Mysteries of Machu Picchu
Source Events: Have you ever wondered about the Mysteries of Machu Picchu? What is it about this well known location in Peru that makes it so mysterious? To find out, make your next adventure a riveting one by diving into the depths of the mysterious landmark of Machu Picchu!
You will be staying at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, which also happens to be the only hotel located at the Citadel of Machu Picchu. If you’re looking for an adventure to add to your bucket list, then this is the one!
This trip will throttle positive energy into you, whether it comes giant stonework of the past or from the smiles of the Peruvian citizens today! Either way, this journey is sure to send you back with memories and stories to tell the folks back home! With so much to offer, you won’t want to miss out on sights this November!
- Visits to many extraordinary locations in Peru
- You can climb to the temple in the early morning or late afternoon
- Beautiful scenery and environments to explore
- Breakfast & dinner
- Strong spirituality
Day 1: Lima
Evening arrival at Lima International Airport on scheduled flight and transfer to hotel. Overnight at Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel.
Day 2: Lima, San Isidro
Morning tour the city of Lima, visit the Plaza Mayor, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You will continue on to the Cathedral, with its splendid carved stalls, silver covered altars surrounded by fine?woodwork, pass by the Government Palace, the City Hall and the Archbishop’s Palace.? From the historic center you will travel through modern Lima and visit the modern districts of San Isidro and Miraflores. Afternoon will be at your leisure. Overnight at Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel
Day 3: Cusco, Santo Domingo, Sacred Valley
After breakfast you will met by your guide who will escort you to the airport for flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco you will be met after luggage collection and transferred to the Belmond Rio Sagrado Hotel in Sacred Valley. The afternoon visit Koricancha, The Temple of Sun. The combined sacred sites of Koricancha and Santo Domingo in Cusco vividly illustrate ancient Andean culture’s collision with Western Europe. The Temple of the Sun (Templo del Sol) at Koricancha was the most sumptuous temple in the Inca Empire. After the spanish conquest the exquisite polished stone walls were used as the foundations of the Dominican Convent of Santo Domingo, forming perhaps Cusco’s most jarring imperial- colonial architectural juxtaposition. Overnight at Belmond Rio Sagrado Hotel
Day 4: Chinchero town, Ollantaytambo
Visit Chinchero town , a small Andean Indian village located high up on the windswept plains of Anta at 3762m above sea level, about 30km from Cusco. There are beautiful views overlooking the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with the Cordillera Vilcabamba and the snow-capped peak of Salkantay dominating the western horizon. Afternoon visit Ollantaytambo the site of one of the great Inca fortresses and sacred areas in the Urubamba Valley. The town is one of the oldest continuously occupied settlements in the Americas, and the sixteen massive terraces spread before you are a testimony to the magnificent Inca masonry. Climb the steep stone steps up to the imposing fortress at the top of the mountain. From here the view down the valley is superb and you can admire the huge monoliths that form the Temple of the Sun. Overnight at Belmond Rio Sagrado Hotel
Day 5: Machu Picchu
Morning Transfer to Ollanta station where you will travel to Machu Picchu on board the Vista Dome train, where a late morning arrival gives you time to begin your explorations of this breathtaking Incan citadel.? Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes train station, a 25 minutes shuttle will bring you to the ruins of Machu Picchu. Afternoon visit this unique Inca citadel and its surrounding complexes (private guided tour). Accompanied by your guide, explore the city’s ruins, and feel its pulse as you visualize the lives of the priests, craftsmen, and servants who inhabited this seemingly uninhabitable citadel. Excavations at the site have revealed skeletons, artifacts and woolen clothing, but no gold. The same precision of assembled stones exists here as in other Incan sites. Overlooking the raging Urubamba River and discovered in a hidden tangle of vines and trees atop the mountain, the city of Machu Picchu will forever hold its secret of its destruction – the Incas left no written record. Overnight at Belmond Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge
Day 6: Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley
This morning you may rise early to enjoy a walk through Machu Picchu at sunrise, something which people of strong spirituality believe to be the highlight of a visit to Machu Picchu. Today you will have the opportunity to take one of two hikes: The first possibility is to the Inti Punku, or famous Sun Gate, which is the entry point to Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail and offers excellent views of the ruins. The second is the chance to hike up the Huayna Picchu – the highest mountain which is actually part of the ruins, from where you are afforded excellent views of the surrounding area, as well as a unique view of the famous ‘lost city’. Or just relax and continue exploring this magnificent citadel. Afternoon return to Cusco aboard the luxurious Belmond Hiram Bingham train to Poroy station, a delicious dinner will be served onboard, and transfer to your hotel in the Sacred Valley. Overnight at Belmond Palacio Nazarenas Hotel
Day 7: Cusco, San Pedro
This morning begin your day with a visit to Cusco’s central market, a wonderful way to discover Andean culture and daily life. This vibrant spot, with its dazzling displays of fresh produce and fascinating local products, could keep you entertained for hours. After your visit to San Pedro Market take a stroll through Cusco ?s charming streets that delivers history and culture in equal measures. Continue to the Cathedral, found on one of the streets of the main square of Cusco, is, without any doubt, one of the most attractive buildings of America. It was built in 1560 and finished being build in 1668, the Sacristy, is one of the most luxurious and most decorated precincts of the Cathedral, presents an assembly of paintings from to the middle of the 17th century of Marcos Zapata. Lunch will be at Limo Restaurant, this stylish but welcoming and fun restaurant overlooks the gorgeous Plaza de Armas de Cusco, it has the city best views, attention to detail and cocktails. Overnight at Belmond Palacio Nazarenas Hotel
Day 8: Cusco, Pisac, Lima
Before departing Cusco we will stop at the town of Pisac, renowned for its colorful market where the local Indians meet to sell their merchandise as they have done for centuries. The handicraft market is open every day and is famous for its ceramic beads made into necklaces, earrings and other Peruvian artifacts. Transfer to Cusco airport for your afternoon flight to Lima or if you’re doing the extension of the Andean Explorer train you will be transferred to Poroy station for your 2 nights/3 days train journey https://www.perurail.com/trains/belmond-andean-explorer/. Arrival in Lima, you will be met by our guide who will escort us to the Miraflores Park Hotel where we will have a farewell dinner at the hotel. Evening transfer to airport for your international departure flight.
