PERU WOMEN-ONLY TOUR – (Departures: May 09/Aug 08/Oct 10/Dec 05)

INTRODUCTION – SOLO WOMEN TRAVELER 

The main reason to join this Peru Women-Only tour, is that I’ve always wanted not to depend on anyone to visit a destination that was on my bucket list, for some reason or another, company plans were constantly frustrated, the mismatch in the times, in the travel style, in the destination, in the budget, anyway… but I didn’t want to travel alone because I didn’t like the idea of ​​imagining myself having dinner alone in a magical place that I always dreamed of visiting.

That was how I started looking for travel options in groups with women who were in the same situation as me, and it turned out to be a fabulous experience. Share moments with different women, with very different experiences, from diverse cultures, with totally opposite stories, enjoy the joy of the youngest and the wisdom of the elders, the entertaining stories of experienced travelers as of the emotion and fear from the one who travels alone for the first time, listening to the experiences of the most liberal ones like those of the housewife par excellence, made my group trips with other women, become my favorites as I wove a huge network of friends around of the world, with whom we still meet occasionally somewhere in the world to enjoy a new adventure together.

This experience made me learn a lot about tolerance and coexistence, becoming a better human being.Welcome to this trip designed with great enthusiasm and the best of energies, as if it were for myself.

Milagros Polo

General Manager and Trip Designer

 

ABOUT THIS ITINERARY

 An incredible nature that leaves us breathless and extraordinary icons made by ancestral civilizations, this is what they make Peru a legendary destination, for both seasoned travelers and occasional tourists.

It doesn’t only house one of the seven wonders of the world, but also offers a variety of landscapes and habitats ranging from snowy Andean mountains with their villages brimming with colonial architecture to the diverse and captivating Amazon basin. From amazing hand-made fabrics to exotic wildlife and captivating cuisine, wherever you look, you’ll always see a country filled with unforgettable experiences where you’ll find the perfect balance between adventure and pleasure. Our local official English/Spanish speaking guides will enchant you with stories and legends as you become fully immersed in this long-lost great culture.

 With this itinerary of 16 days for this Peru Women-Only tour,  you will explore this heroic land, concentrating on the Colca canyon with breathtaking rock formations, stunning flora and fauna as well as mighty condors, the world´s largest flying birds, the islands of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world and cradle of the Inca civilization, the impressive Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world, its very name is enough to evoke excitement in the minds of travelers around the world, but you really need to see it in person to fully understand why it will be the highlight of your trip to Peru. Nonetheless, before getting into the serious stuff, I’d like to try taking you there with words, even if it’s just for a second.  

 Imagine the highest mountains you can think of, so high they rise above the clouds. Imagine them very narrow, wild and majestic. Now, picture yourself almost at the top of one of these tall and secluded mountains. You can hear the sound of a river that surrounds the valley, like a moat around a fortress. Beyond the river, there’s a foggy chain of other mountains that seems to never end.  

The air smells fresh, everything is lush and green. Around you there’s a big, ancient, Inca citadel. You can see it stretching far and wide, up to the edges of the mountains, looking right into the cliff. Streets, terraces, houses. Everything is made up by big, squared and perfectly smooth stones. How on earth did they even build all of this up here?  While you’re contemplating the surroundings, a cutesy looking llama stops by and starts eating grass right in front of you. Suddenly, you feel this intimate connection with time, nature and civilization. It is one of those rare life moments when the world looks as glorious as it can be.  

JUNGLE EXTENSION

After some days in the heights of the Andes surrounded by snowcapped peaks, you will make an abrupt climate change to a humid and hot one. Feel the natural atmosphere and experience the symphony of the wildlife in the middle of the jungle in the comfortable Amazon lodge that welcomes you to this great adventure. Let our local guide teach you some of the secrets of the ecological wealth of this protected area of the country.

 


TOUR CATEGORY
  • Archaeological
  • Cultural
  • Hiking
  • Women-only

LOCATION
  • Arequipa
  • Chivay
  • Colca Canyon
  • Cusco
  • Lake Titicaca
  • Llachon
  • Machu Picchu
  • Puno
  • Sacred Valley
  • Sacsayhuaman
  • Tambopata National Reserve
  • Taquile Island
  • Uros Islands

ACTIVITY LEVEL
  • Easy to Moderate

DURATION
  • 16 days

WHEN TO GO
  • Year round

LIMA CITY

  • Get to know the most important and powerful city in the Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru and the only capital in South America located on the seashore, also named as City of the Kings.
  • Enjoy one of the most renowned cuisines worldwide in the excellent restaurants that the city offers
  • Soak in the vibrant and cosmopolitan modern atmosphere of the capital of Peru
  • Visit the private unique and pleasing Larco museum, ranked by TripAdvisor between the top 25  Museums in the world and the second tourist attraction after Machu Picchu.

