The Andean Route & Altiplano of the Incas

Lima – Cusco – Valle Sagrado – Machu Picchu – Puno – La Paz
Lago Titicaca
Lago Titicaca

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Isla Taquile
Isla Taquile

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Lago Titicaca
Lago Titicaca

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Duration: 12 Days/11 Nights

Location: Lima - Coast/Cusco - Andes/Puno & La Paz - Altiplano

Altitude: Lima - 161m.a.s.l/Cusco - 3399 m.a.s.l/Puno - 3850 m.a.s.l/La Paz – 3640 m.s.n.m

Difficulty: medium

 

 

Day 1: Lima.

Arrival, reception and transfer to the hotel. Accommodation in Lima at the designated hotel.

Meals: None.

 

Day 02: Lima -City Tour Lima

In the morning, we will have the best excursion to know Lima and its history. We begin our tour with a panoramic view of the "Pucllana Pyramid", magnificent ceremonial center. We visit the Historical Center of Lima, where you will appreciate more than fifty monuments and colonial buildings, highlighting the Paseo de la República, Plaza San Martín, the Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the Cathedral Basilica, the Municipal Palace between others. We will enter one of the most important convents of the seventeenth century, where the relics of the three Peruvian saints Santa Rosa de Lima, San Martin de Porres and San Juan Macías are still preserved. Back to the hotel. Accommodation in Lima at the designated hotel.

Meals: Breakfast.

 

Day 03: Lima / Cusco - City Tour Cusco & Archaeological Park of Sacsayhuamán

At the coordinated time, transfer to Jorge Chávez International Airport to board the flight to the city of Cusco. Arrival, reception and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, we will begin our visit to the capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco. You can admire the wonderful Inca and Spanish legacy of the colony. Visit among other attractions the Temple of the Sun or Koricancha on which the Santo Domingo Convent was built, you can also admire the Plaza de Armas and its colonial architectural legacies. Finished the visit to the city we will go to the outskirts to be able to appreciate the four more important archaeological rest like Sacsayhuamán, Kenko, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay. Return to the city. Accommodation in Cusco at the designated hotel.

Meals: Breakfast.

Sacsayhuaman
Sacsayhuaman

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Catedral de Cusco
Catedral de Cusco

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Koricancha
Koricancha

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Sacsayhuaman
Sacsayhuaman

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Day 04: Cusco /Sacred Valley - Pisac Market & Ollantaytambo 

We will leave early in the direction of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where you will be able to appreciate beautiful landscapes and the most important archaeological remains of the area, then we will know the town of Pisac, here you will appreciate the customs of its inhabitants, the artisan market and you will have the opportunity to make purchases. After this first part of the tour we will go to taste a delicious lunch at a restaurant in the area. After lunch we will visit the impressive Ollantaytambo Fortress with its stone terraces, non-agricultural terraces and cobbled streets. Accommodation in the Sacred Valley at the assigned hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast and lunch.

 

Day 05: Sacred Valley - Maras & Moray

After tasting our breakfast we will leave to visit the town of Maras, in this excursion we will be able to appreciate the picturesque landscapes of the area, likewise we will know the salt mines that date from the Inca period and that up to date they are maintained, the inhabitants channel the water that emanates from the subsoil and direct it towards some pools, these waters being left to evaporate by the sun forming the salt of domestic consumption going through a cleaning process before its sale. After the view we will visit the archaeological site of Moray, here what stands out is an incredible ancestral anceneric system in circular form with superimposed platforms that are connected by a complex network of artificial irrigation, which makes it an important achievement of engineering hydraulics. Moray is considered one of the first centers in the humanity of genetic research. Accommodation in the Sacred Valley at the designated hotel.

Meals: Breakfast.

Day 06: Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu

Very early, we will go to the railway station, to board the train that will take us to the town of Aguas Calientes and station of the same name. In this station, our staff will assist you to board the bus that will take you to the citadel of Machu Picchu (meaning "Old Mountain" in Quechua), considered a masterpiece of Inca architecture and engineering. Our wonder of the world is 2,450 m.a.s.l. In our guided, we can appreciate all its majesty. After the visit, we will descend to the town of Aguas Calientes to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Lodging in the town of Aguas Calientes at the designated hotel.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch.

 

Day 07: Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)/Cusco

Today you will have the morning free to carry out activities of personal interest such as shopping in the artisanal market or the option of climbing the Machu Picchu mountain or the Huayna Picchu mountain that surround the citadel, you will be able to observe it in all its splendor, you can take panoramic photographic shots wonderful (the ascent to these two mountains are not included in the visit to the citadel, you have to make an extra reservation with an additional cost, this scaling is done very early in the morning). In the afternoon at the time coordinated by our staff transfer to the railway station of the town to board the train to the city of Cusco. Arrival, reception and transfer to the hotel. Accommodation in Cusco at the designated hotel.

Meals: Breakfast.

