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Peruvian Experience - Details

Group number: 10 people
Available spaces: Four
Meeting group in Lima: 

Tour Leader: Lucho Hurtado
Escort: Beverly Stuart

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ADVENTURE WITH COMFORT

 21 days

Day 1  

Travel to Peru
Lodging: Transfer to HOTEL KAMANA

  Reception and welcome at Lima airport, then transfer to your hotel.  A long and interesting journey!

Day 2-  

Lima City tour Introduction to the City of Kings.
Welcome dinner at Huaca Puccllana Restaurant
Lodging: Hotel Kamana
Meals included: Breakfast / lunch / dinner
                      
After breakfast we will visit the most attractive and important sights in Lima, the "City of Kings". The tour includes Lima's Historical Centre, passing by Plaza San Martin and Plaza Mayor and Government Palace, the splendour of the colonial times will be felt as we enjoy the fabulous colonial balconies. A beautiful and serene upscale restaurant with knockout views of the pyramid, secluded in the midst of Lima's chaotic jumble. After lunch we will visit the Convent and Church of San Francisco, one of the greatest examples of Colonial Art in America and Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The tour includes a visit to the Basilica of 21 altars, Convent of Cloisters, Capitulary and Clementine Rooms, Chorus and Library of the priests, a Museum showing 11 paintings of the Rubens School, the Sacristy with paintings of Surbaran and Ribera, a great patio decorated with Seville tiles of the XVIth Century, Moorish arches and underground Catacombs. 
For dinner we will go to a special restaurant La Huaca Puccllana, that is located in an unparalleled setting, within the compound of a 1,500-year-old construction of an adobe pyramid built by the original inhabitants of Lima. It is one of the city's greatest dining surprises
 

Day 3

Trip to Huancayo
Lodging: Hotel Turismo
Meals included: Breakfast / lunch / dinner

 

Today we will travel from sea level over a pass of 4,775 metres above sea level and down into the Andean city of Huancayo (3,254 m).  This is a spectacular journey and will take about 7 hours in a comfortable bus.  On arrival you can freshen up and adjust to the altitude then enjoy a delicious welcome dinner

Day 4

Historical  visit
Lodging: Hotel Turismo
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch 
 

After breakfast we visit the beautiful local market at Chupaca and then we go to Ahuac and some Pre-Inca ruins with an amazing view of the Ñahuinpuquio Lake and the Huaytapallana snow mountains.  We will see traditional villages including Wari and its fascinating Pre Inca Temple, then Chongos the first town with a small church in the Mantaro valley and location of the Inquisition.  This day trip allows you to see areas rarely visited by tourists. 

Day 5 

Huaytapallana Mountain visit
Lodging: Hotel Turismo
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch 

 

Today we will share a very special experience with you.  We will take a bus trip up the Huatapallana Mountain to visit llama shepherds living their traditional earth houses.  This is a spectacular look at a side of Peruvian culture that most tourists don’t see.
In the evening we can visit a surprising little spot ... Parque de la Identidad, a nice, stone-crafted Park. Here we enjoy the legends and traditions of the Mantaro Valley. The Park´s style is a type of Gaudi Arquitecture, mixed with Peruvian Craft.

Day 6

Craft trip around the Mantaro Valley
Lodging: Hotel Turismo
Meals included: Breakfast / lunch.
 

For those who like early starts we can visit the nearby local market before the day tour.  This market is full of smells, colours and activity and it is a fascinating look at the daily lives of these friendly people.
We leave Huancayo at 9:00 a.m. and visit Cochas, a village famous for its Carved Gourds. We will visit the families who work these special crafts and will watch a demonstration of their work. Next stop is Hualhuas, a village of weavers, and we can see the different kinds of tapestries, blankets and sweaters. You will learn from the artisans about native cameloids, fibres and wools, as well as natural dyes and spinning techniques Leaving Hualhuas we will travel to San Jeronimo, where the silverwork is the specialty and we will see a skilful demonstration by Peruvian hands.  Lunch will be at Ingenio to enjoy some good trout. There are many varieties of delicious trout dishes and we are in the valley of the producers of the freshest trout lunch! Finally we visit the Ocopa Monastery, the starting point of the missions to the jungle by the Franciscan Monks, commencing in 1725. Here is your chance to understand how religion has influenced our culture, leaving a deep mark in our history.  We leave Ocopa, making our way back to Huancayo, ending our circuit at La Cabaña. This full day guided excursions will show you the real lives of the people of our Mantaro Valley,

