Inca Empire & Amazon Rainforest

Lima - Puerto Maldonado - Cusco - Machu Picchu - Puno - Titicaca Lake.

Duration

12 Days

Max. Altitude

12,555 ft - 3,827 m.

Activities

History, Gastronomy, Wild life, Photography, Bird Watching, Medicinal Plants, Archaeology, boat trip, Traditions.

Difficulty

Easy

Transport

Van, Bus, Train, Motor Boat and Canoe

Tour Description

This trip was specially designed to get to know and to enjoy Peru comfortably, its history, its people and its different regions, each one with varied landscapes, customs, food and lifestyles. Covering the three regions of Peru: the coast, the Andes and the rainforest, crossing valleys, rivers, lakes, mountains until you reach Machu Picchu, a place where the authenticity of culture and nature hold the essence of life itself.

Trip Highlights

  • Landing in the Navel of the incas world which is Cusco.
  • Share experiences with the Andes people along the Sacred valley.
  • Explore Inca city of Cusco and the huge Incas blocks of stone.
  • Be one the explorers into the wonder of the world, Machu Picchu.
  • Enjoy a beautiful journey by train into the cloud forest through the Sacred Valley.
  • Visit some local markets of Cusco even museums.
  • Walk through the mystic streets of Cusco  with full of history.
  • Visit the Tambopata Nature Reserve and explore habitats and animals unique in the world.
  • Sail over “Titicaca” the highest lake in the world  and discover a different way of life.

Itinerary

Welcome to Perú!

You will be met at the airport and escorted to your hotel.

Upon your arrival to the Capital city of Lima, our representative will be waiting for you, holding an small board written your names and then, you will be transferred to your Hotel.

Lima City Tour 

This day you are going to enjoy a City tour where you will Visit The Government Palace, the Municipality palace, the Cathedral of Lima, and main colonial buildings around the Plaza Mayor, the 17th century Monastery of San Francisco the most magnificent colonial and monumental center of the America’s, you will find a Basilica with 21 altars, the convent with the cloister, the Clementine and Capitulars room, the choir, the monks library and the Prefunds Museum that exhibits 11 paintings of Rubens.

The sacristy exhibits paints of Zurbaran and Rivera. The Gran Patio is garnished with Seville’s tiles from the XVI century and Moorish arcs. It also includes a visit to the underground tombs (catacombs). Then a short tour of the modern districts of San Isidro and Miraflores visiting places like The Love Park. Finally we will visit a shopping center named Larco Mar, which was built on a spectacular cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Lima – Puerto Maldonado

Flight to Puerto Maldonado, the gateway for your adventure in the Peruvian Rainforest. 

Welcome to Puerto Maldonado. Begin to experience the enchantment of the rainforest as you take a 45-minute boat ride along the Madre de Dios River, to arrive at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica lodge. After a short briefing, settle into your beautiful cabaña and enjoy your lunch in the dining room. Take a siesta, share a refreshing tea time and get ready for the afternoon excursion.

After gathering with your Inkaterra Explorer Guide, choose from the 14 different excursions available at the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica. On your first day, we recommend a guided walk along the Trail system, into the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica natural area, where you will discover the Amazon Basin. This trail offers an excellent introduction to the forest environment, winding past impressive trees such as the Shihuahuaco, and the strangely beautiful strangler fig, offering excellent opportunities for bird watching and observing exotic insects.

We also recommend on the first night our Twilight River excursion — a guided afternoon boat ride on the Madre de Dios river. Witness the transformation from a diurnal to a nocturnal world: animals and birds of the daytime give way to species specially adapted to the night. As you enjoy their paradise, you will learn about their habits, while you search for nightjars, owls, capybaras and up to three different caiman species.

Enjoy dinner served in the main dining room from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. After dinner, you may retire early to your own cabana, or share your experience in the rainforest with other guests and interpreters, as you listen to the intriguing sounds of the jungle at night.

Lake Sandoval & Inkaterra Canopy Walkway

Wake up late or rise early — the choice is yours. Breakfast begins at 5:30 a.m., for those who want to avoid the heat, and enjoy nature at its fullest. A full buffet breakfast is served from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. During the morning you may visit the Lake Sandoval excursion into the Tambopata National Reserve. Glide in a wooden canoe, across a beautiful, mirror-like oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter, as well as red howler monkeys, red-bellied macaws, anacondas, side-neck turtles and black caimans. Return to the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica for lunch.

After lunch, consider the remarkable Inkaterra Canopy Walkway. Ascending the first tower, 30 meters above the forest ground, you begin your encounter with the treetop realm. For more than a quarter of a mile, you will literally walk through the rainforest canopy on a suspension bridge network linking eight observation platforms. During this hour-and-a-half expedition, be on the lookout for colorful toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, monkeys, and sloths. If you wish you may extend your excursion and watch the sunset from one of the towers. Once at the lodge, enjoy the daily nature presentation in the Eco Center and the Happy Hour.

