Incredible Machu Picchu with Daniel Peterson, Ph.D.
Cruise Lady is excited to be able to offer an incredible journey to Machu Picchu as well as an optional add-on Amazon River Tour to make this a trip of a lifetime! Daniel C. Peterson will be our headliner explaining our connection to this land and people. Our group will also be accompanied by Diane and Larry Larsen. The tour company we are coordinating with in Peru is owned and operated by an American who has been escorting groups to Machu Picchu and surrounding areas for over 26 years. He will also accompany our group along with his hand-picked, top notch English-speaking local guides and provide expert information on how to prevent altitude sickness. This company uses air conditioned buses that are no older than 5 years and they also insist on small groups of 10-12 at Machu Picchu for the guided portion of your exploration to allow you to maneuver easily through the crowds and along stairways. We have also included many extras such as—a fun buffet dinner and show in Cusco as well as several other meals, the opportunity to attend Sacrament Meeting (also on the Amazon River tour), staying overnight in Aguas Calientes the night before the Machu Picchu tour (avoids a 4am bus ride from Cusco to reach Machu Picchu as it opens), and other enhancements to make the most of your experience.
Day 1 Tuesday / June 18
Those not on the Amazon River tour fly to Lima, Peru and are met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Relax and prepare for the journey. Dinner is on our own.
Day 2 Wednesday / June 19
Those not on the Amazon River tour will have breakfast at the hotel and then join those from the Amazon River tour at the airport to board flights to Cusco. Upon arrival, we will be met and taken to our hotel in Cusco. In the afternoon, we rest and adjust to the altitude or do some shopping. Our guide will help us choose great places for lunch* and dinner. (B) *lunch may be in Lima before flying to Cusco depending on flight times.
Day 3 Thursday / June 20
Our morning begins with a buffet breakfast followed by some free time on our own or, you can accompany our guide in exploring the San Pedro Market so he can answer your specific questions about the local foods and products. After lunch on our own, we begin our Cusco City Tour: the Main Square, the Cathedral, the Church of Santo Domingo/Koricancha Temple as well as the surrounding archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman, Q’engo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay. This evening we experience the Don Antonio buffet and dinner show as a group before retiring for the evening. (B, D)
Day 4 Friday / June 21
After our buffet breakfast, we check out of our hotel and begin a full-day tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas: The village of Pisac, its archaeological site and marketplace. Our trip takes us through the valley with awesome landscapes and Inca buildings and agricultural terraces until reaching the ancient Ollantaytambo village with its amazing archaeological site. Along the way, we enjoy a buffet lunch at a countryside restaurant. From Ollantaytambo, we board the Inca Rail train to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Village). We arrive early in the evening and check into the hotel. Our guides will recommend places for dinner. (B, L)
Day 5 Saturday / June 22
We begin our day very early with breakfast at the hotel and then head up to Machu Picchu where we enjoy a guided tour in small groups of 10-12 before exploring on our own. We can enjoy lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge at our leisure. In the late afternoon, we board the train again to return to Ollantaytambo and then drive back to the Sacred Valley where we check in to our hotel for the evening and enjoy dinner together. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Sunday / June 23
After breakfast, we are driven to a nearby ward for Sacrament Meeting. After the meeting, we will take a half-day tour of Maras and Moray which are terraced agricultural areas and a salt mine. Lunch will be together at Para de Moray. In the afternoon, we drive back to Cusco and check in to our hotel and spend free time on our own that evening. (B, L)
Day 7 Monday / June 24
We have another buffet breakfast to start our day before heading out early to board the bus for our journey to Puno and Lake Titicaca. Along the way, we will tour the Chapel at Andahuaylillas and visit the Raqchi Temple. We also will have a wonderful buffet lunch at Sicuani. When we arrive in Puno, we will relax at our nice hotel and have an independent dinner. (B, L)
Day 8 Tuesday / June 25
After breakfast, we will enjoy a full-day tour of Lake Titicaca and Uros. Uros is a group of floating small islands made completely from reeds. The people who live on them are Aymara Uros peoples. Among them is Nielson’s island. He is a member of the church. We ride on the small boats also made entirely of reeds as we travel from island to island. We also enjoy a motorized boat ride on the beautiful lake. After the tour, we can either transfer from the dock to the city center and enjoy dinner on our own downtown or be transferred back to the hotel and enjoy dinner on our own there instead. (B, L)
Day 9 Wednesday / June 26
Our last day begins with breakfast and then we are transferred to the airport for our flights to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima, we load our luggage on the bus and then have a short stop for lunch* before beginning a city tour of Lima including a photo stop at the La Molina Temple. In the evening, we enjoy dinner together at a fun restaurant before heading to the airport for our late night/early morning flights. (B, D) * Lunch may be in Puno depending on our flight times.
