13 DAY PERUVIAN TREASURES – LIMA, ICA, CUSCO, INCA TRAIL & PUNO
PRICE $ 2999
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.
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.
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” 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.
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.
The 13 Day Peruvian Treasures – Lima, Ica, Cusco, Inca trail & Puno offers you the best combination of locations in this multicultural country. Experience the phenomenal landscapes of the Sacred Valley and feast with your eyes on the colorful farmlands as you make your way through the famous Inca Trail to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Navigate Lake Titicaca through the floating inhabited islands of the Uros and the island of Taquile. Here our staff will support you with the best-personalized service and guarantee you satisfaction throughout your visit to the beautiful regions of Cusco and Puno.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN LIMA
Upon your arrival in Lima, a representative of Inkayni tours will wait for you at the airport to assist you with transportation to your respective hotel.
Lodging: Lima Miramar Hotel *** or similar.
DAY 2: PARACAS, ICA & HUACACHINA
Today, we will pick you up early in the morning from your hotel in Lima to transfer you to the bus terminal. You’ll take a tour bus to Paracas; it takes approximately 4 hours. At the bus terminal in Paracas, there will be an Inkayni Cusco representative waiting to transfer you to the Harbor to visit Ballestas Island. Which are very spectacular islands with many caves and arches, providing shelter for thousands of seabirds and sea lions. Along the shores can be seen large numbers of sea lions, and in the sea, it is possible to encounter whales. Then we will transfer you to Ica to have the city tour and visit some important ´places like Brujas de Cachiche, Caravedo hacienda.
In the afternoon, we will transfer you to Huacachina Oasis to do the sandboarding and Buggies activities.
After the tour, we will transfer you to Lima and drop off in your respective hotel.
Lodging: Lima Miramar Hotel *** or similar.
DAY 3: LIMA CITY TOUR
In the morning at 09:00, we will pick you up from to hotel to start the Lima city tour. There will be the option to visit Lima’s historic downtown. UNESCO declared Lima the “City of Kings” and a World Heritage site. The following key locations may be visited:
- Huaca Pucllana (Ceremonial and archaeological site)
- Lima’s historic center
- Colonial Architecture (main square, the government palace, the archbishop offices, and cathedral)
- Museum of the Central Bank.
- San Francisco
Lodging: Lima Miramar Hotel *** or similar.
DAY 4: FLIGHT TO CUSCO
This day is essential for your trip to first rest and acclimatize to the altitude and conditions during your stay in Cusco. This smooth transition via rest will assure that during the following days, you can enjoy your tour without any concerns about altitude sickness. We will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel for your lodging during the following days.
Lodging: Cusco Tandapata Boutique Hotel *** or similar.
DAY 5: MARAS, MORAY & CHINCHERO
To start the Maras Moray & Chinchero Tour, we will pick you up from your hotel around 8 AM and head to Moray. The drive is about 1 hour and 20 minutes and is beautiful. You will drive through the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, through lush yellow fields of wheat, past some villages.
Finally, you will arrive at the fascinating display of terraces in Moray. Moray boasts three amphitheater-like terraces made by the Incas. These terraces, which are carved deep into the earth in a bowl shape, were thought to be used to determine the optimal conditions for growing crops.
When you are done exploring Moray, you will head to the salt mines of Maras, which is about 2 miles away. This village is known as a former salt-producing center that is thought to date back to pre-Inca times. There are over 3000 salt pools all carved into the mountainside, being filled daily by a little stream of water.
The last place to visit will be Chinchero. Here we can admire the well-preserved Inka walls of the main square as well as the many altars. We will also visit the beautiful colonial church, unique for its interior artwork and imagery. Moving on, we will participate in a wonderful introduction and learning experience of the art of Andean textiles; throughout the afternoon, we will become acquainted with the wisdom of Andean weavings as maintained since long before Inka times.
