Christmas in Peru & Machupicchu

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Price From US$ 853.00
Price includes all credit card transaction fees and taxes
Starting point CUSCO
Ending point LIMA
Duration 07 Days / 06 Nights
Trip style Archeological and Cultural
Place to visit Cusco, Urubamba. Aguas Calientes, Machupicchu and Lima.
Airfares Lima / Cusco / Lima
Highlights City Tour and 04 ruins , Sacred valley of the Incas, Machupicchu and city tour :Lima Colonial.









Enjoy this New Year 2017 in Peru and fill the power of the Incas, this is your opportunity to find yourself in the middle of the nature and get the energy from the middle of the world: “Cusco”.

21 December: CUSCO City Tour + 4 Ruins

Assistance on arrival in Cusco and transfer to your selected hotel. Free time to take a short rest to be acclimatized to the altitude. In the afternoon, city tour of Cusco visiting the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha.
Then, drive out of the city to visit the Inca sites of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman, built strategically on a hill overlooking Cusco; famous for its enormous carved stones joined with astounding precision to form the outer walls. Some of these stones stand over 9m / 30ft tall and weight over 350 tons. Overnight al selected hotel in Cusco.

22 December: CUSCO - Sacred Valley of the Incas (B) (L)

Excursion to the "Sacred Valley of the Incas", a succession of picturesque towns, agricultural terraces and archaeological sites. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, we’ll have the opportunity to bargain with vendors or stroll at the Pisac's typical Indian market, with a catholic mass service on Sunday (celebrated in Quechua, the native language).
Lunch at a local restaurant in the Sacred Valley. In the afternoon pass through Calca and Urubamba towns to arrive to the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, which was built to guard the entry of this part of the valley and protect it from enemies of the lower jungles; consisting in a series of superimposed terraces of carved stones accessed by long staircases.
We will have the opportunity to walk through the quaint streets of the nearby town, religious and agricultural centre during the Inca Empire, and get a clear idea of the military strategy against possible invasions. On our way back to Cusco we will visit the picturesque Andean village of Chinchero where the remains of what was the royal hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui lies. Admire its well preserved Inca Wall at the Main Square, visit the beautiful colonial temple built on Inca foundations, with interesting frescoes on the portico. Overnight in the Sacred Valley.

23 December: CUSCO: Machupicchu - Aguas Calientes

The day starts with an early morning rise to transfer to Cusco train station for a three hour train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machupicchu, also known as "The Lost City of the Incas". Arrive at Aguas Calientes station followed by a 30-minute bus drive, climbing 6km of winding road, to the incredible Machupicchu. Upon arrival, we´ll participate in a guided tour of the Citadel,. After the tour you will have time to stroll around the archaeological site at your leisure. Lunch in a restaurant at Aguas Calientes town. Overnight in a hotel in Aguas Calientes.

24 December: Cusco: Aguas Calientes

Cusco Excellent opportunity to wake up early and enjoy with a beautiful sunrise as well as stroll by the town of Aguas Calientes and visit its thermal waters. In the afternoon, back to Cusco by train, and transfer to the selected hotel. Christmas Eve Dinner. Overnight.


25 December : CUSCO

Day at your Leisure .



26 December: CUSCO/LIMA - City Tour

Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Lima. CONTEMPORARY LIMA Visit the historical center and the most traditional residential areas in the capital: The Olive Grove of San Isidro, Miraflores and Larco Mar, distinctive tourist centre of contemporary Lima. Overnight in Lima.


27 December: LIMA - International Flight

Early in the morning, transfer to the airport to take your international flight.

INCLUDES:

In Lima: Sightseeing Tour.
In Cusco: Sightseeing Tour.
In the Sacred Valley of the Incas: Full-day excursion to Pisac Indian Market and the Inca Fortress of Ollantaytambo. Lunch included.
In Machupicchu: Guided visit of the Inca Citadel including lunch.
Notice: the Excursions are in group service.

