Discover Cusco, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu, Tambopata Jungle 10 Days

MAR 2022 - DEC 2022 Price from $ 4250 USD pp
Trip Type foodCulture & Adventure
Difficulty Level Leisurely/Moderate
Group Size 2-8 people
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Gaze up at Peru’s dazzling peaks and into picturesque valleys to understand why the Andean mountains were sacred for the Incas. This well-paced holiday combines the wonders of the Amazon Jungle with the fascinating history of Cusco. Enjoy a memorable train journey through the heart of the Sacred Valley.Take the chance to hike the iconic Inca Trail and witness the glorious Machu Picchu  and breathe in the magical spirit of the Incas.

Peru rightly holds the crown for the gastronomic capital of South America, with innovative fusion cooking, often incorporating Andean ingredients and recovered recipes. Seafood dishes dominate on the coast, with delicious ceviche (raw fish marinated in citrus juice, onion and hot peppers) the national dish. Highland cooking is largely based on corn and potatoes – try papa a la huancaína (potatoes topped with a spicy sauce) or tamales (boiled corn dumplings filled with meat and wrapped in a banana leaf). Pet lovers should avoid cuy (guinea pig) which is popular throughout Peru. Vegetarians won’t have too many problems, especially in Lima, Arequipa and Cusco.

East of the Andes the Peruvian Amazon is the most diverse and naturally rich of the entire Amazon Rainforest. Eco-lodges run by indigenous communities personalise your understanding and introduce the wildlife of the region. The gateway town is Madre de Dios, From where you embark on a boat ride to the deepest and most incredible landscape of the Amazon forest, which offers you beautiful sunsets.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Domestic flights: Lima – Cusco / Cusco – Puerto Maldonado-Lima
  • Private transfers between hotels/stations/airports/excursions according to the itinerary
  • Train tickets Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
  • Accommodation in 4-3 star hotels for 9 nights in their specified destinations. Buffet breakfast is included.
  • 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.
  • Professional Tour Guide who speaks English at all times
  • 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 not 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.
  • Get to know the local artisans, farmers and inhabitants of the Sacred Valley, not forgetting the cute alpacas and llamas.
  • Visit the typical markets of the villages of the Urubamba valley, where the traditional communities of the different places come, from their remote homes in the mountains, and sell the best products such as potatoes, corn, vegetables and fruits.
  • Let yourself be hypnotized by the mother of all Inca cities, the mysterious Machu Picchu, where you will enjoy a guided tour.
  • Explore as Darwin. The Peruvian part of the Amazon rainforest is possibly the most diverse and prolific section of all. Meet alligators and paddling canoes along tranquil waterways, lulled by the all-encompassing ‘green symphony’
  • Discover Lima’s great colonial facades, Spanish houses, endless culture, and delicious cuisine during your free time in the Peruvian capital.
  • Explore the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, for the shorter and more comfortable version. It is an original Inca trail that leads to the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu, surrounded by forests, waterfalls, orchids and beautiful sunsets.

On arrival you’ll be met by a member of Andean Great Treks team and taken to discover the highlights spots of Lima, the most important cities in South America. The second day you will arrive to Cusco an Andean Village where you’ll meet the local ancient customs, learn about their way of life and take part in a blessing. On day three, continue your ascent the The Sacred Valley where you’ll be rewarded with glamorous landscapes. Take a train to the start of the Short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and spend the day exploring the ‘lost’ city enjoying the afternoon sights. Early risers will be rewarded with sunrise views of Machu Picchu before preparing for a day’s hiking. At the end of the day you’ll head back to Sacred Valley by train. There’s much more to Cusco than Machu Picchu and you’ll have a full day to discover the hidden gems of Pisac, Tipon and Andahuaylillas, beautiful buildings and exciting history. After to enjoy the best of the Andean valleys, you will flight to the Tambopata Amazon Rainforest, which is considered the capital of the biodiversity in Peru, during 3 days you will have a peacefully stance in our cozy Amazon Lodges, direct contact with the amazon wildlife. Your trip ends in Peru’s capital, Lima, where you’ll have plenty of opportunity to explore independently either on foot or by bike. There are lots of museums to visit as well as alternative ways to explore the city. Surf Lima’s coastline, paraglide over the city or visit the catacombs. It’s worth booking restaurants well ahead of your arrival to ensure availability, with some world-renowned establishments to choose from you’ll be spoilt for choice.

  • Hotels 3-4 ***: 9 nights
    Overnight stays in double rooms (with shower / WC) in a balanced mix of 3-4 *** hotels, very cozy.

