Peru Nature and Cultural in 18 days
If you think about Peru first thing you see in your imagination is magnificent Machu Pichu and colonial momuments of Cusco. Maybe you are looking for some nature experience as well? How about Amazon Jungle, desert of Ica region, the highest navigatable lake in the world - Titicaca or the deepest canion in the world - Colca? But there is plenty more, especially on the south. That is why we create this program for you to enjoy and explore.
After arrival to Lima airport reception and transfer to your hotel.
This day we will start from tasty breakfast in your hotel and then you will have a chance to go and explore what Lima has got to offer using our optional Lima City tour (Cathedral, San Francisco Monastery with its Catacumbs, Church of Santa Rosa and Palacio de Gobierno) and of course many many more of its incredible museos. Or just do it by yourself. After day long trip return to the hotel.
After very early check out we will start our journey to Paracas, the south of Peru. The bus leaves around 3am from the bus station. After arrival around 7am we will be have a chance to explore during to 2 hours journey to Ballestas Islands, where we can admire flora and fauna of its natural reserve. After that we will contunue to Ica, and Huacachina Oasis where we will settel in one of the hotel for the night. During the late afternoon we will have a chance to experience a huge dose of adrenaline during riding special vehicle through deserted dunes and do some sandboarding aftermath. At the end we will have a chance to admire incredible sunset. Go back to the hotel and chillout.
After tasty breakfast with a view on Sandy dunes we will go directly to Nazca to explore myserious Nazca Lines. Nobody actually knows till our time how exactly they become part of the landscape of Nazca. During 45 minuts flight full of adrenaline we will see most of them. After that we will be transfered to Nazca town, where we will have a chance to catch up some afternoon activities or just simply chillout during the afternoon and then we will be taken to Arequipa around 3pm with arrival at around 11pm. After that tranfer to the hotel.
In the morning after breakfast optional chance to use our Arequipa City tour around this White City. It is a great possibility for those who want to do something anyhow to visit Cathedral, Monastery of Santa Catalina, Casa de Moral, Museo of Culture Nativo with famous mummy Juanita, local artisan market. You can do this by using our optional city tour or by yourself.
After breakfast we will be taking a 2-day-trip to spectacular Colca Cañon. On first day we will continue our journey through Pampa Cañahuas Natural Reserve, where we will admire wild typical for this region animals like vicuñas, alpacas and llamas to picturesque small village Chivay. After transfer to the hotel we will have a chance to swim in a local hot springs. After going back to the hotel we will be invited to join local crowd to dinner full of folkore.
After very early start this day we will continue to Cruz del Condor, where around 8am we will be able to admire condor - the biggest flying bird on planet. Normally they flying using natural migration of warm air in its wings to float around the valleys and mountains. Just to add information that Colca Cañon is known as the deepest canion in the world. After this morable experience in the early afternoon we will go back to Chivay to catch direct bus to Puno. On the way we will be able to see incredible passes of Andes Mountains. After arrival in Puno tansportation to the hotel.
After breakfast transfer to the lake port, where a small boat will take us for a 2-day-going-back-in-time-journey from Puno to incredible blue lake of Titicaca. First we will visit floating Uros Islands, where local people have lived and worked for century, then we will go to Island Amantani, where ingenious people will host us for the day and night, inviting us to become a part of their family for this short period of time. This is like living the life in a most basic way we can imagine. And because of that we can go back and enjoy the basic human feelings and thoughts normally forgotten in modern world. In the afternoon we will go for a walk to the top of the island to visit ruins of ancient civilization (Temple Pacha Mama or Pacha Papa) and admire spectacular sunset.
After tasty local breakfast we will thank for hospitality to our ´family´ and continue our journey to another island – Taquile. There has been noticed the most beautiful view of the lake also what is typical for this island - local handicrafts is made mostly by men not women. After lunch with a spectactacular view we will go back to Puno in the early afternoon.
This day we begin after breakfast and we will have transportation to the bus station where we start our trip to Imperial City of Cusco. On the way we will have many stops to visit several museum and places worth to visit like Museo de Pukara, the highest mountain pass La Raya 4335m, Templo of Wirakocha in Raqchi and also Andahuaylillas - Sixtine Chapel of South America . On the way we will have a lunch in one of the beautiful places. After arrival in Cusco at 5pm we will be taken to our hotel.