  • 6 Nights’ accommodation Hotel
  • All breakfasts and meals as specified in the program
  • All entrance tickets for the excursions mentioned above
  • All the transfers indicated in the itinerary.
  • Train ticket Cusco - Aguas Calientes - Cusco
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes- Machupicchu- Aguas Calientes
  • All applicable taxes
  • All bilingual guided tours (english/spanish) as described in the itinerary
  • Domestic Flight Lima/Cusco/Lima


NOT INCLUDED:

  • International flights
  • Alcoholic drinks, soda or bottled mineral water
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • International or National personal telephone calls.
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Optional post-tour (cost given separately)
  • In Cusco: buffet New Year Show, USD 35.00


B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

ORIENTATION

Peru is located on the central west coast of South America. Its neighboring countries are: Ecuador and Colombia to the N; Chile to the S; Brazil and Bolivia to the E; and the Pacific Ocean to the W. It is the third largest country in South America, with a surface area of 1 285 215,6 km2 (larger than France, Spain, and Germany combined) distributed approximately in the following manner: 12% coastal territory, 28% Andean highlands and 60% Amazon jungle. Its capital, Lima, is located in the coastal area, where the country's greatest economic activities take place.

TIME ZONE

Peruvian time is five hours past Greenwich Mean Time and is similar to Eastern Standard Time in the United States (except when the U.S. goes on daylight savings time from April to October). In reference to other cities, when it is noon in Peru, it is:

Santiago de Chile and Caracas13:00
Rio de Janeiro14:00
New York12:00
Madrid18:00
Londres17:00
Tokyo03:00

TEMPERATURE

Being such a geographically diverse country within the tropical belt, the weather in Peru is determined both by altitude and season. However, it also means that there is almost invariably sunshine somewhere in Peru ! Below is a summary of the weather conditions you can expect to find in each different region of the country at different times of the year.

Coast (Ica, Chiclayo, Lima, Piura, Trujillo, Tumbes)
Northern region: warm year-round with highs of up to 35°C in the summer.
Central and southern regions: two well-defined seasons, winter between April and October, and summer between November and March.
Highlands (Ancash, Arequipa, Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Cusco, Puno)
This region has two seasons, dry season between April and rainy season between November and March.
Rainforest (Iquitos, Madre de Dios, Manu)
High rainforest (over 2,300 feet asl): has a temperate, subtropical climate with abundant rainfall.

WE RECOMMEND YOU TO

  • Use comfortable shoes the whole time during walking tours.
  • Take lots of liquids during long excursions.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Hiking boots, sneakers and shoes.
  • Long pants or slacks.
  • Long-sleeved shirts.
  • T-shirts.
  • Sweaters and a jacket.
  • Rain wear for rainy season.
  • Camera.
  • Insect Repellent.
  • Personal toilet items and first-aid kit.
  • Medicine to arrest or prevent the so called” Soroche” or altitude sickness.


Please consult your physician what medicine is best suited for your organism.

WEATHER

Peru's climate may be divided into two: The Western Andes and the Desert Coast. On the Coast, it does not rain and the temperature is warm through the year. On the other hand, in the Andes, there are two seasons: Rainy and dry.
Cusco is located in the Eastern Andes, so their rainy season is from October to May, the rest of the year it is dry.
Rainy time, starting in October/ November has its own maximum in January, continuing until March/ April. In years of pouring rain there are landslides, floods, etc.
On the highlands, it is cold in the evenings but sunny and warm in the mornings. It is even possible to wear t-shirts, but when the sun sets it gets really chilly so please bring a warm sweater (or buy an alpaca one in Cusco) and a good jacket.
Finally, the weather in general does not represent a limit to provide any tourist services, except during some particularly bad years.

ALTITUDE

Lima: Sea level, 54 m.a.s.l.
Nazca: 588 m.a.s.l.
Paracas: Sea level, 5 m.a.s.l.
Cusco: 3360 m.a.s.l.
Machupicchu: 2400 m.a.s.l.
Urubamba Valley: 2850 m.a.s.l.

WATER

Tap water in most of Peru is potable, but the chemical content varies from place to place. To avoid problems, we recommend you to always drink bottled water.

VISAS

All travelers should contact the nearest Peruvian consulate in order to ascertain what visa rules apply, since these may change without previous notice.
For more information click here: Type of visa to enter

AIRPORT SECURITY TIPS

  • Maintain control and do not leave personal items (purses, briefcases, electronic equipment, carry-on bags, etc.) unattended at any time in the airport or at curbside.
  • Passengers are not allowed to enter areas posted as Restricted Area or Authorized Personnel Only. Please request assistance from nearest airport personnel
  • Report unattended items or suspicious activity immediately to airline personnel

LANGUAGE

The official languages of Peru are Spanish, spoken by 73% of the population, and Quechua spoken by 24% of Peruvians. English is widely spoken in hotels and shops.

