CLASSIC PERU TOUR - LIMA, NAZCA, MACHU PICCHU, AMAZON

Why do a tour of Peru you may ask? Because it is such a culturally diverse country,  a must-do experience. It combines the cultural highlights of the Sacred Valley with a stunning combination of ancient architecture, a cloud forest, plant life and Machu Picchu. On this tour we also visit the unexplained and unusual lines of the Nazca Desert, which are only seen by air. We then continue our tour to the stunning ancient ruins of Machu Picchu and continue into the lush regions of the Amazon Jungle

 

As a country, Peru offers visitors 3 distinct geographical zones, from the dry arid coastline which is home to the incredible Ballestas Islands and just inland, the Nazca Lines, to the high Andes range and also to the Amazon. There is so much to see in this diverse region, that one is spoilt for choice. There are many theories as to the origins behind Machu Picchu but three of the most popular ideas include a temple to the sun, a fortress against the jungle inhabitants or a sanctuary for the Incas. This fabulous city has houses, temples, warehouses, a large central square, all connected by narrow roads and steps, and is surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side which were used for agriculture.

Overview

Day-1. Lima

Day-2. Lima - Nazca Lines (B)

Day-3: Nazca Lines - Paracas - Ballestas Islands- (B)

Day-4:Paracas - Lima (B)

Day-5: Lima - Cuzco (B)

Day-6: Sacred Valley - Ollyantaytambo (BL)

Day-7: Cuzco to Machu Picchu (B)

Day-8: Aguas Calientes - Cuzco (B)

Day-9: Cuzco - Tambopata Jungle (BLD)

Day-10: Tambopata Amazon Jungle

Day-11: Tambopata Research Centre

Day-12: Tambopata Research Centre

Day-13: Lima

Day-14: Lima (B)

Day-15. Depart Lima (B)

Fast Facts

Our high altitude point will be in Cuzco which is 3399m asl, and spend time acclimatising before going to the ruins.
Unlike the Inca Trail there only 250 permits are issued a day, Machu Picchu allows 2500 visitors per day. However, because of the high amount of foot traffic, they are not enforcing "slot appointments", so people need to book the time that they want to visit in advance.
There are two options. One is that you take the bus which runs from 05h30 until 15h00 each day, or you can walk up.  The walk will be around 90 minutes and the climb is about 400m
Yes you can climb up Huayna Picchu however there is an extra cost and again you need to choose your climbing slot. It will add about $30 to your cost and the climbs are normally between 7 and 8am, and 10 and 11 am.
Macchu Picchu is best visited during the drier months being May till October. High season is from June through August although the ruins are very busy all year.

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1. Lima

Arrival in Lima, and transfer to hotel.

Day-2. Lima - Nazca Lines (B)

Guided visit of colonial and modern Lima, including the cathedral, main square, and the San Francisco Convent and its catacombs. One of the very few South American cities that preserve the colonial past, Lima was home to the Spanish viceroy during the time of the Spanish colonialists. We will also visit the residential areas of Miraflores and San Isidro. Afternoon transfer to Nazca, 5-6 hours south of Lima

Day-3: Nazca Lines - Paracas - Ballestas Islands- (B)

Early flight over the Nazca Lines; gigantic drawings and geometrical figures engraved in the desert of Peru dating back to 250 AD. With representations of animals, such as a spider, a monkey and several birds, they are believed to be an enormous astronomical calendar or possibly an offering to the gods. Visit the Chauchillia Cemetery. Return by bus to Paracas.

Day-4:Paracas - Lima (B)

Guided tour by boat of the Ballestas islands, known as the "little Galapagos", with its amazing concentration of sea birds and sea lions in their natural habitat. Return to the mainland and a trip to the Paracas National Reserve, the only Protected Coastal Reserve in Peru. Transfer to Lima by Bus in the late afternoon.

