This tour offers a comprehensive exploration of Peru’s rich cultural heritage, stunning landscapes, and ancient Inca traditions. From the vibrant city of Lima to the high waters of Lake Titicaca. 

Package details:

Duration
11 days 10 nights
Activities
Aqueology, hikking, cultural
Maximum Altitude
3800 masl
Destination
Lima, Sacred Valley, Short Inca trail, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Rainbow Mountain, Titicaca lake, Uros floating islands
Group Size
Small group or private
Overview

Explore the vibrant city of Lima and continue the journey on a commercial flight to the highlands of Cusco. Upon your arrival, we will take you to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, located at a lower elevation than Cusco, and visit the surrounding archaeological sites of Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Moray, and the Inca salt mines of Maras. We also visit a nice llama farm and textile center, where you can learn ancient Inca weaving techniques. Then we continue hiking the last part of the legendary Inca Trail which the greatest reward is arriving at the Machu Picchu Inca citadel. Following the itinerary, we tour the city of Cusco, visiting amazing Inca temples, Inca streets, and colonial art and architecture blended with Inca culture. Next and finally, you embark on an exclusive tourist bus journey to Puno, visiting Raqchi, Andahuaylillas Chapel, and the Lithic Museum along the way. We end the adventure in Peru by exploring the Titicaca Lake, the highest navigable lake in the world, and visiting the Floating Islands of Uros.  

Highlights

  • Explore the vibrant city of Lima with iconic landmarks like the San Francisco catacombs and the Larco Herrera Museum.
  • Avoid the symptoms of high-altitude sickness by going directly to the Sacred Valley.
  • Discover the beauty and fascinating history of the Sacred Valley.
  • Explore traditional villages, huge Inca temples and Andean terraces.
  • Marvel at the architectural wonders of Pisac and Ollantaytambo.
  • Combine traditional tours with the adventure of trekking the Andean mountains. 
  • Hike one of the world's best trekking routes.
  • Arrive at Machu Picchu through the Sungate.
  • Return on the panoramic trains (Vistadome or 360°)
  • Hike through Andean peaks to the Rainbow Mountain.
  • Explore the highest navigable lake in the world. 
  • Learn ancient traditions and customs.
  • Savor delicious Peruvian meals.
  • Comfortable accommodation in charming locations.
  • Knowledgeable guides to share the history and stories of each location.
  • Safe and reliable transportation throughout the journey.

Itinerary at glance

Day 1 / Arrival in Lima in the afternoon or night

  • We pick you up from the airport
  • Hotel in Miraflores tourist district
  • If you arrive in the morning, you could do a city tour in the afternoon

Day 2    / Lima

  • Sightseeing city tour in the morning
  • Visits to San Francisco convent catacombs and Larco Herrera Museum
  • Breakfast included at the hotel
  • Hotel in Miraflores tourist district

Day 3 / Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley

  • Flight to Cusco city
  • Transfer to the Sacred Valley
  • Visit a llama farm with an alpaca wool shop 
  • Explore Pisac archaeological site with its colorful handicraft market. 
  • Breakfast and lunch included
  • Hotel in Urubamba at the Sacred Valley

Day 4 / Sacred Valley tour

  • Explore the Inca salt mines of Maras and Moray Andean terraces in the morning
  • Lunch at a tourist restaurant to taste Peruvian meals.
  • Explore the vast Ollantaytambo archeological site in the afternoon.
  • Spend the night in Urubamba at the Sacred Valley.

Day 5 / Sacred Valley - Short Inca Trail - Machu Picchu

  • Drive to Ollantaytambo train station, train to Km 104 of the railroad.
  • Hike the last part of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and enjoy the stunning views from the Sun Gate.
  • Spend the night in Machu Picchu

Day 6 / Machu Picchu - Cusco

  • Explore Machu Picchu in the early morning.
  • Take the Panoramic train on the way back.
  • Spend the night in Cusco

Day 7 / Cusco city tour in the afternoon

  • Morning at leisure to explore museums, Inca streets, or lovely plazas. 
  • City tour and nearby ruins in the afternoon.
  • Explore the most amazing archaeological sites of Cusco
  • Visit the Temple of the Sun Qorikancha and the Cathedral of Cusco.

