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Authentic Traditions at the Sacred Lake tour

Authentic Traditions at the Sacred Lake

Machu Travel Peru
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
10 days
From: $ 4,194 $ 419 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore the complexes of Ollantaytambo
  • Visit the amazing Pisac complex and cozy Indian market.
  • Discover the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu
  • Visit the Uros Islands and see some of the oldest traditions in South America
  • Visit Lake Titicaca
  • Enjoy a train ride to Aguas Calientes town

Short Description

With our Cusco and Puno Magic program you will experience Peru and explore the Southern Andes; this Peru vacation will begin in the thriving capital of Peru: Lima “the city of the kings”, then in Cusco you will visit Awanacancha and their textiles adter that, enjoy the art of colorful markets in Pisac.

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Lodging Level Luxury - 5 star
Flights & Transport Internal airfare and ground transport
Start City Lima
End City Puno

Trip Includes

  • Private transfers IN and OUT Airport / Hotel / Airport.
  • 9 nights lodging at hotel mentioned in our program, including breakfast.
  • Domestic tickets in the route Lima to Cusco & Juliaca to Lima (2 routes).
  • Private visits and excursions mentioned in the program with entrance fees.
  • Horseback riding in Ollantaytambo.
  • Round-trip VISTADOME train ticket to Machu Picchu.
  • Bus ticket to Machu Picchu (2 days).
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu (2 days).
  • Machu Picchu private guided tour (1st day).
  • All entrance tickets for the main attractions.
  • All specified meals in the program: B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner.
  • Bus tickets from Cusco to Puno with lunch.
  • Titicaca lake full day tour on a fast boat.
  • Guided tours and personal attention

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Lima

Upon your arrival into Lima, our private transfer will pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel. Our driver and English-speaking representative will make sure that you have a safe and comfortable reception. Then, the rest of day is free.

Overnight in Lima

Day 2: Lima Tour Traditional City Tour

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Today in the morning, your private tour guide and driver will take you for a tour of Lima, ‘The City of the Kings´, where you will enjoy seeing the best of both colonial and modern Lima. We will take you to the San Martin Plaza, where you will walk through the busy and fascinating pedestrian-only Jirón de la Union, Union Street, which leads to the Plaza de Armas, the main plaza. This street was constructed in 1535 and still retains its old charm with a number of shops and restaurants set in a mixture of old and new buildings. We will then arrive at the Plaza de Armas, a beautiful square surrounded by palaces, before heading to the World Heritage Listed Monastery of San Francisco. This monastery is renowned for its architecture, a stunning 17th Century example of Spanish Baroque, and its convent library that possesses approximately 25,000 important antique texts. Hidden underneath the monastery, are the Catacombs, Lima´s first cemetery, where you will witness the remains of some 70,000 burials by exploring through narrow passages and looking down into deep pits that are lined with mysterious bones and skulls. After visiting the colonial part of Lima, we will take you to have lunch at the Rosa Náutica Restaurant, where you can enjoy some exquisite Peruvian cuisine. After lunch, we will take you back to your hotel where you will have the rest of the day to spend at your leisure.

Overnight in Lima

Day 3: Lima to Cusco & the Sacred Valley With Awanakancha Textile Workshop & Pisaq

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

In the morning, our private representative and driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the Lima Airport in time for your domestic flight to Cusco. Upon arrival to the Incan Empire of Cusco, you will be greeted with a welcoming hot cocoa tea. We will take you to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, which is located at a lower altitude than Cusco; therefore, it will help you to acclimatize to the Andes. Along the way, you will visit the Awanacancha textile workshop where you will witness how our ancestors used to elaborate their clothes using antique techniques of tainting and weaving. You will also have the opportunity to taste the delicious different types of Andean potatoes and corn. We will then continue through the valley to visit Pisaq, which has a large daily market full of goods for both tourists and locals. This market is where villagers come from the mountains to sell their home-grown produce and unique handmade arts and crafts. It is highly recommended for having a wide variety of interesting souvenirs at great prices. Here you will have a tasty lunch prepared by expert’s chefs. At the end of this day, you will be taken to your chosen hotel where you can spend time relaxing and enjoying the spectacular landscape of the sacred valley.

Overnight in the Sacred Valley

Day 4: Maras Moray & Ollantaytambo Tour

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

In the morning, your private tour guide and driver will take you off the beaten path to Maras, a typical Andean village. Here you will walk through the streets and get a sense that you are walking during the time of the Incas as a lot of the culture has remained very similar. The people continue to wear traditional clothing and the town is lined with historical buildings. We will visit the very impressive San Francisco Church, including visits to the baptism room and bell tower, where you will have a great view of the village and its surrounding snowcapped mountains.

