Cusco & Lake Titicaca – May 13–16
$1,399 per person double occupancy
$1,799 single occupancy
Cap off your journey with a second night in Cusco, followed by two nights on the shores of Lake Titicaca, yet another of Peru’s natural wonders.
Day One – Cusco:
Visit Sacsayhuaman fortress, one of the emblematic Inca constructions, built by Inca Pachacútec in the 15th century. It is a huge fortress made of very large stones, and the manner in which they were transported and cut is still a mystery. Then visit the Pre-Columbian Art Museum, which contains a large collection of pieces from different cultures that inhabited the Peruvian territory. From the coast to the mountains, the MAP exhibits works in wood, shell, bone, silver and gold, rescuing the beauty and skill of the anonymous pre-Columbian craftsman.
Day Two – Cusco/Puno:
Depart from Cusco, making stops in various places. First you will visit the districts of Andahuaylillas, then Raqchi. Enjoy a delicious Andean buffet at a local restaurant in Sicuani. The next stop is at La Raya, the highest point on route (4,338 m.a.s.l.), and the last visit before reaching Puno, is Pukara where you will discover the Lithic Museum. Overnight at Hotel Libertador Lago Titicaca. (B/L)
Day Three – Puno:
Upon your arrival at Puno’s lake port, a vessel will take you to the floating islands of the Uros. Uros are an ancestral society that inhabits a series of artificial islands built with totora, a reed that grows in the lake. The islands are built by weaving this reed in the places where they grow the thickest and form a natural layer. They build their totora houses over it and cook in the open air to prevent possible fires.
You will continue your trip to the Taquile Island. Unlike other islands, inhabited by Aymara-speaking people in the lake, its residents speak Quechua. It was part of the Inca Empire and it is possible to note vestiges of said culture in their buildings. Nevertheless, when the Spaniards arrived, they forced its residents to get rid of their typical clothes and forced them to wear traditional farmers’ clothes. Upon your arrival, you will receive a brief explanation on the island and will attend a cultural activity. You will return to Puno after lunch. Overnight at Hotel Libertador Lago Titicaca. (B/L)
Day Four – Puno/Juliaca/Lima
This morning you will be picked up at the hotel and transferred to Juliaca airport for a mid-day flight to Lima. Along the route you’ll stop to visit the Sillustani Tombs, a pre-Incan burial ground on the shores of Lake Umayo near Puno in Peru. The tombs, which are built above ground in tower-like structures called chullpas, are the vestiges of the Colla people, Aymara who were conquered by the Inca in the 15th century. The structures housed the remains of complete family groups, although they were probably limited to nobility.
Upon arrival to Lima’s airport you will collect your luggage, exit the terminal and walk across the road to the Wyndham Costa del Sol, where you can refresh and rest until your international flight home later tonight.(B)
• One additional night in Cusco at the Palacio del Inka Luxury Collection Hotel
• Transfer by land from Cusco to Puno
• Two nights’ accommodation on the shores of Lake Titicaca at Hotel Libertador Lago Titicaca
• One night accommodation at the Wyndham Costa del Sol airport hotel in Lima
• Domestic flight from Julica airport to Lima – arrives Lima at 2:25pm
• All touring and meals mentioned in itinerary above