Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Manu Amazon.
Arrival in Lima, reception assistance and transfer to Hotel.
Flight to Cusco city,
City Tour & Neighboring Ruins
At the suitable time, private transportation to the airport.
Airline ticket to Cusco.
Upon arrival to Cusco, you will be met and taken to your hotel. There will be free time available to rest and get used to the altitude.
City tour for 3 hours through the beautiful Cusco city and its nearby ruins. The Machu Picchu Tour will show you the amazing city of Cusco colonial built on the foundations of the Inca palaces. You will visit the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun, where you can appreciate the incredible masonry of the Incas, the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral with its carved woodworks, altars and paintings. Then you will be driven to the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, to the underground cave and temple of Qenqo and to Tambomachay, known as the Baths of the Inca. Finally you will visit the Misminay Exhibit, Misminay is a native community of Cusco, there you will be able to appreciate their beautiful handcrafts.
Overnight at selected hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast.
Day 3 CUSCO/SACRED VALLEY: Pisac ruins and Market, Ollantaytambo Fortress and train to Machu picchu town.
Full day Sacred Valley excursion. 31 km (19 miles) far from Cusco is Pisac, at the entrance of the Sacred Valley. Visit the colorful market that on sundays, tuesdays and thursdays a craft fair took place where you can buy beautiful handicrafts and sourvenirs.
The lunch will be served in a local restaurant. The tour continues towards Ollantaytambo, an archaeological site that the Incas built as a fort and includes a temple, agricultural terraces, and an urban area. There are two distinct sectors: Araqama Ayllu, the religious and worship zone, and Qosqo Ayllu, the residential area.
Ollantaytambo was an important administrative center with probable military functions due to the walls and towers. There are also traces of ancient roads and aqueducts. The town of Ollantaytambo is called a Living-Inca-Town, since the inhabitants maintain very old practices and customs.
Later in the afternoon train to Machu Picchu town. There in Aguas Calientes town you will meet our tour guide and take you to your hotel, at the same time he will give you a briefing for the itinerary of the next day for the Machu Picchu tour.
Meals included: Breakfast and Buffet Lunch.
Day 4: MACHUPICCHU
Early in the morning you will meet again your tourguide and together will take to the shuttle bus up to Machu Picchu Inca citadel for a complete tour, visiting its temples, agriculture sectors, religious sector, industrial sectors, the quarry, temple of the sun, earth and water etc., after this escorted tour you will be by yourself for further exploring, or detours to the sun gate or to the Inca bridge etc.
Later in the afternoon a train back to Cusco.
Meals included: Breakfast.
DAY 5. – Cusco (3,300m.s.n.m.) – Andes- (3650m.s.n.m.) Cloud Forest (1,700m.s.n.m.)
We leave Cusco early in the morning in one of our vehicles. We will pass through interesting valleys and picturesque communities. We will visit pre Incan tombs and then we will stop in Paucartambo, a beautiful colonial town. Here we will visit a very interesting museum. We will have a packed lunch en route. We continue to the cloud forest, an area rich with endemic species like the Spectacled Bear, the Cock of The Rock, a variety of orchids, bromeliads and ferns etc. Take in the beautiful nature as we make our way to San Pedro de Orquideas Lodge where we will spend our first night in our comfortable accommodation.
DAY 6. –Cloud Forest – Erika Lodge (400m.s.n.m.)
Very early we will go in search of the Cock of the Rock, the National bird of Peru, that has a very unique courtship dance. After breakfast we will continue to the small town of Pilcopata*, then to the Port of Atalaya, which is located on the shores of the Madre de Dios River (700 m.s.n.m). Here we will take a boat to our Private Reserve of “Erika”*. From the boat we will be able to see an enormous diversity of bird species such as Herons, vultures and cormorants etc. We will walk along the interesting trails that are in the transistion zone between high and low jungle and your guide will point out and explain the interesting diversity of wild life that surrounds you. We will have the chance for a night walk to catch a glimpse of insects and amphibians. We overnight in our Erika Lodge.
* 1 Free Option – Rafting: In Pilcopata you will have 90 minutes of rafting (grade I & II) on the Koñeq and/or Madre de Dios Rivers. You can enjoy the beautiful landscape and have a swim in the refreshing wáter.
DAY 7. –Erika Lodge
During the morning walk, the guide will point out and explain the interesting variety of wildlife around you. We board our boat to cross the river and follow a trail for 30 minutes and observe the interesting flora such as the sensitive plants, heliconias, fruit, etc. We walk until we reach lake Machuwasi where we paddle rafts to observe the birds like the primitive Hoatzin, alligators, monkeys and capybaras with luck. We will have a night walk around our lodge to catch a glimpse of a variety of insects and amphibians.
