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Story Land & Sea®

Peru & Machu Picchu Tour

Discover South America in a True Small Group Tour


PERU AND MACHU PICCHU

Story Land & Sea®'s Peru and Machu Picchu Tour is not your typical tour experience. Experience deluxe accommodations, world-class service from your Tour Captain and an itinerary that truly captures the spirit, culture and people of South America.

It starts in Lima, Peru.
Lima is a World Heritage Site listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Cusco
In the heart of the Peruvian Andies Mountains!

The Sacred Valley
The Sacred Valley with a Huilloc mountain village and Ollantaytambo.

Machu Picchu
Journey by Vistadome train from the Ollantaytambo train station to the town of Aguas Calientes, on then on to Machu Picchu.

Aguas Calientes to Cusco
Return to Machu Picchu to optionally visit any attraction that the citadel has to offer..

Cusco City Tour
Visit the Qoricancha, also known as the "Sun Temple," the Cathedral, the most impressive monument on the Main Square, built between 1560 and 1654, the Sacsayhuamán Fortress Q'enqo, an archaeological complex just outside the city of Cusco, Puca Pucara (red fortress, in Quechua), the Pre-Columbian Art Museum (MAP), more..

Cusco to Puno, Lake Titicaca
At Umayo Lagoon, we visit one the world's largest necropolis, in which stand out over 90 chullpas, giant and primitive stone mausoleums of over 40 feet high.

Tour of Lake Titicaca
Tour of the lake and the floating islands of the Uros.

Puno to La Paz
On to Copacabana by land, crossing the Peruvian towns of Juli, Pomata and Yunguyo, and then on to La Paz, where you will visit the Church of Saint Francis and the Witchdoctors' Market. Continue to Moon Valley.

Travel tips: Please note the average altitude in the Andes Mountain Range is 12,000 feet. The reduced air pressure and lower oxygen levels may cause some travelers to have symptoms of light-headedness, headaches and fatigue. Hydrating with lots of bottled water, moving slowly to get acclimated, and avoiding alcohol will help prevent these symptoms. Also, you may want to try Andean mint tea and coca leaves. Our itinerary has us acclimating at lower levels of the Sacred Valley before ascending to higher levels.

Find out why more and more travelers are opting to 'Leave the Herd Behind' while discovering the many authentic experiences and Peru and Mach Picchu on a Story Land & Sea® Tour. From the Majestic Andes Mountains, to the mysteries of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, and a visit to the highest lake in the world, comes the Peru and Machu Picchu Tour.


The trip is fully-hosted by our professional Story Tour Captain and complemented by our local, expert tour guides. Story's Peru & Machu Picchu Tour is the perfectly balanced adventure through this beautiful continent.
  • Lima, Peru
  • Machu Picchu
  • Sacred Valley
  • Cusco City Centre
  • Uros on Lake Titicaca
  • Lake Titicaca
  • La Paz, Bolivia

International Flight

Day 1: Departure from USA

Your international flight is not included in your tour package, however, we can arrange your air travel through our Story® Air Service Department. We'll work with you to get the absolutely lowest fare available based on your travel preferences. We utilize both our own air department and on-line agencies to find the best rate.

Visit Air Service department by clicking here.

WELCOME TO PERU

Arrival into Lima, Peru

Meals included: None

Upon your arrival in Lima, you will receive assistance at the airport and will be transferred to the selected hotel. Today you will have free time to walk around and get to know the city.

Lima, Peru

City: Lima, Peru

Accommodation: (2 nights) Hilton Miraflores or similar


 

Lima, Peru
Day 2: City Tour of Lima

food icon    Story Way® Dining: Join your Tour Captain tonight for our included Welcome Dinner.

In the morning meet your Tour Captain and the rest of the group for an orientation of the neighborhood and an optional suggestion for lunch.

This afternoon we visit the the city of Lima, a World Heritage Site listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Start the day with a scenic tour of the historic downtown, reaching Plaza Mayor, the main square, and stop to appreciate the government palace and the beautiful fountain. Continue on our walk to the Cathedral of Lima, Peru's most important church built between 1542 and 1622. Next we head to the Aliaga House, an ancient vice regal residence granted by Francisco Pizarro to one of his captains in 1535, after the foundation of the city. This is the only house of that time that belongs to the same family to date. Then visit the Larco Museum, located in the traditional Pueblo Libre district. Founded by Rafael Larco Hoyle in 1926 inside a viceregal mansion built on a pre-Columbian pyramid of the 7th century, the museum houses the most complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver artifacts.

