ITINERARYDAY 1: CUSCO – PUNO “THE ROUTE OF THE SUN” BY BUS
Early departure by bus to the City of Puno, (3,860 m.a.s.l.). During the trip, we pass by the lovely Wacarpay Lake, offering spectacular views of the mountains reflected in its calm waters.
We proceed to the beautiful Town of Andahuaylillas, and visit the Church of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, better known as the Sistine Chapel of the Americas, due to its decorated polychrome ceiling. On the way, we stop in Raqchi, where we can see a spectacular Inca Sanctuary built by the Inca Pachacutec, and dedicated to the great Inca God of Wiracocha. It has a great central wall with a stone base of fine Inca architecture. Other walls are made of giant adobe bricks. The structure also has two circular lateral columns. Around the Temple are several buildings once used for housing and storage. About 70 km further on, we pass through La Raya Ranch where we can see herds of vicuñas and llamas. Then we travel along the High Plateau of Collao, stopping at the Town of Ayaviri, an important livestock and textile centre, to visit the impressive Temple of Kalasaya, ruins from the ancient Pucara Culture.
Buffet lunch in a countryside restaurant, where we can enjoy the delightful culinary art of the region.
Afternoon arrival in Puno and transfer to your selected hotel. Evening free.
Meals Included: Buffet lunch
DAY 2: FLOATING ISLANDS OF THE UROS AND HOMESTAY IN AMANTANI
At 8:30 am we take a boat to Uros Islands. The ancient inhabitants of the lake, known as the Water Tribe, have built their own "islands" by periodically adding new layers of a type of reed unique to the area called "Totora". Their homes and boats are also made from this material.
We continue our motor boat trip to Amantani Island (4 hours), estimated arrival at 1:00pm. Then, we divide into smaller groups to take hospitality in family houses.
At 3:00pm we climb a 4150 meters mountain (OPTIONAL) to visit the Templo del Pachatata (Temple of the Father). The music will be courtesy of the assign families.
Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel, typical lunch and typical dinner
DAY 3: TAQUILE ISLAND / RETURN TO PUNO
After breakfast, we leave from the Amantani Island at 9:00am to Taquile Island (1-hour boat ride). This island is known for having the best weavers of ancient Peru. This place has preserved many rituals and the lifestyle of the ancient Incas. We walk for about 30 minutes to the center of the island and stay there for 3 hours and have lunch.
Then we descend 500 stairs. We leave to Puno at 4:00pm and transfer to your hotel.
Meals Included: Typical breakfast and typical lunch.
DAY 4: PUNO / TRANSFER TO AIRPORT OR BUS STATION
Transfer to Juliaca airport to take your departure flight or to bus station.
Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel
- Cusco-Puno touristic bus ticket
- 2 nights at hotel in Puno
- 1 night homestay in Amantani Island
- Meals where indicated
- Transportation to the visitor sites
- day entrance to the visitor sites
- Transportation from and back to airport/hotel
- Local certified bilingual guides
- Airline tickets
- Airport taxes