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Classic Peru - 3 (Cusco Stay)

12 Days, Lima to Cusco
Classic Peru - 3 (Cusco Stay)

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This compact tour of the archaeological highlights and cultural treasures of the Andean highlands has it all. Cruise Lake Titicaca and immerse yourself in rural life with read more...

    • Think local transport—buses, taxis, trains the most colourful way to travel
    • Enjoy travelling with a like minded mix of couples, friends and solo travellers, from the world over
    • Like the idea of staying in character-rich accommodations that reflect the culture of the places you visit
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 11nights accommodation (Hotels/guesthouses (10 nts), homestay (1 nt))
  • 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Public bus, private van, plane, train, boat, hiking).
  • Internal Flight
  • Floating islands of Uros visit.
  • Lake Titicaca guided tour and homestay.
  • Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins guided tour with visit to a G Adventures-supported women's weaving project (full-day).
  • Lunch at the G Adventures-supported Sacred Valley Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco, an indigenous village.
  • Machu Picchu guided tour
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 230-300 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
Day 1 Arrive Lima
Day 2 Lima/Puno
Day 3 Puno/ Isla Amantani
Day 4 Isla Amantani/Puno
Day 5 Puno/Cusco
Day 6 Cusco/Ollantaytambo
Day 7 Ollantaytambo/Cusco
Day 8 Cusco
Day 9 Cusco/Aguas Calientes
Day 10 Aguas Calientes/Cusco
Day 11 Cusco
Day 12 Depart Cusco
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Places Visited
  • Lima
  • Puno
  • Isla Amantani
  • Cusco
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Aguas Calientes
  • DAY 1 Arrive Lima

    Arrive at any time.

    If you booked the Culinary Theme Pack it does not include extra time in Lima and we highly recommend booking pre-trip accommodation. You will be picked up from your hotel at approx 10:00 and taken to a local market and restaurant to prepare and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal. You will return back to your hotel around 13:00.

    Please note that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Peru (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Lima/Puno

    Fly to Juliaca and transfer to Puno. Take it easy in the afternoon, wandering the markets and exploring the city.

    Fly to Juliaca then take a short bus ride to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Titicaca is also the largest lake in the world above 2000m, and the views from both Amantani and Taquile Islands are stunning.

    Lima - Juliaca 1h30m Morning
    Transfer to the airport in Lima by van (about 45 minutes away) for the short flight to Juliaca.

    Private Vehicle
    Juliaca - Puno 1h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Free Time
    Puno Afternoon
    Spend some time getting acclimatized and exploring the city, be sure to check out the view of the lake. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Puno/ Isla Amantani

    Enjoy a guided tour of Lake Titicaca and a homestay in a small village.

    Head out by boat across Lake Titicaca. Visit the community on the Taquile Islands and enjoy a local lunch with spectacular views.

    Afterwards, cruise to the another village (this can vary based on community availability) for an overnight homestay on the shores of the lake. This experience provides an opportunity to learn more about rural life in the Peruvian highlands and to participate in local traditions. Eat with the family, learn some Quechua and Spanish language skills, try on traditional costumes, and help out with daily chores around the village.

    Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 1
    Lago Titicaca
    Board a boat on Lake Titicaca and head to Taquile Island for a delicious Peruvian lunch at a restaurant followed by some shopping at the local weaving cooperatives. (Taquilenos are known for their fine handwoven textiles and clothing, men are taught how to knit around age five and they create the majority of the textiles.) After, visit Amantani for an overnight stay with a host family and a chance to learn about life on the island.

    Lake Titicaca Homestay
    Lago Titicaca
    Split into smaller groups and get a taste of local life firsthand as we move into family homes for the night. Play soccer with the children, enjoy some dancing, watch dinner being made, learn about regional cuisine, and dress up in local clothes for an unforgettable evening with the whole village, enjoying traditional music and dancing. Lend a hand the next morning, and help out with chores like feeding animals, harvesting local produce, or bringing back buckets of water from the well. (Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Isla Amantani/Puno

    Visit the floating islands of Uros before returning to Puno. Opt to visit to Sillustani burial site.

    Leave the homestay families late morning and visit the Uros Islands on the way back to Puno. A popular optional activity in Puno is a visit to the spectacular chullpas (funerary towers) of Sillustani, a pre-Inca archaeological site only a short drive away.

    Lake Titicaca Guided Boat Tour Day 2
    Lago Titicaca
    Spend the morning with the homestay families on Amantani, then depart after lunch. Visit the floating islands of Uros on the way back, and learn about the unique lifestyle of the locals. Meet residents and learn how they built the islands with totora reeds, which are also used to make their homes, boats, crafts (and are also edible!).

    Uros Floating Islands Visit
    Lago Titicaca
    Take a tour of these unique islands. Learn about the buoyant totora reeds that grow in the shallows of Lake Titicaca used to make everything from the islands themselves to the boats the islanders use for transportation (if constructed well, they last up to six months ). Find out from locals how the islands are constructed; as the layers closest to the water start to rot, they are replaced with fresh reeds on top.

