Machu Picchu and Amazon Jungle Tour - 10 days
- Machu Picchu and Amazon Travel 10 days
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Machu Picchu and the Amazon Jungle, two of life's must see destinations..., the Amazon rainforest, located in the north side of the South American continent, is the biggest forest in the world and is also the last big space covered with tropical plants and live animals. Up high in the Andes, at 7,000 feet above sea level, the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu soars above the Urubamba Valley. Machu Picchu is a settlement built by the Incas in the fifteenth century. Inca, or Inka, is the given name to the inhabitants of the Huatanay River's basin, in which banks the city of Cusco was built. Before that time the Incas had succeeded in forming a kingdom that dominated the middle part of the Vilcanota River.
Machu Picchu, amusing the world for its spectacular location high above in the Andes, awaits still in its natural setting. Cusco, once the center of the Inca Empire and now a vibrant gateway to the ancient Inca world, is located even at a higher altitude. An infinity of species of flora and fauna, many of which are not found anywhere else, live together in totally unique autonomy in the Peruvian Amazon Basin.
Accommodations in Cusco, Aguas Calientes and Puerto Maldonado included
Price includes all credit card transaction fees and taxes
(B)=Breakfast ; (L)=Lunch ; (D)=Dinner
Machu Picchu and Amazon Jungle Tour Itinerary | 10 days - 9 nights
Day 1 : Lima - Cusco
Flight to Cusco from Lima in the morning. You will be assisted upon arrival to Cusco's airport (CUZ) and transferred to your Cusco Hotel located around the main square.
Day 2 : Cusco (B)
Today a guided city tour is scheduled, you will visit the cathedral with magnificent colonial art, the Santo Domingo church or Korikancha, with incredible Inca stonework, the archeological complex of Sacsayhuaman, the amphitheatre of Quenqo, the fortress of Puka Pukara and the spring-shrine of Tambomachay. Overnight in Cusco.
Day 3 : Cusco - Sacred Valley - Aguas Calientes (B)
Today you will embark upon a day-long guided excursion through snowcapped mountains to the legendary Sacred Valley of the Incas. Begining in Pisaq, then to Urubamba and we continue to the Fortress of Ollantaytambo. From Ollantaytambo, it will take us around 2 hours to arrive to Aguas Calientes by train. Overnight in Aguas Calientes.
Day 4 : Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco (B)
Today, you will be able to choose between waking up at 4:30a.m. and walking up to the sun-gate or taking a bus to Machu Picchu at 7:00a.m. In Machu Picchu, you will have a guided tour for about two hours and after that you will be free to explore the citadel and take pictures, or if you desire, ascent toward the Huaynapicchu Mountain. In the afternoon (depending on availability), you will be taking a train to Ollantaytambo and from there; a bus will drive you to your hotel in Cusco.
Day 5 : Cusco (B)
Day at leisure in Cusco. Overnight in Cusco.
Day 6 : Cusco - Puerto Maldonado - Caiman Cocha (B)(L)(D)
Transfer to the airport in Cusco, flight to Puerto Maldonado. Assistance and transfer to the Amazon lodge by boat, begining an unforgettable journey through the Madre de Dios River. On the way, you might observe alligators, turtles, herons and other animals. Arriving to the Amazon Lodge, you will enjoy an exquisite typical welcome drink and then you will settle in our comfortable bungalows, afterwards comes lunch. You will be conducted by your tour guide to Caiman Cocha, a small lake with an abundant presence of Black Caiman (Melanosuchus Niger) and Caiman (Caiman Crocodilus). At the end of the evening, you will experience the spectacular sunset in the Amazon, a diversity of intense color ranges. Return to the lodge and dinner.
Day 7 : Apu Victor Lake - Monkey Island (B)(L)(D)
After breakfast, we'll start to hike towards the heart of the forest. We will continue observing a variety of flora and wildlife until getting to the wonderful Apu Victor lake. Then, we'll go up to the Observatory, from which we'll have a panoramic view of the lake and different kind of birds and other animals, if we are lucky, we'll observe the Giant Otter. Lunch at the lodge. With the help of our specialized guide we will visit Monkey Island. Located at only five minutes from the lodge, in the middle of the Madre de Dios river, the Monkey Island hosts different monkey species: starting from the noisy ones, the Maquisapas, the happy Achuñis, and the very impressive Frailes to the very little and funny “leoncitos” little lions. During the way to the Island, very beautiful landscapes can be appreciated with all the flora and fauna that they host, as well as the amazing sunset in the jungle. Overnight at the lodge.
