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The vast Amazon Rainforest covers 60% of Peru territory, and it is the second largest section of the Amazon with abundant biological diversity, it is the one of the most appreciated treasure of Peru. The Inca sanctuary of Machu Picchu is also considered an important and must-see attraction in Peru including the ancient Inca Trail that leads to this inca site. This trip combines the best of natural and man-made attractions from the rainforest to the andean region. Lima, the capital of Peru, also offers must see places in the historic area such as the Cathedral, San Francisco church, amazing beaches with good waves for surfing, etc. Travelers on this trip will visit the lush rainforest, the fertile Sacred Valley of the Incas such as Pisac market, Pisac and Ollantaytambo sites, hike the Inca Trail to Machu Pichu, explore the awe-inspiring and enigmatic Machu Pichu. Enjoy this Peru package tour including the best attractions and create once-in-a-life-time experiences visiting them.
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.
Sustainable Tourism: At Tierras Vivas, we are happy to promote and practice sustainable tourism by being eco-friendly and supporting local communities.
Crew: Tierras Vivas Tour Leader on the Amazon Rainforest (Puerto Maldonado) and Cusco. Local professional bilingual tour guides durin the trip. A cook and porters on the 4 day Inca Trail.
Accommodation: Hotel (6 Nights), Camping (3 nights), Jungle Lodges (2 nights).
Service Level: Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character, tourist train and private transport.
Physical Rating: 3 – Moderate in the Peruvian Rainforest and Inca Trail – Some low-altitude hikes,
Age requirement: 4+ / All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Inca Trail Permits: It is included in your hike. In the peak season the trail is booked months in advance
Tour Operator: Tierras Vivas Travel
Meals: 09x Brekasfast, 06x Lunch, 01x Buffet lunch, 05x Dinner, 03x afternoon tea on the Inca Trail
Transportation: 3x domestic flight (Lima – Amazon – Cusco – Lima) , local transfers, private transportation by van, motorboat transportation.
Starting Altitude: 2100m / 6900ft.
Highest Altitude: 2730m / 8,792ft.
Walking Distance – 42 km / 26.27 miles.
As the arrival day of this trip, you can arrive whenever during the day. From the airport, an employee with your name on a piece of paper will pick you up and transport you to the hotel. You can feel free to use this day to relax or to explore the city of Lima, which has a beautiful Plaza de Armas, or main square, with a cathedral, the Archbishop’s palace, and the Government Palace.
In the morning of the second day, private transportation takes you from the hotel to the airport, where you will board a flight for the small city of Puerto Maldonado, considered to be the gateway to the Southern Amazon. From the airport, a motorboat takes you to a lodge, hidden away in the forest, which is constructed in such a way to minimize environmental impact. Rooms are clean and cozy, with mosquito nets over the beds, flush toilets, and showers (without hot water). There are kerosene lights for nighttime, as there is no electricity. The hotel staff and guides are almost all locals.
The days in the jungle will consist of exploring the surrounding area, which is full of biodiversity. This is a great location for spotting local animals, especially birds, of which there are over 1,300 species, 32 of which are parrot species. In fact, the parrots of the Tambopata region make up 10% of the world’s population. Other fascinating birds common in the area are harpy eagles, hoatzins, and capped herons. There are also about 200 mammal species in the area, which include tapirs, peccaries, jaguars, ocelots, river otters, and 4 different species of primates. Other good spots are the 1,200 species of butterflies, and you will definitely see many of the 10,000 plant species. You are more likely to hear than see the 90 different kinds of frogs in the area, which are mostly tiny and hard to spot, but at night can certainly speak up. All the plants and animals of the Amazon are protected by law.
On the final day, the motorboat will return you to the airport, where a flight will take you into the city of Cusco. Upon arrival to the hotel, it is recommended to spend a while relaxing and acclimating to the altitude of 3,400 m or 11,000 feet above sea level.
The following morning, you take private transportation down to the Sacred Valley, which is lush and green, supplying much of Cusco’s produce. This beautiful valley is 600 meters lower than Cusco, and is therefore on average 5°C or 9°F warmer, making it a very pleasant location. The tour through the valley starts in Pisac, which is both a modern town with a bustling market as well as the location of Incan ruins. There is an optional 2 hour trek up to the ruins. For lunch, the tour stops in Urubamba, considered the capital of the valley, for a buffet lunch of traditional Andean foods. The final stop is in Ollantaytambo, another modern town with ancient Incan architecture and a significant ruins site. It is the best surviving example of Incan urban planning and is crisscrossed with water channels. This charming town overlooking the Urubamba River Valley is where you stay for the night, in a hostel.
