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Lima, Arequipa, Puno, Titicaca Lake, Cusco, Machu Picchu and Tambopata in Madre de Dios Tour

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Duration: 14 days / 13 nights
Tour Type: Archaeological, cultural and ecological
Price: From US$ 1 682
Places to be visited:
Lima: City Tour and the Museo Larco Herrera Archaeological Museum.
Arequipa: City Tour, The Surrounding Country Side and the Monasterio de Santa Catalina Convent.
Puno: Excursion to the Lake Titicaca to Visit the Uros Floating Islands and the Island of Taquile as well as the "Chullpas" pre Inca Burial Towers in Sillustani.
Cusco: City Tour and Surrounding Ruins, The Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Archaeological Citadel of Machu Picchu.
Madre de Dios: Primary Forest and Lake Sandoval in 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 and 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 & Larco Herrera Museum
Breakfast. Morning free to relax. We recommend you to take a long rest and be prepared to begin with this unforgettable journey through our wonderful country. Lunch on your own.
In the afternoon, 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.
Then we visit Larco Herrera Museum, for an excellent overview of Peru's ancient past as it holds the best private collection of pre-Columbian art in the country. The museum has many fine examples of textile works, one example of which has a record breaking 398 threads per inch; materials and tools used by ancient Peruvians to produce their work in ceramics and metal; and Pre-Inca and Inca period pottery, gold and silver pieces with semiprecious stones.
And finally we will go to 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. Return to your selected hotel for overnight.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 03: Lima / Arequipa: Sightseeing Tour and Countryside
Breakfast. Morning transfer to the Airport to board your flight to Arequipa. Upon arrival, meet by our Representative and transfer to your hotel.
Lunch on your own.
Afternoon sightseeing tour of Arequipa, including 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; Convent of Santa Catalina, The Best of Peru, Tours in Peruand indeed one face is even crowned with feathers. Then, we will visit the Santa Catalina Convent; a "small town" built in the XVIth Century and opened to the public in 1970, after 400 years of 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.
Then, we shall leave towards Arequipa's beautiful countryside, including the Mill of Sabandia, a still functioning flourmill built in 1621 powered by a nearby waterfall, and the Founder's Mansion, a fully restored XVIth Century Hacienda that belonged to the City's founder. Then it was sold to the Jesuits, who used it as a Retreat Centre, and finally passed on to the Goyeneche family. You will also visit its beautiful fully restored church.
Note: Possibility of visiting the Colca Canyon.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 04: Arequipa /Juliaca / Puno: Sillustani en route
Breakfast. Transfer to the Airport to board your flight to Juliaca. Upon, arrival transfer to Puno. On the way, we will visit the famous Chullpas of Sillustani: stone cylinder burial chambers used by the Aymaras to bury their important 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.
Lunch on your own. Overnight at your selected hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 05: Puno: Uros and Taquile Islands
Uros Island, The Best of Peru, Tours in PeruBreakfast. Early in the morning, we will have an unforgettable motorboat excursion on the waters of Lake Titicaca 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 unique to the area 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 06: Puno / Cusco
Breakfast. Early departure by bus to the City of Cusco. We travel along the High Plateau of the Collao, stopping at the Town of Ayaviri, an important livestock and textile centre, to visit the impressive Temple of Kalasasaya, remnants of the ancient Pucara Culture. On the way, we stop in Raqchi, where we can see a spectacular Inca Sanctuary built by the Inca Pachacutec, and dedicated to the great Inca God of Wiracocha. It has a great central wall with a stone base of fine Inca architecture. Other walls are made of giant adobe bricks. The structure also has two circular lateral columns. Around the Temple are several buildings once used for housing and storage. About 70 km further on, we pass through the La Raya Ranch where we can see herds of vicuñas and llamas. During the trip, we pass by the lovely Wacarpay Lake, offering spectacular views of the mountains reflected in its calm waters.
We proceed to the beautiful Town of Andahuaylillas, and visit the Church of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, better known as the Sistine Chapel of the Americas, due to its decorated polychrome ceiling.
Buffet lunch in a quiet countryside restaurant, where we can enjoy the delightful culinary art of the region.
Upon arrival in Cusco, meet and transfer to your hotel.
Dinner on your own.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 07: Cusco: Sightseeing Tour and Nearby Ruins
Breakfast. Morning at leisure.
Lunch on your own.
Church of La Compañia, The Best of Peru, Tours in PeruIn 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 and get ready to enjoy a dinner with folklore show in a typical restaurant where the musicians play their melodies with Andean instruments of beautiful sounds, while typically dressed dancers will show you different ancient Peruvian dances.

Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 08: Cusco: The Sacred Valley of the Incas
Ollantaytambo, The Best of Peru, Tours in Peru Breakfast. Full-day excursion to the "Sacred Valley of the Incas", along the Vilcanota River, where we will have the opportunity to share closely the peasants' customs and bargain with vendors at the typical indian market of Pisac, held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Lunch in a local countryside restaurant.
In the afternoon, passing through the Towns of Calca and Urubamba, we visit the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to this part of the Valley, and protect it from possible invasion from the tribes of the Lower Jungle. You can walk through the quaint streets of the nearby Town, and get a good idea of what this strategic military, religious, and agricultural centre was like during the Inca Empire.
Late afternoon return to Cusco and transfer to your hotel for overnight.
Evening at leisure. We suggest going around the Main Square and enjoy the night atmosphere tasting a delicious Pisco Sour in some of the several Pubs around the Square.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 09: Cusco / Aguas Calientes / Cusco: Machu Picchu
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". Arrive at Aguas Calientes Station followed by a 30 Machu Picchu, The Best of Peru, Tours in Peruminute bus drive, climbing 6km of winding road, to the incredible Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, we'll participate in a guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds. After the tour you will have time to stroll around the archaeological site at your leisure.
Lunch at a local restaurant in the Town Aguas Calientes
In the afternoon, back to Cusco by train, and transfer to your hotel for overnight.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 10: Cusco/ Puerto Maldonado / Lago Sandoval Lake
Breakfast. Transfer to the Airport to board your flight to Puerto Maldonado. At arrival, transfer to the Río Madre de Dios River Port. After the river trip, we will take a short walk until we reach a small channel where we will board a canoe that will take us to the Lago Sandoval Lake. Once there, we will board a catamaran, which will take us to the Sandoval Lake Lodge. After lunch, we will go with the catamaran to visit the Western part of the lake. In the evening, macaws come to this area to spend the night or nest. After dinner we will make a night tour in the canoes to search for Black Cayman.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 11: Tambopata: Lago Sandoval Lake
Before breakfast we will visit the Lake where birds come out early to search for food and, if we are lucky, we will be able to sight Giant River Otters feeding, a specie in danger of extinction. Back to the Lodge for breakfast and afterwards we will, observe how the local people gather, cut open and sell Brazil Nuts, a very important product in the economy of the area. Lunch and time to rest. In the afternoon we will visit the Eastern part of the Lake where we will be able to observe one or more of the five species of monkeys that exist in the area, where the Capuchin Monkey stands out. Back to the Lodge for dinner. In the evening we have the option to, once more, go searching for Black Cayman in the Lake or make a night walk through the Primary Forest.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 12: Tambopata: Lago Sandoval Lake
In the morning, we will cross the Lake in the catamaran and then we will take a short walk through the forest to look for birds such as parrots and macaws. We will cross the Lake again, to explore a Primary Forest trail to appreciate the huge trees of the Rain Forest. Back to the Lodge for Lunch. Free afternoon to rest or for those that feel like it and have the energy, an opportunity to walk the different trails. Then we will board the catamaran to explore the Eastern part of the Lake and observe a fabulous sun set. After dinner, a last chance to go looking for Black Cayman in the Lake.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 13: Tambopata/Lima
After breakfast, a last short visit to the Lake on the Western side. Back to the Río Madre de Dios River to board the canoe which will take us back to Puerto Maldonado and from there to the Airport. Upon arrival in Lima, transfer to your hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 14: Lima - International Departure
Breakfast. At an appropriate time, transfer to the Airport to board your International Departure flight.

Meals Included: Breakfast


End of our services.

Tour Option: De Luxe Option



Hotel Options for the Tour (or Equivalent)

  Tourist Superior Tourist Superior
Lima Mariel 3* Casa Andina Miraflores 3* Sol de Oro 5*
Cusco Hostel Los Portales San Agustin Internacional 3* Novotel 4*
Arequipa El Corregidor 3* Casa Andina Arequipa 3* Cabildo 4*
Puno Gran Puno Inn Hs 3* Casa Andina Puno 3* Posada del Inca - Titicaca Lake - Puno 3*



Tour Inclusions

INCLUDED:

In Lima: City Tour including the Museo Larco Herrera Archaeological Museum.
In Arequipa: City Tour including the Santa Catalina Convent.
In Puno: Sillustani and the Uros and Taquile Islands.
In Cusco: City Tour and Dinner with Folk Lore Show.
In the Sacred Valley of the Incas: Full Day Excursion to the Indian Market in Pisac (Only open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays) and the Inca Fortress of Ollantaytambo.
In Machu Picchu: Guided visit to the Inca Citadel including Lunch.
In Tambopata: 4 Days / 3 Nights All Inclusive Tour:
    • 3 Nights' Accommodations in the Sandoval Lake Lodge.
    • All the transfers indicated in the itinerary.
    • Guided Tours as mentioned in Itinerary
    • All Meals
    • Bi Lingual Guides (Spanish / English )
    • Radio Communications Equipment in All Places Visited
  • 13 nights' accommodations
  • All meals specified in programme
  • All entrance fees to the above mentioned excursions
  • Train ticket cusco - aguas calientes - cusco
  • Bus ticket Aguas Calientes- Machu picchu- Aguas Calientes
  • Bus ticket from puno to cusco including lunch in a local restaurant on the road.
  • All applicable taxes
  • All bi lingual tours (spanish / english) as described in itinerary

NOT INCLUDED:
  • 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)


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ABOUT TAMBOPATA
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.

LUGGAGE
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.

WE RECOMMEND YOU TO
- 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.

WHAT TO BRING
- 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.

WEATHER
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 REQUIREMENTS
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.

ALTITUDE
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.
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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
Arequipa.
Convent of Santa Catalina.


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


Cusco Pictures, Tours in Peru
Cusco Main Square


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


Puno Pictures, Tours in Peru
Puno - Sillustani.