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By following in the legendary Manco Capac's footsteps, you can experience the story that shaped the Andes. This tour emphasizes the highlights of Cusco and the Sacred Valley by taking you to vital archeological sites mentioned in an ancient folktale. Be profoundly moved as you witness Machu Picchu in person before traveling to the ethereal Lake Titicaca, the origin of the Inca. In addition to natural highlights such as the excursion to Huacachina Oasis and Humantay Lake. Plus, the short Inca trail.

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to cusco, peru

Welcome to Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire and one of the most iconic cities in the world. We will be waiting for your arrival at the Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport and then transfer you to your hotel in the city of Cusco.

Day 2: Am san pedro market & cusco city tour

Day 3: Short inca trail day 1

You'll need to get up early for your once-in-a-lifetime adventure! At 4 a.m., your guide will arrive at your Cusco hotel to pick you up. On the way to Ollantaytambo, relax or even sleep a little longer in our comfortable, private transportation. When you arrive at the train station, your guide will give you a box lunch to add to your daypack. Your train leaves Ollantaytambo at 6:10 a.m., and you will have just over an hour to enjoy the scenery and eat breakfast (not included). Your hotel can provide you with a picnic breakfast to take with you, or you can pack your breakfast.
Your guide will meet you at the famous Km 104, where your hike will begin! (2,000 m.a.s.l./6,560 f.a.s.l.) After crossing the Urubamba River on a beautiful footbridge, show your passport at the checkpoint and visit your first Inca site nearby. The first hour and a half is a gradual ascent with several shelters along the way to take a break from the sun or rain, depending on the season. You'll stop at several viewpoints to get a good look at the Urubamba River. You will also travel through several microclimates, including a cloud forest, so be prepared for dampness or even rain at any time of year. The next hour and a half of hiking is a slightly steeper uphill, with a beautiful waterfall as your reward.
Cross the bridge below the waterfall, take some photos, and you'll find yourself gazing up at the magnificent Wiay Wayna! (2,600 meters/8,500 feet above sea level) The history of these incredible Inca ruins is fascinating; some parts are still hidden by dense jungle. You're hiking through lush subtropical jungle this close to Machu Picchu. Before the short 5-minute walk to your lunch spot, your guide will tell you all about the ruins, such as this microclimate's incredible flora and fauna, and answer any questions you may have.
Your lunch location is a covered shelter at the Wiay Wayna campground, the final campground for hikers on the four-day Inca Trail. There are outdoor handwashing stations and restrooms nearby. Enjoy your hearty, gourmet lunch while admiring the tropical flowers around the campground. When you book, please let us know if you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions.
After lunch, you'll walk flat to the Sun Gate, where you'll get your first glimpse of Machu Picchu! Even though the hour-long walk is a gentle rolling up and down, it concludes with a set of steep stairs carved directly into the bedrock by the Inca. You'll know you've arrived at the Sun Gate when you reach the stairs! It's a breathtaking view of Machu Picchu, so take your time and snap some photos. The last 45 minutes from the Sun Gate offer numerous opportunities to photograph Machu Picchu from this unique vantage point. There are a few more important Inca sites between the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu, so take your time, enjoy walking in the footsteps of the Incas on the Inca Trail, and ask your guide questions about these historical sites on the last leg of your hike to Machu Picchu.
Once you arrive, you will have time to take more photos from the viewing platforms above Machu Picchu. You'll arrive in the afternoon, when the archeological area begins to be empty of tourists, allowing you to take beautiful photos in the afternoon light with fewer people in your shots. Enjoy this magical experience before taking the bus to Aguas Calientes to check into your hotel. After a delicious dinner, you will have time to walk around this picturesque little town, visit the hot springs, or relax in your hotel after such an exciting day.

Day 4: Short inca trail day 2

This is the moment you've been looking forward to! You'll board one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu after an early breakfast at your hotel so that you can see the sunrise. It's a very remarkable location that you won't want to miss! Your tour will last approximately two hours and will be led by your guide. Your tour of Machu Picchu includes the Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Condor, Temple of Three Windows, Sun Dial, Quarry, and the House of the Inca. You'll also learn about the three sectors that Machu Picchu is separated into: agricultural, residential, and religious.
Those who have booked extra hikes up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain in advance can enjoy the views independently after your tour. You'll take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes for lunch once you've had your fill of the fantastic vistas of Machu Picchu (not included). Depending on when your train leaves, you may have time to go shopping, sightseeing, or visit a museum or hot springs. At 14:55 or 15:20, your train will depart.
The train will return you to Ollantaytambo via the beautiful Urubamba River. The canyon is tight in Aguas Calientes, and the river has numerous excellent whitewater parts. If you gaze up high on the steep canyon wall, you can see Wiay Wayna from the train! Your driver will meet you at the railway station exit in Ollantaytambo and drive you back to your Cusco hotel in our private vehicle. You should arrive at your hotel at night.

