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Land of the Incas

12 Days

Summary of Holiday

  • Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • See the sun rise over the majestic Machu Picchu
  • Cross the dramatic and beautiful high Andes region
  • Spend a night as a guest of the Taquile community on Lake Titicaca

A 12 day journey to the heart of the Inca Empire. Rising from obscurity to the heights of power, a succession of Andean rulers subdued kingdoms, sculpted mountains, and forged a mighty empire. This journey explores in depth some of the most spectacular corners of the Inca Empire, from Cusco, to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, to Machu Picchu and onto Lake Titicaca, where it all began. Here you have the chance to stay as guests of the community on the island of Taquile in the heart of the lake.

Costs from £1,061 per person

Price includes: All accommodation, all land transport, bilingual guides (including your own top private guide for your visits to Macas and Moray and Machu Picchu), all entrance fees, transport and some additional meals as detailed.
Does not include: any flights, meals not detailed, tips, personal expenses, services not detailed.

Outline Itinerary
Day 1 – Arrive Lima
Day 2 – Lima - Cusco
Day 3 – Cusco City tour          
Day 4 – Sacred Valley-Pisac and Ollantaytambo           
Day 5 – Sacred Valley-Maras and Moray
Day 6 – Machu Picchu
Day 7 – Machu Picchu – Cusco
Day 8 – Cusco
Day 9 – Cusco – Puno (Lake Titicaca)
Day 10 – Lake Titicaca- Community stay (Taquile)
Day 11 – Lake Titicaca
Day 12 – Lake Titicaca – Lima- Home

 

If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help. Telephone Telephone01964 552292 for more information or email email us today.

Full Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Lima Your guide will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax and recover from your journey. Overnight Lima.

Day 2 - Lima - Cusco After breakfast you will be collected from your hotel and taken to the airport to catch your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival you will be met and taken to your hotel. The rest of the day free to relax and acclimatise to the altitude (B)

Day 3 - Cusco City tour This morning you will be taken on a tour of the city of Cusco the ceremonial heart of the Inca Empire. Cusco was inhabited by ‘proto-Incas’ as early as the 12th Century AD and was completely rebuilt in the early 15th Century by Pachacuteq, the Inca warrior-King and stood as the heart of the Incan kingdom. Inca walls remain the foundations of many of the city’s colonial buildings.

You will also visit Saqsayhuaman, the monolithic Inca fortress overlooking Cusco, and the temple and amphitheatre at Kenko. Saqsayhuaman has some of the most impressive Inca walls in existence, built of hundreds of perfectly fitted stone blocks that weigh up to 130 tonnes each. The site is often called a fortress but more likely it was a sanctuary and temple to the sun. In the afternoon some time to relax and explore Cusco on foot. (B)

Day 4 - Sacred Valley- Pisac and Ollantaytambo After breakfast you will begin your journey through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The Valley was sacred to the Incas for many reasons; one being that it had an agreeable climate and fertile planes, a rare combination in the high Andes. In the morning you will visit Pisac, a village above which lies a majestic Inca fortress overlooking the valley, filled with wonderful examples of Inca stonework and engineering. After lunch we visit the magnificent Inca ruins at Ollantaytambo, a major fortress and the last stronghold of the Incas as they fought off the Spanish invaders. Below the fortress is an exquisite traditional community and a living Inca village that retains the stonework, narrow streets and family courtyards of its original Inca plan. (B,L)

Day 5 - Sacred Valley-Maras and Moray Today with your own private bilingual guide, a chance to explore more in depth the Sacred Valley with a visit to salt mines which have been used for salt extraction since Inca times. After lunch you will visit the experimental agricultural terraces at Moray. Different levels of terraces are carved into a huge bowl. The terraces supposedly have varied microclimates, depending on how deep they are and are thought to have been used by the Incas to discover the optimal conditions for their crops. Return to your hotel late afternoon. (B,L)

Day 6 - Machu Picchu This morning you take the train to Aguas Calientes and then onto Machu Picchu. So well hidden in the jungle of the Cordillera Villcabamba that the Spaniards never knew of it, Machu Picchu affords a glimpse into the Inca world and is one of the most stunning archaeological sites on earth. You will have your own private guide with you today to ensure you get the most of your visit to this spectacular site, with lunch together at the beautiful Sanctuary Lodge just next to the ruins. Overnight in the nearby village of Aguas Calientes. (B,L)

Day 7 - Machu Picchu – Cusco Today you can take the early bus up to the ruins in time to see the sun rise and explore the ruins some more at your own pace. In the afternoon you return to Aguas Calientes to take your train back to Cusco where you will be met and taken back to your hotel. Overnight Cusco. (B)

Day 8 - Cusco  Today you are free to explore this beautiful ancient city at your own pace. There are excellent bustling artisanal markets where you can pick up great locally made souvenirs. Cusco is also a fantastic city to relax and observe local life whilst sipping a traditional coca tea! (B)

Day 9 - Cusco – Puno Today you will join a small guided group excursion driving across the high Andes from with its spectacular scenery – a journey between mountains and clouds. Along your journey you will visit several fascinating sites visiting along the way Andahuaylillas the “Sistine Chapel of America”, a church built by the Jesuits in the 16th century with amazing artwork, Raqchi, Temple of Wiracocha, an Inca Temple and the Raya Pass at 4335 meters with its dramatic scenery. The first stop of the day will be the archaeological remains at Pukara, a site that provides valuable insights in to the origins of Andean civilization in the highlands. Arriving to Puno around 5pm, you will be met and taken to your hotel for the night. (B,L) Overnight Puno

Day 10 - Lake Titicaca – Community stay (Taquile) The Andean people refer to the lake as "The Sacred Lake" and legend has it that the first Inca rose from its depths before he founded the Inca Empire. You will be picked up from the hotel and taken to the port where you will set off to visit the Uros floating islands. You then continue on to Taquile, home to pre-Inca ruins and amazing views of the lakes and where traditional beliefs and ways of life still predominate. The handicrafts here are exceptional quality and everyone in the community is seemingly either weaving, knitting or spinning.

