Peru Charming (13 Days/12 Nights)
(LIMA – AREQUIPA – PUNO – CUSCO – PUERTO MALDONADO LIMA)
This program it is one of the complete that we offer in Peru, you can see almost the large variety that this country offers to see and learn. You star in Lima the capital and the biggest city in the country and traveling from here to the south you can find the city of Arequipa. Arequipa is a city in between the coast and the Andes, with an altitude of 2300 m. offers the contrast and traditions of two areas, and then Puno city it is the example of the high population areas in the country, the Titicaca lake it is and astonish place where you can navigate in the top of the world, Cusco city consider the historical and archaeological capital of the country, in addition of that you can see the lost city of the Inkas, then travel up the Tambopata River for an our and half to National Park. You will see a magical sunrise and it is a great opportunity to see animals such as capybaras, tapir, Jaguar, and deer in the surrounding virgin forest, which ones are the high light of the trip.
DAY 01: Lima – City Tour – Arequipa
DAY 02: Arequipa – City Tour (B)
DAY 03: Arequipa – Colca Canyon (B)
DAY 04: Colca Canyon – Arequipa (B)
DAY 05: Arequipa – Puno (B/L)
DAY 06: Puno – Islas Flotantes Uros Taquile (B)
DAY 07: Puno – Cusco (B/L)
DAY 08: Cusco – City Tour (B)
DAY 09: Cusco – Valle Sagrado (B/L)
DAY 10: Cusco – Machu Picchu (B)
DAY 11: Cusco – Puerto Maldonado – Ecolodge (B/L/D)
DAY 12: Puerto Maldonado – Parrot Claylick (B/L/D)
DAY 13: Puerto Maldonado – Lima (B)
*B= Breakfast L= Lunch D= Diner
DAY 01: LIMA – CITY TOUR
After breakfast, you will be picked-up for a group visit of colonial and modern Lima, starting in the center of this vibrant, metropolis. The tour will include a visit of the cathedral, dating from 1654 which also has the tomb of the Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro. The Main Square, with the original bronze fountain built in 1650, the Government Palace, where the President has his official residence and the San Francisco Convent, with its famous catacombs. Lima, known as the City of the Kings, was founded in 1535 by Pizarro and after several devastating earthquakes was rebuilt in 1991; the same year that UNESCO declared Lima a world heritage site. In the afternoon, you will enjoy an afternoon sightseeing around Miraflores. Transfer to the Jorge Chavez airport for your flight to Arequipa. Pick you up and transfer at your Hotel. Overnight.
DAY 02: AREQUIPA – CITY TOUR
Pick you up early to star the City Tour. We star with the visit Monasterio Santa Catalina. It is a sample of four centuries of architecture arequipeña, the intruder cells, The small streets and cloisters full of colouring flowers and the walls identical with fresh dyes. The narrow alleys lead to the diverse parts of the convent that they cross for picturesque sites and sites of being and with the original furniture. The visitors will re-live and will get lost in the way of the time. We will visit the square of weapon, one of the most beautiful of Peru. Then we can visit the church Jesuita de la Compañia, it shows the beautiful mestizo architecture. Finally, we can visit Santuarios andinos museum. In this place we can find the lady of Ampatoand other mummies. Free afternoon and Overnight.
DAY 03: AREQUIPA – COLCA CANYON
At 7:30 until 8:00 am we will pick you up from your hotel in Arequipa, and we will head towards Chivay, on the way we will be able to appreciate beautiful landscapes. We will arrive at noon, in Chivay. Check in in your Hotel. After lunch we will go to the hot springs of La Calera, then we will visit a small museum (optional), and finally we will have a diner with folkloric show. Spend the night.
DAY 04: COLCA CANYON – AREQUIPA
We will start at 6:00 in the morning, after having breakfast our transport will take us to Cruz del Condor viewpoint where we will have the opportunity to see the majestic flight of the condor.
On the way back, we will stop in some viewpoints and traditional villages as Pinchollo, Maca y Yanque. They have a beautiful indian churchs. After the lunch we will return that same DAY to Arequipa. Transfer to your hotel and Overnight in Arequipa.
