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Budget tour to Lima, Cusco, Puno, Titicaca Lake and La Paz

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Duration: 12 days / 11 nights
Tour Type: Archaeological, cultural and ecological
Price: From US$ 943
Places to be visited:
Lima; city tour, Cusco; Machu Picchu and Andahuaylillas; Puno; Titicaca Lake, Uros Island, Taquile Island, Sillustani and Chucuito, Bolivia. Tiahuanaco and La Paz, in

Tour Description

All our programmes can be tailor made according to your requirements, whether regarding the length of your tour, any special interests or specific activities, flight reservations, optional destinations or tours.

DAY 01: International Arrival in Lima
Assistance at your arrival to Lima International Airport and transfer to your hotel. There you will receive a briefing on your tour; vouchers covering all the services included in your tour and additional information on the organisation of your Peru trip.

Meals Included: None

DAY 02: Lima: Sightseeing Tour
Morning free to rest after your International travel. We recommend you to sleep long enough to be ready to start this unforgettable journey through this wonderful country.Free time for lunch.
Guided sightseeing tour to the most attractive and important sites in Lima, the "City of Kings". The tour includes Lima's Historical Centre, passing by Plaza San Martin, Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and its Religious Art Museum, the Church of Santo Domingo, with the tombs of Santa Rosa and San Martin de Porras, and Lima's Colonial Balconies.
Main Square Lima , Andean World, Tours in PeruWe will visit the Convent and Church of San Francisco, the greatest monumental complex of Colonial Art in America and Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The tour includes a visit to the Basilica of 21 altars, Convent of Cloisters, Capitulary and Clementine Rooms, Chorus and Library of the priests, a Museum showing 11 paintings of the Rubens School, the Sacristy with paintings of Surbaran and Ribera, its great patio decorated with Seville tiles of the XVIth Century, Moorish arches and underground catacombs. We then drive through the residential Districts of San Isidro and Miraflores, passing by the Huaca Pucllana, a ceremonial and administrative centre of the Lima Culture built in the II Century A.C. that the Incas considered as "Ñaupallaqta" or Sacred Town. We will also visit El Olivar Park with olive trees brought from Spain in the XVth Century, the Central Park of Miraflores and Larcomar, a symbol of modern Lima and a tourist and entertainment centre as well as a privileged site to enjoy an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean. Late afternoon transfer to your hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional: Possibility to take a dinner with show at Junius restaurant

DAY 03: Lima / Cusco: Sightseeing Tour and Visit to Nearby Ruins
Early in the morning, after breakfast, transfer to Lima Airport to board your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the morning free to rest and get used to the altitude and to take your Lunch. We recommended to take it in the restaurant of your hotel.
Church of the Company , Andean World, Tours in Peru In the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour in Cusco visiting the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha . Then, we drive out of the City to visit the Inca sites of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, strategically built on a hill overlooking Cusco, famous for its enormous carved stones, some of them standing over 9 m / 30 ft high and weighing over 350 tons. Return to your hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional: Dinner in a typical restaurant with a folklore show where the musicians play their melodies with Andean instruments of beautiful sounds while typically dressed dancers will show you different ancient Peruvian dances.

DAY 04: Cusco: The day off.
Breakfast. The day off for personal activities.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional: we suggest you the following tours:
DAY 05: Cusco: Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes
Breakfast. The day starts with an early morning rise to transfer to Cusco Train Station for a 3 ½ hour train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu , Andean World, Tours in Perualso known as "The Lost City of the Incas" and now one of the seven wonders of the world. Arrive at Aguas Calientes Station followed by a 30-minute bus drive, climbing 6km of winding road, to the incredible Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, we'll participate in a guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds. After the tour you will have time to stroll around the archaeological site at your leisure. Free time for ltake you lunch at a local restaurant in Aguas Calientes Town. Overnight.,