You will have lunch in one of the local restaurants and then your local guide will accommodate you at one of the guest houses in the island (whilst this is a fantastic experience, we understand perhaps this option isn’t for everyone, and we have an alternative staying in a beautiful hotel on an island in the lake, with the community stay it will be basic services, no running water or electricity) You will stay tonight as the guests are one of the families giving you a unique chance to see how this fascinating and truly unique community lives, upholding their traditions and habits in a modern world. The quietness, the landscape and the authenticity of the people and lack of modern conveniences is a liberating experience. It really is as if time has stood still here! (B,L)

Day 11 - Lake Titicaca After breakfast you will have the chance to continue exploring the island and observing the gentle pace of daily life here, or you could walk down to one of the beaches in the southern part of the island. Departing for Puno early afternoon, approximately a 3 hour boat journey, back to the dock from where you will be picked up and taken back to your hotel. (B)

Day 12 - Puno - Lima – Home Today you will be picked up from the hotel and taken to the airport at Juliaca for your flight to Lima and connecting flight back to the UK.

If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help. Telephone Telephone01964 552292 for more information or email email us today.

Your Hotels

The price quoted is based on 3 * hotels. Here is a selection of what we think are the best hotels in the places you will visit ranging from 5* boutique hotels, to characterful 3* hotels and everything in between.

Lima Hotels

Miraflores Park HotelMiraflores Park Hotel

Set in one of Lima’s most fashionable areas, the Miraflores Park Hotel takes you straight to the heart of all that's best about Lima...

Casa Andina Private Collection LimaCasa Andina Private Collection Lima

With its stylish contemporary design, cutting-edge technology and ideal location just two blocks from Miraflores Central Park, in the heart of the Miraflores district...

Casa Andina Classic Lima Casa Andina Classic Lima

A modern & ideally located hotel in the heart of Miraflores, with 58 contemporary, well-equipped rooms on 6 floors. Perfect for value-seeking travellers...

Trujillo and Chiclayo

Hotel Libertador TrujilloHotel Libertador Trujillo

Part of the very good Libertador group of hotels, and with a view of the Cathedral and surrounded by buildings from the colonial and republican eras...

Casa Andina Select – Chiclayo Casa Andina Select – Chiclayo

Fully refurbished in 2012 by Casa Andina, this is the best hotel option in the area and is an iconic modern structure in Chiclayo, capital of the Lambayeque department...

Sacred Valley Hotels

Tambo del Inca Tambo del Inca

Nestled in the Sacred Valley, just 50 minutes from Cusco, Tambo del Inka is the best hotel in the Sacred Valley and arguably one of the best in Peru...

Casa Andina Private Collection Valle SagradoCasa Andina Private Collection Valle Sagrado

Set over more than 8 landscaped acres (3 hectares), it breathes an air of tranquility and relaxation. Part of the Casa Andina group...

Pakaritampu, OllantaytamboPakaritampu, Ollantaytambo

A charming little hotel, with 20 rooms, set in beautifully landscaped gardens with wonderful views to the mountains beyond...

Machu Picchu Hotels

Sanctury LodgeSanctury Lodge

Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge is arguably one of the best situated hotels in the world. The only hotel located inside Machu Picchu it offers amazing views...

Inkaterra Pueblo HotelInkaterra Pueblo Hotel

Pueblo roofs of terra cotta tile, crafted by local artisans, peek from lush gardens, artfully landscaped for serenity and solitude in this charming hotel set in the heart...

Sumaq HotelSumaq Hotel

Set at the foot of the mountains surrounding Machu Picchu on the banks of the Urubamba (known in this stretch as the Vilcanota River) river....

El Mapi HotelEl Mapi Hotel

A contemporary hotel, with very good service also run by the excellent Peruvian hotel Chain Inkaterra. Set in the village of Aguas Calientes....

Lake Titicaca Hotels

Titilaka HotelTitilaka Hotel

A beautiful hotel located on a private peninsula on the shores of Lake Titicaca. The styling fuses modern ambiance with the colourful heritage of the region...

Isla SuasiIsla Suasi

The only private island in Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable body of water. Featuring panoramic lake views from every room, surrounded by terraced gardens...

LibertadorLibertador

The Libertador Lake Titicaca, offers fantastic views across the lake from throughout the hotel. A larger hotel than we would usually use, with 123 rooms...

Tierra Viva Puno PlazaTierra Viva Puno Plaza

Tierra Viva Puno Plaza is located in Grau Street, at the heart of the city of Puno, just a block away from Puno´s Cathedral and Main Square...

If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help. Telephone Telephone01964 552292 for more information or email email us today.

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