2023 June 3 to 11
Prices listed are per person:
Shared Room: $7198
Private Room: $8898
“I wanted this trip to be the trip of a lifetime; little did I know that it would be life-changing” -Stephen H., Edina, MN
“This trip was worth every penny. I could never have put together a trip for myself that would run this smoothly, and that allowed me to see so many things.” – Stan S., Los Angeles, CA
“HE Travel takes care of all the stress and details of travel allowing you to enjoy the full experience of the country, the culture, and the unforgettable sites. HE Travel sets the Gold Standard for traveling.” -Neil E., Ft. Lauderdale, FL
“Another spectacular and challenging trip with a wonderful group of men and excellent guides that I will remember with great fondness.” – D. O’Brien, Madison, WI
“Our trip to Machu Picchu was the best adventure that we have experienced. The knowledge of the staff and accommodations were A-1. They made our 20th-anniversary trip a memorable one.”-Mick and Kevin, San Rafael, CA
“Entire trip was extremely well thought out and run well, also was flexible to our groups’ requests. We all became a great family, and I really missed everyone when I came home. Now I’m ready to go again…”-Carl Ross, Sylmar, CA
“Came for a tour, received an adventure.” -Jerome H., Minneapolis, MN
Tour Lima, the capital of Peru, and see stunning architecture and unusual museums.
Enjoy a scenic ride over the Pampa de Anta to the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Ride the train through the beautiful Urubamba Gorge.
Explore Machu Picchu, the most dramatically situated archeological site in the world.
Hike, rest and relax for a night at an exquisite lodge tucked in the mountains overlooking a beautiful river.
Discover Cusco, the ancient Inca capital, high in the Andes.
Cusco and the Andes of Peru
Machu Picchu was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and is one of the best places to visit in South America. Hanns Ebensten Travel (HE Travel) has been leading gay tours to Machu Picchu and other sites throughout Peru for over thirty-five years. From the excitement of Lima to the beauty of the Sacred Valley and the charm of Cusco, our intimate tour of Peru is filled with wonder.
Our tour starts in Lima, with a rare look into a private art collection and a tour of South America’s oldest colonial home (the family still lives there). We spend time exploring the Sacred Valley, with its lovely terraced fields and beautiful river views.
We will head to Machu Picchu, a wonder of human strength and spirit whose mystery still haunts the stones of this great city. This itinerary allows plenty of time for sightseeing and leisure and offers a taste of the best Peru has to offer.
For those who’d like a more challenging treck to Macchu Pichu can check out our Salkantay Trek tour.
Days 1-2: Lima
There are no activities scheduled on the arrival day. So you can schedule your flights to arrive at any time on Day 1. When you arrive, we will provide a transfer to the hotel, where rooms have been reserved starting from the evening of Day 1. On Day 2, we enjoy a full-day tour of Lima including the Main Square, the Cathedral of Lima, San Francisco Convent, and the exteriors of the Government Palace. Then after lunch, we will visit the Larco Museum showcasing Peru’s heritage. The museum also contains a famous collection of erotic ceramic tomb art, that gives insights into various aspects of pre-Columbian sexuality. This evening, enjoy dinner at the Huaca Pucllana Restaurant overlooking a pre-Incan site.
Days 3-4: Lima to Cusco – Sacred Valley
In the morning, we will transfer from our Lima hotel to the airport for the scenic one-hour flight over the Andes to Cusco.
Upon arrival at the Cusco Airport, we will enjoy our private air-conditioned ride into the Sacred Valley. We will drive over the Pampa de Anta Pass, then descend a steep mountain road into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This valley is one of the loveliest valleys on earth. So be on the lookout for llamas, women dressed in colorful clothing, and stunning mountain vistas as we make our way through the valley. On the way to our hotel, we will stop and spend some time at Pisac, a beautiful place where Incan and Colonial influences have reached a perfect balance. This quaint little town is famous for its artisan markets which are full of extraordinarily fine jewelry and ceramic and textile craftwork. We will arrive at the hotel mid-afternoon and enjoy time on our own until dinner.
On our second day, we will enjoy the area of Moray, which showcases Incan agriculture. The journey will continue to the Salt Pans of Maras, a still-operating salt mine, in use since Incan times. Today, lunch will be enjoyed at a private hacienda. Next, we will visit the Incan ruins at Ollantaytambo; once guarded by a massive fortress. A day in this beautiful and fertile valley will provide us with a restful interlude between our busy days of sightseeing.
Days 5-6: Gay Machu Picchu
After breakfast, we will drive to the train station where we will board and head to gay Machu Picchu. Riding along the Urubamba River is an exciting and visually stunning experience. We will pass through narrow gorges and see lovely terraced fields verdant with vegetation high up in the mountains. Upon our arrival, we will make our way, via bus, to the entrance gate of the Machu Picchu citadel.
Here is a complete Inca city high on a mountain saddle, sometimes hidden in a forest of clouds. Its steeply terraced slopes fall away to the river, which rushes through a great hairpin bend 1,200 feet below. The Spaniards supposedly never found it, and for centuries it remained unknown, untouched, and overgrown with vegetation. In 1911, Dr. Hiram Bingham rediscovered it and brought it to the world’s attention. Since then, Machu Picchu has attracted travelers, explorers, and, archeologists. Much has been written and revealed about this great city, but much is still debated and unknown.
