Arrival in Lima, reception and transfer to your Hotel.
Day 2: CITY TOUR OF LIMA
After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel for a city
tour of colonial and modern Lima, including the cathedral, dating
from 1654, the main square, which still houses the original bronze
fountain built in 1650, and the San Francisco Convent and its
catacombs. Lima was founded in 1535 by Pizarro and rebuilt in
1991, the same year that UNESCO declared it a world heritage site.
Lima was home to the Spanish viceroy during the time of the Spanish
colonialists. The tour also includes a visit to the residential
areas of San Isidro and Miraflores, stopping at Larco Mar to enjoy
a view of the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Return to your Hotel.
Day 3: CARAL
Transfer from your hotel for a full day's guided visit to Caral,
the oldest civilization in the Americas. Dating back to over 3000BC,
this earliest of settlements developed almost simultaneously with
the civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, India and China. There
was also a Quipa found at this site which gives Peru possible
the second oldest known form of communication in the world. In
the evening, we will transfer you back to your hotel in Lima.
Day 4: IQUITOS
Afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight to Iquitos.
Reception and transfer to your Hotel. Free evening to enjoy Iquitos.
Day 5: IQUITOS-CEIBA TOPS
Reception at the airport, brief city orientation and transfer
to the Explorama dock. Twenty-five mile journey down the Amazon
River to Ceiba Tops, where rooms with air conditioning and private
bathrooms provide the comforts of home in the rainforest. Afternoon
hike in the beautiful primary rainforest reserve surrounding the
lodge which includes many huge trees festooned with epiphytes.
After dinner there may be local flute or guitar music at the El
Toucan Bar or the guides are always ready to relate some of the
many legends of the Amazon forest.Spend the night at Ceiba Tops
Day 6: CEIBA TOPS
Morning boat ride, spotting for dolphins, to visit a small village
of Yagua Indians where your guide will explain the local Yagua
Indian culture and how it was affected by the arrival of Europeans
and the passing of time. There will also be an opportunity to
see some of the local crafts and for a demonstration of the blowgun
which some of the Yagua elders still use for hunting. Afternoon
walking excursion to the neighboring town of Indiana. Originally
a Franciscan mission, Indiana has grown into a large river community
with its own market, high school and small hospital. Ceiba Tops
Day 7: CANOPY WALKWAY TOUR
Early morning transfer by boat to the beginning of your tour.
After breakfast, you will take a short walk to the start of the
Canopy Walkway. This is the longest of its kind in South America.
After lunch, you will return by boat to your lodge. Ceiba Tops
Day 8: CEIBA TOPS-IQUITOS
Your choice of morning walking or boating excursion to further
enjoy the rainforest and Amazon River. Afternoon transfer to Iquitos
and your Hotel.
Day 9: CUSCO
Early transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima and then
on to Cusco. Reception and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon guided
city tour of the four ruins nearby; the Sacsayhuaman Fortress
overlooking the city of Cuzco, a pre Inca architectural masterpiece;
Kenko, a rock sanctuary whose main attraction is the monolithic
altar representing a puma, the red Fortress of Puca-Pucara and
Tambomachay, a beautiful fountain fed by a spring forming a series
of basins continue to the city of Cuzco; the Main Square, the
Cathedral and the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun.Spend the night
in your Hotel.
Day 10: SACRED VALLEY TOUR
After breakfast, we will pick you up for a full day tour of the
Sacred Valley of the Incas. Visit the village of Pisac, founded
during colonial times and set at the foot of a hill crowned by
the remains of an Inca city. On Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays,
in the main square, Indians barter their products and artisans
from all over the area sell their woven alpaca wool blankets and
ponchos, engraved gourds, antique reproductions, jewelry, etc.
On Sundays it is also the meeting place for mayors from all the
villages in the region, dressed in their traditional costumes
to attend morning mass. After lunch, we will visit Ollantaytambo,
the only Inca town which was not overthrown by the conquistadores,
and explore the ruins which tower above it.Spend the night in
Day 11: MACHU PICCHU
Transfer to the train station for the early morning departure
to Aguas Calientes and then a bus ride up to the timeless ruins
of Machu Picchu ruins. Upon arrival to the ruins, you will be
given a guided visit of Machu Picchu for about 2 hours. There
are many theories as to the origins of Machu Picchu but three
of the most popular ideas include a temple to the sun, a fortress
against the jungle inhabitants or a sanctuary for the Incas. This
beautiful city has houses, temples, warehouses, a large central
square, all connected by narrow roads and steps, and is surrounded
by terraces cut into the mountain side which were used for agriculture.
After the tour, free time to enjoy this magical and spiritual
wonder. After the tour, you will have a few hours to explore at
your own pace before taking the afternoon bus back down to Aguas
Calientes and your Hotel.
Day 12: AGUAS CALIENTES-OLLANTAYTAMBO-CUSCO
Free day in Aguas Calientes to return to Machu Picchu, relax in
the hot springs, or take the short hike to the private waterfall
reserve of Mandor Pampa. Afternoon train to Ollantaytambo town
and then to Cusco by car transfer to your Hotel.
Day 13: CUSCO-JULIACA-PUNO
After breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport for your
flight to Juliaca. We will then transfer you to Puno and your
Hotel. It is important to note that Lake Titicaca is the mythical
birth place of the Inca Empire.
Day 14: PUNO-LAKE TITICACA
Early transfer to the port for the boat journey on Lake Titicaca
to the floating islands of Uros. Made entirely of reeds and inhabited
by the Aymara Uros people. They live in huts built on platforms
of reeds, not more than 1 foot thick. Short walk on the islands,
then the boat trip continues as far as the island of Taquile.
Members of this self supporting Aymara community receive visitors
in their colourful national costume and show them around the island.
Taquile is renowned for its fine, decorative weavings. A boxed
lunch is included.
Day 15: PUNO-JULIACA-LIMA
After breakfast. Transfer to Juliaca airport for the return flight
to Lima. Along the way, an excursion will be made to the pre-inca
Sillustani funeral towers next to the Umayo lake. The towers form
part of one of the largest and most important necropolis in the
world. Used by both the Altiplano civilization and the Incas and
their wives "Collas" to honor their dead and in preparation
for the after-life. It was abandoned when the first Spanish arrived.
With over ninety Chulpas (tombs), all built from volcanic rock,
those for the Incas can be easily recognized by their finer detail.
NOTE: Prices are subject to change based on
current Hotel and airfare rates. Please ask your sale ejecutive
OUR PRICE INCLUDES:
- 11nights double accommodation in Hotels plus 3 nights jungle
lodgeTransfers, tours and excursions as per itinerary
- Tourist Guide
- Flight: Lima-Iquitos, Iquitos-Lima-Cusco, Cusco-Juliaca, Juliaca-Lima
- All ground transport
- Vista Dome Train: Ollantaytambo-Aguas Calientes-Ollantaytambo
- All entrance fees.
OUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- International air tickets to South America and associated
- Meals not specified on the itinerary.
- All domestic flights require a US$5.00 charge (airport tax),
payable at the airport.
- Personal expenses such as telephone bills, laundry expenses,
alcoholic and bottled beverages, etc.
- Insurance against theft, loss, illness and/or accident.