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Do you feel strange whenever you hear the phrase "organized trip"? Knowing months ahead what you'll do each day is not for you? No problem, the "do it yourself" trip is right up your alley! Our most affordable itinerary with the most independence and autonomy for the traveler. We will give you only the structure of your trip: Accommodation in 2/3 star hotels >> Bus (with the necessary comforts) >> Return ticket for the Machu Picchu trains and buses >> Pick up from every airport or terminal by a PeruEtico staff member, to then take you to your hotel >> Visit to the community of Huayllano at Taquile Island in Lake Titicaca The rest is planned by you... excursions, museums, city tours... you organize your program for each day directly on the spot. Of course, we will always be available from our office in Peru, to give you a hand or recommendations in case you need it. You can always count on the staff of PeruEtico for any questions or unforeseen situations.

1° day : Arrival in Lima
International flight. Airport pick-up and transfer to hotel.
2° day : Arrival in Cusco
Transfer to Lima airport to take the flight to Cusco. Airport pick-up and transfer to the hotel where we'll get time to rest so our bodies can adjust to the altitude. Free afternoon, we recommend resting and eating light. Trip briefing and presentation by a team member of PeruEtico. Night at the hotel.
3° day : Free Day in Cusco, Myths

Free day to walk around the beautiful city of Cusco. Some must-see sites that we recommend: the archeological park of Sacsayhuaman (Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay), San Pedro market, the Cathedral at the Plaza de Armas; MAP (Museum of PreColombian Art); Qoricancha - The Temple of the Sun; and the quaint neighborhood of San Blas. Optional: Visit and lunch in a social project in Cusco. In the evening we go on a cultural and alternative walking tour. Strolling under the stars through the historic center of the city, we discover a less-known side of Cusco: myths, legends, tales, ghosts and saints. A unique experience to see the true Cusco, iconic city of Peru. Night at the hotel.

4° day : Private Car in The Sacred Valley
Private car with driver is available the entire day, and we are able to choose our itinerary. We recommend visiting Chinchero and the Rainbow Temple; Moray, ancient and wonderful biological lab of the Incas; Maras, impressive salt mines in a beautiful landscape, which have been in operation for over 1000 years; and Ollantaytambo, the only Inca town that is still inhabited today and is an extraordinary model of urban planning. In the afternoon we ride the train to Aguas Calientes to begin our Machu Picchu adventure. Night at the hotel.
5° day : Machu Picchu

At dawn we embark on a dream. We take the bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and enter the "lost city." For the more adventurous there is the possibility to hike to the summit of Wayna Picchu. In the afternoon we take the train back to Ollantaytambo or Poroy, and then the bus to make our way back to Cusco. Night at the hotel.

6° day : Free day in Cusco or Pisac

Free day, ideal to walk around Cusco or visit the town of Pisac, its ruins and market. Night at the hotel.

7° day : The Road to Puno
We get picked up at 06:15 from the hotel and begin our journey towards the city of Puno. The comfortable touristic bus (includes heating, air conditioning, chemical bathroom, DVD, on board service, and buffet lunch in Sicuani) will make a series of stops during the journey: Andahuaylillas, Rajchi, and Pukara. Pick-up from the bus station in Puno. At night, between 19:00 and 20:00, we meet with a PeruEtico team member. Night at the hotel.
8° day : Lake Titicaca

After breakfast, at 07:30 we go to the port to embark on a boat for a tour on Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake. We'll visit the floating islands of the Uros located north of the Puno bay, followed by a stop at Taquile, the lake's largest island. We disembark on the north part of the island and from there we make our way to Huayllano. The families of Huayllano lead us in our discovery of the uses, customs and ancient traditions of the island. A native family will host us and, as their guests, we are invited to wear their typical attire and live like a member of the community for one night. Dinner and night stay with our host family.

9° day : Taquile Island

After breakfast we explore the bay, the beach and a few archeological sites. Walk to the village of Taquile where we enjoy lunch, and then descend to the port to get back to Puno with an estimated arrival at 18:00. Night in Puno.

