This trip is designed to enable you to discover the region of Cusco and the Titicaca lake in a fun spirit that will please the children as much as the adults! Horseback riding, relaxed walks, mountain biking and other cultural activities with the local communities are offered. Your children and yourself will spend a pleasant and entertaining trip during which you will never be bored! An ideal journey for you and your family.
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This itinerary is an example of a trip; you can change as you desire the steps and activities. If you wish to do so, please refer to the tab “Personalized trip”.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN LIMA
When you arrive in Lima, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel.
DAY 2: LIMA – CUSCO (3350 m)
You will be transferred to the airport to take your flight to Cusco. When you arrive, you will first check in to your hotel. In the afternoon, you will begin the visit of the Inca capital, starting with the Cathedral, impressive building that holds many paintings of the Cusquenian School as well as true goldsmithery treasures. You will continue your discovery with the Santo Domingo monastery, ancient temple of the Sun, also known as Qorikancha. End of the day is free.
DAY 3:CUSCO (3350 m): 4 RUINS horseback riding
You will go for a horseback riding that will allow you to discover the four principal archeological sites in the periphery of Cusco. You will first go to Q’enqo in a private vehicle. Here, you will meet your horses to go to Tambomachay, formerly one of the most sacred sites of the Inca Empire where the ritual ablutions of the emperor took place. You will then continue to Pukapukara, ancient fort that guarded the entrance to the capital and thanks to its location, offers a splendid view of the valley and neighboring summits. After this, you will go back to Q’enqo, important sanctuary that counts many altars used to sacrifice llamas and alpacas in the olden days. Here, you will leave your horses and finish the excursion by foot to Saqsayhuamán, stunning fortress built on a hill dominating the city of Cusco. This site is characterized by its gigantic blocks of stone, accurately interlocked, with some standing over 9 meters tall and weighing more than 550 tons. From there, you will walk back to Cusco using a path going down to the town center. Arrival in the afternoon.
+200m / -200m of height difference (horse-back riding)
DAY 4: CUSCO (3350 m) – PATABAMBA (3700 m) – HUCHUY QOSQO (3600 m)
You will go to the Sacred valley until the Patabamba village, considered to be the “belvedere” of the valley. Here starts your trek: a path will take you first to the little village of Sihuas, then to the pass of Pukamarca (3900m) which overlooks the village of the same name. From here, you will enjoy a splendid view of the Urubamba mountain range and the Sacred valley. You will then continue your walk to the Puma Puncu canyon, “the door of the puma”, before taking an old Inca path restored thanks to the Qapacñan (“Large path”) project. This path will take you to the isolated and mysterious Huchey Qosqo (“the small Cusco”) Inca site with its splendid terraces and constructions of stone and adobe. Close to this site are located the homes of our local hosts for the night. Games for every ages will be organized for the evening.
5 hours of walk, +350m / -400m of height difference
DAY 5: HUCHUY QOSQO (3600 m) – CHINCHERO (3780 m)
You will leave your hosts and start walking towards Chinchero. The path will gradually take you to the pass of Huallatal (4418m high) from where you will have a cleared view on the Sacred valley dominated by summits of the mountain range on the horizon. Then you will go down to the little village of Cuperalto, where shepherds minding their herds of camelids live. Upon your arrival in Chinchero, you will meet your local host family where you will spend the night.
5 to 6 hours of walk, +470m / -700m of height difference
DAY 6: CHINCHERO (3780 m) – MORAY (3500 m) - MARAS SALINES (3300 m) – URUBAMBA (2900 m)
On this day, you will first visit the Moray Inca site, real agricultural laboratory which was used more than 500 years ago to test the resistance of certain botanical species at the altitude. After this, you will continue by mountain bike to the Maras saline. These saline date of the pre-Inca period and continue to be used like old times by the inhabitants of the village. The water coming from a salted source is canalized to a series of ponds where it evaporates gradually. A fine layer of salt is deposited and can be collected. You will end your excursion by going down, still by bike, to the Urubamba river and the village of Tarabamba where our vehicle will take you to the town of Urubamba.
4 hours of bike, + 50 m / - 980 m of height difference
DAY 7: URUBAMBA (2900 m) – OLLANTAYTAMBO (2750 m) - AGUAS CALIENTES (2040 m)
You will leave Urubamba by rafting and go down the river of the same name until Ollantaytambo. Here, you will visit the Inca fortress before strolling through the small paved streets of this singular village of the XVth century almost unchanged since its creation. You will then take the train to Aguas Calientes. Arrival and check in to hotel.
DAY 8: AGUAS CALIENTES (2040 m) - MACHUPICCHU (2450 m) – OLLANTAYTAMBO (2750 m)
Very early in the morning, you will take the bus to go up to the most famous Inca site of the country: Machu Picchu, “old summit” in Quechua. You will there discover the architectural complex, still enveloped in the morning mist, built on top of a ridge and surrounded by precipices: a stunning view that evolves with the progression of the sun. You will roam through the streets of the citadel, its areas, squares, royal houses, agricultural zones, paths and observatories. After a 3h guided tour, you will dispose of free time to discover by yourselves, if you wish, the Huayna Picchu (entry at 10AM*), the Sun Gate (“Intu Punku”) situated at 2700m, or even the Inca bridge. For the less sporty, you can wander peacefully in the city. Return to Aguas Calientes in the afternoon to take the train back to Ollantaytambo. Check in to hotel and free evening.
*We have chosen the 10 o’clock trip in order to give you time to visit Machu Picchu with your guide and enjoy a clearer view of the citadel. However, the number of entrances to Huayna Picchu being limited, we cannot guarantee the access to this part of the site.
