On this trip to Peru you will get to know the country from different sides. You will visit the most famous sights of Cuzco, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. The program also includes destinations that very few tourists see. On the bus and train rides through the mountains you can admire breathtaking landscapes. The journey begins in Lima and ends in Puno on Lake Titicaca.
In the town of Puquio we learn about a project that provides school materials for school children with donations. From the price of the trip we use 15 € per person to support this project. On day 7 of the trip, we visit the school at 8 a.m., meet the teachers and school children and hand over the school materials.
Date: 7.11.2020 – 22.11.2020
Attention: Although travel to Peru is currently not possible due to the corona crisis, we assume that travel will be possible again in November. However, it cannot be ruled out that Peru’s airports and hotels will still or again be closed or that a travel warning will be given. In this case the trip would have to be canceled.
Day 1: Arrival in Lima and transfer to the hotel. After dinner there is a first meeting with the guide and a discussion of the trip.
Day 2: In the morning we take the bus to Huancayo. After moving into the hotel, we will take a walk through the city.
Day 3: On this day we have to get up early. The train (tren macho) leaves at 6:30. The train ride to Huancavelica is a unique experience. We cross a breathtaking landscape. Tourists are rarely found on this train. In the afternoon visit to the pretty colonial town of Huancavelica.
Please note that the timetable of the train may change at short notice. In that case we might have to take a bus instead.
Day 4: After breakfast we drive by bus to Ayacucho (approx. 6 hours). On this trip we pass by remote villages. Ayacucho is one of the most fascinating cities in the Andes due to its high altitude, colonial atmosphere and local pre-Inca history.
Day 5: We stay another day in Ayacucho. Today we schedule a city tour. Richly decorated churches, beautiful colonial buildings and interesting museums make Ayacucho a city worth seeing.
Day 6: We take a bus to the small town of Puquio in the mountains. On the way we make a couple of stops and see a traditional region of Peru visited by very few tourists. In Puquio we will spend the night in a guest house.
Day 7: Visit to the Puquio school. Here we hand over the gifts we have brought to the school children. In the afternoon we take the bus to Cuzco (around 8 hours). On the way we see alpaca farms, lakes and a breathtaking mountain landscape. The highest point of the trip reaches 4800 m.
Day 8: Visit of the city of Cuzco. As the capital of the Inca Empire, the city has many historical sights. We also visit the city’s large market.
Day 9: Today we visit the sacred valley, about 15 km north of Cuzco. Small colonial towns, beautiful markets and several Inca ruins can be found here. After the excursion we take the train to Aguas Calientes, where we spend the night. Aguas Calientes is located in a gorge right under the ruins of Machu Picchu.
Day 10: In the morning we take the bus to Machu Picchu, the most famous sight in Peru. We have several hours to visit all parts of the impressive ruin complex. In the afternoon we take the train back to Cuzco.
Day 11: In Cuzco we still have three days to visit other sights of the city, make day trips, go hiking or just take a day off. There are also some remarkable restaurants in Cuzco. Or you can take salsa lessons.
Day 12: The next day with optional trips (not included in the price): several smaller Inca ruins around Cuzco, of which Saqsaywamán is the most significant; the very colorful rainbow mountain; a horse ride; or a nice hike (there are a few options here).
Day 13: Another day in Cuzco with the optional day trips mentioned above.
Day 14: In the morning we drive to Puno on Lake Titicaca (approx. 7 hours). After moving into the hotel, a walk in the city is possible.
Day 15: We take a half-day excursion on Lake Titicaca. We visit the famous floating islands and the large island of Taquile. After the excursion we drive to the homestay Luquina on the Chucuito peninsula. Here we have a wonderful view of Puno, Lake Titicaca and its islands. We will spend the night there.
Day 16: Transfer to the airport and flight to Lima.
Alternative Ecolodge Tambopata:
On days 11 to 13 you have the alternative option of visiting the Ecolodge Tambopata in the rainforest of Peru. This requires a short flight from Cuzco to Puerto Maldonado. The program includes the following highlights in 3 days / 2 nights:
- Nocturnal search for caimans
- Watching the giant otters on Lake Tres Chimbada
- Visit a farm and taste local natural products
Additional costs: 300.- € (double room)
This includes 2 nights in the Ecolodge and all meals.
Not included: Cuzco-Puerto Maldonado flight