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Pearls of Peru Itinerary


Day 1. Lima
Arrival in Lima
, reception and transfer to your hotel.


Day 2. Lima Cuzco

Free day for personal exploration.


Day 3.  Cuzco

Free morning. Afternoon guided visit of the four ruins nearby; the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, Kenko, the red Fortress of Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay,, followed by a city tour of   Cuzco; the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun.


Day 4. Sacred Valley- Ollantaytambo

Full-day excursion to the beautiful Urubamba , the Sacred Valley of the Inca situated between Pisac and Ollantaytambo and then  a visit to Ollantaytambo, the only Inca town which was not defeated by the Spanish.



Day 5. Cuzco - Wayllabamba 

After an early morning breakfast, you will be transferred to Chilca by bus,. At Km82 we cross over the  Vilcanota River , then up past the Llactapata and Patallacta ruins, and trek towards camp arriving around 17h00. 

Day 6. Wayllabamba - Pacaymayu 
Today we climb up through the first pass at 4,200 m/13,750 feet at Warmiwanusqa. Passing 3 ecological areas such as the Yunga, Quechua and Puna. we will climb 1000 metres in 5 hours. Today camp and dinner near Pacaymayu. Overnight on the trail.

Day 7. Pacaymayu - Winayhuana

Today is a much easier and shorter day. After breakfast, we will trek up the second pass to the archaeological sites of Runquraqay and then down to  the restored town site of Sayaqmarka . We will then head along the original granite Inca Trails to the archeological Phuyupatamarka (" CloudLevel Town  ") and have lunch. We will then begin the decent to Winaywayna where a visit of the ruins and have dinner will conclude the day.

Day 8. Winayhuana -Machu Picchu Cuzco
Early morning wake up at  4:30 a.m. for breakfast and to begin the trek to be the first at the archaeological site of Macchu Picchu for the sunrise. Orchids and hummingbirds are commonly seen along this spectacular section of the trail high above the river. We will arrive at Intipunko "Gate of the Sun" to observe the sunrise over Macchu Picchu. A guided tour of the marvelous citadel, visiting the  Main Plaza  , the Royal Quarters, the Temple of Three Windows, the CircularTower and the Sacred Sun Dial and Burial Grounds. After the guided tour, transfer to Aguas Calientes onto the train station for your return train to Cuzco. Arrival and transfer to your hotel.


Day 9. Cuzco-Puerto Maldonado (Amazon Jungle)

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Puerto Maldonado. Reception and transfer to the Tambopata river port in Puerto Maldonado. Puerto Maldonado is situated at the confluence of the Madre de Dios and Tambopata Rivers. Its principal activities are gold mining, Brazil nut collecting, timber extraction, agriculture and ecotourism. After a brief survey of the town you will depart on a 1 hour ride via Infierno road, followed by a 30 minute boat journey by motorized canoe to Posada Amazonas. Depending upon your arrival time, you will have a boxed lunch aboard the boats or have lunch upon arrival at Posada Amazonas. During your voyage you may see bird such as: Black Skimmer, Pied Lapwing, Capped Heron, Jabiru Stork, Roadside Hawk, and several species of kingfishers. After arrive at Posada Amazonas, you will unpack and unwind. Posada Amazonas is a comfortable yet unobtrusive 30 room lodge owned jointly by Rainforest Expeditions and the Local Community of Infierno. A short orientation and briefing on the lodge and the Ecotourism Project before your afternoon activity, the canopy tower. Here, you will visit a  35 metre scaffolding tower that is only15 minutes walk from the lodge. The scaffolding tower is built so that you climb safely using the internal staircase with verandas on each side, and rest in platforms every  2 meters . From the top you not only get a spectacular view of the river and the surrounding forest but also excellent opportunities to observe birds from the canopy including parrots, toucans and macaws. Return to the lodge. A video about the forest of Tambopata will be displayed after dinner.


Day 10. Posada Amazonas

Early wake at dawn for a visit to the Tres Chimbadas oxbow lake. After an early breakfast, departure fifteen minutes from Posada Amazonas by boat followed by a 30 minute walk to the lake shore. From here you will take a long, easy canoe ride around the lake looking for giant river otters, turtles, hoatzin, and wading birds. The giant river otters that are seen in Tres Chimbadas belong to a resident family of nine. Return to the lodge for lunch before embarking on your afternoon outing to the community's ethnobotanical center. From this little shop, the community has been registering the uses of medicinal plants from elders and planting, producing and distributing them for over ten years. You will hike the trails around the centre with one of the residents who will explain the everyday uses of forest resources in medicine, construction, food and fiber. Return to Posada Amazonas for dinner and overnight. Optional night walk to look for amphibians and insects


Day 11.  Posada Amazonas - Cuzco

After an early breakfast, depart by boat back to the city of Puerto Maldonado, directly to the airport, for your return flight back to Cuzco. Reception and transfer to your hotel. 


