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Spirit of the Incas
Transport - Minibus, boat, train, domestic flights, on foot.
Accommodation - Hotels (7nts), basic hotel (1nt).
Meals - 8 breakfasts.
We often have multiple itineraries so please check to see which itinerary is suitable for you, by selecting the relevant tab.
Your trip starts in Lima. You will receive full details of exactly where to meet your Group Leader on the Joining Instructions which will be sent to you 2-3 weeks before your trip starts. For information on when the trip ends please refer to the itinerary as described below. Faraona Hotel (AA) - 2 nights (B)
This morning you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Juliaca, the gateway for Lake 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. This is to 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. Conde de Lemos (AAA) - 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 tortora reed which grows in the lake and is used to construct their houses and boats, and can still be viewed like this today. It is said that the Uros began their floating existence by constructing the islands to isolate themselves from the belligerent Colla and Inca tribes, and this unique existence continues like this to this day. 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)
Across the Andes to Cusco
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. Tupac Yupanqui Palace (AA) - 3 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. You are free to explore the inner city on foot or 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. There are two days free to soak up the historic atmosphere, visit some of the museums, the famous market or wander through the artists’ district of San Blas. (B2)
If you prefer to book optional excursions (additional charge), you can arrange in advance or locally through the group leader. A list can be found below, although more may be available at the time of travel.
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, covered in forest in 1911 by the American explorer, Hiram Bingham. Bingham believed it to be the lost city of Vilcabamba, the last refuge of the Inca. 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. Pequeña Casita (AA) - 1 night - (B)
Machu Picchu; Cusco
In the early morning you have the option of heading back up to Machu Picchu to explore it further (additional charge, please note this must be booked in advance). 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 these fantastic Inca 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. For the more energetic there is plenty of time to climb Huayna Picchu, the sugarloaf-shaped mountain overlooking the ruins, to be rewarded with expansive views of the site. In the afternoon you return to Aguas Calientes and rejoin the train heading back to Cusco. Tupac Yupanqui Palace (AA) - 1 night - (B)
Cusco; trip ends
Your trip ends in Cusco. (B)
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