Day 8 / Cusco - Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca - Cusco

  • Visit the Amazing Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley
  • Travel on a small group tour and make friend
  • Hike along with Llamas and Alpacas
  • Marvel at the Snow-capped Ausangate peaks.
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Day 9 / Cusco - Puno

  • Exclusive tourist bus with tours en route
  • Visit Wiracocha temple in Raqchi, Andahuaylillas chapel, and a lithic museum
  • Breakfast at the hotel and lunch in a tourist restaurant
  • Hotel in Puno

Day 10 / Titicaca Lake

  • Explore the lake in a speedboat 
  • Visit Uros Floating Islands and learn about ancient traditions
  • Hike Taquile Island and get amazing views of the lake.
  • Breakfast at the hotel and lunch in Taquile

Day 11 / Puno - Lima

  • We take you to the airport after breakfast
  • Transfer to Juliaca airport for your flight to Lima

End of the tour

Pricing

  • Price based on 4 participants in a double or twin room in 3-star hotels: $1537.
  • Single supplement: $342.
  • Hotel upgrades are available to 4-star superior hotels.
  • Please contact us if you are less than 4 participants to get a quote.
  • Please contact us if you are more than 4 participants to get a discount.
Full Itinerary
Day 1 / Arrival in Lima in the afternoon or night

We will be your host upon arrival to the vibrant city of Lima. We will be waiting for you inside Lima Airport and will transfer you to your hotel in Miraflores's tourist district. The drive will take approximately 50 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. Once at your hotel, enjoy a pleasant night.

Included:

  • Tourist van or minibus with wide windows and airconditioning
  • Professional driver and agency representative
  • 3-star hotel in Miraflores tourist district
Day 2 / Lima city tour and Larco Herrera Museum

Around 8 am we will pick you up from your hotel and explore Lima, starting with a sightseeing tour of San Martin Plaza, the Plaza de Armas, and the colonial and modern parts of the city. Then we visit the Monastery of San Francisco and the Catacombs. Following that, we will proceed to the Larco Herrera Museum, renowned for its impressive permanent exhibitions. Notably, the Gold and Silver Gallery houses the largest collection of jewelry worn by pre-Columbian Peruvian rulers. This includes finely crafted crowns, earrings, nose ornaments, clothing, masks, and vases made of gold adorned with semi-precious stones. After the tour, we take you back to your hotel.

You have the afternoon free to explore the hotel surroundings. You could visit the Miraflores pier, where you can find lovely plazas, people paragliding next to the sea, nice restaurants, the Larcomar shopping mall, and more. Larcomar is more than just a shopping mall; it's a popular tourist destination with various attractions and amenities. They offer a wide range of stores selling clothing, accessories, souvenirs, handicrafts, and more.

Included:

  • Tourist van or minibus with wide windows and airconditioning
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Entrance tickets
  • 3-star hotel in Miraflores tourist district
Day 3 / Lima - Cusco - Sacred Valley

At the given time, we pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport for your flight to Cusco City. You need to check in for your flight 2 hours before the departure. The driving time to the airport is about 50 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. Once in Cusco, your guide will be waiting inside the airport, and together, you will set off for the Sacred Valley. Going directly to the Sacred Valley will help you avoid the annoying high-altitude symptoms since it is located at a lower elevation than Cusco.

En route, you'll pass through charming farming villages and verdant farmlands. We will visit a llama farm with an alpaca wool shop and the Pisac archaeological site with its handicraft market. At the llama farm, you will learn Inca weaving techniques that have been passed down through generations. You will be able to feed the llamas and alpacas and take nice pictures. Also, there is a shop where you can purchase garments made of alpaca wool, all of which are certified and of excellent quality.

Next, we stop at Pisac, a picturesque village with an archaeological site and colorful handicraft market. Here, you will learn about Inca culture, religion, and architecture. At the market, you will find the work of skilled local artisans, like pottery, wood carvings, textiles, and jewelry.

Lunch is included at a tourist restaurant in Urubamba village. Here, you can taste Peruvian meals. After a delicious meal, we take you to your hotel in Urubamba.

Included:

  • Tourist van with wide windows, air conditioning, and a professional driver.
  • A professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Entrance tickets to visit the mentioned places
  • Meals: buffet lunch at a tourist restaurant 
  • 3-star hotel in Urubamba.
Day 4 / Sacred Valley tour

At 9 am (suggested time), we pick you up from your hotel and head towards the Inca salt mines in Maras. We drive for around 20 minutes, and once there, your guide will explain the process the Incas worked the salt ponds, a process that is in use until today. We continue to the Andean terraces of Moray, mysterious circled form terraces made for farming in Inca times.

Lunch is served in Urubamba, and then we drive north towards the Living Inca Town of Ollantaytambo, which is rich in history, well-preserved Inca architecture, and stunning natural scenery. There, we have a guided tour of the archaeological site with stunning Andean terraces, temples, fountains, and houses. After the tour, we drive back to your hotel. You will have a short briefing for the Inca Trail. The guide will call you on WhatsApp or at your hotel around 7 p.m. Please pack accordingly for the trek, we will provide a packing list and a duffel bag.

