Lima to Lima (19 days) Incas & Amazon (Inc. Amazon Jungle)

Company : Oasis Overland
Activities: Adventure Holidays / Overland Tours / Tours / Amazon Rainforest Tours
Country: Peru
Duration: 2 weeks to 3 weeks
Approx Costs: 1250 to 1500 £ Pound (UK)

A unique opportunity to experience a mix of the ancient culture of the Andes along with more adventurous and adrenaline induced activities. 

Hike the Inca Trail to mysterious Machu Picchu, take a flight over the Nazca Lines, dune buggy in the desert, finish off with a close up experience immersed deep in the jungle.

 

Itinerary

Day 1
The capital of Peru, Lima is a city of contrasts. Here you'll encounter both abundant wealth and grinding poverty, modern skyscrapers next to some of the finest museums and historical monuments in Latin America. You will have a free day to explore its many museums, markets and colonial plazas.   Visit the Old Town as well as the Miraflores district before watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean at the end of the day. 

Day 2
Our first stop, south of Lima, is the Ballestas Islands in the Paracas National Reserve. Here we take a boat trip to view one of the most important marine reserves in the world with the highest concentration of rare and exotic sea birds and sea mammals.  This will provide our first glimpse of the wonderful and varied South American wildlife so cameras at the ready!  Breakfast

Day 3
An hours drive inland in the heart of the Ica Desert is Peru's main wine centre. Here we visit the Tacama winery, originally a Jesuit run Bodega it now produces export quality wines as well as Peru's national drink, Pisco. After our own tasting session we continue a few kilometres to the nearby Oasis of Huacachina. A palm fringed lake surrounded by impressive sand dunes, you can relax on the beach, go for a swim & then if its an adrenaline rush you're after head out with your Tour Leader on a custom made dune buggy & roar across the desert sands to the top of enormous dunes & then sand board down them - imagine snowboarding but on sand instead! Tonight, after an unforgettable desert sunset, we sit around the campfire while our guides cook up a storm, followed by a night sleeping out under the stars. Breakfast

Day 4
Travel to Peru is not complete without a trip to one of the world's greatest archaeological mysteries - the Nazca Lines. Only discovered 80 years ago from the air, these huge figures carved into the desert floor are best viewed by light aircraft. Thought to have been made by three different civilisations going back more than 2000 years, there are many contrasting theories about what they signify and why they are there, it is worthwhile asking local opinion - you may well be surprised with the replies! Also memorable is a visit to Chauchilla Cemetery with its well-preserved mummies. Leaving the Atacama Desert we begin to climb into the Andes mountain range on our overnight coach journey towards Arequipa. Breakfast

Days 5 to 8
Arequipa - Four days are dedicated to exploring this beautiful colonial city and the spectacular surrounding area. Continuing as always with our theme of adventure travel, Peru offers many options to go white water rafting, cycling, trekking, horse riding as well as an included visit to the Colca Canyon, which at 900m is not only one of the deepest in the world but also the home of the majestic Condors. Here you can view the condors circling lazily in the thermals rising from the canyon floor. Breakfast x 4

Day 9
Our overnight coach journey across the Andes takes us to Cuzco, the outdoors capital of Peru and our base for the next 7 days. A mecca for adventure travel, Peru's famous Inca Trail begins near this city. Although Cuzco is today a colonial city most of its churches and museums are built on top of original Inca stonewalls which are clearly visible. We arrive early morning, giving you the option of doing a day tour of the beautiful Urubamba or Sacred Valley of the Incas where you'll find temples, terraces, local communities and markets before returning to Cuzco for a good night's sleep before your Inca Trail! Breakfast x 1

Days 10 to 13
We head out early from Cuzco to the Urubamba Valley from where we begin our 4 day hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This moderate to strenuous hike is a once in a lifetime experience and anyone with a good level of fitness will enjoy it. A stunning combination of awesome views, Inca ruins, magnificent mountains and exotic adventure. There are also alternatives to this trek available, for when the Classic Trail is unavailable, or by your choice.  Please see the section on Inca Trails for details, and ensure that you contact Oasis at the time of booking to arrange any alternatives.  Please also note that tickets are now being sold seperately to climb Huanapichu, the summit next to Machu Picchu, and it is imperative that those wishing to do this select this as an add-on at the time of booking to avoid disappointment. See the add-ons section of our website for more details. Our route back to Cuzco for all options is by train. Breakfast x 4, Lunch & Dinner x 3

Days 14 to 15
We have 2 free days in Cuzco to relax and recover as well as explore more of the city and its museums and churches or look for local crafts from Alpaca woollen jumpers to Andean musical instruments and local jewellery.  The adventurous can go white water rafting on the Urubamba or Apurimac River. Breakfast x 2

Day 16
Depart Cuzco by plane to the town of Puerto Maldonado, on the edge of the Tambopata - Candamo Reserve.  We enter the Reserve by boat along the Madre de Dios River and reach our jungle lodge, our base for the next 3 nights.  In the afternoon we can take a walk with our local guides who have extensive knowledge of the flora and fauna of this area. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 17 to 18
During our time in the reserve our guide will take us on walks and canoe trips to discover the amazing array of plant, bird, animal and insect life in the jungle.  We can walk to one of the ox-bow lakes that abounds with exotic birdlife.  Taking a boat onto the lake we also hope to see giant river otters and caimans.  Our guide will tell us about the traditional uses of the plants and trees and point out different types of monkey, macaw and moth!  3 meals each day

Day 19
Time to leave the jungle, we head back in the boat to Puerto Maldonado for the flight back to Lima.

 

What’s Included

  • All airport transfers
  • Ballestas Islands Boat Tour
  • Overnight Desert Camp & Barbeque
  • Colca Canyon overnight trip 
  • Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu (4 day trek including all meals and guide) 
  • Entrance to Machu Picchu
  • Return train from Machu Picchu
  • Flight back from Cusco to Lima
  • 4 Day Jungle Trip (includes all meals, daily excursions, jungle guides, Tambopata reserve entrance fee, flights to/from the jungle & airport transfers)
  • All accommodation (small & simple hotels & guesthouses & 3 nights camping on Inca Trail)
  • Meals as per itinerary (approx 40%)
  • Services of Oasis Tour Leader
  • All local transport

 

What’s Not Included

  • Optional Excursions as listed in the pre-departure information
  • National Park entrance fee approx. $30
  • International Flights
  • Meals not specified
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport Taxes
  • Drinks
  • Visas
  • Tips

 

Tour Price

Trip Price From: £1475.00 + Local Payment From: US$495.00

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