Hotel 3 ***
Private or Shared Transportation
From the middle coast to the high mountains of Peru, this experience will combine the essential places to encounter the native people of the Andes, share their amazing traditions in time, ways of living and appreciating nature in their daily live.
The start is by the coast with the arrival at the capital of Peru: Lima, visiting the Ichimay people in Pachacamac. Then, we will travel to the city of Cusco, the legendary capital of the Incas. It is here where we will be meeting and visiting other traditional places such Patabamba and Chinchero, being able to interact with this ancient living culture. In addition, we will discover the majestic citadel of Machupicchu, still shrouded in wonder and mystery.
At the end but not least, the journey will end with the highlands of Peru: Puno, and the unmissable Lake Titicaca, to meet the inhabitants of this ancient land.
Upon arrival at Lima’s airport, a private driver will be meeting and driving you to your hotel.
Free evening in the dynamic districts of the Peruvian capital.
Overnight in Lima.
After a good night sleep, after breakfast, we will depart to Pachacamac, located south in Lima.
We will visit the biggest pilgrimage center of Peru, see the local museum and walk around the giant complex (around 2 ½ hours).
Finally, we will visit the Ichimay people in Lurín, these people are originally from another region of Peru: Ayacucho. In the 1980s, a violent social conflict started and as a result, the artisans were mistreated and persecuted by the terrorist group named “Sendero Luminoso”.
For this reason, they fled in search of a new life. They arrived in different circumstances and to different places in Lima; one of them is Lurín, creating a small community dedicated to arts.
After the experience, we will return to the hotel.
Free afternoon and overnight in Lima.
During the morning, a transportation will take us to the airport for a domestic flight to Cusco.
Upon arrival, our staff will be there to greet, meet and transfer you to your hotel located at the heart of the Incas capital.
Day free and time to adjust to the altitude. Overnight in Cusco.
Free morning to adjust to the altitude.
In the early afternoon, we will start our experience walking the Plaza de Armas, the center of the Incas capital. We will start visiting the Cathedral, an impressive building that has many paintings from the Escuela Cusqueña (School of Cusco) as well as real goldsmith treasures. We will continue our discovery in Santo Domingo and Koricancha Monastery, ancient temple of the Sun.
Then we will head towards the most important archaeological sites surrounding the city of Cusco. We will start with Tambomachay, and then descend on foot to PucaPucara, Kenko and Sacsayhuaman. This last one is a fortress, and it was built on a hill, which dominates the city of Cusco. It is characterized by its gigantic blocks of stones nested to the nearest millimeter, some of which exceed 9 meters (29.5 ft.) in height and weigh more than 550 tons.
After visiting these 4 ruins, return to the Hotel. Overnight in Cusco.
After breakfast, we will depart towards Pisac, 34km away from Cusco (around 20 miles).
In this place, also called Pisaqa, we will visit the sacred sites, overlooking the astonishing terracing system and the biggest ancient cemetery of Peru. In addition, after the visit of the huge archaeological site, we will see the colorful artisanal market of the town.
Finally, we will drive to the Patabamba community for a traditional lunch. We will be able to explore the village, talk to the local people and have time to deep ourselves into the living tradition of the Andes.
Overnight with the local inhabitants of Patabamba.
You will leave your luggage and personal belongings for the next 4 days, leaving them at the hotel in Cusco before the excursion. After the excursion of Machupicchu, you will return to the Hotel in Cusco.
After breakfast and the farewell of our host, we start trekking an up and down trail, visiting different local Ayllus or small communities.
All the way to Huchuy Qosqo, we will witness great views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Urubamba range of mountains. At some point we will the reach the highest pass named Pukamarka (4280m // 14,040 ft.)
Later on the trail, we will come across an ancient Inca trail called Qapac Ñan. Through this path, we will reach the Pumapunku Canyon (Canyon of the cougar’s door) until we arrive to the archaeological site of Huchuy Qosqo.
We will meet our local hosts who will walk us to their home for the night.
Overnight with the local inhabitants of Huchuy Qosqo.
The next day, after breakfast, we will start our way to another traditional village: Chinchero.
We will regain the trail to keep walking over a pass named as Tauca (4420 m // 14,500 ft.). From there, we will start our descent until we arrive to Cuperalto, a small village of alpaca and llama herders.
This amazing journey will end when we arrive to Chinchero’s village and meet our hosts that will give us a warm welcoming for the night.
Overnight with the local inhabitants of Chinchero.
Chinchero is a town that looks to be frozen in time; we will find wonderful Inca sites, a wonderful view and a traditional market where we will be able to find all kind of souvenirs and traditional clothing.
We will assist to a weaving demonstration, to see and learn about the ancestral weaving techniques kept for centuries in our people. After this experience, we will taste a traditional Andean lunch.
