The Best of Peru and The Amazon

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Price From USD 1,890.00
Price includes all credit card transaction fees and taxes
Starting point LIMA
Ending point LIMA
Duration 17 Days / 16 Nights
Trip style Archaeological, Cultural and Ecological
Place to visit Lima, Iquitos, Paracas, Nazca, Arequipa, Puno, el Lago Titicaca, Cusco and Machupicchu.
Airfares Lima/Iquitos
Highlights Visit of the city Lima, the Jungle in Iquitos, Paracas National Reserve, Nazca Lines, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Sacred Valley, Maras Moray and The Lost City of the Incas: "Machupicchu"









Day 1: Arrival to Lima

International arrival to Lima Assistance on your arrival to Lima "Jorge Chavez" Airport and transfer to the selected hotel.




Day 2: FLIGHT LIMA/IQUITOS - AMAZONAS SINCHICUY LODGE(B,L,D)

Early in the morning, transfer to the aiport for your departure to Iquitos in Peruvian Airlines. Departing at 06.20 AM. from Lima and arriving at 08.10 AM to Iquitos. Our personnel will meet and greet you at the Iquitos Airport from where you will be transferred to the city. Along the way you will briefly sightsee the tourist highlights of Iquitos, this representative Peruvian jungle town that on the 19th Century turned from a small outpost to the most important port city in the Amazon basin, acquiring an outstanding cosmopolitan status during the so called “Rubber boom”.
You will be introduced to your expert tour guide and then continue to the river wharf from where the trip to our lodge begins. Sail on the Amazon, the world’s greatest river, onboard comfortable and safe boats. During the trip you will be able to see a marvelous panorama in which the magnificence of the Amazon makes its way through the exuberance of the jungle, where picturesque villages with their particular color and joy appear on the shores of the river.
Arrival in the Amazonas Sinchicuy Lodge (18 Miles NE from Iquitos). Our native-style built lodge is surrounded by trees, plants and flowers, a true tropical garden where birds and butterflies are abundant. While your expert naturalist guide explains about the lodge facilities and the activities to come, our staff will serve you with a refreshing “welcome drink” made with regional exotic fruit (camu-camu, cocona, copoazu, other).

ECOCULTURAL Circuit (The Sinchicuy Watershed Ecosystem)
Short walk or canoe ride in the afternoon –depending on the season- to “Nuevo Peru” where a Yagua community has established. The Yaguas are one of the most ancient ethnic groups of the Amazon rainforest, discovered by Francisco de Orellana on his first Amazon River exploration. Visiting these friendly people will let you know their customs, see their unique apparel made of palm fibers and even try their “pucuna” or blowgun.
Lunch. Notice: Food speciality products in the Amazonas Sinchicuy include fruits from the river and the field. Filets of Dorado (Brachyplatystoma flavicans) garnished with Cocona Sauce (Sissiliflorum), fresh palm hearts, beans, fried cassava and banana are a treat. Do not doubt in asking the chef for the recipe! In the afternoon, you will proceed with an ethnobotanic walk on a trail where you will be able to identify some species of the plant kingdom (Cat’s Claw, Sour Cane, Copaiba, Aguaje and even Ayahuasca, the hallucinogen vine).
Visit the “shaman’s cottage”, to find out about the particularities of the regional flora and its applications.
Tour the Santa María del Ojeal farmlands where you will see an artisanal sugar cane squeeze and fruit orchard, walk around a typical village on the shores of the Amazon. You may interact with villagers as you pass by their typical houses, schools, churches and shops; you will also see the community’s sustained development projects that are possible by ecotourism support.
Returning to the lodge you will delight on the sight of a beautiful Amazon sunset.
Evening excursion / Amazon legends.
Evening canoe ride or walk to sense the jungle after dark. Return to the lodge. Dinner.
After enjoying a delightful meal, the guide will amuse you with tales and legends from the rich Amazon myths.
Also, if you desire, our personnel will share with you a time for music and singing.
(L.D)

Day 3: AMAZONAS SINCHICUY - FD YANAYACU – IQUITOS(B,L,D)

Birdwatching: During morning early hours (between 5 and 6) is the most appropriate time to observe many of the bird species that feed on the river banks or in the local produce plantations nearby. Your guide will advice you regarding exact time of this activity.
Breakfast. Fresh fruit juices and jam from the local produce (orange, melon, cocona) along hot meals and beverages to start the day. After breakfast you will board the boat that will take you to the opposite side of the Amazon River or “huashalado” as it is locally known.

