Classic Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and Amazon Experience 12 Days

MAR 2022 - DIC 2022 Price from $ 4500 USD pp
Trip Type foodCulture & Adventure
Difficulty Level Challenging/Tough
Group Size 2-8 people
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Do not think about it anymore and start the most enigmatic adventure on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

If you only have time for the Inca Trail, or if Machu Picchu is on your bucket list, this is your trip. With a local tour guide and enough porters to organize the best trip for you in Peru.

Andean Great  Treks is a tour operator based in Cusco, specialized in organizing the best trekking to Machu Picchu. You will enjoy the fabulous landscapes of the Inca trail to Machu Picchu.

Admire one of  the best amazon tours in Peru, Tambopata is a natural biosphere of the world, where there are several exotic butterflies, mammals, insects, and beautiful orchids.

Be enchanted to enjoy the pure atmosphere of the jungle, and enjoy unforgettable sunsets from your hotel window, located into the hearth of the amazon forest.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  •  All domestic flights: Lima – Cusco / Cusco – Puerto Maldonado  / Puerto Maldonado– Lima
  • Private transfers between hotels/stations/airports/excursions according to the itinerary
  • All national transportation and transfers;  Cusco – Machu Picchu – Cusco by train.
  • Accommodation in 3 star hotels for 6 nights in their specified destinations. Buffet breakfast is included.
  • Confortable Camping Tents, 3 nights
  • Inkaterra Amazon Lodge: Superior Double Room 2 nights, with the amazon exploring activities.
  • All meals and excursions at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica
  • Meals on your trip: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners. Expect USD200-260 for meals not included.Vegetarian meals and special diets are available upon prior request.
  • All activities provided in the program with equipment, unless they are marked as additional costs in the itinerary.
  • Tickets to the tours provided in the program.
  • CEO (Chief Experience Officer) who speaks English at all times,  expert guide in the Amazon jungle.
  • First aid kit, oxygen bottles are used only in an emergency.

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Evacuation: in the event of a serious medical injury, we will coordinate with your travel insurance company to arrange evacuation.
  • Meals and drinks other than those mentioned in the itinerary. Expect USD260-340 for meals not included
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Optional excursions.
  • Items of a personal nature such as souvenirs and telephone
  • Travel insurance.
  • Take a guided tour of Machu Picchu, the fabled lost city of the Incas.
  • The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is considered one of the best access routes to the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu, this is because it is one of the few Inca trails that still preserve its originality and scenic beauty, which has not changed at all from over 500 years ago, this is an epic journey to the ruins of Machu Picchu.
  • During the 4 days of walking on the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, you will be able to enjoy the different archaeological complexes, with architectural and urban designs of singular beauty.
  • You will enjoy an impressive experience in the Amazon forest of Tambopata, with great views from your hotel inside the Amazon jungle. You can also experience a walk through the jungle trails and learn more about the flora and fauna of the great Amazon forest.
  • On this trip to the heart of the Inca empire, the monumental city of Cusco, you will have the opportunity to walk through its streets full of art and culture, such as the fabulous neighborhood of San Blas, typical market of San Pedro, and enjoy the friendliness of its inhabitants.
  • Explore the Sacred Valley, perfect for acclimatization at lower altitude, visiting the wonders of Chinchero, Moray, Maras Salt Mines and Ollantaytambo
  • We’ll be experiencing a mix of hot and cold climates, so pack accordingly and bring layers.
  • It’s important to wear sunscreen and other sun protection, and always drink plenty of water.
  • This trip involves a lot of hiking and walking, so requires a moderate level of fitness. There are a few different trail options to suit your interests and physical capabilities. Please bring durable footwear suitable to hiking.
  • You’ll be camping with very basic, shared facilities along the Inca Trail (where there are drop toilets and no showers). This is all part of the adventure of being among nature.
  • Due to the high altitude of many of places we visit some people can suffer altitude sickness. Some people aren’t affected at all, but if you are, be sure to drink plenty of water and don’t push yourself too hard.
  • The climate in the Tambopata jungle is very hot, so you should wear suitable clothing, and you should also be protected against yellow fever, malaria. You should also bring a good insect repellent, so that they will not bite you.
  • Hotels  (6 nights), camping (3 nights), Amazon  Lodge (2 nights).

