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Machu Picchu - Amazon Honeymoon

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Machu Picchu - Amazon Honeymoon

This Peru honeymoon package is a specially planned unique romantic Peruvian getaway.  It includes the travel, accommodation and experience of the magical Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley and Cusco Area high in the Andes mountains.   Your honeymoon includes luxury accomodation in the cities you visit and comfortable eco-friendly cabins  in the jungle with choices of fun activities, travel in private car, boats and airplanes, guided jungle tours and discovery tours of Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu.  The scenery is some of the most diverse and beautiful in the world.  Your Peru Honeymoon will be an unforgettable beginning to your life together. Time to unwind on this travel package and time to explore this unique culture and  history through the silent voices of the monoliths and hundreds of Inca ruins including Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.  Relax in the lush, vibrant, lifeforce  of the Amazon jungle. Experience the flora and fauna unique to the largest  jungle in the world.

Quick Itinerary

 

Day 01: Lima Arrival.

Day 02 - 04: Peruvian Amazon Homeymoon

Day 05: Cusco

Day 06: Cusco City

Day 07: Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour

Day 08: Machu Picchu Homeymoon

Day 09: Maras, Moray, Salineras and Chinchero

Day 10: Departure day

 

Highlights of the Machu Picchu Amazon Honeymoon Package

  • The opportunity to explore and experience the largest and most ecologically diverse jungle in the world
  • Look for animals, birds, reptiles and mammals and other creatures in the wild.
  • Learn interesting information about this jungle from knowledgeable bilingual local guides while walking the Amazon paths.
  • Sleeping in the eco lodge for 3 nights creating a unique, raw and incredibly romantic nights in a pulsing vibrant environment filled with life of thousands of species, some of which sing to you all night.
  • Discover Cusco, the old Incan capital of South America. Cusco is fascinating culturally, historically, architecturally and energetically. Peruvians are a very friendly and helpful people even when you don’t speak Spanish.
  • Machu Picchu is without a doubt, one of the most romantic places in the world.
  • This area of the world is known for its powerful energy vortex. Thousands of people visit this whole region for their own personal transformation.
  • Accommodations, whatever you may choose are focused on high quality, architecture and facilities. superior service, romantic atmosphere and one of a kind hotel locations.
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Day 01: Lima Arrival.

Arrival in Lima.  Your Peru Honeymoon starts with a pick up from the Lima airport, where our Representative holds a paper with your name on it.  Then you are transferred to your hotel.  Please note that this is an arrival day, so no activities are planned.  You can arrive any time.  Your Lima accomodation is the beautiful Miraflores Park Hotel 5 star luxury on the beach. www.miraflorespark.com.pe


Lima is the capital and also known as the ‘City of Kings’ as it was founded by Francisco  Pizarro on the Day of the Three kings (Epiphany) in 1535.  The Plaza de Armas is central old Lima.  Here, in this vicinity is The Government Palace, Cathedral and Archbishops Palace.  There is also a beautiful coastline incredible museums and amazing fresh gourmet food.

Day 02 - 04: Peruvian Amazon Honeymoon

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 Incan Gold 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 Amazon honeymoon 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: Cusco

On the last (third) day of the Amazonian trip, we transfer you back to the airport at Puerto Maldonado for your flight to Cusco, high in the Andes Mountains.  You are welcomed by our Representative there and taken to your hotel.  There is a choice of accommodation – The Monestario Hotel www.monestariohotel.com or the Aranwa Boutique Hotel www.aranwahotel.com/cusco.   The rest of the day is free to be able to acclimatize to the high altitude as well as relax and explore some of this fascinating city.

Day 06: Cusco City

Cusco is a colorful, vibrant small city with many remaining foundations Inca buildings, temples, walls as well as a strong Spanish colonial influence in the architecture.  Andean people are friendly, warm hearted people who love to celebrate everything in life.  You may feel like you have moved back in time, as the colorful clothes, textiles, art and music create an magical aura of the  past merging into the present. Yes wifi works fast here too!

There are several massive ruins very near Cusco and some fascinating areas in Cusco.  Sachaywaman is a huge Incan fortress.  The walls are made up of huge and impressive stones weighing up to 130 tons.  These stones fit together so perfectly you cannot put a razor blade between them. They have been fashioned to withstand earthquakes and almost anything including the destruction by the Spanish Conquistadors.  Three of these walls run parallel to over 360 meters.

