15 Days Active Peru and Amazon Rainforest

15 days - 14 nights
Lima, Paracas, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and the Amazon
Overview

Active Peru and Amazon Rainforest

Our active journey starts with a paragliding flight at the Pacific Ocean border and visiting the city of kings, then we cruise by bus to Ica for an adrenaline filled dune-buggy ride and sand-boarding  in the desert. 
In  Paracas we visit the  Ballestas Islands, the mini Galapagos before we fly to Cusco , the Capital of the Inca’s. Explore this Unesco heritage colonial town by foot together with our expert specialist guide and learn about the rich Inca culture.
Prepare yourself for an adventurous downhill mountainbike trip to Pisac, and ride a Peruvian Paso horse like the conquistadores did 400 years ago to the magnificent Salineras and Maras Moray.
then trek along the famous 500 year old Inca trail to Machu Picchu to see the amazing citadel.  End your trip with a 5 day tour deep into the Amazon Rainforest visiting one of the largest clay licks of macaws and learn about the dazzling nature and rich eco-systems here.

Tour highlights

• Lima: Parapente at the Pacific Ocean border and City tour: Colonial, Modern and contemporary.
• Paracas: Sand boarding, Dune buggy, Ballestas Islands and Paracas National Reserve.
• Cusco: Walking tour visiting the Cathedral, Qoricancha, San Pedro Market where the locals shop, Sacsayhuaman and Qenko.
• Sacred Valley: Pisac ruins/market, buffet lunch in Urubamba, Ollantaytambo ruins.
• Ride the Peruvian Paso horse, considered the Rolls Royce under the horses.
• Machu Picchu: A one day hike  through Cloud-forest to Machu Picchu; Tour of the awe inspiring Machu Picchu Sanctuary with many temples and more.
• Amazon: a 4 day excursion deep into the Peruvian Amazon exploring the abundant wildlife.

  1. Arrival to Lima
  2. Lima Paragliding and City Tour
  3. Lima - Bus to Paracas - Sand boarding & Dune Buggy
  4. Ballestas Islands & Paracas National Reserve Tours – Return to Lima
  5. Cusco
  6. Downhill mountain bike tour to Pisac.
  7. Peruvian paso horse ride to the Saltpans, and Maras Moray
  8. Short Inca trail to Machu Picchu - Sacred Valley - Km 104 - Machupicchu
  9. Guided tour of Machu Picchu - Return to Cusco
  10. Free day in Cusco
  11. Amazon - Chuncho Claylick
  12. Amazon - Oxbow lake and Canopy tower & Ethnobotanical tour
  13. Amazon - Chuncho Clay Lick - Brazil Nut trail
  14. Amazon Puerto Maldonado – Lima - Evening Tour Lima by night
  15. Last day in Lima
Departures:
Daily departures year round
Destinations:
Lima, Paracas, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and the Amazon
Reservation code:
AJ-ADV3
Day by day

Day 1 Arrival in Lima

On arrival to Lima we will be waiting to take you to the centre of Lima where you will check into your hotel. Your Chaska Tours holiday hotel vouchers will be ready for you at the reception desk of the Hotel. 
Transfer to Miraflores: 45 minutes
Overnight in Lima
No meals included

Day 2 Lima  Paragliding and City Tour

After breakfast  a 10 minute walk from our hotel to the nearby park set  on high cliffs above the Pacific Ocean. From the park we have spectacular views of the Ocean where we see surfers ridging the waves. The park has many palmtrees, and the Marina Lighthouse,  an active lighthouse that  was constructed back in 1900 and is the most visited lighthouse of Peru. 
Here we meet with our Parapente instructor and after a safety briefing and instructions we are are ready to take off for a sensational tandem-flight high above the Peruvian Pacific coast.
After the flight we have the possibility to enjoy a walk in the park, or walk another 20 minutes to the Larcomar, a food and high quality shopping center with breathtaking ocean views.. This is a great place to have lunch with over 37 restaurants to choose from, of which many have view of the Pacific coastline.

After your lunch meet at the pick-up point  to  enjoy your tour offering best combination of the different attractions of historical periods: pre-Hispanic, colonial and contemporary. Return to your hotel.
Paragliding flight is 10 minutes long, flying between 80 and 180m.s.l. 
These flights can be done all year round, over the beautiful Costa Verde in Miraflores, city of Lima, Peru. 
We offer tandem flights in Pachacamac, from November to April, in case  there is not enough wind to fly in Miraflores, this can be combined with an excursion to the nearby Pachacamac.
Lima City tour: 3.5 hours
Overnight Lima
Breakfast included.

