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Motorboats at Tambopata River

Inca Trail and Amazon Basin 12 Days

$2,294.00

Marvel at Machu Picchu and the Amazon in incredible Peru

TRIP OVERVIEW

TRIP CODE: ITA12D01
TYPE SERVICE: Group Service
TYPE ITINERARY: Customize
ACTIVITIES: Cultural & History, Hiking & Trekking, Family Friendly, Culinary, Wildlife & Nature
DESTINATION: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Tambopata Amazon

 This tour package is fully customizable according to your interest and needs.  Discover the Inca Trail and Amazon Basin
Trek to the lofty mountains of the Andes and enjoy the perfect journey that takes you from lowlands of Amazon through to the ancient Incan towns. Indulge your visual senses with the charming scenery of the natural rainforest and get up close and personal with the exotic wildlife and plants of the natural rainforest. A riverboat ride traverses through the Tambopata River over to the Tambopata National Reserve that preserves a rich mélange of exotic flora and fauna.

Highlights

  • A comprehensive adventure package that covers all of Peru’s main attractions including the Inca trail, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Cusco and Amazon
  • Roam around the markets and experience the rich colors and traditions
  • Become part of an adventurous trip to the Inca ruins while indulging in the rich and modern Quechua cultures and the Inca culture
  • Gain more information about the culture and the traditions that are commonly followed in the area at the Sacred Valley community centre
  • Trek up the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu; you may it find it challenging but the fun and enjoyment is worth it
  • Witness the ancient traditions and culture being followed at Amazon

TRIP ITINERARY

Day 1 – International Arrival Assistance
Arrive in Lima at any time. Our representative will be waiting for you at Lima airport with a customized sign with your name on it and private transfer to your hotel.
There are no planned activities, so check into the hotel and rest up – Overnight at the Hotel in Lima
Meals included: None

