|Days 1 - 3|
LIMA / RAINFOREST VISIT Upon your arrival in Lima, you are met by your guide and transfered, via private auto and boat, to an upscale ecolodge in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon. Enjoy a hike or paddle a rustic canoe and, if the time is right, watch a glorious sunset. Journey by boat to the Palma Real Native Community where you have a rare opportunity to see and learn about the indigenous lifestyle of the Amazonian people, Ese'Eja. The children of the village will guide you through the Children's forest and then you will embark on another exhilarating boat ride to Angelo's native farm where you will see how the fruits of the forest grow. You also have the chance to taste these exotic tropical fruits. A picnic lunch and snacks will be provided during this excursion. Visit the Canopy Interpretation Center where you have a unique opportunity to ascend to the rainforest canopy for a bird-eye view of this amazing ecosystem. Walk the tree-top bridges in search of the colorful birds and amazing fauna found in the Amazon basin.
|Days 4 - 5 |
SACRED VALLEY / SAN AGUSTIN URUBAMBA HOTEL & SPAFly Puerto Maldonado to Cusco. After a coca leaf tea (optional) and a light snack to help acclimatize to the altitude of 11,000 feet, drive to Chinchero for a short rest stop and magnificent views of the Sacred Valley. The Sacred Valley (La Valle Sagrado) is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Lying at the foot of spectacular snow covered mountains, this valley lives on in the memories of all who visit. Since ancient times, people have been drawn to the special energy of the Sacred Valley. Inca royalty and nobility came to this valley from Cusco for spiritual renewal, wisdom and celebration in holy sites.
|Days 6 - 7|
MACHU PICCHU / MACHU PICCHU PUEBLO HOTELVisit Moray, home to a series of cascading agricultural terraces, each forming its own micro-climate. Walk along hundreds of crystalline salt pans at Maras and witness salt being collected by hand under the potent sun, much in the same way it has been done for hundreds of years. Afterward, you visit Seminario, a master pottery maker where you can make your own small pots out of clay. Transfer to the Ollantaytambo train station where you board the afternoon Vistadome to Machu Picchu. Relax and enjoy the changing scenery as you descend from the dry highlands and into the high cloud forest of the eastern Andes. Wind your way through the magnificent Urubamba valley to Machu Picchu Pueblo (often mistakenly referred to as Aguas Calientes). Rise very early this morning for your private guided visit to the great 'lost city of the Incas.' Sunrise is a magical time to visit the ruins as the ancient city casts shadows into the early morning mist. The ruins of Machu Picchu, rediscovered in 1911 by Yale archeologist Hiram Bingham, are one of the most beautiful and enigmatic ancient sites in the world. While the Inca people certainly inhabited this mountain top sanctuary, legends and myths indicate that Machu Picchu , 'Old Peak' in Quechua, was revered as a sacred place from a far earlier time. Whatever its origins, the Incas turned the site into a small but extraordinary city. Be sure to visit Inti Punku, the Sun Gate where the ancient inhabitants of this great city entered upon arrival from their trek from Cusco.
|Days 8 - 9|
CUSCO / SAN AGUSTIN INTERNATIONAL CUSCOReturn to Cusco via train on day 8. Your stay here is dedicated to exploring the city with visits to: Santo Domingo, built directly on the Inca stone base of the Koricancha temple (the Temple of the Sun), the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the artists' neighborhood of San Blas and the monumental ruins of Saqsayhuaman, with stunning views over Cusco. Saqsayhuaman has a natural slide which the Incas used as a getaway passage.
|Days 10 - 12|
PUNO / LAKE TITICACA / CASA ANDINADepart on your journey across the high plateau to Puno. The journey takes you through the magnificent Peruvian highlands where native Quechua still live a traditional lifestyle. The trip is approximately 6 hours, but you will stop along the way for a traditional Peruvian lunch and some short breaks at beautiful viewpoints as you approach Lake Titicaca. Worlds collide around Lake Titicaca. Here the desolate altiplano (Andean plateau) meets the storied peaks and fertile valleys of the Andes. Green, sun-dazed islands contrast with freezing dirt farms. Enjoy extraordinary views across the lake and altiplano (high plateau) at an impressive 12,500 ft above sea level.
The following day, depart on your full day boat tour of Lake Titicaca and the floating islands of Taquile and Uros. These islands are made and re-made from the totora reeds which provide home, sustenance and transportation for their residents. These floating islands are the home of the Uros tribe, one which pre-dates the Incan civilization. According to their legends, they existed before the sun, when the earth was still dark and cold. They were impervious to drowning or being struck by lightning. They lost their status as super beings when they disobeyed universal order and mixed with humans, making them susceptible to contempt. They scattered, losing their identity, language, and customs. They became the Uro-Aymaras, and now speak Aymara. The islands are part of the Titicaca National Reserve, created in 1978 to preserve 37 thousand hectares of marsh reeds in the south and north sectors of Lake Titicaca.
PUNO / LIMA / RETURN HOMESpend the day exploring Puno and the nearby Inca ruins in the birthplace of Incan civilization. After lunch you are transferred to the Juliaca airport where you depart to Lima and connect to your international flight home.
NOTE:This is just one example of many custom itineraries we can do for you in this diverse country. For additional itinerary options, please contact us