Exploring Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and Puno( 9 Days / 8 Nights )
A multi-destination excursion to Lima, Cusco and Puno – Lake Titikaka that will give you the opportunity to visit the majority of the touristic spots in Peru in the most efficient way. You will get a taste of the colonial city of Lima, visit museums and get in touch with local people. You will live the Inca experience traveling to Cusco, where .you will explore the impressive sites of Sacsayhuaman and other surrounding sites around the city of Cusco, such as Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley, before reaching Machu Picchu citadel. Finally you will get to Puno by a touristic bus and you will make four stops along the way: Andahuaylillas, Pucara, Raqchi, La Raya. The city of Puno is located on the Altiplano, or high plateau, a vast tableland lying at an average altitude of 12,124 ft above sea level and on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world.
Day 1: Arrival to Lima + Overnight in Lima
Day 2: Lima City Tour + Lunch + Museum Tour + Overnight in Lima
Day 3: Flight to Cusco + Afternoon City Tour + Overnight in Cusco
Day 4: Machu Picchu Tour + Overnight in Cusco
Day 5: Sacred Valley Tour + Overnight in Cusco
Day 6: Rainbow Mountain + Overnight in Cusco
Day 7: Bus to Puno + Overnight in Puno
Day 8: Uros & Taquile Tour + Overnight in Puno
Day 9: Sillustani on route to airport + Flight to Lima + Flight Back Home
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY Exploring Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and Puno
Day 1: Arrival to Lima & Overnight in Lima
Upon arrival to Lima’s airport our representative will meet you at the airport to take you to your hotel, where you spend the remainder of the evening and have a well-deserved overnight stay.
Day 2: Lima City Tour & Overnight in Lima (B, L)
After breakfast you will be picked-up from your Hotel and you will start a tour of the Peruvian capital city. During the City Tour we will visit Lima’s main square, get a snapshot of the most important sites, and visit a world-class museum to learn about pre-Inca cultures. Sites to be visited are: the Main Square, the Cathedral, the Government Palace, the City Hall, the San Francisco Monastery (including catacombs), old streets with colonial houses, and a great driving tour through the beautiful San Isidro and Miraflores districts. You will have a delicious traditional Peruvian lunch at one of the best restaurants in Lima. After lunch, you will visit the Museum of Anthropology, or Museum Larco, where you will learn about the Peruvian culture from the Pre-Inca societies up to colonial Peru era. * While in Lima, we highly recommend adding culinary activities such as cooking classes and tasting dinners in the best restaurants in Latin America, for more information check out our website: taste-of-peru.com and ask our travel specialists for our culinary activities. **An extra day in Lima can be added upon request.
Day 3: Flight to Cusco, Afternoon City Tour & Overnight in Cusco (B)
You will be transferred to the airport for the short domestic flight to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas, located at 11,100 feet above sea level. You will be met upon arrival by one of our representatives. You will have the remainder of the morning to rest and freshen up. It is best to take it easy this morning to let your body adjust to the altitude. Both lunch and dinner are on your own. After lunch you will set out on grand tour of Cusco, the former capital of the once vast Incan Empire. We visit Cusco’s impressive Plaza de Armas and both the Spanish cathedral and Incan temple of the sun, Qoricancha. After the first part of the tour, we visit the archeological site above the city that were considered an essential part of the ancient capital. We start from Sacsayhuaman, where Inti Raymi the Festival of the Sun, is held during the Summer Solstice, Tambomachay, the Temple of the Sacred Waters, which is a marvel of hydraulic engineering and Q´enqo where we will see the remains of a ceremonial site used for fertility rites and for celebrations of the solstice and equinox. * An extra day in Cusco can be added upon request as well as any additional activities and meals.
Day 4: Machu Picchu Tour & Overnight in Cusco (B, S)
After breakfast we catch the early train to the town of Aguas Calientes and we will then continue by bus to the Machu Picchu citadel. This day you will enjoy a full tour of the lost city and have lunch on your own after the tour. In the afternoon we say farewell to Machu Picchu as we take the train to set out to Poroy station, where transportation will be waiting for you to bring you to Cusco. You will arrive at night at your Cusco hotel. * An overnight in Machu Picchu can be added upon request, as well as bus and entrance tickets for a second day at the citadel. Please let us know if you would like to add other activities and meals.
Day 5: Sacred Valley Tour & Overnight in Cusco (B, L)
After breakfast we set out into the Urubamba Valley, also known as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will start our visit of the Pisac Ruins, one of the most beautiful archeological site that combines a beautiful architectural structure with a stunning landscape. Pisac site is located on the highest hill of the city, on a dry and rocky surface. Then we will have some time to have lunch and recover energies to continue with the tour. Finally, we head deeper into the Sacred Valley and visit the Inca town of Ollantaytambo. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to the Ollanta train station to catch the train to the town of Aguas Calientes. According to Peru rail regulations you can only bring a 5 kilos-backpack on the train, so the rest of your luggage will be taken to your Hotel in Cusco. A hotel staff member will be waiting for you at the train station. *An extra overnight at the Sacred Valley can be added upon request, as well as additional activities and meals.
