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Day 1: Arrival to Lima:
Upon your arrival to the Capital city of Lima (Flight details: to be confirmed) our representative will be waiting for you, holding an small board written your names and then, you will be transferred to Hotel for check in and the free time to explore on your own . In this free time, you will have opportunity to taste the famous ceviche and Peruvian Pisco sour.
Day 2: Private city tour & discover the secrets of Peruvian Gastronomy “Peru is developing the most important culinary movement of the World” (B&L)
After enjoyed your delicious buffet breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up by your English speaking guide to start with the LIMA CITY TOUR - Colonial & Modern: A private tour of the colonial and modern Lima. We will drive you through historical monuments and locations such as the Government Palace, the Municipality palace, the Cathedral of Lima, and main colonial buildings around the Plaza Mayor. It also includes a visit to the 17th century Monastery of San Francisco the most magnificent colonial and monumental center of the America's, you will find a Basilica with 21 altars, the convent with the cloister, the Clementine and Capitulary room, the choir, the monks library and the Prefunds Museum that exhibits 11 paintings of Rubens. The sacristy exhibits paints of Zurbaran and Rivera. The Gran Patio is garnished with Seville's tiles from the XVI century and Moorish arcs. It also includes a visit to the underground tombs (catacombs).
Then a short tour of the modern districts of San Isidro and Miraflores visiting places like The Love Park or The Indian Market (souvenirs & handicrafts). Finally we will visit a shopping center named Larco Mar, which was built on a spectacular cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. .. We will also visit an exclusive restaurant “La Rosa Nautica”, where you will have the opportunity to prepare your own “Pisco Sour” and the famous “Ceviche”. Later you will enjoy a delicious lunch, consisting of the most symbolic dishes of Peruvian cuisine. Dinner on your own.
Day 3: Full Day tour to Paracas (Ballista’s Island) Nazca (Fly Over) Ica (Huacachina Oasis - Lima (B)
At 4:00 am, you will be picked up from your Hotel by our representative and then you will be drive you straight to the first stop Paracas city, then we will start the tour to the Ballista’s Islands, known as the Peruvian Galapagos. These islands are spectacular, eroded into numerous arches and caves which provide shelter for thousands of sea lions and seabirds, some of which are very rare, Afterwards, you will aboard our private vehicle to Nazca for the flight over in Nazca lines during 45 minutes and then we will continue our journey to the City of Ica, where we will visit the vineyards of Pisco (a grape brandy) and the famous Oasis called Huacachina. The huge white sand dunes surrounding the Huacachina lagoon are perfect to practice one of the ultimate sports in the area "Sand boarding". After our visit in Huacachina, we will return to Lima arriving approximately 11:00PM afterwards, you will be drop off at your Hotel.
Day 4: Lima - Cusco and Private tour to the Sacred Valley - Zoo of Cochahuasi - Alpaca Farm - Pisac market & Ruins - Urubamba - Ollantaytambo & spend the night here ( B - Buffet lunch )
At the appropriate time, you will be picked up from your Hotel by our representative and then you will carried to the airport for the flight straight to Cusco and start the Sacred valley (good option to acclimatize) Upon your arrival to Cusco (Flight details: to be confirmed) our guide and representative will be waiting for you, holding an small board written your names and then, you will be transferred to our office to get further information about the trip and pay the remainder balance while you will be informed, our staff will served you COCA tea to avoid the altitude sickness. Around 9 or 10 am, you will start with this lovely Sacred Valley (great option to acclimatize) the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, where you'll board our private coach for a drive to the Sacred Valley.
This mountainous region of Peru offers mystical awe-inspiring sights to discover...The tour includes the visits the small zoo of Cochahuasi where you can observe the flight of the CONDOR`S, Andean pumas, fox, deer’s, parrots, macaws and variety of animals and birds and then you will visit Awana Kancha or (Alpaca farm) which is a weaving center with the goal to keep alive the traditional textile arts. Here you can see four members of the camelids family - llama, alpacas, vicunas and guanacos. Alpaca have thick wool and is the most commonly used while the vicunas are small and delicate with fur considered the finest. You can meet these fours camelids, learn about the harvesting of the different wools and the natural dying techniques and have change to see native weavers from different areas showing their weaving style and dress afterwards, we continue with visit to the Andean native markets and ruins of Pisac. This mountainous region of Peru offers mystical awe-inspiring sights to discover... along with farms and villages that welcome you with a taste of daily life.
