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USD 2149 per person

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Lima Cusco Sacred Valley of the Incas Manu National Park

Don’t miss a Colourful experience exploring Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Manú National Park.

A long time ago, Cusco’s Main Square was the central point of the Inca Empire. The four roads that linked the whole Inca Empire met at this point. The Inca Empire spread from Ecuador, part of Colombia to the north of Chile and Argentina and included the entire territories of Peru and Bolivia. The ruins, temples, churches, mansions and the varied architecture make Cusco a showcase that displays all the cultures and eras from our country: Pre-Inca, Inca, Colonial and Republican.

Cusco is an unforgettable destination, full of history and culture and a splendid heritage. It is a mandatory destination for everyone visiting Peru.

Cusco is as well the starting point for the tours to the Machu Picchu Inca citadel.

The Cock‐of‐the‐Rock Lodge is located at 1600m/5200ft elevation in the Kosñipata Valley in the Manu National Park, 165km/102 miles by road from Cusco, and situated within the 5,060ha/12,500‐acre cloud forest reserve of the conservation group Peru Verde. We take just 7 to 8 hours by bus from Cusco to reach the peace and simple comfort of this lodge ‐‐ although many groups are so enthralled by the magical diversity of what the world’s leading bird tour company has called “the best road in the world”, that they spend a bit longer. It has 12 comfortable, double‐occupancy bungalows, with hot showers, flush toilets and private balconies overlooking the cloud forest. Just minutes walk from the lodge, the world’s largest, most accessible and tamest known group of displaying Andean Cocks‐of‐the‐Rock awe and delight visitors with their twice‐daily courting antics.

The Cusco and Manu National Park tour offers you a great experience where you will know more about our culture and you could feel our nature and biodiversity.

**All our programs can be modified according to your requirements on duration, interests, activities, flight reservations or other additional destinations.**

 

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Itinerary

day1 :

Lima: International arrival

Upon your arrival at the international airport of the city of Lima our staff will be waiting to greet you and transfer you to your hotel. Here you will receive a summary of the tour contracted, you will be given the vouchers for the provision of all the services included in the tour.

Meals: None

day2 :

Lima – Cusco: City tour and visit the nearby ruins

On arrival, you will be assisted and transferred to your hotel. We suggest resting the rest of the morning to acclimatize to the altitude.

In the afternoon, we will get to know Cusco city on a guided tour, visiting the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha. The tour continues outside the city to visit the Kenko, Tambomachay and Puca Pucara archaeological complexes and the impressive Sacsayhuaman Fortress which was strategically built on a hill dominating Cusco. It is famous for its huge carved stones, put together with amazing precision to form the external walls of the complex. Some of these stones are over 9 meters high and weight more than 350 tons.

Meals: Breakfast

day3 :

Cusco – Sacred Valley of the Incas

Tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, on the Vilcanota River where you will be able to see the typical Indian market and experience its people´s customs. (On Sundays, the mass is celebrated in Quechua the native language)

Lunch in a valley’s local restaurant.

In the afternoon stop by Calca and Urubamba on our way to the Ollantaytambo fortress and citadel, built to guard the entrances to this part of the valley and protect it from possible invasions from the rainforest´s inhabitants. It is formed by a series of overlapping terraces. We will have the chance to walk through the towns’ streets so we can have a clear idea of how this military, religious and agricultural strategic center was during the Inca Empire.

Overnight stay in the Sacred Valley.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

day4 :

Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu – Cusco

Visitors will be transferred to the train station early in the morning, to start their trip to the Machu Picchu citadel, also known as “The Lost City of the Incas”. They will get off the train at the Aguas Calientes station to take a bus that will take them to the wonderful citadel in a 30-minute-long trip through a zigzagging road. Once there, we will have a guided tour over the citadel, visiting the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sundial, the Royal Chambers, the Temple of the Three Windows and the cemeteries. Then, they will have free time to go for a walk around the citadel and after, they will go to have lunch in a restaurant in Aguas Calientes. In the afternoon, they will return to Cusco to be taken to their hotels.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

day5 :

Cusco to Cock of the Rock Lodge (Fixed departure – Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday)

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.

