Magical Machu Picchu and the Land of the Incas

Peru Private Journey

Peru

8 Days

From $5,995

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    Overview

    Discover the spectacular land of the sun-worshipping Incas, with its breathtaking mountain landscapes, mystical fortress-cities, and thriving cultural and artistic heritage. With your private guide, you'll head out to the beautiful Urubamba Valley, sacred to the Incas, to explore the stupendous ruins of Písac, with its Inca-built terracing, and majestic Ollantaytambo, the hilltop fortress where rebel Manco Inca and his men held out against Pizarro's forces. You'll experience two days at glorious Machu Picchu, a stunning city of stone perched on a sheer precipice 1,500 feet above the Urubamba River. So well hidden in the jungle-covered ramparts of the Cordillera Vilcabamba that the Spaniards never knew of it, this “lost city” allows a vivid experience of the Inca world. In Cusco, enjoy an insider's walking tour of the ancient heart of the Inca Empire, and nearby Inca sites including awe-inspiring Saqsayhuaman, the majestic fortress overlooking city.

    Arrive: Cusco, Peru

    Depart: Cusco, Peru

    Highlights

    • Experience the mystical wonder of Machu Picchu
    • Explore stunning Inca monuments and Quechua villages in the Sacred Valley
    • Roam the back streets of Cusco, ancient capital of the Incas

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      This private journey includes optional hikes and excursions to nearby ruins that you should request when confirming your trip.
      Arrive in Cusco and head to the magnificent Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, filled with traditional Quechua villages and Inca ceremonial sites in fantastic settings. The Incas placed their sacred sites high above their beloved valley, and the crown jewel, Machu Picchu, is perched on a promontory at its easternmost reaches. Explore the off-the-beaten-path village of Chinchero, an old colonial settlement set on a commanding rise at the head of the valley, and meet Quechua master weavers with their intricately crafted textiles. Walk through the ruins of Pisac, the largest fortress-city complex of the Incas, possessing the lofty setting of a condor's nest, then climb up to the grand stone ruins of majestic Ollantaytambo, terraced beneath the soaring peaks of the Andes. Below the ruins, stroll the lanes of the traditional town of Ollantaytambo, the only Inca settlement still inhabited in Peru—the town retains its original Inca street plan and trapezoidal shape.
      Perched on the edge of a sheer precipice above the Urubamba River, Machu Picchu is simply breathtaking, not only for its stunning setting but for the many beautiful structures of intricate stonework. This bewitching sanctuary is the most perfect surviving example of Inca architecture, never looted or damaged by the Spanish conquistadors. A guided walking exploration or optional hike acquaints you with the mysteries of this stone citadel, a once-in-a-lifetime experience you'll never forget. Return to Cusco on the late afternoon train on Day 5.
      With its maze of cobbled streets and beautiful broad plazas, Cusco is an entrancing city with a unique blend of historical and contemporary cultures. Your private tour takes in Cusco's lively traditional markets, the artisans' quarter of San Blas, and, above the city, Sacsayhuaman fortress, whose massive walls of superbly interlocking stone blocks zigzag for almost half a mile. Enjoy a free day to savor Cusco on your own, wander the cobblestone streets, visit its art galleries and museums, and sample its Nuevo Andino cuisine and fine restaurants. Depart on Day 8.
      Schedule your Peru Private Journey to coordinate with one of our deluxe natural history adventures in the Galápagos Islands. Snorkel with a cavorting sea lion, hike past a blue-footed booby feeding its young, swim with sea turtles, and sea kayak amid the amazing geology of this volcanic archipelago. Our 14-passenger yacht offers the ultimate luxury experience! No matter which boat you choose, you'll enjoy delicious meals served al fresco, access to remote sites big cruise ships can't visit, and gain insight into the flora and fauna from the very best naturalists in the islands. We designed several Galápagos itineraries, with departures throughout the year. Call for details.

