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Peruvian Nature and Culture

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 9 - 15 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): Peru  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2127 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2337 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 that you have a safe and comfortable reception.
Overnight in Lima (Altitude: Sea Level)

Day 2 Lima to Trail System & Twilight River (Shared) (Meals: B,L,D)
In the morning, your private driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you to Lima Airport in time for your hour domestic flight to Puerto Maldonado. Upon your arrival at the airport, your representative will take you to the river port, where your Amazon jungle adventure will begin. You will board a private boat and take a river journey to our Lodge. You will have a great experience taking part in the Trail System Adventure, which will allow you to 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 lodge to relax and enjoy a fantastic lunch. During the afternoon, you will be treated to a private Twilight River Boat Ride where you will witness the enchanting transformation of the Amazon jungle from day to night and the new creatures that emerge from the darkness. Keep your eyes to the banks as you explore the river and search for night time species, such as nightjars, owls, capybaras and caimans. You will then return to your lodge in time for some exquisite Peruvian cuisine.
Overnight in the Amazon. (Altitude: 400m, 1300ft)

Day 3 Sandoval Lake, & Treetop Canopy Walking (Shared) (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 take an enchanting thirty minute boat trip to arrive at the Tambopata National Reserve. You will smell the fresh air and hear the beautiful bird songs as you walk for one hour through the rainforest to arrive at the stunningly-clear, pine-rimmed Sandoval Lake. Upon arrival, a wooden canoe will be ready and waiting to take you in search of some marvelous Amazonian critters such as, giant otters, red howler monkeys, macaws, pre-historic hoatzins and anacondas. After our wildlife exploration, we will return back to the lodge in time for a delicious lunch. After you have relaxed, we’ll take you to the Canopy Walkway, where you will literally walk through the Amazon treetops on suspension bridges linked to observation platforms that give spectacular views. You will also experience the Anaconda Walk along a 200m wooden bridge over the Aguajales Swamps. In this spectacular lush environment, you will observe numerous species of amphibians, serpents, birds and mammals. From here, you will return to the lodge to enjoy another tasty dinner.
Overnight in the Amazon (Altitude: 400m, 1300ft)

Day 4 Butterfly House & Cusco (Shared, upon arrival in Cusco Fully Private) (Meals: B)
Today after breakfast, we will take you to visit the Butterfly House, where you will see and learn about the diverse characteristics of these wonderful species. From here, we will take you to Puerto Maldonado Airport in time for your hour domestic flight to Cusco. Upon arrival into 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 elevation, helping you to acclimatize to the Andes. Along the way, you will visit the town of 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.
Overnight in Sacred Valley (Altitude: 2900m, 9500ft)

Day 5 Ollantaytambo & Train to Machu Picchu Town (Meals: B)
In the morning, your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel for your private tour of Ollantaytambo, one of the last Incan refuges during Spanish colonization. You will step back in time as many of the houses and buildings continue to stand from the Incan empire and display original architecture. You will be invited to enter one of these houses to observe the building and the way in which the people used to live. We will then take you to visit the powerful and impressive Ollantaytambo ruins, temples and terraces. These sites continue to be well preserved since the Spanish conquest and provide an interesting insight in how towns were designed during the Incan period. This tour also includes a visit to a Chicheria, where you will learn the old Incan technique of producing the most popular beverage in the Andes. You will also get to see how local families raise guinea pigs in their own homes as a means to generate meat in the future. After your Sacred Valley tour we will drive you to the train station of Ollantaytambo, where your private tour guide will accompany you on an hour and a half train journey through spectacular Andean scenery to Aguas Calientes.
Overnight in Aguas Calientes (Altitude: 2000m, 6500ft)

