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Tailormade Peru: Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley & Lake Titicaca
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Highlights

  • Tailor-made adventure, accompanied by a private guide
  • Machu Picchu
  • The Colonial and Inca architecture, plazas and markets of Cusco
  • Experience Andean tradition and culture in the beautiful Sacred Valley
  • Kayaking across Lake Titicaca, exploring the famous floating islands

Craft your perfect Peru adventure with the help of our Destination & Adventure Specialists. This itinerary is just an example of what you can do in just under two weeks in Peru and we can easily tailor this to suit your requirements.

On this itinerary we suggest three days to take in the lively city of Cusco and the beautiful Sacred Valley. From here head by train to Machu Picchu where a full day’s guided tour and a free day will give you plenty of time to explore. To finish, escape to Lake Titicaca, home to the famous floating islands of Taquile and Uros, where you can kayak between the islands and stay with a local family in a homestay.

DAY 1: Arrive Lima

Arrive in Lima and transfer to your centrally located hotel.


Fascinating museums, art galleries, and restaurants offering delicious local specialities all make Lima a fantastic place to start your Peruvian adventure!


Overnight: Casa Inca, Lima


DAY 2: Fly to Cusco and Overnight

Fly to Cusco (1h) this morning (not included) and transfer to your hotel in the heart of the San Blas district.


In the afternoon, relax and take it easy as you take time to get used to the high altitude (Cusco is located 3400m above sea level).


Overnight: Casa San Blas, Cusco


DAY 3: Community Weaving Workshop

Immerse yourself in the daily life and traditions of the Andean people on a full day’s visit to a local community weaving workshop.


Hike through the native forest to choose the plants used to dye the fibres. Then watch the entire handmade weaving process from shearing and hand spinning the wool, to dying the fibres, to weaving in the traditional waist loom. Your day will be finished off perfectly with some music from local community artists.


Lunch included today.


Overnight: Casa San Blas, Cusco


DAY 4: Explore the Sacred Valley

Accompanied by an expert guide, visit the Pisac ruins, some of the finest in the area, and colourful Pisac market.


Following a tasty lunch at a local restaurant, continue down the Urubamba valley to reach the small town of Ollantaytambo. The Inca ruins situated on a hill-top landscape with dramatic terracing below are quite a sight!


Lunch included today.


Overnight: Hotel Sol de Ollantay, Ollantaytambo


DAY 5:Train to Machu Picchu and Explore

Boarding at Ollantaytambo, get ready to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime train journey down the Urubamba gorge. The Vistadome train has large panoramic windows giving you wonderful interrupted views and numerous photo opportunities. Sit back and relax in air conditioned coaches with comfortable leather seats as you make your way to Machu Picchu—a journey of approx 1h 30.
On arrival at Machu Picchu, your guide will lead you through the different sectors explaining the history of this fascinating site and really bringing it to life! Return to Aguas Calientes (also known as Machu Picchu village) where you will stay overnight.


Lunch included today.


Overnight: Inka Town Hotel, Aguas Calientes


DAY 6: Free Day at Machu Picchu

You have the full morning to yourselves at Machu Picchu today. Perhaps watch the sunrise at Machu Picchu (an unforgettable sight!) or you can choose to climb the sacred peak of Huayna Pichu (permit required). Either way, a full day to explore at your own pace means that you get the very best out of your time at Machu Picchu.


In the late afternoon, take a train back to Cusco for a final overnight stay.

Overnight: Casa San Blas, Cusco

DAY 7:Free Day in Cusco

Enjoy a day at leisure in Cusco, perhaps using the time to browse the many markets which line the bustling streets, and pick up some souvenirs to take home. We can also arrange cooking lessons for those interested in the gastronomic delights of Peru!


Overnight: Casa San Blas, Cusco


DAY 8: Bus to Puno

Travelling by a comfortable tourist bus to Puno, you will stop off to visit several interesting sites including a 17th century church, the Temple of Wiraqocha (the largest roofed structure built by the Incas), and La Raya Pass and hot springs.


