Meredith Birkett  /  MSNBC.com
Macchu Picchu, Peru
updated 9/27/2006 6:53:25 PM ET 2006-09-27T22:53:25

Book by: ASAP
Travel by: December 8, 2006

The Deal
For a taste of South America’s ancient wonders, we suggest a trip to mystical Peru. Fall is a great time to go, right before winter hordes swarm its stunning treasures. We recommend the Tara Tours special we found, an incredible adventure that will take you to the heart of the Inca Empire for just $1492. Valid for departures through December 8, this deal gets you a seven-day air and hotel fling in Peru with an excursion to legendary Machu Picchu.

Here are some of the highlights of this package. First, airfare to Peru is normally priced through the roof. In fact, from Miami it could easily cost you north of $800, plus another $300 for the in-country flight from Lima to Machu Picchu. With this tremendous jaunt, both airfares are included. Also covered is a four-night stay in the stunning colonial city of Cusco, at Hotel Dorado or San Agustin, both elegant properties with a central location. One night will be spent at well-appointed Hotel Presidente in the village of Aguas Calientes, right below Machu Picchu. Daily breakfast is thrown in throughout the trip.

This package puts the accent on the mysteriously extinct Incan culture and thus includes tours to the major highlights of Peru’s Inca land. You’ll be treated to a half-day city tour of Cusco, known by its old Inca name, “the navel of the world,” and a full-day tour to the abandoned city of Machu Picchu, a breathtaking complex of temples, terraced hills, residential buildings, and lush subtropical gardens high up in the Andes. Now you can see it all for yourself at a breathtakingly low price!

The Dollars
This package offered by Tara Tours is priced at $1492 per person based on double occupancy and covers the following, exclusive of air taxes and fees:

Five nights’ accommodation, with hotel taxes and service charges included Round-trip (Thursday departures only) to Lima from Miami (with other departure cities on offer, at extra cost) Round-trip air from Lima to Cusco Daily breakfast Half-day city tour of Cusco and full-day excursion to Machu Picchu

The Catch
Cusco sits 11,000 feet above sea level, so watch out for altitude sickness!

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