This travel offers in 16 days a discovery off the beaten track, through sports activities such as paragliding, buggy, kayak, walking, mountain bike and zip lines in varied natural environments (desert, altiplano, rainforest, etc) while allowing you to visit the most beautiful cities and the major archeological sites of Peru. A stay for the lovers of the extreme!
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This itinerary is an example of a trip; you can change as you desire the steps and activities. If you wish to do so, please refer to the tab “Personalized trip”.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN LIMA
Upon your arrival in the airport of Lima, you will be welcomed and brought to your hotel. You will have the evening free in the dynamic neighborhoods of the Peruvian capital.
DAY 2: LIMA : CITY TOUR (OPTIONAL) + PARAGLIDING
On the morning, optional visit of the « City of the kings », capital of Peru, founded the day of the Epiphany of the year 1535. You have the possibility to discover the colonial historic center with the San Martin square, the Plaza de Armas, the Palace of the Governement, the Cathedral, the Santo Domingo church or the catacombs of the San Francisco convent. After this, you will discover the modern Lima with the districts of Miraflores and San Isidro, with their impressive buildings and their beautiful maritime walks.
In the afternoon, you will go to the Raimondi park, at 15 min by walk from your hotel (place and time submitted to weather conditions) for your activity of paragliding with professionals of the Aeroxtreme school. You will make a fly over the coastal district of Miraflores, between 80 and 180 meters in height, during about ten minutes.
DAY 3: LIMA - PARACAS - HUACACHINA - LIMA
Early morning departure to go to Paracas, located on the famous Pan-American road that runs by the Pacific side. You will arrive at the pier from where you go by boat to the Ballestas islands and discover the local marine fauna: sea elephants, pelicans, penguins and other sea birds take advantage of the cold currents of Humboldt, extremely rich in planktons and in fish. After this excursion, you will go to the Huacachina oasis. The immense dunes of sand which surround the oasis are the opportunity for you to live an unforgettable experience in buggy. After this activity, return to Lima.
DAY 4: LIMA – AREQUIPA – RAFTING
Transfer to the airport of Lima where you will take a flight to Arequipa. Upon your arrival in the “White city”, you will be transferred to the hotel. Then you will go to a new adventure: transfer to Chilina valley, where is your starting point to your rafting activity on Chili river. Before going on the expedition, you will review the safety instructions and the technics of navigation. After 2 hours of rafting, you will return to Arequipa. Free afternoon to visit the city by yourself.
DAY 5: AREQUIPA (2400 m) – PAMPA SAN MIGUEL (3370 M) – SAN JUAN DE CHUCCHO (2400 M)
You will leave early for the Colca Canyon, one of the deepest canyons of the world. After 6 hours of road, you will have lunch in Pampa San Miguel and meet there your team of muleters and cook. In the beginning of the afternoon begins your trek in the legendary canyon, where you will see no more car. You will go down to the village of San Juan de Chuccho where you will meet your hosts for the night.
3.3 hours of walk, +100 m / -1070 m of height difference
DAY 6: SAN JUAN DE CHUCCHO (2400 M) – TAPAY (2900 M) – SANGALLE (2260 M)
You will go up towards the village of Tapay. Then you will come down through a path which crosses a whole series of hamlets where the inhabitants dedícate themselves to the culture of fruits and cochineal looked for their bright red color. After a descent, you will arrive at the oasis of Sangalle, village located in the canyon, where you will have the possibility to bath in the hot springs. Night in homestay.
5 hours of walk, +500 m / -640 m of height difference
DAY 7: SANGALLE (2260 M) – CABANACONDE (3230 M) – CRUZ DEL CONDOR – PUNO (3820 M)
This day is your last stage of trek. You will go up the side of the canyon until Cabanaconde: around 1000 meters of ascent to this village where a private transport waits for you. Then, you will go in the direction of Chivay with a step at the Cruz del Condor, a mirador offering a spectacular view on the Colca canyon as soon as the first rays of sunrise. Here, you can observe the flight of the largest bird of the world: the condor. Lunch in Chivay and departure in tourist bus to Puno where you will arrive in the evening.
