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Cusco, Juliaca, Lake Titicaca, Lima, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Písac, Urubamba

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See the best of Peru, from its famous attractions; the Inca ruins at Machu Picchu, the Floating Islands at Lake Titicaca and the Rainbow Mountains, to the hidden gems that are equally stunning: the burial towers of Sillustani, the Indian Pisac market, the thermal baths of Snata Teresa, to name just a few!

DAY 01


  • Assistance on your arrival in Lima and transfer to the selected hotel. Free time to rest and prepare for starting your trip around this unusual city and magical country.

  • No meal is included.

DAY 02

lima - llachon ( puno ) Lima – Juliaca – Llachon ( Puno )

  • Early morning, transfer to Lima Airport for our flight to Juliaca. Onn arrival, transfer by private car to Llachon. Capachica Llachonis is the name of a pretty rural village located in the peninsula of Capachica, 75 Kilometers ( 46 miles ) away from the city of Puno. It takes 1 hour and twenty minutes to reach Llachon by road or 2 hours by boat ride from Puno. The visits include walks throughout the village, visits to local family houses, observation of farming and weaving activities, and tasting local food.

  • If time permits we can visit Sillustani. The burial towers of Sillustani are enormous cylindrical constructions built long before the Incas.  It will give you a better view into the life of pre - Inca civilizations, as you explore the area. You can marvel at the great beauty of the Umayo Lagoon, which is located at the foot of the Sillustani, a natural platform.

  • Meals included are breakfast and dinner.

DAY 03

Puno: Titicaca Lake, Floating Islands of the Uros and Taquile Island

  • We will leave early in the morning for an unforgettable day on tourist motorboat excursion on the waters of Lake Titicaca to the unique 'Floating Islands' of the Uros. These ancient inhabitants of the lake are known as the water tribe. They have built their own 'Island' by periodically adding new layers of a type of reed called 'Totoro' ( Scirpus Totoro ), vegetable fiber of the Papyrus family. Their homes and boats are also made from this material.

  • We will continue our motorboat trip to Taquile Island, inhabited by Quechua – speaking natives who have developed down through generations. It is an efficient and unique social system, as well as fine hand weaving techniques. It is necessary to go up a stairway of more than 567 steps. There are steps of stone that wind their way among green platforms to arrive at the Town of Taquile where we will have a break to eat.

  • After lunch in a local Taquile Inn, we have a walk, through the various hills and archaeological sites of this 6 km long Island.

  • In afternoon, return to Puno for overnight at your hotel. Leisure time in the evening.

  • Meals included are breakfast and lunch.

DAY 04

Puno - CusCO

  • Early departure by bus to the city of Cusco. We travel along the High Plateau of Collao, stopping at the Town of Ayaviri, an important livestock and textile center, to visit the impressive Temple of Kalasaya, ruins from the ancient Pucara Culture.

  • On the way, we stop in Raqchi, where we can see a spectacular Inca sanctuary built by the Inca Pachacutec. It is dedicated to the great Inca God of Wiracocha. It has a great central wall with a stone base of fine Inca architecture. Other walls are made of giant adobe bricks. The structure also has two circular lateral columns. Around the temple are several buildings once used for housing and storage.

  • We will pass through the La Raya Ranch where we can see troops of vicuñas and llamas. During the trip, we pass by the lovely Wacarpay Lake, offering spectacular views of the mountains reflected in its calm water.

  • We proceed to the beautiful town of Andahuaylillas and visit the Church of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas. It is better known as the Sistine Chapel of the Americas, due to its decorated polychrome ceiling. Buffet lunch in a quiet countryside restaurant, where we can enjoy the delightful culinary art of the region. Upon arrival in Cusco, meet and transfer to your hotel.

  • Meals included are breakfast and lunch.

DAY 05

Cusco City

  • After breakfast, we will be at leisure. We will take a visit to Street San Blas. It is the artistic barrio ( neighborhood ) of narrow and high streets. There exists a beautiful little plaza and a beautiful paqcha in the barrio where numerous artists and artisans reside. The workshop of famous artisans such as the family Mendevil Olave and Merida is worth watching.One can also enjoy a panoramic view of Cusco city.

