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:: 2013 CHRISTMAS IN MACHU PICCHU & THE AMAZON 11 days / 10 nights::

 

DETAILED ITINERARY

Here is your opportunity to take a very unique vacation this holiday season. This trip will combine the timeless Machu Picchu with the raw nature of the Amazon Jungle. Treat you family to this exciting adventure this year.

December 20th:
Lima Arrival in Lima. Reception and transfer to your selected Hotel.

Dec 21st: 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.

Dec 22nd: CUSCO
Early transfer to the airport for your flight 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.

Dec 23rd: 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 your Hotel.

Dec 24th: 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.

Dec 25th: 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 and transfer to your Hotel.

Dec 26th: CUSCO-PUERTO MALDONADO-ECO AMAZONIA LODGE-MONKEY ISLAND
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado. Upon arrival, transfer to the boat dock where you will board the boat for the trip down the Madre de Dios River. Along the way, you will have the chance to observe alligators, turtles, many species of birds, and a variety of flora and fauna. Arriving at the lodge, you will be directed to your comfortable bungalow, followed by a welcome drink and lunch. After lunch, you will be accompanied by the lodges professional guide to Monkey Island which is only 5 minutes from the lodge. Located in the middle of the Madre de Dios River, Monkey Island hosts a multitude of Monkey species such as the Spider Monkey, Achuni, Squirrel Monkey, and the little Leoncito (little lion). The trip to the island affords beautiful sightseeing of the local landscape as well as the flora and fauna that they host. And, to top it all off, there is that breathtaking jungle sunset.

Dec 27th: COCHA PERDIDA (LOST LAKE)
After breakfast, we set forth through the virgin jungle led by the professional guide. Todays hike will take you to the Cocha Perdida. This site effectively constitutes a unique protected Ecosystem, refuge, and Feeding ground for the great diversity of wildlife including the Otter, Turtles, Alligators, Tapir, and Jaguar. There are also many birds with striking plumage as well as an ample variety of species of fish.
This area is and distinctly particular to EcoAmazonia Reserve, by virtue of having remained altogether unaltered, and conveniently surrounded by lard swamps and wetlands. One of the highlights of today’s tour is certainly the ascent to the Mirador built atop the the greatest of treetops in the Amazon forest, the revered Shihauhuaco from where a grand view of the great and magical forest can be admired. This is complimented by a pleasant canoe ride around the lake, after which we return to the lodge and lunch.
In the course of the afternoon, optional visit to a local family, the Botanical Gardens, and an eco-swimming pool are available to the guests.

Dec 28th: BRIOLO & GAMITANA RIVERS-TAMBOPATA ECOLOGICAL RESERVE-RAIN FOREST-CLOUD FOREST
After breakfast, we set off on yet another excursion through the magical jungle. First we navigate along the Madre de Dios River until reaching the trailhead where our hike to the Briolo & Gamitana Rivers begins. Both of these rivers originate in the heart of the virgin jungle and their numerous meanders and large winding channels form large navigable waterways.
We return aboard a canoe, closely observing along the way an abundance of wildlife plus flora and fauna. Returning to the lodge, we will have dinner and then spend a last quite evening in the jungle.

Dec 29th: PUERTO MALDONADO-CUSCO
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Cusco and transfer to your Hotel.

Dec 30th: Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Lima and then home.

NOTE: Prices are subject to change based on current Hotel and airfare rates. Please ask your sale ejecutive for details.

OUR PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights double accommodation in hotels and 3 nights jungle lodge
  • Transfers, tours and excursions as per itinerary
  • Tourist Guide
  • Flight: Lima-Cusco, Cusco-Puerto Maldonado-Cusco, Cusco-Lima
  • Ground transport to all portions of your tour
  • Vista Dome Train: Ollantaytambo -Aguas Calientes- Ollantaytambo
  • All entrance fees.

OUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • International air tickets to South America and associated taxes.
  • 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.

      

USEFUL LINKS FOR THIS TOUR
         
PERU PACKAGE TOURS

Peru Package Tour 1
Peru Package Tour 2
Peru Package Tour 3
Peru Package Tour 4
::more Peru Package Here::

CUSCO TOURS

Machupicchu tour1 day
Machupicchu tour 2 days
Cusco tour 7 days
Cusco tour 4 days
::more Cusco tours Here
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CUSCO TREKKING TOURS

Inca trail 2 days
Inka trail 4 days
Salkantay trekto Machupicchu
Choquequirao trek 4 days
::more Cusco treks here
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PUNO TOURS

Puno tour half day
Puno tour full day
Puno tour 2 days
Puno tour 4 days
::more tours Here
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AREQUIPA TOURS

Arequipa tour half day
Arequipa tour full day
Colca Canyon tour 2 days
Cotahuasi tour 3 days
::more Arequipa tours Here
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