Peru: Machu Picchu, Cuzco, and Lake Titicaca

Trip Overview

Join AdventureWomen next summer in June 2017 for a "Best of Peru" adventure vacation which combines ancient Inca culture, active outdoor fun, history, archeology and stunning Andes scenery. Defining the “Best” of Peru is a challenge. There’s so much to experience: remarkable collections of Spanish-colonial art, world-renowned museums, unique and colorful Andean weaving, the ancient Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, the extraordinary city of Cusco (Cuzco) and nearby archeological sites, Koricancha (Temple of the Sun), and Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake. However, AdventureWomen has managed to put together a special trip that includes all of the above, and more.

This exclusive, custom-designed trip in Peru is like no other we have offered in South America—perhaps because of the many prominent Peruvian women who are contributing to our experience by sharing their knowledge of the country’s culture, history, and archeology. Each of these successful women comes from a very different ethnic, geographic, and socio-economic background and perspective. Yet their special insights contribute to your understanding of the Andean culture, past and present.

Begin your adventures in Peru's capital city of Lima with a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum. Guided by one of the museum's curators allows you to have a clear approach to the evolution of the cultures of Ancient Peru. Walking through the exhibition halls of the Larco Museum - the largest private collection of pre-Columbian art in the World - makes the visit an inspiring experience that gives visitors first-hand information about the collection and the peoples that made the beautiful archaeological objects. This special visit not only maintains but increases the interest, and makes the tourists finish their tour with great enthusiasm and eager to continue learning about this amazing country.

While traveling through the Urubamba Sacred Valley, you'll visit with Nilda Canallaupa and her National Geographic-sponsored native weaving project. Here, women are the owners and the driving force of the business, dedicated to preserving the textile heritage of the Andean people. See how their gregarious processes of spinning, gathering, use of natural dyes, setting up of looms, and design creation are fundamental to the family and social bonds of these highland communities. Continuing through the Urubamba Sacred Valley, spend a fascinating day visiting a Cuyuni community, learning about the villager’s daily activities—ancestral traditions practiced since pre-Inca times.

Next, a spectacular early-morning train ride takes you through dramatic landscapes and astonishing vistas to Machu Picchu, The Hidden City of the Incas, and the most remarkable architectural site on the South American continent.

After two days of guided exploration at Machu Picchu—while accommodated in a luxury hotel near the ruins—travel to the glorious city of Cusco (Cuzco) and the archeological sites surrounding it, all located high in the Andes Mountains. Your guide will take you on a walking tour of the town, the local market, Cuzco Cathedral, and the historic Koricancha, known as the Temple of the Sun.

Your final foray is a splendid drive to Puno and the majestic shores of Lake Titicaca. Your comfortable coach takes you past beautiful views of the Andes, and you'll stop throughout the day to explore interesting towns and villages. Your amazing lodge on the private Island of Suasi, in Lake Titicaca, is the perfect place from which to take in the magnificence of the lake, as you participate in outings and activities that are true "journeys of cultural discovery."

Don't miss this outstanding and unique, in-depth exploration of the culture, art, and archeology of Peru, one of the most beautiful and interesting lands in South America. It is indeed the BEST of Peru, a very special, custom offering only available with AdventureWomen.

Main Attractions

  • Experience Peru through the eyes of prominent Peruvian women.
  • Ride by vistadome train to spectacular Machu Picchu, and spend 2 days at the "Lost City of the Incas."
  • Travel back in time to visit a native community at Cuyuni, and learn from the villagers about ancestral traditions from pre-Inca times.
  • Discover the culture and archeology of Lima, Cusco (Cuzco), and the Urubamba Sacred Valley.
  • Stay on a private island in Lake Titicaca to experience “journeys of cultural discovery.”
  • Stay in luxury and boutique hotels throughout our journey.

