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Machu Picchu & Amazon: Combine stunning Machu Picchu with a renowned Amazon lodge

Days: 11 | From: $5,540/per person

Enjoy world class cuisine and museums in Lima, then journey into the Amazon Jungle for in-depth nature exploration. Head to the Sacred Valley to renew your sense of wonder exploring lost Incan cities and contemporary Peruvian culture. This trip combines the classic highlights of Peru with off-the-beaten-path adventures.

  • Includes accommodations at first class hotels that reflect the best of local culture
  • Includes excursions and tours with superb private guides
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At a glance

  • Lima
    1 night: renowned cuisine and world class museums
  • Amazon Jungle
    4 nights: stay in two premier ecotourism lodges, including the only lodge located completely within primary forest
  • Sacred Valley
    2 nights: Andean life and ancient ruins in this magnificent river valley
  • Machu Picchu
    1 night: time to explore this stunning icon in depth
  • Cusco
    2 nights: take in the captivating former Incan capital

  • All itineraries are fully customizable. We will send you a personalized variation that reflects your interests and travel dates at no extra cost. Call to discuss your travel plans with one of our Specialists who know this region firsthand.

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Sample itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Lima

Miraflores Beach, Lima

Arrive to Lima, former capital of the Spanish empire in the Americas, and transfer to your first class hotel in Miraflores, 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.

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.

Accommodations: Atemporal

Housed in a renovated 1940s townhouse in the chic Miraflores district, this new nine-room hotel provides a relaxed atmosphere with impeccable service. Atemporal offers its guests an alternative lodging experience: The personalized attention to detail includes a Maître de maison, concierge on duty around the clock, house car and chauffeur for short excursions, 24/7 menu created with locally-sourced natural ingredients, and full connectivity. Atemporal is entirely private, meaning only guests and those they invite can use its exclusive spaces, with their offbeat but functional collector’s aesthetic, including a veranda, salon and private garden.

Upgrades available: Hotel B, Miraflores Park Hotel, and others
Day 2

Fly to the Amazon

Amazon - Riverboat

Fly into the jungle to Puerto Maldonado, a river city in the Amazon rainforest, and travel by boat up the Tambopata River to your premier lodge.

Spend the night at Refugio Amazonas, located in a 495 acre private reserve right in the Tambopata National Reserve buffer zone, surrounded by the native Condenado community.

Tonight you can participate in the Discover a Species evening excursion: Set out with your guide to explore the forest and visit a “light trap,” a brightly lit construction that attracts an amazing variety of insects. Your guide will help you identify the species and talk with you about the jungle’s incredible biodiversity. This is a great introduction to the Amazon. If you’re lucky, you will encounter a new species – a new species is discovered approximately once a month through this program, which is unique to Refugio Amazonas. If you identify a new species, you get the honor of naming it!

Accommodations: Refugio Amazonas

Refugio Amazonas is located in a 300-acre private reserve surrounded by the Condenado community. Its location in the Tambopata National Reserve buffer zone makes it an ideal base for exploring the Tambopata Research Center. The 24-room lodge was built with a combination of traditional native materials, and has an architectural style that represents sophisticated, modern eco-lodge technology.

*Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

Alternative lodging options: Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, Posada Amazonas. Luxury Amazon cruises are also an option, such as the Delfin I or the Aria Amazon.
Day 3

Journey Deeper into Primary Amazon Forest

Set out for your journey up the Tambopata River, deeper into the primary forest of the Amazon Jungle. Your destination is the Tambopata Research Center, one of the most remote lodges in South America, with a pristine location that hosts an incredible density of wildlife.

Here you have a variety of excursion options, such as visiting the local macaw clay licks, taking a monkey search hike, jungle night walks, and exploring the unique Palm Swamp Trail, all led by Tambopata’s talented and knowledgeable guides.

Accommodations: Tambopata Research Center

Adjacent to a macaw reserve and featured in National Geographic Magazine, the 18-room Tambopata Research Center gives intrepid travelers a chance to get up close and personal with the local wildlife. A raised boardwalk connects its 18 rooms and leads to a dining area and an interpretation center.

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 4-5

Explore the Amazon Jungle in Search of Unique Plant and Animal Life

Explore the Amazon Jungle and learn about the life it supports.

Your exact excursion options will depend on the weather and the time of year, but usually include jungle treks, climbing the canopy tower, visiting the local Ese Eja community, birdwatching, canoeing on an oxbow lake, stand up paddleboarding, and more. 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 bird life, and an incredible variety of other flora and fauna. You also have the option to simply relax at your comfortable lodge and enjoy the incredible isolation and tranquility of the area.

Accommodations: Tambopata Research Center

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Fly to the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Road into the mountains of the Sacred Valley

Enjoy a final morning in the Amazon Jungle, traveling by boat back down the Tambopata River to Puerto Maldonado. Fly over the Andes to Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incan Empire. Your local guide will meet you at the airport and take you to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a long, fertile river valley surrounded by snowcapped peaks that lies between Cusco and Machu Picchu.

