Day 07 – Cusco /
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
Overnight in Puno