DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN LIMA
Arrival in the capital city of Lima, reception at the airport by a representative of the company, who will welcome you and make the transfer corresponding to the selected accommodation. Overnight in Lima.
DAY 2: LIMA – CITY TOUR / PARACAS (D)
Breakfast, we start the morning with a City Tour through Lima city where we will visit the most important and characteristic places of Lima, with typical features of colonial times, such as the Plaza de Armas, Government Palace, Cathedral Basilica, The Archbishop's Palace , Municipality of Lima, Station of Desamparados and old streets and the Classical Mansions of the time Virreinal and Balcones of Moorish style, soon we will make a tour by the Church of San Francisco with its majestic Convent, Museum of Art and Catacombs. Leaving Lima Antigua, we enter San Isidro and Miraflores, to El Mirador or Parque del Amor, making a contrast between ancient and modern Lima, Lunch. Then transfer to the bus terminal for Paracas in about three hours. On arrival we will receive them and will be transferred to the accommodation. Overnight in Paracas.
DAY 3: PARACAS – ISLAS BALLESTAS / NAZCA (B)
After breakfast, we will go to the boarding dock to depart in comfortable gliders to the Ballestas Islands, we will be able to appreciate on our journey the famous Paracas Candelabra (beginning of the Nazca Lines). Arrival at the Ballestas Islands, where we will appreciate its impressive marine fauna, large colonies of guano birds such as guanay, booby, tendril, etc. stand out, we will also observe some specimens of Humboldt penguins (endangered) and large colonies of sea lions (fur seal and rough wolf) among other species.
After a short rest we will make a brief tour to the area of the Reserve of Paracas from where you can see various figures that have been formed by nature. In the afternoon we will be transferred to the bus station heading for the city of Nazca located at 05 hours approx. Of Paracas. Overnight in Nazca.
DAY 4: NAZCA – LÍNEAS DE NAZCA / AREQUIPA (B)
After breakfast we will go to the aerodrome to take the flight over Nazca Lines by plane, for approx. 30 minutes. Both its creation and its purpose remain a mystery, and according to Dr. Maria Reiche, who dedicated a large part of her life to the study of these lines, it is the largest astronomical calendar in the world.
We will fly over the mysterious strokes made on sand, covering an area of ??350 km2, these represent figures of various animals and plants such as the spider, the monkey, the dog, the lizard, the hummingbird, the condor, etc., which reach dimensions of 15 at 300 meters each and with a depth of approximately 30 centimeters. Then we have the transfer to the bus station to leave for Arequipa on a journey of approximately 10 hours. (Departure at 2:30 p.m. / Arrival at 11:30 p.m.) Overnight in Arequipa.
DAY 5: AREQUIPA – WALKING CITY TOUR (B)
Breakfast, accompanied by an official guide, we will visit the historical center of the city of Arequipa on foot, appreciating beautiful samples of the architecture of Arequipa.
During this tour we will show you all its charms of the main streets and colonial buildings: the main square, the cathedral, Jesuit Company Church, Santa Catalina convent – which is a city within the city – built on the XVI century and closed to the public for almost 400 years until 1970, and it’s still home of a few nuns. The tour continues to the church and square of San Francisco, we will also visit the San Camilo Market, which is considered a Historical Monumental Heritage of Public Civil Architecture of Arequipa. The current building was inaugurated in 1938 and was declared a Historical Monumental Heritage in 1987.Overnight in Arequipa.
DAY 6: AREQUIPA / CAÑÓN DEL COLCA (B)
Departure to Colca Valley located over 3,500 meters above the sea. On the way you will cross the Aguada Blanca and Salinas National Reserve, with the highest presence of Andean flora and fauna. The trip continues to Tojra wetlands. Later you will cross Patapampa which is a land located over 4,800 meters above the sea where you will find the “Mirador de los Andes”, a strategic point to see the cordillera Chila with great volcanoes: Mismi, Chucura, Huaracante, and far away the Ubinas, Misti, Chachani, Ampato, Sabancaya and Hualca Hualca.
