Machu Picchu Inka Jungle & Titicaca Lake 10 Days / 9 Nights

ITINERARY

DAY 1: CUSCO IN – CITY TOUR

At Cusco´s airport our representative will be waiting for you. Upon arrival, airport reception to be transferred to the hotel, time free to rest and acclimatize to the altitude.

In the afternoon, the guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you on a half day tour of Cusco. You will start visiting the main square surrounded by magnificent colonial buildings, the Cathedral, the Koricancha which was the most important temple of the Inca culture; it was dedicated to worship the sun. Finally we will visit the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman and its impressive rocky constructions, followed by Kenko, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay. Return to the hotel.

Overnight in Cusco

 DAY 2: SACRED VALLEYOF THE INCAS PISAC – OLLANTAYTAMBO

Today, you will set off for the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Along the way you will stop to visit Awanacancha a llama project where you will see South American camelids such as llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas, also you have the chance to appreciate the traditional Inca weaving and dying techniques which have been kept by the local people for centuries.

Your journey continues to the small village of Pisac, and there you will walk through its lively typical market and have some free time to interact with the townsfolk and artisans and to shop for handicrafts and souvenirs. Continuing the tour you will visit Pisac´s archaeological site located at the top of the mountain which gives us a clear idea of the hard work and amazing ingenuity required to create the Inca’s agricultural terraces, its constructions are just compared with Machu Picchu buildings.

You will enjoy a buffet lunch at the town of Urubamba, and then visit Ollantaytambo which is one of the most beautiful, and significant sites in the entire Cusco region. It is a very interesting, and typical pueblo with extensive, well preserved Inca ruins; crowned by the sacred archaeological site with its impressive temple of the sun.

Transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in the Sacred Valley

DAY 3: INKA JUNGLE: HOTEL – ABRA MALAGA – SANTA MARIA: (BIKING)

As you will spend the night in the sacred valley (you will have the chance to rest more than people who will be picked up early in Cusco).

The guide will pick you up from the hotel to drive for almost 2 hours until Abra Malaga, the highest pass of the route (4350m.a.s.l./14271ft), here you will start with the biking adventure, so the guide will provide you a short briefing about the routes and ride techniques; also you will receive all the riding necessary equipment (front suspension bikes, helmet, gloves).

The ride will last almost 2 ½ hours descending from (abra Malaga 4350m) until get the archaeological site of Huamanmarca (2400m).

On the way, you will experience how the landscape and the temperature vary, from the snowcapped mountain and its dry cold to the warm humid jungle; along the way our private transport will escort us (carrying your personal items) and support in case of emergency.

Arrival to Huamanmarca, where you will enjoy the lunch.

Finally transfer to Santa María, here you will spend the night in the hostel.

NOTE: optional River rafting excursion (extra cost); if you want to this activity we recommend you to book in advance, because during the high season it is too complicated get an available spot.

Overnight in Santa maria

DAY 4: SANTA MARIA – SANTA TERESA – HIDROELECTRICA – AGUAS CALIENTES: (HIKING)

After an early breakfast, you will be transferred in a local bus to Santa Teresa, to start the last day excursion.

NOTE: there is an optional activity in Santa Teresa (ZIPLINE – extra cost).

People who booked zip line will be transported to the place where it will be organized. The zip-line will take around 2 hours, after this activity they will be transferred by bus to Hydroelectric.

The rest of the group will continue the hiking from Santa Teresa to Hydroelectric, through the valley where you will enjoy the great variety of butterflies, parrots, small iguanas, birds, and insects; the hiking time is aprox. 3 hours.

In Hydroelectric the entire group will get together again. Lunch.

After a break, you will continue walking along the railway enjoying among others the beautiful waterfalls, coca and coffee farms; arriving to Aguas Calientes town, where you will spend the night.

Overnight in Aguas Calientes

DAY 5: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO

Today, you have a full-day to explore Machu Picchu citadel – the new seven wonder of the world; the shuttle bus service will take you for 20 minutes from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu where you will have a 2- 3 hours fully guided tour of the mysterious ruins, visiting the most important sector of the city such as the temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana, the temple of the three windows, the mausoleum, the temple of the condor, etc.

If you are in a good physical shape you can hike to the Inca Bridge, Huayna Picchu, Inti Punku sun gate, or just wander through the ruins taking pictures.

You then return to Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Cusco (Poroy train station), arrival to Poroy and transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in Cusco

NOTE: hike to the summit of Huayna Picchu, (Huayna Picchu now requires an extra, limited-availability permit; allowed just 400 per day. It is a 1.5-hour hike)

DAY 6: RIVER RAFTING (CLASS II-III)

After breakfast, the guide will pick you up from your hotel to be transferred to the starting point of the river rafting (1 ½ driving).

Upon your arrival to the river, you will gear up with the wetsuits, helmet, waterproof jacket, and life jacket. The guide will provide you safely briefing, and give general information for beginners (how to paddle, follow instructions).

