The latest in our "Peru Guru - Signature Series" that has made TAMBO a leader in designing trips according to the needs, time & interest of the traveler.
Day 1 - Depart to Peru arrive Lima
Depart from the home city to Lima where you will be met and transferred to the hotel located in Lima. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 - Lima - Puerto Maldonado - Wasai Tambopata Lodge
You will be met and transferred to the Lima airport & the local airline flight departing to Puerto
Maldonado. Here the local staff will meet and transfer you by bus to the WASAI Maldonado Lodge
where you will receive a welcoming drink as well secure excess baggage. Continue
to the Tambopata river where you will embark for a 3 to 4½ hour motorboat trip up the Tambopata
River to WASAI Tambopata Lodge & Research Center. (box lunch on route). During the trip you enter
the primary rainforest where a variety of plant as well as wildlife can be observed You will have
the opportunity to observe caiman, turtles and numerous amount of bird species that flourish on the
rivers edge. Also the opportunity to see families of Ronsocos, the largest rodents in the world.
Upon your arrival you will take a short rest in your accommodation at the lodge, then proceed for
a introductory walk in the forest nearby to learn basic principles of ecology and hear some wildlife
natural history. Return to the lodge for dinner. After a hearty dinner you will make your first visit
to the forest to observe the nocturnal life of insects, frogs of various colors, and an occasional
encounter with nocturnal mammals. Here you can enjoy the diverse sounds of the jungle which will
accompany our first night in the Amazonia. Overnight at the WASAI Tambopata Lodge. (BB/L/D)
Day 3 - Wasai Lodge Tambopata
Early morning wake up early (4:00 am) to drink a coffee or hot drink and leave for the "Collpa".
You will travel up the Tambopata river ("Bahuaja" in the local dialect )for an hour and a half,
before arriving a safe distance for observation one of the greatest spectacles of wildlife. Known as one of the largest Macaw Licks in the world, almost everyday hundreds of parrots and macaws of various species, enjoying their diet of mineral salts on the clay wall. It is an experience that never will be forgotten. Afterwards you will make a stop on the river bank to have a fruit snack and we will return to the lodge to have breakfast and rest. After lunch you will enter the verdant jungle on a special trail to observe wild life. You will then enter the territory of peccaries, deer and others, with the possibility to hear or see the tracks of them, or discovering a troop of monkeys traveling through the forest in search of food. Time permitting, you can return to enjoy a relaxing swim in the cascade of the cat. After dinner we can make another trip through the jungle, search for caimans or relax in our lodge surrounded by exotic nocturnal sounds. Overnight at the WASAI Tambopata Lodge. (B/L/D)
Day 4 - Wasai Lodge Tambopata - Wasai Lodge Maldonado
After breakfast, you will depart from the WASAI Lodge proceeding down river by a motorized boat to
the WASAI Maldonado Lodge in Puerto Maldonado. Here, you will get to relax in our bungalows and enjoy
lunch. After lunch, you will leave and travel for twenty minutes on the Madre de Dios River, to access
the trail to Lake Sandoval, a beautiful typical rainforest lake. ( approx. 5 km hike to the banks of
the lake.) There you will board a canoe to paddle around the lake to enjoy the beautiful landscape.
You will also get to observe wildlife, such as kingfishers, herons, hoatzins (unique pre historic looking birds),
monkeys, etc. With some luck, you may get the opportunity to see a local family of the endangered giant otters
which live on the lake. You will as well have the opportunity to fish for piranhas and swim in the lake.
Late afternoon, you can enjoy a spectacular sunset over Lake Sandoval. You will return back to your
lodge by hiking to the Madre de Dios River, then take a boat to Puerto Maldonado. There you will
stay in the modern and comfortable bungalows of WASAI Maldonado Lodge. After dinner, you are able to
rest or go around the city on foot or on bicycle. You can also enjoy the pool and its cascade surrounded
by verdant vegetation. Overnight at the WASAI Maldonado Lodge. (B/L/D)
Day 5 - Wasai Lodge - Puerto Maldonado - Cuzco
You will be met and transferred to the Puerto Maldonado airport & the local airline flight departing
to Cuzco. On your arrival our staff will meet and transfer you to the Hotel where you can use the
remainder of the morning to acclimate to the 11,300 ft. altitude in the Inca capital of Cuzco. Over
night at the Hotel. (B/L/D)
Day 6 - Cuzco - City Tour - Sacsayhauman Park - Cuzco
Morning on your own. . In the afternoon
(1:45 p.m.), our staff will meet and transfer you by group tour bus and guide for a City tour of Cuzco and the Colonial
and Inca sites of La Cathedral and Santo Domingo Convent, or Q’oricancha, Tambo Machay, Kenko,
Pucapucara, and Sacsayhauman. Early evening return to Cuzco and the hotel. (5:45 -6:15 p.m.)
