Machu Picchu and Atacama Desert - 10 Days

Machu Picchu and Atacama Desert. Discover the History of Peru and Natural attraction of Atacama Desert in Chile, come and discover this part of South America. 

Machu Picchu: At the top of the mountain, large and impressive blocks of stone joined together without any amalgam make up one of the most important religious, political and cultural centers of the Inca empire: Machu Picchu.

Discovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, the Inca City is divided into two large sectors: the agricultural, with a vast network of platforms or artificial terraces, and the urban, with beautiful buildings such as the Temple of the Sun.

The Atacama Desert: Is a desert plateau in South America covering a 1,600 km (990 mi) strip of land on the Pacific coast, west of the Andes Mountains. The Atacama Desert is the driest nonpolar desert in the world, as well as the only true desert to receive less precipitation than the polar deserts and the largest fog desert in the world. Both regions have been used as experimentation sites on Earth for Mars expedition simulations. According to estimates, the Atacama Desert occupies 105,000 km2 (41,000 sq mi), or 128,000 km2 (49,000 sq mi) if the barren lower slopes of the Andes are included. Most of the desert is composed of stony terrain, salt lakes (salares), sand, and felsic lava that flows towards the Andes.

Overview

Machu Picchu and Atacama Desert. Discover the History of Peru and Natural attraction of Atacama Desert in Chile, come and discover this part of South America. 

Place to Visit

  • Lima and City Tour
  • Cusco and City Tour
  • Full Day Sacred Valley
  • Explore Machu Picchu
  • 4 Days Atacama Desert
  • Flights to Atacama included

Day By Day

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Arrival into Lima – capital and largest city of Peru. We will meet and transfer you to the Hotel, located in Miraflores Distric.

Lima was named by natives in the agricultural region known by native Peruvians as Lima. It became the capital and most important city in the Viceroyalty of Peru. Following the Peruvian War of Independence, it became the capital of the Republic of Peru (República del Perú). Around one-third of the national population lives in the metropolitan area.

Hotel****

Today we enjoy city tour which includes old as well as new part of the Lima city, the Palace of the Archbishop, the Town Hall, the Plaza de Armas, the Plaza San Martin and the Cathedral.

Afterward we continue to Lima airport for your flight departure to Cusco.

Arrival and we proceed to our Hotel located in the Cusco Centre. Overnight at Hotel Sonesta Cusco

Breakfast
Hotel****

Today we enjoy city tour which includes the Inca empire, the ruins of the Inca Palace, the Plaza de Armas and the Old Town with its restored colonial buildings.

Tour include Sacsayhuaman fortress, Qenqo, Tambomachay and Puca Pucara Archaeological place.

Afternoon return to the hotel.

Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel****

After breakfast we travel by van through the Sacred Valley of the Inca. Where life has remained almost unchanged for 500 years. Upon decent into the Sacred Valley you will know that you’ve arrived in the area the Inca revered for its lush fertile soils. Later on, you will have the opportunity of visiting the lively local Ancient Pisac market where many of the local Indians sell their hand made textiles. It is here that many fine Andean garments are for sale and you can test your haggling powers as you bargain for trinkets and souvenirs. For lunch you will have the chance to eat a buffet lunch at the local hacienda restaurant with traditional Andean foods and music. We continue to Ollantaytambo the major Inca fortress. Probably built by the great Inca ruler, Pachacuti in the 1460s, it was the site of Hernando Pizzaro’s defeat by Manco Inca in 1536. Constructed of finely cut polygonal stones and rhyolite blocks, the fortress and nearby town represent the best of Inca architecture and construction. Large worked blocks, some weighting as much as 100 tons were quarried from a site more than a thousand vertical feet above the valley floor using a technique of pecking with hammer stones, then skidded down and across the Urubamba river several kilometers to the temple site. Inclined ramps were built to raise the blocks several hundred feet up hill to the construction area. Late afternoon we aboard the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes town for your overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel****

Early risers may walk through Machu Picchu in the mist to explore the ruins without crowds. We’ll take the 20 minute bus ride up to Machu Picchu, perched 600 meters above the river. Our guide will explain the history and the myths that surround this archeological wonder. Machu Picchu, the famous lost city of the Inca is one of the most magical and mysterious places on Earth! Stand 2,430m above sea-level in the middle of a tropical mountain forest. In an extraordinarily beautiful setting, it was probably most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height, its giant walls, terraces and ramps seen as, if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna. Constructed from precisely sculptured granite blocks carefully joined with the projecting exposed stone of the surrounding mountain, the site may well be the finest architectural achievement of the new world. Afterwards we take the bus for our return to Aguas Calientes for lunch. We take the train back to Cusco. Reception and transfer to our Hotel. Overnight

Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel****

Transfer from hotel to Cusco airport for youor flight back to Lima and connection flight to Santiago de Chile. Arrival and transfer to the hotel.

Breakfast
Hotel****

Transfer from hotel to Santiago de Chile airport for your flight to San Pedro de Atacama. Arrival to Atacama El Loa Airport. Transfer from airport to Atacama desert. Overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel****

This trip invites you to enjoy the impressive beauty of 7 lagoons of intense turquoise and emerald color, as well as the refreshing passive float bath that can be experienced in 2 of them. Unforgettable.

Afternoon: Mars Valley + Kari Quebrada (Coyote Stone) + Moon Valley (15:30 to 20:30 hrs.)
When touring these famous valleys, and after observing the impressive Kari ravine, you can get to know a large part of the structure of the Cordillera de la Sal, which gives the geography of the Atacama salt flat a unique aspect in the world, in addition to knowing the salt cavern (at this moment they are closed, but by July we hope they will be open) and one of the benchmark salt mines in the Valley of the Moon.

Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel****

On this trip we start by getting to know the El Tatio geothermal field, Las Vegas de Putana and Machuca, and then visit the town of Machuca where it will be possible to enjoy the extraordinary skewers of llama meat (depending on availability), and then continue with the enjoyment and I relax in the pools of the Puritama Hot Springs, famous for their natural beauty.

Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel****

On this trip you can get to know the heart of the Domeyko Mountain Range and its fantastic formations colored by its particular geology, as well as a green Pucará built as a defense by the ancestral inhabitants of the area thousands of years ago, and then get to know Yerbas good, caravan crossing and resting area whose high anthropological value can be verified in petroglyphs more than 3,500 years old. Later we will go directly to El Loa airport.

Flight to Santiago de Chile and back home.

Breakfast

Cost Include & Exclude

Include

  • All private transfers
  • All tours and entrance fees
  • Vistadome train to and from Machu Picchu
  • Accommodation in 4* hotels
  • Flights from Lima/Cusco/Lima
  • 4 days Atacama Desert Tour

Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Extras
  • Tips
  • Meals not listed on the program

Covid-19

This activity includes the appropriate protection measures to ensure your safety. In addition, our excursions are outdoor and in small groups to reduce the risk of contagion. Remember to follow the instructions of the staff during the development of the excursion.

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Machu Picchu and Atacama Desert
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Trip Information

  • Peru and Chile
  • Only Private & Groups
  • Vistadome Train to Machu Picchu
  • Max. 12 Persons
  • Lima/Cusco/Lima
  • Selected 4* Hotels
  • Lima
  • Santiago de Chile
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