15 Day Andean Highlights - Best of Peru and Machupicchu + Amazon Extension
Peru, Lima,Puno, Titicaca lake, Cusco, Machu Picchu...
In this tour, you will visit the following places: Lima (The City of the Incan Kings), Cusco (The Imperial city of the Incas) ending with an amazing visit to Machu Picchu (One of the New Seven Wonders of the World), Puno (Folkloric Capital), Lake Titicaca and its mystical floating islands of: Uros, Amantani & Taquile endign in a visit of the Amazon Rainforest
Physical / Difficulty:
Hotel: 8 nights
Homestay: 1 nights
Requirement: 2 participants as minimum
- All ground and River transportation
- Domestic flights (Lima- Cusco / Cusco - Puerto Maldonado / Puerto Maldonado-Lima)
- All accommodations (10 night room at 3 star hotels, 1 night at the Home Stay and 3 nights at Refugio Amazonas Lodge)
- Meals: (As described in the above itinerary)
- City tour in Lima
- Home stay on Titicaca Lake
- 4 Day trip to Puerto Maldonado + Entrance fees
- Guided tour in Machu Picchu
- Round trip train tickets to Machu Picchu with Inca Rail Company
- Round trip bus tickets from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
- Tour leader during whole trip.more details.
- International airfares
- Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations
- Single supplement 630 for the entire trip (for solo travelers or the odd numbered person in your group).
- Extra: Departure transfer USD 50 per person in Lima or Puno to Juliaca
- Meals where not otherwise stated
- Entrance fee to the hot springs (US$ 5 each)
- Optional tours: Sacred valley (USD 45), Maras Moray (USD 40) + entrance fees (USD 25)
- Optional: Climb up the Wayna Picchu Mountain at Machu Picchu (US$45).
Today, you will depart from your country and fly to Lima, Peru (International airfare by your own). Upon your arrival into Lima, a representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel in Miraflores.
Overnight: Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro or Similar
After breakfast, in the mid-morning, you will have a city tour where you will have the opportunity to visit key sites of Lima, including:
- Huaca Pucllana (magnificent ceremonial and archeological centre)
- The historic centre of Lima
- Colonial buildings (Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the Cathedral, the City Hall)
- The Central bank Museum
- San Francisco
- The modern Lima
After touring the colonial city of Lima, we will rest before travelling to the Capital of the Incas
Overnight: Casa Andina Classic Miraflores Centro or Similar
After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport and fly to Cusco. Upon your arrival at Cusco airport we will meet you and take you to your hotel located in the center of the city. The balance of the day is at Leisure.
Overnight at: Casa Andina Classic Cusco Plaza or Similar.
After breakfast, enjoy a free day to explore Cusco at leisure or take the optional full day tour.
SACRED VALLEY TOUR (for an extra cost)
The start of the day trip to the Sacred valley will involve a pick up from your hotel at 8:00am. This is a full day excursion to the Urubamba Valley visiting the colourful Indian market in Pisac where you will be able to appreciate the mixture of colour and tradition. You have the opportunity to test your bartering skills, interact with the local craftsmen and purchase hand-made souvenirs.
Pisac is located at the entrance of the Sacred Valley. The Valley is 31km/19mi from Cusco, and at an altitude of 2,970m/9,700 ft. After Pisac we head to Urubamba (Lunch stop) at the restaurant (not included). Then we continue on to Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied town on the American continent. The narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, along with their canals, have not changed much from the time of the Inca Empire, giving you a feeling of what it would have been like to live during this time. The last visit will be the Chinchero market. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its major claim to tourism is its colourful Sunday market, which is much less tourist-orientated than the market at Pisac. At the end of the tour, return to the hotel in Cusco at approximately 5:30pm. The night will be free to eat in a restaurant of your choice. Please ask the tour guide for restaurant suggestions for you should you require them.
Overnight: Casa Andina Classic Cusco Plaza or Similar
Pick you today is at 8:00am to head to the train station. The train leaves at approximately 11:30am (time may change depending on availability and changes to timetable). After a 3.5-hour journey of majestic views, you arrive to Aguas Calientes (Hot Springs Town) tol spend the night. There will be plenty of time to relax and enjoy a hot bath in the natural springs (not included).
