Discover the heart and soul of one of the most fascinating civilizations in the Americas, the Incas. Travel from the coastal city of Lima across to the soaring Andean mountains to Machu Picchu and Cusco, capital of the Inca Empire and on to the vast altiplano with its unique island tribes on Lake Titicaca. Immerse yourself in these fascinating cultures and take with you the memories of the incredible panoramas of Peru.
Day 1 – Lima Assistance at your arrival to Lima International Airport by our representative and private driver, and transfer to the selected hotel. Our representative will assist you with check-in procedures and provide you with a detailed itinerary and vouchers covering all the services included in your tour and additional information on the organization of your Peru trip. You will also receive a contact information sheet with all the hotels information as well as our office's contact information for each city and a 24-hour emergency number. Dinner and overnight. (D)
Day 2 – Cusco Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Early this morning our representative will escort you to Lima airport to board your flight to Cusco (1 hour). Upon your arrival to Cusco's airport you will be met by our transferman who will assist you with your luggage and drive you to the hotel for your check-in. Morning at leisure to rest in your hotel in order to avoid altitude sickness.
This afternoon you will go on a private escorted sightseeing tour of the city of Cusco, archaeological capital of South America. Cusco also has the finest examples of Inca history and architecture. A visit of the city's most important historical monuments, The Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Koricancha Temple, and a visit to the surrounding ruins of the Kenko Amphitheater, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara, and Sacsayhuaman Fortress. After the tour you will be driven back to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
Day 3 – Machu Picchu Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Your private guide will meet you at your hotel very early this morning. You will be transferred to Cusco train station to board the Vistadome train, for a dramatic train ride to Machu Picchu (6180 feet), the great mountain-top city abandoned by the Inca Empire, reclaimed by the jungle and lost to humanity until its rediscovery in 1911. The legendary 'Lost City of Machu Picchu' is without a doubt the one of the world's most impressive archaeological sites. Built by the Incas on the summit of "Machu Picchu" (Old Peak), overlooking the deep canyon of the Urubamba river in a semi-tropical area 120 Km. (75 miles) from the city of Cuzco at 7,000 feet above sea level. It sits on a mountain site of extraordinary beauty, in the middle of a tropical mountain cloud forest; Machu Picchu was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height, with its giant walls, terraces and ramps, which appear as though they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. Machu Picchu is also one of the Inca's best kept secrets, since they did not left written records and Spanish chronicles make no mention of the citadel, it remains a mystery.
Upon arrival to the ruins, you will begin a private guided tour of the lost citadel.
Buffet lunch at MachuPicchu Sanctuary Lodge. Afternoon return to Cusco by train accompanied by your private guide. Upon arrival at Cusco train station you will be met by your private driver who will transfer you to you the hotel. Dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 4 – Cusco - Puno Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Early departure by bus to the City of Puno, (3860 m.a.s.l.). During the trip, we pass by the lovely Wacarpay Lake, offering spectacular views of the mountains reflected in its calm waters.
We proceed to the beautiful Town of Andahuaylillas, and visit the Church of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, better known as the Sistine Chapel of the Americas, due to its decorated polychrome ceiling. About 70 km further on, we pass through La Raya Ranch where we can see herds of vicuñas and llamas. Then we travel along the High Plateau of Collao, stopping at the Town of Ayaviri, an important livestock and textile Centre, to visit the impressive Temple of Kalasaya, ruins from the ancient Pucara Culture.
Lunch in a countryside restaurant, where we can enjoy the delightful culinary art of the region. Afternoon arrival in Puno and transfer to your selected hotel in Puno. Dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 5 – Puno Buffet breakfast at your hotel. Early in the morning, we will have an unforgettable motorboat excursion on the waters of Lake Titicaca to the unique "Floating Islands" of the Uros. These ancient inhabitants of the lake, known as the Water Tribe, have built their own "islands" by periodically adding new layers of a type of reed called "totora" (Scirpus Totora), vegetable fiber of the Papyrus family. Their homes and boats are also made from this material. We continue our motorboat trip to Taquile Island, inhabited by Quechua-speaking natives who have developed efficient and unique social systems down through the generations, as well as fine hand weaving techniques. Upon arrival at the Town of Taquile we will have a lunch. Then we will walk through the various hills and archaeological sites of this 6 km long Island. In the afternoon, return to Puno for dinner and overnight at your hotel. (B, L,D)
Day 6 – Lima Buffet breakfast at your hotel. Early morning transfer to Juliaca Airport to board your flight to Lima. On the way to the Airport, we will visit the famous Chullpas of Sillustani: stone cylinder burial chambers used by the Aymaras to bury their important leaders. Lake Umayo, located in front of the Chullpas, adds further beauty to the place. You also have the opportunity to observe several local typical birds.
Upon arrival in Lima, assistance with all departure formalities for your International homebound flight. (B)
Climate Cusco’s climate is divided into two differentiated seasons: the rainy season, from November to April (the heaviest rainfalls occurring usually between January – March); and the dry season, from May to October. The dry season is colder, so temperatures can drop to below 0 degrees at night.
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