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 5 m

Welcome to Lima, Peru’s capital and one of South America’s most beautiful cities. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2 pm, where you’ll meet your fellow travellers and tour leader. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. After the meeting, stroll the streets of downtown Lima and check out some of its main attractions on a leader-led walking tour. Enjoy free time before an optional group dinner this evening. The unofficial food capital of South America, there’s no better place to sample Peru’s national dish, ceviche, than at one of Lima’s excellent restaurants. As there’s little time spent in Lima, you may like to arrive a few days early to see the sights, including the chic suburb of Miraflores, Central Park, Lovers’ Park and the National Museum.

  • Accommodation: Casa Andina Standard Benavides
  • Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 3400 m
Hiking Distance 4 km
Approximate walking time 2 hrs

Today you will say goodbye to the capital of Peru for a few days, since in the morning you will have to take a flight to Cusco. At your arrive  your local guide will meet you at the Cusco airport.

This city is at a very high altitude (3,400m), so you may want to take a little time to acclimatize, whether it’s to go out to see the city or relax with a bite of street food. After arriving at your hotel, in the afternoon you and your local guide can enjoy an orientation walk to see the colonial wonders and indigenous foundations of this fascinating city. It is the oldest inhabited city in South America, so there is so much to do and see. You’ll visit the facade of Qoricancha temple, the local San Pedro market, the main square, past the 12 Angled Stone, Regocijo Square and San Blas Square.

  • Accommodation: Casa Andina Standard Cusco San Blas
  • Meals Included:Breakfast

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 2800 m
Hiking Distance 4 km
Approximate walking time 2 hrs

In the morning we gonna pick up you at 7:00 am, from your hotel, then we will go by bus to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, where the Inca once built important cities such as Chinchero, Ollantaytambo, Pisac. This spectacular cities amidst the breathtaking Andean landscape were designed in harmony with nature and are a dream for anyone who likes to visit archaeological sites and ruins. For the tour, we will use the tourist ticket “Boleto Turistico Parcial” . This lush valley was known as Wilcamayo to the Incas and has long been the main source of food for the high Andes. Maize crops can be seen surrounding the river and covering the terraces carved high into the valley walls. Our first place to visit is Chincheros where you can see the andean terraces, temples, also you can enjoy  the typical market of Chincheros, then we will visist Moray, and Salineras at midday we go to Urubamba city where is the lunch stop, then we will go to the inca city of Ollantaytambo, where our tour guide will show you the most important places of this inca remain, In the afternoon we will continue our adventure to the ruins of Pisac. The day will end at your hotel located in the Sacred Valley.

  • Accommodation: Sonesta Posadas del Inca Yucay
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 3100 m
Hiking Distance 11 km
Approximate walking time 6 hrs

We will pick up you from your  hotel in Sacred Valley at 5:00 am, then we go in private minivan to Km 82, Piscacucho, start of the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, at the checkpoint you  will meet your crew of local porters,cook. Before to start the inca trail to machu picchu we will weigh the equipments and control the passports and your tickets, for the classic  Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, then we will start our trek at 9:00 am, along the Urubamba River.The first day includes uphill trekking to the campsite until we reach Llactapata an important archaeological site at 12:00 pm, where we will learn a bit about the history and culture of the Incas, then at 13:00 pm we will have lunch at the site of Tarayoc, then we continue 2 hours of walking to our first camp of Huayllabamba (3,100 meters) this site is the last town that we will see on the route, it is inhabited by farmers who still plant their plots of corn and potatoes. This day you can take advantage to charge your devices with electricity. In the afternoon it will be our presentation with our porters, and a very nutritious dinner to rest.

