A Romantic Experience

Lima - Cuzco - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu - Iquitos (Amazon) - Lima (10 days / 9 nts)  From $N/A

View towards the urban zone

Day 1: Arrival in Lima
Upon arrival into Lima International Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the wonderful Country Club Hotel, located in one of the most exclusive residential districts of Lima. Overnight in a cozy suite, decorated with beautiful colonial art, full of special touches that make you stay an unforgettable night.

(Included meals : N/A)

Day 2: Cuzco
Today you will be transfered to Lima Airport to board your flight to Cusco. Upon your arrival to Cusco's airport you will be met by our representative who will assist you with your luggage and drive you to your hotel at The Sacred Valley.

On the way towards the Urubamba Valley, you will have the chance to visit Sol y Luna Lodge - Horseback ridingAwanacancha. This Andean textile center has for principal objective to maintain the wealth of Incan textile art alive. Here you will learn about the dyeing techniques and instruments used for hundreds of years in the weaving of these famous textiles. Continue to the Pisac market, where you will have opportunity to interact with local people, and even negotiate with sellers.

Lunch at the Sacred Valley, combining the delights of the valley with a Peruvian Paso Horse and “La Marinera” show. After Lunch , you will finish the day visiting the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to this part of the valley and protect it from possible invasion from the tribes of the jungle. Champagne in the room. Overnight at Sol y Luna, located in a wonderful atmosphere within the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

(Included meals : Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 3: Sacred Valley of the Incas
The day will begin with a truly memorable experience, a horseback ride through the Sacred Valley. To recharge your batteries you can enjoy an outdoor lunch, enjoying the magical landscape surrounded by mountains. After the tour you will be transfer to Ollantaytambo station to board the Inca Rail train departing at 16:30hrs that will take you to the village of Machu Picchu. Overnight at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel.

(Included meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4: Machu Picchu - Cusco
Breakfast at the hotel. Early in the morning you will have a guided tour to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Your guide will explain the surprising degree of technology achieved by the builders of this incredible citadel. The exact precision of massive stone building, the provision of water channels that reveal a deep understanding of hydraulics, the steps carved into the rock of the mountain and Intihuatana (“the highest point of the Sun”), which served as a solar calendar that regulate planting and haMachu Picchu - Facing the deep bluervesting, are tangible and concrete expression of the deep knowledge and technological advancement of the empire.

All these buildings, along with the Temple of the Sun, the Royal Tomb, the Priest’s House, the Inca Baths and the Temple of the Three Windows, allow you to go back in time and with the help of your guide, revive the existence of those truly admirable builders. Lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge Restaurant.

In the afternoon you will take the Hiram Bingham train back to Cuzco, with dinner and cocktails on board. Arrival to Poroy Train Station and then private transfer to your hotel in Cusco. Overnight at the exclusive Casona Inkaterra Hotel in Cusco.

(Included meals : Breakfast, Lunch )

Day 5: Cuzco
Walking city tour, including a visit to the district of San Blas, with its winding streets, the whitewashed houses, the blue balconies hung with geranium-filled flowerpots, the uneven line of the tiled rooftops and the endless stairways. In the neighborhood live the folk artists of Cusco, who for centuries have used their hands to tell the tale of their longings and frustrations working in stone and woodcarving, sculpture, doll-making, silverware, weaving and textile arts, gold-leaf, mask-making, and an array of ceramics in utilitarian, architectural, sculptural, monumental, grotesque and many other styles for example Edilberto Merida, renowned sculptor. He looked to religion for his primary inspiration, but he moved away from traditional religious images, by making grotesque images with exaggerated features. 

It is a form of sculpture that has come to be known as "mud of protest." His style is one of expressionism and has thus been referred to as Expresionismo Indio.
Then visit the Pre-Columbian Art Museum, the only museum in Peru dedicated to rebound the arts of ancient Peruvian cultures. The collection of 450 master pieces date from 1250 B.C to.1532 A.D. Continue with a visit to the Cathedral, the Main Square, the Korikancha temple. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner at Ciciollina`s restaurant. Transfer back to the hotel. Overnight in Cusco.

(Included meals : Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 6: Cuzco - Lima - Iquitos (Saturday)
Early transfer to Cusco airport for your flight to Lima. Upon arrival, our representative will meet and assist with their connecting flight to Iquitos.

3:30pm Departure from Lima on flight LA2382
Your guides await you, as your flight from Lima glides in for landing at Iquitos International Airport. After you’ve claimed your luggage, you will board an air-conditioned bus be transferred to the main port of Iquitos where he expects Agua.

