Cusco - Machu Picchu - Inca Trail- Lake Titicaca

Machu Picchu

The most popular tourist destinations in Peru are Cusco and Machu Picchu. The well developed tourism infrastructure of Cusco makes travel here affordable, accessible and certainly worthwhile. Tours depart every day of the year and can be customized to your personal needs and interests. Typical trips are 3-7 days in length. The most popular trip is our 4 day, with a nice 3 star hotel at only $495 to $1,295 in a luxury 5 star hotel (based on dbl occupancy). Land prices per person include all hotels, transfers, guide, entrance fees, and some meals. Call or Email for more detailed information.

If you are a good hiker and like to camp, this is the way to see Machu Picchu. The scenery along the Inca Trail is spectacular. We operate 4 and 5 day trips with small groups and outstanding English speaking native guides. This is offered every week of the year.

 

Inca Trail

5 DAYS CAMPING

Hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu.  Contact our office for a detailed itinerary and the latest prices.

CUSCO & MANU WILDLIFE

Day 1: Lima: Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to a selected hotel in Lima. Overnight in Lima.

Day 2: Lima: Afternoon city tour to the colonial and modern area of the city. Overnight in Lima.

Day 3: Lima/Cusco: Transfer to the airport and flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, transfer to selected hotel in Cusco. City Tour of Cusco and nearby ruins. Overnight in Cusco. Meals included: Breakfast.
Machu Picchu
Day 4: Cusco/Sacred Valley: Full day excursion to the "Sacred Valley". Overnight in Sacred Valley. Meals included: Breakfast and Buffet Lunch

Day 5: Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu: Train ride to Machu Picchu. Full day visit to Machu Picchu. Overnight in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu). Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 6: Machu Picchu/Cusco: Second entrance to visit Machu Picchu. Return to Cusco by train and transfer to the selected hotel. Overnight in Cusco. Meals included : Breakfast.

Day 7: Cusco: Free day to enjoy the city.

Day 8: Cusco/Puerto Maldonado:Upon arrival transfer to the Tambopata river port in Puerto Maldonado. Puerto Maldonado is situated at the confluence of the mighty Madre de Dios and Tambopata Rivers and is a bustling, booming tropical frontier town. After a brief visit of the town we will depart on the 2 hour boat trip by motorized canoe to Posada Amazonas. During our voyage we may see bird species typical of the river or forest edge such as: Black Skimmer, Pied Lapwing, Capped Heron, Jabiru Stork, Roadside Hawk, and several species of kingfishers, swallows and flycatchers. Posada Amazonas is a comfortable yet unobtrusive 24 room lodge owned jointly by Rainforest Expeditions and the Local Community of Infierno. We will receive a short orientation and a complete briefing on the lodge and the EcotourismProject before our afternoon activity : the canopy tower.. From the top you not only get spectacular views of the river and the surrounding forest but also excellent opportunities to observe birds from the canopy including parrots, toucans and macaws. A video about the forest of Tambopata will be displayed after dinner. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
ruins
Day 9: Posada Amazonas-Tambopata Research Center: We will be up at dawn for a visit to the Tres Chimbadas oxbow lake. We will look for giant river otters, turtles, hoatzin, and wading birds. Then continue to travel up the Tambopata River into the pristine heart of the reserve, a completely uninhabited part of the Tambopata National Reserve. Differences in wildlife abundance will be noted immediately: We will begin to sight macaws, herons, kingfishers and cormorants frequently and improve our chances of encounters with capybaras, caiman, storks, ducks and other wildlife. At the Tambopata Research Center we will see our flock of semi-wild, rescued macaws. After this we will hike the 1.5 mile Bamboo Trail, famous for the abundance of rare birds that live exclusively in this habitat and are endemic to southern Peru. It is also the home of the frequently found Howler and Dusky titi monkeys. As we birdwatch our way through the trail we will end our hike at the overlooks which are good places to observe canopy birds like tanagers, jacamars, elaenias, guans, and oropendolas. We will return to TRC for dinner. After dinner, to cap off a fulfilling day we can have a frog walk through the forest, allowing the photo lovers to take incredibly beautiful macro shoots of American bullfrogs, horned frogs, tree frogs and an incredible variety of colorful insects. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 10: Tambopata Research Center: At dawn we will cross the river and enjoy the world's largest macaw clay lick where hundreds of parrots and macaws of up to 15 species congregate daily. More than a dozen parrot species will visit the clay lick throughout the day. You can expect to see ten to twelve of the following members of the parrot family: Red-and-green, Blue-and-gold, Scarlet, Red-bellied, Chestnut-fronted and Blue-headed Macaws; Mealy and Yellow-crowned Amazons; Blue-headed, Orange-cheeked and White-bellied Parrots; Dusky-headed, White-eyed, Cobalt-winged and Tui Parakeets and Dusky-billed Parrots. We will hike the 1.5 mile Ocelot Trail, a trail which exemplifies the quintessential rainforest . This forest, which is estimated to be 200 to 300 years old and includes truly huge Ceiba trees and Strangler figs is home to several mammals that are occasionally encountered: Saddleback tamarins, Squirrel and Brown Capuchin Monkeys and Collared peccary. This trail is the one which most often sports ocelot, puma and jaguar tracks, although any one of these three large cats is extremely difficult to spot. We will return to TRC for lunch and then embark on a 2 mile hike to the palm swamp, a nesting colony and preferred roost for Blue and Gold and Red-bellied Macaws. After a lazy afternoon with the macaws we will hike back to the lodge for dinner. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Cusco
Day 11: Tambopata Research Center: After our second visit to the macaw clay lick at dawn we will have breakfast. Then we will embark on a hike of the Toucan Trail that visits terra firme forests. The community of birds and other wildlife that lives in the hilly terra firme, is very different from that of the bamboo or mature flood plain. We will spend the afternoon on a platform in the middle of a pond observing some of its birdlife, which may include hoatzin, duck, ibis, woodpeckers, chachalaca, parakeets, oropendolas and numerous flycatcher species.. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Day 12: Tambopata Research Center-Posada Amazonas. We will wake up at dawn once again to visit the macaw clay lick and then return for breakfast. Afterwards we embark for Posada Amazonas. We will spend our last night in the rain forest in this wonderfully designed lodge enjoying its happy hour as we ponder over the exciting happenings of the past few days. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
native group
Day 13: Posada Amazonas-Puerto Maldonado: After an early breakfast we will return to Puerto Maldonado for our flight back to Lima. Meals included: Breakfast.

