Peruvian Highlands (9d/8n)

Lima, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Machupicchu, Cusco, Puno, Titicaca Lake


Overview

Take this 10 days tour and make memories that will last for a lifetime. Starting in Lima The City of Kings. Then travel to the Sacred valley where you will visit a local Market in Pisac were you can experience a vibrant atmosphere of andean communities.Explore  Ollantaytambo before boarding the train to Aguas Calientes. Experience  Peruvian Ancient Culture and history by discovering the amazing complex of Machu Picchu and visiting Cusco. Travel to Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, and visit the unique Uros and Taquile islands by private boat.

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1886.00

minimum 2 persons
9 days / 8 nights
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Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Lima

Once you arrive in Lima, an English-speaking representative will be waiting for you to welcome and  take you to your hotel.

Overnight in Lima at selected hotel (sea level).

Day 02: Lima The Kings City (B)

In the morning your  guide will take you to enjoy a complete tour of the beautiful cultural town of Lima, also know as the City of Kings. You’ll see classic historical sights, colonial and Inca influenced architecture, residential neighborhoods, beautiful shrines and churches and incredible panoramic seascapes such.

We will start at the Plaza de Armas in Lima, a stunning square surrounding for beautiful  colonial buildings towards the World Heritage Listed Monastery of San Francisco. The church and monastery were consecrated in 1673 and completed in 1774. It was Lima's first cemetery were the catacombs below the monastery contain an ossuary. It is estimated to contain 70,000 burials. Bones line up along narrow hallways underneath the church, and one area contains several large and deep holes, filled with bones and skulls arranged above each other in circular patterns. After the visit to the colonial part of the city we will take you to the Larco Museum. The museum is housed in an 18th-century viceroyal building built over a 7th-century pre-Columbian pyramid. It showcases chronological galleries that provide a thorough overview of 4,000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. It is well known for its gallery of pre-Columbian erotic pottery.

After this tour we return to your hotel . You'll be free to make your own discoveries in Lima this afternoon.

Overnight in Lima at selected hotel (sea level).

Day 03: Crossing the Andes (B)

After breakfast this morning, we continue our travel in Peru with a flight to the mountain-ringed city of Cuzco. Situated at an elevation of  10,909 feet, this city was the capital of the Incan world and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, we descend into the Sacred Valley of the Urubamba River, the lower elevation of which eases our transition to high altitudes of the Andes before our visit to Machu Picchu and our return to Cusco. We will visit The town of Pisac that is an important archaeological site in the region of Cusco and there is also a colorful market on town were you can experience a vibrant atmosphere of communities, traditions and bartering. There are many handicrafts and textiles that you will be able to purchase.

Overnight at selected hotel in Sacred Valley (9500ft msnm).

Day 04: Explore Ollantaytambo Ruins & Train Journey (B)

This morning your tour guide will take you to the splendid Inca ruins of Ollantaytambo before boarding the train to Aguas Calientes. This place was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacutec who conquered the region, built the town and a ceremonial center. We’ll walk amid the remains of this ancient fortress of gray and rose-colored granite, discover its ancient baths, and climb up the huge terraces guarding its hilltop temples. Then, we'll enjoy a chance to meet some of the local people who dwell in the traditional town nearby. You will be also able to access to one of these houses to observe a typical dwelling and how ancient Peruvians used to live. After your tour you will have an hour and a half hour of a scenic train ride through the Sacred Valley towards Aguas Calientes.

Overnight at selected hotel in Aguas Calientes (9500ft msnm).

Day 05: Discover Machu Picchu (B)

Machu Picchu is one of those places that every single traveler should experience at least once in their lives…

This day after an early wake up your guide will meet you at the hotel to start your expedition through Machu Picchu, the legendary “Lost City of the Incas.”

You will begin your expedition around this beautiful and sacred Incan site. Your expert guide will explain you the history and visit the remarkable temples of the Sun and the Condor. You will also see aqueducts and houses, while learning some interesting facts about the Sacred Incan Terraces You'll have ample time to explore, reflect, and ponder the enigma of this man-made wonder, both with our Trip Leader and on our own.

The most adventurous trekkers should not miss the famous mountain climb of Huayna Picchu, which can be scheduled at  7.00 am. However Huayna Picchu tickets can sell out up to a couple month in advance.

In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo Train Station, and then we will transfer you to your hotel in Cusco.

Overnight at selected hotel in Cusco (11100ft msnm).

