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Surreal Peru - Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca & Rainbow Mountain (Extended) [Pioneer Exclusive]Peru

From £2,210 per person for 9 nights (based on 2 adults sharing)*
Journey into history on this unforgettable adventure through the Incan treasures, colonial cities and lost villages of this captivating country including the world famous lost city of Machu Picchu. Along the way, you’ll hike through dramatic Andean scenery on a trek towards Rainbow mountain.

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Summary

Peru

From the mysterious Inca citadel of Machu Picchu to the multi-coloured zigzags of Rainbow Mountain, Peru is packed with remarkable sights. There's so much to experience here - from centuries-old culture and customs to modern gourmet cuisine. We have designed this Peruvian adventure to encompass as many of the country’s marvels as possible without compromising on must-do experiences, truly making it the trip of a lifetime. Meet families in rural villages, visit the island untouched by time on the waters on Lake Titicaca and, of course, take in the breathtaking magic of Machu Picchu, the incredible lost city high in the clouds.  

 AWESOME ELEMENTS INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:

  • Travel by train to the unforgettable ruins of Machu Picchu
  • Visit the most important temple of the Incan world, Cusco’s Temple of the Sun 
  • Camp under star-speckled Andean skies as you hike towards Rainbow Mountain
  • Visit authentic rural Peru, spending time with a locals who will give you a private workshop in Peruvian ceramics 
  • Take in incredible views of the Peruvian Andes, from the panoramic windows of the Vistadome train 
  • Cruise across vast Lake Titicaca by boat, visiting the time-travel islands of Uros and Taquile

Surreal Summary

Here’s your chance to get to you know one of South America’s most captivating destinations. Starting out in Cusco you’ll familiarise yourself with this Inca empire and its temples and fortresses, then explore the unforgettable landscapes of the Sacred Valley. You’ll visit tiny villages and settlements hidden in the mountainous countryside, meeting with rural families to learn about local life, and getting to the heart of the country’s culture and customs. 


Spend two days exploring the extraordinary ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, a true bucket-list experience, before camping under the starlit skies of the Andes, on a hike up multi-coloured Rainbow Mountain. With no light pollution, you’ll see the stars more clearly than you ever thought possible. You’ll end your trip with time on serene Lake Titicaca, exploring the floating islands of Uros and peaceful Taquile, before fitting in one last adventure to lesser-visited Lake Umayo, a plate-glass expanse where the tranquility is palpable.


Please click the Full Itinerary tab for the full daily itinerary, details of what's included and information about children and solo travellers.

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BOOK ONLINE below now, or CALL 0208 432 0885 9am - 5pm Mon - Fri for assistance with booking

Please use your unique Pioneers Club code (sent by email) at checkout to confirm your 20% discount.

Please have your passport and Debit/Credit card to hand. International flights are not included.


GETTING THERE

Typical return Economy flights from London cost around £800 per person and take 20 hours. Please check the current prices and availability using the ‘Search for Flights’ link below and ensure that your flight arrival and departure times and dates align with the start and end dates and airport locations shown on the Experience itinerary. Please do not book flights until your Experience booking is confirmed.

For this particular experience, we have found that the best option is normally to book a multi-stop flight from London - Cusco - Juliaca - London.

Experience start point: Cusco (CUZ). Arrive any time.

End point: Juliaca (JUL). Leave any time.

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Full Itinerary

See below for your hotel options

You will get a choice of hotel options for the duration of your experience:

Classic ★★★

Classic hotels provide mid-range accommodation (minimum three-star rated), with comfortable rooms and private facilities. We’ve selected these hotels based on positive client feedback.

Premium ★★★★

Premium hotels are typically upper mid range (usually four star), with more amenities than our classic choices. They all have comfortable rooms with private facilities and have received good client feedback.

Deluxe ★★★★★

Deluxe hotels are luxury hotels with excellent facilities and service, usually categorised as 4.5 or 5 star. Clients rate them extremely highly.

When booking an experience, please remember that the hotel category you select is for the whole tour. The table below displays the hotels listed for each category. Please note that the actual hotel selection will be driven by availability at time of booking.


Click on the accommodation names to find out more from the hotel websites:

Classic: Premium: Deluxe:
Suenos Del Inka Hotel Novotel Cusco Palacio del Inka
Hotel Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu Hotel El Mapi by Inkaterra Hotel Libertador Lago Titicaca 
Hotel Hacienda Puno Hotel Sonesta Posadas del Inca Puno Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Itinerary

Day One

Arrive and Acclimatise

You’ll arrive in Cusco, ready for your private hotel transfer. Then it’s time to acclimatise to this seductive city, 3,399m above sea level. Packed with ancient temples, colonial mansions and grand cathedrals, the former Inca capital is the perfect place to start an adventure.

