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Peru Culture and Wildlife Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 12 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 99 people
Destination(s): Peru  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: March - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 5076 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 8957 US Dollar (USD)

Nature and culture lovers will adore this tour especially involving any family to venture a tour of the Amazon. You will explore some of the most beautiful regions of Peru including the Cusco, Machu Picchu, Peruvian Amazon and serene Lake Titicaca.

While exploring the Amazon, you will first fly into Puerto Maldonado, then our van takes you to the river, where you then board a motorized canoe. Your canoe will take you on the tributary of the Amazon to your lodge at the Reserva Amazonica. Your home for the next few days will be this comfortable and romantic lodge in the Peruvian Amazon. If you’re lucky you will spot the river otter in Lake Sandoval, many monkeys, sloths, and Macaws. A night safari may turn up scarier critters like Caimen, Bats, or a Tarantula. If you have a kid with you, they will certainly be thrilled.

After exploring the jungle, you will fly to Cusco. Cusco will be an unexpected highlight of your trip. Cusco is a beautiful town full of cobblestone streets, tiled roofs, Inca and Spanish Colonial treasures everywhere you look. Couple that with the colorful locals that walk the streets, often with their llamas who will greet you with a smile. You will have the opportunity to visit Machu Picchu twice so you can hike around the ruins for the wonderful views and to see all the hidden temples. Once back from Machu Picchu, you will continue by flight to Lake Titicaca. You will also experience the peaceful energy of the Peruvian Highlands. Here, you will navigate the waters of Lake Titicaca and visit the floating islands of the Uros Indian tribes where the locals have preserved lifestyles unchanged since Inca times.

Itinerary:
Day 1: Flight to Lima. Take an overnight flight to the city of Lima.

Day 2: Walking Tour of Lima.
Upon arrival, be greeted for airport reception and transferred to the hotel. In the afternoon enjoy a private city tour of Lima, one of the most important cities in South America since its founding in 1535. Journey through the historic center of the city, admire the beauty of San Martín and Major squares, the Cathedral, the Government Palace, and visit San Francisco Convent, a religious building from the late 16th century, and its catacombs. This tour also includes a drive through the residential districts of San Isidro and Miraflores. Please note the Cathedral is open daily except on Sundays.

During the tour, visit the Museo Larco. Founded in 1926 the Museo Larco chronologically showcases the past 3,000 years of Peruvian history and culture including its pre-Colombian history. The museum is located in a beautiful 18th century vice-royal mansion built atop a 7th century pre-Colombian tomb. After exploring the Museo Larco enjoy a complimentary cocktail and appetizer at the onsite Larco Cafe overlooking the beautiful, surrounding gardens.

Day 3: Lima- Puerto Maldonado.
Today, transfer to the airport for a flight from Lima to Puerto Maldonado. Upon arrival, be greeted for airport reception and transferred to the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica lodge, visiting the Inkaterra Butterfly House in Tambopata en route.
Begin to experience the enchantment of the rainforest during the 45-minute boat ride along the Madre de Dios River. Upon arrival at the lodge, settle into the beautiful cabana and enjoy lunch in the dining room. Today, choose from the 14 different excursions available at the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica.

Day 4: On the first day, take a guided trek along one of the trails that extend eight kilometers (six miles) in the Reserva Amazonica Natural Reserve to discover the incredible ecosystem of the Amazon rainforest. The trails offer an excellent introduction to the environment of the jungle while walking past exotic rainforest flora and fauna. After Twilight River excursion for this evening. On this guided afternoon boat ride, witness the enchanting transformation as the rainforest transforms into a thriving nocturnal environment. Search for nightjars, owls, capybara and caiman, learning about their habits as while sharing their paradise. On a clear night, the stars of the southern hemisphere seem to stretch on forever against the deep black sky. Enjoy cocktails before dinner, served in the main dining room from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. After dinner, one may retire early or join the lodge staff to talk about the experience of life in the rainforest. Listen to the intriguing sounds of the jungle at night.

Day 5: Lake Sandoval.
Breakfast begins at 5:30 a.m. for those who want to avoid the heat and enjoy nature at its fullest. A full buffet breakfast is served from 7 to 9:30 a.m. This morning a visit to Sandoval Lake is suggested. Take the 30-minute boat ride to the Tambopata National Reserve for a one-hour walk to Lake Sandoval. Upon arrival at the pristine lake, board a wooden canoe and glide across the beautiful, mirror-like oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter, as well as red howler monkeys, macaws, anacondas, point-tailed palm creepers and side-neck turtles. Spend two hours on the lake to fully appreciate all that Sandoval has to offer. Return to the Inkaterra lodge for lunch before departing on the next adventure, the Canopy and Anaconda Walk. A five-minute boat ride takes one to the Canopy Inkaterra Interpretation Center. After ascending the first tower, 30 meters above the forest floor, literally walk through the treetops for one and a half hours along suspension bridges that link eight observation platforms. Enjoy landscapes that would be unimaginable from below, while on the lookout for giant strangler fig trees, orchids, toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, monkeys or sloths. After the descent from the canopy, experience the Anaconda Walk for 30 minutes along the 200-meter wooden bridge over the Aguajales swamps. In this lush ecosystem, observe the various species of amphibians, serpents, birds, mammals and abundant flora and trees of this flooded marshland. If one so wishes, one may extend their excursion and appreciate the sunset from one of the towers. Once at the lodge, enjoy a cocktail in the main dining room or during the daily nature presentation in the Ecomedia Center. Dinner starts at 7:30 p.m.