  • Hatunrumivoc is located close to Plaza Nazarenas. It is not far from Plaza de Armas. It is a narrow pedestrian street, famous for its Inca walls where huge stones are precisely carved to fit together without mud or concrete. You will find the masterpiece, a 12 angled stone, about halfway down the street. The Inca stonework was incredible. It was actually so good that Spanish conquerors often used the old Inca structure as the foundation for their own buildings. Hatunrumiyoc is a great place too have a closer look at their skills. 

  • The Central Market or Mercado de San Pedro is one of the oldest of Cusco, founded in 1925, despite its age it had no significant changes, but it still remains the largest center of concentration and supply of the city. The San Pedro Market in Cusco which sits about an eight-minute walk south from Plaza de Armas and it could not be more different. You will generally notice more and more street vendors and ladies in traditional dress sitting on the side of the streets selling nuts, popcorn and other small bags of dried foods. You will spot more and more local shops ( tiendas ) selling the most random of things all in the one shop. If you are looking for an alpaca jumper, a freshly made juice, a bag of nectarines, some plantains to fry, but tiaras ( Ham sandwiches served on French bread ) or some cheesy gifts for your parents or friends back home you are definitely on your way to the right place.

  • In the afternoon, we will have a guided sightseeing tour of Cusco visiting the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha. Then, we drive out of the city to visit the Inca sites of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, strategically built on a hill overlooking Cusco and famous for its enormous carved stones, some of them standing over 9m / 30ft high and weighing over 350 tons. at 8.00 p.m.

  • In evening, get ready to enjoy dinner with a folklore show in a typical restaurant, where the musicians play their melodies with Andean instruments of beautiful sounds, while typically dressed dancers will show you different ancient Peruvian dances.

  • Meals included are breakfast and dinner. Dinner is with folklore show.

DAY 06

Sacred Valley of The Incas - Santa Maria

  • An excursion to the Urubamba Valley, the sacred valley of the Incas starts early morning. On our way from Cusco, we can stop in Awanakancha. You cannot travel to Peru without taking time to see animals native to the Andes. Plan on heading deep into the countryside, the very best ( and easiest place ) to see them is at Awanakancha, a small camelid farm dedicated to the animals and intricate textiles produced from their wool.

  • On arrival at the farm, you will have the opportunity to meet the resident animals alpaca, llama, and vicuña. Separated by species and gender in large pens, the friendly animals are keen to meet visitors in the hope of receiving a tasty grassy snack. After getting to know the animals, you can take some time to visit the small onsite exhibits, where you can understand how the animal wool is refined and naturally dyed, before finally being expertly woven into fabrics, tapestry’s, clothing or a variety of other products. Women from native communities offer live examples of traditional ( and intricate ) weaving techniques, using basic tools and wooden looms.

  • Visit the picturesque Indian Pisac Market held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. It is the shopping paradise of the Andes where barter system is still practiced. Enjoy the unique atmosphere during a typical lunch. In the afternoon, passing through the towns of Calca and Urubamba, we will visit the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance of this part of the valley and protect it from possible invasion from the tribes in the lower jungle. You can walk through the quaint streets of the nearby town, and get a good idea of what this strategic military, the religious, and agricultural center was like during the era of the Inca Empire.

  • We continue the journey along a winding ascent towards the Abra Malaga and the snowy Veronica. It is located at an altitude of 4,316 meters where we can enjoy the magnificent landscapes of the Cusco geography. After a short break of 15 minutes in the Abra Malaga, we descent into the jungle of the Inca trail through the different climates that combine the paradisiacal landscapes of majestic snow to the hot jungle of the Inca trail to Machu Picchu is undertaken. To the height of Alfamayó, one can find an Inca trail in admirable condition fully paved. It is the place where the process of asphalt road begins.

  • You can continue towards the district of Santa Maria. It is located at an altitude of 1,575 meters. 

  • Meals included are breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

DAY 07

Santa Maria - Santa Teresa

  • At 7.00 am wake up and find yourself shrouded in the mists of the jungle. After a hearty breakfast, your day starts with short trek but it is an intense climb to start your section of an authentic Inka Trail. As you wind up and down precipitous cliffs, over a stunning valley your guide will transport you to the time of the Incas, revealing some of what little we do know from this ancient and amazing culture.

  • The trail descends to Quellomayo where the group will stop for lunch and have some time to relax in hammocks. Keep an eye out for natural fruit, especially the taste explosion that is maracuja ( passion fruit ).

