Amazon & Inca Trail - 11 days
From Lima to Cuzco, explore the mighty Amazon jungle, visit the Sacred Valley and hike the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, the magnificent 'Lost City of the Incas'. Along the way you will be able to learn all about the country’s history and culture as you start to unravel the mystery of the Incas.
Lima - Puerto Maldonado. From Lima we fly to Puerto Maldonado on the morning of day 2. Upon arrival we take a canoe along the Madre de Dios River to our jungle eco-lodge where we'll spend next two nights. At the lodge we enjoy a tasty organic buffet lunch before heading out to explore the rainforest on a nature walk. In the evening we go in search of nocturnal animals and star gaze on a twilight boat ride.
The following day we take a canoe ride to the lodge’s private cocha, where we can try several different native fishing techniques whilst keeping an eye out for exotic birds. After lunch, we take a boat out to the river island of Rolin to explore and learn about its ecosystem and vegetation. The day's activities end with a visit to one of the lodge’s four clay licks, where hundreds of brightly coloured parrots gather to lick the clay walls on the river bank.
Overnight: The Amazon | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Puerto Maldonado - Cuzco. We bid farewell to our jungle lodge after breakfast on day 4 and take a short canoe ride back to Puerto Maldonado to catch a flight to Cuzco. Upon arrival we check into our hotel and the rest of the day is free to relax or explore. The next morning we enjoy guided tour of the city and surrounding ruins, taking in some of its most famous landmarks. Highlights include the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Kenko Amphitheatre and the Sacsayhuaman Fortress. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Cusco | Breakfast x 2
Cuzco - Sacred Valley. We travel to the Sacred Valley today. It's an incredible scenic journey and our first stop the famous Pisac market, which offers a wonderful array of local handicrafts, textiles and produce. There's plenty of time to barter for souvenirs before we travel on to explore the incredible Incan fortress and citadel of Ollantaytambo with its giant Inca terraces built into a steep mountainside.
Overnight: Sacred Valley | Breakfast
Sacred Valley – Km. 82 – Huayllabamba – Pacaymayo - Winaywayna. On day 7 we meet our mountain guide and porters at KM.82 and set out to trek the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. We trek for 11kms on the first day, following the Urubamba River through the picturesque Urubamba Valley to Huayllabamba, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. The second day of the trek is the most challenging, as we reach the highest point of the trail at Warmihuanusca aka 'Dead Woman's Pass'. After trekking for approximately 7km we set up camp in a place called Pacaymayo.
On day 9 we trek for 9km through isolated plains, visiting the Runkurakay, Sayacmarca and Phuyupatamarca ruins en route to Winaywayna, the second most important archaeological site after Machu Picchu.
Note:If the Inca Trail is not available we offer the Lares Trek and if you prefer not to trek at all, you can opt to take the train to Machu Picchu on day 7 and enjoy extra time in Cuzco on days 8 - 10 with some additional included excursions. Breakfasts included only. Please refer to the Trip Notes for further information.
Overnight: Inca Trail (camping) | Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3
Winaywayna – Machu Picchu - Cuzco. This morning we set out early to complete the final leg of our incredible journey, hiking past the famous Sun Gate, where we'll catch our first glimpse of Machu Picchu, the magnificent 'Lost City of the Incas'. When we reach Machu Picchu we'll enjoy a guided tour of the ancient citadel and uncover the history of this Incan masterpiece. There will be plenty of free time for photographs before we head down to the town of Aguas Calientes and take the train back to Cuzco for the final night of our tour.
Overnight: Cusco | Breakfast
Today Peruvian adventure comes to an end after breakfast today. Included transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Should you wish to return to Lima consider our Cuzco to Lima flight add-on.
Opt to take the train to Machu Picchu &/or end in Lima
Take the train to Machu PicchuIf you do not wish to trek you have the option to take the train to Machu Picchu on this tour, spending three nights Cuzco (in place of the Inca Trail). Whilst in Cuzco you'll enjoy a cooking class and visit to a local market, in addition to an excursion to visit Chinchero village and its fascinating market. For more information please refer to the trip notes. Please note that only breakfast is included on these days, if you choose not trek.
End your tour in Lima This tour ends in Cuzco giving you the freedom to further explore Peru independently. Alternatively, opt for our Cuzco to Lima flight bolt-on to return to Lima on day 11 of your tour. Includes: one way flight from Cuzco to Lima.
Prices & Dates
Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies to travellers who would like the comfort of their own room/tent throughout the tour and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.Read More
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.
Hotel Jose Antonio Lima , Lima
The modern and well-designed Jose Antonio Hotel offers a comfortable stay in Lima's flourishing Miraflores district. The contemporary guestrooms feature classy neutral decorations and furnishings with an excellent selection of amenities. The hotel's Las Espuelas restaurant serves delicious Peruvian and international cuisine in an elegant setting whilst the La Jalca bar is a great place to unwind over a cocktail. The Jose Antonio Hotel is located in the residential district of Miraflores with many options for shopping and dining nearby. The international airport is 30 minutes away and it's only a 20 minute drive to the historic centre of Lima.
Inkaterra Haciencda Concepcion, Puerto Maldonado and the Amazon
Built in a former cacao and rubber plantation, Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion is a rustic chic jungle lodge. Guests stay in rooms or cabanas, all with beautiful interiors, delightful en suites and comfortable beds. Meals are served in a buffet style, using only the best local ingredients and especially good homemade breads. The lodge also a friendly bar with free Pisco sours served between 5 and 7pm! Positioned within walking distance of the beautiful and secluded Lake Sandoval in the Peruvian Amazon.
Xima Cusco Hotel, Cusco
Boasting a fantastic location by Cusco’s largest craft market, Xima Cusco Hotel is just a short walk from the city’s main square, as well as plenty of local shops and restaurants. Its modern guestrooms provide free internet access and a flat-screen TV, with some also featuring a balcony with views over Parque Orellana. The hotel’s spa offers a range of massage treatments using techniques from the Inca culture, the perfect way to unwind after visiting the world-famous citadel of Machu Picchu. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary breakfast buffet in the Atrium Café.
La Casona de Yucay, Sacred Valley
Located in the spectacular Sacred Valley, this Peruvian property exudes local charm and has a stunning mountainous backdrop to match. The hotel itself is situated in a colonial house dating back to the 1810, which has since been remodelled and now consists of 54 cosy guest rooms; a restaurant serving a variety of international and local dishes; and bar serving nibbles and traditional Peruvian Pisco Sour. The courtyard with its chairs and tables is the perfect place to sit back and appreciate the view.
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Sebastian was very knowledgable and enthusiastic, but it would have been nice to have a bit of time on our own - particularly to have a meal together on our own in the Amazon. Jose was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Cusco and the Incas. All parts of the tour were very well organised and we felt we were in safe hands and had no problems at all.”