      Dates & Pricing

      Best months to go: March to December. For our Private Journeys, you choose your own group and your preferred dates. Prices are per person and not guaranteed until services are confirmed. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: $1,000
      90 Days prior to departure: Balance


      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Minimum fee: $600 per person
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a local guide
      • Accommodations in hotels
      • All meals included except 1 lunch and 3-5 dinners depending on lodging choice as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Entrance fees to Machu Picchu on Day 4 and Day 5
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to guide or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
      • Any activities and services described as an upgrade or optional

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Tambo del Inka

      Urubamba Valley, Peru

      Days 1-3 (3 nights)

      With its riverside location, lush park-like grounds, and wonderfully appointed rooms, this hotel is a little bit of luxury in the heart of the Sacred Valley. The views of the surrounding mountains are superb, and the pool and sauna are a great place to unwind after a day of exploring....

      Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge

      Machu Picchu Ruins, Peru

      Day 4 (1 night)

      You can't get closer to the Machu Picchu ruins than this! With only 31 rooms, this property is famously set right at the gate of Machu Picchu. Not only does this save you from having to make the 30-minute bus trip to get up to or back from the ruins...

      Palacio del Inka

      Cusco, Peru

      Days 5-7 (3 nights)

      Set in front of the Coricancha, just off Cusco’s central square, is the Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel. It is a favorite among travelers for its prime location as well as excellent service. Since being given a complete makeover, the hotel is beginning a new stage in its...

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated Level 2, Easy to Moderate, according to our trip grading system. It features vehicle-based sightseeing and day walks, with hotel accommodations throughout. Most of the walking is at considerable altitudes, ranging from 8,200 feet at Machu Picchu to 11,200 feet at Cusco. We do recommend you make special efforts to get in good physical condition for the trip, as it will greatly increase your enjoyment.

      Review Trip Level Details

      Being so close to the equator, Peru has only two climate seasons: a dry season from April to October, and a wet season from December to March. For hiking in the mountains, April to October is ideal; the countryside is green and lush, the skies are often blue and sunny, and the mountain vistas are at their clearest and most magnificent. However, it can be rainy any time throughout the year or be dry for several weeks during the wet season. Rains usually come as afternoon thunderstorms. Because of the mild nature of the wet season, this journey can be enjoyed year-round.

      Altitude is the main factor controlling the climate. In the mountains, you'll encounter sunny days with daytime temperatures ranging between 65°F and 70°F, dropping to the 40s and lower at night. The sun is very strong at high altitude and it can often be warm enough to hike in shorts and a t-shirt. However, it can also get extremely cold; if you're familiar with mountain weather, you know how suddenly it can get cold even in the daytime if the sun slips behind a cloud. Nighttime temperatures can drop to below freezing. Rain should not be a problem on our hikes, but always keep in mind that mountain weather is unpredictable and sudden storms can occur, especially on high mountain passes. The best preparation for the changeable climate of the high Andes is to dress in layers. Lima lies in a coastal desert where rainfall is rare and temperatures are usually warm (70s and 80s).

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      "We had the most amazing, memorable trip and wished we could have stayed longer. Once again Wilderness Travel went above and beyond."

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      Upland, CA

      "This was one of our best trips ever and we look forward to using Wilderness Travel again."

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      "Wilderness Travel put together the PERFECT adventure. The guides were excellent, transportation perfect, and everything worked exactly as described and planned. We couldn't possibly have asked for more."

      Bonnie J.

      Newport Beach, CA

      "Our time in Peru was so relaxing and fun! Our family had the chance to enjoy learning and being together, experiencing new places and the wonderful Peruvian culture. We had enjoyable, delicious meals together. Lots of time to enjoy the places we were visiting. And, we didn't make decisions about where to drive, or how to get there. It so was relaxing!! It felt like a true (and much needed) vacation. Liberating, is the word that comes to mind!"

      Carol L.

      Fairfax, CA

      "We took this trip with our adult children and their spouses. The combination of rural areas, cities, culture, and rugged activity kept everyone happy."

      Faith G.

      Salt Lake City, UT

      "This was our first 'guided' trip anywhere. We felt well taken care of, in very good hands, and the level of service was truly wonderful."

      Heather B.

      Venice, Italy

      "What great memories! What a fantastic trip all across the board."

      Janet F.

      Mill Valley, CA

      "Our trip leader was good beyond words: knowledge, pace, sensitivity to our needs, flexibility, adaptability."

      Jeff C.

      Fort Worth, TX

      "This trip was a fantastic blend of Peru's color and culture through beautiful and unique accomodations,delicious and authentic meals, a superb itinerary, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in Incan history and enjoy the services of a very personable and knowledgeable guide!"

