Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca Northbound - 12 Days

from $ 1,435* per person


Cusco - independently explore the captivating capital of the Incas, Sacred Valley of the Incas – take a guided tour of the Pisac ruins, the temple of Ollantaytambo and local markets, Take the Wild Andes Trek for a truly unique perspective, trek the Classic Inca trail to Machu Picchu or opt for the train package with no trekking and extra time in Cusco., Machu Picchu - enjoy a guided tour of the spectacular Inca citadel set high in the Andes Mountains, Puno - visit the town of Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca and take a boat trip out to the floating islands of Uros, Copacabana - visit the historic Bolivian town on the shores of Lake Titicaca, Isla del Sol - spend a day trekking around the rumoured birthplace of the Inca God Inti, La Paz - enjoy a guided tour of the biggest city in Bolivia

Destination: South America

Travel Dates: From 2020-01-25 to 2022-05-29

Duration: 12 days

Company: ON THE GO TOURS

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Inclusions

  • Choice of the unique Wild Andes Trek, the classic Inca Trail Trek or the train journey to visit Machu Picchu

  • Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek - 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 3 dinners
  • 4 nights basic hotel, 5 nights comfortable hotel & 2 nights wild camping

  • Option 2 - Inca Trail Trek - 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 3 dinners
  • 3 nights basic hotel, 5 nights comfortable hotel & 3 nights wild camping

  • Option 3 - Machu Picchu by Train - 7 breakfasts & 1 lunch
  • 3 nights basic hotel & 8 nights comfortable hotel

  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
    Guided tour of the Sacred Valley
    Lake Titicaca - Boat trip to the Uros Floating Islands and boat trip to Isla Del Sol with a hike across the island
    All camping fees and appropriate equipment

  • Services of two crew (drivers/tour leaders) and local guides along the way

More Information

Day 1, La Paz
Welcome to La Paz, Bolivia’s seat of government and the highest administrative capital in the world! Make your own way to our joining hotel where there will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm.
No meals included.
Day 2, Copacabana
La Paz - Copacabana (Lake Titicaca). Today we will head to the picturesque town of Copacabana, which is set on the shores of Lake Titicaca and has a small whitewashed square which is home to a pleasant Moorish-style cathedral. At sunset there is no better place to be than sat at one of the many simple local fish restaurants on the shoreline, watching the sun slip down behind the horizon.
1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
Day 3, Isla del Sol
Copacabana - Isla del Sol. This morning we take a boat out to the stunning island of Isla del Sol on Lake Titicaca, where we spend the night at a basic local hotel. Isla del Sol is one of the holiest sites in ancient Inca mythology and supposedly the birthplace of the Sun God Inti. Here we take a 14km walk across the length of the island, taking in the incredible and serene scenery and soaking up the calm atmosphere of the island (this walk can be skipped by anybody who does not want to do it).
1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
Day 4, Lake Titicaca (Peru)
Copacabana - Puno (Peru). Today we will take a boat back to Copacabana, and then cross the border into Peru and head to the lakeside town of Puno. Located on the shores of Lake Titicaca in the south eastern region of Peru the small town of Puno is a melting pot of Aymara and Quechuan Indian cultures and traditional Andean customs are still strongly represented here.

Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world, and a mythical expanse of deep blue waters dotted with islands, some of which are still home to communities who have been living in the same way for hundreds of years. This afternoon there's an included boat trip on Lake Titicaca to visit the remarkable floating islands of Uros which are made of a certain type of reed called totora, which enables them to float. Returning to Puno we spend the night in a local hotel.
1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
Day 5-6, Cusco
Puno - Cusco. On day 5 we leave Puno and head through the highlands of Peru to the former Inca capital of Cusco.

The following day is free to explore Cusco, discover its many historical gems, or take part in a number of optional activities near the city. A good place to start your explorations is the majestic main plaza, surrounded by cobbled streets lined with attractive colonial buildings. Head up the hill into the neighbourhood of San Blas and you will discover another hidden square with a quiet laid-back feel. All the streets are lined with shops, bars and restaurants, from small local cafes to five star dining experiences. There are also some fantastic museums and historical sites in and around the city, showcasing the wonderful history and culture of the Incas. In the evening there will be a meeting for our Wild Andes and Classic Inca Trails, where we will have a full detailed briefing from our local trekking guides about the next few days.
2 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
Day 7, Sacred Valley
The next four days will be spent either trekking in the Andes, on our pioneering Wild Andes Trek, on the Classic Inca Trail Trek or for those not wishing to hike, free time to explore and a guided tour of the Sacred Valley on our Train package. For more information please refer to the Trip Notes.

Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek
We leave Cusco early to visit the ruined temples of Sacsayhuaman, before heading to the small Quechua-speaking village of Chinchero. We see a traditional weaving demonstration and visit the Quillarumiyoc temple, then begin our trek to Zurite where we enjoy a traditional dinner and stay in a colonial house. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Option 2 - Classic Inca Trail
This morning we enjoy a guided tour of the Sacred Valley, followed by a visit to the market town of Pisac and free time to explore the impressive archaeological site of Ollantaytambo. We spend the night in a comfortable hotel before our trek starts the following morning. (Breakfast & Lunch)

Option 3 - Train Package
Leaving Cusco with those embarking on the Wild Andes Trek, we visit the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, followed by a scenic drive via the town of Pisac to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After lunch we return to Cusco, where we stay in a centrally located hotel for a further three nights. (Breakfast & Lunch)

PLEASE NOTE: You must advise at time of booking if you wish to book the classic Inca Trail Trek (which is subject to availability) or the non trekking Train Package, otherwise you will automatically be put on the Wild Andes Trek.
1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner included.
Day 8, Wild Andes / Inca Trail
Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek
Zurite - Amaruwatana. After breakfast we start trekking towards Qenteqentiyoc (the Hummingbird Temple), then continue along an ancient path to the top of our first pass at 4,400 metres, where we enjoy amazing views of the Vilcabamba and Vilcanota mountain ranges. We then make our way to our camp in the Sambor Valley. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Option 2 - Classic Inca Trail
Ollantaytambo - Wayllabamba. This morning we catch a bus to Piscaycuscho, where the Classic Inca Trail trek begins, and we are joined by our crew of local porters and cooks. Crossing the River Urubamba, we enjoy stunning views of Mount Veronica and the Incan archaeological remains at Llactapata, before continuing through lush farmland and gradually climbing to our first campsite at Wayllabamba (3000 metres). (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Option 3 - Train Package
Spend today enjoying free time in Cusco, perhaps visiting its museums and churches, shopping for Peruvian textiles and handicrafts or enjoying delicious local cuisine in one of the many restaurants. (Breakfast)
1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner included.
Day 9, Wild Andes / Inca Trail
Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek
Amaruwatana - Ancascocha. We have an early start to trek for 2 hours to the top of our second pass at 4,700 metres, where we have fantastic views of the surrounding rock formations and the chance to spot Andean wildlife such as eagles, caracaras or ibises. We then descend for 2 hours into a stunning highland valley for an idyllic lunch beside the glacial Kengo Mayu River, before continuing downhill along the ancient trail to our campsite in the Ancascocha area. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Option 2 - Classic Inca Trail
Wayllabamba - Pacaymayo. It's the most challenging section of the Inca Trail today as we ascend for 4 hours through Andean cloud forest to reach the ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’ at an elevation of 4,200 metres. From here we are rewarded with astonishing panoramic views of the Vilcanota and Vilcabamba mountain ranges, before we descend for 2 hours into the Pacaymayo Valley and to our camp for the night. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Option 3 - Train Package
Today is another free day enjoy all that the city of Cusco has to offer. (Breakfast)
1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner included.
Day 10, Wild Andes / Inca Trail
Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek
Ancascocha - Ollantaytambo. Descending through the Silque Canyon, we reach the Camicancha area and stop at a magnificent viewpoint looking towards snow-capped Mount Veronica. From here it’s only a short trek to Chilca, where our trail ends, and our vehicle takes us to rest and shower at our hotel in Ollantaytambo. Later we enjoy a guided tour of the incredible archaeological site of Ollantaytambo and its world-famous Temple of the Sun. (Breakfast)

Option 2 - Classic Inca Trail
Pacaymayo - Winay Wayna. Following ancient stone steps and paths, we ascend to the well-preserved Inca remains of Runkurakay, Sayacmarca, and Phuyupatamarca, also known as the ‘Town above the Clouds’. Heading down the Andean slope, we reach our final campsite at the Winay Wayna ruins. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Option 3 - Train Package
This morning you are picked up from your hotel and driven to the fortress city of Ollantaytambo and your hotel for the night. Here you rejoin the Wild Andes trekkers and your tour leader when they arrive from their trek in the afternoon. (Breakfast)
1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
Day 11, Machu Picchu
Option 1 - Wild Andes Trek & Option 3 - Train Package
Ollantyatambo - Machu Picchu - Cusco. Today we take an incredibly scenic train journey to the town of Aguas Calientes. From here we board a local bus that winds up the mountainside to Machu Picchu, the awe inspiring 'Lost City of the Incas'. Here we enjoy a guided tour and plenty of free time to explore this iconic sight, which was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. In the afternoon we return to Ollantaytambo by train and then drive back to our hotel in Cusco. (Breakfast)

Option 2 - Classic Inca Trail
Winay Wayna - Machu Picchu. Leaving Winay Wayna, we descend through highland jungle to Intupunku, the ‘Sun Gate’ leading to Machu Picchu, where we catch our first views of this historical wonder at sunrise. Our local guide shows us the most important constructions and explains the site’s history and mythology, before some free time to explore the ruins at your own pace. Later we head down to Aguas Calientes and take the train to Ollantaytambo, before returning to Cusco for a well-deserved rest. (Breakfast)
1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
Day 12, Cusco
Arrangements end after breakfast and hotel check out today.
1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.

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