14 DAYS FASCINATING PERU

Peru is diversity country, and this tour will give you the perfect chance to explore all of them, it combines the 3 main regions of Peru (The Cost, desert - Mountains, Andes - Jungle, Amazonas) and hight altitudes.

OVERVIEW

Starting point : Lima
Ending point : Lima
Tour type : Cultural
Places to visit : Lima, Paracas, Nazca, Cusco, Sacred Valley , Machu , Puerto Maldonado Amazonas

Day 1 : Arrival to Lima and  Lima Tour

Day 2 : Arrival to Paracas & Nazca Lines Tour

Day 3 : Ballestas Islands Tour & Return to Lima

Day 4- Lima - Cusco - flights not included

Day 5- Cusco city tour (Nearby Ruins in Cusco - 4 Hours tour)

Day 6- The Sacred Valley of the Incas  to Aguas Calientes ( Full Day Tour)

Day 7- Machu Picchu tour : Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Day 8 : Cusco - Puno (Bus tour)

Day 9 : Puno tour - Lake Titicaca (Floating  Islands Uros , Amantani and taquile)

Day 10 : Puno tour - :Lake Titicaca

Day 11 : Puno - Juliaca - Tambopata (Amazonas flight in)

Day 12 : Cocha Perdida (Lost Qocha)

Day 13: Briolo and Gamitana river

Day 14: Transfer from Tambopata lodge to Airport in Maldonado


Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Lima and Lima Tour

You will be picked up at the airport by Our representative and taken to your Lima hotel. After a short rest, you will meet your English-speaking guide for your exciting tour of Lima, which will take you to the main historical, religious, and contemporary sites of the city.

The tour starts at the Huaca Pucllana ruins in the Miraflores District. The structure is an enormous adobe pyramid dating from the 4th century A.D.

Next, you will go to Limas historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you will admire the Plaza Mayor (the central square), which is surrounded by 5 important buildings: the Government Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishops Palace, the Municipal Palace, and the Palace of Lima.

You will then travel a few blocks to the San Francisco Monastery, famous for its catacombs where over 250,000 bones rest.

Your tour of Lima will end with a visit to the traditional residential areas of Lima, including San Isidro, Miraflores, and Larcomar.

You will have the evening to spend at your leisure. We recommend a stroll through the scenic Parque del Amor (Park of Love) above the cliff near Larcomar, a mall built into the jagged cliffs of Limas coastline.

Make click on the link for ideas on great restaurants or shopping in Lima.

Day 2: Arrival to Paracas & Nazca Lines Tour

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be taken to the bus station for your trip to Paracas. You will travel approximately   4 hours aboard a comfortable first class bus. Upon arrival in Paracas, you will be taken to your Paracas hotel.

After you drop off your luggage in your hotel, you will go to the nearby Pisco airport to take off on your exciting tour of the Nazca Lines. Built between 500 BC and 500 AD, the Nazca Lines are a World Heritage Site and have been carefully studied for half a century and still continue to perplex researchers. Many scientists believe the lines had some astronomical function for the Nazca civilization, although other more colorful theories abound. During the flight, you will see famous glyphs such as the condor, the hummingbird, and the monkey. See our Nazca Travel Guide for more in-depth information on the Nazca Lines.

After you touch back down to earth, you will be taken back to your Paracas hotel, where you can relax and ponder the mysterious Nazca Lines at your leisure as you enjoy a beautiful sunset over the Paracas Bay.

Note: Flights from Pisco to Nazca require a minimum of two passengers.  Please contact your travel advisor for single passenger inquiries.

Due to the relatively small size of planes operating Nazca Lines tours, restrictions apply for clients who are 100kg (220lbs) or over.

Day 3 : Ballestas Islands Tour & Return to Lima

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before departing on an adventurous boat trip across the Paracas Bay to the Ballestas Islands, where you will be able to spot sea lions, seals, penguins, guano birds, and turtles (rarely found at this latitude). The boat trip lasts approximately 2 hours.

On the way to the islands, you will also get the opportunity to spot the Candelabra, a 165-foot (50-meter) long sketching in the rock, which experts believe is connected to the Nazca Lines. Debate with your companions whether the Candelabra formation represents a cactus - a symbol of power in the ancient Chavin culture or perhaps the Southern Cross constellation.

During the tour, you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with sea lions and birds. Some of the unique bird species you might see include the Humboldt Penguin and the Peruvian Booby which survive only on the Humboldt Current, as well as the Cormorant Guanau and the Red-legged Cormorant. Depending on the season, you will see sea lions playing with their young or simply frolicking on the rocks.

