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Machu Picchu & Manu Wildlife Center: Two of Peru’s Most Incredible Destinations

Days: 11 | From: $5,990/per person

Enjoy world class cuisine and museums in Lima, then renew your sense of wonder exploring lost Incan cities and contemporary Peruvian culture. End your trip at the Manu Biosphere Reserve, one of the world’s most biodiverse places.

  • 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
  • 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 & at non-peak hours
  • Cusco
    2 nights: take in the captivating former Incan capital
  • Manu Biosphere Reserve
    1 night: head to one of the premier wildlife viewing reserves in South America
  • Manu Wildlife Center
    3 nights: abundant flora and fauna on the Madre de Dios River

  • 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 and alternatives: Hotel B, Miraflores Park Hotel, and others
Day 2:

Fly to the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Road into the mountains of the Sacred Valley

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 prefer to stay right in Ollantaytambo
Day 3:

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 4:

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, Dinner

Day 5:

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.

Day 6:

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

Cusco stone walls and buildings

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 7:

Travel to the Manu Biosphere

Peruvian mountains

Take a scenic drive to one of the premier wildlife viewing reserves in South America and one of the most biodiverse places on earth. Leaving Cusco in the morning, travel through traditional Quechua communities and the spectacular eastern ranges of the Andes to the village of Paucartambo, passing snow-peaks and small Andean farmsteads. Take some time to look around this picturesque village before beginning the ascent to the last pass overlooking the Amazon Basin.

Leaving Paucartambo, begin the breathtaking descent to the Manu Cloud Forest, passing cascading waterfalls and multicolored birds along the way. In the late afternoon you will arrive to your lodge, which is basic but very comfortable, a top option in the area and a great base for seeing the local wildlife, including the extremely rare Cock of the Rock bird.

Accommodations: Cock of the Rock Lodge

The Cock of the Rock Lodge sits on a 12,500 foot cloud forest reserve in Manu, Peru. Named after the Andean bright red Cock of the Rock Bird, this 10-bungalow hideaway provides a perfect refuge for wildlife lovers. A mountain stream flows past the lodge.

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8:

Journey to Manu Wildlife Center

Cock of the Rock bird

Observe the strange and beautiful Cock-of-the-Rock birds in their mating display this morning at dawn. The bright red-orange males dance and sing to attract the burgundy-colored females. Return to the lodge for breakfast before setting off for the Madre de Dios River, where you board a motorized dugout and begin your journey down the river.

Pass settlements and native communities as you travel, including the native community of Diamante, the largest settlement of Amerindians in the area. Entering the clay-laden waters of the Manu River, stop at the park ranger station at Limonal to visit an overgrown oxbow lake where flocks of parrots and macaws come to roost. From there, continue along the river to the Manu Wildlife Centre Lodge, arriving in time for lunch. Spend the afternoon relaxing to the sounds of nature or exploring a trail through the forest to a lookout point over the river, where you can watch passing flights of parrots and macaws as the sun sets.

Renowned Amazon jungle lodge

Accommodations: Manu Wildlife Center

The Manu Wildlife Center is one of the most renowned and respected jungle lodges in the entire Amazon. It enjoys a remote location in the Manu Wilderness of southeastern Peru, part of a vast expanse of protected rainforest. Its 22 bungalows come equipped with hot showers, flush toilets and private baths, and while rustic, it has a degree of refinement lacking in most other Amazon lodges. The wildlife viewing and bird watching are as good as you can find at any Amazon jungle lodge. The lodge is minutes away from an active Macaw clay lick, which is a highlight of the area.

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9:

Exploring from Manu Wildlife Center

Macaws

Explore the Manu biosphere and search out the incredible variety of wildlife it contains. Set out in the early morning for the Macaw Clay Lick, where hundreds of colorful parrots and macaws congregate to eat the mineral-rich clay that is essential to their digestion. Relax in a comfortable blind to get close to the birds and observe them as your own breakfast is served. When the action at the lick slows down midmorning, head back to the lodge for lunch and some time to relax. In the afternoon, those who wish can ascend the canopy tower for spectacular views out over the Cloud Forest. On the ground, you can explore quiet trails to look for primates, such as Emperor and Saddleback Tamarins. The rare Goeldi’s Monkey is also sometimes spotted in this area.

Renowned Amazon jungle lodge

Accommodations: Manu Wildlife Center

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10:

Exploring from Manu Wildlife Center

monkeys

Explore the forest and trails around the lodge. Be on the lookout for Monk Saki, a rare monkey that is occasionally seen here. Discover an area where groups of Manakins, unique neotropical birds, perform their strange mating dances, and canoe around Cocha Blanco, an old ox-bow lake, in search of the giant otters that live there.

After a leisurely lunch at the lodge you can explore other trails and walk to a large mammal lick, where guans and forest parakeets and parrotlets come for clay. Black spider monkeys also visit on occasion for clay to help their digestion. Those who wish will return with the guide to the lodge in the late afternoon; however, there is an opportunity to stay at the lick after dark to see what nocturnal creatures come out. Tapirs, the largest South American land mammal, are frequent visitors. Observe them from the comfort of mosquito nets and mattresses within a specially-constructed blind.

Renowned Amazon jungle lodge

Accommodations: Manu Wildlife Center

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11:

River Journey to Puerto Maldonado

River journey

Set out for your river journey back to the confluence of the Manu River and the Madre de Dios. Stop in the town of Boca Colorado, a frontier gold-mining town, from which a comfortable vehicle will take you to the jungle city of Puerto Maldonado to catch an early afternoon flight to Cusco. From there you will head to Lima, where you can connect with your international flight home or to your next destination.

*Includes: Breakfast

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