Day 8 : Lost Cocha (B)(L)(D)
After breakfast we will start an adventure thought the virgin jungle, advised by a local guide; we’ll hike into the “Cocha Perdida” (Lost Cocha), it constitutes an ecosystem that is considered as a refuge of a huge variety of animals like, nutrias, caimans, turtles sachavacas, multicolor feather birds, the majestic jaguar (Andean lion) and fish. This area is maintained intact, like the huge swamps and a diversity of “Aguajal” forests. Then we will arrive to the amazing Amazon observatory, built at the top the biggest tree “Shihuahuaco”, from that location you may observe the magical jungle, and at the same time have a pleasant ride in a canoe around the lake. Then return to the lodge to have lunch. In the afternoon, we'll have the opportunity for an optional visit to the local Botanical Garden or if you wish, you'll have the option to relax around the pool. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Day 9 : Puerto Maldonado - Cusco (B)
After breakfast transfer to the airport, flight to Cusco. Transfer and overnight at your hotel in Cusco.
Day 10 : Cusco - Lima (B)
Transfer to Velazco Astete Airport (CUZ) for the return flight to Lima.
Connect with your international flight.
Included in the Machu Picchu and Amazon Jungle 10 days Tour Package
- Domestic round trip Flight LIMA/CUSCO/LIMA and CUSCO/PUERTO MALDONADO/CUSCO
- Accomodation on double or triple rooms
- 5 Nights in Cusco
- 1 Night in Aguas Calientes
- 3 Nights in the Amazon Lodge
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
- English/Spanish-speaking professional guide
- Entrance ticket to Machu Picchu
- Guided visit to Machu Picchu
- Round trip bus ticket Machu Picchu/Aguas Calientes
- Train ticket Ollantaytambo/Aguas Calientes
- Train ticket Aguas Calientes/Ollantaytambo
- Transfer train station / Hotel in Cusco
- Cusco city tour, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, PukaPukara and Tambomachay
- Guided visit to the Sacred Valley
- Visit Monkey Island
- Visit Lost Qocha
- Gamitana river excursion
- Vegetarian food available on request with no extra charge.
- First Aid equipment
- Transfers in/out in every city.
- Entrance ticket to all attractions stated in the Itinerary
Excluded in tour cost
- International round - trip airfare to and from Peru
- Airport taxes international (US$30.25) and local (around US$6.05)
- Tips and gratuities
- Travel insurance
- Breakfasts are included at all hotels. All other meals are not included unless specified in the itinerary.
- Personal trekking gear.
† Vistadome train upgrade (one way) : USD 60.00 (recommended)
NOTE: We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes. We will endeavour to confirm final hotel bookings as soon as possible.
† Vistadome train upgrade (one way) : USD 60.00
STUDENT DISCOUNT : USD 30.00 off of group service price
To qualify for STUDENT Discount, you MUST email us a scanned copy of your ISIC STUDENT card immediately to firstname.lastname@example.org
*If any of the third party costs included on this package experiences an increment, we will immediately update the package price. Trekkers affected by the modification must pay the difference upon arrival in Cusco. If the price of the domestic flight included experiences a variation, the agent in charge of your account will inform you immediately in order to add or substract the difference.
Package Details - Planning Your Trip to Machu Picchu
The high tourist season is between June and September (winter) with July and August being the busiest months. This is because these months coincides with summer holidays in Europe, North America, Canada etc. Book in advance. This is also the dry season in the sierra and jungle regions (Cusco, Machu Picchu, Titicaca Lake, Puerto Maldonado, Amazon jungle) with days being typically sunny and warm with little chance of rain.
Because of the proximity to the equator and the high altitude, the sun is very intense, bring good sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses and a hat. Trekking in shorts and t-shirts is pretty comfortable, however the temperature can drastically drop when the sun goes down. Always have a sweater or jacket and long pants at hand. Temperature at nights can drop to below freezing (27°F/-3°C) in August.
The summer months in Cusco from December to March, offer daytime temperatures to 85°F/30°C, milder nights (typically to 45°F/8°C) and plenty of rain. Waterproof clothing is highly recommended for this time of the year. The Inca Trail will be closed throughout February for maintenance and conservation projects.
Peru Festivals you might want to attendPeru celebrates some 3,000 festivals a year. Most of them are held in homage to a patron saint and are part of the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar adopted in colonial times, although they have blended with the magical beliefs of ancient forms of worship. The most important festivals in Peru are:
New Year / January 1st.
Feast of the Virgen de la Candelaria (Virgin of the Candles), Puno / February 2nd
Virgin of Chapi, Arequipa / May 1st
Anniversary of Cotahuasi, Arequipa / May 4th
Inti Raymi, Cusco / June 24th
Anniversary of Huaraz / July 25th
Independence Day July / 28th
Anniversary of the city of Arequipa / August 15th
Peruvian Pace Horse National Contest, Trujillo / September 29th.
ClothingThe golden rules for your trip to Machu Picchu are to travel light and to pack for a variety of conditions. Expect a wide range of temperature and precipitation, be prepared to deal with inclement weather, intense heat of the high altitude, cold Andean nights and humidity during the unique jungle transition area. We recommend to dress using several layers to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection rather than one thick and heavy jumper, this way you can add or remove a layer to remain comfortable as conditions change throughout the day. At all times, carry rain-gear in your day-pack.
