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This program was designed as a great all round trip and could be ideally for families or a small group of friends on a budget. Aside from the most favoured sites such as Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu, nature lovers will love this trip as it includes a 3 day side trip to the Peruvian Jungle and a fantastic introduction to the Amazon.
The hotels and Amazon lodge are rated as 3 star and aimed to be family-friendly but also cater well for just about anyone looking at this standard of accommodation
In this 10-day journey we will offer you to gain an unforgettable experience that would be difficult to plan yourself independently in the time given!
Most would agree that the mix of time in the mountains and Jungle is just right!
The starting price of this tour is based on 4 people as for this tour our focus is on families or a group of friends, the price will go lower at the booking page if more than 4. If you are just 1, 2 or 3 people then the trip will be offered at a higher cost than the starting offer – please send an enquiry to us for exact costs.
Also, those who wish to extend their trip by a few more nights see options below and enquire for more details.
OPTIONAL TRIP EXTENSIONS BELOW:
• Cusco 2 nights ($195 per person) includes some activities, accommodation and 3 star hotel with breakfast
• Arequipa and Colca Canyon 2 night ($295 USD per person) includes activities, flights, transport, and 3 star accommodations with breakfast
• Puno and Lake Titcaca 2 night ($295 USD per person) includes activities, flights, transport, and 3 star accommodations with breakfast
PRICES ARE BASED ON 4-5 people, 6-7, $25 less, 8-9 $45 less, 10-14, $60 less
Today, someone would meet you from your international flight at any time then transfer to your centrally located hotel in the safe district of Miraflores. The transfer takes around 45-50 minutes depending on the time of day and level of traffic.
Overnight 3* Miraflores, Lima
BUS TOUR – We pick up at 9am in order to do a sight-seeing in the capital of Peru. We go to the downtown and can visit the cathedral, presidential palace and see the changing of the guards, as well as San Francisco convent and catacombs, finishing at around 1pm.
This tour does include the following – San Franscisco convent, Santo Domingo Church, Plaza Mayor, Presidential palace, Miraflores malecon and Lovers park . Tour is 3-4 hours with time for lunch (not included)
BICYCLE TOUR – After breakfast, we shall take you on a private guided tour around the main places of interest in the districts of Miraflores and Barranco, including a visit to the lighthouse, the Malecon of Miraflores and Larcomar and the bohemiam district of Barranco full of art deco and older classic style buildings and mansions that were of the high class of of Lima and ‘Mayor’ where you can view the presidential palace and main cathedral. We shall also take you to the San Francisco church and convent to visit the underground catacombs. Also stops en-route between Barranco and Miraflores include ‘Parque de Olivos’ and ‘Parque de Amor’, el faro (lighthouse), Puente de suspirios (wishes bridge) and finishing with an ice cream from the best shop in Barranco. Tour to finish by 1pm where you can ask the guide for suggestions for lunch.
We then continue to the airport for the flight to Cusco (1 hour and 10 minutes).
Upon arrival in Cusco you will be picked up and transfered to your hotel near the main centre in around 15 minutes. Ideally you will arrive early evening allowing time for your dinner. You may wish to explore on your own (it is safe at night and reception can offer a map and quick suggestions) or await the guided tour on the next morning. Cusco is elevated at approximately 3400m or 11000 ft so you may fee some symptoms of altitude sickness and wish to just rest until the next day.
Overnight 3* hotel Cusco downtown.
Today is your main day to see Cusco and around and also see how bodies are coping with the altitude (11000ft/3300m).
Today we will offer you to be orientated by local guide showing you around the historical centre of the City on foot.
In the given time you would visit the main plaza, Koricancha temple, San Franscisco Square, San Blas neighbourhood and San Pedro Market.
In the afternoon we can offer many other ideas to visit such as the Inka museum, Coca museum, museum of Pre-Colombian art. As well as many cafés, shops, restaurants and bars that offer almost any time of eating and drink.
Overnight 3* hotel Cusco
At around 9am, you will be met by a local guide and head through the nearby Inka ruins of
Sacsayhuaman, Puca Pukara and Tambo Machay then to Awanakancha: a live Alpaca and Llama museum where you can feed and groom these native animals of the Andes and learn the differences between these Camilids. At Awanakancha interactive museum, we can also see how they weave and dye locally and traditionally the textiles they make from Alpaca wool.
Then just another 20 minutes to the beautiful town of Pisaq, where you can visit the local market and have lunch.
In the afternoon we can go and visit some of the most impressive Inka terraces at the archealogical site of Pisaq and views towards the Sacred Valley.
Our hotel is place perfectly in the valley between local farms and walking distance from Pisac Village.
Overnight 3* Royal Inka Pisac hotel, Sacred Valley
After an early breakfast, we shall start our drive along the middle of the Sacred Valley passing through many rural towns and villages. We can stop along the way at Ollantaytambo (by 10am) to be close to the train station for our travel to Machu Picchu. This allows to get snack before we get to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu village) as we head straight to the ruins for mid-day when the main crowds have left for lunch and the site is much quieter. We will then take our afternoon tour (around 2 hours) of the Inka ruins with our local guide before heading back down on the 25 minute shuttle bus to the village where we can spend some time there and a good meal before taking the train back in the evening around 7pm to Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley.
Overnight Guesthouse, Ollantaytambo
Today (around 8,30am) we take you out to the beautiful Sacred Valley and explore Chinchero, Moray, Misminay and Salt Terraces of Maras.
At around 9.30am. We travel to Chinchero around 1 hour from Ollantaytambo. A town famous for traditional textiles and weaving processes.Afterwards, the transfer 1 hour to the community of Misminay where we will receive a warm welcome with music and followed by a local lunch.
Following this, we can drive down to visit the unique ruins of Moray (1 hour) then trek to visit the Pre-Inkan Salt terraces via the town of Maras (2-3 hours) where Salt is still being mined today, from there we either trek down to Rumichaca and back to Cusco by van or directly back by van to Cusco from the Salt Terraces.
Overnight 3* Cusco hotel
Today you have a free day in order to prepare for the Amazon. This gives you a chance to wash clothes, purchase last chance souviniers or get to do something you had no time for before in Cusco or when you were adapting to the high-altitude
Options could be as follows:- Rafting, Horse riding, Rainbow Mountain, Chonta Canyon trek and Condor sighting, Inka museum, Cookery classes and more…!
Overnight – 3* Cusco
You will be transferred to the Cusco airport at 9.30am in order to catch the 11.48am flight.
Matt or one of his team will check you in which will be done 24-48 hours prior to flight and send the boarding passes.
Flight takes around 45 minutes. Upon arrival in Puerto Maldonado you will be met by a local representative from Eco-Amazonias and transfer to lodge (look out for the board that says ‘Eco-Aamazonias) in about 1 hour by boat.
Most of the program and activities are arranged by them so you can discuss more with the guide when you get there.
Overnight 3* Eco-Amazonias lodge
There are many activities to choose from when you get there including Caiman spotting, monkey Island, trails and canopy walks, night walks. Most of the program and activities are arranged with the guide so you can discuss more with the guide when you get there.
Overnight: Eco-Amazonias Lodge (full board)
Your flight leaves at 1.48pm and Rainforest Expeditions will know what time to coordinate the boat and land transfer getting you to the airport on time. Flight time is 1 hour 30 minutes approximately from Puerto Maldonado to Lima.
Our team will check you in and sort out boarding passes, but also one of the Eco-Amazonias team will be there at the airport to assist if necessary.
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