DISCOUVER MACHU PICCHU and PERU (12D11N)
DESCRIPTION AND PLACES
Come experience the tropical lows of the jungle and the Andean highs of Machu Picchu! This tour will take you from the middle of the “Madre de Dios” jungle to the rarified air of Cusco, its surroundings, and the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The trip culminates in an early morning exploration of the mysterious ruins of Machu Picchu. Come explore Peru from bottom to top with us over 9 exciting days.
– Arrival in Lima
– Night in a Lima hotel
-Bus trip to Ica
-Night spent in a hotel in Ica
-Visit to the Nazca Lines
-Night spent in a hotel in Paracas
-Visit to the Paracas National Reserve
-Night spent in a hotel in Lima.
-Flight to Puerto Maldonado.
-Transport to Puerto Maldonado Lodge.
– Night in the lodge.
-Visit to botanical gardens
-Night in the lodge
-Transport to Puerto Maldonado.
-Flight to Cusco.
-Night in a Cusco hotel.
– Saqsaywaman Tambomachay, Qenqo, Pucapucara.
-Night in a hotel in Cusco
-Visit to Pisac, Calca, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo.
– Night in an Ollantaytambo hotel.
-Train to Aguas Calientes.
– Bus to Machu Picchu.
– Night in an Aguas Calientes hotel.
-Bus to Machu Picchu.
– Visit to Visit to Wiñayhuayna and Inti Punku.
-Train to Cusco.
– Night in a hotel in Cusco.
-Flight from Cusco to Lima.
-International connecting flight
Day 1 LIMA
You’ll arrive at the international airport in Lima (the majority of flights arrive at night between 8pm and 2am). Our team will be waiting with a private vehicle to take you to the hotel of your choice. Depending on your flight schedule, you will have the opportunity to visit some of the most important sites and museums in Lima. (Optional).
Day 2 Lima-Ica
Early in the morning, we depart for Ica, an approximately 4 hour trip. You’ll have the rest of the day to relax and explore this enchanting paradise located between sand dunes and the water of the Pacific Ocean.
Day 3 ICA – NAZCA – PARACAS
The Nazca Lines can only be truly appreciated from the air. We will observe these awe-inspiring zoomorphic and anthropomorphic figures drawn in the dark, red earth from a private airplane. Afterwards, we’ll have lunch in one of the best restaurants in the area, where you can sample the best traditional Peruvian food. Later, we’ll take you to your hotel in Paracas where you’ll spend the night.
Day 4 PARACAS – LIMA
Today we’ll visit the Paracas National Reserve, a slice of land and ocean protected by the Peruvian state and home to many plants and animals. We’ll travel by boat to the Ballestas Islands, home to many animals such as the Humboldt Penguin, sea lions, and many amazing birds and species of fish. After your visit, we’ll return you to Lima to take your flight back home.
Day 5 LIMA – PUERTO MALDONADO – JUNGLE LODGE SANDOVAL POSADAS
Early in the morning, we’ll take you to the Lima airport to catch your flight to the city of Puerto Maldonado. There, your guide will join you and accompany you to the city’s reception center before heading to the port. From there, we’ll travel 1.5 hours on the Tambopata river to reach the lodge.
You’ll be greeted by the lodge staff, who will show you around and explain the program for your two-day stay. After some relaxation time, we’ll begin the first excursion to the canopy tower and walkway system to explore the forest 30m above ground. This is an excellent place to observe the wildlife next to the Tambopata river.
After this short trip, we’ll return to the lodge to enjoy a delicious dinner and all the services there.
Day 6 JUNGLE LODGE
After breakfast, we’ll walk down to the pier and take a 20 minute boat ride to the zone known as “Tres Chimbadas.” We’ll continue observing jungle wildlife here and perhaps even go fishing. After lunch, we’ll visit a botanical garden where an indigenous shaman will reveal the secrets of the local plants to us and explain their traditional uses.
In the afternoon, we’ll return to the lodge to eat dinner and take a night time jungle tour. This is the best time to observe the local wildlife.
Day 7 PUERTO MALDONADO – CUSCO
After breakfasting in the lodge, we’ll take the river back to Puerto Maldonado and take our return flight to Cusco. You’ll have the afternoon free to rest and adapt to the altitude.
Day 8 CUSCO AND ITS SURROUNDINGS
Today, we’ll visit the most important tourist sites in the city and its surroundings. This is an opportunity to try new things and to learn about the history of Cusco and the daily life of its people. Our destinations today include churches, museums and archeological sites. In the afternoon, we’ll visit the fortress of Saqsaywaman and the complexes of Qenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay. All of these were highly important sites in the Inca religion and are located close to Cusco. After our explorations, we’ll return you to your hotel to spend the night.
Day 9 CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS
We’ll continue our excursion by heading out to the Sacred Valley, which awaits us with its warmer climate. The town of Pisac is our first stop. All along the road out to the ruins there, you can see remains of Inca agricultural activity. You’ll take in the sweeping panoramic views of the Andean mountains and visit the towns of Calca and Urubamba. After lunch, our journey continues towards Ollantaytambo, whose layout still shows signs of Inca planning, with its cobbled streets and Inca fort. We will spend the night in a hotel here.
Day 10 OLLANTAYTAMBO – MACHU PICCHU
We’ll depart for Machu Picchu from Ollantaytambo by train, a journey which follows the course of the Urubamba river for around 1.5 hours. Our destination is the thickly vegetated land with high peaks that shelters the town of Aguas Calientes. After checking in to our hotel and having lunch, a bus will carry us to the ruins of Machu Picchu, recognized as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Your guide will go into depth about the history and archeology of the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary. We’ll also have time to appreciate the cloud forest which surrounds the site before returning by bus to Aguas Calientes to visit the hot springs there and then return to your hotel.
Day 11 MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Early on the following day, we’ll return to Machu Picchu in bus to enjoy the early morning light and thinner crowds. We’ll then climb the steep path up to Huayna Picchu. This is a fascinating archeological site in its own right, but it also offers a commanding view of Machu Picchu in its entirety. In the afternoon, we’ll return to Aguas Calientes to take the return train to Ollantaytambo, where our bus will be waiting for us. On the way back, we’ll be able to visit to town of Chinchero before returning to your hotel in Cusco.
Day 12 CUSCO – LIMA
On the final day, we’ll take you to the Cusco airport for your return flight to Lima and your connecting flight home.
*In case you want to visit any additional sites, you can add extensions on to your original package. If you choose an extension, we’ll organize the connection to your next destination. Someone from the Land of the Inkas team will accompany you to ensure that you make your connection and that everything goes smoothly.
-A bilingual guide for all the tours described in the itinerary
-All flights within Peru
-All ground transportation during the trip
-The entrance costs for all the tours/sites mentioned.
-All hotels (Double beds, with continental breakfast)
-All the meals mentioned. (The guide will carry a first aid kit)
-An additional room can be obtained at the client’s request.
-Transportation (e.g. international flights) to and from Peru.
-Lunch and dinner in cities (aside from those specifically mentioned)
-Hiking boots and personal equipment
-Personal costs (tips and gratuities, alcoholic beverages, travel/medical insurance, medical costs, laundromat charges, airport taxes, etc.)
- Av. La Cultura N° 1318 Wanchaq, Cusco.
- +51 84 233451 (Cusco)
- +51 1 2241816 (Lima)
Our hours are in Peruvian time (GTM -5)