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Peru Express Tour 15 Days

Peru Express Tour is escorted tour in Peru where you’ll have the choice to explore the two most charming regions of South America: The Andes and the Amazon Jungle. This Peru Express Tour you will brings you to visit: the city of Cusco, see its traditional local markets, explore the Inca ruins of Pisacand Ollantaytambo; then, you’ll trek over the Andes following the ancient Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Explore full day the iconic Machu Picchu and return to Cusco.

The trip continues with 45-minutes fly fromCusco to the Amazon Jungle and explore it with our expert guide. Then travel by bus over La Raya Pass toward the City of Puno;  where you’ll visit the islanders in the Lake Titicaca. From the city of Puno we continue to Arequipa known as the withe city because the lava of Misti volcano; here we’ll have a 2-day tour to Colca Canyon considered the deepest of the world.

This scenic Peru Express Tour through Cusco, Puno,  Puerto Maldonado and Arequipa regions;gets you through the traditional villages where you will meet the friendly people and enjoy their hospitality. Fifteen- day Peru Express Tour offers the magnificent views of the Machu Picchu and the surrounding mountain range. You will also see great biodiversity while you explore the Amazon Jungle.

Peru Express Tour

Overview

TIMING: 15 days
START: Cusco airport – Peru
FINISH: Arequipa Airport – Peru
COUNTRY: Peru
STYLE: Cultural and adventure tour
PHYSICAL RATING: Moderate
TRANSPORT: Bus, airplane, train and motor boat
ACCOMMODATIONS: 3-stars category hotel, camping tents, family house and Jungle lodge.
PLACES TO VISIT: The city of Cusco, Sacred valley of the Incas, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Puerto Maldonado and Amazon Jungle, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Arequipa, Colca canyon.

DESCRIPTION

The fifteen-day Peru Express Tour takes you to explore from the high Andes to the the iconic Machu Picchu and then to the depths of the Amazon rainforest; on to the island of Lake Titicaca and the world’s deepest canyon. Discover Peru’s diverse ecology, geology and culture with this exceptional tour.

The Peru Express Tour is designed for Cultural, Natural and wildlife enthusiasts and ardent explorers who are forever in a quest for unlimited adventure. Within the timeframe of 15 days, the Peru Express Tour offers the chances to attain the ultimate Amazon jungle experience in the wilderness of Tambopata National Park.

Peru’s cultural and natural highlights you’ll experience in the National park of Machu Picchu; the natural reserved of Titicaca; The NAtional park of Tambopata and in the national park of “Valle De Los Volcanes”. Our Peru Express Tour is a perfectly tailored journey that has merged cultural and natural explorations with wildlife tour.

BRIEF ITINERARY

DAY 1: Cusco

Arrival to Cusco at any time. We must know your flight details for your reception and transfer to your hotel.

DAY 2: Ollantaytambo

Full-day guided Sacred Valley Tour; you will visit Pisac Market and the Inca ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo.

DAYS 3 – 6: Inca Trail

Early breakfast, then we’ll head to km 82 (starting point of the trek); then hike 45 km to Machu Picchu visiting the Inca temples along the trail: The last day, we will start very early to see the sunrise at Machu Picchu, explore it and in the afternoon return to Cusco.

NOTE. If you do not prefer to trek extensively, we have an alternative program to travel by train to Machu Picchu, with an extra night in the town of “Aguas Calientes”. For this option, you must kindly let us know in advance to book the train tickets.

DAYS 7-9: Jungle Trip

A 45-minute fly from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado in the morning. In the afternoon, you will visit the Monkey Island; the next day, you will explore the Amazon Jungle with our expert guide. Then return to Puno.

DAY 10: Puno

Ten-hour tour by confortable bus. You will visit Inca ruins, handicrafts factory and wonderful landscapes.

DAYS 11-12:  Lake Titicaca

Visit: Uros, Amantany and Takile Islands in the Lake Titicaca. Use conditioned family house for one night in Amantani Island. In the evening take a confortable bus to Arequipa.

DAYS 13-14: Arequipa – Colca Canyon

Explore the deepest canyon of the world and observe the majestic Andean condors over flying the canyon.

DAY 15: Departure

Transfer to the airport.