We will have plenty of time to contemplate the mystery of this fascinating site. We will walk among the ancient ruins of staircases, temples, and a sundial.
Dawn is an incredible sight at Machu Picchu. As the clouds part and the sun appears over the tops of the snow-capped Andean peaks, the light begins to color the ancient stones. Shadows and light transform the ancient city. If you wish, you can hike to the top of Huayna Picchu, a challenging climb about an hour and a half long(not recommended when wet), and return to the hotel in time for lunch.
Later today, we will be transferred to the railroad station in the valley, for our return trip to Cusco. You have the option to upgrade to the Hiram Bingham train and enjoy the approximately four-hour journey in elegance.
Days 7-8: Cusco
This morning we will enjoy time exploring the Imperial City by strolling through the Main Square. Here we will discover the Cathedral and admire its exquisite vestibules and paintings from the Cusco School of the 17th and 18th centuries. We will continue on to one of the most impressive buildings of Incan Cusco, Qoricancha(the Golden Temple). This temple was dedicated to the worship of the Sun God, whose interior walls were said to have been covered in gold. Our lunch today will be a lovely picnic lunch at Sacsayhuaman.
On our second day here, we will set out on a day trip to see the South Valley, first heading to Tipon, an amazing archaeological complex fo elevated platforms and terraces. Spring waters still flow through the sites’ impressive system of fountains and aqueducts. Next, we will continue on and make our way across the stunning Andean landscapes and remote villages until we reach the pre-Incan citadel of Pikillacta. This impressive site is nearly 120 acres! Our journey will continue on to Andahuaylillas, home to San Pedro Apostol, one of the most outstanding churches in the Andes. Known as the Sistine Chapel of Peru, with the dazzling beauty of its splendid decorated murals and frescoes.
Day 9: Departure
In the middle of the day, we will transfer from our hotel to the airport for the one-hour flight to Lima. Travelers leaving in the late evening can make arrangements for a day room at a hotel by Lima Airport, sightseeing, or last-minute shopping. Individual extensions to an Amazon eco-lodge or to a private island in Lake Titicaca may also be available following our tour. Please contact us if you would like to extend your Peruvian holiday.
Price includes: Airport-hotel transfers on arrival and departure days; Flights between Lima and Cusco; All ground transportation within Peru; Deluxe hotels each night; 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 5 dinners, including wine at Welcome and Farewell dinners; All hotel service charges, government taxes, porterage, and meal gratuities; Hiking permit to Huayna Picchu (permits are limited, so reserve early). Services of a knowledgeable HE Travel tour host (with a minimum number of participants); HE Travel provides complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance for every US Resident on our group tours who does not have other coverage.
Not included: International airfare; Departure taxes for international flights; 1 lunch and 3 dinners; Personal items including alcoholic beverages, snacks, laundry, and telephone calls. Gratitudes for guides and the host.
Optional Tour Choices:
$200 Day Room at end of the tour (single occupancy)
$100 Day Room at end of the tour (per person in double occupancy)
$85 Pachacamac Optional tour on Day 1 (arrive a day early to enjoy this add-on-extra hotel night not included in this price)
$480 Hiram Bingham Train Upgrade to Cusco
Arequipa Extension Price:
$1798 per person in a shared room
$2198 for solo travelers who wish to enjoy a private bedroom and bathroom
Price includes: Airport-hotel transfers on arrival and departure days; Flights between Cusco and Arequipa; All ground transportation within Peru; Deluxe hotels each night; 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches; All hotel service charges, government taxes, porterage, and meal gratuities; HE Travel provides complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance for every US Resident on our group tours who does not have other coverage.
Not included: International airfare; Departure taxes for international flights; 2 lunches and 3 dinners; Personal items including alcoholic beverages, snacks, laundry, and telephone calls.
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Arrive in South America Earlier for a cruise in the Galapagos!
For travelers wishing to spend more time exploring South America, consider extending your fun with HE Travel’s Galapagos Gay Cruise immediately before coming to Peru.
Existing in virtual isolation for millions of years, the Galapagos Islands are home to many species found nowhere else on Earth. Join this gay Galapagos tour and experience this abundance and variety of equatorial wildlife closely, as we walk, hike, snorkel, swim, and imagine Darwin’s dream.
- What if I am traveling alone?
- Most of our trips draw more single travelers than couples. When couples do join us, it’s usually because they’re looking forward to interacting with a gay group; if they wanted a holiday by themselves, they wouldn’t have signed up to travel with us. Furthermore, the activities included with our trips serve as natural ice-breakers. Within a day, you’ll be traveling with friends. You don’t need to pay the single supplement if you’re traveling alone. We’ll be happy to match you with a roommate. Pay the single supplement only if you want a bedroom to yourself. For selected trips, including cruises, we will charge half the single supplement if you request a roommate but we can’t match you with someone.
- What is the physical activity level of this tour?
Physical Activity Level
To fully enjoy this tour, one should be able to walk on uneven surfaces for extended periods and enjoy outdoor activities.
- Where does the tour start and end?
- This tour starts and ends in Lima, Peru.
- What are the hotels like?
- On our Historic Gay Machu Picchu Tour, we stay in among the finest hotels in South America. The properties share an emphasis on the high quality of rooms and service, but each is unique in terms of setting, architecture, and views.
- Additional Questions
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