  • Accommodation: Camping tents
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 4200 m
Hiking Distance 12 km
Approximate walking time 7 hrs

This is the most challenging day of the trek, as we ascend a long steep path (approximately five hours) to reach the highest point of the trail. Colloquially known as ‘Dead Woman’s Pass’, Warmiwañusca sits at a height of 4,200 meters above sea level, providing amazing views of the valley below. Your porters will wake up you, at 5:00 am  with a hot cup of coca tea to get you ready for the day. Today we will start at 6:30 am. We’ll hike for roughly 5 hours to the highest pass of the classic inca trail to machu picchu, Dead Woman’s Pass (4200 meters/13,829 feet). The first 2 hours , you will walk into highland forest, the way is steps and uphill. Then you will get the place of Llullucha, where we will stop a long time, from this point until the dead woman pass is one hour and a half , the landscape  gonna change , is a new microclimate, because the altitude it gonna be very hard, but not impossible to reach the pass at 12:00 pm, we’ll stop a  short break to enjoy the views before setting off again to descend to the next valley (Pacaymayo Valley ). It’s another hour and a half down the side of the valley to our lunch spot,  we will end the hike at 2:00 pm . In the afternoon is a free time, to relaxing , in case you like a cold shower there is , if not just enjoy the beauty of the landscape, this day we have also tea time and the dinner.

  • Accommodation: Camping tents
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 3600 m
Hiking Distance 16 km
Approximate walking time 8 hrs

We begin early again, wake up at 5:30am to begin what is commonly felt to be the most beautiful day of the whole classic  Inca Trail. We begin ascending again to the second pass of the trek. It’s 2 hours to the pass and along the way we’ll stop at a small Inca site (Runcu Raccay) and see two huge waterfalls cascading down the opposite side of the valley. After the second pass, it’s another hour downhill hike to reach the magnificent Inca site, Sayacmarca (an otherwise inaccessible village). We’ll stop here for a rest and have a quick tour of the site and then watch the Vilcabamba mountain range. It’s then just another 20 minutes until we stop for the lunch place, in Chaquicocha at 11:00 am (Dry Lake, 3600 meters). After lunch, we hike for 2 hours along what we like to call “Inca flat” (gradual inclines) and begin to enter the jungle, known as the Cloud Forest. As we walk we will have the opportunity to see the majesty of Salkantay, the second highest snow-capped mountain in Cusco. Towards the end of the Inca flats we begin to make our way up to the last peak at Phuyupatamarca (3600 meters) from where we’ll have great views overlooking the Urubamba River. Down the valley we get our first views of Machu Picchu Mountain but the site itself is still hidden from view. From Phuyupatamarca it’s a 3 hour walk down a flight of steps,  to our last campsite, arrival time  is at 16:00 pm. Wiñay Wayna is the most spectacular Inca site on the trail after Machu Picchu and the most popular campsite because of its proximity to Machu Picchu.

  • Accommodation: Camping tents
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 2700 m
Hiking Distance 6 km
Approximate walking time 5 hrs

Wake up time is at 4:00 AM. Then we will do a line in order to wait at the checkpoint to be opened. At 5:30 am once the park rangers do the last checking we start the walk to the Sun Gate, along the way we have spectacular views of the mountains and Urubamba river. We will reach the Sun Gate at 6:30 am, over there you can take the first picture of Machu Picchu with amazing views, after to enjoy the sunrise, we will go down to the sacred citadel. At 8:00 am we will arrive to the gate of Machu Picchu , overe there we have to leave all our backpacks, because into the archeological site is not possible to do with rucksacks. As well you can use the toilets and buy some coffes or sodas. At 9:00 am we start the tour guiding into the complex with your tour guide for 2 hours , then you can explore a little bit more by yourself. At midday you have to go down to Aguas Calientes town, and look a restaurant for your lunch. So the return to Ollantaytambo by train is at 14:55 pm. After 1h 45m the train arrives to Ollantaytambo train station where gonna pick up you our staff, after to have amazing days you will arrive to your hotel in Cusco at 18:30 pm.

Visiting Machu Picchu:

According to Machu Picchu visiting regulations, all visitors must follow a pre-determined route within the site. This route must be followed in one direction only and once the guided visit commences exiting and re-entering the site is not permitted. Once the guided visit concludes, visitors must exit the site and personal exploration of Machu Picchu is not permitted.

  • Accommodation: Casa Andina Standard Cusco San Blas
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 3400 m

Enjoy free time to relax, shop and explore more of Cusco’s sights, or simply rest your legs at a cafe on Plaza de Armas. For those who can’t get enough active adventure, a mountain bike adventure into the surrounding hills is recommended.

