Journey to Lima, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Lares Trail and the Sacred Valley. Optional Lake Titicaca Tour Replaces Lares Trail
11 DAYS, 10 NIGHTS | APRIL 16 - 26, 2020
Travel back in time as you conquer your bucket-list adventure to the ancient Incan cities of Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and Lima.
Peru calls out to the traveler seeking extraordinary natural wonders and unparalleled ancient history. From the capital of Lima and its rightful standing as a World Culinary Destination to the exploration of the Sacred Valley, the Ancient Incan Capital of Cusco, our 3-night journey along the Lares Trail and the crescendo of the hidden city of Machu Picchu you'll be dazzled at every uniquely special day.
Experience the lost Incan Empire through the eyes of local experienced guides, the tastes of innovative cuisine and authentic Incan Culture. We'll travel through the Peruvian capital of Lima exploring the old and new before taking flight to the outstanding city of Cusco. Here as explorers we'll put on our adventure caps and set out to explore the Sacred Valley over several days passing through Peru's agricultural farmland of corn, quinoa, and potatoes.
Afterward, we ascend to the starting point of the Lares Trail with our guide, horseman, and porter to begin a magical trek through several climate zones, ancient and active villages while witnessing the natural glory of waterfalls, mountains, and streams. You'll be surrounded by beauty on all sides from the ground to the Heavens above with the site of billions of stars and the Milky Way Galaxy above.
Ending this trek in Lares Springs, we soak in the natural hot and healing waters as we reflect back on an iconic journey, but it hasn't come to an end. Before arriving back in Cusco we visit the sought after forgotten city of Machu Picchu. Now and only now can you place a checkmark next to a travel dream of a lifetime.
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
DAY 1: Departing USA, Arriving in Lima
DAY 2: gastronomic and city tour
DAY 3: Welcome to Cusco
Transfer from Hotel to Lima Airport, Flight from Lima to Cusco.
Included - Transfers and flight Departing Lima, Arriving in Cusco. Transfer to Hotel (4-Star Hotel Rumi Punko Calle Choquechaca 339 Cusco)
Day 4: Visit with INCAn sites
Day 5: Sacred Valley full day tour
Day 6: Cusco – Cancha Cancha (Lares Trek day 1).
Day 7: Cancha Cancha – Quiswarani (Lares Trek day 2)
Day 8: Kiswarani – Cuncani (Lares Trek day 3)
Day 9: Cuncani – Lares Hot springs – Aguas Calientes (trek day 4)
Day 10: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu – Cusco
Day 11: Departure
Goodbye (transfer to Cusco airport). Two hours before your flight departure, our driver will meet you at your hotel and drive you to the airport.
Included: Driver and Transport
Day 6 (Lake titicaca option)
Journey to Lake Titicaca.
Depart hotel at 7:00AM to meet your driver and your guide to begin the journey towards Lake Titicaca and interesting sites along the way. The first stop will be the Anahuaylillas Church, then continue to Raqchi – a sun temple built by the Inca to venerate the got Viracocha and then take a break for lunch. After lunch, continue to Juliaca, then visit Sillustani – a site that includes ancient Pre-Inca and Inca tombs, take in the beautiful vistas, then continue on to Puno City.
Arrive at 5:30PM – Overnight in Puno City
INCLUDED: Driver, Transport, Fee for visited sites, Hotel, Lunch, Dinner, and Expert English-Speaking Tour Guide.
DAy 7 (Lake TiTICACA option)
Wake up at 7:00AM and meet your driver and guide to take you to Lake Titicaca where you board a 40-minute motorboat ride to the famous floating islands of Uros at an elevation of 12,500ft. The islands consist of houses made of reeds and have been inhabited by the Uros people since the time of the Inca.
A community member will welcome you and make a brief explanation of their organization, then have time to explore the area, take pictures, and ride a unique boat made of reeds. Afterwards, board your motorboat to continue your lake tour on your way to Taquille Island. Upon arrival, you will be received by inhabitants of the island to bring you into their homes where you’ll share in their local customs and traditions.
Enjoy a welcome dinner (dinner is provided by your host family) and spend the night.
NCLUDED: Driver, Transport, Motorboat Ride, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodations, and Expert English-Speaking Tour Guide.
Day 8 (Lake TITICACA OPTION)
Early Breakfast, then say farewell to the island. You'll walk down to the harbor and take the motorboat to Amantani – another beautiful island with its own unique indigenous community. Amantani is the second largest island on Lake Titicaca.
This island community is home to local farmers who grow potatoes and quinoa. Upon arrival to the island, you will have enough time to explore the area and lunch on your own. This is an opportunity to buy souvenirs and interact with the local people with your guide. Lastly, you’ll take a motorboat back to Puno city – arriving approximately at 5:00PM then spend the night in Puno City.
INCLUDED: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Motorboat Ride, Hotel, and Expert English-Speaking Guide.
Day 9 (Lake Titicaca Option)
Your driver will pick you up at 6:00AM and begin your drive back to Cusco to arrive by 1:00PM and enjoy lunch on your own. Afterwards, your driver will take you to Ollantaytambo where you’ll meet up with the rest of your group back from their trek.
INCLUDED: Driver, Transport from Puno-Cusco-Ollantaytambo, Dinner,
Accommodations, and Expert English-Speaking Tour Guide.
Itinerary Subject to change.