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  • Habitats Peru - Cusco, Peru
  • Habitats Peru - Cusco, Peru
  • Habitats Peru - Cusco, Peru
  • Habitats Peru - Cusco, Peru
  • Habitats Peru - Cusco, Peru
  • Habitats Peru - Cusco, Peru
  • Habitats Peru - Cusco, Peru
  • Habitats Peru - Cusco, Peru
  • Habitats Peru - Cusco, Peru

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The coast, the Andes and the Amazon of Peru 22d

Suggested travel 22D/21N
Lima-Pisco-Ica-Nazca-Arequipa-Colca Canyon-Lake Titicaca-Cusco-Sacred Valley-Lares trek-Machupicchu-Tambopata-Lima

Program itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Peru-Lima

Upon arrival to Lima, transfer to your hotel and briefed on the rest of your trip.Overnight in Lima.

Day 2: Lima-Pisco

Lima the capital city of Peru founded by Pizarro in 1535 known as the city of the Kings, the old part of the city is quiet attractive enjoy the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral built back in 1700s and San Francisco Church famous for its catacombs, during our morning city tour.Middle afternoon drive to Pisco.Overnight in Pisco.(B)

Day 3: Pisco-Nazca

Boat trip to Ballestas Islands, within the Paracas National Reserve, the only marine reserve of f the coast of Peru, well known for its amazing marine life such us multitudes of Inca terns, Humboldt penguins, hundreds of Peruvian boobies, Cormorants and playful sea lions.Mid afternoon drive to Nazca, with a brief stop at Huacachina Oasis for lunch. Late afternoon arrival to Nazca and overnight.(B)

Day 4: Nazca-Puerto Inka

The Peruvian desert was home for several advanced pre-inca societies which made this hard environment their home, the Nazca people inhabited this area for hundreds of years and where the masterminds that designed the famous and enigmatic Nazca Lines(optional flight over the lines, really depends on weather conditions).Lunch. Middle afternoon drive to our next location Puerto Inca, during this drive will encounter beautiful green and lush valleys that contrast dramatically with the dry Peruvian desert, one of the driest of the world. Late afternoon arrival to Puerto Inca and overnight.(B)

Day 5: Puerto Inka-Arequipa

Early departure and drive to Arequipa, on the way we will visualize the daily life of peruvian farmers as we encounter beautiful valleys with different plantations of fruit, olives and other products. Lunch at Camana.Middle afternoon arrival to the White city of Arequipa. Overnight in Arequipa. (B)

Day 6: Arequipa the White City

Relaxing free day to enjoy this pretty city, the second largest city of Peru, maintaining a traditional colonial style and much more lay back pace in comparison with Lima. Arequipa was built from a very light colored volcanic rock called sillar, giving the city its nick name as the White City.Afternoon visit to the quiet Santa Catalina Convent and Juanita the Ice Maiden, a human sacrifice offer to the Apus (sacred mountains) by the Inca. Overnight in Arequipa.(B)

Day 7: Arequipa-Colca Canyon

Early breakfast and drive on a rough road through high Andean plains in search of one of the deepest canyons in the world, our first stop will be at the charming Andean community of Chivay for lunch.Chivay is well known in the area for its delicious hot spring La Calera which is worth a visit. Overnight in Chivay. (B)

Day 8: Cruz del Condor-Puno

Early departure from hotel towards the famous Cruz del Condor, from where we can visualize the impressive Colca Canyon, as morning warms up we hope to visualize soaring Andean Condors with their almost 10 feet wing-spam emerging from the canyon as they vacate their roosting places, this is certainly a unique experience, Andean Condors are consider sacred birds in the andes.Lunch in Chivay.Middle afternoon drive to Puno, located on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Overnight in Puno.(B)

Day 9: Puno-Amantani Island (home stay)

We head out by boat across Lake Titicaca to the Amantani Island, an overnight home stay with Aymara hosts, provides a great opportunity to experience the local traditions and daily life of people of this part of the andes.Overnight at Amantani home stay.(B, D)

Day 10: Amantani-Taquile-Uros-Puno

We head to Taquile Island, despite the short distance that separated these 2 islands, culture is quiet distint, the men of the community do all the knitting, as this is a strictly male domain, while the women do the spinning. High quality locally knitted goods is available for purchase at various cooperatives on the island. After lunch we continue our trip, visiting the Uros floating islands on our way back to Puno.Overnight in Puno.(B)
Optional:Kayak on the lake

Day 11: Puno-Cusco

Early departure from Puno to Cusco, this trip takes most of the day, beautiful scenery as we drive through the altiplano region as well as thousands of llamas and alpacas. Cusco the capital city of the Inca awaits our arrival; this city is visited by thousands of travelers from all over the world every year. Overnight in Cusco.(B)

Day 12: Cusco

Morning at leisure. Afternoon walking tour of the city with your private guide, visiting the impressive and most important temple of the Inca the Koricancha, a temple dedicated to the Sun God which displays the most advance techniques of architecture developed by this ancient society as well as the Cathedral which has the most interesting and largest collection of colonial art, procure all by local artist from the Cusquenian School of Art.Overnight in Cusco.(B)

