Lima – Amazon River – Cusco – Sacred Valley –2D/1N Inca Trail – Machu Picchu – Titicaca Lake 12 Days / 11 Nights

Day 01 – Travel day – Arriving to Lima – Peru

Many members of the team will be arriving to Lima that evening. We will be assisting with
hotel accommodation and transportation. Domestic flights to Iquitos will be scheduled the next
morning. Meal: No meals included

Day 02 – Lima/Iquitos/Heliconia Amazon River Lodge

At the arranged time transfer from your hotel in Lima to the airport to take your flight to Iquitos.
At your arrival transfer to the office headquarters for a short briefing about our jungle program,
what to expect during your stay in the lodge, the do’s and don’ts in the jungle and some essential
tips will be carried out. Soon after, you will be transferred to the Iquitos Port, where you will
board one of our speedboats to take you to the Heliconia Amazon River Lodge along the
Amazon River. During the boat ride observe the convergence of the brown turbid waters of the
Amazon River with the dark waters of the Nanay River. Enjoy the impressive jungle landscapes
with the rustic small houses of the riverside towns. Then have a short stopover in Monkey
Island, a social family enterprise focused on conserving and protecting endangered monkey
species in the Northern Amazon. After a 90-minute boat ride arrive at the Lodge where our
staff will welcome you with an exotic jungle drink. After check-in and settling in your room,
at your leisure, you will have your first Amazonia cuisine lunch. In the afternoon, begin your
first excursion: a jungle hike into the Yanamono primary rainforest reserve, for approximately
two hours joined by our expert guides. They will show you identify several flora species such
as heliconia flowers, medicinal plants and giant trees. You will also have the chance to sight
several bird species, and with a little luck you will be able to view a family of small monkeys.
Return to the lodge to rest and relax and be thrilled by your first, must-not-miss Amazon Sunset.
As the evening comes around, during high tide, take a boat ride along one of the Amazon
River’s tributaries for an exciting evening in the jungle, with no lights, perhaps just some jungle
flora and fauna sparkling in the dark. You will have to trust your expert boat guide to take you
where you can appreciate and listen to the magical sounds of the jungle. If it is a clear night,
you will see the bright magnificent moonlight, as well as observe the stars and constellations.
With some luck, you can also see some falling stars which are quite common in the area.
Shortly, go back to the Lodge to rest and relax for an early wake up the next day.
Accommodation at the lodge Meals: Breakfast at the hotel, lunch & dinner at the lodge.

 

Day 03 – Heliconia Amazon River Lodge

Wake up early for the Morning Bird Watching. To see the birds flocked together during their
morning feeding time, you will start very early going by boat to one of the several streams (best
on high tide) to look out for a great variety of birds. Thereafter, you will return to the lodge, for
an energizing breakfast. Take a little rest and then you will set off to a Native Fishing expedition
unto one of the small tributaries of the Amazon River. Learn the local fishing techniques and try
to fish for Piranhas. During this excursion, you can also look out for the Pink River Dolphin (Inia
Geoffrensis). If you were lucky enough at the fishing experience, you will have your catch cooked
for lunch, when you return to the Lodge. After lunch, you will board the boat towards a lake in
Yanamono island (best on high tide) where you will be able to get a glimpse of the Giant Water
Lily, the Victoria Regia, the “Queen of water lilies”. Now renamed Victoria Amazonica, these
native florae in the shallow waters of the Amazon River basin are mostly found in oxbow lakes
and bayous. You may see some flowers that are white as they bloom on the first night some that
have turned pink on the second night after blooming. They can grow to 40 cm in diameter and
are pollinated by scarab beetles. Victoria Amazonica is well known for its huge circular leaves,
which are often pictured with a small child sitting at the center of its leaf to display their size and
strength. Consider taking the Nature Night Hike. Go on an enchanting evening trek within the
secure periphery of the Lodge and you will witness the entrancing transformation from daytime
to a night atmosphere. As you adjust to the dark environment you will appreciate the rainforest
takes on a very different character and be aware of the existence and habits of nocturnal jungle
animals. It’s the best time to see stunning tree frogs, shy snakes, and other rainforest creatures
that only come out at night. Discern a range of completely distinctive fauna from the day as you
listen to magical sounds of insects, birds, jungle cats and night owls. Back to the Lodge for
Dinner. Accommodation at the lodge Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner at the lodge.

 

Day 04 – Native Community Immersion in a Riverside Town – Iquitos

Wake up early or late, the choice is yours. Breakfast begins at 8:00 a.m., for those
who want to avoid the heat, and enjoy nature at its fullest. After breakfast, we
will visit a riverside town to see an indigenous tribe of the Yaguas community
where you will have the opportunity to learn and see their way of life in the
Amazon River. See their homes, school, church, shops and interact with the
people, learn their techniques of fishing and farming. Observe their customs and
tradition and get enlightened by their unaffected and austere way of living. Return
to the Lodge for lunch and check-out. After lunch, transfer to Iquitos City and
transfer to the hotel. Accommodation in Iquitos. Meals: Breakfast and lunch at
the lodge.

