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If you have started planning your trip to Peru, and you want a unique tour program Welcome! We are expert tours guides and tour operators, in order to that you can have plenty of time in each visited places and see more from each place we will send you many options so choose the program that fits your need. We would be working to provide exactly what you want. We recommend that you set yourself some guidelines: a budget, the length of time you wish to stay, what you want to do and what you want to see. We are specialized in Machu Picchu guided tours, Peru custom made tours.[:es]Ha visto todo nuestro programa y aun le gustaría que sea diferente y único? Tiene más días o poco tiempo y quiere visitar y tiene una idea de un programa, Tranquilo nosotros estamos preparados para satisfacer sus exigencias, Haga su programa y nosotros lo haremos posible para Usted.
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If you are a nature lover and want to enjoy the peace, quiet and endless calm of Peru wilderness, then we recommend you to give yourself a custom made tours, we can personalize an itinerary for you.
Our website has plenty of information about the possible places you would rather to see, we are keen to organize your plan and provide you the service for the itinerary. You’ll schedule and program how long you want to stay through the country region-by-region, describing. Alternately, you can ask for some suggested stays.
Are you travelling with kids, parents or grandparents no worries, we are able to manage and adjust the tours to easier and more enjoyable for all the members. We have guided previously entire families and made for them adventure programs. Take your kids or grand kids on the journey of your lives. These dynamic itineraries satisfy the curiosity and energy levels of multiple generations
For more info about Peru you can see the pages of Peruvian government organizations which are full of useful info and photos:
Peruvian national institute of culture
National institute of natural resources
Ministry of foreign trade and tourism.
Inka Challenge Peru “Native Peruvian Tour Guides Company” Is based in Cusco – Peru. The Client must know that the Company will use its best efforts to operate all tours as agreed. However, it may prove necessary or advisable to vary or modify an itinerary and its contents due to prevailing local conditions. According your program and type of hotel you want, we can send you a reasonable rate.
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Tipon, pikillacta andahuaylillas, are interesting archaeological sites located at the south east of cusco, known as south valley tours, or the east valley tour (but these places are more to the east than south), by the way these are places full of cultural value. We will find water fountains, pre-inca city, and a nice colonial chapel. We begin our journey with the archaeological group of “Tipon” with their ceremonial and agricultural terraces, then the pre-inca city of pikillacta, and the nicest chapel of Americas “Andahuaylillas”, famous for its mural paintings. Our our group service starts at 09 in the morning, while for our private service we can deopart at any time before 13:00 hours. We are passionate expert local guides who will provide you a good history and make you visit more pleasant.
Tipon: Once we depart from cusco city, we arrive to the place in about one hour, It’s located at 23Km, from Cusco. Tipon is an archaeological site composed of agricultural terraces irrigated by well-engineered canals, which in spite of hundreds of years are still functioning. Today history says is the best water engineering system, its terraces may have been used as agricultural research center and the fountains are to worship the water.
Piquillaqta: Pikillacta is at 32Km (19,9mi) from the city of Cusco, It’s the only archaeological site in the Department of Cusco that is attributed to pre-Incan times. The construction is thought to belong to the Wari civilization. It was built on a promontory, below the Wacarpay Lake, the city had 800 warehouses to support the population. Below that lake provides a nice panorama, it is has a racing circuit where rally car competitions are held.
Andahuaylillas: Andahuaylillas is located at 40 km from Cusco (28,9mi), where you can observe native trees, houses where on the roof you can see the toritos de Pucara (these are bulls and chrosses, that means the union between Andean and Catholic religious. In the andahuaylillas town we visit the church of Saint Peter. Temple that has been founded by the viceroy Francisco de Toledo as all the parishes surrounding Cusco around (1572). The Renaissance architecture of the inside of the church was completely covered with murals around the seventeenth century, this fascinating art makes it unique and the nicest chapel of the Americas.
The groups service ends after 5 hours at around 14 hours, while the private service depending at what time you started may end at 18 hours in cusco city.
Our Cusco horseback riding tours are synonym of fun!, we take you to discover wonderful sites, picturesque villages, trails surrounded by many colorful plants, full of history and traditions. Our Peru horseback riding programs include visit to archaeological sites where breathing goes easy, and leads by none touristy places.
For all of our programs we have the, Peruvian Paso or Peruvian Horse, which is a breed of light saddle horse known for its smooth ride. Distinguished by its natural, four-beat, lateral gait called (paso llano). This breed is protected by the government since November 28, 1992, and declared a Cultural Heritage by the National Institute of Culture.
These are quiet horses (for those whose horseback riding experience are very basic), and speed horses for experienced ones. We have half day programs, full day horseback riding programs, and we also can arrange large programs that can involve camping. We can fit our itineraries for long programs that can even include Machu Picchu or other interesting places. If you want more info about our horseback riding tours in cusco, contact us.
Our horseback riding tour in Cusco region, takes place any time before 12:00 hours. Our personnel will meet you in your hotel, then we drive you to cruzpata a little village with fantastic landscape view we meet our muleteers and horses. Here you have a brief info about horseback riding tours, then we start it, we take a path that is not frequented by other people, a nice lake calle huaypo is the main attraction and literally we drive at the banks of the wonderful lake, Our muleteer will show you the path, if you have no experience he can pull the horse, if you do have experience he will be your escort and show you the trail, the tour takes by eucalyptus forest, then we arrive at the lake and stop to have our snacks (As optional we include a picnic lunch at the lake), then we continue by small village named huaylla cocha, we pass native farms and after a nice experience on Peruvian Paso horse we arrive to the ranch of the horses where we take our transport back to Cusco city.
Cusco horseback riding extensions
Hour Cusco horseback riding tours can start at any time, but the tour from departure to end in the hotel takes at least 4 hours, then we need to finish before it gets dark. We also do horseback riding tours that includes camping, from 2 days one night, up to more days, if this is your enquire then let us to know, we will send you a nice itinerary proposal.
Our moon temple tour cusco, leads you o visit: Killaarumiyoc, Andenes and Chinchero? Have you ever hear about a place where women got organized and while their husbands are working in the farms they weave and make extra income to support their families? That is Chinchero. How about Andenes? Andenes are the largest of the world made by the incas to gain more farming soil on the slopes of a mountain, now a days it is under ministry of agriculture management, where engineers are keep farming inca products using traditional techniques, the site has great landscape. How about Killarumiyoc? there is a moon carved in a lame stone?, The moon one of the most important deities of Inka’s named Mama Killa (Mother Moon) was the sister and wife of the Inti (sun). Inka´s made moon calendars, temples to worship the Moon; in Cusco this temple is called Killarumiyoc. By fay it is the most amazing day tour in Cusco, non-frequented by the crowds, it is our best new option for altitude acclimating, for higher places such as the inca trail or salkantay trek. the moon temple tour departs from cusco,
Our moon temple tour cusco, begins with transfer from your hotel and drive To Chinchero archaeological site. To reach the place we take the road that leads to the northwest of Cusco which is all asphalted. At arrival we will choose one place to visit from about 20 weaving groups, (these are regular village houses, where women has got organized themselves in order to show the weaving process and skills) the way how they demonstrate is fantastic, they use a plant as detergent to wash the wool, and still doing it from immemorial times. From here we visit the colonial church built over inca temples, then see the great inca plaza built over the terraces. We leave Chinchero and drive by wonderful landscape to huaypo lagoon, we stop to take pictures then continue by a road passing small villages such as huayllacocha, here we will have a nice view of the farms and houses spread out, descend to huarocondo town famous by its lechon “baked pork meat”, then drive to the Andenes. The Andenes are “Inkas biggest agricultural terraces” we will see at the place, the numerous amount of crops, the magnificent terraces, different varieties of corn, potatoes, quinoa and other native product. After that we will drive to Zurite which is a beautiful colonial town, the site has inka agriculture terraces, and a inka city wich has been covered underground and just couple years ago the cusco university made same studies excavation and clearly discovered a city on a ceremonial knife shape called tumi, we stop and have lunch in in a house of a villager. (Lunch is non included, as part of our social project, before departing from Cusco we advise the amount of people in our group and the family will wait us with lunch, the lunch consist in three course meal, healthy, clean and organic, if vegetarian no worries they are experts making it).
From Zurite we continue driving for about 25 minutes and arrive to Killarumiyoc. It consists in inca buildings including farming terraces, water channels, the most important thing to see is a big carved stone, which is supposed to be an inca moon calendar, there is also lots of terraces and cave where pre-history humans of this part of Cusco lived, we also can walk to the great cave, it is very similar to the moon temple or great cave in machu picchu. The tour will take about an hour. Then we drive back to Cusco arriving at around 4:00 pm. Where our fantastic new cusco day tour ends.
The inca straw bridge is one of our new tours, In cusco city we have many traditional tours. The inca bridge tours is something very different, we will visit the highlands of cusco, which is at the south east of cusco city. The inca bridge is the only bridge which still been re-fixed yearly since incan times. Our full day tour to the inca bridge gives you also the opportunity to enjoy the view of four lagoons with its particular details, then the if you are not claustrophobic, we can take you to the K’arañawi cave with stalactites and stalagmite, that are hanging from the rock, it is at only few minutes driving before the bridge.
The departure for this tours starts at seven in the morning, we drive our private tourist transport towards pomacanchi village 3670m, wich is at 02 hour from Cusco, the place is quiet and pleasant, where we can see two lagoons, one of them is named pomacanchi lagoon and the other one asnacocha, after looking at this lagoons we keep driving our vehicle towards yanaoca that has a mini volcano which not in activity, all the way has interesting highland view. We’ll drive by the beautiful landscape of the Andean highlands and arrive to the lagoons of pampamarca, from here we continue driving and after about an hour drive we reach Yanaoca village. The place is interesting, we may see some villagers on their traditional custom, and then we continue the journey towards the famous K’eswachaca inca bridge at 3700m.
