Peru Adventures 17D/17N

Trip Overview

Tour Type: Culture & history tours of Peru
Good For: Everyone
Difficulty: No hiking

Price: $2,750USD Per person including 3-star hotels

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Considerations: Allow us to coordinate all of your travel around Peru. You will visit all of the highlights of the country: from the skies over Nazca to the deepest canyon in the world. Enjoy the Amazon, Lake Titicaca, Lima, Cusco and of course, Machu Picchu. All you need are your flights and we will take care of everything else on your schedule.

ITINERARY

Night 1: Welcome to Lima

Our representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Miraflores.

Accommodations: San Antonio Abad in Miraflores
Marriott Hotel
Meals: None
Entrance Tickets: N/A

Day 1: Flight to Puerto Maldonado (Flight arrangements must to be before 13:00 hours )

Arrival & Reception by Guide

Our guides are biologists, tourism professionals, or community members. Unless noted otherwise, our guides speak English. We assign guides at 10:1 ratio in Posada Amazonas. This means groups smaller than 10 people will be merged with other groups under one guide. If you would like a private guide or a guide in a language other than English please let us know.

Transfer Airport to Puerto Maldonado Headquarters

Upon arrival from Lima or Cusco, we will welcome you at the airport and drive you ten minutes to our Puerto Maldonado headquarters. While enjoying your first taste of the forest in our gardens we will ask you to pack only the necessary gear for your next few days, and leave the rest at our safe deposit. This helps us keep the boats and cargo light.

Transfer Pto Maldonado Headquarters to Tambopata River Port

Skirting Puerto Maldonado, we drive 20 kilometers to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno. The port is a communal business.

Boxed Lunch

Transfer Boat - Tambopata River Port to Posada Amazonas
The forty five minute boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Posada Amazonas will take us into the Community´s Primary Forest Private Reserve.

Orientation

Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.

Canopy Tower

A twenty minute walk from Posada Amazonas leads to the 30 meter scaffolding canopy tower. A bannistered staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. From atop you obtain spectacular views of the vast expanses of standing forest cut by the Tambopata River winding through the middle. Now and then toucans, parrots or macaws are seen flying against the horizon, or mixed species canopy flocks land in the treetop next to you.

Ecotourism Lecture

A daily presentation on the Infierno ecotourism project is available every night from a staff member.

Accommodations: Posada Amazonas*
Meals Included: Boxed Lunch, Dinner
Entrance Tickets: N/A

Day 2: Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake

Tres Chimbadas is thirty minutes by boat and forty five minutes hiking from Posada Amazonas. Once there you will paddle around the lake in a catamaran, searching for the resident family of nine giant river otters (seen by 60% of our lake visitors) and other lakeside wildlife such as caiman, hoatzin and horned screamers. Otters are most active from dawn to eight or nine AM.

Ethnobotanical Tour

A twenty minute boat drive downriver leads you to a trail designed by the staff of the Centro Ñape. The Centro Ñape is a communal organization that produces medicines out of forest plants and administers them to patients who choose their little clinic. They have produced a trail which explains the different medicinal (and other) uses of selected plants.

Night walk

You will have the option of hiking out at night, when most of the mammals are active but rarely seen. Much easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.

Accommodations: Posada Amazonas *
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Entrance Tickets: N/A

Day 3: Parrot Clay Lick

This clay lick is only a twenty minute walk from Posada Amazonas. From a blind located about twenty meters away you will see dozens of parrots and parakeets descend on most clear mornings to ingest the clay on a river bank. Species such as Mealy and Yellow- headed Amazon, Blue-headed Parrot and Dusky headed Parakeet descend at this clay lick. The clay lick is active at dawn, during the late mornings and mid-afternoons.

Ceiba Trail Hike

We leave from the lobby at Posada Amazonas and embark on a two hour hike crowned by the largest tree in the vicinity: a giant ceiba tree. During the hike we will focus on the natural history of the rain forest and its principal taxonomic groups.

Farm Visit

A thirty minute boat drive downriver takes us to the most complete farm in the community of Infierno. The owner grows a diverse variety of popular and unknown Amazon crops. In his garden, just about every plant and tree serves a purpose.

