The Gay Andean Peru Tour (Amantica Lodge) – 10 Days

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During this complete Peru tour, you will be able to discover, explore and indulge yourself with the magnificent experiences that we had specially curated for you. Our adventure will start touring along the city of Kings, Lima and visit one of its most renowned art museums, then crossing along the imposing Andes to marvel with […]
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    Cultural, Nature

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    Easy

    2/10

  • Group size

    Private

THE GAY ANDEAN PERU TOUR (AMANTICA LODGE) – 10 DAYS

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DAY 1
WELCOME TO LIMA! (D)

• Suggested arrival flight: 14:00 pm
• Maximum altitude: Lima City – 5 masl/ 16.4 ft.
• Meals included: Dinner.
Upon your arrival at Lima (5 mts/16.4 ft), you will be greeted by our amiable View Peru representative whom will explain you all need to know about this dreamy destination. We will accompany you in our private vehicle to the hotel of your choice and revise your itinerary on the way.

Your hotel will be located either in Miraflores or Barranco, the most bohemian, hippest and gay-centered neighborhoods in Lima, packed with gourmet restaurants, bars and clubs.
At night, we had prepared a delightful and special dinner at a glamorous restaurant so you can enjoy the exquisite Peruvian cuisine and relish before your exciting escapade.

DAY 2
ANTIQUE AND MODERN LIMA ENCOUNTER (B, L, D)

After a sumptuous breakfast at your hotel, prepare to explore the diverse Lima highlights where the colonial and contemporary merge. Today your Lima City experience will start with a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean from El Parque del Amor (The Park of Love) at Miraflores (79 mts/259.2 ft), and then continue to the modern neighborhood of San Isidro (109 mts/357.6 ft) with its traditional park El Olivar and its large traditional Tudor-style houses where we can see the influence of the British Colony in this zone of the city. Then we will head to Lima downtown, where we can appreciate the Government Palace, the Cathedral and other buildings with colonial architecture, the balconies of Arabian influence that form part of the Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Our route will continue to the Monastery of San Francisco where you will visit its famous, eerie Catacombs containing thousands of skeletons of wealthy people that were buried here in the belief that their sins would be forgiven. Right after, we will head to Barranco district (64 mts/209.9 ft) where MATE museum (pronounced mAH-teh) is located. MATE aims to bring Peruvian artists and culture to worldwide attention. Its founder Mario Testino, is one of the most recognized Peruvian photographer and also part of the gay community, widely regarded as one of the most influential and well-known fashion and portrait photographers of our time. Testino is known for his portraits of international icons including Kate Moss, Diana Princess of Wales, Gisele Bündchen, and aside to collaborate for brands from Gucci, Versace and Michael Kors to Chanel.
Once you have been enthralled by this experience, it is time to have your lunch at a gourmet and elegant atmosphere in one of the best restaurants in this City of Kings. Afterwards the rest of the day is yours to explore by your own or just take some rest. By the evening, we have made reservations at a first class restaurant for you, enjoy the precious evening with astonishing views of Lima city and let yourself be carried away by the allure of this magical coastal city.

• Pick up time: 09:00 am
• Drop off time: 14:00 pm
• Minimum altitude: Barranco district – 64 masl/ 209.9 ft.
• Maximum altitude: San Isidro district – 109 masl/ 357.6 ft.
• Difficulty: Easy.
• Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

DAY 3
ON ROUTE TO EXPLORE THE COLORFUL SACRED VALLEY (B, L, D)

• Suggested departure flight: 09:00 am approx.
• Drop off time: 18:00 pm
• Minimum altitude: Urubamba Town – 2871 masl/ 9419.3 ft.
• Maximum altitude: Cusco City – 3400 masl/ 11154.9 ft.
• Difficulty: Easy to Moderate.
• Meals included: Breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner.

