Tours to the Lake Titicaca and Machu picchu

MACHU PICCHU AND LAKE TITICACA TOUR.

This is the perfect excursion for those who wish to explore the Andean world. Our program takes you to travel to two of the most popular destinations in the land of the Incas. We visit on this journey the Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake of the world, a place where people keep old traditions and spanish is a second language. Our journey also take you to walk the world famous Inca Trail, a sacred path the leads to one of the seven wonders of the world "Machu Picchu". At the Sacred Valley of the Incas we visit the ruins of Pisaq and Ollantaytambo. Enjoy the Ancient Inca Capital of Cusco with its fabulous colonial architecture, traditional festivals and wonderful nightlife.



Photo Gallery : Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca Tour.

Inca trail to Machu Picchu Machu Picchu Sanctuary Uros Islands Taquile Islands
MACHU PICCHU AND LAKE TITICACA TOUR

Program: 12 Days / 11 Nights

Day 1º: Arrive in Lima.

Upon your arrival you will be met by our representative at the internation airport of Lima and then will be transferred to your hotel located at the residential zone of Miraflores. Overnight at the Hotel La Castellana ** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Pick up from the airport in Lima and transfer to the hotel.
  • Accommodation at the Hostel La Castellana ** or similar (Double or Matrimonial Standard Room).

What is not included?

  • Meals, extras & gratuities.

Day 2º: Flight to Juliaca.

At the designated time transfer to the airport in Lima to take the flight to Juliaca. Juliaca is an Andean city located at 3800 metres approximately. Upon arrival you will be met by a representative from Mystery Peru, and then transferred by car to the city of Puno, which is located some 45 minutes away from Juliaca's airport. Puno is one of Peru's most tourist destinations and one of the most interesting spots in South America, due to their religious feasts and wonderful history. This Andean city lies at the shore of the Lake Titicaca (3,855 m), the world's highest navigable lake. According to legend, from its waters emerged Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo, the mythical founders on the Inca Culture. Puno is a major folklore center and a great place to buy handicrafts, particularly those amazingly fine Alpaca jumpers, hats and gloves. It also boast a rich tradition of music and dance and it is a good place to enjoy a number of Andean festivals, some wild, some solemn. Upon arrival in Puno, transfer to the hotel. Afternoon free for you to know the city. Overnight at the Hostel Pukara ** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast buffet.
  • Pick up from the hotel and transfer to the airport Lima.
  • Flight tickets from Lima to Juliaca.
  • Pick up from the airport in Juliaca and transfer to the hotel.
  • Accommodation at the Hostel Pukara ** or similar (Double or Matrimonial Standard Room).

What is not included?

  • Meals, Extras & Gratuities.

Day 3º: Lake Titicaca - Homestay on Amantani Island.

Early in the morning you will be picked up from your hotel by our local guide and then transfered to the harbor. We start our boat excursion of Lake Titicaca by visiting "The Uros Floating Islands", a small community that has lived on these reed Islands for decades. Centuries ago the small indigenous Uros tribe conceived of the islands as a way to isolate and protect themselves from rival tribes, the Collas and the Incas. The Uros people harvested the reeds in the shallows of the lake, bundled them together tightly and built floating island platforms complete with reed houses and canoes, creating in this way their own little world. After strolling around the floating Islands, we continue our journey towards "Amantani Island", where we will spend the rest of the day and the night. Upon arrival, a group of native families will welcomed you at the harbor, and afterwards the guide will introduce you the family that will provide you lodging in their house. The group is split in couples, so each couple goes with one family.
In the afternoon we will walk up to the highest point of the Islands to explore ancient ruins on a mountain called by locals Pachamama. There are stunning views of the Lake from this lookout point and an amazing sunset. Soon after nightfall, we descend to the main plaza and meet our local families, then we go to their houses for dinner. At dinner you will be invited to go to the little kitchen (mind the head when entering, their doorways are very small), a warm place where they cook with a primitive stove made of clay. By night, visitors are invited to a particular party. Our local families will provide traditional clothing to attend this nice Andean party. At the house, men are given ponchos and wooly hats, the hats are hand-made by the families, with unique styles, so that they can recognize you in the hall. Women are given colorful skirts, blouses and veils. The party takes place at the main folklore saloon and it is accompanied by one of the local orchestras. Overnight at a family house. (Please bear in mind that this accommodation is very basic and room share a bathroom).

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast buffet at the hostel.
  • Pick up from the hotel and transfer to the harbor.
  • Boat transportation for the Lake Titicaca excursion.
  • Meals. (Lunch & dinner – very basic food is provided by the islanders. It is advisable to bring some snacks along).
  • Accommodation at the local family house on the Amantani Island.

