Inca Trail Titicaca Lake & Colca Canyon

THE BEST OF SOUTHERN PERU + 4 DAYS INCA TRAIL TO MACHUPICCHU: AREQUIPA, COLCA CANYON, TITICACA LAKE, CUSCO, THE SACRED VALLEY: 13 DAYS & 12 NIGHTS

TRIP AT A GLANCE

Travel from only: US$145 per day - 13 days starting only at US$1880 per person

This is the best program which will let you visit the Best of the Southern part of Peru: Arequipa & The Colca Canyon, the beautiful highest navigable lake of the world: Titicaca Lake, the best of Cusco, the Sacred Valley and has the most famous trekking in South America: The Amazing Inca Trail to Machupicchu. It is also one of the best combinations to see and be in contact with local people, the wonderful landscapes of the Coast, the Andes, the Cloud Forest, its flora and fauna. Learn about the Incas, Peruvian culture, and visit 1 of the new 7 wonders of the world!!!!

ITINERARY:
Meals Included: B= Breakfast L=Lunch BxL=Box Lunch (picnic) D=Dinner
DAY 1: LIMA - AREQUIPA: Santa Catalina Monastery &Juanita Mummies' Museum (B)
DAY 2: AREQUIPA – COLCA: Chivay, Calera hotsprings (B)
DAY 3: COLCA CANYON – PUNO: Cross of the Condor and typical towns (B)
DAY 4: TITICACA LAKE: Uros, Taquile. With a fast boat (B, L)
DAY 5: PUNO – CUSCO: By bus; Pucara Museum, La Raya Pass, Raqchi & Andahualillas. Or train paying the extra. (B, L)
DAY 6: CUSCO CITY TOUR: Koricancha, Sacsayhuaman, kenko, Puca Pucara & Tambomachay (B)
DAY 7: MORAY, MARAS & THE SAT MINES am (B)
DAY 8: SACRED VALLEY: AWANACANCHA, PISAC RUINS, MARKET & OLLANTAYTAMBO (B, L)
DAY 9: OLLANTAYTAMBO – WAYLLABAMBA (B,L,D). Distance: 12 km - 7.5 miles
DAY 10: WAYLLABAMBA – PACAYMAYU (B,L,D). Distance: 12 km - 7.5 miles
DAY 11: PACAYMAYU – WINAYHUAYNA (B,L,D). Distance: 15 km - 9.5 miles
DAY 12: WINAYHUAYNA – MACHUPICCHU (B). Distance: 5 km - 3 milesDAY 9: MACHUPICCHU + HUAYNAPICCHU – CUSCO: If available also hike to Huaynapicchu or Montana Machupicchu (B)
DAY 13: CUSCO – LIMA (B)

Optional private City tour of Lima if your international flight leaves at night
DETAILED ITINERARY
Meals Included: B= Breakfast L=Lunch BxL=Box Lunch (picnic) D=Dinner

DAY 1: LIMA - AREQUIPA
Upon arrival reception, assistance and transfer to the hotel. Later visit the Santa Catalina Monastery and the Juanita mummy Museum. Free rest of the day to explore the city. Overnight Arequipa. (B)
NOTE: You are in charge of arriving to Arequipa and leaving from Cusco: by plane, train or Bus. Our Services start in Arequipa and finish in Cusco.

DAY 2: AREQUIPA – COLCA
Early morning drive from Arequipa to Chivay trough the Aguada Blanca National Reserve where you will observe Vicuñas wandering on the high plateau. On the way we will enjoy nice views of the Volcanoes: Misti, Chachani and Ampato. In the afternoon take a hike and visit the Calera Hotsprings (entrance fees not included). Overnight Colca Valley. (B)
Arequipa
DAY 3: COLCA CANYON – PUNO
Tour of the Colca Canyon: Early departure to the Cruz del Condor site, the best place to admire the Colca Canyon and the Condor’s flight. On the way it is possible to appreciate archaeological remains, Incan terraces still on use and typical towns like Maca, Achoma and Yanque. After Lunch bus ride from Chivay to Puno, (5-6 hours), Overnight Puno. (B)
DAY 4: TITICACA LAKE
Full day excursion to the beautiful Titicaca Lake , the highest navigable lake in the world. Visit the Floating Islands made of Totora reeds: Uros with the population that still live as their ancestors did a thousand years ago. Later visit the Taquile island a remarkable community also with a great ethnic and cultural value; with the best weavers in the region. Quechua, the language of the Incas is kept alive and the islanders preserve their traditional very old costumes and treat visitors in a very welcoming fashion. Pm return to the hotel in Puno. (B, L)

