Peru in Depth | 11 night tour
Day 1 | Arrive to Lima
Upon arrival in Lima a representative of Valencia travel will be waiting at the airport for you and pick you up in our private transport and take you to your hotel where you will spend the night. Then you will have all the day to relax and enjoy the beauty of Lima and it surroundings.
Day 2 | Lima City Tour (B)
After breakfast, city tour and visit key sites of Lima, including Huaca Pucllana, Colonial buildings such as the Plaza Mayor and the Government Palace, and the Central bank Museum.
Day 3 | Lima - Nazca
You’ll take a tour bus to Paracas, it takes approximately 4 hours. At the bus terminal in Paracas, there will be a Valencia Travel Cusco representative waiting for to transfer you to the Harbor to visit Ballestas Island. Which are very spectacular islands with many caves and arches, providing shelter for thousands of seabirds and sea lions. Along the shores, can be seen large numbers of sea lions and in the sea, it is possible to encounter dolphins and whales. After this tour, we will transfer you to the bus terminal to take the bus to Nazca. Upon arrival, you will have your rooms ready for a pleasant rest at the hotel.
Day 4 | Nazca - Lima (B)
We will pick you up from you hotel to transfer you to the airport to over fly the Nazca Lines. The flight over the Nazca Lines takes 30 minutes during that time you will see 13 figures (The Astronaut, the Monkey, The Condor, The hummingbird, and more). Before boarding the plane, you are going to watch some videos providing you with information about the different theories of the Nazca Lines. The aircrafts is a CESSNA 206 for 2 pilots (pilot and co-pilot) and 4 passengers. Each passenger will have a window seat. We will start off flying to the right and then the left side of the figures. This means, you are not going to have problems seeing the figures. After flying the Nazca Lines, we are going to transfer you to the bus terminal to take the bus to Lima, it is about 7 hours. At the bus terminal in Lima, there will be a Valencia Travel Cusco representative waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel.
Day 5 | Lima - Cusco (B)
After Breakfast, A representative of Valencia Travel Cusco will pick you up from the hotel (time to be confirmed) and take you to the airport where you will take your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival in Cusco a representative of Valencia travel Cusco will be waiting at the airport for you and pick you up in our private transport and take you to your hotel where you will spend the night. Then you will have all the day to relax and enjoy the beauty of Cusco and it surroundings.
In the afternoon, City Tour with visit to Cathedral, we will pick you up at 2:00 pm from your hotel to start the tour and visiting the following places:
- The Koricancha: Temple of the sun.
- Sacsayhuaman: Majestic place with impressive works in stone, some up to 120 tons.
- Q´enqo: (Labyrinth) a religious center dedicated to the adoration of the Earth.
- Puca Pucara: (reddish place) that was used as a military control center.
- Tambomachay: (Temple of the Water) a center of adoration and worship of water.
Day 6 | Maras-Moray (B, D)
Other stop is Maras, from which, we can get to the salt mines. The salt mines display a bizarre spectacle of beauty. Located on a wide-open hill above the Urubamba Valley, a natural salt water stream runs underground. In pre-Incan times, they have been evaporating the salty water from this stream in order to obtain the salt that gets left behind. How it works: The highly salty water emerges at a spring, a natural outlet of the underground stream. The flow is directed into an intricate system of tiny channels constructed so that the water runs gradually down onto the several hundred ancient terraced ponds. The water, which is exposed to the sun, leaves salt on the land. Viewed from the peak, the myriad of rectangles look like an enormous painting designed by nature.
After visiting the salt mines near Maras, we continue on a short distance to the Moray ruins. The ruins are composed of three coliseums, which are thought to have been used by the Incas as a sort of open air crop laboratory. The coliseums consist of several enormous terraced circular depressions, the largest of which is about 30m/98ft deep. The purpose of these depressions is still uncertain but their depth and orientation with respect to wind and sun creates a temperature difference of as much as 15 °C/27 °F between the top and bottom. This large temperature difference was possibly used by the Incas to study the effects of different climatic conditions on crops. The terraces are arranged in concentric circles and are reminiscent of an ancient Greek theatre. In the afternoon return to hotel.
Day 7 | Open Day Cusco (B, L)
AM Yoga & stand up paddle on the Piuray lagoon (5 hours).
Come in contact with local culture and food at a corn producing farm (4 hours).
PM Participatory cooking experience in the imperial city (2.5 hours).
Chocolate, coffee and pisco: a leading trilogy (4hours).
Day 8 | Cusco to Puerto Maldonado (B, L, D)
After breakfast enjoy your last day at leisure before transferring to the Cusco airport for the flight to Puerto Maldonado.
We will welcome you at the airport and drive you ten minutes to our Puerto Maldonado headquarters. While enjoying your first taste of the forest in our gardens we will ask you to pack only the necessary gear for your next few days, and leave the rest at our safe deposit. This helps us keep the boats and cargo light. Skirting Puerto Maldonado, we drive 20 kilometres to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno. The port is a communal business.
The 30 minute boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Ñape Lodge will take us into the Community´s Primary Forest Private Reserve. Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.
Canopy Tower: this is a fun and unique activity. One of our guides will guide you to the tower, a special place to help you to find and identify birds and other rainforest animals. During the visit to the different platforms in the tower the guide will tell you about the different levels in the forest. When you get the top of the tower, you’ll be at the tallest point (37 meters) From there you’ll see the trees around which get the 30 meters tall (100 feet or more). This is an excellent place to watch the birds visiting the canopy near to your eyes. This experience is possible only from this place, it’s completely different watch birds in the canopy than watch them from the floor. It’s amazing to watch the colourful macaws, parrots, toucans, tramps, tanagers, jacamar, woodpeckers, monkeys and other wild jungle animals in front of your eyes.
