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DAY 1: LIMA ARRIVAL

A GOTOPERU representative will be waiting to greet you as soon as you arrive in Lima. We’re ready to offer world-class treatment for what is bound to be a vacation of a lifetime. Get introduced to the city and then enjoy accommodations on our private shuttle, en route to your hotel.

DAY 2: LIMA CITY TOUR

You will get to view the Pre-Colombian era, Colonial Lima, and modern-day Lima. Get ready, because this two-pronged tour starts rather early.

  • Leg one of the tour starts out a paronamic view over Huaca Pucllana, which is a famous and historic archeological site.
  • Now it’s on to Lima’s Historic Center. This is the location where the city’s historic religious and political buildings can be found. Not only is this a legitimate World Heritage site, certified by UNESCO, but it’s also one of the most well preserved examples on earth of different cultures having significant influence in architecture. The unique architecture of buildings like the Art Museum, The Palace of Justice and The French Palace truly stand as awe inspiring. And the best part about the Historic Center is that there’s always more to see, including the Plaza of San Martin – a historic monument constructed to celebrate the anniversary of Peru’s independence. 
  • The previous locations are mostly shown to you via transport (like a city bus tour, only better). The next locations are actual hands-on visits. So, get off your transport and walk a little, straight to the Plaza Mayor. This is where you’re going to find those awesome historic political and religious buildings, like The Cathedral, City Hall, the Archbishop’s Palace, and the Palace of Government. You will also get to visit the San Francisco Convent Museum and see the catacombs underneath. It’s a total vacation by itself. 
  • Now that the walking is over, hop back on your transport; it’s time to head back to your hotel. Though, on the way, take note of the beautiful panoramic views of Modern Lima. Snap photos and take in the entire skyline of the Financial District in San Isidro, as well as the gorgeous landscape of Miraflores. Feel free to explore further and take advantage of stops along the way, such as the Larcomar cliffs on Lima’s coastline. And don’t forget to get your fill of the delicious Peruvian dishes.

DAY 3: PUNO ARRIVAL AND TOUR OF CHULLPAS OF SILLUSTANI

Once you have arrived in Puno, you can catch a scheduled ride to Chullpas of Sillustani. These are funerary towers which date pre-Incan, meaning they have been standing for thousands of years. 

After this tour, you will be transfer to your selected hotel and then have the entire night to see the sights and hear the sounds of the area. Grab some great food, visit one of the many shops, or just make it a night in while enjoying your comfortable accommodations.

DAY 4: TOUR OF LAKE TITICACA

Trip highlights include:
•    Tour of the Uros Islands to experience the simple life of the local people.
•    Visit to Taquile Island to get a rare glimpse into Peruvian indigenous culture.
•    Lunch in the town of Luquina.
A boat will take you back to Puno in the afternoon where you can use the rest of the day to shop, tour or rest.

DAY 5: SUN ROAD TOUR PUNO TO CUSCO

Your GOTOPERU representative will come to your hotel and offer you a private transfer to embark on your journey to Cusco.
Trip highlights include:
•    Visit to San Pedro de Andahuaylillas, Sistine Chapel of America.
•    A tour of Raqchi, an archaeological site with public baths, a large aqua duct system and stone terraces.
•    A buffet style lunch break in Sicuani Village.
•    A chance to explore La Raya, the border town between Cusco and Puno.
•    Tour the Pukara Archaeological Site featuring a large pyramid and museum.
You will end your day at a hotel in Cusco.

DAY 6: FREE DAY IN CUSCO

You will welcome a day of rest and relaxation.  Sleep in, go shopping or visit some of the local museums.  If you wish to embark on an adventure, please notify a GOTOPERU agent and we will help you arrange horseback riding, hiking, biking, ATV trips, river rafting and more.

DAY 7: CUSCO CITY TOUR

When you awake, your vacation starts anew. Now it’s our turn to show you exactly what Cusco, Peru is all about. 

Start your day off with a yummy breakfast of local favorites in your hotel, and take a while to get yourself tour-ready. The evening guided tour will include many great stop-offs, but don’t forget to branch out on your own to see the sights and sounds, explore locations like San Pedro Market, and soak up as much culture as your heart desires. 

Once the evening rolls around, your guided tour will begin. A GOTOPERU rep will pick you up at your hotel and thus your guided adventure starts.

