Feel the peace when walking on the Peruvian mountains; hear the sound of the rivers and the wind. They will bring you in direct contact with the Inca past. Be sure not to miss this incredible experience.in the land of the Incas
Day 1. Lima- Juliaca – Puno
Greeting at the airport of Juliaca and transfer by vehicle to Puno. Depending on the time, along the way we will stop to visit the tombs of Sillustani. This archaeological site gives us an opportunity to appreciate many funerary tombs. Check-in to the hotel in Puno.
Flight is unaccompanied.
Meals are not included.
Day 2. Puno-Uros- Amantaní
Transfer in the morning to the port of Puno to visit the island of the Uros where we will have a guided tour of the floating islands. Afterwards we will travel a few hours by boat to the island of Amantani. We will join with the inhabitants of the island in their everyday customs. Lunch and dinner will be offered by a local family.
Overnight stay in a family house.
Day 3. Amantaní- Taquile- Puno
We embark on a motor boat and after one hour arrive at the island of Taquile which represents a great cultural interest. Here the inhabitants live by maintaining the traditions of their Inca forefathers. Lunch in a typical restaurant of the island. Return to Puno. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 4. Puno – Cusco (Bus)
Transfer to Puno bus terminal for our trip to Cusco.
We will have the opportunity to observe the outstanding landscapes along the way.
Lunch in Sicuani (included) and visit to Raqchi, and the village of Andahuaylillas with its celebrated “Sistine Chapel” which was built in the 17th century. We continue our trip to Cusco arriving approximately at 5pm
Dinner not included.
Day 5. Cusco City Tour
At the indicated time, we will begin our tour at the Temple of Koricancha (Temple of the Sun), the main temple of the incas. Then we will go to the Cathedral, where we can find more than 300 paintings that were painted by European and indigenous artists that belong to the Cusco art school. Then we will go to archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay. We will return to the hotel at the end of the day.
Meals not included.
Day 6. Trek to Uchuyqosqo- Lamay- Cusco
In the morning we will leave by local bus to the Sacred Valley and continue through the mountains. We start our journey on foot from the area of Kenko until we reach an altitude of 4200 m. We will continue our hike to reach the ruins of Huchuyqosqo. We will arrive approximately at midday (Box lunch).
Guided tour of the archaeological site. At the beginning of the afternoon, we descend on foot to the Urubamba River. We will arrive to the town of Lamay where we will continue our journey back to the city of Cusco.
Dinner not included.
Overnight stay in Cusco.
Note: This trek is optimal to do between the months of May and October.
Day 7. Cusco – Soraypampa
We leave the city of Cusco at 5am by tourist bus to Mollepata where we will have breakfast where we will meet with the staff and team for this trek. We start our walk heading to Soraypampa where we will have our first camp, at the foot of the majestic Salkantay.
Day 8. Soraypampa- Arrayanniyuc
After a good breakfast in the morning, we start our longest walk of the whole trek. We will pass by the side of the snow-capped mountain Humantay, neighbour to Salkantay. We pass over 4600 metres high. From there we will have a panoramic view of the snow-capped mountain Salkantay. After the pass we will descend to our next camp of Arrayanniyuc (3400 metres).
Day 9. Arrayanniyuc – La Playa
Today is an unforgettable hike due to the surprising variety of vegetation. We continue our descent toward the Yunga zone (part of the subtropical Andes close to the jungle). We follow the course of the River Santa Teresa and observe a variety of orchids and waterfalls along the way.
Overnight stay in the camp.
Day 10. La Playa – Hydroeléctrica – Aguas Calientes
We will walk in the direction to the archaeological remains of Llactapata. From there we will have a panoramic view of the mountain Machu Picchu. We will descend towards the hydroelectric plant and continue our hike to Aguas Calientes.
Day 11. Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Cusco
Archaeologists believe that the city of Machu Picchu was built in the middle of the 15th century.
After breakfast we will walk and ascend by stairs to the citadel of Machu Picchu. This is a sacred day to marvel at the amazing archeological city. We return to the town of Aguas Calientes by bus and take the connecting train to Ollantaytambo and from there by bus to Cusco.
Note: It is possible to organise in advance to climb the mountain of Huayna Picchu. The climb is difficult. It is important that you have good shoes, you don’t carry a heavy load and that you don’t suffer from vertigo. It is also possible to climb the mountain of Machu Picchu (almost opposite Huayna Picchu). In both cases you need to organise in advance entrance to these mountains.
Lunch and dinner are not included.
Day 12. Cusco – Lima (Airplane)
Transfer to the airport for a flight to the Peruvian capital.