LIMA – CUSCO – MACHU PICCHU – PUERTO MALDONADO 10DAYS/9NIGHTS
DAY 1: LIMA IN
Our representative will be waiting at Lima´s airport to transfer you to the hotel. (Depending of your arrival time we will recommend you the hotel, considering that into the airport there a hotel which works perfect for people who have an early flight to Cusco or other destinations). The transfer time from Lima´s airport to Lima town last almost 1 hour.
Overnight in Lima
DAY 2: LIMA (CITY TOUR) – CUSCO IN:
After breakfast, the guide will pick you up from the hotel to transfer you into the Historic Center of Lima to visit San Martin Square, 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 for the lunch.
In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Lima´s airport to board the flight to Cusco (1 ½ hours of flight).
At Cusco´s airport you will be contacted by the guide to be transferred to the hotel, time free to rest and acclimatize to the altitude.
Overnight in Cusco
DAY 3: CUSCO CITY TOUR – RUINS:
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.
Finallyyou will visit the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman and its impressive rocky constructions, followed by Kenko, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay.
Return to the hotel.
Overnight in Cusco
DAY 4: SACRED VALLEYOF THE INCAS PISAC – OLLANTAYTAMBO:
Today, you will set off for the Sacred Valley of the Incas. 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.
You will enjoy a buffet lunch at the town of Urubamba, and then 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.
Transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in the Sacred Valley
DAY 5: SACRED VALLEY – AGUAS CALIENTES
Free morning to rest or explore Ollantaytambo on your own, this is amazing town known as the last inca city living, because the inca buildings are still used as basement of the modern constructions, and by its old streets continue running the clean water of the Incas.
At midday you will 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 the hotel.
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 6: 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.
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 7: CUSCO – PUERTO MALDONADO – POSADA AMAZONAS
After breakfast, transfer from the hotel to Cusco´s airport to board the flight to Puerto Maldonado (capital of the biodiversity of Peru).
Arrival to Puerto Maldonado airport, reception and transfer to Puerto Maldonado headquarters where you will leave your extra luggage.
20 kilometers of riding until get to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno. The port is a communal business. Time to enjoy our boxed lunch.
The trip on boat will take you for about 45 minutes to Posada Amazonas Lodge.
Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips. Accommodation at the lodge.
A twenty minute walk from Posada Amazonas leads to the 30 meter scaffolding canopy tower. A bannistered 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.
A daily presentation on the Infierno ecotourism project is available every night from a staff member.
Overnight at Posada Amazonas
DAY 8: OXBOW LAKE – ETHNOBOTANICAL TOUR
Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake
Tres Chimbadas is thirty minutes by boat and forty five minutes hiking from Posada Amazonas. 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 A.M.
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.
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.
Overnight at Refugio Amazonas
DAY 9: PARROT CLAY LICK – NUT TRAIL:
Parrot Clay Lick
This clay lick 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.
Ceiba Trail Hike
We leave from the lobby at Posada Amazonas and embark on a two hour hike crowned by the largest tree in the vicinity: a giant ceiba tree. During the hike we will focus on the natural history of the rain forest and its principal taxonomic groups.
A thirty minute boat drive downriver takes us 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.
Overnight at Posada Amazonas
DAY 10: PUERTO MALDONADO – LIMA – HOME:
Breakfast, transfer from Refugio Amazonas to Puerto Maldonado headquarters.
Transfer Puerto Maldonado headquarters to 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)
- Entrance fee to Machu Picchu citadel
- Round trip bus ticket: Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes
- 4 days/3nights program to visit the jungle (included entrance fees)
- Oxygen and first aid kit
- Assistance 24 hours
- Lima (1 night)
- Cusco (3 nights)
- Sacred Valley (1 night)
- Aguas Calientes (1 night)
- Posada Amazonas (3 nights)
- Aircraft tickets (domestic flight: Lima – Cusco – Puerto Maldonado – 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