BELMOND MIRAFLORES PARK
Set in one of Lima’s most fashionable areas, the Belmond Miraflores Park takes you straight to the heart of all that’s best about this great capital city.
Renowned for its beautiful garden location beside the Pacific Ocean, it has breathtaking views out to sea. This luxury hotel combines personalised service, exceptional dining and indulgent facilities to create the perfect base from which to explore. Colonial architecture, superb museums with Inca gold and Pre-Columbian antiquities, and glamorous shops, bars and restaurants are all just moments from the hotel
BELMOND PALACIO NAZARENAS
Daringly modern indulgence with timeless appeal. Step past walls of Inca stones and into a cloistered courtyard with an ancient fountain at its heart. But within these timeless walls, contemporary Cusco comes to life. Find a fabulous spa, the city’s first outdoor pool and stylish restaurants serving cutting-edge local cuisine. This intimate urban retreat has just 55 suites, each enriched with oxygen and with its own private bar where guests can create drinks accented with fresh ingredients grown at and around the hotel. The swimming pool: hidden behind an ancient façade, within the largest of seven cloistered terraces, you’ll find Cusco’s first outdoor heated swimming pool. It is the heart and social hub of Belmond Palacio Nazarenas.
BELMOND HIRAM BINGHAM TRAIN
For many, a trip to Machu Picchu is a once in a lifetime experience. The Belmond Hiram Bingham assures a magical journey, never to be forgotten.
Named after the explorer who rediscovered the Inca citadel, the train has two dining cars, an observation/bar car and a kitchen car. It can carry up to 84 passengers.
Decorated in the style of 1920s Pullman carriages, each has been furnished in polished wood and brass with large comfortable armchairs.
BELMOND MACHU PICCHU SANCTUARY LODGE
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is the only hotel located adjacent to the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. It offers its guests exceptionally easy access from early morning to late afternoon, when most of the day visitors and buses have left. Sit out on a terrace and savor Peruvian cuisine based on produce grown on the Lodge’s own plot: this delightful hideaway is the perfect place to relax and unwind in the shadow of the Lost City. The Lodge offers a range of massages and aromatherapy treatments, and the restaurants feature gastronomic international cuisine and authentic Andean specialties. The lodge has only 31 rooms and suites, and includes all meals and the mini-bar.
BELMOND HOTEL RIO SAGRADO
In the Sacred Valley of the Incas, among verdant fields and towering mountains, lies Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado. Set on the banks of the rushing Urubamba River, this luxury hotel is built in natural materials to resemble an authentic Andean village. Enjoy a cooling dip in the heated swimming pool. Or simply relax and tke in the view of the river while you lounge on the comfortable sunbeds. Situated at a lower altitude than nearby Cusco, the hotel provides the perfect environment in which to acclimatize, and is an ideal base to explore the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. So savour fresh produce in the restaurant, enjoy a local Sacred Valley massage or spend a few soothing minutes feeding the hotel’s baby alpacas. Slip into the spirit of Peruvian life.
BELMOND ANDEAN EXPLORER TRAIN – Optional Extension
Belmond Andean Explorer is South America’s first luxury train that combines genuine daytime getaways with sleeping accommodations at night, all while traversing the Peruvian Andes. The Belmond Andean Explorer train travels along one of the highest train routes in the world, crossing through breathtaking cities on its way from Cusco to Lake Titicaca (Puno) and Arequipa, and exploring natural wonders and ancient kingdoms on a 2 nights/3 days journey.
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