Day 2 – Lima City Tour
Breakfast at Hotel; morning free to relax; we recommend you to take a long rest and be prepared to begin with this unforgettable Peru tour through our wonderful country.
Pick-up from your hotel at 2:30PM we will first show you a panoramic view of “La Huaca Pucllana”. This breathtaking piece of architecture was built back in the 4th century AD and holds religious significance for the Incas. Then you will visit the impressive Historical Downtown of Lima, also known as “the City of the Kings”, which is the cradle of its Colonial past. Stops include the Main Square of Lima, upon which sits the Government Palace, the Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace. Afterwards, you will visit San Francisco Covent; the high-point of this tour will be the visit to Catacumbas, ending with a visit to the residential and financial district of San Isidro and an unforgettable view of the Pacific Ocean from the district of Miraflores, then transfer to Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel in Lima
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 – Flight to Cusco and City Tour & Archeological ruins
Breakfast at hotel; pick up from the hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Cusco, the ancient Inca capital of the Incas. On arrival in Cusco, assistance at the airport and transport to your hotel, where the rest of the morning is free time to rest in hotel in order to avoid altitude sickness.
Pick up from the hotel at 1:20PM the tour will start from Cusco’s Main Square. On entering Cusco’s cathedral, you will be able to see the intricate woodwork and the colonial paintings that contain detailed Incan iconography. After that you will head to the Temple of the Sun or Qorikancha upon which the Convent of Santo Domingo has been built. According to a legend, this temple was entirely gold plated and many conquerors were impressed by its magnificence when they came here. The tour continues with visits to 4 archeological sites, starting with the Sacsayhuaman archeological complex, a masterpiece of Incan architecture in which you will see mindboggling huge stone blocks, almost 9 meters in height, placed perfectly. Next is the Qenqo temple, dedicated to animal worship. Then, Puca Pucara, another Incan archeological site located on top of a hill and used as a fort and administrative center. Last, there is Tambomachay, a place also known as the Inca Baths. Overnight at the Hotel in Cusco
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 – Full day to Sacred Valley (Pisac, Ollantaytambo & Chinchero)
Breakfast at hotel; you will be picked up from your hotel at 7:45AM. Travel back in time to the Sacred Valley of the Incas with a day that begins in Pisac, 31 km from Cusco. The old city, an Incan archeological site, is located at the top of a mountain, and there you will witness firsthand the stonemasonry skill of our ancient ancestors. Afterwards, you will descend to the town and walk through its colorful market; where you can buy beautifully crafted locally hand-made products. Afterwards, lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
Following, you set off for Ollantaytambo, an Incan military, religious, and agricultural center located at the top of a mountain. But unlike other small towns, this one has maintained its original Incan design, featuring stone buildings and narrow streets. It was a fortress and an administrative and urban center.
Our last stop will be in Chinchero, this townsfolk is famous for having preserved traditional Andean spinning and weaving techniques, and they set up a market in the town square to sell their handmade crafts. Back to Cusco
Overnight at the Hotel in Cusco
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 – Start the Inca Trail; Transfer to Km 82, Hike to Huayllabamba
Breakfast at hotel; pick up from the hotel at 6:00AM and transfer to Piscacucho (Km 82 – head of the trail). Our vehicle usually stops at the town of Ollantaytambo for about an hour so that people can have breakfast. The trip from Cusco to Piscacucho can take up to 3 hours; we begin touring the Inca Trail by crossing the overhead bridge on the Urubamba River. We then hike on the shore, left of the Urubamba River as it runs northwest towards the Sacred Valley. Staying on this Inca trail, which is on a flat surface, we reach Miskay, and proceed further and eventually see Llactapata from the highest peak, an inspiring Inca city. Resuming our trek on this trail through the valley, carved out by River Kusichaca, slowly climbing and after five hours we arrive at the Huayllabamba (3000m/9840ft), to camp for the night. Throughout the journey we take joy in the extravagant sights of the fantastic Vilcanota ridge, which is located on the far side of River Urubamba, where the imposing Veronica peak stands tall at 5832m over sea level. The first day of the Trail is simple and offers good training for the days ahead. Camping