      Jenny C.

      Calgary, Alberta

      "Our trip was perfectly designed and executed. Staying at the Sanctuary Lodge at Machu Picchu was a very special treat."

      Joan and Steve K.

      Charlottseville, VA

      "Would go with WT again in a heartbeat, given this experience."

      Kathy L.

      Burlington, CT

      "One of the most amazing trips I've ever taken. Beautiful scenery and wonderful people. We learned so much about the country, history, and customs. We will definitely use Wilderness for other adventures."

      Linda W.

      Valencia, CA

      "Our trip leader was very knowledgeable, pleasant, friendly, accommodating, and fun!"

      Mary Ann H.

      Homer, AK

      "This was first Private Journey (and 4th WT trip). We loved it! The itinerary was excellent and our guides were outstanding."

      Michelle W.

      Johannesburg, South Africa

      "This trip was very well designed to explain key elements of the Inca Empire, the impact of the Spanish Conquistadors, and the beauty of Cusco, Machu Picchu, the Urubamba valley, and the fabulous geography and climate. It couldn't have better for us!"

      Myles F.

      Bethesda, MD

      "The whole trip was well-paced and our family had a trip of a lifetime. Both guides were very knowledgeable and interacted wonderfully with our family, which included two children, ages 9 and 12."

      Nancy G.

      Orlando, FL

      "We enjoyed the trip very much and would recommend Wilderness Travel to others visiting Peru."

      Pearl L.

      Tai Tam, Hong Kong

      "It was excellent from start to finish. I've taken many group tours, and this sets a new standard for excellence!"

      Rachel R.

      Edina, MN

      "You have really developed the perfect way to experience the Incas and Machu Picchu."

      Ray S.

      Ft. Lauderdale, FL

      "It was nice to have the flexibility to design our itinerary to our liking. The food and accommodations were fabulous."

      Rebecca W.

      El Cerrito, CA

      "As always, Wilderness Travel did an outstanding job giving us a trip and experience that we will keep with us with nothing but good memories."

      Richard and Barbara W.

      Upland, CA

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      Castle Rock, CO

      "We loved our guide—great guy, very professional, and SO easy to be with."

      Richard M.

      Encinitas, CA

      "The itinerary was well planned and everything went very smoothly. The hotels were comfortable, their surroundings were beautiful, and their staffs were gracious and helpful. We have traveled extensively in North America and Europe and have never before been on a tour of any kind. This was a unique experience and we are delighted to have done it."

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      West Falls, NY

      "Extremely pleased. Wonderful trip. Don't think it could have been any better."

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      Austin, TX

      "Although we have done several trips with Wilderness, this was our first Private Journey. Everything went like clockwork, a great balance of hikes with our guide and time to ourselves."

      Sonia M.

      Fairbanks, AK

      "I had a blast and thoroughly enjoyed the trip. A once-in-a-lifetime trip that will be cherished."

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      Arlington, VA

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      Ketchum, ID

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      El Campo, TX

      "The trip was amazing and beyond my expectations. Our guide was knowledgable, flexible, and just plain fun. It was a treat to not have to think about our next step, just follow him and know that everything was taken care of."

