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Amazon and Machu Picchu

This Amazon and Machu Picchu experience provides an interesting fusion of the beauty and the variations of surroundings, animals and cultures. Whether looking 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 the charm of Peru, its compelling history, its awesome wildlife on this fascinating Amazon and Machu Picchu tour. You will begin in Lima, then continue to the Peruvian Jungle where you stay at a lodge located 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 Inca citadel and then stay for the night. Continue your trip to the Rainbow Mountain

 

Amazon & Machu Picchu Covid Health Guidelines

Due to the health emergency, we have to follow the COVID-19 safety protocls at the airport, on the plane and during the hike & tours. Please visit the  "Peru Travel Health Guidelines for Tourist Destinations" issued by the Peruvian government.

 

Amazon and Machu Picchu

Is this tour for you?

Activities: Hiking/Trekking, Natural, Cultural, History.

During the Amazon and Machu Picchu Trip, you will explore 3 days the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest, 8 days to visit the capital of the Incas, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain

 

Service Level: Quality accommodations & Lodge and private transport,

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character and activities during the tour in the Amazon and Machu Picchu.

 

Physical Rating: Easy walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Not too challenging.

Usually, you will walk only in the Amazon Rainforest 5 or 4 hrs and Cusco & Machu Picchu Tours 2 or 3 hrs. The altitude max 3345 m/ 10975 ft. (Cusco).  

 

Age requirement: 4+ / All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

This package is easy and moderate trip to Peru. You can discover with your family!

 

Tour Operator: Tierras Vivas Travel

Tierras Vivas is a tour operator organizing Cultural and Natural tours since 2006

 

Crew: A Tierras Vivas Representative in Lima, Puerto Maldonado, Cusco and a professional bilingual Tour Guide.

Tierras Vivas representatives will visit your hotel in Lima and Cusco and brief you on your tours  or in case of any emergency. Our guide will stay with you during the tours in Lima, Puerto Maldonado, Amazon Rainforest, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Local staff are available on 24/7.

 

Accommodation: 3* hotels (7 nights), Jungle Lodges (2 nights).

The hotels are located near the main square and in safe areas in the main cities, such as  Miraflores, Cusco center, Ollantaytambo and Aguas Calientes.

 

Meals: 9x breakfast, 3x lunch, 1x buffet lunch in the Sacred Valley, 3x dinner.

If you are vegetarian, please let us know in advance. A vegetarian meal option is for NO extra cost!.

 

Transportation: 3x domestic flight, transportation by private vehicle, motorboat, round trip train tickets.

Quick Itinerary

Day 01: Lima

Day 02-03: Peruvian Jungle

Day 04: Cusco City

Day 05: Sacred Valley tour VIP

Day 06-07: Machu Picchu Tour

Day 08: Rainbow Mountain

Day 09: Cusco

Day 10: Departure

 

Highlights of the Peru Amazon and Machu Picchu Tour

  • Explore the Amazone jungle.
  • Walk around the Cusco City.
  • Enjoy striking  scenery and Inca sites  in the Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Visit the Maras, Moray and Salt mines
  • Getting to Machu Picchu by train - a comfortable and quick way to reach this Inca site
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu.
  • Climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain.
  • Visit the Rainbow Mountain over the 4,400 meters of altitude (14,400 feet)

 

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Day 01: Lima
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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.

Day 02-04: Peruvian Jungle
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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.

Day 05: Sacred Valley tour VIP
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The Sacred Valley to Inca Trail tour starts at 7:00 am, the transfer picks you up from your hotel. Then we go to the Sacred Valley (2 hours trip) to visit the most important places of the Valley, we will start visiting the villages, traditional markets, and Pisac archaeological center, from where you can appreciate the impressive platforms of the Inca period and the village. Continuing with the trip through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, we’ll make a stop, for the buffet lunch in Urubamba.