Day 13: Cusco-Sacred Valley of the Incas

Today we are going to visit the impressive site of Sacsayhuaman, built with huge pieces of limestone, some of them over 120 metric tons of weight!!!As we continue towards the Urubamba Valley we will make selected stops for pictures since the scenary around us is just beautiful. Brief visit to Awanakancha(the weaving courtyard)excellent place to appreciate hand made weaving with the ancient andean techniques using natural fibers of vicuña, alpaca and guanaco done by 14 different Andean communities, good place to buy high quality handmade fabric not to be found in regular markets. Once in the gorgeous Urubamba Valley, we are going to visit the impressive Inca city of Pisaq, which was built overlooking the valley for protection. Lunch in a local restaurant at the colonial village of Pisaq which also has a very attractive produce and handicraft market. Middle afternoon arrival to hotel and overnight.(B)

Day 14: Lares Trek(The Huayuros Trek)

This trek takes place in the Cordillera de Urubamba, here the ancient Quechua maintain an ancient way of life, herding alpacas and llamas, farming Andean slopes, and practicing a tradition inherited from their Inca ancestors: the making and wearing of superb handmade textiles.Today we drive through Calca town and climb northward to a spectacular high pass before dropping down into the village of Lares on the east slope of the Andes. Here we take a delicious dip at the hot springs in the meadows outside of town and enjoy a picnic lunch. Then we begin a leisurely half day hike up the valley of the rushing Rio Trapiche, before reaching the highland village of Huaca Wasi, where we camp for the night.(B, L, D)

Day 15: Huaca Wasi-Patacancha

Early steady climb, traversing on an open, treeless landscape of ground –hugging plants and flowers among pastures of Andean bunch-grass scattered with roaming herds of alpacas and llamas. Reaching an altitude of 4500 m, we cross the pass of Ipsayccasa then descend into the Pataqcancha watershed, with the lake of Ipsaycocha to our right. We might see Andean Geese, Puna Ibis and other waterbirds in the wetlands, as we journey through the heartland of these quechua people, who are locally nicknamed “huayruros”-the name of a red and black seed reminiscent of the color combinations of the local textiles. We reach the village of Patacancha and camp.(B, L, D)

Day 16: Pumamarca-Ollantaytambo

Short half-day hike to Ollantaytambo, via the scenic early –Inca site of Pumamarca.This well preserve Inca outpost was apparently built in order to protect the approaches to the Sacred Valley, from there we hike down a trail that winds gently across mountain slopes, through a series of agricultural terraces built by the Incas and now partially restored for agricultural use, at the village of Munaypata we rejoin the main road, where our transport will make a short drive to Ollantaytambo. Morning exploration of Ollantaytambo, considered the last living inca town in existence. Overnight in nthe scared valley.(B, L)

Day 17: Ollantaytambo-Machupicchu

Morning train along the gorgeous Urubamba Canyon to reach the magical city of Machupicchu, on arrival check-in to hotel and bus ride to site, afternoon guided tour of the citadel.Overnight at Aguas Calientes.(B, L)

Day 18: Machupicchu-Cusco

Machupicchu is a great place of spiruality, specially at sunrise, so you will have the chance to beat the crowds and take the very first bus up, you can just find a spot and enjoy the magnificent views or take one of the hikes around this city like the climb to the Huaynapicchu peak, maybe explore one of the 8th trails that brought people to this city in the past or simply enjoy yourself.Mid-afternoon train back to Cusco, on arrival transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Cusco.(B)

Day 19: Cusco

Day at leisure to enjoy this city, consider one of the most beautiful cities in the world, for its history, architecture and much more. Overnight in Cusco.(B)

Day 20: Cusco-Puerto Maldonado (Tambopata Reserve)

Flight to Puerto Maldonado, on arrival transfer to Tambopata port where you will be transfer to a motorized canoe for a 40 minutes trip down the Madre de Dios River, once on dock, we will take a nice walk in the forest for about and hour and a half, the final stretch to reach lodge will be done in a catamaran. Overnight at lodge.(B, L, D)

Day 21: Tambopata

Breakfast, morning exploration of lake, with an incredible swamp forest of Aguaje Palms great for several species of parrots to the large macaws as they use this palms for roosting, we also hope to find the resident family of Giant Otters which are very endangered and found in very few locations.Rest of day exploration of forest trails good for primates like Brown Capuchins and Squirrel Monkeys that live in great associations up to 50 in a troop!!time to also enjoy the forest flora with its great shapes and colors.Night excursion to lake great opportunity to enjoy a beautiful orchestra of natural forest calls as we hear frogs, toads and owls.Overnight at lodge.(B, L, D)

Day 22: Tambopata-Lima

Early morning transfer back to Puerto Maldonado to board flight back to Lima and international connections.(B)

Services included

  • Scort guide for the whole trip
  • All transfers
  • All hotel (3* double rooms)
  • Private Transport
  • Full board lodge accommodation
  • Entrance fees according to itinerary
  • Round-trip train ticket to Machupicchu (Vistadome Service)
  • Round-trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes-Machupicchu-Aguas Calientes
  • Meals according to program

We recommend that you bring

  • Considering the 03 different ecoregions we will exploring you need a good set of clothes that will cover weathers from humid hot, foggy damp to dry cold.Rain gear is important in tropical climate as well as long sleeve shrits and long pants, a good pair of walking shoes, sandals, sun protection, hat, water bottle, swimming suit as well as mosquito repelent.

Please note

  • Important: Though we have never heard of anyone contracting yellow fever anywhere in Peru or neighboring countries, nevertheless travelers require a current yellow fever vaccination for trips to the rainforest regions.

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