Lima was the cradle of the oldest civilizations in America (Caral) as well as a strategic place for the Spaniards when they began to explore Peru. On January 18, 1535, the Spanish foundation ¨City of the Kings¨ was created. Since then, the union of two different worlds began; the natives of Peru on the one hand and the Spaniards on the other hand.Due to all these events, very old but preserved archaeological sites as well as colonial and modern buildings can be visited in Lima.
Lima has become a picturesque city with bohemian neighborhoods and places where one can enjoy Peruvian culture, tradition and food (one of the best in the world).
One of the cities located at the highest altitude, close to heaven, surrounded by huge mountains and the beautiful Lake Titicaca that crosses the borders. Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world and hosts many indigenous families where different languages such as Aymara and Quechua (language of the Incas) are spoken. At the islands of Lake Titicaca, traditions and customs very much related to our ancestors´ are still practiced.
In a drastic land with capricious nature, the city of Cusco is located, a place where Inca cities are mixed with colonial builidings, together forming a peaceful union between man and nature.In the Cusco region, the archaeological site of Machu Picchu is located. Machu Picchu is not only one of the gems of Peru, but also of the world, as it is considered a cultural heritage of humanity due to the incredible skills and knowledge used to built in this inaccessible place.
If you want to dive into a world of culture, traditions, hikes and extreme activities, Cusco is definitely the place to be!
Amazon jungle (Madre de Dios):
Are you a nature lover? Would you like to get away from the daily activities that big cities offer?
In the Madre de Dios region, you can appreciate nature and wildlife at it´s best! The Peruvian rainforest is one of the areas with greatest biodiversity on earth with the largest number of bird species in the world, and the third largest amount in mammals. Peru also has a large number of species of butterflies, orchids , flora and fauna. Experience Madre de Dios by staying at one of best lodges in Puerto Maldonado!
Welcome to Lima ‘City of the Kings’! A representative from Machu Picchu Tours will be waiting at the airport to then transfer you to the hotel in Miraflores. During the trip, our friendly staff will provide further recommendation of each region you will be visiting! Upon arrival to the hotel, our staff will assist on your check-in. Have the rest of the day to rest early and be prepared for the next few day filled with fun and exciting activities.Accommodation
Start the day with a tour to the city of Lima at 9 am; the minibus will take us to the historic center of Plaza de Armas. Our experienced Tour Leader will guide and provide information about the rich history of this city. During the tour, ensure to have your camera ready to capture every moment! We continue exploring until we reach the church of San Francisco (Catacombs), visit the Parque del Amor (Park of Love) and make our way to Barranco know for it’s picturesque streets. Following on, we head towards Kennedy Square (the cat park) where our tour ends for the day. Our guide will recommend good quality restaurants, places to explore and other attractions you might be interested.Accommodation
Ready to venture into the Amazon jungle of Peru? After breakfast, we make our way to Lima airport and take a flight to Puerto Maldonado (the Peruvian Jungle). The flight will be roughly an hour and it usually scheduled about 9am. Upon arrival, be prepared for the tropical humid weather, this is where we recommend that you bring sunscreen and repellent.
Once we have our bags ready, we will drive to the main office to re-pack your items for the 1 night stay at the lodge (duffle bags will be provided). Board the bus to the main port of Infierno Community (an hour trip). Embark by boat and enjoy the gentle breeze and scenic view of the Peruvian jungle whilst enjoying lunch (included). Be immersed at the wildlife sightings along the Tambopata River whilst passing through all the flora and fauna it offers. On arrival at the port, we walk towards the Posada Amazonas Lodge, settle to your room and then we will a short and informative talk regarding the lodge’s guidelines.
Enjoy the rest of the day, after dinner, now sit back and relax in one of the most beautiful places in Peru.Accommodation
Lima’s climate is very different from the Peruvian jungle so be prepared for the changing weather. Options to consider, travel with light clothing from Lima or leave your warm clothes in the main office of Puerto Maldonado.Day 4: Full day Tambopata tour
Commence the day with an early breakfast; then we take a boat ride (15 mins approx) and further walk about 30 minutes to Lake Tres-Chimbadas Oxbow. Cruise
through the jungle’s region (by boat) and observe the exotic animals, you may even spot a giant river otter. We will have the chance to catch and release piranhas. We return to the lodge to rest and prepare for the next tour. Embark on a lively display of parrot clay lick by the Macaws and be present at their natural habitat. Afterwards, return back to lodge.
After lunch, we stop to visit the community of Ñape, we learn about vegetation but mainly on medicinal plants. Within the premises, we will have the chance to try the variety of herbal plants of the jungle. Before we arrive to the lodge, cruise through the sunset and experience the uniqueness of this region. Enjoy dinner during your stay at the lodge.
