Colonial and modern Lima • 2 free days in Cusco • 5 days Choquequirao Inca Trail • Sacred Valley of the Incas tour • 1 overnight in Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu private tour • Manu National Park (Reserved Zone).
Aguas Termales Cocalmayo de Santa Teresa
Day 1 | Lima
Transfer in to your hotel in Lima. Briefing upon arrival.
Day 2 | Lima
After breakfast the tour starts in Miraflores district with a visit to the Miraflores Market to learn a little about the diversity of the products in our country. Walk along the Miraflores “Malecon” with an incredible view of the Pacific Ocean and then, transfer to the Barranco district, which is considered to be the city’s most romantic and bohemian district, home and working place of many of Peru’s leading artists, musicians, designers and photographers. Gourmet buffet lunch included at Puro Peru restaurant, here we will taste the diversity of the Peruvian cuisine. After lunch, colonial Lima tour, we pass by the “Paseo de la República” avenue where we can observe the magnificent Courthouse, the French Palace, continuing with San Martin Square and the Main Square where we have the Cathedral, the Archbishopric, the Government Palace and the Lima City Hall. Finally visit to the Larco Museum, which features the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru and the famous erotic archaeological collection, and is one of the most visited Peruvian tourist attractions. Return to your hotel and night free. Remember that Lima has a very wide range of excellent restaurants, like Astrid & Gaston and Central considered among the 20 best restaurants in the world.
Day 3 | Lima – Cusco - Ollantaytambo
Transfer to Lima airport and flight to Cusco in the morning. At arrival to Cusco, transfer to the Sacred Valley of the Incas for acclimatizing, visit to downtown Pisac and then free time to shop in the famous handicraft market. Lunch included on the way to Pisac – Urubamba in Tunupa restaurant (novo-andina cuisine), visit to artist Pablo Seminario’s house and the Ollantaytambo archaeological complex. Overnight in Ollantaytambo.
Day 4 | Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Cusco
In the morning train to Aguas Calientes, at arrival private tour to the Macchu Picchu Historical Sanctuary. In the afternoon return to Aguas Calientes and train to Ollantaytambo, from there private transport to our hotel in Cusco. Night free.
Day 5 | Cusco
There are no activities scheduled for today, we suggested a free day to rest before the Choquequirau Inca trail.
Day 6 | Cusco - Cachora
After breakfast we depart from Cusco at around 8:00 am to Cachora village, at arrival we check in our base the Hostal Los Tres Balcones, have lunch and walk into town. We use the rest of the day to acclimatize or just relax. Dinner and briefing with the trek guide at night. Early bed is suggested.
Day 7 | Cachora – Santa Rosa
We serve breakfast, then load equipment and luggage with the porters. We then begin the two hour walk to Capuliyoc, which is located at 2912 meters above sea level. This will be your first encounter with the magnificent mountain range and spectacular view of the entire canyon. Witnessing a native condor flying by is not uncommon. From there begins the descent to Chikisca located at 1950 meters above sea level, where we will stop to have lunch. We continue the trek, reaching the Apurimac River and begin the ascent on the other side of the canyon. (This may be considered the most challenging part of the trek) We reach Santa Rosa, where porters set up the camping site. We will rest and have a delicious dinner.
Day 8 | Santa Rosa - Marampata
This section of the trek becomes very lush, with tropical vegetation; a variety of flora and fauna that can be spotted. We walk about three hours until we reach the archaeological complex. Here you encounter terraced hillsides, magnificent views of the mountains, until finally reaching the main complex itself. The entire afternoon is left to explore the citadel, and lunch will be served. After an afternoon of visiting the ruins, camp is set up by the porters in Marampata, and dinner will be waiting.
Day 9 | Marampata - Choquequirau - Chikiska
First thing in the morning, we’ll further explore the incredible complex with a guide giving an insightful tour of the ruins. You’ll also be able to explore the ruins on your own. After lunch, we will begin the descent to Playa Rosalina near the impressive Apurimac River. We continue on to Chikisca where we will enjoy dinner and spend the night.
Day 10 | Chikiska - Cachora - Cusco
After breakfast, we ascend up to the Capuliyoc Pass one more time to take in the amazing panoramic view and watch for condors flying overhead. From there, we enter into the town of Cachora where a delicious lunch will be waiting at Los Tres Balcones. You will want to celebrate your great accomplishment. Then transfer to Cuzco.
Day 11 | Cusco
City tour, includes visit to Qenco, Sacsayhuaman, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay complexes, the Temple of the Sun or Koricancha and the Cathedral in Cusco. Night free.
Day 12 | Cusco – San Pedro (cloud forest)
We leave Cusco early in the morning in our private transport. On the way we’ll pass over interesting inner Andean valleys and Andean communities. We also visit the interesting pre-Inca tombs of Ninamarka known as Chullpas, and then we continue to the colonial town of Paucartambo where we have a walk in town to stretch legs. From here we continue to Acjanaco pass at 3500 meters above sea level where a ranger station marks the southernmost point of the park, here we start descending into the Amazon basin. We will go through different ecological levels one of them the cloud forest rich in endemic species like the Spectacle bear (Tremarctos ornatus), Orchids, Tree ferns, Bromeliads, etc. At dusk we will stop to observe the Cock of the Rocks (Rupicola peruviana) Peru’s national bird, from a hidden platform, the male birds are a vibrant reddish orange, and as several of them come together for an exhibition of a mating ritual dance in a place called lek, the males display their crest, showing off and posturing for the females, the females, fewer in number, watch to select the most suitable males. After this activity we continue to our lodge in Asuncion where we overnight.
