Day 1 - Arrival
Depart on a direct BA flight arriving in Lima in the evening. Overnight at a local hotel.
Day 2 - Travel to Lake Titicaca
Flight to Juliaca, transfer to Puno, which stands on the edge of Lake Titicaca. Afternoon to rest and acclimatize to the altitude.
Day 3 - Uros & Taquile Islands of Lake Titicaca
Full day excursion by boat onto the lake, beginning with the floating reed islands of Uros. Although the Uros Indians of these islands have intermarried with Aymaras and no pure-blooded Uros exist, many of the inhabitants of the islands still practice the old traditions of fishing, trapping birds and living on the lake plants. The totora reeds which grow abundantly in the shallows of the lake are used to build and maintain their floating islands, their boats, and also their houses.
Continue by boat to the beautiful island of Taquile, 3 hours from the mainland. The island is rocky and requires a steep climb to the town. It is famous for its fine weavings, the traditional dress of the inhabitants, and its spectacular views over the lake.
Day 4 - Journey to Cusco
Journey by bus (Tourist) or private vehicle (First) to Cusco. This is an unforgettable journey across the Andean altiplano, offering dramatic landscapes throughout. On arrival in Cusco, you will be met by our representative and taken to your hotel in the Sacred Valley, staying for 3 nights.
Day 5 - Sacred Valley Tour
Enjoy our extensive, special Full Day tour of the Sacred Valley. Begin by visiting the market at Chinchero, where locals come to barter and sell local produce and handicrafts. Also visit a local weaving collective, to learn the traditions of weaving by hand on a back-strap loom. Next you will proceed to Moray, thought to have been an open-air crop laboratory of the Incas, followed by the pre-Inca salt pans of Maras. After lunch, visit the stunning fortress town and ruins of Ollantaytambo. This large archaeological complex is believed to have been a significant agricultural, administrative, social, religious and military centre. The town itself is geometrically perfect; with straight streets, trapezoidal doors, and Inca drainage systems. Finally we travel to the colonial town of Pisac, built on the ruins of an Inca citadel and located at the entrance to the immensely fertile Urubamba "Sacred" Valley. Here you can see the bustling market, and watch the sunset over the mountains from the ruins.
Day 6 - At leisure in the Sacred Valle
A day at leisure to pursue your own interests, or relax
Day 7 - Train Journey to Machu Picchu
Board the Vistadome train at Ollantaytambo for the journey to Machu Picchu. This is a spectacular journey through a dramatic and changing landscape with some fantastic views. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will be met by your guide and travel via a winding road up the mountain before finally glimpsing Machu Picchu. After lunch at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge you will have a private guided tour of the extensive archaeological site to learn about the history and culture of the Incas.
Day 8 - Explore Machu Picchu & Return to Cusco
The morning is free to explore. You may wish to climb Huayna Picchu, a steep climb but well worth it for the fantastic views of the valley and a different perspective of Machu Picchu. Alternatively, there is a gentle climb, back along the Inca Trail, to Intipunku: the Gate of the Sun, and the first sight one has of the complex if walking the Inca Trail. In the afternoon, take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes and the train back to Ollantaytambo Station and on to Cusco.
Days 9-10 Explore historical centre of Cusco
Morning free to explore Machu Picchu further, and return by train to Cusco, staying for 3 nights. Morning at leasure in this fascinating city, once the capital of the Incas before the conquistadors pillaged its treasures. Solid Inca foundations still remain, supporting ornate churches and buildings. Our local guide will take us round the attractive historical centre and on to the ruins surroiunding Cusco, including the massive Inca fortess of Sacsayhuaman. Following day is at leisure to explore the city and soak up the unique atmosphere.
Day 11 Departure
In the afternoon, depart on the flight to Lima, and connect with the overnight flight home, arriving the following day.
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