Today will be your flying from United States to Lima. Arrival and meet at the Lima airport. Transfer to your hotel in Lima. We will most likely be arriving late at night so we will get a good nights rest in preparation to leave the next morning to Cusco.
Lima, Cusco and Sacred Valley
You will fly to Cusco on a morning flight. We meet you at the Cusco airport to pick you up and transfer to the sacred valley hotel (Paz y Luz) in Pisac. You will have a day at leisure to acclimatize to the altitude with only little walking around the town. Pisac has a wonderful market for shopping. Today’s lunch and dinner are not included.
Cusco, Ollanta and Aguas Calientes
After breakfast we will transfer to visit the Wind Gate (Ollantaytambo) early in the afternoon we will take the train from Ollanta to Aguas Calientes, we spend the night in Aguas Calientes before Machupicchu. Today’s lunch and dinner are not included.
Aguas Calientes, Machupicchu, Ollanta and Cusco
Today’s tour starts with an early breakfast. We take the first bus up to visit Machu Picchu and enjoy the sunrise from the Guardian House. The rising sun, its shadows, the reflections on astronomical observatories and on the Incan Altars used to be, and still are, very important for farming, religion and celebrations. Today the sunrise is a famous natural phenomenon.
After this, we start the tour from the Guardian House, which is the best lookout point of Machu Picchu. The tour involves walking and visiting each sector, section by section. The tour provides a personal meeting with the Inca legacy and its energy is connected step by step with each enclosure, temple, altar and nature. The city is incredible in any season.
If you would like to climb Huayna Picchu, there is an extra $20 charge. Please let us know at least 4 months in advance so that we can reserve the tickets. Please note that you will also miss part of the guided Machu Picchu tour.
After a guided tour in the afternoon, we will return to Cusco by train and private transfer to hotel. Today’s lunch and dinner are not included.
After breakfast we transfer to take a bus to Puno. On the way to Puno we take breaks to visit the Sistine chapel, Raqchi (Temple of Wiracocha) and Pucapucara then we arrive to Puno to spend the night. Today’s lunch is included and dinner is not included.
Puno, Uros and Amantani
Our tour starts by collecting you from your hotel. We then take a motor-boat to visit the famous Uros Floating Islands, northwest of Puno on Lake Titicaca. The Uros Islands are a group of 40 floating islands which provide a glimpse of one of the regions oldest cultures. The islands are man-made, woven from Totora reeds and the dense roots that these plants develop support the island. The islanders live in huts made from the same materials and travel from island to island in boats also made from the reeds. The local inhabitants make their living by fishing and trapping birds. They also make weavings, collages and musical instruments to sell to the visiting tourists. We have lunch on one of the floating islands.
Afterwards, we continue to Amantani which is at an altitude of 3950 meters (13050 ft). We will reach the island after a 3 and a half hour boat ride. Its major attraction is the Pachatata and Pachamama temples; they were built to honor the earth. Moreover, there are amazing views of the sacred lake; on the east, the eastern range and the royal range were and still are superior Quechua and Aymara spiritual gods. When the sun is coming down, the colorful views are incredible. It makes you feel alive to be part of a grand natural phenomenon on the highest navigable lake. Early in the afternoon we have a spiritual ceremony with an andean priest it will be a deep integration with the mother earth in the middle of the sacred universe (Lake Titicaca)
We will have lunch, dinner and spent a night at the house of a local family.
Amantani, Taquile and Puno
We have breakfast and then travel on to the island of Taquile. The island is located 35km west of Puno and surrounded by the vast ocean-like waters of Lake Titicaca. Taquile is inhabited by proud, Quechua-speaking natives who still wear traditional dress and have successfully maintained the lifestyle of their ancestors. There is a very strong sense of community on the island after lunch we return to Puno hotel. Today’s lunch and dinner are not included.
Puno, Chivay and Canyon of Colca
Our journey starts by collecting you from your hotel at approximately 6:00 A.M. Our tour begins at an altitude of 3827 meters, with impressive views of the Altiplano and the famous volcanoes of the city of Arequipa. We have an 8 to 9 hours bus ride to the Colca Canyon with stunning views on the way. We visit the Pampa Cañahuas (Vicuñas reserve). As we are climbing we get to 4000 meters (13200 ft). Around noon we arrive at the village of Chivay at 3500 meters (11550 ft) where we will spend a night. Today’s lunch and dinner are not included.
In the afternoon you are free to visit the hot springs and at night we dinner at the hotel where we also stay the night.
Chivay, Condor Cross and Arequipa
Our tour starts at 5:00 A.M. with a one and a half hour drive toward the Colca Canyon. Along the way we visit some native villages and their colonial churches. The landscapes are very beautiful and the mountains are very well terraced with Inca farming terraces. We then get to the viewpoint of Cruz Del Condor. It is the best place to watch Condors fly over the Colca Canyon. Then we back to Chivay and after a guided tour in the native villages we return to the city of Arequipa. Tonight we sleep in Arequipa. Today’s lunch and dinner are not included.
Arequipa, Lima and USA
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima. Depending on your flight time optional tours of the city and its museums are available.