DAY 9: OLLANTAYTAMBO (2750 m) - PISAQ (3400 m) - CUSCO (3350 m)
You will go up the sacred valley by bus until Pisaq, where you will visit the archeological complex composed of terraces, fountains, observatories and even a necropolis, the largest of the region (about 10000 persons are buried there). It is from here that the Incas controlled and dominated the Sacred Valley. On your way back down, you will stop at the traditional artisanal market of Pisaq. Return to Cusco and free afternoon.
DAY 10: CUSCO (3350 m) – LLACHON (3850 m)
Early morning departure to take a touristic bus towards the Titicaca lake. On the way, you will discover the fertile valley of Cusco with the different colors and lights of the contrasting landscapes. You will stop at the village of Andahuaylilas in order to visit the colonial church, known as the “Sistine chapel of South America”, famous for its lavishly painted ceiling. You will then continue the trip and stop at Raqchi where you will visit the spectacular Inca sanctuary built by Pachacutec in honor of the Inca God Wiracocha. It holds a large wall whose base, carved in stone, is a witness of the finesse of Inca architecture, whilst another part of the fortification has been built from abode blocks. In addition, the architecture has two circular lateral columns. Around the temple, you can find various buildings that formerly had the function of habitations and depots. Following this, you will cross the pass of la Raya (4338m), considered as the entrance of the Altiplano and you will continue to Juliaca (3900m), from where you will go to the Capachina peninsula in a private vehicle. You will arrive in Llachon, village located by the banks of the mythical Titicaca lake, where you will be welcomed by your hosts.
DAY 11: LLACHON (3859m)
You will discover the Capachica peninsula and the surroundings of Llachon through a relaxed walk by the banks of the lake. You will spend the afternoon with your host family: it is the occasion to discover the local crafts and, for your children, to play with the other children of the village.
DAY 12:LLACHON (3825 m) – TAQUILE (3900 m) – UROS – PUNO (3820 m)
Morning departure by boat from Llachon to Taquile, an island an island exploited thanks to the system of terrace cultivations. The lifestyle of the inhabitants has conserved the community organization inherited from the Inca period. Although the property is private, the labor is collective; the 300 habitants of the island work one day for them, and one day for the community. Taquile lives in relative self-sufficiency with the Inca principles: “do not steal, do not lie, do not weaken”, habits unchanged for centuries. From the heights of the village, your efforts will be rewarded by a superb view on the lake, the Puno bay and Bolivia (the Royal mountain chain) in the Altiplano mists. At the end of the day, you will take the boat and return to Puno. Check in to hotel. Evening free.
DAY 13: PUNO (3820 m) – JULIACA (3830 m) – LIMA
You will be transferred to the airport of Juliaca to take your flight to Lima. Transfer and check in to hotel, followed by a visit of the colonial center of Lima. You willend the day with the visit of the archeological museum. Evening free.
DAY 14: LIMA – INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT
You will be taken to the airport to take your international flight.
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THE PRICE INCLUDES:
- Accommodation in 3*** hotels (according to local standards) and in homestays as mentioned in the program - The meals mentioned as “included”
- Private and collective ground transports
- Assistance at airports
- English speaking guide during the entire trip
- Excursions scheduled in the program
- Activities for all ages
- The domestic flights Lima – Cusco and Juliaca – Lima
- The entrances to the visited sites
THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- International flights
- Lunches and dinners not mentioned in the program (expect 5 to 10 USD per meal)
- Tips (2 USD/day/person for the guide and 1 USD/day/person for the carriers, mule-drivers, chefs)
- The single supplement (depending on the number of nights and the hotel quality)
- Individual pharmacy
You will be accompanied by a local private English speaking guide at every leg of the journey. This means you will have a different guide for each region you will visit, depending on their specialization. The level of English of the guides varies from one region to another.
A few exceptions:
- For the Puno – Cusco trip, you will travel in a group touristic bus with an English / Spanish guide
- The trips in public transports (buses, shuttles, trains and internal flights) are not escorted.
In Peru, the hotel standards are different to what you may be accustomed to. Here are a few useful details on every type of accommodation:
- Camp: thanks to the perfect organization of our cook(s) and muleteer(s), you could really rest after a good day of walking. We have a tent for the kitchen, another one for to take the meals, another one for the bathrooms. For two persons, you will have a 3 places tent for more comfort. We also supply you a comfortable mattress and a basin of hot water at the beginning and at the end of the day for your toilet; and of course we prepare you warm and complete meals.
- Homestay accommodation: Basic comfort, communal toilets, no hot water and sometimes no running water, simple but clean rooms, sometimes no electricity and the doors do not lock (however, there are no security problems).
- 2** and 3*** hotels (local standards): comfortable rooms, simple and clean, private bathroom with hot water; some hotels offer rooms equipped with a safe, heating system, mini bar, …
As far as our possibilities, we choose hotels whose geographical location will allow you to fully enjoy the town and its attractions.
In order to allow you more freedom during your trip, only a few meals are included in our programs: these are the meals during the treks (cold at noon and hot in the evening) and during certain excursions when the conditions make it necessary (on the Puno-Cusco road, in the Sacred Valley, etc).
For the non-included meals, expect 5 to 10 USD per person. This allows you to choose the time, place and menu according to your desires!
Most of the time of your trip, your travels will take place in private vehicles: you will have at your service a private vehicle with a Spanish speaking driver who will adapt to your rhythm (photo stop, shopping, etc. …).
- For the Puno – Cusco / Chivay – Puno and Arequipa – Puno trips, you will travel in a group touristic bus that will make several stops and visits on the way.