After your boating excursion, you will be transferred to the bus station to return to Lima for the night.  After you check in to your hotel, you will have the evening in Lima to enjoy at your leisure.

Day 4 : Lima - Cusco - Free day

DAY 05: City Tour and Visit to Nearby Ruins (Bus tour 4 hours aprox)

Upon arrival We will pick you up from the airport in Cusco, transfer to your hotel. Morning free to rest and get used to the altitude.

In the afternoon (2 pm aprox), guided sightseeing Bus tour in Cusco city, Visit the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha. Then, we drive out of the City to visit the Inca sites of  Qenqo, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, strategically built on a hill overlooking Cusco (best view of Cusco from this point), Sacsayhuman is famous for its enormous carved stones, some of them standing over 9 m / 30 ft high and weighing over 350 tons.

Return to your hotel and get ready to enjoy a dinner in a typical restaurant with a folklore show where the musicians play their melodies with Andean instruments of beautiful sounds while typically dressed dancers will show you different ancient Peruvian dances.

Meals Included: Dinner

DAY 06: The Sacred Valley of the Incas (Options Overnight in Aguas Calientes)

Breakfast in your hotel. It is a full-day excursion to the "Sacred Valley of the Incas", along the Vilcanota River. We will have the opportunity to share closely the peasants' customs and bargain with vendors at the typical Indian market of Pisac. Lunch in a local countryside restaurant (Not Included) 

In the afternoon, passing through the Towns of Calca and Urubamba, we visit the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to this part of the Valley, and protect it from possible invasion from the tribes in the Lower jungle. You can walk through the quaint streets of the nearby Town, and get a good idea of what this strategic military, religious, and agricultural center was like during the era of the Inca Empire.

Back to Cusco, transfer to your hotel for overnight.

Evening at leisure.

We suggest going around the Main Square and enjoy the night atmosphere tasting a delicious Pisco Sour in some of the many pubs around the Main Square

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 07: Cusco / Machu Picchu / Cusco

Breakfast in your Hotel. The day starts with an early morning rise to transfer to Cusco Train Station for a 4  ½ hour train journey to the famous Town of Aguas Calientes

Arrival: Upon arrival at Aguas Calientes, you will make the 25-minute motor coach ascent to the "Lost City of the Incas Machu picchu”  Discovered  in 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham.

We tour the ruins for around 2 hours, during which time our guide explains the astounding degree of technology achieved by the builders of this famous site.

After the Tour in Machu Picchu you have to take the train back to Cusco from Aguas Calientes town, please check the time with your Travel agent in Cusco.

Note: Possibility of staying overnight at Machu Picchu (subject to hotel's availability).

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 08 : Cusco /  Puno-  Tourist bus

Breakfast at your hotel in Cusco and trasportation to the Bus terminal

we will pick you upo at 7:30am and take you the bus terminal in Cusco, you will take a nice tourist bus to Puno. this specialo bus will stop on the way on the most important tourist attractions(tour guide , lunch and entrance feen are cluded).

First stop Andahuyalillas:

The church is of simple construction, made of thick adobe mud-brick walls, the exterior of the church looks rather humble, it is the interior, that makes this one of the most valuable jewels of the colonial art in Peru, sometimes called the "Capilla Sixtina" or "Sistine Chapel" of America.

Raqchi : templo of Wiracocha:

The most prominent structure is the Temple of Wiracocha, an enormous rectangular two-story roofed structure that measures 92 metres (300 ft) by 25.5 metres (84 ft).

Lunch: Sicuani is a relatively large highland town.

La Raya: This is La Raya pass Mountain views, 4310m - 14172 ft above sea level, here we have the chance to get out and breathe the air and take some photographs of grazing llamas and alpacas extend to the broad Altiplano horizon. This point is the conjunctions of the cordillera and the origin of the Vilcanota knot.

Pukara: "Museum of Pukara" Located 106 kms from the city of Puno. People of potters, which retains the name of the first civilization of southern Peru, which dates back to 1600 years BC and archaeological remains of which, besides its lithic and ceramic pieces are exhibited in the Museum site.

arrival to Puno 5pm. transport to your hotel.

Day 09 : Lake Titicaca and Floating Islands ( Home stay in Amantani)

After a good breakfast we will pick you up from hotel in downtown Puno, we will take a motor boat to the floating island of Uros (2Hours).