What You'll See and Do

  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Boat Cruising
  • Cultural Exploration
  • Historical Sites
  • Natural History
  • Photography
  • Sightseeing
  • Train
  • Walking

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Peru: Machu Picchu, Cuzco, and Lake Titicaca

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Saturday, June 3, 2017 - Depart the U.S. and Arrive Lima, Peru
Arrive into Lima this evening, where you will be transferred to your luxury hotel, your home for the next two nights. Get a good night’s sleep before your exciting adventure begins tomorrow afternoon.
Meals Aloft

Overnight Four Points by Sheraton, Miraflores
Calle Alcanfores 290- Miraflores, 018 Lima, Peru

A top pick in Lima, the Four Points by Sheraton has chic decor and comfortable rooms with free high-speed Wi-Fi and nice views of Lima, located just 350 feet from Miraflores Kennedy Park.

Day 2

Sunday, June 4 - LimaA Day of Art and History
After breakfast at the hotel, this morning is at leisure, to catch up on sleep and relax from your flights of yesterday and last night.

After you have had lunch on your own, meet at 1:30 - 2 pm in the hotel lobby as you begin our exciting adventure in the capital city of Lima. Founded in 1535 by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, Lima quickly became the most important city in colonial South America.

Your first stop is the Larco Herrera Museum, founded in 1926. This museum showcases remarkable chronological galleries that provide an excellent overview on 3,000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. A special museum curator will guide us on this visit, to help us to understand Pre-Inca Peru, and begin giving us a perspective on what we will also be seeing in Cuzco and Machu Picchu.

The next stop is the Nagib Ciurlizza’s private collection. The Ciurlizza Art Collection is displayed in a spectacular triplex penthouse located in the San Isidro district, overlooking the golf course and the sea, with an unparalleled view of Lima. Pre-Columbian art pieces, Chinese and French porcelain, XVII century Spanish crystals, original masterpieces of Miro, Lam, Rodin, Klimt, Arp and Matisse, among many others are in this superb art collection. The Ciurlizza's themselves will be your hosts and guide us through the house, explaining the origin of the pieces while you enjoy drinks and appetizers.

Tonight's special Welcome Dinner is served at Huaca Pucllana Restaurant. The view of the 1,500-year-old, pre-Incan ruins is reason enough to visit this beautiful restaurant, but the food is a close second. Rough-hewn columns hold up the dining room's soaring ceiling, with a view of the huaca (ruins), which are spectacularly lighted at night. This sophisticated establishment serves a skillfully rendered array of contemporary Peruvian dishes.
Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight Four Points by Sheraton

Day 3

Monday, June 5 - Fly from Lima to Cuzco. Visit a Native Weaving Project in the Urubamba Sacred Valley
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a one-hour flight to Cuzco. During the flight, you will have magnificent views of the rugged Andes Mountains. You will be greeted at the airport by your drivers and guide, and begin your adventure to the Urubamba Sacred Valley. Enroute, visit Nilda Cañallaupa's National Geographic-sponsored native weaving project.

Textile production has profound historic and cultural significance in the Andes, and this project is part of a highly-successful National Geographic Society-supported initiative to rescue and revive this way of life. Women are the owners and drivers of this activity, and you will see how their gregarious processes of spinning, gathering and use of natural dyes, setting up of looms, and the creation of designs, are fundamental to the family and social bonds of these highland communities.

About Nilda Callanaupa: Nilda is the founder and head of the Center for Traditional Textiles (www.incas.org) in Cuzco, an NGO dedicated to preserving the textile heritage of the Andean people. A native of the village of Chinchero, Nilda was, by the age of 14, presenting at the Smithsonian Institute and the American Museum of Natural History. After attending university, Nilda started the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, including a weaving cooperative and a school for young girls (who must come dressed in traditional costume to be considered). CTTC also provides shelter for women in distress, insures that young girls connect with their elders, and helps native weavers control the marketing of their textiles. Nilda is a shining example of how indigenous people can fully engage with world markets and still remain true to their roots.

Enjoy a special gourmet picnic lunch in front of the beautiful Huaypo Lagoon.
Breakfast and Lunch

Overnight Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel
Antigua Hacienda Yaravilca, Urubamba, Peru
www.aranwahotels.com/en/sacred-valley

Your hotel for the next two nights is the Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel. It is set on a sumptuous 17th century hacienda on the road to Macchu Pichu. Luxurious facilities include a swimming pool, a spa featuring alternative medicine treatments and a museum. Rooms at the Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel & Wellness have impeccable 5-star hotel décor with a colonial style. The wellness center provides a full spectrum of services ranging from essential oil treatments with native products, such as quinoa, to hydrotherapy and aromatherapy sessions.

