In the morning you'll take a 1-hour flight from Lima to Cusco, the Imperial City of the Incas. We'll pick you up at the airport and head to the hotel so that you can accommodate your things and enjoy a welcoming cup of coca tea. After a restful morning in order to adjust to the altitude, we'll embark on a tour of the city of Cusco at 1:30pm, visiting the colonial Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun, Qoricancha, before heading out to explore the Inca ruins along the city's outskirts, including Sacsayhuaman Fortress and Tambomachay. Our excursion will end at about 6:30pm, after which we'll head to a special show highlighting the region's folkloric dance and music, which lasts from 7:00pm to 8:00pm.
After an early breakfast, we'll depart at 6:00am for either Poroy or Ollantaytambo Station to catch our train to the town of Aguas Calientes, the gateway to the world-famous ruins of Machu Picchu. During the approximately 2-hour train ride you'll have the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the Sacred Valley, the Andean peaks, and the high-altitude jungle. From Aguas Calientes, it'll just be a short 25-minute bus trip ascending to Machu Picchu Archeological Complex, where our knowledgeable guide will lead a tour highlighting the most impressive areas of the site and explaining their significance and purpose. Afterwards you'll have time to explore the ruins independently and take photos.
In the afternoon, we'll take one of the descending buses so that you'll have time for lunch in Aguas Calientes. (Lunch is not included but you'll find that there are many dining options in the town from which to choose.) Then it will be time to catch our return train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy station, where our transport will be waiting to take us back to the city of Cusco, where we'll arrive at around 8:00pm.
Around 8:00am, after breakfast, we'll embark on a bus trip through the fertile Sacred Valley of the Incas. We'll stop first in the picturesque little town of Pisaq, perhaps visiting its colorful market depending on the day, and spend a couple of hours exploring it's military and religious Inca ruins as well as its agricultural terraces. Passing other small towns and patch-worked subsistence fields, we'll stop in Urubamba at noon for a buffet lunch. Our next stop will be one of the best surviving examples of Incan urban planning, Ollantaytambo, and the Fortress of Ollantaytambo, the only one to have successfully resisted a Spanish attack. Our final stop will be Chinchero, whose center boasts a massive niched Inca stone wall and an intricately decorated 17th century church built of adobe atop the stone remnants of an Incan palace or temple. We'll arrive back in the city of Cusco around 7:00pm.
After an early breakfast, we'll head to the bus terminal to catch our 7:00am bus for Puno. Along the way, we'll enjoy views of the high Andean plains and guided stops showcasing the areas natural, archeological, and art attractions. Along the way, we'll stop first in the elaborately decorated San Pedro Church of Andahuaylillas and the Inca ruins of Raqchi before having a buffet lunch in Sicuani. After lunch, our journey will continue, with stops at the high pass of La Raya with its views overlooking the snowy Andean range with its grazing llamas and vicuñas, and at the museum of Pukara. We'll arrive in Puno at 5:00pm, after which you'll be transported to your hotel in Puno.
In the morning, we'll embark by motorboat on the waters of Lake Titicaca to visit the famed Floating Islands of Uros, artificial islands made of the same Totora Reeds as the homes and boats of the Uros people. We'll also visit friendly and traditional Taquile Island, where we'll hike to and from the town, appreciating Inca terraces, grazing alpaca, and Andean farms on our way to lunch in the town. We'll descend along the island's opposite side, with ancient stone steps, before returning to Puno.
After Breakfast you'll be transferred to the Juliaca Airport, an hour away, to take a 1-hour flight to Lima.
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