Take a 10-day trip from Cuzco to La Paz, going deep into the Andean landscape, to explore the Land of the Incas. Begin with a city tour of Cuzco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire also known as the ‘heart of the universe’, to see beautiful colonial architecture and Inca ruins. On day 3, go on an unmissable day trip to the Sacred Valley and pass through the villages of Pisaq, Calca, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero to visit ancient Inca archaeological sites and indigenous marketplaces. Then take a scenic ride from Cuzco to Puno through beautiful Andean landscapes. On day 5, discover the amazing Uros Floating Islands by boat and stay the night with a Quechua family on the picturesque Amantani Island. The next day, visit nearby Taquile island and take in the stunning views of Lake Titicaca before returning to Puno. Cross the border into neighboring Bolivia and go to the lovely city of Copacabana, also situated on Lake Titicaca. Finish in the spectacular setting of La Paz and go on a tour to discover this city’s real way of life.
We recommend adding an extra trip (not included) by train or a trek to Machu Picchu before you begin your adventure.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1 - Arrival to Cuzco
You will be picked up from the Cuzco airport upon arrival and taken to your accommodation for the night.
Note: If you want to add an extra trip by train or a trek to Machu Picchu before you begin your adventure, contact us - we have many options!
Day 2 - Cuzco City Tour
Formerly the center of the vast Inca Empire, the breathtaking and magical city of Cuzco remains a highlight of any Peru vacation. Impeccably constructed Inca roads and temples once stretched throughout Peru from the capital of the Inca Empire in Cuzco. To the Incas, Cuzco was considered the center of the universe, the belly button of the world.
Day 3 - Sacred Valley Day Trip
This is one of the day trips from Cuzco that you cannot miss! Travel to the splendid Sacred Valley and pass through the villages of Pisaq, Calca, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero to see ancient Inca archaeological sites and indigenous marketplaces.
Day 4 - Cuzco to Puno scenic tourist bus transfer (L)
Travel between Cuzco and Puno and stop along the way to have lunch in Sicuani before taking a peek into the past at the archaeological sites of Raqchi and Pukara high in the mountains with a local guide. Cross over the high altitude pass of La Raya at over 4,000 meters and see the colonial church with its quaint plaza in Andauaylillas. Stay overnight in Puno.
Day 5 - Amantani Home Stay Experience 2D/1N (L/D)
This morning, transfer from Puno to the picturesque island of Amantani, located on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca, to spend the night with an indigenous family. Along the way, visit the breathtaking Uros Floating Islands by boat and admire awe-inspiring views of Lago Titicaca and the Cordillera Real mountain range. During the homestay, you will get to know local Aymara and Quechua-speaking families and experience their unique way of living.
Day 6 - Amantani Home Stay Experience 2D/1N (B)
Say goodbye to your family and go visit the beautiful nearby Taquile island. Take in the amazing views of Lake Titicaca before returning to Puno where you will overnight.
Day 7 - Transfer to Copacabana
Today you will cross the border into neighboring Bolivia and go to Copacabana, situated on Lake Titicaca. Take advantage of some free time to wander around this lovely city.
Day 8 - Transfer to La Paz
Today depart Copacabana for La Paz. This Andean city is renowned for its spectacular setting and unique cultural attractions.
Day 9 - La Paz City Tour
Go on a city tour in La Paz and visit the city’s most interesting sites, including the fascinating witch market and unique neighborhoods. You will be accompanied by a local guide who will show you how to hop on a local bus, talk to locals, and eat at local markets and the best street stands. Wander into neighborhoods rarely visited by tourists so you can see the real way of life in La Paz.
Day 10 - Airport drop off in La Paz
You will be transferred to the La Paz airport today in order to catch your flight back home.
*If you want to add an extra trip by train or a trek to Machu Picchu before you begin your adventure, contact us - we have many options!
*Suggestions for Amantani Homestay Experience: Sleeping arrangements are basic, you will have a private room but with a shared bathroom. All rooms are in different family homes and may be different; some houses may not have electricity. Bring with you adequate amounts of water and snacks to avoid paying expensive rates on the islands. Bring enough cash to purchase souvenirs (between 5-20 soles) and extras on the islands. Remember to respect the ecology of the islands; any trash you bring in - bring out with you upon your departure and do not take any native plants or rocks from the islands. Keep in mind that a small gift for the host family will be appreciated (you can purchase one the day before departure).