Note: We use a fast boat for this tour.
Pisac Ruins
DAY 5: PUNO - CUSCO
This day you will have a bus ride with guided visits or you can choose to ride on the 1st class Orient Express train without ANY tours and an EXTRA cost of US$250 per person. Train only available on: Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Bus ride from Cusco to Puno visiting on the way the Pucara Museum, the temple of Wiracocha or Raqchi (a very impressive Inca site) and a very beautiful chapel: Andahuaylillas; known as Sistine chapel of South America. You will also have other stops for lunch & photos. Arrival and transfer to the hotel in Cusco. (B, L)
- Bus Departure: 7 am / Arrival: 5 pm
- Train (non stop) Departure: 8 am / Arrival: 6-7 pm

DAY 6: CUSCO
Free morning to visit the city and its museums: Inca, Preculumbian Art & The Machupicchu Museum.
Afternoon Combined tour; visit the Koricancha (Temple of the Sun), Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay. (B)
Note: Whenever it will be possible; to avoid the crowds and in the high season we will program this tour in the morning.
DAY 7: SACRED VALLEY: AWANACANCHA, PISAC RUINS, MARKET & OLLANTAYTAMBO
Visit a farm where you will see and take nice pictures of alpacas, llamas, vicunas & guanacos, also we will see and learn (step by step) how Andean people still make very beautiful textiles using very old traditional techniques.
Continue to PISAC located right at the entrance to the Sacred Valley, the amazing Inca city that constitutes one of the most important Archaeological Parks in the region. Visit the fine temples, palaces and the well preserved and vast farming terraces; built even as far as the edge of precipices that still keep their straight sometimes vertical aqueducts; an imposing and unforgettable sight that also offers very beautiful landscapes.
Pisac Ruins
Visit PISAC the Colonial Village, where you will see the famous "Indian Market" and the handicrafts or "souvenirs" market, this is your chance to enjoy a blend of color, traditions and people, and bargain for exotic craftworks.
After Lunch at Urubamba Village, tour to the oldest continuously inhabited dwellings in South America, where people are still living in the same houses and palaces as 500 years ago; the ancient Incan town of OLLANTAYTAMBO, with its very impressive constructions built with huge boulders and its ancient heritage that will leave us astonished. Overnight Ollantaytambo. (B, L)
Note: The Pisac Market is everyday, on Tuesday, Thursdays and Sundays is bigger but more crowded; not so good for visiting the ruins in Pisac and Ollantaytambo and for photos

INCA TRAIL TO MACHUPICCHU: You MUST be in good shape
Please note that this is a typical itinerary which may change depending on the group size and availability of camp sites assigned by the government. Alternative campsites may be used.
DAY 8: OLLANTAYTAMBO – WAYLLABAMBA
Early morning pick up from your Hotel and transfer by bus to the kilometer 82, where we meet the porters and cooks and start to hike with amazing landscapes of the snow capped peaks. We pass near the Inca town of Llactapata, and after lunch continue following the Kusichaca River upstream until Wayllabamba, a very typical Andean Village and the last settlement on the Inca Trail before reaching Machupicchu. (B,L,D). Distance: 12 km - 7.5 miles

DAY 9: WAYLLABAMBA – PACAYMAYU 
After Breakfast we go uphill for 4-5 hours towards Warmiwañuska pass (dead woman’s pass), this day will be the hardest because we get to this highest pass (4200 mts – 13780 ft), after having amazing views from the pass we start our way down to get to the Pacaymayo valley for lunch, and camp. (B,L,D). Distance: 12 km - 7.5 miles.

