Lima, Tambopata Amazon Jungle, Cusco, Short Inca Trail 9 Days

MAR 2022 - DEC 2022 Price from $ 3820 USD pp
Trip Type foodCulture & Adventure
Difficulty Level Leisurely/Moderate
Group Size 2-8 people
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Discover the treasures of the Amazon and secrets of the Incas in Peru

Welcome to Peru, where colorful cities rub shoulders with wild rainforests and ancient monuments. Join a local leader to discover the Incan, indigenous and modern sides of Peru on an immersive nine-day Premium journey. From the colonial charm of Lima to the incredible biodiversity of the Amazon Rainforest, the historically rich city of Cusco and the spectacular Incan ruins of Machu Picchu – this adventure takes you straight to the heart of it all. Take time to soak up quiet moments of local life and get beneath the surface of a remarkable country that’s anything but ordinary.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Domestic flights: Lima  – Puerto Maldonado – Cusco / Cusco – Lima
  • Private transfers between hotels/stations/airports/excursions according to the itinerary
  • Train tickets Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
  • Accommodation in 3-4 star hotels for 6 nights in their specified destinations. Buffet breakfast is included.
  • Refugio Amazonas Lodge: Superior Double Room 2 nights, with the amazon exploring activities.
  • 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.
  • Sleep surrounded by nature in the Amazon rainforest at your magnificent feature stay lodge. Owned by the indigenous Ese Eja community, profits from the lodge are put back into local education and training.
  • Take your taste buds on a trip, from the market stalls of Lima and one of the city’s best restaurants, to a coffee break and a traditional Andean lunch in the Sacred Valley.
  • Get to know local culture, and explore with expert guides in Cusco, Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu.
  • Take in unbeatable views of the Andes as you travel towards Machu Picchu on a 360 train, offering high domed windows and an open-air observation carriage to immerse yourself in the incredible landscape.
  • Experience the country’s best sights during two guided visits to remarkable Machu Picchu and an unforgettable day of wildlife activities in the Amazon Jungle.
  • Due to the high altitude of the places we visit some people can suffer altitude sickness, regardless of age, gender or fitness.
  • This trip visits Peru’s coast, mountains and the Amazon Jungle, which means you’ll need a flexible wardrobe no matter what time of year you travel.
  • Hotels 3-4 Stars: (6 nights)
    Overnight stays in double rooms  in luxury class hotels.
  • Amazon Jungle Lodge (2 nights): Posada Amazonas, 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 Peru! Your adventure begins in Lima, where you will be collected from the airport on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Here you will meet your small group of fellow travellers and your local leader for a 2 pm welcome meeting. Afterwards, head out to get to know the city on a walking tour of downtown Lima with your leader. Admire the colonial buildings of Plaza Mayor and visit the catacombs of the Saint Francis Monastery, then head away from the tourist trail to Alameda de Chabuca Granda – an area popular with the locals. Stop off at the colourful street food stalls to sample some of Lima’s favourite sweet treats, like Peruvian donuts and mazamorra morada; porridge made from purple corn. But be sure to leave some room as tonight’s dinner is really something special. Lima has one of the world’s most revered culinary scenes, and this evening you’ll head to one of the city’s best restaurants, set in a historic house in the artistic Barranco neighbourhood. Inspired by the home-cooked food of his mother, the creative chef offers up traditional Peruvian dishes with the atmosphere of a welcoming family home.

  • Accommodation: Casa Republica Barranco Boutique Hotel or similar
  • Meals Included: There are no meals included on this day.

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 180 m
Hiking Distance 5 km
Approximate walking time 2 hrs

Today you will catch a flight to Puerto Maldonado. On arrival in the afternoon, take a bus to the community port of Infierno where you will board motorized canoes and head upstream into the Amazon rainforest. Keep an eye out for macaws, herons, alligators and capybaras along the way. Nestled on the banks of the Tambopata river you’ll find the Posada Amazonas, a rustic jungle lodge owned by the indigenous Ese Eja community, and your feature stay accommodation for the next two nights. A paradise for nature lovers, the lodge is in perfect unity with its wild surroundings and is enveloped by a swath of lush rainforest. Gorgeous rooms are built from traditional woods, adobe bricks and clay, and feature private bathrooms and an open wall, allowing you to make the most of the spectacular location and be totally immersed in nature. Profits from the lodge go back into the local indigenous community in the form of education and training. As dusk falls, set out for a night walk to discover the fascinating nocturnal activity in the surrounding areas, then retire to the lodge for dinner.

Special Information

Today’s flight is approximately 1.5 hours.

Due to today’s boat transfer to the jungle lodge, the maximum luggage weight limit for the Amazon is 12kg. Your main luggage will be left in the lodge office in Puerto Maldonado and you will be provided with a small duffel bag to pack for two nights. Walking boots are provided by the lodge, but we recommend you bring a raincoat, long sleeve shirts and trousers in neutral colours, insect repellent and a torch. Bio toiletries (soap, shampoo and conditioner) are provided by the lodge for minimal impact to the surrounding environment.

