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TOUR: CUSCO, INCA TRAIL, MACHU PICCHU AND MANU CULTURAL ZONE 14/13

Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes and Manu Cultural Zone Tour

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Duration: 14 days / 13 nights
Tour Type: Ecological, archaeological, cultural and mystic
Price: From US$
Places to be visited:
Lima; Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes in Cusco; and Manu Cultural Zone.
Activities:
Trekking and camping
Tour Option:
Manu - Reserved Zone (this circuit starts every Sunday)

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 / Cusco: Sightseeing Tour and Visit to Nearby Ruins
Early in the morning transfer to Lima Airport to board your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Remaining morning free to rest in your hotel in order to avoid altitude sickness.
Main Square Cusco, Cusco, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and Manu, Tours in PeruIn the afternoon, we will visit the City of Cusco on a guided sighsteeing tour 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, famous for its enormous carved stones, some of them standing over 9 m / 30 ft high and weighing over 350 tons.
Return to your hotel and get ready to enjoy a 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. The most enthusiastic spectators will be invited to form part of the show.

Meals Included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 03: Cusco: Sacred Valley of the Incas
Ollantaytambo, Cusco, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and Manu, Tours in PeruEarly morning excursion to the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Visit to the picturesque Indian Pisac Market held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, the shopping paradise of the Andes where barter is still practiced.
Enjoy the unique atmosphere during a typical buffet lunch.
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 in 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 era of the Inca Empire. Late afternoon return to your hotel for overnight.
Evening free. We suggest strolling around the Main Square and enjoy the night atmosphere trying a delicious Pisco Sour in some of the many pubs around the Square.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 04: Cusco / Machu Picchu - Inca Trail (Cusco - Piscacucho - Wayllabamba)
At approximately 6:30 am, our guide will pick you up from your hotel to transfer you by bus to the km 82 where you will arrive at approx. 10:30 am. Here you will meet the team that will join you during the trek, such as the porters, camp assistants and cooks. You will begin the walk, the first day is quite easy and during the first kilometres you will have a beautiful view of the snow peaked Veronica Mountain, walking alongside the Vilcanota River until you arrive at the Archaeological Complex of Patallacta, where you will have lunch and gain energy to reach Huayllabamba, where the first camp is set up.

Meals Included: Breakfast, snack, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner

DAY 05: Inca Trail (Wayllabamba - Warmiwañusca - Pacaymayo)
After breakfast, the hardest part of the trail begins, with a steep ascent, followed by 3 hours walking until reaching the first step, called Warmiwañusca (Dead Woman), up to 4200 m.a.s.l. approximately. You will not only enjoy incredible panoramic views from here but you will also have the satisfaction to have reached the top. After lunch in Vizcachayoc we will descend towards Pacaymayo (3500 m.a.s.l.) for dinner and camp.

Meals Included: Breakfast, snack, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner

DAY 06: Inca Trail (Pacaymayo - Phuya Patamarka - Wiñay Huayna)
After breakfast the ascent will begin until the second most important step of the route, up to 3900 m.a.s.l., where you will enjoy a guided visit to the Archaeological Complex Runkurakay and the Inca Citadel of Sayacmarca (3600 m.a.s.l.). Lunch in Chaqquicocha. Then, you will continue walking towards Phuya Patamarka (Town in the Clouds), another important archaeological monument. After a brief rest , we will continue walking until arriving at Wiñay Huayna (Always Young), for a guided visit to this spectacularly located archaeological complex . Dinner and overnight in the camp. Note: The above are the regular camp sites according to the circuit operated by Enjoy Peru, however, these can vary according to dispositions levied by the Machu Picchu Management Unit without previous warning, but which will not affect the itinerary.

Meals Included: Breakfast, snack, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner

DAY 07: Wiñay Huayna - Machu Picchu - Cusco
After breakfast (05:00 approx.), start walking for one hour by the forest until the Inti Punku (Door of the Sun), known as the front door to Machu Picchu, from where we will be able to have an impressive panoramic view of the Inca Citadel. Machu Picchu, Cusco, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and Manu, Tours in PeruUpon arrival to Machu Picchu, you will have a guided tour of the ruins and monuments, such as the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Solar Clock, the Royal Quarters, the temple of the Three Windows and the cemeteries. Free time to stroll around the Citadel and then meet the rest of the group to be transferred by bus to Aguas Calientes for lunch. In the afternoon return to Cusco by train. Upon arrival in Cusco, transfer to your hotel.
Evening free. We recommend to dine out at any of Cusco's downtown restaurants and stroll by the Main Square.

