08 Day Cultural Tour + Rainbow Mountain + Puno

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Easy

These activities are a walk in the park! You will be able to enjoy the scenery, history, and time with loved ones without exhausting yourself. You do not need any special training, gear, or acclimatization for an “Easy” trek or tour. Terrain will be generally flat and comfortable, highly traveled.

Mild

A step up from “Easy,” these tours require a little more physical effort but are still 100% manageable to anyone with or without adventure experience. Again, you do not need special training, gear, or acclimatization for a “Mild” trek or tour. Terrain is generally flat but with possible gentle up- and downhills.

Moderate

Before embarking on a “Moderate” trek or tour, you should be at least partly acclimatized to the high altitude of the Andes as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. These tours are still very manageable without special training as long as you have spent a day or two at high altitude. Terrain often includes moderate up- and downhill walking with possible rough patches or infrequently-traveled sections.

Challenging

“Challenging” treks or tours require that you are acclimated to the Andes’ high altitude before leaving as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. Spending 2-3 days or more at high altitude will help you on the trek. You will need hiking shoes and possibly trekking poles for these treks. You will need to be in good physical shape, and it’s recommended that you train at least some beforehand, possibly with running, biking, or strenuous workout videos. Terrain is often rough, sometimes with steep up- and downhills and often not highly traveled. Generally, these last several hours.

Formidable

These “Formidable” treks are our most difficult treks and require serious effort but are also the most rewarding. It is necessary to be in pristine physical condition. Again, you must be acclimated to the Andes’ high altitude before leaving as it affects your oxygenation, energy levels, and hydration. Spending 4-5 days or more if possible at high altitude will help you on the trek. You will need hiking shoes and possibly trekking poles for these treks. It is important to train physically before these treks so that your body is prepared for the strenuous nature of the trip. Generally, these last at least an entire day in infrequently-traveled areas with rough paths.

Highlights

08 Day Cultural Tour + Rainbow Mountain + Puno

08 Days cultural tour + Mountain of Colors + Puno: Definitely if you are in our beautiful country of Peru and are visiting the southern part, these are the places you should not miss. A route that will take you through the Inca Collasuyo. We begin with your arrival towards the sacred Inka city of Cusco where you feel the magic that reverberates from its mysterious streets, its culture and its wonderful people. We will know the most emblematic places in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, one of the most important destinations in South America. We will crown our trip with a visit to the Inca citadel World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu. Within our adventure, we will also know one of the Natural Wonders of Peru, the majestic and colorful Mountain of Colors will be enchanted by its colors and beauty. To culminate with this fantastic tour we will move towards the Andean highlands through the Ruta del Sol. We will arrive at the city of Puno, where its islands will fill us with different energy through traditional experiences and customs that will disconnect you from the everyday.

Feel the magic and mystical air that permeates the regions of Cusco and Puno. Each moment will impact your being with its magic and charm, during and after your visit.

Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO “NAVEL OF THE WORLD”

Upon arrival at the Cusco airport, a member of Inkayni Peru Tours will be there to receive you and take you to our designated hotel, located in the charming and traditional San Blas neighborhood. The hotel is centrally located, just a few minutes walks from the Cusco main square, away from the bustling center of the city. This day will be reserved to rest and acclimatize to the altitude of the city (approximately 3,400 meters or 11,000 feet).

You will meet the rest of your group at 5:00 p.m. in the hotel lobby.

Lodging: Cusco Tandapata Boutique Hotel *** or similar.

DAY 2: SACRED VALLEY  (CHINCHERO – MORAY – SALT MINES)

This day we will begin our adventure to the high plains, stopping first in Chinchero, an important ancient site for the Inca, known as the birthplace of the rainbow. We will visit the main site with its picturesque colonial church located on the old archeological site and continue to a local textile center where we will learn about the ancient weaving science of artisans and how they magically bring these wonderful works of art (stained with minerals, plants, and seeds). Continuing through the mountains we will visit the enigmatic circular terraces of Moray where we will learn how these constructions served as an experimental agricultural center to selectively cultivate the best races of Andean basic crops at different temperatures. Near Moray we will stop in the town of Maras to visit the old salt mines, used by local families for thousands of years to supply salt not only to the Incas, but still offers us an example of the natural art of salt harvesting directly from the earth. After our visit, we will return to Cusco to rest and replenish energy.