Meals: Breakfast, box lunch and dinner

day6 :

Cock of the Rock Lodge

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. On the other hand, 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.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

day7 :

Cock of the Rock Lodge to Cusco - Departure day

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. On the other hand, 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, lunch and dinner

Important Note: The programs may vary to maximize the chances to watch the fauna according to the weather conditions and to our shelter-based researchers and specialized guides’ reports.

day8 :

Cusco - free day

Free day to relax and enjoy the city by your own.

Meals: Breakfast

day9 :

Cusco – Lima: City tour / International flight

At the appropriate time transfer to the airport of Cusco to take your flight back to Lima. Upon arrival, guided tour in the morning through the most important and attractive places in Lima, “The City of Kings”. We will begin our tour in Miraflores and San Isidro, both modern residential districts. We will go to the Financial Center, “El Golf”, “El Olivar” the “Huaca Pucllana” which is a pre-Inca ceremonial temple that has survived the urban expansion of the city. We will stop at “Parque del Amor” (The Love Park) where we will watch the Pacific Ocean.

We will continue our tour in Lima’s Historic Center, which was declared by UNESCO as World Heritage Site in 1991. It also was the center of the Spanish colony in the XVI century and the place where the first buildings were constructed. We will visit the Plaza San Martín, its balconies and old mansions, the Main Square and its important buildings as the Palace of Government, Lima´s Cathedral, the Archiepiscopal Palace and the City Hall, the Desamparados Station, among others.

We will enter one of the most important convents of the XVII century. We will visit the old Library, the choir, the Main Cloister and the underground vaults known as the “Catacumbas”. After we finish this tour, we will leave you at Lima airport to take your international flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Price

Destination Tourist Superior tourist Superior Deluxe

Lima

San Agustín Exclusive

Los Delfines

Cusco

Xima

Casa Andina Premium

Sacred Valley of the Incas

San Agustín Monasterio de la Recoleta

Casa Andina Premium

Manu National Park

Cock of the Rock

Cock of the Rock

Price per person: USD 0 0 2149 2353

Tourist

Lima
Cusco
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Manu National Park
Price per person: USD 0
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Superior Tourist

Lima
Cusco
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Manu National Park
Price per person: USD 0
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Superior

Lima San Agustín Exclusive
Cusco Xima
Sacred Valley of the Incas San Agustín Monasterio de la Recoleta
Manu National Park Cock of the Rock
Price per person: USD 2149
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Deluxe

Lima Los Delfines
Cusco Casa Andina Premium
Sacred Valley of the Incas Casa Andina Premium
Manu National Park Cock of the Rock
Price per person: USD 2353
Book Deluxe

Tour Inclusions

Prices per person in US Dollars, based on double occupancy.

INCLUDES:
In Lima: City Tour and Larco Museum
In Cusco: City tour and nearby ruins
In the Sacred Valle of the Incas: Excursion in Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Maras and Moray
In Machu Picchu: Guided visit to the citadel of Machu Picchu

  • 06 nights accommodation at the selected hotel
  • All meals stated in the itinerary
  • All the entrance fees to the above-mentioned tours.
  • Transfers
  • Train tickets Cusco – Aguas Calientes – Cusco
  • Bus tickets Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
  • All due taxes
  • Bilingual guides in all the above-mentioned tours

In Manu: Excursion 3 days / 2 nights, all inclusive

  • 02 nights accommodation in a rustic lodge
  • All meals stated in the itinerary
  • Bilingual guided tours according to the itinerary
  • Transfers, land and river transport
  • All due taxes
  • Entrance fee to the National Park

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Domestic and international flights
  • Airport taxes
  • Fees for excess baggage
  • Alcoholic drinks, softdrinks or bottled water
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • National or international personal phone calls
  • Not stated meals

Regulations

PRICES
All rates are expressed in US dollars, per person, based on double occupancy and are subject to change without notice.

