DAY 1 LIMA
Pick up upon arrival at Lima’s airport and transportation to the hotel.
Overnight (No meals)
DAY 2 PUERTO MALDONADO
Early breakfast and pick up to go to the airport for your flight to Puerto
Maldonado (airfare not included).
Reception at Padre Aldamiz International airport. Here your professional
guide will await you. He will accompany you throughout your stay. From there
we will go to our office to obtain the official waterway permits (you can
also guard luggage you won’t need during your stay). Meanwhile you can visit
the town’s main square and also take some photos of the beautiful scenery
overlooking the confluence of the rivers Madre de Dios and Tambopata from
Embarkation will be at Capitania port, the destination being our lodge. We
will navigate approximately 40 minutes on the Madre de Dios River in a
typical Amazonian boat.
Arrival at the Corto Maltes Amazonia Lodge. Here we will have a welcome
cocktail. Afterwards you will be handed over the keys to your bungalow and
we will have lunch. The kitchen of our Lodge stands out for the beautiful
presentation and the exquisite tastes of the dishes prepared by our French
After that you will have some free time to get comfortable in your bungalow,
or take a refreshing dip in our pool.
3:30pm: It gets time to have some first contact with the jungle. On this
trek you will see a large variety of tropical trees, medicinal plants,
insects, butterflies and other animals. Upon return we will make a small
stop at a lookout. Here you can observe toucans, macaws and other species of
birds upon your return for sunset. (Duration: between 2,5 and 3 hours)
Returning to the lodge you can take a refreshing dip in the pool or have an
exotic cocktail in our terrace- bar. You could also watch the sunset in the
relaxing, tranquility of palm and mango trees at our port.
7pm: Before dinner we will go on a nightly boat trip, a little safari trying
to spot the white caiman (caiman crocodylus) that lives in the river banks.
8pm: After the delicious dinner, those who wish can have some Smalltalk in
our reclining seats or have some fun and make friends with other travelers
in the bar. Another option is to take a bath in the pool (with bar) under
the shining Amazon sky and marvel at the Cross of the South. (L, D)
DAY 3 MONKEY ISLAND AND LAKE SANDOVAL
At 5:30am we will go on a trek of about 20 min until we arrive at the parrot
clay- lick. Here a minimum of five different species feeds on special clay,
vital to their metabolism. It’s a truly marvelous, multicolored spectacle.
8am: Breakfast and free time to explore the splendid gardens of Corto Maltes
Amazonia. We have dozens of varieties of exotic plants and flowering trees.
10:30am: Again we will navigate the Madre de Dios River. This time on an
expedition destined to “Monkey Island” where some species of these
interesting and entertaining animals live in freedom. Following another boat
ride of 30 min we will enter the territory of the Tambopata- Candamo
National Reserve. We will trek 5km through the dense vegetation of the
tropical rainforest. Giant trees, snakes, monkeys, birds and sometimes even
the illusive jaguar can be observed here
Our destination is heavenly Sandoval Lake. Its privileged settings are
shared by numerous species of animals: Birds (in particular Hoatzins,
Kingfisher, and Cormorants), different species of monkeys (Squirrel monkeys,
Howler monkeys, Capuchin monkeys). At the lake itself we can enjoy the
spectacle of Giant River Otters. Black Caimans and Piranhas (sometimes we
can even observe anacondas in the areas covered by reed). This is also the
habitat of the giant Arapaima, a fish of more than 2,5m, weighing in at
+200kg. Traveling by canoe, the sunset in the lake is a spectacular
unforgettable sight. On our return to the river we might be able to spot
some nocturnal animals.
8pm: The body demands rest and food after an active day in the jungle. You
will enjoy the exotic tastes of our meals, especially our desserts. If you
still have energy left you can share moments of music and conversation in
the bar whilst having a cocktail or enjoy the sounds of the rainforest
surrounding you from your hammock.
After a long day full of activity you will enjoy the comfort of you
bungalows hammocks. You can also recover with a massage by the lodges’
qualified masseurs. (B, L, D)
DAY 4 GAMITANA CREEK
8am: Breakfast and free time to have a bath in the pool or maybe buy some
exclusive Amazon handicrafts and jewelry in our shop.
10am: We will follow the course of the river for approximately 1,5 hours in
order to visit a native community. Occasionally we can see monkeys, river
turtles, caimans and various birds in the dense vegetation of the
riverbanks. We will also see some medicinal plants. (Sangre de Grado, Oje,
The “Project for the Rescue of Cultural Values” supports the local native
community “Palma Real”. It is the biggest with approximately 200 families of
the Ese’eja tribe.