Enjoy a tasty BUFFET lunch for at the restaurant (variety of dishes and vegetarian optional) after the lunch, we will continue to Ollantaytambo was an important administrative center with probable military functions due to the walls and towers. There are also traces of ancient roads and aqueducts. The town of Ollantaytambo is called a Living-Inca-Town, since the inhabitants maintain very old practices and customs. Afterwards, you will be dropped off in one of this below hotels (Dinner on your own)
Day 5: Ollantaytambo - Km82 - Camping over 3000 m.a.s.l / Maximum Altitude 3300m/10,824ft / Minimum altitude: 2,680m/8,790ft / Distance aprox 12 Km / Walking distance between 6 to 7 hours (B-L&D)
After your buffet breakfast at your hotel, our tour guide will pass to pick you between 7 to 7:10am and then we will journey until Piskacucho (Km82) which is the beginning of the Inca Trail. Upon your arrival to Km81, you will have free time to organize and pack your last stuff and check everything before to start the hiking, you can also use the restrooms, applying sunscreen, insect repellent) at check point, everyone will have to show the original passports and ISIC Cards (If applicable) The Inca trail starts (2720m/8923ft) the trail take us to the first Inca ruins as Huillca Raccay and the incredible Incan site of Llactapata or Patallacta ( Upper town in Quechua ancient language ) offers spectacular view of Urubamba valley and the Cusi chacca River. The trekking includes break stop for pictures and relaxing according how you feeling. The Urubamba mountain range that devides the jungle, the Andes and the beautiful snow-capped peak of Wakay Willca (5860/19225ft) and surrounded by pure nature and amazing views and of course guided visit of the ruins . 3 hours more of uphill and following the ancient path by the left bank of the river. Our first campsite it will be at Wayllabamba (3000m/9842ft) temperature at night will depend of season (temperature 5ºC)
Day 6: Wayllabamba - Dead Woman Pass - Pacaymayu - Camping over 3550m/11656ft - Maximum altitude: 4,200m/13,776ft - Minimum altitude: 3,000m /9,840ft - Distance of walking: 10 Km aprox / Walking time: between 7 to 8hours (B-L&D)
After your delicious breakfast, every trekker will be ready to leave the first campsite and start the hike following the ancient path along the left bank of the Lluyuchayoc River and then, you will ascent towards the highest pass. The uphill takes around 4 to 5 hours depending on your physical conditions a seeing spectacular views of Lluyucha pampa (3680m) Continuing going up and following the amazing landscape you will get to the first and highest pass of the Inca Trail to Abra Warmy Huañusca or Dead Woman`s Pass in English (4,200m/13779ft) which is the final part of the uphill train will be the hardest because the altitude start to make to the hiker don`t got good acclimatization before to this trek. At the Abra Huarmy Wañusca normally many people reach this altitude and this is the best award for celebrate . Afterwards, you will begin the descent to our lunch stop which is at Pacaymayu our campsite itself.
Along this hike, you will be able to observe a lots of hummingbirds and other kind of birds, orchids, native plants and trees such as the Polylepis or Queuña trees which grow in the cloud forest located at 3,650m/11972ft. Some hikers bring some special drink to share with the others taking resting, making pictures and if weather permit seeing spectacular scenes of uphill trail where some people still are making the effort to reach top. After plenty time on the top we start a nice downhill path to the second campsite at Pacaymayu valley (3600 meters above sea level). This valley offer nice views of the mountain range (temperature 4ºC)
Day 7: Pacaymayu - Runku Racay - Puyupatamarca - Wiñay Huayna - Camping over 2680m/8792ft - Maximum altitude: 3,750m/12,300ft - Minimum altitude: 2700m/8,856ft - Travel distance: 15 Km aprox. / Walking hours: between 6 to 7 hours (B-L&D)
This third day is the most impressive day of walking, you will wake up early in the morning to start with the hike of another 15 Km and 3000 steps of hiking up and down through many archaeological sites such as Runcu Racay (Pile of ruins) this a circular complex is located on the top of a mountain and between the borders of the Andean climate and the cloud forest, the views of the mountains, canyons and surrounding areas are spectacular. To reach these ruins the trail climbs steeply up the opposite side of the valley towards the second pass...The investigation says this was a place to storage food and contains sleeping areas for the Inca army...After the guide tour of Runku Racay we follow the trail leads us to the second larger Inca ruins as known Sayaqmarca (Dominant Town or Inaccessible Town).
