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Budget tour to Lima, Arequipa, Puno, Titicaca lake, Cusco and Tambopata Tour



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Duration: 12 days / 11 nights
Tour Type: Archaeological, cultural and ecological
Price: From US$ 1 144
Places to be visited:
Lima: City Tour
Arequipa: City Tour and the monastery of Santa Catalina Convent. Puno: Excursion to the Lake Titicaca to Visit the Uros Floating Islands and the Island of Taquile. Cusco: City Tour and Surrounding Ruins, Archaeological Citadel of Machu Picchu.
Madre de Dios: Tambopata.

Tour Description

All our programmes can be tailor made according to your requirements, whether regarding the length of your tour, any special interests or specific activities, flight reservations, optional destinations or tours.

DAY 01: International Arrival in Lima
Assistance at your arrival to Lima International Airport and transfer to your hotel. There you will receive a briefing on your tour; receive vouchers covering all the services included in your tour and additional information on the organisation of your Peru trip.

Meals Included: None

DAY 02: Lima: Sightseeing Tour
Morning free to rest after your International travel. We recommend you to sleep long enough to be ready to start this unforgettable journey through this wonderful country.Free time for lunch. Guided sightseeing tour to the most attractive and important sites in Lima, the "City of Kings". The tour includes Lima's Historical Centre, passing by Plaza San Martin, Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and its Religious Art Museum, the Church of Santo Domingo, with the tombs of Santa Rosa and San Martin de Porras, and Lima's Colonial Balconies.
Church and Convent of San Francisco, The Best of Peru, Tours in PeruWe will visit the Convent and Church of San Francisco, the greatest monumental complex of Colonial Art in America and Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The tour includes a visit to the Basilica of 21 altars, Convent of Cloisters, Capitulary and Clementine Rooms, Chorus and Library of the priests, a Museum showing 11 paintings of the Rubens School, the Sacristy with paintings of Surbaran and Ribera, its great patio decorated with Seville tiles of the XVIth Century, Moorish arches and underground catacombs.
We then drive through the residential Districts of San Isidro and Miraflores, passing by the Huaca Pucllana, a ceremonial and administrative centre of the Lima Culture built in the II Century A.C. that the Incas considered as "Ñaupallaqta" or Sacred Town. We will also visit El Olivar Park with olive trees brought from Spain in the XVth Century, the Central Park of Miraflores and Larcomar, a symbol of modern Lima and a tourist and entertainment centre as well as a privileged site to enjoy an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean. Late afternoon transfer to your hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optinal: Dinner with show at Junius restaurant.

DAY 03: Lima / Arequipa: Sightseeing tour and Santa Catalina Convent
BBreakfast and Transfer to the airport of Lima to take your flight to Arequipa. At your arrival you will be transferred to the chosen hotel to accommodate you baggage's and continue with the Sightseeing tour of Arequipa.
Lunch on your own.
The tour includes the Main Square, one of the most beautiful squares in Peru, and the Cathedral, a prime example of XIXth Century Peruvian architecture, housing beautiful treasures in gold and silver. We also visit the La Compañia Church, an ancient Jesuit temple, maybe the most important one in Arequipa due to its history and tradition, with a beautiful façade with carved columns, laurel crowns, flowers, birds, etc. A more careful look at the façade, however, reveals the limits of European influence, as the angels have indian faces; and indeed one face is even crowned with feathers. Convent of Santa Catalina, The Best of Peru, Tours in PeruThen, we will visit the "Santa Catalina" Convent; a "small town" built in the XVIIth Century and opened to the public in 1970, after 400 years as a Cloister. Perfectly preserved for four centuries, you go back in time as you enter the Cloister and see the numerous, spacious patios and gardens, the kitchen and slave quarters and stone washtubs of this Convent. About 20 nuns, of what were once 500, still live in a section of the Convent. Return to your selected hotel in Arequipa. Lunch on your own. We recomended to take your lunch in the restaurante "Sol de Mayo".

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional: Possibility of visiting the Colca Canyon in Arequipa.