Day 6: Rainbow Mountain Hike & Overnight in Cusco (B, L)
After breakfast at your hotel you will be picked up from one of our representative to start your tour to the Rainbow Mountain, located in the Vinicunca. You will njoy the natural colorsand the beautiful landscapes. You’ll see snowcapped peaks, herds of llamas, glaciers and turquoise lakes, all set within an incredibly colorful mountain range. The Rainbow Mountain trek offers a selection of wildlife including soaring condors, vicunas, bobcats and pumas. This is probably the coolest thing you’ll see in Peru. * An extra day in Cusco can be added upon request, as well asadditional activities and meals.
Day 7: Bus to Puno & Overnight in Puno (B, L)
After breakfast at your hotel in Cusco you will be picked up, and taken from your hotel to the Bus station in Cusco, in order to start your journey to Puno. Your bus from Cusco to Puno, will take you through many interesting stops:
Andahuaylillas: A beautiful and charming town, where you will visit the unique Church of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, the most popular tourist attraction. Raqchi: a charming town with a unique church that dates back to the Colonial period. After a our kilometers ride you will arrive to the archaeological site of Raqchi, an Inca sanctuary built by Pachacutec after his victory over the Chancas Nation. La Raya: this is a community dedicated to sheep farming. This is the highest point on the route to Puno and the doorway to the region. Pucara: This is a quiet village located in the Vilcanota Valley. The potters of Pucara are famous for the small ceramic toritos or bulls they make. Lunch will be at the town of Sicuani. At the endof the bus tour you will be met at the bus station by one of our representatives, who will escort you to your hotel in Puno. * Optional train or flight to Puno could be arranged.
Day 8: Uros Island, Taquile Island & Overnight in Puno (B, L)
After breakfast we will pick you up for your guided tour of Uros Island. While in Uros you will learn about culture and traditions of this region thanks to a local family, who has a unique experience of sharing them with visitors. After visiting Uros you will be transfer to Taquile, where you will have lunch and visit the island. After the tour you will go back to your Puno hotel and the dinner is on your own.* An extra day or two in Puno can be added upon request. There are tours to Amantani, the unique Suasi Island and other places in Puno that can be arranged.
Day 9: Flight to Lima & Flight Back Home (B)
Your journey to Peru comes to an end, we provide transfer to the airport in Juliaca for the flight back to Lima. Flight time will depend on the time of your international flight back home. * You could add a day hotel in Lima if your flight is late at night.
based on double occupancy, Group tours with Private Transfers, Vistadome train, 3-Star Superior Hotel and Budget Lodge.
*Private tours, other accommodation and train options available upon request.
As price depends on each passenger choices, please contact us to send you an updated price based on your specific request. Please send us the following information and we will respond within 24 hours with your updated price.
- Number of people in your party
- Level of accommodation (3 Superior,4,5*). Please see options
- Private or Group Tour
- Train choice. Please see options
- Adding options: if you like to add day tours, extra days, meals, etc
- Need domestic or international flights?
- Have a special request (ie: special diet, wheelchair, children, senior, etc)
About Machu Picchu Entrance Tickets
As the popularity of Machu Picchu has increased in the last few years, and in order to preserve the ancient paths of Machu Picchu, the Peruvian Cultural Institute (INC) has restricted the number of people that could enter Machu Picchu to 2,500 people per day. This means that, once the 2,500 tickets are sold out, no further entrance tickets will be available. Also, please note that to avoid a secondary market for these tickets, all tickets are issued with the name of the passenger, his/her passport number, nationality and date of birth. Therefore, tickets are non refundable and non transferable.
About Huayna Picchu Tickets
Entrance tickets to Huayna Picchu are no longer free. They are now US$ 12.00 per person. There are two scheduled visits per day, with a limit of 200 people per visit (total of 400 per day). If you are interested in hiking Huaynapichu, we will need you to let us know at the same time you book your trip since Huaynapichu tickets need to be purchased in conjunction with Machu Picchu tickets.
- Round-trip Vistadome train. Other train options available upon request: Expedition train, Hiram Bingham Train upon request.
- Bus to Machu Picchu roundtrip.
- Expert leadership / guides & support personnel for all listed tours
- Accommodations: 2 night in Lima, 4 nights in Cusco and 2 nights in Puno.