Iquitos - Eiffel''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''s Casa de Hierro, shipped to Iquitos during the rubber boom5.40pm Transfer the main port of Iquitos
6:00pm Shipping

As you settle into your spacious room, the vessel will start the journey through the Yanayacu, deep in the Amazon. Within the next few days, you will also sail along the major tributaries of the Amazon River and the mighty Amazon itself. You are embarking on a spectacular adventure, to a place visited only some of the most experienced world travelers.

7.30pm Guidance on Safety on board
Before dinner, we meet on the upper deck to report on safety on board. Then, the Cruise Director and the guides will give a brief orientation talk about life on board, the places you go and what to see during your trip down the Amazon.

8.00pm Welcome Dinner
Peruvian Cuisine is considered one of the best in the world. Here it is presented with European flair, and a vegetarian dish with a fine selection of South American wines.

While enjoying these delicacies, watch the river and surrounding area through our panoramic windows. Before retiring, we suggest you enjoy a nightcap on the top deck under the stars.

(Included meals : Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 7: Iquitos / Amazon river / Tahuayo & Lago Charo
6:30 a.m. Amazon River Expedition. Get up early to watch the first sunrise over the Amazon River. This is just a taste of what lies the rest of your trip. Return the M/V Aqua.

8.00 a.m. Breakfast. Wake up early and enjoy the beautiful view of sunrise. Our sumptuous daily breakfast, which features a wide variety of dishes, plus Peruvian specialties and fresh fruit juices.

9.15 a.m. Tahuayo River Exploration and Fishing trip at Charo Lake. This morning you will board the comfortable boat to sail from the Amazon River through the shortcut channel Huaysi and explore the river of black water- the Tahuayo. Lifejackets, ponchos, rubber boots, and fresh water are always available in small boats. Aqua - View of the boat

As we sail across the river Tahuayo observe occasional fisherman paddling in their canoes. Keep your binoculars ready to see a variety of wildlife; terns, orioles, blackbirds, black collard hawks, monkeys and sloths share this wonderful place with us. Upon arrival at Charo Lake, you can use your hooks to try to catch some of the ferocious piranhas and other types of fishes. While fishing, our guides tell the story of the lake and its habitants.

11:30 a.m. Return to AQUA
Cold towels await you, while moving back on board the AQUA. As the ship continues its journey down the Amazon River, you have some time to rest or take a nap before lunch.

12.30p.m. Enjoy a light lunch in our dinning room with air conditioning.
4.00p.m. Yacapana Islands Exploration and visit the Dolphins.

Locals call Yacapana Islands. “Islands of the Iguana” by the large number of these reptiles- which looks like a  small dinosaurs. Amazon beliefs say that if you touch an iguana, you will develop some of it features and, as nobody wants to look like them, these animals are well protected.

We will pass close to the skiff, giving you the opportunity to take good pictures. As the sun sets, you will have the opportunity to see and photograph the dolphins, gray and pink freshwater. The peoples of the Amazon believe that these animals become humans to steal their people of great beauty during celebrations.

7.30 p.m. Towards the source of the river.
Aqua return to and continue our journey upstream toward the source of the Amazon River, where the Ucayali and Maranon rivers merge. Before dinner, we recommend you a “pisco sour” on the top deck while watching the sunset. 8.00 p.m. dinner.

(Included meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8: Maranon River / Pacaya National Reserve
6:30a.m. Breakfast
7:30a.m. Full Day tour to the Forest. This morning, the guide will tell you about sustainable development projects in the Amazon. You will visit one of the projects, where villagers are planting palm trees for oil. Your guide will also show you the artificial nests created on the sand to protect turtle eggs. Then we go into the jungle to encounter wildlife and learn firsthand about the value of medicinal plants in the jungle. Observe the famous Ceiba trees, the highest in the Amazon.

5:30.p.m. Return to AQUA

Option 2: Guided Walking tour through the jungle / Siesta / Monkey and Expedition Dolphins

8:30 a.m. Guided Jungle Walk at Ranger Station Nº 1
Rainforest near Iquitos - Walk in the rainforestThis morning, the Park Ranger will tell you about sustainable development projects in the Amazon. You will visit one of the projects, where villagers are planting palms to obtain oil. The ranger will also show you the artificial nests created on the sand to protect turtle eggs.

11.00a.m. return to AQUA
12.30p.m. Lunch Followed by a nap
4.00p.m. Monkey & Dolphin Expedition

In this issue you will see the two different types of freshwater dolphins – including the unusual pink dolphins found in the Amazon River. You can also see a variety of primates including 13 species of monkeys living in the National Park squirrel and howler monkeys, pygmy marmosets and Titi Monkeys. Watch for alligators, and keep your binoculars ready and you will see over 200 species of birds.