DAY 05: AREQUIPA – PUNO
This day we travel to Puno by bus. The transfer is at 1:15 pm and the bus leave at 1:30 pm. In the way we can visit diferents places.
Arrival: 02:45pm – Stop in Pampa Cañahuas: vicuna watching 10 minutes.
Arrival: 03:00pm – Stop in Patawasi: Coca Tea in the restaurant for 25 minutes, you can use here the toilets.
Arrival: 04:40pm – Stop in Lagunillas: birding and gaps 10 minutes.
Arrival: 07:30pm – We arrive to Puno,
Pick you up and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Puno.
DAY 06: PUNO – ISLAS FLOTANTES UROS TAQUILE
At 06:30 am approximately, Pick-up from your hotel in downtown Puno. Time to embark on the boat to go to Taquile. Then we stop by the Uros islands. It is believed that the Uros were one of the first ethnic groups populating the Andean region. Only in the early 60, the Uros started to build artificial islands with reeds for their homes. Upon the arrival on the island, the group will follow a path for about 1 hour and arrive to the main village. On the way the tour guide will explain about traditions and live on the island. Once in the main village we will be given free time to explore the local handicraft market. At 13:00 approximately Lunch in local restaurant. Quinoa soup, fresh fish caught in the lake and vegetables are a typical lunchtime meal in Taquile (not included). After lunch the group starts the walk back to the main dock in Taquile. The boat departs in direction Puno. Then transfer to the Hotel.
DAY 07: PUNO – CUSCO
The most popular ways to travel from Puno to Cusco by bus in Tourist service. It is about 10 hours by Sun Route, which stops at various points of interest along the way. This is our iteinerary
6:50 am — Departure (Puno) — 3800 meters of altitude. Terrestrial Terminal of Puno.
8:50 am — Pucará Museum — 3900 meters of altitude. Pucará was the first regional population nucleus in the Titicaca basin north of the lake during the Late Formative Period (500 BC-200 AD), which provides valuable information about the origins of the Andean civilization in the highlands. During its heyDAY it covered more than a square kilometer and housed thousands of bureaucrats, priests, artisans, farmers, shepherds, and possibly warriors.
11:00 am — La Raya — 4335 meters of altitude. Abra La Raya is the watershed between the valley that flows into Lake Titicaca and the valley that leads to Cusco and the Sacred Valley. The altitude is 4,338 meters (14,232 feet).
11:35 am — Marangani Buffet Lunch — 3552 meters altitude. Sicuani is a relatively large city of the highlands. The city is an important intersection, with the road to Puno / Arequipa passing through here.
1:00 pm — Raqchi “Temple of Wiracocha” — 3225 meters of altitude. The most important building within the complex is the “Wiracocha temple” that according to the ancient chroniclers was built by the Inca Wiracocha in honor of the invisible Superior God of the Andean people: “Apu Kon Titi Wiracocha”.
3:30 pm — Andahuaylillas “Sistine Chapel of America” — 3122 meters of altitude. There, you will find the church of San Pedro Apóstol de Andahuaylillas, built by the Jesuits in the 16th century.
5:00 pm – Arrival (Cusco) – 3400 meters of altitude. In Cuzco, you will be warmly welcomed and assisted with your luggage before your short private drive to your hotel.
DAY 08: CUSCO – CITY TOUR
Free DAY in the morning. In the afternoon, you will start the city tour in Cuzco. You can visit to the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman overlooking Cuzco city, Qenko, Tambomachay and Puka Pukara. We’ll visit the Inca ruins site of Sacsayhuaman under the view of the last light as it plays on the ancient Inca stones. Then you will return to your hotel.
DAY 09: CUSCO – VALLE SAGRADO
After breakfast, a full-DAY excursion to Urubamba, the sacred valley of the Incas and to the ancient Inca market town of Pisac, founded during colonial times, which sits at the foot of a hill crowned by the remains of an ancient Inca city. On SunDAYs, TuesDAYs and ThursDAYs, natives barter their products in the main square and artisans from around the area sell their woven alpaca wool blankets and ponchos, engraved gourds, unique items, jewelry and so much more. On SunDAYs, it is also the meeting place for Mayors from all the villages in the region, dressed in their traditional costumes to attend morning mass. Lunch in Urubamba. A visit will be made to Ollantaytambo, the only Inca town that was not defeated by the Spanish and a chance to explore the ruins before returning to Cuzco. Then, after a full DAY of excitement you will return to your hotel to relax.
