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Wonderland of Peru – 19D/18N

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  • 19 days and 18 nights
  • Max people: 10
  • Min age: 5+
  • Lima, Peru
  • Lima, Paracas, Overflight Nazca Lines, Ballestas Islands, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu
  • Scheduled departures

The main journey of this tour is made in the comfort of the train, is one of the fastest tours to visit the wonder of the world Machu Picchu.

Price Includes

  • 18 Nights Hotel.
  • All bus transfers.
  • Domestic flight tickets.
  • Flight over the Nazca Lines.
  • Round trip Train Tickets to Machu Picchu.
  • All entrance tickets for the places to visit mentioned in the program.
  • Bus up/down to Machu Picchu.
  • Professional English Speaking Guide.
  • 18 x breakfast, 13 x lunch, 3 x Dinner.
  • flight from tambopata to Lima.

Price Excludes

  • food at the mentioned.

We suggest bringing

  • Walking Shoes.
  • Bottled Water.
  • Insect Repellent.
  • Sunblock.
  • Cash in Small Bill Form.
  • A Backpack.

Briefing in our office, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. of the day before the trip, detailed explanation of the tour with our guide.

Recommendation: Arrive 24 hours before the trip at the office of Conde Travel.

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Itinerary

Day 1:Arrival in Lima - City Tour

Upon arrival in Lima, we will transfer you from the airport to your hotel.

At 12.30 p.m. we will pick you up for a city tour with a duration of four hours approx. We will start the tour visiting the Plaza San Martin and the Jiron de la Union, which is a fascinating boulevard that leads to the Plaza de Armas, the main square.

Next is the San Francisco Monastery, a World Heritage Site. This monastery is known for its Spanish Baroque architecture. Lima’s first cemetery, the Catacombs, is hidden beneath these floors of the monastery.

Our driver will take you to your hotel where you will have the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2:Lima - Paracas - Islas Balletas - Nazca

Today, after breakfast at your hotel, we will start our trip to Paracas at 3:30 am. Upon arrival we will transfer you to the Paracas Bay to take the boat tour to the Ballestas Islands, three small islands full of wildlife just a few minutes from the coast.

On the trip to the islands, we will be able to see the “Candelabro”, a giant candelabra-shaped hieroglyph.

When we arrive at the Ballestas Islands, we will stay on the boat while observing the frenzy of amazing animals that include noisy but playful seals and sea lions, as well as an abundance of seabirds, including Humboldt penguins, pelicans, waders, Inca terns, Peruvian boobies, Peruvian boobies, and sea lions. Peruvian boobies, red-footed cormorants and guanays.

After our tour of the islands, we will have lunch and head to Nazca where we will spend the night.

Day 3:Flight to the Nazca Lines - Huacachina - Arequipa

After breakfast, we will head to the airport, where we will take a 30 minute flight over the incredible Nazca Lines. During this flight over the Nazca Lines, we will be able to see the most fascinating figures such as: monkey, hummingbird, tree, parrot, astronaut, dog, condor and others.

After the flight, we will drive from Nazca to Ica where we will visit the beautiful Huacachina Oasis. A magical view in the middle of the desert.

After lunch, you will enjoy this incredible blue-green oasis lined with palm trees, surrounded by sand dunes.

In these dunes you can book an unforgettable sand buggy ride and sandboarding adventure.
After enjoying the visit we will drive back to Arequipa.

Day 4:City Tour Arequipa

On this day we will do the city tour of Arequipa which includes the Plaza de Armas, one of the most beautiful squares in Peru, and the Cathedral, an excellent example of 19th century Peruvian architecture which houses beautiful treasures in gold and silver.

We also visited the “La Compañía” Church and former Jesuit temple, one of the most important in Arequipa for its history and tradition with a beautiful façade, carved columns, laurel wreaths, flowers and birds.

However, a closer look at the façade reveals the limits of European influence, as the angels have native faces; and in fact one face is even crowned with feathers following the Inca culture. Next, we will visit the Convent of Santa Catalina; a “small city” built in the 17th century and opened to the public in 1970, after 400 years of cloister.

