13 Day Inca trail- Condor- Lake Titicaca- Machu Picchu- Sacred Valley- Cusco Tours

landscape of Arequipa, Peru

Landscape of Arequipa, Peru

A luxury adventure that includes 2 of South America’s best luxury train rides. Explore fascinating Inca ruins in region of Cusco including Machu Picchu, Cusco and the Sacred Valley before traveling south to Lake Titicaca where time has stood still for hundreds of years. Featuring all the finest luxury hotels and services.

In Andean belief, Titicaca is the birthplace of the sun. In addition, it’s the largest lake in South America and the highest navigable body of water in the world. Banner blue skies contrast with bitterly cold nights. Enthralling and in many ways singular, the shimmering deep blue Lake Titicaca is the longtime home of highland cultures steeped in the old ways.

Pre-Inca Pukara, Tiwanaku and Collas all left a mark on the landscape. Today the region is a mix of crumbling cathedrals, desolate altiplano and checkerboard fields backed by rolling hills and high Andean peaks. In this world, crops are still planted and harvested by hand. Campesinos (peasants) wear sandals recycled from truck tires, women work in petticoats and bowler hats, and llamas are tame as pets.

Later on, we will have a chance to visit a very special ruin site in Ollantaytambo, and see the many temples of pink granite stone and the famous Princess’ Bath. After this, take some time to explore the spaces of Ollantaytambo on your own – the last living Incan city!

At Machu Picchu, Our amazing tour guides will lead you throughout the ancient city, wonder by wonder – special for your own private group! You will learn about ceremonies, how people lived, and how they connected with the Pacha Mama – or “Mother Earth”. Our local guide will give you inside information passed down so that you will get the real story of what happened here. After that you will have plenty of time on your own to explore and enjoy Machu Picchu, and discover the wonders of the ancient city yourself!

The Amazon jungle also hides one of the most exciting legends about another lost city of the Incas…. After the Spanish invasion of Peru the last Incan rulers left for some city in the jungle, where they lived from 1536 to 1573. The name of the city was Vilcabamba, which we will be making the journey to. Spanish friar and chronicler Fray Martin de Murúa describes this place in his Historia General del Pirú (General History of Peru) as follows:

“The climate is such that bees make honeycomb like those of Spain in the boards of the houses, and the maize is harvested three times a year. It is good agricultural land, and the water used to irrigate the land increases the harvest yield. Cocoa, sugar cane, manioc, batata (sweet potato) and cotton are abundant here. The town has a location half a league wide (the same as Cuzco) but covering a long distance in length. Here they raised parrots, hens, ducks, local rabbits, turkeys, pheasants, curassow, macaw and thousands of other birds with various bright feathers. guava, pecan, peanuts, papaya, pineapples, avocado and other fruit trees.

 

We will also have the opportunity to take part in a fully personalized city tour of Cuzco – the capital of the region. We will visit the famous local market of San Pedro. There is a huge diversity of products available. We will see the 12 square stones at Inca Roca Palace in Cusco. We will also visit the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun. We will even have the change to enter Sacsayhuaman Temple, Tambomachay and Qenqo – famous sites around Cusco. Within Saqsayhuaman, our guide may even have a special surprise for waiting for us….

Short Itinerary

  • DAY 1: ARRIVE IN LIMA – AREQUIPA
  • DAY 2: AREQUIPA TO COLCA CANYON
  • DAY 3: COLCA CANYON TO THE CONDOR’S CROSS – PUNO CITY
  • DAY 4: FLOATING ISLAND LAKE TITICACA
  • DAY 5: LAKE TITICACA – CUSCO THE INCA CAPITAL CITY.
  • DAY 6: FAMOUS PISAQ MARKET AND MORAY- SALT MAINS – OLLANTAYTAMBO
  • DAY 7: OLLANTAYTAMBO ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE
  • DAY 8: OLLANTAYTAMBO – KM 104(CHACHABAMBA) SACRED PATH TO MACHU PICCHU
  • DAY 9: MACHU PICCHU RUINS FULL DAY
  • DAY 10: MACHUPICCHU TO VILCABAMBA
  • DAY 11: VILCABAMBA SACRED SITE – SANTA MARIA
  • DAY 12: SANTA MARIA -OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO
  • DAY 13: CUSCO CITY TOUR – FLY BACK TO LIMA – HOME

DAY 1 ARRIVE IN LIMA – Arequipa

Pick up from airport and transfer to hotel in Lima or fly straight to Arequipa to the Hotel. We recommend that you fly direct to Arequipa if possible so as to save time.

