Peru Xpress 10 Days

Day 1 :Lima

Welcome to Peru!

Arrival to Lima’s airport, reception and transfer to the hotel in Miraflores district.

Day 2:  Lima Reality Tour. 

Get a truly real life experience visiting "both sides" of Lima city; the impressive shanty town where you will not only learn interesting historical, political and cultural facts but most importantly, your day will be filled with responsible and meaningful encounters with locals. then you will have lunch in a typical local restaurant, after lunch, your local tour guide will take you to the great historical center to enjoy a walking tour visiting the highlights: palaces, castles, beautiful wooden balconies and mysterious underground catacombs.

Day 3: Lima - Puno 

You will be contacted by our experienced guide at the Juliaca's aiport, from there we travel through the vast Altiplano to arrive to Sillustani. There  you will have the chance to observe impressive examples of pre-Inca architecture considered masterpieces even by modern architectural standards. Huge funerary towers are set in spectacular landscapes formed by the surrounding mountains and the “Umayu” Lagoon. This tour will give you a wide perspective of the regional history and understant the origin of the Incas, archeologist are still finding traces of diffrent cultures overlaped on the same site. We then continue to Puno, visiting a typical farmhouse on the way.

Day 4: Uros - Taquile

At 7:00 am you will be met and transferred to the port where you will board a fully equipped speedboat with on board service to head to Taquile Island. Disembarking at a secluded part of the island, we explore a scenic and less touristy area of Taquile Island (exclusive). Enjoy a pristine sandy beach where you will have plenty of time to relax and feel the serenity of Lake Titicaca. We then hike along a pre-Inca trail with spectacular landscapes of the island, visiting families of weavers to learn about their textile art and symbolism. In 2005, "Taquile and its Textile Art" were proclaimed "Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by UNESCO. After 3 hours on Taquile, we leave the island for the short 25 minute journey to the community of Santa Maria-Llachon, on the tip of the Capachica Peninsula. This is a picturesque off the beaten track destination. We are welcomed by the small Quechua speaking community and introduced to an intensive cultural experience, observing the traditions of the community and participating in an ancient ceremony to learn about their magical world. Then experience the preparation of "Pachamanca", a traditional way of cooking meat, fish and potatoes using underground ovens, and one of the main dishes of Peruvian cuisine. Enjoy these delicacies in a small, but scenic restaurant. For the more adventurous there is an optional kayak along the coast of Llachon.

After lunch we leave Santa Maria and 35 minutes later we arrive at a remote area of the National Reserve of Lake Titicaca to explore Uros Ccapi. These are considered to be the last authentic floating islands, less commercial and little visited. The Uros are descendants of one of the oldest cultures in South America. There are optional tours in reed boats before we depart back to Puno at 15:25 pm. 

Day 5: Puno to Cusco by train.

This spectacular journey from Puno to Cusco takes you across the Altiplano while enjoying a luxurious service onboard. The journey takes you through sleepy Andean villages and past spectacular snow capped mountains, sheer cliffs, and rampaging rivers. The once-in-a-lifetime adventure lasts approximately 10 hours 30 minutes. At the start of the journey, you will be welcomed at the Puno Station, where local musicians will provide background music as you board the train. Once aboard, you can enjoy the two dining cars decorated in the style of the Pullman cars of the 1920s. Also, during the trip, you will have the finest in gourmet food and indulgent afternoon tea.

Day 6: Montaña de Colores

Today we’ll pick you up early 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 the town of Cusipata (3,329m / 12,772 ft.). here we will continue our trip by van, following a beautiful way between the mountains, accompanied by our first views of Ausangate, the 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. we will have the opportunity to interact with some of them, after hiking 2.5 hours, we reach the real prize at the summit. Once we make it to the top, we´ll have an amazing view of Ausangate mountain and discover why Vinicunca is truly one of the most spectacular places to visit in Cusco, Peru. The real prize at the summit “Rainbow Mountain Peru” is at a height of (5,020 m / 16,469 feet), where you will breathe in pure oxygen in the Andes and spend enough time at the top of the mountain, taking some pictures and looking the beautiful surrounding landscape. Also, your guide will explain what makes these mountains so unique. Once we are ready to return, we will begin to descend for 2.5 hours along the same path that we climbed to the place where we started our walk. To enjoy our box lunch before returning to Cusco.

Day 7 : Cusco - Sacred Valley(B) 

We will pick you up from your hotel after breakfast and will begin the tour at the most important temple of the Inca Empire, the Sun Temple, known as the Qoricancha. Here, you can observe detailed and intact architecture, and within the temple you will see smaller temples dedicated to the moon, rainbow, stars, lightning and thunder, among others. Today, the Santo Domingo church stands on top of the temple. From there, we will go to an important religious site called Sacsayhuamán which features immense stones. Although the site was religious, the Spanish considered it a military fortress because of its location and the way it was built. Next, we will continue to the city of Pisac. There we will walk through the stone streets to the square to see locals selling products and souvenirs in their stands. There is free time to wander the colourful market stalls before a typical Andean lunch at a local restaurant. Continue your journey along the River Urubamba, to Ollantaytambo. The town, which is dominated by a giant Inca fortress, is perhaps the best surviving example of Inca town planning and was the scene of a rare Inca victory over the invading Spanish. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to the train station in Ollantaytambo to take the train to Aguas Calientes.

Day 8: Machu Picchu - Cusco (B) 

Today we will visit the main destination on many travelers’ lists, the ‘lost city of the Incas’ is a man-made marvel that has become a symbol for the ingenuity and prosperity of the most expansive empires in Latin American history. Before the crowds arrive you get the early morning tour of Machupicchu. This will take about 3 hours and will lead you through the most important archaeological sites under the guidance of very capable guides. Then you have enough free time to explore the site further, take pictures or for an optional walk.

Optional walks:

   (Climb Huayna Picchu mountain (2.700 m, 50 min, steep slope)

    The Temple of the Moon (3-4 Hr)

    "Intipunku" the solar gate, where the classic Inca Trail ends (1.5 hours)

    The Inca Bridge located south of Machupicchu (1 hour)

All these walks are signposted and easy to find without a guide. In the afternoon we take the bus back to Aguas Calientes, the city where we take our train back to Ollantaytambo after which you will be brought back to your hotel by private transport.

Day 9: Maras - Moray Quad/bike ride - Aguas calientes (B)

After breakfast, we leave for Chinchero, a picturesque town. Here we visit the beautiful colonial temple built on the foundations of an Inca building. The city is also famous for its textile souvenir market where you can find Andean textiles made of alpaca wool. At the end of the tour, we get a demonstration of how the textiles in this area are handmade and colored. Afterward, we will continue to the nearby Inca site of Moray, where we will visit the circular terraces which are considered to be an Inca prototype of an experimental biological station. From there we descend further towards Maras (small village), where we stop for lunch. After lunch, we will visit the old salt mines "Salineras" one of nature's greatest mysteries. Deep in the mountains rises a source of extreme saltwater. Since the time of the Incas, the salt mines consist of about 3000 small fields with an average size of 4 m² and a depth of 10 centimeters. These springs were used until the present era to produce salt by evaporation. After the fields are filled with saltwater, the sun evaporates the water naturally, leaving pure natural salt. This place is spectacular to photograph.

Day 10: Depart Cusco - Tour Ends

Spend a free day in Cusco. The colonial centre of Cusco is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has a mix of colonial and Inca architecture, making it a truly fascinating place to visit.

Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to Home