11 days / 10 nights.
As you arrive into Lima airport and exit customs and baggage, you will be assisted with your luggage before transfer to your hotel in a private vehicle. Your hotel in Lima will be the 5 star Estelar. Free evening.Day 2. LIMA (Breakfast)
After breakfast, start your group visit of colonial and modern Lima, starting in the centre of this vibrant, metropolis. The tour will include a visit of the cathedral, dating from 1654 which still houses the remains of the conquistador Pizarro in the foyer; the Main Square, with the original bronze fountain built in 1650, the Government Palace where the President has his official residence and the San Francisco Convent, with its famous catacombs. Lima, known as the city of the kings, was founded in 1535 by Pizarro and after several devastating earthquakes was rebuilt in 1991; the same year that UNESCO declared Lima a world heritage site. One of the very few South American cities that preserve the colonial past, Lima was home to the Spanish viceroy during the time of the Spanish colonial power. The tour will continue with a visit to the residential areas of San Isidro and Miraflores.
Meals: BDay 3. LIMA - CUZCO (Breakfast)
After breakfast, with boarding passes in hand, you will be driven to the airport for your quick-check-in and brief one hour flight to Cuzco, the ancient Inca capital of the Incas.
Short private drive to the Aranwa Hotel.
Welcome drink and check-in to your room which will be oxygenated to help you relax and sleep more comfortably in the high altitude setting of Cuzco (11,600ft above sea level). In the early afternoon, tour of Cuzco including the Qoricancha temple or temple of the Sun, the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman overlooking Cuzco city, Qenko, Tambomachay and Puka Pukara.
Meals: BDay 4. SACRED VALLEY - PISAC - OLLANTAYTAMBO (Breakfast)
After breakfast at your hotel, start of a full-day's excursion to the beautiful Urubamba, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, situated between Pisac and Ollantaytambo. It is an exceptionally fertile valley that was and remains the larder of Cuzco. You will visit the village of Pisac, founded during colonial times, and set at the foot of a hill crowned by the remains of an ancient Inca city. On Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, you will witness Indians bartering their products in the main square and artisans from around the area sell their woven alpaca wool blankets and ponchos, engraved gourds, antique reproductions, jewellery, etc. Continue your trip to Ollantaytambo, the only Inca town that was not defeated by the Spanish with an opportunity to explore the ruins which tower above. You will then return to Cuzco after this full day with wonderful memories of the heart of the Inca land. Arrival to your hotel.
Meals: BDay 5. CUZCO - MACHU PICCHU (Breakfast & dinner)
Today you will have an early start and enjoy breakfast before taking your Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes. The train will depart at 06.00am for the 3 ½ hour journey.
As you disembark, check in to your room.
Shortly after, a private guided tour of Machu Picchu, the most spectacular ancient city in the world. Built by the Inca Pachacutec, and comprising stone blocks fitted with masterful precision, Machu Picchu harmoniously blends into the mountain landscape. There are many theories as to the origins behind Machu Picchu but three of the most popular ideas include a temple to the sun, a fortress against the jungle inhabitants or a sanctuary for the Incas. This fabulous city has houses, temples, warehouses, a large central square, all connected by narrow roads and steps, and is surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side which were used for agriculture. Dinner and accommodation.
Meals: B & DDay 6. MACHU PICCHU - CUZCO (Breakfast)
Today you will enjoy a free day in Machu Picchu with an opportunity to see the site at sunrise. Time for some private reflection before returning for breakfast. Today no guide is provided as we feel that Machu Picchu requires a certain amount of self discovery to be fully understood. Take any of the several paths around various parts of the site, trek up to Wayna Picchu or walk down to the Inca's bridge. Let Machu Picchu unfold all its mysteries for you, take in the breathtaking cloud forests and jagged mountains, or marvel at the extraordinary Masonic precision of the ancient Incas. Either way, your day of self discovery will be a day never to be forgotten. Return to Cuzco.
Meals: BDay 7. CUZCO - PUERTO MALDONADO - POSADAS AMAZONAS (All meals)
After early breakfast, we bid farewell to Cuzco and take a short drive in a private car to the airport for the flight to Puerto Maldonado. Arrival to Puerto Maldonado. Reception and transfer to the Tambopata river port in Puerto Maldonado. Puerto Maldonado is situated at the confluence of the Madre de Dios and Tambopata Rivers. Its principal activities are gold mining, Brazil nut collecting, timber extraction, agriculture and ecotourism. After a brief survey of the town you will depart on a 1 hour ride via Infierno road, followed by a 30 minute boat journey by motorized canoe to your lodge. Depending upon your arrival time, you will have a boxed lunch aboard the boats or have lunch upon arrival at the lodge. During your voyage you may see bird such as: Black Skimmer, Pied Lapwing, Capped Heron, Jabiru Stork, Roadside Hawk, and several species of kingfishers. After arrival, you will unpack and unwind. A short orientation and a complete briefing on the lodge before your afternoon activity, a short trek into the Amazon Rainforest. Return for dinner.
Meals: All mealsDay 8. POSADAS AMAZONAS (All meals)
Early wake at dawn for a visit to an oxbow lake. After an early breakfast, departure fifteen minutes from the lodge by boat followed by a 30 minute walk to the lake shore. From here you will take a long, easy canoe ride around the lake looking for giant river otters, turtles, hoatzin, and wading birds. The giant river otters that are seen here belong to a resident family of nine. Return to the lodge for lunch before embarking on your afternoon outing inot the rainforest. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Optional night walk to look for amphibians and insects
Meals: All mealsDay 9. POSADAS AMAZONAS (All meals)
After an early breakfast a visit to the nearby clay licks. Only a ten minute walk from the lodge, but next to the river. The variety of parrots that visit this clay lick is considerably different than the one inside the forest that you will visit later in the day. Some of the large macaws, like the red and green macaw, and larger parrots, like mealy and yellow crowned Amazons visit this lick, as well as the smaller parrots and parakeets. From the blind that is constructed next to this lick, great pictures can be taken of these wonderful birds. You will also have a good opportunity to spot other wildlife, as active at this time of the day is the highest in the jungle. When the activity dies down, you will visit a small parakeet clay lick that is a 45 minute walk away. Dozens and sometimes hundreds of Blue Headed Parrots, Orange-Cheeked Parrots, Cobalt-winged parakeets, and sometimes even the rare Rock Parakeet congregate here on clear days to ingest the clay. This congregation creates a riotous and colourful wildlife spectacle where the greens, oranges, reds and blues of the parrots dance around the bank. At times, this spectacle can last for hours. After lunch, you will have a walk through a trail in primary forest with a community member and your naturalist guide who will explain general aspects of rain forest ecology and natural history, each with their own contrasting viewpoint. Return to the lodge.
Meals: All mealsDay 10. POSADAS AMAZONAS - LIMA (Breakfast)
After an early breakfast, depart by boat back to the city of Puerto Maldonado, directly to the airport, for your return flight back to Lima.
After the flight, arrival back into Lima where you will collect your luggage before being met andescorted back to your hotel, the Estelar Hotel.
Meals: BDay 11. LIMA (Breakfast)
Today you will enjoy a free day at leisure before transfer to the airport in time for your return flight home.
Meals: BEnd of our services.
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