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10 Day Andean Highlights "The Best of Peru & Machu Picchu" w/Air

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Rene Hurtado Valencia

Valencia Travel Cusco

We offer travel packages to the most recognized parts of Peru.

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10 Day Andean Highlights "The Best of Peru & Machu Picchu" w/Air

In this tour, you will visit the following places: Lima (The City of the Incan Kings), Puno (Folkloric Capital), Lake Titicaca and its mystical floating islands of: Uros, Amantani & Taquile, Cusco (The Imperial city of the Incas) ending with an amazing visit to Machu Picchu (One of the New Seven Wonders of the World)...

DAY 1

Welcome to Lima, Peru!

After your arrival in Lima, a representative of Valencia Travel Cusco will be waiting to pick you up and take you to your hotel in Miraflores. You will stay in the following hotel or one similar: Overnight at: Casa Andina Classic Miraflores San Antonio or Similar P.S: Check in time at Lima hotel is at 2:00pm. Early check in has an extra cost of USD 90. In the mid-morning, you will have a city tour where you will have the opportunity to visit key sites of Lima, including: "Huaca Pucllana" (magnificent ceremonial and archeological center) The historic center of Lima Colonial buildings (Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the Cathedral, the City Hall) The Central Bank Museum San Francisco The modern Lima After touring the colonial city of Lima, we will rest before travelling to the Capital of the Incas Read more

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DAY 2

Fly to Cusco

After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport and fly to Cusco. Upon your arrival at Cusco airport we will meet you and take you to your hotel located in the center of the city. The balance of the day is at Leisure. Overnight at: Casa Andina Classic Cusco Plaza or Similar. Read more

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DAY 3

Open day at Leisure, time to relax

Optional: Full day Sacred Valley tour (USD 45 extra cost per person) You will have breakfast (included) and be picked up from your hotel at 8:00 am. This is a full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley visiting the colorful Indian market in Pisac where you will be able to appreciate the mixture of color and tradition. You have the opportunity to test your bartering skills, interact with the local craftsmen and purchase hand-made souvenirs. Pisac is located at the entrance of the Sacred Valley. The Valley is 31km/19mi from Cusco, and at an altitude of 2,970m/9,700 ft. After Pisac we head to Urubamba where we have a delicious buffet lunch (Not Include) at Tunupa restaurant. Then we continue on to Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied town on the American continent. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their canals, have not changed much from the time of the Inca Empire, giving you a feeling of what it would have been like to live during this time. The last visit will be the Chinchero market. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its major claim to tourism is its colorful Sunday market, which is much less tourist-orientated than the market at Pisac. At the end of the tour, we will return you to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco at approximately 6:30pm. The night will be free for you to eat in a restaurant of your choice. We always have plenty of restaurant suggestions for you should you require them. Sacred valley tour includes: Private Transport Professional English speaking guide Sacred valley tour does not include: Tourist ticket US$ 25 Lunch approx. US$ 20 Tips Overnight at: Casa Andina Classic Cusco Plaza or Similar. Read more

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DAY 4

On the way to Machu Picchu & Aguas C.

We will pick you up at 8:00am (to be confirmed) and take you to the train station. The train leaves at 11:30 am (time may change depending on availability and changes to timetable). After a 3.5-hour journey of majestic views, you arrive to Aguas Calientes (Hot Springs Town) where you will spend the night. There will be plenty of time to relax if you want to have a hot bath in the natural springs! Things to do in Aguas Calientes: Visit the Machu Picchu 'Manuel Chávez Ballón' museum and orchid exhibition. This is open from 9am to 4.30pm, and is a 35 minute walk down the road from Aguas Calientes to Puente Ruinas. It is a very illustrative museum that gives an interesting introduction to Machu Picchu. Thermal baths –10 soles per person. Read more

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DAY 5

Machu Picchu in its Glory!

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DAY 6

On the way to Puno and Lake Titicaca

After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel at 6:20am and drop off you to the Bus station. This is a great bus trip, more like a tour - it stops at four interesting sites along the way where you have guided tour on board. Andahuaylillas: Sistine chapel of South America: this church is one of the most beautiful examples of Andean popular religious art. Raqchi (Wiracocha God Temple): This was an Inca church of monumental dimensions; 100 meters long, 26 meters wide and 14 meters high. The temple is divided in two naves and each nave has 11 giant columns - huge! La Raya:This is the half-way point between Cusco and Puno and also the highest point (4335 meters above sea level). The landscapes here are stunning and typical Andean animals like the llama, alpaca and vicuña are common sights. It is also the geographic border between the two cultures - Quechua and Aymara. Pukara:This is the most important and oldest ceremonial center of the altiplano. There are interesting lite-sculptures and tombs. Upon our arrival to the bus station in Puno (arrival at 5:00pm), we will take you to your hotel where you will spend the night and meet your guide who will welcome you and provide you some extra information for the following activities. Read more

