You will be welcomed at Lima airport by our representative who will then transfer you in a private vehicle to your selected hotel in Lima.
In the afternoon, you will begin your city tour of Lima, allowing you the opportunity to explore the old and the new Lima on a sightseeing journey. The city tour starts with a visit to the historic Plaza de Armas, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In the center of the Plaza is an elaborate bronze fountain dating from 1560. Also located in the Plaza is the Cathedral, one of the most impressive in all of South America, and next to it is the Archbishop’s Palace.
Then you will visit the 17th-century Monastery of San Francisco, famous for its Sevilian tile work, paneled ceiling, and Spanish catacombs in the basement. You will also visit the most traditional residential areas in Lima: the Olive Grove of the San Isidro district, the Miraflores neighborhood, and Larcomar Shopping Center, all distinctive tourist centers of contemporary Lima.
After the tour you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Overnight in Lima
In the morning, you will be transferred from your hotel to Lima airport to take your flight to Puerto Maldonado.
Start your journey arriving to Puerto Maldonado, where our staff will welcome you and provide the necessary information for your stay. Navigate by outboard motorized canoe along the Madre de Dios River to Inkaterra Hacienda Concepción for approximately 25 minutes.
Enjoy lunch with organic ingredients and native flavors. After lunch, take a walk through Concepcion Trails, inside property nature trails, where you will discover and learn about primary and secondary rainforest, its components, uses, transformations by the human being, and its relevance for the world. At dusk navigate by outboard motorized canoe, at the Twilight River excursion. By sailing on the Madre de Dios River, you will learn about its ecosystem, Amazonian creeks, nocturnal animals’ behavior, and the southern constellations.
In the evening enjoy a nice dinner in the Casa Grande´s dining room.
Overnight in Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion (4 Star Package)
New experiences are ahead and after taking a nutritious buffet breakfast, get ready for a long trek through terra firma into the Tambopata National Reserve towards Lake Sandoval. Here you will understand why Madre de Dios is called the biodiversity capital of Peru, while learning about the Reserve’s conservation efforts and the lake’s formation.
Navigate by dugout canoe across this mirror-like oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter (Pteronura brasiliensis), blue and yellow macaw (Ara ararauna), red howler monkey (Alouatta seniculus), black caiman (Melanosuchus niger), and one of the world’s biggest fresh water scaled fish, the paiche (Arapaima gigas). Back to the lodge for LUNCH, and later the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway & Anaconda Walk await you.
Take a 20-minute ride by outboard motorized canoe to the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway Interpretation Center where you will learn about its construction and the conservation projects of ITA-Inkaterra Asociación (NGO). Ascend one of the two 98-foot towers (30 m.) and cross the 7 hanging bridges that connect the treetops at 91 ft. high (28 m). Enjoy the breathtaking vistas and get the chance to watch white-throated toucans (Ramphastos tucanus), woodpeckers, trogons, squirrel monkeys (Saimiri boliviensis) and the three-toed sloth (Choleopus hoffmani). After descending keep on feeling the incredible primary rainforest energy going along the 200-meter wooden bridge over the swamps (aguajales). You will learn about the fauna and flora of this flooded ecosystem.
At night get ready for an adventure during the Rainforest by Night excursion, where you will explore the Amazon rainforest that gives way to nocturnal animals who display intriguing behavior patterns, and enhanced senses as adaptation mechanisms. Listen to nocturnal living nature sounds, and penetrate this hidden world.
End up your day with a pleasant dinner.
Overnight in Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion (4 Star Package)
After your breakfast buffet, take a ride back to Puerto Maldonado by outboard motorized canoe. Arrive at the Butterfly House where you may wait for your flight back home or to your next destination, while visiting this beautiful butterfly house and learning about the fascinating transformation of these colorful insects.
Upon your arrival to Cusco city, our representative will welcome you and transfer you to your selected hotel. You will have the rest of the day to relax acclimatize to the altitude.
Overnight in Cusco
In the afternoon, one of our local guides will take you on a half day tour of the city of Cusco. You will be shown the exact center of the Inca Empire, the Plaza de Armas. There one can find the Cathedral built on the ruins of the Inca Palace. Next stop will be the old town with its magnificent renovated colonial buildings. Also in Cusco, we will visit Qorikancha, the Main Temple of the Incas, where Sun God is worshiped.
After, we will visit Sacsayhuaman, a ruins site located approximately 3 kilometers from Cusco. Sacsayhuaman also offers a fabulous view of the entire city. After that, the tour will stop shortly in Tambomachay, the bath of the Inca; Kenko, the giant rock whose niches and gaps were carved in an eccentric way; and Puca Pucara, the ruins of a fort.
Return to Cusco where you can relax, enjoy the local food and exciting nightlife.
