A journey through the wind-swept Andean landscapes of Peru's most important cultural and historical corridor; Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca.
A journey of epic proportions through the Peruvian highlands, taking in the stunning scenery of the Sacred Valley and Cusco on our way to Machu Picchu, one of the new 7 wonders of the world, and the literally breath-taking Lake Titicaca.
On this 7-day tour the intricacies of the Inca Culture will be revealed to us as we explore this ancient civilization's most remarkable archeological sites, located high in the vast, dramatic landscapes of the majestic Peruvian Andes.
Beginning with arrival in Cusco and a stay in the Sacred Valley, you receive a thorough introduction to the lifestyle of pre-Hispanic man in South America. A two-day pass to Machu Picchu opens your eyes to the complexity and sheer magnitude of Inca architectural design. One of the most awe-inspiring destinations on Earth, the citadel is a bewildering and enchanting masterpiece of construction and well worth visiting a second time.
Next stop Cusco, the foremost city of the Incan Empire, where visitors get a glimpse of the richest heritage of any South American city on a spectacular city tour of its principle highlights and numerous surrounding ruins.
Finally, an overland journey through the altiplano (high plains) allows you to take in the vast emptiness of the high plains, before arriving at the shore of the world's highest navigable lake, Titicaca. Lake Titicaca is renowned for its size and mystique. Visiting a few of her isolated islands allows you to uncover a world of rich history and beauty. Immerse yourself in a realm that thrives at more than 12,000 feet above sea level ... but be sure to do so taking deep breaths!
Lake Titicaca Fun Facts
- Lake Titicaca is known as "The Birthplace of the Incas" and the "Birthplace of the Sun." It is believed that a God came out of the lake and created the sun, stars and the first people. One of the people being the first king of the Incas, Manco Capac. He was born at Lake Titicaca, later creating a tribe that blossomed into the Inca Empire.
- Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable body of water in the world, the lake sits 3,800 meters above sea level!
Lake Titicaca has an archipelago of over 40 islands. The majority of them are inhabited and all of them have ancient ruins waiting to be explored. The largest island is Isla del Sol and has over 180 Incan Ruins. In addition to the ancient ruins, a temple structure has recently been discovered at the bottom of the lake.
Other cultures resided at Lake Titicaca prior to the Incas, some of them being the Pukara, Tiwanaku and Collas peoples. The Uru people, descendants of a much more ancient civilization still continue to live on Lake Titicaca. They are known for living on floating islands made entirely of reeds that grow along the shore of the water.