Peru Express Program

PERU EXPRESS.

Go wild in the Peruvian jungle at the Tambopata Reserve and explore rivers and oxbows by canoe. Take a marvelous train journey towards the mysterious Inca world and discover the wonders of " Machu Picchu" a sanctuary located in the middle of a tropical forest in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. Enjoy the Ancient Inca Capital of "Cusco", with its fabulous colonial architecture, traditional festivals and wonderful nightlife. Visit the "Sacred Valley" of the Incas with its picturesque Andean Market at the village of Pisaq. Join our team of explorers and sail with us on the highest navigable Lake of the world" The Lake Titicaca". Visit the traditional island of Taquile, a traditional Quechua speaking community full of ancient agricultural terraces.



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Tambopata Reserve Cusco City Machu Picchu Lake Titicaca
PERU EXPRESS

Program: 12 days / 11 nights

Day 1º: Arrive in Lima.

Upon your arrival you will be met by our representative at the international airport of Lima and then will be transferred to your hotel located at the residential zone of Miraflores. Overnight at the Hotel La Castellana ** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Pick up from the airport in Lima and transfer to the hotel.
  • Accommodation at the Hotel La Castellana ***. (1 Matrimonial or Double Standard Room)

What is not included?

  • Meals, Extras & gratuities.

Note: Since we are traveling to the jungle the following day, it is advisable not to carry all your stuff with you to the jungle lodge. Just pack up what you think it will be necessary for 3 days & 2 nights at the lodge (long sleeve T-shirts, hut, a good mosquito repellent, rain poncho, sun block, sun glasses and other essential stuff), and leave the rest of your stuff well packed at our office in Puerto Maldonado. It is advisable to organize all your backpacks on this evening, to avoid inconveniences on the way to the jungle.

Day 2º: Flight to the Jungle - Travel by motorized canoe to the Jungle Lodge.

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to catch the airplane to Puerto Maldonado, a city located in the lowlands of the Amazon jungle, a gate to the Tambopata National Reserve. The city of Puerto Maldonado, it situated at the confluence of the Madre de Dios River and is a blooming tropical frontier town. Its principal activities are Brazil nut collecting, gold mining, timber extraction, agriculture and eco-tourism. Tambopata Reserve is located on southeastern Peru, and is considered to be home to the world's greatest lowland concentration of birds and butterflies.
Upon your arrival, a representative from Mystery Peru will meet you at the airport of Puerto Maldonado. Our representative will be waiting at the arrival gate, holding a board on which your names will be written. Once you had met our representative, you will be conducted to our office located ten minutes away from the airport. 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. After packing the necessary stuff, we will board our jungle truck and then will drive on a bumpy dirt road for about 20 kilometers till the local port located at the Native Community of Infierno. Here we will have some free time to stretch our legs and later on we will board a motorized canoe. Our motorized canoe will navigate up river for about 50 minutes till the zone where our jungle lodge is situated. During this time you will really catch your first glimpse of the Tambopata rainforest, observing lush vegetation, native houses, and with a little luck you may stumble upon some birds and animals. A box lunch will be provided on board. Upon your arrival at Posada Amazonas Lodge, the manager of the lodge will welcome you with a refreshing jungle drink and then will provide information about the lodge and the excursions that will take place during your stay. Our first excursion will take place at the CANOPY TOWER, located some 20 minutes away from the lodge. The canopy tower is 30 meters high and allows visitor to see a wonderful panorama of the vast rainforest. It is very common to see from the top of the tower parrots and macaws flying by, so keep your ayes wide open and don’t forget you camera. After some time we will descend and then will walk back to the lodge. Dinner at the lodge. Overnight at the Posada Amazonas Lodge.

What is included on this day?

  • American breakfast at the hotel.
  • Pick up from the hotel in Lima and transfer to the airport.
  • Flight tickets from Lima to Puerto Maldonado (Jungle).
  • Pick up from the airport in Puerto Maldonado and transfers to the lodge by motorized canoe.
  • Meals (lunch & dinner buffet)
  • Accommodation at the Posada Amazonas Lodge ***. (1 Matrimonial or Double standard room.

What is not included?

  • Extras & gratuities.

Day 3º: Excursion to the Oxbow - Medicinal Garden.

