The Amazon wildlife and the Inca Empire

Destination Arequipa Canyon del Colca Sicuani Sacred Valley Cusco Puerto Maldonado
Duration 10 days 9 nights
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Tour Highlights

 

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Experiences

Live an unforgettable experience observing the Amazon forest from the treetops during the Canopy Walkway. Enjoy the overnight in a charming suite room built on Inca foundations in Cusco. Explore the iconic citadel of the Incas, Machu Picchu to uncover its secrets. Visit the religious citadel of Santa Catalina in Arequipa traveling back to 16th century. Immerse yourself in the mystical atmosphere of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and discover the local lifestyle.

 

Your tour at a glance

The colonial heritage of Spanish conquistadors, the incredible legacy of the Inca Empire, as well as the breathtaking landscapes and the unique wildlife of Peruvian Amazon are waiting for you during this luxury private travel of 10 days. With the help of your dedicated guide you will explore the land of the Incas in all its glory. Different activities are included in your luxury 3 days tour in Puerto Maldonado: canoe tour in Lake Sandoval, inhabited by thousands of species of birds, the endangered river wolf, red-bellied macaws, anacondas; Canopy Walkway to admire the local wildlife from the treetops. 

 

Day 1 : Arrival in Arequipa
Day 1 : Arrival in Arequipa

Located at the foot of the massive extinct volcano Misti, the city of Arequipa will be the starting point of your private trip to Peru. Your guide will meet you at Arequipa airport according to your arrival time and will take you to your hotel. To better appreciate the colonial atmosphere of the ''white city'', you will be installed in a charming hotel, which is actually a colonial house of XVIII century transformed to a stylish accommodation. Later, you can explore with your guide the historical center of Arequipa, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The alleys around the historical Plaza de Armas are particularly pleasant. Overnight in Arequipa.

Day 2 : From Arequipa to Canyon del Colca (3h driving)
Day 2 : From Arequipa to Canyon del Colca (3h driving)

Today, before to take the road to the amazing Canyon del Colca, you can discover the famous mummy of Juanita in the Museo Santuarios Andinos. It’s an exceptional discovery of a mummy of 15th century, which will give you the opportunity to understand why the Incas were practicing the mummification and why the young children were often sacrificed. Later, you will leave Arequipa to reach the Canyon del Colca. Along the way you will cross the Reserva de Salinas y Aguada Blanca, an excellent possibility to admire the surroundings breathtaking landscapes and to see alpacas and vicuñas whose wool is the sweetest and most expensive in Peru. Later you will arrive to Chivay, one of the typical villages of the Canyon del Colca where you will meet the local inhabitants and will discover their lifestyle by visiting the small village market. You will spend the overnight in a luxury bungalow in the awe-inspiring natural environment of the lush Colca Valley. Overnight in Yanque.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 3 : From Canyon del Colca to Sicuani (5h driving)
Day 3 : From Canyon del Colca to Sicuani (5h driving)

Today your guide will take you one step closer to the famous Cusco, the one-time capital of the Incas. You will take the road to Sicuani, a stopover town between the Canyon del Colca and Cusco. Before to reach Sicuani, you will have the opportunity to discover the Cruz del Condor, the famous viewpoint from where you will enjoy the breathtaking view on the Colca canyon and observe the Andean condors hovering over the canyon. Later, crossing the Reserva de Salinas y Aguada Blanca as well as passing through the La Raya pass, you will reach Sicuani. It will be a nice ride, as you will admire not only the amazing landscapes created by volcanoes, lakes and meadows but you will also have the opportunity to spot flamingos, deer and the famous vicuñas, whose wool is the sweetest and the most expensive in Peru. Overnight in Sicuani.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 4 : From Sicuani to Sacred Valley (4h driving)
Day 4 : From Sicuani to Sacred Valley (4h driving)

Today you will reach the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The doors of the incredible world of the Incas are now open. Here you will explore the surviving remains of great Inca family estates. Why was this Valley important for the Incas and was is reserved to a special class of people? Your guide will help you to get all the answers. The ruins of the fortress of Ollantaytambo with its famous wall of 6 monoliths, as well as the ruins of the Temple of the Sun and the baths will give you already an idea about the beliefs and the cults of the Incas. From these ruins, you can also enjoy the beautiful view on the Valley. Walking through the narrow streets of Ollantaytambo, you will feel the typical charm and unique atmosphere of this city where you will surely meet Peruvians walking their lama. You can also visit the authentic local market. Overnight in Ollantaytambo.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 5 : From Sacred Valley to Cusco (2h driving)
Day 5 : From Sacred Valley to Cusco (2h driving)

