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Cusco, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca

8 Nights

This Peru tour takes you through the classic Inca Trio before finishing at Lake Titicaca: Cusco - the Inca Capital City with its puma form occupying an Andean valley; the Sacred Valley of the Incas - through which passes one of the principal Amazon tributaries; and the magical Machu Picchu, perhaps the finest historical site in the whole of the Americas. Lake Titicaca also boasts fascinating history, culture and spectacular scenery at every point.

This Peru tour takes you through the classic Inca Trio before finishing at Lake Titicaca: Cusco - the Inca Capital City with its puma form occupying an Andean valley; the Sacred Valley of the Incas - through which passes one of the principal Amazon tributaries; and the magical Machu Picchu, perhaps the finest historical site in the whole of the Americas. Lake Titicaca also boasts fascinating history, culture and spectacular scenery at every point.


  • Destinations: Peru
  • Duration: 8 Nights
  • Trip Style: Traditional
  • Activities: Ecotourism

Brazil Adventure Tours provide you with ideas for tours of Brazil and South America, with all being completely flexible with regards to dates, duration or the tours, activities and classes that we can include. Our website tours are our recommendations based on our experience of how to make the very best of your time in South America. We can adjust these details in any way that you wish, with a little advice from us of course. We can combine any of our destinations that you wish to visit into one tour, and for however long you wish to visit them. Any of our Traditional and Adventure tours can also be combined in whichever way you prefer. We are here to organise a tour that suits you after all, not the other way around!

Day 1 : Into The Andes
After arriving in Peru, you fly on to Cusco, the Inca Citadel nestling amongst the Andes Mountains. You will be met at the airport for the short journey to your hotel in the historic areas of the city. Once there, you can check in, drink some coca tea and begin the process of acclimatising to the altitude. Taking things easy is essential on your first day in the mountains, and a gentle wander around the city in the afternoon is recommended. Your first meals at altitude should be light, but there are still plenty of options for lunch and dinner in Cusco.
Day 2 : The Inca Capital of Cusco
Your first morning in Cusco can be spent at your leisure, either exploring the city or relaxing at your hotel. Your guided tour of the city and its archaeological sites will begin in the afternoon, starting with a visit to the impressive colonial cathedral, followed by Korikancha (The Temple of the Sun). From here you will travel to the outskirts of Cusco for a tour of the archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman, later visiting the ruins of Puca Pucara, Qenqo, and Tambomachay. The evening is free to enjoy dinner at a restaurant in some historic building set amongst the cobbled streets, or perhaps even at the Pre-Colombine Art Museum.
Day 3 : The Sacred Valley of the Inca
Today you head up and out of Cusco to the Urubamba Valley. Your first stop will be at the village of Pisac and its local market, with Tuesday, Thursday and especially Sunday being the most colourful days. In the early afternoon you will enjoy lunch with a view of the valley. The afternoon will be spent exploring the impressive ruins at Ollantaytambo, climbing up and down the steep terraces with views down the three valleys that meet there, and made Ollantaytambo a strategic point for any travellers. You finish at your hotel for the evening amongst the scenic splendour of the Sacred Valley.
Day 4 : The Lost City of Machu Picchu
You leave during the morning for your train ride through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival at the station in Aguas Calientes your guide will retrieve your luggage and escort you to your transportation to the magnificent ruins of Machu Picchu. Following a guided tour of the ruins, in which you will learn all about the origins of this archeological wonder, you have the rest of the afternoon free to explore. Transportation is provided to the base of the mountain, from where you can return to your hotel. The evening is free to enjoy dinner in the sheltered little town of Aguas Calientes, with mountains towering all around.
Day 5 : Sunrise At The Ruins...?
You may want to visit the ruins a second time to catch the magical moments of Sunrise at Machu Picchu, although you need to be prepared for an early start. You may also consider the trek up to Huayna Picchu. This trek requires approximately three hours to complete and allows for spectacular views of Machu Picchu and the valleys and mountains. After descending, you may have time to enjoy the hot springs that give the town its name before your train to Cusco departs in the afternoon, arriving in Cusco after dark.
Day 6 : Up to the Andean Plain and Lake Titicaca
An early start takes you from the bus or train station to Lake Titicaca, with stops at Rachi, Andahuayillas, and La Raya en route. The Inca ruins of Rachi are set amongst the upper reaches of the Urubamba Valley. Andahuayillas contains one of the nicest churches in the Andes, while La Raya is the place where the road and railway reach their highest point before arriving on the Andean Plain, over 4,000m above sea level. Here, you can see a stream coming down between two mountains - a source of the River Amazon. On arrival in Puno you transfer to your hotel overlooking Lake Titicaca with the evening free for dinner with a view of the lake.
Day 7 : The Islands of Lake Titicaca
In the morning you head out onto the deep, blue waters of Lake Titicaca to visit the fascinating floating Islands of Uros. These islands have been man-made using tortura reeds that grow in abundance around the lake, and the communities there have adapted their lives to floating homes. Your tour will also take you to Isla Taquile where you can explore its tranquil cobblestone streets and learn about the unique local culture that sprung up in the isolated community, whose unique weaving skills make it a Unesco World Heritage site. After lunch on the island, you have a little time to explore further before you return to Puno. The evening is free.
Day 8 : Away from the Andes
After a final sunrise over the dark blue waters of Lake Titicaca, you need to prepare to leave. The first part of your journey is the transfer from the shores of the lake around Puno to the city of Juliaca. The city has an airport with direct connections to Lima. On arrival in the Peruvian capital, you may have some time to spare before your overnight international flight home. This may be spent across the road from the terminal building at the Ramada Costa del Sol Airport Hotel, which has spa facilities and a restaurant that are open to non-guests. Your flight away gives you time to reflect on the cultural and natural wonders of your time in Peru.
PRICES Simple 3 Star 4 Star Luxury
Per Adult * US$ 1,250 US$ 1,350 US$ 1,925 US$ 2,250
Domestic Flights ** N/A


Suggested Hotels Simple 3 Star 4 Star Luxury
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* Prices vary depending on travel dates and flight availability. Peak periods in Brazil including Carnaval, public holidays and Christmas/New Year usually require a minimum number of nights, so in these cases itineraries may need to be changes. ** Domestic flight prices are estimated on typical values when reserved 6 months before travel. Prices can never be guaranteed until reservations are made though, and do usually become more expensive closer to the travel period.

Do I require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil and other countries visited during this tour?

Citizens of many countries require a Tourist Visa to enter Brazil, organised in advance at your nearest Brazil Consulate.
Please check details for visa requirements for your country on our Brazil Tourist Visa page.
Also, for details of your nearest Brazil Consulate in case you do require a Tourist Visa, please visit our Brazil Consulates page.

Do I need any special vaccinations for the areas visited during this tour?

Visitors to Brazil and South America are advised to always check the latest health information from your local doctors or travel clinic.
You may be advised to take a course of Malaria tablets. Yellow Fever Vaccine is highly recommended/essential for the Pantanal & Amazon region, plus the certificate to prove it, and possibly Hepatitis A and B Vaccines.
Please check our Brazil Vaccinations for further information.

What is the best time of year for this tour?

April - May - June - July - August - September - October