Rainforest Cruises brings you an epic journey through Andean scenery, touring the primary destinations of the Peruvian highlands: The Sacred Valley, Cusco, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca.
Our 7-day tour is designed to enhance your understanding of the intricacies of Inca Culture through a comprehensive visit to some of her most important archeological sites.
Please note that the itinerary below is just an example of what can be done. Want to spend longer in one destination? No problem! Want to stay in different hotels? No problem! All our land tour extensions are fully customisable and can be perfectly tailored to your needs and budget. All you have to do is ask!
DAY 1: CUSCO TO THE SACRED VALLEY
You are met at the airport in Cusco and escorted to the Sacred Valley. At this lower elevation, you enjoy a thoughtful, guided tour of the Pisac market and ruins, as well as the fortress of Ollantaytambo. Enjoy a delicious lunch, while taking in the incredible mountain scenery. Overnight in the valley for a rested visit of Machu Picchu the next day. (Meals - L)
DAY 2: TRAIN TO MACHU PICCHU
Transfer to the train station for our scenic ride through lush Andean vegetation towards Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, your guide will lead you to the bus to begin the climb to the ruins. With your guide's assistance and knowledge, explore the astonishing ruins at a comfortable pace. Overnight in Aguas Calientes. (Meals - B)
DAY 3: MORE MACHU PICCHU
Today you have a second entrance to Machu Picchu so you can explore those bits you missed at your own pace. Please make your own arrangements to get to the citadel. In the afternoon take in the rich scenery on your the train back to Cusco and are transferred to your selected hotel for the night. Enjoy your evening in this beautiful Incan city steeped in heritage. (Meals - B)
DAY 4: EXPLORING CUSCO'S RICH HISTORY
After a leisurely start, enjoy a half-day guided tour of the principal Inca and Spanish historical and archeological sights of Cusco and surrounds, including the cathedral, Koricancha, Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay. This evening why not enjoy one of the many fine restaurants in Cusco's historical center. (Meals - B)
DAY 5: ACROSS THE ALTIPLANO
Today we travel from Cusco to the lakeside town of Puno. Depending on the package, you travel either by bus or train. This journey takes you through the Altiplano, which affords incredible opportunities to take in Andean landscapes. Upon arrival in Puno, you have the evening at leisure. (Meals - B, L)
DAY 6: EXPLORING LAKE TITICACA
Today's adventure takes you to Lake Titicaca to explore the remote island of Taquile which has been home to an Aymara population for hundreds of years, and also served as a penal colony. We also have a cultural visit to the Uros, floating island communities built upon rafts of reeds. (Meals - B, L)
DAY 7: SILLUSTANI AND RETURN HOME
Morning departure in the direction of Juliaca to catch our flight home. On the way we enjoy a visit to one of Puno's most important archeological sites, Silustani, home to strange, cylindrical burial structures. Rainforest Cruises hopes that your journey has been a success! We would like to express our deepest appreciation for traveling with us! (Meals - B)