MACHU PICCHU & SOUTHERN PERU 09D/08N
Thousands of tourists are drawn to Peru every year to enjoy the country’s magnificent
geographic, biologic, and cultural diversity. A primary destination for most travelers are
the remarkable Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, named a UNESCO World Heritage site in
1983 and voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.
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Thousands of tourists are drawn to Peru every year to enjoy the country’s magnificent geographic, biologic, and cultural diversity. A primary destination for most travelers are the remarkable Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983 and voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. Located in southern Peru, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest on the eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu is extraordinarily picturesque. Considered perhaps the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height. Other natural wonders of this country include Lake Titicaca, which overlaps southern Peru’s border with Bolivia. It is called the highest navigable lake in the world.
Day 01 – Transfer in Lima / Overnight - Lima
Day 02 – Gastronomic Tour + Lunch + flight to Cusco / Overnight - Cusco
Day 03 – Half day City Tour / Overnight – Cusco
Day 04 – Full day Sacred Valley + Lunch + Train / Overnight – Aguas Calientes
Day 05 – Full day Machu Picchu + Lunch + Train / Overnight – Cusco
Day 06 – Half-day Maras Moray tour / Overnight – Cusco
Day 07 – full day Route of the Sun to Puno / Overnight – Puno
Day 08 – full day Titicaca Lake; Tour Uros & Taquile / Overnight – Puno
Day 09 – Sillustani + Flight from Juliaca Puno – depart home
Note: The tours are in a private service, which means, your tour your way since we do
not have a fixed schedule to finish the tour at a certain time
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Time : 12:45 am
Transfer in Lima
Upon arrival at Lima, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives, who will be waiting for you outside of the Arrival Hall with a sign with our and your names on it for your approximate 45 minutes private Transfer to your Hotel at Miraflores. In addition, the assistant will briefly introduce the city and our services while on the way to your hotel. Spend the afternoon at your leisure.
Time : 5:00 am
Gastronomic tour & flight to Cusco
Explore the superfoods of Peru with a unique Lima food tour. Short walking tour of Barranco, Lima's bohemian and art district, organic Peruvian coffee, colourful market visit and tasting, amazing views of Miraflores and a beachside Cebiche and Pisco sour class, an assortment of delicious Peruvian dishes and desserts overlooking the ruins of the Huaca Pucllana.
Passengers will be picked up at their hotel and driven to the local Market Surquillo Fresh Produce in order to start the tour. During the visit to the Modelo Market in Surquillo passengers will have the chance to see the ingredients used to prepare our most traditional Peruvian dish.
Arrival at a traditional eatery where our Chef will give us a demonstration of how ceviche, a popular Peruvian dish is prepared. Also, we will be tasting different dishes and mixing Pisco sour, our world-famous cocktail.
In the appropriate time for your ongoing Flight, a Private Transfer to Cusco Airport to board your flight to Cusco. Our representative will assist you with check-in procedures.
Upon arrival at Cusco, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives, who will be waiting for you outside of the Arrival Hall with a sign with our and your names on it for your approximate 15 minutes private Transfer to your Hotel at the historic center Cusco. In addition, the assistant will briefly introduce the city and our services while on the way to your hotel.
Time : 5:00 am
Private city tour
First place, the beautiful Cusco Cathedral, One of the finest Colonial Cathedrals in the Americas. The Sacred Temple of the Sun or Qoricancha Originally named Inti Qancha. The Temple of the Sun') was the most important in the Inca Empire. It was dedicated primarily to Inti, the Sun God. The spectacular Sacsayhuaman fortress, Its construction took over seven decades and required the work of 20,000 men. Continuing with the small archaeological site of Qenqo, a sanctuary dedicated to the adoration of animals and consists of ruins formed by a rocky site with stairs in a zigzag, and a main building similar to a circular amphitheater where 19 window sills are located as a way of seats.
Puca Pucara is an Inca archaeological site located again on the peak of a hill and is thought to represent a military position and an administrative center. The Temple of Tambomachay, dedicated to water, which has impressive Inca canals. In the late afternoon, you will return to your Cusco hotel. Spend the evening at your leisure
enjoying the local cuisine, music, and the splendor of Cusco at night.
Sacred Valley Tour & train
Between Cusco and Machu Picchu lies the Sacred Valley of the Incas (Urubamba Valley), home to some of Peru’s most interesting pre-Columbian ruins and attractive
colonial towns and villages. While many travelers pass through here en route to Machu Picchu, the valley has become a destination in its own right.
