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Cusco, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca

8 Nights

This Peru tour takes you through the classic Inca Trio before finishing at Lake Titicaca: Cusco - the Inca Capital City with its puma form occupying an Andean valley; the Sacred Valley of the Incas - through which passes one of the principal Amazon tributaries; and the magical Machu Picchu, perhaps the finest historical site in the whole of the Americas. Lake Titicaca also boasts fascinating history, culture and spectacular scenery at every point.

This Peru tour takes you through the classic Inca Trio before finishing at Lake Titicaca: Cusco - the Inca Capital City with its puma form occupying an Andean valley; the Sacred Valley of the Incas - through which passes one of the principal Amazon tributaries; and the magical Machu Picchu, perhaps the finest historical site in the whole of the Americas. Lake Titicaca also boasts fascinating history, culture and spectacular scenery at every point.

  • Destinations: Peru
  • Duration: 8 Nights
  • Trip Style: Traditional
  • Activities: Ecotourism

Brazil Adventure Tours provide you with ideas for tours of Brazil and South America, with all being completely flexible with regards to dates, duration or the tours, activities and classes that we can include. Our website tours are our recommendations based on our experience of how to make the very best of your time in South America. We can adjust these details in any way that you wish, with a little advice from us of course. We can combine any of our destinations that you wish to visit into one tour, and for however long you wish to visit them. Any of our Traditional and Adventure tours can also be combined in whichever way you prefer. We are here to organise a tour that suits you after all, not the other way around!

