DAY 1 | Saturday, April 22 (D)
INTERNATIONAL ARRIVAL IN LIMA
Arrive at Lima International Airport where we will meet an assistant and private group transfer to the hotel located in the residential district of Miraflores, a few blocks away from the Pacific Ocean. This afternoon, get to know Lima with sightseeing tour starting with the residential districts of Miraflores and San Isidro. Visit its most famous plazas such as Plaza San Martin and Plaza Mayor. Enjoy a guided tour of Santo Domingo Convent where the Tomb of Santa Rosa de Lima, patron woman saint of Peru, is exposed. This evening engage in conversation with fellow travellers at our welcome dinner.
Overnight in Lima – Casa Andina Select Miraflores, or similar – 1 night
Note: This is a land only tour, however, Broad Escapes will have a designated group flight from Toronto. The group transfer and orientation tour will be based on the recommended group flight arrival time. Private transfers (additional cost) can be arranged for those arriving at a different time/date. Flights from all gateways can be arranged through Broad Escapes.
Day 2 | Sunday, April 23 (B/L/D)
LIMA – PUERTO MALDONADO
Transfer to the airport for our flight to Puerto Maldonado where we will be welcomed by our local guides. Board a motorized canoe, which will be the mode of transportation along the Madre de Dios River, in the Amazon Rainforest to our comfortable jungle eco-lodge. After a lunch of organic ingredients, take a guided walk through trails to discover the biodiversity of the rainforest. At dusk, navigate by outboard motorized canoe, for a Twilight River excursion to learn about the river’s ecosystem, Amazonian creeks, and the nocturnal animals.
Overnight Puerto Maldonado – Hacienda Concepcion Lodge, or similar – 2 nights
Day 3 | Monday, April 24 (B/L/D)
Today we will trek through terra firma into the Tambopata National Reserve towards Lake Sandoval. Navigate by dugout canoe across a mirror-like oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter, blue and yellow macaw, red howler monkey, black caiman and one of the world’s biggest freshwater scaled fish, the paiche. In the afternoon enjoy the breathtaking views of the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway & Anaconda Walk and get a chance to watch white-throated toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, squirrel monkeys and the three-toed sloth on the hanging bridges connected to treetops. This evening participate in a Rainforest by Night excursion for a glimpse of the intriguing nocturnal animals.
Day 4 | Tuesday, April 25 (B/D)
PUERTO MALDONADO – CUSCO
Today we will leave the jungle to board a flight to Cusco. The afternoon will be at a slow pace to allow for acclimatization (3,400m above sea level). There’ll be time to relax upon arrival before strolling the plazas, admiring the cobblestone streets and brightly coloured markets of this historic town.
Overnight in Cusco – Casa Andina Standard Catedral, or similar – 2 nights
Day 5 | Wednesday, April 26 (B/L)
CUSCO CITY TOUR WITH INCA SITES
Today’s excursion will focus on the Inca Empire in the Inca capital of Cusco and surrounding areas. Start with a city tour and continue to sites such as Sacsayhuaman, Tambo Machay, Temple Coricancha and other notable Inca ruins. Cusco is the oldest continually inhabited city on the continent and it’s full of history, culture, art, museums, shopping, culinary delights and more. Enjoy leisure time in the afternoon and evening to explore in this bustling city.
Day 6 | Thursday, April 27 (B/L/D)
CUSCO – CHINCHERO – MARAS – MORAY – SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS
Travel by bus to the agriculturally rich and scenic Sacred Valley. Stop in the town of Chinchero for a spectacular view of the Urubamba Mountain range, followed by a visit to the Andean village where every day there is a picturesque artisan market. Visit a women’s weavers’ cooperative for a wonderful introduction of the art of Andean textiles. Proceed to Maras, where even today the locals extract the rock salt by evaporating the water in the bowels of the mountain. Continue the journey to the archaeological site of the Moray ruins with stunning terraces before checking into our hotel.
Overnight in Sacred Valley of the Incas – Casona Yucay, or similar – 1 night
Day 7 | Friday, April 28 (B/D)
SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS – OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES
This morning we visit the fortress of Ollantaytambo, the almost intact original Incan town and hub to the Inca Trail. Towering over the town are the ruins, once the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti during the Inca Empire. Relax in the afternoon on the scenic, Vistadome train travelling along the Urubamaba River towards the lost city of the Incas.
Overnight in Machu Picchu – hotel El Mapi, or similar – 1 night
Day 8 | Saturday, April 29 (B/D)
AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS
Rise and shine bright and early as the best time to see the Lost City of the Incas is in the early morning light. We’ll transfer by a local shuttle bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu. Here we’ll meet a local guide to learn about the history of Machu Picchu at a leisurely pace. Gain local insight into the Inti Mach’ay cave, Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Water, the Temple of the Condor, and the Room of the Three Windows. Feel the energy of this 15th century site, now both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World (in a worldwide Internet poll). Return to Aguas Calientes by bus and board the Vistadome train back to Ollantaytambo.
Overnight in Sacred Valley of the Incas – Casona Yucay, or similar – 1 night
Day 9 | Sunday, April 30 (B/L)
AMARU COMMUNITY – PISAC – CUSCO
This morning we visit the Seminario Studio where we will meet a local artist who has preserved the important tradition of pottery in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will visit the community of Amaru and experience ‘Pachamanca’, one of Peru’s oldest and most sacred rituals to give thanks to Mother Earth. Continue to the colonial market village of Pisac, followed by a walk through the ruins of the ancient settlement. Transfer back to Cusco for an evening at leisure.
Overnight in Cusco – Casa Andina Standard Catedral, or similar – 1 night
Day 10 | Monday, May 1 (B/L/D)
CUSCO – PUNO
The journey continues through spectacular countryside as we make our way on a full day of travel from Cusco to Puno through the scenic High Altiplano. Arrive in Puno, located on the shores of Lake Titicaca and settle in for the evening with dinner at our lakeside hotel.
Overnight in Puno – Casa Andina Premium Puno, or similar – 2 nights
Day 11 | Tuesday, May 2 (B/L/D)
PUNO – UROS AND TAQUILE ISLANDS
In the morning, board a comfortable, fully equipped speed boat to explore Lake Titicaca. Often referred to as the highest navigable lake in the world (3,812m above sea level), here we’ll stop at various islands to enjoy the lake’s scenic splendor and to meet the friendly people of these communities. Travel to Taquile Island to visit the community and check out the spectacular views. Do some shopping at the local weaving cooperatives and learn about the Tawuilenos, known for their fine handwoven textiles and clothing. Learn about the totora reeds that grow on the shallows of Lake Titicaca used to make everything from islands themselves to the boats the islanders use for transportation. Hear from local Uros tribe on how these sustainable islands are constructed. Return to Puno by boat for dinner and overnight.
Day 12 | Wednesday, May 3 (B/D)
PUNO – LIMA
As the journey comes to an end, transfer to the airport for a domestic flight back to Lima. Gather this evening to celebrate the memories of this wonderful trip with a farewell dinner.
Overnight in Lima – Costa del Sol Airport Hotel, or similar – 1 night
Day 13 | Thursday, May 4 (B)
DEPART FOR HOME
Today we say farewell to Peru and new friends we have met with a group transfer to the Lima Airport.
B – Breakfast / L – Lunch / D – Dinner
denotes meals included in tour cost
Note: Travel times are based on averages and include the scheduled stops planned in the day’s itinerary.
**While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described above, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the tour. Due to traffic or other circumstances beyond our control, it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations. Broad Escapes reserves the right to change the itinerary when deemed necessary.**