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12-Day Iquitos Amazon, Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu

12-Day Iquitos Amazon, Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu

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12-Day Iquitos Amazon, Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu
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Yes, this is an amazing 12-day itinerary that will take you into the jungle of the Amazon, to Lima's best sites, to Cusco and the Sacred Valley, and, of course, to Machu Picchu, the famous citadel of the Incas! All this, while enjoying 3- or 4-star hotels, a deep Amazon lodge, and expert bi-lingual guides! You can book the whole package, add to the 12-days, or change the itinerary, as you wish!

It is possible to include the Amazon Rainforest Excursion out of Puerto Maldonado, instead of the Iquitos Amazon.  Both are good options.  Ask us for suggestions.

Duration: 12 days / 11 nights
Departures: Any day of the week
Minimum: 2 passengers; contact us for the price of one person.

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Day 1: Arrive Lima, transfer and overnight.

Arrive Lima evening.  After immigration, luggage and customs, you will enter the terminal and look for your agent.  The agent will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel in Lima.  Overnight Lima.

Meals included: n/a
Mid-Range Accommodations: Casa Andina Centro Miraflores or similar

Day 2: Boat tour to Palomino Islands (in a group); overnight Lima (B)

Day tour and visit to the Palomino Islands (group boat). Pick up at your hotel and transfer to the Callao boat dock. A 3-hour boat ride through the Palomino Islands will include historical and nature information of various island groups.  We'll view sea birds (cormorants, penguins, pelicans) and have an opportunity to swim with the sea lions, who thrive in these rocky islands. Return to your hotel mid-afternoon. Overnight in Lima.

B and snack

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Casa Andina Centro Miraflores or similar

Day 3: Lima city tour (in a group); transfer; fly to Iquitos; transfer to hotel; overnight Iquitos (B).

In the morning, we will have a group city tour of Lima (colonial and modern). In the afternoon, transfer to the airport to take your flight to Iquitos. Arrive and transfer to your Iquitos hotel for the evening.  Overnight Iquitos.

B

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Casa Morey Boutique Hotel Iquitos

Day 4: Transfer to boat dock; motorized boat to lodge; jungle excursions; overnight Amazon Lodge (BLD)

Pick up at your hotel and transfer to the boat dock. We will transfer in a fast boat for 3 hours, 140 kms., upriver from Iquitos on the Amazon River. Upon arrival, you will be assigned your bungalow and have an orientation. A list of animals that have been previously seen in the area will be distributed. After lunch our group takes a boat trip to Lake Sapote, watching different birds, like parrots, jacanas, kingfishers, herons, panguanas, partridges, pigeons, cormorants, horned screamers, horneros. We then move to the other end of the Moena lagoon to see sloths and monkeys, as the night monkeys, squirrel and dusky titi monkeys, etc. After watching a sunset over the forest of mirrors, we go back to Muyuna for dinner. In the evening, boat ride to see caimans, nocturnal birds and mammals. Overnight at the lodge.

BLD

 

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Muyuna Lodge

Day 5: Amazon rainforest excursions by boat and hiking; overnight Amazon lodge (BLD).

We have breakfast very early, and take off for the Leoncito Hike, where we appreciate the immense variety of flora around the Muyuna area. On this walk you can taste the water that Uncaria tomentosa (cat's claw) has within its vines - some say it can cure cancer and AIDS. You'll also be amazed at how huge the ceiba tree is. In addition, you will see the world's smallest monkey, the pigmy marmoset, and the squirrel and tamarin monkeys. If you're lucky, you'll see the howler monkey, whose deafening roar can be heard many miles away. We have lunch and continue with boat trips to the lakes Purura and Corriente and catch different kind of fish, including the famous piranha (being more difficult to fish in March, April and May). This is an area that has many strangler vines, being the favorite spot of the bird "hoatzin" or shansho. This colorful bird looks like a prehistoric bird because it has three claws on the middle joint of the wing. After dinner, at night, we take a night walk in search of huge frogs, anaconda ́s favorite food. In addition, we will see tarantulas; it is worth clarifying that despite the bad reputation, they are not dangerous to humans. Overnight at the lodge.

BLD

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Muyuna Lodge

Day 6: Conclude Amazon excursions; motorized boat return to Iquitos; transfer and overnight Iquitos (BL)

We have breakfast on a small boat that will take us to the Amazon River, where we will experience the most magical moment of our trip, which is to swim in the same river where the pink and gray dolphins live. You can see them, but, don't expect to touch them. On the way back to the lodge, you will see the biggest aquatic plant in the world, the famous Victoria Regia. It is also easy to see iguanas. We have lunch and with our guide, we will be able to count all the animals seen in our Animal Check List. Our experience of the jungle comes to an end and we take the boat three hours back to Iquitos and to the hotel.  Overnight Iquitos.

