2023 Machu Picchu and the Ancient Cultures of Peru

Dates June 4 - 14, 2023
Destination Lima, Peru; Cuzco, Peru; Sacred Valley, Peru; Machu Picchu, Peru;
Duration 12 days 11 nights
Price From 3,981
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While there is not a lot of strenuous "hiking" on this tour, there is some "climbing" of tall steps and walking on uneven surfaces that may cause concern to some. 


Join our experienced Tour Host Carlos Fida. He is a native of Argentina, where he held teaching positions at the University of Patagonia and at the Military Academy.  He has lectured for university groups on the rich history of pre-Colombian and modern Latin American history.  He has devoted 39 years of his life as a highly qualified specialist in Latin American travel.

This is a unique tour. There is nothing like it offered in the State of Utah.  In addition to visits to expected sites, such as Cuzco, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley of the Incas, we will immerse ourselves in the world of Inca Empire with it legendary traditions, such as the authentic festivity and parade of the Corpus Christi celebration. This celebration held in Cuzco, on the 7th and 8th of June is a true act of faith for the Peruvians. It is the most important and iconic festivity of the year. We will be able to see the procession, with young and old dressed in colorful costumes as they walk behind the multicolored statue of the saints. Music and dances are being performed in the main square. The 17th-century old cathedral, the Jesuit church of La Compania de Jesus, and the colonial arcades serve as a perfect frame for the celebration. You will feel transported to an imaginable world. We visit historic and cultural sites; Inca temples and native markets that few outsiders see.  

No journey to the empire of the Incas would be complete without a visit to Cuzco and Machu Picchu.  Cuzco, perched high in the Andes Mountains and a UNESCO World Heritage site, was once the capital of the Inca Empire.  Cuzco still retains its indigenous and colonial heritage and architecture. Machu Picchu has been declared by UNESCO as one of the wonders of the world. New restrictions made by UNESCO and the government of Peru makes it now more restricted in visiting the citadel. The extra night in Machu Picchu, allows our group to visit the best highlights of the Lost Citadel of the Incas by entering twice to this magical wonder of the world. We have also added extra days in Cuzco and the Sacred Valley, to make this tour more comfortable and relaxed for our travelers. 

This is no ordinary tour.  This is an adventure for travelers who want to see, feel, and experience the Inca Culture, its people, and its heritage. While staying at 5 star hotels.  You will journey in what can only be described as a daily National Geographic-type experience, with expert guides and some meals included. Join Carlos in this adventure of a lifetime. 

This tour is for sure a BUCKET LIST experience!  Come make new friends while living your adventurer side dream.

To Book This Tour, Contact:

Carol Alegre, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-6165
Email Carol

 TOUR ID#9223f04

CASH DISCOUNT of $100.00 for final payment by check

Day 1: Saturday, June 3, 2023

Los Angeles to Lima, Peru

We depart from Los Angeles to Lima on LATAM Airlines, the premier airline of South America. Our departure is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.

Meals : In-flight
Day 2: Sunday, June 4, 2023

Lima

We arrive in Lima at 7:05 a.m. Our bilingual guide will meet us at the airport and transfer us to the hotel, located in the heart of San Isidro, accross the street from a 400 year-old olive grove.  After a few hours rest, we will enjoy an afternoon tour of Lima includes the highlights of this colonial city, once the capital of the Viceroyalty in northern South America. We will visit the main square of Lima, surrounded by the government palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the other public buildings that shows the glory of the colonial days. Our visit to the San Francisco Convent, built in the 17th century with its catacombs and work of art is more than what you may expect from a city tour.   

Meals : Breakfast
Day 3: Monday, June 5, 2023

Lima

After Breakfast we leave down town San Isidro to visit the Larco Museum located in an 18th century mansion that houses 3.000 years of Peru’s pre-Colombian history. The museum boasts a magnificent collection of gold and silver that demonstrates the skilled art of ancient civilizations, such as the Moches, Paracas, Nazcas and Chan-Chan. The Paracas were the weavers while Moches and Nazcas created beautiful pieces of pottery, used for ceremonial purposes. There is nothing like this private museum in all of Peru. The specialized guides will introduce us to the wonders of ancient Peru.

We return to San Isidro to enter Casa Luna. A unique collection of nativity scenes from all over the world fill the different rooms of this mansion. Ambassador Luna collected the most beautiful handcrafted collection of the nativity scenes ever found in all of Latin America

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4: Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Lima to Cuzco

Early morning transfer to the airport of a 90 minute flight to Cuzco. Upon arrival in Cuzco, our guides will escort us to the Palacio Del Inca Hotel, a former residence the Spanish Conquistador. The mansion, now a hotel is a five hundred year old historic landmark.

After a few hours of rest to acclimate to the high altitude, we start the city tour of the former capital of the Inca Empire. The visit to the ancient capital includes visits to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the Temple of the Sun, located across the street from our hotel and the 17th century old cathedral with its collection work of art of the Cuzco School of Painting and altars of solid gold and silver. The enormous painting of the Las Supper, executed by Marcos Zapata in 1753 shows Christ and the 12 apostles seated around a table to partake of a guinea pig, a traditional meal still prepared in Cuzco. The symbols on the table are those known to the native Incas.