This day starts off with transportation to the Inca Trail checkpoint at Piscacucho, called Km 82. Here, the tour enters the Inca Trail and you begin the challenging hike along this historic path. The first morning, walking along the Urubamba River, you pass two Incan archeological sites, Willca Raccay and, later, the enormous site of Llactapata. At the Cusichaca River Canyon there are views of the Cordillera Oriental and Veronica Mountain. Lunch is in Chamana, and from there the trail continues alongside the Cusichaca River, passing through the village of Wayllabamba. At this point, the trail slopes upward until you reach the first campsite, at 3,850 m.a.s.l., Llullucha Pampa, for dinner and a deep sleep.
Early in the morning, after breakfast, the hike continues upwards to the Dead Woman’s Pass, “Abra Warmiwañusqa” in Quetchua. This is the highest point of the entire trail, at 4,200 meters above sea level, with stunning views of the surrounding snowy mountains. From this point, the trail continues down to 3,300 meters in Pacaymayo Valley for lunch. Further on in the valley are the ruins of Runkarcay, where the hike stops for a guided tour of the site. The next pass is at 3,860 meters above sea level, which passes the Yanacocha Lake and leads to the next Inca site, Sayacmara. The campsite for the night is Chaquicocha, where you eat dinner and recover from the punishing day of hiking.
The first Incan site passed on this third day of hiking is Phuyupatamarca, which is first viewed from a pass of the same name. This site is one of the most well preserved and complete ruins along the Inca Trail. Located on the top of a mountain, it is aptly named “Town above the Clouds”. The group stops here for a tour and lunch. Next, there is a long and steep descent through the cloud forest, to the final campsite at Wiñay Wayna at 2,700m. There are ruins here as well that you are guided through, including religious, urban, and agricultural sections. There is a delicious dinner and then an early night to prepare for the final day, the early morning start on the hike to Machu Picchu.
Early morning of the last day, we climb antique steps to Inti Punku (the Sun Gate) to see the sunrise above the long-expected citadel of Machu Picchu!! Then, you enjoy a 2 and half an hour guided visit of the so called “Lost City of the Incas”!! Afterwards, you have an opportunity to climb the peak of Wayna Picchu (45 minutes up and the same time back) on your own to take some panoramic pictures of Machu Picchu!! In the afternoon, you descend to the town of Aguas Calientes to take a train back to Cusco. Arrival in the evening.
Estimated trekking time: 3 hours
Trekking distance: 4 km
Max. elevation: 2,700 m (8,860 ft)
Min. elevation: 2,400 m (7,875 ft)
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
One final day to enjoy the magic of the city of Cusco, or just to rest after completing such a difficult trek. You have most of the day free to do whatever interests you around the city. There are plenty of fascinating museums and lots of delicious food to try, as well as a variety of tourist attractions in the city and the surrounding area. Later, you get picked up from the hotel to get taken to the airport for the short flight back to Lima, and then driven from the airport to the hotel where you will spend your final night in Peru.
After an incredible trip throughout Peru, you finally are transported to the airport to leave, at whatever hour your flight is scheduled for. If it is later in the day, this is another good opportunity to enjoy the warmth and beauty of the city of Lima, to walk the streets and eat authentic Peruvian food once more.
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!
Meal 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 and a single tent for the Inca Trail.
Local flights: There are two local flights included in the cost of your tour. 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!
All Tierras Vivas adventure group tours are accompanied by a Tierras Vivas tour guide, representative, or 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 each place visited, offer suggestions of what to see and to do, and can recommend a good place to eat. The guides have a broad general knowledge of each location 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.
Hotel Las Palmas
Address: Calle Bellavista N 320
Tel: (+51) 1444 6033
Carlos Expedition Lodge
Address: Calle Matara N 394, Cusco
Tel: (+51) 8422 4466
Hostal Las Orquidea Real
Address: Av Ferrocarril , Ollantaytambo
Tel: (+51) 84 204032
Camping: 3 nights
Campsite: Llulluchapampa / Chaquicocha / Wiñaywayna
During this trip, you will be in a variety of different climates. Lima is generally warm, but Cusco and the Inca Trail are at a much higher altitude and therefore much cooler, even getting down to freezing at night during the dry season. The rainforest is hot, humid, and buggy, Puno is one of the coldest cities in Peru. So, the goal is to be prepared for all kinds of weather and temperatures and still pack as light as possible to make it easier to carry all your luggage. Here is a suggested packing list for this trip.
Due to high popularity and recently implemented government regulations, the Inca Trail can be fully booked many months in advance. Since this trip includes the Inca Trail, it is important to book early in order to ensure a spot on the trail. Check our calendar of Inca Trail availability. During peak dry season, the Inca Trail can sell out up to 4 months in advance. If there are no spots left for when you want to do this trip, there are a variety of similar trips available without the Inca Trail, many of which still include a trip to Machu Picchu.
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