Cusco Machu Picchu Puno – Cusco To Machu Picchu Tour Package
Cusco Machu Picchu Puno or The Cusco to Machu Picchu Tour package is exclusively designed to offer you a complete overview and a detailed tour of the main sites of Southern Peru. It is a six day adventure that begins with an introduction to Cusco city on a city tour. The second day of the tour will be dedicated to visit Machu Picchu on a full day trip.
The third day begins with a Sacred Valley tour from Cusco. On the fourth day you will be travelling to Puno with a few stops in some attractions along the way. You will then tour the iconic Lake Titicaca and the last day of the tour is dedicated to a visit to the funeral towers of Sillustani.
This tour is the best option for exploring Peru’s iconic sites with an experienced local tour guide. Cusco Machu Picchu Puno vacation package is ideal for families and those wanting to explore the treasures of Southern Peru without any hassle.
Why Peruvian Highland Trek?
Peruvian Highland Trek is a fully locally owned tour operating company based in Cusco. All our tour guides are locals. They have an extensive knowledge about trekking and local culture.
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First Day: Cusco City Tour
A Peruvian Highland Trek representative will meet you on arrival at Cusco Airport. We will then transfer you to your hotel. Often hotels serve the traditional coca tea or mate de coca as a welcome drink to help you acclimate to the altitude.
At 1330 HRS, we will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco to begin the Cusco City Tour. This is a half day activity and serves as an introduction to Cusco the historic city of South America.
Cusco City Tour
The tour starts with a visit to the iconic Cathedral of Cusco. It nestles right next to Cusco’s main square – Plaza de Armas. We will then visit the Temple of the sun or Coricancha. Here you will be able to marvel at the Incas’ way of construction.
Then we will be driving you out of the city to Sacsayhuaman. It nestles at 3 Km. from the city of Cusco. Sacsayhuaman features an impressive stone fortress with excellent architecture.
The fortress is famous for its huge carved stones some of which are at 9 m/ 30 feet high. It weighs some 350 tons. Here is where the Inti Raymi or Fiesta del Sol is held in June Every year.
We will then drive to Q’enqo. It is a ceremonial and ritual center, amphitheater where sacrifices were made.
Then we will be visiting Puca-Pucara. It is an old tambo (resting place), monitoring place throughout the Inca Empire Routes.
Cusco City Tour culminates with a visit to Tambomachay. The complex is 7 Km. from the city of Cusco. It features a ceremonial center of cult to the water, known traditionally as the place where water rests.
After the tour, we will be driving you back to your hotel in Cusco.
Second Day: Tour to Machu Picchu
We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco quite early in the morning. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you through the Sacred Valley of Incas to Ollantaytambo train station.
Here, we will be boarding the train to Aguas Calientes . This is an authentic travel experience as you will get to see the Peruvian highland farms and villages on this expedition train service operated by Peru Rail or Inca Rail.
Once at Aguas Calientes train station, the tour guide will be meeting you at the train station and will be transferring you to the bus terminal. Here, you will be boarding the bus to Machu Picchu citadel. It is a 25 minutes drive.
Machu Picchu Tour:
Once at the entrance of the citadel, your guide will be assisting you in clearing the security control and to enter the citadel. We will then give you a detailed two hours tour of the lost city of Incas, The Machu Picchu citadel.
After the tour, you will have some free time to explore the citadel on your own. Alternatively, if you have booked in advance, you can hike the Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountains.
Optionally, you can even hike to the Sungate or Intipunku. You won’t need to book it in advance. This offers a spectacular view of the citadel. Only those on Inca Trail to Machu Picchu enjoy the view at the first light of the sun.
After the tour, you will be taking the bus back to Aguas Calientes town. Here you will have some free time to stop for lunch (not included).
We will then take the train back to Ollantaytambo from Aguas Calientes. Here, our representative will be meeting you and will be driving you back to Cusco city. You will be reaching Cusco by 09:00 PM.
Third Day: Sacred Valley
We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then in our private transport, we will be driving you to Chinchero. It is the nearest village of Sacred Valley to Cusco and is a 45 minutes drive from Cusco.
