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Sacred Valley, Inca Trail & Amazon Rainforest

Take in the absolute highlights of Peru on this 2 week holiday. Explore the Inca terraces in the Sacred Valley, Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and then relax in a rainforest lodge deep in the Amazon.

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Itinerary

Overview

  • Tread in the footsteps of Incas on the Inca Trail
  • Guided tours of Lima, Cusco & the Sacred Valley
  • Stay in a remote jungle lodge
  • See macaws, toucans & jungle wildlife in their natural habitat
After a chance to visit Lima, you will be based in the charming city of Cusco where your first priority will be to acclimatise and get used to the change in altitude. After resting up you will head into the Sacred Valley for a guided tour of the ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo and to visit a colourful market. The next day, you will begin the 4 day trek to Machu Picchu. A challenging trek, but the scenery, views and interesting ruins make up for the pain and, of course, the amazing feeling of accomplishment when you finally reach the famed Sun Gate to watch the sunrise over Machu Pichhu!

Staying in the rainforest is one of those once in a lifetime experiences and after having just trekked the Inca Trail, the hammocks in the lodge will be a very welcome sight. While you are staying, all of your meals and activities are included in the price. You will have a guide assigned to you who will lead your excursions. These include spotting parrots at a clay lick, climbing a canopy tower to see the upper layers of the rainforest, a visit to a local farm and night time jungle walks. There is plenty of time to relax between activities and optional extras such as yoga are also available.

Day-by-day

There are three different treks to choose from for this holiday. The Inca Trail is the most popular, but sells out months ins advance. The Salkantay and Lares Trails are good alternatives.

Itinerary in Brief
DAY 1: Arrive- Transfer to Lima.
DAY 2: Lima City Tour
DAY 3: Fly to Cusco
DAY 4: Cusco City Tour
DAY 5: Sacred Valley tour
DAY 6: Inca trail 1
DAY 7: Inca trail 2
DAY 8: Inca trail 3
DAY 9: Inca trail 4
DAY 10: Cusco - Day at Leisure
DAY 11: Fly to Puerto Maldonado & transfer to jungle lodge
DAY 12: Amazon - Oxbow lake and farm visit
DAY 13: Amazon - Parrot Clay Lick
DAY 14: Transfer to airport

Full Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Lima
On arrival at the airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2: Lima
Today you will have a half day group guided tour of Lima including the Historical Centre: Plaza Mayor ("Main Square"), the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the City Hall and old streets with colonial mansions and Moorish balconies. You will also visit a historic convent, an icon of colonial architecture. The tour goes all the way to the modern district of San Isidro and Miraflores, where you’ll appreciate huacas or sacred Inca structures before seeing the Pacific Ocean coast from the seafront.

Day 3: Fly to Cusco
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport in time to catch your flight to Cusco. You'll then be met the other end and transferred to you accommodation. We recommend taking the rest of the day easy to allow your body to acclimatise to the altitude.

Day 4: Cusco City Tour
Today you will join a group tour of Cusco, a Unesco World Heritage Site. The tour will start at the temple of Koricancha, an ancient Inca palace and main worship centre of the Sun God, where the Dominicans built an incredible church that can still be seen there.
Then, you will tour the Plaza de Armas, where the Cathedral and the beautiful Church of the Society of Jesus, among other colonial buildings, are located. You will then continue the journey to the colonial church of San Cristóbal to enjoy a spectacular view of the city. Afterwards you will go on to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, an Inca building known for its massive walls of hewn stone, located in a strategic location, on a hill, with a broad view of the city of Cusco. Later, you will visit the important archaeological complexes of Qenko and Puca Pucara.

Day 5: Sacred Valley Tour
Today you will join a group tour of the Sacred Valley. If you have suffered from the altitude in Cusco, you will be pleased to know that from here on, you will drop well below the 3,300m mark! The first stop is Awanacancha Cultural village where you will see a variety of camelids (llamas, alpacas, vicunas) and women demonstrating traditional weaving techniques. The next stop is the market of Pisac where you can sample delicious fresh bread that this area is known for. The market has many colourful stalls selling a wide variety of locally produced handicrafts. From the market, you are driven up to the stunning Pisac Ruins, which offer an excellent insight into how the Incas cultivated and managed their crops. You will stay here for around 1 1/2 hours, whilst your guide takes you on a tour, explaining Incan farming techniques, as well as showing you the ceremonial centre at the top of the terracing, where mummification, the sacred rituals of preparing the higher classes for the after life, took place. Time for lunch and you head to Urubamba where you will stop at a tourist restaurant for lunch. After lunch, you will head to the pretty Andean town of Ollantaytambo where you have a guided tour of the spectacular ruins. The terraces here were not for agriculture, but were part of a huge temple complex that was being built to honour the sun, an important Incan deity. The temple was never finished, as building was interrupted by the Spanish invasion. You will overnight in Ollantaytambo, before starting the Inca Trail tomorrow.

