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Arrival in the city of Lima, assistance and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, contemplate the night beauty of the city of Illuminated Lima, a fascinating tour in which we can observe its most representative beautifully adorned attractions. We will visit the Historical Center of Lima to know the Plaza San Martín, its balconies and old mansions; the Plaza Mayor with its most important buildings such as the Government Palace, the Cathedral of Lima, the Archbishop's Palace and Municipal, as well as other different attractions of the area.
Be captivated by the beauty and elegance of 12 wonderful ornamental water fountains and admire a fascinating display of lights, music and color as you visit the Magic Water Circuit in the historic Reserve Park; an ostentatious work recognized for obtaining the Guinness Record to the public park of sources of water greater of the world and for possessing among them to the highest one worldwide (80 meters high). Accommodation in Lima.
At the coordinated time we will pick you up from your hotel to transfer you to the MATE Museum. Founded by renowned Peruvian photographer Mario Testino in 2012, MATE aims to promote Peruvian artists and the country's culture throughout the world, as well as offering the best of contemporary art and international photography to the public of Lima. MATE facilitates this exchange through a dynamic program of exhibitions, residences and events, along with a permanent exhibition of the work of Mario Testino, who is widely recognized as one of the most influential and famous photographers of fashion and portraits of our time. His photographs have been published internationally in magazines such as Vogue, V Magazine and Vanity Fair. It has contributed to the success of leading fashion and beauty houses, creating emblematic images for brands ranging from Gucci, Burberry, Versace and Michael Kors to Chanel, Estée Lauder and Lancôme. Testino is famous for his portraits of international icons such as Kate Moss, Diana, Princess of Wales, Gisele Bündchen, Madonna, Britney Spears and Gwyneth Paltrow. At the end of the tour, return to your hotel. Afternoon free to explore Lima on your own and capture images of our capital. Accommodation in Lima.
At the coordinated hour departure to the airport to take the flight to the imperial city of Cusco, upon arrival assistance and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon admire the wonderful pre-Hispanic and colonial legacy of the city of Cusco, an interesting tour in which you can visit El Koricancha or Temple of the Sun, ancient place of worship to the sun God of the Incas and on which the present convent of Santo Domingo; contemplate the beauty of the Plaza de Armas of Cusco and admire the most representative sculptural and pictorial examples of Cusco art in its imposing cathedral. Then go around the city, admire the fortress of Sacsayhuaman and the astonishing of its walls composed of enormous stones assembled with great precision, know the shrine of Kenko, the watchtower of Puka Pukara and finally Tambomachay, ancient Inca precinct of water worship. Accommodation in Cusco.
You will start driving from your hotel to the small Village of Tauca,(3750m) the beginning of your trek will be on level terrain, and the landscape will be that of typical Andean valleys rich in corn, potatoes, barley, quinoa and other Andean tubers. As you ascend towards your pass at 4050m, the landscape begins to change dramatically to that classic of high Andean savannah or Puna, with scant vegetation, mainly “Ichu” or high-altitude grass. The views of the Cordillera Vilcabamba peaks are spectacular: Veronica, Pitusiray, Chicon and San Juan snow peaks.
Soon after the pass you will start your descent toward the Huchuy Qosqo plains hiking along a path that leads to the Ccauca ravine, where you will be able to see archaeological remains and wild crops, such as tarwi, and a large quantity of cacti. You will walk downhill towards the Leon Punku ravine, where you will find remains of an Inca bridge and trail. This canyon boasts geological formations surrounded by majestic rocks and boulders that direct the river to Huchuy Qosqo at 3650 m. Huchuy Qosqo (“Little Cuzco”) is a Noteworthy Inca complex. It boasts very fine stonework in a large Kallanka (rectangular Hall), some residential and defensive quarters and interesting two-story buildings in stone and adobe. Huchuy Qosqo is located on a plateau, surrounded by Inca agricultural terracing and commanding superb views of the Vilcabamba range. Afterwards we’ll go downhill to Lamay at 2900m where we’ll catch our transport driving to Ollantaytambo. Ollantaytambo is the place where we’ll continue by train to Aguas Calientes town.
