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Andes, Amazon and Lake Titicaca

This itinerary allows you to discover Peru through two of its most typical areas: the Amazon rainforest and the Andes. The first is a paradise for nature lovers and a haven of peace ; regarding the Andes, they are full of archaeological treasures bequeathed by the extinct civilizations.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Lima
  • Day 2: Lima - Puerto Maldonado - Lima - Puerto Maldonado - Corto Maltes
  • Day 3: Colpa de perroquets - Monkeys Island - Sandoval Lake - Monkeys Island
  • Day 4: Gamita Island - Corto Maltes
  • Day 5: Corto Maltes - Puerto Maldonado - Cusco - Puerto Maldonado - Cusco
  • Day 6: Cusco
  • Day 7: Cusco - Pisac - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes
  • Day 8: Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Sacred Valley
  • Day 9: Sacred Valley - Moray - Maras - Chinchero - Cusco
  • Day 10: Cusco - Puno - Cusco - Puno
  • Day 11: Puno - Uros - Taquile - Puno
  • Day 12: Puno - Sillustani - Juliaca - Lima - Juliaca - Lima
  • Day 13: Lima

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: Lima

Upon your arrival at the airport Jorge Chávez of Lima, you will be taken to your hotel.

English speaking assistance from airport to your hotel.


Night at hotel El Patio
Included : private transport, reception with english-speaking guide, room & breakfast
Included opts : English-speaking guide

Day 2: Lima - Puerto Maldonado - Corto Maltes

You will be transferred to the Lima airport to take your flight.

Domestic flight from Lima to Puerto Maldonado.
You will be met at Puerto Maldonado airport and then transfer to the lodge offices (if you have luggage that you will not need during your stay in the forest it can be stored at the offices). A 40-minute boat trip on the Madre de Dios river will take us to the Corto Maltes Lodge where you will be received and given a welcome cocktail. Check-in to your bungalow and lunch.
After lunch you will have free time in which to settle into your bungalow or enjoy the pool.
15:30 hours: Your first encounter with the forest is a 2 and a half hour to 3 hour hike during which you will see and learn about a large variety of medicinal plants, tropical trees, birds, insects, butterflies and other animals.
Before dinner you will go on a nighttime boat trip in search of white caimans (caiman crocodilus) that live in the riverbanks.
Dinner and night at the lodge.
Included : private transport, transfer departure, domestic flight, airport tax, english speaking guide, entrance fees, all inclusive, excursion (shared)

Day 3: Colpa de perroquets - Monkeys Island - Sandoval Lake

Very early in the morning we set off to spot the dozens of parrots and macaws that gather at the Colpa de Loros to eat the special clay that can be found here that is indispensable for their metabolism.
Breakfast and then we set off for the monkey island where several species roam free. Then we continue our trip on to lake Sandoval and after half an hour by boat we enter the Tambopata-Candamo National Reserve territory. We continue on foot for around 5 kilometers to get to lake Sandoval where we will be able to spot giant otters, kingfishers and maybe even caimans and piranhas.
Dinner and night at the lodge.
Included : english speaking guide, all inclusive, excursion (shared)

Day 4: Gamita Island - Corto Maltes

Free time in the morning. At mid morning we set off and follow the course of the river for approximately 1,5 hours in order to visit a native community. Occasionally we can see monkeys, river turtles, caimans and various birds in the dense vegetation of the riverbanks. We will also see some medicinal plants such as Sangre de Grado, Oje and Capirona. A local family will introduce us to the cultural values of their ancestors, their language, their customs, their traditional clothing and their dances. In an era where globalization rapidly changes traditional societies this is a great opportunity to have direct contact with this tribe of ancient warriors and hunters.
In the afternoon we will visit a chacra (local term for farm). We will get to know a variety of tropical fruits and other local products (cocoa, bananas, coffee, cocona). Here we will also have a lunch consisting of typical Amazon dishes. The chacarero (farmer) will also let us taste some of the fruits that will later be taken to the city of Puerto Maldonado for consumption. Return to the lodge and free time.
Dinner and night at the lodge.

Day 5: Corto Maltes - Puerto Maldonado - Cusco

After breakfast transfer to the airport. If we have enough time we will visit the local market to show you regional agricultural products especially Amazon fruits.

Domestic flight from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco.

Reception at Cusco airport and transfer to the hotel.

English speaking assistance from airport to hotel.

Night at hotel Amaru I.
Included : domestic flight, airport tax, transfer arrival, reception with english-speaking guide, room & breakfast
Included opts : English-speaking guide, BTC

Day 6: Cusco

Departure for an half-day dedicated to the discovery of Cuzco's historical downtown. In the morning, visits of the Koricancha (Temple of the Sun), and of the Cathedral, exhibiting some paintings from the School of Cuzco and many goldsmith’s art, silver and precious stones treasures. Then we walk down to the San Blas quarter (the artists’ place).

Free afternoon in Cusco.


Night at hotel Amaru I.
Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, room & breakfast
Included opts : Entrance fees

Day 7: Cusco - Pisac - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes

8am departure in a private vehicle to explore the Sacred Valley of the Inca. The first stop is at Pisac in order to visit the impressive Inca ruins and the handicraft market. Then we continue to the Inca village of Ollantaytambo where we will visit the fortress.

Departure for a 2 hours ride by train to Aguas Calientes.


Night at hotel Presidente.
Included : private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, train ticket, room & breakfast
Included opts : English-speaking guide, Guide's accommodation., Guide's train ticket.

Day 8: Machu Picchu - Ollantaytambo - Sacred Valley

In the early morning, direct connection to the shuttle service that will drive you to the citadel of Machu Picchu.
Arrival to Machu Picchu, wonder of the world.

Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca city of the fifteenth century in Peru. Abandoned during the collapse of the Inca Empire, Machu Picchu sacred city, forgotten for centuries, is considered as a masterpiece of Inca architecture. It was unveiled in 1911 by the American archaeologist Hiram Bingham.

Together with your english speaking guide, you will start to discover the archaeological complex, still covered by the morning mist, built on top of a ridge and surrounded by precipices. A stunning view that evolves with the progression of the sun! After the guided tour (around 3 hours for the visit), you have the opportunity to discover on your own.

Return by train to Ollantaytambo.

Night at hotel Tunupa.
Included : bus ticket, guide expenses, entrance fees, english speaking guide, train ticket, room & breakfast
Included opts : Bus guide, English speaking guide , Guide's meals, English speaking tour leader.

Day 9: Sacred Valley - Moray - Maras - Chinchero - Cusco

In the morning, departure in a private vehicle for a day dedicated to the discovery of the Sacred Valley. First stop at the cultural site of Moray, a former Incan agricultural ‘laboratory’.
Then, continuation of the excursion to Maras: salt mines in the middle of the Cordillera! Visit of the village of Chinchero and its colonial church.
Drive back to Cuzco and transfer to the hotel.

Night at hotel Amaru I.
Included : private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, entrance fees, room & breakfast
Included opts : Private guide, Guide's meals

Day 10: Cusco - Puno

Transfer to Cusco's bus terminal.

English speaking assistance from hotel to bus terminal station.
Departure by tourist bus to Puno, town located on the shores of Lake Titicaca. We enjoy wonderful landscapes along the road. We go over the Raya Pass, at an altitude of 4320 meters. Visits of the Pukara Museum, of the archaeological site of Raqchi and of the “Sistine Chapel” of the Andes in Andahuaylillas. Lunch included (buffet restaurant at Sicuani). An English-speaking guide, exclusive to the bus company, participates to the journey and gives information along the way.

Option: you the also have the option to take the train. The Andean Explorer operates from November to March on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays (and also on Fridays from April to October).
Reception at the bus station and transfer to the hotel.

Night at hotel Balsa Inn.
Included : private transport, departure transfer with english speaking guide, entrance fees, bus ticket, lunch, transfer departure, room & breakfast

Day 11: Puno - Uros - Taquile - Puno

In the morning, transfer at 7:00 am to the port of Puno to embark for the islands of Uros and Taquile with a group and an english/spanish speaking guide. After a 25-minute cruise, we visit of the floating islands. These islands are not natural; the Uros tribe, whose main activity is fishing, built them.

We then head for Taquile (around 2-hour cruise), an island of great cultural interest, where residents live in harmony with the ancestral traditions. Visit and lunch in a typical restaurant, not included.
Back to Puno in mid-afternoon.

Transfer to the hotel.

Night at hotel Balsa Inn.
Included : local guide, private transport, excursion (shared), room & breakfast

Day 12: Puno - Sillustani - Juliaca - Lima

Transfer to Juliaca's airport. On the way, visit to the Chullpas de Sillustani, burial towers built in stone, some of then high of twelve meters.
Domestic flight from Juliaca to Lima.

Reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel.

Night at hotel El Patio
Included : domestic flight, airport tax, private transport, transfer arrival, room & breakfast

Day 13: Lima

Three hours before take-off, transfer to Jorge Chavez airport in Lima. Connection with the international return flight.
Included : private transport, transfer departure

Hostal El Patio   Lima

Level : 2*
Included : room & breakfast

El Patio is an oasis of green with a colonial atmosphere in the heart of the attractive neighbourhood of Miraflores. It has 23 rooms with queen beds and some have kitchenettes.

Corto Maltes - 4 days-3 nights   Puerto Maldonado

Level : 3*
Included : english speaking guide, entrance fees, all inclusive, excursion (shared)

The lodge has two bungalows equipped with king size bed and twenty-four other double or triple rooms. Each bungalow features a terrace with hammocks, private bathroom with hot water round the clock and windows with mosquito nets.

Night in the hotel Amaru I   Cusco

Level : 2*
Included : room & breakfast

The hotel Amaru I is located in the heart of artists district, "San Blas". Its colonial architecture and gardens allow you to enjoy a calm atmosphere just two blocks away from the central square of Cusco.

Night in the hotel Presidente SIA   Aguas Calientes

Level : 2*
Included : room & breakfast

Presidente Hotel Machu Picchu is located in the heart of Aguas Calientes, beside the River Vilcanota. It is a clean ans friendly hotel. All rooms have private bathroom and hot water. Some of them have small balconies with great views over the river Vilcanota.

Night in the hotel   Sacred Valley

Level : 2*
Included : room & breakfast

Tunupa Lodge Hotel is an elegant hotel located a few blocks away from the main square, from the ruins of Ollantaytambo and the train station to go to Machu Picchu. The hotel offers a beautiful view over the surrounding mountains and occupies a plot of 5000 m2 of land which includes a large garden, Inca terraces and a parking area. Its very luminous rooms are furnished with wooden floors and a private bathroom.

Night in the hotel Balsa Inn   Puno

Level : 2*
Included : room & breakfast

Balsa Inn offers cosy accommodation a few meters from the Plaza de Armas, in the heart of Puno. You will enjoy folkloric dances in the restaurant and Wi-Fi and free parking. The rooms of the Hotel Balsa Inn are decorated in cream tones with light wood furniture and with cable TV. The restaurant serves Peruvian cuisine, with dishes such as estofado of alpaca. Also, the bar offers drinks and regional cocktails such as Pisco Sour. A buffet with croissants and jams is served at breakfast.

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