Day 05 – Iquitos/Lima – Barranco City

At the arranged time transfer from your hotel in Iquitos to the airport for your
flight to Lima. At arrival assistance and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon,
admire the wonderful architecture and cosmopolitan sites of Barracnco City.
We will have the opportunity to visit a beautiful boutique hotel located in
Barranco– Lima’s art district. Hotel B might as well be an art gallery itself.
The hotel is a restored mansion that’s just a block away from the oceanside
cliff. Its interiors are quirky, yet elegant, filled with artwork from ceiling to
floor. Evening at leisure. Accommodation in Lima. Meals: Breakfast

Day 06 – Lima/Cusco – City Tour & Nearby Ruins

At the arranged time transfer from your hotel in Lima to the airport for your
flight to Cusco Imperial City. At arrival assistance and transfer to the hotel.
In the afternoon, admire the wonderful pre-Hispanic and colonial legacy of
Cusco city, an interesting journey where you will learn about Koricancha
(Temple of the Sun), ancient place of worship to the Sun, God of the Incas
where the convent of Santo Domingo was built, gaze the beauty of Cusco
city´s Main Square and admire the most representative sculptures and
paintings of Cusco´s Art inside the cathedral. Touring the impressive
Sacsayhuaman Fortress, strategically built on a hill overlooking Cusco,
famous for its external walls built with huge stones cut and assembled with
stunning precision. At night, delight yourself with a pleasant dinner show at
one the best tourist restaurants in Cusco.
Accommodation in Cusco. Meals: Breakfast and Dinner Show

Day 07 – Cusco/Sacred Valley of the Incas/Cusco

Visit the Sacred Valley, a picturesque tour where you can see important
archaeological remains, landscapes and village customs. This tour starts with
a first stop at Awanacancha Complex, here you can have the chance to feed
Andean Camelids such as llamas and alpacas; you will also can meet local
people who will show their techniques for weaving in their sites. The tour
will include the visit of the typical Pisaq Market where you can have the
chance to shop or buy handcrafts and try the traditional costumes. Enjoy a
buffet lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you’ll visit the ancient Salt
Mines. Looking down on the mines, you see a dizzying array of white,
irregular rectangles. It’s a very photogenic scene. The source of the salt
mines, or salineras, is a warm salty spring at the head of the valley. Although
the Inca created the mines some 2,000 years ago the salt mines of Maras are
still in use today. It’s fascinating to watch locals harvest the salt, a process
that hasn’t changed in thousands of years. Transfer to the hotel.
Accommodation in Cusco. Meals: Breakfast and lunch.

Day 08 – DAY 1 Inca Trail from 104 KM – Winay Wayna

We start early this morning with breakfast at the hotel and then a 2 ½
scenic bus ride to a city named Chachabamba at kilometer 104, where our
trekking begins. From this place, we hike for approx. 3 hours to the Incan
site Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young) 8792ft. After lunch, we continue the
walk until we reach the Sungate or Inti Punku 8957ft, from where you
will have your first dramatic panoramic view of Machu Picchu 7873ft.
We continue the walk toward Machu Picchu where we have an amazing
view of the Sunset. Finally, we take a shuttle bus down to Aguas
Calientes.
Accommodation in a hotel Aguas Calientes . Meals: Breakfast, Box
Lunch and Dinner

Day 09 – Machu Picchu

Wake early and take the first bus up to Machu Picchu to enter the site.
Enjoy a guided tour for 2 hours covering the history of the incan
people and the most important parts of the citadel as the Royal
Mausoleum , the Temple of the three windows , the main temple , the
Sacred Plaza , the famous Intihuatana where wise Inkas tied to the
sun in the winter solstice in June , stairways , plazas , fountains, etc.
When the tour concludes, spend some free time to exploring the site
on your own or even climbing Huayna Picchu if you purchased
permits. At appropriate time we will be taking a bus down to Aguas
Calientes for lunch. In the afternoon, we will be taking the train back
to Ollantaytambo and then switch to a bus for the scenic drive back to
Cusco. Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 10– Cusco / Puno – Tour Lake Titicaca Uros Floating Island

At according time, transfer to the airport to take your flight to Puno. At
your arrival transfer to the hotel to rest part of the morning. At
afternoon, we will pick you up from your hotel and then we will start a
private motor boat to the Uros Islands. Arriving we visit the floating
islands walking and interacting with the natives. There is also a chance
to ride a reed boat. We will have the opportunity to learn more of this
ancient living style of the locals. We would be getting back to Puno by
5:00pm. Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 11 Full Day Tour Taquile Island

After breakfast, we take the boat to “Taquile Island”, a traditional Quechua
speaking community, and full of ancient agricultural terraces. The weaving
tradition is part of the culture and goes back to early civilizations; all weaving
is done by hand. The most characteristic garments are the “Chullos”, a knitted
hat with an earflap, and “The Calendar Waistband”. Arriving to the island,
we have to walk up along a narrow path, enjoying on the way impressive views
of the Lake Titicaca and mountains. At the village, you will have free time to
explore around on your own, and optionally you have a chance for lunch at one
local restaurant. Later we will descent to the pier to take our boat back to Puno.
We will be getting Puno by 4:00pm. and you will be transferred back to your
hotel. Meals: Breakfast & Box lunch

Day 12 – Puno/Lima – City Tour Lima Colonial & Modern

At the arranged time transfer from your hotel in Cusco to the airport for your
flight back to Lima. Visit the most important sites of Lima and wrap yourself in
its charm and tradition. Visit the impressive historical center and pass by the
Main Square, The Government Palace, City Hall, The Archbishop’s Palace and
the Cathedral. You’ll visit San Francisco Convent that displays the largest
monumental group of Colonial Art found in America. Here you will find the
catacombs, underground galleries where the first Christians buried their dead
and practiced worship ceremonies. At afternoon delight yourself with a pleasant
dinner at one the best restaurants in Lima located on the sea, this traditional
restaurant gives you the most exquisite dishes and its history over the years
allows us to say it is one of the best places to spend a romantic and unforgettable
moment. Immediately after, take your transfer to the airport to take your flight
back home. Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

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