nature & culture lima | puerto maldonado | Cusco | machu picchu
Available year round
Day 1: Arrive Lima
Bienvenidos! Welcome to Peru. You will be transferred from Lima airport to the hotel of your choice.
Day 2: Puerto Maldonado
This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado, the gateway to the Amazon. Upon arriving at the lodge you’ll enjoy a welcoming reception. After a well-deserved lunch, you will take kayaks to the river. This is a very relaxing, easy activity for people of nearly any level of fitness.
You will make your way to Monkey Island, which is as great as it sounds – you’ll see a huge diversity of monkeys such as capuchins, tamarins, and squirrel monkeys. For an optional night-time excursion, you may venture out in search of caimans on the river – if you dare.
Included: Kayaking to Monkey Island, transportation, all meals
Accommodations: Yakari Lodge
Day 3: Puerto Maldonado
Start the day strong with a hearty breakfast at the Lodge. First activity of the day is a scenic boat ride to the Tambopata National Reserve Zone. You’ll be captivated by the sights and sounds of the rainforest during our hour and a half long walk, arriving at the famous Sandoval Lake where you can have lunch and swim. After this long day immersed in nature, you will return to the Eco lodge for some dinner and rest.
Included: Boat to Tambopata National Reserve Zone, guided tour of forest, all meals
Accommodations: Yakari Lodge
Day 4: Puerto Maldonado – Cusco
We will depart at dawn to visit the salt licks, a place where hundreds of parrots and parakeets gather to eat the rich clay. This phenomenon is necessary for their diets, and a very interesting sight to see. They congregate here, along the rivers and streams in the Madre de Dios region of the Amazon rainforest.
You will return to the lodge for breakfast, then venture to the hanging high canopy bridge and zip lines. Afterward, it’s back to the lodge for lunch and rest before taking the return boat to Puerto Maldonado for an overnight trip to Cusco via bus.
Included: Boat trip, transportation, breakfast and lunch
Day 5: Cusco – City Tour
We’ll arrive in the early morning for a welcoming reception and transfer to your hotel. Cusco is not just a simple town; it is a place of man-made beauty. Some consider it a time machine of sorts because it is the oldest inhabited city in the western Hemisphere, now called the archeological capital of America, and it is one of the new wonders of the world.
In the afternoon, the Imperial Cusco City tour starts. You will visit four archaeological sites: Sacsayhuaman, where the Incas showed to the conquistadors the power of their Empire by building an incredible place using huge stones; Q’enqo, a ceremonial center; Pucapucara, a control point that served as a kind of customs office; and Tambomachay, a sacred place where Incas worshiped the water.
Included: Imperial Cusco City tour
Day 6: Sacred Valley Tour
Today we will see the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Along the way, we will stop to take in the iconic view of the Urubamba River that snakes its way through the valley. Your journey continues to the small village of Pisac, with a colorful handicraft market, and the archeological complex of Pisac, where your guide will explain the history and Inca architecture of this wonderful site.
Next stop: Urubamba. Here, we will have lunch at a restaurant that specializes in the regional cuisine. Then we will head to Ollantaytambo, known as the living Inca city because it has kept the originality of the Inca style. An impressive archeological site can be seen here, made up of an enormous sculpture of the main Incan God called Wiracocha, carved into the mountainside. After that you will travel for one more hour to see the ancient town of Chinchero known as the land of the textiles, where you’ll learn about the process of weaving with alpaca hair.
Lastly, you will visit the colonial church to learn about its importance within archaeological history. You will return to Cusco and be transferred back to your hotel.
Included: Sacred Valley tour, entry to all sites, breakfast and lunch
Day 7: Machu Picchu
An early morning, but it will be worth it. You'll wake up at 4:30am and have breakfast in the hostel, then take a bus to the top of Machu Picchu for a breathtaking sunrise view of this wonder of the world.
Our guide will take you on a 2 hours tour around the ruins, teaching you all about the ancient Inca city. After the tour you will have free time to wander around and explore by yourself, or you can choose to take a hike to Huayna Picchu, which is very steep and rugged, but rewarding. Once you reach the lookout point, you will get to witness a view of the city that only a handful of people in history have ever seen – past or present. Alternatively, you can choose to spend the rest of your morning exploring the town and village in and around Machu Picchu. Your guide can tell you about different hotspots you can check out. At the arranged time we will return to Cusco by train and transfer you to your hostel.
Included Activities: Machu Picchu Tour, breakfast
Day 8: Cusco
Today you will be seen off like royalty after an incredibly rewarding trip. We will take care of all the transportation arrangements. We will deliver you in style to the airport, where your flight awaits. We’ll help with whatever you need: Check-ins, tickets, luggage, etc.
Included: Transportation, breakfast
Just remember to come back and vacation with us again. You can never see too much of Perú.