This experience provides an interesting fusion of the beauty and the variations of surroundings, animals and cultures. Whether looking out for animal life from the jungle lodge or ascending the historic path of the Incas to the Lost City of Machu Picchu (located in the promised lands of America). The new wonder of the world will astonish you with its bizarre location and architecture. The views will leave you stunned as you take the train across the Andes and then make your way to the Peruvian jungle where Machu Picchu is located. Experience the culture and allure of Peru, its compelling history, its awesome wildlife on this captivating Amazon and Machu Picchu tour. You will begin in Lima, then continue to the Peruvian jungle where you stay at a lodge situated inside the 275,000 hectare Tambopata National Reserve in Peru's Jungle where the wildlife can be discovered from the top of a Mountain. Moving on to Cusco, the charismatic Andean capital of Inca civilization, the glorious Sacred Valley is located between the snowy mountains of the Inca dominion and Machu Picchu where you will explore its famous ruins and then stay for the night.
Day 01: Lima
Day 02-03: Peruvian Jungle
Day 04: Cusco City
Day 05: Sacred Valley tour
Day 06: Maras-Moray-Salineras Tour
Day 07: Southern Valley Tour
Day 08-09: Machu Picchu Tour
Day 10: Cusco
Day 11: Departure
Crew: Tierras Vivas Representatives in Lima, Puerto Maldonado and Cusco and a professional bilingual Tour Guide.
Accommodation: 3* hotels (8 nights), jungle lodges (2 nights).
Meals: 10x breakfast, 2x lunch, 2x dinner (Please allow USD 100 - 150 for meals not included.).
Transportation: 3x domestic flight, transportation by private van, motorboat transportation, a train round trip (Expedition Class).
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The first day is an arrival day and no activities are planned so that you can arrive at any time. When you arrive at Lima airport, our representative waits for you holding a sheet with your name and takes you to your hotel.
The capital of Lima is also known as the "City of the Kings" as it was founded by Francisco Pizarro on the Day of the Three Kings (Epiphany) in 1535! The Plaza de Armas (main square) is the heart of old Lima. There you can find the Cathedral, Governmental Palace and Archbishop´s Palace.
Lima is a city with extraordinary museums from pre-Incan, Incan and Colonial artifacts. Definitely worth a visit.
We transfer you to Lima airport to take a flight to Puerto Maldonado which lies deep in the Peruvian Amazonian Jungle. Upon arrival we travel by motorised canoe up the Madre de Dios River to an eco-friendly jungle lodge. On our journey to the lodge you have a chance to see bird species typical of the river and the forest outskirts such as a black skimmer, pied lapwing, a capped heron, a roadside hawk (Buteo magnirostris), a kingfisher, a swallow or tyrant flycatchers.
The jungle lodge combines a native architecture and materials with a low-impact technology intending to preserve the local environment. Rooms of the lodge are simple but comfortable, containing mosquito nets over each bed, flush toilets, showers (but without hot water) and kerosene (paraffine) lamps for lighting (there is no electricity). Staff of the lodge are multilingual naturalists-guides and mostly consist of local community members.
You will take guided hikes through the jungle with a local guide and discover the Amazon's bizarre wildlife and native residents and the curative and useful properties of domestic jungle plants. The Amazon covers about half of Peru and it is located in the Amazon Basin. Thanks to its isolation it keeps hidden to casual travellers. Puerto Maldonado is the main city of the region and is mostly accessed by air from the capital and from Cusco. The city lies on confluence of the Madre de Dios and Tambopata Rivers. It is a busy and booming tropical frontier city which principal activities are gold mining, cashew nut collecting, timber exploitation, agriculture and ecotourism.
Sleep to the sounds of nighttime creatures and arise to the extraordinary sounds of bird song.
Tambopata is famous for a wide variety of plants and animal populations that include over 1,300 bird species (including 32 parrot specias that are equal to 10% of the world parrot population), 200 mammal species (4 species of primates included), 90 species of frogs, 1,200 butterfly species and 10,000 species of higher plants! All of them are protected by law. Harpy eagle, a prehistoric looking hoatzin, tapir, peccary, jaguar, ocelot and playful river otters inhabitating the Oxbow Lake to name a few of these rainforest rare species!