After discovering Maras, we will continue our trip to the amazing circular terraces of Moray, which were used as an Incan laboratory to acclimatize crops then we will visit the Salt Terraces of Maras to see and learn about an ancient pre-Incan method of producing salt. Finishing your tour at this place, we will come back to Urubamba to taste a delicious BBQ lunch provided at Foundation Niños del Arco Iris where by the way, you will have the chance to be part of the hundreds of children and teenagers’ education.

After lunch, you will be taken to Ollantaytambo, one of the last Incan refuges during Spanish colonization. You will step back in time as many of the houses and buildings continue to stand from the Incan empire and display original architecture. You will be invited to enter one of these houses to observe the building and the way in which the people used to live.

We will then take you to visit the powerful and impressive Ollantaytambo ruins, temples and terraces. These sites continue to be well preserved since the Spanish conquest and provide an interesting insight into how towns were designed during the Incan period. In the afternoon, you will have a wonderful experience Peruvian Paso Horseback Riding. You will and enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the Sacred Valley for approximately 2 hours. This noble animal, unique in its Peruvian breed, gives a very smooth and elegant ride where no experience is necessary.

Overnight in Sacred Valley

Day 5: Train to Machu Picchu – Private Guided Tour

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

In the morning, your driver and tour guide will meet you at your hotel in the Sacred Valley and take you to Ollantaytambo Train Station. From here, you will board the Vistadome Train for a spectacular hour and a half scenic journey to Aguas Calientes. Upon your arrival in the afternoon, you will visit the breathtaking ruins of Machu Picchu, ‘The Lost City of the Incas’ and begin your expedition around this sacred Incan site. As there are not as many people in the afternoons, it is more peaceful and enjoyable. You will learn about the history and visit the remarkable temples of the Sun and the Condor. You will also see aqueducts and houses, while learning some interesting facts about the Sacred Incan Terraces. After a nice sunset, you will return back to Aguas Calientes.

Overnight in Aguas Calientes

Day 6: Day at Your Leisure in Machu Picchu & Back Cusco

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Today, you have all this morning to spend at your leisure. You may wish to revisit Machu Picchu and enjoy one of the many short trekking options, such as the one to the Sun Gate for an impressive view overlooking Machu Picchu Citadel or a visit to the Incan Bridge, a secret entrance for the Incan Army. The most adventurous travelers should not miss to climb up to the summit of Huayna Picchu.

There are also some alternative trekking options around Aguas Calientes including, the easy walk to the Mandor Falls or the more challenging Putukusy Mountain climb for an impressive view of the Machu Picchu citadel. In the afternoon, you will have to go to the train station in order to board your Vistadome Train back to Ollantaytambo. Upon your arrival, our staff will be waiting you at your arrival and take you back to your hotel in Cusco.

Overnight in Cusco

Day 7: Cusco City Tour & Farewell Dinner

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

In the morning, your tour guide in Cusco and driver will meet you at your hotel to begin your private city tour of Cusco. You will visit the well-known and beautiful temple of Sacsayhuaman, which continues to be a very important religious and ceremonial site for the Incan culture. You will be amazed by the ingenious architectural achievements of the Incan civilization and impressed when imagining the feat of moving and fitting each uniquely shaped stone, weighing some 70tons, so perfectly together without mortar that not a blade of grass could pass between them. As part of your city tour, you will also visit the Cusco Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site, located in Plaza de Armas, the main square.

Here you will see many very important holy Christian artifacts and artwork derived from the ‘Escuela Cuzquena’ (Cuzco Art School). Your tour in Cusco will then take you to the Temple of the Sun, ‘Qoricancha,’ located on the main Avenida El Sol (Avenue of the Sun). This Incan site was one of the most worshipped and respected temples of the city. Finally, you will experience local daily life at the San Pedro Market, where you will see a wide variety of goods including, gifts, crafts, clothes, meats, juices, fruits and vegetables. You will then return to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure. In the evening, you will be invited to a special dinner in a local restaurant to enjoy exquisite Peruvian cuisine.

Overnight in Cusco

Day 8: Bus Journey from Cusco to Puno

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Today in the morning, our staff will pick up and escort you to the bus station where you have to board a bus to Puno. Along this trip, we will stop by certain spots to admire the natural and historic attractions that this route offers. We will visit Andahuaylillas town and its beautiful chapel, and then Racchi or Temple of Wiracocha (Incan deity). Afterwards we will enjoy our lunch, and then we will be able to witness the amazing landscapes of La Raya, the highest and frontier point between Cusco and Puno. Before our final destination, we will visit the Pucara Museum and you will have the chance to get one of the local classic ceramic bulls. Once you arrive in Puno, the Machu Travel staff will pick up and assist you until your hotel in Puno selected by you previously.