Next place to visit in our journey is the archaeological site of Moray, that according to historians, the place has constructions that were part of an agricultural investigation in the Incas Empire.
At the end but not least, we will depart to the village of Maras and visit their famous salt mines. We will witness the thousands little salt ponds where the process of solidification is naturally happening, and we even might be lucky to see the local villagers collecting it.
We will return to the village of Maras to meet our host for the night, and be free to explore the town and be with the people.
Overnight with the local inhabitants of Maras.
After breakfast, we will start the descent to the heart of the Sacred Valley and follow the river down until we reach the town of Ollantaytambo. Then again, we will start an ascent on a dirt road to an amazing native community named Patacancha.
There, we will be able to meet the the local people and learn a little bit of their daily life. For example, activities such as herding llamas, their work on the creation of traditional clothing, preparation of food cooked on the earth using only firestones and more.
At our descent of Patacancha, we will have time to visit the beautiful complex of Ollantaytambo, known as a fortress made by the Incas.
At the end of the day, we will board a train heading to Aguas Calientes. Aguas Calientes is where the last train station is and is the closest town to Machu Picchu. Only 10 kilometers away is the Wonder of the World.
Arrival and installation at the hotel.
Free evening and overnight in Aguas Calientes.
* In order to guarantee a safe and punctual service, the national train company Perurail asks passengers going to Machupicchu to take only a small backpack of 5kg and 157cm (height + width + length) maximum or a bag cabin type. Please note that the company has become very strict regarding these restrictions. Suitcases and large travel bags will not be accepted on the train.
Early in the morning, we will take the shared bus to go up to the most famous Inca site in the country: Machupicchu, “old summit” in Quechua’s language.
During your guided tour (around 2h) we will discover, still enveloped in the morning mist, this architectural complex built on a narrow ridge bordered by precipices. An impressive vision that evolves with the progression of the sun.
We will then walk through the alleys of the citadel, its quarters, its squares, its royal houses, its agricultural areas, its paths and its observatories.
After the guided tour, we descend in the afternoon to Aguas Calientes to take the train to Poroy. (The closest train stop to the city of Cusco)
Arrival to Poroy and transfer to your Hotel. Overnight in Cusco. (Without assistance on arrival).
Extra activities to do on site: (not included in package and reserved in advanced)
Early departure with a line bus towards Puno. Along the way, we will discover the fertile valley of Cusco with its contrasting landscapes of colors and lights.
We will be sure to stop at the village of Andahuaylillas and San Pedro’s Church, known as the “Sistine Chapel of South America” for its richly decorated ceiling.
Then, we will retake the road to stop at Raqchi, where you will visit the spectacular Inca sanctuary, built by the Inca Pachacutec in honor of the Inca god Wiracocha.
We will then pass La Raya (4360m // 14,304ft), symbolizing the gateway of the Altiplano (plateau) and the beginning of the Puno region.
Arrival to Puno and transportation to the Hotel.
Free evening and overnight in Puno.
During the morning, we will drive to the small village of Llachon, where we will meet our host family accommodation for the night.
We will discover the bay of Capachica and the surroundings of Llachon on an easy hike along the shores of the lake. There, will witness the amazing ancient site and people who use the lake in their traditions for centuries.
We will spend the rest of the day with our family hosts and share beautiful moments with them. There is also a place to discover local crafts and play with the children of the village.
Overnight with the local inhabitants of Llachon.
For the excursion on Lake Titicaca bring a backpack of maximum 10 kg so as not to overload the boat. The rest of your belongings left in storage at the hotel in Puno. (Next stop after visiting the islands, day 14)
Early departure from Llachon to the floating islands of Uros Titinos by boat. These islands are the least frequented of the Lake Titicaca (“cougar stone” in Aymara) where their Aymara inhabitants build their homes on gigantic reed boats (totoras).
Our navigation on Lake Titicaca will continue to Amantaní Island. We will walk the trails and enjoy the exceptional view of the Royal Bolivian Cordillera. By ascending the Pachatata (4200 m // 13,779ft.), we will discover the magnificent sunset over the lake.
It is in this island, Amantaní, were we will meet our family hosts for the night. Overnight with the locals inhabitants of Amantaní.
Early in the morning, we will leave our Amantaní hosts to sail towards Taquile.
The inhabitants of this island have preserved the way of life inherited from the Inca’s period. While the property is private, the labor is collective: the island’s 300 or so inhabitants work one day for them, one day for the community. Taquile lives in relative autarky with the Inca’s principles of “not stealing, not lying, and not being lazy”.
When we reach the heights of the village, our efforts will be rewarded with a superb view of the lake, the bay of Puno, and the Real mountain range in the mists of the Altiplano (plateau).
At the end of the day, we will take the boat back to Puno.
Free evening and overnight in Puno.
Transfer from Puno to the airport of Juliaca (approx. 1h) for a national flight with destination Lima. This flight can correspond with your international one.