Perfectly preserved for four centuries, step back in time as you enter the cloister and see the many spacious courtyards and gardens, the kitchen and slave quarters and the stone washhouses of this convent. You will then be taken back to your hotel and the rest of the evening is free to spend as you wish.

Day 5:Arequipa / Chivay in Tourist Transport

Departure at 08:00 a.m. Pick up from your hotel.

On the way we will appreciate the spectacular volcanoes of Misti (5825 masl) and Chachani (6057 masl), we also see vicuñas, alpacas and wild llamas in the national reserve Pampa Cañahuas, we can also observe exotic birds such as: flamingos, ducks, ibis, hawks, eagles and many others. The viewpoint of the volcanoes and snow-capped mountains in Patapampa (4.800 m.a.s.l.).

Continuing with the trip we start our descent towards Chivay (3600 m.a.s.l.), capital of the valley. In the afternoon optional visit of the thermal baths and swimming pools in La Calera 40ºC.

Entrance to the pools is not included, about $ 6.00 per person.

Note: The optional visit to the thermal baths of La Calera is only for passengers staying in Chivay.

Day 6:Chivay / Cruz del Condor / Arequipa

Early in the morning after breakfast we leave for a full day excursion, after 2 hours driving we reach the most visited point “Cruz del Condor”.
Driving we reach the most visited point “Cruz del Condor”, here we can observe the depths and beauty of the deepest canyon in the world.

Also here you will enjoy the imposing beauty of nature and observe the emblem of the Colca, the Condor.
We will return to Chivay visiting the different villages and viewpoints of the region of Pinchollo, the viewpoint of Antahuilque, where you can observe pre-Inca tombs, pre-Inca agricultural terraces and learn about the domain of agriculture that our ancestors possessed.

We will also pass through other Colcan villages such as Maca and Yanque.
After lunch we will head back to Puno in our transport.

Day 7: Lake Titicaca in Puno - Uros

At 6:45 am we pick you up from your hotel to take you to the port and by motor boat we travel to one of the Uros islands where you can observe the life of the people who live on floating reed islands, some only 20 metres in length.

After a beautiful 2 hour boat ride we arrive at Taquile Island, where we will tour the ruins and visit the friendly people of the island, world famous for their intricate and fascinating weavings. Afterwards we will have some free time for lunch.

In the evening we will travel to Cusco by bus.

Day 8:7 Colours Mountain Tour.

We will pick you up from your hotel around 4:30 am – 5:30 am and head south through the town of Urcos to the district of Checacupe (2 hours by bus) and then follow the road to Pitumarca where we will have breakfast.

We then continue along the road through hamlets until we reach the community of Hanchipata – Quesiuno (1 hour and 20 minutes by bus), the ideal starting point for the trek.

We will see incredible mountains like Ausangate, beautiful blue lagoons and many other natural sites.
The hike up to Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain) will take approximately 40 minutes.

At this peak we will savour the view for about an hour taking pictures of the beautiful scenery before descending the trail and returning to our bus.
We will return to Pitumarca for lunch and then head back to Cusco.

Day 9: Tour Vip Valle Sagrado

An incredible journey awaits us today. We will begin our VIP tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Chinchero, where we will join a traditional weaving workshop.

This village is mainly made up of adobe houses and the locals still conduct their business in traditional dress. The walls and roofs of this village are covered with beautiful floral and religious designs. We will be part of the most remarkable shows of handmade textile making and see great presentations performed by the locals.

We continue with a guided tour of the non-traditional circuit of Moray, a unique archaeological group that is one of a kind. The gigantic circular depressions in the surface of the ground, with their respective irrigation channels, were believed to be an agricultural research centre of the Incas. We then drive to the salt mines located 7 km from Moray, passing through a typical Spanish village called Maras.

To the northwest of the village of Maras, we will find around 2000 small wells that the local people still use today to supply themselves with salt. We then head to the next stop, Urubamba, where we will enjoy a great lunch. Then we continue to Ollantaytambo.

After the guided visit in Ollantaytambo we will return to Cusco.

Day 10:Cusco - Soraypampa

We will begin our adventure by picking up each passenger from their respective hotels before embarking on a 3:30 hour bus ride. Halfway through the journey, we will stop in Mollepata at an altitude of 2900 m.a.s.l. for a 30 minute rest, then continue our journey directly to the last bus stop at Challacancha, where we will meet our riders and horses, who will carry all the camping equipment and begin our trek to Soraypampa at (3900 m.a.s.l.).

