Ultimate Peru Adventure

  • $3495
  • 16 Days

Tour Details

Overview

Believe it or not, Machu Picchu is a coveted jewel in the crown of adventure travelers. It’s no wonder that the Ultimate Peru Adventure provides a memorable vacation, passing through the Sacred Valley of ancient Incans.

But there is more, so much more to see, aside from the breathtaking Machu Picchu.

Just think about the phrase “Amazon Jungle Rafting.” Oh yes, the tour also includes several days on the Amazon Jungle’s Tambopata River, plus 2 days of level III and IV rapids. The itinerary of the tour is practically filled with ultimate spine-tingling adventure.

Perhaps you can never discount the breathtaking views of the river that flows across the National Park in the Amazon Basin, plus 1,500 species of flora and fauna providing for the ultimate jungle-environment.

Join us for 16 days of adventure that will include:

Full guided tour of Machu Picchu

A night of camping under the stars in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Full day boat trip to explore the islands of Lake Titicaca

Amazon Jungle Rafting!

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Itinerary

Day 1

Lima

This is where our tour starts. It’s time for you to recover from jet-lag and prepare for the upcoming adventure with a relaxing night at a Lima hotel.Transport from the airport may be arranged upon request, at an additional fee.

Depending on the time of your arrival, you may want to visit one of the city’s museums or churches and perhaps sample some of the world renowned local cuisines. One place which would allow you to do both is the 1,500-year-old Pucllana Temple in the Miraflores district.

While the temple is only open until 5 p.m., it’s dramatically illuminated after dark. And there is a gourmet restaurant onsite which remains open long after the temple closes.

Overnight stay in Lima

 

Day 2

Cusco

After breakfast, you will be driven to the airport in a private van for your flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by a River Explorers representative who will take you to your hotel and provide a short briefing about the upcoming schedule, as well as any other activities you may want to consider.

While Cusco is often viewed by travelers as merely the beginning of a visit to Machu Picchu, it has many tourist attractions of its own. In fact, it was declared a World Heritage Site due to the fact that a large part of the city’s buildings date back to pre-Columbian times.

The Plaza de Armas, referred to as the Square of the Warrior by the Incans, is particularly impressive. And the Machu Picchu Museum would probably be interesting to those on their way to, or from, the iconic destination.

The Cathedral in Cusco is also worth a visit as well. Not only the site exhibits an exquisite combination of Gothic and Baroque architecture, but it also features stunning examples of colonial gold work.

Only a 20-minute drive away from the site is the ancient fortified city of Sacsayhuaman, which was built in 1100, even before the Incans settled in the area. The Incas did, however, greatly expand the city by building massive walls of huge stones cut by workers to be stacked without mortar.

For those who want to make the most of every moment, from the very beginning of this trip, can choose from the optional tours available in Cusco.

A visit to Sacsayhuaman, as well as the celebrated Cathedral in Cusco, is included in an optional 3 hour tour of history and culture. Also, 2 mountain biking tours can be arranged upon request: One is a day tour that will take you the Incan ruins of Maras and 600-year-old salt mines that are still in use, while the other is 3 days long and requires special planning to coordinate it with the overall adventure tour.

Both tours are exceptional in itself, enough to be worth the trouble for those who enjoy mountain biking. It covers 93 miles from start to end, from the Andes to the Amazon rainforest with a stop at one of Peru’s warmest hot springs.

Another option is the unforgettable horseback riding tour. Lasting about three hours, in this tour, you will be provided with a horse that is already saddled for an introductory ride. After everyone is at ease with their mount, the tour will progress on easy terrain for about 30 minutes to Sacsayhuaman. After you visit the wonders of that settlement, the tour will go on to Kenko, where you will find a giant-carved rock in the shape of a puma.

Going up the mountain a little, then back down toward the valley, the tour will pass through Puca Pucara to get to Tambomachay, which is noted for its two fountains with continuous running water.

There is a theory among locals that Tambomachay was visited by royals in much the same way that Machu Picchu was. From here, you will return to the ranch through villages, forests and colored rock mountains: the ride to and from the ranch is only ten minutes each way.

Any of these options will offer you a memorable start to what will be a uniquely memorable adventure.

Overnight in Cusco

 

Day 3-5

Huchuy Cusco Trek – Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu

These three days will include the perfect combination of hiking through glorious unspoiled paths, colorful Peruvian villages and ancient Incan ruins. Included in the tour are the enormous terraces and the megalithic wall of Ollantaytambo, as well as the Sun Temple.

High above the valley floor in Pisac, there will not only be the impressive water ducts, and terraces cut into solid rock, but also Sun Temple that is thought to be the rival of anything at Machu Picchu. Pisac also offers the contrast of a charming modern village with a delightful thriving market.

