Exploring Peru #4C - 12 Days/ 11 Nights

Lima, Amazon Adventure at Puerto Maldonado, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu

Day 1 - Lima
Evening arrival in Lima.

Day 2 - Lima (B)
Tour of Modern and Colonial Lima including Larco Museum.

Day 3 - Lima / Puerto Maldonado / Tambopata Research Center (B,L,D)
Flight to Puerto Maldonado.
Three-nights Amazon Rainforest Adventure at Tambopara Research Center

Day 4 - Tambopata Research Center (B,L,D)
All boat and hiking excursion are included.

Day 5 - Tambopata Research Center (B,L,D)
All boat and hiking excursion are included.

Day 6 - Posada Amazonas / Puerto Maldonado / Cusco / Sacred Valley (B)
Boat transfer to Puerto Maldonado and on to the airport for your flight to Cusco.
Then transfer to the Sacred Valley.
Stop in Awana Kancha, the living museum of the Andes

Day 7 - Sacred Valley (B,L)
Pisac Indian Market and Ollantaytambo town and archeological complex, lunch included.

Day 8 - Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu (B,L)
Excursion to Machu Picchu aboard the Belmond’s Vistadome.
Overnight in Machu Picchu. Lunch is included

Day 9 - Machu Picchu (B)
Free day in Machu Picchu to revisit the citadel, hike Huayna Picchu or to enjoy one of the many optional activities available.
Overnight in Machu Picchu.

Day 10 - Machu Picchu / Cusco (B)
Free day in Machu Picchu.
Return to Cusco.

Day 11 - Cusco (B)
AM Morning free in Cusco.
Afternoon tour of Cusco and Sacsayhuaman archeological complex.

Day 12 - Cusco / Lima / Home (B)
Flight to Lima and home

Departures: Weekly. Itineraries are flexible.

Day 1 - Lima - Arrival

Arrival in Lima, the "City of Kings" famous for its Spanish Colonial architecture, extraordinary museums and cuisine. Lima is internationally recognized as the "Gastronomic Capital of the Americas", and its cuisine is considered among the most diverse and exquisite in the world on par with French cuisine. Upon arrival a host will meet and assist you in transferring to the hotel and in registering.

Day 2 - Lima City Tour and Larco Museum (B)

Tour of Modern and Colonial Lima including the world famous Larco Museum - This half-day tour visits both the colonial and modern sections of Lima. Colonial sites include the lovely Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, San Francisco Church and the exquisite Torre Tagle Palace modern day seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In modern Lima, drive along the exclusive residential areas of Miraflores and San Isidro.

Continue to the Larco Museum, founded in 1926, it displays remarkable chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 3000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. Located in a unique vice-royal mansion of the 18th century built over a 7th century pre-Columbian pyramid is surrounded by beautiful gardens. The Larco Museum also features the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru and the famous erotic archaeological collection, one of the most visited Peruvian tourist attractions.

Day 3 - Flight to Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata Research Center 3 Night Adventure, all meals and excursions included. (B,L,D)

1st Day in the rainforest. Upon arrival from Lima or Cusco, we will welcome you at the airport and drive you ten minutes to our Puerto Maldonado headquarters. While enjoying your first taste of the forest in our gardens we will ask you to pack only the necessary gear for your next few days, and leave the rest at our safe deposit. This helps us keep the boats and cargo light. Transfer to Tambopata River Port, Transfer by boat to Refugio Amazonas. The two and a half hour boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Refugio Amazonas will take us past the Community of Infierno and the Tambopata National Reserve´s checkpoint and into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare conservation unit. Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips. Caiman Search - We will be out at the river’s edge at night, scanning the shores with headlamps and flashlights to catch the red gleams of reflection from caiman eyes. Overnight at Refugio Amazonas.

Day 4 - Refugio Amazonas / Tambopata Research Center

2nd Day in the rainforest. Canopy Tower - A thirty minute walk from Refugio Amazonas leads to the 25 meter scaffolding canopy tower. A banister staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. From here views of mixed species canopy flocks as well as toucans, macaws and raptors are likely. Boat transfer to TRC. Stop at Chuncho Clay Lick where will have the chance to see dozens of large macaws feeding on the special sodium rich clays of the riverbank. The Chuncho clay lick probably attracts more large macaws than any other clay lick in the world and the sight of macaws taking off is truly unforgettable.

Tambopata Research Center. Overlook Trail - A three to five kilometer hike will lead us to overlooks commanding magnificent views of the Tambopata winding its way into the lowlands. The forest on this trail, regenerating on old bamboo forest, is good for Howler Monkey and Dusky Titi Monkey. Macaw Project Lectures - After dinner scientists will provide an in depth look at the biology of macaws, their feeding habits, the theories for clay lick use, their breeding and feeding ecology, population fluctuations and the threats to their conservation. Overnight at Tambopata Research Center

Day 5 - Tambopata Research Center (B,L,D)

3rd Day in the rainforest. Macaw Clay Lick - On most clear mornings of the year dozens of large macaws and hundreds of parrots congregate on this large river bank in a raucous and colorful spectacle which inspired a National Geographic cover story. Discretely located fifty meters from the cliff, we will observe Green-winged, Scarlet and Blue-and-gold Macaws and several species of smaller parrots descend to ingest clay. Outings are at dawn when the lick is most active. Floodplain Trail - The trail covers the prototypical rain forest with immense trees criss-crossed by creeks and ponds. We will look for Squirrel, Brown Capuchin, and Spider Monkeys as well as peccaries.