ITINERARY
All our itineraries have been very carefully prepared taking your trip’s best operation into account. However, changing the order of some tours or routes might be necessary in some cases. Although these changes occur in few instances, the itinerary details should be taken as a basic guide.

AIR TICKETS
If Colourful Peru oversees buying and issuing local-flight tickets, their prices may vary until the date of the flight’s booking and payment. Furthermore, the airline might change the flight number as well as its departure hour.

Once the flight reservation and payment are made, the latter will not be reimbursable. Changes regarding name, flight, route, trip’s date or cancellations are not allowed. 

Hotel reservations that are not part of an organized trip

Cancellations and Reimbursements

  • All reserve cancellations or annulments shall be communicated by email from Monday to Friday. In case the communication is made on Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday will be considered as the date of receipt.
  • If the cancellation or annulment is received 31 days before the date of entry to the hotel, the payment is reimbursable discounting administrative expenses.
  • If the cancellation or annulment is received between 16 and 30 days before the date of entry to the hotel, Colourful Peru will charge 50% of the total payment as a penalty.
  • In case of no-show or if the cancellation or annulment is received 15 days or less before the check-in date, the payment will not be refunded.

Booked trips

Cancellations and Reimbursements

  • All reserve cancellations or annulments shall be communicated by email from Monday to Friday, in case the communication is made on Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday will be considered as the date of receipt.
  • The email shall have the necessary information to be immediately attended.
  • If the cancellation or annulment is received up to 35 days before the booked trip’s start, the payment is reimbursable discounting administrative expenses.
  • If the cancellation or annulment is received between 16 and 34 days before the booked trip’s start, Colourful Peru will charge 50% of the total payment as a penalty.
  • If the cancellation or annulment is received 15 days or less before booked trip’s start, the payment will not be refunded.
  • On rare occasions, some tours can be affected or cancelled by climate conditions, riots, force majeure, etc. which are beyond the control of the airlines, hotels, suppliers or Live Corporation. In those cases, the company will not issue a refund.

(*) Note: some suppliers consider stricter cancellation conditions, consequently, they reserve the right to charge additional fees for other penalties in such cases.

Regarding the Inca Trail: the reserve is subject to its payment and there will not be reimbursements in case of cancellations, moreover, neither name nor date changes are allowed.

During peak season, the company reserves the right to change the cancellation regulations in case the suppliers apply other penalties or make the aforementioned changes.

LIABILITY
Live Corporation carries out your trip’s arrangements, books transfer services, hotel rooms or other travel services required on your behalf, consequently, the company takes no responsibility for the loss of items, flight or tours delays due to events of force majeure, accidents or other events.

Important!
Live Corporation disclaims any liability for medical conditions, pregnancy, mental or physical limitations that might put at risk the health or integrity of the passenger or third parties during the operation of the booked tours or that might jeopardize the trip’s progress. Therefore, the company will not be obliged to any refunds or to address claims regarding the aforementioned reasons, even when there are not noticeable problems in normal circumstances.

Given this, it is important for the passengers to inform the company whether there is any of the aforementioned impediments, so we can offer and suggest suitable services according to the existing limitations.

Useful Info

CLIMATE
The climate in Peru can be divided by zones: the western Andes that has a dry and cold climate in winter and its very rainy during the summer. The rainforest that has a hot, wet and rainy climate and the desert coast with a warm climate without regular rainfall.

Cusco has a mild climate with temperatures that go from 14 ºC to 16ºC with warm days and cold nights. The rainy season is from December to March.

Machu Picchu has a semi-tropical climate with warm days and cold nights. The rainy season is from November to April.

The climate in Manu is divided in two seasons: the drought season from June to September and the rainy season from October to May. You must be prepared because there could be an unexpected “friaje” (cold wave) any time of the year. The weather in Manu constantly changes, there can be rain during the drought season, so we suggest taking precautions. The average temperature in the lowest parts is 35ºC during the day and 25ºC during the night.

The weather doesn’t hold the trip back in general, except when the “El Niño” phenomenon is very aggressive.