    Free Time
    Puno Afternoon
    Make the most of one last afternoon in Puno.

    Optional Activities
    Sillustani Burial Towers Tour

    Take a guided tour of the Sillustani burial towers known as "chullpas." Be awed by these fantastic ruins located outside Puno - their remarkable towers stretch up to 12m (39 ft) in height. (Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 5 Puno/Cusco

    Hop on the bus for a full day's drive to Cusco.

    The trip from Puno to Cusco takes the better part of the day, with stark, beautiful scenery en route as you travel through the high Altiplano region. Check out a bit of Cusco, find a spot for dinner or get prepared to head into the Sacred Valley.

    Local bus
    Puno - Cusco 7h30m Morning 389km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Cusco/Ollantaytambo

    Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo ruins. Stop at the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op before exploring the Pisac ruins. Stop at the G Adventures-supported Parwa Community Restaurant in Huchuy Qosco for lunch. Finish the day by exploring the Ollantaytambo ruins with a local guide.

    Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op. Meet the women and learn about the traditional weaving and dyeing practiced here. Opt to pick up some handmade souvenirs right from the source.

    Take a guided tour of the impressive Pisac ruins, the colourful artisan market (on market days only) and a small indigenous village of Huchuy Qosco. Here, have lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant. Learn about the project and eat a delicious buffet-style lunch, the proceeds from which go directly back to the remote community.

    Continue on to the town of Ollantaytambo. Go on a guided tour of the large ruin site just adjacent to the town. Ollayntaytambo is the first taste of what lies ahead in Machu Picchu.

    Private Vehicle
    Cusco - Ollantaytambo Full Day 95km
    Make stops along the way as you pass through this gorgeous valley, descending in elevation the whole way.

    Ccaccaccollo Community and Planeterra-Sponsored Women's Weaving Co-op visit
    Calca 1h
    Visit the Ccaccaccollo community centre which G Adventures travellers' donations helped create through Planeterra Foundation in 2005, thereby enabling local women to sell traditional textiles to travellers. See local weaving and dyeing techniques used to create garments and souvenirs, and learn how the Planeterra weaving co-operative has impacted the community and those who visit it. This includes the purchase of alpacas to provide a steady supply of wool, looms, and sewing machines as well as several training courses on production, sales and small business management.

    Pisac Ruins Guided Tour
    Pisac 45m-1h
    Tour the fascinating hilltop citadel of Pisac, an Incan ruin with plunging gorges, a ceremonial centre, and winding agriculture terracing that's still in use today. Be captivated by this truly amazing site sitting amid sweeping green valleys and mountain peaks. Explore the back of the site to see a pocketed cliff across Kitamayo Gorge, which once contained hundreds of Inca tombs.

    Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley
    Lamay 45m-1h
    Contribute to sustainable tourism in Huchuy Qosqo, a small village of 65 families in the Sacred Valley, by eating at the Parwa Community Restaurant. Learn how the resident-run restaurant was kickstarted by G Adventures along with the Planeterra Foundation and the Multilateral Investment Fund, to become a successful farm-to-table program that boosts the local economy and several spin-off microenterprises.

    Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour
    Ollantaytambo 1h
    Tour the town and fortress of Ollantaytambo with a local guide. Take a step back in time at this Inca archaeological site; it still shows signs of its former glory, including agricultural terraces, a Temple Hill, and storehouses. Learn how the area, overlooking the Urubamba River Valley, was an important stronghold during warfare between the Spanish and Incas. (Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 7 Ollantaytambo/Cusco

    Return to the Sacred Valley with the CEO to visit the sites of the Maras Salt Mines and Moray. Spend the evening in Cusco.

    When the hikers leave in the morning, return to Cusco with the CEO, visiting the sites of the Maras Salt Mines and Moray on the way.

    Private Vehicle
    Ollantaytambo - Cusco 1h45m-2h 94km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Maras Salt Mines and Moray Visit
    Maras - Moray
    Drive a little more than an hour to get to the Moray archaeological site. Tour these unique Inca ruins, consisting of circular terraces and a sophisticated irrigation system located at 3500m (11483 ft). Learn about the history and study of this fascinating site - speculation has it that it was an Inca agriculture experiment station.

    Visit the impressive Maras Salt Mines, after Moray. See thousands of individual ancient salt pools spilling over a hillside. Learn about the different varieties of salt, and try the renowned pink salt, famous worldwide. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Cusco

    Enjoy an included tour around the old part of Cusco, visit a Choco Museum and explore the local food market.

    Cusco City Tour and Market Visit
    Cusco 4h
    Live like a local today and enjoy a unique tour of Cusco. Start the day with a visit to the Choco Museum and enjoy some tasty samples and chocolatey drinks. Afterwards, explore old Cusco and discover the history of this Incan city. Finally wander the food stalls in San Pedro Market.

    Free Time
    Cusco Afternoon
    Spend more time getting to know this fascinating city and surrounding area. Free time is yours to explore any way you want. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Cusco/Aguas Calientes

    Travel by van to Ollantaytambo to catch the scenic train to Aguas Calientes.

