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Culture and Nature Full of Colour

Lima Cusco Sacred Valley of the Incas Manu National Park

Peru, a country etched with the imprints of ancient civilizations, unfolds a narrative of unparalleled beauty and cultural heritage. A 9-day journey through Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Manu National Park presents a profound exploration of Peru’s natural and cultural riches. These destinations, each distinct in its character and allure, beckon travelers to traverse a path less trodden, unveiling the depths of history and the marvels of pristine nature.

A Voyage of Contrasts

Peru, a land of stark contrasts, boasts a landscape that encompasses soaring Andean peaks, lush rainforests, and arid deserts. This diversity extends to its cultural tapestry, which weaves together the legacies of indigenous peoples, Spanish colonialism, and modern traditions. As you embark on this 9-day expedition, you’ll come to understand that Peru is a country where these contrasts intertwine, creating a harmonious symphony of past and present.

Cusco: The Heart of the Inca Empire

Your journey commences in Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire. At an altitude of over 11,000 feet, Cusco’s lofty streets wind through the city, revealing a history etched in its meticulously carved stone walls. As you explore the city, the fusion of Inca and Spanish influences becomes evident, most notably in the captivating architecture of the historic center.

The historic center of Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a testament to the city’s deep-rooted history. Cobbled streets lead to grand cathedrals, quaint squares, and the imposing fortress of Sacsayhuaman. The Incas’ mastery of stonecraft is showcased in the precisely cut stones that form the foundation of many colonial buildings. Cusco is a city where every corner exudes history, where ancient myths and legends intertwine with contemporary life.

Machu Picchu: The Enigmatic Wonder

A visit to Peru would be incomplete without setting foot on the hallowed grounds of Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. A train journey from Cusco takes you through the dramatic landscapes of the Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to this ancient citadel.

Machu Picchu’s enigmatic charm is undeniable. Nestled high in the Andes, it offers a glimpse into the remarkable achievements of the Inca civilization. The lost city of Machu Picchu, a testament to Inca engineering and spiritual significance, is a place where history, nature, and mystery collide. Walking through its terraced fields, temples, and residential areas, you’ll feel the spirit of the Inca ancestors whisper through the stones.

Manu National Park: Pristine Amazon Wilderness

Leaving the Andes behind, you’ll journey into the heart of the Amazon rainforest. A flight from Cusco takes you to the gateway of Manu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most biodiverse places on Earth.

Manu National Park is a realm of astonishing natural beauty and ecological importance. It is home to an astounding array of wildlife, from elusive jaguars and playful river otters to vibrant macaws and inquisitive spider monkeys. The park’s diverse ecosystems encompass dense rainforests, serene oxbow lakes, and winding rivers, creating a sanctuary for nature enthusiasts and conservationists alike.

An Immersion in Peru’s Treasures

This 9-day journey offers an immersion in the soul of Peru. From the historical allure of Cusco to the enigmatic wonder of Machu Picchu and the pristine wilderness of Manu National Park, each destination tells a unique chapter of the country’s story. Peru, with its rich cultural heritage and breathtaking natural beauty, is a place where history meets the present and where ancient mysteries are unveiled amidst pristine landscapes.

Join us on this expedition through Peru, and let the echoes of history, the majesty of nature, and the warmth of the people create indelible memories on this remarkable journey

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

 

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Cusco & Manu National Park 9days-8nights

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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. 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 – Cloud Forest

Depart Cusco after an early breakfast and start the fabulous journey that will take you from the high Andes, with spectacular views of the sacred valley, right down into the cloud forest. Arrive at Paucartambo, the centre of ancient trading routes of the Incas, and stop for a light refreshment. Here you will have the chance to experience some local culture, traditional dances and celebrations as well as learn about the Andean communities’ use of biodiversity within the forest. Continue your journey
on towards one of the highest points of the day at Acjanaco (3,500 m), a park rangers’ station and the entrance to Manu National Park. If weather conditions permit, you may have the chance of seeing the spectacular views of Peru’s largest National Park. Amidst the clouds, travel on towards San Pedro, where you will have lunch. Take in the dramatic changes of the landscape as you go until you reach the lodge in the afternoon, about 3pm, for your overnight stay.