Day-5: Lima - Cuzco (B)

Flight and arrival in Cuzco. Afternoon guided visit of the four ruins nearby; the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, Kenko, Fortress of Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay, the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun.

Day-6: Sacred Valley - Ollyantaytambo (BL)

Full-day excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Inca and then a visit to Pisac markets and Ollantaytambo

Day-7: Cuzco to Machu Picchu (B)

Transfer to the railway station for the 06.00 departure to Aguas Calientes by train and then bus to Machu Picchu ruins. Guided visit of Machu Picchu . This fabulous city has houses, temples, warehouses, a large central square, all connected by narrow roads and steps, and is surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side which were used for agriculture. Later, free time to enjoy this magical and spiritual wonder. Accommodation in Aguas Calientes.

Day-8: Aguas Calientes - Cuzco (B)

Morning at leisure or option to return to the magnificent Machu Picchu. Return to Cuzco with the 1530 train.

Day-9: Cuzco - Tambopata Jungle (BLD)

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Puerto Maldonado. Reception and transfer to the Tambopata River port in Puerto Maldonado for the canoe trip to your jungle lodge. After arrival a short orientation and a complete briefing on the lodge before visiting a 35 metre scaffolding tower for a spectacular view of the river, the surrounding forest and an opportunity to observe birds from the canopy including parrots, toucans and macaws. Return to the lodge

Day-10: Tambopata Amazon Jungle

Early wake at dawn for a visit to the Tres Chimbadas oxbow Lake Here we will take a long, easy canoe ride around the lake looking for giant river otters, turtles, hoatzin, and wading birds. The giant river otters that are seen in Tres Chimbadas belong to a resident family of nine. Return to the lodge before we continue travel up the Tambopata River for a further 5 hours into the pristine heart of the reserve. Arrival at the Tambopata Research Centre. After lunch, we will walk the 1.5 mile Bamboo Trail, a trail that is famous for the abundance of rare birds that live exclusively in this habitat and are endemic to southern Peru. It is also the home of the frequently found Howler and Dusky titi monkeys.

Day-11: Tambopata Research Centre

At dawn we will cross the river and enjoy the world's largest macaw clay lick where hundreds of parrots and macaws of up to 15 species congregate daily. After breakfast we will walk the 1.5 mile Ocelot Trail, a trail which exemplifies the quintessential rainforest. This trail is the one which most often spots ocelot, puma and jaguar tracks, although any one of these three large cats is extremely difficult to spot. We will return to the TRC for lunch and then embark on a 2 mile walk to the palm swamp, a nesting colony and preferred roost for Blue and Gold and Red-bellied Macaws.

Day-12: Tambopata Research Centre

We will wake up at dawn once again to visit the macaw clay lick and then return for breakfast. Later we will take a short five minute boat ride to a small, drying oxbow lake where we will spend the morning on a platform in the middle of the pond observing some of its birdlife, which may include hoatzin, duck, ibis, woodpeckers, chachalaca, parakeets, oropendolas and numerous flycatcher species. We will return to our lodge further down river.

Day-13: Lima

After an early breakfast we will return to Puerto Maldonado for our flight back to Lima and transfer to your hotel.

Day-14: Lima (B)

Free day in Lima before your transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Day-15. Depart Lima (B)

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What's Included

Price includes

Airport transfers by private vehicle
Three four or five star hotels with breakfast
All sightseeing tours, entrance fees, guide, transportation
Guide, their wages, insurance and expenses

Inca Trail entrance permit

Camping in the Inca Trail

Internal flights

Train from Aquas Calientes

Price Excludes

International flights, departure taxes and any excess baggage charges.
Mandatory travel and medical insurance
Tips, baggage and porterage
Expenses of a personal nature such as bottled drinks, mineral water, morning and afternoon teas etc laundry etc.
Extra expenses and/of additional days caused due to unexpected events (such a flight delays, porterage because of land slides and other natural events.)
Entry Visa if applicable
Tips and gratuities
Single supplements if applicable

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