Andahuaylillas
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Raqchi
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La Ruta del Sol: Cusco - Puno

Andahuaylillas
raya
Raqchi
la-raya
Andahuaylillas
raya
Raqchi
la-raya

La Ruta del Sol: Cusco - Puno

GROUP SIZE
12
MAX. ALTITUDE
4,338 m.
LEVEL
Easy
  • Andahuaylillas
  • Raqchi
  • Paso de la Raya
  • Museo de Pukara

A Journey Through Mountains, History, and Culture on the Route of the Sun

The Route of the Sun takes you on an exciting journey from Cusco to Puno, where you will visit the Sistine Chapel of America in Andahuaylillas Church, explore the archaeological sites of Raqchi and Pukara, enjoy the Andean landscapes at the Raya Pass, and savor a delicious buffet lunch featuring Novo Andean international cuisine. You’ll enjoy a new alternative to reach Puno with a comfortable bus ride that includes stops at various cultural attractions, making the trip even more enjoyable.


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Summary

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ROUTE OF THE SUN

  • Enjoy impressive Andean landscapes throughout the tour.
  • Explore Inca archaeological sites along the way.
  • Marvel at the Sistine Chapel of America in Andahuaylillas.
  • Visit Raqchi, home of the Inca temple of Viracocha.
  • Cross the highest point at the Raya Pass at 4,335 m / 14,222 ft.
  • Discover pre-Inca culture in Pukara.

ROUTE OF THE SUN TOUR

The Route of the Sun from Cusco to Puno tour will last approximately 10 hours and has 4 stops to the tourist attractions along the southern highland way. The first stop will be at Andahuaylillas or the Sistine Chapel of America, where we will admire its murals and gilded details. Next, we will explore the Raqchi Archaeological Complex, followed by a delicious buffet lunch in Sicuani. We then continue to the Raya Pass to enjoy impressive panoramic views and finally visit the Lithic Museum of Pukara in Puno. Each visit lasts between 20 to 40 minutes. Enjoy this experience to the fullest!

  • Duration: Approximately 10 hours.

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Itinerario

The Route of the Sun Cusco Puno Tour

Andahuaylillas raya

The Route of the Sun Cusco Puno tour begins by picking you up at your hotel between 6:00 and 6:20 a.m. Afterward, we will head to the bus terminal to check in of the boarding ticket and luggage at 6:40 a.m., with the departure scheduled for 7:00 a.m. (sharp). The first stop of this exciting journey is the Andahuaylillas Church, located at 3,121 m / 10,240 ft. This 17th-century church is known as the Sistine Chapel of America due to its impressive murals, gold leaf works, and Cusco school paintings that decorate inside this temple.

After approximately 1.5 hours of travel after visiting Andahuaylillas, we will arrive and visit for 40 minutes the Raqchi Archaeological Complex at 3,502 m / 11,489 ft. This place is also known as the Temple of the God Wiracocha and was a religious center during the Inca period. Going on, in Sicuani, we will enjoy a buffet lunch at the prestigious tourist restaurant “La Pascana,” renowned for the excellent flavor of its dishes. Also, remember that every cold drink, such as water, sodas and beers that you will take there is on yours.

Next, we will continue our journey to the Raya Pass (4,338 m / 14,232 ft ASL), which marks the border between Cusco and Puno. From this viewpoint, we can admire the famous Chimboya snow-capped peak, and you can take photos of the landscape during a 5 to 7-minute stop.

Subsequently, we will visit the Lithic Museum of Pukara, located at 3,910 meters (12,828 feet), where we will explore an impressive collection of ceramics and sculptures representing zoomorphic figures, including the famous sculpture of the “Hatunñaqaq,” which translates to the supreme executioner in Spanish.

Finally, we will arrive in Puno around 5:00 p.m., followed by a transfer to your hotel, thus concluding our tour services.

  • Highest altitude: 4,338 m / 14,232 ft ASL.
  • Duration: Approximately 10 hours.
  • Meals: Lunch
  • Attractions: Andahuaylillas Church, Raqchi Archaeological Complex, Raya Pass, and Pukara Lithic Museum.

Inclusions

INCLUDES:

  • Onboard WIFI Internet.
  • Bilingual Guide (English – Spanish).
  • Entry tickets to the attractions.
  • Onboard service of hot and cold beverages.
  • Tasting of the famous Pan de Oropesa.
  • Buffet lunch at the Tourist Restaurant La Pascana.
  • First aid kit.
  • Transportation from Cusco to Puno.

DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Tips.
  • Other non-mentioned services.