On the last (third) day of this Amazonian trip we transfer you back to the airport at Puerto Maldonado for your flight to Cusco located high in the Andes. You are welcomed by our representative and taken to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to acclimatize to the high altitude as well as relax and explore some of this fascinating city.
After breakfast we travel through the abundant Sacred Valley and visit native communities. An invaluable origin of food for the Incas, the Sacred Valley of the Incas is an abundant agricultural area that continues to provide Cusco with a lot of its production especially corn. Discover their long-established lifestyle, look through artesania and learn a few words of Quechua. Spot the maize and grain vegetation along the river and that cover the terraces reaching high up the valley walls. As it lays 600 metres lower than Cusco, its average temperature is 5ºC higher so it has got a very pleasant climate.
The tour shows us around the major archaeological sites placed in Pisaq and Ollantaytambo. The town of Pisaq is a valuable archaeological site in the area of Cusco. There is also a market in Pisaq that is full of life, its open on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in the morning. You will feel a colorful mood here of communities, cultures and trading. You can buy authentic pre-Columbain artesania and fabrics.
Every Sunday there is a procession of the mayors, at 9.30am they go to the church to attend the classic mass in Quechua. Then we stop in Urubamba, considered to be the capital of the valley, where we have a buffet lunch offering Andean cuisine (not included in the tour). Afterwards we continue to Ollantaytambo, the delightful and important location, 60 kilometres from Cusco where Inca Pachacutec constructed his fortress, it is a charming scene and the hills that encircle it conceal some of the most dramatic ruins in the Valley. It includes buildings such as the Temple of the Sun, the Royal Hall, the Inca huatana and the Banos de la Princesa (Princess Baths). It was also one of the few places that the Spaniards lost one of their fights. Then we make our way back to Cusco, but there is one more Incan site awaiting us on the way. The site is Chinchero where we enjoy our last guided tour. The debris of what was the royal hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui, as well as the fascinating colonial temple constructed on Inca foundations. There is also a sunday market here, where you can get beautiful artesania and local goods. Later on we make our way back to Cusco.
We journey out of Cusco in our private transportion. Maras is a lovely little town that has preserved the best part of its architectural colonial style. You can see astonishing exteriors made of thin stone, lintels with sculptures in which the figures project slightly from the backround. we then continue to Moray. The Moray ruins are situated at 3,450 m.a.s.l. We discover the agricultural terraces of Moray with their complex system of irrigation and terraces. These terraces served as a natural green house to cultivate an exceptional diversity of plants at an altitude that would typically only grow in the tropical Andes. It has also been propositioned that it had a cosmogenic significance. You receive a guided tour of the site.
Then we continue to Salineras, northeast of Maras where we can find the "Trabajos de Sal" which are made up of 3,000 small pools about 5 square meters (53.8 ft) in size. Every three days , during the dry season, workers fill the pool wih salt water that comes from natural springs at the top of the Maray complex, and when the water evaporates from the pool the salt is collected. This is carried out for a month until the pools reach a volume that is 10 centimeters (4 inches) in height. The salt is grinded, then iodine is applied, packaged and sent to the markets to be sold. The salt mines date back to pre-Incan times!
In the afternoon,we return to Cusco.
Collected from your hotel, today we get on a private vehicle and travel for an hour until we reach the first stop of today´s tour situated in the Southern Valley following the "Sun Route" that terminates in Puno (but we do not follow the route until its end). The first place we visit is Tipon, which is considered the royal garden authorizd by Wiracocha. It is one of the most intricate instances of agricultural terraces built by the Incas. We visit the archaeological megalith production center where initiation ceremonies were realised in Inca times, there you will observe a unique irrigation system with vertical and horizontal irrigation channels on terraces. These high terraces run up the narrow valley and are irrigated by an aqueduct from Pachatusan, the mountains above the site. Additionally there are other buildings, consisiting of baths, a temple complex, canals and aqueducts. Tipon is one of the lesser haunted sites in the Cusco region but is just as exciting as the those in the Sacred Valley. The Tipon Archaeological Complex is situated 24 km southeast of Cusco.