AREQUIPA

  • Wander around one of most important cities of Peru
  • Take in the beautiful colonial houses
  • Enter Santa Catalina Monastery and step back 400 years in time into a walled city within a city.
  • Journey into the past visiting the museum of the Inca maiden, Juanita, and learn about her dramatic story.
  • Taste some of the most distinguished cuisine of Peru and dare yourself to try the spicy fare in the local “Picanterias”.

COLCA CANYON

  • Wander through a region that boasts a dramatic and colorful landscape sprinkled with charming colonial and ancestral villages.
  • Bask in the medicinal hot springs
  • Watch the majestic condors as they soar around the snowcapped mountains of the Andes.

LAKE TITICACA

  • Marvel at the famous Lake located between the border of Peru and Bolivia at almost 4000 masl, considered the cradle of the Inca civilization and the highest traversable lake in the world
  • Enjoy the visit of the main islands
  • Enjoy places full of amazing Andean scenery and authentic culture
  • Be impressed by the inhabitants of the floating island of Uros, one of the most fascinating indigenous groups of the continent
  • Soak into some of the most important pre-Columbian cultures of America

CUSCO

  • Feel the very unique atmosphere and energy of the mystical capital of the Inca Empire steeped in deep history and covered in such majestic ruins
  • Wander down cobblestone streets hugged by old colonial buildings and ancient stone walls pieced together by the hands of Inca stonemasons
  • Learn about meticulously preserved traditions and relics back centuries
  • Enjoy Cusco’s nightlife, one of the most famous and thriving scenes found anywhere in the world! with a vast abundance of nightclubs, restaurants, bars and lounges

SACRED VALLEY

  • Enjoy the vibrant and colorful markets full of beautiful hand-crafted clothing or souvenirs where you can test your bargaining skills
  • Walk through ancient salt pans and meet native weavers as they create beautiful rugs or traditional clothing with the same old techniques of their ancestors
  • Be amazed by the wonderful Inca agricultural engineering in Moray
  • Tour the spectacular Ollantaytambo fortress

 

INCA TRAIL

  • Retrace the steps of the Incas and visit great archeological sites accessible only on foot
  • Take your first look at the “Lost City of the Incas” from the famous Sun Gate

MACCHU PICCHU

  • Remain astonished by a place where the legend of the past is so vividly present while you discovered the Incas civilization best-kept secret
  • Climb Huayna Picchu to sample breathtaking views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding area

TAMBOPATA NATIONAL RESERVE

  • Observe a huge amount of wildlife in their natural habitats
  • Wake up with the symphonies of wildlife
  • Go canoeing through large rivers and tributaries
  • Have always your binoculars ready to observe, otters, alligators, monkeys, parrots and macaws

DAY 01 ARRIVE LIMA

After arriving at the Jorge Chavez International Lima airport and clearing immigration and customs, you will meet our representative just upon exiting the Custom Hall, (he/she will be holding a sign displaying your name, take your time and look carefully as there are always lots of people with different signs).  Private transfer to the accommodation. As most you will be arriving from different destinations and flights, we will provide a private transportation with a Spanish speaking driver to each one of you.

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DAY 2 LIMA COLONIAL LIMA-LARCO MUSEUM-MODERN LIMA-BARRANCO. OVERNIGHT IN LIMA

Breakfast buffet, Lunch at Cafe del Museo and dinner at Mango’s restaurant

This morning you will meet the rest of the group for this Peru Women-Only tour and your guide in Lima while you enjoy a relaxed breakfast buffet at the hotel.

The tour for today through the very cosmopolitan capital of Peru, offers a visit to the most outstanding places of this city. In Lima, different pre-Columbian cultures were developed that date back thousands of years and it was later part of the Inca Empire until was founded by the Spaniard Francisco Pizarro on January 18, 1535, during this guided tour you will travel throughout these three thousand-year historical periods: pre-hispanic, colonial and contemporary.

COLONIAL LIMA: The Viceroyalty of Perú was the most important of the Spanish Empire and Lima was its capital.

You will visit the Historical Center of Lima, where you will appreciate more than fifty monuments and Colonial edifications, such as the Paseo de la Republica, the San Martín Square, the Main Square, the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Cathedral Basilica, and the City Council Palace amongst others.