The residents of the Uros use the cattail, a type of rush, which grows in the lake, to create the conditions that ensure the islands stay afloat. The dense roots that the plants develop support the island. The roofs are waterproof and the houses are extremely humid because of the surrounding water.

Continue traveling in our boat, we will get the next island called Amantani, just arriving there will be first contact with locals families, they bring you up to their homes, there you get your accommodation for one night in basic typical room between the agriculture fields. The local family will supply yours all foods (1L - 1D - 1B). After lunch all the group together walk up to highest point of island, called Pachatata temple = 4200m. Is the best place to get pictures from all surround views of this blue sacred lake of the Incas.

After the explanation of your tour guide, back to the homes to get your dinner and then you can go to enjoy typical dances with the local music players.

Overnight in local family home  

Day 10 : Lake Titicaca and return to Puno

At 7am after family breakfast meet the entire group and travel by boat to the Taquile island, 2 and half hours crossing the lake you will arrive at the last place to visit. You will have an explanation about the live, culture, typical costume and every common activity at the main square, short treks around the island, lunch in the co-operative restaurant, there is also a co-operative shop on the plaza that sells exceptional woollen goods which are not cheap but of very fine quality. Taquile Island is famous for its craft production, particularly for its beautiful textiles. The island is narrow only about 1 KM wide, but 6 to 7 Km. long, on Taquile there are numerous pre-Inca and Inca ruins and Inca terracing.

At 4 or 5pm you will return to Puno hotel.

Day 11 Puno - Julaica to Puerto Maldonado

Breakfast at your hotel.

transport  from your hotel to Juliaca airport 45 minutes, you will take a plane to Puerto Maldonado.

Puerto  Maldonado - Monkey Island.

Arrival in Puerto Maldonado. Then transfer to the village in where we will get on our boat and begin the unforgettable journey through the Madre de Dios River. On the way, you could observe the alligators, turtles, herons and other animals. Arriving to the Amazon Lodge, you will enjoy of the exquisite typical welcome drink and then you will settle in our comfortable bungalows, afterwards comes lunch. With the help of our specialized guide we will visit Monkey Island. Located at only five minutes from the lodge, in the middle of the Madre de Dios river, the monkey island hosts different monkey species: starting from the noisy ones, the Maquisapas, the happy Achuñis, and the very impressive Frailes to the very little and funny “leoncitos” little lions. During the way to the Island, very beautiful landscapes are shown to the sight with all the flora and fauna that they host, as well as the amazing sunset in the jungle.

Meals included : Breakfast

Day 12 : Cocha Perdida (Lost Qocha)

After breakfast we will start an adventure thought the virgin jungle, advised by a local guide; we’ll hike into the “Cocha Perdida” (Lost Cocha), it constitutes an ecosystem that is considered as a refuge of a huge variety of animals like, nutrias, caimans, turtles sachavacas, multicolor feather birds, the majestic jaguar ( Andean lion) and fish. This area is unique and belongs to the Eco-Amazon lodge, because it is still maintained intact, like the huge swamps and a diversity of “Aguajal” forests. Then we will arrive to the amazing Amazon observatory, built at the top the biggest tree “SHIHUAHUACO”, from that location you may observe the magical jungle, and at the same time have a pleasant ride in a canoe around the lake. Then return to the lodge, lunch. Then in the afternoon a canoe ride though the river and a visit to a typical local family, then return and dinner. 

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13: BRIOLO AND GAMITANA RIVERS

Breakfast, at the indicated time we will start another excursion across the magic jungle where we will sail though the Madre de Díos River, till to get to the beginning to a hiking trek to the rivers GAMITNA / BRIOLO; born in the heart of the virgin jungle, these two rivers with their winding ways, they form huge sailing channels then we will return by canoe, observing closely animals like, turtles, caimans, butterflies and a great variety of insects. Then we will arrive to the lodge, dinner and overnight.

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 14: Transfer from Tambopata to Airport in Maldonado

Breakfast and transfer to the airport in Maldonado, you have the chance to take your plane direct to Lima or Cusco

Free afternoon

Meals included : Breakfast


What is included

Accommodations, Transportation and Tours

In Lima - Paracas - Nazca - Ballestas

1 night in Lima,

1 night in Paracas,

Transportation: Bus:  Lima - Paracas - Lima

All tours stated in the itinerary with English-speaking guides

Flight over Nazca Lines

All breakfasts

In Cusco  - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu

1 nights in Cusco

1 night in Machu Picchu

All tours stated in the itinerary with English-speaking guides

Train Cusco - Machu Picchu - Cusco.