Accommodations: Posada Amazonas*
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Entrance Tickets: N/A

Day 4: Hike to Lake Sachavacayoc (Tapir Lake)

After an early breakfast, you will take a short boat ride down river to the trail head. Here, you will embark on a longer trail which leads to a spectacular hidden lake, requiring the crossing of streams and swampy ground, past the giant Lupuna trees (Kings of the Jungle), which abound in this part of the forest. On the walk you are introduced to more aspects of the forest and its animals. At the lake itself, it is possible to spot the elusive Black Caiman and Giant Otters. We will return for lunch. The afternoon is free for relaxation and bathing.

Accommodations: Tambopata Eco Lodge
Incaterra Reserva Amazonica (Different Itinerary)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Entrance Tickets: N/A

Day 5: Journey to Cusco

The time to return to the city of Puerto Maldonado is scheduled according to flight times of the group. In the morning, you can see the wildlife that is particularly active; howler monkeys are frequently heard here. Your guide will give support upon his arrival in Puerto Maldonado and will relocate to the airport to assist you on your flight.

We will welcome you at the airport in Cusco and transfer you to your Hotel. The rest of the day will be free to relax and explore Cusco.

Accommodations: Rumi Punku, Palacio del Inca
Meals: Breakfast
Entrance Tickets: N/A

Day 6: Cusco City Tour

You will have a free morning to enjoy Cusco. At 1 p.m. we will meet you at the hotel lobby to begin your city tour visiting Cathedral, Koricancha, Sacsayhuaman, Quenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay. You will be back to your hotel around 6:30 p.m.

Accommodations: Rumi Punku, Palacio del Inca
Meals: Breakfast Only
Entrance Tickets: Included

Day 7: Sacred Valley Tour

This full day tour begins at 8 a.m. from your hotel and visits Pisaq Market and Pisaq Ruins. It ends at the Ollantaytambo ruins. You will have time for dinner in Ollantaytambo before you board the 7 p.m. expedition train to Aguas Calientes. Our representative will bring you to your hotel.

Accommodations: La Cabana Hotel, El Mapi Hotel
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Entrance Tickets: Included

Day 8: Machu Picchu

Buses up to the ruins are offered every five minutes, beginning at 5:30 a.m. and are first come, first serve. We recommend that you wake up early if the weather appears clear, so you can get to the ruins to see the sunrise. You can arrange your start time with your guide. He will meet you at the hotel and go up with you for a two hour tour (you can add Huayna Picchu hike for $75 a person and will begin after your tour). Once your tour is over, you will have free time to explore on your own. You will then make your way back down to Aguas Calientes to enjoy lunch. A 6:45 p.m. train will take you back to Ollantaytambo, where you will stay the night.

Accommodations: Tunapa Hotel, Tambo del Inca (Urubamba)
Meals: Breakfast
Entrance Tickets: Included

Day 9: Maras Moray

At 8:00 a.m. we will pick you up from your hotel and bring you to Moray, an Incan farming laboratory. From there, you will drive to the amazing salt mines of Maras. Finally, you will have time to visit Chinchero.

Accommodations: Rumi Punku, Palacio del Inca
Meals: Breakfast Only
Entrance Tickets: Included

Day 10: Journey to Puno

We will pick you up from your hotel at 6:30 a.m. and bring you to the bus station for your tourist bus to Puno. This is quite a lovely bus ride with stops at Incan and pre-Incan ruins. There will be a guide with you to explain the sites, as well as a nice lunch service. At 5 p.m., you will arrive safely in Puno and we will transfer you to your hotel.

Accommodations: Tierra Viva Puno, Libertador Titicaca
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Entrance Tickets: Included

Day 11: Lake Titicaca – Floating Islands

Pick up will be between 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. You will be transferred to the lakes port where you will take a boat to the floating islands of Uros, where you will have time to explore around. Following, you will take a boat ride to the next island, Amanti island, where you will stay with a local family. Tonight will be a basic accommodation, but a memorable one, as you will be surrounded by a nice family. This will allow for an opportunity to see how the indigenous people of the lake live. In the afternoon, you will climb to the mountain to watch the sunset and party with the locals.