Inca Trail
DAY 10: PACAYMAYU – WINAYHUAYNA
This day will be the longest, but considered the most beautiful part of the trail, on the way up to the 2nd pass we visit the semicircular archeological remain of Runkurakay. Walking over the original Inca Trail paved with flagstones we pass through the elfin forest where we see many orchids and other exotic endemic plants and birds. From the pass we again have a spectacular landscape of the cloud forest and some snow capped mountains around. On the way down we will visit the Inca site of Sayaqmarka located on a rocky promontory. Our trek continues through the cloud forest with vines, exotic vegetation (a big variety of Orchids, ferns. tree ferns, mosses, etc) and luxuriant trees and birds. After lunch, and a visit of the ruins of Phuyupatamarca, we start the long way down until Wiñaywayna, were we will visit and other fascinating Inca citadel and camp. (B,L,D). Distance: 15 km - 9.5 miles.
DAY 11: WINAYHUAYNA - MACHUPICCHU
After a very early breakfast and a somewhat easy walk we will arrive to Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) for the sunrise, also we will enjoy the first fantastic view of the “Lost City of the Incas”: Machupicchu; set up over a grandiose spot with astounding landscapes around. After taking many pictures, we walk downhill to arrive and visit Machupicchu.
After the guided visit you can go to the town of Aguas Calientes to rest at the hotel or relax at the hot springs. (B). Distance: 5 km - 3 miles
Overnight: Aguas Calientes
Machupicchu
DAY 12: MACHUPICCHU – HUAYNAPICCHU - CUSCO
On your own, early visit of Machupicchu; to spot the amazing sun rise and take the optional short hikes to the Sun gate, Montana Machupichu, Huaynapicchu Peak (if available), the temple of the Moon, and the Inca Bridge. Afternoon return to Ollantaytambo by train (1 1/2 hours) and transfer by bus to the hotel. (B)

NOTE: If you are interested in climbing to Huaynapicchu or Montana Machupicchu the entrance fees are Included but you have to let us know in advance, we must buy tickets ASAP, there is a short limit per day.

DAY 13: CUSCO – LIMA
Transfer to the airport for departure flight. (B)

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Note: If your international flight from Lima is leaving at night you have the option of taking an early flight from Cusco and could have a city tour in Lima, ask for more details if you are interested
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DATES
- This trip is NOT available only on FEBRUARY, it is available at any other day you want
- We just need a minimum of 2 guests.
- If you are a SOLO traveler you could still take the trip (with GROUP tours) but you must pay the EXTRA FOR A SINGLE SUPPLEMENT (SS)
PRICES & INCLUSIONS
- PRICES PER PERSON in US$$, MINIMUM 2 GUESTS on DOUBLE occupancy.
- If you want to use a SINGLE room or if you are a SOLO traveler you could still take the trip (with GROUP tours) but you must pay the EXTRA FOR A SINGLE SUPPLEMENT (SS)
2-3 PEOPLE
EXTRA for PRIVATE Tours: US$160 TOTAL
3 star/Good Value Hotels
- US$1880 per person
- SS: US$510
- US$2270 per person
- SS: US$2210
- US$3260 per person
- SS: US$2320
4-5 PEOPLE
EXTRA for PRIVATE Tours: US$120 TOTAL 
3 star/Good Value Hotels
- US$1840 per person
- SS: US$510
- US$2120 per person
- SS: US$2210
- US$3070 per person
- SS: US$2320
6-7 PEOPLE
EXTRA for PRIVATE Tours: US$80 TOTAL
3 star/Good Value Hotels
- US$1740 per person
- SS: US$510
- US$2070 per person
- SS: US$2210
- US$3010 per person
- SS: US$2320
8-+ PEOPLE
PRIVATE TOURS WITHOUT ANY EXTRA COSTS
3 star/Good Value Hotels
- US$1690 per person
- SS: US$510
- US$2030 per person
- SS: US$2210
- US$2840 per person
- SS: US$2320
Extra Payment for Private tours: Paying this TOTAL EXTRA COST per PARTY; for ALL the TOURS in CUSCO; we will provide: a PRIVATE transportation + an English Speaking guide just for your party.

IF YOU ALSO WANT A PRIVATE INCA TRAIL PLEASE ASK FOR THE EXTRA
INCLUDED IN THE PRICES ACCORDING TO THE ITINERARY:
- Double or Twin rooms at described Hotels + breakfasts for 12 nights, Arequipa: 1 night, Colca Valley: 1 night, Puno: 2 nights, Cusco: 4 nights, Aguas Calientes: 1 night, Inca Trail: 3 nights in tents.

GROUP Tours: For the all the tours you will have an English speaking guide, all the entrance fees to visit all the attractions described on the itinerary, all the roundtrip transfers and bus transportation.