Dinner will be served at the Café Del Museo restaurant before a transfer back to our hotel.

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Cusco

Day 3: Lima to Cusco in the Peruvian Andes Mountains

food icon   Optional Dining: Join your Tour Captain tonight for an optional dinner or explore on your own.

This morning, we transfer from our hotel to the Lima airport for a short flight to Cusco. On our way from the Cusco airport, we stop at Awanakancha on route, an exhibition center of textiles and South American camelids along the road to Pisac. This is a living museum where we can see Andean camelids, learn about the techniques to take their wool and see them made into finely spun garments.

We continue on to our relaxing hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Andes Mountain, The Sacred Valley

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The Sacred Valley

Day 4: The Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo

food icon   Optional Dining: Join your Tour Captain tonight for an optional dinner or explore on your own.

Our morning tour will start at the local community of Huilloc to see how mountain village ancestral people live. Our local guide will translate their Quechua language, sharing their weaving, farming and cooking techniques allowing us to enjoy a true Andean experience.

Enjoy an included picnic lunch with the group before we continue the trip to Ollantaytambo. This site is a typical example of the urban planning of the Incas, whose residents still live in accordance with their old traditions. The Ollantaytambo fortress is a huge archaeological complex which was actually a tambo, a leisure city used to accommodate the delegations that traveled long distances.

Continue the trip to Ollantaytambo, which is a typical example of the urban planning of the Incas, whose residents still live in accordance with their old traditions. The Ollantaytambo fortress is a huge archaeological complex which was actually a tambo, a leisure city used to accommodate the delegations that traveled long distances.

Accommodation: Casa Andina Private Collection Urubamba or similar (2 Nights)

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On to Machu Picchu

Day 5: Vistadome train to Machu Picchu

food icon  Dining Tonight: Join your Tour Captain tonight for our included dinner at our hotel.

Machu Picchu

Our trip to Machu Picchu will start with a journey by Vistadome train from the Ollantaytambo train station to the town of Aguas Calientes, which takes approximately 1 and a half hours. In Aguas Calientes we arrive at the train station, a handicraft market and several restaurants. After a short bus ride up the hill, arrive in Machu Picchu, a masterpiece of engineering and architecture which is believed to have served as a sanctuary and leisure residence for Inca ruler Pachacútec (1410 - 1471). Machu Picchu means "Old Mountain" and UNESCO has listed it as a World Heritage Site and it is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. At the end of the tour, we return to Aguas Calientes by bus. Lunch is included at "Café Inkaterra" in Machu Picchu Pueblo.

Enjoy the balance of the afternoon at leisure.

Lunch and dinner are included..

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Back to Cusco

Day 6: Aguas Calientes to Cusco

food icon   Optional Dining: Join your Tour Captain tonight for an optional dinner or explore on your own.

Machu Picchu



Today we can return to Machu Picchu to optionally visit any attraction that the citadel has to offer. One can visit the Intipunku ("Gateway of the Sun"), which was a sort of guardhouse and the Sun rises through that door every day. Opt to climb the Huayna Picchu (subject to availability of space), which means "Young Mountain". It takes around an hour to reach the top and its main attraction is the "Temple of the Moon", an underground building complex probably conceived for the use of the élite. Finally, a choice to visit the Inca Bridge, an incredible stone construction which served to enter and exit the citadel. In the afternoon, we transfer to the Aguas Calientes train station where to board the return Vistadome train for the Ollantaytambo train station, and transfer to the hotel in Cusco.

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Cusco

Day 7: Cusco City Tour

food icon   Included Dining: Join your Tour Captain tonight for our included dinner at the museum.

This morning, your Tour Captain will orient you to the neighborhood and perhaps give you a chance to visit one of the markets in town to shop for alpaca textiles.

Starting our sightseeing immersion in the afternoon, we visit the Qoricancha, also known as the "Sun Temple," built under the orders of Inca Pachacútec (1410 - 1471), which became the foundation for the construction of the Monastery of Santo Domingo. This was the place of worship of the Sun ("Inti") during the time of the Incas and it used to be filled with pieces of gold. We then visit the Cathedral, the most impressive monument on the Main Square, built between 1560 and 1654. This is followed by the visit to the Sacsayhuamán Fortress, one of the emblematic constructions of the Incas, built by Inca Pachacútec in the 15th century. This is a huge fortress erected with large stones, and the manner in which they were transferred and cut remains a mystery.

