Peru and the Amazon

Duration :
nights 14 days 15
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Day 01

ARRIVAL TO LIMA

In / Lima   

Today you arrive to Peru.  At arrival you will be assisted and transferred to the hotel, where you will have a briefing about the itinerary.  Please feel free to ask any questions you may have about your journey in our country. 

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Day 02

HD LIMA CITY TOUR

Lima

Breakfast at hotel

Get acquainted with Peru’s Capital City, its 2000 years of history and colonial heritage. Experience the artistic traditions and contemporary lives of its residents. Tour Lima’s Historical Center, cultural heritage of humanity according to UNESCO, and admire its imposing Cathedral.  Visit Casa Aliaga, America’s best preserved colonial mansion, occupied by the same family since 1535. Continue to San Francisco Monastery, a masterpiece of colonial architecture housing important colonial paintings.  Finally drive through the residential districts of Miraflores and San Isidro where you will enjoy a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean and its beaches before returning to your hotel

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Day 03

HD BALLESTAS ISLANDS

Lima / Paracas / Nazca 

Breakfast at hotel

Very early in the morning transfer to Paracas, located approximately four hours away from Lima.  At your arrival to the dock take a boat ride to the Ballestas  Islands, inhabited by boobies, pelicans,  sea lions and  Humboldt  penguins.  The boat will also make a stop in front of the peninsula to view the unexplained figures of the Candelabro Lines.   Continue your trip to Nazca.

Overnight at NAZCA LINES HOTEL

Day 04

NAZCA LINES OVERFLIGHT

Nazca / Arequipa

Breakfast at hotel

In the morning take a a high-wing light aircraft over the desert and the mysterious Nazca Lines, also known as the Nazca Markings.  These lines can only be appreciated from the air.  Made centuries ago, the reason for their existence remains a mystery.  After your overflight visit Chauchilla, a pre Inca cementery, an antique burial place.  Continue your trip Arequipa

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Day 05

HD AREQUIPA CITY TOUR: “THE WHITE CITY”

Arequipa

Breakfast at hotel

Visit the Historic Center of Arequipa, Unesco World Heritage Site, built mostly with a local sillar, a pale volcanic rock, affording Arequipa its glorious architecture and its appropriate nickname, "the White City". Admire its Plaza de Armas and Cathedral, before visiting the Convent of Santa Catalina, one of the most beautiful in Arequipa, and founded on October 2nd, 1580, built during the second half of that century. With an area of 20,000 square meters, the Convent is a city in miniature, a walled fortress with streets, passageways, stairways and plazas. Closed to the public until 1970, the Convent still houses a number of the closed order of nuns.  Continue to visit the Jesuit Church, where  you  will  be impressed  by  the  beauty  of  its   facade, considered  the  best  example of  the  mestizo  baroque  style in Arequipa.  The ancient vestry is particularly beautiful with its cupola and walls covered in murals representing the jungle. The ancient Jesuit seminary is famous for its beautiful principal cloister.  Finally go to the residential districts of Yanahuara and Chilina, from where you will have a magnificent view of Arequipa’s countryside and Mount Misti volcano.

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Day 06

02 DAY TRIP TO COLCA

Arequipa / Colca

Breakfast at hotel

Early morning departure for a two day overland trip to the Colca Valley.

Drive across Pampa Cañahuas  within the  Aguada  Blanca National Reserve, the habitat of herds of vicuñas. Admire beautiful pre-Columbian terraces still being cultivated by native Collaguas. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant on the route

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Day 07

COLCA & THE CONDORS CROSS

Colca / Puno

Breakfast at hotel

Early departure to "Condors' Cross", observation point from where you can view these great Andean birds.  Impressive panorama of the Colca  Canyon,  one  of  the  deepest  in  the  world  (3,000  mts/ 9,800 ft). Enjoy your lunch at Casa Andina Colca.  In the afternoon, ride to Puno across the Peruvian high plateau.  Enjoy the magnificent view of clear blue skies and unusual   highland   vegetation, known as  Ichu.   Upon arrival, accommodation at your hotel.

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Day 08

FD EXCRUSION TO UROS & TAQUILE ISLANDS

Puno

Breakfast at the hotel

Enjoy a complete day of sailing in Titicaca Lake, the highest navigable lake in the world. Depart early in the morning for the floating islands of Uros, where the inhabitants still live as they did centuries ago, on floating islands they make with the totora reeds that grow on the lake.  Continue sailing towards Taquile Island for a 30 minute, hike towards its small town inhabited by Quechua speaking natives who have, over the generations, developed both an efficient and original social system as well as a refined handweaving technique.  

