Classic Machu Picchu and Reserva Amazonica

11 Days 10 Nights

Lima, Cusco, Puerto Maldonado

Day 1:    Lima

Arrive in Lima, meet by local representative and transfer to your hotel.
Accommodation: Sol De Oro Inn & Suites or similar

Day 2:    Lima (B)

Morning at leisure. In the afternoon, explore Lima´s old area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site packed with fascinating historic buildings. Start with a scenic tour in the colonial downtown, which radiates from the Main Square, where you can appreciate the grandiose architecture of the Spanish Empire. Stroll over to the Cathedral, which was begun in the 16th century and took 80 years to build. Then visit the Casa Aliaga, a colonial mansion granted in 1535 by chief conquistador Francisco Pizarro to Jerónimo de Aliaga, one of his captains. This is the only house from that time that still belongs to the same family after all these centuries. Continue to Larco Museum, located in the traditional Pueblo Libre district, which is housed in a beautifully restored viceregal mansion built on a seventh-century a pre-Columbian pyramid. The museum boasts the most complete pre-Hispanic collection of gold and silver artifacts, as well as pieces of erotic art.

Day 3:    Lima – Cusco (B)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, meet and transfer to your hotel. Due to the high altitude (10,912 feet above sea level), we recommend that you rest for a short period. In the afternoon, pick up for city tour with a walk-through of the Cathedral, the Koricancha (‘site of gold’), typical streets, and the four ruins that surround the city: the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, Kenko, Puca Pucara, and Tampumachay.
Accommodation:  Novotel Cusco or similar

Day 4:    Cusco – Sacred Valley (B/L)

In the morning, pick up from hotel to visit the town of Chinchero, a traditional Cusco urban centre located at an elevated point with a beautiful view of the valley. The inhabitants of this area preserve the artisan traditions and the inherited knowledge of the Incas and display them in their clothes and customs. In Chinchero there are also archaeological remains and a beautiful seventeenth-century church, one of the first Catholic buildings in Peru. Then, you are transferred to the Living Museum of Yucay. The museum is a centre Andean traditions interpretations, where demonstrations of the elaboration of textile work, adobe, pottery and silverware are carried out in the same way in which they used to in antiquity; an original recreation of Inca traditions. Also, residents of the museum include llamas, sheep and alpacas, and they can be fed! Transfer to Ollantaytambo where you have free time for lunch. After this, visit the town and local archaeological site, inhabited uninterruptedly since Inca times, and climb the iconic fortress, built next to a mountain. At the end of the tour, return back to your hotel.
Note: Please pack an overnight bag for journey to Machu Picchu tomorrow. Due to luggage restrictions aboard the trains to/from Machu Picchu, passengers may only take 1 small bag weighing no more than 5 kg (11 lbs.). The rest of your luggage will be stored at your hotel in Cusco.

Day 5:    Cusco – Machu Picchu (B/L/D)

After breakfast in the early morning, transfer to the train station for the ride to Machu Picchu – the Lost City of the Incas (7,900 feet). This mountaintop citadel, which served as both a center of worship and an astronomic observatory, is located in the middle of the cloud forest overlooking the Urubamba River. There are both agricultural and urban areas constructed with the precision stonework that the Incas are known for. The agricultural area consists of terraces and food storehouses, and the urban area contains temples, squares, and royal tombs. Guided tour followed by lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge. In the afternoon, board the bus down to Aguas Calientes, then walk to your hotel. Dinner will be served in a restaurant in Aguas Calientes.
Accommodation: Casa Del Sol Hotel or similar

Day 6:    Machu Picchu – Cusco (B)

Today is a free day to explore Machu Picchu on your own. You may want to hike Huayna Picchu or enjoy another activity. Mid-afternoon, you will depart from Machu Picchu by train to Ollantaytambo/Poroy Station in the Sacred Valley, and then be taken to your hotel in Cusco. Overnight in Cusco.
Accommodation:  Novotel Cusco or similar

Day 7:    Cusco – Puerto Maldonado – Reserva Amazonica (B/L/D)

