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150 People
7 Days 6 Nights
Machu Picchu
7 days / 6 nights Weekly Departures Year Round Adult $ 1595.00 | Child $ 1395.00 Trip Overview Travel from Lima to the center of Incan existence Cusco. Enjoy fantastic markets, charming cafes, and a labyrinth of old colonial neighborhoods built upon ancient Inca foundations. Take pleasure in a city tour highlighting the famous Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay, Korichancha, and surrounding ruins. Travel through the lush Sacred Valley of the Incas and feel the grandeur of the snow mountains once dominated by the Inca Empire. Continue to the concealed Inca citadel of Machu Picchu to explore the ancient city in all its glory.

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Tour Details Prices Prices are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Prices are subject to change. Prices based on 3.5% cash discount. Prices based on a group minimum of 2 adult travelers. Deposit is 50% of total. Remaining balance becomes due 60 days prior to tour departure. See Booking Terms and Conditions Accommodation 3 star hotels (6 nts) Group Size Minimum 2, Maximum 12 Meals Included All breakfasts are included Key: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner Transport Private bus/van, public bus, Machu Picchu shuttle, train, domestic flight Quick Itinerary Day 1 Lima Day 2 Cusco Day 3 Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo Day 4 Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu Day 5 Machu Picchu / Cusco Day 6 Cusco Day 7 Departure Day Cusco / Lima / Return Home Full Itinerary Day 1 Lima Arrive in Lima at any time. A representative from Adventures to Peru will greet you at the airport and private transfer to your hotel. There are no planned activities today so check-in and enjoy the city. This afternoon you are free to explore colonial and modern Lima, with visits to the Government Palace, cathedral, Plaza de Armas and the Archaeological Museum. Or hang around the bustling commercial districts of and Miraflores and Barranco. Day 2 Cusco (B) A morning flight brings us to Cusco, high in the Andes Mountains. This afternoon we’ll take you on a guided visit to see Cusco’s highlights, including nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and Q’enko. Followed by a visit to the main Cathedral and famous ‘Koricancha’ or Temple of the Sun. Day 3 Ollantaytambo (B) One of the most spectacular days of the tour takes us through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Once an important source of food for the Inca, the Sacred Valley is a lush agricultural region that continues to supply the city of Cusco with much of its produce. As it is 600m lower than Cusco, temperatures are on average 5 degrees Cº higher in the Sacred Valley. Our travels will bring us through the major archaeological sites of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. At Pisac, an optional two hour or 5km hike will allow us to fully appreciate the Incan city nestled high in the Andean range. Later, the colorful artesian market at Pisac will no doubt be a highlight for those in search of unique souvenirs. The day trip finishes in the picturesque village of Ollantaytambo, location of another large Inca site. This major ruin is known as the best surviving example of Inca urban planning and engineering. But more than that, Ollantaytambo is a living breathing Inca City. Here we catch our breath and prepare for our train voyage to Machu Picchu. Focus today: Inca stone working techniques, 3 Peruvian blessings: Coca leaf, Andean Maca, Potato Day 4 Aguas Calientes (B) This morning we’ll make our way to the train station in Ollantaytambo and board the train to Aguas Calientes traveling northeast through the lush Sacred Valley of the Incas. Arrive at Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu village, check into your hotel and enjoy the atmosphere. Aguas Calientes is about 30 minutes from Machu Picchu, which you’ll visit tomorrow morning. Today you’ll have free time to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere, soak in the hot thermal springs, hike, shop and explore the village. Day 5 Machu Picchu / Cusco (B) A pre-dawn start from takes us by local shuttle to Machu Picchu. Enjoy the ruins in virtual solitude for the first hour until sunrise. Make the hour-long hike up to the ‘Intipunku’ or Sun Gate. See Machu Picchu in all its glory and discover Machu Picchu on an expert 2-hour private guided tour. Then, free time at site to explore, rest, meditate or simply chill out in the ruins.
Climb Wayna Picchu (Young Peak 2 hrs, not included), hike to the Moon Temple (2 1/2 hrs), or venture to the Inca Draw Bridge! There is no shortage of things so see and do in Machu Picchu. Generally we’ll have lunch in Aguas Calientes although it is your choice, afternoon train to Ollantaytambo and transfer to your hotel in Cusco. Day 6 Cusco (B) Today is a free day in the Incan Imperial Capital. We’ll do our best to discover Cusco’s enchanting network of narrow streets and white wash mud-brick walls, all built atop Incan stone foundations. A true amalgamation of cultures! Explore the many markets, churches, museums, plazas and first-rate restaurants, all at your fingertips while exploring the city center on foot. Or, visit nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay on horseback. More active options include river rafting, motorcycle tours and mountain biking. Also recommended is stop by the Incan Archaeological Museum located a block from the Plaza de Armas. Then, time permitting, visit the recently opened ‘Casa Concha’, which houses hundreds of pieces removed from Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham in 1912 and recently returned in 2011 (Centennial Anniversary of Machu Picchu’s scientific discovery) to Peru by Yale University in the United States.
Also worth a visit is the colorful local market at San Pedro and the bohemian neighborhood of San Blas, full of artists, craftsmen and street vendors, both only minutes from the hotel. Day 7 Departure Day, Cusco (B) Adventures to Peru services end this afternoon after a direct flight back to Lima for your ongoing international connection. We can arrange a later flight date out of Cusco or additional post tour accommodation in Lima or Cusco upon client request. Contact Us if additional planning is necessary. Included Highlights Highlights of Cusco guided city tour Full day excursion of the Sacred Valley of the Incas Guided tour of Machu Picchu What’s Included Adventures to Peru local destination hosts Airport arrival and departure transfers All accommodations as per itinerary All land transport along the route 2 domestic flights Domestic airport taxes Guide service throughout as per itinerary Entrance fees for included excursions All breakfasts Reconfirmation of ongoing flights out of Peru What’s Not Included International Flights Visa and passport fees Insurance All meals (see above) Alcohol, Drinks Tips Optional activities/day-tours/excursions International departure taxes and excess baggage fees

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15 Days 14 Nights
Lima
15 days / 14 nights Weekly Departures Year Round Adult $ 2895.00 | Child $ 2695.00

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Trip Overview This 15-day program from Adventures to Peru Tours combines living heritage and the incomparable biodiversity of the Peruvian Amazon with one of the best hikes in South America. Fly from the bustling capital of Lima to the majestic Lake Titicaca, the highest tropical lake in the world, including an eye opening Quechua family home stay. Explore the architectural jewel that is the Inca capital of Cusco and the archeological wonders of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Embark on the 4-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the most renowned hike in South America, home to high alpine lakes, snowcapped peaks and fairy-tale Incan archeological sites. Enjoy a full day to discover the finale, Peru’s premier attraction, Tours Machu Picchu. Immerse yourself in the incomparable biodiversity that is the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest, one of nature’s true marvels. We’ll embark on an unforgettable river journey by dugout canoe to a remote rainforest lodge, as our expert locals boldly navigate the chocolate rivers of the Amazon basin.

*As on all Adventures to Peru tours, you’re taken care of from beginning to end: airport transfers are included!

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Tour Details

Prices
Prices are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Prices are subject to change. Prices based on 3.5% cash discount. Prices based on a group minimum of 2 adult travelers. Deposit is 50% of total. Remaining balance becomes due 60 days prior to tour departure.

See Booking Terms and Conditions

Accommodation
3 star hotels (8 nts), home-stay (1 nt), camping (3 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts)

Group Size
Minimum 2, Maximum 12

Meals Included
All breakfasts are included, (B,L,D) while on home stay, Inca Trail and jungle lodge
Key: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner

Transport
Private bus/van, public bus, Machu Picchu shuttle, train, domestic flight, tricycle taxi, motorboat, motorized canoe, canoe

Inca Trail Notes
All itineraries including the Inca Trail or Lares Valley Trek can be modified to exclude the hikes. Please advise at time of booking if you do not wish to hike the Inca Trail. Instead you will have 2 nights in Cusco, travel by train for a night in Aguas Calientes, and join the hikers for the tour of Machu Picchu.

Booking after Inca Trail spaces have been filled?
For those booking after Inca Trail spaces have been filled, Cusco accommodation or the alternative Lares Valley trek will be included in the tour for the days you are not hiking the Inca Trail.
1. Last minute bookings of this trip and all trips that include the Inca Trail will be on an “on request” basis only. To make a booking request for a tour that includes the Inca Trail, Adventures to Peru requires your full name, date of birth, nationality and passport number.
2. A good fitness level is recommended on this tour.

Quick Itinerary

Day 1 Lima
Days 2-4 Puno / Lake Titicaca home stay / Puno
Day 5 Cusco
Day 6 Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo
Days 7-9 Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Day 10 Machu Picchu / Cusco
Day 11 Cusco free day
Days 12-13 Amazon Jungle
Day 14 Lima
Day 15 Departure Day

Full Itinerary

Day 1 Lima
Arrive in Lima at any time. A representative from Adventures to Peru will greet you at the airport and private transfer to your hotel. There are no planned activities today so check-in and enjoy the city. This afternoon you are free to explore colonial and modern Lima, with visits to the Government Palace, cathedral, Plaza de Armas and the Archaeological Museum. Or hang around the bustling commercial districts of and Miraflores and Barranco.

Day 2 Puno / Lake Titicaca (B)
A morning flight takes us up to Puno on the shores of spectacular Lake Titicaca. The afternoon is free to explore the plazas, churches and markets of this lakeside town.

Puno, a city of 150,00 inhabitants, is considered by local populations as a linguistic, cultural and political border. To the south toward Bolivia the Aymara people and language are dominant. To the north, the better-known Quechua is the dominant tongue. Fortunately, you will see both.

Day 3 Amantani Island Lake Titicaca (B,L,D)
After breakfast, our local guide will take to the floating reed island’s of the Uros (Aymara roots) and then on to Amantani Island (Qechua roots) by motor boat. The Uros people are a specific cultural group apart from the Incas. They are more sensitive and protective. We ask that visitors always proceed with respect. Please ask before snapping pictures, as some of the older generations will object

The locals are very friendly and produce souvenirs representing life on the Lake. You can support them by buying a souvenir if you choose.

After the Uros, we will take a step back in time as we arrive to Amantani. The island culture offers a glimpse into their ancient traditions and customs. A rural home stay will open your eyes to the true beauty of this place and the people that have inhabited the lake for thousands of years. All local food and beverages included.

Today’s focus: Andean views of life, death and marriage; Origins of The Sacred Lake

Day 4 Puno (B)
We’ll start with an early wake up call to enjoy a spectacular sunrise over Lake Titicaca before visiting the neighboring island of Taquile. Famous for textiles and weavings Taquile is a cultural treasure chest. We’ll spend an hour hiking to the summit of Taquile Island before enjoying lunch overlooking the Lake Titicaca. Our lunch will include local favorites, trout or kingfish, before heading back to Puno.

Day 5 Cusco (B)
After breakfast our overland journey continues through the high plateau. Our full day overland journey through the majestic Andes will astound you. We’ll cover 400km, go over mountain passes at 4,334m 1(4,222ft) above sea level, visit some of our favorite local indigenous villages and sample some of the best local roast lamb available. Approximate arrival in Cusco is 5.00pm.

Day 6 Ollantaytambo (B)
One of the most spectacular days of the tour takes us through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Once an important source of food for the Inca, the Sacred Valley is a lush agricultural region that continues to supply the city of Cusco with much of its produce. As it is 600m lower than Cusco, temperatures are on average 5 degrees Cº higher in the Sacred Valley.

Our travels will bring us through the major archaeological sites of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. At Pisac, an optional two hour or 5km hike will allow us to fully appreciate the Incan city nestled high in the Andean range. Later, the colorful artesian market at Pisac will no doubt be a highlight for those in search of unique souvenirs.

The day trip finishes in the picturesque village of Ollantaytambo, location of another large Inca site. This major ruin is known as the best surviving example of Inca urban planning and engineering. But more than that, Ollantaytambo is a living breathing Inca City. Here we catch our breath and prepare for the hike ahead.

Focus today: Inca stone working techniques, 3 Peruvian blessings: Coca leaf, Andean Maca, Potato

Days 7-9 Inca Trail (B,L,D)
The 4-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is physically challenging but worthwhile, and within the ability of most reasonably fit travelers. Go for it. As an old college professor once said, “The saddest words ever coined by mouth and pen, what might have been.” Harold Mueller, San Diego State University.

NOT HIKING? Those passengers not interested in the hike spend 2 days in Cusco, then travel by train to Aguas Calientes, where they overnight. Next morning they take the bus to the Machu Picchu entrance and rendezvous with the hikers at the ruins. If you decide not to do the hike we need to know prior to your departure in order to obtain train tickets. Please advise your Adventures to Peru contact as soon as you know you will not hike. Also note that portions of the Inca Trail will be closed for general maintenance during the month of February each year. Also, closures may occur at various times throughout the year due to weather or other conditions beyond our control. During these periods, any tour affected will take an alternate route along the Urubamba River.