At arrival the guide will explain the importance and the mining of the bridge that is renewed yearly by four communities in a traditional ceremony (the bridge renewing runs yearly around june 9th by about 1000 persons from 04 communities “Huinchiri, Chaupibanda, Ccollana Q’ewe and Pelcaro” ) after taking some pictures we will have our box lunch near by the bridge. After lunch we return, optionally we can enter in to the karañawi caves located at only 10 minutes by car. The caves in interesting and flashlight is needed, then we return to Cusco city. We will finish the cusco inca bridge tours at around 7pm.
The short inca trail trek, is a fantastic trail to machu picchu. It is a sacred path and walking by this trail, you can enjoy the pure nature of sanctuary, it’s a challenging trail that enables people to taste a bit the beauty of the inca trail, trail that is recommended for hikers who don´t have time to walk the complete four days path, it’s also recommended for people who finds that altitude is very hard, the short inca trail maximum is only 2.720 m, which is much lower even than Cusco city. Ideal for trek for slow hikers, for those who love nature but don’t like spending the night in tents. The trail is fantastic combination of nature and contort. The trail offers to the hikers with an impressive landscape, the fantastic view of Urubamba River it shows impressive several archaeological sites along the way, with unique architecture duties that shows that the incas were ahead of many culture in architecture engineering, they also were respectful with the nature, where you will see some varieties of orchids, threes and birds. Proof it by your own and have the fantastic experience to arrive to Machu Picchu by walking.
Short Inca Trail, Daily Departures
Day 01: Cusco – km 104 – Machu Picchu: The two days inca trail starts with in cusco city with an early transfer from hotel, from here we drive to the train station which is at 30 minutes from the city. Upon arrival to the km 104 chachabamba 2200m, we cross a nice bridge and get registered at the control by showing our tickets and passport, chachabamba is a nice valley with warm temperature that hosts an archaeological site, after tour at this site we begin our trek by an gradual uphill trail to Wiñayhuayna, that consists in a group terraces and houses built on a slope of a mountain in the nicest location, at the site the guide will explain all the mining of the place. Along the path we can see many orchids and lush forest, We stop on the way to have our box lunch, then we continue walking by the inca trail and reach the Gate of sun, this point offers the nice view of Machu Picchu, we stop here for some minutes and relax overlooking the Urubamba river, then we walk the last section of the inca trail which is downhill, then we check out the trail and catch our bus to aguas calientes town where after dinner you’ll spend the night in town in a beautiful and quiet hotel.
(Hike Info: Medium challenge, “6.21 miles” 10 Kilometers and 6 hours walking).
Day 02: Machu Picchu – Cusco: Early Morning, your guide will meet you at the hotel front desk and take you to the bus stop, then we take bus to machu picchu, it takes about 30 minutes, at arrival we go to the control to get registered then you receive the guide tour at the archaeological park, here you may see the sun rise, the guide will take you to a place where will provide you some history background of Machu Picchu, then will guide you by all the most important sector of Machu Picchu in about 03 hours of tour. You’ll learn about the religious and historical importance of the site, it has a fine architecture and natural beauty, after guided tour optionally you can walk to the inca bridge, a place that offer a great view of the valley and river, the impressive inca bridge, then return to machu picchu and after exit, take bus to aguas calientes, where you can lunch, then catch train to Ollanta, where our transfer will wait you and take you back to the City of Cusco, where the fantastic short inca trail tour ends.
(Meals Included: B.)
Complete inca trail, or sacred inca trail to machu picchu: Many people think that trail starting at the km 82 is the complete inca trail; but that is not, that is only a secondary trail, that is connecting to the sacred trail, at about dead woman pass on the second day. How about the other part? There is a large important section of the trail, that is ignored by many of tour operator and tours guides. We: As local guides, offer you to hike the complete trail, which is done by almost none, a large distance of that train that is part of the sacred inca trail.
I would say that, by doing the entire trail, you can feel, and understand the mystery of the inca culture. The trail start at Zurite, but some people are starting in Killarumiyoc, or the moonstone, reason by which they name it as moonstone trek, both trails meet at the second day, but our train leads by the most picturesque part, and we also avoid the uphill section, and start hiking by a gentle uphill trail; at this trail, you can hike by a quiet and interesting well preserved, original inca trail, section where even there are no villages, you will see lots of glacier mountains, lakes, and pristine nature. It is a combo trek that brings you to see the ancascocha trail and the sacred inca trail: Ask this hike as the complete inca trail to machu picchu!
Complete Inca Trail: departures available only in private service.
Day 01: Zurite – Dark lake. At early morning our guide and driver will pass by your hotel, then we drive you though Zurite where we can stop to buy water, and have a view of the nice colonial town, then we will drive a little bit more, and meet our muleteers and start our hike. The hike begins by a nice and wide view point, we will arrive to a place qellwa cocha” then after summit we will descend to the stream and have lunch, then continue by an uphill trail, after some hours of hike, we will reach a camp site near by yana cocha “black lake”, this part of the trail is known only by local guides and no other companies will do it, we’ll camp over 4,200mt, at the camp we can have a great opportunity so see the sky full of stars.
(Trek difficulty: Challenge. average distance: 12km. walking time: 7 hours).
Day Two: Dark lake – Blue lake: Amongst our trekking tours in Cusco, I would say that this one is one of the best, we will wake at 6 in the morning, then after breakfast continue with this fantastic trekking, the trail leads by a gentle uphill, used only by the sheepherders, we’ll summit the CCara Cruz, which is over 4600m, and have great views of mountains, then the trail leads all downhill, we will arrive in a switchback stream named Qenqo Mayu, and have lunch, then we’ll walk down hill and arrive to the well preserved wide inca trail, using this trail we walk on a gentle path that leads uphill, after about 3 hours we arrive to a little plateau in the middle of reddish mounts, we will spend the night over 4000m at the camp named ancascocha.
Medium Challenge hike, 12 km and 8 hours of walk.
Day 03: Ancascocha – Wayanay Pass – Qhesca: A beautiful view inspires the day, it start with a gentle uphill trail that gradually tends in serious uphill for about an hour, the inca trail is well preserved, in some parts the foundation of it is about 3meters deep, the inca trail continues towards the wayanay pass which is at 4600m, before the summit we appreciate the view of the ancascocha lake which is formed by glacier water, the summit looks closer and closer at every step. It is a good spot for a break and lunch, then we hill have time for siesta and walk around in a land with wide view. The trail continues downhill and we will arrive to a place home of bull farmers and camp over 3900m.
(Difficulty: Challenge. distance: 10 km. estimated time 6 hours).
Day 4: Qhesca – Paucar cancha – Ayapata: We will breakfast, then descend in to the Huayllabamba valley, the trail follows path of local’s shepherds, while lower elevation local trees are coming out, we walk banking a stream, and on the trail we may see some farmers that they walk long distances to grow potatoes. Once we reach the valley we will stop at a nice inca trail named paucarcancha, we will lunch at the vicinity. From lunch we walk to huayllabamba “300m”. At this point parth of our team “the muleteers” will return to their home and instead we have porters “people who will carry the equipment). At this point we meet the second day of the traditional four days of inca trail to machu picchu, we get registered at the official control and walk uphill to the camp which is at one hour and a half, the place has toilet fascilities, at arrival we set out tents and spend the night in the middle of nature.
(Hike Difficulty: Gentle. Average distance: 12 km, and 8 hours of walk).
Day 5: Ayapata – Deat womans pass – Pacasmayu: It is part of the traditional inca trail and the day begins with stairs though deep vegetation, after about 2 hours of walk we’ll arrive to Llulluchapampa (3800m/12,467ft, “Llulluchapampa is the “Nostoc land”, the trail to summit is very exhausting, but the summit will reward us by a breathtaking view of mountains, after a break the trail leads all downhill to pacasmayu which will be used for lunch, after a good lunch and time to break, we will climb up a lower summit named Runkurakay, before that we’ll visit a rounded inca site, the summit offers a fantastic view, then trail lead downhill to an inca site named sayacmarka, then from sayacmarka will get into to a cloud forest and walk by an amazingly preserved site, then arrive to Chaquicocha camp and spend the night in the middle of cloud forest.
(Challenge trail. 7 km distance, 6 hours).
Day 6: Chaquicocha – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñayhuayna: After some hard days, we’ll finally have a gentle easy day, we will breakfast and start our walk by the cloud forest, after some time enjoying the lush forest we will reach in to an inca tunnel, we will have plenty of time to observe the landscape and take pictures, we will arrive to phuyupatamarka, cludlevel-town a nice inca site from where we can enjoy the view of Urubamba river and the snow mountain, then we can walk the one thousand stairs to reach the camp site, before the camp, we will visit an inca site with incredible terraces. We will arrive the campground for lunch, after lunch you can relax and re-charge your energy, then after a break visit an inca site, then have a great dinner and spend the night in a nice warm camp.
(Challenge trek. 15 km “5.56 miles”and 5 hours of walk).
Day 7: Wiñayhuayna Machu Picchu – Cusco: Early wake up will allow our porters to catch their train, we are going to walk to the control and spend until they open it, then we will have 1 hour hike to reach the gate of sun “Gateway of the Sun” (2720m/8,923ft), this point will reward us with the magic view of machu picchu, this site has rectangular doorway structures where everyone takes pictures and after some time to enjoy the view from here, we walk the final part of the trail, we will check out the trail and re-enter in to machu picchu for the guided tour, the guiding service will take about 3 hours exploring all this magnificent machu picchu, then we will catch bus to aguas calientes town for lunch, after lunch you’ll take train back to Ollanta from where our driver will drive you back to Cusco.
(Gentle trail, 6 km “3.28 miles”).
The choquequirao Machu Picchu trekking, takes us by a non-frequented path, you will see choquequirao Inca site and several remote villages. We decided to include this trek in our programs because we want you see both, Choquequirao and Machu Picchu. The Choquequirao sits in the saddle of a high Andean ridge, 3000m. /10,000 ft. The area is ringed by spectacular snow-capped peaks and flanked by plunging, thickly forested slopes, the city is an inspiring example of an elite Inca ceremonial center, dedicated to the worship of the mountain gods, the river and the elements of nature.
