During this complete itinerary, you will be able to spend the first night at one of the comfortable hotel upon your arrival to Lima and the next day, you will land in Cusco airport to start with the tour to the Sacred valley where you will explore many local markets and see a lot of Andean camelids such as lamas, alpacas & vicuña and also you will be able to stop at one of the small zoo to see the flight of the Condors, parrots, macaws and Andean Pumas.
You will also pass many agriculture terraces where the people grew native Andean crops such as corn, potatoes, beans, and other fruits and vegetables in expansive fields and long spectacularly terraced mountain slopes. Even though the villages of the Sacred Valley, stretching about 100km or 63 miles from Pisac to Ollantaytambo, are highlights of many tourist itineraries and are coveted by hotels developers, they remain starkly traditional. Quechua – speaking residents work the fields with primitive tools and harvest salt with methods unchanged since the days of the Incas, and markets days although now conducted to attract the tourist trade as well as inter village commerce- remain important rituals.
You will also be part of the guided into the sanctuary of Machu Picchu, City tour and Biking tour to Maras Moray & Salt Mines. Your final destination it will be Puno (3,810 m.a.s.l / 12,500ft) 1 or 2 Day Island Tour The highest Navigable Lake in the World Puno is a city in southeastern Peru, located on the Shore of Lake Titicaca. It is the capital city of the Puno Region and the Puno Province with a population of approximately 149,064 (2014 estimate).
Important note: Due to the high demand and limit of entrances to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Montaña even to MACHU PICCHU, we strongly recommend you book in advance before sold out… There are only 400 entrances per day, this climbing depends much of weather conditions especially from January to March is not recommendable for rainy season (Cost for entrance to Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Montaña US$ 15 each)
After enjoyed your breakfast at your Hotel in Puno, we will pass to pick you up from your Hotel between 7:45 to 8:00am and then you will be carried to the port where you will board the motor boat to travel to one of the Floating Island of Uros Island where you will observe the lives of the people who live on the floating reeds island some only 20 meters in length. After hours of spent in the Island , we will continue traveling in our motor boat, we will get the next island called Amantani, just arriving there will be first contact with local’s families, they bring you up to the homes, there you get your accommodation for one night in basic typical room between the agriculture fields. The local family will supply yours all foods (1L – 1D – 1B). After lunch all the group together walk up to highest point of island, called Pachatata temple = 4200m. Is the best place to get pictures from all surround views of this blue sacred lake of the Incas. After the explanation of your tour guide, back to the homes to get your dinner and then you can go to enjoy typical dances with the local music players. Overnight in local family home.
After your delicious buffet breakfast, pick up by our specialist staff and then you will be dropped off at the bus terminal to start this unforgettable experience. There are several ways to make this journey including a bus ride (10 Hours) that includes tourist stops at Andahuaylillas, Tipón, Raqchi, Pikillacta, Sicuani for buffet lunch, La Raya and Pucara with spectacular views.
Note: This trip to Puno can also be organized by airplane straight to Juliana (50 Minutes) from Cusco, where you can then transfer the rest of the way by road (A further 50 minutes) to Puno OR can be organized by Belmond Andean Explorer a Luxury train upon your arrival to Puno, you will be picked up and transfer to one those following hotels (Dinner on your own)
Pick up from your hotel in private vehicle for your 1 hour and 20 minute ride to the village of Chinchero where you and your guide will start your ride. Passing the lagoon of Huaypo, you’ll arrive at the Archaeological Park of Moray, where you stay for about 20 minutes to enjoy the beauty of nature and the unusual Inca terraces. This part of the tour is very attractive because of its rolling hills.
Continuing our trip, you arrive at the village of Maras where a tasty picnic will be waiting.
Peru has one of the largest networks of Inca remains and following the innumerable trails that connect with the most amazing sites in the Cusco, passing through remote villages out of the reach of motorized vehicles, and having the chance to get know local Andean communities and learn their amazing life style. Mountain Biking is a relatively new sport in Peru, but new routes are rapidly being opened up, many of which offer excellent opportunities to ride. After another hour downhill rides, you will feel the peace of the Andean countryside, and enjoy your freedom. You continue your ride to the terraces of salt pans below Maras (with an optional tour) and then again a downhill (approximately 40 minutes), arriving in the Sacred Valley (Pichingoto, Tarabamba) At the end of our Bike tour, we will return to Cusco and drop off at your Hotel in Cusco. (Dinner on your own)
After your delicious breakfast, pick up to start with this famous traditional tour involves the visits, first
Tambomachay (Temple of the Water) a center of adoration and worship of water.
Puca Pucara (Reddish place) that was used as a military control center…
Q`enqo (Labyrinth) A religious center dedicated to the adoration.
