Perus Paradises - 19 Days

Ballesta islands

Overview

Peru a country with unlimited destinations waits for you to enjoy the following program, “The coast and Machu Picchu”, you will enjoy two important cities south of Lima Paracas and Ica where you will get an unforgettable time visiting the Paracas national park, which offers diversity in wild sea fauna on its Ballestas islands, further to the south we will find Ica, a city with lots of mysteries and the enigmatic Nazca lines will blow you mind. Following the program we will flight to the highlands, Cusco is the representative city on it, offers the city, the valley Incan ruins to be explored and the Inca trail which will take us to the last lost Inca city “Machu Picchu”
Kuntur Peru offers this program if you want to explore the Peru’s deepest.

Highlights

  • Lima city
  • Ballesta islands - Nazca lines
  • Amazon, Tambopata reserve zone
  • Cusco city - Sacred Valley
  • Inca trail 4 days
  • Puno - titicaca Lake

Itinerary

Day 1
Welcome to Lima, Peru

Kuntur Peru’s representative will wait you at Jorge Chavez, the International Airport, he will welcome you to Peru’s Capital, Lima city. Today we will pick you up at and transfer you to the hotel in Miraflores district, one of the most pristine neighborhoods.
Lima known as the “City of the kings.” It is the culinary center of South America where you will find some of the best restaurant to taste the many cultural influences of this country.

• Hotel in Miraflores district…
• Relax from long flight

Day 2
Lima, City tour

Explore the very best of the city, from the colonial architecture of the historic center to pre-Columbian art and seaside neighborhoods. See the gorgeous interior of the San Francisco Convent and catacombs, tour the Museo Larco, then get back in the past visiting Lima’s earliest history in Miraflores. This private tour of Lima offers the flexibility and convenience of a personalized tour, including pickup and drop-off at hotels.

Day 3
Journey to Paracas - Nazca

In the morning, after breakfast, your Tour Conductor picks you up from your hotel to take you to the pickup 4×4 in order to head to the southern city of Paracas, the transfer lasts an average of 4-5 hours (265km). When you reach the coastal town of Paracas, we will take our boat to visit the Ballestas Islands; where we will observe different varieties of marine species, seals, sea lions, Humboldt penguins, among other species. After the visit, we will go on the 4wd Pickup Truck with our Tour Conductor to the city of Nazca, where, we spend the night.

Day 4
Flight over Nazca Lines - back to Lima city

After breakfast, your guide meet you at the hotel to take you to the heliport and observe the famous Nazca Lines. We will take a plane and overfly the Nazca Lines. Between the lines, we will observe the monkey, the spider, the condor, the hummingbird, a whale, dog and much more. We overfly the lines for a period of 40 minutes. After we completed this spectacular course, we can go to lunch and then return to the city of Lima to rest in our Hotel. The return will be in company with your TC guide in the 4wd Pickup Truck

Day 5
Flight to the Amazon, Maldonado City,

After breakfast, transfer to the airport, and fly to Puerto Maldonado. Upon your arrival to Puerto Maldonado a transfer will be arranged to our Puerto Maldonado headquarters. Enjoy your first taste of the forest in our gardens where we will pack only the necessary gear for the next few days, and leave the rest at our safe deposit. This helps keep the boats and cargo light.

* Flight reccomended to take !3 hrs

Day 6
Hike to lake Condenado

We will paddle around the lake on a canoe or a catamaran, looking for lakeside wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman and horned screamers, hoping to see the otters which are infrequently seen here. You will also be rewarded with overhead sightings of macaws.
A 30 minute walk from Refugio Amazonas leads to the 25 metre scaffolding canopy tower. A banister 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.
Farm Visit:
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.
Ethnobotanical Tour:
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 Meeting:
Nightly discussions prepared by the staff of Refugio Amazonas cover conservation threats, opportunities and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve.
Overnight: Refugio Amazonas Lodge, Puerto Maldonado.

Day 7
Hike to Tapir lake

A 15 minute boat ride and 60 minute walk from Refugio Amazona’s 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, 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. Visit at dawn, when parrots are most active or in midmorning or early afternoon, when they are also 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 rainforest’s only sustainably harvested product from collection through transportation to drying.
Mammal Clay Lick:
20 minutes walking from Refugio Amazona’s 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.
Night Walk:
Afterwards take 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: Refugio Amazonas Lodge, Puerto Maldonado.

Day 8
Journey to Cusco city

After breakfast retrace the river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado and then to the airport for your flight to Cuzco.

Overnight: 3* hotel Cusco City .

