Enchanting Puno (9 Days/ 8 Nights)

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Tour Plan
  • Day 1 Arrival to City of Cusco. Free Day
  • Day 2 Super Sacred Valley Tour with Connection to Machu Picchu
  • Day 3 Machu Picchu Tour. Return to Cusco
  • Day 4 Cusco Afternoon City Tour
  • Day 5 Rainbow Mountain (Vinikunka)
  • Day 6 Cusco – Puno Transfer
  • Day 7 Lake Titicaca – Uros Islands – Taquile
  • Day 8 Puno – Cusco ‘Sun’s Route’
  • Day 9 End of program. Return to your destination.
Itinerary

Day 1LIMA - ARRIVAL IN CUSCO - A FREE DAY TO ACCLIMATIZE

On this day, you will arrive at Lima’s capital airport from your country and then continue your journey for 1 hour and 20 minutes until you reach the city of Cusco, which is located at an altitude of 3,399 meters above sea level.

Once you arrive at Cusco airport, we will be waiting outside with a sign indicating your name, and then we will take you to your respective hotel. As a welcome, we will have coca tea, which has many properties to alleviate altitude sickness, and then we will proceed to the rooms if they are ready (CHECK-IN at 11:00 AM).

Day 2SUPER SACRED VALLEY WITH CONNECTION TO MACHU PICCHU

  • Tour start: 7:00 AM
  • Tour end: 6:10 PM

Places to visit:

  • Chincheros
  • Moray
  • Salineras
  • Ollantaytambo

Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Tour: During this tour, you will enjoy admirable and beautiful landscapes, picturesque villages, and the wonderful history that only the Sacred Valley of the Incas can offer. Your adventure will begin at the navel of the world, with unmissable stops at the most renowned archaeological sites in Cusco, as you enjoy the entire Sacred Valley of the Incas until you reach the marvelous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. It is a journey that connects the most important valley of the Inca Empire.

On this day, we will pick you up from the hotel at 6:35 am to start our excursion. Our first stop will be CHINCHEROS, which still maintains its traditional textile and ceramic art. We will visit its colonial church, which stands out for its most important canvases from the 15th and 17th centuries. Then, we will head to MORAY, which was an agricultural research center where cultivation experiments at different altitudes were conducted. After that, we will visit the SALINERAS DE MARAS, which have over 3,000 salt pools of various sizes and dimensions. These pools are owned by local families who, during the dry season, extract and treat the salt for sale in the market. Continuing our journey, we will arrive at URUBAMBA, where we will enjoy a buffet lunch, and then visit the city of OLLANTAYTAMBO, dating back to the 15th century.

After our visit to Ollantaytambo, we will take the afternoon train, depending on the available schedules that we have booked (4:30 pm or 7:00 pm). The train journey to our destination takes approximately 2 hours. Upon arrival at the final station in Machu Picchu Pueblo, our hotel transfer will be waiting for us with a sign displaying our names (CHECK-IN). On this day, our guide will meet us at the hotel to coordinate the visit to Machu Picchu the following day.

Day 3SUNRISE AT MACHU PICCHU - RETURN TO CUSCO

  • Tour start: 7:00 am
  • Tour end: 7:00 pm

Places to visit:

  • Machu Picchu citadel
  • House of the Guardian
  • Temple of the Sun
  • Main Temple
  • Temple of the Three Windows
  • The Sacred Rock
  • Temple of the Condor

On this day, we will make our dream of visiting the wonder of the world, Machu Picchu, come true. We will be picked up from the hotel at the specified time and take a bus that will drive us to the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu in a 30-minute journey. At the control gate, we will present the original documents (passport or ID) and entrance tickets to begin the tour. We will pass by the main Inca structures, such as the Temple of the Sun, the Main Temple, the Temple of the Three Windows, The Sacred Rock, the Temple of the Condor, among others. We will also make a stop at the House of the Guardian to take the long-awaited photos with Machu Picchu in the background. In total, we will spend approximately two hours in Machu Picchu. At the end, all tourists must exit the archaeological site along with their tour guide.

