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Peru Full Action

Peru Full Action

DAY 1: Arrival Lima
Welcome to Peru! You will be picked up from the airport and brought to your hotel in Miraflores. Today is arrival day, there are no planned activities for today so you can arrive at any time. Your tour leader will organize a briefing to go over the program for the next 3 weeks of adventure in Peru. In the evening we go out together to try some great Peruvian food.

DAY 2: Flight to the Amazon Jungle
In the morning we fly over the Andes Mountains to the Amazon basin and the town of Puerto Maldonado, Peru’s capital of biodiversity. We will be picked up from the airport by our local guide and our trip begins with a short exploration of the city’s colorful fruit market. We continue to Capitanía, a small river port, where we board a motorized boat to cross the Madre de Dios River. As the trip progresses, you’ll become immersed in the natural surroundings of the jungle while observing the ronsoco, caimans, turtles, herons, cormorants and other animal species. On arrival at our Eco Lodge we will be welcomed and have an orientation of the lodge. Then we install into our jungle bungalows and have lunch.

In the afternoon, accompanied by our specialized guide, we visit a unique place at the heart of the Madre de Dios River—just 5 minutes from the lodge. We make a walk through the extraordinary landscapes and exuberant flora that are home to a variety of monkey species. These monkey species include capuchins, lion monkeys, puffins and cotos, along with other animal species like the coati, sloth, and a great diversity of birds. We’ll complete our visit of the island while enjoying the sunset—the most impressive moment of any day in the jungle. Then, we’ll return to the lodge to end the day with a pleasant dinner.

Day 3: Walk to the Lost Jungle Lake

After breakfast, we’ll begin an adventure through the virgin forest, accompanied by our local guide as we explore deep into the jungle and reach the ‘Lost jungle Lake’. The Lost Lake is a refuge and feeding ecosystem for a tremendous diversity of animals. There, we have the opportunity to observe otters, caimans, turtles, sachavacas, birds of every color, the majestic jaguar and a variety of fish. This unique area, as it belongs to the Reserve, remains utterly intact, with large marshes and natural springs. We’ll ascend to an extraordinary vantage point, from which we’ll have a chance to observe the magical jungle, followed by a pleasant canoe ride around the lake. We’ll return to the lodge for lunch.

In the course of the afternoon there are several options: you can choose to make a visit to local family, to the botanical gardens or if you rather relax, you can enjoy the Amazonian swimming pool and hammocks of the lodge.

DAY 4: Cusco
We go back on the motor canoe to the Tambopata river port and fly to the capital of the ancient Inca Empire, Cusco. We take it easy this afternoon as we need to adapt to the altitude. We will make an interesting walking tour of the central area of Cusco, visiting the mean square, the Sun temple (that was once covered by gold!), the famous twelf-angled Inca Stone and the interesting Inca museum.

DAY 5: Sacred Valley of the Incas: Culture and markets
With our private transport we leave the city to visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas. First we make a stop at the impressive Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman just outside the city of Cusco, then we drive into the fertile valley. We make a stop at a local llama farm to see the different kinds of animals and we are able to feed then. After this quick stop we visit the fantastic Inca ruins of Pisac and the indigenous colorful market of the town where you can shop for textiles, music instruments, t-shirts, jewellery and souvenirs. Overnight in Cusco. (or Pisac)

DAY 6: Mountainbiking in the Sacred Valley
Today we go on a great mountain biking trip in the Sacred Valley. The landscapes are absolutely stunning. On the way we will visit the impressive salt terraces of Mares and the circular Inca agricultural and ceremonial experiment center of Moray. We will have lunch in open air in the most beautiful Andean scenery. Overnight in Cusco. (or Pisac)

Day 7: Start of the 3-day hike
An early morning start. Our hike begins in the village Qishuarani, from where we begin our leisurely pace through the valley of Cuncani. Before the high pass of Cuncani we will have our picnic lunch and then continue our path to the highland village of Cuncani, our destination for tonight. From our campsite, we will have stunning views of the snow-capped Colque Cruz.

Day 8: Over two high passes to the Lake Ipasayqocha
After admiring our surroundings in the early morning mist, we continue our hike around Sondor Mountain to the high pass (altitude of 4440m), from which we will have great photo opportunities: the scenic Huacahuasi Lake and snow-capped Veronica Mountain (amongst others!) are visible from the path. After this good morning hike, we stop for a rest in an authentic living Inca settlement, where the people still farm the traditional crops of potatoes in the exact same way their ancestors did. After this we start climbing to the second pass of Ipasayqocha (4550m). Here we stop to make an offering of coca leaves to the Andean Gods, then we descend to our campsite near the Lake Ipasayqocha.