Day 5: Free day in cusco

You will have the day for free in the iconic city of Cusco.

Day 6: Full-day tour to the rainbow mountain

The day you will enjoy a full-day tour to Rainbow Mountain. We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco early in the morning and start driving through the South Valley to the trailhead at Cusipata. After a delicious breakfast, we will begin our walk, following a beautiful path that finishes with an amazing view of Vinicunca Mountain, popularly known as Rainbow Mountain. At the top of the Rainbow Mountain, you can have a panoramic view of Ausangate Mountain. When we come back to the base, we will travel to Cusipata to have lunch, and then you will return to the City of Cusco.

Day 7: Atv in maras and moray

We pick you up around 07:30 a.m. from your hotel and transfer you to the base in Maras. This tour visits the following Sacred Valley tourist sites: Moray: Inca agricultural terraces; Maras Salt Mines: an artisanal salt mine where the residents of Maras also sell their salt, whether fine or coarse, flavored, or for beauty treatments. The time set aside for visiting Moray and Maras Salt Mines is about 40 minutes in each place. After the tour finishes, we will transfer you to your hotel in Cusco to have the afternoon to rest.

Day 8: Humantay lake

Day 9: Full-day tour from cusco to puno

Embarking on an unforgettable full-day tour from Cusco to Puno early in the morning. We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco and board the bus that will take you to the beautiful city of Puno, but you are going to have the opportunity to visit iconic places during your tour. The first stop is the town of Andahuaylillas, where the Sistine Chapel of America is located, then we will head to the town of Raqchi and visit the Wiracocha Temple, an Inca archaeological site that exhibits typical terraces, public baths, and aqueduct systems. We will continue with the visit to Pukara town, and then we are going to have a buffet lunch where you will enjoy Novo Andina cuisine, a pairing of meats with traditional grains and products. La Raya is the final stop before arriving in Puno. This small town is situated on a highland plateau and represents the border town between Puno and Cusco.

Day 10: Full-day tour to lake titicaca

In the morning, our Gotoperu staff guide will pick you up from your hotel in Puno to begin your full-day tour of Lake Titicaca and the nearby islands. The majestic beauty of Lake Titicaca has captivated the hearts of countless explorers and travelers for centuries. Situated high in the Andean mountains between Peru and Bolivia, this enchanting lake is not only the largest in South America but also the highest navigable lake in the world. Our tour starts with a boat trip to the floating islands of the Uros, a collection of artificial islands built from floating bundles of reeds. You will have free time to buy souvenirs at the market and explore these floating marvels created by the Uros tribe to defend themselves against rival tribes. Then we will continue with a 2-hour boat ride to Taquile Island, home to a Quechua community that continues the tradition of male residents producing fine handicrafts. Here, you will have lunch with a magnificent view of Lake Titicaca before your return to Puno.

Day 11: Flight from juliaca to lima

We will pick you up from your hotel in Puno and transfer you to the airport in Juliaca to board your flight to Lima, where our staff will be waiting for you to take you to your selected hotel.

Day 12: Full-day tour to ballestas islands and huacachina oasis

Our Gotoperu representative will pick you up from your accommodation in Lima early in the morning and transfer you to the Lima bus station for a bus ride to Ica.

A staff member will pick you up at the Ica bus station around 07:30 and transport you to the port where the Ballestas Islands boat excursion will depart. During your tour, you will observe sea lions in their natural habitat and have a briefing on the history of the Ballestas Islands and their role during the Industrial Revolution in Peru. Then, you will have free time on Paracas Boulevard to explore and buy souvenirs.

The next stop will be the Huacachina Oasis, followed by lunch at leisure with a view of the oasis. In the afternoon, dune buggy trip and sandboarding in the dunes of Huacachina

Transportation to the Ica bus station around 18:30 Ica-Lima return bus ride

When you arrive at the Lima bus terminal, a Gotoperu staff member will pick you up and transport you to your hotel.

Day 13: Lima city tour

A city tour in Lima, the vibrant capital of Peru, promises an enriching journey through history and culture. Embarking on this adventure unveils a remarkable landmark that showcases Lima's proud heritage. The San Francisco Convent is an architectural gem dating back to colonial times. Your next stop will be at the City Hall, exuding grandeur as it serves as both a symbol of civic pride and administrative power. Beyond lies the iconic Government Palace – an opulent edifice where Peruvian presidents have resided since the country's birth. Next to the Government Palace is the Basilica Cathedral at Plaza de Armas—the heart of Lima’s historical center—where architectural marvels intertwine beautifully with religious devotion. The tour continues into the Miraflores district with its breathtaking coastal views and finalizes at Barranco, known as a cosmopolitan and cultural district.

Day 14: Departure from lima

We will escort you to the Jorge Chavez International Airport to take your flight back home.

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