On the way to the ruins the hikers passing through two small beautiful lagoons next of the trail…After Sayaqmarca the trail winds through jungle with orchids and bromeliads, through a tunnel, and along ridge above Urubamba River to Puyupatamarca (Town in the clouds). With stunning views of Salcantay, Veronica, and Pumasillo. Puyupatamarca, spreads out on either side of the trail with many agricultural terraces, a long series of baths (one and then a run of five going down the slope), and at the top of the site a large bedrock platform. Some archaeologists interpret the site as primarily a place to worship the mountains, but also see important water source association with the springs feeding the baths. Puyupatamarca offer spectacular place to have lunch seeing the surrounded mountains…From Puyupatamarca descends via steep staircase to Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young) is an Inca complex neighbor to Machu Picchu, on an elevated perch overlooking the Urubamba River. The site consists of upper and lower house complexes connected by a staircase and fountain structures, beside the houses lies and area of agricultural terraces. This place was discovered in 1941 by Paul Fejos. It is a short distance of walking from your campsite, if for any reason your feel tired, try to do all the efforts to visit and do not miss this part of impressive sites along the Inca Trail. (Temperature 12ºC)
Day 8: Wiñay Huayna - Sun Gate - Machu Picchu - Huyna Picchu - Aguas Calientes - Cusco ( Maximum altitude: 2,700m/ 12,300ft - Minimum altitude: 2,400m / 7,872ft - Distance travelled : 8 Km aprox - Walking distance aprox: 6 to 7 hours. (B&L)
After your early breakfast at camping (4:30am) we will descend rapidly from the cloud forest into the high jungle habitat. Orchids and hummingbirds are commonly seen along the spectacular section of the trail high above the river. We will arrive at Inti Punku “Sun Gate” to observe the sunrise over Machu Picchu from an elevated vantage point. We continue down to the royal road and at last the “Lost city of the Incas” where you will be guided during 3 hours into this marvelous citadel of Machu Picchu. The GUIDED tour basically includes walk through the different sections such as: The Urban sector, the agriculture sector, and the religions zone was used by the Inca Culture.
After the guided tour in Machu Picchu, you will have free time to explore by yourself, walk at your own space, a lot of selfies and to meet other tourists into the sanctuary. According with the time and to your physical conditions, you can coordinate with the tour guide to climb to HUAYNA PICCHU or Machu Picchu Mountain from where you can have the best panoramic view for photos of all Machu Picchu and of deep green canyon surrounding the sacred Inca Citadel. Do not forget that this entrances, must be booked in advance and pay US$ 65 extra. Afternoon and depending on your train schedule back to Cusco, you will have to take the bus down to Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Cusco. After the guided tour, our guide will give you all the instructions for your bus down and train back to Cusco. Upon your arrival to Poroy station, you will be meeting again by our staff and then transfer back to your Hotel. (Dinner on your own)
Day 9: A full Day Biking tour to Moray Agriculture terracing & Maras -Salt Mines - Cusco ( B -Box -lunch )
Pick up from your hotel in private vehicle for your 1 hour and 20 minute ride to the village of Chinchero where you and your guide will start your ride. Passing the lagoon of Huaypo, you'll arrive at the Archaeological Park of Moray, where you stay for about 20 minutes to enjoy the beauty of nature and the unusual Inca terraces. This part of the tour is very attractive because of its rolling hills. Continuing our trip, you arrive at the village of Maras where a tasty picnic will be waiting.
Peru has one of the largest networks of Inca remains and following the innumerable trails that connect with the most amazing sites in the Cusco, passing through remote villages out of the reach of motorized vehicles, and having the chance to get know local Andean communities and learn their amazing life style. Mountain Biking is a relatively new sport in Peru, but new routes are rapidly being opened up, many of which offer excellent opportunities to ride. After another hour downhill rides, you will feel the peace of the Andean countryside, and enjoy your freedom. You continue your ride to the terraces of salt pans below Maras (with an optional tour) and then again a downhill (approximately 40 minutes), arriving in the Sacred Valley (Pichingoto, Tarabamba) At the end of our Bike tour, you will enjoy a delicious Box-lunch with plenty of fruits and energy bars. Afternoon, you will return and drop off at your Hotel (Dinner on your own)
Day 10: A full Day White water RAFTING in Chuquicahuana & ZIP LINE (Class III & IV) (B&L)
At 9:00 am, we will pick you up at your hotel, after one and a half hours drive we arrive to the put -in at the shores of the Upper Urubamba River, at “CUSIPATA RIVER SECTION”, our private campground. Our professional Rafting Guides will give you a safety talk and provide you with all the proper equipment for Rafting. We will be floating for approximately two and a half hours, traversing class II and III rapids. During the rainy season Dec. to early March, the rapids can be class IV and V plus…Afterwards, we arrive to the take-out at "CUSIPATA RIVER CAMP", where a hot Sauna and hot showers will be waiting you, also a full course lunch will be provided. As an option you can do a ZIP-LINE over 4 cables across the river. Our return to Cusco should be around 5 in the afternoon and transfer back to your HOTEL.