Another day of this ideal journey starts early in the morning with your pick up from your hotel and transfer you to Lima airport in order to take your flight to Cusco. Upon your arrival to Cusco (3400 mts/11154.9 ft) once again, you will be greeted by our professional guide and be transferred to the dazzling Sacred Valley which is The Sacred Valley is the perfect place to unwind and explore. It has an incredible scenery decorated by terraced mountains and snow-capped peaks, you will be totally enchanted by the traditional Andean way of life!
Firstly, we will stop by an exhibition of South American camelids, here you will find vicuñas, guanacos, alpacas and llamas. This is certainly a unique experience, learning more about these peculiar animals, feeding them and taking lots of pictures in the process. Then, we will move towards the town of Pisac (2972 mts/9750.7 ft) where you will have a succulent lunch made of organic products grown on the Sacred Valley. Afterwards, we will visit Pisac market and meander down through its cobblestone streets and have a brief tour, after that you can have the chance to chat with the locals and buy some handcrafts souvenirs, you will find handmade products made of fine alpaca fiber and some beautiful pieces of jewelry. Also, the perfect time to test your bargaining skills and practice your spanish!

Besides this colorful market, you will have a guided tour of the impressive Pisac ruins (3300 mts/10826.8 ft) complex. In this enigmatic enclosure, you will find superimposed terraces, ceremonial baths, a residential settlement and the largest Inca cemetery (the oldest in South America). To finalize this rewarding day, we will travel to Urubamba (2871 mts/9419.3 ft). Here you will find a unique town, and a soothing getaway. At night we made reservations at a pleasant restaurant in this quaint town where you will be delighted with the organic cuisine. The rest of the evening is yours to explore. Perhaps take the opportunity to indulge in the restorative massages or explore around by your own.

DAY 4
UPSCALE TRAIN JOURNEY THROUGH THE SACRED VALLEY (B, L, D)

Continuing this vibrant venture, we will initiate in the morning and lead you to Urubamba train station in order to embark on an unforgettable train ride to Machu Picchu on board of the high-end Sacred Valley train. The experience starts upon your arrival at the station, where you will be greeted with an Andean infusion to enjoy in the Observatory Bar Car while you delight yourself with the astonishing landscape of this quaint Valley. During the 3 hours ride you will sense how the fresh and pure air fills you and impregnate you with its peculiar fragrance, taking some beautiful photos along the way.

In route you will be served a 3 course gourmet lunch specially prepared, accompanied by a glass of wine and delicate petits fours. Definitely one of the most exclusive and luxurious route to reach one of the World Wonders. Upon your arrival to Aguas Calientes Town (2070 mts/6791.3 ft), you will be greeted and escorted to your hotel. This town is practically an isolated area as it is separated from all roads, surrounded by mountains, cliffs, rivers and an imposing cloud forest.

The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy and explore as you desire around the town, perhaps going to the artisanal market where you can find great diversity of handcrafts and souvenirs, visiting the Manuel Chavez Ballon museum which houses tools that were unearthed from the Inca Citadel, or just walking around this vehicle-free village. At an appropriate time in the afternoon, you have included the entrance to Aguas Calientes hotsprings, whose temperature varies from 38°C/100°F to 46°C/114°F.
Healing properties are attributed to these thermal springs; and also represent a relaxing experience surrounded by lush vegetation and imposing mountains. Once you had finished exploring the town and relishing on the hotsprings, it’s time for a delectable dinner in this charming town.

• Pick up time: 08:45 am
• Drop off time: 13:34 pm (depends on train schedule)
• Minimum altitude: Aguas Calientes Town – 2070 masl/ 6791.3 ft.
• Maximum altitude: Urubamba Town – 2871 masl/ 9419.3 ft.
• Difficulty: Easy to Moderate.
• Meals included: Breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner.
• Notes: Sacred Valley train does not operate the first Sunday of each month.

