PERU The Amazon, Cusco and Puerto Maldonado

Locations Visited
Peru

Trip Style
Multi-Day Tour

Length
8 Days - 7 Nights

Frequency
Everyday

Group
Semi - Private

Physical Grading
1

PERU The Amazon, Cusco and Puerto Maldonado

DAY 1: INTERNATIONAL ARRIVAL TO LIMA

Assistance on your arrival to Lima “Jorge Chavez” Airport and transfer to the Hotel.

DAY 2: LIMA/ CUSCO – CITY TOUR AND NEARBY INCA SITES

Early in the morning, transfer to the Airport to take the flight to Cusco.
Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. After arrival we suggest some rest in the hotel in order to avoid altitude sickness and have lunch there. In the afternoon, we will have a guided city tour of Cusco visiting the Main Square, the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha Then, we drive out of the city to visit the Inca sites of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman, strategically built on a hill overlooking Cusco and famous for its enormous carved stones, some of them standing over 9m / 30ft high and weighing over 350 tons. Return to the hotel.

DAY 3: CUSCO: SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS (L)

Excursion to the “Sacred Valley of the Incas”, a succession of picturesque towns, agricultural terraces and archaeological sites. we´ll have the opportunity to bargain with vendors or stroll at the Pisac’s typical Indian market, with a catholic mass service on Sunday (celebrated in Quechua, the native language). Lunch at a local restaurant in the Sacred Valley.
In the afternoon pass through Calca and Urubamba towns to arrive to the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, which was built to guard the entry of this part of the valley and protect it from enemies of the lower jungles; consisting in a series of superimposed terraces of carved stones accessed by long staircases. We will have the opportunity to walk through the quaint streets of the nearby town, religious and agricultural centre during the Inca Empire, and get a clear idea of the military strategy against possible invasions. On our way back to Cusco we will visit the picturesque Andean village of Chinchero where the remains of what was the royal hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui lies. Admire its well preserved Inca Wall at the Main Square, visit the beautiful colonial temple built on Inca foundations, with interesting frescoes on the portico. Back to Cusco in the afternoon.

DÍA 4: CUSCO: MACHUPICCHU (L)

The day starts with an early morning rise to transfer to Cusco train station for a 4 hour train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machupicchu, also known as “The Lost City of the Incas”. Arrive at Aguas Calientes station followed by a 30-minute bus drive, climbing 6km of winding road, to the incredible Machupicchu.
Upon arrival, we´ll participate in a guided tour of the Citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds. After the tour you will have time to stroll around the archaeological site at your leisure. Lunch in a restaurant at Aguas Calientes town.
In the afternoon, back to Cusco by train, and transfer to the Hotel.

DAY 5: FLIGHT TO PUERTO MALDONADO, AND JOURNEY TO THE LODGE (L) (D)

Following your early morning flight to Puerto Maldonado from Lima or Cusco, you will be met at the airport by your naturalist guide and transferred to a dugout canoe for the trip up the Tambopata River to the lodge. On the journey the vegetation changes from colonized deforested areas to virgin rain forest. A box-lunch is provided on board. On arrival you’ll have a welcome drink and meet the rest of the staff. In the late afternoon you set off for an introductory walk into the “terra firme” forest behind the lodge (Trail 2), dominated by giant Brazil-nut and Dipteryx trees. Frequently seen mammals on this trail are Saddle-back Tamarinds, Brown Capuchins, Agoutis, Pacas, Blue-Morpho butterflies, Trogons, Toucans and many other species of birds.After dinner a night walk to find nocturnal animals or insects by the eye-shine a specialization for increasing the light and see better, about 50% of the animals are nocturnal in the rainforest.

DAY 6: HIKE TO LAKE CONDENADO (B) (L) (D)

After an early breakfast you and your nature guide will board the motorized canoe once again for the short journey to the trail head to begin a morning’s exploration by foot and paddle canoe of the lake system of Condenado, rich in bird and aquatic life. A family of Giant Otters live in the vicinity of the lake and are often observed. Birds abound especially Rufescent Tiger-herons, Great Egrets, Wattled Jacanas, Hoatzin, the noisy Donacobius and many others. Remember to bring your hat and sun cream for there is no shade out on the water. You will return to the lodge in time for lunch. The afternoon is for exploring the forest close to the lodge (with or without your guide), relaxing and bathing in the Gallucunca, a cool clear stream beside the lodge or visit our tree platforms, going up with ropes and harnesses for a bird’s eye view of the forest and for close-ups of arboreal orchids and the many other species of plants and animals that are never seen near the ground (extra cost). After dark you will go searching for caiman (alligators) and other nocturnal animals by motorized canoe along the Tambopata River.

