Route of the Sun Tour: Cusco – Puno (or Puno – Cusco)

Day tripsPuno
FromUSD 120USD 90

About this tour

  • Start: With the pick up of the tourist at his hotel between 6.20 am and 6.30 am.
  • Duration: 10 hours (Full Day).
  • Type of transport: Spacious and comfortable tourist bus.
  • Tourist attractions to visit: Church of Andahuaylillas, Inca site of Raqchi, La Raya and the lithic museum of Pucara.
  • Tickets (included): Entrance ticket to all tourist attractions.
  • Tour guide: Professional guide in Spanish and English.
  • Meals: Buffet lunch at La Pascana restaurant (Sicuani).
  • Payment methods: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, PayPal.
  • Immediate confirmation.

Description

  • Make the trip from Cusco to Puno (or from Puno to Cusco) visiting incredible tourist attractions on the route. The ‘Sun Route’ tour lasts 10 hours, during which you will visit important Andean tourist attractions such as the Andahuaylillas church (Sistine Chapel of America), the Raqchi archaeological site (Wiracocha temple), the La Raya pass (the border of Cusco and Puno at 4,335 masl) as well as the Pucara lithic museum. The tour also includes a buffet lunch at the tourist restaurant La Pascana (in the city of Sicuani). All within a well-organized, secure and all-inclusive service.

This is the experience

  • The ‘Sun Route’ tour can be done on either of the two routes: from Cusco to Puno or from Puno to Cusco. In both cases the pick up takes place between 6.20 am and 6.30 am from the door of your hotel. The trip lasts approximately 10 hours (387 kilometers by road). On the way, tourist attractions are visited such as: the church of Andahuaylillas, the Inca site of Raqchi, the La Raya pass and the lithic museum of Pucara. There is also a stop on the route to enjoy a buffet lunch. The arrival in Puno or Cusco is at 5 in the afternoon. The tour includes a comfortable and spacious tourist bus, as well as a tour guide, buffet and entrance to all tourist attractions.

Itinerary

Itinerary Tour ‘Sun Route’ from Cusco to Puno:

  • The ‘Sun Route’ tour begins with the tourist’s pick-up from their hotel between 6:20 and 6:30 in the morning. Then we will take you to the bus station in the city of Cusco.
  • At around 6:40 in the morning we will check in to board the comfortable and spacious tourist bus. At 7 in the morning we leave for Puno.
  • After a little more than 1 hour of travel we will make a stop in the town of Andahuaylillas to visit its colonial church, named as the Sistine Chapel of America (due to the beauty of its canvases, murals and other colonial decoration).
  • After visiting Andahuaylillas we will continue the route for almost 2 hours until we arrive at the Inca archaeological site of Raqchi, famous for the temple in honor of the god Wiracocha (the highest made in the Incas, who was the supreme Inca deity. There we will also find the largest number of colcas (stores) and magnificent buildings made of adobe and stone.
  • After 2 more hours of travel we will arrive at the city of Sicuani where we will visit the tourist restaurant La Pascana (buffet lunch included in the tour). The buffet consists of a wide variety of dishes such as: hot soups, fresh vegetables, garnishes, pasta, vegetables, fruits, the richest desserts, hot drinks (coca tea, coffee or tea) and more.
  • After the delicious lunch we will continue the trip by tourist bus ascending to the La Raya pass, located at 4,335 meters above sea level. La Raya is the border between the cities of Cusco and Puno. From there you have beautiful landscape views of the snow-capped Chimboya (from where the Amazon River is born). There tourists will be able to get beautiful pictures.
  • Once in the Puno region, tourists can visit the Pucara lithic museum, in the town of the same name. Pucara is a culture that developed between 1600 BC and 400 AD. On the tour of the museum we can find ceramics and sculptures representing zoomorphic figures, among them the famous sculpture of Hatun Ñakaq which, translated from the Quechua language, means ‘the supreme cutthroat’.
  • Then we will continue the final part of the route until we arrive in the city of Puno at approximately 5 in the afternoon (end of the tour).

Itinerary Tour ‘Sun Route’ from Puno to Cusco:

  • The ‘Sun Route’ tour begins with the tourist’s pick-up from their hotel between 6:20 and 6:30 in the morning. Then we will take you to the bus station in the city of Puno.
  • At around 6:40 in the morning we will check in to board the comfortable and spacious tourist bus. At 7 in the morning we leave for the city of Cusco.
  • After a little more than 2 hours of travel we will arrive at the lithic museum of Pucara, in the town of the same name. Pucara is a culture that developed between 1600 BC and 400 AD. On the tour of the museum we can find ceramics and sculptures representing zoomorphic figures, among them the famous sculpture of Hatun Ñakaq which, translated from the Quechua language, means ‘the supreme cutthroat’.
  • Back on board the tourist bus we will continue the route for 1 hour 30 minutes until we arrive at the pass or pass of La Raya, located at 4,335 masl. La Raya is the border between the cities of Cusco and Puno. From there you have beautiful landscape views of the snow-capped Chimboya (from where the Amazon River is born). There tourists will be able to get beautiful pictures.
  • After approximately 45 more minutes of travel we will arrive at the city of Sicuani where we will visit the tourist restaurant La Pascana (buffet lunch included in the tour). The buffet consists of a wide variety of dishes such as: hot soups, fresh vegetables, garnishes, pasta, vegetables, fruits, the richest desserts, hot drinks (coca tea, coffee or tea) and more.
  • After lunch we will board the tourist bus again that will take us (in just 30 minutes) to the Inca archaeological site of Raqchi, famous for the temple in honor of the god Wiracocha (the highest made in the Incas, who was the supreme Inca deity. There we will also find the largest number of colcas (stores) and magnificent buildings made of adobe and stone.
  • After 1 hour 40 minutes of travel we will make the last stop in the town of Andahuaylillas to visit its colonial church, named as the Sistine Chapel of America (due to the beauty of its canvases, murals and other colonial decoration).
  • Finally we will continue the final part of the route until we arrive in the city of Cusco at approximately 5 in the afternoon (end of the tour).

