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Discover the Mystery of the Nasca Lines as fly over them in a small plane before continuing on a Luxury Peru Vacation through the Andes Mountains to visit Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca in Private Service while staying in amazing 5* Hotels and enjoying the Most Luxurious Train journeys to Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca.

Our Exceptional Luxury Peru Vacation begins in Lima, where you will visit points of interest and indulge in fine cuisine at some of the top restaurants before flying over the Nasca Lines while staying at the Belmond 5* Miraflores Park Hotel.  You will then fly to Cusco and stay in the #5 Hotel in the WORLD, the Belmond 5* Palacio Nazarenas as you visit the Inca and Colonial Highlights.

On this Luxury Peru Vacation, you will take the Luxury Hiram Bingham Train to and from Machu Picchu and spend 2 days exploring this Wonder of the World from the Exclusive Belmond 5* Sanctuary Lodge, adjacent to Machu Picchu.

Round off your Luxury Peru Vacation by taking the Luxurious Andean Explorer Train to Lake Titicaca where you will visit the famous floating islands from the Luxury, All-Inclusive 5* Titilaka Hotel on the shores of the highest navigable lake in the world.

 

1st Day – Arrive Lima – Private Transfer to Hotel

Arrive Lima Most flights arrive in the late evening.
Private Transfer With English-speaking assistance There will be a man waiting for you outside the Arrivals Hall with a sign with your names on it. Approx. 1 hour to your Hotel.
Belmond 5* Miraflores Park Hotel Lima Junior Suite with Ocean View

Luxury 5* Belmond Miraflores Park Hotel Lima

Ideally located for business travelers and leisure visitors alike, the Miraflores Park Hotel is within walking distance from Lima’s financial district and the Larcomar Entertainment Center, boasting some of the city’s best shopping. The sleek, modern guestrooms feature all the comforts of home, but the rooftop that reveals the hotel’s true glamour, with a pool, spa and views of the Pacific Ocean.

The poolside restaurant, the Observatory, serves an innovative menu prepared by Chef Federico Ziegler, while the lively lobby bar, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, inspired by the Robert Louis Stevenson novel, feels traditionally British with a dark wood staircase, large paintings and leatherback sofas.  Mesa18 is the newest restaurant.

Junior Suites with Ocean View

Our Junior Suites are an indulgent sanctuary after a busy day in the Peruvian capital. Each suite is exquisitely decorated and features fine cotton linens. They offer a separate sitting space and a work area with a desk.

2nd Day – Private Lima Gastronomic Tour (B, L)

2nd Day – Private Lima Gastronomic Tour (B, L)

The Lima Gourmet Company Private Lima Gastronomic Tour Pick up in your Hotel Foyer at 09:45 drop off at around 15:00. Lunch is included.
Luxury 5* Miraflores Park Hotel Lima Junior Suites with Ocean Views

The Lima Gourmet Company Gastronomic Tour

This Lima Peru tour starts at a local roastery, where they handpick the coffee beans daily, for an organic Peruvian coffee. You will also tour the colonial streets of the bohemian district, Barranco, home to artists, musicians and the city’s top art galleries.

From here, you will visit a traditional market in the San Isidro district to try exotic fruits and local products and learn the ancient myths and legends associated with them.

The third stop is one of the city’s top seafood restaurants (cebichería), Embarcadero 41 Fusión, on Avenida La Mar in the Miraflores district – a stop other tours in Lima won’t take you. You will discover the secrets to the perfect Cebiche and Pisco Sour as you prepare the dish and cocktail yourself with the head chef and bartender.

The last stop is for lunch at la Huaca Pucllana, a restaurant within a pre-Incan archeological complex – undoubtedly a highlight of tourism in Lima Peru. This prestigious restaurant is so impressive that the King of Spain, Mick Jagger, Bill and Hillary Clinton, just to name a few, have made sure not to miss it during their trips to Lima. You will enjoy a variety of gourmet Peruvian dishes as well as four different desserts and another pisco-based cocktail.

