2019 - 2020 Departure Dates and Costs
Departure every Friday based on 2 persons
Tour cost: $ 4,840 USD from Lima. Includes domestic airfare
Trip may be modified to suit individual interest and travel preferences
Single room supplement $ 725 USD
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Day 1: Arrive Lima
On arrival in Lima you will be met by our land operators who will meet you in the arrivals area after you have cleared customs. You will be transferred to the Libertador Hotel or similar.
Day 2: Lima (B)
Morning at leisure to recover from the long flights. In the afternoon you will enjoy a city tour where you will get a great overview of Lima’s offerings.Lima, the capital of Peru, is a wonderful blend of Spanish colonial heritage and modern opulence. Attractions the Cathedral housing the remains of Francisco Pizzaro (founder of the city), Torre Tagle Palace, the Plaza des Armes and the residential districts of Miraflores and San Isidro. Following your city tour you will be returned to your hotel.
Day 3: Lima / Cusco / Ollantaytambo Sacred Valley (B,D)
Morning flight to Cusco and transfer to the sacred valley where the altitude is a bit lower than Cusco. Balance of the day to rest and acclimatize to the high altitude. Those feeling fit can wander in the small town by the hotel.
Day 4: Ollantaytambo Sacred Valley (B)
Morning visit to Ollantaytambo for a guided visit of the impressive ruins of Ollantaytambo fortress. Enjoy the small market here and atmospheric town.
Day 5: Machu Picchu (B,L,D)
Morning transfer to the train station for the journey to Machu Picchu. 122 kilometers north of Cusco lies the “Lost City Of the Incas.” There are many theories as to who built the city. Many say it was the last refuge of the Inca Empire after the Spanish Conquest. The site was never found by the Spanish and when the last of the city inhabitants died, so did the secret of its existence. The sacred site lay buried beneath vines and jungle growth for 400 years until American Explorer Hiram Bingham rediscovered it in 1911. The 220 stone temples and buildings of Machu Picchu crown a 9,000 foot ridge. Guided tour of the ruins. Lunch at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge at Machu Picchu and more time at the ruins. In the late afternoon return to Aguas Calientes located 20 minutes from the ruins and to the Machu Picchu Inn. Dinner included.
Day 6: Machu Picchu / Cusco (B)
Morning at leisure. Optional nature walk or soak in the local hot springs, explore the museum, markets, relax or return to Machu Picchu for a second look at the ruins (the second entrance fee to Machu Picchu would be additional approx. $ 60.00 USD including the entrance fee and the shuttle bus cost up and down the mountain). Afternoon train journey to Cusco and 2 nights accommodation.
Day 7: Cusco (B,L)
The peaks and valleys of the Andes were the home of the mighty Inca Empire and their capital was Cusco. From here, 10,000 miles of stone roads radiated into the far reaches of the mountains. Cusco is still one of the most fascinating of the world’s ancient cities. The surrounding area is rich in archaeological and sacred sites, many of them never discovered by the conquering Spanish. Morning city tour of Cusco.
Day 8: Cusco / Manu Cloud Forest Lodge (B,L,D)
We will depart our hotel at 6:00 am for this journey to the new Manu Cloud Forest Lodge which is idyllically located at 5,000 feet above sea level between cloud forest-covered slopes and adjacent to a narrow 400-foot-high waterfall. Rushing streams next to the site are two of the small water courses that descend from the mountains to the Qosñipata River.
Some of the attractions of the lodge include one "lek" or dancing ground of Andean Cock-of-the Rock, which are nearly crow-sized, bright red birds in the Cotinga family. Troops of acrobatic Woolly Monkeys are also frequently sighted. An ornithological census by John Arvin, a renowned tropical ornithologist, shows a list that exceeds 700 species of birds in the transect from the grasslands to the lowlands of the Upper Madre de Dios River port of Atalaya. Some of the amenities of the lodge include private bathrooms with hot water, private verandas overlooking the pristine Union creek, and a sauna to relax after the daily activities.
The journey from Cusco takes visitors on an 8 - 9 hour hour trip over two Andean Mountain chains of 13,100 feet elevation through a habitat of wildlife such as the rare Huemal Deer, vizcachas, and Mountain Caracara. CORL lies past patches of elfin forest on the eastern slopes of the Andes in the mist of the Cloud Forest. Troops of muscular-limbed Woolly Monkeys and comical Brown Capuchin Monkeys forage through the reserve. Rare sightings of the endangered Spectacled Bear, South America's only species of bear, have been recorded near the lodge.
Day 9: Cloud Forest Lodge (B,L,D)
The lush and misty cloud forest is perhaps the most fragile and threatened type of rainforest. This forest starts at 11,000 feet, and continues down to about 5,000 feet of elevation, covering the eastern slopes of the Andes, before yielding to the vast lowland forest of the Amazon. This is a kingdom of moss, lichens, ferns, and orchids. Early excursion to a nearby platform and blind strategically located to see a "lek" where the brightly red-colored Cock-of-the Rock displays daily for the females.
Day 10: Cloud Forest Lodge / Manu Wildlife Centre (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we head towards Atalaya, the first navigable port on the Upper Madre de Dios River.
