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Cusco to Machu Picchu and Titicaca Lake Tour 5 Days

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From $777


This is the ultimate package for those on a tight schedule, but wish to explore the best of what South Peru has offer.

Your journey starts in the former capital city of the Inca Empire, Cusco/Cuzco/Qusqo (3 399m/11 152ft), a living museum overflowing with the country’s rich history and culture. The Sacred Valley tour takes us on a vast journey that passes through secluded weaving villages, handicraft markets and ancient ruins. Our unique tour includes complimentary sites like the Salt Mines of Maras and a Pre-Inca Archeological site, the farming terraces of Moray. We culminate this part of our trip with a visit to the world famous “Lost City” of the Incas, the majestic Machu Picchu.

We continue further east to the newly discovered natural marvel, the striking Rainbow Mountain. Its currently the second most visited tourist attraction in Peru after Machu Picchu.

The high plane of Puno (3 826m/12 549ft) ends our tour in a metaphorical and literal high. We visit the enigmatic and spectacular floating islands of Uros and thereafter Taquile islands. These are some of the few islands on Lake Titicaca 3,800mt/12,470ft that offer us a unique perspective into the indigenous lifestyle of its residents. We enjoy a truly immersive experience through dance, music, song and the genuine love of sharing of an ancient way of life that they still continue to uphold.

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Service Level: Mid-tier hotels, modern vehicles with private driver and private chef for breakfast and lunch at rainbow mountain.
Physical Rating: Most of the tour only has slight walking around the archeological sites at high altitude, but easy activity in general. However, rainbow mountain is at very high altitudes with a steep incline.
Travel Style: Cultural immersion, trekking, adventure, mid-tier hotels, train, shuttle bus and private van.
Group Size: Small group experience; Max 12, Avg 5.



Our all inclusive customized Machu Picchu & Titicaca Lake Tour Package begins in the Imperial City of Cusco, a living museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a mix of Andean and Spanish cultures.

Your guide will pick you up for your tour of the Imperial City of Cusco. Cusco is like a living museum of a mix of Andean and Spanish cultures. Despite being a small city, Cusco somehow maintains a bustling vibe with plenty to see and do.

We begin the tour at Qoricancha, the ancient Inca Palace and the main worship center of the Sun God, Inti. The entire palace was once filled with gold, but was plundered by the Spanish conquest.

The next stop on our tour is to Sacsayhuaman, the fortress that overlooks the city. Built with 100 ton boulders, the sheer magnitude of this structure is awestriking.

Finally, we explore the archeological sites of Q’enqo, Puka Pucara and Tambomachay before heading back to your hotel in Cusco.

  • 3* Accommodation: Waman Qorikancha or Maytaq Wasin Hotel
  • Meals: No meals included
  • Boleto Turistico: Entrance into Archeological sites

Our tour through the Sacred Valley begins at 7:30am with a pick-up up from your hotel lobby. We recommend having breakfast in your hotel before we set off.

Traditional Weaving Center

We begin our scenic drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, stopping along the way at a camelid farm just outside of Cusco. The four main species of camelid include the Llama, Alpaca, Guanacos, and the Vicuna which is the National Animal of Peru.

Inside the farm, you get to pet, feed and take pictures with the alpacas and llamas that call this place home. Passing through the center, we can watch the ladies in their traditional wear weaving different textiles, using the wool from the camelids.

We will learn about the natural way in which they dye the wool, using roots and indigenous plants. At the exit, there is a museum with a souvenir shop where you can purchase authentic alpaca garments and if your budget allows, the more luxurious and protected Vicuna creations.

The Vicuna has super soft material and feels lush and luxurious. Because Vicunas are protected animals, all garments made from their wool have to be sold with a certification of trade and authentication. Their wool is some of the most expensive in the world.

Mirador of Taray and Pisac Archeological site
Our second stop on our Sacred Valley tour is the stunning Mirador of Taray, where we get to enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the valley, including of our next destination, Pisac.

Pisac is regarded as the gateway to the valley and the view from this outlook is a glimpse into what you have to look forward to for the rest of the day.

Next, we drive to the entrance of the archeological site, siting perched atop the mountain side. The Sacred Valley was agriculturally important to the Incas and still plays a major role in the sustenance of the Cusco region.

Evidence to support the theory of agricultural practices has been found at the top of the hill, which is laden with many food warehouses. These warehouses were used by the Incas to store food where the temperature is much cooler compared to the bottom of the valley.

These ruins are also home to the biggest Inca cemetery, with over 2000 tombs decorating the mountain side. It is said that if you visit these tombs, you can still find human skeletal remains.

Town of Coya, Calca and Urubamba
We drive through the small indigenous towns of Coya and Calca before stopping at the foot of Urubamba for a buffet lunch. The restaurant has an impressive spread and is vegan and vegetarian friendly. There is a variety of fresh vegetables, salads, protein dishes, desserts, a selection of teas and coffee. (Lunch is not included)

Maras and Moray Salt Mines
After lunch, we continue our journey to the colonial town of Maras, walking downhill to the Pre-Inca Salt Mines. The locals use over a thousand salt pans to collect water from the salt stream at the top of the hill.

