CLASSIC PERU TOUR

Nazca Lines to the Amazon and Machu Picchu

Classic Peru Tour

Peru is a land of geographical complexity and striking beauty, with the marked contrast between the Andes Mountains, the arid Atacama Desert in the east and the lush forests of the Amazon.

This 14 day tour takes you to the Nazca lines, Amazon and the ancient complex of Machu Picchu looking at the ancient ruins of the diverse country.

CLASSIC PERU OVERVIEW

Day-1. Lima.

Day-2. Lima - Nazca (B)

Day-3: Nazca - Paracas - Ballestas Islands - (B)

Day-4: Paracas - Lima (B)

Day-5: Lima - Cuzco (B)

Day-6: Sacred Valley - Ollantaytambo (BL)

Day-7: Cuzco to Machu Picchu (B)

Day-8: Aguas Calientes - Cuzco (B)

Day-9: Cuzco - Tambopata Jungle (BLD)

Day-10: Tambopata Jungle

Day-11: Tambopata Research Centre

Day-12: Tambopata Research Centre

Day-13: Lima

Day-14: Lima (B)

CLASSIC PERU TOUR ITINERARY

Day-1. Lima

Arrival in Lima, and transfer to hotel.


Day-2. Lima - Nazca (B)

Guided visit of colonial and modern Lima, including the cathedral, main square, and the San Francisco Convent and its catacombs. One of the very few South American cities that preserve the colonial past, Lima was home to the Spanish viceroy during the time of the Spanish colonialists. Visit the residential areas of San Isidro and Miraflores. Afternoon transfer to Nazca, 5-6 hours south of Lima


Day-3: Nazca - Paracas - Ballestas Islands - (B)

Early flight over the Nazca Lines; gigantic drawings and geometrical figures engraved in the desert of Peru dating back to 250 AD. With representations of animals, such as a spider, a monkey and several birds, they are believed to be an enormous astronomical calendar or possibly an offering to the gods. Visit the Chauchillia Cemetery. Return by bus to Paracas.


Day-4: Paracas - Lima (B)

Guided tour by boat of the Ballestas islands, known as the "little Galapagos", with its amazing concentration of sea birds and sea lions in their natural habitat. Return to the mainland and a trip to the Paracas National Reserve, the only Protected Coastal Reserve in Peru. Transfer to Lima by Bus in the late afternoon.


Day-5: Lima - Cuzco (B)

Flight and arrival in Cuzco, reception and transfer to Hotel. Afternoon guided visit of the four ruins nearby; the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, Kenko, Fortress of Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay, the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun. Return to your hotel.

Day-6: Sacred Valley - Ollantaytambo (BL)

Full-day excursion to the Sacred Valley of the Inca and then a visit to Pisac markets and Ollantaytambo.


Day-7: Cuzco to Machu Picchu (B)

Transfer to the railway station for the 06.00 departure to Aguas Calientes by train and then bus to Machu Picchu ruins. Guided visit of Machu Picchu. This fabulous city has houses, temples, warehouses, a large central square, all connected by narrow roads and steps, and is surrounded by terraces cut into the mountain side which were used for agriculture. Later, free time to enjoy this magical and spiritual wonder. Accommodation in Aguas Calientes.


Day-8: Aguas Calientes - Cuzco (B)

Morning at leisure or option to return to the magnificent Machu Picchu. Return to Cuzco with the 1530 train. Arrival and transfer to hotel.


Day-9: Cuzco - Tambopata Jungle (BLD)

to the airport for the flight to Puerto Maldonado. Reception and transfer to the Tambopata River port in Puerto Maldonado for the canoe trip to your jungle lodge. After arrival a short orientation and a complete briefing on the lodge before visiting a 35 metre scaffolding tower for a spectacular view of the river, the surrounding forest and an opportunity to observe birds from the canopy including parrots, toucans and macaws. Return to the lodge


Day-10: Tambopata Jungle

Early wake at dawn for a visit to the Tres Chimbadas oxbow lake. Here we will take a long, easy canoe ride around the lake looking for giant river otters, turtles, hoatzin, and wading birds. The giant river otters that are seen in Tres Chimbadas belong to a resident family of nine. Return to the lodge before we continue travel up the Tambopata River for a further 5 hours into the pristine heart of the reserve. Arrival at the Tambopata Research Center. After lunch, we will walk the 1.5 mile Bamboo Trail, a trail that is famous for the abundance of rare birds that live exclusively in this habitat and are endemic to southern Peru. It is also the home of the frequently found Howler and Dusky titi monkeys.


Day-11: Tambopata Research Centre

At dawn we will cross the river and enjoy the world's largest macaw clay lick where hundreds of parrots and macaws of up to 15 species congregate daily.

You can expect to see ten to twelve members of the parrot family. After breakfast we will walk the 1.5 mile Ocelot Trail, a trail which exemplifies the quintessential rainforest. This trail is the one which most often spots ocelot, puma and jaguar tracks, although any one of these three large cats is extremely difficult to spot. We will return to the TRC for lunch and then embark on a 2 mile walk to the palm swamp, a nesting colony and preferred roost for Blue and Gold and Red-bellied Macaws.


