AKS 1600 EXPERIENCE PERU

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1: LIMA ARRIVAL

Private transfer from the Lima Airport to your confirmed hotel.

DAY 2: CITY TOUR LIMA

At the scheduled time, you will be picked up at the hotel to begin a tour of the city’s main avenues, boulevards, and squares. The tour will include a visit to Historic Center of Lima where you can find the main political and religious sites of the city. Historic Center of Lima is a great place to visit because it has been acknowledged by the UNESCO as World Heritage site. Lima City was known as the most important city for the Spaniards until the eighteenth century, band as a result, Baroque architecture became the city’s impressive mixture. Next stop will be at the Plaza Mayor located in the shades of the impressive Convent Ensemble of San Francisco de Lima. There you will have an English guided tour which will allow you to explore the rich history of the cathedral. Also, the tour will highlight the city’s historic and modern attractions including the Government Palace and the city hall. The tour will then continue to the plaza of San Martin Square, which was built in the celebration of Peru’s Centennial Independence Anniversary. Also during the program you will pass by a main shopping street lined with designer clothing shops and trendy restaurants before arriving at Huaca Pucllana, one of the few remaining Pre- Colombian ruins in Lima. Surrounded by an expanding modernized city, this flat- topped pyramid is a stark contrast to its surroundings. This location will provide an interesting contrast to the Pre-Incan and Incan ruins you will encounter over the next days. Your tour will then take you to the chic places in this bustling city. Do not forget to take a stroll through the Park of Love set above the cliffs near Larcomar, Lacomar is a mall built into the uneven cliffs of Lima’s coastline.

DAY 3: LIMA/JULIACA 

Early in the morning an assistance will escort you to the airport . Next destination : Puno. Upon arriving at Puno, you will then be ushered to your relaxing hotel. The Puno Hotel is located next to the Lake Titicaca and it gives every guest the feeling of being on top of the world. This place is rich in historical backdrop especially during the time of Inca and is an important folklore center. Legends tell that the Inca deity Wiracocha, the Sun, has emerged from the same lake and sent his children MamoOcllo and Manco Capac to found the Inca dynasty.

Puno is higher in altitude than Cusco. If you haven’t adjusted to the weather, we advise that you take a short rest before going out. While in the evening, you will have time to explore the hotel and dine in a wide selection of restaurants in the area.                                                                   

DAY 4: LAKE TITICACA TOUR UROS TAQUILE

Following breakfast, your full-day tour of Lake Titicaca will begin. This magnificent water formation of green and deep blue water is found at 3,890 meters (12,379 feet) above sea level and is considered the highest navigable lake in the world. It’s also the largest lake in South America. Lake Titicaca is known for its diverse wildlife and threatened species, such as the Titicaca Water Frog and the flightless Titicaca Grebe. During this tour, you’ll visit two or three of 42 islands of Uros. There you’ll meet the islanders some friendly to tourists, others more isolated. These 42 islands are amazingly fashioned out of layers of ‘Totora’ reeds, an ancient process still practiced today. These man-made wonders, which effortlessly float around Lake Titicaca, are especially beautiful from afar. When visiting the islands, you’ll also find opportunities to pick up traditional local handicrafts.

After Uros, you’ll next visit the island of Taquile, located 45km from Puno. This island is full of pre-Inca and Inca ruins. The local islanders still preserve many ancient traditions with their beautiful  handicrafts  and  clothing. In  fact in  2005,  UNESCO  honored  “Taquile  and Its Textile  Art”  as  “Masterpieces  of  the   Oral   and  Intangible  Heritage  of  Humanity.”

Interestingly, in Taquile, it has been the men, and not the women, who have historically woven materials. While in Taquile, you’ll be taken on a guided tour, which will include the local  museum  (exhibiting  traditional  costumes) and  the  island’s  old  ruins, found  at the highest point of Taquile. There, an incredible sunset awaits you.

DAY 5: PUNO/CUSCO

After breakfast, you’ll be taken to the bus station to start your journey to Cusco in southeastern Peru. The tour lasts around eight hours, in which time you’ll experience four guided visits:  the Temple of Andahuaylillas, also known as the Sistine Chapel of the Andes; the Inca archaeological site Raqchi (Temple of Wiracocha); the town of Sicuani (where you’ll enjoy a buffet lunch); and the Inca-Aymara museum of Pukara. Every visit lasts 20 to 40 minutes, during which time you may ask questions, take photos, and wander the surroundings. Not long after the fourth visit, you’ll arrive in Cusco, where our staff will take you to your hotel.