  • After lunch the trek continues along the surging Urubamba river, crossing it at one point in a cart and pulley.

  • Then we can walk to Santa Teresa hot spring constructed on the slopes of the mountain and on the banks of the Urubamba River, the thermal water complex has three pools, of different sizes and depths, which are supplied with medicinal water that varies between 40ºC and 44ºC. The thermal bath of Santa Teresa differs mainly from the other springs of Peru because of its crystalline waters. These medicinal waters possess properties to treat cutaneous ulcers, bone pain, and rheumatism. In the thermal bath, you can also submerge under cold streams from the Uripata lagoons, which provides a comforting sensation. At the bottom of the pool there is soft sand and around the pools, we can contemplate rocks, vegetation, the sound of the river and the mountain. The thermal bath of Santa Teresa is fully equipped with bathrooms, showers, dressing rooms, soccer fields, space for camping, cafeteria, a kiosk for food and beverage supply and a viewpoint. It also has a hydromassage system. It is a very pleasant place to rest after extensive walks such as Machu Picchu and Choquequirao.

  • Meal included is breakfast.

DAY 08

Santa Teresa - Aguas Calientes

  • Take a car to Machupicchu Hydroelectric Station. It is 30 minutes drive and a journey of adventure. Those who wish to walk are three hours of Hydroelectric to Aguas Calientes 'Town of Machu Picchu', where we will place our respective assigned hotels in this itinerary tours. We will have some free time in Machu Picchu.

  • Meal included is breakfast.

DAY 09

Aguas Calientes - Machupicchu - Cusco

  •  Rise to the bus station for a 20 minutes journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu which is also known as 'The Lost City of the Incas'. Climb 6km of winding road to the incredible site of Huayna Picchu, also known as Wayne Picchu ( Quechua" Young Peak " ). The number of daily visitors allowed to enter Huayna Picchu is restricted to 200. It is a mountain in Peru around which the Urubamba River bends. It rises over Machu Picchu, the so-called lost city of the Incas, and get divided it into sections. The Incas built a trail up the side of the Huayna Picchu and built temples and terraces on its top. The peak of Huayna Picchu is about 2,720 meters ( 8,920ft ) above sea level, or about 360 meters ( 1,180ft ) higher than Machu Picchu. According to local guides, the top of the mountain was the residence for the high priest and the local virgins. 

  • Every morning, before sunrise, the high priest with a small group would walk to Machu Picchu to signal the coming of the new day. The Temple of the Moon, one of the three major temples in the Machu Picchu area, is nestled on the side of the mountain and is situated at an elevation lower than Machu Picchu. Adjacent to the Temple of the Moon is the Great Cavern, another sacred temple with fine masonry. The other major local temples in Machu Picchu are the Temple of the Condor, Temple of Three Windows, Principal Temple, 'Unfinished Temple', and the Temple of the Sun, also called the Torreon.

  • Then we will participate in a guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, The Sacred Sun Dial the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds.

  • We will visit The Sun Gate of Machu Picchu. It boasts a picture-perfect vantage point overlooking Peru's most famous ruins. Tourists flock to this outcrop, high in the Andes mountain, to enjoy the same view featured virtually on every postcard depicting the Machu Picchu citadel. Also known as Inti Punku, the Sun Gate consist of two stones perched at a narrow passage in the crevice of the mountain just above Machu Picchu. The sun shines brilliantly through this portal each day when it rises.

  • Then we will go to Garden Waterfall of Mandor. Cuzco is an excellent opportunity to enjoy a stroll through the Town of Aguas Calientes and visit its hot springs thermal waters. It is an area of lush forest surrounding the town of Machu Picchu. You just have to follow the railway line from Machu Picchu Pueblo for a 45 minute-hike. You will reach railway crossing and there you will see a small group of houses whose dwellers will tell you how to reach Mandor Waterfall.

  • Meal included is breakfast.

DAY 10

Rainbow Mountain

  • A fantastic day tour ( with trekking ) to the so-called 7 Color Mountain, leaving from Cusco. Located in southern Peru, in the Cusco region, the route will take you through stunning landscapes with glaciers, snowcapped mountains, and crystal clear rivers and lakes. Pass by local villages of Quechua descendants and explore the breathtaking surrounding nature. The colors of the Rainbow Mountain will leave you speechless. You will be picked up from your accommodation at around 3.00 am and start making your way to Arco ( on the route to Puno ), eventually getting to the Checacupe district (2-hour journey ).