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Itinerary

DETAILED ITINERARY  – PERU EXPRESS TOUR

DAY 1: Arrival to Cusco

The fifteen-day Peru Express Tour begins once you arrive to Cusco at any time and you will be transferred to your hotel. Briefing and complete review the tour itinerary. Today there is no formal planned activity. We must know your flight details for your reception and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon you will have free time.

  • Private Van:
    Airport – Hotel-10 -15 minutes
  • Free Time:
    In the afternoon free time in Cusco
    Get out and explore more of this beautiful colonial city.
  • Accommodation:
    Hotel Prisma (or similar)

DAY 2: Sacred Valley of the Incas

For Sacred Valley tour, we’ll pick you up at 08:00 a.m. The Sacred Valley of the Incas was very important cradle of food for the Incas, the Sacred Valley is a lush of agricultural area that continues to supply the city of Cusco with much of its produce, specially corn and vegetables.  We’ll visit the impressive Pisac ruins, the colourful artisan markets where you can purchase handcrafts directly from producers.

The tour continues toward the picturesque village of Ollantaytambo; a site of another large Inca ruin; This major Inca site is known as the best surviving example of Inca urban planning and engineering; It is admired for its huge steep terraces guarding the Inca Fortress; and for being one of the few places where the Spaniards lost a battle during the conquest. Spend the night in this small town before heading out for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu the next morning.

  • Private Vehicle:
    Cusco – Sacred Valley – Ollantaytambo /Full Day95km
    Make stops along the way as you pass through this gorgeous valley – the elevation descends the whole way.

Pisac Ruins Guided Tour /Pisac-1h

Tour the fascinating hilltop citadel of Pisac, an Incan ruin with plunging gorges, a ceremonial centre, and winding agriculture terracing that’s still in use today. Be captivated by this truly amazing site sitting amid sweeping green valleys and mountain peaks. Explore the back of the site to see a pocketed cliff across “Chitamayo” Gorge, which once contained hundreds of Inca tombs.

Ollantaytambo Ruins Guided Tour / Ollantaytambo -1h

Tour the town and fortress of Ollantaytambo with a local guide. Take a step back in time at this Inca archaeological site; it still shows signs of its former glory, including agricultural terraces, a Temple Hill, and storehouses. Learn how the area, overlooking the Urubamba River Valley, was an important stronghold during warfare between the Spanish and Incas.

  • Accommodation:
    Hotel Tunupa Lodge (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

DAYS 3-6: Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

After early breakfast in the hotel, we’ll take the our bus for one hour to starting point of the Inca Trail (Pisqhqka’chu or km 82). The porters and guides will organize every detail for you. You  only will need to carry your handbags with snacks, water, camera, etc. Enjoy the splendid mountain scenery and the fascinating Incan monuments along the route. In this 4-day trek, every ones takes his on speed.

On the final day, climb up the steps to the Sungate to see the Sunrise at Machu Picchu and surrounding mountains; Later in the afternoon, we will take the train and return to Cusco; arriving there in the evening.

NOTE. If you do not prefer to trek extensively, we have an alternative program to travel by train to Machu Picchu, with an extra night in the town of “Aguas Calientes”. For this option, you must kindly just let us know in advance to book the train tickets.

Distances of the Inca trail:

Day 1: Km 82 to Llulluchapampa
Approximate distance: 15 km
Estimated hiking time: 7-8 hours.

Day 2: Llulluchapampa – Chaquiccocha
Approximate distance: 15 km
Estimated hiking time: 7 – 8 hours.

Day 3: Chaquiccocha – Wiñaywayna
Approximate distance: 10 km
Estimated hiking time: 5 hours

Day 4: Wiñaywayna to Intipunku (Sun Gate) – Machu Picchu
Approximate distance: 5 km
Estimated hiking time: 2 hours

Machu Picchu Guided Tour / Machu Picchu -2h – 3h

Rise and shine – the best time to see the Lost City of the Incas is in the early morning light. Follow the local guide to Machu Picchu to learn about its history at a leisurely pace. Gain local insight into the Inti Mach’ay cave, Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Water, the Temple of the Condor, and the Room of the Three Windows. Take time to sit and feel the energy of this 15th-century site, now both a UNESCO World Heritage site and voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World (in a worldwide Internet poll).

