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Travel through the highlights of Peru
- Day 3: Visit Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley to feel the greatness of the ancient Incan culture present
- Day 6: Admire the incredible skills of the Uro people on Lake Titicaca as they live on floating islands made of reets
- Day 2: Get all around Cusco and witness the cultural syncretism of Incan and Spanish baroque style all over the city
- Day 7: Feel tradition and culture be alive on Taquile Island and be amazed by the Taquileans handcraft textile skills
Follow the footsteps of the great Incan civilization on this 8-day journey through Peru and truly get to know this beautiful country in the Andean highlands. Starting from the ancient Incan capital Cusco, you'll advance into the famous Sacred Valley all the way to the legendary Machu Picchu to feel the spirit of the Incan Empire come back to life. Explore more of Peru's beauty afterwards at beautiful Lake Titicaca with its amazing scenery and rich culture to discover. From Incan ruins to floating islands, from rich history to breathtaking nature, this trip shows you all the best sides of Peru and will leave you behind blown away over the beauty of this South American gem that is Peru.
Inbegrepen in de prijs
- 7 nights accommodation as per itinerary
- 7x breakfast, 2x lunches, 1x dinner
- Reception and transfer from/to airport, hotels and bus terminals
- Official local guide
- Tourist Bus to Puno/Cusco
- Expedition Train to Machu Picchu / Ollantaytambo / Aguas Calientes / Cusco
- Entries to each archaeological site and/or natural reserves included in the trip
- Cusco Tourist Ticket BTC
- Tours in shared basis (group)
- Telephone monitoring service during the trip
- 24-hour emergency phone
- International or local flights
- Travel insurance (mandatory)
- Entrance to Cusco Cathedral (USD 14)
- Personal expenses
- Upgrade to Vistadome Train (USD 40)
- Huaynapicchu Mountain Hike on day 4th (USD 17)
- Visit to Archaeological Burial Complex Sillustani on day 8th (USD 20)
- Overnight in Lima on first day of trip, depending on time of arrival
Voorbeeldreis om aan te passen
The taste of mountain air
Welcome to Peru, country of the Andean highlands and home of the legendary Inca civilization. You will touch ground in Peru's capital Lima, but only to catch your connecting flight to Cusco, formerly capital to said Incan Empire. As you can see, there will be no time wasted and you'll head right into the highlands of Peru with Cusco at impressive 3.400 meters above sea level. Upon your arrival in Cusco, you will be met by our friendly staff and enjoy a smooth transfer to your hotel. Here you can start your acclimatization process to those unusual altitude levels. Explore this historical town during a free afternoon on your own. Roam the streets of this ancient and sacred Incan 'center of the world', which reflects the spirit and technology of the Incans. But the town also represents Andean baroque, visible in many colonial churches, plazas and city houses, making Cusco a great example for a cultural syncretism. In order to help a quicker acclimatization, stay hydrated and stick to light meals and maybe enjoy some muña tea or coca water, which will also make for a great first authentic experience on your Peruvian travels.
Understanding Incan culture
This first full day in beautiful Peru will be entirely in the spirit of understanding and learning about the impressive Incan culture. Your first stop to do just that will be the Sacsayhuaman citadel overlooking the city of Cusco. This imposing fortified complex played a crucial military role for the ancient capital and dominates Cusco from the north. Another impressive military site is the 'red fortress' Puca Pucara, which was also part of the defense system of Cusco and the empire. At the Tambomachay site you can admire aqueducts, canals and waterfalls running through elaborately terraced rocks. Last stop on this tour of Incan history will be Q'enko, a holy place of the Incans. All these archaeologial sites allow you to develop a deeper understanding of the culture and cults of the Incas and their worldview. Back in Cusco itself, stop by at two more important sites of the city. The Cusco Cathedral is a prime example for the architectural style used during the Spanish conquest with gothic and baroque elements. Finally, the Qoricancha Temple of the Sun served as the true sacred center of Cusco as the ancient Inca capital, dedicated to the sun god Inti.
Into the Sacred Valley
Start your day early today to travel into the Sacred Valley of the Incans, formed by the Urumba River. The Valley was an importan strategic area in ancient pre-hispanic times due to its role as an important distribution and trading center for agricultural products for the entire empire. It is home to some of the most important Inca sites such as Pisac or Ollantaytambo and has a great panorama with mountains surrounding the river, creating a landscape of rugged beauty. Small groups of houses and farmland are sprinkled all over the mountains in the distance. At Pisac you'll visit one of the main Incan architectural complexes, right above the charming mountain village of Pisaq. The ancient structure dominates the the valley from the south and provides both spectacular views and up-close insights into the importance of agriculture in the Andes. It is a sophisticated system of terraced agricultural platforms, showing the technology used here for farming. Worth a stop is furthermore the handcraft market in Pisaq village, where you can browse through skillfully created and beautiful items.
