Cusco & Machu Picchu, Amazon - 9 Days
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- Day 1: Arrival in Lima
- Day 2: Cusco to Puerto Maldonado
- Day 3: Amazon Tour
- Day 4: Amazon Tour
- Day 5: Transfer to Cusco
- Day 6: Cusco City Tour
- Day 7: Sacred Valley Tour
- Day 8: Machu Picchu Tour
- Day 9: Departure from Cusco
Peru boasts natural beauty in abundance and this tour package to the Andes and the Amazon lets you see it for yourself.
In Cusco and the Sacred Valley, you’ll traverse the high altitude plateaus and deep fertile valleys where the Incas (and the Killke before them) established great civilizations. To get to Machu Picchu, you’ll embark on a dramatic train journey along the banks of the Urubamba River, past the flanks of snowy mountains, and into the cloud forest that kept the Inca citadel hidden for 400 years.
Puerto Maldonado, located almost directly east of Cusco, is the gateway to the Amazon rainforest in southern Peru. You’ll travel by boat to a remote lodge and you’ll spend a few days away from civilization, completely immersed in the thriving greenery of the Amazon.
Day 1: Arrival in Lima
Arrival at Lima airport. Meet our representative for a transfer to your Lima airport hotel.
Day 2: Cusco to Puerto Maldonado
After breakfast, transfer to the Cusco airport for the short flight to Puerto Maldonado. Upon arrival, meet our representative for a transfer by river boat to your Amazon lodge.
Most lodges are located between 30 minutes to 1 hour by boat from Puerto Maldonado. As you leave the city behind, you’ll see the wide river open up before you, walled in by jungle growth on either side. Over the course of the next few days, you’ll learn more about rainforest and you’ll be able to add defining details to what at first glance seems like a vast green space.
Upon arrival at your lodge, settle in to your cabana and then meet your guide to discuss the schedule of activities for the next few days. Enjoy dinner and then tuck in early. Your day tomorrow will begin at dawn.
Day 3: Amazon Tour
Specific activities vary by lodge and by season, but you’re guaranteed to be immersed in the rainforest of southern Peru. You’ll walk jungle trails to spot flora and fauna, hop aboard skiffs to spot wildlife in hidden lagoons, and witness sights and sounds unique to Peru's rainforest environment. Some lodges have tree canopy towers where you can see the rainforest from the perspective of a bird or monkey.
Day 4: Amazon Tour
You may also have an opportunity to visit indigenous communities and learn how they interact with the jungle environment. Night walks offer yet another angle on the Amazon, revealing critters that only emerge when the sun goes down.
Day 5: Transfer to Cusco
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flights from Arequipa to Lima to Cusco. Upon arrival, meet our representative for a transfer to your Cusco hotel.
Be sure to take it easy on this first day at higher altitude. Visit a museum, people-watch on the Plaza de Armas, or find a cafe where you can relax. In the evening, choose among Cusco’s many options for casual or fine dining.
Day 6: Cusco City Tour
This morning you’ll have time to explore Cusco on your own. Visit the Pre-Columbian Art Museum (MAP) or Casa Concha (Machu Picchu Museum). You can also explore the vendor stalls at San Pedro Market or browse artisan workshops and art galleries in the San Blas neighborhood.
After lunch, meet your guide for an afternoon tour of Cusco’s must see sights. You’ll start on the Plaza de Armas, where your guide will begin to tell you about the history of South America’s oldest continuously inhabited city. You’ll enter into the Cusco Cathedral, formerly the site of a temple to the Inca creator deity Viracocha and today a treasure trove for religious art produced by native artisans in the years after the Spanish Conquest. You’ll continue to Santo Domingo Monastery, which was also constructed on the site of an Inca temple, Qoricancha or the Temple of the Sun. The building of the church atop the ruins ironically preserved parts of the Inca structures, which were revealed intact after a devastating earthquake in 1950 crumbled the Spanish construction. Next, you’ll visit the Inca ruins outside of Cusco, beginning at the fortress of Sacsayhuaman (site of an important battle between Inca and Spanish troops), and wrapping up the day with stops at Q’enko, Puka Pukara, and Tambomachay.
At the end of the tour, you’ll be returned to your hotel in Cusco. Hit the town to see Cusco by night or enjoy a quiet evening in.
Day 7: Sacred Valley Tour
After breakfast, meet your guide for a tour of the Sacred Valley, which in Inca times was littered with royal palaces and temples and today is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes. Your first stop is Pisac town, with its famous market and impressive hilltop ruins. At the market, your guide will point out local products like potatoes, giant corn, and natural dyes, and you’ll have a chance to browse the souvenir stalls for one-of-a-kind gifts. Next, you’ll drive up the hill to the Pisac ruins, which sprawl across a narrow mountain ridge and most likely protected the southern entrance to the Sacred Valley. You’ll continue down the road to Urubamba and stop for lunch (not included) at a buffet restaurant serving Peruvian specialties. The final stop is in Ollantaytambo, where you’ll climb to the top of the fortress ruins for panoramic views across the former Inca heartland.
At the end of the tour, you’ll be dropped of at your hotel in Sacred Valley.
Day 8: Machu Picchu Tour
Take an early train to Machu Picchu, traveling for 2 hours along a path that follows the banks of the Urubamba River and descends dramatically from the Andean highlands to the cloud forest. On clear days, you can glimpse the glacier-capped peaks that rise over the valley. Upon arrival at the train station, meet our representative for a transfer to the bus stop and the 25-min shuttle ride to the ruins.
Meet your guide at the ruins entrance for a 2-hour tour of Machu Picchu. You’ll visit the primary temples and palaces of the Inca citadel and then you’ll have time to explore the ruins on your own. Take an optional hike to the Sun Gate (entrance from the Inca Trail) or to the Inca Bridge.
In the late afternoon, return to the train station for the trip back to Cusco.
Day 9: Departure from Cusco
- After breakfast at your hotel, one of our representatives will meet you at your hotel and take you to the airport for your journey home or on to your next destination.
- Alternatively, choose one of our other exciting Cusco tours or Sacred Valley excursions, or browse our full range of Peru travel destinations to extend your Peru vacation.
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- 1 night in Lima airport hotel, 3 nights in Cusco, 1 night in the Sacred Valley and 3 nights in the Amazon in Peru Hotels based on US standards
- All tours stated in the itinerary with English-speaking guides
- Ground transportation and entrance fees
- Breakfast at all hotels
- All meals at the Amazon lodge
- Trains: Ollantaytambo - Machu Picchu - Cusco (Vistadome Train for 4-star and 5-star packages / Expedition Train for 3-star packages)
- Budget tours are designed to offer the best value and comfort possible, and have some variations compared to our 3, 4, and 5-star packages. Call or email us to learn more about our Budget tours.
- Lunches and dinners (unless otherwise specified)
- Airport taxes
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