Lodging: Cock of the Rock Lodge, Paradise Lodge or Wayquecha Biological Station

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

day6 :

Cloud Forest - Manu Learning Centre

An early morning start takes you out into the cloud forest to see one of its main attractions, the Cock of The Rock bird, the national bird of Peru. Watch their dance spectacle right in front of you, an incredible sight! After a hearty breakfast at the lodge begin the journey down by road further into the cloud forest. The journey will be full of the sights and sounds of the forest, monkeys and some of the richest varieties of birds on earth as well as the spectacled bear. You will visit a coca plantation where you will learn about the uses of the coca leaves and their medicinal properties. After a short stop at Pillcopata you will head on to the port-town of Atalaya, and board a motorized canoe. A one-hour ride to the Manu Learning Centre gives you your first impression of the meandering Amazonian river, the Alto Madre de Dios, one of the most southern tributaries of the legendary Amazonas River. On arrival you will be shown round the lodge before lunch. In the afternoon, explore the local trail system with your naturalist guides, before relaxing at the lodge to the sounds of forest. During your stay at this beautiful lodge guests can learn about the human history of Manu and the challenges conserving this beautiful and fragile environment talking to the guides and researchers on site. Or perhaps you want to just relax and let the world go by sipping a cool drink and watching the sun set on the Amazon.

Lodging: Manu Learning Centre.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

day7 :

Manu Learning Centre

One of the most interesting activities at the Manu Learning Centre is the monitoring of the clay lick or collpa where, among others, the endangered Blue Headed Macaw is observed and studied. Join the scientists and researchers on an early morning boat trip to the hide, five minutes up river, to observe the activity of macaws, parrots, and parakeets. As day breaks and the sun rises you will be able to see the magical colours of the birds as they flock together on the walls of the clay lick. On your way back for breakfast, head into the forest and visit a bio- garden; part of the centre’s sustainable project which also supplies the food to the lodge’s kitchen. From here head through multiple forest types, running into squirrel monkeys humming birds and razor-billed curassows, an incredible experience. Spend the afternoon at your own leisure or spend it with one of the specialist guides exploring the 25km of trails in the rainforest. After dinner that evening enjoy a presentation which helps put in context the work we do at crees on sustainability and conservation and learn more about the ongoing work the foundation does to help preserve the region. There is also always the possibility to head out on a night walk to spot all the nocturnal species.

Lodging: Manu Learning Centre.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

day8 :

Manu Learning Centre - Cusco

After breakfast, prepare for departure. Take the boat back to the port-town of Atalaya where you will board your transport to take you back to Cusco. The landscape will change dramatically as you climb up into the cloud forest towards the Andes and then down to Cusco. You will be dropped off at your hotel by your guide bringing your trip to an end but you will take with you the wonderful experience of Manu. You will arrive back at your hotel in time for dinner about 7pm.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

day9 :

Cusco – Lima: 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

Ferré de Ville

Mariel

San Agustín Exclusive

Casa Andina Premium

Cusco

Antawasi

Casona Plaza Cusco

Xima

Casa Andina Premium

Sacred Valley of the Incas

Lilium Valley

Doña Catta

Del Pilar Ollantaytambo

Casa Andina Premium

Manu National Park

Cock of the Rock / Manu Learning Center

Cock of the Rock / Manu Learning Center

Cock of the Rock / Manu Learning Center

Cock of the Rock / Manu Learning Center

Price per person: USD 1874 1957 2190 2472

Tourist

Lima Ferré de Ville
Cusco Antawasi
Sacred Valley of the Incas Lilium Valley
Manu National Park Cock of the Rock / Manu Learning Center
Price per person: USD 1874
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Superior Tourist

Lima Mariel
Cusco Casona Plaza Cusco
Sacred Valley of the Incas Doña Catta
Manu National Park Cock of the Rock / Manu Learning Center
Price per person: USD 1957
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Superior

Lima San Agustín Exclusive
Cusco Xima
Sacred Valley of the Incas Del Pilar Ollantaytambo
Manu National Park Cock of the Rock / Manu Learning Center
Price per person: USD 2190
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Deluxe

Lima Casa Andina Premium
Cusco Casa Andina Premium
Sacred Valley of the Incas Casa Andina Premium
Manu National Park Cock of the Rock / Manu Learning Center
Price per person: USD 2472
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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 and Ollantaytambo
In Machu Picchu: Guided visit to the citadel of Machu Picchu

  • 05 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 4 days / 3 nights, all inclusive

  • 03 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.

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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.

Manu National Park has a warm and rainy climate throughout the year. The temperature can decrease in June and July because of the “friaje” (cold wave) due to the southern winds.

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 National Park: 300 meters above sea level

WE RECOMMEND

  • Windbreaker
  • Camera
  • Long-sleeve shirt
  • T-shirts
  • Sweater and jacket
  • Repellent
  • 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 National Park: 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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