There is no other cathedral in the world where the emblems of the Christian world and the ancient traditions of the Inca civilization join in a unique syncretism, of the old and the new. 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5: Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Cuzco - Corpus Christi Celebration

The Corpus Christi festivity is considered one of the most lavish celebration of faith in the Christian world. 

After the ceremony performed in the Cathedral a solid silver carriage takes in a procession the golden sun, which represent the sacrament. The people dressed in typical colorful dresses follow the silver carriage accompanied by civil and religious leaders. A lunch will be served in a restaurant. From the balconies, overlooking the main square and the cathedral our group will be able to see the procession. Afternoon free to explore downtown colonial Cuzco.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6: Thursday, June 8, 2023

Cuzco - Parade and celebration

This morning we walk a short distance with our guides. We reach Plaza de Armas, or Main Square. The images of saints finely dressed, travel from the different churches around the city, and enter the cathedral, followed musicians and dancers. Some of you attended the Oberammergau in Bavaria. You will be surprised by the elaborate celebration of the Corpus Christi. This is not just a show, but a religious feast of devotion by the locals, who labor all year to prepare their costumes and practice the music for the activities in honor of Christ. 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7: Friday, June 9, 2023

Cusco to Sacred Valley

Our visit to the “Sacred Valley of the Incas”, will connect us to the glorious past and traditions of the Incas,  We explore colonial towns, and pass isolated villages lost in the mist of times.. Our tour will include a visit to the Awanacancha. All the camelids of South America, starting with Llamas, Alpacas, Vicunas and Guanacos are exhibited here. Local villagers will show their skills in the ancestral methods of dying the wool and making the best textiles and clothes. Before check- in to the luxurious Tambo Del Inca hotel, we will taste a delicious lunch and a “Paso Horse Show” 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8: Saturday, June 10, 2023

Sacred Valley - Ollantaytambo inca town and Fortress

Our visit takes us to one of the last remaining Inca villages. Ollantaytambo was one of the massive Inca fortress

built by the Incas to protect the Sacred Valley from invasions coming from natives living in the rainforest or from the Aymaras on Lake Titicaca.  After exploring Ollantaytambo and its village, we travel to the town of Chincheros where we see the finest textiles made by the artisans of Peru.

Our gourmet traditional dinner will be at the hotel. The restaurant named cinco fuegos (five fires) offers five different types meats or vegetables being cooked on several grills. (Chinese roasting box, cylinder, grill, clay oven and pachamanca).

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Sunday, June 11, 2023

Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu

A train ride will cover the distance from Ollantaytambo to the village of Aguas Calientes. The ride offers spectacular views of the high Andes following the course of the Urubamba River, through deep canyons and mountains that jut to the sky. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, personnel from the deluxe Sumaq hotel will transfer our luggage to the hotel while we board a bus to the top of Machu Picchu, the Lost Citadel of the Incas.

We will tour part of the ruins before returning to Aguas Calientes and to our hotel, where a lunch will be served.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10: Monday, June 12, 2023

Machu Picchu to Cuzco

This morning we re-enter the citadel of the Incas to do some further exploration and sightsee the ancient complex built by the Incas. Weather permitting, we may see the sunrise over the Vilcabamba range and the citadel. Lunch at El Indio Feliz Restaurant. Afternoon return by train and bus to our hotel in Cuzco. 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11: Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Cuzco to Lima

Today we have a free morning for last minute shopping and relaxation. There are several highlights in the former capital of the Inca Empire which could only be visited by walking along the cobblestone street. Over the many tours to Peru, my travelers always request and extra time in Cuzco, the jewel of the Andes. Late afternoon we are escorted by our guide to the airport for a flight to Lima. We arrive in Lima and connect to our flight to Los Angeles.  

Meals : Breakfast
Day 12: Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Lima to Los Angeles

Early morning departure from Lima.  Connecting flights to your final destination.


To Book This Tour, Contact:

Carol Alegre, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-6165
Email Carol

 TOUR ID#9223f04

CASH DISCOUNT of $100.00 for final payment by check

Meals : In-flight

Included:

  • 1 tour-bus experience 
  • Eco-Amazonia Lodge - All-Inclusive package with optional tours
  • Local Hotel Taxes
  • Experienced Morris Murdock Group Tour Manager
  • English Speaking local guides
  • Round trip Train ride on the Vistadome to Machu Picchu
  • Round trip bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Deluxe motor coach transportation
  • Sightseeing as outlined on the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to all sites including Machu Picchu
  • Round trip transfers hotels to airport
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Digital Travel App
  • Most meals as indicated on the itinerary 

Not Included:

  • Estimated International + Peru domestic flights from Los Angeles: $ 1,399.00 pp (LATAM)
  • Meals not included on tour
  • Additional hotel nights or sightseeing tours not included
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature (room service, phone calls, internet, etc.)

Payment Terms:

  • $500 per person due at the time of booking
  • Final payment is due March 3rd, 2023
  • $ 4,837.00 Single rate (for those with their own room)
  • This tour is based on 30 passengers traveling together to operate at the advertised price. If enrollment falls under that number an additional supplement may be requested or the tour may be canceled.  Any tour canceled for low enrollment will receive a FULL REFUND of paid deposits.

To Book This Tour, Contact:

Carol Alegre, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-6165
Email Carol

 TOUR ID#9223F04

CASH DISCOUNT of $100.00 for final payment by check