Visit the mighty Amazon Jungle, Imperial Cuzco and include a Machu Picchu tour … along with Lima and the Sacred Valley of the Incas, in this compact multi-destination tour.
Day 1 – Arrival in Lima
Your Amazon, Cusco & Machu Picchu tour starts upon your arrival at Lima airport, when we will transfer you to your chosen hotel in the Miraflores area of the city.
For some you might be staying at the Casa Andina Classic, Faraona, Allpa Hotel or similar. For luxury travelers it could be the 5 star Miraflores Park Hotel, the superb Casa Andina Private Collection or the Doubletree Pardo Hotel (subject to space of course).
Enjoy the rest of the day as free time to wander the parks and browse the shops. Or why not enjoy the world-renowned Peruvian food. Read our guide to some of the essential Peruvian dishes you should try.
Day 2 – Lima City Tour
Today, you will be collected from your hotel for full or half-day tour of Colonial and modern Lima, visiting Lima cathedral and the Church of Santa Domingo among other places of interest. You can read more about it here.
After lunch, which we can arrange for you if you wish, you could visit a museum of your choice, such as the excellent Larco Herrera, the Gold Museum or the National Museum.
The evening could continue with a visit to the spectacular Fountain Park in the center of Lima. It can be a very full day of sightseeing in this crazy, but historic metropolis if you wish – we custom design everything to your wishes.
After this you may well be worn out and we recommend recovering at a dinner / show at one of our favorite restaurants. Visit our Peru Restaurant Guide, where you will hear traditional music and see dances from all over Peru.
Days 3 & 4 – Tour the Amazon
In the morning, we will transfer you to Lima airport for your flight to Puerto Maldonado, a flight of around two hours, which includes a quick set-down in Cuzco, where you do not get off the plane.
Puerto Maldonado is the gateway city to the jungle, and we will take you via bus and boat up one of the Amazon tributaries to your Jungle Lodge for the start of your three-day, two-night Amazon Jungle adventure.
Depending on your budget, we will advise you which Amazon Jungle Lodge is best for you. Our favorites are Posadas Amazonas and the more exclusive Inkaterra.
Day 5 – Rainforest to Cuzco, free time to wander
After leaving the lodge in the early morning, we will transport you back down the river to Puerto Maldonado airport for your half hour flight to Cuzco.
Upon arrival in Cuzco, we will welcome you and transfer you to your chosen hotel. For some travelers this could be the Casa San Blas, Midori, Casa Andina or similar hotels; and for luxury travelers the fabulous Monasterio Hotel, Aranwa, or the Casa Cartagena Hotel, subject to space of course.
Upon arrival in Cusco, we will meet you at the airport arrival hall and transfer you in a private vehicle to your hotel, all of which are safe, clean and comfortable with private bathrooms of course. Cusco is a lovely city to wander around, and you should take time to do this with what you have left of your day today. Take it easy as you get used to the altitude.
Day 6 – Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour
This is a Sacred Valley tour option that includes a visit to Chinchero, an ancient village where much of its original character and traditions have been maintained. We will often use this route on shared tours to avoid many of the crowds in the Pisaq area.
Today we will take you on a full day tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and include a buffet lunch so you can recharge your batteries along the way. The tour of the Urubamba Valley includes a visit to the community of twelve weaving families, called “The Inca Balcony” in the ancient village of Chinchero, between Cusco and the valley. Chinchero is a place where the ancestral methods of coloring and manufacturing of fabrics and weaving are still being used today and is not as touristy a village as some in the area giving you a more authentic feel. The views of Chinchero and the surrounding areas cannot be beaten.
Later, we will arrive to Moray, an impressing pre-Inca greenhouse, then, we will have lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch you will visit the Inca town and fortress at Ollantaytambo, the site of an important Inca temple and the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti. It is believed to have some of the oldest, continuously occupied dwellings in the Americas – dating back to the late 15th century. After your day out you will be dropped off at your Sacred Valley hotel or driven back to Cusco depending on your schedule with us.
Day 7 – Machu Picchu tour
Today, you will catch your chosen train to Machu Picchu which … will be one of the services described in the link below. The advantage you have is that, having stayed in the Sacred Valley overnight, you do not have to get up as early as you would in Cusco in order to catch the train.
A transfer will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the station, or if you are staying in one of the hotels really close to the station itself, you can walk there.
After being met in Aguas Calientes by your guide, you can drop off your overnight bags at your hotel, before taking the bus transfer to the Machu Picchu site, to enjoy a private tour with a local English-speaking guide. Take the rest of the day as free time to enjoy this incredible site. In the late afternoon, you will return to your chosen hotel in Aguas Calientes, the town that nestles in the valley below Machu Picchu.
Note: The option exists to return to Cusco the same day, but if you have the time, it is well worth staying overnight, in order to see this incredible place the next day.
For mid-range travelers, we recommend the Inti Inn, Presidente Hotel or similar. For luxury travelers we highly recommend the Pueblo or Sumaq Hotel, both down in the village of Aguas Calientes.
If you prefer to stay right at the gate of Machu Picchu, and your budget will stand it, you could choose the Sanctuary Lodge, as its location cannot be beaten, but please note it will carry quite a premium in price.
Day 8 – 2nd Machu Picchu visit, including Huayna Picchu
Today, you will be able to re-visit Machu Picchu and enjoy this fabulous site at your leisure. You may choose to climb Huayna Picchu, the peak that overlooks Machu Picchu (400 people per day, and by prior appointment only at either 7am or 10am), which affords fantastic views and photo opportunities.
In the late afternoon, you will board the train for your trip back to Cusco. You will leave the train at Poroy, the last station before Cusco, or maybe at Ollantaytambo, for a faster and more convenient transfer by road back to your hotel in Cusco. No trains actually arrive at Cusco train station from Machu Picchu any more and you do save quite a lot of time as a result.
Day 9 – Cuzco and home, or onward with Escaped to Latin America
Today, we will take you to Cuzco airport for your short flight back to Lima.
When you arrive in Lima, if you are going home that day, we can arrange for you to have a reservation in the VIP lounge to kill some time. If you are staying over then speak to us about arranging this … and anything else you might need in and around Lima.