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      Park City, UT

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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Continue to Intipunku, where a magnificent view unfolds before you: the storybook ruins of Machu Picchu, straddling a green ridge high above the Urubamba River. This spot has an absolutely classic view of Machu Picchu, and you will hike down into the ancient city just as the Incas would have done. The cost for this one-day permit is $95 per person (subject to change) and must be purchased in advance due to the limited number of permits.Overnight at hotel.\r\nOptional hike details: 6 miles, 5-6 hours. 2,600' ascent from the train station to the trail. Highest elevation on the hike is 8,860'.\r\n\r\nClassic Accommodation: The Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel at Aguas Calientes\r\nOptional Upgrade: Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge\r\n(See the Lodging section for photos and descriptions)\r\n\r\nMachu Picchu: So well hidden in the jungle-covered ramparts of the Cordillera Vilcabamba that the Spaniards never knew of it, Machu Picchu allows us a glimpse into the Inca world. American historian Hiram Bingham, who had a fascination with Peruvian archaeology, found the site in 1911 while searching for the ruins of Vilcabamba, known to be the last place where the rebel Manco II took refuge. A villager told Bingham about some ruins on a high ridge above the Urubamba River and led him there; thus, Bingham found the ruins not of Vilcabamba, but of a mysterious Inca city now believed to be one of the royal estates of the 9th Inca king, Pachacuti&mdash;whose name translates as &ldquo;Transformer of the World.&rdquo; Pachacuti was a kind of New World Alexander the Great, whose son and grandson continued and consolidated the expansion of Inca power. Bingham returned in 1912 and 1915 to undertake the difficult task of clearing the thick forest that had engulfed the ruins. Peruvian archaeologist Luis Valcarcel undertook further studies and vegetation clearing in 1934, and in 1940 and 1941, a Peruvian-American expedition led by Paul Fejos did more study. Archaeologists know that Machu Picchu was built, occupied, and then abandoned in the course of 100 years. Discoveries in the 1980s of many other small ruin sites close to Machu Picchu have given weight to the theory that Machu Picchu also served as the administrative center of a huge and populous region. Whatever Machu Picchu&apos;s purpose was, it is certainly one of the most stunning archaeological sites in the world.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":5,"DayTo":5,"Headline":"Machu Picchu \/ Cusco","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Explore the wonders of Machu Picchu, with the option to climb Huayna Picchu if you wish. The Palace of Princesses, Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Condor, and the astronomical observatory are only a few of the remarkable restored ruins here. 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The zig-zag configuration of its walls may indicate that it was a temple dedicated to the Inca&apos;s important lightning god, although some scholars feel the zig-zags represent the teeth of a puma.\r\n&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;\r\nInhabited by proto-Incas as early as 1100 AD, Cusco was partly rebuilt in the early 15th century by Pachacuteq, the Inca warrior-king. He is credited with creating the Incas&apos; form of worship, system of government, and the distinctive masonry style we still marvel at today. Cusco was laid out in the shape of a puma. The megalithic fortress of Sacsayhuaman formed its head, while palaces, temples, squares, and streets formed the puma&apos;s body and legs. Cusco&apos;s paved avenues were flanked by temples and rock-hewn palaces with gold- and jewel-encrusted doors, and there were lavish villas for the Inca nobles and their retinues. Cusco&apos;s opulent inner sanctum was the Coricancha, or House of the Sun, a glittering temple to the gods, full of golden statues. Today the stonework remnants of this temple form the foundation for the colonial church of Santo Domingo. Overnight at hotel.\r\n\r\nClassic Accommodation: Casa Andina Premium Cusco\r\nOptional Upgrade: Hotel Monasterio\r\n(See the Lodging section for photos and descriptions)","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":7,"DayTo":7,"Headline":"Cusco \/ Optional Excursion","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Today is free for shopping and sightseeing on your own in Cusco. One can spend a delightful day here just exploring on foot to see the blend of Inca and colonial architecture. The city also boasts an abundance of artisan and craft boutiques and a wide variety of wonderful restaurants and street cafes, all with a welcoming atmosphere. Overnight at hotel.\r\n\r\nOptional Excursion to Tipon, Andahuaylillas, and Pikillacta: We also offer the option of exploring the seldom visited walled Inca ruins at Tipon, believed to have served as an estate for Inca nobles and beautifully engineered with water channels, Andahuaylillas, with its picturesque colonial church, the churches at Urcos and Huaro, and Pikillacta, home to an enormous set of pre-Inca ruins (0 to 800 AD) belonging to the Wari Empire. This option is at an additional cost of $200 per person.