Amazon Rainforest to Machu Picchu

Amazon Rainforest to Machu Picchu

6,997.00

PERU

This ten-day trip transports you to a world of lush rainforests, ancient ruins, and cultural hubs. You'll get to experience Machu Picchu plus a taste of the Amazon.

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AMAZON RAINFOREST TO MACHU PICCHU

AMAZON | SACRED VALLEY | MACHU PICCHU | CUSCO

This ten-day trip transports you to a world of lush rainforests, ancient ruins, and cultural hubs. You'll get to experience Machu Picchu plus a taste of the Amazon.

 

If there's one place that's at the top of everyone's bucket list, it's Machu Picchu. But there's much more to Peru than just these famous Inca ruins. This ten-day take on South America includes two nights deep in the Amazon Rainforest, where you'll discover wildlife of all shapes and sizes while staying at the treehouse-inspired Reserva Amazonica. Then, continue on to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu where top-notch guides make sure you check your bucket list off in style. The grand finale is two nights in Cusco at the restored sixteenth-century mansion, La Casona. After it's all said and done, you'll wonder why the entire country of Peru isn't the eighth wonder of the world.   

 
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Days 1, 2, 3

THE AMAZON JUNGLE

RESERVA AMAZONICA

 
 

Welcome to the jungle. On your first day, you'll fly directly into Puerto Maldonado, the gateway to one of the world's most remote and extraordinary rainforests. You'll spend your first three days exploring the Tambopata National Park, where the sounds, scents, and sights of the rainforest will overwhelm your senses in the most wonderful way possible. In order to access your basecamp for the next two nights, Reserva Amazonica, you'll need to take a 45-minute boat ride on the Madre de Dios River. Take a guided walk through the rainforest, spotting kapok and strangler fig trees and looking for fascinating bird and insect life. Float down the river at dusk peering for nightjars, owls, capybaras, and caimans.  

The next day, embark by boat to Lake Sandoval. You'll hike through the wildlife-rich reserve trying to find the endangered giant river otter, howler monkeys, red-bellied macaws, anacondas, and side-neck turtles. That afternoon, ascend the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway to see the jungle from a whole new perspective.

On the third day, you'll journey to Gamitana Creek, just a short 25-minute boat ride from your lodge. During this trip you'll get to meet local farmers and learn how they raise fruit and vegetables in this dramatic environment. That afternoon, travel by canoe to search for turtles and exotic herons. There is another opportunity to hike through the rainforest that night to listen to nocturnal forest sounds and spot species that only emerge once the sun has gone down.

 
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Days 4, 5

SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS

HACIENDA URUBAMBA

 
 

On the fourth day, you'll fly to Cusco—the gateway to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. On the way to your outpost for the night, you'll visit one of the many colorful markets of Pisac where you can browse fine woven crafts, tapestries, and textiles from local artisans. Meet the local weavers at Awanacancha, and of course, get introduced to the local llamas, alpacas, guanacos, and vicuñas. Just don't get spit on! That evening you'll be staying at Hacienda Urubamba. This beautiful lodge overlooks the Sacred Valley where at dusk you'll get to see twinkling lights of other properties, small villages, and farms all tucked away beneath the steep slopes of surrounding foothills. 

The next day you'll visit Chinchero, a town that sits in the foundation of an Inca site built in the late 1400s. The local people of Chinchero wear the classic bright clothing that's come to be synonymous with Peru. You'll check out their crafts and tasty dishes before an afternoon visit to Moray. Here, circular agricultural terraces built by the Incas into natural sinkholes overlook the Urumbamba Valley. Their true function remains a mystery.

 
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Days 6, 7

AGUAS CALIENTES

MACHU PICCHU PUEBLO HOTEL

 
 

On the sixth day, you'll visit Ollantaytambo town, one of the oldest continuously occupied settlement in South America. Here you'll find the best surviving example of Inca city planning. Steep terraces still guard the intricate Inca complex, and once successfully fended off an attack from Conquistadors. That afternoon, you'll board the train for Machu Picchu. It will drop you off in the town of Aguas Calientes, right at the foot of the ancient ruins. Get settled into your lodge for the next two nights, the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. The next day, you'll explore Machu Picchu with an excellent guide who will make the most of your time at one of the most significant and spectacular archeological sites in the world. 

 
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Days 8, 9, 10

THE ANCIENT CITY OF CUSCO

LA CASONA

 
 

On your last morning at Machu Picchu, get up early and take advantage of excellent bird watching in the cloud forest. Keep your eyes peeled for the torrent duck and white-capped dipper, and 18 different types of hummingbirds. Then you'll transfer back to Cusco for the finale of the trip.

Cusco is the ancient capital and spiritual heart of the Inca Empire. You'll spend the next two nights at the carefully restored sixteenth-century mansion, La Casona. The outpost offers a beautiful contemporary and colonial fusion with only 11 suites, so you'll feel more like a guest in a local's home than in a tourist-filled hotel. While in Cusco, enjoy private guided visits to several different Incan sites: Sacsayhuaman, Puca Pucara, Qenko, and Tambomachay. Between outings, dine at delicious Peruvian restaurants where you'll taste local favorites and global fusions. Visit the Cusco cathedral, the famous temple of Koricancha, and the beautiful San Blas neighborhood. Your schedule while in Cusco is completely up to you with first-class guides to make sure your Peruvian adventure goes exactly to plan. 

 
 
 
 

WHY GO ON THIS TRIP

  • Kick off the trip in the Amazon Rainforest, where you'll hike winding trails and float along the river while looking at flora and fauna
  • Journey to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and visit with local artisans  
  • Hike the ruins of Machu Picchu while staying at the centrally located Pueblo Hotel
  • Explore the sights and flavors of Cusco while learning about the region's ancient history 
 
 
 
 

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