Day 3 Lima - Bus to Paracas - Sand boarding & Dune Buggy

This morning journey by bus to Paracas.  Arrive in the afternoon and transfer to your hotel. At 4pm we pick up from your hotel and take you for your dune buggy & Sand boarding excursion.  After the tour we return to the hotel with the evening to relax at your hotel.
Bus departs Lima at 7:30am and arrives in Ica at 11:05am
Bus to Paracas: 3 hours and 35 minutes
Sand boarding & Dune Buggy tour: 2 hours
Overnight in Paracas
Breakfast included.

Day 4 Ballestas Islands & Paracas National Reserve Tours – Return to Lima

Transfer to Ballestas Islands known as the “small Galapagos” because of it’s abundant wildlife. Tour the Islands by boat; here we can observe the hundreds of sea lions and seals and a large variety of seabirds, flamingos, pelicans, boobies, cormorants and many others. Return to Paracas and continue with a visit of the Paracas National Reserve which is home to a diverse collection of marine life and birds. This tour takes you to the picturesque costal area with the never-ending tropical sand-dune desert and where we will see the famous Paracas Candelabra etched into coastal mountainside. Enjoy lunch. After lunch Return to your hotel and free time relax at the swimming pool till we transfer you to the bus station for your trip back to Lima. On arrival in Lima transfer to your hotel.
Ballestas Islands tour: 2 hours
Paracas National Reserver tour: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Bus to Lima: 3 hours and 55 minutes
Bus departs Paracas at 16:05 and arrives in Lima 20:00
Overnight in Lima
Breakfast included.

Day 5 Cusco

After breakfast transfer to Lima airport for your flight Lima / Cusco. On arrival to Cusco we collect you from the airport and take you to your hotel. The rest of the morning is free to relax and acclimatize. In the afternoon your professional guide will come to collect you from your hotel for a relaxing walking tour of Cusco. We visit Plaza Nazarenas, the artisans district San Blas and the colonial church and then to famous 12 angle stone and of course the main square of Cusco. We continue to the market of San Pedro, a vibrant, colourful Andean market giving you an inside look at the local culture of Peru. From here our car will takes us to the megalithic site of Sacsayhuaman and then Qenko. Finishing back at your hotel you have the rest of the afternoon free. 
Lodging in Cusco
Flight Lima/Cusco 1 hr and 15 min
Duration tour 4 hrs
Overnight in Cusco
Breakfast included.

Day 6 Downhill mountain bike tour to Pisac.

Pisac market and ruins
Today we start from your hotel for short ride to Corao where our Mountainbike adventure starts. This half day adventure ride is also suitable for all people with no or little experience.  After our safety briefing and instruction we get on our bikes, the ride initiates at Corao pass and we descend deep into the Sacred Valley almost a 1000 mtrs (~ 3000 ft) via dirt roads and one paved road. On this highly enjoyable ride we pass along beautiful scenery, small Andean communities  and local markets. 
When we arrive at Pisaq time for an appetizing lunch, then we visit the spectacular ruins nearby and the colorful local market.
At the end of our tour we check-in to our hotel in the Sacred Valley.
MTB tour: 2 -3  hours
Pisac Ruins & Pisac market: ~ 3 hrs
Overnight in the Sacred Valley
Breakfast and Lunch included.

Note: The market days in Pisac are on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. The other days you can still do the tour but only the souvenir market is operational 
**The Mountain Biking route can me adjusted regarding availability and season. 