Caymans searching at the river (08:00 p.m.): This activity is performed after dinner. To search alligators we’ll back to the river and take a boat ride where supported by our flashlight we’ll look for the red reflex of the alligators’ eyes that sometimes are on the banks of the river. And with more luck we could have the opportunity to see some nocturnal animal’s habitat. Just being in the middle of nature is impressive and magical.
Day 9 | Parrots claytick - Tres Chimbadas Lake - "Ñape" Botanical Garden - Bow and arrow activity - Night walk (B, L, D)
Parrots claylick: We’ll guide you to the clay licks parrots and macaws, which is located at approximately 15 minutes on a boat trip, then we’ll get to a hidden place since there you we’ll appreciate a ravine formed by erosion of the river in a clayey way, where every morning at dawn, different types of parrots and parakeets and other species of birds meet. They perform their flutter ceremony before starting the collpeo. Which consists of ingesting Clay from the Collpa after 20 to 25 minutes will go away. It is believed that the small particles of clay serve to detoxify fruit diets of birds
Tres Chimbadas Lake: Boat trip approximately 30 minutes. After that we’ll continue with the boat trip until we reach a place where we will have to walk for about 25 minutes to reach the Tres Chimbadas lake port where we will find a catamaran that we will use to make a whole trip around the lake. When we finally arrive to the destination we will have a breath taking view of the lake, surrounded by beautiful water palm trees. Having a bit of good luck you will be able to observe a variety of wild fauna species such as Hoatzin, monkeys, macaws, black caiman, flying parrots and maybe we could observe a family of river wolf (Pteronoura brasilienses), specie that is in danger of extinction. This attraction is adjacent to the Tambopata Reserve. In the back road we’ll be near to the Parrots Clay lick that is located at the river border. In a 10 – 15 minutes stop we could maybe see some parrots and guacamayos clay licking when we finish the trip we’ll get back the lodge. And then you’ll enjoy the delicious break that will be waiting for you and you’ll have a break time to have a relaxing time enjoying the landscape from you room.
This activity takes approximately 2 and a half hours depending on how interesting is the day and the fauna.
“Ñape” Botanical Garden: To continue with our tour, we’ll visit the medicinal garden which is located very near to the lodge. There we’ll meet the Ethnobotanical guide who is going to share with us some traditional knowledge of natural medicine preparation. Many people still preserve the habits of giving good use to medicinal plants such as: Ayahuasca, Chacruna, Para par. Chuchuhuasi, Cat’s claw, garlic sacha and others that are used and prepared by local people specially to cure some diseases like rheumatism, colds, malaria, diabetes, fever, gastritis, cough, anemia, and more.
This activity takes approximately one and a half hour.
Bow and arrow activity: Our guide will explain the way that ancient Ese Ejas, elaborated and used the bow and arrow to hunt some animals in the area as a home maintenance activity and as a way to provide support to the couple for feeding children. To make this activity we’ll take a walk of about 30 minutes for a trail that is close to the lodge. When we get to the place we will have the opportunity to practice this fun activity. To develop this activity, a lot of concentration is needed, because it involves throwing an arrow with a bow and get the target from a distance. This activity takes between 45 minutes and 1 hour, depending on the number of people assisting in the group.
Night walk: This activity is performed after dinner. It’s a night trek by one of the lodge roads looking for insects amphibians, tarantulas, bats, nocturnal birds and listening to different sounds of animals, the falling of the leaves from the trees, Which will make more interesting the route, and with some luck we will observe some nocturnal life mammals; such as armadillo, night monkey or perhaps some nocturnal bird.
Day 10 | Parrot Clay Lick - Mammals Claylick - Farm Visit (B, L, D)
Excursions for this day:
Parrots claylick (05:30am): We’ll wake up very early in the morning and with luck we’ll try to see the parrots and macaws concentration or maybe some mammal near the parrots claylick. To develop this activity we’ll trip for about 15 minutes on a boat. Since the boat we’ll observe ravine formed by erosion of the river in a clayey way, it is believed that the small particles of clay serve to detoxify fruit diets of birds and other mammals. This activity takes 20 or 25 minutes approximately. After the birds are going to start their flights around the claylick and we`ll get back the lodge to have a delicious breakfast.
Mammals claylick (8:15am): To do this activity we’ll have to walk for about 2 hours. The hidden place is located at 6 kilometres approximately and the time to get the lodge back is the same, there, a delicious breakfast, is going to be waiting for us. Like the birds, mammals meet around the claylick too. However not in the same way and not only at the same time, mammals meet around the claylick in different times during the day or the night. They are more reserved about it and do less routine. So, they are more difficult to see, unless you sit here for 24 hours. This Collpa is visited by the huanganas, sajinos, deer, agouti, squirrel, and tapir. You will arrive at a place where they will stop for about 30 to 45 minutes to wait for the activity of the animals to begin. But in the course of the walk the guide will explain some species of plants and hopefully they can observe some species of mammals also
A visit to the organic fruits garden (3:30 – 4:45pm): To continue with the tour in Puerto Maldonado, we will board the motorized boat again to travel for about 10 minutes to visit the Flores family farm, a member of the Infierno Native Community, who has developed a traditional and sustainable agriculture. We will take species of typical plants identification tour; such as cocona, wild potato, dale-dale, cassava, caimito, pineapple, soursop, zapote, pacay, guava, banana of silk, passion fruit among others that we will perceive from the entrance to this local farm in the community.
This activity takes about 1 hour and a half to visit and travel to the farm.
Day 11 | Puerto Maldonado - Lima (B)
We retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, our office and the airport. Depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures. Flight to Lima