Summary : Our Machu Picchu & Posada Amazonas custom journey is a private, semi-escorted tour, with flexible departure days and superior accommodations, which has also been designed to ease the effects of altitude. Begin your adventure exploring the beautiful Sacred Valley before arriving at your final destination, Machu Picchu. Continue your journey into the Amazon jungle and stay at the Posada Amazonas, one of South America's first-class eco-lodges. During your 3-night visit in the jungle, enjoy guided walks, canoe rides, and birding at the clay licks and from the observation tower. ExpeditionTrips' Program Manager, Lori Gifford, has traveled on this trip. Click to view her travel journal and photos!
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking
$3,250 to $4,250
Transfer to the airport for flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, you will travel down into the Sacred Valley to visit the charming ruins at Pisaq, and then continue on to your hotel to freshen up. In the afternoon, you visit a private hacienda that opens its doors to select visitors who will be rewarded with a glimpse into the family's rich and intense past. Sample life in the country, learn about typical locally harvested products and admire the colorful gardens. The visit is capped off by a superb meal prepared with fresh produce from the plantation. After lunch, drive to Ollantaytambo, an impressive fortress and ancient town that defended Cusco from incursions from jungle tribes to the north. It stands at a strategic site at the northern end of the valley, where the river plunges steeply into the Amazon. B,L
Sol y Luna
Today, travel with your guide to the village of Chinchero. This typical Andean village is located in one of the most spectacular high plateaus with tremendous views of the Cordillera Vilcabamba Mountain range. You visit the village and the home of artist and master weaver Nilda Callañaupa. Peruvian textiles, recently believed to be a generation away from extinction, are making a surprising comeback, and the revival of the country's 2,000-year-old weaving techniques is largely due to Nilda Callañaupa, who works with six mountain villages to resurrect symbolic patterns and avoid the use of garish chemical dyes and synthetic yarns. Enjoy a highly educational weaving demonstration that will include wool spinning, natural dyes, traditional patterns and weaving techniques. Before continuing your exploration, enjoy a box lunch in the village of Chinchero.
After lunch, travel to the valley of Anta, near the village of Maras, to visit the salt mine of "Las Salinas." These impressive salt terraces on overhanging cliffs have been worked since the Inca times.
Sol y Luna
This morning, enjoy breakfast at Sol y Luna before you are transferred to the train station. Your guide will meet you on the train. Arriving mid-morning, you will have the option of freshening up at your hotel or heading straight to the ruins to begin your guided tour of this impressive archaeological wonder. As you wander through the maze of empty plazas, chambers and dwellings saddled atop steep mountainsides, you will be unable to resist your own speculations at the impenetrable mystery of these stones. Lunch is at the Sanctuary Lodge at the entrance of the ruins, and you will have the chance to re-enter the park after lunch. (Around 4 PM, the crowds will start to leave and you will likely have this magical place to yourself to enjoy at sunset!)
After your tour, descend to Aguas Calientes and enjoy dinner at your hotel. B,L,D
NOTE: Your guide will depart from Machu Picchu this afternoon, leaving you with instructions for getting back to the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel
Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge
This morning you may opt to continue your exploration of the famous citadel, explore the nearby town of Aguas Calientes or take advantage of the spa amenities at your hotel. This afternoon, you retrace your route to the city of Cusco by train. Our Peru representative meets you at the train station for transfer to Casa Andina Private Collection – Cusco. B
NOTE: Today is a free day on your own at Machu Picchu; Entrance fee not included. Your bags are sent to the train station, but you will transfer there independently; you will have reserved seats for the train ride back to Cusco.