The Inca Trail is exceptional; however it is important to be prepared! It is a 43-km (25 mile) hike, with 3 high passes to be crossed, one of which reaches an elevation of 4200m (13776 ft). The trail is often steep, and it may rain even during the dry season. The temperatures at night may fall below zero, so it is important to come prepared. If you do not wish to bring a sleeping bag or inflatable Thermarest mattress, they will be provided to you before the hike.

Our local crew of porters, cook and guide will look after us well for the duration of the hike. You can be sure there will be no shortage of food, and we’ll guarantee superb quality.

Porters carry the majority of the gear for the hike, so those passengers doing the hike only carry a small daypack with water, rain gear, snacks, a camera and personal items. As you walk the trail that linked this ancient empire, admire breathtaking views at every step as we move from high plateau areas to dense cloud forest. Depending on the season, you may see a great variety of flora, including miniature and large orchids, and fiery rhododendron bushes.

Day 7 Inca Trail (B,L,D)
Day one of the Inca Trail is considered ‘the easy day’. We’ll depart Ollantaytambo early for Piscacocha at km 82 where we begin our walk in the footsteps of the Incas. Take in the scenic views of the Urubamba River and Vilcanota mountain range as we hike 7km northeast along the Urubamba River Valley. We will then detour and make our way up the Huallabamba Valley in route to lunch and then 3 more hours to our first campsite at Ayapata (3300m).

Day 8 Inca Trail (B,L,D)
Day two takes us along a steep path to Warmiwañusca, or Dead Woman’s Pass. At 4198m (13769 ft) above sea level, this pass is the highest point of the trek. Then a steep decent takes us to the valley of Pacaymayo for lunch. Following lunch, we will summit the second pass of the hike, which is at 3998m (13113 ft). With some luck we’ll enjoy superb views of the snow-capped Cordillera Vilcabamba. After a visit to the serine ruins of Sayacmarca, we will pitch our tents for the night at Chaquicocha (dry lake) in hopes of crystal clear views of the Salkantay range at dawn the next morning.

Day 9 Inca Trail (B,L,D)
On day 3, the trail goes through some beautiful cloud forest on the gentle climb to the third pass, where you will walk through a causeway and a tunnel, both original Inca constructions. The highest point of the third pass is at 3700m (12136ft). On clear days you are rewarded for all this work with beautiful views of the Urubamba Valley below. Soon you reach the mysterious ruins of Puyupatamarca, or the ‘Town above the Clouds’, at about 3650m (11972ft) above sea level.

We camp for the final night close to Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young) ruins, a grandiose terraced hillside site, with panoramic views of the valley below and just a short hike from Machu Picchu. On the final day of the hike we climb the steps to the Sun Gate overlooking the peaks that surround Machu Picchu. There is no way to describe the feeling of the first views of Machu Picchu, as the mist rises off the mountains early in the morning and the famous ruin appears in front of you.

Day 10 Cusco (B)
An early morning start from Wiñay Wayna takes us to the steps of Intipunku, or the ‘Sun Gate’. See Machu Picchu in all its glory and discover Machu Picchu on a 2 hour guided tour. Then, free time at site to explore, rest, meditate or simply chill out in the ruins. Climb Wayna Picchu (Young Peak not included), hike to the Moon Temple or venture to the Inca Draw Bridge! There is no shortage of things so see and do in Machu Picchu. Lunch in Aguas Calientes, soak in the thermal baths before an afternoon train to Cusco and transfer to your hotel.

Focus: Machu Picchu practical explanations and theories

Day 11 Cusco (B)
One free day in Cusco is never enough. But we’ll do our best to discover Cusco’s enchanting network of narrow streets and white wash mud-brick walls, all built atop Incan stone foundations. A true amalgamation of cultures! Explore the many markets, churches, museums, plazas and first-rate restaurants, all at your fingertips while exploring the city center on foot. Or, visit nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay on horseback. More active options include river rafting, motorcycle tours and mountain biking.

Day 12 Amazon Jungle (B,L,D)
Fly from high in the Andes to Puerto Maldonado, deep in the lowlands of the Amazon jungle. Travel by motorized canoe to our isolated lodge in the Tambopata Candamo Rainforest Area, which holds the world record for the most bird sightings in one area.

Listen for howler monkeys in the tropical forest canopy above and spot macaws perched high on the riverbanks. After we arrive at a small portage, we’ll hike through the jungle to our own Amazon Jungle lodge. The lodge itself combines native architectural style and materials with low-impact eco-friendly technology. Rooms are simple but comfortable, with mosquito netting for individual beds, flush toilets, showers (no hot water), and kerosene lamps for lighting (no electricity in bungalows). Local community members make up the majority the lodge staff, including multilingual Naturalist Guides. Here you have the opportunity to learn from them not only about the area’s rich flora and fauna, but also about their extensive practical uses for medicinal plants and other forest plant resources, through traditional techniques for building, fishing, and hunting.

After lunch, we’ll head out on a rainforest trail in search of macaws and other rainforest dwellers that come out in search of food in the late afternoon. Then, later that night, we’ll venture out on an Amazon night walk, probing the forest for the nocturnal creatures we normally hear but don’t see.

Day 13 Amazon Jungle (B,L,D)
A pre-dawn departure will get us up and into the forest at the crack of dawn. Our local nature guide will show the way to one of the Oxbow lakes in the vicinity. This area is teeming with life – we’ll look for giant otters, capuchin monkeys, caiman, snakes, spiders and many other jungle animals on our boat trip and various hikes around the area. During our voyage you will have the chance to see bird species typical of the river or forest edge such as Black Skimmers, Pied Lapwings, Capped Herons, Jabiru Storks, Roadside The area is renowned for its diverse plant and animal populations and include over 1,300 bird species (including 32 parrot species – 10% of the world’s total), 200 mammal species including 4 species of primates, 90 frog species, 1,200 butterfly species and 10,000 species of higher plants—all protected within the reserve. Some of the more famous residents are the Harpy Eagle, the prehistoric looking Hoatzin, tapir, peccary, jaguar, ocelot and playful river otters who live in the area’s oxbow lakes. Additionally, we can see hawks and several species of kingfishers, swallows, and flycatchers.

Focus: Medicinal plants, endemic animals, indigenous tribes, hunting, deforestation, locally sponsored preservation projects.

Day 14 Lima (B)
Fly to Lima for the last stop on our journey. Finish up last minute shopping and one last night in the capital.

Day 15 Departure Day Lima (B)
Adios amigos! Adventures to Peru services end today. Adventures to Peru will reconfirm your outgoing flight. Transfer to the airport for your international flight out of Peru.

Included Highlights

Adventures to Peru local destination hosts
Lake Titicaca indigenous Quechua family home stay
Visit to Taquile and floating Uros Islands
Full day excursion of the Sacred Valley of the Incas
4-day Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picch trek with local guides, cook and porters (all food and hot beverages included).
Sleeping Bag and deluxe Thermarest sleep mattresses on Inca Trail
Guided tour of Machu Picchu
Amazon Jungle Excursion (2 nights, 3 days, all food)

What’s Included

Airport arrival AND departure transfers
All accommodations, family stay, jungle lodge, camping as per itinerary
All land transport along the route
3 domestic flights
Domestic airport taxes
Guide service throughout as per itinerary
Entrance fees for included excursions
All breakfasts
Meals on Lake Titicaca home stay, Inca Trail trek, Amazon Jungle Lodge
Sleeping Bag and deluxe Thermarest sleep mattresses on Inca Trail
Reconfirmation of ongoing flights out of Peru

What’s Not Included

International Flights
Visa and passport fees
Insurance
All meals (see above)
Alcohol, Drinks
Tips
Optional activities/day-tours/excursions
International departure taxes and excess baggage fees

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9 Days 8 Nights
Amazon
9 days / 8 nights Weekly Departures Year Round Adult $ 2095.00 | Child $ 1895.00 Trip Overview On this charming program from Adventures to Peru, explore one of the largest and best preserved tracts of virgin rainforest on earth, the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. We’ll embark on an unforgettable river journey by dugout canoe to a remote rainforest lodge, as our expert locals boldly navigate the chocolate rivers of the Amazon basin.

Then, a short flight brings us to the attractive and historic Andean town of Cusco, with its white wash mud walls and snaking maze of old neighborhoods, all built upon ancient Inca foundations. Enjoy a city tour highlighting Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay and surrounding ruins. Travel through the lush Sacred Valley of the Incas and feel the grandeur of the snow mountains once dominated by the Inca Empire. Continue to the concealed Inca citadel of Machu Picchu to explore the city in all its glory.

*As on all Adventures to Peru tours, you’re taken care of from beginning to end: airport transfers are included!

Please 'contact us' about upcoming or custom departure dates

Details

Tour Details

Prices
Prices are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Prices are subject to change. Prices based on 3.5% cash discount. Prices based on a group minimum of 2 adult travelers. Deposit is 50% of total. Remaining balance becomes due 60 days prior to tour departure.

See Booking Terms and Conditions

Accommodation
3 star hotels (6 nts), Jungle Lodge (2 nts)

Group Size
Minimum 2, Maximum 12

Meals Included
All breakfasts are included, ((B,L,D) Jungle Lodge
Key: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner

Transport
Private bus, public bus, Machu Picchu shuttle, train, domestic flight, motorboat

Quick Itinerary

Day 1 Lima
Days 2-3 Arequipa Highlights city tour
Days 4-5 Colca Canyon Trek
Days 6-8 Puno / Lake Titicaca kayak trip / Quechua home stay
Day 9 Cusco
Day 10 Ollantaytambo / Sacred Valley Rafting excursion
Days 11-13 Lares Valley Trek to Machu PIcchu / Aguas Calientes
Day 14 Machu Picchu / Cusco
Day 15 Cusco free day
Day 16 Lima departure day

Full Itinerary

Day 1 Lima
Arrive in Lima at any time. A representative from Adventures to Peru will greet you at the airport and private transfer to your hotel. There are no planned activities today so check-in and enjoy the city. This afternoon you are free to explore colonial and modern Lima, with visits to the Government Palace, cathedral, Plaza de Armas and the Archaeological Museum. Or hang around the bustling commercial districts of and Miraflores and Barranco.

Day 2 Amazon Jungle (B,L,D)
An early morning flight takes us to Puerto Maldonado, deep in the lowlands of the Amazon jungle. Travel by motorized canoe to our isolated lodge in the Tambopata Candamo Rainforest Area, which holds the world record for the most bird sightings in one area.

Listen for howler monkeys in the tropical forest canopy above and spot macaws perched high on the riverbanks. After we arrive at a small portage, we’ll hike through the jungle to our own Amazon Jungle lodge. The lodge itself combines native architectural style and materials with low-impact eco-friendly technology. Rooms are simple but comfortable, with mosquito netting for individual beds, flush toilets, showers (no hot water), and kerosene lamps for lighting (no electricity in bungalows). Local community members make up the majority the lodge staff, including multilingual Naturalist Guides. Here you have the opportunity to learn from them not only about the area’s rich flora and fauna, but also about their extensive practical uses for medicinal plants and other forest plant resources, through traditional techniques for building, fishing, and hunting.

After lunch, we’ll head out on a rainforest trail in search of macaws and other rainforest dwellers that come out in search of food in the late afternoon. Then, later that night, we’ll venture out on an Amazon night walk, probing the forest for the nocturnal creatures we normally hear but don’t see.

Day 3 Amazon Jungle (B,L,D)
A pre-dawn departure will get us up and into the forest at the crack of dawn. Our local nature guide will show the way to one of the Oxbow lakes in the vicinity. This area is teeming with life – we’ll look for giant otters, capuchin monkeys, caiman, snakes, spiders and many other jungle animals on our boat trip and various hikes around the area. During our voyage you will have the chance to see bird species typical of the river or forest edge such as Black Skimmers, Pied Lapwings, Capped Herons, Jabiru Storks, Roadside The area is renowned for its diverse plant and animal populations and include over 1,300 bird species (including 32 parrot species – 10% of the world’s total), 200 mammal species including 4 species of primates, 90 frog species, 1,200 butterfly species and 10,000 species of higher plants—all protected within the reserve. Some of the more famous residents are the Harpy Eagle, the prehistoric looking Hoatzin, tapir, peccary, jaguar, ocelot and playful river otters who live in the area’s oxbow lakes. Additionally, we can see hawks and several species of kingfishers, swallows, and flycatchers.

Focus: Medicinal plants, endemic animals, indigenous tribes, hunting, deforestation, locally sponsored preservation projects.

Day 4 Cusco (B)
Travel out of the jungle by motorized canoe before flying to Cusco, high in the Andes Mountains. This afternoon we’ll take you on a guided visit to see Cusco’s highlights, including nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and Q’enko. Followed by a visit to the main Cathedral and famous ‘Koricancha’ or Temple of the Sun.

Day 5 Cusco (B)
Today is a free day in the Incan Imperial Capital. We recommend a stop by the Incan Archaeological Museum located just around the corner from your hotel. Then, time permitting, visit the recently opened ‘Casa Concha’, which houses hundreds of pieces removed from Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham in 1912 and recently returned in 2011 (Centennial Anniversary of Machu Picchu’s scientific discovery) to Peru by Yale University in the United States.

