An alluring place of intriguing myth and beauty, Lake Titicaca was considered to be the birth place of the ancient civilizations that inhabited Peru’s desolate altiplano. It was here that their God Viracocha was said to have risen from the lake creating the universe and mankind. Lake Titicaca allows visitors to experience a place lost in the patina of time, a place where ancient traditions, dress and culture still prevail over modern day distractions. This 10 days Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca package combines the best attractions in Peru’s Cusco Region (Cusco City, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu) before heading south to the mystical shores and islands of Lake Titicaca.
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Day 1: Collection from Lima airport, overnight in Lima.
Day 2: Mid-morning flight to Cusco, afternoon tour of Pisac ruins & market.
Day 3: Tour of Ollantaytambo ruins, Moray ruins and pre-Inca salt pans.
Day 4: Guided tour of Machu Picchu.
Day 5: Re-visit Machu Picchu + short trek.
Day 6: Morning tour of Cusco City.
Day 7: Travel from Cusco to Lake Titicaca.
Day 8: Tour of Lake Titicaca (Uros & Taquile Islands).
Day 9: Fly to Lima, overnight in Miraflores District.
Day 10: Morning tour of Lima, transfer to Lima airport.
Day 1: Collection from Lima airport, overnight in Lima
On your international arrival in Lima, our friendly ground staff will be waiting to meet you. You will be transported to the up-market hotel district of Miraflores, where you will have the day free to relax and rest after your flight. Should you arrive in the evening, we recommend taking advantage of the Lima Airport hotel, conveniently located a stone’s throw from international arrivals.
Day 2: Mid-morning flight to Cusco, afternoon tour of Pisac ruins & market
Today you will take a mid-morning flight to the region of Cusco. On arrival we will collect you and transfer you directly to the lower altitudes of the Sacred Valley. This rural region famous for its rugged snow-capped mountains and Inca archeological sites is some 1,500 feet lower than Cusco City, so richer in oxygen and better for acclimatization. On the way to your hotel, we will stop at the Inca archeological site of Pisac, a vast settlement at the eastern end of the Sacred Valley. Made up of sweeping Inca terraces, mountainside burial chambers and ritual baths, Pisac will be your first introduction to this fascinating Inca region of the country. Later you will have some time to wonder the famous artisanal market of Pisac, where local vendors tout for your business selling everything from piping hot traditional soups to unique Andean produce to fine baby alpaca garments. Time permitting; we will include a visit to Awanakancha, a local Alpaca farm. Lunch is included today.
Day 3: Tour of Ollantaytambo ruins, Moray ruins and pre-Inca salt pans
From Urubamba in the middle of the Valley, you will take a scenic ride out to a lesser-known Inca ruin of Moray. With the imposing mountains of the Cordillera Urubamba in the background, you will travel through the traditional village of Maras and onto Moray Ruin. Cleverly built into the natural curvature of the landscape, a series of concentric circular terraces form a bowl, similar to a large amphitheater. Historians believe that Moray was used by the Incas as a laboratory or testing ground for different crops native to the area. After you will continue on to the pre-Inca salt pans of Maras. Lying in the middle of inconspicuous mountains, with sun reflecting on it as though they were snow, the salt flats will stun you with their beauty, shining out like white gold. Fed with salt water from the Pacific Ocean by means of a deep subterranean crevice, Maras still produces several tones of salt every day all which is painstakingly crushed under-foot by local campesino men. After a relaxing lunch, you will proceed onto the mighty mountain side fortress ruin of Ollantaytambo. Not only is the ruin visually impressive, it also has a strong historical importance, serving as the last stronghold for Inca Manco Yupanqui, leader of the Inca resistance during the fall of the empire.
Day 4: Guided tour of Machu Picchu
Today you will travel to Peru’s high jungle and onto the location of one of the world’s finest archeological gems – the lost Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Following the Urubamba River, you will take a 1 hour and 40 minutes train ride through some of Peru’s most dramatic and stunning scenery. On arrival in Aguas Calientes our ground staff will assist you with your luggage, whilst you proceed directly to Machu Picchu. Our expert resident guides will escort you through the citadel taking you to all of the principal attractions including the Caretakers Hut, the Temple of the Three Windows and the Sun Temple, to name but a few. You’ll have the afternoon free to return to Machu Picchu at your leisure. Tonight we will arrange a hotel close to Machu Picchu for easy access to the citadel in the morning.
Day 5: Re-visit Machu Picchu + short trek
We think that one day is not enough time to full experience Machu Picchu. So today we include an additional free day to enjoy this very special world wonder at your own pace. In addition, we will also include entrance tickets to one of the short treks that can be done from within the park. Huayna Picchu Mountain trek is the most famous, but we think that the Machu Picchu Mountain trek is also an excellent option. Talk to one of our luxury Peru travel experts about which trek might suit you best. Trek is optional. In the afternoon, you will take the train back to the Sacred Valley, where we will collect you and drive you directly to your hotel in Cusco.
Day 6: Morning tour of Cusco City
Historians compare The City of Cusco to great ancient cities like Cairo, Athens and Rome. As the capital of the Inca Empire, it was the most important settlement in the continent, with its ruling power stretching as far as modern day Quito in the north to Santiago de Chile in the south. Today you will take a guided tour of Cusco, visiting Korikancha (the Inca Temple of the Sun), Cusco’s main square Plaza de Armas, Cusco Cathedral and the impressive Inca sites of Saqsayhuman and Q’enqo. Cusco is full of great things to see and do, so we leave the afternoon free so that you can discover this great city at you own pace. We recommend a visit to La Casa concha Museum, or Cusco’s central market San Pedro. Ask a luxury Peru vacation adviser about restaurant recommendations.
