When you arrive in Lima, the City of Kings, our team will be on hand to cordially welcome you at the airport. They will drive you in our private van to your hotel in the very exclusive district of Miraflores.
Optional - Buffet Dinner at the Hotel $25
The first stop on our Lima city tour is Huaca Pucllana, a huge archaeological site in Miraflores, one of Lima’s most popular districts. Huaca Pucllana was an important ceremonial and administrative center of the Lima culture, which developed along this part of the Peruvian coast between 200 AD and 700 AD. This sacred place was built from seven staggered platforms surrounded by a plaza and large walls. It’s a very impressive site, and certainly not what you expect to find in lively Miraflores!
After exploring Huaca Pucllana with your bilingual guide, we’ll drive to the historic center of Lima, all of which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. We’ll go to the beautiful Plaza de Armas (Lima’s main square) which is surrounded by impressive colonial and Republican-era buildings, many of which have ornate wooden balconies. Some of Peru’s most important buildings surround the square, including the Government Palace, Cathedral of Lima, Archbishop's Palace of Lima, the Municipal Palace and the Palace of the Union.
We’ll visit the Cathedral of Lima, which was completed in 1649. It’s a huge structure, with a large central nave and 14 side chapels. Inside, we’ll see the sculptures and paintings that decorate the interior. The cathedral is also home to the tomb of the conquistador Francisco Pizarro.
Next we’ll walk one block to the Convent of Santo Domingo. Founded in the 1530s and completed in 1766, it is one of the most important religious buildings in Peru, and its large bell tower is a landmark in the historic center of Lima. As we walk around the interior of the convent, we’ll see the beautiful Sevillian azulejos (ceramic tiles) that decorate the walls, dating from 1604 and 1606. There is also a series of paintings that present passages of the life of Saint Dominic, the founder of the Dominican order, which date to around 1608.
This is the last stop on our Lima city tour, but if you want to know more about this fascinating and historic city, you can join us on one of our Lima city tour extensions.
Optional - Lunch at Café La Plaza Restaurant $22 per person.
Lima City Tour Extensions
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology – Cost per person $ 25
The National Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is the oldest public museum in Peru. Founded in 1826 and housed in an old colonial mansion, the museum holds a vast collection of artifacts, including ceramics, textiles, metals, stonework and organic materials from the various eras and civilizations of Peru. Exhibits range from the earliest cultures that developed in Peru, and progress through to the Incas, the colonial period and the Republican age. There are more than 100,000 artifacts in total, ranging from elongated skulls from Paracas to Moche ceramics and Inca jewelry. Two of the most important artefacts are the Raimondi Stele and the Tello Obelisk from Chavín de Huantar. The museum also has wonderful scale models of archaeological sites in Peru, including one of Machu Picchu.
Casa Aliaga – Cost per person $ 25
The Casa Aliaga is the oldest colonial mansion in Lima and one of the oldest in South America. The Aliaga family has lived in the mansion ever since Francisco Pizarro granted the land to Jerónimo de Aliaga in 1535. Not many homes in the world have been occupied by the same family for such a long time. Over the centuries, the generations of the Aliaga family have made their mark on the interior, creating an amazing collection of historic artifacts, furniture, art and other decorations. The interior patio is also a wonderful sight, and an impressive wooden staircase leads up to the elegant salons with their fine colonial and Republican-era furniture. There are few places in the Americas that present the passage of history in such an authentic and lived-in way, making the Casa Aliaga a fascinating place to visit during your time in Lima.
Pachacamac – Cost per person $ 45
The huge archaeological site of Pachacamac is located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) southeast of Lima. The site began to develop around 200 AD and flourished for about 1,300 years until the Spanish conquistadors invaded Peru. It became one of the most important sites in ancient Peru, and archaeological evidence shows that it was visited by members of various civilizations from across Peru. When the Inca Empire invaded the region, it took control of Pachacamac. However, the Incas respected the site’s religious importance and continued to maintain it as a sacred site, even allowing the Pachacamac priests to continue with their work, independent of the Inca priesthood. The Incas expanded the site, building five additional buildings including the Temple of the Sun on the main square, the Old Temple, the Painted Temple and the Acllahausi. The Acllahausi, where Inca women prepared for their ritual sun worship, is the only one of its kind left in Peru. During our tour of this fascinating site, we’ll walk to all of the main structures and features. And from the highest point of the complex, we’ll have wonderful views along the coast.
