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4 Days in Machu Picchu

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4 Days from $3,165 per person based on private departures for a minimum of two and a maximum of six guests.

Add additional Interludes to create your own adventure in Peru or South America.

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One of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu, (meaning “old peak”) has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and is also Peru’s main travel destination. Introduced to the world a century ago as the Lost City of the Incas by the American Hiram Bingham, the city still guards the secret of the reasons why the Inca leader Pachacutec had it built. What intrigues all visitors and researchers is the fact that the great Inca ordered that this marvel of architectural and engineering marvel be built in such an inaccessible spot, surrounded by untamed nature. To visit Machu Picchu is to enter into a different dimension, in which the Andean world view clearly unfolds before your eyes and flows forth to fill you with its energy. The citadel was built in complete harmony with nature, on the summit of Machu Picchu hill, crowning the Urubamba River which flows mightily at its feet.

2 Nights’ Accommodation at Hotel Monasterio in an oxygenated Room
1 Night’s accommodation at Sanctuary Lodge adjacent to Machu Picchu
3 Full Breakfasts
1 Brunch on board the Hiram Bingham train
2 Dinners at the hotels
1 Dinner on board the Hiram Bingham train
Privately Guided Sightseeing
Private transfers

Upon arrival at the airport in Cuzco you are met by an Ultitude guide who will escort you to your elegant hotel which was, at one time, a monastery. Given the high altitude you should take it easy as you adjust to the 11,000 feet elevation. To assist in this we have booked oxygenated rooms for you which allows access to additional oxygen as your body adjusts. Have dinner in the hotel’s elegant dining room this evening.

There are many ways to descend the 3,000 feet to Machu Picchu. You can spend four days hiking the Inca trail camping along the way; you can go by basic train known as the “backpacker” train or travel in more comfort in a Vistadome train offering spectacular views. If you want a truly elegant experience then your only option is the Hiram Bingham operated by Orient-Express. In the morning you will be transferred to the station where your elegant train awaits. During your three hour journey you will enjoy spectacular sights along with cocktails, appetizers, brunch with wine and musical entertainment. One other advantage of the Hiram Bingham is that it leaves later in the morning meaning that once you arrive at Machu Picchu many of the day trippers on the earlier trains are beginning to depart allowing you a less hectic exploration of the citadel. Another advantage they you have is that you will be staying at the only hotel close to Machu Picchu meaning that you have private time after the last visitor has left and again in the morning before the first visitors arrive.  Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel and then embark on your first exploration of the Citadel. You then return to the hotel for dinner.

 

Today you have the opportunity to discover the fascinating yet fragile ecosystem of the Machu Picchu cloud forest and exploring some of the paths with your choice of exertion level. It is highly recommended that you take advantage of your proximity to re-visit the Citadel in the early morning before the trains and the crowds arrive. Watching the sun burn off the mist can be a magical experience. Whatever its origins, the Inca turned the site into a small, (five square miles) but extraordinary city. Invisible from below and completely self-contained, surrounded by agricultural terraces sufficient to feed the population, and watered by natural springs, Machu Picchu seems to have been utilized by the Inca as a ceremonial city. Two thousand feet above the rumbling Urubamba River, the cloud-shrouded ruins have palaces, baths, temples, storage rooms and some 150 houses. If you are more sedentary you can elect to use the spa facilities at the lodge. Early risers will be afforded the opportunity for some spectacular bird-watching including sixteen different varieties of hummingbirds. In the early evening you are transferred to the station where the Hiram Bingham luxury train awaits. As you enjoy cocktails and a superb dinner with wine, you make our way to Cuzco where your driver waits to deliver you to your hotel.

Depending on your next destination you will be transferred to the airport to fly to another destination in Peru or South America. Two other options would be to head to the station to take the train across the Andes to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca or to be driven directly to the Sacred Valley to spend a few days.

Day 1: Hotel Monasterio

High in the Andes, at 9000 feet above sea level, sits the historic city of Cusco, famed for its unique blend of Spanish and Inca cultures. Right beside the lively central square is Hotel Monasterio, a former monastery and national monument dating from 1592. This delightful Orient-Express urban retreat retains its centuries-old charm and ambience—especially within its cloistered courtyards and baroque chapel richly decorated in gold. The ideal base from which to discover the delights of Cuzco, its doors open to a vibrant scene of old and modern architecture, markets, galleries and restaurants serving ‘new Andean’ cuisine.

Day 2: Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge

One of the world’s major heritage sites, Machu Picchu is a sacred place of ancient stones illuminated by spectacular sunrises and mystical moonlit nights. Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge is the only hotel located adjacent to this ancient Inca citadel. Uniquely, it offers its guests the opportunity to explore this great site late in the evening and early in the day. Sit out on a terrace and savor Peruvian cuisine based on produce grown on the Lodge’s own plot: this delightful Orient-Express hideaway is the perfect place to relax and unwind in the shadow of the Lost City.

Day 3: Hotel Monasterio