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Day 1: Arrive in Lima (-/-/-)
Welcome to Lima, the "City of Kings". Upon arrival to the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. Your local guide (or Tour Leader) will meet you for a welcome briefing & some tips during your stay in Lima.

In the afternoon, you’ll discover the downtown Lima, including the city's historical center. Founded in 1535 by the Spanish conquistador, Francisco Pizarro, it was from Lima that all Spanish territories in South America were governed. Few cities at that time could rival Lima’s power, wealth and opulence. However, its glory days ended in 1746 when the city was virtually destroyed by an earthquake. Many of the colonial buildings were rebuilt and you will get a first-hand look at several of them on the tour. The striking Plaza Mayor (Plaza de Armas), flanked by some of the most important buildings in town such as the cathedral, the huge Government Palace and the Archbishop’s Palace, constitutes the heart of the city.

In the evening, we’ll take you to the trendy Barranco area, which is off the usual tourist trail and show you where the locals go for a good night out! This bohemian district is full of tradition and history, an ideal place to discover vintage Lima, offering colorful streets, small colonial squares, and an antique spirit that will capture your attention. Welcome to hipster town! Immersed in the old colonial vibe with classical architecture all around us, we’ll wander Barranco in search of local flavors. We'll pass by the public library, the love-inspiring traditional bridge of sighs, romantic boulevards and great ocean views too. As this is an evening tour, we’ll be meandering and mixing with locals on their night out, keeping pace with them and living the local experience. Time to eat! We’ll walk a few blocks away to a dynamic area well-known for its many local restaurants that serve up local delights such as anticuchos (beef hearts), picarones (small donuts), and other traditional Limeñan local food. You’ll become an expert in Peruvian snacks as you sample the most popular ones. And the cherry on top of this Lima night tour will be our final stop in a vibrant local bar, where you can try our famous Pisco sour! Feel free to spend the rest of your evening in the atmospheric bar, where there’s often live music or cool local Limeños to chat with.

Note: Check in at hotel – 15h00

Included Activities • Group arrival airport transfer in Lima, in private service. Half day orientation walk around the center of Lima, in private service. Evening street food tour in Barranco area, in private service.
Day 2: Puerto Maldonado and Amazon (B/L/D))
Today you will catch a flight to Puerto Maldonado, coined the Capital of Biodiversity. Transfer by road to our pier and begin your Amazon adventure with a 45-minute boat ride along the Madre de Dios River that splices through the jungle. The motorized wooden boat hugs the meandering riverbanks to reach your eco-lodge, Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, ensconced in the heart of the rainforest.

After a short briefing, settle into your palm-thatched cabaña set within Peru’s first ever private ecological reserve, established by Inkaterra in 1975 to protect this sensitive environment. After lunch, retreat to your rustic-luxury cabin for a nap or a swing in your hammock before choosing from the wide range of à la carte guided excursions with your expert Inkaterra explorer guide. We recommend walking along the Trail system for an immersive introduction into the intricate biodiversity of the Amazon basin and the layers of the rainforest. Wind your way through towering trees, like the Shihuahuaco, as your ears tune in to the croaks, rustles and calls of the exotic wildlife inhabiting this rich ecosystem. There are excellent opportunities for birding and observing a cornucopia of flora. Keep your camera at the ready just in case sloths or monkeys appear dangling from the treetops.

In the late afternoon, we highly recommend taking our gentle Twilight River excursion to witness the jungle transform from a diurnal to a nocturnal world: animals and birds of the daytime give way to species specially adapted to the shadows of the night. You may be able to spot the likes of nightjars, owls, capybaras and big caiman lurking on the riverbanks. Amazonian-inspired dinner is served in the main dining room from 19:00-22:00 where we invite you to enjoy a complimentary Pisco Sour cocktail. Back in your comfy cabaña, listen to the intriguing cacophony of critters that inhabit the rainforest surrounding the lodge.

Note: Please note that the order and schedules of the activities may be modified according to weather and the wellbeing of the group. You will be given a small duffel bag to pack what you need for the next two nights, as your main luggage will not travel with you. It will be securely stored in the lodge's office in town. Your lodge is eco-friendly, combining low-impact architecture with traditional native style. Rooms are simple but comfortable, with flush toilets (en suite), showers (cold water only) and mosquito nets.

