Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca Adventure
35+ - 40's - 50's and 60's Singles Vacations
November 1 - November 10, 2013
Take the Train - No Trekking
Machu Picchu, rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, is a fortress city of the ancient Incas. The ruins are
one of the most beautiful and enigmatic ancient sites in the world. While the Inca people certainly used the
Andean mountain top, erecting hundreds of stone structures in the 1400's, legends and myths indicate that Machu
Picchu (meaning 'Old Peak' in the Quechua language) was revered as a sacred place from a far earlier time. Whatever
its origins, the Inca turned the site into a small but extraordinary city. Invisible from below and completely
self-contained, surrounded by agricultural terraces sufficient to feed the population, and watered by natural
springs, Machu Picchu seems to have been used by the Inca as a secret ceremonial city. Two thousand feet above the
Urubamba river, the cloud shrouded ruins have palaces, baths, temples, storage rooms and about 150 houses, all in a
remarkable state of preservation.
Lima, The City of Kings, is a city full of history and cultural heritage. Travel around Lima and
visit the great convent of San Francisco, a colonial gem that still today keeps all the treasures from the Spanish
era. Visit some of the best museums, explore the ruins of Huaca Pucllana, a pre-Inca temple and the Sacred Citadel
of Pachacamac, home of the most important god on the Peruvian coast. Enjoy modern Lima, visit the most important
residential areas, such as Miraflores, San Isidro and the traditional district of Barranco.
Cusco was a Holy City, place of pilgrimage, a sacred place the Incas themselves believed was
“The Navel of World”, thus its real name “Qosqo”. Nowadays Cusco is a fascinating mix of Inca and Colonial Spanish
architecture; churches, monasteries, convents and Inca remains are found at every corner, many streets are lined
with perfect Inca stonework’s, which served as foundation for the Spanish constructions that took place in the XVI
and XVII centuries.
Machu Picchu Singles
Vacation Adventure Itinerary
Vacation Day 1 - Friday: Arrive
Upon arrival in Lima you will be met at the airport and transfered to our hotel. Free time to relax before we start
our trip around this magical country. Meet your group leader and join the group for an optional
Vacation Day 2 - Saturday: Lima / Cusco
Early in the morning we transfer to the airport for our flight to Cusco. Upon arrival
free time for a rest and to get used to the altitude.
If you haven't meet everyone already, tonight is your opportunity. Get ready
to enjoy a dinner in a typical restaurant with a folklore show where the musicians play their melodies with Andean
instruments of beautiful sounds while typically dressed dancers will show you different ancient Peruvian
Vacation Day 3 - Sunday: Cusco
Enjoy a late breakfast and time for souvenir shopping before our afternoon tour of Cusco. Visit the Main Square,
the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha. Then drive to visit the Inca sites of Kenko, Tambomachay,
Puca Pucara and the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman, built strategically on a hill overlooking Cusco; famous
for its enormous carved stones joined with astounding precision to form the outer walls. Some of these stones stand
over 30ft tall and weigh over 350 tons.
Vacation Day 4 - Monday: Cusco - Excursion to
the "Sacred Valley of the Incas"
of picturesque towns, agricultural terraces and archaeological sites. Explore at your own pace the Market of
Pisac, a picturesque Andean shopping center where native people are seen bartering their products and also
selling a wide variety of handicrafts. On Sunday there is a catholic mass service on Sunday celebrated in Quechua, the native language. Lunch at a
local restaurant in the Sacred Valley.
In the afternoon we pass through Calca and Urubamba towns to arrive at the
Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo. Built to guard the valley entrance and protect it from enemies of the
lower jungles it consists of a series of superimposed terraces of carved stones accessed by long staircases. Walk
through the quaint streets of the nearby town, a religious and agricultural center during the Inca Empire. Visit
the picturesque Andean village of Chinchero where the remains of the royal hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui lies.
Admire the well preserved Inca wall at the Main Square, visit the beautiful colonial temple built on Inca
foundations. Return to Cusco in the late afternoon.
DAY 5 - Tuesday: Cusco / Machu Picchu
The day starts with an early morning transfer to Cusco train station. Enjoy a unique
train ride towards the marvelous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. Get the most outstanding views of the Urubamba
River, which cuts its way through green fields beneath the high peaks of the Andean glaciers.
towards the marvelous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. Get the most outstanding views of the Urubamba River, which cuts
its way through green fields beneath the high peaks of the Andean glaciers.