Day 14: Lima: At the appointed time, transfer to airport to take international flight. Overnight in Lima. Meals included: Breakfast.

The tour includes 15 days of assistance, 13 nights of hotel accommodation, all breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, all entrance fees, plane tickets inside Peru, all land transfers, English speaking guides for all tour, all tips and taxes. Price of tour starts at: $1925.00 in 3 star hotels (based on dbl occupancy)

CUSTOM TRIPS: We have the capacity to custom design a wide variety of unique expeditions for scientists, photographers, collectors, writers, and adventurous people, throughout the Amazon region of northern Peru, from the Andes to the River Javari (border with Brazil). Please call us at 1-888-430-3535.

Additional Options from Cusco:
Winay Wayna Additional ruins in Sacred Valley, Chinchero Market with weaving demonstration, River rafting on the Urubamba River, Full day hike in Sacsahuaman Park, Maras Salt Mines trek, Piquillacta and Andahuaylillas, Willoj and Patacancha, Vilcabamba, Qoilloriti, Choquequirao

Options from Lima:
Museums and Indian Markets, Nazca Overflight, Pachacamaj Archaeological Site, Ballestras Island Cruise, Paracas National Park

Elsewhere in Peru:
Lake Titicaca ( 3 - 12 day itineraries), Colca Canyon, Sipan, Chan Chan, Huayhuash Mountains, Cordillera Blanca Mountains, Manu
Park, Trujillo, Chiclayo, Arequipa, Tambopata Reserve.

Archaeology Tour (with archaeologist guide)

Day 1: Fly from US, arrive Lima, hotel Lima.

Day 2: Fly Cusco, afternoon walking tour of Inca walls, colonial buildings.

Day 3: Tour archaeological sites around Cusco - Sachsaywaman, Kenko, Pucapucara, Tambomachay.

Day 4: Horse ride to Temple of the Moon and other ruins.

Day 5: Bus tour of Chinchero, Moray, Pisac, Chinchero. Chinchero is an ancient city with Inca ruins, terraces and a colonial church built on Inca foundations. Moray is a possibly an Inca agricultural research center. Pisac has the traditional market and ruins. Overnight in Ollantaytambo.

Day 6: Ollantaytaamb, ruins and town. Ollanta is an Inca town complete with its walls, houses and canals. People are living in original Inca houses. The ceremonial center was the site of one of the last major battles against the Spanish. Overnight.