Choquequirao has been called “Machu Picchu’s sacred sister”, because of the striking similarities of design and ceremonial architecture to its famous counterpart above the Urubamba Gorge. While Machu Picchu is the wonder of the world, let us to show you all this magnificent sites. The trek is recommended for nature lovers, challenge hikes in the world, and for people who are looking to discover remote places where you can get in touch with nature and run away from the stress of the city.
Choquequirao Trek to Machu Picchudaily departures in private service.
Day 01. Cusco – Cachora – Chiquisca. This Choquequirao Machu Picchu adventure, starts at 05:00 hrs. Our guide will meet you at your hotel and drive you to Cachora village, it takes about 4 hours. Cachora is the last town, at arrival we will meet our local muleteer and while they set up the equipment will breakfast. After it we begin our trekking, a nice view of the majestic padrayoc mountain will encourage us to hike, at the beginning we start on a gentle downhill towards, then a flat raod to huancacalle where will stop and lunch, on the way we will enjoy the beautiful changing landscapes, from precipices to snowy mountains view. From capuliyoc lookout point we will observe Apurimac canyon with its impressive depth (the second deepest canyon in Peru), from here the trail follows a downhill trail up to Chikiska which is the camp ground. In this day we will pass the small settlement named la Colmena (2870 above sea level), after this there is Cocamasana (2330 above sea level), and finally chiquisca (1950 asl) a grove place where we can find water.
Day 02. Chiquisca – choquequirao: Wake up at 05 in the morning, then have breakfast and get ready for the hardest part of the trek. It begins with a downhill path for one hour, then we cross the Apurimac River. From here the trail goes uphill by a switch back trail until maranpata. After several stops, on the way there is a place named Santa Rosa where we can find snacks and water to buy, and after we will reach Maranpata which is the lunch spot, it is at a wide view point, it is also the end of the hardest part. After lunch, we follow a gentle section, then arrive in to a lookout point of choquequirao. Finally after 2 more hours we arrive to the second camp ground, our team will set up our tents, we spend the afternoon just relaxing and enjoying the nature. Dinner is served at 6.30.
Day 03: Choquequirao – maizal. After a nutritious breakfast we begin the day with sightseeing of choquequirao, we will see all the most important sector then we will reach the trail by an uphill section, the trail keeps uphill for about an hour up to 3299meters, then all the trail becomes steep open prairie with open views of the Mountains and valleys. After about 2 hours downhill we reach Pinchaunuyoc – these site is a nice inca buildings, the site has been recently restored and it shown all its beauty, then continue the walk for 1 more hour up to the rio blanco river, we’ll lunch at the river. After lunch we re-start hiking on uphill trail ornamented by native trees, all the path is an steep climb up to the camp at Maizal. It is home for about 3 families that are leaving far away from the populations, they farm corn and potatoes. From Rio Blanco to the camp takes about 3 hours of climb, we camp at 3000 on a lookout place.
Day 04: Maizal – Yanama. From the camp the trail leads gentle for about 1 hours, then it turns in to switchback uphill section, the trail goes coveres by native trees and goes towards the Victoria mines and Pass. The trail is amazingly beautiful, firstly we walk by the cloud forest, then over Andean Puna covered by icchu or grass. At the minas Victoria we can see metal shining stones, these stones has a high concentration of minerals. At the summit we can be surprised by the impressive mount ranges such as choquetacarpo and puma sillu, we will have time to relax and if we are lucky we can be surprised by the soar of the condors, the summit is located over 4.400 meters, while we lunch we’ll enjoy the great scenery at both sides of the mountain. After lunch we continue our walk towards yanama which is at 3.5 hours of walk, all the trail is downhill, we will see nice valley at the bottom of the mount, then suddenly the trail reaches a narrow section that look like a landscape scene from the lord of rings movie, in the middle there is a tunnel made by the miners, we pass it and arrive to a bushy sector and after 1 more hour we arrive to the village of yanama 3800m, where we camp at the back yard of our muleteer house.
Day 05. Yanama – Totora: After a nutritious breakfast, we re-start our hike towards the east, following a highland valley we can reach in 2 hours the bottom of the Mariano Llamoc pass, We mostly walk by a truck road that has been recently made for yanama villagers, there is an uphill road that from where at very close we can see snow caot mounts, we can stop at the mid uphill to have our snacks, the continue the trail and summit 4500m at around 11:00 hrs. From here there is seeing another great scenery , the trail descend on a rocky path and after one hour and a half we arrive to the bottom and have lunch at a place very close to an stream. After lunch the trail is gentler, we follow the truck road and after 1.5 hours we reach a little town named Totora, Here we camp have dinner and spend the night over 3.500 meters.
Day 06: Totora – La playa – Hydroelectric plant – Aguas Calientes. After telling our muleteers good bye, we catch a local transport than can drive us for about 2 hours and a half we arrive to Hydro and relax for an about 30 minutes while our cook make us our box lunch, after lunch we take a trail that is beside the train tracks and walk the 6 miles, by a gentle level trail banking the Urubamba river, this section usually takes about 03 hours in slow walk. We arrive to machu picchu town, the guide will take you to your hotel where you can relax. In the evening you meet the guide and go for dinner in a restaurant and spend the night. (optionaly in the afternoon you can go to the hot spring or relax at your hotel).
Day 07: Machu Picchu Tour – Cusco. Early departure is needed and after that we take bus ride for 30 minutes to machu picchu entrance control, once we enter in to the archaeological park, we have the opportunity to have the sun rise in machu picchu, the guided tour will take you to visit all the most important sector of the place, the usual guided tour takes 2 hours in a rush time, our guides will do it in 03 hour, we’ll learn about the importance, religious and historical of the place, place to appreciate the fine architecture of the incas after tour if have got a ticket for huayna picchu, you can climb up the mountain which is on the mountains saddle high over the Urubamba River that offers a good overview of the whole area, and the full site of Machu Picchu. Another possibility is to walk to the inca bridge. After a great tour in machu picchu it is time to catch bus to aguas calientes, in order to catch train back to Ollantaytambo from where we catch bus to Cusco where our fantastic service ends.
Huchuy Qosqo Trek, is an alternative trekking tour, that brings you to see the Huchuy Qosqo “small cusco”, a wonderful archaeological site above the sacred valley, a trek where the captivating landscape will amaze you, it starts at Cusco outskirts, then leads by the highlands which are land of llama farmers. the amazing view of the sacred valley from the mountains is lake discovery channel report, but even better. The trek involves culture and history, the amazing huchuy qosqo, has recently being excavated where nice and perfect walls, shrines, dwellings, and even inca mummies where found and are exposed, it is built in a plateau and has a wonderful spot to camp over inca terraces.
The trek covers a land where the nature is well preserved and grants the visitors with a sensation of peas and quietness, an amazing trek that connects: huchuy qosqo inca site, the sacred valley and machu picchu in one program. The hike ends at Lamay, town in the sacred valley, from where we drive you to the train station at ollantaytambo and catch train to Machu picchu town, then on the third day visit machu picchu leaded by our expert local tour guide. This trek is offered only in private service, for an amazing tour experience ask this tour as; Huchuy Machu Picchu Trek.
Day 01. Cusco – huchuy qosqo: The wonderful hike huchuy qosqo machu picchu, begins with pick up from your hotel and transfer out to Tambo machay village, from where we’ll begin our hike. The trail is very gentle for the first 30 minutes, then it turn in to uphill, while we gane elevation we can observe the cusco valley, houses and farmlands, then we will summit a point where we will be able break and have our snacks, then continue by a land from where we won’t see any more the Cusco valley, only nature will escort us by grassy trail, still uphill and finally get the high point from where we will be able to see a lagoon, the trail is flat, and at nearby llamas are opportunity for pictures, we can approach to a hill top from where we can see the land of chinchero and its lakes, then after some time we can reach the highest point to the hike, the trail leads downhill and reaches an small village of only 4 houses named Pukamarca “red-town” these are alpacas and llama sheepherders homes”, we’ll lunch and after that we will reach in to a well preserved inca trail that leads in to a canyon named Leon punku “Gate of Lion”, it is a wonderful section where you will be able to see some native flowers, and amazing landscape, a gentle downhill leads to a place from where we can see the sacred valley, villages and farmlands are going to reward us from a long walk, then following the inca trail we will arrive to Huchuy qosqo where we can camp and spend the night over 3600m, we have done by then 18 km, in about 8 hours).
Day 2. huchuy qosqo – machu picchu: You will wake up with our tent service coca leafs tea, then after packing you stuffs, we will breakfast at an open air spot, nutritious breakfast made by our expert trekking chef, then you will go for a tour of the site, huchuy qosqo is an amazing archaeological site with terraces, high quality architecture and surrounded by magnificent landscape, after some time walking on this place, you will continue the trek, the trail leads in to a narrow switch-backs trail to the sacred valley, after about 4 hours of walk, you will reach the bottom of the valley, then crossing the Urubamba river we will stop for lunch, then our transport will lead us to Ollantaytambo where we take train to machu picchu town and spend the night. (The trek n this day is medium challenge, that will be done in about 5 hours, where we will cover 10 km “6 miles).
Day 3: Visit to Machu Picch and return to Cusco: In order to avoid the crowds we advise early departure, Our guide will meet you at your hotel front desk and take you to machu picchu by 30 minutes bus, then once passing control you will do a walk to the inca bridge and enjoy the fascinating view of the bridge and the valley down below, once you return to the park, the guide will show you all the sectors of Machu Picchu, you will visit the sun temple, the 3 windows temple, the guard house, the inca house, and all wonderful sites that are seeing in the pictures, after about 3 hours of tour you will take bus back to aguas calientes and have lunch. After lunch you can walk by the town or shop at the artisans market, then return to ollanta by train and finally to Cusco in our private transport where our huchuy qosqo Machu Picchu tour ends.
Cusco city walking tour: The magnificent Cusco city, is the America’s archaeological capital, and the Inca culture heartland, our walking tour, will takes you to discover, the oldest constantly inhabited city of the Americas, where walking in its streets tour you will feel the magnetic energy, and find why everyone is engaged to this fascinating place.