DAY 5
ELEVATING THE ADVENTURE TO NEW HEIGHTS: MACHU PICCHU! (B, L, D)

• Pick up time: 07:00 am approx.
• Drop off time: 21:56 pm (depends on train schedule)
• Minimum altitude: Aguas Calientes Town – 2070 masl/ 6791.3 ft.
• Maximum altitude: Cusco City – 3400 masl/ 11154.9 ft.
• Difficulty: Easy to Moderate.
• Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, Hiram Bingham tea time and dinner on board.

Today is the day where your dream of visiting Machu Picchu is realized! To begin this exciting day, enjoy a nourishing breakfast at your hotel early this morning. Afterwards, our expert guide will pick you up in order to catch the bus up to the citadel for a 30 mins ride and, if weather allows it, see the sunrise over this Lost City of the Incas. Sometimes and especially in high season we will have to be patient as the queues are longer than expected, but with the help of your guide and a bit of good humor there is nothing impossible!
When visiting Machu Picchu (2430 mts/7972.4 ft) you will feel the magic that still linger in every construction and complex. It shows a magnificent citadel hidden on the Mountains and the vast valleys, indeed a Lost City of the Incas, our well-informed guide will teach you about the magnificent theories about the purpose of Machu Picchu, the history of its buildings and the millenary culture of the Incas.

Following the tour, you have time to lose yourself in the dizzying heights and history whilst you meander along the ancient paths. When you have already accomplished your tour, a delightful lunch at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge hotel is included with our fascinating program. Following your lunch, we will return to Aguas Calientes Town where you will board the train back to Cusco. Next, we will wait for the exclusive tea time included with your Hiram Bingham train service where you can share your fascinating experiences and impressions with other travelers before departing to Aguas Calientes town.

Lastly, we will board our selected train inspired by the exclusive Pullman wagons of the twenties, the Hiram Bingham train back to Poroy train station, during the journey you will relish with the sophisticated dinner on board and the bar car, where you can enjoy the wonderful route accompanied by a Peruvian cocktail and local live music shows. After your arrival to Cusco (3400 mts/11154.9 ft), you will be transferred back by our View Peru representative in our private vehicle for a 40 mins ride towards your hotel.

DAY 6
STROLLING AROUND CUSCO SURROUNDINGS (B, L, D)

We had specially prepared a different way to discover Cusco for today where you will have a taste of this Imperial City. Since the previous day there was a lot of arousing emotions involved, today you will have all morning to rest or wander around the city at your own pace. At a reasonable time, you will be transferred to a high-end restaurant located nearby the Main Square so you can enjoy lovely views while you please your palate with a mixture of delicious flavors.

After your lunch, our friendly guide will meet you for an incredible journey through the most eye-catching attractives of Cusco, starting with the Archaeological Center of Sacsayhuaman (3700 mts/12139.1 ft), which due to its location on the top of the city, it is believed that it served as a fortress; but according to several chroniclers, the site was built as Temple of the Sun. Then, you will be lead to the bustling San Pedro Market, which is a picturesque and cheerful local market. It offers several shopping options for local people and foreign visitors, from exotic fruit juices, fresh meat, traditional vegetables, herbs, food and miscellaneous souvenirs. After this amazing tour, you will have some time to wander around and explore this typical market on your own.

Once you have finished, you will return to the Main Square and access to the Cathedral for your visit, this construction brings together gothic, mannerist and baroque styles. It has splendid altars of both renaissance and neoclassical style, it also houses magnificent works of cusquenian crafts, an exquisite wooden-carved pulpit and a collection of the famous Escuela Cusqueña canvases.
Later on, you will have a brief explanation of the Main Square or Plaza de Armas and its surroundings, where you will find history, culture and a throbbing nightlife. Enjoy your last night at this enchanting city at a special fine cuisine restaurant, with a farewell dinner appreciating the ravishing nuances of this glittering city.

