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INCA TRAIL, TITICACA LAKE AND COLCA CANYON 18 DAYS

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Duration: 18 Days - 17 Night
Group Size: Maximum 15 paxs
Type of Service: Trek - Cultural - Adventure
Transportation: Bus - Walk - Train
Maximum altitude: Cusco Altitude: 3400 masl | Altitude Machu Picchu: 2430 masl
Places to visit: Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley - Inca Trail - Cusco - Puno - Colca Canyon(Arequipa) - Lima
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Difficulty: Easy / Moderate

This Peru 18 Days package and complete itinerary, is designed to know the main tourist attractions of Peru, starting with the city of Cusco “the navel of the world and capital of the Inca Empire” and touring its archaeological sites, Sacred Valley of the Incas that houses the most interesting archaeological centers, and then spend the night in the town of Aguas Calientes, located near one of the wonders of the world: Machu Picchu.

Following the Peru 18 Days package we will enter the Cusco – Puno route, called the “Ruta del Sol”, with a large number of its important archaeological sites to reach Lake Titicaca – Puno, the highest navigable lake in the world in which we will be one day Whole to know the main islands.

Continuing with the Peru 18 Days package, we will know the famous White City of Arequipa, with its beautiful Plaza de Armas and great Museums, then we will know the Colca Canyon one of the deepest canyons in the world.

Day 01: Lima
Day 02: Cusco
Day 03: Sacred Valley of the Incas
Day 04-07: Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Day 08: Cusco
Day 09: Puno
Day 10-11: Titicaca Lake Tour
Day 12: Puno
Day 13: Bus to Arequipa
Day 14-15: Colca Canyon Tour
Day 16: Arequipa
Day 17: Lima
Day 18: Departure Day

Itinerary

Day 01: City tour in Lima with visit to the Huaca Pucllana

After you step on Peruvian soil our staff will welcome you in the hall of the Jorge Chavez airport in Lima and we will transfer you to the hotel. After a break we will visit the most interesting places of the “City of the Kings”: the Cathedral, the Tomb of Pizarro, the Catacombs of San Francisco, passing through the Congress, the Palace of Torre Tagle. Then you will visit the residential areas of Orrantia, San Isidro, Miraflores where we will visit the Huaca Pucllana ruins recently valued. Barranco, where you will enjoy a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. Then, you will visit the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum. Where you will find a lot of pre-Inca pottery including the world’s largest collection of erotic huacos. Night at selected hotel in Lima.

Day 02: City tour in Cusco

After breakfast at the hotel, we will pick you up and take you to the Lima airport, there you will check and take a one-hour flight to the city of Cusco “Archaeological Capital of America”, there our staff will welcome you and transfer from the airport from Cusco to the selected hotel, where we will have a coca tea. After lunch from 1:00 p.m. we will start the guided tour that includes visiting the center of the ancient city of Cusco, the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Monastery of Santo Domingo, the Koricancha Temple and the nearby ruins of Kenko, Puka Pukará, Tambomachay and the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, built with huge rocks that until now remains a mobilization and use of these, there are no stone quarries in the area.

Day 3: Tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas

This day we will make the tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a tour that we start at 8:00 in the morning, picking you up from the hotel to go to Pisaq, which is a typical market, with picturesque terraces cultivated in the mountains. We will visit the archaeological group of Pisaq. It is also famous for its Fairs where you can buy beautiful crafts. Then we will go to Urubamba where we have a buffet lunch included. Then we will go to the Fortress of Ollantaytambo, where there are descendants of the Incas who live in the houses of the Incas. Finally we go to Chinchero to see its market and the archaeological group with typical Spanish overlays to the Inca constructions. The tour will end up averaging 7:00 pm in the Plaza de armas of Cusco. Overnight at selected hotel in Cusco.

