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FROM THE ANDES TO THE RAINFOREST 16 DAYS 15 NIGHTS

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FROM THE ANDES TO THE RAINFOREST TOURS

1st day: Lima.
Upon your arrival reception at the airport and transfer to the selected Hotel.
Overnight at the selected hotel.

2nd day: Lima
LIMA CITY TOUR (COLONIAL AND MODERN)
Guided visit through Lima's Historical Center: the Plaza Mayor (Main Square), the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the City Hall and old streets with colonial mansions and Moorish balconies. You will also visit the San Francisco Convent, which has the most magnificent collection of colonial art in America. The tour will continue through the most traditional residential areas of Lima, including San Isidro, Miraflores and LarcoMar, a shopping center of international thematic attractions which offers a spectacular panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean.
Overnight at the selected hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast.

3rd day: Lima/Arequipa
Transportation to the airport to take your flight to Arequipa.
Airline ticket to Arequipa.
Upon arrival, reception and transportation from the airport to the selected hotel.
CITY TOUR & SANTA CATALINA CONVENT:
You will take 3 hours and a half tour at the city of Arequipa, visiting the main square (Plaza de Armas), the Cathedral, the Jesuit church of La Compañia, Santa Catalina convent and its religious cloisters built in XVI century closed to the public for almost 400 years until 1970, it is still home to a few cloistered nuns. The tour continues to the Church and Square of San Francisco and Yanahuara area with its famous viewpoint from where it is possible to have a complete view of the city and its volcanoes.
Overnight at selected hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast.

4th day: Arequipa/Colca Valley
COLCA CANYON EXCURSION:

Departure towards the Colca Valley at 11,483 ft. On the way you will cross the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve, with the highest population of Andean flora and fauna. The trip continues to Tojra wetlands. Later you will cross Patapampa, a plain above 15748 ft. where you will find the “Mirador de los andes”, a strategic point to see the Chila mountain range and its great amount of volcanoes: Mismi, Chucura, Huaracante, and far away the Ubinas, Misti, Chachani, Ampato, Sabancaya and Hualca Hualca. Arrival at Chivay town and transfer to the selected accommodation. After lunch, visit “La Calera” hotsprings located 2 miles away from Chivay, where you can take a relaxing bath. Then you can also visit an Ethnological Museum. Overnight at the selected hotel.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

5th day: Colca Valley/Arequipa
COLCA - AREQUIPA:

After breakfast, you will start the journey through the main towns of the valley until reaching Yanque, where you will appreciate its typical dances exposed in the main square, then a short visit to its site museum that exhibits a collection of textiles. You can also choose for a short walk (45 min.) along a path at the edge of the canyon. Then, departure towards “La Cruz del Condor”, the best spot to observe the deepness of the canyon of 11,155 ft deep and 124 miles long and also the place from where almost always is possible to see the majestic fly of the condor. On the way back visit some very interesting typical towns, pre-inca hanging tombs and terraces. Arrival at Chivay and lunch. At appropriate time ride back to Arequipa and transfer to selected hotel.
Overnight at the selected hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch.

6th day: Arequipa/Juliaca/Puno
Transportation to the airport to take the flight to Juliaca.
Airline tickect to Julicaca.
SILLUSTANI TOMBS:
On your way to the hotel, visit around 45 minutes the famous Chullpas of Sillustani, 12 m/40ft high stone cylinder burial chambers, used by the Aymaras to bury their important leaders. Afterwards you will arrive at the selected hotel.
Overnight at the selected hotel.
Meals included : Breakfast.

7th day: Puno/Titicaca Lake/Puno
UROS & AMANTANI ISLANDS (TITICACA LAKE)
After breakfast, you will take a two-hour motor boat excursion on the waters of Lake Titicaca to the unique floating Islands of the Uros. These ancient inhabitants of the lake, known as the "Water Tribe", have built their own "islands" by periodically adding new layers of a type of reed unique to the area called "totora". Their homes and boats are also made from this material. After having experienced some of the ancient traditions of the local people, you continue your motor boat trip to Amantani island. After welcome you will take lunch with locals. Later you will start a hike to visit Pachatata and Pachamama ceremonial centers. At appropiate time transfer back to Puno.
Overnight at the selected hotel.
Meals included : Breakfast and Lunch.

