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Luxury Inca Trail, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Exclusive Amazon Lodge, 12 Days

MAR 2022 - DEC 2022 Price from $ 7800 USD pp
Trip Type foodCulture & Adventure
Difficulty Level Challenging/Tough
Group Size 2-8 people
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Created with the more adventurous traveller in mind, this trip is about experiencing the great outdoors and adventure activities of Peru from seeking out the tropical wildlife of the Amazon Rainforest to rafting in the Sacred Valley and trekking up through the cloud forests of the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Travel from the heady heights of the Andes to the exotic lowlands of the Amazon on this journey through the best of Peru. Get acquainted with the charm and grace of historic towns before hiking along ancient pathways to Machu Picchu and discovering the heart and soul of the Inca Empire. Then eyeball exotic plant and wildlife in the world’s most remarkable jungle. From vibrant cities to glorious natural wonders, this trip shows you all corners of Peru.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Domestic flights: Lima – Cusco / Cusco – Puerto Maldonado-Lima
  • Private transfers between hotels/stations/airports/excursions according to the itinerary
  • Train ticket Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
  • Accommodation in 4-5 star hotels for (5 nights) in their specified destinations. Buffet breakfast is included.
  • Luxury camping on Inca Trail ( 3 night)
  • Exclusive Amazon Lodge at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica (2 nights)
  • Massage Session during 3 nights on the Inca trail, one Yoga Session
  • Hot Shower during the Inca trail.
  • Bath and hand towels per person. Sleeping bags. Duffle bags.
  • 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.
  • A private, hand-crafted, and fully personalized service with English speaking guide.
  • First aid kit, oxygen bottles are used only in an emergency.
  • Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip

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
  • Personal expenses and gratuities
  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain
  • Optional excursions.
  • Items of a personal nature such as souvenirs and telephone
  • Travel insurance.
  • Discover the ancient Incan citadel of Machu Picchu with an expert private guide.
  • Enjoy the epic scenery of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the rich history of Cusco.
  • Following in the footsteps of the Incas on your trek to Machu Picchu
  • Head to the seaside city of Lima and discover its world famous culinary scene.
  • Explore the wonders of the great green Amazon. Learning about the amazing wildlife of the Amazon with your naturalist guide.
  • You’ll get up close to ancient cultures and awe-inspiring natural wonders in the company of local guides whose passion for their country is contagious.

Your adventure starts with a night in Lima, Peru’s vibrant and exciting capital known for its culinary scene.Next fly into the Andes and the beautiful Sacred Valley where you’ll explore the salt terraces of Maras and the Inca ruins at Moray. You’ll then spend the next four days trekking the iconic Inca Trail, crossing epic mountain passes and discovering ancient Inca ruins en route on a privately guided trek to the magnificent citadel of Machu Picchu. After exploring the legendary site, head to the beautiful colonial city of Cusco. From here, fly to Puerto Maldonado, the gateway to the southern Amazon, where you’ll take a boat deep into the heart of the forest and your lodge. Spend the next three days on expeditions out into this incredibly biodiverse place in search of howler monkeys, caimans and giant river otters while also learning about its unique culture.

  • Hotels 4-5 Stars: (5 nights)
    Overnight stays in double rooms  in luxury class hotels.
  • Luxury camping on Inca trail: (4 nights) Our tents for this tour are spacious, equipped with sofas and beds with the perfect glamor of the colors of the Andes, and with the assistance of very experienced staff.
  • Amazon Jungle Lodge (2 nights): Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is located in an exuberant private Amazon nature reserve right on the banks of the Madre de Dios river and adjacent to the Tambopata National Reserve

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 50 m

Welcome to Lima, Peru. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2 pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. After the meeting, go on a walking tour of downtown Lima, one of the most beautiful cities in South America, and an optional dinner with your group. Be sure to get your hands in Peru’s national dish of ceviche during your stay. 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: Miraflores Park, A Belmond Hotel, Lima
  • 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

This morning you’ll take an included flight from Lima to Cusco.