Lunch will be served in a local house that serves as a restaurant. After lunch we will explore the island and you can appreciate the magnificent views of Lake Titicaca.  After this trekking will embark and return to Puno city.

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Day 09

TRIP TO CUSCO

Puno / Cusco

Breakfast at hotel

Transfer to the bus station to take a touristic bus towards Cusco. Bus ride to Cusco along the dramatic  landscapes  of  the  highland plateau,  only  spotted  by  little  andean  villages and  herds of llamas and vicuna.We will stop at the archaeological site of Pukara (200BC-AD300) as well as in Raqchi an Inca temple built to  worship Wiracocha, one of the most important Inca gods.Finally we will stop at Andahuaylillas,a beautiful baroque church built at the beginning of the XVIIth century and very well-known thanks to  its  beautifu mural paintings.  We will have lunch on a restaurant en route.

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Day 10

HD CITY TOUR AT CUSCO

Cusco

Breakfast at hotel

We take a tour of the city, starting out at the Santo Domingo convent monastery.  This former Colonial monastery was previously the Koricancha temple, one of the most important temples devoted to worship of the sun.  According to the chronicles, it was covered in gold Leaf and filled with golden representations of nature.  Also included in the tour are stop at the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral. After touring the most interesting sites of the city, you will be driven to the countryside outside Cusco to visit some of the remarkable Inca ruins in the area.  Included are the cult center of Sacsayhuaman, the temple and amphitheater of Kenko, and the Red Fortress of Puca Pucara.

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Day 11

MANCHU PICCHU: "LOST CITY OF THE INCAS"

Cusco / Manchu Picchu / Cusco

In the morning you will be transferred to Ollantaytambo station to board the train towards Manchu Picchu. Upon arrival to the station you will take a 25 minute motor-coach to "The Lost City of the Incas", which was discovered by the American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. Enjoy a guided tour of the marvelous citadel, a unique awe-inspiring experience. Lunch will be served at the luxury Sanctuary Lodge Restaurant. In the afternoon you will take your train back to Ollantaytambo station. After arrival transfer to your hotel at Cusco.

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Day 12

4D / 3N ECO AMAZONIA

Cusco / Puerto Maldonado

Breakfast at hotel

When you arrive at the Ecoamazonia Lodge, you will be served an exquisite welcome drink, after which you will have time to settle in your bingalows and eat lunch. In the afternoon with our specalized guide, you will vsit Monkey Island, which is only 5 minuites from the lodge. During your hike through the island you will observe extraordinary scenery and exuberant flora that shelters a tremendous variety of monkeys in their natural habitat, such as a Black Spider Monkey, Capuchin Monkey, Tamarins, Squirrel Monkeys and the South American Coati as well as a number of bird species. Youi will complete your visit to Monkey Island by enjoying the sunset and then returning to the lodge for dinner.

Overnight at lodge

Day 13

ECO AMAZONIA

Puerto Maldonado

After breakfast you begin your guided adventure through the  virgin rainforest on foot to the Lost Cocha. The Lost Cocha is a protected ecosystem sustaining an immense variety of  animals  such as  giant otters, caimans, turtles, Brazilian  tapirs  "sachavacas", colorful birds, the majestic jaguar, and diverse fish species. This area  is a unique part  of  the  Ecoamazonia  Reserve, because  its  immense swamps and marshes still remain fully intact today. Later, you will arrive at our extraordinary Amazon Watch Tower, built at the top of an immense tree (the Shihuahuaco) from which you can appreciate the full and magical beauty of the rainforest. You will also go  for  a pleasant canoe ride around the lake, after which you will return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon there is another  canoe  trip down the river to visit a local family living  in  the  rainforest. Finally, you will return to the lodge for dinner.

Overnight at lodge

Day 14

ECO AMAZONIA

Puerto Maldonado

You  start  the  day  with  breakfast, and  then begin another trip through the magical rainforest navigating down  the  Madre  de Dios River  to the path that leads to the Gamitana  and  Briolo  rivers. These rivers are born from the  innermost  virgin  forest   forming impressive serpentive channels, through  which  you  will travel by canoe while appreciating animals at only an arm's length. You  will also have the opportunity to  fish  and  swim  in  the  crystallinewaters of the Gamitana River. Finally you will return to the  Lodge for dinner.

Day 15

PUERTO MALDONADO / LIMA


Breakfast. Boat ride back to the city. Transfer by bus to the airport. After you arrive to Lima transfer to your hotel.

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