Lodging: Cusco Tandapata Boutique *** or similar
DAY 6: INCA TRAIL 4D/3N
DAY 6: PISKACUCHO KM 82 -TO WAYLLABAMBA
After breakfast in Cusco, we will board our bus for the 1.5 hour trip into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Upon reaching the end of the road, known as kilometer 82, we will briefly introduce you to our crew, and upon crossing the bridge at the Urubamba River, here begins our four-day adventure. This first day is relatively easy-going and smooth as we move along visiting ruins such as the city of Patallacta. This ruin, constructed at the foot of a mountain, was an essential center that had administrative, economic, and religious functions. We will also visit Willkarakay, a military post located above the site of Patallacta. After visiting these two sites, we will enter the lush valley of Wayllabamba, walking along the banks of the Cusichaca (“happy bridge”) River, also observing the Inca terraces that belong to the previous archaeological sites. Continuing our gradual walk upward through the dense Andean forest, we arrive at our first campsite in Wayllabamba.
- Walking Distance:12km / 7.45 miles
- Starting Elevation:2720 meters ASL / 8923 feet ASL
- Campsite Elevation:3000 meters ASL / 9842 feet ASL
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Weather: Warm and windy
- Meals: Lunch & Dinner (Plus snack and afternoon tea)
- Accommodation: Camping
DAY 7: WAYLLABAMBA – DEAD WOMENS PASS – PACAYMAYU
We will begin our day very early to reach the end of the day, the highest point on the Inca trail, the mountain pass of Warmihuañusca (dead woman’s pass).
The trek in the morning is somewhat physically intense for those who are not accustomed to the high altitude, yet it is also one of the most spectacular. In the first part of the trail, we will walk approximately 1 hour and a half through the cover of a densely vegetated Andean forest until arriving at the campsite of Three Stones, where we will take a short rest.
Continuing our ascent, the habitat will begin to change as we enter the inter-Andean forest full of Unca trees, unique to this area. Two hours later, we will arrive at another campsite, Llulluchapampa, where we will take an extended rest with snacks and hot drinks. From here begins the final ascent to the pass of Warmihuañusca, the highest point of the trek – a fantastic opportunity for panoramic views of the surrounding valleys below. Later we will descend a few hours to our final campsite in Pacaymayu for the night.
- Walking Distance:12 km / 6.82 miles
- Starting Elevation:3000 meters ASL / 9842 feet ASL
- Campsite Elevation:3580 meters / 11700 feet ASL
- Maximum Altitude:4200 meters ASL / 13779 feet ASL (Warmy Wañuska Pass)
- Difficulty: Challenging
- Weather: Cold and rainy
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner (Plus snack and afternoon tea)
- Accommodation: Camping
DAY 8: PACAYMAYU – CHAQUIKOCHA – WIÑAYHUAYNA
We will begin ascending about 45 minutes to the archaeological site of Runkurakay, which was in ancient times a “Tambo,” or type of resting lodge for ancient pilgrims. Another 45-minute ascent will take us to the second highest pass of the Inca trail, Runkurakay (4000 m, 13,123 ft), after which we will descend to the beautiful archaeological site of Sayacmarca, constructed in a strategic location. After a thorough visit, we will continue down the beautifully paved road to our lunch site at Chaquicocha.
From here onward to Phuyupatamarca, we will enter the high Andean cloud forest, a marvelous display of Nature’s beauty. Here the trail continues a narrow ridge until arriving at the pass of Phuyupatamarka, a natural viewing area where it is possible to see the Sacred Valley and numerous mountain peaks, as well as our final destination of Machu Picchu. From here we will descend to our last campsite, passing a significant archaeological site and temple designated for offerings to the sacred mountain spirits of the area, as well as a large terraced area for agriculture. Slightly beyond is our campsite for the night, Wiñayhuayna.
- Walking Distance:16km / 9.94 miles
- Starting Elevation:3580 meters / 11745 feet ASL
- Maximum Altitude:4000 meters ASL / 13123 feet ASL (Runkuracay Pass)
- Campsite Elevation:2680 meters ASL /8792 feet ASL
- Difficulty: Formidable
- Weather: Warm and very humid
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Accommodation: Camping
DAY 9: WIÑAY WAYNA TO MACHU PICCHU
We will rise very early to complete the final stretch of the Inca Trail, which brings us to “Inti Punku” or the Sun Gate, the principal entrance of the crystal city of Machu Picchu. The trail here is relatively easy going. After about one hour we will arrive at Inti Punku, an awesome location to observe the citadel of Machu Picchu and, weather permitting, sunrise over the Andes.
