DAY 01 - WELCOME LIMA AIRPORT
Upon arrival at Lima International Airport, you will be met by our representative and private driver and will be transferred to your hotel. Our representative will assist you with check-in procedures and provide you with a detailed itinerary, vouchers covering all the services included in your tour and additional information on the organization of your Peru trip. You will also receive a contact information sheet with all the hotel details as well as our office's contact information for each city and a 24-hour emergency number.
Meals Included: None
DAY 02 - LIMA COLONIAL CITY TOUR
Get ready for a busy morning, starting with a guided sightseeing tour to the most attractive and important sites in Lima, the “City of Kings”. The tour includes Lima’s Historical Center, passing by Plaza San Martin, Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and its Religious Art Museum (closed on Sunday and Saturday pm, Santo Domingo Convent is provided instead on these days) as well as San Francisco Monastery and its famous underground crypts known as the Catacombs.
Finally, visit the residential Districts of San Isidro and Miraflores, passing by the Huaca Pucllana, a Ceremonial and Administrative Center of the Lima Culture built in the II Century A.C. that the Incas considered as “Ñaupallaqta” or Sacred Town. Also visit El Olive Grove Park with olive trees brought from Spain in the XV Century, the Central Park of Miraflores and El Parque del Amor, or Peruvian Love Park.
The Love Park, located on the cliffs of Miraflores overlooking the Pacific Ocean, is a beautiful natural lookout, where you can see the waves of the Pacific rolling in towards the coast below and the Morro Solar in Chorrillos at a distance, with the coast extending further along the bay until the port of Callao. This is also the perfect spot for a romantic view of the setting sun in the late afternoon, right in front of you.
Meals Included: Breakfast
DAY 03 - FULL DAY PACHACAMAC & A DELIGHTFUL PERUVIAN PASO HORSE SHOW
Visit the Pachacamac citadel, often called the Rome of the Andes, with its temples, streets, pyramids, cemeteries, and home of the most famous oracle in the Andean empire. People from all over the Tawantinsuyo Empire visited this shrine to learn what the future held in store for themselves, their communities as well as the outcome of important battles, possible droughts, and other catastrophes.
Peruvian Paso Horse Show
Then head to private Hacienda (ranch) located in the Southern Valley of Lima, a place devoted to the breeding of the traditional Peruvian Paso Horse. Relax in contact with nature and learn first-hand about the history of this particular type of horse and its characteristics. Admire newborns, horses being trained and adult horses showing off all their qualities in their luxurious “apero” outfits, ridden by our “chalanes” in typical garments. Enjoy the opportunity of riding the smoothest horse in the world and feel the elegant “paso” walk that resembles a dance.
Lunch will be served at the restaurant and you will enjoy typical Peruvian cuisine.
Meals Included: Breakfast
DAY 04 - FLIGHT TO PUERTO MALDONADO, AND JOURNEY TO THE ECOLODGE
Following your morning flight to Puerto Maldonado from Lima or Cusco, you will be met at the airport by your naturalist guide and transferred to a boat for the trip up the Tambopata River to the Ecolodge. On the journey the vegetation changes from colonized deforested areas to virgin rainforest. A box lunch is provided on board. Upon arrival, you'll be offered a welcome drink and be introduced to the rest of the staff. In the late afternoon, you’ll be invited on an introductory walk into the "terra firma" forest behind the Ecolodge (Trail 2), dominated by giant Brazil-nut and Dipteryx genus trees. Frequently seen mammals on this trail include saddle-back tamarins, brown capuchins, agoutis, pacas, blue morpho butterflies, trogons, toucans, and many other species of birds. After dinner, you’ll be invited on a night walk in search of nocturnal animals or insects. (Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 05 – BIRDLIFE AND AQUATIC FAUNA
After an early breakfast, you and your naturalist guide will board a motorized canoe once again for the short journey to the trailhead and the start of a morning's exploration by foot and paddle canoe of the Condenado lake system, an area rich in birdlife and aquatic fauna. A family of giant otters lives in the vicinity of the lake and they are often observed. Birds abound, especially rufescent tiger-herons, great egrets, wattled jacanas, hoatzins, and the noisy donacobius. Remember to bring your hat and sun cream, for there is no shade out on the water. You will return to the Ecolodge in time for lunch. During the afternoon, you’ll have time to explore the forest close to the Ecolodge (with or without your guide), relax and bathe in the Gallocunca stream, a cool clear creek that runs past the Ecolodge. After dark, we’ll go out in search of caimans and other nocturnal animals, by motorized canoe along the Tambopata River. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 06 - HIKE TO LAKE SACHAVACAYOC (“TAPIR LAKE”).
After an early breakfast, you will take a short boat ride downriver to the trailhead. Here, in the company of your naturalist guide, you will explore a longer trail which leads to a spectacular hidden lake, crossing streams and marshy ground and passing the giant lupuna trees which abound in this part of the forest. During the walk, your guide will explain different aspects of the forest and its animals. At the lake itself, it is possible to spot the elusive black caiman. We will return to the Ecolodge for lunch. The afternoon will be free for relaxation and bathing at the nearby Gallocunca stream (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 07 - DEPARTURE
Today you will return to the city of Puerto Maldonado in time for your return flight. During the mornings the forest wildlife is particularly active, and the calls of howler monkeys can be heard in the treetops. Upon arrival in Puerto Maldonado, your guide will assist you during the transfer to the airport and check-in formalities. (Breakfast)
Additional days at Tambopata Ecolodge
Any number of extra days at the Ecolodge, in addition to the above mentioned itinerary, is possible. These can be guided or unguided, according to your preference and interests. During these days you can either: explore the trail system in more depth, going farther afield along trails not visited before; repeat the lake visits by accompanying other groups, giving you more time to wander/paddle in your favorite areas. Full board is included during each of these days.
