Peru

Amazon, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca Adventure

Level

Easy-Moderate

Duration

13  days

Route

LimaPuerto Maldonado- Refugio Amazonas- Puerto MaldonadoCusco- Sacred valley- Machu Picchu- Aguas Calientes- Cusco- Juliaca-Amantani Island- Taquile island- Uros Island- Puno- Lima

Time to travel

The months from May to October are considered best for this trip.

Live a unique lifetime experience exploring the top 3 attractions in Peru: visiting the ancient Royal city of Machu Picchu, Tambopata Reserve- one of the world’s richest biologically diverse ecosystems, located in the Peruvian Amazon basin and  Lake Titicaca -the highest navigable lake in the world!

You will enjoy your private tour of Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and the most beautiful archaeological site of the Americas. During your jungle experience you will stay at the comfortable eco Lodge, you will enjoy exciting adventures in Tambopata Reserve! You next stop is Lake Titicaca- the highest navigable lake in the world. You will experience amazing kayaking adventure to Amantani and Taquile islands , immerse in  the local culture and visiting the incredible floating reed islands inhabited by the Uros people.

Facts:

  • Peru is located on South America’s central Pacific coast. The world’s twentieth-largest nation, Peru is bordered on the north by Ecuador and Colombia, on the east by Brazil, on the southeast by Bolivia, on the south by Chile, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean.
  • Lima is the capital and largest city of Peru. It was founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro on January 18, 1535 as la Ciudad de los Reyes, or “the City of Kings.
  • Cusco sits over 11,000 feet above sea level in the heart of the Andes. This Peruvian city is widely considered the archaeological capital of the Americas thanks to its incredible mix of colonial and ancient Incan architecture. Once the center of the Inca Empire, Cuzco remains a mecca of sorts for adventure-minded travelers touring South America. Cuzco’s stunning mountain setting, traditional handicrafts and vibrant festivals make it an absolutely essential destination for tourists visiting Peru.
  • Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Incan site located on a ridge between the Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains in Peru. It sits 7,970 feet (2,430 meters) above sea level on the eastern slope of the Andes and overlooks the Urubamba River hundreds of feet below. The site’s excellent preservation, the quality of its architecture, and the breathtaking mountain vista it occupies has made Machu Picchu one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world today. The site covers 80,000 acres (32,500 hectares). Terraced fields on the edge of the site were once used for growing crops, likely maize and potatoes.

Our operation:

All Rahhalah’s ground handlers and guides are locally employed ensuring more authentic experience for travelers, as well as sensitivity to local customs and cultures.

Our adventure activities give you the opportunity to connect with the local culture in a personally meaningful way, while showing you the best of the beautiful natural and cultural treasures for which the country is famed across the world.

Sustainability:

We run a low impact operation and we leave no traces behind, contributing to the efforts of protection of the local land, its people and culture.All our local guides and staff are properly employed and adequately equipped. In addition we emphasize on making extensive use of local products and enhance maximum economic benefits to the local communities.

As you all know 1% of our revenue go back to a local cause and Rahhalah directly takes care of that. This is our pay back promise.

ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival in Lima

Upon arrival at Lima airport, you will be welcomed by our representative and driven to your hotel located in Miraflores.
Overnight in Lima at Casa Andina Select Miraflores – Superior Room

*Lima city is located at an altitude of 80 meters (262 ft) above sea level.

Day 02: Lima Private city Tour (B)

After breakfast, you will be driven to the city of the Kings where you will see beautiful monuments Colonial Palaces, Colonial houses adorned with Moorish-style balconies, Plaza San Martin, Plaza de Armas, the baroque cathedral, Palacio de Gobierno (Governors Palace), the Archbishop’s Palace with its big carved wooden balconies, and the convent of San Francisco which houses the largest collection of religious art in the Americas. Underneath the convent lie extensive catacombs that served as the cemetery during the colonial period!

Overnight in Lima at Casa Andina Select Miraflores – Superior Room

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 03: Flight Lima - Puerto Maldonado – Refugio Amazonas (B, L, D)

After breakfast, you will be driven to Lima airport to board your flight to Puerto Maldonado.

Upon arrival at Puerto Maldonado airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to Posada Amazonas headquarters (10 minute ride). While enjoying your first taste of the forest in the gardens you will be asked to pack only the necessary gear for your next few days, and leave the rest of your luggage in a safe deposit. This helps to keep the boats light.
Skirting Puerto Maldonado, we drive 20 kilometers to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno. The port is a communal business.
Tambopata River Port to Refugio Amazonas: you will have a 2 ½ hour boat ride to Refugio Amazonas located in Tambopata National Reserve.
Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.
Caiman Search After dinner we will walk by the river’s edge scanning the shores with headlamps and flashlights to catch the red gleams of reflection from caiman eyes.

Overnight in Tambopata at Refugio Amazonas Eco-Lodge – Rainforest Comfort Room
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 04: Oxbow Lake - Canopy Tower - Ethnobotanical Tour ( B, L, D)

After breakfast, we will paddle around the lake on a canoe or a catamaran, looking for lakeside wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman and horned screamers, hoping to see otters and macaws.