Upon arrival we will set up a camping area from where we can enjoy the beautiful views of the snowy peak of Salkantay and we will have a break for lunch.

After lunch, we will visit the Humantay Lake (4200 m.a.s.l.) before we start our return to the camping area in Soraypampa, around 5:00 pm.

Where our camping team will be waiting for you with an afternoon tea and our delicious dinner.

Day 11:Soraypampa - Chaullay

Early in the morning we will have our breakfast and then we will start a 3 hour hike until we reach the highest point of our expedition, the Salkantay pass (4600 m.a.s.l.).

From there, we will walk to Wayrac Machaq, to have our lunch.

Then, the hike will continue into the high jungle where we will observe large trees with their arms stretched out over the streams, all full of bromeliads and orchids. This hike will take us about 5 hours until we reach our campsite in Chaullay for dinner and rest.

day 12:Chaullay - La Playa - Santa Teresa

After breakfast around 6:30 am, we start the hike to Sawayaco (La Playa 2100 m.a.s.l.).

We will have lunch at this place and then continue our journey by transport to Santa Teresa (1550 m.a.s.l.) Here the group will spend the night in the lodge. Then we will have a traditional Peruvian dinner and rest for the next day.

Note: After settling into your accommodation, you will be able to access the hot springs of Cocalmayo after coordination with the guide.

Day 13:Santa Teresa - Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)

The next morning, after a hearty breakfast, the bus awaits us. Those who booked in advance will go ziplining. The rest of the group will head to the meeting point of Hidroeléctrica where the whole group will join for lunch after the activities.

After a bit of relaxation at this place, we will continue walking along the railway that leads through this great jungle that the Incas knew by heart to our final destination: Aguas Calientes. We will walk for about 3 hours and encounter beautiful waterfalls, different ecological farms and possibly the curious fauna of their arrival in the region (arrival set around 4:00 p.m.).

Here the group will spend the night in a lodge. In the evening we will all meet at a local restaurant to enjoy a great dinner and have a briefing about our upcoming excursion to Machu Picchu. Then you can visit the city, which is wonderful after sunset.

Day 14:Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) - Machu Picchu - Cusco

We are ready around 4:00 am to climb Machu Picchu, the hike will follow an ascending path through the high jungle, just in time to see the spectacular sunrise.

After passing the control entrance around 6:00 am our group will have a 2 hour private guided tour of the Inca citadel, later passengers will be free to enjoy Machu Picchu on their own.

Then we will walk down to Aguas Calientes for about 40 minutes, and then walk back to Hidroeléctrica to take our private transport at 3pm, and transfer them to Cusco city the transport will arrive to Cusco around 10 pm, the last stop of the bus would be at San Francisco square.

Day 15:Cusco - Racchi

The perfect tour, private or group, consists of a pick-up at Plaza Regocijo, where the trip to Racchi will begin.
Racchi is located in the middle of a Peruvian paradise where we will start the zipline adventure.

You will feel as if you are flying through the air as you admire the Andean nature, the sacred valley of the Incas and the lively culture of the Racchi community.

After the 4 ziplines in total, we will head to Cruzpata, from where we will continue by quad to the first stop at Moray, an archaeological site where the Incas used to acclimatise seeds. It is believed that the gigantic circular depressions in the surface of the ground, with their respective irrigation channels, were an agricultural research centre of the Incas.

The average temperature difference between the top and bottom of the depressions reaches up to 15ºC in the main depression, which is approximately 30 metres deep.

We then drive to the salt mines located 7 km from Moray, passing through a typical Spanish village called Maras. The locals still use these salt mines, extracting the salt naturally.

Afterwards we return to Cruzpata to return the quads and where our transport to Cusco awaits us.

Day 16: City tour in cusco

We will pick you up from your hotel at 9:30 am and visit the city and nearby archaeological sites. The first place to visit is Qoricancha (temple of the sun).

This is one of the best examples of ancient architecture, an Inca temple. Then we head to the Convent of Santo Domingo. Continuing to the archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman, one of the magnificent buildings of Inca megalithic architectural style that only the gods could allow the construction to achieve such perfection of art.

