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Lake Titicaca Inca Trail Adventure – Local Culture, Traditions and Scenery (12 Days/11 Nights)

Experience the mesmerizing Lake Titicaca before hiking the ancient Inca Trail to the “lost city” of Machu Picchu.

USD $2,203.00

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Lake Titicaca Inca Trail Adventure– Local Culture, Traditions and Scenery (12 Days/11 Nights)

Highlights

  • Lima’s historic center
  • Meet Sacred Valley locals
  • Explore beautiful landscapes

Description

Lake Titicaca Inca Trail Adventure: Explore Cusco’s historic center and culture. Speak Quechua with Sacred Valley locals. Trek the ancient Inca Trail. See beautiful Andean landscapes, archaeological sites, and traditional villages.  There is no shortage of adventures on this trip.

Duration

12 Days/11 Nights

Itinerary

Day 1: International Arrival in Lima

A representative will meet you at the International Lima Airport and accompany you to your hotel. There are no planned activities, so check into the hotel and rest up.

Overnight at Lima Hotel

Meals Included: None

Day 2: Lima Sightseeing Tour

You’ll spend the morning relaxing and resting up before this unforgettable journey starts. After grabbing lunch on your own, you will be picked up from the hotel at 2:30 pm for a guided tour to the “City of Kings.”

This excursion offers the best of Lima from all of its three historical periods: pre-Hispanic, colonial and contemporary.

Overnight at Lima Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3: Flight to Puno (Juliaca) – Visit Sillustani

You’ll have breakfast at the hotel before heading to the airport for your flight to Juliaca (Puno).  On the way to the city of Puno, you’ll visit the famous Chullpas of Sillustani, 12 meter high stone cylinders that the Aymaras used to bury their important leaders. Lake Umayo further enhances the beauty of this place. Here you will also have the opportunity to observe wild guinea pigs, birds, and other local wildlife.

Overnight at Puno Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: Uros Floating Island and Overnight at Amantani

After breakfast, the true Lake Titicaca Inca Trail adventure you signed up for will begin. You’ll be picked up from the hotel at 8:15 am for a two-hour motor boat excursion on the waters of Lake Titicaca to the unique Floating Islands of the Uros. These ancient inhabitants of the lake, known as the Water Tribe, have built their own “islands” by periodically adding new layers of a type of reed unique to the area called “Totora.” Their homes and boats are also made from this material.

Later, you’ll continue the motor boat trip to Amantani Island. This island is inhabited by Quechua-speaking natives still governed by their ancient traditions and who specialize in the production of ceramics and textiles. You’ll grab lunch in Amantani before heading out to an overnight homestay with a local family.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Visit Taquile Island and Return to Puno

One of the best parts of the Lake Titicaca Inca Trail adventure is a homestay with a family. You’ll get to enjoy breakfast with them before strolling leisurely through the quaint streets of this colorful island.

Late morning, you’ll take a motorboat to Taquile Island which is inhabited by Quechua-speaking natives who have developed efficient and unique social systems, as well as fine hand-weaving techniques through time. To get to the town of Taquile, it is necessary to go up a stairway of more than 567 steps. After lunch, you’ll walk through the various hills and archaeological sites of this 6 km long island before returning to Puno.

Overnight at Puno Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Bus to Cusco

You’ll have breakfast at the hotel before taking a scenic bus ride to Cusco. Along the way, you’ll stop to visit several archaeological sites as well as the famous “Sixteen Chapel” in the village of Andahuaylillas that dates back to the 17th century. You’ll have lunch in Sicuani and spend the night at Cusco Hotel.

Overnight at Cusco Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Sacred Valley of the Incas

After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll have a full day visit to the impressive Sacred Valley of the Incas as well as the Pisaq and Ollantaytambo archaeological sites. First, you’ll stop at the village of Qorao to take pictures of the gorgeous landscapes. Then you’ll head to Pisaq, an archaeological site and Indian market.

This native town was once where “exchange transactions” took place. In this type of transaction, customers would exchange one good for another instead of using currency. On Sunday, the main attraction is a mass celebrated in Quechua and conducted in Spanish. It is attended by the mayors and their attendants who play traditional musical instruments called “pututos.”

After a typical Peruvian lunch in the Sacred Valley, you’ll visit the Inca Fortress of Ollantaytambo that once protected the entrance to this part of the Valley from possible invasion from the other tribes. Originally the royal estate of Emperor Pachakuteq during the Inca Empire, this site later served as a stronghold for Manco Inca Yupanqui in the Inca’s final rebellion against the Spanish. In the afternoon, you’ll head back to Cusco.

