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Peru Hike & Peruvian Amazon

Peru Hike & Peruvian Amazon

Peru is a megadiverse country, rich in natural beauties or places where its people keep alive their ancestral customs. You can find in our guide extensive updated information of Peru, allowing you to organize and plan the best travel itinerary in our country. Discover during this 11 days the magic of Peru Hike & Peruvian Amazon Tour. Impressive Inca ruins, altiplanic towns, colonial cities and countless spectacular natural scenarios make up the proposed destinations in this collection of the best tourist places in Peru. Visit Lima the Capital of Peru, recognized in 2013 with the Travelers' Choice award as the best emerging destination, a city that captivates with its blend of modernity and history. Famous also for being home to one of the best cuisines in the world, being known as the Gastronomic Capital of America, housing among its many neighborhoods, inexhaustible places to enjoy the spicy flavors that are present in its more than 400 typical dishes. Explore Cusco one of the most fascinating tourist places of Peru, home of invaluable historical and cultural treasures, ruins that still allow to visualize the splendor of what was the capital of the Inca Empire, and magnificent civil and religious buildings that show the richness of their time colonial. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, it allows you to go back in time, walking along narrow streets that make their way between beautiful colonial buildings built on the basis of ancient Inca palaces, or among picturesque squares full of history surrounded by cafés and restaurants.Enjoy the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a magical area of gorges, archaeological sites and picturesque colonial towns, one after the other, inhabited by indigenous communities, which have kept their folklore and traditions alive over time. Its main enclaves correspond to the archaeological complex and town of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, the only Inca city that is practically intact, and whose buildings are now inhabited by their descendants. Lares Trek is an excellent alternative to get to Machu Picchu, it is an unusual route, with visits to the Andean communities and interaction with the life of the Andean farmers, while being surrounded by impressive mountains, lakes and valleys. This fabulous trip offers a real vision of what life was like in ancient Cusco, you will have the opportunity to see the stone houses with thatched roofs, surrounded by Andean camelids and inland we will find guinea pigs that travel freely. Finally wake up with spectacular views at Puerto Maldonado. 

Quick Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival to Lima

Day 02-04: Peruvian Jungle Tour/Cusco

Day 05: Sacred Valley Tour 

Day 06-09Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

Day 10: Cusco City 

Day 11: Departure Day


Highlights of Peru Hike & Peruvian Amazon:

  • Peru is the third largest country in South America, with 1,285,216 km2 of territory.
  • Peru is divided mainly into 3 different regions, coast, sierra and jungle. 
  • The main language in Peru is Spanish, and Spanish is spoken by about 80% of the population. Indigenous languages such as Quechua and Aymara are also spoken.
  • Lima ranks fifth in the most populated cities of Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Lima is the capital of Peru, although Cusco was the most important city during the times of the Incas.
  • The Amazon rainforest covers approximately 60% of Peru, however, only 5% of Peruvians live in the Amazon region.
  • Machu Picchu, one of the 7 wonders of the world, was lost in the Amazon jungle for hundreds of years until it was rediscovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911
  • 4-day Lares trek offer us beautiful landscapes of Andean mountains, snow-capped peaks and tropical jungle. The end of the road is crowned by the imposing view of the wonder of Inca stone: Machu Picchu.

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Day 01: Arrival to Lima

Lima has a thousand faces, but its past predominates with its colonial mansions, convents, squares and monuments, symbols of its old and noble tradition. Also called the City of Kings, has a history in each of its streets. It is said that the Spaniard Francisco Pizarro, founder of Lima, imposed the name of City of Kings because it coincided with the date on which the wizard kings directed to Bethlehem. There is also the hypothesis that it is named in honor of Emperor Charles V of Austria and I of Spain. When Pizarro decided to found the new capital for the government that was going to be implanted in these lands, he originally chose Jauja. However, he then looked for a land near the sea. This search was made in January. On the 6th of this month, emissaries came from Pachacámac, who after a few days of travel discovered a green and fertile valley by the sea: the Rimac valley, where the City of Kings was founded. The name is due to the Wizard Kings feast. This first day discover the beauty of Lima.

