Peru holiday, Inca Trail, Cusco & Lake Titicaca

Description of Peru holiday, Inca Trail, Cusco & Lake Titicaca

Peru: Citadels, Lakes and Culture of the Andes. This trip takes in some of the best loved sites in Peru - Cusco, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca - and will be perfect for travellers looking for a bit of adventure and some unique insights into the local culture.

In Cusco, take the opportunity to visit the Qoricancha, one of the most important temples during Inca times. Above Cusco, overlooking the city, you'll view the amazing stone work at Sacsayhuaman, former capital of the Inca empire.

Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting Pisac known for its arts and crafts market and then on to Ollantaytambo and the ruins of an Inca fortress. After travelling on the Vistadrome train and a short bus ride you will catch your first glimpse of the awe-inspiring 'Lost City of the Incas' at Machu Picchu.

The next leg of the trip will be a stunning train journey through the Andes to Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, where you will visit the floating islands of Uros and stay with a local family on the remote island of Amantani. Then on to Taquile Island where you see a different culture and hear a different language, Quechua. The community here is known for its prowess in weaving and unusually this is practiced by men rather than women.

Your journey finishes with a tour of Peru's capital, Lima, before a night's rest to reflect on the rich cultural heritage of this Andean nation.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1:LIMA: Flight to Lima where you will be met by a local representative and taken to the airport hotel.
Day 2:CUSCO: After breakfast return to the airport for your internal flight to Cusco where you will be met by our local representative. Transfer to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day as you please. The Plaza de Armas, main square, is a short distance away with its restaurants and craft shops. Be sure to rest as you adjust to the altitude. (B)
Day 3:SACSAYHUAMAN: In the morning you will be collected for a Cusco city tour and local Inca sites, including one of the most important Inca temples at Qoricancha. Later you will head to Sacsayhuaman, just above the city, this complex and intricate stone citadel was once capital if the Inca empire. Then it is back to your hotel to relax and enjoy some Cusco night life. (B)
Day 4:OLLANTAYTAMBO: Today you head for the 'Valle Segrado', the Sacred Valley with its terraced farming unchanged since Inca times. A stop in Pisac allows you to visit the world famous artisan market displaying wonderful local crafts. Then it is on to Ollantaytambo to visit the ruins of an Inca fortress and the Sun Temple. We finish the day at your hotel in Ollantaytambo.
Day 5:MACHU PICCHU: Start the day in style on the Vistadrome train as it weaves its way through the Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes. Then it is a short bus trip to Machu Picchu, declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Here you'll take a guided tour of the ancient citadel before heading to your hotel for the night. (B,L,D)
Day 6:MACHU PICCHU: Use the morning to for a return to Machu Picchu. Take in the views and the opportunity for some amazing photos to share with family and friends. Later you will board the Vistadrome for the 3 hour scenic train journey through the Andes back to Cusco. In Cusco you will be taken to your hotel for the night. (B)
Day 7:PUNO: This morning after breakfast you will be taken to the train station to board the Andean Explorer. This full day journey to Puno takes you through scenic mountain passes and on to the wide plains of the Altiplano. Travelling along the roof of the world, only slightly less elevation than the Tibetan Plateu, enjoy a three course lunch in the dining car as you head towards Lake Titicaca. (B,L,D)
Day 8:LAKE TITICACA: Today we swap trains for boats as you explore Lake Titicaca, often referred to as the highest navigable lake in the world at 3,812 metres (12,507 ft). First you'll visit the reed islands of Uros and then across the lake to Amantani Island where you will meet the pre-Inca Aymara people. Tonight you will be the guests of a local family, spending the night with them and gaining an experience of life on Titicaca. (B,L,D)
Day 9:TAQUILE ISLAND: In the morning you'll rejoin your guide, after breakfast with the family, for the boat trip to Taquile Island. On the island you will get to watch the weaving which this community are well known for, unusually carried out by men rather than women. During lunch in the main village square you are likely to hear the native language of the Central Andes spoken, Quechua. After lunch you'll boat back to Puno and your hotel for the night. (B,L,D)
Day 10:LIMA: Breakfast and then a short road trip to Juliaca where you'll board a short internal flight to Lima. A local representative will meet you and take you to your hotel in the upmarket Miraflores district of Lima. You'll have the rest of the day to shop for gifts in the handicraft markets close by or enjoy the cafes and restaurants. Visit the nearby shopping centre at Larcomar on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. (B)
Day 11:LIMA: After breakfast you'll tour Peru's capital city taking in the colonial architecture with a visit to the city cathedral, presidential palace and Larco Museum. Following the tour you'll return to your hotel and then be transferred to the airport for you flight home.

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Departure information

Can be arranged at any time to suit you (except January to March), and adapted to your requirements as necessary
Holiday type

Avoid disappointment - book your Inca Trail holiday in time

In the last few years, the Peruvian government has imposed increasing restrictions on tourism on the Inca Trail in order to protect it from overuse. The aim is to minimise ecological impact and erosion, mainly by having limited access and improving the quality of the operators. There are now only a very limited number of trekking permits available - 500 per day (around 200 for travellers and the rest for staff) - and they are being issued on a first-come-first-served basis. In order to avoid disappointment we recommend booking well in advance (up to a minimum of 3 months in peak season), unless you are extremely flexible over your travel dates.

