15 DAYS PROGRAM LUXURY COLLECTION
HIGHLIGHTS: LIMA - CUSCO - MACHU PICCHU - IQUITOS - AMAZON RIVER - NAZCA LINES - ICA
Fantastic 15 days in Peru enjoying cruising the Amazonas at the best Luxury style in Peru and accommodation in the only Hotel located next to the citadel of Machu Picchu and get there by luxurious train Hiram Birmingham
DAY 1: Arrival in Lima
Welcome to Peru!
After meeting our representative in Lima, you’ll be brought to the Costa Ramada del Sol Hotel in the airport. Most international flights arrive late in the evening and you’ll be flying to Cusco early tomorrow morning, so we recommend putting your head to the pillow and getting a good night’s sleep.
DAY 2: Lima to the Sacred Valley / Maras and Moray tour
Your Lima host will pick you up from the hotel and accompany you to the airport, where you’ll board a flight for Cusco. During the quick flight, admire the scenery from the window as you cruise over the ice-smothered Andean summits, terraced fields, and picturesque high-elevation hamlets that make up the Sacred Valley.
Upon arrival in Cusco, transfer to your accommodation in Urubamba (Sacred Valley) hotel Rio sagrado Belmond or similar.
Free morning for acclimation
Afternoon city tour to Maras and Moray
Night in Urubamba
DAY 3: Exploring the Sacred Valley
Ollantaytambo and Pisac Archaeological Site & Market
Today will be devoted to the calm and crowd-free Sacred Valley, which exerts a special hold over many travelers who venture here. You’ll begin exploring the ancient town of Ollantaytambo, where the Inca touch is still very much evident in the ancient street canals and trapezoidal doors.
In the company of your guide, climb up past hillside terraces where crops of corn and potatoes are grown, until you reach the Inca Temple of the Sun. Gaze out at valley vistas and ask your guide to point out the quarry from where the stone for this site was sourced. Consider the odds that were stacked against the Incas – they had neither animals to aid them (llamas were too weak) nor the wheel – and ponder the incredible effort that must have gone into hauling these stones to this site.
Continue on your private guided tour to Pisac and its artisan market. Size up the colorful textiles, delicate ceramics and well-crafted silver pieces on offer and perhaps pick up a gift for a friend or family member back home. Finish by surveying Pisac’s mountainside ruins, which overlook the town below.
Night in Sactuary hotel in Machu picchu
DAY 4: The Lost City of the Incas – Machu Picchu
Morning Train through the Cloud Forest, Private Afternoon Tour of Machu Picchu
Prepare for a climactic day! In the morning, we will board the train in Ollantaytambo for our journey to Machu Picchu. Watch the cloud jungle pass by through the large glass windows! Upon arrival to Aguas Calientes, we’ll tuck in to an early lunch in order to refuel before ascending to Peru’s lost citadel.
After a bus ride to the gates of this wonder of the world, you will pass through the main gates with your private guide to finally emerge at the top of the world – Machu Picchu. The incredible Inca stone construction will be spread below, alternately hidden and revealed by clouds. Your expert guide will give you a private tour of the ancient city.
Upon conclusion of your tour, return for an evening in Urubamba hotel.
Night in Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu
DAY 5: Cusco
Private Walking Tour of cusco
Today, we will collect you from your hotel in Machu Picchu and transfer to Cusco
Free morning and city tour at the afternoon
In the afternoon you wil explore the extraordinary cultures of Cusco during an exclusive city tour. Discover the legacy left by the Incas and earlier indigenous groups at Qorikancha (the Temple of the Sun) and the pre-Columbian Art Museum, and examine the Spanish-style churches and cathedrals. Experience the modern-day charms of Cusco in the bohemian San Blas neighborhood and the bustling San Pedro market. Then enjoy a free afternoon to stroll around this historic city at your leisure.
Night in Cusco.