Next Q’enqo, also filled with many mystifying sacred carvings, only to be understood by the ancient Andeans. Then we visit the walls of Puca Pucara, with unique designs that show the authority and control of this once possessed site.

Finally, Tambomachay, the temple dedicated to water, exposes its crystal clear water fountains giving us a majestic farewell to return to the city of Cusco.

After our city tour, we will take our transportation from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado.

Day 17:Tambopata Amazon Amazon

Reception at the bus station and transfer to the office of Monte Amazónico Lodge for the corresponding registrations.
Transfer to the port of captaincy where we will take the boat for an hour to our lodge – Welcome meeting with a refreshing juice based on fruits of our region. Installation in our respective rooms.

After a refreshing rest, you will have as an introduction a two hour walk in the dense tropical forest, guided by a local expert guide, who will take you through our trails and you will be able to appreciate a variety of trees that can be more than five hundred years old, as well as, you will be able to observe some species of wild animals such as: toucans, oropendolas, macaws, monkeys, snakes, butterflies, etc.

You will have the opportunity to experience the magic of our Amazon jungle which is located inside the TAMBOPATA NATIONAL RESERVE with 278,000 hectares protected.

After lunch, we will visit the “monkey island”, located in front of our lodge across the Madre de Dios River where we will find different species such as the family of friars capuchin monkeys that live on the island and return to the lodge.

At night we will go in search of white caimans that are usually found on sandbanks in the Madre de Dios River, for which it will be necessary to bring a torch.

We will also be able to see the capybara, the largest rodent in the world that can weigh up to 60 kilos, return to the lodge, dinner and rest.

Day 18:Tambopata National Reserve

After breakfast we will walk 3 km in the middle of the dense rainforest and head towards the Sandoval Lake (inhabited by piranhas) one of the largest in the Tambopata National Reserve and paddle where we will appreciate a great variety of birds and monkeys of different species: shansho, cormorant, jacanas, puma garza, gallinazos, cotomono, monkey friar, black male, pichicos and sloths.

We may have an encounter with the family of giant otters (almost two meters long) which are in danger of extinction and the largest recorded caimans over 4 meters long, return to the lodge to enjoy a typical lunch.
In the afternoon return to the city, transfer to the bus station.

Day 19: End Of Tour

Today concludes our tour. After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Puerto Maldonado airport for your flight from Puerto Maldonado to Lima.

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FAQ

What is Machu Picchu?

Machu Picchu is an archeological center that preserves the remains of an Inca city, built in a green environment of mountains and rivers, a mystical and mysterious place; in addition, it is a patrimony of humanity and one of the most desired destinations in the world.

It is located at 2,400 m. a. s. l. in a cloud forest between the Andes Mountains and the Amazon rainforest of Peru.

How to get to Machu Picchu from Lima?

To get from Lima to Machu Picchu you must travel to the city of Cusco by plane or bus.

When to go to Machu Picchu?

It is possible to go all the year, the minimum temperatures vary between 8 ºC and the maximum around 20 ºC.
There are 2 seasons in Machu Picchu: the dry season and the rainy season. The first one takes place between April and October, it is characterized by little rain and a sunny climate. The rainy season runs from November to March and is characterized by constant rains.

How much luggage can I take on the train?

On trains to Machu Picchu you can only take hand luggage that should not exceed 5 kilos (11 pounds).

Can Machu Picchu be visited by people of any age?

Yes, it can be visited by people of all ages. However, in order to ascend Huayna Picchu mountain, it can only be visited by people older than 12 years old.

From what time can I enter Machu Picchu?

Public access is from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What to see in Machu Picchu?

Machu Picchu is home to almost 150 amazing constructions, these are some of the places that stand out:

• The Temple of the Sun.
• The Intihuatana.
• The Temple of the 3 Windows.
• The Temple of the Condor.
• The Hall of Mirrors.
• The Ladder of the Fountains.
• Huayna Picchu Mountain.
• The Temple of the Moon.
• The Door of the Sun (Intipunku).
• The Main Square.
• The Royal Tomb.
• The Sacred Rock.