Day 7 Peruvian paso horse ride to the Saltpans, and Maras Moray

We start the day with a short  transfer to the nearby ranch to meet with our ranchero and get instructed and briefed for our ride on the famous Peruvian Paso horses.  Riding our beautiful Peruvian Paso horses we pass along farmers and and their agricultural lands,local fruit trees, then cross the Vilcanota river and our way up to  the salt mines, the Salineras.  The Salineras have a long history and are thought to have existed before the Inca Empire. The local Andean villagers have shared and worked this salt harvesting system for centuries. The source of the salt is an underground stream, which the locals have channeled into a complex terracing system, slowing the water down in such a way that crystallization can take place.  As well as a functioning farming system it is a stunning & beautiful landscape and photographic scenery, definitely worth visiting.
We then  go back on our horses  and visit Moray which is a few miles away.
The magnificent agricultural terraces of Moray are still a mystery, the site is thought to have been an Incan laboratory in order to investigate and improve Andean farming techniques. The site was designed around natural craters or hollows in the landscape from which the ancient farmers manipulated, forming an extensive agricultural terracing system.
We enjoy a box lunch at the very same site before we go back on our horses and 
After this relaxing ride we are transferred back to check in to the hotel in the Sacred Valley. 
Lodging in the Sacred Valley
Breakfast and Box Lunch included.

Note: alternatively this excursion can also be done on Mountainbike or by ordinary car and walking.

Day 8 Short Inca trail to Machu Picchu - Sacred Valley - Km 104 - Machupicchu

An early morning transfer from your hotel to the train station for a three-hour train ride which has been described as one of the most spectacular rail journeys in the world. The train climbs out of Cusco to a high plateau before following the Urubamba River down into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. From here we pass deep into the narrow Urubamba gorge surrounded by sheer mountains and thick forest. A one day-hike arriving at Machu Picchu via the famous Sungate.
Lodging in Aguas Calientes
Breakfast and Box Lunch included.

Day 9 Guided tour of Machu Picchu - Return to Cusco

After breakfast your guide will accompany you for an early bus for the sunrise at Machupicchu. The first buses start leaving at 5.30am and take 30 minutes to get to Machupicchu. The doors to Macchupicchu open at 6am. Our professional guide will slowly show you around the main areas recounting myths and legends passed down over the centuries and explaining about some of the advanced building techniques the Incas used. Afetr the tour it will be time to head back down to the town by bus. Here you can find many restaurants offering lunch and afetrwards you will board the return train through the Sacred Valley to Poroy town with a transfer back to Cusco. 
Lodging in Cusco
Breakfast included.

** Our preferred train departures are subject to availability
Note: you can extend the Inca Trail and opt for the 4 day Inca trail, which is a 3 day hike starting at KM 82 and visit of Machu Picchu of the 4th day.
**From the 1st of July 2017 the new visiting regulation of Machu Picchu applies. 

Day 10 Free day in Cusco

Today you have a free day to explore this Unesco world heritage colonial town on your own or opt for one of our tailored excursions.
For your lunch and dinner we will provide you with a listing of our recommend restaurants and will book your preferred restaurants in advance for you.  
Lodging in Cusco
Breakfast included.

Day 11 Amazon - Chuncho Claylick

Morning transfer to Cusco airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado. Upon arrival from Lima or Cusco, we will welcome you at the airport and drive you ten minutes to our Puerto Maldonado headquarters. While enjoying your first taste of the forest in our gardens we will ask you to pack only the necessary gear for your next few days, and leave the rest at our safe deposit. This helps us keep the boats and cargo light. Transfer to Puerto Maldonado Headquarters to Tambopata River Port, Skirting Puerto Maldonado, we drive 20 kilometers to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno. The port is a communal business.Transfer Boat - Tambopata River Port to Refugio Amazonas, the two and a half hour boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Refugio Amazonas will take us past the Community of Infierno and the Tambopata National Reserve´s checkpoint and into the buffer zone of this 1.3 million hectare conservation unit. Boxed Lunch Orientation Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.
Dinner and Caiman Search, We will be out at the river’s edge at night, scanning the shores with headlamps and flashlights to catch the red gleams of reflection from caiman eyes.
Overnight Refugio Amazonas – Superior Room
Breakfast Lunch and dinner included.

Note: Our guides are tourism professionals, or community members. Unless noted otherwise, our guides speak English. We assign guides at 10:1 ratio in Refugio Amazonas. This means groups smaller than 10 people will be merged with other groups under one guide. If you would like a private guide or a guide in a language other than English please let us know.