Day 13 | Bambú lodge – Casa Pankotsi (native community of Shipetiari)
After breakfast we continue down the narrow road through canyons and waterfalls towards the town of Pilcopata, where rivers and streams still having step and strong currents come together to make the Alto Madre de Dios river to cut the last mountain in a canyon named pongo de Coñeq before they go into the flat Amazon floor. In Pilcopata there is a colonizers population that came on the 70s to dedicate to the timber industry through the dirt road that heads to the Madre de Dios valley. Now a days with the time and creation of the park this business is not longer so profitable and many of these populations dedicate to farm crops like manioc, pineapple, rice and specially coca leaves; from Pilcopata we continue to Atalaya which is the first pluvial port of Alto Madre de Dios river. At this point we unload our car and load our motor boat, from Atalaya we sail for about 4 or 5 hours to Shipetiari Native Community where we overnight in a lodge with open platforms with beds and mosquito nets. On the way we will be able to see the great diversity of the wildlife like terns, cormorants, kingfishers and some raptors between the bird; we can also spot reptiles and mammals on the river shore. Optional: River rafting from Pilcopata to Atalaya port for about one and a half hour.
Days 14 | Casa Pankotsi – Casa Matsiguenka (reserved zone)
After breakfast we board our boat and proceed to Manu river. After approximately 2 hours of navigation we arrive to the village call Boca Manu located at the confluence of Manu river and Alto Madre de Dios river, here we will make a stop in order to do the last minute shopping we may need to continue up stream Manu river to our destination Casa Matsiguenka, we will make a quick stop after an hour of navigation from Boca Manu at Limonal ranger station where we register in the official tourist logbook. On this boat ride we will be able to spot bird species like black skimmer (Rynchops nigra), Horned screamer (Anhima cornuta), reptiles like White cayman (Caiman crocodilus), turtles like the Taricaya (Podocemis unifilis) and some mammals sunbathing on the river shore like Jaguar (Panthera onca), la Tayra (Eira Barbara) or feeding on the canopy like the Wooly monkey (Lagothrix lagothricha), Spider monkey (Ateles paniscus). This journey will show us the immensity of our rain forest. At arrival to the lodge we will assign the room and then we will organize a walk on the trail system there.
Day 15 | Casa Matsiguenka
The howl of the Howler monkey (Alouatta seniculus) at sunrise will mark the beginning of the day, today early in the morning we will go to Salvador oxbow lake, these lakes formed as a consequence of the fluvial dynamics of the meandering rivers, generates a very particular and diverse ecosystem. We will explore Salvador lake on a catamaran in search of species like the family of Giant otters (Ternura basilienses) highly endangered, important inhabitant of the oxbow lakes where it can be seen playing, fishing or swimming, and also the arch enemy of the otter the Black cayman (Melanosuchus niger); birds like the particular Hoatzin (Ophisthocomus hoatzin), the Spider monkey (Ateles paniscus), etc. and the flora at the lake edges; after this activity we come back to the lodge. Or the afternoon your guide will organize a walk on the trail system of Cocha Salvador. Optional night walk.
Day 16 | Casa Matsiguenka
Today we will visit another important oxbow lake on the reserved zone, Cocha Otorongo, located 1 hour of boat ride from Casa Matsiguenka, here we will use the trail system of this primary forest and the observation platform at 15 meters high on the shores of the lake. At Otorongo oxbow lake the diversity is big and the possibilities to spot wildlife are high, between the species we can observe on this trail system are monkeys like Spider (Ateles paniscus), brown capuchin (Cebus paella), Squirrel monkey (Saimiri sciureus); we can also spot birds like Paradise tanager (Tangara chilensis), flycatchers like Thamnomanes schistogynus, woodcreepers, woodpeckers and mixed bird flocks on the walks; and the typical birds of the oxbow lakes like Rusfecent Tiger- heron (Tigrisoma lineatum), Cocoi heron (Ardea cocoi), Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga), Wattle Jacana(Anhinga anhinga).
Day 17 | Casa Matsiguenka - Shipetiari
We will depart from Casa Matsiguenka early in the morning to benefit from the early hours of navigation on the Manu river to our destination Casa Pankotsi in Shipetiari. The first hour of the day are the best to observe wildlife from the boat. Species like the biggest rodent in the world the Capybara (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris), the tapir (Tapirus terrestris) can be seen on the river shores, as well as Blue and yellow macaw (Ara ararauna), White-throated Toucan (Ramphastos tucanus) on the forest canopy or flying . Overnight at Casa Pankotsi on the native community of Shipetiari.
Day 18 | Shipetiari – Aguas Calientes
Today after breakfast we can visit the native community and learn about the customs and worldview of the Matsiguenka culture. After that we take our boat and after approximately 4 hours of navigation we arrive to Aguas Calientes where we overnight in a lodge on the other side of the river from Shintuya native community. We spent the afternoon relaxing on the natural thermal baths there.
Day 19 | Aguas Calientes – Cusco
After breakfast we take our boat for about 3 hours to Atalaya port, where our private transport is waiting to bring us to Cusco, we expect to arrive in Cusco at dusk.
Day 20 | Cusco
Day free to do your own search in the Imperial Capital of the Incas, its restaurants, bars and pubs. We suggest a visit to the traditional district of San Blas or the Pre-Spaniard art museum.
Day 21 | Cusco - Lima
Transfer to Cusco airport, flight back to Lima and transfer to the hotel. End of our services.