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12 Day Lima and Cusco City Tours, Machu Picchu, and Tambopata Wildlife and Birding Tour in Peru
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Best Birding and Wildlife Tour Peru

Andean Origins is offering this stimulating and rewarding travel experience in one the most diverse and exhilarating of the South American destinations, Peru. Throughout the 12-day tour, you will be introduced to a myriad of Peru's richness from the modern city of Lima, the old city of Cusco, the rare Vicunas - the camelids with the finest wool in the world, the rainforest of Amazon and its colorful and many shapes of insects and wildlife, many species of birds, and of course to Machu Picchu, the iconic site of the country. This tour allows you to really experience what Peru has to offer and you're gonna love every bit of it.

Key information

  • Private or group safari possible
  • Minimum group size: 2 persons
  • Maximum group size: 6 persons
  • Children policy: Children from the age of 10 years old are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starting point: Lima
  • Ending point: Puerto Maldonado
  • Languages: English, Spanish, German, and French speaking guides
  • All park fees are included except for a voluntary contribution of USD 12 per carbon footprint per person in Tambopata (jungle)

Highlights

  • Lima and Cusco city tour
  • 6 to 7 days dedicated to birding and wildlife tours
  • Train expedition to Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu guided tour
  • Group navigation to Islas Ballestas and Tambopata with English guide
  • Chance to see vicunas, a variety of birds, penguins, sea lions, and Amazon insects
  • Buffet breakfast in hotels and full board meals in the jungle lodge
  • Visit Urubamba Valley tour and Indian market of Pisac
  • 11 nights accommodation

Styles


10 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: French, German, Spanish
Group size: 2-6 participants
Airport transfer included: Jorge Chávez International Airport
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in a private room (double or single) with a private bathroom.

  • Accommodation in Lima: Hotel El Tambo 2 in Miraflores
  • Accommodation in Nazca: Hotel Hacienda Majoro
  • Accommodation in Aguas Calientes: Hotel Inca Tower
  • Accommodation in Cusco: Hotel Jose Antonio
  • Accommodation in Amazonas: Refugio Amazonas

Program

Day 1

  • Arrival in Lima's Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM)
  • Reception at the airport and transfer to hotel El Tambo 2 in Miraflores

Day 2

  • Buffet breakfast
  • Private city tour with guide, colonial and modern Lima
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3

  • Buffet breakfast
  • Transfer to the bus station
  • Travel by public bus with a private guide to Nazca
  • Overnight at Hotel Hacienda Majoro
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4

  • Buffet breakfast
  • Climb early to Pampa Galeras

There, you will see reserve of almost one hundred thousand vicuñas, the camelids with the finest wool in the world. There are also other animals in extinction in Peru, such as the guanaco, the Suri, the taruca, etc.

  • Return to Nazca
  • Overnight at the hotel
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5

  • Buffet breakfast
  • All-day tour crossing the desert to San Fernando Bay

On the way, it is possible to see guanacos and perhaps condors. In the lonely bay, numerous birds and sea lions.

  • Return to Nazca
  • Overnight at the hotel
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6

  • Buffet breakfast
  • Exit to Paracas
  • Group tour guided by boat to the Ballestas Islands

In the Ballestas Islands, you will see varied marine fauna (birds such as Humboldt Penguins, cormorants, blue and gray footed boobies, pelicans, oystercatchers, seagulls, etc.) as well as sea lions with one and two hairs, with Lucky dolphins and other smaller animals.

  • Return to the port
  • Transfer to the bus station
  • Return to Lima by public bus with a guide
  • Reception and private transfer to the hotel in Lima
  • Free time
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7

  • Buffet breakfast
  • Private transfer to the airport for flight to Cusco
  • Reception
  • City tour

Cathedral and Inca temple of the Koricancha) and nearby ruins (Sacsayhuaman fortress, underground temple of Qenqo, temple to venerate the water of Tambo Machay).

  • Transfer to the Urubamba Valley

In Urubamba Valley, you will visit the Awanacancha, a living sample of camelids Andean, especially alpacas and llamas of various types, as well as some vicuñas and guanacos.

  • Arrival at the Indian market of Pisac
  • Continue to Ollantaytambo
  • Expedition train to Aguas Calientes with a bilingual guide
  • Overnight at Hotel Inca Tower
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8

  • Buffet breakfast
  • Early morning rise by public bus to the entrance of the ruins of Machu Picchu
  • Guided tour with a bilingual guide for two and a half hours
  • Time to take pictures
  • Bus ride to Aguas Calientes
  • Time for light lunch not included
  • Expedition train back to Ollantaytambo
  • Private transfer to Cusco
  • Overnight at a hotel
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9

  • Buffet breakfast
  • Transfer to the airport for flight to Puerto Maldonado
  • Reception and instructions, transfer of 40 minutes to the port for three-hour navigation to the shelter Refugio Amazonas
  • Light lunch
  • Arrival at the lodge
  • Welcome and briefing about activities
  • First contact with the tropical rain forest
  • Dinner

You will have the option of hiking at night when most mammals are active but difficult to see. Easier to find are tarantulas and frogs with shapes and sounds as strange as their natural histories.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 10

  • Buffet breakfast
  • Stop at Chuncho Claylick

Two hours from Refugio Amazonas, deep in the Tambopata National Reserve, you will stop at Chuncho Claylick. After a short walk (five minutes), you will have the opportunity to see dozens of large macaws feeding on the special clays rich in sodium from the riverbank. El Chuncho clay lick probably attracts more large macaws than any other clay lick in the world and the sight of dozens of macaws taking flight is truly unforgettable. The details of the scale will depend on the weather and the amount of macaw activity since the birds do not visit the licking clay when it rains.