This morning you will leave the sacred Valley and you will take the road to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas. On the way, we will make a stop at Chinchero, a small charming village whose inhabitants still wear their colorful traditional clothes. The site is known for its textile manufacturing. Here, women begin to weave from 6 years old. The village is also known for its agricultural terraces dating back to the Inca era, used until today. Later, you will arrive in Cusco. This town, located at 3400m above sea level, is best known for its important archaeological remains located in the vicinity of the city. In Cusco, there are still many walls dating back to the time of the Incas, on which the Spanish buildings were built. In the evening, you will have free time to walk in the historical center of Cusco, before your guide takes you for a tour the following day. Overnight in Cusco.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 6 : Cusco sightseeing
Day 6 : Cusco sightseeing

Your day will be dedicated to the discovery of the ''center of the world''. Why Cusco was so important for the Incas and what means the Incan trilogy of puma, condor and snake? Your guide will take you today to Tambomachay, Puka Pukara, Qenko and Sacsayhuaman to help you to immerse yourself more deeply into the Incan history, their beliefs and traditions. With the help of these 4 archeological sites, you will be able to witness and appreciate the extraordinary legacy left by the Incas. Later, when you return to Cusco you can stroll in the narrow streets of San Blas district to feel its mysterious energy and the bohemian atmosphere. Overnight in Cusco.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 7 : Round trip by train to Machu Picchu
Day 7 : Round trip by train to Machu Picchu

Over a century of existence, the Incas managed to leave a one-of-a-kind historical and architectural legacy. Machu Picchu is certainly the crowning jewel of the Incas. This mystical citadel built on a rocky promontory in 15th century still captivates its visitors. You will be one of the lucky travelers to uncover the secrets of this architectural masterpiece. Your guide will take you today to the railway station from where you take the luxury train of Hiram Bingham. The round trip made on board of this elegant train will certainly make your experience more memorable. Overnight in Cusco.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 8 : Flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado
Day 8 : Flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado

Today, you will continue your journey to Puerto Maldonado. This city will seal your entry into the world of the tropical rainforest of Peruvian Amazon. Upon your arrival to Puerto Maldonado, another driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the boat which will take you to your hotel. Later you will start your discoveries of the Amazonian flora and fauna with the help of your experienced naturalist guide. He will give you all the necessary explanations. Tambopata National reserve will give you the opportunity to discover different species of the local fauna that have disappeared from other parts of Amazonia. Overnight in Puerto Maldonado.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 9 : Amazon rainforest
Day 9 : Amazon rainforest

Today you will discover the wildlife of the amazing Lake Sandoval by canoe. This serene lake is inhabited by thousands of species of birds, the endangered river wolf, howler monkeys, red-bellied macaws, anacondas, turtles and black alligators. After the canoe tour, you will reach your hotel for lunch and then, you will cruise for about 20 minutes by boat to reach the exciting Inkaterra Canopy Walkway, a safe and sophisticated system of suspended bridges with two panoramic observation towers. Live an unforgettable experience observing the Amazon forest from the treetops. You will have the opportunity to admire the beautiful toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, monkeys and the three-toed sloth. At dusk, you will explore the forest by walking listening the wild sounds of the jungle. Overnight in Puerto Maldonado.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 10 : Puerto Maldonado and departure
Day 10 : Puerto Maldonado and departure

Today, after breakfast, you will take the boat to reach Puerto Maldonado Airport for your departure flight. It will be a great time to observe how the Amazon rainforest is waking up before to leave this corner of paradise. Along the way to the airport you will make a short stop at Mariposario of Tambopata. Peru has the largest variety of butterflies in the world, with 3,700 known species. Many of these can be seen in the Butterfly Farm, which showcases the diversity, beauty and adaptability of these fascinating insects.

Meals : Breakfast

Hotels during this exclusive luxury trip to Peru

 

CIRQA - Relais & Châteaux, Arequipa - 5*
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Why we chose it?


