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Inca Trail Titicaca and Amazon

Inca Trail Titicaca and Amazon

By undertaking the tour of Inca Trail Trek, you enjoy the magic of this ancient country enabling you to see a mix of its traditions and cultures as well as taste traditional cuisines of the Peruvian rainforest, highlands and coast.

During the tour, we visit some of the biggest cities of Peru such as the capital Lima, Cusco and Puno. We also see the city of Puerto Maldonado situated in a rainforest´s part of Peru - Amazon Basin. There, we enjoy exploration around the Peruvian jungle observing loads of animal and plant species! After that, we take a flight to the formar capital of the Incas - Cusco Cityto latercontinue to the Sacred Valley of the Incas where we get ready to start trekking an antique road known today as the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. 

After having this Machu Picchu hiking behind us, we continue to Puno to tour the astonishing Titicaca Lake during a 2 day trip.  We finish this amazing Peruvian holiday by a relaxing day in Puno City.

The last day we take you to a nearby airport to take your return flight to Lima.

Come and enjoy the Inca Trail Trek.

In the beginning of your Peruvian holiday, you are welcomed by our Representative in Lima and taken to a 3* hotel in a modern part of Lima. Then, you continue to Puerto Maldonado to discover the Peruvian Amazon during a 3 day trip. After that, you take a flight to reach the Cusco City. The rest of the day is free to acclimatize to altitude. The next day you will be touring the Sacred Valley of the Incas. After an overnight in Ollantaytambo we get ready for hiking the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. After that you will fully realize that hiking to and visiting Machu Picchu is a lifetime experience. Later that day, you return to Cusco where you also spend the following day to recover your strengths after hiking the Inca Trail! Then, you enjoy a first-class sightseeing bus stopping on each important site of the route to Puno where you spend the night. In the morning, you start the last adventure exploring the islands of Taquile and Amantani and the floating islands of Titicaca Lake for 2 days! There, you are given a unique opportunity to experience antique cultures of the islands, get to know their way of life, share their traditions and even stay overnight in a family homestay on the Amantani Island! When back in Puno, you can relax or buy some souvenirs and also get ready for a flight back to Lima from a nearby ariport on the last day.

 

Quick Itinerary:

 

Day 01: Lima

Day 02-04: Peruvian Amazon

Day 05: Sacred Valley of the Incas

Day 06-09: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Day 10: Cusco City

Day 11: Sightseeing bus to Puno

Day 12-13: Titicaca Lake Tour

Day 14: Puno

Day 15: Departure Day

 

Important info about your Trek:

  • A day in the city of Lima, explore, taste and enjoy the capital of Peru.
  • A guided 3 day tour in the jungle located in a part of Peru - Amazon Basin
  • Flight to the Cusco City
  • Getting to know many asspects Incan culture through a guided tour of Sacred Valley of the Incas.
  • Enjoyment of hiking the Inca Trail during a 4 day hike with a professional Tour Guide, a Cook and Porters
  • Guided tour of one of the 7 New Wonders of the World - Machu Picchu
  • Walk around the Cusco City. The oldest continuous inhabited city in South America.
  • Visiting special and important places and sightseeing on along the route to Puno
  • Getting to know culture and tradition of the islands of Amantani, Taquile and the floating islands of Titicaca Lake
  • Opportunity to overnight in a family homestay during the 2 day Titicaca Lake Tour

Crew: A Inca Trail Machu Representatives in Lima, Puerto Maldonado, Cusco and Puno and professional local bilingual Tour Guides, a Cook and Porters during theInca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Accommodation: 3* hotels (8 nights), jungle lodge (2 nights), campsites (3 nights), family homestay (1 night) on the Titicaca Lake Tour.
Meals:13x breakfast, 8x lunch, 6x dinner, 3x afternoon tea (Please allow 100-150 for meals not included).

Transportation: 2x domestic flights, transportation by private van, motorboat transportation, 1x train (Expedition Class).

