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Amazon & Machu Picchu - 8 days

Discover the very essence of Peru staying in the heart of the lush Amazon rainforest and journeying to the incredible Inca city of Machu Picchu with time in the country’s most vibrant cities.

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
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Trip Highlights

Lima - free time to explore the capital's vibrant markets and colonial museums
Cuzco - UNESCO listed and historical capital of the Inca Empire
Machu Picchu and the Sun Gate
Amazon Jungle - guided tour of the rainforest, trekking and Monkey Island
Inca ruins including Sacred Valley and Ollantaytambo

Included

Airport arrival transfer on day 1.
5 nights simple hotels and 2 nights jungle lodge
Guided tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas
Escorted by a tour leader (days 2 - 6) and specialist local guides in the Amazon and at Machu Picchu
Economy class flights from Lima to Puerto Maldonado, Puerto Maldonado to Cuzco and Cuzco to Lima
6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
2 night Amazon Jungle excursion
Guided tour of Machu Picchu
Transportation by mini bus, train, taxi and boat
Entrance fees to Amazon Jungle, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

Not Included

International flights to/from our tour start/end points and visas
Tipping – an entirely personal gesture
Items of a personal nature and additional meals

Itinerary

Day 1

Lima

Upon arrival at Lima Airport you'll be met and transferred to our joining hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. To get a feel for colonial Lima, take a cab to the Plaza de Armas and watch the changing of the Palace Guard at noon. Walk the streets surrounding the Jiron de la Union for great examples of Spanish-colonial architecture and to get a taste for life in a large South American city. Later this evening our group welcome meeting takes place.
Overnight: Lima

Days 2-3

Amazon Jungle

Lima - Amazon Jungle. Today the adventure truly begins! A short flight takes us to the jungle community of Puerto Maldonado, the starting point for our journey into the Amazon and a good place to pick up any last minute snacks in the busy markets. From here a bus followed by a motorised canoe ride downriver brings us to our jungle lodge. After lunch we take a short boat ride across the Madre de Dios River to Monkey Island with the possibility of spotting caiman from the boat. Monkey Island is renowned for its great variety of monkey species, as well as birdlife. Enjoy a wonderful sunset before heading back to the lodge for dinner.

After an early breakfast we set out on a guided walk of the rainforest. We’ll trek through dense jungle and marshland whilst our guide points out the various species of bird and plant found in the forest. We’ll learn about the delicate ecosystems of the Amazon and how plants are used in local medicine. There will also be the chance to take a canoe ride along one of the small lakes hidden away in the jungle. Keep your eyes peeled for caiman and, if you’re lucky, the rare giant otter. Later we enjoy the view of the lake and the canopy wildlife from a viewing platform. Here you’ll be able to see parrots, toucans, and herons as well as turtles and caiman. After lunch back at our jungle lodge we’ll spend the rest of the afternoon at the Gamitana River where you can try your hand at fishing or simply take a dip.
Overnight: Amazon  |  Breakfast x 1, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 4

Cuzco

Amazon Jungle – Cuzco. Today we wake to the sounds of the jungle we head back to Puerto Maldonado for our return flight to Cuzco where the rest of the day is free to explore this fascinating ancient capital.
Overnight: Cuzco  |  Breakfast

Day 5

The Sacred Valley

Enjoy a full day of guided touring around the Sacred Valley of the Incas. First on the itinerary are the Pisac ruins. Marvel at the incredible views of the snow-capped mountains with its hilltop location. Next we visit the famous traditional Indian market of the same name. Enjoy the colourful atmosphere and stock up on souvenirs. We stop for lunch before continuing along the valley to the temple fortress of Ollantaytambo. Here, enormous Inca terracing sweeps down the side of a steep mountain and makes for a challenging climb.
Overnight: Ollantaytambo  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Machu Picchu

Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu - Cuzco. Departing Ollantaytambo this morning we head to the legendary lost city of Machu Picchu by train. Once a completely self-contained city, Machu Picchu was surrounded by agricultural terraces with enough crops to feed the entire population and natural springs provided the city’s water. We have time for a bite to eat before entering Machu Picchu at noon. Explore the remarkably preserved palaces, baths, temples, storage rooms and some 150 houses, surviving intact due to the city’s isolation. Our guide will bring the history of this enchanting place to life on a guided tour and then there will be time to independently explore. Later we return to Cuzco arriving late at night.
Overnight: Cuzco  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Cuzco - Lima

Cuzco - Lima. This morning you will be transferred to Cuzco airport for your flight to Lima, also known as the "City of the Kings". Here you will be met and transferred to our hotel for one more night. You then have a free afternoon for last minute sightseeing and shopping.
Overnight: Lima  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Lima

Today our exciting adventure comes to an end. If your flight doesn't leave till later in the day consider some final sightseeing our souvenir shopping.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. 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 (on all or many of the tour nights) and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.

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Reviews

I had a fantastic time - amazing group of people, packed and exciting itinerary, beautiful country. Definitely did not disappoint and have given me some life long memories.

Anna Tavares • Submitted 19 Apr 2010

A very enjoyable holiday with a good group & mix of people & a very good tour leader who is obvioulsy very enthusiastic about his home country of Peru. As well as they key activities such as Lake Titicaca, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu & Amazon Rain Forest also had the opportunity of experiencing the Peruvian way of life & culture. A great experience.

Dan Mansfield • Submitted 19 Apr 2010

The experience had great variety using different methods of travel.

It had just the right amount of activity with enough time to do your

own thing if you wanted. Saw awesome sights, it was an unforgetable trip!

Erica Crawshaw • Submitted 19 Mar 2010

Every day was different and exciting. Shiry, was an excellent guide

and made the trip even more enjoyable. The food was fantastic and the transport all good.

Jonathan Hill • Submitted 19 Mar 2010

Brilliant, I would recommend this trip to anyone. It was a full on trip but I was never rushed. There was enough time to look round and take everything in. The knowledge of the tour guides was outstanding. Thanks

Samantha Pocok • Submitted 19 Feb 2010

A very enjoyable holiday - would definitely recommend to friends.

Unforgettable experiences and a really good overview of Peru.

Joanne Aish • Submitted 19 Feb 2010

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Lima
Ends
Lima
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
Simple accommodation
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 6, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 2
Countries
Updated
1st March 2017

Extra Tour Info

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I had a fantastic time - amazing group of people, packed and exciting itinerary, beautiful country. Definitely did not disappoint and have given me some life long memories.

Anna Tavares