Day 04: Start Inca Trail

After having breakfast at the hotel, we pick you up very early and transport you by road until you reach Chilca 88 km away. In this place we will contact porters, cooks and necessary equipment for the excursion. We will start the walk along the Urubamba River to reach Patallaqta, where we will have lunch. We continue our tour crossing the Huayllabamba Valley to reach Llullucayoc, where we will camp and have a nice dinner and then spend the night.

Day 05: Inca Trail

We will get up very early to contemplate the beauty of the mountains and breathe the pure air that nature generously gives us. After breakfast we will continue with our hike until we reach the highest point of the “WARMIWUAÑUSCA” (where women die) at 4200 meters above sea level, from where we will have a panoramic view of the snowy valleys and surrounding mountains. We will continue with the descent to the great Valley of “PACAYMAYO”, where we will have the service of hot drinks (mates); Then comes dinner and finally the camp. It includes lunch and dinner.

Day 06: Inca Trail

Breakfast at the camp, then we begin the trek through a semitropical valley, seeing traces of the Inka Culture, strategically located according to the need for daily life of the Incas that inhabited the area, then we begin the ascent towards Runcuracay archaeological zone to 3,700 masl. Then we continue to Sayacmarka where we will rest and have lunch. Then we continue our walk to PUYUPATAMARCA (City above the Clouds), impressive Inca City. We continue on Wiñaywayna at 2,690 m.a.s.l. located in the jungle where we will have dinner and camp.

Day 07: Inca Trail and visit to Machupicchu

After breakfast we will continue to the wonderful entrance of Machupicchu through the Inti Punku or Puerta del Sol, from where you have an impressive panoramic view of the citadel. Upon arrival in Machu Picchu, we will take a guided tour of the citadel, visiting the main remains and monuments, such as the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Clock, the Royal Rooms, the Temple of the Three Windows and the cemeteries . Free time to walk around the citadel and then be transferred by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included). In the afternoon return to the train station of Ollantaytambo and after this city we will board a bus to Cusco. Cusco Hotel Night.

Day 08: Free Day in Cusco

After breakfast at the Hotel, you will have the day off to rest or if you wish, you can visit the city of Cusco, visit a Museum or Church, the Market of San Pedro where you can appreciate in another way, the culinary customs of the locals You can also travel to a nearby town such as those located in the Sacred Valley, an area that enjoys good weather and beautiful landscapes. Hotel night in Cusco.

Day 09: Sightseeing bus to Puno

Today, we take a tourist bus that takes us to each important site of the Cusco – Puno route.

First, we need to pass through Southern Valley (also called the Sun Route), where we stop in the village of Andahuaylillas to visit the famous San Pedro Church, which is called the “Sixtine Chapel of Americas” to observe the quality of its works of art! The church was constructed by Jesuits in the edge of the 16th and the 17th centuries. Its architectural structure is typical for small town´s churches while its wide walls are characteristic of colonial buildings. It is made of adobe and its facade is decorated with white painting. Two stoned columns are projected towards its main entrance. Although its architecture is relatively modest, its interior is richly decorated with amazing wall paintings!

After seeing the church, we continue towards the pre-Incan city of Pikillaqta beeing once one of the most impressive regional centers of the culture Wari!! After this guided tour, we continue to Raqchi where we observe the Temple of Wiracocha (Incan god – creator).

Then, we go to La Raya representing the border between Cusco´s region and Puno´s region. This place is well-known for its viewpoint offering splendid views of the surrounding Andes.
Our last stop is in the village of Pucara where we visit the Lithic Museum exhibiting artefacts of an pre-Incan culture.

Finally, we reach the city of Puno, where we accommodate ourselves in a hotel.

Day 10-11: Titicaca Lake Tour

In the morning, we board our comfortable motorboat to explore Uros Floating Islands as well as Amantani and Taquile Islands laying on Titicaca Lake. We stop at the islands to view the magic of the lake’s scenery and to meet friendly people of its communities.

The islands are made of layers upon layers of totora reeds that grew in the shallow of the lake. When layers, which are the nearest to water, start to rot, they are replaced with fresh totora layers on the top. Totora is basically used to make everything on the islands, including real houses, boats and small model boats serving as souvenirs. A construction of a real totora boat takes up to 6 months!

