ANDEAN ENIGMAS 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

 

Discover the greatness and wisdom of the andean Incas.

Cusco and Puno, two places and many legends. It is said that Manco Capac and  Mama Ocllo emerged from Titicaca Lake to found the Inca Empire. Now you will    have the opportunity to know these destinations where the real and imaginary        comes to life.

 

ITINERARY SUMMARY

 

DAY 01: Lima

• Reception, transfer and accommodation.

DAY 02: Lima / City Tour

• City Tour in Lima with lunch.

DAY 03: Cusco

• Transfer housing.

• City Tour in Cusco.

DAY 04: Cusco

• Visit to the Sacred Valley of the Incas c / lunch buffet.

DAY 05: Cusco

• Excursion to Machu Picchu c / lunch buffet.

DAY 06: Cusco / Puno

• Excursion on the route.

DAY 07: Puno

• Tour to Uros Islands and Taquile.

DAY 08: Puno / Juliaca Departure to Lima

• Arrival at the international airport and departure.

 

 

DAY 01: Arrival in Lima

Arrival in Lima, capital of Peru, reception at the airport by the travel agency             representative who will welcome you and make the corresponding transfer to the   selected hotel. Overnight in Lima.

 

DAY 02: Lima / City Tour

Start the day with a great breakfast, morning city tour to Lima where we will have a guided tour of the most important and characteristic of Lima, with their typical          features of the colonial time, such as the Plaza de Armas, Government palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace , the City Hall, the train station called                “Desamparados” (homeless) and classic Colonial time mansions and Moorish      balconies , then we will tour the Church of San Francisco with its majestic convent , Art Museum and Catacombs .

Leaving Lima Antigua, we will go to San Isidro and Miraflores, to El Mirador or       Parque del Amor making a contrast between ancient and modern Lima. For lunch, have a buffet of typical peruvian foood from the coast. Overnight in Lima.

 

DAY 03: Cusco - City Tour ( d )

After breakfast, we will take you to the airport for your flight to Cusco. Arrival to the magical city of Cusco and transfer to a selected hotel.

In the afternoon we will pick you up at about 13:30 from your accommodation, you will have a guided tour of Cusco downtown, visiting  Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Temple of the Sun Koricancha - Santo Domingo, and then go around the ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay, we will return to the   city in the afternoon. Overnight in Cusco.

 

DAY 04: Cusco / Sacred Valley of the Incas (d, a)

After breakfast, we will pick you up at about 9 am from your hotel, to have a guided tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Urubamba,  for a panoramic view of the       Inca citadel of Pisac and visit the typical indian market of Pisac (only Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays), where we have the opportunity to learn about the customs of its people, then we will go to the City of Urubamba for lunch at a local restaurant in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

In the afternoon we will visit the Citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to guard the            entrance to this part of the valley and protect it from possible invasion from the       tribes of the jungle. It was a military, religious and cultural center during the Inca    Empire.

On the way back to Cusco we will visit the picturesque village of Chinchero where  the royal hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui remains. Finally we will return to the     city of Cusco. Overnight in Cusco.

 

DAY 05: Cusco / Machu Picchu Excursion ( d , a)

We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco (3400 m. above the sea level), after breakfast we will take the train from the station, then begin the journey to the town of " Aguas Calientes " ( 2000 m. above the sea level ) . Our guide will be waiting for us to go to the bus station and ascend 400 meters high, by a zigzag path for 20 minutes to reach the incredible wonder of the world " The Sanctuary of Machupicchu “, known as " the Lost City of the Incas “. Once we get to the citadel of Machu Picchu , we will begin our guided tour, visiting the Main Plaza , the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and the cemeteries around, all this for about two hours and a half .

In the afternoon we will take the train back to Cusco, arriving at the train station and finally to your hotel . Overnight in Cusco

 

DAY 06: Cusco / Puno - Tour with stops en route (d, a)

Breakfast very early, around 07:30 am. Private transfer to the bus station to take a bus with service on board and enjoy the scenic route to Puno. Four tour stops are made, making an additional stop for lunch.

 

THE ROUTE IS AS FOLLOWS:

ANDAHUAYLILLAS: In this area you will visit the famous church of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas that is the major attraction for visitors due to the quality of their artwork because it is considered the "Sistine Chapel" of America. It was built by the Jesuits in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Its architectural structure is the characteristic of small town churches. Its walls are broad, typical colonial buildings made of mud bricks dried in the sun, a facade adorned with murals and two stone columns projected towards the main gate. While its architecture is relatively modest, the interior decoration is the most impressive of the enclosure.

RAQCHI Archaeological Complex: At about 117 km from the city of Cusco. Raqchi (3485 m) is a small village of farmers and potters in which a group of families have adapted their homes to welcome tourists in a novel experiential tourism program. It is dated back to the fifteenth century and is considered by historians as one of the most audacious Inca constructions.  The Temple of Viracocha being the most important, with 100 m long and 20 m wide, which is made of adobe walls of volcanic stone foundations. The complex also includes an area of housing for the Inca nobility and dozens of circular rooms for the storage of food.

LA RAYA: Midpoint in the Cusco – Puno route. It is the highest part of the journey and  it is located at an altitude of 4335 m. We can see beautiful snow-capped mountains, amazing inter-andean sceneries and the birth of the Amazon River , also llamas, alpacas and vicuñas. This also represents the geographical connection between two cultures, the Aymara and Quechua. You can see the dry arid plateau in conjunction with the Quechua area rivers and streams as well.

Pukara - Puno: It is the most important and the oldest ceremonial center of the highlands, even before Tiahuanaco culture. It is characterized by a series of stepped platforms that resemble a pyramid called kalasasaya, culminating in a flat ceremonial center . You can also see impressive litho - sculptures and stelae or tombstones of members and characters that appear to show evidence of a brave civilization. In the highlands (altiplano) is where we discover the origins of Andean culture .

Arrival in Puno, reception and transfer to the lodging. Overnight in Puno

 

DAY 07: Puno / Uros Islands and Taquile (d, a)

Our guide will pick you up from your hotel in Puno in the morning, from here, we will take a two -hour motor boat excursion on Lake Titicaca to the unique floating Uros Island. These ancient inhabitants of the lake are known as the Water Tribe, because they must construct their own Islands periodically, adding new layers of a type of unique reed called " Totora”. Their homes and boats are also made from this material. We continue our journey by motor boat on Taquile Island, inhabited by Quechua-speaking natives who have developed an efficient and unique social system, a system of weaving techniques, down through generations. You need to climb a more than 567-step stairs  to reach the center of Taquile, where we take a break for lunch in a typical inn. In the afternoon we take our boat back to Puno again appreciating all the beautiful sunset at Lake Titicaca. Overnight in Puno.

 

DAY 08: Puno / Juliaca / Lima - Departure ( d )

Breakfast and transfer to the city of Juliaca to take the flight to Lima and connect with your international flight.

 

 

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