Visit Cusco & the Amazon, the capital of the Incan Empire, with a scenic train ride to the phenomenal site of Machu. Top it off with the Amazon and see the wild life close as never you see, our Lodges are manage by our local people, you can stay at any of the lodge the amazon has, we recommend Posada Amazonas the best place to stay and be connected with the wild life.
Duration: 09days / 08nithgs
Itinerary: Day 01°. Cusco City & Surrounding. This tour starts at your hotel or we will pick you up at the airport. Our first stop is the famous Koricancha Sun Temple – a beautiful place that captures the Incas masterful stone masonry. The cathedral is next where you can appreciate the historical Qusquenean art, whilst learning about the links between Incan and Catholic religion. Then it’s time to explore the Incan sites around Cusco city including Sacsayhuaman, Quenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay.
*Our overnight stay will be at Hotel in Cusco.
Day 02°. Chinchero – Salineras – Maras – Moray – Ollantaytambo. This day is packed with many different Incan sites. We start in Chinchero, a nice town where you can observe the women weaving and even buy a souvenir for you to take home, while enjoying the landscape and farming areas. We will see how local people are growing potatoes, corns and quinoa. We will then visit Maras and its church before continuing to the site of Moray which gives us a true representation of the Incan terraces, then we will visit Sal mines at Salineras a place still being used in the same way before the Incas time, Our final stop Ollantaytambo the Incan place and the small town of Ollantaytambo. (You can combine or choose to do it by car, ATV, Zip Line or horseback riding using our native Paso fino horse).
*Our overnight stay will be at Hotel in Ollantaytambo.
Day 03°. Ollantaytambo – 01 day Inka Trail – Machupicchu. We’ll begin this tour with a scenic train ride following the Urubamba River for KM104 to the starting point of our hike. We’ll walk approx. 6 hours through the amazing Inca site of Wiñayhuayna, considered one of the most beautiful sites in the area due to its location and architecture. We will visit this magnificent place and enjoy the fantastic surroundings before we continue our hike through the high cloud forest to the famous Sun Gate, or Intipunku, marveling at the stunning scenery that surrounds us. When we arrive at the Sun Gate, prepare to be amazed. From here, you can see the spectacular Machu Picchu and experience the sun setting over the ruins, before taking the bus to Aguas Calientes.
*Our overnight stay will be at Hotel in Machupicchu.
Day 04°. Machupicchu – Ollantaytambo – Cusco. After the taste of Machu Picchu at the Sun Gate, you will be raring to go at the beginning of this second day. This is your time to explore these iconic ruins and take that postcard picture. You will meet your guide, and they will tell you the historical aspects as you walk around, and you can experience the life of a true Inca. Afterwards, it will be time to say farewell to the mighty Machu Picchu – an incredible place that is sure to leave an imprint on your soul. But don’t be too sad, as you can enjoy one last beautiful sunset over the Peruvian Andes on the way back to Cusco.
*Our overnight stay will be at Hotel in Cusco.
Day 05°. Day at your leisure or Volunteers day. In this day you can have the option to enjoy the Cusco city by your own or we can go to do some volunteers activities.
Day 06°. Cusco – Puerto Maldonado – Posada Amazonas. After your breakfast and according the schedule of your flight we’ll transfer you to Cusco airport and upon arrival to Puerto Maldonado , we will welcome you and drive you ten minutes to our Puerto Maldonado headquarters. While enjoying your first taste of the forest in our gardens we will ask you to pack only the necessary gear for your next few days, and leave the rest at our safe deposit. This helps us keep the boats and cargo light.
Transfer Pto. Maldonado Headquarters to Tambopata River Port. Skirting Puerto Maldonado, we drive 20 kilometers to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno. The port is a communal business.
Transfer Boat - Tambopata River Port to Posada Amazonas. The forty five minute boat ride from the Tambopata Port to Posada Amazonas will take us into the Community´s Primary Forest Private Reserve.
Orientation: Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips.
Canopy Tower: A twenty minute walk from Posada Amazonas leads to the 30 meter scaffolding canopy tower. A bannistered staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. From atop you obtain spectacular views of the vast expanses of standing forest cut by the Tambopata River winding through the middle. Now and then toucans, parrots or macaws are seen flying against the horizon, or mixed species canopy flocks land in the treetop next to you.
Ecotourism Lecture:A daily presentation on the Infierno ecotourism project is available every night from a staff member.
*Overnight at Posada Amazonas
Day 07°. Posada Amazonas. Breakfast
Oxbow Lake Visit.Tres Chimbadas is thirty minutes by boat and forty five minutes hiking from Posada Amazonas. Once there you will paddle around the lake in a catamaran, searching for the resident family of nine giant river otters (seen by 60% of our lake visitors) 2 and other lakeside wildlife such as caiman, hoatzin and horned screamers. Otters are most active from dawn to eight or nine AM.
Ethno botanical Tour: A twenty minute boat drive downriver leads you to a trail designed by the staff of the Centro Ñape. The Centro Ñape is a communal organization that produces medicines out of forest plants and administers them to patients who choose their little clinic. They have produced a trail which explains the different medicinal (and other) uses of selected plants.
Night walk: You will have the option of hiking out at night, when most of the mammals are active but rarely seen. Much easier to find are frogs with shapes and sounds as bizarre as their natural histories.
*Overnight at Posada Amazonas.
Day 08°. Posada Amazonas. Breakfast
Parrot Clay Lick: This clay lick is only a twenty minute walk from Posada Amazonas. From a blind located about twenty meters away you will see dozens of parrots and parakeets descend on most clear mornings to ingest the clay on a river bank. Species such as Mealy and Yellow- headed Amazon, Blue-headed Parrot and Dusky headed Parakeet descend at this clay lick. The clay lick is active at dawn, during the late mornings and mid-afternoons.
Ceiba Trail Hike: We leave from the lobby at Posada Amazonas and embark on a two hour hike crowned by the largest tree in the vicinity: a giant ceiba tree. During the hike we will focus on the natural history of the rain forest and its principal taxonomic groups.
Farm Visit: A thirty minute boat drive downriver takes us to the most complete farm in the community of Infierno. The owner grows a diverse variety of popular and unknown Amazon crops. In his garden, just about every plant and tree serves a purpose.
*Overnight at Posada Amazonas.
Day 09°. Posada Amazonas – Puerto Maldonado – Lima – Home.Breakfast
Transfer Boat - Posada Amazonas to Tambopata River Port
Transfer Tambopata River Port to Pto Maldonado Headquarters
Transfer Puerto Maldonado Headquarters to Airport
We retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, our office and the airport. Depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures.
Included in this tour:
- Programmed based on double occupancy
- Includes all meal
- Guide services
- All river transportation
- Transfer from and to the airport of Puerto Maldonado
- Day 1°, 2°, 3°, 4° & 5° Full day tour
- Peruvian licensed Guide
- Private transportation
- Entrance fees for the places we will visit
- Entrance fee for Inca trail and Machu Picchu
- Bus tickets Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu - Aguas Calientes
- Train ticket Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu – Ollantaytambo
- Lunch at the second day
- Boxed lunch at third day
- Transfer from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
- Transfer in & out (the day that you will arrive and leave)
- Lunch & dinner (Optional)
- Comfortable Accommodation, 3 or 5 stars hotel (optional)
- Tip and gratuities
- International or domestic airfares
- Additional nights during the trip due to flight cancellations