Route of The Inca, Peru
CURATED ACTIVE TRAILS
ACTIVE TRAILS: ROUTE OF THE INCA - Land of the Inca Empire
This is a ThirdHome tailored private active journey (ideal for 2-8 people) and not a commercial group tour. Our customized journeys allow members to set their own travel dates and include their individual personal interests along with specific excursions, dining and regional opportunities that they may wish to experience for the perfectly-personal journey experience. NO keys are required for this journey. Please refer to fees section in property details below.
Experience 10-nights/11-days following in the footsteps of the Inca Empire through Peru and Bolivia. Straddle the boundaries of history on the Route of the Inca, traveling from Lima to La Paz on this modern exploration of an ancient people. Begin in Lima, then onward to the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Puno, Lake Tititaca and La Paz.
ROUTE OF THE INCA Journey includes:
* All Local Private Ground Transportation throughout journey
* Vistadome Train to Machu Picchu & Train to Puno
* 2 Nights Lima - in 4-star Deluxe Hotel Accommodations
(5-star Luxury option also available) w/Daily Breakfast & Private Guided City Tour of Lima
* 1 Night Sacred Valley - in 4-star Deluxe Hotel Accommodations (5-star Luxury option also available) w/Daily Breakfast & Private Guided Pisac Market & Ruins Tour
* 1 Night Machu Picchu - in 4-star Deluxe Hotel Accommodations (5-star Luxury option also available) w/Daily Breakfast & Two Entrances into Machu Picchu with 1 Private Guided Tour
* 2 Nights Cuzco - in 4-star Deluxe Hotel Accommodations (5-star Luxury option also available) w/Daily Breakfast & Private Guided Cuzco City & Ruins Tour
* 1 Night Puno - in 4-star Deluxe Hotel Accommodations (5-star Luxury option also available) w/Breakfast
2 Nights Lake Titicaca - in 4-star Deluxe Hotel Accommodations (5-star Luxury option also available) w/Daily Breakfast & Private Guided Copacabana, Sun & Moon Islands, Reed Islands & Andean Roots Cultural Center Tour
* 1 Night La Paz - in 4-star Deluxe Hotel Accommodations (5-star Luxury option also available) w/Daily Breakfast & Private Guided Tiwanaku Ruins & City Tour
ROUTE OF THE INCA Itinerary in Brief:
DAY 1: ARRIVE LIMA
Begin your journey in Lima; Airport greeting and private transfer to Miraflores (suburb of Lima) to your selected hotel. Evening at your leisure.
DAY 2: LIMA
After breakfast, you will be met by your guide/driver for a half-day city tour of Lima. The three-hour sightseeing tour
offers the best of modern and colonial Lima. It includes visits to the Government Palace, The Plaza Mayor, City Hall, and
the 17th century San Francisco Monastery, followed by a drive through the modern suburb of San Isidro, with a stop at the pre-Inca pyramid of Huaca Huallamarca. Afternoon at leisure to explore, or arrange an optional tour. Evening is free.
DAY 3: LIMA TO THE SACRED VALLEY
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a very early morning flight (flight time is 75 minutes) to the ancient imperial capital of Cuzco. Situated at an altitude of 11,200 ft., Cuzco reflects both the Incan and Spanish cultures. Airport greeting upon arrival and transfer by minivan to your hotel in the Sacred Valley. Experience an unforgettable view as you cross over the mountain from Cuzco and drop down into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The road follows the meandering Urubamba River and passes through rich agricultural
lands and picturesque villages. En route you will have a private excursion to Pisac Market and the Incan ruins of Ollantaytambo, including lunch. Late afternoon arrival at your selected hotel. Evening is at leisure.
DAY 4: SACRED VALLEY TO MACHU PICCHU
After breakfast, transfer to the Ollantaytambo Train Station to board the Vistadome train to the village of Aguas Calientes in the valley below Machu Picchu. There you will board a bus that will take you up the switchback road to the legendary “LostCity of the Incas”. Enjoy a guided tour of the Ruins, followed by lunch at the SanctuaryLodge. Rest of afternoon at leisure to explore the ruins by foot, hiking at your leisure, before returning by bus to Aguas Calientes for the evening.
DAY 5: MACHU PICCHU
Enjoy breakfast and this morning is at your leisure to return to Machu Picchu. The bus departs from the Puente Ruinas station every 10 minutes. Enjoy hiking and photographing this breathtaking place on earth. Mid-afternoon return to Ollantaytambo Train Station. Continue to Cuzco by bus, arriving in the early evening. Transfer to your selected hotel with evening at leisure.
DAY 6: MACHU PICCHU TO CUZCO
Morning at leisure with breakfast. Afternoon guided city tour of Cuzco includes a visit to the Koricancha Temple and the Cathedral, followed by a visit to the nearby fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puca-Pucara and the Tambomachay ruins. After the tour, explore the city on your own by foot. Cuzco is a city of plazas and colonial buildings with red tile roofs. Walk the City’s ancient cobblestone streets, lined with the massive stone walls that are an Incan legacy. Remainder of the late afternoon and evening free to enjoy as you wish.