The journey takes approx 7-8 hours in total and you arrive in Puno just in time for dinner.


An option for today is to take the Andean Explorer luxury train instead of the bus. Said to be one of the best train journey in the world, this luxury train journey is an amazing way to travel in comfort amidst mountains and rolling plains with on board entertainment and afternoon tea included.


Bus Journey: 7-8 hours


Overnight: Puno


Day 9: Llachon Homestay Visit

Accompanied by a local guide, you will leave Puno early to reach the community of Llachon and your hosts for the evening. After enjoying a tasty home-cooked Peruvian lunch, explore the hills and surroundings of the peninsula, meeting local farmers, shepherds, weavers and local children.


In the evening, share dinner with one of the local families, an experience you will never forget


Lunch included today.


Dinner & Overnight: Llachon Homestay


Day 10: Kayak to Taquile Island

Get ready to discover the unique traditions and lifestyles of the floating islands as you enjoy a 3-4 hour sea-kayak adventure to Taquile Island. Paddling along the coast of the peninsula, explore trout farms, meet local fishermen, and discover reed forests, home to native and migratory birds


On arrival at Taquile Island, meet the local people and overnight at a rural lodge overlooking the lake with beautiful views of the Cordillera Real.


Lunch included today.


Kayak: 3-4 hours


Overnight: Taquile Island


Day 11: Kayak to Llachon

Continue to explore the coastline of the island by kayak before heading across the open water again to return to your starting point at Llachon. Enjoy lunch here before returning to Puno.


Lunch included today.


Overnight: Puno


Day 12: Fly to Lima

A private transfer takes you to Juliaca Airport for your flight to Lima.


Overnight: Not Included

Accommodation

You will stay in carefully chosen small 3 and 4* hotels and inns for 9 nights. On 1 night you will stay in a homestay with a local family. And on 1 night you will stay in a rural lodge on Taquile Island.


Accommodation Alternatives

If the accommodation detailed in the itinerary is not available we may use alternatives. These will be of a similar standard and details will be included in your accommodation list.


Single Rooms & Solo Travellers

Single rooms are available for a supplement. This trip is not available to solo travellers.


Meals

11 breakfasts, 2 dinners (at Lake Titicaca) and 6 lunches are included. Allow between $15-25 per day per person for lunches and dinners not included. Drinks are not included but available at all overnight accommodation.



 

 

 




Casa Inca - Lima

A boutique hotel located in the centre of Miraflores in the heart of Lima with cosy comfortable rooms and offering a warm welcome.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Casa San Blas - Cusco

A small hotel located in the historic artisan's quarter of Cusco.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Inka Town Hotel - Aguas Calientes

Inka Town has 20 comfortable en suite rooms, all with views, cable TV, telephone, and hairdryer. It is also possible to take advantage of the laundry service (payable locally).


 

 

 


 

 

 




Qelqatani Hotel - Puno

A family run hotel within easy walking distance of Puno's museums, colonial churches and restaurants.


 

 

 

Availability

You can start your tailor made adventure on any day of the year from March through to December.


Guides & Excursions

You will be accompanied by a private, English-speaking adventure guide for the duration of this tour apart from on your free days. You will have a local guide for Cusco and Machu Picchu, and then a separate local guide for Puno and Lake Titicaca.


Quality guides make the difference between a great trip and a wonderful experience, and our Peruvian guides are fully qualified and trained. All have many years of experience of guiding in Peru, and speak excellent English. Additionally, they are first aid trained. They bring a wealth of knowledge to your journey, opening your eyes to the legends, culture, food, flora and fauna of the Andes.


Tailor Made Itineraries

This itinerary is just an example of what you can do in Peru in just under 2 weeks. We can customise your itinerary completely to suit your requirements. Maybe you would like to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu instead of taking the train, add a few more days to explore Colca Canyon and its famous condors, try some cooking classes in Cusco, or even arrange a Peruvian Amazonian adventure!


We can happily arrange all of this for you. Contact one of our Destination & Adventure Specialists for recommendations and information.