Accommodations: Overnight with a Local Family
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Entrance Tickets: N/A

Day 12: Lake Titicaca – Taquile Islands

You will have an early breakfast with the family and take a boat to the next islands called Taquile. You will learn about the agriculture and textile of local people. We will then transfer you back to your hotel in Puno.

Accommodations: Tierra Viva Puno, Libertador Titicaca
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Entrance Tickets: N/A

Day 13: Journey to Colca Canyon

At 6:30 a.m. we will pick you up from your hotel in Puno and transfer you to the bus station. You will take a bus to Chivay and we will transfer you to your hotel, where you can relax for the evening.

Accommodations: Colca Lodge
Meals: Breakfast
Entrance Tickets: N/A

Day 14: Colca Canyon

There will be an early wake up and you will begin your tour of the canyon. You will also have the chance to walk to Mirador del Condor (Lookout Point) to spot the biggest birds in the Andes. At the end of the afternoon, you will drive to Arequipa for the evening.

Accommodations: Casa Andina Classic, Libertador
Meals: Breakfast
Entrance Tickets: N/A

Day 15: Arequipa

You will have a free day to explore the white city of Arequipa. At 8:30 p.m. we will drive you to the bus station for your overnight bus to Nazca, which departs at 9:30 p.m.

Accommodations: Overnight Bus
Meals: Breakfast
Entrance Tickets: N/A

Day 16: Nazca – Ica – Huacachina

Depending on what time you arrive (long bus trips tend to change arrival times) our representative will pick you up and take you to a small airport for a 40 minute flight. You will then have lunch at any restaurant around there. Afterwards, we will transfer you back to the bus station to catch your bus to Ica.

Our representative will transfer you from Ica to Huaccachina (about 10 minutes away). You will have your dune buggy ride and enjoy some sand boarding. If the weather allows, you will get to see the sunset over the dunes. They will then transfer you back to Ica bus station where you will take the 6:40 p.m. bus to Paracas to spend the night.

Accommodations: San Agustin Paracas, Hotel Paracas
Meals: Breakfast
Entrance Tickets: Included

Day 17: Paracas – Lima

We will meet you at your hotel in the morning and bring you to the port to begin your boat ride around Paracas. You will see lots of sea lions and penguins. After the ride, you will have time to explore the area. We will then bring you back to the bus station for your bus back to Lima.

Meals: Breakfast

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

Included

  • Rainforest Expeditions (transportation, meals, entrance fees)
  • 2 nights hotel in Lima
  • 3 nights hotel in Cusco
  • 1 night hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • 1 night hotel in the Sacred Valley
  • 2 nights hotel in Puno
  • 1 night hotel in Chivay
  • 1 night hotel in Arequipa
  • 1 night hotel in Paracas
  • Lima city tour – group tour
  • Cusco city tour in group with entrance fees
  • Sacred Valley in group with fees
  • Maras Moray – private tour
  • Tour in Machupicchu with private guide, entrance fees and bus tickets
  • Tourist Bus to Puno with entrance fee and lunch
  • Group tour of Lake TitiCaca 2D/1N staying a night with local family
  • Colca Canyon tour including entrance fee, bilingual guide and transportation
  • All airport transfers
  • Rain Ponchos (Made in Cusco by Alpaca)
  • Day Pack Rain Covers (Made in Cusco by Alpaca)

Not Included

  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Domestic flights
  • Airport taxes

PRICE

$2750 US Per Person including 3-star hotels

Cost is based on rooms with double occupancy and 3-star hotels. If you are interested in upgrading your hotel choices, please contact us at alpacaexpeditions@gmail.com.

Single rooms can be booked for an additional $1315 US

Groups of six or more qualify for a discount.

Discount:

$35 discount for all children under 16 or those with a valid ISIC card.

Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid Green ISIC card at the time of the trek or who is 16-years-old or younger. For those using an ISIC card to receive the discount, we need to see a copy of your card at booking. For those booking children 16-years-old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to info@alpacaexpeditions.com.

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Notes:

Huayna Picchu can be added for $75 per person based on availability.

All trains are Tourist Expedition Trains. If you want to upgrade to a Vistadome train it is $75 per person, one way, and $100 round-trip.

