9 days Inca Voyage - day by day detailed description

Day 1 - Lima
Arrival in Lima, the "City of Kings" famous for its Spanish Colonial architecture, extraordinary museums and cuisine. Lima is internationally recognized as the "Gastronomic Capital of the Americas", and its cuisine is considered among the most diverse and exquisite in the world on par with French cuisine. Upon arrival a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel and in registering. 

Day 2 - Lima – Cusco 
Early morning transfer from the hotel to the airport for a short but spectacular flight over the snowcapped Andes to the oldest inhabited city in the hemisphere, Cusco, at an elevation of 3.326 meters. Upon arrival a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel and in registering.

In the afternoon you will go on a city tour in Cusco, that includes the visit of the ruins outside the city; Saqsayhuamán, Qenko, Puka Pukara, Tambomachay. Afterwards you will visit Koricancha (Temple of the Sun) and the impressive Cathedral on the Main Square. Afterwards the guide will bring you back to the hotel.

Day 3 - Cusco - Machu Picchu - Cusco
Today you will go on a full day tour to the "Lost City of the Incas," Machu Picchu. Early in the morning you will be picked up in order totake the Expedition Train to Aguas Calientes, where you will go by bus up to the ruins of Machu Picchu. After the guided tour of about 2 hours you will have free time to explore this magical site on your own. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Cusco and will be transferred to your hotel.

Day 4 - Cusco - Sacred Valley - Cusco
In the morning you will be picked up for a tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Your first stop will be the Pisac market where you can enjoy haggling with the local people and find lots of typical peruvian handicraft. Then you will continue to Ollantaytambo where you will have a guided tour through the ruins. In the afternoon you will head back to Cusco and stopp on the way in the little village of Chinchero. Arrival in Cusco in the late afternoon.

Day 5 - Cusco - Puno
Early in the morning you will be picked up and transferred to the busstation of Cusco to take the bus to Puno. The journey will take about 10 hours and includes an english speaking guide, entry tickets to attractions on the road and a buffet lunch. Brief stops at the town of Andahuaylillas, a showcase of the colonial art in Peru, sometimes called "the Sistine Chapel of America" and at Raqchi to see the remains of the remarkable temple of Viracocha, considered by the historians an important Inca construction. Arrival in Puno in the late afternoon.

Day 6 - Puno - Lake Titicaca
Boat excursion to Uros and Taquile Islands on Lake Titikaka. This full day excursion will take you to the highest navigable lake in the world to the floating islands of the Uros Indians, man-made islands by tying totora reeds. The Uros considered themselves Lords of the Lake; they hunt wild birds and maintain traditional fishing methods. The men have developed an extraordinary skill in weaving reeds; producing houses, boats and handicrafts, and the women are expert knitters. 

Continuing to Taquile where a native community of about 400 families still lives with the traditions and high principals of the Incas. Taquile is a very important site on Lake Titikaka for its archeological remains, the sacred and ceremonial sites, the festive activities and their rituals. Taquile is characterized by its friendly inhabitants, who maintain their customs and traditional clothing. They distinguish themselves by their detailed, fine, and colorful textiles with symmetrical decorations and symbols that reflect their way of life and Andean beliefs. Lunch is included. Arrival in Puno in the late afternoon.

Day 7 - Puno - Arequipa
Transfer to the busstation for your bus to Arequipa. The journey will take about 6 hours. Upon arrival a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel and in registering. 

Day 8 - Arequipa – Lima
In the morning you will be picked up by your guide and you can enjoy a city tour in Arequipa. Since everything is close, you will go by foot. First you will visit a local market where you can learn about typical peruvian fruits & vegetables as well as a little witches market. Then you continue to the Main Square where you will visit the Compañia and the cathedral of Arequipa. Afterwards you will have a guided tour through the beautiful Monastery of Santa Catalina, built in 1580 and still home to about 20 nons. In the afternoon you will have a transport to the airport to take your flight to Lima. In Lima you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day 9 - Lima - Out
Transfer to the airport for your international flight. We hope you enjoyed your time in Peru!