DAY 6: Cusco to Lima to Iquitos, your Luxury Amazon Cruise Begins
Begin Your Cruise in Nauta / Marañon River
After transferring to the Cusco airport, board a flight to Lima and catch a connecting flight to the jungle city of Iquitos. Upon arrival, you’ll meet your guide and take a seat on an air-conditioned bus for a scenic 90-minute drive to the small village of Nauta where the Aria Cruise – of the luxury Aqua cruise line – is anchored.
Board the Aria and settle into your suite. After a safety drill and a quick briefing, tuck into a delicious welcome dinner and toast the beginning of your voyage with a glass of fine South American wine.
DAY 7: Luxury Cruising the Amazon River
Explore and Delve into the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve
In the morning you will board the skiffs to explore a fascinating black water stream, part of the vast Amazon flooded forest that is within the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Your guides will tell you about the jungle as we explore what scientists call a “gallery forest,” because of its dense vegetation that creates a tunnel of leaves. As we explore this type of riparian vegetation, watch above for parrots, macaws, and fluffy Monk Saki monkeys.
This afternoon after experiencing a memorable journey through the “Jungle of the Mirrors,” where towering trees are reflected in the dark river, make your way to the Dorado River for animal spotting before you head out for your night excursion.
DAY 8: Luxury Cruising the Amazon River
Yarapa River / Nauta Caño (Pacaya Samiria Reserve)
Overnight, you will have traveled deeper into the Amazon. Come morning, it’s time to get out there among the animals. Board a comfortable skiff and sail off down the Yarapa River. Life jackets, ponchos, rubber boots, and fresh water will all be available on board.
Glide down the Yarapa, passing the occasional canoe-paddling fisherman and listening to the chirps and chirrups of the forest. Have your binoculars at the ready, for you never know when the terns, tropical songbirds, black collared hawks, and sloths will appear. After a few hours out in the steamy jungle, return to the Aria cruise for a rejuvenating lunch in the air-conditioned dining room.
This afternoon, head out to Nauta Caño in the Pacaya Samiria Reserve with its inky lagoons which reflect the surrounding scenery. Watch for toucans, macaws, iguanas, and other species hunting for their evening meal. On the return journey to the Aria cruise, sit back and observe one of the most striking sunsets on the planet being reflected onto the dark, near-black waters of the flooded forest.
DAY 9: Luxury Cruising the Amazon River
Yanayacu-Pucate River (Pacaya Samiria National Reserve) / Casual / Marañon River
This morning, your customized tour of Peru’s jungle continues as you cruise toward the Yanayacu-Pucate River in Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Colorful flora and fauna – including macaws – are frequently spotted here as are troops of capuchin and squirrel monkeys. Don’t neglect to look down at the water too; that’s where the Amazon River dolphins – both pink and gray – will be. According to Amazonian myth, these graceful creatures have the power to shapeshift into a beautiful human form. You’ll enjoy a light breakfast on board, munching on homemade baked goods, drinking hot coffee and fresh juice, and listening to the sounds of the jungle as it springs into life for the day.
Next, we’ll sail along the Marañon River to the Casual community, where we will disembark for a hike into the heart of this spectacular forest. Observe an array of Amazonian wildlife on this trail, from showy-plumaged tanagers and orioles to more inconspicuous reptiles and amphibians. Watch out for the eye-catching – and poisonous – spotted dart frog.
Return to the boat to enjoy dinner, while the Aria cruise floats upstream toward the headwaters of the Amazon River, where the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers merge.
DAY 10: Iquitos to Lima
Pacaya Samiria National Reserve / Disembark in Iquitos / City Tour / Flight to Lima
Rise early and take in Amazon views over coffee as the Aria cruise skirts the edge of the vast Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, a flooded forest spread across the headwaters of the Amazon basin. You’ll be rewarded for your early start with a front-row view of one of the greatest spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere: the sun rising over the origins of the world’s largest river. Here, two major tributaries – the Ucayali and the Marañon – collide to create one of the greatest waterfalls in the world. To see the cascade bathed in the warm morning light is to see nature at its most captivating. Adding to the atmosphere will be the accompanying birdsong soundtrack; large-billed terns, laughing falcons, short-tailored parrots and dozens of other radiantly hued birds sing and flit about the skies.
