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Lake Titicaca Extension

Mystical Birthplace of the Incas


Enormous Lake Titicaca, the ethereal lake of Inca legends, lies in an austerely beautiful setting, ringed by dramatic Andean peaks. From Cusco, a scenic train journey across the high and wild altiplano brings you to the lakeside town of Puno, set at 12,500 feet. From here, visit the traditional weaving community on Taquile Island and the Uros community on their “floating” islands.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Cusco / Puno

Travel from Cusco to your hotel in Puno, a 10-hour journey by train. Enjoy lunch and afternoon tea in one of the dining cars, decorated in the style of the 1920s Pullman carriages. The open-air observation car is a great spot to take in panoramas of the passing Peruvian landscapes, often referred to as one of the most beautiful train routes in the world. Alternatively, you can fly from Cuzco to Juliaca, a 55-minute flight (call for pricing). Transfer to your hotel on the shores of Lake Titicaca...L

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Day 2
Lake Titicaca, Taquile Island and floating Uros Islands

Mythological birthplace of the first Incas, Lake Titicaca is a shimmering "inland sea" at 12,500 feet surrounded by mighty snow-capped mountains. By boat, visit the traditional weavers of Taquile Island and the Uros Indians on their floating reed islands and see how they use the reeds to make their traditional boats called totoras. Overnight at hotel...BL

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Day 3
Puno / Lima

Transfer to the Juliaca airport for your 55-minute flight to Lima. Time permitting, visit the archaeological site of Chullpas de Sillustani, a collection of funerary towers of the Colla people on Lake Umayo...B

Reverse Itinerary

Please Note: This trip can also operate in reverse. For post-trip extensions: Cusco/Puno by train then Juliaca/Lima flight return (operates Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays). For pre-trip extensions: Lima/Juliaca flight then Puno/Cusco train (operates Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays).


Length: 3 days
Cost From: $1150  
Arrive: Cusco, Peru
Depart: Lima, Peru
Lodging: 2 nights hotel
Meals: Meals as indicated
Activity: Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Cultural explorations and walking tours

Visa Requirements

A visa is not required for U.S. citizens visting Peru. A tourist card will be issued to you on the flight to Lima.