Explore The Two Faces of Peru
Holidays to Machu Picchu and the Amazon Rainforest for £2295pp
This two-week holiday to Machu Picchu and Peru's Amazon rainforest gives you the chance to explore these two contrasting sides of Peru, from the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, to the steamy Amazon basin.
You'll have plenty of time in the Inca heartland around the city of Cusco, including an overnight stay at Machu Picchu itself, before we take you for your tour of the Amazon rainforest. Here you'll be based in the pristine Tambopata Reserve, at one of our favourite rainforest lodges so you're guranteed to have a superb experience of the world's largest jungle.
- Day One: Arrival in Lima
- Day Two: Free day in Lima
- Day Three: Fly to Cusco
- Day Four: Walking tour of Cusco
- Day Five: Free day in Cusco
- Day Six: Tour of the Sacred Valley
- Day Seven: Guided tour of Machu Picchu
- Day Eight: Free day at Machu Picchu
- Day Nine: Fly to the Amazon rainforest
- Day Ten: Oxbow Lake and Night Hike
- Day Eleven: Macaw lick and Canopy Tower
- Day Twelve: Mammal lick and Terra Firme hike
- Day Thirteen: Fly back to Lima
- Day Fourteen: Overnight flight to the UK
Day One – Begin your holiday in Peru
We will be waiting at Lima airport to meet you as you arrive in the capital of Peru, the land of the Incas. You will be taken by private transfer to your hotel in the cosmopolitan Miraflores area. After you’ve checked in the rest of the day is yours to explore the area. There are numerous cafes and restaurants within a stone’s throw of your hotel all waiting to introduce you to Peru’s fine cuisine.
Day Two – Free Day in Lima
A full free day today to get into the holiday mode and relax into the Peruvian pace of life. We recommend taking a taxi to the colonial centre of Old Lima or walking a short distance to the beaches and cliffs for lunch with a sea view. (Breakfast included)
- Or how about asking us to organise a visit to the pre-Inca ruins of Pachacamac?
- Or for the gourmets, a cookery tour of Lima, including the chance to prepare your own meal with an expert chef?
Day Three – Travel to Cusco
After breakfast we will meet you at your hotel and take you by private transfer to the airport for your flight to the ancient Inca capital of Cusco. On arrival our local representative will be waiting for you and take you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to spend how you wish. It’s a good idea to have a wander around the town as you get used to the altitude. The central Plaza de Armas is very close to your hotel and there’s a host of restaurants to choose from. (B)
Day Four – Walking tour of Cusco
We’ve kept this morning free to give you chance for a leisurely breakfast and some time to introduce yourself to the city. In the afternoon, we’ll pick you up from your hotel and take you on a guided tour of Cusco. Your tour will be on foot to allow your guide to help you get your bearings and point out the more interesting quirky Inca features you pass by which you don’t get to see from the window of a coach. (B)
- Our walking tour concentrates on giving you plenty of time at our favourite sites, but it does mean that we don’t visit absolutely everywhere. If you’d prefer to change to a more conventional guided tour by coach then just let us know.
Day Five - Free Day in Cusco
A full free day today to relax in the Andes. The local markets are excellent for those all important souvenirs or the bohemian district of San Blas has an extensive choice of art and jewellery on offer if that’s more your thing. Or you could just sit back in one of Cusco’s many cafes, enjoy a coca tea and watch the world go by... (B)
- Or we could take you out of Cusco to visit the Maras Salt Pans or the Inca agricultural laboratory at Moray?
- Or for something more adventurous on your Machu Picchu holidays, how about some white-water rafting or mountain-biking?
Day Six - Tour of the Sacred Valley
The Sacred Valley of the Urubamba awaits you today. We’ll journey further into the Andes for your full day tour of the peaceful scenic valley. You will visit many Inca sites today including the village of Pisac (and its famous market) and the stunning temple-fortress of Ollantaytambo. Your guide will be on hand with all the information you will need to start understanding the spirit of the Incas. After your tour you will be taken to your hotel in the valley for a peaceful night’s sleep in this tranquil setting. (B/L)
Day Seven – Tour of Machu Picchu
Today’s the one you’ve been waiting for..... We will pick you up early in the morning and take you to the train station in Ollantaytambo for your Vistadome train up to Machu Picchu. We’ll give you a full guided tour of the site and then leave you to explore the nooks and crannies yourself. Although you’ll never forget your day here or your first glimpse of the breathtaking lost Inca city make sure you remember your camera as we can guarantee you’ll want to show these photos off! When you’re ready you’ll take the bus back down through the cloud forest to the foot of the mountain and head to your hotel for the night. (B)
- Fancy a bit of luxury after visiting Machu Picchu? Ask us about upgrading your hotel to the stunning Machu Picchu Pueblo and treat yourself to a massage or a nature walk through its grounds to meet the local wild spectacled bears...
