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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: 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: REFUGIO AMAZONAS (DAY 4) AND SACRED VALLEY ARRIVAL

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.

GOTOPERU will help you with your entire travel situation, from your initial arrival to your final departure. And the next time you want to see more of this beautiful rainforest, don’t forget to check out other great packages.

A GOTOPERU representative will be waiting to greet you as soon as you arrive in sacred valley. We’re ready to offer world-class treatment for what is bound to be a vacation of a lifetime.

DAY 6: 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 7: MARAS AND MORAY TOUR

Grab a good, filling breakfast at your hotel in Cusco; 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.

DAY 10: HUAYNA PICCHU TOUR

Once GOTOPERU stops by and picks you up from your hotel, it’s right back in the direction of Machu Picchu. 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 11: 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 12: SUN ROAD TOUR CUSCO TO PUNO

Your GOTOPERU representative will come to your hotel and offer you a private transfer to embark on your journey to Puno.
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 Puno.

DAY 8: INCA TRAIL (DAY 1)

The first day of this trip starts early in the morning, directly after a GOTOPERU rep picks you up from your Cusco hotel. You will be taken to the Ollantaytambo station and subsequently take the train to KM 104, where the real journey begins.

The first thing you’ll notice upon arriving at your destination is an old-fashioned suspension bride. This is the start of the trail. We will begin trekking over the Urubamba River en route to some very old, small and intriguing Inca ruins on the Chachabama historic site. Make sure you get plenty of pictures and plenty of water, because then begins a four-hour hike to the Wiñaywayna enclosure, which is well over a mile above sea level (8,858 feet to be exact). The air up here is crisp and clean, however light, but the journey upward is actually rather gentle. 

This location is an important spiritual site of the Incan people. With large stone structures carved into the mountain, Wiñaywayna looks like an outdoor stadium for giants and is one of the most well preserved (naturally so) Incan sites in the region. 

Make sure to keep your head on a swivel as you cross this monument and onto the main Inca Trail. The river valleys and peaks of the lush, green expanse will leave you speechless for the entire journey. The goal is to cut through the ridge above Machu Picchu and to descend on this historic location.

After a short hike, you will reach Intipunku (modern day Puerta del Sol), where you will head down the 40-minute trail to the town of Aguas Calientes. Here, you will get a great meal and have access to the hotel. Sleep tight, because day two is right around the corner.

DAY 9: INCA TRAIL (DAY 2)

You won’t have to walk nearly as much on day two; this is all about soaking up the historic site of Machu Picchu. You will receive a guided tour of what experts refer to as the world’s most ancient—and perhaps most sophisticated—city. Machu Picchu is an entire city, built by the Inca Pachacuteq, and it features many houses, storage areas, temples, a large central gathering area, and even roadways and hundreds of steps – all carved out of stone by the ancient Incans. 

After getting a personal tour of the city from an expert historian tour guide, you will get to enjoy the rest of your day before returning back to your Cusco hotel.

DAY 13: CATAMARAN TOUR OF LAKE TITICACA (DAY 1)

Pack whatever necessities you need for a two-day journey, and don’t forget your camera! You will be picked up and taken to the Sanctuary of Copacabana, where after you will visit the Catamaran Cruise. A catamaran is a small water vessel that has just as many luxuries as a yacht, so you’ll be experiencing what amounts to a private journey. Aboard the boat, you can enjoy a slew of refreshments en route to the Island of the Sun, which is considered the cradle of the Incan Empire. 

For a relatively small island, it is not light on historic features that will leave you speechless. The legendary island Garden is like an ancient amusement park, filled with stone steps, the Fountain of the Inca, and beautiful plant life. Then, it’s on to the IntiWata Cultural Complex, which is widely considered to be the best tour in all of Bolivia. Some of the highlights of this tour include:

  • The historic underground Ekako museum
  • The center of traditional medicine 
  • Reed rafts, both complete and some that are currently under hand construction
  • The Pachamama Inca Terraces 
  • An ancient Intica refuge 
  • And much, much more 

After this guided, private tour, it’s back to the catamaran where you will enjoy a hearty, varied lunch buffet. 

When lunch is over, the tour just keeps getting better. Next, it’s off to Challapampa, which is a very small, indigenous island north of the Island of the Sun. The locals here are incredibly friendly and will introduce you to culture that the rest of the world has outgrown by thousands of years. You will get to witness a wide assortment of cultural landmarks, such as local homes, the local school, a chapel, a historic museum, and more. 

The locals have devised an innovative program that actually treats you just like an island resident. You will get to sail around in a fishing vessel and see exactly what it’s like to live an islander’s life. You will get to hike ancient Incan trails, visit the temple of Chinkana, and when the night falls, you can enjoy a candlelit dinner aboard the catamaran – perfect for love birds. 

DAY 14: CATAMARAN TOUR OF LAKE TITICACA (DAY 2)

The second day of your catamaran journey is much more tranquil and explorative. Rather than hobnobbing with locals and participating in customs, you will enjoy the views and sail around the area, with only a couple of quick stops. After a buffet breakfast to start your day, you will get to check out an amazing panoramic view of Copacabana. Shortly after, get ready to see the Cathedral of the Virgin of Copacabana, and the Sanctuary. 

These beautiful locations provide plenty of photo fodder, so have your cameras on the ready. After these morning activities are over, it’s time for lunch before docking and heading back to your Puno hotel.

DAY 15: CHECKOUT TIME IN PUNO

A GOTOPERU representative will escort you to the airport and assist your with baggage and check-in.  We hope you enjoyed your stay in Peru and we can’t wait to see you again!

What's Included

  • 14 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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