machu picchu, and lake titicaca
- 9-night accommodation
Private roundtrip transfers airport/hotel
Entrance fees to sites & excursions as specified in Itinerary (shared)
- Daily breakfast
Meals as indicated (B-breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
- Camping equipment
International & domestic air tickets and airport taxes
meals not specified on the itinerary
tips & gratuities
ITINERARY – 9 nights/10 days
DAY 1 – Arrival Lima
Arrival in Lima and transfer from the airport to the hotel.
DAY 2 – Lima City Tour (B)
AM or PM Half day City Tour of modern and colonial Lima. Tour in an air-conditioned bus with a bilingual guide. The tour includes a visit to the Cathedral (Front only), Main Square, San Francisco Convent and its Catacombs, and the residential areas of San Isidro and Miraflores. Return to your hotel. Overnight in Lima.
DAY 3- Lima – Cusco (B)
Transfer to Lima airport. Departure flight to Cusco. Arrival, reception and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize to the altitude. Overnight in Cusco.
DAY 4 – Cusco – Inca Trail 1st Day: Cusco – Km 82 – Wayllabamba – Yuncachimpa (B, L, D)
Pick up from your hotel and bus transfer to KM 82, the official beginning of the Inka Trail. There we will meet the rest of the group and take care of the registration formalities. After crossing the Rio Urubamba (2200m) we will start the legendary Inca Trail. The first day the trail is easy to walk and a good warm up for the following days. In Miskay we’ll have lunch at a small river bank while getting some information about the archaeological complex of Llactapata. After that, we will continue our hike to Wayllabamba (3100m/10170f) and ascend to Yuncachimpa (3300m/10826f), the camping site we will spend the night in. From here, we have a great view of the mysterious Nevado de Veronica.
Level of difficulty: normal (easy)
Hiking time: 5-6 hours
Total distance: 11km approx.
DAY 5 – Inca Trail 2nd Day: Yuncachimpa – Llulluchapampa – Warmihuañusca pass – Pacaymayu – Runkurakay pass – Chaquicocha (B, L, D)
The second day is the ‘Free-Hike-Day’; that means, that everybody should walk in his/her own pace – of course you will meet during the small breaks or see each other while beating the stairs. Early in the morning the trails first leads through the Valley of Llulluchapampa (3850m/12631f). The first 3km are step – enjoy the humid woodland and the water sounds. From Llulluchapampa fallow the way for 2-3 hours until you crest the highest point of this section, the Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman Pass) (4200m/113780f). This climb is known as the most difficult part of the Inca Trail. After a short break at the summit, you continue your hike down with a long and steep descent to the river Pacaymayu (Sunrise River) towards the Runkurakay pass (3050m/10007f) until you reach our camping site called Chaquicocha at (3650m/11975f). Here you can relax from the tough day while enjoying an amazing view over the mountains.
Level of difficulty: Challenging
Hiking time: 7-8 hours
Total distance: 15 km approx.
DAY 6 – Inca Trail 3rd Day: Chaquicocha – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñayhuayna (B, L, D)
The third day is the most beautiful one. You can notice a change in the eco-system while walking to the tropical forest of Wiñaywayna. We will pass two small lakes at the top of the second pass (3950m). It’s a gentle climb through beautiful cloud forest and a small Inca tunnel before the third pass (3700m) offers a grand view over the Rio Urubamba Valley. The nearest settlement is named Phuyupatamarca “Town above the clouds” (3600m/11811f).
A well-preserved site with long chain Inca baths where one can enjoy impressive ancient engineering. We pass another Inca Tunnel before visiting the ruins of Wiñaywayna “Forever young” (2650m/8694f). The Inca stairs change into a zigzag trail until you reach a red-roofed white building, our last camping site, and also a location with hot water (5S) and bottled drinks.
Level of difficulty: normal, unforgettable (easy)
Hiking time: 5-6 hours
Total distance: 10 km Approx.
DAY 7 – Inca Trail 4th Day: Wiñayhuayna – Machu Picchu (B)
After our breakfast at 4:30 am, we will head – equipped with our flashlights – to the Inti Punku (Sun Gate) to get the first glimpse of Machu Picchu and watch the sunrise over Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu. The last triumphal descent will take you almost one hour before we visit the citadel of Machu Picchu (2400m//7874f) around 8.00am. You can enjoy its spiritual charm during a guided tour (about two hours) that helps you to understand the meaning and ancient use of the different buildings. After this tour you will have enough time to explore the archeological site on your own (f.ex. go to the Inca Bridge, explore the variety of buildings or climb Wayna Picchu for an amazing panorama picture). A bus takes you down to Aguas Calientes. Return by Expedition Train to Ollantaytambo. Bus transfer to your hotel in Cusco.
Level of difficulty: normal, unique (easy)
Hiking time: 2-3 hours
Total distance: 7 km approx.
DAY 8 Cusco – Puno (B, L)
07:00 am Transfer from your hotel to the Bus station, trip from Cusco to Titicaca Lake, tourist Route with all included, entrances ticket, tour guide and buffet lunch on route
1st stop ANDAHUAYLILLAS, charming Colonial village which boats of its church containing several paintings from the Cusco School of Art and acclaimed as the Cusquenian Sixtine Chapel. RACCHI or San Pedro , located at the base of the volcano Quimsachata It is known for the remains of the Temple of Wiracocha , a magnificent example of Inka Arquitecture
LA RAYA, Demarcation line between the departments of Puno and Cusco and highest point
PUKARA, Town of talented ceramicists where the famous ceramic *Toritos de Pucara* little bulls of Pucara are crafted.
JULIACA, Progressive industrial city, located to 351 Km of Cusco and 43 Km of Puno
17:00 pm Arrival to the Capital city of Puno, port on the highest lake of the world. Meeting on arrival and transfer to your hotel in Puno. Overnight in Puno.
DAY 9 – Puno – Islands of Lake Titikaka (B, L)
06:30 am- Píck up time for your full day trip to the floating Uros Island and natural Taquile Island guide tour with typical lunch included.
17:30 pm- Arrival and meeting and transfer to your hotel in Puno. Overnight in Puno.
DAY 10 – Puno – Juliaca – Lima (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight back home or to an on-going destination.