Lakes, Indians and Ruins
This tour includes all of the Cusco highlights of our ‘Majestic Cusco’ tour (Machu Picchu, Colonial Cusco, Inca Ruins, Sacred Valley) with extra days exploring the Lake Titicaca Region.
Lake Titicaca is the largest navigable lake in the world and separates southern Peru from Bolivia. Two full days are spent on the Lake itself to visit the incredible floating Uros Islands, as well as the islands of Amantani and Taquile. A real highlight for many is the indigenous family homestay which provides a great opportunity to share a glimpse of the traditional local way of life.
||Welcome to Peru!! On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Freetime to relax. Overnight Lima.
||Cusco - In the morning you will be transferred back to the airport for your flight to Cusco. Flight duration is 1 hour. In the afternoon you will be taken on a Private City Tour of Cusco to visit the most important sites: The Cathedral, Koricancha "Temple of the Sun", Tambomachay "Temple of the Water", Qenqo and Sacsayhuaman. The tour lasts around 4 hours and we return you to the hotel afterwards. Free time! Overnight Cusco.
||Sacred Valley – A memorable day exploring the Sacred Valley. First stop is at the cultural village of Awanacancha where you will see a variety of camelids (llamas, alpacas, vicúnas) and learn about them. You will also see local ladies making traditional hand-wovan products. Next we visit Pisac Market & Ruins before lunch in Urubamba. Our final visit of the day is the pretty Andean town of Ollantaytambo where we will hear all about the amazing history of this village and explore some of its pretty lanes. Overnight Ollantaytambo.
||Aguas Calientes - Its a short walk to the train station at Ollantaytambo from where you take the early morning train to Aguas Calientes. You will have the rest of the day at leisure to explore the small town or bathe in the hotsprings. In the afternoon you will be briefed by our Guide on tomorrow’s activities.
||Machu Picchu - We rise early to catch sunrise over Machupicchu! This is followed by a 2 hour guided tour of the ruins and afterwards leisure time to explore the ruins by yourselves and take photos. We then take the afternoon train back to Cusco.
||Cusco – A free day to explore the many sites of Cusco by yourselves. Our suggestions would be the local handicraft markets, wonderful array of museums, electric nightlife, or just wandering the meandering and scenic streets.
||Puno - Today we travel with Inka Express Bus to Puno where we find the Worlds highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca! The drive will take 10 hours in total, but onroute we will stop at various archeological sites including Raqchi, Andahuayllilas and Pukara. We also stop for lunch in the town of Sicuani (included). Arrival in Puno is late afternoon.
||Uros and Amantani Islands - An early start today to navigate the impressive Lake Titicaca. First we take a boat out to visit the unique Floating Islands of Uros. From here we continue onwards to the Isla of Amantani where we will stay with a local family and learn about local life and traditions.Note: It is good to purchase a bag of pasta/rice at the shore to give as a gift of thanks to your family.
||Taquile Island – After breakfast we head back down to the Port to continue onwards to the Isle of Taquile where we will learn about the different traditions of the these islanders. Here you will also find beautiful woven goods that you will not find anywhere else in Peru and a stunning panorama of Lake Titicaca! We return to the Port late afternoon and transfer to your hotel. Overnight Puno.
||Return to Lima - In the morning you will be transferred back to Cusco airport for your flight to Lima. Flight duration is 1 hour. On arrival you will be met by our Representative and they will take you on a Private City Tour lasting around 3 hours to get to know Peru’s capital city. Afterwards they will drop you off in the vibrant suburb of Miraflores where you can enjoy some last minute shopping and enjoy a nice dinner before we pick you up to take you back to the airport.
NOTE: Peru Rail has introduced new baggage allowance limits of just one piece of hand luggage per person up to 5kg in a bag of maximum total linear dimension of 157cm.
Past Clients Feedback
“Thank you for an unforgettable trip that we will truly never forget. The highlight for us of course was Machu Picchu, but we were pleasantly surprised at how wonderful the other visits were too! 10 out of 10.” (Bernie Adler, UK)
PRICES (per person)
|# OF PASSENGERS
|2 (dbl or twin)
||$1895 Regular / $2245 Comfort
||$1680 Regular / $2025 Comfort
|4 (dbls or twins)
||$1560 Regular / $1895 Comfort
- Accommodation on twin/double basis
- Homestay with local family on Isla Amantani
- Meals as listed in itinerary
- Activities as listed in itinerary
- English-speaking guide (on private tours, except Lake Titicaca & Puno bus which are group tours)
- All airport transfers
- Entrance fees to all visits in the itinerary
- Train tickets
- Single Supplement ($360 Regular, $580 Comfort)
- Meals not listed in itinerary
- International flights
- Domestic flights Lima-Cusco & Juliaca-Lima (Approx $350-450 per person)
- Entrance fees on day7
- Airport taxes
- Personal Expenses