Machu Picchu and Tambopata Trip

MACHU PICCHU & TAMBOPATA RESERVE.

Explore two of the most fantastic regions of Peru, in a great tour that combines archaeology, at the heart of the Inca Empire and great adventure, at the depth of the rainforest.
Hike the "Inca Trail" and discover the wonders of " Machu Picchu" a sacred citadel hidden in the eyebrow of the jungle. Enjoy the Ancient Inca Capital of "Cusco", with its fabulous colonial architecture, traditional festivals and wonderful nightlife. Visit the "Sacred Valley" of the Inca with its picturesque Andean Market at the village of Pisaq. Finally fly to Jungle and visit the National Reserve of "Tambopata", a green world with gigantic trees, beautiful lagoons, winding rivers and wonderful wildlife.



Photo Gallery : Machu Picchu & Tambopata Reserve.

Sacred Valley Machu Picchu Tambopata Reserve Tambopata Reserve
MACHU PICCHU & TAMBOPATA

Program: 13 days / 12 nights

Day 1º: Arrive in Lima.

Upon your arrival you will be met by our representative at the international airport of Lima and then will be transferred to your hotel located at the residential zone of Miraflores. Overnight at the Hotel Casa Andina Classic Miraflores *** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Pick up from the airport in Lima and transfer to the hotel.
  • Accommodation at the hotel Casa Andina Classic Miraflores *** or similar (Matrimonial or Double Standard Room)

What is not included?

  • Meals, Extras & gratuities.


Day 2º: Flight to Cusco.

At the designated time you will be picked up from your hotel in Lima and then will be transferred to the airport in Lima to take a flight to the city of Cusco. The flights lasts about 1:10 minutes. Upon arrival in Cusco you will be met by a representative of Mystery Peru and then transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day free to aclimatize to the altitude. Overnight at the Hotel Casa Andina Classic Cusco *** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Pick up from the hotel in Lima and transfer to the airport.
  • Flight tickets from Lima to Cusco.
  • Pick up from the airport of Cusco and transfer to the hotel.
  • Accommodation at the Hotel Casa Andina Classic Cusco *** or similar (Matrimonial or Double Standard Room)

What is not included?

  • Meals, Extras & gratuities.

Day 3º: Cusco City Tour

Morning free for you to explore the great Inca Capital of "Cusco". This gorgeous city lies at the head of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, at the heart of the Andes. In Inca times Cusco was a Holy City, a place of pilgrimage, a sacred place the Incas themselves believed was "The Navel of World", thus its real name "Qosqo". Nowadays Cusco is a fascinating mix of Inca and Colonial Spanish architecture; colonial churches, monasteries, convents and Inca remains are found at every corner, many streets are lined with perfect Inca stonework's, which served as foundation for most Spanish constructions.
In the afternoon we will do a City Tour, visiting the City's Highlights located in and around Cusco. We start off by visiting the huge "Inca Ceremonial Center of Sacsayhuaman". This enormous structure overlooks the city of Cusco. Its constructions are amazing, with huge rocks perfectly fitted. It is said that it took 20,000 workers 50 years to build it. The origin of Sacsayhuaman is uncertain. The archaeologist attributed its construction to the Period of the Inca Pachacutec (in the Inca language Pachacutec means Cataclysm or He who transforms the world), the man essentially credited with founding the Inca Empire.
Later on we will visit another important Inca site known as "Qenqo". This is a place with subterranean passages and carved stone channels in a zigzag pattern. In its inner part there is a carved stone table where it is said the Incas mummified their dead. Afterwards we will do a short visit to the archaeological Inca site of "Tambomachay", a temple dedicated to the God of Water. After these visits, we will return to Cusco, where we will visit one of the most sacred Inca buildings, "The Temple of Koricancha". Koricancha was the most important temple of the Inca Empire. According to archaeologists it housed over 2000 priests and attendants. Here religious ceremonies were constant and offerings to the Gods and the Inca's ancestors were made each day. Finally we will visit the beautiful "Cathedral" of Cusco. This enormous Cathedral was built in the XVI. It contained nearly 400 colonial paintings, including many from the Cusco School, which was prominent in the 17th century. Among them a painting of the Last Supper by Marcos Zapata, showing Christ and the apostles about to dine on guinea pig (Guinea-pig was the main course at sacred feasts in Inca times). After our city tour our local guide will drop you off at your hotel. Free evening. Overnight at the Hotel Casa Andina Classic Cusco *** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
  • Pick up from your hotel.
  • City tour of Cusco + all entrance fees.
  • Accommodation at the hotel Casa Andina Classi Cusco *** or similar (Matrimonial or Double Standard Room)