  • Accommodation: Casa Andina Standard Cusco San Blas
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activities

RAINBOW MOUNTAIN:

Before you trip comes to an end, why not pay a visit to Instagram’s most popular mountain – Rainbow mountain (or Vinicunca in Quechua, the local language). This activity involves climbing up to more than 5000 meters above sea level in one day, which can lead to life threatening altitude sickness. If you like to visit this awesome attraction please arrange with our tour leader directly in Cusco.

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 180 m
Hiking Distance 3 km
Approximate walking time 2 hrs

Say goodbye to your Cusco leader. This morning you will take an unescorted flight to Puerto Maldonado in the Amazon Jungle, where you’ll be staying for two nights.

Arrive into Puerto Maldonado, coined the Capital of Biodiversity. Transfer by road to our pier and begin your Amazon adventure with a 45-minute boat ride along the Madre de Dios River that splices through the jungle. The motorized wooden boat hugs the meandering riverbanks to reach your eco-lodge, Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, ensconced in the heart of the rainforest.

After a short briefing, settle into your palm-thatched cabaña set within Peru’s first ever private ecological reserve, established by Inkaterra in 1975 to protect this sensitive environment. After lunch, retreat to your rustic-luxury cabin for a nap or a swing in your hammock before choosing from the wide range of à la carte guided excursions with your expert Inkaterra explorer guide. We recommend walking along the Trail system for an immersive introduction into the intricate biodiversity of the Amazon basin and the layers of the rainforest. Wind your way through towering trees, like the Shihuahuaco, as your ears tune in to the croaks, rustles and calls of the exotic wildlife inhabiting this rich ecosystem. There are excellent opportunities for birding and observing a cornucopia of flora. Keep your camera at the ready just in case sloths or monkeys appear dangling from the treetops.

In the late afternoon, we highly recommend taking our gentle Twilight River excursion to witness the jungle transform from a diurnal to a nocturnal world: animals and birds of the daytime give way to species specially adapted to the shadows of the night. You may be able to spot the likes of nightjars, owls, capybaras and big caiman lurking on the riverbanks.

Amazonian-inspired dinner is served in the main dining room from 19:00-22:00 where we invite you to enjoy a complimentary Pisco Sour cocktail. Back in your comfy cabaña, listen to the intriguing cacophony of critters that inhabit the rainforest surrounding the lodge.

  • Accommodations: Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica. Accommodation in Superior Room with private bath.
  • Meals Included: All Included

Special Information

Your Andean Great Treks  tour leader will not join the Amazon Jungle portion of this trip. Instead you will be led by an local guide trained, English speaking local jungle guide. All Jungle guides are local to this particular area of the Amazon Jungle, they’ll teach you all about the area’s rich flora and fauna. These guys are the experts in all things of the jungle.

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 180 m
Hiking Distance 5 km
Approximate walking time 3 hrs

The sunlight squeezes through the dense trees as jungle inhabitants awake from their slumber. Optionally join them in the early hours, with buffet breakfast served from 05:30. Visit Lake Sandoval this morning, a glassy, ox-bow lake located inside the protected Tambopata National Reserve. Reached via a sun-dappled jungle trail, explorer guides enjoy regaling visitors with their tales of unexpected encounters with poison frogs and camouflaged creatures. Board a dug-out wooden canoe to quietly paddle through mangroves and glide onto Lake Sandoval, flanked by picture-perfect palms. This serene lake is home to thousands of species of birds, the endangered giant river otter, red howler monkeys, red-bellied macaws, anacondas, side-neck turtles and black caimans. Return to Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica in time for lunch. In the afternoon, we recommend climbing the exhilarating Inkaterra Canopy Walkway and navigating the Anaconda Walk. The Inkaterra Canopy Walkway is a sophisticated and safe 344 metre (1,135 feet) network of seven ecologically constructed hanging suspension bridges, strung between eight treetop observation platforms above the forest floor. This is an unforgettable opportunity to observe the rainforest from the rooftop and gain a sense of its colossal size. Ascend the first vertiginous tower 38 metres (124 feet) above ground, keeping an eye out for bright toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, monkeys and the three-toed sloth. It’s possible to extend your elevated amble with sunset drinks from atop a tower – or spend a once-in-a-lifetime night in a specially-designed treehouse cabin with surprising creature comforts (additional cost applies). After descending, enjoy a 30-minute Anaconda Walk that follows a 200-meter (656 feet) raised wooden platform over the atmospheric flooded aguajales swamp. In this lush ecosystem you may observe various species of amphibians, birds, mammals, abundant flora and interesting trees – there is even a chance you might spot snakes. Back at the lodge, you can opt to enjoy a daily nature presentation in the Eco Centre or book yourself an indulgent spa treatment. À la carte dinner is served from 19:00

