Highlights of Peru

Coast, Mountain Ranges and the Amazon Rainforest

Day 1: Lima  (- / - / -)

Upon arrival, our staff will be waiting for you at the airport to transfer you to the selected hotel. Rest of the day free to rest or take an excursion (on request), if time permits.

Overnight in Lima

Day 2: Lima  (B / - / -)

Breakfast at the hotel. City tour of Lima. Between 9:10 and 9:40 or between 14:10 and 14:40 hours, depending on your choice, we will pick you up from your hotel to start the panoramic city tour where we can see the Colonial Centre, the Plaza Mayor, the Palace of Government, the Cathedral Basilica, the Archbishop's Palace, and the Municipality of Lima. Also, we will visit Santo Domingo, a convent with cloisters and catacombs of the colonial period. The tour starts with a panoramic view of the Huaca Pucllana and the traditional, residential, and commercial areas of Lima to continue with the historic centre of Lima and end with a spectacular panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and the beaches of the Miraflores district from the park of love.

Overnight in Lima

Day 3: Lima / Cusco  (B / - / -)

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport to board the flight to the city of Cusco.

Arrival, reception and transfer to the hotel. Free time to rest.

City tour in Cusco and Nearby Ruins

Between 13:00 and 13:30 hours, our staff will pick you up from the hotel to start the tour of the colonial city, built on the bases of Inca palaces. In the tour we will visit the Main Square, the Temple of the Sun, also known as Qoricancha, and the Cathedral of Cusco, where we can see beautiful paintings and sculptures. Then we will continue to the archaeological centre of Sacsayhuaman, a multipurpose place where the Sun, the Moon and the Earth were worshiped, and which was also used as a military fortress and an astrological centre. Later we will arrive at Q'enco, a cult centre related to the fire element. We continue with Puca Pucara, a place used as a supply centre and Inca checkpoint, where wind ceremonies were also held. At the end of the tour, we will arrive at Tambomachay, centre of cult to water and fertility. Return to the hotel and spend the night in Cusco.

Overnight in Cusco

Day 4: Cusco / Sacred Valley  (B / L / -)

Breakfast at the hotel. Today enjoy a full day Sacred Valley tour.

Between 08:00 and 08:30 hours our staff will pick you up from your hotel to start the tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where we visit the beautiful town of Pisac, its handicraft market and its narrow streets. We will continue the tour through the Sacred Valley to Urubamba, where you can enjoy a delicious buffet lunch. Then we will visit Ollantaytambo, a still inhabited Inca City that preserves a complex system of irrigation Canals and foundations of the time when much of the village was built. The archaeological site of Ollantaytambo has large groups of terraces, fortresses, squares, canals and the Sun Royal House, a megalithic temple of great mystical value.

Overnight in the Sacred Valley

Day 5: Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu / Cusco  (B / L / -)

Breakfast at the hotel. Today enjoy a full day tour to Machu Picchu.

At the indicated time, transfer to the train station to start the excursion to the Sacred City of Machu Picchu, recognized as one of the wonders of the world and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The train takes us to the town of Aguas Calientes, from where we will ascend by bus to the Archaeological Centre and start the guided tour that lasts approximately 2 hours. During the visit you can see temples, squares, terraces, houses, barns, as well as the great biodiversity that exists in the surroundings. It is worth noting that the beauty of Machu Picchu is exalted by the extraordinary scenery where it is located. Around the citadel has been formed a National Reserve that has an area of 32,500 hectares, and that includes a constellation of archaeological monuments, which, in our opinion, were built as part of the Machu Picchu complex and not in isolation. At the indicated time we will return to the town of Aguas Calientes, where we have lunch included. Return by train to Cusco city. Upon arrival, our staff will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel.

Overnight in Cusco

Day 6: Cusco / Puerto Maldonado  (B / L / D)

Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport to continue with your itinerary in Puerto Maldonado.

Arrive at Puerto Maldonado, coined the Capital of Biodiversity.

Begin your authentic Amazon adventure with a 25-minute boat ride navigating the clay-coloured Madre de Dios River to reach hidden jungle lodge, Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion. Settle into your stylish stilted wooden cabaña or room on our private eco-reserve then head to the palm-thatched Casa Grande dining room for a hearty buffet lunch before exploring the depths of the jungle on foot, starting from the Eco Centre.

Concepcion Trails: Take a walk along the Concepcion Trails, winding through the property’s nature trails for an immersive introduction to the intricate ecosystems of the Amazon basin. Backed by the protected Tambopata National Reserve and built on the grounds of a former cacao and rubber plantation, Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion harbours primary and secondary rainforest teeming with exotic wildlife and tropical plants.

Twilight River: At dusk witness the enchanting transformation of the rainforest from a diurnal to a nocturnal environment on a guided Twilight River boat ride, as animals and birds of the daytime give way to species specially adapted to the shadows of the night. See if you can spot caiman lurking on the riverbanks and stars of the southern hemisphere. In the evening enjoy à la carte dining, drawing on local Amazon ingredients for inspiration. Retreat to your cabaña or room to listen to the curious calls and croaks of the rainforest at night.