You will enter the monumental San Francisco Convent, which displays the largest collection of religious art in America. The highlight will be the visit of the underground crypts known as “Catacumbas” or Catacombs.

Your guide will stop in a typical old tavern of Lima with 112 years of history considered as a national heritage, it has been visited by presidents, poets, writers, artists. An unforgettable place of yesteryear with a sway that immerses you in the hall of memories of Lima’s history …

You will continue your journey with the visit of the wonderful private Larco Museum.  The museum was founded in 1926 and it was built on a pre-Columbian pyramid from the seventh century, in the district of Pueblo Libre.   This impressive private museum has several galleries displaying 3,000 years of development in the history of pre-Columbian Peru and is divided into different rooms showing unique pieces including ceramics, textiles and metals. To complete this interesting visit, you will enter the exclusive erotic art room.

You will have your first experience with the renowned Peruvian food at the highly recommended on-site Café del Museo that faces a beautiful private garden draped in bougainvillea and surrounded by an amazing historical environment.

You will continue your day visiting  the ANCESTRAL LIMA, with a panoramic view of the Huaca Pucllana or “Pucllana Pyramid”, a magnificent ceremonial and archeological center built in the 4th century B.C. and considered a “sacred village” by the Incas, to then continue with the CONTEMPORARY LIMA visiting  traditional residential areas of Lima, such as El Olivar of San Isidro, Miraflores and to have a relax walk through the bohemian district of Barranco, and finally finish this great day in Larco Mar a distinctive tourist center of Lima and privileged point to appreciate a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean, where you will have dinner at the very well known Mango’s Restaurant where you can relax having a glass of Peruvian wine or a Pisco Sour the national cocktail of the Peruvians.

At the end of the excursion you will return to the hotel in a nice walk through the streets of Miraflores neighborhood.

Optional: Early check in + welcome buffet breakfast for USD$28.00 per person

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DAY 03 FLIGHT LIMA/AREQUIPA. CITY TOUR+SANTA CATALINA MONASTERY+MUSEUM OF JUANITA THE INCA MAIDEN

Buffet Breakfast, lunch and dinner

After the past day in the capital of the country, located in the coastal desert at sea level you will flight to Arequipa and have your first approach to the Andes and to the altitude.

At the designated time, transfer to the Lima international airport for your flight to Arequipa located at 2335 masl (one hour). Arrival, meet our representative at the Rodriguez Ballón airport and transfer to your hotel.

Standing at the foot of El Misti Volcano and brimming with colonial Spanish charm, take the opportunity to visit the most important parts of the Arequipa city which vies with Cusco for the title of Peru’s most attractive city, and retains an elegant historic center constructed almost entirely out of a pale volcanic rock called sillar. Old buildings dazzle in the sun, giving the city its nickname of the ‘White City’. The main plaza, with its cafes and nearby cathedral, is a lovely place to while away the day.

A visit to the Monasterio de Santa Catalina is a must for a glimpse into a bygone way of life. When the convent was built in the 16th century it was traditional for the second son or daughter of a family to enter the religious service. Santa Catalina accepted only women from high-class Spanish families, with each family paying a hefty dowry for her acceptance. But life inside the convent was far from modest – each nun had between one and four servants. Many brought rugs, fine china and silk curtains, and they often held parties.

Time for lunch in a Picanteria, a traditional canteen that is the best place to try local Arequipenian food which is one of the most variety and rich from Peruvian cuisine.

A Journey in Arequipa is never completed without a visit to see the mummy of the teenage Inca maiden, now christened Juanita. Learn the story of one of the most important archaeological finds of the recent decades in the museum.

You will complete this day with a nice dinner at Zig Zag restaurant that many feel this is Arequipa’s best restaurant, located in a colonial building in the historic center with an excellent fusion of Andean and European Alpine cuisine.

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DAY 04 AREQUIPA - COLCA CANYON JOURNEY

Breakfast buffet, lunch and dinner at the hotel

Volcanoes, camelids, birds, stunning landscapes and more await you on this day

After an early breakfast and pick up from your hotel, we depart from Arequipa heading northwest following a paved road, which will lead us to Colca Canyon.

Going around the Chachani volcano, head towards the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Reserve where you will be able to stop and take pictures of wild llamas, alpacas and vicuñas while learning how to identify the differences between all of them.