Lodging: Cusco Tandapata Boutique Hotel *** or similar.

DAY 3. MACHU PICCHU

Today we will rise very early for breakfast and ascend to the citadel Inka of Machu Picchu (approx 25 minutes by bus) to appreciate sunrise in this magical place, a famous masterpiece of architecture and engineering, believed to have been a santuary and energetic center. Today Machu Picchu is recognized by UNESCO as one of the seven wonders of the world and a World Heritage site.

Optional: The trek to the peak of Huayna Picchu OR Machupicchu Mountain, a climb on steep trails with impressive ruins and spectacular views, a round-trip of 3 hours.

Lodging: Aguas Calientes Golden Sunrise *** or similar.

DAY 4: RETURN TO OLLANTAYTAMBO – PISAQ

In the afternoon we will arrive to Ollantaytambo and continue onwards to the town of Pisaq, offering us a spectacular encounter with the engineering of the Incas demonstrated by mountainsides full of terraces and buildings on steep hillsides and high peaks. As we journey to the top of this mountain the heights will offer us the best views of the Sacred Valley below. Later we will return to the town of Pisaq and visit the local artesan market of craftsmen, complete with products of all kinds, offering you everything from weavings to musical instruments and all sorts of souvenirs. After completing our visit to the market we will aboard our transportation back to Cusco. Along the way we will stop at Awanacancha, weaving center and also an opportunity to meet the Andean species of camels, such as alpaca, llama, vicuña, and guanaco, as we continue to dive deeper into the science of weaving and appreciate this hand-made art by Andean women.

Lodging: Tandapata Hotel Boutique *** or similar

DAY 5: RAINBOW MOUNTAIN

You will need to wake up early to enjoy this natural marvel at its best. Between 3:45 am and 4:15 am, we’ll pick you up directly from your hotel to start our ride to  the south of Cusco through beautiful landscapes of valleys and agricultural communities. First we will drive for around 2 hours to to the town of Cusipata (3,329m / 12,772 ft.).

After breakfast  near Cusipata we will continue our trip by van, following a beautiful way between the mountains, accompanied by our first views of Ausangate, highest peak of Cusco. Along the way we will pass through herds of hundreds of alpacas and llamas and the occasional shepherd or local people moving about their daily activities.

Our ascent will begin in Phuluwasipata and last about 2 hours, bringing us to our final destination and highest point on our Rainbow Mountain trek (or Vinicunca trek), at 5,020 mts / 16,470 ft. Here we will stop to admire and appreciate the outstanding views in all directions and the rare geological formations that appear to be painted with exotic colors by Gods hand. Far below and into the distance are infinite valleys and glaciers as far as one can see. We will stop for about 30 minutes – the perfect amount of time to rest, to have a snack, and immerse yourself in this wild environment before we must begin our descent, roughly an hour and a half hours towards the point where we started the day’s hike in Phuluwasipata, there our transport will be waiting to take us to restaurant in Chillihuani where we enjoy an energizing lunch. We will have time after lunch to visit some of the local households and observe the lifestyle and customs that are still being practiced today since Inca times. Here the native language of Quechua is spoken very well and agriculture is essential for life.

At the end of the day our tour will conclude with an opportunity to meet with local people from the community before making our journey back to Cusco in our private van. We will leave you back at your hotel around 4:30 p.m to 5:30 p.m.