After lunch, about 30 minutes away, we will visit the Salt Mines, close to the town of Maras, and then visit Moray an agrarian experimentation center of the Incas. After the visit to these archaeological centers, we’ll head to the town of Chinchero, where we can visit the colonial temple with interesting frescoes in the portico built on the foundations of an Inca building. Then we’ll go to the archaeological center of Ollantaytambo, enjoy the Ollantaytambo fortress and observe the agricultural areas; what stands out most is the cultivation of rainfed corn, without irrigation, also the cultivation of Andean tubers and cereals.

Day 06-07: Machu Picchu Tour
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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.

Day 08: Rainbow Mountain
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Rainbow Mountain or "Vinicunca" is a majestic place and a gift of nature. It is located near Ausangate Mountain in the region of Cusco, Peru. It is one of the places that most tourists have not discovered yet. The Rainbow Mountain is one of the most spectacular locations in the Cordillera Vilcanota because it retains its natural color given by the presence of sedimentary eroding rocks. The rocks are impressive for their colorfulness since they are made up of seven colors. Therefore, the mountain is also known as 7 Color Mountain.

 A walk to Vinicunca is a full day hike at a staggering altitude of more than 4,400 meters (14,400 feet) above sea level, which leads along a dirt road between the looming peaks of green and startling red rocks. It is a gorgeous route passing through local villages, built of stone and shimmering mountain streams.

 According to National GeographicRainbow Mountain Peru has been ranked among the 100 places you must visit during your lifetime for its beautiful colors! You should know that cloudy days result in darker colors, while sunny weather will have lighter colors.

 

Day 09: Cusco
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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.

Day 10: Departure Day
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Transfer to Cusco to take a flight back to Lima.
End of service!


Please Note: The return flight to Lima from Cusco can be changed upon request. Also if you want to extend your trip, please let us know in advance and we will be happy to help you! 

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What is Included in this Tour?
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  • Welcome by our Representative at arrival
  • All airport transfers at arrival and departure
  • Accommodation: 3* hotels (7 nights), Jungle Lodges (2 nights)
  • All entrance fees according to the itinerary
  • Machu Picchu ticket
  • Professional bilingual Tour Guides as per itinerary
  • Meals: 9x breakfast, 2x lunch, 1x buffet lunch, 3x dinner
  • Domestic flights: Lima - Puerto Maldonado - Cusco - Lima
  • Motorboat transportation during the Amazon Adventure Tour.
  • Transport by a private van during the tours and local transfers
  • A tourist train round trip to Machu Picchu (Expedition Service)
  • A shuttle bus Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - a round trip.

Not Included
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  • Pre & post tour accommodation,
  • Last flight Cusco - Lima,
  • International flights nor airport departure taxes,
  • Meals not mentioned,
  • Travel insurance,
  • Tips and baggage portage (Please note: It is a custom to give tips in Peru; however, it is not obligatory.),
  • Other extras not mentioned.

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!

Inca Trail or Alternative Trek Advisor
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If you would like to do the hike to Inca Trail or Alternative, choose these two option hike to Machu Picchu.

 

Inca Trail Expedition

Amazon and Inca Trail

  • Day 01: Lima
  • Day 02-03: Peruvian Amazon
  • Day 04: Cusco City
  • Day 05: Tour Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Day 06-09: Inca Trail
  • Day 10: Walk around the Cusco City
  • Day 11: Departure

Amazon and Alternative treks

Peru Amazon & Lares Trek

  • Day 01: Lima
  • Day 02-03: Peruvian Amazon
  • Day 04: Cusco City
  • Day 05: Tour Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • Day 06-08: Lares Valley
  • Day 09: Hiking to Machu Picchu
  • Day 10: Walk around the Cusco City
  • Day 11: Departure

Tierras Vivas representative
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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.

Accommodation
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Accommodation during the tour to Amazon & Machu Picchu

These following hotels are used to accommodate you during your tour:

 

Accommodation in Lima:

Hotel Ferrer Miraflores***

Address: Calle Diego Ferre 235, Miraflores. At the height of the block 12 of Av. Larco.

