Days
11
Price from
$2,525AUD

This 11 day Inca Adventure begins within the Peruvian Andes in Cuzco and finishes in the Bolivian city of La Paz. Wind your way through the Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes, where you'll rise early to see the sunrise over the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu. Once you've explored the archaeological remains and Spanish architecture of Cuzco, travel to Puno for a tour of the amazing waters and floating islands of Lake Titicaca. Finally arrive into La Paz, to get under the skin of one of the world's highest cities.


Start
Cuzco, Peru
Finish
La Paz, Bolivia
Country
Bolivia, Peru
Style
Peregrine
Code
PSIA
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
(97 reviews)
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • After catching a train to the town of Aguas Calientes, we visit the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu - the lost city of the Incas.

  • A spectacular bus journey then takes us further inland to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca, home to the fascinating floating reed islands of the Uros Indians.

  • Before we arrive in Bolivia's capital of La Paz we discover the ruins of ancient Tiahuanaco.

  • La Paz is the highest capital city in the world and combines a modern cosmopolitan city with ancient traditions, creating a vibrant finale to our adventure.

Itinerary

Arrive Cusco and take your complimentary transfer to the joining hotel.
Today you have a pre-departure meeting at 4pm. Please check the notice board in reception for the confirmation of the time and place.
The oldest continuously inhabited city in the western hemisphere, Cusco is a wonderful place in which to stroll aimlessly or participate in an outdoor activity. If you are feeling energetic there are a myriad of adventures available in and around town.
There are plenty of opportunities to shop for handicrafts or wander around the cobblestone streets and visit museums, churches and colonial sites. You may just wish to relax with a 'cerveza' or a 'pisco sour' in one of the restaurants and 'penas' (traditional local bars) surrounding Plaza de Armas.
You will go on a guided walking tour while you are here, visiting the Coca Museum and the San Pedro market. The cathedral that was built atop an Incan palace presides over the Plaza de Armas, the city's cultural heart. It houses an impressive collection of art, and boasts a silver-coloured Neoclassical altar.
If you are interested in visiting the many museums of Cusco please be aware that you have the Boleto Turistico (Tourism Ticket) included, just ask your tour leader about this. This will also cover surrounding archaeological sites, for example Q'enqo, Pica Pakara, Pisac and Ollantaytambo. The Contemporary Art Museum, Regional History Museum and Qosqo Native Art Museum can only be accessed with a Boleto Turistico.
Accommodation
  • Eco inn or Similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Cathedral Visit - PEN25
  • Coricancha Archeological Site - Cuzco - PEN12
Included Activities
  • Coca Museum
  • Orientation Walk - Cuzco
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (1)
You will drive on to the Sacred Valley on a private bus today.
The Sacred Valley, located between the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, was greatly treasured because of its climate, fertile land and the presence of the Urubamba (Sacred) River.
At the Sacred Valley you will visit the stone fortress of Sacsayhuaman where massive stone blocks that form the walls of this site give you an awesome picture of how highly developed Inca engineering was. Looking over the city from its hilltop position, the fortress is built out of massive stone blocks and is the ultimate example of the Inca's military strength.
You will visit a local community here, to gain a greater insight into the local lifestyle. If it happens to be market day, you will be able to wander the stalls and hunt down beautiful hand painted beads and ponchos. You will enjoy lunch with the local community.
Next you will head to the town of Ollantaytambo. Built over an ancient Inca town, which is a magnificent example of Inca urban planning, this is one of the few places where the Incas defeated the Spanish. Ollantaytambo's archaeological site is located to the east of the Plaza de Armas and the upper terraces of this site offer great photo opportunities of the squared grid town below.
Accommodation
  • Samanapaq hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Private bus to Sacred Valley and local community visit
  • Full Boleto Turistico Pass, which gives you access to 16 archaeological sites in/around Cuzco (Transport & guides are not included)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Nestled in the cloud forest at the foot of Machu Picchu, your destination today will be Aguas Calientas. You will travel by train for 90 minutes through the winding Urubamba Valley to reach town, where you can spend some free time exploring the natural hot springs after which the town was named. You arrive in Aguas Calienties at approximately 12pm.
Accommodation
  • Andina hotel or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Hot springs - PEN10
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Take a very early (5:30am) bus along the winding road to Machu Picchu (approximately 30 minutes) where you will be joined by a guide who will take you through the ruins. Looking at Machu Picchu for the first time, as it sits against a backdrop of forested mountains, is a truly breathtaking experience. No matter how many photos you've seen, it is hard to prepare for its awesome beauty.
MACHU PICCHU: While it's thought Machu Picchu was built around 1440 as a country retreat for Incan nobility, there is evidence this had been a sacred Incan site for much longer. Another school of thought is that this was an astronomical observatory. There's plenty of time for you to decide for yourself as you wander around the many temples, palaces and living quarters.
You will have a guided visit (approximately 1.5-2 hours) with plenty of free time afterwards. After taking advantage of the seemingly endless photo opportunities, it's time to return to Cusco for a well deserved shower and a pisco sour.
You will have the rest of today day and Day 6 free to further explore Cusco.
WAYNA PICCHU: Due to Peregrine's internal safety policy our leaders are specifically prohibited from recommending or assisting with booking this activity.
Accommodation
  • Eco inn or Similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Machu Picchu entrance and Guided Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
Today we take a comfortable public bus (with reclining chairs) from Cusco to Puno. The drive will take nearly a full day, including stops along the way at various sites including; Andahuaylillas Church, Raqchy Inca temple and Pukara Museum. We will also stop to have lunch.
Puno is situated on Lake Titicaca, and is a fusion of Quechuan Indian and Aymara culture. It is recognised as the cultural capital of Peru, with an abundance of festivals, music and dancing.
You will go on a tour of the lake on a motor boat, visiting the floating islands that are built on totora reeds. In fact everything on these islands are crafted from reed, including their boats which last up to 12 months.
Stay in Puno in a hotel.
Accommodation
  • Casa Andina or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Full Day Lake Titicaca tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
  • Lunch (1)
Today you will travel to the Bolivian border at Desaguadero. Here you will complete immigration and customs formalities. There will be a few stops and you will be required to leave the bus to complete the formalities. The journey by road to the Bolivian capital, La Paz, will take you via the ancient ruins of Tiahuanaco.
This was the base of a great civilisation that began around 500 BC before mysteriously 'disappearing' around 1200 AD. It is believed that the ceremonial complex date back to the 8th century AD and was once at the centre of a powerful and self-sustaining empire based in the southern Central Andes. The sprawling ruins comprise of temples, courtyards, terraced pyramids, monolithic stone statues and gateways. The most famous structure is the Puerta del Sol (Gateway of the Sun).
From the ruins it is less a than two hour drive to La Paz, where you'll spend the night. You will enjoy spectacular views of the city on your approach, due to its unique location in the middle of a vast volcanic crater that resembles a bowl.
At around 3,600 metres, La Paz feels like the top of the world. It's not far from it and vies with Tibet for the title of highest capital in the world. Although Sucre is the official capital of Bolivia, La Paz is the centre of commerce, finance and industry. Despite the abundance of colonial architecture, La Paz's indigenous roots run deep, and the atmosphere in the market-filled streets is both modern and traditional.
There are no activities planned for the final day and you will be able to depart the accommodation at any time. Please check the 'Finishing Point Hotel' section for checkout times and luggage storage possibilities.
Accommodation
  • Rosario Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tiawanaku archaeological site and museum tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
Your trip will come to an end after breakfast in la Paz.
Accommodation
  • Rosario Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

Transport

Boat, Bus, Minibus, Overnight bus, Plane, Train

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel

Included Activities

  • Coca Museum
  • Orientation Walk - Cuzco
  • Private bus to Sacred Valley and local community visit
  • Full Boleto Turistico Pass, which gives you access to 16 archaeological sites in/around Cuzco (Transport & guides are not included)
  • Machu Picchu entrance and Guided Tour
  • Full Day Lake Titicaca tour
  • Tiawanaku archaeological site and museum tour

Reviews

Our Inca Adventure trips score an average of 4.8 out of 5 based on 97 reviews in the last year.

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