Peru Discovery with Amazon Extension

Discover Machu Picchu, the most-well known symbol of the Incan empire, explore the streets of Cusco, the historical capital of Peru, and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the Amazonian rainforest.

When: Year-round

Duration: 8 days/ 7 Nights

Trip Highlights

  • Machu Picchu: Known as the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu remains the most well-known symbol of their Empire. The city was built in 1460 AD and avoided destruction by Spaniards due to its isolation in the Andes.   As centuries passed, the fortress became overgrown by vegetation, and virtually disappeared from sight. Hiram Bingham rediscovered Machu Picchu in 1911 and the site was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983. Since then, it has become known as one of the Wonders of the World.
  • Cusco: UNESCO World Heritage Site considered the historical capital of Peru. Radiant by day, Cusco’s main square dresses itself up at night with soft yellow lights illuminating the Cathedral’s facades. Developed under Incan rule in the early 1200s, Cusco is now a thriving city, but visitors can still discover remnants of the city’s ancient past.
  • Tambopata River and Amazon Rainforest: The Tambopata is a river, a national reserve and a province in Madre de Dios state, southeastern Peru. This region is home to some of the most bio-diverse rainforest in all of Peru. Remote, wild, but still easily accessible, this contrasting combination has helped the Tambopata region to become one of the world’s premier hotspots for ecotourism, wildlife observation, and nature tours.

OTHER PERU ITINERARIES

Below are some of our sample itineraries, but note that we can customize the perfect Peru adventure that meets your needs.

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Sample Itinerary


DAY 1 Arrival in Lima ~ Greeting upon arrival and transfer to hotel Casa Andina Private Collection in Miraflores for overnight stay.

DAY 2 Lima ~ Your first full day in Peru begins with breakfast at the hotel and a relaxing morning after your late evening arrival the night before. This afternoon, you’ll set out for a guided city tour of Lima with stops at the Lima Cathedral, San Francisco Convent and catacombs, and Larco Herrera Museum. Overnight at Casa Andina Private Collection in Miraflores. (B)

DAY 3 Lima/Cusco/Sacred Valley ~ Start the day with breakfast and then you’ll be met at the hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to Cusco and off to the Sacred Valley. Along the way, you will visit Nilda Callañaupa´s Native Weaving School (hosted by Nilda herself). Textile production has profound historic and cultural significance in the Andes, and Nilda Callañaupa´s project is part of a highly successful National Geographic Society-supported initiative to rescue and revive this way of life. Women are the owners and drivers of this activity, fundamental to the family and social structure of these highland communities. You’ll spend time with Nilda while having lunch at her house and learning traditional weaving methods. Continue your afternoon with a guided tour of Ollantaytambo Fortress. Overnight at Hotel Pakaritampu. (B,L)

DAY 4 Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu ~ After breakfast, head to nearby Ollanta train station to board the first-class Vistadome train for a scenic ride through the valley’s dramatic scenery. Upon arrival at Aguas Calientes, you’ll head up to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu for your guided tour. It is easily worth investing your entire day into discovering this ancient city, so lunch is provided. Relax this evening at the luxurious Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel. (B,L,D)

Machu Picchu ~ Known as the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu remains the most well-known symbol of their Empire. The city was built in 1460 AD and avoided destruction by Spaniards due to its isolation in the Andes. As centuries passed, the fortress became overgrown by vegetation, and virtually disappeared from sight. Hiram Bingham rediscovered Machu Picchu in 1911 and the site was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983. Since then, it has become known as one of the Wonders of the World.

Machu Picchu, Peru

DAY 5 Machu Picchu/Cusco ~ This morning you have the opportunity to learn more about Inkaterra’s conservation efforts in Peru, including a tour of their Spectacled Bear Project. This afternoon, board the Vistadome train for your transfer back to Cusco. Overnight at Casa Andina Private Collection. (B)

Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is considered the historical capital of Peru. Radiant by day, Cusco’s main square dresses itself up at night with soft yellow lights illuminating the Cathedral’s facades. Developed under Incan rule in the early 1200s, Cusco is now a thriving city, but visitors can still discover remnants of the city’s ancient past.

DAY 6 Cusco ~ Spend the day exploring the city of Cuzco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afternoon guided city tour with stops at Cusco Cathedral, Korikancha, and San Pedro Market. The San Pedro Market provides a unique opportunity for a deep cultural experience. Learn about native Andean customs and habits in this vibrant spot. Overnight at Casa Andina Private Collection. (B)

DAY 7 Cusco/Puerto Maldonado ~ After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the Cuzco airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado, gateway to Tambopata. Upon arrival to Puerto Maldonado, you’ll transfer by road to Tambopata River Port for your boat transfer to Refugio Amazonas. You have the afternoon to explore the area and this evening you’ll search for caiman along the river’s edge. Overnight at Refugio Amazonas. (B,L,D)

Tambopata National Reserve ~ TNR is one of the last easily accessible virgin tropical rainforests in the world. Covering more than 675,000 acres, the reserve offers a wealth of biodiversity, as well as magnificent natural landscapes. Puerto Maldonado, known as the “Capital of Biodiversity,” is the largest city of the Tambopata Region. Conservation International considers TNR to be a Global Mega-diversity Hot Spot.

Tambopata River - Amazon rainforest, Peru

DAY 8 Tambopata ~ Start the day with a canopy tower tour for views of toucans and macaws flying overhead. You’ll also visit a Brazil nut forest where sustainable harvest methods are still used. Later this morning, you’ll continue down the river by boat to Tambopata Research Center, located in the pristine heart of the reserve. Spend the afternoon exploring the Overlook Trail in search of monkeys and other rainforest residents. This evening, you’ll hear a presentation on the local macaw conservation project. Overnight at Tambopata Research Center. (B,L,D)

DAY 9 Tambopata ~ On most clear mornings of the year dozens of large macaws and hundreds of parrots congregate on this large river bank in a raucous and colorful spectacle which inspired a National Geographic cover story. You’ll visit the clay lick this morning. The rest of the day is yours to explore the network of trails near the center, including a guided night hike. Overnight at Tambopata Research Center. (B,L,D)

DAY 10 Tambopata ~ This morning you have time to relax or to repeat your favorite activity before your mid-morning departure back to Refugio Amazonas. En route, stop at an oxbow lake where you’ll have the opportunity to explore by canoe or catamaran. Overnight at Refugio Amazonas. (B,L,D)

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DAY 11 Puerto Maldonado/ Lima/ Departure ~ Transfer to the Puerto Maldonado airport for your flight to Lima and your overnight flight home. (B)


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DETAILS

MEALS: B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner

Pricing from $3375/ person based on double occupancy.

Package includes private transfers and tours (group tours during Amazon extension), entrance fees as listed, Vistadome train tickets, noted meals, tips for luggage porters at airports, English-speaking guides, internal flights (Lima-Cusco; Cusco-Puerto Maldonado; Puerto Maldonado-Lima). A donation to local conservation efforts in Peru will be made on behalf of all trip participants.

Exclusions: international airfare, passport/visa fees, airport exit taxes, second day entrance fee and bus ticket to Machu Picchu, optional activities, personal expenses, travel insurance, and gratuities for your guides and drivers.

This sample itinerary is a suggested outline.  It can be customized to best suit your travel plans.