Here are a few of the guided tour spots for day two of your journey:

  • A guided tour of Cusco – Peru’s historic capital 
  • A close-up look at ancient Incan architecture and the region’s Spanish Colonial influences 
  • Visit the world-famous Q’enko – a large, historic amphitheater were ceremonial sacrifices once took place
  • See the church build on top the Temple of the Sun, the Cathedral of Santo Domingo 
  • Witness great Incan monuments such as Tambomachay, the site where water worshipers once gathered; and Sacsayhuaman, a large Incan fortress with hand-carved stones (as seen on popular television series like Ancient Aliens) 
  • Finally, enjoy visiting Incan tambo, which is the travelers’ rest stop of Puka Pukara 

After this guided tour is over, you will be taken back to your hotel, where you’re free to enjoy the rest of your night. We recommend taking in more of the local culture by visiting some nearby shops, or mingling with the locals. However, you may want to rest up well. 

DAY 8: SACRED VALLEY EXPERIENCE

Get ready to witness the majestic Sacred Valley!  After breakfast in your hotel, a GOTOPERU representative will greet you and pick you up for a scenic bus ride through the Andean landscape to the Sacred Valley (El Valle Sagrado).
Trip highlights include:
•    Tour through Pisac, a small town rich with Incan architecture and culture.  Be sure to stop by the artisan market to view and purchase unique souvenirs.
•    Visit to Ollantaytambo, a town and Incan archaeological site that once was the estate of Emperor Pachacutec.  During the Spanish Conquest, it served as a fortress for Manco Inca Yupanqui.
OPTIONS
A: Train and Overnight to Machu Picchu ( Included in the Price )  After your tour to Ollantaytambo fortress you will have a couple of hours extra to enjoy this small inca town before taking a 1.5hrs train to MachuPicchu Town where a representative will welcome you and transfer you to your confirmed hotel.

B: Overnight at Sacred Valley :  you will be transfer to your comfortable hotel surrounded by spectacular landscapes in the Sacred Valley.

C: Return to Cusco : After Ollantaytambo you will enjoy a tour through Chinchero, an Andean village with Incan ruins and a colonial church that produces extraordinary textiles, woven with ancestral tools. After a visit to the Textile Market you will be transfer to your hotel in Cusco later in the afternoon.

DAY 9: MARAS AND MORAY TOUR

GOTOPERU will send a representative to your Sacred Valley hotel; you have a full day ahead of you. After you eat, you will be taken to the historic, quaint towns of Maras and Moray. 

Moray is one of the purest traditional Incan locations in the region. You will get to see the ancient Incan community in a brand new light, while also seeing and learning about the ancient Incan agriculture which defies belief and introduces you to perhaps the highlight of the entire trip: the world’s prototypical greenhouse, the Sunken Concentric Rings. 

The town of Maras is equally impressive, giving you full access to some of the oldest salt mines in the world. Salt played such an important part of the world in ancient times, acting as currency and even starting large and enduring conflicts. It was also a trading staple of the Incan people. These salt mines are made up of over 2,000 shallow pools of water today, still in use despite providing tons and tons of salt for many thousands of years. 

After a full day’s worth of adventure, you will return to back Cusco. GOTOPERU has shown you a lot of Incan culture thus far. Now, it’s your turn to create your own itinerary. You have the rest of the night and the entire next day to experience the region on your own.

Aguas Calientes features a world-famous natural hot springs, which brings people from all around the world to experience what many claim to be mystical healing. So feel free to soak up the atmosphere of the town before returning to your hotel.

DAY 10: MACHU PICCHU TOUR

Tour of Machu Picchu, the ancient Inca site with captivating architecture, scenic views and stone structures that defy modern engineering.
A 2.5-3 hours history lesson of Machu Picchu given by a regional expert who will focus on major historic sites including the Sun Temple, Sun Stone and Room of the Three Windows.
After your tour, you have the option to explore more of MachuPicchu on your own with once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities to capture you in one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Free time to enjoy the natural hot springs of Aguas Calientes known for its healing powers.
A late afternoon train will take you back to your hotel in Cusco.

DAY 11: HUAYNA PICCHU TOUR

GOTOPERU will send a representative to your Aguas Calientes. Only today, we’re going to be focusing on the beautiful mountain behind the monument – Huayna Picchu. This location will be tough to see on your own, as they only allow a limited number of visitors per day. However, as part of our travel party, you will have full access to the entire mountain.