Cusco City Centre

Next head for Q'enqo, an archaeological complex just outside the city of Cusco, mainly used for religious purposes where it is believed the Incas practiced agricultural rituals. The tour proceeds to Puca Pucara (red fortress, in Quechua), an architectural complex, used for military purposes; it has many rooms, squares, bathrooms, aqueducts, walls and towers. It is believed it was used by the Inca's retinue while he rested at Tambomachay.

We continue to the Pre-Columbian Art Museum (MAP), which houses an important collection of artifacts from different cultures that lived in Peru. From the coast to the highlands, the MAP exhibits works in wood, shell, bone, silver and gold, displaying the beauty and ability of the anonymous pre-Columbian craftspeople.

Tonight, enjoy a special dinner at the museum's restaurant, followed by a transfer to the hotel.

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Puno

Day 8: Cusco to Puno, Lake Titicaca

food icon   Optional Dining: Join your Tour Captain tonight for an optional dinner or explore on your own.

After having breakfast at the hotel, our transfer will take us to the airport. Upon arriving in Juliaca, will visit the Sillustani archaeological complex. In Sillustani, a peninsula of the Umayo Lagoon, we visit one the world's largest necropolis, in which stand out over 90 chullpas, giant and primitive stone mausoleums of over 40 feet high, designed with a top wider than the base.

We continue to the hotel in Puno at the end of the visit.

Uros on Lake Titicaca
 

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Lake Titicaca

Day 9: Tour of Lake Titicaca

food icon   Optional Dining: Join your Tour Captain tonight for an optional dinner or explore on your own.

This morning, we transfer to Puno's lake port, where a vessel will take us to the floating islands of the Uros. The Uros are an ancestral society that inhabits a series of artificial islands built with totora, a reef that grows in the lake. The islands are built by weaving totora reeds in the places where they grow the thickest and form a natural layer. After a one and a half-hour tour, we will continue to the Taquile Island.

Unlike other islands, inhabited by Aymara-speaking people in the lake, its residents speak Quechua. It was part of the Inca Empire and it is still possible to notice vestiges of this culture in their buildings. Nevertheless, when the Spaniards arrived, they forced them to get rid of their typical clothes and forced them to wear traditional farmers' clothes. Upon arriving, we receive a brief explanation of the island and attend a cultural activity. Enjoy an included lunch before returning to the city of Puno.

Lunch included.

Lake Titicaca

 

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La Paz, Bolivia

Day 10: Early morning journey from Puno to La Paz

food icon   Optional Dining: Join your Tour Captain tonight for an optional dinner or explore on your own.

We depart very early in the morning on a trip to Copacabana by land, crossing the Peruvian towns of Juli, Pomata and Yunguyo. Upon arriving, visit the sanctuary of the Dark Virgin and board the Catamaran to cruise Lake Titicaca toward the Island of the Sun, making a stop en-route to see the Pilkokaina Temple. After having lunch on board, reach the Island of the Sun to visit the garden, the staircases and the water springs. An exclusive tour to the ethno-ecological complex on the Island of the Sun is included. Participate in the ancient Kallawaya ceremony and the ceremony of the water. In the afternoon, continue to La Paz, Bolivia and to the hotel, arriving at dusk.

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch.

La Paz Bolivia

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La Paz
Day 11: La Paz City Tour

food icon Story Way® Dining: Join your Tour Captain tonight for an included farewell dinner.

We meet our Tour Captain and expert city guide for this mornings city tour, visiting the Church of Saint Francis and the Witchdoctors' Market. Continue to Moon Valley, to see the striking colors and optical illusions created by strange geological clay formations caused by erosion.

At our included dinner, we say farewell to the group this evening from the highest capital city in the world!


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International Departure Day

Day 12

After having breakfast at the hotel, we transfer to the airport, leaving these magical mountains to return home.

Want to see even more of South America?

Instead of heading back to your homeland, take a short flight today to Santiago, Chili, to continue your exploration of South America for an additional 11-14 days with our Heart of South America Tour.



Heart of City Hotels mean your experience is like none other in the travel industry.

