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DAY 1: LIMA ARRIVAL

Arrival and Transfer A representative will greet you at the airport and escort you to you respected Lima hotel, where you will have time to rest. Free day. Night at Lima.

DAY 2: CITY TOUR LIMA + GASTRONOMICAL TOUR

Lima City Tour 9:30am-2:00pm

COLONIAL LIMA

We will visit downtown Lima`s historical center, designated by Unesco as Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 1991. In this journey we will enjoy what once was the center of the 16th century Spanish colony. We will see the Plaza Mayor, the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop`s Palace, the City Hall and the Desamparados Train Station. We will also see Plaza San Martin, a large park surrounded by old colonial buildings still displaying beautiful carved wood balconies and other landmarks.

SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY AND CATACOMBS

We shall visit the San Francisco Monastery and its famous underground crypts known as the Catacombs.

PERUVIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ARCHAEOLOGY ANTHROPOLOGY AND HISTORY

This is the oldest and most important museum in Peru. It displays the largest exhibit of pre-hispanic artifacts (ceramic, metal and textiles) produced by Peru’s ancient civilizations from 12.000 BC up to Inca times.

The tour will end at 2pm at your hotel where you will have free time for Lunch and rest before the star of your Gastronomical tour in the early afternoon.

GASTRONOMICAL TOUR (4:30pm-9:30pm)

Our Lima food tour at night gives visitors a different perspective with an array of culinary options that light up the city as the sun goes down. We've done our best to select a variety of top restaurants in Lima that truly showcase the country’s cultural and culinary diversity.

This tour begins at an upscale restaurant and lounge that sits right on the beach. With spectacular views of Lima’s coastline, Cala is a spot you won’t soon forget. Here, a professional bartender will share the secrets to making the perfect Pisco Sour so that you can impress your friends when you get back home. After this refreshing cocktail, we’re off to the jungle as we take you to an award-winning Amazonian restaurant. Ámaz has been recognized for its lively and inviting design as well as its culinary creations by winning in the category of Best New Restaurant in Peru at the Summum Awards in 2013.

As far as tours in Lima go, this one is sure to amaze as you’re likely to taste an explosion of flavor like no other you've tried before. The next stop is a well-known classic among Lima locals, the prestigious Huaca Pucllana Restaurant, located within an archaeological complex with illuminated ruins dating back to 500 A.D.

Here you will enjoy a selection of Peruvian dishes and another pisco-based cocktail. The views and dishes are so irresistible at this stop that even Mick Jagger, Bill and Hillary Clinton and the King of Spain, among many others, have not dared to miss it during their travels to Peru. To wrap up the night, we’ll head to the bohemian Barranco district for dessert. Afterwards you will back to your comfortable hotel.

  • 4-stop city tour highlighting Lima nightlife
  • Pisco Sour lesson at top beachfront restaurant
  • Try a variety of Amazonian appetizers at an award-winning restaurant specializing in dishes from the jungle
  • Taste a cocktail made with fruit straight from the Amazon
  • Gourmet Peruvian dinner amid illuminated pre-Incan ruins at la Huaca Pucllana
  • Tour of the colonial, bohemian Barranco district
  • Typical Peruvian dessert in Barranco
  • Professional guide and tour of Lima's iconic districts
  • Transportation and hotel pick-up from Barranco, Miraflores and San Isidro districts

DAY 3: AMAZONAS 1st DAY

After breakfast our private transportation will escort you the airport in Lima. Next destination: AMAZONAS

Welcome in Puerto Maldonado. You may visit the Butterfly House near the airport and in only 15 minutes you can get to the boarding wharf. Begin to experience the enchantment of the rainforest as you take a 45-minute boat ride along the Madre de Dios River, to arrive at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica lodge. After a short briefing, settle into your beautiful cabaña and enjoy your lunch in the dining room. Take a siesta, share a refreshing tea time and get ready for the afternoon excursion. After gathering with your Inkaterra Explorer Guide, choose from the 14 different excursions available at the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica. On your first day, we recommend a guided walk along the Trail system, into the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica natural area, where you will discover the Amazon Basin. This trail offers an excellent introduction to the forest environment, winding past impressive trees such as the Shihuahuaco, and the strangely beautiful strangler fig, offering excellent opportunities for bird watching and observing exotic insects. We also recommend on the first night our Twilight River excursion — a guided afternoon boat ride on the Madre de Dios river. Witness the transformation from a diurnal to a nocturnal world: animals and birds of the daytime give way to species specially adapted to the night. As you enjoy their paradise, you will learn about their habits, while you search for nightjars, owls, capybaras and up to three different caiman species. Enjoy dinner served in the main dining room from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. After dinner, you may retire early to your own cabana, or share your experience in the rainforest with other guests and interpreters, as you listen to the intriguing sounds of the jungle at night.

