From Andes to Altiplano is a superb 10 day tour designed specifically to give you the very best of Peru in the short time you have available.
See two of the main attractions of Peru offering great diversity where you will have the opportunity and experience to see one of the new seven wonders of the world and the highest navigable lake in the world. Come and discover the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cuzco and Puno on our fantastic Andes to Altiplano tour of Peru.
10 spectacular days of travel and adventure. Discover the best of Peru on our special Andes to Altiplano tour…
Day 1: International Arrival
Arriving into Lima, your transfer driver will meet you at the airport, and transfer you in private to the Faraona Grand Hotel; once you have settled in your tour controller will arrive to give an informative briefing on the days ahead. He will issue you with your flight tickets and travel vouchers along with a local mobile phone which will have all of your guides contact information. You will be able to ask any questions you may have at this point before your guide will offer to escort you on a short walk around the immediate area to familiarise yourself to the places of interest to you. No meals included.
Day 2: Flight to Cusco & private Sacred Valley tour 08:59 – 10:09
After an early breakfast at your hotel you will be met by your driver for the private transfer to the airport to meet your flight to Cusco. On arrival into Cusco at you will be met by your local guide who will help you with your luggage before beginning the drive out of Cusco for your relaxed private tour of Cuzco and the Sacred Valley; this tour is unique and extended only provided by Peruvian Secrets, avoiding the many “tourist outlets” you can spend more time enjoying the many Inca sites. On leaving Cuzco the first and one of the most important Inca sites to visit is Sacsayhuaman, one of the best examples of Inca stonework, still being discovered as larger than first thought. From here you will travel to a variety of sites including Qenko, Puca Pucara and Tambo Machay, before taking the stunning scenic journey to the small village of Pisac, a picturesque town which is the gateway to the Sacred Valley. Here you will have an opportunity to view many of the local artisans work in the famous market before we transfer to the restaurant for a late lunch (not included). After Lunch you will continue along the Sacred Valley to the small village of Ollantaytambo where you will check into the Hotel Samanapaq. Here you can refresh before we make our last tour to the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. Here you will have a tour of the final Inca site with everything you see explained to you by your knowledgeable guide. Afterwards you will return to the hotel and can relax and enjoy your beautiful surroundings. Meals: Breakfast
Day 3: free day to explore Sacred Valley
Time to acclimatise is important and today you can continue to explore this beautiful area independently. You may wish to visit the Salt mines of Maras which can be reached via a taxi or enjoy a ride through the valley by local bus jumping off in places you feel like visiting. You will once again overnight in the comfortable Hotel Samanapaq.
Day 4: Train journey to Aguas Calientes Peru Rail Vistadome 303 13:27 – 14:50
This morning after breakfast you will have time to prepare your overnight carryon bag and put your main luggage into the hotel safe storage. At the appropriate time your hotel porter will transfer you to the train station. Here you will take the wonderful rail journey (1hr 20 minutes) to Aguas Calientes, offering great panoramic views the route takes you through the changing microclimates into the higher reaches of the Amazon. On arrival you will be met by your hotel representative at the station meeting point and escorted to the comfortable Taypikala Hotel for your check-in. The rest of the afternoon is free to take a lunch and explore either this busy village or take a stroll along the river to enjoy the tropical flora and fauna. The evening offers a welcomed opportunity to relax in preparation for the following full day’s visit to Machu Picchu. As well as being the obvious starting point for any visit to Machu Picchu, the town is also famous for its hot springs, (agua = water, caliente = hot), just remember to pack your swimming costume!