  • Accommodations: Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica. Accommodation in Superior Room with private bath.
  • Meals Included: All Included

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 5 m

We rest until our breakfast, You will take a final boat trip today back to Puerto Maldonado to pick up your luggage. Fly over the Andes back to Lima, enjoying some spectacular views of the region.

  • Accommodation: Casa Andina Standard Benavides
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 5 m

After breakfast enjoy your last day at leisure before transferring to the airport for your flight at home.

WHAT TO BRING TO THE TOUR AMAZON TO THE ANDES :

warm jackets
Hydration bladder
wool socks
camera
scarf
first aid kit
hiking shoes
Dry bags
Trekking Poles
sun cream
Snack
sun hat
bathing suite
rain coat
Sandals
insect repellent
Passport
Down Jackets
toilet paper
daypack
Wool cap
head lamp
gloves
sun glasses
cap
extra cash
Trekking pants

ESSENTIAL TRIP INFORMATION

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The best time to visit Peru is during the dry season, between May and November, when the weather is dry and bright, with more frequent rainfall occurring between November and April.

JANUARY Warm - Heavy Rain
FEBUARY Warm - Heavy Rain
MARCH Warm - Heavy Rain
APRIL Warm - Light Rain
MAY Hot
JUNE Hot
JULY Hot
AUGUST Hot
SEPTEMBER Hot - Warm
OCTOBER Hot - Warm
NOVEMBER Warm - Light Rain
DECEMBER Warm - Heavy Rain

PRICE & AVAILABILITY

MAR 2022 - DIC 2022 Price from $ 4500 USD Per Person
Tour for 2 - 4 person $ 4500USD Per Person
Tour for 5 person $ 4200USD Per Person
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Why travel with Andean Great Treks

LOCALLY INSPIRED, DELICIOUS FLAVOURS
There is something magical about artisanal farming in the Andes. The rich soils and unique climate give products an otherwise unattainable flavor. Our chefs serve local and international food. With unparalleled views of the fabulous Andean Mountains, amid the highland forests from your table, you’ll enjoy delicious gourmet food and new spins on classic Peruvian favorites. We use only local produce and fresh ingredients.
OUR PASSIONATE TOUR GUIDES
Unlock the secrets of Peru’s most iconic adventure destination. Our team is passionate about making sure your experiences are unique —some thrilling, some relaxing, all awe-inspiring. Our private guides will let you explore the Andes and rainforest at your own pace, stopping for a snack if you’re hungry, or racing to the top of a hill if you’re up to it.
YOUR SAFETY OUR PRIORITY
We work with certified guides, the latest high-tech equipment and satellite communication, to guarantee your safety every step on the trail. Each year we do the course of rescue and first aid with all our hiking team (guides, cooks, horsemen, drivers). The course is comprehensive and practical, including all of the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments.
ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVITY
We have deep love and respect for our Mother Earth or Pachamama since we are a 100% Cusco company. We know the importance of our Andean culture, and like good children of the earth, we do everything possible to avoid contamination.
CAMPING EQUIPMENT
It’s essential to have the best equipment when you’re walking in the mountains. Due to the constant climate changes in the region, we use tents suitable for all four seasons.
SMALL GROUPS & BIG ADVENTURES
With a maximum group size is 8 on most tours, it feels more like traveling with friends than being on an organized tour. You'll meet like-minded people where everyone is guaranteed to share a passion for travel.

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