Peru Adventure with Machu Picchu,
and Lake Titicaca
October 5th - 14th
This will be our 4th Peru trip with Machu Picchu and our 2nd time to Lake Titicaca.
Machu Picchu, called the Lost City of the Incas, is of on most people's list of places to see but you will also love our other two destinations.
We land in Lima, Peru and spend one night before departing for Cusco, the center of the Incan world. We’ll tour the city and ruins including the Temple of the Sacred Water and we’ll even have an opportunity to mountain bike through the Sacred Valley (see itinerary below).
After 2-nights we will then take the Inca Express train through the unforgettable Urubamba Gorge for our 2-night visit to Machu Picchu where we can trek through the final stretch of the Inca Trail.
There are really no words to explain Machu Picchu adequately except to say it is majestic and magical. With surreal clouds that hang from the surrounding mountains it appears as if these sacred ruins are leaping out from a fantasy. It is one of my favorite places destinations on earth. If you are not up for the approximate 5-6 hour and very steep hike to the Sun Gate, you will stay on the train and can visit the next day.
From there we’ll spend one more night in Cusco and then take a bus to Puno and the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. We’ll enjoy the incredible view of the herds of alpaca and llamas grazing on these highland pampas, interspersed with small villages, and the majestic backdrop of the Andes. Here, indigenous culture is at its height despite modernization of the rest of the Andes.
The Uros Islands are divided into 35 floating islands with about 1000 habitants divided into 250 families. In the 13th century the Uros Indians took refuge in the middle of the lake’s water in order to escape slavery and fighting with the Incas. We’ll even have an opportunity to stay with the locals (an experience you will never forget). Then we’ll visit to the famous pre-inca tombs of Sillustani on the way, located on the shores of the solitary Umayo Lagoon, these tombs or “Chullpas” with circular shaped towers were a cemetery for the religious leaders of Tiawanacu Culture almost 2000 years ago. We’ll head back to Lima, spend the night, and depart on Sunday the 14th.
Cost: 10 DAYS, 8 NIGHTS - $2,179
- Round trip international air from LAX (deduct $584 with your own air)
- 10-nights accommodations (double occ.)
- Domestic air
- All ground transportation
- Daily Breakfast
- 4 lunches
- 4 dinners including a Folklore show.
- All entrance fees
- Option of mountain biking or tour of Ollaytatambo
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Departure taxes or any fuel surcharge (currently at $676)
OUR AIR: We are on LAN airlines from LAX. You are welcome to do your own air but would also need 2 domestic flights. You would deduct $584 with your own air including the domestic flights.
1 LA[masked]OCT LAX-LIM 120P 1201A 06OCT
2 LA[masked]OCT LIM-CUZ 1110A 1225P
3 LA[masked]OCT JUL-LIM 440P 730P
4 LA[masked]OCT LIM-LAX 910A 350P
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OUR HOTELS: Our hotels are either 3 or 4-star
LIMA: Bayview Hotel - http://www.bayview-hotel.com/
Trip Advisor: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g294316-d1086300-Reviews-Bayview_Hotel-Lima.html
CUSCO: Siete ventanas hotel - http://www.hotelsieteventanas.com/en/index.html
Trip Advisor: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g294314-d2234959-Reviews-Siete_Ventanas_Hotel-Cusco.html
MACHU PICCHU: Wiracocha hotel –: http://www.wiracochainn.com/index.php
Trip advisor: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g304036-d878103-Reviews-Wiracocha_Inn-Aguas_Calientes_Sacred_Valley.html
LAKE TITICACA: Eco Inn Hotel - http://www.ecoinnhotels.com/main.php?K=4510
Trip Advisor: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g298442-d456118-Reviews-Eco_Inn_Puno_Titicaca_Lake-Puno.html
October 5th: LIMAIN:
12:01 am– Arrive Lima. After collecting luggage we’ll transfer to our hotel.
Overnight in Lima
Meals not included
October 6th LIMA- JULIACA-PUNO
Transfer from your hotel to the airport to take the filght to Juliaca, Transfer from Juliaca to your hotel in Puno.
In the afternoon visit Sillustani archeological place.
Overnight in Puno
October 7th : PUNO – UROS – TAQUILE:
06:00 You will be informed by your guide about the, schedules and necessities for the trip. Departure time by car from the hotel to the port of Puno. Departure by boat to the floating islands of the ´´Uros´´ The ancient people that lived on Lake Titicaca keep their own ways of survival - fishing and picking up products that are offered by the lake. After, we’ll visit Taquile, the Island of mystery, where time has stopped. The people preserve their ancient way of life, and according to their philosophy, trust, kindness and values, almost forgotten today, are seen on this island. The passengers will be accommodated in the homes of the local people. After lunch we will have a complete visit of the island in its archaeological, mystic and esoteric parts. We’ll enjoy a typical dinner and music at their restaurant. Free time for more music or join a ``Pacco`` that could see your future in coca leaves, always conducted by their guide.
