Go to Peru 19 Days 18 Nights

DAY 01 : INTERNATIONAL ARRIVAL IN LIMA

Assistance at your arrival to Lima International Airport and transfer to your hotel. There you will receive a briefing on your tour; receive vouchers covering all the services included in your tour and additional information on the organisation of your Peru trip.

Meals Included: None

DAY 02: LIMA SIGHTSEEING TOUR

Morning free to rest after your International travel. We recommend you to sleep long enough to be ready to start this unforgettable journey through this wonderful country. Free time for lunch. Guided sightseeing tour to the most attractive and important sites in Lima, the “City of Kings”. The tour includes Lima’s Historical Centre, passing by Plaza San Martin, Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and its Religious Art Museum, the Church of Santo Domingo, with the tombs of Santa Rosa and San Martin de Porras, and Lima’s Colonial Balconies.

We will visit the Convent and Church of San Francisco, the greatest monumental complex of Colonial Art in America and Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The tour includes a visit to the Basilica of 21 altars, Convent of Cloisters, Capitulary and Clementine Rooms, Chorus and Library of the priests, a Museum showing 11 paintings of the Rubens School, the Sacristy with paintings of Surbaran and Ribera, its great patio decorated with Seville tiles of the XVIth Century, Moorish arches and underground catacombs. We then drive through the residential Districts of San Isidro and Miraflores, passing by the Huaca Pucllana, a ceremonial and administrative centre of the Lima Culture built in the II Century A.C. that the Incas considered as “Ñaupallaqta” or Sacred Town. We will also visit El Olivar Park with olive trees brought from Spain in the XVth Century, the Central Park of Miraflores and Larcomar, a symbol of modern Lima and a tourist and entertainment centre as well as a privileged site to enjoy an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean. Late afternoon transfer to your hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 03: LIMA – PARACAS: BALLESTAS ISLANDS / NAZCA

Early in the morning, leave Lima by bus to the Paracas Peninsula, where we can find the most important Wildlife Sanctuary on the Peruvian Coast. Boat excursion to the Ballestas Islands, where we can observe Sea lions, Boobies, Pelicans, Penguins and other Sea birds. On the way back, from the boat, we can also see the “Candelabro”(Candelabrum), a giant figure etched in the sand on the side of a hill in the style of the Nazca Lines. Time for Lunch. (not included). In the afternoon continue by bus to the City of Nazca for overnight. Free time to enjoy the facilities of your hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 04: NAZCA LINES / AREQUIPA

After an early breakfast, transfer to Nazca Airport for a 45-minute flight over the enigmatic Nazca Lines. These enormous lineal drawings of animals, birds and geometric figures remain etched in the desert and they can only be appreciated from the air. At noon, travel by bus to the City of Arequipa (About 8 hours) along the Desert and Coastal valleys. During the journey, we will make some stops in different outstanding points to rest and enjoy the sights. Arrival at the White City of Arequipa. It receives this name due to its white rock buildings, a white rock that flows out of the Misti Volcano. Upon your arrival in Arequipa, meet and transfer to the selected hotel. tThe night off. We recommended to take your dinner at Sambambaia’s or La Truffa restaurants.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 05: AREQUIPA: SIGHTSEEING TOUR

Breakfast. The tour includes the Main Square, one of the most beautiful squares in Peru, and Cathedral, a prime example of XIXth Century Peruvian architecture, housing beautiful treasures in gold and silver. We also visit the La Compañia Church, an ancient Jesuit temple, maybe the most important one in Arequipa due to its history and tradition, with a beautiful façade with carved columns, laurel crowns, flowers, birds, etc. A more careful look at the façade, however, reveals the limits of European influence, as the angels have indian faces; and indeed one face is even crowned with feathers.