DAY 04: Arequipa / Juliaca / Puno: Sillustani en route
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport of Arequipa to take your flight to Juliaca. At your arrival you will be transferred to the hotel. On the way to the Hotel, we will visit the famous Chullpas of Sillustani: stone cylinder burial chambers used by the Aymaras to bury their leaders. Lake Umayo, located in front of the Chullpas, adds further beauty to the place. Here you also have the opportunity to observe several local typical birds.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 05: Puno: Titicaca Lake, Floating Islands of Uros and Taquile
Breakfast. Early in the morning, we will have an unforgettable motorboat excursion on the waters of Lake Uros Island, The Best of Peru, Tours in PeruTiticaca to the unique "Floating Islands" of the Uros. These ancient inhabitants of the Lake, known as the Water Tribe, have built their own "islands" by periodically adding new layers of a type of reed called "totora" (Scirpus totora), vegetable fibre of the Papyrus family. Their homes and boats are also made from this material. We continue our motorboat trip to Taquile Island, inhabited by Quechua-speaking natives who have developed efficient and unique social systems, as well as fine hand weaving techniques, passed down through the generations. Upon arrival at the Town of Taquile we will have a lunch. Then we will walk through the various hills and archaeological sites of this 6 km long Island. In the afternoon, return to Puno for overnight at your hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 06: Puno / Cusco
Breakfast. We leave in the morning by bus to the city of Cusco. We travel along the High Plateau of the Collao, stopping at the Town of Ayaviri, an important textile town, to visit the impressive Temple of Kalasasaya, ruins of the ancient Pucara Culture. Later on we stop in Raqchi, where we can appreciate a spectacular Inca Sanctuary built by the Inca Pachacutec, and dedicated to the great Inca God of Wiracocha. It has a big central wall with a stone base of fine Inca architecture. Other walls are made of giant adobe bricks. The structure also has two circular sideward pillars. Around the Temple are several buildings once used for housing and storage. About 70 km ahead, then we visit the Stripe Ranch where we can see herds of llamas and vicunas. During the trip, we go through the lovely lake Wacarpay that offers spectacular views of mountains reflected in its peaceful waters.
We proceed to the beautiful village of Andahuaylillas, and visit the Church of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, also known as the Sistine Chapel of the Americas, due to its decorated polychrome ceiling.
Buffet lunch in a lovely countryside restaurant, where you can enjoy the delicious cuisine of the region.
Upon arrival in Cuzco, you will be tranferred to your hotel.
Dinner on your own

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 07: Cusco: Sightseeing Tour and Nearby Ruins
Breakfast. Free in the morning to rest and to acclimatize. We recommended have your lunch in your hotel.
Church of La Compañia, The Best of Peru, Tours in PeruBy the afternoon, we will have a guided sightseeing tour of Cusco visiting the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha Then, we drive out of the City to visit the Inca sites of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, strategically built on a hill overlooking Cusco and famous for its enormous carved stones, some of them standing over 9m / 30ft high and weighing over 350 tons. Return to the hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner

Optional: Dinner in a typical restaurant with a folklore show where the musicians play their melodies with Andean instruments of beautiful sounds while typically dressed dancers will show you different ancient Peruvian dances.

DAY 08: Cusco: Day off
Breakfast. Day off for personal activities.