• Pick up time: 12:30 pm approx.
• Drop off time at your restaurant: 19:00 pm approx.
• Minimum altitude: Cusco City – 3400 masl/ 11154.9 ft.
• Maximum altitude: Sacsayhuaman archaeological site - 3700 masl/ 12139.1 ft.
• Difficulty: Easy.
• Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
• Notes:
-We also have different tour options like Peruvian cooking classes, Street photography tour, Outdoor painting lessons and more!

DAY 7
DELVING INTO THE HEART OF THE ALTIPLANO (B, L, D)

• Suggested arrival flight: 12:00 pm
• Drop off time at your lodge: 16:30 pm (depends on your flight schedule)
• Minimum altitude: Juliaca City – 3825 masl/ 12549.2 ft.
• Maximum altitude: Amantica Lodge - 3840 masl/ 12598.4 ft.
• Difficulty: Easy to Moderate.
• Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
• Notes: Please note that there may be restrictions on sailing late in the lake, especially during the “swell” season. For this reason we recommend to arrive around noon or earlier.

Our journey for today will take us to the highlands of Puno. After your savory breakfast, our representative will greet you and transfer you to Cusco airport where you will take your short flight to Juliaca (3825 mts/12549.2 ft). Upon your arrival, you will be received by another friendly representative and start your journey towards Puno (3827 mts/12555.8 ft) and then transferred to your exclusive hotel.
During your 3-hour journey by boat to this piece of paradise you will appreciate where the sky-blue nuances meet the intense blues of the water contrasting with an earthy color covered by a golden texture called Andean grass, better known as ichu.

Upon your arrival to Amantica Lodge (3840 mts/12598.4 ft) you will be welcomed by the friendly staff of the lodge which are natives of Amantani, a round island almost ten kilometers long, inhabited by 400 families from ten communities. Enjoy the uniqueness of this spectacular site and capture a lot of photos on the process. The lodge has a master bedroom with a double bed, located in front of large windows to appreciate the lake. It also has a complementary room with two large single beds, ideal in case you are traveling with friends. In any case, the lodge is completely private for you and the personnel will be completely at your disposal. Apart from these rooms you can enjoy the bathtub that has a magnificent rock carving which invites you to a session of hot water with mineral salts.

After enjoying your lodge facilities and at an appropriate time, you will have a delicious dinner made by your personal chef who develops a specialized menu taking into account your very special taste, food restrictions and cravings. To crown this day, you will experience a typical serenate performed by Andean traditional musicians whom will play local songs to animate this lovely evening before having your well-deserved rest time.

DAY 8
MAGICAL SUNRISE ON THE TITICACA AND EXPLORING THE ISLANDS (B, L, D)

Today we recommend to wake up early in the morning to be swept up in the beauty of Lake Titicaca, admiring a spectacular scene as the sun rises across Lake Titicaca. After this amazing experience, you will have your specially breakfast served based on your preferences. Afterwards you will be transported for your half day excursion to Taquile Island (3950 mts/12959.3 ft) where we will be greeted by locals dressed in their gorgeous traditional woven clothing. Here you will have a complete guided tour of the island knowing more about the important aspects in their local life. This is a special island due of its customs, here the locals make their belts, ponchos, gloves and other traditional garments, all handmade. You even have the occasion to acquire some souvenirs or exchange some phrases with them.

Following this experience, you will have a delicious lunch at a local outdoor restaurant with amazing views of the vast highlands. Then, you will be transferred back to your lodge and indulge with your hotel facilities and have some rest. In the afternoon, we had prepared another unique experience where you will get on board with a local fisherman and learn about the fish species living in Lake Titicaca, here you can test you luck and ability trying to bring back a fish to your private chef. You will spend around 45 min on board for a tour in the bay of the lodge fishing with a rod and picking up the nets. Then you will be returned to your hotel and deliver the catch of the day to your chef for your succulent dinner tonight. Before dinner you will have a stargazing experience. Amantani is a marvellous spot to observe the starry sky at night time. An app on the Ipad provided, will help us to spot the constellations and a local ancient will provide a fascinating introduction to the Andean cosmovision.
Subsequently, you will enjoy an amazing dinner (made with the fish that you catch before) watching the sunset over the sparkling lake.

