IMPERIAL DISCOVERY CIRCUIT: LIMA, CUSCO AND PUNO 08 DAYS


On this tour we visit destinations such as the Colonial City of Lima, which has carefully preserved colonial buildings and houses, Baroque style constructions of a singular beauty. You will also visit Cusco with its streets and Inca constructions around the Plaza de Armas, the majestic Sacred Valley with its climatic floors and imposing archaeological remains, the fabulous Inca Trail; a route that has been maintained since times when the Inca ruled, This will take you to our World Wonder ,Machupicchu.Then you will travel to Lake Titicaca, the longest in South America, heading to its islands made of Totora until you reach Taquile; a place that still maintains its ancestral customs.

Plus we’ll be in charge of making your trip a real pleasure.

Program :

  • DAY 01 LIMA

Transfer in Lima airport to the hotel

Lima Colonial afternoon city tour

02:00pm – 06:00pm

  • DAY 02 LIMA

Free day

  • 03 CUSCO

Sacred Valley Full Day Tour

08:00am – 07:00pm

  • DAY 04 CUSCO CAMINO INCA

Trekking km 82 “Piscacucho a Wayllabamba”

  • DAY 05 CUSCO

Tour guiado de Inti Punku y Machupicchu

  • DAY 06 CUSCO

Trekking “desde Pacaymayu hasta Wiñayhuayna”

  • DAY 07 PUNO

Excursión Lago Titicaca Full Day

07:00am – 04:00pm

  • DAY 08 PUNO

Transfer out hotel Cusco to the airport.


ITINERARY



Day 1: Lima

Accomodation: Hotel en Lima.

Places:  Malecón de Miraflores, Centro histórico de Lima, Plaza de San Martín, Palacio de Gobierno, etc

Highest Elevation:  161 m.a.s.l / 528 feet ASL

When you arrive to Lima we will pick you up to transfer to your hotel.

Lima Colonial City Tour

The tour begins with the gathering of our passengers from their hotels in Lima, then we stop at the Intihuatana Park, located on the Malecon of Miraflores, where we will observe the Pacific Ocean. We start our tour by modern residential districts of Miraflores and San Isidro. We observe outside the Huaca Pucllana, ceremonial pre-Inca temple pyramid shaped that has survived the urban sprawl of Lima.

We will continue our journey to the park El Olivar and the Financial Center then we drive to the Historic Center of Lima, declared by UNESCO in 1991 Cultural Heritage of Humanity, where the center of the Spanish colony was established in the sixteenth century and erected the first buildings. Know the Plaza San Martin, balconies and old houses, the Plaza Mayor and its most important buildings like the Government Palace, the Cathedral of Lima, the Archbishop's Palace and Municipal, Desamparados Station, among others

We enter one of the most important monasteries of the seventeenth century. Where the relics of the three Peruvian saints “Santa Rosa de Lima, San Martin de Porres y San Juan Macías” are preserved. Then return to Miraflores and ending our tour will have the option to stay in the Indian market in Larcomar and return to your hotel.


Day 2: LIMA - CUSCO

Accommodation: Hotel en Cusco.

Places: Lima, alrededores de Cusco.

Highest Elevation (Cusco): 3,754 m.a.s.l /12,316 ft ASL

Breakfast at hotel in the morning. At the scheduled time transfer to Lima airport.

Then you will take a flight from Lima to  Cusco (on behalf of the Paxs)

Reception at Cusco airport and transfer to your hotel.

Free afternoon to acclimatize to the altitude or activities on their own.


Day 3: SACRED VALLEY

Accommodation: Hotel en Cusco.