Start your exploration on the way to the Sacred Valley visiting. Pisac Market - A great place to browse woven blankets, tapestries, and alpaca garments such as sweaters and mittens, colorful fabric, and accessories found in abundance at the market in addition to pottery, jewelry, and other handicrafts. Then head to the town of Pisac Inca Ruins, famous for its ruins, which lie atop a hill at the entrance of the valley. It’s not hard to succumb to the charms of sunny Pisac, a bustling colonial village at the base of a spectacular Inca fortress perched on a mountain spur. Its pull is universal and recent years have seen an influx of ex-pats and new age followers in search of an Andean Shangri-La. Located just 33km northeast of Cusco by a paved road, it’s the most convenient starting point to the Sacred Valley.
After lunch, we will travel to the ruins of the Ollantaytambo fortress. The town is located at the foot of some spectacular Inca ruins, which defended the strategic entrance to the lower Urubamba Valley. The temple area is at the top of steep terracing which helped to provide excellent defenses. At the end of the tour, you can enjoy a few moments you have in the Town of Ollantaytambo before you take your train to Aguas Calientes town or back to Cusco.
Time : 10:00 am
Explorer Machu Picchu citadel
Machu Picchu represents the most famous archaeological site in all of South America and one of the most-visited sites worldwide that captivate all who visit it with its beauty and mystery.
The spectacular collection of temples, terraced hills, and plazas remain the mountain top citadel of the Inca under Pachacutec and Tupac Yupanqui, until the coming of the Europeans with Pizarro.
It may boast the most familiar name, but Machu Picchu has refused to reveal many of its mysteries, including the secrets of its construction, function, and demise. US historian Hiram Bingham discovered the overgrown ruins in 1911, and the quality of the stonework hints that it was an extremely significant ceremonial site.
The remains are thought to date from around 1450, built at the height of the Inca Empire, and as they escaped being plundered by the Spanish, they include semi-intact icons and shrines that were defaced or removed at other sites. Entering the site, a set of steps leads to the ruined Temple of the Sun and a series of altars and niches. Highlights include the remains of ceremonial baths, the Sacred Plaza with its tremendous views.
Today you will enjoy further Private Guided Tours of Machu Picchu. You may start at Dawn or as you wish. All tours are included and you are only limited by your time and energy.
The Sun Gate (2 Hours) - The Sun Gate marks the entrance to Machu Picchu. It is a one-hour uphill hike to the southeast of the Sanctuary, climbing more than 300 meters.
The hike is on the original Inca trail and is paved with Inca stones. There is a spectacular view from the gate.
Machu Picchu Mountain (4 to 5 Hours Roundtrip) - The hike to the summit of Apu Machu Picchu is 2 ½ hours and can be relatively steep in places. This trail, accessed
from Machu Picchu, joins parts of the Inca trail leading to the Sun Gate before climbing to the mountain's highest point. From there, enjoy the view of soaring eagles as well as Machu Picchu and other significant ruins in the area, such as Putukusi, Huayna Picchu, Salkantay Mountain, and the Vilcanota River view.
This is a breathtaking hike, with lots of orchids along the way, birds in the bushy areas, and with every stop, the view gets better and better. The climb is 600 meters uphill, so a reasonable level of fitness is required.
Access to Apu Machu Picchu is limited by special tickets, which need to be purchased in advance by us. Access is 07:00 – 11:00. Please ask to obtain these tickets included in your tour if desired***
Inka Bridge (Bridge 1 Hour Round Trip) This hike is to the south-west of Machu Picchu, a nice unknown trail that overlooks the Aobamba valley and the Hydroelectric
plant. The Inca Bridge is a part of a mountain trail that heads west from Machu Picchu. The trail is a stone path, part of which is cut into a cliff face. A twenty-foot gap was caused in this section. A 1,900 feet drop that could be bridged with two tree trunks. When the tree trunks were removed then the trail became impassable to outsiders. The path is narrow and paved with original Inca stones.
Huayna Picchu (3 - 4 Hours) - Is the mountain you see behind Machu Picchu.
Towering above the north end of Machu Picchu this steep mountain is repeatedly seen as the backdrop to the classic photos of the ruins. The mountain is steep, but stone steps are laid along most of the way, and where the mountain is steeper you will find steel cables used as handrails. For fit people, it is not an arduous climb.
Very Limited Access!
Only 400 people are allowed to hike Huayna Picchu each day. You have to sign in at the entrance gate. The first 200 tickets are for the 8:00 AM hike. The second 200 are available at 10:00 AM.
You should purchase these special tickets in advance with us to be sure you will have space for this hike.
After the tour, you will stop at a local restaurant for a buffet lunch. Afterward, you will enjoy a little time to explore the town of Machu Picchu Pueblo before boarding your train back to Cusco.
Time : 5:00 am
Half day Maras Moray tour by car
This day you will set off in the direction of the Sacred Valley to the town of Chinchero, an authentic Andean village with lots of character, where we will find the
colonial church that houses a large collection of painting from the Cusquenian School of Art.
