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High in the Andes lies the cradle of South American civilisation, the heartland of the ancient and highly sophisticated Inca Empire. The absolute highlight of a trip to this region is a visit to the lost city of Machu Picchu, one of the most remarkable and enigmatic sites in the world, a citadel set atop a mountain at the edge of the jungle. As you travel throughout the Andes, you will discover a rich culture which includes elements introduced by the Spanish conquistadores alongside ancient Inca traditions.
Join us to discover on this exciting journey and discover the hidden treasures of Peru.
Hotels quoted are tourist, superior and first class categories (similar to 3*, 4* and 5* categories). The hotels we use are clean, safe, with private facilities and are centrally located.
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LIMA, capital of Peru, was founded by the great conquistador, Francisco Pizarro in 1535, and soon became the capital of the extensive and tremendously wealthy, Peruvian Vice Regency of Spain. By the end of the 16th Century it had grown into a city of fine palaces and churches and the cultural centre of the southern hemisphere.
Today, Lima still retains the essence of Spanish colonialism.
On arrival, transfer to your hotel.
Today you will be taken on a half day tour of Lima’s principal attractions, including the Government Palace in the colonial setting of the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, and the modern residential suburbs of Miraflores and San Isidro with their lovely homes and gardens. Afternoon at leisure, overnight stay in Lima.
Transfer to the airport in Lima. Arrival in the city of Puerto Maldonado, assistance and transfer to the Inkaterra Lounge (Butterfly Garden). Easy and comfortable check-in. Next, we will head to the lodge. On the way, we will see beautiful scenery and our guide will be alert for some animal species when sneaking to show them to you. Arrival and accommodation in the lodge. Enjoy a buffet lunch with organic ingredients and native flavours. We will go on with a hike through the trails known as "Trochas Concepción", where we will discover and learn about the primary and secondary rainforest. At dusk, we will go on the excursion "River at Night". We will sail down the Madre de Dios River to learn about its ecosystem, Amazonian creeks, and behavior of nocturnal fauna. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
We will get ready for a long walk along the National Reserve of Tambopata toward Lake Sandoval. We will learn about the wildlife conservation work of the Reserve and the formation of the lake. We will canoe and watch animals as the giant otter, blue and yellow macaw, howler monkey, black caiman, and one of the world's largest freshwater fish, the paiche. In the afternoon, we will prepare for the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway and Anaconda Hike. We will climb up to one of the two 30-metre-towers and cross 7 suspension bridges connecting the treetops at a 28-metre-height. Enjoy the majestic views and take the opportunity to observe red-billed toucans, hummingbirds, trogons, squirrel monkeys and three-toed sloths.
At night, we will make ready for the adventure called "Hidden Rainforest", where we will explore the Amazon rainforest followed by the nocturnal fauna. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
We will go on an excursion to a "chacra nativa” (native farm), where we will learn farming techniques used by the population and taste some of their products. Later, we will visit the Botanical Garden, where we will discover various species of medicinal plants. In the afternoon, we will go for an excursion to Cocha River. Enjoy a canoe ride down the Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción oxbow lake. Practise sport fishing while admiring the stunning scenery. Observe animals as hoatzins, a diversity of flycatchers, and grey-necked woodrails or unchalas.
At night, we can participate in the adventure called Inland Clay Lick, where we will see various species as well as their nightly routine through observation from our "blinds". Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Transfer to the airport to catch the departing flight to Cusco. Welcoming reception on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Free day to get used to the altitude, relax and enjoy the city by yourself. Overnight stay in Cusco.
Morning at leisure. In the afternoon, we will climb up the Archeological Park of Sacsayhuaman, and start our excursion visiting the fortress with the same name, a beautiful place that radiates peace and quiet, where we will be able to admire the huge rocks measuring up to 4 metres high that were used in its construction. We will then head for Q'enqo, and ancient temple of the Puma, where we will be able to appreciate an altar for sacrifices in the inner part of a huge rock, and then Tambomachay, sacred fountains of life and health. On the way we will have a panoramic view from Puca Pucara, a watchtower that controlled the entrance to the city. After that we will visit the Temple of the Sun “The Korikancha”, on top of which the Saint Dominique Convent was built. A legend tells that his temple was entirely lined in gold sheets that marvelled the Conquistadors upon their arrival. Finally, we will go to the Main Square and will visit the Cathedral that reassures invaluable colonial paintings and other works of art such as the Cross that arrived with the first conquistadors. Overnight stay in Cusco.
