Mountain Excursion

Peru: The Inca Trail Classic and Amazon

Lima, Peru

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Prices From: $2,385 per person

Explore the Sacred Valley with its famous sites of Ollyantambo and the Pisac Market, chill out in the colonial town of Cusco, then spend 4 days trekking the incredible Inca Trail to access Machu Picchu. Afterwards visit the rich Peruvian Amazon for a 3 day adventure at Sandoval Lake eco-lodge. Our custom itineraries provide you with the flexibility to book as much or as little as you want and maximize your time in Peru. Please see the attached day-by-day itinerary for all the details.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Cusco Arrival

In the morning you will be picked up and transferred to the airport for your flight to Cusco (flight only included upon request). Upon arrival in Cusco our representatives will meet you and take you to your hotel, Casa Andina San Blas. Enjoy the day at your leisure to acclimate.

Overnight: Casa San Blas Boutique Hotel (Breakfast Included)

Day 2 - Sacred Valley

Enjoy a full day tour (small group) to the Sacred Valley. The Sacred Valley Peru is understood to be the land that extends between the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo. This past heart of the Inca Empire starts just 10 miles outside of Cusco, and trips here reward visitors with incomparable Inca ruins, stunning Andes Mountains vistas, charming towns, a good climate, and plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy the countryside. This full-day excursion includes a visit to the famous Pisac Market, Ollantaytambo fortress and surrounding ruins. In the evening your guide will come to your hotel to give you a pre-trek briefing and answer any last-minute questions you might have.

Overnight: Casa San Blas Boutique Hotel (Breakfast and Lunch Included)

Day 3 - Piskakucho – Huayllabamba

This morning begin the Inca Trail trek! A spectacular early morning drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas takes us to our trailhead at Km. 82 of the Machu Picchu railroad. After getting acquainted with our trail crew we set out, crossing a footbridge to hike a gentle two hours down the Urubamba canyon, and then visit imposing sculpted Inca farming terraces and the settlement of Llaqtapata on the banks of the Cusichaca side river. We then climb a short way up the Cusichaca valley to Huayllabamba, the last inhabited village on the trail, where we camp.

Overnight: 3 Man Tent (per 2 Trekkers) (All Meals Included)

Day 4 - Huayllabamba – Pacaymayo

Day 2 of the trek. We climb the steep-sided Llullucha valley past a rushing stream and through enchanted native polylepis woodland. Crossing the rim of a small plateau, we abruptly find ourselves in the puna, the treeless grasslands of the high Andes. The trail traverses an open slope opposite mighty mountain crags as we ascend to the first and highest pass, Warmiwañusca (4,200m/13,776ft). Here we encounter spectacular views of the trail ahead to the second pass, and look back to the sweeping snowpeaks and valleys of the Huayanay massif. We follow the trail to the floor of the forested Pacaymayo valley, where we make camp.

Overnight:3 Man Tent (per 2 Trekkers)(All Meals Included)

Day 5 - Pacaymayo – Wiñay Wayna

We pick up an Inca stairway and ascend again past the small Inca site of Runkuracay. As we reach the second pass, the landscape opens onto spectacular new views to the snowpeaks of the Pumasillo range. We descend to the ruins of Sayacmarca (Inaccessible Town), an intricate labyrinth of houses, plazas and water channels, perched precariously on a rocky spur overlooking the Aobamba valley. The Inca trail, now a massive buttressed structure of granite paving stones, continues along the steep upper fringes of the cloud forest through a colorful riot of orchids, bromeliads, mosses and ferns. At the third pass pinnacles topped with Inca viewing platforms overlook the archaeological complex of Phuyupatamarca (Cloud-level Town). Pausing to explore the wondrous maze of Inca stone towers, fountains and stairways that spillins down the mountainside here, we begin a long descent through ever-changing layers of cloud forest. An Inca stairway partly cut from living granite leads us finally to our camp by the ruins of Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young), the largest and most exquisite of the Inca Trail sites.

Overnight:3 Man Tent (per 2 Trekkers) (All Meals Included)

Day 6 - Wiñay Wayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco

An early morning hike takes us across a steep mountainside through lush, humid cloud-forest of giant ferns and broad-leaf vegetation. Suddenly we cross the stone threshold of Intipunku (Sun Gate) and encounter an unforgettable sweep of natural beauty and human artistry –a backdrop of twisting gorge and forested peaks framing the magical city of Machu Picchu. After your visit to Machu Picchu, in the afternoon we will return by train (the first class Vistadome Train) to Cusco

Overnight: Casa San Blas Boutique Hotel (Breakfast and Lunch Included)

Day 7 - Cusco – Puerto Maldonado – Lake Sandoval

Today you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the Cusco airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado.

Upon arrival you will be greeted for airport reception and transferred to La Hacienda Concepcion Lodge, visiting the Inkaterra Butterfly House in Tambopata en route. Begin to experience the enchantment of the rainforest as you take a 45-minute boat ride along the Madre de Dios River. Upon arrival at the lodge, settle into your beautiful cabana and enjoy lunch in the dining room. Today you are able to choose from a variety of included excursions available.

This evening we recommend the Twilight River excursion. On this guided afternoon boat ride you will witness the enchanting transformation as the rainforest transforms into a thriving nocturnal environment. As you explore, search for nightjars, owls, capybara and caiman, learning about their habits as you share their paradise. On a clear night, the stars of the southern hemisphere seem to stretch on forever against the deep black sky.

