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From The Andes To The Rainforest Tour

Country: Peru
City: Arequipa
Duration: 14 Day(s) - 13 Night(s)
Tour Category: Culture Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

1st day: Lima.
Upon your arrival reception at the airport and transfer to the selected Hotel.
Overnight at the selected hotel.
2nd day: Lima/Arequipa
Transportation to the airport to take your flight to Arequipa.
Airline ticket to Arequipa.
Upon arrival, reception and transportation from the airport to the selected hotel.
Lima City Tour: You will take 3 hours and a half tour at the city of Arequipa, visiting the main square (Plaza de Armas), the Cathedral, the Jesuit church of La Compañia, Santa Catalina Convent and its religious cloisters built in XVI century closed to the public for almost 400 years until 1970, it is still home to a few cloistered nuns. The tour continues to the Church and Square of San Francisco and Yanahuara area with its famous viewpoint from where it is possible to have a complete view of the city and its volcanoes.
Overnight at selected hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast.
3rd day: Arequipa/Colca Valley
Departure towards the Colca Valley at 11,483 ft. On the way you will cross the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve, with the highest population of Andean flora and fauna. The trip continues to Tojra wetlands. Later you will cross Patapampa, a plain above 15748 ft. where you will find the "Mirador de los andes", a strategic point to see the Chila mountain range and its great amount of volcanoes: Mismi, Chucura, Huaracante, and far away the Ubinas, Misti, Chachani, Ampato, Sabancaya and Hualca Hualca. Arrival at Chivay town and transfer to the selected accommodation. After lunch, visit "La Calera" hotsprings located 2 miles away from Chivay, where you can take a relaxing bath. Then you can also visit an Ethnological Museum. Overnight at the selected hotel.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
4th day: Colca Valley/Puno
After breakfast, departure towards "El Mirador de la Cruz", the best spot to observe the deepness of the canyon of 11,155 ft deep and 124 miles long, and from where almost always is possible to see the majestic fly of the condors. There is no a exact hour to see them, as many said, you can see them at any time, it depends on luck and patience. On the way back visit some very interesting places such as: Pre-inca hanging tombs, terraces viewer and Pinchollo, Maca, Achoma, Yanque towns. Arrival at Chivay and box lunch . At appropriate time ride to Puno.
Upon your arrival, meeting on the bus station and transfer to the Puno Hotel.
Overnight at the selected hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch.
5th day: Puno/Titicaca Lake/Puno
After breakfast, you will take a two-hour motor boat excursion on the waters of Lake Titicaca (Peru) 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". Their homes and boats are also made from this material. After having experienced some of the ancient traditions of the local people, you continue your motor boat trip to Taquile Island. You will arrive by the back side of the island and start a hike to appreciate the wonderful natural sightseeing, the ascending through a regular pendant slope you will arrive at the town, there you will visit the Handicraft Center to buy a great variety of fine coloured hand made weaves. At proper time transfer to Puno. Upon arrival transfer to selected hotel.
Overnight at the selected hotel.
Meals included : Breakfast and Lunch.
6th day: Puno/Cusco
At the appropriate time, reception in the Puno Hotel and transfer to the Bus Station.
Departure Inka Express bus to travel to Cusco, the trip takes about eight hours because the road will make several visits to places of interest like: the ruins of ancient buildings Raqchy and Inca. Wonderful views and Andean animals will accompany him on his journey.
On arrival, reception at the bus station and transfer to hotel.
Accommodation at the hotel.
Meals included : Breakfast and Lunch.
7th day: Cusco
City tour for 3 hours through the beautiful Cusco city and its nearby ruins. The tour will show you the amazing colonial city built on the foundations of the Inca palaces. You will visit the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun, where you can appreciate the incredible masonry of the Incas, the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral with its carved woodworks, altars and paintings. Then you will be driven to the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, to the underground cave and temple of Qenqo and to Tambomachay, known as the Baths of the Inca. Finally you will visit the Misminay Exhibit, Misminay is a native community of Cusco, there you will be able to appreciate their beautiful handcrafts.
Overnight at selected hotel.
Meals included : Breakfast.