Pond Platform - Ten minutes upriver from the lodge is a tiny pond with a platform in the middle. It is a great place to spot waterfowl such as Muscovy duck, sunbittern and hoatzin along with the woodpeckers, oropendolas, flycatchers and parakeets that call this pond their home.
Night Walk - You will have the option of hiking out at night, when most of the mammals are active but rarely seen. Much easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories. Overnight at Tambopata Research Center.

Day 6 - Tambopata Research Center / Puerto Maldonado/ Cusco - Sacred Valley (B)

We say farewell to the rainforest. We retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado to the and on to the airport for your departure flight to Cusco. Upon arrival a host will meet and assist you for immediate transfer to the Sacred Valley at 8,200 feet of altitude.

Visit to Awana Kancha, the living Museum of the Andes This Living Museum of the Andes showcase the South American Camelids such as llamas, vicuñas, guanacos and alpacas in their native environment. You will also enjoy a spinning and weaving demonstration of ancient techniques on how to make clothing from the wool fibers of these animals. You can also see native flowers and some agricultural terraces from the Inca times.

Day 7 - Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo Archaeological Complex (B,L)

Full Day Excursion to the Pisac Indian Market and the Ollantaytambo Fortress - Morning departure for a drive through the fertile countryside of the Urubamba Valley to the colonial village of Pisac where a unique Indian Market takes place daily. The variety of products offered is overwhelming, from pottery with reproductions of archaeological pieces, to all kinds of textiles, jewelry and Peruvian handicrafts. During your visit to this bustling marketplace you will have the opportunity to bargain with the artisans and indigenous traders. Grab the items you like, you will hardly see the same one again.

Continue to the Ollantaytambo archaeological complex, the Incas built it as a fort that included a temple, agricultural terraces, and an urban area. There are two distinct sectors: The religious and worship zone, and the residential area. Ollantaytambo was an important administrative center with probable military functions if one considers the walls and towers. There are also traces of ancient roads and aqueducts. The town of Ollantaytambo is called a "Living Inca Town" since the inhabitants maintain very old practices and customs. Lunch is at a beautiful country estate on the shores of the Urubamba River.

Day 8 - Cusco / Machu Picchu with overnight stay and with lunch at Belmond’s Sanctuary Lodge (B,L)

Morning train ride through the sacred valley of Urubamba to the "Lost City of the Incas," Machu Picchu. Perched 8,200 feet above the valley, it was hidden by mountains and semi-tropical jungles for 400 years until discovered by Hiram Bingham of Yale University in 1911. Archaeologists believe that the Inca "Virgins of the Sun" took refuge from the Spanish Conquistadors here. Guided tour of the ruins upon arrival. Lunch is at the Belmond’s Sanctuary Lodge located just a few steps from the Inca citadel. Overnight stay in Aguas Calientes.

Day 9 - Machu Picchu Free Day (B)

Free morning to enjoy one of the most incredible sights on earth, the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Take as much time as you need to study these magnificent ruins or hike the steep stone-paved trail of Huayna Picchu, the pyramid-shape mountain above Machu Picchu for a breathtaking “condor view” of the citadel (reservation and extra fee are needed). Or stroll to the Inca Bridge a secret entrance used by the Inca's army or walk toward the Inca Trail to find the historic Intipunku or “Sun Gate” or visit Manuel Chavez Museum or hike in Mandor Valley or just enjoy the thermal springs of the town.

Day 10 - Machu Picchu / Cusco (B)

Morning free for a second visit to the thermal springs or for does activities you did not complete the day before. Afternoon return train to Cusco

Day 11 - Cusco - Free morning and afternoon city tour (B)

Wandering through this lovely city, exploring the astonishing narrow streets of this tile roof colonial town will be your unforgettable experience. You will find something astounding at every turn. Great buys are the traditional Peruvian handicrafts, alpaca-wool sweaters and rugs, ponchos, pottery, gold and silver jewelry, leather goods, etc. Because there are such a variety of products, we strongly suggest that when you like any particular item, you should buy it - you may not find the same item in other store. Many visitors to Cusco return home wishing they had some free time in Cusco to discover this imperial city on their own, a free morning in Cusco is a MUST!

Tour of Cusco and Nearby Ruins - Visitors are caught up in the excitement of touring the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, a delightful combination of Inca and colonial architecture. The tour visits important landmarks such us Cusco's Cathedral, Santo Domingo Church, Plaza de Armas and Koricancha “The Temple of the Sun”. This tour of the oldest continuously inhabited city in the western hemisphere also includes the nearby ruins of Kenko, Puca-Pucara, Tambomachay as well as the Sacsayhuaman fortress, an imposing example of Inca military architecture.

Day 12 - Cusco - Lima - Home (B)

Transfer to the airport for your departure to Lima and your connecting international flight. Arrive home full of great memories of the rich tradition of Colonial Lima and the mystical Land of the Incas.

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Exploring Peru 2017

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  • All prices are per person in US$.
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  • Single Alone Surcharge is the extra cost for providing transfers and tours for one person traveling alone.
  • Luxury category uses Belmond hotels in Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, and their prices are valid until December 22nd.

Departures:Weekly. Itineraries and departure days are flexible, you can add extra days or you can shorten the number of days on a particular city according to your interests.

Tour includes:All airport transfers, tours and meals indicated in the itinerary. All entrance fees and train tickets needed to operate the tours and excursions, hotel accommodation, hotel taxes and service charge. Additional pre and post tours are available.

Not included:International airfare, domestic airfare within Peru, These tax can not be pre-paid. The entrance fee to the ruins on the second day in Machu Picchu $58.