3rd Day – Nasca Lines Overflight (B, L)

3rd Day – Nasca Lines Overflight (B, L)

Private Transfer to Pisco Airport Pick up in your Hotel Foyer at approx. 07:00 for the approximate 4 Hour the Pisco Airport for the Nasca Lines Overflight.
Nasca Lines Overflight From here you fly for approximately 90 minutes over the Nasca Lines in a small say 8 seater Cessna type plane.  You spend approx. 10 – 15 minutes circling over the Nasca Lines. You then fly back to Pisco airport. This is a small aircraft and if there is turbulence you will feel it. Also the banking over the Nasca Lines can cause air sickness if you are prone to this. Here is a link to some great 360 degree pictures: http://www.airpano.ru/files/Nazca-Lines-Peru/2-2
Lunch Is included in a good local restaurant.
Private Transfer Back to Lima Enjoy an approx. 4-hour private transfer to your Hotel in Lima.
Luxury 5* Miraflores Park Hotel Lima Junior Suites with Ocean Views

Nasca Lines Overflight

We will collect you from your Hotel at approximately 07:00 for your approx. 4-hour Private Transfer to Paracas and your Hotel. From here a transfer to Pisco airport for your 1:30hr Overflight of the Nasca Lines in a small Cessna type aircraft.

The Nasca Lines are located in the Nasca Desert in southern Peru. They were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

The high, arid plateau stretches more than 50 miles on the Pampas de Jumana about 400 km south of Lima. Scholars believe the Nasca Lines were created by the Nasca culture between 400 and 650 AD. The hundreds of individual figures range in complexity from simple lines to stylized hummingbirds, spiders, monkeys, fish, sharks, orcas, llamas, and lizards.

In the afternoon a private transfer to your Hotel in Lima.

4th Day – Fly Cusco – Private Afternoon Cusco City Tour (B)

4th Day – Fly Cusco – Private Afternoon Cusco City Tour (B)

Fly Cusco We pick you up from your Hotel Foyer at 07:00 for an approx. 60-minute Private Transfer back to the airport for the flight to Cusco. Flights depart at 10:00 and arrive to Cusco at 11:20.
Private Transfer in Cusco We will be waiting for you outside of Cusco Airport Arrival Hall with a sign with our and your names on it. An approx. 15 minute Private Transfer to your Hotel in Cusco.
Belmond 5* Palacio Nazarenas Luxury Hotel – Cusco Junior Suites
Afternoon Private Cusco City Tour Pick up in your Hotel Foyer at approx. 13:45. Returns at approx. 18:00.

Luxury 5 * Palacio Nazarenas

Set in a tranquil plaza behind Cusco’s main square, this former palace and convent emerged from years of restoration to become one of the city’s most exclusive hotels.

Step past walls of Inca stones and into a cloistered courtyard with an ancient fountain at its heart. Then be surprised as contemporary Cusco comes to the fore: a fabulous spa, the city’s first outdoor pool and stylish restaurants serving cutting-edge local cuisine.

This intimate urban retreat has just 55 suites, each enriched with oxygen and with its own private bar where guests can create drinks accented with fresh ingredients grown at and around the hotel.

Junior Suites

Junior Suites are located in both the ancient part of the hotel and the new section – close to the pool.

A choice of bedding includes one king or two twin poster beds.  Suite amenities include complimentary full buffet breakfast or are room only – depending on the rate plan selected.

Also included are complimentary wireless Internet access, butler service, widescreen LED satellite TV with premium channels, CD and DVD players, iPhone and iPad for guest use, iPod dock, personal safe large enough for a notebook PC and a well-stocked mini-bar.

The sumptuous marble bathroom is equipped with a separate bath and shower, dual washbasins and luxurious bath amenities.

Other Suites Available:

Suites – Our Suites provide the utmost comfort while reflecting the authentic charm of Belmond Palacio Nazarenas.

