You're so Altiplano

Copacabana on the shores of Lake Titicaca
Guinea pig - a Peruvian delicacy
Eat llama in La Paz
La Paz - the world's highest 'unofficial' capital city
Drink like a local in Peru
Puno - a town four kilometres above sea-level
The 'Lost City of the Incas' - UNESCO World Heritage-listed Machu Picchu
The floating reed islands of the Uros people on the highest navigable lake in the world - Lake Titicaca
The perfect pisco sour?
The potions of 'Witches’ Market'
UNESCO World Heritage-listed ancient Inca capital of Cusco
Warminwanusca - 'Dead Woman’s Pass' on the Inca Trail
UNESCO World Heritage-listed historic centre of the Peruvian capital Lima
  • La Paz is the highest capital city on Earth. Once you get over the altitude cikness you'll feel like 7 million Bolivianos (that's a million bucks to you).

    (Was Inca Highlands)

    Itinerary

    Day 1-2 - Lima

    Follow your nose to the Plaza de Armas for a Tunki coffee (Peru's own) and a chicharron (deep fried pork, deep fried sweet potatoes and red onion in a sandwich).

    Day 1

    • Arrive in Lima

    Day 2

    • Morning tour briefing
    • Spend free time exploring the Peruvian capital
    Breakfast

    Day 3-4 - Cusco

    Two things they love in Cusco - spontaneous festivals and stray dogs. You're bound to come across one or both of these over the next few days.

    Day 3

    • Acclimatise in Cusco in preparation for the Inca trek

    Day 4

    • Take a walking tour of central Cusco
    • Explore Cusco and see the local sights during free time
    Breakfast

    Day 5-8 - Inca Trek

    Just remember one step at a time and you'll get to Machu Picchu with no worries at all.

    Day 5

    • Gaze upon massive Inca fortifications in Ollantaytambo 
    • Begin the Inca trek
    • Hike past the ancient hilltop fort of Huillca Raccay and the archaeological site of Llactapata
    • Stunning views of snow-capped Veronica Peak
    • Camp near the village of Wayllabamba

    Day 6

    • The most difficult part of the trek - Dead Woman’s Pass
    • Panoramas of the Vilcanota and Vilcabama mountain ranges, and ruins in the valley below
    • Camp with a view over the cloud forest

    Day 7

    • Climb up to the ruins of Runkuracay
    • Continue up the Inca staircase 
    • Spectacular views of Pumasillo and the entire Vilcabamba range
    • Enter the beautiful cloud forest

    Day 8

    • The final, and most spectacular, leg of the trek to Machu Picchu 
    • Arrive at Inti Punku, the Gateway of the Sun
    • Experience a panoramic view of Machu Picchu at sunrise
    • Explore Machu Picchu on a guided tour
    • Return to Cusco by train
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 9-10 - Cusco - Puno

    Got some knots and niggles from the trek? Head to the main plaza and start haggling for a massage. Then it's off to Sacred Valley and Sacsayhuaman for more ruins.

    Day 9

    • Relax and unwind or spend free time exploring Cusco's many markets, museums, eateries and local sights

    Day 10

    • Catch a bus to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca
    Breakfast

    Day 11 - Lake Titicaca

    Have a sleepover with a local Uros Indian family on Lake Titicaca. Indulge in some home cooking, a few local beers and a bit of musical entertainment (hint: you'll be asked to join in so don't be shy).

    • Take a boat across Lake Titicaca to the Uros' floating reed islands
    • Enjoy a homestay on Amantani Island
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 12-13 - Puno - La Paz

    Pretty spectacular bus ride to La Paz as we follow the lake. La Paz basically sits in a giant bowl so the ride down into the city is hairy but awesome. 

    Day 12

    • Indulge in a breakfast with your host family
    • Take time to explore the island
    • Board an afternoon boat back to Puno

    Day 13

    • Stop for lunch in Copacabana en route to La Paz
    Breakfast

    Day 14-15 - La Paz

    Free time to roam the cobblestone streets, shop for kitsch souvenirs at Calle Linares (pan pipes anyone?) and dried llama foetuses at the Witches' Market.

    Day 14

    • Arrive in La Paz and enjoy free time exploring Bolivia's capital city

    Day 15

    • The trip ends today after breakfast
    Breakfast
  • What's Included

    • An experienced Peruvian tour leader and there will be the services of local guides at some sites. All transportation, accommodation. sightseeing and meals as indicated.

    Not Included

    • International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
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  • Trip Dates and Prices

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  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    You're so Altiplano

    Jen - Canada, 20 May, 2012
    4
    Overall Rating

    You're so Altiplano

    Benjamin - Australia, 11 Nov, 2012
    4
    Overall Rating

    We saw many fantastic things and in that respect my expectations were fully met. The Hotel Maury in Lima has a great location, but in terms of quality it is not good enough I think. The same for the Hotel El Dorado in La Paz. Also it was was very annoying to be constantly reminded how important it is to tip everyone and how much. The tour leader Paolo did a great job on the whole!!

 
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What to know

 

A good level of fitness and pre-trip training is essential for the Inca Trek. You will trek on hilly terrain or mountainous terrain at altitudes of up to 4200 metres, for up to 7 hours per day.

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