10 DAY CUZCO, MACHU PICCHU & THE AMAZON PERU
Cuzco is situated in the Peruvian Andes and it is the former capital of the Inca empire. In the 16th century Cuzco was conquered by the Spanish, which nowadays makes this city a nice mix between Inca ruins and colonial buildings. One of Cuzco’s many highlights is the Plaza de Armas, where you can also find Cuzco’s Cathedral. There are many excursions possible from Cuzco such as to Ollantaytambo, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and of course to Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu, also known as the Lost City of the Incas, was built in the 15th century, but was only rediscovered in 1911 by the American professor Bingham. This sacred city is situated at approximately 2400 meters (7875 ft) above sea level and it is about 130 kilometers (80 mi) from Cuzco. Since 1983 Machu Picchu is a UNESCO world heritage site and in 2007 it was elected one of the ‘new 7 world wonders’. The Peruvian Amazone, especially the Puerto Maldonado region, is a relatively unknown area and it is only being researched since the 1950s. There are many different wild animals in the Amazon area, like Capybara, parrots, tapirs, and Hoatzin birds. The southern Amazon region is warm and humid all year long and it has an average temperature of 26 °C (79°F).
B = breakfast included
L = lunch included
D = dinner included
DAY 1 (-):
Today your English speaking guide will pick you up from the airport in Lima. The driver will take you to your hotel in Lima.
DAY 2 (B):
FLIGHT TO CUZCO – HIGHLIGHTS CUZCO
Early in the morning, after breakfast, you will be brought to the airport in Lima where you will take your flight to Cuzco. At the airport in Cuzco you will be awaited by a driver who will take you to your hotel. In the afternoon you will do a guided city tour which will show you the most interesting places in Cuzco. For example the ‘Plaza de Armas’, the ‘Templo del Koricancha’ (Temple of the Sun), the Cathedral, the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay (Inca baths), the labyrinth of Puka-Pukara, and the Quenko amphitheater. After the city tour you will be brought back to your hotel.
DAY 3 (B, L):
SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS – PISAC – OLLANTAYTAMBO
Today your guide will take you to the Sacred Valley of the Incas (Valle Sagrado de los Incas). The Sacred Valley is located between the small towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo and easily reachable from Cuzco. This valley had a special meaning to the Incas because of its geographical location and the mild climate. It is located at 2800 meters (9185 ft) above sea level and is characterized by hills and a pleasant climate. This day will also include a visit to the colorful, traditional market of Pisac. Afterwards you will go to Urubamba where you will have a delicious lunch. After lunch you will continue your trip to Ollantaytambo, where you can see the fort, the temples and the Inca terraces. You will have an overnight stay in Ollantaytambo.
DAY 4 (B):
TRAIN TO AGUAS CALIENTES
During the day you will take the train in the direction of Machu Picchu. At the Ollantaytambo train station you will get on board of a comfortable train to Aguas Calientes. This train has got large windows through which you will have a nice view on the landscape during your journey to Machu Picchu. You will be staying in a hotel in Aguas Calientes.
DAY 5 (B):
MACHU PICCHU – CUZCO
Early in the morning you will depart to Machu Picchu to be ahead of the large tourist crowds. Here you will be guided through the city and its most important sights such as ‘El Mirador’, ‘La Plaza Principar’ and the ‘Templo de las Tres Ventanas’. At the end of the afternoon you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo where you will be awaited by a drive you will take you back to Cuzco, where you will spend the night.
DAY 6 (B):
Today you will have a day off to explore the city of Cuzco by yourself.
DAY 7 – 9 (B, L, D):
AMAZON – PUERTO MALDONADO – COCHA KAAIMAN, MONKEY ISLAND & APU VICTOR
Early in the morning after breakfast, you will be brought to the airport of Cuzco. Here you will take your flight, across the Andes, to Puerto Maldonado in the Amazon region. At the airport of Puerto Maldonado a guide will pick you up and take you to the local market. For the next days your unnecessary luggage will be stored in a warehouse owned by the organization. At the port of Puerto Maldonado you will get on a small powerboat which will take you to the Eco Amazonía Lodge in the Tambopata reserve. Here you will be staying in simple bungalows. After lunch you will have a briefing about the program of the following days, which consists of the following components:
Led by a guide, you will visit ‘Cocha Kaaiman’. A small lake where many Black Caimans and Spectacled Caimans can be seen.
Visit to Monkey Island:
At only a 5 minute drive from the lodge, many wild monkeys living in the Amazon can be found. These monkeys are somewhat used to humans so they can be easily spotted.
Visit to the Apu Victor lake:
During this hike, deep into the jungle of the Amazon, you can explore the almost impassible area on specially created hiking trails. During the hike many wild animals can be spotted in the so-called flooded forest. You will head towards the crystal clear ‘Apu Victor Lake’. This lake is surrounded by giant trees and enormous swamps. Afterwards you will climb an observation tower where you can enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the lake. From the observation tower it is also possible to see parrots, macaws, toucans, horned screamers, Hoatzin birds, and herons. With a little luck you may also see one of the most spectacular animals of the Amazon region: the Giant Otter.
On the last day you will return to Puerto Maldonado to take your flight back to Lima. On arrival at the airport in Lima you will be awaited by a guide who will take you to your hotel.
DAY 10 (B):
Today you will have free time until you will be picked up from your hotel to go to the airport of Lima. At the airport your itinerary ends and you will take your flight back home.
7x Overnight stays in hotels, with breakfast (including late checkout on the last day. Should this not be necessary, a discount applies)
2x Overnight stay at the Jungle Puerto Maldonado lodge, with breakfast, lunch and dinner
Flight Lima – Cuzco
Flight Cuzco – Puerto Maldonado
Flight Puerto Maldonado – Lima
Return train tickets Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu)
Excursions according to the itinerary
Transfers according to the itinerary
Lunch during the Sacred Valley of the Incas excursion
Entrance fee Machu Picchu (including guided tour)
Entrance fees excursions according to the itinerary
English speaking guides during the tours
24/7 assistance in English, Spanish and Dutch
Flight to Lima, Peru
$ 2.074 p.p. based on 2 persons.
Based upon good middle class hotels. Upgrades possible for additional costs.
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