After a stop at the Tocra swamps where you will see Andean geese, ducks, Andean eagle “Kara Kara” we get to take in the crater of Chucura, an extinct volcano. After, we continue ascending a dirt road to the highest point of the trip, Patapampa (4800 meters-15000 feet), where the  view of the volcanoes Ubinas, Mismi, Misti, Chachani, Sabancaya (which is still active) and Ampato is simply magnificent.

The journey then continues downhill to the main village of Colca Canyon, the village of Chivay.   The Incan and pre-Incan terraces that are carved into the walls are still cultivated today and traditional Indian villages are dotted throughout the canyon.

Time for lunch, and transfer to today’s final destination,  the Colca Lodge Spa and Hotsprings, located on the banks of the Colca River, charmingly decorated and with its own hot natural springs. Its design was inspired by the old pre-Inca structures, employing earth, stone and straw in its construction to create a magical environment. The four pools located right to the banks of the Colca river, at the permanent disposal of their guests have different temperatures and contain water rich in lithium, are located in completely natural surroundings where the magic of the elements takes on an extraordinary dimension. Overnight at Colca Lodge.

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DAY 05 CRUZ DEL CONDOR AND CHIVAY

Breakfast buffet, lunch and dinner at the hotel

The main star of the canyon is not only the amazing scenery but the magnificent Andean condor. To fully appreciate this majestic bird, an early start is necessary. After a two hours ride along the edge of the Canyon having the best view of the Colca Valley, we arrive at a natural lookout point, from where you will be able to see these dignified Andean creatures soaring gracefully on the rising thermal air currents.

On the way back to Chivay we stop in the beautiful local towns of Pinchollo, Maca and Yanque with their beautiful colonial churches, and interact with the kind locals with their typical needlework dresses. At the observation points, experience a fantastic view of the beautiful pre-Inca terraces which are still used to grow corn, quinua or kiwicha, Andean cereals.

After having lunch, you will have some free time in the afternoon to enjoy the hot springs pool or use some of the various services of the spa. Overnight at Colca Lodge.

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DAY 06 JOURNEY CHIVAY - PUNO – SILLUSTANI BURIAL TOWERS

Breakfast buffet & lunch

Early in the morning, you will leave Chivay to head towards the city of Puno. You will cross the Andean highlands and, on the way, you will be able to admire the fauna specific to the Andes where the ponds scattered on the side of the road serve as relays for migratory birds.

Finally, you will discover the famous Chullpas of Sillustani, perched on a peninsular bluff overlooking Laguna Umayu, a salt lake located in the midst of the altiplano, Sillustani harbors some of the most intriguing and best preserved ruins on the Peruvian end of Lake Titicaca.  The gravity-defying towers, which have an uncanny resemblance to upturned inkwells, showcase the Colla´s masterful stonemasonry skills.  These stone tumbs, or chullpas, served as the final resting place for entire families and their riches. Whether the Collas developed this unique architecture to show off their engineering prowess or to prevent lootings is not clear.

Arrival in Puno, charming small town and folk capital of Peru, located at 3800m above sea level, on the banks of Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world.

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DAY 07 ADVENTURE IN LAKE TITICACA – DAY 01 – UROS ISLANDS AND OVERNIGHT IN LUQUINA ANDEAN COMMUNITY

Breakfast buffet, lunch and dinner

This wonderful journey will begin early in the morning with a transfer from the hotel to the Port of Puno in a picturesque rickshaw used as a local transportation. Depart on the fully equipped luxury speedboat, on route you will make a toast in tribute to Cocha Mama or Mother Lake. You will arrive at the unique Uros islands, stepping on them feels very much like a water bed!  You will visit their houses, schools, hospitals and meet its friendly inhabitants who are descendants of one the oldest South American groups and the earliest settlers at Lake Titicaca.  You will also have the fun experience of a short class of how to paddle a “Totora” reed boat.

The boat will continue its journey towards the Luquina community where you will be arriving about noon. Accommodation in local houses, from 2 to 4 persons per house. Lunch in each home. Then in the afternoon short hike to the Top of the Mountain to contemplate the sunset over Lake Titicaca. Return – At night you will have wonderful campfire with a glass of wine – Dinner with the whole group in one Local House in the heat of a fireplace.

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DAY 08 ADVENTURE IN LAKE TITICACA

Breakfast buffet and lunch

Another day plenty of activities in the beautiful Lake Titicaca.  After breakfast you will say goodbye to your hostess family in Luquina community to head, by boat, towards the Taquile island.

