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Peru - The ancient Inca Kingdom

  • Colonial Lima
  • The Amazon jungle along the Madre de Dois
  • The Sacred Valley
  • Pisac Market and the Salt Pans of Maras
  • Machu Picchu
  • Cusco City Tour
  • Puno and Lake Titicaca

Overview

Nearly half of Peru is covered by the world’s largest rainforest – the Amazon – and this is where we start our tour. Thousands of fascinating plant and animal species inhabit this mysterious humid verdure.

Peru’s earliest inhabitants date back to more than 13,000 years ago. One of the most important Peruvian cultures was the Inca, who lived in Peru around 600 years ago. Their capital, Cusco, is still a major city today and is a highlight on our itinerary along with the famed Machu Picchu, a famous ancient city in the Andes.

Other must-see attractions included in the tour is the Sacred Valley, Colonial Lima, Pisac Market and the Salt Pans of Maras.

Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and the highest navigable body of water in the world. It is also, according to Andean belief the birthplace of the sun. We end our tour in this place where time seemingly stood still.

From 10 May 2019 to 22 May 2019 Live the Journey will travel to Peru. Join us on this journey of discovery through wild landscapes and ancient culture.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Lima

Arrive, meet and transfer to your hotel.
O/N Allpa Hotel or similar

Day 2: Lima

Breakfast.
Lima half day City tour: Main Square, Cathedral of Lima, Casa Aliaga, San Francisco Convent:
Pick up from hotel to begin a tour of the city's main avenues, boulevards, and squares. The tour will focus on colonial Lima. First, we will stop at the Main Square to get a chance to explore the square on foot and admire the exteriors of the Government Palace, the Cathedral of Lima, and the City Hall, all examples of Lima's still-present colonial architectural opulence.
We will visit the Cathedral of Lima. Walking through the Cathedral’s numerous chapels, we'll travel through the past and discover various architectural styles (from Renaissance to Neo-Classical) and learn about the religious history of Peru.
Then, we will visit Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion that currently holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously inhabited private residence in the Southern Hemisphere.
Our tour continues with a visit to San Francisco Convent built in the 17th century and its “Catacombs” – the ancient underground cemetery of Lima.
O/N Allpa Hotel or similar (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 3: Lima to Puerto Maldonado

Breakfast, check-out and transfer to the airport.
Flight to Puerto Maldonado (not included)

Start your journey of the Jungle upon arrival at Puerto Maldonado. Navigate by outboard motorized canoe along the Madre de Dios River to Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción for approximately 25 minutes. Enjoy lunch with organic ingredients and native flavours. After lunch, take a walk through Concepción Trails, inside property nature trails, where you will discover and learn about primary and secondary rainforests, its components, uses, influence by humans and its relevance to the world. At dusk navigate by outboard motorized canoe on the Twilight River excursion. By sailing on the Madre de Dios River, you will learn about its ecosystem, Amazonian creeks, nocturnal animals’ behaviour, and the southern constellations. In the evening enjoy a nice dinner in the Casa Grande´s dining room.
O/N Hacienda Concepcion Lodge or similar (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 4: Puerto Maldonado

After a wholesome buffet breakfast, get ready for a long trek through terra firma into the Tambopata National Reserve towards Lake Sandoval. Now you will understand why Madre de Dios is called the biodiversity capital of Peru, while learning about the Reserve’s conservation efforts and the lake’s formation. Navigate by dugout canoe across this mirror-like oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter (Pteronura brasiliensis), blue and yellow macaw (Ara ararauna), red howler monkey (Alouatta seniculus), black caiman (Melanosuchus niger), and one of the world’s biggest fresh water scaled fish, the paiche (Arapaima gigas).
Return to the lodge for lunch, and later the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway and Anaconda Walk awaits you. Take a 20-minute ride by outboard motorized canoe to the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway Interpretation Centre where you will learn about its construction and the conservation projects of ITA-Inkaterra Asociación (NGO). Ascend one of the two 98-foot towers and cross the seven hanging bridges that connect the treetops at 28 m above the ground. Enjoy the breath-taking vistas and get the chance to watch white-throated toucans (Ramphastos tucanus), woodpeckers, trogons, squirrel monkeys (Saimiri boliviensis) and the three-toed sloth (Choleopus hoffmani). After descending, keep on feeling the incredible primary rainforest energy, as you go along the 200-meter wooden bridge over the swamps (aguajales). You will learn about the fauna and flora of this flooded ecosystem.
A rainforest-by-night excursion awaits you. You will explore the Amazon rainforest that gives way to nocturnal animals who display intriguing behaviour patterns, and enhanced senses as adaptation mechanisms. Listen to nocturnal living nature sounds and penetrate this hidden world.
End the day with a pleasant dinner.
O/N Hacienda Concepcion Lodge or similar (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 5: Puerto Maldonado