Q’enko is an Incan labyrinth and a ceremonial site.  Tambomachay is a water Temple, Puca Pucara is a fortress made of a different red stone.  These three special ruins are a short 15 minute bus ride from Cusco.

When the Spanish invaded they built most of the churches on to of Incan Temples and sacred places.  Qoricancha is one of those Temples.  The  Santa Domingo Church stands together with the walls of Ooricancha, once totally  covered in gold plating.  As history tells us thousands of tons of gold were scavenged and taken from the Incans by the Spanish and shipped back to Spain for the King and Royalty.

Day 07: Maras, Moray, Salineras and Chinchero

Pick up from your hotel in a private car for a tour Moray, Maras and Chinchero ruins and villages or choose a free day discovering the fascinating city of Cusco. 

 

Maras

The Salinas de Maras in Cusco, or maras salt mines as they are also called, are salt mines whose exploitation is as old as the Tahuantinsuyo. Located on the slope of the hill, the salt pans in the form of terraces or platforms is crossed by a stream that feeds the pools with salty water. The use of the Salt of Maras dates from thousands of years and is inherited in each family, but it is managed in a communal way. The name of the salina in Quechua is kachi Raqay and is composed of about five thousand pools of about 5 square meters each, the water seeps into the pools and evaporates by the action of the intense sun, causing coarse salt crystals to sprout , After 1 month the salt reaches 10 cm. of height and has to be harvested. The view of the set of pools is spectacular. The villagers show visitors their ancestral techniques and allow them to intervene in the collection, as well as in Andean festivals and rituals.


Moray
 

Moray is an archaeological site in Peru approximately 50 km (31 mi) northwest of Cusco on a high plateau at about 3,500 m (11,500 ft) and just west of the village of Maras. The site contains unusual Inca ruins, mostly consisting of several enormous terraced circular depressions, the largest of which is approximately 30 m (98 ft) deep. As with many other Inca sites, it also has a sophisticated irrigation system.

The purpose of these depressions is uncertain, but their depth, design, and orientation with respect to wind and sun creates a temperature difference of as much as 15 °C (27 °F) between the top and the bottom. It is possible that this large temperature difference was used by the Inca to study the effects of different climatic conditions on crops. Speculation about the site has led to discussion about Moray as an Inca agricultural experimental area. Its microclimatic conditions and other significant characteristics led to the use of the site as a center for the ancient study of domestication, acclimatization, and hybridization of wild vegetable species that were modified or adapted for human consumption. 
 

Chinchero

Chinchero is a small Andean Indian village located high up on the windswept plains of Anta at 3,762m about 30km from Cusco. There are beautiful views overlooking the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with the Cordillera Vilcabamba and the snow-capped peak of Salkantay dominating the western horizon. Chinchero is believed to be the mythical birthplace of the rainbow. Its major claim to tourism is its colourful Sunday market which is much less tourist-orientated than the market at Pisac.

The village mainly comprises mud brick (adobe) houses, and locals still go about their business in traditional dress.

The village may have been an important town in Inca times. The most striking remnant of this period is the massive stone wall in the main plaza which has ten trapezoidal niches. The construction of the wall and many other ruins and agricultural terraces (which are still in use) are attributed to Inca Tupac Yupanqui who possibly used Chinchero as a kind of country resort.

In the main plaza an adobe colonial church, dating from the early seventeenth century, has been built upon the foundations of an Inca temple or palace. The ceiling and walls are covered in beautiful floral and religious designs. The church is open on Sundays for mass.

Half an hour's walk from the village brings you to Lake Piuri which once fed Cusco with water. It takes about 3 hours to walk around the lake passing through small picturesque villages.

Day 08: Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour

Tour of the Sacred Valley.  We travel to a lesser altitude here. Due to its climate and fertile soil, the Sacred Valley was and is a major agricultural producer for Cusco and surrounding areas. Pick up at your hotel with a private car and driver for your day of discovery in the Sacred Valley.  There is a guided tour of Pisac Inca city and then a visit to the famous, traditional, handicraft markets in Pisac.  After that we head to Urubamba for lunch in one of the lovely restaurants. Then we continue to the huge fortress ruins of Ollantaytambo.  This major ruin is known for the best surviving example of Inca structural planning and engineering.  It is admired for its huge steep terraces guarding the Incan fortress and being one of a couple of places where the Spanish lost a major battle during their conquest.