At the arrival you will hike through a pre-Inca trail with spectacular landscapes of the island, visiting families of weavers to learn about their textile art and symbolism that has been declared by UNESCO as world heritage. Leave the island and again, by boat, you will arrive to the community of Santa Maria – Llachon, on the Capachica Peninsula where you will be welcomed by their always friendly inhabitants to then have a short safety briefing before beginning your soft adventure kayaking in the highest navigable lake in the world!  Traditional lunch and return to Puno.

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DAY 09 SIGHTSEEING BUS PUNO /CUSCO

Breakfast buffet & lunch

English/Spanish speaking guide on the bus

After an early start, transfer to the bus station and depart on a sightseeing bus to Puno with a Spanish / English speaking guide.

The bus follows the same route as the Andean train but offers a greater experience, stopping in at such interesting archeological sites as Pukara, which was the first regional population center in the northern end of Lake Titicaca Basin during the Late Formative Period (500 BC- AD 200), and will provide valuable insights into the origins of Andean civilization in the highlands.

The bus will also allow a stop in Abra La Raya (4338 m or 14,232 feet), ), the watershed between the valley that drains into Lake Titicaca and the valley that leads down to Cusco and the Sacred Valley as well as a stop in one of the most important temples to the God Wiracocha, in Racchi. The next stop is in the Chapel of Andahuaylillas. Referred to as the Andean Sistine Chapel owing to its magnificent frescoes, the church is one example of the prominent 17th century Mestizo Baroque style of architecture, which is typical of the Cusco School. Take the time to marvel at the ceiling of carved panels covered with gold leaf.  This excursion will provide you with an authentic Andean experience.

On arrival to Cusco city also known as Navel of the World, meet up with our representative and transfer to your lodging.

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DAY 10 SAN PEDRO MARKET-SACSAYHUAMAN-WALKING CITY TOUR OF THE CITY

Breakfast buffet

The day will begin with a visit to the San Pedro market, one of the most important in Cusco where the “Cusqueños go there to do their shopping of fruits, vegetables, meat, condiments, flowers … A cocktail of flavors and scents guaranteed!

You will continue by car with the visit of the San Cristobal viewpoint for a magnificent view of the city of Cusco, before continuing to the fortress of Sacsayhuamán, one of the most impressive archaeological complexes of Cuzco and its surroundings, a fortified temple made up of ‘huge, perfectly adjusted cut stones, communicated by stairs and access doors. Looking at the Cyclopean walls of this construction, the question arises: how could the builders of Sacsayhuamán plan such work without knowing the wheel and the iron? Return to the city of Cusco for a walking tour of this city with terracotta roofs, cobbled streets and colorful markets, meet the locals and visit some of the key sites such as the bohemian district of San Blas to finally explore the key places of this city including the Plaza de Armas, the famous baroque style cathedral considered one of the most beautiful Spanish colonial churches in the Americas, built on an important Inca temple, with amazing altars and pulp carved in wood, choir and multitude of paintings from the Cusqueña school, including a painting by Marcos Zapata representing the Last Supper with a local specialty, cuy (guinea pig), as the main dish. You will continue with the visit to the monastery of Santo Domingo, built on the temple of Koricancha, one of the most important temples dedicated to the worship of the sun. According to chronicles, it was covered with gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature.

Explore with the members of your group the nightlife in Cusco´s varied and exciting pubs where there is plenty of live folk music and good food to enjoy in a lively atmosphere. All the time in the world is short to enjoy that magical and fascinating city

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DAY 11 MEDITATION AND YOGA-MARAS SALT MINES-ANDEAN COMMUNITY OF MISMINAY AND MORAY

Breakfast buffet and Pachamanca (typical food)

This will be a very special day that will bring you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the gorgeous landscape of the Andes mountains to have an early morning outdoor meditation and yoga class in front of the beautiful Lake Huaypo, a lovely body of crystalline water, located at an elevation of 3657 meters.

After having a fully recharge of your energies you will continue your day with the visit of the famous salt mines of Maras, which were very important for the Incas as a salt supply and are still in operation today. For a few Soles you can buy a package of this salt, famous for having many more minerals than sea salt. In addition to its historical importance, the salt mines of Maras also offer an unforgettable view with the stark white of its steeply descending salt pans juxtaposed against the green of the surrounding mountain slopes.

To have lunch, you will head towards the Andean community of Misminay where their inhabitants will receive you in the middle of music and dance while they take you to their homes where you will experience the preparation of “Pachamanca” a traditional way of cooking meat and vegetables using underground ovens, this is one of the main dishes of the Peruvian cuisine.