4 hours of walk, +960 m of height difference
DAY 8: PUNO (3820 M) – UROS – AMANTANI (KAYAK)
Direction to the Titicaca lake. You will take a kayak in direction to the Uros floating islands, built in reeds and moored to pickets to avoid the drift. They live of fishing, crafts and hunting. After about 1h30 of crossing, you will meet a family which will explain you and show you how are made the islands, the houses and the boats. From here, you will take a boat to continue sailing on the Titicaca Lake (which signifies “stone puma”) until the Amantani island, where you will roam the paths by foot to fully enjoy the spectacular view of the royal Bolivian mountain range. You will ascend Pachatata (4200m) and enjoy, if the weather allows it, a magnificent sunset by the lake.
DAY 9: AMANTANI (3850 M) – TAQUILE (3870 M) – PUNO (3820 M)
Early in the morning, you will leave your local hosts of Amantani to sail to Taquile, an island exploited thanks to the system of terrace cultivations. The lifestyle of the inhabitants has conserved the community organization inherited from the Inca period. Although the property is private, the labor is collective; the 300 habitants of the island work one day for them, and one day for the community. Taquile lives in relative self-sufficiency with the Inca principles: “do not steal, do not lie, do not weaken”, habits unchanged for centuries. From the heights of the village, your efforts will be rewarded by a superb view on the lake, the Puno bay and Bolivia (the Royal mountain chain) in the Altiplano mists. At the end of the day, you will take the boat and return to Puno. Check in to hotel. Evening free.
DAY 10: PUNO (3820 M) – CUSCO (3350 M)
Early morning departure for Cusco by bus. On the way, you will stop in the Pukara village. It is one of the last places testifying of the pre-Inca culture of the same name. You will pass then the La Raya pass (4360m), symbolizing the end of the Altiplano. Then, you will visit the spectacular inca sanctuary of Raqchi, before continuing to Andahuaylilas village and its San Pedro church, known as “Sistine chapel” of South America notably due to its lavishly painted ceiling. Arrival in Cusco and check in to hotel.
DAY 11: CUSCO (3350 M): 4 RUINS horseback riding
You will go for a horseback riding that will allow you to discover the four principal archeological sites in the periphery of Cusco. You will first go to Q’enqo in a private vehicle. Here, you will meet your horses to go to Tambomachay, formerly one of the most sacred sites of the Inca Empire where the ritual ablutions of the emperor took place. You will then continue to Pukapukara, ancient fort that guarded the entrance to the capital and thanks to its location, offers a splendid view of the valley and neighboring summits. After this, you will go back to Q’enqo, important sanctuary that counts many altars used to sacrifice llamas and alpacas in the olden days. Here, you will leave your horses and finish the excursion by foot to Saqsayhuamán, stunning fortress built on a hill dominating the city of Cusco. This site is characterized by its gigantic blocks of stone, accurately interlocked, with some standing over 9 meters tall and weighing more than 550 tons. From there, you will walk back to Cusco using a path going down to the town center. Arrival in the afternoon.
Visit optional in the afternoon of the city, starting with the Cathedral, impressive building that holds many paintings of the Cusquenian School as well as true goldsmithery treasures. You will continue your discovery with the Santo Domingo monastery, ancient temple of the Sun, also known as Qorikancha.
+200m / -200m of height difference (horse-back riding)
DAY 12: CUSCO (3350 M) – CHINCHERO (3780 M) – MORAY (3500 M) – MARAS (3300 M) – URUBAMBA (2900 M) – OLLANTAYTAMBO (2750 M)
Today you will discover the Sacred valley by mountain bike. You will start by going along Haypo Lake before arriving to Pata cross. You will arrive on Moray site, former inca agricultural laboratory. The site consists of three groups of circular terraces of various sizes. Here the Incas acclimatized various plants thanks to the levels of terraces. You will continue your excursion to the village of Maras where you will walk in the colonial alleys. Then you will visit the Salinas de Maras, used since the Inca period by the inhabitants. You will continue until Urubamab. From there, you will leave the bikes to go to Ollantaytambo in collective vehicle. Check in at the hotel.
6.3 hours of mountain bike (45 km), -910 m of height difference
DAY 13: OLLANTAYTAMBO (2750 M): zipline – AGUAS CALIENTES
In the morning, you will do zipline, a network which makes you discover the Sacred Valley in a safe and original way. You will travel by zipline about 2 km in several stages. Strong sensations guaranteed during the 4 hours of this activity! Return to Ollantaytambo where you will take the train to Aguas Calientes. Check in in the hotel. Arrival and check in to hotel.