Things to do in Aguas Calientes:
- Visit the Machu Picchu 'Manuel Chávez Ballón' museum and orchid exhibition. This is open from 9:00am to 4:30pm, and is a 35 minute walk down the road from Aguas Calientes to Puente Ruinas. It is a very illustrative museum that gives an interesting introduction to Machu Picchu.
Optional for an extra cost:
- Manuel Chávez Ballón' museum
- Thermal baths (hot springs).
Overnight:Casa Andina Classic Machupicchu or Similar.
This morning after breakfast your guide will pick you up from your hotel at 5:40am. Take the bus up to majestic Machu Picchu to catch the sunrise, and then begin the walking tour (Approximately 2 hours) with a guide. After this, explore the mysterious city at leisure. From here, meet your guide in Aguas Calientes for lunch (not included). From here, get the train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo, followed by a bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco.
NB: If desire to climb up the Wayna Picchu Mountain (not included), please request your spot as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment. This tour is scheduled at 10:00am.
Optional for an extra cost:Wayna Picchu Mountain Climb.
Overnight at Casa Andina Classic, Cusco Plaza or Similar.
Pick up today is at 6:20am heading to the bus station to catch the bus to Puno. The bus trip is more like a tour - it stops at four interesting sites along the way and includes guided tours of each:
- Andahuaylillas: This is the Sistine chapel of South America: this church is one of the most beautiful examples of Andean popular religious art. Arrival time to Cusco will be around 5:00pm.
- Raqchi (Wiracocha God Temple): This was an Inca church of monumental dimensions; 100 meters long, 26 meters wide and 14 meters high. The temple is divided into two naves, and each nave has eleven giant columns – huge!
- Sicuani: Enjoy a delicious Buffet lunch in this town.
- La Raya: This is the halfway point between Cusco and Puno and the highest point (4335 meters above sea level). The landscapes here are stunning and it is common to see typical Andean animals like the llama, alpaca and vicuña. It is also the geographical border between the two cultures - Quechua and Aymara.
- Pukara: This is the most important and oldest ceremonial centre of the altiplano. There are interesting sculptures and tombs
Overnight: Casa Andina Classic Puno Tikarani or Similar
After breakfast between 7:00am and 8:00am, be transferred from the hotel to the port of Puno to board the motor boat to first visit the floating Uros Islands, which are located 25 minutes from the port of Puno, more of 65 small islands floating living today and the tour will visit two of these. While visiting the floating islands the guide will explain a little about the history and lifestyle of the people living in these floating islands for many years, there will also be an opportunity to talk with the people of these islands and visit their homes and learn a little of their lifestyle.
Approximately one hour will be spent floating around these islands. Afterwards sail towards "Taquile Island", which takes approximately two hours. The island is a traditional Quechua speaking community, full of ancient agricultural terraces and some ruins dating back to the pre-Inca times. The Taquile population was relatively isolated from the mainland until 1950s, and the notion of the community and family is still very strong among them. The weaving tradition of this Island goes back to early civilisations, thus keeps elements from pre-Inca Andean cultures alive in the present. The most characteristic garments are the "Chullo", a knitted hat with an earflap; and "The Calendar Waistband", depicting the annual cycles connected to ritual and agricultural activities.
Upon reaching the island, walk up along a narrow path, enjoying impressive views of Lake Titicaca and seeing gorgeous little houses inhabited by the direct descendants of the Inca Culture. There will be free time to explore the Island at followed by lunch at a local restaurant with the tour group. After lunch, head down to the harbour to take a boat to continue with a one-hour boat ride to the peninsula Chucuito. South of the city of Puno, where the community is located is called Luquina Karina. The remarkable thing about this place is that tourism is new and the inhabitants of this place are very willing to receive visitors in their community. Be met directly by the families and they will take you to their homes to spend the night in the unique traditional homes. Karina community has the white sand beach of Lake Titicaca which means activities like fishing, farming can be experienced and enjoyed.
Overnight: Traditional Homestay, Luquina Island .
Today we will enjoy the breakfast with our host family, and then we will participate in the local activities provided such as farming and taste their daily living style. Then we will have lunch and finally say goodbye to the local family and go down to the harbor to take the boat. Afterwards we will sail towards "Puno", which takes approximately two hours. We arrive back to Puno at around 5:00pm.
Overnight at: Casa Andina Classic, Puno Tikarani or Similar.