You should bring: Swimming suit / a complete set of dry clothing / a pair of sandals or tennis shoes for the river that will get wet Sun block / a small towel / a bathing suit to wear under the wet suit / a good positive mental attitude. (Dinner on your own)
Day 11: Cusco - Puerto Maldonado - Sandoval Lake Lodge (B-L&D)
After your breakfast, picked up and transfer to the airport for the flight to Puerto Maldonado (Flight details: must be provided in advance) upon your arrival to the airport, our staff our guide will welcome you at the airport in Puerto Maldonado and drive you through the city to the boat dock on the Tambopata River. Here we board a motorized canoe and head towards the nearby confluence of the mighty Madre de Dios River, the source of the Amazon tributary. Just 30 minutes down river is landing at the port that will lead to Sandoval Lake. We walk a trail of 3 Km (2 mi), stopping to watch birds and butterflies, up to a narrow canal boats. From there, we navigate the flooded forest of palm trees that leads to the open waters of this peaceful lake. Our crew will row the boats across to the lodge (motors are prohibited on the lake). Under the surface of the lake we may see the huge Paiche (an Amazonian fish that can weigh up to 100Kg/220lbs). Or you may hear strange and unsettling screams and see heads peering from the lake surface, which will mark our first encounter with Pteronura brasiliensis, the Giant Otter of the Amazon.
After a brief rest, we start again by boat to explore the entire eastern end of the lake, following the sound of hundreds of Blue-and-Yellow and Red-Breasted Macaws as they return to the palm forest for the night. Our view from the boat often allows close and extensive encounters with birds and mammals. In Sandoval Lake the Capuchin Monkey, in particular, has nearly lost its fear of humans. We return to the lodge at dusk for dinner. Afterwards we take the boat again, in search of caimans, which are now extremely rare in the Amazon, but are still common in this protected lake. They grow up to 4m long, and dispute their share of fishing with the otters. On clear nights we go by boat farther into the lake for a view of the vast southern sky, unobstructed, with its magnificent views of constellations and the Milky Way.
Day 12: Tour to the Lake of Sandoval (B-L&D)
Just before dawn we will be on the lake for what is often a spectacular sunrise; and hope for an encounter with the Giant Otters that roam the lake in a close-knit family, very active at this time of day. At this time most of the birds that inhabit the lake are also very active. There will be time and tranquility to observe the birds fishing; while they stalk and capture prey. We will also have close-up views of the primitive Shansho (Ophistocumus hoazin) eating leaves. After enjoying a late breakfast, we’ll walk the trail through the cool understory of the impressive primary rainforest that surrounds the lake. We will see the great Chestnut trees that abound here. After lunch we rest for an hour and then explore the west side of the lake where we will have chances to observe different species of monkey; including the most common Capuchin Monkey. Before dinner there is a video presentation on the Peruvian Jungle and after dinner we will have the opportunity to spot caimans in the lake.
Day 13: Tour to the Lake of Sandoval (B-L&D)
This can be a very relaxed or very active day according to your desires. If you are one of the many visitors who love this lake and its unique environment or if you’d like to get a closer meeting with the Giant Otters, we can make another early start in the day. We return to the lodge for breakfast and afterwards take a break and enjoy the panoramic view from a high point in the lake before leaving to walk through a special circuit which will investigate and learn the use of dozens of medicinal Amazonian plants. We will see the Pamicho, the plant that provides the material for thatched roofs of our houses; the ginger candle for anti-inflammatory medicine, and the Cinchona tree, whose bark has saved millions from the agony of malaria. This path includes the wild jungle and a small botanical garden dedicated to the cultivation of some native species. After lunch we take a break and prepare for a walk through the quietest and most secluded part of the forest on the north shore of the lake. In the evening we have one last opportunity to seek the Black Caiman along the lake shore, or go for a short walk for your last night in the woods.
Day 14: Sandoval Lake Lodge - Puerto Maldonado - Lima (B)
After breakfast we make a final paddle through palm swamps on the west end of the lake. On the clearer mornings a glorious sunrise and its reflection can be seen in the lake. We return to the Madre de Dios River and head towards Puerto Maldonado and from there on to the airport.