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Lake Titicaca and Machu Picchu

A world wonder and floating islands
10 days starting at $1,849/Person

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This itinerary takes you to explore the authentic highlights and diversity of Peru’s landscapes. The Inca ruins of the Sacred Valley are absorbing for both history buffs and casual visitors, Machu Picchu at sunrise is other-worldly, Cusco’s mix of colonial and Inca architecture is compelling and the floating islands of Lake Titicaca are simply magical.

Our local specialists and tour guides have designed and dialed in all the secret stops that any local would approve of.

What you can expect in every tour:

  • Choose any date, all tours have daily departures
  • Hand picked guides specialized for every excursion
  • 7 regional offices with 24/7 in country support
  • Transfers with English guide to/from all airports
  • Local specialists who live and guide the destination
  • Personal dining recommendations for food lovers
  • Incredibly comfortable authentic accommodations

What you will experience in a day of travel

Sacred Valley

Machu Picchu Mountains

Lake Titicaca



10 Day Travel Itinerary

Our tours depart any day of the year, there are no fixed departure dates. It’s really simply, we’ve designed some of the best experiences that cover your “bucket list” must see stuff in each destination. You can trust in our 20 years of experience, that everything will run just like clockwork.

Day 1

Touch-down in Peru

Depending on the time of your arrival in Lima, you will be transferred to your hotel and have the rest of the day free to explore Lima. As most flights arrive to Lima in the evening once you’ve settled and checked in to your accommodation we recommend going out to explore some of Lima’s colonial beauty or to one of the many bars and restaurants overlooking the beach and Pacific Ocean. Enjoy Lima’s wealth of excellent restaurants, including Astrid & Gaston rated as one of the top 100 restaurants in the world.

Included: Private transfer from Lima airport to your hotel; Accommodation in Lima. (Meals – None).

Day 2

Lima like a local

Today is about getting to know some ‘Limeño’ history; it is guaranteed that you will be surprised in many ways. Starting with a visit to a local market to appreciate and taste some traditional fruits, you will then board the Metropolitano bus service to Downtown Lima. You will go and check out the most important Colonial buildings in the area with your private guide; the Historic Center of Lima has been the seat of the Colonial and Republican governments since the Spanish foundation of the city in 1535 on top of an existing indigenous urban center. Until the nineteen-forties, it was the residential area for the country’s most influential families. After all that architecture and history sighting, a Pisco Sour demonstration and tasting at Cordano Bar, one of the oldest bars in the country where past Presidents, artists, writers and other politicians have been customers, will do you good! After this authentic experience, you will get back to your hotel in Miraflores.

Included: Private excursion with Guide, Public transportation and Pisco Sour tasting, Entrance fees; Accommodation in Lima. (Meals – Breakfast).

Day 3

Arrival to the Sacred Valley

It’s time to hit the road again as you make your way to your next destination. Your private transfer will take you from your hotel to the airport to continue discovering Peru further or travel towards your next destination.

Once you arrive in Cusco, you’ll be warmly welcomed and taken on a journey of discovery through the Sacred Valley to your accommodation where you can get settled and rest. As Cusco is seriously high up at 11,155 ft. above sea level, today is about acclimatizing and avoiding soroche (altitude sickness) while also being able to see some of the highlights of the Sacred Valley. Staying in the Sacred Valley which is at about 9,500 ft. above sea level will help you acclimatize quicker so you can get up and explore this beautiful region with a lower risk of getting altitude sickness.

You’ll be taken in a full-day excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, alongside the Vilcanota River, where you will find native communities, impressive terraces and many important archaeological sites. In this tour you will visit Pisac Indian Market, one of the most popular and picturesque of the indigenous markets in the Cusco region. Travelers from all over the world come to purchase all manner of textiles, ceramics, jewelry, ponchos, rugs, hats, gloves, Andean instruments, ceramics, alpaca and llama woven clothing, and a host of lovely souvenirs. And although you can visit it every day, the Sunday market is magnificent, mass is celebrated in Quechua and the worthy “varayoc” (local authorities) attendance adds enrichment to the celebration. Your tour will continue to Pisac ruins, perched magnificently at the entrance to a great gorge, the citadel looks the Urubamba Valley and town of Pisac from above. Pisac was situated strategically along a road that connected the Inca Empire with the jungles of the east, and the site is an impressive reminder of just how advanced the civilization was in terms of building and agriculture.