After an early breakfast you will depart on the native farm excursion where you will be learn local techniques of cultivation and taste some of the products. Then visit the botanical garden, discover the immense variety of medicinal plants considered part of the “natural pharmacy” used by the inhabitants of the Amazon region. Compare the medicinal uses of local medicine with traditional remedies.
Getting back to Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion you will enjoy lunch. Take a rest and get ready for the Cocha water excursion. Enjoy a dugout canoe ride on the Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion natural pond (cocha). Try native fishing applying the “catch and release” techniques, as you enjoy the scenery observing hoatzins (Opisthocomus hoazin), a diversity of fly catchers, and grey-necked woodrails (Aramides cajanea).

Disembark at what remains of the Fitzcarrald steam boat; learn about its history and how it inspired Inkaterra to ask Werner Herzog to film the award-winning “Fitzcarraldo”, winning “best director” at Cannes in 1982. Visit the inland Collpa during the evening, where you will see different species and their night routines by observing through our “blinds” - wildlife can be watched from behind constructed blinds that are specially designed to observe the route of the animals without disrupting their environment.
End the day with a pleasant dinner.
O/N Hacienda Concepcion Lodge or similar (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 6: Puerto Maldonado – Cusco – Sacred Valley

After breakfast take a ride back to Puerto Maldonado by outboard motorized canoe. Arrive at the Butterfly House where you will wait for your onward flight. Visit the beautiful Butterfly House and learn about the fascinating transformation of these colourful insects.
Flight to Cusco (not included)
Arrival, meet and transfer to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.
En route visit the Pisac Market:
We will continue the trip toward the Sacred Valley and soon reach Pisac, a beautiful place where Incan and Colonial influences have reached a perfect balance and created the unique way of life of the local inhabitants. We will get a chance to explore this quaint town, famous for its artisan markets where we find extraordinarily fine jewellery, ceramic and textile craftwork.
O/N La Casona de Yucay Hotel or similar (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 7: Sacred Valley

Breakfast.
Visit to Chinchero, Maras, Moray & lunch at Tunupa restaurant:
This morning, we will continue the trip toward Chinchero village, with altitude 12,375 feet above sea level (3,772 meters), famous for the extraordinary beauty and quality of its textiles.
Then we will head towards the Salt Pans of Maras. The sight of this still-operating salt mine, in use since Incan times, will amaze you. The stark white of the steeply descending salt pans juxtaposed against the green of the surrounding mountain slopes.
The journey will continue until we reach the archaeological site of Moray. Used as an agricultural testing ground, the site's system of circular terraces descends 490 feet (150 m) from where we will stand, serving as a perfect testament to the level of advancement achieved by the Incas, who excelled at building masterful constructions in harmony with nature.
O/N La Casona de Yucay Hotel or similar (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 8: Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Breakfast.
Visit to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu & lunch at Tinkuy restaurant:
Today, we will visit the Santuario Histórico de Machu Picchu (Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu). Aboard a comfortable train (Vistadome service), to Aguas Calientes train station, enjoying spectacular views along the way. Upon arrival, we will board a bus that will take us to the entrance gate of the Machu Picchu citadel.
Rediscovered by Hiram Bingham more than a century ago, Machu Picchu is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Its architectural beauty, spectacular natural landscapes and the energy held in its enigmatic structures will take your breath away.
We will follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incas as we explore this magical citadel.