FLORA AND FAUNA Circuit (The Yanayacu Watershed Ecosystem)
During the approximately 90-minute trip to Yanayacu (by boat and by foot), you will have the possibility to spot dolphins, main characters of fantastic tales and legends told by the river people.
Arrival in Huashalado Village from where you will make a short walk to the Yanayacu River, where another boat will be waiting to continue your excursion in what is known as the “Kingdom of the Giant Trees”, name given because of the size reached by some tree specimens amongst them the “lupuna” or ceiba. This is a favorite site for birds since it is in the river they find the fish and fruit that grows on its edges; even more, the thick forest offers ideal possibilities for nestling. With a bit of luck, you could also, spot monkeys moving on the tree tops or maybe a sloth hanging from a branch and thus mimetizing and making it almost impossible to be seen.
After making a stop for lunch (box lunch) in our second lodge, Tambo Yanayacu (38 Miles NE of Iquitos), you will have the chance to do native-style fishing on the river for piranhas and other species before returning to the Amazonas Sinchicuy Lodge.
When you arrive in the Amazonas Sinchicuy Lodge, you can comfortably sway on a hammock or enjoy an exotic drink at the “Clavohuasca Bar”.
Dinner. Overnight.

Day 4: AMAZONAS SINCHICUY LODGE / IQUITOS / LIMA(B)(L)

Breakfast.
After a fortifying breakfast based on fresh juices and fruit jams which are harvested in the region (fruits such as papaya, orange, melon, cocona) and accompanying natural food dishes and hot drinks to start the morning, your guide will invite you to participate in ceremony to plant a tree in a reforestation area near the lodge. Later, we wil cross to the other side of the Amazon River to visit the Wildlife Project, recently listed as Fundo Neysser Custody Centre to observe and interact with some of the varieties of wild animals such as sloth bears, monkeys, achuñis, macaws , toucans, boas and lizards. It will be an interesting way to learn to appreciate and respect wildlife typical of our Amazonia.
Lunch at the Amazonas Sinchicuy lodge.
Return to Iquitos by boat on the Amazon River.
At a convenient time, transfer to the airport or your hotel.

Day 5: Lima: Morning City Tour /Paracas: (B)

Breakfast. Guided sightseeing tour to the most attractive and important sites in Lima, the "City of Kings". Our tour will take you through Lima in its 3 historical periods: Pre-hispanic, Colonial and Modern. We will first show you a panoramic view of “La Huaca Pucllana”, and then you will visit the impressive Historical Downtown of Lima: Its palaces, mansions, churches and squares, ending with a visit to the residential district of San Isidro and an unforgettable view of the Pacific Ocean from the district of Miraflores.
This tour includes the admission to the BCR Museum and the Complejo Monumental San Francisco and its Catacombs.
*The BCR Museum is closed to the public on Saturdays and Sundays afternoon. It is closed all day and Mondays.
In the afternoon transport by bus from Lima to Paracas Peninsula, where we can find the most important wildlife sanctuary on the Peruvian Coast. Arrival in Pisco and transfer to the selected Hotel.

Day 6: Paracas National Reserve / Ballestas Island /Nasca (B)

Boat excursion to the Ballestas Islands, in the Paracas National Reserve, where we can observe sea lions, bobo bird, pelicans, penguins and marine birds. On the way back, from the water, we can also see the "Candelabro" (Candelabrum), a giant figure etched in the sand on the side of a hill in the style of the Nazca Lines. In the afternoon travel by bus to the city of Nazca for overnight.

Day 7: Nazca Lines / Arequipa (B)

Early in the morning, after breakfast, transfer to Nazca airport for a 45-minute overflight of the enigmatic Nazca Lines. At night, travel to the city of Arequipa (about 8n hours).


Day 8: AREQUIPA: Santa Catalina Monastery (B)

City tour Arrival at the Arequipa City and transfer to the Select Hotel Afternoon city tour of Arequipa, including Santa Catalina monastery, the Main Square, one of the most beautiful squares in Peru, and the Cathedral, a prime example of XIX century Peruvian architecture, housing beautiful treasures in gold and silver. We also visit the La Compania Church, and ancient Jesuit temple, one face is even crowned with feathers. Then, we will visit the Santa Catalina Convent.

Day 9: AREQUIPA: Colca Canyon (B)

Early in the morning, after breakfast, start your trip to the Colca Canyon, visiting on the way Pampas Cañahuas, the Mirador of the Andes, the crater of Chucura, the Mirador of Chivay, where pre-inca andens may be appreciated. Arrival to the town of Chivay at 13:00hrs. approx. Transfer to your selected lodge. Box lunch (light meals in the altitude). In the afternoon free time to visit thermal and medical baths.


Day 10: COLCA CANYON Condor Cross / Puno (B) (L)

After breakfast, very early in the morning, drive to the Condor's Cross, natural observation point from where the magnitude of the Colca Canyon and the spectacular flight of the majestic condor is appreciated. On the way back to Chivay, visit to the Mirador of Chinina, where we will find the famous Hanging Tombs and the Hanging Bridge of Sifón that joins the town of Yanque with Coporaque. At the town of Yanque, visit its beautiful church and its characteristic stone streets among other attractions. To have spectacular views of the Colca Valley, we will drive to the observation points of Choquetipo and Artahuilque and also to the town of Maca. After Lunch depart from Chivay (Colca canyon) to the Lake Titicaca (Puno), the bus departure at 1:30pm and arrive at 19:00 pm approximately. Overnight at selected Hotel.