Afterwards you will make a stop for lunch and in the afternoon you will visit the Inca town of Ollantaytambo, which has original Inca houses, streets and the fortress towering above the village. At the end of the tour you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Included: Private transfer to the airport; Private guided tour of Pisac Market & Ruins with pick up at the airport and drop off in the Sacred Valley; Entrance fees; Accommodation in the Sacred Valley. (Meals – Breakfast).

Day 4

Maras, Moray & Ollantaytambo

Today is a great day for this unusual and beautiful excursion to Moray and Maras. At Moray, you can see pre-Inca and Inca ruins, mostly consisting of several enormous circular depressions potentially used as agricultural terraces, with a complex system of irrigation. The site with the Quechua name “muyus” is the deepest pit, with a depth of 30m (100ft). These ruins are remnants of the Inca age; they seem to have been some sort of agricultural experimentation center in which the Incas re-created microclimates on every terrace.

From Moray, we head towards Maras, where we can find the “Salinas”, a wonder of hydraulic engineering and a must for photographers. The saltpans are set on overhanging cliffs and command spectacular views of the Andean mountains and the Urubamba River below. The mine has been working since the Inca times. Lunch with Peruvian Paso Horses’ show at Wayra restaurant. Afterwards you will be transferred to your accommodation in the Sacred Valley. After lunch (not included), you will continue towards Ollantaytambo to visit this archeological site.

Included: Private guided tour of Maras, Moray & Ollantaytambo; Entrance fees; Accommodation in the Sacred Valley. (Meals – Breakfast).

Day 5

Train to Machu Picchu

After breakfast, your private transfer will pick you up from your accommodation in the Sacred Valley and take you to the Inca town of Ollantaytambo.

Boarding the train from the Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes shaves 2 hours off what normally is a 4-hour journey from Cusco, beginning at the most beautiful part of the stretch, leaving from Ollantaytambo. If taking the Vistadome train you’ll enjoy the views as this has a glass-viewing dome, with large windows allowing you to see from the peaks of the Andes as they fall down into the flowing rivers on the valley floor, all from the 1st Class comfort of your seat.

Day at leisure to discover Aguas Calientes by your own.

Included: Private transfer from Sacred Valley to Ollantaytambo train station, Expedition train ticket to Aguas Calientes for Comfort class, Vistadome train ticket to Aguas Calientes for Superior and Luxury class; Accommodation in Aguas Calientes. (Meals – Breakfast, Dinner).

Day 6

Breathtaking Machu Picchu

Your private guide will accompany you to the Guard Shack at Machu Picchu where you’ll get the best view of this World Wonder, as well as an extended tour and explanation of the history, surrounding areas, and the sacred legend of Machu Picchu.

Following your private tour of Machu Picchu, you’ll begin your journey back to Cusco.

Included: Half-day private guided tour of Machu Picchu with transport, private guide and entrance fees, Expedition train ticket to Cusco for Comfort class. Vistadome train ticket to Cusco; transfer from the train station to your accommodation in Cusco; Accommodation in Cusco. (Meals – Breakfast).

