This trip will show you the best sites from the Inca Empire which include locations in Cusco and Puno. You will have the opportunity to choose between two options to get to Machupicchu. Two options that are different due to the geographical locations through which these trails go in order to arrive in the magnificent citadel of Machupicchu, also you will be visiting the highest commercially navigable lake in the World; Lake Titicaca.
HIGHLIGHTS: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu, Puno, Lake Titicaca.
Arrival in Lima; upon your scheduled arrival our Receptionist will be waiting for you at the arrival area. After the greeting and introduction we will then proceed to transfer you to the designated hotel. Once you have been briefed and checked in and depending on the time of your arrival, you can take this time to walk around and get to know the vicinity or just relax and enjoy the rest of the day.
City tour of Lima, the places that we will visit include Huaca Pucllana, which was a ceremonial and administrative Pre-Incan building, the Cathedral of Lima, Francisco Pizarro’s Tomb, the catacombs of the San Francisco Monastery and more. Also we will get to see the modern neighborhoods of San Isidro and Miraflores with its beautiful boardwalks along the coast.
Following the city tour, we will get ready to indulge into an exceptional gastronomic experience; Musiculinaria awaits us. Lima is considered the gastronomic capital of South America. Needless to say a visit to Lima without experiencing its cuisine would be unthinkable. This is why we will head to the bohemian district of Barranco and inmerse ourselves in the atmosphere of this part of town, walk through the”bridge of the sighs” and other attractions nearby. After that we will see a “Huarique Limeño”. In this restaurant we will have the opportunity of tasting amazing typical dishes and desserts all of this while enjoying a fabulous artistic show that combines the music with the gastronomy during their preparations.
Early in the morning we will transfer to the airport so that you can take your flight to Juliaca. Our receptionist will be waiting for you at the airport in Juliaca. We will transfer you to your hotel in Puno. The remainder of the afternoon is free at your disposal to get acclimatized to the area or plan any activities in the vicinity.
Early in the morning we will pick you up at your hotel and take you to the harbor so that you can take the motorboat and embark yourself on a travel to the past.
Our first stop will be the Floating Island of Uros which is a short distance away from the harbor. Here we will step on the floating islands and visit the community of the Uros. They will explain us the process of how they have managed to live in this islands for hundreds of years. They will show us how they make sure that the Islands stay afloat by exchanging the totora reeds.
We then continue our tour to the Island of Taquile which is about an hour and a half away. Once we arrive to Taquile we get to admire their ancient weaving techniques and other textile manufacturing skills. This is one of the few natural islands on the lake. It is worth mentioning that the Island is under UNESCO protection as humankind’s intangible heritage. Lunch will be served and enjoyed in this fantastic scenery.
We then return to Puno harbor in the afternoon while enjoying the amazing sunset on our way back. Transfer to hotel upon arrival.
We will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the bus station where we will take a full day bus ride to the imperial city of Cusco. In this trip we will make several stops to visit the local attractions of each stop, first we will stop in Pucara and visit the “Museo de piedra de pucara”. We then will make a stop at la Raya (4400 masl) and enjoy the majestic mountains and awesome landscape of the area, we will then make a lunch stop at Sicuani and enjoy the local views. Back on the road our next stop will be the temple of Wiracocha in Raqchi. This temple was dedicated to the main Inca deity; Wiracocha. Finally we will stop at the beautiful church of Andahuaylillas which is called the “Sixtine Chapel of South America” for the opulent decoration of the interiors.
Once we arrive to Cusco, we will transfer you to your hotel.
This day is just dedicated to you…Enjoy the day and relax or plan some activities….it is completely up to you.
This is a whole day tour where we will start our trip picking you up from your hotel and heading to Chinchero, which is a picturesque town some 26 kms away from Cusco, They are well known for their antique techniques of weaving. On Sundays a market takes place where you can get transported in time due to the typical attires that the locals wear for this occasion. We continue our trip to Moray considered to be the “Agricultural Laboratory of the Incas”. This is a complex of round terraces which were used to test crops and growing techniques. We then keep heading to Maras famous for its salt mines, this mines have been her since times before the Incas and is amazing to see the locals still using their ancient techniques to extract salt. The views of these area in general are worth the trip alone. We keep moving on and pass the city of urubamaba and arrive to the ancient fortress town of Ollantaytambo. We will take a tour of the Fortresss and enjoy the beautiful sights that this site has to offer.
A la carte tour with two options:
Option A: Salkantay Trek
Option B: Jungle Trek.
They say that part of a life of Journeys around the world includes a mandatory visit to Machupicchu. Early morning after breakfast you will start your incredible experience at one of the new marvels of the world; Machu Picchu. The two Hour guided tour will take you to some of the most important landmarks in Machupicchu like the Main Square, Intihuatana, the temple of the Sun, Temple of the three windows, and the temple of the Condor to mention only a few of them. After the guided tour, you will have plenty of time to explore the citadel all by yourself. We return late in the afternoon via train to Cusco and subsequently we will take you to your hotel.
After breakfast we will transfer you to the airport in the morning for your flight to Lima. Once you arrive to Lima one of our Representatives will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free for you to make some last arrangements or visits to the many attractions that Lima has to offer.
We will arrange the pickup from your hotel depending on the time of your flight’s departure. At this point we want to express our gratitude for taking our services and hope to be available for you another time when you decide to come back to Peru or any other location in this wonderful part of the world. Thank you so much and see you soon!!!
*****Optional activities are available upon request*****
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