9 Day Machu Picchu – Sacred Valley – Lake Titicaca

 
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Totora boat on the Titicaca lake near Puno, Peru

Totora boat on the Titicaca lake near Puno, Peru

Explore the culture and color of Peru with this unique vacation package. Included are the traditional sites in the region of Cusco and all the best highlights of the Inca Civilization. This classic tour allows you to experience Peruvian life up close, as we spend a day in a local community in the Andes Mountains, where people still dress in their traditional clothing, and then we get up close and personal in the islands of Lake Titicaca.

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.

Machu Picchu is tangible evidence of the urban Inca Empire at the peak of its power and achievement—a citadel of cut stone fit together without mortar so tightly that its cracks still can’t be penetrated by a knife blade. It stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of fauna. It is situated on a mountain ridge above the Sacred Valley which is 80 kilometers (50 mi) northwest of Cusco and through which the Urubamba River flows.

The complex of palaces and plazas, temples and homes may have been built as a ceremonial site, a military stronghold, or a retreat for ruling elites—its dramatic location is certainly well suited for any of those purposes. The ruins lie on a high ridge, surrounded on three sides by the windy, turbulent Urubamba River some 2,000 feet (610 meters) below.

The Inca’s achievements and skills are all the more impressive in light of the knowledge they lacked. When Machu Picchu was built some 500 years ago the Inca had no iron, no steel, and no wheels. Their tremendous effort apparently benefited relatively few people—some experts maintain that fewer than a thousand individuals lived here

Machu Picchu was built in the classical Inca style, with polished dry-stone walls. Its three primary structures are the Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows, of which your tour will visit all three – and plenty more!

You will have a full guided tour by your English speaking guide. 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!

You will also have the opportunity to choose to go rafting on the wild Willkamayu River – a unique once in a lifetime experience on this ‘sacred river’ in Quechua! Enjoy the sites and sounds – and thrills! – of your group riding the waves.

 
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Short Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Lima
  • Day 2: Lima – Cusco – Ollantaytambo
  • Day 3: Visit a native community in the Andes Mountains
  • Day 4: Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu
  • Day 5: Machu Picchu ruins full day
  • Day 6: Cusco city tour
  • Day 7: Ancient Temples on the Way to Puno
  • Day 8: Floating Islands – Lake Titicaca
  • Day 9: Puno to Home

Day 1 Arrive in Lima

Pick up from airport and transfer to hotel.

Day 2 Lima – Cusco – Ollantaytambo

  • Morning pick up from hotel after breakfast and transfer to airport.
  • Fly to the Inca capital city of Cusco.
  • Pick up from the airport and transfer to hotel in Ollantaytambo.
  • Exchange currency and learn about the day’s activities.
  • Delicious lunch provided.
  • Rest at the hotel.
  • Welcoming ceremony in the afternoon at the hotel with Guide.
  • Dinner on your own.
  • Note: Ollantaytambo is lower than Cusco 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 Community Visit

  • Breakfast at the hotel starting at 6:00 a.m.
  • Pickup at your hotel to start our beautiful trip to a native community
  • Visit with local families in their homes
  • Try your hand at weaving, farming or fishing – as you learn new Peruvian skills!
  • Typical Peruvian style lunch
  • Explore Ollantaytambo – a continuously inhabited original Incan town
  • Dinner on your own.

Day 4 Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu

  • Breakfast starting at 6:00 a.m.
  • Train to Machu Picchu in the afternoon after visiting Moray and the salt mains, specific time to be arranged.
  • Arrive at the afternoon to Machu Picchu town.
  • Drop luggage at the hotel.
  • Take a nature walk along the river and see spectacular birds and flowers. This walk along the Sacred River takes about 2 hours round trip.
  • Return to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town).
  • Dinner on your own.

Day 5 Machu Picchu ruins full day

  • Breakfast starting at 4:30 a.m.
  • Early bus to Machu Picchu leaving around 5:30 a.m. to avoid the crowds and to see the sun illuminating the walls of this sacred and magical place.
  • Explore the ruins for about 4 hours. We can do some meditation with music at this magical place if you wish.
  • Fantastic buffet lunch with a view of the Sacred Mountains.
  • Afternoon train Back to Ollantaytambo and then to your hotel in Cusco.

Day 6 Cusco City Tour

  • Breakfast at the hotel starting at 6:00 a.m.
  • Morning walk starting at 9:00 a.m. 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.
  • Also visit to Sacsayhuaman Temple, Tambomachay, and Qenqo, famous sites around Cusco.
  • Lunch on the main square at a traditional Peruvian restaurant.
  • Free time to shop or explore.
  • Dinner on your own.

DAY 7 TEMPLES to PUNO

  • Breakfast at the hotel starting at 6:00 a.m.
  • Pick-up at the hotel for a day of great sites as we make our way to Puno
  • Andahuaylillas Church
  • Checacupe Site
  • Raqchi Inca Remains
  • Buffet Lunch
  • Inca Pukara Museum
  • Check in to hotel in Puno.
  • Dinner on your own.

DAY 8 FLOATING ISLANDS – 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 of Uros and ride in the type of reed boat the ancient people used
  • Boat ride to Takile Island to hike and see its incredible beauty. 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, knitting and weavings.
  • Back to Puno to the hotel
  • Dinner on your own

Day 9 Puno- Home

  • Pick up at your hotel
  • Transfer to airport
  • Flight to Lima – then home

Includes:

  • Internal airfares and airport taxes.
  • International airfares (w/AIRFARE package)
  • Private ground transportation.
  • Hotels.
  • All breakfasts and lunches.
  • English Speaking Guide.
  • Entrance fees to Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley and Cusco.
  • Train fares, boat fares.
  • Water and energy bars daily.
  • Bread and Hot Chocolate to share with the children.

Does Not Include:

  • International airfares ( LAND ONLY package)
  • Dinners.
  • Extra beverages.
  • Gratuities (bellmen, waiters, guide, drivers)

What to BRING:

  • Hiking boots, comfortable walking shoes and sturdy sandals
  • Waterproof Jacket and pants
  • Thermal clothing for rafting
  • Windbreaker
  • Sleeping bag for trekking (optional)
  • Camera and extra batteries and memory cards
  • Flash light
  • 220/ 110V (plug) adaptor
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun block, sunglasses, hat
  • Bottle for water
  • Some school supplies to share with the children while visiting rural mountain communities

$2,450 USD per person LAND ONLY

$2,950 USD per person LAND + AIR from Miami (other Departure Cities available)

 

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