Day Eight – Back to Cusco
You will have a free morning in Aguas Calientes today, so you can relax and enjoy the hot springs that give the town its name. Your train back to Cusco departs mid-afternoon to get you back to your hotel in time to head out for your last evening in the Inca capital. (B)
- If you’re not sure one day will be enough at Machu Picchu we can organise an extra ticket to Machu Picchu so you can experience sunrise from the sun-gate, or climb up to the Inca watch-tower on neighbouring Huayna Picchu for a new perspective on the site.
Day Nine – Into the Amazon Rainforest
Your holiday to the Amazon rainforest begins this morning, as we pick you up and take you to the airport to catch a flight down into the jungle, to the town of Puerto Maldonado. From here we will take you on a 40 minute journey down the Madre de Dios River by motor canoe, at the end of which is the lovely Refugio Amazonas eco-lodge. We will arrive in the early afternoon in time for a short briefing session and a walk out on the trails around the lodge. In the evening we will head out to a nearby oxbow lake to look for the large and extremely rare Black Caimans. If it is a clear starlit night, we will also be able to float in the middle of the lake and enjoy the southern stars as they are meant to be seen... (B/L/D)
Day Ten - Refugio Amazonas
After breakfast this morning, we will head out by boat from the lodge to a nearby oxbow lake. As we paddle across the lake, we will be keeping an eye out for the resident families of giant otters, and other lakeside wildlife such as caimans, the prehistoric-looking hoatzins, and horned screamer and macaws in the trees around the lake. In the afternoon we will embark on an ethno-botanical tour to investigate the uses local people make of the huge variety of indigenous plants. We will then head back to the lodge for dinner, before our optional night walk out into the jungle, which gives you a fantastic opportunity to see many of the more elusive jungle denizens... (B/L/D)
Day Eleven - Macaw Lick and Canopy Tower
This morning we will visit a nearby clay lick, where from a specially-constructed blind, you will be able to see dozens of parrots and parakeets from many different sub-species descend on the clay lick to supplement their fruit diet with the clay minerals. From here we will walk a short distance to a separate mammal clay lick, where we can hopefully see the wild forest pigs (peccaries), deer and guan. In the afternoon, we will walk on a Brazil Nut trail to learn about this valuable crop, before reaching the lodge’s private canopy tower. This is 25m high and built on top of one of the few hills in the area, so that you have an amazing birds-eye view of the primary rainforest. (B/L/D)
Day Twelve - Mammal Lick and Terre Firme Hike
Today we will take a short hike to another clay lick, but this time one which is frequented by some of the rainforest’s larger mammals – particularly the wild pigs called peccaries. Arriving in herds of 5-20 individuals, they are regular visitors to this clay lick, although we can also hope to see deer, guan and parakeets. Then, this afternoon, we will enjoy a second short hike to the banks of the Rio Tambopata, crossing through both Terrra Firme and Secondary forest habitats, and with the chance to see some more fantastic wildlife along the way. (B/L/D)
Day Thirteen - Back to Lima
After an early breakfast your Amazon rainforest holiday will be coming to an end, as we head back to the river and perhaps into the jungle itself for a final chance to spot some of the local wildlife before returning to Puerto Maldonado to catch the lunchtime flight out of the jungle. We will, of course, pick you up from the airport when you land in Lima and take you straight to your hotel, so you can enjoy your last night here in Peru. (B)
Day Fourteen - Last Day of Your Peru Holidays
We have left the last day of your holiday free to make sure we can accommodate any international flight time and get you to the airport in plenty of time for your journey home. If you don’t depart until the evening we can organise some extra sightseeing for you and we always make sure you keep your hotel room until you leave for the airport so you can leave your packing until the very last minute if you so desire! (B)
Our standard price for this Machu Picchu and Amazon rainforest holiday is £2295 per person, which is based on two sharing a double or twin room in our standard hotels and lodges.
That price includes all your accommodation, internal transport, transfers, tours, guides, equipment and entrance fees. It also includes all your meals in the jungle, and breakfast every day.
We don't have any "local payments" or sneaky charges: everything you have read about on this itinerary is included in that price. And because everything we do is tailor-made, we don't have fixed departure dates or minimum numbers for our trips. Outside of national holidays or other special events, this price is valid for the whole of 2018.
So with the exception of a few meals, everything on your holiday is included. What we don't include as standard is your international flights, because with these you have a huge range of options depending on the date you want to travel, the route you want to fly, and your preferred departure airport in the UK.
We aren't tied to any particular airline, and we will be delighted to discuss all options with you, or you can even book the flights yourself if you prefer: it's totally up to you.
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