06 Day Tour with Machu Picchu & Cusco “Taste of Peru”

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06 Day Tour with Machu Picchu & Cusco “Taste of Peru”

Taste of Peru with Machu Picchu & Cusco is pure enjoyment for your senses as we explore the unique flavors that traditional Peruvian cuisine has to offer, especially that of the region of Cusco. The 6-Day Flavor Explosion adventure offers you the best combination of locations around Cusco and the Sacred Valley and also Cusco’s Southern Valley.  In your first cooking class you will sample the best dishes prepared with your own hands, under the supervision of a professional chef. Your first night of lodging will be in the picturesque town of Ollantaytambo, the last “living” Inka village, famous for its beautiful stone walkways and homes still built on ancient foundations.

Experience the phenomenal landscapes of the Sacred Valley and feast with your eyes on the colorful farmlands as you make your way to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Here our staff will support you with the best personalized service and guarantee you satisfaction throughout your visit in the beautiful region of Cusco.

 

Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO CUSCO

This day is essential for your trip, to first rest and acclimatize to the altitude and conditions during your stay in Cusco. This smooth transition via rest will assure that during the following days you can enjoy your tour without any concerns of altitude sickness. We will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel for your lodging during the following days.

Lodging: Tandapata Hotel Boutique *** or similar

DAY 2: COOKING CLASS – OLLANTAYTAMBO

This is a very special day as we begin our Peruian cuisine cooking class – supervised by a professional chef you will learn step by step the art in the kitchen to create the most delicous dishes using simple recipes with the finest ingredients in the country. Here we will also learn about the history of each dish and the unique elements native to the Andes that give each plate its fabulous taste.  After class we will make the journey by bus to the town of Ollantaytambo, the living Inca village, where you can appreciate intact structures still being used to this day and the original building plan of town still functioning. Here we will spend the night and have the opportunity to wander these ancient streets and feel the magic of this enigmatic town deep in the Sacred Valley of the Inca.

Lodging:  Hotel El Sol Ollantay *** (Ollantaytambo) or similar

DAY 3: MACHU PICCHU

This morning we will begin very early to travel to the train station in the town of Ollantaytambo for our journey by train to the town of Machu Picchu. Another short bus ride will bring us up the mountain to the site entrance. Your guide will be with you at every moment to inform you about the site and answer any questions. The guided tour through the Sanctuary will last roughly 2 hours, then you will have time to wander as you wish and continue to explore this wonderful other-worldly place. Later we will begin our return to Aguas Calientes for lunch and rest before our late afternoon train to Ollantaytambo. Following our journey by train, our land transport will await our transfer to Cusco and back to your Hotel.

Lodging: Waman Hotel Machupicchu *** or similar

DAY 4: MARAS – MORAY – CHINCHERO

Early in the morning we will take our train from Aguas Calientes back to Ollantaytambo and continue our journey by land to the mysterious terrances of Moray, nestled in the rolling hills of the Maras area. Moray is known for being a construction that served as an experimental agricultural center to selectivly cultivate the best breeds of Andean staple crops at different temperatures and altitudes.  Near Moray we will stop at the town of Maras to then visit the ancient salt mines, used for thousands of years by local families to supply salt not only to the Incas, but still to this day offering us an example of the natural art of salt harvesting straight from the land. Further up on the high plains will we visit Chinchero, an important ancient site for the Inca, known as the birth place of the rainbow. We will visit the main site with its picturesque conlonial church located upon the ancient archaelogical site and continue to a local textile center where we will learn about the ancient science of weaving from the very artesans themselves and how they bring to magic these wonderful pieces of art dyed with minerals, plants and seeds. Continuing through the Our tour will conclude as we return to your hotel in Cusco.

Lodging:  Tandapata Hotel Boutique *** or similar

DAY 5: SOUTHERN VALLEY TOUR

Today we will explore Cusco’s Southern Valley which will examine slightly different aspects of the history in the region of Cusco. This area is also less explored than the major routes and is often much less crowded. The sites range from colonial to Inca and even pre-Inca, offering us a profound perspective of Cusco’s ancient past. We start in the Inca temple of Tipon, a place that celebrates the living giving element of water and its qualities, home to fountains and aquaducts which, through various irrigation channels, explore the movement of this element. Later in Pikillaqta, we will step into the time and space of the Wari Culture, a pre-Inca people who were highly organized and efficient in this region. To end our day we will visit the colonial church of Andahuaylillas, known of the Sistine Chapel of the Americas, full of beautiful architecture and the fine artwork that reveals the fusion between ancient and colonial essences.

