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  1. Peru
  2. Puno Region
  3. Cusco

Cusco: 9-Day Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca & Rural Overnight

Product ID: 141426
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Go through the highlights of southern Peru. Visit Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu. Explore Lake Titicaca, the Uros Floating Islands and spend a night with a local family in Amantani Island and experience the rural life of the island.
About this activity
Duration: 9 days
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English

Pickup included

Lobby of your hotel.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Visit Machu Picchu, explore Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Drive through the 'Route of the Sun' from Cusco to Puno
  • Explore Lake Titicaca and the Uros Floating Islands
  • Spend a night with a local family in Amantani Island
Full description
Enjoy the essential Peru on this fantastic 9-day journey through Peru. This journey has the flexibility to start from Cusco or Puno city (please see the tour options). The following itinerary will take you from Cusco city as your referential starting point. If you choose Puno as your starting point, the itinerary should be understood in inverse.

Benefit from a pick-up from Cusco Airport and transfer to your hotel to acclimate to the altitude. Have some leisure time. Explore Cusco city on a fantastic guided tour of Cusco Cathedral, the Convent of Santo Domingo and the Inca Temple of Koricancha. Visit the megalithic inca sites of Saksaywaman, Qenqo and Tambomachay. At 08:00 on day 3, begin your guided tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas for great views of the valley. Then, visit the archaeological site of Pisac. Have a buffet lunch at Tunupa Restaurant. Continue your journey by visiting the Inca town of Ollantaytambo and the picturesque town of Chinchero. On day 4, transfer to the train station. Take the train to the town of Aguas Calientes. On the way, you will experience the change of different ecological floors, from the Andes to the hot jungle. At your arrival, you will be met by a guide to be informed of your tour to Machu Picchu the next day. On day 5, transfer from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. Visit the Inca citadel discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. This city has a hydraulic water system, agricultural terraces, houses, temples and much more. Have a 2-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu and leisure time at the Inca citadel. Return to Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Ollantaytambo/ Cusco city.

The next day, start with a 06:30 pick-up from your hotel to the bus station for a fascinating trip from Puno to Cusco. Visit the following attractions on the way: the Pukara Lithic Museum, an ancient pre-Inca civilization, and stop at La Raya, the highest point along the way (14,200 feet). Then, enjoy a buffet lunch in the town of Sicuani. Explore the Inca Temple of Wiracocha in Raqchi. See amazing colonial art at the Church of Andahuaylillas. At 17:00, you will arrive to Cusco city and transfer to your hotel. On day 7, start at 08:00 for a 2-day guided tour to Lake Titicaca. Visit the floating islands of Uros and see how the people use totora, an aquatic plant, to make floating islands. Spend a night with a rural family on Amantani Island and experience the rural life. Climb to the highest point on Amantani Island and have extraordinary views of the sunset. Accommodation and all meals will be included. On day 8 at 07:30, have breakfast included and provided by the family on Amantani Island. Take a boat ride to Taquile island and enjoy fantastic views from Taquile and meet with the local community well-known as the best weavers in the region. Lunch will be provided on Taquile Island. Return to Puno city at 15:30. Arrive to Puno city and transfer to your hotel. On your last day, transfer to the airport in Juliaca or the bus station in Puno city for your onward travels.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off at all the destinations
  • Port pick-up and drop-off (Lake Titicaca)
  • Round trip shared transfer at all the destinations
  • Ground transport Puno - Cusco
  • All taxes and fees
  • Entrance tickets for all attractions at all the destinations
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu
  • Professional guide at all the destinations (Lake Titicaca could be operated by a bilingual guide English/ Spanish)
  • Tour escort/ host in all transfers
  • Lunch included in Sacred Valley Tour
  • Meals (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner) in Amantani Island (overnight)
  • Lunch on Taquile Island
  • Overnight accommodation in Amantani Island (Basic accommodation, shared sanitary facilities)
What’s Not Included
  • Accommodation at all destinations, please check the additional information to arrange a hotel booking on your own
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Know before you go
• Keep in mind that booking in advance will avoid misunderstandings during the high season (July, August, September, October) when visiting Machu Picchu
• May be operated by a multilingual guide in Lake Titicaca (English/ Spanish)
• Vegetarian option
• If you add "Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain," you must book it well in advance (2 months at least) during the high season: June, July, August, September, October, November - not responsible for bookings done after the recommended time
• A current valid passport will be required on the day of travel to Machu Picchu
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Product ID: 141426