The Manu Wildlife Center is located in the wild and remote Manu wilderness of Peru along the Manu de Dios in the Manu Biosphere Reserve. It has a 44-bed lodge located on the Madre de Dios River only 60 minutes by motorized dugout canoe from the confluence of the Manu and Alto Madre de Dios rivers. Manu Wildlife Center is a privately owned rainforest reserve, which forms part of the Manu Biosphere Reserve. It is located in the Cultural Reserved Buffer Zone, set aside for indigenous Amazonian peoples. The lodge is on the banks of the Madre de Dios River in pristine rainforest, a comfortable base for wildlife enthusiasts, photographers, birders and those who simply want a true relaxing rainforest experience. The Lodge counts on a Tapir and Mammal Lick, the Blanquillo Macaw and Parrot Clay Lick, 2 walk up Canopy Towers and floating catamarans on 2 ox-bow lakes for observing Giant Otters and other lakeside birds and wildlife. The lodge is strategically located in an area of forest that counts on the highest diversity of microhabitats in the Manu area.
Day 11: Manu Wildlife Center (B,L,D)
We rise to the loud call of Howler Monkeys, and to the option of a dawn paddle on the lake. During breakfast from the dining room, you may be able to see entire troops of Squirrel Monkeys, Brown Capuchins, and White-Fronted Capuchins that may be visiting the lodge clearing in search of palm fruits.
Manu Lodge offers more than 30 kilometers of trails. This means that there are more species of animals, birds, reptiles and insects than elsewhere in Manu. Terra firma, transitional floodplain, varzea and bamboo forest is found close to the lodge plus successional willow and cane stands on beaches and river islands, resulting in the highest bio-diversity in the Manu area. An astounding 600+ species of birds have been recorded around the lodge.
Day 12: Manu Wildlife Center (B,L,D)
Look for Black-tailed Tityra, Yellow- rumped Cacique, Golden-bellied Euphonia, Palm Tanager, Silver-beaked Tanager, and Masked-crimson Tanager. The immediate vicinity of the Juarez lake offers you easy and superb sightseeing of: Striated Heron, Wattled Jacana, Yellow-billed Tern, the bizarre Hoatzin, White-winged Swallows, Black-capped Donacobius, and Red-capped Cardinal. Other frequent visitors of the Manu Lodge are: Great Egret, Green Ibis, Osprey, and Black-collared Hawk.
Day 13: Manu Wildlife Center (B,L,D)
Day 14: Manu Wildlife Center / Cloud Forest Lodge (B,L,D)
After breakfast, an early morning river journey is our last chance to spot a Capybara, the world's largest rodent, or a Tapir, a relative of horses and the rainforest's largest mammal. After about three hours we will reach Boca Manu for a brief stop and to refuel our boat. From Boca Manu we will explore the lower portion of the Madre de Dios River where we may have a chance to see large Red-and-Green Macaws perched on the trees or making short and long flights to the rain forest canopy.
Day 15: Cloud Forest Lodge / Cusco (B,L,D)
This morning after breakfast we offer you an additional hiking excursion to walk through dense and exuberant cloud forest and crossing rushing streams, which originate in the mountain peaks high above the forest. Surrounded by massive rocks, hanging vines and bromeliads, we may enjoy a refreshing dip in these crystal-clear waters. Before noon we start our journey back to Cusco.Overnight Picoaga
Day 16: To Puno (B,L)
Breakfast and a morning departure by road to Puno through Highland villages to Lake Titicaca. Cultural stops enroute such as the historic colonial town of Andahuayillas, and the unusual mud brick walls at the Inca site of Raqchi. It will take the whole day to reach Puno and the shores of Lake Titicaca. Overnight at Posada del Inca Lake Titicaca.
Day 17: Uros Island / Taquili Islands (B,L)
Lake Titicaca is the centre of the world for the Inca empire for it Sun Island that the Sun God sent his son and the Moon Goddess sent her daughter to arise from the lake and create the Inca people. Many Inca sites are on both the Peruvian and Bolivian sides of this navigable lake.
Full day boat cruise on Lake Titicaca to Taquile Island reached in three and a half hours by boat. This remarkable community is where islanders still speak Quechua, the language of the Incas, make handicrafts with techniques developed over the centuries. A stop enroute at the Uros floating islands. Here you can marvel at the traditional life-style of the Uros people and how they live on floating islands in Lake Titicaca. Return to the hotel. Box lunch included.
Day 18: Puno / Lima (B)
Morning at leisure in Puno. The group might wish to do a ½ day tour to the ruins of Chuito. Locally this can be arranged for approximately $10 per person. Field lunch can also be arranged locally if they prefer to be out longer.
In the afternoon our land operators will pick you up and transfer you to the airport for the flight back to Lima. Enroute stop at the ruins of Sillustani. On arrival in Lima you will be met and transferred to a wonderful local restaurant for a farewell Peruvian dinner. In the late evening transfer to the airport for the flight home or extend your stay.
What our clients say...
"Our Peruvian adventure was everything we had imagined and more. All the transfers worked smoothly....the hotels were most comfortable and welcoming....the drivers and guides were skilled and professional. Our guides especially kept us engaged with the history and culture and natural history of each region we visited. Santiago kept amazing us with his grasp of history, his obvious love of the land and its culture, and with his ease setting a doable pace through Ollantaytambo, Cuzco, Machu Picchu and Raqchi. Herbert and Carlos helped us see so much on the long drive to Manu, on the river trips and at each lodge- their sense of humour, their care for each of us and their exceptional knowledge of the cloud forest and the jungle made these visits a real highlight for us. We always had something to do, trails to take and time to relax.” Mike and Gerree Beacom, 2011
"We all enjoyed our trip very much. Everyone we met was friendly and tolerant. Even the locals were will ing to jolly us along as we practiced our awkward Spanish (which we only started studying a month before.) ... Our guides were excellent. Again many thanks for an exciting and educational vacation, which has given us some happy memories and a new appetitie for travel.” E. Griffith, British Columbia
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