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Journey to Peru with Amazon In-Depth

Peru Tour Information

  • Private Journey
  • Land Based Adventures
  • 2 Capacity
  • 13 Days
  • Year-round, available upon request
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Summary : Experience the charming colonial city of Cusco, the beautiful Sacred Valley, mystical Machu Picchu, and the biologically diverse Amazon Rainforest on this in-depth adventure through Peru. This is a private, semi-escorted tour with flexible departure days and superior accommodations, which was also designed to ease the effects of high altitudes. This itinerary includes some of the most important highlights in the country—the "must-sees" during 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 its indigenous communities. Discover the country's history, its stunning geography and scenery, and its impressive Incan and colonial legacy.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Arrival in Lima, Peru

Upon your arrival in Lima you will be met by a representative and transferred to your selected hotel.

Casa Andina Premium - Miraflores
Belmond Miraflores Park

Day 2
Lima / Cusco / Sacred Valley

Today your representative will meet you at the hotel and transfer you back to the airport for your flight to Cusco.

Upon arrival in Cusco, you will be driven to the “Sacred Valley of the Incas,” a succession of picturesque Andean towns, agricultural terraces, and many archaeological sites. Here you'll find world famous white corn cultivated for export. The mild climate, 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'll 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 will 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'll learn about “cochineal” red, the secret properties of some medicinal plants in the area, and the community's activities.

Enjoy lunch in the community then visit the nearby town of Pisac and its market, originally a place where people from remote communities used to barter their products. Pisac has evolved into 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 but keep in mind handmade artwork is worth it!

End the day at your selected hotel in the Sacred Valley.

Meals Included: 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 via a gentle hike. In the town of Maras, learn about the facades of 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 participate in a very special ceremony of sound and traditional offerings to Mother Earth. This ceremony evokes the spirit of healing and uses many sacred medicines such as Palo Santo, Tayta Sayri, Mama Coca, Agua Florida, condor feathers, Grandfather Puma, essences and incenses. Also used in the ceremony are pre-hispanic instruments that have no musical register written. Their purpose is to heal with joy, love, color, and life. You must come with an open heart to feel how the power of sound becomes a collective prayer that creates healing frequencies. One of the main purposes of sharing this ceremony is to reevaluate and radiate the culture of the area's original people. It can be recognized as an amazing cross-cultural experience.

Return to your hotel in the afternoon.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Sol y Luna

Day 4
Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu

In the morning 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.

Then proceed to Ollantaytambo station to board the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes. Enjoy a unique train ride towards the marvelous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. Take in the most outstanding views of the Urubamba River, which cuts its way through green fields beneath the high peaks of the Andean glaciers. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes enjoy an à-la-carte lunch at Café Inkaterra.

After lunch you will take a bus up the hillside to Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas”. Machu Picchu, which can be loosely interpreted from Quechua as “Old Mountain,” is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the new seven wonders of the world. You will spend the rest of the afternoon visiting this sacred Inca citadel, exploring its main temples and hidden corners.

Later, return to your hotel by bus and enjoy dinner in the evening. Your guide departs this afternoon, leaving you with instructions for the following day.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

Day 5
Machu Picchu / Cusco

This morning you will have a second opportunity to visit Machu Picchu on your own and climb the Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, where you can witness spectacular views of Machu Picchu and the valleys and mountains that surround it.

In the afternoon board Vistadome train to Poroy station. Upon arrival, you'll receive assistance and a transfer to Cusco for accommodation at your selected hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast
(Lunch is included on this day if choosing the Deluxe option.)

Casa Andina Premium - Cusco
Belmond Hotel Monasterio

Day 6
Cusco

This morning your guide will take you to visit Cusco’s main attractions. Start with a visit to Santo Domingo Monastery and the legendary Korikancha (Temple of Gold), the most important Inca temple devoted to worshiping the Sun, whose walls were once plated with sheets of gold. Continue with a visit to the cathedral, an amazing example of Colonial architecture with an interior that features fine paintings from the Cusco School. Then make your way to the San Blas quarter and enjoy a walk through this quaint district to enjoy 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.

Spend the rest of the day at your leisure: further explore Cusco on your own, go shopping or just relax in your hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Casa Andina Premium - Cusco
Belmond Hotel Monasterio

Day 7
Cusco / Puerto Maldonado / Amazon

Today your representative will transfer you to the airport to take your flight to Puerto Maldonado.

