Machu Picchu and Titicaca 3 days

Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca 3 days tour explore Cusco, with its amazing mixture of colonial Spanish and Inca architecture. You’ll travel through the Sacred Valley aboard a comfortable train, enjoying the distinctive, varied landscapes of the Andes until you arrive at Aguas Calientes, the base village of Machu Picchu.

You’ll enjoy a guided tour of the famous citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the official 7 wonders of the New World. After you return to Cusco, you’ll board a comfortable, overnight sleeper bus to Puno and visit Lake Titicaca. You’ll take a motorboat trip to the legendary floating islands of Uros, as well as experience the traditional lifestyle of the people of Taquile Island.

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DAY 1.- CUSCO CITY TOUR

Your tour begins when we pick you up from your hotel at 1:00 pm, and then head towards the nearest Incan attractions. We’ll visit five Inca sites over the course of this five-hour afternoon tour.

We begin with one of the most important temples, Qoricancha, which means “gold enclosure” because its walls were originally covered with solid sheets of gold. We’ll travel up hill to Sacsayhuaman (“Satisfied Falcon”), a megalithic Inca monument. The site remains a brilliant feat of engineering, with its largest stone weighing over 300 tons.

The rock ruin Qenqo (“Zigzag”) has many symbolic carvings, caves and passageways to explore, and a sacrificial altar. We’ll see Puca Pucara (Red Fortress), a small site that was used as control point and a sort of hotel for housing important Inca people during ceremonies.

Also included is Tambomachay (Lodging Place) with its aqueducts, canals and waterfalls, all carved in stones.

DAY 2.- MACHU PICCHU AND OVERNIGHT TRIP TO PUNO

We get an early start at 4:00 am for the 1.5 hour trip by private bus to Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo, you’ll take the train to Aguas Calientes, the base village for Machu Picchu. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes at about 10:00 am, your guide will meet you and accompany you for the 25-minute bus ride up to Machu Picchu.

Your two-hour guided tour begins at the ruins, where you’ll visit the most important areas of Machu Picchu: the Guard House, the Sun Temple, the royalty area, the Main Plaza, the Three Windows Temple, the Sacred Sun Dial and other attractions. All areas are connected by narrow paths and steps, so be prepared for a bit of walking.

At the end of the tour, you’ll have about 2 hours of free time to explore the site on your own. Hike up to the Sun Gate, or with a previous reservation, climb Huaynapicchu with its magnificent view of the entire sanctuary.

In the afternoon, you’ll take the return train to Ollantaytambo, where you will be picked up by a private bus and taken to your hotel in Cusco.

As soon as you arrive at your hotel, you’ll have time to organize your suitcase/backpack and take a taxi to the bus terminal (about a 15-20 minute taxi from most downtown hotels) for your overnight trip on a sleeper bus to Puno.

DAY 3.- FULL DAY TOUR OF LAKE TITICACA

On arrival to Puno, our representative will pick you up from the bus station to take you to your hotel. Enjoy an early breakfast, and then start the full-day motor-boat tour of Lake Titicaca.

You’ll visit Uros, floating islands made entirely out of woven reeds before continuing to Taquile Island, where its residents will welcome you and share their unique ancient traditions. You’ll eat lunch at a local restaurant on Taquile Island with a panoramic view of the lake. In the afternoon, you’ll return to your hotel in Puno for the night.

Depending on your next destination, you’ll return to the bus terminal to continue your travels to Arequipa, Bolivia or wherever your trip leads you. Alternatively, we also offer an extension to this package to see Colca Canyon, the second deepest canyon in the world.

What’s included

Professional English-Speaking Tour Guides. Group service in tourist transportation. All Cusco ruins and Qoricancha tourist entrance tickets. Expedition class train service between Ollantaytambo and Agua Calientes. Roundtrip private transportation between Cusco and Ollantaytambo. One night hotel in Puno. Entrance fee to Machu Picchu. One way bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. Meals according to the itinerary. One way sleeper bus ticket from Cusco to Puno. Entrance fee to Lake Titicaca.

What’s not included

Domestic flights. Huayna Picchu entrance fee. Snacks and drinks. Hotel nights. Tips and gratuities (depends on service).

What to Bring

A change of clothes. Original passport & International Student Identity Card (if applicable). Rain gear or poncho. Trekking boots (rather than sneakers). Camera with extra batteries. Hat or cap to protect you from the sun. Sun block, minimum 30 SPF (it’s easy to burn at high elevations). Insect repellent (minimum 20% DEET recommended) A roll of toilet paper. Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, etc. Sufficient drinking water (consider the physical exertion of walking uphill). Personal medical kit with prescriptions. Small towel and wet wipes. Bathing suit and sandals (or flip flops) for the hot springs. Cash for tipping staff and buying souvenirs.

PRIVATE SERVICE PRICE: $655 WITH EXPEDITION CLASS TRAIN SERVICE

This service is perfect for friends, couples and small families because you select your arrival and departure dates, group size, and most importantly, you set the pace to maximize your experience. This tour is based on 02 minimum and 08 maximum passengers.

METHODS OF PAYMENT

We require a deposit of 50% to confirm your reservation.

WESTERN UNION

There are additional fees associated with this method of payment, which will be paid by the client. Receiver’s Name: DAVID Receiver’s Surname: GUZMAN FLORES Receiver’s Address: CALLE NUEVA N° 462 Receiver’s City: CUSCO Receiver’s Country: PERU Receiver’s ID: 42567695 After sending payment, please send us an e-mail with the following information: Transaction numbers: Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN), a ten-digit number)

PAYPAL ONLINE

If you’d like to pay via PayPal or a direct bank deposit, please note that a 10% fee applies. Please add this amount to the tour cost to cover the transaction costs. Our PayPal email address is: mapitourperu@hotmail.com

For all methods of payment, please include the following information in your reservation email:

* Scanned passports for each traveler. We cannot make reservations or book tickets until we have scanned copies of all passport(s). * Start date for your trip. * Details of your arrival flight to arrange airport pick up.

DISCOUNTS

All foreign students with a valid International Student Identity Card get a discount. Teenagers and children: $20.00 USD (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings).

HUAYNAPICCHU OR MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN ASCENTS

The Huaynapicchu peak ascent is limited to only 400 people per day, with one group of 200 at 7:00 am and a second group at 10:00 am. We recommend booking Huaynapicchu entrance tickets 3-4 months in advance. Once tickets are sold out, there is no chance to get them! Instead, you’ll have the option to climb the Machu Picchu Mountain for the same cost. The ticket price to climb Huaynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain is $25.00 per person, which will be added to the total price of your package.