Grand Master Suites – Our grand Master Suites offer guests two luxurious Master Suites. Each has a spacious bathroom with underfloor heating and Peruvian travertine marble décor.

Palacio Suite – This beautiful Suite is located in the ancient part of the hotel.

It is ideal for longer stays in Cusco or for those who enjoy the luxury of space.

Nazarenas Suite – This elegant master suite boasts an original, handcrafted ceiling, whose colours have inspired the entire palette of the hotel. The authentic charm and exclusivity of the Suite make for an irresistible combination.

**** All Suites are enriched with oxygen to help combat altitude sickness. You may also choose to have your room delicately scented with healing essential aromas of Andean flowers and herbs.

Private Afternoon Cusco City Tour

The Private Half Day Cusco City Tour Visits all of the Principal Inca & Colonial Attractions in Cusco

Tambomachay – This was an Inca sanctuary dedicated to the cult of water, a place reserved for Inca Royalty.

Puca Pucara – This is an Inca archaeological site located again on the peak of a hill and is thought to be a military position and an administrative centre.

Qenko – A sanctuary dedicated to the adoration of animals, and consists of ruins formed by a rocky site with stairs in a zigzag, and a main building similar to a circular amphitheatre where 19 window sills are located as a way of seats.

Sacsayhuamán – Its construction took over seven decades and required the work of 20,000 men approximately, both for the foundations and hewn stone works, the transportation of materials, carving and stones setting. Many say it is as impressive as Machu Picchu itself!

Cusco Cathedral – One of the finest Colonial Cathedrals in the Americas.

Coricancha – Originally named Inti Qancha (‘ Temple of the Sun’) was the most important temple in the Inca Empire, dedicated primarily to Inti, the Sun God.

5th Day – Private Full Day Tour of the Sacred Valley of the Inca (B, L)

5th Day – Private Full Day Tour of the Sacred Valley of the Inca (B, L)

Private Full Day Tour The Sacred Valley of the Inca Pick Up in your Hotel Foyer at 08:30. Returns at approx. 18:30. Lunch is included.
Lunch at Posada Tunupa Buffet Lunch is included at Posada Tunupa.
Belmond 5* Palacio Nazarenas Luxury Hotel – Cusco Junior Suites

Full Day Private Sacred Valley of the Inca Tour

Pisac Market | Pisac Ruins | Lunch Posada Tunupa | Ollantaytambo

Pisac Market

A famed hill town, Pisac is a great place to purchase top quality Andean knitwear at lower prices than visitors will find in major cities during their travels in Peru. Woven blankets, tapestries, and alpaca garments such as sweaters and mittens, colorful fabric and accessories are found in abundance at the Pisac market in addition to pottery, jewelry, and other handicrafts.

Pisac Inca Ruins

It’s not hard to succumb to the charms of sunny Pisac, a bustling colonial village at the base of a spectacular Inca fortress perched on a mountain spur. Its pull is universal and recent years have seen an influx of expats and new age followers in search of an Andean Shangri-la.  Located just 33km northeast of Cuzco by a paved road, it’s the most convenient starting point to the Sacred Valley.

Ollantaytambo

After lunch, we proceed onto Ollantaytambo an attractive little town located at the western end of the Sacred Valley. The town is located at the foot of some spectacular Inca ruins which protected the strategic entrance to the lower Urubamba Valley. The temple area is at the top of steep terracing which helped to provide excellent defenses. Stone used for these buildings was brought from a quarry high up on the opposite side of the Urubamba River – an incredible feat involving the efforts of thousands of workers. The complex was still under construction at the time of the conquest and was never completed.

