Lima Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Bus to Puno, Titicaca Lake

Locations Visited
Peru

Trip Style
Multi-Day Tour

Length
8 Days - 7 Nights

Frequency
Everyday

Group
Semi - Private

Physical Grading
1

Lima Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Bus to Puno, Titicaca Lake

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN LIMA

Assistance on your arrival in Lima and transfer to your selected hotel. Free time to rest and prepare for starting your trip around this magical country. Overnight.

DAY 2: LIMA / CUSCO – CITY TOUR + 4 RUINS (B)

  • Assistance on your arrival in Cusco and transfer to your selected hotel. Free time to take a short rest to be acclimatized to the altitude.
  • 13:00 hrs In the afternoon, city tour of Cuzco visiting the Main Square,  the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha. Then, drive out of the city to visit the Inca sites of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman, built strategically on a hill overlooking Cusco; famous for its enormous carved stones joined with astounding precision to form the outer walls. Some of these stones stand over 9m / 30ft tall and weight over 350 tons.

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DAY 3: SACRED VALLEY + TRAIN TO AGUAS CALIENTES

8:00 hrs Excursion to the “Sacred Valley of the Incas”, a succession of picturesque towns, agricultural terraces and archeological sites. we´ll have the opportunity to bargain with vendors or stroll at the Pisac’s typical Indian market, with a catholic mass service on Sunday (celebrated in Quechua, the native language). Lunch at a local restaurant in the Sacred Valley.
In the afternoon pass through Calca and Urubamba towns to arrive to the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, which was built to guard the entry of this part of the valley and protect it from enemies of the lower jungles; consisting in a series of superimposed terraces of carved stones accessed by long staircases. We will have the opportunity to walk through the quaint streets of the nearby town, religious and agricultural centre during the Inca Empire, and get a clear idea of the military strategy against possible invasions. On our way back to Cusco we will visit the picturesque Andean village of Chinchero where the remains of what was the royal hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui lies. Admire its well preserved Inca Wall at the Main Square, visit the beautiful colonial temple built on Inca foundations, with interesting frescoes on the portico.
19:04 hrs In the afternoon, transfer to Cusco train station for a three hour train journey to the city of Aguas Calientes on Train Expedition.
20:45 Arrive at Aguas Calientes station, meet and transfer to your hotel

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DAY 4: MACHUPICCHU: AGUAS CALIENTES – CUSCO (B)(L)

6:00 hrs The day starts with an early morning journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machupicchu, also known as “The Lost City of the Incas”. A 30-minute bus drive, climbing 6 km of winding road, to the incredible Machupicchu. Upon arrival, we´llparticipate in a guided tour of the Citadel,. After the tour you will have time to stroll around the archaeological site at your leisure. Lunch in a restaurant at Aguas Calientes town.
18:20 hrs Back to Cusco by Expedition train.
22:30 hrs Assistance and transfer to your selected hotel for overnight.

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DAY 5: BUS CUSCO/PUNO

6:30 hrs Breakfast. Early departure by bus to the City of Puno, (3,860 m.a.s.l.). During the trip, we pass by the lovely Wacarpay Lake, offering spectacular views of the mountains reflected in its calm waters.
We proceed to the beautiful Town of Andahuaylillas, and visit the Church of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, better known as the Sistine Chapel of the Americas, due to its decorated polychrome ceiling. On the way, we stop in Raqchi, where we can see a spectacular Inca Sanctuary built by the Inca Pachacutec, and dedicated to the great Inca God of Wiracocha. It has a great central wall with a stone base of fine Inca architecture. Other walls are made of giant adobe bricks. The structure also has two circular lateral columns. Around the Temple are several buildings once used for housing and storage. About 70 km further on, we pass through La Raya Ranch where we can see herds of vicuñas and llamas. Then we travel along the High Plateau of Collao, stopping at the Town of Ayaviri, an important livestock and textile centre, to visit the impressive Temple of Kalasaya, ruins from the ancient Pucara Culture.
Buffet lunch in a quiet countryside restaurant, where we can enjoy the delightful culinary art of the region.
In the afternoon, arrival in Puno and transfer to your hotel.
Evening free and dinner on your own.