Day 06: Discover Cusco City “Archaeological capital of the Americas”( B)

Your  guide will pick you up at the hotel in the morning. You will first visit the colonial part of Cusco, You will have the chance to visit Cathedral (build in a Baroque style and having paintings of the Cusqueña school) and the temple of Qoricancha, more known as the gold covered temple (A place which we will appreciate in all its enchantment, the temple of the Thunderclap, Ray, Lightning, Rainbow, Stars and the temple of Santo Domingo). These places are important in a time of constant cultural development in architecture, religion and policy, started in the colonial time.

Next you will be driven to the archeological complex of Sacsayhuaman, situated on a mountain overlooking Cusco. Sacsayhuaman, a walled-complex is as many other Inca constructions made of large polished dry-stone walls, each boulder carefully cut to fit together tightly without mortar. Sacsayhuaman, is a huge, stunning site which holds the great house of the Sun, where the head  of the Puma of Cusco resides. Its megalithic, zigzag stone walls were pieced together with amazing skill, drawing the snake and other Andean symbols, like a lightning bolt across a great field.

Following we will go towards to Qenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay, places that were dedicated to Mother Earth “Pachamama” , unique center of celebrations and astronomical studies. This complex contains several rooms, inner plazas, aqueducts, vantage points, and pathways.

At the end of this tour you will be driven to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure.

Overnight at selected hotel in Cusco (11100ft msnm).

Day 07 Cusco to Lake Titicaca (Meals: B,L)

This day in the morning your driver will pick you up from your hotel to the bus station.You will travel through stunning Andean scenery in the south valley of Cusco passing small Andean villages. You will make a stop at Oropesa Village, known for baking fresh bread in very large, typical, adobe brick ovens. Here you will have the opportunity to taste some typical bread baked by locals.

Your journey will then continue to the Andahuaylillas Church, known as the Andean Sistine Chapel, where you will see intriguing 16th, 17th and 18th century mural paintings and altars completely decorated in gold. Next, you will stop at Racchi, a small highland town where you will discover the Incan temple of Wiracocha and learn about its fascinating construction with adobe brick walls that measure up to 11 meters high.

Then you will  continue on a fascinating route, off the beaten track, alongside Lake of Langui, located 4,000 meters above sea level. At this lake, you will be able to observe flamingos, ducks, eagles and a variety of Andean birds in their natural habitat. Here, you will stop for an appetizing picnic lunch with a dazzling view of the lake and its surroundings. After lunch, you will pass an altitude of 4300m, 14100ft at La Raya before heading to Lake Titicaca, the birthplace of the Incan Empire and the first Inca, Manco Capac.

Upon your arrival to Lake Titicaca, at approximately 5pm, we will take you to your hotel where you have the rest of the evening to relax or explore the city.

Overnight in selected hotel in Puno (,12500ft, msnm).

Day 08 Uros Floating Islands & Taquile Island (Meals: B,L)

This day your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel to take you to the highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca. During the morning, we will visit the highly unique Uros Floating Islands, which have been built using only totora reeds, a water plant that grows in the lake.

You will be amazed to see how the locals use the totora reeds to build their canoes, houses, beds and many other objects, necessary in their daily lives. As part of your visit to Uros, you will ride on a totora reed canoe, which will let you experience a smooth and pleasant trip around the islands. From here, we will continue on to Taquile Island via motor boat for 2 hours, so you can relax and enjoy the stunning scenery of Lake Titicaca.

Upon arrival to the island, you will enjoy a locally prepared lunch.After lunch, you have an opportunity to take a short hike around the island before heading back to Puno via boat across the lake.

Overnight in selected hotel in Puno (,12500ft, msnm).

Day 09 Goodbye Peru (B)

Today, your private driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the Juliaca Airport in time for your domestic flight to Lima.

INCLUDED
8 Breakfasts
2 Lunches
   
Private vehicle
Vehicle shared from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
Vehicle shared on City Tour Cusco
Vehicle Shared form Cusco to Puno
Boat shared on Titicaca island excursion
Train
   
8 Nights at 3 Stars hotels
  • A Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
  • A Professional Driver
  • All tours mentioned
  • Round Trip Train To Machu Picchu
  • Round Trip Bus Aguas Calientes €- Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes
  • All site and attraction entrance tickets
  • All Local Tax
NOT INCLUDED
  • International & domestic airfares, unless specifically mentioned.
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of personal nature such as gratuities, internet charges, excess baggage charges, laundry, beverages and meals not described in the itinerary.
  • Tips
  • Optional Huayna Picchu Hike: $20 Usd Per Person

 

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