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Affordable Inca Trail and Amazon 11 Days

$1,880.00 $1,775.00

TRIP OVERVIEW

TRIP CODE: ATA11D01
TYPE SERVICE: Group Service
TYPE ITINERARY: Customize
ACTIVITIES: Cultural & History, Trekking and Walking, Family Friendly, Wildlife & Nature
DESTINATION: Cusco, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Tambopata Amazon Basin

 This tour package is fully customizable according to your interest and needs. 

Marvel at Inca Trail and Amazon Basin in incredible Peru
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 Basin.
  • 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 – Flight to Cusco

  • 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.
  • Spend the rest of the day relaxing and exploring this fascinating city, and getting used to the altitude.
  • Your pre departure meeting will also provide you with some information on the Inca Trail Trek. We will have a briefing to prepare for the next few days.
  • Overnight at the Hotel in Cusco.
  • Meals included: Breakfast.

Day 3 – Full day to Sacred Valley (Pisac, Ollantaytambo & Chinchero)

  • Pick up from your hotel at 07:45AM.
  • We then will then embark on a journey back in time to the Incan´s Sacred Valley beginning in Pisac, 31 km from Cusco. The ancient Incan archeological site and city is located on the top of a mountain. There you will have the chance to firsthand witness the impressive stonemasonry skill of our ancient ancestors.
  • Afterwards, you will go down into the quaint little town and wander through its colorful market where you can buy intricate, beautifully crafted locally hand-made products.
  • After this, lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
  • Then, you will continue to Ollantaytambo, a military, religious, and agricultural center of the Incas located at the top of a mountain. Note: unlike other small towns, this one has maintained its original Incan design including outstanding stone buildings and narrow streets. It was once used as a fortress and administrative and urban center.
  • Finally, we will stop in Chinchero, a place where the townspeople are famed for their preservation of traditional Andean spinning and weaving techniques. For this reason, they set up a market in the town square to sell their handmade crafts.
  • Overnight at the Hotel in Cusco.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch.

Day 4 – Start the Inca Trail; Transfer to Km 82, Hike to Huayllabamba

  • Pick up from the hotel at 05:00AM and transfer to Piscacucho Km 82 head of the trail (2,850m/9,350ft) where we meet with the porters. Our vehicle usually stops at the town of Ollantaytambo for about an hour so that people can have breakfast.
  • The car trip from Cusco to Piscacucho takes around 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 (3,000m/9,840ft), 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 (5,832m/19,134ft) over sea level. The first day of the Trail is simple and offers good training for the days ahead.
  • Overnight in camp.
  • Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner.

Approximate walking distance: 12 km (7, 47 miles)
Estimated time walking: 5-6 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,000 m (9,840 ft)
Campsite altitude: 3,000 m (9,840 ft)

Day 5 – 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 11 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 Warmiwañusca Pass, also called the Dead Woman´s Pass (4,200m/13,776ft). 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. 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 or 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 (3,500m/11,480ft). Here the camp is set up after almost 6 to 7 hours of Inca trail hiking. You will eat a meal and rest after an exhausting day of travelling on this trail.
  • Overnight in camp.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Approximate walking distance: 11 km (6, 84 miles)
Estimated time walking: 6-7 hours
Maximum altitude point: 4,200 m (13,776 ft)
Campsite altitude: 3,500 m (11,480 ft)

Day 6 – 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 (3,970m/13,022ft).
  • 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 (2,650m/8,692ft), an inspiring Inca center comprising of a thriving agricultural complex, 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.
  • Overnight in camp.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Approximate walking distance: 16 km (9, 94 miles)
Estimated time walking: 7-8 hours
Maximum altitude point: 3,900 m (12,792 ft)
Campsite altitude: 2,650 m (8,692 ft)

Day 7 – Hike to Sun Gate, Visit Machu Picchu Sanctuary & Back to Cusco

  • At around 04:00AM 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 06:00AM to reach Inti Punku or The Sun Gate (2,700m/8,829 ft).
  • 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 (2,430m/7,972ft), 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 Mountain 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.
  • Back to Cusco: You will descend back down to Aguas Calientes and, later on, board the train for the return trip to Cusco. You will stop at the Ollantaytambo Station and then be picked up and driven to your hotel in Cusco.
  • 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 8 – Flight to Puerto Maldonado – Inotawa Lodge