DAY 4: AMAZONAS 2nd DAY

Wake up late or rise early — the choice is yours. Breakfast begins at 5:30 a.m., for those who want to avoid the heat, and enjoy nature at its fullest. A full buffet breakfast is served from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. During the morning you may visit the Lake Sandoval excursion into the Tambopata National Reserve. Glide in a wooden canoe, across a beautiful, mirror-like oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter, as well as red howler monkeys, red-bellied macaws, anacondas, side-neck turtles and black caimans. Return to the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica for lunch. After lunch, consider the remarkable Inkaterra Canopy Walkway. Ascending the first tower, 29 meters above the forest ground, you begin your encounter with the treetop realm. For more than a quarter of a mile, you will literally walk through the rainforest canopy on a suspension bridge network linking eight observation platforms. During this hour-and-a-half expedition, be on the lookout for colorful toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, monkeys, and sloths. If you wish you may extend your excursion and watch the sunset from one of the towers. Once at the lodge, enjoy the daily nature presentation in the Eco Center and the Happy Hour. Dinner starts at 7:30 p.m.

DAY 5: AMAZONAS 3rd DAY

Enjoy a trip to Gamitana Creek, located 25 minutes by boat from the lodge. For one and a half hours, explore the rainforest along the banks of a winding, dark-water creek that is home to many piranha, caiman, turtles and birds, until the Sanipanga landing point. Navigate your way back downstream, observing the abundant flora and fauna along the way. You will return to Gamitana Farm to do a short guided tour to see how local farmers grow fruits and vegetables. Return to the lodge for lunch. After lunch, enjoy the Hacienda Concepcion excursion, with over 200 different plant species, and learn about the uses and benefits of local flora. This is followed by a 30 minute canoe trip to look for turtles, sun grebes, nightjars and exotic herons. Return to the lodge. Then consider the Rainforest by Night excursion through the Inkaterra Ecological Reserve at night for an approximately 2 hour excursion. Venture into the forest and experience the mystery of the animal activity that awakens in the rainforest after dark, enhancing animal resources to create new adaptation mechanisms. Listen to nocturnal forest sounds and spot species that only emerge at night. Return to the lodge.

DAY 6: AMAZONAS 4th DAY + CUSCO ARRIVAL

Enjoy a full breakfast before departure. A 45 minute return trip by boat on the Madre de Dios River takes you to Puerto Maldonado, where you may visit the Butterfly House. Peru boasts the greatest variety of butterflies in the world, with 3,700 known species. Many of these can be seen at the Butterfly House, a showcase for the variety, beauty and adaptability of these fascinating insects. Transfer to Cusco.

DAY 7: TOUR TO MUSEUMS IN CUSCO

The schedule of the tour is in the morning, starting at 9:00 am and ending at 14:00 pm, in this case is performed by visiting major museums in the city of Cusco, will begin visiting the pre-Columbian art museum, where we will find a flawless display of the development of pre-Columbian cultures and very fine works in ceramics, gold and silver from the different cultures that existed in Peru; continuing with the tour will visit the Inca Museum, one of the best exhibitions in regard to the Inca culture can find it in different pre-Inca cultures that developed in Cusco and Inca throughout the organization; later visit the home of the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, this being a colonial house inherited from his father, who today sets different canvas painting of the Cusco school, then entering the colonial era will visit the temple of the Merced, where he portrays the life of Pedro Nolasco founder of the Catholic Mercedario order, and that is a sacred Custody of the most valuable Merced bulwarks who has from Cuzco and finally be able to visit the monastery of Santa Catalina, which exhibit large number of paintings from the Cusco school.

DAY 8: CUSCO CITY TOUR AND SURROUNDINGS

Breakfast and Morning at Leisure After breakfast at your hotel, the morning is yours to discover why Cusco is such a vital part of tourism in Peru. Recommended places to visit include the San Pedro Market, Museum of Pre-Colombian Art, and the Choco Museum, where you can handcraft your own tasty treat.

Early Afternoon: Guided Tour of Cusco and Surroundings

Highlights:

  • Historical capital of Peru
  • Incan and Spanish Colonial architecture
  • Cathedral of Santo Domingo, a Baroque church built on the ruins of the opulent Incan Koricancha Palace (Temple of the Sun)
  • Incan holy place of Q’enko, an amphitheater once used for ceremonial sacrifices
  • Incan monument of Tambomachay, ceremonial site of water worship
  • Sacsayhuaman, an Incan fortress and site of the IntiRaymi (Fiesta del Sol), most notable for its hand-carved stones up to 9m tall and weighing over 350 tons
  • Incan tambo (travelers’ rest stop) of PukaPukara

Late Afternoon/Evening at Leisure: Suggested Activities

  • Browse the markets for an alpaca wool sweater
  • Meet the local people and savor the local dishes in one of Cusco’s many restaurants and cafes.