Opcional: We suggest you the following tours:
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 09: Cusco / Machu Picchu / Cusco
Breakfast. The day starts with an early morning rise to transfer to Cusco Train Station for a 3 ½ hour train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, also known as "The Lost City of the Incas" and now one of the seven wonders of the world. Machu Picchu was discovered for science in 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham. Arrival: Upon arrival at Aguas Calientes, you will make the 25-minute motor coach ascent to Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu, The Best of Peru, Tours in PeruWe tour the ruins for around 3 hours, during which time our guide explains the astounding degree of technology achieved by the builders of this famous site. The tight construction, the water channels, the staircases carved from the living rock of the mountain, and the Intihuatana, (or "Hitching Post of the Sun"), which served as an astronomical calendar, all show technological advancement far beyond anything this area of the world was thought to have achieved. These, along with the Temple of the Sun, the Royal Tomb, the Priests' House, the Inca Baths and the Temple of the Three Windows, all allow us to glimpse back into the past and, with the help of our guide, revisit the lives of these truly remarkable people. We enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Aguas Calientes. The mid-afternoon train takes you back to Cusco. Meet by our Representative and transfer to your hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 10: Cusco / Puerto Maldonad
Breakfast. Transfer to the Airport to board your flight to Puerto Maldonado "biodiversity of the world Capital". You will be received by our guides upon your arrival to the Airport of the City of Puerto Maldonado. We will then board our bus and pass through the City of Puerto Maldonado until we reach the Puerto Capitanía Port on the Madre de Dios River where we Caiman and Turtle - Peru Tourswill board our motorised out board engine canoe to go downstream the Madre de Dios River to the Eco Amazonia Lodge. Upon arrival at the lodge you will be served an exquisite welcome drink and then you will be taken to your bungalow where you will have time to install yourself and have a quick shower before heading back to the dining room for Lunch. In the afternoon, accompanied by your specialised guide, you will be visiting the pioneering and unique place called La Isla de los Monos or Monkey Island, located on the Madre de Dios River, only five minutes away from the lodge. During the walk you will be able to observe extraordinary landscapes with exuberant flora, in which you will find a great variety of monkeys in their natural habitat, such as Spider monkeys, Capuchin monkeys, Black Hooded Saddle Back tamarin monkeys, Common Squirrel monkeys, Red Howler monkeys as well as other species of mammals, such as the Coatimundo, Sloths and others, as well as a great variety of birds. At the end of our walk through the Isla de los Monos Monkey Island, we will, weather permitting, enjoy a splendid sun set. Sunsets in the jungle are really a spectacular sight! We will then take the boat back to the Lodge, where we will have Dinner and Overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 11: Jungle Walk to the Cocha Perdida Lost Lake
After breakfast, we will accompany our specialised guide for a walk through the jungle until we reach the so called Cocha Perdida or Lost Lake Oxbow Lake. This area Shansho Amazon bird - Peru Toursconstitutes an eco system, which gives shelter and food to a great variety of animals. You will have the possibility to see Giant River Otters, turtles and tortoises, tapirs, many coloured birds, maybe even the majestic Jaguar and a great variety of fish species. This is a unique wilderness area, which is kept untouched, with immense swampy areas and water logged forest. You will be able to climb up to the top of the extraordinary Mirador Amazónico Amazon Look Out Point at the top of a huge tree, and you will return to the lodge, paddling through the swampy area part of the way before boarding your motorised canoe and returning to the Eco Amazonia Lodge in time for Lunch. In the afternoon you can make an optional visit to our Botanical Medicine Plant Garden or, if you would rather relax, you can enjoy a swim in our huge indoor Amazon Pool. We will be back to the Lodge for Dinner and Overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

DAY 12: Puerto Maldonado / Lima
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport to take your flight to Lima, Where you can make your flight connexion to return your country.

Meals Included: Breakfast

End of our services.

Hotel Options for the Tour (or Equivalent)

Cities Hotels
Lima La Castellana
Arequipa El Corregidor
Puno Gran Puno Inn
Cusco Los Portales
Tambopata Ecoamazonia Lodge

Tour Inclusions


In Lima: Transfers, City Tourlodging and breakfast.
In Arequipa: Transfers, city tour and Santa Catalina Convent.
In Puno: Sillustani in route, Uros and Taquile, Tourist Bus to Cusco.
In Cusco: Sightseeing Tour, lodging and breakfast
In Machu Picchu: Guided visit to the Inca Citadel
    • 12 Nights Accommodations.
    • All breakfasts and meals as specified in the programme
    • All entrance tickets for the excursions mentioned above
    • All the transfers indicated in the itinerary.
    • Train ticket Cusco - Aguas Calientes - Cusco
    • Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes- Machu Picchu- Aguas Calientes
    • All applicable taxes
    • All bilingual guided tours (english/spanish) as described in the itinerary

  • International and domestic flights

  • Airport taxes ($30.25 for international flights and $6.05 for domestic flights)

  • Baggage excess. (i.e.Puno/Cusco bus)

  • Alcoholic drinks, soda or bottled mineral water

  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • International or National personal telephone calls
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Optional post-tour (Cost given separately)

Additional Tours

Useful Information

The lower forest of Tambopata extends over the south of Ecuador, which provides a cold and dry winter between May and October, turning it into the best season for international tourism.
The average temperature in Tambopata during the day is of between 82 and 93º F (25 and 31º C), while the average temperature drops to between 62 and 73º F (16 and 22º C) during the night. On the other hand, the cold coming from Argentina between the months of May and September drop these temperatures even further, to 50º F (9º C) during the day and 43º F (5º C) during the night. Therefore, one must be prepared for drizzles and the cold during this period; the rainy season is between November and April, and one must always be prepared for strong downpours that may go on for hours or even days. About 80% of the annual average of 2000 mm falls during this period; however, this average is a lot less than the average of 3000 mm of rain that falls in areas close to Ecuador.