 

Packing List:

  • Passport: Carry it is very important
  • Inmigration Card
  • ISIC card: If you booked as a student
  • A good hiking shoes: Comfortable and useful on all terrain
  • Waterproof: Especially in rainy seasons
  • Sunscreen: Avoid the ultraviolet ray
  • Coca leaf

 

Interesting Information

Day 01: Lima

Please note that the first day is an arrival day and no activities are planned, so that you can arrive at any time. When you arrive to the airport at Lima, our Representative waits for you holding a sheet with your name and takes you to your hotel.

The capital of Lima is also known as the "City of the Kings" as it was founded by Francisco Pizarro on the Day of the Three Kings (Epiphany) in 1535. The Plaza de Armas (main square) is a heart of old Lima. There can be found the Cathedral, Governmental Palace and Archbishop´s Palace.

Day 02-04: Peruvian Amazon

We transfer you to the Lima´s airport to take a flight to Puerto Maldonado laying deeply in the Peruvian rainforest. Then we travel by a motorized boat over the Madre de Dios River to our lodge settled deeply in the jungle. On our journey to the lodge, you have a chance to see bird species typical for the river and the rainforest´s outskirts such as a black skimmer, a pied lapwing, a capped heron, a roadside hawk (Buteo magnirostris), a kingfisher, a swallow or a tyrant flycatcher.

The jungle lodge combines a native architecture and materials with a low-impact technology intending to preserve the local environment. Rooms of the lodge are simple, but comfortable, containing mosquito´s nets over each bed, flush toilets, showers (but without hot water) and kerosene (paraffine) lamps for lighting (there is no electricity). Staff of the lodge as well as multilingual Naturalists-Guides mostly consist of local communities' members.

Every day, you explore the Peruvian jungle with our local Tour Guide. The Amazon jungle covers about a half of Peruvian territory and it is located in the Amazon Basin! Thanks to its isolation it keeps hidden to casual travellers. Puerto Maldonado is the main city of the region and is mostly accessed by air from the capital and from Cusco. The city lies on confluence of the Madre de Dios and Tambopata Rivers. It is a busy and booming tropical frontier city which principal activities are gold mining, cashew nut collecting, timber exploitation, agriculture and ecotourism.

The area of Tambopata ranges from Andean highlands situated around headwaters of local rivers through last remaining intact cloud forests to the lowland rainforests of the Peru´s Amazon Basin. Tambopata is famous for a wide variety of plants and animal populations that include over 1,300 bird species (including 32 parrot specias that are equal to 10% of the world parrot population!!), 200 mammal species (4 species of primates included), 90 species of frogs, 1,200 butterfly species and 10,000 species of higher plants! All of them are protected by law!!! Harpy eagle, a prehistoric looking hoatzin, tapir, peccary, jaguar, ocelot and playful river otters inhabitating its oxbow lakes are just a few to name some of these rainforest rare species!

On the last (third) day of this Amazonian trip, we transfer you back to the airport at Puerto Maldonado for your flight to Cusco located in the high Andes. You are welcomed by our Representative there and taking to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to be able to acclimatize to the high altitude as well as relax and explore a bit around this fascinating city.

Day 05: Sacred Valley of the Incas

One of the most spectacular days of the tour takes us through the Sacred Valley of the Incas that was once an important source of food to Incan people. Sacred Valley is a lush agricultural region that keep supplying the city of Cusco with much of its production. As it lays 600 metres lower than Cusco, its average temperature is 5ºC higher so it has got a very pleasant climate.

The tour shows us around the major archaeological sites placed in Pisaq and Ollantaytambo. At Pisaq, an optional two hour (5 km) trek allows us to fully appreciate this huge antique Incan city nestled high in this Andean range. Later on, we can observe a colorful handicraft market at the modern Pisac Town that is without any doubt a unique place to find perfect souvenirs! Then, we stop in Urubamba, considered to be the capital of the valley, where we have a buffet lunch offering Andean cuisine (not included in the tour). Afterwards, we continue to the picturesque town of Ollantaytambo, a place that can boast with another large Incan site. Its major ruin is known as the best surviving example of Incan urban planning and engineering! But Ollantaytambo is more than that, it is an alive and breathing Incan town!! We stay overnight here to absorb its atmosphere in its total.

