On this trip we will visit colonial and modern Lima, and fly over the Nazca lines and visit the National Marine Reserve in Paracas.
Travel to the amazon basin rainforest to a lodge on a dug out canoe, and walk rainforest trails. Visit Cusco the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the famed citadel of Machu Picchu.
Day 01 Arrive Lima
Upon arrival in Lima, you will be met and transferred to hotel.
If you arrive early, we can arrange optional tours to museums or to visit the city and surrounding sites.
Day 02 Lima-Ica
Early departure by coach to Ica. The comfortable bus will take you to this desert city traversing various lush valleys that cut through the Atacama Desert.
Arrival and check-in at your hotel. Afternoon optional flight over the Nazca lines.
Day 03 Overland Ica-Paracas- Lima
After breakfast, a vehicle will take you to the National Reserve of Paracas, the only marine protected area in Peru. A chance to take a boat ride to Islas Ballestas, a small island filled with marine bird life as well as sea-lions.
The tour begins in the morning with the boat trip to the Ballestas Islands where we can find a lot of Marine Wildlife. After 15 minutes of travel towards the Islands we will appreciate "The Chandelier" an enigmatic figure sculpted in the sand on the side of a sand hill, overlooking the ocean.
After two hours we will return to the pier promenade of "El Chaco" where, after refreshments, we’ll head towards Tambo Colorado, one of the best preserved architectural complexes in Peru despite being built with adobe (mud bricks).
Tambo Colorado Archaeological Complex was an Inca Administrative Center, located at a narrow point of the Pisco River Valley, in a corner formed by the hills near the town of Humay. The name given is due to the predominance of red in the buildings. Typically Tawantinsuyu in its outline and architectural design it is unique. In being built of adobe, as an example of the adaptation of the Quechua architects and engineers to the new coastal environment that they were beginning to conquer.
In the late afternoon a bus will take us back to Lima.
Day 04 Fly Lima -Puerto Maldonado
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado, the rainforest of Southeastern Peru. Meet and greet at airport and canoe transport to your lodge.
There are various options for lodges in the area, according to availability, we will put you in one of the three lodges that we work with, all offering an exceptional rainforest experience.
The activities in the rain forest include orientation talks on arrival, walks through trails in the forest led by naturalist guides, night time excursions on dug-out canoes, float rides to watch fauna on the shore line and in the canopy layers.
Day 05 Puerto Maldonado
Full day activities in the rainforest.
Overnight Puerto maldonado.
Day 06 Fly Puerto Maldonado - Cusco
After an early breakfast at the lodge, you will be transferred to the airport for our flight to Cusco. On arrival in the course of the morning, you will be transferred to a hotel, rest of the morning free to acclimatize.
Depending on arrival time, optional tour of the city and nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Tambomachay and visit the main sites in the city – Inca temples and colonial churches.
Day 07 Sacred Valley/ Ollantaytambo
Full day excursion to visit the main sites in the Sacred Valley of the Incas with guided tours of the archaeological remains.
Lunch on route, and overnight at a local hotel.
Day 08 Ollantaytambo-Machu Picchu
Early transfer from your hotel to the train station in the Sacred Valley. A two hour ride down the Urubamba gorge as it changes from mountain vegetation to cloud forest, arrival at the station of Machu Picchu Pueblo.
A bus ride will bring you to the citadel for a full day guided visit, with lunch included and afternoon return to the village; spend the night at a local hotel.
Day 09 Machu Pichhu-Cusco
Early rise for those who want an optional visit to the ruins. The other option is to stay around the village, relax in your hotel or take a walk in the surrounding cloud-forest.
Afternoon train return to Cusco. Arrive Cusco in the evening. Transfer to your hotel.
Day 10 Cusco- U.S. or an extension
After breakfast transfer to the airport and fly to U.S. or extend your trip to Lima.