- Visit the Sistine Chapel of America
- Visit Raqchi Inca ruins
- Stop at La Raya Pass
- Visit the Pukara Museum
***If you are a group of 6-8 people, we can organize this tour in a private service in a comfortable van!
6:20 am: We pick you up at your hotel and drive 15 minutes to the bus station.
7:00 am: Departure from Cusco
8:00 am: Enjoy the guided tour of the Sistine Chapel of America, the church of Saint Peter Apostle of Andahuaylillas, built by the Jesuits in the 16th century. Like other Spanish and religious constructions of this time, it was built on top of a huaca or sacred place for the Incas. Made of adobe and brick the church is a small structure consisting of one nave, apse and bell tower. There is a reason why it’s known as the Sistine Chapel of America.
10:40 am: Explore the amazing archeological site of Raqchi
You will enjoy a 40 minute guided tour. The most important building inside the complex is Wiracocha temple, according to the old chroniclers it was built by the Inca Wiracocha in honor to the Superior God for the Andean people: Apu Kon Titi Wiracocha. The temple of Wiracocha was viewed as a large construction for that time. Architectonically, it is classified as Kallanka, that is, a high building completely covered with straw (wood and “ichu”). Externally, it is 92 meters long (302 feet) and 25.25 meters wide (83 feet).
12:00 am: Buffet Lunch in Sicuani
Sicuani is a relatively large highland town. The town is a major intersection with the road to Puno/Arequipa passing through it. It is surrounded by some very pretty hills. You will enjoy a buffet lunch in our exclusive restaurant with a family atmosphere.
1:40 pm: Take some great photos of the pass, La Raya, which is the border between the regions of Cusco and Puno. The Altiplano drains into Lake Titicaca and leads down the valley to Cusco and the Sacred Valley. The altitude is at La Raya is 4,338 m/14,232 feet.
3:00 pm: Visit the Pukara Museum
Pukara was the first regional population center in the northern Lake Titicaca Basin during the Late Formative Period 500 BC- 200 AC, providing valuable insights of the origins of Andean civilization in the Altiplano. During its peak it covered, over one square kilometer and housed thousands of bureaucrats, priests, artisans, farmers, herders and possibly warriors. The Pukara style is identified by impressive monolithic sculptures with a variety of geometric, zoomorphic and anthropomorphic images plus intricate multi-colored pottery in a variety of ritual and domestic forms.
5:30 pm: Arrival at Puno, at the bus terminal for Turismo Mer
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Transfer in from Cusco airport
- Pick up from your hotel to the bus station
- English speaking guide
- Buffet tunch
- Entrance ticket to sites
- Oxygen tank for emergencies
- Air conditioning
- GPS satellite tracking of transit
- Satellite mobile phone
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
- Hotel in Puno
- Breakfast and dinner
- Transfer out to Juliaca airport
$70 USD per person
***This price includes the transfer from your hotel to the bus station in Cusco
***Note that this tour can be done from Puno to Cusco also.
WHY CHOOSE SAM TRAVEL?
SAM Travel Peru is a family owned travel agency and a local tour operator based in Cusco with personal experience over many years of trekking. SAM Travel Peru is a 100% Cusqueñian Company without any shareholders.
Our dream as a locally based company is to create small personalized tours & treks strictly and only operated by local professional staff catering in PERSONALIZED and HIGH QUALITY SERVICE.
We take pride in our reputation as a RESPONSIBLE & SUSTAINABLE tour operator. Our staff are our extended family. We ensure they are supported financially by offering them a fair salary. We are proud of our team without them , we wouldn’t be able to offer the best service and lifetime experiences to our clients.
SAM Travel Peru knows how important it is to trust in a reliable honest operator to create your adventure of a lifetime while in Peru. Check out our reviews and certificates of excellence on, TRIPADVISOR for yourself! Also we are highly recommended on Conde Nast Travelers, Lonely Planet and by many blogs like: Salkantay/Inka Trail ! July 14th to 20th 2016 Trek de Lares 4 hours, “It’s the journey, not the destination…”, Lares Pass – Day 3, Trekking in the Sacred Valley.
OUR SERVICE PROJECTS
SAM Travel Peru has always believed that we should give back to the local isolated communities. Therefore, as part of our commitment to responsible tourism, we always do many service projects and hire locally.
SAM Travel Peru is so proud to be able to support these people, not only employing them but go back to our grassroots as they share with their families. It makes us happy to have this holistic approach with our highland employees and their families!
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YOUR TOUR
Please read carefully the following information; it will help you answer all of your questions about our Bus to Puno from Cusco
The briefing will take place the night before the trek at 6pm in our office, which is located at Calle Santa Teresa Nº383 ; 107 (second floor). We are next to SUBWAY sandwich shop and share a lobby with Hotel Casona Corrales.
HOW TO BOOK THE TOUR?
Please be ready with the following information (FROM EACH PARTICIPANT in your group). We cannot purchase your Bus to Puno from Cusco without the following information:
- Personal information (your full name, exactly as on your passport):
- Passport number
- D.OB. (dd / mm / yyyy)
SECOND, we require a deposit of $53.00 USD per person in order to purchase a your entrance to Machu Picchu and train ticket. You can make you deposit by clicking on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on the top of our home page, or you can click on the VISA or PAYPAL symbols on our booking page.
MAY I CHANGE THE DEPARTURE DATE AFTER THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN BOUGHT?
Yes, but with some restrictions. Once the tickets have been bought the government does not allow any changes, so we can’t change any departure date after the tickets has been bought. Tickets are also not transferable nor refundable. If you cancel the bus to Puno from Cusco, the deposit is not refundable at all!
ARE YOU SUSTAINABLE?
Yes, we are a local, sustainable & responsible tourism operator that incorporates universal principles of tourism: protect the environment and benefit the local communities by respecting their culture and religion. With this in mind, we have trained all our local staff to know and understand, respect the places and the local people.
WHAT YOU SHOULD TAKE WITH YOU
• Good day pack
• Hat, gloves, scarf
• Sunscreen, sun glasses, hat
• Good camera
• Warm clothes as this place is very cold
• Good boots and sandals
• Flash light, very important
• Rain poncho if it is rainy season