Then, we will visit the Saint Kathleen Convent; a “small town” built in the XVIIth Century and opened to the public in 1970, after 400 years as a Cloister. Perfectly preserved for four centuries, you go back in time as you enter the Cloister and see the numerous, spacious patios and gardens, the kitchen and slave quarters and stone washtubs of this Convent. About 20 nuns, of what were once 500, still live in a section of the Convent. Return to your selected hotel in Arequipa. Lunch on your own. We recomended to take your lunch in the restaurant Sol de Mayo.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 06: AREQUIPA: COLCA CANYON

Early in the morning, depart on a wonderful four hours bus trip to the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest Canyons in the World (3180 mts.). On the trip we drive across Pampa Cañahuas in the Aguada Blanca National Reserve, inhabited by herds of vicuñas and alpacas (South American cameloids). The highest point of the road is at 4350 m.a.s.l.. We also see beautiful pre-Columbian terraces, still being cultivated by native Collaguas. On your arrival at Colca Valley, transfer to the selected lodge. Time for Lunch (not included). In the afternoon, we recommend you to rest and get used to the altitude. If you are in good shape, you will have free time to stroll around the Lodge’s surroundings or you could take a repairing bath at the hot springs nearby the Lodge.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 07: COLCA: CONDOR CROSS / AREQUIPA

We leave early in the morning to the “Condor’s Cross”, where the biggest flying bird in the world can be usually seen soaring amongst the peaks. On the way back we visit the Colonial Towns and Churches of Yanque, Coporaque, Achoma and Maca. Good opportunity to appreciate the life of these people that has changed little since Inca times. Time for take lunch at a local restaurant. (not included). Late afternoon return to the selected hotel in Arequipa. Evening free.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 08: AREQUIPA – JULIACA : CHULLPAS OF SILLUSTANI EN ROUTE

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport of Arequipa to take your flight to Juliaca. At your arrival you will be transferred to the hotel. On the way to the Hotel, we will visit the famous Chullpas of Sillustani stone cylinder burial chambers used by the Aymaras to bury their leaders. Lake Umayo, located in front of the Chullpas, adds further beauty to the place. Here you also have the opportunity to observe several local typical birds.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 09: PUNO: TITICACA LAKE, FLOATING ISLANDS OF THE UROS AND TAQUILE ISLAND

Breakfast. Early in the morning, we will have an unforgettable motorboat excursion on the waters of Lake Titicaca to the unique “Floating Islands” of the Uros. These ancient inhabitants of the Lake, known as the Water Tribe, have built their own “islands” by periodically adding new layers of a type of reed called “totora” (Scirpus totora), vegetable fibre of the Papyrus family. Their homes and boats are also made from this material. We continue our motorboat trip to Taquile Island, inhabited by Quechua-speaking natives who have developed efficient and unique social systems, as well as fine hand weaving techniques, passed down through the generations. Upon arrival at the Town of Taquile we will have a lunch. Then we will walk through the various hills and archaeological sites of this 6 km long Island. In the afternoon, return to Puno for overnight at your hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 10: PUNO / CUSCO

Breakfast. Leave in the morning by bus to the city of Cusco. We traveled along the high plateau of Collao, stopping in the village of Ayaviri,a town textile and animal husbandry, to visit the impressive Temple Kalasaya, ruins of the ancient culture Pucara. Along the way, we stop in Rachi, where we can see a spectacular Inca sanctuary built by the Inca Pachacutec and dedicated to the great Inca God Wiracocha. It has a large central wall with a base of fine stone Inca architecture. The other walls are made of adobe bricks giants. The structure also has two sidebars circulars. Around the temple are several buildings once used as housing or warehouse. Approximately 70 km later, we went through the ranch Stripe where we can see herds of llamas and vicunas. During the trip, we went through the lovely lake Wacarpay that offers spectacular views of mountains reflected in its waters tame.

We continue towards the beautiful people of Andahuaylillas, and visit the church of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, better known as the Sistine Chapel of the Americas, due to its polychrome ceiling. Buffet lunch in a restaurant rural quiet, where you can enjoy the delicious cuisine of the region. Upon arrival in Cuzco, you will be tranferred at your hotel. Dinner on your own.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 11 CUSCO.

At 13:45 you leave on the Cusco City Tour. This tour includes the major sites of historical interest in Cusco, such as the famous Inca fort at Sacsayhuaman, and the temple of the Sun. Also included in this is a tourist card, giving you access to all the sites in the Cusco area as a whole (i.e., including outside of the City itself) This tour finishes at 18:00.

