Machu Picchu, Cusco, Lake Titicaca, Puno
- Day 1 – Cusco City tour.
- Day 2 – Sacred Valley of the Incas – Pisac – Ollantaytambo – Chinchero.
- Day 3 – Machu Picchu On arrival in Aguas Calientes.
- Day 4 – South Valley- Puno lake Titicaca.
- Day 5 – Uros, Taquile, Puno.
- Day 6 – Juliaca – Lima.
Machu Picchu, Cusco, Lake Titicaca, Puno 6 Days – 5 Nights
Day 1- Cusco City tour.
As you are new to the andes climate you need time to acclimatize and get ready for your adventure we will be waiting at the airport of cuzco then we will take you to your chosen hotel. In the afternoon we will pick you up from your hotel and we will start by visiting Cusco Cathedral which is one of the finest Colonial Cathedrals in the Latinamerica. Building started in 1560 and was completed in 1664. More than 90 years of sacrifice and effort Situated on the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral owes many treasures , history and mysteries.
Finally you visit Qoricancha (from the Quechua word Qori Qancha meaning (‘Temple of the Sun’), one of the most important temples of the Inka Empire, it was built to the Sun the father of the INCAS in the 17th century when Spanish arrived every temple was destroyed to the ground but QORICANCHA has survived and still stands to the eye of the world.
Is Situated at 3.700 meters of sea level a Quechua word ( Tampu machay ) the place where people can rest a short period of time . it could also be the bath of the Ñusta ( the Inca princess) it is also believed the sanctuary to the cult of water. Next we visit Puka Pukara (Quechua word red fortress). This is an Inca archaeological site located close to Tambomachay is thought to be a military position and an administrative center. it is believed to have had a relationship with its defense, as well as the control of the route to Calca that led to the sacred valley QENQO, is believed to be a multifunctional religious site was also a place of Andean worldview where nature converges and the space around us and astrological observatory, commissioned by people specifically looking for the seasons, the wise INKAS this archaeological site is unique, here the carving of many animals can be seen in high relief were considered secondary gods in the time of the Incas.
Consists of ruins formed by rocks with stairs in a zigzag, and a main building similar to a circular amphitheatre where 19 window sills are located as a way of seats. You then move on to one of the most important Inca sites in South America, the enormous fortress of SAQSAYWAMAN. Scene of epic battles between Conquistadores and Incas, this cannot fail to impress. While the high towers that once dominated the skyline were long since razed to the ground, the sheer scale of the zigzag stone walls is a sight to behold. Its construction took over seven decades and required the work of approximately 20,000 men. The stone was dragged from 20 miles away and still today we are not quite sure how they moved the huge megaliths into place. Some of its external walls exceed 30 feet in height and the largest stone weighs over 350 tonnes.
From Sacsayhuaman we will head down to Cusco leaving you some time to wander these ancient streets, explore some more of the sites or just sit in a café on the Plaza de Armas and watch the world go by.
Day 2 – Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero.
Today we start by driving to sacred valley a fascinating view while we enjoy the view our tour guide will be telling about some local stories and myths, finally an incredible view to Pisaq archaeological site, the visit takes about 2 hours, then get back to pisaq town where we can buy souvnier or visit the local traditional native artisanal market, next stop will be Ollantaytambo it was built to defend and control the machupicchu route, here our tour guide will be speaking about a lovely love story between general Ollantay and Cusy Ccoyllor.
The archaeological complex of Pisac, it is located on the hillside of pisaq this wonderful archeological site it is believed to be as a military, administrative and religious site a solid construction this cannot fail to impress you together with beautiful landscapes and of course you will have free time to take some photos.
Pisac Market Located 30 km from the city of Cusco, the main square of Pisac market houses, colorful and cheerful place, where the most famous Cusco Andean handicrafts made by hands are exhibited, including crafts, projecting pieces textiles, ponchos bags, etc. handicrafts and ceramics, which are reproductions of Inka archaeologies parts like stocks ( ceremonial glasses ), necklaces, etc. To this fair traders and artisans of many indigenous peoples, dressed in their costumes. Chinchero We will visit the picturesque Andean village of Chinchero where royal hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui remains.