We will have breakfast very early, and then we will head to the river where will take a 30 minutes boat ride. Later on we will leave the boat and start a 45 minutes walk into the forest following a trail that leads to a nice oxbow known as TRES CHIMBADAS. Once there you will paddle around the lake in a catamaran, searching for the resident family of giant river otters (seen by 60% of our lake visitors). At the lake you can see also other wildlife such as caiman, hoatzin and horned screamers. After some time we will get back to mainland and start to walk back to the boat. On the way back our guide will show us some plants and tree species of interest. Once back at the lodge we will take a break, and later on we will go to visit a small clay lick. This clay lick is only a twenty minute walk from Posada Amazonas. From a blind or hide located about twenty meters away you will see dozens of parrots and parakeets. Species such as Mealy and Yellow-headed Amazon, Blue-headed Parrot and Dusky headed Parakeet are usually seen at this spot. The clay lick is mostly active at dawn, during the late mornings and mid-afternoons. After some time we will return to the lodge. Lunch at the lodge.
In the afternoon we will head back to the river and will catch the boat one more time. This time we will visit an interesting medicinal garden, located just 20 minutes away from our lodge. On this visit we will meet a shaman or healer, the man who owns this medicinal center. This shaman will guide us through the forest, showing us his medicinal plants and also will explain about their curative properties. Later on we will return to the lodge, just before sunset. Dinner. Overnight at the Posada Amazonas Lodge.

What is included on this day?

  • Jungle tours as mentioned above.
  • All meals.
  • Accommodation at the Posada Amazonas Lodge ***. (1 Matrimonial or Double standard room)

What is not included?

  • Extras & gratuities.

Day 4º: Flight to Cusco.

Soon after breakfast, we will say good bye to our native friends from the lodge, and head down to the river to catch the boat to travel back to the civilization. You will have memorable views of the sunrise over the river, as we return to Puerto Maldonado. Look out for the early morning wildlife, which is particularly active at this time. Howler monkeys are frequently heard, as they mark their territories. Your guide will take care of you on arrival in Puerto Maldonado and will deal with all the necessities at the airport prior to your departure. The flight from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco takes only 30 minutes. Upon your arrival in Cusco you will be met by a representative from our agency, and then you will be transferred to your hostel in Cusco. Rest of the afternoon free. Overnight at the Hostel Cusco Plaza I ** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast at the lodge.
  • Transportation back to Puerto Maldonado airport.
  • Flight tickets from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco.
  • Pick up from the airport in Cusco and transfer to the hostel.
  • Accommodation at the Hostel Cusco Plaza I **. (1 Matrimonial or Double standard room)

What is not included?

  • Meals, Extras & gratuities.

Day 5º: Cusco City Tour. “Sacsayhuaman Ruins, Qenko, Puka Pukara, Tambomachay, Koricancha Temple & Cusco Cathedral”.

The morning is free for you to explore the great Inca Capital of "Cusco". This gorgeous city lies at the head of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, at the heart of the Andes. In Inca times Cusco was a Holy City, a place of pilgrimage, a sacred place the Incas themselves believed was "The Navel of World", thus its real name "Qosqo". Nowadays Cusco is a fascinating mix of Inca and Colonial Spanish architecture; colonial churches, monasteries, convents and Inca remains are found at every corner, many streets are lined with perfect Inca stonework's, which served as foundation for most Spanish constructions.
13:30 hrs. We will pick you up from your hostel for a tour that will take us to visit the City's Highlights located in and around Cusco. We start off by visiting the huge "Inca Ceremonial Center of Sacsayhuaman". This enormous structure overlooks the city of Cusco. Its constructions are amazing, with huge rocks perfectly fitted. It is said that it took 20,000 workers 50 years to build it. The origin of Sacsayhuaman is uncertain. The archaeologist attributed its construction to the Period of the Inca Pachacutec (in the Inca language Pachacutec means Cataclysm or He who transforms the world), the man essentially credited with founding the Inca Empire. Later on we will visit another important Inca site known as "Qenqo". This is a place with subterranean passages and carved stone channels in a zigzag pattern. In its inner part there is a carved stone table where it is said the Incas mummified their dead. Afterwards we will do a short visit to the archaeological Inca site of "Tambomachay", a temple dedicated to the God of Water. After these visits, we will return to Cusco, where we will visit one of the most sacred Inca buildings, "The Temple of Koricancha". Koricancha was the most important temple of the Inca Empire. According to archaeologists it housed over 2000 priests and attendants. Here religious ceremonies were constant and offerings to the Gods and the Inca's ancestors were made each day. Finally we will visit the beautiful "Cathedral" of Cusco. This enormous Cathedral was built in the XVI. It contained nearly 400 colonial paintings, including many from the Cusco School, which was prominent in the 17th century. Among them a painting of the Last Supper by Marcos Zapata, showing Christ and the apostles about to dine on guinea pig (Guinea-pig was the main course at sacred feasts in Inca times). After our city tour our local guide will drop you off at your hostel. Free evening. Overnight at the Hostel Cusco Plaza I ** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Continental breakfast at the hostel.
  • City tour of Cusco + all entrance fees. (Group Service - Avarage 20 people)
  • Accommodation at the Hotel Casa Andina Classic Cusco ***. (1 Matrimonial or Double standard room)

What is not included?

