10 Day Andean Highlights "The Best of Peru & Machu Picchu" w/Air
Peru, Lima,Puno, Titicaca lake, Cusco, Machu Picchu...
In this tour, you will visit the following places: Lima (The City of the Incan Kings), Puno (Folkloric Capital), Lake Titicaca and its mystical floating islands of: Uros, Amantani & Taquile, Cusco (The Imperial city of the Incas) ending with an amazing visit to Machu Picchu (One of the New Seven Wonders of the World)...
Physical / Difficulty:
Hotel: 7 nights
Homestay: 1 nights
- 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 OR similar standard
- 01 night at Luquina island with a home stay
- 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 home stay: Uros, Luquina and Taquile islands tour
- Entrance fee per itinerary
- Tour leader during whole trip.more details.
- Single supplement fee USD $400 (for solo travelers or the odd numbered person in your group).
- High season fee: USD $225 (January, July and December)
- Entrance fees to the hot springs in Machu Picchu (US$ 5 each).
- Meals where not otherwise stated
- Optional tours: Sacred Valley in Cusco (US$ 45).
- Entrance fee for optional tours (US$ 25)
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 of Valencia Travel Cusco will be waiting to pick you up and take you to your hotel in Miraflores. You will stay in 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 2:00pm. Early check in has an extra cost of USD 90.
In the mid-morning, you will have a city tour where you will have the opportunity to visit key sites of 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 travelling to the Capital of the Incas
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.
Optional: Full day Sacred Valley tour (USD 45 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 6:30pm. 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 US$ 25
- Lunch approx. US$ 20
Overnight at: Casa Andina Classic Cusco Plaza or Similar.
We will pick you up at 8:00am (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 to 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 9am to 4.30pm, 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
You will have breakfast and then your guide will pick you up from your hotel at 5:40am. 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
After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel at 6:20am and drop off you to 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 in 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 5:00pm), 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.
Overnight at: Casa Andina Classic Puno or similar
After breakfast, between 7.00am to 7:30am, we will transfer you from the hotel to the port of Puno where you will board the motor boat 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. Afterwards 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 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 afterwards 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
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. Afterwards we will sail towards "Puno", which takes approximately two hours. We arrive back to Puno at around 5:00pm.
Overnight at: Casa Andina Classic Tikarani or Similar
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.
Today very early, board your overnight flight back to Miami.
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Trip Preparation & F.A.Qs:
Tips to know before you go to the Inca Trail
Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind.
Please review the following information before your departure to the Inca Trail to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.
Know Before You Go
Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind. Please review the following information before your departure to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.
Getting Ready to Go
Passports and Visas
It is each traveller's responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of entry to Peru and a visa if required.
Passengers requiring visas, whether obtained in advance or locally upon arrival, should ensure that their passport has unstamped visa pages.
Passport information must be submitted to Valencia Travel Cusco at least 30 days prior to departure. This information is necessary to issue Machu Picchu train tickets.
A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas and driver’s license) are in order and that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal IDs and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. If you lose the originals while travelling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills. We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage. Airplane pressure can cause similar pressure in your body, most notably in ears, as well as liquid tubes and bottles. Your physician can suggest medication for decongestion. As for the liquid containers, we suggest that you squeeze out excess air from those containers and place into Ziploc bags to catch any leaks.
Cell Phones and Calling Cards
You may wish to carry a cell phone while traveling. Check with your cell phone provider if your phone will work in the destination(s) you are visiting. U.S. service is dominated by the CDMA technology standard, while most of the world uses the incompatible GSM standard. Some U.S. providers do offer GSM, but you may incur high international roaming fees. With GSM, however, you can often choose to have your phone unlocked and then add a local SIM card for lower fees. If you can access the Internet as you travel, you can take advantage of email or a Skype Internet telephone (VOIP) account for the best value. Alternatively, you may investigate renting a cell phone before you leave or buying an inexpensive phone locally.
When calling the U.S. from a Peru, you may also use a prepaid calling card; normally, the only additional charge (besides the prepaid long distance charges) is a local fee of a few cents and possibly a connection fee if you are using your card at your hotel. It is best to check with the hotel's reception desk prior to making phone calls to avoid unexpected charges.
Wireless Internet Access
Passengers traveling with WiFi enabled devices (such as a personal computer, smartphone, tablet, or digital audio player) may be able to connect to the Internet via wireless networks. Passengers requiring Internet access can often locate free WiFi hotspots such as libraries or coffee shops.
Staying Healthy While Traveling
All travellers should familiarize themselves with local conditions, such as high altitude or required immunizations, which could affect their health. We recommend you consult with your personal health-care provider, the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) and/or the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/en/) for their recommendations.
There are several easy steps you can take to stay healthy while traveling which may help prevent contracting an illness while away from home.
Watch what you eat. Try new foods in modest quantities, and depending upon your destination, you may want to avoid street foods, salad bars, raw vegetables and fruits, unless they have thick peels like bananas or grapefruit.
Stay hydrated. Drink bottled water and avoid consuming ice cubes made with tap water.
If you have allergies to foods, medications or insect bites, or have any other unique medical issues, consider a medical alert bracelet and/or a physician's note detailing required treatment should you become ill.
Wash your hands regularly and carry hand sanitizer.
Where appropriate, pack sunscreen and insect repellent (for both active and warm destinations).
