Prepare to go on a quest of the denominated Temples of Sun located in different southern parts of Peru and northwest parts of Bolivia. This experience will combine the cultural and natural wealth of two beautiful and sister countries. Arriving to Lima, we will directly head towards the capital of the Incas, the region of Cusco and therefore the majestic Inca city of Machu Picchu. Then, we will move to the highlands of Peru: Puno, and the unmissable Lake Titicaca, to meet the inhabitants of this ancient land. Since the Lake Titicaca is shared by both countries, we will quickly head to the sister republic of Bolivia, and know its desert regions and colorful highland lakes.
Upon arrival at Lima’s airport, a private driver will be meeting and driving you to your hotel. Free evening in the dynamic districts of the Peruvian capital. Overnight in Lima
During the morning, we will transfer you to the airport for your domestic flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, our staff will be there to greet, meet and transfer you to your hotel located at the heart of the Incas capital. Time to rest and adjust to the altitude. In the early afternoon, we will start our experience walking the Plaza de Armas, the center of the Incas capital. We will start visiting the Cathedral, an impressive building that has many paintings from the Escuela Cusqueña (School of Cusco) as well as real goldsmith treasures. We will continue our discovery in Santo Domingo and Koricancha Monastery, ancient temple of the Sun. Then we will head towards the most important archaeological sites surrounding the city of Cusco. We will start with Tambomachay, and then descend on foot to PucaPucara, Kenko and Sacsayhuaman. This last one is a fortress, and it was built on a hill, which dominates the city of Cusco. It is characterized by its gigantic blocks of stones nested to the nearest millimeter, some of which exceed 9 meters (29.5 ft.) in height and weigh more than 550 tons. After visiting these 4 ruins, return to the Hotel. Overnight in Cusco.
After breakfast, we will start our journey going to the Sacred Valley of the Incas (30 km // 18 miles away from Cusco) with a beautiful landscape bordering the Urubamba river. We will stop in different spots to take pictures and arrive to the archaeological complex of Pisac. It is made up of terraces, fountains, observatories and even a necropolis, the largest in the region. It was from there that the Incas controlled and dominated the Sacred Valley. At our descent, we will be able to visit the town’s famous craft market. We will continue until we reach the town of Urubamba, the place for our lunch and then follow the river until reach the village of Ollantaytambo and visit the imposing archaeological fortress. Finally, we will walk towards the train station located in the same village and take the train to Aguas Calientes, a small village located at the foot of the famous Machupicchu. Arrival and installation at the hotel. Free evening and overnight in Aguas Calientes.
* In order to guarantee a safe and punctual service, the national train company Perurail asks passengers going to Machupicchu to take only a small backpack of 5kg and 157cm (height + width + length) maximum or a bag cabin type. Please note that the company has become very strict regarding these restrictions. Suitcases and large travel bags will not be accepted on the train. You will leave your luggage and personal belongings for the day, leaving them at the hotel in Cusco before the excursion. After the excursion of Machupicchu, you will return to the Hotel in Cusco.
Early in the morning, we will take the shared bus to go up to the most famous Inca site in the country: Machupicchu, “old summit” in Quechua’s language. During your guided tour (around 2h), you will discover, still enveloped in the morning mist, this architectural complex built on a narrow ridge bordered by precipices. An impressive vision that evolves with the progression of the sun. We will then walk through the alleys of the citadel, its quarters, its squares, its royal houses, its agricultural areas, and its famous Temple of the Sun. After the guided tour, we descend in the afternoon to Aguas Calientes to take the train to Poroy. (The closest train stop to the city of Cusco) Arrival to Poroy and transfer to your Hotel. Overnight in Cusco. (Without assistance on arrival).
Extra activities to do on site: (not included in package and reserved in advanced) Possibility of adding the ascent of the Huaynapicchu Mountain or Montaña Machupicchu depending on availability. (These mountains are part of the landscape of the citadel of Machupicchu and have different times and entrances, since they take more time to climb and visit).
Early departure with a line bus towards Puno. Along the way, we will discover the fertile valley of Cusco with its contrasting landscapes of colors and lights. We will be sure to stop at the village of Andahuaylillas and San Pedro’s Church, known as the “Sistine Chapel of South America” for its richly decorated ceiling. Then, we will retake the road to stop at Raqchi, where you will visit the spectacular Inca sanctuary, built by the Inca Pachacutec in honor of the Inca god Wiracocha. We will then pass La Raya (4360m // 14,304ft), symbolizing the gateway of the Altiplano (plateau) and the beginning of the Puno region. Arrival to Puno and transportation to the Hotel. Free evening and overnight in Puno.
