The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare on LAN Peru or a similar carrier between Lima and Cuzco, four nights at the Best Western Los Andes de America Hotel in Cuzco, one night at the Inti Inn Machupicchu in Aguas Calientes, breakfast daily, round-trip train tickets between Cuzco and Aguas Calientes, all transfers, guided sightseeing, entrance fees, bus tickets, Cuzco archaeological tax, hotel taxes and service charges, fuel surcharges, airport porter gratuity, and the services of English-speaking tour guides, from $1,285 per person — plus local airport taxes of $8.
When: Through Dec. 31, 2010.
Gateways: International airfare is not included; add $490 per person for a round-trip flight between Lima and Miami (American Airlines); additional U.S. cities are available.
The fine print: Local airport taxes in Lima and Cuzco are an additional $4 each per person. Based on double occupancy; deduct $25 per person for a triple; single supplement is $376. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book by: No deadline; based on availability.
Contact: Tara Tours, 800/327-0080, taratours.com.
Why it's a deal: This package breaks down to about $259 per person per night night and includes accommodations; breakfast daily; guided sightseeing; round-trip airfare between Lima and Cuzco; round-trip train travel between Cuzco and Agua Caliente; all transfers between hotels, airports, and train stations; guided sightseeing; entrance fees; the services of an English-speaking tour guide; and all taxes and fees.
More: Optional activities include an excursion to Pisac or Chincheros native markets ($70 per person, including a private guide and car transportation); a tour of Maras salt mines ($88 per person); and a full day of rafting along the Urubamba River ($187 per person). Additional nights in Cuzco start from $49 per person per night based on double occupancy. Optional trip extensions include an excursion to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca from $592 per person for two nights' hotel, air and land transportation, and guided sightseeing; or an excursion to the Amazon jungle from $475 per person for two nights' lodging, all meals, transportation, and sightseeing.