Our walking tour covers; traditional markets, Inca buildings, the San-Blass neighborhood, the inca and colonial sectors of the city, and see how the daily life of Cusco is. We will take you to discover the san Pedro market, where you can find a wide amount of unique, and interesting things, where the locals still get their grocery products, for their daily cuisine, We will also visit the sun temple of incas, san Blass the neighborhood of artisans, streets where we can find a magic mixture of inca and colonial architecture.
Recommended for your first arrival day, or before your flight out. Leaded by expert local guides, whose expertise is a plus, to discover the magic, and mystery of the Peru’s historical Capital, and Americas archaeological capital city.
streets, museums, sun temple, catheral, and cusco san pedro market
Cusco city walking tour; begins with the meet up at your hotel, at any time before 13. 30 hours, to visit places in Cusco city, we visit places such places: Cusco central market, a place full of local vendors, opportunity to taste the organic fresh fruit juice, the Qoricancha (temple of the sun), which displays many Inka temples, and the best Inca stonework in the city, it was the centre of the entire inca state, shows perfect architecture, and same art canvas from the cusquenian school, painted during the XVII century.
Soon after visiting this magic site, our tour goes by well preserved, inca wall streets to the neighborhood of San Blas, known as: the artisans neighborhood where we may see some samples of cervices and aquarelles, then we’ll continue, and visit the inca museum, and see most of the inca culture objects that are well kept. If not interested in the inca museum, then we can visit the cathedral at the main square of the city, then the guide will take you back to your hotel.
The moon temple hike, leads from Killarumiyoc known as also moonstone to the largest terraces of the world in Zurite District. The place has a fantastic landscape and joints two interesting archaeological sites such as: the moon temple and andenes “inca agricultural terraces”, the moonstone is a huge limestone rock where is carved a moon. For the Incas, the moon was considered a Goddess, reason by which it was worshipped at that stone, it’s not just a temple, it was as well a moon calendar; by the other hand there is the andenes de Zurite “the largest terraces of the world which even known are used for farming a place where we can see many native crops being farmed. The moonstone hike is the best new hiking option for training before the inca trail hike or any larger hikes.
Our moonstone hike or moon temple hike, is a day program that leads by impressive landscape, a hike that is known only by local tour guides, it also means that along the way it is very hard to see other people or guides doing it.
***it is rated from easy to intermediate difficulty, great landscape, known only by our member guides, no minimum required! This killarumiyoc hike is advised for those who wants a training hike prior long and high altitude treks. Ask this day hike as moonstone hike or moon temple day hike.
available only in private service:
Our moon temple hike begins with a meet up in your hotel and drive for about one hour to trail head, it starts eith gentle walk to killarumiyoc. The killarumiyoc archaeological site consists in inca buildings including farming terraces, water channels located only at 30 minutes on slow walking from the highway.
The most important thing to see in killarumiyoc is a big carved stone, which is supposed to be an inca moon calendar , there is also lots of terraces and cave where pre-history of this part of cusco lived. the tour will take about half and hour. Then, sun after we hike on gradual up hill to see some more sites of this place, then we rich a channel used for irrigating farmlands, good time for our box lunch on river bank and see the landscape of this region, then we walk banking channel for about 3 hours and we reach Zurite town. Zurite has full of undeveloped sites, this town has nice colonial temple, inka agriculture terraces, and a inka city wich has been covered underground and just couple years ago the cusco university made same studies excavation and clearly discovered a city on a ceremonial knife shape called tumi, after visiting this site we get our transport and go to see the Inkas biggest agricultural terraces in the same district then we can back and arrive cusco on around 18:00 hrs. This is our best new hike in cusco
Salkantay sacred valley trek, is and amazing program to discover the deep peru in a new trekking program rarely visited by other hikers, it’s an Adventure tour specially prepared for people who loves hiking new and non-frequented paths, the trek leads by quiet land habited by only few Quechua speaking people, people who keeps many Inca customs, this is a new peru trek. If we compare it with the famous Inca trail to Machu Picchu, it is just not a frequented trail. The wild flora and fauna of this trek offers to visitors, beautiful highland Valleys, snow-covered picks such as: (Salkantay 6.271m.a.s.l. Tucarhuay, Humantay, Huayanay and others). In this new trekking tour you will see the original Inca trails hidden by the icchu (highland grass), but still well preserved, we will walk on this trail, from here we reach the famous big corn. (If you want to extend your trip to Machu Picchu, we can manage it, you only need to tell us at booking time, instead of returning to Cusco, we can catch train machu picchu town and spend the night in aguas calientes, then do the Machu Picchu tour), book this tour as: Salkantay Sacred Valley Trek.
Trek available only in private service: Daily departures.
Day 01: Cusco – Salkantay Pampa: The salkantay sacred valley trek program, starts with the transfer from your hotel in Cusco and transfer to the trail start point at“05:00 am” after 02 hours’ drive we will reach Mollepata “the last town on the way” where we will stop to buy some supplies such as water, walking sticks, etc, then drive Challacancha. We´ll start our trek with 30 minutes uphill to reach a water irrigation channel, then walk by a flat trail up Soraypampa “a valley with impressive landscape views and stop for lunch. After lunch the trail continues by a valley towards north, then after 2 hours hike we will arrive to salkantay pampa “a quiet camp ground” where we set up our tents and spend the night over 400m. We dinner and spend the night under the stars, at salkantay mountain slope. We may be the only trekkers at this camp.
(Day one over view: Medium difficult, 16 Kilometers, 6 hours).
Day 02: Salkantay pampa – inca chiriaska – Chachani Ccasa. The cooler morning temperatures will be excellent to ascend and summit the highest and toughest part of this trek. We wake up at around 05: 00 in the morning and after breakfast we start walking by an uphill trail towards the highest pass “Inkachiriasca” which is at 5.100 m,from this point we can over view the amazing landscapes of the area, such the closely impetuous snow-capped salkantay “known as the sacred mountain since ancient times”, passing this place we will take the proper new trekking in trail, first we get Toqtoqasa by an easy downhill, then we continue by narrow and straw covered trail, this takes approximately four hours to the camp site which is at 3900m.a.s.l.
(Day Two over view: Challenge, 12 Kilometers, 7 hours).
Day 03: Chachaniq´asa – Occoruro: After early breakfast we will reinitiate our beautiful walk. From breakfast we start a gentle uphill path, then goes by a downhill path by straw grass, the landscapes are beautiful as usual, we may see villages very far on the hills with the metal ruffs that are shinny because of the sunshine. All the journey is about 7 hours walk. If we are lucky we can observe the flight of condors that they come from time to time, but for sure we will see eagles and many Andean animals; our camp site is in a really quiet and cozy place that is surrounded by mountains at 3800m. At around 19 hours we serve delicious hot soup, followed by the main course. After dinner you can spend some time outside watching the shooting stars, then sleep.
(Trek Difficulty: Challenge Hard. Total distance: 9 km (5.6 miles). Estimated walking time: 6 -7 hours).
Day 04: Occoruro – Accocasa – wayanay – anacascocha: After nutritious breakfast we start our journey towards the Accoqasa pass 4700m, all the trail is uphill and takes about three hour, the summit offer a great wide 360º view, place from where we can see using binocular the famous Inca trail which leads to Machu picchu, mountain glacier mounts such as Salkantay, Humantay. From here a gentle path lead us to the lunch place. After lunch there is another pass, it is the Huayanay pass which is at 4600m, from where we can see the famous Huacaywillka “veronica” (Sacred Tears), from here the trail leads by the old inca trail that is well preserved, down below we will see the Blue lake “Ancascocha Lagoon” where we’ll see some torrent ducks, Huallatas (Andean geese = Chloephaga melanoptera) and many others that migrates from different places. Then following the inca trail we arrive to our camp that is at a stream in a quiet camp where we may be the only hikers over 3800m.
(Trek Difficulty: Challenge. Total distance: 15 km (5.56 miles). Estimated walking time: 8 -9 hours).
Day 5: Ancascocha – Chillca – Cusco. This fantastic salkantay sacred valley last day, begins with the walk by the inca trail, downhill hike and follow a canyon towards northeast and reach the sacred valley at the northwest end of the sacred valley in a village named Chillca, the walk runs through nice weather, abundant vegetation, and sound of the Qenqo Mayu river, as soon as we approach to the valley the 1st open lands are fully farmed, here they grow the biggest conr on the world, once we reach to Chillca we will lunch and after lunch our transport will pick us up and drive us back to Cusco, or if our itinerary includes machu picchu we can catch train from ollanta to machu picchu and spend the night. The next day we will visit Machu Picchu and return to Cusco.
(Trek Difficulty: Medium. Total distance: 9 km. Estimated walking time: 5 hours).
We offer wide amount of hiking option in southern peru. Our new adventure trek is the Tumibamba or Killarumiyoc trek to the famous inca stones quarry. It offers magnificent Andean scenery, the typical Peru’s highland, where you’ll see lakes, snow coated mounts. It is a non-frequented route, many can offer hikes with the same name, but we are the only ones, who are going to take you by the most remote and beautiful places of the area, because we are locals, the Owner of the company has passed most of his childhood exploring the mounts and lakes. Yanacocha is one of the lakes that we can approach and camp nearby on our 1st day, then we descend by places where we can see the old inca trail that is connecting to the traditional 4days of the inca trail, pass a little but nice canyon. The highlight of the hike is the inca stones quarry where we can be amazed by the enormous size of carved rocks that were ready to transport and build ollantaytambo. book this tour as inca stones quarry trek.
stones quarry, daily departures available:
Day 01: Cusco – Yanacocha: This fantastic inca stones quarry trek begins with an early departure from Cusco city, at 06 hours we transfer you from your hotel to Zurite 3322m, start point of our hike. We will drive about 50 minutes, and once arriving to zurite we will breakfast, after breakfast we will drive for about 30 more minutes, then meet our muleteers. The trek leads by a scenic section and after about 2 hours of walk we will reach the summit, we will arrive llama-cancha “llama fence” (fence where a llama head was painted). Here we’ll appreciate snow coat mounatins such as: Wak´ay huillca “veronica”, Huayanay, chicon, salkantay and Ausangate, from the summit we’ll walk downhill to a stream and lunch at the banks. after lunch we will walk for about 3 hours to the camp ground located at Hatun Pampa “big flat” land surrounded by beautiful mountains, after this flat-ground we arrive to Yanacocha lake “dark lake” it is a lake of legends, Holly lake for the villagers. (We´ll camp at about 4,200 meters).