Overnight at Cusco Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Total distance: 12 km (7, 47 miles)

Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours

Maximum altitude point: 3,000 m (9,840 ft)

Day 8: Transportation to Km 82 – Wayllabamba

You’ll  have breakfast at the hotel before you hit the road at 6:00 am for another highlight of this Lake Titicaca Inca Trail adventure: the Classic Inca Trail. After crossing a bridge over the Urubamba River, you’ll walk along the river along a flat terrain to lookout at Miskay where you will have an impressive view of the Inca city of Llactapata. Later, you’ll continue trekking in the Kusichaca River valley, gradually climbing for about five hours until we reach the first campsite in the community of Wayllabamba.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Total distance: 12 km (7, 47 miles)

Estimated walking time: 5-6 hours

Maximum altitude point: 3000m (9840 ft)

Day 9: Wayllabamba – Pacaymayo

After an early morning breakfast, you’ll embark on the most difficult part of the trek in Lake Titicaca Inca Trail trip: a steep ascent spanning 9 km. On the way to the first mountain pass, the Abra Warmihuañusca (“Dead Woman’s Pass”), you will have the chance to see some llamas and alpacas grazing on a high altitude plant called ichu. You will also pass through the cloud forest which is home to the Andean bear and many different kinds of birds. It is recommended that you carry plenty of candies, chocolates and coca leaves to keep your sugar level high and help with altitude sickness. Later, you’ll head down into the Pacaymayu valley to set up camp.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Total distance: 11 km (6, 84 miles)

Estimated walking time: 6-7 hours

Maximum altitude point: 4200m (13776 ft)

Day 10: Pacaymayo – Wiñay Wayna

After breakfast, you’ll head up to the small Inca site of Runkuracay. As you reach the second pass, you will be greeted by the beautiful snowy peaks of the Pumasillo range Later, you’ll pass Yanacocha and the cloud forest on our way to Sayacmarca. This beautiful semicircular construction has multi-leveled enclosures, narrow streets, fountains, patios and irrigation canals.

Then, you’ll easily climb to the third pass at Abra Phuyupatamarca. Finally the day’s trek will take you down the long stone steps to Wiñaywayna, an impressive Inca agricultural center with several terraces and both religious and urban sectors.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Total distance: 4 km (2, 49 miles)

Estimated walking time: 2 hours

Maximum altitude point: 2,700 m (8,829 ft)

Day 11: Wiñay Wayna – Visit Machu Picchu – Back to Cusco

Today, you will make it to the exciting culmination of this Lake Titicaca Inca Trail journey. You’ll start the day bright and early at 4:00 am. Then, you’ll go on an hour climb to the top of the Inti Punku (Sun Gate). From this fabulous spot, you will have the chance to see the sunrise over the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu. From here you descend into Machu Picchu, entering through the “House of the Guardians.”

You’ll register and drop our backpacks at the control point. Immediately afterwards, you will start our 2 hour guided tour of the Inca citadel. Later, you’ll have free time to walk around and explore the rest of the grounds. In the afternoon, you will meet up with the group in the nearby town of Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Cusco.

Overnight at Cusco Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Total distance: 4 km (2, 49 miles)

Estimated walking time: 2 hours

Maximum altitude point: 2700m (8829 ft)

Day 12: Depart Cusco – Lima International Departure

After breakfast at the hotel, your Lake Titicaca Inca Trail adventure will come to a close, and you will be taken to the airport to catch your flight back to Lima on your way home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

What’s Included

  • All mentioned transportation
    • Train tickets Expedition Class
  • Accommodation & meals as indicated in the itinerary
    • Double or single room in the selected hotel
    • Breakfast
  • Entrance to parks and cultural sights
  • Guided visits and mentioned excursions
  • Bilingual guides

What’s Not Included

  • International airfare
  • Domestic flights
  • Airport departure (US$ 30 per person for international flights and US$ 6.5 for domestic flights)
  • Taxes or visa fees
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations
  • Alcoholic beverages or bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Laundry
  • Phone calls
  • Radio calls or messages
  • Personal equipment
  • Sleeping bag
  • Obligatory personal insurance and meals which are not mentioned
  • Insurance of any kind

Important Notes

Optional Services

Upgrade the train to Vistadome Class: add US$ 25

Extra porter for Inca Trail (usually 1 porter between 2 persons is enough): add US$ 13

Sleeping bag during the tour ( -10°C): add US$ 24

 

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