Day 6: Inca Trail
Ollantaytambo – Km82 (2,800m) – Wayllabamba (3,000m)
You will meet your guide and group early in the morning before embarking on a 2 hour bus journey to the start of the trail. Your guide will be able to tell you about the land you're travelling on and answer any questions about the area you may have. Before you start walking you'll have your first photo op of the Veronica Snow Mountains. With that beautiful vista as your backdrop. The first part of the walk will see you following the Urubamba river to the first archaeological site Llaqtapata where you will stop for lunch. For the afternoon walk you will start climbing uphill through the valley until you reach the last village, Huayllabamba, where you will camp for the night.

Day 7: Inca Trail
Wayllabamba – Warmiwañusca (4,200m) – Pacaymayo (3,600m)
Today's breakfast is the most important meal of the trek, ensuring to be carb filled it will help prepare you for today's walking. Three hours after the start you'll reach the highest part of the trail which is called Warmiwañusca or Dead Woman's Pass at 4200 metres (13800 feet). After lunch you'll have a short two hour descent to Pacaymayo, where you'll spend the night. If you're lucky your chef will already have your well deserved meal cooking on the fire. Don't be surprised if everyone heads to bed early after a tough but rewarding day.

Day 8: Inca Trail
Pacaymayo – Phuya Patamarka (3,600m) – Wiñay Huayna (2,700m)
Possibly the most diverse day of sites and views, you will start the morning with an ascent to the pass of Runcuracay which sits at 3900 metres (12800 feet) followed by a short descent to the archaeological site of Sayacmarca. You will have some time to explore this area before continuing along the original path of the Incas to Phyyupatamarca at 3600 metres (12400 feet). At cloud level this provides a beautiful spot to stop for lunch, with far reaching views of snow peaked mountains and low lying valleys. From here its a downhill walk to Wiñaywayna, where you'll camping amongst the mystical ruins.

Day 9: Inca Trail
Wiñay Huayna – Machupicchu (2,500m)
Your final day starts very early but you'll be treated to a great morning as you'll reach the Intipunku (Sun Gate) where you will catch your first glimpse of Machu Picchu. The ruins are just a short walk way and after a little break you'll have a guided tour of the various sites at the lost city of the Incas. After that you'll descend by bus to the quaint village of Aguas Calientes where you'll have your final lunch as a group. An afternoon train and bus back will see you arriving back to Cusco in the early evening.

Day 10: Cusco
Today is a final day back in Cusco. You might want to book a massage for your weary legs, or spend some time in one of the many cafes at the Plaza de Armas taking in the views and reflecting on your trek. There is a chocolate museum in town which offers 2 hour chocolate workshops which we will happily book for you.

Day 11: Cusco - Puerto Maldonado
You will be transferred to Cusco airport in the morning for your flight to Puerto Maldonado. Upon arrival to Puerto Maldonado you’ll be welcomed at the airport and driven to the headquarters where you’ll leave your heavier items and pack lightly for the next few days, then you’ll be transferred to the Tambopata Port. From there you will take a boat ride to Refugio Amazonas, past the Community of Infierno. Upon arrival, the lodge manager will welcome you and brief you with important navigation and security tips. You’ll then head out to the river’s edge at night, scanning the shores with headlamps and flashlights to catch the reflections from caiman eyes.

