Day 1: Cusco City Tour, Sacsayhuaman, and Nearby Archeological Sites
You arrive in the city of Cusco and are taken to your hotel, where the rest of the morning is free time to rest and to acclimate yourself to the elevation. The afternoon is set aside for a tour of the incredible colonial city, whose buildings the Spanish constructed on top of the foundations of Incan palaces. You begin at the Korikancha, the Temple of the Sun, to witness the exquisite stone work achieved by the Incas. Next stop is the Main Square for a tour of the Cathedral to see its fabulous wood carvings and impressive altars and the lovely Church of La Compañia de Jesus (Society of Christ). Following that, you head upwards to Sacsayhuaman, a fortress located in a strategic spot high above the city with a view that is absolutely stunning. You will also visit some other archaeological complexes such as Kenko and Tambomachay*, and you will have a panoramic view of Puca Pucara. Accomodations for the night in Cusco. .(B)
Day 2: Sacred Valley of the Incas – Inca´s Balcony and Ollantaytambo Aguas calientes
After pickup from your hotel, your first stop is in the Andean village of Chinchero. Here, you'll take in mountain views, visit the main square and see an ancient church with unique floral and religious interior designs. Next, off the beaten path to the small town of Maras. This village is known as a former salt-producing center that dates back all the way to colonial time From there, you'll head to the fascinating display of terraces in Moray, located only about 2 miles (4 km) from Maras. Moray boasts three amphitheater-like terraces made by the Incas. These terraces, which are carved deep into the earth in a bowl shape, were thought to be used to determine the optimal conditions for growing crops. After visiting Moray, we take a lunch break at Tunupa restaurant. Once full of delicious food, you'll be ready for the next part of the day trip; we continue on the tour to Ollantaytambo, home to a magnificent Inca fortress that you can explore. This historic fortress was where Spanish conquistadors lost a major battle against the Inca Empire. After you visit the fortress, you'll have time to walk around the cobblestone streets of Ollantaytambo before heading to Aguas Clientes. Overnight at aguas calientes.(B,L,D)
Day 3: Cusco Aguas calientes Sacred City of Machu Picchu C
We start with an early morning transfer from your hotel to the Cusco or Ollantaytambo train station (upon request or due to availability) where you will catch your train to Aguas Calientes. This is a train journey where you will enjoy breathtaking views from the highlands to the Sacred Valley and a trip along the Vilcanota river. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes we will transfer you to the hotel of your choice. In the afternoon we highly recommend the guided tour around Machu Picchu ruins because it is not as crowded as in the morning. You will definitely enjoy more of the tour in the afternoon. Our professional tour guide will show you around the archeological citadel of Machu Picchu including its temples, terraces, aqueducts, houses and more. After the guided tour you will return to your hotel. (B/L/D)
Day 3: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco
Today you have the whole day to explore Machu Picchu at your leisure. This is also a great opportunity to climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain for an amazing view of the Machu Picchu citadel from the top. Considered as a difficult hike, this option is really worth it if you want to challenge yourself. Otherwise, you have plenty of options for hiking and exploring different areas of the Machu Picchu citadel. During the afternoon, we have a transfer back to Aguas Calientes to catch our train service back to Ollantaytambo, or Cusco. Finally we will transfer you to your hotel.(B/L/D)
Day 4.- Tipon, Pikillacta & Andawaylillas
This tour is known for combining beautiful natural landscapes, Inca architecture in Tipon, pre - Inca Wari architecture in Pikillacta and a beautiful chapel, known as the "Sistine Chapel of America"
The southern area of Cusco played a very important role in the development of the great Inca state. This started with the emigration towards the south (Peruvian altiplano) which made possible the occupation of the valley of Cusco, the first inhabitants were the Marcavalles who are considered as the oldest human civilization (1000 B.C) and who occupied the area of the same name, the Omas occupied the district of San Jeronimo and the Wari-Chankas, who made great gains in terms of irrigation and urban planning. This development can be seen at two archeological sites. We will enjoy our lunch on the way back to Cusco, to finish our tour at Andahuaylillas, a picturesque Andean town where the San Pedro church is found, known as the Sistine Chapel of America due to its impressive paintings and murals.