Day 4

Tuesday, June 6 - Full Day Visit to the Native Community of Cuyuni
To visit the native community of Cuyuni is to literally travel back in time. Here, natives are, in many ways, still living as they’ve been for centuries. The proud villagers will show you how they have managed to survive in such extremely adverse conditions: over 13,000 feet above sea level, where only wild grass grows naturally.

On this very special day, the community leaders will accompany our group as you learn not only about their daily lives and activities, but also about their ancestral traditions that date to pre-Inca times.
Breakfast and Lunch

Overnight Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel

Day 5

Wednesday, June 7 - Train to Machu Picchu, "Lost City of the Incas"
This morning is the beginning of a fantastic journey by train to Machu Picchu, "Lost City of the Incas." Travel by vistadome with first-class seats on the narrow gauge switchback train through the fertile valleys of the Andes and along the sacred Urubamba River.

LUGGAGE NOTE for today's journey by train: You cannot bring ALL of our luggage on the train to Machu Picchu, so you will have to take your small, collapsible overnight bag OR your daypack with you on the train for your overnight at Machu Picchu (no large suitcases on the train. See the "What to Bring" list also for specific weight/dimensions). You can leave your large suitcase at the hotel, and all suitcases will be transported to your hotel in Cuzco when we return from Machu Picchu.

Arriving at Machu Picchu is like stepping into a postcard! 95% of all visitors only stay a few hours here, then catch the afternoon train back to Cuzco. But to touch the mystery of Machu Picchu, it is essential to spend the night. You have the luxury of staying at the 5-star Pueblo Hotel. After a guided tour of the ruins you can stay and linger among the mute stones while the sun drops toward the western rim of the jungle and the softening light dramatizes the exquisite architecture. At dawn the next morning, you can get up to prowl and speculate in the morning fog and solitude of this matchless New World acropolis.

The "Lost City of the Incas" was indeed lost for at least three and one-half centuries. As is well known, it was rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, an American explorer and later U.S. Senator. The intact maze of empty plazas, chambers and palaces connected by stairways carved out of solid stone makes one understand why it is considered among the Wonders of the World. Built precipitously high, it is surrounded by mountains covered in lush tropical vegetation. Terraced to the edge to provide for Inca domiciles, it stands today as a tribute to Incan ingenuity. Your guide, anthropologist **Jean Jacques Decoster, accompanies you through this incredible city of stone, pointing out the significance of various structures and explaining some of the theories about the mysteries of Machu Picchu. (Did you know that of the skeletons found there, women’s out-numbered men's by ten to one? It is said that Machu Picchu was a refuge from Pizarro's marauding Spaniards, who were attracted to the Incan empire by tales of its fabulous stores of gold and silver.)

Much of the hotel’s water supply comes from the original channels cut into the rocks and underground. The more you learn about the civil engineering of Machu Picchu, the more you will realize how far ahead of its time its many conveniences were.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

** Jean Jacques Decoster, has worked for over fifteen years in the Peruvian and Ecuadorian Andes. His main interest and major professional focus is on Indigenous Peoples, which translates into activities that range from ethno-historical research to monitoring of development projects. A History professor in Cuzco´s San Antonio Abad University, Jean Jacques holds two PhD´s (Anthropology from Cornell University and Social Sciences from Peru´s San Marcos University) and also a Masters Degrees in Anthropology and Cultural Anthropology from Cornrell University and the University of Virginia.

Overnight Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Machu Picchu, Peru
www.inkaterra.com

Located in the heart of Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary, Inkaterra's boutique Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is an Andean Garden of Eden—one of the world's most appealing boutique hotels. A fusion of calmness, comfort, Andean style and architecture, its natural beauty spreads over 12 acres of low-rise cottages, plantations, and wild forest interspersed by stone pathways. Waterfalls and streams gently cascade through acres of orchids. Hummingbirds frolic in a private cloud-forest paradise, while you experience an authentic barefoot luxury hotel at the foot of Machu Picchu, within an idyllic enclave of whitewashed casitas.