  • Train:
    Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo/ 1:45 hours 118km
    Climb aboard, take your seat, and enjoy the ride.
  • Private Vehicle:
    Ollantaytambo – Cusco /2h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.
  • Accommodation:
    Hotel Prisma (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner, during the Inca Trail

DAYS 7-9: Jungle Trip

After breakfast, we’ll leave Cusco to the airport for a 40-minute flight to Puerto Maldonado in the low lands of the jungle and have accommodation in the jungle lodge, beside “Madre de Dios River”. From here, together with your bilingual official tour guide, you will explore all the enchanting things that the jungle can offer. Afterwards, you will be transferred back to the airport and fly back to Cusco and you will be transferred to your hotel.

Jungle Excursions / Puerto Maldonado

Enjoy visits to oxbow lakes and small clay licks to learn about the jungle and its inhabitants. Be introduced to the area’s rich flora and fauna by expert naturalist guides, who can teach extensive uses for medicinal and other forest plant resources through traditional techniques. Be prepared to go early morning or evening to avoid the heat of midday. Enjoy a leisurely pace – the trip requires some walking, but nothing too strenuous.

Caiman-Spotting Cruise

Head out after dark by motorized canoe to search for caimans on the river banks. Enjoy a lesson on caimans from the expert guide. Take advantage of the keen eyes of the expert naturalist guides – they are truly spectacular at spotting these elusive smaller cousins of alligators hiding on the muddy banks.

  • Air flights
    Cusco – Puerto Maldonado / Puerto Maldonado – Cusco
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.
  • Motorized canoe:
    Puerto Maldonado – Eco-amazonia lodge 2:30h
    Climb in and move swiftly through the water to the next stop.
  • Accommodation:
    Eco-Amazonia Lodge
  • Meals included: Breakfast / lunch / dinner – during the trip in the jungle

DAYS 10: Journey from Cusco to Puno

Today, we’ll leave Cusco and travel through the Peruvian South lands, crossing the high “altiplano”. You will visit interesting places and stop along volcanic hot springs. We will arrive in the afternoon to Puno. Small city located at the banks of the highest navigable lake of the world.

  • Bus:
    Cusco – Puno / 9h30m – 389km
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
  • Accommodation:
    Hotel Balsa Inn (or similar)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

DAYS 11-12: Tour to Lake Titicaca & Bus to Arequipa

This morning, you will be transferred to the port and travel by a motorboat toward the fascinating floating islands of Uros. After that, we’ll continue towards Takile and walk across the lovely island observing the typical agriculture of the Inca terraces; all this followed by an overnight immersion into Peruvian rural life with a homestay in Amantani island. Return to Puno at 04:00 p.m approximately. In the evening, we will take the night royal class bus for 5 hours to Arequipa and enjoy accommodation in a comfortable hotel.

The Lake Titicaca is located between Peru and Bolivia. This Lake is one of the most fascinating lakes in the world; it is situated at very high altitude, at over 3,800 meters above sea level. The tour is unforgettable experience for visitor.

  • Motorboat:
    Puno – Uros – Takile – Amantani / Full day
    Climb in and move swiftly through the water to the next stop.

Lake Titicaca Kayak Excursion

Begin your journey early in the morning by transferring from the hotel to the port, then head out by motorboat to Uros Island. Learn about “Totora” from our guide and paddle towards Taquile Island and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the moment. Hike to a village upon arrival and enjoy lunch with the locals. Continue on by motor boat to Amantani Island to meet your hosts for the night.

Lake Titicaca Homestay:

Split into smaller groups and get a taste of local life firsthand as we move into family homes for the night. Play soccer with the children, enjoy some dancing, watch dinner being made, learn about regional cuisine, and dress up in local clothes for an unforgettable evening with the whole village, enjoying traditional music and dancing. Lend a hand the next morning, and help out with chores like feeding animals, harvesting local produce, or bringing back buckets of water from the well.

