MACHU PICCHU & THE AMAZON
This tour will introduce you to two of South America`s greatest icons – Machu Picchu and the Amazon River. The sky-scraping citadel of Machu Picchu was built in the peaks of the Andes around 1450. If its walls could talk they would tell tales of Incan sacrifice, worship and royalty. The Amazon River, meanwhile, is the life-giving artery that pumps its way across South America. Much of its territory is untamed and some is even unchartered. Visits here are as far removed from the rat race as possible.
HighlightsLima, Cuzco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Puerto Maldonado, Amazon Rainforest
Trip StyleHistory & Culture, Family Vacation, Wildlife
IncludedBuffet lunch in the Sacred ValleyAll BreakfastsHotel nights as per the itineraryTravel InsuranceTrain to/from Machu Picchu24/7 SupportEntrance feesAccredited Tour GuidesTours and Transfers
Not IncludedDomestic airfareTipsMeals not mentionedInternational airfare
Day 1: LIMA
Arrive in Lima and catch your private transfer to your hotel
No meals included.
Day 2: CUZCO
Arrive in Cuzco and travel to your hotel by private transfer
Embark on a guided tour of the city that was once the capital of the Incan empire. You'll see the main plaza with its imposing Colonial cathedral and visit the Santo Domingo Convent. Later, you`ll head to the outskirts of town to see the ancient historical sites of Sacsayhuaman, Quenco and Tambomachay.
Day 3: CUZCO
Tour the Sacred Valley with a guide. In the pecking order of Incan sites, this place ranked pretty high. Its fertile lands were a vital source of food for the empire. You`ll call in on the ancient settlements of Pisaq and Ollantaytambo, as well as see a more modern site to the valley during a visit to the Awanacancha weaving centre.
In the afternoon, you`ll travel to Aguas Calientes, which is also known as Machu Picchu Village.
Meals: B, L.
Day 4: CUZCO
Wake before the sun, and get to Machu Picchu in time to watch it rise above the ancient ruins.
Take a guided tour of the site to open the archives on its history. You`ll see ritual baths, temples and fountains and also have the option to pay a little extra to climb to the top of Huayna Picchu – the mountain that stands like a watch tower at the far end of Machu Picchu.
Day 5: PUERTO MALDONADO
Arrive in Puerto Maldonado and transfer by shuttle to your jungle lodge.
Welcome to the jungle, where your neighbours are sloths, howler monkeys and macaws. On your first day in the rainforest you`ll get to call the shots. Take a guided walk, visit a local farm, or try river kayaking.
Meals: B, L, D.
Day 6: PUERTO MALDONADO
Continue to explore the Amazon, where nature has been let off the leash. Depending which lodge you choose, you could go bird watching, take a canopy walk, or go stargazing.
Meals: B, L, D.
Day 7: LIMA
Arrive in Lima and transfer to Lima center.
Explore the city on a walking tour. Your guide will spill the city`s beans as you visit sights like the main plaza, the Presidential Palace, the unsettling catacombs of San Francisco Church, and the Park of Love at Miraflores.
Later, you'll depart for the airport on your private transfer.