Day 12 Amazon - Oxbow lake and Canopy tower & Ethnobotanical tour

Breakfast Oxbow Lake Visit We will paddle around the lake on a canoe or a catamaran, looking for lakeside wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman and hornerd screamers, hoping to see the otters, which are infrequently seen here. You will also be rewarded with overhead sightings of macaws. Canopy Tower, A thirty minute walk from the lodge leads to the 25 meter scaffolding canopy tower. A bannistered staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. The tower has been built upon high ground, therefore increasing your horizon of the continuous primary forest extending out towards the Tambopata National Reserve. From here views of mixed species canopy flocks as well as toucans, macaws and raptors are likely.Lunch farm visit five minutes downriver from the lodge lies a farm owned and managed by charismatic Don Manuel from the neighbouring community of Condenado. He grows a variety of popular and unknown Amazon crops - just about every plant and tree you see serves a purpose. Ethnobotanical Tour. Along this trail we will find a variety of plants and trees that are used by the local population with at least the same variety of purposes. We will learn about the medicinal (and other) uses of Ajo-Sacha, Yuca de Venado, Uña de Gato, Charcot-Sacha, Para-Para, among several others. Dinner and Tambopata National Reserve Lectures. The nightly lectures prepared by the staff of the lodge cover conservation threats, opportunities and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve.
Overnight at the lodge
Breakfast Lunch and dinner included.

Day 13 Amazon - Macaw Clay Lick - Brazil Nut trail

Two hours from Refugio Amazonas, deep in the Tambopata National Reserve we will stop at the Chuncho claylick. After a brief walk (~5 minutes) we will have the chance to see dozens of large macaws feeding on the special sodium rich clays of the riverbank. The Chuncho claylick probably attracts more large macaws than any other claylick in the world and the sight of dozens of macaws taking flight is truly unforgettable. The details of our stopover will depend on the weather and the amount of macaw activity, as the birds don’t visit the clay lick when it is raining. Lunch. Brazil Nut Trail and Camp. A few minutes hike from the lodge is a beautiful old growth patch of Brazil Nut forest that has been harvested for decades (if not centuries) where the precarious remains of a camp used two months a year by Brazil Nut gatherers can still be experienced. We will be demonstrating the whole process of the rain forest's only sustainably harvested product from collection through transportation to drying. Mammal Clay Lick. Twenty minutes walking from the lodge is a peccary clay lick. These wild rain forest pigs show up in herds of five to twenty individuals to eat clay in the late morning. Chances of spotting them are around 15%, but well worth the short hike. Other wildlife also shows up including deer, guan and parakeets.Dinner and Night walk. You will have the option of hiking out at night, when most of the mammals are active but difficult to see. Easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.
Overnight Refugio Amazonas – Superior Room
Breakfast Lunch and dinner included.

Day 14 Amazon Puerto Maldonado – Lima - Evening Tour Lima by night

Transfer Puerto Maldonado Headquarters to Airport. We retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, our office and the airport. Arrive in Lima where the driver will be waiting at the airport exit gate with a sign with your name. Transfer to your hotel in Miraflores. Later on you will be collected to start your evening tour at 6:30pm with dinner.
Lima lodging
Breaksfast and dinner included.

Day 15  Last day in Lima

After Breakfast buffet,  free time until your transfer to Lima airport for your international flight back home.
Breakfast included.

Included

Included

Hotels included:
14 nights in Hotels: Lima (2 nights), Paracas (1 nights), Cusco ( 3 nights), Sacred Valley (2 nights), Aguas Calientes (1 night), Amazon Lodge (3 nights).
Entrance tickets:
All entrance tickets for the places to visit mentioned in the program
Excursions:
All excursions mentioned in the program
Guide:
Official bilingual guides during excursions
Machupicchu:
Roundtrip bus tickets and entrance tickets to the Sanctuary on day
Meals:
Meals as mentioned in program
Train:
Train from Aguas Calientes - Poroy - (Vistadome Train with comfort and luxury hotels /Expedition Train Economic and Tourist hotels)

Not included:

Flights: International flights
Flights:  2 Domestic flights Lima/Cusco - Juliaca/Lima  
Flight taxes: National and international departure airport taxes
Tips: Tips at airports, hotels and tips for guides, drivers or other personal.
Insurance: Travel insurance

Hotels

Hotels

Prices

  Occupancy Economic 3* Comfort 4* Luxury 5*
Prices in USD Double room US $ 2765 US $ 2990 US $ 4300
Single room supplement US $ 690 US $ 860 US $ 2100
         

 

 

* Prices for 2018 - based on shared group tours
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