Entrance fee for Machu Picchu

All transfers and entrance fees

All breakfasts

In Puno - Lake Titicaca - Juliaca

Tourist Bus to Puno

2 Hotels nights in Puno city

1 night in Amantani island (family house)

Tour to Lake titicaca

Local Bus to Juliaca

In Puerto Maldonado - Tambopata

2 nights in Puerto Maldonado - Lodge

All tours stated in the itinerary with English-speaking guides

All transfers and entrance fees

All breakfasts


NOT INCLUDED:

  • International and domestic flights
  • Airport taxes ($30.25 for international flights and $6.05 for domestic flights)
  • Baggage excess. (i.e.Puno/Cusco bus)
  • Alcoholic drinks, soda or bottled mineral water
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • International or National personal telephone calls.
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Optional post-tour (cost given separately)

What you need to bring/carry:

  • Daypack,
  • Rain jacket or poncho (plastic ponchos can be purchased in Cusco for a few dollars)
  •  comfortable footwear
  • Sweater and jacket (something warm)
  • Water bottle and purification tablets (Micropur are recommended and can be bought in local pharmacies in Cusco)
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun
  • Sun block (sun protection cream)
  • Insect repellent
  • Selection of small snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits etc,
  • Camera, plenty of film and spare batteries
  • You also need to bring your original passport on the trail and your student ISIC card (if claiming a student discount)

 Options: Machu Picchu Intrepid.

(1) An extra night in Aguas Calientes can easily be arranged for you if required. Hotels costs and costs associated with returning to Machu Picchu the following day are additional to trek costs.
 It is best to make your hotel reservation directly. We have some good recommendations and contact details. Ask at: Info@tandapata.com

Time of arrival in Cusco after returning from the tour. (Expedition train service)
you will return to Cusco approximately 9pm on the last day of the tour (if you have overnight in Aguas Calientes the train will be at the same time). The tickets are subject to availability and at times of high demand, we may have to change your departure to an alternative service / departure time without prior notice departing on the someday as stated in your service voucher.  

This alternative service may run only as far as Ollantaytambo, in which case we will  provide transport for you back to your hotel in Cusco. If the service is more expensive our Company will pay additional cost.

This applies to return by train only,  We will not be responsible for additional costs associated with returning to Cusco in any other form. If it is your decision to change to a different service or different date you must inform us at the time of purchasing the tour and pay any additional cost yourselves.

2) Vegetarian Meals. We can provide vegetarian meals or cater for special diets with no extra cost. Just let us know at least 2 days prior to trek departure.(much better TO LET US KNOW at the time of your booking)

Other information:
(1) Luggage storage. When you go on the trek it is best to leave any luggage that you are not going to need behind in Cusco. Nearly all the hotels in Cusco provide a secure luggage deposit.
(2)Put any valuables in their safe. Very rarely do hotels charge for this service especially if you are returning to the same hotel after the trek. If there are any problems with your hotel we can arrange to store your luggage at our office.


QUESTIONS

Explore the best of Perus cultural, natural, and historical highlights during this customized 11-day Peru tour package. This vacation will take you down the Peruvian coast, through the highlands, and deep into the Andes. Along the way you will learn about the many mysteries of the pre-Columbian sites scattered across the country. Who made the Nazca Lines and why? How did the Incas get those massive stones to the top of mountains, and how were the mountaintop buildings and temples constructed?

In addition to introducing you to the countrys mysterious past and traditional cultures, this Peru tour will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the countrys modern culture, food, and architecture with a visit to its bustling capital, Lima. You will also get the chance to explore one of Perus most famous highlights, Machu Picchu, which was recently declared one of the Seven New Wonders of the World.


Price per person: Send an e-mail : info@tandapata.com

Group Size: Typical group size 04 Maximum 10 persons.

Payment Details

We will require a non-refundable trek deposit ( 50% of the total price); we will indicate the date for payment. You will receive an e-mail at : Info@tandapata.com

The deposit is to be paid by the following options, by VISA Payment On-Line, Western Union money transfer; these are the fastest & most secure form of payments in Peru. Further details of how to send the deposit are included with our trek booking confirmation email.

The remaining balance is to be paid in our office at least two days prior to your tour/trek departure date. Payment can be made in cash US$, local currency (Peruvian Soles) or Travel Cheques (3%).