Included Activities
• Group departure airport transfer in Lima, in private service.
• Domestic flight from Lima to Puerto Maldonado. Group arrival airport transfer in the Amazon, in shared service.
• Afternoon activity in the Amazon, in shared service.
Day 3: Amazon (B/L/D)
The sunlight squeezes through the dense trees as jungle inhabitants awake from their slumber. Optionally join them in the early hours, with buffet breakfast served from 05h30. Visit Lake Sandoval this morning, a glassy, ox-bow lake located inside the protected Tambopata National Reserve. Reached via a sun-dappled jungle trail, explorer guides enjoy regaling visitors with their tales of unexpected encounters with poison frogs and camouflaged creatures. Board a dug-out wooden canoe to quietly paddle through mangroves and glide onto Lake Sandoval, flanked by picture-perfect palms. This serene lake is home to thousands of species of birds, the endangered giant river otter, red howler monkeys, red-bellied macaws, anacondas, side-neck turtles and black caimans. Return to Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica in time for lunch.

In the afternoon, we recommend climbing the exhilarating Inkaterra Canopy Walkway and navigating the Anaconda Walk. The Inkaterra Canopy Walkway is a sophisticated and safe 344-meter (1,135 feet) network of seven ecologically constructed hanging suspension bridges, strung between eight treetop observation platforms above the forest floor. This is an unforgettable opportunity to observe the rainforest from the rooftop and gain a sense of its colossal size. Ascend the first vertiginous tower 38 meters (124 feet) above ground, keeping an eye out for bright toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, monkeys and the three-toed sloth. It’s possible to extend your elevated amble with sunset drinks from atop a tower – or spend a once-in-a-lifetime night in a specially-designed treehouse cabin with surprising creature comforts (additional cost applies). After descending, enjoy a 30-minute Anaconda Walk that follows a 200-meter (656 feet) raised wooden platform over the atmospheric flooded aguajales swamp. In this lush ecosystem you may observe various species of amphibians, birds, mammals, abundant flora and interesting trees – there is even a chance you might spot snakes. Back at the lodge, you can opt to enjoy a daily nature presentation in the Eco Centre or book yourself an indulgent spa treatment. À la carte dinner is served from 19:00.

Included Activities
• Full day activities in the Amazon, in shared service.
Day 4: Amazon to Puerto Maldonado and Cusco (B/-/D)
This morning you will travel back to Puerto Maldonado, then take a short flight to Cusco, the former center of the Incan Empire. Arrive in the early afternoon and settle in to your hotel, then head out with your guide for an orientation walk to familiarize yourself with one of South America’s oldest city and get used to the high altitude. Stop by the stunning Plaza de Armas, the heart of the city, flanked with colonial buildings and ornate churches. Visit the World Heritage-listed Cusco Cathedral, built in the XVI. It contained nearly 400 colonial paintings, including many from the Cusco School, which was prominent in the 17th century. The cathedral is a fine example of colonial baroque art.

Then, enjoy dinner (set menu) at Calle Del Medio restaurant, facing the beautiful main square.

Included Activities
• Group departure airport transfer in the Amazon, in shared service.
• Domestic flight from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco
• Group arrival airport transfer in Cusco, in private service.
• Orientation walk around the center of Cusco including the visit of the Cathedral, in private service.
Day 5: Cusco Tour Continues (B/-/-)
Today you will discover more of Cusco’s charms on a walking tour with your guide. Visit the Qoricancha Temple, once the most important temple in the Incan Empire. Formerly plated in thick gold, the Spanish built a Dominican church atop its walls. You’ll meet uncover the secrets of the temple and the ancient civilization that first built it. Stop of at the Manos Unidas cafe – no ordinary eatery, this Intrepid Foundation supported project provides those with intellectual disabilities vocational training and practical work experience to help with future employment. Enjoy a snack and one of the best coffees in Cusco while learning about the important work of this enterprise. Afterwards, head to the San Pedro market, where you can practice your bargaining skills and take some colorful pictures, then swing by the Plaza de Armas for another look at the marvelous cathedral.

The afternoon is free. We recommend visiting the traditional and picturesque neighborhood of San Blas. To arrive to this place, you must take a short but increasingly steep walk from the Plaza de Armas. Here, you can find art studios, artisan workshops, many of the best bars and restaurants. It's a great area to wander around.