Saqsayhuamán (Majestic place with impressive works in stone which some up to 120 tons)
Main Cathedral (Marvel of the religious)
The Koricancha (Temple of the sun) afternoon, you will be drop off to your Hotel in Cusco.
Optional visits to:
San Blas area or Barrio de San Blas, one of Cusco’s oldest neighborhoods.
Inca Museum installed in the Admiral’s House, an important monument of colonial architecture. The museum keeps the main Inca archaeological collection in Peru Inca culture that reflects and other archaeological cultures of the region of Cusco.
San Pedro Market (One`s of the Biggest market of Cusco) On the walk to it you’ll generally notice more and more street vendors and ladies in traditional dress sitting on the side of the streets selling nuts, popcorn and other small bags of dried foods. You’ll spot more and more local shops (tiendas) selling the most random of things all in the one tienda. If you’re looking for an alpaca jumper, a freshly made juice, a bag of nectarines, some plantains to fry, buttifaras (ham sandwiches served on French bread) or some cheesy gifts for your parents or friends back home you’re definitely on your way to the right place!.
Afternoon, transfer back to your hotel (Meals on your own)
This day, is one of the most important and interesting days during your whole trip, you will be picked up from your Hotel very early (BEFORE the BIRDS SING) our guide will meet you at your hotel between 4:30 to 5:00am to aboard the first touristic and shared bus to drop off you at the main door where you have to show your original PASSPORTS and ISIC Cards ( if applicable ) at the check point , and then try to be the first visitors inside of the wonder of the world Machu Picchu and the archaeological sites you will have complete guided tour during 2 to 3 hours of this spectacular mystical place. The GUIDED tour basically includes walk through the different sections such as: The Urban sector, the agriculture sector, and the religions zone was used by the Inca Culture. After the guided tour in Machu Picchu, you will have free time to explore by yourself, walk at your own space, a lot of selfies and to meet other tourists into the sanctuary. According with the time and to your physical conditions, you can coordinate with the tour guide to climb to HUAYNA PICCHU or Machu Picchu Mountain from where you can have the best panoramic view for photos of all Machu Picchu and of deep green canyon surrounding the sacred Inca Citadel. Do not forget that this entrances, must be booked in advance and pay US$ 15 extra. Afternoon and depending on your train schedule back to Cusco, you will have to take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Cusco. After the guided tour, our guide will give you all the instructions for your bus down and train back to Cusco. Upon your arrival to Poroy station, you will be meeting again by our staff and then transfer back to your Hotel. (Dinner on your own)
After your buffet breakfast at the hotel, picked up and transfer to the train station (It takes 5 minutes) where you will have fantastic journey through the sacred valley of the Incas and the remote canyon of Vilcanota to Aguas Calientes village. The train ride consist is an spectacular views along the way in this wonderful land of the Incas, amazing landscapes of mountains and valleys, Inca farming terraces, in both sides of the valley, snowcapped mountains, and sub-tropical jungle near the Ceja de Selva. From Pachar the sacred Vilcanota River. Aguas Calientes town is set in 2,040 mts and is the closest access point to Machu Picchu. After 3H/45 Minutes of journey along the cloud forest and once you arrive there, you will be picked up by our English speaking guide or our representative and then, you will be immediately transferred to Hotel for check in and the free time to explore on your own.
Optional walking in your free time: You can visit the thermal baths located next of the town ( Entrance US$3 or 10 Soles )
Or you can do the walking tour to PUTUCUSI MOUNTAIN : Is a round -shaped mountain located on the opposite side ( Northeast ) of the Urubamba River to Machu Picchu in the Cusco Region of Peru . Reaching approximately 2,500 m.a.s.l (8,400 Ft) at its peak, the mountain offers epic views of Machu Picchu and the surround Urubamba River valley. Putuq K`usi, Machu Picchu (Old peak in Quechua) and Huayna Picchu (Young peak) are considered Apus or Holy mountains by the local Quechua people OR you can do the MANDOR HIKE undertaken Machu Picchu`s most fascinating trek to Mandor located behind the citadel,. This fascinating valley shelters unique species of FLORA & FAUNA as well as a stunning waterfall. The journey to Mandor starts on the outskirts of Aguas Calientes town towards Santa Teresa village. From there, we hike alongside the Vilcanota River and the railroad track until the 114.4 Km marker. The landscape is spectacular since the valley is inhabited by vast of birds such golden oriole, woodpeckers, blue-grey tanagers and the cock -of -the -rock , Peru`s national bird; as well as beautiful wild flowers such as orchids and impressive ferns that are more than 2,000 years old. Or you can just relax walking around the town visiting some museums and visit some handicraft vendors.