Overnight in Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción or similar

Day 7: Jungle Lodge/Lake Sandoval  (B / L / D)

This morning visit Lake Sandoval, a glassy, ox-bow lake located inside the protected Tambopata National Reserve, one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet. Reached via a sun-dappled jungle trail, Inkaterra explorer guides enjoy regaling visitors with their tales of unexpected encounters with poison frogs and camouflaged creatures. Board a dugout wooden canoe to quietly paddle through mangroves and glide onto Lake Sandoval, flanked by picture-perfect palms. This serene lake is home to thousands of species of birds, the endangered giant river otter, red howler monkeys, red-bellied macaws, anacondas, side-neck turtles and black caimans. Return to Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion in time for lunch.

Inkaterra Canopy Walkway & Anaconda Walk

In the afternoon, take a 20-minute boat ride across the Madre de Dios River to climb the exhilarating Inkaterra Canopy Walkway and navigate the Anaconda Walk. The Inkaterra Canopy Walkway is a sophisticated and safe 344 metre (1,135 feet) network of seven ecologically constructed hanging suspension bridges, strung between eight treetop observation platforms above the forest floor. Originally constructed for our non-profit organization, Inkaterra Asociación, to carry out conservation projects, this is an unforgettable opportunity to observe the rainforest from the rooftop and gain a sense of its colossal size. Ascend the first vertiginous tower 38 metres (124 feet) above ground, keeping an eye out for white-throated toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, squirrel monkeys and the three-toed sloth. Back at the base, follow the Anaconda Walk, strolling the seasonally flooded aguajales wetlands on an elevated wooden boardwalk.

Rainforest by Night Come nightfall, under the cover of darkness explore the rainforest on foot as your senses heighten to movements in the undergrowth and the raucous sounds of the rainforest. Back at the lodge, à la carte dinner is served from 19:30.

Overnight in Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción or similar

Day 8: Jungle Lodge  (B / L / D)

Native Farm: After breakfast in the lodge, discover the rainforest ́s tropical plants and their intriguing medicinal uses by local communities by visiting our organic bio-orchard. Later, continue to our 30-hectare Palmetum, a collection of 19 Amazonian palms in a plot reserved for rainforest restoration and conservation.

Cocha Excursion: After a tasty lunch in the Casa Grande dining room, enjoy a relaxing paddle boat ride in a dugout canoe on Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion’s oxbow shaped lagoon or cocha. Row out onto the caramel-coloured water to enjoy the scenery and spot hoatzins, fly catchers and graynecked woodrails, perhaps with the sounds of red howler monkeys bellowing in the distance. Get close to the surprising remains of a semi-submerged steamboat in waters that also hide caiman and piranha. Using the practice of catch and release, you can fish for piranha like the local indigenous communities do, using a simple wooden rod.

Inland Collpa: During the evening, you will be able to participate in the INLAND COLLPA where you will see different species and their night routines by observing through our “blinds”.

Enjoy a dinner at the hotel.

Overnight in Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción or similar

Day 9: Jungle Lodge – Airport  (B / - / -)

After an early breakfast, we retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado and then the airport. You will make a short visit to a Butterfly House before reaching the airport. Depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures.

*Note: Please note that activities and excursions are subject to change depending on weather conditions at the time of your visit.

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(*) Important information on the new entrance regulations for Machu Picchu

The current restrictions on visits to Machu Picchu establish that the first entry must be accompanied by a tour guide with a maximum stay of 4 hours within the archaeological center (guided tours last approximately 2 hours). If visitors are going to take an alternative route (Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu mountains), they will have 3 additional hours to make those visits. If any passenger wishes to enter again in the afternoon shift or the next day, they must request in advanced an additional ticket to enter during the new shift. There is no ticket sales office at the door of the archeological zone. Likewise, it is necessary to provide the updated personal detail (full name, date of birth, nationality, and passport number or identity document) of all passengers who come to Peru, the same that must match the identity document that the passengers use for this trip. This information is especially important for visits to places such as the Inca Trail or the Sacred City of Machu Picchu (including Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain), where local authorities require the presentation of updated and original documentation at the entrance gates.

Inclusions:

· Roundtrip Airport Transfers throughout the program

· Excursions as outlined in the itinerary

· Excursions in the jungle according to the itinerary

· 8nts Accommodation including Breakfast

· Other Meals according to the itinerary

· Permanent assistance in each destination

· Expedition train ticket: Ollataytambo/Aguascalientes/ Ollataytambo

· RT Bus service to the archaeological center of Machu Picchu

· BTI: Tourist ticket for archaeological centers in Cusco and surroundings

· Entrance fee to Sandoval Lake

Exclusions:

· International or domestic airfare

· Services and non-mentioned meals/drinks in the itinerary

· Early check-in, late check-out, and hotel extras

· Personal expenses

· Tips for guides and hotel staff

Tour Overview:

  • Visit      Lima, the only Capital in South America located by the sea, named the Gastronomic      Capital of Latin America.

  • Be      admired by Cusco, known by the Incas as the navel of the Earth, the center      of their vast empire.

  • Walk      in the streets of Cusco, where time seems to have stopped, and every      corner offers a piece of history.

  • Be      amazed by the 15th century Inca Citadel located on top of the mountains      and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

  • Feel      the air of mysticism in the Sacred Valley of the Incas and admire      incredible Inca archaeological sites, filled with history.