10° day : Free Morning in Puno and Bus to Arequipa
Free morning in Puno, ideal to visit Sillustani. In the afternoon we take the bus to Arequipa, arriving at night. Pick-up from the bus station, night at the hotel.
11° day : Free Day in Arequipa
Free day in Arequipa, "The White City." Some things you cannot miss: Santa Catalina Convent, Museum of mummy Juanita, and the delicious traditional dishes of local cuisine. At night we are picked up from the hotel and taken to the bus station where, on a comfortable touristic bus (heating, air conditioning, chemical bathroom, DVD, on board service) we embark towards Nazca. Note: For those who are not interested in visiting Nazca it is possible to go directly from Arequipa to the Huacachina oasis, an ideal place for sand boarding on the dunes or going through the desert to watch the sunset.
12° day : Free Day in Nazca

Free day. We recommend various activities: flight in small plane over the Nazca lines (must be reserved at least 10 days in advance); visiting the watchtower on the Panamericana highway from where you can see some figures; visiting the Cantalloc aqueduct located 2km from Nazca, or the Cahuachi archeological site located 30km away. In the afternoon we take the bus from Ica. Night at hotel in Huacachina.

13° day : Free Day in Paracas

We recommend waking up early and going to the port in Paracas to board a boat that takes you to the Ballesta Islands. In this natural environment we observe amazing landscapes and animals in their natural habitat. In the afternoon we take the bus to Lima. Pick-up from the station and transfer to hotel.

14° day : Return home and/or City Tour of Lima
Airport transfer. International flight. If your flight departs at night, we recommend spending the day on our City Tour, where we take you to discover an authentic Lima.
1 traveler : 2550 USD
2 travelers : 1975 USD
3 travelers : 1875 USD
4 / 6 travelers : 1750 USD

Prices are per person, are expressed in U.S. dollars and do not include flights.

The service includes

All transfers from airport to hotel and vice versa. All buses and trains mentioned in the program. Lodging in 2 or 3-star category facilities with private bathroom and breakfast service (double rooms/queen bed). Myths & Legends Tour with a local guide. Train service to and from Machu Picchu (PeruRail or Inca Rail in tourist class) Bus service from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu, and back. One night at Taquile on Lake Titicaca, at the home of a host family from the local community of Huayllano. Lodging and meals in Taquile. Taquile experience with a local guide. Entrance to Machu Picchu, Uros, Taquile. Comfortable touristic bus for the routes: Cusco - Puno, Puno - Arequipa, Arequipa - Nazca, Nazca - Paracas, Paracas -Lima. Private guide in Machu Picchu.

The service does not include

International flight. Lima - Cusco flight. Travel insurance: medical assistance or luggage. Lunches and dinners (except those mentioned in the previous section). Transfer from the train station in Ollantaytambo or Poroy, to the hotel in Cusco (USD $5.00 per person). Entrance ticket (BTC - Boleto Turístico del Cusco): Maras, archeological sites along the Cusco-Puno route, Islas Ballestas, Paracas Reserve and Museum (approximately USD $120.00 per person). Any tour or activity during the free days in Cusco, Puno, Arequipa, Nazca and Paracas. Flight over the Nazca Lines (USD $140.00 per person).

Trip notes

City to city transfers in comfortable touristic buses: restroom on board, heating, air conditioning, reclining seats. Private tours: Myths and legends, private car through the Sacred Valley, Lake Titicaca. In Arequipa, the hotel check-out time is 11:00. Luggage can be left in the hotel storage. (To keep the room for the rest of the day there is an extra charge of $30.00 per person). Machu Picchu: Passengers must take to Aguas Calientes luggage for only two days and one night. Due to train restrictions, please only take a backpack or carry-on size luggage that weighs no more than 5kg. The rest of your luggage should be left in storage at the hotel in Cusco or Urubamba. From the moment of arrival in Peru, the passenger is responsible for any additional costs caused by a variation in the program (net cost plus agency rights).

Responsible tourism

In Taquile, homes are simple and services are basic. The rooms are cozy and there are enough thick blankets available to keep you warm. Bathrooms are inside the house. Through the stay and experience in Taquile, and the visit to the Maras Salt Mines, you are directly helping and supporting the local families and their projects. By customizing your trip, you have the possibility of including different experiences in your itinerary with varied social projects set in different realities, as you continue to engage in .