The Wonders of Peru: Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley and Lake Titicaca

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  • Duration: 12 days
  • Price: from $4,495 per Person
Day 1

Welcome to Peru and the Sacred Valley!

Once you arrive in Cusco your private driver will be waiting to whisk you away to your home for the next three nights in picturesque Ollantaytambo, the heart of the sacred valley. The quaint little town of Ollanta is home to two massive inca ruins and is the best surviving example of inca city planning. It’s been inhabited continuously since the 13th century and is the perfect place to experience daily life in the Sacred Valley, especially in the evenings once the hordes of tourists of passed through on their way to Cusco or Machu Picchu.

Night in Ollantaytambo at Hotel El Albergue (B)

Day 2

Private Full Day Guided Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo Tour

Today you are picked up at the hotel and head towards the town of Pisaq. This town is famous for its Indian Market held in the town’s main square. You will be able to appreciate handcrafted ceramics, jewelry, woven items and lots of other interesting articles made by the local artisans.  After our visits to the Pisaq Market, we keep going until our arrival to the city of Urubamba where we will stop for a buffet lunch. In the afternoon we will head back towards the town of Ollantaytambo, where the famous fortress is located.

Night in Ollantaytambo at Hotel El Albergue (B)

Day 3

Private Full Day Guided Maras, Moray Salt Mines and Chinchero Market Tour

We will head towards the town of Maras. Very close to the village, we can find the oldest salt mines in the continent. These mines provided salt to the Inca Empire. Salt was of extreme importance to the Incas, it was used to preserve food. The locals still work these mines. After Maras, we will visit the town of Moray famous for its “andenes” (platforms created by the Incas to experiment with the different micro-climates for agricultural purposes.

In the afternoon you will enjoy a private guided trip to Chinchero village. The visit combines Inca archeological sites, typical Andean community, a colonial church, and a colorful market which to date, on its “market day” practice the tradition of “barter” goods. On the way you will see some of the most scenic spots in the Sacred Valley.

Night in Ollantaytambo at Hotel El Albergue (B)

Day 4

Private Full Day Guided Tour of Machu Picchu

Transfer from the hotel to the train station early in the morning to board the Vistadome Train. When the train arrives to the train station, in the town of Aguas Calientes, our guide will be waiting for you. You will board a bus that will take you to the entrance to Machupicchu (a 20 minutes’ drive).

The city of Machu Picchu was built by the Incas on a narrow ridge between Machu Picchu (“old peak” in the local Quechua language) mountain and Huayna Picchu (“young peak”) mountain at an elevation of 8,000 feet. In order to truly understand the significance of the Lost City of the Incas is to know that the Incas revered nature and worshipped Pacha Mama, or Mother Earth. During this comprehensive guided tour you will learn about and see such significant sites of the ruins such as the Temple of the Condor and how it points in the direction of the sun. Or how in the Temple of the Sun, the sun enters one window during summer solstice and how the sun enters a different window during winter solstice. And you will be amazed to see how the Sacred Rock takes an identical shape to Yanantin Mountain directly behind it.

Your guided tour of Machu Picchu is sure to be an experience never to be forgotten. It will also provide an excellent overview of the most significant sites within the complex so that you can go back to visit your favorite ones on your own tomorrow.

Night at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge (B)

Day 5

Hike to the Peak of Huayna Picchu and Intipunku at the Inca Trail

Today you will be up before the crack of dawn to take the first bus up to the Lost City of the Incas for your once-in-a-lifetime trek to the top of Huayna Picchu, which hovers nearly 1,000 feet above and behind the Lost City of the Incas. The trek to the top is not for the faint of heart. But once you reach the peak will be rewarded with 360 degree views of the towering Andes and the ruins of Machu Picchu below that will literally take your breath away!

After a hearty lunch and good rest, the second part of today’s journey takes you up the Inca Trail to Intipunku, otherwise known as the “Sun Gate”. It is this point that the adventurous who do the 3.5 day trek of the Inca Trail peer down on the ruins for the first time as they watch the sun rise above while contemplating their last push to arrive at Machu Picchu.

Night at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge (B)

Day 6

Train from Aguas Calientes to Cusco

Today you can get one last glimpse of the Citadel in the sky before winding your way down to Aguas Calientes and boarding the train for Cusco. Sit back, relax and ponder the indredible sights of Machu Picchu on your way to Cusco.

Night in Cusco at Hotel Casa de Campo (B)

Day 7

Private Half Day Guided Tour of Cusco

Today’s comprehensive tour of Cusco and the most important surrounding architectural sites begins with a visit to Qoricancha, which means “Golden Courtyard”. It was considered to be the most sacred site in the Inca religion and was actually the center of the Inca world.