In the afternoon, as an option we can visit the thermal baths of "La Calera" which are at a temperature of 40º and our waters have medicinal properties. To continue you will arrive at Chivay town and you will be transferred to the selected accommodation. Overnight in Colca.
DAY 7: CHIVAY / CAÑÓN DEL COLCA / PUNO (B)
After breakfast, starting our tour on the left bank of the Colca river, visiting beautiful typical towns such as Yanque and Maca, colonial churches and we will have contact with the friendly people who still wear their typical costumes embroidered by themselves, on the tour we observed hundreds of pre-Inca terraces or terreces chat are still used and where corn, quinoa, kiwicha, etc. are grown.
Then you will departure to “La Cruz del Condor”, the best spot to observe the deepness of the canyon (3,400 meters deep, 124 miles length) and also see the majestic fly of the condor. There is not an exactly time to see them, it can be at any time; sometimes it depends of your good luck and patience. On the way back you will visit some interesting places such as: Pre -Inca's hanging tombs.
In the afternoon, transfer to Puno, capital of the dance and transfer to the respective accommodation. Overnight in Puno. (06 hours long).
DAY 8: PUNO / TITICACA LAKE UROS Y TAQUILE (B, L)
After breakfast, you will take a two-hour excursion across the Titicaca Lake until the unique floating island of Uros. The ancient habitants of this lake, known as the "Water Tribe", have built their own "island" by adding periodically new layers of “Totora” a type of a marram-grass very typical from this place, their houses and boats are made of this material too. After you can experience some of the ancient traditions of the local people, you will continue your boat trip to Taquile Island.
You will arrive by the after side of the island to start a hike where you will appreciate the wonderful natural sightseeing, then ascend through a regular pendant slope to arrive to the town, there you will visit the handicraft center where you can buy a great variety of handmade tissues with very colorful and delicate designs. At proper time you will be transferred to Puno. At your arrival transfers to your hotel. Overnight in Puno.
DAY 9: PUNO / CUSCO – TOURIST STOPS (B, L)
Very early breakfast. Around 07:00 hours, private transfer to the bus terminal (tourist bus with service on board) 04 tourist stops are made, making an additional stop for lunch. The route is as follows:
PUKARA: It constitutes the most important and ancient ceremonial center of the altiplano prior to Tiahuanaco; It is detailed by a series of stepped platforms that resemble a pyramid called the Kalasasaya, culminating in a flat ceremonial center.
LA RAYA: Midpoint on the Cusco - Puno route, it is the highest part of the entire route, it is located at a height of 4335 meters above sea level. In this place we will be able to appreciate beautiful snow-capped mountains, beautiful inter-Andean landscapes, the source of the Amazon river, llamas, alpacas and vicuñas.
RAQCHI: Archaeological Complex: 117 km from the city of Cusco. Raqchi (3485 m.s.n.m.) is a small village of farmers and potters in which a group of families has adapted their homes to receive tourists in a new experiential tourism program.
ANDAHUAYLILLAS: In this area we visit the San Pedro de Andahuaylillas church, which is the main attraction for visitors, due to the quality of its works of art, it is like the "Sistine Chapel" of America. Arrival in Cusco and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Cusco.
DAY 10: CUSCO – WALKING CITY TOUR (B)
Breakfast, then we will start our tour of the Historic Center of the Inca Empire. We will visit the traditional neighborhood of San Blas, and the stone of the 12 angles, which fit it perfectly with the adjoining stones. Its surprising perfection makes it a symbol of Inca technology applied to architecture. We will take a walk through some narrow and cobbled streets and its large white houses that house numerous workshops and shops of renowned popular artists.
Visit the city declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. The tour will start at the temple of Koricancha, an ancient Inca palace where the order of the Dominicans built an incredible church that can still be seen there. Then visit the Main Square, where the Cathedral. This marvel of religious art has approximately 300 paintings from the Cusqueña School, among many other expressions of art. Overnight in Cusco.