Following, you will have a textile demonstration by expert women weavers using the same ancient technique of their ancestors Incas for dyeing and weaving of its beautiful textiles.

Finished the meal, your last visit of the day will be the Inca agricultural laboratory of Moray, where several groupings of terraces were formed in an almost perfect circular shape at different heights, in order to achieve a gradient of microclimates with the aim of getting perfect crops. There, the Incas cultivated important foods for their diet such as corn, or the grain of quinoa, also various medicinal plants such as panti, ornamental as the flowers of Kantu and carried out many experiments of cultivation for recreation of their masters. A system of canals where today the rain is deposited assured the irrigation of the hanging terraces of the great amphitheater, the perfection of Moray was such, that to this day, it works impeccably. Return to Cusco

 

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DAY 12 PISAQ-VENTANAYOC-MOTHER EARTH CEREMONY AND OLLANTAYTAMBO

Breakfast buffet

You are one step closer to the highlight of this trip: Machu Picchu the most treasured city of the Incas, but to reach the Lost City, you have to venture into the Sacred Valley of the Incas, which is full of surprises.

The day begins with a transfer to Pisac region, located east of the Sacred Valley. The road follows the Urubamba or Vilcanota, the Sacred River of the Incas and will take you through the most famous and popular parts of the Sacred Valley. Its “sacred” character (for which it was named) has survived the passage of time and this magic continues to amaze visitors today. Few places in the Inca Empire could compete with the beauty and richness of this valley.

You will first make a stop in the impressive archaeological complex of Pisac allowing you to enjoy some of the best archaeological complexes in the area. Its exquisitely carved walls are among the most perfect of all Andean architecture, surrounded by an impressive group of terraces that are still used as well as its granaries and pantries that are still preserved in the hillside irrefutable proof of the wisdom of the men who populated that zone.

You will then start a short hike to the Ventanayoc lookout point from  where you will have a breathtaking view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and would be the perfect place to have a ceremony to Mother Earth or Pachamama in Quechua language with a local shaman before beginning your full day trek to Machu Picchu Sacred City next day.  After this magical experience you will go down to the famous market town of Pisac, where you will test your bargaining skills in a colorful and cheerful environment, and you can stock up on souvenirs for friends and family!

Finally, visit the formidable fortress temple of Ollantaytambo, the spectacular archaeological complex that seems to have been a kind of walled gate that stopped in several war expeditions trying to reach the Inca treasure, the great steep andeneria, which protects this spectacular fortress, marks one of the few places where the Spanish conquerors lost an important battle in the year 1537.

In the highest part you will find a ceremonial center with huge blocks of stone perfectly carved in a very fine work. To build it, stones from the quarry located on the other side of the Urubamba River were used 6 km away. from distance, which shows the great ability of the Incas to transport these huge blocks using an ingenious technique that would allow them to transport them across mountainous areas and the torrential Urubamba River.

You can also visit the enigmatic village that has the same name of the archaeological complex and has been described as a living Inca town, where time took a break, because its buildings are still used by locals who are direct descendants of those who populated the Inca empire.  Walking through its streets and old squares that are still intact will make you feel the magical sensation of returning to the past.

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DAY 13 FULL DAY INCA TRAIL TO THE SACRED CITY OF MACHU PICCHU

Breakfast buffet and box lunch

If you want to have your first glimpse of the sacred Inca citadel of Machu Pichu from a spectacular lookout point, to visit a former religious Inca site while walking along the Andean mountainside overlooking the Urubamba river Valley, to then be amazed by an impressive archeological site that can be reached only by foot and from there to descend into the cloud forest to finally reach the Inti Punku or Sungate and from there make a final descent to get to the extraordinary archaeological complex, then this one day hike is perfect for you.

You will arrive early in the afternoon, when the crowds have often thinned out from the morning rush having time to snap some photos while the sun disappears behind the huge Andean mountains.  You will return the follow morning refreshed and showered for your guided tour.

The weather is unpredictable in the Andes, where rain and clouds can settle in in a matter of minutes and completely change the view. If you’ve dreamed of capturing that postcard-perfect Machu Picchu photo, adding the trek to your tour itinerary doesn’t guarantee that Pachamama (Incan mother of Earth and time) will cooperate with sunny skies. It does however, mean you’ll have two opportunities to see the famed relic of the Incas in all its glory.