What is not included?

  • Extras & gratuities

Day 4º: Taquile Island.

After breakfast, we will have to say goodbye to our local family and go down to the harbor to meet the rest of the group. Afterwards we will sail towards "Taquile Island" (1 hour aprox.), 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 1950, and the notion of the community and family is still very strong among them. The weaving tradition of the Taquile Island goes back to early civilizations, thus keeps elements from pre-Inca Andean cultures alive in the present. All weaving is done on pre-Inca fixed and pedal looms. The most characteristic garments are the so-called "Chullo", a knitted hat with an earflap, and "The Calendar Waistband", depicting the annual cycles connected to ritual and agricultural activities. When visitors reach the island, they will have to walk up along a narrow path, enjoying on the way impressive views of the Lake Titicaca and also see gorgeous little houses inhabited by the direct decedents of the Inca Culture. At the top, you will have free time to explore the Island on your own and afterwards you will have to meet the group for lunch at one local restaurant. After lunch, we will descent to the harbor to take our boat back to Puno. We will be getting there by 17:00 hrs. approximately. Overnight at the hostel Pukara** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast.
  • Visit to the Taquile Island.
  • Lunch on Taquile.
  • Accommodation at the Hostel Pukara ** or similar (Double or Matrimonial Standard Room).

What is not included?

  • Extras & gratuities.

Day 5º: Bus ride to Cusco visiting tourist attractions on route.

After breakfast, transfer to the bus station to take the local bus to the City of Cusco. On this occasion Mystery Peru offers you a pleasant journey to Cusco, instead of taking the local bus and travel for 7 hours, without a chance of stretching our legs and enjoy this part of Peru, We offer our customers a especial bus service that stops along the way, showing you the highlights of this road with a English speaking guide on board. We will stop first at the Community of Pukara, where you will visit with a local guide the Pukara Museum, an interesting place that houses ancient monolith and human remains from the Pukara culture. Afterwards we will continue our journey throughout the Andean plateau till we reach the highest point on this route, a freezing place called "La Raya" , surrounded by huge snow-capped mountains at 4335 meters high. At this point we will get off the bus for pictures and also, if you wish, to purchase some hand-made products of Alpaca or Vicuña wool, in one of the little shops nearby. Afterwards we will descend towards the picturesque "village of Sicuani", where we will enjoy a nice Buffet, which is served with native products of this region. Here you for sure will enjoy a real Andean lunch. (buffet included).Later on, we will continue our tour at the famous "Inca Temple of Racchi", here our local guide will show us the most important sectors of Racchi and will explain about the Inca Empire. Racchi is the only Inca place where visitors can see circular constructions, and walls of mud bricks, something you won't see anywhere else on your trip. Our trip continues in the traditional town of "Andahuaylillas", where we will visit a impressive Cathedral built on the colonial era. Eventually we will arrive in Cusco and at the bus station we will be picked up by a representative of Mystery Peru. Rest of the afternoon free. Overnight at the hostel Tikawasi ** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast buffet.
  • Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the bus station.
  • Bus tickets on a tourist bus to the city of Cusco.
  • Visit to the attraction located on route.
  • Lunch buffet at the little village of Sicuani.
  • Pick up form the bus station in Cusco and transfer to the hotel.
  • Accommodation at the Hostel Tikawasi ** or similar (Double or Matrimonial Standard Room).

What is not included?

  • Extras & Gratuities

Day 6º: Cusco City Tour.

Morning free for you to explore the great Inca Capital of "Cusco". This gorgeous city lies at the head of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, at the heart of the Andes. In Inca times Cusco was a Holy City, a place of pilgrimage, a sacred place the Incas themselves believed was "The Navel of World", thus its real name "Qosqo". Nowadays Cusco is a fascinating mix of Inca and Colonial Spanish architecture; colonial churches, monasteries, convents and Inca remains are found at every corner, many streets are lined with perfect Inca stonework's, which served as foundation for most Spanish constructions.
In the afternoon we will do a City Tour, visiting the City's Highlights located in and around Cusco. We start off by visiting the huge "Inca Ceremonial Center of Sacsayhuaman". This enormous structure overlooks the city of Cusco. Its constructions are amazing, with huge rocks perfectly fitted. It is said that it took 20,000 workers 50 years to build it. The origin of Sacsayhuaman is uncertain. The archaeologist attributed its construction to the Period of the Inca Pachacutec (in the Inca language Pachacutec means Cataclysm or He who transforms the world), the man essentially credited with founding the Inca Empire.
Later on we will visit another important Inca site known as "Qenqo". This is a place with subterranean passages and carved stone channels in a zigzag pattern. In its inner part there is a carved stone table where it is said the Incas mummified their dead. Afterwards we will do a short visit to the archaeological Inca site of "Tambomachay", a temple dedicated to the God of Water. After these visits, we will return to Cusco, where we will visit one of the most sacred Inca buildings, "The Temple of Koricancha". Koricancha was the most important temple of the Inca Empire. According to archaeologists it housed over 2000 priests and attendants. Here religious ceremonies were constant and offerings to the Gods and the Inca's ancestors were made each day. Finally we will visit the beautiful "Cathedral" of Cusco. This enormous Cathedral was built in the XVI. It contained nearly 400 colonial paintings, including many from the Cusco School, which was prominent in the 17th century. Among them a painting of the Last Supper by Marcos Zapata, showing Christ and the apostles about to dine on guinea pig (Guinea-pig was the main course at sacred feasts in Inca times). After our city tour our local guide will drop you off at your hotel. Free evening. Overnight at the hostel Tikawasi ** in Cusco or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
  • Pick up from your hotel.
  • City tour of Cusco + all entrance fees.
  • Accommodation at the Hostel Tikawasi ** or similar (Double or Matrimonial Standard Room).