After breakfast in the early morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado. Upon arrival, be taken to the Butterfly House welcome/information center to register for your Amazon adventure. Then board for a 45 minute boat ride to Reserva Amazonica. On this day, enjoy the Trail System adventure and the Twilight River excursion.
Trail System – Walk on one of the trails that extend 7.3 kilometers (4.5 miles) in Reserva Amazonica Natural Reserve and you will discover the incredible realm of the Amazon rainforest. The trails offer an excellent introduction to the environment of the jungle, as you walk past exotic rainforest trees, such as the lupuna tree and the beautiful ficus. Look down and spot the tiny lizards that rustle the leaves as they dart about on the forest floor. Gaze at the treetops and be amazed with the arena for bird watching. Observe the insect life – iridescent beetles and interpret the primary and secondary rain forest components, as well as human impact, and the relevance of the rainforests of the world.
Twilight River – On this guided afternoon boat ride, you will witness the enchanting transformation from a diurnal to a nocturnal environment, as animals and birds of the daytime are replaced by species specially adapted to the night. As you enjoy their paradise, you will learn about their habits while searching for nightjars, owls, capybaras and caimans. In addition, on a clear night the southern hemisphere stars can be appreciated.
Enjoy your dinner at the main dining room.
Accommodation:  Reserva Amazonica or similar

Day 8:    Reserva Amazonica (B/L/D)

Today enjoy an excursion to Lake Sandoval and the Canopy Walkway and Anaconda Walk. Take a 30-minute boat ride to the Tambopata National Reserve, where wildlife surrounds you as you enjoy the one and a half hour walk along three kilometers of trails to reach Lake Sandoval. 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, macaws, prehistoric hoatzins, also called “shanshos”, anacondas, point-tailed palm creepers, and side-neck turtles. Spend two hours on the lake. (This excursion is ONLY available from April to November. During the rest of the year, another alternative excursion will be offered.). Continue with a five-minute boat ride takes you to the Canopy Interpretation Center. After ascending the first tower, at 29 meters above the forest floor, walk through the treetops for one-and-a-half hours along suspension bridges that link eight observation platforms. Enjoy landscapes and vistas that would be unimaginable from below, while on the look-out for giant strangler fig trees, orchids, toucans, woodpeckers, trogons and – with luck – monkeys or sloths. Descent from the Canopy, experience the Anaconda Walk for about 30 minutes along the 200-meter wooden bridge over the Aguajales swamps. In this lush eco system, observe the various species of amphibians, serpents, birds, mammals and abundant flora and trees of this flooded marshland. The walk finishes by returning to the lodge. Enjoy your dinner at the main dining room.

Day 9:    Reserva Amazonica (B/L/D)

After breakfast, a morning excursion to Gamitana Creek. A walk to the magic world of Gamitana Creek, the sights, scents and sounds of the jungle will surround you as you walk for two and a half hours, rambling through the rain forest along the banks of this winding, dark-water creek that is home to piranha, caimans, turtles and an abundance of brightly colored birds. When you reach the embarkation point, board a canoe and navigate a two hour ride downstream to the Gamitana Model Farm, appreciating the rich plant and animal life along the way. You will have a short guided tour to learn about an Amazon farm. Return to the lodge and rest of afternoon at leisure. Dinner will be served at the main dining room.

Day 10:     Puerto Maldonado – Lima (B/D)

After breakfast, return to Puerto Maldonado by boat for your return flight to Lima. On the way to the airport, you will visit the Butterfly House. The Tambopata National Reserve and Peru hold various records in butterfly species numbers. Enjoy a personalized excursion accompanied by an interpreter who will explain the diverse characteristics of this wonderful species. There are 3,800 species in Peru, and many of these can be found at the Butterfly House, which showcases the varied beauty and adaptability of these colorful insects. Upon arrival in Lima, meet and transfer to your hotel. In the evening, enjoy a Folkloric Dinner Show at La Dama Juana Restaurant.
Accommodation:  Sol De Oro Inn & Suites or similar

Day 11:     Lima – Departure (B)

Enjoy free time until your transfer to the airport for return flight home.

B – Breakfast      L – Lunch    D – Dinner

Tour Price per Person Double Occupancy – minimum 2 persons

DAILY DEPARTURE Land Package Single Supp.
April 2019 – March 2020 3700 1020

LAND ONLY price includes Domestic airfare within Peru
HOTEL BLACKOUT DATES and SEASONAL SURCHARGE may apply.

~~ ALL PRICES ARE IN CANADIAN DOLLARS AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE ~~

Your Tour Package Includes

  • Domestic Airfare within Peru.
  • Return transfer between airport and hotel.
  • Superior hotel accommodation with daily breakfast.
  • Sightseeing Tours with admission and meals as per itinerary.
  • Professional English Speaking local guide service.

Your Tour Package Does NOT Include

  • International Airfare from Canada to Peru.
  • Any applicable weekend and other surcharges imposed by airlines.
  • Any taxes, airport fees and fuel surcharge.
  • Optional Tour
  • Travel/Medical/Cancellation insurance and all personal expenses.
  • Tipping and gratuities to local guides, drivers, and hotel staff.
  • Any items not specified as included.

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