Gamitana Creek & Rainforest by Night

Enjoy a trip to Gamitana Creek, located 25 minutes by boat from the lodge. For one and a half hours, explore the rainforest along the banks of a winding, dark-water creek that is home to many piranha, caiman, turtles and birds, until the Sanipanga landing point. Navigate your way back downstream, observing the abundant flora and fauna along the way. You will return to Gamitana Farm to do a short guided tour to see how local farmers grow fruits and vegetables. Return to the lodge for lunch.

After lunch, enjoy the Hacienda Concepcion excursion, with over 200 different plant species, and learn about the uses and benefits of local flora. This is followed by a 30 minute canoe trip to look for turtles, sun grebes, nightjars and exotic herons. Return to the lodge.

Then consider the Rainforest by Night excursion through the Inkaterra Ecological Reserve at night for an approximately 2 hour excursion. Venture into the forest and experience the mystery of the animal activity that awakens in the rainforest after dark, enhancing animal resources to create new adaptation mechanisms. Listen to nocturnal forest sounds and spot species that only emerge at night. Return to the lodge.

Transfer to Puerto Maldonado Flight to  Cusco

Enjoy a buffet breakfast before starting your return trip by motorized canoe on the Madre de Dios River to the airport in Puerto Maldonado for your flight to Cusco. where you will visit the Butterfly House. Peru boasts the greatest variety of butterflies in the world, with 3,700 known species. Many of these can be seen at the Butterfly House.

Sacred Valley of the Incas

In the morning and after your breakfast, our guide and representative will be waiting for you, to start with this lovely Sacred Valley (great option to acclimatize) the ancient capital of the Inca Empire, where you’ll board our private car for a drive to the Sacred Valley. This mountainous region of Peru offers mystical awe-inspiring sights to discover. Visiting Awanacancha or (Alpaca farm) which is a weaving center with the goal to keep alive the traditional textile arts. Here you can see four members of the camelids family – llama, alpacas, vicunas and guanacos.  You can meet these fours camelids, learn about the harvesting of the different wools and the natural dying techniques and have change to see native weavers from different areas showing their weaving style and dress afterwards, we continue with visit to the Andean native markets and ruins of Pisac.

This mountainous region of Peru offers mystical awe-inspiring sights to discover… along with farms and villages that welcome you with a taste of daily life. Enjoy a tasty BUFFET lunch for at the restaurant (variety of dishes and vegetarian optional) after the lunch, the tour continues with the visits to Inca site of Moray. This is a fascinating, unique ruin; a fabulous amphitheater of terracing that was used as an agricultural experimental site by the Incas by taking advantage of the microclimates produced by the varying altitude to breed new varieties of their crops. The tour continues towards Ollantaytambo, an archaeological site that the Incas built as a fort and includes a temple, agricultural terraces, and an urban area.

Machu Picchu Sanctuary 

After your breakfast,  you will aboard the train journey of majestic views you arrive at Aguas Calientes (Hot Springs Town) where you will spend the night.

This day, is one of the most important and interesting days during your whole trip, Machu Picchu and the archaeological sites you will have complete guided tour during 2 to 3 hours of this spectacular mystical place. The guided tour basically includes walk through the different sections such as: The Urban sector, the agriculture sector, and the religions zone was used by the Inca Culture. After the guided tour in Machu Picchu, you will have free time to explore by yourself. You will also have time go to the Hot springs pools are optional or just free time to chill out at this small village.

The next morning and depending on your train schedule back to Cusco. Upon your arrival to Poroy station, you will be meeting again by our staff and then transfer back to your Hotel.

Cusco City Tour 

At noon, you will be picked up from your Hotel to start with the City tour where you will visit Main Cathedral (Marvel of the religious), The Koricancha (Temple of the sun), Sacsayhuaman (Majestic place with impressive works in stone which some up to 120 tons), Qenqo (Labyrinth) A religious center dedicated to the adoration, Puca Pucara (Reddish place) that was used as a military control center, Tambomachay (Temple of the Water) a center of adoration and worship of water. Afternoon, dropped off at your Hotel.

Cusco – Southern corridor to puno

In the morning, we will pick you up from your hotel, to start our fantastic trip to Puno. The service is by an English speaking guide for tours of sites along the way; Andahuylillas, Tipon, Raqchi, Pikillacta and Pucara with spectacular views. Along the way, you will stop in Sicuani to enjoy a nice traditional buffet lunch provided by our company. (Vegetarian optional) Upon your arrival to Puno aprox.5:00pm, we will be carried to your Hotel.

