ANDES & AMAZON RAINFOREST 10DAYS / 9NIGHTS
DAY 1: LIMA IN
Our representative will be waiting at Lima´s airport, reception and transfer to the hotel. The transfer time from Lima´s airport to Lima town lasts almost 1 hour.
Accommodation at one of the most luxurious hotels of Lima.
Overnight in Lima
DAY 2: LIMA – CITY TOUR
After breakfast at the hotel, the guide will meet you to start a full day guided tour of the Peru´s capital – Lima (known as the city of the kings).
The guide will take you into the Historic Center of Lima to visit the Main Square or “Plaza de Armas” where the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace, the Cathedral and Town Hall are located. You will then proceed to visit San Francisco Church, a masterpiece of Colonial architecture preserving the best examples of Colonial religious art in America. Time to enjoy a luxurious lunch.
Then you will be transferred to Larco Herrera Museum, which is housed in an 18th-century vice-royal building, built over a 7th-century pre-Columbian pyramid. It showcases chronological galleries that provide a thorough overview of 3,000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history. It is well known for its gallery of pre-Columbian erotic pottery, the only of its kind in the world.
Dinner at one of the finest restaurant in Lima.
Overnight in Lima
DAY 3: LIMA – PUERTO MALDONADO – LODGE
You will be transferred to Lima´s airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado.
Welcome in Puerto Maldonado. You may visit Inkaterra Butterfly House – near the airport, check-in, and in only 15 minutes you can get to the boarding wharf. Begin to experience the enchantment of the rainforest as you take a 45-minute boat ride along the Madre de Dios River, to arrive at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica lodge. After a short briefing, settle into your beautiful cabaña and enjoy your lunch in the dining room. Take a siesta, share a refreshing tea time and get ready for the afternoon excursion. After gathering with your Inkaterra Explorer Guide, choose from the 14 different excursions available at the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica. On your first day, we recommend a guided walk along the Trail system, into the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica natural area, where you will discover the Amazon Basin. This trail offers an excellent introduction to the forest environment, winding past impressive trees such as the Shihuahuaco, and the strangely beautiful strangler fig, offering excellent opportunities for bird watching and observing exotic insects. We also recommend on the first night our Twilight River excursion — a guided afternoon boat rides on the Madre de Dios river. Witness the transformation from a diurnal to a nocturnal world: animals and birds of the daytime give way to species specially adapted to the night. As you enjoy their paradise, you will learn about their habits, while you search for nightjars, owls, capybaras and up to three different caiman species. Enjoy dinner served in the main dining room from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. After dinner, you may retire early to your own cabana, or share your experience in the rainforest with other guests and interpreters, as you listen to the intriguing sounds of the jungle at night.
Overnight at Reserva Amazonica lodge.
DAY 4: SANDOVAL LAKE – CANOPY WALKWAY
Wake up late or rise early — the choice is yours. Breakfast begins at 5:30 a.m., for those who want to avoid the heat, and enjoy nature at its fullest. A full buffet breakfast is served from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. During the morning you may visit the Lake Sandoval excursion into the Tambopata National Reserve. Glide in a wooden canoe, across a beautiful, mirror-like oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter, as well as red howler monkeys, red-bellied macaws, anacondas, side-neck turtles and black caimans. Return to the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica for lunch. After lunch, consider the remarkable Inkaterra Canopy Walkway. Ascending the first tower, 29 meters above the forest ground, you begin your encounter with the treetop realm. For more than a quarter of a mile, you will literally walk through the rainforest canopy on a suspension bridge network linking eight observation platforms. During this hour-and-a-half expedition, be on the lookout for colorful toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, monkeys, and sloths. If you wish you may extend your excursion and watch the sunset from one of the towers. Once at the lodge, enjoy the daily nature presentation in the Eco Center and the Happy Hour. Dinner starts at 7:30 p.m.
Overnight at the lodge.
DAY 5: LODGE – PUERTO MALDONADO – CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY (PISAC)
Enjoy a full breakfast before departure. A 45 minute return trip by boat on the Madre de Dios River takes you to Puerto Maldonado.
Flight to Cusco, at Cusco´s airport you will be contacted by the guide who will transfer you to the Sacred Valley of the Incas located lower than Cusco city, which will help you in the acclimatization.
Along the way you will stop to visit Awanacancha a llama project where you will see South American camelids such as llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas, also you have the chance to appreciate the traditional Inca weaving and dying techniques which have been kept by the local people for centuries.
Your journey continues to the small village of Pisac, and there you will walk through its lively typical market and have some free time to interact with the townsfolk and artisans and to shop for handicrafts and souvenirs. Continuing the tour you will visit Pisac´s archaeological site located at the top of the mountain which gives us a clear idea of the hard work and amazing ingenuity required to create the Inca’s agricultural terraces, its constructions are just compared with Machu Picchu buildings.
