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Journey to Peru with Amazon In-Depth

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  • Private Journey
  • Land Based Adventures
  • 2 Capacity
  • 13 Days
  • Year-round, available upon request
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Summary : The Machu Picchu with Amazon 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. Experience charming colonial Cusco, the beautiful Sacred Valley, mystical Machu Picchu, and the biologically diverse Amazon Rainforest on this in-depth adventure through Peru. This itinerary includes all of the most important highlights in the country, the "must-sees" in any visit to Peru. Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu are covered in this program, as well as a visit to the Amazon to spot vibrant wildlife and learn about the indigenous communities, as you explore the country's history, its stunning geography and scenery, and the impressive Inca and colonial legacy.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Arrive Lima

Upon your arrival in Lima you are met by a representative and transferred to your selected hotel.
Casa Andina Private Collection - Miraflores
Miraflores Park Hotel

Day 2
Lima / Cusco / Sacred Valley

At proper time, our representative will meet you at the hotel and transfer you back to the airport to take your flight to Cusco.

Upon arrival in Cusco, you are driven to the “Sacred Valley of the Incas”, a succession of picturesque Andean towns, agricultural terraces, and many archaeological sites, as well as the world’s most famous white corn cultivated for export. The mild climate, the varied and dramatic scenery of snow-capped mountains, flowering meadows, lush green hills and spectacular flora and fauna, make the Valley a prime adventure destination in South America. At a lower elevation than Cusco, the Valley is a warmer and less physically taxing environment for visiting the many attractions of the region, including Machu Picchu.

On your way to the Sacred Valley you will visit Sacsayhuaman which is the largest and most impressive of four archaeological ruins on the outskirts of Cusco. Built by the Incas, it served an important military function and was the site of a major battle with the Spanish in 1536. The complex was constructed out of massive stones, some weighing as much as 300 tons, cut to fit together without the use of mortar.

For an immersion into the heart of the Andean culture you will visit the charming Amaru community and its wonderful and amazing people. Straight from the hands of local craftspeople, you learn about textiles and the weaving process. The vivid colors of the Amaru villagers’ clothing are derived from natural dyes made from plants and other organic elements with which they decorate wool. Today you learn about “cochineal” red and the secret properties of some other medicinal plants in the area, as well as from other activities the community runs. Enjoy lunch at the community.

After lunch visit the nearby town of Pisac and its market, originally place where people from remote communities used to barter their products. Pisac has evolved to one of South America’s most famous souvenir markets. Make sure to sample some ‘empanadas’ baked in traditional clay ovens. Try your bargaining skills here always keeping in mind handmade artwork is worth it!

Finally you will arrive to your hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Sol y Luna

Day 3
Sacred Valley

This morning you visit the circular terraces of Moray, an agricultural “research laboratory” for the Incas, who studied temperature variation from one terrace to another in order to develop different crop varieties. Later the hardier varieties of seeds were distributed throughout the Inca Empire. On the other side of the Urubamba Valley you’ll see dramatic snow-capped peaks of the Vilcabamba and Urubamba cordilleras (mountain ranges).

You leave this interesting archaeological site to follow to the town of Maras, which grew in importance in the 17th century because of the exploitation and commercialization of the “salineras” or saltpans. You will cross the extensive Maras Pampas, where people farm the land and rear cattle and sheep. The Urubamba mountain range and its snow-capped peaks provide a spectacular background for your visit, which you may choose to do by van or through a gentle hike. In the town of Maras you will learn about the facades of the ancient houses, made from finely worked stone, indicative of the economic heights achieved by the town’s population at that time.

Enjoy a picnic lunch and be part of a very special ceremony of sound and traditional offerings to Mother Earth. This ceremony evokes the spirit of healing; taking part of this ritual are many sacred medicines like Palo Santo, Tayta Sayri, Mama Coca, Agua Florida, Condor’s Feathers, Grandfather Puma, Essences and Incenses. We use many pre-hispanic instruments that have no musical register written, that’s why we let their own essence shine to heal with joy, love, color and life. To feel how the power of sound becomes a collective prayer that creates healing frequencies we must come with an open heart. One of the main purposes of sharing this experience is to revaluate and to radiate the culture of our original people. It can be recognize it as an amazing cross-cultural experience.

