Day: 1 Sillustani in route from the Airport
Be contacted by our experienced guide at the Juliaca’s aiport, from there we travel travel through the vast Altiplano to arrive to Sillustani you will have the chance to observe impressive examples of pre-Inca architecture considered masterpieces even by modern architectural standards. Huge funerary towers are set in spectacular landscapes formed by the surrounding mountains and the “Umayu” Lagoon. This tour will give you a wide perspective of the regional history and understant the origin of the Incas, archeologist are still finding traces of diffrent cultures overlaped on the same site. We then continue to Puno.
Day: 2 Taquile – Uros
This excursion begins at 6:30am with transfer from your Puno hotel to the port. Then by motor boat (35 feet long with a covered section in case of rain or cold weather, 25 individual seats) we visit the Uros floating Islands. Stepping on them feels very much like a water bed (but it is quite safe). We see the houses, the islands and meet its friendly inhabitants.Uros people are descendents of one of the oldest South American groups. Rides on traditional reed boats can be arranged. In the mornings these islands can be crowded. We visit two of the 80 islands before continuing on to Taquile Island.
After a relaxed navigation of extra 2 1/2 hours when we get the chance to enjoy the spectacular views offered by Lake Titicaca, we get to Taquile island. There a unique community can be observed. A long path gradually ascending will take us to the village, the views are unique and worth’s. (45 min. hike approx) to visit the communal cooperative where you will find handy craft textiles of high quality. Lunch at one of the many local restaurants. The views are magnificent. Then we descent 500 steps down to the main port of the island. at 2:30pm approx. depart back to Puno City (3 hour return journey). At 5.30pm Arrival to Puno.
Day: 3 Puno – Cusco
7.30am depart from Puno the city on the shores of Titicaca lake where the legends tell the first Incas emerged. PUKARA. Pre-Inka Archeological complex formed by semi – subterranean temples and stepped structures and monoliths, guided visit to the museum. It is the oldest remain on the region, 2000 B.C. Still an enigma for the Peruvian Archeology. LA RAYA PASS. This is the highest point along the trip, (4312 meters above sea level) It is where the Vilcanota river born and later forms the sacred valley of the Incas. SICUANI. – On this country side city we enjoy a buffet lunch which will give you a taste of the exquisite Peruvian cuisine. RAJCHI & THE TEMPLE OF WIRACOCHA. A walled archeological complex formed by 14 smaller temples, 150 large circular buildings used as storages, and the large wiracocha temple. Unique in its type. ANDAHUAYLILLAS CHURCH. Considered to be the Sixtine Andean Chapel of America, on the picturesque village of Andahuaylillas, this small Church holds one of the most impressive examples of the colonial Architecture and paintings. CUSCO (5.30pm arrival)
Day 4: City Tour
In the morning you have free time. At 2:00 pm. We’ll pick you up from your hotel, with our guide we are going to visit the Cathedral there are magnificent colonial art and paintings, after we will visit some of the most impressive Inca stonework and the most important religious center at Qoricancha (Temple of the Sun). Then we will visit the impressive Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman and Archaeological sites including Qenqo, Puca Pucara and the spring shrine of Tambomachay. We will end the tour at the main square of Cusco.
Day 5: Pisac – Moray – Salt Mines – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
We will pick you up at your hotel at 7:00am, with our private van and head towards the Sacred Valley of the Incas, taking the direct route to Pisac. We visit awanacancha, which has a variety of southamerican camelids. Then you are off to the mirador of Taray to enjoy a classic view of the Urubamba valley with crops dressing the mountains like a carpet. Onward, we drive to the archaeological site of Pisac, where you can see the biggest Inca cemetery with more than 2000 tombs. There we admire the incredible farming terraces carved into the mountain, explore the religious area of this important citadel. Here we will spend more than 2 hours, exploring the Inca city. Then we head back to the colourful market of Pisac, spend some time visiting it with all of its handicrafts and treasures to discover and then drive to Urumbamba 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 terraces. The terraces are carved into a huge bowl, which were excavated by the Incas for agricultural purposes. The terraces have varied microclimates, depending on how deep into the bowl they are placed. It is believed they were used by the Incas to discover the optimal growing conditions for their different crops.
Expanding on our journey to the colonial town of Maras, you ascend downhill to the pre-Inca salt mines. 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 both human and animal consumption. Finally, we drive to Ollantaytambo, having time to explore the age old and bustling Inca village and the massive Inca Ruins, with a tour provided by our guide. Then at 7pm, we will take the train to Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night in a hotel.
Day 6: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
Our day starts at in the morning. We will go to the bus station where we will catch the bus to Machupichu National Sanctuary UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. The bus ride takes 30 minutes. The first bus depart at 5:30 AM. Our departure time will depend of how early we make it to the bus station.
At Machupicchu we will go on a tour around this wonder of the world. The tour usually takes 2 +hours. After the tour, Our guide will direct us to the location access point to the Wayna picchu mountain and the Machupicchu mountain. The climb to those mountains take between 2 and 3.5 hours. Also, our guide will give you the train tickets to Cusco.
There are now 2 sessions to visit the Machu Picchu Citadel; 6am to 12pm and 12pm to 5:30pm. If you wish to stay after 12pm, you must purchase a second entrance ticket.
If you wish to indulge in a few of the following activities on your own, you can (not included in the price)
Climb up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu (An additional fee)
You can also take time to walk to the Sun Gate, 2 hours round trip or the Inca Bridge, 1 hour round trip. (No additional fee)
Passengers that purchase Huayna Picchu tickets are given an extra 2 hours at the Machu Picchu Citadel and those that purchase Machu Picchu Mountain tickets get 3 hours extra.
The trip to Cusco takes 4 hours. The first part by train to Ollantaytambo takes two hours, and the second part takes two hours too. A bus will pick you up from Ollantaytambo and take you back to Cusco. The Time of arrival to Cusco depends of the time of departure from Aguas Calientes. Usually people arrive back to Cusco at 8:00PM.
Day 7: Cusco – Rainbow Mountain – Cusco
We will pick you up 04:00 am. Then we are going to set out on a drive through the South Valley. The drive takes around 3 hours to get Hanchipacha community where we are going to stop for breakfast. After that we are going to drive you 15 minutes more to Quesiuno community 4,326 m. where we are going to start with the trekking of 3 hours approx. to the rainbow mountain (most of the way is going up). In the way up we are going to be able to enjoy amazing landscapes of herds of alpacas and llamas, the Ausangate Mountain, many red mountains and traditional local houses. When we finally reach our golal the Rainbow Mountains 5,020 m. you will have time to explore the area and take pictures. We will spend approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour (depend of your trekking speed and weather conditions).
After the amazing view of the landscapes on the top we are going to down to the beginning of our trekking point, that take 2 hours approx. (Quesiuno community) where we are going to take our transportation to Hanchipacha community to have lunch. Then you are going back to Cusco.
Day 8: Depart – cusco
After breakfast, we will take you back to the airport according your flight itinerary.
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