Highlights of Peru

HIGHLIGHTS OF PERU.

Travel by land throughout Peru's most amazing attractions. Visit the Peruvian Coast with its enigmatic Nazca Lines, the beautiful Marine Reserve of Paracas and the Oasis of Huacachina, where you can practice Sandboarding. On the highlands explore one of the deepest Canyons of America The Colca Canyon and then travel by boat on the highest navigable lake of the world The Lake Titicaca. Hike the Inca Trail and discover the wonders of Machu Picchu. Enjoy the Ancient Inca Capital of Cusco, with its fabulous colonial architecture and wonderful nightlife. Visit the Sacred Valley and its magnificent temples . Visit the "Tambopata Reserve", a green world with gigantic trees, beautiful lagoons, winding rivers and wonderful wildlife.



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Ballestas Islands Lake Titicaca. Machu Picchu.
HIGHLIGHTS OF PERU

Day 1º: Welcome to the city of 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 El Condado **** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Pick up from the airport in Lima and transfer to the hotel.
  • Hotel El Condado ****. (Deluxe Premium room)

What is not included?

  • Extras.


Day 2º: Bus ride to the Paracas Bay.

Morning free in Lima. 12:00 h. Pick up from th hotel and then transferr to the bus station to take a local bus to the Paracas Bay. (3 hours bus drive). Upon your arrival in Paracas you will be met at the bus station by a representative from Mystery Peru and then you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight at the Hotel Double Tree Paracas **** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
  • 12:00 h. Pick up from the hotel and transfer to the bus station.
  • 13:30 h. Bus tickets to Paracas (Tourist bus with standard seats).
  • 16:30 h. Pick up from the bus station and transfer to the hotel.
  • Hotel Double Tree Paracas ****. (Suite room)

What is not included?

  • Extras.


Day 3º: Ballestas Islands - Paracas Reserve - Ica & Huacachina Lagoon - Nazca.

07:45 h. Our local guide will collect you from your hotel, and then you will be transferred to the Paracas harbor, which is located nearby. Upon arrival you will board a speed-boat to go to the Ballestas Islands a natural reserve that shelters an array of marine birds, such as Peruvian Bobbies, Pelicans, Inca Terns, Humboldt Penguins, vultures and hundreds of sea lions, which are usually seen swimming around the Islands.(it is windy on the boat, so we suggest to bring along a fleece or a warm jacket). Along the way, we will stop our speed boat to see the famous figure known as The Candelabro, an enigmatic design etched on the desert floor hundreds of years ago. The Candelabra is overlooking the Ocean, so here you will have the chance to take photos, as well as to learn about the most popular theories. After our boat tour we will visit by land the Paracas National Park, which features nice beaches and breathtaking panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. During our visit we will stop at the nice fishing village called Lagunillas where you enjoy great sea food at any of the local restaurants. We continue afterwards with a private vehicle to the City of Ica, a city, famous for its gorgeous sand dunes and its Pisco Sour. In Ica we will visit an old winery, where you will be able to learn the old method of making wine and Pisco (a grape brandy). After touring around its building, customers are invited to taste different types of wine and Pisco. Later on we will head towards the Oasis known as Huacachina, a natural lagoon surrounded by palm trees and huge sand dunes, ideal to practice one the most popular sports of the southern coast “Sandboarding". Finally we will continue to the town of Nazca (2 hours drive). Upon arrrival you will be dropped off at your hotel. Overnight at the Hotel Majoro **** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 07:45 h. Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the Paracas dock.
  • 08:00 h. Boat excursion to the Ballestas Islands + Entrance fees.
  • 10:30 h. Guided visit to the Paracas Reserve + Entrances fees.
  • 14:00 h. Private transportation from Paracas to Ica.
  • 15:00 h. Visit to the vineyards of Pisco & wine. “El Catador” (The Taster)
  • 16:00 h. Visit to the Huacachina Oasis.
  • 17:00 h. Private transportation from Ica to Nazca.
  • 19:00 h. Arrival in the city of Nazca.
  • Hotel Majoro **** (King Vip room)

What is not included?

