Peru - Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca

Discover the must see sights of Peru with visits to Machu Picchu, Cusco and Lake Titicaca

Enjoy the best of Peru to the fullest with this round-trip from Lima to Lima. Visit beautiful colonial cities, the sites of ancient civilisations, and explore some of the most spectacular landscapes in South America. Get to know the descendants of the Incas and explore ancient Inca ruins. Discover the beautiful city of Cusco; see first-hand how the past still lives in the islands of Lake Titicaca, and make a pilgrimage to the snow capped peaks of the Andes to explore the magnificent Machu Picchu citadel. This trip can also easily be extended to include an extension to the Amazon Jungle or to Arequipa and the Colca Canyon if you wanting to spend longer in Peru. 

Tour highlights

    • Lima: The capital’s great architectural ensemble has earned the UNESCO World Heritage Site status, with attractions as the Casa Aliaga, the Cathedral and the Main Square.
    • Cusco: Discover the former capital of the Inca Empire which offers attractions such as the baroque Cathedral, and the Sacsayhuaman archaeological site.
    • Sacred Valley: Discover the ancient town of Pisac and the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo among other sights.
    • Machu Picchu: The lost city of the Incas is hidden on top of an Andean peak, offering views not only of the mountains, but also of the Inca past.
    • Lake Titicaca: A cruise on the lake makes a stop at Taquile island and the floating Uros Islands.
    • Direct flights with British Airways from London Gatwick (regional departures from the UK)
    • Itinerary can be tailor-made to your requirements. 

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival into Lima

On arrival in Lima, you receive assistance at the airport and are transferred to your selected hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure to get to know the city.

Overnight at Dazzler Lima. Classic room.  

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 2

Lima Markets and Cooking Tour

Our culinary adventure begins at a typical Peruvian Market. There, you will be able to appreciate a wide variety of Peruvian products and enjoy and taste exotic fruits. Be amazed by the huge variety of fish and seafood our ocean, considered one of the richest in the World, has to offer. 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. Later you will enjoy a delicious lunch, consisting of the most symbolic dishes of Peruvian cuisine.

Overnight at Dazzler Lima. Classic room.  

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

Lima - Cusco

Pick-up after breakfast and transfer from your hotel to Lima Airport to catch a flight to Cusco. A meet and greet service on arrival is followed by transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to begin acclimating to the altitude. 

Overnight at Aranwa Cusco boutique. Classic room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 4

Lima - Cusco: Cusco city tour

In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of this charming city, which was the capital of the Inca Empire. The tour starts with a visit to Santo Domingo Convent, a large Renaissance-baroque complex, which was built over the Inca Qoricancha temple. Ancient chronicles say the temple was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. Continue to the Plaza de Armas to visit the cathedral. It features an elaborate Renaissance facade and, like other important monuments in the city, was built over a demolished Inca temple. Head to the hills above Cusco to visit the remains of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, whose imposing ramparts offer a stunning panoramic view of Cusco, the ruins of temple and amphitheater of Qenqo, where it is believed the Incas practised agricultural rituals. Finally, visit Puka Pukara (‘Red fortress’ in Quechua) an Inca military complex located on a prominent hill. 

Overnight at Aranwa Cusco boutique. Classic room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 5

Cusco - Sacred Valley: Sacred Valley excursion

You will start your tour at Awanakancha, a farm of South American camelids and showroom of textiles, where local families show the entire traditional process of weaving and making garments. You will then visit the Pisac market, which has scores of stands that exhibit and sell products manufactured by the residents of the area. It is possible to find textiles, carvings and replicas of old Inca pieces. After having lunch at a local restaurant, you will go to the Ollantaytambo town, a typical example of the urban planning of the Incas, whose residents still live in accordance with their old traditions. Pachacútec (1438-1471) conquered the town, destroyed it and built a new one in the Inca style, to absorb it as part of his expanding empire. Ollantaytambo shows a huge archaeological complex that, considered one of the most monumental works of the Inca Empire. Although it bears the name of fortress, it was actually a tambo, a leisure place used to accommodate the delegations that traveled long distances. 

Overnight at Casa Andina Private Collection. Superior room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu: Machu Picchu excursion

Departure by Vistadome train to Machu Picchu. On arrival you board a coach for a 25-minute ride to Machu Picchu itself. The ‘Lost City of the Incas’ had lain abandoned in the heavens for four centuries until American explorer Hiram Bingham happened upon it in 1911. Machu Picchu is believed to have been built in the 1450s by Inca emperor Pachacuti as a holiday retreat yet within a century the city would be abandoned following the Spanish conquest. The Spaniards never found it so it was spared the destruction they wrought on other Inca sites. A guided tour explains the origins behind this awe-inspiring citadel and the most prominent landmarks among the 200 or so buildings such as the monumental Main Square, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Circular Towers, the Sacred Sun Dial and the Burial Grounds. Rest of the day free at leisure.

Overnight at El Mapi. Superior Deluxe room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Machu Picchu - Cusco

Breakfast at the hotel is followed by a free morning. We strongly recommend that you wake early today and make your way to see the sunrise over Machu Picchu. This is a genuine once-in-a-lifetime experience. The best views are from Huayna Picchu, which is about 360 meters above Machu Picchu and boasts an underground temple complex, and Inti Punku, which offers even better views from some 390 meters above the citadel. Another option is the Inca Bridge, a secret military trail, which controlled access to the citadel. In the afternoon, return by train to Cusco.

Overnight at Aranwa Cusco boutique. Classic room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 8

Bus to Lake Titicaca

A tourist bus will take you from Cusco to Puno making stops in various places. First you will visit the districts of Andahuaylillas and Huaro with its beautiful baroque churches. Then go to Checacupe, and once the visit is over, you will be transferred to Raqchi to enjoy a delicious Andean buffet at a local restaurant. The next stop is at La Raya, the highest point on route (4,338 m.a.s.l.), and the last visit before reaching Puno, is Pukara where you will discover the Lithic Museum. The bus leaves daily. A vehicle and guide will pick you up at the bus station at the agreed time to take you to your hotel.

Overnight at Casa Andina Private Collection. Lake View room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9

Lake Titicaca: Uros and Taquille Island tour

Transfer to the shore of Lake Titicaca after breakfast to enjoy a motor boat cruise, alighting at a number of the islands in the lake. The first stop is at the unique Uros Islands. There are more than 40 of these floating islets, which are made entirely from totora reeds plucked from the lake. Meet the Aymara-speaking islanders, learn all about the making of the islands, their lifespan and upkeep while exploring these marvels of engineering made using only primitive materials and methods. Board the boat again to continue the voyage of discovery at timeless Taquile island, where the Quechua-speaking residents have maintained their ancient social system and earned a reputation for their fine hand-weaving technique. The island’s history is also as fascinating as its people, having been a penal colony during Spanish colonial times. Return to Puno for lunch with rest of the day free at leisure.

Overnight at Casa Andina Private Collection. Lake View room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10

Departure for the UK

Private transfer to the airport for your flight back to Lima and then onto the UK.

If you wanting to extend your time in Peru then why not consider an extension to the Amazon Jungle. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

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1st November 2016 - 30th November 2017

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