Combine Machu Picchu and the Amazon Jungle tour
This Amazon Jungle Tour offers you a rich experience of Peru’s diverse natural and cultural treasures. Take a tour into the primeval rainforest takes us deep within the most biodiverse region of the Amazon Basin. Our tour takes you through the charming Andean town of Cusco, then on to the magnificent Sacred Valley through the snow capped mountains of the Inca Empire. Continue to the hidden Inca city of Machu Picchu to explore its famed ancient ruins.
Day 1 – International Arrival in Lima – Hotel in Lima
Arrival in Lima; our representative will be waiting for you with a customized sign with your name and take you straight to your hotel; there are no planned activities – Overnight in Lima
Note: when booking your flight to Lima, try to arrive between 3 to 10pm so that you have time to arrive in Lima, transfer to your hotel and have some rest before your Peru Tour next day
Day 2 – Flight to Cusco – Cusco Sightseeing Tour: Cathedral – Koricancha – Sacsayhuaman – Q´enqo – Tambomachay
At the scheduled time pick up from your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Cusco, upon arrival and transfer to your Hotel; in the afternoon, you will be picked up from your hotel, for the sightseeing tour.
You will visit the Temple of the Sun, Santo Domingo Convent and, The Cathedral and its Cuzqueño paintings, as well as the 4 main Inca sites that include Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo , Puca Pucara and Tambomachay – Overnight in Cusco
Note: when booking your flight to Cusco, take an early morning flight 8 to 11:00 am so that you have time to arrive in Cusco, transfer to your hotel and have some rest before your City Tour
Day 3 – Sacred Valley Tour: Pisac – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes
You will first visit Awana kancha to appreciate the magnificence of the Peruvian Andes and its South American cameloids, then you will visit Pisac, a scenic town, where you can see their local market and the archaeological site, your next destinations will be the remains of Ollantaytambo Fortress. In the afternoon we will take the train to Aguas Calientes – Overnight in Aguas Calientes
Day 4 – Machu Picchu Tour – Back to Cusco
Excursion to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes, short ride (25 minutes) up to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, and you will participate in a guided tour, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the most important preserved Intihuatana, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows.
Optional climb to Huayna Picchu Mountain; from where you can appreciate the immensity of Machu Picchu, even more amazing being high and distant (not included in the price):
In the afternoon you will take the train back to Cusco. Upon arrival reception and transfer to your Hotel – Overnight in Cusco
Day 5 – Flight to Puerto Maldonado – Amazon Jungle Tour – Tambopata Lodge
Breakfast at the hotel; transfer to Cusco airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado; upon arrival, reception and transfer to the Lodge by Tambopata River, along the way to the lodge we will visit the Native Community of Infierno (Hell). Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you give you a briefing with important navigation and security tips. Canopy Tower, a twenty minute walk from the lodge leads to the 30 meter scaffolding canopy tower. A banistered staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. From the top you obtain spectacular views of the vast standing forest cut by the Tambopata River winding through the middle. Now and then toucans, parrots or macaws are seen flying against the horizon, or mixed species canopy flocks land in the treetop next to you – Overnight in the Amazon Lodge
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 – Amazon Jungle Tour: Oxbow Lake and Canopy Tower
This morning we will visit Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake, is thirty minutes by boat and forty five minutes hiking from the Lodge. Once there you will paddle around the lake in a catamaran, searching for the resident family of nine giant river otters (seen by 60% of our lake visitors) and other lakeside wildlife such as caiman, hoatzin and horned screamers.
Ethnobotanical tour, a twenty minute boat drive downstream leads you to a trail designed by the staff of the Centro Ñape. The Centro Ñape is a communal organization that produces medicines out of forest plants and administers them to patients who choose their little clinic. They have produced a trail which explains the different medicinal (and other) uses of selected plants. Night walk, you will have the option of hiking out at night, when most of the mammals are active but rarely seen. Much easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural stories – Overnight in the Amazon Lodge
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 – Amazon Jungle Tour: Parrot Clay Lick and Ceiba Trail Hike
After breakfast; we visit Parrot Clay Lick, this clay lick is only a twenty minute walk from the Lodge. From a blind spot located about twenty meters away you will see dozens of parrots and parakeets descend on most clear mornings to ingest the clay on a river bank. Species such as Mealy and Yellow- headed Amazon, Blue-headed Parrot and Dusky headed Parakeet descend at this clay lick. The clay lick is active at dawn, during the late mornings and mid-afternoons.
Ceiba trail hike, we leave from the lobby at the Lodge and embark on a two hour hike crowned by the largest tree in the neighborhood : a giant ceiba tree. During the hike we will focus on the natural history of the rain forest and its principal taxonomic groups.
Farm visit, a thirty minute boat drive downstream takes us to the most complete farm in the community of Infierno. The owner grows a diverse variety of popular and unknown Amazon crops. In his garden, just about every plant and tree serves a purpose. Overnight at the Amazon Lodge
– Overnight in the Amazon Lodge
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 – Amazon Jungle Tour: Departure from Lodge – Flight to Lima
Breakfast at lodge; transfer by boat to Tambopata River port then to Puerto Maldonado Airport – Flight to Lima.
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