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Inca Quest:
Machu Picchu & Titicaca Lake

During this seven days trip you will follow the leads of the Incas by visiting their sacred lake: Titicaca which according to the legend it is the place where the first inca emerged to found the Empire, then its capital city: Cusco, and its hidden citadel: Machu Picchu.

Trip Highlights

  • The visit to Machu Picchu includes the train ride in standard class category.
  • This program includes guided tours and entrance fees.
  • Domestic flights inside Peru.

Schedule by Day

  • Day 1 Lima
    • Upon your arrival, reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Lima.
  • Day 2 Lima - Cusco
    • Transfer to Lima airport to take the flight to Cusco city.
    • Transfer to the hotel.
    • Afternoon City Tour:
    • Visit the city declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. The tour will start at the temple of Koricancha, an ancient Inca palace where the order of the Dominicans built an incredible church that can still be seen there. Then visit the Main Square, where the Cathedral and the beautiful Church of the Society of Jesus, among other colonial buildings, are located. Continue to the San Cristóbal colonial chruch to enjoy a spectacular view of the city. Afterwards you will go on to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, an Inca building known for its massive walls of hewn stone, also Qenko and Puca Pucara archaeological complexes.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Cusco.
    • Included: Breakfast.
  • Day 3 Sacred Valley
    • Half day visit to Ollantaytambo, a military, religious and agricultural center of the Incan Empire.
    • The fortress is located on top of a mountain to allow them to protect the whole valley from invaders. From the highest spot you will be able to appreciate the narrow roads along with the channels that remain unaltered since Incan times.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Sacred Valley.
    • Breakfast and lunch.
  • Day 4 Machu Picchu
    • Transfer from the hotel to the train station to take the train to Machu Picchu.
    • You will arrive to station in Machu Picchu town, and then you will be transported by bus to Machu Picchu citadel, one of the most renowned examples of the Inca’s architecture, surrounded by an amazing landscape of lush forest. Lost in history, Machu Picchu was not discovered until 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham, but was built in the middle of XV century. At the appointed time, you will return to the station to take your train ride back to the Sacred Valley. From there transfer to Cusco city and to the selected hotel.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Cusco.
    • Included: Breakfast.
  • Day 5 Cusco – Lake Titicaca
    • Morning departure by bus to Puno. During the trip you will appreciate the nearby valleys and wonderful landscapes. The route includes a stop at La Raya's pass (4,300 meters above the sea), natural boundary between Cusco and Puno, where you will have excellent photographic shots of the Andean snowcapped mountains. Then you will have a Stopover at Raqchi ruins, known as the Temple of God Wiracocha. You will visit also the Checacupe church, built in the XVII century. Lunch on the route.
    • Upon your arrival, meeting on the bus station and transfer to your hotel.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Puno.
    • Included: Breakfast, lunch.
  • Day 6 Lake Titicaca: Uros & Taquile Islands
    • Two hours excursion across the Titicaca Lake until the unique floating island of Uros. The ancient habitants of this lake, known as the "Water Tribe", have built their own "island" by adding periodically new layers of “Totora” a type of a marram-grass very typical from this place, their houses and boats are made of this material too. After you can experience some of the ancient traditions of these people, you will continue your boat trip to Taquile Island. There you will visit the Handicraft Center where you can buy a great variety of handmade tissues with very colorful and delicate designs. At proper time you will be transferred to Puno.
    • Transfer to the selected hotel.
    • Overnight at selected hotel at Puno.
    • Included: Breakfast, lunch.
  • Day 7 Puno – Lima
    • Transfer from the hotel to the airport to take the flight to Lima.
    • Arrival and board the connecting international flight back home.
    • Included: Breakfast.

Accommodation

  • 1 night of accommodation in Lima at standard hotel.
  • 1 night of accommodation in Sacred Valley at standard hotel.
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Cusco at standard hotel.
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Puno at standard hotel.

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Additional Tours In Cusco

  • Full Day South Valley
    • TIPON, PIQUILLACTA & ANDAHUAYLILLAS
    • Southeast of Cusco is the Tipon archeological center. Your excursion today includes a tour of the site to see long stone canals built by the Incans, representing the height of their hydraulic engineering skill. Afterwards, it’s a visit to Pikillacta, one of the most important Pre-Incan archeological centers. Next on the itinerary is Andahuaylillas town and its precious 17th century church that is a spectacular expression of Andean Baroque architecture.
  • The Barroco Route
    • You will be transferred from the city of Cusco to the city of Huaro to visit “La Capilla de la Virgen Purificada de Canincunca”, a chapel located next to Urcos Lagoon. This small church has some incredibly beautiful mural paintings which really makes it stand out. After that, you will continue towards the San Juan Bautista de Huaro Church, where you will be able to partake upon an amazing choir, reminiscent of colonial times. You will then head to Andahuaylillas to visit the San Pedro Apostol Church, emblematic of the location and known as the “American Sistine Chapel”. Although this church is famous for its beautiful murals, it is also one of the most astounding examples of religious popular Andean art. The tour will then head towards Pikillacta, where you will be able to visit on of the most important pre Inca archaeological complexes. Finally, you will head to the archaeological complex of Tipon, where you will have an amazing view of the stone canals that were built by the Incas. These canals represent the incredible abilities they had with regards to hydraulic engineering. A box lunch is included.

Additional Tours In Puno

  • Lampa Excursion
    • LAMPA
    • Lampa,is known as "The Pink City" due to its colorful homes made out of clay and also for maintaining its colonial structures in tis surroundings like the beautiful temple of Santiago Apostol. At the Chapel you can find the only replica of the famous piece of art "La Piedad" by Miguel Angel Buonarroti.
  • Sillustani Tombs
    • Visit for 45 minuts to the famous indian tombs of Sillustani, 22 miles from Puno, at the shores of the Lake Umayo. These tombs, also called chulpas, are circular tower-shaped are where the religious leaders ofthe Tiahuanaco culture were buried 400 years ago.


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