6th Day – Hiram Bingham Train to Machu Picchu (B, Br, D)

6th Day – Hiram Bingham Train to Machu Picchu (B, Br, D)

Private Transfer out Cusco and Hiram Bingham Train to Machu Picchu Pick Up in your Hotel Foyer at 8:00 for the thirty-minute private transfer to Poroy train station. Catch the 09:05 Luxury Hiram Bingham Train to Machu Picchu, arriving at 12:24. Gourmet Brunch is included on board.
Private Machu Picchu Tour 2-3 Hours with plenty of time to ask questions.
Belmond Luxury 5* Sanctuary Lodge Hotel (All-Inclusive) Superior Mountain View Rooms with Terraces, Gourmet Dinner is included in the Hotel.

Luxury Hiram Bingham Train

To and from Machu Picchu

The Hiram Bingham is an exclusive Luxury Orient Express service operated by Peru Rail, all service inclusive where you will enjoy a full day of unforgettable experiences.

The Service Includes:

  • Champagne Reception
  • Brunch and dinner on board.
  • Exclusive Bus return to the citadel of Machu Picchu.
  • Guided tour in the citadel.
  • Gourmet Dinner & Small Show included on the return journey

Observation Car: At the back of the Hiram Bingham is the Observation car, offering a space in which to truly appreciate the stunning Peruvian landscape. Observations cars are a great addition to any train and this one is furnished with dark wood, polished brass and large cushioned seats, thus making it the perfect place to sit, relax and watch the unfolding Peruvian landscape.

Carriages: The carriages are luxurious with elegant decoration in the style of the 1920′s Pullman trains. Each of the four carriages has been furnished in polished wood and brass, with large chairs and plenty of space.

Luxury 5* Sanctuary Lodge Hotel

All Inclusive | A la Carte Full Board |Beverages & Minibar

Superior Mountain View Room with Terrace

Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge is the only hotel located adjacent to this ancient Inca citadel. It offers its guests exceptionally easy access from early morning to late afternoon, when most of the day visitors and buses have left.

Sit out on a terrace and savor Peruvian cuisine based on produce grown on the Lodge’s own plot: This delightful Orient- Express hideaway is the perfect place to relax and unwind in the shadow of the Lost City.

Guided Tour of Machu Picchu (2 – 3 Hours)

The ‘Holy Grail’ for lovers of Inca monuments, the enigmatic lost city of Machu Picchu is the most famous archaeological site in all of South America and possibly the world. The spectacular collection of temples, terraced hills and plazas was the mountain-top citadel of the Inca under Pachacutec and Tupac Yupanqui, until the coming of the Europeans with Pizarro.

It may have the most familiar name, but Machu Picchu has refused to reveal many of its mysteries, including the secrets of its construction, function, and demise. The overgrown ruins were discovered by US historian Hiram Bingham in 1911, and the quality of the stonework hints that it was an extremely important ceremonial site.

The remains are thought to date from around 1450, built at the height of the Inca Empire, and as they escaped being plundered by the Spanish they include semi-intact icons and shrines that were defaced or removed at other sites.

Entering the site, a set of steps leads to the ruined Temple of the Sun and a series of altars and niches.  Highlights include the remains of ceremonial baths, the Sacred Plaza with its tremendous view across the Urubamba River valley, a rare shrine to the sun, and a labyrinth of passageways and cells.

7th Day – Revisit Machu Picchu & Hiram Bingham Train to Cusco (B, L, D)

7th Day – Revisit Machu Picchu & Hiram Bingham Train to Cusco (B, L, D)

Private Machu Picchu Tours There are 4 additional Machu Picchu Tours you may choose from. There are no additional charges, you are only limited by your time and energy.
Lunch Buffet Lunch is included at the 5* Sanctuary Lodge Hotel. (12:00 – 15:00)
Luxury Hiram Bingham Train Catch the 17:50 Hiram train returning to Poroy Train Station at 21:13. A Four Course Gourmet Dinner & Small Show on the train tonight.
Private Transfer in Cusco Approx. 30 minutes to your Hotel.
Luxury 5* Palacio Nazarenas Hotel Cusco Junior Suites

Revisit Machu Picchu

Today you will enjoy further Private Guided Tours of Machu Picchu.

