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
INCA TRAIL 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is definitely one of the most requested tours
for those who visit Peru looking for adventure. We will offer a walking
adventure with unique style. You will enjoy from the beginning to the end,
of amazing landscapes of the Andes and a great mix of highlands and jungle.
There is no other natural place in our planet which could show you a
constantly changing variety of ecological floors, surrounded by astonishing
mountains and rivers, as well as a great variety of animals and plants.
Architectonical art is perfectly harmonic with the natural environment and
all of these natural wonders are added to the Inca buildings which worth the
effort to visit and enjoy.
Important Note: We will buy your Inca Trail trek permit using the names &
passport numbers that you 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 is 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 the 2 passports (old and new). If you make a
trek booking at the student price you must send us a 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 7 PISCACUCHO (Km.82)–HUAYLLABAMBA (The Easy day)
You will be picked up from your hotel at scheduled time, and transferred in
our private car to KM 82. The route will go through the beautiful Sacred
Valley of the Incas. After approximately one hour and a half, we will cross
the little town of Ollantaytambo, where we will make a little stop to take
some pictures of this fortress and have a little rest. We will continue our
trip following a rural road that goes parallel to the railroad, which will
lead us to the KM 82, where we will unpack and get prepared to the walking
with our excursion team (cookers, assistants and porters). At this point,
the passengers will have to show their passports to the security personnel
of the Sanctuary and once these has been reviewed they will be able to cross
a bridge that will take you to the other side of the river where they will
start climbing in a parallel line to the Urubamba River, which goes from
north to west across the Sacred Valley. In this first section of the Inca
Trail, we will visit the Community of Miskay (2800 meters), where we will
stop for meeting the natives and try the popular drink known as “chicha”,
which is offered by the ladies of this place. Later we will start climbing
through a little tableland where we will experience an amazing Andean
landscape, and see in the base of the mountains a beautiful Inca building
known as “Patallacta”, located at 2750 meters over sea level. At this point
we will stop and our local guide will provide us information regarding this
interesting Inca legacy. After that, we will continue walking for two hours
along the Cusichaca River, going upwards until reaching a beautiful spot
where we will stop for lunch and take a little break.
Shortly after that, we will continue walking through a zone full of
vegetation, where is highly probable seeing the beautiful giant hummingbird
native from this region. After a two hours walk we will arrive to our first
camping, located in the zone of Wayllabamba at 3000 meters height.
You will be able to enjoy a marvelous Andean landscape and the majesty of
Veronica Mountain, 5832 meters over sea level.
Camps will be assigned depending on the availability of entrants to the Inca
Trail, seasons. (B, L, D)
NOTE: It is normal if the first day feels hot during the dry season
(May to September). We strongly recommend bringing light and fresh clothing,
as well as a good sunscreen and a hat to protect your face.
Maximum altitude: 3000 M
Minimum Altitude: 2650 M
Distance traveled: 12 km
Approximate time of walk: 5 to 6 hours.
DAY 8 HUAYLLABAMBA – PACAYMAYU (The challenge day)
In this second day of the Inca Trail we will wake up early, around 06:00 am.
