Project Description

Machu Picchu & the Amazon Rainforest

10 Days / 9 Nights

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

[Places Visited] Lima, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco & Amazon Rainforest
[Tour Length] 10 Days

  • Visit Lima’s main attractions and enjoy its exquisite cuisine.
  • Learn about ancient weaving techniques at Chinchero and admire the beauty of the little known Moray complex.
  • Travel back in time 1,000 years into the past at Hatuncancha community, where its inhabitants are considered as direct Inca descendants.
  • Discover the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and be witness of its impressive scenery.
  • Spend a second day in Machu Picchu to experiment an unforgettable sunrise in this amazing Sanctuary and for deeper exploring.
  • Explore Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire; visit its impressive complexes and Pre Hispanic temples.
  • Enjoy an unforgettable time at the private retreat of Villa Tipón and discover all of its charming features.
  • Climb the banks of the meandering Madre de Dios River, and enter another world. Wake to a symphony of tropical birdsong; end your days by lantern light, falling asleep to the gentle night noise of the Amazon rainforest.

SUMMARY

Day 1: LIMA

Welcome at Lima Airport and transfer to your comfortable hotel.

Day 2: LIMA

Morning at leisure.
Lunch at traditional local restaurant.
Afternoon City Tour & Larco Herrera museum.
Meals: B,L

Day 3: LIMA – CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY

Transfer to Lima Airport for your flight to Cusco.
Welcome at Cusco Airport and transfer to the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Full day tour. Visit Chinchero town & Moray complex.
Meals: B,Picnic L

Day 4: SACRED VALLEY

Full day tour. Discover Hatuncancha & Ollantaytambo
Meals: B,Picnic L

Day 5: SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU

Morning transfer to Ollanta station to board Vistadome Valley train to Machu Picchu.
Tour at Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary (3 hrs approx.)
Meals: B,L,D

Day 6: MACHU PICCHU – SACRED VALLEY – CUSCO

Morning optional sunrise and / or hikes at Machu Picchu.
Afternoon board Vistadome Valley train to Ollanta station and transfer to your comfortable hotel.
Meals: B,L

Day 7: CUSCO

Morning City Tour (Qoricancha – Temple of the Sun, Saqsaywaman, Qenqo, San Pedro Market & San Blas Artists neighbourhood).
Unforgettable lunch at Villa Tipon & Andean Offering Ceremony.
Afternoon explore Tipon Archaeological Site.
Meals: B,L

Day 8: CUSCO – PUERTO MALDONADO – RAINFOREST

Transfer to Cusco Airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado.
Welcome at Puerto Maldonado Airport and transfer to the Lodge.
Rainforest Excursions (Shared Basis)
Meals: B,L,D

Day 9: RAINFOREST

Rainforest Excursions (Shared Basis)
Meals: B,L,D

Day 10: RAINFOREST – PUERTO MALDONADO – LIMA – OUTBOUND

Transfer to Puerto Maldonado Airport for your flight to Lima.
Welcome back to Lima Airport and assistance with your flight connection.
Meals: B

Note: Subject to availability and change without prior notice.

Day 1: LIMA
Welcome to Peru! Upon arrival in Lima, after clearing Immigration and Customs you are met and transferred to your hotel. Lima, the Peruvian Capital, was founded by Spanish conqueror Pizarro in 1,535 like the “City of the Kings”. As the starting point for most travelers, it has developed a great variety of destinations to visit like the historical and archaeological centers, museums, festivities, nightlife and art galleries. Steeped in history, Lima strives to maintain a balance between modernism and tradition.

Day 2: LIMA
You are met around noon to enjoy a superb lunch of local delicacies before an afternoon sightseeing including Lima’s superb colonial churches, palaces and promenades. You then continue to the Larco Herrera Museum, which is housed in an 18th-century vice-royal building built over a 7th-century pre-Columbian pyramid. It showcases chronological galleries that provide a thorough overview of 4,000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. It is well known for its gallery of pre-Columbian erotic pottery, the only of its kind in the world.
(B, L)

Day 3: LIMA – CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS
Today you are transferred to Lima’s airport for an hour flight to Cusco, where you are welcomed and start descending gradually into the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Along the route, visit the colorful native town of Chinchero, which is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Witness an amazing ancient weaving demo in this village, where weaving traditions are still strong and many weavers still know and use a great variety of techniques and designs of our ancestors. For at least two thousand years Peruvian weavers have experimented with every weaving technique known in the world.

After lunch venture off the beaten path to Moray, which is a series of circular Inca terraces worked into the ground. Local people refer to it as the greenhouse of the Incas and historians think it was used as an agricultural research center. As you descend each layer, so too does the temperature. The Incas may have used Moray mainly to test and develop new crops.

Situated at a lower altitude than Cusco, your hotel provides the perfect environment in which to relax and acclimatize, and an ideal base to explore the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
(B, Picnic L)

Day 4: SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS
After breakfast, you start a very especial and unique trip to Hatuncancha community. This is a journey into the past, every moment of it, is like living each page of a millenary book. After a 45 minute drive to the summit of the Andes Mountains you arrive to Hatuncancha. All the villagers, who are direct descendants of the Incas, speak Quechua and dress in colorful red ponchos and shawls, woolen hats decorated with cheerful red ribbons, trousers, and rubber sandals. Their remarkable apparel is usually embellished with elaborate, darker colored patterns, which they can read like books and that are records of the most important aspects of their rich culture.