After a guided tour of Tipon we continue towards the only pre-Incan site of Cusco, the city of Pikillaqta, it is located 30 kms from Cusco and was once one of the most impressive regional centers of the culture Huari. This clay complex was created around 600 to 700 AD. Today it is still considered one of the most significant pre Inca sites in Cusco. It is made up of more than 700 structures: 200 kanchas (apartments), 504 qolqas (storages) and other constructions that should have accommodated about 10,000 people. The culture was seated in Ayacucho and its centres were occupied by Incas for many years. Today Pikillacta is a national archaeological park of great importance. The word Pikillaqta is made up of Quechuan words "piki" = flea and "llacta" = town, so that the meaning of the city´s name was the “City of the Fleas”. It does not want to say that fleas lived in the city nor that its inhabitants were lousy. The name was derived from the fact that each inhabitant lived in cramped conditions, in a very small room. Some investigators supposed that Pikillacta turned into a city of “mitimaes” during Incan times ("Mitimae" comes from the Quechuan word "mitma" meaning "resettlement". So mitimaes were originally groups of families taken by the Incas from their native places to loyal or conquered towns to perform political, cultural, social, and economic functions). Just a short walk form here is the small Inca site known as Rumicola, a travel stop for the Incas.
Close by the city we pass the Lucre Lagoon or Huacarpay at about 3200 meters high (10500 feet). This was a habitiat for wild animal groups, like wild ducks, geeses and flamingos owing to the appropriate ambience created by totora canes and terraces cultivated in the rugged esteriors of the mountains. They also fished trout and atherine.
Andahuayillas is a very comforting little town with a charming colonial church and not a harsh climate as it is encircled by mountains on the berth of the Vilcanota River, which is called the Urubamba River in the lowest districts. The earth there is abundant and its people are quiet and compainionable.
The most significant appeal for tourists is the church: San Pedro de Andahuayillas which is called the "Sistine Chapel" of America because of the quality of its work of arts! Inside the church you find golden altars, painitngs and colored ceilings galore! The chapel is simplistic and modest on the outside, though on the inside you will be thrilled by the numerous outstanding works! Additionally some of the paintings from the celebrated "Escuela Cusqueña" can be enjoyed.
In the afternoon we return to Cusco.
Day 01: Cusco - Aguas Calientes
Leaving from Cusco in the morning we travel to the village of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley where we get on the train to Aguas Calientes. With exquisite landscapes throughout the journey, the train trip is an adventure in itself. Trailing the route of the river descending the Sacred Valley you reach Aguas Calientes by lunchtime, where you are accompanied by our represantative to check in to your hotel. Afterwards you have the afternoon free. We recommend the Machu Picchu museum and orchid exhibition, a 35 minute walk outside the village or you can just unwind in the hotsprings that the village is named after.
Day 02: Machu Picchu!
We wake up early and take the bus up to Machu Picchu to enter as the site opens. We have a 2 hour guided tour of the site, in which you will acquire knowledge about the Incas and see all the most significant areas of the fortress. After the tour you have free time to survey the location by yourself and if you have permits to ascend Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. In the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo from where you will be transferred by our driver back to Cusco.
Today is a free day to explore the fascinating capital of the Incan empire.
Cusco is the continents earliest constantly occupied city and the center of the South American travel net. The city draws in visitors who come to experience a unique location and an ancient culture very unlike anything they know from their modern way of life. A week could easiliy be spent here and in the surrounding areas. Inca stone walls border many of the streets and important Inca ruins are close by. This city is immersed in history, culture and fables.
Yearly Cusco brings in thousands of visitors who come to explore its imperial but heartbreaking past. It is an excellent base for optional travel around the area.
You can explore some of many very good museums such as Inca Museum, Qoricancha Museum, Archaeological Museum (which also houses a small art exhibition), Regional Historic Museum and Religious Art Museum.
Cusco has got numerous colonial churches too. The most important of them is the Cathedral on the main square. Its construction started in 1559 and it took 100 years to finish! The Cathedral can pride on the biggest depository of Colonial art of the city! A vault containing remains of the famous Incan historian - Garcilaso de la Vega is just past the entrance. Other churches that are worth seeing are La Compañía, La Merced and San Francisco.