Meals Included: Breakfast and snack

DAY 08: Cusco
Breakfast. The day off for personal activeties.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 09: Cusco - San Pedro
Departure from the City of Cusco very early in the morning in one of our vehicles specially equipped for the route. We will go across interesting inter-Andean valleys and picturesque peasant communities, visiting the Chullpas (Pre-Inca tombs) of Ninamarca. At noon we will drive through Paucartambo, a typical colonial town of much importance in those days and which still keeps its colonial style. Continuing with our trip we will climb up to the Acjanacu Pass, at 3,850 meters above sea level. From here we will descend going through the cloud forest, a zone rich in endemic species such as the spectacled bear, the cock of the rock, orchids, bromeliads, ferns, etc. among others; we will spend the night comfortably installed on our platform in open air called "San Pedro".

Meals: Lunch, snack and dinner

DAY 10: Manu: Cloud Forest
Very early we will be able to appreciate the interesting courtship dance of the cock of the rock, Peru’s national bird, which has a flashy plumage of an intense red-orange color, comfortably installed on an observation platform called "Lek". After breakfast we will continue on our bus, going across the upper forest until reaching the locality of Pilcopata, to then continue towards the Port of Atalaya (700 meters above sea level), located on the banks of the Alto Madre de Dios River, where our boat with outboard motor is waiting for us; we will get on board along with the necessary equipment for the trip, thus initiating our descent through the river, where we will be able to watch the huge diversity of existing birds, such as herons, vultures, cormorants, etc. until reaching the private Erika Reserve, where we will spend the next two nights. Brief reconnaissance walk through the surroundings.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner

DAY 11: Manu: Hiking through the forest
Breakfast. The lodge is located in the transitional zone between the upper and the lower forest (600 - 1,550 meters above sea level); the different altitudes give place to diverse habitats, explaining in this way the huge diversity of wildlife in the area. Right after breakfast we will set off on hikes along its interesting trails where the guide will teach us about the mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, medicinal plants, etc. and in the afternoon we visit a small lagoon to watch caimans, hoatzins (a prehistoric bird), etc. Brief nocturnal walk and last night in this amazing Amazon forest.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner

DAY 12: Manu / Cusco
After having breakfast we will hike for 30 minutes approximately, watching and talking about the sensitive plants, helicons, fruit plantations, etc. we will get on board a motorboat to navigate for a short while across the Alto Madre de Dios River bound for the Port of Atalaya, from where we will return to the City of Cusco by bus, arriving in the night.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 13: Cusco/Lima
At the appropriate hour transfer to the Cusco Airport for your flight to Lima. In lima you will be transferred to your hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 14: Cusco/Lima - International Departure
At the appropriate hour transfer you will be transferred to the Airport for your International flight departure.

Meals Included: Breakfast

End of our services.


Hotel Options for the Tour (or Equivalent)

  Tourist Superior Tourist Superior Deluxe
Lima Mariel 3* Casa Andina Miraflores 3* Sol de Oro 5* Country Club 5*
Cusco Hostel Los Portales San Agustin Internacional 3* Novotel 4* Libertador 5*
Manu Lodge Lodge Lodge Lodge



Tour Inclusions

INCLUDED:

In Cusco: City Tour, Excursion to the Surrounding Ruins and Dinner with a Folklore Show.
In the Sacred Valley of the Incas: Excursion to the Market in Pisac and the Fortress of Ollantaytambo. Lunch in the Valley.
In Machu Picchu: 4 Days / 3 Nights of Inca Trail, including:
    • Train Ticket Aguas Calientes - Cusco
    • Bus Ticket Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes
    • Porter Services for the Equipment and Cooks.
    • Guided Visit to the Citadel and Lunch.
    • Bi Lingual Guide during the whole Inca Trail
    • All Meals during the Excursion.
    • Camping Equipment including Personal Tents, Kitchen and Dining tents etc.
In Manu: Excursion 4 Days / 3 Nights All Included:
    • 1lodging night on a platform
    • 2 lodging nights at a lodge
    • Land and fluvial transportation
    • Guided tours mentioned in the itinerary
    • All meals
    • Bilingual guide (Spanish / English)
    • Leave to enter the National Park of Manu
    • Radio communication equipment at all the staying points
    • Satellite telephone for any emergency
  • 13 Nights’ Accommodations
  • All Breakfasts and Other Meals Mentioned in Programme
  • All Entrance Fees to the Excursions Mentioned in the Programme
  • All Transfers, Land and River Transportations.
  • All Applicable Taxes
  • Bi Lingual Guides for all Excursions mentioned in the Programme.

