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From Cusco: 2-Day Lake Titicaca Tour

1. From Cusco: 2-Day Lake Titicaca Tour

Embark on an adventurous 2-day tour of the Lake Titicaca area. Discover some of the highlights located in and around Puno, Uros, Taquile, and Cusco, stopping with plenty of time to absorb the local flair and experience the main attractions. Spend the night in Puno and savor the tasty local cuisine along the way. Day 1: Cusco to Puno with stops Pick up from your hotel is at 630 AM to go to the tourist bus station in Puno. During the trip, enjoy a series of exciting stops at different centers and tourist attractions. Start with a 35-minute tour of the Andahuaylillas Sistine Chapel of America Temple and prepare to be amazed. Later, explore the Raqchi Archaeological Complex, before reaching Sicuani, where you can sit down to enjoy a buffet lunch at the restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the beautiful Paso la Raya, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Explore the Pucará Lithic Museum. Arrival at your hotel in Puno in Puno they will be waiting for you to take you to the hotel. Day 2: Puno, Uros, Taquile, Cusco Your second day will start early with a 715 AM hotel pickup and a transfer to the Port of Puno. Board your boat and head to the Uros, where you will participate in a cultural demonstration that will allow you to discover the Uros way of life. Visit the Taquile Islands and get to know the local culture Take a beautiful walk and full of incredible photo opportunities. Pause for lunch in the afternoon at a local restaurant where there will be a local menu of fried trout and quinoa soup where you can see the life of the taquiles. Then, return to Puno in the afternoon, usually around 4 PM. Then you will return to the hotel where you can wait in the waiting room and go out for dinner on your own. At 915 PM, your transfer will arrive to take you to the bus station, boarding at 10 PM. Arrive at the Cusco terminal at 5 AM in the morning, and end of the tour. Here you can find taxis to your hotel.

Cusco: 8 Day Machu Picchu and Puno Southern Treasures Tour

2. Cusco: 8 Day Machu Picchu and Puno Southern Treasures Tour

Day 1: Arrival in Cusco Be collected when you arrive at the airport in Cusco and driven to your lodge in the charming historic district of Cusco. Your lodge will be the 3-star Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar. Spend the first day resting and acclimatizing to the altitude of approximately 3,400 meters (11,000 feet). Later, meet your expedition group at 5 PM.    Day 2: Sacred Valley tour of Chinchero, Moray, and the salt mines Begin your adventure at an important ancient site for the Inca on the high plains of Chinchero. Visit the picturesque colonial church and a local textile center. Learn about the ancient science of weaving from the artisans themselves. Continue through the rolling hills to the enigmatic circular terraces of Moray. Learn about how they served as an experimental agricultural center to cultivate the best Andean crops at different temperatures. Near Moray, make a stop at the town of Maras to visit the ancient salt mines. Discover the natural art of salt harvesting straight from the land. In the afternoon, travel to Ollantaytambo and board the train to Aguas Calientes. Stay overnight at the 3-star Golden Sunrise Hotel or similar.    Day 3: Machu Picchu Rise early for breakfast then ascend to the citadel Inka of Machu Picchu - recognized by UNESCO as one of the seven wonders of the world and a World Heritage Site. Take a 2 to 3-hour tour of the site with a guide who will teach you about the site and answer any questions. Return to Aguas Calientes for lunch then the 3-star Waman Hotel Machupicchu or similar for the night.    Day 4: Pisaq and Awanancancha Travel to Ollantaytambo and continue to the town of Pisaq. Discover the engineering of the Incas as the mountainsides are full of terraces and buildings on steep hillsides and high peaks. Journey to the top of this mountain for the best views of the Sacred Valley below. Later, return to the town of Pisaq and visit the local artisan market to see all kinds of products including weavings, musical instruments, and souvenirs. Return to Cusco and on the way stop at the weaving center, Awanacancha. Meet the Andean species of camels including alpaca, llama, vicuña, and guanaco. Learn the science of weaving to appreciate the hand-made art of the Andean women. Stay the night at the 3-star Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar.    Day 5: Cusco Enjoy free time to explore Cusco. You can spend the day in the city independently or book a day tour such as the city walking tour, river rafting on Vilcanota River, horse riding in Saqsayhuaman Park, ziplining in the Sacred Valley, or ATV riding in Killarumiyoc. Stay tonight at the 3-star Ayni Cusco Hotel or similar.    Day 6: Puno In the morning, go to Puno, then stop at Andahuaylillas - one of the best examples of the fusion between Catholic and Andean religions. Visit Raqchi, an Inka temple dedicated to the god Wiracocha, creator of the universe.Next, see La Raya at the midway point on your journey and the highest point on the road at 4,335 meters above sea level. The impressive views here allow you to admire the rugged altitude full of tall snow-capped peaks and herds of llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas.Continue to Pucara, one of the oldest and most important ceremonial centers of the high plains, which is well known for its lithic structures and tombs. Stay tonight at the 3-star Puno Qalasaya Hotel or similar.    Day 7: Uros and Taquile Island Depart at 7:30 AM from your hotel to the dock or main port. At 7:45 AM, begin your trip to the floating islands of Uros, the National Reserve of Lake Titicaca.See the beautiful panoramic view as your expert guide teaches you about the floating islands, then sail for 2.5 hours to Taquile Island. On the way, see the mountain chain, the royal mountain range. After your 2 hour visit, enjoy a delicious typical lunch, then purchase some of the crafts. Return to the city of Puno at 5 PM and stay at the 3-star Puno Qalasaya Hotel or similar.    Day 8: Puno to Juliaca to Lima Take a brief transfer from Puno to the neighboring city of Juliaca. Upon your arrival in Lima, you will be assisted to your international connecting flight or accommodation.