Meals Included: Breakfast, dinner with Folklore Show

DAY 12 : CUSCO: THE SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS

Early in the morning, excursion to the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit to the picturesque Indian Pisac Market held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, the shopping paradise of the Andes where barter is still practiced. Enjoy the unique atmosphere during a typical lunch.
In the afternoon, passing through the Towns of Calca and Urubamba, we visit the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to this part of the Valley, and protect it from possible invasion from the tribes in the Lower jungle. You can walk through the quaint streets of the nearby Town, and get a good idea of what this Strategic Military, Religious, and Agricultural Centre was like during the era of the Inca Empire. On our way back to Cusco we stop of at the picturesque Andean Village of Chinchero to visit the ruins of the Royal Hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui. We will admire a well-preserved Inca Wall in the Main Square, and visit the beautiful Colonial temple built on Inca foundations, with interesting frescoes in the portico.
Late afternoon return to your selected hotel for overnight. Evening free. We suggest strolling around the Main Square and enjoy the night atmosphere trying a delicious Pisco Sour in some of the many pubs around the Square. Note: The visit to the Village of Chinchero depends on the time available.

Meals Included: Breakfast, and lunch

DAY 13: CUSCO – KM104 – AGUAS CALIENTES

Our trek today takes us along the most impressive stretch of the Inca Trail. We’ll visit beautiful Inca sites , see a variety of flora and fauna and get to take in the fantastic panoramas of the Andes mountains. Covering 10km of the trail our journey begins in the Sacred Valley and works it’s way up along an original Inca Trail to the Inca site of Winay Wayna before continuing on to Machu Picchu via the Sun Gate (Inti Punku).

As we make our way to Machu Picchu we’ll pass through the lush and verdant cloud forest that covers the mountain and get to see a variety of plants, flowers and birds along the way. We may also see some larger mammals such as Viscachas (rabbit-like Chinchillas) and Spectacled Bears (if we are very lucky). After a full days trekking we’ll arrive to the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) in the late afternoon and get our first views of Machu Picchu spread out on the mountain below. The light at this time of day is great for photos and with fewer tourists in the site it’s a perfect time to take some pictures of the site. After we’ve passed through the Sun Gate we’ll carry on along the trail a little way before taking a side trail that leads us to Aguas Calientes in the valley below where we’ll check in to our hotel.

Meals included: 1 Box Lunch, 1 Dinner 1 Breakfast 1 Luch Hotel 1 Night

DAY 14 MACHU PICCHU: AGUAS CALIENTES / CUSCO

After breakfast we have an early start and take the Bus for a 30-minutes drive climbing a 6km of winding road to reach the marvellous Citadel. for a 30-minutes drive climbing a 6km of winding road to reach the marvellous Citadel. Upon arrival, guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial (the most important Intihuatana), the Royal Quarters, the Temple of Three Windows and various burial grounds. Time free to stroll by the Archaeological Site.

For the most adventurous people, we suggest to go up the Huayna Picchu (if it is not raining) from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being high and distant.Arriving at the top takes about two hours and a half and it must be before 13:00 hours. It is necessary to register in an office at the beginning of the trail. An exciting adventure for the travellers who want to see, from the top, the nature and the carved stone emerging from the ground as if a geological miracle.In the afternoon, back to Cusco by train, and transfer to your hotel Overnight in Cusco.

Meals: Breakfast ,Lunch

DAY 15 BOAT TRIP TO WASAI TAMBOPATA LODGE

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport in Cusco for take the flight to Puerto Maldonado Reception at the airport and transport to the WASAI Maldonado Ecolodge, where you will receive a welcome tropical fruit beverage. After a short briefing about the tour, you will embark for a 4 hour motorboat trip up the Tambopata River to WASAI Tambopata Lodge & Research Center (box lunch on route). During the trip we will be able to observe the local farms and the jungle wildlife; the most likely animal to see is capybaras, the largest rodent in the world, river turtle, caymans and different species of birds.. Accommodation at the lodge at arrival.

After a short rest we will have a brief introductory walk in the forest nearby to learn basic principles of ecology and hear some wildlife natural history and observe the nocturnal life of insects, frogs of various colors, and an occasional encounter with nocturnal mammals. Return to the lodge for dinner. We will enjoy the diverse sounds of the jungle which will accompany our first night in Amazonia. Sleep at WASAI Tambopata Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 16 : MACAW’S CLAY LICK

Early wake up at dawn to take a light breakfast (coffee or infusion), to begin with our 40-minute journey upstream to the Macaw Clay Lick “El Chuncho” in the Bahuaja-Sonene National Park. We will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful natural sceneries and wildlife of the riverbanks. At our arrival, if weather permits, we will observe one of the greatest wildlife spectacles where hundreds of parrots and different species of macaws gather to eat clay, an unforgettable experience. Then, we will walk through the river beach searching for animal footprints while we have refreshment.

