10 Day Andean Highlights The Best of Peru & Machu Picchu w/Air Tour

Location: Cusco, Peru
Tour code: VTCus-13

Duration

10

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Full day Sacred Valley Tour € 40.00

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Discover Peru like a boss! A 10 -day adventure of the Andean Highlights takes you to visit the best destinations in Peru. You will see Lima, Cusco, Puno, Lake Titicaca, wonder of the world Machu Picchu. The tour takes you to Secret Valley, Andean mountains, Island Uros and offers a stress-free travel along a guide. This service is included in the price. Prepare to be amazed and collect many glorious moments to have, hold and remember.

The Tour Highlights:

    • Macchu Pichhu and Aguas Calientes
    • Puno and Tittaca Lake
    • Uros Floatinf,Taquile and Luquina Islands
    • Transportation and guides
    • Meals and entrance fees
    • Highlights and attractions of Inca Empire
    • Nature and outdoor activities
    • Miami,Cusco and Lima

    Day 1 THE ADVENTURE BEGINS FROM MIAMI TO LIMA!

    Board your overnight flight from Miami to Lima at Miami international airport with LAN airlines. "You need to be at the Miami airport at least 3 hours before the flight schedule in order to make the check-in".
    After your arrival in Lima, a representative will be waiting to pick you up and take you to your hotel in Miraflores. You will stay at the following hotel or one similar:
    Overnight at Casa Andina Classic Miraflores San Antonio or Similar
    P.S: Check in time at Lima hotel is at 2:00 pm. 
    In the mid-morning, you will have a city tour where you will have the opportunity to visit key sites in Lima, including:

    • "Huaca Pucllana" (magnificent ceremonial and archeological center)
    • The historic center of Lima
    • Colonial buildings (Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the Cathedral, the City Hall)
    • The Central Bank Museum
    • San Francisco
    • The modern Lima

    After touring the colonial city of Lima, we will rest before traveling to the Capital of the Incas

    Day 2 FLY TO CUSCO

    After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport and fly to Cusco. Upon your arrival at Cusco airport, we will meet you and take you to your hotel located in the center of the city. The balance of the day is at Leisure.
    Overnight at Casa Andina Classic Cusco Plaza or Similar.

     Day 3 OPEN DAY AT LEISURE, TIME TO RELAX IN CUSCO CITY

    Optional: Full day Sacred Valley tour (40 Euro extra cost per person)
    You will have breakfast (included) and be picked up from your hotel at 8:00 am. This is a full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley visiting the colorful Indian market in Pisac where you will be able to appreciate the mixture of color and tradition. You have the opportunity to test your bartering skills, interact with the local craftsmen and purchase hand-made souvenirs. Pisac is located at the entrance of the Sacred Valley. The Valley is 31km/19mi from Cusco, and at an altitude of 2,970m/9,700 ft. After Pisac, we head to Urubamba where we have a delicious buffet lunch (Not Include) at Tunupa restaurant. Then we continue on to Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied town on the American continent. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their canals, have not changed much from the time of the Inca Empire, giving you a feeling of what it would have been like to live during this time. The last visit will be the Chinchero market. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its major claim to tourism is its colorful Sunday market, which is much less tourist-orientated than the market at Pisac. At the end of the tour, we will return you to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco at approximately 6:30 pm. The night will be free for you to eat in a restaurant of your choice. We always have plenty of restaurant suggestions for you should you require them.
    Sacred Valley tour includes:Private Transport,Professional English speaking guide

    Sacred Valley tour does not include:Tourist ticket 20 Euro,Lunch approx. 17 Euro,Tips

    Overnight at Casa Andina Classic Cusco Plaza or Similar.

     Day 4 ON THE WAY TO MACHUPICCHU, TRAIN TO AGUAS CALIENTES

    We will pick you up at 8:00 am (to be confirmed) and take you to the train station. The train leaves at 11:30 am (time may change depending on availability and changes to timetable). After a 3.5-hour journey of majestic views, you arrive at Aguas Calientes (Hot Springs Town) where you will spend the night. There will be plenty of time to relax if you want to have a hot bath in the natural springs!

    Things to do in Aguas Calientes:

    • Visit the Machu Picchu 'Manuel Chávez Ballón' museum and orchid exhibition. This is open from 9 am to 4.30 pm, and is a 35-minute walk down the road from Aguas Calientes to Puente Ruinas. It is a very illustrative museum that gives an interesting introduction to Machu Picchu.
    • Thermal baths –10 soles per person.

    Overnight at Casa Andina Classic Machu Picchu or Similar

    Day 5 MACHU PICCHU IN ITS GLORY – BIG DAY, BACK TO CUSCO

    You will have breakfast and then your guide will pick you up from your hotel at 5:40 am. You will take the bus up to majestic Machu Picchu to catch the sunrise, and then begin your walking tour (approximately 2 hours) with your guide. After this, you can explore the mysterious city by yourselves.

    You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes (you can get back by bus or on foot) for lunch and to be given your train tickets back to Cusco. You will then get the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, followed by a bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.

    Overnight at Casa Andina Classic Cusco Plaza or Similar

    Day 6 ON THE WAY TO PUNO & TITICACA LAKE

    After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel at 6:20 am and drop off you at the Bus station.
    This is a great bus trip, more like a tour - it stops at four interesting sites along the way where you have guided tour on board.