Ollantaytambo is strategically situated overlooking the beautiful Urubamba River Valley. We spend the night in this small town before we start Machu Picchu hiking the next morning.

Day 06-09: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

This 4-day Machu Picchu hiking is physically challenging, but worthwhile!! Its difficulty is within ability of the most reasonably fit. This 44-km (27 mile) trek is often steep including 3 high passes to be crossed, one of which reaches an elevation of 4,200 m (13,776 ft). Temperature at nights may fall below zero so it is important to get ready for that! It also sometimes rains, even during a dry season!

The Inca Trail is the most famous ancient trek of the Incas. It begans with a morning trip to Km 82 - the initial hiking point. It is very important to not forget your passport with you because it is checked at the entrance as well as you get a stamp of the Inca Trail on it!! Our Porters and Tour Guides are a guarantee that the trip is without any worries, so you enjoy its awesome Incan ruins (Llactapata, Runkuraqay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarka, Wiñay Wayna) and spectacular mountain scenery every day as much as you can!! Early morning of the last day, you climb antique steps to Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) to watch the Sunrise above the long-expected citadel of Machu Picchu. Then, you enjoy a 2 and half an hour guided visit of the so called "Lost City of the Incas".  Afterwards, you have an opportunity to climb either the peak of Wayna Picchu (45 minutes up and the same time back) or the Machu Picchu Mountain (1.5 hour up) on your own to take some panoramic pictures of Machu Picchu. At this moment, you can already understand why visiting Machu Picchu is so unbeatable experience.

 

In the afternoon, you descend to the town of Aguas Calientes to take a train back to Cusco. Arrival in the evening.


Please note:
Inca Trail is closed during February due to general maintenance. Also, closures sometimes may occur as a result of inclement weather or other conditions beyond our control. In this case, we may hike the Lares Valley Trek.

 

FREE OPTION: Those, who are not able or interested in to do trekking, can get back to Cusco or just stay at the Sacred Valley and spend the following 2 days there. In this case, they reach Aguas Calientes by a tourist train (Expedition Service). They overnight in a hotel there. Next morning, they take a shuttle bus to Machu Picchu where they reunite with that first group consisting of the Inca Trail hikers.
This option is for no additional cost!!


IMPORTANT:
If you decide not to do the trek, you must advice us enough time in advance(usually, a couple of weeks ago) in order to secure your train tickets!! Otherwise, we are not able to guarantee you this option for free !!

If you have any query, please do not hesitate contacting us.

Day 10: Cusco City

After visiting Machu Picchu, you enjoy a relaxing day, during which you can just laze around the former capital of the Incas, visit its markets, buy some souvenirs, do some optional activities and enjoy its night life as well!

Day 11: Sightseeing bus to Puno

Today, we take a tourist bus that takes us to each important site of the Cusco-Puno route.

First, we need to pass through Southern Valley (also called the Sun Route), where we stop in the village of Andahuaylillas to visit the famous San Pedro Church, which is called the "Sistine Chapel of Americas", to observe the quality of its works of art.  The church was constructed by Jesuits in the edge of the 16th and the 17th centuries. Its architectural structure is typical for small town´s churches while its wide walls are characteristic of colonial buildings. It is made of adobe and its facade is decorated with white painting. Two stoned columns are projected towards its main entrance. Although its architecture is relatively modest, its interior is richly decorated with amazing wall paintings.

