DAY 1 SATURDAY - ARRIVAL TO LIMA Upon arriving in Lima, you will be picked up and taken to your hotel. Our representative will give you a documentation kit with detailed program explanation. Luggage and hotel registration assistance will be offered. Overnight at the hotel of your choice in Lima.
Accommodation: Lima for 2 nights
DAY 2 SUNDAY - LIMA Half day city tour: Colonial and modern Lima
Visit the modern and colonial parts of the city of Lima the “City of Kings”, beginning in the districts of Miraflores and San Isidro. Pass by a Huaca or sacred pre-Inca site. There will then be a stop at Parque del Amor (Lovers Park) in Miraflores for its magnificent view over the Pacific Ocean. The tour also includes the Historic Centre based on the Main Square, where the Presidential Palace, the Archbishop´s Palace, the Municipality of Lima and the Cathedral are located, as well as a visit to one of the largest colonial-era convents. Overnight at the hotel of your choice in Lima. (B)
DAY 3 MONDAY - LIMA TO CUSCO Breakfast. At schedule time transfer to the airport to board the flight to Cusco city. (flight NOT included. Suggested flight time: 9/10am ). Day at leiisure in Cusco. Enjoy the charm of this beautiful colonial city that was built upon the remains of amazing Inca buildings. Not to miss: Temple of the Sun (Koricancha), San Blas artisan’s neighborhood, the Cathedral, and the Inca Fortress of Sacsayhuaman.
OPTIONAL EXCURSION ($): HALF DAY CITY TOUR AND RUINS AND SAN PEDRO MARKET (in the afternoon) – (minimum of 2 passengers)
You will visit the city of Cusco, known as the Imperial City and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Here you will start your tour at the iconic San Pedro market, a local market where you can explore the colors, flavors and traditions of modern Cusco. The visit continues with the Koricancha Temple, an ancient Inca palace and cult center of the Sun God, above which the order of the Dominicans built a church, which remains standing to this day. You will continue ascending to the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, an impressive example of Inca military architecture. Afterwards, you will explore Q’enqo archeological site, where important Inca ceremonies took place. Finally, you will arrive to the Plaza de Armas (main square), where you will visit the Cathedral, the most important temple in the city.
Overnight at the hotel of your choice in Cusco. (B)
Accommodation: Cusco for 1 night
DAY 4 TUESDAY - CUSCO TO SACRED VALLEY Full day Authentic Sacred Valley tour
You will head to Chinchero to visit the PARWA Center, where you can appreciate beautiful textiles and even buy some to take home. After, visit the Chinchero church, which was built by the Spanish in 1607 and remains standing until today. Continue with a visit to the ruins of Chinchero, where you will find an important Inca center in which terraces and aqueducts were built. Then, you will stop at the Racchi Viewpoint, from where you will have a panoramic view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Afterwards, you will head towards the town of Ollantaytambo, where you will find the imposing Inca fortress that bears the same name. This place is of great historical importance, because it is where Manco Inca defeated the Spanish forces in 1538. Then, you will descend to the town of Ollantaytambo which stands out for still maintaining the Inca urban planning as part of his original urban layout, with some buildings and narrow stone alleys. You can tour the town and visit the local market.
Overnight at the hotel of your choice in the Sacred Valley. (B/L)
Accommodation: Sacred Valley for 1 night.
DAY 5 WEDNESDAY - SACRED VALLEY TO MACHU PICHU AND CUSCO At proper time you will board the train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu (timetables are subject to confirm).
Full day Machu Picchu tour
You are going to visit one of the most important energy centers of the world: Machu Picchu. You will be driven to the archeological site, the visit of which will be an unforgettable experience, with a professional tour guide to impart to you all the history that surrounds this mysterious and enchanting place. Once the guided tour is over, you will have some free time to explore the site on your own, to relax, or to meditate. At the agreed upon hour, you will descend to Aguas Calientes for lunch and board the train later that afternoon for the return trip. Board train in Aguas Calientes, to Ollantantaytambo (timetables are subject to confirm) and transfer back to Cusco.
Overnight at the hotel of your choice in Cusco. (B/L)
Accommodation: Cusco for 2 nights
DAY 6 THURSDAY - CUSCO Enjoy a unique experience filled with beautiful scenery, spectacular views, small communities, and opportunities to observe local wildlife. The Adventure awaits you! Don’t miss Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain, Pallcoyo or Humantay Lagoon. Overnight at the hotel of your choice in Cusco.