Amazing experience in a 16th century colonial period hotel

Located in the historic center of Arequipa

Tailor-made organic amenities  

 

Overview

Your stay in Cirqa hotel will give you the opportunity to travel back in time to 16th century, the period when Arequipa was built and to live an unforgettable experience in a colonial house. The powerful walls, arches and columns of the hotel are all made of volcanic rocks. Its astounding architectural interior with current contemporary nuances is a perfect bland of modern and traditional touches.

 


 

Belmond Las Casitas, Canyon del Colca - 5*
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Why we chose it?


Surrounded by the serenity of the mesmerizing Colca Valley

Experience the traditional beauty of Peru

Bland of traditional and modern luxury touches in the awe-inspiring natural environment

Individual ‘’casitas’’ with a private terrace and hot tub

 

Overview

Discover the hidden gem of the Andes by spending an overnight in las casitas of breathtaking Colca Valley. Relax in your individual casita with a private terrace and hot tub or enjoy the treatments of the local wellness Spa rich in indigenous organic plants and flowers that soothe your body and mind. Another memorable experience for you could be the Alpaca feeding, these emblematic animals, which are walking near the casitas.

 


 

Wilkamayu hotel, Sicuani - 3*
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Why we chose it?


Strategically located in the tourist corridor Cusco - Puno or Cusco - Arequipa

Charming central courtyard with colonial-style galleries

Warm and homely atmosphere 

 

Overview

The hotel Wilkamayu is the ideal accommodation to make a stopover between Cusco and Arequipa or Puno and Cusco. Even it’s not a luxury accommodation, it offers first rate quality services to its guests and does its best to ensure a pleasant and relaxing experience to its visitors complying their highest expectations. The charming garden decorated with antiques and artworks from Cusco will ensure your peaceful evening at the hotel.

 


 

Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado, Ollantaytambo - 5*

 

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Why we chose it?


Cozy environment in the middle of the Sacred Valley

Chalet-style luxury retreat with Andes views

Local planetarium to observe the stars and planets

 

Overview

The overnight in Casa Andina Premium Valle Sagrado will give you the possibility to relax in the cozy environment of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You will travel back in time and you will feel how the aristocratic families of Cusco were living at that time. Here, you will also have the possibility to see how the locals prepare the famous Peruvian ‘’pachamanca’’ in the earthen oven.

 


 

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, Cusco - 5*
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Why we chose it?


Built on Inca foundations

Decorated with colonial period frescoes

Specialty dishes prepared by leading Peruvian chefs

Inspired Andean wellness 

 

Overview

This former convent built on the Inca foundations, dating back to 17th century will take you back in time and you will live an amazing experience in your artistic room where the Inca stonework meets the Spanish colonial architecture and where the modern comfort meets the old-world charm. Relax at open-air heated pool, enjoying the colorful dishes at the local Senzo Bar. Don’t miss the unique Spa treatments that offers the local Hypnoze Spa, inspired by Inca and Andean culture.

 


 

Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion, Puerto Maldonado - 4*
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Why we chose it?


Located within the heart of the Amazon, between the Tambopata National Reserve and the shores of the Madre de Dios River

Individual bungalows

Meals prepared with organic and local farm products

 

Overview

The Inkaterra Hacienda Conception is located in a lush tropical rainforest of the Peruvian Amazon and offers amazing activities to discover the impressive variety of flora and fauna. The rustic comfort of Hacienda Conception will offer you an amazing Amazon experience. Here you will be able to enjoy also the local Spa combining the classic nurturing of a Spa with the exotic ingredients of the tropical forest.

 


 

 

Your tour includes:

- All private transfers with air conditioned high end SUV with all applicable transport taxes
- Dedicated English speaking guide-driver and his living expenses
- All luxury accommodations with full breakfast daily
- Internal flight from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado
- Internal flight from Puerto Maldonado to Lima
- 2 lunches and 2 dinners during your stay in Puerto Maldonado
- All excursions with an experienced naturalist guide
- All entrance fees as per described itinerary
- Luxury train (Hiram Bingham) for a round trip to Machu Picchu
- Gastronomic lunch and dinner on board of Hiram Bingham train
- Bus for a round trip to Machu Picchu entrance
- Courtesy of fresh bottled water at all times in the car
- Car and passenger insurance
- All parking fees

 

Your tour does not include:

- Meals and drinks (except as specified above)
- Personal expenses (tips, telephone calls etc...)
- International airfare

 

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