Accommodation at the family home.
Meals: Box Lunch and dinner
Early in the morning we’ll go up in the first bus to visit Machu Picchu 2450m at your own pace with your guide. After your free time descent to the village of Aguas Calientes at 2050m, we’ll catch the train coming back to Ollantaytambo, where your vehicle will be expecting you to take you to your hotel in Cusco.
Accommodation in Cusco.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch.
Our overland journey begins at 3,400m/11,150 ft, with an early departure from the highland city of Cusco. Today’s destination is the lush cloud forest region where the Andes fall away to the Amazon basin. This is a day of scenic drama and striking contrasts. We first visit a mountain wetland habitat teeming with migrant and local waterfowl, before crossing two mountain ranges between the Cusco valley and the Paucartambo valley, to a maximum altitude of 3,900m/12,790ft. Finally, we follow a sinuous ribbon of highway on its plunge through an extraordinary world of forested cliffs, waterfalls and gorges. We take leisurely stops to see mountain villages, a hilltop necropolis of chullpas (pre-Inca burial chambers), and the abrupt ridge top of Ajanaco, which marks the final high point where the Andes begin their swoop into the Amazon basin. In clear weather we will see a breathtaking panorama of cloud forest and mountain giving way to the lowland rainforest plains far below us. After a lunch we descend through the startling and rapid environmental transformations characteristic of the tropical Andes, passing from grassland and stunted trees through elfin forest, until we wind through a lush and magical world of overhanging trees, giant ferns, monster begonias, countless orchids and bromeliads, and a diverse and teeming birdlife. We make frequent spontaneous stops, perhaps spotting a brilliantly feathered quetzal, a trogon, or the wild turkey-like Guan. We reach the comfortable Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge. Accommodation in Cock of the Rock Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Box lunch, Dinner
Along the road and trails. -In the early morning, we have a chance to view the Cock-of-the-Rock in full, raucous courting display. This lek and its observation blind are famous among birders, since nowhere else on the planet allows so many of these spectacular blazing red birds to be seen so easily. (Note that the very best months for viewing Cocks-of-the-Rock are in September, October and November, although the males display throughout the year.) Afterwards we can stroll along the clearing formed by the nearby road, spotting other birds, and with luck some Brown Capuchin or Woolly Monkeys. After a hearty breakfast we can explore the forest overhanging the gravel road near the lodge, or some of the miles of trails that wind through the valley, to see high elevation cloud forest birds. This is a relaxed and enchanting day. As we amble among the woods and waterfalls we can marvel at the extraordinary variety of orchids, bromeliads, ferns, begonias, lichens and mosses -- and we also have a chance of sighting Woolly and/or Brown capuchin monkeys. Along the way we may encounter some of the most colorful denizens of the cloud forest, such as the brilliant Golden-headed Quetzal, Gray-breasted Mountain Toucan, Blue-crowned Motmot, Umbrella Bird, Blue-banded Toucanet, fruit-eating tanagers, Red-crested Cotinga, Banded-tail Fruit-eater, and a variety of flycatchers. In the afternoon we can relax at the lodge, enjoying the dining hall viewing platform, or our private forest- overlook balcony. Or we can cross the river on the lodge’s private oroya (cable bridge) and hike the trail on the south side of the Kosñipata River. Accommodation in Cock of the Rock Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner
After an early breakfast we set off once more up the cloud forest highway, pausing here and there to alight and stroll in search of more birds: ones we have already seen, but are too spectacular to ignore, and birds we are seeing for the first time. Or perhaps we will glimpse monkeys that have so far eluded us. We wind our way through the enchanted mountain landscape on our route back to Cusco, knowing that the memory of this will remain with us for years to come
Meals: Breakfast, Box lunch, Lunch
Transfer from the hotel to the airport to board your flight to your next destination
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