  • Breakfast at the hotel; pick up from the hotel and transfer to Cusco airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado.
  • You will be welcomed by a guide when you arrive at the airport. The guide will take you to the office which is located 5 minutes away from the airport at Puerto Maldonado. You will then head towards Puerto Nuevo on an unpaved road for a one hour long journey. After which you will go onboard a boat through which you will enter Bahuaja Sonene National Park and the Tambobata National Reserve’s buffer zone.
  • Your arrival at the lodge at Inotawa will be welcomed by the staff. Around noon, you will be accompanied by a guide on a walk through the jungle where you will observe birds like wild turkeys and quails, as well as flora like kapok trees and ironwood. You may also witness spiders like tarantulas during night fall, along with other nocturnal animals.
  • Overnight at the Inotawa Lodge.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 9 – La Torre Clay Lick & Tres Chimbadas Lake

  • You will awake really early in the morning to go for a 15 minute walk upriver for observing animals’ activities. You will be able to see parakeets, parrots, macaws and other mammals while they feed from the La Torre Clay Lick. This bank of mud has 4 meter height and 20 meter width. It is very significant for the animals as it is the main source of food for them.
  • You will be served a delicious breakfast when you return to the lodge and after a short rest, you will head towards Tres Chimbadas Lake.
  • Tres Chimbadas Lake is situated at a distance of 15 minutes from Inotawa. You will hike deep in the jungle with your guide for 45 minutes. A catamaran with a single oar will take you on the rest of your journey. You will see a variety of birds, vegetations along the river bank, witness different mammals and reptiles. You may also be able to do fishing while on the catamaran.
  • You will return to the lodge around noon and head over to the houses of the local families. They will tell you about their life, traditions and ways of living. They will allow you to try different exotic fruits like Yucca, Arazá, Copazú and many more which are daily utilized by these local people.
  • Overnight at the Inotawa Lodge.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 10 – Cocococha Lake trek

  • This two and a half hour trek is very interesting. We will pass different types of jungle with key species to biodiversity of Madre de Dios such as the Rubber tree and the Brazil nut. Cocococha Lake is located deep in the Tambopata National Reserve and covers an area of approximately 60 ha surrounded by swampland lowlands and hills. This change in elevation and vegetation in combination with minimal human influence leads to a very high level of biodiversity. It also forms an important habitat for many of the endangered and emblematic species such as macaws, black caimans and giant river otters that can feed and reproduce in peace here.
  • We will be back at Inotawa Lodge in time for lunch. After some rest we will go visit the farm in the afternoon.
  • At night, you will head back to the river to witness the night life of the animals and different species. While enjoying the jungle sounds, you may be able to see the night animals and species roaming around the river banks.
  • Overnight at the Inotawa Lodge.
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 11 – 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
Budget US$ 1905 US$ 1775 US$ 1714
Tourist US$ 2043 US$ 1856 US$ 1784
Superior Tourist US$ 2188 US$ 1942 US$ 1841
First Class US$ 2505 US$ 2058

Extra Optional Services

  • Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain US$ 90 per person.
  • Additional Extra porter to carry your personal items (maximum 14 kg / 31 lb) US$ 140.
  • Lunch at the Aguas Calientes Restaurant US$ 20 per person.
  • Lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge Restarant located outside the entrance of Machu Picchu US $ 46 per person.
  • Upgrade train to Vistadome return to Ollantaytambo US$ 18 per person.
  • Upgrade train to Vistadome return to Cusco US$ 44 per person.
  • Sleeping bag suitable minus 10 ºC for the whole trek US$ 20.
  • Walking stick with rubber feet (one pair) for the whole trek US$ 20.
  • Single tent supplement (if you don’t want to share tent) US$ 20 per person.
  • An extra night in Aguas Calientes (fifth day return) with Tourist hotels US$ 73 based on double room – You can upgrade Hotel category upon request please ask your travel agent.

INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PACKAGE

  • Accommodation: 4 night(s) in hotel(s), 3 night(s) camping, 3 night(s) Amazon Lodge.
  • Excursions: Cusco, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Tambopata Amazon.
  • Entrance fees to parks and cultural sights: Cusco, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, Tambopata.
  • Transfers: All airport transfers, Hotel pickup and drop-off, all transfers are assisted by English-speaking staff.
  • Transport: bus, train, minivan, on foot, walking, boat.
  • Meals: According mentioned in the itinerary (optional vegetarian food).
  • Amazon: 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.