Over night at the hotel. (CB or BB)
Day 7 - Cuzco - Pisac Market - Ollantaytambo
Our staff will meet and transfer you in the morning ( 8:45 -9:00 a.m.) into the Sacred Valley of the Inca.
This fertile region includes many Inca terraces and farm land. Travel to the town of Pisac and the Ancient
Pisac Market for the annual show where many of the local Indians sell and barter their hand made textiles,
fresh fruits, and vegetables. After an hour or so of mingling with the locals, you will proceed to eat lunch
at a local hacienda restaurant in the Sacred Valley. Afterwards, continue to Ollantaytambo which is
the oldest continuously habituated town of the Inca that contains several important Inca structures.
At the top of the sixteen massive terraces are the ever impressive ruins of Ollantaytambo Fortress.
This is where the Inca fought some of their fiercest and strongest battles. It is unknown how the huge
precisely carved stones were transported down one mountain range to the Ollantaytambo location,
or how they were fitted perfectly to support a strategic fortress that has bared the test of time.
Also found here are “silos” or grain mills that are directly adjacent to the fortress that could
have maintained thousands of pounds of grain for the Inca and its people. Some of the grain was
most likely produced in the surrounding agricultural terracing by the variety of crops that were
grown. Afterwards, remain in the Sacred Valley. (3:45 p.m) Overnight at the hotel. (CB or BB / L)
Day 8 - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes / Machu Picchu
Morning on your own in Ollantaytambo to explore the area. Afterwards you will be assisted to the Ollanta train station for the First Class train departing mid - afternoon
to Machu Picchu. Here you will continue into the Andean Mountains winding and passing through several small villages where the local Indian farmers manage their farms
and reside just as they have for hundreds of years. After a short but scenic ride (1½ hours) you arrive into the final stop at Aguas Calientes. Here the temperatures will have
changed to that of tropical and a abundance of plants typical for this region of the Amazon basin can be appreciated. Here you will be met by the hotel staff and transferred
to the preferred hotel. Remainder of the evening on your own. Evening your guide will meet with you for the orientation regarding the following morning trip into Machu Picchu.
Overnight at the preferred hotel. (CB or BB/L)
(NOTE: Sanctuary Lodge includes: BB/L/D, Pueblo Hotel includes: BB/D)
(*NOTE: Entry of Machu Picchu is limited to 4 hours. Entries start at 6:00 A.M. / last entry is 2:00 P.M. All 4 hour time
slots are limited to available spaces at time of purchase.
Based on train times and availabilities service maybe by tour bus from Cuzco to Ollantaytambo and train to Machu Picchu.
The return from Machu Picchu could be train to Ollantaytambo then by tour bus to Cuzco. )
Day 9 - Aguas Calientes - PRIVATE TOUR Machu Picchu - Cuzco
Early morning you will meet your private guide and board the tourist bus and proceed up an incredible winding road that leads to the fabled site
for early morning tour of Machu Picchu. On your arrival your guide will explain the history and the myths that surround this archaeological wonder.
Several ideas or possibilities have been noted of this massive archaeological complex of acropolis proportion. Whether this site was pre Incan, a
previous leaders sanctuary for his retirement, or maybe a location for the virgins to be separated from the kingdom and used as wives for the Inca
rulers or even sacrificial for the gods. It seems that the world will never know. After your tour (2 hours) time will permit to hike to the Inti
Punku Pass (Gate of the Sun) or explore and take more photographs of the area. Remainder of the day on your own. Late afternoon bid farewell to the
lost city of Machu Picchu and proceed to the Aguas Calientes where you will re-claim your baggage at the hotel before departing on the train to Cuzco.
Afterwards transfer to the train station where you will board the First Class train for your return to Ollantaytambo and then to Cuzco and the hotel.