Overnight in Cusco
After your breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco by our representative. You will be taken along a road that winds over the mountains north of Cusco. On the way you will stop at a point known as El Mirador, from where we will be able to see the whole of the Sacred Valley and listen to the history of the Incas.
Later in the day, you will go towards Pisac, where we will visit the Pisac Archaeological Park. Here there are many different buildings, plazas, temples, pools and other structures, all built between the 10th and 11th centuries AD. After we will visit a peculiar market in Pisac. Here, you will have the opportunity to purchase a wide variety of fine crafts of various kinds, for example, ponchos, blankets, vases, hats and much more. You will have free time to walk around and do some shopping. Afterwards you will be taken to have lunch in a nice local restaurant to enjoy some great Andean food.
After lunch you will continue the tour and be driven along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo. Here you will visit the ruins of Ollantaytambo, an important Inca construction built during the Inca’s most powerful times.
After the tour you will take the Expedition train to Aguas Calientes.
On arrival, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight in Aguas Calientes
After breakfast, you will take one of the buses up the steep mountain to the famous town of Machu Picchu, also known as, the Lost City of the Incas.
You will be taken on an official tour of Machu Picchu to see the most important parts of the Inca city. (Optional: hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. This will allow you to have more time in Machu Picchu).
Machu Picchu is a magical, mysterious place that for nearly a century has intrigued archaeologists and visitors alike. Perched atop a steep, emerald green peak 8,000 feet high in the Andes in southern Peru, it is reachable only by a long road that zigzags up the slope from the roaring Urubamba river, or alternatively, by hiking for days along the challenging Inca Trail. Visitors to Machu Picchu will see well-preserved ruins hidden among the majestic Andes: palaces, baths, temples, tombs, sundials and farming terraces, along with llamas that roam among hundreds of gray granite houses.
Lunch is included in Aguas Calientes (Optional upgrade: lunch in the luxury Belmond Sanctuary Lodge located just outside of Machu Picchu).
In the late afternoon, you will return to Cusco on the Expedition train (Optional upgrade: Vistadome or Hiram Bingham train). On arrival to Cusco, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight in Cusco
In the morning you will be transferred to the bus station where you will take the bus to Puno. On the way there, you will have a full day tour and visit Pukara, La Raya, Sicuani (buffet lunch included), Raqchi and Andahuaylillas.
After the tour, you will be transferred back to your selected hotel in Puno.
Overnight in Puno
After breakfast, we will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the port, where you have some minutes to buy some snacks or some presents for the family where you are staying on Amantani island (optional gift).
After leaving the port, our first stop is on the floating island Uros, where there is a tribe living on real floating islands made by themselves using reeds that are growing in shallow parts of Lake Titicaca. Then we continue to Amantani place where you stay in a family house, after lunch in the family house, we will meet and
walk to the top of the island. After one hour walking you´ll get to Pachatata the Pre-Inca temple, which is probably the best place to see the immense width of Lake Titicaca.
On this island, the Amantani people have a Quechua origin and are mainly farmers. The most important crops in Amantani are Andean potatoes.
In the evening, you will share dinner with a local family and you have the option to meet and dance with the local community.
The houses are very simple and services are basic. There is no running water, no electricity and of course no toilets or showers, so this is a true experience in to how the local people live.
Overnight in Amantani with local family
Today we will proceed to the Taquile islands, where its inhabitants are dedicated to agriculture and have developed an original form of “communal tourism”, in which visitors share their food, homes, customs and traditions.
After lunch, we will return to the main dock in Puno and you will be transferred to Juliaca airport to take your flight to Lima.
Overnight in Puno
You will be picked up from your hotel by the Bolivia Hop bus and taken to Copacabana, where you will have a few hours before you take the bus to La Paz.
During the wait in Copacabana you can do an optional tour to the ISLA DEL SOL (Island of the Sun)- according to Inca legend this small island in the middle of Titicaca was home to their most revered god, Inti, and was the mythical birthplace of the first Inca ancestors. A 4hr round trip in our private boat takes you out to see the ancestral terracing and ruins of the southern part of the island as well as the existing island communities (includes 1hr walk from the original sun temple to the small island town of Yumani). Includes round boat trip and island entry. (US$10 per person, payable on the bus if you want to go.)
On arrival to La Paz, the bus will drop you off at your hotel.
Overnight in La Paz
A unique private city tour that will not only show you the usual parts of the city such as the historic government and financial districts but also take you to parts other tours do not and mingle with the locals, walk in the colorful markets, visit the fast growing city of El Alto above La Paz and travel on the Teleferico (the new cable car system).This is an extended version of the Off the Beaten Track Walking Tour that also takes in the Moon Valley and the Southern Zone of La Paz.
