10 Day Peru Tour to Lima, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca

OVERVIEW

Welcome to Peru!!

Peru, land of the Incas, Machu Picchu and the mysterious Nasca Lines. These are the typical images that come to mind when thinking of Peru; however, there is so much more to see and do in Peru, from mountains and deep canyons to jungles and desert oasis; come explore this unique and memorable land.

Start your visit in Lima, the nation’s capital and immerse yourself in the gastronomic capital of South America. From Lima, take a side trip to a desert oasis and surf the sand dunes, then board a small plane for an overflight of the Nasca lines. These mysterious lines form a number of figures, whose origin still remains a mystery.

Visit Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas” and explore the mountaintop citadel city as well as other significant cultural and archeological sites nearby in the scenic Sacred Valley.

Cruise on Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, and witness the day to day life of centuries-old cultures living on the shore and islands on the lake.

Travel to the Amazon jungle and stay in a jungle lodge or cruise a riverboat to explore the depths of the rainforest. See animals such as giant river otters, caiman, and even pink river dolphins and listen to the jungle come alive at night.

Hikers and trekkers can enjoy many trails and hiking opportunities, from the deepest canyon in South America to the famed Inka Trail.

Exploring Peru has never been easier and Travel4Real can personalize your experience to make for a memorable and unforgettable trip.

KEY DETAILS

  • PRICE
  • From $3400 (USD)

    ***Prices not valid for holidays, special events

  • TYPE
  • Escorted or Self Guided
  • DATES
  • Your Dates

ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival in Lima.

Welcome to Peru!! A private transfer will take you into Lima to a modern, comfortable hotel in the Miraflores district, with shops, cafes, restaurants all nearby.

Day 02: City tour of Lima.

Enjoy an introduction to Peruvian and Incan history with a city tour of Lima. Visit the Plaza de Armas, the nucleus of the City, and see how the Spanish influenced the cityscape, a scene replicated through much of Latin America. Visit the opulent Cathedral of Lima and the historic San Francisco Convent and its eerie catacombs. In the evening, after trying some delicious Pisco Sours, witness the largest fountain light show in South America.

Day 03: Free day.

Explore Lima independently or add a tour to visit the Incan ruins of Pachacamac, a temple constructed during the height of the Incan empire. Lima has quite a few impressive museums; be sure to check out the Larco Museum with its excellent collection of gold and silver artifacts as well as its ribald collection of ceramic figurines.

Day 04: Cusco.

Just over an hour flight away is Cusco, gateway to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Upon arrival in Cusco, a private transfer takes you to your hotel in the city. Be sure to take it easy and get acclimatized to the altitude by sipping on mugs of coca tea. Enjoy a guided city tour to see the City’s highlights, like Korikancha, the former gold-clad Sun Temple. For those interested in Incan history, take a tour of the impressive Incan sites near Cusco, such as Quenqo, Tambomachay, and Sacsayhuaman, with its amazing Incan stonework so precise that no mortar was used.

Day 05: Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Just outside of Cusco is the Sacred Valley, a bucolic area of farms, ranches and a number of interesting attractions. Not to be missed is the Pisac market, a colorful, local market and a great place to people watch or buy quality textiles, clothes, and other items. Nearby, visit the fortress at Ollantaytambo, which is one of the only sites where the Incas defeated the Spanish Conquistadors. Return to Cusco or choose to stay at a tranquil lodge in the Sacred Valley.

Day 6: Machu Picchu.

For many, a visit to Machu Picchu is a spiritual and humbling experience. Whether you are coming from Cusco or the Sacred Valley, you will arrive by train at Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. Take a guided tour of the site and learn about Incan life, the significance of Machu Picchu and its excavation by historian Hiram Bingham. Overnight in Aguas Calientes. Hikers and trekkers may want to consider hiking the Inka Trail to Machu Picchu, either as a day-long hike from Km 104; or a 4-day trek, culminating with arrival through the Sun Gate.

Day 7: Machu Picchu.

Take the shuttle back to Machu Picchu to explore independently or, hike up Huayna Picchu (permit required) for stupendous views of Machu Picchu. Return to Cusco by train.

Day 8: Lake Titicaca.

At over 12,000 feet, Lake Titicaca is the world’s highest navigable lake. The thin atmosphere and lack of pollution bring out the deep blue color of the lake. From Cusco travel by bus or rail to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca, which will be your base for exploring the area. Be sure to bundle up, nights can get cold. Bus bound travelers will stop along the way to see Andahuaylillas, known as “the Sistine Chapel of America”, Raqchi and Pukara. Upon arrival in Puno, a private transfer will take you to your hotel.

Day 9: Lake Titicaca.

The best way to see Lake Titicaca is by cruise. Highly recommended is a cruise to the floating island of Uros, constructed entirely of Totora reeds. Meet the Uros people who have perfected a livelihood from the use of the Totora reed in their architecture, tools and in the construction of the islands themselves. Continue your voyage to tiny and rocky Taquile Island and get a glimpse of Quechua traditions.

Day 10: Departure.

A private transfer will take you to the airport at Juliaca for your flight to Lima, but not before stopping at the fascinating pre-Incan funerary complex at Sillustani, where large stone towers (Chullpas) stand like sentinels overlooking Lake Umayo.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • 4* star hotel properties with daily breakfasts
  • Private transfers (transfers to/from jungle lodge are shared)
  • English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees
  • Round trip train to/from Aguas Calientes
  • Round trip shuttle bus to/from Machu Picchu
  • International and domestic airfares
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips/gratuities
  • Expenses due to mishaps

Meet Your South American Expert: Blake Leiberman

Blake Leiberman

South American Specialist for Travel4Real & Italy4Real

Our staff includes Blake Lieberman who is a specialist in travel to and within South America.
Blake began his travel career while living in Argentina and has worked and lived in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Brazil, Uruguay and Chile.
Blake first visited South America in 1990 and has traveled extensively throughout the continent. Blake currently is an expert in travel to Europe and South America.

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