(Challenge hike, 12km distance, and seven hours of walk).
Day 02: Yanacocha – ancascocha: The magnificent second day hike to the stones quarry, begins with a delicious breakfast made by our trekking chef, wake up at about 6 in the morning, then after breakfast we will walk by an old trail used only by locals, deer’s, and foxes (no other tour operator knows the 1st and 2nd day sections) it is a magnificent trail, a gentle uphill trail leads to a summit named C’ara Cruz 4600m, we will have 360°, from where we will see colorful mountains, snow coated mountains and valley and the Apurimac canyon, we will see eagles, herons, torrent ducks, wild guinea pigs, and condors if we are lucky, we will reach the banks of the zigzagging river named Qenqo Mayu, and lunch nearby. After lunch the trail leads downhill, then we will cross a stream and do a small uphill and arrive to a little plateau and camp nearby couple houses at about 3800 meters.
(Difficulty: Challenge, about 12 km and 8 hours walk).
Day 03: Ancascocha – Chanca Chucu – Inca Stones Quarry: Another fascinating section is waiting the day, wake up at 06 in the morning then after breakfast we re-start the hike, a gentle flat and small uphill lead to chancachuco, this is a plateau that has a nice fence that once incas used to shepherd llamas, we will find a family who has many sheep and caws, we walk to the stream where we lunch in a quiet place. After lunch our group will walk by a narrow trail banking and stream, it was place from incas channelized water for the stones quarry, in few minutes we’ll be amazed by the punkuyoc canyon, the trail goes downhill then we follow up to reach the inca water chanel and walk in a flat level, we arrive to Qorihuayrachina from where we can enjoy the view of the sacred valley and the snowcapped mounts. We descend and arrive to the stones quarry where we set up our camp at about 3.700m.
(Trek Difficulty: Medium. Total distance: 14 km. Estimated walking time: 8 hours).
Day 4: Inca´s stone quarry (cachi qáta) – Cusco. This last day is very gentle, a magnificent view of la Veronica mountain welcome us to the sacred valley, we will have breakfast at outdoor, then we will explore the area and see the carved rocks, this is the inca stones quarry, from here the incas has extracted all the rock to build the temples in Ollantaytambo, there are a lot of rocks, some of them carved ready to get transported, some of them half carved, they also build a platform to support rock when they did slide the rocks down, then made a road to ollantaytambo on which they pulled the rocks. We will follow this path and after about 5 hours we will arrive to ollantaytambo where we will lunch then take our private transport back to Cusco city. (Optional extension to Machu Picchu by train).
(Medium difficulty, Seven kilometers distance, “3.28 miles”. And 5 hours of walk).
No minimum required: Available only in Private Service.
the lares valley tour- lareshike, shows you villagers where people wears traditional cloths, bright red and its varying shades of natural dyes, oranges and pinks and red. lares trek leads by a place in Peru where people continues using Quechua as main language. In the lares trek, lares valley trek we will find people on their red ponchos and skirts standing out from a distance as children herd flocks of sheep and llamas, the lares valley trek, lares trek people are farmers tending their fields. Stone houses are covered with thatched roofs and it’s like you have stepped back into the middle ages, while great herds of Llamas roam the landscape while you hike.
The traditional lares valley tours, lares trek is blessed with plenty of high mountain scenery, mountain glacier lakes and waterfalls. This region is adventure, and cross crossed with paths and routes used by the local folk. this tour is sometimes known as the ‘Weaver’s Way’ or the Weavers Trail. This trek is just what you expect, this is one of the new treks to machu picchu.
Trek available only in private service: Daily departures.
Day 1: Cusco – Cancha Cancha. Our adventure tour departs from cusco, in a private transport by the same way to pisaq, untill arriving to huaran ,a village in the sacred valley of incas (2.950 masl, 9673 ft), So, our trek officially starts at this point, by a nice, and quite valley, on smooth uphill in the first section, following parts of original inca trail, this area shows abundant flora consisting in native trees. After about 4 hours trek on medium challenge trek the group arrives the lunch spot, on a ravine at river stream, where delicious lunch waits and provides energy for the rest of trek, from lunch the trail leads by gently uphill arriving in about 2.5 more hours to cancha cancha community (4.000 masl, 13,192 ft), this place provides an excellent view of snowy mountains and the village it self is kind of medieval village, where people walks on their typical dress, kids behind llamas, is just nice. lares valley trek 1st day waking time is about 7 hrs and 10 km.
Day 2: Cancha Cancha – Quiswarani. We start slowly uphill until reaching accopata, an extension of cancha cancha mommunity, in the lares valley we will see llama shepherds, living in their stone and straw roof huts. In this part of the lares lares valley tour, the trail accends steeply towards pachacuteq pass (4.697 m/ 15,406 ft), the lares valley trek 1st pass, surrounded by beautiful lakes such as (azulcocha and suyrococha). From it a little flaty takes to a nice descend area from where snow cap mountain such as Qolqe cruz, Pitusiray Sawasiray Sirihuani and Chicon snow capped mountains are visible. Lunch is near a nice at a lake, after lunch waterfall approached the Quiswarani community (3,902 m/ 12,798ft), where we spend night snjoying traditional food, colourful dressed chindren may came to us, this is weavers home (7 hrs, 9km approximately).
Day 3: Quiswarani – Lares – Huacawasi. The trail, during this day, goes from quiswarani to the lares town, a nice picturesque town, from which tour takes the name. The trails is generally downhill easy walking section, after about one our we follow the main road to lares. We pass through pretty farmlands and green vegetation nestled in a green valley, lares with its few streets can only be described as quiet and nice, we continue towards the hot springs, where we take a well deserved soak. After lunch we continue agentle path for about 3 hours to the camp site in waca wasi village.
Day 04: Waca wasi – Millpo Lake. After an early breakfast, we re-start with this section of the trail, a brief ascent to the Huahuaqasa pass (4398 meters), then descent to Aruraycocha and Millpo lakes, which are formed by the melt waters of the Pumahuanca, and Capacsaya snow peaks. This is a spectacular days trekking, through the Urubamba Mountain Range, you will have ample opportunity to spot a number of Andean birds, including condors.
Day 05: Mantanay – Yanahuara – Cusco. this part of the lares trail seems to be easier than other sections, after breakfast we descends by a lush, native polylepis tree forest, in about 3 hours we’ll reach the famous incas sacred valley, at the sector callled yanahuara, a nice village at the end of this lares trek, with an agreeable weather at 2800 masl. this place is reccomended to spend a weekend. the tiny hamlet of yanahuara is located at only 1.20 minutes aut from cusco, with its terraces, slopes sown with corn and watered by the clacier water. at this site is the lastlunch given and after lunch a minivan takes back all the team and our tour ends.
This Itinerary has an optional extension to machu picchu, for an additional rate upon request, if you have connection to machu picchu, then we drive you from yanahuara to ollantay tambo, and continue to machu picchu town.
Manu cultural zone “The most important request for the development of the ecotourism is the sustainable use and the conservation of nature.” We, are a company with conservation in mind, aware of the changes that have occurred on our planet because of human activity. We see ecotourism as a mean of preserving nature by providing sustainable development for the communities that live surrounding natural habitats like Manu National Park. Direct contact with pristine nature provide tourists love for conservation. Hopefully, people will return home with this feeling and share it with friends and family. If so, then ecotourism has an additional value as a source of environmental education that can be passed along to later generations. Peru, like other countries, observes ecotourism as an invaluable form of sustainable development. Our company has participated in ecotourism development as part of a National Strategy for the Conservation of Biological Diversity. the security of our passengers is our first priority. Our staff and our equipment ensure safety, making possible to enjoy a natural and adventurous trip, along with comfort in a tropical jungle setting. Do not miss the opportunity that Inka Challenge Peru offers you
Jungle trip available only in private service: Daily departures.
DAY 01: We leave Cusco early in the morning in our specialized overland vehicles. Approximately mid-morning we visit the interesting Pre- Inca tombs of Ninamarca, commonly known as “Chullpas”. We continue to Paucartambo, a picturesque Spanish colonial town, and then to the Acjanacu pass, which marks the beginning of the Cultural Zone of Manu Biosphere Reserve. Here, a thick cloak of clouds provides perpetual humidity and makes an ideal habitat for epiphytic plants such as bromeliads. This varied and fascinating world is home of the Cock of the Rock, Spectacled Bear, Orchids, Tree Ferns (one of the oldest living plants), mosses and lichens. This cloud forest exists between 2000 and 3500 meters above sea level and at least 50% of the plant species found here are endemic to this region. Overnight in our Orchids lodge “San Pedro”
DAY 02: Today we wake up very early to observe the Cock-of-the-Rockb (Rupicola peruvianab), Peru’s national bird. The male birds are a vibrant reddish orange and about 5:00am. as many as several dozen come together for an exhibition of a ritual mating dance in a comfortably installed on an observation platform called “Lek”. The males display their crest, showing off and posturing for the females. The females, fewer in number, watch to select the most suitable males. After breakfast we continue by bike down the narrow road between waterfalls and canyons toward Pilcopata town (*1) for 2 hours approximately (*2). A 30 minutes bus ride to the port of Atalaya where we will board our covered outboard motor boat and head down the AltoMadre de DiosRiver for approximately 30 minutes toward our private reserve of “Erika Lodge” where we will spend the next two nights. Short walk around the lodge
(*1) Optional (only for experienced people): Descend with mountain bikes from the Cloud Forest (1,700 m.a.s.l.) – to Pilcopata town (700 m.a.s.l.).
(*2) Optional: At Pilcopata town we will make the final settings for a 1 hour tropical jungle river rafting down the KosñipataRiver having the opportunity for a dip and of course enjoy the spectacular view of the KoñeqCanyon.