Finally visit Ollantaytambo, a still-thriving Inca village set below an ancient Inca fortress and temple with stunning views over the valley that makes you feel as if you have stepped back into the 15th century. Admire the magnificence of this important Inca site and stroll through the quaint streets of the present town.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Sol y Luna

Day 4
Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu

In the morning, you will be transferred to Ollanta station to board the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes. Enjoy a unique train ride towards the marvellous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. Get the most outstanding views of the Urubamba River, which cuts its way through green fields beneath the high peaks of the Andean glaciers.

From Aguas Calientes you will ride a bus up a hillside to Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas”. Machu Picchu which means “Old Mountain”, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the seven new wonders of the world. We spend the rest of the morning visiting the Sacred Inca citadel, exploring its main temples and hidden corners.

Lunch included at the restaurant of the Sanctuary Lodge hotel, after which you can return to Machu Picchu for further exploration if wanted.

In the afternoon, take the bus back to town and check in at your selected hotel, where you will enjoy dinner in the evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge

Day 5
Machu Picchu / Poroy Station / Cusco

This morning you will have a second opportunity to visit Machu Picchu and climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain on your own, where one can experience spectacular views of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it (please note that there are only 400 visitors allowed per day).

In the afternoon board the Vistadome train to Poroy station. On arrival, assistance and transfer to Cusco for accommodation at your selected hotel.

Meals: Breakfast
El Mercado Tunqui
Hotel Monasterio

Day 6
Cusco

This morning your guide will take you to visit Cusco’s main attractions. You start with a visit to Santo Domingo Monastery, the legendary Korikancha (Temple of Gold), the most important Inca temple devoted to worshipping the Sun, whose walls used to be plated with sheets of gold. Continue with a visit to the Cathedral, an amazing example of Colonial architecture, its interior keeps fine paintings of Cusco school. Follow to the San Blas quarter with a walk by this quaint district and one of the finest views of the city. This quarter is home to the workshops and stores of the most renowned craftsmen in Cusco, including Mendivil, Merida, Rojas and Palomino.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast
El Mercado Tunqui
Hotel Monasterio

Day 7
Cusco / Puerto Maldonado / Posada Amazonas

At proper time your representative will transfer you to the airport to take your flight to Puerto Maldonado.

Upon arrival, you will be welcome at the airport and drive you ten minutes to the Puerto Maldonado headquarters. While enjoying your first taste of the forest in the gardens you will pack only the necessary gear for your next few days and leave the rest at a safe deposit. This helps keep the boats and cargo light.

Skirting Puerto Maldonado, you will then drive 12 miles to the Tambopata River port from where you will take the forty five minute boat ride to the lodge. A box lunch is provided en route. Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.

In the afternoon, a twenty minute walk from Posada Amazonas leads to the 30 meter scaffolding canopy tower. A staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. From atop you obtain spectacular views of the vast expanses of standing forest cut by the Tambopata River winding through the middle. Now and then toucans, parrots or macaws are seen flying against the horizon, or mixed species canopy flocks land in the treetop next to you.

After dinner, a daily presentation on the Infierno ecotourism project is available from a staff member.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Posada Amazonas

Day 8
Amazon / Tambopata Research Center

This morning, embark on six hour boat ride to your next destination of the Tambopata Research Center. Mid-way into the journey, cross the confluence with the Malinowski River, and leave the final traces of human habitation behind. Within the 700,000 hectare uninhabited nucleus of the reserve, sightings of capybara, caiman, geese, macaws, and other large species will become more frequent.

En route to the research center, stop at Chuncho Claylick, located deep within the Tambopata National Reserve. After a brief walk, you'll have the chance to see dozens of large macaws feeding on the special sodium rich clays of the riverbank. The Chuncho lick is thought to attract more large macaws than any other clay lick in the world and the sight of dozens of macaws taking flight is truly unforgettable. The stopover will depend on the weather and the amount of macaw activity, as the birds don’t visit the clay lick when it's raining. Enjoy a box lunch on board.

Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important safety tips. After arriving at the lodge, hike the three to five kilometers that leads you to an overlook that commands magnificent views of the Tambopata winding its way into the lowlands. The forest along this trail is good for howler monkey and dusky titi monkey activity.

After dinner, enjoy a presentation with an in-depth look at the biology of macaws, their feeding habits, the theories for clay lick use, their breeding and feeding ecology, population fluctuations and the threats to their conservation.