After this tour you are taken to the Ollayantaytambo train station for the 3.40pm Vistadome train to Agua Calientes. Transfer to your hotel: Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu.

Day 09: Machu Picchu Honeymoon

Up at sunrise to enter the Machu Picchu ruins. The light at dawn on Machu Picchu is magical and perfect for once in a lifetime photographs. This antique citadel is a very popular worldwide tourist attraction and the most famous Inca’s architectural work without any doubt.  It is located 122km from Cusco.  The altitude is 2,430 meters above sea level.  It is close to the Urubamba River, in the midst of lush sub-tropical cloud forest.  The majestic beauty of the natural landscape surrounding this sanctuary as well as the archeological value of the ruins have contributed to make Machu Picchu one of the most appreciated and frequently visited place of the both Americas.  UNESCO recognized the importance of Machu Picchu and ranked it as a Natural and cultural Heritage of Humanity in 1983.

 

Machu Picchu is a perfectly planned center and is one of the finest examples of Incan architecture. Its original builders knew very well how to perfectly combine its construction with the exceptional natural environment that surrounds and protects it, even now.

Day 10: Departure day

Transfer from your hotel to the Cusco airport for you flight to Lima and then international connecting flight home.  Or, choose to extend your trip with another Peruvian travel package.

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Included

  • Met by our representative in Lima and Puerto Maldonado and Cusco Airport
  •  All local flights –Lima- Puerto Maldonado-Cusco-Lima
  •  All airport transfers
  •  Accommodation in 5 Star or 4 Star hotels for 9 nights
  •  All entrance fees according to itinerary including tickets for Machu Picchu and climbing Huayna Picchu mountain or Machu Picchu mountain.
  •  Bilingual tour guides as per the itinerary
  •  9x breakfasts 1 buffet lunch (Sacred Valley Tour)  
  •  Transport by private car or vans for transfers or local tours
     Round trip Vistadome Train tickets
  •  Round trip shuttle bus from Agua Calientes to Machu Picchu Ruins.

Not Included

  • Pre and post accommodation
  • International flights
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and baggage porters, (Please note it is customary to give tips in Peru, but not obligatory.)
  • Other extras not mentioned.

Tierras Vivas Representative

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 during Machu Picchu & Amazon Honeymoon

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

 

Accommodation in Lima:

Belmond Miraflores Park

Belmond-Miraflores-Park  Address: Av. Malecón de la Reserva, 1035 Miraflores, Lima 18, Perú.

 

Located in a lush garden, Belmond Miraflores Park is a true urban sanctuary next to the city's cultural treasures. Belmond Miraflores Park is destined to impress you. Relax in Zest Spa or spend a few hours working in the sophisticated Executive Lounge. At nightfall, climb to the roof terrace to take a dip in the pool. The views of the ocean will take your breath away.

 

Accommodation in Cusco:

Prisma Hotel

Prisma-Hotel-Cusco Address: Calle Matara N 394, Cusco

 

Our hotel is located in what is known as the historic city center, a few blocks from the main square, two blocks from the Temple of the Sun "Koricancha". The rooms are equipped with comfortable beds, private bathroom, hot water, cable TV and heating. They have large windows and a decor that makes the atmosphere warm and welcoming.

 

Accommodation in Machu Picchu:

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

Belmond-sanctuary-Lodge Address: Carretera Hiram Bingham km 7.5, Machu Picchu, Cusco, Peru

 

The only hotel located at the entrance to Machu Picchu, this stylish retreat lets you beat the citadel's crowds. Sitting in the shadows of the Lost City, our lodge is an oasis of calm before or after a day exploring Machu Picchu. Unwind with a yoga session, take part in a traditional shaman ceremony in the garden, or sip muña tea in Tampu Bar. Tranquility, wonder and beauty are at the heart of our unique experience. 

 

Please note! If you have purchased pre or post trip accommodation, you might be asked to change your room during your trip.

What to pack

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 Incan gold Amazon (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 Honeymoon Packages

  • 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.

 

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