DAY 7: HIKE TO LAKE SACHAVACAYOC (TAPIR LAKE) (B) (L) (D)

After an early breakfast you will take a short boat ride down river to the trail head. Here you embark on a longer trail which leads to a spectacular hidden lake, requiring the crossing of streams and swampy ground, past the giant Lupuna trees (kings of the jungle) which abound in this part of the forest. On the walk you are introduced to more aspects of the forest and its animals. At the lake itself it is possible to spot the elusive Black Caiman and Giant Otters. We return for lunch. The afternoon is free for relaxation and bathing.

DAY 8: PUERTO MALDONADO / LIMA (B)

A dawn start is required for the canoe trip back to Puerto Maldonado giving memorable views of the sun rise over the river. Lookout for the early morning wildlife which is particularly active at this time. Howler monkeys are frequently heard, as they stakeout their territories. Your guide will take care of you on arrival in Puerto Maldonado and will deal with all the necessities at the airport prior to you departure. (Departure to Lima by plane). Ince in Lima you can wait at the Airport for your international connection.

INCLUDES:

  • Include: 01 night in Lima + 03 nights in Cusco (breakfast included)
  • All entrance tickets for the excursions mentioned above.
  • English/Spanish speaking guide for all tours.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All land transportation and transfers.
  • Train, and bus tickets according the itinerary.
  • Flight ticket Lima / Cusco / Puerto Maldonado / Lima
  • All applicable taxes – except Airport taxes.
  • The 4-day Jungle tour includes:
  • All meals and accommodation from lunch on Day 1 to Breakfast on your final day
  • All transport from your arrival at Puerto Maldonado to your return to the airport
  • Guided excursions described in the itinerary
  • One night excursion on the river looking for Caiman
  • Lima City tour; all nights accommodation Hotel; everyday Breakfast.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Important Note:

  • All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including, weather, road or trail conditions and flight schedules.
  • Train included in all tours is the Cerrojo-backpacker (Aguas calientes to Ollantaytambo) Train times will only be confirmed once full amount of tour is paid. The earliest train you could take is the 14:00 and being the 9:00 pm the last train. Saywas Expeditions will organize the transport back to Cusco.
  • Most people automatically assume that the weather is hot in South America, but because of the higher altitude in the Andes, the temperature can feel quite cold, especially at night. We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack, whichever is easiest for you to carry. A good size daypack is also essential.

Saywas Expeditions – “The best local tour operator” – Will create amazing expeditions to Machu Picchu, with great guides, chef, and the unstoppable horseman, as well as the best equipment tents, sleeping bags, thermarest mattresses.

Departures 100% guaranteed!!

  • Do I need to book it in advance? This has departures guaranteed, but train tickets and entrance to Huayna Picchu mountain are subjet to availability. For that reason, we HIGHLYrecommend booking it in advance to ensure you receive exactly what you want!
  • PLEASE NOTE: May, June and July are peak months of a HIGH TOURIST SEASON in Cusco. It means that train tickets ARE SELL OUT QUICKLY!! Please be aware that the trek leaves daily; however, return train tickets may not be available, if you like to book on last moment. To avoid this inconvenience, please book it several weeks in advance!

Available Discounts:

  • Students: Discount of USD 20.00 dolars.To the students with valid card International Student Identity Card (ISIC) In case to be a student, the card must be properly scanned and send digitally to our e- mail before you pay the initial deposit for the reservation, in order to qualify for the discount .
  • Teenagers: US$ 20.00 (up to 15 years of age, passport copy required for all bookings)
  • Group of 8 or more: Completely free !! Sleeping bags and trekking poles for groups of 8 or more

Climate:

Cusco’s climate is divided into two differentiated seasons: the rainy season, from November to April (the heaviest rainfalls occurring usually between January – March); and the dry season, from May to October. The dry season is colder, so temperatures can drop to below 0 degrees at night.

Along the trip, temperatures range from 10-20ºC during the day if it’s sunny, to05-10ºC during the day if not sunny and can drop below freezing at night. In Aguas Calientes/Machupicchu, at lower altitude, temperatures are usually warmer though warm clothes are still recommended at night.

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