Lugagge is hand-carried from the boats to your rooms. We strongly recommend you to limit the weight of your luggage to 15 kilograms (32 POUNDS ) a piece.

Those travellers visiting other destinations in Peru that need to carry with them other items of clothing, can pack different items of clothing in different pieces of luggage and bags, and keep those not needed safely at our offices in Puerto Maldonado on day one of our itinerary, so they may not be carrying useless weigh where it is not necessary, while at the same time we prevent it from getting wet in the forest, and avoid overloading the boat. Your extra luggage will be waiting for you at the airport in Puerto Maldonado on the day of your departure.

- Use comfortable shoes the whole time during walking tours.
- Take lots of liquids during long excursions.
- In Manu, have, at least, a set of dry clothes in your room.

- Warm clothes in case of cold weather (a sweater and a jacket).
- Rain wear for rainy season.
- Long-sleeved shirts.
- Long pants or slacks
- Insect Repellent.
- Suntan lotion, a hat with big brims for sunny days.
- One or two pairs of trainers or tennis shoes
- A pair of light boots and sandals.
- Lanterns, batteries and bulbs.
- Binoculars
- Sunglasses and plastic bags
- A towel and swim suit.
- A rucksack or light bag per person
- Camera and films ASA 200 and 400.
- Personal toilet items and first-aid kit.
- Medicine to arrest or prevent the so called ”Soroche” or altitude sickness.
  Please consult your physician what medicine is best suited for your organism.

Peru's climate may be divided into two: The Western Andes and the Desert Coast. On the Coast, it does not rain and the temperature is warm throughout the year. On the other hand, in the Andes, there are two seasons: Rainy and Dry.

Arequipa, Puno and Cusco are located in the Eastern Andes, so their rainy season is from October to May, the rest of the year it is dry.

Rainy time, starting in October/ November has its own maximum time in January, continuing until March/ April. In years of pouring rain there are landslides, floods, etc.

I n the Highlands, it is cold in the evenings but sunny and warm in the mornings. It is even possible to wear t-shirts, but when the sun sets it gets really chilly so please bring a warm sweater (or buy an alpaca one in Cusco) and a good jacket.

The weather in the Amazon is warm, wet and rainy with average temperatures of 28 °centigrade during all year.
Rainy season: November to April
Dry season: May to September
During rainy months from November to April, be always prepared for heavy rains that can last hours or days.

Finally, the weather in general does not represent a limit to provide any tourist services, except some particularily bad years.

Yellow fever inoculation is recommended for travel to Peruvian Jungle. Get your vaccine at least 10 days before your arrival. You must bring your yellow fever inoculation certificate with you to prove to the airport officials in Puerto Maldonado that you are vaccinated.

Lima: Sea level, 54 m.a.s.l.
Nazca: 588 m.a.s.l.
Paracas: Sea level, 5 m.a.s.l.
Cusco: 3360 m.a.s.l.
Machu Picchu: 2400 m.a.s.l.
Urubamba Valley: 2850 m.a.s.l.
Arequipa: 2350 m.a.s.l.
Puno: 3860 m.a.s.l.
Puerto Maldonado: 183 m.a.s.l.
Tambopata-Candamo Reserved Zone: 200 m.a.s.l.

Restaurants during your trip
In Lima: International, vegetarian, local food restaurants and franchises of international fast food chains.
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In Paracas and Nazca: International and local sea food restaurants.
In Arequipa: International and local food restaurants.
more information…
In Puno: Local food restaurants, in Taquile Island there are only very basic facilities.
more information…
In Cusco: International, vegetarian and local food restaurants.
more information…
In Tambopata: All meals will be provided in the lodge.


Arequipa Pictures, Tours in Peru
Convent of Santa Catalina.

Lima Pictures, Tours in Peru
Historical Centre. San Martin. Square

Cusco Pictures, Tours in Peru
Cusco Main Square

Puno Pictures, Tours in Peru
Typical Uros House at Titicaca Lake.

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Puno - Sillustani.