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 10 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: Tierra Viva Miraflores Larco
  • Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 3400 m
Hiking Distance 5 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. This flight will be without an escort, however, 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: Atiq Boutique Hotel
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 2800 m
Hiking Distance 5 km
Approximate walking time 2 hrs

In the morning we gonna pick up you at 7:00 , 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, Maras, Urubamba. 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. The day will end at your hotel located in the Sacred Valley.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Hacienda del Valle Urubamba
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 2700 m
Hiking Distance 11 km
Approximate walking time 7 hrs

We pick you up from your hotel in Sacred Valley at 5:00am, in our private transport, then we descend to the Ollantaytambo station, this first stretch lasts 1 hour. Then we will travel by train, our train leaves at 6:40 in the morning. We will travel to the side of the Vilcanota River until km 104 to begin our short inca trail. At 8:00 am we will start the trek the first archeological site to visit is Chachabamba (2270 meters). We continue our ascent to Wiñayhuayna, during the journey you will have beautiful views of the Urubamba River. We can observe different species of orchids. After 2 hours, you will reach the ruins of WIÑAYHUAYNA (2,650 meters), this fabulous archaeological site is located on a rocky promontory that dominates the Urubamba Valley and is dominated by a large set of terraces, this place was built by Pachaquteq, the emperor most powerful of the Incas empire. After eating our box lunch, we continue with the walk to Sun gate, where it will arrive at 2:00 pm. From this place we have the first view of Machu Picchu, also you can enjoy an exceptional sunset. Then we descend to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu (2400 meters), where we can only take some panoramic views, in the afternoon we will go down by bus to the town of Aguas Calientes, so we will end the first day of the short inca trail in a confortable Hotel.

  • Accommodation: Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 2400 m
Hiking Distance 6 km
Approximate walking time 3 hrs

You’ll have time for breakfast first, and then your guide will pick you up from the hotel at around 05h40. We’ll then walk to the bus departure point for the short but zigzagging ascent up the road to Machu Picchu.

We’ll then pass through the gates into the Machu Picchu archaeological site. Here you’ll begin your guided walking tour with an experienced and highly knowledgeable guide. Our tour of Machu Picchu will last about two hours, and will take you to all the most famous and most spectacular parts of the extensive archaeological complex.

These include the House of the Guardian, Intihuatana, Temple of the Sun, Sacred Plaza and other key locations. And as we walk around, we’ll have spectacular views across the agriculture terraces of Machu Picchu and across to the surrounding mountains and plunging gorges.

Once we’ve finished our tour of Machu Picchu, we’ll take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes where you can relax and have lunch (not included) before we board the train back to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival at the station, we’ll be waiting to take you back to your hotel in the sacred valley of the incas, where you can think back to your incredible tour of one of the world’s most famous and most impressive attractions

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.

Special Information

Sunrise at Machu Picchu: The first bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu departs at 5.30am. The estimated arrival time is between 6- 6.30am The sun rises at Machu Picchu at approximately 5.30am, therefore it’s not possible to be there in time for sunrise.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Hacienda del Valle Urubamba
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 2800 m
Hiking Distance 5 km
Approximate walking time 3 hrs

After a very nutritious breakfast, we get ready for a day full of adventure. Today we will leave in our own mobility to the famous town of Pisac, which is well known for its skilled artisans, where you can visit some silver workshops. You can also taste the delicious bread from the Sacred Valley, which is made with natural ingredients, in artisan ovens that date back to the colony. Then we go to the archaeological complex of Pisac, there you will visit the agricultural terraces, also the houses and temples exquisitely built on the mountain from, where you have spectacular views of the sacred valley, at noon we will have a stop for lunch.We continue with the tour to the Andahuaylillas Chapel, which is considered the Sistine Chapel of America, for its oil paintings and wall decorations from the 17th century, which were made by artists of the famous Cusco school. Then we will visit the ruins of Pikillaqta, which in pre-Inca times was a very busy city, there you will walk through its streets and squares. Very close is the other Inca attraction, which very few people manage to visit, but which is a true jewel of ancestral architecture, since it is still possible to see the water aqueducts in operation, as they were left by the Incas, from here we return with a beautiful sunset to the city of Cusco, where we will spend our last night.

  • Accommodation: Atiq Boutique Hotel
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 500 m
Hiking Distance 5 km
Approximate walking time 2 hrs

After Breakfast, transfer Hotel to Cusco Airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado.

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

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 500 m
Hiking Distance 6 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 500 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 100 m

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

  • Meals Included: Breakfast

 

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

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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 - DEC 2022 Price from $ 4250 USD Per Person
Tour for 2 - 4 person $ 4250USD Per Person
Tour for 5 person $ 4100USD 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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