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Affordable Peru Tour

18 Days

Start
Lima -
End
 Puerto Maldonado


From
2498 USD

Trip Code: APT18D


All Highlights of Southern Peru!

Experience life, living culture, ancient language, andean traditions, peruvian cuisine during this trip of Affordable Peru Tour!

Peru has full of impressive wonders to explore and this Affordable Peru Tours will take you through the most prominent places Peru has to show. In just one trip of 18 days you will be able to experience the peruvian cuisine, navigate the Ballestas Island, visit a peruvian traditional vineyard, tasting the peruvian wine, flight over the Nazca Lines, White city of Arequipa, the largest Andean flying condors in Colca Canyon, local living in Titicaca Lake, the ancient capital of the Incas “Cusco”, Sacred Valley of the Incas, share organic lunch in Sallco community with a local family, Incomparable Machu Picchu, “Lost City of the Incas”, explore the mysterious rainforest of the Amazon in Tambopata.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 – International Arrival in Lima

Arrival in Lima; our representative will assist you with a customized sign with your name and private transfer to your hotel; there are no planned activities – Overnight in Lima Hotel
Meals: None

Day 2 – Peruvian Cuisine: Local Market Tour – Cooking class – 4 course meal

Pick up from your hotel at around 09:00 am, in company of your guide you will visit the local market in order to learn about the variety of products and ingredients we have in Peru, then you will continue directly to the restaurant where the specialist chef will be waiting for you.
Around 11 am you will start with your cooking class, this class can be done vegetarian and vegan on request.
1st Course: CAUSA RELLENA (Mashed potatoes with lime and mild chili paste stuffed with chicken and avocado)
2nd Course: CEVICHE (Cured fish salad with corn and sweet potatoes)
3rd Course: LOMO SALTADO (Sauteed beef, onion and tomatoes with rice and yellow potato fries)
4th Course: PICARONES (Fried pumpkin – sweet potato dough with molasses)
Tour will finish at around 2 pm, then afternoon free to relax – Overnight in Lima Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 – Lima – Paracas – Ballesta Island – Vineyard of Tacama – Huacachina Oasis

Pick up from your hotel at 3:20am, then private transfer to the bus station of Cruz del Sur, bus depart from Lima to Paracas at 4:00am. Upon arrival to Paracas, assistance and transfer to the port. Today you will be taken to the Paracas Bay to go on board on a 2-hour motorboat trip to the Ballestas Island. Attractions on the Island include sea lions and exotic birds. Enjoy a personal stroll around the islands, even taking pictures of the wonders of nature. It is only from the water off the shore of Paracas that you can get a full view of the Candelabro of the Andes, which is a 180 meter/550ft. painting carved into the hillside along the Bay of Paracas. Once we get back to the port, we will meet with our private vehicle who will take us to the Vineyard of Tambo de Tacama where we will have an extensive explanation of the Wine and Pisco elaboration by hand with its respective Wine and pisco tasting, then you will have time to organize your delicious lunch at Tacama restaurant (lunch not included). Finally, our private vehicle will take you to Huacachina Oasis, where you will spend the night – Overnight in Huacachina Oasis Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 – Ica – Nazca – Overflight Nazca lines – bus to Arequipa

After breakfast at the hotel, pick up at around 07:00am and transport from Ica to Nazca (journey approx. 2 ½ hours), upon arrival to the Airport of Nazca, continue with the fly-over of Nazca lines. You will witness figures like the monkey along with a spider. All these figures hold symbolic value in the Nazca culture. The fingers of the monkey quantify the drought faced by the locals every year and the spider is supposed to be symbolic of water and fertility. After which you will be free to relax and organize your lunch.
At around 2:00pm we will take the bus to Arequipa, after 9 hours journey we will arrive to Arequipa, assistance and transfer to the hotel – Overnight in Arequipa Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 – Arequipa – Free Day

Today you will have the whole day to explore Arequipa by yourself or take an afternoon city tour with us, for this additional tour let us know as minimum 4 hours prior to the departure please, tour begin 2 pm – Overnight in Arequipa Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 – Arequipa to Colca Canyon with Overnight

