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Inca ruins in Machu Picchu

This itinerary is part of a combined Ecuador and Peru journey to the Amazon forest and the ancient site of Machu Picchu showing the Peru part of the trip. We created this itinerary for one member of our clan who in the end, could not travel because of health reasons. This tour was planned with somebody in mind who is not that fit, has a health issue or two and still wants to fullfill a lifelong dream of seeing the ancient citadell of Machu Picchu.

Arrival via Lima into Cusco just in time before lunch. The city of Cusco is located 3,400 meters above sea level which is why we recommend taking medicine about 30 minutes before arriving in the city. Altitude sickness is known in Peru as “soroche” and very common among visitors. We advise that visitors rest a couple of hours so their bodies can get used to the altitude. We recommend a downtown hotel to quickly reach several sights within the city.

Easy does it in the Andean Textile museum learning the history of the famous patterns of bags, purses, straps or capes. We always recommend eating with the locals so why not try out a different kind of chicken! Cuy Asado (fried or roasted guinea pig) might not be for everybody but when in Peru… Enjoy walking the cobblestone alleys and discover the shops that sell Coca. Educate yourself at the Museo de la Coca and explore the different Coca products like tea, chapstick or candy. It does help overcome altitude sickness, yet not everybody might want to try.

Our partner hotel Monasterio offers one bedroom suites that include Oxygen enrichment in the room, reducing the likelihood of altitude sickness and increasing your level of comfort immensely. There are of course many different options to stay in Cusco. The following day starts early and includes a short trip to the train station heading towards the Sacred Valleys. Enjoy the vistas from the large glass windows of the train. Upon arrival in Machu Picchu you are continuing your last leg for today to your hotel for the next two nights. The Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu enjoys an exclusive location, nestled adjacent to the inspiring Inca citadel. The location of the hotel is the sole reason for staying here and making it possible to discover the locality.

There are of course alternatives yet staying in this intimate hotel enables you to maximise your time avoiding most of the hiking conditions on the Inca Trail. We work with local partners to offer both versions, hiking the Inca Trail is an entirely different experience.

Together with your guide you will explore the Citadel and enjoy the magic of this wonderful site. Exploring the magical Lost City of the Inca is a once in a lifetime experience. After the extended stay, your journey brings you back to Cusco bringing the visit to this part of the world to an end. After a day to relax and shopping we suggest a late afternoon flight to Lima. A stay for one to three or four nights is possible followed by a return flight to Europe.

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Facts: this itinerary is part of an Ecuador/Peru travel adventure. It was designed with somebody less fit in mind with the emphasis on comfort and a bit of luxury. The Peru part includes the flights from Quito to Lima and onwards to Cusco. It includes five nights luxury accommodation in Cusco, Machu Picchu (with Halfboard) and Lima. All local transfers, train journeys, entrance permits and breakfast is included. Total cost per person was €2799. Alternatively, this experience can be arranged as part of the Inca Trail Adventure starting from €1145 per person excluding flights.