  • Then we will continue to Pitumarca and a number of small villages till we reach the Hanchipata - Quesuno community ( another 1.5 hours ). From here we will start our hike. We will be able to enjoy the view of numerous mountains around as well as the Ausangate glacier. We will be able to witness the local wildlife and camelids in their natural environment. The trek lasts for about 3 hours until we get to the stunning landscape of Vinicunca ( Rainbow Mountains ). Here we will have about one hour to relax and take amazing pictures of this natural wonder.

  • We then hike back to the starting point of the trek, and from there return to Cusco. We will arrive around 7.00 pm. 

  • Meals included are breakfast and lunch.

DAY 11

Cusco - Lima

  • Early morning transfer to Cusco Airport for your flight to Lima. This day we will have guided sightseeing tour to the most attractive and important sites in Lima, the 'City of Kings'. The tour includes Lima's historical center, passing by Plaza San Martin, The Main Plaza, the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and its religious art museum, the Church of Santo Domingo, with the tombs of Santa Rosa and San Martin de Porras, and Lima's colonial balconies.

  • We will visit the convent and Church of San Francisco, the greatest monumental complex of Colonial Art in America and cultural heritage of humanity. The tour includes a visit to the Basilica of 21 altars, Convent of Cloisters, Capitulary and Clementine Rooms, Chorus and Library of the Monks, a Museum showing 11 paintings of the Rubens School, the Sacristy with paintings of Surbaran and Ribera, its great patio decorated with Seville tiles of XVIth Century, Moorish arches and underground Catacombs. We will also visit El Olivar Park with olive trees brought from Spain in the XVth Century, the Central Park of Miraflores and Larcomar, a symbol of modern Lima and a tourist and entertainment center as well as a privileged site to enjoy an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean. 

  • Meal included is breakfast.

DAY 12

Lima - Home

  • Transfer to Lima Airport. Fly back home.

  •  Meal included is breakfast

  • 2020 USD Per Adult
  • In Puno: Boating excursion on Titicaca Lake and lunch in Taquile 

  • In Cusco: Sightseeing tour and nearby ruins and dinner including the folklore show.

  • In the sacred valley of the Incas: Excursion to Pisac and Ollantaytambo and lunch.

  • In Machu Picchu: Guided visit of the Citadel.

  • In Lima: Sightseeing tour.

  • 11 nights accommodation

  • Airfare: Lima - Juliaca and Cusco - Lima

  • Bus ticket from Puno to Cusco.

  • All breakfast and meals as described in the programme

  • All entrance tickets applicable

  • All transfers and land transportation

  • Private car: Ollantaytambo – Santa Maria and private guide from Axel Tippe in Spanish, English, German, Italian and Japanese.

  • Bus ticket: Aguas Calientes- Machu Picchu- Aguas Calientes

  • Train ticket: Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo

  • Entrance to Machu Picchu – Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain

  • All taxes are applicable. 

  • Private Tour Leader Axel Tippe no extra cost must book it in advance

  • Daily tours with all bilingual guided tours ( English - Spanish ), as described in the itinerary.

  • International flights

  • Baggage excess ( Cusco - Puno bus )

  • Alcoholic drinks, soda or bottled mineral water

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips

  • International or national personal telephone calls

  • Meals are not mentioned

  • Trek from Santa Maria to Santa Teresa is a 9 hours trek if a client doesn't want to do he or she can go by car. 45 minutes extra 4$USA tipped

  • Your private tour leader can be provided in Spanish, English, German, Italian, and Japanese languages.

  • The Llachon peninsula offers fantastic views of the lake and short hikes to the surrounding hills with beautiful lookout points and ancestral ceremonial centers. About 1,300 inhabitants are spread out in the peninsula and they belong to the ethnic group of Quechuas. They are mainly farmers, fishermen, and artisans. Since the community members of Llachon have commercial ties with the population of Amantani and Taquile islands. They have realized that tourism could be an important activity to promote much-needed development in their community. Since the year 2000, this community has intensively been working on improving their houses, building community restaurants and other infrastructure adequate for tourism activities. 

Cusco, Juliaca, Lake Titicaca, Lima, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Písac, Urubamba

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