STANDARD TOUR PROGRAM #009
Full Taste of Peru
17 Days / 16 Nights
Lima-Arequipa-Colca Canyon-Puno-Cuzco-Sacred Valley-Machu Picchu-Cuzco-Puerto Maldonado-Heath River Wildlife Center-Puerto Maldonado-Lima
Day 1 – Lima
Upon arrival, we will be met at Lima’s international airport and transferred to selected hotel. Overnight at selected hotel.
Day 2 - Lima
Free morning to relax. During the afternoon, tour of Lima including pre-Hispanic, colonial and modern sites. Includes a guided tour of Huaca Pucllana, a magnificent ceremonial and administrative site, the historic colonial downtown, the Cathedral and the modern areas of San Isidro and Miraflores. Overnight at selected hotel. (B)
Day 3 - Lima/Arequipa
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Arequipa. On arrival in Arequipa, transfer to selected hotel. Know as the “White City”, Arequipa is located in southern Peru at an elevation of approximately 7,500 feet and is surrounded by the towering peaks of El Misti, Chachani, and Picchu Picchu. Afternoon guided tour to visit the 16th century Santa Catalina Convent. We include the Plaza de Armas, one of the most beautiful in all Peru, the Cathedral and San Francisco churches. Overnight. (B)
Day 4 - Arequipa/Colca Canyon
Early morning depart to Colca Canyon, reputedly the world's deepest canyon. Drive through the nature reserve of Pampas de Canihuas where it is possible to encounter Alpacas and Llamas. We will arrive in time for lunch. In the afternoon we will explore the canyon and visit the town of Yanque. Overnight at selected hotel. (B)
Day 5 - Colca Canyon
Early wake up call for a visit to Cruz del Condor, a lookout point with a magnificent view of Mt. Misti and the swiftly flowing river far below. It is here that the Andean Condors are most often sighted. After lunch we will explore other towns of Colca Canyon and the thermal baths. Overnight. (B)
Day 6 - Colca/Puno
Morning departure to Puno by motor coach. Box Lunch on the way. Arrival in Puno and transfer to the selected hotel. Overnight. (B,L)
Day 7 - Puno
Early in the morning, boat excursion on Lake Titicaca to visit the Uros Indians, who build their homes on “floating islands” of totora reeds and are known for their boats made of the same material. Then continue to the Island of Taquile. Members of this self-supporting Aymara community receive visitors, showing them their traditional dress and escort them around the island. Taquile is renowned for its fine decorative weavings. Return to Puno. Overnight at the selected hotel. (B,L)
Day 8 - Puno/Cusco
Transfer to the bus station for the trip to Cusco. Enjoy the colorful natural landscapes of the Peruvian plateau with small towns and farms. On the way we will visit Pucara, the temple of Raqchi, power center per excellence constructed in honor to the God Wiracocha, and the colonial town of Andahuaylillas that has a chapel called the Sistine Chapel of the Andes. Lunch included. Arrival to Cusco and transfer to your Hotel. Overnight at the selected hotel. (B,L)
Day 9 - Cusco
Morning guided tour of the city and its highlights like the Cathedral, the Main Plaza, narrow streets, etc. Then continue to the nearby ruins including Kenko, the ceremonial bath of Tambomachay, and the amazing Sacsayhuaman fortress. Free afternoon. Overnight at the selected hotel. (B)
Day 10 - Cusco/Sacred Valley
Full day tour, including visits to the colorful Pisac Indian Market and the Ollantaytambo Fortress located in the Urubamba Valley - Sacred Valley of the Incas. This area was intensively cultivated with terraces increasing its harvest several fold. Small villages lined the valley floor, while the stone fortresses of Ollantaytambo and Pisac served the dual purpose of providing protection and serving as religious centers. PLEASE NOTE THE PISAC MARKET ONLY TAKES PLACES ON TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND SUNDAYS. Overnight at the selected hotel in the Sacred Valley. (B,L)
Day 11 - Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu
Morning transfer to the train station to take the tourist class train to Machu Picchu. The 3 hour train journey passes through picturesque Andean scenery, passing traditional villages, Inca ruins and rushing rivers. Upon arrival, we take a bus ride up to Machu Picchu, perched 600 meters above the river. The famous Lost City of the Incas is one of the most magical and mysterious places on Earth. Situated on the spine of a jungle-cloaked granite peak towering some 600 meters above an entrenched meandering of the roaring river below, the site is frequently shrouded in misty clouds pierced by the rays of the powerful equatorial sun. Overnight at Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes hotel. (B,L)
Day 12 - Machu Picchu/Cusco
Morning free to explore the ruins on your own. After lunch (on your own), train back to Cuzco and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at selected hotel in Cusco. (B)
Day 13 – Cusco/Puerto Maldonado/Heath River Wildlife Center
Transfer to the Cusco airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado. On arrival, reception and transfer through town to the Tambopata River port. After boarding motorized canoes, we travel downriver to the mighty Madre de Dios, which we follow for approximately four hours to the Heath River. We then travel up this wild and intimate river, which forms the wilderness border between Peru and Bolivia, and arrive at the Heath River Wildlife Center. Note that the Lodge is located on the Bolivian side of the Heath River so passports are required to clear Bolivian passport control. Overnight at the lodge. (B,L,D)
Day 14 - Heath River Wildlife Center
We rise early in the morning to board a motorized canoe for the 10-minute journey up the Heath River to the macaw and parrot clay lick. Brightly-colored parrots and macaws fly in by the hundreds to feed on the clay that detoxifies certain seeds and nuts they eat. Marvel at the cacophony of sound and color as Red-and-green macaws vie for the best clay-eating position. A specially-designed floating blind allows for proximity and complete concealment - so you can even have breakfast and coffee while the birds are performing their morning ritual. When we return to the lodge, the guide leads us on an ethno-botanical walk through the forest, pointing out flora used in the daily lives of rainforest people. The guide explains how certain plants are used for medicinal or healing purposes, which ones can be made into the best bows and arrows, and how to select trees and leaves for home construction. After lunch and a short rest, we hike through the rainforest to the Pampas del Heath, the largest remaining undisturbed savanna in the Amazon. The contrast is striking as we emerge from the mature rainforest onto the grassland plain of the Pampas. Overnight at the lodge. (B,L,D)
Day 15 - Heath River Wildlife Center
We breakfast in the floating blind at the macaw and parrot clay lick for a last round of looks and photos. Then we return to the lodge to explore some trails. After lunch we could visit the Ese'Eja native community of Sonene, where there will be an opportunity to interact with the community and purchase local handicrafts or explore the trails. After dinner we'll explore the forest by flashlight, including a visit to a small mammal clay lick if it is active. Overnight at the lodge. (B,L,D)
Day 16 - Heath River Wildlife Center/Puerto Maldonado/Lima
Early morning departure to Puerto Maldonado. During the river trip back downstream, families of Capybaras are often spotted on the banks of the river. Weighing up to 120 pounds (55 kilograms), this giant, three-toed relative of the guinea pig is the largest rodent in the world. Upon arrival, reception and transfer to the airport for the flight back to Lima. Arrival reception and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at selected hotel. (B)
Day 17 – Lima
Morning transfer to the airport for your international flight.
|Full Taste of Peru 2016
17 Days / 16 Nights
|Departures: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday|
- Airport transfers.
- Guided sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary.
- Ground transportation (bus and train).
- River transportation according to the itinerary.
- Meals according to the itinerary.
- Accommodation at selected hotels with breakfast.
- Accommodation at Heath River Wildlife Center with full board.
What’s Not Included:
- Meals not noted in itinerary.
- Optional tipping to guides and local staff.
- Airport departure taxes.
- Items of a personal nature (sodas, alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).