Day 12. Cuzco - Puno

Transfer to the bus station for the tourist bus to Puno. The journey will take you across the imposing altiplano region of Peru affording magnificent views of the majestic snow peaks of the. Along the route, there shall be plenty of opportunities to see alpacas and vicuñas in their natural habitat. A stop for lunch at Sicuani. Stops will also be made at Pukara and several other archaeological sites. It is a long bus journey but with lovely sites on route. Arrival in Puno and transfer to your hotel. 


Day 13. Puno - Titikaka Lake

Early transfer to the port for the boat journey on Lake Titicaca to the floating islands of Uros. Made entirely of reeds and inhabited by the Aymara Uros people, they live in huts built on platforms of reeds, not more than 30-40 cms/1foot thick. Short hike on the islands, then the boat trip continues as far as the island of Taquile. Members of this self supporting Aymara community receive visitors in their colourful national costume and show them around the island. Taquile is renowned for its fine, decorative weavings. Lunch before your return to Puno in the early afternoon. Accommodation in Puno.


Day 14  Puno - Juliaca- Lima

After breakfast, transfer to Juliaca airport for the flight back to Lima. Reception and transfer to your hotel. Free day.


Day 15. Lima - Huaraz

After breakfast, journey along the northern coast of the Panamericana Highway, before turning east and through the spectacular mountain scenery of the Andes. The town of Huaraz, set amongst the giant snow peaks of the Andes is the most beautifully situated town in the whole of Peru. Transfer to your lodge


Day 16. Llanganuco Lake

Trip to the north along the Callejón de Huaylas from Huaraz. Stopovers include Carhuaz, Yungay, the village that was totally destroyed in the 1970 earthquake, and Ranrahirca. Llanganuco is a beautiful, turquoise coloured glacial lake of the Cordillera Blanca, the highest tropical mountain range in the world. Return to Huaraz.


Day 17. Paracas reserve - Huaraz

The trip includes a visit to a museum showing the natural history of the Paracas Reserve in addition to the pre-inca Paracas culture. A visit to the beautiful natural rock formation known as the cathedral before taking lunch’  Return to Huaraz before taking the night bus to Lima.


Day 18. Lima- Pisco

Arrival and transfer to your hotel for a day-in-use. Midday transfer to Paracas by first class bus, which will take us along the coast line through the arid Atacama desert, for about three hours south from Lima. Transfer to the hostel in Pisco, a bustling vibrant little desert town well known for its production of wine and the famous Pisco Sour. 


Day 19.Paracas and Ballestas Islands - Nazca

After breakfast, transfer to the port for a guided tour in boat of the Ballestas islands. Commonly referred to as the "little Galapagos", here you will see an amazing concentration of sea birds and sea lions in their natural habitat. Return to the mainland and a trip to the Paracas National Reserve. The trip includes a visit to a museum showing the natural history of the Paracas Reserve in addition to the pre-Inca Paracas culture. A visit to the beautiful natural rock formation known as the cathedral before taking lunch. Return to the hotel. Transfer to Nazca by Bus inland to the town of Nazca and accommodation at the Hotel.


Day 20.  Nazca - Lima 

Before breakfast, a tour flight over the enigmatic Nazca Lines; gigantic drawings and geometrical figures engraved in the driest desert of Peru and dating back to 250 AD.   With representations of animals, such as a spider, a monkey and several birds, they are believed to be an enormous astronomical calendar or possibly an offering to the gods. The drawings are not in actual desert sand but on small rock debris, varying in length from 150m to 300m and with a depth of 20cm. After breakfast, return journey by bus to Lima. Transfer to your hotel. 


Day 21.  Lima

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.


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Inca Trail Ruins


Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

Location: Peru

Duration: 21 Days

Trekking: 4 Days

Internal Flights: 4 plus Nazca flight

Accommodation: Hotels and Tents

Departures: All Year

Best March to September

Maximum Altitude: 4200m


Trip Notes

The Inca Trail can be trekked by any fit person but there are a large number of stairs on the second last day f the trail. Effects of altitude can be felt at 4200m







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Difficulty Indicator: 

A combination of long days with steep paths. The route follows reasonable paths through thick vegetation, up hillsides and along old Incan road systems. 

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