Day 9
Cusco, city tour

Visit the Inca sites out of Cusco city. In the morning at 9:00 am. We drive to Tambomachay, where we will visit a small Inca site and water spring, near Tambomachay is Pukapukara where we will experience mountains and Cusco valley, we continue on to Qenqo, visiting a stone altar where Inca priest took out ritual practices, after that we will discover Saqsayhuaman, admire its megalithic constructions. From Saqsayhuaman, we will drive down to Cusco’s main square, where we will visit the Cathedral considered as an art museum for it invaluable collection of paintings made by Andean people in the XVI century, we will end the city tour visiting Qoricancha, the Sun temple of Incas.

Day 10
Sacred valley of the Incas

In the morning, after breakfast at the hotel, your guide will pick you up to start your tour to Sacred Valley. There, you can see the beautiful landscape a whole variety of colors ranging from green mountains to deep red in their clay. Also, you will visit the llama farm where you will be able to pet and feed them. Subsequently, we are going to Pisac ruins located upon one of the mountains in the Urubamba valley; where we will see the great agricultural terraces they built on the hillside. Then we drive to Urubamba to get a typical buffet lunch afterward we continue to Ollantaytambo. A beautiful Inca city with impressive wall constructions, large carving stones and a unique charm that only this city can offer.
On the way back to Cusco, we will stop at Chinchero village, famous for its textiles and its local chapel. Therefore, we can do some shopping before returning to Cusco. Finally, we’ll leave you at your hotel.

Day 11
Maras, moray - Salineras

Today is an exciting day, we will leave Cusco at 8:30 am, driving toward the Maras town, we will still explore part of the sacred valley, its amazing views of the Mountains, farmlands, villages.
After 1.5 hours driving, we will arrive at the fascinating display of circular terraces in Moray. These terraces, which are carved deep into the earth in a bowl shape, were built to be used to improve the optimal conditions of seed for all crops in the region.
When we are done exploring Moray, you will head to the Salineras of Maras, the salt ponds, which is about 2 miles away. Maras was the village known as a former salt production center, that is thought to date back all the way to pre-Inca times. There are over 3000 salt small ponds all carved on the mountainside, being filled daily by a little stream of salty water. If you want to see something really different from ruins, this is your tour! The area is amazing and spectacularly beautiful.
Afterward, we will drive to Ollantaytambo where we will spend the night

Day 12
Inca trail trek day 1

From Ollantaytambo, place where we will have our first breakfast, we drive to Piskacucho village (Km 82) the starting point of our Inca trail adventure. it is important to bring your passports to show at the checkpoint. We will start over a short uphill which will lead up the way to the picturesque landscapes of the valley and archaeological sites at the distance, after 2.5 hours trekking, we will reach to Llactapata ruis (8.747ft./2.650m), one of the largest and beautiful sites along the Inca trail. Our trekking guide will give us a brief story about Llactapata, afterward, we will continue on our way following the valley toward Hatunchaka, place where we will get our first lunch. In the afternoon, we will follow the valley uphill for two more hours to get our campsite at Ayapata (10.825ft / 3.300m).
Today we have been hiked about 14 km, but nothing more satisfying than finding our tents and our trekking crew waiting for us.
Our camping spot is further away from the regular camping sites, the trekking team will be waiting to invite us to enjoy the evening tea (The happy hour). Spend the night in a four-season camping tent with pillows and foam mattresses will be provided to you.

• Meals: Snack, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
• Accommodation: sleeping in four season tents
• Estimated walking time: about 6 – 7 hours
• Walking distance: 83.8 Miles / 13.5km.
• Difficulty: Moderate.

Day 13
Inca trail trek day 2

Today is the challenging day of the Inca trail, after a good breakfast, we will begin the trekking uphill with a lot of stone steps for about two hours, we will pass throw a beautiful forest of native trees to reach Llullucha Pampa at 12.450ft./3.795m. “the half way up to dead woman’s pass” we will stop there for a small break and use the toilets, at this spot you can get fresh water from the vendors in case you need, from Llullucha Pampa we will continue up two more hours to the highest point of the Inca Trail to Warmywañusca “Dead woman’s pass” at 13.725ft./4.215m, from here we will be able to enjoy a spectacular views of the surrounding valleys, after a short break and some pictures, we will continue downhill for 1.5 hrs to Paqaymayu 11.765ft/3.560m, place where we will have our lunch.
In the afternoon it will take us about 3.5 hours to get our camp site Chakicocha at 11.867ft/3.600m. Two hours uphill to the second pass “Runku Raqay pass” (13.050ft./3.985m), then one and half hours descending on a stone paved trail made by the Inca, impressive views from the pass. On the way, we will visit Runku Raqay and Sayaqmarca ruins, from the second one 30 minutes to the camping site, where our porters will receive us clapping our arrival.
Tonight we will have the best sleep ever, as we can see, we trek up and down in the mountains, about 9.3 miles/15.5 km.