  • Extras.


Day 4º: Nazca Lines Flight - Overnight bus to Arequipa.

08:00 h. You will be picked up from your hostel and then transferred to the local airport where you will take a small plane to fly over the mysterious Nazca Lines. The Nazca airport is located just 5 minutes by car from downtown. Our aircraft will fly over a bizarre desert, where hundreds of years ago ancient Peruvians drew huge designs, which can be seen only from the air. Among the figures you will see an enormous representation of a monkey, a hummingbird, a condor, and a strange creature known as the Spaceman. Afternoon free. 21:00 h. You will be picked up from your hotel and then transferred to the bus station. Overnight bus to the White City of Arequipa. (The bus journey takes 8 hours).

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast bueffet at the hotel.
  • 08:00 h. Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the airport.
  • 09:00 h. Classic flight over the Nazca Lines + airportaxes.
  • Bus tickets from Nazca to the city of Arequipa. (VIP seats- Crucero Service)

What is not included?

  • Extras.


Day 5º: Welcome to th White City - Free day in Arequipa.

06:30 h. Upon arrival in Arequipa, you will be collected from the bus station by a representative of Mystery Peru, and then transferred to your hotel. This day is free for you to explore this beautiful Andean city. Arequipa is a delightful Colonial City, situated at the foot of El Misti Volcano, a snow-capped perfect cone of 5,822 metres. Known as the White City, Arequipa is teemed with fine Spanish buildings and wonderful natural landscape. At the heart of the City, you may visit the magnificent Santa Catalina Monastery, the most remarkable sight in Arequipa, with numerous passageways and intricate architecture dating back to the XVI century. At the Museum of Santuarios Andinos you may meet Juanita "The Ice Girl", a well preserve Inca mummy, found high into the Andean glaciers some years ago. Its Plaza de Armas is one of the most beautiful of Peru, beautifully laid-out with palm trees and gardens, surrounded by arcaded buildings in colonial style, including the gorgeous Cathedral. Overnight at the Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection **** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Pick up from the bus station in Arequipa and transfer to the hostel.
  • Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection ****(Twin or wedding standard room)

What is not included?

  • Breakfast & extras.

Day 6º: Colca Canyon - Hot springs in Chivay.

08:00 h. You will be picked up from your hotel by our local guide/representative. Afterwards we will drive northwest following a paved road towards the "Colca Canyon". Before leaving Arequipa, we will stop first at a small shop where our clients can buy some chocolates, candies and coca leaves, this will help to keep your sugar level high, and also help to ward off altitude sickness. Later on we will continue till Pampas Cañahuas (3500 masl ), a National Reserve where visitors may spot some Vicuñas & Alpacas. Unlike the Alpacas, Vicuñas are wild animals, and still can be seen running freely on these high plateaus. We will stop at this national park and our local guide will provide information about these shy Andean camels.
Then we continue our journey to the Colca Canyon, little further up we will stop again at the little restaurant of Viscachani, where you can enjoy natural sceneries and also drink a typical coca tea. Afterwards we will continue ascending a dirt road till we reach the highest point of our trip, " The Lookout Point of the Andes ( 4800 masl ). At the very top, we will get off of the bus some minutes to see the landscape, having in the background the volcanoes Ubinas, Mismi, Misti, Chachani, Sabancaya ( active ) and Ampato, all around 6000 metres high. Later on we will drive down hill to the main village of the Colca Canyon, the Village of Chivay (3600 m). In this town we will have lunch in one typical Andean restaurant, where visitors may enjoy their meals accompanied by Andean musicians. After lunch our clients will be transferred to our lodge located in a little village at edge of the Canyon. Late, in the afternoon, you may walk around the village and get to know better the rural life in this corner of Peru. By the afternoon we will go to relax to the Hot Springs of the Colca Valley (35°), a nice pool located outdoors surrounded by huge mountains. Overnight at the Hotel Colca Lodge **** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
  • 08:00 h. Pick up from your hotel.
  • Tourist transportation for the Colca Canyon tour. (Group service - on average 20 people)
  • All fees included + Meals. (lunch & dinner)
  • Hotel Colca Lodge ****. (Standard room)

What is not included?

