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Peru Travel 11 Days / 10 Nights

PERU TRAVEL & LAKE TITICACA 11 DAYS / 10 NIGHT

Cusco Travel 11 days 10 nights. You’ll experience cosmopolitan city life but also different communities out in the country and further south. After spending a couple days in Lima, you’ll travel to Cusco & journeys through the Sacred Valley admiring the beauty and splendour of this valley. Visiting the Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo and being guided through the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu, you´ll begin to head south to Lake Titicaca and appreciate the majesty of this lake and its inhabitants

Overview

Overview

  • Enter the wildlife haven of Titicaca National Reserve
  • Take in the elegant Inca architecture of Cuzco
  • Delve into Aymara culture and Quechuan folklore in the lakeside town of Puno
  • Discover the ancient archaeological sites strewn about Cuzco’s surrounding hillsides
  • Share lunch with Sacred Valley locals during a community visit
  • Watch the countryside change weaving through the Urubamba Valley by rail.

Itinerary

Itinerary:

Day 1: Depart for Peru
Depart for Lima, Peru; arrival and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure with time to rest, relax and acquaint yourself with Peru’s vibrant capital, founded in 1535 by the conquistador Francisco Pizarro.

  • Accommodation in Lima.
  • Meals included: None

Day 2: Lima City Tour
This morning’s tour of Lima, with its 2000 years of history, begins at the colonial center of the city, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its historic buildings surrounding the splendid Plaza Mayor. View the impressive Palace of the Archbishop with its fine carved balcony, the opulent Government Palace, official residence of the President, and the 16th century Cathedral of Lima whose first stone was laid by Pizarro. Continue to the 17th century Monasterio de San Francisco complex with its magnificent tiles, ornate carved ceilings, exceptional paintings and world-renowned library. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure or join the optional Pachacamac Pre-Inca Ruins tour. Visit the archaeological site of Pachacamac, one of the largest religious centres in pre-Inca times on the Peruvian coast. This afternoon, join your Tour Manager for an orientation meeting about the wonderful journey that awaits you. Tonight, perhaps attend the optional Evening Larco Herrera Museum with dinner. Experience one of Lima’s most magnificent museums by night on this tour, that also includes a light supper. Admire the world’s largest collection of pre-Columbian masterpieces and a stunning exhibition of gold and priceless jewels.

  • Accommodation in Lima.
  • Meals included: Breakfast.

Day 3: Fly to Cuzco – Arrive to Cusco + City Tour

Upon your arrival to Cusco, we will take you to the hotel and then join your guide for a tour briefing about the wonderful tour that awaits you. Today, begin the tour with a trip around Cusco to enjoy the sights of the Inca Capital. We’ll see both Cusco’s indigenous and colonial heritage then you’re free to spend the evening at leisure by exploring Cusco’s nightlife or sampling some of its many typical restaurants.

Half Day City Tour

We will pick you up at 1:00 pm from your hotel to start the tour and visit the following sites around Cusco.

  • The Coricancha: the Inca Sun Temple
  • The Cathedral: A religious work of art
  • Sacsayhuaman: Majestic Inca temple with impressive stonework, some up to 120 tons
  • Q´enqo: (Labyrinth) a religious center dedicated to the worship of the Earth
  • Puca Pucara: (Red Fortress) that was used as a military control center
  • Tambo Machay: (Inn of the Cave) a center of adoration and worship of water

*Optional Buffet Dinner with Folkloric Show: Adding $30 per person

  • Accommodation in Cusco.
  • Meals included: Breakfast.

Day 4: Maras – Moray – Ollantaytambo Ruins
Depart Cuzco early in the morning on a long drive today. Enjoy spectacular scenery as you drive through the Andes mountain range and Sacred Valley to explore some of the ancient ruins as Maras, Moray. The excursion begins in Moray, a remarkable agricultural center that demonstrates the ancient Incan’s mastery of high-altitude crop growing. You’ll be astounded by the large complex of perfectly circular depressions in the earth that historians believe were used to study climatic conditions. Next, travel to the colonial town of Maras, known for its nearby salt evaporation ponds in use since the time of the Incas. This afternoon, visit the impressive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, an ancient complex of temples and terraces towering high over the valley, the last stand of the Incas in their defense against the Spanish conquistadors. Marvel at the architecture of the Incas in this well preserved settlement, considered a living museum of 15th century life. Tonight, join the optional traditional dinner. Sample delectable home-cooked Peruvian specialties along with a warm and friendly cultural exchange.

  • Accommodation in Ollantaytambo.
  • Meals included: Breakfast.