Packing list

PACKING LIST FOR THE ROUTE OF THE SUN:

Here is a proper packing list of this tour:

Essentials:

  • Original physical passport.
  • Extra money (soles).
  • Water bottle.
  • Personal medication.
  • Sunscreen (SPF 50+).
  • Toiletries.

Clothing:

  • Waterproof and windbreaker jacket.
  • Fleece jacket.
  • Lightweight sneakers.
  • Hat.
  • Zip-off pants.
  • Rain poncho.

Equipment:

  • Medium-sized backpack.

Recommended:

  • Camera.
  • Power back and charger.
  • Snacks.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Wet wipes.

Prices

THE SUN ROUTE – GROUP SERVICE

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Departure Dates

DEPARTURE DATES:

Certainly, Waman Adventures has daily departures for the Route of the Sun, and we don’t need at least 2 people to arragne thsi service for you. Also, find our traveler’s recommendation on TripAdvisor.

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Schedules

SCHEDULES:

We will pick you from your hotel to the bus terminal at 6:00 a.m.

FAQS

What to expect from the Route of the Sun tour?

The Route of the Sun tour will be a culturally enriching experience over 10 hours of traveling from Cusco to Puno.

Travelers can expect to explore Inca temples, discover archaeological treasures like the Temple of Viracocha in Raqchi, and marvel at the Sistine Chapel of America in Andahuaylillas.

Additionally, they will enjoy a buffet lunch in Sicuani and panoramic views from the Raya Pass. The journey culminates with a visit to the Lithic Museum of Pukara, which houses impressive pre-Inca sculptures and ceramics.

Where does the Route of the Sun Cusco Puno tour take place?

Mostly on the way from Cusco to Puno. This Route of the Sun has some interesting and important stops along the way, a length of 386 km /239 mi more or less.

What is the best season to take the Route of the Sun tour?

The best season to take the Route of the Sun Cusco Puno tour is the dry season, which runs from April to October. During this period, the weather is more stable with less rain, making travel conditions more comfortable and safer.

Note: It is advisable to bring warm clothing and be ready for sudden weather changes in any season of the year.

At what altitude does the Route of the Sun Cusco Puno Tour take place?

The Route of the Sun Cusco Puno tour takes place at an average altitude of 3,868 m or 12,690 ft ASL.

How far in advance should I book the Route of the Sun tour?

We recommend booking the Route of the Sun from Cusco to Puno tour at least 24 hours in advance to ensure availability.

Where does the Route of the Sun Cusco Puno tour start and end?

The Route of the Sun from Cusco to Puno tour starts by picking you up from your hotel in Cusco and ends around 5:00 p.m. in Puno.

What Is the age range for the Route of the Sun Cusco Puno tour?

There is no age limit for the Route of the Sun from Cusco to Puno tour, then it is suitable for children accompanied by their parents, teenagers, and elders.

The journey is by bus, so there will be no exposure to long hikes at higher altitudes, ensuring everyone can enjoy this adventure.

How recommendable is it to purchase travel insurance for the Route of the Sun Cusco Puno Tour?

We recommend purchasing travel insurance for the Route of the Sun Cusco Puno tour because it protects and supports you in case of natural disasters, injuries, illnesses, trip cancellations, and other emergencies.

Here are some travel insurance websites you can consult:

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Should I bring soles or dollars?

We recommend to travel to Peru with US dollars. If so, you can exchange your money in many exchange houses for the best rate, but not in airports.

If your local currency is not dollars, I recommend changing your local currency into dollar before travelling to Peru.

Our staff will always be available to guide this matter. Preferably, carry money in soles during your tour, as many tourist businesses accept payments in soles, with a few accepting dollars.

Why Us?

WHY CHOOSE WAMAN ADVENTURES?

We have been leading travellers on unforgettable journeys in Peru, earning a reputation for exceptional service and customer satisfaction. Hundreds of positive comments from satisfied travellers who had trusted us.

Our team is focused on providing you with an impeccable experience in every little detail of your trip. Your safety and comfort are our top priorities. As a team, we aim to create memorable experiences from planning through execution.

  • Professional and experienced team: we want you to have an unforgettable experience. The entire team is highly trained to provide quality service during your adventure.
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  • Wide variety of destinations: we offer a wide selection of destinations throughout Peru to suit all needs. We have the most ideal options for you whether you want to explore the coast, the Andes or the Amazon.
  • Commitment to sustainability: we are committed to caring for the environment and local communities. We offer trips designed sustainably to minimise environmental impacts and contribute to local communities.
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