  • Extras.


Day 7º: Cruz del Condor - Bus ride to the city of Puno.

In order to see the mighty Condor, you will be woken up at 05:00 h, breakfast will be served at 05:30 h, and by 06:00 h, we get on the bus to leave towards the "Cruz del Condor", a natural lookout point where you can see the flight of the Condors (we won't return to the lodgel, which means you must bring all your staff along with you on the bus). On the road we will have the best view of the Colca Valley, as we drive along the edge of the Canyon, seeing on route ancient terraces still in use by the local farmers, who grow mainly varieties of corn and potato. we will make some stops for photos, and our local guide will give us a good insight into the Colca Canyon history. Here you will stumble upon a great rock, where ancient architectures carved the terraces, testing (perhaps) which parts of the Canyon were suitable for cultivation. This is a good place also to see the "Colca River" and hanging pre-Inca tombs. Eventually we will reach Cruz del Condor, where we will spend an hour or so, observing the beautiful flight of the Condors as well as the depth of the Canyon. (be careful and only walk on signed trails if you intent to go for a walk on your own). After approximately one hour and a half, we will return to Chivay, passing typical towns along the way. Later on we will have lunch at the community of Chivay and eventually will leave to the city of Puno on a tourist bus. The bus to Puno leaves at 13:30 hrs, and the road offers great natural sceneries. Along this paved road we will drive throughout small towns, as well as a beautiful lagoon called Lagunillas, where trout farms can be seen, and if you are lucky you might also see Andean Flamingoes and many others Andean birds. The bus trip to Puno takes about 5 hours. Puno is one of Peru's most tourist destinations and one of the most interesting spots in South America due to their religious feasts and wonderful history. This Andean city lies at the shore of the Lake Titicaca (3,855 m), the world's highest navigable lake. According to legend, from its waters emerged Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo, the mythical founders of the Inca Empire. Puno is a major folklore center and a great place to buy handicrafts, particularly those amazingly fine Alpaca jumpers, hats and gloves. It also boast a rich tradition of music and dance and it is a good place to enjoy a number of Andean festivals, some wild, some solemn. Upon arrival in Puno, transfer to the hotel. Afternoon free for you to explore Puno. Overnight at the Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection **** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast buffet at the lodge.
  • 06:00 h. Visit to the Cruz del Condor lookout point.
  • 12:30 h. Lunch buffet at the little village of Chivay.
  • 14:00 h. Bus tickets from Chivay to the City of Puno. Tourist Bus service.
  • 19:00 h. Arrival in the city of Puno. Drop off at your hotel.
  • Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection **** (Superior room - Lake view)

What is not included?

  • Extras.


Day 8º: Lake Titicaca - Homestay on Amantani Island.

07:30 h. You will be picked up from your hostel in Puno 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 of 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 "Amantani Island", where we will spend the rest of the day and the night. Upon arrival, a group of native families will welcomed you at the harbor, and afterwards the guide will introduce you the family that will provide you lodging in their house. The group is split in couples, so each couple goes with one family.
In the afternoon we will walk up to the highest point of the Islands to explore ancient ruins on a mountain called by locals Pachamama. There are stunning views of the Lake from this lookout point and an amazing sunset. Soon after nightfall, we descend to the main plaza and meet our local families, then we go to their houses for dinner. At dinner you will be invited to go to the little kitchen (mind the head when entering, their doorways are very small), a warm place where they cook with a primitive stove made of clay. By night, visitors are invited to a particular party. Our local families will provide traditional clothing to attend this nice Andean party. At the house, men are given ponchos and wooly hats, the hats are hand-made by the families, with unique styles, so that they can recognize you in the hall. Women are given colorful skirts, blouses and veils. The party takes place at the main folklore saloon and it is accompanied by one of the local orchestras. Overnight at a family house. (Please bear in mind that accommodation is very simple and rooms are with a shared bathroom).