What is not included?

  • Meals, Extras & gratuities.

Day 4º: The Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Today we will visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas, with the traditional "Andean Market of Pisac", as well as the "Inca ruins of Pisac" and "Ollantaytambo". Our tour starts early in the morning. Customers are picked up from their hotels around 08:30hrs. Afterwards we will take a road that winds over the mountains north of Cusco. On the way we will stop at a point known as El Mirador, from where you will be able to make out the whole Sacred Valley and receive a good insight of the Inca history.The Sacred Valley was undoubtedly a key area of settlement to the Incas; its combination of agreeable climate and fertile plains bestow an unusual abundance for the high Andes. Here the Incas sculpted the mountain flanks with vast contour terracing and irrigation works. Our driver and guide will suggest you the best points for pictures. Later on, we will drive towards the ruins of Pisac. At the ruins you will see and learn about different aspects of Inca culture. You can see a great fine art of stone works and impressive agricultural terraces all over the place. After touring around we will get back to the car and will drive back to the modern town of Pisac, where there is a peculiar market that deserve to be visited. At the market you will have free time to walk around and do some shopping. Afterwards we will meet for lunch in a nice local restaurant to enjoy good Andean food. After lunch we will continue our tour at the zone of Ollantaytambo. Once we get there we will visit the ruins of Ollantaytambo. This is an extraordinary Inca place where besides the ruins you may also see an amazing rock formation representing the Inca god Wiracocha. After touring around Ollantaytambo we will go to our hostel. Overnight at the Hotel Pakaritampu *** or similar at the little village of Ollantaytambo.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
  • Tourist transportation.
  • Sacred Valley tour + entrance fees.
  • Lunch buffet on the Sacred Valley.
  • Accommodation at the Hotel Pakaritampu *** or similar (Matrimonial or Double Standard Room).

What is not included?

  • Extras & Gratuities.

Day 5º: The Gods welcome you to the Inca Trail - Wayllabamba Campsite.

07:00hrs, You will be picked up from your hotel and afterwards we will take a dirt road till Piskacuchu (2700 m) a community located on the kilometer 82 of the Cusco -Machu Picchu railroad. From here, we will start our trek.
08:00hrs. At this point all hikers must show their original passport so that they may enter the National Park towards Machu Picchu. Starting at this point, we cross the bridge and walk along the left shore of the Urubamba River, which flows north-west along the Sacred Valley Following the trail along a flat terrain, we reach the little community of Miskay (2800 masl), where we make a little break and try some local Chicha (a maiz beer) from the Andean ladies sitting along the way, and then ascend a steep path that will lead us to a high plateau, from where, all hikers will be rewarded with a spectacular view of an Inca construction called Patallacta (2750 masl). After a good explanation of our tour guide, we carry on along a gorgeous valley created long ago by the copious Kusichaca River. We will gradually climb for about two hours, till we reach a nice natural spot where our cook and porters await for us to have lunch. Later on, we will walk up hill ( not very difficult) for about 2 hours till we reach our first campsite in the village of Wayllabamba ("Place of Good Pasture"), (3000 masl). This day is usually hot in the dry season (May - Sept), so it is advisable to wear light clothing, as well as a hut and sunscreen. Hikers will enjoy along the route spectacular views of the Vilcanota ridge on the opposite side of the Urubamba River, and might also spot the impressive Veronica Mountain(5832 meters above sea level). Overnight in Wayllabamba Campsite.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast Buffet at the hotel.
  • Tourist transportation to the KM 82.
  • Entrance to the Inca Trail national park.
  • Meals (1 lunch & 1 dinner)
  • Accommodation on camping tents. (tent with capacity for 2 people).

