DAY 1 LIMA
(Meal Plan:None)
Welcome to Lima, the ‘city of the Kings’. Upon arrival, you will be picked up and privately escorted to your hotel to settle in.

DAY 2 LIMA
(Meal Plan: Breakfast)
On our comprehensive tour in Lima, explore the historic center (declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO), bohemian neighborhood of Barranco and Miraflores. As you stroll around the main plaza and Plaza San Martin, our guide will explain the city’s
impressive and diverse architectural heritage. Continue on to the Santo Domingo Monastery where the first University in South America, was founded in 1551. Time for a lunch break is included. Lima makes worldwide lists as a topculinary destination, tell your guide about your preferences. There is a wide array of options from fine dining to casual restaurants. Then, head to Barranco the epicenter of Lima’s cultural elite and home of artists; writers and designers for many generations. The walking tour includes the ‘Bridge of Sighs’ and a lookout point – a great spot for a view of the Pacific Ocean. If you fancy a coffee, ask your guide for a stop at the charming Felicia & Domingo Café, where you can try a delicious organic coffee (coffee not included). Dedalo, an art gallery set in an early-20th-century mansion with an adorable café on the back patio, could be also an option if you are looking for artsy and original handicrafts. Once in Miraflores stop at the Park of Love with the sculpture ‘The Kiss’ and a stunning view over the bay of Lima. Your tour ends with a visit to Huaca Pucllana an impressing archaeological site from the 5th century standing out among modern constructions in Miraflores.

DAY 3 LIMA – AREQUIPA
(Meal Plan: Breakfast)
After a 1-hour flight, arrive into the white city of Arequipa.

Half day walking city tour of Arequipa. Because some of the old buildings are made of white volcanic material (sillar) Arequipa is also known as the ‘white city’. You will visit
the extraordinary Santa Catalina Convent. This cloister, built in the 16th century, is a huge construction which once served as a town within itself housing 450 nuns. Traditionally, the oldest daughters of Arequipa’s aristocratic families entered the convent in their early teens and spent their lives there, cloistered away. The convent complex has been beautifully refurbished, bringing the past vividly alive once more.

DAY 4 AREQUIPA – COLCA
(Meal Plan: Breakfast)
In the early morning you will leave Arequipa and head towards Colca valley. On your way you will pass Pampa de Arrieros, Pampa Cañahuas (where we find the Vicuna National Reserve of Aguada Blanca), Vizcachani and Tojra, a good place for spotting Andean birds. The majestic volcanoes Mismi (5,597 m/18,360 ft), Misti (5,825m/19,110 ft), Chachani (6,075 m/19,930 ft) and the glaciers Ampato (6,288
m/20,630 ft), Sabancaya (5,976 m/19,606 ft) and Hualca Hualca (6,288 m/20,630 ft) provide picturesque panoramic views as you enter the Colca Valley. After four hours on the road you will arrive in Chivay, the most important town in the ColcaValley, where you will make a short stop to explore the local market. Afterwards you will continue the journey to your hotel.

DAY5 COLCA – PUNO
(Meal Plan: Breakfast)
Early morning drive to the observation point ‘Mirador Cruz del Condor’, located between Maca and Cabanaconde, one of the deepest parts of the canyon. Here, you find the perfect spot to look down 1,200 m (3,937 ft) into the canyon. It’s here that the legendary condor, the bird with the largest wingspan in the world, can be seen rising and circling on the morning thermals, silhouetted against the magnificent backdrop of the mountain scenery. Afterwards you will make some stops in some of the picturesque towns en route to visit their colonial churches. You then say goodbye to Colca in order to continue your trip across Altiplano landscapes to Puno. The average altitude en route reaches the 4,500 m (14,700 ft). After a 6-hour ride you reach the city on the shores of Lake Titicaca: Puno.

DAY 6 PUNO
(Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch)
Your excursion by speed boat starts with a visit to one of the floating reed islands of the Uros before heading to iIsland of weavers Taquile. Unlike in the classic tour, this option offers a reduced time en route (e.g. 75 min from Taquile to Puno versus 2 hrs 30 min aboard the traditional boat) making your experience in the lake more pleasant. Your boat tour includes a meal prepared with local fish and fresh produce from the Andes (excursion by boat together with other travelers but with private guide on board).

DAY 7 PUNO – CUSCO
(Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch)
A ten-hour bus trip takes you through picturesque Andean landscapes dotted by small villages and herds of llamas and vicunas. Your final destination is Cusco, however you make three important stops along your way: the first one is at La Raya Pass (4,335 m/14,172 ft) to enjoy a panoramic view of the snow-capped Andes. Lunch will be served in a typical restaurant en route. Then your tour continues to visit the Viracocha Temple. This was the only Inca temple featuring cylindrical stone columns covered by fine clay layers. The last stop is in Andahuaylillas known by its baroque church dating from the 17th century.