A thirty minute walk from Refugio Amazonas leads to the 25 meter scaffolding canopy tower. The tower has been built upon high ground, therefore increasing your horizon of the continuous primary forest extending out towards the Tambopata National Reserve.  From here you will see toucans, macaws and raptors.

After lunch, we will visit a farm owned and managed by Don Manuel from the community of Condenado. He grows a variety of popular and unknown Amazon crops.

Late afternoon we will have an ethno botanical tour and learn about the variety of plants and trees that are used by the local population as medicine like Ajo-Sacha, Yuca de Venado, Uña de Gato, Charcot-Sacha, Para-Para, among several others.
After dinner, there will be a presentation about ecotourism projects in Tambopata National Reserve.
Overnight in Tambopata at Refugio Amazonas Eco-Lodge – Rainforest Comfort Room
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 05: Parrot Clay Click/Brazil Nut trail and Camp/Mammal Clay Click

After breakfast, we will have a fifteen minute boat ride and sixty minute walk from Refugio Amazonas to a clay lick used by parrots and parakeets.  From a blind you will see parrots and parakeets descending on most clear days to ingest the clay on a bank. Species such as Dusky headed and Cobalt winged Parakeet descend at this clay lick. With luck we will also see some or all of the following species in the early morning rush: Mealy and Yellow-crowned Amazons, Blue-headed Pionus, Severe macaw and Orange-cheeled (Barraband`s) Parrot. We visit the lick at dawn, when parrots are most active or in midmorning or early afternoon, when they are active.

After lunch, we will visit a beautiful old growth patch of Brazil Nut forest that has been harvested for decades where the precarious remains of a camp used two months a year by Brazil Nut gatherers can still be experienced. We will be demonstrating the whole process of the rain forest’s only sustainably harvested product from collection through transportation to drying.
Late afternoon we will have a twenty minute walk from Refugio Amazonas to a peccary clay lick. These wild rain forest pigs show up in herds of five to twenty individuals to eat clay in the late morning. Chances of spotting them are around 15%, but well worth the short hike. Other wildlife also shows up including deer, guan and parakeets. After dinner, we may have a hike to see frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.

Overnight in Tambopata at Refugio Amazonas Eco-Lodge – Rainforest Comfort Room
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 06: Whitewater rafting and Biking ( B, L)

After breakfast, you will be driven to Pachar the starting point of our whitewater rafting adventure; this village is located on the shores of Urubamba River.

Upon arrival, all participants will be given a safety briefing by your river guide.

The briefing touch on paddling commands, capsize drills and actions when overboard; participants will be provided with Helmets, wetsuits, splash jackets and personal flotation device.

Once every one is ready, we start with a quick practice on the calm parts of the river, our adventure starts on easy water surrounded by beautiful mountains and archaeological remains, then we head to Ollantaytambo and its amazing Inca terraces, on the way we will enjoy class II-III rapids and finish by “El Resbaladero” (The Slide), a great class III rapid that includes waves and small whirlpools. We finish our adventure by Cachiccata community located a few minutes to Olantaytambo village.

Biking in the sacred valley (Cachiccata – Sillkinpunta)

11:00 Am. We will start our biking adventure in the sacred valley, our bikes will be ready to start the ride just from our hotel in Ollantaytambo, we will ride to Cachiccata Bridge and ride to Sillkinpunta bridge, we will enjoy great views of the sacred valley surrounded by mountains, eucalyptus trees and passing thru small Quechua villages. The biking path level is easy and safe, depending on physical conditions participants can do a round trip bike (the way back is thru another road).

Train to Aguas Calientes

After lunch, we will board or train to Aguas Calientes.

Upon arrival at Machu Picchu train station, you will be welcomed by your hotel staff and escorted to your hotel, located just a few steps from the train station.

Overnight in Aguas Calientes at Hatun Inti Classic – Standard Room

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

*Aguas Calientes is located at an altitude of 2,100 meters (6,890 ft) above sea level.

Day 7: Machu Picchu private tour (B, L)

After breakfast you and your guide will have a 25-minute bus journey to the Royal city of Machu Picchu.
07:00 am: climb Huayna Picchu Mountain.

You will enjoy guided tour of the most amazing Inca city in the Americas and learn about the history of this site. You will have some insight into the various features of this sacred city and have free time to enjoy yourself!
12:30 p.m. Lunch at Tinkuy Restaurant located at the Sanctuary Lodge.

After lunch, you can visit the Inca Bridge and Machu Picchu citadel again.

Overnight in Aguas Calientes at Hatun Inti Classic – Standard Roo

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

*Machu Picchu is located at an altitude of 2400 meters (7,874 ft) above sea level.

Day 8: Huayna Picchu Mountain/ Train to Cusco ( B, L)

07:00 am: climb Huayna Picchu Mountain.

After lunch in Aguas Calientes you take a late afternoon vista dome train to Cusco.

Upon arrival at Poroy train station, you will be driven to your hotel.