Day 6

Thursday, June 8 - Morning at Machu Picchu and Travel to Cuzco
You have the luxury this morning to continue to explore Machu Picchu. The hotel has many excursions and activities to choose from (at no extra charge), and you can view them at this link: http://www.inkaterra.com/en/machu-picchu/excursions. Bus transportation and entrance fees are included today. One option is to catch an early morning bus to the ruins to watch the sunrise!

This afternoon, meet back at the Pueblo Hotel before boarding the vistadome train for return to Cuzco, where you stay at the stunning Libertador Palacio del Inka Luxury Collection Hotel for the next two nights.
Breakfast

Overnight Libertador Palacio del Inka Luxury Collection
Plazoleta Santo Domingo 259, Cusco 51 84, Peru
http://www.libertador.com.pe/en/hotel/palacio-del-inka-luxury-collection/

A storied mansion dating back nearly five centuries, the Libertador Palacio del Inka stands in the historic center of Cuzco. Directly across from the Koricancha, it is a five-minute walk from the main square and less than a mile from an array of museums, markets, and restaurants. Uniting the past and present, Palacio del Inka Spa presents indigenous treatments and an indoor therapy pool. The exquisitely appointed guest rooms combine Peruvian art and handcrafted furnishings with contemporary amenities—from a signature Luxury Collection bed to state-of-the-art technology, including an LED TV, High Speed Internet Access, and an iPod docking station.

Day 7

Friday, June 9 - Cuzco City Tour
Cuzco is acknowledged as the archeological capital of the new world. It is made up of an endless series of surprises spreading out to the horizon. It is the oldest continually-inhabited city in the western hemisphere and was the ancient capital of the Inca Empire.

In the lovely morning light of Cuzco, enjoy a walking Art Safari with local expert ** Roger Valencia. Strolling through Inca streets, marvel at the flawless Incan stonework and imagine a time and place when the Incas once had a massive empire. Follow the history of the Cuzco School of Art, a local expression born of the combination of European motives and Andean indigenous aesthetics. You will come to understand this unique mix of art influences in the master paintings and arts housed in several museums and the city’s impressive Cathedral. Upon return to the hotel, you will have the privilege to view the archbishop’s private collection of the Corpus Christi.

** Roger Valencia was born in Cuzco to a typical, deeply rooted, middle-class Cuzqueno family. Named the best guide in Cuzco by Peru´s Ministry of  Tourism, Roger entered Cuzco´s San Antonio Abad University to study Chemistry first and then Education, before realizing that his passion was Tourism, a field in which he earned both Bachelor and Masters degrees. Fluent in Spanish, Quechua, English, German and Italian, Roger has climbed over 20 mountains that surpass 20,000 ft in altitude. Due to his unparalleled knowledge of the Cuzco area and Andean history and culture, Roger has consulted for world-renowned entities such as USAID, Orient Express and the World Bank, and has hosted and guided royalty and political leaders such as England´s Princess Anne, Spain´s Prime Minister Jose María Aznar, and US Senator Harry Reid.

After lunch on your own, the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy exploring the wonderful town of Cuzco.

Tonight's dinner is at Baco Restaurant, where you will enjoy delicious food, an interesting wine menu, a cozy non-pretentious setting and the warm attention of their smiling all-Peruvian staff!
Breakfast and Dinner

Overnight Libertador Palacio del Inka Luxury Collection

Day 8

Saturday, June 10 - Travel by Coach Through the Andes from Cuzco to Puno
This morning, bid goodbye to Cuzco and leave early for an all day drive to Puno and the majestic shores of Lake Titicaca. Your comfortable coach will drive past beautiful views of the Andes, and you'll stop throughout the day to explore interesting towns and villages.