Day 12: Amazon - Oxbow lakes and Farm visit
This morning you will paddle around the lake on a canoe, looking for lakeside wildlife such as hoatzin, caiman and hornerd screamers, hoping to see the otters which are infrequently seen here. You'll also be rewarded with overhead sightings of macaws.Following this a 30 minute walk from Refugio Amazonas leads to the 25 meter scaffolding canopy tower. A bannistered staircase running through the middle provides safe access to the platforms above. The tower has been built upon high ground, increasing your horizon of the continuous primary forest extending out towards the Tambopata National Reserve. You'll get to witness lots of wildlife here. Five minutes downriver from the lodge lies a farm owned and managed by a farmer from the neighbouring community of Condenado. He grows a variety of popular and unknown Amazon crops - just about every plant and tree you see serves a purpose. After a relaxing dinner you will have the opportunity to attend the night lectures prepared by the staff of Refugio Amazonas. They generally cover conservation threats, opportunities and projects in the Tambopata National Reserve.
Overnight at Refugio Amazonas

Day 13: Clay licks
A 15 minute boat ride and 60 minute walk from Refugio Amazonas is a clay lick used both by parrots and parakeets. From a hide you will see parrots and parakeets descend to enjoy the clay on the bank. With luck you will also see Mealy and Yellow-crowned Amazons, Blue-headed Pionus, Severe macaw and Orange-cheeled (Barraband`s) Parrot. It's best to visit here early in the morning when the Parrots are most active. After watching these facsinating birds you will continue deeper into the rainforest to the Mammal clay lick, Wild rain forest pigs show up in herds to eat clay in the late morning. If you're lucky you might also see deer, guan and parakeets. After a relaxing dinner you have the option of experiencing the rainforest at its height of activity, at night. Whilst you will most certainly see frogs and smaller creatures you may be lucky enough to witness some of the bigger animals roaming around. Overnight at Refugio Amazonas

Day 14: Puerto Maldonado
You'll be transferred by boat back to Puerto Maldonado airport to catch your onward flight.

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

Our rating

6/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Birght & spacious rooms
- Central location

Our rating

8/10

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Price rating 4

- Boutique hotel
- Historical former market
- Family rooms
- Suites with free-standing baths

Pakaritampu

Sacred Valley

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Set in beautiful gardens
- Spacious rooms and apartments
- Excellent location

Refugio Amazonas

Amazon Basin

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Deep in the Amazon Rainforest
- Hammocks in rooms
- Family friendly

Details

Getting there

Flights are not included in the price, but we can arrange them for you. You will need return flights to Lima and domestic flights to Cusco and Puerto Maldonado. You can't fly direct to Peru from the UK, you will need to stop over in the USA, Madrid, Paris or Amsterdam.

Price includes

International and domestic flights are not included in our quoted from price due to variations in flight prices. We will provide a quote for flights on a case by case basis. We usually book BA, KLM, Air France and LAN to Peru and LAN or AVIANCA internally. When enquiring, please let us know if you have any airline preferences, and we will quote accordingly.

Lima & Cusco:All transfers, accommodation with breakfast in mid-range hotels, activities and tours as described in the itinerary, entrance to sites
Excluded: Lunch & Dinner, airport taxes, tips, local and international flights

Inca Trail:Porter with a personal 7kg luggage allowance, Porters to carry camping equipment including sleeping bag and Therm-a-rest inflatable mattress, all meals on the trek (except breakfast day 1), English speaking guide, emergency first aid and oxygen, all camping equipment, Vistadome train ticket and bus transfer back to Cusco.
Excluded:Breakfast on Day 1 of trek, Walking poles (can be rented), pillows (can be rented), tips.

Jungle: Return transfers from the airport to the lodge, all meals, accommodation in twin
room, all activities as described on the itinerary.
Excluded: Flights, tips, personal expenditure, bar drinks in the jungle.

When is best?

The peak tourist season for the Inca Trail is June - August. At this time, the main tourist sites will be at their busiest. The weather at this time of year is lovely, with little rain and clear, sunny days. Nights, however, are cold.

The rainy season lasts from October - Match, with the wettest months being January & February. It is much quieter in the sites at this time of year and in February the Inca Trail is completely shut..

If you want to avoid the crowds, then you might want to aim for April / May when the rains have slowed but the sites are not as busy.

The rainy season in the jungle lasts from October - April. During this period, you can expect 5 - 6 hours of rain each day. In the dry season, it can still rain, but it doesn't last as long. The best time of year to visit the jungle are April / May and October / November.

As the Inca Trail runs on a permit basis, availability is limited and spaces usually sell out at least 3 months in advance for departures in the high season. If you have missed out, then you might want to consider one of our alternatives.

