You'll be welcome to Peru and transfer to your hotel in Lima - Miraflores
- Day 2: City tour and visit to the Larco Museum
The day begins with an excursion to the historic center of Lima, the famous “City of the Kings” and part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. You will walk through the Main Square and visit its principal landmarks. You will then continue to the Santo Domingo Convent, a 16th century architectural masterpiece, where you will learn some of the history of two of our patron saints: Rose of Lima and Martin of Porras. Later, you will continue the tour to the city’s modern sectors: the exclusive district of San Isidro, Lima’s new financial center, and Miraflores, with a stop at the “Parque del Amor” (a sort of lover’s lane) and its incredible view of the Pacific Ocean. Next stop is the Larco Musuem, whose specially selected private collection shows more than 3000 years of Pre-Columbian history. Dinner and overnight in Lima HotelDay 2: Lima/Paracas
- Day 3: NazcaDepart for Ica – Nazca Lines overflight
You will have a drive to Paracas(a trip of roughly 4 hours). En route, stop at a winery and at the Oasis of Huacachina and when you reach the city, you will be driven to the local airport of Pisco (45 minutes away) for your flight over the incredible Nazca Lines, drawn on the pampas of the same name. You will see several figures of stylized plants and animals drawn in an enormous labyrinth of straight lines, trapezoids, triangles, and spirals scattered about the desert floor that has remained preserved for about 2000 years. After the overflight, you will take a guided tour of the Nazca desert cemetery and potter's studio. Remains of the Nazca culture are still visible during our included tour of the ancient Pre-Inca desert cemetery site of Chauchilla, with 2000-year-old mummies, bones, and pottery on the desert floor. The tour also includes a visit to an artisan’s workshop, where modern masters create Nazca style pottery. Dinner and Overnight in Nazca Hotel.
- Day 4: Paracas- Ballestas Islands - Return to Lima
You will set out early in the morning for the Paracas Bay. There, you board a motorboat and take a roughly two hour ride to the Ballestas Islands, located off the coast from the Paracas National Reserve, the largest natural sanctuary on the Peruvian coast. These two beautiful islands are home to thousands of migratory birds that share their habitat with colonies of bellowing sea lions. Along the way to the island, you will see a mysterious design, called the Candelabra, drawn on a side of a sand dune. When the time is right, you will return to Lima. Dinner and overnight in Lima Hotel.
- Day 5: Arequipa – excursion through the city and a visit to the Santa Catalina Convent
Morning flight to Arequipa city and, upon reaching it, tour the city and its famous historic downtown, also inscribed on UNESCO’s Cultural World Heritage List. Just a few blocks away sits the Santa Catalina Convent, a grand 16th century religious complex and sanctuary. After that visit, you will end the day at two traditional districts of the city: Cayma and Yanahuara. Dinner and overnight in Arequipa Hotel
Today, you will make your way to one of the world’s deepest canyons: the Colca Canyon, 165 km from the city of Arequipa. Along the way, you will pass through Pampas Cañahuas, a plain in the midst of the Aguada Blanca y Salinas National Reserve that will open the way to experiencing the adventure, culture, and history that envelopes this peculiar setting, surrounded by peaks and precipices. You will also stop at Patahuasi, a small village in the valley, and then later ascend to 4000 m. The route continues to the town of Chivay, a fascinating community, whose citizens are incredibly warm and welcoming. It also boasts a Pre-Incan bridge, a small 18th century Colonial church dedicated to Assumption Mary, a lively market, and proximity to the La Calera hot springs. The afternoon is free to enjoy those thermal waters or the comfort of your hotel. Dinner and overnight in Yanque
- Day 7: Cruz del Condor and transfer to Puno
The day begins with an early drive to the Cruz del Condor, a natural lookout some 60 km from Chivay and the perfect spot for watching the world’s largest bird, the majestic Andean condor, glide of the winds. On the return, you will stop by the village of Pincholo, famous for its cheeses and retable artisans, and then the town of Maca to visit its charming handicraft market and Colonial church. The last part of the day is the drive to Puno. Dinner and overnight in Puno Hotel
- Day 8: Lake Titicaca and the floating Uros and Taquile islands
Today will be a full day excursion on Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake at 3808 m, and you will visit its main attraction: the floating Uros Islands, which lay just 6 km off the Puno Bay. 35 minutes from these is Taquile Island, where the community will, after giving you a traditional welcome, show you their customs, like their traditional and colorful outfits, and teach you what the knitted patterns mean. From this spot, the views become even better. The color of the lake turns a deeper blue, and the setting takes on an even more special mood. Dinner and Overnight in Puno Hotel
- Day 9: Departure for Cusco – La Raya, Raqchi, and Andahuaylillas
Breakfast and your tripto cusco will start by bus. A vacation in Peru would be incomplete without a few days in this historic place. There is a scheduled stop at the La Raya Pass, the natural border between the departments of Cusco and Puno, which is a prime location for taking impressive photos. Afterwards, you will tour the Incan archeological site of Raqchi, renowned for its massive temple to the god Viracocha. Next on the itinerary is a stop at the village of Andahuaylillas, where you will see an actual architectural masterpiece: its main church, built in the 17th century, whose finely painted interior walls will astound you. Dinner and overnight in Cusco hotel.