\r\n1.5 hours hiking","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":8,"DayTo":8,"Headline":"Depart","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"\r\nTransfer to the airport for a morning flight to Lima and depart on homeward-bound flights (or join one of our optional extensions).","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":9,"DayTo":9,"Headline":"DISCOVER THE GAL\u00c1PAGOS!","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Schedule your Peru Private Journey to coordinate with one of our deluxe natural history adventures in the Gal&aacute;pagos Islands. Snorkel with a cavorting sea lion, hike past a blue-footed booby feeding its young, swim with sea turtles, and sea kayak amid the amazing geology of this volcanic archipelago. Our 16-passenger classic sailing yacht is the only tall ship in the islands, and our 14-passenger yacht offers the ultimate luxury experience! No matter which boat you choose, you'll enjoy delicious meals served al fresco, access to remote sites big cruise ships can't visit, and gain insight into the flora and fauna from the very best naturalists in the islands. We designed several Gal&aacute;pagos itineraries, with departures throughout the year. 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Walk through the ruins of Pisac, the largest fortress-city complex of the Incas, possessing the lofty setting of a condor's nest, then climb up to the grand stone ruins of majestic Ollantaytambo, terraced beneath the soaring peaks of the Andes. Below the ruins, stroll the lanes of the traditional town of Ollantaytambo, the only Inca settlement still inhabited in Peru&mdash;the town retains its original Inca street plan and trapezoidal shape.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":4,"DayTo":5,"Headline":"Machu Picchu, Lost City of the Incas","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Perched on the edge of a sheer precipice above the Urubamba River, Machu Picchu is simply breathtaking, not only for its stunning setting but for the many beautiful structures of intricate stonework. This bewitching sanctuary is the most perfect surviving example of Inca architecture, never looted or damaged by the Spanish conquistadors. A guided walking exploration or optional hike acquaints you with the mysteries of this stone citadel, a once-in-a-lifetime experience you&apos;ll never forget. Return to Cusco on the late afternoon train on Day 5.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":6,"DayTo":8,"Headline":"Cusco","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"With its maze of cobbled streets and beautiful broad plazas, Cusco is an entrancing city with a unique blend of historical and contemporary cultures. 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Peter has longtime relationships with many local people (our guests have called him &ldquo;the Mayor of the Sacred Valley&rdquo;) and shares his insights and local connections with trip members with great enthusiasm.","BioLong":"Peter Boehm is German-born but says, &ldquo;I have Latin blood running through my veins.&rdquo; Pete has guided in Peru and across South America since 1984. He arrived as a traveler and became one of the first to trek many of Peru&apos;s then unexplored Inca trails. With countless captivating stories about his adventures along these remote routes, Peter still notes, &ldquo;The best moment on a trip? Every time I arrive into Machu Picchu&mdash;goosebumps! In Peru we are so lucky to have such a great mix of nature and culture.&rdquo; With decades of experience, Peter has longtime relationships with many friends in the villages along the trail (our guests have called him &ldquo;the Mayor of the Sacred Valley&rdquo;). He is endlessly good-natured and shares his insights and local connections with trip members with great enthusiasm. &ldquo;I can really be and feel with WT clients&mdash;it is never superficial traveling together.&rdquo;"},{"GuideID":851115,"First_Name":"Americo","Last_Name":"Romainville","BioShort":"Americo Romainville was raised in Cusco, Peru, learning about the myths, legends, and treasures of the Inca civilization from a young age. He holds a degree in Tourism from San Antonio Abad del Cusco, one of the oldest universities in Latin America, and has been introducing travelers to the fascinating realms of Peru since 2005. \"I love working in the tourism industry and sharing the beautiful Andes with its diverse beauty, rich cultural history, and of course the ancient wonder of Machu Picchu with people from all corners of the globe,\" he says.","BioLong":"Americo Romainville was raised in Cusco, Peru, learning about the myths, legends, and treasures of the Inca civilization from a young age. He holds a degree in Tourism from San Antonio Abad del Cusco, one of the oldest universities in Latin America, and has been introducing travelers to the fascinating realms of Peru since 2005. \"I love working in the tourism industry and sharing the beautiful Andes with its diverse beauty, rich cultural history, and of course the ancient wonder of Machu Picchu with people from all corners of the globe,\" he says."