This entire trip comes combined with Amazon trip where you will explore first the city of Kings, a city full of history and cultural heritage. Travel with South Adventure around Lima and visit great convent of San Francisco, colonial gem that still today keeps all the treasures from the Spanish era. Visit some of the best museums in Lima, such as the Gold museum, Larco Herrera Museum, Museum of Archaeology, Anthropology and History of Peru.
The Amazon trip is in Puerto Maldonado , is a city in Southeastern Peru in the Amazon rainforest to 55 Kilometers ( 34 mi ) west of the Bolivia border, located at the confluence of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios rivers, the latter of which joins the Madera River as a tributary of the Amazon. It is the capital of the Madre de Dios Region. There are some of the most pristine primary rain forests in the world, they include several oxbow lakes and clay licks, where hundreds of birds, including macaws, feed and clay. Travel to the amazon in search for an complete trip, full of adventure, with possibilities to find wild animals and the most attractive landscapes: The amazing macaw clay lick collpa in the Bahuaja-Sonene National Park; recommended for people with short time, special for birdwatchers.
This Amazing trip, comes combined with 2 Day Inca Trail, city tour in Cusco, Sacred valley , Tour to Maras Moray and Salt Mines , 2 Day Inca Trail , City tour , Nazca, Paracas , Ica and then Lima.
Important note: Due to the high demand and limit of entrances to the 2 Day Inca Trail, Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Montaña even to MACHU PICCHU, we strongly recommend you book in advance before sold out. (For 4 Day Inca Trail 500 available entrances) (For Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Montaña only 500 available entrances) Cost for entrance to Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Montaña US$ 65 each) Note: The tickets cannot be modified, exchanged or refunded once confirmed!!!In February: the 2 Days & 4 Days Inca Trail are closed for maintenance
After your breakfast, free time to take rest. At 5:00pm, you will be picked up to transfer you to the bus terminal of CRUZ Del SUR (Full bed) leaves at 6:00pm / Arrives to Nazca the next day around 9:00am (Time of journey: 15 hours)
Upon your arrival to Nazca, our guide or our representative will be waiting for you, holding an small board written your names and then, you will immediately be transferred to the airdrome of Nazca to fly over the Nazca drawings. Prior the flight you will watch a video film about the Nazca Lines that will allow you get a better understanding of the archaeological zone you are about to see. This interesting documentary lasts about 35 minutes and involves serious information about the Nazca Culture, as well as the figures you will see from the air. For this aerial tour, you will board a small Cessna single-engine aircraft (Station air, Sky hawk or Skyline type), which has spacious room for 5 people, each person with a window seat. After the video, our English speaking pilot will proceed to give you a briefing about this air tour and also will give each participant a map of the archaeological zone, which shows all the figures you will see from the air. Among the figures, you will see an impressive representation of a monkey, a whale, a spider, a hummingbird, a parrot, a condor, geometrical shapes and hundreds of straight lines crisscrossing the Nazca desert.
Later on you will have time for lunch (on your own) afterward, you will visit Cantalloc Aqueduct is the name of a great attraction in Nazca. It is located on the way from Nazca to Cusco.
In order to survive Man has always been smart to adapt to seemingly impossible conditions to live and on this occasion the Nazca people have had to find a way to have access to water in this arid desert climate of Nazca. In the 5th century the aqueducts were built to provide for years round access to water essential for permanent inhabitation and irrigation of the area. Water running in aquifers was channeled to where it was needed using man-made underground channels. Concentrically paths leading down to these underground channels provided for direct access to the water. In the Aqueducts of Cantayoc where is open air has an S-shaped to slow down the water flow and prevent from running too fast in times of flooding. The Nazca people also constructed access points, which still now give direct access to clean and also oxygenates the water which is surprisingly fresh. They knew that water coming down from the Andes was flowing not only in rivers, but also in aquifers, and intelligently tapped into these essential resources. Some even argue that the famous Nazca lines actually point to underground sources of water and that the symbols are hints of what can be found in the arid soil. The most popular excursion from Nazca, the Chauchilla Cemetery, 30km south of Nazca, It will satisfy any urges you have to see ancient bones, skulls and mummies. Dating back to the Nazca late civilization around AD 800, Grave robbers and archeologists evidenced the previous discovery of the Nazca civilization in the Nazca desert. Bodies of ancient Nazca people were preserved in the Chauchilla Cemetery. The arid climate of the region helped to preserve those bodies… The Nazca Civilization had the habit of burying their people. Thanks to this practice, the Nazca people left almost untouched ceramics, colorful textiles, mummies, skulls and devices. Local thieves and tomb robbers were aware of this since the end of the XX century; the only things that they left behind on the desert were the mummies and minor belongings. The mummies are reorganized and exposed inside 12 underground tombs, though cloth fragments and pottery and bone shards still litter the ground outside the demarcated trail.
