AMAZON AND INCAS DISCOVERY JOURNEY:11 DAYS

Explore the capital city Lima, nestled between the mountains and the sea and offering some of Latin America’s finest seafood. Travel to the amazon for some jungly action. Continue to Cusco, the old capital of the Incas. Drive to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and experience some aspects of the local life. Travel on Machupicchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the catacombs in Lima.
  • Explore the local food market in Cusco.
  • Discover secret peruvian food recipes with a local family.
  • Visit the impressive fortress of Ollantaytambo.
  • Return to Machu Picchu for an early morning visit to experience its mystery and grandeur at dawn.
  • Attend a local curandero session.
  • Meet the inca weavers in Chinchero.
  • Arrival to Lima

    On arrival at Lima Airport you are transferred to your hotel.

    City Tour Lima

    The city tour begins in the lively seaside district of Miraflores to visit the Huaca Pucllana archaeological site. In the historic center of town we visit the convent of San Francisco, where you will see the impressive catacombs beneath the church. The end of the tour will take you through the residential districts of San Isidro and Miraflores where you will enjoy a magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean.

    Puerto Maldonado – Rainforest

    Leave civilization behind and fly to Puerto Maldonado which is the gateway city to the Amazon Rainforest and we will take a bus and a boat up one of the tributaries of the Amazon River to your low-impact lodge within the reserve to commence your tour. Learn about the Amazon's wildlife, jungle food and flora and fauna.

    Jungle activities

    Wake up early and take a boat ride in search of giant river otters, caimen, hoatzin and exotic birds. In the afternoon journey to indigenous Indian farmlands to learn about meditinal plants. Optional evening presentation on the Infierno Ecotourism project.

    Puerto Maldonado - Cusco

    Return to Puerto Maldonado and transfer back to the airport for your flight to Cusco. At your arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

    Cusco City Tour

    This morning we start the tour visiting the local food market that is one of our highlights. A short drive brings you to the vast sacred sanctuary of Sacsayhuaman. Later we observe firsthand the workings of Lucas the local curandero, a mestizo medicine man to perform an ancient healing ritual. After this special experience we come back to Cusco to explore the magnificent Qoricancha ‘Sun Temple’ whose interior walls were once covered in gold leaf.

    Sacred Valley

    Today we’ll drive into the country side outside Cusco, The Sacred valley, full of farmer’s fields, mountain views and quiet rural charm; you have the whole day to enjoy its delights. On route we visit Awanacancha, It is like a petting zoo comprised of Llamas and alpacas. After the farm you will visit one of the most impressive Inca citadels, Pisac. Before going to the hotel we stop in Pisac market where the local artisan market fills the main Plaza with bustle and brighty-coloured costume.

    Maras Moray and cooking clases with a local family

    We visit the Maras salt pans, a fascinating system of platforms still used to extract salt from a natural mountain spring. Further down the road are the experimental agricultural terraces of Moray. Here, different levels of terraces are carved into huge bowls. Then we drive to the sacred valley to join a local family to learn how they cook some of their traditional recipes.

    Ollantaytambo and Machupicchu

    Tour the spectacular mountaintop fortress of Ollantaytambo made of gray and rose-color granite completed with temples and baths before going to take the train to Machupicchu that is one of the greatest of all archaeological sites. Traveling to the town Aguas Calientes we wind our way through the Urubamba valley, taking in the majestic scenery as we pass. A guided tour will help to enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the site. Bus drive to the hotel.

    Machupicchu, Chinchero, Cusco

    This morning is at leisure to explore the Machupicchu area on your own. A must-see highlight of Machupicchu is the gate of the sun. Narrow steps are cut into the hillside leading up to a stone archway that frames the valley. Experiencing the ruins at sunrise is always recommended as long as weather cooperates. En route to Cuzco, stop in Chincheros, a high-mountain town known for its skilled weavers. Then we drive to the hotel.

    Cusco-Lima

    Fly to Lima for your onward journey. Guests with late international departures will have a day-use room. Assistance with your international flight.

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