Train to Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca

9 days | $1,800+ | 6 tours | No hikes | No tents
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Why this package?

  • Tour three unique areas of Peru

  • Full day at Machu Picchu

  • Two days at Lake Titicaca

  • Take the Peru Rail train, no hiking!

  • Explore various ruins

  • Multiple historic culture tours

  • Balance of culture and history

What is included?

Two domestic flights

Eight nights in hotels

Five day tours

Two full days on Lake Titicaca

Guided tour of Machu Picchu

All transportation for tours

All meals during tours

All professional guides and staff

All permits, tickets, taxes, and fees

Get a 9-day international adventure to explore world wonder for under $3,000

You get to Lima and we will handle the rest!

Schedule Overview

Day 1

Arrive in Lima

Pick up from LIM Airport

Check-in to your hotel

Free time in Lima

Flight to Cusco

Pick up from Lima hotel in the morning

Flight to Cusco

Free afternoon in Cusco

Day 3

Tour of Cusco

Tour of Cusco in the morning

Lunch on your own after tour

Free afternoon in Cusco

Tour of the Sacred Valley

Pick up from hotel in the morning 

Tour of Pisac and Ollantaytambo

Train to Aguas Calientes

Tour of Machu Picchu

Tour of Machu Picchu in the morning 

Train to Cusco in the evening 

Hotel in Cusco

Day 6

Sun Route to Puno

Train ride from Cusco to Puno

Transfer from bus station to Puno hotel

Free evening in Puno

Day 7

Tour of Floating Island

Boat tour on Lake Titicaca

Visit the Floating Island, Uros

Night spent on an island with a local family

Tour of Taquile Island

Breakfast with local family

Tour of Taquile Island 

Boat ride back to Puno

Day 9

Flight to Lima

Pick up from Puno hotel in the morning

Flight to Lima

End of services

 

Popular Questions

Short answer: "shoulder seasons", the Spring and Fall of North America. These months provide the best combo of good weather and lower crowds.

High elevation effects everyone differently. Two general pieces of advice: take it easy on your first day in Cusco and hydrate

We've compiled the ultimate packing list depending on which trip you're planning to take. Check it out at the link below

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Schedule Details

Let's get specific...

Day 1

Welcome To Peru! 

  • Meals Included: None

  • Accommodations: Casa Andina Hotel (or similar) in the Miraflores district of Lima

MORNING/AFTERNOON/EVENING

Your international flight arrives to the Lima Airport (LIM). 


A Kusa Treks representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel, located in the in Miraflores district..

Free afternoon/evening in Lima.

NOTE: Please provide your customer service representative with your flight details prior to your arrival.

Day 2

Flight to Cusco

  • Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel. 

  • Accommodations: Hotel Rumi Punku (or similar) in Cusco

MORNING

In the morning, we will transfer you to the Lima airport for your flight to Cusco. A Kusa Treks van will be waiting for you at the airport in Cusco and will drive you to your hotel. You will have a free afternoon to explore Cusco.

AFTERNOON/EVENING

Enjoy some free time to explore Cusco on your own. Check the many shops and incredible restaurants that this historic city has to offer. Or relax at your hotel, by booking a massage at the spa. 

Day 3

Tour of Cusco

  • Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel

  • Entrance Tickets: Included. Boleto Touristo and entrance fees for Catedral

  • Accommodations: Hotel Rumi Punku (or similar) in Cusco

MORNING

You have some free time this morning to sleep in, relax or explore a little bit of Cusco on your own.

AFTERNOON

At 1PM we will meet you in your hotel lobby to begin the Tour of Cusco. You will start today with a tour Q’oricancha, the Temple of the Sun. At Q’oricancha you will see the differences between the Inca and Spanish building methods. This was the spiritual center of the entire Inca Empire and as such the construction here is amazing. Dozens of roads lead from Q’oricancha to the four quarters of the entire Inca Empire.