Day 9: Trough the spectacular Valley of Patacancha to the Inca town of Ollantaytambo
Today our gentle path is covered in Andean flora, and animals such as llamas and alpacas are fairly common. If we’re lucky, we might even catch a glimpse of Andean geese, puna ibis, Andean cara caras or condor. We will feel welcomed by the warm Quechua people, whose homeland we have the rare opportunity to see firsthand. The traditional dress and lifestyle of these people is both fascinating and enticing to outsiders. Our descent takes us through the spectacular valley of Patacancha, where everything remains as it has since ancient times. After our five-hour hike, we reach the town of Patacancha, where we eat lunch and wait for our private bus to take us to Ollantaytambo, a still inhabited Inca village. We visit this beautiful town and its impressive Inca fortress. (Overnight in Ollantaytambo)

Day 10: Train to Aguas Calientes
Today we catch the train for an incredibly scenic ride to Aguas Calientes (the village of Machu Picchu). We walk to the waterfall of Mandor and in the evening we relax in the open air hotsprings and prepare ourselves for a great day tomorrow. (overnight in Aguas Calientes)

Day 11: Machu Picchu
We rise early to take advantage of viewing Machu Picchu in the early morning light, the best time to view the Lost City of the Incas. Our local guide will take us through the city for a detailed interpretation of the site and Inca history. Then there is free time to explore on your own, to make pictures and to hike up to the Sun Gate from where you can enjoy an amazing panoramic view on Machu Picchu. In the afternoon we return to Cuzco by train, arriving in the evening.

Day 12: White Water Rafting
Today we go on the Urubamba river for a great white water rafting trip in an incredible scenery. (Overnight in Cusco).

Day 13: Puno

We travel by bus over the scenic altiplano region to Puno, on the shores of the Lake Titicaca. We have a briefing with our local guide about the excursion on the Lake and the service proyect. Puno is the folkloric capital of Peru. Tonight we can enjoy music and dances from this region.

Day 14: Lake Titicaca Sea Kayak expedition

We leave early from Puno to the peninsula of Capa Chica. The road follows the lake shore and we pass two communities until we reach the village of Llachon, our embarkation point. After briefing we receive the appropriate safety equipment and embark on our three to four hour sea-kayaking adventure. Leaving early from our beach by sea-kayak we will start the day hugging the shoreline along the Capa Chica Peninsula until we reach the tip. Continuing along the shore we then cross the bay of Ccotos, round the second tip and continue along the shore until reaching the island of Tikonata. Along the way we will stop for picnic lunch at a beach or using our support boat as a base. At the island we disembark and stay at the local rural ‘putucos’, very little cute houses build in adobe with a thatched roof). We make a short hike the top of the island to enjoy the sunset over the lake. (Sea kayaking: 4 hours). Overnight at Ticonata island.

Day 15: Lake Titicaca Sea Kayak expedition 

Today we paddle across the open water and past small rocky islands over to Amantani Island. We disembark and hike along the island. We visit the village and meet our friendly local host families. You will enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding lake-shore including the Cordillera Real on the Bolivian side of the lake. (Sea kayaking: 3 hours). Overnight at Amantani Island.

Day 16: Lake Titicaca Sea Kayak expedition 

We proceed to explore the coastline of the island and then head across the open water again returning to our starting point at Llachon. Hopefully with the prevailing wind behind us we will complete this leg of the journey faster. On the way will visit an authentic floating reed island of the indigenous Uros population. On arrival at Llachon we will have lunch before returning to the mainland from the peninsula (Sea kayaking: 2 and a half hours). Overnight in Puno.

Day 17: Surfing in Lima
Today we transfer to Juliaca and take the first flight back to the capital. We will be picked-up from the airport and drive south on the pan-American highway along the southern coastline and beaches to ‘Cerro Azul’. Cerro Azul is a cool surfing spot (mentioned the song Surfing Safari from The Beach Boys). It has beautiful nature, it used to be a traditional port during the Spanish times, and it hosts a 200 year old pier, that gives a great scenery for perfect waves. Great surf for all levels.

Upon arrival in this legendary surfing spot and after getting settled in our hostel, we will get you prepared with a theoretic lesson. Then after a warming up, a mix between yoga and Pilates, we will get into the waves and get some action! Later in the afternoon we will do some more activities on the beach such as soccer, freesbee or a volleyball game, to end this lovely day. Dinner and overnight in our Hostel.

Day 18: Surfing Cerro Azul
Today we have 2 surf sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Professional surf guides will teach you how to move on the waves. Between the sessions we will have lunch on the beach, play games or walk to the nearby pre-Inca ruins.

Day 19: Surfing Cerro Azul and Sand boarding in the desert
After our morning surf session we drive a little bit further south on the pan-American highway to the Ica desert. We’ll have lunch and chill in the cool Huacachina Oasis. In the afternoon we drive into the desert with special equipped 4x4 dune buggies. You’ll feel a great adrenaline rush while you drive through the breathtaking desert landscapes. On the way we make stops to do sand boarding. It’s an amazing experience! After we enjoy a beautiful sunset in the desert. We set up our camp near a virgin oasis and have a great desert BBQ!

Day 20: Sand boarding and back to Lima
After breakfast in our desert camp we go for another amazing sand board session. After lunch in the Oasis we drive back to Lima. In the evening we enjoy a panoramic city tour of Lima by night, which is very beautiful illuminated. After this we enjoy a great last dinner together in Peru.

Day 21: Departure
Transfer to the airport and fly home with great memories!