From a distance, Huayna Picchu appears to reach straight up, impossible to climb, much less to actually build on. Though once you’re directly on the mountain, you will witness something that is truly majestic. The plush green covering of the mountain’s peak is actually quite easy to climb; it’s not even very steep when staying on the trail. The brilliant, bright green creates an optical illusion from afar. Once you begin walking up the mountain, you will see that some areas tower above you like vertical skyscrapers and are really impossible to climb. Yet, you will see manmade fixtures all over the most rugged parts of the mountain. 

The higher you climb, the more of these structures you will be able to see. It is really an experience that will take your breath away. The sheer scope of the site is awe inspiring. 

Once your mountain journey is complete, you will return to town in the late afternoon, where you will catch a train back to Cusco. Enjoy the shopping and dining, and get ready for the next leg of your journey.

DAY 12: FREE DAY IN CUSCO

You will welcome a day of rest and relaxation.  Sleep in, go shopping or visit some of the local museums.  If you wish to embark on an adventure, please notify a GOTOPERU agent and we will help you arrange horseback riding, hiking, biking, ATV trips, river rafting and more.

DAY 13: REFUGIO AMAZONAS TOUR (DAY 1)

When you arrive via airport, GOTOPERU will be there to receive you with a professional guide. Our guides are biologists, natives of the area, and professionals within the tourism field. They not only understand how to guide you around the area; they know exactly why the rainforest’s life acts the way it does. They can relay this information to you, making for a unique tour. 

Our typical policy is to group 10 people to a tour guide, which means you will be traveling in groups of 10. Though if you would like a smaller party or a private party, make sure you tell us beforehand and we will arrange things for you. The same goes for the guide’s spoken language. Our guides are English-speaking, unless you would rather have a guide who did not speak English.

After meeting up with your guide, it’s a transfer to the Puerto Maldonado Headquarters. 

Once you arrive in this location, which is only a quick 10-minute drive, you can experience your first taste of what’s to come via our gardens. Take the opportunity to pack only what you need for your journey, leaving the rest behind via safe deposit. We have to keep the boats light, so it’s essentials only. 

Next up, it’s a transfer to the Tambopata River Port, followed by a transfer to Refugio Amazonas.

You’re on your way to your trip destination, but it will take between 2 and 3 hours to arrive. Thankfully, you will be passing directly through the native community of Infierno, and the buffer zone of the 1.3 million hectare Tombopata National Reserve, which will offer you plenty of wildlife and nature photo opportunities.

After you arrive at the location, you will enjoy a quick boxed lunch and go through a thorough orientation. This is an important part of your journey. You will be given some general information, as well as useful navigation and safety tips. After which, you will get settled in, have a good dinner, and get ready to head out on the water.

For those of you not familiar with a caiman, it is South America’s answer to the alligator, only it looks a lot meaner! Not to worry, though; they’re actually not nearly as aggressive, but still manage to look like something out of a horror film when you see their glowing eyes in the night. Your trip will take you up the Tambopota banks in the pitch black, with only a few lights to reflect the spooky glow of the caiman. This is truly an edge-of-your-seat event.

After this trip is over and you’ve had your fill of reptiles, it’s off to bed for an overnight at Refugio Amazonas.

DAY 14: REFUGIO AMAZONAS TOUR (DAY 2)

The second day of your journey begins bright and early with a hearty breakfast. After which, it’s off to the famous Oxbow Lake. 

There are many oxbow lakes around the world. They form into a U-shaped body of water when a river is cut off on a wide meandering pattern, which creates a standalone body of water that’s now completely separate from the river, including sometimes entire ecosystems. This particular lake is the biggest and most diverse in the region, and you will venture out into the heart of the lake via canoe or catamaran on the hunt for caiman, horned screamers, hoatzin, and more. You will also be searching for otters, which are becoming quite rare in the area. But don’t forget to look up, however; the macaws are constantly flying overhead.

After you have seen the lake, it’s right back to the refuge’s base camp where a 30-minute hike will begin. The goal is to walk up the trail to Canopy Tower, which is a manmade scaffolding structure that stands 25-meters high, on top of the highest ground, overlooking the refuge. Climb up the staircase and on to the platform to see a wide variety of bird flocks pass over you, including macaws, toucans, raptors, and more. This takes bird-watching to new heights…literally.