Included:

  • Tourist van with wide windows, air conditioning, and a professional driver.
  • A professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Entrance tickets to visit the mentioned places
  • Meals: buffet lunch at a tourist restaurant 
  • 3-star hotel in Urubamba.
Day 5 / Sacred Valley - Short Inca Trail - Machu Picchu

Around 5 am (time to be confirmed), you'll board the first train to Km 104 - Chachabamba, marking the start of the Short Inca Trail 2 days to Machu Picchu. Upon reaching Km 104, you'll need to present your original passport for entry.

Your adventure begins with a visit to the Chachabamba archaeological site. Under the guidance of your tour guide, you'll explore and delve into its rich history. Following this, you'll set out on the lost Inca Trail. Although the trail is narrow, it offers mesmerizing views. A four-hour hike will lead you to Wiñaywayna, one of the most magnificent Inca sites along the trail. Here, you can admire its intricate architecture, streets, water fountains, and temples. Midday, you'll enjoy a delicious boxed lunch at a nearby campsite.

After lunch, you'll resume your journey with an easier one-hour hike to the Sun Gate. Along the way, you might spot beautiful orchids and a variety of birds. As you reach the Sun Gate, prepare to be greeted by the breathtaking sight of Machu Picchu. The final leg of today's hike, an hour-long descent, will bring you to the upper region of Machu Picchu by around 4:00 p.m., a time with fewer tourists. This offers a serene environment to take photos and watch the sunset over the ancient citadel.

Your day concludes with a bus ride to Aguas Calientes, where you'll check into your hotel and rest.

  • Aguas Calientes Altitude: 2000m - 6561ft
  • Highest altitude: 2700m - 8858ft
  • Distance: 15km - 8 miles
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Meals: lunch, dinner
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Included:

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off in a tourist van or minibus
  • Professional tour guide.
  • Train tickets (tourist train) from Ollantaytambo to Km 104
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca Trail.
  • First Aid Kit and Oxygen tank
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes village
  • Meals: 1 box lunch and 1 dinner at a local restaurant.
  • 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes.
Day 6 / Machu Picchu - Cusco

Start your day early with a hearty breakfast at the hotel before catching the first bus to Machu Picchu to witness the mesmerizing sunrise. Once there, embark on a guided tour of this iconic Inca citadel. Your knowledgeable guide will lead you through the most captivating parts of Machu Picchu.
After your guided tour, you'll have personal time to explore the citadel at your own pace or undertake optional hikes to either Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. Please note that these hikes are separate from the Machu Picchu citadel tour and are not included in your package.
After exploring the ancient wonders, take the bus down to Aguas Calientes. Enjoy lunch at your own expense before boarding the Vistadome train back to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival, our private transport will take you back to your hotel, with an expected arrival time of 7:30 p.m.
Aguas Calientes: 2000m - 6561ft
Highest altitude: 2400m - 7874ft
Duration: 3 hours
Meals: breakfast at the hotel

Included:

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Professional tour guide
  • Entrance ticket to visit Machu Picchu
  • Train tickets from Aguas Calientes village to Ollantaytambo
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco (tourist van or minibus)
  • 3-star hotel in Cusco
Day 7 / Cusco city tour

Morning at leisure to explore museums, Inca streets, or lovely plazas. We pick you up from your hotel in Cusco around 12.45 pm (suggested time). Today, we explore Cusco City on a half-day tour, visiting the Temple of the Sun Coricancha, the Cathedral of Cusco, and archaeological sites like Saqsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay, and Puca Pucara.

The Coricancha, or Temple of the Sun, was the most important temple in the Inca Empire, and it was dedicated to Inti, the Sun God. There, we will find amazing Inca stonework and learn more about the Inca religion and architecture. Then, we visit the Cusco Cathedral for a journey into the heart of Cusco's colonial and religious heritage. It provides an opportunity to explore one of the city's most important landmarks, appreciate its artistic and architectural splendor, and gain a deeper understanding of the cultural blending that defines Cusco.

Following the tour, we drive towards the hills of Cusco, where the Sacsayhuaman archaeological site is located. There, we will find amazing, huge Inca walls made of huge stone bricks with tons of weight. It was a ceremonial and military center, a marvel at the ingenuity of Inca engineering, believed to worship lightning. We also visit the ceremonial temple of Qenqo and the fountain of Tambomachay. 