Day 7: Travel from Cusco to Lake Titicaca
Today you will travel south from the Cusco Region to the Region of Puno, and onto Lake Titicaca. There are several methods of transport to travel this route, including a tourist bus, the Belmond Andean Explorer Train and a short 50 minutes flight. Contact one of our luxury Peru travel experts for more information on which option might suit you best.
Day 8: Tour of Lake Titicaca (Uros & Taquile Islands)
In the morning, we will collect you for trip on Lake Titicaca. Considered to be the birth place of the universe and mankind alike, Lake Titicaca is a mystical place where myth and legend still live on. From the main pier in Puno you will take a short boat ride out to the floating Uros Islands, where locals still speak the ancient language of Aymara. Made from totora reed found in abundance on the shores of the lake, the islands were originally believed to have been built by locals to escape the advancing Inca army. Nowadays, the fifty or so islands have developed somewhat, and include houses, schools, churches and even convenience stores. Of course absolutely everything is still made from the traditional totora reed. Further out into the deeper azul waters of Lake Titicaca, you will visit the traditional island of Taquile. Following winding path to the summit of the island, you will reach the main plaza, where the views of the island and surrounding water are breath-taking. The inhabitants of Taquile live in an untouched world, where there are no roads, crops are cultivated by hand and old traditions still remain strong. On Taquile the men are the experts in knitting, and it is not uncommon to see a boy as young as 6 or 7 creating incredibly intricate hats or garments, that would put even those with advanced knitting skills to shame.
Day 9: Fly to Lima, overnight in Miraflores District
From Puno, we will take you the short distance to Juliaca airport, where you will catch a midday flight back to Lima. On arrival we will collect you and transfer you to Miraflores, the up-market hotel district of the city. This evening we recommend that you take advantage of some of Lima’s best restaurants, and taste why Lima is now considered to be the new gastronomic capital of South America. Astrid & Gaston by Peru’s celebrity chef – Gaston Acurio – is a great option, or El Central ranked number one in Latin America and number four in the world is simply a must.
Day 10: Morning tour of Lima, transfer to Lima airport
Today, the last day of this exciting luxury Peru vacation, we include a half day tour of Lima. Leaving the hotel district of Miraflores, you will head to the colonial centre of the city where the Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro founded the city in January 1935. On Plaza de Armas, you’ll have time to appreciate Government Palace – home to the president of Peru, Lima Cathedral – an imposing yet stunning structure, and the Archbishops Palace famous for its ornate wooden balconies. Continuing on, you’ll visit the Church and Convent of Santo Domingo, where the Catholic Dominican Order was first founded in Peru, and also home to the famous statue of the Virgen del Rosario and the silver urns that contain the relicts of Santa Rosa the patron saint of Lima. The tour continues on to the business district of San Isidro and on to the Temple of Huallamarca. The solid adobe pyramid structure measuring 21 meters (69 feet tall) is just 1 of 300 archaeological sites which still exist in the City of Lima. The origins of the temple date back to the time of the Lima Culture (100 – 650 A.D).
In the afternoon/evening, we will collect you and transfer you back to Lima airport for your onward international flight home.
Dates are flexible and customized to meet your needs. This tour can start on any day of the year. Let us know which dates work best for you and we will tailor the itinerary accordingly.
The Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco Lake Titicaca & Lima.
This tour is suitable for all ages. A certain amount of light walking needed to navigate Inca archeological sites in the Cusco region (Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley and Cusco). In Lake Titicaca, the visit to the island of Taquile follows an ascending path from the base of the island to the main plaza which can is moderately challenging for some people. This package includes privately guided excursions so the amount of walking needed can be tailored to suit your ability.
When to Travel:
This vacation package is suitable for any month of the year. Many people will avoid the wet season (December – April) opting to travel during Peru’s dry season (May – November). May through August and Christmas/New Year is considered to be high tourist season in Peru. Consult one of our luxury Peru travel experts for more information.
Type of Tour:
Sightseeing, Inca Ruins, light adventure, history, Peruvian culture, lake tour.
US$ 290 – 350+ per person per day (based on 5 star hotels)
US$ 240 – 280 per person per day (based on 4 star hotels)
US$ 180 – 230 per person per day (based on 3 star hotels)
Included in the Price:
- Guided excursions as described in itinerary. Based on private service, with private modern vehicle and dedicated separate driver.
- Entrance tickets, shuttle bus tickets and train tickets.
- Hotel nights as described, including breakfasts.
- Airport collections and drop-offs with check-in and baggage assistance.
- 24 Hour emergency contact number and assistance (in-country).
- 2 x Lunches in the Sacred Valley.
- 1 x box lunch for Lake Titicaca excursion.
Not Included in the Price:
- International flights.
- Domestic flight package. Flights needed Lima – Cusco – Juliaca – Lima. Approximate cost US$ 350 – 420. We only use LAN or Avianca Airlines. We can purchase these flights on your behalf.
- Tips or gratuities.
- Other meals not stated in the itinerary.
- Travel insurance.
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