Inca Voyage-6 Days
Activity level: Moderate
For those looking for a complete experience in Peru, the 6 days package is considered the “favourite” among our costumers, because you will have the chance to apreciate the most important and sacred places of the Inca empire, starting in Cusco the capital of Tahuantinsuyo, and reach the impresive Titicaca Lake, considered the cradle of the pre hispanic cultures in South America.
► DAY 01: Cusco-Arrival Details
After your flight over the snowpeaks of the Andes, you will arrive into Cusco the capital of the Inca empire. Upon your arrival our representatives will take you to the hotel. Then you will have a private city tour that will last approximately 4 hours. You will visit the Center of Cusco, the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, Koricancha and the four ruins Tambomachay, Puca Pucara, Quenko, and the Sacsayhuaman.
► DAY 02:Sacred Valley-Aguas Calientes Details
Early in the morning you will begin the Full Day-Tour to Sacred Valley. The first stop is “Hawana Cancha”, a place to take the first pictures of landscape and llamas. Another photo stop is at the viewpoint Taray. There you can observe the Sacred Valley and the Nevado Taray. After that you will arrive at Pisac. You visit the ruins of Pisac (60 min) and visit the Indian market of Pisac (40 min, open every day of the week).To have lunch (not included) you head towards Urubamba. There you have 1.5 hours to relax. After lunch you arrive at Ollantaytambo train station to take the train to Aguas Calientes. The train takes approximately 2 hours. When you arrive at Aguas Calientes a transfer will bring you to the hotel. Your guide for Machu Picchu meets you there to coordinate a time for the next day. After the check in you have the rest of the day to discover Aguas Calientes and to enjoy the hot springs.
► DAY 03: Machu Picchu– Cusco Details
The next day you will start at the time you had coordinated with your private guide. You will have a transfer to the bus station to take the bus to Machu Picchu complex. 20 min later you arrive at Machu Picchu and begin the guided tour. After the tour you will have free time to explore the citadel. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Cusco and you will arrive in the early evening. Here you will be transferred to the hotel.
► DAY 04: Cusco-Puno Details
Today one of South America’s most extraordinary overland trips takes you by bus to Puno passing through striking highland scenery and picturesque Andean villages. Brief stops at the town of Andahuaylillas, a showcase of the colonial art in Peru, sometimes called “the Sistine Chapel of America” and at Raqchi to see the remains of the remarkable temple of Viracocha, considered by the historians an important Inca construction. Upon your arrival in Puno our representatives will take you to your hotel.
► DAY 05: Puno – Lake TiticacaDetails
Boat excursion to Uros and Taquile Islands on Lake Titikaka. This full day excursion will take you to the highest navigable lake in the world to the floating islands of the Uros Indians, man-made islands by tying totora reeds. The Uros considered themselves Lords of the Lake; they hunt wild birds and maintain traditional fishing methods. The men have developed an extraordinary skill in weaving reeds; producing houses, boats and handicrafts, and the women are expert knitters. Continuing to Taquile where a native community of about 400 families still lives with the traditions and high principals of the Incas. Taquile is a very important site on Lake Titikaka for its archeological remains, the sacred and ceremonial sites, the festive activities and their rituals. Taquile is characterized by its friendly inhabitants, who maintain their customs and traditional clothing. They distinguish themselves by their detailed, fine, and colorful textiles with symmetrical decorations and symbols that reflect their way of life and Andean beliefs. Lunch is included.
► DAY 06: Puno-Out Details
After breakfast you will have a transfer to the airport (or bus or train station) for your following destination. We hope you had a great journey!
-A mix of the two best places to visit in Peru.
-Cultural and natural combination in the Sacred Valley and Lake Titicaca.
-Delightful World famous Peruvian gastronomy in every site you visit.
-Walk up to the Temple of the Sun when exploring Machu Picchu.
-An amazing expedition to Uros and Taquile Islands.
All tours and excursions specified with licensed bilingual guide & transportation.
Transfers to/from Airport and others where detailed.
Accommodation on selected hotel (category) with Breakfast.
Entrance fees to visited sites.
24/ assistance when on tour.
TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDES
International and domestic flights in Peru.
Lunch and Dinner where not specified.
Additional entrance fee, tours & sightseeing besides mentioned.
Personal expenses, extras, tips and drinks.
Other services not specified in the program.
Travel, medical and cancelation insurance.
Trip Style: Cultural – Archeological
- Cusco 3.326m
- Sacred Valley 2.800m
- Aguas Calientes 2.410m
- Machu Picchu 2.430m
- Puno 3.830m
Peru does not have one climate. Because Peru is close to the equator, the seasons are hardly affected by changes in the state of the sun. However there can be observed some differences between the months November to April and April to November. Due to the very diverse landscape that Peru has, there are several distinct climate zones. The climate depends on the geographical location, altitude and sea currents, so we can divided Peru into three climatic zones:
- Coast: Through the influence of the warm gulf stream El Niño off the coast of Peru are the summer months between December and April. The short summer is associated with small showers. The temperature is pleasant and is between 25°C and 35°C. From April to November dominates the cold Humboldt Current along the coast and the temperature is between 15°C and 25°C.
- Highland: In the Andes a mountain climate prevails. The climate is fairly constant during the year. The temperature differences are mainly to do with day and night and the height which you are located. In general; the higher, the colder! The climate in the Andes has also a dry and a wet season. The dry season runs from May to October and air is often brightly. The temperature range between 15°C and 25°C, depending on the height. At night the temperature drops quickly to 0-5°C. The rainy season runs from November to April. It can rain for days during this period. The temperature differences between day and night are less extreme. In the afternoon it is around 20°C, and in the night about 5°C.
- Rainforest: East of the Andes you will find the rainforest which covers most of the Peru. In the rainforest is a subtropical climate. It is here all year round humid and temperatures will be around 25°C. The rainy seasons runs from November to April. The rains are generally short and after the rain usually appears the sun. In the dry season from April to November, there is much less rain in the rainforest.
Access to Cusco – via air transport
From Lima: 1h20 min
From Arequipa: 0h45 min
From Puno Juliaca: 0h45 min
Access to Cusco – via land transport
From Lima: 21h30
From Arequipa: 16h00
From Puno: 08h00
Cusco is a city in southeastern Peru near the Urubamba Valley of the Andes mountain range. In 1983 the historical capital of the Inca Empire was declared World Heritage Site. Today the city is a jumping-off point for the Inca Trail and famous Inca site Machu Picchu. Cusco got his name in a special way; legend tells that in the 12th century, the sun god Inti looked down on the earth and decided that people needed organizing, so he created the first Inca, Manco Cápac, and his sister-wife, Mama ocllo. They came to life on Isla del Sol (Sun Island), way over in Lake Titicaca, with a long walk ahead of them. Inti gave Manco Cápac a golden rod and told him to settle in the spot where he could plug it into the ground until it disappeard: this would be the navel of the eart, Qosq´o in the Quechua language, Cusco.
The Sacred Valley of the Incas or the Urubamba Valley is a valley in the Andes of Peru, close to the Inca capital of Cusco and the ancient city of Machu Picchu. The valley was formed by the Urubamba River. The star attractions are the lofty Inca citadels of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Pisac is known for its craft market, by far the biggest in the region. You can visit the market daily but the official market days are on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Ollantaytambo is an Inca archeaological site and dominated by two Inca ruins.
Machu Picchu is a 15th century Inca site located 2.430 meters above sealevel. It is also called ¨Lost city of the Incas¨ and declared by the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Machu Picchu was built in the classical Inca style, with polished dry-stone walls. In 2007 Machu Picchu was voted one of the ¨New Seven Wonders of the World¨.
Puno is located on the shores of Lake Titicaca and the mountains surrounding the city. The city is known as a jumping-off point for Lake Titicaca tours. Puno is Peru´s folkloric capital due to its wealth of artistic and cultural expressions, particularly dance.
Lake Titicaca is a lake on the border of Peru and Bolivia and also the largest lake of South America. It is notable for a population of people, who are living on the 42 self-fashioned floating islands called Uros. These islands are definitely worth visiting as well as the island Taquile.