From Cusco: Puno and Uros Islands 2-Day Trip

3. From Cusco: Puno and Uros Islands 2-Day Trip

Travel to Puno on this 2-day trip from Cusco. Experience historic and scenic sights including Andahuaylillas, the Temple of the Wiracocha God, and La Raya. Ride to Uros Islands on a speedboat and a tour of the island of Taquile on day 2. Day 1: Cusco to Puno Start your day with pickup from your hotel in Cusco and transfer to the bus station for the tourist bus to Puno. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey with plenty of stops at attractions along the scenic route. Stop at Andahuaylillas to visit its beautiful chapel. Pause in Racchi to encounter the Temple of the Wiracocha God, then enjoy a lunch stop in beautiful La Raya. Continue your journey with a visit to the Pucará Site Museum. Arrive in Puno in the late afternoon. Enjoy a transfer from the bus station to your hotel accommodation, with the evening free to explore the city at your leisure. Day 2: Puno and the Floating Islands to Cusco Begin your day with pickup and transport to the pier for a speedboat journey to the Uros islands. Take a tour of these famous floating islands made of reeds. Enjoy a cruise on the highest navigable lake in the world to the remote island of Taquile. Take a guided tour of the island and its scenic viewpoints, before pausing for lunch in a local restaurant. After eating, begin your journey back to Puno. Take advantage of some free time to explore the city at your leisure. Enjoy some dinner in one of the city's many restaurants (own expense), before hopping on the night bus for the journey back to Cusco.

From Cusco: Cusco to Puno Shuttle & Guided Tour w/Box lunch

4. From Cusco: Cusco to Puno Shuttle & Guided Tour w/Box lunch

To begin our trip from Cusco to Puno, board the touristic bus that will take you through the wonderful Andes sceneries. First, stop in Andahuaylillas, a town located 40 kilometres from Cusco that has as its main attraction the Church of Andahuaylillas, nicknamed the ‘Sistine Chapel of America’, due to the impressive art found in it. After this, continue the route to Racchi, where the Wiracocha Temple is located, a surprising 30-meters wide by 20-meters high construction of rectangular shape. Have a tasty box lunch in Sicuani, followed by a brief stop in La Raya, the highest point between Puno and Cusco, over 4,313 metres above sea level. Then, arrive at the town of Pucara, where the Pucara Lithic Museum is located. Developed between the years 100 and 300 AC, this town was the first proper urban settlement of the lacustrine highlands. Finally, arrive in the city of Puno.

From Cusco: Lake Titicaca with a visit to Uros and Taquile

5. From Cusco: Lake Titicaca with a visit to Uros and Taquile

Discover the beauty of lake Titicaca and its islands on this 2-day tour from Cusco. Stay overnight in a comfortable 3-star hotel and enjoy delicious lunches. Learn about the local Taquile culture. Day One: Be picked up from your hotel and driven to the bus station to catch your bus to Puno. Sit back and relax on the scenic drive to the Andean Baroque Andahuaylillas church. Explore the rich artwork in this 16th century Jesuit church on a guided tour. Board the bus and head to the Incan archaeological complex of Raqchi. Walk through the complex to admire the ancient adobe and stonework. Continue to the city of Sicuani where you can enjoy a delectable buffet lunch. Drive to La Raya where you can take in breathtaking views of mountains that are considered sacred. Uncover the history of ancient cultures at the museum Litico Pukara before transferring to your accommodation in Puno to rest for the evening. Day Two: Start the day with pickup from your hotel and transportation to the Port of Puno. Hop aboard a boat and view the mountains and towns that line the shores of lake Titicaca as you cruise to the island of Uros. Take part in a cultural demonstration to gain a deeper understanding of the local Taquile culture. Follow your guide on a walking tour of the island. Have a lunch of fresh fried fish and quinoa cream at a local restaurant. Return to your hotel in Puno to rest or spend some free time exploring the area. Leave for Cusco at 9:30 PM and travel overnight to reach your accommodation in Cusco in the morning.