Enjoy cocktails before dinner, served in the main dining room. After dinner, you may retire early to your own cabana, or join the lodge staff to talk about the experience of life in the rainforest, as you listen to the intriguing sounds of the jungle at night.

Overnight: Hacienda Concepcion (All Meals Included)

Day 8 - Lake Sandoval

Breakfast begins at 5:30 a.m. for those who want to avoid the heat and enjoy nature at its fullest. A full buffet breakfast is served from 7 to 9:30 a.m. This morning we suggest a visit to Sandoval Lake. A 30-minute boat ride will take you to the Tambopata National Reserve for a one-hour walk to Lake Sandoval. Upon arrival at the pristine lake, board a wooden canoe and glide across the beautiful, mirror-like oxbow lake that is home to the endangered giant river otter, as well as red howler monkeys, macaws, anacondas, point-tailed palm creepers and side-neck turtles. You will spend two hours on the lake so you can fully appreciate all that Sandoval has to offer.

Return to the Inkaterra lodge for lunch before departing on your next adventure, we suggest the Canopy and Anaconda Walk. A five-minute boat ride will take you to the Canopy Inkaterra Interpretation Center. After ascending the first tower, 30 meters above the forest floor, you will literally walk through the treetops for one and a half hours along suspension bridges that link eight observation platforms. Enjoy landscapes that would be unimaginable from below, while on the lookout for giant strangler fig trees, orchids, toucans, woodpeckers, trogons, monkeys or sloths. After your descent from the canopy, experience the Anaconda Walk for 30 minutes along the 200-meter wooden bridge over the Aguajales swamps. In this lush ecosystem, you will observe the various species of amphibians, serpents, birds, mammals and abundant flora and trees of this flooded marshland. If you wish, you may extend your excursion and appreciate the sunset from one of the towers.

Once at the lodge, enjoy a cocktail in the main dining room or during the daily nature presentation in the Ecomedia Center. Dinner starts at 7:30 p.m.

Overnight: Hacienda Concepcion (All Meals Included)

Day 9 - Lake Sandoval – Puerto Maldonado – Lima

After a dawn breakfast we take a final, short paddle along the palm swamps of the west end of the lake in search of the resident Giant Otter family. From here, on clear mornings, we will see a glorious sunrise and its reflection in the open waters of the lake. Returning once more down the trail to the Madre de Dios River, we return to Puerto Maldonado to board your outbound flight onwards. Buen Vieje!

(Breakfast Included)

Accommodation Information

Casa San Blas Boutique Hotel

Casa San Blas, the first boutique hotel in Peru, has been created to provide guests with a distinguished service based on individual, personalized service and attention to detail in a comfortable, home-like atmosphere. San Blas' design harmonizes with the colonial architecture of the San Blas neighborhood, based upon the restoration of a historic mansion, while incorporating all the benefits of the modern world.

The district of San Blas has been the historic artisan's quarter of Cusco since Inca times, and lies just two and a half blocks from the main square. It is a neighborhood of narrow, picturesque cobbled streets and whitewashed colonial-era houses, with red-tiled roofs and wooden balconies.
Hacienda Concepcion

Hacienda Concepcion, the newest by Inkaterra property is located in an enchanting and serene lush setting within 382 hectares of tropical rainforests that act as a buffer zone between the Tambopata National Reserve and the right shore of the vast Madre de Dios River.

Family-run Hacienda Concepcion incorporates a thatched-roof lodge and locally crafted décor as well as seven cabanas. Half day and quarter day excursions are available from the lodge, including casual walks, the nearby Inkaterra Canopy Walkway, and canoe rides down the Madre de Dios River.

Location

Region: South America

Address:
Lima
Peru

Amenities/Activities

Breakfast Breakfast

Day Tours Day Tours

Ecologically Responsible Ecologically Responsible

Hiking Trekking Hiking Trekking

Wildlife Wildlife

GBC Staffpick GBC Staffpick

Archeology Indigenous Archeology Indigenous

General Information

The price includes:

  • All meals as indicated in itinerary
  • All accommodations as indicated in itinerary
  • Experienced Bilingual Naturalist Guide
  • All tours and transfers as indicated in itinerary
  • For the Inca Trail: Transportation to and from the city of departure, a pre-departure information meeting and valuable Inca Trail map, overnight in new The North Face tents including comfortable sleeping pads, a duffle bag to store your luggage during the trek (please return upon your arrival in Cusco). Inca Trail and Machu Picchu entrance fee and train ticket back to Cusco (Vistadome), meals according to the itinerary and a final lunch in a restaurant before returning to Cusco, bottled water to refill your canteen.
  • Tambopata National Reserve entrance fee
  • All rainforest and lake excursions at Sandoval Lake Lodge

The price excludes:

  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not indicated
  • For the Inca Trail: Meals in the cities, alcoholic beverages, extras, tips, taxes, laundry service, additional tours, insurance and airline tickets (where applicable), hiking boots, sleeping bags, sticks and other personal gear or items.
  • Items of a personal nature, including insurances
  • Visas, passports, vaccinations, medicines
  • Gifts & souvenirs
  • Any optional extra activities
  • Tips
  • Taxes and Fees