Welcome to Cusco. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2 pm where you’ll meet your tour leader and travel group. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. After this important meeting, get acquainted with this charming city’s intriguing blend of cultures on a guided walking tour with your leader. Check out some of Cusco’s main attractions, as well as its lesser-known sights such as the Qoricancha temple, San Pedro market, the main square, the 12 Angled Stone, Regocijo Square and San Blas Square. End the walking tour with a visit to the Chocolate Museum where you get to sample hot chocolate made from local cacao beans. There’s also a small store where you can shop handicrafts and artisanal chocolate products. Don’t miss the opportunity to sample mate de coca (coca tea) while here.

  • Accommodation: La Casona Inkaterra, Cusco
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 2800 m
Hiking Distance 6 km
Approximate walking time 3 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: Inkaterra Hacienda, Huayoccari
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 2675 m
Hiking Distance 12 km
Approximate walking time 6 hrs

Our exciting adventure for today will start early in the morning from your Sacred Valley hotel. After having your first early breakfast there (or you may require them a box breakfast and you can have it along the way), our expert guide will welcome you and escort you in our private transportation to Km 82, which is the trekking start point. We rise with the sun to begin our scenic 5-hour trek, starting from a section of the Inca Trail few have visited. While many cross the Urubamba River at Km 82, we’ll follow the river downstream to cross at Km 88, setting the tone for the rest of the trek and creating some space between us and other groups. Once we are ready to go, we will start our amazing hike passing through various archaeological sites and seeing lavish vegetation and fauna, learning about them and taking stunning photos on the process. After a 3 hours hike we will arrive to Q’oriwayrachina site (2675 mts/8776.3 ft) and placidly have our sumptuous lunch and recover energy.

After a delightful picnic lunch, we’ll cross the Urubamba River at Q’ente. Here, we’ll have the option to visit the archaeological sites of Wayna Q’ente and Llaqtapata, charming ruins consisting of Inca stone walls, stairs, and other constructions, monuments to their ancient Andean past in a country-like setting amidst the vast Inca terracing nearby. We’ll set up camp for the night at our luxury campsite. We are the only company with access to this site, known as Chamana, a small village that’s part of the Llaqtapata Community. Before dinner, you will have the opportunity to have a well-earned hot shower and then, our massage tent is ready for a session of relaxing massage that will ease your body and mind; our professional therapists use organic essential oils to help you relax and loosen your muscles. Then, it is time to visit our dining tent for a fantastic gourmet dinner prepared with organic food from the region by some of our best chefs and served by a special waiter for your personalized attention. Meanwhile, your bedroom tent will be waiting for you to enjoy a comfortable evening surrounded by nature and mountains.

  • Accommodation: Luxury Camping Tent
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 3900 m
Hiking Distance 9 km
Approximate walking time 5 hrs

After our early and hearty breakfast, we will initiate our 1.5 hours hike towards the narrow Cusichaca Valley, passing houses inhabited by farmers and herdsmen, until we finally reach the Andean community of Huayllabamba. From here, the cobble-stoned Inca Trail ascends steeply through an ancient native forest bursting with melodic birdsong. At Ayapata (3328 mts/10918.7 ft) we will have our exquisite picnic lunch appreciating spectacular views, especially of the vegetation and the humid Andean forest which covers the majority of our hike. The trail begins to level out at our campsite at Llulluchapampa, situated just below the first pass. Here, we’ll experience breathtaking views of Mt. Huayanay and a first glimpse of the rare Andean cloud forest of Queuña, or Polyepis trees. Their reddish bark peels into paper-like sheets, hence their familiar name, “Paper Tree.”

For a second time, our hot shower and massage tent will be at your disposal, when it is time for our dinner you can share your fantastic photos with your guide and then relish in your bedroom tent for a restful and soundly sleep.

  • Accommodation: Luxury Camping Tent
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

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

The day begins with a steady ascent up to Warmiwanusqa (Dead Woman’s) Pass (4,228 masl / 13,871 fasl) where we’re met with panoramic views of the terrain we’ve just conquered.