At the scheduled time, you will be taken to the Aguas Calientes train station to board the return train (Vistadome service). Upon arrival at the station, our private transfer service will be waiting to take you back to our hotel in the city.
O/N Hotel Los Portales (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 9: Cusco

Breakfast.
Half day Cusco Adventure City Tour - Sacsayhuaman, San Pedro Market, Cathedral; San Blas Neighbourhood, Church and artists:
We will begin the tour with a visit to the nearby Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, a colossal structure built with huge carved rocks jointed with absolute accuracy, this astounding sample of the Incan military architecture is, undoubtedly, the greatest architectural work of the Tahuantinsuyo. It proves the undeniable strength of the great administrative capacity of the empire and its powerful logistic system, capable of mobilizing and organizing such a work.
We will continue the exploration of the Imperial City with a visit to the San Pedro Market, which being the city’s main street market, will give you an opportunity to get to know the products of Cusco, overwhelming you with the sights, aromas, tastes, and colours of the region.
Next, we will head towards the Main Square, where we will visit the Cathedral and admire its exquisite vestibules and priceless paintings from the Cusco School of the 17th and 18th centuries.
We complete the day with an exploration of the artistic and bohemian neighbourhood of San Blas, home to many renowned artists. Through narrow, cobblestone streets, we arrive at the main plaza of San Blas, which is surrounded by many well-known artisan workshops, such as Mendívil, Olave, and Mérida, among others. We will take our time to visit some workshops and contemplate the artist’s works. Next, we will continue to the San Blas Church, built in 1563 on top of an Inca Sanctuary. The church is a simple structure, famous for its beautiful pulpit that is carved from one single cedar tree – representing one of the most exquisite works of wood carving in the Spanish churrigueresque style done by indigenous hands.
O/N Hotel Los Portales (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 10: Cusco – Puno

Breakfast and check-out.
Transfer to Puno via Andahuaylillas, Pucara and Raqchi. We will stop in La Raya for lunch.
Arrive in Puno and transfer to hotel.
O/N Xima Puno Hotel (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 11: Puno

Breakfast.
Full day Boat excursion to Uros & Taquile Islands:
Enjoy an extraordinary journey across the world's highest navigable lake, Lake Titicaca. Travel to legendary places where time seems to have stood still. The first stop will be Uros floating islands. These are a peculiar grouping of around 40 small islands made totally of totora, a natural reed that grows around the lake. The cheerful inhabitants will invite you to get to know their traditional lifestyle and customs.

We will continue our voyage across the placid waters of the lake until arriving at the picturesque Taquile Island, a peaceful place where old Quechua traditions live in perfect balance with modernity. Discover a landscape distinct from the other islands thanks to the Incan terraces filled with local flowers and crops. The rich colours of the clothing worn by the local inhabitants will amaze you; admire their beautiful hand-made fabrics. Most importantly, enjoy the unbelievable hospitality of the islanders, known as Taquileños, who will make your visit to the island a memorable one.
Before making your way back to Puno, you will have lunch at a local home.
**Type of vessel: Standard boat
O/N Xima Puno Hotel (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 12: Puno – Lima

Breakfast and check-out. Transfer to the airport.
Flight to Lima (not included)
Arrival in Lima and transfer to hotel. Time at leisure.
O/N Hotel Allpa (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 13: Departure

Breakfast and check-out.
Transfer to the airport.
Check-in for return flight home.

END OF SERVICE

Dates

10 May 2019 - 22 May 2019

Rates

Land Package
Per person sharing: USD 3,290.00
Single Supplement: USD 500.00

Included

  • Transfers and excursions on private basis, the excursions at the lodge in the Amazon are done on group basis
  • English-speaking local guides 
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • Entrance fees to sites
  • Train Vistadome ticket - to / from Machu Picchu 
  • Round trip bus ticket to the Machu Picchu ruins
  • South African tour leader accompanying the group
  • Tips for luggage porters at airports and hotels

Excluded

  • International and domestic flights and airport taxes (usually included in the tickets) 
  • Visa fees, if applicable
  • Personal travel and baggage insurance
  • Gratuities for guides, drivers and dining room tips
  • Drinks 
  • Telephone bill, laundry and any items of a personal nature