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Lima, Cusco, Puno - Titicaca Lake and La Paz Tour

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Duration: 12 days / 11 nights
Tour Type: Archaeological, cultural and ecological
Price: From US$ 1 323
Places to be visited:
Lima; Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu and Andahuaylillas, in Cusco; Kalasaya, Titicaca Lake, Uros Island, Taquile Island, Sillustani and Chucuito, in Puno; Tiahuanaco and La Paz, in Bolivia.

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; receive 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 & Larco Herrera Museum
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.

In the afternoon, 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.

Then we visit Larco Herrera Museum, for an excellent overview of Peru's ancient past as it holds the best private collection of pre-Columbian art in the country. The museum has many fine examples of textile works, one example of which has a record breaking 398 threads per inch; materials and tools used by ancient Peruvians to produce their work in ceramics and metal; and Pre-Inca and Inca period pottery, gold and silver pieces with semiprecious stones.

And finally we will go to 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. Return to your selected hotel. Evening free to rest as the next day our guide will pick you up very early.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 03: Lima / Cusco: Sightseeing Tour and Visit to Nearby Ruins
In the morning transfer to Lima Airport to board your flight to Cusco. Meet upon arrival and transfer to your selected hotel. Remaining morning free to rest in your hotel in order to avoid altitude sickness.

Church of the Company , Andean World, Tours in Peru In the afternoon, we will visit the City of Cusco on a guided sightseeing tour 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 04: Cusco: Sacred Valley of the Incas
Ollantaytambo , Andean World, Tours in PeruEarly morning excursion to the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit to the picturesque Indian Pisac Market held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, the shopping paradise of the Andes where barter is still practiced.

Enjoy the unique atmosphere during a typical lunch.

In the afternoon, passing through the Towns of Calca and Urubamba, we visit the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to this part of the Valley, and protect it from possible invasion from the tribes in the Lower jungle. You can walk through the quaint streets of the nearby Town, and get a good idea of what this strategic Military, Religious, and Agricultural Centre was like during the era of the Inca Empire.

Late afternoon return to your selected hotel for overnight.
Evening free. We suggest strolling around the Main Square and enjoy the night atmosphere trying a delicious Pisco Sour in some of the many pubs around the Square.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 05: Cusco: Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes
The day starts with an early morning rise to transfer to Cusco Train Station for a three hour train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, also known as Machu Picchu , Andean World, Tours in Peru"The Lost City of the Incas".

Arrive at Aguas Calientes Station followed by a 30-minute bus drive, climbing 6 km of winding road, to the incredible site of 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 free time to stroll around the archaeological site on your own. Lunch at a local restaurant. Evening free. Overnight at your selected hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 06: Cusco: Aguas Calientes - Cusco
Excellent opportunity to wake up early and enjoy a beautiful sunrise as well as stroll around the Town of Aguas Calientes and visit its Hot Spring thermal waters. Then, you will have time to perform some of the following activities: (not included in the overall price):

1. Visit the Citadel of Machu Picchu for a second time.
2. For active or more adventurous people, we suggest to climb up Huayna Picchu (depending on weather conditions) 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 is recommendable before 13:00 hours. It is necessary to register at the checking point 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 selected hotel for overnight.

Evening free. We recommend to dine at the hotel and have an early night.

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.
Note : This regular bus journey is available with private transportation upon request.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 08: Puno: Titicaca Lake, Floating Islands of Uros and Taquile
Uros Island , Andean World, Tours in PeruEarly 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, kept alive down through 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. Evening free.

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.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 10: Puno / La Paz - Tiahuanaco
La Paz , Andean World, Tours in PeruIn the morning, a seven hour trip in a private car from Puno to La Paz (Bolivia). On the way, we will stop over in the town of Chucuito, where we will visit the Temple of Fertility called Inca Ullo with carved stone figures in the shape of a human phallus. Then we will stop over in Juli and Pomata, towns renowned for their Catholic Jesuit temples built during Spanish Colonial times. Snack on the way.

Once in the town of Desaguadero, we will cross the International bridge between Peru and Bolivia. Then we will stop over in Tiahuanaco the great pre - Incan citadel, the centre of the ancient culture by the same name, considered as the Archaeological Capital of Bolivia. We will visit the Main Plaza, palaces, temples and the famous "Sun Gate".

Arrival in La Paz in the afternoon and transfer to the hotel of your choice.
Evening free. We recommend to have dinner at your hotel and an early bed.

Meals Included: Breakfast and box lunch

DAY 11: La Paz - Sightseeing tour and Moon Valley
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 and lunch

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

End of our services.

Hotel Options for the Tour (or Equivalent)

  Tourist Superior Tourist Superior Deluxe
Lima Mariel 3* Casa Andina Miraflores 3* Sol de Oro 5* Country Club 5*
Cusco Hostel Los Portales San Agustin Internacional 3* Novotel 4* Libertador 5*
El Santuario
Hs 3*
Inti Inn Hotel 3* Hotel
Towers 3*
Machu Picchu
Pueblo Hotel
Puno Gran Puno Inn
Hs 3*
Casa Andina
Puno 3*
Posada del
Inca - Titicaca
Lake - Puno 3*
Libertador 5*
La Paz Naira Hostel Gloria Hotel
Plaza Hotel 5* Radisson Plaza 5*

Tour Inclusions


In Lima: Sightseeing tour and Larco Herrera Museum.
In Cusco: Sightseeing Tour and Nearby Ruins.
In the Sacred Valley of the Incas: Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Lunch included.
In Machu Picchu: Guided visit to the Citadel including lunch.
In Puno: Boating excursion on Lake Titicaca, lunch in Taquile and visit to Sillustani.
  • A11 Nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts and meals as described in the programme
  • All entrance tickets applicable
  • All the transfers indicated in the itinerary.
  • Train ticket from Cusco- Aguas Calientes-Cusco
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes- Machu Picchu- Aguas Calientes
  • All applicable taxes
  • All bilingual guided tours (english/spanish) above mentioned
* Deluxe category includes your own private guide from Cusco for the excursion to Machu Picchu.

  • 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
  • Second entrance to Machu Picchu

Additional Tours

Useful Information

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

- 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.

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.

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.