This extended tour not only takes in the spectacular Andes but also enables you to venture into the Amazon Rainforest.
We have a different range of lodges available all offering a different experience. We can guide you through your choice and ensure you get the most from this amazing destination.
16 spectacular days of travel and adventure.
Day 1: International Arrival
Arriving into Lima, your transfer driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you in private to the Faraona Grand Hotel. On arrival to the hotel your tour controller will be waiting to give you an informative arrival briefing and present you with all your vouchers and internal flight tickets. He will also give you a local mobile telephone to use while you are on tour, you can use this to contact your guides or tour controller at any point you may need assistance. You will be able to ask any questions you may have at this point before your guide will offer to escort you on a short walk around the immediate area to familiarise yourself to the places of interest to you. No meals included.
Day 2: Flight to Arequipa
Today you will enjoy breakfast at your hotel before you are collected in the morning for your private transfer to the airport to meet your early afternoon flight to Arequipa. On arrival into Arequipa you will be met by your local transfer driver who will transfer the group to the charming Posada Monasterio hotel for check in. once you have all settled in you will meet your guide for the briefing on the days ahead. Once the briefing is complete you will be free to relax and enjoy the hotel or explore the city. Meals: Breakfast
Day 3: Arequipa free day
Now is a good time to rest and take a breath for a further day in the beautiful ‘White City’. A little time to acclimatise to altitude is useful, before you head off to the high Altiplano. Highlights that you can visit in Arequipa, either independently or during an arranged tour (local payment), include the beautiful Monasterio de Santa Catalina and the nearby museum, which is home to the mummy of ‘Juanita ~ the Ice Maiden’. The night is spent once again in Posada Monasterio. Meals: Breakfast
Day 4: Colca Canyon small group tour with guide
After breakfast departure is at 7:30 from Arequipa, crossing 160 Km to the town of Chivay, capital of the Province of Caylloma. Leaving behind Arequipa you will enjoy the majestic views of Misti, Chachani and Pichu Pichu volcanoes before entering the National Reserve of “Pampa Cañahuas”. Here you will make a stop to observe the wild Vicuñas in its natural habitat and also see Alpacas which are abundant in this area. At this point we will be around 3,400 meters above sea level. Continuing to “Pata Wasi”, (Pata=high Wasi=home) an Andean community in the opposite border of the reserve, here it is interesting to see the natural formation of the rocks and a view of the other side of the Misti and Chachani volcanoes. To prevent altitude sickness we will enjoy an original Andean “Mate de Coca” drink in Sumbay, 3,800 meters above sea level. Continuing on the road we will pass through “Tocra” over the 4,500 meter high mountains, where we will observe the lakes with migrant birds and we’ll get pictures of the “Antiplano” (highland) with its llamas and Guanacos. Our highest point will be “Pata Pampa” located at 4,820 meters, where we’ll observe the volcanoes Ampato, Sabancaya, the Hualca-Hualca, the Mismi) and the “Cordillera de Chila”. Arriving to the town of Chivay (3,651meters) we continue the short distance to the Hotel Mamayacchi. After finding our rooms, we will enjoy a traditional Peruvian lunch (not included). You are then free to relax and enjoy this quiet scenic setting or visit the thermal baths (take a swimsuit for this). Meals: Breakfast
Day 5: Chivay – Cruz Del Cóndor – Puno
Today you will take breakfast very early in the morning (around 6:00 a.m.), so we can leave to the famous “Cruz Del Condor” point, as early as possible. Before we approach the “Cruz Del Condor” we will make a stop at the look-out point of “Choquetico”, with its “Tumbas colgantes” (hanging tombs). Also we will visit the town of Maca, an Andean community that experienced an earthquake in November of 1991. Arriving to the “Cruz Del Condor” view point you will wait to see the spectacular sight of the Condors as they climb out of the Canyon on the morning thermals. After taking pictures of the majestic flight of the Condors, we will return to our transportation and will start the drive out of the Colca Canyon back to Chivay where you can have lunch and a rest before continuing to Peru. Rejoining your vehicle you will be crossing the Alta Plano to the town of Puno, set on the banks of the Great Lake Titicaca. On your late afternoon arrival to Puno you will check into the comfortable Qalasaya Hotel. Once you have settled into your rooms you will be met by your local guide for the duration of time in this area, they will give you a short briefing on your tour and be happy to answer any questions you may have. After the briefing you will have the rest of the evening free to explore the exiting centre of the city. Meals: Breakfast
Day 6: Lake Titicaca full day tour shared vessel
After breakfast today, you will be met once again by your guide who will transfer you to the harbour in Puno where you will board a shared vessel and head out on to the Great Lake Titicaca. The first port of call will be the incredible floating islands of the Uros; here you will see the way these people live on these most unusual islands. From here you continue onto the Island of Taquile where your guide will escort you around explaining all about the way of life for these people. Their lifestyle has remained the same for hundreds of years with very little influence from modern times, thus preserving many traditions, laws and customs. Skilled crafts are still very important to the inhabitants of Taquile, and the island is famous for its handmade textiles which are regarded amongst the highest-quality handicrafts available. For this reason, you will find that they are higher in price in comparison with other mass-produced handicrafts readily found in other parts of Peru. After exploring you will then have the opportunity to have lunch before re-joining your boat for the return journey back to Puno. You will have the rest of the evening free to relax in your comfortable lodgings. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7: Tourist coach tour to Cusco
