Summary of The Day: There are no scheduled activities on the first day of the tour. On arrival please ask reception when the pre-departure meeting will be held.
Lima was founded by the Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535. Lima has many fine colonial buildings and some of the best museums in South America including the Gold Museum, Museum of the Inquisition, and the Catacombs below the San Francisco Church. Peru's capital has much to offer and many of the sights, including the city's two main squares - Plaza de Armas and Plaza San Martin - are within easy walking distance. Plaza de Armas comprises the Cathedral, Municipal Palace, and Presidential Palace, where the changing of the guard can be seen every day at noon.
- Meeting point: The Kamana Hotel, Jiron Kamana 547, Lima. Please double-check your voucher for necessary details regarding accommodations of the days following. All hotels provided are of a 3 star standard.
Summary of The Day: You will be transferred to the airport, where you will take a flight to the jungle community of Puerto Maldonado, gateway to the Peruvian Amazon.
The first leg of our journey is by bus followed by canoe, a 22-mile journey along the river (approximately two hours).
Arriving at the lodge on the river's edge, you will be allocated a bungalow built from local indigenous materials. Each room is enclosed in meshed netting to keep out mosquitoes and other insects. All rooms have basic private bathroom facilities. Due to the remoteness of the lodge there is no hot water and drinking water must be purchased. There is also limited electricity so please charge any electrical equipment prior to your arrival. In the evening the lodge and walkways are lit by oil lamps. Other facilities include a reception area, dining room and bar. All excursions are led by English-speaking local guides eager to introduce you to the marvelous jungle landscapes and rich diversity of flora and fauna.
After lunch we'll set off on a trek through the rainforest along wooden walkways. On the way our guide will stop to point out the various species of bird and medicinal plants and to explain the delicate ecosystems of the Amazon Jungle. You will see incredibly big trees, several meters in diameter and around 450 years old. There is an opportunity to ride in a canoe along one of the small lakes hidden away in the jungle, observing caiman and the abundant bird life. Afterwards we'll return to the lodge for dinner.
Summary of The Day: Our exploration of the Amazon rainforest continues.
Summary of The Day: Today we bid farewell to our jungle paradise and return to Puerto Maldonado to catch the flight to Cusco, where you will have the rest of the day to explore the ancient capital.
Summary of The Day: Today's itinerary is devoted to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. First we'll visit the Pisac ruins, perched on a hilltop with incredible views of the surrounding mountains, then go down to the traditional market of the same name, full of color and atmosphere, and a great place to buy a souvenir or two. After lunch, we'll continue along the valley to the temple-fortress of Ollantaytambo with its enormous Inca terracing constructed on the side of a steep mountain.
- Accommodations for the evening are in a home-stay.
Summary of The Day: The Lost City of Machu Picchu was completely self-contained, surrounded by agricultural terraces whose crops sustained the entire population. Located high above the fast flowing Urubamba River, the ruins consist of palaces, baths, temples, storage rooms and some 150 houses, all in a remarkable state of preservation that will simply take your breath away.
Summary of The Day: Cusco, which means 'navel of the earth' in the Inca language of Quechua, is home to a primarily indigenous population of around 300,000 and is centered around the Plaza de Armas, which is dominated by the Cathedral and La Compania de Jesus Church. Its cloistered arcades house many fine restaurants, bars and shops. Make the most of your free day in Cusco to explore its amazing churches, colonial buildings and picturesque streets, many of which have Inca walls, arches and doorways. On a hill overlooking the city stands the ceremonial fortress of Sacsayhuaman, where some of the most spectacular Inca walls can be found, including a massive 130 ton stone. There are also many optional excursions and activities available such as white water rafting, horse riding, mountain biking and canoeing on offer.
Cusco - Puno
Summary of The Day: Leaving Cusco, we'll drive along roads flanked by herds of llamas, alpacas and vicunas before reaching the Altiplano (high plain), where our journey will take us past hot mineral pools, snowcapped mountains and villages where locals sell fur hats and alpaca sweaters. At the highest point, the La Raya Pass at 14,176 feet above sea level, we'll visit the research station for high-altitude animals.
The beautiful scenery continues all the way to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca, which at 12,647 feet above sea level, is the highest navigable lake in the world. We'll arrive in time so you can visit the colorful local market.
Puno - Lake Titicaca
Summary of The Day: In the morning we'll set out on our overnight excursion to Lake Titicaca. We'll first visit the floating reed islands in the Bay of Puno to see the Uros islanders way of life. There you may opt to ride in a traditional reed boat before continuing over the water to the island of Amantani. Here we'll stay overnight in the home of a local Aymara/Quechua family. We recommend that you purchase gifts for the families at the Port of Puno - they will greatly appreciate this gesture of kindness.
- Accommodations for the evening are in a home-stay.
Lake Titicaca - Puno
Summary of The Day: In the morning we visit Taquile Island, where the men knit distinctive woolen hats while the women work in the fields. You can buy these unique handicrafts in the local cooperative shops. After lunch we'll board the boat returning to Puno.
