Multi-Day Tour | Private

Cusco/Puno + Altiplano Path (9 days)

Metropolitan Touring - Peru

Lima, Peru To Lima, Peru

Valid for Departures Now Through: 29 Nov 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Lima, Peru
None None

Day 01 – Lima

Transfer Lima Airport / Hotel (private)

Upon arrival into Lima International Airport, you will be met by our representative and private driver and will be transferred to your hotel. Our representative will assist you with check-in procedures and provide you with a detailed itinerary, vouchers covering all the services included in your tour and additional information on the organization of your Peru trip. You will also receive a contact information sheet with all the hotel details as well as our offices contact information for each city and a 24-hour emergency number.

Overnight in Lima

Day 2
Lima, Peru
Cusco, Peru
None Breakfast, Lunch

Day 02 – Lima / Cusco / Sacred Valley

Transfer Hotel / Lima Airport (private)

At the appropriate time, our representative will meet you at the hotel lobby and transfer you to the Lima Airport to board your next flight. Our representative will assist you with check-in procedures and all departure formalities.

Upon your arrival in Cusco, you will be met by our guide who will assist you with your luggage and drive you to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Full day Awanacancha Interpretation Center & Pisac Market (private)

Today you will have the opportunity to visit Awanacancha, an Andean textile center whose key objective is to maintain the wealth of the Inca’s textile art and keep their traditions alive.

You will walk along a thatched roof path and will watch and learn about the four different kinds of South American camelids: Huanaco, Llama, Alpaca and Vicuña. At the end of the path you will find weavers from over 12 communities from southern Peru who alternate exhibitions of threading, dying and weaving traditional Andean textiles, thus avoiding their identity loss.

Continuing through the Sacred Valley, head to the town of Pisac to visit the Pisac Market, which was the place of reunion for all artisans of the region to get together and exchange or buy and sell their products.

It is a favorite destination for visitors from all over the world who don’t want to miss the opportunity of enjoying the colorful ambience in this marketplace.

After the tour you will be transferred to your hotel.

Lunch will be served at a local ranch including a Peruvian Paso Horses demonstration; with their elegance and noble spirit, the Peruvian Paso Horse symbolizes a centuries-old tradition of cultural fusion and folklore that defines and enriches Peru. In this presentation, Paso horses from the ranch stables demonstrate their flowing gait and graceful motion to the rhythm of ‘la marinera’.

Overnight in the Sacred Valley.

Day 3
Cusco, Peru
None Breakfast, Lunch

Day 03 – Sacred Valley

Full day Maras Saltpans, Moray Terraces & Ollantaytambo (private)

Enjoy a journey through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, to the salt fields of Maras and its seemingly never-ending terraces, where salt extracted from springs is stored. Although these waters have been used for centuries, even before the time of the Incas, Maras was founded by the Spanish in 1556. It supplied salt to the southern highlands during the viceroyalty, so it was an important town. The use of Maras Salt dates back thousands of years and is inherited from generation to generation and managed communally.

Continue your excursion to admire the Moray terraces, believed to be a former gigantic agricultural laboratory, an astronomical observatory or a place of worship, or maybe all three.

Then, you will head to the Inca fortress and citadel of Ollantaytambo. This site was built just as the Spaniards arrived and evidence of how it was constructed is still visible. This fortress was believed to be constructed in order to guard the entrance to this part of the valley and protect it from possible invasions of tribes from the jungle lowlands. Later it served as a temporary capital for Manco Inca, leader of the Inca resistance in 1537 during the Spanish conquest of Perú, who fortified the town to stop the advance, as Cusco had fallen under Spanish domination.

The town of Ollantaytambo is referred to as a "Live Inca Town" because inhabitants still live according to customs and traditions inherited from their ancestors. Take a journey in time through its straight streets with perfectly laid stones that feature a canal for water to run through the town.

After the tour you will be transferred to your hotel.

Lunch will be served at a local countryside restaurant

Overnight in the Sacred Valley

Day 4
Cusco, Peru
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04 – Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu

Full day excursion to Machu Picchu via roundtrip train (private)

Morning transfer to the train station for an amazing train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, the great mountain-top city abandoned by the Inca Empire, reclaimed by the jungle and lost to humanity until its rediscovery in 1911.