NOT INCLUDED:
  • Domestic and International flights.
  • Airport taxes ($ 30.25 for international flights and $ 6.05 for domestic flights).
  • Baggage excess.
  • Alcoholic drinks, soda or bottled mineral water.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Tips.
  • International or National personal telephone calls.
  • Personal porters (rucksack and other personal equipment will have to be carried by the passenger) and sleeping bags during the Inca Trail.


Additional Tours

Useful Information

ABOUT THE ATTRACTIONS IN THE CULTURAL ZONE
The Cultural Zone is one of the three areas of the Manu Biosphere Reserve and is a transition zone between the Andes and the Rain and Cloud Forest. There are montains, a Cloud Forest and a part of the Low Rainforest jungle. In this area it is possible to visit small hamlets, settlers and Native Communities who dedicate their time to productive activities like agriculture or small scale wood extraction, thanks to the control of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Park authorities. The purpose of this controlled area is to protect the Reserved Zone. That is why it is also called
"Transition Zone" or "Multi-use Zone".

For a deeper experience of the jungle we recommend you to make an excursion into the Reserved Zone of Manu.

We recommend the tour in the Cultural Zone for those who have little time (4 Days) and who want to visit the Peruvian jungle and take advantage of the nice landscapes and the various ecosystems. You will also have the opportunity to practice adventure sports like mountain biking, rafting (level I - II) and canopying. On the other hand, the wildlife in the Cultural Zone is less impressive than in the Reserved Zone. The main wildlife in the Cultural Area consists of smaller mammals and birds.

PARK REGULATIONS
The Inca Trail is part of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary: an area protected by the National Institute of Natural Resources (INRENA) being the maximum number of visitors for day permitted of 500 persons. Consequently, all reservations should be placed with a minimum of 45 days in advance prior to the date of travel. Every visitor must obey the Park regulations which forbid us to litter, cut or damage trees, take or damage stones of the ruins or the trail, collect plants, kill animals, light fires or camp in the Inca ruins. You will only be able to camp in authorized sites.

ABOUT THE LODGES IN MANU
The Bungalows have been constructed in harmony with the forest using local materials which allow them to blend well into the exotic setting. "Style" can be described as rustic comprising wooden, palm thatched, screened cabins without electricity. Candles and lamps are used after dark making a relaxing natural ambiance. Solar energy is being introduced but only for lighting for the administration building exits, maintenance of batteries for radio communications, and in the kitchen area for food preparation.

San Pedro Open Air lodge is a platform with no private rooms. All the beds are protected by mosquito nets. On the other hand, Erika Lodge has individual cabins with a porch with hammocks, table and chairs for relaxing. The bungalows mainly have two bedrooms each containing twin beds.

There is a bathroom area in each Lodge with refreshing cool running water. There is no hot water. The main building consists of a screened dining room, where water, coffee, tea and bananas are available 24 hours a day. Nearby the bar is located, which has games and books for your entertaiment. Trails leading from the Lodge are constantly being maintained and are being developed to guarantee safe and maximal access to the different habitat types.

Naturalist Guides are resident year long and are ready to introduce you to the marvels of the Rain Forest. During a typical day at the Lodge our guides bring the forest to life by pointing out the important trees, flowers, medicinal plants remedies, as well as assisting in sighting and identifying the birds, mammals, reptiles, butterflies and other insects. In the evening short lectures are scheduled which deal with special Rain Forest subjects and give a chance to delve further into the mysteries and marvels of this ecosystem. Meals are prepared by our professional and dedicated staff from a mixture of local Rain Forest products as well as more traditional foods. Some meals are distinctly Peruvian, others are International in flavor.

River transport to and from the Lodge is completed by motorised dugout canoes, shaded and equipped with cushions for your comfort and life jackets for your security. Canoes are managed by experienced qualified boat drivers with a deep knowledge of the River and its wildlife.

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 theDesert Coast. On the Coast, it does not rain and the temperature is warm throughout the year. On the other hand, in the Andes, thereare 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.

In 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.
Manu: 365 m.a.s.l.

Restaurants during your trip
In Lima: International, vegetarian, local food restaurants and franchises of international fast food chains.
more information…
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 Manu: All meals will be provided in the lodge or the camp.

 

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