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Day 1 : Arrival Lima

Visiting: Lima

You will arrive Lima airport and be greeted by our English (and Spanish) speaking agent. Private transfer to your hotel in Miraflores. If you have an early arrival, you may have an optional tour or explore the shops and craft markets of Miraflores. There is also an opportunity to take in the Lima night lights tour (water fountain park and dinner). Overnight in Lima.

  • Meals:
  • Standard Lodging: Casa Inca Hotel or similar in Lima

Day 2 : Lima City and Vicinity tours

Visiting: Lima

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up for a full day tour of Lima city (colonial and modern) and the Pachacamac Archaeological Complex (pre-Inca and Inca ruins). Tour is in a group. Andean lunch at a local restaurant included. Overnight in Lima.

  • Meals: BL
  • Standard Lodging: Casa Inca or similar in Lima

Day 3 : Tourist bus to Paracas and overnight

Visiting: Lima, Paracas

Free morning in Lima. Transportation to the bus station for the afternoon tourist bus to Paracas. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Paracas.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Emancipador or similar in Paracas

Day 4 : Nazca Lines overflight, drive to Paracas, tour of Paracas Marine Preserve.

Visiting: Ica, Paracas

You will be picked up for transportation to the Pisco airport for the Nazca Lines morning overflight with your licensed pilot/guide. View and wonder over the amazing drawings that pre-Inca cultures created! After your flight, you will be transported to the bus station for the bus to Paracas for an afternoon private tour of the Paracas Marine Reserve, with optional time on the beach! Overnight in Paracas.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Emancipador or similar in Paracas

Day 5 : Boat tour of Ballestas Isles, fly to Arequipa

Visiting: Paracas to Arequipa via Lima

Early morning transfer to the boat docks for your guided boat tour of Ballesta Isles (in a group), viewing hundreds of marine mammals and birds. Afternoon transfer to the bus station for the bus to Lima, transportation to the Lima airport for the evening flight to Arequipa, transfer to and overnight at your Arequipa hotel.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: La Hosteria Hotel or similar in Arequipa

Day 6 : Day tour of Arequipa, Santa Catalina and Juanita Museum

Visiting: Arequipa

After breakfast, you will be picked up at your hotel for a morning tour of the city of Arequipa. You will also be able to visit the famous Santa Catalina Convent and the Museum that houses Juanita, the "ice maiden". Tour is in a group. Free afternoon and overnight in Arequipa.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: La Hosteria Hotel or similar in Arequipa

Day 7 : Tour to Colca Canyon

Visiting: Arequipa, Colca Canyon

Pick up at your hotel for a trip to the Colca Canyon (private tour), viewing the sights en route and the canyon itself. Picnic lunch en route. You will check into your hotel and have an option for other afternoon activities or time at the hot springs baths. Overnight in the Colca Canyon.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Casa Andina Colca or similar in the Colca Canyon

Day 8 : Morning tour of Colca; afternoon drive to Puno

Visiting: Colca Canyon, Puno

Your guide will take you for a spectacular early morning viewing of the condors at the rim of the canyon (Cruz del Condor). In the afternoon you will be transported (tourist bus) to Puno. Overnight in Puno.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Intiqa Hotel or similar in Puno

Day 9 : Day tour of Sillustani ruins and bird watching

Visiting: Puno

Free morning in Puno. Afternoon tour of Sillustani (pre-Inca and Inca burial grounds) ruins and optional bird watching at the lake nearby. Overnight in Puno.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Intiqa Hotel or similar in Puno

Day 10 : Boat tour to Taquille and Uros Isles; overnight at family lodge

Visiting: Lake Titicaca

Full day boat tour with private guide of Lake Titicaca, stopping at Taquille Island and hiking to the village. Lunch at a local restaurant. Then, in the afternoon, you will continue on to the peninsula, where you meet a local family and spend time with them. The cultural experience includes local dancers and supper with the family. Overnight at a family lodge .

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Family lodge on Luquina Peninsula

Day 11 : Morning activities with family, return to Puno

Visiting: Lake Titicaca

After breakfast and a visit with the family, your boat will return you to Puno by way of Uros floating isles for a cultural experience with these native people. Overnight in Puno.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Intiqa Hotel or similar in Puno

Day 12 : Bus tour from Puno to Cusco

Visiting: Puno, Cusco

Early morning transfer to the Puno bus station for the Wonder First Class Bus to Cusco. There will be several stops and visits to pre-Inca and Inca ruins, a colonial church, mountain pass and an Andean buffet lunch. Upon late afternoon arrival in Cusco, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Cusco.