What is not included?

  • Extras & Gratuities.

Day 6º: Inca Trail - Warmihuañusca " The Dead Woman Pass "

We will be woken up by our humble friends (the porters) at around 06:00hrs, and after breakfast we start to climb up along a narrow valley full of vegetation and beautiful streams. On this section visitors will experience a hard path, full of steps, so we advise you to take it easy and stop to rest along the way at any time you wish. Later on we will reach Lluluchapampa Village, a spot frequently used by some other hikers to camp. At this point we will be starting the climbing to the highest and most famous mountain pass, the Abra Warmihuañusca (Dead Woman's Pass 4200 m.). It will take about 2 hours to get to the top, so my recommendation is just to do it slowly, without pushing yourself too much. Usually our tour guide will be with us till the end, so even if you got delayed, don't worry, the group usually waits for you at the top of the Pass. It is a great idea to carry on this day some chocolates, candies and coca leaves on your day backpack, this will help to keep your sugar level high, and also help to ward off altitude sickness. After you have conquered the highest pass, we will descend an endless winding pass of steps that cross a narrow valley, which is the habitat for many different kinds of birds, like hummingbirds and sparrows and the Andean bear, which is also called the Spectacled Bear (Tremarctus Ornatus). We will have lunch along the way, and afterwards continue till our campsite at Pacaymayo Valley (3600), where we will take a deep rest after such a hard day. This is also an official campsite, so here you for sure will be able to find good showers (very cold) and proper flash toilettes. Overnight at the Pacaymayo Campsite.

What is included on this day?

  • All meals.
  • Accommodation on camping tents. (tent with capacity for 2 people).

What is not included?

  • Extras & Gratuities.

Day 7º: Inca Trail - Wiñaywayna Campsite.

For many visitors, this day is the longest but also the most impressive and the most interesting day, due to the number of archaeological sites that hikers can see along the way. We get up at 06:00hrs, again, and after breakfast, start off following a steep path that will lead us to the second pass, the Abra Runkurakay (3970 masl). Half way up, we will stop to visit the archaeological complex of Runkurakay. This site, located at 3800 masl, consists of a small oval structure (Runkurakay means in quechua language "egg" hence it name)it is very likely that this Inca building served as a watchtower. Some meters before the Runkurakay Pass, we will pass a small billabong, where sometimes Andean dears can be seen drinking water. After going over the pass, we descend to Yanacocha (Black Lagoon) and arrive at Sayacmarca (erected building 3624 masl). This is an interesting Inca building in which you can find semicircular constructions, water fountains, as well as irrigation channels. After visiting this ruins, we enter the cloud-forest, walking up and down, and then comes the last climb, that will lead us to the third pass, the Abra de Phuyupatamarca (3700 masl). From now on, the rest of the trail is mostly downhill. We will descend some steps, then will stumble upon one of the best Inca ruins on the Inca Trail Phuyupatamarca. (Phuyupatamarca, means ¨town over the clouds¨). From above, trekkers can observe a sophisticated complex made up of water fountains with solid foundations, and also impressive views of the Urubamba River.
The end of day lead us to Wiñaywayna, second only to Machu Picchu in beauty. This fantastic site is a perfect example of Inca terrace farming, and is located on a steep edge overlooking the Río Urubamba. The name Wiñaywayna comes from the name given to a beautiful orchid typical in the zone, and it means FOREVER YOUNG. We will spend the night in the camping zone, close to a big restaurant where trekkers usually may enjoy a hot shower after these long days, as well as cold beers and party in the evening. This will be the night in which we will say good bye to our porters and cooks, as the next day they will departure very early to catch the local train that will take them back to their town, so at dinner we will have a nice meeting with them. Last camping night.