Places: Pisaq,Mercado artesanal de Pisac, Ollantaytambo

Highest Elevation : - 3,754 m.a.s.l /12,316 ft ASL

Before the breakfast We will Pick up from your hotel to start our tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, we will be leaving the city to go through the Sacsahuaman archaeological park and arrive at the Taray viewpoint, a wide viewpoint from where you can see the beautiful Inca terraces and the sacred river of the incas "Willcamayuc", later we visit the archaeological park of Pisaq, we will also visit the Artesanal handicraft market of Pisaq, the quality is very colorful as the local inhabitants come to sell or acquire local products that the population needs. The Pisaq Handicraft market is the best place to shop for handicrafts and souvenirs. After a continuous free time we will continue our journey towards Ollantaytambo, known as the last living Inca city. Ollantaytambo reminds us of a critical story of Love, a drama that makes love prevail over all obstacles, believes that this city was built by General Inca Ollantay in a moment of rebellion against the Inca's royal army to obstruct his union with the beautiful princess Cusi Qoyllor "beautiful star". We continue with our guided tour and arrive at Chinchero, where its colonial and Inca temple shows the combination of these  great cultures, Chinchero is also known for its great weavers, who perform beautiful works with Inca techniques. Lunch on this tour is included in the Urubamba village. We continue our trip and return to Cusco, through abundant farmland Arrival in Cusco at 19:00 pm, approximately time when you will be at the door of your hotel or place that you indicate.


Day 4: CUSCO – INKATRAIL TO KM 104.

Meals: Box Lunch and dinner.

Accommodation: Overnight in Aguas Calientes town. (Hotel on request)

Distance: 16kms/10 mls (6 hours more or less of hiking)

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate.

Walking Time: Approximately 6 hours (including picnic lunch in route)

Walk and Terrain: Walk, canter on open roads, some steep ascending trails

Breakfast in the hotel.

Transfer by ITEP Van, from Cusco to Train station, later train service to Km 104 “Inca Trail Entrance”.

Today our trek takes us along the most impressive stretch of the Inka Trail. We'll visit beautiful Inka sites, see a variety of flora and fauna and get to take in the fantastic panoramas of the Andes mountains. Covering 16km of the trail our journey begins in the Sacred Valley and works its way up along an original Inca Trail to the Inca site of Wiñay Wayna before continuing on to Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate (Inti Punku).

As we make our way to Machu Picchu we'll pass through the lush and verdant cloud forest that covers the mountain and get to see a variety of plants, flowers and birds along the way. We may also see some larger mammals such as Viscachas (rabbit-like Chinchillas) and Spectacled Bears (if we are very lucky).

After a full day trekking we'll arrive to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) in the late afternoon and get our first views of Machu Picchu spread out on the mountain below. The light at this time of day is great for photos because there are few tourists so it's a perfect time to take some pictures of the site. After we've passed through the Sun Gate, we'll carry on along the trail a little way before taking a side trail that leads us to Aguas Calientes, in the valley below where we'll check in to our hotel.


Day 5: MACHUPICCHU “THE SUNRISE EXPERIENCE”

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Hotel in Cusco.

Places: Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu, Cusco.

Highest Elevation (Cusco): 3,399 m.a.s.l  / 11,151 feet ASL

Waking up early (04:00am) we’ll take one of the first buses back up to Machu Picchu to enter the site as soon as it opens (06:00am) we’ll have 2-hours guided tour in the site where you'll learn about the Inkas and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After your tour, you'll have free time to explore the site by yourself and if you have permits to climb either Huayna Picchu (2 hours round trip) or Machu Picchu Mountain (3 hours round trip).

You will also have time to indulge in a few of the following activities on your own if you choose (not included in the price)

  • Climb up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there.
  • Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes are a visit to the new local museum or bathe in the hot springs.

Back to Cusco: You will descend to Aguas Calientes by bus and later board the Expedition train to the Ollantaytambo Train Station “Train departure time can vary according train schedule and availability”. In Ollantaytambo Train station you will meet our private van and be transferred to your hotel in Cusco.

Meals: Breakfast (If you booked the hotel with us)
Distance: 8.9kms/5.5mls “By Bus in 25 minutes”

Difficulty: Easy waking

*** Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountains hike depends on availability; please let us know if you want to add one of these extra hikes at the time of your booking.

*** We only take ITEP EcoTravel passengers in our small vans / auto – We do not use public transport


Day 6: CUSCO - PUNO

Meals: Breakfast, lunch.

Accommodation: Hotel in Puno.  

Places: Capilla Sixtina, Templo de Raqchi, la Raya, Sicuani, Puno.