With your local guide, you will visit parts of the city on foot that would normally remain undiscovered by tourists, interact with the locals in a responsible manner and learn about the real life of the citizens of La Paz and El Alto. We visit the wealthier southern zone, including a visit to Moon Valley in Mallasa. Includes a local lunch in zona sur and incredible Cable Car ride on the world largest cable car system.
After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Overnight in La Paz
Early in the morning, you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight to Uyuni. On arrival you will be greeted and transferred to the office, where you will begin the tour.
We start the tour by going to visit the Train Cemetery, where you can see the remains of nineteenth and early 20th century steam locomotives and which is a good place to take artistic photographs.
Arrival at Colchani, which lies beside the Salar de Uyuni and is the home to the Cooperative Rosario, the main plant for the iodization of salt. It is the best place to observe the methods of salt extraction from the Salar. Here ovens are used to dry the salt, which is then formed into cakes. We will visit the salt refinery where you will witness the iodization of salt for national consumption. You will then be taken to the great salt flat of Uyuni (salar de uyuni) where you first will see the salt mining and the piles of salt (pyramids of salt). After this you will go to see the eyes of the salt (big holes in the salt flat where the water from underneath the lake still comes out by high pressure).
Later you go straight to the ex-salt hotel Playa blanca, which is made out salt (the only hotel allowed inside of the salt flats), where you can take time to take pictures of the rooms, salt sculptures and the lobby of the hotel.
Here we will have lunch. After lunch, we will go to Incawasi Island (Inca house Island), which is located in the center of the salar, 100 km from Uyuni. This is the main destination for most salt-desert tours. It is a remarkable place. A hilly outpost covered in trichocerus cacti and a flat, white sea of hexagonal salt tiles. A large population of stranded viscachas (Andean rodents) inhabits its rocky slopes which also has views of the salt flats that are reminiscent of the Polar region, dominated by blue and white colors, but with images of hills turned to one side by 45°.
Isla incawasi (Inca house) is an oasis with a unique and isolated ecosystem that is populated by cacti up to 10 meter high. Photographers will find that Fish Island is one of the best sites in the world to indulge in their passion.
After we will go to our hotel to rest for the evening.
Overnight in hotel
After breakfast, we will head towards a place where we can see the petrified volcanic lava and then we will go to the viewpoint of Ollagüe volcano to enjoy a volcano with little volcanic activity, which is between Chile and Bolivia
After we will see the Chain of lagoons highland lakes where we can appreciate the different types of flamingos, as Cañapa lagoon, laguna Hedionda (lunch) lagoon Chiarcota and lagoon Honda.
We will also pass through the Siloli Desert. The route passes through spectacular landscapes with multicolored volcanic rock formations and reaches a height of 5000 meters. Then we will enter the National Reserve Eduardo Abaroa. We will then reach the most important part of the second day, which is the attractive laguna Colorada.
Laguna Colorado lies 151 km to the south of San Juan at an altitude of 4278 meters and covers an area of 60 km2. The rich red coloration is derived from algae and plankton, which thrives in its minerals and the shoreline, and is fringed with brilliant white deposits of sodium, magnesium, borax and gypsum. The lagoon is inhabited by numerous flamingos, three species of which breed there. The Chilean flamingo (Phoenicopterus Chilensis) reaches a height of just over one meter and has a black-tipped white bill, dirty blue legs, red knees and salmon-colored feathers. The James flamingo (Phoenicopterus James) is the smallest of the three species. The Andean flamingo (Phoenicopterus Andinus) is the largest of the three and has pink feathers, yellow legs and a yellow and black bill. To see these pink posers strutting through icy mineral lagoons at 5000m will make you forget about associations between flamingos, coconut palms and hot steamy tropics,
After we will head to the town of Huayllajara where we will stay the night.
Overnight in hotel
We shall depart from Laguna Colorada to Laguna verde at 05:00AM. We will visit the Geysers volcanic zone ‘Sol de Mañana’ (Morning Sun). Here, at 4850 meters, lies a geyser basin with bubbling mud pots, hellish fumaroles and a thick aroma of Sulphur fumes. This is a site of intense volcanic activity. Inside a small crater we shall observe boiling lava, reminding us of the age in which the earth was formed.
After we will visit the Villamar Community and have lunch.
After lunch we will head to the town of San Cristobal where we will see a church from colonial times and then go through the barrel of Villa alota. Then we continue to the Valley of Rocks and on to the canyon of Catal to observe many llamas and birds. Continuing on, we head to the lagoon Villa Mar and Italy, where we can see some flamingos and other birds
After the tour you will be transferred to your hotel in Uyuni.
Overnight in hostal
Today you will be transferred to Uyuni airport to take your flight back to La Paz and onwards to your next destination.
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