Day 7

Cusco walking city tour

Walk around the Imperial City of the Incas, starting at the local market of Cusco, where you will experience a bit of Peruvian Culture and daily Cusqueño life. In the market you can find the best variety of vegetables, breads and fruits in the country. Continuing this pleasant walk you’ll visit the impressive Colonial Cathedral in Cusco containing over 400 paintings from the Cusqueña School and several beautiful altars. Afterwards you’ll visit Koricancha, which is considered a religious center of Cusco, geographical and political. The Temple of Koricancha, was where the Inca paid homage to the Sun god called Inti. Qori means goldwork and Kancha means an enclosed space, bounded by walls. Then you’ll walk uphill a bit to enter the artisan quarter of San Blas, where you’ll be able to appreciate a religious painting and many workshops where, if they are available, you can watch artisans in action. After this you’ll return to your hotel.

Included: Private excursion with Guide and Entrance fees to Koricancha and the Cathedral; Accommodation in Cusco. (Meals – Breakfast).

Day 8

Leaving Cusco for Lake Titicaca

Private transfer from your hotel to the bus station. Departure towards Cusco in touristic bus, first stop in Andahuaylillas Church, this church was built during the 17th century and it is also known as The Sistine Chapel of America because of the beauty and profusion of its murals, the ornaments in gold leaf and paintings from de Escuela Cusqueña de Arte.

Stop at Archaeological site of Raqchi, also known as the Temple of WIRACOCHA, named after Wiracocha, a supreme deity in the Inca civilization. In this location we will find the biggest amount of barns (Colcas) and we will see magnificent constructions in stone and sun-dried bricks. You’ll have some time to rest and enjoy a buffet lunch.
Continue to the Lithich Musuem of Pukara, the Pukará culture was developed between the years 1600 B.C. and 400 A.D., on a high plateau located 106 kilometers north-east of the city of Puno. In this museum we can find pottery and sculptures representing zoomorphic figures, amongst which we can see the famous sculpture of the HATUNÑAQAC, meaning in our language The Supreme Executioner. Arrival in Puno and transfer to your hotel.

Included: Transfer to the bus station; Touristic bus towards Puno; Entrances Fees; Accommodation in Puno. (Meals – Breakfast, Lunch).

Note: If you are interested in a luxury option please check with us the Titicaca Train that operates three times per week. For Luxury class the transfer to the accommodation is provided by Titilaka, fullboard is included.

Day 9

The Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca

Today you will head out onto the deep blue waters of the incredible Lake Titicaca. Covering an area of over 3088 sq.miles (7998 sq.km), Lake Titicaca stretches between the high Puno plains of Peru and Bolivia. You’ll begin your small group tour by visiting the remote Taquile Island inhabited by local Aymara Indians. After a short walk to the main village you’ll enjoy lunch and spend the afternoon exploring the island and finding out about its people. The islanders are known for the beautiful textiles and garments that they produce, and interestingly the knitting of these garments is done exclusively by men who are trained in the art from the age of eight. Taquile is also well known for the manufacturing of the “Sicuri”, a musical instrument essential to the folklore of the Altiplano

In the afternoon you’ll take a boat to Llachon, on the Capachica Peninsula. Here you will get to visit the Santa Maria Community and experience the preparation of Pachamanca, a traditional way of cooking meat. It’s then on to your final stopthe remote reed islands of Uros Titino. Less touristy than the reed islands near to the Puno harbor, you’ll be able to enjoy a more authentic experience on these strange floating islands. Although it can feel like walking on a waterbed at times, the islands are completely stable and an unforgettable experience. You will then head back to Puno.

Included: Group excursion with Transport, Guide, Cultural activities, Pachamanca Lunch and Entrance fee; Accommodation in Puno. (Meals – Breakfast, Lunch).

Note: For Luxury class, passengers can choose shared excursions provided by the property. The fullboard is included.

Day 10

Leaving Lake Titicaca & Peru

Private transfer to the airport to take your flight to Lima and combine with your departur flight back home.

Included: Private transfer to the airport. (Meals – Breakfast).

Hotels & Pricing

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We have over 20 years experience building relationships with a short list of some of the best hotels and guides in Central & South America, from 7 regional offices in Latin America. Let us know your travel dates and destination preferences, and we’ll match you with YOUR PERFECT Latin America experience. 

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