This will be necessary in order to get ready and have breakfast before
starting the excursion. Later we will start walking through a narrow road
covered by plants, across a little bridge that will take us towards a cloudy
forest of a unique beauty. In this section of the trip you should climb many
stairs, for which we recommend taking all the time that is needed and
stopping for a break when necessary. Following the route, we will arrive to
the Llulluchapampa sector, where we will make a quick stop just to rest and
get prepared to climb to the highest point of our walk, the famous pass
Warmyhuañuska, located at 4200 meters above the sea level. These sectors
include about 2 kilometers of distance and are a bit steep, for which we
will recommend going slowly and stopping for a break whenever needed. In
this part of the trip we will face the most difficult part of the walk, as
we will be over 4200 meter height; however this part is also known as one of
the most beautiful landscapes of the world. Once we have reached the top of
the mountain, we will be granted with a spectacular view of the Andean
mountains. For this special day, we recommend bringing some chocolates,
lemon candy, a lot of water and even some coca leaves. In the top we will be
able to take the classic pictures of the Inca Trail. After that we will
descend by a winding valley until the point where we will stop and have
lunch. During this last part it is possible to watch diverse type of wild
At last we will arrive to the camp of Pacaymayo (3600 meters above sea
level) where we will spend a comfortable night. Pacaymayo is an official
camp, and that is why it has baths and showers; however, we should be aware
that the water in this part is really cold. (B, L, D)
Maximum altitude: 4200 M
Minimum Altitude: 3000 M
Distance traveled: 13 km
Approximate time of walk: 6 - 7 hours
DAY 9 PACAYMAYU – WIÑAYWAYNA (The unforgettable day)
A lot of visitors feel that this is one of the longest days of the
excursion, but at the same time, one of the most beautiful due to the
presence of marvelous Inca buildings along the road. This day we will get up
at 06:00 hours. After a tasty breakfast we will start our walk climbing
through a steep road. Soon we will arrive to Runkurakay ruins, a beautiful
Inca oval building which is believed to be as a Inca watchtower. After
hearing the historical explanation we will continue until Runkurakay pass,
located at 3900 meters above sea level. During this trip we will find a
little lake where sometimes you can watch Andean goose and other native bird
species. After the pass, we will descend to a beautiful valley full of
plants; here we will visit Sayacmarka ruins, located 3624 meters height.
This is an interesting Inca construction, built over a steep slope,
surrounded by marvelous mountains. After visiting Sayacmarka, we will
continue descending to the cloudy forest, arriving to the Puyupatamarka
ruins, composed of impressive fountains and water channels that are
spectacular works of hydraulic engineering made by the Incas. At this stop
we will have a good time, after which we will continue down to reach one of
the most beautiful Inca buildings of the place: the ruins of Wiñaywayna.
These are without any doubt one of the most beautiful of all the ruins after
Machu Picchu. Wiñaywayna means "forever young" and it is said that acquired
said name due to the abundance of an orchid that bears the same name. After
exploring every corner of Wiñaywayna we head to our last camp, which is
located a few meters away.
Máximum Altitude: 3900 M
Minimum Altitude: 2700 M
Distance traveled: 16 km
Approximate hiking time: 7 to 8 hours.
DAY 10 WIÑAYWAYNA – MACHUPICCHU (The special day)
On the last day we will wake up very early, at 04:00 hrs. After breakfast,
we will quickly go and pass the control gate to enter the path that leads
directly to Machu Picchu. It is advisable to bring a good flashlight,
because this time it is normally dark here. After walking for about one hour
and a half, we will arrive at Inti Punku or Sun Gate, a magnificent point
from where you can see the city of Machu Picchu. At this point we can relax
for a few minutes, take pictures of the group, and finally go down to reach
the recognized as one of the seventh wonders of the world: Machu Picchu.
It was long thought that Machu Picchu was only part of a legend, until in
1911 the American explorer Hiram Bingham discovered it only after many
expeditions in the area. Machu Picchu rises to a height of 2430 meters above
sea level, in the middle of a tropical forest with an extraordinary
location. It was without any doubt one of the most amazing urban creation in
Inca times. Its massive walls, terraces and ramps seem to be continually cut
in the rocky cliffs. Our guide will take you on a tour of the most
impressive of this beautiful Inca city. This will take us about 2 hours,
after which we have free time to explore each city on our own taste and
preference. Then return by bus to the town of Aguas Calientes, to take the
train that will take us back to the city. At the time indicated on the
ticket of train our staff will be waiting at the station, from where we will
transfer to your hotel. (B)
Maximum altitude: 2700 M
Minimum Altitude: 2400 M
Distance: 6 km
Approximate walking time: 3 to 4 hours.
DAY 11 TRANSFER OUT
You will be picked up from the hotel after breakfast to take the bus service
to the airport (B).