Overnight in Cusco at Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco – Standard  Room

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9: The Devil’s Balcony Horseback ride (B)

After breakfast, we drive for about 20 minutes to the ranch located on the outskirts of Cusco to start our horseback riding adventure.
We head to the Devil’s balcony, a huge colorful rock that looks like a balcony, and then we continue our ride to the X-zone where we will find some amazing caves and definitely enjoy a great view of Sacsayahuaman walls!
Finally our ride ends at the temple of the moon, a mysterious and energetic archaeological site located on the outskirts of Cusco.
Cusco private City Tour
Thisafternoon, your private driver and guide will pick you up from your hotel to show the beautiful Inca city of Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; you will visit not only the most beautiful pre-Columbian buildings but also the wonderful Inca Ruins located on the outskirts of Cusco city.
Tour highlights: Koricancha temple, Cusco Cathedral, Sacsayhuaman, Q’enko, Tambomachay, PucaPucara.
Overnight in Cusco at Casa Andina Classic Cusco Plaza Private Collection Cusco – Standard  Room.


Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10: Flight Cusco – Juliaca (Puno) ( B)

Am. After breakfast transfer to the airport to board the flight to Juliaca.

Upon arrival at Juliaca airport you will be transferred to your hotel located on the shores of Lake Titicaca.

Overnight in Puno at Sonesta Titicaca Hotel – Standard Room.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11: Kayak to Amantani Island ( B, L, D)

Duration of kayaking: 3 hours. Distance: 10 kilometers from Llachon to Amantani.

After breakfast, we travel by motor boat towards Llachon – Santa Maria. Meet the staff of Titicaca Kayak Company, after the safety briefing from the specialized kayak guide, get dressed with the kayak equipment and then paddle to Amantani Island, experience the immensity of Lake Titicaca a perfect retreat from the city noise. Arrival & Accommodation at a home stay on Amantani. Lunch based on typical products, they will show you aspects of their genuine culture, and if your lungs can take it, you can also join in an optional football match with the locals. In the afternoon we hike to one of the two temples on the top of the island to observe the sunset. Dinner and small celebration with family.

Overnight on Amantani Island at an Ayamara family home -Local house.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12: Kayak to Taquile Island. Uros Island – Puno ( B, L)

Duration of kayaking: 3 hours. Distance: 10 kilometers from Amantani to Taquile.

After breakfast, we paddle from Amantani to Taquile Island, observe the distant but impressive snow caped mountains on the other side of Lake Titicaca, this is a unique journey. Arrival in Taquile. Visit the village, we see people who preserved their culture and ancestral organization after lunch we descend a stairway of 500 steps to the port, to head back to Puno After lunch we head back to Puno, making a stop at the incredible floating reed islands inhabited by the Uros people. This ethnic group has made use of the totora reeds for their homes, canoes, fuel, art and food – a truly remarkable life style has evolved. Reed boat rides can be arranged directly with the local fishermen, and then we continue back to Puno arriving at approximately 4:30pm.

Difficulty Rating: 3, some previous experience is required & good physical condition. Recommendation: Bring sunscreen, hat, sunglasses and warm clothing.

Overnight in Puno at Sonesta Titicaca Hotel – Standard Room

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 13: Flight Juliaca – Lima (B)

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Juliaca airport to board your flight to Lima.

Meals included: Breakfast

4,792 USD

per person in a group of min 6.

Trip Dates

14th July 2017

NOTES

  • This cost is based on Double Occupancy. Single Supplement Applies
  • This cost is valid till 15th December, 2017.
  • Full payment should be made 30 days prior to departure date.
  • All services stipulated above are subject to availability at the time of booking / reservation. All prices are subject to change.
  • The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition and operating conditions.

THIS INCLUDES

  • English-speaking tour guides.
  • Accommodation at selected hotels,  eco-lodge ,family home stay as described or similar
  • Private half day guided tour of Lima city (Guide, entrance fee, and transport).
  • Three day Amazon trip in Tambopata national Reserve (Private Guide, entrance fee, private transport, private excursions and all meals).
  • Private whitewater rafting adventure (Instructor, equipment and transport)
  • Machu Picchu private tour (Guide, Entrance fee, Vista dome train tickets, bus tickets and lunch).
  • Wayna Picchu entrance fee and bus tickets.
  • Private half day guided tour of Cusco and the four nearby Inca ruins (Guide, entrance fee and transport).
  • Horseback riding (Horses, guide and helmet)
  • Kayaking adventure on Lake Titicaca with home stay at Amantani Island(Experienced guides, certified by the ACA American Canoe Association, Full sea kayak equipment: spray skirts for protection, personal flotation device, Neoprene boots, paddle jacket, Hydro skin mambas, Whistles, paddle. NRS and Harmony USA, High quality double and single sea kayaks (Perception, USA) With pedal rudders, Support – rescue motor boat to assist the Participants, always nearby, energy bars and water.
  • Plane tickets Lima – Puerto Maldonado/Puerto Maldonado – Cusco/Cusco – Juliaca/Juliaca – Lima
  • All airport/train Station-Hotel transfers in Lima, Puerto Maldonado, Cusco and Puno.

THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International airfare
  • Airport taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Single Supplement cost
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Optional/additional activities
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses

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