Services included: All meals and accommodation from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on your final day.
All transport from your arrival at Puerto Maldonado to your return to the airport to board your plane to Cusco.
DAY 08 – SEDUCTIVE DAY IN THE SACRED VALLEY + LUNCH
An English speaking guide to start your exploration on the way to the Sacred Valley. The Sacred Valley of the Urubamba is located one hour from Cusco and is significantly lower in elevation, which aids the acclimatization process by allowing our bodies to adjust to the altitude more gradually. Today you will have the opportunity to visit Awanacancha, an Andean textile center whose key objective is to maintain the wealth of Incan textile art and keep their traditions alive. Awanacancha means “the palace of weaving” and as its name announces, it is all about textile production. Here we will learn about the dyeing techniques and instruments used for hundreds of years in the weaving of these famous textiles. You will walk along a thatched roof path and will watch and learn about the four different kinds of South American camelids: Huanaco, Llama, Alpaca and Vicuña. At the end of the path you will find weavers from over 12 communities from southern Peru who alternate exhibitions of threading, dying and weaving traditional Andean textiles, thus avoiding their identity loss.
Then head to the town of Pisac, famous for its ruins which lie atop a hill at the entrance the valley and separated along the ridge into four groups: Pisac, Inti Watana, Q’allaqasa, and Kinchiraqay. Visit the Inti Watana group which includes the Temple of the Sun, baths, altars, water fountains, a ceremonial platform, and an inti Watana – a volcanic ritual stone used as an astronomic clock or Inca calendar to define the change seasons.
The Incas constructed agricultural terraces on the steep hillside by hauling richer topsoil by hand from the lower lands, enabling the production of surplus food, more than would normally be possible at altitudes as high as 11,000 feet. The narrow rows of terraces beneath the citadel are thought to represent the wing of a partridge (Pisac), from which the village and ruins get their name.
Continue to the Pisac Markets, which was the place of reunion for all artisans of the region to get together and exchange or buy and sell their products. Originally held only on Sundays, but due to the increase of tourism in the area during the XX century, it became increasingly popular to the point that now it is held daily. It is a favorite destination for visitors from all over the world who don’t want to miss the opportunity of enjoying the colorful ambiance in this marketplace. This is an excellent chance to share the peasants’ customs closely with plenty of time to explore and even barter all the goods and crafts typical of the areas around Cusco. Leisurely roam through the textiles and souvenir sections of the market.
A buffet lunch will be served in a country restaurant.
After lunch, we head to the Ollantaytambo Fortress to continue enjoying this spectacular building that in the time of the Incas. The end of the tour you can enjoy the town of Ollantaytambo while waiting to board your train that will take you to hot springs.
At the indicated time one of our attendants will take you to the station to help you with your Check in.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 09 – SUNRISE MACHU PICCHU CITADEL EXCURSION + LUNCH
You will leave your hotel after breakfast and board a bus that will take you to the entrance gate of the citadel of Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is one of the most-visited sites worldwide. Machu Picchu dazzles all who visit it with its beauty and mystery. You will follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incas as you explore this magical citadel along with your local and experimented tour guide.
After the tour, you will stop at a local restaurant for a buffet lunch.
Afterwards you will have a little time to explore the town of Aguas Calientes before boarding your train back to Cusco.
Upon arrival at the station an assistant will be waiting for you to bring you back to your hotel in Cusco.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
HIKE UP TO HUAYNA PICCHU, the mountain behind Machu Picchu. This hike is strenuous and recommended only for travelers comfortable with heights and who have a good fitness level. A fair amount of climbing is required. Get fabulous views of Machu Picchu from the top. Total time for this excursion is 2.5 hours. You may want to extend your hike and go to the Moon Temple as well, which is close to Huayna Picchu. This adds an extra hour total to this excursion. Total time for the Huayna Picchu visit, including the Moon Temple, is 3.5 hours. (This hike requires advanced reservations.)
DAY 10 – CUSCO HISTORICAL CITY TOUR
This morning you’ll enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Cusco, with your guide to the first ruin site (Tambomachay). As you walk to and visit each archaeological site, your guide will explain the history, architecture, and local traditions. The four sites are Tambomachay, Puca Pucara, Q’enko, and Sacsayhuaman. After exploring the last ruin site, you will walk down to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco City. With examples of Inca history and architecture. Visit the city’s most important historical monuments that reveal the influence of different cultures: The Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral dating from Spanish vice-royalty times, built with great slabs of red granite renaissance style in contrast with the baroque style silver work of its interior and, the Santo Domingo church built upon the foundations of the Inca temple Qorikancha, dedicated to worship the Sun God.
Meals Included: Breakfast
DAY 11 – FLIGHT FROM CUSCO TO LIMA / DEPART HOME
After enjoying breakfast at your hotel.
At the scheduled time you will be shuttled from the hotel to the airport to board your flight back to Lima. Our representative will assist you with check-in procedures and then to your connecting flight back home. We hope that you have enjoyed you stay with us and the fond memories of Peru.
Meals Included: Breakfast
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