Chinchero is widely popular for the Andean handicrafts. Here our local guide will be introducing to the Andean way of life, their traditions and culture. We will then be visiting the archaeological complex. It houses a farming terrace and a white washed church.
From Chinchero, we will be driving you to Ollantaytambo village. Here we will be visiting the archaeological complex. Our local guide will be giving you a detailed and an in-depth tour of the site.
For buffet lunch, we will be stopping in Urubamba. Here you will be able to savour some local delicacies.
We will continue the Cusco Sacred Valley tour to Pisac. This is a remarkable place. We will begin the tour by visiting the archaeological complex that nestles on a hilltop overlooking the valley.
After a detailed tour of the complex, we will be driving you to the centre. Here you will be able to visit the traditional market.
After the tour, we will be driving you back to your hotel in Cusco.
Fourth Day : The Sun Route Cusco- Puno
After relishing a typical breakfast, we will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. We will then drive you to Cusco bus terminal. Here you will be boarding the bus for an eight hours drive to Puno.
Along the way, we will be stopping at different attractions including Andahuaylillas temple or Sistine Chapel of America, the Inca temple of Raqchi, La Raya Pass and the museum Inca Aymara of Pukara.
Every visit has a duration from 20 to 40 minutes, we will have a Buffet lunch in Sicuani (included).
Once in Puno, our representative will meet you and will transfer you to your hotel.
Fifth Day: Titicaca Lake, Uros Floating Island
Early in the morning you will be picked up from your hotel by our local Guide and then transferred to the boat pier. We start off our boat excursion of Lake Titicaca by visiting The Uros Floating Islands.
It is a small community that has lived on these reed Islands for decades. Centuries ago the small indigenous Uros tribe conceived of the islands as a way to isolate and protect themselves from rival tribes, the Collas and the Incas.
The Uros people harvested the reeds in the shallows of the lake, bundled them together tightly and built floating island platforms complete with reed houses and canoes, creating in this way their own little world.
After strolling around the floating Islands, we continue our journey towards Taquile Island. It is a traditional Quechua speaking community, full of ancient agricultural terraces and some ruins dating back to the pre-Inca times.
The Taquile population was relatively isolated from the mainland until the 1950s, and the notion of the community and family is still very strong among them.
At the top of the Island, you will have free time to explore this place on your own and afterwards you will meet the group for lunch at one local restaurant. After lunch, we will descend to the pier to take our boat back to Puno. We will be back in Puno by 0500 PM.
Sixth Day: Chullpas of Sillustani – Juliaca -Flight to Lima
After breakfast we’ll head to Juliaca’s Airport ( 1hr from Puno). On the way to the Airport we will visit the Chullpas of Sillustani for around 30 minutes.
The archaeological site of Sillustani is located 22.3 miles away from the city of Puno (34 Km., 35 minutes’ drive) and at an altitude of 12,858 feet (3,840mts.) above sea level.
This visit allows visitors to enjoy stunning highland landscapes and imposing pre-Inca architecture. It is strategically positioned on the top of a peninsula surrounded by a beautiful lagoon called Umayo lagoon.
Archaeological site of Sillustani was a cemetery built in the XIII century by a civilization that occupied the area before the Inca domination. The creators of the imposing burial towers are known as qolla people.
The most imposing burial towers were built for the chiefs and priests. For our ancient cultures, the cemeteries were important resting places for the deceased people. Therefore, our ancestors would strategically choose for burial ground exceptionally beautiful spots. Cemeteries were considered sacred places.
After all this we will be transferring you to Juliaca’s Airport.
Cusco Machu Picchu Puno Tour Includes:
- Transfers to and from the Hotel, airport, train station and attractions.
- Bus transportation for all the tours.
- Train tickets- Cusco – Machu Picchu – Cusco
- Round trip Bus tickets- Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes.
- Professional Tour Guide (English-Spanish)
- Entrance tickets for all the attractions Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, city, Museums and churches.
- 3 nights in a Hotel in Cusco.
- 2 nights in a Hotel in Puno.
Cusco Machu Picchu Puno Does Not Include:
- Airplane tickets Lima – Cusco and Juliaca – Lima