    Private Vehicle
    Cusco - Ollantaytambo 1h45m 94km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes 1h30m
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Aguas Calientes/Cusco

    Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu. Opt to visit the Inca Bridge before returning to Cusco in the evening.

    Rise early to catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu with the guide. Enjoy a guided visit to the ruins followed by free time to explore. When ready, head back down by bus to Aguas Calientes to meet up with the rest of the group and take a train back to Cusco.
    Local bus
    Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu 30m
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Machu Picchu Guided Tour
    Machu Picchu 1h30m-2h
    Rise and shine - the best time to see the Lost City of the Incas is in the early morning light. Follow the local guide to Machu Picchu to learn about its history at a leisurely pace. Gain local insight into the Inti Mach'ay cave, Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Water, the Temple of the Condor, and the Room of the Three Windows. Take time to sit and feel the energy of this 15th-century site, now both a UNESCO World Heritage site and voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World (in a worldwide Internet poll).

    Aguas Calientes - Ollantaytambo 1h30m -2h118km
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Private Vehicle
    Ollantaytambo - Cusco 2h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Optional Activities
    Inca Bridge Visit

    Machu Picchu
    Use any leftover energy from your Machu Picchu hike to visit the Inca Bridge site nearby (thought by some to be a secret back entrance to Machu Picchu). Trek up to the bridge that's cleaving to a 579m (1,900 ft) cliff, and soak in amazing views of cloud forest along the way. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 11 Cusco

    Enjoy a free day to explore Cusco or relax. Opt to go whitewater rafting, horseback riding, or mountain biking.

    If you booked the Culinary Theme Pack, you will be picked up from your hotel at approx 12:30 and taken to a local market and restaurant to prepare and enjoy a traditional Peruvian meal. You will return back to your hotel around 16:00.

    Free Time
    Cusco Full Day
    Make the most of your time in Cusco. Spend the afternoon shopping, visiting museums or just exploring the city.

    Optional Activities
    Whitewater Rafting Urubamba

    Rise for an early morning pick up and drive to Chuquicahuana for a safety briefing. Enjoy a full day of rafting on the Upper Vilcanota River (about 2.5 hrs on the water). Be thrilled by fast rapids that are a constant Class III and IV for around 11km (9 mi), and don't forget to take in the gorgeous scenery. Rehash all the excitement afterward over a riverside picnic lunch.

    Horseback Riding
    Hop in the saddle and explore Cusco's archaeological sites by horseback on a 3.5 hr tour - no previous experience needed. Dress for the weather, and bring sunblock and a hat, just in case.

    Mountain Biking
    Take to two wheels and head out into the hills around Cusco for some nature-meets-adrenaline fun. Try a trip to the Sacred Valley, perhaps, visiting an Inca ruin along the way. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 12 Depart Cusco

    Depart at any time. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals


    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 230-300 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 16 passengers, at an average there are 10 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

    The rules and regulations controlling the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu are continually changing. Before embarking on your adventure to Peru it is very important that you familiarize yourself with the Inca Trail booking policies and guidelines as described in a document available on our website, at the following URL address:

    Please advise at time of booking if you do not wish to hike the Inca Trail. Instead, you will have 2 nights in Cusco, travel by train for a night in Aguas Calientes, and join the hikers for the tour of Machu Picchu.

    Portions of the Inca Trail will be closed for general maintenance during the month of February each year. Also, closures may occur at various times throughout the year due to inclement weather or other conditions beyond our control. During these periods, any tour affected will hike the Lares Trek.

    Please note that this tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with G Adventures, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour, after your trip concludes.

  13. In our continued effort to support the rights of the porters on the Inca Trail, we would like ensure that they never exceed the weight limit for their packs as set out by the Peruvian authorities. Porters are allowed to carry no more than 6kg of personal belongings per hiker (for all other Peru treks the limit is 8kg). That means that including your sleeping bag, toiletries, clothing, etc, you are allowed a total weight of 6kg for the hike which will be carried in a duffle bag provided by our local office. Any additional weight must then be carried by you in your day pack. To help achieve this goal we recommend that you carry travel sized toiletries, that you bring sport sandals that can be worn with socks (which are lighter than running/walking shoes) and that you limit electronics to those that you are willing to carry. Any additional baggage can be left in Cusco, but is advised that you bring anything of value (eg. money, passport, credit cards, camera, etc) with you on the trek.
    If at the end of your trek you felt your trekking guide and support team did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline, we suggest each hiker contributes the following to a collective pool. We suggest a tipping amount of $40 per person for the Inca Trail and $35 per person for the Lares Trek.

  14. All travellers are required to pay the tax on domestic flights in Peru. Foreign travellers are exempt form this, and proving you are indeed a foreign traveller can be done by providing us with your international ticket number (ITN). Travellers who do not submit international ticket numbers at least 30 days prior to Day 1 of their tour will be required to pay the domestic tax on all included flights.

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