The following stop on your tour will be Maras, a picturesque town surrounded by stunning mountain landscapes, which has given its name to the Salineras, or salt pans,
located here. These salt mines are evaporation ponds that have been used to produce salt since the pre-Inca times. The natural color variation of the pools is staggered in terraces down the side of the canyon. It is a breathtaking sight. You'll be able to perceive them in all their glory from the viewpoint.
You'll then be taken to Moray, where a mysterious Inca archaeological site is located. The ruins of the circular agricultural terraces, known as Andenes, are thought to have been used by the Incas to create different microclimates to cultivate a variety of crops. You'll explore the area for an hour, enjoying their mythical history.
Trip time around 3 hours to the starting point of the excursion. Llacto (15,219 ft. A delicious breakfast will be served at the base of Rainbow Mountain. Along the way,
there are amazing views of farming Inca terraces, traditional villages, valleys, and high Andean peaks, like the Ausangate Mountain and glaciers. You can interact with the local people, who are still keeping traditional Quechua culture alive.
After a total hike of 2 glorious hours (slow rhythm), we finally reach our ultimate destination at the top of Rainbow Mountain. After admiring the unique scenic beauty,
you will have time to explore the area. You can take pictures or just soak up the magnificent view. We will occupy around 40 minutes at the top. Afterward, there is an
optional hike across to the top of the Red Valley. This guided walk takes about 1 hour longer to get back to the trailhead.
At this key point, we hike back down the way we approached. The guided hike typically takes 1 flexible hour. When we reach the bottom, a delicious lunch will be waiting for you. When where finished, a departure time will be confirmed for the return trip back to Cusco.
Time : 10:00 am
Route of the Sun to Puno Bus Cusco to Puno
Enjoy the attractions offered by the famous "Ruta del Sol". The trip starts from the Cusco city to Puno and takes almost 400 km between the two cities.
Next, we will stop in the Town of Raqchi, where we will see a spectacular Incan Sanctuary. Built by the Incan Emperor Pachacutec, and dedicated to the Inca God of
Wiracocha. It has a unique central wall with a stone base of fine Incan architecture.
Other walls are made of giant adobe bricks. The structure also has two circular lateral columns. Around the Temple are several buildings once used for housing and storage. About 34 miles further, we will pass through the Town of La Raya. In this town, we will see herds of vicuñas and llamas while passing through. Then our next stop, the Town of Ayaviri, an important livestock and textile center. Then we will visit the remarkable Temple of Kalasaya, ruins from the ancient Pucara civilization. Afterward, we will enjoy a buffet lunch in a countryside restaurant, where we can enjoy the delightful culinary art of the region.
Upon arrival in the City of Puno, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives, who will give you a brief introduction to the city and our services while on the way to your hotel.
Time : 10:00 am
Lake Titicaca; Tour Uros & Taquile
A full day Tour to Lake Titicaca, visit Uros floating islands and Taquile Island with cultural activity and Fast boat service.
The Island of Taquile is located 36 Km (22 miles) away from the city of Puno on the Lake Titicaca. It takes a 2 1/2 hour boat ride to arrive in the island’s main dock. The island highest elevation is 4100 m (13451 feet); it has a length of 5 Km (3.10 miles) and a width of 1.5 Km (0.93 miles). Taquile is home of a Quechua population of 2,000 people who are mainly farmers, fishermen and above all renowned weavers.
In our Tour, we will have first a visit to the famous Uros floating islands, built using the “Totora” reeds with long leaves that grow in the lake. After Uros, we will continue to Taquile Island and have a Cultural activity on the island. Finally, we will enjoy time for our lunch in a local restaurant and drop you to your hotel.
Time : 4:00 am
Private Transfer out Puno to Lima – depart home & Visit Sillustani on the way.
The archaeological site of Sillustani is located 22.3 miles away from the city of Puno and at an altitude of 12,858 feet (3,840mts.) above sea level. This vantage point allows you to enjoy stunning highland landscapes and imposing pre-Inca architecture. The site is strategically positioned on the top of a peninsula surrounded by a beautiful lagoon called Umayo lagoon. The most imposing burial towers were built for the chiefs and priests. For the ancient cultures, the cemeteries were important resting places for the deceased people. Therefore, our ancestors would strategically choose exceptionally beautiful spots for burial ground.
After this, we will continue our way to Juliaca’s Airport. Once there, you will board your flight back to Lima, later on, your connecting flight back home.
- Private transportation & assistant Airport / Hotel / Airport
- 1 Nights Lima 4 nights in Cusco, 1 night in Aguas Calientes town & 02 nights in Puno
- Entrance ticket to Gastronomic tour, City tour, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu tour, Maras Moray tour, Route of the Sun, Titicaca Lake & Sillustani
- Train tickets between Cusco and Aguas Calientes R/T
- Bus ticket to and from Machu Picchu
- Lunch where it is indicated (Gastronomic tour, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu tour)
- Private guide
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