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 – From Huayllabamba to Paqaymayu (Crossing the highest point)
Breakfast, this day is without doubt the toughest and highest in terms of altitude on the trail, which includes a sudden and sheer ascent that goes on for about 9 km, so inexperienced hikers are allowed time to settle in. At the start of your journey at Inca trail, you can see ahead the zigzagging path up the mountain. The trek is demanding to say the least, with a sharp climb to the Abra Warmiwañusca, also called the Dead Woman´s Pass – 4200m/13776ft. Along this path, the setting transforms from Sierra on the way to Puna we may see local alpacas and llamas grazing on the Ichu grass, these are one of the plants that grow in places located at high altitudes. We go downhill from here using a winding path that bypasses a valley beside next campsite. We also go by an area supposedly known as the cloud forest, a habitat for various species of birds such as sparrows and also hummingbirds, and also the Andean bear, better known as the Spectacled Bear. We recommend that on you make special preparations and pack a bag filled with chocolates, cocoa leaves and candies to keep your blood sugar level high as well as curb the threat of altitude sickness. After crossing the pass, the path descends into the valley of Paqaymayu (3600m/11808ft). Here the camp is set up after almost 7 hours of Inca trail hiking. Camping
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 – Paqaymayu to Wiñayhuayna (Descending into the Cloud Forest)
Breakfast; this is the beginning of the longest part of trail however, it is the most remarkable and the most appealing, due the presence of numerous archaeological sites as well as the green cloud forest that we bypass, and a rich presence of Andean flora and fauna. We move on from Paqaymayu to Abra Runkurakay, the next pass (3970m/13022ft). Midway along the Inca trail, you shall come upon the remains of Runkurakay, an Inca tambo, a semi-circular structure overlooking the Paqaymayu valley. We then leave the pass and descend to the Yanacocha, entering the cloud forest and at last reach Sayacmarca. Continuing the hike, you will finally approach the third mountain pass, at Abra Phuyupatamarca. Later, the trail descends further leading to Phuyupatamarca, an archeological site known as “The Town in the Clouds”. Next, we proceed and trek down long stone steps that guide us to Wiñayhuayna (2650m/8692ft), an inspiring Inca center comprising of a thriving agricultural complex with several terraces, an urban sector and a religious hub, in close proximity of our camp. Wiñayhuayna becomes the last official camp before Machu Picchu. Ensure that you are well rested so that you to wake up in time to catch the marvelous sunrise at Machu Picchu. Remember to always form a tip pool, to be later given to the group (porters, cook, and guide). Generally a sufficient tip ranges from US$ 10 to US$ 40 per tourist. Keep in mind that these are voluntary tips, so tip as you feel depending on the service you got. Camping
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 – Hike to Sun Gate, Visit Machu Picchu Sanctuary & Back to Cusco
At around 4:00AM you get up, have breakfast and move on the Inca trail to get to Machu Picchu. This is the last part of the journey so arrive by 6:00AM to reach Inti Punku or The Sun Gate. Out of the blue every part of Machu Picchu is in front of your eyes stuttering its immense beauty – an incredible sight for all to see. The sight is overwhelming and you can picture in your mind what those Incas must have sensed after their taxing expedition to this expansive temple. At this point we move downhill towards Machu Picchu (2400m/7872 ft), after a period of 40 minutes we enter the citadel from the top point through the “House of the Guardians”. We then proceed to the control point where we register and leave our stuff. Your guide will expertly direct you throughout the astounding ruins and its main streets. You can then wander around the town squares as well as climb the intricately carved stairways made of stone. Machu Picchu is considered as the world’s spiritual center by esoteric wisdom. Once the guided tour is over, you will have some free time to explore the site on your own, to relax, or to meditate.
You will then have time to indulge in a few of the following activities on your own (not included in the price)
– Climb up Huayna Picchu and appreciate the beauty and magnificence of Machu Picchu from there.
– Other optional activities in Aguas Calientes include a visit to the new local museum or to the hot springs.
Train to Cusco: You will descend to Aguas Calientes and, later on, board the train for the return trip to Cusco. On reaching Cusco train station, reception and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at the Hotel in Cusco
Meals included: Breakfast

