DAY 1: CHINCHERO MORAY, AND THE SALT MINES AT MARAS.
After breakfast we board a private transportation and drive 45 minutes to Chinchero, the Capital of the potatoes and feel and meditate in the Temple of Mother Eart, on the way to the sacred valley we will stop and visit the circular terraces of Moray – the Navel of the Earth. At this sacred site you will feel the connection with the three worlds represented by the Condor, Puma and Snake Ceremony. See how our ancestors built an amphitheater-like structure to study different microclimates. We will also visit an amazing salt flats operation en route to Ollantaytambo, and hike down into the valley for a while and meet up with the bus further down the road. Late Buffet Lunch at Tunupa Restaurant at the Sacred Valley. Then, spend the remainder of the afternoon at the hotel. Dinner on your own. www.pakaritampu.com (B, L)
DAY 2: NATIVE COMMUNITY AND OLLANTAYTAMBO SITE
After good breakfast we will work on the concept of volunteering in a local community. We will share ourselves with local Peruvians, as we learn from them. A day that will touch your heart and mind, after a good lunch drive and walk to Ollantaytambo archeological site. http://www.ollantaytambo.org/en/ You will spend about 2 hrs at this site. There are several temples of pink granite and the famous Princess’ Bath. Spend the afternoon visiting the local market and take a walk through the town, which has been continuously inhabited and is mostly unchanged since Inca times. See how guinea pigs (cuy) are raised for food, special celebrations, and medicinal uses. Dinner on your own. www.pakaritampu.com (B, L)
Note. For this day we have much option for service in the Community, Hot chocolate for the children and school supplies will be a good option, also photo opportunity will be best.
DAY 3: SACRED VALLEY – OLLANTAYTAMBO – MACHU PICCHU
Take the mid-morning Vista Dome train from Ollantaytambo along the trek to Machu Picchu. On the journey, you enjoy some of the highlights of our Peru ecotour along the Urubamba River and through a magnificent cloud forest to reach Aguas Calientes for a small lunch; they feed you with snacks on the Train where a bus will take you the rest of the way to Machu Picchu (7,875 feet). Take the entire day to explore the famous ruins of this magnificent mountain citadel and then return in the late afternoon to nearby Aguas Calientes to your hotel and enjoy a delicious dinner of regional cuisine. www.casa-andina.com/casa-andina-classic-machu-picchu (B ,L)
DAY 4: MACHU PICCHU – OLLANTAYTAMBO – CUSCO.
Today, take the opportunity to see an unmatched sunrise at Machu Picchu before the crowds arrive and spend the rest of the day among the numerous Sacred site and climb to the sacred peak of Huayna Picchu or a picturesque walk to the Temple of the Moon/ or MachuPicchu Mountain. Return midday to the town of MachuPicchu for lunch and your early afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo. Meet your private van at the train station to travel to the collective Chinchero textile market, featuring an explanation of the traditional weaving methods of the Sacred Valley and some of the best textiles available in Peru. This is the ideal place for last minute shopping before returning to your Cusco hotel for the evening. www.aranwahotels.com/en/hotel-cusco (B, L)
DAY 5: CUSCO – PUNO.
Breakfast at the hotel starting at 6:00 a.m. Pickup at the hotel in Cusco at approximately 7:30 a.m. Stop at the site of Racchi, also known as the Temple of Wiracocha, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raqchi the spiritual God of the Incas. Magical ruins built with adobes and stone at the same time. Lunch buffet and after stop at various attractions on the way to the city of Puno – Lake Titicaca to take amazing photos, snowcapped mountains and other beautiful scenery. Capital folkloric of Peru. Visit the Puma Temple of Pukara, which is very beautiful for its stone carvings. Get to Puno around 5:00 p.m.; check in to your beautiful Hotel. Dinner on your own. Altitude in Lake Titicaca about 12,500 ft. http://www.qelqatani.com/ (B,L)
DAY 6: LAKE TITICACA.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Titicaca After breakfast, 7:30 a.m. pick up at the hotel for a boat ride to the floating islands. There are 70 islands where the locals still wear the beautiful costumes of their ancestors’ heritage. You will ride on a reed boat like the ancient people used, seeing a diversity of colorful birds. Your boat will take you to the amazing Island Takile. This is a great location to see the Bolivian side of the lake and their part of the Andean snowcapped mountains. Surface elevation of the lake is 12,507 ft. Climb to an ancient temple (2 miles round trip, 650 ft elevation change); have a lunch of local trout on the island of Takile, which is famous for its food and weavings. Early Back by boat to Puno for overnight dinner on your own. www.qelqatani.com (B, L)
Note. We include flights from Lima to Cusco and Lake Titicaca to Lima.
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Key: (B)reakfast (L)unch (D)inner
Notes: All hikes will be at a leisurely pace and would qualify as moderate although altitude makes a difference. None are long. You have the option to stay in town instead of participating on any hike.
HOTELES: Are listed in each day, you can get more information by entering to their Web page; all of them have Wi-Fi in room.
Tour Price Includes:
- Private ground transportation the entire trip
- Beautiful Hotels.
- Boat at lake Titicaca
- Entrance fees Lake Titicaca, Machu Picchu (2) and Sacred Valley.
- Bus to Machu Picchu round trip (2).
- All breakfasts and lunches. (Vegetarian option available)
- Guide the entire trip and his expenses.
- Train fares ( Vista Dome )
- Bottled water daily.
- Service for children (Hot Chocolate and Bread)
- International airfares.
- Most Dinners.
- Extra beverages.
- Tips. (bellmen, waiters, guides, cooks, drivers)
What to bring:
- Comfortable walking shoes and shoes you can hike in.
- Waterproof Jacket and pants
- Wind proof jacket, mostly clothes for mild weather 60-70 degrees F. Warm jacket, hat and gloves for high altitude evenings.
- Good camera and extra battery and memory card
- Good flash light
- 220/ 110V ( plug) adaptor
- Insect repellent (you can buy it there if needed)
- Sun block, sunglasses, hat
- Some school supplies to share with the children while visiting communities. (Pencils, Pens, notebooks etc.)