DAY 6: FREE DAY

DAY 7: CITY TOUR CUSCO

Day begins with breakfast at your hotel, followed by a morning of leisure. Then in the early afternoon, it’ll be time for your first Cusco tour, when you’ll get to visit some of the amazing archaeological sites in and around the Andean city. Make sure to bring your camera, as this Peru travel tour promises beautiful photo opportunities, you will visit:

  • The Koricancha Palace and Convent of Santo Domingo: Religious center known as “The Temple of the Sun” where you will admire the impress sive engineering used in its construction.
  • The Cathedral: Colonial religious monument of extraordinary artistic value.
  • Sacsayhuaman: Built at 3 Km. from the city of Cusco, impress sive stone for tress with an excellent architecture, famous for its huge carved stones some of which are at 9 m/ 30 high, with a weigh of 350 tons. Here is where the Inty Raymi or Fiesta del Sol is held in June Every year.
  • Qenqo: Ceremonial and ritual center, amphitheatre where sacrifices were made.
  • Puca-Pucara: An old tambo (resting place), monitoring place throughout the Inka Empire Routes.
  • Tambomachay: At 7 Km. From the city of Cusco, ceremonial center of cult to the water, known traditionally as the place where water rests. At there turn to Cusco we can be dropped off near to main Square or at The Dance and Music Show to watch tipical dances of Cusco.

The tour will last into the late afternoon. After returning to your hotel, you’ll have time to relax  before dinner at one of Cusco’s many restaurants. Note that in the evenings, the temperature will drop a bit, so be sure to take a sweater or light jacket. And if you find yourself without one, you can always purchase one. Around the city there are various markets and high-end stores selling alpaca wool sweaters, just right for cooler weather

DAY 8: SACRED VALLEY TOUR

After breakfast your tour to Sacred Valley will start. The tour will include a visit to the town of Pisac, famous for its local market. Here you can purchase any number of Andean garments and handicrafts to remember your Peru vacation. The town also offers interesting architectural elements, such as terraces, tunnels, and temples to explore. It’s obvious why Pisac is such a gem of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Afterwards Lunch at Sacred Valley. Next, it’ll be time to visit the magnificent ruins of Ollantaytambo, which offers amazing lookouts over the valley. Built in the mid-15th century, the structure was originally a residence: the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti. During the Spanish conquest of Peru however, Ollantaytambo transformed into a fortress, as Manco Inca Yupanqui and the Inca resistance made a final stand against the invading Spanish conquistadores. Afterwards you will be escort to your Hotel in sacred Valley.

DAY 9: MARAS MORAY

After breakfast your next adventure will start: TOUR MARAS & MORAY MORAY a further breathtaking 20 kms drive with the beautiful snowcapped Chicon and Veronica mountains in the Cordillera Vilcanota as a backdrop we continue through to Moray.

In Moray we visit “the Inca agricultural greenhouse or laboratory”, consisting of four platforms amphitheater style or. Has a depth of 150 meters, the overlapping concentric circular stone rings widen as they rise. It was an experimental place to study the adaptation of plants to new ecosystems.

MARAS/ SALINERAS (Salt mines)

Located 7 miles from Moray at altitude of 3, 380 m is a small village, as a model of a miniature city. Famous for its salt mines, made up of about 3000 small wells with an area average size of about 5 ms. These were already exploited since Inca times as a means of economic exchange and securities. Very interesting to see how the salt is recovered from these mines and the lives of those who work here.

DAY 10: MACHU PICCHU

Early wake up and after a good breakfast, re-live the history and the mysterious world of Machupicchu and the Incas, fuse with the mysticism of this fascinating and unique sanctuary, discover yourself the perfect symbiosis and harmony created by the nature and the architecture skills of Inca people. We take the bus up to Machupicchu and arrive at the ruin`s gate. Guided Tour of Machupicchu. This enigmatic city is explored for Approx 2 hrs and their mysteries and archaeological information will be explained by your expert guide, (you generally have approx 6 hrs extra free time but depends on train timetables in high season.) Night at Cusco.

DAY 11: FREE DAY CUSCO

Free Day at Cusco, we specially recommend to visit SAN PEDRO MARKET, keeping its tradition here you will have an idea of the richness of Peruvian lands, , grains fruits and potatoes are one of the exclusive distinctive of the land of the Incas. (SAN PEDRO MARKET located 4 blocks from the main Plaza).