DAY 11: CUSCO / INCAS SACRED VALLEY (B , L)
Breakfast, then departure to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, visit the town of Pisac with its typical Indian market (only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays), where you can appreciate the ancestral customs of its inhabitants, using "barter" (exchange of products ) for marketing. (only on Sundays mass is celebrated in Quechua, the native language). Buffet lunch in the Valley.
Afterwards, you will get to Ollantaytambo, one of the most monumental architectural complexes of the ancient Inca Empire, one of the few places where the spanish conquerors lost a major battle. Very well known for its “andenes” (terraces dug into the slopes of mountains for agricultural purposes), Ollantaytambo was a highly effective fortress, also served as a temple. Then, you continue Ollantaytambo, “the unique living Inca town”: the best surviving example of Inca city planning, with narrow cobblestone streets that have been continuously inhabited since the 13th century. Departure from Ollantaytambo heading to Aguas Calientes by train in the afternoon. Overnight in Aguas Calientes.
DAY 12: TOUR TO MACHU PICCHU / CUSCO (B, L)
After breakfast, we pick you up from your hotel to leave s to the bus station, to ascend 400 meters high, on a zigzagging road, for 20 minutes, until we reach the incredible world wonder "The Sanctuary of Machu Picchu", known as "The Lost City of the Incas". Upon arrival at the citadel of Machu Picchu we will visit the main square, the circular tower, the sacred solar clock, the royal rooms, the temple of the three windows and the cemeteries.
From the beginning the panorama that surrounds Machu Picchu (old mountain) is already amazing, the sensation of seeing the wonder of the world through photos or video is very different from the sensation of being in the same place; It is simply a unique experience, that energy and mystique that will envelop you during the tour of the citadel is felt from the beginning of the tour to the end, guided tour of approximately 2 hours.
At the appointed time, you will return to Aguas Calientes to have lunch (by your own) then you have to go by your own to the train station to take your train ride back to Ollantaytambo / Cusco city to be transferred to the hotel. Overnight in Cusco.
DAY 13: CUSCO / PTO. MALDONADO – TAMBOPATA NATIONAL RESERVE (B, L, D)
Reception at the airport, transfer to the office and the port to embark on a canoe with outboard motor and go up the Tambopata River (approx 3 hours). Depending on the time, we will have a quick snack (Box-Lunch type) in the boat or when arriving at the EI. On the way, we can see alligators, turtles, waterfowl, etc. After approximately 3 hours, we will arrive at the EI where we will be welcomed with a welcome cocktail. There we will find ourselves submerged in the pristine rainforest, surrounded by their sounds. After a short break we will take a short walk to a small lagoon, then continue on to Sunset Point to observe an unforgettable sunset in the jungle. Once at the lodge, we will again board the canoe at dusk, to look for and observe alligators with the help of lanterns. On the way back, we will dine at the EI in the company of the Natural Residents (RN), who will be at our disposal to answer any questions about the Amazon rainforest and the Tambopata Reserved Zone.
Remember to take repellent, raincoat and binoculars
DAY 14: PTO. MALDONADO – TAMBOPATA NATIONAL RESERVE (B, L, D)
After a very early breakfast, we will take a 5 1/2 km walk to the Cocococha lagoon, guided by one of our Naturalist Residents. On the way we will observe exotic plants and insects, butterflies and multicolored birds, monkeys and, with some luck, perhaps also some of the older mammals. In the lagoon, we will have canoes at our disposal to undertake a small tour around and observe the giant river otters and wild flora and fauna on its banks. We will return to the EI for lunch perhaps a little late and we will have the afternoon free to rest or to enjoy independently of some activity. We will have dinner.
DAY 15: PTO. MALDONADO – RESERVA DE TAMBOPATA (D, A, C)
We will wake up and have breakfast very early to embark in the canoe and undertake our trip back to Puerto Maldonado. On the way, we will enjoy an unforgettable jungle sunrise on the Tambopata River. In Puerto Maldonado, we will be transferred to the airport to take the return flight and then take the internacional flight.