INCA TRAIL INFORMATION *
OUR SERVICE INCLUDED
*Transfer by bus to km.82 (trail head)
*Entrance Fee, Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
*A large tent, for each 2 persons.
*Mattress, one per person.
*Enough tables and chairs.
*English speaking professional tour guide (over 8 members, 2 guides).
*An expert cook.
*Porters (to carry tent, food, cooking equipment)
*Train Ticket (Backpacker).
*Full meals during the trek.
*Daily snack bag.
*Daily afternoon tea service.
*Daily wake up tea, and hot water for washing.
*Daily morning boiled and cold water to fill the water bottles.
*Emergency oxygen bottle and medical kit.
*Transfer train station / hotel
*Bus Ticket from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes
*Breakfast first day (you can order an early breakfast at your hotel)
*Lunch last day
*Hot springs pool visit (on your own).
*Tips to the crew (guides, cooks and porters).
WE SUGGEST YOU TO:
- Use boots during treks and sneakers during long walks.
- Drinking lots of liquids on long excursions, especially during the Inka
- Always taking an umbrella or rainwear.
YOU SHOULD BRING
-Personal sleeping bag
-Warm Jacket or Sweater
-RainGear (from nov to april)
-T-shirt, short, long pants.
-Back pack, trekking shoes, sandals
-Sun Hat, wool hat, sun glasses
-Water bottle, flash light, hat
-Personal clothing for trek
-Insect repellent – Suncream
-Water Purification Tablets.
-Extra US$50 changed in soles for any emergency and for tipping the porters,
use the hot shower on day 3 - 2 soles and for lunch on day 4
Note: To apply to this discount It is necessary to send us your scan copy
ISIC (International Student Identity Card) with your other information.
Without this copy we will not be able to make the discount.
When booking a trek: The government has strictly limited the number of
people permitted on the Inca Trail during 2009 (permits are issued to about
200 trekkers per day plus 300 porters). We recommend that you make a trek
booking as early as possible. In 2008 the trek permits for some dates sold
out more than 4 months in advance!! However don't make a booking until you
have all the group details (names, passport numbers, ages etc) and you are
sure about your trek departure date since "these details cannot be changed
after we have bought your trek permit"
* Participants need to be in good physical health and condition it is good
for travelers who are in condition to hike up to ten hours, with breaks in a
single day 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
Take only the necessary items for the 4/3 days trek, You can leave the rest
of your luggage at your hotel in Cusco (most of hotels and hostals has an
storage rooms to keep it until your return)
Park authorities may occasionally designate different campsites than those
indicate The Inca Trail is part of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary, a protected
area of 32,592 hectares. Every visitor must obey park regulations
prohibiting littering, cutting or damaging trees, removing or damaging
stones of ruins and the Trail, removing plants, killing animals, lighting
open fires or camping in the archeological sites (Only authorized campsites
can be used).
1. Personal porters can be hired to help carry your personal items such as
clothes, sleeping bag etc. The services of a third of a porter (maximum 7kg
or 14lb per person) can be hired for US$189. If you hire the services of a
third of a porter (you will need to supply the small padlock). However, even
with this service you will still need to take a daypack to carry your
essential items such as rain poncho, warm fleece, camera and water bottle.
Please note that due to new government regulations the maximum number of
porters that we can use in each group has now been capped. This is why we
have had to limit the maximum amount of personal equipment that you can give
to a porter to carry for you to 7kg or 14lb per person. (The maximum amount
that each porter can carry on the Inca Trail has also been limited to 18kg
or 40lb per porter). Approximately 30% of our clients hire the services of
an extra third porter.
2. We can also provide vegetarian meals or cater for special diets at no
extra cost but we need to know when you make the trek reservation.
3. You can hire sleeping bags in our office. All sleeping bags are synthetic
(easy to wash). They are washed after every use and are guaranteed to be
Cost: US$35 per person for the 4 day/3 night trek. Weight 2.5 kg and are
rated to 12 degrees below freezing (nice and warm even during the coldest of
nights experienced on the Inca Trail).
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