Overnight in Cusco

Meals included: None

View of Cusco


Day Two

Into the Inca Empire

Time for a morning foray into Cusco’s fascinating history, on a guided walk that takes in its most famous monuments. You’ll start in the grand main square of the Plaza des Armas, visiting its cathedral before wandering down tiny alleys and past high Incan walls on your way to the most important temple of Incan times: Coricancha, the Temple of the Sun.

The afternoon is free for further exploration. You might like to take an optional excursion through the Incan ruins dotted around Cusco. The adventure starts at the old citadel of Sacsayhuaman, which has spectacular views down towards the city. Then you’ll visit the mysterious temple of Qenqo, carved from a single monolith and thought to be the site of grizzly death rituals. Finally, it’s time to see the calm, fortress ruins at Puka Pukara and the aqueducts and waterfalls at Tambomachay, believed by some to be a spa resort for the ancient Incan elite (See Extras tab). 

Overnight in Cusco

Meals included: Breakfast

Coricancha


Day Three

Village Life

Journey into the lush green landscape of the Sacred Valley, to find out about life outside the city, both ancient and modern. The first stop on your day-long adventure will be Moray, where a mysterious pattern of circular terraces (thought to be an Incan agricultural laboratory) blends beautifully into the surrounding foothills.

Moray

After that, visit the spectacular terraced salt flats at Maras, which have been harvested since pre-Incan times. Situated at the mouth of a ravine, they’re a holiday must-snap. In Maras village, you’ll spend time with a local family who will teach you the art of decorating Peruvian ceramics during a private workshop: you’ll leave with your own ornament as a souvenir. Your final stop on the excursion will be the village of Ollantaytambo, occupied since the 13th century and nicknamed the ‘Last Inca Village in Peru’. Life continues largely unchanged in its cobbled streets and squares. You’ll visit the fortress ruins that climb into the mountains above the village (where the Incans defeated the conquistadors in battle). Then you’ll get an insight into daily life here, spending time in a typical Ollantaytambo home that’s been occupied by the same family for generations.

Salt Flats


Overnight in Cusco

Meals included: Breakfast


Day Four

All aboard for Machu Picchu

You’ll take a car to Ollantaytambo, ready to board the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes, the village at the foot of Machu Picchu. The train has panoramic windows, affording you incredible views of the landscape as it wends its way past fast-flowing rivers, ancient ruins and remote villages towards snow-capped peaks. Once you’ve arrived, you’ll take the shuttle bus straight to the incomparable Incan site of Machu Picchu, for your first glimpse at this New Wonder of the World. Your private guide will show you the layout of this magnificent site, taking you to its main attractions while explaining more about its history and culture. Your guide will then accompany you on the bus ride back to your hotel, where you will check in before dinner.

Overnight in Aguas Calientes

Meals included: Breakfast; dinner

Machu Picchu Train


Day Five

Exploring a Lost City 

Having got your bearings yesterday, you’ll have the morning to make a second, unaccompanied visit to Machu Picchu. (Your entrance and shuttle bus fee is included in the experience price.) You might like to set your alarm for an early start: the ruins are even more evocative when they open at 6am, before the crowds arrive. 

After your free morning, it’s time to board the Vistadome train again – heading for Poroy station in Cusco, from where you will transfer to a car which will take you back to hotel. During the train ride, expect a meal of local delicacies, as well as entertainment offering an insight into Peruvian life.

Overnight in Cusco

Meals included: Breakfast

Machu Picchu


Day Six

Towards Rainbow Mountain

Leave Cusco after breakfast, on the 83-mile journey towards Vinicunca, known as Rainbow Mountain thanks to its undulating patterns of bright colour, caused by erosion of its surface. As the drive takes you up into the Andes, you’ll stop at the picturesque stone village of Checacupe, then climb to 3,600m to buy supplies in Pitumarca, the last village with shops before you begin your trek. From here, the route follows an unpaved path upwards towards Quesoyoni (4,376m), where you’ll meet the horsemen who will accompany you on your hike. Once the horses are loaded up, it’s time to start walking: following a stream uphill past herds of llama and alpaca towards Anantapata, where you’ll find amazing views of nearby Ausangate Mountain. You’ll have lunch here, before a two-hour climb to the Anantapata Pass, with snow-capped views of the Vilcanota mountain range from 5,010m up. Then it’s an hour’s downhill hike to your campsite home for the night.

Overnight in Surine Qocha (4,795m)

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner

Ausangate Mountain


Day Seven 

Bright and Beautiful

You’ll continue your hike this morning, breakfasting early in order to reach beautiful Vinicunca after an hour and a half’s walk. Swirled with candy-like patterns of turquoise, orange, brown and red, it’s a stunningly surreal sight – especially with the snowy peak of Ausangate as a backdrop. There will be plenty of time to take pictures and savour the atmosphere, before a downhill hike through the grassy Kairahuire valley, stopping for lunch at 4,350m. Then you’ll continue your descent down to Quesoyoni, ready for the drive back to Cusco. 