They welcome us into their homes, which have stood in the exact spot since the Incas ruled the area. Enjoy their warm hospitality, learn about their ancient way of life and even have the opportunity to participate in this family’s everyday life, working side by side with them as they knit, weave, perform the farm chores, tend the livestock, cook traditional dishes, learn some words from their native Quechua language and enjoy lunch prepared with same ingredients as Incas did. This lifetime experience takes you back in time 1000 years into the past!

In the afternoon, visit Ollantaytambo, the oldest continuously occupied settlement in the Americas, which demonstrates the best surviving example of Inca city planning. The complex consists of a number of ascending terraces alongside which runs a path that provides entrance to the high ceremonial area. There is a large number of chambers which are made of rough blocks of stone. This ancient complex was originally a Temple and later used as a fortress by some Incas to repel the attack by the Spanish conquerors. This important Inca site is a great example of magnificent stonework.
(B, Picnic L)

Day 5: SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU
This morning you are transferred to Ollanta rail station to board the train to Machu Picchu. The Vistadome Valley service includes carriages with panoramic windows which enhance the impressive scenic view. During the journey – 1.5 hours – a light snack is provided. You arrive at Machu Picchu town and are transferred to Machu Picchu Archaeological site by shuttle bus.

Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary Excursion
Explore the enigmatic complex of Machu Picchu accompanied by your expert guide, who leads the way through the site, providing varied information on key areas of interest, including Intihuatana or Sun Dial, the Sacred Plaza and the Temple of the Sun. The story of Machu Picchu is very interesting. It’s still unknown what the site exactly was in terms of its place in Inca life. Some scholars believe that Machu Picchu was a summer country resort for elite Incas. However, other theories affirm that Machu Picchu was one of the greatest ceremonial centers in the entire Inca Empire.

You may enjoy the last sun rays at Machu Picchu or relax at your comfortable hotel for the balance of the day.
(B,L,D)

Day 6: MACHU PICCHU – SACRED VALLEY – CUSCO
After breakfast, you may witness a breathtaking sunrise in Machu Picchu and enjoy this amazing place for a second time. For the most adventurous ones, we suggest to go up the Huayna Picchu Mountain (reservation required) from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being high and distant. It’s an exciting adventure for the travelers who want to see, from the top, the nature and the carved stone emerging from the ground. Less demanding and beautiful hikes are also available such the Sun Gate or the Inca Bridge.
After lunch, board the Vistadome Valley train back to the Sacred Valley and continue by road all the way to your hotel in Cusco.
(B,L)

Day 7: CUSCO
This morning discover Cusco City, which was the capital of the vast and impressive Inca Civilization. Explore the Qorikancha or Sun Temple, now referred to as Santo Domingo Church. The curved stonework of the temple is probably unequalled in the world which probably was covered with gold during the Inca period. Then, visit the impressive archaeological sites around the city: Saqsayhuaman, an Inca complex with huge stone constructions, where the Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun is held every June. Sacsayhuaman has a great cosmic energy – that is why people think it was an astronomic observatory and an Inca oracle. Explore also Q’enqo, a place used for ceremonial purposes, fertility rites and celebrations of the solstice and equinox. Once back to the city, visit the very colorful San Pedro market and finally proceed to San Blas, the Artisans’ Neighborhood of narrow and high streets, visit its beautiful little plaza and discover unique workshops.

Around noon, continue to Villa Tipón, an exclusive retreat located just outside the city of Cusco. This unique and beautiful Villa is set in the midst of awe inspiring mountains, which incredible gardens full of vividly colored flowers invite you to take a relaxing stroll. Enjoy an unforgettable typical lunch followed by an Andean offering performed by an Andean shaman.

In the afternoon visit Tipón – The Water Temple, a little-known jewel of the Inca Empire and its extensive ruins which include baths, terraces, irrigation systems and a ceremonial complex. The site represents great mastery of irrigation and hydraulic technology. The Inca engineers of Tipón designed buildings, 13 integrated central terraces, waterworks, hundreds of other terraces and massive structures to be visually and functionally harmonious with their surroundings.
(B, L)

Day 8: CUSCO – PUERTO MALDONADO – RAINFOREST
Welcome in Puerto Maldonado. Visit the Inkaterra Lounge (Butterfly House) near the airport, conveniently check-in, and then reach the boarding wharf in only 15 minutes. Begin to experience the enchantment of the rainforest, as you take a 30-45 minute motorized canoe ride along the Madre de Dios River, to arrive to your Lodge. After a short briefing, settle into your beautiful cabin and enjoy your lunch at the dining room.

On your first day, take a guided walk along the Trail system, into the lodge natural area, where you discover the Amazon Basin. This trail offers an excellent introduction to the forest environment, winding past impressive trees such as the staggeringly tall kapok, and the strangely beautiful strangler fig, offering great opportunities for birdwatching and observing exotic insects.