As you may realize we are very happy to announce (publish) our  trek prices and departures, but we are very clear too that some of the third party cost such, entrance fee to Machu Picchu, train tickett return, etc, may increase later, even a month before your trek departure as is been happening the last 05 years. 
If any of the third party costs listed below (what is included) change to increase the cost of the trek we will immediately update the trek price listed on our website and will inform by email to every client, Clients will be liable for paying any increased cost of the Inca Trail trek upon arrival in Cusco.

How to Make a Booking with us

In order to make a booking with us you need to follow 2 steps

1- Fill out our booking form and send it back to us ( See below - Copy and paste)

2- Make a trek deposit to confirm the booking (we buy in advance the Machu Picchu, train and other tickets), Further details of how to send the trek deposit are included with our trek booking confirmation email.

Please read our Terms and conditions about your Booking, we will appreciate.

Booking Form:  Fascinating Peru 14  Days

We would like to make the following trek reservation:

Fascinating Peru 14 days (Tour code FASC-PER)
Date that we would like to start the trek: .........../ 2013
Our arrival date in Cusco is: ......../ 2013
(We recommend staying 1 day in Cusco before the tour, to avoid altitude sickness)

Category of Accommodation needed - Basic Hostel to 5 stars Hotel ?

Details of our group:

Person 01
Passport Name (first, family):
Passport Number:
Passport Nationality:
Born Date: Day / Month / Year
Student with valid ISIC card: Yes / No
Male / female:
Phone Number:
Vegetarian meals: Yes / No
Extra night at Aguas Calientes (regarding date of train ticket only): Yes / No
Price:

Person 02
Passport Name (first, family):
Passport Number:
Passport Nationality:
Born Date: Day / Month / Year
Student with valid ISIC card: Yes / No
Male / female:
Phone Number:
Vegetarian meals: Yes / No
Extra night at Aguas Calientes (regarding date of train ticket only): Yes / No
Price:

 

 Terms and conditions about your Booking.

  1. Contract

The contract is between Mythical Trails Peru and the client, being any person travelling or intending to travel on a tour operated by us. You, the client are subject to have read and understood our travel policy outlined below.

  1. Booking Conditions.

To guarantee a reservation, Mythical Trails Peru requires a fully completed booking form (either the one on our website or the one sent by us with your quote) together with the necessary deposit.

A booking is accepted and becomes definite only from the date when Mythical Trails Peru  sends out a confirmation (once we have received your deposit) at which point a contract exists and the deposit becomes non-refundable and non-transferable. Mythical Trails Peru reserves the right to decline any booking at their discretion.

Clients are deemed to have read and understood the conditions of sale and to have indicated this by choosing the appropriate response on the booking form.

  3 Surcharges

Mythical Trails Peru reserves the right to increase the tour cost to take into account the following items: government actions, currency fluctuations, transportation costs (including the cost of fuel), airport charges and increase in scheduled air fares.

  1. The final payment

The trek balance must be paid in the Mythical Trails Peru office prior to 8pm, at least 1 day prior to tour departure.

The balance of all monies due including any surcharges applicable must be paid to Mythical Trails Peru.

 5 Mythical Trails Peru cancellations Policy

  1. The trek deposit must be paid prior to the date shown on the trek confirmation email. Clients must email Mythical Trails Peru to confirm that they have paid the deposit. Failure to pay the deposit and/or inform us of the deposit payment details before this date will result in automatic trek cancellation.

 

  1. The trek balance must be paid in the Mythical Trails Peru  office prior to 8pm, at least 1 days prior to trek departure. Failure to pay the trek balance prior to this time will result in trek cancellation.

 

     III.        Trek cancellations made between payment of trek deposit and 8pm, 1 days prior to trek departure date: Return of all payments made, less the trek deposit, less any costs associated with receiving and returning the payment.

 

  1. Trek cancellations made after 8pm, 1 days prior to trek departure: No cash refund. please note that the client will be responsible for any change: trek departure, entrance fee, train tickets bus tickets or any costs associated with such changes. in all instances of trek cancellation by the client, Mythical Trails Peru will provide written confirmation of the cancellation and details of any payments lost so as to be used in the event of any insurance claim made by the client.

Mythical Trails Peru reserves the right to cancel your booking and cancellation charges will apply

  1. Complaints

Should the client have a complaint about any of the tour arrangements, it is a condition of the contract that you tell our local representative at the time. Failure to complain at that moment in time will deny us the opportunity to investigate and rectify the problem and thus render Mythical Trails Peru unable to accept any form of responsibility.

If the client has a dispute with Mythical Trails Peru which Mythical Trails Peru is unable to resolve then please write to us within 28 days of your return and we will investigate further




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