We also recommend visiting their different Plazas and the 12 angles stone located only a 1 block from the main Plaza. This stones besides being a very special historical element represents the Inca technology and the degree of precision in the manufacture of its walls. So far is a surprising archaeological and architectural highlights knowledge possessed by the Incas to build anti -seismic structures.

DAY 12: REFUGIO AMAZONAS 1st DAY

Arrival & Reception by Guide

Our guides are biologists, tourism professionals, or community members. Unless noted otherwise, our guides speak English. We assign guides at 10:1 ratio in Refugio Amazonas. This means groups smaller than 10 people will be merged with other groups under one guide. If you would like a private guide or a guide in a language other than English please let us know.

Transfer Airport to Puerto Maldonado Headquarters

Upon arrival from Lima or Cusco, we will welcome you at the airport and drive you ten minutes to our Puerto Maldonado headquarters.  While enjoying your first taste of the forest in our gardens we will ask you to pack only the necessary gear for your next few days, and leave the rest at our safe deposit. This helps us keep the boats and cargo light.

Transfer Pto Maldonado Headquarters to Tambopata River Port Skirting Puerto Maldonado, we drive 20 kilometers to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno.  The port is ancommunal business. Transfer Boat – Tambopata River Port to Refugio Amazonas The two and a half hour boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Refugio Amazonas will take us past the Community of Infierno and the Tambopata National Reserve´s checkpoint and into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare conservation unit. Boxed Lunch

Orientation: Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips. Dinner

Caiman Search: We will be out at the river’s edge at night, scanning the shores with headlamps and flashlights to catch the red gleams of reflection from caiman eyes. Overnight at Refugio Amazonas

DAY 13: REFUGIO AMAZONAS 2nd DAY

Breakfast

Oxbow Lake Visit

We will paddle around the lake on a canoe or a catamaran, looking for lakeside wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman and hornerd screamers, hoping to see the otters which are infrequently seen here.

You will also be rewarded with overhead sightings of macaws.

Canopy Tower

A thirty minute walk from Refugio Amazonas leads to the 25 meter scaffolding canopy tower. A bannistered staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above.

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 views of mixed species canopy flocks as well as toucans, macaws and raptors are likely. Lunch

Farm Visit: Five minutes downriver from the lodge lies a farm owned and managed by charismatic Don Manuel from the neighbouring community of Condenado. He grows a variety of popular and unknown Amazon crops – just about every plant and tree you see serves a purpose. Ethnobotanical Tour Along this trail we will find a variety of plants and trees that are used by the local population with at least the same variety of purposes. We will learn about the medicinal (and other) uses of Ajo-Sacha, Yuca de Venado, Uña de Gato, Charcot- Sacha, Para-Para, among several others.

Dinner Tambopata National Reserve Lectures

Nightly lectures prepared by the staff of Refugio Amazonas cover conservation threats, opportunities and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve.

Overnight at Refugio Amazonas

DAY 14: REFUGIO AMAZONAS 3er DAY

Parrot Clay Lick: A fifteen minute boat ride and sixty minute walk from Refugio Amazonas is a clay lick used both by parrots and parakeets.  From a blind you will see parrots and parakeets descend 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 Lunch Nut Trail and Camp A few minutes hike from the lodge is a beautiful old growth patch of Brazil Nut forest that has been harvested for decades (if not centuries) 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. Mammal Clay LickTwenty minutes walking from Refugio Amazonas is 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. Dinner

Night walk

You will have the option of hiking out at night, when most of the mammals are active but difficult to see. Easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories

DAY 15: REFUGIO AMAZONAS 4th DAY

Breakfast

Transfer Boat – Refugio Amazonas to Tambopata River Port Transfer Tambopata River Port to Pto Maldonado Headquarters Transfer Puerto Maldonado Headquarters to Airport. We retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, our office and the airport. Depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures.Lima rrival Private transportaiton to Lima hotel.

DAY 16: TFR OUT APTO LIMA


Prices per PERSON in US DOLLARS
   
AKS 1600 EXPERIENCE PERU $ 2112

Includes:
» All hotel nights Hotels based on US standards
» All tours stated in the itinerary with English-speaking guides
» Ground transportation and entrance fees
» Breakfast at all hotels
» Trains: Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Not Included
» Airfare
» Lunches or dinner (unless otherwise specified)
» Airport taxes


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