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Peru - Birding and Archeology Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 13 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 8 people
Destination(s): Peru  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   Sightseeing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 2755 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2755 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Lima. Arrival to Lima and transfer to the selected hotel. Overnight Hotel in Lima. Includes: (D).

Day 2: Lima – Cusco (Sacred Valley). Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the airport to take an airplane to Cusco City. Arrival in Cuzco, reception and transfer to Sacred Valley. Full day tour, including visits to the colorful Pisac Indian Market and the Ollantaytambo Fortress. At a lower elevation than Cuzco (8,500 feet) we will barely feel the elevation and will begin to acclimatize while doing some easy birding. The Urubamba Valley or Sacred Valley of the Incas, is the historic heart of the Inca Empire. It was intensively cultivated with terraces increasing its harvest several fold. Small villages lined the valley floor, while the stone fortresses of Ollantaytambo and Pisac served the dual purpose of providing protection and serving as religious centers. Good birds to find in the gardens are Hummingbirds: Giant Hummingbird, Green-tailed Hummingbird, Green-tailed Trainbearer, etc. Overnight Hotel in Sacred Valley. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 3: Sacred Valley. Breakfast in the hotel. Full day Abra Malaga, located at 14,200 feet, is the lowest point along a ridge of rugged peaks; buffering the upper limits of these habitats is the starkly beautiful puna grassland dotted with llamas, alpacas and the very occasional cluster of stone houses, corrals and fences erected by Quechua-speaking families who are somehow accustomed to prospering in what seems to most visitors an inhospitable environment. The bird life includes many endemic species that live in a small geographic area in southern Peru or limited to southern Peru and nearby Bolivia. Overnight Hotel in Sacred Valley. Includes: (B),(L),(D).

Day 4: Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu. Breakfast. Visit to the impressive Inca citadelle located 113 Km from Cusco at 2400 meters above sea level. This complex has several stone constructions that leave the tourist breathless because of the amazing design. The excursion includes the vista dome train ticket, that starts at the Andean part until you reach a subtropical area. Lunch included. Return to Aguas Calientes. Overnight Hotel in Aguas Calientes. Includes: (B),(L),(D).

Day 5: Machu Picchu – Cusco. Breakfast. Morning at leisure. We recommend a second visit to the Machu Picchu ruins and its intricately carved steps, altars, walls, houses, portals and terraces or take advantage of one or the tours offered by the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. Optional hike up to the top of Huayna Picchu, from where you will have an exhilarating view of the ruins complex below. In the afternoon, return by train to Cusco. Overnight Hotel in Cusco. Includes: (B),(L),(D).

Day 6: Cusco. Breakfast in the hotel. Half day tour to Huacarpay Lagoon. Early departure to the Huacarpay Lagoon located at about a 30-minute ride from the royal city of Cuzco. Huacarpay bears magnificent scenery combined with equally impressive birds. In the scrubby area we should find the endemic Rusty-fronted Canastero and elusive Streak-fronted Thornbirds near their enormous nests made out of thorns. At the edge of the scrub we will look for flushes of gray and white indicating the presence of Bearded Mountaineer, a large and patterned hummingbird endemic to a small area in southern Peru. Overnight Hotel in Cusco. Includes: (B),(L),(D).

Day 7: Cusco – Manu. Breakfast in the hotel. Tour Bio Trip 6 days/ 5 nights. Overnight Cock of the Rock Lodge. Includes: (B),(L),(D).

Day 8: Manu. Jungle activities. Overnight Amazonia Lodge. Includes: (B),(L),(D).

Day 9: Manu. Jungle activities. Overnight Manu Wildlife Center Lodge. Includes: (B),(L),(D).

Day 10: Manu. Jungle activities. Overnight Manu Wildlife Center Lodge. Includes: (B),(L),(D).

Day 11: Manu. Jungle activities. Overnight Manu Wildlife Center Lodge. Includes: (B),(L),(D).

Day 12 Manu – Cusco. Morning jungle activities. Return to Cusco. After lunch, we’ll enjoy a guided tour to the nearby Inca ruins including Kenko, the ceremonial bath of Tambomachay and the amazing Sacsayhuaman, a huge fortress of massive stones. We will also take a tour to the city including the Koricancha (temple of the Sun), a nice example of the Inca architecture, the Main Plaza, the Cathedral and much more. Overnight Hotel in Cusco. Includes: (B),(L),(D).

Day 13: Cusco – Lima. Breakfast in the hotel. Morning transfer to the airport for flight to Lima. Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Day use at selected hotel. Transfer to the airport in Lima to take the international flight. Includes: (B).
Cost based on 3 star hotels.

Hotels: Posada del Inca Miraflores Hotel – Lima / Los Apus Hotel – Cusco / Pakaritampu – Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel – Machu Picchu Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge, Amazonia Lodge, Manu Wildlife Center

Important:

- All services in Cusco in private.
- Manu portion in fixed departure (departures only Wednesdays and Saturdays) with naturalist guide.
- Sacred Valley is recommended to be done on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Sundays, because those days take place the Pisac Market one or the main attractions of the tour.
- Hotel check out in Lima is at noon. Hotel check out in Cusco is around 09:00 am
- Flights to Cusco departs only in the mornings.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- All tours mentioned in the itinerary with english speaking guide, transportation
- Entrance fee
- Meals and transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
- Accomodation in mentioned hotels or similar ones
- Domestic flight Boca Manu – Cusco
- Full day Machu Picchu includes transfer from the hotel to the train station, train in vistadome service, english speaking guide, bus from aguas calientes to the ruins, entrance fee and lunch in local restaurant.

Price Excludes:
- Airport taxes
- Extra services not mentioned in the itinerary
- Cost for services may vary slightly for the next year.

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