Experience the trip of a life time with a visit to the largest Macaw Clay Lick in the Americas, where a "Rainbow of Macaws, Parrots and Parakeets
make a daily visit their oasis in the Amazon. Continue to the famous city of Cuzco, the Indian Market of Pisac and the Inca citidel of Machu Picchu.
Then on to the highest navigatable lake in the world of Lake Titicaca and a homestay on the Island of Amantani where time seems to have stood still.
Complete the trip of Peru with a visit to the "White City" of Arequipa with a visit to the famous Convent & the Condors or Colca Canyon.
This program gives you the best for the time and interest covering the Amazon's Rainforest, the Capital of the Inca and Machu Picchu, the highlands of Lake Titicaca & Colca Canyon of Arequipa .
Day 1 - depart to Peru - arrive Lima
Upon your arrival into Lima you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Miraflores for your overnight. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 - Lima - Puerto Maldonado - Wasai Tambopata Lodge
You will be met and transferred to the Lima airport & the local airline flight departing to Puerto
Maldonado. Here the local staff will meet and transfer you by bus to the WASAI Maldonado Lodge
where you will receive a welcoming tropical fruit beverage as well secure excess baggage. Continue
to the Tambopata river where you will embark for a 3 to 4½ hour motorboat trip up the Tambopata
River to WASAI Tambopata Lodge & Research Center. (box lunch on route). During the trip you enter
the primary rainforest where a variety of plant as well as wildlife can be observed You will have
the opportunity to observe caiman, turtles and numerous amount of bird species that flourish on the
rivers edge. Also the opportunity to see families of Ronsocos, the largest rodents in the world.
Upon your arrival you will take a short rest in your accommodation at the lodge, then proceed for
a introductory walk in the forest nearby to learn basic principles of ecology and hear some wildlife
natural history. Return to the lodge for dinner. After a hearty dinner you will make your first visit
to the forest to observe the nocturnal life of insects, frogs of various colors, and an occasional
encounter with nocturnal mammals. Here you can enjoy the diverse sounds of the jungle which will
accompany our first night in the Amazonia. Overnight at the WASAI Tambopata Lodge. (BB/L/D)
Day 3 - Wasai Lodge Tambopata
Early morning wake up early (4:00 am) to drink a coffee or hot drink and leave for the "Collpa".
You will travel up the Tambopata river ("Bahuaja" in the local dialect )for an hour and a half,
before arriving a safe distance for observation one of the greatest spectacles of wildlife. Known as one of the largest Macaw Licks in the world, almost everyday hundreds of parrots and macaws of various species, enjoying their diet of mineral salts on the clay wall. It is an experience that never will be forgotten. Afterwards you will make a stop on the river bank to have a fruit snack and we will return to the lodge to have breakfast and rest. After lunch you will enter the verdant jungle on a special trail to observe wild life. You will then enter the territory of peccaries, deer and others, with the possibility to hear or see the tracks of them, or discovering a troop of monkeys traveling through the forest in search of food. Time permitting, you can return to enjoy a relaxing swim in the cascade of the cat. After dinner we can make another trip through the jungle, search for caimans or relax in our lodge surrounded by exotic nocturnal sounds. Overnight at the WASAI Tambopata Lodge. (B/L/D)
Day 4 - Wasai Lodge Tambopata - Wasai Lodge Maldonado
After breakfast, you will depart from the WASAI Lodge proceeding down river by a motorized boat to
the WASAI Maldonado Lodge in Puerto Maldonado. Here, you will get to relax in our bungalows and enjoy
lunch. After lunch, you will leave and travel for twenty minutes on the Madre de Dios River, to access
the trail to Lake Sandoval, a beautiful typical rainforest lake. ( approx. 5 km hike to the banks of
the lake.) There you will board a canoe to paddle around the lake to enjoy the beautiful landscape.
You will also get to observe wildlife, such as kingfishers, herons, hoatzins (unique pre historic looking birds),
monkeys, etc. With some luck, you may get the opportunity to see a local family of the endangered giant otters
which live on the lake. You will as well have the opportunity to fish for piranhas and swim in the lake.