Day 5: Discover Machu Picchu
Early morning transfer to the Sacred Valley’s Ollanta Station to board the train that travels through misty peaks to the astonishing ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas”, designated by UNESCO as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Machu Picchu was virtually unknown to the western world until Hiram Bingham’s re-discovery in 1911. Spend the morning viewing the unforgettable wonders of this 15th century retreat, abandoned nearly 100 years later with the arrival of the conquistadors. See the highlights of the site including the imposing Temple of the Sun, the House of the Priest, the Sacred Plaza and the intricately carved rock likely used as a sundial by the ancient Incas. The images of this significant archaeological site will be a long-lasting memory. Return to the Sacred Valley in the early evening and transfer to your hotel in Cuzco for overnight.

  • Accommodation in Cusco.
  • Meals included: Breakfast.

Day 6: Walking Cusco City Tour.
Spend today independently discovering the “Imperial City” of Cuzco, once capital of the Inca Empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This lively city, rich in history, reveals remains of both the Incan and the Spanish presence. Take time to explore some of the city’s stunning sights, or, shop for some of the finest handicrafts and textiles in all of Peru. Participate in the optional Cuzco “Behind the Scenes” tour, offering a glimpse into the other side of life in Cuzco. On this tour, visit a local market and taste fresh-baked Chuta bread. Stop at the Cuzco cemetery to learn more about Andean life and death and meet with a local “shaman” (holy man). After the cooking demonstration, enjoy a delicious meal. 

  • Accommodation in Cusco.
  • Meals included: Breakfast.

Day 7: Raqchi & Puno
Depart Cuzco early in the morning on a long drive today. Enjoy spectacular scenery as you drive through the Andes mountain range and the Andean plains to Puno on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca. In this area, South American camelids (llamas and alpacas) graze on the immense plateaus and plains. En route visit the 15th century Temple of Wiracocha, with its elaborate stonework, the largest Inca temple ever discovered. Today, Raqchi remains home to many farmers, ranchers and artisans. Then, you arrive at pristine Lake Titicaca sitting majestically at 12,500 feet above sea level, backed by the snowcapped peaks of Bolivia’s Cordillera Real range. This is the highest navigable lake in the world and South America’s largest fresh water lake. A box lunch will be provided on route. Time permitting, meet children at a local school before arriving in Puno for overnight.

  • Accommodation in Puno.
  • Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 8: Excursion to Uros Islands and Amantani Island on Lake Titicaca.
This morning, an excursion by boat transports you from Puno to the fascinating Uros Floating Islands where the indigenous people of the area, the Uros, live on islands that dot the lake. The Uros live very much the same as their ancestors did and still follow the ancient customs and traditions. These islands are completely man-made structures, using the totora reeds from the lake to build the islands and houses. Continuing across the lake we will arrive to the island of Amantani. Here we will meet the Quechua families that will offer us a cosy home-stay style lodging and prepare us traditional food for lunch. After lunch we will make the short ascent to the two hilltops of the island while observing the daily lifestyle of the local people. Atop of the island we will visit two ancient pre-Inka temples, Pachatata and Pachamama (father & mother cosmos). In the evening after dinner the community members will hold a small welcoming party for us.

  • Accommodation in Amantani Island (Homestay).
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 9: Amantani Island – Taquile Island – Puno

After breakfast on Amantani we will board the boat again to make the short trip to the neighboring island of Taquile. Here we will ascend the beautiful stone paths to the community, a small and quite shy population, not to mention very hard-working and wise, a culture full of art and tradition. Taquiles’ people are cheerful and proud of their origen and culture, happy to share with us the beautiful atmosphere of island life upon the immense lake Titicaca. Return to Puno for the remainder of the day at leisure. Or, take the optional tour to the Sillustani Tombs, the pre-Incan burial ground on the shores of Lake Umayo. The tombs here are built above the ground in tower-like structures called chullpas, vestiges of the Colla people before they were conquered by the Incas in the 15th century. Evening is at leisure in Puno.

  • Accommodation in Puno.
  • Meals included: Breakfast.

Day 10: Fly to Lima, Farewell Dinner
Transfer to Juliaca airport, for your flight to Lima; rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, you bid farewell to your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at a special Farewell Dinner with Peruvian specialties

  • Accommodation in Lima.
  • Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 11: Depart Peru
Transfer from the hotel to the airport for your departure flight*

*Some flights depart shortly after midnight in the very early morning of Day 11 and will require a transfer on Day 10. Transfers depart the hotel approximately 4 hours prior to flight time.