In the morning at the scheduled time you will be picked up to continue the journey to Chivay. Early into the tour you will feast your eyes on the magnificent views of the Misti, Chachani and Pichu Pichu volcanoes as you draw near National Reserve of “Pampa Cañahuas”. Upon reaching the reserve you can witness the wild Vicuñas in their natural habitat.
From there we move on to Pata wasi (3800m/12460ft) where you will take pleasure in the natural rock formations with the Misti and Chachani volcanoes behind you. We will ascend further to a mountainous and splendid 4500m/14,760ft. height, passing “Tocra” on the way. The “highlight” of the tour will be “Pata Pampa” where you will stand at 4820m/15,810ft. Approaching the Chivay town (3651m/11,978ft.), you will be amazed at Colca Valley’s multicolored terraces – Overnight in Chivay
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 – Colca – Condor Cross – Bus to Puno

The second day in Colca, after breakfast we will drive to Cross of the Condor, where you can see the largest Andean flying condors (largest in western hemisphere). Then we will move on to visit Colca Valley in Cruz del Cóndor. This is the second deepest canyon on earth. Along the way back to Chivay we will have the chance to see the town of Pinchollo; as well as the “Antahuilque watching point” to view a marvelous terrace built 1500 years ago by the Collagua civilization. Another stop over will be at viewpoints “Choquetico” and “Tumbas colgantes” which means ‘hanging tombs’.
Our tour will progress with visits to the towns of Maca (shaken by earthquake in 1991) and Yanque where you can see the most beautiful church of the valley. After arriving in Chivay again you can enjoy a hearty lunch at a local eatery. After we will take the bus to Puno journey will take around 6 hours. Upon arrival, reception and transfer to your Hotel – Overnight in Puno Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 – Puno – Uros Islands – Taquile Island – Luquina Community Homestay

We depart early by motorboat. About 45 minutes later, we will arrive at the reed banks of the Lake Titicaca National Reserve. There, we will visit two different floating islands; man-made platforms built with totora reeds. We have the opportunity to step on them, observe the houses from inside and out, and even take a ride on a reed boat with one of the local fisherman. It is amazing to see an entire floating village with its thatched reed roofs. From there, we will continue 1.5 hours to Taquile Island. Along the way, we will have some Aymara language lessons & more. We will arrive at this unique place in the most secluded section of the island. Apart from it being the least visited sector of Taquile Island, there is also a pristine sandy beach to enjoy.
Then will have at least 3 hours to explore this paradise including a 1-hour soft and gradual hike along a pre-Inca pathway with breathtaking landscapes. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, while members of the community show us their dances, textiles and other unique cultural expressions. Later, about 1:45 pm, we hike to the main port and descend some 500 steps down to the dock. At around 2:30pm we depart to continue our journey to the Luquina community on the Chucuito Peninsula. There, we are welcomed by the friendly inhabitants and accommodated in a local family home stay. Take some time to learn about the local culture and in the late afternoon there is an optional hike to the top of a nearby hill for an unforgettable Titicaca sunset. After dinner enjoy a small celebration with traditional music and dances. Overnight at the Home stay; It has basic but comfortable facilities, good mattress, blankets & sheets, sheets, private toilet – Overnight in Luquina Community – Homestay
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 – Luquina Community – Puno

Have breakfast at your home stay and spend the morning learning about daily life at Lake Titicaca. You may help take the sheep or cattle out to graze or garden if the season is right. You can take walks, hikes or just a rest by the shores of Lake Titicaca. After a delicious lunch, you will return to the port to catch your boat back to Puno – Overnight in Puno Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10 – Bus Puno to Cusco with Guided Tour

Breakfast in the hotel and private transfer to the bus station, bus depart Puno at 06:45 am, then enjoy the landscape while traveling by bus to Cusco.
Along the way you will stop in la Raya to take a short break, and enjoy the view to the snow mountain, and also we will stop in Sicuani town for our lunch in a local restaurant.
Two more interesting places to visit still await us on this trip to Cusco, we visit Raqchi the Wiracocha Temple and have the guided tour, then Andahuaylillas chapel, known as the Sistine Chapel of América, finally at around 5: pm arrival to Cusco and private transfer from the bus station to your hotel – Overnight in Cusco Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11 – Walking Cusco City Tour: San Blas – Cathedral – Temple of the sun – San Pedro local fruit market – Sacsayhuaman