For the return journey, we will take the bus to Machu Picchu Pueblo, where we will enjoy a delicious lunch including a starter and a main course. After the meal, we will have free time until the scheduled departure. Finally, we will take the train back at the specified time on our tickets (remember to be at the train station 30 minutes prior).

Upon arrival at the Ollantaytambo station, we will board a bus that will take us back to the city of Cusco. The bus journey will take approximately 2 hours and will drop us off 2 or 3 blocks from the Plaza de Armas in Cusco, where our tour will conclude.

Day 4ARRIVAL IN CUSCO - HALF-DAY CITY TOUR AND SURROUNDINGS

  • Tour start: 14:00 am
  • Tour end: 18:00 pm

Places to visit:

  • Qoricancha 
  • Sacsayhuamán
  • Qenqo
  • Puca Pucara
  • Tambomachay

In the afternoon, we will pick you up from the hotel at 1:45 PM to start the City Tour excursion, which offers visitors a rich historical and monumental legacy in a unique and spectacular way.

This circuit includes the following attractions:

Qoricancha: One of the most important religious centers of the Inca Empire. Its stone constructions exhibit even greater perfection than Machu Picchu.

Sacsayhuamán: A megalithic monument that showcases great artistic expression and serves as a clear example of the technological achievements of the Incas.

Qenqo: In Inca times, it was considered a huaca, a sacred place.

Puca Pucara: It was a control site for areas and also had different administrative spaces.

Tambomachay: A sacred space where water worship took place, as water was vital for human existence.

We will conclude the visit by returning to the city of Cusco, where the transportation will drop you off 2 or 3 blocks from the Plaza de Armas in Cusco.

Day 5RAINBOW MOUNTAIN (VINICUNCA 5,036 meters above sea level)

  • Tour start: 5:00 am
  • Tour end: 5:30 pm

Places to visit:

  • Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca)

Our journey begins with hotel pickup between 4:25 and 4:35 am. Then, we will depart for the town of CUSIPATA, approximately a two-hour drive away, where we will enjoy a hearty breakfast. We will continue our journey through beautiful valleys, small canyons, and impressive pre-Inca terraces until we reach the community of CHILLIHUANI. Here, we will have a breathtaking view of Apu Ausangate. After an introduction by our guide, we will begin our gradual hike, which will last approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. During the trek, we will observe a variety of South American camelids such as alpacas and llamas, birds, lagoons, valleys, streams, and snow-capped mountains until we reach Rainbow Mountain or Vinicunca. This place is unique and magical, as nature has shaped it whimsically. After enjoying a peaceful moment in contact with nature for 40 to 50 minutes, we will return to CHILLIHUANI, where our vehicle awaits.

We will then continue the journey to the town of CUSIPATA, where we will enjoy lunch. Finally, we will return to the city of Cusco, and our tour will conclude 2 or 3 blocks from the Plaza de Armas.

Day 6DEPARTURE TO THE CITY OF PUNO - FREE DAY

  • Tour start time: 8:00 am.
  • Arrival in Puno: 3:30 pm.

Places to visit:

  • Puno

On this day, we will pick you up from your hotel at 7:30 am and head to the bus terminal in Cusco, where we will take the bus to the city of Puno. We will arrive at approximately 3:30 pm. The transfer will be waiting for you outside the terminal to take you to your respective hotel. You will have free time to explore the city, the main square, and the surrounding areas on your own.

Day 7UROS AND TAQUILE ISLANDS TOUR

  • Tour start time: 7:00 am.
  • Tour end time: 5:00 pm.

Places to visit:

  • Uros Island
  • Taquile Island

We begin this Uros and Taquile tour by picking up our visitors from their hotels. We will depart on a comfortable boat to the floating island of Uros, where we will visit 2 islands. Afterward, we will continue the tour to the natural island of Taquile (2 ½ hours of navigation), arriving around noon. We will take a short hike to the highest part of the island (30 minutes) from where we can appreciate the immensity of the lake and all its splendor. Then, we will have lunch and get to know more about their textile commerce, inhabitants, and customs. It’s worth mentioning that Taquile Island has been declared as “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO. Spinning and weaving are primarily done by men, who start practicing this art from the age of 8. The inhabitants of Taquile demonstrate their marital status through their textile garments, depending on colors, size, and usage. Unmarried men wear a red and white chullo (traditional Andean hat), while married men wear red chullos. Likewise, unmarried women wear a chullo with a larger and more colorful pompom than married women.