Grade & Terrain

This tour is graded as easy, as you will be touring around Peru by vehicle or train, stopping to enjoy the sights on foot where possible. Generally you will need to enjoy a good level of fitness and be regularly active, so that you can explore the Inca ruins and get the most from this trip. Because Cusco is located at a height of 3400m above sea level, some people can suffer from altitude sickness. For this reason we recommend taking it easy at your hotel on Day 2, and on days 3 & 4 you visit the Sacred Valley area which is at a lower altitude than Cusco.


Equipment

Our pre-departure information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to bring with you to Peru. On the kayaking excursion we will provide you with all necessary equipment.


Meals

11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 2 dinners (at Lake Titicaca) are included. Lunches are available to buy on the way from local shops or restaurants. Drinks are not included but available at all overnight accommodation.


General Information:

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, (for example, proper rain gear jacket and pants, sun hat, sunscreen). Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this trip that you have adequate travel insurance in place, including for emergency medical evacuation and/or curtailment of your trip.

Flights to Lima

Flights to Lima are available from the UK, Europe and United States.


From the United States major airlines include American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Airlines. Flight times to Lima are approx as follows - 8 hours from NYC, 9 hours from Los Angeles, and 6 hours from Miami.


From the United Kingdom and Europe, airlines include British Airways, Iberia and KLM. Flight times from London vary between 16-20 hours depending on connections and usually involve a change in Amsterdam, Madrid or the United States. British Airways do now operate a direct flight to Lima.


Airlines like LAN Peru and Avianca also operate flights via other major cities in South America.


Your internal flights between Lima and Cusco, and between Juliaca Airport (near Puno) are not included, but we can book them for you. Please select this option when you make your booking.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this trip that you have adequate travel insurance in place, including for emergency medical evacuation and/or curtailment of your trip. Please ensure that you check your policy as it should include cover for trekking at altitude.

Included

  • 9 Nights in 2 and 3* hotels and inns
  • 1 Night in a homestay
  • 1 Night in a rural lodge
  • 2 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
  • Transfers and excursions as per itinerary
  • Vistadome train to and from Machu Picchu
  • Services of an English-speaking adventure guide for excursions to the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca
  • Guidebook and detailed pre-departure information pack
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office and local partners in Peru

Excluded

  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel to and from Lima
  • Return flights Lima-Cusco, and Juliaca to Lima
  • Lunches (other than on days mentioned)
  • Evening Meals (apart from days 9 and 10, where they are included)
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Tips for guides (not mandatory)

Extras

  • Additional nights
  • Return flights Lima-Cusco, and Juliaca to Lima
  • Single room supplement for hotels if single rooms required.
  • Upgrade to train journey from Cusco to Puno

How far in advance do I need to book?

We recommend booking as far in advance as possible as this is a very popular tour. Whilst you do not need a permit to visit Machu Picchu itself, there are a limited number of entrance tickets for each day. 

How does it work with the guides and excursions on this tour?

You will be accompanied by a private, English-speaking adventure guide for the duration of this tour apart from on your free days. You will have a local guide for Cusco and Machu Picchu, and then a separate local guide for Puno and Lake Titicaca.

What equipment do I need?

We will supply you with a detailed equipment list as part of your pre-departure information pack. You will need normal walking and travelling gear and comfortable walking shoes.

How fit do I need to be?

This tour is graded as easy, as you will be touring around Peru by vehichle or train, stopping to enjoy the sights on foot. Generally a good level of fitness will mean that you get the most of exploring the Inca ruins.

Will I be affected by Altitude Sickness?

As Cusco is located at 3400m above sea level, some people can suffer from altitude sickness. For this reason we recommend that you take it easy at your hotel on Day 2, and on days 3 & 4 you visit the Sacred Valley area which is at a lower altitude than Cusco.

When is the best time of year?

The best time to visit Machu Picchu is from May to October, although you can go on this trip any time between March and December. The warmest time is from November to March but this is also the rainy season. From May through to October the climate is generally very pleasant with less rain and cooler nights. Bear in mind however that this is also the busiest time.

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