Tailor made holidays

This trip can be tailor made to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more luxurious trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments before relaxing in comfort. As this trip can be tailor made it would be helpful if you could you provide the following information: rough budget per person (stating with or without flights), your address and postcode, contact phone number, preferred date of travel, length of trip, number of passengers, preferred countries and areas within those countries, specific interests & type of accommodation.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Peru holiday, Inca Trail, Cusco & Lake Titicaca


Where possible we use local guides in order to provide you with the best insights into Peruvian cultures, and to help contribute to the local economy and foster a sense of pride in Peruvian heritage. We believe that spending some time staying in comfort with local families can be of great benefit to both visitor and host and provide some truly memorable experiences.

A night of your trip will be spent in locally owned accommodation. We hope that you will ensure the fabulous cultural and natural heritage that Peru has to offer, by travelling with us you can help ensure that your visit benefits local communities and the conservation of their heritage.

The company that organises this holiday is a multi award-winning responsible travel company. They try to ensure that nothing they do at home (in UK) or abroad compromises the environment or wildlife or exploits people. They believe in ensuring that travellers are well-informed, as an informed traveller tend to be a more respectful and sensitive traveller. They also believe in giving back to the country, people wildlife and environments which are affected by tourism. In terms of information, all travellers are given guidelines on Travelling with Respect, which includes advice on cultural aspects of your travels as well as protecting the environment.

Every person that travels with this company automatically has their flights carbon offset. This is done through The Travel Forest, a project of registered charity, The Tribes Foundation. The Travel Forest plants mainly indigenous trees to offset the carbon emissions produced when you fly on holiday. Whilst this is the primary motivation for planting the trees, the project also works as a poverty alleviation scheme and also aims to combat environmental degradation

The UK head office has a good policy of recycling, reducing and re-using (electricity, paper, plastic etc). They also buy only fair trade goods such as tea, coffee, and use biodegradable detergents etc. They also make a point of buying only top eco-rated equipment (eg monitors).


The company backs a charity called The Tribes Foundation with funds and administration. This is a registered UK charity whose principle aim is to relieve the poverty of indigenous communities in areas outside of the UK which are affected by tourism. The charity backs poverty alleviation, education, cultural preservation and conservation projects within these regions. It has backed schools, clinics, micro-business projects and more. They constantly raise funds for grassroots projects, which travellers are encouraged to donate to if they would like to give something back.
Working with partners on the ground in each destination, the company only uses local guides. They also primarily promote locally-owned services (hotels etc). They have internally eco-rated about hundreds of properties worldwide which they work with closely, so they are very clear which accommodations have good environmental and social responsibility credentials. This information is used to ensure that any traveller wanting to ensure they are really making a difference, can choose between one property and another on eco-issues. They also promote community-owned projects and services where applicable and possible. Indeed they were instrumental in setting up two community-owned ventures in Tanzania and Peru.

Reviews of Peru holiday, Inca Trail, Cusco & Lake Titicaca

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 10 Jun 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Inca trail and Machu Picchu.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Allow some chill time between doing as was well rushed as our programme and we had an extra day in Machu Picchu.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Inkaterra choices certainly seemed to want to be more conscious of the environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Need a holiday as a lot fitted in - think home stay in lake Titicaca should be re titled as more like a b&b with no heating which we v much enjoyed but think the home stay title gives a different impression.

Reviewed on 06 Jun 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The Andean explorer train ride from Cusco to Lake Titicaca was an excellent way to see many aspects of Peru from the city suburbs through the slums then farming communities, through the middle of market towns and past the spectacular backdrop of the Andes. The train ride was a real piece of luxury after the hard work of the Inca Trail.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

I cannot praise enough the porters and guides who took such good care of us on the trail, on the last night of camping it is something of a ceremony for the porters to gather to say goodbye and receive their tips individually from us, we gave 50 nuevos sol to each porter and 100 to the cook, I don't feel that we were given correct advice on tipping.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The Amantani family that we stayed with (Walter and Vilma) welcomed us with open arms and treated us as honoured guests, I hope that our stay was of some financial benefit to them, we brought all Vima's hats anyway!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Our trip went very smoothly after an initial hiccup when our travel co-ordinator wasn't aware that our Andean Explorer train tickets hadn't been confirmed just a few days before departure, somehow they managed to get it sorted I'm pleased to say as the train trip was fantastic. There were no problems with any travel arrangements, the guides and porters were second to none the hotel staff at the Casa Andina Plaza, Cusco were particularly friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend this operator to anyone but keep in regular contact with your co-ordinator to make sure everything is happening.

Reviewed on 17 Jun 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Difficult to choose as there were several highlights. From a holiday perspective the four days on the Inca trail were very memorable. However, the most lasting memory will probably be our stay on Amantani Island on Lake TitiKaka. We stayed with a family without water and electricity and it was both enjoyable as well as being an eye opener.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

To get the most out of this holiday put in the work. For example, Machu Picchu is a magical place which inevitably is also a bit touristy. If you arrive by train it will be good, but if you arrive on foot then you will feel how it must have been like to arrive there when it was first built. You also capture some of the excitement that must have been felt when it was rediscovered. Likewise it is nice to stay in the modern hotels and travel on the trains, but let your guides take you to the markets and try and fit in a stay with a local family to get an idea of life in Peru.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Definitely. All our guides were both very well informed and passionate about the environment. For our stay on Amantani we were given t he option of staying in either slightly more comfortable or basic accommodation. Our particular host had not had a visitor for 3 years and it was good to know she would benefit. We have also pledged to help the particular individual.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

The best we have ever had.

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