Day 2 - 4: Peruvian Jungle

Puerto Maldonado is the capital of the Madre de Dios department, it is one of the most important cities of the southeast jungle of Peru, located in the middle of the Tambopata and Madre de Dios rivers at an altitude of 185 m.a.s.l Only 30 minutes from the city is the airport which allows an easy means of access. The city is distinguished by its wide streets and its large number of commercial activities. It is an extraordinary place, a land of gigantic trees, fast flowing rivers, landscapes full of natural life like a great amount of animals, insects making it a paradisiacal place. Its climate is humid and tropical, the rainy season lasts from November to March, given the characteristics Puerto Maldonado is the center of national and international interest for its ecological diversity. This day we travel by a motorized boat over the Madre de Dios River to our lodge settled deeply in the jungle. On our journey to the lodge, you have a chance to see bird species typical for the river and the forest´s outskirts such as a black skimmer, a pied lapwing, a capped heron, a roadside hawk (Buteo magnirostris), a kingfisher, a swallow or a tyrant flycatcher.

Day 5: Sacred Valley of the Incas

This tour starts at approximately 07:00 hrs. and ends at 7:00 p.m., we pass by your hotel, to have a guided tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, over the Vilcanota River, for a panoramic view of the Inca citadel of Pisac and visit the typical Indian market of Pisac , where we will have the opportunity to learn about the customs of its inhabitants and haggle prices with sellers, then we go to the city of Urubamba, traveling along the Vilcanota river, returning to Cusco between 18:30 and 18:40 hrs .

 

  • Pisac Archaeological Complex: The archaeological complex of Pisac, is located on the top of a mountain from where a good part of the Sacred Valley is dominated. This wonderful place is formed by groups of platforms and architectural structures scattered on the slopes and at the top of the mountain, Pisac is one of the most beautiful monumental centers of the valley because it combines the landscape with the impeccable finish of its buildings.
  • Pisac Handicraft Market: Located 30 km from the city of Cusco, the main square of Pisac houses this market, a colorful and lively place, where the most famous Cusco handicrafts made by Andean hands are exhibited, among the crafts, textiles, ponchos, bags, etc. stand out. , and the ceramic handicrafts, which are reproductions of Inca archaeological pieces, such as the queros (ceremonial vessels), necklaces, etc. This fair is attended by traders and indigenous craftsmen from many villages, dressed in their typical costumes.
  • Ollantaytambo: Lunch at a local restaurant in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. In the afternoon we visit the Fortress of Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to this part of the valley and protect it from possible invasions of the inhabitants of the jungle. We will have the opportunity to walk through the streets of the town and thus have a clear idea of ​​how this military, religious and cultural center was during the Inca Empire.

 

Day 6 -9: Lares trek to Machu Picchu

The tour program, Lares 4 days trek to Machu Picchu is an excellent way to get to know the Andean landscape, with valleys, rivers, lagoons with crystal clear waters, waterfalls, forests of queuñas and to know the way of life in the Andes. Besides the excursion in the Andes, the program connects with the visit to one of the wonders of the modern world Machu Picchu. It is an adventure through the Sacred Valley of the Incas Passing through the rich pastoral regions of the Urubamba mountain range we cross snowy peaks and the subtropical valleys, along the trip we enjoy scenic lagoons, natural thermal baths, Inca remains. Because it is a remote place, the area has allowed its people to preserve traditions of llama and alpaca wool, the cultivation of potatoes, and the weaving of colorful handmade garments with Inca motifs. This tour is experiential because you can see up close the customs and experiences of the Andean people.

Day 10: Cusco

Mystic sacred city, considered the capital of the Tahuantinsuyo Empire with a great historical and architectural legacy. Surrounded by green valleys with imposing tourist attractions, culture, tradition and faith still dormant. Known as the navel of the world for being the political and territorial center of the Inca Empire, the department of Cusco shows a striking geographical variety from natural mountain ranges and reliefs, to rivers like the Urubamba. The city of Cusco, located in the Andes mountain range at 3 399 m.a.s.l, was declared the Historical Capital of Peru, being an impressive sample of high Inca engineering whose main tool was stone. As well as places like Choquequirao, Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, Tambomachay, Ollantaytambo are some of architectural jewel built with the wisdom of the ancient Incas that served as political, religious and administrative center of the time

Day 11: Departure

Finishing our adventure. Thanks to travel with us, hoping your travel be an unforgettable experience, at morning, we will take you back to the Cusco´s airport to take a flight to Lima.