Day 11: PUNO Titicaca Lake, Floating Island of the Uros and Island of Taquile (B) (L)

Early in the morning, we will have an unforgettable motorboat excursion on the waters of Lake Titicaca to the unique "Floating Islands" of the Uros. l. We continue our motorboat trip to Taquile island, . After lunch in a local Taquile inn, we have a walk through the various hills and archaeological sites of this 6 km long island. In the afternoon, return to Puno for overnight at the hotel.Free night.

Day 12: Puno / Cusco (B) (L)

Breakfast. Early departure by bus to the City of Cusco. We travel along the High Plateau of the Collao, stopping at the Town of Ayaviri, an important livestock and textile centre, to visit the impressive Temple of Kalasasaya, remnants of the ancient Pucara Culture. On the way, we stop in Raqchi, where we can see a spectacular Inca Sanctuary built by the Inca Pachacutec, and dedicated to the great Inca God of Wiracocha. It has a great central wall with a stone base of fine Inca architecture. Other walls are made of giant adobe bricks. The structure also has two circular lateral columns. Around the Temple are several buildings once used for housing and storage. About 70 km further on, we pass through the La Raya Ranch where we can see herds of vicuñas and llamas. During the trip, we pass by the lovely Wacarpay Lake, offering spectacular views of the mountains reflected in its calm waters.
We proceed to the beautiful Town of Andahuaylillas, and visit the Church of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, better known as the Sistine Chapel of the Americas, due to its decorated polychrome ceiling.
Buffet lunch in a quiet countryside restaurant, where we can enjoy the delightful culinary art of the region. Upon arrival in Cusco, meet and transfer to your hotel.
Dinner on your own.

Day 13: CUSCO: City Tour (B) (L)

City tour and visit to nearby ruins In the afternoon, we will have a guided city tour of Cusco visiting the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha Then, we drive out of the city to visit the Inca sites of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman, strategically built on a hill overlooking Cusco and famous for its enormous carved stones, some of them standing over 9m / 30ft high and weighing over 350 tons. Return to the hotel. Free night.

Day 14: CUSCO Sacred Valley of the Incas (B) (L)

Excursion to the "Sacred Valley of the Incas", a succession of picturesque towns, agricultural terraces and archaeological sites. Pisac's typical Indian market, In the afternoon pass through Calca and Urubamba towns to arrive to the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo,. On our way back to Cusco we will visit the picturesque Andean village of Chinchero where the remains of what was the royal hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui lies. Admire its well preserved Inca Wall at the Main Square, visit the beautiful colonial temple built on Inca foundations, with interesting frescoes on the portico. Back to Cusco in the afternoon.

Day 15: CUSCO: Machupicchu - Aguas Calientes(B) (L)

The day starts with an early morning rise to transfer to Cusco train station for a three hour train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machupicchu, also known as "The Lost City of the Incas". Arrive at Aguas Calientes station followed by a 30-minute bus drive, climbing 6km of winding road, to the incredible Machupicchu. Upon arrival, we´ll participate in a guided tour of the Citadel,. After the tour you will have time to stroll around the archaeological site at your leisure. Lunch in a restaurant at Aguas Calientes town. Overnight in a hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Day 16: Machupicchu: Aguas Calientes - Cusco (B) (L)

Excellent opportunity to wake up early and enjoy a beautiful sunrise as well as stroll around the Town of Aguas Calientes and visit its Hot Spring Thermal waters. Then, you will have time to perform some of the following activities: (not included in the overall price): 1. Visit the Citadel of Machupicchu for a second time.
2. For active or more adventurous people, we suggest to climb up the Huayna Picchu (depending on weather conditions) from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machupicchu, even more amazing being high and distant. Arriving at the top takes about two hours and a half and it is recommendable before 13:00 hours. It is necessary to register at the checking point at the beginning of the trail. An exciting adventure for the travellers who want to see from the top, the nature and the carved stone emerging from the ground as if a geological miracle.
In the afternoon, back to Cusco by train, and transfer to your selected hotel for overnight.
Evening free.We recommend to dine at the hotel and have an early night.

Day 17: Cusco/Lima (B)

International Flight. Early in the morning, transfer to the airport and departure to Lima, for international conecction flight.
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Prices & Hotels


Peruvian Airlines to make their International connection
INCLUDES: Transfer Hotel / Airport- Flight Cusco / Lima and assistance of our staff, airport taxes
ACCOMODATION 2017 Price Per Person
Category Lima Iquitos Paracas Nazca Arequipa Colca Puno Cusco Aguas Calientes Price Tour
Double/Triple
Economic Hotel Ducado Sinchicuy Lodge Hotel Los Frayles Hotel Oro Viejo Hotel Casa Consuelo Hotel Colca Inn Hotel Sillustani Hotel Inka Andina Hotel Vista Machupicchu US$ 1,890.00
Economic Superior Hotel Faraona Explorama Lodge Hotel Posada del Emancipador Hotel Majoro Hotel Posada del Monasterio Hotel Pozo del Cielo Hotel Qalasaya Hotel Plaza San Francisco Hotel Cabana US$ 2,290.00

Optional Tours:
• Change to Vistadome Train: USD 60.00
• Entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu: USD 20.00