 

Day 8: Cusco / Puno - La Ruta del Sol

At the coordinated time transfer from the hotel to the land station to embark on a comfortable tourist bus, we will enjoy a beautiful journey with beautiful Andean landscapes until we reach the city of Puno in the Peruvian - Bolivian Altiplano. On the way we will visit tourist attractions such as the Church of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, known as the Sistine Chapel of America, we will continue the journey to the archaeological center of Raqchi, an impressive building prepared for the god Wiracocha, we will enjoy a typical lunch in the town from Sicuani to then make a brief stop and take excellent photographs in the Raya highest point of the route (4.335 m.a.s.l); We will take a break to visit the town of Pukara where we will have a guided tour of the site museum that houses archaeological remains of the Andean highland cultures. Finally we will arrive in Puno and we will move to the hotel. Accommodation in Puno at the designated hotel.

Meals: Breakfast & lunch.

Day 9: Puno - Uros and Taquile - Lake Titicaca - Puno

Early in the morning we will appreciate the waters of Lake Titicaca, considered the highest navigable lake in the world (3,810 m.s.n.). We will start the visit to the island of the Uros, an Aymara ethnic group that lives in floating islands built with totora reeds, then we will continue the tour of the lake to Taquile Island where we will appreciate one of the most beautiful Andean landscapes, with abundant hills and archaeological remains, in Taquile the main activity is the textilería, the garments are made with high weaving techniques and show designs of his daily life. Finally we will enjoy a nice typical lunch, prepared with local supplies in a local restaurant, then boarding back to our hotel. Accommodation in Puno at the designated hotel.

Meals: Breakfast & lunch.

Isla flotante de los Uros
Isla flotante de los Uros

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Lago Titicaca
Lago Titicaca

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Isla Taquile
Isla Taquile

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Isla flotante de los Uros
Isla flotante de los Uros

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Day 10: Puno / La Paz 

At the coordinated time our mobility will pick us up to start our lake adventure crossing the "Llago Titicaca" the highest navigable lake in the world, we will start directing by road to the city of Copacabana, after a brief visit we will board the catamaran cruise with direction to the city of La Paz, on the way we will visit Isla del Sol, visit the Inti Wata Cultural Complex, the Ekako Underground Museum, the centers of traditional medicine and construction of totora rafts, the Pachamama terraces, the artisan center, the Intica Refuge , the Mirador Manco Cápac where we will appreciate a great variety of Andean camelids, in this visit to the Inti Wata complex you will have the possibility tosail aboard an immense totora raft and to visit the Inca palace of Pilkokaina. After our excursion we will return to the boat to continue sailing, arriving at the port of Chúa we will transfer by bus to the city of La Paz. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Accommodation in La Paz at the designated hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast and lunch.


Day 11: La Paz - City Tour & Valley of the Moon 

At the coordinated time our mobility will pick you up to start our city tour to the city of La Paz, we will start with the Market of the Witches, the colonial Church of San Francisco and the craft shops of Sagárnaga Street. The walk continues towards Plaza Murillo, where the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Government Palace and the Parliament are located. Visit the Museum of Ethnography and Folklore, architectural monument whose main cover belongs to the Mestizo Baroque style, stand out among its rooms the exhibitions of ceramics, feather art, textiles, among others. We will continue along the famous colonial street "Jaén", where important museums of the city have been concentrated, we will visit the replica of the semi-subterranean temple of Tiwanaku Culture and walk to the Killi-Killi Viewpoint, from this point you can appreciate the contrasts of the city of La Paz, surrounded by mountains and snowy mountains, lunch in the restaurant, we will continue to the residential areas of Obrajes, Calacoto and La Florida, we will make a tour of the commercial zone, to visit the boutiques where there are exclusive models of baby garments alpaca and jewelry stores with exclusive designs.We will also visit the Valley of the Moon to enjoy a short walk through interesting geological formations, then we will visit a pottery workshop where there will be a demonstration of this art, culminating our tour we will move to the cable car station to enjoy the unique and most modern transport of South América, in this trip you enjoy We will make beautiful panoramas of the city of La Paz. Return to the city. Accommodation in La Paz at the designated hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast and lunch.

Puerta del Sol - Tiahuanaco
Puerta del Sol - Tiahuanaco

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Puerta del Sol - Tiahuanaco
Puerta del Sol - Tiahuanaco

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Day 12: La Paz

At the coordinated time departure transfer.

 

End of the program

Included:

  • Transfers of entrance and exit in private service

  • Tours and excursions in shared service in Spanish and / or English

  • All tickets to the tours and excursions indicated in the program

  • HD City Tour Lima Colonial & Moderna.

  • FD Excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas

  • HD Maras & Moray

  • FD Excursion to the citadel of Machu Picchu by train tourist category

  • F / D Ruta del Sol Cusco / Puno

  • Excursion to Uros Island & Taquile Island

  • Crossing of Lake Titicaca with Catamaran

  • F / D City Tour La Paz & Valley of the Moon

  • 02 nights of accommodation in Lima

  • 02 nights accommodation in Cusco

  • 02 nights accommodation in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

  • 01 night accommodation in the town of Aguas Calientes

  • 02 nights in Puno

  • 02 nights accommodation in La Paz

  • 11 breakfasts

  • 06 lunches

 

 

Not included:

  • National and international plane tickets.

  • Meals not mentioned in the program.

  • Extra expenses such as laundry, phone calls, consumption of the mini bar, tips for porters, bellboys, waiters, guides, drivers and drivers.

  • Other expenses not indicated in the itinerary.