Day 10 Thursday / June 27
5-night AMAZON RIVER TOUR add-on
Friday, June 14
Fly to Lima, Peru. We will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Relax and prepare for the journey
Saturday, June 15
After breakfast at the hotel, we will board a morning flight to Iquitos. We will be met at the airport and taken to our hotel in Iquitos. In the afternoon, we will have lunch as a group at the hotel and then enjoy a 4-hour city tour. This is the largest city in the world that does not have any roads leading to or from the city. It can only be accessed by air or boat. We are on our own for dinner but our guides will advise us on the best choices. (B, L)
Sunday, June 16
Our morning begins with a buffet breakfast followed by a short walk to the local ward to attend Sacrament Meeting. We then transfer to the docks to board our boat for our 25-mile journey down the Amazon River. Our destination is Ceiba Tops, an all-inclusive resort and our home for the next 3 nights. From here we will explore this fascinating area of the world. After lunch, we take an afternoon hike in the beautiful primary rain forest reserve surrounding the lodge which includes many huge trees festooned with epiphytes (harmless plants which grow on the trees). After dinner, there may be local flute or guitar music or we can be entertained by the guides as they relate some of the many legends of the Amazon forest. (B, L, D)
Monday, June 17
In the morning, we head out on the river to try to spot dolphins and to visit a small village of Yagua Indians where our guide explains the local Yagua Indian culture and how it was affected by the arrival of Europeans and the passing of time. There will also be an opportunity to see some of the local crafts and for a demonstration of the blowgun which some of the Yagua elders still use for hunting. In the afternoon, we have a short walking excursion to the neighboring town of Indiana. Originally a Franciscan mission, Indiana has grown into a large river community with its own market, high school and small hospital (B, L, D)
Tuesday, June 18
Today we leave very early by boat to the narrow car bridge connecting the Amazon and Napo Rivers and then continue by boat to ExplorNapo Lodge for breakfast. The highlight of the day is the hike to and across the spectacular Canopy Walkway spanning over 500 meters (one-third of a mile). The walkway is connected by tree platforms and reaches a height of over 34 meters (115 feet) but, it is accessible without any type of climbing skill or equipment. After lunch, we visit the “ReNuPeRu” Ethnobotanical Garden where over 240 medicinal plants are cultivated by a local shaman who will explain the nature of Amazonian natural healing and the uses of some of the plants. We return to Ceiba Tops in time to enjoy the pool or hammocks before dinner. (B, L, D)
Wednesday, June 19
After breakfast, we have a choice of a walking or boating excursion to further enjoy the rain forest and Amazon River. We then take the boat back up the river to Iquitos and are transferred to the airport for our flights back to Lima to join those on just the Machu Picchu tour for our flights to Cusco. (B)
Daniel Peterson, Ph.D.
Machu Picchu Only: $2,856 based on double occupancy and check payment ($2,942 for credit card payments). $635 single supplement.
Amazon River Tour AND Machu Picchu: $3,856 based on double occupancy and check payment. ($3,972 for credit card payments). $700 single supplement.
Terms & Conditions
- Lectures with Daniel C. Peterson
- Cruise Lady Escorts Diane and Larry Larsen
- All breakfasts plus lunches and dinners as indicated
- Hotel Accommodations
- Bus ride from Cusco to Puno (no added flight costs)
- Use of a receiver to better hear the narrative and instructions above the background noise.
- Entrance Fees & Activities
- Transfers to/from all airports
- Transportation in a Deluxe Air-conditioned Coach SPACE IS LIMITED to ONE BUS so BOOK NOW!
- Meals not indicated
- Air Round trip to Lima and from Lima to Cusco
- Personal Items
- Trip Cancellation Protection
Payment Schedule for Machu Picchu Only
- Deposit of $500 per person due at Registration
- Final Payment due March 18, 2019 (nonrefundable April 18, 2019)
Payment Schedule for Machu Picchu AND Amazon River Tour add-on
- Deposit of $700 per person due at Registration
- Final Payment due March 18, 2019 (nonrefundable April 18, 2019)
- $30.00 per person after deposit is received
- $500 per person after March 18, 2019
- 100% cancellation penalty after April 18, 2019
A minimum number of participants is required so call before booking your air.
Minor changes to the itinerary may occur due to local conditions or changes to flight options.
Passports are required and should be valid through December 2019.
Due to the nature of these tours, you must be able to climb steps and walk unassisted–NO EXCEPTIONS.