Lodging: Tandapata Hotel Boutique *** or similar

DAY 6: CITY WALKING TOUR – FLY TO LIMA

This morning you will have the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the most attractive sites of Cusco’s Historic Center before your afternoon flight to Lima. The sites offered include:

  • Plaza de Armas/Main square, which is home to the main cathedral and colonial houses
  • Plaza Nazarenas
  • San Blas neighborhood
  • The twelve angle stone
  • San Pedro local market

In the afternoon we have culminated this incredible experience of Cusco flavor explosion and transfer you to the airport for your departure!

What´s Included

INCLUDED:

  • 05 night’s accommodations in 03 or 04 stars hotels (based in double occupation)
  • 05 breakfasts, 01 lunches , 01 dinners
  • Entrances to Machu Picchu.
  • All transportation.
  • All transfers.
  • All entrances fee.
  • Ejecutive (Incarrail) or Vistadome tren to Machu Picchu.
  • Buses to Machu Picchu (Round trip)
  • Private guided tour in Machu Picchu.
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Guide during whole trip
  • Cooking class

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Flights
  • Single suplement: US$230 (03 stars hotel) /us$400 (04 stars hotels)
  • Meals where are not stated
  • Huayna Picchu entrance fee US$35
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

THINGS TO BRING:

  • Original Passport
  • Current University Card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film

Prices

THIS TOUR RUNS ONLY AS A PRIVATE SERVICE.

****Daily Departure with at least 2 people****

1.-PRICES WITH 03 STARS HOTELS (based in double occupation):
NUMBER OF PAXS PRICE PER PERSON ACTION
*02 people US$ 819.00
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*03 people US$ 739.00
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*04 people US$ 699.00
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*05 people US$ 689.00
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*06 people US$ 669.00
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*07 people US$ 649.00
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*08 People US$ 639.00
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*10 people US$ 619.00
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2.-PRICES WITH 04 STARS HOTELS (based in double occupation):
NUMBER OF PAXS PRICE PER PERSON ACTION
*02 people US$ 1069.00
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*03 people US$ 989.00
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*04 people US$ 959.00
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*05 people US$ 949.00
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*06 people US$ 919.00
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*07 people US$ 899.00
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*10 people US$ 869.00
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Discounts:

  • Under 18 years old: US$ 25:00 Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time.
  • Under 10 years old: US$ 65:00 Please send us a copy of the passport at the booking time.
  • Student Discount (Maximum Age 25 years old): US$ 25:00 Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid UNIVERSITY STUDENT CARD at the time of the trek or who is 17-years-old or younger. For those using an university student card to receive the discount, we need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 17-years-old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to info@inkayniperutours.com.  More Information about STUDENT CARD.

Departure Dates

  • Daily departures: We pick you up from your hotel 30 minutes before the tour.

FAQS?

How to contact Inkayni Peru Tours?

Inkayni works 24 hours per day, in their differents booking forms and free information: by e-mail, by telephone, and by our web page.

Inkayni Peru Tours, will organize all about your trip, hotels, transportation, meals, and others items for give you an amazing trip. If you want to organize your own packages to visit PERU, Inkayni is the only tour operator which give you the alternative to do your own packages and give you options for your hotels and your kind of transportation.

You can book with us with 50% of the cost of your trip, and you will pay the other 50% when you will be in Cusco city with us.

Useful Things

Sturdy shoes, a good raincoat, and warm layers for the evening are the only essential items. Bring comfortable and modest clothes for the time in Cusco. There is no need to bring a sleeping bag or any gear as you’ll be staying in lodges throughout the expedition.

Documents and Logistics:

  • International flights booked and confirmed to Cusco
  • Flight information submitted
  • Passport valid through end of trip (*Passport and entry receipt must be carried at all times during expedition!)
  • Medical insurance card
  • Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc. (*Note: Please bring crisp US bills. Many places will not accept torn, wrinkled, or worn bills)
Airport Information

Airport and airlines located in the port of city of Callao, Lima´s Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chavez 01-517-3100 www.lap.com.pe.

Callao is serviced by flights from North, Central and South America, and two regular direct flights from Europe (Madrid and Ansterdam) check the airport website or call 01-511-6055 for update departure and arrival schedules for domestic and international flights.

Cusco has the only other airport with international al service to La Paz, Bolivia.

Do I need a Visa to enter Peru?

With a few exceptions (notably some Asian, African and Communist countries), Visa are not requiered for travelers entering Peru.