They extract the salt by allowing the naturally salty water to evaporate until only the salt remains in the pool, ready to be collected for distribution.

This technique can be traced back to Pre-Inca times. The locals still maintain this ancient technique. This is Peru’s main salt supply, supplying over 90% of the country with salt.

This a rich custom and tradition and the saltpans have been passed down from one generation to the next. This is the communities main source of income and they have exclusive rights to these mines.

Salineras is one of the very few salt mines left in the world to have not switched to more modern salt extraction techniques. The communal company of Maras (cooperative) packages and distributes the salt and splits the profits with the families according to the number of saltpans they own.

Later, we visit Moray, which was an experimental farming site built in the form of an amphitheater with each level comes a different temperature, and so each level grows different types of crops.

These levels of terraces were carved before the Incas took control of the Sacred Valley. Then the Incas used it for their experimental farming, to research optimal growing conditions for their crops.

The Incas brought in different soil samples from other regions in order to optimize their research. The locals were still using the site for growing their crops until the Peruvian government decided to preserve and protect it for tourism in the 1970s.

Archeological site in Ollantaytambo
For our final stop on the tour, we drive to Ollantaytambo. This quaint Inca village and the amazing Inca Ruins on the hilltop overlooking the town are the highlight for many travelers visiting.

These ruins are where the Incas fought their last battle with the Spanish conquerors before they had to retreat and flee into the dense jungle. Most of the structures were unfortunately incomplete or destroyed by the intense battle.

There is a section with a number of boulders that were carved but didn’t make it to their destination. We stop here to learn the fascinating history of the final days of the Inca Empire and watch the sunset over the valley.

After a quick dinner or the chance to grab a takeout, we head to take the train to Aguas Calientes- the town below the citadel.

  • 3* Accommodation: Ferre Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast at hotel / Lunch
  • Boleto Turistico: Entrance into Archeological sites

After an early breakfast at your hotel, we join the queue for the bus up to Machu Picchu at 5:30am, just in time to witness the sunrise. Somehow even better than the pictures, this mystical site is the pinnacle of many travelers trips to Peru.

Watch as the sun creeps over the mountains, and as the morning light glances off the peaks that surround you, your guided tour of the citadel begins. The tour shares many important parts of the citadel with you, and lasts for roughly 2 hours.

If you have booked an additional hike- either to Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu, you will be able to climb the peak after the tour has finished. When you have had your fill of the citadel, head back down to Aguas Calientes on one of the waiting shuttle buses.

Once you arrive back in the town, grab some lunch (not included), and explore the market, visit the hot springs, or simply treat yourself to a happy hour until your scheduled train departure.

The Expedition train will take you back to Ollantaytambo at 2:55pm or 3:20pm, and the tracks follow the spectacular Urubamba River. Once you arrive in Ollantaytambo, your driver will meet you at the exit from the train station, taking you back to your hotel in Cusco in our private van. You can expect to arrive at your hotel at around 7:00pm.

  • 3* Accommodation: Waman Qorikancha or Maytaq Wasin Hotel
  • Meal: Breakfast at hotel
  • Machu Picchu circuit ticket


  • You can upgrade to the Vistadome Train for the same times, 2:55pm or 3:20pm, 4:22pm, or 4:43pm. The cost is $57 USD.
  • We can organize an earlier train ticket, please request at booking
  • The Huayna Picchu Mountain Hike is subject to availability. Please advise us at the time of booking.

Your journey to the mystical Rainbow Mountain begins at the crack of dawn, around 4:30am. We embark on a relaxing 3 hour scenic drive through the South Valley, all the way to the starting point of the trek.

Along the way, enjoy views of ancient Inca terraces, still in use by local farmers, beautiful valleys, and rugged mountain landscapes. It quit a long drive to the trailhead, so use the opportunity to stretch your legs in our comfortable and spacious vehicles to get some extra sleep.

Once we arrive to Cusipata we head into a local restaurant to enjoy breakfast together before heading back to our private van and continuing on to Llacto, where the trailhead begins. You will see herds of llamas and alpacas milling around, and huge mountains in every direction.

Locals will welcome us in Quechua (the ancient language of the Incas) as we make our way down the trail. The women dress in beautiful, brightly colored traditional clothing, with layered skirts and bright hats.

You can purchase a variety of items from the vendors along the trail, including souvenirs, water, energy drinks, local beer, chocolate bars and other snacks.

The entire route is clearly visible and looks deceptively easy. However, the entire hike is at very high altitudes and has a steady climb. Even though it’s a gradual ascent, it is important to pace yourself.

The trail starts at over 4000m and reaches 5200m above sea level. It is very easy to get altitude sickness- even if you didn’t experience it while in Cusco, you might still here, so be cautious.

It is crucial that you spend at least a day or two acclimatizing in Cusco or the Sacred Valley before doing this trek, despite the fact that it is a relatively short hike, with only one extremely steep climb.