  • Meals, Extras & gratuities.

Day 6º: The Sacred Valley of the Incas.” Ruins of Pisaq, Pisaq Indian Market & Ruins of Ollantaytambo” - Train ride to Aguas Calientes.

Today we will visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with the traditional "Andean Market of Pisac", as well as the "Inca ruins of Pisac" and "Ollantaytambo". Our tour starts early in the morning. You will be picked up from your hostel at 08:30 hrs. Afterwards we will take a road that winds over the mountains north of Cusco. On the way we will stop at a point known as El Mirador, from where you will be able to have a great panoramic view of the Sacred Valley and receive a good insight of the Inca history.The Sacred Valley was undoubtedly a key area of settlement to the Incas; its combination of agreeable climate and fertile plains bestow an unusual abundance for the high Andes. Here the Incas sculpted the mountain flanks with vast contour terracing and irrigation works. Our driver and guide will suggest you the best points for pictures. Later on, we will drive towards the ruins of Pisac. At the ruins you will see and learn about different aspects of Inca culture. You can see a great fine art of stone works and impressive agricultural terraces all over the place. After touring around we will get back to the car and will drive back to the modern town of Pisac, where there is a peculiar market that deserve to be visited. At the market you will have free time to walk around and do some shopping. Afterwards we will meet for lunch in a nice local restaurant to enjoy good Andean food. After lunch we will continue our tour at the zone of Ollantaytambo. Once we get there we will visit the ruins of Ollantaytambo. This is an extraordinary Inca place where besides the ruins you may also see an amazing rock formation representing the Inca god Wiracocha. After touring around Ollantaytambo you will be transferred to the station to take the train to Aguas Calientes. The train ride to Aguas Calientes takes about 2 hours. Upon your arrival in Aguas Calientes you will be met by a representative from Mystery Peru at the train station and then will be transferred to the hostel. Overnight at the Hostel Mi Pequeña Casita ** or similar at village of Aguas Calientes.

What is included on this day?

  • Continental Breakfast at the hostel.
  • Tourist bus transportation for the Sacred Valley Tour. (Group Service - Avarage 20 people)
  • Entrance fees to the archaeological sites on the Sacred Valley.
  • Lunch buffet at a local restaurant at the Sacred Valley.
  • Transfer to the train station after the tour.
  • Train tickets from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes. Backpacker Train Service.
  • Pick up from the train station in Aguas Calientes and transfer to the hostel.
  • Accommodation at the Hostel Mi Pequeña Casita ** or similar.

What is not included?

  • Dinner, extras & gratuities.

Day 7º: Guided Visit to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu - Return to Cusco in the afternoon by train.

In order to enjoy a peaceful atmosphere in Machu Picchu, it is advisable to go there early in the morning; therefore we will leave at 5:30 hrs. Our guide will take you to the local station to catch the bus that goes up to the ruins of Machu Picchu. The bus ride to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu lasts around 20 minutes and it follows a steep winding path, offering spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Upon your arrival, our guide will show you the most important sectors of this great Inca City, such as the great Intiwatana (solar clock), the Sun Temple, the urban sector, the agricultural sector among others. Machu Picchu was long thought to be legendary, then in 1911, the explorer Hiram Bingham stumbled upon it remains. Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna. The guided tour in Machu Picchu will last about 2 hours, and afterwards you will have free time to explore the ruins on your own, and if you wish, you might climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain, the huge mountain that appears on the background in every classic picture of Machu Picchu. It takes about one hour or so to get to the top, following very steep stairs, though is a little hard, at the top you will be rewarded with one of the most impressive views in your lifetime. Later on, we will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes, where you will have time for lunch and also to explore the many craft shops in Aguas Calientes. Finally, at around 16:00 hrs, we take the train back to the city of Cusco, arriving there after nightfall. Upon your arrival you will be picked up by our representative and then transferred to your hostel. Overnight at the Hostel Cusco Plaza I ** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Continental Breakfast.
  • Guided visit at the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu + Entrance fees.
  • Return to Cusco by train. Backpacker train service.
  • Pick up from the train station in Cusco and transfer to the hostel.
  • Accommodation at the Hostel Cusco Plaza I ** or similar. (1 double standard room)

What is not included?

  • Meals, Extras & gratuities.

Day 8º: Free day in Cusco.

After days of full activities, a free day in Cusco is the best deal. So, on this day you may go out just to relax, drink a cold beer somewhere and have lunch in one cozy restaurant around the main square. There are plenty of video bars and discos in which to relax too. The day is yours. Overnight at the Hostel Cusco Plaza I. ** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Continental Breakfast.
  • Accommodation at the Hostel Cusco Plaza I ** or similar. (1 double standard room)

What is not included?