Also worth a visit is the colorful local market at San Pedro and the bohemian neighborhood of San Blas, full of artists, craftsmen and street vendors, both only minutes from the hotel. Or, visit nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay on horseback. More active options include river rafting, motorcycle tours and mountain biking.

Day 6 Ollantaytambo (B)
One of the most spectacular days of the tour takes us through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Once an important source of food for the Inca, the Sacred Valley is a lush agricultural region that continues to supply the city of Cusco with much of its produce. As it is 600m lower than Cusco, temperatures are on average 5 degrees Cº higher in the Sacred Valley. Our travels will bring us through the major archaeological sites of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. At Pisac, an optional two hour or 5km hike will allow us to fully appreciate the Incan city nestled high in the Andean range. Later, the colorful artesian market at Pisac will no doubt be a highlight for those in search of unique souvenirs.

The day trip finishes in the picturesque village of Ollantaytambo, location of another large Inca site. This major ruin is known as the best surviving example of Inca urban planning and engineering. But more than that, Ollantaytambo is a living breathing Inca City. Here we catch our breath and prepare for our train voyage to Machu Picchu.

Focus today: Inca stone working techniques, 3 Peruvian blessings: Coca leaf, Andean Maca, Potato

Day 7 Aguas Calientes (B)
This morning we’ll make our way to the train station in Ollantaytambo and board the train to Aguas Calientes traveling northeast through the lush Sacred Valley of the Incas. Arrive at Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu village, check into your hotel and enjoy the atmosphere. Aguas Calientes is about 30 minutes from Machu Picchu, which you’ll visit tomorrow morning. Today you’ll have free time to soak in the hot springs, hike, shop and explore the village.

Day 8 Machu Picchu / Cusco (B)
A pre-dawn start from takes us by local shuttle to Machu Picchu. Enjoy the ruins in virtual solitude for the first hour until sunrise. Make the hour-long hike up to the ‘Intipunku’ or Sun Gate. See Machu Picchu in all its glory and discover Machu Picchu on an expert 2-hour private guided tour. Then, free time at site to explore, rest, meditate or simply chill out in the ruins.

Climb Wayna Picchu (Young Peak 2 hrs, not included), hike to the Moon Temple (2 1/2 hrs), or venture to the Inca Draw Bridge! There is no shortage of things so see and do in Machu Picchu. Generally we’ll have lunch in Aguas Calientes although it is your choice, afternoon train to Ollantaytambo and transfer to your hotel in Cusco.


Day 9 Departure Day, Cusco (B)
Adventures to Peru services end today after a quick flight back to Lima and transfer to the airport for your ongoing international connection. We can arrange a later flight date out of Cusco or additional post tour accommodation in Lima or Cusco upon client request. Contact Us if additional planning is necessary.

Included Highlights

Adventures to Peru local destination hosts
Amazon Jungle Excursion (3 days, 2 nights)
Highlights of Cusco guided city tour
Full day excursion of the Sacred Valley of the Incas
Guided tour of Machu Picchu

What’s Included

Airport arrival AND departure transfers
All accommodations, jungle lodge as per itinerary
All land transport along the route
3 domestic flights
Domestic airport taxes
Guide service throughout as per itinerary
Entrance fees for included excursions
All breakfasts
Meals (B,L,D) at Amazon Jungle Lodge
Reconfirmation of ongoing flights out of Peru

What’s Not Included

International Flights
Visa and passport fees
Insurance
All meals (see above)
Alcohol, Drinks
Tips
Optional activities/day-tours/excursions
International departure taxes and excess baggage fees

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14 Days
Lima
14 days Weekly Departures Year Round Adult $2850.00 | Child $ 2650.00 Trip Overview On this captivating 14-day program, immerse yourself in the incomparable biodiversity that is the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest, one of nature’s true marvels. We’ll embark on an unforgettable river journey by dugout canoe to a remote rainforest lodge, as our expert locals boldly navigate the chocolate rivers of the Amazon basin. Travel to the center of the ancient Imperial Inca Empire, Cusco and enjoy a city tour of Sacsayhuaman and surrounding ruins. See the lush Sacred Valley and surrounding imposing mountains before embarking on the narrow gauge train to the highlight, Machu Picchu. Stay on the shores of majestic Lake Titicaca, the highest tropical lake in the world; visit the Uros floating islands, including an eye opening Quechua family home stay.

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Tour Details Prices Prices are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Prices are subject to change. Prices based on 3.5% cash discount. Prices based on a group minimum of 2 adult travelers. Deposit is 50% of total. Remaining balance becomes due 60 days prior to tour departure. See Booking Terms and Conditions Accommodation 3 star hotels (10 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts), home-stay (1 nt) Group Size Minimum 2, Maximum 12 Meals Included All breakfasts are included, (B,L,D) while on home stay and Jungle Lodge. Key: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner Transport Private bus, public bus, train, domestic flight, tricycle taxi, motorboat, canoe. Trekking Notes 1.The Essence of Peru program can be modified to include the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu or Lares Valley trek to Machu Picchu while in Cusco. Quick Itinerary Day 1 Lima Days 2-3 Amazon Jungle Lodge Days 4-5 Cusco city tour / free day Day 6 Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo Day 7 Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu Day 8-9 Machu Picchu / Cusco Day 10-12 Puno / Lake Titicaca home stay / Puno Day 13 Fly Lima Day 14 Departure Day Full Itinerary Day 1 Lima Arrive in Lima at any time. A representative from Adventures to Peru will greet you at the airport and private transfer to your hotel. There are no planned activities today so check-in and enjoy the city. This afternoon you are free to explore colonial and modern Lima, with visits to the Government Palace, cathedral, Plaza de Armas and the Archaeological Museum. Or hang around the bustling commercial districts of and Miraflores and Barranco. Day 2 Amazon Jungle (B,L,D) An early morning flight takes us to Puerto Maldonado, deep in the lowlands of the Amazon jungle. Travel by motorized canoe to our isolated lodge in the Tambopata Candamo Rainforest Area, which holds the world record for the most bird sightings in one area. Listen for howler monkeys in the tropical forest canopy above and spot macaws perched high on the riverbanks. After we arrive at a small portage, we’ll hike through the jungle to our own Amazon Jungle lodge. The lodge itself combines native architectural style and materials with low-impact eco-friendly technology. Rooms are simple but comfortable, with mosquito netting for individual beds, flush toilets, showers (no hot water), and kerosene lamps for lighting (no electricity in bungalows). Local community members make up the majority the lodge staff, including multilingual Naturalist Guides. Here you have the opportunity to learn from them not only about the area’s rich flora and fauna, but also about their extensive practical uses for medicinal plants and other forest plant resources, through traditional techniques for building, fishing, and hunting. After lunch, we’ll head out on a rainforest trail in search of macaws and other rainforest dwellers that come out in search of food in the late afternoon. Then, later that night, we’ll venture out on an Amazon night walk, probing the forest for the nocturnal creatures we normally hear but don’t see. Day 3 Amazon Jungle (B,L,D) A pre-dawn departure will get us up and into the forest at the crack of dawn. Our local nature guide will show the way to one of the Oxbow lakes in the vicinity. This area is teeming with life – we’ll look for giant otters, capuchin monkeys, caiman, snakes, spiders and many other jungle animals on our boat trip and various hikes around the area. During our voyage you will have the chance to see bird species typical of the river or forest edge such as Black Skimmers, Pied Lapwings, Capped Herons, Jabiru Storks, Roadside The area is renowned for its diverse plant and animal populations and include over 1,300 bird species (including 32 parrot species – 10% of the world’s total), 200 mammal species including 4 species of primates, 90 frog species, 1,200 butterfly species and 10,000 species of higher plants—all protected within the reserve. Some of the more famous residents are the Harpy Eagle, the prehistoric looking Hoatzin, tapir, peccary, jaguar, ocelot and playful river otters who live in the area’s oxbow lakes. Additionally, we can see hawks and several species of kingfishers, swallows, and flycatchers. Focus: Medicinal plants, endemic animals, indigenous tribes, hunting, deforestation, locally sponsored preservation projects. Day 4 Cusco (B) Travel out of the jungle by motorized canoe before flying to Cusco, high in the Andes mountains. One free day in Cusco is never enough. That is why you’ll have two days to discover Cusco’s enchanting colonial network of narrow streets and white wash mud-brick walls, all built atop Incan stone foundations. A true amalgamation of cultures! This afternoon we’ll take you on a guided visit to see Cusco’s highlights, including nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and Q’enko. Followed by a visit to the main Cathedral and famous ‘Koricancha’ or Temple of the Sun. Day 5 Cusco (B) Free day to explore the many markets, churches, museums, plazas and first-rate restaurants, all at your fingertips while exploring the city center on foot. More active options include river rafting, motorcycle tours and mountain biking. The day is yours! Day 6 Ollantaytambo (B) One of the most spectacular days of the tour takes us through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Once an important source of food for the Inca, the Sacred Valley is a lush agricultural region that continues to supply the city of Cusco with much of its produce. As it is 600m lower than Cusco, temperatures are on average 5 degrees Cº higher in the Sacred Valley. Our travels will bring us through the major archaeological sites of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. At Pisac, an optional two hour or 5km hike will allow us to fully appreciate the Incan city nestled high in the Andean range. Later, the colorful artesian market at Pisac will no doubt be a highlight for those in search of unique souvenirs. The day trip finishes in the picturesque village of Ollantaytambo, location of another large Inca site. This major ruin is known as the best surviving example of Inca urban planning and engineering. But more than that, Ollantaytambo is a living breathing Inca City. Here we catch our breath and prepare for our train voyage to Machu Picchu. Focus today: Inca stone working techniques, 3 Peruvian blessings: Coca leaf, Andean Maca, Potato Day 7 Aguas Calientes (B) This morning we’ll make our way to the train station in Ollantaytambo and board the train to Aguas Calientes traveling northeast through the lush Sacred Valley of the Incas. Arrive at Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu village, check into your hotel and enjoy the atmosphere. Aguas Calientes is about 30 minutes from Machu Picchu, which you’ll visit tomorrow morning. Today you’ll have free time to soak in the hot springs, hike, shop and explore the village. Day 8 Machu Picchu / Cusco (B) A pre-dawn start from takes us by local shuttle to Machu Picchu. Enjoy the ruins in virtual solitude for the first hour until sunrise. Make the hour-long hike up to the ‘Intipunku’ or Sun Gate. See Machu Picchu in all its glory and discover Machu Picchu on an expert 2-hour private guided tour. Then, free time at site to explore, rest, meditate or simply chill out in the ruins. Climb Wayna Picchu (Young Peak 2 hrs, not included), hike to the Moon Temple (2 1/2 hrs), or venture to the Inca Draw Bridge! There is no shortage of things so see and do in Machu Picchu. Generally we’ll have lunch in Aguas Calientes although it is your choice, afternoon train to Ollantaytambo and transfer to your hotel in Cusco. Focus: Machu Picchu practical explanations and theories Day 9 Cusco (B) A second free day to really soak up Cusco’s ethnically brilliant atmosphere. Relax in the main ‘Plaza de Armas”, visit the artisans market or explore a little at the grandiose local farmers market. The day is yours! Day 10 Puno (B) After breakfast our journey continues through the high plateau to Puno. Our full day overland journey through the majestic Andes will astound you. We’ll cover close to 400km (250 mi), go over mountain passes at 4,334m (14,222ft) above sea level, visit some of our favorite local indigenous villages and sample some of the best local roast lamb available. Approximate arrival in Puno is 5:00pm Puno, a city of 150,000 inhabitants, is considered by local populations to be a linguistic, cultural and political border. To the south toward Bolivia the Aymara people and language are dominant. To the north, the better-known Quechua is the dominant tongue. Fortunately, you will see both. Day 11 Amantani Island / Lake Titicaca (B,L,D) After breakfast, our local guide will take us to the floating reed island’s of the Uros (Aymara roots) and then on to Amantani Island(Qechua roots) by motor boat. The Uros people are a specific cultural group apart from the Incas. They are more sensitive and protective. We ask that visitors always proceed with respect. Please ask before snapping pictures, as some of the older generation will object The locals are very friendly and produce souvenirs representing life on the Lake. You can support them by buying a souvenir if you choose. After the Uros, we will take a step back in time as we arrive to Amantani. The island culture offers a glimpse into their ancient traditions and customs. A rural home stay will open your eyes to the true beauty of this place and the people that have inhabited the lake for thousands of years. All local food and beverages included. Today’s focus: Andean views of life, death and marriage; Origins of The Sacred Lake Day 12 Puno / Lake Titicaca (B) We’ll start with an early wake up call to enjoy a spectacular sunrise over Lake Titicaca before visiting the neighboring island of Taquile. Famous for textiles and weavings, Taquile is a cultural treasure chest. We’ll spend an hour hiking to the summit of Taquile Island before enjoying lunch overlooking the Lake Titicaca. Our lunch will include local favorites, trout or kingfish, before heading back to Puno. Day 13 Lima (B) We have a short drive to the Juliaca airport before a flight to Lima. Finish up last minute shopping at the Indian market and enjoy one last evening in the capital. Day 14 Depart Lima (B) Adios amigos! Adventures to Peru services end today. Adventures to Peru will reconfirm your outgoing international flight and transfer to the airport. Included Highlights Adventures to Peru local destination hosts Amazon Jungle Excursion (2 nights, 3 days) Highlights of Cusco excursion including Sacsayhuaman Full day excursion of the Sacred Valley of the Incas Guided tour of Machu Picchu Lake Titicaca indigenous Quechua family home stay Visit to Taquile and floating Uros Islands What’s Included Airport arrival AND departure transfers All accommodations, family stay, jungle lodge as per itinerary All land transport along the route 3 domestic flights Domestic airport taxes Guide service throughout as per itinerary Entrance fees for included excursions Meals on Lake Titicaca home stay and Amazon Jungle Lodge All breakfasts Reconfirmation of ongoing flights out of Peru What’s Not Included International Flights Visa and passport fees Insurance All meals (see above) Alcohol, Drinks Tips Optional activities/day-tours/excursions International departure taxes and excess baggage fees

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From $2,595.00
15 Days 14 Nights
Machu Picchu
15 days / 14 nights Weekly Departures Year Round Adult $2795.00 / Child $2595.00

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Trip Overview This fascinating tour includes six top destinations: the fascinating “White City” of Arequipa, the famed Colca Canyon, home of the soaring Andean condor, the famous Lake Titicaca including a Quechua family home stay, the Imperial Inca Capital of Cusco, the archeological wonders of the Sacred Valley, and the finale, Peru’s premier attraction, Machu Picchu. The blend of sights and terrains combine some of Peru’s top natural and manmade wonders into one fascinating adventure vacation.