  • Meals: BL
  • Standard Lodging: Casa Andina Cusco Plaza or similar in Cusco

Day 13 : Day tour of Cusco city and nearby ruins

Visiting: Cusco

Free morning to acclimatize in Cusco. Afternoon city tour and nearby ruins (in a group). Visit city plazas and churches (cathedral and la Compania) and the Sun Temple (Qoricancha) and tour Sacsayhuaman, Tambo Machay and Qenqo ruins. Overnight in Cusco.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Casa Andina Cusco Plaza or similar in Cusco

Day 14 : Full day tour of the Sacred Valley

Visiting: Cusco, Sacred Valley

Pick up at your hotel for a full day tour of the Sacred Valley (in a group). Visit Pisac's colorful market and walk through town. On to Ollantaytambo and tour the famous Inca ruins and village. Lunch at an Andean restaurant. Late afternoon drop off at your hotel in Ollantaytambo (or your bus/van will return to Cusco for overnight there).

  • Meals: BL
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Sol Ollantay or similar in Ollantaytambo

Day 15 : Vistadome train to Machu Picchu, shuttle entrance and guided tour of Machu Picchu.

Visiting: Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu

Transfer to the train station for the early morning Vistadome train to Machu Picchu. Meet your guide for the shuttle, entrance and guided tour of Machu Picchu (tour is in a group). Lunch at Sanctuary Lodge, located at the ruins. The afternoon may be spent exploring the famous citadel on your own. Climb Wayna Picchu or hike to Inti Punku (sun gate). Afternoon shuttle return to Aguas Calientes. Overnight in Aguas Calientes.

  • Meals: BL
  • Standard Lodging: El Presidente Hotel or similar in Aguas Calientes

Day 16 : Free day, then return to Ollantaytambo

Visiting: Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo

Free morning in Aguas Calientes, optional return to Machu Picchu to continue exploring and hiking. Afternoon Vistadome train to Ollantaytambo. Overnight in Ollantaytambo.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Sol Ollantay or similar in Ollantaytambo

Day 17 : Full day tour to Maras/Moray and Chinchero, return to Cusco

Visiting: Ollantaytambo, Cusco

Pick up at your hotel for a full day tour of Maras and the salt pans and Moray National Park (private tour). Walk around the amazing agricultural terraces at Moray. Picnic lunch en route. Later, you will be able to visit a recreation area and try your hand at Peru's popular game of sapo, OR visit a textile center, where they are dying alpaca wool and weaving alpaca materials. On the way back to Cusco, you will visit Chinchero, it's colonial church, museum and outdoor market. Overnight in Cusco

  • Meals: BL
  • Standard Lodging: Casa Andina Cusco Plaza or similar in Cusco

Day 18 : Amazon Rainforest excursion - jungle activities

Visiting: Puerto Maldonado

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado. Welcome upon arrival, check in and you will transfer via motorized boat/canoe to your rainforest lodge, lunch enroute. After settling in and having an orientation by your guide, you begin jungle activities with a hike on the Concepcion trails; after dinner there is a twilight river excursion. Overnight rainforest lodge.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Hacienda Concepcion Lodge or similar

Day 19 : Amazon Rainforest excursion - jungle activities

Visiting: Puerto Maldonado

Jungle activities continue with a visit to Lake Sandoval and the Inkaterra canopy walkway and anaconda walk. Overnight at rainforest lodge.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Hacienda Concepcion or similar

Day 20 : Amazon Rainforest excursion - jungle activities

Visiting: Puerto Maldonado

Your jungle activities continue with excursions to Cachuela and inlaid Collpa, cocha and the hidden rainforest. Overnight at rainforest lodge.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Hacienda Concepcion or similar

Day 21 : End Amazon excursion, fly to Lima, depart Lima late.

Visiting: Puerto Maldonado, Lima

You will transfer back to Puerto Maldonado by canoe/motorized boat, visit the butterfly house and check out. Transfer to the airport in time for your flight to Lima. Depart Lima evening.

  • Meals: B

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