After seeing the church, we continue towards the pre-Incan city of Pikillaqta beeing once one of the most impressive regional centers of the culture Wari.The culture was seated in Ayacucho and its centres were occupied by Incas for many years. Today, Pikillaqta is a national archaeological park of great importance!!
The word Pikillaqta is made up of Quechuan words "piki" = flea and "llaqta" = town, so that the meaning of the city´s name was the “City of the Fleas”. It does not want to say that fleas lived in the city nor that its inhabitants were lousy. The name was derived from the fact that each inhabitant lived in cramped conditions, in a very small room. Constructions of Pikillaqta consists of over 200 kanchas (apartments), 504 golgas (storages) and other constructions. The city accommodated a population of approximately 10 thousands of inhabitants. Some investigators supposed that Pikillacta turned into a city of “mitimaes” during Incan times ("Mitimae" comes from the Quechuan word "mitma" meaning "resettlement". So mitimaes were originally groups of families taken by Incas from their native place to loyal or conquered towns to perform political, cultural, social, and economic functions).

After this guided tour, we continue to Raqchi where we observe the Temple of Wiracocha(Incan god - creator).

Then, we go to La Raya representing the border between Cusco´s region and Puno´s region. This place is well-known for its viewpoint offering splendid views of surrounding Andes.

Our last stop is in the village of Pucara where we visit the Lithic Museum exhibiting artefacts of an pre-Incan culture.

Finally, we reach the city of Puno, where we accommodate ourselves in a hotel.

Day 12-13: Titicaca Lake Tour

In the morning, we board our comfortable motorboat to explore the Amantani and Taquile islands as well as floating islands ofTiticaca Lake. We stop at the islands to view the magic of the lake's scenery and to meet friendly people of its communities.

The lake is located at 3,830 metres above sea level resulting in extreme wheather conditions with very cold nights and strong sunshine during days. The city of Puno situated on its shores is well-known for wealth of its traditional dances, there are up to 100 different varieties, usually performed in street processions celebrating of Catholic feast´s days. Another highlight and a popular optional activity of Puno is a visit of its nearby spectacular Chullpas of Sillustani, tower-like tombs of pre-Incan culture Colla.

Titicaca Lake is the largest lake in the world above 2,000 metres and the highest placed navigable lake in the world! Our first stop on the lake are the floating islands of the Uros people. The Uros began their unusual floating existence centuries ago in an effort to isolate themselves from militant Colla´s and Incan tribes. Unfortunately, Uros´ language got extincted, so nowadays´ Uros people speak Aymara due to intermarriages with Aymara´s speakers. There are about 300 families living on the islands, however, their number has been slowly declining.

The islands are made of layers upon layers of totora reeds that grew in the shallow of the lake. When layers, which are the nearest to water, start to rot, they are replaced with fresh totora layers on the top. Totora is basically used to make everything on the islands, including houses, real boats and small model boats serving as souvenirs. A construction of a real totora boat takes up to 6 months!

After visiting the Uros Floating Islands, we continue towards Amantani Island. There, we land and our Tour Guide shows us around the island with its stunning Titicaca Lake views and friendly inhabitants with their particular folklore. We overnight in familial houses on the island to experience a bit more of the local culture.

The following day, we continue our motorboat ride after breakfast in the familial houses. Our next destination is Taquile Island, famous for its fine handwoven textile and clothing considered as the highest-quality handicraft of Peru.Taquile and its textile art was even recognized by UNESCO in 2005. 

After a visit of this spectacular island and enjoying its amazing Titicaca Lake views, we return to Puno at afternoon hours. There, we transfer you from the Puno´s port to your hotel.

Day 14: Puno

Today is a relaxing day, free time to explore around Puno, visit its markets, buy some souvenirs, take some optional activities (for example, a visit of the Chullpas de Sillustani) and enjoy the last night in the city.

Day 15: Departure Day

Transfer to the airport of Juliaca (a city near Puno) to take a flight to Lima.

Please note: A return flight to Lima can be arragend upon request!

End of service, or a suitable time to extend your trip.

To do so, please let us know using the contacts below!

What is included in the Inca Trail Titicaca and Amazon tour?

