South America Spotlight

Colca Canyon

Created by a vast geological fault, the Colca Canyon is thought to be the deepest canyon in the world measuring ...

Cuzco Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF SOUTH AMERICA 155

If you like the itinerary below please quote REF SOUTH AMERICA 155 when enquiring for further details.

Alternatively you may like modify this trip with your own Holiday Wish List

Day 1: Cuzco

Welcome to Peru and the start of your adventure with On the Go Tours! Upon your arrival at Cuzco's international airport you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon enjoy a city sightseeing tour visiting its beautiful and most representative buildings, such as Koricancha, or Temple of the Sun; the Incan street of Loreto where you can admire the famous 12-sided stone; Ahuajpinta street, along which sit the remains of impressive Incan palaces and old colonial buildings such as the Cathedral; and the Museum of Colonial Art. We will then head towards the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman and the ruins of Kenqo, Tambomachay (also known as the Incan Baths) and the Tambo de Puca Pukara.

Day 2: Cuzco

Today we will visit the Sacred Valley and take a walk around the typical Indian market. There, every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, we can admire the customs of local people. We will have lunch in a local restaurant and then head to the Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo through Calca and Urubamba. Ollantaytambo was built to protect the entrance of this part of the Valley and prevent the possible invasions of tribes from the jungle. The Citadel consists of a series of superimposed terraces. We will have the opportunity to walk among the town’s little streets and get a clear idea of what this military, religious and cultural center was like during the Inca Empire.

Day 3: Cuzco - Inca Trail

A spectacular early morning drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas takes us to the very beginning of our trail at Km. 82 of the Machupicchu railroad. After a short arrival break, we set out by crossing a footbridge to hike a gentle two hours down the Urubamba Canyon. On the way we pass imposing sculpted Inca farming terraces and the settlement of Llaqtapata on the banks of the Cusichaca side river. We then climb a short way up the Cusichaca valley to Wayllabamba, the last inhabited village on the trail, where we camp.

Day 4: Inca Trail

We climb the steep-sided Llulluchapampa valley past a rushing stream and through enchanted native polylepis woodland. Crossing the rim of a small plateau, we abruptly find ourselves in the puna, the treeless grasslands of the high Andes. The trail traverses an open slope opposite mighty mountain crags as we ascend to the first and highest pass, Warmiwañusca (4,200m/13,776ft). Here we encounter spectacular views of the trail ahead to the second pass, and look back to the sweeping snowpeaks and valleys of the Huayanay massif. The trail leads us to the floor of the forested Pakasmayu valley, where we make our night camp.

Day 5: Inca Trail

As we reach the second pass, the landscape opens onto spectacular new views to the snowpeaks of the Pumasillo range. We descend to the ruins of Sayacmarca, an intricate labyrinth of houses, plazas and water channels, perched precariously on a rocky spur overlooking the Aobamba valley. The Inca trail continues along the steep upper fringes of the cloud forest through a colorful riot of orchids, bromeliads, mosses and ferns. At the third pass pinnacles topped with Inca viewing platforms overlook the archaeological complex of Phuyupatamarca. We begin a long descent to our camp by the ruins of Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young), the largest and most exquisite of the Inca Trail sites.

Day 6: Inca Trail - Cuzco

A very early morning hike takes us across a steep mountainside through lush, humid cloud-forest of giant ferns and broad-leaf vegetation. Suddenly we cross the stone threshold of Intipunku (Sun Gate) and encounter an unforgettable backdrop of twisting gorge and forested peaks framing the magical city of Machu Picchu. We complete the final leg down the royal flagstone walkway, past outlying shrines and buildings and into the heart of Machupicchu, where we spend the rest of the morning with a guided tour of the highlights and some individual exploring among Machupicchu's multitude of hidden nooks and corners. In the early afternoon a bus takes us to the small town of Aguas Calientes for lunch. In the afternoon, return to by train to Cuzco.

Day 7: Cuzco - Puerto Maldonado and the Amazon

This morning we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado for your 2 night Amazon adventure. Immerse yourself in the rainforest navigating on an outboard dugout canoe along the Madre de Dios River to Hacienda Concepción, your home for the next few nights. After a buffet lunch, take a walk along nature trails, where you will discover and learn about primary and secondary rainforest, its components, uses, transformations by the human being, and its relevance for the world. At dusk navigate on canoe in the TWILIGHT RIVER excursion. Sailing on the Madre de Dios River, you will learn about its ecosystems, Amazon creeks, nocturnal animals’ behavior, and the southern constellations.

Day 8: Puerto Maldonado and the Amazon

Get ready for a long trek through terra firma in the Tambopata National Reserve to LAKE SANDOVAL. Here you will understand why Madre de Dios is called the biodiversity capital of the world, while learning about the reserve’s conservation efforts and the lake’s formation. Travel across this mirror-like oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter, blue and yellow macaw, red howler monkey, black caiman, and one of the world’s biggest fresh water fishes, the paiche. After lunch the INKATERRA CANOPY WALKWAY & ANACONDA WALK await for you. Enjoy the breathtaking vistas and get the chance to watch white-throated toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, squirrel monkeys and the three-toed sloth. Afterwards descend to the aguajales swamps.

Day 9: Puerto Maldonado and the Amazon

After breakfast, take an outboard dugout canoe ride back to Puerto Maldonado. Arrive at the INKATERRA LOUNGE (BUTTERFLY HOUSE) where you may wait for your flight back home or to your next destination.