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Inca Empire of the Andes - 10 Days

Inca Empire of the Andes

Peru · Private Tour · 10 Days
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This trip features the most iconic destinations of Peru: the vibrant Lima, the rich colonial heritage of Cusco and its nearby ruins, the grandeur of Machu Picchu, and the impressive landscapes of Lake Titicaca along with its unique indigenous traditions.  

Itinerary

Day 1 - Lima
Day 2 - Lima City Tour
Day 3 - Lima → Cusco → Sacred Valley
Day 4 - Sacred Valley → Ollantaytambo
Day 5 - Machu Picchu
Day 6 - Machu Picchu → Cusco
Day 7 - Cusco City Tour
Day 8 - Cusco → Puno
Day 9 - Lake Titicaca Boat Tour
Day 10 - Puno departure

What is included

  • 9 nights accommodation at comfort hotels
  • English speaking local guides
  • Peru Rail train service
  • Mentioned meals
  • Tips for luggage porters at airports and hotels

What is NOT included

  • International airfare
  • Domestic airfare Lima - Cusco
  • Meals not mentioned in this itinerary
  • Tips for guides, bus drivers and waiters
  • Expenses of personal nature
Did you know you can make this trip even better? Customize this tour

day
1
Lima

Upon arriving in the city of Lima, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives, who will give you a brief introduction to the city while en route to the hotel.

You will have the afternoon free. Overnight at the hotel.


  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Dazzler Hotel

Classic Room Lima

day
2
Lima City Tour

After breakfast, then at the scheduled time, you will be picked up at the hotel to begin a great tour of the city's main avenues, boulevards, and squares.

The tour will begin with an exploration of Colonial Lima. First, you will stop off at the Plaza de Armas (Main Square). There, you will explore the square by foot and admire the exteriors of the Palacio de Gobierno (Government Palace), the Cathedral of Lima, and the Municipalidad (City Hall), all examples of Lima's still-present colonial architectural opulence.

Afterwards, you will visit La Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion that currently holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously inhabited private residence in the Southern Hemisphere. Next, you will make your way to the Convento de Santo Domingo (Santo Domingo Convent), a religious and architectural gem that houses holy paintings, images, and relics of Peruvian saints, as well as written accounts of the endeavors of the Dominican Order across the country.

Lunch at Cafe Del Museo restaurant. The highlight of the tour must be the Larco Herrera Museum. Housed in an elegant, whitewashed mansion with a lovely garden, this museum contains the largest private collection of pre-Columbian pottery in Peru, with several tens of thousands of the finest ceramics from diverse pre-Hispanic cultures.

You will complete your tour of Lima with a visit to the Bohemian neighborhood of Barranco, a neighborhood called home by countless artists, photographers, and authors. Walk along peculiar streets lined with Republican houses, admire the splendid views, and visit the Puente de los Suspiros (Bridge of Sighs), witness to untold numbers of past and present romances, and source of inspiration for one of Peru's great composers, Chabuca Granda.

Remaining of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.


  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Dazzler Hotel

Classic Room Lima

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3
Lima → Cusco → Sacred Valley

After taking your flight to Cusco, once you arrive, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives, who will assist you in and will provide a few guidelines for your stay.

We will continue our trip toward Sacred Valley, you will soon reach the must-see stop of Awanakancha. Here, you will learn about the various types of camelids (Llamas, Alpacas, Vicunas, and Guanacos) that live in the Andes region. Additionally, the local villagers will teach you about the ancestral methods and techniques used to produce their textile art.

Then visit Pisac, a beautiful place where Incan and Colonial influences have reached a perfect balance and created the unique way of life of the local inhabitants. You will get a chance to explore this quaint town, famous for its artisan markets where you can find extraordinarily fine jewellery and ceramic and textile craftwork.

You will have the rest of the afternoon free.

Overnight at the hotel.


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Lima → Cusco 1h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa

Casita Superior Room Valle Sagrado

day
4
Sacred Valley → Ollantaytambo

Early in the morning, you will set out for the district of Chincheros, a place which is famous for the extraordinary beauty and quality of its textiles, and for its Sunday fair, where local people dress in traditional colorful outfits and travel down from their villages to trade their goods.