Overnight in Home stay in Taquile
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
October 8th : TAQUILE – PUNO –CUSCO
If you wake up early you can enjoy the most spectacular sunrise of the Andes. From the island you will be able to see the lake and across it, the chain of the Illimani snow mountain. After breakfast we will visit some of the houses and ways of life of the people. Departure from the island to Puno and transfer to Cusco.
Breakfast and lunch included
Overnight in Cusco
October 9th: CUSCO
9:00 AM CITYTOUR + SACSAYHUAMAN -PISAC
The tour will show you the amazing colonial city built on the foundations of the Inca palaces. You will visit the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun, where you can appreciate the incredible masonry of the Incas, the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral with its carved woodworks, altars and paintings. Then you will be driven to the Inca fortress of Sacsahuamán, After this visit transfer to Pisac town where you will visit the colorful Pisac market where the local Indians meet to sell their merchandise as they have done for centuries. There is also a handicraft market.
13:00 PM Lunch
After lunch mountain bike activity from Pisac to Huayllabamba, on the route you can see beautiful landscapes.
Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast – Lunch included
October 10th: SACRED VALLEY TOUR:
8:30 AM – Depart for Chinchero town, we will visit the archeological place and see this beautiful town.
13.00 pm Lunch in Urubamba Town
After lunch transfer to the town of Ollantaytambo with its imposing Inca fortress. It was here that Manco Inca defeated the Spanish in 1538 before fleeing to the Vilcabamba. You will climb the steep stone steps up to the fortress and can admire the huge monoliths that form the Temple of the Sun and the view down the valley.
In the afternoon return to Cusco.
October 11th: INCA TRAIL 2DAYS:
Bring luggage to lobby & pack an overnight bag for the trip (approx 20 pounds, like a backpack) to Machu Picchu & a small back pack. Cannot bring large luggage on train.
Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the Train station. Train stops at Km 104 and this is where the hikers will exit the train. This hike is optional, but if you signed up for this trip late we were not able to sign you up. If you would like to read more about this hike, here is a website that describes it some more: http://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/
THE HIKE: We cross a hanging bridge and we continue to Chachabamba site, These ruins, discovered in 1940, are located on the old Inca road that ran along the southern bank of the Urubamba river. The style of buildings and stonework suggest that this was an important religious site, as well as having the secondary function as a gate house guarding this entrance to Machu Picchu. From Chachabamba the Inca Trail climbs the hillside, entering some woods and crossing a small stream. After about 2 hours after leaving Chachabamba, the path at last descends into a nice Valley where it becomes a canyon and the cloud forest begins to appear. (Lunch time) After lunch we continue and we'll reach a beautiful waterfall, and soon after leave the forest to arrive at the foot of the superb ruins of Wiñay Wayna. You will climb up stairway and pass through the urban area of the terraces and many stone buildings passing a series of Inca baths. In the afternoon we will finally reach the door of the sun (INTIPUNKU) from where the trail winds downhill. The classic view into the lost citadel will be a unique experience, we descend toward the town of Aguas
Non-hikers – Arrive into Aguas Caliente 9:15 am and have a free day. Our tour includes one day in Machu Picchu, which we have set up for Tuesday. If you wish to go in today you will need to purchase your own ticket at a cost of approx. $50.
Overnight at Aguas Calientes
Breakfast and Box Lunch included
October 12th: MACHUPICCHU:
After an early breakfast we will take the bus to get Machu Picchu and make a guided tour to the Inka Citadel and surroundings. We can form 2 groups today to see Machu Picchu. We will discuss the times with you when we are there.
Overnight in Aguas Calientes
Your guide return to Cusco this day
Breakfast and lunch included
October 13th: MACHUPICCHU – CUSCO:
In the morning we will take our train to return to Ollantaytambo train station and from this place transfer to Cusco airport
Arrival in Lima by Lan Peru flight. Reception and transfer to the Rosa Nautica Restaurant
Dinner at Rosa Naútica restaurant
Breakfast, box lunch and dinner included
Overnight in Lima
October 14th: LIMA- HOME
Depart Lima for LAX,
In the morning transfer to the airport to take your flight to Lima and connect with your international flight.
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