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Heart of the Inca Empire 13 Days

During this expedition you will explore the heart of the Inca Empire in 13 days. You will see three totally different regions: the coast, the highlands and the jungle. The places you are going to visit are: Lima, Ballestas Islands, Nazca, Arequipa (Colca), Puno (lake of Titicaca), Uros Islands and Taquile Island, Cusco (city tour, Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Machu Picchu) and the mysterious jungle of the Amazon (Tambopata).

Day 1:     Lima
Day 2:     Lima – Bay of Paracas – Ballestas Islands - Nazca                  
Day 3:     Nazca - Arequipa                                                                    
Day 4:     Arequipa – Colca Valley                                             
Day 5:     Colca Valley – Cruz del Cóndor - Puno                          
Day 6:     Puno - Titicaca Lake – Uros Islands – Taquile Island – Puno                                  
Day 7:     Puno - Cusco                                                                                    
Day 8:     Cusco – Machu Picchu – Cusco                                                                      
Day 9:     Cusco – Sacred Valley of the Incas - Cusco                                     
Day 10: Cusco – Puerto Maldonado – Tambopata
Day 11: Jungle Tour
Day 12: Katicocha or Colpa
Day 13: Puerto Maldonado – Lima – Vuelo International


Heart of the Inca Empire 13 Days Itinerary:

Day 1:  Lima
The first day you will start with a delicous breakfast. After the breakfast you are going to explore Lima by visiting Plaza de Armas, Presidental Palace, San Pedro church, San Pablo college and "Miraflores" where you will go to the beaches of San Isidro and to the famous "Parque del Olivar". After a moment of rest in the park you will continue to "Barranco". Lunch will be served in a local restaurant in Barranco. After the lunch you are going to visit "Perdro de Osma", a Colonial Art Museum and ultimately the Nation Museum. At the end of the day you will return to your hotel, where the dinner will be served as well.

Day 2: Lima – Bay of Paracas – Ballestas Islands - Nazca
Early in the morning after breakfast you will leave Lima and go to the bay of Paracas at the Pacific Ocean. Here you will board a boat by which you will discover the Nature Reserve of the Ballestas Islands (this excursion is subordinated to the weather conditions). Afterwards you can observe the "Candelabro de los Andes" (Candleholders of the Andes). Lunch will be served in a restaurant that provides you a great view at the lake of Huacachina. In the afternoon the trip will be continued to Nazca where you will stay in a hotel. Food is included. In Nazca it is possible to take a sensational flight above the lines of Nazca (flight is subordinated to the weather conditions). This flight is optionally and not included in the program.

Day 3: Nazca - Arequipa
At the 3rd day you will leave Nazca after breakfast. By motorway via the route of Panamericana you will go to Arequipa. The Panamericana route provides great views and allows you to discover the Valley of Olivos in Yauca, Tanaku town, the colorful market in Chala, Atico, Ocona and Camana, a coastal town. In Arequipa you will stay in a hotel. Food is included.

Day 4: Arequipa – Colca Valley
After breakfast you will explore Arequipa. You are going to visit the Chilina district, Yanahuara district, cathedral, church de la Compañia and its monasteries and the famous monestery of Santa Catalina. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant. After the lunch you will visit the canyon of Colca. The canyon of  Colca is an impressive geological source. It is one of the profoundly canyons of the world at 3680 m. In this place you can observe vicuñas and then take the path to Patapampa (4800 m.). You will have an overnight stay in Chivay. It is even possible to visit thermal springs. Food is included.

Day 5: Colca Valley – Cruz del Cóndor - Puno
Early in the morning you will leave to the canyon of  Colca. Here you get the chance to observe Cóndor at Cruz del Condor and the beautiful landscape near the river of Colca. This river originated in the pre-Inca period and has magnificant terraces with vegetation. On the way back to Chivay you will have a stop in the small local villages Maca and Pinchollo. You will also visit Yangue because of its beautiful church. Your lunch will be served in a local restaurant. In the afternoon you will continue your trip to Puno, where you will spend the night in a hotel. Diner is included.

Day 6: Puno - Titicaca Lake – Uros Islands – Taquile Island – Puno
Today you will visit Lake Titicaca and its region. With a motorized boat you will explore "la Isla flotante Uros", "la isla Taquile", and "la isla de los Tejedores". The islands offer an impressive landscape and a great view of Bolivia. In the afternoon there will be served a local lunch and afterwards you have some time off. After returning in Puno you will be transfered to your hotel. Diner is included in the hotel.

