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Southern Peru 3 weeks

Southern Peru 3 weeks
Day 1. Arrival to Lima
Welcome to Peru !!!
You will arrive to the International Airport Jorge Chavez, in Lima, Peru; where a member of our staff will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel in Miraflores. You will have a welcome briefing and we’ll enjoy a first Pisco Sour ( Peru’s national cocktail).
 
Day 2. Lima to Paracas
We start the tour in the morning with a City Tour of Lima, also Known as “The City of the Kings”, one of the few South American capitals that preserve its colonial past. We’ll visit the San Martín square, the Main Square, the Cathedral, the Government Palace, and the San Francisco Convent and its catacombs. In the afternoon, you’ll start your trip to the south towar Paracas, where you’ll spend the night.
 
Day 3. Paracas
You’ll weak up early today to take an excursion around the Ballestas Islands, where you’ll be able to see hundreds of sea lions, Humbolt penguins’ and a great variety of fantastic birds. Right after this visit, you’ll visit the Paracas Reserva. After the visita, you’ll have the rest of the day free to go to the beach and relax.  
 
Day 4. Huacachina
You’ll take a bus to continue your trip to the south towards an oasis called “La Huacachina”, in Ica, where you’ll visit an artisanal wine and pisco storage and where you’d have the chance to try different kinds of Pisco ans wines. Then you’ll have lunch at the oasis, and after that you can get on on 4x4 buggie jeep that will take you into the Ica desert to enjoy the sand dunes and the sunset, and you’d have the chance to practice sandboard too, both of them unforgettable experiences. At the end of the day you’ll spend the night in this beautiful oasis.

Day 5. Nazca
On a wide and arid desert, we’ll find one of the world’s largest mysteries on earth: “The Nazca Lines”. You could get on plane to overfly this incredible draws and will see: a monkey, a spider and a hummingbird, between others. After lunch, we have a tour at the Pre-Incan cemetery of Chauchilla, where we will see 1,500 year old mummies, revealing Nazca as the cradle of Paracas ancient Culture. At the end of the day, we travel in a comfortable nightbus to Arequipa.
 
Day 6. Arequipa
A morning flight takes you to Arequipa, one of the most beautiful cities in Peru, and known as “The White City”, because many of the buildings are made of volcanic clay. This colonial city is surrounded by impressive volcanoes, with “El Misti” standing as a sentinel over the city. You have a City Tour and will also visit the famous Santa Catalina Convent. The city is also known for its great gastronomy and always mild climate.
 
Day 7. Colca Canyon
After breakfast you will be picked up by your guide to go the Colca Canyon, probably one of the deepest canyons in the world, and twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the US. On the way you pass through the National Reserve of Aguada Blanca (3800m), where groups of alpacas, vicuñas and sometimes guanacos could be seen in their natural habitat. After few hours, the descent to the Colca Valley begins, passing several villages until you arrive near Chivay,  where you’ll spend the night. Tonight you have the chance to soak in the relaxing hot springs under the star heaven of the southern hemisphere.
 
Day 8. Colca Canyon
We’ll wake up in the Colca Canyon today and we’ll visit the pre-Inca terracing group of Collagua and Cabana on the hillsides. Then we’ll go to the small towns of Coporaque and the ruins of Uyo Uyo, which belong to the Collagua’s and after that, we’ll start the ascent to “the Cruz Del Condor”, where we’d have a unique view of the flight of the condors, and also of the depthess of the canyon. At the end of the day, we spend another nigth here.
 
Day 9. Colca Canyon - Puno
You’re leaving the Colca Canyon and continue your travel through amazing landscapes to Puno, which is a city located at the shores of the Lake Titicaca, in the altiplano region. On the way, you’ll visit the pre-Inca Sillustani funeral towers, located next to the Umayo Lake. These towers are part of one of the largest and most important necropolis in the world. Then you will board a boat and your captain will take you from the little harbor to the beautiful Suasi island where your hotel is located in the middle of the lake.
 
Day 10. Titicaca Lake
We embark in a boat on the highest navigable lake in the world and take a tour to some islands of the Titicaca Lake. First we explore the fascinating floating reed islands of the indigenous “Uros” population, while our local guide explain us about the local traditions of these islands made out of Totora reeds. Then, our trip continues to the island “Amantani”, habited by a self supporting Aymara community. After eating something, we’ll go back to Puno, to spend the night.
 
Day 11. Puno – Cusco
Today you have a touristic bus to go to Cusco. On the way you will enjoy beautiful landscapes, Andean mountains, and some vicuñas and you have plenty of time to make stops on the way such as Andahuayllilas, know as the sixteenth chapel of the Andes, before arriving to Cusco, where we’ll spend the night.
 
Day 12. Cusco
Cusco is located in the Andes, it’s the ancient capital of the Inca’s Empire, and it’s placed at 3,400 meter of altitude above the see level. Today you’ll have a guided City Tour of Cusco and the nearest Inca Ruins’, like Sacsayhuaman Fortress, Kenko, Puca Pucara, between others, where you will learn about the fascinating past and present of this City.
 
Day 13. Sacred Valley – Pisac - Urubamba
We’ll go on an excursion with our local guide along the Sacred Valley of the Incas and we’ll visit the impressive ruins of Pisac and its famous Indian market. After lunch, we’ll go further down the Sacred Valley to the town of Urubamba. On the way we visit a small llama farm and we have a drink in a local “chicha bar”.
 
Day 14. Maras, Moray and Ollantaytambo
In the morning you’ll visit the archeological site of Moray with fabulous circular agricultural terrace and the salt pans of Maras. In the afternoon we travel further down the Sacred Valley to the authentic Inca village of Ollantaytambo. Here we visit the Inca fortress and if time allows make a small hike to the Inca storages. We spend the night in this quiet little town.
 
Day 15. Machu Picchu
We get up really early today to ascents over some mountains, but our walk will be rewarded with a panoramic and unique view of Machu Picchu.  We´ll have a guided tour of the site, and then you will have time for yourselves to wander around this amazing Inca Ruin, and if you are feeling energetic, there will be time for going up the steep to the “Huayna Picchu,” known as the “young mountain,” which rises behind the sanctuary of Machu Picchu.  From the Huayna Picchu Mountain you’ll have a great view of Machu Picchu from a totally different angle. In the afternoon, we’ll take a train back to Cusco, where we’ll spend the night.
 
Day 16. Cusco
This is the last day in Cusco, and you’ll have time to do some shopping or walk around the city.
 
Day 17. Puerto Maldonado – Monkey Island
Once in Puerto Maldonado, our trip begins with a tour of the city by private bus. We’ll continue to Capitanía, where we’ll board a motorized boat to cross the Madre de Dios River. As the trip progresses, we’ll become immersed in the natural surroundings of the jungle while observing the ronsoco, caimans, turtles, herons, cormorants and other animal species. In the afternoon, we’ll visit Monkey Island, a unique place located at the heart of the Madre de Dios River. Along the way, we’ll take in the extraordinary landscapes and exuberant flora that are home to a variety of monkey species. 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 18. Lake Apu Victor
We’ll wake up to the delightful song of birds in the surrounding canopy. After breakfast, we’ll start our excursion with a walk deep into the jungle, making our way along specially-prepared paths and canyon bridges. During our walk, we’ll see Caimans’ Cave, and as we continue along, we’ll arrive at majestic Lake Apu Victor, with its crystal clear waters, surrounding jungle marshes, and giant tree species. Further along the way, we’ll ascend to an observation point that opens up a spectacular panorama over the lake. We’ll observe parrots, guacamayos (aras), tucans, camungo, shanshos, herons and other animals such as caimans, turtles. If we’re lucky, we may even glimpse the giant otter, the jungle’s most impressive animal. After the walk we’ll return to the lodge to enjoy lunch and afternoon freetime and dinner.
 
Day 19. Back to Lima
This is the last day in the jungle and after a nice breakfast, we’ll be transfer to Puerto Maldonado’s airport, from where will fly back to Lima and where we’ll spend the night.
 
Day 20. Lima
This is the last day in Lima and you’ll have a free day to walk around Miraflores, Barranco, to do some shopping or to have some relax and rest.
 
Day 21. Departure
We’ll take you to the airport, from where you’ll fly back home, taking with you memories of an amazing trip and discoveries.


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