Admire its well preserved Inka Wall at the Main Square, visit the beautiful colonial temple with interesting frescoes on the portico, built on the foundations of an Inka building Ollantaytambo In the afternoon we visit the fortress and citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to this part of the valley and protect it from possible invasion from the tribes of the jungle. We will have the opportunity to walk the streets of the town and have a clear idea of what this military, religious and agricultural center during the Inca Empire was.
We strongly recommend to spend the night down in the valley as we getting close to machu picchu for the next day, and there is more oxygen as you are 800 meters lower.
Day 3 – Machu Picchu On arrival in Aguas Calientes.
There is an spectacular 10-minutes bus journey from the railway station in Aguas Calientes up to the ruins. The name Machu Picchu translates as ‘Old Mountain’, in contrast to the nearby peak of Huayna Picchu which means “Young Mountain”. Constructed by the Inka Pachacuteq in the 15th Century, it was mysteriously abandoned 100 years later during time of the Spanish conquest. It is generally believed that it was never discovered by the Spanish and simply disappeared into the jungle, hidden from western eyes until it was “discovered” by Hiram Bingham in 1911.
He arrived with the help of local people who knew of its existence, and indeed there was actually a family living and farming amongst the ruins. You will enjoy a tour of Machu Picchu led by a qualified English speaking guide before having some free time to explore the site by yourselves.
Your guide will lead you on a full exploration of the ruins – staircases, terraces, temples, palaces, towers, fountains and the famous sundial. Lovingly restored and fiercely protected Machu Picchu stands today as a testament to the skill and vision of the Inca builders. From simple dwellings through to elaborate astronomically aligned temples, your guide will give you an insight into this remarkable culture that once dominated most of South America.
The site itself is vast and once your guide has shown you the highlights we suggest you take your time to wander and explore the quiet corners of this remarkable wonder of the world. In the afternoon, you will get back to the train station to take the train to ollantambo from here we will pick you up in our private vehicle around 30 minutes to cuzco city and spend the night once again as we have more time to enjoy the city at night.
Day 4 – South Valley- Puno lake Titicaca.
Early in the morning at this point we say good bye to Cuzco and get into a fascinating route passing by many touristic and archeological sites first stop PIKILLAQTA then we move to a colonial church called ANDAWAYLILLAS then we stop and visit th archeological site of RAQCHI here we spend some time after enjoying this amazing place we go to the last stop might be a unique experience IN THe RAYA HOT SPRING here we can spend some time to have lunch and enjoy the environment finally we rich PUNO and we stay in our hotel to take rest as much as we can for the next day on the islands.(optional .train journey from cuzco to puno let us know to book in advance)
Day 5 – Uros, Taquile, Puno.
A full day tour, today we will go to the LAKE TITI CACA first we will visit to the UROS and TAQUILE islands after all we meet some local people making some unique artisanal souvenirs a unique experience in puno having enjoyed completely we go to our hotel near to the lake to enjoy for the last time the sunset view.
Day 6 – Juliaca – Lima.
End of the tour early in the morning you leave puno.
Before reaching juliaca you will stop at sillustani cementery where you can spend some time.
What is included?
- pick up and transfer from airport to hotel
- all pick ups from all ports or hotels
- entrance tickets to machupicchu
- buses up and down
- Pre-departure briefing: You will meet your guide and group in our office for an orientation . The meeting will be at 6:00 PM the evening before your trip begins.
- Transport: pick up from your hotel in the morning and transportation in a private vehicle to the starting point of the trek.
- English speaking tour guide ,
- Personal tents: 2 people stay in each 4-person tent to allow for higher comfort and luggage security.
- Camping equipment: Dining and kitchen tents, tables, chairs, and all cooking equipment (carried by porters or horses ).
- Medical kit: Our crew will bring a first-aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle.
- Train tickets: From Cuzco to Aguas Calientes and viceversa . (subject to availability)
- Transport: Private transport from hotel to train station and viceversa
- 24-hour guest service: We have telephone service available 24 hours/day for ease of communication and preparation with the agency leading up to your trek.
- Walking Sticks: You can rent a set from our company if you would like.
- Last Day: Lunch and Dinner in Aguas Calientes.
- Personal clothing and gear
- Travel insurance
- Tips for our staff
- Additional costs or delays out of control of the management (landscape, bad weather condition, itinerary modification due to a safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability/strike, etc.)
- all meals which is not specified
- all entrances to inka sites