Combine stunning Machu Picchu with a renowned Amazon lodge
(Included meals as indicated in parentheses: B,L,D)
Arrive to Lima, former capital of the Spanish empire in the Americas, and transfer to your first class hotel in the Miraflores district, Lima’s main cultural and commercial district. This is a great area for strolling around and is home to many of Lima’s best restaurants.
If you are interested and time permits, private tours of Lima or visits to any of Lima’s museums can be arranged; we can also arrange culinary tours focusing on Peru’s increasingly renowned cuisine or art tours for those with special interests.
Fly over the Andes to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incan Empire. When you land in Cusco you will be met at the airport by a local representative who will transport you to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a long fertile river valley surrounded by snow capped peaks that lies between Cusco and Machu Picchu.
You will stop at the Chincheros archaeological site to visit the ruins, and will have a short weaving demonstration at a local cooperative known for their high-quality textiles. Peru is known for its intricate traditional weavings, many of which use symbols to tell stories or depictions of daily life. Afterward you will have lunch at a great small restaurant founded by a renowned local chef. Your private guide will be there to help you make the most of the entire experience.
Hotel Sol y Luna (B,L)
Today you have a full day of exploring more of the Sacred Valley, seeing less-visited sites that will deepen your understanding of the local culture.
First you will make a visit to the unique Incan site of Moray, and the nearby town and ancient salt pans of Maras. After your picnic lunch, you´ll visit Ollantaytambo, one of the few towns to survive in its current layout from Incan times.
Hotel Sol y Luna (B,L)
Today you travel to Machu Picchu. In the morning you will be picked up at your hotel for transfer to the train station, where you catch the train to Machu Picchu.
You will visit this remarkable site with a private guide, enjoy lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge, and then have the chance to explore the ruins on your own before returning to your hotel in Aguas Calientes. (Your hotel in Aguas Calientes is one of the most highly regarded in South America; dinner is included at the hotel.)
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (B,L,D)
Today you make an unguided return visit to Machu Picchu in the early morning to observe the ruins. This is a great way to experience the site when there are far fewer people around. If you take the earliest shuttle up to the site, you can be at Machu Picchu at dawn.
You’ll also have the chance to hike to the top of Huayna Picchu, the mountain that towers above Machu Picchu, or hike along the Inca Trail to Inti Punku (the Sun Gate).
After visiting the ruins, you will make your way down to the train station for your afternoon train back to Cusco, where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel.
Today you’ll have a privately guided exploration of Cusco, visiting the historical highlights. Your excursion includes a visit to Sacsahuaman, the massive Incan fortress on the hills above the city, where you enjoy views out over Cusco and the entire surrounding area. You have the afternoon free to explore some more of the city on your own.
Cusco is another of the highlights of a trip to Peru, a fascinating city built on the foundations of the former Incan capital. You can observe massive Incan walls along many of the streets of the city. The city has a vibrant atmosphere and many excellent restaurants.
Inkaterra La Casona Cusco (B)
This morning you will fly to Puerto Maldonado, in the Amazon rainforest, and will travel by boat up the Tambopata River to your premier lodge.
You will spend the next three nights at Posada Amazonas, with daily excursions to view the unique plant and animal life of the area. Posada Amazonas is part of a pioneering ecotourism project that has been supported in its work by Conservation International. It’s a great base from which to explore the surrounding rainforest.
The exact itinerary can vary, but you will make a series of excursions into the rainforest and to nearby lakes to spot wildlife, with chances to see several species of monkeys, a wide variety of birdlife, and an incredible variety of other flora and fauna.
Posada Amazonas (B)
You will spend the next couple days exploring the Amazon Jungle and learning about the life it supports.
Excursions vary depending on the weather and the time of year, but usually include a trip to Chimbadas Oxbow Lake, where you will paddle around in search of Giant River Otters, caiman, hoatzin, horned screamers, and other wildlife.
You will also visit a nearby salt lick that attracts vibrant flocks of colorful parrots and parakeets. You will have the chance to take extended hikes into the forest (including night hikes, to see a variety of wildlife not active during the day), and visit a local farm to learn more about how local plants are cultivated for food and medicinal purposes.
You also have the option to simply relax at your comfortable lodge and enjoy the incredible isolation and tranquility of the area.
Posada Amazonas (B,L,D)
Today you will enjoy a final morning in the Amazon Jungle, traveling by boat back down the Tambopata River to Puerto Maldonado. There, you will board your plane back to Lima to connect with your international flight home.
If you have extra time prior to your international flight, we often arrange a driver for our travelers so they can go out to eat or see some of Lima prior to their departure.
Add extra days in Lima or Cusco: Both are worth exploring on your own, and we can arrange a variety of activities, including city tours, culinary excursions, visits to ruins and historical sites, and active options such as hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.
Take part in a Pachamanca, a traditional Andean cooking ceremony on the shores of Peru’s Lake Piuray.
Add a few nights at Lake Titicaca, easily accessible from Cusco.
Hike to Machu Picchu: Get off the train at Kilometer 104 to walk the last four to six hours along the famous Inca trail. Or see our Inca Trail to Machu Picchu itinerary for information about hiking the whole trail over several days.
Combine your trip with a visit to Iguazu Falls.
Contact us to learn about more options for designing and customizing your trip.