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Taste of Peru
Transport - Bus, train, boat, on foo, in country flightt.
Accommodation - Hotel (8nts), basic hotel (1nt).
Meals - 9 breakfasts.
We often have multiple itineraries so please check to see which itinerary is suitable for you, by selecting the relevant tab.
Fly to Lima
Fly to Lima. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. A message will left at reception about arrangements for the next day. Hotel - 1 night
This morning you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Juliaca, the gateway for Laek Titicaca. When you land, you meet up with your tour leader before taking a relatively short drive to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca at 3800m. At this altitude the sun is very hot in the daytime but temperatures at night can drop below freezing in the winter months of June, July and August. The rest of the day has been left free to allow you the chance to take things easy and help your body acclimatise as much as possible. For those that want there are a number of optional activities (additional charge) that you may like to do in the afternoon such as visit the Yavari iron ship, built in Scotland at the turn of the 19th Century, and carried in pieces to Lake Titicaca from the Pacific shores of Chile to be reassembled on the lake. Hotel - 2 nights (B)
Today you take a boat to the floating reed islands of the Uros Indians and the island of Taquile. The life of the Uros is based on the totora reed, which grows in the lake and is used to construct houses and boats, thereby fostering the theory which led to Thor Heyerdahl’s Pacific journey with Ra. It is said that the Uros began their floating existence by constructing the islands to isolate themselves from the belligerent Colla and Inca tribes. On reaching the islands it’s clear that they are no longer as secluded as they once were, but they are still a unique sight. Continuing into the lake you arrive at Taquile Island covered in pre-Inca farming terraces and small villages. Life here has not changed in centuries - men dressed in 15th century attire sit in groups continually knitting intricate hats and belts, people toil in the fields using archaic, yet effective techniques and the views out across the lake to the snow-capped mountains on the horizon are stunning. (B)
A long (7 hour) but classic journey across the expansive ‘altiplano’ offers panoramic vistas of this huge, high plateau dotted with llama, alpaca and the adobe dwellings of lonely herders. Your route takes you over the La Raya pass (4321m) to Racchi, site of the Inca Viracocha temple. The temple was one of the largest roofed structures built by the Inca, and Racchi remains an important centre for folklore and tradition, hosting an annual folklore festival in mid-June. Continuing your journey the scenery changes as you enter the lower fertile valleys still worked by beasts or groups of industrious villagers - their timeless agricultural methods prove the value of the knowledge of long ago. On arrival in Cusco you check into your hotel and enjoy a first evening in this fascinating city. Hotel - 1 night (B)
You drive from Cusco into the Sacred Valley (approx. 2 hours). This is the heartland of the Inca Empire. With its warm climate and fertile soil, the Sacred Valley was considered the greenhouse of the Incas, who built many towns and agricultural terraces along its length. You start with a visit to the village of Pisac (2950m), where you can stop and explore the traditional market and the Inca ruins overlooking the town. This is your first taste of Inca architecture - the ruins stick out on a pinnacle overlooking the valley whilst steep terraces sweep around the hillside.
Your other stop of the day is the ruined fortress of Ollantaytambo which clings to a steep rock face above a small rural town which still maintains its Inca layout. Your hotel is located in the heart of the beautiful Sacred Valley (2800m), in a quiet farming village.
The following day you have the whole day free to enjoy the Sacred Valley. There is plenty to do in the valley; you can take to mountain bikes for a stunning ride from Chinchero via the Inca ruins of Moray before descending past the salt pans of Maras; alternatively you can explore on horseback or go white water rafting on the Urubamba River, stretch your legs with some stunning walking or relax and enjoy the peace (additional charge). Hotel - 2 nights (B)
Early this morning you transfer to Ollanta station to board the train for the spectacular ride to Aguas Calientes – the jumping off point for the stunning ‘lost city’ of Machu Picchu - the most dramatic and enchanting of Inca citadels, constructed from white granite in an extravagantly-terraced saddle between two towering peaks. No description of this mythical place can do it justice. It was rediscovered in 1911 by the American explorer, Hiram Bingham, who believed it to be the lost city of Vilcabamba. In the 1940s archaeologists decided that the city was conceived and built in the mid 15th century by Pachacuti, the first Inca emperor to expand beyond the Sacred Valley towards the forested gold-lands. Basic Hotel - 1 night (B)
In the early morning you have the option of heading back up to Machu Picchu to explore it further; as this is before the first train from Cusco arrives you have the site much to yourself with only those people who have walked in or stayed overnight in Aguas Calientes. The best way to explore the ruins is simply to wander around with a guide, or alone with a map to absorb the grandeur. Machu Picchu feels like it was built in the heavens, on dizzying slopes overlooking a u-bend in the Rio Urubamba. More than one hundred flights of steep stone steps connect its palaces, temples, storehouses and terraces, and command outstanding views not only of the valley below but also the snow-capped peaks around Salkantay (6271m). Wherever you stand, spectacular terraces appear to be suspended from steep cliffs, transforming the mountain into a garden. In the afternoon you return to Aguas Calientes and rejoin the train heading back to Cusco.
Hotel - 2 nights (B)
The imperial capital was laid out in the rough shape of a puma. Today, its orderly streets bear witness to the extraordinary skill of Inca stone-masons - many are still lined with precisely interlocked stonework which serves as the foundation for later buildings from the colonial era, creating an atmospheric pastiche of contrasting architectural styles. With your local guide, you explore the inner city on foot. You also visit the impressive Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman just outside the city. This fortress of giant carved stones, some of which weigh over 300 tonnes, fit together with a watchmaker’s precision – with no need for mortar to bind them. The rest of the day is free to soak up the historic atmosphere, visit some of the museums, the famous market or wander through the artists’ district of San Blas. (B)
Transfer hotel / Airport
You'll be free to relax, explore or do some last minute shopping until it's time for you to transfer to the airport to catch your flight back home. (B)
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