First stop is Andahuaylillas, a friendly, warm-weather town which is home to one of the most unique churches in the Andes, known as Peru’s Sistine Chapel. It has dazzling and beautifully decorated murals and frescoes that cover its walls, baseboards, ceilings and façades. Next stop is Racchi, one of the most important constructions of the Inca Empire, known for its extraordinary architecture. You'll cross the La Raya Pass at 14,222 feet above sea level, and see herds of vicuñas and llamas. Your last stop is in the town of Pucará, known as the place where the Toritos (little bulls) of Pucará are made. The famous torito is believed to have magical and religious qualities among the inhabitants of the Andes as a symbol of procreation for the flocks, for happiness in marriage, fertility at home, and as protection. You may want to buy a few!!

You will arrive in Puno at approximately 4:30 pm, and be transferred to your hotel overlooking Lake Titicaca.
Breakfast and Lunch en Route

Overnight Libertador Lake Titicaca - Puno
Isla Esteves s/n, Lago Titicaca, Puno, Peru
http://www.libertador.com.pe/en/hotel/libertador-lake-titicaca/

Located on a private island, Libertador Lake Titicaca offers unforgettable sunrises and sunsets from any point in the hotel, and 360º views of the highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca.

Day 9

Sunday, June 11 - Boat to Suasi Island
After breakfast at the hotel, depart directly by boat to the remote Isla Suasi in the extreme northeastern part of Lake Titicaca. On the way you will stop to explore the unique Uros floating islands (made from the totora reeds of Lake Titicaca) and to visit the traditional Alsuno community of weavers on Taquile Island. Arrive at your hotel, Isla Suasi, just in time for a barbecue lunch at 12:30 p.m.

This hotel is located on the only private and secluded island in massive Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable body of water. It is one of the most beautiful eco-hotels in Peru, a hidden jewel inside Lake Titicaca. A solar-powered ecolodge, the hotel features panoramic lake views from every room, is surrounded by terraced gardens and designed with native materials of stone, adobe and thatched roofs. Its sophisticated design allows it to blend into the island. The lodge is totally committed to being green.

Suasi is a home for nature lovers, where the magnificence of Lake Titicaca can be captured from every corner of the island. Perfect for the soul, Suasi brings an overwhelming sense of tranquility, relaxation and peace. It is, indeed, the perfect place to end our trip in Peru, a place in which to relax and to reflect on all the adventures and experiences that have made our journey through Peru unforgettable.

After lunch, settle into your rooms and enjoy some free time before dinner. Later this afternoon you can trek up to Suasi’s high point, Itapilluni Hill, to watch the sunset spread surreal colors across the high-altitude sky.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Overnight Isla Suasi
Lago Titicaca, Moho, Isla Suasi, Peru
www.islasuasi.pe

Day 10

Monday, June 12 - Full Day of Suasi Island Exploration / OR Relaxation
Suasi is magical, and for many, a mystical place to disconnect from the world. Here you can spot rare vicuñas, go on quiet nature walks, and enjoy the remoteness and splendid vistas of the pristine blue expanse of Titicaca. It’s also a place to explore Andean beliefs, customs and cultural traditions, natural habitat and the altiplano flora and fauna of the National Reserve of Titicaca.

This morning there is an optional visit by zodiac to the mainland and walk through the local community of Cambría, only 0.6 miles from the resort. Return to Suasi Island for lunch, and in the afternoon you can also opt to follow a series of gentle island trails on a guided hike, observing native plants and animals. You may spot native bird species, including black cormorants and cinnamon teals, and creatures such as the rare wild vicuñas, or vizcachas, small, rabbit-like creatures.

Late this afternoon you may explore Andean spirituality and the ancient belief systems of the Andean people with an Aymara shaman from the community of Cambría: take part in the ancient tradition of making offerings to Pacha Mama, or Mother Earth; chew coca leaves like the locals; and observe “Yaitiri” spiritual offerings, a ritual with ancient roots that in colonial times became fused with Christianity. Half the cost of the activity (which is included in the price of the trip) goes directly to benefit the local Cambría community.

This day on Suasi Island can be whatever you want it to be, and as we stated on Day 9, the island is "Perfect for the soul,… it brings an overwhelming sense of tranquility, relaxation and peace. It is, indeed, the perfect place to end our trip in Peru, a place in which to relax and to reflect on all the adventures and experiences that have made our journey through Peru unforgettable."

