This short tour (10 days) focuses on two magic and unique regions of Peru: be amazed in the Amazon jungle with its beautiful wildlife in one breath and gaze in wonder at the sacred site of Machu Picchu in another.
|PHYSICALITY||2 or 3 on a scale of 1 to 10 (1= for everyone / 10= only for athletes!)|
No specific physical difficulty.
|DEPARTURE TIME||Time of collection will be discussed the day before in your briefing.|
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN LIMA
Welcome to Peru! Your Amazon and Sacred Valley Tour begins in Lima.
Private transfer will be arranged from Lima airport to your hotel. There is not scheduled activity today assuming you will take a good rest for adapting the jet lag or spend the day at your leisure. We recommend you to visit Larco Museum (entrance fee of US$10), where showcases chronological galleries that provide a thorough overview of 4,000 years of Peruvian pre-Columbian history.
Accommodation: 1 night 3 star hotel in Lima
DAY 2 AND 3 - AMAZON JUNGLE
In early morning, private transfer pick up from your hotel to Lima airport. You will be taken to the Lima airport where you will catch a flight to Puerto Maldonado (this domestic flight is arranged by your own), the entry point for the Amazon rain forest. Our guide will welcome you at the airport and the jungle tour will begin with a bus tour around the city, then you will take a motorised river boat along the Madre de Dios river to your jungle lodge. You will be welcomed with a fruit refreshment and brought to the bungalow which is built from local indigenous materials and it is overlooking either to the river or the jungle. We will have a lunch together and continue our jungle tour with 2-3-hour walking excursion. The guide will show you many tropical trees, medicinal plants and exuberant nature. This excursion includes a stop at the view point where you can admire the nature. There is an of a canoe trip along the river observe caimans and other species if we are lucky. We will return to the lodge for a dinner and you can relax in the hammocks or enjoy the refreshments form the bar.
Next morning, we will start the day early with a breakfast and start an excursion to Tambobata National Reserve through Lake Sandoval. You will realize why Puerto Maldonado is called and Peruvian capital of biodiversity, you will admire giant trees, monkeys (squirrel monkey, howler monkey, capuchin monkey) and various birds (notably the Hoatzin, also known as a stink bird, kingfisher and snakebird). On the Lake Sandoval we will explore the wildlife with a small rowing boats. We will search giant otters, caimans, piranhas and a variety of birds. Then we will return to the lodger for a Lunch. After we have relaxed a bit we will continue our tour to Monkey Island to observe the different species of the monkeys. There is a change to see great variety of monkeys (little lion, friar, achunis). In the evening we will enjoy stunning sun set. Then we will return to the lodge and you will have an opportunity to relax before dinner and enjoy the massages or the pool.
Included Excursions: 2 days 2 nights Tambopata Nature reserve including all meals, private tour guide, land and boat transfer, and 2 nights accommodation in Jungle lodge
DAY 4 - AMAZON JUNGLE AND CUSCO
The last day of the jungle tour starts with an early breakfast and the last jungle excursion is to visit the clay lick which is a bird lover’s paradise, we will be observing different species of parrots and we will learn the importance and benefits of the clay lick. The particular type of clay is vital for the parrots’ metabolism. Then it is time to go back to Puerto Maldonado. You will be taken to the airport from the jungle to catch a flight to Cusco.
When you will arrive to Cusco, private transfer pick up from airport to your hotel, the rest of the day will be free to adapt altitude in peace or you can explore the city by your own.
Accommodation: 1 night 3 star hotel in Cusco
DAY 5 - CUSCO
Rest in the morning, in the afternoon, you will take a part of the city tour including: the Cathedral (a marvel of religious art with 300 paintings from the Cusqueña School), the ‘Qorikancha’ temple (the most important one in the Inca Empire and the religious, geographical and political centre of Cusco), the archaeological complex of Sacsayhuamán (a majestic place with a great view over Cusco and impressive works in stone, some up to 120 tons), the Q’enqo Labyrinth (a religious centre dedicated to the adoration of the Earth), Tambomachay (a center of adoration and worship of water), and Puca Pucara (once used as a military centre).
Included Excursions: City Tour of Cusco (private transfer and tour guide, entrance of all sightseeing places)
Accommodation: 1 night 3 star hotel in Cusco
DAY 6 - SACRED VALLEY OF INCAS
The Sacrd Valley tour begins with a visit to the ruins of Pisac. The ruins are located on the top of the hill and the view is incredible. After climbing down from the ruins, on the market days you have a change to visit the famous, traditional market where you can buy souvenirs. We will eat lunch and continue to charming town of Ollantaytambo. We visit the temple fortress and see the impressive Inca terraces which were built on the sides of the steep mountains.
Included Excursions: Guided Tour of Sacred Valley of the Incas with entrance of Pisac and Ollantaytambo Inca runis
Accommodation: 1 night hostel in Ollantaytambo
DAY 7 to 8 - MACHU PICCHU
We will pick you up from the hotel to take you by bus to Ollantaytambo, where you will catch a train to Aguas Calientes. After arriving to Aguas Calientes you will have time to explore the town by your own, for example you can enjoy your time at the hot springs. In the evening, around 7:30 pm you will have a meeting with the tour guide, who will explain the schedule of the following day.