* 2 Free Option – Canopy Zip Line: In Erika our guests can glide from tree to tree and from platform to platform with a harness on a horizontal cable rail system at high speeds above the trees in the incredible amazon jungle. You then rappel from a height of 15m back to the jungle floor.
DAY 8. –Erika Lodge – Cusco
Very early we board our boat and make our way to Collpa, a clay wall by the river where a variety of parrots such as the blue headed parrot, the White eyed parakeet, possibly the Maracana Macaw and others come every morning to subsitute their diet with minerals and salts. After this activity we return to Erika for breakfast. After breakfast we pack up and take our boat back to Atalaya Port where our vehicle will be waiting to take us back to Cusco. We have lunch en route to Cusco and arrive early evening.
Hotel in Cusco
Transfer to Cusco airport for your flight back to Lima.
END OF OUR SERVICES
INCLUDES: from day 1 Lima to day 4 Cusco and Machu Picchu:
- 04 Nights’ accommodation at a selected hotel, as follows:1 in Lima, 2 nights in Cusco city, 1 night in Machu Picchu town.
- In and out transfers
- All applicable taxes
- Bilingual guided tours (english / spanish)
- Entrance fees for the excursions mentioned above
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary (breakfasts in each hotel)
- Train tickets Cusco – Aguas Calientes – Cusco
- Bus tickets Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes.
- International and Domestic flights (Lima / Cusco / Lima)
- Airport taxes
- Baggage excess
- Alcoholic drinks, soda or bottled mineral water
- Personal expenses
- International or National personal telephone calls
- Additional nights for bad weather o flight cancellation
FROM DAY 5 TO DAY 9 MANU JUNGLE PART
OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:
- Land transportation, river transportation, and 01 night in our San Pedro de Orquideas Lodge, 02 nights in our Erika Lodge, all meals (vegetarian option avail) bilingual specialized guide, all equipment for rafting, first aid kit, luggage storage, and safety deposit box for valuables
- 1 more Hotel night in Cusco city
- First breakfast, water for the first day, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, souvenirs, tips and the last dinner
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT TO BRING
- Towel for the entire trip
- Personal hygiene supplies & medicines for 3 days
- Shoes for walking/hiking) sandals
- Headlamp or torch
- Hat, sunglasses and sun block
- Insect repellent (recommend 40% DEET),
- Waterproof gear, t-shirt with long sleeves, long pants, swimming gear/bathers
- Warm clothing in case of cold weather
- Binoculars, Camera
- Back pack, day pack, plastic bags.
Lima, the capital of Peru, is located on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, in the middle of the country coastline. It has a population of 6 million. Lima is the gateway to visit Peru. Almost 80% of passenger arrivals into Peru come through Lima’s Jorge Chavez International Airport. Lima, the colonial center of Spanish power in the New World, is the focal point that draws the country into one land. The capital includes the historic Plaza de Armas, around which stand the cathedral with Pizarro’s remains, the Presidential Palace, and the Archbishop’s Palace. The capital also has beautiful churches, such as La Merced, San Augustin, and San Francisco, all with golden interiors. City museums are rich in pre-Columbian and colonial treasures.
The capital of the Inca empire where you will see the ancient temples, palaces of Inca emperors, Sacsayhuaman fortress, Koricancha Inca temples, etc
THE SACRED VALLEY
The valley where the Incas had the best corn production and was the staple as well as the potatoes and quinoa, there is the main river Urubamba, that also leads to the jungle where the Inca got their coca plant.
This valley was so important that they built other cities and fortresses such Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chincheros, the salt mines, Moray experimental agricultural terraces.
Weather in Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu
LIMA: JAN 71…..FEB 74…..MAR 73…..APR 69…..MAY 66…..JUN 62 JUL 60…..AUG 58…..SEP 59…..OCT 62…..NOV 65…..DEC 68
CUZCO and MACHU PICCHU: JAN 58…..FEB 57…..MAR 57…..APR 65…..MAY 68….JUN 70 JUL 75…..AUG 75…..SEP 75…..OCT 75…..NOV 68…..DEC 68
Noted is a basic guide line to what is a reasonable tip for noted services. These amounts are only examples and you are not required to tip if it is not your custom or prefer not to. All our contracted workers are paid well for their services and earn reasonable wages based on the local economy.
- TRANSFERS Short…$1.00 – $2.00 ea.
- TRANSFERS Long…$2.00 – $3.00 ea.
- BAGGAGE Hotel…$.50 – $1.00 ea. ( per bag )
- RESTAURANTS Waiter…$.50 – $1.00 ea.
- GUIDED TOURS 1/2 day…$2.00 – $3.00 ea.
About the Manu Forest
1. What is the difference between National Park and Biosphere Reserve?
The National Park is a category of Protected Natural Area owned and managed by the Peruvian government as part of national protected area system of Peru (Sistema Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas por el Estado en el Perú – SINANPE). Its objective is to protect and preserve intact ecosystems, which can hold a high biological diversity and relevant esthetical and landscape attractions, where indirect use activities can be done like: research, education, tourism and recreation.