Take advantage of this experience before returning to your busy, busy lives at home!
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Overnight Isla Suasi

Day 11

Tuesday, June 13 - Travel to Puno and Fly to Lima for Departure to the U.S.
After breakfast this morning there is free time to enjoy the resort. In early afternoon, depart by boat, with a box lunch, to the mainland and Puno. From Puno, fly to Lima to connect with your international flights this evening.
Breakfast and Box Lunch

Note about flights:  Our flight from Puno to Lima arrives at the airport in Lima at approximately 3:05 pm, and our flight departing Lima for Miami does not leave until very late that night.

There will be an optional package offered so that those who do not want to wait at the airport for so many hours will be able to choose the following:

-Transfer from the airport to Lima
-Transportation and guide at disposal for 3 hours
-Farewell dinner at Amor Amar restaurant
-Transfer back to the airport arriving at approximately 10 pm

The cost would be dependent on the number of participants:

- for 10-11 participants: $149 per person
- for 12-13 participants: $135 per person
- for 14-15 participants: $144
Prices are subject to change for 2017

Day 12

Wednesday, June 14 - Early Morning Arrival in the US, and Flights Home.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Peru: Machu Picchu, Cuzco, and Lake Titicaca

Traveling to Peru


Passports, Travel Documents and Health Requirements

Citizens of the United States must possess a valid passport, which must be valid 6 months beyond your intended stay. No visas are required for travel in Peru. If you do not have a passport, GET IT SOON! When you get your passport, you should also get two extra photographs to take with you. You should always possess extra photos when traveling to use in case of an emergency.

No special vaccinations are required for travel to Peru. However, please consult your personal physician, local health department, travel clinic, or immunization center about any vaccinations you may need to update, or others that may be personally recommended for you based on your age, health, and past vaccination history. Hepatitis A and B are present everywhere in the world, so you should talk to your doctor about this.

You MUST have your own health insurance, and not have any physical problems or conditions that would be adversely affected by high altitude or the rigors of international travel.

Travelers with heart conditions or high blood pressure should check with their doctors before booking this trip. The altitude in Lima is 5,080 feet, and the altitude at Lake Titicaca (the highest lake in the world) is 12,420 feet. We will be acclimatizing to the higher altitudes, little by little, as we progress through this trip, ending at the highest altitude.

Making Travel Arrangements to Peru

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. Please contact us for more information.

NOTE: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last minute registrants, we must often relinquish hotel space and air reservations up to 6 – 12 weeks prior to departure!

Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Final Payment

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen, LLC in a cash form (check, money order or wire transfer) on or before March 3, 2017.

Electricity

Electricity in Peru is 220 volts, alternating at 60 cycles per second. Outlets in Peru generally accept 2 types of plugs:

Flat blade plug                         Two round pins
If your appliance plug has a different shape, you may need a plug adapter.

Depending on how much you plan to travel in the future, it may be worthwhile to get a combination voltage converter and plug adapter. You can buy adapters for under $5. You can also wait and buy them in Peru.

Water

It is advisable to drink bottled water in Peru. You can also ask your guide(s) about drinking water in the hotels.

Money

The Sol(es) is the official currency of Peru (I USD = 3.234 Peru Nuevos Soles, or PEN, as of April 15, 2016). Your cash should be no bigger than $20-$50 bills, and make sure that the bills are new, in flawless condition. Credit cards and bank cards can be used at ATM machines only in Lima and the larger cities.

Visa, MasterCard, and sometimes Am Ex are the most recognized credit cards in Peru. Please note that when using credit cards, merchants often charge you a transaction fee in order to cover their costs, so you may decide to use your credit cards only when absolutely necessary.

Carrying cash entitles you to get the top exchange rates quickly. The best currency for exchange is the U.S. dollar, although the euro is increasingly accepted.

Local Customs

On occasion, visitors accidentally violate local customs simply by failing to realize they exist. Here are a few things to remember:

  • Speak softly, especially when speaking with the locals. To them, a loud voice is equated with rudeness.
  • Dress modestly. Provocative clothing, while acceptable among North Americans, is considered immodest and inappropriate in Peru.
  • Leave valuable jewelry at home. Do not wear lots of gold necklaces, bracelets, or earrings.
  • Don’t point. To point at someone with your finger is considered rude. (The Indians point with their chins.)
  • Always ask permission to photograph people (“Por favor, Senora/Senor?”).