What is included on this day?

  • Continental Breakfast.
  • 07:30 h. Pick up from the hostel and transfer to the harbor.
  • Boat transportation for the Lake Titicaca excursion.
  • Meals. (Lunch & dinner – very basic food is provided by the islanders. It is advisable to bring some snacks along).
  • Accommodation at the local family house on the Amantani Island.

What is not included?

  • Extras.


Day 9º: Taquile Island - Return to Puno.

08:00 h. After breakfast, we will have to say goodbye to our local family and go down to the harbor to meet the rest of the group. Afterwards we will sail towards "Taquile Island" (1 hour aprox.), a traditional Quechua speaking community, full of ancient agricultural terraces and some ruins dating back to the pre-Inca times. 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 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 at the harbor you will be met by a Mystery Peru representative and then will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight at the Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection **** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Continental breakfast at the family house.
  • Visit to the Taquile Island.
  • Traditional lunch on Taquile Island.
  • Return to Puno by boat transportation.
  • Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection **** (Superior room - Lake view)

What is not included?

  • Extras.


Day 10º: Bus ride to Cusco visiting the tourist attractions on route.

07:00 h. Pick up from your hotel in Puno and transfer to the bus station to take the local bus to the City of Cusco. On this occasion Mystery Peru offers you a pleasant journey to Cusco, instead of taking the local bus and travel for 7 hours, without a chance of stretching our legs and enjoy this part of Peru, We offer our customers a especial bus service that stops along the way, showing you the highlights of this road with a English speaking guide on board. We will stop first at the Community of Pukara, where you will visit with a local guide the Pukara Museum, an interesting place that houses ancient monolith and human remains from the Pukara culture. Afterwards we will 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 4,335 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. Afterwards we will descend 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).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. Our trip continues in the traditional town of "Andahuaylillas", where we will visit a impressive Cathedral built on the colonial era. Eventually we will arrive in Cusco and at the bus station we will be picked up by a representative of Mystery Peru. Rest of the afternoon free. Overnight at the Hotel Picoaga **** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
  • 07:00 h. Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the bus station.
  • Bus tickets on a tourist bus to the city of Cusco + Visit to the attractions located on route + All entrance fees.
  • Lunch buffet at the little village of Sicuani.
  • Pick up from the bus station in Cusco and transfer to the hotel.
  • Hotel Picoaga **** (Colonial Deluxe room)

What is not included?

  • Extras.


Day 11º: 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 h. In the afternoon we will do a City Tour, visiting 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 hotel. Free evening. Overnight at the Hotel Picoaga **** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
  • 13:30 h. City tour of Cusco + all entrance fees.
  • Hotel Picoaga **** (Colonial Deluxe room)

What is not included?

  • Extras.


Day 12º: The Sacred Valley of the Incas.” Ruins of Pisaq, Pisaq Indian Market & Ruins of Ollantaytambo”.

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 hotel at 08:30 h. 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 make out the whole 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 we will go to our hotel. Overnight at the Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection **** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
  • Sacred Valley tour + Tourist bus transportation + Entrance fees + Lunch buffet.
  • Hotel Casa Andina Private Collection ****. (Suite room)

What is not included?

  • Extras.

Day 13º: Inca Trail - Wayllabamba Campsite.