DESCRIPTION

Very early in the morning, your adventure will begin with a train trip to Km. 104 from Ollantaytambo train station (Expedition train leaving 06:15 or 07:45), the starting point of this day’s walk. Upon arrival, you will be contacted by your guide who will be waiting to assist you with the formalities of rigor, such as showing the entry ticket and the original passport, then start the trek with the Chachabamba archaeological complex (2270m / 7448p) as the first stop, to then take a moderate climb to reach the magnificent archaeological complex of Wiñaywayna (2650m / 8747p) which in Spanish means “always young”. In this spectacular place in history and beauty, you will have time to take your snack surrounded by beautiful landscapes of the Urubamba canyon and the river that bears the same name, considered sacred by the Incas.

You will continue the journey through a less steep trail as you will approach Inti Punku or Puerta del Sol (2705m / 8875p), the main entrance that the Inca nobility used to access Machu Picchu (2430m / 7927p), from this point you will have the first and unforgettable view of the enigmatic and monumental Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, the treasure best kept secret of the Incas, while the last rays of the sun caress the mountains. After a while admiring that scenic views will be the time for beginning the descent to the bus station that will take it to the near town of Aguas Calientes (2030m / 6660p).  The visit of the citadel will be held next day.

At night, visit the bars along the railroad tracks to share stories with some of the hikers who successfully completed the 4 days Inca Trail, or end your fantastic day relaxing the muscles in the hot springs.

Maximum height: 8875f/2705m

Minimum height: 7884f/2270m

Hiking time: 6.8m/11 km

Hiking hours: 6/7 hours

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DAY 14 GUIDED VISIT OF MACHU PICCHU AND RETURN TO CUSCO

Breakfast buffet (if you leave before breakfast time, coordinate directly with the hotel)

When, in 1911, the American archaeologist and historian Hiram Bingham discovered “The Lost City of the Inca Empire”, he could not imagine that he had reached the most enigmatic Inca ruins, one of the most spectacular and overwhelming places on earth that still conserves its mystery, charm and mystical appeal, despite its enormous popularity, even more so after having been designated one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. which rises enigmatic among the clouds of the majestic Andes. The citadel was probably the most impressive urban creation of the Inca Empire in its heyday. Its giant walls, terraces and ramps look as if they had been carved naturally in the escarpments of the rock. This natural environment located on the eastern slopes of the Andes encompasses the upper Amazon basin, with its rich diversity of flora and fauna.

Exploring the place continues to be an exciting experience, especially at dawn, when the scenic rays of light extend over the Andean peaks.

At the indicated time your local guide will pick you up from your hotel to approach the station and then board the bus that goes up to the citadel. After the guided tour, you will descend from the archaeological zone to the station, and embark on the train Expedition, which will meander slowly through the Andean landscape until you reach the town of Ollantaytambo, where you will be transferred to the vehicle (only driver) that will take you back to Cusco.

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MAKE IT DIFFERENT!

  • For those who want to hike the Huayna Picchu mountain reservations has to be made well in advanced, as the local authorities just allow 400 persons per day in two shifts of 200 persons each one. (entrance is not included, additional USD 20)

IMPORTANT NOTES

  • The weight allowed on the train for each suitcase per passenger is 5 kg
  • If you do want to see the beautiful scenery and ancient buildings of Machu Picchu, book your trip early.  The Peruvian Government has place a limit on the number of people allowed to hike the trails to the city per day.  Be sure to buy your tickets well in advanced. The high season tends to book up quickly.

If you wish to travel in any other type of train like the Vistadome the additional price will be USD 50 but the whole group should take the same

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DAY 15 FREE DAY TO EXPLORE CUSCO. NO GUIDE

Breakfast buffet and farewell dinner included

Free day in Cusco to grab your bag and go exploring what is a fascinating place to wander around.  This experience will give you a great understanding about the area and its culture.

Follow the beautiful colonial streets to markets filled with the noise of bartering, to street vendors selling all manner of things, to fine squares and plazas and eventually back to your hotel. It is a way to experience the city as it is nowadays and to immerse yourself in the cultural life of this great place.

In a city so full of traditions as Cusco, a wonderful way to discover something more about its culture, is trying its food. A lovely farewell dinner in the exclusive restaurant of the Pre-Columbian Art Museum, MAP Café,  with exquisite cuisine will be waiting for you to have a wonderful night.