Local Time

The time in Peru is one hour ahead of Mountain Standard Time in the U.S. (During Daylight Saving Time in the U.S.).

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Peru: Machu Picchu, Cuzco, and Lake Titicaca

What's Included:

  • The vistadome train to Machu Picchu, and private coach from Cuzco to Lake Titicaca
  • All transfers from hotels to airports, services and taxes, and all ground transportation throughout the trip
  • Entrance fees to all sites
  • Tips for luggage porters and waiters
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • Bilingual, English-speaking guides throughout the entire trip
  • 10 night’s luxury hotel accommodations in twin-bedded double occupancy rooms with private facilities
  • One AdventureWomen Associate

What's Not Included:

  • International Airfare to Lima, Peru
  • Domestic airfare from Lima to Cuzco, and Puno (Lake Titicaca) to Lima. This will be approximately $350 per person (as of May 2016), and is subject to change. This airfare will be arranged by our outfitter
  • Meals not specified in itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages and items of a personal nature
  • Optional tour of Lima on departure day
  • Tips and gratuities:

- for guides: $3-$5/person/day
- for bus drivers: $1-$3/person/day
- at restaurants for meals not included in the itinerary: add 10% to the total bill
- at restaurants with meals that are included in the itinerary: $3 per meal

  • Please bring a total of approximately $150 in U.S. cash for tips. This money needs to be in very new bills or bills in excellent shape (no tears or rips), which includes:

- 4 (four) $20 bills;
- 3 (three) $10 bills;
- 4 (four) $5 bills;
- 20 (twenty) in $1 bills.

You can tip your guides, drivers, and wait staff throughout the trip, as you depart from each location.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Peru: Machu Picchu, Cuzco, and Lake Titicaca

What To Bring:

Baggage Restrictions

Your luggage should consist of one medium-size suitcase or duffle bag and one small carry-on bag/backpack. Your suitcase must weigh no more than 50lbs! So TRAVEL LIGHT! You will also need to bring a small, collapsible overnight bag to take with you on the train for your overnight at Machu Picchu (no large suitcases on the train). OR, you can use your backpack for this, if it is large enough, to take on the train. Your overnight bag OR backpack can weigh no more than 11lbs, and the dimensions of this can be no more than 62 inches (a combined length, height, and width).

Your carry-on bag, which can also be your daypack, should contain everything you cannot live without (all camera equipment, toiletries, prescription medication, anti-diarrhea medication, all money, important travel documents, passport, one change of clothing, swimsuit, etc.). Please visit www.tsa.gov/travel to read the airline regulations regarding what you can and cannot take in carry-on luggage.

Clothing and More

Select your clothing based on comfort. Clothes should be washable, cotton or the new fabrics (not synthetics like rayon), and loose fitting. Some of the new fabrics like Coolmax, supplex, and polypropylene are excellent.

Shorts and skirts are acceptable, as long as they are not short. You need to take clothing for both the cool of the higher altitudes in the evenings and the warmth during the daytime. During the day in the highlands, you might need a sweater, but a jacket/fleece is a must in the evening. It can get downright cold! Daytime clothing should be lightweight, casual, and comfortable.