TRAVEL INFO

Altitude

As soon as people book their trip to Peru, specifically Cusco, they start wondering about altitude sickness. The air at high altitudes contains less oxygen than at sea level and forces your body to work harder to get the oxygen it needs. Over several days at high altitude, your body adjusts to the lower amount of oxygen in the air. This is why we always recommend spending at least two days in Cusco before beginning any trek. If you have more time, even better. Cusco is an amazing city with a lot to do, so you won’t be bored.

With altitude sickness, you may first feel like you have the flu or a hangover. You may have a headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, trouble breathing during exercise. If any of these effects become severe, please contact our office and we will help you get to a doctor.

Most of the time, these symptoms will be mild. We always recommend easing into activity slowly, allowing your body to adjust. Drink plenty of fluids such as water or coca tea. Coca tea has been used since ancient times to help prevent altitude sickness. Leaves from the coca plant contain alkaloids which helps bring oxygen into your blood, helping your body avoid the effects of altitude sickness. Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol and coffee. They will cause you to urinate more often and become dehydrated. Avoid smoking. Smoking makes it more difficult for your body to get oxygen. Avoid sleeping pills. They may cause shallow breathing at night, making it more difficult for your body to absorb oxygen while you sleep.

Remember the trek to Machu Picchu is not a race. Even those in the best shape will suffer from altitude sickness when they race to the top of the mountain too quickly. Go slowly, it will give your body time to adjust to the mountain.

Your healthcare provider may prescribe medicines, such as acetazolamide and dexamethasone, to help prevent altitude sickness. Start the medicine two days before you get to a high altitude. Continue to take it while you are at high altitude.

You must remember that this is your holiday and you do not want to stress out about the possibility of getting sick from the mountains. Do everything slowly. Drink lots of water. And enjoy the coca tea. If anything does happen and you unfortunately get sick, let your guide know right away – all Alpaca Expeditions guides are trained in how to help you get through it.

Weather

Of course weather is unpredictable. Typically the dry season in Cusco is from April through October, but this does not stop rain from falling in June or the sun from coming out in December – just be prepared. No matter what month you are doing the trek, please make sure that you have rain gear that includes a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho and waterproof gloves. Many people forget about gloves, but being cold and wet makes hiking very unpleasant.

Also prepare for four seasons. Many of the treks through the Andes involve many micro-climates and you will need to be prepared for all seasons. Layers are always key as they are easy to adjust to the different temperatures. And evenings will always be cold, so please be prepared with a warm, winter-weight jacket.

First Aid

Every Alpaca Expeditions guide has received training in first aid from a physician. We conduct mandatory training every February – every single Alpaca guide attends. When guiding you, they will have with them a first aid kit for basic medical problems (traveler’s diarrhea, cuts, scrapes, etc.) and oxygen. They know how to make you feel better.

In case something unexpected happens and you feel you can no longer complete the trek, they will figure out the safest and quickest way off the course and to a clinic. You will never be left alone, you will have a member of the team escort you every step of the way until safely with a doctor. When you are feeling up to it, we will make sure that you still have the chance to visit Machu Picchu and re-connect with your group, traveling by train comfortably.

Travel Insurance

Because there are so many logistics to plan and pay for before your trek occurs, payment for your trek is due even if you are unable to complete the hike. Please read our Booking Conditions carefully so you know what is due. Obtaining travel insurance before you leave home is strongly encouraged. This way, if something happens, and this is rare, you will not be out of pocket a tremendous amount of money. Alpaca will provide a letter and your invoice to submit to your insurance in this case to help expedite your processing.

Environmental Impact

Alpaca Expeditions uses biodegradable soap and transports all our garbage back to Cusco. Our porters are trained to look after the trail and pick up any waste from other groups, as well. We also use environmentally-friendly chemical portable toilets that allow us to pack waste out. We believe in leaving no footprint behind.

Community

Alpaca Expeditions is really proud of the work we do for our community. This is a main focus for our company. We have worked with villages directly to help supply them with needs their families were missing. We have supported local schools by giving them computers and books. We currently sponsor a teacher at the village most of our porters come from to ensure their children are offered the best education.

We buy all our food from local farmers and markets and serve the freshest ingredients. We provide English classes for all our team: guides, porters, chefs and drivers. And we are building a house for our porters to give them a safe and comfortable place to stay before and after our treks so they no longer need to sleep on the floor of a friend.