This section of the river will offer you: class II, and III plus rapids, as well as some introductory rapids. Some rapids are technical so our expert guides will scout ahead and indicate appropriate directions, commands. Also, there will be a guide in a Kayak for protection for your safety.

It will be a last adventure activity of your trip to Peru, full of fun, with lots of “adrenalina pumpers” along the way.

Finally, enjoy the lunch and return to Cusco.

Overnight in Cusco

DAY 7: CUSCO – PUNO (TOURIST BUS SERVICE)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the bus station to take the tourist bus to Puno.

This route is considered one of the most spectacular-amazing highland trips in the south of Peru, which includes guided tours to Inca and pre-Inca remains in the route.

You will visit the church of Andahuaylillas known as the “Sistine Chapel of America”; it was built on top of a huaca, or sacred place for the Incas. Made out of adobe and brick, the church is a small structure consisting of one nave, apse and bell tower. The quality of its Mudejar coffered ceiling and the artwork of the altars make of this church the most beautiful of Cusco region.

Continuing with the trip, you will arrive to Raqchi where is located the most important building known as the “Wiracocha temple” that according to the old chroniclers was built by the Inca Wiracocha in honor to the Superior God invisible for the Andean people.

The next stop will be in La Raya (the highest pass) which is the watershed between the valley that drains into Lake Titicaca and the valley that leads down to Cusco and to the Sacred Valley.

Finally you will visit Pukara which was the first regional population center in the northern Lake Titicaca Basin during the Late Formative Period (500 BC- AD 200), providing valuable insights into the origins of Andean civilization in the highlands.

Arrival to Puno, reception and transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in Puno

DAY 8: FLOATING ISLANDS: UROS – AMANTANI: 2DAYS/1NIGHT

Early in the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and then transferred to the harbor. We start off our boat excursion of Lake Titicaca by visiting “The Uros Floating Islands” which is located at 30 minutes from Puno; Uros is a small community that has lived on these reed Islands for decades. They used the TOTORA (reeds) to build their floating island platforms and over it they build the houses completely with reeds; also this material was used to build their canoes.

After visiting this floating Island, we continue our tour towards Amantani Island where we will spend the night. There are no hotels on Amantani Islands, but upon arrival you will be welcomed by local families; the group will be splitted into smaller groups for overnight stays with local families.

It is very beautiful and peaceful island; there are six villages and ruins on both of the island’s peaks, Pacha Tata and Pacha Mama, we will walk up to Pacha Mama from where there are stunning views of the lake and surroundings.

Your local familiy will provide traditional clothing at the house; men are given ponchos and wooly hats, the hats are hand-made by the families, with unique styles, so that they can recognize you in the hall. Women are given colorful skirts, blouses and veils.

Overnight in a familiar house.

 DAY 9: AMANTANI – TAQUILE – PUNO

After a traditional breakfast, you will be transferred to Taquile Island (1 hour on boat); in Taquile we will appreciate numerous ancient agricultural terraces and archaeological sites.

The island is narrow, only about 1 km wide, and 6-7 km long; once you reach the island you will have to walk up along a narrow path, enjoying on the way impressive views of the Lake Titicaca and also see gorgeous little houses inhabited by locals. At the top of the island you will have free time to explore and appreciate the traditional pre-Inca and Inca textiles; the most characteristic garments is the “Chullo”, a knitted hat with an earflap, and “The Calendar Waistband”, depicting the annual cycles connected to ritual and agricultural activities.

Afterwards you will have the lunch at one local restaurant; finally we will descent to the harbor to take our boat back to Puno.

Overnight in Puno:

DAY 10: PUNO – LIMA – HOME

After breakfast and depending of your flight time to Lima, transfer to Juliaca´s airport.

INCLUDED / NOT INCLUDED

INCLUDED

Activities/tours

  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Tourist transportation
  • Tours/activities described in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for the tours described in the itinerary
  • Meals mentioned

Inka jungle & Machu Picchu

  • Transport from Cusco to Santa María
  • Front suspension bike, helmet, gloves (safety/repair kit)
  • Meals described in the program
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu citadel
  • Round trip bus ticket (Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes)
  • Train service: Aguas Calientes – Cusco (Expedition class train)
  • Oxygen and first aid kit
  • Assistance 24 hours

River rafting Cusco

  • Transport
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • A safety kayak
  • Complete river rafting equipment (wetsuit, helmet, waterproof jacket, and life jacket)
  • Lunch

Puno/floating island

  • Bus ticket Cusco – Puno (guided tour included entrance fee)
  • 2days/1night tour to the floating island (included entrance fees)
  • Professional bilingual guide for the tours

Accommodation

  • Cusco (3 nights)
  • Sacred Valley (1 night)
  • Santa María (1 night)
  • Aguas Calientes (1 night)
  • Puno (2 nights)
  • Floating island (1 night)
NOT INCLUDED
  • Aircraft tickets (Lima – Cusco – Lima)
  • Extra services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu ($ 20.00 per person)
  • Zipline in Santa Teresa
  • River rafting in Santa Maria
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Tips and extra expenses