*As on all Adventures to Peru tours, you’re taken care of from beginning to end: airport transfers are included!

Details

Tour Details

Prices
Prices are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Prices are subject to change. Prices based on 3.5% cash discount. Prices based on a group minimum of 2 adult travelers. Deposit is 50% of total. Remaining balance becomes due 60 days prior to tour departure.

See Booking Terms and Conditions

Accommodation
3 star hotels (13 nts), Quechua Homestay (1 nt)

Group Size
Minimum 2, Maximum 12

Meals Included
All breakfasts are included
Key: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner

Transport
Private bus/van, public bus, Motorboat, Machu Picchu shuttle, train, domestic flight

Quick Itinerary

Day 1 Lima
Days 2-3 Arequipa
Days 4-5 Colca Canyon
Days 6-8 Puno / Lake Titicaca Home stay / Puno
Day 9 Cusco
Day 10 Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo
Day 11 Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu
Days 12-13 Machu Picchu / Cusco
Day 14 Lima
Day 15 Departure Day

Full Itinerary

Day 1 Lima
Arrive in Lima at any time. A representative from Adventures to Peru will greet you at the airport and private transfer to your hotel. There are no planned activities today so check-in and enjoy the city. This afternoon you are free to explore colonial and modern Lima, with visits to the Government Palace, cathedral, Plaza de Armas and the Archaeological Museum. Or hang around the bustling commercial districts of and Miraflores and Barranco.

Day 2 Arequipa (B)
A midday flight takes us to ‘The White City. Vying with Lima as Peru’s most important city Arequipa’s city centre can be visited on foot. Free afternoon sightseeing at you leisure. Plazas, markets, and churches are all found in Arequipa’s remarkable historic center.

Day 3 Arequipa (B)
This morning you will have the opportunity to enjoy a general overview of the city on a 3-hour city tour.

Begin with Yanahuara Belvedere look out plaza and the neighborhood of Carmen Alto followed by a visit to the Plaza de Armas and its Cathedral, the cloisters of La Compañia Church and the Church and Square of San Francisco. Last, but not least we visit the extraordinary Santa Catalina convent, which is built from white volcanic lava and dates from the 16th century.

The afternoon is free to explore the city. Arequipa’s vibrant atmosphere will no doubt keep you busy for the rest of the day. If you dare, see the best-preserved mummy in South America, Juanita the ‘Ice Maiden’.

Then at dusk we will seriously indulge in some of Peru’s richest spice and flavor, as Arequipa has some of the finest cuisine in the country.

Day 4 Colca Canyon (B)
After an early breakfast, we’ll set out on an overland drive to the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest in the world – 3182m. After a scenic 5 hours we’ll reach Chivay, the capital of the province of Colca. During our venture we’ll climb through the National Reserve of Pampa de Cañahuas at approximately 3,800m. With some luck we’ll get glimpses of Andean Ducks, Geese, Viscachas (Andean rabbit), Alpacas, Llamas and Vicuñas. The area is known as Ring of Fire or Valley of the Volcanoes due to the numerous volcanoes in the region, many of which can be appreciated form short distances.

Our highest pass will be an astounding 4900m(16,000ft) above sea level, but just for a quick panorama. Then we’ll continue down to the Colca Valley. Accommodation at the fabulous the Mamayachi near the village of Corporaque, set in the Colca Valley itself. We’ll have the opportunity to soak in the natural hot springs, hike to the surrounding villages or simply relax in the fabulous surroundings of the Canyon.

Focus:  Discussion on Pre-Inca customs & agricultural techniques.

Day 5 Colca Canyon(B)
Today we are off to Cruz del Condor. With some luck, here you will be able to appreciate the famous Andean Condors in magical flight as they soar well above the depths of the mighty canyon. Then an optional hike takes us along the rim of the canyon, in search of local wildlife including the Andean Cara-Cara or (a local Raptor), Viscachas (Andean rabbits) and much more.

We will spend the day in and around the valley before arriving to Cabanaconde, a local village found deep in the canyon. In many ways Colca Canyon was left untouched, even after the Spanish Conquest. Its isolation and distance from Arequipa allowed local indigenous customs and traditions in Colca Canyon to survive in peace more so than in other parts of Peru. This will be evident as we, together with our local guide, spends 3 days and 2 nights examining just how these people live.

Day 6 Puno (B)
We’ll continue our journey through the Ring of Fire, enjoying a lunch pick-nick and wine at 4,000 meters above sea level. Inhale the thin, clean air of the Andes in spectacular settings that reinvigorate your being. This is why you are here!!! With some luck we’ll get glimpses of the Viscacha (Andean Rabbit) and the Andean Flamenco.

Puno is what many Peruvians consider both a cultural and political border. To the south toward Bolivia the Aymara people and language are dominant. To the north, the better-known Quechua is the dominant tongue. Fortunately, you will see both.

Day 7 Amantani Island, Lake Titicaca (B,L,D)
After breakfast, our local guide will collect you from the hotel in route to the Puno port. We’ll board our motorboat and go directly to take us to the floating reed island’s of the Uros culture (Aymara roots). Here, we’ll visit a couple of islands, learn some about the history, culture and why they continue to live on water. Following Uros, we board the boat again and on to Amantani Island(Qechua roots). The Uros people are a specific cultural group apart from the Incas. They are more sensitive and protective. We ask that visitors always proceed with respect. Please ask before snapping pictures, as some of the older generation will object

The locals are very friendly and produce souvenirs representing life on the Lake. You can support them by buying a souvenir if you choose.

After the Uros, we will take a step back in time as we arrive to Amantani. The island culture offers a glimpse into their ancient traditions and customs. A rural home stay will open your eyes to the true beauty of this place and the people that have inhabited the lake for thousands of years. All local food and beverages included.

Today’s focus: Andean views of life, death and marriage; Origins of The Sacred Lake

Day 8 Puno (B)
We’ll start with an early wake up call to enjoy a spectacular sunrise over Lake Titicaca before visiting the neighboring island of Taquile. Famous for textiles and weavings Taquile is a cultural treasure chest. We’ll spend an hour hiking to the summit of Taquile Island before enjoying lunch overlooking the Lake Titicaca. Our lunch will include local favorites, trout or kingfish, before heading back to Puno.

Day 9 Cusco (B)
After breakfast our overland journey continues through the high plateau. Our full day overland journey through the majestic Andes will astound you. We’ll cover 400km, go over mountain passes at 4,334m (14,222ft) above sea level, visit some of our favorite local indigenous villages and sample some of the best local roast lamb available. Approximate arrival in Cusco is 3:00pm.

Day 10 Ollantaytambo (B)
One of the most spectacular days of the tour takes us through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Once an important source of food for the Inca, the Sacred Valley is a lush agricultural region that continues to supply the city of Cusco with much of its produce. As it is 600m lower than Cusco, temperatures are on average 5 degrees Cº higher in the Sacred Valley.

Our travels will bring us through the major archaeological sites of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. At Pisac, an optional two hour or 5km hike will allow us to fully appreciate the Incan city nestled high in the Andean range. Later, the colorful artesian market at Pisac will no doubt be a highlight for those in search of unique souvenirs.

The day trip finishes in the picturesque village of Ollantaytambo, location of another large Inca site. This major ruin is known as the best surviving example of Inca urban planning and engineering. But more than that, Ollantaytambo is a living breathing Inca City. Here we catch our breath and prepare for the train journey ahead.

Day 11 Aguas Calientes (B)
This morning we’ll make our way to the train station in Ollantaytambo and board the train to Aguas Calientes traveling northeast through the lush Sacred Valley of the Incas. Arrive at Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu village, check into your hotel and enjoy the atmosphere. Aguas Calientes is about 30 minutes from Machu Picchu, which you’ll visit tomorrow morning. Today you’ll have free time to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere, soak in the hot thermal springs, hike, shop and explore the village.

Day 12 Machu Picchu / Cusco (B)
After breakfast a predawn start from takes us by local shuttle to Machu Picchu. Enjoy the ruins in virtual solitude for the first hour until sunrise. Make the hour-long hike up to the ‘Intipunku’ or Sun Gate. See Machu Picchu in all its glory and discover Machu Picchu on an expert 2-hour private guided tour. Then, free time at site to explore, rest, meditate or simply chill out in the ruins. Climb Wayna Picchu (Young Peak 2 hrs, not included), hike to the Moon Temple (2 1/2 hrs), or venture to the Inca Draw Bridge! There is no shortage of things so see and do in Machu Picchu. Generally we’ll have lunch in Aguas Calientes although it is your choice, afternoon train to Ollantaytambo and transfer to your hotel in Cusco.

Focus: Machu Picchu practical explanations and theories

Day 13 Cusco (B)
Today is a free day in the Incan Imperial Capital. We’ll do our best to discover Cusco’s enchanting network of narrow streets and white wash mud-brick walls, all built atop Incan stone foundations. A true amalgamation of cultures! Explore the many markets, churches, museums, plazas and first-rate restaurants, all at your fingertips while exploring the city center on foot. Or, visit nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay on horseback. More active options include river rafting, motorcycle tours and mountain biking.

Also recommended is stop by the Incan Archaeological Museum located a block from the Plaza de Armas. Then, time permitting, visit the recently opened ‘Casa Concha’, which houses hundreds of pieces removed from Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham in 1912 and recently returned in 2011 (Centennial Anniversary of Machu Picchu’s scientific discovery) to Peru by Yale University in the United States.
Also worth a visit is the colorful local market at San Pedro and the bohemian neighborhood of San Blas, full of artists, craftsmen and street vendors, both only minutes from the hotel.

Day 14 Lima (B)
Fly to Lima for the final stop on our journey. Finish up last minute shopping at the Indian market and enjoy one last evening in the capital.

Day 15 Departure day (B)
Adios amigos! Adventures to Peru services end today Adventures to Peru will reconfirm your outgoing flight. You’ll be collected from the hotel and private transfer to the airport for your international flight out of Peru.D

Included Highlights

Adventures to Peru local destination hosts
Guided excursion of Colca Canyon (2 nights, 3 days)
Lake Titicaca indigenous Quechua family home stay
Visit to Taquile and floating Uros Islands Community
Full day guided excursion of the Sacred Valley of the Incas
Guided excursion to Machu Picchu

What’s Included

Airport arrival AND departure transfers
All accommodations, family stay as per itinerary
All land transport along the route
2 domestic flights
Domestic airport taxes
Guide service throughout as per itinerary
Entrance fees for included excursions
All breakfasts
Meals on Lake Titicaca home stay

What’s Not Included

International Flights
Visa and passport fees
Insurance
All meals (see above)
Alcohol, Drinks
Tips
Optional activities/day-tours/excursions
International departure taxes and excess baggage fees

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From $1,595.00
10 Days 9 Nights
Altiplano
10 days / 9 nights Weekly Departures Year Round Adult $ 1795.00 / $1595.00

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Trip Overview See the best of the Andes Mountains on this 10-day blitz from Adventures to Peru! Fly from the bustling capital of Lima to the majestic Lake Titicaca, the highest tropical lake in the world, including an eye opening Quechua family home stay. Explore the architectural jewel that is the Inca capital of Cusco, the archaeological wonders of the Sacred Valley, and the finale, Peru’s premier attraction, Machu Picchu. The combination of natural beauty, living culture and archaeology will appease any appetite for adventure.

*As on all Adventures to Peru tours, you’re taken care of from beginning to end: airport transfers are included!

Details

Tour Details

Prices
Prices are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Prices are subject to change. Prices based on 3.5% cash discount. Prices based on a group minimum of 2 adult travelers. Deposit is 50% of total. Remaining balance becomes due 60 days prior to tour departure.