DAY 03: Erika Lodge is located in a transition zone between high and low jungle (600 m.a.s.l. to 1,150 m.a.s.l), encompassing different habitats. This altitude range explains the high diversity of wildlife found around this lodge, so immediately after breakfast, we will start walking near the riverbanks, during the hike our guide will talk about insects, medicinal plants, trees, reptiles, mammals, etc.
This afternoon we board our boat, and after five minutes, we will walk for another 30 minutes approximately though a very nice trail to observe and talk about the interesting flora fond such as sensitive plants, heliconias, fruit plantations, etc. until we arrive to Machuwasi Lake where with the help of a telescope we can observe great egrets, tucanets, carpenters,Keskadees, cardinals, etc. Short night walk to observe American bullfrogs, horned frogs, tree frogs and an incredible variety of insects. New!!!Canopy tour: Our guests traverse from tree to tree andplatform to platform using pulleys on horizontal.traverse cables, as they sail through the treetops of the tropical rainforest canopy, and over the trails far below. Expert guides assist you in this exciting journey through the different layers of the virgin rain forests and explain what’s going on around you, from the time you leave the ground, until you rappel back down to the forest floor.
DAY 04: This day we will get up very early to board our boat again for only five minutes down river to a Parrot clay Lick called “Collpa” on the riverbanks, where many species of parrots such as the blue headed parrot, white-eyed parakeet, feed for mineral and salt supplements to their diet of seeds and fruits. Immediately after we continue to Atalaya Port where the bus will drive us to Cusco city, arriving late in the night where our manu cultural zone tour ends.
Manu reserved zone, and manu cultural zone are part of the largest jungle that we have, Peru like other countries, observes ecotourism as an invaluable form of sustainable development. Our company has participated in ecotourism development as part of a National Strategy for the Conservation of Biological Diversity. in Manu reserved zone the security of our passengers is our first priority. Our staff and our equipment ensure safety, making it possible to enjoy a natural and adventurous trip, along with comfort in a tropical jungle setting. Our several years of experience working in the Manu Reserved Zone which part of the Manu National Park, has made our company the leader taking tourists to the Reserved Zone for the last four years. Do not miss the opportunity that we offer you. Visit and enjoy virgin habitats in the mountains, cloud forests, and lowland tropical rain forests.
DAY 01: our manu reserved zone tour start with an early departure from cusco in our specialized overland vehicles. Approximately mid-morning we visit the interesting tombs of Ninamarca, commonly known as “Chullpas”. We continue to Paucartambo, a picturesque Spanish colonial town, and then to the Acjanacu pass, which marks the beginning of the Cultural Zone of Manu Biosphere Reserve.Here, a thick cloak of clouds provides perpetual humidity and makes an ideal habitat for epiphytic plants such as bromeliads. This varied and fascinating world is home of the Cock of the Rock, Spectacled Bear, Orchids, Tree Ferns (one of the oldest living plants), mosses and lichens. This cloud forest exists between 2,000 and 3,500 m. and at least 50% of the plant species found here are endemic to this region. Overnight in “Orquideas de San Pedro Lodge”.
Day 02: Today we wake up very early to observe the Cock of the Rock (Rupicola peruviana), Peru’s national bird from a platform. The male birds are a vibrant reddish orange, and as many as several dozen come together for an exhibition of a mating ritual dance in a place called Lek. The males display their crest, showing off and posturing for the females. The females, fewer in number, watch to select the most suitable males. After breakfast we continue in our overland transport *1 down the narrow road between waterfalls and canyons toward the town of Pilcopata *2 and then to Atalaya Port. here we board our covered, outboard motor boat and head down the Alto Madre de Dios River for approximately 15 minutes toward our private reserve of “Erika” a comfortable 12 room lodge owned by Manu Ecological Adventures where we will hike through the interesting trail system that this transitional area between high and low jungle offers. Overnight in the lodge.
*1 Free Option: Descend with mountain bikes from our San Pedro Lodge (1700 m.a.s.l.) Cloud Forest to Pilcopata (700 m.a.s.l.) High Jungle.
*2 Free Option: Here in Pilcopata town we will make the final settings for a 1 ½ or 3 hours river rafting (class I and II rapids) trip down the KoshñipataRiver where we will have the opportunity for a dip and of course enjoy the spectacular view of the Koñeq Canyon. Continuing down the Alto Madre de Dios River to Erika Lodge.
DAY 03: After breakfast we leave Erika Lodge and board our canoe for the four-hour ride down the Alto Madre de Dios River to Boca Manu’s airstrip. During our voyage we may see bird species typical of the river or forest edge such as: Black Skimmer, Pied Lapwing, Capped Heron, Jabiru Stork, and several species of kingfishers, swallows and flycatchers.
(Optional flight from Cusco – Boca-Manu; this means that some new members may join our group, the plane flies over the Andes to a narrow gravel landing strip in the jungle, the it takes approximately 45 minutes). Boca Manu’s village is situated a short distance from the confluence of the Manu River with the Alto Madre de Dios River place where you can buy your last fresh supplies and cold drinks before setting off again in the canoe. Now we enter the ManuRiver and the Reserved Zone, stopping in a white sand beach where we camp. Short walk around the area.
*3 Free Option: New!!!Canopy tour: At Erika Lodge, our guests traverse from tree to tree and platform to platform using pulleys on horizontal traverse cables zip lines), as they sail through the treetops of the tropical rainforest canopy, and over the trails far below. Expert guides assist you in this exciting journey through the different layers of the virgin rain forests and explain what’s going on around you, from the time you leave the ground, until you rappel back down to the forest floor.
DAY 04: Very early and after a ten minutes boat ride, we will arrive to a Parrot Lick “Collpa”, which is a wall of clay in the riverbanks, where many species of parrots such as the blue headed parrot, the white-eyed parakeet, the dusky-headed parrot the chestnut fronted macaw and others feed for mineral and salt supplements to their diet of seeds and fruits. After registering in the official tourist logbook at Limonal, the Park Rangers Headquarters and eating an early breakfast, we will continue travel up the Manu River for 4 hours approximately into the pristine heart of the reserve, we will leave the final traces of human habitation behind us. We arrive Salvador Lake, our base safari campsite (screened dining room, toilets / showers and radio communication is available)Differences in wildlife abundance will be noted immediately we will begin to sight macaws, herons, kingfishers and cormorants frequently and improve our chances of encounters with capybaras, caiman, storks, ducks and other wildlife, you will often see animals sunning themselves on beaches, or foraging for food in the trees lining the riverbanks. This canoe ride gives us the opportunity to observe the immensity of the rainforest. We arrive early in the afternoon and have lunch before setting off on a jungle trail although at this time of day mammals and birds are not as active as in the early morning, we will concentrate on the forest itself and discuss general rain forest ecology, return to the campsite.
DAY 05: We rise early in the morning, as the forest is awakened by the Red Howler monkey (Aloatta seniculus) declaring its territory. A morning walk before breakfast is a great way to catch wildlife in the pursuit of food, as the temperature is very pleasant at this time of day. We explore Salvador Lake by paddling quietly along on a catamaran, giving us the opportunity to observe unique species of birds, monkeys, caimans and with luck the Giant Otter (Pteronura brasiliensis). This endangered species can be seen swimming, fishing, eating and playing. After we enjoy lunch, we cross the river to walk an 8-km trail to another oxbow lake called Otorongo. This forest, which is estimated to be 200 to 300 years old and includes truly huge Ceiba trees and Strangler figs, and it is home to several mammals that are occasionally encountered: Saddleback tamarins, Squirrel, Spider and Brown Capuchin Monkeys, the Collared and the white lipped peccaries. At the lake a strategically located observation tower rises 15 meters above the lake and the jungle floor, from the top you not only get spectacular view of the lake and the surrounding forest but also excellent opportunities to observe birds from the canopy, this also gives us more chances to observe wildlife including the Giant Otter. Back at Salvador Lake, late in the afternoon we will use the catamaran and with the help of flashlights we can observe the black caimans rise from the depths of the lake and begin their search for prey. Return to the safari campsite.
DAY 06: Once again we wake up early, enjoy walking around Salvador Lake and then pack up and slowly go downstream the interesting Manu River. We arrive at 3pm. Approximately to the Valley’s an Island that belongs to a Native family and it’s possible to do a short walk through the forest to observe American bullfrogs, horned frogs, tree frogs and an incredible variety of colorful insects. We continue to Boca Manu’s Village, situated a short distance from the confluence of the Manu and Alto Madre de Dios rivers. From here we descend the Madre de Dios River arriving Juan de Dios Reserve and spend one more night at the Lodge in this magical Amazon jungle. Possibility to do a short night walk.
DAY 07: Around mid-morning we board our canoe to return to the airstrip at Boca Manu. At this point, those who are returning to Cusco by plane will catch their flight. This optional flight from Boca Manu to Cusco offers spectacular views of the surrounding jungle and the area’s meandering rivers. The others continue up the Alto Madre de Dios River to camp on an appropriate beach in the Cultural Zone and enjoy the sounds of the jungle for one last night.
DAY 08: Waking up very early, we continue the trip by boat to Atalaya, where the bus will be waiting for us and drive back up and out of Manu, arriving in Cusco very late this night or the next early morning.
Iquitos, on the banks of the headwaters of the Amazon River, is the most important city in the Peruvian Amazon jungle. It is advisable to spend some days in one of the different lodges, built in the style of the area, that are found on the banks of tributaries in the jungle. There you may visit indigenous tribes, take walks in the jungle and appreciate the varied flora and fauna. One of Iquitos’ main attractions is the Canopy Walkway (Hanging Bridges) found in areas surrounding some of the lodges. These are small walks constructed in the tops of the trees, about 100 feet high, from where you can see the flora and fauna close at hand. Furthermore, cruise lines sailing various Peruvian jungle rivers as well as cities in Colombia and Brazil, anchor in Iquitos. These vessels all have air-conditioned rooms, private baths, restaurant, open decks, etc. We offer the below exciting tours, please make a choice. The Canopy Walkway is an experience unequaled in the rainforest! At a height of over 35 meters (115 feet) and extending for 500 meters (one-third of a mile), the Canopy Walkway provides a view of the rainforest from the treetops, the best vantage point for observing Amazon wildlife and vegetation. The Canopy Walkway is accessible to all and requires no special skills or equipment.