Is it for me?

This holiday is aimed at those with an adventurous spirit looking for an active holiday. You do need to be in good shape to trek the Inca trail and it is recommended that you do some regular exercise in the month before you depart. That said, you don’t have to be a fitness freak; children as young as 7 and adults of 68 have completed the trail. You will be hiking at altitude, so it is essential that you take it slowly and at your own pace.

It has become very popular to trek the Inca trail in Peru and to that end, the government has now limited places on the trail by issuing an allocation of 500 permits per day. This includes all porters, guides and cooks, so it fills up quickly. The high season on the trail is from May – September so you will need to book quite a way in advance – we recommend at least 5 to 6 months in advance. If you want to trek in quieter times, you may want to consider dates outside of the high season.

The maximum group size is 16 people. The guide to walkers ration is 1 : 9. Don’t worry about being rushed along too fast, there will be plenty of time for comfort breaks and chances to admire the views along the way. The guide will always walk at the back with the last person in the group, so you really don’t need to be concerned about taking too long.

This trek is organized by a professional and licensed tour operator who has been operating in the region for the past 12 years. They know what they’re doing and treat their porters well, ensuring that they are well equipped and fairly paid.

In the jungle lodge, you can expect a good level of comfort with good beds and en-suite rooms. Please be aware, however, that there is no electricity or hot water. You will have a mosquito net around your bed, but one of the walls is open to the jungle.

Please be aware that in the rainforest there are insects, wild animals and changeable weather patterns. Make sure you are vaccinated against any jungle diseases and that you are medically prepared for your trip - antimalarials are normally advised. Remember you will need waterproof clothing and good footwear. This trip is for people who respect the rainforest and will behave accordingly (leaving no rubbish, adhering to trails and listening to the safety advice of your guides).

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 601 reviews

(4.93/5)

  • Trekking to Machu Pichu has long been a dream of mine and this was a wonderful way to do it. The guides and porters on our trek took great care of us… reassuring us about the effects of altitude and encouraging us all to walk at our own pace. We were in a group of 12, a good size…large enough to have some interesting chat at dinner but it we never felt crowded when we were walking. The food was fantastic and could easily stand alone as a selling point for the trek. The weather in June was clear although chilly at night…gloves should be high on the kit list.
    The trip up the Tambopata river into the jungle is in complete contrast to the heights of the Andes and quite magical. Before we had even got to the lodge the guides had pointed out caiman, capybaras and vultures along the riverbank. The accommodation itself was very comfortable, with a large bar, dining area and very clean comfortable bedrooms. I had been a little nervous about the prospect of sleeping in a room open to the jungle but am now a complete convert, the noises and views into the vegetation were fascinating and best enjoyed from the comfort of a hammock!

    Missingjenny reviewing Sacred Valley, Inca Trail & Amazon Rainforest on 03 November 2011

  • Thanks for organising an excellent holiday for us. It's my first time using Tourdust and I've been really impressed and will certainly be recommending you to friends and family. You provided an excellent level of service all the way through, and the bespoke nature of the trip was fantastic whilst being really good value for money.
    Key highlights:
    - Le Kasbah de Toubkal blew us away - one not to miss!
    - The trek was amazing and my kids loved it. The camping was really fun, the food was excellent, and I'd particularly call out our guide Rashid who was fantastic show especially with my kids.
    - Riad Adore was outstanding - far exceeding my expectations - it was beautiful and we were very well looked after
    - Le Doux Tour was luxurious and a nice relaxing way to end the holiday.
    - Logistics were great and our main driver Mustapha was brilliant

    If there was one build / thing I would change, it's a very small one but some candles / lanterns to use in the evening whilst camping would have made it easier to stay outside for a bit longer.

    MissingMark Dilley reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 07 June 2016

  • Truly another world. The sky was enormous and the summits snow covered. Blue irises, wild herbs and fruit trees flowered on the slopes. Even as I toiled up the dry river bed I gazed in admiration.

    Without exception, everyone was courteous and welcoming. Food was good ( and far too plentiful); accommodation clean. Above all-everything worked! A pick-up was promised for 9.00am. At 8.55 the doorbell rang. Impeccable.

    No praise is too high for the organisation and staff. I am definitely going back.

    MissingTerence Humphreys reviewing Classic Atlas Valleys & Villages Trek on 16 May 2016

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