DAY 10: CUSCO – MACHU PICCHU
We will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco, 2 hours before the departure and take you to the train station in the town of Ollantaytambo. We use a friendly backpacker service. We will begin the journey from Ollantaytambo to the town of Aguas Calientes. The views out your train windows will be absolutely spectacular as we travel beside the roaring Urubamba River and the towering mountains surrounding it. In Aguas Calientes, our guide will be waiting for us and will accompany us to the bus station where we will board the bus to take us to the amazing citadel of Machu Picchu. There we will have our 2-hour guided tour, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, cemeteries, the Intihuatana sundial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Three Windows. Then we will descend to the town of Aguas Calientes by bus, where you can have lunch at one of the various restaurants in Aguas Calientes or at Sanctuary Lodge. At 6:30 PM, we will take the train back to Ollantaytambo. This trip takes about two hours. At 8:30 PM, we will board a private bus which will take us back to Cusco. We arrive in Cusco at approximately 10:30 PM. Overnight.
DAY 11: CUSCO – PUERTO MALDONADO – ECOLODGE
In Cusco you take your flight to Puerto Maldonado. Guests are received at the airport and taken to the office, where you will be able to repack and leave in storage anything that you will not be needing on this part of your trip. We then continue on to the port in the native community of Infierno, from which we will embark on an hour and a half boat ride to Explorer’s Inn Tambopata Ecolodge. During this journey guests will receive a boxed lunch and there will be an obligatory stop the La Torre control point to register our entrance into the Tambopata National Reserve.
Upon arrival guests will be greeted by the lodge manager, who will give useful recommendations and information to ensure an enjoyable stay. After a rest, our naturalist guide will give an informative presentation about the distinct species of caiman that can be observed in the Tambopata National Reserve, in order to allow guests to learn more about this endangered species. Dinner. We again board our boat to start the nighttime search of caimans in the Tambopata River. Our naturalist guide uses a spotlight in order to locate them on the banks of the river, so that we can observe them from a respectable distance.
DAY 12: PUERTO MALDONADO – PARROT CLAYLICK
We wake early to visit the parrot claylick, which is a 10 minutes boat ride from the lodge. A claylick is an exposed area of clay with higher concentrations of salts and other important minerals, where parrot species converge to eat. In our case this is a small wall close to the river, allowing observation of various species of parrots and parakeets which you can see eating the clay. We will then return to the lodge walking one of our trails, where if we are lucky, we may see other animals in their natural habitat. Lunch. We visit our 42 meters high tower in order to enjoy the spectacular views of the sunset and surroundings. We have the chance to see a variety of fauna species, including types of macaws, parrots, toucans and monkeys. Dinner. Your naturalist guide will take you on a night walk to see the jungle from another perspective. This is the time to see unique insects, amphibians, owls and perhaps other species if you are lucky.
DAY 13: PUERTO MALDONADO – LIMA
We have an early breakfast and get ready for our departure from the lodge. The time of departure is programmed according to the flight times for guests finishing their tour on the same DAY. Guests are taken from the port to our Puerto Maldonado office, and then on to the airport.
Flight Puerto Maldonado To Lima.
HERE IS WHAT YOUR INCREDIBLE TOUR INCLUDES:
- Accommodation at indicated comfortable hotels in double rooms.
- All bus station transfers based on private service.
- All meals as per itinerary.
- Tours as per itinerary with English speaking specialist guides in group service.
- All internal flight tickets.
- Expedition train tickets.
- Bus ticket Arequipa / Cusco / Puno.
- Entrance fees as indicated.
- All the meal in Ecolodge.
OUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- International flight to Peru and US$30.25 tax for all international air departures.
- All domestic flights, require a US$6.05 charge (airport tax).
- Personal expenses such as telephone bills, laundry expenses, beverages, etc.
- Insurance against theft, loss, illness and/or accident etc.
- Tips, baggage porterage and other extras not specified.
- Peruvian Taxes.
Price in American Dollars, per person:
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