After an overnight in Lima, you will be transferred to the airport for a short but spectacular flight over the snowcapped Andes to Cusco. The exclusive city tour will allow you to enjoy a panoramic view of Cusco and many significant attractions.
Next day, travel on by train through the sacred Urubamba Valley to the “Lost City of the Incas” Machu Picchu for a tour with an expert guide. You will have the following two days at leisure and you have a wide range of optional activities to choose from. Then continue the journey with one of South America’s most scenic and extraordinary overland trips through the South Valley of Cusco, stopping at various sites along the way as you head to Puno, a city settled in the shores of Lake Titicaca, from where you will board a boat to the Uros and Taquile Islands before returning to Lima, where the tour ends. With many optional activities on offer that this is a tour that offers unique experiences to all types of travelers.
Day 1: Lima
Make your own way to your gateway airport for your international flight to Lima. Enjoy in-flight meals and services. On arrival at Lima International Airport you will be met and transferred to the hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. Lima, the "City of Kings" is famous for its Spanish Colonial architecture, extraordinary museums and cuisine. Lima is internationally recognized as the "Gastronomic Capital of the Americas", and its cuisine is considered among the most diverse and exquisite in the world on par with French cuisine.
Overnight in Lima
Day 2: Lima - Cusco
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your short flight to Cusco, a spectacular flight over the snowcapped Andes to the oldest inhabited city in the hemisphere, Cusco, at an elevation of 11,440 feet. On arrival, you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, your exclusive city tour starts with a visit to the San Cristobal Plaza to enjoy its panoramic view of the city. Then, visit the San Pedro Market to soak in its local flavors and to learn more of the products grown in the area which supply the whole city. After this, the Korikancha temple will welcome you in all his magnificence; this temple, whose Quechua name means “Gold Enclosure” still bedazzles with the thought of its gold covered walls. Then, visit the Santo Domingo Church. Walk from San Blas, the artisans’ neighborhood, to the Hatun Rumiyoc Street, stopping at the Inca Roca Palace, nowadays home to the Archbishop’s Palace and also at the famous Twelve Angle Stone. Continue your walk to the Main Square to visit the Cathedral and its valuable and beautiful colonial masterpieces.
Day 3: Cusco - Machu Picchu
This morning you will be transferred to Ollantaytambo train station, where you will depart by train to visit one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Arrive at the Aguas Calientes station where you will be assisted to board the bus to go up the winding road to Machu Picchu, amid a spectacular view of the Urubamba River and its canyon. The Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, will astonish you with its terraces, ceremonial shrines, steps and urban areas. Energy is all around you. After a guided tour, you will have lunch at a local restaurant. At the arranged time, take the train back to Ollantaytambo, and then transfer by car to your hotel in Cusco.
Day 4: Cusco
Enjoy your day at leisure or choose an optional tour.
Day 5: Cusco
Enjoy your day at leisure or choose an optional tour.
Day 6: Cusco to Puno
Today you will be transferred to the bus station for your departure on a tour bus to Puno. On the way, stop to visit the attractions this beautiful route has to offer. The first stop: Andahuaylillas for a visit to its beautiful chapel, then Racchi, Temple of the Wiracocha god where the walls and narrow streets stand out. Enjoy lunch and the opportunity to admire the view at “La Raya”, natural border between Cusco and Puno. Before your final destination you will visit the in-site Pucara Museum and a chance to get one of the local classic bull shaped ceramics. Arrive in Puno at the end of the afternoon and then you will be transferred to your hotel in Puno.
Day 7: Puno
A morning trip to visit the “people of the lake”: the Uros. There are around 40 scattered islands built with totora reed (an aquatic plant), constituting an important archipelago inhabited by 10 to 20 families. At 3,810 MASL, you will visit two islands of the Uros to appreciate the unique beauty of the place, as well as the culture and lifestyle of the locals of millenary origin. Even today they keep their ancestral traditions, with a large Aymara influence, all linked to the totora reed. The subsistence of the Uros is based on fishing, hunting and gathering of eggs, complementing their economy with the sale of handicrafts. Spend the afternoon at leisure or choose one of the following optional activities.
Day 8: Puno - Lima
In the morning, you will be transferred to Juliaca’s Airport for your flight back to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, you will have a tour through Lima’s streets and plazas. Starting at the Love Park in Miraflores, with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean, and then heading to the Huaca Pucllana, ceremonial center of the Lima culture. After this, you will go on to the Main Square where the Government Palace and the Town Hall are located. Visit the Cathedral and explore the Santo Domingo Convent, along which corridors San Martin de Porras and San Rosa de Lima used to walk around in 17th century, and where their remains rest today. Evening at leisure to explore the city at your own pace.
Day 9: Lima
Today, at the arranged time, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.