Independent Tour from Lima to Cusco
with Viva Expeditions
Begin in the wonderful city of Lima, located on the Pacific Ocean, before flying to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Cross the Altiplano with is wonderful scenery to the capital of the ancient Incan Empire - Cusco, where you visit the amazing Machu Picchu ruins.
- Explore the wonderful cities of Lima & Cusco with ancient ruins & colourful markets
- Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the world
- Visit the local communities on the shores of Lake Titicaca
Day 1 - Lima
On arrival in to Lima you will be met & transferred to your hotel. Lima, the capital of Peru, sits on the country's arid Pacific coast. Founded in 1535, its colonial centre is well preserved, but today Lima is a bustling metropolis and one of South America’s largest cities. Overnight in Lima
Day 2 - Lima
Today is spent touring Lima, the Colonial ‘City of Kings’. On the city tour you will visit a number of well-known sites including the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Plaza de Armas as well as the Catacombs located beneath the San Francisco Convent. This is a chance to appreciate Lima's magnificent Colonial architecture as well as vignettes of its pre-Colombian past. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Lima
Day 3 - Lima - Puno
Transfer from your hotel to the airport or your onward flight. Flight Included. On arrival into Juliaca you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Puno, stopping on the way to take in the pre-Inca burial ground of Sillustani. Here you can wander through the remarkable tombs built from volcanic stone. Known as Chullpas, these funerary towers reach heights of up to 12 metres. Overlooking the beautiful Lake Umayo, Sillustani is considered to be one of the most important necropolises in the world.
Puno lies on the shores of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. It is the largest city in the Southern Altiplano and an important agricultural and livestock (llamas and alpaca) region. It sits at an altitude of over 3,800 metres and is a picturesque hillside city and a melting pot of the Aymara and Quechua culture.
Overnight in Puno
Day 4 - Lake Titicaca
Enjoy a full day out on Lake Titicaca by boat. We explore a scenic and less touristy area of Taquile Island. Enjoy a pristine sandy beach where you will have plenty of time to relax and feel the serenity of Lake Titicaca. We then hike along a pre-Inca trail with spectacular landscapes of the island, visiting families of weavers to learn about their textile art and symbolism. We then journey to the community of Santa Maria-Llachon, on the tip of the Capachica Peninsula. This is a picturesque off the beaten track destination. We are welcomed by the small Quechua speaking community and introduced to an intensive cultural experience, observing the traditions of the community and participating in an ancient ceremony to learn about their magical world.
After lunch we head to a remote area of the National Reserve of Lake Titicaca to explore Uros Capi. These are considered to be the last authentic floating islands, less commercial and little visited. The Uros are descendants of one of the oldest cultures in South America. Overnight in Puno - We also offer an overnight homestay Tour on Lake Titicaca. Please ask for more details
Day 5 - Puno - Cusco
This morning you will be transferred to the bus station for your bus journey to Cusco. The spectacular journey from Puno to Cusco takes you across the Altiplano and you will travel accompanied by an English-speaking guide. The drive takes you through sleepy Andean villages and past spectacular snow-capped mountains, sheer cliffs and rampaging rivers. Stops along the way include the atmospheric towns of Pucara and Andahuaylillas and the pre-Inca ruin of Raqchi. Lunch is included and you will arrive in the famous city of Cusco in the early evening. Approximate duration of drive: 10 hours. Lunch is included. Upon arrival you will be met & transferred to your hotel. Cusco, set at an altitude of 3,400 metres in the Peruvian Andes, was once the capital of the Inca Empire. It is known for its Spanish colonial architecture and Incan remains.
Overnight in Cusco
Day 6 - Cusco
Take a sightseeing tour through Cusco, the heart of the Inca Empire. Visit the fascinating Qorikancha Temple of the Sun, the 12-Angled Rock and the Cathedral, built on the ruins of an Inca Palace. From here head to the archaeological remains located around the city, including the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo (giant rock), the ancient site of Puca Pucara and finally the Water Temple of Tambomachay. Afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Cusco
Day 7 - Sacred Valley - Aguas Calientes
Today, explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This fertile river valley was home to many important sites for the Incas, both strategic and religious. We visit the village of Pisac, with its famous market. On market days Pisac comes alive with locals from nearby hillside villages in traditional dress selling local fruit and vegetables as well as handicrafts. Later we explore Ollantaytambo, which is dominated by a giant Inca fortress, and is perhaps the best surviving example of Inca town planning.
In the late after board a train in Ollantaytambo bound for Aguas Calientes (also known as Machu Picchu township). Overnight in Aguas Calientes
Day 8 - Machu Picchu -Cusco
Today you will be astonished at your first view of Machu Picchu, a stunning display of ancient architecture with incredible surroundings! Enjoy a guided tour of the ruins and monuments such as the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Clock, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and the Cemeteries.
Optional extra: Include a permit to climb Huayna Picchu. Afternoon you will return to Cusco by train & road. Overnight in Cusco
Day 9 - Cusco
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
**Why not extend your stay & explore Cusco some more, or add on an Amazon stay or Galapagos Islands Cruise. Ask for more details
Prices shown are based on low season travel. Ask your travel specialist to price based on your intended travel dates.
Tour can be done in reverse. Please ask for more details
International flights are NOT included. However can be added. Please ask for more details.
Specific travel dates apply
*per person share twin
9 Days From
- 8 nights accommodation in standard hotels. Note - Hotel upgrades available - prices on application.
- Breakfast daily, and other meals as outlined in the included sightseeing tours
- Sightseeing on a shared basis as outlined in the tour itinerary with English speaking guides
- All transfers, mostly on a private basis
- Train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes Return
- Entrance fees & National Park fees, unless otherwise stated
- Internal flight from Lima to Juliaca