DAY 8 CUSCO
(Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch)
Today you will visit the salt mines of Maras where an intense white shines like snow on a sunny day – an impressive sight for any visitor. Salt was extracted from these mines from Inca times on and the same method has been used ever since. You then head to Moray. The circular terraces hidden among the hills are similar to a Greek amphitheater. Surrounded by an impressive backdrop of snow covered mountains, Moray was used as an open-air agricultural lab for adapting crops to different environmental conditions. Afterwards, enjoy a three-course lunch at Misminay. Lunch is cooked by the families of the community with naturally cultivated ingredients from their fields. On a clear day views at Misminay are truly phenomenal. You can see most of the snow-capped mountains of the Sacred Valley and the surrounding farmlands. Finally you will visit the fortress of Ollantaytambo where the Temple of the Sun (formed of six gigantic monoliths, whose total weight exceeds 50 tons) and the Terrace of the Ten Niches stand out.

DAY 9 CUSCO
(Meal Plan: Lunch)
This morning, your train ride takes you through the Sacred Valley of the Incas up to Aguas Calientes. Upon arriving in Aguas Calientes you will be greeted by your guide who will assist you onto the shuttle bus to the entrance of the citadel. During your guided tour you will experience the uniqueness of the location and the genius that went into its construction. The duration of your magical trip to one of the seven new wonders of the world will be 2.5 hours, after which you will make your way back out of the citadel with your guide. Then, enjoy lunch at Café Inkaterra. Café Inkaterra is one of the restaurants of Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo and the one for visitors not staying at the hotel. The restaurant, located next to Machu Picchu train station, blends Andean food with contemporary cuisine. Cafe Inkaterra is situated under a traditional Amazonian palm-thatched roof and is decorated with local crafts. The decoration transmits the fusion of the two elements given in this place: Andean, Inca architecture legacy in the cloud forest.

Finally, return by train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo or Poroy train station.

DAY 10 CUSCO
(Meal Plan: Breakfast)
Your half day sightseeing tour starts with Sacsayhuaman Fortress, the largest and most magnificent work left by the Incas. The massive terrace walls are amongst the
largest used in any building in the Americas. The meticulous precision of the rockwork sheds light on the mastery of the Inca stonemasons. Then, you head back to Cusco city. Admire the most impressive example of how Inca and Hispanic cultures fused together at the Koricancha or Sun Temple. Just at walking distance you find the Cathedral dominating the north-east side of Cusco’s main square. One of the most famous paintings and icons within is the ‘Last Supper’ by Quechua artist Marcos Zapata. The 18th century painting symbolizes the blend of indigenous and European cultures. Instead of a lamb on the table you find a guinea pig. Take then a cobblestoned street going up to the traditional artist’s quarter of San Blas. Many of the best craftsmen have their workshops and small galleries in the cobbled, narrow streets. From the main square, take Triunfo Street to Hatunrumiyoc and see its famous twelve-sided stone.


DAY 11 CUSCO – PUERTO MALDONADO – HACIENDA CONCEPCION
(Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Upon arrival from Lima or Cusco, you will be welcomed at the airport and driven to the Inkaterra´s Office in Puerto Maldonado. You will be asked to pack only the necessary gear for the next days, and leave the rest at the safe deposit. This helps keep the boats and cargo light. A 25 minutes canoe ride along the Madre de Dios River takes you to the Hacienda Concepcion Lodge. Enjoy your lunch before walking along the Concepcion Trails discovering the primary and secondary rainforest. In the evening we will be on the boats to see the magical river at twilight with its colorful beauty and wildlife

DAY 12 HACIENDA CONCEPCION
(Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast we start our long trek through the Tambopata National Reserve to Lake Sandoval. This mirror-like oxbow lake with its biodiversity is home to giant river otters and also howler monkeys, red-bellied macaws, turtles and black caimans can be observed. After lunch at the Lodge we will explore the jungle from the platforms, 29 meters above the ground, walking from treetop to another. Watch out for bright toucans, trogons and monkeys. Afterwards we will go along the Anaconda Walk (30 minutes), a wooden bridge leading over the ‘aguajales’ swamps, flooded marshland, where amphibians, birds, mammals can be seen.

Exploration of the rainforest at night with its special sounds and animals emerging at this time.

DAY 13 HACIENDA CONCEPCION – PUERTO MALDONADO
(Meal Plan: Breakfast)
Retracing the river you head back to Puerto Maldonado, the Butterfly House and airport. Depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures.

 

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