OPTIONAL EXCURSION ($):
FULL DAY VINICUNCA RAINBOW MOUNTAIN – (minimum of 2 passengers)
You will leave your hotel in Cusco early in the morning, crossing the South Valley, towards Cusipata. From there, you will be transferred to Phulawasipata where you will begin your walk. After some time to prepare, you will start with the ascending route to Vinicunca, the Rainbow Mountain. The place will amaze you with its vivid colors and natural beauty. There, you will have time to take photos and fill yourself with the energy of the place. At the end of this visit, you will walk back to the starting point. Finally, you will be taken back to your hotel in Cusco.
PALCCOYO –(minimum of 2 passengers)
Palccoyo, known as the Montaña Colorada, is a surprising natural formation that is shown along a mountain range of the Vilcanota mountain range, usually it is part of the attractions where you walk on the routes that surround the Apu Ausangate main attraction of the place. The Mount of Ausangate is considered in the Andean World as the
Sacred Mountain or the Mountain Spirit and since pre – Inca times it has been a place of veneration and worship, a tradition that continues until the present. In this opportunity we will walk towards the Palccoyo Mountain that you can reach this colorful place in a full day. In this route we will walk over 4,000 meters and along we can enjoy extraordinary landscapes, small communities, flora, and fauna typical of the area and above all we will have at all times the company of Apu Ausangate which will be seen from various points of the route.
HUMANTAY LAGOON – (minimum of 2 passengers)
You will leave Cusco early in the morning heading to Soraypampa, starting point of your trek. On the way, you will cross the city of Limatambo -located at 2100 m.a.s.l.- an important access point to the city of Cusco during the time of the Inca Empire. There you will find the archaeological remains of Tarawasi, a place that served as a resting point
for those heading to Chinchaysuyo. Then, you will continue your journey along the right bank of the Apurimac River until you reach Soraypampa. From this point, you will start your trek up the mountain towards the Humantay Lagoon. Upon arrival, you will appreciate the stunning scenery of this wonderful place and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere. Before leaving, you will have time to take pictures around the lagoon. At the end of the visit, you will walk back to Soraypampa, where the transport will be waiting for you to take you back to your hotel.
Overnight at the hotel of your choice in Cusco. (B)
DAY 7 FRIDAY- CUSCO TO PUNO At the scheduled time, you will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to the bus station to take the departure from Cusco to Puno. Leave the station at the start of a bus journey to Puno; en route enjoy the magnificent scenery of the southern valley of Cusco. First stop is Andahuaylillas, which has a beautiful 17th Century church containing an impressive organ decorated with angels and cherubs. After that, the ruins at Racchi -also known as the “Temple of Wiracocha”- the different zones of which were used for different purposes. After this visit, you will enjoy a typical and delicious buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Then you will visit the archaeological site of Puca-Pucara, basically a military camp that also functioned as an administrative center. Finally, you will arrive at the bus station in Puno. Upon your arrival. Transfer in from bus station to hotel. (B)
Overnight in Puno.
Accommodation: Puno for 1 night
DAY 8 SATURDAY - PUNO TO COPACABANA & SUN ISLAND Travel by tourist bus from Puno with a wonderful view of Lake Titicaca along the route (3 hours) until Copacabana (3 ½ hours), a pleasant town on the shores of the lake. Visit its church and the famous “Virgen Morena”. Travel by boat, crossing the lake to the Island of the Sun (1 hour) until Huacani to have an Aptapi (typical lunch in the highlands), the trip continues by boat up till to the ruins of Pilkokaina Inca temple Finally hike to La Estancia with a wonderful view of Lake Titicaca (1 hour approximately).
Ecolodge La Estancia
An amazing spot located on the southern part of the Island of the Sun in Lake Titicaca. It was built preserving the Andean architecture and combining with the modern comfort, always respecting the harmony of the surrounding nature and habitat. The cabins were constructed with adobe brick and thatch roofs, and are set between pre-Inca
terraces. We use solar energy and recycle waste at all levels.
Overnight in Sun Island. (B/L/D)
Accommodation: Sun Island for 1 night
DAY 9 SUNDAY - SUN ISLAND TO MOON ISLAND & LA PAZ Do not miss the sunrise! Hike down through Yumani visiting the Inca stairs and the Water of the Eternal Youth, then take a trip by boat to the Island of the Moon (1 hour) and the Inca ruins of Iñak Uyu temple to finally reach Copacabana (1 ½ hours). Shared transportation to La Paz (3 ½ hours) with very nice views of the Andes Royal Range.