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DAY 6: TITICACA LAKE, FLOATING ISLANDS OF THE URO + TAQUILE ISLAND (B)(L)

6:30 hrs Early in the morning, we will have an unforgettable motorboat excursion on the waters of Lake Titicaca to the unique “Floating Islands” of the Uros. l. We continue our motorboat trip to Taquile island, . After lunch in a local Taquile inn, we have a walk through the various hills and archaeological sites of this 6 km long island.
In the afternoon, transfer to Juliaca airport to take your flight to Lima.
Assistance on your arrival in Lima and transfer to your selected hotel

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DAY 7: PM. LIMA CITY TOUR AND NIGHT IN LIMA

9:25 hrs In the morning, city tour of the “City of Kings” including the Historical Center of Lima, visiting Main Square, Government Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral (where the tomb of Francisco Pizarro, conqueror of Peru, is located), Cathedral’s Museum, Temple of Santo Domingo (tombs of Santa Rosa and San Martin), Temple of San Pedro, Lima Colonial Balconies, Torre Tagle Palace, Paseo de Aguas and Convent de los Descalzos. Then, drive through the residential district of San Isidro, visiting El Olivar Park; Miraflores, visiting the Kennedy Park, Love Park and Larcomar Mall.
Free for lunch. Early in the afternoon, for an excellent overview of Peru’s past, visit the Anthropology and Archeological Museum holding the best private collection of pre-Columbian art in Peru. Here are shown many fine examples of textile works, one of which has a world-record 398 threads per inch; the materials and tools that ancient Peruvians used to produce their work in ceramics and metal; Peruvian pottery, gold and silver pieces with semiprecious stones from Pre-Inca and Inca cultures. Return to your selected hotel for overnight.

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DAY 8: INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE

Transfer to the airport and assistance in your departure from Lima. End of services.

INCLUDES:

In Lima: transfers, lodging and breakfast, Sightseeing tour in Lima.
In Cusco: transfers, Sightseeing Tour, tourist bus to Puno, lodging and breakfast.
In Machupicchu: Guided visit of the Inca Citadel.
In Puno: Uros and Taquile.

  • 7 Nights’ accommodation
  • Domestic Flight Lima / Cusco and Juliaca /Lima
  • All breakfasts and meals as specified in the program
  • All entrance tickets for the excursions mentioned above
  • All the transfers indicated in the itinerary.
  • Train ticket Cusco – Aguas Calientes – Cusco
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes- Machupicchu- Aguas Calientes
  • All applicable taxes
  • All bilingual guided tours (english/spanish) above mentioned

NOT INCLUDED:

  • International flights
  • Baggage excess. (f.i Cusco/Puno bus)
  • Alcoholic drinks, soda or bottled mineral water
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • International or National personal telephone calls
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Second entrance to Machupicchu

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Important Note:

  • All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including, weather, road or trail conditions and flight schedules.
  • Train included in all tours is the Cerrojo-backpacker (Aguas calientes to Ollantaytambo) Train times will only be confirmed once full amount of tour is paid. The earliest train you could take is the 14:00 and being the 9:00 pm the last train. Saywas Expeditions will organize the transport back to Cusco.
  • Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, but because of the higher altitude in the Andes, the temperature can feel quite cold, especially at night. We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack, whichever is easiest for you to carry. A good size daypack is also essential.

Saywas Expeditions – “The best local tour operator” – Will create amazing expeditions to Machu Picchu, with great guides, chef, and the unstoppable horseman, as well as the best equipment tents, sleeping bags, thermarest mattresses.

Departures 100% guaranteed!!

  • Do I need to book it in advance? This has departures guaranteed, but train tickets and entrance to Huayna Picchu mountain are subjet to availability. For that reason, we HIGHLYrecommend booking it in advance to ensure you receive exactly what you want!
  • PLEASE NOTE: May, June and July are peak months of a HIGH TOURIST SEASON in Cusco. It means that train tickets ARE SELL OUT QUICKLY!! Please be aware that the trek leaves daily; however, return train tickets may not be available, if you like to book on last moment. To avoid this inconvenience, please book it several weeks in advance!

Available Discounts:

  • Students: Discount of USD 20.00 dolars.To the students with valid card International Student Identity Card (ISIC) In case to be a student, the card must be properly scanned and send digitally to our e- mail before you pay the initial deposit for the reservation, in order to qualify for the discount .
  • Teenagers: US$ 20.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
  • Group of 8 or more: Completely free !! Sleeping bags and trekking poles for groups of 8 or more

Climate:

Cusco’s climate is divided into two differentiated seasons: the rainy season, from November to April (the heaviest rainfalls occurring usually between January – March); and the dry season, from May to October. The dry season is colder, so temperatures can drop to below 0 degrees at night.

Along the trip, temperatures range from 10-20ºC during the day if it’s sunny, to05-10ºC during the day if not sunny and can drop below freezing at night. In Aguas Calientes/Machupicchu, at lower altitude, temperatures are usually warmer though warm clothes are still recommended at night.

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