Overnight in Cusco

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch

Rainbow Mountain


Day Eight 

Towards Lake Titicaca

Leave Cusco for the final time, on the long bus journey to the city of Puno, on the shore of Lake Titicaca. You’ll break up the journey with plenty of stops, accompanied by the tour-bus guide. First, at the sleepy town of Andahuaylillas, you’ll see the ‘Sistine Chapel of the Americas’, an intricately-decorated 16th-century church that’s packed with murals and gold leaf. Then you’ll visit Raqchi, home to the country’s only surviving adobe Incan ruins. Finally, in the enchanting little town of Pukara, you’ll have lunch at a local restaurant, shop for the town’s famous ‘Toritos de Pucara’ pottery and see the pre-Incan treasures of the Museo Litico de Pucara. Upon arrival in Puno, you’ll be transferred to your hotel, ready to explore Lake Titicaca in the morning.

Overnight in Puno

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch

Scistine Chapel


Day Nine

Life on the Lake

You’ll be picked up at your hotel and taken to Puno’s dock, ready for a day-long boat trip on Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake. First stop is the Uros Islands: these manmade reed islands, floating within the Titicaca National Reserve, are named after the builders who have lived here for centuries, maintaining their traditional way of life and living in small houses that they also weave from the reeds. Next, you’ll head for the island of Taquile, whose inhabitants still speak the Inca language of Quechua. You’ll notice their colourful clothing, made using weaving techniques that are central to their culture and practiced by everyone. You can buy some garments for yourself, or simply savour the uniqueness of the unspoiled landscape: there are no roads, only agricultural terraces and paved walking paths that criss-cross the countryside. On clear days, you can see as far as Bolivia from the highest point in the island, at almost 4,050m. After your boat trip, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Puno.

Overnight in Puno

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch

Lake Titicaca


Day Ten

Altiplano Adventures

There’s the chance to see the pre-Incan cemetery of Sillustani on your way back to the airport. In a dream-like setting on the shore of Lake Umayo, backed by the wild emptiness of the Altiplano, these funerary towers stand sentinel high above the water. There will be time to explore, before driving onwards towards Juliaca and the airport.

Meals included: Breakfast


Overall meals included: 9 Breakfasts; 4 lunches; 2 dinners

What's included:

  • Private English-speaking guides unless stated otherwise
  • Private transfers and train tickets unless stated otherwise
  • Meals as listed
  • Mandatory taxes and service fees
  • Entrance tickets and permits unless stated otherwise
  • Excursion to Rainbow Mountain

What's not included:

  • International flights to/from the start/end point of our experiences
  • Optional extras listed
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel and restaurant staff
  • Any visa, customs, airport taxes or similar charges before or after the tour
  • We cannot guarantee the included hotel breakfast for early departures
  • Drinks during meals unless stated otherwise
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry


For Home Office travel advice to this country, read more here

If you intend to travel solo, please click here

Note: If you're looking for the Inca Trail, please see the Highlights of Peru itinerary or the shorter Classic Peru itinerary. If you're looking for a shorter version of this itinerary, please see Cultural Peru.


BOOK ONLINE below now, or CALL 0208 432 0885 9am - 5pm Mon - Fri for assistance with booking

Please use your unique Pioneers Club code (sent by email) at checkout to get your 20% discount.

Please have your passport and Debit/Credit card to hand. International flights are not included.


GETTING THERE

Typical return Economy flights from London cost around £800 per person and take 20 hours. Please check the current prices and availability using the ‘Search for Flights’ link below and ensure that your flight arrival and departure times and dates align with the start and end dates and airport locations shown on the Experience itinerary. Please do not book flights until your Experience booking is confirmed.

For this particular experience, we have found that the best option is normally to book a multi-stop flight from London - Cusco - Juliaca - London.

Experience start point: Cusco (CUZ). Arrive any time.

End point: Juliaca (JUL). Leave any time.

Search for flights to Cusco

Extras

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Many of our experiences have optional features available at an added cost. Please see below for available extras for this experience. Please continue to checkout to select any optional extras and to see pricing information.

Optional Extras

To customise your experience, you can select any of theses extras at an additional cost during the basket stage.

Optional Extra through Incan Ruins

The adventure starts at the old citadel of Sacsayhuaman, which has spectacular views down towards the city. Then you’ll visit the mysterious temple of Qenqo, carved from a single monolith and thought to be the site of grizzly death rituals. Finally, it’s time to see the calm, fortress ruins at Puka Pukara and the aqueducts and waterfalls at Tambomachay.

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