Lodging: Tandapata Hotel Boutique *** or similar

DAY 6: DEPARTURE TO PUNO (ROUTE OF THE SUN)

In the morning we will depart from the bus terminal and head towards Puno. This is a special journey by bus which allows us to visit the many diverse locations along the way on the route of the sun. There will we planned stops to visit the following:

  • Andahuaylillas: (the sistine chapel of the Americas, this temple is one of the best examples of the fusion between Catholic and Andean religions)
  • Raqchi: A Inka temple dedicated to the god Wiracocha, construction of monumental dimensions, an estimated 100 meters long, 26m wide, 14m high. This is the only known temple dedicated to the God Wiracocha, creator of the Universe.
  • La Raya: Midway point on our journey and highest point on the road – 4335 m.s.n.m. The impressive views here allow us to admire the rugged high altitude, full of tall peaks, many of which are snow-capped, and herds of llamas, alpacas and vicuñas. This is the geografic border between two cultures, the Quechua of Cusco and the Aymara of Puno.
  • Pucara: This ceremonial center is one of the oldest and most important of the high plains, well known for its lithic structures and tombs.

Lodging: Puno Royal Inn Hotel*** or similar.

DAY 7: UROS (FLOATING ISLANDS) – TAQUILE ISLAND

Between 7.40am and 8am we will transfer you 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 meters in length. After a beautiful 3hr boat ride we reach Taquile 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 m.a.s.l) 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. Then we return to Puno and transfer back to your hotel.

Lodging: Puno Royal Inn Hotel*** or similar.

DAY 8: PUNO – JULIACA – FLY TO LIMA

A brief transfer from Puno to the neighboring city of Juliaca. Upon arrival in Lima there will be assitence for an international connecting flight, or if prefered, transfer for a hotel. (End of tour)

What´s Included

INCLUDED:

  • 7 night’s accommodations 3 stars hotels.
  • 7 breakfasts.2 lunches.2 dinners
  • All transportation.
  • All transfers.
  • Bus to Puno.
  • Uros,Amantani tours.
  • Rainbow Mountain tour.
  • Turistic bus to Puno.
  • Train to Machu Picchu.
  • Tourist ticket
  • Buses to Machu Picchu.
  • All entrances in Cusco.
  • Private guided tour in Machu Picchu.
  • Entrances to Machu Picchu.
  • Tour leader during whole trip

NOT INCLUDED:

  • International flights.
  • Intra-flights. (Lima- Cusco / juliaca- Lima).
  • Single Supplement
  • Meals where are not stated
  • Gratitudes
  • Huayna Picchu entrance fee US$35
  • Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

THINGS TO BRING:

  • Original Passport
  • Current University Card (if you are a student and want to qualify for the discount)
  • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
  • Warm jacket
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable Trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
  • Insect repellant
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film

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Useful Things

PACKING LIST

Sturdy shoes, a good raincoat, and warm layers for the evening are the only essential items. Bring comfortable and modest clothes for the time in Cusco. There is no need to bring a sleeping bag or any gear as you’ll be staying in lodges throughout the expedition.

Documents and Logistics:

  • International flights booked and confirmed to Cusco
  • Flight information submitted
  • Passport valid through end of trip (*Passport and entry receipt must be carried at all times during expedition!)
  • Medical insurance card
  • Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc. (*Note: Please bring crisp US bills. Many places will not accept torn, wrinkled, or worn bills)

FAQS?

How to contact Inkayni Peru Tours?

Inkayni works 24 hours per day, in their differents booking forms and free information: by e-mail, by telephone, and by our web page.

Inkayni Peru Tours, will organize all about your trip, hotels, transportation, meals, and others items for give you an amazing trip. If you want to organize your own packages to visit PERU, Inkayni is the only tour operator which give you the alternative to do your own packages and give you options for your hotels and your kind of transportation.

You can book with us with 50% of the cost of your trip, and you will pay the other 50% when you will be in Cusco city with us.

Airport Information

Airport and airlines located in the port of city of Callao, Lima´s Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chavez 01-517-3100 www.lap.com.pe.