You may also want to bring a small first-aid kit with band aids, antibiotic cream, pain killers, bug bite cream, digestive aids like antidiarrheal or anti-bloat medications, antacids, and cold medicine. This is in addition to any prescription medications to last for the entire trip.
Climate & Clothing
In Peru, the sun is strong, particularly in higher altitudes. Please, bring a sun hat that has a circular brim all the way around (not a baseball cap) and sunscreen. Bring comfortable, cushioned walking shoes for the hard cobblestone streets, a sweater, clothes you can layer and an all-weather jacket. Remember that during your trip, you will be travelling between regions and will need to be prepared for all weather conditions. Winter months (May through October) are cold. During those periods, you will need a warm jacket, gloves, a hat and a scarf.
The highland regions of Peru (Cuzco, Puno, Urubamba and Machu Picchu) have a dry temperate climate that also experience two distinct seasons. The dry season (May through October) consists of sunny days and cold nights with very little rain. The rainy season in the highlands runs from December to March. Temperatures can change drastically during the day in this region, sometimes varying as widely as highs around 65°F and lows of 35°F during the same day.
Peru Average Temperatures
Book & Film Recommendations
Many of our guests enjoy reading about their destination, either in advance of their trip or while travelling, as a way of adding context to their visit. Whether reading a traditional guidebook, learning about the history and culture, or simply enjoying a fictional novel set in the destination, a good book can add greatly to your experience. Similarly, a good movie set in your destination helps set the mood before you travel. We asked our tour managers and staff to recommend books and films that past guests may have enjoyed. The following list does not constitute an endorsement of any authors, books or movies; it is merely a collection of guests' recommendations.
Lost City of the Incas by Hiram Bingham (1948)
Machu Picchu Sacred Center by Johan Reinhard (2007)
Turn Right At Machu Picchu by Mark Adams (2011)
Machu Picchu: Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas by Richard L Burg (2008)
Incas: Book 3: The Light of Machu Picchu by A.B. Daniel (2003)
The Steamer Trunk Adventures #2: The Ghosts of Machu Picchu by R.M. Garcia (2006)
General Peruvian Life / Exploration:
The Peru Readers by Orin Starn, Carlos Ivan Degregory, and Robin Kirk (2005)
The Art of Peruvian Cuisine by Tony Custer (2003)
Eight Feet in the Andes: Travels with a Mule in Unknown Peru by Dervla Murphy (2003)
Conversation in the Cathedral by Mario Vargas Llosa (1975)
Aunt Julia & the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa (1977)
The White Rock - An exploration of the Incas heartland by Hugh Thomson (2001)
The Conquest of the Incas by John Hemming (1970, reprint 2003)
Narrative of the Incas by Juan de Betanzos (originally from 1550s, not discovered and published until 1980s)
The Secret of the Incas by William Sullivan (1997)
Incas: Books 1&2 by A.B. Daniel (2002-2003)
Lost Tomb of Viracocha by Maurice Cotterell (2001)
Temple by Matthew Reilly (2002)
The Secret of the Incas (1957)
The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1969)
Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).
About Your Flights
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Valencia Travel Cusco land tour packages allow for one piece of luggage per person plus a carry-on bag. Valencia Travel Cusco is not responsible for loss or damage to luggage and personal belongings. Therefore, you must report any loss or damage items immediately at the time of the incident and obtain a written report from the local authority for submission to your insurance provider. Avoid placing valuables in your checked luggage. If your luggage is lost or damaged by the airlines, a baggage claim form must be filed with the carrier before leaving the airport. Any cost to retrieve luggage will be your responsibility and you should retain receipts to submit to your insurance provider.
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Passengers connecting from another point within the USA should check their luggage through to their final destination. Although problems with lost luggage have been minimal, it is a possibility. Certain carriers do not allow baggage "interlining," and luggage must be checked separately for each flight. When you check your luggage, please verify where your luggage is being sent. If you are connecting from a domestic flight that is delayed for any reason, causing you to miss your international flight, ask the airline for assistance in getting you to your destination. Since all airline tickets are issued on special fares that carry restrictions and penalties if changed, you must hold the airlines responsible for making alternate arrangements on your behalf, as Valencia Travel Cusco has no authority or control over airline activities and policies. Do not leave the airline check-in desk until an alternative itinerary has been confirmed.
The Transportation and Safety Administration
The (TSA) has increased security measures drastically since September 11, 2001. Plan to arrive no fewer than two hours prior to a domestic flight and three to four hours prior to an international flight. Check the TSA website www.tsa.gov for the current list of acceptable items you may bring on a plane before packing.
About Business Class Airfares
Business Class service may not be available on all flights or aircraft types, and therefore some flights within an itinerary may not include Business Class seating. This includes, for example, some US domestic connections and/or short haul flights abroad. When Business Class service is not available, you will be accommodated in the best alternative class of service and seating. Please check your operating airline to determine the extra services you may receive in Business Class.
Peru Domestic Flights
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A passport or picture ID is required to board all flights in Peru.
Frequent Flier Programs
Passengers are responsible to contact their airline directly regarding mileage eligibility and accrual. Airline frequent flier programs determine whether to award miles in part or total based on their own rules, which are updated frequently. Some discounted or promotional airfares as well as some code-share flights are not eligible for mileage accrual.