(Lima, Puerto Maldonado, Aguas Calientes, Cusco)
This fully loaded tour includes private guides and vehicles for the top sights in Peru, and world-class accommodations to rest and relax in. Travel to the Amazon and take part in guided nature walks, canopy walkways, river trips, and canoe rides. Gain a greater understanding and appreciation for one of the world's most important ecosystems. Continue your Peru journey into the highlands of the Sacred Valley and fabled Machu Picchu, fortress of the Incas. Spend three nights at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo, a Relais & Chateaux property, and experience the area around Machu Picchu like few others do. A privately guided tour to Machu Picchu, and lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge, are part of the experience, and so are the gardens and trails that make up this stunning part of Peru. Discover why the Incas built Machu Picchu where they did. From the fortress of the Incas, travel to the former Incan capitol of Cusco and explore the city with a private guide. Learn about the cathedral built on the site of Incan ruins, walk the cobblestone streets, and people watch in the town square while drinking a coca tea. Return to Lima for an afternoon of sightseeing and a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum, a private collection of pre-Columbian art, before being escorted to the airport for your return flight home.
Private airport transfer in Lima with a driver and guide.
Conveniently located beside the Jorge Chavez Airport, Lima, the Ramada Costa del Sol is a great choice for travelers. The 130 guest rooms include mini bars and climate control. Breakfast offers a lovely range of options, with all the necessities required to start the day off. Try the hotel restaurants which feature items from across the world. Spend time using the sauna and massage services for a relaxing stay.
Fly from Lima to Puerto Maldonado via Cuzco. Approximate flying time is.just under 3 hours.
Upon arrival in Puerto Maldonado, a local epresentative will welcome and transfer you by bus (shared service) to the Butterfly House where you will register. Continue on to the wharf where you will board the boat that takes you down the river for about 45 minutes until you reach Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica!
The excursions at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica are included except those that require special schedules of private guide. Their duration varies: ¼, Half and Full day and they are classified in three difficulty levels: Easy (I), Moderate (II) or Difficult (III). They are all guided by trained professional interpreters in Spanish or English (other languages available upon request, subject to additional charge). Their knowledge and interpretive skills combine to provide understanding, insight and an enhanced experience of the surrounding environment. All activities and excursions are subject to change depending on weather conditions.
Suggested excursion on your first day: Enjoy the Trail System adventure and the Twilight River excursion or the nature presentation at the Eco Centre with available cocktails.
Trail System A walk to one of the trails that extend 7,3 kilometers (4,5 miles) in Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Natural Reserve and you will discover the incredible realm of the Amazon rainforest. The trails offer an excellent introduction to the environment of the jungle, as you walk past exotic rainforest trees, such as the lupuna tree and the beautiful ficus. Look down and spot the tiny lizards that rustle the leaves as they dart about on the forest floor. Gaze at the treetops and be amazed with the arena for bird watching. Observe the insect life – iridescent beetles and interpretation of the primary and secondary rain forest components, as well as human impact, and the relevance of the rainforests of the world. Duration: 1/4 day. Difficulty Level: I. Schedule: Morning and Afternoon Frequency: Daily Attractions: Footprints / Birds / Native skills / Ants / Medicinal plants. RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN
Twilight RiverOn this guided afternoon boat ride, you will witness the enchanting transformation from a diurnal to a nocturnal environment, as animals and birds of the daytime are replaced by species specially adapted to the night. As you enjoy their paradise, you will learn about their habits while searching for nightjars, owls, capybaras and caimans. In addition, on a clear night the southern hemisphere stars can be appreciated. DURATION: 1/4 day DIFFICULTY LEVEL: I SCHEDULE: Afternoon FREQUENCY: Daily ATTRACTIONS: Photos & Astronomy RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN
The Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is a true escape, seated on the edge of Peru's Madre de Dios River in the Amazon rainforest's tropics. This remote camp, surrounded by miles of jungle land, promises 34 cabañas with rustic, comfortable accommodations that include hammocks and lantern lighting. The lodge's dining area serves local, fresh culinary surprises in a la carte style and buffet. Taken in the Amazon Pavilion, one may gaze out the window at the vegetation and wildlife. The Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica is recognized for its range of activities, from the Butterfly House to the Jungle Canopy Adventure. Make time for the native community teachings, trips along the lakes, fishing, and trail walks.
Suggested excursions on your second day: Enjoy the excursion to Lake Sandoval in the morning and the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway & Anaconda Walk in the afternoon.
Lake Sandoval A 30-minute boat ride takes you to the Tambopata National Reserve, where wildlife surrounds you as you enjoy the one and a half hour walk along three kilometers of trails to reach Lake Sandoval. Glide in a wooden canoe, across a beautiful, mirror-like oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter, as well as red howler monkeys, macaws, prehistoric hoatzins, also called “shanshos”, anacondas, point-tailed palm creepers and side-neck turtles. You will spend two hours on the lake, looking at all is has to offer. DURATION: 1/2 day DIFFICULTY LEVEL: II SCHEDULE: Morning and Afternoon FREQUENCY: Daily ATTRACTIONS: Birds / Photos / Ants & Canoe RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN Except during the months of rain, between december & march.