Day 8PUNO - CUSCO SUN ROUTE

Departure time: 7:10 am

Arrival time: 5:00 pm

Places to visit:

– Pukara Museum

– La Raya

– Raqchi

– Temple of Wiracocha

– “Sistine Chapel” of Andahuaylillas

On this day, we will pick you up from your hotel at 6:25 am to start the excursion towards the city of Cusco.

  1. Puno – Bus Station (3350 masl): Departure time: 7:15 AM
  2. Pukara Museum (3900 masl): Visit time: 8:15 AM It is the most important Ceremonial Center of the Altiplano. In the museum, you can discover the origin of the Pukara culture through sculptures and lithic ceramics. Guided time: Approximately 25 minutes.
  3. La Raya (4335 masl): Visit time: 11:00 AM It is the highest point of this journey. Guided time: 15 minutes for taking photos.
  4. Buffet Lunch – Restaurant Campestre (3552 masl): Visit time: 12:10 PM Time: Approximately 1 hour for the buffet lunch.
  5. Raqchi – Temple of Wiracocha (3450 masl): Visit time: 2:15 PM The most important structure of the Raqchi archaeological site is the Temple of Wiracocha, a massive rectangular structure that measures 92 meters in length by 25.5 meters in width and approximately 9.80 meters in height. Its central wall is made of finely carved stones. The base has a height of approximately 3 meters made of adobe (sun-dried earth bricks with straw), and the walls are approximately 1.65 meters thick at the base and 1.30 meters thick at the top. Guided time: Approximately 35 minutes.
  6. Colonial Temple of Andahuaylillas (3122 masl): Visit time: 3:30 PM We will visit the San Pedro Apóstol Temple, which has admirable frescoes and gold-covered paintings on its walls and ceilings. Guided time: Approximately 35 minutes.
  7. Cusco – Bus Station (3350 masl) Arrival in Cusco at 5:00 pm.

Upon arrival in the city of Cusco, the transfer will be waiting for you to take you to your respective hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to rest.

Day 9END OF PROGRAM - RETURN TO YOUR DESTINATION

On this day, after enjoying breakfast at the hotel, we will pack our bags to return to our destination (CHECK-OUT at 10:00 am). The transfer will pick us up 2 hours before our flight departure to take us to Cusco airport.

Price Includes

  • Pick-up from Cusco airport
  • Transfers from airport/hotel/airport
  • Transportation for all tours
  • Accredited bilingual professional guide (Spanish-English)
  • Entrance fees for visits
  • Round-trip train tickets (The Voyager or Expedition)
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu (plus Postcard photo)
  • Consettur bus tickets for ascent and descent
  • 8 hotel nights according to accommodation
  • Cusco – Puno transportation
  • 7 breakfasts at the hotel
  • 1 breakfast + 1 lunch at the Rainbow Mountain
  • 1 buffet lunch in the Sacred Valley
  • 1 tourist lunch (Machu Picchu Town)
  • 1 typical lunch at Puno
  • Agency assistance 24 hours a day

Price Excludes

  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in the program
  • Flights Lima/Cusco/Lima, add + USD 185.00 including 10kg carry-on baggage
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain Hike, add + USD 55 for foreigners and USD 35 for Peruvians
  • Panoramic Vistadome or 360° train, add + USD 60

Additional Information

  • Infants from 0 to 2 years old do not pay for the ticket and will occupy their parents' seat unless they wish to have a seat for themselves, in which case the cost will be a 50% discount on train and bus tickets.
  • Prices vary depending on accommodation and hotel category.
  • Hotels are located 2 to 4 blocks away from the main square.
  • Daily departures with a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 18 people in groups.

What you should bring

  • Backpack for personal belongings
  • Money in soles for tickets and other expenses
  • Photographic camera
  • Comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle (1.5l)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat to protect from intense sunlight
  • Warm jacket for the afternoon / wind
  • Personal medications
  • Rain poncho (December to March)
Photos

Machu Picchu

Sacred Valley

Puno

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