    • Andahuaylillas: Sistine Chapel of South America: this church is one of the most beautiful examples of Andean popular religious art.
    • Raqchi (Wiracocha God Temple): This was an Inca church of monumental dimensions; 100 meters long, 26 meters wide and 14 meters high. The temple is divided into two naves and each nave has 11 giant columns - huge!
    • La Raya: This is the half-way point between Cusco and Puno and also the highest point (4335 meters above sea level). The landscapes here are stunning and typical Andean animals like the llama, alpaca and vicuña are common sights. It is also the geographic border between the two cultures - Quechua and Aymara.
    • Pukara: This is the most important and oldest ceremonial center of the altiplano. There are interesting lite-sculptures and tombs.

    Upon our arrival to the bus station in Puno (arrival at 5:00 pm), we will take you to your hotel where you will spend the night and meet your guide who will welcome you and provide you some extra information for the following activities.

    Day 7 HOMESTAY, UROS FLOATING, TAQUILE & LUQUINA ISLANDS

    After breakfast, between 7.00am to 7:30 am, we will transfer you from the hotel to the port of Puno where you will board the motorboat to take you first to the floating Uros Islands, which are located 25 minutes from the port of Puno. This is one of 65 small floating islands that exist today. You will visit two, and the guide will explain a little about the history and lifestyle of the people who have lived on these islands for many years, and you will also have the opportunity to talk with the people of these islands and visit their homes to learn a little about their lifestyle. Total you will enjoy one hour of visit floating around these islands. Afterward, we will sail towards "Taquile Island", which takes approximately two hours. The island is a traditional Quechua speaking community, full of ancient agricultural terraces and some ruins dating back to the pre-Inca times. The Taquile population was relatively isolated from the mainland until the 1950s, and the importance of community and family is still very strong among them.

    The weaving tradition of this Island goes back to early civilizations, thus keeps elements of pre-Inca Andean cultures alive in the present. The most characteristic garments are the "Chullo", a knitted hat with an earflap; and "The Calendar Waistband", depicting the annual cycles connected to ritual and agricultural activities. When you reach the island, you walk up along a narrow path, enjoying impressive views of Lake Titicaca and seeing gorgeous little houses inhabited by the direct descendants of the Inca Culture. You will then have free time to explore the Island on your own, and afterward, you will meet the group for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, we will go down to the harbor to take a one-hour boat ride to the peninsula Chucuito, South of the city of Puno, where the community is located and Luquina Karina. The remarkable thing about this place is that the tourist field is new, the inhabitants of this place are very willing to receive visitors in their community, and definitely, you will be received directly by the families and they will take you to their homes and spend the night. Karina community has the white sand beach of Lake Titicaca larger and hence we have for you, activities like fishing, farming.

    Overnight at Luquina Island

    Day 8 LUQUINA ISLAND - PUNO

    Today we will enjoy the breakfast with our host family, and then we will participate in the local activities provided such as farming and taste their daily living style. Then we will have lunch and finally, say goodbye to the local family and go down to the harbor to take the boat. Afterward, we will sail towards "Puno", which takes approximately two hours. We arrive back to Puno at around 5:00 pm.

    Overnight at Casa Andina Classic Tikarani or Similar

    Day 9 TIME TO DEPART – CHAU PUNO, FLY TO LIMA

    You will have the morning to rest and relax exploring Puno City. Then we will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport where you will take your flight to Lima.

     Day 10 FLIGHT TO MIAMI (USA)

    Today very early, board your overnight flight back to Miami.


    Inclusions

    • All transportation.
    • Round trip flights (Miami-Lima / Lima–Miami)
    • Domestic flights (Lima-Cusco / Juliaca-Lima)
    • Airline taxes
    • 07 night's accommodations at Casa Andina 3 star hotels/similar standard
    • 01 night at Luquina island with a homestay
    • 11 meals: (8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 1 dinner)
    • City tour in Lima
    • Private guided tour in Machu Picchu
    • Round trip train tickets to Machu Picchu with Inca Rail Company
    • Round trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
    • Guided tour by bus from Cusco to Puno
    • 2 days homestay: Uros, Luquina and Taquile islands tour
    • Entrance fee per itinerary
    • Tour leader during the whole trip.more details.

    Exclusions


    • High season fee: 190 Euro (January, July, and December)
    • Entrance fees to the hot springs in Machu Picchu (5 Euro).
    • Meals where not otherwise stated
    • Gratuity
    • Optional tours: Sacred Valley tour in Cusco.
    • Entrance fee for optional tours

    Additional info


    • No additional information.
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    Departure description

    Board your overnight flight from Miami to Lima at Miami international airport with LAN airlines. "You need to be at the Miami airport at least 3 hours before the flight schedule in order to make the check-in".After your arrival in Lima, a representative will be waiting to pick you up and take you to your hotel in Miraflores. 

    Return details:  Day 9 TIME TO DEPART – CHAU PUNO, FLY TO LIMA 

                            Day 10 FLIGHT TO MIAMI (USA).


    Departure point
    Airline arrival pick-up, As agreed.
    Directions to departure

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    Return details
    Transfer to the airport-Lima-Miami.
    Tour language
    • English
    • Spanish
    Time From To
    Monday, January 1, 2018 Monday, December 31, 2018

    Cancelations 20 days or fewer before the tour start will result in a 100% charge.

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