CURRENCY

Peru's official currency is the Nuevo sol ; its symbol is S/. The denominations in circulation are bills of 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 nuevos soles; coins of 1, 2, and 5 nuevos soles; and coins of 5, 10, 20 and 50 céntimos of a nuevo sol. US$ are widely accepted.
At the moment, US$ 1.00 is worth around 2.80 Nuevos Soles.

TIPPING

Whilst tipping is a personal matter, we are happy to give some guidelines:
Most restaurants add a 10% tip. The total tip should be about 15%.
Doorkeepers should be tipped 1 US$ per bag. Taxi drivers do not expect a tip.

Full-day excursion: US$6.00 per person
Half-day excursion : US$3.00 per person

PHOTOGRAPHY

If you are taking photographs of local people, always ask their permission beforehand. Your guide can assist you in this. Do not take photographs of military installations or airports. Film is readily available in all tourist areas. It is advisable to carry your camera in a dust-proof bag. Photography or camera fees are applicable at most sights and museums; your guide can give you details of the latest charges.

ELECTRICITY

Power voltage in Peru is 220 Volts AC, 60 Hz. Most modern electrical appliances do not need adapters since they will accept both 110 as well as 220 AC voltages. Please make sure to check the voltage options of those artefacts you intend to take with you during your trip, such as hair dryers, battery chargers, notebooks and lap tops, video cameras, etc. Most of these do not usually need a special adapter, but it is important that you make sure of that before leaving your country of origin in order not to have to buy special 110 V / 220 V AC adapters, which, however, can be found in the local market here in Peru.

HEALTH

Vaccinations
Full details of the latest health requirements should be obtained from an authorized medical source, such as your doctor. There are no mandatory health requirements for Peru.
Because you are visiting Andean areas, don't forget to take precautions to avoid altitude sickness. Be sure to try hot tea or infusion of coca leaves on your arrival in the altitude; during your first day move slowly and eat lightly.

PERUVIAN GASTRONOMY

Peruvian cuisine is highly varied and spicy. Some of our typical dishes are: "cebiche" (raw fish marinated in lemon juice), "aji de gallina" (de-boned chicken cooked in a milk and aji sauce), and "anticuchos" (shish kebabs of beef heart and meat), apart from the typical dishes from each region.
Be sure to try "Pisco Sour", Peru's typical mixed drink prepared with pisco, lemon, egg white and sugar.

Restaurants during your trip
In Lima: International, vegetarian, local food restaurants and franchises of international fast food chains.
In Paracas and Nazca: International and local sea food restaurants.
In Cusco: International, vegetarian and local food restaurants.

DRESS CODE

Dress in general is very casual unless you want to eat in one of the more expensive restaurants in Lima for example, in which case a tie and/or jacket will be required and smarter ladies' wear. Due to the altitude, it is important to remember whatever the season, to take some warmer woollens for the nighttimes drop in temperature.

IMPORTANT: We reserve the right to make changes to the order of the trip, without prior notice, due to changes in climate conditions, river water levels, flight or bus arrival and departure times or any other reason relevant to the best development of the trip.

Prices

ACCOMODATION 2017 Price per person
Category Cusco Sacred Valley Aguas Calientes Lima Price tour
Double /Triple
Price tour
Single
Economic Inka Andina Hostal Iskay Hostal Machupicchu Hotel Sipan US$ 853.00 US$ 967.00
Tourist Sueños del Inka Hotel Sauce Hotel Presidente Hotel Faraona US$ 923.00 US$ 1,150.00
Superior Costa del Sol Ramada Hotel Pakaritampu Hatuchay Tower Hotel Casa Andina Select US$ 1,194.00 US$ 1,688.00
Luxury Libertador Casa Andina Private Inka Terra Hotel Pardo US$ 1,511.00 US$ 2,344.00


Note:Economic and Tourist Programs the train service is Expedition. Superior and Luxury Programs the Train service is Vista dome coach.
Also you can request the tours by private service,
Price : Christmas Eve Dinner: USD 35.00
Price: Upgrade Vistadome Train: USD 60.00



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