This project, located at Gamitana creek works together with two families
that will introduce us to the cultural values of their ancestors, their
language, their customs, their garments and their dances. In an era where
globalization rapidly changes traditional societies this is a great
opportunity to have direct contact with this tribe of ancient warriors and
hunters. As well as a chance to support them economically with the purchase
of some of their handmade products
1pm: Circumnavigating the Gamatina creek we can occasionally see animals
escaping the human presence. Afterwards we will visit a chakra (local term
for farm). We will get to know a variety of tropical fruits and other local
products (Cocoa, bananas, café, cocona). Here we will also have lunch
consisting of a typical Amazon dish.
The chacarero (farmer) will also let us taste some of the fruits that will
later be taken to the city of Puerto Maldonado for consumption.
Upon return to the lodge you will surely enjoy a bath in our swimming pool;
maybe with a cocktail that might also serve as an aperitif for dinner.
8pm: Dinner is served. After dinner you can retire to our bar to have some
tropical cocktails, relax chit-chatting in our reclining seats at the
central terrace or have a bath in the pool underneath the shining Amazon
sky. (B, L, D)
DAY 5 PUERTO MALDONADO – CUSCO
After breakfast is time to say goodbye to the setting and staff of Corto
Maltes Amazonia. Your guide will accompany you on your way back to the city.
We will pass by our office again to recollect the baggage left. Following
that we will visit the local market to show you agricultural products of the
region; especially fruits of the Amazon. Afterwards our personnel will
accompany you to the airport wishing that your stay was as pleasant for you
as it was for us to show you this beautiful corner of Peru. From here you
fly to Cusco (airfare not included). Upon arrival to Cusco Airport,
reception and transportation to the Hotel where you will receive an aromatic
coca tea to stimulating for the height, will have the day to rest. Overnight
DAY 6 CUSCO CITY TOUR
Breakfast, will have the free morning to rest and also we suggest you have a
light lunch in either your hotel or in one of the surrounded; in the
afternoon we will depart on a City tour (entrance to the archaeological
centers and museums including) we will visit the Main square, Cathedral, the
Koricancha (temple of the sun) and in addition we will make a route
bordering archaeological centers like Sacsayhuaman Fortress, Q'enko, Puka
Pukara and Tambomachay, tour finishes 6:30pm approximately at the main
square in order you can take dinner in one of the exquisite restaurants in
the area, then overnight. (B)
*Optional Buffet Dinner with Folkloric Show: Adding $30 person
INKA TRAIL 2 DAYS
This trip allows a taste of the Inca Trail with days of hiking and camping.
We begin the hike from the train stop at Kilometer 104 and follow the trail
for six hours to the spectacular view of Machu Picchu from Inti Punku, The
gate of the Sun. From here we descend into the world famous “Lost City”.
After a restful night in a hotel, We return to Machu Picchu at dawn to see
the ruins in perfect morning light. In the afternoon, We return to Cusco by
DAY 7 CUSCO/MACHU PICCHU
Early breakfast and at the agreed time, transferred to the station in order
to aboard the train that will lead you to the KM104, located in the railroad
Cusco-Machu Picchu. KM104 will be our departure point for the adventure. At
this point we will leave the train and start walking to the city of Machu
Picchu, across the Urubamba River through a bridge that offers a spectacular
view of the mountains. During the trip we will make our first visit to one
of the Inca sites known as Chachabamba, a beautiful palace with nice walls
carved in stone. Then our guide will explain part of the story of the Incas.
We will start walking again and start climbing through a mountain totally
covered by vegetation, for about 8 Km (4 hours), until we arrive to
Wiñaywayna, located at a height of 2700 meters above sea level. After Machu
Picchu, Wiñaywayna is one of the most beautiful buildings made by the Incas,
at the cloudy forest. Wiñaywana shows a perfect example of the agriculture
during Incas time, showing a great number of terraces, where the Incas used
to grow different plants and vegetables, including coca leaves. The name of
Wiñaywayna comes from a beautiful orchid which grows in that region and
means “forever young”. After exploring this marvelous site we will take our
box lunch near to this zone. Later the same day we will continue our walk
towards a cloudy forest until the Intipunku or “Sun Gate”. At this point the
adventurers shall have access to the most amazing view of the city of Machu
Picchu. This is a very special site, where we will rest for some minutes and
take a lot of pictures of Machu Picchu. After we will descend towards Machu
Picchu (the guided visit will be next day) and we will arrive to the town of
Aguas Calientes where we will spend the night in the select lodging.
At night the passengers will explore and get to know the little town and
will be able to try the thermal baths located in the superior part of the
city near the Main Square. Aguas Calientes has a great variety of
restaurants. (B, Box Lunch)
Maximum altitude: 2700 M
Minimum altitude: 2400 M
Distance: 8 km
Approximate walking time: 6 to 7 hours.