Following Qoricancha, you will visit the Cusco Cathedral which was started in the year 1559 and lodges the greatest collection of Peruvian colonial art. It is also said to be one of the most beautiful and significant monuments in the Americas. The next stop is the Plaza de Armas which was the epicentre of social life and where major religious holidays were celebrated by the Incas.

On the northern outskirts of Cusco sit the ruins of the famous Citadel, Sacsayhuaman. The spectacular fortress was built with huge carved boulders adjoined with incredulous accuracy. We’ll have plenty of time to discover the massive fortress on your own.

Two other spectacular sites boasting architectural precision are Qenqo and Tambomachay. For its part, Qenqo is an immense rocky promontory marked by carved steps, wells and channels. The fine architectural features of Tambomachay are characterized by platforms, niches and fountains fed by spring water from higher ground.

Night in Cusco at Hotel Casa de Campo (B)

Day 8

Private Guided Tour of the Barroco Andino Route

Scenic route of one of the best expressions of the Peruvian Andean Baroque artistic movement, including the Canicunca Chapel, the Saint John the Baptist Church in Huaro, the Saint Peter the Apostle Church of Andahuaylillas and the Society of Jesus Church in Cusco.

Night in Cusco at Hotel Casa de Campo (B)

Day 9

Andean Explorer Train to Lake Titicaca. Winner of South America´s Leading Luxury train by World Travel Awards 2012-2013.

Departure from Wanchaq Train Station in Cusco at 8:00 hrs. Approximately length of train journey is ten hours. The train will depart to the southeast along the Hutanay River through green fields dotted with willow trees and eucalyptus trees across remote communities gathered around colonial churches. The train will cross Oropesa, a working community who is responsible, to provide daily bread consumed in the imperial city.

Before you reach the Lake Muina, the train will cross the valley road to reach Huambutio Vilcanota River, which plunges steeply into the gorge before widening to reach the Grand Canyon of the Urubamba.

In Rumicolca you will approach the great stone doorway of the same name, silent guardian of the southern entrance of Cusco in the Incas time. For the Wari culture, the predecessor of the Inca culture, it was served to channel water aqueduct from the picturesque Laguna from Lucre to the walled city of Pikillaqta.

Night at Hotel Colon Inn Puno (BL)

Day 10

Full Day Guided Tour of the Aymaras Villages

CHUCUITO: The city of Chucuito is located 18 km a 20 minutes south of the city of Puno. Also visit the famous temple of fertility called “inka u and u” was formerly called Temple of the Sun (Inca).

ARAMU WALL: Also known as Wilca Uta, located 75 km trip of 01:20 hours by road from Puno. Aramu is a rock wall where a door is carved in low relief. This place is mysterious, locals believe that there are spirits haunting the door and the area is full of energy.

JULI: Located 79 km from the city of Puno a trip of 01:30 hours by road. The village of Juli is also known as Little Rome of America, here came the first missionaries (Dominicans) in 1539 as Juli was part of the kingdom of Lupacas, where they established doctrines to evangelize the people building churches like Rome in Italy . Currently it has 4 churches with similar names in Rome (Italy) and San Pedro, Santa Cruz, Our Lady of the Assumption and St. John Lateran. Juli churches have their windows made Alabaster stone, as this type of stone catches the light.

POMATA: Pomata located 105 km trip 02:00 Road, founded by the Spanish in 1534, now known as the philosophical highland balcony from where you have a spectacular view of Lake Titicaca. In 1540 the chapel of Santa Barbara rises at the foot of Calvary hill and in 1576 the colonial church of St. James Baroque brownstones built in the area, inside there are catacombs where the remains of the bishops of the altiplano. The first settlers called the Puma Uta area that later the Spaniards call Pomata.

Night at Hotel Colon Inn Puno (B)

Day 11

Private Full Day Uros and Taquille Islands Guided Tour

Transfer from the hotel to take a motor boat from the port of Puno to the floating islands of the Uros. The Uros Islands are a group of 70 man-made islands floating in Lake Titicaca that are made out of Totora Reeds. The inhabitants, known as the Uros Tribe, continue to hunt and fish the local waters they occupy.

We will continue our trip in the Titicaca Lake until the arrival to the Taquile Island thru the backpart of the island at the port of CHUÑO. It takes about 1 hour to get to the town, where we will visit the craft center that boasts very fine handcrafted items. Lunch will be provided on the island before we depart around 14:30 for the 2.5 hours scenic boat ride along Lake Titicaca back to Puno.

Night at Hotel Colon Inn Puno (BL)

Day 12

Private Transfer to Juliaca and Flight to Lima for International Flight Home

Today you will be picked up at your Puno Hotel in the morning for the private transfer to the local Juliaca Airport. Once you arrive in Lima you can opt for an optional city tour while waiting for your evening flight home.

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