 If Inca Trail permits are unavailable by the time you book Current restrictions on the Inca Trail and high volume of travelers visiting Peru each year means booking the Inca Trail is becoming more difficult each year. However, we are very excited to be able to offer hiking alternatives treks like: Salkantay or Lares trek. 

Day 9 – Flight to Puerto Maldonado – Tambopata Lodge
Breakfast at the hotel; pick up from the hotel and transfer to Cusco airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado; when you arrive from Cusco, you will be welcomed at the airport and then taken to the headquarters of Puerto Maldonado on a 10-minute drive. You will be asked to pack up the most essential gear for 4 days and leave the rest of your stuff in the safe deposit at the headquarters. You will be driven from Puerto Maldonado to Tambopata River Port which is 20 kilometers drive away. You will then enter into Infierno’s Native Community. The manager of the lodge will welcome you on your arrival and will explain some essential navigation and some security tips.
You will then go on a walk of twenty minutes from Posada Amazonas towards the 30 meter Canopy Tower. There are banister stairs that run through the middle of the tower and is a safe access towards the platform. Once you reach the top of the scaffolding tower, you will get to see the breathtaking view of the area surrounding by forest which is cut by Tambopata River in the middle. You can witness macaws, parrots and toucans flying by and maybe some other species of birds on the treetops nearby. Once you return to the lodge, you can attend the daily presentation of Infierno ecotourism project presented by the staff – Overnight at the Posada Amazonas Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 – Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake & Ethnobotanical Tour
After an early breakfast, you can visit Tres Chimbadas Oxbow Lake. You will take a thirty minutes boat ride and will have to hike for forty five minutes. Once you reach the lake, you will paddle around in a catamaran and can look for the family of nine river otters. These resident giant otters have been witnessed by almost 60% of the lake visitors. These otters are usually more active from dawn till 9 am. Apart from the otter, you will also witness other wildlife like horned screamers, hoatzin and caiman.
You will then go on an Ethnobotanical tour which is 20 minutes boat ride downriver. The boat ride will lead you towards a trail that has been designed by Centro Ñape’s staff. Centro Ñapeia an organization that produces medicines from the plants available in the forest and then administers them for the patients coming in their clinic. The trial produced by them demonstrates different plant medicines and their uses.
Once you return to the lodge, you can go out on a night walk. During this time the animals are rarely seen but are very active. You can hear their sounds and movements. Though, you will be able to see frogs with bizarre sounds and shapes. Overnight at the Posada Amazonas Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 – Parrot Clay Lick & Ceiba Trail Hike
From Posada Amazonas, it’s a 20 minute walk to parrot clay lick. Through a blind situated 20 meters away, you will be able to witness numerous parakeets and parrots descending on the river bank to consume the clay. You will be able to see species like dusky headed parakeets, blue headed parrots, yellow and mealy headed Amazon descending on the parrot clay lick. This lick is most active in mid-afternoons, late mornings and at dawn.
In order to go see the Ceiba Tree, you will embark on a hike of two hours from Posada Amazonas. The giant Ceiba tree is crowned as the largest tree in the area. This hike’s main focus will be on this rain forest’s history and its main taxonomic group.
Afterwards, you will go to visit a farm on a boat which is 30 minutes downriver. This is a complete farm in Infierno community. The owner of the farm has grown a wide range of unknown and popular crops of Amazon. Almost each tree and plant on this garden serves a purpose. Overnight at the Posada Amazonas Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 – Departure from Lodge – Flight to Lima – Connect at International Flight
Breakfast at lodge; transfer by boat – Lodge to Tambopata River port then to Puerto Maldonado, we retrace our river and road journey back to Puerto Maldonado, our office and the airport. Depending on airline schedules, this may require dawn departures. Flight to Lima where you can connect at the same airport for International flight.
Most groups will take the flight from Puerto Maldonado to Lima connecting from there to international flights.
Meals included: Breakfast

PRICES PER PERSON

HOTEL CATEGORY Single Room Double Room Triple Room
Tourist US$ 2725 US$ 2294 US$ 2258
Superior Tourist US$ 2944 US$ 2403 US$ 2367

Is there any additional cost for Solo Travelers?
Yes, there is an additional cost for single travelers; make an inquiry about it.

What’s included 12-day Inca Trail & Amazon Basin?

  • Accommodation: 5 night(s) in hotel(s), 3 night(s) camping, 3 night(s) Amazon Lodge.
  • Excursions: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Tambopata Amazon.
  • Entrance fees to parks and cultural sights: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Tambopata Amazon.
  • Transfers: All airport transfers, Hotel pickup and drop-off, all transfers are assisted by English-speaking staff.
  • Train ticket: Aguas Calientes – Cusco (Expedition Class).
  • Transport: bus, train, minivan, on foot, walking, boat.
  • Meals: According mentioned in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food).
  • 4 day Inca Trail hike with local guide, cook and porters. Camping equipment, guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Porters: Extra porter to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 7kg per person (including sleeping bag and sleeping pad).
  • 4 day Amazon Tour with local guide.
  • Local top quality English-speaking guides to accompany visits and excursions.
  • 24 hour support by our local staff.

Services not included

  • International airfare, domestic airfare within Peru, airport departure taxes (Approximate cost US$ 31.00 international flights, and US$ 7.40 for each domestic flight).
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items.
  • Pre & post tour accommodation.
  • Spending money – allow approximately US$ 35-50 per day to cover meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras.
  • Entrance fee to Huayna Picchu Mountain and Sleeping bag for Inca Trail.

Optional Services for this Inca Trail Tour Package

  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain US$ 85 per person.
  • One way upgrade train to Vistadome Class; US$ 20 per person.
  • Sleeping bag rental for the trek add US$ 20 (during 4 day Inca Trail Tour).
  • Extra porter to carry your personal equipment adds US$ 150.
  • Walking stick rental for the trek add US$ 20 (one pairs).
  • Single tent supplement (if you don’t want to share tent) add US$ 20.

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