Overnight at the preferred hotel.(CB or BB)
Day 10 - Cuzco Free day
Full day on your own in Cuzco to visit for shopping or visiting a local museum. Overnight at the Hotel.(BB)
Day 11 - Cuzco - Puno
Morning our staff will transfer you for your departure via a First Class tour bus for the scenic
ride to Puno.(8 hours). On the way you will travel through the Andean mountains passing and making
short visits to the archaeological sites of Pikillaqta, Andahuaylillas, Raqchi & La Raya while on
the way to Puno. On your arrival to Puno and the highest navigable lake in the world of Lake Titicaca,
you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Remainder of the evening on your own. (BB)
Day 12 - Puno - Uros - Amantani ( homestay )
Early morning departure to Lake Titicaca where you will go by boat to the floating Uros Islands.
Here time will be allowed for mingling, shopping or even to barter for a large selection of local
hand made items with the descendants of Uros Indians. After a short time here you will proceed
again by boat to the Island of Amantani where many archaeological sites will be visited with your
guide. There are several temples and a Royal throne "Inkatiana" carved of stone on the shore of
the lake. You as well will visit the impressive points of either Pacha Tata or Pacha Mama for a
magnificent view of Lake Titicaca from the highest point of the island. Later a cultural excursion
to visit up to six different villages that exist on the largest island. Here these humble and simple
Amara Indians descendants have lived on this some what secluded island from the mainland unchanged in
their traditions for hundreds of years. Afterwards you will proceed to a local family home that is
your accommodations for the night. Overnight at a local Indian family home. (CB/D)
Day 13 - Amantani - Taquile - Puno
Morning after breakfast and a last visit in the area proceed to the Island of Taquile where you can
view pre Inca & Inca archaeological ruins & terracing. Mid day depart by boat from Taquille with a
late afternoon arrival into Puno. Here you will be met and transferred to the Hotel.
Overnight at the Hotel. (CB)
Day 14 - Puno - Chivay - Colca Canyon
After breakfast depart at 8:00 a.m. by tour bus from Puno and travel 45 minutes, then pass through
Juliaca Cabanillas. Here we will gradually descend until we reach Lagunillas where time will be allowed
to stretch our legs and take pictures, then continue to Imata where we can appreciate from afar the
impressive stone forest. Continue on passing through Patapampa ( Mirador of volcanoes ) peak in route
some 4,800 meters above sea level after 30 minutes to descend to reach Chivay at about 1:00 p.m. Here
you will transfer to the hotel of your choice. Overnight at the hotel. ( BB )
Day 15 - Colca Canyon - Arequipa
Morning departure (7:00 a.m.) to "El Mirador de la Cruz del Condor" where the best possibilities of
viewing the fabled Andean condor are available. Later return to Chivay, where you will visit some
pre-Inca tombs as well as several small traditional villages like Pichollo, Maca and Yanque before
returning to Chivay. Afternoon depart by tour bus from Chivay and then to Arequipa ( 8:00 p.m. )
wher you will transfer to the hotel of your choice. Overnight at the hotel. (BB)
Day 16 - Museo de Altura - Santa Catalina Convent
Mid morning tours of the Museo de Altura where the noted Inca Ice Princess ( Momia Juanita) is preserved for the public view. In 1995,
American archaeologist Johan Rienhards is credited for discovering this child mummy of the Inca civilization high above Colca Canyons
Mt. Ambato (20,700 ft.) Afterwards continue to the Santa Catalina Convent, which was opened to the public in 1970 after four centuries
of mysterious isolation this site is by far the most interesting of the Arequipa sites. History is said that at one point there were
over 450 nuns whom lived in seclusion from the outside. The convent has been beautifully remodeled with Colonial furniture & paintings
from the Cuzco & Arequipa Schools of Art. The convent with the traditional painted homes, cobblestone streets & plazas spread throughout
is literally is a city in itself and its massiveness will amaze. Additional time for photographs and shopping then return to your hotel.
Over night at your hotel. (CB or BB)
Day 17 - Arequipa - Lima - Chiclayo
Morning you will be met and to the Arequipa airport and the departing flight to Lima.
Connect to the departing flight to Chiclayo. On your arrival you will be met and transferred to the Hotel.
Overnight at the Hotel. (CB or BB))(time permitting you can visit Pimentel Bay for the fishermans
Day 18 - Chiclayo - Tucume - Sipan Museum
Morning guided tour with our guide to the Royal Tombs of the Lord of Sipan Museum where
numerous artifacts from the Moche civilization including the Lord of Sipan tomb are secure for
public viewing. Continue for tours to the sites of Pampa Grande, Lord of Sipans Tomb & Tucume.