Tourist are permited a 30 to 90 day stay, wich is stamped into their passports and onto a turist card called Tarjeta Andina de Migracion “TAM”(Andean Immigration card), that you must return upon leaving the country.

Be careful not to lose your tourist card, or you will have to queue at immigration office (oficina de migraciones), also simply known as migraciones to get a replacement card. It is a good idea to carry your passport and TAM on your pocket at all times especially when traveling in remote areas, for example: it is required by law on the Inca Trail.

For security get a photocopy of both documents and keep them in a separate place form the originals.

Money in Peru

Peru uses the Nuevo Sol (S), which has traded from S3.00 to S3.30 per US dollar (US$) for several years although you should keep an eye on current events.

Carrying cash, an ATM card or traveler´s checks, as well as a credit card that can be use for cash advances in case of emergency, is advisable.

When receiving local currency, always ask for small bills (billetes pequeños), as S100 bills is hard to change in small towns or for small purchases. Carry as much spare change as posible, especially in small towns.

Public bathrooms often charge a small fee for use and getting change for paper can be darn near impossible.

The best places to exchange money are normally foreign exchange bureaus (casa de cambio), which are fast, have longer hours and often give slightly better rates than banks.

Many places accept US dollars. Do not accept torn money as it will likely not be aceppted by Peruvians.

It is best not to change money on the street as counterfeits are a problem.

Do you know what voltage the sockets have (110 or 220)?

What are the standars plugs?

Electrical current is 220V, 60HZ AC, Standard outlets accep round prongs, but many places will have dual-voltage outlets which take flat prongs. Even so, you may need and adapter with a built-in surge protector.

What should we pack?

Peru is a diverse country in natural and cultural resources so you only need a passport to enter the country and take some precautions that will help you to enjoy the wealth of this beautiful land.

Phone Calls

Public pay phones operated by Telefonica-Peru (www.telefonica.com.pe) or Claro-Perú (www.claro.com.pe)  are available on the street even in small towns. Most pay phones work with phone cards which can be purchased at supermarkets and groceries. Often internet cafes have private phone booths with ¨net-to-phone¨ and ¨net-to-net¨ capabilities (such as skype), where you can talk for pennies or even for free.

When calling Peru from abroad, dial the international access code for the country you are in, then Peru¨s country code (51), then the area code without the 0 and finally, the local number.

When making international calls from Peru, dial the international access code (00), then the country code of where you are calling to, then the area code and finally the local phone number.

In Peru any telephone number beginning with a 9 is a cell-phone number. Numbers beginning with 0800 are often toll-free only when dialed from private phones, not from public pay phones.

What is the time difference between the United States and Peru?

Peru is five hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). It is the same as Eastern Standard Time (EST) in North America.

Daylight Saving Time (DST) is not used in Peru, so add an hour to all of these times between the first Sunday in April and the last Sunday in October.

Weather

Peru has three main climatic zones: the tropical Amazon jungle to the east, the arid coastal desert to the west, and the Andean mountains and highlands in between. In the Andes, which have altitudes over 3500m. average daily temperatures are around 10°C (50°F) and overnight temperatures can dip will below freezing. Travelers flying straight to Cuzco (3250m), or their hight altitude cities, should allow several days to aclimatize since altitude sickness or soroche can be a problem.

April to November is the dry season in the mountain and Andean Plateau (altiplano). the wetts months are from December to March. It rains al the time in the hot and humit rainforest, but the driest months there are from April from November. However, even during the wettest months from December to March, it rarely rains for more than a few hours at a time. Along the arid coastal strip, the hot summer months are form December throught March.

Hotels 3***

Some of our partner hotels are:

IN CUSCO:

  • Tandapata Boutique hotel
  • Taypikala Hotels
  • San Agustin Internacional
  • Andenes al cielo hotels

IN MACHUPICCHU:

  • La Cabaña Hotels
  • Waman Hotels
  • Hatun Inti Classic

IN THE SACRED VALLEY:

  • Inkallpa Lodge & Spa.
  • Villa Urubamba Lodge Spa.
  • Casa de Barro Chinchero.
Hotels 4***

Some of our partner hotels are:

IN CUSCO:

  • Sonesta Hotel Cusco
  • Casa Andina Private Collection
  • San Agustin El Dorado
  • San Agustin Plaza

IN MACHUPICCHU:

  • Taypikala Hotels
  • Inkaterra Hotels “El Mapi”

IN THE SACRED VALLEY:

  • Inkallpa Lodge & Spa.
  • Villa Urubamba Lodge Spa.
  • Casa de Barro Chinchero.









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