  • Meals included: Breakfast.

Includes

Inclusions:

  • Domestic flights. (Lima- Cusco / Juliaca- Lima).
  • 10 night’s accommodations hotels and Homestay.
  • All meals indicated in the itinerary. B for breakfast, L for lunch. D for dinner
  • All transportation.
  • All airport transfers listed in the itinerary
  • City tour in Lima.
  • Tourist Bus to Puno.
  • Uros, Amantani, Taquile tours.
  • Train tickets between Machupicchu and Ollantaytambo.
  • Andean ceremonie in Temple of the moon
  • Round trip bus ticket to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes the day when we visit Machupicchu.
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • When domestic airfare within Peru is specified as included: Airfare includes all queues, security fee, fuel surcharges and 18% Peruvian sales tax.
  • First Aid kit and oxygen bottle.

Not Included:

  • Meal not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • International and domestic flights.
  • Accommodation in Cusco.
  • Tips for guides and field staff.
  • Huayna Picchu entrance fee US$25
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

What to Take:
General Packing List.

Remember – the lighter you travel the better! A soft-sided duffel or sausage bag is the ideal form of luggage. It is recommended that you keep your luggage weight around 15kg and certainly no more than 20kg. A small or medium-sized backpack (45-50 litres) is another good option, but preferably one without a frame.

When you pack your clothing, consider the climate at the time of year you are travelling and any specific requirements for your trip as at certain times of the year some of the items suggested in the list that follow may not be necessary. Keep in mind that the weather will vary significantly from place to place. Laundry facilities are available in some destinations.

Below is a list of equipment and documentation that we suggest you take with you. Please use this checklist as a guide when packing for your holiday.

  • Travel documents: passport, visa (if required), travel insurance, air tickets or e-ticket receipts, final itinerary and this document
  • Photocopy of main passport pages, visa (if required), travel insurance and air tickets
  • Money: cash/credit card/EFTPOS card
  • Money belt and small padlocks
  • Small first-aid kit
  • Daypack
  • Watch/alarm clock and torch/flashlight (and spare batteries)
  • Electrical adapter plug (view www.kropla.com)
  • Toiletries/roll of toilet paper/travel wipes/ tissues
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen, lip balm, sunhat and sunglasses
  • Earplugs and eye mask (for light sleepers)
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses (if required)
  • 2 strong plastic garbage bags (for laundry and in case of rain) and dry bags
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Phrase book
  • Warm clothes – when travelling in cooler climates
  • Wind and waterproof rain jacket
  • Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes with good walking socks
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Swimwear (dependent on itinerary)

Prices

This unique package can leave on any date, as long as we have a minimum of 2 participants.

From $1599

CATEGORY

SINGLE

DOUBLE

TRIPLE

Economic USD $ 1,950.00 /person

Single Occupancy

USD $ 2,350.00 /person

Double Occupancy

USD $ 2,350.00 /person

Triple Occupancy

Standard USD $ 2,585.00 /person

Single Occupancy

USD $ 2,995.00 /person

Double Occupancy

USD $ 2,350.00 /person

Triple Occupancy

Comfort USD $ 3,318.00 /person

Single Occupancy

USD $ 3,739.00 /person

Double Occupancy

USD $ 2,350.00 /person

Triple Occupancy

Luxury USD $ 4,605.00 /person

Single Occupancy

USD $ 5,785.00 /person

Double Occupancy

USD $ 2,350.00 /person

Triple Occupancy

Discounts:

Optional Extras (Need to Book in Advance):

  • Machu Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 25.00 (Need to book in advance)
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain climbing: USD 25.00 (Need to book in advance)

Terms & Conditions

By booking or participating in a tour and any related products or services (a “Tour”) with Cusco Journeys, you agree to these Terms & Conditions.

Booking:

  1. Your booking is confirmed and a contract exists when the Tour Operator or your travel agent issues a written confirmation after receipt of the applicable deposit amount. Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to the Tour Operator or authorized agent immediately. Please ensure that names are exactly as stated in the relevant passport.
  2. You will pay a deposit which is completely non-refundable in any situation. There are no exceptions.
  3. You will be required to show the original passport (not a copy) that you booked with, at the checkpoint to enter the Inca Trail. If you originally booked with an old passport and then renewed your passport, you must also bring your expired passport along with your new, valid passport to permit entry or they will refuse your entrance to the trail.
  4. The only acceptable ID to receive a Student Discount is your University Card with a clear expiration date that must be the same year as trek. IDs with expiry dates the following year, even though clearly valid, will not be accepted by the Peruvian government. You must submit a copy of this card at time of booking.

