Peru: ‘Machu Picchu on a Budget’ Presented by Tara Tours

Tara Tours is promoting an exciting journey high in the Peruvian Andes following the steps of the Inka civilization. This Inka Express program lands in Lima with an immediate flight to Cuzco. A quiet morning is spent there to enable getting used to the high altitude and to the surroundings. During the stay in Cuzco, once known as the Capital of the Inka Empire, a city tour and visit to the ruins nearby of Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puca-Pucara, Tambomachay and other archeological sites are included.

The next day, bus and train take travelers to one of the most exciting places on earth: “Machu Picchu.” Temples, palaces, towers and staircases are built into the side of the mountain. Here the tour guide takes the group from site to site explaining the advanced world of the Inkas. Overnight is spent in the village of Aguas Calientes, just at the bottom of Machu Picchu. The next day is leisure—to go back and explore “The Lost City of Inkas,” or visit the Inka Thermal baths of Aguas Calientes or the local market. At mid-afternoon, the group returns to Cuzco. On the way back, there’s the opportunity to enjoy incredible views of the Andean peaks, the Urubamba Valley and the powerful Vilcanota River.

This full and busy itinerary is for seven days and five nights and departs every day from the U.S. The cost per person including domestic airfare and all ground arrangements with daily breakfast, entrance fees, train tickets, etc. is $1,285 ppdo (The single supplement cost is $376.) Airfare available from Miami is priced from $450 to $550 and add-ons from other major cities are available on request.

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