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US$ 860.00 p/person
(Based on Double / Triple accommodation)
Single supplement $150 for single traveler.
US$ 20.00 less for students with ISIC card or childs.
Day 1 Arrive to Cusco, Transfer to Hotel Marqueses. Afternoon Cusco tour
Day 2 Sacred Valley tour Pisac, Train to Aguas Calientes. Accommodation.
Day 3 Full Day at Machupicchu return to Cusco. Hotel Marqueses.
Day 4 VIP Inka Express bus to Puno w Lunch Hotel Qalasaya.
Day 5 Floating Island tour. Night with a local family.
Day 6 Taquile island return to Puno Hotel Qalasaya.
Day 7 Transfer to Juliaca Airport or bus St. Flight to Lima.
FREE Up-Grade to our Deluxe or Suite room at MARQUESES Boutique Hotel in this tour for early bookings (5-2 months in advance.) FREE 2 Hrs walking tour to Mercado Central.
Arrival at any time. Reception in Cusco airport and Transfer to Marqueses Boutique Hotel where they will welcome you with cups of coca leaf tea a traditional drink to minimize the efects of altitude, Relax,rest and acclimatise. We advise you to get an early flight so you can just spend your first 2 hours in Cusco seriously doing nothing but trying to breathe!! At 13:45 pm A Guided Cusco City Tour, Excursion, visiting Koricancha "The Sun Temple" the golden Inca`s temple that impressed so much to the first spanish conquistadores when they arrived in 1534 ,Cusco main Cathedral with their exquisite canvas from the Cuzqueña Painting School, chapels, Virgins and Saints , Saqsayhuaman Inca Complex, where every year in June in the winter solstice in this hemisphere the young Cuzqueños perform the old and traditional Feast of the Sun "Inti Raymi" in honor to the Sun, then we visit Tambo Machay, Qenqo and Puca-Pucara.
If you are not exhausted you can go straight to the Cusco Folk Dances and Music at Cusco Art Center in the main Ave el Sol. which are included on your tourist ticket 6.30pm 10 min slow walk from Hotel Marqueses.
At 8.20am meet at SAS Travel office or transfer from your hotel at earlier time if coordinated. In a tourist bus we travel over the mountains and then we drop 1500 feet to the valley floor of the sacred Urubamba river and the village of Pisac where we will visit a traditional market and you can buy some local souveniers. We then drive up to explore the extensive ruins of Pisac with stunning views over the valley. For those who would prefer to spend more time in the market instead of visiting the ruins, advise your guide so he can organise a time and place to pick you up when they return through the market. We continue on to Urubamba where we stop for you to have lunch. A further 30 mins drive takes us to Ollantaytambo surrounded by the sacred mountains, where we will again discover the magnificence of the Incan constructions and the beauty of the local people in their traditional dress. You will then be escorted to the train station to board the valle train. This is a 1.5 hr journey to Aguas Calientes where the representative from Hotel Viajeros will meet you and settle you into your accommodation. You have free time to visit the hot springs if you like and then dinner and overnight in the hostel. Dinner is included for you at Viajeros Hostel.
After breakfast we take the bus at approx 05.30am and arrive at the ruins around 06.20am. Optional for those who would like to walk up earlier from 4.30am, please let us know of your interest. We recommend using the bus up to conserve your energy for your 2 hour group tour exploring Machu Picchu (2,400 m) and optional hikes to follow. Escorted by your experienced tour guide you will have the oportunity to rediscover this fascinating and unique place as Hiram Bingham did in 1911, Machupicchu, the lost city of the Incas, where the last emperors, priests and priestesses took refuge and where the empire survived for 40 years after the arrival of the Spaniards.
Other recommended activities: Climb Huayna Picchu mountain (2,700 m, 90min, steep gradient); you must request a permit for this at the time of booking $10 extra with this tour if requested well in advance walks within Machu Picchu with no additional cost Walk to "Intipunku" the Sun`s Gate where end classic Inca Trail ( 1.5 hr ); Walk to the Inca bridge located at south from Machupicchu (1 hr ) Walk to the Temple of the moon (3-4 Hr);
All these walks are without a guide, are clearly signed and easy to find.
Lunch will be provided in Aguas Calientes from 1.30pm so most people use their bus ticket to leave Machu Picchu around 1pm.
Your guide will advise you of necessary details for the afternoon train return to Ollantaytambo with private transport on to Cusco, arriving 9:30 pm approx. Hotel Marqueses
At 06:20 am Transfer from hotel Marqueses to the bus Station to travel by the Inka Express VIP / Tourist Bus to Puno. Accompanied by an English speaking guide for tours of 3 sites along the way; Andahaylillas, Rhachi and Puka Pukara with spectacular views. (entrance to 3 sites not included = total $7) Buffet Lunch near Sicuani town. Arrival around 5pm Transfer to Hotel in Puno. Accommodation on double basis, private bathroom and breakfast. Hotel Qalasaya. Short evening briefing for any last minute queries.
Between 7.35- 8.00am Transfer from the hotel to the port and by motor boat we take you to one of the legendary Uros Islands where you can observe the lives of the Uros people who live on floating reed islands, some only 20 metres in length. After a beautiful 3hr boat ride we reach Amantani island where we will break into smaller groups to stay with the local families. You have the opportunity to trek to the top of the mountain (4150 mtrs) to see the Temples of the Pachamama and Pachatata and enjoy the traditional customs of the island people. Food and authentic music prepared and performed by your designated family.
After breakfast we take a short boat ride to the neighboring Taquile island, where we will tour around the ruins and visit these beautiful people, world famous for their intricate and fascinating weavings, After lunch we take the return trip to Puno. Arrival in the afternoon and transfer back to hotel approx 5-6 pm. Hotel Puno Qalasaya.
Transfer to Juliaca airport ( approx 45 mins) Transfer time according to your flight.
Or if you are travelling on to Bolivia then this is also possible.