08 Day Cusco & Machu Picchu and Puno “Southern Treasures”

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08 Day Cusco & Machu Picchu and Puno “Southern Treasures”

This Tour 08 Day Cusco & Machu Picchu and Puno “Southern Treasures” will let you become familiar with the anomalies that the Incas have left behind with this sweet 08 Day Cultural Tour of Cusco, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. Enjoy the phenomenal views of the Andes mountains during this journey. Feel upon arrival the magic and wonder that permeates the Cusco and Puno regions and how every moment impacts your being with its power and enchantment throughout your visit.

Itinerary

DAY 1: CUSCO “NAVEL OF THE WORLD”

Upon your arrival to the airport in Cusco, an Inkayni Peru Tours member will be there to greet you and take you to our partner lodge, located in the charming historic district of San Blas. The lodge is centrally located and only a few minutes walk from the Plaza de Armas, the beautiful and bustling town center. This day will be reserved for resting and acclimatising to the altitude, approximately 3400 meters (11,000 feet).
Meet your expedition group at 5:00pm

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

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

This day we will begin our adventure up to the high plains, stopping first at Chinchero, an important ancient site for the Inca, known as the birth place of the rainbow. We will visit the main site with its picturesque conlonial church located upon the ancient archaelogical site and continue to a local textile center where we will learn about the ancient science of weaving from the very artesans themselves and how they bring to magic these wonderful pieces of art dyed with minerals, plants and seeds. Continuing through the rolling hills we will visit the enigmatic circular terraces of Moray where we will learn about how these constructions served as an experimental agricultural center to selectivly cultivate the best breeds of Andean staple crops at different temperatures.  Near Moray we will stop at the town of Maras to then visit the ancient salt mines, used for thousands of years by local families to supply salt not only to the Incas, but still to this day offering us an example of the natural art of salt harvesting straight from the land. In the afternoon, we will travel to Ollantaytambo and board our train to Aguas Calientes for our visit to Machu Picchu.

Lodging: Waman Hotel Machupicchu *** or similar

DAY 3. MACHU PICCHU

Today we will wake early to have breakfast and board the bus up to Machu Picchu, and, if we are lucky, receive the first rays of the sun as dawn breaks and lights up this magical mountain. Your guide will be with you at every moment to inform you about the site and answer any questions. The guided tour through the Sanctuary will last roughly 2 to 3 hours. Later we will begin our return to Aguas Calientes for lunch and rest to your hotel.

Lodging: Waman Hotel Machupicchu *** or similar

DAY 4: RETURN TO PISAQ  – AWANANCANCHA

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 6: OPEN DAY AT LEISURE, TIME TO RELAX IN CUSCO CITY

The Day is yours, you can visit walk in the city or book day tours with us. you can ask for the following day trips to your tour guide or to Inkayni Peru Tours.

  • City Tour
  • River Raffting in Vilcanota River
  • Horse Riding in Saqsayhuaman Park
  • Zip Line in the Sacred Valley
  • ATV’s in Killarumiyoc

Lodging: Tandapata Hotel Boutique ***  or similar

DAY 5: 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 Qalasaya 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 Qalasaya 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.
  • 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 US$300
  • 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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