You may start at Dawn or as you wish. All tours are included and you are only limited by your time and energy.

The Sun Gate (2 Hours)

Inti Punku the Sun Gate marks the entrance to Machu Picchu.

It is a one-hour uphill hike to the southeast of the Sanctuary, climbing more than 300 meters. The hike is on the original Inca trail and is paved with Inca stones. There is a spectacular view from the gate!

Additional Tours

Apu Machu Picchu (4 to 5 Hours Roundtrip)

The hike to the summit of Apu Machu Picchu is 2 ½ hours and can be quite steep in places.

This is a breathtaking hike, lot of orchids along the way, birds in the bushy areas, and with every stop the view is gets better and better. The climb is 600 meters uphill, so a reasonable level of fitness is required.

*** Access to Apu Machu Picchu is controlled by special tickets which need to be purchased in advance by us. Access is 07:00 – 11:00.  Please ask to have these tickets included in your tour if desired***

Inka Bridge (Bridge 1 Hour Round Trip)

This hike is to the south west of Machu Picchu, a nice original trail that overlooks the Aobamba valley and the Hydro-electric plant.

This Inca Bridge is a part of a mountain trail that heads west from Machu Picchu. The trail is a stone path, part of which is cut into a cliff face.  A twenty-foot gap was left in this section of the carved cliff face, over a 1,900 feet drop that could be bridged with two tree trunks. When the tree trunks were removed then the trail became impassable to outsiders. The path is narrow and paved with original Inca stones.

Huayna Picchu (3 – 4 Hours)

Huayna Picchu is the mountain you see behind Machu Picchu. Towering above the north end of Machu Picchu this steep mountain is often seen in the backdrop to the classic photos of the ruins.

The mountain is steep, but stone steps are laid along most of the way and where the mountain is steeper you will find steel cables used as handrails. For fit people it is not a difficult climb.

Very Limited Access!

Only 400 people are allowed to hike Huayna Picchu each day.  You have to sign in at the entrance gate. The first 200 tickets are available for the 8:00am hike. The second 200 are available at 10:00am.

***We need to buy these special tickets in advance to be sure you will have space for this hike***

8th Day – Orient Express Andean Explorer Train – Cusco / Lake Titicaca (B, L, D)

8th Day – Orient Express Andean Explorer Train – Cusco / Lake Titicaca (B, L, D)

Private Transfer to the Train Station in Cusco. You will be picked up from your Hotel Foyer at 07:00for a 20-minute transfer to the Train Station in Cusco.
Luxury Andean Explorer Train to Puno Departs at 07:30 and arrives to Puno at 18:00. An all-inclusive three course lunch is served in route followed by tea time later in the afternoon.
Private Transfer in Puno You will be met at Puno train Station for the approx. 30-minute Private transfer to your Hotel.
5* Titilaka Hotel (Lake Titicaca) King Rooms – Comprehensive Package (All inclusive) Dinner and Cocktails in the Hotel this evening.

Luxury Orient Express Andean Explorer Train – Cusco / Lake Titicaca

The Andean Explorer is exquisitely decorated in the fine manner of the great Pullman trains of the 1920’s and boasts a full fleet of refurbished coaches including dining cars and an open-air observation bar car, which is unique in South America.

On the journey passengers are served a three course lunch in the dining car followed by coffee served in the observation-bar car. The Andean Explorer runs between Lake Titicaca and Cuzco.

This service, full of romance and style, unites two of Peru’s top tourist destinations.

Restaurant Car Andean Explorer

This spectacular rail journey begins in the city of Puno on the shores of Beautiful Lake Titicaca and travels north to the historic city of Cuzco and vice – versa.

Observation / Bar Car – Andean Explorer Train

On the journey the train makes a gentle descent / ascent to slightly, lower / higher altitudes. One half of the journey showcases the gentler, rolling Andean Plains, where vicuña and alpaca can be seen, while the second half is dominated by the magnificent Andean mountains which tower over the deep valleys of the meandering Huatanay River. While traveling aboard the Andean Explorer, the glass-walled observation car provides the perfect opportunity to view the beautiful scenery.