Finally, transfer to the hotel and accommodation at one of the most luxurious hotels of the Sacred Valley.
Overnight in the Sacred Valley
DAY 6: SACRED VALLEY – MARAS – MORAY – OLLANTAYTAMBO
After breakfast, the guide will meet you at the hotel for a nice exploring day.
You will be transferred to Moray, which are circled terraces that Incas took four enormous natural depressions in the landscape and sculpted them into several levels of agricultural terraces that served, hundreds of years ago, as an experimental agricultural station for the development of different strains of crops.
Between the bottom and top levels of Moray’s main depression, the scientist John Earls has recorded a full 15 degrees Celsius difference in temperature. So Incas adapted plants of the jungle or low climates to high altitude. At this place a deluxe picnic lunch will be served.
Continuing with the tour, you will visit Maras which is a “salt mines”, there are about 3000 small pools with an average area of 5 m² (53.8 ft²), constructed in a slope of the mountain. People fill up or “irrigate” the pools during the dry season every 3 days, with salty water emanating from a natural spring located on the top of the complex, so that when water evaporates the salt contained in it will slowly solidify. That process will be carried out approximately during one month.
Finally, you will visit Ollantaytambo which is one of the most beautiful, and significant sites in the entire Cusco region. It is a very interesting, and typical pueblo with extensive, well preserved Inca ruins; crowned by the sacred archaeological site with its impressive temple of the sun.
Return to the hotel.
Overnight in the Sacred Valley
DAY 7: OLLANTAYTAMBO – AGUAS CALIENTES
At midday you will be transferred to Ollantaytambo train station to board the Vistadome train which will take you to Aguas calientes town; this scenic train ride is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Upon your arrival, reception and accommodation at one of the most comfortable hotel of Machu Picchu.
Aguas Calientes is a small village almost 90% dedicated to the tourism activities, there are many activities to do; you can visit the Mandor waterfalls, visit the site Museum, go to the hot springs, visit the market or walk around this village.
Overnight in Aguas Calientes
DAY 8: MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Today, you have a full-day to explore Machu Picchu citadel – the new seven wonder of the world; the shuttle bus service will take you for 20 minutes from Aguas Calienets to Machu Picchu where you will have a 2- 3 hours fully guided tour of the mysterious ruins, visiting the most important sector of the city such as the temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana, the temple of the three windows, the mausoleum, the temple of the condor, etc.
If you are in a good physical shape you can hike to the Inca Bridge, Huayna Picchu, Inti Punku sun gate, or just wander through the ruins taking pictures. Time for the lunch at Sanctuary lodge hotel.
You then return to Aguas Calientes to catch the train back to Cusco (Poroy train station), arrival to Poroy and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in Cusco
NOTE: hike to the summit of Huayna Picchu, (Huayna Picchu now requires an extra, limited-availability permit; allowed just 400 per day. It is a 1.5-hour hike)
DAY 9: CUSCO – CITY TOUR
It is a half day tour; you decide to start in the morning or afternoon.
The guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you on a half day tour of Cusco. You will start visiting the main square surrounded by magnificent colonial buildings, the Cathedral, the Koricancha which was the most important temple of the Inca culture; it was dedicated to worship the sun.
Finally you will visit the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman and its impressive rocky constructions, followed by Kenko, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay.
Return to the hotel. Farewell dinner at one of the finest restaurants of the city.
Overnight in Cusco
DAY 10: CUSCO – LIMA – HOME
Transfer from the hotel to Cusco´s airport for your flight to Lima.
INCLUDED / NOT INCLUDED
- Professional bilingual guide
- Tourist transportation
- Tours/activities described in the itinerary
- Entrance fees for the tours described in the itinerary
- Meals mentioned
- Train service: Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Cusco (Vistadome, first class train) – optional up-grade to Hiram Bingham train (deluxe train)
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu citadel
- Round trip bus ticket: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
- Full day city tour in Lima (entrance fees are included)
- 3days/2nights program to Amazons Rainforest
- Oxygen and first aid kit
- Assistance 24 hours
- Lima (2 nights)
- Puerto Maldonado (2 nights) lodge
- Cusco (2 nights)
- Sacred Valley (2 night)
- Aguas Calientes (1 night)
- Aircraft tickets (domestic flight: Lima – Puerto Maldonado – Cusco – Lima)
- Extra services not mentioned in the itinerary
- Meals not mentioned in the program
- Tips and extra expenses
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu ($ 20.00 per person)
- Entrance fee to the hot spring
- Travel insurance