Price: From $2,799/person

Duration: 10 Days

Trip Rating: Easy

When to Go: April-November

Highlights

  • Easy access to several Incan archaeological sites including Unesco World's heritage site Machu Picchu
  • Journey to Tambopata National Reserve
  • Learn about the Incas, their empire, art, architecture, and history during your visit to the Sacred Valley
  • Try world-famous Peruvian food
  • Adopt five trees

Tour Itinerary

Days 1-3

Upon arrival at Lima airport, a representative will meet you and drive you to your hotel in Miraflores.

Depending on your itinerary, you will head back to Lima's airport for an early flight, or maybe just connecting flights to the jungle city Puerto Maldonado, the starting point for this four-day stay in the rainforest. Our staff will meet you at the airport and escort you for the 72-kilometer river journey. Our boat will take us to the Ecolodge in three hours. This river journey is our first introduction to the rainforest, and upon arrival, you will be invited to enter the forest you saw from the boat with a local naturalist guide, after this first approach to the jungle you will have time to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of the Ecolodge.

We will spend the morning on the trails and waters of Lake Condenado, in search of typical forest fauna, before boarding our boat in the afternoon for a 2-3-hour ride between forested banks to the remote Chuncho macaw clay lick, where we will explore the surrounding forest and spend the night in our excellently equipped campsite. (Camping)

Amazon Jungle Tambopata

Amazon Jungle Tambopata

 

Days 4-6

The following day will begin before dawn for us, as we position ourselves to witness the scenes at the clay lick. Surrounded by typical rainforest flora, this river bank is visited by parakeets, monkeys, deer, tapir and peccaries, but it is the colours and sounds of the different species of parrots and macaws which make this such a dramatic spectacle. In the late morning we will return to the Ecolodge for lunch, and that evening we will search for nocturnal species along the river.

Upon arrival at Cusco airport you will meet our representative to drive you to the historic centre. On the way to your hotel, you will see examples of Spanish colonial architecture raised upon the foundations of ancient Inca palaces and temples. Arriving mid-day at your hotel, you now have the rest of the day to begin your exploration of the city and get acclimated.

Spend the morning at your leisure.  In the afternoon an expert guide will take you to some of the world’s best archaeological sites in and around the city, including the Cusco Cathedral in the Plaza de Armas and the fabulous Temple of the Sun or Qoricancha (the heart of the Inca Empire).  You will also visit the spectacular ruins of the Sacsayhuaman fortress overlooking the city, as well as the ruins of Q'enko, Puka Pukara, and Tambomachay nearby. In the late afternoon you'll return to your Cusco hotel. We recommend you enjoy the local cuisine, music, and the splendour of Cusco at night.

Sacred Valley near Moray Archaeological Site, Urubamba

Sacred Valley near Moray Archaeological Site, Urubamba

 

Days 7-10

Explore the beautiful Peruvian countryside with a full-day tour of the magical Sacred Valley, home to several royal estates of Incan emperors. First, you will visit the town of Pisac, famous for its bustling indigenous market and for the beautiful Incan ruins on the hillside overlooking the city. In the market you will have the opportunity to browse the beautiful handicrafts and Andean garments displayed for sale as well as the local fruits, vegetables, and other natural products.

Pisac Archaeological Site Sacred Valley, Urumbaba

Pisac Archaeological Site Sacred Valley, Urumbaba

While exploring the Pisac ruins above, you will wander through walls and palaces of spectacularly cut stones, while enjoying a stunning view of Pisac and the Sacred Valley below. Following your visit to Pisac, you will stop for lunch at a buffet restaurant offering a variety of Peruvian and international food near the town of Urubamba. 

You will visit the remarkable Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. This magnificent archaeological site that clings to the hillside overlooking the small town of Ollantaytambo still has Inca houses at its base, making Ollantaytambo the only Inca city that is still inhabited today. 

After breakfast at your Sacred Valley hotel, you will take a train to Machu Picchu, the hidden Inca citadel. This hour-and-a-half train ride takes you along the Vilcanota river with amazing changing views of the Andean landscape as the train descends from the high lands down through the cloud forest.  Once in Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu, you will be accompanied to the bus station for a 25-minute bus ride up to the Machu Picchu citadel.  Then with your guide you will have a 2 hour tour of the most important sites in Machu Picchu, such as the Intihuatana (Solar clock), the Sun Temple, The Temple of the Condor, the Inca Bridge, and many other buildings. 
In the late afternoon you will take a comfortable train back to Ollantaytambo and then a bus to Cusco where you will be transferred to your hotel for the evening

Condor Temple in Machu Picchu, Cusco

Condor Temple in Machu Picchu, Cusco

Your last day in Cusco is open for any activities you would like to do, and our representatives are always glad to offer advise on the local scene. A good day to rest and get souvenirs before going home

Finally, this exciting journey ends with our transfer to the Cusco airport for your flight back to Lima.