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Guided Machu Picchu Adventure – NEW ITINERARY!

A Pilgrimage Through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to the World's Greatest Archaeological Site!
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Pricing
This adventure is offered on a scheduled basis immediately following all of our scheduled Galapagos adventures as well as the Great Amazon River Cruise. It is also available on a customized basis according to your preferred dates. Please call us to check for availability. 

2014 Fees
$3,295 (3 or more travelers)
$3,695 (2 travelers)
$5,895 (1 traveler)
Single Supp.: $995 (not to be added to the 1 traveler price)

2015 Fees
$3,495 (3 or more travelers)
$3,995 (2 travelers)
$5,995 (1 traveler)
Single Supp.: $995 (not to be added to the 1 traveler price)

Deposit: $500 (25% for custom-basis, non-refundable)

2014 Airfare (subject to change)
$400 (for round-trip flights Lima to Cusco; guests must separately book their Quito to Lima flights)

2015 Airfare (subject to change)
$400 for travelers extending after the Great Amazon River Cruise or for those booking this adventure as a custom, stand-alone itinerary (airfare is for the round-trip flights Lima to Cusco)
$750 for travelers extending after a Galapagos adventure (airfare is for the one-way Quito to Lima flight and for the round-trip flights Lima to Cusco)

Roommate Matching
If you are participating in this adventure as a scheduled extension to one of our Galapagos Islands trips, we will gladly match you with other travelers (if you wish) should others elect to participate. In that situation, you will be charged at the highest rate listed above, for either double or single occupancy, upon booking. We will adjust your price based on the number of travelers booked on the trip at approximately 45 days prior to departure. You will be refunded any applicable amount at this time.

Dates & Pricing Notes
Prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in US Dollars. 2016 fees may change slightly. Prices listed are valid for scheduled departures; departures taken on a customized basis may have higher rates.
Location of Adventure
Peru
Group Size Limit
There is no group size limit on this adventure, however when this trip is taken as an extension after the Galapagos or the Amazon, most groups have around 4 to 6 travelers.
Our Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
This trip includes the private services of the region's most knowledgeable and experienced guides, each one specially selected by Natural Habitat Adventures to ensure that our Machu Picchu adventure provides a spectacular and memorable travel experience.
Included
Accommodations, all meals from breakfast on Day 2 through lunch on Day 6 (except 2015 trips do not include lunch on Day 2; 2014 trips do not include dinner on Day 2), drinking water, services of NHA Expedition Leader, some gratuities, airport transfers, R/T train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, all permits and entrance fees, all sales taxes.
Not Included
Travel to and from start and end point of trip (and between Quito and Lima if taken as an extension to one of our Galapagos tours), R/T flights between Lima & Cusco, lunch (2015) or dinner (2014) on Day 2, alcoholic beverages, most gratuities, passport and visa fees, optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, etc.), airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes (both international and domestic), optional travel insurance.
Physical Requirements
Moderate
The bulk of this trip as a whole takes place at elevations between 8,000 and 11,000 feet, and guests should be prepared for possible challenges in adjusting to high altitudes. The journey begins with a flight from sea level to Cusco at 11,200 feet, where will have several hours of sightseeing over two days as we adjust to the elevation. The relative lack of oxygen at this elevation may manifest in altitude-sickness symptoms that can include headaches, dizziness, tiredness, nausea and vomiting during the first few hours or days of the trip. Hydration and rest usually help symptoms to resolve, though participants may wish to talk with their doctor about taking along a prescription for a medication such as Diamox to better manage potential physical reactions to high altitude. On Day 3 we travel over rough, sometimes bumpy mountain roads to crest a 12,700-foot mountain pass, then descend to 9,700 feet and ascend again to 11,400 feet at Pisaq, in the span of approximately three hours.

Our visit to Machu Picchu, at an elevation of 8,000 feet, involves walking over uneven natural terrain and up and down irregular stone stairs within the ruins complex. While walking options of varying lengths are provided, guests should be able to comfortably walk one mile and/or for one hour in such conditions. They must also be able to get in and out of vehicles with ease. We do not recommend this trip for travelers with heart or respiratory ailments or those with bad ankles, knees or hips. All activities on this trip are optional, though minimum mobility levels must be met in order to participate.
Important Information About This Trip
Our Machu Picchu adventure differs from most others in that we have an expert Peruvian guide with the group from the time you arrive in Cusco to the time you depart. This is the only way to experience in an integrated fashion the nature, culture and history of this fascinating region.

Scheduled departures start on the last day of all Classic Galapagos Adventures, Photo Galapagos Adventures, Family Galapagos Adventures, Ultimate Galapagos Adventures and Lodge-Based Galapagos Adventures.  This trip can also be arranged on a custom independent basis according to your preferred travel dates.
Mandatory Insurance
Getting There & Getting Home
Trips departing in 2014: Arrive Lima, Peru any time on Day 1 of the itinerary.  We will fly to Cusco early in the morning on Day 2, and return to Lima around noon on Day 6.  You are free to depart Lima after 3 pm on the final day, though most flights back to the US leave around midnight.

Trips departing in 2015: If booked as a stand-alone custom trip, arrive Lima, Peru, anytime on Day 1. If booked as an extension after the Great Amazon River Cruise, your trip will end in Lima. For both of the previous options, you will fly from Lima to Cusco early on Day 2. If booked as an extension after any scheduled Galapagos adventure, your trip will end in Quito and you spend the night there and fly to Cusco (through Lima) the next day. At the end of the tour, you will return to Lima around 7 pm on Day 6. You are free to depart after 11 pm on the final day, and most flights back to the US depart around or after midnight.

Note: if your scheduled Galapagos trip starts in December 2014, you will follow the 2014 Machu Picchu itinerary even if you don't begin the Peru portion until January 2015.

We can best serve you if our Natural Habitat Adventures Travel Desk makes your reservations, as we are intimately familiar with the special requirements of this program and can arrange the most efficient travel. Please call us at 1-800-543-8917. Note that while we offer you the best possible rates available to us on airfare and additional nights' accommodations, you may find special web rates or better fares online.

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