Included Activities
• Half day visit of Qoricancha temple, the San Pedro Market and snack at Manps Unidas Café, in private service.
Day 6: Cusco and Sacred Valley of the Incas (B/L/D)
In the morning, you’ll visit the huge “Inca Ceremonial Center of Sacsayhuaman”. This enormous structure overlooks the city of Cusco. Its constructions are amazing, with huge rocks perfectly fitted. It is said that it took over 10,000 workers 50 years to build it. The origin of the temple of Sacsayhuaman is still today unknown. The archaeologist attributed its construction to the Period of the Inca Pachacutec.

Then, travel by private car through the Sacred Valley (approx. 2 hours total drive), on the outskirts of Cusco. Known as Wilcamayo to the Incas, the lush, fertile valley has long been the main source of food for the high Andes. Maize crops can be seen surrounding the river and covering the terraces carved high into the valley walls. You will head to a community in the Valley to learn about local lifestyle and activities and if our visit coincides with market day you can spend time browsing the stalls in search of hand-painted beads or warm ponchos and maybe practicing some of the local language, Quechua. Lunch will be included in this community.

In the afternoon, you’ll drive along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo, a magnificent example of Incan urban planning. It's one of the few places where the Incas defeated the Spanish. Once you get there you will visit the ruins of Ollantaytambo, an important Inca construction built during the Inca's heydays. This is an extraordinary Inca place where besides the ruins you may also see an amazing rock formation representing the Inca god Wiracocha. Afterwards, you will be transferred to your hotel located in the middle of the Sacred Valley.

Dinner (set menu) will be included at the hotel.

Included Activities
• Full day visit of Sacsayhuaman Inca site, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a local community and the Ollantaytambo town & fortress, in private service.
Day 7: Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes (B/L/D)
After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the local train station to board the tourist train towards Aguas Calientes, a modern little town close to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. The train ride to Machu Picchu is one of the most beautiful journeys that visitors can experience in our country. After passing the Sacred Valley of the Incas the train starts to descend gradually along the edge of the Urubamba River, till finally reach the cloud forest. After approximately 1 hour 45 minutes you will have arrived in Aguas Calientes town and will head towards the Machu Picchu ruins starting with a short bus ride up the steep, zigzagging road to the impressive Lost City of the Incas.

This is one of those genuinely magical places, and your first glimpse of these ruins in the mist is something to remember. The site is perched high in the Andes, surrounded by verdant cloud forest, with the river Urubamba running through the gorge far below. Hidden away on a ridge, Machu Picchu is invisible from below, so it's no surprise it remained a secret for so many years (until 1911).

Your ticket grants access to the site for 4 hours. Explore the upper terrace with your guide first, making sure to get that great portrait! You will then take a guided tour of the ruins, learning more about these 200 or so houses and temples. It's fascinating to be able to gaze down on the city from above and imagine how it would have looked during the height of the Inca empire. After the tour, enjoy lunch (buffet style) at the restaurant located just outside the ruins.

Then, return to the town by bus and have the remaining of the day free to discover this beautiful place, visit the open-air market, filled with displays of local Andean curios and clothing.

Dinner (set menu) will be included at the hotel.

Note: Due to luggage restrictions on the train to Machu Picchu you will be required to pack all necessary items for the next two days into a smaller bag. The remainder of your luggage will be stored securely at Ollantaytambo train station.

Note: According to Machu Picchu visiting regulations, all visitors must follow a pre-determined route within the site. This route must be followed in one direction only and once the guided visit commences, exiting and re-entering the site is not permitted. Once the guided visit concludes, visitors must exit the site and personal exploration of Machu Picchu is not permitted.

Included Activities
• Transfer from the Sacred Valley hotel to Ollantaytambo train station.
• Tourist train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes on INCA RAIL The 360° train (https://incarail.com/the-360-machu-picchu-train).
• Shuttle bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip).
• Visit of Machu Picchu ruins, in private service.
Day 8: Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu and Cusco (B/-/-)
In the morning (6:00am), you’ll return to Machu Picchu site for a second visit (tour guide is NOT included). On your second visit, explore more of the extraordinary architecture of the many temples, palaces and living quarters. Looking at Machu Picchu as it sits against a backdrop of forested mountains is a truly breathtaking experience.

In the afternoon, take the tourist train back to Ollantaytambo and make the rest of the journey to Cusco by private vehicle (2 hours).