DAY 9: MARAS & MORAY TOUR

Breakfast and Transfer After breakfast at your Cusco hotel, your tour guide will pick you up in a private bus to begin the full-day tour of the towns of Maras and Moray.

HIGHLIGHTS:

Maras

  • Rural valley-to-mountain community whose people have carefully preserved tradition and history
  • Sweeping vistas of three key summits— Mt. Putukisi (2560m), Mt. Chikon (5530m), and Mt. Veronica (5682m)
  • Beautiful blend of indigenous culture and Spanish architecture.

Moray

  • Ancient Incan community
  • Site of incredible agricultural advancement for the Incan culture
  • Noted for its sunken concentric rings which served as a greenhouse prototype

Salt Mines of Maras

  • Famous salt mines that have been used since Incan times for trade and nourishment

Transfer and Evening at Leisure After your time in these places, you will stay the evening in the Sacred Valley.

Trip Notes: The salt mines of Maras have been used for centuries to harvest this valuable mineral from the mountainside. The collection of 2000 small, shallow pools of water is communally operated and open to the public. The water is regularly drained from the pools so that the salt can crystallize for a few days before being harvested and eventually distributed for use or sale.

DAY 10: SACRED VALLEY TOUR

Breakfast and Transfer Following an early breakfast at your Sacred Valley hotel, a GOTOPERU representative will pick you up for a short ride to Pisac where your tour starts

Pisac Visit This small town with its exquisite architecture is the perfect place to purchase authentic Andean souvenirs. As you browse through the selection of traditional clothing and crafts, you will easily understand why Pisac’s market has a reputation all its own.

Tour of Ollantaytambo This Incan site began as a palace, but was eventually used in the last Incan stand against the invading Spanish conquistadors. Whether palace or fortress, these ruins offer an unforgettable view of the surrounding area.

Transfer and Evening at Leisure After an exciting day of archaeological exploration, you will be ready to take the train to Machupicchu. Once arrival our personal will escort you to your comfortable hotel.

Trip Notes: Clay fire ovens. Traditional costumes. Agricultural traditions. Handmade crafts. Your day in the Sacred Valley will take you back in time over 500 years. When you are surrounded by the rich soil and small villages, you will quickly see why this beautiful place was so important to the Incan civilization, and why many still embrace this lifestyle still today.

DAY 11: MACHU PICCHU TOUR

Breakfast and Transfer A representative will pick you up from your hotel in the early morning and will be escorted to the bus station for a short 20-minute bus ride to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu Picchu.

Tour Highlights:

  • Scenic train ride from Cusco to AguasCalientes, highlighting the Eco diversity of Peru’s landscape from Andean cloud forest to Amazon rainforest
  • Guide tour of Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World
  • Insight into the construction history of Machu Picchu
  • Information on Hiram Bingham’s discovery of this sacred site in 1911
  • Explanation of the most significant architectural features, including the Sun Stone, Sun Temple, and Room of the Three Windows
  • Leisure time after the guided portion to allow for photography and contemplation

Evening at Leisure staying in AguasCalientes and enjoying the town’s famous hot springs, reputed for their healing powers. Please advise your travel agent before booking this tour.

DAY 12: MACHU PICCHU RE-ENTRY

Very early in the morning you will have the opportunity to we witness of the most beautiful sunrise at Machupicchu ( Optional entrances and buses to Machupicchu 2nd DAY add$62p/p) Train is already included in the program.

If you want to climb HUAYNAPICCHU and have a panoramic view of Machupicchu we highly recommend to add it to your program ( add $10p/p on top of your $62p/p). In the early afternoon your train back to Cusco will departs. Night in Cusco

DAY 13: FREE DAY CUSCO

Free Day at Cusco, we specially recommend to visit SAN PEDRO MARKET, keeping its tradition here you will have an idea of the richness of Peruvian lands, , grains fruits and potatoes are one of the exclusive distinctive of the land of the Incas. ( SAN PEDRO MARKET located 4 blocks from the main Plaza ).

We also recommend visiting their different Plazas and the 12 angles stone located element represents the Inca technology and the degree of precision in the manufacture of its walls. So far is a surprising archaeological and architectural highlights knowledge possessed by the Incas to build anti -seismic structures

DAY 14: TRANSFER OUT

What's Included

  • 13 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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