}],"guestreviews":[{"GuestNames":"Alexia D.","GuestLocation":"Upland, CA","GuestReview":"We had the most amazing, memorable trip and wished we could have stayed longer. Once again Wilderness Travel went above and beyond."},{"GuestNames":"Barbara and Richard F.","GuestLocation":"Orlando, FL","GuestReview":"This was one of our best trips ever and we look forward to using Wilderness Travel again."},{"GuestNames":"Bill Z.","GuestLocation":"Burlingame, CA","GuestReview":"This was one of the best trips we have been on. Certainly the best guided trip we have ever had. We felt very taken care of."},{"GuestNames":"Bonnie J.","GuestLocation":"Newport Beach, CA","GuestReview":"Wilderness Travel put together the PERFECT adventure. The guides were excellent, transportation perfect, and everything worked exactly as described and planned. We couldn't possibly have asked for more."},{"GuestNames":"Carol L.","GuestLocation":"Fairfax, CA","GuestReview":"Our time in Peru was so relaxing and fun! Our family had the chance to enjoy learning and being together, experiencing new places and the wonderful Peruvian culture. We had enjoyable, delicious meals together. Lots of time to enjoy the places we were visiting. And, we didn't make decisions about where to drive, or how to get there. It so was relaxing!! It felt like a true (and much needed) vacation. Liberating, is the word that comes to mind!"},{"GuestNames":"Faith G.","GuestLocation":"Salt Lake City, UT","GuestReview":"We took this trip with our adult children and their spouses. The combination of rural areas, cities, culture, and rugged activity kept everyone happy."},{"GuestNames":"Heather B.","GuestLocation":"Venice, Italy ","GuestReview":"This was our first 'guided' trip anywhere. We felt well taken care of, in very good hands, and the level of service was truly wonderful."},{"GuestNames":"Janet F.","GuestLocation":"Mill Valley, CA","GuestReview":"What great memories! What a fantastic trip all across the board."},{"GuestNames":"Jeff C.","GuestLocation":"Fort Worth, TX","GuestReview":"Our trip leader was good beyond words: knowledge, pace, sensitivity to our needs, flexibility, adaptability."},{"GuestNames":"Jenny C.","GuestLocation":"Calgary, Alberta","GuestReview":"This trip was a fantastic blend of Peru's color and culture through beautiful and unique accomodations,delicious and authentic meals, a superb itinerary, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in Incan history and enjoy the services of a very personable and knowledgeable guide!"},{"GuestNames":"Joan and Steve K.","GuestLocation":"Charlottseville, VA","GuestReview":"Our trip was perfectly designed and executed. Staying at the Sanctuary Lodge at Machu Picchu was a very special treat."},{"GuestNames":"Kathy L.","GuestLocation":"Burlington, CT","GuestReview":"Would go with WT again in a heartbeat, given this experience."},{"GuestNames":"Linda W.","GuestLocation":"Valencia, CA","GuestReview":"One of the most amazing trips I've ever taken. Beautiful scenery and wonderful people. We learned so much about the country, history, and customs. We will definitely use Wilderness for other adventures."},{"GuestNames":"Mary Ann H.","GuestLocation":"Homer, AK","GuestReview":"Our trip leader was very knowledgeable, pleasant, friendly, accommodating, and fun!"},{"GuestNames":"Michelle W.","GuestLocation":"Johannesburg, South Africa","GuestReview":"This was first Private Journey (and 4th WT trip). We loved it! The itinerary was excellent and our guides were outstanding."},{"GuestNames":"Myles F.","GuestLocation":"Bethesda, MD","GuestReview":"This trip was very well designed to explain key elements of the Inca Empire, the impact of the Spanish Conquistadors, and the beauty of Cusco, Machu Picchu, the Urubamba valley, and the fabulous geography and climate. It couldn't have better for us!"},{"GuestNames":"Nancy G.","GuestLocation":"Orlando, FL","GuestReview":"The whole trip was well-paced and our family had a trip of a lifetime. Both guides were very knowledgeable and interacted wonderfully with our family, which included two children, ages 9 and 12."},{"GuestNames":"Pearl L.","GuestLocation":"Tai Tam, Hong Kong","GuestReview":"We enjoyed the trip very much and would recommend Wilderness Travel to others visiting Peru."},{"GuestNames":"Rachel R.","GuestLocation":"Edina, MN","GuestReview":"It was excellent from start to finish. I've taken many group tours, and this sets a new standard for excellence!"},{"GuestNames":"Ray S.","GuestLocation":"Ft. Lauderdale, FL","GuestReview":"You have really developed the perfect way to experience the Incas and Machu Picchu."},{"GuestNames":"Rebecca W.","GuestLocation":"El Cerrito, CA","GuestReview":"It was nice to have the flexibility to design our itinerary to our liking. The food and accommodations were fabulous."},{"GuestNames":"Richard and Barbara W.","GuestLocation":"Upland, CA","GuestReview":"As always, Wilderness Travel did an outstanding job giving us a trip and experience that we will keep with us with nothing but good memories."},{"GuestNames":"Richard E.","GuestLocation":"Castle Rock, CO","GuestReview":"Loved it! Typical Wilderness Travel quality. 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Everything went like clockwork, a great balance of hikes with our guide and time to ourselves."