Day-12: Tambopata Research Centre

We will wake up at dawn once again to visit the macaw clay lick and then return for breakfast. After breakfast we will take a short five minute boat ride to a small, drying oxbow lake where we will spend the morning on a platform in the middle of the pond observing some of its birdlife, which may include hoatzin, duck, ibis, woodpeckers, chachalaca, parakeets, oropendolas and numerous flycatcher species. We will return to our lodge further down river.


Day-13: Lima

After an early breakfast we will return to Puerto Maldonado for our flight back to Lima and transfer to your hotel.


Day-14: Lima (B)

Free day in Lima before your transfer to the airport for your return flight home.


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Jungle and Inca Trail Variations

Machu Picchu Cuzco 7 Days Ancient Peru 14 Days

Day-1: Lima

Day-2: Lima - Cuzco (B)

Day-3. Sightseeing (B)

Day-4: Sacred Valley - Ollyantaytambo (BL)

Day-5: Cuzco - Machu Picchu (B)

Day-6. Machu Picchu - Cuzco (B)

Day-7.Cuzco - Lima (B)  

Day-1. Arrival in Lima

Day-2. Lima (B)

Day-3. Cuzco and surrounds

Day-4. Sacred Valley - Ollantaytambo (BL)

Day-5. Cuzco - Machu Picchu (B)

Day-6. Machu Picchu - Cuzco (B)

Day-7. Cuzco - Lima (B)

Day-8: Huaraz (B)

Day-9: Llanganuco (B)

Day-10: Chavin (B)

Day-11: Trujillo - Chan Chan (B)

Day-12: Trujillo (B)

Day-13: Lord of Sipan and Brunning Museum (B)

Day-14: Lima (B)  

Your Questions Answered

In Peru, you can find three completely distinctive geographical zones so when it comes to weather and climate, each of the three areas are different, namely the coast (la costa), the andes (la sierra) and the jungle (la selva). Overall, however, best time to visit Peru is during the dry season, between May and October, which sees sunny days, bright blue skies in the Andes, and chilly nights. It is also the best time for the Inca Trail. It is of course peak season, so early booking is essential.
Yes very much so. There are lots of family-friendly activities to enjoy, from visiting llama farms to sandboarding and kayaking, not to mention the sights and activities in the Amazon.
Definitely. Sometimes we book part of a family on the Inca Trail why the rest follow by train and bus. The most common method of getting to Macchu Picchu from Cusco is to take a train. Most people depart from the train station in Ollantaytambo, in Peru's Sacred Valley, a couple hours northwest of Cusco. You can also take the train from the town of Poroy, located about 25 minutes outside of Cusco.
Yes. Cuzco is at around 11 feet or 3000masl so it is highly recommended to spend the first day taking it easy. It is quite hilly so if you do walk about do it slowly. Drink plenty of water and rely on the local remedy of drinking coca tea
No. Tap water throughout Peru is not treated to the same standards as you are probably used to which can result in upset stomach and traveler’s diarrhea. Bottled water is essential.
During summer (December to February) which is also the wet season, they range from 10C/50F to 27C/80F In Winter (June to August) they range from -8C/45F to 12C/54F
All of the Amazon lodges are constructed of traditional materials designed to minimize the impact on the local environment and maintain the ambiance of the rainforest. They vary from your more comfortable to your rustic lodges. All of the lodges offer running water, showers and flush toilets. Some of the more remote lodges such Tambopata have shared bathrooms and do not have electricity. Others include private baths, hot water, electricity, and fans in the room.
During the wet season, the rivers are very high and usually flood the low areas. Water levels can increase by up to 7metres. For this reason it is easier to enter deep zones in the jungle by boat or canoe. At the beginning of the rainy season (from November to January) you can also expect more mosquitoes. During the drier periods when water levels are low it is possible to take long walks. Due to the unpredictability of the seasons and climate, the programs and activities could be adapted to the conditions imposed by nature. Either way - the Amazon still offers a great variety regardless of when you visit.
Iquitos is in the North and Puerto Maldonado is in the South. Iquitos is a perfect addition to a Lima trip, while Puerto Maldonado is convenient if you will be exploring the area around Cusco. Within the vicinity of Iquitos are several protected natural areas with lodges where you can experience the jungle. The most well-known of these, by far, is the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve located upriver of the city. There are others such as the The Allpahuayo-Mishana National Reserve. Pink river dolphins can be spotted here, unlike further upriver. Of the jungle regions, Puerto Maldonado has some of the most pristine and unspoiled primary rainforest in the world. Tambopata National Reserve is the closest and includes attractions like Lake Sandoval, a majestic oxbow lake known for its giant river otters, and Collpa Colorado, the largest known parrot clay lick in the world. For a detailed blog click here