Day 5: Picchu + Return to Ollantaytambo Peru Rail Expedition 504 16:22 – 18:10
This is an ideal opportunity to be the first visitors to enter the ruined city of Machu Picchu, thus giving you the chance to witness the spectacular sight of appearing like magic through the early morning cloud. You will also have relative peace, as only people who stay in Aguas Calientes or entering off the Inca Trail has this option. Later in the day it gets very crowded as the trains arrive, an early start allows you plenty of time to explore. In order to maximise your enjoyment Peruvian Secrets provides the services of a private professional guide who will reveal some of the mysteries that surround this fascinating place. After your visit, you will return to Aguas Calientes, where you can take lunch before you collect your bag, transfer to train and board the train to Poroy station just outside of Cuzco. Here you will be met by your driver who will transfer you the Hotel Midori for check in. you will then have the rest of the evening free to relax and enjoy your comfortable hotel and explore the city by night. Meals: Breakfast
Day 6: Free day Cusco
Today you are free to explore the ancient city of Cusco. Declared a UNESCO world heritage in 1983 the city boasts an ancient network of catacombs to explore, a great many varied historical and cultural sites of interest and many of the buildings that stand there today are built on foundations laid by the Incas. You also have the choice of taking one of the many optional tours that operate in the area surrounding Cusco which is also rich in culture and heritage, your guide can assist you in any arrangements that you wish to make. You will again overnight in the Hotel Midori. Meals: Breakfast
Day 7: Tourist bus to Lake Titicaca, Puno
After an early breakfast you will be met by your guide for the short transfer to the coach terminal where you will board the very comfortable tourist coach to Puno. The service includes a guide and hostess to explain everything you will see; several stops are made on route at places of interest with lunch in a buffet style restaurant is included. On arrival into Puno you will be met off the coach by your guide and transferred to the ideally located Hotel Qalasaya with its high rooms offering great views. You will have a short briefing at the hotel and can explore the evening in this bustling town Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8: Lake Titicaca full day tour
After breakfast today, you will be met once again by your guide who will transfer you to the harbour in Puno where you will board a shared service vessel and head out on to the Great Lake Titicaca. The first port of call will be the incredible floating islands of the Uros; here you will see the way these people live on these most unusual islands. From here you continue onto the Island of Taquile where your guide will escort you around explaining all about the way of life for these people. Their lifestyle has remained the same for hundreds of years with very little influence from modern times, thus preserving many traditions, laws and customs. Skilled crafts are still very important to the inhabitants of Taquile, and the island is famous for its handmade textiles which are regarded amongst the highest-quality handicrafts available. For this reason, you will find that they are higher in price in comparison with other mass-produced handicrafts readily found in other parts of Peru. After exploring you will then have the opportunity to have lunch before re-joining your boat for the return journey back to Puno. You will have the rest of the evening free to relax in the Hotel Qalasaya. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9: Flight to Lima
At the appropriate time you will be transferred to Juliaca airport (45 minutes) to meet your flight to Lima. On arrival you will be met by your driver who will transfer you in private to the Faraona Grand Hotel. Once you have checked in you have the rest of the day free to explore Lima “City of Kings”. Meals: Breakfast
Day 10: International return flight
Today you will have some of the day free in Lima “City of Kings.” Your hotel is ideally located in the pleasant district of Miraflores and offers the ideal base from which to explore the city. Your tour controller can also help you to arrange private tours of the city if you wish (discussed on Day 1 arrival). At the appropriate time your driver will meet you for the transfer to the airport. Meals: Breakfast
Your Package Includes
- All transport as stated in the itinerary – train and bus journeys
- All airport transfers in private
- All accommodation on a selected basis
- Breakfast daily in Peru
- 2 Domestic flights
- Cusco & Sacred valley tourist ticket
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu including entrance fees
- Private Sacred Valley tour
- Lake Titicaca tour
- Expert, bilingual, native guides (unless stated local payment to guide).
- Tours and excursions included as stated (unless optional with a local payment)
- Some city museum fees also included
- International flights to Lima and back to the UK
- Personal Travel Insurance
- Lunches and evening meals (unless otherwise stated)
- Personal expenses, beverages, tips and laundry services
COST OF TOUR – £1450.00 per person
The above price is for the tour as described in the itinerary, based on two people in a matrimonial room and not including international flights.
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