Continuing by boat, we’ll reach a native community located along the Marañon River, where you will have the chance to meet local villagers and learn about their traditions and folklore. A naturalist guide will get you up to speed on how Aqua Expeditions work with these communities to improve their natural resource management, while a local shaman will reveal the secrets of their spiritual healing rituals, which have been passed down from generation to generation. Handicrafts and keepsakes can also be purchased direct from the artisans who made them.
In the afternoon, we will visit the Manatee Rescue Center, an animal orphanage where these beguiling Amazonian creatures are rescued and brought back to health before being released back into the wild.
Afterwards, your guide will bring you to Iquitos airport for your return flight to Lima. In Lima, you will be met by our guide , who will check you into your lovely hotel in Miraflores.
Night in Lima.
Day 11: Ica vineyard and Nazca lines flight
Pick up from your hotel in Lima and after 3 hours drive you will reach the city of Ica. First stop the Ica airport where you will board the Caravan cessna for your scenic flight over the Nasca Lines, after flight we will stop at the Huachina oasis where you can have lunch. buggy ride and sandboarding is optional.
after lunch you will visit the Regional museum
And continue to Paracas hotel.
Night in Paracas
Day 12 Ballestas Islands and transfer to Lima
Today you will visit the Ballestas Islands begins, which are three small islands filled with amazing wildlife. Throughout the tour, you will be able to see the ‘Candelabro´, which is a giant geoglyph in the shape of a candle holder cutted into the closely located mountain. When you arrive at the Ballestas Islands, you can observe amazing animals like seals, sea lions, sea birds, penguins, pelicans, tendrils, Inca tern, the Peruvian booby, the red legged cormorant and the guanay. You will travel closely around the islands to have spectacular views of the animals on the shore, animals flying overhead, and those swimming underwater.
5.pm return to Lima hotel
Night in Lima
Day 13 : Lima city tour and Larco museum city tour
Enjoy the beauty of the Historical Center of Lima, Visit "The Main Square", Archbishop's Palace and the Municipal Palace, other great places you will visit are: the Train Station Palace, the "Cordano Bar", Jirón del Union Pathway, First Photoshop Palace in south america, Historical Rimac Bridge and lovely surrounded wooden Balconies. You can only visit The Original Spain Mansion Palace and enjoy its great collection of 18th Century paintings, its impressive sculptures, wooden verandas, trendy gilded mirrors and great original terrace with this tour.
You will be picked up from your accommodation by your expert local guide and PRIVATE CAR, you will go on a fascinating tour around our historical center. It's different as classic and unique, you will see Palaces and castles our city hides, you will also go to the great Saint Francisco Monastery and the impressive underground Catacombs
Surely, you wouldn't want to miss the visit to the most important square in the whole country; "The Main Square", Archbishop's Palace and the Municipal Palace, other great places you will visit are: the Train Station Palace, unique old fashioned "Cordano Bar", colorful mansion palaces, Jirón del Union Pathway, First Fotoshop Palace in south america, Post Office Palace, Historical Rimac Bridge and lovely surrounded wooden Balconies and the next big project in the City the Under river subway.
Our historical center is considered a World Heritage protected by the Unesco, You can only visit The Original Spain Mansión Palace and enjoy its great collection of 18th Century paintings, its impressive sculptures, wooden verandas, trendy gilded mirrors and great original terrace on this tour.
After lunch, we will continue with the Larco musuem visit.
You will be accompanied at all times with your personal driver and tour guide, since the pick up service until the end of your tour at your hotel.
free afternoon in Lima
Night in Lima
Day 14: Lima free day
Night in Lima.
Day 15: Flight out
At the right time our driver will collect you from your accommodation and drive you to the airport for your international flight.
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