This excursion visits some of the most unique landscapes on the planet. The Inca Empire, known as “Tawantinsuyo”, was comprised of four quarters stretching in the direction of the cardinal points of the compass. The long day bus ride follows the “Collasuyo” road southeast to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca. This route traverses the Vilcanota River Valley before passing into the altiplano, high mountain plateau. The average elevation along the way is 3,500mt/11,480ft with a maximum elevation at La Raya, 4,321mt/14,172ft. There are stops* en route: Andahuaylillas with its colonial era chapel that’s been called the “Sistine of the New World”. Other stops include Raqchi with the famous Wirachocha Temple and Pucara with its distinctive ceramics. Puno is situated on Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable body of water. This immense lake (actually an inland sea) is considered to be the point of creation in Inca mythology. Puno is the starting point for the boat trip to the islands of Uros, built upon piles of totora reeds, which are actually “floating” islands. Enjoy a home stay in Amantani Island with a host family sharing their ancient customs. The following day visit Taquile Island where its people still use a form of social administration developed during the Inca era. It is renowned for the exquisite quality of its textiles.
Private Service -Tour at your pace with stops for pictures.
Group Service (15 to 20 persons) - rushed tour
After an early breakfast, transfer from your Cusco hotel to the bus station to begin our trip to Puno. We’ll travel along the Vilcanota River Valley. Along this route we will visit Andahuaylillas with its colonial chapel. Then continue to Raqchi for a visit of the famous Wirachocha Temple. Afterwards, continue to La Raya (4,321mt/14,172ft) for a short visit catching stunning vistas of the Cordillera Vilcanota. Later we will visit the Pucara museum before continuing our drive to Puno. Reception and transfer to our hotel in Puno.
Meals: B, L
After breakfast we will pick you up from your hotel to board the boat to start our 2 hour ride on the smooth waters of Lake Titicaca to the island of Uros. Enjoy a visit of Uros where the inhabitants have built and continue to build their islands from the totora reeds unique to the area. After our visit we will continue our journey to the island of Amantani that is inhabited by 3,000 Quechua speaking people whom continue with their ancient traditions. Here we will explore the Inca and Tiahuanco Archeological ruins and take in the lovely scenery. Thereafter we will have lunch before meeting your host family for the night.
Meals: B, L, D
This morning we will have breakfast with our host family before our departure to the island of Taquille. This is a pleasant peaceful island with about 2,200 inhabitants known as Taquileños that are southern Quechua speakers. The Taquileños are known for their hand-woven textiles and clothing considered among the highest quality handicrafts in Peru. Enjoy a scenic trek of the island and eat a delicious lunch in a local restaurant. After a glorious time return to Puno around 5pm. Transport to your hotel.
Meals: B, L
The morning is free for shopping before an afternoon bus ride towards Juliaca Airport. Along the way, we’ll visit the mysterious Sillustani burial towers which are an enigmatic grouping of round mausoleums, or chullpas, overlooking Lake Umayo. Arrive to the airport for your flight to Lima.
Note: This package can be added as an extension to the Inca Trail or any other tours in Peru with us.
Domestic Flights - We can book for you with better schedules.
Hotels - 2, 3, 4 or 5 Star - We can book for you at a lower price than listed on their website.