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Itinerary description: 

Roundtrip South Peru. All transfers & bus tickets can be arranged in advance for you by our agent in Lima, and reservations for the Inca trail have to be confirmed 3 - 4 months ahead in high season. The accommodation is 2 - 3 star Peruvian hotels, all selected for a spectacular view or a specific setting & ambience. If you wish to stay for a few days in more luxurious hotels, eg in Cusco, we can adapt that to your wishes.

The itinerary below can be modified to your personal wishes including departure date, duration, accommodation used & how long you spend in each destination. Rainforest extensions to National Park of Manu or NP Tambopata can be arranged from 3-9 days.

NEW: The Inca jungle Trail from Cusco to Machu Picchu is a new route which involves biking from Abra Malaga to Santa Marta, walking on 2 newly discovered Inca trails and the highest zipline of South America. The multiple terrain trip, includes recently discovered real Inca paths, archaeological ruins, an 60 km bike downhill on mountain bikes, through the mountains from Abra Malaga to the green valleys below and the jungle base of Santa Maria. On the third day you reach the top of Llactapata with amazing views, flanked by the high peak of the Salkantay. The fourth day, after three nights the trip ends with sunrise at Machu Picchu and return to Cusco by train and bus.

Sample Itinerary
Day 1: When you arrive on the airport you will be picked up by your host and brought to your hotel, an ambient colonial house in a quiet resident zone of Lima from where you can make excursions to the old city centre or to Miraflores. The whole program of your travel will be talked over with you personally.

Day 2: Transfer Lima-Pisco in the morning by public bus. In the midday, you can make an optional excursion by taxi to the desert of Paracas island and walk along the cliffs & coast.

Day 3: Excursion to Ballestas Islands to view the large populations of seabirds and sealions in the morning. After excursion transfer from Pisco to Nazca by public bus.

Day 4: Cultural excursion around Nazca in the morning or midday and a flight over the Nazca lines. Flight over Nazca lines is included. By nightbus to Arequipa.

Day 5: Free day to visit the colonial city Arequipa and prepare yourself for the 3-day program in the Colca canyon. You stay in a hotel with a beautiful patio and garden.

Day 6: Free day to visit the colonial city Arequipa and prepare for the 3-day program to the Colca canyon.

Day 7: Transfer from Arequipa to Chivay with private bus. You will have spectacular views and cross a pass of 4700 m altitude. In the late midday, you can take a dive in the thermal bath of Chivay.

Day 8: Free day in Chivay or to make a relaxed daywalk through landscape & pittoresque Indian villages along the Colca canyon to acclimatize to the altitude of about 3500 m. Accommodation in Chivay.

Day 9: Visit to Cruz del Condor in the early morning. You can see condors ascending on the wind. With a little bit luck, you can see the condors flying over on a few metres distance. When the Condors have reached great altitudes, you are leaving to Chivay-Arequipa again by private bus.

Day 10: Transfer from Arquipa to Puno with beautiful views. Puno is situated on the Altiplano (around 4000 m high) from where you will make a 2-day excursion on the Titicaca lake.

Day 11-12: You start with a small transfer to the harbour from where you visit by local boat the floating islands of Uros. From here you take off to the island Amantani where you meet your host family for your overnight stay. For a spectacular sunset you can walk to the temples on the top of your island with your guide and celebrate in the evening folkloric dances in the community hall. The next day you are picked up by your boat again to visit Taquile, where you make a small walk over the island, buy some local handicrafts and then return to Puno.

Day 13: Transfer from Puno to Cusco with the Inka Express; an itinerary by bus with several interesting cultural stops along the way. Another option is to go by train. Accommodation in Cusco in a hotel with spectacular views over the old city.

Day 14: Free day in the ambient Cusco, the former capital of the Inca empire. Time for the preparations for the Inca trail, the Lares trail, or another trail.

Day 15-16: You travel to Aguas Calientes, where you may visit the botanical garden or thermal waters. In the early morning on day 16, you go up to Machu Picchu to enjoy the sunrise over the ruins. You have a private guided tour in the morning. You travel back by train to Cusco in the late midday.

Extra Inca trail 4 day option, or Inca Camino Real of 2 days:
For those who walk the Inca trail to Machu Picchu in 4 days. The Inca trail is one of the most popular trekkings in Latin America, which brings you through Inca ruins, mountains and tropical mountain forests. You arrive early in Machu Picchu with sunset and have spectacular views over the ruins and surroundings. You travel back by train to Cusco in the late midday.

Day 17 & 18: Free days in Cusco to immerse in city life, to walk and visit the valleys, Inca ruins, local markets and villages in the surroundings of Cusco or to prepare yourself for a visit to the rainforest as extension.

Day 19: Flight early morning from Cusco to Lima, leaving you ample of time for connecting you to international flights leaving in the evening.

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