Enter The Highlands
Lima to Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Puno (9 days / 8 nights )
* Leaving the highland behind; you will travel to the enchanting and mysterious Peruvian Amazon region.
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* Daily departures and fully customizable Peru tours
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Welcome to Lima! Upon arriving to Lima airport you will be taken to your hotel. Afterwards, you’ll be able take in the sights and sounds while on a tour of this incredible metropolitan city.
Afterwards, you’ll be able take in the sights and sounds while on a tour of this incredible Metropolitan city.
Your flight to Cusco will land early in the morning, at an elevation of 11,150 feet or 3,400 meters. Try to take it easy on the first day, drink plenty of water and don’t eat too much.
You will be able to have some free time to explore the majestic city of Cusco. You should check out one of a great number of museums, or perhaps visit San Pedro Market. Once the afternoon comes around, you’ll meet your expert guide for a tour of the city of Cusco where you’ll be able to see the Cathedral, the Qorikancha (Temple of the Sun), and the massive ruins of Sacsayhuaman that overlook the city. End the day with dinner at one of Cusco’s finest restaurants.
Get ready for an incredible day in the Sacred Valley. Haggle with the locals at Pisac Market for a variety of handmade clothing, climb to the top of the Ollantaytambo fortress for and amazing view of the terraced valley, and gaze at the snow-capped peaks of the Andes’ most sacred mountains. You’ll also enjoy a feast of Peruvian specialties at a restaurant in Urubamba. At night, you’ll sleep in a comfortable Sacred Valley hotel.
The day you’ve been waiting for! You’ll travel by train along the rushing Urubamba River – until you reach the extraordinary Andean cloud forest. Once you reach the train station you’ll take a 20-minute shuttle to the top of the mountain. Upon arrival you’ll lay witness to the ancient Inca citadel, a mystical location hidden for hundreds of years. Your professional tour guide will take you for a tour around Machu Picchu’s most important sights. You’ll take a train ride back to Cusco; however you have the option to include an overnight stay in Aguas Calientes and a second-day visit to the ruins.
After breakfast at your hotel you’ll head to Puno via bus, southeast through the Andes. Once you arrive to the bus station in Puno, you will be escorted to your Lake Titicaca hotel overlooking the lake shore. Enjoy dinner at your hotel or have a look at our Puno Travel Guide for restaurant recommendations.
*Transportation options between Cusco and Puno include travel by bus, plane, and train.
*Note: Activities may vary due to weather conditions and other considerations.
Perfect for enthusiast photographers, your day will be filled with picturesque views of the magnificent Lake Titicaca and glacier-capped mountains that surrounds it. You will be taken to the to the floating islands of Uros, built from thick, hand-woven mats of totora reeds; and Taquile Island, home to a community renowned for its textiles and handicrafts. There is an archaeological site on Taquile that provides exceptional lakeside views. In order to get there you must climb 500 stone steps, so make sure you’re ready with plenty of water, sun block, and comfortable shoes. You will be back in Puno by the early evening. Relax at your hotel or head to the city center to enjoy traditional Peruvian cuisine at one of the local restaurants.
After having breakfast at your hotel you can then transfer to the airport for your journey home.
You may also continue exploring this country’s wonders by adding an extra day in Puno or any other of our Peru travel destinations.
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* Hotels in all mentioned destinations
* All tours stated in the itinerary with English-speaking guides
* Ground transportation and entrance fees
* Breakfast at all hotels
* Train Machu Picchu – Cusco (Vistadome Train for 4-star and 5-star packages / Expedition Train for 3-star packages)
* Lunches and dinners (unless otherwise specified)
* Airport taxes
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