INCLUDED FOR THE INCA TRAIL

  • Pre-departure briefing, the night before your trek.
  • Pick up from your hotel in the morning and transfer in private transport to Km. 82 (starting point of the trail).
  • Inca Trail Permit (includes entry to Machu Picchu, but not to Huayna Picchu Mountain).
  • Personal tents: 2 people in each 3-people-capacity tent, to allow for higher comfort and a safe keeping of backpacks. Our tents are 4-season, highly maintained to ensure an excellent performance in field.
  • One inflatable sleeping pad per person.
  • Dining tent with tables and chairs.
  • Kitchen tent.
  • Toilet tent with bio-degradable toilet facilities.
  • English speaking professional and official tour guide (2 guides for groups of over 8 people).
  • Chef and cooking equipment.
  • Porters (to carry tents, food and cooking equipment).
  • Extra porter to carry personal gear up to a maximum of 7kg per person (including sleeping bag and sleeping pad).
  • Accommodation for all our staff (guide, cook and porters).
  • Meals (3 breakfast, 3 lunches, 3 dinners + daily morning snack + daily tea service except last day). Vegetarian or special diets are available at no extra cost.
  • A bag for your daily snack per person, to avoid using plastic bags and reduce pollution to the environment.
  • Boiled water from lunch time on 1st day onwards.
  • Bio-degradable personal hand soaps.
  • Bio-degradable dishwashing detergents used by our kitchen staff.
  • Others: hot water every morning and evening for washing purposes / boiled water to fill in your water bottle every morning and night, and at lunch time if requested with enough time ahead.
  • First-aid kit including emergency oxygen bottle.
  • Bus ticket from Machu Picchu ruins down to the village of Aguas Calientes.
  • Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo (Expedition service) – we can upgrade to Vistadome service upon request.
  • Transfer from Ollantaytambo train station-hotel in Cusco.
  • 24 hour support by our local staff.

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.
  • Breakfast on the first day and lunch on the last day: after the guided tour at Machu Picchu, you can enjoy free time to further visit the ruins and choose to have lunch either in Machu Picchu or in Aguas Calientes at your own expense. Arrival in Cusco is estimated after nightfall.
  • Entrance fee to the Aguas Calientes thermal springs.
  • Huayna Picchu entrance fee: if you would like to climb this mountain a new entrance fee applies.
  • Sleeping bag.
SELECTED HOTELS FOR THIS TOUR PACKAGE
Following is that the list of our recommended hotels that we use for this tour package. Our recommendation relies on the standards of our company concerning quality, charm, personalized attention, warmth, fair price, social responsibility, best practices on environmental care, etc. for each hotel category, but most importantly, on our past customer reports, in which each hotel is evaluated. Hence, our choice includes those who have obtained a higher client satisfaction so far.

We have rated the accommodations according to 4 categories:

City Budget Tourist Superior Tourist First Class
Lima

Casa Wayra Hostel

Pucllana Lodge

Runcu Miraflores

Faraona Grand

Casa Andina Select Miraflores

San Agustín Exclusive

Casa Andina Private Collection Miraflores

Thunderbird Pardo

Cusco

Hostal Amaru I y II

Hostal Cusco Plaza Nazarenas

Sueños del Inka

San Agustín Internacional

San Agustín Plaza

Eco Inn Cuzco

Casa Andina Private Collection Cusco

Costa del Sol Ramada Cusco

Puerto

Maldonado

Inotowa Lodge Inotowa Lodge Inotowa Lodge Inotowa Lodge

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HOTEL CATEGORY

BUDGET
For travellers on very tight budgets. Very simple rooms offering only basic services and facilities. The rooms have private bathrooms and hot water and include breakfast.

TOURIST
For travelers on a reduced budget. Well maintained installations and functional rooms, some have first-class facilities. Public areas are very limited or, in most cases, non-existent. The price-benefit ratio is usually good.

SUPERIOR TOURIST
Comfortable, simple and with public areas. They majority provide some form of food and drink service: cafeteria, restaurant, bar or other facilities. Their rooms are adequate, functional and equipped with the essentials.

FIRST CLASS
Better than average services and facilities. Designed for first-class clients with some out-of-the-ordinary characteristics. They usually provide a good price / quality ratio, especially.

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