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From the Andes to the Amazon

offered by supplier M14712 (read about supplier)

Key Information:
Tour Duration: 9 - 15 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): Peru  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Canopy Tours  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: Yes
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 2153 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2550 US Dollar (USD)

Day 1 Welcome to Peru
Upon arrival into Lima, be assured that a private transfer will be waiting to take you to your hotel. Your driver and English-speaking representative will welcome you to Peru ensuring you a safe and comfortable ride.
Overnight in Lima (Altitude: Sea Level)

Day 2 Lima – City of the Kings (Meals: B)
This morning, we will invite you on a private tour of Lima, ‘The City of the Kings´, where you will enjoy seeing the best of both colonial and modern Lima. We will take you to the San Martin Plaza, where you will walk through the busy and fascinating pedestrian-only Jirón de la Union, Union Street, which leads to the Plaza de Armas, the main plaza. This street was constructed in 1535 and still retains its old charm with a number of shops and restaurants set in a mixture of old and new buildings. We will then arrive at the Plaza de Armas, a beautiful square surrounded by palaces, before heading to the World Heritage Listed Monastery of San Francisco. This monastery is renowned for its architecture, a stunning 17th Century example of Spanish Baroque, and its convent library that possesses approximately 25,000 important antique texts. Hidden underneath the monastery, are the Catacombs, Lima´s first cemetery, where you will witness the remains of some 70,000 burials by exploring through narrow passages and looking down into deep pits that are lined with mysterious bones and skulls. After visiting the colonial part of Lima, we will head to Barranco, the bohemian district of Lima, which is located on an impressive cliff that overlooks the Pacific Ocean. After your tour, you will arrive back at your hotel and may spend the rest of the day at your at leisure.
Overnight in Lima (Altitude: Sea Level)

Day 3 Lima to Cusco & The Sacred Valley with Amaru & Pisaq (Meals: B)
In the morning, we will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the Lima Airport in time for your domestic flight to Cusco. Upon arrival to the Incan Empire of Cusco, you will be greeted with a welcoming hot cocoa tea and be given a special gift from the Andes as a thank you from M14712. We will then take you to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, which is located at a lower altitude than Cusco; therefore, it will help you to acclimatize to the Andes. Along the way, you will visit the Andean community of Amaru, where you will experience the daily life of a typical mountain community and observe how the people weave textiles, such as belts and blankets, and how they grow and harvest their produce. You will also have an opportunity to taste the different types of delicious Andean potatoes and corn. We will then continue through the valley to visit Pisaq, which has a large daily market full of goods for both tourists and locals. This market is where villagers come from the mountains to sell their home-grown produce and unique handmade arts and crafts. It is highly recommended for having a wide variety of interesting souvenirs at great prices. After you have shopped to your heart’s content, we will drive you to your hotel. For the more adventurist travelers, there is also the possibility to visit the Pisaq Ruins.
Overnight in Sacred Valley (Altitude: 2900m, 9500ft)

Day 4 Maras & Moray (Meals: B,L)
In the morning your private tour guide and driver will drive you off the beaten path to Maras, a typical Andean village. Here you will walk around the streets and get the sense that you have stepped back into time, due to the traditional clothing of the locals and historical buildings. We will then visit the very impressive San Francisco Church, including visits to the baptism room and bell tower, where you will have a great view of the village and its surrounding snow capped mountains. Next, we will drive you to the incredible circular terraces of Moray, which were used as an Incan laboratory to acclimatize their crops. After that, we will have a picnic lunch at a nearby location with great views of the glaciers and mountains. Following lunch we will head to the salt terraces of Maras to see and learn about an ancient pre-Incan method of producing salt. After this visit, you will have the choice of either a short hour trek to the Vilcanota River and then drive to your hotel or drive directly to your hotel.
Overnight in Sacred Valley (Altitude: 2900m, 9500ft)

Day 5 Ollantaytambo & Train to Machu Picchu Town (Meals: B,L)
In the morning, your tour guide and driver will pick you up in the Sacred Valley for your tour to Ollantaytambo, where you will end up taking the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes. In Ollantaytambo, one of the last Inca refuges, where you will notice that the houses and buildings still preserve a large part of the Inca Architecture. You will visit an Inca house and see how they used to live. We will then take you to visit the Ollantaytambo ruins, temples and terraces. You will witness the abandoned stones and unfinished walls, due to the invasion of the Spaniards, which are still very well preserved. This tour also includes a visit to a ‘Chicheria,’ where you will learn the old Incan technique of producing the most popular drink in the Andes. You will also get to see how locals farm guinea pigs in their homes which, after a few months, become a delicious dish. After your Sacred Valley tour you will arrive at Ollantaytambo train station and take the hour and a half train to Aguas Calientes accompanied by your private tour guide.
Overnight in Aguas Calientes (Altitude: 2000m, 6500ft)