  • Welcome by our Representative at arrival;
  • 2x domestic flight: Lima - Puerto Maldonado - Cusco;
  • All airport arrival and departure transfers;
  • Accommodation: 3* hotels (8 nights), jungle lodges (2 nights), campsites (3 nights), a local family homestay on Amantani Island (1 night);
  • All entrance fees according to the itinerary, an Inca Trail permit including;
  • Bilingual local Tour Guides as per itinerary;
  • A professional Cook for the Inca Trail;
  • Porters to carry food, camping and cooking equipment and 7 kg of each passenger's stuff during the Inca Trail;
  • Meals: 14x breakfast, 8x lunch, 6x dinner and 3x afternoon tea during the Inca Trail;
  • Camping equipment of the Inca Trail: personal double tents, sleeping foam matts, tables and chairs, a cooking tent with cooking equipment, dining and toilet tents;
  • Food for theInca Trail;
  • A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C) for theInca Trail;
  • Tourist land transportation in accordance with the itinerary;
  • A shuttle bus down from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes Town;
  • Tourist train (Expedition) from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) to Ollantaytambo;
  • 1x sightseeing tourist bus: Cusco-Puno;
  • Motorboat transportation in theAmazon Rainforest and on theTiticaca Lake.

Not Included

  • Pre & post tour accommodation,
  • Last flight Juliaca-Puno,
  • International flights and airport departure taxes,
  • Travel insurance,
  • Meals not mentioned,
  • Tips and baggage portage to local staff (please note: it is a custom to give tips in Peru, however, it is not obligatory),
  • Optional tours,
  • Other extras not specified.

Meal budget: Please allow USD 200-250 for meals not included in the package.

Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single Room" option for this tour, you receive your own single room for all overnights and a single tent for the Inca Trail.

Local flights: Two local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless noted otherwise. It is very important that we have got your passport details at the time of your booking in order to process all air tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and they will be given to you prior to each flight departure!

Highlights by Archaeological Sites

  • Explore the Machu Picchu citadel
  • Explore the ruins from the Mountain
  • Visit the ruins of the Sacred Valley of Incas
  • See the amazing landscapes from Titicaca Lake

 

Best moment of the Trek

  • The landing to Titicaca Lake and Sacred Valley ruins

 

Encampment Equipment

  • Inca Trail Machu Tour operator will provide the double tent. Our tents are of the brand  EUREKA MOUNTAIN PASS 3XTE designated for 4 seasons. We provide with 3 person capacity tents; however, just 2 trek participants use it! In this way, we provide you more space and comfort. In case of a single traveller, we provide with a 2 person capacity tent. After each trek, we carefully check our tents and fix them if necessary
    Inca Trail Machu will provide the clean Sleeping bag, Inflatable pillow and blanket. Our porters will leave inside your tent. Once arrived to the camping, you will find inside your all camping equipment.

 

Additionals

  • Walking sticks or poles cost $20 to rent.
  • Daypack for your hike U$ 10
  • Rain Poncho U$ 10
  • There are emergency porters available for rent along this trek if you are unsure you will be able to complete the hike, cost $80.

Doubts and Frequent Questions about Inca Trail, Titicaca Lake and The Amazon Rainforest

Here is everything you need to know about the Inca Trail, Titicaca Lake and the Amazon Rainforest.

Where is located the Inca Trail, Titicaca Lake and The Amazon Rainforest?
The Inca Trail is located in the heart of the Peruvian Andes, between Cuzco, Capital of the ancient Inca Empire, and the citadel of Machu Picchu. The alternation of mountains and valleys along the walk offers incredible and diversified landscapes.
On the other hand, Titicaca Lake is located on the Andes mountain range, between Peru and Bolivia. Specifically, 56% of its water body belongs to Peru, while the remaining 44% belongs to Bolivia. Titicaca Lake is the highest navigable lake in the world. It occupies a surface of 8.562 km², located to an average altitude of 3.812 meters, and its mass of water reaches a maximum depth of 281 meters.
Finally, remember that in Peru, is named Amazon Rainforest to all the territories that are located to the East of the Andes mountain and hydrographically to all the rivers of the Amazon River basin. It is a huge geological depression in which the large plains, mountains, and plains predominate. Some locals call it Amazon jungle.