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 06: Machu Picchu: Aguas Calientes - Cusco
Breakfast. Excellent opportunity to wake up early and enjoy with a beautiful sunrise as well as stroll by the Town of Aguas Calientes and visit its hot spring thermal waters. Then, you will have time to perform some of the following activities:
1.Visit the Citadel of Machu Picchu for the second time.
2.For the most adventurous people, we suggest to go up the Huayna Picchu (if it is not raining) from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being high and distant. Arriving at the top takes about two hours and a half and it must be before 13:00 hours. It is necessary to register in a office at the beginning of the trail. An exciting adventure for the travellers who want to see, from the top, the nature and the carved stone emerging from the ground as a geological miracle. In the afternoon, back to Cusco by train, and transfer to your hotel for overnight. Evening free and dinner on your own.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 07: Cusco / Puno by bus
Early departure by bus to the City of Puno, (3,860 m.a.s.l.). During the trip, we pass by the lovely Wacarpay Lake, offering spectacular views of the mountains reflected in its calm waters.
We proceed to the beautiful Town of Andahuaylillas, and visit the Church of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, better known as the Sistine Chapel of the Americas, due to its decorated polychrome ceiling. On the way, we stop in Raqchi, where we can see a spectacular Inca Sanctuary built by the Inca Pachacutec, and dedicated to the great Inca God of Wiracocha. It has a great central wall with a stone base of fine Inca architecture. Other walls are made of giant adobe bricks. The structure also has two circular lateral columns. Around the Temple are several buildings once used for housing and storage. About 70 km further on, we pass through La Raya Ranch where we can see herds of vicuñas and llamas. Then we travel along the High Plateau of Collao, stopping at the Town of Ayaviri, an important livestock and textile centre, to visit the impressive Temple of Kalasaya, ruins from the ancient Pucara Culture. Buffet lunch in a countryside restaurant, where we can enjoy the delightful culinary art of the region. Afternoon arrival in Puno and transfer to your selected hotel. Evening free.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 08: Puno: Titicaca Lake, Floating Islands of Uros and Taquile
Uros Island , Andean World, Tours in PeruBreakfast. Early in the morning, we will have an unforgettable motorboat excursion on the waters of Lake Titicaca to the unique "Floating Islands" of the Uros. These ancient inhabitants of the Lake, known as the Water Tribe, have built their own "islands" by periodically adding new layers of a type of reed called "totora" (Scirpus totora), vegetable fibre of the Papyrus family. Their homes and boats are also made from this material. We continue our motorboat trip to Taquile Island, inhabited by Quechua-speaking natives who have developed efficient and unique social systems, as well as fine hand weaving techniques, passed down through the generations. Upon arrival at the Town of Taquile we will have a lunch. Then we will walk through the various hills and archaeological sites of this 6 km long Island. In the afternoon, return to Puno for overnight at your hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 09: Puno: Chullpas of Sillustani
Early in the morning, we will travel 30 minutes to visit the famous Chullpas of Sillustani, stone cylinder burial chambers used by the Aymaras to bury their important leaders. Lake Umayo, located in front of the Chullpas, adds further beauty to the place. Here you also have the opportunity to observe several local typical birds. Rest of the day free for personal activities.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 10: Puno - La Paz
Breakfast. At 7:30am transfer to the bus station of Puno to take the bus to La Paz, Bolivia. Around the 12:00pm you will have time to take lunch in one of the restaurants of the zone (lunch not included). This trip takes around 8 hours. At your arrival in La Paz you will be transferred to your hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 11: La Paz - Sightseeing tour and Moon Valley
Breakfast. In the morning, we will have a guided sightseeing tour of the City of La Paz, including the Murillo Square, San Francisco Temple, streets and old Colonial mansions. We will also visit the Market of Witches and the residential Districts of La Paz. Continuing by the Moon Valley,near La Paz, where the erosion of the time has been forming the nature creating a scenery similar to the surface of the moon. Back to the selected hotel in La Paz. Remainder of day at leisure.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 12: La Paz / International Departure
Transfer to the International Airport in La Paz at the appropriate time in order to board your homebound flight.