Prices

Route of the Sun Tour: Cusco – Puno – SHARED SERVICE
Price per person
Foreign
Peruvian
Sun Route Tour – All included90 USD90 USD

Includes

  • Pick up from the tourist’s hotel (in the city of Cusco or Puno)
  • Transport in a comfortable, spacious and safe tourist bus.
  • Professional tour guide (in Spanish or English).
  • Entrance to all the tourist attractions to visit during the route.
  • Buffet lunch at La Pascana restaurant (in the city of Sicuani).
  • First aid kit.
  • Tour cancellation option.
  • Option to change the tour date.
  • Food not described in the tour.
  • Final transfer to the tourist’s hotel.
  • Snacks and drinks.

What to bring?

  • Passport or identity document.
  • Comfortable clothing (windbreaker jacket).
  • Cash for optional extra purchases.
  • Photographic camera.
  • Raincoat in cases of rain.
  • Personal hygiene items.
  • Snacks and rehydrating drinks.

Where does the tour start and end?

  • The tour begins with the pick up from the tourist’s hotel in the city of Cusco or Puno between 6:20 and 6:30 in the morning.
  • The tour concludes in the city of Cusco or Puno at around 5 in the afternoon.

How to prevent altitude sickness?

  • The city of Cusco is at 3,399 meters above sea level while the city of Puno is at 3,827 meters above sea level. At these altitudes it is common for visitors to present symptoms of altitude sickness (such as fatigue, nausea, and headache).
  • However, the symptoms of altitude sickness usually subside on their own after a day or two of acclimatization. It is recommended to spend a few days beforehand in a high-altitude city like Puno or Cusco. In the same way, it is recommended to drink hot infusions (such as coca tea).

Group or private services

  • Do you want to take the ‘Sun Route’ tour in private service? Contact info@machupicchuterra.com or (+51) 982 108 083.

Frequent questions

What tourist attractions are visited on the Sun Route tour?

The Sun Route tour to Puno or Cusco includes a visit to the church of Andahuaylillas (Sistine Chapel of America), the Inca site of Raqchi (the temple of Wiracocha), the Abra de la Raya (views of the snow-capped mountains of Puno and Cusco) as well as the lithic museum of Pucara.

What is the route that the tour follows?

The tour can be done in two possible routes: from Cusco to Puno or from Puno to Cusco. The route from Cusco to Puno follows the route: Cusco – Andahuaylillas – Raqchi – Sicuani – La Raya – Pucara – Puno. The route from Puno to Cusco follows the same route, but in reverse.

How long is the tour? What time does it start and what time does it end?

The Sun Route tour lasts 10 hours (Full Day). It begins in Cusco or Puno with the pick up of the tourist and departure by tourist bus at 7 am. It ends with the arrival in the city of Cusco or Puno at approximately 5 pm.

Can I cancel the Sun Route tour?

Yes, the Sun Route tour can be canceled by sending a request by email to info@machupicchuterra.com. The cancellation of the tour has a penalty of 25% of the total amount paid (75% refund). The last term to request the cancellation is 5 days before.

Can I change the date of the Sun Route tour?

Yes, the tour can be modified (in date or holders of the service) by sending a request to the email info@machupicchuterra.com. The penalty is 10% of the value of the tour. Payment is made through a payment link that you will receive in your email). The last deadline to request changes is 5 days before the tour.

How to pay for the Sun Route tour?

To make the payment for the tour you must first click on ‘Book’. Then you must complete the required information and, finally, make the payment with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club or PayPal credit or debit cards.

Does the Sun Route tour include lunch?

Yes, the tour includes a buffet lunch at La Pascana restaurant in the city of Sicuani (Cusco). The buffet consists of a wide variety of dishes such as: hot soups, fresh vegetables, garnishes, pasta, vegetables, fruits, the richest desserts, hot drinks (coca tea, coffee or tea) and more.

Can the tour be done all year round? What to wear?

Yes, the tour is available all year except in exceptional cases of natural disasters or protests. In any case, it is recommended to wear comfortable clothes with jackets, slippers, toiletries, snacks, cash, as well as a passport or identity document.



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