Multi-Day Tour | Group, Independent

Cusco + Amazon River Cruise (12 days)

Metropolitan Touring - Peru

Lima, Peru To Lima, Peru

Valid for Departures Now Through: 28 Nov 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Lima, Peru
None None

Day 01 - Lima

Transfer Lima Airport / Hotel (private)

Upon arrival into Lima International Airport, you will be met by our representative and private driver and will be transferred to your hotel. Our representative will assist you with check-in procedures and provide you with a detailed itinerary, vouchers covering all the services included in your tour and additional information on the organization of your Peru trip. You will also receive a contact information sheet with all the hotel details as well as our offices contact information for each city and a 24-hour emergency number.

Overnight in Lima

Day 2
Lima, Peru
None Breakfast

Day 02 - Lima

Half day Lima City tour & Larco Museum (private)

Enjoy a half day guided sightseeing tour to the most attractive and important sites in Lima, the "City of Kings". Visit Lima's Historical Center, passing by Plaza San Martin, Plaza Mayor, the Government Palace, the City Hall, the Cathedral and its Religious Art Museum (closed on Sunday and Saturday pm; Santo Domingo Convent is provided instead on these days) as well as San Francisco Monastery and its famous underground crypts known as the Catacombs.

Continue your visit through the residential Districts of San Isidro and Miraflores, passing by the Huaca Pucllana. Also visit El Olivar Park with olive trees brought from Spain in the XVth Century, the Central Park of Miraflores and El Parque del Amor, or Peruvian Love Park.

Your visit continues with a stop at the Larco Museum, for an excellent overview of Peru's ancient past as it holds the best private collection of pre-Columbian art in the country.

You will have the chance to tour through this old Hacienda House in the Pueblo Libre district, which was built upon a pre-Incan sacred site (huaca), housing the private collection of a great Peruvian scholar: Don Rafael Larco Hoyle.

The museum chronologically exhibits hundreds of ceramic, textile, metal and precious stone pieces and also inside you will find the vault which safeguards precious pieces of gold and silver with semiprecious stones.

The Larco Museum is one of the few museums in the world that allows such intimate access to its deposits, in this case around 45,000 pieces. Another attraction of the museum and of great interest to visitors is the exhibition of erotic pre-Colombian art. After the visit you will be driven to your hotel.

After the visit you will be driven to your hotel.

PM: At leisure

Afternoon at leisure for activities on your own.

Overnight in Lima.

Day 3
Lima, Peru
Cusco, Peru
None None

Day 03 - Lima / Cusco / Sacred Valley

Transfer Hotel / Lima Airport (private)

At the appropriate time, our representative will meet you at the hotel lobby and transfer you to the Lima Airport to board your next flight.

Transfer Airport / Sacred Valley Hotel including Awanacancha Textile Center, Pisac Market & Pisac Ruins (private)

Upon your arrival in Cusco, you will be met by our guide who will assist you with your luggage and drive you to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Today you will have the opportunity to visit Awanacancha, an Andean textile center whose key objective is to maintain the wealth of Incan textile art and keep their traditions alive.

You will walk along a thatched roof path and will watch and learn about the four different kinds of South American camelids: Huanaco, Llama, Alpaca and Vicuña. At the end of the path you will find weavers from over 12 communities from southern Peru who alternate exhibitions of threading, dying and weaving traditional Andean textiles, thus avoiding their identity loss.

Then head to the town of Pisac, famous for its ruins which lie atop a hill at the entrance to the valley and separated along the ridge into four groups: P'isaqa, Inti Watana, Q'allaqasa, and Kinchiraqay. Visit the Inti Watana group which includes the Temple of the Sun, baths, altars, water fountains, a ceremonial platform, and an inti watana - a volcanic ritual stone used as an astronomic clock or Inca calendar to define the change seasons.

Continue to the Pisac Markets, which was the place of reunion for all artisans of the region to get together and exchange or buy and sell their products. Originally held only on Sundays, but due to the increase of tourism in the area during the XXth century it became increasingly popular to the point that now it is held daily.

Buffet lunch at Tunupa Valle Sagrado Restaurant

After the visit you will be transferred to your hotel.

Overnight in the Sacred Valley

Day 4
Cusco, Peru
None Breakfast, Lunch

Day 04 - Sacred Valley

Full day Maras Saltpans, Moray Terraces & Ollantaytambo (private)

Enjoy a journey through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, to the salt fields of Maras and its seemingly never-ending terraces, where salt extracted from springs is stored. Although these waters have been used for centuries, even before the time of the Incas, Maras was founded by the Spanish in 1556. It supplied salt to the southern highlands during the viceroyalty, so it was an important town.