In the middle morning we return to the lodge to have breakfast and then take a rest to relax or do the adventure activities or enjoy the facilities and the surroundings of Wasai. Also, you will have the chance of swimming in the Tambopata River. Those who wish can do kayaking on the river or you can join us to fish in the river where inhabit more than 250 species of fish.On route if the level of river are adecuated,we will visit the Cat cascades.
After lunch, we will have an ethno botanical walk into the rainforest by the Tambopata cross path, to learn about plants and medicinal trees of the area; and to observe the amazing jungle ecosystem where we will see walking palm trees, giant lupuna trees, snake trees and so on. At nightfall, we embark again to make a nocturnal caiman search. Night at WASAI Tambopata Lodge.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 17 SANDOVAL LAKE

After breakfast we will make a trip in boat to the WASAI Maldonado Ecolodge, in Puerto Maldonado where we will relax in our bungalows and enjoy a tasty lunch. After lunch we will leave and travel for thirty minutes on the Madre de Dios River, to the access trail to Sandoval Lake, a beautiful rainforest oxbow lake. 3 km hike to the banks of the lake. There we will board a canoe to paddle around the lake enjoying the beauty of the landscape and observing the wildlife, such as kingfishers, herons, hoatzins (unique pre historic looking birds), monkeys, etc. If we are lucky we could see the family of giant otters which live at the lake. We will have the opportunity to swim in the lake.

It is time to begin our return hike to the Madre de Dios River to return to Puerto Maldonado. There we will stay in the modern and comfortable bungalows of WASAI Maldonado Ecolodge. After dinner we will be able to rest or go around the city on foot or on bicycle. You can enjoy the swimming pool and its cascade surrounded by tropical vegetation. Rest of the night free to enjoy the night life of this welcoming city. Night at WASAI Maldonado Ecolodge.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 18 PUERTO MALDONADO TO LIMA

Breakfast and transportation to the airport. (B) At this point you will know that your amazon experience in Peru will never be forgotten!..

Arrive to Lima transfer to your hotel free time in Lima

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 19 TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT

Breakfast at your hotel in Lima . Transfer to the Airport Lima, where you can make your flight connexion to return your country.

Meals Included: Breakfast

INCLUDED:

In Lima: Transfer .
In Paracas , Tours Ballestas
In Nazca Over flight in Nazca
In Arequipa, Cañon de Colca
In Puno: Urus Taquile
In Cusco: Sightseeing Tour, and dinner with Folklore Show.
In the Sacred Valley of the Incas: Full-day excursion to Pisac Indian Market (held only tuesdays, thursdays and sundays) and the Inca Fortress of Ollantaytambo. Lunch included.
In Machu Picchu: Guided visit of the Inca Citadel including lunch.

  • 3 Nights Hotel in Lima included Breakfast
  • 1 nights in Nazca
  • 3 Nights in Arequipa
  • 1 Nights in Qolca
  • 4 Nights hotel in Cusco included Breakfast
  • 1 night Hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • 3 Nights in the jungle
  • Meals as specified in the program
  • Tourist ticket
  • Entrance ticket to Qoricancha
  • Entrance ticket to Catedral
  • All entrance tickets for the excursions mentioned above
  • All the transfers indicated in the itinerary.
  • Train ticket Cusco – Aguas Calientes – Cusco
  • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes- Machu Picchu- Aguas Calientes
  • All bilingual guided tours (english/spanish) as described in the itinerary
  • Flight Included Lima to Cusco , Cusco to Puerto Maldonado
  • Flight included Puerto Maldonado Lima.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • International Flights
  • Airport taxes ($30.25 for international
  • Baggage excess. (i.e.Puno/Cusco bus)
  • Entrance ticket to the reserve area of Tambopata
  • Alcoholic drinks, soda
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • International or National personal telephone calls.
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Optional post-tour (cost given separately)

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