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Cusco, sacred valley, macchu picchu, lake titicaca

Hi all,

We are travelling with our little boy (2 yrs old) in mid Oct to Peru for 10 days. We will be arriving in Cusco on Sunday morning. In the next 8 days, we woudl like to cover Cusco, sacred valley, macchu picchu and lake titicaca. Obviously with the kid, we are planing to take the train to Macchu Picchu and to lake Titicaca from Cusco.

We are unsure about a few things:

1) How much time to spend in Cusco city?

2) How much time is needed for Sacred Valley?

3) Should we take taxi or train from Cusco to sacred valley and approx cost for each?

4) Can we stay over night in sacred Valley?

5) How much time to spend in lake Titicaca

Many thanks in advance for your help.

Edited: 7:01 pm, September 16, 2012
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1. Re: Cusco, sacred valley, macchu picchu, lake titicaca

Let me start by saying this is a great trip! Lake Titicaca is an excellent add-on.

In answer to your questions.

1) Cusco is a great city, and most people tend to use the city as a base as there is a selection of great hotels which vary in price. From Cusco you can tour the Sacred Valley and access Machu Picchu.

2) 1 or 2 days in the Sacred Valley is enough. The main attractions in the valley include Pisac Market, Pisac Ruins and Ollantaytambo ruins - which can all be done in a day no problem.

3) The train route is typically reserved for people heading to Machu Picchu, and from Cusco goes to Ollantaytambo. You could take the train there, but it is an expensive option. A taxi to Pisac will cost you about 40-50 soles, and will take about 40 mins. Taxi drivers can be a little crazy....and with a young child may not be too much fun. An organized day trip with an operator may suit you better.

4) There are hotels throughout the Sacred Valley, mainly around the towns of Urubamba and Ollantaytambo. Hotels range from small lodgings through to luxury high-end properties.

5) You will probably only need one full day in Lake Titicaca. The city of Puno doesn't really offer very much for the tourist.

Many companies specialize in this 10 day trip, and you can find an outline itinerary for what you are looking to do - to help give you some ideas.

Have a good trip.

Paul - Totally Latin America

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2. Re: Cusco, sacred valley, macchu picchu, lake titicaca

Where do you have to be after the 8 days you speak of? Are you flying home from Lima on day 8 or the next day?

Only have 8 days is tight for everything you want to see and do...Lake TIticaca will eat up at least 3 of those days which only leaves you 5 to cover Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu PIcchu. It can be done but youll have to keep moving to fit everything in.

You can get away with only a couple days in Cusco and still see almost everything. I would suggest not taking the train to Machu Picchu from Cusco and insted take it from Ollantaytambo. To make the most of your time you can spend a day visiting the Sacred VAlley (Pisac and Ollantaytambo) and either take a late train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas CAlientes and spend the night there taking in Machu PIcchu the next day or spend the night in Ollantaytambo and catch the first train to AC in the morning. If your planning to hike Huayna Picchu then you might want to plan for a second day at Machu PIcchu and if youve taken a late train to AC from Ollantatambo then you might want to spend another night and take the train back next morning. This will not only allow you to maximize your time at Machu Picchu but you will get to travel the train route at least once during daylight. You can fit in visits to Maras and Moray on the taxi ride from Ollantaytambo back to Cusco.

For Lake Titicaca a cheaper option is a tourst bus like www.inkaexpress.com It follows the exact same route as the train but includes stops at sites along the way and is wayyy cheaper. You will need to plan at least 3 days for Titicaca, one day to get there, at least one day to tour the lake (2 if you plan to overnight on an island), and another travel day to get back. To save time you might want to consider flying directly back to Lima from Juliaca airport which is about 45 minutes from Puno by taxi.

Based on my experience and what worked for me I would suggest...

Sunday

-Arrive in Cucso

-Visit Cusco

-Overnight in Cusco

Monday

-Visit Cusco

-Overnight in Cusco

Tuesday

-Bus or Taxi or Tour to Pisac for the morning and Ollantaytambo that afternoon

-Late train to Aguas Calientes

-Overnight in Aguas Calientes

Wednesday

-Machu Picchu

-Overnight in Aguas Clientes

Thursday

-Morning train from Aguas CAlietnes to Ollantaytambo

-Taxi to Cusco with stops to visit Maras and Moray

-Overnight in Cusco

Friday

-Train to Puno

-Overnight in Puno

Saturday

-Lake TIticaca (Uros and Taquille)

-Overnight in Puno

Sunday

-Fly from Juliaca to Lima

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3. Re: Cusco, sacred valley, macchu picchu, lake titicaca

Many thanks to tottaly latin america and Judokast. We are following your recommendations :-)

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