Machu Picchu and Rainforest (10 Days)

Introduction: 

Get back to nature in the tropical rainforest Located on the famously diverse Tambopata River in the Peruvian Amazon.

1st day: Lima


Upon your arrival reception at the airport and transfer to the selected Hotel.

Overnight at the selected hotel.

2nd day: Lima


LIMA CITY TOUR (COLONIAL AND MODERN):
 Guided visit through Lima’s Historical Center: the Plaza Mayor (Main Square), the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the City Hall and old streets with colonial mansions and Moorish balconies. You will also visit the San Francisco Convent, which has the most magnificent collection of colonial art in America. The tour will continue through the most traditional residential areas of Lima, including San Isidro, Miraflores and LarcoMar, a shopping center of international thematic attractions which offers a spectacular panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. 

Overnight at the selected hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast.

3rd day: Lima/Cusco


At the appropriate time, transfer to the airport.
 Airline ticket to City of Cusco. 
Upon your arrival at the airport you will be carried to the selected hotel.

CITY TOUR AND NEIGHBORING RUINS:

City tour for 3 hours through the beautiful Cusco city and its nearby ruins. The Cusco City tour will show you the amazing colonial city built on the foundations of the Inca palaces. You will visit the Koricancha or Temple of the Sun, where you can appreciate the incredible masonry of the Incas, the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral with its carved woodworks, altars and paintings. Then you will be driven to the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, to the underground cave and temple of Qenqo and to Tambomachay, known as the Baths of the Inca. Finally you will visit the Misminay Exhibit, Misminay is a native community of Cusco, there you will be able to appreciate their beautiful handcrafts. 

Overnight at the selected hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast.

4th day: Cusco/Sacred Valley


PISAC MARKET AND OLLANTAYTAMBO: Full day Sacred Valley excursion. 31 km (19 miles) far from Cusco is Pisac, at the entrance of the Sacred Valley. Visit the colorful market that on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays a craft fair takes place where you can buy beautiful handicrafts and sourvenirs. The lunch will be served in a local restaurant. The tour continues towards Ollantaytambo, an archaeological site that the Incas built as a fort and includes a temple, agricultural terraces, and an urban area. There are two distinct sectors: Araqama Ayllu, the religious and worship zone, and Qosqo Ayllu, the residential area. Ollantaytambo was an important administrative center with probable military functions due to the walls and towers. There are also traces of ancient roads and aqueducts. The town of Ollantaytambo is called a Living-Inca-Town, since the inhabitants maintain very old practices and customs.

Overnight at the selected hotel. 

Meals included: Breakfast and Buffet Lunch.

5th day: Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu


Transfer to the train station.
MACHU PICCHU VISIT:
Arrival by Vistadome class train to Machu Picchu ruins. From Aguas Calientes station you will be transported by bus to the top of the mountain and to citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the most renowned examples of Inca architecture. We will start the tour Machu Picchu, this place is the most important tourist attractions of Cuzco and one of the new 7 Wonders of the World. Discovered in 1911 by the American explorer, Hiram Bingham, this city is considered to be one of the most extraordinary examples of scenic architecture in the world, built at the top of a granite mountain. The Incas, using ingenious engineering techniques, were able to transport heavy stone blocks up the mountain side, and once there, they used their excellent masonry skills to produce amazingly polished stones that fit together perfectly. After a three hours guided visit in the ruins, you will have lunch at a restaurant of the area. A private guide will accompany you throughout the tour of Machu Picchu, from the railway station. Average guided two hours.
Overnight at the selected hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast and Buffet Lunch.

6th day: Machu Picchu/Cusco


SECOND DAY IN MACHU PICCHU TOUR:
 Entry price for a tour of Machu Picchu or climb the Huayna Picchu peak, the big mountain behind the citadel in Machu Picchu Adventure. The guide is not included.
 Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
 At the appointed time, you will return to the station to take your train ride to Ollantaytambo station at the Sacred Valley.
 Transfer from Ollanta Station in the Sacred Valley to Cusco Hotel.

Overnight at the selected hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast and Buffet Lunch.

7th day:Cusco/Puerto Maldonado


Private transportation to the airport to take the flight to the City of Puerto Maldonado
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LODGE:

Transfer from the airport to the river port on the Madre de Dios River, to begin your Peruvian Amazon visit, a trip of 25 minutes on the Madre de Dios River by motorboat will take you to a journey of two miles (rickshaw available) through the forest, finally you will board a catamaran towards the Lodge. After lunch and a brief rest, once again board the catamaran and set off to explore the entire west end of the lake. There, macaws return to the palm forest to spend the night. Return to the lodge around nightfall for dinner. After dinner return to the canoes to look for the rare Black Caimans. If rainforest and its climate permits a clear starry night, will also be capable of floating in the middle of the lake and marvel at the brilliance of heaven
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Overnight at the lodge.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

8th day: Puerto Maldonado


DISCOVERING PERU AND ITS AMAZON JUNGLE: A pre-dawn wake-up call will enable you to be on the lake for sunrise, you would see birds feeding and a hopeful encounter with the family of Giant Otters which frequent the lake and are most active at that time of day. After returning for a late breakfast you will set for a Brazil Nut trees demonstration of how the local inhabitants collect, open and commercialize this important natural product, very important for the native economy. After lunch and an hour to relax, board again the catamaran to explore the eastern part of the lake, where you might see one or more of the five species of monkeys which live in the forest near the lake, such as the Brown Capuchin Monkey. There is a final chance after dinner to try and spot some Black Caimans on the lake, or to go on a short night walk through the primary forest.

Overnight at the lodge.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

9th day: Puerto Maldonado/Lima



LAST DAY IN THE PERUVIAN AMAZON: After a dawn breakfast you will take a final, shorter paddle around the west end of the lake to try and glimpse the giant otters before returning to Puerto Maldonado to catch your flight.
Airline ticket to Lima. Upon your arrival reception at the airport and transfer to the selected Hotel.

Overnight at the selected hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast.

10th day: Lima / home

Transportation to the airport for your international departure flight.
Meals included: Breakfast.