After visiting the Uros Floating Islands, we continue towards Amantani Island. There, we land and our Tour Guide shows us around the island with its stunning Titicaca Lake views and friendly inhabitants with their particular folklore. We overnight in familial houses on the island to experience a bit more of the local culture.

The following day, we continue our motorboat ride after breakfast in the familial houses. Our next destination is Taquile Island, famous for its fine handwoven textile and clothing considered as the highest-quality handicraft of Peru. Taquile and its textile art was even recognized by UNESCO in 2005.

After a visit of this spectacular island and enjoying its amazing Titicaca Lake views, we return to Puno at afternoon hours. There, we transfer you from the Puno´s port to your hotel.

Day 12: Puno

Today is a relaxing day, free time to explore around Puno, visit its markets, buy some souvenirs, take some optional activities (for example, a visit of the Chullpas de Sillustani) and enjoy the last night in the city.

Day 13: Bus to Arequipa

Today, we take a tourist bus to get to the so called “White City” – Arequipa, which is the second most important and biggest city of Peru! The city is placed at 2,325 m (7,626 ft.) above sea level and is surrounded by Andean mountain range. This magnificet colonial city is absolutely worth of a visit! Arequipa´s city centre is built from a white volcanic stone called sillar. For this reason, buildings in its centre dazzle on the Sun that result in the nickname – “White City”. The highlight of the city is its Cathedral with its main square that can be viewed from one of many surrounding coffee shops. Those, who are interested in history and architecture, may take an optional visit to the Santa Catalina Convent offering a brief respite from the outside world and a unique view into bygone times and a way of life. We can also view the Misti Volcano (5,822 m/19,096 ft.) from the city with its beautiful snowcapped peak. The historic Arequipa´s centre was declared by UNESCO as a “World Cultural Heritage”!!

Day 14-15: Colca Canyon Tour

Colca Canyon is one of the world’s deepest canyons!! It is a canyon of Colca River located in southern Peru. It covers an area of about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of Arequipa. Colca Valley is a colourful Andean valley with pre-Incan roots and towns founded in Spanish colonial times. These towns are still inhabited by people of Collagua´s and Cabana´s cultures! Local people keep traditions of their ancestors as well as keep cultivating pre-Incan stepped terraces for agricultural purposes.

On the way, you can aprecciate the incredible landscape of Altiplano reaching up to 4,900 metres above sea level. We stop on the way in the Aguada Blanca National Reserve where we observe beautiful South American cameloids such as alpacas, llamas, vicuñas, guanacos and some birds and viscachas as well. Later on, we get to the town of Chivay, where we accommodate ourselves in a hotel. After that, you can visit the local thermal baths called La Calera which temperature reaches 38°C!! In the evening, we have dinner at a local restaurant and then we overnight in our hotel.

The second day, we visit the Cruz del Condor to observe condors flying above the canyon. Before we get there, we make some stops along the way to view the local villages of Cabanaconde and Yanque with their colonial churches and typical clothing as well as nearby pre-Incan tombs placed in mountain walls.

Upon our visit of the Cruz del Condor, we start our return way to Arequipa, where we get in the late afternoon.

Day 16: Arequipa

Today is a relaxing day, free time to explore Arequipa, visit its markets and/or buy some souvenirs. You may visit the peaceful Santa Catalina Convent or just wander about the city centre. You also are given the last opportunity to discover Arequipa´s night life!

Day 17: Flight to Lima

Today, we take a flight back to Lima. We transfer you from the Lima´s airport to your hotel. Then you are given time off to explore the city on your own and buy some souvenirs. You can also do some optional activities. Overnight in your hotel.

The capital of Lima is also known as the “City of the Kings” as it was founded by Francisco Pizarro on the Day of the Three Kings (Epiphany) in 1535! The Plaza de Armas (main square) is a heart of old Lima. There can be found the Cathedral, Governmental Palace and Archbishop´s Palace.