The following day is the day to explore the lost city of Machu Picchu. Taking tourist bus to entrance of Machu Picchu. At the entrance, you will be greeted by the guide, who will give you 2-hours guided tour to show you the most important places and describing their purposes during the Inca Empire. It will be a fascinating lesson of history and culture of the Inca Empire connected with the enjoyable walk surrounded by the beautiful scenery. You will then have your own time for discovering this unique place on your own. If you are good fit in shape, you can consider to have short hike to Huayna Picchu/Machu Picchu Mountain (Optional with US$10 per person). You will stay in Machu Picchu until the maximum of 4 pm. From Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes you will return your own. Remember that you need to be in Aguas Calientes at least 30 minutes before the departure of your train to Ollantaytambo. Then, private transfer will be arranged from Ollantaytambo to Cusco. Arrival at Cusco around 9-10pm
Included Excursions: 2-hours Guided Tour in Machu Picchu, Roundtrip bus tickets in Machu Picchu and Aguas Calients. Roundtrip Train tickets between Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes
Accommodation: 1 nights 3 star hotel in Aguas Calientes and 1 nights 3 star hotel in Cusco
DAY 9 - From CUSCO to LIMA
Subject to your flight schedule from Cusco to Lima (flight ticket is not included). Hotel pick up will be arranged to Cusco airport. After arrival at Lima, airport pick up will be transferred to your hotel, you will have an opportunity to visit the places which you did not have time to explore on the first day of the tour.
Accommodation: 1 night 3star hotel in Lima
DAY 10 - DEPART LIMA
Your grand Amazon and Sacred Valley Tour comes to an end today.
If you want to stay longer in Peru and explore more, please contact us.
Our tours are customized for small group starting from minimum 2 persons and maximum 12 persons. The price shown in this itinerary is applied 2-4 persons.
If your group is more than 4 people, please contact us for the price.
We can provide a tour guide in some other languages like French, German, Polish, etc as you requested.
All our tours are aimed at people in good physical and mental condition.
Some tours requires better physical conditions than others: please check the “Physicality” information.
All accommodations are done in double rooms unless you ask for single room (with extra-cost).
Breakfast are generally included in the accommodation.
To allow the freedom of food option, lunch and dinner are not included in the tour, except Day 2 and Day 3. However, upon your request, we can arrange lunch and dinner with additional cost.
Some details of the tour may change depending on weather conditions, physical condition of the participants and other unpredictable things, like for example strikes.
Our prices are “all inclusive” as far as possible. Nevertheless, some excursions, visits or activities cannot be included in order to give you more freedom and to adapt to each traveler.
Please read carefully the “Included” and “Not included” information in the “DETAILS” tab of the tour, and also the details of the “ITINERARY” tab that provides more information about optional excursions, visits or activities.
The prices of our tours may vary in high season (April to November) when some rates can increase.
For Machu Picchu, there is a discount of USD$20 for students who send us the scan of their ISIC card by email during the booking process and who then bring the original, valid ISIC card with them for the trip (without valid ISIC card, you would not only loose the discount but also the possibility to explore the ruins since you would not get permission to entrance).
There is another discount of USD$20 for Peruvians and another USD$10 for Peruvian University students. Peruvian citizens have to indicate DNI number during booking process and to bring valid DNI for the tour. Peruvian students have to send a scan of their student card during booking process and bring valid document with them for the tour. In both above mentioned situations, if you do not show the valid document(s) at the entrance to Machu Picchu, you will not get permission to entrance and will loose the possibility to explore the ruins.
RESERVATIONS & PAYMENT
To book any tour, first we will confirm its availability for your specific date. Then we need to receive an advance payment (50% or full payment) according to current prices and to have your full details (no errors), which are necessary to book the entrance tickets on your behalf.
Please note that your reservation is not confirmed or safe until we receive these elements.
VACCINATIONS & INSURANCE
Before travelling, you should always check current information about the necessary vaccines.
We recommend you to take the vaccine against yellow fever at least one week before your travel.
We also recommend purchasing travel insurance. Please check the regulations and exclusions of your insurance company, especially if trekking in the high mountains or planning adventure sports.
CHECK SOME IMPORTANT POINTS
Avoid unforeseen situation by being at departure location at least one day before the beginning of the tour.
Check requirements about passports and visas to enter Peru enough time in advance.
WHAT TO BRING
Here are some recommendations to remind you of some items that may be needed on the tour:
A lightweight water&windproof jacket with hood
Small collapsible umbrella
Sandals or thongs/ flip flops
Wide-brimmed hat or cap
Lip balm, sun block with high UV factor
Antibacterial hand cleansing gel
Peg less washing line & travel laundry detergent
Swiss army type penknife
Head torch or flashlight
Hard drive or USB stick to back up your photos
Travel plug adaptor with a USB port
Pocket size phrasebook
Travel sickness tablets
Insect repellent and bite cream
Travel med kit