Lake Titicaca, Cusco and Machu Picchu in 6 Days
With so much to offer, not everyone has time for discovering the many delights of Peru and its Puno region. With this in mind, we have carefully prepared a special package consisting of 6 days of unique experiences. Over the course of 6 days you will have opportunities to meet local people, spend some time on the lake´s waters, and get to gribs with the history and archaelogoy of the area, visit one of the New 7 wonders of the world and explore the colonial beauty – Cusco. Lake Titicaca is the principal tourist attraction of the Puno region, home to beautiful and unique islands such as Amantani, Taquile and Uros, as well as the incredible folkloristic peninsula of Capachica. Interesting and important historical sites around the lake are not to be missed – such as the pre-Inca cemetery at Sillustani. Incorporating relics from a number of important and historical cultures, this tour is an exciting journey into Peru´s past!
Minimum number of participants: 2
Day 1: PUNO - PENINSULA CAPACHICA – UROS - AMANTANI
The tour begins at 6:30 am in Puno when we will go by private transport to Llachon. Here we will take a private boat to the unique floating island of Uros. After a tour of the island in which we will learn about it´s unusual construction and traditional fishing methods, we will go by boat to Amantani island.
In Amantani we are invited to eat lunch with a local family. After lunch we take a 2 hour trek to the highest point of the island from which we can watch the spectacular sunset over Lake Titicaca.
On this night you will stay in a local homestay on Amantani island, where you will also eat a traditional dinner.
Day 2: AMANTANI- TIKANOTA – SILLUSTANI
Breakfast will be enjoyed in your homestay at 7am.
Boat transfer to Ticanota Island. Here we will visit the museum of mummies dating form the Tiahuanaco culture.In the afternoon, we continue by boat to the Capachica Penisula where our land trasnfer will be waiting to take us to Sillustani. In Sillustani we will visit the pre-inca cementray where we can see tombs known as chullpas.
Arriving at our hotel in Puno at 6 pm, you will have free time to rest or explore the town.
Day 4: CUSCO
Day 5: MACHU PICCHU
Day 6: SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS - CUSCO
Day 3: QUESWACHACA BRIDGE – PUYA RAYMONDI FOREST – CUSCO
From Puno we continue our journey towards Cusco, passing two unqiue and little-visited spots en route.
Puya raimondii is the largest plant of the bromeliad species, reaching up to several meters in height. It grows exclusively at altitudes of 3200 to 4800 metres above sea level, and is only found in the Peruvian and Bolivian Andes. In a time when our planet is at such risk of deforestation, global warming and environmental damage, it is truly awesome to behold such rare and beautiful plants in their natural habitat! Known as the Queen of the Andes, they live up to their regal title!
To reach these magnificant trees we will enjoy a short trek through the Tinajani Canyon, during which we will pass along the Qhapaq Nañ trails, from which we will have fantastic views of the surrounding landscapes!
Continuing by private transport we will arrive at the trailhead from which it is a gentle 45 minute trek to the Queswachaka Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sustaining ancient traditions over the centuries is no small feat, but it is managed spectacularly by local Quechue communities in the Cusco region. Four Quechue communities unite themselves every year in order to rebuild the bridge completely from scratch. The secrets of this design and construction process are handed down from generation to generation and their aim is to maintain exactly the same style and materials that were used more than 500 years ago by Inca engineers.
Thanks to this tradition and the strong will of the 1,000 people who participate in the bridge´s annual reconstruction, we can step away from the history books and enjoy an interactive experience of Inca culture. Come and experience Inca engineering at work in the 21st century and take a walk across the Q´eswachaka Bridge!
Arrive Cusco 9pm
Enjoy a city tour of Cusco including: the Cathedral (a collection of religious art with 300 paintings from the Cusqueña School), the ‘Qorikancha’ temple (the most important temple in the Inca Empire and the religious, geographical and political centre of Cusco), the archaeological complex of Sacsayhuamán (majestic ruins with a great view over Cusco), the Q’enqo Labyrinth (a religious centre dedicated to the adoration of the Earth), Tambomachay (a center of adoration and worship of water), and Puca Pucara (a former military centre).
In the afternoon we will travel by private transfer to Ollantaytambo. From there we take the train to Aguas Calientes, ready to explore Machu Picchu the following day.
Day spent exploring the lost city of Machu Picchu. You will take the tourist bus to entrance of Machu Picchu. At the entrance, you will be greeted by your guide who will give you 2-hour guided tour to show you the most important places, describing their purposes during the Inca Empire. It will be a fascinating lesson of history and culture of the Inca Empire connected with the enjoyable walk surrounded by the beautiful scenery. You will then have your own time for discovering this unique place independently. If you are in good shape and feeling energetic, you can consider to taking the short hike to Huayna Picchu/Machu Picchu Mountain (optional with US$10 per person). You will stay in Machu Picchu until the maximum of 4 pm. From Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes you will return by yourself. Remember that you need to be in Aguas Calientes at least 30 minutes before the departure of your train to Ollantaytambo.
After exploring the town of Ollantaytambo in the morning we will go by private transfer to Moray, where we may see further Inca ruins. From Moray we move on to Maras, where we will take a short walk to the Salineras de Maras – ancient salt mines that are still maintained and used as they were at the time of the Inca Empire.
