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Pristine Peru: Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and Amazon Jungle
- Visit the most impressive Inca heritage of all - Machu Picchu
- Go wild in the Amazon and stay in a Jungle Lodge
- Small Group size of maximum of 15 people only
- Private airport transfers
This is one of the most complete routes possible when exploring Peru and deserves the title 'Great Incan Journey'
Discover ancient and complex civilizations. You will be able to see the main historical, natural and archeological attractions of Peru. This trip will take you form the impressive and magnificent Amazon Jungle in the Tambopata National Reserve area. Enjoy the pristine and serene atmosphere of your Jungle Lodge. Head further to Cusco, the ancient rich Incan Capital and see the pristine Incan Sacred Valley sites Pisaq and Ollantaytambo. Take a deep breath before we continue to see a true gem of history. Machu Picchu is said to be the best-known archaeological site on the continent and cannot be missed. Last but definitely not least you will visit Lake Titicaca, not only the largest lake in South America, but also the highest navigable body of water in the world.
Inbegrepen in de prijs
- 9 nights accommodation in double room in selected hotels
- 9x breakfast, 5x lunch, 2x dinner
- Private airport transfers
- Official english speaking local guide during excursions
- English speaking naturalist guide during jungle visit
- Expedition Train to Machu Picchu: Ollantaytambo / Aguas Calientes / Ollantaytambo
- Mini bus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco
- Entries to each archaeological site and/or natural reserves included in the trip
- Cusco Tourist Ticket BTC
- Trip follow-up phone service
- 24-hour emergency phone
- International or local flights
- Travel insurance (mandatory)
- Entrance to Cusco Cathedral (USD 12)
- Personal expenses
- Vistadome train (panoramic view train) (USD 50 per person)
- Huaynapicchu Mountain hike (USD 20 per person)
- Cusco City Tour on private service (USD 32 per person)
- Sacred Valley visit on private service (USD 52 per person)
- Additional night at Ollantaytambo (USD 69 per person)
- Additional night at Titicaca Lake (USD 35 per person)
Voorbeeldreis om aan te passen
Bienvenidos to colonial Lima
After your arrival at Lima airport our driver will take you to your hotel where you will be received by your local guide. Take it easy and get acquainted with the City's colonial but yet cool atmosphere.
The Amazon Jungle - green lung of our planet
We will pick you up at the hotel and transfer to the airport to take your domestic Flight Lima - Puerto Maldonado (not included). We will take you from the Puerto Maldonado Airport to transfer you to the lodge in our motorized canoe.
We will wail to explore the rainforest ecosystems at the Lodge area in the Tambopata Ecological Reserve, where 540 bird species, 362 ant species (world record) and over 100 mammal species have been registered.
Cruise on the Madre de Dios River in search of the wildlife that surfaces during nighttime. Identify the behavior of various animals such as capybaras, white caimans, and nightjars, as they take advantage of the dark to roam around the Amazonian riverbanks.
Jungle excitement from Early till Late
Inkaterra Canopy Walkway - Winner of the PURE Award in the ‘High Emotion/Low Impact’ category, the Inkaterra Canopy Walkway is a 1129ft system of 2 observation towers, 8 platforms and 7 hanging bridges 100ft above the ground. Designed to perform scientific research on ecosystems inhabiting the rainforest canopy, this attraction contributes to birdwatching and other eco-friendly activities.
Carachama Trail - After a 20-minute walk, visit a natural water pool known as Carachamayo. Learn about the ecosystem where these waterholes are found and about carachama fishing (Pseudoinelepis genibardis), freshwater fish native to the Peruvian Amazon, known for their nutritional value.
Rainforest by night - While walking under the tree shades that intensify the Amazonian darkness, tune up your senses to identify the lively sounds of birds, mammals, insects, and amphibians that wander around the forest during nighttime.
Cusco, the ancient Inca Capital
Take it easy after these exciting nature days. Your guide will accompany you until the airport for your flight back to Cusco (3,400 m above the sea level).
Upon arrival in your Cusco Hotel you will have a free afternoon to independently explore Cusco at your own pace. The ancient Inca capital Qosqo (the center of the world) was a sacred city of stone palaces and temples. Its streets and roads design reflected the technology, organization of the Inca Cosmo vision. Cusco was built under these city houses, colonial churches and plazas. It is a unique place to understand the Inca culture but also the cultural shock, syncretism and heritage of the mestizo baroque.
Dive into the history of the Incan Empire
Today you will leave the city heading to Sacsayhuaman, an imposing Inca building. You will discover different archaeological sites that will help you understand the history and Inca Cosmo vision as they are related to the cults of the Inca state and the astronomical observation, critical to the development of the agricultural economy in the Andes.
On the way back you will visit Qoricancha, the Temple of the Sun, which is the true sacred center of the ancient Inca capital. Feel history with every heartbeat.
The Incas Sacred Valley
Another exciting awaits you as we will go to the Incas Sacred Valley, formed by the Vilcanota or Urubamba River on their way to the jungle. The mountains surrounding the river form a landscape of rugged beauty.
When we reach the valley we will find the village of Pisaq (2,950 mts above the sea level). The archaeological site is located in the hills of the village and offers a spectacular view.
Right after you can achieve some nice and memorable pieces at the handcraft market before we enjoy some delicious food.
Early in the afternoon we will arrived into the Inca town of Ollantaytambo. The ruins of Ollantaytambo are beautiful, and are surrounded by mountain ranges, the vastness of the valley, the river, and the village of cobbled streets with houses and tiled roofs. The set is endearing.
The day ends with a nice train journey to Aguas Calientes, where you will stay over night.
Machu Picchu - the highpoint of your journey
Ready for one of the most exciting days of your life? In a spectacular location, Machu Picchu is the best-known archaeological site on the continent. This awe-inspiring ancient Incan city was never revealed to the conquering Spaniards and was virtually forgotten until the early part of the 20th century.
We will begin a guided tour and visit the Main Square, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sundial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and the cemeteries; then you will still have time to explore the archaeological site at your own leisure. You can even walk the last part of the Inca Trail to Intipunku.
Our way back to Cusco will again by by train in order to give you plenty of relaxing time to recap the impressive sight of human history.
Lean back and enjoy your ride through the country
The entire day will consist of a bus trip from Cusco to Puno. This route fills your hearts with landscape and history and your camera with myriads of photos. We will have guided tours to the Pukara museum; we will pass through La Raya (highest point of the journey at 4,335 m. above sea level), the archaeological complex of Raqchi and the Andahuaylillas temple. We will arrive to the city of Puno (3,800 m. above sea level) and Check-In our Hotel where we can get some much needed rest!
Lake Titicaca - the birthplace of the Sun
On this day we will visit the legendary Lake Titicaca, a gigantic portion of the sea captured at 3.965 meters high, making it the highest navigable lake in the world. In Andean belief, Titicaca is the birthplace of the sun.
We will travel by motor boat that will allow us to see the vastness and beauty of Lake Titicaca.
The first destination will be the Uros floating islands and their community, one of the oldest in the continent. We will continue the journey to the Taquile Island, with its Quechuan inhabitants.
After a beautiful walk on the north pier we will have lunch in a village. Later on the opposite side of the island, we will descend 530 steps to the dock. We will return in the same boat towards Puno.
On the way to the airport there is an optional stop at the Archaeological Complex of Sillustani, one of the largest cemeteries in the world with some spectacualr Incan graves and burial techniques.
The cemetery is surrounded by a landscape of stunning beauty that seems to be summed up in the serene waters of the Umayo lagoon.
This will be your last memories to take home on a journey full of impressions that will last a lifetime.