See Booking Terms and Conditions

Accommodation
3 star hotels (8 nts), home-stay (1 nt)

Group Size
Minimum 2, Maximum 12

Meals Included
All breakfasts are included, (B,L,D) while on home stay
Key: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner

Transport
Private bus, public bus, Machu Picchu shuttle, train, domestic flight, tricycle taxi, motorboat

Quick Itinerary

Day 1 Lima
Days 2-4 Fly Puno / Lake Titicaca Home Stay / Puno
Day 5 Cusco
Day 6 Valley / Ollantaytambo
Day 7 Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu
Day 8 Machu Picchu / Cusco
Day 9 Cusco Free Day
Day 10 Lima Departure Day

Full Itinerary

Day 1 Lima
Arrive in Lima at any time. A representative from Adventures to Peru will greet you at the airport and private transfer to your hotel. There are no planned activities today so check-in and enjoy the city. This afternoon you are free to explore colonial and modern Lima, with visits to the Government Palace, cathedral, Plaza de Armas and the Archaeological Museum. Or, hang around the bustling commercial districts of and Miraflores and Barranco.

Day 2 Puno / Lake Titicaca (B)
A morning flight takes us up to Puno on the shores of spectacular Lake Titicaca. The afternoon is free to explore the plazas, churches and markets of this lakeside town.

Puno, a city of 150,00 inhabitants, is considered by local populations to be a linguistic, cultural and political border. To the south toward Bolivia the Aymara people and language are dominant. To the north, the better-known Quechua is the dominant tongue. Fortunately, you will see both.

Day 3 Quechua
Home Stay Amantani Island Lake Titicaca (B,L,D) After breakfast, our local guide will take us to the floating reed island’s of the Uros (Aymara roots) and then on to Amantani (Qechua roots) by motor boat. The Uros people are a specific cultural group apart from the Incas. They are more sensitive and protective. We ask that visitors always proceed with respect. Please ask before snapping pictures, as some of the older generations will object

The locals are very friendly and produce souvenirs representing life on the Lake. You can support them by buying a souvenir if you choose.

After the Uros, we will take a step back in time as we arrive to Amantani. The island culture offers a glimpse into their ancient traditions and customs. A rural home stay will open your eyes to the true beauty of this place and the people that have inhabited the lake for thousands of years. All local food and beverages included.

Focus: Andean views of life, death and marriage; Origins of The Sacred Lake

Day 4 Puno (B)
We’ll start with an early wake up call to enjoy a spectacular sunrise over Lake Titicaca before visiting the neighboring island of Taquile. Famous for textiles and weavings, Taquile is a cultural treasure chest. We’ll spend an hour hiking to the summit of Taquile Island before enjoying lunch overlooking the Lake Titicaca. Our lunch will include local favorites, trout or kingfish, before heading back to Puno.

Day 5 Cusco (B)
After breakfast our overland journey continues through the high plateau. Our full day overland journey through the majestic Andes will astound you. We’ll cover close to 400km, go over mountain passes at 4,334m (14,222ft) above sea level, visit some of our favorite local indigenous villages and sample some of the best local roast lamb available. Approximate arrival in Cusco 3:00pm.

Day 6 Ollantaytambo (B)
One of the most spectacular days of the tour takes us through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Once an important source of food for the Inca, the Sacred Valley is a lush agricultural region that continues to supply the city of Cusco with much of its produce. As it is 600m lower than Cusco, temperatures are on average 5 degrees Cº higher in the Sacred Valley.

Our travels will bring us through the major archaeological sites of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. At Pisac, an optional two hour or 5km hike will allow us to fully appreciate the Incan city nestled high in the Andean range. Later, the colorful artesian market at Pisac will no doubt be a highlight for those in search of unique souvenirs.

The day trip finishes in the picturesque village of Ollantaytambo, location of another large Inca site. This major ruin is known as the best surviving example of Inca urban planning and engineering. But more than that, Ollantaytambo is a living breathing Inca City. Here we catch our breath and prepare for our train voyage to Machu Picchu.

Day 7 Aguas Calientes (B)
The morning will be spent visiting Maras and Moray. Maras, a quaint highland village is found in route to the archeological site of Moray. These mysterious circular experimental farming terraces are a must see in the Cusco region. Then visit to salt terraces of Urubamba in time to get back to Ollantaytambo for our late train to Aguas Calientes. Evening free to soak in the hot thermal pools or spend your time souvenir shopping at the plethora of local markets.

Day 8 Machu PIcchu / Cusco (B)
A pre-dawn start from takes us by local shuttle to Machu Picchu. Enjoy the ruins in virtual solitude for the first hour until sunrise. Make the hour-long hike up to the ‘Intipunku’ or Sun Gate. See Machu Picchu in all its glory and discover Machu Picchu on an expert 2-hour private guided tour. Then, free time at site to explore, rest, meditate or simply chill out in the ruins.

Climb Wayna Picchu (Young Peak 2 hrs, not included), hike to the Moon Temple (2 1/2 hrs), or venture to the Inca Draw Bridge! There is no shortage of things so see and do in Machu Picchu. Generally we’ll have lunch in Aguas Calientes although it is your choice, afternoon train to Ollantaytambo and transfer to your hotel in Cusco.

Day 9 Cusco (B)
Today is a free day in the Incan Imperial Capital.

We recommend a stop by the Incan Archaeological Museum located just around the corner from your hotel. Then, time permitting, visit the recently opened ‘Casa Concha’, which houses hundreds of pieces removed from Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham in 1912 and recently returned in 2011 (Centennial Anniversary of Machu Picchu’s scientific discovery) to Peru by Yale University in the United States.

Also worth a visit is the colorful local market at San Pedro and the bohemian neighborhood of San Blas, full of artists, craftsmen and street vendors, both only minutes from the hotel.

Day 10 Lima Departure Day (B)
Finish up last minute shopping at the Indian market before a direct flight to Lima for the final stop on our journey. Adios amigos! Adventures to Peru services end today in the Lima airport. If necessary, we can arrange a later flight out of Cusco or additional post tour accommodation in Lima or Cusco upon client request. Contact Us if additional planning is necessary.

Included Highlights

Adventures to Peru local destination hosts
Lake Titicaca indigenous Quechua family home stay
Visit to Taquile and floating Uros Islands
Full day excursion of the Sacred Valley of the Incas
Guided tour of Machu Picchu

What’s Included

Airport arrival AND departure transfers
All accommodations, family home stay
All land transport along the route
2 domestic flights
Domestic airport taxes
Guide service throughout as per dossier
Entrance fees for included excursions
All breakfasts, Meals on Lake Titicaca home stay
Reconfirmation of ongoing flights out of Peru

What’s Not Included

International Flights
Visa and passport fees
Insurance
All meals (see above)
Alcohol, Drinks
Tips
Optional activities/day-tours/excursions
International departure taxes and excess baggage fees

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From $2,195.00
13 Days 12 Nights
Altiplano
13 days / 12 nights Weekly Departures Year Round Adult $ 2395.00 / Child $ 2195.00

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Trip Overview This 13-day program combines the urban and the isolated. Fly from the bustling capital of Lima to the majestic Lake Titicaca, the highest tropical lake in the world, including an eye opening Quechua family home stay. Explore the architectural jewel that is the Inca capital of Cusco and the archeological wonders of the Sacred Valley. Embark on the Lares Valley trek, one of the most picturesque in southern Peru, home to high alpine lakes, snowcapped peaks and traditional farming communities that still live like the Incas. Enjoy sunrise and a full day to discover the finale, Peru’s premier attraction, Machu Picchu.

*As on all Adventures to Peru tours, you’re taken care of from beginning to end: airport transfers are included!

Details

Tour Details

Prices
Prices are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Prices are subject to change. Prices based on 3.5% cash discount. Prices based on a group minimum of 2 adult travelers. Deposit is 50% of total. Remaining balance becomes due 60 days prior to tour departure.

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Accommodation
3 star hotels (9 nts), home-stay (1 nt), camping (2 nts)

Group Size
Minimum 2, Maximum 12

Meals Included
All breakfasts are included, (B,L,D) while on home stay, (B,L,D) while on Lares Valley trek
Key: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner

Transport
Private bus, public bus, Machu Picchu shuttle, train, domestic flight, tricycle taxi, motorboat

FAQ’S
See Tour Dossier index

Inca Trail Trekking Regulations
All itineraries including the Inca Trail or Lares Valley Trek can be modified to exclude the hikes. Please advise at time of booking if you do not wish to hike the Inca Trail. Instead you will have 2 nights in Cusco, travel by train for a night in Aguas Calientes, and join the hikers for the tour of Machu Picchu.

Want to do the Inca Trail?
If you like this program but you’d like to the Inca Trail rather than the Lares Valley, please let us know, as the hikes are interchangeable pending Inca Trail hiking permit availability.

Lares Valley trek notes
1. Last minute bookings of this trip and all trips that include the Lares Valley will be on an “on request” basis only. To make a booking request for a tour that includes the Inca Trail or Lares Valley, Adventures to Peru requires your full name, date of birth, nationality and passport number.
2. A moderate-good fitness level is recommended on this tour.

Quick Itinerary Featuring

Day 1 Lima
Days 2-4 Puno / Lake Titicaca / Puno
Day 5 Cusco
Day 6 Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo
Days 7-9 Lares Valley Trek
Day 10 Machu Picchu / Cusco
Day 11 Cusco
Day 12 Lima
Day 13 Lima Departure Day

Full Itinerary

Day 1 Lima
Arrive in Lima at any time. A representative from Adventures to Peru will greet you at the airport and private transfer to your hotel. There are no planned activities today so check-in and enjoy the city. 
This afternoon you are free to explore colonial and modern Lima, with visits to the Government Palace, cathedral, Plaza de Armas and the Archaeological Museum. Or hang around the bustling commercial districts of and Miraflores and Barranco.

Day 2 Puno / Lake Titicaca (B)
A morning flight takes us up to Puno on the shores of spectacular Lake Titicaca. The afternoon is free to explore the plazas, churches and markets of this lakeside town.

Puno, a city of 150,000 inhabitants, is considered by local populations to be a linguistic, cultural and political border. To the south toward Bolivia the Aymara people and language are dominant. To the north, the better-known Quechua is the dominant tongue. Fortunately, you will see both.

Day 3 Amantani Island Lake Titicaca (B,L,D)
After breakfast, our local guide will take to the floating reed island’s of the Uros (Aymara roots) and then on to Amantani Island (Qechua roots) by motor boat. The Uros people are a specific cultural group apart from the Incas. They are more sensitive and defensive. We ask that visitors always proceed with respect. Please ask before snapping pictures, as some of the older generations will object

The locals are very friendly and produce souvenirs representing life on the Lake. You can support them by buying a souvenir if you choose.

After the Uros, we will take a step back in time as we arrive to Amantani Island. The island culture offers a glimpse into their ancient traditions and customs, where a rural home stay will open your eyes to the true beauty of this place and the people that have inhabited the lake for thousands of years.

Today’s focus: Andean views of life, death and marriage; Origins of The Sacred Lake

Day 4 Puno (B)
We’ll start with an early wake up call to enjoy a spectacular sunrise over Lake Titicaca before visiting the neighboring island of Taquile. Famous for textiles and weavings, Taquile is a cultural treasure chest. We’ll spend an hour hiking to the summit of Taquile Island before enjoying lunch overlooking the Lake Titicaca. Our lunch will include local favorites, trout or kingfish, before heading back to Puno.

Day 5 Cusco (B)
After breakfast our overland journey continues through the high plateau. Our full day overland journey through the majestic Andes will astound you. We’ll cover 400km, go over mountain passes at 4,334m (14,222ft) above sea level, visit some of our favorite local indigenous villages and sample some of the best local roast lamb available. Approximate arrival in Cusco is 3:00pm.

Day 6 Ollantaytambo (B)
One of the most spectacular days of the tour takes us through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Once an important source of food for the Inca, the Sacred Valley is a lush agricultural region that continues to supply the city of Cusco with much of its produce. As it is 600m lower than Cusco, temperatures are on average 5 degrees Cº higher in the Sacred Valley.

Our travels will bring us through the major archaeological sites of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. At Pisac, an optional two hour or 5km hike will allow us to fully appreciate the Incan city nestled high in the Andean range. Later, the colorful artesian market at Pisac will no doubt be a highlight for those in search of unique souvenirs.

The day trip finishes in the picturesque village of Ollantaytambo, location of another large Inca site. This major ruin is known as the best surviving example of Inca urban planning and engineering. But more than that, Ollantaytambo is a living breathing Inca City. Here we catch our breath and prepare for the hike ahead.

Focus today: Inca stone working techniques, 3 Peruvian blessings: Coca leaf, Andean Maca, Potato

Day 7 Lares Valley Trek to Machu PIcchu – Calca / Totora Canyon / Lares hot springs / Huacahuasi (B,L,D)
Departure from Ollantaytambo at 07:00 am. We journey through the Sacred Valley of the Incas to Calca, then head north toward The Lares Valley. From here you’ll be treated to beautiful views of the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas and the ornamental terraces of Pisac. After passing Machacancha hot springs we will start an easy hike for 2-3 hours through an old Inca road of Totora Canyon, which is ideal for acclimatization to the altitude. Stunning views of the snow capped Vilcanota mountain range. Your guide points out an abundance of local flora and Andean medicinal plants along the trail such as Molle, Retama, Muña, Marku, Kuñuco etc. Then our private transport will take you to Lares Hot Springs to relax and enjoy lunch. After lunch we will walk for 3 more hours to Huacahuasi (3,700m), where we will make our first camp. Warm clothes are a must, as below zero temperatures are not uncommon.

