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12-Day Iquitos' Amazon (lodge), Lima, Cusco , Machu Picchu

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Day 1 : Arrive Lima, transfer and overnight.

Visiting: Lima

Arrive in Lima, welcome meet and greet, then transfer to your hotel.

  • Meals:
  • Standard Lodging: Casa Andina Centro Miraflores or similar

Day 2 : Explore Lima, boat tour to Palomino Islands, overnight.

Visiting: Lima Vicinity

Full day tour and visit to the Palomino Islands (group boat): Pick up at your hotel and transfer to the Callao boat dock. A 5-hour boat ride through the Palomino Islands, with an opportunity to swim with the sea lions! Return to your hotel. Overnight in Lima.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Casa Andina Centro Miraflores or similar

Day 3 : Fly to Iquitos, transfer to your Amazon rainforest lodge. Overnight.

Visiting: Lima, Iquitos

In the morning, we will have a group city tour of Lima (colonial and modern). In the afternoon, transfer to the airport to take your flight to Iquitos. Arrive, welcome, and transfer to your Iquitos hotel for the evening. Overnight Iquitos.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Casa Morey Boutique Hotel or similar

Day 4 : Amazon lodge and jungle excursions

Visiting: Iquitos, Amazon Rainforest

You will be picked up from your Iquitos hotel and transfer to the Muyuna office for check in, shopping and last-minute coordination. After a ride to the dock, we will transfer in a fast boat for 3 hours, 140 kms. upriver from Iquitos on the Amazon River. Upon arrival, you will be assigned your bungalow and have an orientation. A list of animals that have been previously seen in the area will be distributed. After lunch our group takes a boat trip to Lake Sapote, watching different birds, like parrots, jacanas, kingfishers, herons, panguanas, partridges, pigeons, cormorants, horned screamers, horneros. We then move to the other end of the Moena lagoon to see sloths and monkeys, as the night monkeys, squirrel and dusky titi monkeys, etc. After watching a sunset over the forest of mirrors, we go back to Muyuna for dinner. In the evening, boat ride to see caimans, nocturnal birds and mammals. Overnight at the lodge.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Muyuna Lodge or similar

Day 5 : Amazon rainforest excursions by boat and hiking. Overnight.

Visiting: Amazon Rainforest

We have breakfast very early, and take off for the Leoncito Hike, where we appreciate the immense variety of flora around the Muyuna area. On this walk you can taste the water that Uncaria tomentosa (cat's claw) has within its vines - some say it can cure cancer and AIDS. You'll also be amazed at how huge the ceiba tree is. In addition, you will see the world's smallest monkey, the pigmy marmoset, and the squirrel and tamarin monkeys. If you're lucky, you'll see the howler monkey, whose deafening roar can be heard many miles away. We have lunch and continue with boat trips to the lakes Purura and Corriente and catch different kind of fish, including the famous piranha (being more difficult to fish in March, April and May). This is an area that has many strangler vines, being the favorite spot of the bird "hoatzin" or shansho. This colorful bird looks like a prehistoric bird because it has three claws on the middle joint of the wing. After dinner, at night, we take a night walk in search of huge frogs, anaconda ́s favorite food. In addition, we will see tarantulas; it is worth clarifying that despite the bad reputation, they are not dangerous to humans. Overnight at the lodge.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Muyuna Lodge or similar

Day 6 : Conclude your Amazon excursions and fly back to Lima.

Visiting: Amazon River, Iquitos, Lima

We have breakfast on a small boat that will take us to the Amazon River, where we will experience the most magical moment of our trip, which is to swim in the same river where the pink and gray dolphins live. You can see them, but, don't expect to touch them. On the way back to the lodge, you will see the biggest aquatic plant in the world, the famous Victoria Regia. It is also easy to see iguanas. We have lunch and with our guide, we will be able to count all the animals seen in our Animal Check List. Our experience of the jungle comes to an end and we take the boat three hours back to Iquitos and to the hotel. Overnight Iquitos hotel.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Casa Morey Boutique Hotel or similar

Day 7 : Fly to Cusco & Discover Cusco

Visiting: Iquitos, Lima, Cusco

Transfer to the Iquitos airport and fly to Lima; continue with a flight to Cusco; arrive, welcome, and transfer to your hotel; free afternoon to acclimatize to the altitude. Explore on your own, as you do so. Overnight Cusco.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Casa Andina Cusco Plaza or similar

Day 8 : Discover Cusco and its nearby ruins on a guided tour.

Visiting: Cusco Vicinity

Free morning; afternoon Cusco city tour and nearby ruins (in a group), visiting the Cathedral, Qoricancha and nearby Sacsayhuaman, Pukapukara, Q'enko, and Tambomachay; Cusco tourist ticket included; overnight.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Casa Andina Cusco Plaza or similar

Day 9 : Full day tour to discover the Sacred Valley.

Visiting: Cusco, Sacred Valley

Full-day tour of the Sacred Valley with lunch (in a group); visiting Pisac market and ruins and Ollantaytambo ruins an village. Drop off at your hotel. Overnight in the Sacred Valley.

  • Meals: BL
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel Pakaritampu or similar

Day 10 : Vistadome train to Machu Picchu! Guided tour and overnight Aguas Calientes.

Visiting: Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu

Transfer to train station for the Vistadome train to Aguas Calientes. Arrive and meet your guide. Then, head by bus to Machu Picchu, where you will have a guided tour of the complex (tour is private with a local guide). Have lunch on your own and enjoy some time to wander the ruins at your leisure. Overnight in Aguas Calientes.

NOTE: This two day excursion may be replaced by the 2-day Inca Trail Express. Please contact us if you would like to hike the Inca Trail starting at km 104, instead of taking the train all the way to Aguas Calientes.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: El MaPi Hotel or similar

Day 11 : Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu & Return to Cusco

Visiting: Machu Picchu, Cusco

Free morning in Aguas Calientes to visit the outdoor market, hot springs baths, local museum and gardens; or you may return to Machu Picchu for a second time, and climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain (the second shuttle and entrance not included in pricing). Take the afternoon Vistadome train return to Cusco/Poroy, where you are met and transferred to your Cusco hotel. Overnight Cusco.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Casa Andina Cusco Plaza or similar

Day 12 : Transfer to airport and fly to Lima. Depart.

Visiting: Cusco, Lima

Free morning in Cusco, transfer to the airport for afternoon flight back to Lima for departure.

  • Meals: B

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