- Meals as noted (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, S = Snack). We can add any meals upon request
- Land excursions as noted including entrance fees (Lima Cathedral, San Francisco Catacombs, Lima Museum, BTG, Cusco Cusco Cathedral, Qoricancha, MachuPicchu, Uros & Taquile Islands)
- Private transportation: Lima Airport/Lima Hotel, Lima Hotel/Lima Airport, Cusco Airport/Cusco Hotel, Cusco Hotel/Train Station, Train Station/Cusco Hotel, Cusco Hotel/Cusco Bus Station, Puno Bus Station/Puno Hotel, Puno Hotel/Juliaca Airport.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
- Airport taxes: Local (US$5.00-6.00) and International (US$31.00) departure tax of payable in local currency by each passenger at Lima International Airport upon departure (if applicable)
- International and domestic airfares, usually quoted separately
- Excess baggage charges
- Medical immunizations
- Insurance of any kind: mandatory evacuation insurance; suggested cancellation insurance, interruption, baggage loss, damage and delay
- Tipping & Gratuities (Guides $4 per person per day / Drivers $1 per person per day)
- Items of a personal nature (clothing, sodas, liquor, snacks, laundry, etc.)
- Visas. Please be advised that some citizens other than Canadians and US may need visa to travel to Peru. Please advise us of your nationality to help you or check with the Peruvian Consulate
All of our tours are offered in both Group and Private services; however, as we like to maintain control of the quality of our tours, even our group tours include PRIVATE transfers. This is important, as when you get picked up; you will go directly to your hotel without having to drive around the city to drop off other people in their hotels. Transportation is just for you.
Destinations Tours: Private Transfers + Group Cultural Tours
Special Interest Tours: Private Transfers + Private Special Interest Activities + Group Cultural Tours
Destinations Tours: Private Transfers + Private Cultural Tours
Special Interest Tours: Private Transfers + Private Special interest Activities + Private Cultural Tours
We offer all level of accommodations. When creating an itinerary it would be important to know which your preferred level of accommodation is. Please be sure that at all levels our recommended hotels offer great service and nice comfortable rooms. Our team has personally tried all our recommended hotels.
3-star Superior: These are 3-star that should really be considered has 4-star Hotels. Nice location, great rooms and charming decoration. Excellent service, with restaurant, room service, business centre, laundry, etc. Buffet breakfast. Best value. Perect for someone looking for an inexpensive option and still have some superior services.
4-star Hotels: Good location, very nice rooms, great decoration and excellent service. This hotel includes more services such as room service, business center, laundry, spas, more room features, etc. Some have gourmet restaurants. Buffet breakfast. Perfect for someone looking for some luxury and special services and do not need a 5-star option.
4-star Suites: Some 4-star hotels have suites that offer the same room features of a 5-star option. Perfect for someone looking to upgrade from a 4-star standard room and get more space and features.
5-star Hotel: What you usually imagine a 5-star hotel is. Great location, luxury accommodations and excellent service. Gourmet restaurants, spas, room service, business center, etc. Perfect for someone looking for a 5-star service but do not need the 5-star Deluxe option.
5-star Deluxe: These 5-star deluxe hotels offer ultimate luxury with outstanding service, luxurious rooms with deluxe room features and “you ask-you will get” concierge service. Properties have privileged locations or particular history behind it. Gourmet restaurants and spas. Ideal for the luxurious traveler.
Expedition: The least expensive tourist train, recently renovated offers nice seats and good train service.
Vistadome: A higher category of train service, with panoramic roof windows. It offers a snack and fashion show.
Hiram Bingham: Luxury train which offers lunch, tea-time and dinner service.
Andean Explorer: Train service from Cusco to Puno or Puno to Cusco. Departs only on certain days of the week, depending on the season.
Peruvian Airlines: Peruvian owned airline that offer the least expensive prices but has few frequencies. Both Peruvian and Foreigners pay the same.
Star Peru: Peruvian owned airline. It flyes to many destinations and offers good value prices, but has few frequencies. Both Peruvian and Foreigners pay the same.
Taca Airlines: Central American owned airline that offers great service but few frequencies to Cusco. It is moderately expensive. It offers sale prices for Peruvian Residents ONLY that cannot be purchased by tourists.
Latam Peru: Chilean owned airline. It offers great service and many frequencies to Cusco (almost 13 flights per day). Prices are the highest on the market. It offers sale prices for Peruvian Residents ONLY that cannot be purchased by tourists.
Lima/Cusco/Lima: From US $ 350.00 per person. This is an example price, since prices depends on the airline, date and time of booking.
DOMESTIC TICKETS (PARA LOS TOURS DE GALAPAGOS)
Lima/Cusco/Lima: From US $350.00 per person. This is an example price, since prices depend on the airline, date and time of booking.
Quito/Galapagos/Quito: From US $421.00 per person. This is an example price, since prices depend on the airline, date and time of booking.