5* Titilaka Hotel – All-Inclusive

Indulge and immerse in the splendor and spirit of the lake at Titilaka, the first ultra-luxury exploration lodge on Peru’s mystical Lake Titicaca, origin of the great Inca culture. Located on a private peninsula, surrounded by stunning lake scenery, snow-capped peaks, crisp blue skies and intense sunlight reminiscent of Patagonia or the Scottish Highlands.

Luxuriate in modern-day architecture Integrated with the environment for a cozy yet opulent lodge-refuge. The ultimate Lake Titicaca experience.

Each of the lodge’s 18 luxury suites (from 300 sq ft to 500 sq ft) has panoramic lake-views, heated floors, state-of-the-art amenities and spa bathrooms with oversized tubs plus rain showers.

The Experience

After a full-day’s exploration of this astounding remote region, enjoy the privileged vantage that affords a restful refuge.

Contemplate an idyllic sunset as you relish your cocktails on the lodge’s wrap-around terraces

Features:

  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Overnight in Suites
  • In-room housekeeping services three times a day
  • Consierge services
  • Complimentary Wireless Internet Access
  • Oxygen in All Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Yaku Spa Therapies

Upon arrival at the Lodge, check-in, rest, and enjoy the scenery as you acclimate to the altitude.

Evening cocktails are served from 6.30 pm followed by dinner from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Then join other guests and interpreters to share highlands experiences and tales.

9th Day – All-Inclusive – Choose your Tours and Activities for the Day (B, L, D)

9th Day – All-Inclusive – Choose your Tours and Activities for the Day (B, L, D)

Morning Tours and Activities You may choose your Tours & Activities as described in Appendix I.
Lunch is Included Lunch is served at 12:30 followed by free time to rest.
Tea Time Tea is served at 3:00.
Afternoon Tours and Activities You may choose your Tours as Described in Appendix I.
Cocktails and Dinner are Included Cocktails are served at 6:30. Dinner is served at 7:30.

10th Day – Private Transfer to Airport – Fly Lima & Home (B, L)

10th Day – Private Transfer to Airport – Fly Lima & Home (B, L)

Morning Tours You may choose your Tours for each day as described in Appendix I.
Private Transfer to Juliaca Airport At the appropriate time a private transfer to Juliaca Airport. Approx. 1 hour.
Flights to Lima Airport Flights to Lima depart in the afternoon and evening.
Fly Lima & Home Have a nice flight Home.
At this time our services end with your arrival to Lima Airport.

What is Included

 

Appendix I – Titilaka Information

Appendix I – Titilaka Information

EXCURSIONS AND ACTIVITIES

Excursions and activities offered at Titilaka are included in the rates except for those specified as a special program or at additional cost. Our excursions are based on ¼ day, half- day or full duration and have three difficulty levels: Easy (I), Moderate (II), or Difficult (III). All excursions include transport with driver and are guided by one of our trained professional interpreters in Spanish or English and include beverages and snacks. Interpreters in other languages may be available upon request, subject to additional charge.

LIST OF EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

Activities near the Hotel Program Duration Difficulty
Comprehensive 1/4 Day 1/2 Day Full Day
Kayak around the Hotel Incl. X II
Rowing on the Reeds Incl. X I
Walking by the Shores of the Titicaca Incl. X II
Cycling through the Fields of Plateria Incl. X II
Hike up to the Titilaka Arch Incl. X II
The Aymara Sky and Constellations Incl. X I

Titilaka offers Concierge Services to accommodate special request or arrange unique activities. From Andean rituals to sailing around Lake Titicaca, our Experience Concierge can help you make the most of your stay. The Experience Concierge team has in depth local knowledge and expertise to personally assist you throughout your visit, rising to every challenge and exceeding expectations.

