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Machu Picchu, Cusco and Titicaca

11 days from £2495pp plus international flights.

This is an introduction to the people, history and culture of Peru, with ample time to spend to take it all in. And all in just 11 days. It's too good to miss!

Your adventure begins in Cusco, a lively city with a rich history encompassing Inca and colonial eras. You'll see evidence of both plus the modern-day city. Heading into the Sacred Valley you'll see how some aspects of life have changed little over the centuries, as farmers tend their terraced lands and villagers still speak in the language of the Incas. You'll be treated to a scenic train journey as you head towards the fabled lost city of Machu Picchu, where you'll have two separate visits to absorb the history and atmosphere.

 

Next there's a change of scene as you head off on the long journey through the Andes Mountains to Lake Titicaca. You'll travel in luxury on the Andean Explorer train, with stylish Pullman carriages, delicious three-course lunch and a glass-walled observation deck. You'll have two days to explore Lake Titicaca, visiting three different islands and staying as guests of a local family.

 

You'll be accompanied by your own guide and we've chosen some lovely hotels for you to stay in en-route, to make this holiday all the more special. The holiday is available year round so you can travel at any time to suit you.    
Itinerary
Ramada Costa del Sol at Lima airport

DAY 1: ARRIVE LIMA

Fly to Lima today, where you'll be met and transferred to the airport hotel, which makes a convenient overnight stop. As well as comfortable accommodation, the hotel offers a restaurant, bar, indoor swimming pool, fitness centre and spa. Relax after your flight and enjoy a good night's sleep. 
Plaza de Armas in Cusco

DAY 2: FLY TO CUSCO

This morning you'll return to the airport for your domestic flight to Cusco. You'll be met at Cusco by our local representative and transferred to Picoaga Hotel. The rest of the day has been left for you to explore Cusco at your own pace. The hotel is a short walk from the main square so you can set out for some independent exploration of Cusco's sights, restarants and bars. Breakfast   
Sacsayhuaman and Cusco

DAY 3: TOUR OF CUSCO AND SACSAYHUAMAN

After breakfast at the hotel you'll be collected for your tour of the city and nearby Inca sites. You'll visit the main square, cathedral and the Qoricancha which was the most important temple in Inca times. Heading out of the city you'll visit Sacsayhuaman, the former capital of the Inca empire, a large complex of carefully constructed stone walls overlooking the modern city. At the end of the tour your guide will take you back to your hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure. Breakfast 
Local girls in the Sacred Valley

DAY 4: PISAC AND THE SACRED VALLEY

Breakfast at the hotel then your guide will meet you for the journey to the Sacred Valley. This fertile valley is still farmed much as it was in Inca times, with picturesque terracing. There are several towns and villages scattered through the valley where you'll see traditional crafts and customs. You'll visit Pisac, known for its lively market and for the Inca ruins above the town. You'll also see the impressive ruins at Ollantaytambo, an Inca fortress. You'll end the day at your hotel in Ollantaytambo. Breakfast, lunch
Machu Picchu

DAY 5: VISTADOME TO MACHU PICCHU

Today you'll visit the world-famous site of Machu Picchu. Travel in style on the Vistadome train with its large, panoramic windows. From Aguas Calientes it's a short bus ride to the citadel of Machu Picchu. You'll have a comprehensive guided tour of the city and your guide will give you background information to bring the site to life. Lunch is at Sanctuary Lodge, the closest hotel to the site, followed by free time to stroll around the ruins, later heading down the hill to your hotel, El MaPi. Breakfast, lunch, dinner 
Take the vistadome train to Cusco

DAY 6: MACHU PICCHU AND VISTADOME TO CUSCO

This morning you have time for a return to Machu Picchu. You can take your time as you wander around the ruins, taking in the views and using your imagination to picture scenes of the busy Inca city in its heyday. In the afternoon you'll take the Vistadome train back to Cusco. Sit back and enjoy the 3-hour ride. On arrival you'll be transferred to your city hotel. Breakfast  
Sit back an enjoy the views on the Andean Explorer

DAY 7: ANDEAN EXPLORER TO PUNO

After breakfast your guide will take you to the train station where you'll board the Andean Explorer for the full day journey through the Andes to Puno. Along the way you'll be able to observe the changing scenery, as you pass mountains and wide plains. A three course lunch is included and is served in an elegant dining car. The journey ends at Lake Titicaca, where you'll be met and transferred to your lakeside hotel. Breakfast, lunch, dinner  
Women on Uros Island