Today we will start in the morning; the Sacred Valley of the Incas is waiting for you. On the way we will stop at Awanacancha, small complex to admire Andean camelids such as alpacas and llamas and learn from local inhabitants about traditional dyeing and knitting techniques. Later we will explore the Pisac Market with enough free time to go around and buy handcrafts and if you feel like tasting something traditional, stop by the wood ovens for a delicious empanada or a piece of bread. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, our tour continues to Ollantaytambo, a small town full of local colour and inhabited since Inca times in which we will visit the main temple used as a fortress during the Inca resistance. Breathtaking views for amazing pictures. Late this afternoon drop off at your hotel in the Valley. Overnight stay in Sacred Valley.
According to the season, we will go to the Poroy train station or Ollantaytambo train station, where we will depart by train to visit one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. We arrive at the Aguas Calientes station where our staff will assist us on boarding the bus to go up the winding road to Machu Picchu, amid a spectacular view of the Urubamba River and its canyon. The Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, will astonish us with its terraces, ceremonial shrines, steps and urban areas. Energy is all around us. Overnight stay in Machu Picchu town.
Upgrade to the Luxury Hiram Bingham Train, one way and return details and prices available on request.
This morning there you can rise early and view the world’s most spectacularly situated ruins at sunrise (second day entrance & transfers are included). Perhaps climb to the summit of Huayna Picchu or up to the Sun Gate for panoramic views. Today you will have free time and at the arranged time, we will take the train back to Cusco to be transferred to the hotel. Overnight stay in Cusco.
Today we will head towards Titicaca Lake. Departure on a tour bus to Puno. On the way we’ll stop to visit the attractions this beautiful route has to offer. The first stop: Andahuaylillas, for a visit to its beautiful chapel, then its Racchi, Temple of the Wiracocha god where the walls and narrow streets stand out. Then it’s lunch time and the opportunity to see the view at “La Raya”, natural border between Cusco and Puno. Before our final destination we will visit the in site Pucara Museum and a chance to get one of the local classic bull shaped ceramics. We will arrive in Puno at the end of the afternoon and will head straight to our hotel. Overnight stay in Puno.
Upgrade to the Andean Explorer Train or fly, details and prices on request.
Today is a full day tour to explore Lake Titicaca. First we will visit the Uros, the friendly inhabitants of these handmade floating islands made of Totora reeds. Then it’s off to Taquile Island, a place in which the settlers still maintain their ancestral traditions and colourful typical clothes. A great opportunity to explore the island and get the best view of the lake. A typical lunch is provided on the island. Return to the city in the afternoon. Overnight stay in Puno.
We set off to the spectacular Colca Valley going up the foothills of Chachani volcano and admiring the Misti and Picchu Picchu Volcanoes. Then we cross the vicuñas reservation of Pampa Cañahuas where we can see them running free in the high Andean lands. Peculiar villages around us. We will stop for lunch on our way to the lodge. Free afternoon to rest and enjoy the lodge and the optional visit to the thermal baths in the area. Overnight stay in Colca Valley.
Early in the morning we will go to the Condor Cross viewpoint. Before us the shocking flight of the condors, huge Andean birds on the brink of extinction and symbol of the Andes Mountain Range. The view at this place allows us to appreciate the canyons depth, considered as one of the deepest in the world. We will then visit the Maca and Yanque towns which still keep the colonial churches. At the arranged time, we will return to Arequipa. Overnight stay in Arequipa.
Morning at leisure to explore the city. This afternoon, the White City opens its doors on a journey that begins in the beautiful Colonial district of San Lazaro, the founding place of Arequipa; from here we will walk through its picturesque streets adorned with geraniums to later go to the Carmen Alto viewpoint for a chance to see the wonderful landscape of agricultural terraces and the three volcanoes surrounding the city: Misti, Chachani and Pichu-Pichu. It is time to head for the Yanahuara Colonial district, famous for its Andalusian style church and its viewpoint, architecture jewel surrounded by sillar (volcanic stone) arches. Then we will visit the Santa Catalina Monastery, impressive religious monument which was closed for about 400 years; with narrow streets, squares and gardens reminiscent of the old quarters of Seville or Granada. We will proceed to the Main Square to see its beautiful Cathedral and the stone arches that surround it, and finally, it is time to visit the Church of the Society of Jesus, founded in the seventeenth century by the Jesuits, famous for its cloisters and its magnificent San Ignacio Dome. Overnight stay in Arequipa.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.