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Tour in Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca
8 Days / 7 Nights

ITINERARY

Day 01: Lima

Arrival in Lima, reception and transfer to your Hotel.

Day 02: Lima - Cuzco

Morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Cuzco. Arrival in Cuzco, reception and transfer to the Hotel. Welcome drink of coca tea to help acclimatise to the 3400m setting of Cuzco. Afternoon guided visit of the four ruins nearby; the Sacsayhuaman Fortress overlooking the of Cuzco, a pre Inca architectural masterpiece; Kenko, a rock sanctuary whose main attraction is the monolithic altar representing a puma, the red Fortress of Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay, a beautiful fountain fed by a spring forming a series of basins continue to the city of Cuzco; the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun. Return to your hotel.

Day 03: Cuzco - Machu Picchu

Early transfer to the railway station for the 06.00 departure to Aguas Calientes in Vistadome class train and then a bus ride up to the spectacular Machu Picchu ruins (25 minutes).

Guided visit of Machu Picchu. Built by the Inca Pachacutec, comprising stone blocks fitted with masterful precision that harmoniously blends into the mountain landscape. There are many theories as to the origins behind Machu Picchu but three of the most popular ideas include a temple to the sun, a fortress against the jungle inhabitants or a sanctuary for the Incas. This fabulous city has houses, temples, warehouses, a large central square, all connected by narrow roads and steps, and is surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side which were used for agriculture. After the tour, free time to enjoy this magical and spiritual wonder. Opportunity for a trek (approx 1 hour) up to the sungate (Intipunku), which is a part of the Inca Trail, for a magical view of the sanctuary. Free morning in Aguas Calientes. Return to Cuzco with the 1530 train. Arrival in the evening and transfer to your hotel.

Day 04: Sacred Valley - Pisac - Ollantaytambo

Full-day excursion to the beautiful Urubamba, the Sacred Valley of the Inca situated between Pisac and Ollantaytambo. It is an exceptionally fertile valley that was and still remains the larder of Cuzco. Visit the village of Pisac, founded during colonial times, and set at the foot of a hill crowned by the remains of an ancient Inca city. On Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Indians barter their products in the main square and artisans from around the area sell their woven alpaca wool blankets and ponchos, engraved gourds, antique reproductions, jewellery, etc. On Sundays it is also the meeting place for Mayors from all the villages in the region, dressed in their traditional costumes to attend morning mass. After a buffet lunch, a visit to Ollantaytambo, the only Inca town which was not defeated by the Spanish with an opportunity to explore the ruins which tower above. Late afternoon return to Cuzco whilst visiting en-route the traditional market of Chinchero. Return to your hotel.

Day 05: Cuzco - Puno

Transfer to the railway station for the wonderful trans-altiplano Inca express. Lunch onboard the "Orient Express" of Peru. Along the route, there shall be plenty of opportunities to see alpacas and vicuñas in their natural habitat along with the marvellous scenery of the altiplano. A stop at the highest point, La Raya, 4319m, will also be made. (Alternatively, you may fly to Juliaca and then transfer to Puno). Reception and transfer to your hotel.

Day 06: Lake Titicaca Islands

After breakfast, early transfer to the port for the boat journey on Lake Titicaca to the floating islands of Uros. Made entirely of reeds and inhabited by the Aymara Uros people, they live in huts built on platforms of reeds, not more than 30-40 cms/1foot thick. Short hike on the islands, then the boat trip continues as far as the island of Taquile. Members of this self supporting Aymara community receive visitors in their colourful national costume and show them around the island. Taquile is also renowned for its fine, decorative weavings. Lunch on the island and an opportunity for some spectacular views over the haunting beauty of Lake Titicaca. Return to Puno and your hotel.

Day 07: Lima

Transfer to the airport (Juliaca) for your flight to Lima. Transfer to your hotel in Lima. Afternoon guided city tour of Lima.

Day 08: Lima

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • 7 night’s accommodation in hotels with private bathroom, including breakfast
  • All transfers, tours and excursions as per itinerary with local English speaking guides
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Train tickets: Cuzco - Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) – Cuzco in Vistadome class
  • All entrance fees

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • Meals not specified on the itinerary
  • All domestic flights require a US$5.00 charge (airport tax), payable at the airport
  • Personal expenses such as telephone bills, laundry expenses, beverages, etc
  • Insurance against theft, loss, illness and/or accident
  • Tips, baggage porterage and other extras not specified
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