On the first night take our Twilight River excursion — a guided afternoon ride by motorized canoe on the Madre de Dios River. Witness the transformation from a diurnal to a nocturnal world: animals and birds of the daytime give way to species specially adapted to the night. As you enjoy their paradise, you learn about their habits, while you search for nightjars (Hydropsalis climacocerca), owls, capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) and up to three different caiman species.

Enjoy dinner served in the dining room from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Afterwards, you may retire early to your own cabaña, or share your experience of life in the rainforest with other guests and Explorer Guides, as you listen to the intriguing sounds of the jungle at night.
(B,L,D)

Day 9: RAINFOREST
This morning you may visit the Lake Sandoval excursion into the Tambopata National Reserve. Glide in a dugout canoe, across a beautiful, mirror-like oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) as well as red howler monkeys (Alouatta seniculus), redbellied macaws (Orthopsittaca manilata), anacondas (Eunectes murinus), side-neck turtles (Podocnemis unifilis), and black caimans (Melanosuchus niger). Return to the lodge for lunch.

After lunch, consider the remarkable Inkaterra Canopy Walkway. Ascending the first tower, 95 feet (29 meters) above the forest ground, you begin your encounter with the treetop realm. For more than a quarter of a mile, you will literally walk through the rainforest canopy on a suspension bridge network linking eight observation platforms. During this hour-and-a-half expedition, be on the lookout for colorful toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, monkeys, and sloths.

After your descent from the Canopy, experience the Anaconda Walk for about 30 minutes along the 200-meter wooden bridge over the wetlands. In this lush ecosystem, you may observe the various species of amphibians, birds, mammals, abundant flora, trees and there is a possibility to see snakes of this flooded marshland. The excursion finishes by returning to the lodge.
(B,L,D)

Day 10: RAINFOREST – PUERTO MALDONADO – LIMA – OUTBOUND
Enjoy a full breakfast before departure. A 30-45 minute return trip by motorized canoe on the Madre de Dios River takes you to Puerto Maldonado, where you may visit the Butterfly House. Peru boasts the greatest variety of butterflies in the world, with 3,700 known species. Many of these can be seen at the Butterfly House, a showcase for the variety, beauty and adaptability of these fascinating insects.

Then you are transferred to Puerto Maldonado Airport for your flight back to Lima, where you are met and assisted with your connecting flight.
(B)

5 Stars
US $ 4,565
4 Stars
US $ 3,620
3 Stars
US $ 3,150
Lima JW MARRIOT
Deluxe Room
CASA ANDINA PRIVATE
Superior Room
CASA ANDINA SELECT
Traditional Room
Sacred Valley TAMBO DEL INKA
Superior Room
PAKARITAMPU
Standard Room
CASONA YUCAY
Superior Room
Machu Picchu INKATERRA
Superior Deluxe Room
EL MAPI
Deluxe Room
INTI INN
Standard Room
Cusco CASONA INKATERRA
Suite Patio
NOVOTEL
Contemporary Room
CASA ANDINA CLASSIC
Superior Room
Puerto Maldonado INKATERRA RESERVA AMAZONICA
Suite Amazonica
INKATERRA RESERVA AMAZONICA
Superior Cabin
INKATERRA HACIENDA CONCEPCION
Cabaña

* Pricing per person based on double occupancy

INCLUDED:

  • Hotel accommodations as indicated in the itinerary, including taxes (VAT 18%) and service charges.
  • Meals as specified: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner.
  • Private airport transfers as indicated in the itinerary. (Except in Puerto Maldonado area: Shared Basis).
  • All ground transportation by private vehicle as indicated in the itinerary. (Except in Puerto Maldonado area: Shared Basis).
  • All private guided excursions as indicated, inclusive of admission fees. (Except in Puerto Maldonado area: Shared Basis – Max. Group size: 10 pax).
  • Expert English-speaking Tour Guide services during included transfers and excursions.
  • Vistadome Valley Rail tickets to / from Machu Picchu.
  • 24 / 7 Concierge Live Assistance.
  • Baggage handling assistance and tips to airport porters.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Any international airfares or internal airfare unless specifically mentioned; Airport Taxes ($32.00 per person International Departures Tax); Passport and visa fees; Travel insurance; Excess baggage charges; Items of personal nature such as gratuities, telephone / fax / internet charges, laundry, beverages, meals and services not specified in the itinerary.

NOTES:

  • This is a sample itinerary which can be customized according to your needs and travel wishes. Please contact our Destination Specialists at sales AT peruvianodyssey DOT com.
  • Extensions among other destinations in Peru are available upon request and at an additional cost.
  • Before your trip, please get a copy of your Peru Information Guide for a most unforgettable experience!
  • Local Tax (VAT 18%) for accommodation and meals taken in hotels, only applicable to travellers having remained in the country for 60 consecutive days or more (residents). In order to be exempt from this tax, non-resident travellers must present their original passport and Andean Immigration Card to our staff at the moment of check-in. In absence of these documents, the VAT exemption does not apply and the tax will have to be paid by guests directly at each hotel.

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