living cultures lima | puno | lake titicaca | cusco | inca trail
Available year round, except February
Day 1: Arrive Lima
Bienvenidos! Welcome to Peru. You will be transferred from Lima airport to your hostel.
Day 2: Puno - Juliaca
This morning you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Puno and be taken to your hostel. In the afternoon, you will tour the Sillustani towers, a pre-Incan site that consists of a group of huge cylindrical tombs. The towers of Sillustani are the most impressive of the burial towers constructed by the Colla people.
Included: Sillustani Tour, breakfast
Day 3: Puno - Lake Titicaca
We will take a boat ride to explore the Uros floating islands. We will have the opportunity to walk on the reed islands and interact with the natives. After that we will have a wonderful 3 hour boat ride to get to Amantani Island, where we will spend the rest of the day and night. Upon arrival, a group of native families will meet us at the pier, and take us to their homes for lodging and lunch.
Included: Uros & Amantani Island tours, all meals
Accommodations: Home stay
Day 4: Puno - Taquile Island
After breakfast, we'll walk down to the harbor to take the boat towards Taquile Island, where we'll enjoy the impressive views of Lake Titicaca. Taquile is a traditional Quechua speaking community, and full of ancient agricultural terraces. The weaving tradition is part of the culture and goes back to early civilizations; all weaving is done by hand. At the village, you will have free time to explore around on your own, and you can have lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch we will take the return trip to Puno. You will have time to walk around Puno’s main plaza and have dinner before taking the overnight bus to Cusco.
Included: Taquile Island tour, breakfast, tranportation
Day 5: Cusco - City tour
You will be transferred from Cusco bus station to the hostel after a brief welcoming session. Cusco is not just a simple town; it is a place of man-made beauty. Some consider it a time machine of sorts because it is the oldest inhabited city in the western Hemisphere, now called the Archaeological Capital of America, and it is one of the new Wonders of the World.
In the afternoon, the Imperial Cusco City tour starts. You will visit four archaeological sites: Sacsayhuaman, where the Incas showed to the conquistadors the power of their Empire by building an incredible place using huge stones; Q’enqo, a ceremonial center; Pucapucara, a control point that served as a kind of customs office; and Tambomachay, a sacred place where Incas worshiped the water.
Included: Imperial Cusco City tour
Day 6: Sacred Valley Tour
Today we will see the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Along the way, we will stop to take in the iconic view of the Urubamba River that snakes its way through the valley. Your journey continues to the small village of Pisac, with a colorful handicraft market, and the archeological complex of Pisac, where your guide will explain the history and Inca architecture of this wonderful site.
Next stop: Urubamba. Here, we will have lunch at a restaurant that specializes in the regional cuisine. Then we will head to Ollantaytambo, known as the living Inca city because it has kept the originality of the Inca style. An impressive archeological site can be seen here, made up of an enormous sculpture of the main Incan God called Wiracocha, carved into the mountainside.
You will take the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, where we will transfer you to your hostel.
Included: Sacred Valley tour, entry to all sites, breakfast and lunch
Day 7: Inca Trail
The beginning of a new adventure! Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the start of the trail, which takes roughly 2 hours. You will meet your crew of local porters and get your gear before beginning the trek. You will walk 5 hours, covering the first 12 km of the trail.
Included: Transportation, porters, gear, all meals
Day 8: Inca Trail
Today is an unforgettable day. After a hearty breakfast, we’ll begin our hike on what will be our most challenging day. We will climb 900 metres (3000 feet) up to Warmiwañusqa, or ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’ at4400 metres (14,435 feet). The trail winds its way up through a beautiful mountain pass with stunning panoramic views of the alpine wonderland. It’s a challenging hike to the pass, but the 360º views make every step worthwhile. After celebrating our ascent, we’ll walk down cobbled steps paved by the Incas over 500years ago, to Pacaymayo Valley, our camp for the evening. We’ll already have tents set up so all you need todo is relax and enjoy the evening. We will walk 7 to 8 hours, covering 13 kilometers.
Included: Guided trekking, porters, gear, all meals
Day 9: Inca Trail
This is a day of impressive archeological sites. After breakfast, we start the ascent towards the second most important pass on the trail which lies at 13,123 ft. We will walk 6 hours, 15 kilometers.
Included: Guided trekking, porters, gear, all meals
Day 10: Inca Trail – Machu Picchu – Cusco
This is the final and most spectacular leg of the trail to Machu Picchu. You will break camp early in the morning and head off towards the Gateway of the Sun, the last pass on the trail. From this point, Machu Picchu is a surreal and marvelous site.
Once you arrive at the lost city of Machu Picchu, there will be a 2-hour, fully guided tour around the ruins,visiting the main sites and monuments. After the tour, you will have free time to wander around and explore by yourself or you can choose to take a hike to Huayna Picchu, which is very steep and rugged, but rewarding.Once you reach the overlook atop the pass, you will get to witness an overhead view of the city that only a handful of people in history have ever seen – past or present. Alternatively, you can choose to spend the rest of your morning exploring the town and village in and around Machu Picchu. At the arranged time, we will take the train back to Cusco to be transferred to your hostel.
Included: Transportation, guided tour, breakfast
Day 11: Cusco – Lima
Today you will be seen off like royalty after an incredibly rewarding trip. We will take care of all the transportation arrangements to get you back to Lima. We will deliver you in style to the airport, where your flight awaits. We’ll help with whatever you need: Check-ins, tickets, luggage, etc.
Included: Transportation, breakfast
Just remember to come back and vacation with us again. You can never see too much of Perú.