Along the way you will enjoy the changing landscape as you travel from Andean highlands to the beginnings of the jungle (“eyebrow of the jungle”), before finally arriving at the town of Aguas Calientes.

From here, board the bus that will take you on a 20 minute ride up to the citadel of Machu Picchu, or Lost City of the Incas, which sits upon the summit bearing the same name, and is one of the most representative and recognized examples of Incan architecture. A guided tour of the Citadel includes the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds.

The legendary 'Lost City' is without a doubt one of the world's most impressive archaeological sites. Built by the Incas on the summit of "Machu Picchu" (old peak), overlooking the deep canyon of the Urubamba river in a semi-tropical area 120 Kms (75 miles) from the city of Cusco at 3,400 m.a.s.l (11,155 f.a.s.l).

It sits on a mountain site of extraordinary beauty, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest; Machu Picchu was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height, with its giant walls, terraces and ramps, which appear as though they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments.

Machu Picchu is also one of the Inca's best kept secrets, since they did not leave written records and Spanish chronicles make no mention of the citadel, it remains a mystery.

Buffet lunch at Tinkuy Restaurant at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge

Dinner and overnight in Aguas Calientes.

Day 5
Cusco, Peru
None Breakfast, Dinner

Day 05 – Machu Picchu / Cusco

AM: At leisure

Morning at leisure to enjoy hotel’s facilities.

In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to visit the Citadel of Machu Picchu for a second time.

At 4.30pm tea time at Sanctuary Lodge included specially for Hiram Bingham’s passengers.

PM: Return to Cusco (private)

In the afternoon, take the shuttle bus to Aguas Calientes and then board Hiram Bingham return train (Dinner on board). Upon arrival at the train station you will be met by our representative and private driver who will transfer you to the hotel in Cusco.

Day 6
Cusco, Peru
None Breakfast

Day 06 – Cusco

Half day Cusco City tour & main surrounding ruins (private)

Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the city of Cusco, the Imperial City and archaeological capital of South America, where you will be able to admire the finest examples of Inca history and architecture. Visit the city's most important historical monuments that reveal the influence of different cultures: the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral dating from Spanish viceroyalty times, built with great slabs of red granite renaissance style in contrast with the baroque style silverwork of its interior and, the Santo Domingo church built upon the foundations of the Inca temple Koricancha, dedicated to worship the Sun God.

Continue to Cusco City’s main surrounding ruins: the Sacsayhuaman Fortress - a ceremonial compound and magnificent example of Inca military power that boasts a panoramic view of the city, the Qenqo Amphitheater - a ritualistic site with subterranean galleries that form an underground maze, Puca Pucara or red fortress and, the Inca Baths of Tambomachay.

After the tour you will be transferred to your hotel.

Afternoon at leisure.

Overnight in Cusco

Day 7
Puno, Peru
Cusco, Peru
None Breakfast, Lunch

Day 07 – Cusco / Puno

Deluxe land journey from Cusco / Puno including en route stops and picnic lunch (private)

Today’s amazing land journey begins with an early departure from Cusco to the City of Puno located south at 3860 masl (12,664 feet), by private luxury transportation and guide. During this full day adventure, pass through breathtaking landscapes and discover the imposing Andes Mountains in style.

After approximately 2 hours, our first stop will at the Archaeological Complex of Raqchi, dating from the 15th Century, considered among the most audacious works of engineering built by the Inca Pachacutec and dedicated to Wiracocha, the great Inca God of the Sun. The site includes military barracks, priest quarters, the baths of the Inca, lodging, terraces among other constructrions, and the Temple of Wiracocha, a monumental two-story structure considered to be the largest building built during the empire.

Continue this exiting excursion heading towards La Raya Pass, located at an altitude of 4,338 masl (14,232 feet), the highest point of our escapade and the border line between the Cusco and Puno Regions. Then, begin descending until reaching Tinajani, an amazing canyon formed by large rock formations, to savor a delicious picnic lunch. After lunch, stretch your legs while admiring red sandstone deposits, volcanic rocks millions of years old formed by wind, hail, snow and rain.

End the day with a visit to the Town of Pucara, located at 3,900 masl (12,795 feet), well known for its earth colored pottery and the famous Pucara bulls perched on the roofs of most Andean house as protection and prosperity for their homes, families and livestock.