Day 7 

Bus Trip to Lima 
Lodging: Hotel Bolivar
Meals included: Breakfast / lunch                         

 

Leaving Huancayo early, we experience a pleasant journey by bus going back over the Andes. Now more acclimatized to the altitude the journey is easier and shorter. Arriving in Lima, we can rest and after dinner we will show you the best Pisco Sour in Lima city!

 Day 8

Flight to Puerto Maldonado- Arrival:11:00AM
Lodging: Jungle Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast / lunch / dinner
 

At 6:30 am we will be ready to take you to the airport where we leave for Puerto Maldonado, the nature capital of Peru. The 54-minute flight takes you from the sea level over the snow capped Andes mountains to the low jungle capturing an impressive view of rivers winding their ways through the dense green Amazon Forest ... just the flight is a must-see!!! This pristine rainforest hosts an ecosystem more beautiful and complex than any in the world. Arriving in Puerto Maldonado, we can leave our big luggage in a safe hotel and take just a change of clothes and necessities like mosquito repellent and sunscreen in a smaller overnight bag. We will board a boat, eat some snacks, and travel down the Madre de Dios River.  We will have a short walk in the jungle to hopefully see some jungle creatures.  Our lodge is on the shores of the river and we can take a short night walk to listen to this fascination night world.

Day 9 

Lake Sandoval
Lodging: Jungle Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast / lunch / dinner
 

We will have an early start today, a boat will take us across the river and we will enjoy a beautiful walk of about an hour to a lake where we can canoe and see the diversity of plants, birds and other exotic creatures. 

This is time when the jungle is waking up so we can expect some lovely surprises.  Our jungle lodge is on the shores of this lake, so we will go across the lake by canoe to the lodge…the canoes are big enough for the whole group so you can sit back and relax and let our guides show us the sights.  It is possible to see a wide variety of jungle birds, parrots, macaws, bats, caiman, monkeys, sloth and with luck the giant otters.  After breakfast we will take a jungle nature walk.  There is a wide assortment of wildlife from trees the size of small houses that are draped with vines, fruits and fauna, to miniature hummingbirds, insects, monkeys, squirrels, wild pigs and other mammals.  We have to be quiet and alert on our walk so that we don’t startle the many creatures that inhabit these forests.  There are also snakes and tarantulas, but no worries, they are more afraid of us than we are of them. After dinner, we go for an evening canoe. Canoeing by night under a bright moon surrounded by the noises and shadows of the jungle is a magical feeling!! 

Day 10

Puerto Maldonado and flight to Cusco  -  arrival 1pm
Lodging:
Meals included: Breakfast/lunch 
  Early in the morning you will return to Madre de Dios River and travel back to Puerto Maldonado where we will collect our luggage and go the to airport for our flight to Cusco.   After lunch we will be going for a City tour around the Cusco City area. The Cathedral, Inca Palaces and other important historical areas will be part of this special walk around the city. Cusco is a lovely and unique city.

Day 11

Free day
Lodging:
Meals included: Breakfast
 

You can have a full day to enjoy Cusco.  We can start the day with a fascinating visit to the Sacsaywaman Historical site overlooking the city.  The afternoon is free to catch up on emails, do laundry or visit museums. We are available to take you around or you may choose to spend time by yourselves or in small groups

Day 12

Sacred Valley, train to Aguas Calientes
Lodging: Hotel La Cabaña 
Meals included: Breakfast / lunch

 

After Breakfast we take a bus to enjoy the early sunrise over the cyclopean stones of Sacsayhuaman then we continue up over the pass and enjoy the views of the Sacred Willca Mayu known also as Urubamba River that flows through the Sacred Valley.  We pass little villages until we reach Pisac with its colourful market and impressive archaeological remains from Inca times. Here we will stop for lunch and have some time to explore this little market. Then we continue to the town of Ollantaytambo which is the best surviving example of Inca planning with its narrow cobblestones streets inhabited since the 13th century. From here we take our train to Aguas Calientes and end this fascinating day at La Cabaña Hotel.