Jungle trip available only in private service: Daily departures.
The suspended walkway is spread between 14 of the area’s largest rain forest trees and is one of the longest canopy walkways in the world. Maintained by the Peruvian Foundation, the Canopy Walkway has extended research into an area where little is known and so much is left. Explorama lodge “Jungle Bound” Adventure. Established in 1964, 80 km (50 mi) down the Amazon River, EXPLORAMA LODGE is deep in primary rainforest. Romantic kerosene torches and lamps illuminate palm-thatched houses with 10-17 private sleeping rooms, connec ting walkways lead to the Tahuampa Bar, the Dining Room, the Sun Porch and two Hammock Houses. Showers & toilet facilities adjoin each house. A variety of treks are offered, including the seven bridges trail walk. A special Full Day excursion to the Canopy Walkway is available for Explorama Lodge guests staying 2 or more nights.
Day 01: Iquitos – explorama Lodge: Our iquitos amazon tours, begins with the reception at the airport or hotel, brief city orientation and transfer to the Explorama lodge. Fifty miles journey down the amazonas river to ayanmono stream, where explorama lodge is located. afternoon hike along the “lake trail” through lowland rainforest which is seasonally flooded. During the high water season, this excursion is done by open boat! Night walk or open boad ride to enjoy the sounds of the rain-forest and stars of the southern sky. (lunch , dinner).
Day 02: Explorama Lodge: Early morning birding excursion. Morning walk along the ” bushmaster trail”, where scientific studies by the Missouri botanical gardens have found the worl’s higuest biodiversity of trees per square hectare. Continue on to visit a small village of Yagua Native where your guide will explain their culture, and how it has been affected by the passing of time. There will be an opportunity to trade for or purchase some of their local crafts and for a domostration of theuse of the blowgun chich some of the Yagua elders still use for hunting. Afternoon boating excursion in search of sloth, found in Cecropia trees at the wate’s edge, and the two species of freshwater river dolphin, pink, and grey, found in Amazonas waters. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
Day 03.- Explorama Lodge – Canopy Walkway – Explorama Lodge Early morning departure from the lodge by boat to the mouth of the Napo River, where in 1542, the intrepid explorer Francisco de Orellano, because the first European to discover the Amazon river. Continue on the Napo River to explore Napo lodge for breakfast. Hike to the spectacular Canopy Walkway spanning over 500 meters (one-third of a mile), connected by tree platforms, and reaching a height of over 35 meters (115 ft) but accessible without any type of climbing skill or equipment. After lunch visit the “ReNuPeRu” Ethno botanical garden ehere over 240medicinal plants are cultivated by a local shaman who will explain the nature of Amazonian natural healing and the uses of some of the plants. Return to Explorama Lodge in time to relax in the hammock house or at the Tahuampa Bar bedore dinner. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. (If overnight flight permits).
Day 04: Explorama Lodge – Iquitos: Morning walk along a local Amazon River trail stopping at a “ribereños” house, corner stone and sugar cane run factory. Afternoon return to iquitos and on to the airport or hotel. Breakfast, Lunch (if departure flight permits).
Visit Peru’s Tambopata National Reserve, a place where nature life with surprise you, it is at the Madre de Dios Province of peru that is bordering with cusco region, Visit the sparkling, palm-rimmed Sandoval Lake, it is the most beautiful lake in the perus amazon jungle, rich wildlife, a privileged location that gives you to enjoy pure nature in morning, afternoon and night trips, good opportunity for wildlife viewing and photography, where the program includes two nights of lodge, full complete with suite facilities such as hot-water showers, electricity, fans, meals. Our expert naturalist guides will amaze you with their knowledge, see Giant Otters, monkeys, and macaws, take forest excursions, where adventure is guaranteed.
Jungle trip available only in private service: Daily departures.
Day 01: our tambopata jungle trips starts with transfer from Puerto Maldonado airport to the river port on the Madre de Dios River. A 25 minutes journey down the Madre de Dios River by motor canoe brings you to the end of the trail in to Sandoval Lake Lodge. From here the trail takes you on a 2-mile walk/or rickshaw ride through secondary forest, until we reach a small canal where we board canoes and are paddled 220 yards through a flooded forest of 100-foot tall Mauritian palms. As the canal opens onto the shimmering surface of the lake, we transfer to a catamaran and are leisurely paddled across half the lake to the lodge. After lunch and a brief rest to avoid the early afternoon heat, we once again board the catamaran and set off to explore the entire west end of the lake. Here, in the flooded palm forest we drift to the sounds of hundreds of Red-Bellied Macaws as they return to the palm forest for the night. We return to the lodge around nightfall for dinner. After dinner we will return to the canoes to look for the large and extremely rare Black Caimans. If it is a clear starlit night, we will also be able to float in the middle of the lake and marvel at the brilliance of the sky.
Day 02: A pre-dawn wake-up call will enable us to be on the lake for sunrise and a hopeful encounter with the family of Giant Otters which frequent the lake and are most active at this time of day. Most of the fish water birds around the lake actively fish in the early morning as well, and this outing should provide excellent views, and photographs, of the prehistoric- looking Hoatzins. After returning for a late breakfast we set off into the cool under story of the tall virgin forest near the lake to see some towering wild Brazil nut trees and a demonstration of how our hosts collect, open and commercialize this important natural product. After lunch and an hour or so to relax we once again board the catamaran to explore the eastern part of the lake, where we might see one or more of the five species of monkeys which live in the forest near the lake, such as the Brown Capuchin Monkey. There is a final chance after dinner to try and spot some Black Caimans on the lake, or to go on a short night walk through the primary forest.
Day 03: Rising once again at dawn, we have a quick snack before boarding the catamarans to explore the western end of the lake in the hope of an encounter with Giant Otters. After a late breakfast we explore some of the rain forest trails with our knowledgeable resident naturalist guide. As we walk the forest will be brought to life as your guide explains the ecology of the rain forest and its diverse flora and fauna. We return for lunch, and then there is an optional rest for those who would like to escape the early afternoon heat. For those still full of energy, there is an option to independently explore some of the forest trails.
In the cooler late afternoon we will once again board the catamaran to explore the eastern end of the lake, and hopefully experience a spectacular sunset over the lake before returning to the lodge for dinner. After dinner, there is a final chance to look for Black Caiman on the lake, or to go on a short night hike through the forest.
Day 04: After a dawn breakfast we take a final, shorter piffle around the west end of the lake to try and glimpse the Giant Otters before returning to Puerto Maldonado to catch your flight to Cusco, or Lima.
Our experienced kitchen personnel can also cater for special dietary requirements, such as low or no salt, low or no sugar, low or no fat, and vegetarian (strict “vegan”) or “ovo-lacto” vegetarian), upon request.Our price include:Transfers from the airport to the port in Puerto Maldonado and vice versa. Accommodations with all meals (from lunch on the first day to the breakfast on the lastday), English speaking guide, river transportation, all guided excursion describes in the itinerary (visits in the lake and trails system) and the Tambo pata National Reserve entrance fee.
We are a company dedicated to Traditional, cultural, ecological and adventure tours in Cusco Region and Peru. We Provide Tours such as the Inca Trails, salkantay, trekking tours, day hikes and tours in Cusco for which we’re prepared. Inka Challenge Peru delivers high quality tours. Our politics has been made thinking of you (our client, our Boss), we deliver personalized service, and guarantee the service you book that previously has been confirmed.
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We are a company dedicated to Traditional, cultural, ecological and adventure tours in Cusco Region and Peru. We Provide Tours such as the Inca Trails, salkantay, trekking tours, day hikes and tours in Cusco for which we’re prepared. Inka Challenge Peru delivers high quality tours. Our politics has been made thinking of you (our client, our Boss), we deliver personalized service, and guarantee the service you book that previously has been confirmed.
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Inca trail to Machu Picchu: “4 days and 2 days” Must be confirmed by sending the money transfer control number, followed by the required details before availability is gone. We will confirm your booking once we get your permit from the (INC – Cusco) National Institute of Culture of Cusco.
Total amount of spaces for the Inca trail are 500 per day divided between four and two days trail, From these 500, 200 are per visitors or tourists, 200 for porters and 100 for guides and cooks. The vacancies can be booked even during January. For the low season we advise to book a month in advance “months November to March”, for the high season 6 months (May to September) if there are still some availability we can book even 3 days on advance. Check the “INCA TRAIL AVAILABILITY” you can see it by clicking on the desired month.
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Inca Trails Cancellation: (4 days inca trail, 2 days inca trail, salkantay inca trail). If you cancel the tour you lose your deposit at 100% because with this money as soon as we confirm we buy the train tickets and the fee for the trail (this money is not refundable).
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Postposition of Other Tours: If you postpone a tour departure, a month in advance there is no penalty. But it you postpone after this period you loss the 50% from the amount deposited, If the tour does not involve entrance fee, Hotel, trail or flight there is no penalty at all if you postpone your tour a week on advance. If you postpone the tour 48 hour there 20% percent penalty from total deposited money. If you after this period there is 50% of penalty from the deposited money.
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From the most important Peru Public Holidays (Around 3,000 annual folk festivals that are carried out every year in Peru), Here we have a selection of the most important ones. Most of them are dedicated to a patron saint, (lord and ladies), since the christian calendar imposed during the Spanish Vice-regency, the celebrations go from hand-in-hand with a busy program of activities that include mass, processions, pilgrimages, dancing, folk dances, arts and crafts shows, agricultural fairs and other shows that blend spirituality and vitality. Below we have some selection of the most meaningful festivals in Peru, chosen for their tourist popularity, geographic reach and unique character. Let us to know about your interests and we will design a tailor made program, that suits your expectations.