Cancellations:

  1. Cancellations: In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 40% is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing (we do not accept medical notes of any kind) as our out of pocket expenses are non-refundable to us.. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:

ONCE BOOKED, DEPOSITS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. CHART BELOW OUTLINES WHAT FURTHER FEES WILL BE DUE.

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91 days or more before departure we will retain 50% of your deposit.
90 – 30 days before departure we will retain 75% of the total tour cost.
29 – 0 days before departure we will retain 100% of the total tour cost.

Inca Trail Tours:

  1. Permits: Permits for the Inca Trail are in your name and can not be transferred to anyone else under any circumstances. Change of dates is also not possible once a permit has been purchased. Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The deposit will be forfeited. Please note that this is a regulation of the Peruvian government and not Cusco Journeys (or any agency).
  2. In extreme cases when the “Inca Trail to Machu Picchu” is declared closed for safety reasons, Cusco Journeys will replace your trek with an alternative trek.
  3. Those who booked PERMITS with a Student ID must bring that ID with them on the trek. If they fail to show this card to the Park Rangers, they will not be allowed entry onto the trail.

Medical Information:

  1. You must advise Cusco Journeys of any medical problems or allergies you may have. You need to be in good physical health, and if your health is questionable, then you should consult a doctor. If you are over the age of 70 years old, then you will need to present us with a current good health medical certificate.
  2. You are responsible for assessing whether a Tour is suitable for you. You should consult your physician to confirm your fitness for travel and participation in any planned activities. You should seek your physician’s advice on vaccinations and medical precautions. The Tour Operator does not provide medical advice. It is your responsibility to assess the risks and requirements of each aspect of the Tour based on your own unique circumstances, limitations, fitness level and medical requirements.
  3. Cusco Journeys reserves the right to deny you permission to travel or participate in any aspect of a Tour at any time and at your own risk and expense where the Tour Operator determines that your physical or mental condition renders you unfit for travel or you represent a danger to yourself or others.
  4. Pregnancy is considered a medical condition and must be disclosed to the Tour Operator at the time of booking. The Tour Operator may refuse to carry pregnant women over 24 weeks. The Tour Operator may refuse to carry anyone with certain medical conditions if reasonable accommodation or alternatives cannot be arranged.
  5. It is strongly encouraged to purchase Travel Insurance to protect you in case of medical emergency or any tour cancellations.

Tours and Treks:

  1. All balances need to be paid in either cash, Western Union, Transfer Bank or PayPal (in full) prior to the briefing which will be held the night before your tour. Visa incurs a 5% service fee and if you need to use another card, it must be through PayPal which incurs a 5.5% service fee.
    You must advise your guide if you wish to leave the group or the camping area for independent walks or sightseeing. If you are experiencing any problems with the services of the guide or tour, please advise the guide in that moment, so that he can resolve any problems.
  2. All Adventure Treks include transportation to Cusco. The return train route depends on train availability.
  3. If you become ill or injured on the trail and are unable to continue, a porter will be provided to accompany you back to an area with emergency assistance capabilities. Helicopter air lifts and medical assistance are at the expense of the trekker. If you are unable to complete the tour due to illness, we will assist you in meeting your group at Machu Picchu to recommence your tour at that point. There will be no refund of the original payment. However, we will prepare a document to certify illness which can be presented for your travel insurance.
  4. Cusco Journeys will take all reasonable care in providing to our clients avoidance of accident, illness, and loss of personal property, and will only employ suitably qualified staff. We accept responsibility for the actions of our own employees. Cusco Journeys cannot, however, be responsible for any action of third parties. You are totally responsible for your own personal property and rented equipment.
  5. Cusco Journeys does not take responsibility for unfavorable weather conditions, natural catastrophe, strikes, accidents, illness, injury, loss of personal ítems, etc. It is the client’s responsibility to carry insurance to cover these types of events. We reserve the right to modify or cancel the program due to any of the unforeseen conditions listed above.
  6. Cusco Journeys may modify your itinerary where reasonably required in its sole discretion.
  7. Group tours might be as large as 16 participants. Groups are open to everyone no matter skill or age. By accepting a Group Tour you acknowledge that others might change the speed and timing of the tour.
  8. All tours are done in English.

Delays:

  1. Any costs, whether direct or incidental, incurred by the Customer as the result of delays caused by bad weather, trail conditions, river levels, road conditions, transportation delays, sickness, government intervention or other contingencies which are beyond the control of southern explorations will not be reimbursed.

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