Tour Cusco a Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca 5 Days
DAY 1: CUSCO CITY TOUR
Upon your arrival to Cusco, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. There you will receive a short briefing and have the remainder of the morning to acclimatize. In the afternoon at 1pm, we will introduce you to the Imperial City of Cusco, a living example of the mix of Andean and Spanish culture. Continuing your journey, you will visit the Santo Domingo Convent built over the Koricancha, as well as the ancient Inca Palace and the main worship center of the Sun God. Our tour continues to the unmatched and mesmerizing archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman and its military Inca Architecture, which dominates the city. Finally, we explore the archaeological sites of Qenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay, located in the north east of the city. We will head back to your hotel in Cusco by early evening.
Accommodations: Best Western Hotel or Maytaq Wasin Hotel 3*
DAY 2: CUSCO – PISAC – MORAY – SALT MINE – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES
Bright and early, we pick you up at 7am at your hotel in Cusco or Sacred Valley, navigating through the hairpin bends, with each motion in change of direction, stirring the excitement within. On the way, we stop at the classic view site of the Urubamba valley, with crops dressing the mountains like carpet. Parking up at the colourful market of Pisac, we enjoy free time to interact with the local artisans or to purchase their hand-made souvenirs. Onto the archeological site of Pisac, perched in the safety of its mountain nest, we enjoy the great and unique ancient tombs, terraces, watch towers and religious areas. After time at this Inca Fortress, we will continue to the village of Urubamba for lunch.
With its timeless charm, we visit the archeological site of Moray also known as “The Greenhouses of the Incas,” an evolutionary bowl of ecological difference. Levels of terraces are carved into a huge bowl, part of which was further excavated by the Incas for their crops. The terraces have varied microclimates depending on how deep into the bowl they are, thus it is believed that they have been used by the Incas to discover the optimal conditions for their different crops.
We expand our journey to the colonial town of Maras, ascending our hike downhill to the pre-Inca salt mine. Thousands of saltpans have been used for salt extraction since before Inca times. A hot spring at the top of the valley discharges a small stream of heavily salt laden water, which is diverted into saltpans and evaporated to produce a salt that is used for human and animal consumption. Finally, we drive to Ollantaytambo, where we have time to explore the age old and bustling Inca village. Then at 7pm, we will take the train to Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night in a hotel.
Accommodations: Wiracocha Inn Hotel or Andean Terra Hotel
DAY 3: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Bursting out with excitement on your final surreal day, we take the 5.30am bus to Machu Picchu archeological site to enjoy the morning sunrise. With our 2 hour tour we make sure to explore every nook and cranny of this New 7 Wonder of the World and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, the majestic Machu Picchu Citadel. What an unforgettable experience. Your guide will expertly direct you through the energetic ruins and its diverse main streets. Then on your own, you can wander around the town squares of the world’s spiritual center of esoteric wisdom, as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone.
If you wish to indulge in a few of the following activities on your own you can: (not included in the price)
Climb Huayna Picchu – appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there. (additional fee)
Climb Machu Picchu Mountain – appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there. (additional fee)
You will be given some time to walk to the Sun Gate or Inti Punku. ( No additional fee)
Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the new local museum or to the hot springs. (entrance fee)
Train to Cusco: You will descend to Aguas Calientes, eat a leisurely lunch and at 4:22pm board the Expedition train for the return trip to Cusco. Upon reaching Ollantaytambo train station, you will transfer to a private van for your return to Cusc, arriving at your hotel at 8pm.
Accommodations: Best Western Hotel or Maytaq Wasin Hotel 3*
DAY 4: CUSCO – ANDAHUAYLILLAS – RACCHI – LA RAYA – PUNO
We pick you up at your hotel at 6.30am to take you to the bus station (Inca Express or First Class). Both companies provide royal class service with an English-speaking tour guide, a waiter who is ready to assist you with hot, and cold drinks on board. During the trip, you will stop to visit some Inca ruins, museums and the Andahuaylillas Church, which is considered to be the Sistine Chapel of South America because of its amazing frescos. Then we stop at the Racchi Inca ruins, which used to be a religious and resting place for Inca travelers. The next visit is at La Raya, the border between Cusco and Puno, where the most traditional animals of Peru can be seen, llamas and alpacas. In Pucara, we will visit a museum where it is possible to see some pre-Inca remains. Finally, by 5.30 pm we arrive in Puno city where our representative will pick you up to take you to your hotel.
Meal: Breakfast – Lunch
Accommodations: Casa Andina Puno 3***
DAY 5: PUNO – UROS – TACQUILE – PUNO
We pick you up at your hotel in Puno at 7:30am and transfer you to the port of Puno. This is when you adventure begins to “the Uros floating islands” an ancient ethnic group of people living on Lake Titicaca since pre-Incan times. They are still maintaining their original lifestyle fishing, hunting birds, gathering eggs and making optimum use of the reeds even ingesting them. At about 8:30 you will arrive at the islands and get to enjoy the opportunity to interact with the local families. You will visit their homes, and have a demonstration of how they live their lives, and how they construct the floating islands. You will have the option for a boat ride on the magnificent reed boats constructed by the locals (10 soles extra). After enjoying some time on the Uros Islands, you will be on your way to Taquile Island arriving around 11am. There you will have the opportunity to experience some local music and dance, have a scrumptious lunch at a local restaurant, and time to hike around the island and enjoy the spectacular landscape and views of Lake Titicaca. You will arrive back to Puno at around 3:30pm and be transferred back to your hotel.
***You can add at 2 day trip on lake Titicaca with an overnight stay with local family for $20 more.
Meals: Breakfast – Lunch
Transportation: Fast Boat Service
NOTE – Our tour ends in PUNO
You can continue your tour to Bolivia through Copacabana and the SUN ISLAND (isla del sol);
You can go to the Salt mine in Bolivia or the jungle,
You can continue from Puno to Arequipa
You can just go to Juliaca and fly back to Lima – LATAM Airlines leave at 9pm Juliaca Airport.
If you want to experience the train ride to Cusco, it takes 12 hours with amazing views.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
Pick up and drop off at your hotel.
Entrances to the Inca Cities and all Archeological Sites
Round Trip Expedition Train Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes and back to Ollantaytambo
Hotel accommodations, Cusco, Aguas Calientes, and Puno
Meals as indicated on itinerary
Roundtrip bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu
Entrance fees to Machu Picchu
Professional English & Spanish speaking guide
Visit to the ruins along the way to Puno.
Tourist bus to Puno with English-speaking tour guide.
Pick up in Puno bus station and transfer to your hotel.
Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the port of Puno.
Fast boat with English-speaking tour guide.
Visit of the Uros & Taquile Islands on Lake Titicaca.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
Meals not indicated on the itinerary
Entrance fee to the hot springs of Aguas Calientes (optional)
Entrance of Wayna Picchu – US $35
Entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain – US$30
Upgrades train – For Vistadome train add US$57 per person
Upgrade hotel in Aguas Calientes – US$40 per person
Optional boat ride on the Island of Uros (10 soles)
2 day trip on the islands with overnight stay with local family US$20
Tips for your guide