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Tour 7:  La Paz – Lake Titicaca – Cusco – Machupicchu

Day 1: Private transfer from the airport or bus station to the hotel

  Pick up from the airport or bus station to the hotel.
Overnight stay in La Paz.

Day 2: City tour of La Paz

  After breakfast we undertake a 3 hour private city tour in a minibus where you’ll see the most important sights of the city which include Murillo Square, the museums in Jaen Street, the Handicrafts Market, the Witches’ Market, Moon Valley, etc. In the afternoon you have free time to do as you please.
Overnight stay in La Paz.

Day 3: La Paz – Copacabana – Island of the Sun

  In the morning we are picked up at the hotel by tourist bus. After around 3,5hours we reach Copacabana where we visit the cathedral and have lunch.
We board a private boat at the harbour (90 min) – there is also the possibility of the tourist boat to Yumani with a similar hike (about 1,5 hours) – and go to the southern part of the Island of the Sun to Pilcocaina.
We visit the Palace of Pilcocaina, archaeological ruins from the Inca period. Afterwards we hike in about 50 minutes to our hotel. During this hike we have fantastic views of the Andes mountains range and the majestic Lake Titicaca, at an elevation of 3850 metres the highest navigable lake in the world. You can partly see the lake even from both sides of the island. We will have dinner and have time to rest.

Day 4: Island of the Sun – Copacabana – Puno

  After breakfast we hike to the harbour of Yumani where the boat takes us back to Copacabana (90 minutes – private or tourist boat). We walk along an old cobblestone Inka path before we go down the steps of Yumani. We also see the fountain of youth – another Inca ruin.
We have lunch in Copacabana before taking the tourist bus to Puno. We drive to the hotel in a private transfer and spend the night in Puno.

Day 5: Puno – Cusco

  Early in the morning we are picked up by private transfer at the hotel and board a tourist bus to Cusco. On the way we visit among other things the archaeological complex of Kalassaya of the Pucara culture, Raqchi (an archaeological ruin) and the Sistine chapel Andahuaylillas. In between we have lunch in a restaurant.
Around 17:00 we reach Cusco, where a private transfer takes us to a hotel. Overnight stay in Cusco.

Day 6: City tour of Cusco

  Our private city tour of Cusco begins at 09:00 after breakfast. We begin the tour visiting the Temple of the Sun (El Koricancha) where later the Monastery of the Holy Dominikus (Spanish Domingo) was built on its walls. Afterwards we go to the main square of the city, the Plaza de Armas, (the Square of Arms). There we visit the cathedral and the church, "La Compania". Inside the cathedral hangs the largest and most famous bell in South America that can supposedly be heard 40 km away. The main altar is made out of solid silver. Under it is the altar made out of carved cedar wood and decorated in gold.
After this we go to the archaeological park of Sacsayhuaman where you can find the fortress of Sacsayhuaman. The area around Sacsayhuaman was in earlier times the most vulnerable entrance to the capital of the Inca Empire and because of this a strong fortress was built here. The lowest wall alone is around 600 m long. Three terraced shaped walls built over each other in zigzag shape are very well preserved. We also visit Kenko (the wounded), a cult and celebration square which is surrounded by a jagged rocky area with caves and crevices, and Puca-Pucara, a former mountain fortress which consists of terraces with towers, stairs and dwellings. We also visit Tambo Machay–also known as "Bath of the Incas", a kind of water sanctuary.
After around 4 hours we drive back to the hotel.

Day 7: Cusco – Valle Sagrado (sacred valley) – Aguas Calientes (hot springs)

  We are picked up at 08:30 from the hotel and begin a 2 day group tour Cusco – Valle Sagrado – Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Cusco.
Firstly we visit the archaeological find of Pisag, situated on a mountain top from where we can see the greater part of Valle Sagrado.
Pisag, one of the most beautiful monumental centres, consists of scattered groups of platforms and architectural structures on the slopes of the mountain. It combines in a perfect way landscape and buildings of former times. Afterwards we have the possibility to find out more about the habits of the people who live here.
Next after lunch we visit the fortress and citadel of Ollantaytambo, which was built to guard the entrance to this area from the valley and protect it from penetrating enemy tribes of jungle Indians.
We have the possibility to walk along the village streets and get an idea how it was during the Inca empire in this military, religious, and cultural centre. Around 18:00 we take the evening train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes for 1 hour and 45 minutes. We also spend the night here.

Day 8: Ruins of Machupicchu – Cusco

  The high point of every South America trip is a visit to the Inca ruins of the city of Machupicchu. Machupicchu (Quechua for "old summit") is a well preserved city of Inca ruins which lies at an elevation of 2.350 metres on an Andes mountain top over the Valley of Urubamba 112 km away from Cusco. The huge construction of the city of Machupicchu is one of the most visited archaeological places in South America. It’s a mountain ridge completely reshaped by human hand almost 700 metres over the Urubamba river. The amazing complex is not visible from the valley below but from above you can see almost everything.
The Inca city of Machupicchu is surrounded on three sides by rugged and steep cliffs. The wild Urubamba River flows below. The complex was built in the 15th century by the Incas.
Very early, after breakfast, we drive in an upwards direction 10 to 15 minutes to the Inca ruins of the city of Machupicchu to enjoy the spectacular sunrise from this beautiful place. Afterwards we have around a 2,5 hour guided tour followed by free time inside the ruins of Machupicchu. Later we take the bus down back to Aguas Calientes to have lunch.
In the afternoon we take the train and return to Ollantaytambo and from there the bus to Cusco. We return to our hotel. Overnight stay in Cusco.

Day 9: Private transfer from the hotel to the airport or bus station

Pick up from the hotel and transfer to the airport or bus station.



Included in the price:

Tourist bus La Paz – Copacabana – Puno, private or public boat, all entrance fees, all meals in Copacabana and on Island of the Sun, tourist bus Puno – Cusco with lunch, lunch on the first and second day of the Cusco – Machupicchu group tour, overnight stays in 3 star hotels or hostels (on Island of the Sun in an Ecolodge) in double rooms with private bathroom and shower, with breakfast,
English speaking guide for the city tours in La Paz and Cusco, Copacabana + Island of the Sun and in the ruins of Machupicchu, 5 private transfers.

Not included in the price:

Beverages.

Price per person (at least 2 people):

Shared boat: 1079 USD or 981 EUR.
Private boat: 1129 USD or 1026 EUR.

Note:

The tours are private and organized for two people.
If you are more than two people, please ask for the price.
Private transport La Paz – Copacabana – Puno is possible.
Private tour Cusco – Machupicchu is possible.
If you wish ask for more or less service.
Change the tour according to your wishes.

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