What is not included?

  • Meals, extras & gratuities

Day 7º: The Gods welcome you to the Inca Trail - Wayllabamba Campsite.

04:00 hrs. you will be picked up from your hotel and afterwards we will take a dirt road till Piskacuchu (2700 m) a community located on the kilometer 82 of the Cusco -Machu Picchu railroad. From here, we will start our trek.
8:00hrs. At this point all hikers must show their original passport so that they may enter the National Park towards Machu Picchu. Starting at this point, we cross the bridge and walk along the left shore of the Urubamba River, which flows north-west along the Sacred Valley
Following the trail along a flat terrain, we reach the little community of Miskay (2800 masl), where we make a little break and try some local Chicha (a maiz beer) from the Andean ladies sitting along the way, and then ascend a steep path that will lead us to a high plateau, from where, all hikers will be rewarded with a spectacular view of an Inca construction called Patallacta (2750 masl). After a good explanation of our tour guide, we carry on along a gorgeous valley created long ago by the copious Kusichaca River. We will gradually climb for about two hours, till we reach a nice natural spot where our cook and porters await for us to have lunch. Later on, we will walk up hill ( not very difficult) for about 2 hours till we reach our first campsite in the village of Wayllabamba ("Place of Good Pasture"), (3000 masl). This day is usually hot in the dry season (May - Sept), so it is advisable to wear light clothing, as well as a hut and sunscreen. Hikers will enjoy along the route spectacular views of the Vilcanota ridge on the opposite side of the Urubamba River, and might also spot the impressive Veronica Mountain(5832 meters above sea level). Overnight in Wayllabamba Campsite.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast Buffet at the hotel.
  • Tourist transportation to the KM 82.
  • Entrance to the Inca Trail national park.
  • Meals (1 lunch & 1 dinner)
  • Accommodation on camping tents. (tent with capacity for 2 people).

What is not included?

  • Extras & Gratuities.

Day 8º: Inca Trail - Warmihuañusca "The Dead Woman Pass".

We will be woken up by our humble friends (the porters) at around 06:00hrs, and after breakfast we start to climb up along a narrow valley full of vegetation and beautiful streams. On this section visitors will experience a hard path, full of steps, so we advise you to take it easy and stop to rest along the way at any time you wish. Later on we will reach Lluluchapampa Village, a spot frequently used by some other hikers to camp. At this point we will be starting the climbing to the highest and most famous mountain pass, the Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman's Pass 4200 m.). It will take about 2 hours to get to the top, so my recommendation is just to do it slowly, without pushing yourself too much. Usually our tour guide will be with us till the end, so even if you got delayed, don't worry, the group usually waits for you at the top of the Pass. It is a great idea to carry on this day some chocolates, candies and coca leaves on your day backpack, this will help to keep your sugar level high, and also help to ward off altitude sickness. After you have conquered the highest pass, we will descend an endless winding pass of steps, that cross a narrow valley, which is the habitat for many different kinds of birds, like hummingbirds and sparrows and the Andean bear, which is also called the Spectacled Bear (Tremarctus Ornatus). We will have lunch along the way, and afterwards continue till our campsite at Pacaymayo Valley (3600), where we will take a deep rest after such a hard day. This is also an official campsite, so here you for sure will be able to find good showers (very cold) and proper flash toilettes. Overnight at the Pacaymayo campsite.

What is included on this day?

  • All meals.
  • Accommodation on camping tents. (tent with capacity for 2 people).

What is not included?

  • Extras & Gratuities.