Four and a half hours by boat from Refugio Amazonas, in the pristine heart of the reserve, lies the Tambopata Research Center.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tambopata Research Center

Day 9
Tambopata Research Center

On most clear mornings of the year, dozens of large macaws and hundreds of parrots congregate on this large river bank in a raucous and colorful spectacle which inspired a National Geographic cover story. Discretely located fifty meters from the cliff, observe green-winged, scarlet and blue-and-gold macaws and several species of smaller parrots descend to ingest clay. Outings are at dawn when the lick is most active.

Following breakfast, explore the floodplain trail. This five kilometer trail covers the prototypical rainforest, with immense trees criss-crossed by creeks and ponds. Amongst the figs, ceibas and shihuahuacos, look for squirrel, brown capuchin, and spider monkeys as well as peccaries.

Ten minutes upriver from the lodge is a tiny pond with a platform in the middle, a great place to spot waterfowl such as muscovy duck, sunbittern and hoatzin, along with woodpeckers, oropendolas, flycatchers and parakeets that call this pond their home.

In the evening, enjoy a nature talk in the lodge by your team of scientists and guides.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tambopata Research Center

Day 10
Tambopata Research Center

Enjoy another visit to the macaw clay lick if desired, followed by breakfast. Then set out to explore an entirely different habitat characterized by smaller, thinner trees atop hills and slopes that cover this five kilometer terra firma trail. Saddleback tamarins are frequently found here. Walk near the limits of the swamp keeping your eyes open for rare tapir tracks.

After lunch, walk the palm swamp trail. Growing on the remains of an oxbow lake and providing both arboreal as well as terrestrial mammals with fruits throughout the year, the aguaje palms are one of the most important food sources in the rainforest. Demand for these fruits and great conditions for planting rice makes the palm swamp one of the most threatened habitats.

Following dinner, you'll have the option of a night walk, when most of the mammals are active, but rarely seen. Much easier to spot are the frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tambopata Research Center

Day 11
Tambopata Research Center

In the morning, walk to the Overlook Trail with magnificent views of the Tambopata River. After lunch, explore another trail that's crossed by a number of creeks and eventually leads to the Tambopata River. Learn about forest and creek ecology.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tambopata Research Center

Day 12
Tambopata Research Center

Enjoy the opportunity to walk any of the trails around the lodge for further exploration and the chance to see different species not yet spotted. You will also have the opportunity to once again visit the macaw clay lick.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tambopata Research Center

Day 13
Puerto Maldonado / Lima / Depart

After an early breakfast, retrace your river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado for your flight back to Lima. Depending on flight times, this may require a dawn departure. Upon arrival in Lima, you are met by a representative to assist you with your international departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Notes

These trips fill quickly, as hotel space and permits for entry to Machu Picchu are limited. Program availability is contingent upon securing permits, and all attempts will be made to secure the hotels listed in the itinerary. If the original hotels are not available or are overbooked, the next best available option will be reserved. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Hotel Options:

Superior: Guests stay at Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores on Day 1, at the Sol y Luna on Days 2-3, at the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel on Day 4, at El Mercado Tunqui on Days 5-6, at Posada Amazonas on Day 7, and at Tambopata Research Center on Day 8 -12.
Deluxe:
Guests stay at Miraflores Park Hotel on Day 1, at the Sol y Luna on Days 2-3, at the Sanctuary Lodge on Day 4, at Hotel Monasterio on Days 5-6, at Posada Amazonas on Day 7, and at Tambopata Research Center on Day 8 -12.

Please Note: These trips fill quickly, hotel space is very limited. All attempts will be made to secure the hotels listed in itinerary; if original hotels are not available or overbooked, the next best available option will be reserved.

Included:

Transfers with local representatives; Amazon transfers and excursions in shared basis only for lodge guests (except private transfer from Posada Amazonas to Tambopata Research Center); meals as indicated in the itinerary; accommodations with private bath in selected cabin category, including breakfast; private services with local English speaking guides; entrance fees to visited attractions; return train tickets to Machu Picchu in Vistadome service. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:

International airfare; domestic airfare; visa and/or passport fees; excess baggage charges; additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations; international departure tax; alcoholic beverages, bottled water and snacks; insurance of any kind; laundry; phone calls; radio calls or messages and items of personal nature; any meals not indicated in itinerary; items of a personal nature; extra expenses due to itinerary changes or others due to force majeure or other circumstances beyond tour operator's control; gratuities.

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