Included

  • Tourist van with wide windows, air conditioning, and a professional driver.
  • A professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Entrance tickets to visit the mentioned places
  • 3-star hotel in Cusco
Day 8 / Cusco - Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca - Cusco

After being collected from your hotel lobby in Cusco at 4.30 am, drive for 4 hours to Cusipata Trailhead. Along the way, you'll also stop for breakfast in a local family house at Cusipata town (3386 m / 11108 ft). As you climb, you'll see several shepherding villages, potato farming lands, and amazing views of the Mountains.

Once we arrive at Cusipata Trailhead (4629 m / 15187 ft), begin the 2-hour hike up to Rainbow Mountain ( 5017 m / 19459 ft). Enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and herds of llamas and alpacas, and keep up the local women's pace that works here by renting horses you can hire. Upon arrival at the top of Rainbow Mountain, you´ll be rewarded with a 360° of amazing views of the colored mountains and the Ausangate Mountain (6398m/20991ft), the highest peak in Cusco.

After spending time at Rainbow Mountain, if you still have energy and the altitude is not taking your breath away, you can take a 20-minute hike to the amazing and rarely visited Red Valley (4934 m / 16187 ft). Marvel at the moon-like landscape, take plenty of photographs, then start descending back to the trailhead to take our transportation for lunch in Cusipata town. Arrival at Cusco is around 5:pm, and the transportation will drop you off near the Plaza de Armas at Regocijo Square.

Rainbow Mountain Peru Tour will take you on a genuinely unique adventure through a preserved wild natural terrain with amazing views of the Ausangate Glacier Peak, isolated local villages, and colorful mountains. This tour is by far one of the most spectacular day hikes at a great value.

Included:

  • Comfortable transportation with AC
  • Blankets on the drive to stay warm.
  • Breakfast with a local family atyou'llata
  • Professional Native Tour Guide
  • Entrance fee to Rainbow Mountain & Red Valley
  • Trekking poles
  • First aid kit, oxygen tank
  • Lunch with a local family at Cusipata
  • Drop off at Regocijo Square
  • 3-star hotel in Cusco
Day 9 / Cusco - Puno

Around 6 am, we pick you up from your hotel and take you to the tourist private bus station. We take a tourist bus to Puno City. This service is provided for tourists only. It includes a professional guide onboard and tours along the way. You will visit Andahuaylillas Chapel, the mighty Temple of Wiracocha in Raqchi village, the majestic La Raya pass (road limit between Cusco and Puno, with a beautiful view of the Chimboya Glacier), and the fascinating Lithic Museum of the Pukará culture. Around 5.30 pm, you will arrive at Puno station, and we take you to your hotel.

Included

  • Hotel transfers
  • Bilingual tour guide (English-Spanish)
  • Entrance ticket for the bus and to the places to visit
  • Hot drinks like herbal teas, cold drinks like soda, mineral water
  • Buffet lunch in a tourist restaurant 
Day 10 / Titicaca Lake and Uros Floating Islands

We pick you up from your hotel and take you to the lake’s dock. Then we take a full-day tour along Titicaca Lake, visiting the Uros floating islands and the Taquile island, where we will learn the costumes of the local people. The Uros people have lived on the man-made reed-covered floating islands known as the Uros islands since before the Inca era. There are 120 man-made islands that make up an archipelago and are located about 5 km (3 miles) from the Puno port. Taquile residents are renowned for having developed an original, locally controlled, sustainable tourism model that provides homestays, group lodging, cultural activities, local guides, and restaurants. Due to the island's remoteness, particularly during a time before motorized boats, many other local customs survived like weaving. Though the designs and hues may have changed over time, the meaning is still evident in their creations. Even UNESCO has acknowledged Taquile and its textile art as "Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity".

Included:

  • Sheltered speedboat
  • Entrance tickets 
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Lunch in Taquile island
  • 3-star hotel in Puno
Day 11 / Puno - Lima

At the given time, we will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the Juliaca airport since Puno does not have one. Remember that you need to check in two hours before the flight departure. The driving time is around 40 minutes. Please, let us know your flight information. 

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Private van or minibus

End of the tour
 

Inclusions of the package

  • Airport transfers
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transport for the tours
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Entrance tickets to the places to visit
  • Meals described and breakfast at hotels
  • 3-star hotel accommodations in the room type selected

Not Included in the package

  • Flight tickets
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance

Inclusions of the Short Inca Trail:

  • Professional tour guide.
  • All transportation costs.
  • Accommodation: 3-star hotel in Aguas Calientes.
  • Entrance ticket to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
  • All necessary bus tickets to Machu Picchu.
  • Meals: 1 box lunch and 1 dinner at a local restaurant.
  • First Aid Kit and Oxygen tank.
  • Round-trip train tickets.
  • Vistadome Panoramic return train.

Not included in the Short Inca trail:

  • First breakfast and second-day lunch
  • Travel Insurance