Basic clothing list: underwear, thermal underwear (tops and bottoms), wool socks, lightweight hiking boots, sneakers for around camp, convertible hiking pants are useful, T-shirts, long-sleeved shirt, light rain gear (waterproof jacket or rain poncho), sun hat, bathing suit, gloves and ski-type hat.
Other Gear: Well broken-in trekking boots, Day pack, water bottle, flashlight, sunglasses, sunscreen, personal toiletries, medicine/first aid, insect repellent. Sealable bags are essential. They will keep your t-shirts dry from moisture and will trap odors from your stinky socks at the end of the day. Your electronics should be in a sealable bag as well.
Optional: Walking sticks with rounded and rubber end, sewing kit, pocket knife, camera and film, binoculars, snacks and/or energy bars.
Know What You Are Buying
Our logistics allows us to secure pemits and entrance tickets almost immediately after you have made your reservation and we have procesed your deposit transaction. You don't need to wire money or pay other fees for transactions, the price you see published is the final price you will be paying. The fact that we offer online payments and have Visa, MasterCard and American Express authorization, our affiliation to the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), our INRENA and Cusco Government Tour Operator Certifications gives you the guarantee of our seriousness.
Once in Cusco and one day prior to the tour, you will receive an important orientation meeting, we'll review tour arrangements, other cash needs and tour documentation requirements. We collect any balance unpaid from you at this time in cash. Bills must be in good condition (no rips or missing corners please).
Machu Picchu 2 Amazon | Inca Trail Reservations office in Cusco is at:
Calle Choquechaca 229 - B
If you have last minute change of plans due to airline or bus delays, you must advise us immediately. Please contact us or our Cusco office directly for alternative arrangements.
In order to qualify for a student discount, we must receive a digital version (.jpg) of your ISIC STUDENT card. In the event that we don't receive the scanned copy of the ISIC card along with your reservation form, we will process your reservation with adult price.
In order to qualify for a child discount (15 years and younger), we must receive a digital version (.jpg) of the child's passport. In the event that we don't receive the scanned copy of the passport along with your reservation form, we will process your reservation with adult price.
The best way for us to receive your documentation is by email as a digital file attachment (.jpg). Regulations for discounts are subject to change by the INC with no advance notice. Additionally, passengers MUST bring their passport and student ID on the trek; failure to do so may result in the INC confiscating the student ticket and denying you the right to proceed with the trek.
* When leaving Lima you will need to pay a $30.25 airport tax for the International flight and $6.05 for the domestic flight in cash at an airport counter.
* Tipping your guide and trek support staff is optional but customary. Bring along between US$25-$40 in local currency for this purpose.
Porters appreciate receiving donations of used clothing or toys that are in good condition, including children's clothes.
Note: We reserve the right to make changes where necessary for the safety and comfort of trek participants. Additional expenses caused by circumstances beyond the control of the operator will be the responsibility of the trek participant.
Optional Extras / Add ons:
We are pleased to assist you with additional tour extensions prior to and following your tour.
Social and Environmental Responsibility
At Inca Trail Reservations we firmly believe that responsible tourism is the only way of guaranteeing the sustainable development of this activity for present and future generations. We support the efforts of the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary Authority (UGM) to protect the environment within the park by measures which include limiting the daily capacity of the route, and enforcing a policy of 100% carry in/carry out.
As a result of this belief ever since we started, we involved the local communities and worked with them as suppliers of goods and services, helping them by contributing with medicines, school materials and sanitary issues. Tied in with this, was our commitment to the environment trying to minimize footprint and respecting the traditional way of life of the peoples through whose territory we passed.
Annually, we review our quantifiable goals to reduce the maximum possible levels of solid waste generation, pollution of water courses, the risks of fire and the disturbance of wildlife caused by our activities, products and services.
Preparation - How fit you need to be to visit Machu PicchuYou do not need to be an Olympic athlete nor a mountaineer but it is important to be relatively fit and in good physical condition before you visit Machu Picchu. A few weeks of training, prior to arriving in Peru, will enhance your experience.
Try to spend an hour a day on the road. Walk upstairs rather than taking the elevator, if possible, walk or cycle when you would normally drive or ride a bus, take the dog for a walk around the neighborhood. Better yet, go on hikes in your area. Plenty of cardiovascular training is essential.
Being able to run a few miles each day without issues is probably the best single physical activity you should consider. Spend time on the stepper; you will be glad later when you are literally climbing up and down hundreds of ancient steps.
While you are training you can also be breaking in those new trekking boots that may otherwise give you blisters.
High altitudes affect everybody in different ways, even a marathon runner may feel debilitated. When in Cusco, go visit some ruins in the surroundings, have a little jog, you will probably notice heavy breathing. This is due to the thin air at altitude, not your lack of fitness.
After a day or two of acclimatization, you'll learn how much food your body can handle in a day, whether coca tea helps, or if acetazolamide is appropriate.
Please proceed to booking by clicking on the date you would like to start the Tour.