Day 6 Machu Picchu –The New Wonder of the World (Meals: B)
This morning, your private tour guide will meet you at your hotel for your expedition through Machu Picchu, ‘The Lost City of the Incas.’ At this spectacular sacred Incan site, you will learn about the history and visit the truly remarkable temples of the Sun and the Condor. You will also see the aqueducts and houses, while learning some interesting facts about the Sacred Incan Terraces. After the guided 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 Incan Army. The most adventurous trekkers should not miss the famous mountain climb to the summit of Wayna Picchu, which can be scheduled before the guided tour at either 7am or 10am; however, there is a limit on the number of people who can climb each day so you will need to book it with us in advance. After this truly memorable day, you will return back to Aguas Calientes in the afternoon in time for your train to Cusco. Upon arrival, we will take 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 Cusco. You will visit the well-known and beautiful temple of Sacsayhuaman, which continues to be a very important religious and ceremonial site for the Incan culture. You will be amazed by the ingenious architectural achievements of the Incan civilization and impressed when imagining the feat of moving and fitting each uniquely shaped stone, weighing some 70tons, so perfectly together without mortar that not a blade of grass could pass between them. As part of your city tour, you will also visit the Cusco Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site, located in Plaza de Armas, the main square. Here you will see many very important 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, ‘Qoricancha,’ located on the main Avenida El Sol (Avenue of the Sun). This Incan site was one of the most worshipped and respected temples of the city. Finally, you will experience local daily life at the San Pedro Market, where you will see a wide variety of goods including, gifts, crafts, clothes, meats, juices, fruits and vegetables. You will then return to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Overnight in Cusco (Altitude: 3400m, 11150ft)

Day 8 Cusco to Lake Titicaca on a Tourist Coach (Shared) (Meals: B,L)
Today at 7am your driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the bus station in time for your 9 hour coach journey through stunning Andean scenery to Lake Titicaca. On the way, you will visit numerous fascinating cultural and natural attractions. The first stop will be at the Andahuaylillas Church, known as the Andean Sistine Chapel, where you will see intriguing 16th, 17th and 18th century mural paintings and altars completely decorated in gold. You will then stop at Racchi, a small highland town where you will see the Incan temple of Wiracocha and learn about its fascinating construction with adobe brick walls that measure up to 11 meters high. After your time in Racchi, you will stop at Sicuani to enjoy a buffet lunch of traditional Peruvian dishes. After lunch, you will travel through the highest point of the journey, La Raya (4300m, 14100ft), which is the halfway point between Cusco and Puno. You will arrive at Pukara, which is famous for its ceramic production and its most famous figurines, the two bulls, which are a common sight on the rooftops of Andean houses as they bring good luck. At 5pm, you will arrive in Puno, which lies on the banks of Lake Titicaca, the birthplace of the first Inca, Manco Capac. One of our representatives will take you to your hotel where you will have the rest of the night to relax or explore the city.
Overnight in Puno (Altitude: 3800m, 12500ft)

Day 9 Uros Floating Islands & Taquile Island (Shared) (Meals:B,L)
Today, your guide and a typical tricycle taxi will be waiting for you at your hotel to take you to the highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca. During the morning, we will visit the highly unique Uros Floating Islands, which have been built using only totora reeds, a water plant that grows in the lake. You will be amazed by how locals use totora reeds to build their canoes, houses, beds and many other objects necessary in their daily lives. As part of your visit to Uros, you will ride on a totora reed canoe, which will let you experience a smooth and pleasant trip around the islands. From here, we will continue on to Taquile Island via motor boat for 2 hours, so you can relax and enjoy the stunning scenery of Lake Titicaca. Upon arrival to the private M14712 Bay at Taquile Beach, you will enjoy a locally prepared lunch of delicious and very fresh Lake Titicaca trout. After lunch, you have an opportunity to take a short hike around the island before heading back to Puno via boat across the lake.
Overnight in Puno (Altitude: 3800m, 12500ft)

Day 10 Lake Titicaca and Flight to Lima (Meals: B)
Today, your private driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the Juliaca Airport in time for your domestic flight to Lima. You will arrive into Lima in time for your international flight. We truly hope you have had a great cultural immersion with us!


3* Budget hotels P.P:$2127
3* Full hotels P.P:$2337
4* Hotels P.P:$2590

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Your Package Includes:

-Domestic flights
-All transfers and transportation
-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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