The Biosphere Reserve is a UNESCO category. It is a representative ecological area with three self-complementary functions: i) support for education and scientific research, ii) conservation and iii) sustainable development. Nowadays, the Manu Biosphere Reserve is divided in a nuclear zone represented by the Manu National Park territory, a buffer zone and a transition zone.
2. Which are the camping sites and lodges conditions? Are there showers? What about toilets? How are we going to sleep?
Tourism sites are located in the zone of Tourist and Recreational use of Manu River sector. In these spaces, each concession holder has built adequate and comfortable camping sites and lodges with local materials. They offer services: dining room, toilets, showers and some short connecting trails between all the structures. All beds have covering mosquito nets to avoid bites when sleeping. The details of each lodge or camp vary – please consult your tour operator for details.
3. Where does the drinking water come from?
Your tour operator will provide safe drinking water. Some use bottled water is brought in from the nearest towns and other filter, boil and/or purify water from small creeks or the river to make it fit for human consumption. Consult your tour operator for more information.
4. Do I need to be in a good physical condition to travel?
It is not a requirement, but one should be able to walk a trail of several kilometres to fully enjoy what Manu has to offer.
5. Are there a lot of mosquitoes?
The amount will depend on the time of day, but as in any Amazon region, there will be mosquitoes. We suggest to wear repellent if needed and long-sleeved shirts and long trousers.
6. What kind of tropical diseases are there?
In Southern Peru there have been reported yellow fever, malaria and leishmaniasis, but so far no tourists who visited Manu have reported getting any tropical diseases. However, there is always a possibility, so we recommend following the instructions of your doctor.
7. Is the Manu Park open the whole year?
Yes, it is open the whole year. The best time to visit is from April to November during the dry season. The heavy rainy season is from February to March, when access by both road and air becomes more difficult and when trails in the forest can become flooded.
8. Will I see native people?
The native communities in the Park are not accessible for tourists. The chances of seeing nomadic people living in isolation is very low as the tourism zones are established to avoid areas they use, but in case you come across them, you should leave the area and avoid any contact with them and immediately report the incident to the Park staff.
9. Should I bring biodegradable shampoo and soap?
If possible, yes please. You will be helping protect the environment.
10. Is it cold in the Amazon region?
During the months of May and June, sometimes the temperature can drop sharply as cold fronts come north from southern South America, a phenomena known as Friaje. We recommend some warm clothing if you visit in this time of the year just in case.
11. Could I swim in the lakes and rivers?
For safety reasons, it is forbidden to swim in the rivers and lakes.
12. May I walk on my own in the paths?
No. For safety reasons, you should always follow your guide along marked paths.
13. Am I allowed to fish inside the Park?
It is strictly forbidden. Only the local native communities are allowed to fish and hunt in authorized areas inside the Park.
14. Climate and Weather in Manu National Park
The climatic conditions are highly variable PNM. The climate is generally rainy and precipitations vary with altitude. In the south (the highest) is recorded from 1,500 to 2,000 mm annually. In the middle sector increases from 3,000 to 3,500 mm. The highest record in the northwest reaches over 8,000 mm. In the dry season, from May to September, rainfall decreases and temperature decreases. The thermal regime is also highly variable, as the Amazon area is warm with an average temperature of 25.6 ° C, and the Andean region is cold with an average annual temperature of 8 ° C.
15. Is there malaria and leismaniasis in Manu? Which vaccinations do i need?
Malaria: The Malaria risk in Manu is extremely low (less than 0.1 %). We recommend to bring insect repellent and protect yourself with long sleeves instead of taking heavy malaria prophylaxis (please check for the side effects of these medicaments!!) which are not very secure either. If you want you can bring a ´stand by´ medicine in case you get Malaria (which can be detected by blood analysis), but you can also get this medication here. In the south peruvian rainforest there is only the type of Malaria named Plasmodium vivax` which is completely curable.
Drink only bottled or boiled water.
Be careful with raw vegetables and fruits.
Avoid eating at food stalls on the street.
Altitude sickness (altitude sickness) can avoid resting the first day of his arrival in the mountains and consume light meals.
We recommend drinking “mate de coca”.
If you are traveling to the mountains or the jungle make sure to wear insect repellent and waterproof.
If you are in the jungle never drink tap water.
Medical Care in Cusco city:
Medical Network “Specialized in traveler’s diseases”
Address Puputi Street 148 call free 080026685 24 hours 84 – 221213 – 225407
S.O.S Medical group: Address Lechugal address Street 405 phone: 84 – 254492
Pardo Clinic addresses Cultura Avenue 710 and Tupac Amaru Square 84 – 243367 annexed 121.
Multioral Tullumayo address Avenue 276 84 – 224332.