Symbolic Wonders of Peru

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Conquistadors, Incas and perhaps beings from other worlds… Even extra-terrestrials? A journey in the footsteps of Inca’s empire builders throws up some intriguing surprises.

The Andes are a magnificent mountain range, rich with history and fascinating cultures.  Journey independently through the Sacred Valley and Lake Titicaca, the world´s highest navigable lake.

Porcell Tours advantages

Travel by Vistadome train and stay at Machu Picchu Pueblo, enjoying extra time to explore this spectacular “Lost City”.

Feed llamas and alpacas, and learn about weaving techniques at a breeding center for camelids.

Visit historic sites in colorful Cusco during your stay.

Style: Private- shared tour
Duration: 10 days/ 9 nights
Starts in: Lima

    Travel Style
    Andean, Archaeological sites, Discovery, Family, Jungle, Lake titicaca, Nature, Travel with kids

    Activity Level Easy
    2/4

Tour Summary

Day 1. Arrival Lima, Peru

Day 2. Lima to Cusco/ Cusco to Sacred Valley: en route visit to Chinchero

Day 3. Sacred Valley of the Incas: Pisac market and Ollantaytambo: old fortress & the Quechua lifestyle

Day 4. Free day/ Optional tour to Maras saltpans and Moray crop circles

Days 5/ 6. Machu Picchu / Optional Inca trail hikes/ Return to Cusco

Day 7. Cusco city tour / Massive walls of Saqsaywaman

Day 8. Cusco to Puno/ Racqchi- Andahuaylillas- La Raya

Day 9. Lake Titicaca/ Uros and Taquile islands

Day 10. Departure Juliaca (Puno)/ Lima

What does this tour include?
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Private transfer from Lima Airport to the hotel and vice versa (upon arrival)
  • Accommodation in hotel for 1 night with breakfast (double basis) in Lima
  • Accommodation in hotel for 3 nights with breakfast (double basis) in the Sacred Valley
  • Accommodation in hotel for 1 night with breakfast (double basis) in Aguas Calientes
  • Accommodation in hotel for 2 nights with breakfast (double basis) in Cusco
  • Accommodation in hotel for 2 nights with breakfast (double basis) in Puno
  • Private mobility to and from Ollantaytambo train station
  • Meals as specified
  • Train and Bus to Machu Picchu the first day
  • Tickets to all mentioned places
  • Private guide (except in Cusco- Puno route)
  • Private guide the second day in Machu Picchu
  • Private transportation (except for Cusco- Puno route and Uros-Taquile tour)
  • Bottled mineral water
  • Taxes
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
•      Air tickets and air taxes

•      Tours not mentioned

•      Meals not specified

•      Unforeseen expenses

•      Insurance

•      Tips

•      Maras and Moray tour

•      Bus and Entrance ticket to Machupicchu on the second day

  1. Day 1 Lima, Peru Upon arrival transfer to your hotel.

    Night in Lima.

  2. Day 2 Lima to the Sacred Valley Fly to Cusco in the morning.

    Reception and transfer to your hotel in the enchanting Sacred Valley. On route stop at Chinchero, a small Quechua town and visit one weaver center,  learn about the valuable fibers created from the camelids’ fur as well as the ancient weaving techniques still used today.

    Night in Sacred Valley.

  3. Day 3 Sacred Valley Enjoy a full day tour in this striking region.

    Shop for handicrafts in the markets of Pisac; explore the impressive Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo, visit an Andean house in this old Inca city where a family will welcome you.

    Night in Sacred Valley.

  4. Day 4 Sacred Valley Enjoy this day at leisure or take an optional tour to Maras and Moray.

    The saltpans of Maras have been used since pre-Inca times for the extraction and storage of salt. The views over this site are lovely as the pools show a variety of colours due to the sun’s reflection. Afterwards continue on to Moray and discover the circular terraces, which are thought to be Inca ’botanical laboratories’.

    Night in Sacred Valley.

  5. Day 5 Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu Journey deep into the Andes toward Machu Picchu

    Via the glass-topped Vistadome train, passing through spectacular Peruvian countryside along the way. Arrive with plenty of time to begin exploring the breathtaking Incan city. Machu Picchu forever holds the secret of its passing; its Incan inhabitants left no written records of its purpose or its impeccable construction.

    Night in Machu Picchu Town (Aguas Calientes).

  6. Day 6 Machu Picchu to Cusco Lost City of the Incas

    Return to Machu Picchu to explore the ‘Lost City of the Incas’; this morning you will be at your leisure. You may opt for a hike to Inti Punku (Sun Gate), the entry point to the ruins from the Inca Trail, or trek up to Huayna Picchu, the high mountain that forms the backbone of the ruins. After your explorations, journey back to Cusco aboard the Vistadome train, savoring incomparable views of the mountain scenery. Returning to Cusco by train and road.

    Night in Cusco.

  7. Day 7 Cusco Plaza de Armas

    Today we are visiting the highlights of Cusco including the Plaza de Armas, Santo Domingo Church and the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Stroll in this ancient city decorated with cobblestoned streets.

    Night in Cusco.

  8. Day 8 Cusco to Lake Titicaca Titicaca train

    Board the Titicaca train*. Marvel at the changing landscape during this 10-hour rail journey to Puno on the shore of Lake Titicaca.

    Night in Puno.

     

  9. Day 9 Lake Titicaca Puno

    Enjoy an unforgettable day cruising on this vast lake. Visit the remarkable floating Uros Islands and Taquile Island.

    Night in Puno.

  10. Day 10 Puno/ Lima Transfer to the airport.  

    End of our services.

Chinchero is 3,700 meters above sea level, it is a small city with about 4 thousand inhabitants. Here the new Cusco airport will be built. The Sacred Valley has an average height of 2,800 m.a.s.l.

They are two places that can easily be visited from the Sacred Valley. Maras is known for its more than 5 thousand salt pools, it is called “las salineras”. Moray is an archaeological site with a unique construction in the form of circles, it is believed that they were centers for agricultural experimentation of the time of the Incas, although others believe that they conformed a gigantic cosmic antenna.

From the citadel of Machu Picchu, known as the “Llacta” in Quechua, which means “Town”, you can easily reach the Sun Gate or Inti Punku in just 1 hour of walking. This place was the last checkpoint of the Inca trail before reaching the Llacta of Machu Picchu. From Inti Punku you will have an extraordinary view of the surroundings of Machu Picchu with the Urubamba river winding in the valley and the mountains that surround and “guard” the citadel.

This is a train with dining cars decorated in the style of the exclusive pullman wagons of the twenties. Aboard you will enjoy musicians who will accompany you throughout the journey with national and international songs. In addition, during the trip, you will enjoy a mid-morning snack, a gourmet lunch and an afternoon tea. The quality of the personalized service is guaranteed in an exclusive experience full of luxury and a mystical connection with nature.

They are a set of habitable artificial islands built of totora, an aquatic plant that grows on the surface of Lake Titicaca. The construction of these islands is done by weaving the cattails in the areas where it grows denser, forming a natural layer, on this layer they build their homes, also from a woven totora mesh which they call “mat”. Each house is composed of only one room. Its residents cook outdoors to avoid fires.