SHORT TOURS / PERÚ IN A GLANCE
Day 1 | Lima
Transfer in to your hotel in Lima.
Day 2 | Lima – Tambopata
Morning transfer to the airport and flight to Puerto Maldonado. Reception at the airport and transfer to your Puerto Maldonado Lodge where you will receive a welcome tropical fruit beverage. You will embark on a 4-hour motorboat trip up the Tambopata River to the Tambopata Lodge and Research Center (box lunch included on route). During the trip, we will be able to observe the local farms, while groups of birds pass over the boat. Great opportunity to see families of Capybaras, the largest rodents in the world. Reception and accommodation at the lodge. After a short rest, we will have a brief introductory walk in the forest nearby to learn basic principles of ecology and hear some wildlife natural histories. Return to the lodge for dinner. After dinner, we will make our first visit to the forest to observe the nocturnal life of insects of various colors and occasional encounters with nocturnal mammals. We will enjoy the diverse sounds of the jungle, which will accompany our first night in the Amazon. Sleep at the lodge.
Day 3 | Tambopata
Wake up early (4:30 am) and travel up the Tambopata River for an hour to the Bahuaja – Sonene National Park. You will see a magical sunrise; it is a great opportunity to see animals such as capybaras, tapir, jaguar and dears in the surrounding virgin forest. We will observe (from a safe distance) one of the greatest spectacles of the rainforest: Hundreds of parrots, parakeets and macaws of various species, enjoying their diet of mineral salts on a river bank, there we will have a hot drink and a snack, then, return to the lodge to have a late breakfast. Ethno botanical trekking through one of the trails learning about medicinal plants. After lunch, we will enter the lush green jungle on a special trail to observe wildlife. We will then enter the territory of peccaries, deer and others, with the possibility to hear or see their tracks, or discover a troop of monkeys travelling through the forest in search of food. If time permits, we will be able to enjoy a relaxing swim in the cascade of the cat. After dinner, we can take another trip through the jungle in search of caimans or relax in our lodge surrounded by exotic nocturnal sounds.
Day 4 | Tambopata
After breakfast, we will take a trip by boat to the WASAI Maldonado Lodge, in Puerto Maldonado where we will relax in our bungalows and enjoy a tasty lunch. After lunch, we will leave and travel for thirty minutes on the Madre de Dios River, to the access trail to Lake Sandoval, a beautiful typical rainforest lake. 3 km hike to the banks of the lake. There we will board a canoe to paddle around the lake enjoying the beauty of the landscape and observing the wildlife, such as kingfishers, herons, hoatzins (unique pre historic looking birds), monkeys, etc. If we are lucky, we could see the family of giant otters, which live at the lake. It is time to begin our return hike to the Madre de Dios River to return to Puerto Maldonado. There we will stay in the modern and comfortable bungalows of Maldonado Lodge. After dinner, we will be able to rest or go around the city on foot or bicycle. We can enjoy the pool and its cascade surrounded by verdant vegetation. Rest of the night free to enjoy the night life of this incredible city.
Day 5 | Tambopata – Cusco
Breakfast and transport to the airport and Flight to Cusco, at arrival transfer to the hotel. City tour in the afternoon includes visit to Qenco, Sacsayhuaman, Puca Pucará and Tambomachay complexes, the Temple of the Sun or Koricancha and the Cathedral in Cusco. Night free.
Day 6 | Cusco – Pisac – Urubamba – Ollantaytambo
In the morning private tour to Sacred Valley of the Incas, we visit downtown Pisac and then, free time to shop in the famous handicraft market. For lunch, we suggest the Huacatay restaurant in Urubamba (novo-andina cuisine). In the afternoon visit to artist Pablo Seminario’s house and the Ollantaytambo complex. Overnight in Ollantaytambo.
Day 7 | Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Cusco
In the morning, train to Aguas Calientes, on arrival private tour to Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary at sunrise, Machu Picchu one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, stands 2,430 m above sea level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna. Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472). Often referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas”, it is perhaps the most familiar icon of Inca civilization. Then we will have free time to enjoy the complex on your own. In the afternoon, we will return to Aguas Calientes and take the train to Ollantaytambo, from there bus to our hotel in Cusco. Night free.
Day 8 | Cusco – Lima
Transfer to Cusco airport, flight back to Lima and end of our services.