Canopy Walkway and the Anaconda Walk A five-minute boat ride takes you to the Inkaterra Canopy Interpretation Center. After ascending the first tower, at 29 meters above the forest floor, you will literally walk through the treetops for one-and-a-half hours along suspension bridges that link eight observation platforms. Enjoy landscapes and vistas that would be unimaginable from below, while on the look-out for giant strangler fig trees, orchids, toucans, woodpeckers, trogons and –with luck- monkeys or sloths. After your descent from the Canopy, experience the Anaconda Walk for about 30 minutes along the 200-meter wooden bridge over the Aguajales swamps. In this lush eco system, you may observe the various species of amphibians, serpents, birds, mammals and abundant flora and trees of this flooded marshland. The walk finishes by returning to the lodge. DURATION: 1/2 day DIFFICULTY LEVEL: II SCHEDULE: Morning and Afternoon FREQUENCY: Daily INCLUDED: Canopy kit ATTRACTIONS: Birds / Photos & Astronomy RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN
Suggested excursions on your third day: Enjoy the excursion to the Gamitana Creek in the morning and indulge in a Spa Treatment followed by the Rainforest by night walk.
Gamitana Creek Long walk following the Gamitana creek. 1 ½-hour walk through a narrow trail towards “Sanipanga”. 1-hour canoe ride down stream to the Gamitana Model Farm. Interpretation of creek ecosystems. Walk through the Model Farm. Return to the lodge by boat. DURATION: 1/2 day DIFFICULTY LEVEL: III SCHEDULE: Morning FREQUENCY: Daily MEAL: Large Snack ATTRACTIONS: Birds / Fishing / Native skills / Native food / Canoe
Rainforest by Night Walk through the Inkaterra Ecological Reserve at night for an approximately 2-hour excursion. Biological activity differs greatly between night and day in the Amazonian ecosystem. Venture into the forest and experience the mystery of the animal activity that awakens in the rainforest after dark, enhancing animal resources to create new adaptation mechanisms. Listen to nocturnal forest sounds and spot species that only emerge at night. DURATION: 1/4 day DIFFICULTY LEVEL: I SCHEDULE: Afternoon FREQUENCY: Daily ATTRACTIONS: Footprints / Astronomy RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN.
A shared transfer to the airport is included in your reservation. The transfer involves a combination of boat ride and road transfer. Visit the Inkaterra Butterfly house on the way to the airport.
Fly from Puerto Maldonado to Cuzco.
Once at the train station you will board the Vistadome train for a 6:05am* departure to the ancient ruins at Machu Picchu (train ride is 4 hrs). The journey begins with a series of switchbacks, known appropriately as the 'zigzag', up the hill out of Cusco, before a brief stop at the village of Poroy. The train then descends from the highest point of the journey into the Sacred Valley and the foothills of the Andes. Before reaching Machu Picchu, the train travels along the Urubamba River, with awe-inspiring views of the dramatic canyon.
*Note: train times and schedules may vary based on availability.
Note about luggage: When you board the train to visit Machu Picchu with overnight, bring only a small bag with you. Due to limited storage space on the train, passengers are asked to bring only one small piece of luggage. The rest of your luggage will be stored safely at your hotel and returned to you either in Cuzco or The Sacred Valley. Hand luggage on the train is limited to 11 pounds or 5 kgs.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu enjoys the privacy of 12 acres of lush vegetation and land in Aguas Calientes. The 85 rooms are well-appointed, with local decorative effects accented by contemporary fabrics. Traditional Andean alpaca blankets and terra cotta tile mark the appearance of this Peruvian retreat. A talented kitchen staff and chef are responsible for scrumptious, fusion-style Andean cuisine. Delve into this region by taking hikes, walks, and bird watching. Otherwise, spend some time at the spa and pamper yourself with relaxing treatments and aromas.
Early in the morning, together with your private guide, board the bus (shared service) up to Machu Picchu. The bus ride takes 30 minutes and once you get there you will enjoy a private guided tour of Machu Picchu. The Inca Citadel lies between Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu (“Young Peak” and “Old Peak”). The Inca Pachacutec built the Citadel using sharp stone blocks, fitted together perfectly. Houses, temples, a public square are all connected by narrow roads and steps cut into the mountainside. There are many theories as to the purpose of Machu Picchu; a temple to the sun? A fortress against jungle inhabitants? A sanctuary for the Incas? The mysterious lost city awaits you!
After the tour, enjoy a leisurely lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge. Afterwards, take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes.