},{"GuestNames":"Stephen N.","GuestLocation":"Arlington, VA","GuestReview":"I had a blast and thoroughly enjoyed the trip. A once-in-a-lifetime trip that will be cherished."},{"GuestNames":"Sue W.","GuestLocation":"Ketchum, ID","GuestReview":"Once again, WT did a fabulous job organizing our trip and accommodating our special interests."},{"GuestNames":"Susan R.","GuestLocation":"El Campo, TX","GuestReview":"Top rate. My best trip ever! The selected touring sites and pace of the touring were perfect."},{"GuestNames":"Wendy C.","GuestLocation":"Park City, UT","GuestReview":"The trip was amazing and beyond my expectations. Our guide was knowledgable, flexible, and just plain fun. 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If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">saito8.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. 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If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. Refer to the Emergency Contact Information listed in this Final Bulletin.<\/p>","System_Valid_Passport":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-16T10:26:21 --><p><strong>VALID PASSPORT:<\/strong> Check that your passport is valid for at least six months from the last day of your trip, and that you have at least two blank pages for any necessary visa or entry and exit stamps.<\/p>","System_Insurance_Policy":"<p><strong>INSURANCE POLICY:<\/strong> If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan, you should have received an email confirmation of your policy. Please bring a digital or printed copy of this policy with you. If you cannot find your email confirmation, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<p><strong>PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION<\/strong><strong>: <\/strong>Please review your Pre-Departure Information booklet included in this packet for important information regarding Wilderness Travel's COVID-19 protocols, packing lists, recommended reading, tipping, etc.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. We are available during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, PST). <\/p>","System_ECI_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:31 --><p>If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan through Wilderness Travel, please remember to bring your Confirmation of Coverages (COC) with you on the trip, including your Plan Number and important emergency contact information.<\/p><p>If you've purchased a travel protection plan on your own, we recommend that you bring a copy of your policy, including all coverages, with you on your trip.<\/p>","System_Face_Masks_and_Hand_Sanitizer":"","System_DidNotPurchase_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-28T12:27:44 --><p>Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this trip. For your convenience, we offer Travelex travel protection. Please let us know if you would like us to add the Travelex Travel Protection Plan to this final invoice. You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_COVID-19":"The Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 declared by the World Health Organization and the US Department of Health and Human Services expired in 2023. As of March 2024, we no longer require guests who exhibit cold or flu symptoms to test for COVID-19. Guests who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to follow local health protocols, wear a mask in group vehicles and during indoor activities for the remainder of the trip, and may be asked to dine separately. Any travel companion sharing a room with them will also be required to wear a mask at all times in the shared group vehicles for the remainder of the trip.<br><br>We encourage all travelers to actively monitor their own well-being and to use common-sense preventative measures such as regular handwashing (or use of hand sanitizer) and\/or wearing a face mask. If you are feeling sick, we encourage you to self-isolate and\/or wear a mask to protect your fellow travelers. Guests may be required to wear a mask if the Trip Leader believes the situation warrants it.<br><br>Leading up to the trip, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy, including avoiding close contact with anyone displaying cold or flu symptoms and washing your hands often. As always, by traveling with Wilderness Travel, guests agree to be accountable for their own well-being. If you are worried about a fellow traveler's cold or flu-like symptoms, you may opt to wear a mask or distance yourself as needed. It's important to remember that there are inherent risks associated with travel and group settings.<br><br>These protocols will be reviewed and adjusted as guidance evolves. <br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.lensrentals.com\/\">lensrentals.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">saito8.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<p>At time of reservation: $1,000<br>90 Days prior to departure: Balance<div><br><\/div><div><em>Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Minimum fee: $600 per person<br>61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>45 days or less: 100% of trip cost <br><br><em>Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>"}}