After visiting Q’oricancha the group will walk down the Avenida El Sol, where you will board a bus that will take you just outside of the city. The 25 minute drive will take you to the majestic Inca site of Sacsayhuaman, which has enigmatic monoliths weighing as much as 200 tons! Your guide will offer an explanation of this phenomenal site and you will have extra time to do a bit of exploring on your own.

From Sacsayhuaman it is a 5 minute bus ride to the Q’enqo Inca site. These ruins include fascinating Inca altars. Following this site is another 5 minute drive to Puca Pucara, which is a small, circular Inca site. The final stop on our tour is Tambomachay, the Inca water temple thought to be used by the ancient civilization for bathing, with its impressive water fountains.

After touring all of these sites you will drive back down to Cusco where the tour ends at your hotel.

EVENING

Free evening in Cusco to enjoy dinner at one of the many incredible restaurants in Cusco. 

Day 4

Tour of the Sacred Valley

  • Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

  • Entrance Tickets: Included. Boleto Touristo

  • Accommodations: Samanapaq Hotel (or similar) in Ollantaytambo

MORNING

A Kusa Treks van will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 8AM to begin today’s tour of the Sacred Valley. The drive will take a road that winds around the mountains north of Cusco. Roughly 20 minutes into the drive you will stop at a famous point known as El Mirador (lookout point). From here you will be able to see the Sacred Valley stretching out below you, while your guide explains a bit of Inca history.

The Sacred Valley was a key area of settlement for the Incas. It has an amazing combination of agreeable climate and fertile plains that allowed for an abundance of crops for the usually unforgiving climate of the high Andes. Here the Incas sculpted vast mountain valleys with their world famous contour terracing and irrigation channels. Your guide will point out the best vantage points to get the best pictures.

AFTERNOON

After re-boarding the van, you will drive to the ruins of Písac. At these ruins you will see and learn about different aspects of Inca culture. You will see amazing works of art carved into stone as well as impressive agricultural terraces.

 

After exploring the upper plains, you will drive back to the lower part of Písac, where there is a bustling handicraft market where the locals buy, sell and trade goods.

At the market you will have free time to walk around and do some bargaining of your own for souvenirs and clothing made of alpaca or llama wool. Afterwards we will meet for lunch in a nice local restaurant where you will enjoy delicious Andean food.

EVENING

After lunch you will continue the tour, with a drive along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo, you will tour a set of important ruins that were constructed during the Inca’s heydays called Ollantaytambo Fortress. This extraordinary Inca site also contains an amazing rock formation representing the Inca god Wiracocha.

After touring this site you will board a train bound for Aguas Calientes. Enjoy the incredible train ride, as it follows the Urubamba River through the Sacred Valley. Upon arriving to Aguas Calientes you will have a few moments to freshen up at the hotel before enjoying an authentic Peruvian meal at a local restaurant. 

Day 5

Tour of Machu Picchu

  • Meals Included: Breakfast and a Snack

  • Entrance Tickets: Included. Entrance fee to enter Machu Picchu Park

  • Accommodations: Rumi Punku Hotel (or similar) in Cusco 

MORNING

It is entirely up to you when you would like to start this exciting day! Today you will discover Machu Picchu, the world famous Sacred City of the Incas. The majority of travelers choose to wake up around 4:30AM, so that you can eat a quick breakfast and head over the bus station where you will attempt to catch the first bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.

The drive to reach Machu Picchu Park is 25 minutes back the way you came the night before, uphill on a road full of switchbacks. The gates to Machu Picchu open at 6AM as the sun is rising over the lost city. It is truly magical to experience a sunrise over these ruins, as the mists part and the city rises from the clouds stone by stone.

Your official guided tour of Machu Picchu will begin at 8AM and end at 10:30AM if you have permits to climb Huyana Picchu or it will begin between 6 and 7AM and end between 9 and 10AM if you choose not to climb Huyana Picchu. All of our guides have been to Machu Picchu hundreds of times and know this site incredibly well! The walking, guided tour will start with the impressive Temple of the Sun. You will see several iconic areas of Machu Picchu including: The Citadel, The Royal Tomb, the Main Plaza, the Condor Temple and much more.