DAY 7: CUZCO TO PUNO
After breakfast transfer to the Cuzco rail station for your scenic journey to Puno. This scenic city is situated on
the shores of Lake Titicaca with an altitude of 12,400 ft. Puno and the surrounding area are believed to be the legendary
birthplace of the founders of the Inca empire, as well as the cradle of civilization of the Aymara Indians. Puno is also the gateway for exploring Lake Titicaca, one of the world’s highest navigable lakes. Upon arrival in Puno, transfer from the train station to your selected hotel for remainder of the evening at leisure.
DAY 8: LAKE TITICACA & THE ISLANDS
After breakfast, transfer from your Puno hotel by bus to Juli Harbour. Visit the Church of Juli, and a local Indian market, before boarding a hydrofoil to explore the island of Lake Titicaca. Visit Moon Island and the ruins of Inak Uyu, the Sun Virgins’ Temple. Here the most beautiful Incan maidens gathered to become the wives of the Inca nobles. Continue to Sun Island where you will visit Pilcocaina Sun Temple and enjoy a llama trek on Inca trails. Visit the Inca Staircase and Sacred Fountain to taste the sacred water believed to give
eternal youth and happiness. Enjoy lunch at “Uma Kollu” restaurant. Afternoon hydrofoil cruise to the Taquina
Straits where you will see fishermen in their Titicaca
reed boats, with a stop at Quewaya Island, one of the
Urus Iruitos Floating Islands. The Urus-Iruitos culture
dates back to 5000 B.C. There are currently 32 families
participating in the Quewaya Sustainable Tourism Project where the local community produces vegetables in greenhouses. Here you will have a superb view of the Royal Range of the Andes. In the evening, visit the “Mystic World of the Kallawayas”. The Kallawayas are the native healers of Bolivia. They believe that you have first to heal the soul in order to heal the body. Meet “Tata Benjo” who will read your future as he casts his sacred coca leaves. After your busy day, relax and enjoy a candlelight dinner at your hotel.
DAY 9: LAKE TITICACA & THE ISLANDS
After breafast, explore by hydrofoil cruise to Pariti Island. A new archaeological discovery on Lake Titicaca, the Aymara Empire which governed from 850 BC to 1300 AD, selected this island for important ceremonies and transcendental meetings. A new local museum displays fine Tiwanaku ceramic pieces from that period. Continue by motorboat through Totora Reed canals to Kalauta Island. Visit the Island’s Chullpas-Burial Towers- and stone village. Return to
Huatajata to the Inca Utama Hotel. A special attraction
at the hotel is the Andean Roots Cultural Complex, a living museum set up to preserve the local traditions and culture of the Andean people. It is a unique interpretation center that includes the Altiplano Museum (with its state-of-the-art audio system), the native chapel, a botanical garden, and an artisan and fishing village where you can observe traditional techniques. There is also a museum dedicated to the culture of the Urus Chipaya civilization, where you will see the mud
igloos and floating islands of this civilization dating back to the last glacial period. Lake Titicaca is known for its reed boats, and you may be able to meet the Limachi Brothers, builders of RA II, and Tigris, the reed boats Thor Heyerdahl used in his expeditions. (OPTIONAL ThirdHome recommended add-on: If you feel like pampering yourself, you can arrange optional treatments at the Kallawaya Natural Spa, which offers a sauna, Jacuzzi, gym, coca cream massages, and other natural medicine treatments for stress and relaxation). After dinner, visit the Alajpacha Observatory for a memorable cosmic experience.
DAY 10: LAKE TITICACA TO LA PAZ
After breakfast, embark on a morning guided visit to the pre-Incan ruins of Tiwanacu, once an important ceremonial center. During the height of this civilization it was believed that it was a major population center with a highly advanced culture. Continue to La Paz for an afternoon city tour, including a visit to Moon Valley with its interesting rock formations, as well as a visit to the Indian Market. Evening at your leisure.
DAY 11: LA PAZ TO HOME
After breakfast, depart La Paz. Transfer to airport for your return flight home.
TO INQUIRE FOR MORE DETAILS & BEGIN PLANNING YOUR PERSONAL JOURNEY - please contact:
Liz Bates - Director of Travel & Concierge Services
Single Family Home with 1 level
1 bedroom, 1 bath, 1 square feet
1 guest maximum
Lima to La Paz
In lieu of the normal ThirdHome exchange fees, this personally tailored journey is a full-pay travel option and the monetary cost will be quoted to the member based on whatever accommodations are chosen, along with all other itinerary arrangements and inclusions the member requests to be a part of their customized itinerary. This journey does not require a specific number of keys.
Activities of Interest
Places of Interest
- Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu
- Cuzco & Puno
- Lake Titicaca & La Paz
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