Continue south until reaching Puno, Cradle of the Inca Empire and festive city, with floating islands, colorful folk tradition and home to Lake Titicaca.

After the tour you will be transferred to your hotel.

Overnight in Puno

Day 8
Puno, Peru
None Breakfast, Lunch

Day 08 – Puno

Full day excursion to Uros & Taquile Islands with lunch (private, via shared speedboat)

Early in the morning, you will have an unforgettable motorboat excursion on the waters of Lake Titicaca to Taquile, a natural island inhabited by Quechua-speaking natives, who have developed efficient and unique social systems, as well as fine hand weaving techniques, passed down through the generations.

Continue our motorboat trip to the peninsula of Chucuito, for a stop at the rural Aymara Community of Luquina, where you will savor a buffet lunch including regional dishes while enjoying a magnificent view of Lake Titicaca.

End your day with a visit to the unique "Floating Islands" of the Uros. These ancient inhabitants of the lake, known as the Water Tribe, have built their own islands by periodically adding new layers of a vegetable fiber of the Papyrus family called "Totora" (scientific Scirpus totora), which is unique to the area.

Return to Puno after the visit.

Overnight in Puno

Day 9
Puno, Peru
Lima, Peru
None Breakfast

Day 09 – Puno / Lima / …

Transfer Lake Hotels / Juliaca Airport with Sillustani on route (private)

At the appropriate time, our representative will meet you at the hotel lobby and transfer you to the Juliaca Airport to fly to your next destination. Our representative will assist you with the corresponding check-in procedures and all departure formalities.

On the way to the Airport, you will visit the famous Chullpas of Sillustani: stone cylinder burial chambers used by the Aymaras to bury their important leaders. Lake Umayo, located in front of the Chullpas, adds further beauty to the place.

Lima Airport assistance (private)

Upon arrival into Lima International Airport, you will be met by our representative who will assist you with check-in procedures and any departure formalities for your next flight.

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Adventure
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Family Vacations
  • Sightseeing
  • Wildlife & Nature

Description

Experience the road from majestic Cusco to colorful and lively Puno in a completely new way. Our exclusive Altiplano Path will take you in a customized van across the amazing sights that the Peruvian Mountains have to offer.

About Us

Metropolitan Touring - Peru is a very agile and extremely reliable DMC in Peru providing outstanding custom-made travel experiences. Originally founded as Receptour in the 1960’s, we became Metropolitan Touring Peru in 2007. By merging the local knowledge of our 100% Peruvian staff and the continuous innovation of the Metropolitan Touring network, we are able to constantly exceed our guests’ expectations and to offer important advantages for multi-country trips (ie. Peru & Galapagos combination). Our Dedicated Travel Advisor Desk’s goal is to provide exclusive assistance to the agent community to deliver a perfect travel experience.

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Guide Services in Peru and Machu Picchu

By: Bill


Reviewed on: 03 Feb 2018

Metropolitan Tour Group is one of the best tour operators we have ever used. There staff was always on time and told us what we were going to see and how long it was going to take and then they executed the plan with out a hitch. Great !!!!!!!!!!
Travel Advisor:  Denise Sullivan

Metropolitan Touring in Peru was Perfect.

By: Cathryn Buchanan


Reviewed on: 23 Jul 2018

Everything went perfectly. And we loved our guide for the Sacred Valley and Machu Pichu. We kept trying to come up with a question she couldn't answer, but were unsuccessful. Our hotels were amazing - completely comfortable, interesting, and with excellent cuisine. The lunch stops were fabulous. I can't say enough about how great this tour company is.
Travel Advisor:  Kari Mollan

Tour Guides to Use in Peru

By: Susan KW


Reviewed on: 14 Sep 2018

Metropolitan Touring provided a private guide and driver for the various Inca sites in Peru including Machu Picchu, Cusco and the Sacred Valley. The guide was terrific with our teenagers and took the time to converse with my son in Spanish, who is learning the language. He was well versed in the history of the Incas so we learned quite a bit about the culture including the history and significance of each site. Hotels selected were top notch and we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the restaurants that came with our reservation. We would highly recommend
Travel Advisor:  Lisa Cohen-Dumani