DAY 2 AREQUIPA TO COLCA CANYON

  • Pick up from hotel after breakfast at 12:00 p.m.
  • Exchange currency and learn about the day’s activities
  • Delicious lunch provided.
  • Visit the White City of Arequipa
  • Afternoon private bus to Colca Canyon to the town of Chivay and your hotel
  • Welcoming ceremony in the afternoon at the hotel with Guide.
  • Dinner on your own. Note: Arequipa is lower than Cusco at 2360 meters which is why we begin here to ease your acclimation to the altitude. For your convenience, we provide water and energy bars for daily consumption.

DAY 3 COLCA CANYON TO THE CONDOR’S CROSS – PUNO CITY

  • Breakfast at your hotel starting at 5:30 a.m.
  • Pick up from hotel after breakfast at 6:15 a.m.
  • Wake up earlier to go to the best point of the canyon, well-known as The Condor’s cross, and enjoy the 2nd deepest canyon in the world after one in Nepal. On the way back, visit the traditional towns of Pinchillo, Maca, and Yanque.
  • Lunch buffet in Chivay
  • Private transportation to your hotel in Puno (Approximately 5 hours).
  • Dinner on your own.

DAY 4 FLOATING ISLAND LAKE TITICACA

  • Breakfast at the hotel starting at 6:00 a.m.
  • Pick-up at 8:00 a.m. at the hotel for a boat ride to the floating islands and after ride in the type of reed boat the ancient people used, we will go to Takile Island to hike and see the beauty of the place. We will see many birds and native people in their colorful costumes on the way to the island.
  • Lunch of local trout on the island of Takile, which is famous for its food and weavings.
  • Back to Puno to the hotel
  • Dinner on your own

DAY 5 LAKE TITICACA – CUSCO THE INCA CAPITAL CITY.

  • Breakfast at the hotel starting at 6:00 a.m.
  • Pick-up at the hotel in Puno at approximately 8:00 a.m. And bus to Cusco (Approximately 8 hours) with interesting views and stops on various attractions on the way to the city of Cusco.
  • Visit the site of Racchi also known as the Temple of Wiracocha, the spiritual God of the Incas.
  • Buffet lunch provided
  • Stay in a nice hotel near the main square.
  • Dinner on your own.

DAY 6 FAMOUS PISAQ MARKET AND MORAY- SALT MAINS – OLLANTAYTAMBO

  • Breakfast starting at 6:00 a.m. with pick-up at 8:00 a.m.
  • Visit for 2 hours the very famous and wonderful Pisaq Market where native people sell their wares. It is very inexpensive and there are many different products available.
  • Local weavers sell their weavings including beautiful Alpaca garments.
  • Lunch with pleasant live music, after exploring the market
  • Continue back along the river to Moray and Salt mines at Maras, which are unique in the entire world ending back at our hotel in Ollantaytambo.
  • Dinner on your own

DAY 7 OLLANTAYTAMBO ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE.

  • Breakfast starting at 6:00 a.m.
  • Pickup at your hotel at 9:00.a.m. and walk to the archeological site in Ollantaytambo. Here we will visit the site for approximately 3 hrs. See the many temples of pink granite stone and the famous Princess’ Bath.
  • Lunch together at a restaurant in Ollantaytambo.
  • Spend the afternoon visiting the local market and take a walk through the town, which has been inhabited since Inca times. See how guinea pigs (cuy) are raised for food, special celebrations, and medicinal uses.
  • Dinner on your own at the hotel

DAY 8 OLLANTAYTAMBO – KM 104(CHACHABAMBA) SACRED PATH TO MACHU PICCHU

  • After breakfast transfer to the train station and ride the train for 1 hour to the starting point of KM 104
  • Check in and start walking the sacred path to the Chachabamba Arqueological site
  • The first 3 hours is strenuous but seeing the waterfalls and the sacred site of WinayHuayna make it worth the effort
  • Box lunch provided to eat along the way
  • After lunch we will walk for 3 more hours to reach the gate of the sun and view Machupicchu from this unique perspective only 40 minutes from Machu Picchu.
  • Bus to Machu Picchu town.1
  • Dinner on your own.