BL

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Casa Morey Boutique Hotel

Day 7: Transfer to airport; fly to Lima; continue with flight to Cusco; transfer and overnight Cusco (B)

After breakfast, transfer to Iquitos airport and fly to Lima.  Continue with your flight to Cusco.  When you arrive, your agent will meet you and transfer you to your hotel.  The rest of the day is relaxing and acclimatizing to the altitude (3,400 meters /11,400 feet). Cusco is the ancient capital of the Inca Empire and is set high in the Andes Mountains. Here Spanish churches and mansions sit alongside Inca remains. Nearly 600 years ago, the Inca nation appeared in Southern Peru, and in a relatively short time,  consolidated its power in Cuzco, before expanding north to what are now Ecuador and south to present-day Chile. Overnight in Cusco.

B

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Casa Andina Cusco Plaza or similar

Day 8: Free morning; afternoon guided tour of Cusco and nearby ruins (in a group); overnight Cusco (B)

You will have a free morning.  In the afternoon, your guide will pick you up for the Cusco city and nearby ruins tour (in a group).  In the city, you will visit the Santo Domingo Monastery, the legendary Qorikancha (Temple of Gold), the most important Inca temple devoted to worshiping the Sun, whose walls used to be plated with sheets of gold. You continue to the Cathedral at the Plaza de Armas. Then you are driven to Q'enko, the temple dedicated to Mother Earth, as well as Pukapukara and Tambomachay  You will visit Sacsayhuaman, a hilltop fortress that overlooks the city of Cusco. The largest stones used in its construction are nearly 8.5 m (28 ft) high and weigh 360 tons, fitting so perfectly together that a single piece of paper would not fit between two stones.  Overnight Cusco. (Note that the sites may be visited in a different order, to avoid the crowds!)

B

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Casa Andina Cusco Plaza or similar

Day 9: Full day tour of the Sacred Valley with lunch (in a group); overnight Ollantaytambo (BL)

Your full day tour of the Sacred Valley (in a group):  Pick up at your hotel and this morning you continue towards Pisac, for an immersion into the heart of the Andean culture, famous for its Andean market with its interesting food and artisan stalls. Enjoy a buffet lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you visit Ollantaytambo, a still-thriving Inca village set below an ancient Inca fortress and temple with stunning views over the valley that makes you feel as if you have stepped back into the 15th century. Admire the magnificence of this important Inca site, as you have a guided tour of the ruins.  There will be time to stroll through the quaint streets of the present town. Drop off at your hotel and overnight in Ollantaytambo.

BL

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel Pakaritampu or similar

Day 10: Vistadome train to Machu Picchu! Arrive Aguas Calientes and check in; afternoon free; overnight Aguas Calientes (B)

Walk to the Ollantaytambo train station for the morning Vistadome Train to Machu Picchu.  Arrive and assistance to  check in to your hotel.  You have a free afternoon to explore the village and its outdoor market, hot springs baths, local museum and gardens.  Overnight in Aguas Calientes.

B

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: El MaPi Hotel or similar

Day 11: Shuttle, entrance and guided tour of Machu Picchu (in a group); option to climb Huayna Picchu at 7 or 10 a.m.; afternoon Vistadome train return to Cus

YOu will meet your guide for the early shuttle, entrance and guided tour of Machu Picchu (in a group).  There is an option to climb Huayna Picchu (not included, and you must order this at least 60 days in advance!).  Return to Aguas Calientes for the afternoon Vistadome train return to Cusco, where you are met and transferred to your Cusco hotel.  Overnight Cusco.

B

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Casa Andina Cusco Plaza or similar

Day 12: Transfer to airport and fly to Lima; depart (B)

Free morning in Cusco, for last minute shopping, photography, or visiting museums. Transfer to the airport for your afternoon flight back to Lima.   Departure.

B

Meals included: Breakfast

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12-Day Iquitos Amazon, Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu
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NOTE: Prices are per person in U.S. dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your trip has already been paid for.

INCLUDES:
  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
  • Transportation and transfers listed in itinerary
  • Bilingual guide
  • Hotel breakfast each morning
  • Lunches during full day excursions (hikes or tours)
  • 3- or 4-day Amazon Rainforest excursion
  • Lodging on double basis in hotels or lodges
  • Boat tour to the Palomino Islands (in a group)
  • Lima city tour (in a group)
  • Cusco city tour and nearby ruins (in a group)
  • Entrance fees to museums, archaeological sites, and Machu Picchu
  • Cusco tourist ticket
  • Vistadome train to/from Machu Picchu, shuttle entrance and guided tour of Machu Picchu (tour is in a group)
  • Inca Trail permits (if hiking the Inca Trail). Note that Inca Trail permits are limited and may not be available on short notice.
EXCLUDES:
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
  • Tips for your guides, support staff, drivers, and hotel and cruise ship staff.
  • International flights; domestic flights (we can help book these)
  • Airport departure taxes on international and domestic flight
  • Meals not listed
  • Personal expenses, e.g., travel insurance, laundry, internet.

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