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9-Day Andes, Incas, and Amazon

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Day 1 : Arrive Lima, overnight

Visiting: Lima

Arrive Lima. Welcome and assistance to check in to your hotel. If you have an early morning arrival, you may transfer in to Lima and stay overnight in the city. There are optional tours available to visit modern and colonial Lima. There are also many museums and private collections to tour. Lunch and dinner on your own. (For early arrivals, you may also continue with your flight to Cusco.) Overnight in Lima.

  • Meals:
  • Budget Lodging: Wyndham Lima Airport Hotel
  • Standard Lodging: Wyndham Lima Airport Hotel

Day 2 : Fly to Puerto Maldonado, transfer and begin jungle activities, overnight rainforest lodge

Visiting: Lima, Puerto Maldonado

Transfer to the Lima airport to board your flight to Puerto Maldonado, the gateway for rainforest excursions in Southeastern Peru. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer by guided motorized canoe to your jungle lodge. The lodge includes orientation talks on arrival, walks through trails in the forest led by naturalist guides, night time excursions on dug-out canoes, float rides to watch fauna on the shore line and exploring the canopy layers.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Hacienda Concepcion - Standard Room
  • Standard Lodging: Hacienda Concepcion - Cabaņa

Day 3 : Continue jungle excursions; overnight rainforest lodge

Visiting: Puerto Maldonado

Today your wonderful jungle excursions continue. While guests always have the option to relax at the lodge, most of our travelers enjoy the full spectrum of activities, which include early morning boat rides, afternoon hikes, a canopy tower climb, and unique evening excursions, like night walks with your naturalist guide. Overnight at your rainforest lodge.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Hacienda Concepcion - Standard Room
  • Standard Lodging: Hacienda Concepcion - Cabaņa

Day 4 : Fly to Cusco, acclimatize and overnight

Visiting: Puerto Maldonado, Cusco

Transfer by boat to Puerto Maldonado and to the airport to catch a short flight to Cusco. Transfer to your hotel and have the rest of the afternoon free to acclimatize. Arrive Cusco and transfer to your hotel. Free afternoon to acclimatize.

Cusco is the ancient capital of the Inca Empire and is set high in the Andes Mountains. Here Spanish churches and mansions sit alongside Inca remains. Nearly 600 years ago, the Inca nation appeared in Southern Peru, and in a relatively short time, consolidated its power in Cuzco, before expanding north to what are now Ecuador and Colombia and south to present-day Chile.

Overnight in Cusco.

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

Day 5 : Cusco city tour and nearby ruins

Visiting: Cusco

Morning at leisure.

On this afternoon's Cusco city tour, you will visit Sacsayhuaman, a hilltop fortress that overlooks the city of Cusco. The largest stones used in its construction are nearly 8.5 m (28 ft) high and weigh 360 tons, fitting so perfectly together that a single piece of paper would not fit between two stones. Then you are driven to Kenko, the temple dedicated to Mother Earth. Before you head back to Cusco we stop at Puka Pukara (the red fortress) and Tambomachay (the resting place of the Inca). Once in the city visit the Santo Domingo Monastery, the legendary Korikancha (Temple of Gold), the most important Inca temple devoted to worshipping the Sun, whose walls used to be plated with sheets of gold. You continue to the Cathedral at the Plaza de Armas, visiting that church and the Sun Temple at Qoricancha (the sites visited may be reversed to minimize crowds). Overnight in Cusco.

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

Day 6 : Full day tour of the Sacred Valley

Visiting: Cusco, Pisac, Ollantaytambo

Pick up at your hotel for a full day tour of the Sacred Valley: this morning continue towards Pisac, for an immersion into the heart of the Andean culture, famous for its Andean market with its interesting food and artisan stalls. Try your bargaining skills here always keeping in mind handmade artwork is worth it!

Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you visit Ollantaytambo, a still-thriving Inca village set below an ancient Inca fortress and temple with stunning views over the valley that makes you feel as if you have stepped back into the 15th century. Admire the magnificence of this important Inca site and stroll through the quaint streets of the present town.

Overnight in the Sacred Valley.

  • Meals: BL
  • Budget Lodging: Tunupa Lodge or similar
  • Standard Lodging: Hotel El Albergue or similar

Day 7 : Take the train or trek to Machu Picchu!

Visiting: Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu

Today, travel to fantastic Machu Picchu! You have 2 choices in how to get there, just let us know what you prefer. Note that permits are required for the Inca Trail (Option #2). Check with us for availability.

* Option #1: Arrive via Train. With your guide, you will connect with the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu. Early transfer from your hotel to the train station in the Sacred Valley, for your two hour Vistadome train down the Urubamba gorge as it changes from mountain vegetation to cloud forest, arrival at the station of Machu Picchu Pueblo. You will have a free afternoon to wander around the village and visit the outdoor market, bathe in the hot springs pools, or take a walk in the surrounding cloud-forest. Spend the night in Aguas Calientes.

* Option #2: Arrive via a short Trek. You can choose to hike the Inca Trail Express! Transfer to the train station for the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu. An ever narrowing gorge brings your group to km 104, where you begin your guided hike on the famed Inca Trail. Hiking past Chachabamba, a three hour ascent through highland grasses and small gulleys, brings you to Winay Wayna. Lunch is usually in this vicinity. From here, a winding trail takes you through a cloud forest, cutting across a ridge, and bringing you finally to the gate of the sun, Intipunku, with a spectacular view of the citadel of Machu Picchu below. Arriving at Machu Picchu later in the afternoon, you will take a shuttle bus to Aguas Calientes. Overnight Aguas Calientes. Lunch included with the trek.

  • Meals: B
  • Budget Lodging: Hatun Samay Hotel or similar
  • Standard Lodging: El MaPi Hotel or similar

Day 8 : Tour of Machu Picchu; late afternoon train return to Cusco

Visiting: Machu Picchu, Cusco

* Option #1 with Train: Early rise for your shuttle, entrance and guided tour of Machu Picchu ruins. There is an option to climb Huayna Picchu (ticket to climb is not included in pricing). Lunch on your own. Return to Aguas Calientes for the afternoon Vistadome train return to Cusco, where we will arrive in the evening. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Cusco.

* Option #2 with Trek: For those who hiked the Inca Trail Express: Your guide will give your group a guided tour of the Machu Picchu citadel, starting early in the morning. If you wish, you may climb Huayna Picchu (combo ticket required and not included). You then return to Cusco on the late afternoon train, arriving in the evening. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight Cusco. Lunch included with the trek.

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

Day 9 : Transfer to airport and departure

Visiting: Cusco, Lima

Free morning; afternoon transfer to the airport; fly to Lima; depart Lima evening.

  • Meals: B

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