Tipon: Tipon is said to be a royal garden commissioned by Wiracocha. It is one of the most elaborate examples of agricultural terracing created by the Incas. These tall terraces which run up the narrow valley are irrigated by an aqueduct from Pachatusan, the mountain above the site. In addition to the terracing there are also some other structures at Tipon, including baths, a temple complex, canals and aqueducts. Tipon is definitely one of the lesser visited sites in the Cusco area but it is equally as impressive as those in the Sacred Valley. The Tipon Archeological Complex is located 24km southeast of Cusco.
Pikillaqta: Pikillacta is the only pre-Inca site in the Cusco area. This adobe complex was built around 700 to 900 AD by the Huari, in the area, there is a small Inca site just a short walk from Pikillacta, known as Rumicolca, a travel checkpoint for the Incas.Andahuylillas: Here you find the "Sistine Chapel of Peru", a church that is home to golden altars, paintings and many colored ceilings. The chapel is simple and unassuming on the outside, but on the inside you'll find masterpiece after masterpiece. On our return we'll pass Saylla, a typical district of Cusco where people can enjoy the delicious pork chicharrones (optional). We return to Cusco for approximately 4pm.(B/L)
Day 5: Free day to explore Cusco. (B)
Day 6.- Cusco Puno by Loxury Train
Belmond Andean Explorer is South America’s first luxury train that combines genuine daytime getaways with sleeping accommodations at night, all while traversing the Peruvian Andes.
The Belmond Andean Explorer train travels along one of the highest train routes in the world, crossing through breathtaking cities on its way from Cusco to Lake Titicaca (Puno) and Arequipa, and exploring natural wonders and ancient kingdoms on one and two-night trips.(B/L)
Day 7: Sillustani Funeral Towers
The tour begins in the afternoon at around 2:00pm. The Sillustani Chullpas (pre-Incan funeral towers) are situated on an Aymara peninsula of Lake Titicaca about 32 km from Puno. The setting is dramatic and beautiful. Most of the towers date from the period of Inca occupation in the 15th century, but the engineering involved in their construction is more complex than anything the Incas built. The towers were Aymara tombs where they kept the human remains of the nobles, called “the Mallkus”. Once we have finished the tour you will be transfered back to your hotel.(B)
Day 8: Uros Islands & Amantani Island Puno
Our trip to Lake Titicaca begins with a pickup from your hotel in Puno to go to the port where we board the boat that takes us to the amazing floating islands of the Uros.It is said that Uros have inhabited these islands for hundreds of years; the Uros people know how to remove the abundant existing cane reed and put it together in large quantities to form small islands and platforms. Their constructions are so skilled that they have held up against the waether and these ancient inhabitants still live on these artificial islands of reeds. Known as the Water Tribe, they have to maintain their own islands, adding new layers of reeds or "Totora". Their homes and boats are also made from this material.During our trip we will visit native families, schoolhouses, souvenir shops and can even ride in one of the little reed boats. Then we will continue in our boat to the island of Amantani, located at an altitude of 3817m. Upon arrival at the island we will have the chance to try a typical local lunch, then we will go on to the famous pre-Inca temples Pachamama and Pachatata; these temples are dedicated to the fertility of the land and ceremonial rituals take place there.This island is inhabited by Quechua-speaking natives still ruled by their ancient traditions, whose main business is the production of ceramics and textiles. The positive energy of this island is so powerful that it is known as the "Island of Love."Here we enjoy a magnificent panoramic view in the evening. Once our visit is over we will spend the night in a local family's home. Dinner and overnight on Amantaní (shared bathrooms, no hot water). (B/L/D)
Day 9: Amantani & Taquile Island
After breakfast we will descend to the port of Amantaní to take our boat and head to Taquile Island. This island is inhabited by Quechua-speaking natives who have developed an efficient work-in community and every family helps each other. They also still use a system of bartering, carried down through generations (known as the barter exchange of goods), but their main economic activity is agriculture. Other than this, they are expert weavers and artisans and local residents themselves have been directly involved in improving tourism on the island without losing their ancestral customs. After our visit we will have the typical lunch of fresh fish (trout) and in the afternoon we will go to the port for our boat to take us back to Puno. (B / L)
Day 10: Puno Juliaca – Departure
At the scheduled time, you will be driven to the airport for your flight to your next destination end of our services.