At 16h30 - Walking Tour for Barranco and Tasting Pisco Sour & Dinner – Cost per person $ 82
You’ll start off on foot and visit such highlights as the Barranco boardwalk and the famous “Puente de los Suspiros”, which has been a meeting point for young lovers for decades and has inspired many famous Peruvian poets and singers. You will visit the renowned MATE museum home to the collections of Peruvian photographer Mario Testino, in addition to the Pedro de Osma art museum, and visit the picturesque main plaza in Barranco.
Upon completion of your walking tour in Barranco, ready for a culinary highlight while in Lima? Find out all about the history of Pisco during this Pisco tasting and enjoy Peru's most famous drink, the Pisco Sour, prepared by the expert Ricardo Carpio. You will taste three types of Pisco: Pure Pisco, blend Pisco and green must Pisco. Enjoy this Pisco tasting and discover the different kinds of Pisco that made this drink so famous. Afterwards dinner.
After breakfast, a representative of Valencia Travel Cusco will pick you up from the hotel (time to be confirmed) and take you to the airport where you will take your flight to Cusco. Once you arrive in Cusco, a member of Valencia travel's team will be waiting at the airport to pick you up in our private transport and take you to your hotel.
Lunch at the Incanto Restaurant – Cost per person $25
In the afternoon, when we’ll first head to the wonderful Koricancha, next door to Santo Domingo Church. According to the chroniclers who wrote during the period directly after the Spanish Conquest, the Koricancha was the most sacred and most important temple in the Inca Empire. Its walls were covered with gold, and life-size statues of plants and animals – all made of pure gold and silver – decorated its rooms and hallways. Sadly, this wealth was stripped out by the Spanish conquistadors. It remains a magnificent temple, however, and your guide will take you around the Koricancha, showing you details that you almost certainly miss if you visited without a guide.
After visiting the Koricancha, we’ll head to Cusco Cathedral, located on the Plaza de Armas. Built between 1560 and 1654 on top of the foundations of an existing Inca temple, this spectacular cathedral houses many works of art by the Cusco School of painters, and its main altar and pulpit are covered in gold and silver relief work. Look carefully and you’ll also see elements of indigenous religious symbolism incorporated into the church by the native people who worked on its construction, such as the carved head of a jaguar on the doors.
Our next stop is the imposing Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, which sits on a hill above Cusco. Here you will see some of the finest examples of Inca stonework and construction, including massive rocks that were carefully cut and perfectly fitted together to form the walls. From here you’ll also have beautiful panoramic views of Cusco.
After exploring Sacsayhuaman we’ll head up the hill to the Tambomachay Archeological Complex. The exact purpose of this site is unknown, but it may have functioned, at least in part, as an Inca spa. Inca hydro-engineering is apparent here, with a series of aqueducts, canals and waterfalls running through the terraced rocks.
Tambomachay is the last attraction on our city tour, after which we’ll head back down into Cusco and drop you off at your hotel.
Optional Service: Folklore Show and Dinner – Cost per person $ 25.
Head to the Tunupa restaurant, located just the central Plaza de Armas of Cusco (3 minutes walking from Hotel), and get ready for a fabulous buffet dinner. There is a large selection of typical dishes, meat, fish, vegetables, and desserts they are amazing and delicious dishes. The night is more enjoyable when the traditional dance show begins and you can get involved with folk, traditional, classical music, and sweeten your ears with the Andean instruments: Quena, charango, flute, zampoña. If you wish, you can also share the dance floor with the dancers and get a great experience.
After breakfast, enjoy a free day to explore Cusco at your ease. The capital city of the Inca Empire is now the undisputed archaeological capital of the Americas, as well as the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city.
The Sacred Valley – Cost per person $35.
This is a full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley visiting the colourful Indian market in Pisac, where you will be able to appreciate the mixture of colour and tradition. Here you will have the opportunity to test your bartering skills, interact with the local craftsmen and purchase hand-made souvenirs. After Pisac travel to Urubamba, and continue on to Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied town on the American continent. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their canals, have not changed much from the time of the Inca Empire. The last visit will be the Chinchero market. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its major claim to tourism is its colourful Sunday market, which is much less tourist-orientated than the market at Pisac. At the end of the tour, return to the Plaza de Armas in Cusco.
Rainbow Mountain - Cost per person $ 90.