DAY 9 MACHU PICCHU RUINS FULL DAY

  • Breakfast starting at 5:30 a.m.
  • Early bus to Machu Picchu leaving around 6:30 a.m. to avoid the crowds and see the sun illuminating the walls of this sacred and magical place.
  • Explore the ruins for about 4 hours or for those who choose, climb Huayna Picchu
  • We can do some meditation with music at this magical place of Machu Picchu if you wish.
  • Buffet lunch with a view of the Sacred Mountains.
  • After lunch you are free to experience by yourself or admire the beauty of the place
  • Dinner on your own. Optional visit to the local hot springs after dinner

DAY 10 MACHUPICCHU TO VILCABAMBA

  • Breakfast at the hotel starting at 6:00 a.m.
  • Morning for you to relax
  • Lunch together in town before boarding the train
  • We will take the train to Hydro Electrical station and then take a private bus to the sacred and amazing Vilcabamba, some 3.5 hours away.
  • Dinner included at the hotel

DAY 11 VILCABAMBA SACRED SITE – SANTA MARIA

  • Breakfast at the hotel starting at 7:00 a.m.
  • Pick up at 8:30 a.m. and see the most amazing last Inca capital city after the invasion of Cusco.
  • Here is where you will feel the most amazing energy of the Andes because not many people arrive here, we may be among the first ones at this place.
  • We will see fountains for sacred women and an amazing Inca structure, connected with some sort of pilgrimage.
  • After soaking up the energy of Vilacamba for 4 hours we return to our hotel for Lunch.
  • Alter lunch we will drive down the canyon for approximately 2 hours with amazing Jungle all around us.
  • Camp on tents or Hotel in the town of Santa Maria
  • Dinner included

DAY 12 SANTA MARIA -OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO

  • After breakfast Pickup at your hotel at 8:00.a.m.
  • Drive through the eyebrow of the jungle seeing the sacred mountain of La Veronica Sacred tears.
  • Visit the community of Tastayoc and share hot chocolate with the children there.
  • Lunch together at a restaurant in Ollantaytambo.
  • Drive back to Cusco to the hotel
  • Special farewell dinner to say good bye to our great experience

Day 13 Cusco city tour – fly back to Lima – Home

  • Breakfast at the hotel starting at 6:00 a.m.
  • We will see the 12 square stones at Inca Roca Palace in Cusco. We will also visit the Temple of the Sun.
  • Visit Sacsayhuaman Temple, Tambomachay and Qenqo, famous sites around Cusco. We will have a special surprise in Saqsayhuaman for you
  • Lunch on the main square at a good Peruvian Japanese restaurant
  • Return to hotel to pick up the luggage to fly Lima and back home

Includes:

  • Internal airfares and airport taxes. Optional ( Lima – Arequipa ) ( Cusco – Lima)
  • Private ground transportation.
  • 3 star Hotels. Except Vilcabamba 1 night
  • All breakfasts and lunches.
  • Farewell dinners.
  • Professional Shaman-trained Guide.
  • Entrance fees to Machu Picchu,Inca Trail Sacred Valley, Cusco, Lake Titicaca, Colca Canyon.
  • Private Boat on the Lake Titikaka
  • Train fares.
  • Water and energy bars daily.
  • Bread and Hot Chocolate to share with the children.

Does Not Include:

  • International airfares.
  • Dinners, except as noted.
  • Extra beverages.
  • Gratuitities (bellmen, waiters, guide, and drivers)

What to BRING:

  • Hiking, boots, comfortable walking shoes and good sandals
  • Waterproof Jacket and pants
  • Windbreaker
  • Bathing suit
  • Sleeping bag in case for trekking (optional)
  • Good Camera and extra battery and memory card
  • Good flash light
  • 220/ 110V ( plug) adaptor
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun block, sunglasses, hat
  • Bottle for water
  • School supplies to share with the children while visiting communities

$3,895 USD per person

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