*Included: Lunch, Dinner + Camping facilities.

*Today’s walking distance approximately 8 km

Day 8 Huacahuasi / Ipsaychocha Pass 4,400m / Ipsaycocha Lake (B,L,D)
mBreakfast around 6:00am as we start walking around 7:00am. We will stop for a short visit of Huacahuasi community, where your local guide will give you some insight into local Andean background. Learn about ancient customs and traditions, ancestral farming secrets, food preservation and most of all local weaving techniques. If you’ve carried gifts or school supplies for the children now is the time.

We continue will climbing around Sondor Mountain and over the first pass (4440mtrs) and after a short decent we have lunch.

We resume our hike upstream 3-4 hours until we make Ibsaycocha pass the second pass of the trip at 4300m. From here the views are again fabulous and for the first time we have a clear view of mount Veronica standing at 5682m. We then begin the descent to Ipsaycocha Lake to make camp.

*Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner + Camping facilities.

*Today’s walking distance approximately 11 km

Day 9 Patacancha / Willoq / Ollantaytambo / Aguas Calientes (B,L,D)
Today you’ll have ample opportunities for some spectacular photos. The gentle downhill path is covered in Andean flora, and animals such as llamas and alpacas are fairly commonplace. If we’re lucky, we might even catch a glimpse of Andean geese, Andean cara caras (Andean Raptor) or the famous Andean Condor. We will feel welcomed by the warm Quechua people, whose homeland we have the rare opportunity to see firsthand.

After approximately 4 hours hiking we’ll arrive to the village of Willoq where lunch will be waiting. After lunch, our private van will take us to Ollantaytambo to board the local tourist train for a picturesque journey to Aguas Calientes (2 hours). We check into our hostel for the night, get a hot shower and a real bed! The willing can enjoy the local hot springs and shopping before dinner.

* Included: Breakfast, Lunch, 1 night hotel accommodation

*Today’s walking distance approximately 8 km

Day 10 Aguas Calientes / Machupicchu / Cusco (B)
Up before dawn for breakfast, then complete your journey on a 1-hour walk, or catch the bus 25 minutes up to the Citadel of Machu Picchu. Join our local guide for a detailed interpretation of the site without the pressure of day-trippers that arrive at midday. Then take advantage, as you’ll have plenty of free time for exploring further. Optionally, climb Wayna Picchu peak, providing the chance to see Machu Picchu and its surroundings from a more exclusive angle. Or hike to the Temple of the Moon, Inca Bridge or the Sun Gate. Others may choose to meditate, write in their journal or simply take it all in. Return to Aguas Calientes generally around 1:00pm for lunch and at 4:00pm we catch our return train to Cusco arriving approximately 9:00pm

*Train departure times quoted here are not guaranteed and may vary according to season and availability.

*Included: Breakfast, Entrances, guided tour & round trip bus to Machu Picchu,

*Today’s walking distance approximately 5 km

Focus: Machu Picchu practical explanations and theories

Day 11 Cusco (B)
Today is a free day in the Incan Imperial Capital. We recommend a stop by the Incan Archaeological Museum located just around the corner from the Plaza de Armas. Then, time permitting, visit the recently opened ‘Casa Concha’, which houses hundreds of pieces removed from Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham in 1912 and recently returned in 2011 (Centennial Anniversary of Machu Picchu’s scientific discovery) to Peru by Yale University in the United States.

Also worth a visit is the colorful local market at San Pedro and the bohemian neighborhood of San Blas, full of artists, craftsmen and street vendors, both only minutes from the hotel.

Or, visit nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay on horseback. More active options include river rafting, motorcycle tours and mountain biking.

Day 12 Lima (B)
Fly to Lima for the final stop on our journey. Finish up last minute shopping at the Indian market and enjoy one last evening in the capital city.

Day 13 Depart Day Lima (B)
Adios amigos! Adventures to Peru services end today. Adventures to Peru will reconfirm your outgoing flight. Transfer to the airport for ongoing flight home.

Included Highlights

Adventures to Peru local destination hosts
Lake Titicaca indigenous Quechua family home stay
Visit to Taquile and floating Uros Islands
Full day excursion of the Sacred Valley of the Incas
4-day Lares Valley trek with local guides, cook, porters and llamas/donkeys (all food and hot beverages included).
Sleeping Bag and deluxe Thermarest sleep mattresses on Lares Valley Trek
Guided tour of Machu Picchu

What’s Included

Airport arrival AND departure transfers
All accommodations, family stay, camping as per itinerary
All land transport along the route
2 domestic flights
Domestic airport taxes
Guide service throughout as per itinerary
Entrance fees for included excursions
Meals on Lake Titicaca home stay, Lares Valley trek
All breakfasts
Sleeping Bag and deluxe Thermarest sleep mattresses on Lares Valley trek
Reconfirmation of ongoing flights out of Peru

What’s Not Included

International Flights
Visa and passport fees
Insurance
All meals (see above)
Alcohol, Drinks
Tips
Optional activities/day-tours/excursions
International departure taxes and excess baggage fees

Got A Question ?

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13 Days 12 Nights
Northern Peru
13 days / 12 nights Weekly Departures Year Round

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Trip Overview Our Northern Peru Discovery 13-day excursion has it all! Well off any tourist circuit, we begin at the thriving northern jungle town, Tarapato, land of the waterfalls. Venture to Chachapoyas, situated in the heart of Peru’s Amazon Cloud Forest. Trek to the recently discovered tropical waterfall of Gocta at Cocachimba and and conquer the distant ruins of Kuelap. See coastal Peru with a stop in Chiclayo, nicknamed “The City of Friendship” and soak up the rays at the trendy fishing village and surfer’s haven of Mancora. Then, a ½ day boating excursion takes us through the ‘Mangroves of Tumbes’ national sanctuary before returning to the capital.

*As on all Adventures to Peru tours, you’re taken care of from beginning to end: airport transfers are included!

*Seasonal Note: Recommended departure dates (April-November)

Details

Tour Details

Prices
Prices are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Prices are subject to change. Prices based on 3.5% cash discount. Prices based on a group minimum of 4 adult travelers. Deposit is 50% of total. Remaining balance becomes due 60 days prior to tour departure.

See Booking Terms and Conditions

Accommodation
2-3 star hotels (11 nts), camping (1 nt)

Group Size
Minimum 4, Maximum 12

Meals Included
All breakfasts are included, (B,L,D) on Kuelap trek

Transport
Private bus/van, public bus, domestic flight, motorboat

Seasonal Notes
1. Trip will run year round, however recommended departure dates are between April-November.

Quick Itinerary

Day 1 Lima
Day 2 Tarapoto
Day 3 Chachapoyas
Day 4 Karajia / Gocta / Cocachimba
Day 5 Cocachimba / Tingo
Day 6 Kuelap / Chachapoyoas
Days 7-8 Chiclayo
Days 9-11 Mancora
Day 12 Puerto Pizzaro / Lima
Day 13 Lima Departure Day

Full Itinerary

Day 1 Lima
Arrive in Lima at any time. A representative from Adventures to Peru will greet you at the airport and private transfer to your hotel. There are no planned activities today so check-in and enjoy the city. This afternoon you are free to explore colonial and modern Lima, with visits to the Government Palace, cathedral, Plaza de Armas and the Archaeological Museum. Or hang around the bustling commercial districts of and Miraflores and Barranco.

Day 2 Lima / Tarapoto (B)
We’ll have the morning free day to explore Lima, the City of Kings. Optional activities in Lima such as a city tour, museum visits or shopping can be arranged by your tour host. An afternoon flight will take us from the metropolis of Lima to one of Peru’s thriving northern jungle towns, Tarapato. Tarapoto is located in the province of San Martín, nestled in a valley between two mountain ranges. At an elevation of approximately 350 meters above sea level, Tarapoto enjoys a hot, tropical climate and has abundant and interesting flora and fauna. This small city has been dubbed the “Land of Waterfalls” due to the incredible waterfalls found in the area. This afternoon, time permitting, we’ll visit Lamas, a nearby indigenous Quechua speaking village seemingly lost in time.

Day 3 Tarapoto / Chachapoyas (B)
The morning is dedicated to visiting one of the famous attractions in area the Ahuashiyacu waterfall, plunging 35 meters and forming a beautiful lagoon at the bottom. Close by is a bird sanctuary housing species of birds and animal species endemic to the region.

An afternoon bus departure takes us from Tarapoto, climbing through the beautiful eastern Andean foothills to the calm town of Pedro Ruiz, then 1 hour further to Chachapoyas. Chachapoyas is a quiet, friendly town nestled in a huge area of cloud forest between the Maranon and Huallaga Rivers. Check into the hotel and we have a briefing to prepare for the coming days in Karajia, Gocta and Kuelap.

Day 4 Chachapoyas / Karajia (B, L, D)
We set out from Chachapoyas on a 2-hour drive over breathtaking roads and incredible scenery of the Northern Andes. We stop in the village of Luya for supplies and continue 30 minutes, where we’ll begin our hike. After approximately 2 hours of moderate hiking we arrive at the ancient burial site of Karajia. We encounter 3-meter tall anthropomorphic plaster coffins re-enforced with wood frames located high under a cliff. Learn about the history of this region and the burial site. After lunch we set off for the 2-hour hike to our vehicle on the opposite side of the valley and travel to our campsite for the night. Along the way we pass again through the village of Luya where we can make a brief stop at the local market held every Thursday. Once at our campsite, enjoy an evening of good food, good company, and a good night’s sleep!

*Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

*Today’s walking distance approximately 6 km

Day 5 Cocachimba / Gocta Waterfall (B, L, D)
Our day starts early with a hearty breakfast before embarking on a full day (5-6 hours) of moderate / semi-difficult hiking. We will enjoy the enchanting waterfalls and with some luck spot toucans, hummingbirds, monkeys, and much more as we hike through the dense jungle. Our final destination is the base of the recently discovered Gocta Waterfall, verified to be the third largest waterfall on the planet (measured to be a height of 772m (2,532ft). This waterfall, with 2 drops, has been known by locals for centuries and was only brought to the world’s attention in 2002 following an expedition by German explorers to the region. You can go for a swim but it is chilly. Otherwise, relax, have your box lunch and absorb the magic. Then it’s back to Cocachimba and on to our next campsite. We may stop along the way for viewing distant ruins and other sites of interest by telescope, time and weather permitting.

*Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

*Today’s walking distance approximately 10 km

Day 6 Tingo / Kuelap (B,L)
Following breakfast this morning, we begin our 6-7 hour hike to the Chachapoyan archaeological site of Kuelap. Little is known about this pre-Incan site and the Chachapoyan people themselves (also known as the Cloud Forest people). Kuelap is a massive fortress built on the top of a mountain and is sometimes referred to as the “Machu Picchu of Northern Peru”. This site is surrounded by a 30m high wall and measures 584m by 100m in size. Construction of the site is estimated to have taken approximately 200 years to complete and taken millions of cubic feet of stone. Kuelap is comprised of three levels containing over 400 circular buildings. Who the Chachapoyan people could have been protecting themselves from remains a mystery. We have a few hours to explore the site and learn about the history from our local guide. Standing at the outer wall’s edge of this site you can enjoy the incredible view of the valley below, spreading out approximately 1,200m below. Also impressive is the thin ribbon of road that hugs the near and far walls of the treed canyon. A short walk of about ten minutes will bring us to our waiting vehicle for the 4-hour return trip to Chachapoyas. Take advantage of a hot shower, enjoy a local dinner and sleep well!

*Included: Breakfast, Lunch

*Today’s walking distance approximately 12 km

Day 7 Chachapoyas / Chiclayo (B)
No activities are planned for the morning following breakfast, enjoy time to relax and enjoy what the town of Chachapoyas has to offer. At 1:00pm we depart by bus and travel down from 1,700m to sea level to the coastal city of Chiclayo. Chiclayo acts as a central hub for commercial and tourist activities in Northern Peru. Nicknamed “The City of Friendship”, Chiclayo certainly lives up to its name, as you will find the locals to be welcoming and friendly. Take time to enjoy what the city has to offer. We arrive in the late evening in time for dinner and a chance to rest for the following full day.

Day 8 Chiclayo (B)
We spend the full day today in Chiclayo. We’ll take you to visit the coveted Royal Tombs of Sipán Museum. Opened in 2003, this museum showcases the most important archaeological remains from the Mochica Culture, including the contents of the tomb of a Mochica leader called “El Señor de Sipán”, found in 1987. Other things to do around Chiclayo are a visit to Mercado Modelo’s “witch doctor’s market”, with a large selection of herbs and tools used by shamans. If you prefer a visit to the ocean, travel 14 kms to nearby Pimentel Beach. This fishing town is well known for seafood and surfing. Watch the fishermen in the totora reed boats paddling out through the waves as their ancestors have done for hundreds of years. Enjoy one last evening in Chiclayo before departing north the following morning.