Day 18: Departure

Transfer to the Lima´s airport for your international flight.
End of service.

 

Included

  • Welcome by our Representative at arrival.
  • All transfers from/to all airports.
  • Accommodation: 3* hotels (13 nights), campsites (3 nights), a local homestay on Amantani Island (1 night).
  • All entrance fees according to the itinerary.
  • Professional bilingual Tour Guides as per itinerary.
  • Meals: 16x breakfast, 7x lunch, 4x dinner and 3x afternoon’s hot beverages during the Inca Trail.
  • Porters to carry food, camping and cooking equipment and 7 kg of each passenger’s stuff during the Inca Trail.
  • A Cook for the Inca Trail.
  • Camping equipment of the Inca Trail: personal double tents, Inflatable mattress (Term-a-Rest Mattress);
  • A blanket and a pillow
  • A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C) for the Inca Trail;
  • Duffel bag (for your personal belongings for the Inca Trail);
  • Day Pack Rain Covers for the Inca Trail ;
  • Rain ponchos;
  • Tables and chairs, a dining tent and a toilet tent.
  • Cooking tent with cooking equipment for the Inca Trail.
  • Domestic flights: Lima – Cusco and Arequipa – Lima.
  • 1x sightseeing tourist bus: Cusco – Puno.
  • Transport by a private van during the tours and local transfers.
  • A shuttle bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes Town.
  • Tourist train (Expedition Service) from Machu Picchu to Ollantaytambo.
  • Motorboat transportation during the tours of Titicaca Lake.
  • Pre & post tour accommodation,
  • International flights and airport departure taxes,
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain ($80)
  • Travel insurance,
  • Meals not mentioned,
  • Tips and baggage portage to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru, however, it is not obligatory),
  • Other extras not specified.
  • Meal budget: Please allow USD 200-250 for meals not included.
  • Single room: Please note that if you have booked the “Single Room” option for this tour, you receive your own single room for all overnights and a single tent for the Inca Trail.
  • Local flights: All local flights are included in the cost of your tour. It is very important that we have got your passport details at the time of booking in order to process all air tickets! Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to each flight departure!

Recommendations

  • Passport Original and copies
  • Travel insurance(+ copies for a case of lost),
  • Flight tickets,
  • Cash in USD or credit cards,
  • Our service voucher (sent by us to you),
  • Entry visa and a proof of vaccination (if applicable),
  • Day pack (to carry your personal items during daily travels),
  • Rain gear (a rain-jacket and a waterproof trousers or a rain poncho – this can be purchased in Cusco),
  • Resistible footwear, waterproof trekking shoes are recommended,
  • Sandals (for a higher comfort while at a campsite),
  • Warm clothes such as a jacket, a fleece (thermal clothing is also recommended for cold nights during camping),
  • Hat or a cap (to protect you against the Sun, rain as well as cold),
  • Sun cream or sun block,
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body,
  • Insect repellent– recommended minimum is 20% DEET (please note that no malaria has been reported during this trip!),
  • Camera and its charger/batteries (please note that batteries are consumed quickly under cold conditions),
  • Flashlight/headlamp + batteries,
  • Handkerchiefs and toilet paper,
  • Small towel and toiletries,
  • Sufficient reserve of underwear,
  • Swimsuit (to visit the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes),
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.)
    Please note: we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. The recommendation of taken own snack applies only for customers who like a specific snack that might not be in our menu.
  • Bottled water for the first morning and a water bottle.

FAQs

OPTIONAL SERVICES:

Optional: walking sticks (please note: rubber covers are required for the Inca Trail!!); you can also rent it from us.

IMPORTANT:

  • Important: plastic bottles are not allowed on the Classic Inca Trail! Please bring a metallic (alternatively Nalgene) bottles!
  • Please note: we provide with filtered boiled water during entire Inca Trail, but if you like to use water from streams along the trail, you need to take some water-purifying tablets with you.

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