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DAY 7

Home Stay and Uros floating

After breakfast, between 7.00am to 7:30am, we will transfer you from the hotel to the port of Puno where you will board the motor boat to take you first to the floating Uros Islands, which are located 25 minutes from the port of Puno. This is one of 65 small floating islands that exist today. You will visit two, and the guide will explain a little about the history and lifestyle of the people who have lived on these islands for many years, and you will also have the opportunity to talk with the people of these islands and visit their homes to learn a little about their lifestyle. Total you will enjoy one hour of visit floating around these islands. Afterwards we will sail towards "Taquile Island", which takes approximately two hours. The island is a traditional Quechua speaking community, full of ancient agricultural terraces and some ruins dating back to the pre-Inca times. The Taquile population was relatively isolated from the mainland until 1950s, and the importance of community and family is still very strong among them. The weaving tradition of this Island goes back to early civilizations, thus keeps elements of pre-Inca Andean cultures alive in the present. The most characteristic garments are the "Chullo", a knitted hat with an earflap; and "The Calendar Waistband", depicting the annual cycles connected to ritual and agricultural activities. When you reach the island, you walk up along a narrow path, enjoying impressive views of Lake Titicaca and seeing gorgeous little houses inhabited by the direct descendants of the Inca Culture. You will then have free time to explore the Island on your own, and afterwards you will meet the group for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, we will go down to the harbor to take a one-hour boat ride to the peninsula Chucuito, South of the city of Puno, where the community is located and Luquina Karina. The remarkable thing about this place is that the tourist field is new, the inhabitants of this place are very willing to receive visitors in their community, and definitely you will be received directly by the families and they will take you to their homes and spend the night. Karina community has the white sand beach of Lake Titicaca larger and hence we have for you, activities like fishing, farming. Read more

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DAY 8

Luquina Islands - Puno

Today we will enjoy the breakfast with our host family, and then we will participate in the local activities provided such as farming and taste their daily living style. Then we will have lunch and finally say goodbye to the local family and go down to the harbor to take the boat. Afterwards we will sail towards "Puno", which takes approximately two hours. We arrive back to Puno at around 5:00pm. Read more

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DAY 9

Time to depart – Chau Puno, Fly to Lina

You will have the morning to rest and relax exploring Puno City. Then we will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport where you will take your flight to Lima.

Lima
DAY 10

Flight Back Home

Today very early, board your overnight flight back to Miami.

Lima

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Lima
Hotel Casa Andina Classic Miraflores San Antonio
Day 2
Location Cusco
Day 4
Location Aguas Calientes
Day 5
Location Cusco
Day 6
Location Puno
Day 7
Location Luquina Island
Hotel Home stay
Day 1
Location Puno

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Price Includes:
  • All transportation.
  • Round trip flights (Miami-Lima / Lima–Miami)
  • Domestic flights (Lima-Cusco / Juliaca-Lima)
  • Airline taxes
  • 07 night's accommodations at Casa Andina 3 star hotels OR similar standard
  • 01 night at Luquina island with a home stay
  • 11 meals: (8 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner)
  • City tour in Lima
  • Private guided tour in Machu Picchu
  • Round trip train tickets to Machu Picchu with Inca Rail Company
  • Round trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
  • Guided tour by bus from Cusco to Puno
  • 2 days home stay: Uros, Luquina and Taquile islands tour
  • Entrance fee per itinerary
  • Tour leader during whole trip.more details.

Package excludes

  • Not Included:
  • Single supplement fee USD $400 (for solo travelers or the odd numbered person in your group).
  • High season fee: USD $225 (January, July and December)
  • Entrance fees to the hot springs in Machu Picchu (US$ 5 each).
  • Meals where not otherwise stated
  • Gratuity
  • Optional tours: Sacred Valley tour in Cusco.
  • Entrance fee for optional tours

More information

  • Trip Preparation
  • A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas and driver’s license) are in order and that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal IDs and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. If you lose the originals while travelling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills. We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage. Airplane pressure can cause similar pressure in your body, most notably in ears, as well as liquid tubes and bottles.

REVIEWS

5 Reviews

Jennifer Camp, United States

I had an absolutely wonderful time. I loved how willing the guides were to changing plans to accommodate us. Loved the authentic food and the great service. I fell so spoiled that don’t know if i can go back to regular backpacking!

Erin Milash, United States

Excellent service! amazing guides, beautiful scenery...very well organized.

Mican Lanezford, United States

One of the best experience of my life ,the guides were knowledge patient and encouraging, the food was excellent and satisfying, the porters were respected and seemed happy. They had a good shoes and clothing as new. We will definitely be booking more adventures thought Valencia in the future.

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