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Iquitos Amazon River and Inca Trail 13 Days

$2,451.00

Discover the best of Iquitos Jungle and trekking the Inca Trail

TRIP OVERVIEW

TRIP CODE: IAI13D01
TYPE SERVICE: Group Service
TYPE ITINERARY: Customize
ACTIVITIES: Cultural & History, Hiking & Trekking, Family Friendly, Multi Activity, Wildlife & Nature
DESTINATION: Lima, Cusco, Iquitos Amazon, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu

 This tour package is fully customizable according to your interest and needs.  Discover the best of Iquitos Amazon River and Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

This 13-day Amazon River and Inca Trail tour package will take you deep within the Amazon Jungle and majestic towns of Lima to ancient Incan sites of Cusco and trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The western Amazon rainforest, found in Peru, is known to have the greatest diversity of flora and fauna found in the world. You can enjoy breathtaking natural sceneries and enjoy amazing wildlife at the Tahuayo Reserve. This 4-day tour package presents you a spectacular wonderful journey that commences from the ancient Incan capital of Cusco, crosses the fertile land of Sacred Valley of the Incas and the ancient Ollantaytambo ruins that culminates with the adventurous Inca trail trekking to the lost fabled ruins of Machu Picchu.

Highlights

  • A tour of the wilds and the beautiful greens that are prevalent in Iquitos Amazon
  • Gain more information about the city from a knowledgeable and friendly guide that would accompany you throughout the tour
  • While time away in the relaxing atmosphere of the Cusco’s Plaza de Armas
  • Discover the ancient ruins of Inca near Machu Picchu and Cusco
  • View the beautiful skies of Machu Picchu when the sun lights them up
  • Hike to remote areas as well along the Inca Trails that include ruins and the Quechua villages

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 – Arrival to Iquitos – Tahuayo Lodge
Early pick up from the hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Iquitos. You will be greeted by a guide upon your arrival and taken to the docks for a speed boat ride to the lodge. This journey will take almost 4 hours. The main lodge of Amazonia on Tahuayo Rive is neither a hotel nor a resort but a comfortable rustic lodge suitable for travelers. This lodge has an access to a wide range of different ecosystems which can be explored along with many downriver native communities. Here numerous English speaking native women and men guides are available so that each traveler can go as per their own interest and pace. These guides are best for those individuals who are not comfortable in going with a large guide group. There will be afternoon as well as evening excursions as per your interests. Overnight at Tahuayo Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 to 5 – Amazon Exploration to your needs and interests
On both days, you will be able to select the activity of your interest. A great variety of activities are offered from our lodge in and around the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve. Examples are swimming with pink dolphins, fish for piranha, flying through the treetops on a canopy zipline, visiting native villages or having a session with a native shaman, visiting manakin lek, hiking to pygmy marmoset trees, canoeing into hoatzin rookery, etc.
The activities selection can be discussed with your guide. No added cost for private guided tours or customized tours as per your interest and needs will be taken. Here is a sample of activities you can go for:
1. Visiting the El Chino native village, schools, farms, shaman and artesania cooperation.
2. Taking a motor boat ride towards Lake Charo to look at the pink dolphins, watch raptors, sloths, monkeys and squirrels, go swimming, go fishing for piranhas.
3. Visiting ziplines and canopy platforms.
4. Taking a motor boat ride to Terra Firme Forest and go for a hike in frog valley. You may be able to see poison dart frogs. During the boat ride, you can look at wooly monkeys and can hand them bananas. You can also witness a bat cave and can even hike through it if you want to.
5. You can go on a canoe in the flooded forest known as Tahuampa forest. While canoeing, you can see caiman, horned screamers and hoatzin birds.
6. You can take a hike towards Lake Tapaje and explore it on a canoe.
7. Hiking behind the lodge to Varzea forest and most likely witness barber bees, wore-tailed manikins, yellow crowned brush tailed rates, owl monkeys and pygmy marmosets.
Overnight at Tahuayo Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 – Departure from Iquitos – Flight to Lima
Morning excursion in the jungle
Afternoon boat to Iquitos; transfer to airport. Fly to Lima.
Upon arrival to Lima; reception and transfer to your Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel in Lima
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 – 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.
There are no planned activities so check into your hotel and enjoy the city.
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 8 – 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 9 – 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 10 – 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 11 – 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 12 – 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 13 – Departure from Cusco – International Departure
Breakfast at hotel; there are no activities scheduled on the final day of this trip and you are free to leave at any time.
At the scheduled time, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Lima for International connection.
Most groups will take the flight from Cusco to Lima connecting from there to international flights.
Meals included: Breakfast

PRICES PER PERSON

HOTEL CATEGORY Single Room Double Room Triple Room
Tourist US$ 2669 US$ 2451 US$ 2407
Superior Tourist US$ 2931 US$ 2582 US$ 2538

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 13-day Iquitos & Inca Trail?

  • Accommodation: 6 night(s) in hotel(s) in Lima, Cuscos, 3 night(s) in Amazon Lodge, 3 night(s) camping.
  • Excursions: Lima, Iquitos Amazon, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, Machu Picchu.
  • Entrance fees to parks and cultural sights: Lima, Iquitos-Tahuayo Reserve, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Inca Trail & Machu Picchu.
  • 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, minivan, train, on foot, boat, hiking.
  • Meals: According mentioned in the itinerary.
  • 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 Iquitos-Amazon tour with overnight in Lodge.
  • 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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