Upon arrival, you will be welcomed at the airport and driven ten minutes to Puerto Maldonado headquarters where you'll prepare for the Amazon portion of your trip. While enjoying your first taste of the forest in the gardens at headquarters, you will be asked to pack only the necessary gear for your next few days and leave the rest in a safe deposit box. This helps keep the boats and cargo light.

Skirting Puerto Maldonado, you'll be driven to the Tambopata River port where you'll depart on a 45-minute boat ride to the Posada Amazonas 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 20-minute walk from the lodge will lead you to a 98-foot scaffolding tower where a banistered staircase provides safe access to the platforms above. From atop the tower, enjoy spectacular views of the vast expanses of standing forest and the Tambopata River winding through the middle. Look for toucans, parrots, and macaws flying against the horizon or flocks of varied species landing in the treetop canopy next to you.

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

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Posada Amazonas

Day 8
Amazon / Tambopata Research Center

This morning you'll embark on a six-hour boat ride to your next destination: the Tambopata Research Center. 2½ hours into the boat journey, you will leave the final traces of human habitation behind. Deep in the Tambopata National Reserve you will stop at the Chuncho clay lick for a chance to see dozens of large macaws feeding on the special sodium-rich clays of the riverbank. Enjoy a box lunch on board.

Upon arrival in the lodge, a 2- to 3-mile hike will lead you to magnificent views of the Tambopata River winding its way into the lowlands. You may find howler monkeys and dusky titi monkeys in the forest along this trail.

After dinner, scientists will provide 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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tambopata Research Center

Day 9
Amazon / Tambopata Research Center

Enjoy an early morning departure to the macaw clay lick. 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. From a discrete viewpoint about 54 yards from the cliff, you will observe green-winged, scarlet, and blue-and-gold macaws along with several species of smaller parrots descend to ingest clay.

Return to the lodge for breakfast and then walk a 3.1-mile trail that covers the prototypical rain forest with immense trees cross-crossed by creeks and ponds. Among the figs, ceibas, and shihuahuacos you will look for squirrel, brown capuchin, and spider monkeys as well as peccaries.

In the afternoon, visit the pond platform located ten minutes upriver from the lodge. This is a great place to spot waterfowl such as muscovy duck, sunbittern, and hoatzin along with the woodpeckers, oropendolas, flycatchers, and parakeets that call this pond their home.

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

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tambopata Research Center

Day 10
Amazon / Tambopata Research Center

Early this morning, you will make a second visit to the macaw clay lick, if desired.

Return to the lodge for breakfast and then walk the Terra Firme trail, an entirely different habitat characterized by smaller, thinner trees atop hills and slopes. Saddleback tamarins are frequently found here. As you walk near the limits of the swamp keep your eyes open for rare tapir tracks.

In the afternoon visit 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 also one of the most threatened habitats.

In the evening, you will have the option of a night hike when most of the mammals are active but rarely seen. Much easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tambopata Research Center

Day 11
Amazon / Tambopata Research Center

In the morning, walk the Overlook Trail with magnificent views of the Tambopata river.

After lunch you will visit the Creeks Trail. This is a different kind of terra firme forest, crossed by a number of creeks that will eventually reach the Tambopata River. Walking in the opposite direction of the river, observe forest and creek ecology.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tambopata Research Center

Day 12
Amazon / Tambopata Research Center

Today you will have the opportunity to walk any of the trails around the lodge for further exploration and the opportunity to see different species that haven’t been spotted previously. You will also have the opportunity to visit the macaw clay lick once more.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tambopata Research Center

Day 13
Amazon / Puerto Maldonado / Lima / Depart

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

Meals Included: 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 Premium - Miraflores on Day 1, at the Sol y Luna on Days 2-3, at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel on Day 4, at Casa Andina Premium - Cusco on Days 5-6, at Posada Amazonas on Day 7, and at Tambopata Research Center on Day 8 -12.
Deluxe:
Guests stay at Belmond Miraflores Park on Day 1, at the Sol y Luna on Days 2-3, at the Machu Picchu 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:

Hotels accommodations with private bath in selected cabin category, including breakfast; transfers with local representatives; Amazon group transfers and excursions (only for lodge guests); transfer from Posada Amazonas to Tambopata Research Center; return train tickets to Machu Picchu via the Vistadome train service; private services with local English-speaking guides; entrance fees to visited attractions in the itinerary, including entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu on Day 5; meals as indicated in the itinerary. Inclusions 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, 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. Subject to change without notice.

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