Casa Andina Private Collection - Cusco
This morning, fly to Puerto Maldonado. After a brief tour of town, depart on a 1-hour drive / 30-minute motorized canoe ride to Posada Amazonas. Enjoy lunch either aboard the boat or at Posada Amazonas. Upon arrival, unpack and unwind, then attend an orientation and briefing on the lodge and Ese'eja Eco-tourism Project. This afternoon, visit a 35-meter tower that offers spectacular views of the river and surrounding forest. A video about the forest of Tambopata is presented to you after dinner. L,D
Wake up at dawn for a visit to the Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake. After an early breakfast you depart for your boat ride and walk to the lakeshore. From here, you take a long, easy canoe ride around the lake. Look for giant river otters, turtles, hoatzin, and wading birds. Then, you return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, visit the community's Ethnobotanical Center. Here, the community has been recorded the uses of medicinal plants from elders as well as planting, producing and distributing them for over ten years. Hike the trails around the center with one of the residents while he/she explains the everyday uses of forest resources in medicine, construction, food and fiber. At the end of the day, return to Posada Amazonas for dinner and overnight. After enjoying the popular happy hour, take part in an optional night walk to search for amphibians, insects and other night crawlers. B,L,D
After an early breakfast, visit the clay lick, a 10-minute walk from the lodge. Some of the large macaws and parrots visit this lick as well as smaller parrots and parakeets. From the blind that has been constructed next to this lick, even the amateur photographer can take good pictures of these wonderful birds. When the bird activity diminishes you then visit a small parakeet clay lick, located about 45-minute walk away. Dozens and sometimes hundreds of Blue Headed Parrots, Orange-Cheeked Parrots, and Cobalt-winged parakeets congregate here on clear days to ingest clay. This congregation creates a riotous and colorful wildlife spectacle where the greens, oranges, reds and blues of the parrots dance around the bank as each individual parrot competes for their choice beakful of clay. At times, this spectacle lasts for hours. After lunch, take a walk through the primary forest with a community member and your naturalist guide who explain general aspects of rain forest ecology and natural history. In the late afternoon, return to Posada Amazonas where you may reflect on the events of the past three days while enjoying an Amazonian Happy Hour. B,L,D
After an early breakfast, depart by boat back to the city of Puerto Maldonado, directly to the airport, in time for your flight back to Lima.
Hotel Upgrade Options
2013 Deluxe: $3,550 per person
Guests stay at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge on Day 4.
2013 Premium: $3,550 per person
Guests stay at Hotel Monasterio in Cusco on Days 5-6.
2013 Luxury: $4,250
Guests stay at Miraflores Park OEH on Day 1, at the Sanctuary Lodge on Day 4, and at Hotel Monasterio in Cusco on Days 5-6.
NOTE: These trips fill quickly, hotel space is very limited.
Meals as indicated in itinerary: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner; accommodation, based on double occupancy; all river transportation; scheduled land transportation; transfers to/from airport; scheduled excursions with English-speaking guide services; entrance fees.
International or domestic airfares; excess baggage charges; additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations; international departure tax; tips; any meals not indicated in itinerary; alcoholic beverages or snacks; insurance of any kind; laundry; phone calls; radio calls or messages; items of personal nature.
Lima - Puerto Maldonado - Cusco - Lima: $550-$650 per person
Guayaquil - Lima (one way): $450-$550 per person
Quito - Lima (one way): $550-$850 per person
Ese'eja Eco-tourism Project
The Native Community of Infierno - The Infierno Ecotourism Project is a joint eco-tourism venture between a Peruvian private company, Rainforest Expeditions, and the Ese'eja Native Community of Infierno located in the Tambopata Candamo Reserved Zone. The project's principal objective is the implementation and operation of an eco-lodge in the territory of the Ese'eja Native Community of Tambopata, to be co-managed by community members.
The importance of the project lies in the establishment of a natural and cultural resource use mechanism that is profitable both economically and ecologically, allowing the community income-generation alternatives, which do not involve the direct natural resource use that has extended throughout the Tambopata Basin.
Interesting socio-economic results have already been achieved for the education, shared management and income generation objectives. The fundamental concept of this project lies in the shared management of Posada Amazonas, an objective that will allow it to be transferred to the native community.
The project also promotes the cultural and ethnic identity of the Native population in the community because it is based on the rescue of traditional resource management and conservation practices that are functional to the eco-tourism marketplace. The community is forming committees to lead education, handicraft, cultural rescue, agriculture, and urbanization programs in the community.
Posada Amazonas has been a good business decision and quoting anthropologist Amanda Stronza, "we can be cautiously optimistic that eco-tourism at Posada Amazonas is helping to protect the rain forests of Tambopata while meeting the economic needs of the people in the Native Community of Infierno".