The city is also a perfect base for those more adventurous as it offers a range of optional outdoor activities such as white river rafting on Urubamba River, horseback riding around nearby archaeological sites (Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambo Machay and Puca Pucara) or mountain biking down to Maras - Moray - Salineras and perhaps visiting some Incan sites on the way.
It is also home to fine dining restaurahnts, charismatic cafes and entertaining nightlife.
Transfer to Cusco to take a flight back to Lima (not included in the tour).
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Please note: A return flight to Lima can be arranged upon request
Also if you want to extend your trip let us know and we will be happy to help you!
Meals budget: Please allow USD 100-150 for meals not included.
Single room: Please note that if you have booked the "Single Room" option for this tour, you receive your own single room for all overnights, Amazonian jungle included.
Local flights: Two local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless noted otherwise! It is very important that we have got your passport details at the time of booking in order to process all air tickets! Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to each flight departure!
If you would like to do the hike to Inca Trail or Alternative, choose these two option hike to Machu Picchu.
All Tierras Vivas adventurous group tours are accompanied by a Tierras Vivas Tour Guide, a Representative or an expedition team. The aim of our Tour Guides is to take a hassle out of our customers’ trips and to help them to have the best trip possible. The Tour Guides provide information on places visited, offer suggestions of what to see and to do, recommend a good place to eat and introduce to his/her colleagues. The Guides have a broad general knowledge of each country visited during a tour, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local Tour Guides where we think that more specific knowledge could add more enjoyment to visited places.
These following hotels are used to accommodate you during your tour:
Accommodation in Lima:
Address: Calle Bellavista N 320
Tel: (+51) 1 4446033
Accommodation in Cusco:
Address: Calle Matara N 394, Cusco
Tel: (+51) 84 224466
During the tour, we request our hotels to get ready your rooms for time of your arrival, especially, if you arrive prior to standard check-in time. Nevertheless, this is not always possible. In this case, you just store your luggage in that hotel storage room and you can explore around your new destination in between.
Please note! If you have purchased pre or post trip accommodation, you might be asked to change your room during your trip.
A kind of luggage you need to take with depends on a kind of tour you plan to undertake, a part of the country you like to visit, a year season and a length of your trip. In general, you should pack as lightly as possible because you carry your own luggage during most of our tours (however, there are not long walking distances – up to 30 minutes). We recommend you to keep weight of your luggage under 10 kg (22 lb.).
Most of travelers use a suitcase. However, a big backpack would be more suitable. In any case, please do not forget a small rucksack that you will need for daily travels (to carry your bottled water, camera, snacks, etc.). It is better to avoid a wheeled luggage and use luggage with shoulder straps.
Clothing to take with you depends on a year season in Peru and a part of country you plan to visit.
When visiting coastline of the Northern Peru and surroundings of Lima, then you need to pack some light cloths (for example, shorts, skirts, dresses, T-shirts), flip-flops, sandals, a head cover as a protection against the Sun (a hat or a cap), sun protection cream, sunglasses, mosquitos repellent and swimsuit, of course.
If you plan to visit Peruvian mountains (Andean mountain range or Altiplano), then we recommend you to take some trousers suitable for hiking, shorts, T-shirts and trekking shoes for the days; and sweaters, fleeces, hats, scarves and warm jackets for the nights. You also should take a sun protection cream, sun glasses and in some cases, mosquito repellent (depending on a route chosen). It is very convenient to have a light rain-gear available in a daypack (e.g. a waterproof poncho or jacket and/or waterproof trousers) as weather changes quickly and rains can suddenly occur. For more details, please check the below link of “What to Bring on the Inca Trail Expedition Tour”.
If you like to see the Amazonian rainforest (Manu, Puerto Maldonado, Iquitos, etc.), then the most important item of your luggage must be a mosquito repellent (20 DEET as a minimum recommended)!! Except that, you should take some light clothing with long sleeves and long trousers (to put into your shoes as a kind of protection against insect). You should not forget some waterproof cloths (especially, if you plan to visit the rainforest during a rainy season), comfortable and closed footwear, long socks and a hat.