  • Orientation

Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and inform you about important safety tips and excursions.

  • Lunch
  • Trekking

A trek of three to five kilometers will take you to the magnificent views of the Tambopata River snaking its way into the lowlands. The forest on this trail, regenerative in the old bamboo forest, is good for the howler monkey and the Dusky Titi monkey.

  • Conferences of the Guacamayo Project

After dinner, scientists will offer an in-depth look at the biology of macaws, their feeding habits, theories for the use of clay licking, their breeding and feeding ecology, population fluctuations and threats to their conservation.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 11

  • Macaw Clay Lick

At dawn, on the clearest mornings of the year, when there is more activity, dozens of large macaws and hundreds of parrots congregate on this great riverfront in a strident, colorful show that inspired a National Geographic cover story. Discreetly located fifty meters from the cliff, we will observe green-winged macaws, scarlet and blue and gold and several species of smaller parrots descend to ingest clay. The departures are at dawn. Return to the lodge.

  • Breakfast buffet
  • Walk to the Flood Plain Trail

This five-kilometer trail covers the prototypical rainforest with immense trees crossed by streams and ponds. Among the figs, ceibas and shihuahuacos, you will look for squirrels, brown capuchins and spider monkeys, as well as peccaries. The TRC is within this habitat.

  • Lunch

Ten minutes upstream from the lodge, there is a small pond with a platform in the middle. It is a great place to see waterfowl such as the Muscovite duck, sunbittern and hoatzin or shansho along with woodpeckers, oropendolas, flycatchers, and parakeets that live around the pond.

  • Return to the lodge
  • Free time to walk or rest
  • Dinner
  • Night activity to observe the fauna
  • Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 12

  • Buffet breakfast
  • Navigation down the river to Puerto Maldonado
  • Depending on the flight schedule, the departure may be at dawn
  • Arrival in Puerto Maldonado, luggage arrangement and transfer to the airport for flight to Lima airport
  • Flight back home
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Children policy

The participation of children is limited to people over 10 years of age who understand the rules of silence in the jungle and do not touch anything undue.

Included excursions

  • Lima private city tour
  • Nazca guided tour
  • Pampa Galeras tour
  • San Fernando Bay full-day tour
  • Group boat tour to Ballestas Islands
  • Cusco city tour
  • Urubamba Valley tour
  • Visit Indian market of Pisac
  • Train expedition to Aguas Calientes
  • Machu Picchu guided tour

Location

Peru, the heart of the Inca empire, which gave birth to one of the most advanced civilizations of pre-Columbian America, became part of the Christian West as a result of the Spanish conquest of the 16th century. It became an independent republic on July 28th, 1821. Peru is situated in the central and western part of South America. Its neighbors on the north are Ecuador and Colombia; on east Brazil, on south-east Bolivia, on south Chile, and on the west the Pacific Ocean, a 200-mile zone of which constitutes its territorial waters. The total area of Peru is 1, 285, 213 square kilometers (496,092 square miles) and its population is more than 30 million.

The topography of Peru is one of the most varied in the world and includes all altitudes from sea level to the snow-covered peaks of the Andes, which reach a height of over 6,758 meters. All types of climate can be found from the heat of the coastal dunes at the virgin forest to the icy conditions of the Andean mountains, as can all types of country-side, from the desert and oasis kind near the pacific ocean to the fine valleys and peaceful mountain lakes near the cordillera, not forgetting the vast rivers and virgin forest of the Amazon.

Lima

Lima, the city of kings, as it was named by Francisco Pizarro, its founder, is situated on the shores of the Rimac River, a few minutes from the ocean. It is a modern city with zones where the colonial architecture stands out by its beauty. Many of the best museums about the pre-Columbian cultures in Peru are in Lima. The Pachacamac and Caral ruins (the oldest city in the Americas) are to be visited from Lima too. Unknown but spectacular, the Nor Yauyos region is a new touristic area with breathtaking landscapes plenty of cascades, lakes and Indian villages. The city is also one of the gastronomic capitals in the world. For golf lovers, there are six good golf courses in and around Lima.

Cusco

Cusco, known as the archaeological capital of America, offers not only Machu Picchu and its Inca monuments and ruins, but also its art treasures, sculpture, and colonial goldsmiths' work to the tourist, the historian, and the culture lovers. Off the beaten path, spectacular places can also be easily visited, like the mythical Maukallaqta and Puma Orqo. Trekking and river rafting are also very important tourist attractions around Cuzco.

Tambopata

Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata is an exceptional almost virgin tropical jungle area, scenarios for adventure jungle trips and jungle lodge programs.

Food

During the tour, you will be provided with a buffet breakfast every day. While on the jungle lodge, all meals from breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 6 to 7 days of fauna
  • 12 days of services
  • 11 nights accommodation in a private room with a private bathroom
  • Food buffet breakfast in hotels
  • Full board meals in the jungle lodge as per the program
  • Group navigation to Islas Ballestas and Tambopata with English guide
  • Private and public transport, almost always with bilingual guides

What's not included

  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • International or local flights
  • Other services than those described
  • Other foods than those described
  • Personal health insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Jorge Chávez International Airport (LIM). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Andean Origins will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Jorge Chávez International Airport Airport transfer included: Jorge Chávez International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

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