DAY 8 MACHU PICCHU/CUSCO
After breakfast, we will go to the bus station of Aguas Calientes in order
to take the tourist bus that will take us to the Sacred City of Machu
Picchu. This short trip takes only 20 minutes and goes through a rural road,
very difficult and with a big number of curves through a mountain with
jungle characteristics and amazing views. Finally we will arrive to the
Sanctuary of Macchu Picchu where our guide will offer us a walk through the
most important points of this beautiful Inca city, visiting the most
important parts. Later the same day each passenger will be able to explore
the city on his own. You can have lunch just outside the ruins or take a bus
to the town of Aguas Calientes where there are plenty of restaurants to suit
all budgets. In the afternoon return to Cusco City. Reception at the train
station and transfer to your accommodation (B,L).
Maximum altitude: 2400 M
Minimum Altitude: 2000 M
Distance: 9 km
Approximate walking time: 2 to 3 hours.
INCA TRAIL INFORMATION *
-Train ticket round trip,
-hotel night in Aguas Calientes,
-transfer on arrival and departure,
-Meals during the tour,
-entrance fee to Machu Picchu Sanctuary.
-First aid kit, bus tickets.
-Tips for guides, porters or chefs
-Fee entrances to the hot springs.
-Lunch 2nd day.
-Extra porter for personal items
YOU SHOULD BRING:
-ISIC student card (if applicable)
-Warm clothes (jacket, fleece and sweaters)
-Flashlight and batteries
-Hat or cap to protect you from the sun, rain or cold
-Sun block and insect repellent
-Towel and toilet paper
-Snacks: biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, etc.
-Cash (no ATM machines in Aguas Calientes)
-Swimsuit (if you plan on visiting the hot springs at Aguas Calientes after
NOTE You will need to leave your luggage in the Cusco hotel, all the
hotels in Cusco provide a secure luggage deposit. Put any valuables in their
* Participants need to be in good physical health and condition to be able
to enjoy the Inka Trail. The trekking will be difficult if you have not
exercised regularly before your trip. To fully enjoy an Inka Trail
adventure, we advise passengers to get into an exercise program for their
own safety and enjoyment. If a passenger suffers from any medical condition,
we advise him/her to consult a physician about joining an Inka Trail
We will buy your Inca Trail trek permit using the names & passport numbers
that yo will send us with your trek booking application. You must bring
these same passports with you to Cusco and take them on the Inca Trail. If
the name or number in your passport are different from the name and number
on the trek permit, the government authorities will not allow you to start
the trek and you will not be entitled to a refund.
If you plan to renew your passport between making the trek booking and
actually starting the trek YOU WILL MUST bring both passports (New and Old).
If you make the trek booking at the student price you must send us a scan
copy of your ISIC card at the time you pay the trek deposit.
If you fail to bring your ISIC card on the trek the government authorities
will not allow you to start the trek. You will not be given the opportunity
to pay the extra difference in price!
DAY 9 PUNO
Transfer to the bus station. Ten hour bus ride to Puno, across the scenic
high Andes landscapes only dotted by small villages and herds of the llamas
and vicuñas. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel (B)
(*) Additional fare if travelling by train. Ask for availability.
DAY 10 UROS AND TAQUILE ISLANDS
You will be picked up from your hotel at 6:40 a.m., after a 2 hour motorboat
ride, you will arrive at the Uros island, in the Titikaka lake. Fishermen
and hunters inhabit the floating islands of the Uros. The residents of the
Uros use the cattail, a type of rush, which grows in the lake, to create the
conditions that ensure the islands stay afloat. The dense roots that the
plants develop support the island. The roofs are waterproof and the houses
are extremely humid
because of the surrounding water. At present, they speak Quechua and Aymara.
Then we will visit the Taquile island, where we will have lunch in the
cooperative restaurant. There is also a cooperative shop on the plaza that
sells exceptional wool goods which are of very fine quality and somewhat
expensive. Taquile Island is famous for its craft production, particularly
for its beautiful textiles. The island is narrow at about 1 Km. wide and 6
to 7 Km. long.
The visit could be exhausting because of the 533 steps on the stone stairway
to climb to get to the village and because of the altitude (13,000 ft above
On Taquile there are numerous pre-Inca and Inca ruins as well as Inca
We will return in Puno in the afternoon, and overnight at the hotel (B,L)
DAY 11 SILLUSTANI – LIMA
Breakfast, transfer to the airport to take the flight to Lima (Airfare Not
Included). On the route to the airport, we will visit at the Sillustani
Chullpas (pre-Colombian funeral towers). The scenery is desert but
impressive, in a beautiful setting on a peninsula on Ayumara lake about 32
Km. from Puno. Most of the towers date from the period of Inca occupation in
the 15th century; the engineering involved in their construction is more
complex than anything the Incas built. Upon arrival Lima’s airport,
reception and transfer to your accommodation and overnight (B)
DAY 12 TRANSFER OUT
Transfer to the airport for your international flight and end of the
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