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

Days: 10 | From: $4,490/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
    3 nights: stay in a premier ecotourism lodge
  • 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: Hotel de Autor

Located in the center of Miraflores, the 4-suite Hotel de Autor is a set in a beautiful private house. Each of the suites features either a private balcony or an old-fashioned clawfoot bathtub; the suites are large rooms with charming details and local artifacts. Definitely a unique experience, being in the Hotel de Autor is more like staying in a private home than a commercial hotel.

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 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 bird life, and an incredible variety of other flora and fauna.

Accommodations: Posada Amazonas

Posada Amazonas is a jungle lodge that sits within the private territory of the Infierno Community, almost 5,000 acres of protected land. This property is a pioneering eco-tourism project that has received support from Conservation International, and the lodge is managed in a low-impact manner in cooperation with the local community to create a model of sustainable tourism. Its architecture features an eclectic blend of traditional native materials and modern eco-lodge technology. All rooms have private baths; decor is fairly utilitarian and the emphasis is on experiencing the rainforest, not on creature comforts. The 30 rooms are decorated with bas-relief wood carvings representing stories and characters from the Ese-eja tradition. While staying at this lodge you'll have the chance to view a wide variety of bird and animal life, including macaws, parrots, giant river otters, caiman, and several species of primate. This traditional lodge is one of the top in the Peruvian Amazon

*Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

Alternative lodging options: Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, Refugio Amazonas. Luxury Amazon cruises are also an option, such as the Delfin I or the Aria Amazon.
Days 3-4

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

Explore the Amazon Jungle and learn 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. 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.

Accommodations: Posada Amazonas

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

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.

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Alternative lodging options: Albergue Ollantaytambo: for those who want to stay right in Ollantaytambo
Day 6

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 7

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 8

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 9

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 10

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 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.

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