Lake Titicaca and Classic Inca Trail Trek

The high Andean plains and Lake Titicaca are stunning and give you a chance to acclimatise before you begin the classic Inca Trail. The Inca’s legacy is far more widespread than just Machu Picchu, we include a tour of the Sacred Valley and Cusco which is a fascinating mix of Inca and Colonial architecture and cultures.

Highlights

  • Ancient traditions and cultures of Lake Titicaca
  • Full tour of the fascinating historical sites of Cusco and the Sacred Valley
  • Trek the Inca Trail with our expert guides
Day 1 Lima
Day 2 Puno
Day 3 Lake Titicaca
Day 4 Cusco
Day 5 Cusco City Tour
Day 6 Sacred Valley Tour
Day 7 Begin Inca Trail
Day 8 Trek to Pacamayo
Day 9 Trek to Winay Wayna
Day 10 Trek to Machu Picchu
Day 11 Lima Tour
Day 12 Fly home
Full Itinerary

Customise this Itinerary

  • The Luxury Andean Explorer train also makes the journey between Puno and Cusco and is an alternative to the bus. It is a more relaxing way to see the beautiful scenery and a must for train fanatics
  • Add on a day in Aguas Calientes or at a spa in the Sacred Valley to unwind after the Inca trail
  • We can take you on a short hike in the beautiful hills around Cusco to help you stretch your legs after the journey from Puno and warm up for the trail
  • consider the 5 day inca trail if you have more time, the campsites are less busy and you have the chance to visit Machu Picchu after a night of rest in Aguas Calientes, ask us for more details.
  • This is a sample itinerary, all of our tours are custom made,contact our experts to get your personalised Peru itinerary.

Included

  • Safe private transfers
  • all tours as described
  • all entrance fees
  • accommodation in hotel with breakfast
  • fully supported Inca trail trek with 3 meals a day and all equipment apart from sleeping bag which can be hired.

Not included

  • International flights to and from Latin America. The price and schedule vary, we can quote a flight inclusive price according to your travel dates.

Itinerary - Lake Titicaca and Classic Inca Trail Trek

Day 1. Lima

Arrive into the capital city of Lima, transfer to your hotel.

Day 2. Puno

Fly to Juliaca, transfer to Puno visiting the huge pre Inca burial towers of Sillustani along the way.

Day 3. Lake Titicaca

Full day on Lake Titicaca visiting the unique floating Uros Islands then onto Taquile island. Taquile is a natural island and inhabited by a Quechua community who still speak the language of the Incas and wear traditional dress.

Day 4. Cusco

First class bus to Cusco visiting sites of interest along the way. An unforgettable drive along the Andean plains and down to the city of Cusco.

Day 5. Cusco City Tour

Half day tour of Cusco and the outlying Inca sites. In the evening you will have a full Inca Trail briefing.

Day 6. Sacred Valley Tour

Full day tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas including Pisac market and Ollantaytambo before returning to Cusco to spend the night.

Day 7. Begin Inca Trail

Drive to KM82 to begin hiking the inca trail. Today’s trek begins with an easy path alongside the Urubamba river. Pass the site of Llactapata before turning into a beautiful valley and heading uphill to Huayllabamba.

Day 8. Trek to Pacamayo

An easy start on this day as you begin the long ascent up to Dead Woman’s pass which lies at 4200m above sea level. Passing through dense cloud forest, then into the high grasslands with awe inspiring mountain views, the effort is definitely worth it. After Dead Woman’s pass, descend to Pacamayo, a beautifully located campsite.

Day 9. Trek to Winay Wayna

Another challenging high pass to go over before descending to the small but fascinating site of Sayacmarca. From here the trail is an easy, undulating path through stunning cloud forest, here you can see orchids, hummingbirds and an amazing variety of vegetation. The day finishes with a descent to the campsite at Winay Wayna, close to the site of the same name. This campsite has the luxury of showers!

Day 10. Trek to Machu Picchu

An early departure on an undulating path to the Sun Gate to see dawn arrive at Machu Picchu. From here you walk down to the main site for a tour of the ruins before heading back to Cusco by train and bus.

Day 11. Lima Tour

Fly to Lima, transfer to your hotel. Afternoon tour of the city.

Day 12. Fly home

Transfer to the airport for your international flight home.

Accommodation - Lake Titicaca and Classic Inca Trail Trek

We work with accommodation from 3 star and upwards. Prices are based on 2 people sharing a room in a 3 star hotel. Ask us for upgrade recommendations and prices.

El Tambo Lima

The hotel is in Miraflores, a modern, safe area on the coast with shops, excellent restaurants and all amenities close by.

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A stylish, modern hotel with a fabulous restaurant, café bar and cocktail bar.

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Miraflores Park is in a privileged location on the cliffs above the ocean.

Recently renovated, the Tierra Viva is located in the centre of Puno.

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The tranquil Casa Andina Private Collection blends well with its surroundings.

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Titilaka Puno

18 stunning boutique rooms all with beautiful views across Lake Titicaca.

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This beautiful independent hotel with 18 rooms is quiet yet central in the arty San Blas area.

El Mercado Cusco

A beautifully restored colonial building that once made up part of a market.

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The most famous of Cusco’s hotels and deservedly so.

Expert Lowdown - Lake Titicaca and Classic Inca Trail Trek

Flight Information - Lake Titicaca and Classic Inca Trail Trek

Starts and ends in Lima. There are direct flights with British Airways to Lima from the UK. Fly from regional airports via Europe with KLM, Air France and Iberia

From the USA there are various options with Miami, JFK and Los Angeles being the main hubs.

12 days from $2320 pp

plus international flights

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