  • Accommodation:
    Family hause
  • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch /Dinner – while you are in the Lake Titicaca tour

DAYS 13-14: Colca Canyon Tour by bus

The Colca Canyon is located on the southern Peru. It’s considered the deepest canyon of the world, it is more than twice as deep as the Apurimac Canyon (Peru) and the Grand Canyon in the United States. The deepest part of the Canyon is register between Ampato Mountain (6310m) and Coropuna snow-capped (6377m). On the left bank of the canyon exist a small town named Huambo and straight down of this town is located Cancco Valley (1720m) which is the greatest deep point that reaches a depth of 4,590 meters.

Tour begins with collection from the hotel at 07:30 a.m. Then we depart from Arequipa to 8:30 a.m. The trips take us through the National reserve of “Pampa Galeras” where we’ll see Vicuñas (Andean Camelids). We’ll pass the highest pass of 4,800 m.a.s.l. konown as the “Mirador de volcanoes”. After the spectacular view we will descent to the town of Chivay. Here you can enjoy the natural hot spring.

The next day at 5:30 am, we continue the trip to “La Cruz del Condor” from where will observe the deepest part of the canyon and spectacular flight of the condor. After all we return to the town of Chivay for our lunch and in the afternoon we return to Arequipa.

  • Private Vehicle:
    Arequipa – Chivay/5h – 6h/165km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.
  • Optional Activities:
    Hot Springs in the town of Chivay
    Soak your weary bones in steaming hot water pouring from the earth and relax.
  • Accommodation:
    Colca Lodge hotel (or similar)
  • Colca Canyon Guided Tour
    Spot condors on this guided tour, and keep your eyes peeled for other unusual animals. Look for three different species of camelids: alpaca, llama, and vicuña, which are all typical of Peru.
  • Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 15: Departure

Farewell and travel from Arequipa to Lima. After breakfast in the hotel; we’ll pick you up to drive you to the airport in Arequipa, which is to half an hour from the Hotel, we need to be 2 hours before to make arrangements for confirmation the flight. After check in at the airline and pay the airport tax, we said goodbye and you’ll aboard the flight from Arequipa to Lima.

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Inclusions

PERU EXPRESS TOUR INCLUDES

All necessary things for this tour:

TRANSPORTATION: All scheduled transportation; All transfers. Round-trip air tickets from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado.
ENTRANCE FEE: For all the visited tourist places.
MEALS: All Breakfast in the hotels and along the road: In the jungle lodge 2 breakfasts, 2 hot lunches and 2 hot dinners; in the trail – 3 breakfasts, 3 hot lunches, 3 hot dinners prepared by our professional chef. Meals included, pancakes, omelets, soups, fresh fruits, avocado, pasta, chicken, fish, meat, rice, all rich in carbohydrates and suitable for trekking; hot drinks including coca leaf tea which is excellent for adjusting to the altitude. Teatime everyday (tea, coffee, biscuits, popcorn). We offer a vegetarian menu option.

GUIDE & PORTERS: Licensed bilingual official Tour Guide; 2 guides over 8 people. Porters will carry both your personal items (6kls) in duffel bags (provided by “Sunrise Peru Trek”) and the camping equipment for the Inca Trail. You must carry your day-to-day packings such as your camera, snacks and mineral water.

CAMPING EQUIPMENT: We provide brand new 4 season four people capacity tents for two people, Therm-a-rest, dinning room tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, seats, tables, tent for the guides, tent for the porters, kitchen gear and backpacks, warm clothes and life insurance for the porters.
ACCOMMODATIONS: 8 nights ***hotel, 2 nights jungle lodge, 1 night with a local family and 3 nights in camping tents.
OTHER ITEMS: Local guide available for permanent assistance, first-aid kit, oxygen bottle.

EXCLUDED:

MEALS: All lunches and dinners except on the Inca trail and jungle lodge. You should consider a budget from US$15 to US$25 for each meal in an average restaurant. We will assist you with all local matters
SLEEPING BAG: You can rent it from us for US$20 for the entire Inca trail, airport taxes and tips for the staff.

 

Price

PRICE OF THE TOUR

 TYPE OF TRAIN PRICE PER PERSON
 Expedition Class US$ 1,860
 Vistadome class US$
 Hiram Bimgham class 

Prices shown for Peru Express Tour, are per person travelling. ‘Twin/Double’ prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The ‘Single supplement’ applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the ‘Twin/Double’ price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

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