We will Pick you up from your hotel around 05h30 – 06h00. We´ll head to the community of CUSIPATA, we’ll get there in about 2 hours. Then we continue some 30 minutes more, to the Town of CHILLIHUANIl, where we will pass through picturesque places like TINTINKO and RIO TIGRE and the Mountain of Surina in LLACTO, where you will also could enjoy the flora and fauna in its natural habitat. (Llamas, Alpacas, Vicunas, etc.). 20 minutes later we will reach the starting point of our walk to the Rainbow Mountain. This walk will last about 1 hour and a half, We’ll enjoy panoramic views such as the Red Valley and Nevado Ausangate and small lagoons just before arrive to the spot where we can watch the whole colourful mountain. Our guide will explain you the science behind the colors and we`ll have some hot tea and something to eat. Then we will begin to descend to our starting point. Our vehicle will be waiting for us there to return to your hotel in Cusco, arriving around 18h00.
Maras Moray – Cos per person $ 30
We will pick you up from your hotel around 08h00 to take you to Moray “The Inca agricultural greenhouse or laboratory.” We will drive for about 1 hour and 20 minutes through the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, through lush yellow fields of wheat, past some villages. Finally, you will arrive at the fascinating display of terraces in Moray. Moray boasts three amphitheater-like terraces made by the Incas. These terraces, which are carved deep into the earth in a bowl shape, were thought to be used to determine the optimal conditions for growing crops. When we finish exploring Moray, we will continue and visit the salt mines of Maras, which is about 2 miles away. This village is known as a former salt-producing center that is thought to date back to pre-Inca times. There are over 3000 salt pools all carved into the mountainside; the highly salty water emerges at a spring, a natural outlet of the underground stream. The flow is directed into an intricate system of tiny channels constructed so that the water runs gradually down onto the several hundred ancient terraced ponds. The water, which is exposed to the sun, leaves salt on the land. After this fantastic visit, we will drive back to Cusco.
Our tour begins in Cusco, where we’ll pick you up at 09h00 and then head to the train station to board the train to Aguas Calientes (also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo). The train leaves at approximately 11h30, although the exact schedule does change sometimes. The two-hour train journey is a memorable experience in itself, as we pass through river canyons and rolling hills.
Aguas Calientes is the gateway to Machu Picchu, sitting in a deep gorge at the foot of the mountain upon which Machu Picchu is located. It’s a pretty town that mixes traditional life with a huge tourism infrastructure, with plenty of markets, souvenir shops, hotels and restaurants. It’s also largely pedestrianized, making it a fun place to explore on foot. Aguas Calientes is surrounded by jungle-covered mountains and cliffs, and the Urubamba River flows right next to the town, sometimes roaring through the canyon.
Aguas Calientes is also surrounded by thermal hot springs, and when we arrive you’ll have plenty of time to relax and enjoy a dip in one of the steaming natural springs. You’ll also have time to walk around the town, exploring the colorful markets and general buzz of this unique Peruvian settlement.
It’s an early start the next day, so we’ll make sure you’re settled in to your hotel and all set for the following day and your first glimpse of Machu Picchu.
Optional - Lunch Chullpi Restaurant – Cost per person $20
Optional - Dinner at the hotel – Cost per person $25
Wake up early for breakfast before our guide will pick you up from your hotel at 5:40am to begin the short bus journey to the gates of Machu Picchu where you will watch the sunrise. After entering the Citadel begin a guided walking tour (approximately two hours) of the citadel complex. After this experience, enjoy some free time to explore the mysterious city as you please.
Optional Service: Wayna Picchu – Cost per person $ 30
There is time for those whit enough energy to climb Wayna (Huayna) Picchu (at your own expense). For many people climbing Huayna Picchu is one of the highlights when visiting Machu Picchu. Wayna Picchu is the mountain behind Machu Picchu. The climb itself is interesting as you will see how the Inca did cut out some steps out of the rocks and as you wind around the side of a mountain will see Machu Picchu from different angles.
Optional Lunch Belmond Sanctuary Lodge – Cost per person $32
Then, you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included) later we will board the train back to Poroy. Upon your arrival to the train station, we will pick you up and take you back to your hotel in Cusco.
After breakfast, you'll be picked up from your hotel at 06h30 and dropped off at the bus station to take a bus trip, more like a tour - a guide will be on board, and you'll stop at four exciting sites:
Arrival time to Puno will be around 5 pm.