Day 13 

Machu Picchu Visit and return to Cusco
Lodging:
Meals included: Breakfast / lunch

 

We get up very early (5:30am) to have breakfast at 6:00am before heading to Machu Picchu. We will be among the first to arrive and a local guide will show us around and explain in detail this special place. After the official explanation we can go for a little climb up to Huayna Picchu or venture to the Inca Bridge. At about 1pm we return to Aguas Calientes, where we have lunch before departing by train back to Ollantaytambo, then bus to Cusco.  This will be a pleasant and scenic journey through the Urubamba valley  

Day 14

Free day
Lodging:
Meals included: Breakfast
 

Experience has shown that one free day in Cusco is not enough!!  You can go to more museums, sit around the main square, have a coffee at one the many restaurants or you can enjoy the beautiful streets of Cusco.  Once again we are available to take you around if you wish.
Today we can organise an extra trip to visit the fascinating ‘Salineras de Maras’ (the Incas salt terraces of Maras) for those who wish to go.

    Day 15

Bus trip to Puno. 
Lodging:
Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch
  After Breakfast we will take our bus to Puno. This is a long journey but the scenery is amazing.  We stop to visit the Andahuaylillas church in a little village in the midst of nowhere with incredible murals and a floor to ceiling altar covered in gold leaf.  We also stop at Raqchi to visit the even more impressive Wiracocha temple.  We travel through the spectacular altiplano and reach La Raya pass at 4313 meters above sea level, where it is very high and very cold. Finally we arrive in Puno and enjoy the busy atmosphere of one of the highest cities in the world

   Day 16

Titicaca Lake, Los Uros Islands and Taquile
Lodging:  Homestay on Taquile Island
Meals included: Breakfast / lunch / dinner
 

After an early breakfast we leave at 7am with a special ride to the port. The boat trip will take us to visit the Uros on their floating islands and then to the Island of Taquile where we will spend the night. This is a very interesting experience as their unique way of life, crafts and weaving is fascinating.  We will leave our luggage at the Hotel in Puno and take an overnight bag as we will have to carry it a little way during our walk to the homes where we will stay.  You will need warm clothing, sunscreen and sunhats

 Day 17

Return to Puno
Lodging:
Meals included: Breakfast / lunch
   After breakfast we will have a short weaving demonstration at our home stay, after which we will go to the main area of Taquile for lunch, then down to the port. The boat leaves at 1pm from the port and takes some 3 hours to get to Puno. Our transport will take us to our hotel.    

   Day 18 

Bus to Chivay
Lodging:
Meals included: Breakfast / lunch

 

We will leave Puno early on a private bus and enjoy a long but fascinating journey to Chivay.  We will stop to visit the ruins of Sillustani and visit local people in their stone houses.  We will pass herds of llamas, alpacas and vicuñas, and maybe even spot some pick flamingos.  If we arrive early enough we can enjoy a walk to a nearby village and you can bathe in La Calera Hot Springs.
 

    Day 19 

Trip to Cruz del Condor then to Arequipa
Lodging: 
Meals included: Breakfast / lunch
                                              
 

After an early breakfast we leave by bus leaving for Cruz del Condor. This special spot is well known because the giant condors like to glide over the deep canyons so let’s cross our fingers!! Around this area we can also see the Andean rodents called vizcachas, and of course enjoy the beautiful terraced fields. Then we continue our trip through beautiful villages with their Colonial churches arriving in Arequipa at the end of the day 

Day 20

Explore Arequipa. Flight to Lima
Lodging: Hotel Bolivar
Meals included: Breakfast / lunch
  Today you will visit the famous Santa Catalina Convent, then have free time to explore the central city of Arequipa with its beautiful colonial buildings.
We will have our farewell lunch in a special place in Arequipa.
We will fly back to Lima in the late afternoon.
Transfer to your Lima Hotel.

Day 21 

Free Day in Lima. Transfer to Airport
Meals included: Breakfast
  We can visit a fabulous museum, enjoy a beautiful lunch at one of Limas famous seafood restaurants, do last minute shopping!!  Transfer to airport

Note: We can organize your transfers to the airport for those who require it.

 

 


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