These areas are the most important regions that are least to be explored by the western tourist
and the importance as well as accessibility is far better than that of ANY other tourist region in
Peru. Archaeologically wise this region is the richest in history & financially wise to have been
discovered intact in the last 100 years. New and unknown sites are being excavated every day / year.
This is the cutting edge of the past history from Thor Heyderdahl's discovery of Tucume to Walter
Alvas credits to the Lord of Sipan's site, and is the best of the best. It is noted that the site
of Pampa Grande is the most significant archaeological discovery in the western hemisphere.
Late afternoon return to Chiclayo and the Gran Hotel. Later visit to seaside town at Pimentel Bay
where the local fisherman build typical reed boats & you can watch the sunset Afterwards return to
the Grand Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel. (CB or BB)
Day 19 - Chiclayo - Trujillo
Morning you will depart by private car or tour bus with visits to the Sun & Moon temples
of the Chimu civilization on the way to Trujillo. Mid afternoon arrival into Trujillo where you will transfer to the Hotel.
Later to the El Brujo site and afternoon return to the hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.(CB or BB)
Day 20 - Trujillo - Lima
Full day of tours to El Dragon Ruins & Chan Chan. Built by the Chimu Empire approximately 1200 AD,
the citadel of Chan Chan consisted of nine major sub-cities.Each built by a previous leader and at
their height, housed more than 50,000 people. With a span of more than 45 square miles it was the
largest pre-Columbian city in the Americas and the largest mud city in the world. Late afternoon
return to the hotel to get your baggage then soon afterwards transferred to the Trujillo airport
for the departing flight to Lima. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the hotel for the
remainder of the day on your own. Overnight at the Hotel.(CB or BB)
Day 21 - Lima - Paracas
You will be met and transferred to the Cruz del Sur bus station and depart by first class service
on the Pan American Highway until you reach the sea side town of Paracas where you will be met and
transferred by private car to the preferred hotel. Overnight at the hotel.(CB or BB)
Day 22 - Paracas - Ballestas Islands - Nazca
Morning you will be met & transferred to the departure dock where you board the boat to the
Ballestas Islands. A spectacular view of the marine and animal life exists in its natural habitat
similar to that of the Galapagos. You may see: Seals, Sea Otter, Sea Lion, Leatherback and Green
turtles, Lizards or a variety of over 18 regional bird species. Afterwards return to the dock where
you will transfer to the hotel to collect your baggage. Afterwards you will transfer by tour bus or
private car to the desert city of Nazca and your hotel. Overnight at the hotel.(CB or BB)
Day 23 - Nazca - Lima
In the morning you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the local airport for your flight
over the Nazca Lines. Here you will get the ultimate view of one the most controversial archaeological
sights from our ancient ancestors that has ever been discovered the Nazca Lines. These desert drawings
date back somewhere between 200 B.C. & 600 A.D. Here scientists & historians have been unable to explain
the reason for the huge trapezoids, triangles, rectangles & quadrangles that stretch across miles of desert
plain. The theories for these mysterious geo-glyphics left behind by the Nazca Indians range from, the reading
of the constellations to weather forecasting and even ancient landing strips for space ships from some other planet.
Though we may never find the true reason for these incredible pieces of art that are just as mysterious as the
civilization that made them, your abilities to get a birds eye view, such as the ancient visitors may have,
lets you form your own idea on their purpose to the Indians of the Nazca plain. Afternoon tour of the pre-Inca
cemetery of Chauchilla dating back over 2000 years. Mid afternoon depart by Ormeno Royal Class Service at 1:30 p.m.
for your return to Lima at 8:30 p.m. You will be met and transferred to the Lima airport for the International flight
home... ( optional overnight & tours available in Lima )(CB or BB)
Day 24 - Lima - arrive into your home city
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. . . ALERT . . . ALERT . . . ALERT . . .
ALL ENTRIES FOR MACHU PICCHU NATIONAL PARK ALLOW ONLY 4 HOURS FROM SCHEDULED ENTRY TIME.
Entries start at 6:00 A.M. / last entry is 2:00 P.M.
All 4 hour time slots are limited to available spaces at time of purchase.
NOTE : All hotels include Continental or Buffet breakfast.
Room type : ST=Standard;CR=Colonial;SP=Superior;DR=Deluxe;
SPD=Superior Deluxe; JS=Jr.Suite;STP=Standard Patio;SPT=Standard Patio Terrace.
NOT INCLUDED :
International air to Peru, local air inside Peru. Local air inside Peru available directly from airline or via the Peru office representatives.
Also not included local visas, departure taxes and any add on incidentals not included in program.