Explore some of the most exciting destinations in the Lima area with this thrilling package! Begin your adventure in the Sacred Valley where you will have a chance to investigate the Pisac ruins up close, trade in the markets, and explore the Ollantaytambo fortress. Then, travel to the famed ruins of Machu Picchu where you can hike to scenic viewpoints and absorb the ancient history surrounding you.Tour the historic city of Cusco and the nearby ruins then continue by bus or rail to Puno from where you will visit the islands of Lake Titicaca. This adventure is sure to please all interests and ages.
Upon arrival in Lima, you’ll spend the night in the Wyndham Costa del Sol Airport Hotel, located just outside the terminal.
After a short flight to the legendary city of Cusco, you’ll spend a full day at two royal ruins in the Sacred Valley of the Incas—both built by the emperor Pachacutec. The first, Pisac, is a vast residential and military complex, built amid sweeping agricultural terraces and overlooking a quaint market town selling alpaca sweaters and handicrafts. The second, the fortress of Ollantaytambo, terrified the Spanish with its gargantuan parapets, and is set in the only surviving Inca village in the Andes. Afterward, you’ll rest at your hotel, the one-time colonial monastery Sonesta Posadas del Inca, in the Urubamba Valley.
However many selfies you’ve seen of that iconic sugarloaf backdrop, nothing can prepare you for the moment when you get to the top of the ridge and actually see Machu Picchu for yourself. With its sun temple, royal quarters, and purling fountains, this New World Wonder dazzles with its imperial stonework. On this day, you’ll take a luxury train from Ollantaytambo, after which you can climb to the Sun Gate and cross the Inca bridge (Puente Inca). You’ll overnight at El Mapi Hotel in Aguas Calientes, huddled beneath Machu Picchu Mountain. (Those so wishing can upgrade to the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge.)
Most visitors feel one day at Machu Picchu is too short. So the next morning, you can hike up to the Sun Gate or climb Huayna Picchu, the sacred mountain containing hidden Inca shrines. From there, it’s back by train to Cuzco, where you’ll rest in Maytaq Wasin Boutique Hotel, just steps from the main square.
Inca walls on every corner; three-tiered fortresses; Quechua women in colorful traditional garb: this is Cusco, which the Incas considered the spiritual center of the universe. Even today, the city’s energy is unmistakable, as you wander through echoing churches and the most sacred Inca temple of them all, the Qorikancha. You’ll also visit several Inca ruins just outside the city, including Sacsayhuaman, the citadel where the Incas nearly defeated the Spanish in battle—and which is carved from some of the most massive stones on the planet.
The Incas were master engineers, and their skill is dazzlingly on display at these two sites in the Sacred Valley. At Maras, a checkerboard of small pools is filled with salt water from underground springs, leaving salt deposits that have nourished the nearby towns for 600 years. These deposits are one of the region’s key exports, with markets as far away as Japan. Meanwhile, in Moray you’ll find a series of concentric agricultural terraces in the form of a vast circular amphitheater. The Incas used these terraces for agricultural experiments, taking advantage of their varying microclimates to domesticate native crops. After your day-long outing, you’ll head back to your Cuzco hotel to rest.
After breakfast, you’ll depart via tour bus (or Andean Express train service) for Puno, on the shores of dazzling Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable waterway. On route, you’ll stop at Andahuayillas (whose spectacular baroque church has been dubbed the "Peruvian Sistine Chapel"), Raqchi, with its temple to the Inca god Viracocha, and the Pucara ruins.
In Puno, you’ll stay at the Sonesta Posadas del Inca Hotel, with its stunning lakeside views.
The Uros people are one of the oldest cultures in the Andes, inhabiting floating islands they weave by hand out of totora reeds. On this full-day voyage out into Lake Titicaca, you’ll have a chance to listen to their stories and travel in their amazing “Mercedes Benz” barges. From there, it’s off to Taquile, a lovely green island gem amidst the lake’s blue, where you’ll hear from the locals about their highly prized textiles and ancient communal way of life. A high-speed launch takes you back to your hotel in the afternoon.
You will be picked up and transferred to Juliaca where you will fly to Lima. Connect with your international flight.
|Price from||$2,395.00 per person, based on double occupancy|
Based on double occupancy for 2 travelers, reduced prices for parties of 3 or more.
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I just want to take a moment to thank you for arranging such an extraordinary adventure… We had several incredible experiences, and everything was seamless from the moment we left until we arrived home. I will most certainly recommend Lost World Adventures to anyone planning a trip and will contact you when we need help arranging our next great adventure!
- Adrienne B, Nov 2017