- Arequipa Santa Catalina and Museum tours: All the entrance fees, English & Spanish speaking guide.
- Colca canyon tour with a group: Entrance fees, bus transportation, guide (English & Spanish).
- Touristy Bus (best available): Chivay - Puno
- Titicaca Lake tour: Bus & FAST Boat Transportation, Guide (English & Spanish), entrance fees and lunch.
- Touristy (best available) Bus: Puno - Cusco: Transportation to the bus station, Guided tours (English & Spanish), entrance fees and buffet lunch.
- CUSCO: City Tour & 4 ruins, Moray, Maras & the Salt Mines, Sacred Valley and 4 days Inca Trail
4 days Inca trail: Pre-trek briefing and Inca trail maps, Collection from your hotel: Early in the morning, Private bus to the start of the trail: Km 82 – Piscacucho, Inca Trail & Machupicchu entrance fees, English speaking professional guide, Assistant Guide (for groups of 9 or more people), client’s tents (2 persons in each), Well insulated Mattresses Pads, Dining tent with camp tables & stools, Chef, Cooking tent & equipment, Meals – vegetarian option without extra cost (03B,03L,03D): pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruit, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking, hot drinks including coca leaf tea, coffee break everyday, Porters (to carry the tents, food, and cooking equipment), Fair salary & accommodations for our porters & staff, First aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle, Bus tickets from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes village: 30 minutes, Train ticket (Expedition or Inca Rail service) from Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo. The train ride is 1:30 hrs. If there is room; you can upgrade to the vistadome train for US$50 per person, Transfer from the train station to Cusco.
Extra day in Machuoicchu: Roundtrip Bus tickets, Machupicchu & Huaynapicchu entrance fees.

For the GROUP Tours: We use the best available transportation and guides. On average we have:
. Arequipa: 6 -10 people
. Colca Canyon: 15-18 people
. Titicaca Lake tour: 15-18 people
. Cusco City and Sacred Valley tours: 12-16 people
. 4 days Inca Trail & Machupicchu: 5 - 10 people

- All the transportation: Airport/Bus & Train Station - Hotel - Airport/Bus & Train Station described in the Itinerary
- Described meals
- Professional & Personal Assistance during your visit.

Does not include: International & national airfares (Lima - Arequipa & Cusco - Lima), personal porter to carry your luggage, Personal porter to carry your luggage**, sleeping bags (Save room and Rent from us for just US$25 / 4 days trek), tips: guide, cooks, porters, etc, additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages or bottled water, non described meals & snacks, insurance of any kind, laundry, phone calls, radio calls or messages & items of personal nature.

**Note: If you want to hike only with a day pack, you can hire a personal porter for US$170, for all 4 days and he will carry a maximum of 10kg – 20 pounds; including your sleeping bag. (Usually 1 porter between 2 persons is enough). However even with a personal porter, you will still need to bring and carry a day pack with essential items. You must decide about this and let us Know ASAP to buy the extra porter's ticket too.

BOOKING & DEPOSIT FOR THE TRIP:
- To reconfirm, book and to buy all the necessary tickets, we will need you to send a deposit of 70% of the trip's price ASAP.
- You can make the deposit in a saving account (with 3% bank’s fees)
- If you want to use a credit card there will be 8% fees over the deposit (bank commissions & fees, not ours)
- The remaining balance has to be paid 45 days before your trip or in US$$, cash in Cusco.
- US$300 per person for buying the Inca Trail & Machupicchu tickets is non refundable

The deposit will be used to buy your Inca Trail & Porters' permits. Once we bought your Inca trail permits & tickets; they are NOT transferable to any other person OR to any different date due to the Inca Trail/Government regulations.
HOTELS
Please note that for any package we can upgrade and use any other you wish: 4 star, 5 stars, the most recommended, expensive room, etc, etc. As a LOCAL travel agent we have good prices with ALL the hotels in Peru so please just let us know about your preferences and we will send you our best price.
3 STAR/GOOD VALUE:
- AREQUIPA: Posada Monasterio, Casa Andina Classic or similar
- COLCA:Pozo del Cielo or similar
- PUNO: Plaza Colonial, Conde de Lemos or similar
- CUSCO: La Posada de Atahualpa, Amaru or similar
- AGUAS CALIENTES/MACHUPICCHU: Pequena Casita, Killa Inn or similar
4 STAR/GOOD VALUE:
- AREQUIPA: Tierra Viva, Casa Andina Select or similar
- COLCA: Colca Lodge or similar
- PUNO: Jose Antonio, Royal Inn or similar
- CUSCO: Tierra Viva, Rumi Punku, San Agustin Dorado, Eco Inn or Jose Antonio
- AGUAS CALIENTES/MACHUPICCHU: El Mapi, Casa Andina, Tierra Viva or similar
5 STAR/BEST AVAILABLE:
- AREQUIPA: Casa Andina Private Collection, Libertador or similar
- COLCA: Colca Lodge, Aranwa or similar
- PUNO: Libertador
- CUSCO: Casa Cartagena, Marriot, Aranwa, Palacio del Inka
- AGUAS CALIENTES/MACHUPICCHU: Sumaq or Inkaterra Pueblo

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