Altitudes in Inca Trail, Titicaca Lake and The Amazon Rainforest
During Inca Trail, we will find the following altitudes:
  • "Llulluchapampa" at 3 850m a.s.l.
  • "Chaquicocha" at 4 200m a.s.l.
  • "Wiñaywayna" at 3 670m a.s.l.
  • "Machu Picchu" at 2 700m a.s.l.
Titicaca Lake, as we said, is considered the highest navigable lake in the world, because it is located at an altitude of 3,821 m a.s.l.

And, in the Amazon Rainforest we can find two natural regions:
  • Selva Alta, located on the eastern slope of the Andes, at an altitude between 400 m. and 1000 m a.s.l.
  • Selva Baja or region of freshwater fish, located at an altitude between 80 m. and 400 m a.s.l.
How many kilometers is walked during the Inca Trail and how many hours do we walk per day?
The Inca Trail is 43 kilometers long or 26.12 miles long. There are camping sites assigned by the Ministry of Culture that are between 10 and 13 kilometers away from each other, so the daily walking time can vary between 5 to 8 hours per day for the first three days and approximately 2 hours for the last day. The hours of walking and the distance covered may vary according to the physical condition of each person.

What does "Machu Picchu" and "Titicaca" mean?
"Machu Picchu" means 'Old Mountain' in the indigenous Quechua language. "Machu Picchu", the lost city of the Incas, is an unprecedented historical, natural and architectural complex, a tourist destination that has earned the category of inescapable.
The name of "Titicaca" has a deep meaning in local mythology, in Quechua Language, "Titicaca" means "Stone Cougar", formed by the word "Titi", meaning cougar; and "Caca", meaning stone (in reference to the "Sacred Rock" located on the "Sun Island").

How difficult is the Inca Trail?
The Inca Trail is considered an intermediate level trek. Since it does not include rock climbing, or hiking on snow, isn´t required previous experience. The most difficult part comes the second day, when we climb a number of stairs and start from 2,000 meters (6,562 feet) to climb to more than 4000 meters (13,123 feet) walking through a small space, later things become more easy as the road continues downhill. Keep in mind that you will carry your personal items, which may include clothing, camera, water, camp equipment, etc; which may add difficulty to the trek because of the weight.

Is it possible to do the Inca Trail, visit Titicaca Lake or the Amazon Rainforest on my own?
If you are an experienced hiker, you may want to go hiking to the classic Inca Trail on your own, without a tour operator, without a guide, without a carrier, just you and the way. However, that is NOT possible.
Government regulations do not allow it, since 2001 hiking independently on the Inca Trail is prohibited. The regulation states that each hiker must be accompanied by a qualified professional guide. The UGM (Management Unit of Machu Picchu) is the regulatory entity that supervises companies fulfill certain requirements to operate this route. The license of each company is renewed annually, likewise, the list of authorized guides and agencies is published on the official website:www.machupicchu.gob.pe
About "Titicaca Lake", you can visit it on your own. All the excursions begin at the lacustrine port of Puno. Here, you will have to pay a "lacustrine boarding fee" of 6 soles.Then, walking along the coastal road, you will inevitably be approached by vendors and intermediaries offering all kinds of boats. It is best to hire a tour directly on the dock and when the boat is about to depart.
And, to get to the "Amazon Rainforest", the quickest and easiest way, is fly from Lima to Iquitos. The duration of the trip is usually a couple of hours, and the price of the air tickets ranges between 80-120 dollars, depending on the season. And, the economic alternative is to travel by boat sailing from Pucallpa to Iquitos, but the journey takes 3-4 days and you have to sleep in a hammock ... very adventurous, yes, but surely exhausting due to the heat and mosquitoes.
However, remember that if you booking with us, you will access to special discounts and get a professional service appropriate to your itinerary.
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