  • Meals, Extras & gratuities.

Day 9º: Tourist Bus to the City of Puno – Guided Visit to the tourist attractions on route.

07:00 hrs. After breakfast, transfer to the bus station to take the local bus to the City of Puno. On this occasion Mystery Peru offers you a pleasant journey to Puno, instead of taking the local bus and travel for 7 hours, without a chance of stretching your legs and enjoy this part of Peru, We offer our customers a especial bus service with stops along the way, showing you the highlights of this road with an English speaking guide on board. We will stop first at the town of "Andahuaylillas", where we will visit a impressive Cathedral built on the colonial era. Later on, we will continue our tour at the famous "Inca Temple of Racchi", here our local guide will show us the most important sectors of Racchi and will explain about the Inca Empire. Racchi is the only Inca place where visitors can see circular constructions, and walls of mud bricks, something you won't see anywhere else on your trip.
Afterwards we will drive towards the picturesque "village of Sicuani", where we will enjoy a nice buffet, which is served with native products of this region. Here you for sure will enjoy a real Andean lunch. (Buffet included).
We continue our journey throughout the Andean plateau till we reach the highest point on this route, a freezing place called "La Raya" , surrounded by huge snow-capped mountains at 4335 meters high. At this point we will get off the bus for pictures and also, if you wish, to purchase some hand-made products of Alpaca or Vicuña wool, in one of the little shops nearby. Later on we visit the Community of Pukara, where you will visit the Pukara Museum, an interesting place that houses ancient monoliths and human remains from the Pukara culture. Eventually we will arrive in Puno and at the bus station you will be picked up by a representative of Mystery Peru. Evening at leisure. Overnight at the Hostel Pukara ** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Continental Breakfast at the hostel.
  • Pick up from your hostel and transfer to the bus station.
  • Entrance fees to all attractions on route.
  • Lunch buffet at the little Andean village of Sicuani.
  • Pick up from the bus station upon your arrival in Puno and transfer to your hostel.
  • Accommodation at the Hostel Pukara. (1 Matrimonial or Double standard room)

What is not included?

  • Dinner, extras & gratuities.

Day 10º: Lake Titicaca – Visit to the Uros Floating Islands - Taquile Island.

06:45 hrs. You will be picked up from your hostel by our local guide and then transferred to the harbor. We start our boat excursion of Lake Titicaca by visiting "The Uros Floating Islands", a small community that has lived on these reed Islands for decades. Centuries ago the small indigenous Uros tribe conceived on the islands as a way to isolate and protect themselves from rival tribes, the Collas and the Incas. The Uros people harvested the reeds in the shallows of the lake, bundled them together tightly and built floating island platforms complete with reed houses and canoes, creating in this way their own little world. After strolling around the floating Islands, we continue our journey towards "Taquile Island" (2 hours aprox.), a traditional Quechua speaking community, full of ancient agricultural terraces. 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 the Taquile Island goes back to early civilizations, thus keeps elements from pre-Inca Andean cultures alive in the present. All weaving is done on pre-Inca fixed and pedal looms. The most characteristic garments are the so-called "Chullo", a knitted hat with an earflap, and "The Calendar Waistband", depicting the annual cycles connected to ritual and agricultural activities. When visitors reach the island, they will have to walk up along a narrow path, enjoying on the way impressive views of the Lake Titicaca and also see gorgeous little houses inhabited by the direct decedents of the Inca Culture. At the top, you will have free time to explore the island on your own and afterwards you will have to meet up with the group for lunch at one local restaurant. After lunch, we will descent to the harbor to take our boat back to Puno. We will be getting there by 17:00 hrs, approximately. Upon your arrival in Puno you will be picked up from the harbor and then transfer to your hostel. Overnight at the Hostel Pukara ** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Continental breakfast at the hostel.
  • Visit to the Uros Floating Islands & Taquile Island.
  • Lunch on Taquile.
  • Accommodation at the Hostel Pukara **. (1 Matrimonial or Double standard room)

What is not included?

  • Dinner, extras & gratuities.

Day 11º: Flight to Lima

At the designated time, you will be picked up by our representative from your hostel in Puno and the transferred to the airport of Juliaca to take the plane to Lima. Upon your arrival in Lima you will be met by a representative from our agency, and then you will be transferred to your hotel in the residential district of Miraflores. Overnight at the Hotel La Castellana *** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Continental breakfast at the hostel.
  • Pick up from the hostel in Puno and transfer to the airport.
  • Flight tickets from Juliaca to Lima.
  • Pick up from the airport in Lima and transfer to the hotel.
  • Accommodation at the Hotel La Castellana ***. (1 Matrimonial or Double standard room)

What is not included?

  • Meals, Extras & gratuities.

Day 12º: Departure Day.


End of our service.

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