10 DAYS | from $1449
DAY 1: Lima arrival and PM Lima City Tour
Lima is a wonderful hotchpotch of architectural design, coastal scenes, world cuisines, incredible museums, traditional culture and contemporary arts and nightlife. You will get to view the Pre-Colombian era, Colonial Lima, and modern-day Lima. 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. At this time head back to your hotel. Though, on the way, take note of the beautiful panoramic views of Modern Lima. 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 2: POSADA AMAZONAS 1ST DAY
The first day of your trip starts out like most trips. You arrive at your destination via airport. However, immediately after arriving, you will begin to realize that GOTOPERU has lined up a very unique experience for you, starting with our expert tour guides. Our guides are members of the community here, they are real biologists, and they are tourism professionals. You will be assigned a guide at a 10:1 ratio, so your party may be merged with another. Though if you’re not keen on that idea and instead want a private guide, just make arrangements with us beforehand. We will set you up with a private guide for your tour. Once these arrangements have been taken of and you are greeted by our professionals, it’s time to transfer to Puerto Maldonado Headquarters, which only takes a quick 10 minutes. After this, you will get your first taste of the Amazon via our amazing natural gardens.
When it’s time to head out, you will be asked to leave your nonessentials behind in a safe deposit box. This is due to the boat travel you’re about to embark on; it’s important to keep the vessels as light as possible. From here, it’s a scenic ride to the Tambopata River Port.
During this 20km trip, you will be entering the native community of Infierno, which operates as a port communal business. This gives you a true sense of how life in such a region operates. It’s a very community-driven atmosphere, with no real hierarchy to speak of. After you learn a little about this community and mingle with residents, it’s time for a boxed lunch before catching your last transfer to Posada Amazonas.
This is a relatively short boat trip, taking between 30 minutes to an hour, and you will pass directly through the Primary Forest Private Reserve, which is teeming with unique and active wildlife.
When you arrive at the lodge, you will be greeted by the manager and subsequently get a few minutes to settle in, and then it’s time for an orientation. The staff works very hard to create entertaining presentations, but keep in mind that these are supposed to be educational. You will be going over essential navigation and safety tips. This is the rainforest, and getting separated or lost might not make for a pleasant time.
As soon as your orientation is over, it’s time for the fun to begin. Put on your hiking books and make sure you have a camera handy. About a 20-minute walk from the Posada lodge takes you to a manmade scaffolding structure that’s built high atop a ridge on the trail. All in all, this scaffolding stands around 30-meters high but gives you a vantage point of nearly triple that. The sturdy platform places you in the perfect position to view the many different canopy flocks, parrot species, raptors, macaws, and much more. You will also get a great view of the Tambopata River, as it cuts through the land below. This gives you an idea of the sheer size and scale of this vast reserve – and it also puts things into perspective, as you’re only looking out at a fraction of the entire rainforest.
When you’re through viewing the amazing scenery, it’s time to enjoy a hearty, tasty dinner.
Before the night ends, you will be treated to a very entertaining lecture on ecotourism inside the lodge. This gives you a new perspective on tourism in the region and the efforts underway to preserve as much of this natural land as possible. This lecture is optional and will be available every night, if you so choose to participate, but you can spend your time doing something else if you would rather skip it.
Enjoy a restful night’s sleep and get ready for the second day of your journey.
DAY 3: POSADA AMAZONAS (DAY 2)
Enjoy a filling breakfast when you wake up, and pack up your gear and prepare for a full day of excitement. Oxbow lakes are beautiful u-shaped structures that form when a wide meander in a river is cut off and the river takes a new course. These standalone lakes become unique ecosystems which support a wide variety of wildlife. The Tres Chimbadas lake is a 30- minute ride by boat, or a 45-minute hike by foot. Paddle out to the lake in a catamaran and start searching for the wide range of life that thrives here. You may see a large family of giant river otters, the frightening-looking caiman, horned screamers, hoatzin, and much more.
A clay lick is essentially a sodium-rich river bank, and birds fly for miles to eat this nutrient- rich clay. You will hike about 25-minutes from the lodge to a blind directly adjacent the clay lick. From this vantage point, you will see dozens of different parakeets and parrots descend on the lick to get their clay fix.
Beautiful species like the blue-headed parrot, the dusky-headed parakeet, and the yellow-headed Amazon show up to eat on clear mornings. The bright, vivid colors of these birds in flocks will amaze everyone.
Enjoy a light, energizing lunch after viewing these birds.
This particular part of your tour takes you up a manmade trail after a 20-minute boat ride. It was created by the Centro Nape staff, which is a communal organization in the area, and it features a host of medicinal plants, indigenous plants, and much more. Most of the plants along this trail are actually used for the patients in the clinic, and the tour guide will explain the different plants and their medicinal properties, and why it’s so important to sustain this type of life in the Amazon. After learning about the plants, enjoy a delicious dinner.
If you’re so inclined after the sun goes down on the Amazon, you can go out on a night walk and see many of the forest’s animals that you will never see during the day.
Granted, it’s tough to actually see them in the pitch of night, but you will certainly hear them rustling around in the bush. This is where a light comes in handy, as you will encounter many types of arboreal mammals and frogs.
When this walk is over, it’s time to rest up for your departure in the morning.
DAY 4: POSADA AMAZONAS (DAY 3) AND TRANSFER TO CUSCO
Although you will heading out after you eat breakfast, the vacation is not over by any stretch. You still have a lot of traveling to do, and you will be going back through the heart of the natural reserve, wherein you will experience all types of wildlife in its natural habitat.
The morning travel starts with a boat ride transfer to the Tambopata River Port. Immediately after, you’ll be heading back to the Puerto Maldonado Headquarters, where you will then ride back to the airport.
DAY 5: Cuzco City Tour
Spend a whole day exploring this one-time capital of the Inca Empire, and admire its attractive structural design and historic ambiance.
After lunch 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 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
DAY 7: Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes
Keep going on through the Sacred Valley to the very small town of Ollantaytambo. The intensive layers of fortified rock-wall terraces are an amazing sight to behold, and an astonishing feat of engineering creativity.
1.5hrs train to MachuPicchu Town where a representative will welcome you and transfer you to your confirmed hotel.
DAY 8: Machu Picchu - Cuzco
Wake up early for a brief morning bus ride up to Machu Picchu and view this breathtaking archaeological wonder showing up through the morning cloud. Learn about the best vantage points and unexplainable history of this amazing site on a supervised tour, and gain an understanding into what life would have happened to be like under the Inca Empire.
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 10: Transfer out
Breakfast at your hotel Private transportation to the Cusco Airport .
Just remember to come back and vacation with us again. You can never see too much of Perú.
DAY 6: Sacred Valley
After breakfast take a trip through the Sacred Valley straight to the small traditional town of Pisac. Use up some time roaming the brightly coloured market - assuming you are after some genuine Andes souvenirs, this is the right place. Pay a visit to a local farm for an understanding into regional life, and then take a walk out to the Inca ruins covering the surrounding landscape.
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DAY 9: Cuzco Free Day
Cuzco is one of Perus greatest and beautiful cities, and well worth spending some time here if you ave got some extra time.
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