Afterward, a 45-minute descent will take us into the higher area of Machu Picchu, a natural lookout point for the “famous” classic picture and an opportunity for a group picture. Here we will enter as a group to the main entrance for registration before returning to the site for the main tour to learn more about this magical place of beauty and culture left by our ancestors. The tour will last approximately 2 to 3 hours. The climb to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain is optional (at an extra cost and must be booked in advance). In the afternoon, we will descend by bus to the town of Aguas Calientes.
You will meet your guide in Aguas Calientes for lunch and receive your train tickets for the return journey to Cusco. The train will arrive at Ollantaytambo, where our Staff will pick you up to complete the rest of your ride by bus back to your hotel in Cusco.
- Walking Distance: 5 km / 3.10 miles
- Starting Elevation: 2680 meters ASL /8792 feet ASL
- Maximum Altitude:2730 meters ASL / 8956 feet ASL (Sun gate)
- Difficulty: Easy
- Weather: Hot and very humid (bring lots of water)
- Meals: Breakfast
An extra night in Aguas Calientes can be arranged. This option is very popular as it allows more time to explore Machu Picchu. This way, you may visit the local hot springs, which can be a treat after your four days of trekking.
Lodging: Tandapata Boutique *** or similar.
DAY 10: FREE DAY
Free day to explore the old capital of the Inca Empire, the legendary navel of the world. Colonial churches, multiple parks, and squares, and colonial mansions built atop entirely constructed original Inca walls. Artesian stores are full of souvenirs of all kinds – weavings, jewelry, stonework, and more! And of course, local restaurants with the best of Andean cuisine!.
Lodging: Tandapata Boutique *** or similar
DAY 11: DEPARTURE TO PUNO (ROUTE OF THE SUN)
In the morning, we will depart from the bus terminal and head towards Puno. This is a unique 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 the 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 geographic 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 12: UROS (FLOATING ISLANDS) – TAQUILE ISLAND
Between 7.40 am and 8 am, we will transfer you from the hotel to the port, and by motorboat, 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 13: PUNO – JULIACA – FLY TO LIMA
According to your flight schedule, we’ll transfer you from Puno city to Juliaca airport. Upon arrival in Lima, there will be assistance for an international connecting flight, or if preferred, transfer for a hotel. (End of tour)
- 9 night’s accommodations 3 stars hotels.
- 3 night’s at a campsite.
- 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
- All transportation.
- All transfers.
- City tour in Lima.
- Paracas, Ica & Huacachina Tour.
- Professional Cook
- Porters to carry all equipment
- Personal porter for 5 kg/11.02 lbs per person (1 personal porter is included – up to 5 kilos per duffle bag, which will be provided and must fit all your belongings PLUS sleeping bag)
- Dining tent with tables and chairs
- Oxygen bottle
- Inflatable Thermares or REI sleeping mattress (which you must carry)
- EUREKA Tents – Comfortable and spacious 4 people (2 people per tent)
- First-aid kit
- Entrances Tickets to Inca Trail and Machu Picchu
- Bus to Puno.
- Maras, Moray Tour
- Uros, Taquile tour.
- Turistic bus to Puno.
- Train to Machu Picchu (One Way).
- Buses to Machu Picchu.
- Tourist ticket.
- All entrances in Cusco.
- Private guided tour in Machu Picchu.
- Entrances to Machu Picchu.
- Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
- Assistant Tour Guide for groups of 9+
- Single Supplement US$ 500:00.
- Meals where are not stated.
- Huayna Picchu entrance fee US$ 35:00.
- Sleeping Bag (Rentals are available through us)
- Travel Insurance – you are strongly recommended to take our 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
- Comfortable Trousers
- Sun hat
- Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
- Insect repellant
- Personal medication
- Camera and film
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