Overnight in Puno

Day 9: Lake Titicaca Day Tour

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Early morning, your guide and a private typical tricycle taxi will be waiting for you at your hotel to take you to Titicaca lake port. Along the morning, we will visit the unique Uros Floating Islands, which have been built using only totora reeds, a water plant that grows in the Titicaca Lake. You will be amazed at how locals use totora reeds to build their canoes, houses, beds and many other objects necessary in their daily lives. As part of your visit to Uros, you will ride on a totora reed canoe, which will let you experience a smooth and pleasant trip around the islands. From here, we will continue on to Taquile Island via private motor boat for 2 hours, so you can relax and enjoy the stunning scenery of Lake Titicaca. Upon arrival to the staff will be waiting for you at Bay at Taquile Beach, you will enjoy a locally prepared lunch of delicious and very fresh Lake Titicaca trout. After lunch, you have an opportunity to take a short hike around the island before heading back to Puno via boat across the lake.

Overnight in Puno

Day 10: Departure from Puno (Juliaca)

Meals: Breakfast

Today, your private driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Juliaca Airport for your domestic flight to Lima. You will arrive into Lima in time for your international flight. 

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Flights & Transport

Internal airfare and ground transport

Group Size:

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Accomodations

Marriot Lima: Lima

The JW Marriott Lima hotel is perched at the Miraflores district offering visitors spectacular views of the cliffs of this neighborhood.

The hotel offers a fantastic central location, towering above the picturesque beachfront cliffs; this cosmopolitan Lima hotel features a variety of ultramodern amenities including a spa, state-of-the-art fitness center and over 13,000 square feet of event space for business meetings, conferences, weddings and receptions. The hotel in Lima also offers two acclaimed restaurants serving a variety of imaginative international cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood.

 

Tambo del Inka: Sacred Valley

Situated between Vilcanota River and the mountains of Sacred Valley, Tambo del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, is a 5-start hotel, it is the only in Urubamba with a private train station to Machu Picchu. Facilities include a pool and spa where guests can enjoy a day of sun or relax.

The services offered by this luxury hotel are as follows; The "Hawa" Restaurant serves delicious new Andean cuisine made with organic ingredients, the "Kiri" Bar and Terrace serving snacks and cocktails, guests can use the modern gym and then relax in the cozy lounge, with a classic billiards table and variety of board games.

 

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel: Machu Picchu

The Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel is a family accommodation with extensive experience in the luxury hospitality. Sumaq means "beautiful" in Quechua, and the name is apt for this five-star lodging, Sumaq is immersed in dense vegetation that is the entryway to the enigmatic archeological monument of Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

The Sumaq Hotel successfully recreates the aesthetics of the Inca culture in a comfortable and sophisticated setting. The entire staff hails from this region of Peru and is highly trained to make your stay enjoyable as well as enlightening; this hotel offers all the amenities and high level of service that travellers can expect.

 

JW Marriott Hotel Cusco: Cusco

The hotel is Located in the historic center of the city, the JW Marriott Cusco combines the needs of luxury travelers with a unique design around the colonial convent of San Agustin, built in the sixteenth century and declared Cultural Heritage of Peru. The hotel has gone through a careful process of restoration where people can see archaeological remains of Pre-Inca, Inca, Colonial, Republican and Contemporary periods. These historical factors give the JW Marriott Cusco a unique character, able to offer its guests a unique cultural experience.

 

Libertador Puno: Puno

It is the only luxury hotel in Puno city that sits atop private Esteves Island on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. From anywhere in the hotel, guests can admire the sunrise and sunset into this area, as each room has a spectacular and unique view of the lake.

The hotel offers superior rooms, featuring flat-screen televisions and views of the city or lake, as well as the Junior suite, which is more spacious to stretch out , and includes a separate dining and living area. The hotel offers an array of modern amenities like Wi-Fi, a fitness center, Jacuzzi and outdoor pool where you can enjoy a day of sun.

Cancellation Policy:

Any cancellations or changes made by the client must be submitted in writing by the client at their earliest convenience.

  • Client is responsible for any fees or charges incurred by the cancellation.
  • Cancellation 90 days or more prior to the tour start date: Full refund of deposit made, minus $100.
  • Cancellation 60-89 days prior to the tour start date: Loss of 30% deposit.
  • Cancellation 31-59 days prior to the tour start date: Loss of 50% of total package price.
  • Cancellation 0-30 days prior to tour start date: Loss of 100% package total.
  • All appropriate refunds will be made directly to your credit card or bank account, minus any fees indicated.
  • Administration fee per person.

Additional Information:

Transportation To Machupicchu

Train To Machu Picchu Vistadome Class

  • Sight: Totally panoramic windows that connect you to the route.
  • Hearing: Representative dances of the Andean Culture (only on the return trip), music especially developed to involve you in a sensory journey.
  • Taste: Snack prepared with Andean ingredients.
  • Touch: Warm and fresh environment. More comfort with leather seats and extensive leg room.

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • All International flights.
  • Optional guide and staff gratuities.
  • Personal services like laundry, and others not specified in the itinerary.

Meals Included:

9 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 1 Dinner

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