Peru Public Holidays “Peru’s most important celebrations”
Around 3,000 annual folk festivals are carried out every year in Peru. Most of them are dedicated to a patron saint, (lord and ladies), since the christian calendar imposed during the Spanish Vice-regency. The celebrations go from hand-in-hand with a busy program of activities that include mass, processions, pilgrimages, dancing, folk dances, arts and crafts shows, agricultural fairs and other shows that blend spirituality and vitality. Below we have some selection of the most meaningful festivals in Peru, chosen for their tourist popularity, geographic reach and unique character. Let us to know about your interests and we will design a tailor made program, that suits your expectations.
Most important Calendar:
January 20 – Marinera dance Festival – (trujillo la libertad): The marinera is one of the representative and elegant dances in Peru, the dance involves a great deal of flirting between couples, who each twitch a handkerchief in their right hand while keeping the beat during what is fairly complex choreography. In the northern Peru Trujillo holds the country’s most important marinera competition, which draws couples from all over the country. During the festival, the city also hosts processions involving floats and the whole town takes on a festive air. The people of Trujillo gather at the main square to dance and celebrate.
February 1 – 14 = Virgen de la Candelaria (Puno): Amassive celebration and the most important in the altiplanic puno, dancers fill the streets of Puno city, nestled on the shores of Lake Titicaca, for several days in February. They perform old dances in colorful costumes. For 18 days the highland city becomes the Folk Capital of the Americas. The festival gathers more than 200 groups of musicians and dancers to celebrate the Mamacha Candelaria. The lady candelaria is led through the city in a colorful procession. imagine 400 people dancing just in a group and all of them in a competition between other groups, the you will see: The dance of the demons or diablada known as the main dance of the festival, morenada, nicely dressed girls, and many other of curse in a complete art demostration. do not miss it.
March second half – April 1st week – Lord of earthquakes (Cusco). Ever since 1650, when the faithful claim that an oil painting of Christ on the Cross held off a devastating earthquake that was rattling the city of Cusco, the locals have been honoring the image of Taytacha Temblores, the Lord of the Earthquakes. The image used today was donated by King Charles V and despite centuries of smoke from candles and incense, no one has dared to restore the blackened painting, that given the Christ a somber aspect and a dark countenance. The Lord of the Earthquakes is taken out in procession through the streets of the city just as the Incas used to parade the mummies of their high priests and high rulers. This celebration is of particular interest because it allows onlookers to get a glimpse of the fusion of Andean religions and Christianity.
April 3rd week – festival and competition of the Peruvian horse – (Lima): The Spanish horse, bred with the Arab stallion and reared in a desert environment, which formed its gait, gave rise to the Peruvian Paso horse. Over 450 years of selective breeding have gone into developing the characteristics that have made the Peruvian Paso Horse one of the world´s most beautiful and elegant breeds. With its four-beat lateral gait, the Peruvian horse gives its rider the smoothest ride in the world. The most important contest takes place in Mamacona, a tourist resort at a walking distance from the Pachacamac ruins (30 km south of Lima). There is also a wonderful exhibition of these horses.
May 3 rd. Festivity of the crosses – (cerro de pasco, Cusco). This Festivity is very distinctive and celebrated along andean peru, since people from towns from the andes and jungle shows up carrying crosses of differing sizes and weights. it is escorted by groups of musicians and dancers to the church for mass celebration. They venerate the cross, it is also practiced as familiar fest and open form.
May 1st week – qoyllur ritty pilgrimage – (Cusco). Qoyllur Rit’i means star of the snows. It’s a festival that combines masses in a Catholic church with a solemn moonlit and a large challenging trek up to a dangerous glacier, to show respect and make retibution ceremony to the Apus, the Protector Mountains of the Incas. Many are asking him for earthly blessings, houses, jobs, cure of an illness. Many want redress in some personal grievance; Christ is a god of Justice in the Andean version of Christianity. The main ceremony. Qoylluritty is located nearby Ausangate Mountain at 4,600 meters (15,090 ft), lands with holy water from the sinak’ara mountain. Where temperatures often plunge below freezing where dancers do not stop dancing all nights and days. Brings thousands of peregrines. through the following Tuesday, usually in late May or early June. More than 10,000 pilgrims climb to the snowline, accompanied by all sorts of dancers in full costume. The ukukus or bears, dress in wool masks and shaggy tunics, are the guardians of the Lord and the Apu mountain spirits, they maintain order during religious ceremonies. On their way back down to their communities, pilgrims haul massive blocks of ice on their backs for the simbolic irrigation of their.
June – the Corpus Christi procession, (Cusco): The festival of Corpus Christi has been celebrated all over Peru since colonial times, but reaches a high point in Cusco. Fifteen saints and virgins from various districts are borne in a procession to the Cathedral where, they “greet” the body of Christ embodied in the Sacred Host, kept in a fabulous gold goblet weighing 26 kilos and standing 1.2 meters high. All the figures are dress with elegant clothes, as well as gold and silver jewelry and are always accompanied by music bands, dancers and fireworks. The Corpus Christi is held between May and June, 60 days after Easter. In the main square people raise very big altars adorned with mirrors, flags, flowers, tree branches, some images, etc. In ancient times those altars were more numerous and showy, adorned with silver frontals, Cusquenian school paintings, statues, etc. Near the main square many merchants place their typical food stands for attendants to the “entrance”, where the traditional “Chiri Uchu” or “Cold hot chili pepper” is served; some other stands also serve pork “chicharrones”, “anticuchos” (skewered cow-heart), etc. and of course, industrial amounts of beer and chicha. After the entrance of images into the Cathedral, people will eat and drink at the main square.
June 24th – Inti Raymi “sun fest”- Cusco: Every year on the 24th of June Cusco celebrates the festival of Inti Raymi, the winter solstice, in the southern hemisphere. Inti Raymi was the most majestic and greatest festival of the Inca territory to honor the sun god. Today, the Inti Raymi evokes the splendid Inca ritual of yore, being carefully scripted by Cusco professors, archaeologists and historians. For more than half a century the festival takes place at the fortress of Sacsayhuaman (2 km outside Cusco). There, step by step, thousands of actors proudly bring the past alive, giving thanks to sun god. The Inti Raymi starts in the square in front of the Qorikancha,also known as the Santo Domingo. The sapan Inka honors, with an eloquently strong voice, the blessings of the Sun and this most sacred day. After this initiation the procession moves with imperial dignity to the Sacsayhuaman. At the top the Inca is carried on a royal litter. At the fortress the high priest performed the llama sacrifice offering a black and white llama. With a sharp ceremonial golden knife called “Tumi” he had to open the animal’s chest. With his hands pulled out its throbbing heart, lungs and viscera, so that observing those elements he could predict the future. Later, the animal and its parts were completely incinerated. After the sacrifice, the High Priest had to produce the “Sacred Fire”. Staying in front of the Sun he had to get its rays in a concave gold medallion that contained some soft or oily material in order to produce the fire that had to be kept during next year in the Qorikancha and Aqllawasi. Once that all ritual stages of the Inti Raymi were finished, all the attendants were located in the southwestern Plaza’ssector named “Kusipata” (Plaza del Regocijo) where after being nourished, peoplewere entertained with music, dances and abundant chicha (natural fermented corn drink).
July 15th: Virgen del carmen – Cusco: there are several places in cusco region where this fest called Virgen del carmen (lady of carmin), during the day groups of dancers go around the whole town, everything turns colorful magic, and the local musicians make their part on it, the people who came to watch became entangle with all bands and mixing themselves between the community into a magic celebration, there basically the places for a good show, Paucartambo at about 6 hours by bus, huarocondo at 01 hour and finally the ancient is this type of celebration and unique dances are is Zurite.
July 28th – 29 Peruvian independence anniversary: All Peru celebrates the independence of its country. On the night of July 27, Peruvians often stage serenatas to the strains of folk and Creole music in plazas (main squares) and public parks. On the following day, before the famous military parade is held in downtown Lima, the Te Deum ceremony attended by the president, is celebrated in the Lima Cathedral. The Feria del Hogar, the biggest commercial fair and the Feria de La Molina, a well-known international music festival, open during these days. Famous national and foreign artists are invited to participate. In various parts of the country, Peruvian also hold agricultural and livestock fairs. (Cajamarca, Piura, Monsefu).
September 14. Señor de Huanca – Cusco: The festivity of the Mr. de Huanca. Includes the peregrination of people from cusco and regions around, there as well as the sort and fair of the cattle in the town of San Salvador; where hundreds of thousands of people will go at least once a year. The younger people will walk over night from Cusco city crossing the mount, will arrive to the place at 08 in the morning.
October 18 – 28 – Lord of The miracles Parade: (Lima):multitudinary processions worldwide takes the procession dates back to colonial times, when a slave drew the image of a black Christ on the walls of a wretched hut in the plantation of Pachacamilla, near Lima. The famous image has remained intact in spite of time, earthquakes and other cataclysms. As a result worship of the image rose to new heights, until it became the largest procession in South America. During the whole month the litter is taken in a trailer to distant places throughout the city followed by thousands of pilgrims dress in purple tunics. Around this time of year, the streets fill with vendors of a wide variety of typical dishes sweets, such as the famous Turron de Doña Pepa. In October to commemorate the Lord of Miracles (Señor de los Milagros) Lima hosts the well-known bullfight season in which the best toreros in the world participate. It takes place in the centuries-old Plaza de Acho bullring.
Nov 1st. All saints (Cusco). The Day of All the Saints. It is a national holiday, Peruvians will visits the cemeteries, this ceremony comes from incan times where natives use to bring the most delicious meals to the cemeteries and left them for their ancestors soul. In cusco locals make special “wawa and caballo” (wrists and pony shape breads ), consumption of lechon (baked Pig) and the Tamales.
Dec 24th: Santu Ranticuy (Cusco). The fair of Santuranticuy takes place at the cusco city main square, hundres of artisans will sell objects used in the Christmas eve, villagers will bring moss from the mount and well it to cusquenian. While older villagers are trying to get some money from selling the ferns and moss, the kinds may have some hot chocolate offered by private companies who will also give some toys.
There are many more public celebrations in every village and town, but this is only the main ones, if you want to know something specific related to, please write us.