Note: Before or after dinner, we can organise a night walk where we might see animals during the night but this depends on the weather. Our Tour Leave will be providing further information about this activity.Accommodation
Hiking shoes are recommended for today, the company can also provide boots in rainy season.Day 5: Jungle to Cusco flight
ight after breakfast, we make our way to the airport at 8:00am to board the regular 13:20 flight to Cusco. Once you have arrived to Cusco, our friendly staff will be at the airport to welcome you and then transport you to the hotel. The rest of the day can be a time to relax and acclimatise to the altitude as it may have an affect on the day.Accommodation
There are no meals included on this day. Special Information We would recommend to bring your own medication for altitude as it may have an effect during the first day. Also, drink plenty of water and best to eat light food.Day 6: City Tour (half day )
Sightsee towards the streets of Cusco, there are fascinating Inca artworks that are still intact to this day with a mix of European-colonial style.
We leave the hotel at 1 pm and visit one of the most captivating cathedral of Peru, We continue the tour by stopping at the temple of Coricancha (Sacred Temple of the Incas) and finish exploring the city by going to the nearest archaeological site of Cusco, Sacsayhuaman (12139 ft / 3700m). We end the tour by visiting Qenqo, Tambomachay and return back to the hotel.Accommodation
Today we will visit one of the most iconic places in Cusco, The Sacred Valley of the Incas. We pick you up at 7:30 am and make our way to the first stop point, Awanacancha. During the trip, we will have first sighting of South America’s treasured animals, llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and guanacos. We will also have the opportunity to learn about the alpaca wool and have time to shop for some beautiful quality baby alpaca fabrics. As we continue on with the tour, we visit the archaeological center of Pisac (9,750 ft / 2,972 m), one of the prominent ruins along the Sacred Valley. Pisa market is one of the most recommended markets where you will find a variety of gifts and souvenirs for all types.
Afterwards, we will have lunch (included) offering a variety of options. Then we stop at a Peruvian bar (Chichería) and try the traditional Peruvian drinks.
Finally we will explore the gems of the archeological site of Ollantaytambo and conclude with the last stop of the tour, Chincero. Be transferred back to your hotel in Cusco (an hour trip).Accommodation
In the morning, you will have free time to explore the city of Cusco, relax or perhaps shop for the perfect souvenir gift for your loved ones. At 2pm, after lunch, we will be heading to Ollantaytambo station in a minibus, take the train to Aguas Calientes (4:36pm) for about 2 hours and then arrive at the hotel. Enjoy a warm bath, relax and then we meet for dinner.Accommodation
Prior to entering the town of Aguas Calientes, we recommend that you leave your suitcases at your hotel in Cusco. Unfortunately, large suitcases are not permitted in the train, only carry-on which is why it might be best to take a backpack.Day 9: Machu Picchu Tour & back to Cusco
Today is a special and grand day, we will visit one of the 7 wonders of the World, Machu Picchu. After breakfast we will board the bus (30 minute ride) to the citadel of Machu Picchu Citadel (7874 ft / 2400 m).
Our guide will have the pleasure to share the history of our ancestor and show you the most important places of Machu Picchu. This will be a guided tour of 2 hours.
From there, you will have free time to explore and take plenty of photos. We finish the tour by boarding the bus back to Aguas Calientes, have lunch (included) and take the train that leaves at about 2:30pm. Please note, the train ride will be 2 hours and another 2 hours via bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.Accommodation
Cusco has plenty to offer! Whether it be adventure, culture, trekking or shopping! So take advantage of today to explore more about this beautiful city.Day 11: Cusco to Puno
Be transferred from the hotel at 6am, after breakfast, to make our way to board the touristic bus to Puno.
Enjoy the panoramic view whilst we make some stops along the way. Our guide will impart further insight about the tour, it’s history and culture. Visit Andahuayllillas ¨The Sistine Chapel of America¨ (11,154ft / 3400m), and Raqchi ¨Temple of Wiracocha¨ (11,318ft / 3450m). The third stop will be in Marangani (11653ft / 3552m) enjoy lunch (included) and continue onto the border of Cusco and Puno la Raya (14,222 / 4335m). We take a break to stretch and take photos of our surroundings. Last stop will be at the Pukara Museum (12795 ft / 3900 m) and the city of Puno (12467 ft / 3800m). We will be arriving in the city of Puno at approximately 5 pm.Accommodation
Be transferred from your hotel, at 7am, towards Lake Titicaca to board our recommended boat. Today we visit Uros and Taquile Islands as they both have unique and different customs and traditions.
In Uros (12467 ft / 3800m) we get the chance to interact with the locals and learn their culture and the uniqueness the island offers. Following on, we visit a local family in Taquile (12795 ft / 3900 m), they will demonstrate the process of making one-of-a-kind fabrics not only of their designs but the technique used when making them. After the demonstration, we have lunch included within the premises. Afterwards, we return to the boat on a 2 hour ride back to the city of Puno.Accommodation
Time to say goodbye and we hope you had an enjoyable trip! Today we will transfer
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