Lake Titicaca & Machu Picchu Independent Adventure

Classic, Lima to Cusco

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Spend eight days exploring the land of the Incas, including Lima, Lake Titicaca, and Cusco. Visit the highest lake in the world and meet the people that live around it. Delight in the views of the Sacred Valley on the train to Machu Picchu. Enjoy the very best of Peru.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo Your G for Good Moment: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay
  • Arrival and departure transfer
  • Guided tour of Uros and Taquile Islands on Lake Titicaca
  • Sacred Valley guided tour
  • Pottery-making demonstration
  • Train to Machu Picchu
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


  • Witness traditional life on lake titicaca
  • Soak in the views and culture of the sacred valley
  • Stand in awe of the famed machu picchu


Day 1 Lima Arrive in Lima at any time. On arrival you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel. Additional Notes: Please note that hot water shortages and power outages can be fairly common in Peru (even in upgraded hotels and private homes). We appreciate your patience and understanding that these occurrences are outside of our control. Included Activities: Meet and Greet Hotel Welcome Meeting Arrival Day Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75-1.00 hours)
Day 2 Lima/Puno (1B) Fly to Juliaca then transfer to Puno, on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Additional Notes: Located at 3830 m above sea level, Puno is the highest night stop on the tour. As a result the weather can be extreme, with very cold nights and strong sun during the day. Take some time to acclimatise to the high altitude. Transport: Plane (2.00-2.50 hours, 572km) Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Puno (1B, 1L) Enjoy an included lunch with spectacular views on Taquile Island before continuing on to the renowned floating islands of Uros. Learn about its inhabitants and the tortora reeds used to construct the islands, traditional reed boats and almost everything used in their daily life. Return to Puno and opt to visit the Sillustani burial site. Included Activities: Day Trip to Lake Titicaca
Day 4 Puno/Cusco (1B) Take in the panoramic landscapes and Andean scenery en route from Puno to historic Cusco. Additional Notes: Every year Cusco attracts thousands of travellers who come to delve into its noble but tragic past. It is the perfect base for optional explorations around the city and area as well as a range of outdoor activities. Relax and explore this fascinating city. Transport: Local bus (7.00-8.00 hours)
Day 5 Cusco/Urubamba (1B, 1L) Travel through the stunning Sacred Valley of the Incas, visiting a G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op. Meet the women and learn about traditional weaving and dyeing. Opt to pick up some handmade souvenirs and textiles directly from the women who made them. Have lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant and learn about the G Adventures for Good project. Proceeds of this meal go directly back to the remote community. Included Activities: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit Cuyo Chico Pottery Making Demonstration Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-8.00 hours, 95km)
Day 6 Urubamba/Aguas Calientes (1B) Board a morning train escorted by a local guide. Wind through the spectacular Sacred Valley to the end of the line: the village of Aguas Calientes, a frontier town nestled in the hills beneath Machu Picchu. For serious archaeology buffs, there is time for an optional independent visit to Machu Picchu before the guided tour the following morning. Additional Notes: Please bear in mind that the town has several amenities, but is also geographically remote meaning services are sometimes more basic than one would assume. As the only option for travellers visiting Machu Picchu, the development of infrastructure has happened quite quickly, much without proper planning, and the focus on providing quality service may not be up to the standards experienced in other parts of the country. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours) Train (1.50 hour(s))
Day 7 Aguas Calientes/Cusco (1B) Rise early to take advantage of viewing Machu Picchu in the early morning light. Later in the afternoon, return by train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy and transfer to Cusco by van, arriving in the evening. Included Activities: Machu Picchu Guided Tour Transport: Local bus (0.25 hour(s)) Train (2.00-3.00 hours, 118km) Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 95km)
Day 8 Cusco (1B) Depart at any time. Departure transfer included. Additional Notes: Extra time in Cusco is recommended to fully enjoy this popular city. Speak to a sales agent to book post-accommodation and/or return flight to Lima. Transport: Private Vehicle (0.50-0.75 hours)