It is produced naturally in about 5,000 pools of approximately 5 square meters each forming different levels of terraces, nourished by salty water from a creek that permeates the pools and then evaporated by the intense sun, forming thick crystals.

Continue your excursion to admire the Moray terraces, believed to be a former gigantic agricultural laboratory, an astronomical observatory or a place of worship, or maybe all three.

Then, you will head to the Inca fortress and citadel of Ollantaytambo. This site was built just as the Spaniards arrived and evidence of how it was constructed is still visible. This fortress was believed to be constructed in order to guard the entrance to this part of the valley and protect it from possible invasions of tribes from the jungle lowlands. Later it served as a temporary capital for Manco Inca, leader of the Inca resistance in 1537 during the Spanish conquest of Perú, who fortified the town to stop the advance, as Cusco had fallen under Spanish domination.

The town of Ollantaytambo is referred to as a "Live Inca Town" because inhabitants still live according to customs and traditions inherited from their ancestors. Take a journey in time through its straight streets with perfectly laid stones that feature a canal for water to run through the town.

Lunch will be served at a local countryside restaurant

After the tour you will be transferred to your hotel.

Overnight in the Sacred Valley

Day 5
Cusco, Peru
None Breakfast

Day 05 - Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu

Full day excursion to Machu Picchu via roundtrip train (private)

Morning transfer to the train station for an amazing train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, the great mountain-top city abandoned by the Inca Empire, reclaimed by the jungle and lost to humanity until its rediscovery in 1911.

Along the way you will enjoy the changing landscape as you travel from Andean highlands to the beginnings of the jungle (“eyebrow of the jungle”), before finally arriving at the town of Aguas Calientes.

From here, board the bus that will take you on a 20 minute ride up to the citadel of Machu Picchu, or Lost City of the Incas, which sits upon the summit bearing the same name, and is one of the most representative and recognized examples of Incan architecture.

A guided tour of the Citadel includes the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds.

The legendary 'Lost City' is without a doubt one of the world's most impressive archaeological sites. Built by the Incas on the summit of "Machu Picchu" (old peak), overlooking the deep canyon of the Urubamba river in a semi-tropical area 120 Kms (75 miles) from the city of Cusco at 3,400 m.a.s.l (11,155 f.a.s.l).

It sits on a mountain site of extraordinary beauty, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest; Machu Picchu was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height, with its giant walls, terraces and ramps, which appear as though they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments.

Machu Picchu is also one of the Inca's best kept secrets, since they did not leave written records and Spanish chronicles make no mention of the citadel, it remains a mystery.

Buffet lunch at Tinkuy Restaurant at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge

Overnight in Machu Picchu town.

Day 6
Cusco, Peru
None Breakfast

Day 06- Machu Picchu / Sacred Valley / Cusco

Today, enjoy an excellent opportunity to wake up early and enjoy a beautiful sunrise and visit the Citadel of Machu Picchu for a second time and climb up the Huayna Picchu from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being so high and distant

Note: Entrance fee to the ruins, Shuttle bus up and down included.

***No guide service is included this day

PM: Return to Cusco (private)

In the afternoon, take the shuttle bus to Aguas Calientes and then board your return train. Upon arrival at the train station you will be met by our representative and private driver who will transfer you to the hotel.

Overnight in Cusco

Day 7
Lima, Peru
None Breakfast

Day 07 - Cusco

Half day Cusco City tour including a visit to San Pedro Market and Sacsayhuaman (private)

Get ready for a guided sightseeing tour of Cusco, the Imperial City and archaeological capital of South America, where you will be able to admire the finest examples of Inca history and architecture. Visit the city's most important historical monuments that reveal the influence of different cultures: the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral dating from Spanish viceroyalty times, built with great slabs of red granite Renaissance style in contrast with the baroque style silverwork of its interior and, the Santo Domingo church built upon the foundations of the Inca temple Koricancha, dedicated to worship the Sun God.

The tour continues with a visit to the San Pedro Market, a typical Mercado, and a popular place for locals to eat a hot meal or fresh juice. They offer almost all the regional produce from fruits, vegetables, and meats to hand-woven sweaters other clothes and crafts.

The tour ends with a visit to the Cusco City’s surrounding ruin: the Sacsayhuaman Fortress - a ceremonial compound and magnificent example of Inca military power that boasts a panoramic view of the city.

After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel.

PM: At leisure

Afternoon at leisure for activities on your own.

