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The Andes and the Amazon 

A perfect trip combining the two most exotic and beautiful regions of Peru. Our adventure begins at an ecologically friendly and comfortable jungle lodge in the heart of the Amazon, the Tambopata-Candamo Wildlife Reserve. Surrounded by exceptionally diverse tropical rainforest, we have the opportunity to observe hundreds of bird species, including parrots and makaws, more than 20,000 species of plants, and rare animals such as the capybara, caiman, giant otter.

Our next stop is Cusco, a fascinating Andean city once capital of the Inca Empire, from where we begin our exploration of the Sacred Valley. A short but spectacular trek leads us through the secluded Lares Valley, home to many traditional Andean farming communities and wildlife. After a refreshing soak in medicinal hot springs, we are ready for the next stage of our journey: the incredibly beautiful and important Inca remains at Ollantaytambo and the Machu Picchu Sanctuary.

Itinerary

Day 1

Lima

Arrive to Lima; transfer to 3-star Hotel in Miraflores

Day 2

Lima / Puerto Maldonado/Tambopata Reserve

Morning flight to Puerto Maldonado; travel 4 hours down the exotic Tambopata River to our jungle lodge at the Amazon Basin. B,L,D

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Day 3

Tambopata Reserve

Explore the richest, most diverse wildlife per acre on earth with specialized biologists and/or ecologists in the Tambopata Reserve; afternoon to explore trails around lodge B,L,D

 

Day 4

Tambopata Reserve

Day hike around an oxbow lake to observe Giant Otters, Caimans, and abundant birdlife, insect, and plant species. Night-time boat ride and trail hike. B,L,D>

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Day 5

Tambopata Reserve / Cusco

Mid-day flight to Cusco (approximately 30 minutes); afternoon to rest and acclimatize B,L,D

Day 6

Cusco

City tour of Cusco, heart of the Inca Empire, including the impressive Sacsayhuaman fortress, the mysterious carved rock shrine of Kenko, and the delightful Inca baths of Tambomachay B,L

Day 7

Cusco / Sacred Valley

Visit the amazing ruins of Pisac overlooking the Sacred Valley; walk down to typical Andean market; buffet lunch in Urubamba; afternoon visit to the ancient Inca village of Ollantaytambo; overnight in Urubamba B,L,D

Day 8

Trek to Cancha Cancha

Spectacular day of moderate trekking through mountain corridor to a village of thatched-roof stone houses, Cancha Cancha, to camp for the night B,L,D

Day 9

Cancha Cancha / Quishuarani

Day trek passing highland lagoons with many bird species; incredible views of snow-capped peaks and Pachaqutec pass (4750m.); descend past cascading waterfalls and camp near Andean community of Quishuarani. B,L,D

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Day 10

Quishuarani/Cuncani

After a hearty breakfast and interaction with the community, we begin our hike upward through the high puna to the Huillquicasa pass (4400m). From this high mountain perch, one can behold the extensive Vilcanota range and the pastoral farmland and lagoons below.
Continuing down even further, we reach the picturesque village of Cuncani (3700m.), where we’ll have dinner and set up camp for the night.

Day 11

Cuncani/Lares Hot Springs/Ollantaytambo

The trail follows the spouting river down through the valley for approximately 3 hours as the vegetation becomes greener and thicker and large rock formations divert the winding path. Entering a more sub-tropical climate, small farms and adobe houses signal our arrival to the village of Trapiche and finally the hot medicinal baths of Lares (3100m.) A relaxing soak in these thermal pools is an excellent way for trekkers to rest their tired bodies after such a challenging and exhilarating trip. From the village of Lares, our private transport will be waiting to take us to the town of Ollantaytambo, where we spend the night at a comfortable inn. B, L073-peruclassics6

Day 12

Machu Picchu / Cusco

Discover the fascinating Inca remains of Machu Picchu with a professional, English-speaking guide with time to explore on our own; afternoon train to Cusco B, Box lunch

Day 13

Cusco

Day in Cusco to rest, shop; farewell dinner and Andean dance show. B,D

Day 14

Cusco / Lima

Flight to Lima; flight home B


Andina Travel offers: travel to machu picchu, machu picchu trek, treks peru, ausangate treks, trekking machu picchu, Choquequirao treks, inca trail and numerous archeological sites along the way, including the marvelous Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.