Late afternoon, you can enjoy a spectacular sunset over Lake Sandoval. You will return back to your
lodge by hiking to the Madre de Dios River, then take a boat to Puerto Maldonado. There you will
stay in the modern and comfortable bungalows of WASAI Maldonado Lodge. After dinner, you are able to
rest or go around the city on foot or on bicycle. You can also enjoy the pool and its cascade surrounded
by verdant vegetation. Overnight at the WASAI Maldonado Lodge. (B/L/D)
Day 5 - Wasai Lodge - Puerto Maldonado - Cuzco
You will be met and transferred to the Puerto Maldonado airport & the local airline flight departing
to Cuzco. On your arrival our staff will meet and transfer you to the Hotel where you can use the
remainder of the morning to acclimate to the 11,300 ft. altitude in the Inca capital of Cuzco. Over
night at the Hotel. (B/L/D)
Day 6 - Cuzco - City Tour & Sacsayhauman Park - Cuzco
Morning on your own. In the afternoon (1:45 p.m.), our staff will meet and transfer you by bus for a City tour
of Cuzco and the Colonial and Inca sites of La Cathedral and Santo Domingo Convent, or Q’oricancha,
Tambo Machay, Kenko, Pucapucara, and Sacsayhauman. Early evening return to Cuzco and the Hotel.
(5:45 -6:15 p.m.) Over night at the Hotel. (B)
Day 7 - Cuzco - Pisac Market - Ollantaytambo
Our staff will meet and transfer you in the morning ( 8:45 -9:00 a.m.) into the Sacred Valley of the Inca.
This fertile region includes many Inca terraces and farm land. Travel to the town of Pisac and the Ancient
Pisac Market for the annual show where many of the local Indians sell and barter their hand made textiles,
fresh fruits, and vegetables. After an hour or so of mingling with the locals, you will proceed to eat lunch
at a local hacienda restaurant in the Sacred Valley. Afterwards, continue to Ollantaytambo which is
the oldest continuously habituated town of the Inca that contains several important Inca structures.
At the top of the sixteen massive terraces are the ever impressive ruins of Ollantaytambo Fortress.
This is where the Inca fought some of their fiercest and strongest battles. It is unknown how the huge
precisely carved stones were transported down one mountain range to the Ollantaytambo location,
or how they were fitted perfectly to support a strategic fortress that has bared the test of time.
Also found here are “silos” or grain mills that are directly adjacent to the fortress that could
have maintained thousands of pounds of grain for the Inca and its people. Some of the grain was
most likely produced in the surrounding agricultural terracing by the variety of crops that were
grown. Afterwards, remain in the Sacred Valley. (3:45 p.m) Overnight at the Hotel. (BB/L)
Day 8 - Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu
You will be assisted to the Ollantaytambo train station for the 8:00 a.m. Vista dome First Class
train. As it winds through the Andean Mountains, you will pass through several small villages where
the local Indian farmers manage their farms and reside just as they have for hundreds of years.
After the scenic ride you arrive at the final stop Aguas Calientes about ( 9:45 a.m. )Here, you
will notice that the weather has changed to a tropical climate. You can now appreciate the
abundance of plants typical for this region and the Amazon basin. Here you will board the tourist
bus and proceed up a incredible winding road that leads to the fabled site of Machu Picchu.
Thousands of people from around the world frequent this magnificent ancient site to pay homage and
grasp the spectacular views of Machu Picchu’s 7,800 ft. plateau. Upon your arrival ( 10:15 a.m. )
your guide will explain the history and the myths that surround this archaeological wonder. After
your tour, you will be transferred by bus to the base of Machu Picchu and the town of Aguas
Calientes. Lunch will be served at the local hotel.( 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.) Remainder of the day on
your own. Ovenight at the hotel.(BB/L)( Note: Overnight at Sanctuary Lodge incl. BB/L/D,
the Pueblo Hotel incl. BB & D )
Day 9 - Machu Picchu - Cuzco
Full day on your own in Aguas Calientes where you can take a short hike to visit a local butterfly
farm, the orchid trail or bird watch for the many variety of semi tropical birds that are habitants
of this area. You may as well choose to re-enter Machu Picchu where you can watch the sunrise, hike
to the top of Huayna Picchu, visit the Inti Punku Pass (Gate of the Sun ) or explore and take more
photographs of the area. In the late afternoon you will bid farewell to the lost city of Machu Picchu
and proceed to the Aguas Calientes train station where you will board the (3:00 p.m.) Vistadome train
for your return to Cuzco. After your arrival into the Cuzco train station (6:45 -7:00 p.m.) our staff
will meet and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel. ( BB ) Note: 2nd day re-entry into Machu Picchu not incl.