In the morning, we will travel towards Copacabana, in the sister country of Bolivia. We will stop at the Kasani border to carry on border procedures (Bolivia-Peru). Having crossed the border, we will go on direction of the small port of Copacabana to board a boat that will take us to the Island of the Sun. We will reach the community of Yumani, where we will be able to enjoy a walk on the shores and a beautiful view of the Titicaca. This is our place of overnight and we will blessed to see the impressive sunset with a view of Lake Titicaca and in the background a part of the Cordillera Real. Overnight in a hostel in Yumani.
In the morning, after breakfast, we will descend on foot towards the Fuentes Del Inca (Fountains of the Inca) and get on board a boat that will take us to Pilkoaina Temple or Temple of the sun. It is a ceremonial place dedicated to the God of the Sun. We will be able to enjoy the panoramic view of the nearby island where the Temple of the moon is located. Return to Copacabana. In the afternoon, we will depart towards La Paz by bus and arrive at night. Overnight in La Paz.
After breakfast, we will start our visit of the city of La Paz heading south to encounter El Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon), where we will enjoy the impressive geological formation of white stone. Then we will continue to visit the Plaza Murillo and the Gold Museum, where we will find a collection of gold coins from the time of the Tiahuanaco people (ancient culture). Finally, we will descend to the main square of the city and discover the local market of the witches. Return to the hotel, overnight in La Paz.
In the morning, we will start the day heading to the airport to take an internal flight towards the city of Uyuni. Upon arrival, we will be transferred to the starting point of the adventure towards the Uyuni salt flats. In a 4WD truck we will reach the beautiful salt valley, where we will be able to appreciate the immensity of the considered the biggest salt flats of the world. We will continue our journey and arrive to Incahuasi Island, which is of volcanic origin and has a very peculiar view due to fossilized minerals and cacti. Arrival to San Juan, overnight at the shelter.
We start this day taking a southern route, getting near to the border with Chile, to cross La Ruta de las Joyas (Route of the Jewels), which is a set of four different color lagoons: Cañapa, Hedionda, Ch’arkota Honda and Ramaditas. All of these are sanctuaries to a very specific variety of flamingos. Continuing our route, we will pass at the foot of the Ollague volcano (5,865 m // 19,242 ft.), still active, and the one that houses one of the highest sulfur mines in the world. We will cross beautiful landscapes of the Siloli desert and stop at the famous Arbol de piedra (Tree of stone). At sunset, we will arrive at the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve to enter the Colorada Lagoon, characterized by the different flashes of color reflected by the sun. Next to the lagoon, we will our shelter for the night. Overnight in Huayllajara.
Early in the morning, we will visit once again the Colorada Lagoon and witness a majestic scene with its spectacular colors populated by thousands of flamingos. The route will take us through the geysers of “Sol de Mañana” (4850 m // 15,912 ft.), characterized for the intense volcanic activity. We will arrive and cross part of the Dalí desert (named like the artist due to the ghostly landscape that reminds one of his paintings). Then, we will pass through the Polques hot springs and have the opportunity to take a bath at its hot waters, enjoy the natural surroundings and have time to relax. We will continue towards La Laguna Verde (The Green Lagoon) and La Laguna Blanca (The White Lagoon), which are located at the foot of the Juriques (5704 m // 18,704) and Licancabur (5960 m // 19,553) volcanoes. We will head back to Uyuni and at night, fly back to La Paz. Upon arrival, transfer to the Hotel. Overnight in La Paz.
In the morning, departure from La Paz towards the archaeological site of Tiahuanaco, a guided tour of the largest archaeological complex in Bolivia. It is here where we will understand the richness of all pre-Columbian cultures that have disappeared over time. Later in the day, we will depart to the town of Desaguadero, where the border of Peru and Bolivia is. Upon arrival to the town of Desaguadero, we will carry on immigration procedures and then be picked up by our transportation to be taken back to the city of Puno. Free afternoon and overnight in Puno.
Transfer from Puno to the airport of Juliaca (approx. 1h) for a national flight with destination Lima. This flight can correspond with your international one.
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