Day 9º: Inca Trail - Wiñaywayna Campsite.

For many visitors, this day is the longest but also the most impressive and the most interesting day, due to the number of archaeological sites that hikers can see along the way. We get up at 06:00 hrs. again, and after breakfast, start off following a steep path that will lead us to the second pass, the Abra Runkurakay (3970 masl). Half way up, we will stop to visit the archaeological complex of Runkurakay. This site, located at 3800 masl, consists of a small oval structure (Runkurakay means in quechua language "egg" hence it name)it is very likely that this Inca building served as a watchtower. Some meters before the Runkurakay Pass, we will pass a small billabong, where sometimes Andean dears can be seen drinking water. After going over the pass, we descend to Yanacocha (Black Lagoon) and arrive at Sayacmarca (erected building 3624 masl). This is an interesting Inca building in which you can find semicircular constructions, water fountains, as well as irrigation channels. After visiting this ruins, we enter the cloud-forest, walking up and down, and then comes the last climb, that will lead us to the third pass, the Abra de Phuyupatamarca (3700 masl). From now on, the rest of the trail is mostly downhill. We will descend some steps, then will stumble upon one of the best Inca ruins on the Inca Trail Phuyupatamarca. (Phuyupatamarca, means ¨town over the clouds¨). From above, trekkers can observe a sophisticated complex made up of water fountains with solid foundations, and also impressive views of the Urubamba River.
The end of day lead us to Wiñaywayna, second only to Machu Picchu in beauty. This fantastic site is a perfect example of Inca terrace farming, and is located on a steep edge overlooking the Río Urubamba. The name Wiñaywayna comes from the name given to a beautiful orchid typical in the zone, and it means FOREVER YOUNG. We will spend the night in the camping zone, close to a big restaurant where trekkers usually may enjoy a hot shower after these long days, as well as cold beers and party in the evening. This will be the night in which we will say good bye to our porters and cooks, as the next day they will departure very early to catch the local train that will take them back to their town, so at dinner we will have a nice meeting with them. Overnight at the Winaywayna Campsite.

What is included on this day?

  • All meals.
  • Accommodation on camping tents. (tent with capacity for 2 people).

What is not included?

  • Extras & Gratuities.

Day 10º: Welcome to Sacred Citadel of Machu Picchu.

On this fourth and last day we get up at 04.00hrs, have breakfast at 04:30hrs, and by 05:00hrs, we must be on the trail towards Inti Punko (Sun Gate). This will take about an hour of hiking along a narrow trail of cloud forest. At the Sun Gate visitors will be able to see the Sunrise over the Sacred Machupicchu Mountain. After having shot some photos we will descend to "Machu Picchu" . Machu Picchu was long thought to be legendary, then in 1911, the explorer Hiram Bingham stumbled upon it remains. But while the walls and chambers have been extensively studied in the years since, the purpose of this ancient site remains unclear. Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna.
The guided tour in Machu Picchu will last about 2 hours, and afterwards you will have free time to explore the ruins on your own, and if you still got some strength, you might climb the Huayna Picchu mountain, the huge mountain that appears on the background in every classic picture of Machu Picchu. It takes about one hour or so to get to the top, following very steep stairs, though is a little hard, at the top you will be rewarded with one of the most impressive views in your lifetime. Later on, we will take the bus to Aguas Calientes (20 minutes), where we will have lunch and also where we catch the train back to Cusco (your guide will tell you how to get there). At Aguas Calientes, if you wish, you can go to relax in the thermal baths. The hot springs are located on the upper section of the village of Aguas Calientes, visitors may ask their local guide how to get there. Finally, at around 16:00hrs, we take the train to the city of Cusco, arriving there after nightfall. Overnight at the Hostel Tikawasi *** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast.
  • Guide visit in Machu Picchu + entrance fees.
  • Return to Cusco by train. BACKPACKER train service.
  • Pick up form the train station and transfer to the hotel.
  • Accommodation at the Hostel Tikawasi ** or similar (Double or Matrimonial Standard Room).

What is not included?

  • Meals, Extras & Gratuities.

Day 11º: Free day in Cusco.

On this day you may go out just to relax, drink a cold beer somewhere and have lunch in one cozy restaurant around the main square. There are plenty of video bars and discos in which to relax too. The day is yours. Overnight at the Hostel Tikawasi **.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast buffet.
  • Accommodation at the Hostel Tikawasi ** or similar (Double or Matrimonial Standard Room).

What is not included?

  • Meals, Extras & Gratuities.

Day 12º: Departure Day

End of our service.

Nota: This program ends in the city of Cusco.

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Important: We need a minimum of 2 participants for this program.

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