What is included on this day?

  • All meals.
  • Accommodation on camping tents. (tent with capacity for 2 people).

What is not included?

  • Extras & Gratuities.

Day 8: Welcome to Sacred Citadel of Machu Picchu.

On this fourth and last day we get up at 04.00hrs, have breakfast at 04:30hrs, and by 05:00hrs., we must be on the trail towards Inti Punko (Sun Gate). This will take about an hour of hiking along a narrow trail of cloud forest. At the Sun Gate visitors will be able to see the Sunrise over the Sacred Machupicchu Mountain. After having shot some photos we will descend to "Machu Picchu" . Machu Picchu was long thought to be legendary. Then in 1911, the explorer Hiram Bingham stumbled upon it remains. But while the walls and chambers have been extensively studied in the years since, the purpose of this ancient site remains unclear.
Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna.The guided tour in Machu Picchu will last about 2 hours, and afterwards you will have free time to explore the ruins on your own, and if you still got some strength, you might climb the Huayna Picchu mountain, the huge mountain that appears on the background in every classic picture of Machu Picchu. It takes about one hour or so to get to the top, following very steep stairs, though is a little hard, at the top you will be rewarded with one of the most impressive views in your lifetime. Later on, we will take the bus to Aguas Calientes (20 minutes), where we will have lunch and also where we catch the train back to Cusco (your guide will tell you how to get there). At Aguas Calientes, if you wish, you can go to relax in the thermal baths. The hot springs are located on the upper section of the village of Aguas Calientes, visitors may ask their local guide how to get there. Finally, at around 16:00hrs, we take the train to the city of Cusco, arriving there after nightfall. Overnight at the Hotel Del Prado Inn * ** or similar. .

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast.
  • Guide visit in Machu Picchu + entrance fees.
  • Return to Cusco by train. BACKPACKER train service.
  • Pick up form the train station and transfer to the hotel.
  • Accommodation at the Hotel Casa Andina Classic Cusco *** or similar (Matrimonial or Double Standard Room).

What is not included?

  • Meals, Extras & Gratuities.

Day 9º: Free day in Cusco.

On this day you may go out just to relax, drink a cold beer somewhere and have lunch in one cozy restaurant around the main square. There are plenty of video bars and discos in which to relax too. The day is yours. Overnight at the Hotel Casa Andina Classic Cusco *** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast buffet.
  • Accommodation at the Hotel Casa Andina Classic Cusco *** or similar (Matrimonial or Double Standard Room).

What is not included?

  • Meals, Extras & Gratuities.

Note: Since we are traveling to the jungle the following day, it is advisable not to carry all your staff with you to the jungle lodge. Just pack up what you think it will be necessary for 3 days & 2 nights at the lodge (long sleeve T-shirts, hut, a good mosquito repellent, rain poncho, sun block, sun glasses and other essential stuff), and leave the rest of your stuff well packed at our office in Puerto Maldonado. Do this before you go to bed.

Day 10º: Flight to the Jungle - Travel by motorized canoe to the lodge.

