The Inca Empire – Lake Titicaca & Machu Picchu Tour
This Lake Titicaca and Machu Picchu tour takes you on an adventure through the ancient Inca heartland of Peru. You’ll explore high-altitude landscapes and the superlative Lake Titicaca, discovering the fascinating communities that have lived on its waters for centuries. You’ll also explore Cusco and the Sacred Valley before embarking on a trek through the mighty Andes to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
- Gaze at incredible views across the high-altitude Lake Titicaca and visit its islands
- Roam through the ancient streets of the thriving city of Cusco
- Travel through the Sacred Valley of the Inca visiting archaeological ruins and lively markets
- Hike through lonely Andean peaks and camp out under the stars on the Salkantay trek
- Visit coffee plantations, stay in local communities and learn all about organic coffee production
- Explore the incredible Inca citadel of Machu Picchu taking in its breathtaking views
- Feast on Peruvian cuisine in Lima, the culinary capital of South America
This is a private tour (with some small-group excursions) and you will be accompanied by an English-speaking local guide during all excursions. The price displayed is per person based on two people sharing. All tours can be tailor-made to suit your interests and requirements.
Depending on availability you could also approach Machu Picchu on foot by joining the classic Inca Trail Trek.
At its height, the Inca Empire covered a vast stretch of land encompassing most of the Andes mountain range, all the way from present-day Colombia and Ecuador, through to Bolivia, Peru, Chile and Argentina. But, the heart of the Inca Empire was in Peru, around Lake Titicaca, Cusco and Machu Picchu. The mighty citadel of Machu Picchu, perched high in the Andes, was one of the last strongholds of the Incas during the Spanish Conquest, and the city has been left incredibly intact over the centuries.
On this tour you’ll be exploring the high-altitude landscapes of the Inca, uncovering layer upon layer of history and legend as you go. Beginning at Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world, you’ll spend several days exploring its waters and islands by boat. From there you’ll continue to Cusco and the Sacred Valley, before trekking into the mountains.
On the Salkantay Trek you’ll get to experience the Andes Mountains intimately, moving slowly through different eco-systems and terrains. You’ll camp out under the stars and hike over high mountain passes before dropping down to the warmer climes of the coffee region. Here the sparse scrubland of the mountains gives way to sub-tropical forests with pomegranate and avocado trees. After spending time with the rural communities of this region, you’ll continue your adventure to Machu Picchu, before finishing your trip with a dose of modern-day Peru in the capital city of Lima.
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- Trip duration: 12 days
- Countries visited: Peru
Adventure: Accommodation in hostels (always in a private room) and B&Bs, and sometimes in hammocks, rustic cabins or tents. Internal transport is overland rather than by plane wherever possible.
Note: this is a guideline; please refer to the tour detailed description for what is and is not included.
- Level of difficulty: Medium
- Accommodation: 1 night in a hotel in Puno, 2 nights in private guest rooms on a Lake Titicaca island, 4 nights in a hotel in Cusco, 2 nights camping on the Salkantay trek, 1 night in a private guest room at the coffee plantation, 1 night in a hotel in Aguas Calientes, 1 night in a hotel in Lima
- Transport: Internal flights, bus, train, private car
- Meals included: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
Percentage of cost going to local communities:
At least 45%
- Bilingual guide: Available in English, French or Spanish
- Extra services:
- Additional information: You will be greeted at the airport on arrival by a local guide who will take you to your hotel and will be able to answer any questions, make any additional arrangements and generally ensure everything goes smoothly. No minimum number of passengers required and you will not be travelling with a group of people you do not know. Prices quoted are per person and based on at least 2 people travelling. You should expect a cheaper price for bigger groups. Your passport is required at time of booking. For information on visa requirements, immunisations and health formalities please visit the FCO Travel Advice Website or the US Travel Advice Website (direct links to Peru page). Information on money changing in each destination, as well as what it is customary to tip for various services, will be provided. This tour of Peru, like most of our adventures through South America, has a low level of physical difficulty and participants can choose to do as much or as little as they like. If you have any concerns or require special arrangements please call or email us to discuss. What to bring: Travel insurance, passport, binoculars, alarm clock, walking shoes, water bottle, daypack, sun protection, insect repellent, sun glasses and hat, swimwear, flip-flops, torch with extra batteries, wind and waterproof jacket, warm clothes to layer, warm socks, fleece, hat, gloves, scarf. During the Salkantay trek you will be able to leave some of your luggage in a safe locker and take only what you need to carry for the hike. What to bring on the trek: Your passport, rucksack, walking shoes, spare socks, sandals, wind and waterproof jacket, warm clothes including hat and gloves, sun protection, sun glasses and hat, water bottle, water purifying tablets, torch and batteries, camera and batteries, travel towel, sleeping bag (can be hired), insect repellent, snacks, swimwear.
- Best time to travel: All year round
- Extra budget recommended: Around £200 / $250 pp to cover meals and all other expenses not included in the itinerary.
- What is included: Welcome reception at the airport. Transfers (some may be shared) and internal flights. Overland transport. Accommodation. Entrance fees to sites of interest, museums and national parks mentioned in the itinerary. Guided activities and excursions with English speaking guides (some private, some as part of a small group). Meals as stated in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner). Contributions to the social projects visited. Donation to help in preserving the Amazon rainforest through agro-forestry and education.
- What is not included: Flights from your country of origin. Travel insurance. Alcoholic drinks. Additional meals or snacks. Travel within and around each town. Visa fees (if any). Tips. Souvenirs.
The Inca Empire – Lake Titicaca & Machu Picchu Tour
£ 1,595 GBP
Discover the ancient empire of the Incas on this Peru adventure. You’ll explore high-altitude landscapes and the superlative Lake Titicaca, meeting communities that have lived on its waters for centuries. You’ll also visit Cusco and the Sacred Valley before embarking on a trek through the mighty Andes to Machu Picchu.