There is a difference between centrally-located hotels and Story's Heart of City hotels. No taxis or shuttles required when you're in the historical heart of the cities and villages. Our Deluxe tour hotels feature a full, hot breakfast included daily with cappuccino, tea, juice and an assortment of meats, fresh, local vegetables, fresh-baked pastries and fruit.

Lima, Peru - 3 Nights



Sacred Valley - 2 Nights



Aguas Calientes - 1 Night



Cusco - 2 Nights



Puno - 2 Nights



La Paz - 1 Night




12 Days Peru & Machu Picchu True Small-Group® Tour


  • We've tried to include everything! However, make note of the following:

    Arrival Transfers in Lima, Peru
    $69 per person (2 guest minimum)
    Departure Transfers in La Paz, Bolivia: $69 per person (2 guest minimum)

    4 Unique Dinners Included: Our Tour Captains will invite you to join them to unique restaurants each night even when dinner is optional.

    International Airfare is not included. International Airfare arrangements made by Story Land & Sea® are a completely separate booking from your land vacation. We highly recommend trip cancellation and interruption insurance.

    Domestic Airfare not included, but required from Lima to Cusco and Cusco to Puno. Estimated at $300, but actual booking fares my differ.

  • Enjoy a True Small Group of never more than 16 Travelers. Guaranteed. No waiting on big groups on big buses.
  • Hotels in the heart of the cities and towns.
    Not on the outskirts of town so no shuttles or special transfers needed.
  • We Never Up-sell while On Tour.
    See any of the mainstream tour operator itineraries to the UK and Northern Ireland and you will see very quickly how their "tour directors" make extra revenue.
  • Story Land & Sea® provides gratuities for your Local City Tour Guides, Tour Drivers, Restaurant and Hotel Staff.
  • Customary gratuities for your Story Tour Captain are not included and should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis...
  • Off-the-Beaten-Path and unique Restaurants throughout the itinerary. 
    A authentic restaurants that fit our group size.
  • All Admissions and Sightseeing as defined on itinerary
  • Portage Included through your Small Group Tour.
  • Services of professional Tour director called a Tour Captain. 
    The Tour Captain serves as your host throughout the trip to ensure everything goes according to the journey's plan.
  • Services of Professional Guides
    We use professional, certified guides for our sightseeing at select venues and sites throughout the Small Group Tour. 

TOUR CONDITIONS:

Services of a full-time, experienced guides and professional Tour Captain.

SIGHTSEEING
Comprehensive daily sightseeing per itinerary via private transportation with experienced, local driver. Admission & entrance fees to all sightseeing as detailed per itinerary.

DAILY BREAKFAST, AND 5 DINNERS
Full, hot breakfast daily. 5 dinners included per itinerary. Coffee or tea included with breakfast only; all other beverages are extra. Select dinners are included at unique restaurants.

PORTAGE
Portage (one suitcase per person) and all tipping (driver, restaurant, hotel and guide staff) included. Extra bag portaged for $USD119 per bag. Story Land & Sea luggage tags upon arrival first hotel.

SOLO TRAVELERS 
Single Supplement applies. See Dates & Rates Tab.

PASSPORTS & VISAS
Travel documents are your responsibility including compliance with customs' regulations. PASSPORTS: A valid passport is required and must be obtained in person by each tour member at a local passport office.

LODGING & ACCOMMODATIONS
Tour prices are per person, based on two persons sharing double or twin-bedded room with private bathroom with tub or shower. Single rooms subject to availability and at an additional cost (tour participants without a roommate will have to pay the single room surcharge). Hotels used are based on your itinerary.

SERVICE CHARGES AND TAXES: All departure taxes and tipping are included. 

INSURANCE
Story highly recommends trip cancellation and interruption coverage. We recommend www.Travelex-Insurance.com. Enter location code of 06-0051 to associate any purchase with your Story vacation.

 

Peru & Machu Picchu Tour
12 Day Small Group Journey


2017 Departures

— Small Group Tour Prices —

Enjoy small group touring from 6 to 16 guests.
Guaranteed departures with official Story Tour Captain® or Story Local Host® for groups of 5 or less. Inquire for your departure.

Published Date Tour Size Price Per Person + On Tour Airfare
Departures in January 2017
March 29 Max 16 Guests $4879 + $438
Departures in November 2017
November 3 Max 16 Guests $4879 + $438
True Small Group departures with no more than 16 Story Guests, per person based on double occupancy plus on-tour airfare.

 

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