Day 9 Máncora (B)
This morning we leave for the beach town of Máncora. Famous for it’s surf, this small fishing town of 15,000 people has a relaxed bohemian feel. Enjoy a few leisurely days taking optional surf lessons, enjoying the abundant fresh seafood and year-round sunshine. Try your hand at one of the newest extreme sports, as Mancora is the new Mecca for kite surfing in Peru. Máncora also has handicraft stores, a low-key nightlife with local bars and a range of restaurant options.

Day 10 Mancora (B)
Today is yours to soak up the rays. Long walks on the beach, visit the local mud baths or grab a kayak. But If you are feeling lazy then simply relax with your favorite book, a seaside hammock and a cold beer.

Day 11 Mancora (B,L)
This afternoon Adventures to Peru prepares a succulent seafood barbeque on the beach, all you can eat of course.

Day 12 Mancora / Tubes / Lima (B)
The morning to enjoy breakfast and prepare our things, we say goodbye to Máncora. A short 2-hour bus ride take us to Tumbes close to the Ecuadorian border to catch a return flight to Lima and transfer to our hotel. Enjoy one last Pisco Sour and your last ‘hurrah’ in the Peruvian capital.

Day 13 Depart Lima (B)
Adios amigos! Adventures to Peru will collect you from the hotel and private transfer to the airport.

Included Highlights

Adventures to Peru local destination hosts
Excursion to Ahuashiyacu waterfalls in Tarapoto
Private guides and staff on treks around Chachapoyas
Guided trek to Karajia burial grounds
Guided trek to Gocta Waterfall
Guided trek to Kuelap
Visit to Señor de Sipan Museum in Chiclayo
Beach barbeque in Mancora
Excursion to ‘Mangroves of Tumbes’ Sanctuary

What’s Included

Airport arrival AND departure transfers
All accommodations, camping
All land transport along the route
2 domestic flights
Domestic airport taxes
Guide service throughout as per itinerary
Entrance fees for included excursions
All breakfasts
Meals on Chachapoyas trek
Reconfirmation of ongoing flights out of Peru

What’s Not Included

International Flights
Visa and passport fees
Insurance
All meals (see above)
Alcohol, Drinks
Tips
Optional activities/day-tours/excursions
International departure taxes and excess baggage fees

Got A Question ?

Do not hesitate to Contact Us
12 Days 11 Nights
Chachapoyas
12 days / 11 nights Weekly Departures Year Round

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Trip Overview Our Northern Peru Chachapoyas & Chan Chan trip spotlights less visited ancient ruins and Peru’s northern cloud forest. After that, Colonial Trujillo on the central west coast and its surrounding pre-Inca sites will fascinate any intrepid traveler. Well off any tourist circuit, we begin at the thriving northern jungle town, Tarapato, land of the waterfalls. Venture to Chachapoyas heart of Peru’s Amazon Cloud Forest. Trek for 3 days to the recently discovered tropical waterfall of Gocta at Cocachimba and the distant ruins of Kuelap. See coastal Peru with a stop in Chiclayo nicknamed “The City of Friendship” and visit Chan Chan, the largest pre-Columbian city in the Americas and the principal mud city in the world.

*As on all Adventures to Peru tours, you’re taken care of from beginning to end: airport transfers are included!

*Seasonal: Recommended departure dates (April-November)

Details

Tour Details

Prices
Prices are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Prices are subject to change. Prices based on 3.5% cash discount. Prices based on a group minimum of 2 adult travelers. Deposit is 50% of total. Remaining balance becomes due 60 days prior to tour departure.

See Booking Terms and Conditions

Accommodation
2-3 star hotels (10 nts), camping (1 nt)

Group Size
Minimum 4, Maximum 12

Meals Included
All breakfasts are included, (B,L,D) while on Kuelap trek
Key: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner

Transport
Private bus, public bus, domestic flight

Seasonal Notes
1. Trip will run year round, however recommended departure dates are between April-November.

Quick Itinerary

Day 1 Lima
Day 2 Tarapoto
Day 3 Chachapoyas
Day 4 Karajia / Cocachimba
Day 5 Gocta, Tingo
Day 6 Kuelap / Chachapoyoas
Days 7-8 Chiclayo
Days 9-10 Trujillo / Chan Chan / Temples Moon & Sun
Day 11 Lima
Day 12 Lima Departure Day

Full Itinerary

Day 1 Lima
Arrive in Lima at any time. An Adventures to Peru representative will greet you at the airport and private transfer to your hotel. There are no planned activities today so check-in and enjoy the city. This afternoon you are free to explore colonial and modern Lima, with visits to the Government Palace, cathedral, Plaza de Armas and the Archaeological Museum. Or hang around the bustling commercial districts of and Miraflores and Barranco.

Peru is made up of three main geographical areas: the Andes, the Amazon and the Atacama Desert coastal area. On this trip we visit all three.

Day 2 Lima / Tarapoto (B)
We’ll have the morning free day to explore Miraflores, the bustling upper-class commercial district of Lima. Optional activities in Lima such as a city tour, museum visits or shopping can be arranged by your tour host. An afternoon flight will take us from the metropolis of Lima to one of Peru’s thriving northern jungle towns, Tarapato. Tarapoto is located in the province of San Martín, nestled in a valley between two mountain ranges. At an elevation of approximately 350 meters above sea level, Tarapoto enjoys a hot, tropical climate and has abundant and interesting flora and fauna. This small city has been dubbed the “Land of Waterfalls” due to the incredible waterfalls found in the area. This afternoon, time permitting, we’ll visit Lamas, a nearby indigenous Quechua speaking village seemingly lost in time.

Day 3 Tarapoto / Chachapoyas (B)
The morning is dedicated to visiting one of the famous attractions in area, the Ahuashiyacu waterfall, plunging 35 meters and forming a beautiful lagoon at the bottom. Close by is a bird sanctuary housing species of birds and animal species endemic to the region.

An afternoon bus departure takes us from Tarapoto, climbing through the beautiful eastern Andean foothills to the calm town of Pedro Ruiz, then 1 hour further to Chachapoyas. Chachapoyas is a quiet, friendly town nestled in a huge area of cloud forest between the Maranon and Huallaga Rivers. Check into the hotel and we have a briefing to prepare for the coming days in Karajia, Gocta and Kuelap.

Day 4 Chachapoyas / Karajia (B,L,D)
We set out from Chachapoyas on a 2-hour drive over breathtaking roads and incredible scenery of the Northern Andes. We stop in the village of Luya for supplies and continue 30 minutes, where we’ll begin our hike. After approximately 2 hours of moderate hiking we arrive at the ancient burial site of Karajia. We encounter 3-meter tall anthropomorphic plaster coffins re-enforced with wood frames located high under a cliff. Learn about the history of this region and the burial site. After lunch we set off for the 2-hour hike to our vehicle on the opposite side of the valley and travel to our campsite for the night. Along the way we pass again through the village of Luya again where we can make a brief stop at the local market. Once at our campsite, enjoy an evening of good food, good company, and a good night’s sleep!

*Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

*Today’s walking distance approximately 6 km

Day 5 Cocachimba/ Gocta Waterfall (B,L,D)
Our day starts early with a hearty breakfast before embarking on a full day (5-6 hours) of moderate / semi-difficult hiking. We will enjoy the enchanting waterfalls and with some luck spot toucans, hummingbirds, monkeys, and much more as we hike through the dense jungle. Our final destination is the base of the recently discovered Gocta Waterfall, verified to be the third highest waterfall on the planet (measured to be a height of 772m). This waterfall, with 2 drops, has been known by locals for centuries and was only brought to the world’s attention in 2002 following an expedition by German explorers to the region. You can go for a swim but it is chilly. Otherwise, relax, have your box lunch and absorb the magic. Then it’s back to Cocachimba and on to our next campsite. We may stop along the way for viewing distant ruins and other sites of interest by telescope, time and weather permitting.

*Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

*Today’s walking distance approximately 10 km

Day 6 Tingo / Kuelap (B, L, D)
Following breakfast this morning, we begin our 6-7 hour hike to the Chachapoyan archaeological site of Kuelap. Little is known about this pre-Incan site and the Chachapoyan people themselves (also known as the Cloud Forest people). Kuelap is a massive fortress built on the top of a mountain and is sometimes referred to as the “Machu Picchu of Northern Peru”. This site is surrounded by a 30m high wall and measures 584m by 100m in size. Construction of the site is estimated to have taken approximately 200 years to complete and taken millions of cubic feet of stone. Kuelap is comprised of three levels containing over 400 circular buildings. Who the Chachapoyan people could have been protecting themselves from remains a mystery. We have a few hours to explore the site and learn about the history from our local guide. Standing at the outer wall’s edge of this site you can enjoy the incredible view of the valley below, spreading out approximately 1,200m below. Also impressive is the thin ribbon of road that hugs the near and far walls of the treed canyon. A short walk of about ten minutes will bring us to our waiting vehicle for the 4-hour return trip to Chachapoyas. Take advantage of a hot shower, enjoy a local dinner and sleep well!

*Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

*Today’s walking distance approximately 12 km

Day 7 Chachapoyas / Chiclayo (B)
No activities are planned for the morning following breakfast, enjoy time to relax and enjoy what the town of Chachapoyas has to offer. At 1:00pm we depart by bus and travel down from 1,700mtrs to sea level to the coastal city of Chiclayo. Chiclayo acts as a central hub for commercial and tourist activities in Northern Peru. Nicknamed “The City of Friendship”, Chiclayo certainly lives up to its name, as you will find the locals to be welcoming and friendly. Take time to enjoy what the city has to offer. We arrive in the late evening in time for dinner and a chance to rest for the following full day.

Day 8 Chiclayo (B)
We spend the full day today in Chiclayo. We’ll take you to visit the coveted Royal Tombs of Sipán Museum. Opened in 2003, this museum showcases the most important archaeological remains from the Mochica Culture, including the contents of the tomb of a Mochica leader called “El Señor de Sipán”, found in 1987. Other things to do around Chiclayo are a visit to Mercado Modelo’s “witch doctor’s market”, with a large selection of herbs and tools used by shamans. If you prefer a visit to the ocean, travel 14 km to nearby Pimentel Beach. This fishing town is well known for seafood and surfing. Watch the fishermen in the famous totora reed boats paddling out through the waves as their ancestors have done for hundreds of years. Enjoy one last evening in Chiclayo before departing the following morning.

Day 9 Chiclayo / Trujillo (B)
Travel 4 hours south of Chiclayo by bus to the colonial city of Trujillo. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. Set 10km from the Pacific Ocean, Trujillo is rich in colonial architecture with beautiful wrought-iron grillwork and splendid, imposing facades. Visitors can wander the many quarters and venture to the Plaza de Armas. On the weekends a colorful flag raising ceremony and parades make the Main Plaza de Armas a popular destination. Other not-to-be-missed venues include optional visits to the museums and churches.

Day 10 Trujillo (B)
This day of sightseeing will include a guided visit to the ancient Chimu capital of Chan Chan. Considered the largest pre-Columbian city in the Americas and the principal mud city in the world, Chan Chan will truly mesmerize with its maze of palaces, temples and alters. Afterwards it’s off to another archeological site that is even older than Chan Chan. The Temples of the Sun and Moon appear like two pyramid-shaped Huacas (Sacred site or place) overlooking the south bank of the Moche River. Evening in Trujillo.

Day 11 Trujillo/Lima (B)
The morning to enjoy breakfast and prepare our things. We say goodbye to Trujillo and the north as we catch a 1-hour our flight back to Lima. Enjoy one last Pisco Sour with our farewell dinner and a night out on the town for those interested.

Day 12 Depart Lima (B)
Adventures to Peru will collect you from the airport and private transfer to the airport.Adios amigos!

Included Highlights

Adventures to Peru local tour host
Excursion to Ahuashiyacu waterfalls in Tarapoto
Private guides and staff on 3 day excursion around Chachapoyas
Guided trek to Karajia burial grounds
Guided trek to Gocta Waterfall
Guided trek to Kuelap
Visit to Señor de Sipan Museum in Chiclayo
Guided excursion to mud city of Chan Chan
Guided excursion to temples of the Sun & Moon

What’s Included

Airport arrival AND departure transfers
All accommodations, camping
All land transport along the route
2 domestic flights
Domestic airport taxes
Guide service as per itinerary
Entrance fees for included excursions
Meals on Chachapoyas trek
All breakfasts
Sleeping bag and deluxe Thermarest sleep mattress while on trek
Reconfirmation of ongoing flights out of Peru

What’s Not Included

International Flights
Visa and passport fees
Insurance
All meals (see above)
Alcohol, Drinks
Tips
Optional activities/day-tours/excursions
International departure taxes and excess baggage fees

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From $2,595.00
14 Days 13 Nights
Lima
14 days / 13 nights Weekly Departures Year Round Adult $2795.00 / Child $2595.00

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Trip Overview This extraordinary adventure from Adventures to Peru combines Peru’s sanctuary of lush green Amazon Rain Forests and majestic mountains together with its best manmade marvels to create an unforgettable travel odyssey.