6:00.p.m. Return to AQUA
7:00.p.m Diner
8:00.p.m Optional Night Excursion. Tonight we board the boats in search of alligators, boats, tarantulas and toads. After this night adventure, the Aqua will start sailing downstream on the Maranon River, toward the headwaters of the Amazon.

(Included meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9: Amazon River / Port Miguel / Nauta / Iquitos
7:00.a.m. Breakfast
8:00a.m. Amazon River. This morning Aqua skirts the edges of the vast Pacaya-Samiria, a flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon basin. Rise early and be on your skiffs at 5.30 a.m. to see one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere: the sunrise over the birth of the Amazon River. Here, at the junction of two major tributaries, the Ucayali and Maranon form the greatest waterfall in the world. Your dawn excursion will be accompanied by abundant bird song, as you glide in small boats past river banks populated by large-billed terns, laughing falcons, exotic shor-tailed parrot, and dozens of other birds.Rainforest near Iquitos - Sloth

8:30 a.m. Puerto Miguel village, where you can meet and interact with local villagers in this remote part of the world and learn more about their culture, traditions and folklore. You also have the opportunity to trade items for local handicrafts. In return, we will travel on boats through  a small channel connector between the Maranon and Ucayali rivers, where you will have the opportunity to see the biggest aquatic plant in the world, the giant water lily o “Victoria Regia”

11.40. a.m. Lunch. Share a late lunch on board with the friend you have made during the journey through the Amazon.

1:15.p.m. Landing/ Visit the Manatee Center/ transfer to Airport
This afternoon, we visit the Wildlife Rescue Center Amazon, a kind of animal orphanage where they receive Amazonian manatees and dolphins and give them specialized attention to save future and reintegrate them into their natural habitat.

4:30p.m. Check in At Iquitos International Airport
The guides will help you check at the airport and stay with you until you have boarded the flight back to Lima at 5:50.p.m. Flight to Lima LA 2383.

Upon arrival, our representative will meet and assist with luggage and transfer you to Country Club Hotel.

(Included meals : Breakfast, Lunch )

Day 10: Lima - International Departure
After enjoying a delicious breakfast, continue with a sightseeing tour of Lima, the “City of Kings”. The tour includes Lima’s Historical Center, passing by Plaza San Martin, Plaza Mayor, the government palace, the city hall, The Cathedral and the Museum of Religious Art. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to your next destination and will be assisted with your luggage, departure tax and registration procedures.

(Included meals : Breakfast )

Itinerary includes:
·Transportation airport / Hotel / airport
·09 nights’ accommodation in a double room.
·Private services with local English-speaking guides.
·Meals as indicated in itinerary (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
·Tickets from entrance to Machu Picchu and archaeological sites mentioned in the itinerary.
·Tickets for round trip bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)
·Inca Rail First Class Train ticket Ollanta-Machupicchu.
·Hiram Bingham train ticket Machupicchu - Poroy
·Permanent assistance by our offices in each city.
· 3nt/day cruise in Aqua
·Bottle of Champagne, Bouquet of flowers and massages at Sol y Luna Spa
·Private dinner, special gift and bottle of Champagne at the Hotel Inkaterra Machu Picchu

Itinerary does not include:
·International and domestic air tickets.
·Meals or any other item not mentioned in the itinerary.
·Tips to guides and hotel staff.
·Local Peruvian Taxes (18% tax is applicable only to Peruvian and foreigners living in Peru, to pay no need to show passport.
·Items not specified.


CITY                              HOTEL NAME                                ROOM TYPE     
Lima                       Country Club Hotel                            Master Suite room
Sacred Valley        Sol y Luna Boutique Hotel               Deluxe room
Machu Picchu       Inkaterra Machu Picchu                    Superior Deluxe room
Cusco                    La Casona Inkaterra                          Patio Suite room
Iquitos                    Aqua Amazon Riverboat Cruise      Suite Cabin

• This is a preliminary costing; hotels may vary according to availability 
• No airfares or airport taxes included in above given rates
• Airfare Lima/Cusco/Lima – Lima/Iquitos/Lima US$ 9500.00 per person, subject to change
• Airport taxes for domestic flights are included in the above air fare.
• International departure tax from Lima should be included in the int’l air fare; please verify
• Air fares are referential only.  Actual rate are subject to availability at time of purchase and type of ticket (refunds and changes allowed/not allowed, penalties apply/not apply, etc)
• All entrance fees are subject to change without previous notice
• PRICES, valid for 2013, except on Inti Raymi dates (Jun22/27), Christmas & New Year (Dec22/Jan03) and other National or Religious Holidays which may have special rates; please verify