And twice every year we bring our porters and their families to Machu Picchu. This is our favorite trip to do as the guys who work tirelessly have never visited the Lost Citadel of the Incas. Showing them this place is our biggest honor.

We are always looking to do more for our partners. Please let us know of your ideas and we will work to help.

Our Equipment

Alpaca is dedicated to making sure we have the best equipment available. Casual Adventure Camping Store is a family owned business in the United States that is dedicated to the outdoor travelers needs and helps us with all our equipment needs.

Our Tents

Enjoy a good night’s sleep in our spacious Eureka tents. All our tents are 4 man tents, but you will only have to share with one other trekker leaving lots of room to spread out comfortably and store your duffels. They are an A-frame design with entrances on both sides of the tent. They also include a little vestibule in front, giving you some extra outdoor space to leave your boots and walking sticks so you don’t have to bring in dirt. We are proud to be the only company to use these tents.

Our Toilet Tents

No need to add some additional hiking in the middle of the night when you have to use the bathroom! We set up our spotless, environmentally friendly, toilet tents right at your camping site and lunch sites so you don’t have to bother with the park toilets that are not in great condition. This is our way to lessen our footprint on the environment while adding the convenience and luxury of a private bathroom to your trekking adventure.

Our Mats

A foam mat is included to separate and insulate you from the ground. For added comfort you may want to consider upgrading by renting an inflatable sleeping pad which adds 3 inches of comfort on top of the provided foam mat to help you sleep like a baby alpaca each night on the Andes. We use Thermarest and Eureka inflatable air mattresses.

Our Sleeping Bags

We use only mummy style sleeping bags that are 100% down for -15°C/5°F . Please note that if you are over 1.95 meters / 6´4" tall then you won´t be able to find a sleeping bag rental in Cusco. In this case it is recommended to bring your own. For everyone else, you will have a great night sleep in this comfy, warm bag. We provide liners to everyone that are machine washed between every use. These do need to be included in your duffel weight and weigh 2 kg.

Our Walking Sticks

All our sticks are black diamond and fold up for when you are not using them. They are sturdy and adjust to your height. Even for those of you who are great trekkers, having a set of sticks is helpful on all treks. Especially if the weather turns bad or just heading down some of the steeper portions of the hike.

Personal Porter Included

All of our treks include porters, who are responsible for carrying and setting up all equipment. They will also carry your personal duffel, which you will receive at your briefing the night before your trek. This duffel can not exceed 7 kg/14 lbs, and must include your sleeping bag and air mattress.

Each Alpaca Expeditions porter is given a proper uniform, salary and insurance. They are the backbone of our company.

Before Booking You Must Read

1. The Amazon tour 4D/3N is really only two full days in the Amazon. The rest of the time will be spent traveling. The first day, you will arrive at the lodge around 1 p.m. After breakfast, on the last day, you will take a motorboat back to Puerto Maldonado for your flight to Cusco.

2. The City and Sacred Valley tours in this package are booked through a trusted third party. The group tours in this package are available as a private tour with all Alpaca tour guides for an additional cost, based on your group size.

3. After the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu your train returning to Cusco will either be 2:55 or 4:42 p.m., depending of the availability. They will be booked on the Expedition (tourist class) train, but can be upgraded to the Vistadome train for $65 per person. The Vistadome train leaves at 3:20 p.m.

4. In order to climb Huayna Picchu you must purchase a permit for $65 each. You can climb at 10:30 a.m. following your Machu Picchu tour. You climb needs to be booked in advance, due to limited availability. However, if this does not appeal to you, there are similar views from the Sun Gate.

PACKING LIST

  • Good day back pack
  • Copy of your passport
  • Good hiking gear like hiking boots, warm jackets, gloves, hat warm fleece and socks
  • Sleeping bag
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Hat and gloves
  • Warm clothes: Layers for variable temperatures, especially at night
  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Sun hat
  • Sun protection cream
  • Insect Repellent
  • Re-usable plastic or metal water container or camel bags
  • Water (only for first 4 hours of trek, then we will provide you with drinking -previously boiled- water)
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Camera and film
  • Flashlight with spare batteries
  • Walking stick
  • Bathing suit for the hot springs
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips
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