From Puno: 1-Day Bus Ticket to Cusco With Stops

6. From Puno: 1-Day Bus Ticket to Cusco With Stops

Enjoy a 1-day transfer on a comfortable, modern bus from Puno to Cusco. Take stops along the way to see highlights of the region. Start with pickup from Puno and first travel to the Pukara Museum for a guided visit. Then, travel over the La Raya Pass at 4335 meters in altitude. Stop in Sicuani for a tasty buffet lunch. After lunch, visit Raqchi, also known as the Temple of Wiracocha, the important Incan leader. Afterwards, take a short guided tour of Checacupe district. Finally, make a stop at Andahuaylillas known as the “Sistine Chapel of the Americas”. Finally, arrive in Cusco in the late afternoon.

From Cusco: Full-Day Touristic Bus to Puno with Guided Tours

7. From Cusco: Full-Day Touristic Bus to Puno with Guided Tours

Depart bright and early from Cusco for a bus tour to Puno with gorgeous views of mountains, lakes, and historically sacred cities. Grab lunch in Sicuani and stop at the temples of Andahuaylillas and Raqchi, Raya Pass, and Pukara Lithic Museum for guided tours of these significant Peruvian landmarks. Settle in for the 10-hour tour across the southern corridor of the altiplano, the widest section of the Andes mountain range. Your first stop is St. Peter the Apostle of Andahuaylillas, a 16th-century church known as the Sistine Chapel of the Andes for its extravagant murals and gold embellishments. Next is the Inka temple of Raqchi where you’ll glimpse into the distant past and see what life was like for worshippers of the sun. After exploring the expansive grounds, break for a buffet lunch in the nearby town of Sicuani before continuing further south. Ascend to the Raya Pass at 4335 meters above sea level for panoramic views of the Andes. Take in the breathtaking landscape full of freshwater pools, snow-capped mountains, and vendors selling traditional souvenirs. Finally, visit the Lithic Museum in Pukara to learn about Inkan and Aymaran culture. See rare artifacts and wander through the museum’s archeological site to appreciate the region’s fascinating history. Each visit lasts from 20 to 40 minutes, giving you time to ask questions, take photos, and explore at your own pace. Once you arrive in Puno, you’ll part ways with the group and be transferred to your accommodation.

From Cusco: Tipón, Pikillacta & Andahuaylillas Private Tour

8. From Cusco: Tipón, Pikillacta & Andahuaylillas Private Tour

Explore the archaeological sites of Tipón and Pikillacta from Cusco. Visit the quaint town of Andahuaylillas on this private day trip. Be led to little-known villages and historic ruins by an expert guide. Start your journey in Tipón, a perfectly preserved archaeological site, 27 kilometers away from Cusco. Explore Tipón's impressive rural colony mansion. Marvel at the 12 agricultural terraces that are still cultivated with an irrigation system. This masterpiece of hydraulic engineering of the Incas serves the surrounding population to date. Continue your tour to Pikillacta, built by the Wari people. See one of the best-preserved pre-Inca sites of Peru. Learn about its archaeological importance. Among its 700 structures, spread over 3000 hectares, you can see stone and mud buildings, distinct terrace work, and the head of a condor carved in a rock. Finally, pay a visit to Andahuaylillas and its landmark attraction, the Church of Andahuaylillas. Admire the impressive quality of the art pieces in this baroque church. Gaze at the mural paintings and altars decorated in gold. It houses an original pipe organ, a result of recent restorations. After a busy day of sightseeing, relax on the way back to your accommodation in Cusco.

From Cusco: Tipon, Andahuaylillas and Pikillaqta Day Tour

9. From Cusco: Tipon, Andahuaylillas and Pikillaqta Day Tour

Be picked up from your accommodation in Cusco and start this interesting half day tour to visit the amazing archeological site of Tipon, also known as the garden of the Incas. Take a tour of Andahuaylillas and its beautiful church and finish the tour in Pikillaqta learning about the Wari culture. This pre-Inca culture began 700 years after Christ and left behind beautiful constructions that we will visit during the tour. This tour is perfect for those who are still acclimatizing to the altitude and want to do an easy tour before visiting other tourist sites in Cusco higher above sea level.

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What people are saying about Andahuaylillas

It was a fantastic tour. Everything was very well organized, excellent guides, good food in the lunches included. How else, there was the bus back. It was of the bed type, but very cramped when people lowered the chairs, making any attempt to go to the bathroom unfeasible. Glad it wasn't my case. Another thing is the lack of respect for others, shown by some passengers, who kept their cell phones on, without muting the sound. But overall, it was well worth it.

Nice visit to the islands. Discovery of life on the islands, culture, cuisine. Wonderful landscapes. Good organization, no difficulty. What leaves a little perplexed is to meet so many intermediaries for this stay. But they all master the organization. Small flat: the Colonial Plaza hotel in Puno which was not terrible. Very cold, very bad wifi, no window in the room and not crazy breakfast when you are rather sweet.

The truth was very good, the tour is beautiful, the people of the hotel behaved beautifully and the buses to come from Cusco very good, very comfortable, no complaints, super recommended !!

Loved the small trips during the long bus ride, made it easier to tolerate the ride. Great guides and activities!

Very cool, all on time, no delays and very good guides! Super recommend it!