Pick up from your hotel at 09:00 am; the tour is beginning in the neighborhood of San Blas, with its artisans. Then you’ll go down the narrow stairs of Hatun Rumiyoc Street where the Palace of Inca Roca is located. On its walls, you’ll discover the figures of a puma and a snake. Also, be sure to observe the famous stone with 12 angles, the perfect image of the Incan architectural perfection. Continue on to the Plaza de Armas of Cusco, you will enter the Cathedral of Cusco, the first Catholic church ordered to build on 1559, then continue towards the Temple of the Sun (known as Koricancha) on which the Santo Domingo Convent was built. After we will visit San Pedro local fruit market; here you’ll learn about the market’s history as you explore rows of local produce, colorful fabrics, flower vendors and shaman stalls; see the real life of the townsfolk. Finally, the tour ends with your visit to Sacsayhuaman fortress, from Cusco, you’ll drive up the mountains for 20 minutes to visit this impressive archeological site. Continue on to the famous park of Sacsayhuaman where you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of Cusco, Sacsayhuaman boasts impressive Incan design and artwork with massive stones over 9 meters (30 feet) tall and weighing up to 125 tons, then back to Cusco – Overnight in Cusco Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 – Sacred Valley Tour: Pisac – Organic Lunch in Sacllo community – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes

Pick up from your hotel at 08:00 am, then you will continue to the picturesque town of Pisac, in about 50 minutes driven we will arrive to this town, short ride 25 more minutes up to Pisac archeological site. Here you will participate in the guided tour, visiting all its holy places including terraces, aqueducts, paths that are associated to walls and gates, water channels, cemeteries, bridges, etc.
After we will continue to Pisac local Market where you can purchase beautifully crafted products hand-made by the locals, on the way to Ollantaytambo we will stop in Calca town and take a detour to visit Sacllo community to meet with a local family, where a member specialized in organic agriculture will explain to you all the process how to prepare the land, till to harvest, here they produce different types of organic vegetables to their own consumption and also to provide just to selected restaurants in Cusco. This family support to another communities around, training them to promote and produce more organic products. Here we will have our organic lunch with this local family, then our next destinations will be the remains of Ollantaytambo Fortress and the Temple of the Sun, a mysteriously built structure with massive 12 foot (3.5m) tall stones. In the afternoon we will take the train to Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu town – Overnight in Aguas Calientes Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13 – Machu Picchu Tour – Back to Cusco

Excursion to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes, short ride (25 minutes) up to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, and you will participate in a guided tour, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the most important preserved Intihuatana, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows.
Optional climb to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain; from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being high and distant (not included in the price): In the afternoon you will take the bus down to Aguas Calientes for the train ride to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival to Ollantaytambo station, private transfer to Cusco – Overnight in Cusco Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 – Free day in Cusco or choose one of our optional tour

Full day in Cusco to take a leisurely walk around the ancient capital of the Incas

Optional Private Tours from Cusco: PRICE PER PERSON BASED MINIMUM 2 TRAVELLERS
1. Chinchero, Maras, Moray and Salineras half day (car with driver only US$ 60, this price is per service, minimum 2 people) (Guide + Car + Driver US$ 75 this price is per person)

2. Rainbow Mountain full day from Cusco (car + driver only US$ 99, this price is per service, minimum 2 people) (Guide + Car + Driver US$ 110 this price is per person)

3. Humantay Lake full day from Cusco (car + driver only US$ 99, this price is per service, minimum 2 people) (Guide + Car + Driver US$ 110 this price is per person)
Overnight in Cusco Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 15 – Flight to Puerto Maldonado – Tambopata Lodge