After breakfast you may use our optional Cusco City tour with ‘Qorichancha plus 4 ruinas’ or just enjoy it by yourself walking and exploring what city has got to offer including incredible amount of museums and sights worth visiting together with culinary experiences in almost every corner.
After breakfast you will continue our experience in Peru during the trip to Sacred Valley of Incas, where you will see ruins of Pisaq, second after Machu Picchu biggest complex of ruins of Inca´s Empire. After visiting we wil stop for small break to local artisan market, where you can purchase some souvenirs. On the way to second ruins we will stop for lunch in one of picturesque place in Sacred Valley. In the early afternoon you will have a chance to visit the biggest Inka´s fortress in Ollantaytambo. After fantastic experience during visiting we will transfer you to the train station, from where you will catch a train to Aguas Calientes, small village a few steps from the famous ruins of Machu Picchu. When you arrive you will be accommodated in a hotel and have time off to relax before the whole day in Machu Picchu. You can also use hot springs in the village just to relax (extra charge).
Early morning we will have a transfer from the hotel to the bus station
Boarding the tour bus to the Inca city of Machu Picchu, along the path for 30 minutes, appreciate the abundant forest of this national reserve.
6:45 a.m. Arrival in Machupicchu and free time to appreciate the sunrise over Machu Picchu. After a while we will start our guided tour. This guided tour of 2 hours will be for the main palaces and attractive Inca city and its attractions. After that you will be free to enjoy at your own discretion and pace this world wonder. We recommend to visit the house of the chosen , the Intiwatana ( sundial , marking the seasons ) , Kallancas ( sheds for warriors ) , the baths and aqueducts , as well as the large areas with terraces . afternoon time returnt to Ollantaytambo by train and after that trasfer to Cusco at around 10pm.
After two days of life time experience we have a free day in Cusco just to use this day to relax and enjoy atmosphere or take one of many local trips to surround áreas of Cusco.
At arrival to Puerto Maldonado airport, we will be transferrd by car and then by motor canoe across the lake
to Sandoval Lodge, from here the trail takes you in a 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) slowly will reach the exotic Amazon Lodge. Accommodation and lunch at the
comfortable installations, after lunch we recommend you to rest and relax to avoid the early afternoon heat before taking the afternoon activities.
West Edge Lake Tour: Before boarding the catamaran we will learn about the philosophy of the lodge founders, then set off to explore the entire west end of the lake amongst the flooded palm forest we drift to the sounds of hundreds of red-bellied macaws as they return to their nests, this particular flock mean to be the biggest in the world. Return to the lodge for dinner at its spacious dining hall.
Black Caiman night tour: After dinner, board the canoe to explore the lake by night and search for the extremely rare black caimans, their iridescent red eyes flicking in the dark will discover their position and you can admire amazing panaroma of the stars in the sky. Overnight at The Amazon Lodge.
Giant Otter tour: pre dawn wake up and observe the sunrise over the lake searching for a giant otter family that
frequents this part of the lake, and are very active at this time of day, as the hoatzin a prehistoric type of bird, the area offers abundant wild life
including over 40 species of birds, a true paradise for bird watchers and photographers (mostly fish eating species). Return to the lodge for breakfast.
Brazil nut harvesting tour: at mid morning we see some towering wild Brazil nut trees, these are keep by 5 families who will show you how they harvest and commercialize them. Return to the lodge for lunch and rest.
East Edge lake side & monkey tour: In the afternoon we board the catamaran and explore the eastern side of the lake and look for some of the five species of monkeys that inhabit the surroundings, can be seeing: Brown capuchin monkeys, squirrel monkey. Return to the lodge for a natural history video presentation and dinner.
Black caiman night tour or night hike: after dinner again you will have the chance to look for the black caimans at the lake or just have a night walk through the forest.
Overnight at The Amazon Lodge
After down breakfast we take a final short paddle around the west end of the lake and try to spot the resident giant otters for the last time, seeing a spectacular sun rise over the lake we return to Puerto Maldonado Airport to flight to Lima and then transfer to the hotel.
Transfer to the airport. End of trip.