Afternoon, you will be transferred to the bus terminal of CRUZ Del SUR (Full bed) leaves at 3:30pm or 4:30pm / Arrives to PARACAS around 6:55pm and then, you will be dropped off at one the following hotels (Meals on your own)
This day, is one of the most important and interesting days during your whole trip, you will be picked up from your Hotel very early (BEFORE the BIRDS SING) our guide will meet you at your hotel between 4:30 to 5:00am to aboard the first touristic and shared bus to drop off you at the main door where you have to show your original PASSPORTS and ISIC Cards ( If applicable ) at the check point , and then try to be the first visitors inside of the wonder of the world Machu Picchu and the archaeological sites you will have complete guided tour during 2 to 3 hours of this spectacular mystical place.
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)
After your breakfast , our tour guide will pick you up from your Hotel to transfer you to Ollantaytambo train Station for a train journey of just over one hour till kilometer 104 (starting point of our trek). As soon as we arrive to this point , we will cross a bridge to the check point and show your passports and student cards ( If is applicable ) then we will start a soft walk into the other side of the Vilcanota River the trail heads off to the right towards the ruins of Chachabamba.
After a visit this impressive Inca ruins with buildings on stone, we`ll continue the trail road most of it on stone steps, heads south and begin climbing the mountain, great views around of the high jungle area and mountains, before entering the cloud forest. Then the trail leaves the forest and goes west while continuing the uphill hike in open grassland. After hiking in the sun for about three hours, the trail descends into a shaded forest. This is where trekkers can enjoy a beautiful waterfall.
After leaving the waterfall and forest, trekkers will arrive at the lower part of the incredible ruins of Wiñay Huayna, steps to climb to reach the superior edifications described as temples. We will have plenty of time for a guided exploration sorted by our experienced guide and time to explore and pictures in our own. By the time we arrive to this complex it won’t be crowded, because most trekkers headed to the Sun gate and Machu Picchu. It is recommended that you start the trek with at least 2 liters of water.
After lunch in Wiñay Huayna ruins we continue through a cloud forest full of bromeliads, orchids and fern trees. You will walk the last part of the original trail with amazing features stone steps and tambos, resting places, and climb the 60 steps before arriving to the Inti Punku or “Sun`s Gate”. From this point you will be able to contemplate and observe this marvelous place, last 45 minutes to be on front of this wonder, where you can feel an inner peace. Spend a short time for pictures and views then we prepare our mind for the next early morning, time to take a bus for 30 minutes to Aguas Calientes town. Hot springs pools are optional or just free time to chill out at this small village.
After your delicious buffet breakfast, you will be pick up from your Hotel at 9:00am by your English speaking guide to explore a vital Inca road once snaked its way up the Canyon that enters the Urubamba valley at Pisac. The citadel, at the entrance to this gorge, now in ruins, controlled a route which connected the Inca Empire with Paucartambo, on the border of the eastern jungles. Set high above a valley floor patch – worked by patterned fields and rimmed by vast terracing , the stonework and panoramas at Pisaq’s Inca citadel are magnificent. Terraces, water ducts and steeps have been cut out of solid rock, and in the upper sector of the ruins, the main sun Temple is equal of anything at Machu Picchu. Above the temple lie still more ruins, mostly unexcavated, and among the higher crevices and rocky overhangs several ancient burial sites are hidden.
Afterwards, you will return walking around the mountain or you can just catch our private transport to explore the modern Pisac is a picturesque Andean village, typical except for the huge, spreading pisonay tree that dominates the central square. The village is best known for its Sunday market although now is open every day, which draws hundreds of tourists each week. In spite of its popularity the market retains much of its local charm, at least in the part where villagers from miles around gather to barter and sell their products. In the tourist section of the market you can buy wide variety of Handcrafts – mostly the same things you can see in Cusco. Pisac is a good place to buy the local ceramics including a huge and varied collection of hand-painted multi-coloured beads.
Enjoy a tasty buffet lunch in one of the tasty restaurant in Urubamba (variety of dishes and vegetarian optional) after the lunch, we will continue with the tour to the Inca site of Moray. This is a fascinating, unique ruin; a fabulous amphitheater of terracing that was used as an agricultural experimental site by the Incas by taking advantage of the microclimates produced by the varying altitude to breed new varieties of their crops. We shall also visit the Village of Maras, and The salt pans which have made it famous. The salt pans are an unforgettable site-people from Maras have diverted a salt-laden spring coming out of the hillside, evaporating the water to collect salt, as their ancestors have done for centuries. We will walk among the salt pans; witnessing a scene largely unchanged from Inca times.
Afterwards, you 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)
Breakfast .You will wake up with the beautiful sunrise of the jungle to leave the lodge. Road trip to Puerto Maldonado, transfer to the airport. During the way back you will still have the opportunity to see wild animals and enjoy the fresh morning of the Peruvian Rainforest. Depending on your departure flight you can enjoy our hotel facilities in Puerto Maldonado as the swimming pool or the beautiful surroundings.
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.
At the appropriate time, you start with this famous traditional CITY TOUR and outskirts which involves the visits, first
Tambomachay (Temple of the Water) a center of adoration and worship of water.
