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Trek to Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca

9 Days & 8 Nights
  • Walk the Royal Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Explore the ancient Incan ruins of the Sacred Valley
  • Wander through Cusco’s colourful Plaza de Armas
  • Cruise across Lake Titicaca and visit the reed island community of Uros
  • Enjoy a local Cusqueno cerveza in the lively Plaza de Armas
Walk the Royal Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and cruise across Lake Titicaca on this adventure discovery tour of Peru. Starting out in the colourful plazas and cobbled streets of Cusco, trek into the hills above Cusco and explore the mighty Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Accompanied by your expert guide, venture into the Sacred Valley and follow in the footsteps of the Incas, hiking along the Royal Inca Trail to Inti Punkti (the sun gate) where the hidden citadel of Machu Picchu is revealed. Journey through the high snow-capped Andes to the shores of Lake Titicaca. Cruise to the floating reed island community of Uros and visit Isla Taquile renowned for their production of fine woven textiles. Rounding each day off in comfortable Peruvian hotels and lodges, evenings can be spent relaxing with Pisco sour cocktail or Cusqueña cerveza.

What To Expect

This tour is graded moderate. Accompanied by a local guide, explore the archaeological sites of the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. Between destinations, this tour travels overland by private vehicle, tourist coach and train. Nights are spent in comfortable 3* and 4* hotels and lodges, selected for showcasing Peru’s culture, hospitality and food. Travelling in the company of ’day guide’ means that where possible, each day can be flexed to suit your needs.

Trip Style:

Private Guided | Alone or with your chosen companion(s), benefit from a private guide throughout most of your trip.

Activity:

Walking, Cultural Activities | Walking as part of a multi activity trip., Trip includes cultural activities in the itinerary

Ideal if you have an interest in:

Historical Journeys

Inspiration:

  • Classic

Grade & Terrain

This adventure tour is graded moderate. The tour begins in Cusco which is at an altitude of 3400m. Spending the first 2 nights at this altitude helps your body acclimatise. For further information on altitude and acclimatisation we would happy to discuss this with you.

There are 4 guided hiking days (days 2-5) on this trip. Distances are between 6-11km with a maximum altitude of 3700m with day 4 being a challenging day of walking (with up to a 1300m of ascent). Your experienced hiking guide will help pace the day for you so you can take the day at a steady tempo. During each walking day, all you have to do is carry a small day pack (with your daily essentials) and enjoy the beauty of Peru. Although the paths are well maintained you will encounter some sections that have uneven ground underfoot, so should be happy to walk along uneven terrain. You will also encounter stretches of typical Incan stone stairs cases on several of the walks, so be prepared to tackle longer stretches of steps!

Travelling to Lake Titicaca and onwards to Colca Canyon uses a sensible combination of a private vehicle and a guided tourist coach service, which includes visits to archaeological sites, towns and villages. If you have any further questions about the travel included, please contact us.

Accommodation Information

During this trip, you will spend 7 nights in stylish 3* and 4* hotels and lodges. Examples of the types of accommodation booked on this tour are listed below. On occasion, we may have to use alternate accommodation and will let you know at the time of booking should alternatives have to be used.

Meals

All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 1 dinner are included. Typically, breakfasts consist of fruits, juices, breads, eggs, muesli, yogurts and a plentiful supply of tea and coffee.

Included lunches will be in a traditional restaurant or when walking, will be a picnic-style lunch. Picnic lunches are made up of sandwiches (made of different breads), fruits, sweet treats and local specialities. Your guide will arrange the picnic lunch for you.

You can choose to dine at your hotel restaurant or in one of the many restaurants nearby. There is also an excellent choice of cafes, bars and restaurants in Cusco, so we do recommend exploring the streets to sample the local fayre available.

Should you have any special dietary requirements please let us know. We try to accommodate all requirements where possible but as some of the accommodations are in remote locations, dietary alternatives may not be possible without prior notice. It is essential you let us know at least a month in advance of any dietary needs. Should you have a specific diet, it is always worth bringing a small supply of your own snacks.

Extra Nights

You may like to add extra nights at any point on this tour. There is always plenty to see in Cusco. If you are travelling via Lima, we can also easily arrange extra nights in the capital city if required. Extra nights can easily be added to your booking at any time.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you’re exploring with friends or family and prefer to have your own room, single rooms are available subject to a supplementary payment. This tour is not available to solo adventurers.

Included
  • 8 nights in 3* & 4* hotels & lodges
  • All transfers as described in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches & 1 dinner
  • National Park Fees & trekking permits
  • Train ticket from Aguas Caliente to Cusco
  • Lake Titicaca Cruise
  • 4 guided day walks
  • 24/7 local telephone support
Excluded
  • Travel to Cusco / from Puno
  • Entrance fees for attractions
  • Lunches & dinners other than those described
  • Personal equipment and expenditure
  • Travel insurance (details of your travel insurance must be provided before travel)
Extras
  • Additional nights
  • Domestic flights within Peru

When To Go

This tour departs on any day of the week from mid-March through to early December. If you are planning on travelling from June through to August we suggest contacting us as soon as your travel plans are finalised as these can be very busy months on the trails.

Getting to the Start

For general travel planning, we recommend the helpful site www.rome2rio.com  

Most travellers arrive into Cusco Airport via a 60-minute flight from Lima Airport which has excellent connections to North America and Europe. We would suggest checking Sky Scanner for the extensive flight options available.

You may prefer to have an overnight stop in Lima before travelling onto Cusco. Please let us know if you would like extra hotel nights in Lima.

Getting from the End

Depending on your onward travel plans, you can fly from Juliaca to Lima (approx 90mins), Cusco (approx 35 mins).

If you would like domestic flights in Peru arranged for you, we can include this as part of your package. Please let your adventure specialist know at the time of booking.

Baggage Transfer

On days when you will be travelling to a new destination, your main baggage will be transported for you. Please limit your main baggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person. It is possible to store excess luggage at your hotel in Cusco if you are returning there at the end of your journey.

General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes.

Local Guides & Support

This trip is a private ‘day guided’ tour. This means each day (with the exception of day 6), a local expert guide (together with a private vehicle where required) will arrive at your accommodation each morning and lead you through the trails, towns and natural wonders of Peru.

Days are paced around your needs which means you experience the ultimate in hassle-free travel. In the evening you are free to spend the time as you wish. You will have also 24/7 telephone local partner support should you need to contact your guide or Macs Adventure at any time during the tour.

Equipment

While hiking you will only have to carry a day bag with water, snacks, and extra layers and your camera. 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.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Cusco Day 2 Hill of Cusco & Sacsayhuaman 4 miles / 6 km Day 3 Cusco to the Sacred Valley 9.5 miles / 15 km Day 4 Royal Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 7.5 miles / 12 km Day 5 Guided explorations of Machu Picchu Day 6 Discover Cusco Day 7 Transfer to Puno, Lake Titicaca Day 8 Lake Titicaca Cruise Day 9 Onward Travel

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