Overnight in La Paz. (B/L)
Accommodation: La Paz for 2 nights
DAY 10 MONDAY - LA PAZ City tour with shoe-shiners (half day walking tour)
A unique visit to the popular neighborhoods and markets of La Paz, guided by a “lustra bota” or shoe-shiner will provide different impressions of this unique city. Meeting with the “lustra guide” outside the former train terminal of La Paz. Hop on, on one of the many telefericos (cable cars) lines this vibrant city has, the Red Line, and get off where the walking tour starts, the main cemetery. After a short visit, continue walking to “Fish Street Market”, the “Flower Market” and the “Uruguay Market” where various species of animals and food can be seen. The tour continues to Eloy Salmón Street, lined with shops and stalls selling the latest technology and to the “Cholitas Market” where Cholitas (local ladies) can be seen shopping for traditional skirts and blankets. The tour concludes at the famous witches’ market on Linares and Sagarnaga Streets where we will learn a little bit of Andean cosmovision.
OPTIONAL EXCURSION ($):
CITY TOUR AND VALLEY OF THE MOON (HALF DAY) – (minimum of 2 passengers)
A 4 hours city tour through La Paz, elected as one of the 7 wonder cities in the world, located in a valley at the foothills of the Andes Range, situated at 3,632m / 11942 ft. above sea level. The tour goes through the street markets rich in handicrafts, weavings and witchcraft items, followed by a visit to the colonial section of the city, San
Francisco Church, Gold Museum, Murillo Square also visit to the viewpoint “Mirador de Killi Killi”; and the outdoor replica of Tiwanaku temple. Then descending to the more modern, southern part of La Paz to reach and visit the Valley of the Moon, where a clay mountain has been impressively shaped by erosion. Ride by cable car “Teleférico”,
it’s an excellent choice to discover an excellent and beautiful view of La Paz. This is a must for every one!
Note: cable car ride can change day according to the itinerary
Overnight in La Paz. (B)
DAY 11 TUESDAY - LA PAZ TO UYUNI
Transfer to the airport. Morning flight from La Paz to Uyuni (flight NOT included).
Meeting at the airport and transfer to Uyuni village. Around 10:00 am, enter this unique natural wonder of salt with over 10.582 km2 at 3.692 m.a.s.l. to the “Isla Incahuasi” (2 hours), a special habitat of volcanic rocks and giant cactus. Then to the north to visit the pre Columbian fort of Ayque Pucará and the nearby chullpares, both on the foothills of the Thunupa volcano; later continue east to Colchani (2 hours). Pic nic lunch on this day.
Enjoy a beautiful sunset!
Overnight in Palacio de Sal Hotel. (B/L/D)
The Palacio de Sal Hotelis an amazing hotel with walls, ceilings, chairs and tables made in salt. The purpose of this special construction is to be in balance with nature and the surrounding landscape also to enjoy a pleasant and unforgettable rest.
OPTIONAL EXCURSION ($):
LUXURY COCKTAIL DURING THE SUNSET – (minimum of 2 passengers)
A spectacular time in Uyuni salt flats enjoying a luxury cocktail in the middle of this beautiful and huge salt desert during an incredible sunset. Included: Snacks (Ham, cheese, nuts, olives, bread) and wine.
STAR WATCHING EXPERIENCE – (minimum of 2 passengers)
Have an extraordinary experience in the middle of Uyuni salt flats at night. It will be a trip to the stars while staying on the earth with an indescribable feeling. (This visit depends on the weather). Included: a cup of hot beverage (non-alcoholic)
Accommodation: Uyuni for 1 night
DAY 12 WEDNESDAY - UYUNI TO LA PAZ
OPTIONAL EXCURSION ($):
SUNRISE IN UYUNI SALT FLATS – (minimum of 2 passengers)
Start the day very early in the morning, with a transfer to Uyuni salt flats. Once there, enjoy the landscape full of peace surrounded by water, salt and specially the spectacular sunrise. It will be a moment that will last the rest of your life. (This visit depends on the weather). Included: a cup of hot beverage (non-alcoholic)
Transfer to the nearby airport for a flight to La Paz. (flight NOT included).
El Alto airport is currently the highest International airport in the world at 4,080m/13.115 ft. above sea level. Transfer from airport to hotel, via a short highway from which there is a nice view over the city of La Paz and nearby snow-capped mountains.
OPTIONAL EXCURSION ($):
HALF DAY TOUR TO TIWANAKU RUINS – (minimum of 2 passengers)
Tiwanaku is a 1½ hours drive from La Paz (72 km/45 miles), throughout which the highlands are passed and the Aymaran way of life can be seen. Tiwanaku dating back to 1580BC – 1200AC, was one of the most important pre-Inca civilizations and considered to be among the most developed at the time. The main constructions visited during this tour are: Kalasasaya temple and the Gate of the Sun constructed out of stone, Ponce and Fraile monoliths; the Akapana pyramid and the semi-underground temple. Two local museums to view pottery, stone work and learn about the culture are also included on this trip. Overnight in La Paz. (B)
Accommodation: La Paz for 1 night
DAY 13 THURSDAY - LA PAZ At the designated time transfer to the airport to board your flight back home. (B)