Then, of course, there is the unforgettable magnificence of Machu Picchu itself: located almost 8,000 feet above sea level, Machu Picchu was built by the Incas around 1450. It was a royal estate during the Incan era which was visited by the greatest emperors of the period.

Although Machu Picchu was abandoned about a century later during the Spanish Conquest, it remains notable today for the excellence of its preservation; the quality of the original architecture here is still evident.

Its elevated location offers breathtaking views of both the surrounding mountains and the Sacred Valley below. Some of the outlying buildings here have been restored to give visitors an idea of what they looked like when they were first built.

In addition to the ruins, it is also possible to distinguish the terraced fields which were once used to grow crops for the resident population.

Overnight: 1-night tent camping, 1 night in Aguas Calientes hotel

 

Day 6

Puno

A luxurious coach will be provided for the drive to Puno, offering panoramic views of the Andes and the flatlands during the six-hour drive. A buffet lunch and beverages will be served for your enjoyment, as an English speaking guide will announce the excitement of the upcoming tour schedule.

Located on the edge of Titicaca, Puno contains two thousand years of history. Tradition has it that the very first Inca first rose from the waters of Lake Titicaca on the orders of the Sun God, to start the Incan empire.

Overnight in Puno hotel, including 1 breakfast and 1 lunch.

 

Day 7

Lake Titicaca Tour

A full day spent visiting the islands of Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America and highest navigable lake in the world.

At Amantani, you will learn the customs and traditions of the area. The homes here are mostly made of adobe, and the residents are known for their textiles and ceramics skills. There are no cars on the island, and no machines allowed. This means all farming here is done by hand. Though solar panels have lately been installed on some homes, most homes here still use battery or hand-cranked power.

After a sample of the local cuisine for a relaxing lunch, a tour of the floating Uros islands is next on the itinerary. Most unusually, these islands consist of totora reeds, providing both homes and transportation for its residents. They are home to the Uros tribe, which pre-dates Incan civilization. It’s fascinating to note that these islands can be moved, if necessary.

From here, you will be transferred to Juliaca to spend the night.

Overnight: Juliaca hotel, including 1 breakfast and 1 lunch

 

Day 8-15

Tambopata Candamo – Amazon Jungle Rafting

While the first week of this tour will certainly be interesting and enjoyable, the second week is all about the fun and adventure. From Juliaca, you will be driven through the most scenic route imaginable, viewing mountains and jungle alike. Upon reaching the river, you will river-raft for a couple of hours until you reach the first camp.

The Tambopata River crosses the National Reserve, which was formed to protect the forest; it also provides refuge for an enormous wildlife population. The reserve contains two different ecosystems; it is renowned for its biodiversity.

The limited presence of humans here has enabled the wide variety of species to flourish; there are 127 varieties of amphibians and 103 of mammals. The flora is equally impressive, with cedar, mahogany and Brazil nut trees. It is, in all, an astonishing environment to experience several days of rafting.

Overnight: Tent camping. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included.

 

DAY 9-12: Whitewater Rafting

Now we are heading into a part of the Tambopata River that no other Peru adventure tour will show you: deep into the most remote part of the Amazon jungle for 3 days of whitewater rafting through Level III and IV rapids. The presence of exotic flora and fauna here is beyond exciting.

Overnight: Tent camping. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

 

DAY 13: Floating along the Tambopata

Now we will arrive at the calm part of the river, where it will be possible to simply float along, admiring the surrounding jungle. At this pace, you will be able to spot specimens such as the giant river otter in their natural habitat. Even more unusual species will be on view as well, so you may see hoatzin, caiman or horned screamers.

Overnight: Tent camping. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

 

DAY 14: Tabara River

A motor boat will now take you along the Tabara River to the next destination. By this time, you will perhaps be ready to leave the tent and enjoy the comfortable lodge. This will be a good time to relax and regroup. You may also want to have an early night in preparation for the next day’s adventure.

Overnight: Lodge camping. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

 

DAY 15: Macaw Clay Lick

Macaws are a beautiful large species of birds that have been suffering a decline in population. A conservation project has been started here to study their breeding and conservation. The Macaw Clay Lick is a ‘must see’ for anyone visiting the area, so you will wake up early on this day to check out these charismatic birds in their natural habitat.

Afterward, a three-hour journey will take you to Puerto Maldonado to spend your last night of the tour.

Overnight: Lodge camping. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

Day 16

Lima

After being thoroughly immersed with the natural beauty of Amazon Jungle for more than a week, you will be transported back to the Lima airport in a private van to catch a flight back to your home country. We would be happy to help you find a hotel in Lima at an additional cost should you wish to fly out the following day.

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