Day 1 : Into The Andes
After arriving in Peru, you fly on to Cusco, the Inca Citadel nestling amongst the Andes Mountains. You will be met at the airport for the short journey to your hotel in the historic areas of the city. Once there, you can check in, drink some coca tea and begin the process of acclimatising to the altitude. Taking things easy is essential on your first day in the mountains, and a gentle wander around the city in the afternoon is recommended. Your first meals at altitude should be light, but there are still plenty of options for lunch and dinner in Cusco.
Day 2 : The Inca Capital of Cusco
Your first morning in the Inca Capital can be spent wandering at your leisure and exploring the narrow streets of the historic city. Your guided tour of Cusco and its archaeological sites will begin in the afternoon, starting with a visit to the impressive colonial cathedral, followed by Korikancha (The Temple of the Sun). From here you will travel to the outskirts of Cusco for a tour of the archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman, later visiting the ruins of Puca Pucara, Qenqo, and Tambomachay. The evening brings the chance to enjoy dinner in one of many cosy Cusco restaurants, including amongst the artefacts of the Pre-Columbine Art Museum. There are many other choices hidden away on the streets.
Day 3 : The Sacred Valley of the Inca
Cusco to Ollantaytambo
An early start has you heading up and out of Cusco before you drop down to the Urubamba Valley, the same river that flows down from the Andean Plain. This is the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with the Rio Urubamba passing down the valley to pass beneath the Machu Picchu ruins on the way down to the Amazon basin and eventually the Atlantic Ocean. Your first stop will be at the village of Pisac and its local market which is busy and interesting on Sundays. The afternoon will be spent exploring the impressive ruins at Ollantaytambo, and the evening at your hotel beneath the ruins. You can enjoy the spectacular scenery of the valley at night, with little light pollution and many stars in the clear Andean skies.
Day 4 : The Lost City of Machu Picchu
Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu
In the morning, you leave the train station at Ollantaytambo to travel further down the banks of the Urubamba River to Aguas Calientes. This town sits in the valley below the ruins of Machu Picchu, and your guide will take you on the bus up to the gates while your luggage is taken to the hotel. The ruins of the Inca Citadel, set amongst spectacular mountains covered with tropical greenery are one of the most impressive sights on earth. A two hour tour helps you learn a little of the Inca culture, the myths and legends, and the theories of the agricultural use and eventual disuse of this sacred place. You can spend time amongst the ruins for yourself or hike up to the Sun Gate before catching the bus back down.
Day 5 : Sunrise At The Ruins...?
Machu Picchu to Cusco
Today you may well wish to return to the ruins for some further exploration. If you would like to be at the ruins for sunrise, you need to contact your guide and pay the second entrance fee plus the return bus trip. The first bus up the hill leaves Aguas Calientes at 5:45am so you need to be prepared for an early start. You may also consider the hike up to Huayna Picchu. This trek requires approximately three hours to complete and allows for spectacular views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding area. After descending, you may have time to enjoy the hot springs that give the town its name before your train to Cusco departs in the afternoon. You arrive in the Inca Capital after dark and transfer immediately to your hotel.
Day 6 : The Andean Plain and Lake Titicaca
Cusco to Lake Titicaca
An early start takes you from the bus or train station to Lake Titicaca, with stops at Rachi, Andahuayillas, and La Raya en route. The Inca ruins of Rachi are set amongst the upper reaches of the Urubamba Valley. Andahuayillas contains one of the nicest churches in the Andes, while La Raya is the place where the road and railway reach their highest point before arriving on the Andean Plain, over 4,000m above sea level. Here, you can see a stream coming down between two mountains - a source of the River Amazon. On arrival in Puno you transfer to your hotel overlooking Lake Titicaca with the evening free for dinner with a view of the lake.
Day 7 : The Islands of Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca
Today you take a boat out onto the deep, blue waters of Lake Titicaca to visit the fascinating floating Islands of Uros. These islands have been man-made using the tortura reeds that grow in abundance around the lake, and you can meet some of the colourful local families and enjoy their company as you learn about their lifestyles. You travel out onto the lake to Taquile, a more traditional type of island in every way! Taquile has its own very specific and unique culture, with the men from the villages still producing the textiles that have helped to make it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch on the island, your boat returns to Puno where your evening is free.
Day 8 : Away from the Andes
Lake Titicaca to Lima & Away
After a final sunrise over the dark blue waters of Lake Titicaca, you need to prepare to leave. The first part of your journey is the transfer from the shores of the lake around Puno to the city of Juliaca. The city has an airport with direct connections to Lima. On arrival in the Peruvian capital, you may have some time to spare before your overnight international flight home. This may be spent across the road from the terminal building at the Ramada Costa del Sol Airport Hotel, which has spa facilities and a restaurant that are open to non-guests. Your flight away gives you time to reflect on the cultural and natural wonders of your time in Peru.
PRICES Simple 3 Star 4 Star Luxury
Per Adult * US$ 1,250 US$ 1,350 US$ 1,925 US$ 2,250
Domestic Flights ** N/A

Suggested Hotels Simple 3 Star 4 Star Luxury


* Prices vary depending on travel dates and flight availability. Peak periods in Brazil including Carnaval, public holidays and Christmas/New Year usually require a minimum number of nights, so in these cases itineraries may need to be changes. ** Domestic flight prices are estimated on typical values when reserved 6 months before travel. Prices can never be guaranteed until reservations are made though, and do usually become more expensive closer to the travel period.

Do I require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil and other countries visited during this tour?

Citizens of many countries require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil, organised in advance at your nearest Brazil Consulate.
Please check details for visa requirements for your country on our Brazil Tourist Visa page.
Also, for details of your nearest Brazil Consulate in case you do require a Tourist Visa, please visit our Brazil Consulates page.

Do I need any special vaccinations for the areas visited during this tour?

Visitors to Brazil and South America are advised to always check the latest health information from your local doctors or travel clinic.
You may be advised to take a course of Malaria tablets. Yellow Fever Vaccine is highly recommended/essential for the Pantanal & Amazon region, plus the certificate to prove it, and possibly Hepatitis A and B Vaccines.
Please check our Brazil Vaccinations for further information.

What is the best time of year for this tour?

April - May - June - July - August - September - October