07:00 h. You will be picked up from your hotel and afterwards we will take a dirt road till Piskacuchu (2700 m) a community located on the kilometer 82 of the Cusco -Machu Picchu railroad. The bus ride takes about 1 hour. From here, we will start our trek. At this point all hikers must show their original passport so that they may enter the National Park towards Machu Picchu. Starting at this point, we cross the bridge and walk along the left shore of the Urubamba River, which flows north-west along the Sacred Valley Following the trail along a flat terrain, we reach the little community of Miskay (2800 masl), where we make a little break and try some local Chicha (a maiz beer) from the Andean ladies sitting along the way, and then ascend a steep path that will lead us to a high plateau, from where, all hikers will be rewarded with a spectacular view of an Inca construction called Patallacta (2750 masl). After a good explanation of our tour guide, we carry on along a gorgeous valley created long ago by the copious Kusichaca River. We will gradually climb for about two hours, till we reach a nice natural spot where our cook and porters await for us to have lunch. Later on, we will walk up hill (not very difficult) for about 2 hours till we reach our first campsite in the village of Wayllabamba ("Place of Good Pasture"), (3000 masl). This day is usually hot in the dry season (May - Sept), so it is advisable to wear light clothing, as well as a hut and sunscreen. Hikers will enjoy along the route spectacular views of the Vilcanota ridge on the opposite side of the Urubamba River, and might also spot the impressive Veronica Mountain (5832 meters above sea level). Overnight in Wayllabamba Campsite.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
  • Tourist transportation to the KM 82.
  • Entrance fees to the Inca Trail national park + Meals ( 1 lunch & 1 dinner)
  • Accommodation on camping tents. (tent with capacity for 2 people)

What is not included?

  • Extras.


Day 14: Inca Trail - Warmihuañusca " The Dead Woman Pass " - Pacaymayo.

We will be woken up by our humble friends (the porters) at around 06:00 hrs, and after breakfast we start to climb up along a narrow valley full of vegetation and beautiful streams. On this section visitors will experience a hard path, full of steps, so we advise you to take it easy and stop to rest along the way at any time you wish. Later on we will reach Lluluchapampa Village, a spot frequently used by some other hikers to camp. At this point we will be starting the climbing to the highest and most famous mountain pass, the Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman's Pass 4200 m.). It will take about 2 hours to get to the top, so my recommendation is just to do it slowly, without pushing yourself too much. Usually our tour guide will be with us till the end, so even if you got delayed, don't worry, the group usually waits for you at the top of the Pass. It is a great idea to carry on this day some chocolates, candies and coca leaves on your day backpack; this will help to keep your sugar level high, and also help to ward off altitude sickness. After you have conquered the highest pass, we will descend an endless winding pass of steps that cross a narrow valley, which is the habitat for many different kinds of birds, like hummingbirds and sparrows and the Andean bear, which is also called the Spectacled Bear (Tremarctus Ornatus). We will have lunch along the way, and afterwards continue till our campsite at Pacaymayo Valley (3600), where we will take a deep rest after such a hard day. This is also an official campsite, so here you for sure will be able to find good showers (very cold) and proper flash toilettes.

What is included on this day?

  • All meals.
  • Accommodation on camping tents. (tent with capacity for 2 people)

What is not included?

  • Extras.


Day 15º: Inca Trail - Wiñaywayna Campsite.

For many visitors, this day is the longest but also the most impressive and the most interesting day, due to the number of archaeological sites that hikers can see along the way. We get up at 6:00 am, again, and after breakfast, start off following a steep path that will lead us to the second pass, the Abra Runkurakay (3970 masl). Half way up, we will stop to visit the archaeological complex of Runkurakay. This site, located at 3800 masl, consists of a small oval structure (Runkurakay means in quechua language "egg" hence it name)it is very likely that this Inca building served as a watchtower. Some meters before the Runkurakay Pass, we will pass a small billabong, where sometimes Andean dears can be seen drinking water. After going over the pass, we descend to Yanacocha (Black Lagoon) and arrive at Sayacmarca (erected building 3624 masl). This is an interesting Inca building in which you can find semicircular constructions, water fountains, as well as irrigation channels. After visiting this ruins, we enter the cloud-forest, walking up and down, and then comes the last climb, that will lead us to the third pass, the Abra de Phuyupatamarca (3700 masl). From now on, the rest of the trail is mostly downhill. We will descend some steps, then will stumble upon one of the best Inca ruins on the Inca Trail Phuyupatamarca. (Phuyupatamarca, means ¨town over the clouds¨). From above, trekkers can observe a sophisticated complex made up of water fountains with solid foundations, and also impressive views of the Urubamba River. The end of day lead us to Wiñaywayna, second only to Machu Picchu in beauty. This fantastic site is a perfect example of Inca terrace farming, and is located on a steep edge overlooking the Río Urubamba. The name Wiñaywayna comes from the name given to a beautiful orchid typical in the zone, and it means FOREVER YOUNG. We will spend the night in the camping zone, close to a big restaurant where trekkers usually may enjoy a hot shower after these long days, as well as cold beers and party in the evening. This will be the night in which we will say good bye to our porters and cooks, as the next day they will departure very early to catch the local train that will take them back to their town, so at dinner we will have a nice meeting with them. Last camping night.

