The Amazon and Machu Picchu
Two of the Most Awe Inspiring Locations in Peru
You'll fly to Puerto Maldonado from which a short trip by boat will take you to Reserva Amazonica's luxury lodge in the midst of the Tambopata Nature Reserve in the Amazon Jungle. There you'll have your own private cabin as you spend your days enjoying your preference of exciting activities with expert local guides. After leaving the Amazon, you will travel to Cusco, your base for visits to the both the Sacred Valley as well as the world-renowned Machu Picchu.
Detailed Itinerary - 10 Days / 9 Nights
Day 1: Welcome to PeruUpon your arrival in Lima, our representative will meet you and assist you in checking in to the Costa Ramada del Sol Hotel located at the Lima Airport. Here, you can rest for your morning departure to Puerto Maldonado.
Day 2: Journey to the Tambopata Reserve in the Amazon JungleYou'll be met this morning at your hotel and escorted back to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado. Upon arrival, you will be met and taken to the boat which will take you to the Reserva Amazonica, located in the Tambopata Reserve. You'll have a chance to rest before taking a guided walk along one of the lodge's many trails. Sundown will find you on a boat on the river with the opportunity to see the jungle in a different light. Among the many creatures you may see are caimans, nightjars (a type of bird), capybaras and owls.
Day 3: Exploring the JungleA short boat ride away lies the Canopy Inkaterra Interpretation Center, consisting of 8 platforms situated 30 meters above the jungle from where you can observe the wildlife around you. The platforms are linked by suspension bridges, allowing you to walk along between them without having to set foot on the jungle floor. From your vantage point, you may see sloths, monkeys, toucans and many other types of birds.
Following lunch, you'll have time at the Sandoval Lake, home to a variety of birds and animals including herons, kingfishers, hoatzins and giant river otters. It's also possible to take a cooling swim in the lake, a welcome respite from the heat of the jungle.
Day 4: Tambopata JungleAnother short boat ride this morning will take you to a beautiful botanical garden, home to more than 200 species of plants. After lunch, you can learn about island ecosystems at Rolin Island and community. You'll also enjoy a visit to the Primate Rescue Center, where you can meet the squirrel monkey, the white capuchin and the brown capuchin.
Day 5: Continue on to CuscoIn the morning, you head back up river to Puerto Maldonado and, after visiting a unique butterfly farm, you'll be taken to the airport and your flight to Cusco.
Upon arrival, you'll be met and taken to the gorgeous Sacred Valley which will help with getting used to the altitude as it is few thousand feet lower than the former Inca capital. Along the way, you'll make a stop at Awanakancha where you can learn about traditional weaving and the Peruvian camelids: the alpaca, llama, vicuña, and guanaco.
Day 6: Exploration of the Sacred ValleyToday, you'll have the chance to explore both the town and archaeological site of Pisac. The site is located above the city and offers impressive views of the surrounding mountains and valley. There are four sections to the site and you'll have ample opportunity to wander as much as you like, learning about the history and religious beliefs of the ancient Quechua people.
After, take some time to discover the small village, home to the most famous native market in the area. Here, especially on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays when the market is larger, you can find a wide variety of handmade goods including silver, jewelry, textiles, ceramics and make your purchases directly from the artists themselves.
You'll finish with a gourmet lunch in Urubamba and then be taken to your hotel to relax or wander around the country lanes.
Day 7: The Citadel of Machu PicchuEarly in the morning, you'll be taken to the train station for your journey to Aguas Calientes. The views along the way are breathtaking and help to put you in the right mindset for your private tour of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you'll take a short bus ride to the archaeological site which still offers much mystery in terms of its importance to the Incas.
Once you've had a tour of the vast complex, you'll enjoy lunch at the adjacent Sanctuary Lodge after which you can explore the site further, with or without your guide.
Day 8: Machu PicchuToday, you can head back up to Machu Picchu as early as you like, giving you the chance to experience it before the crowds arrive. There are lots of short hikes that you can take, including to the top of Huayna Picchu which offers fantastic views and photo opportunities of the ruins. Take all the time you like before heading back down to Aguas Calientes and your train to the station at Poroy, located 20 minutes outside Cusco. Here, you will be met and escorted back to your hotel.
Day 9: CuscoCusco is a fascinating city with its blend of Inca and Colonial architecture side by side with modern Peruvian culture. Your guide will pick you up this morning to begin your personalized tour of the city. Walking through the artistic neighborhood of San Blas, visiting the church with its intricate wooden pulpit, continuing down streets bounded by original Inca stonework, you'll have a great introduction to the city.
Among the other sites you can visit is the Pre-Colombian Art Museum, a great way to understand the modern culture through its history. The Temple of the Sun, Koricancha, with the colonial monastery built on its foundations, gives you another peek into the city's roots. And the market of San Pedro is a colorful window onto not just the culture of today but also to that part of it which remains unchanged.
Day 10: Departure from CuscoYou will be brought to the airport for your flight back to Lima. If you have time before your international flight, we can arrange a car and driver for you to enjoy some of the sights and sounds of the capital city.
All trips are private and will be customized to suit your individual interests and schedules. Please contact us at (800) 986-4150 for more information about our customized private tours to Peru. Costs will vary according to your specific itinerary, the number of people traveling and the type of accommodations you prefer.