When the canopy tour is over, it’s time for a quick lunch and then a hike 5-minutes downriver of the lodge to Don Manuel’s farm. He comes from Condenado, a neighboring community, and he grows some of the most diverse Amazonian crops around. He has created more than a mere farm; it’s an entire ecosystem operating before your eyes, and he is more than willing to let you experience the natural wonder.

From Don’s farm, it’s off to a nearby trail where you will find a wide variety of unique and beautiful Amazon plants and trees. Your guide will teach you about their purpose, whether they’re food for the animals, medicine for the natives, etc. You will learn about Yuca de Venado, Para-Para, Ajo-Sacha, and much more. When you’ve had your fill of plants, it’s time for a delicious dinner.

In a collegiate atmosphere or work environment, lectures can seem rather boring. But in the heart of the Amazon, with nature bustling all around you, learning more about the how and why is a lot of fun. It offers a better perspective and allows you to view the wildlife much differently. You will learn about the different conservation efforts, the threats they face, and various projects undertaken by the Tambopata National Reserve.

After the lectures have concluded, it’s an overnight stay in preparation for your third day.

DAY 15: REFUGIO AMAZONAS TOUR (DAY 3)

Rise and shine. It’s time for your vacation to continue! First, however, enjoy a hearty breakfast.

When you’ve had your fill, it’s time to load up on the boat and head out to the parrot clay lick, which is a quick 15-minute trip by boat, followed by about an hour’s hike. Near the lick, there is a large blind set up where you can watch hordes of parrots and parakeets swoop down and get their fill of the sodium-rich clay. You will see the cobalt-winged and dusky-headed parakeets, as well as the yellow-crowned and mealy Amazons, the severe macaw, the Barraband’s parrot, and many more species. They’re typically flying in on clear days from the morning to early afternoon. After this, it’s a quick lunch and on to another trail.

Upon returning to the lodge, make sure your camera has enough space for the next leg of your journey – the Brazil Nut Forest. It’s only a very short hike from the lodge, and you will see a truly unique section where civilization meets up with nature for only two months out of a year. It is the old remnants of a camp that has been used for centuries by nut farmers in the region, and not much has changed at all.

During this trip, you will learn about how this product has been sustained over the years and how it’s a truly unique product of the Amazon. You will also learn about the harvesting and drying processes for the nuts.

Had your fill of Brazil nuts? Now it’s off to the mammal clay lick, which is about 20 minutes from the lodge. Here you will see amazing wild pigs show up in herds of up to 25 strong to feast on the clay. There’s no guarantee they will show up, but everyone knows about pigs’ appetites! They love this clay. Though the trip also offers a look at a lot more wildlife of the area, including guan, deer, and more picture-perfect parakeets.

The nut trail and the mammal clay lick are big attractions that offer a lot to see, so you’ve undoubtedly worked up an appetite. Enjoy a great dinner before preparing for a night walk. This optional hike will take you around some of the immediate paths by the lodge, where you will hopefully experience a lot of mammalian nightlife that you wouldn’t otherwise see in the daytime. You will also hear and see a lot of frogs and other nocturnal animals.

The day ends with an overnight stay at the lodge.

DAY 16: REFUGIO AMAZONAS TOUR (DAY 4) AND CHECKOUT TIME

The final day of your trip starts off with a hearty breakfast. From there, you will catch a transfer boat from Refugio Amazonas to the Tambopata River Port. Once at the port, you will be transferred back to Puerto Maldonado Headquarters, and subsequently to the airport.

While the final leg of your journey is filled with a lot of travel back to the airport, it’s important to remember that you’re going through the rainforest.

The travel times take a while due to the fact that transport drivers give you a chance to view the trip like a safari. You’ll see a lot going out that you didn’t notice on the way in.

When your vacation is all said and done, regardless of the package you have chosen, you will still be seen off like royalty. After you eat a hearty regional breakfast, we will deliver you in style to the airport, where your flight awaits.

We’ll offer assistance with whatever you need: Check-ins, tickets, luggage, etc. 

Just remember to come back and vacation with us again. You can never see too much of Perú.

What's Included

  • 15 nights in Peru high quality Hotels
  • All tours stated in the itinerary with English-speaking guides
  • All transfers and entrance fees
  • All breakfasts
  • Private Airport Shuttle in & out
  • 24/7 Assistance
  • Trains and buses
  • A prepaid cellphone for extended Programs

What's Not Included

  • Internal Flights
  • Lunch or Dinner

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