Day 10 - Cuzco - Puno
Morning our staff will transfer you for your departure via a First Class tour bus for the scenic
ride to Puno.(8 hours). On the way you will travel through the Andean mountains passing and making
short visits to the archaeological sites of Pikillaqta, Andahuaylillas, Raqchi & La Raya while on
the way to Puno. On your arrival to Puno and the highest navigable lake in the world of Lake Titicaca,
you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Remainder of the evening on your own. (BB)
Day 11 - Puno - Uros - Amantani ( homestay )
Early morning departure to Lake Titicaca where you will go by boat to the floating Uros Islands.
Here time will be allowed for mingling, shopping or even to barter for a large selection of local
hand made items with the descendants of Uros Indians. After a short time here you will proceed
again by boat to the Island of Amantani where many archaeological sites will be visited with your
guide. There are several temples and a Royal throne "Inkatiana" carved of stone on the shore of
the lake. You as well will visit the impressive points of either Pacha Tata or Pacha Mama for a
magnificent view of Lake Titicaca from the highest point of the island. Later a cultural excursion
to visit up to six different villages that exist on the largest island. Here these humble and simple
Amara Indians descendants have lived on this some what secluded island from the mainland unchanged in
their traditions for hundreds of years. Afterwards you will proceed to a local family home that is
your accommodations for the night. Overnight at a local Indian family home. (BB/D)
Day 12 - Amantani - Taquile - Puno
Morning after breakfast and a last visit in the area proceed to the Island of Taquile where you can
view pre Inca & Inca archaeological ruins & terracing. Mid day depart by boat from Taquille with a
late afternoon arrival into Puno. Here you will be met and transferred to the Hotel.
Overnight at the Hotel. (CB)
Day 13 - Puno - Chivay - Colca Canyon
After breakfast depart at 8:00 a.m. by tour bus from Puno and travel 45 minutes, then pass through
Juliaca Cabanillas. Here we will gradually descend until we reach Lagunillas where time will be allowed
to stretch our legs and take pictures, then continue to Imata where we can appreciate from afar the
impressive stone forest. Continue on passing through Patapampa ( Mirador of volcanoes ) peak in route
some 4,800 meters above sea level after 30 minutes to descend to reach Chivay at about 1:00 p.m. Here
you will transfer to the hotel of your choice. Overnight at the hotel. (BB)
Day 14 - Colca Canyon - Arequipa
Morning departure (7:00 a.m.) to "El Mirador de la Cruz del Condor" where the best possibilities of
viewing the fabled Andean condor are available. Later return to Chivay, where you will visit some
pre-Inca tombs as well as several small traditional villages like Pichollo, Maca and Yanque before
returning to Chivay. Afternoon depart by tour bus from Chivay and then to Arequipa ( 8:00 p.m. )
wher you will transfer to the hotel of your choice. Overnight at the hotel. (BB)
Day 15 - Museo de Altura - Santa Catalina Convent
Mid morning tours of the Museo de Altura where the noted Inca Ice Princess ( Momia Juanita) is preserved for the public view. In 1995,
American archaeologist Johan Rienhards is credited for discovering this child mummy of the Inca civilization high above Colca Canyons
Mt. Ambato (20,700 ft.) Afterwards continue to the Santa Catalina Convent, which was opened to the public in 1970 after four centuries
of mysterious isolation this site is by far the most interesting of the Arequipa sites. History is said that at one point there were
over 450 nuns whom lived in seclusion from the outside. The convent has been beautifully remodeled with Colonial furniture & paintings
from the Cuzco & Arequipa Schools of Art. The convent with the traditional painted homes, cobblestone streets & plazas spread throughout
is literally is a city in itself and its massiveness will amaze. Additional time for photographs and shopping then return to your hotel.
Over night at your hotel. (BB)
Day 16 - Arequipa - Lima
Morning on your own. Mid day you will be met & transferred to the Arequipa airport and the departing flight to Lima.
On your arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.(optional tours available in Lima)Overnight at the Hotel. (BB)
Day 17 - Lima - arrive home
You will be met and transferred to the Lima airport for your departing flight home. (BB)
NOTE : All hotels include Continental or Buffet breakfast.
Room type : ST=Standard;CR=Colonial;SP=Superior;DR=Deluxe;
SPD=Superior Deluxe; JS=Jr.Suite;MV=Mountain View;MVT=Mountain View Terrace.
NOT INCLUDED :
International air to Peru, local air inside Peru. Local air inside Peru available directly from airline or via the Peru office representatives.
Also not included local visas, departure taxes and any add on incidentals not included in program.