Machu Picchu and Amazon Rainforest

Trip Style: Nature & Soft Adventure

Discover the best of the Inca Empire including the city of Cusco, Pisac, Ollantaytambo
and, obviously, the famous citadel of Machu Picchu, a unique place in the world. Then
travel into Peru’s Amazon Rainforest to explore one of the most biodiverse locations
in the world whilst relaxing in a quality jungle lodge. The Peruvian jungle awaits!

Day 1 Arrival Day

Upon arrival, we’ll welcome you at Lima Airport and then transfer you to our hotel in Miraflores. We’ll then have a short briefing on the program and the rest of the day is free to relax and wander around at our own pace. Depending on the arrival time, we have plenty of suggestions to make the most of our first day in Lima.

 

Meals: None

Accommodation: Comfortable hotel in Lima

Day 2 Walking through Cusco

After an early breakfast, we have a short drive to the airport to take our 55 minutes flight to the city of Cusco. If possible we will try to get a seat on the left side of the aircraft as some of the best views of the Andes can be seen by this side of the aircraft. Upon arriving at Cuzco airport, we will be met by a Peruvian Soul representative who will welcome us and take us to our hotel.

In the afternoon, we’ll strap on our walking shoes as we prepare for an relaxing walking tour around Cusco’s Historical City Centre.  This tour takes us not only through the most touristic sites in Cusco such as the Main Square, the Cathedral and the Koricancha “Temple of the Sun”, but also along ancient streets, traditional markets and not so known areas where we will discover the magic of Cusco.

 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Comfortable hotel in Cusco

Private Service

 

Day 3 The Sacred Valley of the Incas; Maras, Moray & Ollantaytambo

This morning we’ll set off on a tour to visit the Sacred Valley’s most impressive sites. First we’ll reach Moray, one of the most unusual Inca construction, which seems to have been an agricultural experimental station to adapt crops to different temperatures. Then we continue to Maras, an impressive complex for salt extraction used since before Inca times. From here, if time allows, we can choose to take a nice 1-hour walk to today’s lunch venue, Tunupa Restaurant, located at the base of the valley. Otherwise we can continue on our private transport towards the restaurant.

For lunch we’ll enjoy a local & international cuisine buffet at Tunupa and after we’ll continue to Ollantaytambo, an old Inca fortified village where we may observe some of the best examples of Inca architecture in the region. We’ll spend the night at a cozy hotel at Ollantaytambo. In the evening, we can walk around this beautiful village. Hotel is conveniently located just two minutes walking distance from Ollantaytambo Train Station.

 

Meals: Breakfast  & Lunch

Accommodation: Comfortable hotel in the Sacred Valley

Private Service

 

Day 4 Machu Picchu, discovering the lost city of the Incas

Today is the big day! After a very early rise, we’ll board the 5, 6 or 7am train from Ollantaytambo Station heading to the town of Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu). The train journey is a spectacle in itself as we’ll be able to appreciate the changing landscape from green fields and eucalyptus forests to lush jungle, always travelling besides the meandering Urubamba River. Upon arrival, we’ll take a bus up the steep zig-zagging road to Machu Picchu located on an impressive mountain setting. Once at the citadel we’ll take a private guided tour to explore every corner of the "Lost City of the Incas" and, after that, we will have some free time to continue exploring the citadel at our own pace or, if you wish, we could hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain for spectacular views of the Citadel and its surroundings (these hikes can be included upon request, for an additional $10 per person).

There will be free time for lunch and in the afternoon, we’ll descend back to Machu Picchu Pueblo to board the 4.45 return train to Poroy Station, where we’ll have a private transport waiting to take us back to Cusco.

 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Comfortable hotel in Cusco

Private Service

 

*Other optional free hikes at Machu Picchu are:

Inca Bridge Hike  (approximately 1 .30 hours roundtrip)

“Inti Punku” or Sun Gate Hike (approximately 2 hour hike)

 

Day 5 Free Day in Cusco

Cusco is one of the most interesting cities in Peru and South America. Today we'll have the entire day to explore the streets and plazas of this UNESCO World Heritage City at our own pace.

 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Comfortable hotel in Cusco.

Day 6 Arrival to Puerto Maldonado in the Amazon Rainforest

This morning, at the coordinated time, we’ll head to Cusco Airport to board a 40 minute flight to Puerto Maldonado, gateway into Peru’s Southern Amazon region.

On arrival, we’ll be welcomed by our jungle specialist guide and transferred to our local office to leave any excess luggage. We’ll then we board our motor boat to take a 2 and a half hour boat ride to our lodge located in the buffer zone of the Tambopata National Reserve.  A box lunch will be provided on route.

Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome us and brief us on important navigation and security tips. Then we’ll  have some free time to relax, and in the evening, we’ll go along the river’s edge, scanning the shores with headlamps and flashlights to catch the red gleams of reflection from caiman eyes.

 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Overnight at Refugio Amazonas (Ecolodge)

Shared (maximum of 10 passengers per guide)

Day 7 Visiting an Oxbow Lake & Walking through the Canopy

After breakfast we’ll go paddling around an Oxbow lake on a catamaran looking for wildlife such as hoatzins, caimans and horned screamers. There will also be plenty of opportunities to see colorful macaws. Then, we shall climb a 30 meter high tree with the help of harnesses in an activity that shows us how macaw researchers work.

After lunch we head to an old growth patch of Brazilian Nut Forest where we learn about the whole process of nut harvesting. Afterwards, we take a 30 minute walk to a high canopy tower where we’ll be able to view the rainforest from a different perspective (from treetops), ideal for spotting birds and monkeys.  Toucans, macaws and raptors are likely to be seen. 

In the evening, if we still have energy we can go on a night walk to try and spot some wildlife, most mammals are active at this time but are still difficult to see.

 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Overnight at Refugio Amazonas (Ecolodge)

Shared (maximum of 10 passengers per guide)

Day 8 Macaw Clay lick & Kayaking at Tambopata River

This morning we’ll sail down river and then walk for one hour to a clay lick where we can observe the parrots and eating the clay on the river banks. After, we’ll move to a peccary clay lick where there’s a 15% chance to observe the wild rainforest pigs and other mammals.

After lunch we have the opportunity to paddle in a kayak in a section of the Tambopata River that is easy enough for beginners. We may find turtles, birds and caimans. We’ll end our kayaking at a nice beach were we can take   a refreshing bath in the river.

 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Overnight at Refugio Amazonas (Ecolodge)

Shared (maximum of 10 passengers per guide)

Day 9 Departure Day

After breakfast it’s time to say goodbye. We will pass by our office to collect any baggage we might have left. Following that, our personnel will accompany you to the airport to take our flight back to Lima and connect with your international flight home.

 

Meals: Breakfast 

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What's Included

Accommodation

  • 01 night in a comfortable hotel in Lima
  • 03 nights in a comfortable hotel in Cusco
  • 01 night in a comfortable hotel in the Sacred Valley
  • 03 nights at Rainforest Ecolodge (Refugio Amazonas)


Transport

  • All transfers between airports, hotels, train station, tours and any other activity mentioned in the program.
  • Expedition train Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu - Poroy (Cusco)
  • Bus tickets  Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes
  • All river transportation in our 20 foot long roofed canoes with four strokes outboard motors


Meals

  • Meals as detailed in the program


Guides

  • English and Spanish speaking guide

 

Entrances

  • Entrance fees to all detailed attractions
 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Internal flights in Peru
  • Airport taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not described in the program
  • Tips