Following the Urumba river, your journey then continues towards the Inca town of Ollantaytambo. Surrounded by mountain ranges and the river, the village with its cobbled streets make an endearingly beautiful sight. Nearby are the Ollantaytambo ruins, a former citadel and royal estate built to guard the entrance to this part of the valley, making this settlement a military, cultural and religious center during the times of the Incan Empire. At the end of the afternoon, you'll proceed to the town's train station to take the afternoon train to Aguas Calientes, gateway to the legendary Machu Picchu. Upon your arrival there, you'll be met and escorted to your hotel for the night.
It's Machu Picchu
One of the world's most famous sights awaits you today. Get an early start today and hop on a bus that will make its way up a zigzag road right to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. The site is believed to be an estate for a former Inca emperor in the 15th century (among other theories) and is today the most famous icon of the Incan culture. During the morning you'll take a tour to explore all of this magnificent complex' highlights such as the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sundial, the Royal Quarters and the Temple of the Three Windows with cemeteries. After having been shown the site's gems, you'll have time to freely explore this wonder of the world on your own to fully take in the spectacular setting of this ancient marvel in the midst of spectacular mountain landscapes. Maybe walk the last part of the famous Inca Trail to the Intipunku gate or simply take in the majestic scenery for yourself. Later on, you'll make your way back to Ollantaytambo by train only to take a bus from there back to Cusco, where you will have the rest of the evening to let all those fantastic images of Machu Picchu sink into your memories.
It's time to hop on a bus today to make your way to famous Titicaca Lake, but you might not need your travel scrabble on this entertaining bus trip. Instead, this tour will not only bring you to Titicaca Lake, but also present you the beautiful landscape and fascinating history of Peru on the way during several stops. Board your comfortable tourist bus with onboard service in the morning and depart Cusco for today's trip. You'll stop at Andahuaylillas, one of the towns on the Andean Baroque Route and explore the archeological complex of Raqchi, visit the Pukara Museum for an insight into pre-Incan culture of the region and pass through La Raya, the highest point of your travels through Peru with an impressive altitude of 4.335 meters above sea level. In the afternoon, you'll reach Puno, right by the waters of the mighty Titicaca Lake at an altitude of whopping 3.800 meters. From the bus station you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel directly in the presence of this giant of a lake, largest in all of South America.
Out of Puno, you'll have all day today to explore Lake Titicaca in all its glory. At 3.812 meters it is considered the highest navigable lake in the world. In its plateau lie the origins of the Pukara culture and many Inca myths find their roots in the lake, that to this day is held sacred by people throughout Peru. From the port of Puno we'll start exploring the beautiful vastness of the waters by motor boat. Under a clear, cold and dry sky, that creates unforgettable sunsets and sunrises, you'll see both Quechua and Aymara people inhabiting the lake's shores and islands, making a living of fishing, agriculture and toursim. As a first stop, you'll be taken to the floating islands of the Uro people, one of the continent's oldest ethnic groups. Their life truly is all about the local totora reeds. These reets are literally what the Uros live on. Through ancient and preserved techniques, the community lives on entire floating islands made from these reets, on which they build their homes, boats and facilities. The techniques used are an impressive cultural legacy for this old ethnic group.
Later on, your journey will take you to one of the lake's many populated islands, Amantani Island You will find no machinery on the island, so all of their economy of agriculture and excellent textile manufacturing is hand-made. Lunch at a local family home gives you an opportunity to get to know and interact with these friendly locals. In the afternoon, a trek will take you to the island's highest point, Llacastiti Mountain. From here, you then can admire a breathtaking sunset over the lake. After dinner, there will be a small gathering, where you can further share, dance and talk with your hosts, before you spend the night in one of the local homes on the island, making for a unique experience.
Overnight With A Hosting Family
Overnight With A Hosting Family
Overnight With A Hosting Family
Titicaca Island hopping
After an early breakfast on Amantani Island, you'll say goodby to your hosts for the night only to jump on a boat for a ride over the mighty Titicaca Lake to the island of Taquile. The island and its people are famous for their excellent and rich textile tradition and the Taquileans are known to handcraft textiles of the best quality. Men exclusively knit, whereas women work with yarn and weave. At the same time, culture is alive and present on the island, visible through the wearing of traditional and colorful clothes by mostly everyone. You'll have an hour-long walk from the island's northern pier to the main village, where you have a chance to buy a delicious lunch. Afterwards, you'll make your way to the opposite side of the island to where your boat awaits you at the dock to take you all the way back to Puna.
This is already your last day in the beautiful highlands of the Peruvian Andes. Time surely flies by when you discover the many beautiful highlights of Peru. In the morning you will leave for your tranfer to the local airport. If you are in for one last highlight, you can optionally decide to pay a visit to the Archeological Complex of Sillustani, one of the largest cemeteries in the world. Large stone funerary towers called chulpas, built by the Incas and the Qollas, the region's local predecessors, mark this burial ground in the midst of the stunningly beautiful lakeside landscape of the serene Umayo lagoon. After your local flight back to Lima, you'll be able to catch your connecting international flight and leave Peru behind, filled with many incredible memories.