Highest elevation (Puno) – 3,827 m.a.s.l /12,555 feet ASL

Before the breakfast at the hotel and we will transfer you from the hotel to the bus station

During our tour that lasts approximately 10 hours we will have 4 excursions and guided visits to the tourist attractions of the southern corridor of the altiplano visiting the temple of Andahuaylillas or Sistine Chapel of America, the Inka temple of Raqchi, the passage of the Raya at 4335 masl and the Ayka Inka museum in Pukara. Each visit lasts 20 to 40 minutes, where the passenger can ask questions, take photos and explore the attraction at their own discretion, making this experience an unforgettable activity. The Buffet lunch: It is made up of foods from the Andes with which typical food and international food Novo Andina is prepared, the diet includes legumes, grains red and white meats, varieties of salads, a selection of desserts and a variety of hot drinks. They are served in a comfortable typical restaurant in the city of Sicuani. Arrival in the city of Puno and transfer to the selected hotel

* If the hotel category is 4 or 5 stars, the trip will be by Perurail Titicaca train, these departures will be only on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, if it does not coincide. The trip from Cusco to Puno will be by Tourist Bus.

Reception and overnight in Puno.


Day 7: PUNO: TITICACA LAKE

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Accommodation: Hotel in Puno.

Places: Puno, Titicaca lake, Uros floating islands, Taquile Islands, Puno.

Highest Elevation(Taquile) – 4,050 m.a.s.l / 13,287 feet ASL

Breakfast at hotel

At 7:00 am we will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to the port of Lake Titicaca, where our local guide will be waiting with the boat to start our adventure on Lake Titicaca. Once we have left, our guide will explain important points of this great lake, and a few minutes later we will arrive at the famous floating islands of Los Uros. Here we will stop at one of the Islands, visit its inhabitants and learn about the customs of these communities that live for years in the highlands. Later we will return to the boat and continue our trip towards the Taquile Island. The boat trip lasts approximately 3 hours. Taquile is a huge island that is characterized by its beautiful fabrics. Here visitors will be able to observe how the people of the island make ponchos, belts, gloves and other typical high Andean garments, all made by hand. In order to get to the top of the Island, we will have to walk along a beautiful, slightly inclined path that offers spectacular views of the lake. Here we advise you to walk slowly and take it easy, since you are walking over 3800 meters high. After approximately 45 minutes we will arrive at the center of Taquile, where we can rest and visit a small site museum, which shows through photos important aspects of the life of the people of Taquile. Our group will have lunch in a typical restaurant around the plaza. After lunch, visitors will have free time to visit the weaving workshops and take photos with the islanders. Later we will descend towards the pier and we will start our return trip to Puno, arriving in the city at approximately 05:00 pm. We will spend one night at the hotel in Puno.

Breakfast at hotel

At fixed time, transfer to the airport.


MORE INFORMATION


LIMA

  • Transfer in/out in each destination.
  • 01 nights accommodation in Lima with breakfast
  • City tour in Lima Traditional

CUSCO

  • 03 nights accommodation in Cusco with breakfast
  • 01 night accommodation in Aguas Calientes Town
  • Full Day Sacred Valley + Buffet Lunch
  • Inca trail 2d/1 noche + Visit Machu Picchu + Lunch
  • Consettur down the first day, and bus round trip in the second day. 
  • Train Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes Ollantaytambo.
  • Just to 4 or 5 stars hotels options, in the return have a Vistadome train and buffet lunch in Tinkuy at Sanctuary Lodge.
  • Not mentioned meals
  • Domestic flights Puno - Lima
  • Original passport
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC) if you have a student discount
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented as well)
  • Walking boots/shoes
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Warm jacket, hat and gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or camel bags
  • Water, money to buy water along the way or water purification tablets
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Camera
  • Torch with batteries

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TRIP DETAILS

Duration:

5 Days & 4 Night

Departures Dates:

Every day (Please check availability in our groups)

Activities:

Visit Pisac and Ollantaytambo, trek the Lares route, visit Machu Picchu

Type of Tour:

Archaeological Cultural Landscape Ecological

Meals provided:


Vegetarian option at no extra cost. Check our regular menú

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