Today you will have an early breakfast at your hotel as your guide will come to collect and transfer you to the coach station for your 06:50 departure with the Inka Express coach service. This coach journey will take you away from Puno and towards Cusco visiting sites of interest along the route known as the Route of the Sun and a buffet lunch will be taken in a restaurant during the day which is included. Arriving into Cusco at approximately 17:20 you will be met at the bus stop by your local guide, after introductions you will be transferred to your comfortable hotel, the Midori Hotel. After settling into your room you will be given a short briefing by your guide, this will inform you of the plans for the days ahead and will be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Once the briefing is complete your guide will leave you to enjoy the rest of your evening at leisure. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8: Free day Cusco
Today you are free to further explore the ancient city of Cusco. Declared a UNESCO world heritage in 1983 the city boasts an ancient network of catacombs to explore, a great many varied historical and cultural sites of interest and many of the buildings that stand there today are built on foundations laid by the Incas. You also have the choice of taking one of the many optional tours that operate in the area surrounding Cusco which is also rich in culture and heritage, your guide can assist you in any arrangements that you wish to make (Local payment to guide). Meals: Breakfast
Day 9: Sacred Valley Tour private service
Today you start your relaxed tour of the Sacred Valley, taken wholly in private, in the comfort of your guide’s own car. On the way you will visit Sacsayhuaman, one of the best existing examples of Inca stonework, with spectacular views of Cuzco below and far-away snowy peaks. From here we will travel to a variety of sites on the way into the valley, including Qenko, Puca Pucara and Tambo Machay, before arriving at the small, picturesque village of Pisac. This is the gateway to the Sacred Valley and home of the famous daily Pisac craft market; here you have an opportunity to view the many artisans’ wares on display including; textiles, jewellery and ceramics. Because your tour is in private, there will be ample opportunity to stop to take photographs along the way and to enjoy a leisurely lunch in a local eatery (lunch not included), as recommended by your guide. Arriving into Ollantaytambo, you will take in the spectacular ruins of the fortress with your guide. After your tour you will be transferred to the nearby Samanapaq Hotel where you will check in before enjoying the rest of the afternoon at leisure in this charming hotel. Meals: Breakfast
Day 10: Train to Aguas Calientes
You will enjoy a relaxed start to the day as you first take breakfast at your hotel. Later in the morning you will be transferred to the train station to meet your 11:15 departure to Aguas Calientes arriving at 12:35. The train will take you out of the Sacred Valley and into the mountains offering spectacular views of the countryside. On arrival into Aguas Calientes at you will be met by a representative of your hotel who will escort you to the very comfortable La Cabana Machu Picchu for check in, once you have checked in you will have the rest of the day free to relax and explore the interesting town of Aguas Calientes Meals: Breakfast
Day 11: Machu Picchu + Return Cuzco
This is an ideal opportunity to take the first transport up to the ruined city of Machu Picchu giving you the chance to witness the spectacular sight of the city appearing like magic through the early morning cloud. In order to maximise your enjoyment from your visit, Peruvian Secrets provides the services of a professional local guide who will reveal some of the mysteries that surround this fascinating place. When you are finished you can take the bus to Aguas Calientes where you collect your luggage from your hotel and transfer to the train station to take the return train journey to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival you will again be met for your transfer back to Cuzco by road, stopping at the Samanapaq hotel to collect your luggage. On arrival back into Cusco you will check into the Midori Hotel once again. The evening is free to take in a restaurant and enjoy the Inca Capital. Meals: Breakfast
Day 12: Flight to Puerto Maldonado, travel to Eco Amazonia Lodge
Today you will enjoy breakfast before you are collected from your hotel and transferred to the airport to meet your morning flight to Puerto Maldonado. On arrival you will be met at the airport by a lodge representative, after introductions have been made you will be escorted out of the airport to the waiting tour bus. Once everyone is aboard you will take a short tour of this interesting city, You will then deposit your main luggage in the office safe storage and take your overnight bag for the time at the lodge. You will transfer to Puerto Capitania where a motorised canoe will be waiting. After everyone has boarded the boat you will begin the breath-taking two hour journey downriver to the Eco-Amazonia lodge. Along the way your guides will point out any wildlife along the shores, you may be able to spot onsocos, Caimans, Turtles, Herons, Cormorants and other animal species in their natural environment. On arrival to the lodge you will be given a welcoming drink before you are shown to your comfortable cabins, once you have settled in lunch will be served. After lunch your jungle guide will take you along the marked trail to Caiman Cocha, a small lake which is home to a large number of Caimans. After taking some time to observe these little crocodiles and learn about them from your guide you will head back to the lodge where you can relax and enjoy your freshly prepared dinner and then enjoy the facilities on offer such as the pool, bar and games room before retiring for the night. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13: Lake Apu Victor & Monkey Island