For special arrangements, to obtain a local calendar or detailed description of the excursions, you may contact reservas@titilaka.com anytime before your arrival in Titilaka: Mobile + 51 1 98 111 5520.

Day Excursions Program Duration Difficulty Schedule
Comprehensive 1/4 Day 1/2 Day Full Day AM PM
Visit to the Weaving Community of Copamaya Incl. X II X
Visit to Lampa; the Pink City of the Altiplano Incl. X X I X X
Exploration of the Chullpas of Sillustani

(on route)

Incl. X II X X
Appreciation of the Flora and Fauna

of Chucuito Bay

Incl. X I X X
Visit to the Uros Floating Islands Incl. X I X
Visit to the Authentic Taquile Incl. X II X
Mountain Biking through the Altiplano Incl. X III X X
Visit to the Churches of Juli y Pomata Incl. X I X
Encounter the Aymara Archaeological Route Incl. X II X X
Trekking along the Colla Trail Incl. X II X
Visit to Barter Market Incl. X I X
Local Festival Incl. X I X
Full Day Excursions (At Additional Cost) Program Duration Difficulty Schedule
Comprehensive 1/4 Day 1/2 Day Full Day AM PM
Visit to Amantani Island Ad. Cost X III X
Exploration into Tinajani Canyon Ad. Cost X II X
Exploration of Taquile (North and South) Ad. Cost X III X
Visit to the Island of the Sun (Bolivia) Ad. Cost X II X
Visit to Tiahuanaco (Bolivia) Ad. Cost X II X

FOOD AND DRINKS

Life and meals at the hotel are carefree and flexible. Guests may dine in their room, at the main dining room, on the terraces or picnic style on outings. Guests are offered daily specials and a selection of a la carte options. Full breakfast is served from dawn until noon, including local breads, cheese, fruits and egg options.

Lunch and appetizers are served from noon until 3pm, and afternoon tea is offered prior to the excursions. Cocktails and dinner are served from 7pm. If the weather permits, sundowners are served in the lounge, on the beach or at the outings. The bar service is available throughout the day.

PAYMENTS AND CASH

Please note that at Titilaka, all payments for additional services should be made in cash or with American Express, MasterCard, or Visa credit cards. ATM cash dispensers are not available at Juliaca Airport and the hotel has limited cash available for money exchange. We recommend traveling with enough cash in local currency.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Altitude Sickness or Soroche

Lake Titicaca is located 3,450 meters above sea level. Higher than 2,000 meters of altitude it is possible to suffer «Soroche» characterized by headache, dizziness and nausea. To avoid these symptoms, we suggest that you plan your trip and gradually adapt to the altitude visiting Arequipa or Cusco before Titilaka. On your first day at Titilaka follow these tips:

  • Avoid excessive exercise
  • Drink plenty of water (more than 3 liters per day)
  • Do not drink alcohol or coffee (or do so moderately)

At the hotel, we offer Coca teas that are ancient natural remedies to alleviate and prevent these symptoms. In addition, we have a full time nurse who will monitor your oxygen level throughout your stay and administer additional oxygen if needed. Nearby hospitals and additional medical assistance is available in 50 minutes in the city of Puno.

WATER QUALITY

Although Peru has made vast improvements concerning water quality, it is still not safe to drink the tap water. We process and filter the lake water for the hotel use, however we do not recommend drinking it. Please use bottled water which is available at the bar, in your room and at all excursions and transfers. If you want to help us reduce pollution in the area, we encourage you to bring your reusable water bottle.

SUNBURN

If you are travelling to the highlands of Peru, sunburn is of major concern because of the altitude and high level of radiation. Be sure to wear plenty of sun block, preferably over 45 SPF, and a hat at all times.

DEHYDRATION

Because of the highlands’ dry climate, dehydration and dryness may become a problem. Be sure to drink plenty of liquids and to apply lip balm and moisturizer continuously; both are found in your room.