After breakfast, you will go out boat riding on Lake Titicaca. Pick up time at your hotel will be around 07h00. You will go over to the port, board our motor launch, and ride south to the Island of Uros. At Uros the Peruvians who live here maintain their ancient customs and way of life by weaving together totora reeds which grow in the shallows of the Lake. These reeds are used to construct their floating islands and their houses. Afterwards we will sail towards "Taquile Island". At Taquile, you will enjoy a 2-and-a-half-hour tour of the island which has been ranked the fourth most beautiful island in the world. In the community you will eat a wonderful Andean style buffet lunch.
Here you will visit the isolated weavers of this ancient community. According to pre-Columbian legend, the Incas actually learned how to weave from the artisans of this island. They are very, very skilled weavers. Taquile has been declared to be part of the Cultural Heritage of the Humanity by UNESCO.
Later in the afternoon, you will then have free time to explore the Island on your own, and afterwards return to Puno.
After Breakfast, transfer Hotel to Juliaca Airport for your flight at home via Lima. On arrival at Lima airport a transfer will be arranged to the hotel where the rest of the evening is at leisure.
Your Amazon adventure begins when we pick you up from your hotel or the airport in Puerto Maldonado. From here, we take a 45-minute boat ride along the Madre de Dios River to reach the wonderful Inkaterra Field Station. After a short briefing, you can settle into your cabaña and then have lunch in the dining room.
In the afternoon, you can meet your highly experienced jungle guide and choose from the various excursions available at the lodge. You can head off on a guided walk along the rainforest trail system to explore the Amazon Basin, passing by incredible trees such as the shihuahuaco and the strangler fig, seeing huge numbers of colorful birds and exotic insects.
Later, you can go on the river night watch excursion, a guided boat ride on the Madre de Dios River. During the excursion you can see the incredible change in the jungle as the sun sets and the nocturnal world comes alive. After dark, we can look for nightjars, owls, capybaras and big caimans. Returning to the lodge, you can then enjoy a delicious dinner in the main dining room. Afterwards, you can relax in your cabaña or head out into the grounds to experience more of the rainforest and the cacophony of magnificent sounds of the jungle at night.
After breakfast, we’ll head out to the famous Lake Sandoval in the Tambopata National Reserve. We can take canoes out onto the beautiful oxbow lake, which is home to endangered giant river otters, red howler monkeys, red-bellied macaws, anacondas, side-neck turtles, black caimans and more.
After exploring the lake, we’ll head back to the lodge for lunch. Then we can go on the amazing Inkaterra Canopy Walkway and the Anaconda Walk. The Canopy Walkway takes us up a 29-meter-tall tower into the treetop realm. Stretching for more than a quarter of a mile, the walkway takes you through the canopy on a suspension bridge network linking eight observation platforms. From this awe-inspiring vantage point, we’ll look out for toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, monkeys and the three-toed sloth.
Today we’ll go for a hike across the wetlands using a walkway. This walkway traverses a 200-meter-long wooden bridge over the aguajales swamps, where we can see a huge array of amphibians, birds, mammals, trees and other jungle flora. There’s also the possibility of spotting snakes – perhaps even the massive anaconda.
Next we’ll visit our own organic bio-orchard to discover many of the rainforest’s tropical plants, where we’ll learn about their properties and medicinal uses by indigenous communities. Then we’ll visit our 30-hectare Palmetum, a collection of 19 Amazonian palms in a plot reserved for rainforest restoration and conservation. Your guide will tell you all about these fascinating palms, including the yarina (vegetable ivory) and the walking palm, which cleverly moves its roots in search of sunlight.
Sadly, today is the final day of this Amazon adventure. After a breakfast buffet, we’ll take the boat back to Puerto Maldonado. If you have time before your flight, we can visit the butterfly house where you can see a stunning array of colorful butterflies, some small and some as large as your hand. You can learn all about the life stages of these beautiful insects, and walk among them as they flutter around. Then we’ll take you to the airport or to your hotel in Puerto Maldonado. We hope you enjoyed your wonderful experience at the Inkaterra Field Station in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest!
Enjoy your breakfast at hotel, then take a flight and head back home.
US and Canada citizens do NOT have to apply for a visa at an embassy or consulate before entering Peru.
A passport valid at least six months with at least 2 free pages in the visa section is required to get a Tourist Visa (an entry stamp) directly at the border or the airport.
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