What is included on this day?

  • All meals.
  • Accommodation on camping tents. (tent with capacity for 2 people)

What is not included?

  • Extras.


Day 16º: Welcome to Sacred Citadel of Machu Picchu - Return by train to Cusco.

On this fourth and last day we get up at 04:00 hrs, have breakfast at 04:30 h, and by 05:00 h, we must be on the trail towards Inti Punko (Sun Gate). This will take about an hour of hiking along a narrow trail of cloud forest. At the Sun Gate visitors will be able to see the Sunrise over the Sacred Machupicchu Mountain. After having shot some photos we will descend to "Machu Picchu" . Machu Picchu was long thought to be legendary. Then in 1911, the explorer Hiram Bingham stumbled upon it remains. But while the walls and chambers have been extensively studied in the years since, the purpose of this ancient site remains unclear.
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 still got some strength, 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 to Aguas Calientes (20 minutes), where we will have lunch and also where we catch the train back to Cusco (your guide will tell you how to get there). At Aguas Calientes, if you wish, you can go to relax in the thermal baths. The hot springs are located on the upper section of the village of Aguas Calientes, visitors may ask their local guide how to get there. Finally, at around 16:00 h, we take the train to the city of Cusco, arriving there after nightfall. Overnight at the Hotel Picoaga **** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast.
  • Guided visit in Machu Picchu + Entrance fees.
  • Return to Cusco by train. BACKPACKER train service.
  • Pick up from the train station and transfer to the hotel.
  • Hotel Picoaga **** ( Colonial Deluxe room)

What is not included?

  • Extras.


Day 17º: Free day in Cusco.

After days of full activities, a free day in Cusco is the best you deserve. 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 Hotel Picoaga **** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
  • Hotel Picoaga ****. (Twin or wedding Colonial Deluxe 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 luggage 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 18º: Flight to the Jungle - Travel by motorized canoe to the 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?

  • Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
  • 09:00 h. Pick up from the hostel and transfer to the Cusco airport.
  • 12:00 h. Flight tickets from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado (Jungle).
  • 12:45 h. Pick up from the airport and transfers to the lodge by motorized canoe.
  • Meals ( lunch & dinner buffet)
  • Posada Amazonas Lodge (Standard room)

What is not included?

  • Extras.


Day 19º: 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 to 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.
  • Posada Amazonas Lodge (Standard room)

What is not included?

  • Extras.

Day 20º: Flight to Lima

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 upon arrival in Puerto Maldonado and will deal with all the necessities at the airport prior to your departure. Flight to Lima takes about 1 hour. 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. Rest of the afternoon free. Overnight at the Hotel El Condado **** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast buffet at the lodge.
  • Transportation back to Puerto Maldonado airport.
  • Flight tickets from Puerto Maldonado to Lima.
  • Pick up from the airport in Lima and transfer to the hotel.
  • Hotel El Condado **** (Deluxe Premium room)

What is not included?

  • Extras.


Day 21º: Departure day.

At the designated time you will be picked up from your hotel in Lima and then transferred to the airport.

End of our service.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast.
  • Transfer to the airport at the designated time.

What is not included?

  • Extras.

3,990

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