You will resume your journey by visiting Salinas de Maras(Salt Pans of Maras). Your journey will continue on until you reach the archaeological site of Moray. You will have lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, you will visit one of the last remaining Incan towns, Ollantaytambo, which was once fiercely guarded by a massive fortress. Discover the large archeological complex of what used to serve as a wayside inn for royal delegations on long journeys. Surviving structures here include multiple walls and towers that were used to protect the citadel from possible invasions.

Time permitting you will get a chance to mingle with the locals at a typical Peruvian Andes establishment, either at a chichería (establishment for the brewing and sale of chicha, the famous traditional Andean drink made of germinated corn) or a bakery with still-functioning traditional ovens.

Overnight at the hotel.


  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa

Casita Superior Room Valle Sagrado

day
5
Machu Picchu

After breakfast, you will visit the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

At the Ollantaytambo train station, you will board a comfortable train that will take you to the town of Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival, you will transfer to a bus that will take you to the entrance gate of the citadel of Machu Picchu. Its architectural beauty, spectacular natural landscapes and the energy held in its enigmatic structures will take your breath away.

You will follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incans as you explore this magical citadel along with your guide. After the tour, you will stop at a local restaurant for lunch. Time permitting you will be able to head back to the site for a second visit. At the scheduled time, you will be picked up and taken to the Aguas Calientes train station, from where you will return to the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.


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Ollantaytambo → Aguas Calientes 1h 50min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

Superior Deluxe Machu Picchu

day
6
Machu Picchu → Cusco

After breakfast, your morning will be free. You will have the option of visiting the citadel again on your own, if you like. If you are feeling adventurous, you can climb Huayna Picchu, where you can visit the Templo de la Luna (Temple of the Moon).

At the scheduled time, you will board the return train at Aguas Calientes Station. Upon your arrival at the station just outside of Cusco, a private transfer service will be waiting to take you at hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.


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Aguas Calientes → Ollantaytambo 1h 50min
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Ollantaytambo → Cusco 50min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Novotel Hotel

Contemporary Room Cusco

day
7
Cusco City Tour

After breakfast, visit nearby Fortaleza de Sacsayhuaman, a colossal structure of enormous stones, carved and fitted together with incredible precision.

As you return to the lower part of the city, just a few blocks away, you will discover one of the most impressive buildings of Incan Cusco: the Korikancha (the Golden Temple) - a temple dedicated to the worship of the Sun God, whose interior walls were said to have been covered in gold.

You will complete the day with a stroll through the Plaza de Armas (Main Square), where you will visit the Cathedral and admire its exquisite vestibules and priceless paintings from the Cusco School of the 17th and 18th centuries. You will have the rest of the afternoon free.

Overnight at the hotel.




  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
]

Novotel Hotel

Contemporary Room Cusco

day
8
Cusco → Puno

After breakfast, at the scheduled departure time, you will be met by the transport service and escorted to the airport to take your flight to Puno.

On your arrival, you will be met by your transfer who will escort you to your hotel to rest and acclimatize.

Overnight at the hotel.


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Cusco → Puno 1h 5min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection Puno

Superior w/lake View Puno

day
9
Lake Titicaca Boat Tour

After breakfast, enjoy an extraordinary journey across the world's highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca.

Travel to legendary places where time seems to have stood still. Your first stop will be the Uros floating islands. You will continue your voyage across the placid waters of the lake until you come to the picturesque island of Taquile, a peaceful place where old Quechua traditions live in perfect balance with modernity.

Admire their beautiful hand-made fabrics. Most importantly, enjoy the unbelievable hospitality of the islanders, known as Taquilenos, who will make your visit to the island a memorable one.

Overnight at the hotel.


  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection Puno

Superior w/lake View Puno

day
10
Puno departure

After breakfast, you will be transferred out.


  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Lima
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Dazzler Hotel

Classic Room
Valle Sagrado
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Sol y Luna Lodge & Spa

Casita Superior Room
Machu Picchu
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Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

Superior Deluxe
Cusco
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Novotel Hotel

Contemporary Room
Puno
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Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection Puno

Superior w/lake View

Price for comfort experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2 pax
Double Sharing
4 pax
Double Sharing
1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018$2696$2195

Photos

Machu Picchu-07-M
Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca
Plaza de Armas, Cusco
Cathedral, Lima
Cusco
Barranco, Lima
Sacred Valley
Awanacancha, Sacred Valley
Maras & Moray, Sacred Valley
Machu Picchu
Lake Titicaca
Puente de los Suspiros, Lima

Map

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