CLIMATE & WEATHER

The weather in Puno, due to its geographical location and its high altitude, changes continually. Days are worm and evenings cold. The region has a yellow and the green seasons. The summer or green season from December until March offer warmer evenings, green pastures and occasional rains. The winter is dry with sunny days and clear cold evenings.

PUNO Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Av. High (°F) 66 66 67 68 68 67 67 68 68 70 69 68
Av High (°C) 19 19 19 20 20 19 19 20 20 21 20 20
Av. Low (°F) 44 44 44 41 37 34 34 34 39 42 43 43
Av. Low (°C) 7 7 7 5 3 1 1 1 4 6 6 6
Av. Wet days 16 12 10 7 4 3 2 2 6 8 10 14

COMMUNICATIONS

Titilaka offers full connectivity, including international phone service, complimentary wireless internet access as well as cellular phone coverage. We recommend contacting your cell phone provider to make sure that they offer phone coverage in Puno-Peru

ELECTRICITY

All electrical appliances run on 220 volts. The hotel provides electric transformers and adaptors.

WHEN TAKING PICTURES

  • We strongly recommend these guidelines while taking pictures in Peru:
  • People in traditional dress hanging around heavily touristic areas expect you to pay them if you take their photo.
  • Don’t treat people as part of the landscape. They may not want their picture taken.
  • In rural areas, ask for permission before taking pictures through doors or windows into private homes.

PACKING LIST

Weather in Puno changes very rapidly; it is advisable to wear light clothing during the day when it is sunny (shirts / T- shirts, short sleeve shirts, shorts) and warm winter clothes for the dusk outings (sweater, jacket, fleece, pants long). We also recommend using special walking shoes or hiking boots, a cap or hats, sunglasses and sunscreen when outside the hotel.

The hotel is heated and casual, so feel free to use conformable clothing indoors. If you need to wash something, Titilaka offers a 24 hour room and laundry service. Every bathroom is equipped with hair dryers.

You may want to bring your I-pod, every room is provided with an I-pod dock.

SUGGESTED READING AND WEBSITES

Essay/Books

  • Brod, Charles. «Apus & Mountains»
  • Hemming, John. «Conquest of the Incas»
  • Mosley, Michael. «The Incas and Their Ancestors»
  • Cieza de León, Pedro. «The Discovery and Conquest of Peru: The New Encounter»
  • Garcilaso de la vega, Inca and Harold Livermore, translator. «Royal Commentaries of the Inca and General History of Peru»
  • Wilder, Thornton. «The bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Muller, Karin. «Along the Inca Road: A Women’s Journey into a Ancient Empire»
  • Thomson, Hugh. «The White Rock, An exploration of the Inca Heartland»
  • Clements, James and Noam Shany. «A Field Guide to the Birds of Peru»
  • Duke University Press, 1995. «The Peru Reader: History, Culture, Politics

Websites

  • PromPeru: www.peru.org.pe
  • Lima Airport: www.lap.com.pe
  • Weather: www.senamhi.gob.pe
  • Travel Warnings: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_998.html
  • Country Watch: www.countrywatch.com
  • Online World Atlas: www.worldatlas.com
  • High Altitude Medicine: www.high-altitude-medicine.com
  • The Weather Channel: www.weather.com

ARRIVAL AND TRANSPORT

These are Comprehensive Packages. Upon arrival at Juliaca Airport you will be greeted by our Guest Services Representative who will drive you to Titilaka. Otherwise, please contact our concierge to help you arrange transportation to the hotel. The approximate travel time to the hotel is 90 minutes.

If you arrive on the Andean Explorer train from Cusco (arriving at 18:00 pm), you will be met by our cars at the station in Puno and driven straight to the hotel on a 45 minutes ride.

Other possibilities include transfer by car from Colca Canyon (Approximate time of travel: 7 hours) or from Cusco city (Approximate time of travel: 7 hours) or directly from Bolivia.

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