Visit Chinchero, a traditional small town situated on a plateau overlooking the Sacred Valley. Explore a colonial church with remarkable paintings and frescoes, which was constructed over the ruins of an Incan temple and is surrounded by impressive Incan terracing. Chinchero is also home to several highly-regarded weaving cooperatives known for the quality of their textiles. Peru is known for its intricate traditional weavings, many of which use symbols to tell stories or depictions of daily life.

Afterward enjoy 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.

Accommodations: Hotel Sol y Luna

The Sol y Luna Lodge is located in Peru's Sacred Valley of the Incas, not far from the town of Urubamba. Peruvian art adorns each of the first class, comfortable adobe cottages, whose terraces offer spectacular views of the mountains. A place that does things the right way, this hotel has long been among our traveler favorites due to the superb accommodations, location, and service. The property offers two outstanding restaurants. There is also a stable with beautiful horses that can be taken out into the surrounding mountains on horseback riding excursions. This is a Relais & Chateaux property.

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Alternative lodging options: Albergue Ollantaytambo: for those who want to stay right in Ollantaytambo
Day 7

Incan Sites and Ancient Villages: Moray, Maras, and Ollantaytambo

Ruins at Ollantaytambo

Spend the day exploring more of the Sacred Valley, seeing less-visited sites that will deepen your understanding of the local culture.

Discover the unique Incan site of Moray and the nearby town and ancient salt pans of Maras. After a scenic picnic lunch, visit Ollantaytambo, one of the few towns to survive in its current layout from Incan times.

Accommodations: Hotel Sol y Luna

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu from afar

Travel by train to Machu Picchu, one of South America’s most iconic sites.

Visit this remarkable site with a private guide, enjoy lunch at the famous Sanctuary Lodge, and then have the chance to explore the ruins on your own before returning to your hotel in Aguas Calientes.

Accommodations: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

This hotel sits on its own 12 secluded acres in Aguas Calientes, the town located at the base of Machu Picchu. The hotel is ideally located in natural surroundings, a short walk to the train station and the shuttles that take visitors to the ruins, but just outside the town, which is quite touristy. Guests follow stone pathways to their rooms, located in comfortable one- or two-story whitewashed casitas. Unlike the other hotels in Aguas Calientes, the Pueblo is set in a natural cloud forest, allowing you to experience the beauty of this unique ecosystem during your stay.

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9

Machu Picchu and Cusco

Sun behind the ruins at Machu Picchu

Return to Machu Picchu in the early morning to observe the ruins on your own. This is a great way to experience the site at your own pace when there are far fewer people around. You’ll also have the chance to hike to the top of Huayna Picchu, the mountain that towers above Machu Picchu, or hike back along the Inca Trail to Inti Punku (the Gate of the Sun). There is a lot to see in and around Machu Picchu.

After visiting the ruins, catch the afternoon train back to Cusco, where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel.

Accommodations: Inkaterra La Casona Cusco

A Relais & Chateaux property, La Casona is set in a restored 16th-century colonial manor house, which was built over an Inca complex and later occupied by the conquistadors of Peru. Its 11 suites surround an elegant courtyard, and the hotel offers a dining room, dining terrace, lounge and sitting area. La Casona graciously preserves the site's historic details while offering modern comfort and amenities. An exclusive boutique hotel experience, and one of the top options in Cusco.

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Upgrades and alternatives: Palacio Nazarenas, Palacio del Inka
Day 10

Private Tour of Cusco: History, Culture, Architecture, and more

Sacsahuaman Fortress

Get to know Cusco with your knowledgeable private guide, visiting the historical highlights of this fascinating city. Visit Sacsahuaman, the massive Incan fortress on the hills above the city, where you can enjoy views out over Cusco and the entire surrounding area. Afterward enjoy the afternoon to explore more of the city on your own.

Cusco is one of the highlights of a trip to Peru, an intriguing place 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.

Accommodations: Inkaterra La Casona Cusco

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 11

Depart for Home or Your Next Destination

Say goodbye to your local guide and board your plane back to Lima to connect with your international flight home or to your next destination.

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.

*Includes: Breakfast

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Popular Ways to Customize This Itinerary

  • 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 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.

  • Include some downtime for rest and relaxation! Some free time to unwind or have a massage will allow you to feel refreshed and ready for the remainder of your trip. Many of our properties include excellent spas or wellness centers. We can help arrange these services or include properties that offer health & wellness amenities.

  • Contact us to learn about more options for designing and customizing your trip.

Reviews From This Trip

5 stars

  • Absolutely wonderful, adventurous, exciting, educational (historical and biological). We loved it. Wish we could have stayed longer!
    Deneen Moore
  • Logistics went perfectly. On time transportation and excellent guides. The destinations were awesome.
    Jay Cutler

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