Day 6 Machu Picchu - Wonder of the World (Meals: B)
This morning, your private tour guide will meet you at your hotel for your expedition of Machu Picchu, ‘The Lost City of the Incas.’ You will learn about the history of this sacred Incan site and the tour will include visits to the temples of the Sun and the Condor. You will also visit aqueducts and houses, while learning some interesting facts about the Incan sacred terraces. After the tour, you will have plenty of time to explore this truly magnificent site on your own. There are many short trek options, such as a the one to the Sun Gate for an impressive view of Machu Picchu or a visit to the Incan Bridge, a secret entrance for the Inca Army. The most adventurous should not miss the Wayna Picchu mountain climbing, which requires a very early start (5.30am) as only 400 people are permitted on this climb each day. In the afternoon you will transfer back to Aguas Calientes and in time for your train to Cusco. Upon arrival, we will transfer you to your hotel.
Overnight in Cusco (Altitude: 3400m, 11150ft)

Day 7 Cusco City & the Incan Empire (Meals: B)
In the morning your tour guide and driver will meet you at your hotel to begin your private city tour of this wonderful city. You will visit the well-known and beautiful Incan temple of Sacsayhuaman, where you will be amazed with the great construction work of the Incan empire, where it remains a mystery of how they managed to move and fit each large and heavy stone so perfectly together. As part of your city tour, you will also visit Cusco Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site, located in Plaza de Armas. Here you will see many holy Christian artifacts and artwork derived from the ‘Escuela Cuzquena’ (Cuzco Art School). Your tour will then take you to the Temple of the Sun, ‘Koricancha,’ located on the Avenida Sol. This Incan site was one of the most worshipped and respected temples of the city. Finally, we will let you experience the local life by taking you to the San Pedro Market, where you will see a whole range of goods, such as gifts, crafts, clothes, meats, juices, fruits, vegetables and more. You will then return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure. You will then return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Cusco (Altitude: 3400m, 11150ft)

Day 8 Cusco to Trail System & Twilight River (Small Group) (Meals: B,L,D)
In the morning, your private driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you to Cusco Airport in time for your hour domestic flight to Puerto Maldonado. Upon arrival at the airport, your representative will take you to the river port, where you will board a private boat and have a short journey to the Hacienda Concepcion. You will then take part in the Trail System adventure, where you will discover the incredible realm of the Amazon forest. You will see exotic rainforest trees and Amazonian lizards, birds and insects. You will then return to the Hacienda Concepcion and enjoy a fantastic lunch. During the afternoon you will enjoy a private Twilight River boat ride and witness the enchanting transformation from a diurnal to a nocturnal environment. You will learn and search for nighttime species, such as nightjars, owls, capybaras and caimans. We will then return you to your hotel in time for some exquisite Peruvian cuisine.
Overnight in the Amazon (Altitude: 400m, 1300ft)

Day 9 Sandoval Lake, & Treetop Canopy Walking (Small Group) (Meals: B,L,D)
Today, after you have enjoyed your appetizing breakfast, your private tour guide will take you on an excursion to Sandoval Lake. First you will ride on a boat for thirty minutes to the Tambopata National Reserve before taking a short walk to reach Lake Sandoval. Upon arrival a wooden canoe will be ready and waiting to take you in search of some giant otters and other species such as red howler monkeys, macaws, pre-historic hoatzins and anacondas. After spotting some Amazonian species we will return back to the Hacienda Amazonica in time for lunch. After lunch we’ll take you to the Canopy Walkway, where you will literally walk through Amazon treetops on suspension bridges linked to observation platforms that give spectacular views. After this you will experience the Anaconda Walk along the 200m wooden bridge over the Aguajales Swamps observing many difference Amazonian species. From here you will return to the lodge to enjoy another tasty dinner.
Overnight in the Amazon (Altitude: 400m, 1300ft)

Day 10 Butterfly House & Lima (Small Group) (Meals: B)
Today after breakfast we will take you to visit the Butterfly House, where you will see and learn the diverse characteristics of this wonderful species. From here we will take you to Puerto Maldonado Airport in time for your hour domestic flight to Lima. You will arrive at Lima in time for your international flight.

3* Budget hotels P.P:$2153
3* Full hotels P.P:$2296
4* Hotels P.P:$2550

Airfare is included in the tour price.

Your Package Includes:

-Domestic flights
-All transfers and transportation with private van
-All excursions and tours
-All site and attraction entrance tickets
-A professional English speaking tour guide
-A professional driver
-Meals as indicated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
-All accommodation
-Round trip Train to Machu Picchu
-All Local taxes

Your Package Does Not Include:

-International flights

FLEXIBILITY: This is a suggested itinerary and can be adjusted in any way to suit your needs.
Prices based on a private two person group in one double occupancy room
Discount will be applied for a group with more than two persons
A single supplement will be applied for a one person group
Included domestic fights are subject to change depending upon time of booking.

About This Supplier
Location: Peru
Joined InfoHub: Aug 2006

M14712 is a tour operator company based in Cusco, Peru. Since April, 2005 we have provided top quality travel services throughout Peru, including Machu Picchu, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Lake Titicaca, the Peruvian Amazon, Colca Canyon, Nazca, Arequipa, Lima and other main attractions. We are much more than a travel...

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