8th day: Cusco/Sacred Valley
Full day Sacred Valley excursion. 31 km (19 miles) far from Cusco is Pisac, at the entrance of the Sacred Valley. Visit the colorful market that on sundays, tuesdays and thursdays a craft fair took place where you can buy beautiful handicrafts and sourvenirs. The lunch will be served in a local restaurant. The tour continues towards Ollantaytambo, an archaeological site that the Incas built as a fort and includes a temple, agricultural terraces, and an urban area. There are two distinct sectors: Araqama Ayllu, the religious and worship zone, and Qosqo Ayllu, the residential area. Ollantaytambo was an important administrative center with probable military functions due to the walls and towers. There are also traces of ancient roads and aqueducts. The town of Ollantaytambo is called a Living-Inca-Town, since the inhabitants maintain very old practices and customs.
Overnight at the selected hotel.
Meals included : Breakfast and Buffet Lunch.
9th day: Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu
Transfer to the train station.
Arrival by Vistadome class train to Machu Picchu ruins. From Aguas Calientes station you will be transported by bus to the top of the mountain where he began the tour of Machu Picchu, one of the most renowned examples of Inca architecture. The city of Machu Picchu is the department of Cusco’s most important tourist attraction and one of the new 7 Wonders of the World. (The one in Peru) Discovered in 1911 by the American explorer, Hiram Bingham, this city is considered to be one of the most extraordinary examples of scenic architecture in the world, built at the top of a granite mountain. The Incas, using ingenious engineering techniques, were able to transport heavy stone blocks up the mountain side, and once there, they used their excellent masonry skills to produce amazingly polished stones that fit together perfectly.
A private guide will accompany you throughout the tour of Machu Picchu, from the railway station. Average guided two hours.
Overnight at the selected hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast and Buffet Lunch.
10th day: Machu Picchu/Cusco
Entrance fee to Machu Picchu tour ruins or to climb the Huayna Picchu peak, the great mountain behind the citadel. The guide is not included.
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
At the appointed time, you will return to the station to take your train ride to Ollantaytambo station at the Sacred Valley.
Transfer from Ollanta Station in the Sacred Valley to Cusco Hotel.
Overnight at the Selected Hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast and buffet Lunch.
11th day: Cusco/Puerto Maldonado
Private transportation to the airport to take the flight to the City of Puerto Maldonado
Peru Amazon Tour: Transfer from the airport to the river port on the Madre de Dios River. A 25 minutes journey down the Madre de Dios River by motorboat will take you to a 2-mile trail (rickshaw available) through the forest, finally you will board a catamaran towards the Lodge. After lunch and a brief rest, once again board the catamaran and set off to explore the entire west end of the lake. There, macaws return to the palm forest to spend the night. Return to the lodge around nightfall for dinner. After dinner return to the canoes to look for the rare Black Caimans. If it is a clear starlit night, you will also be able to float in the middle of the lake and marvel at the brillance of the sky.
Overnight at the lodge.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
12th day: Puerto Maldonado
Peru Rainforest: A pre-dawn wake-up call will enable you to be on the lake for sunrise, you would see birds feeding and a hopeful encounter with the family of Giant Otters which frequent the lake and are most active at that time of day. After returning for a late breakfast you will set for a Brazil Nut trees demonstration of how the local inhabitants collect, open and commercialize this important natural product, very important for the native economy. After lunch and an hour to relax, board again the catamaran to explore the eastern part of the lake, where you might see one or more of the five species of monkeys which live in the forest near the lake, such as the Brown Capuchin Monkey. There is a final chance after dinner to try and spot some Black Caimans on the lake, or to go on a short night walk through the primary forest.
Overnight at the lodge.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
13th day: Puerto Maldonado/Lima
After a dawn breakfast you will take a final, shorter paddle around the west end of the lake to try and glimpse the giant otters before returning to Puerto Maldonado to catch your flight.
Airline ticket to Lima. Upon your arrival reception at the airport and transfer to the selected Hotel.
Guided visit through Lima's Historical Center: the Plaza Mayor (Main Square), the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the City Hall and old streets with colonial mansions and Moorish balconies. You will also visit the San Francisco Convent, which has the most magnificent collection of colonial art in America. The tour will continue through the most traditional residential areas of Lima, including San Isidro, Miraflores and LarcoMar, a shopping center of international thematic attractions which offers a spectacular panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean.
Overnight at the selected hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast.
14th day: Lima/...
Transport to the airport to take your international flight.
Meals included : Breakfast.
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