Explore Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo Temple, Cuzco, and Lima’s City Center
Known as the “lost city of the Incas,” Machu Picchu was hidden in the mist-veiled mountains above Peru’s Sacred Valley for some 400 years before explorer Hiram Bingham rediscovered it in 1911. Today, the long-unseen citadel is arguably one of South America’s best known attractions—Fodor’s calls it “one of the world’s must-see destinations.”
The tour includes:
- Round-trip flight on LAN Airlines
- Round-trip flight from Lima to Cuzco
- 6 nights’ standard accommodations in first-class hotels (seven nights for JFK or LAX departures)
- Vistadome train to/from Machu Picchu
- Five breakfasts and one lunch
- Guided sightseeing tours and entrance fees
- English-speaking tour guides
- Transportation and hotel transfers<p>
We’ve listed some trip highlights below, but you can click here to see the day-by-day itinerary.
LIma, Ollantaytambo Temple, Sacred Valley
The following morning, you’ll board a brief flight to Cuzco, the ancient Incan capital. The group visits a colorful open-air market in the nearby village of Pisac, where locals sell handwoven alpaca sweaters, carved gourds, and pottery.
The highlight of this leg of the trip is a visit to Ollantaytambo temple. Here, granite-hewn temples and fountains are perched atop hundreds of stone steppes carved into the mountainside. The Temple of the Sun is made up of six interlocking pink-granite slabs weighing in at 50 tons each. In the evening, you’ll retire to Casa Andina Private Collection Sacred Valley or La Hacienda del Valle.
The next day, a Vistadome train ferries you through the Sacred Valley en route to Machu Picchu. This 12-acre UNESCO World Heritage site overlooks the Urubamba River and during the tour, you’ll see stone sculptures, ornate palaces, and rock-carved terraces that were used for irrigation. Near Machu Picchu’s base, the eco-friendly El MaPi Hotel or a similar hotel will be your headquarters for the evening. The following morning, you can independently explore Machu Picchu for an additional $74 fee.
The next stop is Cuzco, which served as the capital of the Incan Empire. Frommer’s calls this ancient site “one of the undisputed highlights of South America.” During your stay, you’ll tour the city center to see the Plaza de Armas town square and visit the 16th-century Cuzco cathedral, which features Incan artwork, a silver altar, and the largest bell in South America. In the evening, you’ll stay at Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco, Novotel Cusco, or Sonesta Cusco. While in Cuzco, you can take advantage of optional tours to Tipon and Oropesa ($103/person) or Cuzco’s nearby ruins, such as the Sacsayhuaman fortress ($75/person) on Day 5, or visit Chinchero, one of the most important cultural and agricultural centers of the Incan Empire ($89/person), on Day 6 in the morning.
As Peru’s capital city, Lima is very much the country’s cultural core, packed with open-air markets, archaeological museums, and restaurants serving ceviche. On a driving tour of Lima, you’ll see colonial-era buildings such as the famed church of Saint Francis. The monastery’s yellow façade and baroque accents are striking, but it’s the interior that will stay with you. Inside the church’s underground tunnels, thousands of human bones have been arranged to form elaborate geometric patterns.
Optional Trip Extension
For an additional fee, you can stay in Peru a little longer and head to Arequipa, known as Peru’s white city for its stark, ivory-hued buildings. The tour then makes its way to Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons on earth.<p>
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How much would it cost to fly from an airport not listed as part of this deal?
This deal is available only from the featured gateways: Miami, Los Angeles, and JFK.<p> 2. Can we extend our trip before or after the promotional dates for the deal?
Late returns are possible at a cost of $100 per person, plus any difference in airfare, as long as the late return is on the date of the extension to our tour. Late returns that fall on dates other than the extension return date will be not be possible at the very special reduced airfare we have negotiated for this tour. To book a late return, just let Friendly Planet know and we’ll do our best to confirm you on the extension return date.<p> 3. How do I find out if the dates I want to travel are available?
If your requested date is available for purchase on Groupon’s site, it should still be available.<p> 4. What happens if I buy the Groupon and my travel dates are not available?
Technically, you should not be able to buy a Groupon for a sold out date or departure city.<p> 5. Does my child need a Groupon, and can they stay in my room?
Every passenger traveling is required to have one. Triple rooms are not available in Peru, so your child may share a room with one other adult.<p>