After breakfast, we will pick you up from the hotel to the bus station to Cusco. Upon your arrival, our representative will lead you to your Hotel.
After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel at 8:40AM, take you to the airport, and fly (10:40AM) to Puerto Maldonado. Upon your arrival to Puerto Maldonado (11:35AM), 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 a communal 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.
Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.
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: Puerto Maldonado at Refugio Amazonas Lodge.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: Puerto Maldonado at Refugio Amazonas Lodge.
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.
BRAZIL 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 LICK
Twenty 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.
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.
Overnight: Puerto Maldonado at Refugio Amazonas Lodge.
We retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, and the airport to fly into Lima. On your arrival to Lima airport, we will take you to the hotel.
Overnight: Casa Andina Miraflores Centro or Similar.
After breakfast, enjoy the mid-morning then flight back to the airport to make your flight to Australia.
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Trip Preparation & F.A.Qs:
Tips to know before you go to the Inca Trail
Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind.
Please review the following information before your departure to the Inca Trail to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.
Know Before You Go
Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind. Please review the following information before your departure to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.
Getting Ready to Go
Passports and Visas
It is each traveller's responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of entry to Peru and a visa if required.
Passengers requiring visas, whether obtained in advance or locally upon arrival, should ensure that their passport has unstamped visa pages.
Passport information must be submitted to Valencia Travel Cusco at least 30 days prior to departure. This information is necessary to issue Machu Picchu train tickets.
A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas and driver’s license) are in order and that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal IDs and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. If you lose the originals while travelling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills. We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage. Airplane pressure can cause similar pressure in your body, most notably in ears, as well as liquid tubes and bottles. Your physician can suggest medication for decongestion. As for the liquid containers, we suggest that you squeeze out excess air from those containers and place into Ziploc bags to catch any leaks.
Cell Phones and Calling Cards
You may wish to carry a cell phone while traveling. Check with your cell phone provider if your phone will work in the destination(s) you are visiting. U.S. service is dominated by the CDMA technology standard, while most of the world uses the incompatible GSM standard. Some U.S. providers do offer GSM, but you may incur high international roaming fees. With GSM, however, you can often choose to have your phone unlocked and then add a local SIM card for lower fees. If you can access the Internet as you travel, you can take advantage of email or a Skype Internet telephone (VOIP) account for the best value. Alternatively, you may investigate renting a cell phone before you leave or buying an inexpensive phone locally.
When calling the U.S. from a Peru, you may also use a prepaid calling card; normally, the only additional charge (besides the prepaid long distance charges) is a local fee of a few cents and possibly a connection fee if you are using your card at your hotel. It is best to check with the hotel's reception desk prior to making phone calls to avoid unexpected charges.
Wireless Internet Access
Passengers traveling with WiFi enabled devices (such as a personal computer, smartphone, tablet, or digital audio player) may be able to connect to the Internet via wireless networks. Passengers requiring Internet access can often locate free WiFi hotspots such as libraries or coffee shops.
Staying Healthy While Traveling
All travellers should familiarize themselves with local conditions, such as high altitude or required immunizations, which could affect their health. We recommend you consult with your personal health-care provider, the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) and/or the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/en/) for their recommendations.
There are several easy steps you can take to stay healthy while traveling which may help prevent contracting an illness while away from home.
Watch what you eat. Try new foods in modest quantities, and depending upon your destination, you may want to avoid street foods, salad bars, raw vegetables and fruits, unless they have thick peels like bananas or grapefruit.
Stay hydrated. Drink bottled water and avoid consuming ice cubes made with tap water.
If you have allergies to foods, medications or insect bites, or have any other unique medical issues, consider a medical alert bracelet and/or a physician's note detailing required treatment should you become ill.
Wash your hands regularly and carry hand sanitizer.
Where appropriate, pack sunscreen and insect repellent (for both active and warm destinations).
You may also want to bring a small first-aid kit with band aids, antibiotic cream, pain killers, bug bite cream, digestive aids like antidiarrheal or anti-bloat medications, antacids, and cold medicine. This is in addition to any prescription medications to last for the entire trip.