Despite (or perhaps because?) of the altitude, the views along the way are absolutely stunning, and the experience is a highlight for many travelers to Peru. From the snow-capped mountains, to the villagers in their traditional costumes, and of course, the rainbow mountain itself- there is plenty to enthrall you along the way.

After you have had your fill of the mountain, we continue our trek down the mountain, returning to our private transport. Alternatively, you can continue on to the optional hike of the Red Valley.

We highly recommend the Red Valley and fortunately it has a more moderate hike compared to Rainbow Mountain. The Red Valley greets its visitors with an otherworldly landscape, completely red mountains with a scattering of green bushes.

The Red Valley also tends to be less crowded, giving you plenty of unobstructed photo opportunities. There are restrooms along the trail, but unfortunately they are not the most sanitary, so we recommend using the flush toilets at the trailhead for a small fee.

Once we return to the van we head to our lunch spot, another local restaurant. After you have had your fill, we continue the drive to Puno. This drive takes about 3 hours, and we will arrive to our hotel by 6pm

*** We can offer your the Palccoyo Mountain instead the Rainbow mt!

  • Meals included: Lunch
  • Difficulty: moderate to challenging
  • Accommodation: 3* hotel

We will pick you up from your hotel lobby at 7:30 am and head to the port of Puno. We board a speedboat (bathroom onboard) and head off to visit the Uros floating islands.

The Uros people have been living on Lake Titicaca since pre-Incan times and still maintain their traditions of surviving by fishing, hunting birds, gathering eggs, and making the best use of the reeds, including creating their islands out of them, and eating them.

We will arrive at the islands around 8:30am and meet some of the local families. These families don’t have much, but they are proud of what they do have. They will give a demonstration of how they live their lives and how they construct the floating islands.

You will have the option of taking a boat ride on the large reed boats built by the locals (not included). Next, we will travel to Taquile Island, arriving around 11 am.

The locals here will share their traditional music and dance with us, and we will head off to enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. There will be time to hike around the island to enjoy the surrounding landscape and views of Lake Titicaca. You will arrive back in Puno around 3:30 pm and back to your hotel.

***If you wish to stay another day and/or do a Homestay on the islands, this is possible for an additional fee. Please request at the time of booking.

  • Meals: Breakfast at hotel – Lunch
  • Transportation: Boat Service

*** Please Note: Boat tours in Lake Titicaca are big groups of around 20 people.

NOTE – Our tour ends in PUNO

  • You can continue your tour to Bolivia.
  • You can continue from Puno to Arequipa
  • You have time to travel back to Juliaca to catch a flight back to Lima.


This fantastic tour can be done on any date that is best for you as long as we have a minimum of 2 participants.

2 to 12 people (with 4 nights hotel) US$ 947 per person
2 to 12 people (without hotel) US$ 777 per person


***Private service is available for $150 more per person.

***All entrance fees are included and we operate our tours in small groups averaging 5 people, with a maximum of 12!

***The transfer from Puno to the airport of Juliaca is US$60 extra per group for a private service.


  • 18 to 25 years old: US$30 Information required on student card: name of university, student name, photo of student, expiration date etc. A copy of the card at booking is required & government approval for discount.
  • Under 18 years old: US$30 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.
  • Under 11 years old: US$40 Please send us a copy of your passport at the time of booking.


  • Huayna Picchu Climb: $75. This will need to be booked in advance, let us know about it at the time of booking.
  • Upgrade to Vistadome Train: $57.
  • Transfer from Puno to Juliaca Airport – $60 per group
  • Hotel Upgrade optional
  • Hotel single supplement: $50 for solo travelers.



  • Transfers to and from your hotel.
  • Entrances to the Inca Cities and all Archeological Sites.
  • Private transportation.
  • Round Trip Expedition Train Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes and back to Ollantaytambo.
  • Hotel accommodations: Cusco, Aguas Calientes and Puno.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Roundtrip bus ticket Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance fees to Machu Picchu.
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Entrance tickets to the ruins along the way to Puno
  • Tourist bus to Puno with English-speaking tour guide
  • Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the port of Puno
  • Speed boat with English-speaking tour guide.
  • Visit of the Uros & Taquile Islands on Lake Titicaca.


  • Meals not indicated on the itinerary
  • Entrance fee to the hot springs of Aguas Calientes (optional).
  • Ticket for Huayna Picchu – US $75.
  • Upgrades train – For Vistadome train add US$57 per person.
  • Upgrade hotel for an extra fee
  • Optional boat ride on the Island of Uros .
  • Tips for your guide
  • Transfer to Juliaca airport


  • A small backpack or carry bag (larger not allowed on the train or in Machu Picchu).
  • A change of clothing.
  • Comfortable shoes.
  • Camera.
  • Water to drink.
  • Rain jacket or poncho.
  • A fleece or jacket.
  • Basic toiletries.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Insect repellent for mosquitoes.
  • Hat for the sun.
  • Some extra money for lunch, snacks, and souvenirs.
  • Original passport (cannot enter Machu Picchu without it).
Cusco to Machu Picchu and Titicaca Lake Tour 5 Days
From USD $777

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