We have combined this for a great trip that will give you the best of the archaeological and cultural aspects of Peru.
From the archaeological ruins of Cuzco, Sacsayhauman, Kenko,Pucapucara & Tambo Machay to the fabled Machu Picchu site hidden deep in the Andean mountains.
Then to Lake Titicaca, we offer you the incredible scenic trip to the highest navigable lake in the world. We also learn of the cultural aspects of the people
with visits to the floating Uros Islands and as well includes visits to the ancient funerary towers or Chullpas of Sillustani.
Day 1 - arrive Lima
Upon your arrival into Lima you will be met and transferred to your hotel for your overnight.
Day 2 - Lima - Cuzco - Colonial / Archaeological Park of Sacsayhauman tour
You will be met and transferred to the Lima airport for the short (1 hour) flight to Cuzco.
On your arrival our staff will meet and transfer you to your hotel. Relax the remainder of the
morning with a cup of the local tea to help acclimate to the 11,400 ft. altitude of Cuzco.
In the afternoon our guide will meet you at your hotel and take you to the historical and
archaeological sites inside the City of Cuzco and to the most important archaeological ruins of
Kenko, Tambo Machay, Pucapucara and Sacsayhauman. Return to your hotel in the early evening.( BB )
Day 3 - Cuzco - Pisac Market - Ollantaytambo
Our staff will meet and transfer you in the morning ( 8:45 -9:00 a.m.) into the Sacred Valley of the Inca.
This fertile region includes many Inca terraces and farm land. Travel to the town of Pisac and the Ancient
Pisac Market for the annual show where many of the local Indians sell and barter their hand made textiles,
fresh fruits, and vegetables. After an hour or so of mingling with the locals, you will proceed to eat lunch
at a local hacienda restaurant in the Sacred Valley. Afterwards, continue to Ollantaytambo which is
the oldest continuously habituated town of the Inca that contains several important Inca structures.
At the top of the sixteen massive terraces are the ever impressive ruins of Ollantaytambo Fortress.
This is where the Inca fought some of their fiercest and strongest battles. It is unknown how the huge
precisely carved stones were transported down one mountain range to the Ollantaytambo location,
or how they were fitted perfectly to support a strategic fortress that has bared the test of time.
Also found here are “silos” or grain mills that are directly adjacent to the fortress that could
have maintained thousands of pounds of grain for the Inca and its people. Some of the grain was
most likely produced in the surrounding agricultural terracing by the variety of crops that were
grown. Afterwards, remain in the Sacred Valley. (3:45 p.m) Overnight at the hotel. (BB/L)
Day 4 - Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu
You will be assisted to the Ollantaytambo train station for the 8:00 a.m. Vista dome First Class
train. As it winds through the Andean Mountains, you will pass through several small villages where
the local Indian farmers manage their farms and reside just as they have for hundreds of years.
After the scenic ride you arrive at the final stop Aguas Calientes about ( 9:45 a.m. )Here, you
will notice that the weather has changed to a tropical climate. You can now appreciate the
abundance of plants typical for this region and the Amazon basin. Here you will board the tourist
bus and proceed up a incredible winding road that leads to the fabled site of Machu Picchu.
Thousands of people from around the world frequent this magnificent ancient site to pay homage and
grasp the spectacular views of Machu Picchu’s 7,800 ft. plateau. Upon your arrival ( 10:15 a.m. )
your guide will explain the history and the myths that surround this archaeological wonder. After
your tour, you will be transferred by bus to the base of Machu Picchu and the town of Aguas
Calientes. Lunch will be served at the local hotel.( 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.) Remainder of the day on
your own. Overnight at the hotel.( BB/L )( Note: Overnight at Sanctuary Lodge incl. BB/L/D,
the Pueblo Hotel incl. BB & D )
Day 5 - Free day Machu Picchu - Cuzco
Full day on your own in Aguas Calientes where you can take a short hike to visit a local butterfly
farm, the orchid trail or bird watch for the many variety of semi tropical birds that are habitants
of this area. You may as well choose to re-enter Machu Picchu where you can watch the sunrise, hike
to the top of Huayna Picchu, visit the Inti Punku Pass (Gate of the Sun ) or explore and take more
photographs of the area. In the late afternoon you will bid farewell to the lost city of Machu Picchu
and proceed to the Aguas Calientes train station where you will board the (3:00 p.m.) Vistadome train
for your return to Cuzco. After your arrival into the Cuzco train station (6:45 -7:00 p.m.) our staff
will meet and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel. ( BB ) Note: 2nd day re-entry into Machu Picchu not incl.