OPTIONALS

Love to Cook? Peruvian Cuisine is widely regarded one of the most delicious and diverse in the world. Our kitchen provides the perfect setting for your hands-on cooking lessons and demonstrations with our talented Peruvian chefs. Our products are bought from the local markets and providers, whom you will get to know during our market tour.
If you are more active, ATV, biking, rafting, paddle or Via Ferrata excursions can be arranged according to your preferences.


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DAY 16 RETURN HOME - FLIGHT CUSCO/LIMA AND CONNECTION WITH INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT

Breakfast buffet

It is time to farewell to this extraordinary country that greeted you with lots of mystical energy hoping that you keep it forever with this Peru Only-Women Tour

At the indicated time transfer to the Cusco airport for the short flight to Lima (1 hour) and connection with international flight.

EXTENSION TO THE JUNGLE

DAY 16 FLIGHT CUSCO / PUERTO MALDONADO. SANDOVAL LAKE LODGE

Breakfast buffet, box lunch and dinner included

(Group service with English speaking guide)

After enjoy a great experience in the city of the Incas, pick up from the hotel for the transfer to the Cusco Airport for the flight to Puerto Maldonado.

Sandoval Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in Peru; a great body of water protected in the Tambopata National Reserve. It is home of a family of Giant Otters in danger of extinction, but we do have an excellent chance to see them during our stay. The banks of the lake are populated by jungle and flooded Mauritia Palm forests, which are home to monkeys from six different species, as well as with huge variety of colorful birds.

This visit to the Tambopata National Reserve allows you to look in Sandoval Lake and the surrounding area where you will see a wealth of wildlife in the reserve and learn about the Amazon rainforest. Our program includes walks through the forest trails by day, night, and through boat excursions around the margins of this extraordinarily beautiful lake.

Our staff will welcome you at the airport in Puerto Maldonado and drive you through the city to the boat dock on the Tambopata River. Here you board a motorized canoe and head towards the nearby confluence of the mighty Madre de Dios River, the source of the Amazon tributary. Just 30 minutes down river is landing at the port that will lead to Sandoval Lake.

You walk a trail of 3 Km (2 mi), stopping to watch birds and butterflies, up to a narrow canal boat. From there, you navigate the flooded forest of palm trees that leads to the open waters of this peaceful lake. Our crew will row the boats across to the lodge (motors are prohibited on the lake). Under the surface of the lake you may see the huge Paiche (an Amazonian fish that can weigh up to 100Kg/220lbs). Or you may hear strange and unsettling screams and see heads peering from the lake surface, which will mark our first encounter with Pteronura brasiliensis, the Giant Otter of the Amazon.

After a brief rest, you start again by boat to explore the entire eastern end of the lake, following the sound of hundreds of Blue-and-Yellow and Red-Breasted Macaws as they return to the palm forest for the night. Your view from the boat often allows close and extensive encounters with birds and mammals. In Sandoval Lake the Capuchin Monkey, in particular, has nearly lost its fear of humans.

You return to the lodge at dusk for dinner. Afterwards you take the boat again, in search of caimans, which are now extremely rare in the Amazon, but are still common in this protected lake. They grow up to 4m long, and dispute their share of fishing with the otters. On clear nights you go by boat farther into the lake for a view of the vast southern sky, unobstructed, with its magnificent views of constellations and the Milky Way.

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DAY 17 ACTIVITIES OF SANDOVAL LAKE LODGE

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

(Group service with English speaking guide)

Just before dawn you will be on the lake for what is often a spectacular sunrise; and hope for an encounter with the Giant Otters that roam the lake in a close-knit family, very active at this time of day. At this time most of the birds that inhabit the lake are also very active. There will be time and tranquility to observe the birds fishing; while they stalk and capture prey. You will also have close-up views of the primitive Shansho (Ophistocumus hoazin) eating leaves.

After enjoying a late breakfast, you’ll walk the trail through the cool understory of the impressive primary rainforest that surrounds the lake. You will see the great Chestnut trees that abound here.After lunch you rest for an hour and then explore the west side of the lake where you will have chances to observe different species of monkey; including the most common Capuchin Monkey.Before dinner there is a video presentation about the Peruvian Jungle and after dinner you will have the opportunity to spot caimans in the lake.

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DAY 18 DEPART SANDOVAL LAKE LODGE. FLIGHT PUERTO MALDONADO/LIMA/HOME

Breakfast included

After breakfast we make a final paddle through palm swamps on the west end of the lake. On the clearer mornings a glorious sunrise and its reflection can be seen in the lake. You return to the Madre de Dios River and head towards Puerto Maldonado and from there on to the airport. Fly to Lima and connect with your international flight.

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