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Journey to Peru with Amazon

Peru Travel Information

  • Private Journey
  • Land Based Adventures
  • 2 Capacity
  • 10 Days
  • Year-round, available upon request
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  • $4,295
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Summary : Peru is a country of astounding contrasts and treasures. Home to ancient cultures established in its three main areas—its desert coast, the high Andes Mountain range and the Amazon rainforest—it offers an incredibly rich combination of cultural heritage, history, stunning nature, geography and scenery, living cultures, spirituality, traditions and beliefs. This private, semi-escorted tour, with flexible departure dates and superior accommodations, includes the 'must-sees', including the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco, and the Amazon.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Arrive Lima

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

Day 2
Lima / Cusco / Sacred Valley

Today your 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 will be 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 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 will 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 a 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.

End the day at your selected hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Sol y Luna

Day 3
Sacred Valley

This morning you will 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).

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. They use many pre-hispanic instruments that have no musical register written, that’s why they 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 you must come with an open heart. One of the main purposes of sharing this experience is to revaluate and to radiate the culture of their original people. It can be recognized as an amazing cross-cultural experience.

Return to your hotel in the afternoon.

Return to your hotel.

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 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.

Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes proceed to enjoy an à-la-carte lunch at Café Inkaterra.

After lunch 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. You will spend the rest of the afternoon visiting the Sacred Inca citadel, exploring its main temples and hidden corners.

Later, take the bus back to town for accommodation at your hotel, where you will enjoy dinner in the evening. Your guide departs this afternoon, leaving you with instructions for the following day.

Enjoy an included dinner and accommodations at your selected hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Machu Picchu 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, from where one can experience spectacular views of all of Machu Picchu, the valleys and mountains that surround it.

In the afternoon board the Vistadome train to Poroy station. On arrival, you will be provided with assistance and a transfer to Cusco for accommodation at your selected hotel.

Accommodation at your selected hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast
El Mercado Tunqui
Hotel Monasterio

Day 6
Cusco

This morning your guide will take you to visit Cusco’s main attractions. You will 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. Finally, 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.

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

Meals Included: Breakfast
El Mercado Tunqui
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. While enjoying your first taste of the forest in the gardens 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 will then drive to the Tambopata River port from where you will take a forty five minute boat ride to a 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 the lodge will lead you to a 30-meter scaffolding canopy tower. A banistered staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. From atop you will have spectacular views of the vast expanses of standing forest cut by the Tambopata River winding through the middle. Look for toucans, parrots or macaws flying against the horizon or mixed species canopy flocks landing in the treetop 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

Enjoy breakfast at the lodge and then depart on a thirty minute boat ride and forty five minute hike to Tres Chimbadas oxbow lake. Once there you will paddle around the lake in a catamaran, searching for the resident family of nine giant river otters (seen by 60% of our lake visitors) and other lakeside wildlife such as caiman, hoatzin and horned screamers. Otters are most active from dawn to eight or nine in the morning.

After lunch, take an ethnobotanical tour. A twenty minute boat drive downriver leads you to a trail designed by the staff of the Centro Ñape. The Centro Ñape is a communal organization that produces medicines out of forest plants and administers them to patients who choose their little clinic. They have produced a trail which explains the different medicinal (and other) uses of selected plants.

Enjoy dinner and then take a night walk. You will have the option of hiking out at night, 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
Posada Amazonas

Day 9
Amazon / Parrot Clay Lick

In the morning visit the parrot clay lick. It is only a twenty minute walk from Posada Amazonas. From a blind located about twenty meters away you will see dozens of parrots and parakeets descend on most clear mornings to ingest the clay on a river bank. Species such as Mealy and Yellow-headed Amazon, Blue-headed Parrot and Dusky-headed Parakeet descend at this clay lick. The clay lick is active at dawn, during the late mornings and mid-afternoons.

Then you will embark on a two hour hike crowned by the largest tree in the vicinity: a giant ceiba tree. During the hike you will focus on the natural history of the rainforest and its principal taxonomic groups.

Return to the lodge for lunch.

In the afternoon, a thirty minute boat drive downriver will take you to the most complete farm in the community of Infierno. The owner grows a diverse variety of popular and unknown Amazon crops. In his garden, just about every plant and tree serves a purpose.

Enjoy dinner at the lodge.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Posada Amazonas

Day 10
Puerto Maldonado / Lima

After breakfast, you will retrace your river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, your office and the airport, where you will be provided with assistance on departure to Lima.

Upon your arrival you will be met by your representative and provided with assistance to take your international 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
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Superior:
Guests stay at Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores on Day 1, at the Sol y Luna on Days 2-3, at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel on Day 4, and at El Mercado Tunqui on Days 5-6.
Deluxe:
Guests stay at Miraflores Park Hotel on Day 1, at the Sol y Luna on Days 2-3, at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge on Day 4, and at Hotel Monasterio on Days 5-6.

Included:
Transfers with local representatives; accommodations with private bath in the selected hotel category, including breakfast; private services with local English-speaking guides; Amazon transfers and excursions on shared basis only for lodge guests; meals as mentioned in the itinerary; entrance fees to all visited attractions; return train tickets to Machu Picchu in Vistadome service; entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu on Day 5. 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, 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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