Day 7: Visit to traditional weaving village of Huilloq, optional walk back to Ollantaytambo through farms, countryside, Inca ruins, terraces. (6 miles downhill).

Day 8: Train to Machu Picchu, tour of site, night in Aguas Calientes. Thermal baths optional.

Day 9: Machu Picchu, optional walk to Wiña Wayna , a major site on the Inca trail )about 2 hours each way).

Day 10: Return to Cusco by train.

Day 11: Free day in Cusco.

Day 12: Cusco Valley by bus - TDipon (an Inca site with fountains, canals and terraces), Killikpata (a Huari site), Andahuaylillas (colonial church called Sistine Chapel of the Andes for its paintings and frescos), the Temple of Viracocha at Rachi (an unusual Inca site made of adobe).

Day 13: Cusco free day.

Day 14: Fly to Lima, tour Plaza de Armas, National Museum.

Possible Extension to: Arequipa, Colca Canyon tour, thermal baths, Toro Muetro petroglyphs (Huari culture) - the most extensive field of petroglyphs in the world, bus to Nazca, overflight of Nazca lines, visit canals, cemetery

Machu Picchu -Cusco - Lake Titicaca

Day 1: Arrive in Lima. Transfer to selected hotel. Overnight in Lima

Day 02: Afternoon city tour to the colonial and modern area of Lima. Overnight in Lima

Day 03: LIMA – CUSCO. Transfer to the airport for flight to Cusco. Meeting on arrival and transfer to selected hotel. In the afternoon visit to the nearby ruins of Kenko, Tambomachay, Puca pucara and the famous fortress of Sacsayhuaman. A guided sightseeing tour including: Main Square, The Cathedral, Korikancha , and Inca streets. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 04: CUSCO – SACRED VALLEY. Full day excursion to the "Sacred Valley". Overnight in Sacred Valley. Meals included: Breakfast and Buffet Lunch.

Day 05: SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU. Transfer to the railroad station. Leave by train to Machu Picchu. Arrive at Puente Ruinas and transfer by minibus to the ruins. Excursion through the magnificent ruins. Lunch after visiting
floating reed boat
Day 06: MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO. Second entrance non guided tour to the ruins. Return to Cusco, upon arrival transfer to selected hotel. Overnight. Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 07: CUSCO / PUNO. Early transfer to the BUS station to take the BUS to Puno. Scenic bus ride watching some peaks, ravines and highland valleys. Upon arrival in Puno, reception and transfer to selected Hotel. Overnight in Puno. Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 08: PUNO / UROS AND TAQUILE ISLANDS. After breakfast, we will start our full day excursion visiting the floating islands of Uros, a group of 40 big island-like packs of floating totora (reeds), located within the Titicaca National Reserve, where the "Uros" continue to live like their ancestors did preserving their customs and idiosyncrasy. Guided visit to Taquile Island. This island, renowned for its wonderful landscapes.  People from Taquile continue living according to old traditions and laws and they are very well-known for their weaving and handicraft. Return to Puno. Overnight hotel in Puno. Meals Included : Breakfast

Day 09: PUNO / LIMA. Guided visit to the famous pre-inca tombs of Sillustani, located on the shores of the solitary Umayo Lagoon, these tombs or "Chullpas" with circular shaped towers were a cemetery for the religious leaders of Tiawanacu Culture, almost 2000 years ago. Transfer to airport to catch your flight to Arequipa and make an immediate connection with your flight back to Lima. Overnight in Lima. Upon arrival in Lima, transfer to selected Hotel. Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10 LIMA. At appropriate time escorted transfer to the airport for home bound flight

Included in the tour: 10 days of assistance, 9 nights of hotel accommodation, all breakfasts, 3 lunches,  all entrance fees, plane tickets inside Peru, all land transfers, English speaking guides for all tour, all tips and taxes , etc.

Sample preparation information:

No vaccination certifications are required. However, we recommend consulting with your physician, and also about medication to cope with the high altitude of the Andes. Daytime temperatures are pleasant to cool, evening can get down to freezing. Dress appropriately and be prepared to add or subtract layers of clothing during the day. At this altitude, close to the equator there is little atmospheric protection from UV radiation. A good sun block and sun glasses are highly recommended. Bring a day pack or back pack, water bottle or canteen.

More specific advice is available to those who are trekking and rafting.

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