Floating Islands of Uros & Taquile in the Lake Titicaca

After enjoyed a delicious breakfast at your Hotel in Puno, we will pass to pick you up from your Hotel to the port where you will board the motor boat to travel to one of the Floating Island of Uros Island where you will observe the lives of the people who live on the floating reeds island some only 20 meters in length. After hours of spent in the Island and. Upon your arrival to Taquile Island, you will continue exploring and enjoying a pristine sandy beach there you will have plenty of time to relax and feel the serenity of Titicaca.

Then hike through a pre-Inca terraces where you will be guided around the pre-Inca terraces and visit these nice people with their typical dresses and famous for their intricate and fascinating weavings. We will also visit some local families of weaving at their home and you will learn about their textile art and symbolism that has been declared by UNESCO as World Heritage. By the afternoon return to Puno where you will head to the airport in Juliaca to take your flight back to Lima.

Lima

At the appropriate time you will be transferred to the airport for your international flight.

  • Transfers from/to hotel.
  • Accommodation based on the selected hotel category.
  • Excursions as noted in the itinerary.
  • English speaking guide.
  • Meals as noted (B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner).
  • Buffet lunch along the Sacred valley.
  • Bus ticket (Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu)
  • Train ticket RT. (Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu).
  • Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.
  • Bus Cusco-Puno with English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Domestic flights.
  • Assistance by English speaking staff from the beginning to your return.

Not included:

  • International flights
  • Tips, extra expenses, Beverages.
  • Binoculars.
  • A shaman for a private Ayahuasca meditation ceremony.
  • Hone your kitchen skills during Peruvian cooking classes with celebrated chefs.
  • Admire views of the Andes from your luxury, vintage-style carriage on the Belmond Hiram Bingham Train.
  • Horse riding to Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay
  • Original passport.
  • Binoculars.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Day pack is good to bring to carry your camera, water, rain jacket.
  • Confortable shoes.
  • Rain jacket or poncho (December – April).
  • Sport sandals or water shoes.
  • Personal hygiene products.
  • Hat or cap to protect you from the sun.
  • Sun block (sun protection cream).
  • Insect repellent.
  • Snacks, chocolate, dried fruit, etc.
  • Camera, plenty of film and batteries.
  • Sunglasses
  • Extra Money (soles).
  • Swimwear.

Altitude

As soon as people book their trip to Peru, specifically Cusco, they start wondering about altitude sickness. The air at high altitudes contains less oxygen than at sea level and forces your body to work harder to get the oxygen it needs. Over several days at high altitude, your body adjusts to the lower amount of oxygen in the air.

With altitude sickness, you may first feel like you have the flu or a hangover. You may have a headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, trouble breathing during exercise. If any of these effects become severe, please contact our office and we will help you get to a doctor.

Most of the time, these symptoms will be mild. We always recommend easing into activity slowly, allowing your body to adjust. Drink plenty of fluids such as water or coca tea. Coca tea has been used since ancient times to help prevent altitude sickness. Leaves from the coca plant contain alkaloids which helps bring oxygen into your blood, helping your body avoid the effects of altitude sickness. Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol and coffee. They will cause you to urinate more often and become dehydrated. Avoid smoking. Smoking makes it more difficult for your body to get oxygen. Avoid sleeping pills. They may cause shallow breathing at night, making it more difficult for your body to absorb oxygen while you sleep.

Your healthcare provider may prescribe medicines, such as acetazolamide and dexamethasone, to help prevent altitude sickness. Start the medicine two days before you get to a high altitude. Continue to take it while you are at high altitude.

Luggage Storage

Even though this is an overnight tour by train, your luggage allowance is still limited due to restrictions on the train. All bags brought to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) need to be carry on size. Any extra luggage you have with you can be left safely in Cusco at either your hotel or with us at the Neotropic Peru Travel deposit while you travel. We will grab from you the morning of your tour and return once you are back in Cusco. Make sure your bags have some kind of identification on them so they are easy to locate.

Weather

Of course weather is unpredictable. Typically the dry season in Cusco is from April through October, but this does not stop rain from falling in June or the sun from coming out in December – just be prepared. No matter what month you are doing the trek, please make sure that you have rain gear that includes a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho and waterproof gloves.

Also prepare for four seasons. Many of the treks through the Andes involve many micro-climates and you will need to be prepared for all seasons. Layers are always key as they are easy to adjust to the different temperatures. And evenings will always be cold, so please be prepared with a warm, winter-weight jacket.

Can I design my own trip?

Absolutely. If you want you can change the program according  your interest, just let us know and the Neotropic Travel Designer is going to give you more options.

Are flights included?

Unfortunately no. Neotropic Peru does not include flights for this trip.

But the local flights can be purchase upon customers request.

Which Vaccines Do I Need for Peru?

Vaccines for Peru vary based on your specific itinerary. A Passport Health travel specialist will help you decide which vaccines are best for you. The CDC and WHO have recommended that travelers receive the following vaccines:

  • Yellow Fever
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B

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