Puno - La Paz
Summary of The Day: We'll travel around Lake Titicaca towards Bolivia. After crossing the border, we'll continue across the scenic Altiplano (high plateau) along the shores of Titicaca. Breathtaking mountain views abound as the road winds its way to La Paz, 11,930 feet above sea level. We'll arrive in La Paz in the late afternoon.
Nestled in a steep valley that protects its inhabitants from the harsh elements of the Altiplano, La Paz makes for a striking cityscape, with bare-brick houses and tall skyscrapers seemingly built on top of each other in front of a dramatic mountainous landscape. Our hotel is very centrally located, close to the city's colorful indigenous street markets including the fascinating and suitably named Witches Market, where women wearing bowler hats and flared skirts sell strange paraphernalia to ward off evil spirits. The main square, Plaza Murillo, is also within walking distance. The square still retains its colonial buildings including the Presidential Palace. La Paz is possibly the best place to experience a traditional pena show of Andean music and dance, where local bands play time-honored instruments such as zamponas (pipes) and charangos (similar to a ukulele).
Summary of The Day: Our incredible adventure ends today. However, if you lengthen your stay, you will have time to fully explore La Paz, or partake in some optional excursions that depart from the city. You might like to visit Moon Valley with its strange rock formations shaped by the weather. Another fantastic excursion is to the emerald green area of Coroico, gateway to the Bolivian jungle region and a great place to see subtropical vegetation and plants. En route you will cross a 16,404ft high pass before descending narrow mountain roads bordered by sheer drops. The excursion to Coroico can also be done by mountain bike, as it is downhill nearly all the way and very exhilarating, but not for the faint-hearted!
Standard Price/Person By Occupancy
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* You must be at least 18 years old to join the tour.|
* Single Occupancy price applies when one people stays in one standard hotel room.
* Double Occupancy price applies when two people stay in one standard hotel room.
- Two nights in the Peruvian Amazon
- Guided tour of Sacred Valley of the Incas
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu
- Overnight excursion on Lake Titicaca
- 11-night accommodations (hotels, hostels, guesthouses, homestays, jungle lodge)
- 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
- Travel by public bus
- 2 domestic flights
- English-speaking local guide(s) on included excursions
- Airfare and the cost of other transportation between your home and departure city
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance
- Airport transfers and pre and post-tour accommodations
- Personal expenses
- Optional excursions (prices and availability subject to change): - Monastery and Catacombs: USD 3.00/person
- Paragliding: USD 60.00/person
- Cusco Visitor Pass: USD 45.00/person
- Salt Terraces Maras Moray: USD 30.00/person
- Massage: USD 25.00/hr/person
- Cusco City tour: USD 25.00/person
- Death Road Mountain Biking: USD 107.00/person
- Cancellation Policy:
- 27 Days Prior to Departure Date - 100% of Reservation Cost
- 28-59 Days Prior to Departure Date - 50% of Reservation Cost
- 60 or More Days Prior to Departure Date - 10% of Reservation Cost
- This is an adventure tour. We see a destination from the locals' perspective using a variety of transport, staying in small, locally-owned guesthouses and campsites along the Inca Trail.
- Maximum group size is 16 people.
- Detailed itineraries are provided in good faith and it is our intention to adhere to the published route. Changes may be made before or during your tour for operational or safety reasons. Impromptu changes may also occur whilst you are travelling as a result of one-off circumstances such as an excursion being closed on a particular day, weather conditions or transport. Delays are rare but occur occasionally and for this reason and the reasons above this itinerary should be considered as a guide only. Published transport times are approximate and may vary depending on local conditions.
- On arrival in Lima, we recommend that you exchange some of your own currency for the Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN) to cover personal expenses for the first four or five days of the trip. There are several international ATM's and exchange booths inside the airport. You may need to push a button to request your card to be returned.
- Travel insurance is a compulsory requirement for all bookings.
- You are required to purchase comprehensive travel insurance before travelling with us and provide details of your insurance to your tour leader at the beginning of your tour.
- Please make sure you know exactly what you are covered for, remembering there are many adventure activities available during the tour which may not be covered by basic insurance. Make sure that your travel insurance covers general medical expenses, hospitalizations and medical evacuations. Also ensure that you are covered for travel at high altitudes if necessary for your tour.
- A suitable insurance policy should provide adequate cover for medical expenses arising through illness or accident prior to or during the holiday and loss of holiday monies through cancellation or curtailment of the holiday for insurable reasons. You must be in possession of a travel insurance policy that includes a minimum of £100,000 (or equivalent currency) in cover for any medical expenses that you might incur when travelling, and for repatriation to your home country in the event of a medical emergency.
- If you have booked an airport arrival transfer, please look out for someone with a sign which has your name, local operator name, or both after exiting the customs hall. If you are likely to be delayed by more than two hours, please contact the emergency number at least six hours before arrival. If we are advised in time, we will make every effort to reschedule your transfer and your driver will be asked to wait for two hours after your new expected arrival time. However, if we are not made aware of any change, the driver will only wait for two hours after the original scheduled arrival time and after this point it will be up to you to arrange transport to your hotel at your own expense.
- To protect your personal property, please carry all valuable items on your person at all times. Do not leave any valuable items on the bus or at the hotel, attraction or restaurant. Tours4Fun, local operators, drivers and tour guides are not responsible for any loss or theft at any location.
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