B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
We will pick you up from the airport in Lima and transfer you to the hotel.
Early in the morning we will transfer you back to the airport for your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival we will transfer you to the hotel. We then suggest having a rest and some lunch in the hotel in order to avoid altitude sickness. In the afternoon, we will have a guided city tour of Cusco visiting the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha. Then we will drive out of the city to visit the Inka 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. We will then return to the hotel.
(Available only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays) An excursion to the "Sacred Valley of the Inkas", a succession of picturesque towns, agricultural terraces and archaeological sites. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, we´ll have the opportunity to bargain with vendors or take a stroll at Pisac's typical Indian market, with a catholic mass service on Sunday (celebrated in Quechua, the native language).
We will have lunch at a local restaurant in the Sacred Valley. In the afternoon we will pass through Calca and Urubamba to arrive at the Inka Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, which was built to guard the entry of this part of the valley and protect it from enemies of the lower jungles; consisting of a series of superimposed terraces of carved stones accessed by long staircases.We will have the opportunity to walk through the quaint streets of the nearby town and the religious and agricultural centre of the Inka Empire.
You will get a clear idea of the strategic importance of this military base. On our way back to Cusco we will visit the picturesque Andean village of Chinchero where the remains of what was the royal hacienda of Tupac Inka Yupanqui lies. You will get to admire its well preserved Inka Wall at the Main Square and visit the beautiful colonial temple built on Inka foundations. We will arrive back to Cusco in the afternoon.
The day starts with an early morning transfer to Cusco train station for a four hour train journey to the famous Inka City of Machu Picchu, also known as "The Lost City of the inkas". You will arrive at Aguas Calientes station and to follow will be a 30 minute bus drive, climbing 6km of winding roads untill you reach the incredible Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, we´ll participate in a guided tour of the City, 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. We will take an afternoon train back to Cusco and then transfer you back to your hotel.
Following your early morning flight to Puerto Maldonado from Lima or Cusco, you will be met at the airport by your naturalist guide and transferred to a dugout canoe for the trip up the Tambopata River to the lodge. On the journey the vegetation changes from colonized deforested areas to virgin rain forest. A box-lunch is provided on board. On arrival you'll have a welcome drink and meet the rest of the staff. In the late afternoon you will set off for an introductory walk nto the "terra firme" forest behind the lodge (Trail 2), dominated by giant Brazil-nut and Dipteryx trees. Frequently seen animals on this trail are Saddle-back Tamarinds, Brown Capuchins, Agoutis, Pacas, Blue-Morpho butterflies, Trogons, Toucans and many other species of birds. After dinner we will take a night walk to find nocturnal animals or insects. About 50% of the animals in the rainforest are nocturnal.
After an early breakfast you and your nature guide will board the motorized canoe once again for the short journey to the trail head to begin a morning's exploration by foot and paddle canoe on the lake system of Condenado, rich in bird and aquatic life. A family of Giant Otters live in the vicinity of the lake and are often observed. Birds are in abundance, especially Rufescent Tiger-herons, Great Egrets, Wattled Jacanas, Hoatzin and the noisy Donacobius. Remember to bring your hat and sun cream for there is no shade out on the water. You will return to the lodge in time for lunch. The afternoon is for exploring the forest close to the lodge (with or without your guide), relaxing and bathing in the Gallucunca, a cool clear stream beside the lodge or visit our tree platforms, going up with ropes and harnesses for a bird's eye view of the forest and for close-ups of arboreal orchids and the many other species of plants and animals that are never seen near the ground (extra cost). After dark you will go searching for caiman (alligators) and other nocturnal animals by motorized canoe along the Tambopata River.
After an early breakfast you will take a short boat ride down river to the trail head. Here you will embark on a longer trail which leads to a spectacular hidden lake, requiring the crossing of streams and swampy ground. You will pass the giant Lupuna trees (kings of the jungle) which are in this part of the forest. On the walk you are introduced to more aspects of the forest and its animals. At the lake itself it is possible to spot the elusive Black Caiman and Giant Otters. We will return for lunch. The afternoon will be free for relaxation and bathing.
A dawn start is required for the canoe trip back to Puerto Maldonado giving memorable views of the sun rise over the river. Lookout for the early morning wildlife which is particularly active at this time. Howler monkeys are frequently heard, as they stakeout their territories. Your guide will take care of you on arrival in Puerto Maldonado and will deal with all the necessities at the airport prior to you departure. (Departure to Lima by plane). Once in Lima you can wait at the Airport for your international connection.
NOTE: If you have a large group, please contact us to work out the best price.
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