Our adventure kicks off with a flight from Lima to the fascinating “White City” of Arequipa. Voyage to the famed Colca Canyon, home of the elusive Andean Condor, the Valley of the Volcanoes, and an unforgettable living heritage. We then fly to the Imperial Inca Capital of Cusco with its fantastic cuisine, bustling markets, and whitewash mud-brick walls. Then, explore the archeological wonders of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and then the finale, Peru’s premier attraction, Machu Picchu.

Top it all off by immersing yourself in the incomparable biodiversity that is the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest, one of nature’s true marvels.

*As on all Adventures to Peru tours, you’re taken care of from beginning to end: airport transfers are included!

Details

Tour Details

Prices
Prices are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Prices are subject to change. Prices based on 3.5% cash discount. Prices based on a group minimum of 2 adult travelers. Deposit is 50% of total. Remaining balance becomes due 60 days prior to tour departure.

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Accommodation
3 star hotels (11 nts), Jungle Lodge (2 nts)

Group Size
Minimum 2, Maximum 12

Meals Included All breakfasts are included, (B,L,D) Jungle Lodge.
Key: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner

Transport
Private bus/van, Machu Picchu shuttle, train, domestic flight, motorized canoe, canoe

Trekking Notes
1. The Andean Odyssey program can be modified to include the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu or Lares Valley trek to Machu Picchu while in Cusco.
2. The Andean Odyssey program can be modified to include either of our treks in the Arequipa area. See Treks in Arequipa.

Quick Itinerary

Day 1 Lima
Day 2 Arequipa
Days 3-4 Colca Canyon
Day 5 Arequipa
Day 6 Cusco
Day 7 Sacred Valley / Ollantaytambo
Day 8 Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu
Day 9 Machu Picchu / Cusco
Day 10 Cusco free day
Days 11-12 Amazon Jungle Lodge
Day 13 Lima
Day 14 Lima Departure Day

Full Itinerary

Day 1 Lima
Arrive in Lima at any time. A representative from Adventures to Peru will greet you at the airport and private transfer to your hotel. There are no planned activities today so check-in and enjoy the city. This afternoon you are free to explore colonial and modern Lima, with visits to the Government Palace, cathedral, Plaza de Armas and the Archaeological Museum. Or hang around the bustling commercial districts of and Miraflores and Barranco.

Day 2 Arequipa (B)
A midday flight takes us to ‘The White City. Vying with Lima as Peru’s most important city Arequipa’s city centre can be visited on foot. Free afternoon sightseeing at you leisure. Plazas, markets, and churches are all found in Arequipa’s remarkable historic center. Also popular is the extraordinary Santa Catalina convent, which is built from white volcanic lava and dates from the 16th century, along with the best-preserved mummy in South America, Juanita the ‘Ice Maiden’. Optional city tours, countryside tours, rafting etc. are also available depending on individual taste.

Then at dusk we will seriously indulge in some of Peru’s richest spice and flavor, as Arequipa has some of the finest cuisine in the country.

Day 3 Colca Canyon (B)
After an early breakfast, we’ll set out on an overland drive to the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest in the world – 3182m. After a scenic 5 hours we’ll reach Chivay, the capital of the province of Colca. During our venture we’ll climb through the National Reserve of Pampa de Cañahuas at approximately 3,800m. With some luck we’ll get glimpses of Andean Ducks, Geese, Viscachas (Andean rabbit), Alpacas, Llamas and Vicuñas. The area is known as Ring of Fire or Valley of the Volcanoes due to the numerous volcanoes in the region, many of which can be appreciated form short distances.

Our highest pass will be an astounding 4900m(16,000ft) above sea level, but just for a quick panorama. Then we’ll continue down to the Colca Valley. Accommodation at the fabulous the Mamayachi near the village of Corporaque, set in the Colca Valley itself. We’ll have the opportunity to soak in the natural hot springs, hike to the surrounding villages or simply relax in the fabulous surroundings of the Canyon.

Focus:  Discussion on Pre-Inca customs & agricultural techniques.

Day 4 Colca Canyon (B)
Today we are off to Cruz del Condor. With some luck, here you will be able to appreciate the famous Andean Condors in magical flight as they soar well above the depths of the mighty canyon. Then an optional hike takes us along the rim of the canyon, in search of local wildlife including the Andean Cara-Cara or (a local Raptor), Viscachas (Andean rabbits) and much more.

We will spend the day in and around the valley before arriving to Cabanaconde, a local village found deep in the canyon. In many ways Colca Canyon was left untouched, even after the Spanish Conquest. Its isolation and distance from Arequipa allowed local indigenous customs and traditions in Colca Canyon to survive in peace more so than in other parts of Peru. This will be evident as we, together with our local guide, spends 3 days and 2 nights examining just how these people live.

Day 5 Arequipa (B)
Today we return to Arequipa. We climb out of the Colca Canyon retracing our trail through the ‘Valley of the Volcanoes’ back to Arequipa. The evening is free to spend at your leisure.

Day 6 Cusco (B)
Have a couple free hours in Arequipa before our mid-day flight to Cusco, also high in the Andes Mountains. Afternoon to discover Cusco’s enchanting network of narrow streets and white wash mud-brick walls, all built atop Incan stone foundations. A true amalgamation of cultures! Explore the many markets, churches, museums, plazas and first-rate restaurants, all at your fingertips while exploring the city center on foot. Or, visit nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay on horseback. More active options include river rafting, motorcycle tours and mountain biking.

Day 7 Ollantaytambo (B)
One of the most spectacular days of the tour takes us through the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Once an important source of food for the Inca, the Sacred Valley is a lush agricultural region that continues to supply the city of Cusco with much of its produce. As it is 600m lower than Cusco, temperatures are on average 5 degrees Cº higher in the Sacred Valley.

Our travels will bring us through the major archaeological sites of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. At Pisac, an optional two hour or 5km hike will allow us to fully appreciate the Incan city nestled high in the Andean range. Later, the colorful artesian market at Pisac will no doubt be a highlight for those in search of unique souvenirs.

The day trip finishes in the picturesque village of Ollantaytambo, location of another large Inca site. This major ruin is known as the best surviving example of Inca urban planning and engineering. But more than that, Ollantaytambo is a living breathing Inca City. Here we catch our breath and prepare for our train voyage to Machu Picchu.

Focus today: Inca stone working techniques, 3 Peruvian blessings: Coca leaf, Andean Maca, Potato

Day 8 Aguas Calientes (B)
This morning we’ll make our way to the train station in Ollantaytambo and board the train to Aguas Calientes traveling northeast through the lush Sacred Valley of the Incas. Arrive at Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu village, check into your hotel and enjoy the atmosphere. Aguas Calientes is about 30 minutes from Machu Picchu, which you’ll visit tomorrow morning. Today you’ll have free time to soak in the hot springs, hike, shop and explore the village.

Day 9 Machu Picchu / Cusco (B)
A pre-dawn start from takes us by local shuttle to Machu Picchu. Enjoy the ruins in virtual solitude for the first hour until sunrise. Make the hour-long hike up to the ‘Intipunku’ or Sun Gate. See Machu Picchu in all its glory and discover Machu Picchu on an expert 2-hour private guided tour. Then, free time at site to explore, rest, meditate or simply chill out in the ruins.

Climb Wayna Picchu (Young Peak 2 hrs, not included), hike to the Moon Temple (2 1/2 hrs), or venture to the Inca Draw Bridge! There is no shortage of things so see and do in Machu Picchu. Generally we’ll have lunch in Aguas Calientes although it is your choice, afternoon train to Ollantaytambo and transfer to your hotel in Cusco.

Day 10 Cusco (B)
Today you’ll have a full free day to really soak up Cusco’s ethnically brilliant atmosphere. Relax in the main ‘Plaza de Armas”, or stop by the Incan Archaeological Museum located just around the corner from your hotel. Then, time permitting, visit the recently opened ‘Casa Concha’, which houses hundreds of pieces removed from Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham in 1912 and recently returned in 2011 (Centennial Anniversary of Machu Picchu’s scientific discovery) to Peru by Yale University in the United States.

Also worth a visit is the colorful local market at San Pedro and the bohemian neighborhood of San Blas, full of artists, craftsmen and street vendors, both only minutes from the hotel. Or, visit nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay on horseback. More active options include river rafting, motorcycle tours and mountain biking.

Day 11 Amazon Jungle (B,L,D)
An early morning flight takes us to Puerto Maldonado, deep in the lowlands of the Amazon jungle. Travel by motorized canoe to our isolated lodge in the Tambopata Candamo Rainforest Area, which holds the world record for the most bird sightings in one area.

Listen for howler monkeys in the tropical forest canopy above and spot macaws perched high on the riverbanks. After we arrive at a small portage, we’ll hike through the jungle to our own Amazon Jungle lodge. The lodge itself combines native architectural style and materials with low-impact eco-friendly technology. Rooms are simple but comfortable, with mosquito netting for individual beds, flush toilets, showers (no hot water), and kerosene lamps for lighting (no electricity in bungalows). Local community members make up the majority the lodge staff, including multilingual Naturalist Guides. Here you have the opportunity to learn from them not only about the area’s rich flora and fauna, but also about their extensive practical uses for medicinal plants and other forest plant resources, through traditional techniques for building, fishing, and hunting.

After lunch, we’ll head out on a rainforest trail in search of macaws and other rainforest dwellers that come out in search of food in the late afternoon. Then, later that night, we’ll venture out on an Amazon night walk, probing the forest for the nocturnal creatures we normally hear but don’t see.

Day 12 Amazon Jungle (B,L,D)
A pre-dawn departure will get us up and into the forest at the crack of dawn. Our local nature guide will show the way to one of the Oxbow lakes in the vicinity. This area is teeming with life – we’ll look for giant otters, capuchin monkeys, caiman, snakes, spiders and many other jungle animals on our boat trip and various hikes around the area. During our voyage you will have the chance to see bird species typical of the river or forest edge such as Black Skimmers, Pied Lapwings, Capped Herons, Jabiru Storks, Roadside The area is renowned for its diverse plant and animal populations and include over 1,300 bird species (including 32 parrot species – 10% of the world’s total), 200 mammal species including 4 species of primates, 90 frog species, 1,200 butterfly species and 10,000 species of higher plants—all protected within the reserve. Some of the more famous residents are the Harpy Eagle, the prehistoric looking Hoatzin, tapir, peccary, jaguar, ocelot and playful river otters who live in the area’s oxbow lakes. Additionally, we can see hawks and several species of kingfishers, swallows, and flycatchers.

Focus: Medicinal plants, endemic animals, indigenous tribes, hunting, deforestation, locally sponsored preservation projects.

Day 13 Lima (B)
Fly to Lima for the final stop on our journey. Finish up last minute shopping at the Indian market and enjoy one last evening in the capital.

Day 14 Departure Day Lima (B)
Adios amigos! Adventures to Peru services end today. Adventures to Peru will reconfirm your outgoing international flight and transfer to airport international flight out of Peru. We can arrange a later flight date out of the Amazon or additional post tour accommodation in Lima upon client request. Contact Us if additional planning is necessary.

Included Highlights

Adventures to Peru local destination hosts
Guided excursion of Colca Canyon (2 nights, 3 days)
Highlights of Cusco excursion including Sacsayhuaman
Full day guided excursion of the Sacred Valley of the Incas
Guided tour of Machu Picchu
Amazon Jungle Excursion (2 nights, 3 days)

What’s Included

Airport arrival AND departure transfers
All accommodations as per itinerary
All land transport along the route
4 domestic flights
Domestic airport taxes
Guide service throughout as per itinerary
Entrance fees for included excursions
All breakfasts
All meals at Amazon Eco Lodge
Reconfirmation of ongoing flights out of Peru

What’s Not Included

International Flights
Visa and passport fees
Insurance
All meals (see above)
Alcohol, Drinks
Tips
Optional activities/day-tours/excursions
International departure taxes and excess baggage fees

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From $3,350.00
21 Days 20 Nights
Lima
21 days / 20 nights Weekly Departures Year Round Adult $ 3750.00 | Child $ 3350.00 Trip Overview Peru Encompassed is Adventures to Peru’s most comprehensive adventure trip! It encompasses all of the country’s top natural attractions, together with five UNESCO World Heritage sites, all in one trip.

This program takes you from the Capital Lima to the lively marine reserve at the Ballestas Islands and the enigmatic Nazca Lines. Travel down the thirsty desert coast to the glorious “White City” of Arequipa, celebrated for its colonial buildings and plazas shaped of ashen volcanic rock. Cross the Aguada Blanca National Reserve in route to the famed Colca Canyon, home of the obscure Andean condor. Climb soaring Andean mountain passes on the way to Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable tropical lake in the world and considered by many as the ‘The cradle of Andean Civilization.’ Travel overland on one of the ‘Most beautiful journeys on earth’, to the ancient Imperial Inca Empire, Cusco. See the lush Sacred Valley and surrounding mountains before embarking on the celebrated Classic Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu. Navigate the chocolate rivers of the world’s largest rainforest, the deepest darkest Amazon Jungle. Peru Encompassed is an absolute journey of a lifetime.

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