15 Day Machu Picchu & Easter Island Discovery

12/27/2018 through 12/14/2019
10/05/2018 through 12/31/2019
Kensington Tours

15 Day Machu Picchu & Easter Island Discovery
Unlock the mysteries behind two of South America’s most treasured ancient sites: Machu Picchu and Easter Island. Combining the pre-Colombian wonders of the Lost City of the Incas, Rapa Nui’s gigantic moai heads, and the cultural splendors of Peru and Chile, this captivating journey into the past is an archaeology lover’s dream come true.

It starts in Lima, the time-straddling Peruvian capital where pre-Colombian temples, 18th-century colonial mansions, and modern skyscrapers stand side-by-side. It all comes together on a private tour of the city, followed by a special encounter at the Larco Museum led by an associate scholar.

After passing through Cusco, the journey continues in El Valle Sagrado, the famous Sacred Valley. First, get acclimatized to the higher altitude on a visit to the Awana Kancha artisan marketplace and a private tour of the world-famous Chinchero market and the Ollantaytambo ruins before journeying to Aguas Calientes, gateway to Machu Picchu.

Perched high in the clouds above the Urubamba River Valley, the reality of Machu Picchu somehow exceeds its legend. You’ll make two trips to the UNESCO-protected Lost City of the Incas, but the highlight will definitely be the life-changing privately guided walk through the Sun Gate. (The one-mile (1.6-kilometer) hike is moderately strenuous, but the breathtaking views are well worth the effort.)

After a brief stop in Cusco for a private tour of its mysterious ruins and colonial sites, the scene shifts to the Chilean capital of Santiago. After a private walking tour of the city’s historical and modern architecture, you’ll head 2,300 miles (3,700 kilometers) west across the Pacific Ocean to the trip’s next incredible ancient site: Easter Island.

The world’s remotest inhabited island, Easter Island (known locally as Rapa Nui) is, of course, best known for its mysterious moai sculptures. From a deluxe lodge, you’ll take a bicycle tour out to Ahu Akivi, where the moai stare silently out at the ocean; snorkel the crystal-clear waters of the motus; hike to the sacred burial ground of Akahanga; and visit other important sites before returning to the mainland and unwinding from it all over a glass (or two) of Cabernet at an award-winning Maipo Valley winery.

Kensington Tours creates private trips from the world’s finest ingredients. Tailor-made with care by your personal Destination Expert, your personalized trip is always a one-of-a-kind experience made just for you. Expert local guidance and 24/7 service come standard.

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Day 1 Lima To Welcome
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Day 2 Lima
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Day 3 Lima To Cusco To Sacred Valley
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Day 4 Sacred Valley
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Day 5 Peru To Sacred Valley To Aguas Calientes To Ollantaytambo To Machu Picchu
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Day 6 Machu Picchu To Aguas Calientes To Cusco
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Day 7 Cusco
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Day 8 Cusco To Santiago To Welcome
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Day 9 Santiago
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Day 10 Santiago To Easter Island
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Day 11 Easter Island
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Day 12 Easter Island
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Day 13 Easter Island
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Day 14 Easter Island To Santiago
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Day 15 Santiago
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