8th day: Puno/Cusco
At the appropriate time, transfer to the Airport to take your flight.
Air Ticket from Juliaca to Cusco.
Upon your arrival at the airport you will be carried to the selected hotel.
CITY TOUR & NEIGHBORING RUINS
City tour for 3 hours through the beautiful Cusco city and its nearby ruins. The tour will show you the amazing colonial city built on the foundations of the Inca palaces. You will visit the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun, where you can appreciate the incredible masonry of the Incas, the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral with its carved woodworks, altars and paintings. Then you will be driven to the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, to the underground cave and temple of Kenko and to Tambomachay, known as the Baths of the Inca. Finally you will visit the Misminay Exhibit, Misminay is a native community of Cusco, there you will be able to appreciate their beautiful handcrafts.
Overnight at selected hotel.
Meals included : Breakfast

9th day: Cusco/Sacred Valley
PISAC MARKET & OLLANTAYTAMBO
Full day Sacred Valley excursion. 31 km (19 miles) far from Cusco is Pisac, at the entrance of the Sacred Valley. Visit the colorful market that on sundays, tuesdays and thursdays a craft fair took place where you can buy beautiful handicrafts and sourvenirs. The lunch will be served in a local restaurant. The tour continues towards Ollantaytambo, an archaeological site that the Incas built as a fort and includes a temple, agricultural terraces, and an urban area. There are two distinct sectors: Araqama Ayllu, the religious and worship zone, and Qosqo Ayllu, the residential area. Ollantaytambo was an important administrative center with probable military functions due to the walls and towers. There are also traces of ancient roads and aqueducts. The town of Ollantaytambo is called a Living-Inca-Town, since the inhabitants maintain very old practices and customs.
Overnight at the selected hotel.
Meals included : Breakfast and Buffet Lunch.

10th day: Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu
Transfer to the train station.
MACHU PICCHU VISIT
Arrival by Vistadome class train to Machu Picchu ruins. From Aguas Calientes station you will be transported by bus to the top of the mountain and to citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the most renowned examples of Inca architecture. The city of Machu Picchu is the department of Cusco’s most important tourist attraction and one of the new 7 Wonders of the World. Discovered in 1911 by the American explorer, Hiram Bingham, this city is considered to be one of the most extraordinary examples of scenic architecture in the world, built at the top of a granite mountain. The Incas, using ingenious engineering techniques, were able to transport heavy stone blocks up the mountain side, and once there, they used their excellent masonry skills to produce amazingly polished stones that fit together perfectly. After a three hours guided visit in the ruins, you will have lunch at a restaurant of the area.
After a two hours guided visit in the ruins, you will have lunch at a restaurant of the area.
Overnight at the selected hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast and Buffet Lunch.

11th day: Machu Picchu/Cusco
SECOND DAY IN MACHU PICCHU
Entrance fee to visit Machu Picchu ruins or to climb the Huayna Picchu peak, the great mountain behind the citadel. The guide is not included.
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
At the appointed time, you will return to the station to take your train ride to Ollantaytambo station at the Sacred Valley.
Transfer from Ollanta Station in the Sacred Valley to Cusco Hotel.
Overnight at the Selected Hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast and buffet Lunch.

12th day: Cusco/Puerto Maldonado
Private transportation to the airport to take the flight to the City of Puerto Maldonado.
LODGE:
Transfer from the airport to the river port on the Madre de Dios River. A 25 minutes journey down the Madre de Dios River by motorboat will take you to a 2-mile trail (rickshaw available) through the forest, finally you will board a catamaran towards the Lodge. After lunch and a brief rest, once again board the catamaran and set off to explore the entire west end of the lake. There, macaws return to the palm forest to spend the night. Return to the lodge around nightfall for dinner. After dinner return to the canoes to look for the rare Black Caimans. If it is a clear starlit night, you will also be able to float in the middle of the lake and marvel at the brillance of the sky.
Overnight at the lodge.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

13th day: Puerto Maldonado
DISCOVERING THE JUNGLE:
A pre-dawn wake-up call will enable you to be on the lake for sunrise, you would see birds feeding and a hopeful encounter with the family of Giant Otters which frequent the lake and are most active at that time of day. After returning for a late breakfast you will set for a Brazil Nut trees demonstration of how the local inhabitants collect, open and commercialize this important natural product, very important for the native economy. After lunch and an hour to relax, board again the catamaran to explore the eastern part of the lake, where you might see one or more of the five species of monkeys which live in the forest near the lake, such as the Brown Capuchin Monkey. There is a final chance after dinner to try and spot some Black Caimans on the lake, or to go on a short night walk through the primary forest.
Overnight at the lodge.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

14th day: Puerto Maldonado
TREK IN THE JUNGLE:
Rising once again at dawn, board the catamarans to explore the lake and find birds and giant otters. After a late breakfast, explore some of the rain forest trails with the knowledgeable resident naturalist guide. As you walk the forest will be brought to life as your guide explains the diverse flora and fauna. Return for lunch. For those still full of energy, there is an option to independently explore some of the forest trails. After dinner, there is a final chance to look for Black Caiman on the lake.
Overnight at the lodge.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

15th day: Lima/...
LAST DAY IN THE JUNGLE:

After a dawn breakfast you will take a final, shorter paddle around the west end of the lake to try and glimpse the giant otters before returning to Puerto Maldonado to catch your flight.
Airline ticket to Lima. Upon your arrival reception at the airport and transfer to the selected Hotel.
Overnight at the selected hotel.
Meals included : Breakfast.

16th day: Lima/...

Transport to the airport to take your international flight.
Meals included : Breakfast

 

 

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