Cusco & Lake Titicaca – April 18–21
$1,499 per person double occupancy
$1,899 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:
Fly from Cusco to Julica and transfer by land to Puno. Enjoy dinner as a group tonight at the hotel. Overnight at Hotel Libertador Lago Titicaca. (B/D)
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
• Flight from Cusco to Juliaca and transfer by land to Puno
• Two nights’ accommodation on the shores of Lake Titicaca at Hotel Libertador Lago Titicaca
• Land transfer from Puno to Juliaca and flight from Juliaca to Lima
• Domestic flight from Juliaca airport to Lima – arrives Lima approximately 3:20pm on April 21st.
• Day room use, or overnight accommodation at the Wyndham Costa del Sol airport hotel in Lima (depending on the timing of your international flight)
• All touring and meals mentioned in itinerary above
Huayna Picchu Climb – April 17
Machu Picchu - Optional
$50 per person
For many trekkers, climbing Huayna Picchu is one of the highlights of a visit to Machu Picchu. The views of the Citadel and surrounding landscape are extraordinary from the top and well worth the climbing effort.
From a distance Huayna Picchu looks like a technical climbing endeavor, but is in fact just a steep hike with some sections that will require the use of both hands and feet to scramble upwards, but no technical skills or climbing tools. There are sections that include railings and cables for support.
Anyone with a decent level of fitness and moderate constitution for heights can climb Huayna Picchu (if you are afraid of heights or susceptible to vertigo then this climb is probably not for you). There are areas that are exposed to steep drops, so caution should be taken throughout the climb, keeping a good distance between climbers in front and behind you. This is particularly true if the trail is wet.
The total ascent is just over 1,000 feet (360m) with the summit at a steep angle above the city. As Huayna Picchu is so close to the city complex it provides a fantastic birds-eye view, and the climb itself provides brilliant vistas of the city from various angles. This perspective is very difficult to appreciate whilst walking within the Citadel.
From summit the scale and ingenuity of Machu Picchu and its various structures and terraces is fully revealed. The sheer magnitude and complexity of the site provides for a humbling view. There are also terraces and temple remnants that crown the mountain’s summit, and will leave you questioning how the Inca managed to build these structures.
You have an opportunity to participate in this unique once in a lifetime experience on the morning of your second day at Machu Picchu. Only a certain number of permits are issued for this excursion and they fill quickly. Therefore, we cannot guarantee any space until it is officially reserved. If you are interested, we encourage you to sign up early.
DATE AND TIME OF EXCURSION: Your day begins with departure from the hotel at 5:30am and the actual climb will begin at 7:00am, on your second day at Machu Picchu, April 17th. You will be back down from the mountain by approximately 11:30am.
Additional pre or post hotel nights
Two nights of accommodations are included at the Hilton Miraflores, Lima as part of the main program (April 7 & 8). Additional pre-nights are available for $240 per room per night based on double occupancy, or $220 single occupancy.
One night accommodation at the Palacio del Inka Luxury Collection Palace is included in the main program (April 17). Additional post nights are available for $260 per room per night based on double occupancy, or $240 single occupancy.