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Treasures of the Andes (10 Days / 9 Days)
Lima-Cusco-Maras Moray-Lares Trek with Machu Picchu-Cusco-Puno-Titicaca Lake-Uros-Taquile Island-Puno-Juliaca.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Lima/City tour

Upon arrival in the Lima Airport. A representative will be waiting for you with a customized sign with your name and take you to your hotel.Morning free to relax.In the afternoon your trip starts with a tour of the city centrecontaining Government Palace, BasílicaCathedral , City Hall Palace. You will also visit the church of San Francisco, with its enviable collection of old books and a network of catacombs open to the public, as well as other churches and monuments. The tour continues through the residential areas of San Isidro, Miraflores and modern Lima. you will stop briefly at the Parque del Amor (very popular with couples on St. Valentine´s day).Overnight at the Hotel in Lima.

Day 2: Lima / Cusco - City Tour

Breakfast in the Hotel. Transport from hotel to airport. Arrival at Cusco, a representative will be waiting for you with a customized sign with your name and take you to your hotel.At 1:30pm pick up from the Hotel; guided sightseeing tour in Cusco such as: the Qoricancha (Temple of the Sun), which displays the best Inca stonework in the city, and the Cathedral in Cusco's Main Square with its magnificent colonial art. Go to the outskirts of the city to see the Inca ruins.Saqsahuaman, the amphitheatre of Qenqo, the fortress of Pukapukara and the spring shrine of Tambomachay. Overnight at the Hotel in Cusco

Day 3: Maras-Moray

Breakfast in the hotel. Forty kilometers from Cuzco, is the town of Maras, found in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Tourist sites in the area include the colonial church and local salt mines. Since pre-Inca times, salt has been obtained in Maras by evaporating salty water (provided by a nearby subterranean stream) in the sun, leaving the salt behind. Moray, seeing this Inca green-house. This tour will take you to the magnificent series of terrace circles set into the ground that were once used by the Incas for experimentation with crops. Overnight at the Hotel in Cusco

Day 4: Traditional villages and Andean forest

Today we pick you up at 5:00 am and travel by bus for the 1 hour ride to the village of Pumahuanca (2840m/9400feet) located in the Sacred Valley between Pisac and Urubamba. Huaran is the start of the trail. We´ll meet up with the horsemen and pack the horses. Leaving the Sacred Valley behind us we head northwards following a gently climbing trail that runs parallel to the small CanchaCancha River. It´s a 4 hour trek to our destination, the small village also named CanchaCancha (3800m/12600feet) where we´ll spend the night.

Day 5: Challenging

After breakfast We´ll Leave CanchaCancha to continue north east up the valley, passing small village stone houses. After hour the path flattens out before climbing steeply for the 2 hour trek to the highest pass, called Pachacutec Pass (4200m/13900feet). From the pass you´ll be rewarded with superb views of Pachacutec Lake and the snowy peaks of Pitusiray. The path continues for an hour along a narrow ridge until dropping down into a beautiful valley filled with glacial lakes .Descends into the next valley, following a series of cascading waterfalls to the village of Quishuarani (3700m/12250feet) overnight.

Day 6: Beautiful Hot springs

The trail follows now the river valley downhill for about 3 1/2 hours to the town of Lares (3100m/10250feet). Hour before arriving in Lares town you´ll have time to enjoy a soak in some open air thermal springs (bring a swimsuit). At about 1pm (after lunch) the bus will pick us up and leave to Ollantaytambo, there you will have some time to rest and see this amazing town before going to AguasCalientes by Train .Overnight at the Hotel in AguasCalientes.

Day 7: Machu Picchu

We´ll have early breakfast. Then at 5:30 am we will catch the first bus to Machu Picchu in order to appreciate the magnificent city as the sun is rising. A walking tour (approximately 2 hours) is given by your Guide and after this you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves. If you still have energy you can also climb HuaynaPicchu (2720m/8990feet) it takes 45 minutes to reach the top. Afternoon: return by bus and train to Cusco.Overnight at the Hotel in Cusco.

Day 8: Cusco/ Puno.

Breakfast in the Hotel.Journey by bus to Puno through the impressive landscape of journey by bus to Puno through the impressive landscape of the Andean plateau with scattered indigenous villages and flocks of llamas and vicuñas. Our next stop will be Andahuaylillas, a beautiful Baroque church built at the beginning of the 17th Century and famous for its magnificent murals, as well as an Inca temple in Raqchi dedicated to Wiracocha, one of the Incas' most important deities. Final stop is at the ruins of Pukara (2000 B.C. - A.D. 300). We will lunch at a restaurant en route. On arrival in Puno, you will be assisted at the bus terminal and provided with transport to your chosen hotel.Overnighta at the hotel in Puno

Day 9: Lake Titicaca tour/Uros Floating Islands - Taquile

Breakfast at hotel . Early in the morning you will be picked up from your hotel by our local guide and then transferred to the harbor. We start off our boat excursion of Lake Titicaca by visiting "The Uros Floating Islands", The Uros people harvested the reeds in the shallows of the lake, bundled them together tightly and built floating island platforms complete with reed houses and canoes, creating in this way their own little world. On the islands we will learn with our local guide about the life style and customs. After strolling around the floating Islands, we continue our journey towards "Taquile Island" (2 hour aprox.), a traditional Quechua speaking community, full of ancient agricultural terraces. The weaving tradition of the Taquile Island goes back to early civilizations, thus keeps elements from pre-Inca Andean cultures alive in the present. When we reach the shores of Taquile Island, we will have to walk up along a narrow path, enjoying on the way impressive views of the Lake Titicaca and also see gorgeous little houses inhabited by the direct decedents of the Inca Culture. Lunch at one local restaurant. After lunch, we will descent to the harbor to take our boat back to Puno. We will be back in Puno by 17:00 hrs. approximately. Overnight at the Hotel in Puno

Day 10: Departure from Puno-Juliaca

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Juliaca airport.

Included / Not Included

What is Included? What is not included?
  • All excursions mentioned in the program
  • Professional guide English/Spanish
  • Bus ticket to Puno(Inka Express Company)
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Round trip Train Tickets to Machu Picchu
  • Bus up/down to Machu Picchu
  • All Transfers
  • Entrance Fees
  • 24 Hour support by our local staff
  • Double or single room in the selected hotel with breakfast
  • Domestic flights
  • International Flight tickets
  • Airport taxes
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance

 

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