Participate in some of the optional excursions available at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel. Experience contemplative walks to sacred sites, or attempt a challenging Andean ascent. On the hotel grounds, nature trails wind past waterfalls and gardens; trained guides explain the fascinating cloud forest ecosystem. Discover a working tea plantation, and the world’s largest private collection of indigenous orchids, open to the public. What could be more enchanting than the vibrant Waqnaki and the legend of a lovesick Inca princess whose sadness was transformed into colorful teardrop petals?
NATURE WALK Walk along the hotel's trails, and discover the fascinating yet fragile ecosystem of the Machu Picchu cloud forest, and learn about its many indigenous plants and animals.The Nature Walk offers guests a glimpse of cloud forest flora: ferns, bromeliads and orchids and fauna -an interesting variety of birds; as well as an introduction to the Vilcanota river system, the Observatory, the tea garden and house.Duration: ¼ day.Difficulty level: I.Attractions: Tea / Birds / Medicinal plants / Butterflies / Insects / Photos
BIRDS OF MACHU PICCHU Walk early in the morning to take advantage of the optimum time for cloud-forest bird watching. Begin at a river observatory, with the possibility of sighting the sought-after torrent duck and the white-capped dipper. Then proceed to a productive tanager feeding area, where silver-beaked, blue-necked, fawn-breasted and saffron-crowned tanagers can be found.Along the hotel's pathways, be on the lookout for the cock-of-the-rock, the golden-headed quetzal and many of the 18 different hummingbirds identified on the grounds, including the booted racket-tail and the green-and-white hummingbirds, which are native to the area.Duration: ¼ day.Difficulty level: I.Attractions: Birds / Photos.
TWILIGHT WALK This early evening walk is designed to connect on a spiritual level with the environment and the historical energy of the Machu Picchu area.With special attention placed on nature's core elements, the walk pauses at the Rocotal Observatory to appreciate an enchanting waterfall and sacred pre-Inca pictographs.Duration: ¼ day.Difficulty level: II.Attractions: Insects / Photos / Waterfall / pre-Inca Pictographs.
Return to Cusco on the Vistadome train on your own (no guide). The train departs from Aguas Calientes at 3:25pm* and takes 4 hours to return to Cusco. Snacks are served on board. *Note train times and schedules may vary based on availability.
Our local representative will meet you with a private vehicle and professional driver for a train station transfer.
La Casona Inkaterra, situated in Cusco, is a 16th century mansion now converted to a boutique hotel of the most subtle and tasteful sort. The 11 suites are new and fresh, with antique decor and high quality linen and bedding. Dining options consist of continental and local culinary explorations. The hotel, however, is placed in such a convenient spot in the center of the old city that one may visit any of the local venues for a taste of Peru. This positioning also allows for easy access to shopping, sightseeing, and mingling with Cusco's history. La Casona Inkaterra's courtyards are also very welcoming for contemplative time.
High in the Andes, 3000m above sea level, lies the historic city of Cusco, with its unique blend of Spanish and Inca cultures. Take a half day private tour of the city including the best of Cusco: the Koricancha Temple (Temple of the Sun) and the Cathedral with its magnificent chapels and baroque altars and paintings from the Cusquenian School. The tour also includes the surrounding ruins: the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the Inca bath of Tambomachay, the labyrinth of Puca Pucara and the amphitheatre of Kenko.
Our local representative will meet you for an airport transfer, with private vehicle and professional driver.
Direct flight from Cusco to Lima. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes.Please note: Flights' rates and availability are subject to change until booking.
Start your day with a sightseeing tour of Colonial and Modern Lima in the company of your private vehicle, driver and English speaking Guide, passing by outstanding monuments such as the Government Palace, the City Hall and the Cathedral (closed on Sundays) at the Plaza Mayor. Visit the 17th century San Francisco Convent. Take a short tour of the modern districts of San Isidro and Miraflores where you will enjoy a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean.
Continue your tour visiting the Larco Herrera Museum. Since 1926 this museum holds the world’s largest private collection of pre-Columbian art with a unique assortment of erotic pottery, genuine and rich jewels in gold, silver and semi-precious stones. With more than 45,000 pieces of ceramics plus genuine mummies and marvellous Paracas textiles, this is a great place to visit. Return to your hotel at day's end.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Peru for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is required. Medical facilities are poor quality and not widespread. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/peru.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Lima. Government: Republic. Gained independence from Spain in 1824, having declared it in 1821. Language: Spanish and Quechua are the official languages. English is spoken in major tourist areas. Religion: 81% Roman Catholic, 2.1% other denominations, 16.3% unspecified or none. Time: GMT - 5. Electricity: 220 volts AC, 60Hz. (110 volts AC is available in most 4- and 5-star hotels.) Telephone: Country code +51. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with some international mobile phone companies. Mobile phones can be rented in Lima and the main cities. Coverage is sporadic. Internet: Public Internet booths and Internet cafes are widely available in cities and most towns.
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