• Pick up time: 08:00 am
• Drop off time: 14:00 pm approx.
• Minimum altitude: Amantica Lodge - 3840 masl/ 12598.4 ft.
• Maximum altitude: Taquile Island – 3950 masl/ 12959.3 ft.
• Difficulty: Easy to Moderate.
• Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
• Notes:
- The stargazing activity is subject to weather conditions.
- The fishing activity can be done at sunrise when the lake is calmest, or another time of the day.

DAY 9
ADVENTURE ON TITICACA LAKE OUTSKIRTS (B, L, D)

• Pick up time: 09:00 am
• Drop off time: 17:00 pm approx.
• Minimum altitude: Amantica Lodge - 3840 masl/ 12598.4 ft.
• Maximum altitude: Pachatata site – 4120 masl/ 13517.1 ft. or Pachamama site - 4140 mts/13582.7 ft.
• Difficulty: Challenging
• Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.


Another day in this beautiful location starts picking you up from your lodge towards its bay. Today you will enjoy the highest navigable lake in the world and in the best way possible – on kayak! You will attend to a safety briefing and be instructed on how to operate our top of the line kayaks.
We will begin paddling along Titicaca Lake, during the voyage we will observe gorgeous landscapes in a fun and responsible way while we enjoy the waters of the majestic Titicaca.

Right after we will return to the lodge to have a light and energetic lunch to gain strengths for the following venture. Continuing with our adventurous day, we will be part of one of the most popular activity here, hiking up to the summit of the island either Pachatata (4120 mts/13517.1 ft) or Pachamama (4140 mts/13582.7 ft) where stands some pre-inca ritual sites and where you could try the relaxing benefits of a stone balancing session. And then enjoy a very special and privileged breathtaking 360° sunset scene where you can appreciate the magnificent Lake Titicaca in all its splendor.

Upon your arrival to your hotel, we had prepared a well-earned hot bath tub, infused with natural scents and a candle lighted Champagne and appetizers. In the huge natural stone bathtub, where you relax your muscles and imagine yourself being right among the stars. Once you finish your relaxing bath, a lovely last dinner in your accommodation and the opportunity to indulge in savory Andean flavors waits for you.

DAY 10
FAREWELL TO PERú (B)

On the final day of your splendid tour, enjoy a relaxed breakfast at your hotel. At an appropriate time, our View Peru Representative and a private vehicle will be arranged accordingly to your flight schedule taking you to Juliaca Airport and continue with your next adventure.

Along the way you will appreciate the last views of highland characteristic landscapes, after a short ride we will reach Sillustani (3900 mts/12795.3 ft) which is the largest necropolis in South America. Our knowledgeable guide will give us a wide explanation about the Kolla culture beliefs regarding life after death while you appreciate the funeral towers known as "Chullpas" and various buildings of pre-Inca and Inca periods. Sillustani is next to Umayo lagoon which has grasslands areas and a reserve of graceful vicuñas. Enjoy the uniqueness of this spectacular site and capture a lot of photos on your last tour in Puno. After this visit, we will head to Juliaca Airport (3825 mts/12549.2 ft) and assist you with the check-in procedures. We are sure that you will take with you the most beautiful memories of your Perú visit.
• Pick up time: 07:30 am
• Suggested departure flight: 13:26 pm
• Maximum altitude: Juliaca City – 3900 masl/ 12795.3 ft.
• Meals included: Breakfast and snacks.
• Notes:
-If you are interested in extend your trip to another Peru destinations, we do offer extensions to Tambopata Jungle, Mancora Beach, Nazca and Paracas, Bolivia and more

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