  • A well broken-in, comfortable pair of lightweight hiking boots.
  • One pair of sneakers or sport sandals for evenings and other walks.
  • 2 long-sleeved shirts.
  • 2 short-sleeved shirts and/or T-shirts.
  • 2 pairs of shorts, or 2-3 pairs long pants that zip off for shorts.
  • Underwear, socks, sleepwear.
  • 1 skirt or nice slacks for dinners at the hotels/lodges. We are staying in hotels that are quite luxurious!
  • A lightweight fleece or light jacket for cool evenings at high altitudes.
  • Waterproof lightweight windbreaker (or poncho). If you tend to get cold, bring a rain jacket and rain pants.
  • Wool cap and a pair of gloves.
  • A lightweight day pack for carrying camera gear, hat, sunscreen, etc. (you can also use your day pack as your carry-on bag).
  • Another packable and collapsible bag to take on the train to Machu Picchu that will fit two overnights of clothes, and supplies.
  • Moneybelt or waistpack for money/passport.
  • Washcloth (sometimes not supplied).
  • 2-3 cotton bandanas (for uses too numerous to mention!)
  • Toiletries, including Wash & Dries (or moist towelettes)
  • Adequate quantity of sweat-resistant sunscreen with at least an SPF 15 rating or higher, and lip balm with SPF.
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Bathing suit(s)
  • Sunglasses with a neck strap
  • A spare pair of glasses (if you wear glasses.)
  • Lightweight, wide-brimmed hat (a must).
  • Ziploc bags of various sizes.
  • We recommend Mack's Pillow Soft White Moldable Silicone Snore Proof Earplugs, which you can buy at most drugstores, or www.earplugstore.com. Good to 22 Decibels!
  • Travel alarm clock.
  • Small flashlight.
  • Water bottle
  • Good pens and a notebook
  • Small, lightweight binoculars (a MUST) for game viewing and birds. You will be very disappointed if you do not have a good pair of binoculars. Nikon or Minolta make fine, lightweight viewing binoculars. Try a general game viewing 7 X 28, or 8 X 20 binocular.
  • Field Guides for Peru.

First Aid Kit

  • Prescription drugs (with the labels on.)
  • Systemic antibiotic (prescription.)
  • Cloth, not plastic Bandaids; about 10 individually-wrapped alcohol pads; and a small tube of Neosporin or other antibiotic cream.
  • Acidophilus enzyme (available in capsules in health-food stores). This often helps your digestive system get in shape for "new" flora.
  • Immodium, Lomotil, or similar anti-diarrhea medicine.
  • Pepto-Bismol tablets and/or liquid (in leak-proof bottle.)
  • Laxative tablets.
  • Visine or similar eye drops.
  • Tweezers
  • Benadryl cream for itchy bites.
  • Aspirin/ibuprofen, etc.
  • Cold-symptom relief tablets, antihistamine, cough drops.
  • Insect repellent with Deet.

Camera Equipment

Since photography is such a large part of this trip, we suggest you bring the following:

  • Digital camera, LOTS of extra memory cards and batteries, battery charger, and adapter. You can charge your digital batteries at the hotels and lodges.
  • If you are really into photography, a longer lens (up to 400 mm) for close-up photos.
  • Most digital cameras have a built in converter so you only need to bring an adapter. Adapters can also be bought while in-country.

Last Minute Reminders

  • Make photocopies of your airline tickets and the first two pages of your passport, and put them in different locations (suitcase, carry-on bag, etc.).
  • Bring 2-3 extra passport size photos to use in emergencies.
  • Your valuables should be insured for the duration of the trip, but better yet, leave them at home.
  • Remove extra credit cards, driver’s license, and personal items from wallet or purse.
  • Make sure passport and airline tickets are valid and in the correct name.
  • Check with airline to reconfirm reservations and departure time (most airlines want to hear directly from the client for confirmations).
  • Please leave all valuable jewelry at home!!!

Some Extra Items to Add to your "What to Pack" List
We think these items help make your long airline flights much more comfortable and even more bearable:

  • Neck pillow - Inflatable neck pillow for blissful support and deep sleep. For packing, it folds into itself. Self-sealing valve means nothing to close. Soft microfleece cover removes for washing.
  • Sleep mask /Comfort eye shade - Ultra lightweight and comfortable, the Comfort Eye Shade screens out light and distractions for a cozier flight. Ultra-soft micro fleece for comfort. Adjustable elastic strap for a perfect fit. Made of Molded Polyester Micro Fleece.
  • Travel compression socks - Reduce ankle and leg swelling and reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis. These doctor-designed socks stimulate circulation through gradual compression that stops swelling and guards against (DVT).
  • Noise canceling headphones - Block out unwanted sounds of children crying and airplane engine drone, and/or enjoy great audio sound. Reduce distortion and increase perceived loudness so you can enjoy sound at a lower volume. Get the around the ear design, which is very comfortable.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.