinary giant Amazonian water lily. CLASSIC - This afternoon, a Guided Excursion to Pacaya Samiria National Reserve allows you to witness the activity of exotic birds, including trogons, macaws, parrots, falcons, and jacamars. ACTIVE - Take a refreshing Swim in this unique area of the Amazon-with the chance to encounter the Amazon's amazing pink dolphins. DISCOVERY - Join in an onboard Cooking Class to learn about native fruits, vegetables, and fish. You'll learn about local ingredients for delicious recipes. In the evening, enjoy a Mixology Lesson to create Peru's famous cocktail, the Pisco Sour. (B,L,D)
 
DAY 9 CRUISING: PERUVIAN AMAZON
Exotic Birds, Night Creatures, and Natural Remedies ACTIVE - Join a morning Naturalist Guided Walk to explore tropical flora, including epiphytes, orchids, and indigenous jungle vegetation below the rainforest's canopy. DISCOVERY - Attend an onboard Nature Presentation about indigenous and medicinal plants, fruits, and vegetation used in the Amazonian culture for centuries. CLASSIC - This afternoon, a Guided Excursion to the Amazon community of San Francisco introduces you local villagers who have called Amazonia their home for generations. ACTIVE - Join a Night Safari Excursion to spot nocturnal creatures, including caiman, frogs, bats, and boa constrictors. You will also have the chance to try fishing for piranhas! DISCOVERY - Later tonight, enjoy Live Entertainment by the Delfin III crew of local performers to celebrate your Amazon adventure with music and dance. (B,L,D)
 
DAY 10 IQUITOS (DISEMBARKATION)
A Manatee Introduction and an Amazon Farewell DISCOVERY - This morning, disembark and bid your ship's crew farewell. On the way to Iquitos, join an Escorted Visit to the Manatee Rescue centre to learn about these endangered Amazon species and the conservation efforts to save these gentle giants before flying to Lima. (B)
 
DAY 11 LIMA
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

2020 DEPARTURE DATES
January to July and September to November

PRICE
From $7,110* per person

*Terms and conditions apply. Prices are per person twin share, land only and subject to availability at time of booking. Valid for sale until sold out and for travel as specified. Black-out dates and seasonal surcharges may apply. Festive season surcharges at additional costs. Offers are only available for new bookings and prices are subject to change without notice due to change in fees, taxes, surcharges or currency fluctuations. Prices correct as at January 2018. Further conditions apply, call your Bucket List Buddy team.