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ITINERARY

LAKE TITICACA
3 days/2 nights

You have the option to go to Lake Titicaca before or after your adventure. We recommend before your adventure so that you do not miss the tour of Lima the last day of the main program.

Itinerary if you choose to go before your adventure:

Day 1: Lima - Juliaca - Puno

Arrival in Lima and fly to Juliaca.

Transfer from the Juliaca airport to Puno, visiting the ruins of Sillustani en route*. Sillustani is in a beautiful setting on a barren, windswept peninsula about 15 miles from Puno. Here we'll view chullpas (pre-Columbian funeral towers) that date from the time of the Inca occupation of this region, around the 15th century. These towers were built by and for people of the Aymara-speaking Colla tribe. Sillustani's stone architecture is complex and different in many ways from Inca stonework.

The entire Lake Titicaca region is inhabited by Quechua and Aymara people, whose way of life has not changed over the centuries as we'll see on your visit to the lake over the next two days.

You arrive to the beautiful Hotel Sonesta Posada del Inca – Puno on the shore of the lake (based on availability).

Dinner is on your own.

Day 2: Puno

Full day visit of Taquile and Uros Islands.

After breakfast, we leave from the dockside at the Puno harbor and travel by boat to the floating Uros Islands. From there we continue to Taquile Island, to visit a community of weavers and spinners who live in a Mediterranean-like setting on this, the highest navigable lake in the world - elevation is about 12,500' (3,810 meters) above sea level. Upon arrival to Taquile, we climb up the long, steep staircase from the docks to the village. After lunch in a typical restaurant in the island, we visit the local museum before boarding our boat for the return navigation to Puno.

Breakfast and lunch included. Dinner is on your own.

Overnight at Hotel Sonesta Posada del Inca – Puno.

Day 3: Puno - Cusco

Transfer from your hotel to bus station. The Tourist bus follows the main road north. You will enjoy the Andean scenery and go by small villages and farms along the way as well as stops at various ruins. Bus ticket includes lunch.

You will reach the pass of La Raya at 14,240 feet (4,340 meters). Among the villages you will drive by Juliaca, Pucara, Ayaviri, Sicuani, Tinta, Urcos, Andahuaylillas before arriving in Cusco.

Upon arriving in Cusco. Transfer from bus station to hotel. You will arrive in Cusco the night before the program (Hotel in Cusco is not included. Check with us)

Breakfast included.

Itinerary if you choose to go after your adventure:

Day 1: Cusco to Puno

Transfer from your hotel to bus station. The Tourist bus follows the main road south. You will enjoy the Andean scenery and go by small villages and farms along the way as well as stops at various ruins. Bus ticket includes lunch.

Among other villages you will drive by Urcos, Raqchi, Tinta and Sicuani before reaching the pass at La Raya at 14,240 feet (4,340 meters). We pass the villages of Santa Rosa, Ayaviri, Pucara, Juliaca and reach the city of Puno by the lake.

The entire Lake Titicaca region is inhabited by Quechua and Aymara people, whose way of life has not changed over the centuries as we’ll see on your visit to the lake over the next two days.

The bus will brings you to the beautiful Hotel Sonesta Posada del Inca – Puno on the shores of the lake (based on availability). Breakfast and lunch included. Dinner is on your own.

Day 2: Puno

Full day visit of Taquile and Uros Islands.

After breakfast, we leave from the dockside at the Puno harbor and travel by boat to the floating Uros Islands. From there we continue to Taquile Island, to visit a community of weavers and spinners who live in a Mediterranean-like setting on this, the highest navigable lake in the world - elevation is about 12,500' (3,810 meters) above sea level. Upon arrival to Taquile, we climb up the long, steep staircase from the docks to the village. After lunch in a typical restaurant in the island, we visit the local museum before boarding our boat for the return navigation to Puno.

Breakfast and lunch included. Dinner is on your own.

Overnight at Hotel Sonesta Posada del Inca – Puno.

Day 3: Puno - Juliaca - Lima

Transfer to the airport at Juliaca, visiting the ruins of Sillustani en route*. Sillustani is in a beautiful setting on a barren, windswept peninsula about 15 miles from Puno. Here we'll view chullpas (pre-Columbian funeral towers) that date from the time of the Inca occupation of this region, around the 15th century. These towers were built by and for people of the Aymara-speaking Colla tribe. Sillustani's stone architecture is complex and different in many ways from Inca stonework.

Continue to the airport and fly to Lima.

Breakfast included.

* It is not possible to offer the Sillustani visit with some flight schedules from Juliaca to Lima. Check with us about flight options.

Tour Cost, price per person (Land cost)

3 days/2 nights

$450

Single supplement

$110

PLEASE NOTE:

Included: Accommodation 2 nights hotel with breakfast, ground transportation from Cusco to Puno (bus ticket Cusco-Puno) Transfers in & out and full day lake tour with lunch in Taquile.

Not included: Domestic flights, airport tax (about $5), dinners, optional tipping to guide and items of personal nature.

There are several flights from Juliaca to Lima. Cost of flight segments may vary depending on schedule.

If you take this extension at the end of your tour, you will take a Tourist bus from Cusco to Puno (included in extension) and your internal tickets should be issued from Juliaca to Lima instead of Cusco to Lima. You will not need an extra flight. Please consult with us before issuing your airline tickets.

Tourist bus departs from Cusco at 8:00 a.m. and arrives in Puno around 6:00 p.m.

If you take this extension at the beginning of your tour, you will fly from Lima to Juliaca) and your internal airline tickets should be issued from Lima to Juliaca instead of Lima to Cusco and you will take a tourist bus from Puno to Cusco. You will not need an extra flight. Please consult with us before issuing your airline tickets.

Note: We usually substitute an unused hotel night for another, however depending on the program, additional night hotels and transfers may be required to accommodate your extension.

Deposit for extensions

A nonrefundable $75 per person deposit is required to reserve extensions.

The deposit is fully refundable if we cannot secure your extension.

Full payment is due with the final payment of the trip.

Reservations for hotels, guides or services are not made until deposits are received.

We highly recommend the purchase of Trip Cancellation Insurance

Note: All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control, including weather, road or trail conditions and flight schedules.

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