After our three 1/2 hour train journey have lunch in Agias Calientes before
we drive up the mountain to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, also known as "The Lost City of the Incas".
Upon arrival our guided tour begins, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial (Intiwatana),
the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds. After the tour you will have time
to stroll around the archaeological site. Then it is back to Agias Calientes for an evening at leisure.
Vacation Day 6 - Wednesday: Machu Picchu: Aguas Calientes -
Excellent opportunity to wake up early, enjoy a beautiful sunrise, stroll around town or visit the Hot Spring
Thermal waters. And still have time for optional activities:
1. Visit the Citadel of Machu Picchu for a second time (extra $$).
2. For active or more adventurous people, we suggest to climb up the Huayna Picchu (depending on weather
conditions) from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being high and distant.
Arriving at the top takes about two and a half hours. An exciting adventure for hikers who want to see the
nature and the carved stone emerging from the ground as if a geological miracle.
In the afternoon, back to Cusco by train and our hotel. Evening free. We
recommend dining at the hotel and have an early night.
Vacation Day 7 - Thursday: Cusco - Puno
Morning departure by bus to the City of
Puno. During our trip, pass by the lovely Wacarpay Lake, offering spectacular views of mountains reflected in
waters. Visit the pre-Inca citadel of Pikillacta, the ruins consist of more than 700 structures with some
walls standing at almost 40 feet high.
We proceed to the town of Andahuaylillas to visit the Church of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, also
known as the Sistine Chapel of the Americas, due to its decorated polychrome ceiling. On the way, we stop to see a
spectacular Inca Sanctuary dedicated to the great Inca God of Wiracocha. Then we pass through La Raya
Ranch where we can see herds of vicuñas and llamas, stopping at the town of Ayaviri, an important livestock and
textile center, to visit the impressive Temple of Kalasaya, ruins from the ancient Pucara Culture.
We stop for lunch in a quiet countryside restaurant, where we can enjoy the delightful culinary art of the
region. Later In the afternoon we arrive in Puno and check in to our hotel.
Vacation Day 8 - Friday: Puno: Titicaca Lake Floating Island of the Uros and Island of
This morning, we will have an unforgettable motorboat excursion on the
waters of Lake Titicaca to the unique "Floating Islands" of the Uros. 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", vegetable fibre from the Papiro family. Their homes and boats are also
made from this material.
Then we continue our motorboat trip to Taquile island, inhabited by Quechua-speaking natives who have developed
an efficient and unique social system, as well as fine hand weaving techniques, that have been
passed down through generations. After lunch in a local Taquile inn, we will have a walk through the
various hills and archaeological sites of this 3 1/2 mile long island before we return to Puno.
Vacation Day 9 - Satuday: Puno/ Lima
Early in the morning we transfer to the airport for our flight to
Lima. A city tour around Lima is a fantastic way to discover the history in this old capital of
the Conquistadors. Our tour of the "City of Kings" includes the Historical Center, Main Square, Government
Palace, City Hall, the Cathedral (tomb of Francisco Pizarro, conqueror of Peru), Museum of the Cathedral,
Temple of Santo Domingo (tombs of Santa Rosa and San Martin), Temple of San Pedro, Lima Colonial Balconies,
Torre Tagle Palace, Paseo de Aguas and Convent de los Descalzos.. after enjoy an overview of Peru's
pre-Columbian history while visiting the Museum of Anthropology and Archeology, the largest collection of
pre-Hispanic artifacts, such as Chavin stone sculptures, textiles
from Paracas, Nazca and Mochica ceramics and Chimu metalwork; as well as paintings, documents and objects
relating to prominent people of Peru's Conquest, Vice Royalty and Republic times.
After all that sightseeing let's sit back and enjoy a folklore show and dinner at a
local Peruvian restaurant at our Farewell Dinner.
Vacation Day 10 - Sunday: Depart Lima
It is time to say goodbye to all your new travel buddies as we are
transferred to the Airport for our International Flights home.
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Novemeber 1 - November 10,
* 9 Nights
* Domestic Flights in Peru
* Vistadome train to Machu Picchu
* 8 Breakfasts - 5 Lunches - 2 Dinners<<br> * Tour Leader
* Activities and Tours per itinerary
* All Transfers
* All Taxes and Surcharges
* International Airfare
* Airport Departure Taxes for both domestic and international flights
* $80 tips collected first day
*The price per person is for a double room. Best Single Travel
provides roommate matching on all our vacations, so there is never a need to pay a "single
supplement". If you wish to room alone it is an additional $650.
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