Visit Machu Picchu for less than a grand
UK operator Llama Travel, has created the ultimate value-for-money, five-night break to Peru, to visit the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu.
The new, special-priced package – put together to celebrate the new Avianca flights from Heathrow to Cusco via Bogota – will provide the opportunity to enjoy three of Peru’s undisputed highlights; Cusco – once the historic capital of the Inca Empire – the Sacred Valley, and the jewel in the Inca crown, Machu Picchu
Following the overnight flight to Cusco, transfer to a hotel in the Sacred Valley, surrounded by the Andes mountains and with the Urubamba River flowing nearby. The cultural difference is immediate, seeing the villagers in traditional, colourful dress, going about their everyday tasks.
Whilst in the Sacred Valley, there is an optional excursion to explore the site of Maras, with views of thousands of terraced salt evaporation ponds, plus a visit to the unique experimentation centre of Moray, where the Incas built agricultural terraces into the landscape. Finally, a visit to Ollantaytambo, known as a ‘living Inca’ town, which boasts some of the most important Inca ruins of the empire.
On day four, take the 90-minute Vistadome train journey to Machu Picchu, setting off in the morning from Ollantaytambo and enjoy the changing scenery as the train wends its way through the mountains of the Urubamba Valley, gradually descending towards the tropical cloud forest of Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu, before completing the journey to the entrance by shuttle bus.
Following a guided tour of Machu Picchu and lunch next to the ruins, take the opportunity to explore the site further in your own time. The site quietens down as the day goes on, providing a more tranquil atmosphere in which to admire it. The night is spent at a hotel in Aguas Calientes.
The next day is at leisure, perhaps exploring Machu Picchu further, or visiting the hot springs, before taking an evening train ride to Cusco, with its heavily Spanish-influenced, colonial architecture.
Explore at your own pace, perhaps visiting a market or nearby ruins or join the optional Inca Heritage of Cusco excursion, which takes you to several Inca sites in and around Cusco, including the fortress of Sacsayhuaman and Qoricancha, one of the most important temples in the Inca Empire. After the second night in Cuzco, it’s time to return to the UK.
The holiday departs on Thursdays from September 15 to November 17, 2016, and costs from £999 per person (two sharing a room). This includes flights, all transportation, five nights’ B&B, Machu Picchu and Inca site tours, and guides. Tailor-made extensions to the Amazon jungle and Lake Titicaca are also available.