Puca Pucara (Reddish place) that was used as a military control center…
Q`enqo (Labyrinth) A religious center dedicated to the adoration.
Saqsayhuamán (Majestic place with impressive works in stone which some up to 120 tons)
Main Cathedral (Marvel of the religious)
The Koricancha (Temple of the sun) afternoon, you will be drop off to your Hotel in Cusco.
(Meals on your own)
Awakening at the lodge is one of the most impressive spectacles of sound and color in the Amazon. Visitors may rest, take a coffee or walk through the surroundings of the lodge by themselves or with the assistance of a guide until breakfast and see many different types of birds, butterflies, mammals and tropical flowers, typical of the amazon rainforest. Breakfast will take place between 7 to 9 am, then we will start a short boat trip for about 30 minutes upstream the Tambopata River to enjoy the view and get to the starting point of our Kayak adventure in the sector known as The Gold Island. After a brief training on kayaking, you will make your way back to the lodge downstream with the guide paddling next to you. There will be also a motorized boat for any assistance.
The ride downstream on kayak is calm and with some small class 1 rapid, which make it fun. It is possible to see birds in the river banks. The ride ends on the Gato River, where depending on the river level you have two different possibilities. When it is low a beautiful cascade where you can swim is formed. If the level of the river is high it is possible to paddle through the river in kayak against the stream. It is also possible to swim in the surroundings of the cascade. Return to the lodge at midday to have lunch and a rest.
In the afternoon we will make a short ethno botanical walk of 1 km until the swamp area where the rainforest adventure complex is located. There you will be able to enjoy different adventure activities between the trees: Suspended bridges, Zip Lines of over 100 m, rope bridge, floating ropes, tri lines, etc. Night walks Relax in the lodge and dinner.
Early wake up around 4:30 am to take a light breakfast (coffee or mate), to begin with our 90-minutes 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 in the clay lick to eat it, 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 want 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 adequate, we will visit the Cat cascades…Return to the lodge .Lunch will be served between 1:30 to 2pm.
After lunch, we will have a new 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, free time to enjoy the night. Overnight at Wasai Tambopata lodge
At the appropiate time, you will be picked up and transfer to the airport for the flight to Puerto Maldonado. Upon your arrival to the airport, our guide or staff will be waiting for your holding a small board written your names where you will be welcomed with a delicious tropical juice. After a brief explanation of the tour and accommodating the equipment, we will depart for the Trans-Oceanic highway, where we will take a dirt road to the Tambopata River. The road runs initially through plantations of local species and cattle ranches…Box Lunch on the road.
As we get away from the highway and into the deep jungle, human presence gradually reduces until we reach the Tambopata River. There our boat will be waiting to transfer us to WASAI TAMBOPATA LODGE. After a pleasant journey of 20 minutes we will arrive to the Lodge. Reception and accommodation on the Lodge…After a short rest, we will make a nocturnal walk into the jungle to observe and listen to insects, bats, and frogs and perhaps have other encounters with another nocturnal mammal. Dinner and overnight in the Lodge. The various sounds of the rainforest will accompany us through our first night in the Amazon.
Overnight at Wasai lodge.
At 9:00am , pick up to start with the PRIVATE City tour where you will Visit The Government Palace, the Municipality palace, the Cathedral of Lima, and main colonial buildings around the Plaza Mayor, 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 Capitulars 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”. Enjoy a delicious lunch, consisting of the most symbolic dishes of Peruvian cuisine. Dinner on your own.
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 , afternoon free time for leisure.
At 8:30am, pick up for the excursion by motor boat to the BALLESTAS Island where you will observe wonderful paces that houses huge colonies of sea lions, hundreds of marine birds, including pelicans, boobies, Inca terns, cormorants and Humboldt penguins. On the trip you will also see the enigmatic figure known as the Candelabro, which was etched on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean some hundreds of year ago.
Afterwards, you will explore the Paracas Peninsula driving along the shore of the ocean and stopping at some beaches for short walks, see some marine birds and photos. However, during the whole trip our guide will explain the most important theories concerning this drawing of Candelabro, in order to have a better view of them, we will do a short walk to a little tower, from where it is possible to see them better. According to some scholars, the colors of these beautiful birds inspired the general Don Jose de San Martin (The man who set us free from the Spanish crow and declared our independence) to create our red and white Peruvian flag when he landed at the Paracas Bay. Later on we will visit the center of interpretation of Paracas, an interesting building that displays through pictures and scale models. All the fauna, flora, and many other important facts about the Paracas Peninsula.
Around 1 to 2pm, you will be able to taste the delicious and fresh CEVICHE just catched at sea. Round 2 to 3pm, pick up for the tour to 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. Afternoon, you will be transferred to the bus terminal of CRUZ Del SUR (Full bed) leaves at 4:05pm / Arrives to LIMA around 9:00PM. Upon your arrival, pick up and transfer to the airport for the flight back HOME or transfer to Miraflores district.
Afternoon or morning depending of your flight schedule, you will be transferred to the airport for the flight back HOME.
Cuzco is a city in southeastern Peru, near