Today you will wake to the sound of the rainforest, the bird calls and insect noises are better than any alarm clock. After a hearty breakfast your guide will lead you out of the lodge and into the deeper jungle, following trails and using bridges to cross rivers and gorges you will enjoy this hike through the rainforest as your guide points out the more interesting flora & fauna along the way. Eventually you will reach lake Apu Victor, a large clear water lake surrounded by gigantic trees, here you can appreciate the different feel of the flooded rainforest, after a little time spent here you will continue to the specially built observation deck from which you´ll enjoy a panoramic view of the lake, observing Parrots, Macaws, Toucans, Camungos, Shanshos, Herons and other animals, such as Caimans, Turtles, etc., and if we are lucky, we´ll have a chance to observe the Giant Otter, one of the rainforest´s most spectacular animals. After several hours you will begin the return hike to the lodge where a delicious lunch will be waiting for you. After lunch you will be led again by your guide into the rainforest, this time the hike will be much shorter as you head to the river to observe Monkey Island. The island is home to a wide variety of moneys and birds and your guide will point out the different species. You can expect to see Maquisapas, Capuchins, Small Lion Monkeys, Frailes, Cotos and other animal species like the Coati and Sloths and a great variety of birds. After observing the Monkeys you will return to the lodge for dinner and another evening of relaxation. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14: Lost Cocha
After breakfast you will set forth on an adventure thought the virgin jungle, led by your professional local guide: today’s hike will take us to the “Cocha Perdida” (Lost Cocha). This site effectively constitutes a unique protected Ecosystem, refuge and feeding ground for a great diversity of jungle fauna including Nutria, Otters (Lutra incarum), Cayman (New World Crocodile), Turtles (Charapa), Sachavaca (Amazonian Tapir) the majestic Jaguar, or Otorongo (Panthera onça).As well as many birds of striking plumage as well as an ample variety of species of fish. This area is unique and distinctively particular to the Ecoamazonia Reserve, by virtue of having remained altogether unaltered and conveniently surrounded by large swamps and wetlands. One of the highlights of today’s tour is certainly the ascent to the “Mirador” (the “Amazonian Overlook”) built atop the greatest of treetops in the Amazonian forest, the revered “Shihuahuaco” (Diptrax alata, a relative of the Mimosa and Copaiba family) from where a grand view of the great and magical forest can be admired. This is complemented by a pleasant canoe tour around the lake, after which we return to the lodge and a well-earned lunch. In the course of the afternoon, optional family visit to local family, to the botanical gardens and eco-swimming pool are available to guests and are free of any additional charge. In the evening you will enjoy a farewell dinner and a fun night at the bar and game room to say goodbye to friends you made during your stay. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15: Returning to Puerto Maldonado + Flight to Lima
Today you will wake for the last time to the sound of the rainforest, after enjoying a specially prepared farewell breakfast you will board the boat for the journey back to Puerto Maldonado, on arrival back into Puerto Maldonado you collect your luggage and be transferred to the airport to meet your flight back to Lima. On arrival you will be met by your driver who will transfer you in private to the Faraona Grand Hotel. You will then have the rest of the day free to relax and enjoy the city of Lima. Meals: Breakfast
Day 16: International Departure
Today you will need to prepare for your international departure. You will be met at the appropriate time by your guide and driver for your transfer to the airport. You will check in and say goodbye to your guide and depart on your international flight. Meals: Breakfast
Your Package Includes
- All transport as stated in the itinerary – train, boat and bus journeys
- 3 domestic flights
- All airport transfers in Peru
- All accommodation on a selected basis
- 2D/1N Tour of Colca Canyon ($27pp entrance fee not included)
- Inka Express coach Puno – Cusco
- All fees for Machu Picchu
- 4/3 Amazon Lodge
- The services of your Peruvian Secrets Tour Controller
- Expert, bilingual, native guides (unless stated local payment to guide).
- Tours and excursions included as stated (unless optional with a local payment)
- Museum and national park entrance fees also included
- ‘Safe Seat’ Travel Fidelity Policy issued in association with the Travel Trust Association (this is for your financial protection only and is not a certificate of personal travel insurance).
- International flights to Lima and back to the UK
- Personal Travel Insurance
- Colca entrance fee $27.00 per person
- Lunches and evening meals (unless otherwise stated)
- Personal expenses, beverages, tips and laundry services
The price of your tour as described in the itinerary is £2,050.00 per person based on 2 people sharing a double room. Not including your international flights.
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