Callao is serviced by flights from North, Central and South America, and two regular direct flights from Europe (Madrid and Ansterdam) check the airport website or call 01-511-6055 for update departure and arrival schedules for domestic and international flights.

Cusco has the only other airport with international al service to La Paz, Bolivia.

Do I need a Visa to enter Peru?

With a few exceptions (notably some Asian, African and Communist countries), Visa are not requiered for travelers entering Peru.

Tourist are permited a 30 to 90 day stay, wich is stamped into their passports and onto a turist card called Tarjeta Andina de Migracion “TAM”(Andean Immigration card), that you must return upon leaving the country.

Be careful not to lose your tourist card, or you will have to queue at immigration office (oficina de migraciones), also simply known as migraciones to get a replacement card. It is a good idea to carry your passport and TAM on your pocket at all times especially when traveling in remote areas, for example: it is required by law on the Inca Trail.

For security get a photocopy of both documents and keep them in a separate place form the originals.

Money in Peru

Peru uses the Nuevo Sol (S), which has traded from S3.00 to S3.30 per US dollar (US$) for several years although you should keep an eye on current events.

Carrying cash, an ATM card or traveler´s checks, as well as a credit card that can be use for cash advances in case of emergency, is advisable.

When receiving local currency, always ask for small bills (billetes pequeños), as S100 bills is hard to change in small towns or for small purchases. Carry as much spare change as posible, especially in small towns.

Public bathrooms often charge a small fee for use and getting change for paper can be darn near impossible.

The best places to exchange money are normally foreign exchange bureaus (casa de cambio), which are fast, have longer hours and often give slightly better rates than banks.

Many places accept US dollars. Do not accept torn money as it will likely not be aceppted by Peruvians.

It is best not to change money on the street as counterfeits are a problem.

Do you know what voltage the sockets have (110 or 220)?

What are the standars plugs?

Electrical current is 220V, 60HZ AC, Standard outlets accep round prongs, but many places will have dual-voltage outlets which take flat prongs. Even so, you may need and adapter with a built-in surge protector.

What should we pack?

Peru is a diverse country in natural and cultural resources so you only need a passport to enter the country and take some precautions that will help you to enjoy the wealth of this beautiful land.

Phone Calls

Public pay phones operated by Telefonica-Peru (www.telefonica.com.pe) or Claro-Perú (www.claro.com.pe)  are available on the street even in small towns. Most pay phones work with phone cards which can be purchased at supermarkets and groceries. Often internet cafes have private phone booths with ¨net-to-phone¨ and ¨net-to-net¨ capabilities (such as skype), where you can talk for pennies or even for free.

When calling Peru from abroad, dial the international access code for the country you are in, then Peru¨s country code (51), then the area code without the 0 and finally, the local number.

When making international calls from Peru, dial the international access code (00), then the country code of where you are calling to, then the area code and finally the local phone number.

In Peru any telephone number beginning with a 9 is a cell-phone number. Numbers beginning with 0800 are often toll-free only when dialed from private phones, not from public pay phones.

What is the time difference between the United States and Peru?

Peru is five hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). It is the same as Eastern Standard Time (EST) in North America.

Daylight Saving Time (DST) is not used in Peru, so add an hour to all of these times between the first Sunday in April and the last Sunday in October.

Weather

Peru has three main climatic zones: the tropical Amazon jungle to the east, the arid coastal desert to the west, and the Andean mountains and highlands in between. In the Andes, which have altitudes over 3500m. average daily temperatures are around 10°C (50°F) and overnight temperatures can dip will below freezing. Travelers flying straight to Cuzco (3250m), or their hight altitude cities, should allow several days to aclimatize since altitude sickness or soroche can be a problem.

April to November is the dry season in the mountain and Andean Plateau (altiplano). the wetts months are from December to March. It rains al the time in the hot and humit rainforest, but the driest months there are from April from November. However, even during the wettest months from December to March, it rarely rains for more than a few hours at a time. Along the arid coastal strip, the hot summer months are form December throught March.









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