THIS TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Welcome by our Representative at your arrival;
  • Domestic flights: Lima - Puerto Maldonado - Cusco;
  • Airport arrival and departure transfers;
  • Accommodation: 3* hotels (5 nights), a hostel (1 night), jungle lodges (2 nights), campsites (2 nights);
  • All entrance fees according to the itinerary;
  • Bilingual professional Tour Guides as per itinerary;
  • A Cook for the Peru hike;
  • A Muleteer for the hike;
  • Mules and lamas to carry food, camping and cooking equipment and 6 kg of each passanger´s stuff during the Lares Trek;
  • Meals: 10x breakfast, 5x lunch, 5x dinner, 3x afternoon tea during the Lares Trek;
  • Camping equipment for the Lares Trek: personal double tents, sleeping foam matts, tables and chairs, a dining tent and a toilet tent;
  • Cooking tent with cooking equipment for the trek;
  • A sleeping bag (for up to -5°C) for the trek;
  • Transport by a private van during the tours and local transfers;
  • A round trip by tourist train (Expedition Class) between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes;
  • A shuttle bus round trip between Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes;
  • Motorboat transportation during the Peruvian Jungle Tour.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Pre & post tour accommodation,
  • Last local flight Cusco-Lima,
  • International flights nor airport departure taxes,
  • Travel insurance(also we can offer you one),
  • Meals not mentioned,
  • Tips (Please note: It is a custom to give tips in Peru, however, it is not obligatory.),
  • Optional tours,
  • Other extras not specified.

Clothes for all tours at Cusco:

We recommend that the clothes you bring is mostly suitable for the country environment. During the day it can be very hot (especially when there are programmed daytime hikes), the temperature can reach up to 30º C, but in the mountains during the night the temperatures drop considerably (it can go down to -10º C). The difference can be more than 30º C (90 degrees Fahrenheit)! The best way to prepare for these conditions is to dress with several layers of coat. The list of items that we recommend you bring includes: 

  • Long pants (those that can be turned into shorts through a zipper) plus an extra pair of shorts. 
  • A slim sweater / long-sleeved shirt. 
  • Tshirts. 
  • A warm sweater (wool or polar) (or a warm fiber jacket and a thin jacket). 
  • A light jacket for the rain (in the rainy season, it can also be a good poncho!). 
  • Thermal underwear. 
  • Warm sleepwear. 
  • Swimwear. 
  • Hiking boots. 
  • Stockings (of walk). 
  • Comfortable shoes (training), sandals or slippers for water. 
  • Hat to protect you from the sun during the day. 
  • Wool or polar hat for the night. 
  • Gloves 

 

Clothing for the Peruvian jungle tour:

We recommend that the clothes you bring is mostly suited to the environment of the jungle (be prepared to sweat a lot!) The Amazon region or the jungle has a tropical climate, hot and humid, with rain in the summer. The average annual temperature is 25º C, and there are temperature changes between 18º C and 35º C. The list of items that we recommend you bring includes: 

  • Light clothes, shorts. 
  • Long and comfortable pants. 
  • Shirts with long or short sleeves. 
  • Long socks for walking. 
  • Swimwear. 
  • Towel. 
  • Hat,  or something to cover the head. 
  • Clothes for the rain or a poncho. 
  • Walking shoes or boots. 
  • Flips flops.
  • Repellent

 

Equipment:

  • Flashlight (to have on hand since the blackouts are very frequent, would be ideal one of those that are fastened to the head) 
  • Photo camera with enough battery 
  • Blade with multiple functions. 
  • Sun glasses with UV protection. 
  • Bottles of water (ideally 1 liter each). 
  • Lightweight towel (s). 
  • USB to make a back up of the photos (optional). 
  • Walking stick (optional). 
  • Books and / or magazines 
  • Card game or any other lightweight table game to carry.

 

What to leave:

  • Clothing in excess 
  • Hardback suitcases 
  • Jewelry. 
  • Items that appear to be very expensive. 
  • Smart clothes or shoes

 

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