Day 7: Puno - Cusco
The 7th day you will go to Cusco by tourist bus. On your way to Cusco you will pass by fabulous sights like "Paso de la Raya" that is located at 4500 m. Your lunch will be served in a restaurant during the hike or in Cusco. After arriving in Cusco you will explore the city by visiting the temple of Qorichancha “Templo del Sol”, the cathedral (if its allowed in the time scedule). Your hotel is located in Cusco and food is included.

Day 8: Cusco – Machu Picchu – Cusco
After breakfast you will get transfer to railway station from where you will go to Machu Picchu town and Aguas Calientes (thermal springs). During your trip you can enjoy the beautiful valley of Urubamba. From Machu Picchu town you will go to the national park of Machu Picchu by micro bus. Here you can discover the archeological centre. A guide will lead you through the centre and will explain you the magnificant history of the Inca empire. You will have your lunch in the town where the termal springs are located, too. After your lunch you will return by train to Ollantaytambo and by mircro bus to the centre of Cusco. Food is included.

Day 9: Cusco – Sacred Valley of the Incas - Cusco
Today you will discover different places of the impressive Sacred Valley. In the morning you will go to Pisac to visit the Inca ruines: Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay, Puka Pukara, Q' enqo. Before leaving Pisac you will visit the local market that offers a great variety of craft, textil, paintings and more. Your lunch will be in a local restaurant. After the lunch the trip will continue to Ollantaytambo, the antique fort of the Incas. Then you will visit the “Templo del Sol”, the “Manaracay” or “Salón Real”, “Intihuatana” and the “Baños de la Princesa”. At the end of the day you will return to Cusco, where you will have diner in a restaurant and can enjoy a spectacular folklore show.

Day 10: Cusco – Puerto Maldonado – Tambopata
From Cusco you will take a flight to Puerto Maldonado. You will be welcomed at the airport and we provide transfer to the office for preparation of the expedition and board the motorized boat for the travel at the river. In case the climate does not allow a boat trip there will be taken a bus to a local community. This will take 30 minutes and afterwards there will be taken a motorized canoa for 2 hours and there will be offered a picknick at the boat. During the trip you will see caimans, turtles, waterfalls etc. After approximately 3 hours you will arrive at your accommodation, where you will have a local drink.

Now we will go into the tropical forest of the jungle where great sights are. After a moment of rest there will be a small hike around the gap and then you will return enjoying a beautiful twilight. After arriving at the accommodation you will enter a canoa for a small trip and catch a baby caiman. The day will be finished with a visit of local people from the Amazone. They will join us at diner at the accommodation.

Day 11: Jungle Tour
After an early breakfast, a local guide will show the trek through the lacuna of Cocococha oxbow. During the trek you will see exotic plants and insects, colorful butterflies and birds, and with some luck you will see different mammals. The lacuna will also show you various vegetations and enormes rivers. After the tour you will return to the accommodation where lunch will be served. In the afternoon there is no program. You can use this time to relax or realise an independent activity. Dinner will be served in the evening.

Day 12: Katicocha or Colpa
There are two options to discover the jungle of the Amazone furthermore.

The two possibilities are:
•    An extensive trek through the lacuna of Katicocha oxbow to learn more about the jungle and its habits.
•    An early morning visit to a small Colpa, where you can observe a varios species of parrots and frequently mammals.

In the afternoon there will be organized a short walk to a local fort that is located at the opposite of the river and we are going to visit the primary school of the community.

Notice: Just one of the options is bookable.

Day 13: Puerto Maldonado – Lima – International Departure
Early in the morning after breakfast you will board a canoe to return to Puerto Maldonado. During this trip you can observe an unforgettable daybreak at the river of Tambopata. From Puerto Maldonado you will catch a flight to Lima. At the airport of Lima you will be welcomed and there is transport arranged to your hotel. From Lima you can take your international flight back home.

Heart of the Inca Empire 13 Days

Included:

  • The transport, flights from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado and Lima.
  • The hotels and hostels based on a double room, category 3 ***.
  • The visits and excursions mentioned in the program.
  • A local guide that speaks English or Spanish and the food & beverage that is mentioned above.

Not included:

  • International flights
  • Food and beverages not mentioned in the program.
  • The airport taxes,
  • Eventually departure taxes
  • The optionally bookable flight in Nazca are not included.

Important:

For a better service, the company informs you that it has autonomy to change the hotels mentioned in the itinerary with another one of similar category if therefore sees it by advisable taking into account justifiable availability of spaces or other reasons, if this it is the case you will be notified ahead of time.

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