Departs

  • Any Day of the Week
  • Oct 02, 2014
  • Oct 05, 2014
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  • Dec 26, 2014
  • Jan 01, 2015
  • Jan 07, 2015
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  • Aug 06, 2015
  • Sep 17, 2015
  • Oct 23, 2015
  • Nov 19, 2015
  • Dec 17, 2015
  • Dec 24, 2015

Private Independent Travel

Begin your trip exploring Lake Titicaca, a geographic landmark at the crossroads of the Andes and the Andean plateau and the world's highest navigable and South America's largest lake. Next visit Machu Picchu and wander through village markets where ancient traditions live on in the hearts of the Andean people. Explore the important Inca ruins of Sacsayhuamán, Pisac and Ollantaytambo, and spend time in the lost city of Machu Picchu on this Peru tour. Experience the witches' market in Cusco, bargain over tapestries in Pisac, and walk off the beaten path in the rural Andes. This easy paced 9 day Peru trip is perfect for anyone with a sense of curiosity and adventure.

Arrive Lima

Arrive to Lima on the flight of your choice today.  After picking up your luggage and clearing customs, walk across the street to the comfortable and conveniently located Ramada Costa del Sol Hotel.  Settle into your room and rest up after your travels.  You have an exciting trip ahead, filled with ancient ruins, local markets and the beautiful Andes Mountains!

Day 2

Fly to Juliaca - Transfer to Puno

Fly from Lima to Juliaca this morning.  Meet your driver at the airport for the hour drive to Puno, arriving at mystical Lake Titicaca.  Legend has it that the first Inca rose out of its azure waters.  Transfer to your hotel and explore on your own this afternoon.

Day 3

Islands of Lake Titicaca

Depart this morning with your local guide for the floating islands of the Uros people. Peru's floating islands are built using the buoyant totora reeds that grow along Lake Titicaca, and these reeds are interwoven to make homes, boats, and crafts.  In the afternoon, visit Taquile Island. Climb the steps to the plaza at the center of the island for breathtaking views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Return to Puno and relax this evening on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Day 4

Journey to Cusco

A spectacular bus ride to Cusco crosses the 14,403 feet La Raya pass. Grab a window seat and enjoy Peru's altiplano. Along the way, enjoy optional visits to the "Sistine Chapel" of Peru and a pre-Incan site, as well as a huge lunch featuring traditional Peruvian cuisine.  Entrances to the sites are additional (around $10 per person), but the lunch is on us! Your final destination is the Navel of the World--Cusco, Peru!

Day 5

Sacred Valley

Journey into one of the most beautiful areas of Peru.  The Sacred Valley often becomes one of the highlights of your trip and you will soon see why!  You'll test your bargaining skills with the locals while visiting one of the great textile markets in the area. You may also hike to the inspiring ruins of Pisac or take a short walk through the countryside to the seldom-visited town of Maras, where pre-Columbian salt mines still operate today.  Visit the Inca agricultural terraces of Moray, thought to have been a nursery to experiment with and modify different varieties of crops.  Make your way to the living Inca city of Ollantaytambo where you can relax for the night.

Day 6

Ollantaytambo and Train to Machu Picchu

In the morning, visit the ruins and town of Ollantaytambo. During the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo served as a royal estate and later a refuge after the Spanish conquered Cusco in 1537. The ruins feature expansive terraces and well-preserved architecture, and the town is still laid out as it was during the Incan empire, allowing its visitors to glimpse the history which still exists within its boundaries.

Board the train and follow the Urubamba River as it tumbles its way towards the Amazon and the sacred city of Machu Picchu. Ancient canals still bring water from the high mountains to the baths used by Inca priests. As visitors, you are welcomed to respectfully dip your hands in the cool water. After your tour of Machu Picchu, you'll return to the village of Aguas Calientes (located at the base of Machu Picchu).  Enjoy one of many excellent local restaurants or end your day soaking in the hot springs after exploring one of the most magical archaeological sites in the world.

Day 7

Free Day at Machu Picchu. Return to Cusco

Today is your chance to watch the sunrise at Machu Picchu and to listen to the spirits of the city's past inhabitants before the hikers from the Inca Trail arrive. You can choose to book a permit to climb the sacred peak of Huayna Picchu, hike to the Sun Gate which overlooks the ruins or take a walk through the lush cloudforest to the Temple of the Moon. In the afternoon, you'll return by train to Cusco with your guide. (Let us know if you would like help arranging entrance fees or hiking permits for today – these are not included and sell out in advance!)

Day 8

Explore Cusco

Today is free to relax and explore with your guide or on your own.  You can visit the churches and surrounding ruins, such as the enormous Sacsayhuamán ruins that overlook Cusco (these ruins showcase building blocks the size of pickup trucks). You can also wander through the bustling Plaza de Armas in the heart of Cusco, shop for love potions in the local markets, or people watch from the cafes and restaurants that line these lovely streets. For those bursting with energy, horseback riding, mountain biking, or even whitewater rafting (Class III-IV) can be arranged. The evening is yours to take in some of Cusco's varied and exciting nightlife.  Live folk music and excellent food abounds in Cusco!

Day 9

Fly to Lima and Fly Home

Or with more time, extend your trip with a visit to the Amazon.  Click here to see our Peru extensions!

$2175
Tour Cost
$425
Internal Flights (Lima-Juliaca and Cusco-Lima)
Flight cost is subject to change
$2600
Total Cost

Notes

$585 single supplement

Included

  • 8 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
    • 8 Nights Hotel
  • 4 Days Private Guide Service
  • 2 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service

Excluded

  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights

Recommended Budgeting

  • $175 Meals not Included
  • $43 Airport Departure Tax
  • $95 Optional Excursions
    • $60 for return visit to Machu Picchu on second day + $20 local bus to ruins