Included Activities
• Second visit of Machu Picchu ruins (without tour guide).
• Tourist train tickets from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo on INCA RAIL The 360° train (https://incarail.com/the-360-machu-picchu-train)
• Transfer from Ollantaytambo train station to Cusco, in private service.
Day 9: Cusco Free Day (B/-/D)
Day at leisure!! Today you should use your ticket called "Boleto Turistico" that was included on your city tour program. This boleto Turistico (Tourist Ticket) gives you entry to different places in Cusco. Some of these places are visited during your city tour. However, on your free time in Cusco you will be able to use this Boleto Turistico to visit the rest of the museums, churches and sites. On the backside of the ticket you will find information about opening and closing times and some telephone numbers, etc. You will also find a map of the central parts of Cusco, and a little map that gives you a hint on where some places outside Cusco are located (Machu Picchu, Chinchero, Pisaq, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo etc).

Enjoy dinner (set menu) at Incanto restaurant.

Included Activities
• Full Tourist Ticket pass (with access to 16 archaeological museums/sites – Transport and guide are NOT included).
Day 10: Cusco to Puno (B/L/D)
Today, you will travel to Puno (9 hours vehicle journey approx.). This is a unique experience; the first half of the journey is dominated by the magnificent Andean mountains which tower over the deep valleys. It then reaches the gentler, rolling Andean Plains, where vicuñas and alpacas can be seen. In this journey, you can enjoy different locations that hold magical charm and an ancestral history, such as: The Sistine Chapel of the Americas or the Andahuaylillas church, which was built during the 17th century; the archaeological site of Raqchi, also known as Temple of Wiracocha and the majestic La Raya pass (road limit between Cusco and Puno, with a beautiful view of the Chimboya Glacier). Lunch (set menu) is included in a restaurant on route.

Upon arrival in Puno, you’ll be dropped off at your hotel located on the shores of the beautiful Titicaca Lake (3,860 meter-high).

Dinner (set menu) will be included at the hotel.

Included Activities
• Transfer from Cusco to Puno with visit to Andahuaylillas church and Raqchi ruins on route, in private service.
Day 11: Puno to Titicaca Lake and back to Puno (B/L/-)
Today, you will visit and navigate over the Titicaca Lake, the highest navigable lake in the world. A full day tour by boat to the Uros and Taquile Island will show you the Andean culture. The lake contains numerous islands whose inhabitants continue to live as their ancestors have in custom and tradition.

“The Uros Floating Islands”, are a small community that has lived on these reed Islands for decades. Centuries ago, the small indigenous Uros tribe conceived of the islands as a way to isolate and protect themselves from rival tribes, the Collas and the Incas. The Uros people harvested the reeds in the shallows of the lake, bundled them together tightly and built floating island platforms complete with reed houses and canoes, creating in this way their own little world.

After strolling around the floating Islands, you will continue towards the “Taquile Island” (1 hour approx.), about 2,200 people live on the island. Taquile is known for their kindness of their resident, their ancestral skill in weaving, their pre-Columbian constructions and lovely countryside. In this island you will find fine handwoven textiles and clothing, which are regarded as among the highest-quality handicrafts in Peru. Typical lunch will be included in this island. By the afternoon, you will return to Puno by boat.

Included Activities
• Full day visit to the Titicaca Lake including Uros and Taquile islands, in private service.
Day 12: Puno to Lima (B/-/D)
At the appropriate time, you’ll be transferred to Juliaca airport to take the flight back to Lima.

Once in Lima, you’ll be transferred to your hotel located in the tourist neighborhood of Miraflores. Rest of the afternoon will be free.

This evening enjoy a farewell dinner (set menu) at La Huaca Pucllana, one of the top restaurants in Lima. It has a unique setting overlooking pre-Incan ruins that once served as an important administrative and ceremonial center, many centuries ago.

Included Activities
• Group departure airport transfer in Puno, in private service.
• Domestic flight from Juliaca to Lima.
• Group arrival airport transfer in Lima, in private service.
Day 13: Departure Day (B/-/-)
Your tour comes to an end today and there are no activities planned. As there was little time spent in Lima at the start of the trip, you may like to stay on for a few extra days to make the most of your visit here. We’ll be happy to assist in booking accommodation (subject to availability) and extra activities. If you decide to stay on, visit some of the museums and tourist places you didn’t cover during your tour at the beginning of the trip.

At the appropriate time, you’ll be transferred to the airport to the international flight back to home.

Note: Check out at hotel – 12h00

Included Activities
• Departure airport transfer in Lima, in private service.

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