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South Peruvian Nature and Culture Expedition 13D / 12N

Description

Peru, that country where culture, adventure and nature fuse each other easily; highland valleys decorated with rivers, creeks or cascades, peaks with glaciers, pre-colombian cities well maintained thanks to their high quality architecture, the Amazon with the greatest biodiversity of the world and obviously the gastronomy, one of the most delicious of the world. This expedition takes us through every magical and exuberant place in the country.

Itinerary

Day 1. Lima

Pick up and transfer from the airport to the respective hotel. Today afternoon will be at leisure, enjoying the picturesque streets or delighting the delicacies of the Peruvian cuisine.

Day 2. Lima

Early in the morning we tour the city, learning the archaeological sites of Huaca Pucllana, the Main Square, the Cathedral, Catacombs of San Francisco, among other beautiful buildings. After lunch, in the afternoon, we will take our van towards Paracas, and spend the night in the hotel.

Day 3. Paracas – Ballestas Island – Ica

Early in the morning, after the delicious breakfast, we will have a fantastic tour of the Ballestas islands, spotting sea lions, penguins, cormorants, seagulls, among many other species. We return to the city to recover energetically with a delicious lunch.

the afternoon, we go to Ica and have an adventure tour through the dunes of Huacachina and slip into the sandy desert.

Day 4. Ica – Nasca Lines – Lima

Today in the morning after breakfast, we will have a wonderful expedition. We head to the Nasca city and take a fly over the gorgeous lines, famous archaeological site belonging to the culture of the same name (VII century). We can enjoy the famous figures of monkey, dog, hummingbird, among others. We return to Lima in the same way. Overnight at the hotel in Lima.

Day 5. Lima – Puerto Maldonado – Sandoval Lake Lodge

After breakfast, we head to the airport and take a flight to Puerto Maldonado, capital of Biodiversity. At the airport of the city, the personal of the lodge will be waiting for us and takes us to the office where we pack only the necessary things for 3 days for our stay. We will take a boat and then walk through the lush vegetation towards the Lake´s dock, where we will take a canoe until we get the lodge.
A night walk will be the first tour here, in the dense vegetation and be captivated by the nocturnal symphony.

Day 6. Sandoval Lake Lodge

Early in the morning, before our breakfast, we explore the lake that has a wide variety of wildlife. We can observe Giant Otters, black Cayman waking up after hunting the whole night, lots of birds, primates and more. We go back to the lodge for our deserved breakfast and rest or keep enjoying the beauty of the forest. Before lunch, we will have a walk through the forest learning the flora and fauna of the area.

In the afternoon, we will go back to the lake and beautify ourselves by the sunset and observe more wildlife.

Day 7. Sandoval Lake Lodge – Puerto Maldonado – Cusco

We have our last breakfast in the rainforest and return to the city for taking our flight to the Historic City of America, Cusco. In the afternoon we will have a short exploration through the picturesque streets and the most important sites of the city.

Day 8. Cusco – Sacred Valley – Aguas Calientes

This morning we will explore the most beautiful places and archaeological sites which are part of the traditional Sacred Valley expedition. Visiting and learning closely the textiles and the whole process, the Inka Laboratory of Moray, the Salt Mines in Maras, and finally Ollantaytambo.

In the afternoon we take a train towards Aguas Calientes town. We spend the night in the hotel.

Day 9. Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu – Cusco

Your excitement for our rendezvous at Machu Picchu will rise as we are driving early in the morning through the forest to reach the site before most other tourists – even the Inca Trail trekkers!! You will have plenty of time to explore this truly magnificent World Wonder while you enjoy the beautiful sunrise from this once-in-a-lifetime viewpoint. We will learn about this mystical place in a two-hour guided tour of the ruins. Afterwards, you can opt to climb Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu Mountain (if you have pre-booked tickets) or walk to the Sun Gate (without extra tickets). Lunch in Aguas Calientes and in the afternoon, we take the train back to Cusco.

Day 10. Cusco – Juliaca – Puno

The whole morning will be at leisure, and you can take advantage shopping in the main stores or in the main artisanal market. In the afternoon we take a short flight to Juliaca, where a private van will pick us up and drive to Puno, the folkloric capital of America. We tour the city in the afternoon.

Day 11. Puno – Amantani – Taquile

Today, will first visit the Uros island taking a comfortable boat and sail in the highest lake of the world, Titicaca. After visiting 2 floating islands, we continue with the expedition towards the Amantani island, arriving at noon, where we will be cordially received by the local families. Here accompanied by the families, we will walk to the local houses of the Island, where we will lunch typical Andean food. After settling down and resting, we will walk to the top of the island to see the Inca Pachamama and Pachatata ceremonial temples. After appreciating the beautiful views of the lake and its splendor, we will wait to see one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world.

During the night the families will organize a welcome party (Optional) where we can dance and wear the local clothing, all accompanied by local musicians.

Day 12. Taquile – Amantani

We start the day with a typical breakfast, and then descend to the dock and take our boat to Taquile island, we walk uphill to the main square, where we can observe the island from, learn more about the traditions and textile of the island. After lunch we return to Puno.

Day 13. Puno – Sillustani – Juliaca – Lima

Early in the morning, we board our van towards one of the most amazing archaeological sites in the region, Chullpas de Sillustani (tombs). These funerary towers of Sillustani have inverted and square cones. The most important of them is known as; «Chullpas of lizards», which has 12 meters in height and 7 meters of circumference.

We will also enjoy the beauty of the “Umayo lagoon” Located around the chullpas. We return to the city to take our van to Juliaca and the flight to Lima.

Inclusions

Included:

  • All the transportation from/to Lima (terrestrial and aerial)
  • Train ticket to/from Aguas Calientes
  • Bus ticket to/from Machupicchu
  • Entrance ticket to Machupicchu site
  • Experienced Bilingual Guide
  • Accommodation (in hotels and lodge)
  • Duffle bag
  • All food included (except the first lunch and last dinner)

Not Included:

  • International flight from/to home
  • Extra drinks (beer, pisco sour, etc.)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for the staff (optional)

Recommendations

Recommendations:

  • Take extra money with you
  • Eco-friendly clothes

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