NOTE: Due to new regulations (effective Jan 1. 2019), the paths that lead through Machu Picchu are all “one-way”, meaning you are not able to backtrack during your visit to Machu Picchu. Each visitor without a permit to climb Huyna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain will have ~4 hours to spend inside the park and those with permits to climb either Huyana Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain will have 6 total hours to spend inside the park (including the 2 hour climb).

AFTERNOON/EVENING

After touring Machu Picchu your guide will take you to the bus stop just outside the gates of Machu Picchu Park. You will take this bus for a third time to get back to to Aguas Calientes. Depending on your train departure time (see below), you will either need to head straight to the train station, or you can go to one of the many fantastic restaurants in Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included).

There are several train class options for the ride back to Cusco. The main two trains are the “Expedition Train” (included in the price) and the “Vista Dome Train” (additional $70 USD per ticket). Our team usually tries to get tickets for a train leaving in the 15:00 (3PM) hour, which will have you back to your hotel in Cusco around 19:00 (7PM).

TRAIN SCHEDULE

If you have a preference for departure/arrival time, and provide us with 4+ months notice, we are able to book tickets for the following departures:

Expedition train departure times (train ticket included in price):

  • 14:55, 15:20, 16:20, 18:10

Vista Dome train departure times (additional $70 USD per ticket):

  • 15:20, 16:20, 17:10, 18:20

  • 13:37, $25 USD...only available for those who do not do the Huyana Picchu hike

All trains that depart from Aguas Calientes will arrive at one of two stations:

  1. Ollantaytambo station, 2 hour drive back to Cusco

  2. Poray station, 30 minute drive back to Cusco

Your arrival station will depend on the time of year of your trip, departure time and class of train. Once you arrive to either station a Kusa Treks van and driver will be waiting for you at the station to take you back to your hotel.

Day 6

Sun Route to Puno

  • Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

  • Entrance Tickets: Included. Entrance fees for arceological sites

  • Accommodations: Hotel Casa Andinda (or similar) in Puno

MORNING/AFTERNOON

Our private van will pick you up directly from your hotel in the morning and transfer you to the train station. Enjoy a luxurious ride on Peru Rail from Cusco to Puno (3 hour ride).

EVENING

You will arrive to the train station in Puno around 5PM. Our private transfer will be there to meet you and take you to your hotel.

Day 7

Tour of Floating Island

  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Accommodations: Overnight stay with local family

MORNING

You will be picked you up from the hotel and transfer you to the lake’s port. You will begin the day by traveling across the lake on a boat tour to the floating islands of Uros, where you will have time to explore.

Your guide will show you some of the more remote parts of the island, where you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch.

AFTERNOON

Following lunch, you will take a boat to the next island, where you will meet the local family that you will be staying with for the evening. You will learn how the indigenous people of the lake live.

In the late afternoon, you will climb a mountain to watch the sunset and participate in a party with locals.

EVENING

Tonight will be a basic but memorable accommodation, as you will be surrounded by a nice family. The family will cook an incredible dinner made with local dishes. Many of our guests say this night is the highlight of their trip!

Day 8

Tour of Taquile Island

  • Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch 

  • Accommodations: Hotel Casa Andina (or similar) in Puno

MORNING

You will have an early breakfast with the family before you board a boat that will take you to the next set of islands called Taquile.

AFTERNOON

You will spend the afternoon learning from locals about agriculture and textiles and how generations have thrived on these islands.

Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America, and Taquile Island is one of the larger islands in the lake. Enjoy the incredible views of the crystal blue water and the rugged mountain landscape that surround you. This is an incredibly beautiful place in the world, and you will have time to appreciate its natural beauty before your boat ride back to Puno.

EVENING

You will get back on the boat around 4:30PM and ride back to Puno. A Kusa Treks representative will meet you at the dock to drive you to your hotel.

Day 9

Flight to Lima

  • Meals Included: Breakfast at hotel

MORNING

In the morning, we will transfer you to the Juliaca (JUL) airport for your flight to Lima to connect to your flight back home.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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