Private Transfer to Cusco, arriving in the evening.
Our tours are customized for small group starting from a minimum of 2 persons. The prices given in this itinerary are applicable for groups of 2 or 3 people, and reflect the cost per person.
Prices vary for groups of more than 3 people. Please enquire.
We can provide a tour guide in other languages such as French, German, Polish, etc as required.
All our tours are aimed at people in good physical and mental condition. Some tours requires better physical conditions than others, please check the tour details and mention any potential problems at the time of booking.
All transportation within Peru is included in our tours. For both the ´Standard´and ´Premium´ price packs this involves private transfers. International flights and some domestic flights are not included. Please check your itinerary.
If you would prefer to travel by public transportation and decrease the cost of your tour we are able to accommodate this.
All accommodations provided as part of our tours and factored into the given prices are double rooms in 3* hotels, unless otherwise specified in the tour itinerary.
Please note: 3* accommodation in Peru is likely to be more basic than the equivalent in European or North American standards. Homestays are very basic and will not provide en suite bathrooms or hot water. Hostels in some trails/parts of the tours are very basic and typically include private bathrooms but no hot water.
We are able to provide single rooms and a higher standard of hotel for an extra fee – please let us know at the time of booking. Where an itinerary states that you will be staying in a ´basic hostel´or ´homestay´ it is unlikely that there are other accommodation options. If you would prefer not to stay in these places then we can adjust the tour accordingly, but this will mean missing out on that particular location. Similarly, we are able to provide accommodation exclusively in hostels and homestays, which will result in a decrease in the tour fee. Please advise us of any desired changes as soon as possible before booking.
Breakfasts are generally included in the accommodation.
Unless otherwise specified in the tour itinerary, lunch and dinner are not included in the tour price.
Some details of the tour may change depending on weather conditions, physical condition of the participants and other unpredictable elements – for example transport strikes, protests etc.
Our prices are “all inclusive” as far as possible. Nevertheless, some excursions, visits or activities cannot be included in order to give you more freedom and to adapt to each traveler.
Please read carefully the “Included” and “Not included” information, and consult the ´Itinerary´ tab for information about optional, non included excursions.
The prices of our tours may vary in high season (April to November) when some rates can increase.
For Machu Picchu, there is a discount of USD$20 for students who send us a scanned copy of their ISIC card via email during the booking process and who then bring the original, valid ISIC card with them for the trip (without valid ISIC card, you would not only lose the discount but also the possibility to explore the ruins since you would not get permission to entrance). There is another discount of USD$20 for Peruvians and another USD$10 for Peruvian University students. Peruvian citizens have to indicate DNI number during booking process and to bring valid DNI for the tour. Peruvian students have to send a scan of their student card during booking process and bring a valid document with them for the tour. In both of the above-mentioned situations, if you do not show the valid document(s) at the entrance to Machu Picchu, you will not get permission to entrance and will loose the possibility to explore the ruins.
In all of our tours, a Boleto Turistico is included. This provides access to a number of attracttions in the Cusco Region including the ruins at Pisac and Ollantaytambo and certain sites withing Cusco City. The boleto is valid for 10 days.
RESERVATIONS & PAYMENT
To book any tour, first we will confirm its availability for your specific date. Then we need to receive an advance payment (50% or full payment) according to current prices and to have your full details (no errors) which are necessary to book the entrance tickets on your behalf. In order to reserve tours we need a copy of each participants´ passport valid for at least 6 months after the planned travel date. . Please note that your reservation is not confirmed until we receive these elements.
We require clients to pay the remainder of the fee on Day 1 of their tour.
From the date of payments of the 50% deposit until 29 days before departure: Cancellation fee of 30 %
28 days until 15 days before departure: Cancellation fee of 60%
14 days until 2 days before departure: Cancellation fee of 80%
Cancellation 1 day before date of departure or no-show: Cancellation fee of 100%
Cancellations are deemed to be executed when a written cancellation confirmation from the agency is received. Cancellation deadlines and fees may vary depending on group size, route and dates.
Any additional charges incurred for international transfers etc. will be covered by the client.
VACCINATIONS & INSURANCE
Before travelling, you should always check current information about required vaccines. We recommend you to take the vaccine against yellow fever at least one week before your travel. Please note that to participate in any of our tours you have to have valid travel insurance. Please check the regulations and exclusions of your insurance company, especially if trekking in the high mountains or planning adventure sports.
CHECK SOME IMPORTANT POINTS
Avoid unforeseen complications by arriving at the tour departure location at least one day before the beginning of the tour. Check requirements about passports and visas for entering Peru in advance.
WHAT TO BRING
Here you will find some recommendations what kind of items may be needed on the tour:
- A lightweight water&windproof jacket with hood
- Sandals or thongs/ flip flops
- Wide-brimmed hat or cap
- Lip balm, sun block with high UV factor
- Antibacterial hand cleansing gel
- Wet wipes
- Toilet paper
- Travel plug adaptor with a USB port
- Personal medication, if required
- Insect repellent
- Small backpack for day trips
- Warm jacket and pullover
- Gloves, hat and scarf
- Comfortable trekking trousers
- Flash light
- Original and copy of your passport