• Meals: Snack, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
• Accommodation: staying in tents
• Estimated walking time: 10 hrs. including lunch and breaks
• Walking distance: 9,3miles/15.5km
• Difficulty: challenging

Day 14
Inca trail trek day 3

On our third day of the Inca trail, we will take our time to enjoy the beauty of the landscape. After a delicious breakfast, we will leave the camp site and hike a small uphill, but suddenly reach to an uneven pavement stone trail, we will enjoy the scenery of the valleys, cloud forest vegetation, Inca stone steps still standing today, and more. It will take about 1.5 hours of astonishing views to reach Phuyu Patamarka “The lookout spot”, at 12.303ft./3.750m, from where we will be able to see the Machu Picchu Mountain far in the distance, after a small break, we will head down to visit Phuyu Patamarka Inca site, we will enjoy the guided tour while we see the views of the valley, after a brief story, we will head downhill to Intipata, the Inca ruins from where we will get to see our lunch place.
Intipata is made up of large terraces facing the direction of the sunrise that is the reason was named Intipata “the sun over the terraces” place where Inca people cultivated their products. 30 minutes from Intipata, is Wiñaywayna 8.747ft./2.650m, our lunch place also the campsite.
As we described, the today is the shortest day on the Inca trail, about 6 hours trekking until our lunch place, in the afternoon there is a chance to visit Wiñaywayna archeological site, the last Inca site before we reach Machu Picchu, our goal.

• Meals: Snacks, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
• Accommodation: Sleeping in tents
• Estimated walking time: About 6 hours including breaks
• Walking distance: 6.2 Miles/10 Km
• Difficulty: Easy – Moderate

Day 15
Machupicchu Discovery

On our last day on the Inca trail the most exciting of our trek, we will wake up very early, to ensure and get to see Machu Picchu when very few people are in the city. After a light breakfast, we will go to the path gate, at 5:30 am, is the last time when Rangers ask for the passports, once we pass the check point, we trek about 1.5 hours to reach Inti Punku “The Sun Gate” (8.977ft./2.720m) from here we will have the first view of Machu Picchu, After a small break, we will continue the last 50 minutes to the citadel of Machu Picchu “The Lost city of the Inkas” (7.920ft/2.400m).
We will get our guided tour after we store our backpacks and trekking poles. We will have two hours exploring and visiting all the important sectors such as enclosures, temples, shrines, the sun temple, urban area, agricultural sector, etc. After the tour, you will have plenty of time for further exploration.
Note: If you purchased the admission tickets to climbing Wayna Picchu Mt or Machu Picchu Mt, the guide will give you some instructions about where and what time you should go there, it takes 1.5 hours back and forth to Wayma Picchu Mt and about 3 hours to Machu Picchu Mt.
The guide will meet us at Aguas Calientes town for lunch, afterward, we take our return train to Ollantaytambo, from where our private transportation will drive us back to Cusco.

• Meals: Snacks, Breakfast. Lunch is not included today.
• Accommodation: Back to your hotel in Cusco.
• Estimated walking time: 2 hours walk, 2 hours guided tour in Machu Picchu citadel.
• Walking distance: 3,7 Miles/ 6 km
• Difficulty: Moderate

Day 16
Break day, Cusco city

After your adventure trekking the inca trail get a day break, enjoying the Cusco city exploring the colonial city center, incan wall in the streets still standing, taste the Peruvian food at some of the famous restaurants in down town or simple take a day tour or half day tour so some other atraction in Cusco city.

Day 17
Sun rute to Puno

There are lots of transportation to go from Cusco to Puno at the bus station in Cusco city, the buses leave at various schedules, but generally in the afternoon, direct transportation to Puno city takes about 7 hours, driving from Cusco along the south valley to the altiplano, experience the views of the highlands, passing through La Raya, the highest point on the road (the border between Cusco and Puno) from where the land flats and mountains give the shape to highlands plato, continuing to the Puno region, entering to Juliaca city then to Puno where we will appreciate the highest and largest lake in the world.

• Transfer from the hotel to the bus station, not included
• Hotel in Puno: Hotel Balsa Inn

Day 18
Titicaca Lake, Taquile island

Enjoy Titicaca Lake on motor boat, visiting the Uros floating island at half an hour, where you will have the chance to interact with locals and experience walking over the soft totora reed fake land on the lake, at 1.5 hours on boat from Uros islands we will is the Taquile island, unlike the Uros islands, this is a hill in the middle of the lake, you will take a walk to a local house where we will have lunch. In the afternoon continue upwards to the main area where you will have amazing views of the lake. After some photos take a walk down to catch the boat to go back to Puno city.

• Full day tour in Titicaca lake
• Visiting Uros floating island, Taquile island , lunch in Taquile
• Hotel Puno: Hotel Balsa inn

Day 19
Flight back, Puno - Lima city - end of the program

Depending on the time of your flight, we will pick you up at the hotel to the airport, we must be two hours ahead of the departure time, we hope there won’t be any inconvenient on your flight.
Hopefully this program had been the adventure of your lifetime and thanks for choosing us

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