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to catch the airplane to Puerto Maldonado, a city located in the lowlands of the Amazon jungle, a gate to the Tambopata National Reserve. The city of Puerto Maldonado, it situated at the confluence of the Madre de Dios River and is a blooming tropical frontier town. Its principal activities are Brazil nut collecting, gold mining, timber extraction, agriculture and eco-tourism.
Tambopata Reserve is located on southeastern Peru, and is considered to be home to the world's greatest lowland concentration of birds and butterflies. Upon arrival at the Puerto Maldonado airport you will be met by a representative from our agency, then you will be transferred to our office in Puerto Maldonado to leave your large suitcases. Afterwards we will take a motorized canoe to our lodge, which is located upstream on the Tambopata River. Depending on flight arrival times, you can have lunch aboard (box lunch), or eat upon arrival at the lodge (vegetarian food is also available, please let us know in advance if you are vegetarian).
On the way to the lodge, you will have the chance to spot some wild life, as it is very common to see birds and some mammals on the river banks. In addition, you will enjoy also a great natural scenery of the Tambopata natural reserve, which is a tributary of the mighty Amazon River. After some time we will arrive at our lodge, where a native staff will welcome us with a refreshing jungle drink. In the late afternoon we will go for an introductory walk into the rainforest nearby the lodge, we visit an area dominated by giant Brazilian-nut and other kind of extraordinary trees. On this trail, mammals and bird species are frequently seen, such as Dusky-titi Monkeys, Brown Capuchins, Agoutis, toucans, parrots, herons among others. After dinner we will do a night walk in search of nocturnal animals and insects. Overnight at the Posada Amazonas lodge at the edge of the Tambopata River.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast buffet.
  • Pick up from the hotel and transfer to the airport Cusco.
  • Flight tickets from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado (Jungle).
  • Pick up form the airport in Puerto Maldonado and transfers to the lodge by motorized canoe.
  • Meals (lunch & dinner buffet).
  • Accommodation at the Posada Amazonas lodge (Matrimonial or Double Standard Room).

What is not included?

  • Airport taxes. ($6.00 USD each).
  • All entrance fees.
  • Extras and gratuities.

Day 11º: Excursion to the Oxbow - Canopy Tower.

After an early breakfast you and your nature guide will board the motorized canoe once again for the short journey to the trail head to begin a morning's exploration by foot and paddle canoe of the lake system of Condenado, rich in bird and aquatic life. A family of Giant Otters live in the vicinity of the lake and are often observed. Birds abound especially Tiger-herons, Great Egrets, Wattle Jacanas, Hoatzin, the noisy Donacobius and many others. Remember to bring your hat and sun cream for there is no shade out on the water. You will return to the lodge in time for lunch. The afternoon is for exploring the forest close to the lodge, relaxing and bathing in the Gallucunca, a cool clear stream beside the lodge or visit our tree platforms, going up with ropes and harnesses for a bird's eye view of the forest and for close-ups of arboreal orchids and the many other species of plants and animals that are never seen near the ground. Overnight at the Posada Amazonas lodge at the edge of the Tambopata River.

What is included on this day?

  • Jungle tours as mentioned above.
  • All meals.
  • Accommodation at the Posada Amazonas lodge (Matrimonial or Double Standard Room).

What is not included?

  • Extras & Gratuities

Day 12º: Flight to Lima.

Soon after breakfast, we will say good bye to our native friends from the lodge, and head down to the river to catch the boat to travel back to the civilization. You will have memorable views of the sunrise over the river, as we return to Puerto Maldonado. Look out for the early morning wildlife, which is particularly active at this time. Howler monkeys are frequently heard, as they mark their territories. Your guide will take care of you on arrival in Puerto Maldonado and will deal with all the necessities at the airport prior to your departure.
Upon your arrival in Lima you will be met by a representative from our agency, and then you will be transferred to your hotel in the residential district of Miraflores. Rest of the afternoon free. Overnight at the Hotel Casa Andina Classic Miraflores *** or similar.

What is included on this day?

  • Breakfast buffet.
  • Transportation back to Puerto Maldonado airport.
  • Flight tickets from Puerto Maldonado to Lima.
  • Pick up from the airport in Lima and transfer to the hotel.
  • Accommodation at the hotel Casa Andina Classic Miraflores *** or similar (Matrimonial or Double Standard Room).

What is not included?

  • Meals, Extras & Gratuities.

Day 13º: Departure day

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