Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca

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Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca

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

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 tour from 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. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival into Lima

Arrival into Lima

On arrival in Lima, you will be met at the airport by one of our representatives and transferred to your selected hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure to get to know the city.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 1 - Arrival into Lima

Day 2 - Lima

Full Day Lima Markets & Culinary Delights 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. Later in the afternoon, take a walking tour around Barranco with its amazing handicrafts before finishing off learning and delighting in Peru's famous 'Piccarones' dessert - yum!

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 2 - Lima

Day 3 - Cusco

Lima to Cusco - City Tour & Sites

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.

In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the charming city of Cusco. The tour starts with a visit to Santo Domingo Convent, a large Renaissance-baroque complex, which was built over the Inca Qoricancha temple. It was one of the most important temples dedicated to the worship of the sun and its foundations are still prominent at the base of the convent. Continue to the Plaza de Armas to visit the cathedral. It features an elaborate Renaissance façade 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 practiced agricultural rituals. Finally, visit Puka Pukara (‘Red fortress’ in Quechua) an Inca military complex located on a prominent hill.


INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 3 - Cusco

Day 4 - Cusco - Sacred Valley

Chinchero, Maras & Moray

Today you will visit Chinchero, a small traditional village located on the way to Urubamba from Cusco. At Chinchero you will visit a traditional weaving workshop were you will be given a very interesting presentation on how the local artisans use natural products such as various plants, minerals and even insects, to obtain the varied selection of colors used to dye their textiles.

Later you will have the opportunity to visit Moray and the Maras Salt Mines which are built into the mountainous surrounds.


INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 - Cusco - Sacred Valley

Day 5 - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

Visito to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu

Morning visit to Ollantaytambo town, a typical example of the urban planning of the Incas, whose residents still live in accordance with their old traditions. Pachacutec (1438 – 1471) conquered the town, Ollantaytambo shows a huge archaeological complex that is considered one of the most monumental works of the Inca Empire. Late morning, you will board the train to Machu Picchu for a two hour journey. On arrival to Aguas Calientes train station, walk to check in at your hotel. After freshening up, your guide will take you to board the suttle bus coach for a 20-minute ride to Machu Picchu itself. The ‘Lost City of the Incas’ had lain abandoned in the heavens for four centuries. Machu Picchu is believed to have been built in the 1450s by Inca emperor Pachacute as a retreat. 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, and the Burial Grounds. Return to your hotel, to enjoy the rest of the day.

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

Day 6 - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Machu Picchu Optional Trek

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. You can select some recommended activities such as:

  • The Inti Punku (Sun gate) which offers even better views of the citadel
  • The Inca Inca Bridge, a secret military trail, which controlled access to the citadel
  • The best views are from Huayna Picchu, which is about 360 meters above Machu Picchu and boasts an underground temple complex In the afternoon, return by train to Cusco.

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 6 - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Day 7 - Cusco – Puno

Bus to Lake Titicaca

This morning, a tourist bus will take you from Cusco to Lake Titicaca, making numerous tops in various places. First you will visit the districts of Andahuaylillas and Huaro with its beautiful baroque churches. Then head to the amazing Temple of Wiracocha before being 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 (4,338m altitude), and the last visit before reaching Puno, is Pukara where you will discover the Lithic Museum. 

You will be met at the bus station and transferred to your Puno hotel for a relaxing evening. 

Accommodation at Casa Andina Private Puno in Superior Lake View

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 - Cusco – Puno

Day 8 - Puno

Uros & Taquile 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.


INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 - Puno

Day 9 - Juliaca – Lima

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

Day 9 - Juliaca – Lima

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Pricing

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Availability of tour components and flights seats change continually, affecting the final price. The lead-in price given is therefore for guidance only.
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