Duration: 7 days/6 nights
Departure Dates: Any day you would like!
Pricing: From $1,849 USD per person
Our Machu Picchu and Amazon Lodge program combines unforgettable highlights with adventurous, non-traditional tours and activities. Begin with the Cusco area and Peru’s wonder of the world, Machu Picchu. From there, continue to a multi-day Amazon Lodge stay in the remarkable Tambopata Reserve. Peru is among the most biodiverse and culturally varied countries on the planet, and Ayni Peru plans each phase of this tour to give you unique and unforgettable experiences.
As with all Ayni Peru travel, this itinerary can be customized or combined with tours in Cusco and beyond. Please contact us for custom itineraries, quotes and questions.
Arrive in Cusco, the heart of the ancient Inca Empire! Begin with a private guided tour of the city, visiting Cusco’s most fascinating sites. Included in this walking tour are the Plaza de Armas, Qorikancha, the San Pedro Market, and the San Blas neighborhood. From there, you’ll have free time to relax and explore n your own.
Today you’ll depart by private transport for a tour of the beautiful Sacred Valley, starting with the Inca fortress Saqsayhuaman. From there, travel to Pisac, to explore the impressive Inca fortress and temples overlooking the town. Next, descend to Pisac’s colorful local market. You’ll have time to browse artisan stalls for textiles, jewelry, ceramics and more. After a break for a delicious buffet lunch, continue to the charming town of Ollantaytambo, where you can explore the cobblestone streets and visit the massive Inca ruins. In the late afternoon, board the train for an incredibly scenic ride to Aguas Calientes, located at the base of Machu Picchu.
Wake up bright and early to catch the bus to our Wonder of the World! As you enter through the gates, you will catch your first glimpse of the incredible ruins and the surrounding mountains. After a 2.5 hour guided tour, take some time to marvel at the incredible views. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can add a Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain climb for an amazing birds eye view of the ruins (must arranged in advance). After a day of exploring, return by train to Ollantaytambo. Transport will be waiting for transfer to your Cusco hotel.
Today you will transfer to the Cusco Airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado. Upon arrival, a lodge representative will welcome you at the airport, and assist with transfer to the Tambopata River Port, entering the Native Community of Infierno, where you’ll board our motorized canoe. This will take you deep into the Tambopata Reserve to your lodge. After settling in, you will go on an evening hike to look for caiman and other creatures.
You will wake up in your beautiful Amazon lodge ready for a full day of activities. You will first visit the beautiful Oxbow Lake, then take a short walk to the canopy tower, which you can climb for impressive views of the surrounding jungle. You will end the day with an ethnobotanical tour, where you will learn about the huge variety of Amazon plants and how the local people use them medicinally.
Today you will visit the macaw clay lick, where you will see parrots, parakeets, and macaws descend on a clay bank, where they ingest nutrients from the clay. You can also visit a mammal clay lick, where wild rain forest pigs, along with deer, guan, and parakeets, emerge from the jungle to consume the clay. You will also have the option of a night walk, where you will be able to hear the jungle come to life after dark.
After breakfast, you will say goodbye to your lodge and the Tambopata Reserve as you travel back to the Puerto Maldonado Airport. Here you will catch your flight home- or on to your next location!