Overnight in Cusco

Day 8
Cusco, Peru
Iquitos, Peru
None Breakfast, Dinner

Day 08- Cusco / Lima / Iquitos

Transfer Hotel / Cusco Airport (private)

At the appropriate time, our representative will meet you at the hotel lobby and transfer you to Cusco Airport to board your next flight. Our representative will assist you with check-in procedures and all departure formalities.

Lima Airport assistance (private)

Upon arrival into Lima International Airport, you will be met by our representative who will assist you with check-in procedures and any departure formalities for your next flight.

Iquitos / Nauta / Embarkation – Amazon River

5D/4N Aria Amazon Cruise (Day 1 – Shared services)

We will meet at Iquitos International Airport then journey together by air-conditioned vehicle through the Peruvian countryside to arrive at our Nauta Lounge in time for lunch, or we will serve a box lunch en route depending on the flight arrival time. In the afternoon, we will set off on your first skiff excursion to visit the birthplace of the Amazon. At 6:00pm, we will board the ARIA AMAZON. Settle into your generously proportioned suite as you begin one of life’s greatest adventures. Following a routine safety drill and introduction to our naturalist guides, we gather for innovative Amazonian cuisine created by our Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, Malabar, is the one of Lima’s top ranked dining experiences.

NOTE: Embarkation day on Mondays

Overnight on board

Day 9
Iquitos, Peru
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 09- Iquitos

Yanallpa River – Dorado River

5D/4N Aria Amazon Cruise (Day 2 – Shared services)

By skiff, we explore the black waters of the Yanallpa River, disembarking to walk deep into the Amazonian rain forest. Later, we board the skiffs again to cruise along the El Dorado River for a dusk excursion in search of exotic nocturnal wildlife and with extraordinary stargazing.

Overnight on board

Day 10
Iquitos, Peru
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10- Iquitos

Pacaya River – Ucayali River – Tapiche River

5D/4N Aria Amazon Cruise (Day 3 – Shared services)

The rewards of our early start today are plentiful, including a breakfast picnic accompanied by jungle symphony and fishing along the black waters of the Pacaya River. After lunch, we venture out by skiffs on the Ucayali River alongside the banana boats transporting their jungle products to the port of Requena, keeping an eye out for pink river dolphins. Focus our hi-tech telescope on the night sky to identify the planets and constellations.

Overnight on board

Day 11
Iquitos, Peru
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11- Iquitos

Clavero or Yarapa River – Amazon River

5D/4N Aria Amazon Cruise (Day 4 – Shared services)

Choose to go jungle walking, canoeing, kayaking or swimming on the black water Yarapa or Clavero River in the morning. Visit a remote Amazonia village in the afternoon.

This evening before dinner, we will gather to introduce you to some of the crewmembers whom you may not have met, working "behind the scenes" to ensure your countless exceptional experiences aboard the ARIA AMAZON.

Overnight on board

Day 12
Iquitos, Peru
Lima, Peru
None Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12- Feb 02, 2018 – Iquitos / Lima / ...

Arrival in Iquitos – Manatee Rescue Center – Transfer to the airport

5D/4N Aria Amazon Cruise (Day 5 – Shared services)

At the Bellavista Nanay morning market along the Nanay River, sample exotic snacks from the Peruvian Amazon like ‘Suri’, Amazon caterpillars that are considered especially appetizing. Return to the ARIA for breakfast and to pack up. Before saying goodbye, we will make one last truly memorable stop at the Manatee Rescue Center, a very special kind of animal orphanage for Amazonian manatees. We will also visit San Juan craft market on route to the airport. Lunch or box lunch will be provided, depending on the exact departure flight time, which may vary. Other local activities may be included as well, according to the flight schedule.

Lima Airport assistance (private)

Upon arrival into Lima International Airport, you will be met by our representative who will assist you with check-in procedures and any departure formalities for your next flight.

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Adventure
  • Cruises & Water Tours
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Family Vacations
  • Sightseeing
  • Wildlife & Nature

Description

Spend twelve days discovering the three regions of Peru: Coast, Mountains and Rainforest. Through this journey you will explore beautiful Lima, discover the secrets of the Incas in Cusco and relax while admiring the wide wildlife the Amazon has to offer.

About Us

Metropolitan Touring - Peru is a very agile and extremely reliable DMC in Peru providing outstanding custom-made travel experiences. Originally founded as Receptour in the 1960’s, we became Metropolitan Touring Peru in 2007. By merging the local knowledge of our 100% Peruvian staff and the continuous innovation of the Metropolitan Touring network, we are able to constantly exceed our guests’ expectations and to offer important advantages for multi-country trips (ie. Peru & Galapagos combination). Our Dedicated Travel Advisor Desk’s goal is to provide exclusive assistance to the agent community to deliver a perfect travel experience.

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