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Day 1: Arrive Lima
Most fights arrive in Lima in the evening. Transfer to hotel for overnight.
Day 2: Lima - Cusco
Fly 1 hour/20 min to Cusco, where our guide will be waiting. Enjoy a walking tour of the city center including a visit to La Plaza de las Armas and Koricancha, the Inca temple of the sun. Overnight in hotel. Meals in the restaurants of your choice.
Day 3: Sacred Valley of the Incas - Ollantaytambo
Full-day excursion into the Sacred Valley of the Incas with visits to the weaving town of Chinchero and the Moray salt ponds, Maras and finally to Ollantaytambo for the night.Moray Salt Ponds in the Sacred Valley
Day 4: 1-Day Inca Trail Hike - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes
The train will drop us in the jungle at Km 104 where we start hiking towards Winayhuayna. We pass a secluded waterfall and from here we enter through the Sun Gate to catch our first glimpse of Machupicchu. We take shuttle bus for a short 30 min ride to our hotel in Aguas Calientes. (the hike is optional - if you decide not to do it, you can stay on the train)
Day 5: Aguas Calientes - Cusco
The early morning bus returns us to Machupicchu for the radiant morning light over the Inca citadel. After your private, guided tour of the park. we return by bus to Aguas Calientes and on to Cusco by train. Overnight in hotel.
Day 6: Free Day in Cusco
Free day to explore the city on your own.
Day 7: Cusco - Puno
After breakfast, we board our comfortable tourist bus for the day-long ramble through the Peruvian countryside. Includes stops to explore the San Pedro Cathedral, Raqchi and Andahuaylillas. Includes a break for lunch offering a buffet of tempting Peruvian cuisine. Arrival and overnight in Puno.
Day 8: Puno - Takile
After our Peruvian buffet breakfast, we transfer to the docks to board our motor boat to visit the Floating Reed Islands of Uros. Then on to the island of Takile, where the talents of the local men are best exemplified by their knitting skills. Lunch is a sampling of the incredible local cuisine followed by a walking tour and return to our boat. Finally, back to Puno in time for dinner in a local restaurant of our choice.
Day 9: Puno - La Paz, Bolivia
We take the local transportation with our guide to the border, then continue to the coastal town of Copacabana. From there, we get a glimpse of another way of life as we traverse the countryside on the way to La Paz. If we're lucky, Thor Heyerdahl's Bolivian partner, Paulino Esteban, will be available when we stop to visit the reed-boat building operation that instructs locals in the traditional art. Continue to La Paz for dinner and overnight.
Day 10: Tiahuanaco
Guide offers a visit to the archaeological complex of Tiahuanaco ruins outside the city of La Paz, followed by a visit to memorable markets and plazas in the historic districts of La Paz.
Day 11: La Paz - Lima
We transfer you to the airport at least 3 hours prior to your scheduled departure for our farewell, the conclusion of our service and your flight to Lima or other international destination.
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This Adventure Includes
- 3* accommodations with private bath
- private transportation as described - boat service, train, private vehicle, tourist bus
- full-time, English-speaking guide
- train tickets and single 1-day entry to Machu Picchu
- private, guided tours to all the places as described
- Inca Trail permits (optional)
- Any flights (we can book domestic flights and we can help you search for international flights if requested)
- Border visa (US citizens $135 USD cash)
- Travel insurance
- Bolivia may require entry visas or yellow fever vaccination
- Itinerary subject to change
- Extend your trip to Salt Flats for 2-4 days