DAY 14: AGUAS CALIENTES (2050 M) – MACHU PICCHU (2450 M) – CUSCO (2750 M)
Very early in the morning, you will take the bus to go up to the most famous Inca site of the country: Machu Picchu, “old summit” in Quechua. You will there discover the architectural complex, still enveloped in the morning mist, built on top of a ridge and surrounded by precipices: a stunning view that evolves with the progression of the sun. You will roam through the streets of the citadel, its areas, squares, royal houses, agricultural zones, paths and observatories. After a 3h guided tour, you will dispose of free time to discover by yourselves, if you wish, the Huayna Picchu (entry at 10AM*), the Sun Gate (“Intu Punku”) situated at 2700m, or even the Inca bridge. For the less sporty, you can wander peacefully in the city. Return to Aguas Calientes in the afternoon to take the train back to Ollantaytambo and then transfer to Cusco.
*We have chosen the 10 o’clock trip in order to give you time to visit Machu Picchu with your guide and enjoy a clearer view of the citadel. However, the number of entries to Huayna Picchu being limited, we cannot guarantee the access to this part of the site.
DAY 15: CUSCO –LIMA – INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT
Transfer to the airport of Cusco, where you will take a flight to Lima, the Peruvian capital. Connection with your international flight.
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THE PRICE INCLUDES:
- Accommodation in 3*** hotels (local standards)
(To be upgrated, please contact us)
- The meals mentioned as “included”
- Private and group ground transportation
- Assistance at airports
- Local English speaking guide according to the program
- The excursions as mentioned in the program
- The entrances to the sites scheduled in the program
- The guide, mule-drivers and cook during the treks
- The domestic flights Lima-Arequipa and Cuzco-Lima
THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- International flights
- Lunches and dinners not mentioned in the program (expect 5 to 10 USD per meal)
- Tips (2 USD/day/person for the guide and 1 USD/day/person for the carriers, mule-drivers, cooks)
- The single supplement (please ask us)
- Personal pharmacy
- The personal equipment of trekking : sleeping bag (possibility to rent on place)
- Eventual entries to museums not mentioned in the program
You will be accompanied by a local private English speaking guide at every leg of the journey. This means you will have a different guide for each region you will visit, depending on their specialization. The level of English of the guides varies from one region to another.
A few exceptions:
- For the Puno – Cusco trip, you will travel in a group touristic bus with an English / Spanish guide
- The trips in public transports (buses, shuttles, trains and internal flights) are not escorted.
In Peru, the hotel standards are different to what you may be accustomed to. Here are a few useful details on every type of accommodation:
- Camp: thanks to the perfect organization of our cook(s) and muleteer(s), you could really rest after a good day of walking. We have a tent for the kitchen, another one for to take the meals, another one for the bathrooms. For two persons, you will have a 3 places tent for more comfort. We also supply you a comfortable mattress and a basin of hot water at the beginning and at the end of the day for your toilet; and of course we prepare you warm and complete meals.
- Homestay accommodation: Basic comfort, communal toilets, no hot water and sometimes no running water, simple but clean rooms, sometimes no electricity and the doors do not lock (however, there are no security problems).
- 2** and 3*** hotels (local standards): comfortable rooms, simple and clean, private bathroom with hot water; some hotels offer rooms equipped with a safe, heating system, mini bar, …
As far as our possibilities, we choose hotels whose geographical location will allow you to fully enjoy the town and its attractions.
In order to allow you more freedom during your trip, only a few meals are included in our programs: these are the meals during the treks (cold at noon and hot in the evening) and during certain excursions when the conditions make it necessary (on the Puno-Cusco road, in the Sacred Valley, etc).
For the non-included meals, expect 5 to 10 USD per person. This allows you to choose the time, place and menu according to your desires!
Most of the time of your trip, your travels will take place in private vehicles: you will have at your service a private vehicle with a Spanish speaking driver who will adapt to your rhythm (photo stop, shopping, etc. …).
- For the Puno – Cusco / Chivay – Puno and Arequipa – Puno trips, you will travel in a group touristic bus that will make several stops and visits on the way.