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Thrill & Chill Cultural Peru with Suasi IslandPeru

From £2,468 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. Finish your trip with 3 days relaxation on Lake Titicaca's private island, Suasi.

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Summary

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Peru is full of ancient wonders, its most famous being the mysterious lost city of Machu Picchu. Laying eyes on it for the first time is a once in a lifetime feeling that can’t be described. Beyond this bucket-list wonder, Peru offers a hugely rich cultural experience, with many of its ancient Inca customs and beliefs still in evidence today. There’s another cultural high on the vast, ocean-like expanse of Lake Titicaca, visiting islands where life has remained unchanged for centuries.

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 
  • Visit authentic rural Peru, spending time with a locals who will give you a private workshop in Peruvian ceramics 
  • Step back in time in Ollantaytambo, the ‘Last Inca Village in Peru’, visiting a home that's been in the same family for generations
  • 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

You’ll start your trip in cosmopolitan Cusco, taking in the spirit of this sacred city. With plenty to explore - from Inca temples to impressive cathedrals - you’ll have a sight-packed first day. After acclimatising to the altitude you’ll journey into the spectacular landscapes of the rural Sacred Valley, experiencing ancient and modern life existing side by side. You’ll learn the art of traditional Peruvian ceramic decoration before visiting a village house among the sleepy, cobbled streets of Ollantaytambo.

Then it’s time for the moment you’ve been waiting for: after the three-hour Inca Trail trek through waterfall-scattered forest towards the Inca Gate of the Sun, you’ll lay eyes on the mist-shrouded ruins of the enigmatic Machu Picchu for the first time. After spending the night in Aguas Calientes you’ll have a full day basking in the magic of this ancient wonderland. Next, you’ll move on to Lake Titicaca: this vast piece of water is the largest lake in South America and some of its islands rise as high as 4,050m, giving incredible views towards Bolivia. You’ll spend the day visiting the reed-woven Uros Islands, whose people have maintained their traditional ways of life for centuries, and Taquile, where the residents still speak the ancient Inca language of Quechua. 

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Suasi Island

Lake Titicaca is a the highest navigable body of water in the world; a vast blue expanse on the border between Peru and Bolivia. Inca mythology states that the first Inca King was born on Lake Titicaca, and that the God Viacocha rose from the lake to create the sun, stars and the first humans. Hence, this incredible place is known as the “birthplace of the Incas” and “birthplace of the sun”. 

Suasi Island is the only private lake on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca. It is a unique, peaceful and secluded location, perfect for some downtime after the hikes and explorations of your trip through Peru. Isla Suasi Hotel is the only hotel on the island, meaning you can relax in complete tranquility with incredible views of the lake. 

We provide a hotel in a stunning location with breakfast included and private transport from Puno directly to your hotel. The perfect way to rest and recuperate before you head back home, this 4 day trip has no organised activities, meaning that your time can be as relaxed or as active as you want it to be. 


If you would prefer to do this tour with our other Peru Extension to the Sacred Valley, please get in touch via telephone or Live Chat. 

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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GETTING THERE

Typical return Economy flights from London cost around £800 per person and take 20 hours. 

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

Itinerary

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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

Classic - Suenos Del Inka Hotel 

Premium - Novotel Cusco 

Deluxe - Palacio del Inka

Meals included: None

Cusco View


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.

Coricancha

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). 

View of Cusco

Overnight in Cusco

Classic - Suenos Del Inka Hotel 

Premium - Novotel Cusco 

Deluxe - Palacio del Inka

Meals included: Breakfast


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.

Slat Flats

Overnight in Cusco

Classic - Suenos Del Inka Hotel 

Premium - Novotel Cusco 

Deluxe - Palacio del Inka

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

Classic - Hotel Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu

Premium - Hotel El Mapi by Inkaterra

Deluxe - Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

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

Classic - Suenos Del Inka Hotel 

Premium - Novotel Cusco 

Deluxe - Palacio del Inka

Meals included: Breakfast

Machu Picchu


Day Six: 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

Classic - Hotel Hacienda Puno Hotel 

Premium - Sonesta Posadas del Inca Puno

Deluxe - Hotel Libertador Lago Titicaca 

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch

Scistine Chapel


Day Seven: 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. 


Your boat trip will continue on to Suasi Island, where you'll be dropped off for your extension. The rest of the day is at leisure. Settle in to the hotel, relax, and enjoy a meal on your private island. 

Overnight on Suasi Island

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch


Suasi Island

Days Eight & Nine

The next two days will be at your leisure, with plenty of things to do - or not do, it’s completely your choice. You could relax in a hammock in the gardens, make use of the hotel’s massage service, kayak on the lake or go for a walk around the island. Whatever you decide to do, you’ll have a high chance of spotting vinicuñas, alpacas and even elusive vizcachas. The hotel also has a cultural cottage, which you can visit to learn more about the lake and the ancient civilisations that have called it home for centuries. 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Day Ten: Home Time

After breakfast it’s time to say goodbye to Suasi Island. You’ll be transferred to Cambria by boat then drive to Juliaca for your homeward flight. 

Meals included: Breakfast

If you would prefer to do this tour with our other Peru Extension to the Sacred Valley, please get in touch via telephone or Live Chat. 


Overall meals included: 9 Breakfasts; 3 lunches; 3 dinners


Accommodation

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. Please note that the actual hotel selection will be driven by availability at time of booking.

If you would like different hotel categories for your Thrill and Chill components please get in contact with our team via telephone or our Live Chat. 


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
  • Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 
  • Boat excursion on Lake Titicaca

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

Children: This experience is not recommended for children under 12. Children aged 8 and older can go under parent's responsibility.


GETTING THERE

Typical return Economy flights from London cost around £800 per person and take 20 hours. 

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.

Extras

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Optional Extras

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

Excursion through Incan Ruins

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.

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