Cusco Machu Picchu Puno tour is designed to offer you a deeper insight to the Inca civilization and the prominence of the archaeological complex in Cusco and en-route to Puno.
What’s special about this tour package is that, besides offering classic landscapes like the Sacred Valley, Maras-Moray, and Machu Picchu. The itinerary includes a trip to Puno, so you can take time to appreciate the beauty this trail offers.
You’ll also get to experience the world’s highest navigable body of water, Lake Titicaca. Besides being able to visit a local family and see part of the process of making the famous floating islands.
We are a fully locally owned tour operator based in Cusco. Our guides are passionate about the history and culture of Peru. They have years of experience on hiking to Machu Picchu.
This is a high altitude experience. Although our tour guides will be carrying oxygen tanks and coca leaves, It is highly recommended to spend 3-4 days in Cusco to avoid altitude sickness.
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Check out our interesting facts about Machu Picchu.
Cusco Airport Pickup
Depends on your flight time
Welcome to Cusco! Today, our representative will meet you and assist you on arrival at the airport. We will transfer you to your hotel and assist with your check-in.
As Cusco is at a high altitude, (11,151 ft / 3399 metres above sea level) we do suggest to spend the rest of the day relaxing. We would also recommend arriving in Cusco in the morning. So that you can acclimatize to the altitude for the rest of the day or come a day before you start this Cusco Machu Picchu Puno tour with us.
Sightseeing in Cusco City. The former capital of Incas is home to their fascinating artworks that are still intact to this day with a mix of European-colonial style.
We will be leaving from your hotel at 1 pm. On this half day tour we will be visiting one of the most captivating cathedral of Peru, Cusco Cathedral.
We will continue the tour by stopping at the temple of Coricancha (Sacred Temple of the Incas) and finish exploring the city by going to the nearest archaeological site of Cusco. Sacsayhuaman (12139 ft / 3700m). We end the tour by visiting Qenqo, Tambomachay and return back to the hotel.
Today we will visit one of the most iconic places in Cusco, The Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will pick you up at 7:30 am and make our way to the first stop point, Awanacancha.
During the trip, we will have our first sighting of South America’s treasured animals, llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and guanacos. We will also have the opportunity to learn about the alpaca wool and have time to shop for some beautiful quality baby alpaca fabrics.
As we continue on with the tour, we visit the archaeological center of Pisac (9,750 ft / 2,972 m), one of the prominent ruins along the Sacred Valley. Pisac market is one of the most visited markets. Here you will find a variety of gifts and souvenirs for all types.
Afterwards, we will have lunch (included) offering a variety of options. Then we stop at a Peruvian bar (Chichería) and try the traditional Peruvian drinks.
Finally, we stop at the last archeological site, known as Ollantaytambo, to visit one of the oldest museums of South America. We will then continue by exploring the archaeological site.
We will then return to Cusco. On our way, we will be stopping at Chinchero. It is home to the Andean weavers. The village also houses Inca ruins.
Check out our Sacred Valley Guide
Pick up will start from 9am at your hotel; we will head to Moray where we will have time to take photos and learn more about the Inca culture. We will then pass through the salt mines and have the opportunity to see up close the making of the product.
After seeing these two beautiful places, we board the bus and stop for lunch at a traditional Peruvian restaurant, we then make our way to the parking lot of the train station and board the train at 4:40 pm (or similar train timetable). The journey will be from Ollantaytambo to the town of Aguas Calientes (approximately 2 hours). Overnight stay at a 3 star hotel in Aguas Calientes.
Special Information: We recommend leaving your suitcases at the hotel in Cusco before we make our way to Aguas Calientes. Unfortunately, suitcases or/and large bags are not permitted in the train. Carry only what is necessary for the trip using a small backpack.
Today we hop on a bus and make the journey (30 minutes drive approx.) to visit Machu Picchu, The lost city of the Incas.
Our tour guide will welcome you with a 2 hour guided tour and take you to the most important temples and enclosures Machu Picchu has to offer. After the tour, you will have free time for exploring Machu Picchu on your own.
If you have booked to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, our guide will direct you to the trail head.
Alternatively you can hike to Inti Punku or Sun Gate. This is the point of entrance to the citadel to those on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
After the full day tour of Machu Picchu, we will depart Aguas Calientes to board the train at 2:30pm (depending on availability) to Ollantaytambo train station. Here our representative will be meeting you and will be driving you back to Cusco. We will arrive at Cusco City at roughly 7:00 p.m.
Be transferred from the hotel at 6am, after breakfast, to make our way to board the touristic bus to Puno.
Enjoy the panoramic view whilst we make some stops along the way. Our guide will impart further insight about the tour, it’s history and culture. Visit Andahuaylillas ¨The Sistine Chapel of America¨ (11,154ft / 3400m), and Raqchi ¨Temple of Wiracocha¨ (11,318ft / 3450m).
The third stop will be in Marangani (11653ft / 3552m) enjoy lunch (included) and continue onto the border of Cusco and Puno la Raya (14,222 / 4335m).
We take a break to stretch and take photos of our surroundings. Last stop will be at the Pukara Museum (12795 ft / 3900 m) and the city of Puno (12467 ft / 3800m). We will be arriving in the city of Puno at approximately 5 pm.
Be transferred from your hotel, at 7am, towards Lake Titicaca to board our recommended boat. Today we visit Uros and Taquile Islands as they both have unique and different customs and traditions.
In Uros (12467 ft / 3800m) we get the chance to interact with the locals and learn their culture and the uniqueness the island offers. Following on, we visit a local family in Taquile (12795 ft / 3900 m).
Here they will demonstrate the process of making one-of-a-kind fabrics not only of their designs but the technique used when making them. After the demonstration, we have lunch included within the premises. Afterwards, we return to the boat on a 2 hour ride back to the city of Puno.
We will be picking you up from your hotel and will be dropping you off at Juliaca Airport.