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Amazon to Machu Picchu

From $4,167

Experience the diversity of Peru as you travel from the coast to the steamy Amazon rainforest to the majestic mountains of the Andes.

Highlights

Learn to surf and support an organization that helps street children.

Fish for piranhas and spot playful monkeys in the Amazon rainforest.

Explore the hauntingly beautiful ruins of Machu Picchu.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Lima

Arrive in Lima.

Your guide meets you at the airport and accompanies you to the hotel to help you check in.

Relax after your international flight.

Hotel: Antigua Miraflores (or similar)

Day 2: Tour Historic Lima

Sample succulent fruit at the local market.

Walk from San Martin Square to the Plaza Mayor through Jiron de la Unión Street. This was the place to see and be seen from colonial times until the early nineteen hundreds.

Lunch at Tanta, a little café off the Plaza Mayor, owned by renowned celebrity chef Gastón Acurio.

Visit Casa Aliaga, one of the oldest colonial mansions in Lima, and the only one continuously inhabited by the same family – seventeen generations of the descendents of its original owner.

Finish the day with a visit to the Monastery of San Francisco and its catacombs. Built in the 17th century, these catacombs were once the biggest cemetery in Lima.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel and lunch at Tanta

Hotel: Antigua Miraflores (or similar)

Day 3: Visit Pachacamac and Surf With the Kids of Generación

Travel outside the city to explore the famed archeological site of Pachacamac. Pachacamac was not only an important Inca site, but served as a ceremonial center for about 1000 years before the Inca Empire.

Meet Lucy Borja, founder of Generación, and learn about her work to save the street children of Lima. Take surfing lessons from the kids .

Stop at a community of artisans who fled from Ayacucho during the terrorist reign of the Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path). Shop for unique items offered at excellent prices.

Meals Included: Breakfast at your hotel and lunch

Hotel: Antigua Miraflores (or similar)

Day 4: Travel to the Rainforest & Take a Canopy Tour

Meet your guide at the Puerto Maldonado airport and drive to the Tambopata River Port.

Board a motorized canoe for the trip to the lodge located within the Infierno Community territory.

Enjoy spectacular views of the vast expanse of rainforest and the winding Tambopata River from atop a canopy tower.

Meet with experts to discuss the many challenges to sustainability of the Amazon.

Meals Included: Breakfast at your hotel, lunch, and dinner

Hotel: Posada Amazonas (or similar)

Day 5: See Rainforest Wildlife and Learn About Medicinal Plants

In the stillness of the pre-dawn morning, set out for a boat ride followed by a hike to an oxbow lake.

As the sun rises, paddle around the lake in search of a family of giant river otters, caiman, hoatzin, and horned screamers who call the lake home. Catch and release piranhas!

Hike to a clay lick to observe dozens of parrots and parakeets that descend most clear mornings to ingest the clay on the riverbank.

Take a motorized canoe to a community organization that turns forest plants into medicines.

Learn about the environmental, social, and economic impacts of the lodge on the community of Infierno. Two leaders from the community join the project director to answer questions.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Hotel: Posada Amazonas (or similar)

Day 6: Visit an Amazon Farm

With the authorization of the community, visit the hub of Infierno – home to a school, store, and medical post.

Enjoy freshly caught fish for lunch at the community’s fish farm.

See a variety of popular and unusual Amazon crops at the most complete farm in the community of Infierno.

Learn about the structure and function of the rainforest.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Hotel: Posada Amazonas (or similar)

Day 7: Tour Colonial Cusco

Depart for Cusco, high (10,856 ft.) in the Andes.

Your guide meets you at the airport and accompanies you to the hotel to help you check in.

Stroll through the Plaza de Armas.

Visit the ancient Inca temple of Qorikancha and Cusco’s magnificent colonial cathedral to witness how the Spanish and Inca cultures melded.

Explore Cusco’s vibrant traditional Andean market.

Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

Hotel: Rumi Punku (or similar)

Day 8: Explore Inca Ruins & Meet Everyday Heroines

Visit Chicuchas Wasi, an alternative school for impoverished girls, and be inspired by director Ruth Uribe’s story.

Marvel at the Inca stonework on display at the four most important Inca ruins just outside of Cusco: Sacsayhuamán, Q’enko, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay.

Lunch at Aldea Yanapay. The proceeds from this playful restaurant support various social projects, including an alternative after-school program for local children.

Meet Nilda Callañaupa to learn about ancient Peruvian textile traditions and how she plans to save them.

Join a local Cusqueña family in their home for a delicious home-cooked meal.

Meals Included: Breakfast at your hotel, lunch, and dinner

Hotel: Rumi Punku (or similar)

Day 9: Visit a Weaving Community in the Sacred Valley

Visit a farm where you learn about the Andean camelid family. Feed and pet llamas and alpacas.

Travel to a remote weaving community. Enjoy a weaving demonstration and share lunch with community members. Shop for fine textiles at a fraction of the price you would pay in Cusco.

Stop by a chicheria to sample chicha, the fermented-corn drink that has been popular since the time of the Inca.

Check into your hotel and enjoy dinner on your own.

Meals: Breakfast at your hotel and lunch

Hotel: Pakaritampu (or similar)

Day 10: Explore Machu Picchu

Board the train to Aguas Calientes, the bustling pueblo that sits at the foot of Machu Picchu.

Spend the day exploring the mysterious ruins before heading back to Ollantaytambo for the night.

Meals Included: Breakfast at your hotel

Hotel: Pakaritampu (or similar)

Day 11: Tour Ollantaytambo and See the Salt Pans of Maras

Walk through Ollantaytambo’s Old Town. Many residential blocks, each inhabited by several families during the 15th century, are still present.

Explore the ancient ruins situated on the edge of town.

Visit Salinas de Maras. The Incas diverted water to form thousands of pools where a thin crust of salt remains as the sun evaporates the water.

Return to Cusco for one last night in the city once considered the navel of the Inca world.

Meals Included: Breakfast at your hotel, lunch, and dinner

Hotel: Rumi Punku Hotel (or similar)

Day 12: See Ancient Art & Enjoy a Seaside Dinner

Return to Lima for one last tour of the City of Kings.

Ascend to the top of the Cerro de San Cristobal for an astounding view of Lima that gives you a sense of how big this sprawling metropolis is.

See the finest gold and silver collection from Ancient Peru at the Larco Muesum.

Dine at Rosa Nautica. Set in a fabulous Victorian-style building on the end of a pier, this restaurant is the perfect place to relax over a last pisco sour and the Peruvian and international specialties of renowned chef Enrique Blondet.

Meals Included: Breakfast at your hotel and farewell dinner

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Trip Rating

Easy to Moderate

Prices

Prices for 2016

2 to 4 people – $5,332/person

5+ people – $4,167/person

Own room – $615/person

Solo travelers – contact us.

Prices for 2017

2 to 4 people – $5,390/person

5+ people – $4,562/person

Own room – $675/person

Solo travelers – contact us.

Included In Price

Accommodations – double occupancy

Airport/hotel transfers

Carbon offsets

English speaking guides

Entrance fees for scheduled tours

Meals specified in the itinerary

Transportation specified by the itinerary

Excluded From Price

Airfare

Airport taxes

Alcoholic drinks

Baggage costs

Meals not specified by the itinerary

Personal expenses

Tips

Travel insurance (required)

Voluntary philanthropic gifts

Departure Dates

Private departures upon request April through October

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