Andean Machu Picchu Trip 7 DAYS
We set up Andean Amazon trip to show you the two most beautiful regions of Peru: the Andes and the jungle. In this program you are going to appreciate the greatness of the Andes, be able to meet its inhabitants and visit markets where you can buy handcrafts directly from producers. Your guided trip to Machu Picchu will help you understand the past life of the Incas. Afterwards you are going to visit the deepest part of the jungle. This program will always be a favorite trip for Tierras Vivas.
Timing: 7 days 6 ninths.
Starting Point: At Cusco airport.
Ending Point: At Puerto Maldonado airport.
INCLUDE ACTIVITIES: Andean Amazon Trip
- Sacred Valley tour
- Machu Picchu journey 2 days
- Jungle trip 3d/2n
TRIP ITINERARY - ANDEAN AMAZON TRIP
Day 1: Arrive to Cusco.
Arrive in Cusco at any time. However we must know your flight details for the reception and transfer to your hotel. Today there are no planned activities so enjoy the city; you can do optionally our city tour program and enjoy the enchanting sites of this colonial town. Cusco city attracts travellers who come not just to visit a unique destination but also to experience an ancient culture very different from their 20th century way of life; Cusco city was the capital of the Tawantinsuyo and this was the entire territory of the Incas between the XII and XVI century. Cusco means female navel, because the Incas thought that Cusco was the center of the Universe. It is located at 3400 meter above sea level where 300,000 inhabitants live actually. At Cusco there are numerous colonial churches one of the city's most common sights is the Cathedral located at the main square which was started in 1560 and took 94 years to build where we still can see over 400 canvases from the Cusco painting school of XVI and XVII century most of them belongs to the famous Cusquenian artist Diego Quispe Tito; the cathedral is also one of the city's greatest repositories of colonial art. The main ruin within is that of the Coricancha, once the Inca Empire's richest temple. Today the ruin forms the base of the colonial church of Santo Domingo. During Inca times this temple was literally covered with gold, but within months of the arrival of the first conquistadors this incredible wealth had all been melted down. It is left to the individual imagination to imagine the magnificence of the original structure. There are several good museums in Cusco like: the Archaeological Museum, Inca museum, art museum, the Regional History Museum and the Religious Art Museum.
Day 2: Sacred valley of the Incas.
Full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We pick you up from your hotel at 8:30am and head to the fertile valley for a full day tour. The valley is renowned for its excellent climate, fertile lands and the waters of the sacred river called by the Incas as a Willkamayu (sacred river) nowadays is named Vilcanota that, in the town of Urubamba the river changes its name to the Urubamba River and it is tributary of the amazon river which go until Atlantic ocean. The sacred valley is embraced between the towns of Písac and Ollantaytambo, and has wonderful landscapes where its inhabitants, native of the Quechua ethnic group, conserve many customs, traditions and ancestral rites. It is an area where you can appreciate the high technological development that the Inca reached in terms of agriculture through the "andenería" systems (platform terraces). These systems are still in use today and show sophisticated designs of hydraulic engineering for irrigation purposes. They were also outstanding adoration centers to the Pachamama (or mother earth). We are going to spend the night at a nice hotel in Ollantaytambo town.
Day 3, 4: Machu Picchu trip
After breakfast we will take the train to the picturesque town of Aguas Calientes. Here you can relax in the natural hot springs or trek the surrounding mountains. The following day we catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu to see the sunrise with a bilingual guide that will take you on a tour to explore and learn about Machupicchu. After the tour you will have free time to explore or climb the famous mountain of Wayna Picchu (check availability) or you can hike to the Sun gate. Late in the afternoon we board the train back through the Urubamba valley to Cusco. You will then be transferred to your hotel.
Day 5, 6: Jungle trip.
After breakfast you will be transferred to the Cusco airport for a 45 minute flight to Puerto Maldonado. Travel by motorized canoe to our lodge in the Tambopata Rainforest Area. Spend 2 days exploring the jungle with local guides in an area that holds the world record for the most bird sightings in one area and participate in a variety of activity options, jungle hikes, Cayman spotting and more.
The lodge itself combines native architectural style and materials with low-impact eco-friendly technology. Rooms are simple but comfortable, with mosquito netting for an individual bed, flush toilets, showers (no hot water), Local community members make up the majority of the lodge staff, including multilingual Naturalist Guides. Here you have the opportunity to learn from them not only about the area's rich flora and fauna, but also about their extensive practical uses for medicinal plants and other forest plant resources, through traditional techniques for building, fishing, and hunting.
Day 7: Lima or Cusco.
Subject on your itinerary the flight will be to Lima or Cusco.
ANDEAN AMAZON TRIP INCLUDE
- All necessary things for this tour:
- Transportation: Transfer in/out airport/hotel/airport, private bus for the Sacred Valley tour, tourist train Expedition class round trip from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, bus up and down from Aguas Calientes to Machupicchu, transfer to your hotel, flight tickets round trip from Cusco to Puerto Maldonado.
- Entrance Fees: For the Sacred Valley tour and Machupicchu.
- Guide: Licensed bilingual tour guide, local guides for the Jungle trip.
- Accommodations: Room based on double occupancy: 3 nights in Cusco ***Hotel, 1 night in Aguas Calientes ***Hotel, 2 nights in the Jungle lodge. If you would like a private room there is an additional cost of US$20.00 per night.
- Others Items: Local guide for permanent assistance, first aid kit.
ANDEAN AMAZON TRIP NOT INCLUDED
- Meals: Lunch and dinner while you stay in Cusco city and Aguas Calientes town (Machupicchu) you must consider a budget from US$10 to US$20 for each meal. We will assist you at these issues.
- Airport taxes and tips for the staff.
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