Tel: (+51) 1 4473456 / 1 4467276

 

Accommodation in Cusco:

Hotel Prisma

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.

What to Take
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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.

 

What Kind of Clothing to Pack to Peru

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.

 

What to Bring on the Amazon and Machu Picchu Tour

  • Passport Original and copies
  • Travel insurance(+ copies for a case of lost),
  • Flight tickets,
  • Cash in USD or credit cards,
  • Our service voucher (sent by us to you),
  • Entry visa and a proof of vaccination (if applicable),
  • Day pack (to carry your personal items during daily travels),
  • Rain gear (a rain-jacket and a waterproof trousers or a rain poncho - this can be purchased in Cusco),
  • Resistible footwear, waterproof trekking shoes are recommended,
  • Sandals (for a higher comfort while at a campsite),
  • Warm clothes such as a jacket, a fleece (thermal clothing is also recommended for cold nights during camping),
  • Hat or a cap (to protect you against the Sun, rain as well as cold),
  • Sun cream or sun block,
  • After-sun cream or hydrating cream for face and body,
  • Insect repellent– recommended minimum is 20% DEET (please note that no malaria has been reported during this trip!),
  • Camera and its charger/batteries (please note that batteries are consumed quickly under cold conditions),
  • Flashlight/headlamp + batteries,
  • Handkerchiefs and toilet paper,
  • Small towel and toiletries,
  • Sufficient reserve of underwear,
  • Swimsuit (to visit the thermal baths of Aguas Calientes),
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, raw fruits, muesli, etc.)
    Please note: we do provide a daily morning snack and our meal service is very complete and well supplied. The recommendation of taken own snack applies only for customers who like a specific snack that might not be in our menu.
  • Bottled water for the first morning and a water bottle.
    Important: plastic bottles are not allowed on the Classic Inca Trail! Please bring a metallic (alternatively Nalgene) bottles!
  • Optional: walking sticks (please note: rubber covers are required for the Inca Trail!!); you can also rent it from us,
  • Please note: we provide with filtered boiled water during entire Inca Trail, but if you like to use water from streams along the trail, you need to take some water-purifying tablets with you.
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Peruvian Diversity
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Peru is the land of the ancient Incas, an incredible civilization that knew how to dominate its rugged geography and coexist in harmony with the rivers, the sun, the rain, the sea and the Amazon, the mountains and the dry cold of the Andes, adapting to its environment and surviving thanks to the beneficial fruits of the Pachamama. Part of that millenary society lives today in each town and is discovered in the customs of the people. Arriving in Peru is traveling through time and rediscovering the exciting life of the Incas, the Chancas, the Chachapoyas, the Mochicas and the Wari, as well as their great architectural works, their art, their festivals, the roots of their social strength and the energy of his men.

Live tourism in Peru and discover a diversity of worlds with landscapes, sounds, colors and flavors of their own; it travels through time through ancient civilizations and shares with Peruvians its great cultural heritage. Enjoy countless cities, destinations, experiences that can only be fully understood once you live them in your own flesh, once your roots and destinies have throbbed.

Caral, the first civilization of America, the pre-Hispanic cultures, the Inca Empire, the Inca fusion with the Hispanic world, Peru and its western, oriental and African influence, deserts, mountains, forests, Amazon and sea; exotic landscapes, flora, fauna and a great variety of cultural manifestations. All that is Peru. Peruvian Diversity

Deep Peru Discovery
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Traveling to Peru is to wake up pending dreams, is to connect with oneself, is to enter 5 thousand years of living history. Get ready to master waves on totora horses, surfboards and enjoy sunsets in oases with protective dunes. In the mountains, with the sound of quenas in the wind, you will breathe the pure air of the Andes and contemplate with devotion the harmony of man with nature in Machu Picchu. In the jungle, the Amazon River will welcome you with pink dolphins and will invite you to dance, to be free. To cross the regions of Peru is to enjoy a typical gastronomy, unique and recognized in the world. If the heart says yes, dare to visit it. Deep Peru Discovery

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