Meals Included: Breakfast

(*) This circuit can be performed as follows: La Paz - Puno - Cusco - Lima


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Hotel Options for the Tour (or Equivalent)

Cities Hotels
Lima La Castellana
Puno Gran Puno inn
Cusco Los Portales
Machu Picchu Gringos Bill
La Paz - Bolivia Hostal Rosario



Tour Inclusions

INCLUDED:

In Lima: transfers, city tour, lodging and breakfast.
In Cusco: Sightseeing Tour, tourist bus to Puno, lodging and breakfast
In Machu Picchu: Guided visit of the Inca Citadel.
In Puno:Sillustani in route, Uros and Taquile.
In Bolivia: Breakfast, City Tout and Moon Valley, Lodging.
  • 11 Nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts and meals as specified in the programme
  • All entrance tickets for the excursions mentioned above
  • All the transfers indicated in the itinerary.
  • Train ticket Cusco - Aguas Calientes - Cusco
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes- Machu Picchu- Aguas Calientes
  • All applicable taxes
  • All bilingual guided tours (english/spanish) above mentioned

NOT INCLUDED:
  • International and domestic flights
  • Airport taxes ($30.25 for international flights and $6.05 for domestic flights)
  • Baggage excess. (f.i Cusco/Puno bus)
  • Alcoholic drinks, soda or bottled mineral water
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • International or National personal telephone calls
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Second entrance to Machu Picchu


Additional Tours

Useful Information

WE RECOMMEND YOU TO
- Use boots or trainers along the walks.
- Drink lot of liquid during long excursions.

WHAT TO BRING
- Hiking boots, trainers and shoes.
- Long pants or slacks.
- Long-sleeved shirts.
- T-shirts.
- Sweaters and a jacket.
- Rain wear for rainy season.
- Camera.
- Insect Repellent.
- Personal toilet items and first-aid kit.
- Medicine to arrest or prevent the so called ”Soroche” or altitude sickness.
  Please consult your physician what medicine is best suited for your organism.

WEATHER
Peru's climate may be divided into two: The Western Andes and the Desert Coast. On the Coast, it does not rain and it is warm through the year. On the other hand, in the Andes, there are two seasons: Rainy and dry.

Puno and Cusco are situated in the Eastern Andes, so their rainy season is from October to May, the rest of the year it is dry.

Rainy time, starting in October/ November has its own top time in January, continuing until March/ April. In years of pouring rain there are falls, floods, etc.

On high cities, it is cold in the evenings but sunny and warm in the mornings. It is even possible to wear t-shirts, but when the sun sets it gets really chilly so please bring a warm sweater (or buy an alpaca one in Cusco) and a good jacket.

Finally, the weather in general does not represent a limit to provide any tourist services, except during some particular years.

ALTITUDE
Lima: Sea level, 54 m.a.s.l.
Cusco: 3360 m.a.s.l.
Machu Picchu: 2400 m.a.s.l.
Urubamba Valley: 2850 m.a.s.l.
Puno: 3860 m.a.s.l.
La Paz: 3540 m.a.s.l.

Restaurants during your trip
In Lima: International, vegetarian, local food restaurants and franchises of international fast food chains.
Further information…
In Puno: Local food restaurants, in Taquile Island there are only very basic facilities.
Further information…
In Cusco: International, vegetarian and local food restaurants.
Further information…
In La Paz: International, vegetarian and local food restaurants.

 

Cusco Pictures, Tours in Peru
Cusco, Main Square.


Machu Picchu Pictures, Tours in Peru
Machu Picchu Citadel, Cusco.


Lake Titicaca Pictures, Tours in Peru
Lake Titicaca, Puno.


Lake Titicaca Pictures, Tours in Peru
Taquile Island, Lake Titicaca Puno.


Puno Pictures, Tours in Peru
Chullpas of Sillustani, Puno.


La Paz Pictures, Tours in Peru
La Paz, Bolivia.


Tiahuanaco Pictures, Tours in Peru
Tiahuanacu, Bolivia.