At the appropiate time, you will be picked up and transfer to the airport for the flight straight to Cusco. Upon your arrival to Cusco (Flight details: to be confirmed) our guide and representative will be waiting for you, holding an small board written your names and then, you will be transferred to our office to get further information about the trip and pay the remainder balance while you will be informed, our staff will served you COCA tea to avoid the altitude sickness. At the appropriate time, you start with this lovely Sacred Valley (great option to acclimatize) the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, where you’ll board our private coach for a drive to the Sacred Valley.
This mountainous region of Peru offers mystical awe-inspiring sights to discover…The tour includes the visits the small zoo of Cochahuasi where you can observe the flight of the CONDOR`S, Andean pumas, fox, deer’s, parrots, macaws and variety of animals and birds and then you will visit Awana Kancha or (Alpaca farm) which is a weaving center with the goal to keep alive the traditional textile arts. Here you can see four members of the camelids family – llama, alpacas, vicunas and guanacos. Alpaca have thick wool and is the most commonly used while the vicunas are small and delicate with fur considered the finest. You can meet these fours camelids, learn about the harvesting of the different wools and the natural dying techniques and have change to see native weavers from different areas showing their weaving style and dress afterwards, we continue with visit to the Andean native markets and ruins of Pisac.
Enjoy a tasty BUFFET lunch for at the restaurant (variety of dishes and vegetarian optional) after the lunch, the tour continues towards Ollantaytambo, an archaeological site that the Incas built as a fort and includes a temple, agricultural terraces, and an urban area. There are two distinct sectors: Araqama Ayllu, the religious and worship zone, and Qosqo Ayllu, the residential area. Ollantaytambo was an important administrative center with probable military functions due to the walls and towers. There are also traces of ancient roads and aqueducts. The town of Ollantaytambo is called a Living-Inca-Town, since the inhabitants maintain very old practices and customs… Afternoon, you will be drop off in one of this below hotels (Dinner on your own)
Upon your arrival to the Capital city of Lima (Flight details: to be confirmed) our representative will be waiting for you, holding an small board written your names and then, you will be transferred to Hotel for check in and then LIMA CITY TOUR – Colonial & Modern: Visit The Government Palace, the Municipality palace, the Cathedral of Lima, and main colonial buildings around the Plaza Mayor, the 17th century Monastery of San Francisco the most magnificent colonial and monumental center of the America’s, you will find a Basilica with 21 altars, the convent with the cloister, the Clementine and Capitulars room, the choir, the monks library and the Prefunds Museum that exhibits 11 paintings of Rubens. The sacristy exhibits paints of Zurbaran and Rivera. The Gran Patio is garnished with Seville’s tiles from the XVI century and Moorish arcs. It also includes a visit to the underground tombs (catacombs). Then a short tour of the modern districts of San Isidro and Miraflores visiting places like The Love Park or The Indian Market (souvenirs & handicrafts). Finally we will visit a shopping center named Larco Mar, which was built on a spectacular cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
We will also visit an exclusive restaurant “La Rosa Nautica”, where you will have the opportunity to prepare your own “Pisco Sour” and the famous “Ceviche”. Enjoy a delicious lunch, consisting of the most symbolic dishes of Peruvian cuisine. Dinner on your own.
After your breakfast at the local family house, pick up to continue with the tour to Taquile Island which takes around 3 hours by motor boat where you will explore and enjoying a pristine sandy beach there you will have plenty of time to relax and feel the serenity of Titicaca. Then hike through a pre-Inca terraces where you will be guided around the pre-Inca terraces and visit these nice people with their typical dresses and famous for their intricate and fascinating weavings.
We will also visit some local families of weaving at their home and you will learn about their textile art and symbolism that has been declared by UNESCO as WORLD HERITAGE. After your delicious local lunch, you will continue walking around this amazing mountain and visiting some local families and see their tradition. Afternoon, you will walk down till the port to catch the motor boat and return to Puno around 5:00pm, dropped off at the Hotel. (Dinner on your own)
After breakfast, pick up from your Hotel, head towards Juliaca and an excursion to the Sillustani towers. The pre-Inca Sillustani funeral towers lie next to the Umayo Lake and form part of one of the largest and most important necropolis in the world. Used by both the Altiplano civilization and the Incas and their wives “Collas” to honor their dead and in preparation for the after-life. They were abandoned when the first Spanish arrived. With over ninety chulpas (tombs), all built from volcanic rock, those for the Incas can be easily recognized by their finer detail.
Transfer to Juliaca airport for the flight back to Lima.
Cuzco is a city in southeastern Peru, near