Day 6: Ese Eja Community.
After breakfast this morning, enjoy a possible excursion to the local Ese Eja community. After traveling one-hour by boat toward the Bolivian border, arrive at the Palma Real native village, home to some 70 Ese Eja families. A two-hour visit offers insight into the traditions and culture of this indigenous ethnic group, whose simple dwellings inspired the design of the Reserva Amazonica Lodge. Learn about their lifestyle and livelihood, hunting and farming techniques, and the challenges the Ese Eja face in a changing world. Lunch is included during this excursion. This afternoon, return to the Reserva Amazonica Lodge for dinner and an evening at leisure.

Day 7: Flight to Cusco.
This morning, after an early breakfast, return to Puerto Maldonado for the return flight to Lima and connect with a flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco, be greeted for airport reception and transferred to the hotel. This afternoon is at leisure to acclimate. Cusco’s elevation is approximately 3,400 meters (11,200 feet), so it is highly recommended to rest upon arrival for a few hours and taking in some coca!

Day 8: Walking Tour of Cusco.
This morning, enjoy a private walking tour of Cusco and visit the Korikancha Temple, or Temple of the Sun, and the Cathedral and its Art Museum. During this private tour today, there is the option to visit the Casa Concha museum or the San Pedro Market. San Pedro Market is a lively, local market where one will receive a briefing about the local Andean ingredients and have an opportunity to purchase them. This market visit is a great opportunity to interact with the locals either selling or purchasing items from the market. This afternoon there will be time for lunch before continuing to the nearby water shrine of Tambomachay (the Inca Fountains), Puca Pucara (the Red Fortress), the amphitheater of Kenko and finally the Sacsahuaman Fortress. This afternoon, return to the hotel for an evening at leisure.

Day 9: Early morning transfer to the train station. The train will head through the Sacred Valley of the Incas up to the town of Aguas Calientes. From here, board a bus to Machu Picchu and then have a guided tour of the ruins. Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, was a flourishing ceremonial and agricultural site, probably the gateway to the jungle marshes of the Inca Empire. The central buildings were erected with the polished stone works of the Cusco Imperial style, though the site was probably occupied well before the Incas started their expansion. It was associated with the earth cult revolving around the coca leaf, which was a privilege of the Inca royal family and priests. Enjoy lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge, at the entrance of the ruins, before returning to the hotel at leisure. In the evening, enjoy a wonderful dinner at the hotel or in the town of Aguas Calientes.

Day 10: Today is at leisure. One may choose to return to Machu Picchu, hike Huayna Picchu or relax in the village of Aguas Calientes and its hot springs. In the afternoon, board the train to return to Cusco. Upon arrival, train station reception and transfer to the hotel.

Day 11: Cusco- Puno.
This morning, be met at the hotel in Cusco and transferred to the airport for the flight to Puno. Upon arrival, be greeted for airport reception and transferred to the hotel in Puno. En route to the hotel, visit the necropolis of Sillustani (12,000 feet above sea level), the lagoon of Umayo and the fabulous “chullpas,” cylinder-shaped tombs.

Day 12: Lake Titicaca.
This morning, transfer to the port to take a boat ride over beautiful Lake Titicaca. The first visit this morning will be to the famous floating islands of Uros, home of the Uros Tribe, a civilization dating before the Incas. The islands are composed entirely of reed, including the houses and boats. While exploring these fascinating islands, interact with the friendly locals and enjoy the opportunity to purchase their handicrafts, ride in their boats, and see into their daily lives. Leaving Uros, the scenic ride will continue to the island of Taquile. This island is known for its pre-Inca and Inca ruins, as well as its Inca terraces. The people of Taquile are popular for their high quality textiles, arguably the best in Peru. The knitting on the island of Taquile is reserved exclusively for the males, while the women make the yarn and weave. After the visit to Taquile, return to Puno and transfer to the hotel. Lunch (included) is served on the lake.

Day 12: Flight Home. This morning, be met at the hotel in Puno and transferred to the airport for a flight to Lima and connect with the international flight home.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices Include:
-trip airfare from Lima to Cusco
-round-trip airfare from Lima to Puerto Maldonado
-round-trip airfare from Lima or Cusco to Lake Titicaca
- hotel accommodation including daily continental or buffet breakfast
-all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling
- guided tours in English including all entrance fees;
- meals where specified; and all meals and excursions at the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica.

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