TIME ZONE
Peru Time Zone according to Greenwich Mean Time is -5 (GMT -5), same as Bogotá and Mexico throughout the year and same as New York during summer. When it is midday in Peru the hour in the most important cities is:

São Paulo 14:00
Frankfurt 19:00
Nueva York 13:00
Londres 18:00
Hong Kong 01:00 + 1day
Singapur 01:00 + 1day

ALTITUDE
In Lima: 0 meters above sea level
In Cusco: 3,360 meters above sea level
In Machu Picchu: 2,400 meters above sea level
In the Sacred Valley: 2,850 meters above sea level
In Manu: 365 meters above sea level

WE RECOMMEND

  • Windbreaker
  • Camera
  • Long-sleeve shirt
  • T-shirts
  • Sweater and jacket
  • Repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Trek boots or snickers
  • Cap or hat
  • Water-resistant clothes
  • Sun block

HEALTH
The Peruvian Andes are at high altitudes, so it is necessary to take precautions to avoid altitude sickness or “soroche”. It is important to rest a few hours, to walk slowly and to eat light before beginning any tour. We also recommend drinking coca tea that helps with acclimatization. Even though water is potable in most cities, it is advisable to drink bottled water to avoid any problems.

VISA
To know if you need a visa to enter Peru, please go to the closest consulate since the requirement may vary at any moment. For more information, please go to:

Visa types to enter Peru

LANGUAGE
Peru’s official language is Spanish, which is spoken by 80% of the population. However, there is a large portion of the population that speaks Quechua and Aymara (especially in the Peruvian Andes). Moreover, we can find 55 dialects in the Amazonian rainforest.

ELECTRICAL CURRENT
Electricity in Peru is 220 Volts and 60 Hertz. In some hotels, you may find dual voltage outlets, however, we suggest checking your appliances’ voltage and take precautions by having a power adapter or converter.

PERUVIAN GASTRONOMY
During the last years, the Peruvian gastronomy has become famous because of its variety and exquisiteness. Among the most known dishes you can find the ceviche, a dish made of fish and seafood marinated in lemon juice.

There is a new gastronomy trend in Cusco called “novoandina”. The novoandina cuisine is based on the creation of new dishes using local ingredients such as quinoa, quiwicha, potato, alpaca and trout. This way, we have dishes such as alpaca tenderloin with “quinotto” (risotto made of quinoa instead of rice) or grilled trout with sautéed vegetables and native potatoes.

Restaurants during your trip:
Cusco: international, local and vegetarian food restaurants.
Aguas Calientes: international and local food restaurants.
Manu: all meals will be provided by the lodge.

IMPORTANT
Colourful Peru reserves the right to make any changes without prior notice due to weather conditions, river levels, transport departures or arrivals, etc., to assure a better development of your trip’s operation.

FOR THE RAINFOREST
Yellow Fever Vaccine:
We recommend receiving the yellow fever vaccine at least 10 days before your arrival to the rainforest. It is a must to have the vaccination certificate during your trip.

MANU

ATTRACTIONS IN THE CULTURAL ZONE:
The Manu Biosphere Reserve is divided in three zones: Cultural Zone, Reserved Zone and National Park. The Cultural Zone is also known as the Transition Zone since it goes from the Andes in Cusco to the cloud forest and the edge of the rainforest in Madre de Dios. This area is inhabited by settlers that carry out agricultural, forest and livestock activities controlled by the Ministry of Environment. The health, development and education services are basic.

We suggest taking a tour to the Reserved Zone to know the rainforest at its best.

The tour in the Cultural Zone is advisable for those who doesn’t have much time and want to experience and feel the Peruvian rainforest’s nature while they enjoy the cloud forest’s landscapes. They might have the chance to meet the Andean cock-of-the-rocks, Peru’s national bird. The adventure lovers can practice mountain biking, canopy, zip line and rafting in this zone.

Your team is fully qualified to guide you and to show you the best of the area’s flora and fauna. This amazing experience will be completed by the cooks.

IMPORTANT:
We ask the visitors to carry hand-luggage that doesn’t exceed 15 kilos (32 pounds) since it will be carried by hand from the boats to their room.

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