Upon arrival in Peru, our local representative will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel.
Overnight in Lima.
Day 02: Am. Optional Biking - Pm Larco Herrera Museum
We start our day biking by lovely hidden streets in the heart of Miraflores San Isidro and Barranco The modern part of Lima City.
In the afternoon we will visit the Larco Herrera Museum, which harbors the biggest private collection of pre-columbine art that exists in the world. Exhibition of archaeological pieces of ceramic, gold, stone, wood and textile of pre-Hispanic cultures, especially the Peruvian northern cultures, outstanding the "Sala de Arte Textil" (Textile Art room), the "Gran Sala de la Cultura" (Great Room of the Culture), and the "Bóveda Sala de Oro" (vault Gold Room). It also exhibits the only collection of world of "Erotic Huacos.
Overnight in Lima.
Day 03: Flight to Cusco - City Tour
Transfer to airport to take the flight to Cusco, where we will be waiting for you to take you in a short transfer to your hotel.
In the afternoon after a few hours to adjust to the altitude we walk along the streets and marvel at the flawless Incan stonework and picture a time and place when the Incas once had a massive empire, We walk around the colonial Plaza de Armas, visiting the Cathedral, which contains one of the city’s greatest samples of mestizo paintings of the XVIII century,. Following the Cathedral we will be admitted to visit the archbishop’s private collection of the corpus Christy. Overnight in Cusco.
In the morning we will drive to visit Sacsayhuaman, which literally translates to mean "Decorated head of the Puma.” This was the ruling palace of the Inca that contained a temple where the living god directed his people. It was called a fortress by the Europeans due to the immense stone pieces that were used in its construction, oral Cusco tradition claims that around 70,000 people worked on the palace for 50 years.
Later we will be part of a Special ceremony to the earth by Victor and rufino Turpo inheritors of the later Nazario Turpo who was the guardian of the sacred mountain of Ausangate. They are the ceremonial masters who will perform your blessings and will lead the offering ritual, his Father was a world renown peruvian Shaman who made the offerings and opened the doors at the inauguration of the NMAI Museum in Washington DC .
The Guardian of the Sacred Ausangate Mountain has a unique job; He is responsible of assuring the water cycle to continue.
Using Coca leaves, grown in the lowlands, llama Fleece, llama fat, sea shells, flowers and lots of other products carefully collected in every ecological floor of the Andes.. He thanks the creator, and symbolically reunites this universe, Pacha with the other Pachas. Assuring a space for life to continue on earth.
Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Cusco, picnic lunch included.
Day 05: To Huchuy qosqo
In the morning, we leave for Tauca, an small Andean village located at the Chinchero plateau to start hiking early and capture the sunlight on Mount Veronica and the Vilcabamba range. We will hike uphill through a mountain landscape with presence of llamas and alpacas until we get to the mountain pass at 4500m. (13500 ft.)
After relaxing in the shade of the Queñua trees (Andean Oak) while enjoying our picnic lunch, we continue our trek across the open terrain, after few hours of hike and enjoying a beautiful land scape on the way.
Late afternoon, we will arrive to the community where will enjoy their hospitality. Camp or overnight at the Community house. Picnic lunch and dinner included.
Day 06: To Huchuy qosqo- Lamay – Sacred Valley
In the morning we descend for about 2 hours more to reach the Inca archaeological site of Huchuy Qosqo, with 2-level constructions in what used to be a stop in the Inca route to Lares , it was an administrative center and our expert guide will share with us the most current information of the site. Later we begin the zigzag trail down the face of the mountain, crossing the Urubamba River where our private vehicle will be waiting for us to drive us to our hotel in Urubamba.
In this particular area, we do not meet with another wandering tourists, only Andean people working their fields, and their children playing in their adobe houses.. Overnight in the Sacred Valley. Breakfast and Picnic lunch included
Day 07: Biking Maras & Moray
We leave by our private car to the lake of Huaypo, located about 1 hour away. The scenery is wonderful, with rolling hills and a big mountain range in the background, as we use an old dirt road very seldom used, all in the middle of Andean crops, mainly grains. We will do a combination of driving and biking. It takes about an hour to pass above the town of Maras. From there we will continue to the magnificent agricultural terraces of Moray where different levels of terraces are carved into deep bowls/sink holes that were used by the Inca to experiment with and adapt Andean crops to the altitude. We will enjoy a picnic lunch there and then return a few kilometers toward Maras where we will then ride to the terraced Salinas salt pans. A hot spring at the top of the valley discharges a small stream of heavily salt-laden water, which is diverted into salt pans and evaporated to produce a salt that is used for cattle licks. We get to see them from the road and then descend to them. Here we leave the bikes and hike in the middle of the ponds to the valley of the Urubamba river ... Cross a hanging bridge over the Urubamba and then drive back to our hotel Overnight in the sacred Valley. Picnic lunch included.