- Day 10: Excursion in the city and visit to Sacsayhuaman and nearby archeological sites
You will tour the city today and enjoy the amazing Colonial center, an inheritance from its Andean and Hispanic past as well as an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Two of the city’s famous landmarks are on the schedule, as well: the Korikancha, or “Temple of the Sun, and the Cathedral, home to finely carved wooden art pieces and impressive altars. The tour continues to Sacsayhuaman, an Incan fort constructed from menhirs that guarded the Imperial city. There are three other important archeological sites, not far at all from the city, that you will visit: Qenko, Tambomachay, and Puca Pucara. Dinner and overnight in Cusco Hotel
- Day 11: Authentic Sacred Valley
Discover the best of the Sacred Valley of the Incas through this route starting on the Inca's Balcony, in Chinchero, a beautiful place with an impressive view, where twelves families still preserve their traditional costums, showing you the ancestral way in which they process the wool, and obtain those vivid colors for their textiles. Afterwards, we will get to Ollantaytambo, one of the most monumental architectural complexes of the ancient Inca Empire, one of the few places where the Spanish conquistadors lost a major battle. Very well known for its “andenes” (terraces dug into the slopes of mountains for agricultural purposes), Ollantaytambo was a highly effective fortress, that also served as a temple. Then, we will follow to the town of Ollantaytambo, “the unique living Inca town”: the best surviving example of Inca city planning, with narrow cobblestone streets that have been continuously inhabited since the 13th century. Then train ride to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town). Overnight in Hotel.
- Day 12: Machu Picchu, Lost City of the Incas
You are going to visit one of the most important energy centers of the world and the highpoint of your Peru vacation: Machu Picchu. Early breakfast and you will be driven to the archeological site, and your Machu Picchu tour will be an unforgettable experience, with a professional guide to impart to you all the history that surrounds this mysterious and enchanting place. Once the guided tour is over, you will have some free time to explore the site on your own, to relax, or to meditate. At the agreed upon hour, you will descend to Aguas Calientes for lunch and board the train later that afternoon for the return trip. Once you have arrived at either the Poroy Station, you will be driven to cusco hotel. Then free time, dinner and overngiht in Cusco hotel.
- Day 13: Flight to Puerto Maldonado - Posada Amazonas Lodge
We will welcome you at the airport and drive you ten minutes to our Puerto Maldonado headquarters. While enjoying your first taste of the forest in our gardens we will ask you to pack only the necessary gear for your next few days, and leave the rest at our safe deposit. This helps us keep the boats and cargo light. Them we'll drive 20 kilometers to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno. The port is a communal business.Them forty five minute boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Posada Amazonas will take us into the Community´s Primary Forest Private Reserve. Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips. After you'll have a twenty minute walk from Posada Amazonas leads to the 30 meter scaffolding canopy tower. A bannistered staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. From atop you obtain spectacular views of the vast expanses of standing forest cut by the Tambopata River winding through the middle. Now and then toucans, parrots or macaws are seen flying against the horizon, or mixed species canopy flocks land in the treetop next to you. Dinner and overnight at Posada Amazonas
- Day 14: Oxbow Lake visit & Ethnobotanical Tour
Early breakfast and Tres Chimbadas oxbow lake is thirty minutes by boat and forty five minutes hiking from Posada Amazonas. Once there you will paddle around the lake in a catamaran, searching for the resident family of nine giant river otters (seen by 60% of our lake visitors) and other lakeside wildlife such as caiman, hoatzin and horned screamers. Otters are most active from dawn to eight or nine AM. After thsi nice experience we'll back to the lodge for free time. After lunch we'll have a twenty minute boat drive downriver leads you to a trail designed by the staff of the Centro Ñape. The Centro Ñape is a communal organization that produces medicines out of forest plants and administers them to patients who choose their little clinic. They have produced a trail which explains the different medicinal (and other) uses of selected plants. there is a option of hiking out at night, when most of the mammals are active but rarely seen. Much easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories. Dinner and overnight in Posada Amazonas.
- Day 15: Parrot Clay Lick & Flight to Lima
Early visit the parrot clay lick is only a twenty minute walk from Posada Amazonas. From a blind located about twenty meters away you will see dozens of parrots and parakeets descend on most clear mornings to ingest the clay on a river bank. Species such as Mealy and Yellow- headed Amazon, Blue-headed Parrot and Dusky headed Parakeet descend at this clay lick. Then you'll back to the lodge for breakfast and transfer out the Puerto Maldonado office and airport.
Have a lovely trip!