DAY 8: LAKE TITICACA AND HOMESTAY

This morning you'll set out on a voyage of discovery! Boarding your boat you'll explore the famous lake, first visiting the floating reed islands of Uros where you'll learn about the the daily lives of the people here. You'll then travel across Lake Titicaca to Amantani Island, home to the pre-Inca Aymara people. This is where you'll be spending the night, as guests of a local family. It's an excellent way to gain an insight into life on Titicaca.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Relax at your hotel in Puno

DAY 9: LAKE TITCACA AND PUNO

You'll have breakfast with the family before rejoining your guide and heading back out on the lake. Next stop is Taquile Island where you see a different culture and hear a different language, Quechua. The community here is prosperous and is known for its prowess in weaving. Unusually this craft is practised by the men rather than the women. You'll have lunch in the main village square before travelling back across the lake to Puno. Breakfast, lunch, dinner 
Take it easy in Lima

DAY 10: FLY TO LIMA

After breakfast you'll check out of the hotel and set off on the 45-minute drive to Juliaca airport. The flight to Lima takes about an hour and 40 minutes. On arrival your local representative will take you to your hotel in the popular Miraflores neighbourhood. The rest of the day is free for you to do as you wish. The hotel is a short walk from handicraft markets where you can browse for gifts and souvenirs and there are lots of cafes and restaurants in the area. Breakfast 
Lima government palace

DAY 11: LIMA TOUR AND TRANSFER TO AIRPORT

This morning you'll have a tour of Peru's capital city. You'll see some of the fine architecture including the cathedral and presidential palace. There's a visit to the well-known Larco Museum, with its impressive displays of pre-Columbian art. These include a gold and silver gallery, chronological culture galleries and the famous collection of erotic pottery. After the tour you'll return to the hotel. Later you'll be transferred to the airport to check in for your flight home. Breakfast 
Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £2495 (ex. international flights)

Price notes: 2016 departures from £2495 per person and 2017 departures from £2685 per person

Includes: 

Meet & greet at Lima Airport; airport and rail station transfers; accommodation on a twin share basis; meals as specified; transport and sightseeing tours as per the itinerary; services of a professional bilingual (English-Spanish) guide; entrance fees to Machu Picchu for 2 days

Excludes: 

International flights and taxes; domestic flights Lima to Cusco and Juliaca to Lima (to be bought as add-ons with international flights); travel insurance; visas; vaccinations; meals not shown; drinks; tips; personal expenses; entrance fees to Huaynapicchu for the optional hike

Getting there: This holiday starts and ends in Lima. You'll also need flights from Lima to Cusco and Juliaca to Lima. Return flights from the UK plus the 2 domestic flights will cost in he region of £1,000 per person.  

Departure dates: This is a private tailor-made holiday which you can take at any time to suit you.

places you will see

places you will see

Cusco
Cusco
The famous Peruvian city built on ancient Incan foundations, and gateway to the Sacred Valley, and also to Machu Picchu, reached by walking the Inca Trail or getting the train from here.
Lake Titicaca & Puno
Lake Titicaca & Puno
The world’s highest navigable lake, with floating reed islands, and other islands with fascinating traditional cultures. Choose from homestays to luxury lodges.
Lima
Lima
For most people Lima is just an arrival city, but there are good museums, restaurants and colonial architecture.
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu
The famous ‘Lost City of the Incas’. An unmissable highlight of Peru, reached by walking the challenging Inca Trail, or catching the train to a nearby village.
The Sacred Valley
The Sacred Valley
The beautiful valley that was sacred to the Incas. Visit local villages such as Pisac and Ollantaytambo for Inca ruins and to see modern rural life. Plus horse riding, hiking, rafting … 
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Time: GMT-5hrs

Flight time: Both KLM and Iberia have flights to Lima via Europe, leaving the UK early in the morning to arrive in Lima in the evening. The flight time is about 14 hours. It is also possible to fly to Lima via America.

Language: Spanish and Quechua are the official languages.

Visas: Not required for British travellers (up to 90 days). EC nationals can ask us for further advice.

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if visiting the rainforest. Malaria prophylactics are also recommended in the rainforest.

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