Posada Amazonas is owned by the indigenous Ese Eja community of Infierno. The lodge offers a 30-metre canopy tower that provides spectacular views of the vast expanses of forest, Tambopata River and endless opportunities to witness Amazonian wildlife. Rooms are built using local materials such as bamboo, adobe mud and palm trees and are connected by a raised boardwalk. This raising above the floor means the rainforest is left as unto

  • Accommodation: Posada Amazonas (Feature Stay) or similar
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 180 m
Hiking Distance 7 km
Approximate walking time 3 hrs

Embrace a very early start this morning and set off into the jungle after breakfast. Take a short walk and a short boat ride to the other side of the river, then begin a walk to the Oxbow Lake – this walk should take around an hour and a half over flat, shady terrain with plenty of stops along the way. Board an open topped catamaran to explore the lake in search of birds, monkeys and maybe some otters if you’re lucky. Return to the lodge via the same route, take some time to freshen up, then take a short walk to the Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick. As the name suggests, this clay wall attracts parrots in their hundreds who come to snack on the mineral rich clay each morning, offering visitors a close up look at these vibrant creatures. Return to the lodge for lunch and take some time to enjoy the views from your room or catch up on sleep, then in the afternoon, travel by boat to a medicinal garden where a local shaman will explain the properties of the plants and trees and offer you some local alcohol to try. This evening, enjoy a boat trip in search of caimans – with the engine turned off, you’ll be treated to the wild sounds of the jungle at night.

  • Accommodation: Posada Amazonas (Feature Stay) or similar
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 3400 m

This morning you will travel back to Puerto Maldonado, then take a short flight to Cusco, the former centre of the Incan Empire. Arrive in the early afternoon and settle in to your hotel, then head out with your leader for an orientation walk to familiarise yourself with one of South America’s oldest city and get used to the high altitude. Stop by the stunning Plaza de Armas, the heart of the city, flanked with colonial buildings and ornate churches. Visit the World Heritage-listed Cusco Cathedral, built on top of an Incan palace and one of the city’s greatest repositories of art. Here you will meet with a local historian guide who will provide expert insight on the colonial art, architecture and history of this magnificent building and the city surrounding it. The evening is free for your own discoveries – Cusco offers no shortage of excellent restaurants, and as night falls the city is swept up in a flurry of live music and late-night street food stalls.

  • Accommodation: San Agustin Plaza Hotel or similar
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 3400 m
Hiking Distance 6 km
Approximate walking time 3 hrs

Today you will discover more of Cusco’s charms on a walking tour with your leader. Visit the Coricancha Temple, once the most important temple in the Incan Empire. Formerly plated in thick gold, the Spanish built a Dominican church atop its walls. Meet with a local guide to uncover the secrets of the temple and the ancient civilization that first built it. Enjoy a snack and one of the best coffees in Cusco while learning about the important work of this enterprise. Afterwards, head to the San Pedro market, where you can practice your bargaining skills and take some colourful pictures, then swing by the Plaza de Armas for another look at the marvellous cathedral. The afternoon is free for further explorations – speak to your leader about the option to arrange a cooking class at a local restaurant using fair trade products, or the half-day Inkilltambo trek, exploring an archaeologic site on the city’s outskirts.

  • Accommodation: San Agustin Plaza Hotel or similar
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

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

In the morning we going to 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. Continue on to Ollantaytambo, a magnificent example of Incan urban planning and the perfect warm up for Machu Picchu. Explore Ollantaytambo’s archaeological site with an expert local guide who will discuss the evidence of the Incas’ engineering skills in the ruins of ancient aqueducts, irrigation canals, dams on the Urubamba River, imposing sets of terraces and centres of worship dedicated to Pachamama (Mother Earth). Late afternoon head to the hotel in Ollantaytambo and settle in for night.

Special Information

You will leave the majority of your luggage in Cusco while you spend time in Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu, be sure to bring a small backpack that you can pack with necessary goods for the days ahead.

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

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 2700 m
Hiking Distance 11 km
Approximate walking time 6 hrs

We will pick up you from your hotel in the sacred valley at 5:00 am, then you will travel by train  the starting point for the short inca trail to machu picchu. With a local guide leading the way, the trail will lead uphill and downhill, passing a few archaeological sites along the way. See Chachabamba and Wiñay Wayna (2680 metres), also known as ‘Forever Young’. This impressive complex is consider by many to be most impressive site on the whole Inca Trail, and is made up of a terraced argicultural centre, religious sector and urban sector. From here, it’s about a one-hour  trek to Intipunku (the Sun Gate), where (weather permitting), you’ll enjoy unforgettable views over the ‘Lost City of the Incas’ as you enter Machu Picchu. Depending on how long the trek takes, you’ll have time to snap some pics and look around before taking a short bus ride down to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town) where you’ll re-join the group and spend the night at a hotel.

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

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 2400 m
Hiking Distance 5 km
Approximate walking time 2 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: Atiq Boutique Hotel or Similar
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

Level Leisurely/Moderate

Your Amazon and Inca adventure comes to an end after breakfast this morning. Then one of our collaborators will pick you up and take you to the Cusco airport, where you will take your flight back to your homeland.

  • 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 $ 3820 USD Per Person
Tour for 2 - 4 person $ 3820USD Per Person
Tour for 5 person $ 3750USD 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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