Day 08: Hike from Km. 104 to Machupicchu: (subject to availability)
Departure from the hotel to Ollantaytambo train station to board the train to Machupicchu..
At Km. 104, a half an hour before reaching Aguas Calientes (the main station for tourists visiting Machu Picchu) we descend the train and starting an exciting hike that will take 3-4 hours climbing up to 2,500 m of altitude. We start our way by crossing a hanging bridge over the river and follow a broad level path, which winds comfortably through scrub and light woodland. Colorful butterflies flutter across the trail. Very soon we will come across the archaeological remains of Chachabamba and start to climb.
We continue our hike until we cross for a beautiful Inca bridge, the last leg of the trail. towards Wiñay Wayna Inca Fortress or as it is known “Forever Young”, they are as beautiful as the name - very impressive from close-up, even more than from a distance - with Inca buildings and terraces. It will have been a 2-hour hike uphill from Chachabamba to Wiñay Wayna
Wiñay Wayna may also mean 'from growing young to growing old' referring to the crops. It is said that it may have been used by the Incas as a last stop in the voyage of the human soul to learn eternity in the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. On top you'll find the temples, generally the religious part and below the farmer's houses and the so important rest places of the chasquis or the runners. Lot's of ceremonial baths are found as well.
The trail cuts across the ridge and will take us to Intipunku or 'the Royal Gate of the Sun' from where we shall enjoy a breathtaking view of Machu Picchu, "The Lost City of the Incas”
From here the trail winds downhill among the ruins of the sanctuary, we are already in Machu Picchu. And we have entered the right way, just like the Incas did centuries ago; this first impression of the Citadel will remain an unforgettable sight engraved in our memories for life. Overnight in Aguas Calientes. Picnic lunch included
Day 09: Machupicchu Mountain( hikes subject to availability)
After breakfast, before the most visitors arrive to the sacred city, our expert guide, will share with us the most current information and personal insights of Machupijchu. Also we will have the optional hikes to the temple of the Moon, or to the mountain of Machupijchu, they vary in their length and difficulty, but certainly are a great option to enjoy the nature around this unique site
In the afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Aguas Calientes.
Day 10: : Chinchero - Weaving demonstration – Hiking Valley.
In the morning, we will take our train back to Ollantaytambo train station, where our private vehicle will be waiting for us to drive us to Chinchero, we climb out of the valley to a very scenic 12,000-ft. plain en route to the Sunday Indian market at Chinchero. There we will observe how the local population shops for the week. You may find a few things that you simply must have! Then we will participate with a large group of weavers in a morning dedicated to learning the materials, dyeing techniques, spinning and weaving, all presented by master weavers of the community. This organization is dedicated to preserving ancient textile designs and weaving techniques from all over the Andes. Some designs are more than 2000 years old and were thought to have been lost.
We then keep on to Hike to Pecacachu a beautiful trail that leads us through an incredible Andean landscape sometimes we can feel that we are touching the sky. Also we will have the opportunity to enjoy the community hospitality and participate in the sowing of potatoes according to the season. Overnight in Cusco. Picnic lunch included.
Day 11: Am Free Day- pm Flight to Puno
In the morning you will have free time to explore and then transfer to the airport for your flight to Juliaca where our representative will be waiting for you to drive you to the hotel in Puno Overnight in Puno at Titilaka hotel. (highly recommended)
In the morning we will visit the world’s highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca, according to legend, gave birth to the Inca civilization. It is the center of region where thousands of farmers make a living fishing its icy waters, growing potatoes at its edge or herding llama and alpaca at altitudes that leave most of us gasping for air. The turquoise blue lake was the most sacred body of water in the Inca Empire and is now the natural separation between Peru and Bolivia. In the evenings it becomes quite cold, dropping below freezing from June through August. During the day the sun is intense and sunburn is common, so bring enough sunscreen and wear appropriate clothing.
The best-known of the islands dotting the surface of Titicaca are the Islas de los Uros—the floating islands of reed named after the Indians who inhabited them. From tightly bundled reeds, the Uros build canoe-shaped boats for transport and fishing. A well-constructed boat can carry a whole family for about 6 months before beginning to rot.
Also we have the option to do a nice hiking in the Taquile Island. Overnight in Puno at Titilaka hotel, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 13: Kayak- Lake Titicaca- pm flight to Lima
Enjoy kayaking at 3800meters above sea level, where crisp skies mean increased visibility of the intense Titicaca landscape. Your guide will explain safety procedures for kayaking before heading out. Continue at your pace, to discover some of the coasts near Titilaka. If you choose to paddle silently through the reeds you can observe flora and fauna. Paddling towards the lake will get you great views of the hotel’s remote location and private peninsula.
In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Lima, and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Lima. Breakfast included.
Day 14: To Home
Transfer from the hotel to airport for your flight back to home.