We can revel in a real sense of accomplishment at having reached this challenging high point of the journey. The pass is so named because its crest resembles a lying down woman. This point is nearly 1,800 m (5,905 ft) higher than Machu Picchu itself! Now, the much-welcomed descent to the Pacaymayo River lies ahead of us. After a hearty lunch in Pacaymayo, we ascend again to the ruins of Runkuraqay and our second pass (3,968 masl / 13,018 fasl). From here, we walk down to the site of Sayacmarca on the original Inca Trail, passing a dry lake and our first signs of the mist-filled Andean cloud forest. Many plants and animals thrive in the cloud forest, including endemic species found nowhere else on Earth! We may spot hummingbirds, butterflies, and delicate orchids of various brilliant hues.

Our trek along the steady ridge offers a bit of a respite from the day’s arduous climbs and challenging descents. Now we get to catch our breath a bit and admire incredible views of the beautiful Aobamba Valley below. We continue along the ridge through amazing landscapes and views of snow-capped Mt. Salkantay on the western side, as well as Mt. Pumasillo silhouetted on the horizon to the north. We follow the flag-stoned trail until we arrive at our campsite at Phuyupatamarca, whose name in Quechua means “village at the edge of the clouds”.

  • Accommodation: Luxury Camping Tent
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 2700 m
Hiking Distance 11 km
Approximate walking time 6 hrs

At last, we have arrived at the day we’ve all been waiting for; the day we get our first glimpse of the citadel of Machu Picchu! Early, but not too early, we’ll awaken for a glorious sunrise view just a short hike up the hill from our campsite, where our porters await us with steaming cups of tea. This site is known to deliver some of the most radiant sunrise views in the entire Machu Picchu Sanctuary. After breakfast, we continue our trek along a buttress, passing the ruins at Phuyupatamarca. These ruins contain an irrigation system that was built over five centuries ago, and still works today!

Now, the flag-stoned trail begins to wind sharply downwards, taking us into the cloud forest to the well-conserved ruins of Wiñay Wayna (“Forever Young”) located just below the ridge. Walking in the Inca’s footsteps, along the very same trail they once used, we now trek for two hours through dense, misty cloud forest until we at last reach Machu Picchu via Intipunku (the Gate of the Sun). We will marvel at our first sight of the magnificent citadel of Machu Picchu spread out below us. After some time soaking up the glorious view, we’ll take a bus to the village of Machu Picchu, where we’ll spend the night at a local hotel. Dinner on your own.

  • Accommodation: Inkaterra Machu Picchu, Superior
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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

A quick, half-hour bus ride brings us up the road to the gates of Machu Picchu where we’ll enjoy a guided three-hour tour of this ancient hilltop citadel. Exploring the different sectors and entering some of the houses and temples will bring these iconic ruins to life for us. As we immerse in this mystical place, we’ll feel that we’ve entered a dream of ancient times. Wandering among the Inca’s ancient manmade structures blended seamlessly into verdant natural surroundings will leave us with a sense of wonder and reverence that we may experience only once in a lifetime.

In the afternoon, we’ll return to Aguas Calientes where a train will take us back to  Cusco.

  • Accommodation: Palacio Manco Capac, Cusco
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

 

 

 

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 3400 m

Enjoy free time to delve deeper into all Cusco has to offer. Those with weary legs may want to simply grab a coffee from a cafe at Plaza de Armas and do some people-watching. For those who can’t get enough active adventure, the hills that surround Cusco are well-suited for some mountain biking. Ask your tour leader for advice on optional activities and how to make the most of your free day.

  • Accommodation: Palacio Manco Capac, Cusco
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 500 m
Hiking Distance 4 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 100 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. Our service will end when we drop you off at the door of your hotel in Lima. The next day you can organize your departure to the airport.

  • Accommodation: Casa Andina Standard Benavides
  • 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 $ 7800 USD Per Person
Tour for 2 - 4 person $ 7800USD Per Person
Tour for 5 person $ 7650USD 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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