Breakfast at the hotel; transfer to Cusco airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado; upon arrival from Cusco, reception by an English speaking guide and transfer by car one hour along a dirt road to Puerto Nuevo (Port) in the Native Community of Infierno from where we board our boat one and a half hour along the Tambopata River to reach the lodge. The lodge is located on the inside the buffer zone of the Tambopata National Reserve and Bahuaja Sonene National Park. Along the journey by boat you have the opportunity to appreciate the flora along the River bank made up principally of cañabravales, cecropias, ficus, as well as the fauna such as birds.
Once in our Lodge you’ll be received by the administrator and your guide will indicate the best ways for you to enjoy your stay, later showing you the different areas of the lodge. After Lunch the guide will lead you on a walk to observe the flora and fauna in the vicinity of the lodge. After dinner the guide will give you a more detailed talk describing the programmed activities – Overnight in the Amazon Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16 – Parrot Clay Lick – Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake

Breakfast; leave early in the morning by boat to observe the activity of the birds (psitácidos, macaws, parrots and parraquits). The “La Torre” clay lick is similar to the rest of the salt licks along the Tambopata River, comprising of an embankment on the side of the river with a height of 4m and a length of 20m. Then visit Native Community Farm; where you will have the opportunity to learn about farming directly from a local farmer and will get an introduction to the various exotic fruits of the Amazon such as copazú, arazá, pijuayo, and yuca, as well as species such as, el pajillo y sacha cilantro. In the afternoon downriver for 15 minutes to start a 45 minute walk to reach the Tres Chimbadas Lake. On the lake we will board a traditional catamarán which functions with oars, allowing us to travel around the lake. This lake is home to a family of Giant River Otters which means we frequently get the chance to observe them. There will also be a demonstration of the traditional fishing methods during which you may get the chance to see the famous pirana fish – Overnight in the Amazon Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 – Parrot Clay Lick – Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake

Breakfast; Cocococha Lake is found inside the Tambopata National Reserve, and occupies an area of 60 hectares. If you put together the beautiful landscape, the high biodiversity in the area and the isolation of the lake, it is certain that the lake represents an important habitat for many species. Thus providing valuable food sources and allowing for the reproduction of various endangered species, many of which are emblems of the Amazon such as the macaws (ara sp), the black caiman, (Melanosuchus Níger) and the giant river otter (Pteronura brasilensis). At dusk accompanied by your guide where you will have the chance to enjoy the night time noises, a storm or the southern constellations such as the scorpion, and the Southern cross. We will take a reflector with us in the boat just in case we come across the night time activity of the caiman, capybaras, chotacabras in the River Tambopata – Overnight in the Amazon Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18 – Departure from Lodge – Flight to Lima – Connect at International Flight

Breakfast at lodge; transfer by boat – Lodge to Tambopata River port then to Puerto Maldonado, we retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, our office and the airport. Depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures.
Flight to Lima where you can connect at the same airport for International flight
Meals: Breakfast

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WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • 2 Nights hotel accomodation in Lima

  • 1 Night Hotel accomodation in Huacachina

  • 2 Nights Hotel accomodation in Arequipa

  • 1 Night Hotel accomodation in Colca Valley

  • 2 Nights Hotel accommodation in Puno

  • 4 nights hotel accommodation in Cusco

  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Aguas Calientes

  • 3 nights in the Amazon Lodge

  • Bus Tickets: From Lima to Paracas - Paracas to Nazca - Nazca to Arequipa - Arequipa to Chivay - Chivay to Puno - Puno to Cusco

  • Excursions: Lima, Ballestas Island in Paracas, Nazca Lines, Colca Canyon, Titicaca Lake in Puno, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu

  • Entrance tickets for Lima sightseeing sites, Ballestas Island, Nazca Lines, Colca, Titicaca Lake, Cusco sightseeing sites and Machu Picchu

  • Expedition Train (Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo)

  • All airport transfers, Hotel pickup and drop-off by English-speaking staff

  • Meals according mentioned in the itinerary

  • Guided tours will be By qualified English-speaking guides

 

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

  • Domestic flights

  • Travel insurance

  • Visa

  • Entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu Mountain

  • Personal items, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras