Included meals are indicated in parentheses: (B,L,D)
Arrive to Lima, former capital of the Spanish empire in the Americas, and transfer to your first class hotel ideally located in the Miraflores district, Lima’s main cultural and commercial district. This is the best area of town for strolling around and is home to many of Lima’s best restaurants. (If you are interested and time permits, private tours of Lima or visits to any of Lima’s museums can be arranged upon request.)
Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores
Fly over the Andes to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incan Empire. When you land in Cusco you will be met at the airport by a local representative who will transport you to your hotel in the Sacred Valley of the Incas (8500 feet elevation), a long fertile river valley surrounded by snow capped peaks that lies between Cusco (11,000 feet elevation) and Machu Picchu. Starting here helps you adjust to the high altitude of the Andes and is a great way to see how the local people continue to live in the traditional Andean manner. You’ll make a visit to the Pisac ruins and town en route to your hotel (if you are feeling up for it you can walk down from the ruins to the town; ask your guide about this option). You’ll stop for a lunch at a great small restaurant serving creative modern variations on traditional Andean dishes.
Hotel Sol y Luna (B,L)
You will be picked up at 8 a.m. for a full day private tour of the Sacred Valley, visiting some sites that are a bit more off the beaten path. First you’ll visit the small town of Chincheros up above the Valley floor. After lunch, you will make a visit to the unique Incan site of Moray, and the nearby town and ancient salt pans of Maras. This is another day that helps put the Inca civilization in better perspective and lets you see what life is like in the Andes.
Hotel Sol y Luna (B,L)
Today you start a 2 day/1 night trip to Machu Picchu, giving you plenty of time to see the area. In the morning you will be picked up at your hotel for transfer to the train station, where you catch the train to Machu Picchu. You will visit Machu Picchu with a private guide, enjoy lunch at the Sanctuary lodge, and then have the chance to explore the ruins on your own before returning to your hotel in Aguas Calientes (the ruins close at 5 pm and the last shuttle down is at 5:15 pm).
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (B,L,D)
Today you make an unguided return visit to Machu Picchu in the early morning to observe the ruins. This is a great way to experience the site when there are far fewer people around. You’ll also have the chance to hike to the top of Huayna Picchu, the mountain that towers above Machu Picchu, or hike back along the Inca Trail to Inti Punku (the Sun Gate). After visiting the ruins you will make your way down to the train station for your afternoon train back to Cusco and be dropped off at your hotel.
Libertador (B) (upgrade to Hotel Monasterio Hotel)
Today you’ll have a privately guided exploration of Cusco, including a visit to Sacsahuaman, the massive Incan fortress on the hills above the city, where you enjoy views of the surrounding area. Cusco is a fascinating city, with many colonial buildings constructed on top of the remains of Incan palaces. You can observe massive Incan walls along many streets of the city. Enjoy dinner out at one of Cusco’s excellent restaurants.
Today you will have the first part of the morning free to explore some more of Cusco on your own or to just take it easy. Around mid-day you will be transferred to the airport for your flight down to Lake Titicaca. Upon arrival you will be met at the airport for transfer to your hotel. En route you will stop off to visit the fascinating ruins of Sillustani, a ancient set of funerary towers built on a rise in the Altiplano by a pre-Incan culture. (We also have options for overnight stays in family guesthouses in this area and on the islands; there are also outstanding options for kayaking; please inquire if interested.)
Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection Puno (B)
In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel’s private dock for your transfer to Isla Suasi, a solar-powered ecolodge located on the only private island in Lake Titicaca. On your way to Isla Suasi you will visit the unusual Floating Islands of Uros and Taquile Island. You’ll get some great views out over the azure expanse of Lake Titicaca from Taquile Island as well as insight into the traditional way of living on this small island.
Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection Isla Suasi (B,L,D)
You have the day free to relax and disconnect from outside world. Feel free to explore the different trails that wind their way throughout this 106 acre island, or take a canoe and paddle out into the deep blue waters that surround you. When evening comes, enjoy the constellations of the Southern Hemisphere and learn from your guide about the Inca cosmology
Casa Andina Private Collection Isla Suasi (B,L,D)
Today you will be transferred by boat back to the mainland (about 2.5 hour transfer) where you will be met and transferred to the airport for your flight to Lima and connecting flight home. After arriving to Lima you will have assistance at the airport in making your connection with your international flight home.