Climate & Clothing
In Peru, the sun is strong, particularly in higher altitudes. Please, bring a sun hat that has a circular brim all the way around (not a baseball cap) and sunscreen. Bring comfortable, cushioned walking shoes for the hard cobblestone streets, a sweater, clothes you can layer and an all-weather jacket. Remember that during your trip, you will be travelling between regions and will need to be prepared for all weather conditions. Winter months (May through October) are cold. During those periods, you will need a warm jacket, gloves, a hat and a scarf.
The highland regions of Peru (Cuzco, Puno, Urubamba and Machu Picchu) have a dry temperate climate that also experience two distinct seasons. The dry season (May through October) consists of sunny days and cold nights with very little rain. The rainy season in the highlands runs from December to March. Temperatures can change drastically during the day in this region, sometimes varying as widely as highs around 65°F and lows of 35°F during the same day.
Peru Average Temperatures
Book & Film Recommendations
Many of our guests enjoy reading about their destination, either in advance of their trip or while travelling, as a way of adding context to their visit. Whether reading a traditional guidebook, learning about the history and culture, or simply enjoying a fictional novel set in the destination, a good book can add greatly to your experience. Similarly, a good movie set in your destination helps set the mood before you travel. We asked our tour managers and staff to recommend books and films that past guests may have enjoyed. The following list does not constitute an endorsement of any authors, books or movies; it is merely a collection of guests' recommendations.
Lost City of the Incas by Hiram Bingham (1948)
Machu Picchu Sacred Center by Johan Reinhard (2007)
Turn Right At Machu Picchu by Mark Adams (2011)
Machu Picchu: Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas by Richard L Burg (2008)
Incas: Book 3: The Light of Machu Picchu by A.B. Daniel (2003)
The Steamer Trunk Adventures #2: The Ghosts of Machu Picchu by R.M. Garcia (2006)
General Peruvian Life / Exploration:
The Peru Readers by Orin Starn, Carlos Ivan Degregory, and Robin Kirk (2005)
The Art of Peruvian Cuisine by Tony Custer (2003)
Eight Feet in the Andes: Travels with a Mule in Unknown Peru by Dervla Murphy (2003)
Conversation in the Cathedral by Mario Vargas Llosa (1975)
Aunt Julia & the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa (1977)
The White Rock - An exploration of the Incas heartland by Hugh Thomson (2001)
The Conquest of the Incas by John Hemming (1970, reprint 2003)
Narrative of the Incas by Juan de Betanzos (originally from 1550s, not discovered and published until 1980s)
The Secret of the Incas by William Sullivan (1997)
Incas: Books 1&2 by A.B. Daniel (2002-2003)
Lost Tomb of Viracocha by Maurice Cotterell (2001)
Temple by Matthew Reilly (2002)
The Secret of the Incas (1957)
The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
The Royal Hunt of the Sun (1969)
Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).
About Your Flights
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Passengers connecting from another point within the USA should check their luggage through to their final destination. Although problems with lost luggage have been minimal, it is a possibility. Certain carriers do not allow baggage "interlining," and luggage must be checked separately for each flight. When you check your luggage, please verify where your luggage is being sent. If you are connecting from a domestic flight that is delayed for any reason, causing you to miss your international flight, ask the airline for assistance in getting you to your destination. Since all airline tickets are issued on special fares that carry restrictions and penalties if changed, you must hold the airlines responsible for making alternate arrangements on your behalf, as Valencia Travel Cusco has no authority or control over airline activities and policies. Do not leave the airline check-in desk until an alternative itinerary has been confirmed.
The Transportation and Safety Administration
The (TSA) has increased security measures drastically since September 11, 2001. Plan to arrive no fewer than two hours prior to a domestic flight and three to four hours prior to an international flight. Check the TSA website www.tsa.gov for the current list of acceptable items you may bring on a plane before packing.
About Business Class Airfares
Business Class service may not be available on all flights or aircraft types, and therefore some flights within an itinerary may not include Business Class seating. This includes, for example, some US domestic connections and/or short haul flights abroad. When Business Class service is not available, you will be accommodated in the best alternative class of service and seating. Please check your operating airline to determine the extra services you may receive in Business Class.
Peru Domestic Flights
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A passport or picture ID is required to board all flights in Peru.
Frequent Flier Programs
Passengers are responsible to contact their airline directly regarding mileage eligibility and accrual. Airline frequent flier programs determine whether to award miles in part or total based on their own rules, which are updated frequently. Some discounted or promotional airfares as well as some code-share flights are not eligible for mileage accrual.