13. A Couple of days after look a flight to Cusco, On my way to Machu Pichu, the lost Inca town Which was the most visited tourist destination in the world (2015).
12. Now Lima being the capital city of Peru apart from being historically very significant, there are many places to visit specially Miraflores and Larcomar. One of the best way to see the city is to either take a walking tour(tip only basis) or one of the many open roof buses.
Urubamba is renowned for the spectacular Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley. The package includes a full day private tour of the Sacred Valley to see the Inca ruin at Ollantaytambo and the world famous bustling artisan market at Pisac where you can see the architectural remnants of the Inca civilization apart from also shopping for some Andean crafts.
Then, the most exciting morning was here. We arrived at the station a bit early as advised. It was very different from usual railway stations we see across the world, for example, the station has a gate - for the trains to go through. And that gate remains closed unless a train has to come out or in. That happens thrice a week.
The flight from Lima will take you to Puerto Maldonado on the edge of the Tambopata National Park. You can deposit your excess luggage at the Butterfly House reception lodge before you set off towards the main lodge. A motorized canoe on the Madre de Dios River will take you up to the lodge. The first excursion into the forest is on the very same day, after you have settled in and had lunch. Your guide will take you on a series of trails close to the lodge, exploring and at the same time also learning about the primary and secondary rain-forest, and its components.At dusk, a small sailing trip along the Madre de Dios River to seek out and hopefully see some of the nocturnal animals that reside in the Jungle will be arranged before you finally call it a night. Over the next two days, you will be guided through the forest, experiencing the wildlife, the views and sights in a series of hikes and excursions. A hike to the Lake Sandoval and a ride on a dug-out canoe on the mirror-like lake is an amazing chance to see the endangered giant otter and the paiche fish (one of the world’s largest scaled fresh water fish). A similar canoe ride on the Cocha lake is where you can actually fish for for some of the native species. Many of the excursions will start off on the Madre de Dios River, taking you by a motorized canoe to the clay lick Cachuela to sight the the blue-headed parrot and the cobalt-winged parakeet; and also to the largest and longest tree top canopy tower in Tambopata, where hanging bridges interconnect and allow you to get up-close and personal with the wildlife hidden in the tree tops. On the fourth day you re-trace your route back to Puerto Maldonado, where a mid-day flight will take you to Cusco.
This is one of the most affluent areas in Lima almost like it has life of it's own. This place never sleeps and is right over the Pacific shore.
After reaching Aguas Calientes, we need to take a bus ride lasting about 20minutes to reach the ancient site of Machu Pichhu The bus ride itself is spectacular as the narrow track winds its way up the mountainside The scenery is lush cloud forest with great views of the sacred mountain.
Ollamtamybo, one of the more important sites of the Inca era became the last stop in my Inca trail. I arrived here after walking for 4 days from my living Inca trail. This is where I would take the train to Aguas Caliente for Manchu Picchu and return to Cusco after. I returned to Ollamtamybo, wanting to do a short 2 days in this tiny town. After Manchu Picchu, the wonderful ruins of Ollamtamybo seemed a little underwhelming. While visiting one of the ruins, met a very friendly Peruvian and his son who worked with the archaeological digs in nearby areas. He invited me to his home to look at some of his archaelogical finds. This became the highlight of my trip to this town. The house was a typical mud brick construct with guinea pigs running around the mud oven kitchen. Quite a sight by itself to have dinner running around. He took out some Inca burial artifacts from a serious of cardboard boxes, one of the fascinating finds was a tiny desiccated human baby.Then there were others, adult human skulls. Some had broken cranium, a chilling proof that these were human sacrifices. The non-enlongated skulls showed these human artifacts were not from royalty but of normal descent and hence the Inca sacrificial burials for these mummies were for minor events. Still, the artifacts were fascinating and a great opportunity for a close up glimpse which otherwise be viewed from afar in boxed up windows of a museum.